This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight…
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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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On a Stand-Alone Stimulus Bill:

"If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?"

— Tweet from President Donald J. Trump
— Tweet from President Donald J. Trump
Posted October 07, 2020 • 07:50 AM
On CIA Director Gina Haspel's Attempts to Block 'Russiagate' Documents:

"Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel is personally blocking the declassification and release of key Russiagate documents in the hopes that President Donald Trump will lose his re-election bid, multiple senior U.S. officials told The Federalist. The officials said Haspel, who served under former CIA Director John Brennan as the spy agency's station chief in London in 2016 and 2017, is concerned that the declassification and release of documents detailing what the CIA was doing during the 2016 election and the 2017 transition could embarrass the CIA and potentially even implicate Haspel herself. ...

"'Haspel has repeatedly lied to the president about the status of documents to be declassified,' one intelligence community source said. 'She will claim they don't know where they are, or which agency technically owns them, and then we'll find out she had them the entire time and just didn't want them to see the light of day.'

"'The frustration with Haspel is reaching nuclear levels,' one official said, noting that White House and top U.S. intelligence community officials have been taken aback by the ferocity of Haspel's refusal to release documents."

Read entire article here.

— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
Posted October 06, 2020 • 07:56 AM
On the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Endorsement for President of the United States:

"Mr. Trump entered the Oval Office in 2017 promising to be a disrupting force, to upend Beltway norms. Mission accomplished. In return, he has faced a shockingly hostile media elite rushing to bury objectivity in service to social media blather and the endless loop of the cable TV news cycle. But for all of Mr. Trump's bluster and braggadocio, his domestic policy record has been quite traditional -- and successful. Voters interested in accomplishments should take notice.

"The most pressing matter facing Nevada and the nation in coming months, and even years, will be the resurrection of the economy post-pandemic. Mr. Trump's record on job creation and economic growth speaks for itself. Mr. Biden disingenuously blames the current administration for the economic downturn, implying that Mr. Trump had the power to stop a worldwide pandemic. That's desperate nonsense. Prior to the lockdowns, U.S. growth was more consistently robust than it had been in years and wages were continuing their upward trend for workers.

"Credit Mr. Trump's bold tax and regulatory reforms for helping unleash the nation's entrepreneurial forces. And for all the chatter on the left about 'economic inequality,' a Federal Reserve report published last week reveals that, under Mr. Trump, 'families near the bottom of the income and wealth distributions generally continued to experience substantial gains' between 2016 and 2019. The economy under Mr. Trump also produced record low unemployment, particularly for African Americans and Hispanics. Expanding opportunity, not progressive prescriptions of wealth redistribution, remains the key to reducing inequality, and Mr. Trump has delivered in that regard. ...

"For all his flaws, Donald J. Trump stands in forceful contrast to the relentless progressive attacks on this nation that deny and minimize the advances we have made over the decades to better reflect and honor our founding ideals. We must continue moving forward, that can't be denied. But we must do so while embracing rather than destroying the principles of liberty and freedom that have made the United States a beacon for the rest of the world. Mr. Trump appreciates this while offering an economic vision well-suited to helping the country rebound from this pandemic. He deserves a second term."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, Las Vegas Review-Journal
— The Editors, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted October 05, 2020 • 08:08 AM
On SCOTUS and Court-Packing:

"When invited at the first presidential debate to confirm whether he hoped to expand the Supreme Court in order to pack it with Democrats, Joe Biden explained that he would not entertain the question. 'Whatever position I take,' Biden said, 'that will become the issue . . . I'm not gonna answer the question.'

"This would have been a preposterous answer from a presidential candidate had the topic been the future of the Post Office. But that Biden believes he can get away with it on a topic as explosive as blowing up the Supreme Court is nothing short of remarkable. Despite his low-key campaign, it remains the case that Joe Biden is running for president of the United States, and that he had elected to take part in a televised event during which he was expected to take positions and address issues. That his taking a position would become 'an issue' in the election is almost certainly true. But that does not represent a bug within the system, but a feature. Americans of all persuasions deserve to know whether Biden is on-board with what would be the most radical reform to our system of government since the Second World War. This is not one of those 'pass it to find out what's in it' situations. ...

"There are some questions in American politics that require a reflexive, emphatic, uncomplicated answer. 'Will you accept a peaceful transfer of power?' is one. 'Will you pack the Supreme Court?' is another. That both candidates for the highest office in the land are struggling to answer such inquiries without meandering non sequiturs or craven demurrals is a disgrace. Yes or no, Joe? There's no room here for malarkey."

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted October 02, 2020 • 07:46 AM
On Former FBI Director Comey's Senate Judiciary Committee Testimony:

"Fired FBI Director James Comey needs immediate medical attention. He suffers from either acute amnesia or debilitating dementia.

"At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on the FBI's Trump-Russia 'collusion' investigation and the bureau's egregious abuse of the surveillance process under Comey's reign, he claimed to know nothing about everything.

"Like a broken record, Comey responded to questions with the same pat answers: 'Not that I recall ... I don't know ... I don't remember ... I never knew ... that doesn't ring a bell.'

"If he were playing dodgeball, Comey would have won.

"To hear Comey tell it, he was an empty suit at the helm of one of the most important investigations in modern American history, examining whether Donald Trump conspired with Russians to steal the 2016 election. We now know it was all a devious fiction. But that didn't stop Comey's FBI from targeting Trump with the damning lie. ...

"Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee were livid that Comey pretended that he knew nothing about the chronic malfeasance and corruption that infected his investigation of Trump. ...

"But it was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who leveled the most searing assessment when he stated to Comey: 'There are only two possibilities -- either you were deliberately corrupt or woefully incompetent.' Cruz paused and added: 'I don't believe you're incompetent.'"

Read entire article here.

— Greg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst
— Greg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst
Posted October 01, 2020 • 07:50 AM
On 2020's First Presidential Debate:

"It's a shame that Joe Biden couldn't attend Tuesday night's debate.

"Okay, Biden was in attendance, but during the 90 minutes, it felt like he barely ever finished a complete sentence.

"It's not clear that President Trump necessarily won the night, in the sense that people who were leaning against voting for him are going to start preferring him. But with motor-mouthed, relentless heckling and constant interruptions, Trump made it impossible for Biden to make any of his arguments. Trump did to Biden what Biden did to Paul Ryan eight years ago. ...

"This cycle, being the familiar old Joe Biden was enough to overtake Bernie Sanders. He didn't even really need to campaign that hard; Biden won Minnesota Democratic primary without visiting the state once. Once the pandemic hit, most of the traditional tools of campaigning weren't available to Biden; he just had to make intermittent appearances via video and attend virtual fundraisers.

"And up until tonight, just being himself was enough.

"Tonight, it wasn't enough."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
Posted September 30, 2020 • 07:38 AM
On The New York Times’ Trump Tax Return ‘Bombshell’:

"The New York Times published an article Sunday evening analyzing several years of tax returns filed by President Donald Trump. This illegal leak of the president's tax returns revealed nothing we didn't already know about the Trump business hydra: It is complicated, has a lot of expenses that generate tax deductions, and hires very smart tax advisers to make the whole thing work with as low a legal tax liability as possible. If that sounds familiar, it's because the Democrats also tried this line of attack against Trump in the 2016 debates. ...

"[W]e'd be remiss if we didn't point out that Trump's opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, himself is a fan of perfectly legal tax avoidance. In 2017 and 2018, Joe and Jill Biden ran $13 million of profits from speaking and writing gigs through a Subchapter-S corporation, allowing them to avoid, not evade, $500,000 in Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes. ...

"If this is the big pre-debate 'gotcha' that the Democrats and their allies in Big Media had in mind, it's a bit of a flop."

Read entire article here.

— Ryan Ellis, Center for a Free Economy President and Former Americans for Tax Reform Tax Policy Director
— Ryan Ellis, Center for a Free Economy President and Former Americans for Tax Reform Tax Policy Director
Posted September 29, 2020 • 07:51 AM
On Ballot-Harvesting Racket Busted in MN:

"A ballot-harvesting racket in Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's Minneapolis district -- where paid workers illegally gather absentee ballots from elderly Somali immigrants -- appears to have been busted by undercover news organization Project Veritas.

"One alleged ballot harvester, Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis city council member Jamal Osman, is shown in a bombshell Snapchat video rifling through piles of ballots strewn across his dashboard.

"'Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman,' says Mohamed, aka KingLiban1, in the video. 'I have 300 ballots in my car right now' ...

"The alleged involvement of Ilhan Omar, a controversial member of the Squad, and frequent Trump target, is claimed on camera by two people in Veritas' investigation, including whistleblower Omar Jamal, a Minneapolis community leader and chair of the city's Somali Watchdog Group."

Read entire article here.

— Miranda Devine, Syndicated Columnist
— Miranda Devine, Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 28, 2020 • 08:18 AM
On Internal Corruption Inside FBI:

"Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham hinted more than a week ago that more bombshell information regarding the FBI's handling of its probe into President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia was about to be public. He was right because it was Graham's committee that discovered the information.

"In a bombshell letter released a letter Thursday night by Graham's committee from Justice Department Attorney General William Barr revealed a declassified summary from the bureau indicating that former British spy Christopher Steele's primary sub-source in his debunked dossier was believed to be a Russian spy. Not only was the sub source believed to be a spy but the FBI knew about it and had conducted a counterintelligence investigation on the individual. ...

"The explosive information shed even more light on the internal corruption inside the bureau at the highest levels and the purposeful misuse of the agency to target a political presidential opponent. In fact, it raises serious concerns that these actions were not an aberration but could have been occurring for sometime inside the FBI and intelligence community, several U.S. intelligence officials and former FBI officials told this columnist.

"'It's beyond the pale and what's worse no one has paid the price for attempting to oust -- coup -- a U.S. president,' said one former senior intelligence official. 'What makes it worse is politicians who are using this information for political purposes -- they do so at the detriment of the American system and republic.'"

Read entire article here.

— Sara A. Carter, National and International Award Winning Investigative Reporter
— Sara A. Carter, National and International Award Winning Investigative Reporter
Posted September 25, 2020 • 08:33 AM
On Democrats' Calls to Not Fill Vacancy in SCOTUS Until After Election:

"Now, in reality, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just died. The notion that Democrats, if they controlled the White House and the Senate, would not seek to immediately replace her before the election is absolutely, positively hysterical. This is a party whose Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, stood on the floor in the Senate in the thick of Obama's 2012 race for reelection and knowingly, falsely accused Republican opponent Mitt Romney of not paying taxes for a decade. After retiring from the Senate, Reid admitted he lied. Asked whether he regretted lying about Romney, Reid said, 'Well ... Romney didn't win, did he?'

"In 2013, Democrats controlled the Senate, and they ended use of the filibuster, a practice allowed for 100 years for purposes of confirmation hearings on all executive branch nominees and for most judicial nominees. At the time, McConnell warned: 'The majority leader promised, he promised over and over again, that he wouldn't break the rules of the Senate in order to change them. If you want to play games and set yet another precedent that you'll no doubt come to regret, I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you'll regret this -- and you may regret it a lot sooner than you think.'"

— Larry Elder, Author, Attorney and Syndicated Columnist
— Larry Elder, Author, Attorney and Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 24, 2020 • 07:53 AM
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Which one of the following was the first 20th century presidential candidate to call for a Presidential Debate?
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"Joe Biden's tax proposals have gone through a variety of iterations over the course of his campaign, but lately, he's settled on a pledge not to raise taxes on those earning under $400,000.This pledge is not consistent with his current proposals, but he's even less likely to be constrained if he's elected president.Even if Biden claims he would not directly raise income tax rates on those earning…[more]
—The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
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