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Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Agree with Trump's Pandemic Deregulation Initiative

In our latest Liberty Update, we highlight the benefits of the Trump Administration's deregulation effort, both pre-pandemic and going forward, and how a budding effort among Congressional leftists to impose a moratorium on business mergers would severely undermine that effort.  Rasmussen Reports brings excellent news in that regard, as large majorities of Americans agree with Trump rather than hyper-regulatory leftists:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 58% of likely U.S. voters approve of Trump's decision to temporarily limit government regulation of small businesses to help them bounce back.  Just 26% are opposed, while 17% are undecided."

Sadly but perhaps predictably, those on the left stubbornly disagree:

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On Speaker Pelosi's Conduct at SOTU:
 
 

"The House has its share of infamies, great and small, real and symbolic, and has been the scene of personal infamies from brawls to canings. But the conduct of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the State of the Union address this week will go down as a day of infamy for the chamber as an institution. It has long been a tradition for House Speakers to remain stoic and neutral in listening to the address. However, Pelosi seemed to be intent on mocking President Trump from behind his back with sophomoric facial grimaces and head shaking, culminating in her ripping up a copy of his address.

"Her drop the mic moment will have a lasting impact on the House. While many will celebrate her trolling of the president, she tore up something far more important than a speech. Pelosi has shredded decades of tradition, decorum and civility that the nation could use now more than ever. The House Speaker is more than a political partisan, particularly when carrying out functions such as the State of the Union address. A president appears in the House as a guest of both chambers of Congress. The House Speaker represents not her party or herself but the entirety of the chamber. At that moment, she must transcend her own political ambitions and loyalties. ...

"Pelosi, like her predecessors, is supposed to remain stone-faced during the address even if the president leaves her personally enraged. Indeed, House Speakers have been the authority who kept other members in silent deference and respect, if not to the president, then to the office. However, Pelosi appeared to goad the mob, like a high schooler making mad little faces behind the school principal at an assembly. It worked, as members protested and interrupted Trump. Pelosi became another Democratic leader, little more than a twitching embodiment of this age of rage. ...

"That act was more important to Pelosi than preserving the tradition of her office. In doing so, she forfeited the right to occupy that office. If Pelosi cannot maintain the dignity and neutrality of her office at the State of the Union, she should resign as the Speaker of the House of Representatives."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
Posted February 06, 2020 • 07:29 AM
 
 
On the State of the Union Address:
 
 

"Wow, that was one hell of a State of the Union Address. President Trump seized the center with a powerful, patriotic and utterly centrist speech.

"And then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reinforced his message with her oh-so-symbolic ripping up of the text. What, other than channeling the alienation of the Democratic base from the great American center, was she thinking?

"This was the very best of Trump -- generous, bipartisan (with a few barbs) and good-spirited. He not only got congressional Democrats to stand and cheer, but he also credited the legislators in the room for working together across party lines to do right by America.

"Not once did he crow about his opposition's failings: No mention of the debacle of House Democrats' impeachment drive, or of the historic mess of the Iowa caucuses. ...

"This president doesn't have to stretch the slightest to term the State of the Union 'strong.' Too bad that Pelosi, and the Democratic base she answers to, feel obliged to grimace at that self-evident truth."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted February 05, 2020 • 07:33 AM
 
 
In Reaction to Iowa Democratic Caucus Catastrophe:
 
 

"After years of obsession with the Russians, the Democrats somehow managed to hack their own election"

 
 
— Tweet by Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Tweet by Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted February 04, 2020 • 07:39 AM
 
 
On John Kerry's (Expletive Deleted) Concern Over Bernie Sanders:
 
 

"Former Secretary of State John Kerry was reportedly overheard in a hotel restaurant Sunday warning of the very real 'possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party -- down whole,' according to an NBC News report that sent shockwaves through an already-fractured liberal constituency bracing for a potentially historic Sanders win in Monday's pivotal Iowa caucuses.

"Kerry, in the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, on the eve of the caucus vote, also reportedly remarked that 'maybe I'm f---ing deluding myself here,' but that he could conceivably launch a run for president now that donors 'have the reality of Bernie' surging in the polls. ...

"Immediately after the report broke, Kerry fired off a tweet with an uncharacteristic expletive, as he didn't outright deny that he had been overheard by the reporter saying Sanders posed an existential threat to the Democratic Party.

"He did deny saying he could run or was running for president."

 
 
— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted February 03, 2020 • 08:02 AM
 
 
On Fears of the Coronavirus:
 
 

"This just in: A deadly virus spreading around the globe will result in the death of tens of thousands of Americans. We are certain about this because it always does. Its name is influenza.

"As recently as the 2017-18 season, it resulted in 61,000 American fatalities. The death toll from the flu is worth noting in light of the coronavirus spreading through, and outside of, China. In the United States, the public health threat from the flu is far greater than that from the exotic new virus, and likely will remain that way.

"The best advice for dealing with the coronavirus is to remain calm and act in ways that minimize the chances of contracting a variety of diseases. Don't travel to China, for the time being. Wash your hands frequently. Get a flu shot if you haven't already.

"At this point the coronavirus looks a bit like sharks, snakes, terrorist attacks and other things that provoke disproportionate amounts of fear. While uncertainty about how the virus spreads is concerning, the rate at which it spreads does not look out of the ordinary. Maimuna Majumder, of Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital, says it is somewhere in the range of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and well below that of measles.

"As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases was about 6,000, with 132 fatalities."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, USA TODAY
— The Editors, USA TODAY
Posted January 31, 2020 • 08:13 AM
 
 
On Credibility Questions in Senate Impeachment Trial:
 
 

"A string of newly resurfaced video clips of former national security adviser John Bolton spurred President Trump and his supporters Wednesday to highlight what they described as serious credibility questions -- raised by both Democrats and Republicans -- amid the Senate impeachment trial, as the president tweeted, 'GAME OVER!'

"In his tweet, Trump linked to an interview of Bolton in August 2019 where he discusses Ukraine policy. In the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interview clip, Bolton made no mention of any illicit quid pro quo, and acknowledged, as Republicans have claimed, that combating 'corruption' in Ukraine was a 'high priority' for the Trump administration.

"Bolton also called Trump's communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 'warm and cordial,' without mentioning any misconduct. It seemingly contradicted reported assertions in Bolton's forthcoming book that Trump explicitly told him he wanted to tie military aid to Ukraine to an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden. (Zelensky has said his communications with Trump involved no pressure for any investigation.)"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted January 30, 2020 • 07:30 AM
 
 
On the Political Aftermath of Impeachment:
 
 

"Do Schumer and Pelosi want to sacrifice Biden in a bid to damage Trump?

"That's the choice they face. Either the nation moves on to other business and the election, or the parties engage in mutual destruction over Bolton and the Bidens.

"Acquittal and moving on is my hope. Mutual destruction is my fear."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted January 29, 2020 • 07:47 AM
 
 
On Alan Dershowitz's Constitutional Defense of President Trump:
 
 

"Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, delivering a spirited constitutional defense of President Trump at his Senate impeachment trial Monday night, flatly turned toward House impeachment managers and declared they had picked 'dangerous' and 'wrong' charges against the president -- noting that neither 'abuse of power' nor 'obstruction of Congress' was remotely close to an impeachable offense as the framers had intended.

"In a dramatic primetime moment, the liberal constitutional law scholar reiterated that although he voted for Hillary Clinton, he could not find constitutional justification for the impeachment of a president for non-criminal conduct, or conduct that was not at least 'akin' to defined criminal conduct.

"'I'm sorry, House managers, you just picked the wrong criteria. You picked the most dangerous possible criteria to serve as a precedent for how we supervise and oversee future presidents,' Dershowitz told the House Democrats, including head House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

"He said that 'all future presidents who serve with opposing legislative majorities' now face the 'realistic threat' of enduring 'vague charges of abuse or obstruction,' and added that a 'long list' of presidents have previously been accused of 'abuse of power' in various contexts without being formally impeached. ...

"'Abuse of power,' he argued, has been a 'promiscuously deployed' and 'vague' term throughout history. It should remain a merely 'political weapon' fit for 'campaign rhetoric,' Dershowitz said, as it has no standard definition nor meaningful constitutional relevance."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted January 28, 2020 • 07:53 AM
 
 
On Democrats' Laughable Revisionist History:
 
 

"During his Friday presentation, Schiff tried to shame Republicans by playing a clip of the late Sen. John McCain talking about the threat that a democratic Ukraine posed to Putin's vision for the region. Yet he neglected to show the speech in which McCain described the Russian takeover of Crimea as 'the ultimate result' of Obama's 'feckless foreign policy where nobody believes in America's strength anymore.'

"When Russia first invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Schiff tried to deflect blame away from the Obama administration and onto the intelligence community. That same month, the California congressman cautioned against a tough response to Russia's aggression, warning that 'the challenge is, we do need to have some kind of working relationship with Russia. And while we can impose these costs and take these steps, we've got to be mindful of the fact that they can impose their own costs on us.'

"The impeachment case does not hinge on substantive arguments about U.S. policy toward Ukraine. The question is whether Trump abused power by delaying aid to Ukraine appropriated by Congress in an effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into announcing an investigation into Trump's domestic political rival.

"But Democrats pushing the idea that Trump's delay in sending aid endangered U.S. national security doesn't pass the laugh test. Given the Obama legacy, Democrats presenting themselves as enduring agents of support for Ukraine and defenders of global security is plainly ridiculous."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted January 27, 2020 • 08:05 AM
 
 
On Carter Page FISA Warrants Lacking Probable Cause:
 
 

"At least two of the FBI's surveillance applications to secretly monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause, according to a newly declassified summary of a Justice Department assessment released Thursday by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

"The DOJ's admission essentially means that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant authorizations to surveil Page, when stripped of the FBI's misinformation, did not meet the necessary legal threshold and should never have been issued. Democrats, including California Rep. Adam Schiff, had previously insisted the Page FISA warrants met 'rigorous' standards for probable cause, and mocked Republicans for suggesting otherwise.

"The June 2017 Page FISA warrant renewal, which was among the two deemed invalid by the DOJ, was approved by then-Acting FBI Director (and now CNN contributor) Andrew McCabe, as well as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The April 2017 warrant renewal was approved by then-FBI Director James Comey."

 
 
— Gregg Re and Brooke Singman, FOX News
— Gregg Re and Brooke Singman, FOX News
Posted January 24, 2020 • 08:02 AM
 
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"Everyone is so afraid now. I grew up idolizing Evel Knievel. Kids now idolize Greta Thunberg."…[more]
 
 
—Tweet by Adam Carolla, Host of The Adam Carolla Show on Podcast One and Three Times New York Times Best Selling Author
— Tweet by Adam Carolla, Host of The Adam Carolla Show on Podcast One and Three Times New York Times Best Selling Author
 
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Until this week, the U.S. House has required Members to be physically present to vote. Due to coronavirus, "proxy voting," allowing Members to cast votes for absent colleagues, is now being used. Should "proxy voting" be allowed to continue?