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ProPublica/IRS Leak: There's No Underlying "There" There

In our Liberty Update this week, we highlight the latest illegal leak of thousands of supposedly confidential Internal Revenue Service (IRS) taxpayer returns spanning over 15 years, confirming that the partisan and power-hungry IRS simply cannot be trusted to safeguard our sensitive records, let alone to begin collecting sensitive private information from nonprofit organizations on donors who contribute to them in violation of the First Amendment.

Getting to the substance of the ProPublica/IRS leaked documents themselves, former Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Policy Metrics partner Mike Solon explain in The Wall Street Journal how there's nothing scandalous in the least in what they reveal:

ProPublica’s 'blockbuster' story showing that the wealthy 'pay income taxes that are only…[more]

June 18, 2021 • 04:40 PM

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181 Is the Intelligence Community Planning to Meddle in 2020 Election?

Recently the intelligence community made clear it will be a player in the 2020 presidential election. No one should be surprised. On February 13, the House Intelligence Committee held a meeting at which intel officials briefed lawmakers on foreign efforts to influence U.S. elections. By several accounts, the officials told the committee that Russia…

182 China's Government is Like Something Out of '1984'

The Chinese communist government increasingly poses an existential threat not just to its own 1.4 billion citizens but to the world at large. China is currently in a dangerously chaotic state. And why not, when a premodern authoritarian society leaps wildly into the brave new world of high-tech science in a single generation? The Chinese technological…

183 Who's Complaining About Investigations Now?

Attorney General William Barr is looking into the murky origins of the politically charged Justice Department investigations that have roiled American public life for the last three years. Just how did the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign get started? What led the FBI to look into whether…

184 The Democrats' February Blues

All political parties and candidates have bad days. But the new progressive Democratic Party had four of its worst days in recent memory in a single week in February. On Feb. 3, the Iowa Caucuses imploded for the first time in their history. The new app-driven counting melted down, discrediting the very idea of caucusing in general. The winner …

185 CFIF U.S. Presidents Quiz

Take our 10-Question Quiz and test your knowledge of our nation’s chief executives. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. What is the name of the federal holiday that falls annually on the third Monday in February? a. Presidents Day b. Valentine’s Day c. Washington/Lincoln Day d. Washington’s…

186 Will Impeachment Play In November?

The Democrats who impeached President Trump knew they did not have a prayer of removing him from office. But they also knew impeachment might have another effect – to weaken the president and reduce his chances of winning reelection in November. It was an unprecedented plan – an election-year gambit in which Democrats used the House…

187 Forget Moving On

The Democrats want impeachment to disgrace President Donald Trump "for life" and tilt the 2020 election. Not if Senator Lindsey Graham has his way. Graham is proposing post-impeachment investigations by the Senate to "get to the bottom" of the Democrats' impeachment hoax. That will pin the disgrace where it belongs –…

188 Nevertrump Challengers Fail First Big Test

AMES, Iowa – For six months, some of President Trump's most implacable foes have invested great hope in two Republicans – former Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld – who are challenging the president for the GOP nomination. Could they do some damage to Trump's re-election prospects? In the Iowa…

189 The Cult of Western Shaming

An ancient habit of Western elites is a certain selectivity in condemnation. Sometimes Westerners apply critical standards to the West that they would never apply to other nations. My colleague at the Hoover Institution, historian Niall Ferguson, has pointed out that Swedish green-teen celebrity Greta Thunberg might be more effective in her advocacy…

190 Iowa Could Make Democrats' Bernie Problem Much, Much Worse

Just days before the 2008 Democratic presidential caucuses in Iowa, Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama by four points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Obama took the lead, by a few tenths of one percentage point, literally 24 hours before the caucuses. And then he won by nearly eight points. In retrospect, things were moving very fast in Iowa…

191 Joe Biden Must Explain His Ukraine Dealings

Democrats impeached President Donald Trump for putting his own political fortunes ahead of the national interest in dealing with Ukraine. But it's Joe Biden who should be in the hot seat for that. Trump is criticized for a July 25 phone call, when he asked the president of Ukraine for help investigating what Joe Biden did, as vice president, to get…

192 As Trial Begins, the White House Strikes Back

"Trump has no defense at all," Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, an influential figure among impeachment Democrats, tweeted recently. "The case is uncontested," Democratic House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said. "They can't contest the facts," said lead Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff…

193 Trump Comes Out Swinging Against Impeachment

The White House fired back at Trump's impeachers Monday, taking aim at their far-fetched legal arguments and their dishonesty. Trump's lawyers called the Democrats' grounds for impeachment a "made-up theory." They singled out House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff for "lying," violating "basic fairness" and "concocting…

194 Dems Smear Trump: 'Impeached for Life'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is gloating because President Donald Trump is "impeached for life," and "there's nothing the Senate can do that can ever erase that." Like a prosecutor telling a defendant, even if acquitted, you're "indicted for life" and you'll never shake the disgrace. So much for the noble principle of innocent…

195 As Witness Fight Rages, Whistleblower Fades Away

With a Senate impeachment trial likely just days away, President Trump and Democrats are locked in a cycle of mutual trolling over whether the trial should include testimony from witnesses. Democrats are pressing Republicans to accept witnesses – they've made public a list of four, led by former national security adviser John Bolton. Some…

196 Pelosi's Embarrassing Impeachment Blunder

America is the midst of an imaginary impeachment standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Both have drawn firm lines in the sand. Someone's got to give," one reporter recently declared. There is, of course, nothing to "give." Pelosi has no standing to dictate the terms of a Senate…

197 Texas Church "Good Guys with a Gun" No Anomaly

Well, we’ve apparently reached a point where the political left has rendered satire and reality effectively indistinguishable.  Consider that over the past week, leftists have gone from maligning law-abiding parishioners in Texas who stopped a church shooting, to sympathizing with the murderous Iranian regime and its militant leader with…

198 Behind Bolton's Decision

Former national security adviser John Bolton shook up the Trump impeachment standoff recently with his announcement that, if subpoenaed, he is "prepared to testify" before a Senate trial. It's still not clear, of course, when or even if a trial might occur, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment. But if…

199 Pelosi's Impeachment Stunt

Imagine if a district attorney charged you with wrongdoing, and then let the charges hang over you indefinitely? That's the stunt Nancy Pelosi has been pulling, sitting on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump since Dec. 18. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accuses House Dems of "trying to hold these…

200 Getting the Goods on Schiff

The truth behind House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff's role in engineering President Donald Trump's impeachment may soon come out because a nonprofit group promoting government transparency – Judicial Watch – is suing to get the whistleblower's emails. No matter how the Senate proceeds with Trump's trial, Schiff should be…

201 The Dangers of Elite Groupthink

The Washington Post recently published a surprising indictment of MSNBC host, Stanford graduate and Rhodes scholar Rachel Maddow. Post media critic Erik Wemple wrote that Maddow deliberately misled her audience by claiming the now-discredited Steele dossier was largely verifiable – even at a time when there was plenty of evidence that it…

202 As Pelosi Plays Games with Impeachment, What Next for GOP?

The House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton on Dec. 19, 1998. It was a Saturday. The votes, in which two articles of impeachment passed, were held around mid-day. By 3 p.m., the House had named its impeachment managers and physically delivered the articles to the Senate for trial. Impeachment was on. The House, controlled by a Republican…

203 The Witness Wars

Senator Chuck Schumer issued another demand Sunday for more witnesses and documents as impeachment moves to the Senate. He's undercutting House Democrats' claim of a "rock-solid case" against President Donald Trump. "The case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat," boasts Judiciary…

204 The Voter Purge Myth

Maggie Haberman, the esteemed New York Times reporter, recently tweeted out a Mother Jones article to 1.2 million followers titled: "GOP-Led Voter Purges in Wisconsin and Georgia Could Tip 2020 Elections." The chilling piece warns readers that "hundreds of thousands of voters are set to be purged in two key swing states," which &…

205 CFIF Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of Christmas-related Americana. (The answer key may be found at the bottom.) 1. In which one of the following years did Congress declare Christmas to be a federal holiday? a. 1776 b. 1781 c. 1870 d. 1890 2. The iconic rosy-cheeked picture of Santa Claus…

206 Public Opinion Turns Ugly for Leftists

Well, that whole impeachment offensive hasn’t turned out like they’d hoped or expected, has it?    For the first time since Real Clear Politics (RCP) began compiling its daily average on the topic, public opinion surveys now show that more Americans oppose impeachment of President Trump and removal from office than support…

207 Dems' Plan to Drag Out Impeachment

As the impeachment battle moves to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is wisely holding the line against Democratic efforts to drag it out. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is demanding that Democrats be able to call new witnesses. He insists an impeachment trial has to "pass the fairness test." Fairness? He must think Americans are…

208 As Impeachment Moves to Senate, Get Ready for Surprises

With a House impeachment vote a foregone conclusion, the battle to remove President Trump from office has moved to the Senate. Minority Leader Charles Schumer grabbed control of the debate Monday with demands for what he called "fairness" in the president's trial. Schumer wants the Senate to allow testimony from four witnesses the House…

209 Greta Thunberg Is the Perfect Hero for an Unserious Time

Who better than a finger-wagging teen bereft of accomplishment, or any comprehension of basic economics or history, to be Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019? Greta Thunberg's canonization is a perfect expression of media activism in a deeply unserious time. Has there ever been a less consequential person picked to be Person of the Year? I…

210 Is Trump the Only Adult In the Room?

Donald Trump certainly is mercurial at times. He can be uncouth. But then again, no president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election. Do we remember the effort to subvert the Electoral College to prevent Trump…

 
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