White House issues tough statement on “Schumer Shutdown”

Featured image We’ve passed midnight here in the East, so the government shutdown has commenced, at least technically. As I type this, Senators are milling around on the Senate floor presumably trying to work out some sort of arrangement that will fully fund the government for a little while longer. Meanwhile, the White House, via Sarah Sanders, has issued this statement: Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight they put politics above »

Democrats vote to shut government down

Featured imageTonight, the Senate failed to approve a funding bill that would have kept the government fully open and operating for the time being. Nearly every Republican Senator voted for the bill. The only exceptions were two pro-amnesty Senators — Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake — and two anti-spending hardliners — Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Nearly every Democratic Senator voted against the bill. The only exceptions were five Red State »

Hatred of Trump jeopardizes U.S. World Cup bid

Featured imageThere are two bidders to hold the 2026 World Cup. One is a small country, Morocco. The other is most of a large continent, North America, in the form of a joint bid by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. This should be no contest. The joint North American bidders have enormous advantages over Morocco in terms of population, stadium size, tourism infrastructure, enthusiasm for the sport (taking Mexico into account), »

Simpson Tried to Deceive Congress On the Fusion GPS/Obama DOJ Connection

Featured imageFew people had heard of Bruce Ohr until recently, but he was an important bureaucrat in the Department of Justice–until a month or so ago, he was both associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He was demoted in December 2016, apparently because he “withheld his contacts with the Fusion GPS men [Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele] from colleagues at the DOJ.” So »

Schumer Flees From Tom Cotton

Featured imagePolitico reports that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to cut Senator Tom Cotton out of any future immigration negotiations: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told President Donald Trump this week that there will be no deal on Dreamers if hard-line conservative GOP Sen. Tom Cotton is involved, according to several congressional sources. *** Cotton — and his role in the hugely controversial Jan. 11 Oval Office meeting over »

Media Alert

Featured imageFor our readers in New England, I will be on the Howie Carr show this afternoon at 4:05 Eastern, talking about Glenn Simpson’s interviews with the House Intelligence Committee that I covered in Bombshell: Simpson Admits Fusion GPS Went To the Press To Salvage Hillary’s Campaign. If you are in New England, please tune in. Otherwise, you should be able to listen online, here. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll isn’t asking for herself. She is PETITIONING FOR A FRIEND. She writes: Of all the things I hate to do – flying, going to the doctor every five to seven years for my annual check-up, being assaulted by CNN in airports (See: Flying) – approaching strangers to get them to sign a petition has to be very high on my list. And yet that is what I have »

Bombshell: Simpson Admits Fusion GPS Went to the Press to Salvage Hillary’s Campaign

Featured imageAs Scott noted earlier today, the House Intelligence Committee has released transcripts of its interviews with Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS and the source of the Democrats’ smear campaign against Donald Trump. I have spent considerable time reviewing the two transcripts, found here and here. I will have more to say about Simpson’s testimony tomorrow, but for the moment I want to make the following points: 1) Simpson appeared »

The Generation That Knew Not Josef

Featured imageOutgoing Senator Jeff Flake—an old friend from years ago before he entered electoral politics—has roiled the waters with his recent remarks that were said (not quite accurately) to have compared President Trump to Josef Stalin. This purported comparison understandably upset conservatives (and Flake was quick to correct the Tweet-fueled mischaracterization of his point), but I naturally wondered if he wasn’t onto a brilliant bit of misdirection: Everyone knows that Trump »

With Alex Acosta history repeats itself

Featured imageBloomberg reports that Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is “keeping a low profile in this first year in office, possibly because he has his eye on another job.” “Low profile” means keeping Barack Obama’s left-wing program in place. “Another job” means a high-level federal judgeship. “Possibly” means certainly. Here’s how Bloomberg’s Ben Penn puts it: There is widespread discussion that Acosta, a former United States Attorney and law school dean, »

Reading Glenn Simpson

Featured imageIt was only last week that Senator Feinstein released the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee staff. There is so much we don’t yet know about the Trump/Russia collusion illusion, this was a notable moment. John took a timeout to read the transcript and post his notes on it here. I also took a timeout with the transcript and posted my notes on it here and »

A Primer on the “Government Shutdown”

Featured imageIt seems Senate Democrats are determined to have a government shutdown probably because of the default requirement of the Democratic base of “total resistance” to Trump. They are attaching the demand that DACA be “fixed” as a condition to funding the federal government (as OMB director Nick Mulvaney pointed out this morning, Democrats do not oppose any of the funding specifics of the continuing resolution), because they know that if »

House committee document could mean trouble for anti-Trump “deep statists”

Featured imageSara Carter reports on a classified document that was released to all members of the House today. The document seems to be a compilation of information, prepared by House intelligence committee staff, relating to the anti-Trump dossier, the FBI, the warrant to conduct surveillance on members of the Trump campaign, and the use of that warrant. Carter calls the document a bombshell. Her sources say its revelations might lead to »

An Immigration Trifecta

Featured imageFirst, a video. A guy in California rides his bicycle for ten minutes, and all you see is a vast homeless encampment. It is shocking. Via Jim Dalrymple’s Twitter feed. He says: This video is incredible. It’s shows a 10 min bike ride through Orange County, CA, and almost the entire path is lined with homeless tent cities. I believe data were recently released, showing that California has the highest »

More Glenn Simpson

Featured imageI thought I was done with Glenn Simpson. I’ve certainly had enough. However, the House Intelligence Committee just released the transcript of Simpson’s testimony to the committee this past November 14. The 165-page transcript is posted here. The committee has also released a related 18-page transcript of proceedings on November 8 at which no testimony was taken. It served as a warm-up to the testimony given on November 14. About »

Watching #1

Featured imageLast night, I saw the Villanova basketball team take on Georgetown in Washington, D.C. I attended not because I expected an interesting contest, nor did I see one. Villanova was at least 40 points ahead when, with about three minutes to go, coach Jay Wright pulled his starters. Rather, I went because I wanted to see the Number One ranked college basketball team in the country. I hadn’t seen a »

Bringing it all back home

Featured imageHas there ever been a quicker boost to the economy than the one we have experienced under President Trump over the past year? As Joel Kotkin puts it in this City Journal column: “New job numbers are robust, GDP and wages continue to rise, stocks are soaring, unemployment continues to decline, and overall growth is at its highest in 13 years. And this salutary picture is not exclusive to big »