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

Featured image Sara 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 »

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 »

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 transcript of proceedings on November 7 at which no testimony was taken. It served as a warm-up to the testimony given on November 14. About the »

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 »

Will the economy save the GOP?

Featured imageJoel Kotkin asks, “Can the Trump Economy Trump Trump?” In other words, will our strong economy enable Republicans to prevail electorally notwithstanding the unpopularity of President Trump? John raised this question during the session we did last week for our VIP subscribers. He recalled the time, not long ago at all, when political scientists could successfully predict the outcome of presidential races based primarily on a few economic indicators. Can »

Does the VA Point the Way Toward Agency Reform?

Featured imageEveryone knows that under Barack Obama, and perhaps prior presidents, the quality of health care rendered by the Veterans Administration slipped. By the end of the Obama administration, the situation had become catastrophic. This is one of many areas where the Trump administration, together with the Republican Congress, has brought about meaningful reform. On the Laura Ingraham show this morning, one of my guests was Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. »

Apple Contributes to Economic Boom

Featured imageCNBC’s Twitter feed sums up Apple’s announcement on its intention to expand operations in the U.S. in the wake of the GOP’s tax reform. BREAKING: Apple says it will contribute more than $350 billion over the next five years to the US economy through investments, will add "over 20,000 new jobs through hiring at existing campuses and opening a new one"https://t.co/vb0JiOg9hP — CNBC (@CNBC) January 17, 2018 Over 20,000 new »

Stand by your Awan, cont’d

Featured imageThe curious case of the Awan family and its work for Democrats in the House of Representatives gets curiouser and curiouser. Daily Caller investigative reporter Luke Rosiak has broken story after story on the case. Former DNC chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz lies (and lies) at the heart of the story. When I last checked in on the continuing saga Xavier Becerra had entered from stage left. This is, to »

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 »

How the liberal media portrays the GPS Fusion scandal

Featured imageToday, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius served up the establishment’s version of the GPS Fusion-FBI story. His column is called “The truth about the FBI’s Russia probe.” I present the column because I think it’s important to know how the other side is portraying the matter. Let it never be said that we’re living on a different planet. I have a few thoughts on the column. First, Ignatius is offering »

The Press Corps Is Crazy, Trump Isn’t

Featured imageI began the Laura Ingraham radio show this morning by playing, and commenting on, clips from yesterday’s press briefing by Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the Navy doctor who gave President Trump his physical exam. Dr. Jackson noted that he had given the president a cognitive test, at Trump’s insistence, even though Jackson saw no need for it. The president scored a perfect 30 out of 30 on the cognition test. »

Friends-less

Featured imageI tried a few times back in the 1990s to take in an episode of Friends, but just couldn’t get through it. It seemed an entirely mediocre offering, and I could never understand why it was so popular, except I suppose as a prequel to the super-charged self-absorption of the coming of age millennial generation. At its peak it attracted as many as 52 million viewers. But maybe I have »

Abate Abbas: Text, video & more

Featured imageYesterday I noted the speech of Palestinian Authority President for Life Mahmoud Abbas, referring readers to the Times of Israel account of the speech and Times of Israel editor David Horovitz’s column on it. Abbas had given his speech this past Sunday to the PLO Central Council. My post, however, lacked the text of the speech. Now the invaluable MEMRI provides us a 17-minute video of excerpts posted here and »