Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Will State of the Union Focus On “Russia Fever”?

Featured image Democratic Party news outlets, worried about the economic progress being made under the Trump administration, are arguing that he needs to talk about Bob Mueller’s endless Russia investigation in his State of the Union speech tonight. In yesterday’s press briefing, a member of the White House press corps asked Sarah Sanders whether the president will address the Democrats’ fake Russia story tonight. First, an earlier question: Q: Sarah, what would »

WaPo: McCabe Investigation Relates to Delay on Weiner Emails

Featured image I have no idea whether this is true or not; these days, if it weren’t for leaked news, we wouldn’t have any news at all. But the Washington Post reports that the Justice Department’s Inspector General is focused on the FBI’s delay in reviewing emails that were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in the late stages of the 2016 presidential race: The Justice Department’s inspector general has been focused for »

After-Action Report

Featured image As advertised, Scott participated in a panel discussion on the NFL national anthem protests earlier today. The event took place at the University of Minnesota, under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School. I assume it was scheduled with the Super Bowl in mind, but as far as I could tell it was mostly a local audience. Scott brought badly-needed diversity »

Liberals Offer a “Shadow Cabinet.” Resist!

Featured image People For Against the American Way has organized something called America’s Cabinet. I will let them describe it: America’s Cabinet is a non-partisan project launched by the Young Elected Officials Network (YEO) that offers a vision of what America can be for all Americans. America’s Cabinet is a group of young local elected officials educating and informing the general public about what Washington should be doing now to support communities »

Explosive House Memo to be Released, As McCabe Leaves FBI

Featured image The House Intelligence Committee voted today to release the four-page memo that sums up FBI and Department of Justice abuses relating to the Steele dossier, the Obama administration’s FISA applications, and improper spying on the Trump campaign by the Obama administration. It appears that the memo’s contents are as has been rumored: South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who helped write the four-page memo, said Sunday he wants it made »

South Dakota Moves to Protect Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity On Campus

Featured image A bill has been introduced in South Dakota’s legislature that would go a long way toward protecting free speech on university and technical school campuses, while also encouraging intellectual diversity. It is House Bill 1073, and it will get a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, February 2, at 10:00. (That is in Pierre, for any of you who are intrepid enough to consider attending.) You can read »

Are the Democrats Fighting a Civil War?

Featured image That is the provocative hypothesis put forward by Danial Greenfield at Sultan Knish. On its face it sounds hyperbolic, but Greenfield makes a rather sober case. You should read it all, but this will give you some of the flavor: How do civil wars happen? Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections »

Grassley Pursues America’s Biggest Scandal

Featured image While the Democratic Party press tries to pump life into Bob Mueller’s going-nowhere-fast Russia investigation, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley continues to burrow into the real scandal: the corruption of the Department of Justice and the FBI by Barack Obama, the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Yesterday he and Lindsey Graham sent letters to the Democratic National Committee, Hillary for America (HFA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, »

Conclusive Proof that Michael Wolff Is a Liar

Featured image Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump White House was released to great fanfare, but quickly proved to be full of errors and outright lies. I doubt that anyone takes it seriously anymore, but in any event, this should be the last nail in its coffin: On Bill Maher’s HBO program, Wolff — author of a best-selling, fact-challenged book on the first Trump year — recently claimed he’d omitted an “incendiary” »

Remy On the Hawaiian Missile Scare

Featured image Steve is usually our Remy guy, but I am jumping the gun here to post Remy’s latest. It takes off from the bizarre story of the Hawaiian missile text alert, and parodies the privileged status of the government employee. It is funny and a bit crude, but not unduly so. We are still waiting to find out who “pressed the wrong button,” and why: »

Who Cares What Chuck Schumer Thinks About Immigration?

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he rejects President Trump’s compromise proposal on immigration, which would trade legalization of certain illegal aliens for important reforms in our legal immigration system, plus the wall. The press is treating Schumer’s obstinacy as a big deal, but is it? Senator Tom Cotton says No: Memo to media: Schumer & Durbin aren't necessary for any immigration bill. It would be as if Gang of »

More Fake News From the New York Times

Featured image At this moment, CNN is orgasmic over the New York Times’s claim that President Trump “tried to fire Robert Mueller.” This is the headline in the online edition of the Times: That headline is simply false. Trump didn’t order Mueller’s firing; if he had, Mueller would be fired. A truthful headline would say that Trump considered firing Mueller; or wanted to fire Mueller; or wished he could fire Mueller. All »

Donald Does Davos

Featured image Whether anything will come of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos remains to be seen, but meanwhile President Trump’s reception there must be giving his enemies heartburn. He is the first president since Bill Clinton in 2000 to attend, which accounts in part for the stature he is being accorded. But mostly it is his outsized personality and extraordinarily successful economic policies. This is how the Sun, Britain’s biggest »

Hawaiian Who Sent False Missile Alert Won’t Cooperate With Investigation

Featured image The false alarm of an incoming missile attack that panicked Hawaii for 45 minutes was one of the strangest news stories of recent years. Hawaiian authorities have said that a state employee “accidentally pushed a wrong button,” an explanation that has provoked hilarity in some quarters. But now there is an interesting development: the employee who “pushed a wrong button” is refusing to cooperate with investigators: The employee who sent »

The Sad Decline of the FBI: You Read It Here First [Updated]

Featured image The FBI scandals continue to unravel. Scott has chronicled the saga of the missing Strzok/Page text messages, now apparently on the road to recovery. The FBI has continued to stonewall Congressional investigations, to the point where Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley says the FBI is playing “a bureaucratic game of hide the ball.” And House Republicans have prepared a four-page memo that apparently summarizes the FBI’s malfeasance in connection »

John Kerry Stabs America In the Back

Featured image This shocking report comes from the Jerusalem Post: Maariv reported that former US secretary of state John Kerry met in London with a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Maariv that the meeting took place. *** During »

Garrison Keillor, Horn Dog

Featured image One of the many prominent men swept up in sex-related scandals in the past few months was Garrison Keillor, long a fixture on Minnesota Public Radio and a favorite of liberals nationwide. MPR fired Keillor, but until now the only account of what led to the termination came from Keillor himself, who said that the only relevant incident was when he accidentally touched a woman’s back. Not surprisingly, many Keillor »