Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Hillary, “to be honest”

Featured image Hillary Clinton is false in everything, a gold-plated phony seemingly incapable of uttering a true word. She lies with abandon. She displays the skills of a pathological liar. At CNN’s town hall in Derry, New Hampshire last night, Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton about her paid Wall Street speeches. It’s a point that Bernie Sanders has raised; it must be a thorn in her side at this point. Unlike the »

How secret is it? (9)

Featured image On FOX News yesterday, Martha MacCallum asked Utah Rep. Chris Stewart about the sensitivity of the Top Secret Clinton emails accessible on her unsecured private server and withheld from production by the State Department (video below). Stewart is a former Air Force pilot and current member of the House Intelligence Committee; he knows what he is talking about. “I have never read anything that’s more sensitive than what these emails »

Obama defends the faith (2)

Featured image Yesterday President Obama visited the mosque of the Islamic Society of Baltimore to give a speech defending Islam and Muslims against their unnamed opponents. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s speech. I have embedded the video below (actual time, about 45 minutes, feels like about 4 hours). Obama acknowledged the presence of Minnesota’s own Rep. Keith Ellison, formerly of the Nation of Islam, and of Indiana Rep. »

Hillary annotated

Featured image Hillary Clinton is a liar of the Lillian Hellman variety as described by Mary McCarthy: “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.'” Perfect. Nobody has ever said it better. The Clintons have turned lying into performance art. Most recently, in her appearance on ABC’s This Week with former (Bill) Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos on Sunday (video below), Hillary did it again. As for Stephanopoulos, kid gloves »

Obama defends the faith

Featured image President Obama seems to believe in nothing more than he does the defense of Islam. He specializes in pronouncements on what is truly Islamic and what is not. Such pronouncements are always intended to preserve the good name of Islam. Al Qaeda, of course, not Islamic. The Islamic State, not Islamic. San Bernardino murderers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, not Islamic. The Islamic Republic of Iran, well, they must be »

After last night

Featured image The results of the Iowa caucuses last night proved unexpected and dramatic. On the GOP side, Donald Trump came in second to Ted Cruz (i.e., he “lost”), narrowly besting Marco Rubio. Trump’s gracious concession to Senator Cruz might have been unexpected as well, but the man is no dummy. It showed a side of him that we haven’t previously seen during the campaign. Trump was accompanied by his good-looking family. »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s the GOP caucus

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley winds up his reports from Iowa for us with this account of last night’s GOP caucus in Carter Lake: It was a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The citizens of Carter Lake gathered at Thomas Jefferson high school in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and voted for the Republican nominee for President of the United States. There was a barefoot baby in attendance along with »

How secret is it? (8)

Featured image The mind-boggling saga of Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured private email server for the conduct of official business as Secretary of State continues. Indeed, it continues to gather momentum. Today Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne reveal that the 22 Top Secret emails entirely withheld from production by the Department of State this past Friday included “operational intelligence” that involves espionage sources and methods, adding that lives have been put »

How secret is it? (7)

Featured image At NR, attorney Shannen Coffin traces the evolution of Hillary’s Clinton’s defenses in the scandal involving the use of an unsecured private server for official email during her tenure as Secretary of State. Shannen’s column is “Email ‘did not originate with me’–Hillary blames her underlings, again.” The defenses proffered by Clinton are shifting and shifty. Shannen’s column takes account of Clinton’s appearance yesterday on ABC’s This Week with former (Bill) »

Are the dark ages over?

Featured image President Obama’s efforts to ally the United States with the Islamic Republic of Iran is a grave matter, eventuating in the bizarre non-agreement agreement funding and facilitating Iran’s nuclear program. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ruled by an extraordinarily evil regime that avails itself of no tact or subtlety in the expression of its malign intentions. At the same time, it remains the leading state sponsor of terrorism and »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s Donald Trump

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley has been our intrepid and prolific reporter covering the appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa in advance of the caucuses tomorrow night. When Donald Trump visited Council Bluffs this afternoon, Dave was on hand. C-SPAN was too; I’ve embedded the C-SPAN video below. Given the iron law of time and the calendar, I’m guessing this will be Dave’s final report from Iowa for us this »

How secret is it? (6)

Featured image We may as well add to the mix this BITE DU JOUR from Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook newsletter. Allen features this quote from New York Times White House (soon to be Jerusalem) correspondent Peter Baker to John King on CNN’s Inside Politics regarding the Clinton email scandal (video below): “Her problem at this point is NOT the Republicans. Her problem is the FBI and the Obama Justice Department. And what »

How secret is it? (5)

Featured image In an interesting New York Post column, Paul Sperry quotes former State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard (2005-2008) on the course of proceedings. Krongard adds this dose of reality to the discussion of the legal jeopardy facing Clinton and her senior aides in the ongoing email investigation: “It will never get to an indictment,” Krongard said. For one, he says, any criminal referral to the Justice Department from the FBI »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s Marco Rubio

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley continues to file his reports on the appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa as tomorrow night’s caucuses approach. Yesterday he caught up with Marco Rubio in Council Bluffs. This is Dave’s report: Marco Rubio appears to be gaining in Iowa right now. I saw it in the standing room only audience in Council Bluffs: lots of wild applause, a few laughs, and a big crowd »

A New York value

Featured image We’re in New York for 48 hours to celebrate an anniversary (late) and see a couple of Broadway shows. Speaking of New York values, as we were in what already seems like the ancient past, I came across a sidewalk pushcart at 47th and Lexington in midtown Manhattan, a block from where we are happily staying (photo below). No animals were harmed! I thought it might bring a smile or »

He would prefer not to

Featured image It has been frustrating to watch the chummy and inept questions directed to Hillary Clinton by mainstream media types such as Chuck Todd and Lester Holt regarding the unsecured private email server Hillary Clinton used for official State Department business. At yesterday’s State Department briefing, Catherine Herridge sought to pierce the fog emitted by the Clinton campaign through a few questions to State Department spokesman John Kirby. Herridge shows how »

Over-clintonization run amok

Featured image The State Department has now withheld from production 22 emails housed on Hillary Ciinton’s unsecured private server. The emails were to be produced under the Freedom of Information Act; they were withheld on grounds of national security because the emails include information classified Top Secret. The intelligence community deems release of any part of the emails “too damaging” to release under any circumstances. The State Department announced this latest development »