Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Clinton among friends

Featured image Did you catch any of the close encounter between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Durham on MSNBC last night? By far the most striking element of the affair was the concern of moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow to perform their function on behalf of a Democratic audience, posing questions of concern to Democrats while raising no challenge to the candidates themselves. Todd and Maddow sought capably to vet »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking ABOUT LAST MONDAY…She writes: My candidate did not win in Iowa. Who was that, you ask breathlessly? Donco Cruzabee, that’s who. I want someone with Ted Cruz’s brains and debating skills, with the youthful good looks and inspiring backstory of Marco Rubio, the genial warmth and personality of Mike Huckabee, and the cojones, minus the gratuitous rudeness, of Donald Trump. As I read the many many »

Obama at prayer

Featured image President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. this morning. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s remarks here. I’ve embedded the White House video below; Obama’s speech begins at about 01:49:00 and runs to 02:17:00. C-SPAN has posted the video here. I transcribed quotes from the video before the White House posted the text; they may not be perfectly accurate. Those who say that »

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 »