Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Obama feels the Bern

Featured image Glenn Thrush interviewed President Obama in the White House for a Politico podcast. Thrush’s report is posted along with the audio here. You will probably want to miss it, but I enjoyed Obama’s take on Bernie Sanders: Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose,” he said. “I think Hillary came in with the both privilege — and burden — of being »

Full of Schiff

Featured image Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a smart fellow and a perfect spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s interests. Slippery and willing to say anything, he can add a vague threat of harm when he thinks the occasion calls for it. Yesterday Schiff appeared on FOX News Sunday for a segment with Senator James Lankford to discuss last week’s revelations about the information found on Hillary’s Clinton’s unsecured private server for her official »

How secret is it? (3)

Featured image It’s Sunday, so I didn’t expect to find any news advancing the mind-boggling story of Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server. It was reported last year that Clinton’s top aides were included in the investigation. In today’s New York Post, Paul Sperry adds a twist to the latest reports concerning the highly classified information found on Clinton’s insecure private email arrangement as Secretary of State; this twist involves Clinton’s top aides »

The Matthews miasma

Featured image Chris Matthews opened Hardball last night with an extended discussion of National Review’s editorial and symposium Against Trump. The NR cover flags the editorial by “The Editors” followed by the names of 22 conservative contributors. As the screen flashed a graphic of the cover, Matthews described the contributors as “22 hastily deputized editors.” Matthews seemed not to understand that the cover advertised the editors’ unsigned editorial opposition to Trump along »

How secret is it? (2)

Featured image Catherine Herridge adds to her reports on the highly classified information on Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server. In her latest report, Herridge notes: At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O,” which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record. »

Reliving “13 Hours”

Featured image Daniel Henninger devotes his weekly Wall Street Journal column to 13 Hours. The column is “’13 Hours': It’s political” (accessible here via Google, I hope). Henninger’s column marks an important contribution to the discussion. Among other things, Henninger writes: The movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opened last week, and the cold-water machines have been hosing it. No one cares about Benghazi anymore, the conventional sniffing goes, because »

How secret is it?

Featured image The new report by Catherine Herridge on Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server sounds like the set-up to a joke. As to the emails housed on Clinton’s server: how secret were they? They were so secret “that senior lawmakers who oversee the State Department cannot read them without fulfilling additional security requirements[.]” This is a variation of the joke in Ken Dilanian’s NBC News report on the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll calls this one THE UGLY AMERICAN (Revisited). She writes: Being of late, late middle age, I am old enough to remember when a whole best-selling book was written talking about what crude, rude, fat, loud, insensitive slobs we Americans were when we traveled internationally. Why, we expected the countries we were visiting to speak some English!! Quelle gauche! Then, we had an invasion of several tens of millions »

Fallon’s fallacies

Featured image Earlier this week Catherine Herridge reported the findings conveyed in the letter dated January 14 sent by Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III to the chairmen of the congressional committees with oversight responsibility. McCullough’s letter summarized the findings of one unidentified intelligence agency concerning information found in emails on Hillary Clinton’s homebrew server. According to the unidentified intelligence agency, “several dozen” classified emails on Clinton’s server included information classified »

The confirmation of Wilhelmina Wright

Featured image The Senate confirmed Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina (Mimi) Wright as a Minnesota federal district court judge on Tuesday. Heritage Action announced that it opposed her confirmation and that it was important enough that it was scoring the vote on her confirmation as a key vote. Several conservative outlets more or less protested her pending confirmation in advance of the vote. Most Republican Senators voted against her confirmation. If I »

“13 Hours” revisited

Featured image We went to see the film 13 Hours at the Grandview Theater in St. Paul this past Saturday evening. Paul Mirengoff gave a good account of the film here. Paul’s post states what I have to say in greater detail and more articulately than I will. I only want to urge readers to see the film in a theater while you still can and to add these comments. The movie »

Clintonian recurrence

Featured image Politico’s Rachel Bade and Josh Gerstein take a look at the the new Clinton email story first reported yesterday by Catherine Herridge. Bade and Gerstein extracted a statement from the Clinton campaign that has a familiar ring: “This is the same interagency dispute that has been playing out for months, and it does not change the fact that these emails were not classified at the time they were sent or »

At this point, it might make a difference

Featured image Catherine Herridge reports the findings of the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s summary of intelligence agencies’ review to date of the information in Hillary Clinton’s unsecured emails. Herridge notes that the IG letter wasa sent to the leadership of the House and Senate intelligence committees and leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and State Department inspector general. It’s a »

In which Vance Opperman tells a tale

Featured image Vance Opperman is an extraordinarily wealthy Minneapolis businessman and former practicing attorney. He’s also an active Democrat whose financial contributions would be more than sufficient to secure him an ambassadorship to the country of his choice, though he pleads that he “will trade lutefisk for ambassadorship.” (Humor isn’t his strong point.) City Pages reports that in 2014 he was Minnesota’s top Super PAC donor, contributing $260,000 to the WIN Minnesota »

The Dems’ debate recapped

Featured image A couple of notable tweets came out of last night’s debate. Hillary Clinton has more than 5,000,000 followers on Twitter. Sad but true. The tweet below comes from Hillary Clinton’s Twitter feed. Like the neighbor in Robert Frost’s poem, she likes having thought of it so well, she says it again. There is an ongoing failure of self-assessment here, or a failure to see herself as others see her. Perhaps »

The Dems’ debate: Another world

Featured image I don’t deprecate President Obama’s accomplishments in office. It seems to me that he has delivered to a substantial extent on his promise of “fundamental transformation” of the United States. He has also had a profound effect on the Democratic Party. Last night at the Dems’ debate in Charleston, Hillary Clinton presented herself as his heir. Bernie Sanders, well, he wants to continue the fundamental transformation too. There is nothing »

The prophetic voice

Featured image When Martin Luther King, Jr., brought his nonviolent campaign against segregation to Bull Connor’s Birmingham, he laid siege to the bastion of Jim Crow. In Birmingham between 1957 and 1962, black homes and churches had been subjected to a series of horrific bombings intended to terrorize the community. In April 1963 King answered the call to bring his campaign to Birmingham. When King landed in jail on Good Friday for »