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Today's Commentary: In his closed-door testimony, Peter Strzok is "full of it" -- Supreme Court Double Whammy -- A nuisance lawsuit fails -- Fake news-- Good line -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
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Wouldn’t you know it? I go to all the trouble of suggesting 20 questions for the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees to ask FBI agent Peter Strzok in his much-anticipated closed-door hearing on Wednesday, and he hardly answers anything. Sure, mine were mostly tongue-in-cheek, but come on. I’m sure the committees had plenty of extremely important questions for him, and he was essentially non-responsive over the course of several hours.
At least that’s the impression given in the brief reports that followed the testimony of the anti-Trump crusader. Committee members were not buying. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said, “Unfortunately, FBI counsel ordered Mr. Strzok not to answer many of the legitimate questions he was asked. We intend to hold a public hearing soon.”
Strzok was supposed to be there to address the obvious political bias in his texts with FBI colleague and extramarital squeeze Lisa Page, clarify his role in the Trump/Russia investigation and shed light on the exoneration of Hillary over her clearly illegal use of a private server while Secretary of State and her clearly illegal destruction of subpoenaed evidence. But not much light was shed. According to Freedom Caucus member Ron DeSantis of Florida, “It was a waste --- Strzok is full of it and kept hiding behind [the] classified information excuse.”
Supreme Court Double Whammy
By Mike Huckabee
Wednesday was the last day of the Supreme Court’s session, and if you thought the Democrats were screaming and melting down like the Wicked Witch of the West at a water park, the final day brought a double whammy from which they may never recover.
First came the (of course) 5-4 ruling that government workers cannot be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. One analyst, asked to sum up the consequences for the Democratic Party in one word, chose “catastrophic.” Stephen Green of Instapundit says his sources estimate 20% of federal workers will opt out, which will mean a yuuuge money loss to government employee unions, and therefore to the Democrats whose reelections they support. The majority ruled that the forced fees violate the First Amendment freedom from compelled speech by requiring workers to support unions (and the political candidates they back) whose politics they disagree with. For instance, there are probably a lot of rank-and-file workers who support Trump, but who are being forced to give money to union leaders who use it to elect politicians who want to impeach him.
A nuisance lawsuit fails
By Mike Huckabee
As long as we’re wrapping up all these historic court decisions, I should also mention Monday’s ruling by Federal Judge William Allsup, dismissing San Francisco and Oakland, California’s, lawsuit against major oil companies that seeks to hold them responsible for climate change. They wanted massive damages from the oil companies to pay for the cities to deal with the threat. Nobody even disputed the manmade climate change claims, which the judge accepted, but he said this was a complicated issue best dealt with by coordinated actions involving governments and corporations, not by nuisance lawsuits.
Liberal officials in Oakland and San Francisco are considering an appeal, since they are famous for not backing down from being a nuisance without a fight. Also because I'm sure that if they win, they'll use all that sweet free money for all sorts of things that you never realized had anything to do with climate change (and we know how creative they can be in that area.) As far as I'm concerned, they are more than welcome to appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court, particularly since it will land there after Trump appoints his second Justice.
In the meantime, I’d just like to know how many of those officials who sued the oil companies for being the problem traveled from their air-conditioned mansions to the court in gas-guzzling limousines instead of on bicycles. Or for the ones from San Francisco, unicycles.
By Mike Huckabee
White House reporters get very snippy, to borrow an adjective from Al Gore, at the suggestion that they run fake news. I keep politely suggesting that the best way to fight that would be to stop running fake news, but that seems to be a bridge too far. They think that when President Trump calls them “fake news” after they run fake news, he’s slandering them and attacking the First Amendment. Only if they mean the First Amendment right to tell fairy tales in public. Not that today’s reporters seem to know much about the First Amendment or real history or doing research before reporting something.
Well, if they think the only person who believes they’re running fake news is Trump, then they’re going to be horrified to learn how persuasive he is. A new poll by Axios/Survey Monkey (and Axios is not a right-wing site, it’s a site launched by Politico and aimed at short attention-span Millennials) found that a staggering 72% of Americans believe that “traditional news outlets knowingly report false or misleading stories.” Only 25% believe the media “rarely” or “never” spread fake news. (I don’t what the remaining 3% believe. Maybe they think the media make up fake news and then actually believe it themselves. Those are known as “Comedy Central viewers.”)
Broken down by party affiliation, the news for the media gets even worse. You’d expect that 92% of Republicans think the new media lie routinely, but so do 79% of Independents and – brace yourselves – 52% of Democrats!
Tellingly, Axios tries to spin the results as mostly conservatives being skeptical of the media, even though it’s also a large majority of independents and a majority of Democrats as well. In other words, they can’t even report a survey on fake news without trying to turn it into fake news.
By Mike Huckabee
Someone on Twitter wrote about the Kennedy retirement, "Every time Sarah Sanders is kicked out of a restaurant, a progressive Justice is forced to retire."
Stephen Green of Instapundit replied, "If she’s kicked out of an ice cream parlor, it’s got to be Breyer."
Evening Edition - June 27
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
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