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Today's Commentary:  James Clapper and NYT try to "help" the FBI -- The Bad Taste Award -- Hamas lies -- Guido Filippone is a Huck's Hero -- The NY Times steps in it -- Evening Edition - May 19 - Daily Verse

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Concerned about recent revelations that the Justice Department/FBI were spying on the Trump campaign? Me, too, but never fear; the words of former CIA Director James Clapper will set your mind at ease:

“They may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign, but, you know, the focus here, and as it was with the intelligence community, is not on the campaign per se, but what the Russians were doing to try to instantiate themselves in the campaign or to influence or leverage it. So if there was someone that was observing that sort of thing, that’s a good thing, because the Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system.”

Got that?? He said it on CNN; I wouldn’t have seen it if Tucker Carlson hadn’t replayed it and, understandably, had a cow. (Maybe, like me, you had to run it back and play it again to make sure you heard it right.) He calls the spy story “hyperbole,” at the same time acknowledging the Trump campaign was indeed spied on. But, gosh, he gives us a really good reason for doing it. To paraphrase: “it’s GOOD thing when the government spies on Americans, even its political opponents, if it means we might catch us some Ruskies!” Shades of Joe McCarthy. And this defense of the indefensible is coming from the person who used to head our CIA.

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The Bad Taste Award

By Mike Huckabee

The Bad Taste Award for politicizing the deaths of innocents has to go to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who tweeted an “open letter” to President Trump, seemingly blaming him and demanding he do something to prevent such shootings. But his partisan shot backfired, sparking a tsunami of tweets asking, if Democratic mayors know how to prevent shootings, why do so many of their cities have the highest murder rates; and if he’s not trying to politicize these deaths to launch his 2020 presidential run, then why didn’t he also blame previous Presidents for mass shootings that happened on their watches? It was a perfect example of the old saying that when you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you. It’s ironic that that’s also the universal symbol for pretending you’re shooting at someone.

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Hamas lies

By Mike Huckabee

It should come as no surprise that a group like Hamas that’s built on hatred and terrorism would encourage followers to endanger their lives by rioting and trying to invade Israel’s border. It’s also no shock that they would lie about the deaths and injuries to put all the blame on Israel’s defense forces. But it is shocking that someone would deliberately take a baby with a preexisting heart condition into that riot zone then lie and try to blame the baby’s death on Israeli tear gas. And sadly, it’s no longer shocking that the Western media would credulously promote that false anti-Israel narrative without at least asking what kind of monster would expose a baby to that dangerous environment in the first place.

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Guido Filippone is a Huck's Hero

By Mike Huckabee

Here’s a story we could all really use today: Guido Filippone would already be a Huck’s Hero in my book, just for his service in the Marines. But he showed that even ten years after rejoining civilian life, he’s still living up to those high Marine standards.

Filippone was leaving a V.A. clinic when he spotted an elderly man in a World War II cap, using a walker to cross a long, hot parking lot to get to his car. Filippone offered to escort him. He discovered the man was World War II veteran Mike Gazella. He’d driven over half an hour from the town of Leander to try to get the V.A. to help cut through red tape and pay for over $4,000 worth of medical bills from his operations that Medicare wouldn’t cover. Filippone offered to help, but Gazella refused. So without Gazella’s knowledge, Filippone turned to fellow vets and set up a GoFundMe account. Within one day, the $4,000 goal was exceeded with $11,000 worth of donations. Filippone said his next move is to go to Leander, where he knows Gazella likes to hang around Starbucks…find which of the town’s two Starbucks he visits (that must be a small town, to have only two Starbucks!…and give him a check to clear his medical debts.

Filippone noted that it would have been easy just to walk away and move on, but he urged others not to do that. He said, “I always say we already have the Greatest Generation—we should be the better generation. Never miss a chance to thank a veteran.”

He’s right. So thank you, Guido and Mike, for your service. And thanks, Guido Filippone for giving us a much-needed reminder that decency, compassion and going out of your way to help a stranger are not extinct in the 21st century.

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The NY Times steps in it

By Mike Huckabee

Behold the Trusted Gatekeepers of “Facts”: The New York Times published a hit piece on the CEO of the DC think tank, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (spoiler alert: it’s not a liberal think tank.) The piece blamed his criticism of the Iran nuclear deal as being behind President Trump’s decision to kill it, although he claims he only wanted it fixed, not jettisoned entirely. The Times was then forced to run one of the longest corrections of all time, taking back virtually every accusation in the article short of the writer’s name.

The problem with running a correction instead of checking your facts before publication (and these types of mistakes could easily have been caught by any semi-conscious editor) is that everyone sees the accusation but hardly anyone sees the correction. To quote that famous Washington lament, “Where do you go to get your reputation back?”

Well, in this case, let’s make sure everyone sees the long correction and let the New York Times worry about getting its reputation back.

And by the way: if his criticism of the odious Iran nuclear deal did convince Trump to kill it, I will say this without fear of having to take it back: From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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Evening Edition - May 19

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!

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Daily Verse

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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