September 7, 2018


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Today's Commentary --- Bruce Ohr's testimony significantly changes FBI timeline -- Updates on anonymous op-ed -- First Lady speaks out on anonymous op-ed -- Today's Must Read -- RIP Burt Reynolds -- Best popular movie postponed -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse


One of the most challenging and important steps in determining what really went on at the FBI that led to an investigation into Trump/Russia “collusion” is to nail down the timeline.

We know that the FBI officially opened “Crossfire Hurricane” on July 31, 2016.  It was said to be based on Australian diplomat Alexander Downer’s claim that George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy advisor with the Trump campaign, had said something in a London bar about Russia having damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

It was also thought that Bruce Ohr, then the Number 4 in command at the Justice Department and married to Nellie Ohr, a Russian specialist who just happened to be working for Fusion GPS on the Steele “dossier” project, didn’t start communicating with the FBI about the Russia probe until late in November, after Thanksgiving and (more significantly) after Trump had won the election.  That’s when his first documented interview with FBI agents occurred.



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Updates on anonymous op-ed

By Mike Huckabee

Here are some updates on the story of the New York Times op-ed by the alleged “senior White House official” who smugly claims he’s part of a secret cabal that thwarts President Trump from doing things of which they disapprove:

To the surprise of nobody whose brain cell count tops three digits, all the real senior officials whose names you might know (Pence, Pompeo, Coats, etc.) strongly denied that they or anyone on their staffs wrote it (in Pence’s words, “Our office is above such amateur acts.”) As I noted yesterday, there are hundreds of staffers in every branch of the government with titles and egos that lead them to believe they’re more important than they really are.



First Lady speaks out on anonymous op-ed

By Mike Huckabee

First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement about the New York Time’s anonymous op-ed claiming a mole is undermining her husband’s agenda. Even though she was born in Slovenia and English is only one of at least five languages she speaks, it appears that her grasp of English, American history and simple human decency are all far superior to anyone at the New York Times. 

As long as the First Lady has brought up how anonymous partisans are writing our nation’s history, I’d like to add that the fact so many people have been stampeded into believing that everything President says or does is an unprecedented outrage is a testament to the lousy history education students are receiving these days. 

I’ve already cited a number of examples of alleged “unprecedented” accusations against Trump that pale beside things that happened under previous Presidents, including the grandfather of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson; Ulysses S. Grant; Warren G. Harding; and others. I’ve noted that only one President really has thrown legal American immigrants into detention camps (Democratic icon Franklin Roosevelt), and that Harry Truman even cursed like a New York construction tycoon and physically threatened a reporter who badmouthed his daughter. 



Today's Must Read

By Mike Huckabee

Today’s Must-Read: an actual longtime Washington insider who’s seen the “deep state” in action and personally witnessed their grief at Trump’s win (he got the stink-eye from colleagues for laughing when despondent staffers were offered access to “comfort dogs”), and their attempts to mislead and undermine Trump’s Secretary of State, reveals what he saw. And when he saw unconscionable behavior by unelected elitists trying to thwart the will of the people, he did the honorable thing: he retired, then wrote about it in an article that he put his name on.

This is also a Must-Read for the New York Times editorial board, not only for its content but to give them a much-needed lesson in how legitimate op-eds should be done.


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RIP Burt Reynolds

By Mike Huckabee

I’m sad to have to report the death of Burt Reynolds at 82, following a heart attack after years of battling heart problems.

Reynolds was a throwback to the days when there were real movie stars whose names and personalities alone could draw massive crowds to theaters. He was the #1 box office star from 1978-’82, tying Bing Crosby’s record. At one point, he had four movies in theaters at once. Yet unlike today’s celebrities, who seem to spend more time forcing their political opinions on us than making movies, Reynolds never took himself too seriously.

His self-deprecating wit made him a great talk show guest, and the first non-comedian to fill in for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” He enjoyed hanging out with the stunt people as much as with celebrities, and often did his own stunts (check out the linked article for his hilarious account of a canoe stunt that didn’t work out as planned.) He proved he was a fine serious actor in a few dramas such as “Deliverance,” “Boogie Nights” and “Starting Over,” but he preferred light, fun action pictures and comedies; what Hollywood used to call, without disdain, “audience pleasers.” His biggest hit of all, “Smokey and the Bandit,” a modest little flick about a wise guy in a Trans Am outrunning a Southern sheriff, ranked second only to “Star Wars” at the 1977 box office (in today’s money, its gross would be over $508 million!)

In fact, one of Reynolds’ few regrets (aside from that Cosmo nude centerfold he did as a joke) was that he didn’t take his career more seriously and prove his acting chops until it was too late. He’s almost as famous for the parts he turned down as the ones he took, including Han Solo, John McClane in “Die Hard,” Batman on the ‘60s TV series and the retired astronaut role in “Terms of Endearment” that won Jack Nicholson an Oscar.

Still, Burt Reynolds left behind a lot of work that might not have been lauded by the critics (“Smokey…,” “Cannonball Run,” “Semi-Tough,” “The Longest Yard,” “Hooper,” “Sharkey’s Machine,” his late-career TV series, “Evening Shade” and more), but audiences loved them, and I suspect they’ll continue to be rediscovered and enjoyed for many years to come. Besides, who needs the approval of snotty film critics when you’re beloved by fans worldwide – and when Alfred Hitchcock once said his favorite movie was “Smokey and the Bandit”?


Best popular movie postponed

By Mike Huckabee

In a story somewhat related to the death of Burt Reynolds, who made many movies that critics sneered at and audiences loved, the Motion Picture Academy has knuckled under to criticism and postponed plans to add a new Oscar for the best “popular” movie. They’ll just stick with the current concept, in which the Best Picture Oscar goes to the best unpopular movie. Or the most unpopular movie.

Of course, if they were really serious about wanting to lure back the fleeing TV audience, they might get rid of all the unpopular leftist political grandstanding. But even though Hollywood is a “dream factory,” I guess that’s too to dream.



Evening Edition - September 6

By Mike Huckabee

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


Daily Verse

"And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."

- Colossians 3:14

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