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Immediately after watching this week’s two Democratic debates, I wrote this:
“I don’t think the needles will move much after this debate…Biden probably won the night by default just by being better than in the first debate and having his chief poll rival Harris off her game. Biden only brought his B-minus game, but B-minus is Joe’s A-game, so you could honestly say he was as good as anyone could reasonably expect.”
Well, the Morning Consult just published the results of the first post-debate polls, so let’s see how my predictions fared.
Persistence pays: DOJ releasing Bruce Ohr's "302" interview notes
By Mike Huckabee
Of all the moving parts in the bogus “Trump/Russia” investigation (and there are many), one of the most intriguing of all is the husband-and-wife team of Bruce and Nellie Ohr. How convenient that he would be working very high up in the Justice Department while his wife, an expert on Russia who even speaks fluent Russian, would just happen to be working as a contractor for “oppo” research company Fusion GPS, which was hired by law firm Perkins Coie, which was representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC (but I repeat myself). Fusion GPS hired British ex-spy Christopher Steele to come up with any dirt he could find that might further the Trump “collusion” narrative, which he did with a “dossier” of unverified information that even he would not vouch for.
The connections here really are like something out of a spy novel or political thriller, and, of course, we know that if Hillary Clinton had been elected President, all evidence would have disappeared or been rendered unretrievable with BleachBit and we would never have known a thing about it. Even after she lost, the Justice Department under M.I.A. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued to stonewall. But thanks (once again) to Judicial Watch, and with a real attorney general now in charge of declassifying documents, the DOJ is finally responding to the Freedom Of Information Act request for Bruce Ohr’s 302s (those are the official notes of his FBI interviews).
By Mike Huckabee
By Mike Huckabee
With over 12,0000 responses, the answer to this poll question of newsletter readers is:
President Trump is considering a ban on Antifa and labeling them as "domestic terrorists." Do you agree?
Seems like an obvious winner...
Prayers and sympathies for the family of Saoirse Kennedy Hill
By Mike Huckabee
I hope you will join me in sending prayers and sympathies to the family of Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who was found unresponsive at the Kennedy family’s Hyannisport compound Thursday afternoon. Results of an autopsy are pending, but she’s believed to have died of a drug overdose. She was known to have struggled with depression.
I hate to see so many media outlets trying to turn this into another “Kennedy family curse” story. This is not a time for mythologizing or speculating, it’s a time for praying and grieving. The tragic fact is that a beautiful, seemingly blessed young woman with a bright future ahead of her was lost to drugs, and that's hardly unique to the Kennedy family. It’s happened and continues to happen far too often to many families that are not famous or politically-connected.
By coincidence, next week on my TV show, my guests will include David and Jackie Siegel. They are very wealthy (David was known as the king of the timeshare condo industry), but their seemingly perfect world crashed down when their 18-year-old daughter Veronica died of an opioid overdose. She, too, was beautiful, kind, talented, and everything parents could dream of for a child. They were shocked by her death and only learned afterward, when they read her diary, that she had secretly been battling bullying and a poor body image by taking pills that led to more and more pills. The day after her funeral, her father stepped down as CEO of his company to devote his full time to helping fight opioid abuse. It’s an incredible story, and you’ll hear more about it next week.
Deaths by drug overdose reached epidemic proportions in the past few years. The CDC reports that in 2017, opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths. When Veronica Siegel died in 2015, she was one of, on average, 129 Americans a day who overdosed each day of that year. They ranged from military veterans with horrifying experiences behind them to young people like Veronica and Saoirse, who had their whole lives in front of them.
Fortunately, overdose cases are finally declining, but last year, there were still nearly 69,000, which is seven times higher than a generation ago.
We need more attention focused on this problem, but we also need to be sure that efforts to stop abuse of prescription painkillers don’t prevent patients who really need these drugs from being able to obtain them. Ultimately, the solution may lie more in focusing on our fellow human beings than on the drugs themselves. As David Siegel says, he was too focused on his business to notice what was going on in his daughter’s life, and if he had known then what he knows now, she might still be alive. So to prevent this from happening to someone you love, the best preventative might simply be to pay more attention.
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President Trump has regretfully withdrawn Rep. John Ratcliffe’s nomination for director of national intelligence. The immediate savaging of Ratcliffe in the media was only a taste of the “toss him into the thresher” confirmation process to come, so both men apparently agreed that Ratcliffe would be better off staying in Congress.
I don’t know whether the accusations against Ratcliffe are legitimate or, even if so, whether they are important enough to disqualify him from serving in the DC intelligence service, whose top officials haven’t exactly been setting world records for integrity lately. But the key point that we learned from the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation is that the legitimacy of the accusations would have no bearing on how many of them would be thrown at him during the confirmation process. If you wonder why it’s so hard to get good people to agree to take a job in DC for a while serving the public, there’s your answer. Nobody wants a colonscopy performed by Roto-Rooter.
Just when you think we’ve reached “peak insanity,” along comes CNN to move the crazy meter just a little further out.
Do you know those robots you sometimes see that have a gleaming white plastic shell? Well, since people seemed to like those white robots in movies like “Wall-E” and “I, Robot,” that’s proof that people are racist about robots. We're all "robot racists." I kid you not.
So if liking a machine coated in white plastic makes you racist, what does it mean if I have a white toaster, but I like the toast switch on it set to “dark”? Understanding racism is so complicated!
Vote for Elizabeth Warren for President, and bring back those great days when we made America more secure by telling our adversaries in advance exactly what we would and wouldn’t do instead of making them worry about it before picking a fight with us.
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– John 5:24
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