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January 29, 2019
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Today's Commentary ---  Mueller releases "20 pages of heavy breathing" on Roger Stone -- Mueller's team shows how to poison a jury pool -- Reader comment nails the way many of us are feeling -- Trump vs. Pelosi: score one for Trump -- Today's Must Read -- Melania Trump wins an apology -- Survey results -- RNC stands behind Trump -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

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I haven’t read the entire indictment of Roger Stone prepared by the special counsel team, but Andrew C. McCarthy has, and he describes it as “20 pages of heavy-breathing narrative...” I think that gives us a good idea of what Robert Mueller’s final report will be like.

According to McCarthy, the Stone indictment presents a melodramatic account of the theft by Russia of tens of thousands of emails from the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, the transmission of these materials to WikiLeaks --- which is portrayed as an arm of the Putin regime --- and their publication in the media during the last weeks of the campaign.

Mike Huckabee


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Mueller's team shows how to poison a jury pool

By Mike Huckabee

There are numerous theories as to why special counsel Robert Mueller and “attack dog” Andrew Weissmann did the equivalent of smashing a flea with an anvil by sending a huge team of heavily armed FBI agents in the pre-dawn hours on Friday to arrest Roger Stone and raid his home. On Sunday morning, Roger Stone himself offered his own.

Out on his own recognizance –- as the judge in the case considers him no flight risk –- he went on the Sunday news shows to talk about it. “...I’ve been under investigation for two years,” he said on ABC News’ THIS WEEK. “I have destroyed nothing. But if I were going to destroy evidence, wouldn’t I have done it a long time ago? They could have simply called my lawyers and I would have turned myself in.”

“It was an expensive show of force to try to depict me as public enemy number one...it’s an attempt to poison the jury pool. These are gestapo tactics.”

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Reader comment nails the way many of us are feeling

By Mike Huckabee

I get so many letters from frustrated readers like Barbara that I thought it might be good to pass hers along, as food for thought. (Some editing has been done for clarity and length.) Barbara seems to have taken a stab at writing the Republican Party platform for 2020 --- although good luck getting money out of politics! And we’d need hard-won constitutional amendments to implement term limits and upper age limits. In many ways, though, she does reflect what’s important to all of us who care about the law, the Constitution, and basic morality and ethics.

Barbara votes for “the person” and voted for Obama; I’m sure now she can see that he wasn’t about to put through any of the reforms she lists here, and, in fact, worked actively against some of them. On the other hand, we’ve seen that even with Republicans in the House, Senate and White House (as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would call them, the three branches of government), our own party didn’t make much of a dent. We had big expectations but face huge political barriers to reform. (If only we had a barrier at the border as effective as these!) Legislators had the chance to pass some of the things Barbara suggests here, and they didn’t address them. And now, with Democrats controlling the House, we’re even farther away from making badly needed changes.

READ MORE HERE>>>

 

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Trump vs. Pelosi: score one for Trump

By Mike Huckabee

President Trump has caught a lot of grief from some on the conservative side by making a move to negotiate with House Democrats on border security. But Edward Morrissey at THE WEEK has an interesting take on his negotiating strategy.

What looks like concession may just be what it takes to put Nancy Pelosi behind the 8-ball. It’s making her look bad to some in her own party. As Morrissey tells it, other Democrats are finally starting to see the cracks in her complete refusal to negotiate. Here’s the theory, in his own words…

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Today's Must Read

By Mike Huckabee

Today’s Must Read: Joseph Walker was an Air Force veteran who served from 1964 to 1968.  When he died recently in Killeen, Texas, officials were unable to locate any family members or friends to attend his funeral.  It’s not unusual for veterans with no families to be buried in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, and their services are usually attended by only a few people.  Service members from nearby Fort Hood volunteer to accompany the casket and perform military burial honors for unaccompanied veterans, and they were ready to do it for Walker as well.

But then, something truly inspiring happened.  The cemetery put this post on its Facebook page about Walker’s funeral:  "We have the distinct honor to provide a full military burial for unaccompanied United States Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker on MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. If you have the opportunity, please come out and attend. We do NOT leave Veterans behind.”

People began sharing the post.  Soon, it was being shared thousands of times and went viral.  The cemetery began hearing from people as far away as Oregon.

When Monday morning arrived, it brought a site unlike anything the cemetery had ever experienced: the largest funeral turnout in history.  The line of cars stretched miles down the road.  An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 vehicles were lined up and filled with mourners, all come to pay their last respects to this “unaccompanied” veteran.   

One officer from Fort Hood who brought his family said he wasn’t surprised: “It’s a testament to the bond that we share of having served, whether it be Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, it doesn’t matter. We all served, we all share that common bond, and it shows you just how strong that bond is.”

It also shows what a good and decent people most Americans are.  With all the partisan poison and divisive finger-pointing and name-calling in the news every day, isn’t it wonderful to get a reminder of the great character values we have in common? Foremost among them are the bonds of military comrades, and the respect and appreciation we all feel for those who wore the uniform and defended our freedoms. 

https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Central-Texas-State-asking-public-to-attend--504951461.html

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Melania Trump wins an apology

By Mike Huckabee

Here is your feel-good story of the day. While all the women’s magazine editors have spent more than two years acting like high school “mean girls” and refusing to put our stylish, gracious, intelligent, accomplished and beautiful First Lady on any magazine covers, the publications that have run stories on her thought it was their duty to perform character assassinations.

Well, add to her many admirable qualities her backbone.  She refuses to allow vicious lies about her and her family to stand.  Here’s her latest victory:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/26/melania-trump-apology/

This isn’t the first time she’s won an apology/retraction and “substantial damages” from British media outlets that slandered her.  It's much harder here, but President Trump has talked about changing libel laws to make it easier to sue publications in America, where public figures have less legal protection. 

I would be wary of that because I’m a strong supporter of freedom of the press and the First Amendment.  The news media claim a special exemption to libel charges because they claim to be in the hallowed profession of journalism.  Still, it’s become obvious in recent years that many media outlets are no longer professional or journalism.  They’re just PR wings of the Democratic Party with no more regard for facts or truth than a British tabloid.

If they want to continue enjoying the legal protections afforded to those who are charged with telling Americans the truth, then they should get back to practicing the truth business, not the slimy racquets of slander and propaganda.

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Survey results

By Mike Huckabee

With the shutting down of all non-Trump Congressional investigations, do you think the new attorney general should appoint a special counsel/special ethics committee to investigate Hillary and her 2016 campaign?

14,971 YES VOTES

138 NO VOTES

130 UNDECIDED VOTES

Pretty conclusive.

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RNC stands behind Trump

By Mike Huckabee

As expected, the Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution confirming that it stands behind President Trump.  The RNC said in light of the constant media attacks on Trump and other things (I assume they mean the mule-headed “resistance” of Democrats to working with him, the good of the country be hanged), they felt it was necessary to stand up on behalf of his grassroots supporters.

https://www.westernjournal.com/rnc-takes-stand-announces-undivided-support-trump/

Unlike the 2016 Democratic Primaries, where Hillary’s campaign practically used the DNC as a hand puppet, the RNC resolution doesn’t change the primary rules in Trump’s favor or discourage other Republicans from challenging him.  But rivals might be discouraged by knowing that the RNC unanimously supports Trump and rejects the anti-Trump media hype. 

Also, a recent Zogby poll for 2020 showed that Trump has the support of 64 percent of Republicans, with his closest potential rival being Mitt Romey at only 9 percent. Fellow pebble-in-Trump’s-loafer Jeff Flake brings up the rear with 1% support. I wouldn’t be surprised if he took that as a sign to jump into the race.  Although it’s worth noting that the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6%, so it’s possible that Flake has the support of a negative 4.6% of Republicans.  Sounds about right.   

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/2020-gop-poll-trump-64-romney-9-flake-1-primary-challenge-unlikely

 

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Evening Edition - January 28

By Mike Huckabee

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

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Daily Verse (KJV)

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

– 2 Corinthians 5:7

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