Today's Newsletter April 17 Edition

April 17, 2018

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Today's Commentary: Michael Cohen's third client -- Leaking is a big deal -- Mailbag #1  -- Misplaced billions -- RIP Harry Anderson -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries

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Yesterday, many cable news talking heads nearly exploded on news that the unnamed “third client” of President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was Fox News commentator and Trump defender Sean Hannity. This raises many questions. Unfortunately, the questions did NOT include, “Why is it anyone’s business who Cohen’s clients are if they have no relation to the Russian collusion investigation?”

Hannity answered forcefully on his show, as you can see in the video clip below, insisting that he never hired nor paid Cohen as an attorney, and only asked him for informal advice a few times on an unrelated matter involving real estate. I’m counting down the seconds until someone on CNN demands to know if the real estate was in…RUSSIA?!

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Leaking is a big deal

By Mike Huckabee

For anyone inclined to swallow James Comey's self-serving rationalizations about his leaking of "non-classified" classified information to the media, a former CIA officer ( and Democrat) explains why it is a BIG deal, a very dangerous precedent for national security, and a "gut punch" to all the other FBI and CIA agents who take their oaths seriously. They don't accept that covering your own rear end is a "higher loyalty" than your duty to America.

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Mailbag #1

By Mike Huckabee

Since I really do read all your comments and questions, it seems like a logical extension to respond to some of the more compelling ones. This week, most of your questions have had to do with “The Swamp” and what has to happen to get the doggone thing drained.

Answers to new questions will appear every week, so don’t be shy.

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Misplaced billions

By Mike Huckabee

There’s a very good reason why we have a big federal government. Some things are just beyond the abilities of an individual or even most private businesses to accomplish. For instance, if I had to “misplace” $2 billion in one year, I wouldn’t even be able to make a dent in it. I might be able to lose a million or two down the couch cushions, or leave a few hundred grand in my pants pocket so it ended up lost in the dryer’s link filter, but $2 billion? No way! As for private businesses, only some of our most important, “too-big-to-fail” banks could manage to lose that kind of dough so quickly.

However, in Washington, that’s chump change. A new IG report found that in 2016, a run of the mill federal agency like HUD managed to “misplace” $2 billion of the taxpayers’ money just by loaning it to a few people who had failed to pay their child support or were ineligible for other reasons, and who had a loan payment delinquency rate twice that of the general population. And by “a few,” I mean close to 10,000.

The bad borrowers were identified thanks to the Treasury Department’s “Do Not Pay” database that includes bad debts not listed in credit reports, like debts to the Small Business Administration or the Justice Department or some student loans. Federal agencies can use that database at no charge to identify loan risks. But HUD didn’t. After all, when you're loaning billions of dollars of other people's money, who cares if it gets paid back?

Sounds like there are some decision-making officials at HUD who need to be added to the “Do Not Pay” database.

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RIP Harry Anderson

By Mike Huckabee

I’m sad to report that comic/actor Harry Anderson has died at 65. He was found dead in his home in Asheville, North Carolina. The cause of death was not immediately released, but his son said it was due to natural causes.

Anderson started out as a street magician and stand-up comic, first gained national attention with guest shots on “Saturday Night Live” and “Cheers,” then became a part of TV history as the Mel Torme-loving Judge Harry Stone on the hit NBC series “Night Court” for nearly 10 years. He also had a four-year run on the Dave Barry-inspired CBS sitcom, “Dave’s World.” In recent years, he withdrew from Hollywood, but continued playing occasional roles, including an outstanding performance in the Christian film, “A Matter of Faith.”

One of his lesser-known accomplishments: early on in his career, he wrote a book on bar bets and other trickery called “Games You Can’t Lose: A Guide For Suckers.” It’s worth a place in your library if you ever plan to visit Las Vegas, if only for the chapter on “Games You Can’t Win,” complete with a drawing of a roulette table that shows how you can spot the suckers just by where they’re standing.

In case you’re wondering why a TV star of Anderson’s fame lived in North Carolina instead of California, the reason is familiar: he was driven out of his home by incompetent and corrupt liberal governance. But it happened in a very different way from most. He and his wife Elizabeth wanted to get their family out of LA, so they moved to New Orleans, a city he’d loved since he performed there in the ‘70s. They opened a magic and oddity shop and a ‘40s-style speakeasy in the French Quarter. He became a big civic booster and said he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Then Hurricane Katrina came. Anderson turned his club into a townhall for the remaining residents and worked tirelessly to help bring his beloved city back. But local politicians proved as useless and corrupt in the storm’s aftermath as they had been in preparing for it. Struggling residents were subjected to big utility bill hikes and property taxes more than doubled. Anderson got his tax bill reduced, but he said that just meant the money went to lawyers instead of the government. He was even physically assaulted on the street. But the final straw came when Mayor Ray Nagin was reelected. Anderson called that “the nail in the coffin” for any hope of change and declared that the city was “stuck on stupid.” (I should note that New Orleans is now once again a great tourism city, and Nagin is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for taking bribes from city contractors.)

Anderson Googled good places to live, found Asheville, and he and his wife drove 11 hours there, intending just to look for a secondary “evacuation house” where they would have some control over their lives. But once they arrived, they sold their New Orleans properties and never looked back.

It’s tragic that someone who brought so much laughter to the world has died too young, but it’s comforting to know that he did at last find a place where he could enjoy some peace and happiness here on Earth.

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Additional Commentaries

Today's "must-read" op-ed

Serious business: Robert Mueller goes too far

Have decency and civility become obsolete?

Bill Maher defends Laura Ingraham

Mueller goes fishing

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  • Laura Goode

    04/17/2018 01:26 PM

    thank you for being a decent human being, for your nice words about Harry Anderson, for fighting for America, and for bringing up an equally awesome daughter......... I wish we could clone you, again thank you