May 25, 2018

There is a lot of big news happening, but before I get into any of that, I want to make note of the most important story of all: Today, May 25, marks exactly 44 years since I married a strong, wonderful young woman named Janet McCain. We were both still a couple of months' shy of our 19th birthdays. On that happy day 44 years ago, neither of us two naive teenagers could ever have predicted the incredible roller coaster ride that lay ahead for us. It almost seemed over before it began when Janet faced a harrowing battle with spinal cancer in our first year of marriage. But she beat that disease, and we went on to share so many adventures together: raising 3 children; enduring changes of careers in broadcasting, the pastorate, then the brutal world of politics and ultimately back to broadcasting.

We’ve been so broke, we literally ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and canned soup every day. And we’ve been so blessed as to build a house of our dreams and be able to give away far more than we ever dreamed of earning. We are unbelievably blessed with six awesome grandkids that you will surely agree are beautiful, and two faithful and loving dogs, who do absolutely nothing. But they do give us joy and laughter. Janet has put up with a lot, but she has been a steadfast, loving, and wonderful wife and mother.

We got good advice at the beginning of our marriage—never consider divorce as a means of solving our problems. And in the 44 years since, we never have. We’ve considered murder a few times, but never divorce! So to my wife, here is the top headline of the day: I offer you my love, appreciation, and best wishes for another 44 years!


This is Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you all have a fun, safe holiday. Enjoy the beach, pool, family picnics, sales or whatever festivities you have planned. But please don’t forget that this is much more than just the “unofficial start of summer.” Memorial Day is first and foremost a date set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us could continue to enjoy the freedom to celebrate this weekend in peace and safety. It’s a time to visit graves and memorials of the fallen men and women of the United States military, from the birth of America to today, and to offer prayers and thanks to all those veterans for what they did for us.

I’ll have more to say on this on Memorial Day, but I just wanted to start the holiday weekend off on the right foot, and that foot is wearing a combat boot.

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In the United States of America, one thing that’s not supposed to happen is the FBI spying on a presidential campaign, which we now know they did. But do you know what’s really, REALLY not supposed to happen?

The CIA doing it.

The FBI deals with malfeasance within our borders, and it’s supposed to respect the rights of American citizens –- at least in theory, which appears to have gone horribly wrong. As for the CIA, it isn’t supposed to do domestic spying; it’s in the national security business and deals with intelligence gathering internationally. It doesn’t have to go before judges and get warrants to spy on people. It’s not intended to be weaponized against Americans here in our country, and to use it that way would be a serious abuse of power. When it comes to the investigation into the Trump campaign, though, there appears to be a disturbing blurring of lines. It’s way past time to take a closer look at former CIA Director John Brennan.

The first thing to say about Brennan is that he is out of his mind, as is obvious to anyone who has read his tweets since Trump settled into the Presidency and, item-by-item, started reversing Obama’s many executive orders, saving us from ridiculous agreements such as the Iran deal and the Paris Climate Accord, appointing judges who actually respect the Constitution, and otherwise dismantling the Barack Obama “legacy.” Brennan and his cohorts just can’t stand it. And Brennan’s unfettered tweeting gives us a scary glimpse into the sensibilities and political motivations that must have driven him when he headed Obama’s CIA. The man is so filled with hate for Trump, he makes Peter Strzok and Lisa Page look like FOX News contributors.

Speaking of FOX News contributors, Monica Crowley has a great column in The Hill in which she examines the role likely played by Brennan in the “Russia” investigation. She calls him “the apparent ringmaster of the ‘deep state’ resistance” and explains how the groundwork was laid for the CIA to be able to go after Americans –- indirectly, so whatever they turned up wouldn’t have their fingerprints on it.

In 2011 (before Obama’s re-election campaign), the U.S. intelligence community gave itself vastly expanded powers, allowing itself to surveil Americans who had even just once mentioned a foreign target. And all those communications by Americans that former CIA Director James Clapper said were “unwittingly” scooped up (lie) were saved in a searchable database, ripe for the unmasking.

Combine this with Brennan’s “modernization” program, which cut back on the CIA’s human intelligence capability and started depending more on relationships with foreign intelligence services such as Britain’s MI-6, and it’s easy to see how such outsourcing offered them more flexibility to obtain intelligence on Americans that our own spies weren’t supposed to be gathering. They could distance themselves from the actual spying and dirt-digging, just as Hillary did with her law firm and Fusion GPS.

Crowley notes the variety of foreign sources and contacts involved in gathering the so-called “intelligence” that was used against Trump: the imaginative Russian “dossier” put together by British former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele; the Kremlin-linked sources used by Steele; former MI-6 chief Richard Dearlove, who has a close association with “informant” (spy) Stefan Halper (who is a U.S. citizen but teaches at Cambridge in Great Britain).

In addition, there’s Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat who reportedly also has links to British intelligence (and also to Hillary); he’s the source for the tale of George Papadopoulos’ drunking bragging about Russia having Hillary Clinton emails. And where did that allegedly happen? London.

it’s easy to see that with this kind of international spider-web, the CIA can put itself in the domestic intelligence-gathering (spying) business when it comes to American citizens it wants to surveil (spy on). With Trump in the Oval Office, the whole contrivance is threatened with exposure, and we’ve probably just scratched the surface. You can bet that’s why they’re going insane trying to bring him down before we can find out what they’ve been up to.


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We now know why President Trump canceled the June 12 denuclearization summit with North Korea. It’s because behind the scenes, Kim Jong Un started pulling bad faith power plays and showing disrepect. A White House delegation arrived in Singapore to work out the summit details, and the North Koreans never showed up. Trump’s people also weren’t allowed to attend the alleged destruction of Kim’s nuclear test site. Reporters were, but they didn’t obtain the forensic evidence the White House team demanded to insure it was real. When Kim started attacking Vice President Pence and again threatening a nuclear confrontation, that was the last straw, and Trump told him (in nicer terms) to go pound sand.

Trump’s letter was a masterful combination of “good cop/bad cop” from a single cop, as he thanked and praised Kim on the one hand for destroying his test site and releasing three American captives, while using the other hand to show Kim a fist and remind him that he is vastly outgunned and will be very sorry if he crosses America.

That same deliberately mixed message of “I really love your country, be a shame if anything happened to it” was also conveyed by Trump’s in-person comments, as he made it clear that he hoped North Korea would come around because it would be so good for Kim and his people, while incidentally mentioning a couple of times the size of the US military budget, which was about 24 times North Korea’s entire GDP in 2015, the latest year for which we have figures for North Korea. (Our military budget has gone up since then; I’d guess their GDP hasn’t.)

Liberal pundits and celebrities had a field day mocking Trump, ridiculing the idea of him winning a Nobel Peace Prize, scoffing at his failure at the “art of the deal,” and generally showing an unseemly amount of glee that Kim might continue threatening the world with nukes, as long as it created bad PR for Trump. Bear in mind, these are the people who like to lament that “the adults are no longer in charge,” and by “adults,” they laughably mean themselves.

The ones who weren’t mocking were gnashing their teeth over what one self-appointed diplomacy expert called the “stupendous blunder” of Trump canceling that summit. The general line of “thought” from this crowd was that Trump should’ve done what they would have: kowtowed to Kim’s blustery antics and given him whatever he wanted to get a deal signed. One even claimed we would never be able to force Kim to give up his nukes, but maybe we could get some concessions. You might recognize that leading-with-your-chin tactic from the Iran nuclear deal. It’s also the way Peter Griffin of “Family Guy” negotiates to buy a new suit: “Sir, write down any number on this piece of paper, and I will pay it.”

Gaze upon these hyperventilating “experts” and thank God that they are no longer in charge. If you’re going to exhibit that kind of arrogance and condescension, it’s good to have a record of competence to base it on; yet we all know that their own diplomatic genius is the reason North Korea was able to thumb its nose at us for 20 years while developing nukes and missiles that Trump now has to deal with.

Incidentally, it took all of twelve hours before North Korea realized they’d overplayed their hand, Trump had called their bluff, and they couldn’t roll him the way they’ve rolled all the smug, striped-pants Ivy Leaguers we’ve sent in the past. Their Vice Foreign Minister rushed out a statement reading, “We reiterate to the US that there is a willingness to sit down at any time, in any way, to solve the problem." I’ll bet there is…now.

Sounds as if a number of people made stupendous blunders over the past 48 hours, but Trump showing the backbone to walk away from a bad deal wasn’t one of them.


Very interesting article about why $62 worth of medical tests cost $740 when an insurance company is billed for them. Also, how Obamacare sought to reduce medical costs by making the process even more complicated.

Another way we could reduce medical costs (and vastly improve quality of life) is simply by putting as much emphasis on healthy living to prevent chronic diseases as we do on finding drugs to cure them. For instance, tune into “Huckabee” this weekend on TBN, when one of my guests will be a vascular surgeon and author whose new book about Alzheimer’s disease describes three lifestyle changes anyone can make that can greatly reduce your risk of contracting this devastating disease.


Prayers today for the victims of two violent attacks. In Mississauga, Canada, near Toronto, two unidentified men are believed to have set off a bomb in an Indian restaurant. Fifteen people are hospitalized, three with critical injuries. The bombers fled, and police are searching for them. At this writing, no motive is yet known.

Meanwhile, last night in north Oklahoma City, a young male entered a restaurant on Lake Hefner, took out a pistol and started firing. He struck a mother and daughter who were there celebrating a birthday. They were hospitalized, but fortunately are expected to survive. A third woman suffered minor injuries.

But then, something happened the shooter did not expect. When he tried to flee, he was confronted outside the restaurant by a passerby who was carrying his own pistol and who shot the gunman dead. The armed civilian who intervened is being called a hero by some. I’d call him a “good guy with a gun,” but we know from the anti-gun lobby that those don’t exist: criminals and killers are never stopped by a “good guy with a gun”…except for all the times when they are.

In many cases, simply displaying a gun is enough to scare away someone of ill intent and prevent a crime. By some estimates, this happens about 2.5 million times a year. But since most of those incidents aren’t reported to police, critics refute that claim. They insist on focusing only on the number of crimes prevented by an armed citizen that are actually reported and recorded by the FBI. By that standard, it happens only about 67,740 times a year.

If that doesn’t seem impressive to you, then I’m betting you aren’t one of the 67,740 Americans per year who would’ve been victimized if you hadn’t been armed.


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  • Marcella Ballenger

    05/31/2018 12:24 PM

    Happy belated anniversary to you and Janet- you only beat my husband and I by one year!! Wishing you many more and lots of blessings!! By the way, love your show!!! didn't care much for Jay Seklows "wild" band playing tho!!! LOL!!

  • Denise A Wright

    05/29/2018 09:08 PM

    Awww, what a beautiful tribute of words to your beloved wife Janet of 44 years. How sweet, funny and kind you are. Happy Anniversary to you Governor and Janet! God bless you and your entire family.

  • Robert L Fautenberry

    05/28/2018 12:46 AM

    We, America, needs to get our government back under control of the Constatution quickly or we will see the chipping away of all our rights. IE. New law in California. Makes it illegal to talk to anyone about their life still

  • brad

    05/27/2018 12:15 PM

    Keep up the great work! God bless you, President Trump & The United States of America! Happy Memorial Day--Go USA!!!

  • John J Dean

    05/27/2018 09:54 AM

    I posted a comment and was never notified if it was rejected or accepted. I can't find it so I assume it was rejected. Wouldn't it be nice to tell the submitter what happened?

  • Carolyn Prater

    05/26/2018 08:45 PM

    Thank you! From seeing tidbits on local and national news, I almost felt like I was losing my mind, for they all keep reporting no FBI wrongdoing, and that there was interferance in the elections by Russians, and there was zero evidence of wiretapping. What planet are we on, and why is this allowed to continue?

  • Ronald R. Cooke

    05/26/2018 03:07 PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary.
    Cynthia and I will celebrate our 60th on June 14 (Flag Day!).
    We share the warmth you feel.

  • mitchell fillet

    05/26/2018 01:21 PM

    I am always very interested in what you have to say..Its an educated and experienced window in to the mess that is Washington, DC..However, you have never pushed deeply enough, in my opinion, into the real heart of this matter...Who are the Obama's working for ?? How did a Senator from Illinois with a modest following and a great education rise to power so quickly ? And how do they continue to make all of this money. The Netflix deal essentially gives them and the Democratic Party their own network without any editing of opinion or alleged fact.
    Let me help with this...Follow the Benjamins.
    Someone with really big money has backed the Obama's to the max. That trace probably goes back to the Clintons, but I do not think it stops there..Follow the Benjamins..
    And if you want the answer, contact me directly...Mitchell Fillet, Professor, Finance and Economics, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.

  • Joe Wilkerson

    05/26/2018 01:08 PM

    Thank you for a well, truthful, up to date op-ed on the current situation in Washingtons "spygate". It really brings home the scripture that in the last days God would put a deceiving spirit in the minds of those who do not accept His son as Lord of their lives. I want to thank you once again for the wonderful work and service you are doing not only for the United States, but also for God. You are a true "watchman" on the wall.

  • Ann Ridley

    05/26/2018 10:35 AM

    Thank you for your support of our 2nd Amendment. I was burglarized in the middle of the night and the bad guy fled with only $16.00 and a Godiva chocolate when he heard me upstairs on the phone with 911 saying I was armed and would shoot the bad guy if he appeared at the bottom of my stairs. He was arrested a few blocks from my home and served time. He is now out on parole but I guess he will not come to my house again! (The police laughingly said they wouldn't either) I prayed for him that he would be delivered from his addiction and that he would accept Jesus as his Savior and turn his sorry life around. His name is Michael if you would pray for him too. Many thanks, Ann

  • reg lewis

    05/26/2018 10:05 AM

    Well said Mike, thanks! The corruption is beyond comprehension and the sad thing is I'm very doubtful if any of them will ever pay for their crimes.
    Keep exposing the awful things that are taking place and pray that God will keep Trump and that the Democrats will not get in control again.

  • Carolyn Grapes

    05/26/2018 09:47 AM

    Praying FOR President Trump IS working...........and we appreciate your keeping this before Americans who join us, and SEE the difference prayer makes! UNBELIEVABLE the corruption under the PrezBO administration! His being EXPOSED....ALL of them exposed, will be the beginning of a saved USA, getting us back on track. What this country NEEDS is a series on television TEACHING America (ALL ages!) just that- our history, our influence all over the world, our many challenges and obstacles that have been conquered! I believe America is ready, and hungry for just such information. We have a brain-washed, IGNORANT hippie generation who need desperately to be educated....Mz Pelosi the perfect example with her "illegals' rights!!"..........and then we go from there, the two generations after her! There's work to be done, but with God's Help, it CAN BE! (I'm thinking of something like Downton Abby, a series with story, drama but TEACHING our American history AND God's INFLUENCE AND VICTORY BEING THE OBJECTIVE!

  • Ruth Brown

    05/26/2018 09:25 AM

    Thank you, Governor Huckabee. We love your common sense commentary. And we love the Press Secretary! We’re so glad you have a national ‘voice’ again through your newsletter and TV show. God bless you, and Happy Anniversary to you and Janet! You a gift to our country!

  • Margie Babik

    05/26/2018 09:09 AM

    Happy Anniversary! May you have many more wonderful years together. God bless you and your family. And, thank you for the courage to speak the truth and stand up against the liberal evil entity that is trying to govern and destroy this great country.

  • Pierce Smith

    05/26/2018 04:59 AM

    In another time and place you Mike Huckabee would have made one hell of a President. Today you exhibit the compassion and the humility necessary to be a good leader, no a great leader.
    And your daughter Sarah displays the same characteristics you do.
    Keep up the good work this column displays. I am proud to be a subscriber.

  • Ruth Jackson

    05/26/2018 03:30 AM

    How do I get a list of the Republicans who are not supporting Pres Trump so I can be sure I do not vote for them? Keep up the good work and may God bless you and your family, especially Sarah

  • Rebecca Holstine

    05/26/2018 12:41 AM

    Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. Huckabee. And by the way, I love Sarah. She is beautiful, smart, and strong. A perfect roll model for daughters and granddaughters.

  • Ann Ray

    05/26/2018 12:01 AM

    Congratulations on 44 years of marriage! And thank you for your inciteful updates on the deep state activities that have undermined our country for far too long.
    God bless you Governor Huckabee.

  • Susan Wehba

    05/25/2018 11:09 PM

    Great article as always Mike.
    Wishing you and Janet a Happy and Blessed Anniversary!
    God bless you,

  • Michael R Brannick

    05/25/2018 11:06 PM

    I love using "progressive" gun grabbers own statistics against them. They admit legally owned firearms are used defensively to stop crimes 67,740 times per year. Dividing that by 365 I get 185.6 times per day. Compare that to the 88-92 deaths due to "gun violence" that they use to justify new oppressive gun control laws. We'll ignore the fact that about 66 of those gun deaths are suicides. Using their own figures guns save more that twice as many lives as they say die at the hands of criminals (and suicides, well, actually they say the people are killed by the guns, ignoring who operated the killer guns.). So restricting guns will prevent 185.6 people from stopping crimes How many more deaths by "gun violence" will there be if those people don't have guns to stop criminals from attacking them?

  • William Slater

    05/25/2018 10:50 PM

    Happy anniversary. I was 19, my wife 18, when we married. In August, we celebrate out 59th. Like you, we entered marriage with the understanding that divorce was not an option (my sweetie may have considered murder once or twice). May you have many more. The first 50 are the hardest.

  • George Marshall

    05/25/2018 10:42 PM

    It is interesting that other reports on Trump 'pulling out of the meeting with Ung never stated that the North Korean delegation never showed in Singapore AND the U.S. was not allowed to the (questionable) destruction of a nuclear test site.

  • Greg Nitti

    05/25/2018 09:51 PM

    Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Huckabee! You and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

  • Mary Richard

    05/25/2018 09:26 PM

    Happy Anniversary. Thank you for your wonderful, intelligent and honest news articles. And our family loves your shows. It's great entertainment, family friendly and always heartwarming. Just keep sharing the truth. It's so important.

  • Amelia Little

    05/25/2018 09:01 PM

    I do have to smh about the media and the hoolywood elite, oh, and the liberal congresspersons (both Democrat and Republican as there are liberal republicans) on the Korean summit thing. One day they are crying that Trump was planning on a summit-it would anger Kim Jong-un and there will be a nuclear war, and how naive can Trump be to believe in any promises, anyway (I guess obama and his followers forget obama's believing in the promises of Iran and other places.) Then, when he cancels, they cry about THAT!! If the summit does happen, guess they will be crying out the other side of their mouths again.

  • Daniel Frawley Jr

    05/25/2018 07:44 PM

    Great read once again! Between you and Me at, I get most of my important news. By the bye, Happy Aniversary to you and your lovely wife.

  • Judith Laybourne

    05/25/2018 07:38 PM

    Thank you sir for sharing about your anniversary and 44 years of the ups and
    downs of your life. I appreciate longevity in commitments. It provides integrity.
    I am a Canadian from near Calgary Alberta and have recently been so interested in American politics and especially Donald Trump. I really believe that God is ultimately in charge and permits leaders to succeed or fail. Your leader is a success story as told by your daughter every day!
    In Canada we are so disappointed with Trudeau and embarrassed at his lack of integrity and basic knowledge. We are looking forward to his demise in the world of politics for Canada in 2019.
    Thank you again for your wisdom in the assessments of what is really happening in our world. I remain a faithful follower of all that is good and truthful. Please continue to be the light in the darkness.


    05/25/2018 07:37 PM

    GREAT column tonight, one of the best I've read and they're all great but this one, it just sounded good and was very informative and you used my favorite saying, "go pound sand." Keep up the good work, sir. You're the best.

  • Donald LaFlamme

    05/25/2018 07:22 PM


  • Betty Laura Davis

    05/25/2018 07:18 PM

    Thank you Mike for keeping us informed. I can count on you to give correct information. I get so confused with all the different versions of news articles. Do you think anyone in the Obama admin will ever even get a slap on the hand? We watch your show ever Saturday and really enjoy it. Keep up the good work.

  • Sheryl Barnes

    05/25/2018 06:54 PM

    We love you and your family. Happy anniversary. Tell Sarah we are proud of her and to keep up the good work. We loved you on Fox and love your new show. Thank you.

  • Charlotte Floro

    05/25/2018 06:45 PM

    I love the new format!! Much easier to follow and read the different article! Thank you

  • Ken Johnson

    05/25/2018 06:43 PM

    Happy 44th anniversary Mr. & Mrs Huckabee. Yes God has blessed you and God is using you to bless us. Thank you and thank God for President Trump.

  • Tom Murray

    05/25/2018 06:17 PM

    I have always enjoyed your logical and forthright style. We read and pass on every word.
    Please accept our most sincere congratulations for your 44 years of marital “bliss”. May you enjoy many more together. We have shared such for nearly 39 years and mention that any couple will be strained upon occasion. You never fail to stir the proper emotion. Blessings to you and yours.
    Tom and Karen Murray

  • Linda Hosse

    05/25/2018 06:14 PM

    Clear,honest, commentary Governor refreshing

    Thank you,

  • Julie Detlefsen

    05/25/2018 06:01 PM

    It's been a tough week, but reading your articles brings me hope for the future. I am so thankful that you have the ability and integrity to bring us the news in a truthful and factual version. Keep up the good work Mike. We stand behind you 100%. Have a wonderful Memorial weekend and thank you for all you do for the American people.

  • Skip Bunn

    05/25/2018 06:01 PM


    My wife Sue and I saw you last Sat. night at the 70th Anniversary of Israel becoming a nation in 1948. We belong to Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano and we have heard you speak there several times. We've been to Israel once several years ago and thinking about going again on Dec. 26th with pastor Jack Graham. We love to watch your daughter Sara handle the press conference almost daily. She's the best at the job we've ever seen. Thank for everything you do. We take great pleasure in watching you in so many places. Stay strong and keep it up.

    Skip and Sue Bunn

  • Jack Burk

    05/25/2018 05:46 PM

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Linda Rush

    05/25/2018 05:30 PM

    Mike, why are security clearances not cancelled once a person leaves the government? Obama and Kerry are doing everything they can to knife Potus in the back but from everything I've read, all security clearances are still in place. I assume (I know, lol) that also means Obama, Jarrett, Holder, Lynch, Biden, Kerry, etc., etc., still have the same access they did prior to President Trump being elected. Should they still be able to see the current information?

    Congratulations on your anniversary and I also hope you have another 44!
    Y'all have a wonderful weekend.

  • Kody hines

    05/25/2018 05:29 PM

    Happy anniversary!! Wishing u many more!

  • Carolyn Waldrop

    05/25/2018 05:17 PM

    Thank you for such no nonsense information. I am so tired of every new "investigation" get to the truth, and even if the truth is staring at you, NOTHING HAPPENS!! Enough to make you shoot the TV!!

  • Stephen Daniel

    05/25/2018 05:04 PM

    Happy Anniversary! I am grateful for your informative concise commentary. My father is a southern Baptist preacher about to retire in Kingman AZ but used to pastor First Baptist North Little Rock. We would have loved it if you would have become our President. However, I am grateful for your hard work in providing "the other side of the story" of the ongoing attack on President Trump. God bless you and may He bring revival to our land.