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Today's Commentary --- More investigating...and proof that there IS a Trump witch hunt -- "Huckabee" preview -- Obamacare unconstitutional -- Be skeptical of what Mueller says about Flynn -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Reminder: socialist policies destroy everything they touch -- Best gift book of Christmas -- Evening Edition - The Scroll -- Daily Verse
President Trump is understandably “trump-eting" a story in The Daily Signal by former Federal Election Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky. It’s headlined “Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Didn’t Violate Campaign Finance Laws, and Neither Did the President” and makes the case that Trump is in the clear, saying that “the Cohen guilty pleas are likely irrelevant to the fate of President Trump.”
Here’s the Readers Digest version of why the payments weren’t violations: “FECA (the Federal Election Campaign Act) specifically says that campaign-related expenses do not include any expenditures ‘used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign...Given Trump’s celebrity status, the potential liability to these women existed ‘irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign’...Just as important...How can Cohen or anyone else involved in these payments be charged with a ‘knowing and willful’ violation of the law by facilitating these payments when numerous campaign finance lawyers, federal election commissioners, and the Federal Election Commission itself have all publicly opined that such payments do not violate the law in the first place? It seems pretty clear that the Federal Election Campaign Act wasn’t meant to cover what Cohen pleaded guilty to, which is why the [John] Edwards prosecution failed.”
By Mike Huckabee
Take a break from Christmas shopping and settle back this weekend for another great new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! Tonight, Rep. Matt Gaetz will tell us about his incredible week of grilling former FBI Director James Comey and the CEO of Google. I’ll visit with Fox News host Steve Doocy, and the Rev. Franklin Graham will tell us how Samaritans Purse is making sure Christmas will be merry for impoverished children around with world (and how easy and inexpensive it is for you to help.) I’ll have some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” plus more serious commentaries. And we’ll send you off in a real Christmas spirit with the great music of Francesca Battistelli and multiple Grammy-winning gospel artist Cece Winans. How’s that for a stocking stuffed with treasures?
It’s all coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST. To find TBN in your local area and to stream previous episodes of “Huckabee,” visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
By Mike Huckabee
A federal judge in Texas has ruled in favor of 20 states and struck down the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) as unconstitutional. As many legal scholars argued, the only reason Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts could conjure up for finding it constitutional was that it could be called a “tax.” That opened up a lot of other cans of worms nobody wanted to discuss, like the fact that its defenders had denied it was a tax when that was inconvenient to its passage, or that it could be used to justify forcing Americans to pay for any private product the government thought they should buy as long as it was called a “tax,” which exponentially increased government power over individuals.
In this case, the judge agreed with the plaintiffs that when Congress voted last year to get rid of the tax penalty that forced people to comply with the mandate to buy insurance, it gutted the “tax” part of the bill. Since that was the only reason the SCOTUS could name for upholding it, without it, the whole thing is plainly unconstitutional. You can tell how solid the ruling is by the response of Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, which was to resort to the usual phony wailing about how millions of Americans were going to lose their health coverage and to accuse the judge of “absurd” and “faulty” legal reasoning without specifying why he was wrong.
In fact, this is the decision the SCOTUS should have handed down in the first place and forced Congress to start over and produce a real, bipartisan health care bill that would have helped patients with preexisting conditions while providing market-based, cost-lowering solutions for everyone else. Instead, we got this unconstitutional, government-bloating boondoggle.
Naturally, the ruling will be appealed, and it will probably end up at the SCOTUS again. It will be interesting to see if Roberts and the other Justices who joined him will finally cave in and do their duty to protect the Constitution, or if they’ll pull some new and fanciful justification for it out of thin air.
Be skeptical of what Mueller says about Flynn
By Mike Huckabee
At the link, special counsel Robert Mueller hits back at criticism of how the FBI dealt with Michael Flynn, claiming Flynn had enough government experience that he didn’t need to be told it would be a crime to lie to the FBI, and that he admitted to knowingly lying.
I’ll just let you read his defense of the agents who, as we now know, deliberately encouraged Flynn not to have a lawyer present and misled him into thinking it was merely a casual conversation. I’ll write more in detail about this later. Just bear in mind two things as you read Mueller’s defense: If he believed that Flynn was well aware of the criminal liabilities of lying during a sworn FBI interview, then didn’t the decision to discourage him from having a lawyer present imply that they were deliberately misleading him into thinking it wasn’t an official FBI interview? And when he refers to Flynn’s admission of knowingly lying, is he referring to the plea deal under which Flynn pleaded guilty to lying after losing his house, his life savings, his job and his reputation, and being threatened with prison and having his son targeted by prosecutors?
Pardon my skepticism, but by that point, he might have agreed to plead guilty to being a witch to make this stop, but it wouldn’t necessarily mean it was true.
The Baltic Experience 2019
By Mike Huckabee
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
Reminder: socialist policies destroy everything they touch
By Mike Huckabee
Liberals seem to get upset when you point to examples of how socialist policies destroy everything they touch in places like Venezuela. Okay, how about something closer to home, in New York City?
When ultra-left Mayor Bill DeBlasio wasn’t working hard to reverse the miraculous rebirth of the Big Apple wrought by Rudy Giuliani, he’s been fighting charter schools and pumping hundreds of millions of tax dollars into revamping a failing public school system that prioritizes the desires of teachers’ unions over the needs of the students (note that when conservatives complain about this politicized waste of tax money and squandering of children’s futures, it means that we “hate public schools”)
Well, some results are in, as Dick Morris notes at the linked article. Schools in DeBlasio’s “Renewal Schools” program spend an average of $30,355 per pupil, while Success Academy Charter Schools (run by a private company) spend only $18,264. Both cater largely to children from poor families. Yet only 8.3% of Renewal students pass standardized math tests and 12.4% pass English exams, compared to 81.3% in math and 95.6% in English at the charter schools. Not surprisingly, 10,000 students are on waiting lists, hoping to get into the charter schools.
Meanwhile, DeBlasio is finding other ways to put his leftist instincts ahead of the students when it comes to admission to the city’s elite Specialized High Schools, such as Staten Island Tech. Admission is determined by passing a specialized test, but since not enough poor black and Hispanic public school students can pass it (they make up 68% of the city’s students but only 9% qualify for the specialty schools), DeBlasio is backing a bill to lower admission standards and set aside 20% of the places for them in the name of “diversity.”
That has sparked a lawsuit based, ironically, on racial discrimination against Asian-Americans. They make up 62% of the elite school students, and their parents are suing to prevent their kids from being kicked out because they aren’t black or Hispanic, even though they passed the higher admission standards. They say DeBlasio’s high-minded talk about “diversity” is really just a smokescreen to cover up the fact that if his public schools weren’t doing a lousy job of educating black and Hispanic students, they’d be able to pass the entrance test.
Practicing racism and calling it “diversity?” Lowering standards and shifting blame instead of improving schools? Yep, sounds like “progressivism” to me. I’ve always wanted to say this to a socialist-leaning Democrat:
“Won’t somebody think of the children?!”
Best gift book of Christmas
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s a scary sign for the health of the publishing industry, and for literacy in general: Barnes and Noble released its annual list of the 20 best holiday gift ideas. It includes mittens, a Buddha board, Mickey Mouse speakers, several kinds of socks…and only one book.
Even worse, it suggests that the people at Barnes & Noble don’t even know what the best gift book of Christmas 2018 really is:
Evening Edition - December 15
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
The Scroll is a new section of our website, constantly updated, with news we think is worthy of reading.
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
- Deuteronomy 6:6-7
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