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Today's Commentary --- Hope Bill Barr agrees: It's HRC, FBI and DOJ that need investigating -- March for Life -- No censure for King -- "Full disclosure" to interested reader re: the hiring of Fusion GPS -- This Time It’s Personal: -- Terrorism is back -- AOC: Primary Democrats -- Time for SCOTUS to face facts -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
I like to say that I read the news so you don’t have to (and in this time of toxic media, that deserves hazard pay), but if you’re so inclined, Gregg Jarrett of FOX News has a good piece that really spells out the whole Bruce Ohr story. As I’ve previously explained, Ohr –- at that time fourth in command at the Justice Department –- briefed a number of people at the FBI and DOJ in July and August of 2016 about the political nature of the dossier, warning them that it had been prepared for the Hillary campaign by someone who was desperate to see Trump lose. It was a raw, unverified report, likely filled with political bias.
But to highly motivated FBI agents eager to take down Trump, this was “evidence.”
Jarrett asks the same question I did: If Ohr briefed several people who ended up on Mueller’s team (and he did), and they told Mueller what Ohr had said about the real nature of the Russia “dossier” (which of course they would have done), then why wasn’t Mueller investigating the CLINTON campaign for Russia “collusion”? And why wasn’t he also looking into the FBI’s abuse of the warrant application process by misleading the FISA court about their “evidence”? As far as anyone knows, Mueller has completely ignored all of that, although it certainly ties in with what he was supposed to be investigating: Russia’s role in influencing the 2016 election. If it wasn’t going to hurt Trump, he apparently wasn’t interested in pursuing it.
March for Life
By Mike Huckabee
January 22 marks 46 years since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade ruling, which discovered a heretofore unheard-of right to kill unborn children in the Constitution and usurped the right of all 50 states to regulate abortion. Today also marks the 46th annual March For Life on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to protest that radical decision, affirm the sanctity of human life, and honor the approximately 60 million pre-born babies who have been aborted since that day – more than the populations of Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New York combined.
Every year, the mainstream media do their best to ignore the longest-running and largest protest gathering in America. To illustrate their bias, a simple Google search of news articles turns up nearly 7.7 million about the leftist/feminist Women’s March 2019, and only 108,000 about the March for Life 2019. To be fair, I’m sure that some of those articles about the Women’s March are about the repellent anti-Semitism of its organizers and all the sponsors that are distancing themselves from it.
No censure for King
By Mike Huckabee
Iowa Rep. Steve King was stripped by fellow Republicans of his committee assignments for his controversial comments about white supremacy and Western civilization (note: he claims his comments were taken out of context and misrepresented), but he will not be censured by the House. The move to censure him was quietly and overwhelmingly shelved – ironically, after top Democratic leaders pressed fellow Democrats to drop it.
Democratic leaders reportedly feared that if they set a precedent of such harsh punishment for controversial speech that it could come back to bite them if Republicans started pulling up things they’ve said and demanding censure votes for those, too. Which is easy to imagine, considering some of the things that have been said just in the past two weeks.
Sounds as if Democrats have learned something from the boomerang that hit them after they wholeheartedly jumped on the “MeToo” bandwagon and demanded that all accusations of sexual harassment and assault should be believed – until the fingers started pointing at them.
"Full disclosure" to interested reader re: the hiring of Fusion GPS
By Mike Huckabee
Just as a reminder to our readers, when even the most long-established news outlets are loaded with “fake news,” we are doing our best here to deal with reality. I hope you find it refreshing that we’re trying hard to get at the truth, even if it doesn’t always turn out to be what we’d hope it would be.
That’s why I’m sharing the following letter, which, if I read it correctly, seems to be accusing me of partisan spin where none exists. I certainly try not to shade the truth and certainly haven't done that in the case of Fusion GPS and the Steele “dossier.” Readers, if you ever think I’m failing to exercise “full disclosure,” let me know –- tactfully, as William has –- and we’ll talk it out. Thanks.
From William T:
Why don’t you mention, when referring to ’the dossier,’ that Fusion GPS was initially hired by other Republican presidential candidates to do ‘opposition research’ on Donald Trump? Isn’t that the kind of full disclosure you are seeking from others?
This Time It’s Personal:
By Mike Huckabee
Why have so many Democrats who voted to fund a border wall or fence for years, and who even made speeches on the dangers of illegal immigration, suddenly done a 180? What is the real reason that they're willing to shut down their beloved federal government rather than provide a fraction as much money for a border barrier as they backed in previous years?
The CATO Institute did a study and found something intriguing: Democratic support for a border barrier was pretty strong and constant right up until mid-2015, when it suddenly plummeted from 44% to 11%. Take a look at this chart and see if you can guess the exact point at which Donald Trump entered the presidential race and embraced the building of a border wall.
Terrorism is back
By Mike Huckabee
Terrorism is suddenly back on the front burner, with the tragic news yesterday of a bomb blast at a restaurant in Manbij, Syria, that killed 15 people, including four Americans: two contractors and two military members. ISIS took credit for the suicide attack.
First and foremost, we should all pray for the victims and for their families. The loss of human life and the pain of the survivors tends to get lost in the rush to make political arguments, but it is the most important part of this story. We extend our deepest condolences to the families, and we pray for the souls of the victims and for comfort for those they leave behind who’ve had their loved ones torn from them in a brutal and senseless attack.
Some Congressional Republicans immediately called on President Trump to reverse his decision to withdraw troops from Syria in light of the attack. This puts me in a unique position: I am already on record from day one as questioning the wisdom of withdrawing, not only because it might create a vacuum for ISIS to fill, but because it might mean abandoning our staunch allies, the Kurds, and the endangered Syrian Christian population to Syria, Turkey and Iran. Yet I don’t believe this type of terrorist attack is a justification for reversing the withdrawal.
Trump is withdrawing the troops because the mission of crushing ISIS’ dream of a caliphate is complete. They had been expanding their territory at an alarming rate under Obama; killing, raping and enslaving countless people and seizing oil fields and other riches that could be used to fund weapons purchases and more jihad and recruitment. The fact that they are once again reduced to launching lone suicide attacks on innocent people in restaurants isn’t a signal that they’re a rising danger so much as they have been reduced back to the level of the cowardly, shadowy terrorist losers they started out as.
If that’s their status, then it’s not an argument for keeping a large military force in Syria. Troops were needed to force them off their seized territory. They obviously no longer have a state to bomb them off of. Fighting these types of terrorist sneak attacks is the work of intelligence agencies, not soldiers, who would just provide a target for such attacks, as happened Wednesday.
Ironically, a good example of that came on the very same day, when the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force announced the arrest of 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia. He allegedly planned to attack the White House, Statue of Liberty and other targets as part of his jihad, then to flee to ISIS territory. He was reportedly arrested while trying to trade his vehicle for explosives.
But the FBI said there was no danger: he had been under control since the beginning. They got a tip from a resident that he’d been radicalized, and a person he was dealing with was an FBI informant. This is how you prevent lone wolf radical attacks and discourage others from trying them.
So to sum up: I’m still highly skeptical of withdrawing troops from Syria. But it’s because of what might happen on a larger scale involving state actors who also have troops. We shouldn’t let the potential for suicide attacks by one crazed jihadist determine where we place troops because we don’t have enough troops to station them anywhere and everywhere in the world.
AOC: Primary Democrats
By Mike Huckabee
This is why Rep. Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez is calling on fringe-left radicals to launch primary challenges on Democratic incumbents: there are still a few left in office who have some common sense. One of them is the new chair of the House Homeland Security Committee which oversees ICE. He made it clear that as long as he’s running it, no bills to abolish ICE will be brought to a vote. That will save the Senate the trouble of having to kill them.
Time for SCOTUS to face facts
By Mike Huckabee
I’m not sure why so many liberals are hysterical over the idea of a conservative Supreme Court, since they seem to think that only SCOTUS rulings that are in their favor need to be obeyed.
I told you last week about the Colorado Christian cake designer who won his Supreme Court case, yet is back in court again because he’s still being targeted by the state for refusing to violate his religious beliefs. And here’s another case of déjà vu all over again: one of the most ignominious examples of government bullying during the Obama years is back, with Northern California-based, Obama-appointed Judge Haywood Gilliam once again ordering the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns, to pay for employees’ birth control, including drugs and devices that induce abortions.
A second lawsuit, involving Pennsylvania, hasn’t been ruled on yet. At least the judge in that case asked the plaintiff why it was wrong for Trump to issue a rule exempting the nuns, but it wasn’t wrong for Obama to issue the rules in the first place. She didn’t get a coherent answer, probably because they couldn’t say, “Because we refuse to recognize the results of the 2016 election!”
You might be thinking, “Wait, didn’t the Supreme Court toss out this abomination already?” Yes, in 2016. It was one of the issues that led Christian voters to support Donald Trump, who issued new regulations exempting non-church religious organizations from the Obamacare mandate to provide birth control and abortifacient drugs under their insurance plans. But pro-abortion Attorneys General in California and Pennsylvania went back to court to try to block those regulations. This Obama judge sided with California, in a ruling that would apply to 13 states and DC, despite the SCOTUS already ruling in the nuns’ favor on the issue (note to Chief Justice Roberts: this is what people are talking about when they complain about activist Obama judges.)
The plaintiffs claim that not forcing nuns to pay for abortions and birth control is depriving women of “health care,” even though such drugs are readily available elsewhere and can be paid for through other channels without having to force devoutly religious nuns to fund what they (and anyone with a brain and conscience) consider to be the murder of pre-born children.
Of course, America’s self-appointed conscience, Planned Parenthood, gleefully celebrated the ruling forcing nuns to pay for abortions. But I have a hard time imagining most Americans like this ruling, or the way in which liberal states are perverting the legal system by getting activist judges to find technicalities through which they continue to defy the will of the people, the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s prior rulings.
If you don’t think this is a deliberate targeting of religious Americans for their beliefs, note at the link that the Obama Administration “carved out exemptions for huge corporations like ExxonMobil and PepsiCo but not for religious individuals,” and the blue states’ lawsuit doesn’t challenge the exemption for the corporations, only for religious employers like the nuns.
Attorney Mark Rienzi of the Becket Foundation, which is representing the Little Sisters, said that sadly, these pro-abortion Attorneys General “think ?attacking?nuns is a way to score?political points.?These men?may think their campaign?donors want them?to sue nuns, but our guess is most taxpayers disagree. No one needs nuns in order to get contraceptives, and no one needs these guys reigniting the last administration’s?divisive and unnecessary?culture war.”
It’s time for the Supreme Court to face the fact that their previous “living Constitution” rulings that pulled new “rights” out of thin air created dangerous conflicts with First Amendment rights, with leftist activists exploiting the confusion to attack Americans of faith. The SCOTUS needs to stop issuing these timid technical rulings that apply only to one narrow area and make it clear that First Amendment rights such as free speech and religious freedom reign supreme. If that doesn’t work, then maybe they could use their gavels to pound the idea into the heads of lower court liberal judges who refuse to take “no” for an answer, even when it’s handed down to them from the Supreme Court.
Evening Edition - January 17
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"Commit thy works unto the Lord,
and thy thoughts shall be established."
– Proverbs 16:3
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