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  • Jingle all the way to the tax-cut finish line

    12/14/2017 10:08:52 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Washington Examiner Editorial
    Republicans have very nearly finalized their tax reform legislation. We hope they iron out last-minute disagreements and pass it without delay. It will make Christmas merrier. Republican senators and the Senate leadership owe it to the public to be flexible with one another lest so much work on such a crucial bill be squandered. Reform has been a very long time coming. Regardless of the top marginal tax rates, the tax code’s complexity, unfairness, and distortion of economic activity have continued unabated for decades. The only worthy regret about this reform package, the biggest in more than 30 years, is...
  • Trump Pounds the Table in Face of Russia Investigation (barf)

    12/14/2017 10:02:58 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 2 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | David Ignatius
    President Trump's recent denunciations of the Russia investigation recall the famous legal advice: "If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell." Trump shouted out his defense earlier this month: "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion!" he told reporters over the whir of his helicopter on the White House lawn. Since then, Trump's supporters have been waging a bitter counterattack against special counsel Robert Mueller, alleging bias and demanding: "Investigate the investigators."...
  • Putin Happy With Return on Investment for Hacking 2016 Election, Officials Say

    12/14/2017 9:59:00 PM PST · by NorseViking · 12 replies
    For less than a half-million dollars, Russian President Vladimir Putin got what he most wanted out of the Kremlin's campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election: a destabilized American democracy and Hillary Clinton out of his hair, U.S. officials say. The Kremlin views its influence campaign, which it called an "active measures" operation, as a remarkable return on investment, U.S. officials briefed on post-election intelligence told The Washington Post. Not only did it shake up Americans' faith in their democratic process, but the operation also achieved Putin's primary goal of stymying Clinton's White House aspirations, one official told the...
  • The Future for Republicans

    Senate Republicans breathed a big sigh of relief Tuesday night when Roy Moore went down to defeat in the Alabama special election -- even though it halved their already razor-thin majority. Alabama voters rejected a man who was totally unfit to serve as U.S. senator, not just because of numerous allegations that he preyed on young girls when he was a local district attorney in his 30s but because his reverence for the Constitution was as phony as his 10-gallon hat.P But the race might have turned out differently had it not been for the courage of my home state's...
  • Unlike Nixon, Trump Will Not Go Quietly

    12/14/2017 9:51:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is not likely to repeat itself. First, the underlying crime in Watergate, a break-in to wiretap offices of the DNC, had been traced, within 48 hours, to the Committee to Re-Elect the President. In Russiagate, the underlying crime -- the "collusion" of Trump's campaign with the Kremlin to hack into the emails of the DNC -- has, after 18 months...
  • If He's Lost Fox Viewers

    12/14/2017 9:49:30 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    The most important poll number to come out this week had nothing to do with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It had to do with Fox News and Donald Trump. We'll get to the numbers in a minute. First: some disclosure. I'm a Fox contributor and a Trump skeptic (aka a former "Never Trumper"). That makes this an awkward column to write, for reasons that should be fairly obvious. Regardless, I don't think I am revealing any state or corporate secrets that Fox is the president's favorite news network. He says as much all the time. According to CBS'...
  • Oh Lordy – Senator Johnson Outlines Scope of FBI Officials Sculpting Clinton Exoneration

    12/14/2017 9:48:31 PM PST · by gubamyster · 8 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | 12/14/2017 | sundance
    Senator Ron Johnson sends a letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray questioning the surrounding investigative details about how the James Comey (July 5th, 2016) exoneration manuscript was changed and sculpted. (Full pdf below) Within the letter Senator Johnson shares the changes that were made to the manuscript, and asks Wray if FBI officials are aware of who made the changes and why. Prior revelations from within an ongoing IG report showed FBI Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok participating in both the investigation of Hillary Clinton, and changing some of the manuscript to shape the narrative away from criminal conduct and...
  • Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquiry

    12/14/2017 9:43:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2017 9:19 PM EST
    The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that he has opened a misconduct inquiry into a judge accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments by six women. Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas issued the order based on allegations against Judge Alex Kozinski in a Dec. 8 Washington Post article. The women were clerks and others at the largest federal appeals court in the country. Kozinski is a prominent judge, serving as chief judge of the 9th Circuit from 2007 to 2014. He is known for his irreverent opinions and his clerks often...
  • Political Journalists Have Themselves to Blame for Sinking Credibility

    12/14/2017 9:33:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2015 | David Harsayi
    "Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good," legendary reporter Carl Bernstein recently claimed. Pretty good? If there's a major news story over the past 70 years that the American media has botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I'd love to hear about it. Four big scoops recently run by major news organizations -- written by top reporters and, presumably, churned through layers of scrupulous editing -- turned out to be completely wrong. Reuters, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and others reported that special counsel Robert Mueller's office had...
  • GOP Needn't Despair About Alabama

    12/14/2017 9:19:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2016 | David Limbaugh
    Republicans should not be disheartened by Roy Moore's loss in Alabama, because the election had little to do with Doug Jones -- and probably even less with Donald Trump or the Republican agenda. Don't get me wrong. It's quite troubling that the GOP's thin Senate majority just became anorexic, but this election by itself is not a predictor of a Democratic rout in 2018. Republicans could sustain substantial losses, to be sure, but the Alabama election doesn't make that foreseeable. Roy Moore was a uniquely problematic candidate with more baggage than many Republicans believed they could excuse. Though it is...
  • Picking the Lock in Alabama

    12/14/2017 9:12:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Turnout would be the key to which of the wildly conflicting polls would best presage the result of Alabama's special Senate election, wrote Republican consultant Patrick Ruffini earlier this week. That proved correct. Statewide, turnout was down 37 percent from November 2016. It was down less, 31 percent, in the five metropolitan counties around Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile, with their black communities and most of the state's highly educated whites. Turnout was down by even less, 28 percent, in the 10 rural counties where the majority of voters are black. But it plunged 42 percent in the remaining 52...
  • Showtime Vs. Christianity

    12/14/2017 9:07:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    The Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced, and once again, the Hollywood judges really know how to find the worst junk to honor. Two nominations went to stay-classy Showtime's program called "SMILF," which stands for "Single Mother I'd Like to F---." The show's lead actress is also its creator and executive producer. Her name is Frankie Shaw, and she says she picked this profane title as a "deliberate" feminist move to take back the sexist phrase "MILF" from objectification by males. Try deciphering that one. Obviously, the executives of (CBS-owned) Showtime also designed it to nudge people to click...
  • Thom Hartmann: Trump's Tweet Slamming Gillibrand is 'Impeachable' Offense

    12/14/2017 9:02:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | December 14, 2017 | Jack Coleman
    Yeah, good luck with that. The perpetual outrage machine that is the left's pathological loathing for President Trump keeps reaching new lows in absurdity, albeit only on an hourly basis. Plenty of liberals have labeled Trump's tweet slamming Democrat Senator and potential 2020 opponent Kirsten Gillibrand as "sexual harassment." But liberal radio host Thom Hartmann went beyond that and described it -- I'm not making this up -- as grounds for impeachment.Here's Hartmann suggesting this during a conversation with a caller to his show on Tuesday -- Your browser does not support the audio element. HARTMANN: Merlin in Madison, Wisc....
  • Senate may put off most anticipated Russian probe findings

    12/14/2017 8:50:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2017 10:55 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections from foreign tampering. Recommendations on how to counter the threat from attempted election hackers could be the first written product from congressional committees examining Russian interference into the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House. An early bipartisan report could be an attempt to boost confidence in the panel’s probe, as lawmakers worry that other issues could be lost if they...
  • NBC Omits Popular Deductions Staying in GOP Tax Bill, Parrots Dems

    12/14/2017 8:34:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | December 14, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    Congressional Republicans were one step closer to realizing their hopes for tax reform on Thursday as it appeared as though the House and Senate had reconciled nearly all of the legislation. Hearing the recommendations and concerns of the public, the Republicans preserved the current tax codeÂ’s deductions for student loans, medical bills, and added a $10,000 cap for state and local taxes. But of the three major network news outlets, NBC was the only one that left them out of their evening broadcast. Instead of reporting what was known to be in the GOP tax reform bill, NBC Nightly News...
  • Long Island woman laundered money to ISIS through Bitcoin, prosecutors say

    12/14/2017 8:23:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    A Long Island woman was indicted Thursday after she allegedly laundered more than $85,000 through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies overseas to the Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, of Brentwood, was charged in federal court with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Shahnaz, between the months of June and July, allegedly used 16 credit cards that were fraudulently obtained to purchase nearly $63,000 in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. She was also allegedly able to obtain a loan from a Manhattan bank for approximately $22,500 in June.
  • Wealthy CEOs Lecture Americans To Show ‘Courage’ by Submitting to Diversity and Amnesty

    12/14/2017 8:18:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | December 14, 2017 | Neil Munro
    Americans should have the courage to ignore their written laws, to amnesty DACA illegals and accept an open-borders world, says an op-ed by two wealthy CEOs who stand to gain more wealth in a labor market flooded by low-wage migrants. The op-ed by Tim Cook (CEO of Apple, wealth $800 million and growing) and Charles Koch (Koch Industries, $49 billion and growing) was posted in the Washington Post newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos (owner of Amazon, $98 billion and growing). Under the headline “Congress must act on the ‘dreamers,’” it declared: We must do better. The United States is at...
  • The Warlock Hunt

    12/14/2017 8:11:10 PM PST · by TBP · 8 replies
    The American Interest ^ | Claire Berlinski
    The #MeToo moment has now morphed into a moral panic that poses as much danger to women as it does to men. #Metoo, of course. Women are not going nuts for no reason. We’re fed up with feeling prickles down our spine as we walk alone on dimly lit streets. Fed up with thinking, “If he feels entitled to send me that message, what might he feel entitled to do to if he knew where I lived?” Fed up with strangers who smack their lips and murmur obscenities at us. Fed up with thinking, “No, I don’t want to go...
  • The Internet is Free Again

    12/14/2017 8:07:38 PM PST · by FreedomNotSafety · 17 replies
    WSJ via (Google) ^ | 12/14/2017 | Editorial Board
    By effectively deeming the internet a utility, former chairman Tom Wheeler turned the FCC into a political gatekeeper. The rules prohibited broadband providers from blocking, throttling and favoring content, which Mr. Wheeler ostensibly intended to help large content providers like Google and Netflix gain leverage against cable companies.
  • Chicken Wing Spot Prices Collapse 30% As NFL Protests Take Their Toll

    12/14/2017 8:00:58 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    Truth In Our Time ^ | 12-14-2017
    Back in November, shortly after Trump ignited a war with the NFL over player protests of the National Anthem, Papa John's insisted that their sales were getting crushed by a backlash from fans who decided to boycott games (we covered it here: Papa John's Pulls NFL Ads Due To "Negative Consumer Sentiment"). That said, the complaint from Papa John's was seemingly discredited as a convenient excuse for poor earnings the very next day when Pizza Hut said they had seen no impact from the NFL protests. Of course, with all of the noise of seasonality, weather and random accounting games...