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WaPo: Trump polling Mar-A-Lago guests on gun control?

Well, this should make for fun conversation when Donald Trump pays a visit to CPAC this week. As political pressure from Democrats and the media ramp up, the president apparently decided to do some market research...
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New talk of impeachment, but not for Trump

Jill Abramson at New York Magazine believes she’s assembled a case for demanding the impeachment of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. She’s been assembling some of the details of allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas above and beyond the more famous story involving...

Repeal the 2nd Amendment? Yes, Please Try

(John Hinderaker) Liberals increasingly are coming out of the closet, admitting that what they have wanted all along is to ban, or limit to an extreme degree, private ownership of firearms. This would require, as a starting point, repeal of the Second Amendment, which more and more liberals now admit they favor. Earlier today, InstaPundit linked to a marvelous ...

New York Times: Russian meddling was drop in an ocean

(Paul Mirengoff) Yesterday, I wrote that Russia’s efforts during the 2016 election season to sow discord in the electorate and to libel certain candidates were surely inconsequential, given the amount of garbage with which Americans themselves contaminate our politics. Suggesting that Russia’s efforts affected the outcome or even, appreciably, the tenor of this election “is like saying that d...

Black Panther review: excellent film, no matter what your politics

The Black Panther film is out, and man is it a sight to see, with an excellently cast and tightly written script, which captures the essence of T’Challa, Wakanda, and Marvel Comics almost perfectly. The film isn’t the best of the Marvel Movie Universe (those honors go to Captain Ame...

Trump vs. The Hill

(John Hinderaker) President Trump has been tweeting up a storm. Some of his tweets have been about Robert Mueller’s indictment of a number of Russians, which we have written about extensively here. For example: If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asse...

Rick Gates to change his plea to guilty on fraud charges

Friday Ed highlighted a story saying Rick Gates was cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation and could soon reach a plea deal with the Special Counsel. Today the LA Times reports the plea deal could take eff...

Facebook footnotes

(Scott Johnson) It’s hard to pick up in the clatter of the Democrats’ media adjunct, but Facebook vice president of advertising Rob Goldman has taken to Twitter to make a point or two congenial to President Trump. Indeed, he sounds a little like President Trump in the Tweet below. He makes the point that Russian spending on Facebook ads after the election exceeded spending before the election. I didn’t know that. Why hasn’t that point made it through the clatter...

The best defense of the second amendment and agruement agaisnt gun control I have ever heard.

Rod Williams’s Comment: I agree with the statement of Richard Upchurch above. This is one of the clearest arguments I have ever heard explaining why we must protect the right to bear arms. I...

Athletes, entertainers, and celebrities should talk about issues

There’s been a bit of controversy over comments made by Fox News host Laura Ingraham telling LeBron James and Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble,” after the pair criticized President Donald Trump in a ...

Kasich to Trump: It’s time for some god-darned action on gun control

“God-darned” is his word, not mine. You know I can do better. Kasich, a former Fox News host and member of Congress, saved his strongest rhetoric for the gun ...

McConnell: Of course we’re going to lose seats this fall

A new interview with Mitch McConnell this week showed the first cracks in the wall of his optimism about the midterms. While not going down a path of gloom and doom, he no longer sounds positive of breaking a long-standing trend of the party in power losing ground in such scenarios. He’s not c...

What’s on the Council agenda for 2/20/18: Not much, nothing likely to generate controversy and nothing of much importance.

By Rod Williams – The Metro Council will meet Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Council chamber at the Metro Courthouse.  If you are going to watch the Council meeting, you need a copy of the Council agenda and the ...

In Austin, Sheriff’s deputies lack sufficient body armor due to ICE “resistance”

Here’s a story which demonstrates how national “movements” wind up having real-world impacts on the local level. It’s become quite popular for officials, both elected and among law enforcement, to #RESIST Trump by refusing to accept detainers from ICE when they arrest criminal ille...

Lost and found in the desert: Sunday reflection

This morning’s Gospel reading is Mark 1:12–15: The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John ...

How amnesty overreach killed relief for “Dreamers”

(Paul Mirengoff) On the evening of February 14, I wrote a post called “Senate May Be Perilously Close to Passing Liberal Amnesty Legislation.” The legislation in question was sponsored by the so-called Common Sense Coalition, consisting of eight Republican Senators (Alexander, Collins, Gardner, Graham, Flake, Isakson, Murkowski, and Rounds), se...

Shocker! WaPo fact check agrees with Rubio’s statement on new gun laws

A funny thing happened during the current national scream that Congress must do something about gun violence. A Republican lawmaker made a common-sense statement about the limits of government and the left went nuts. Then, wonder of wonders, a Washington Post fact-checker agreed with him. While Se...

Silence of the Bern

(Scott Johnson) The indictments handed up on Friday allege that the Russian defendants supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump in the Republican primaries. Quoting the indictment, Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti notes that Russian “specialists were instructed to post content that focused on ‘politics in the USA’ and to ‘use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them.)’” The internal quote is...

Social Services investigated Florida shooter two years ago

The more we learn about the background and history of the Florida school shooter, the more disturbing the picture becomes, raising additional questions about whether or not it would have been possible to prevent the attack. We already heard that the police had been to the shooter’s home ...

Trump can’t block the Democratic memo on Russia. Here’s why.

By Norman Eisen, Victoria Bassetti If the House of Representatives wants to release the Democratic response to the “Nunes memo,” its members can do so now. President Trump can’t stop them—though he surely will tweet about it. The House just has to do what it does best: Vote. The controversial memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, purported to show that the FBI abused its surveillance authority ...