Will Andrew McCabe Be Indicted?

Posted by Keeley on February 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Or does the DOJ and FBI take care of its own, even its disgraced, former, fired, out-to-protect-their-own-reputation, and likely mendacious own? It's hard to answer that question accurately right now for a number of reasons, one of the main ones being it is very hard to tell when McCabe is actually telling the truth.

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Jussie Smollett & Laughter in America

Posted by Keeley on February 20, 2019 at 2:16 PM

Jussie Smollett's claim of a racist attack by supposed MAGA-attire-wearing or slogan-shouting nut jobs is now shredded. And while the media has mostly distanced itself from its own reporting as if this was a Hollywood thing to be apologized for by those stars and personalities who believed Jussie story, and has been in turn ridiculed by some in conservative media for its about face, we now have another hoax in the making, and the problem of what-to-do-with-this?

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The Other Enemy of The President's Border Wall

Posted by Keeley on February 15, 2019 at 4:08 PM

Twenty years ago, there was TV show called The West Wing. You may have seen it, if only hi-lights of some episode on YouTube. In one show Martin Sheen, playing President Josiah Bartlet, angrily snaps, "I'm the President, I can nationalize the trucking industry!"

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A Brave New Analogy for AOC's Green New Deal

Posted by Keeley on February 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM

When FDR and Congress put together the New Deal they were not dealing with untested and unproven technologies. Roads, dams, hydroelectricity, cars, trains, sewers and other infrastructure projects had been built for decades and had used proven technology that did what it was supposed to. It was more a case of a super-charged Keynesian orgy of government spending and government planning but using sound engineering.

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We Hope It's a Deal Please Sign It + Kamala Harris Gets Attacked by the Left

Posted by Keeley on February 12, 2019 at 9:55 PM

They're not even saying what they agreed on. Come on. Senator Shelby, as well, was the only one to actually come out and do much talking at all about the apparent "deal-in-principle" that they had reached. We don't know at this point what the final figure for funding of border barriers is either.

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SOTU - Not a Home Run but Plenty of Hits

Posted by Keeley on February 6, 2019 at 6:07 PM

Was it:

  • A tale of Two Trumps as John Bennett in Roll Call suggests? That is, unifying on some of the issues that might provide a way for Democrats to work with Republicans on things like maternity leave, drug prices, and infrastructure? And divisive because he took a hard line on immigration and abortion?
  • A home run as National Review's Jim Geraghty suggests? Although Geraghty cheekily points out 3 areas where he felt that the SOTU Address struck out - The Kim Jong Un summit, the negotiations with the Taliban, and the Economic Miracle that only the president can claim credit for - which sort of means Geraghty is saying Trump swung really nice but a shame about the 3 misses.
  • An eerie echo of Nixon's 1974 State of the Union Address where he called for an end to the Watergate investigations, as James Hohmann suggests in his Daily 202 newsletter?
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Imagining Trump Primary'd in 2020 on the Eve of SOTU

Posted by Keeley on February 5, 2019 at 6:11 PM

President Trump should not be worrying about reactions to his State of the Union speech. No, he should be terrified of the dark conspiracies being hatched at the Niskanen Center by GOP Trump haters, according to an article by David Drucker at the Washington Examiner. It's a little hard to tell if Drucker is being somewhat ironic or merely dutifully reporting what these folks who want to primary or somehow stop Trump from running for a second term think. Consider that their ringleader seems to be GOP veteran consultant Mike Murphy.

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Justin Fairfax Gets MeToo'ed & It's Likely BS

Posted by Keeley on February 4, 2019 at 5:23 PM

It took 27 years for the tactics used against Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 to be dusted off and used again against Nominee Brett Kavanaugh last fall. It took a day or two between the sudden revelation of Virginia Governor Northam's med school yearbook and the scandal it produced with the accompanying calls for Northam to resign, and a Kavanaugh-ish story about his Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, to emerge.

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The Opposition Doesn't Care if a Wall Works

Posted by Keeley on January 28, 2019 at 4:35 PM

In just over 2 weeks we will see if Congress - under the aegis of a funded and therefore temporarily reopened government - was able to put together a deal on border security that President Trump would be willing to sign. This past weekend, Trump put the odds at 50-50.

He's probably being optimistic.

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Can Kamala Harris Navigate Her Way to The Nomination?

Posted by Keeley on January 25, 2019 at 6:15 PM

If who you are is the lens through which everything you do is judged and criticized, then Kamala Harris shouldn't have to worry about her record as a prosecutor and AG in California. Because what matters is who she is. Myra Adams, a media/writer/creative-type who helped advise the 2008 McCain campaign and worked on the 2004 Bush campaign, has a piece up at Real Clear Politics that is basically an update of a 9-month old article she wrote last spring on why Kamala Harris would run for president.

Except now it's titled: Why Kamala Harris Will Win the Democratic Nomination.

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Is Everything the Fault of Social Media?

Posted by Keeley on January 24, 2019 at 9:44 PM

It seems that one of the arguments being put forward after the debacle concerning the confrontation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial is that we haven't learned how to properly manage Social Media. This from conservatives as much as liberals and progressives.

Sorry, but I can't buy that argument.

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Normal in America - The Veteran, The Catholic Kids, & The Black Hebrew Israelites

Posted by Keeley on January 22, 2019 at 1:38 PM

We've all seen the viral video of the apparent stand-off in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington between a teenage student at a Kentucky Catholic school (Covington Catholic High School) and a native veteran beating a drum in a strange sort of confrontation.

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William Barr Will be Confirmed - Then All Hell Will Break Loose

Posted by Keeley on January 18, 2019 at 12:18 PM

William Barr's memo on the faulty logic behind the obstruction of justice charges that Trump opponents would love to see brought against the President may indeed have helped get him the job of Attorney General, should he be confirmed. Which is looking likely given his polished and experienced performance at the hearings.

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Nancy Pelosi Holds the State of the Union Hostage

Posted by Keeley on January 16, 2019 at 9:54 PM

The State of the Union Address by the president is about the relationship between Congress (both Houses) and the Executive. And the Judiciary - in the form of Supreme Court Justices - is present as well.

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A Brief Look at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer - The Wall But of Course

Posted by Keeley on January 11, 2019 at 11:37 AM

In April of 1952, President Trump was nearing his 6th birthday and the Korean "police" action - it was never a formally declared war on America's part - was raging, having started in June of 1950 with North Korea's invasion of South Korea. President Truman had been anxious to have America step into the breach and defend the embattled South. Truman was perhaps stung by Senator McCarthy's denouncing that communist sympathizers worked for his administration. He had reportedly seen the Korean War as an opportunity to push his weight around and get things done and prove his credentials as a true fighter against communism.

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