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Hugh Hewitt: A Blockbuster Revelation At The FBI

FISA

The Washington Post recently reported that a former top FBI official, Peter Strzok, who had previously been assigned to and then removed from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, had “exchanged politically charged texts disparaging [President] Trump and supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton” and that Strzok was also “a key player in the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.”

This is a blockbuster revelation, carrying the possibility of shattering public confidence in a number of long-held assumptions about the criminal-justice system generally and the FBI and the Justice Department specifically. The Justice Department should appoint another special counsel to investigate Strzok’s actions as soon as possible.

A special counsel should conduct an inquiry, bring any necessary charges and make a report—and it should come from someone without ties to the president or his opponents. They do exist, such men and women.

Former federal judges make excellent candidates.

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David Davenport: California’s Bully Federalism

Compromise

California’s travel ban, forbidding the expenditure of state money to travel to states that have policies they don’t like, is what I call bully federalism.

You may remember federalism, the idea that state and local governments retain considerable power in our federal system. Under the 10th Amendment, states can fight back and defend their powers against Washington.

But California’s federalism is not defending against federal power, it is offensive in nature, seeking to force its policies onto other states.

California doesn’t want state officials—or even university students—to travel to states that do not agree with its policies on LGBT issues. With the 6th largest economy in the world, California has the economic power to be a bully.

Do we all have to be like California? Is California the only state that gets things right? Is there no respect for the laws of other states, as seems to be called for by the “full faith and credit” provision of the Constitution?

No one likes bullies.

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Michael Medved: Public Opinion and Obamacare

Opioid

In 2010, the health insurance legislation known as “Obamacare” was overwhelmingly unpopular. But Democrats in the White House and Congress pushed it through anyway, and then paid a severe price in the next elections. Today, the health care package known as “Trumpcare” is similarly unpopular, but the Republicans seem determined to pass legislation this summer, even at the risk of serious losses of their own in 2018 Congressional elections.

Does this mean the electorate is confused?—hating Obamacare, and then hating the most serious attempt to repeal and replace it? Actually, public reactions are sensible and consistent—what Americans hate is the whole idea of the federal government making sweeping, bureaucratic decisions, on something as personal and important as medical insurance.

If the GOP made clear that their proposals provide individuals with more choices, and give the states more discretion to shape their own policies, their reforms would win much broader popular support.

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FBI Director Wants DOJ to Refute Trump Wiretap Claims

James Comey Calls For Wiretap Investigation

Comey wants the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s wiretap claim (NY Times).  Hugh Hewitt explains why “it’s quite possible” for Trump to be correct (Hugh Hewitt).  A former Bush attorney believes Trump is right that it happened but wrong to blame Obama (The Hill)  It wouldn’t be a complete shock if it did happen (Yahoo).  A look at Trump’s trouble and turmoil in the White House (Washington Post).  USA Today ran a list of Trump “claims without evidence” (USA Today). The media also jumped on Trump’s float that the Russians should find and release Hillary’s missing emails (The Federalist).

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Michael Medved: Trump Turns

Marijuana

For most Americans, Presidents Day counts as a trivial holiday but this year it looks as if Donald Trump made the most of the occasion. Perhaps he saw results of new historian polls and noted that the five all-time greats shared common characteristics. Lincoln, Washington, FDR, Theodore Roosevelt and Eisenhower all made a priority of finding allies in the pursuit of their governing agenda. They displayed determination and optimism rather than erratic plunges into apocalyptic gloom.

President Trump channeled that positive spirit in his speech before a joint session of Congress, emphasizing aspiration over anger, cooperation over confrontation.

Yes: it’s just one speech, but an enormous television audience helped President Trump refocus the administration on a coherent program of common sense, conservative reform. His GOP colleagues should feel relieved, while Democrats struggle to cope with a new Trump who’d rather make deals than wage twitter-wars.

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Kaepernick in Search of a Team, Promises No More Protest

Kaepernick protest costs him his job

Ah, but the damage is already done (NY Daily News).  And teams apparently don’t want the distraction of a player who expresses his hatred for the country that gave him so much (MSN). The NFL watched their ratings plunge as others followed Kaepernick’s example. He’s poison, at this point. Coach Chip Kelly, fired after the season, let Kaepernick lead the team even after his constant anti-America display. The 49ers finished last.

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Greg Thornbury: Just Saying No Is not Enough

Greg Thornbury on WikiLeaks

When President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress this week, pundits—both on the left and right—agreed: this was a very fine moment for the new Commander-in-Chief.

The speech was filled was highlights for President Trump, but the best ones came when he said things any proud American should love, and the response of Democrats? Revealingly, they sat silent, hands folded, like an old Saharan Sphinx.

One laugh-out-loud funny moment came when the President announced a new partnership with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to help jumpstart the businesses of female entrepreneurs.

When the camera panned to Elizabeth Warren, she looked confused, and muttered, “What?!?” She looked like she wanted to applaud opportunities in new capital markets for women, but just couldn’t bring herself to do it.

That awkward response shows the dilemma of the Democratic Party. Just saying “no” to Trump is not enough.

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