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New Book Details the Trump Campaign’s Behind-the-Scenes Handling of the Damning ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Behind is former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 

 

A new book by a Politico contributor reveals the Trump campaign’s reaction to the notorious Access Hollywood tape which spawned a million pink hats and a million mischaracterizations.

In American Carnage, Tim Alberta captures the moment top campaign officials learned of the tape and its contents:

Trump looked at [Reince Priebus], put the packet on the table, and slid it across. The party chairman began to read, the room now filling around him with the rest of the team. They had all seen it: an email exchange with Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who claimed to have an old audio recording of Trump making exceedingly lewd remarks about women and boasting of his ability to get away with sexual assault.

I’d like to stop right there — that would be one of those million mischaracterizations.

To be clear, Donald Trump did not “[boast] of his ability to get away with sexual assault.”

Trump did, rather, say that women would “let” him grab them. That’s a very important distinction.

Back to the book:

Fahrenthold had sent over the alleged quotes and was requesting comment from the campaign for a story that would run later that day.

“Wow, this isn’t good,” Priebus said, his eyes fixed on a single line. “This is really, really bad.”

The group was paralyzed with silence. Finally, Kushner piped up. “You know, I don’t think it’s all that bad.”

“Jared, what are you talking about?” Priebus said, burying his head in his hands. “This is as bad as it gets.”

Tim asserts Trumps advisers held to hopes the claims were false. Those were, however, dasedh against the rocks of recorded reality when a copy of the tape was sent over.

Kellyanne Conway recounted The Donald’s surprise:

“It was a moment of humility and vulnerability. He legitimately did not remember saying that.”

As per Carnage, the exposure scooted away some members of the GOP establishment, and fear abounded that Mike Pence would disassociate as well.

But Donald was determined.

Not for a moment would Trump consider quitting the race. He was unmoved by the rebukes of the Republican lawmakers who were piling on with excoriating statements; most of them, he scoffed, were the same people who had opposed his candidacy from its inception.

For a hot second, the chronicle notes, New York’s most famed eccentric agreed to go beyond his apology video and give an interview to ABC in the name of damage control. He abruptly about-faced.

The book claims Trump’s clinching of the presidency came during the 2nd debate, at which he showcased Bill Clinton’s accusers and relentlessly obliterated Hillary over her email scandal.

It was, without question, the ugliest and most vitriolic presidential debate in the mass-communication era. And it was exactly what Trump needed. Facing pressure unlike any White House hopeful in memory, the Republican nominee didn’t just get off the mat; he came up swinging. It made all the difference. Within 48 hours the bleeding had stopped: Republicans ceased their calls for his withdrawal, Pence dutifully returned to the stump and his campaign went on as though nothing had happened.

“Went on as though nothing had happened” seems a fair assessment of Trump’s inimitable style and history. The man knows how to rebound.

Where the election’s concerned, Democrats haven’t seemed to possess the same.

That’s why, as I sit in Los Angeles writing this, I may well be within 1000 yards of a still-worn kitty cap.

For more on American Carnage, please see AOC’s response to a Trump move chronicled in the exposé here.

What are your thoughts on the whole Access Hollywood dustup? What was your reaction then? Has your attitude changed? Please let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Meanwhile, the Conservative poll rating is at under a quarter of the vote

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The Conservative leadership election is so attention-seizing, at least for this site, that there is a danger of forgetting about its wider context.

Which as matters stand is that the polls show that politics in Britain is now a four-way contest, rather than the two-way one of the 2017 election.  (In Scotland, it looks more like like a five-way contest.)

The Party’s last five poll ratings are 24 per cent, 20 per cent, 20 per cent, 21 per cent and 17 per cent.  It last led in a national poll on April 5.

Can Boris Johnson turn it round?  Not if there’s an election next spring and Brexit hasn’t been delivered, according to a YouGov poll reported on this site last Friday.

Under his leadership, the Tories would take 20 per cent of the vote, rather than 18 per cent under Jeremy Hunt, but it would make little difference to the wider scheme of things.

Punch those YouGov figures into Electoral Calculus calculator – admittedly a crude way of proceeding – and one finds the Brexit Party 38 seats short of a majority. The Conservatives would be reduced to 39 seats.

Now polls of course are, as our proprietor always puts it, a snapshot and not a prediction.  None the less, the context in which the present contest is set is one of the possible collapse of one the oldest political parties in the world.

But always look on the bright side of life.  Were Brexit delivered, the same poll finds that Jeremy Hunt could deliver, according to Electoral Calculus again, a Tory majority of 14 and Boris Johnson one of 122.

The reason? Brexit would collapse the Brexit Party vote – to 12 per cent under a Hunt premiership and to nine per cent under a Johnson one.

The YouGov poll didn’t distinguish between a No Deal Brexit and a Theresa May Deal Brexit – or some other form of deal.

And one can make a persuasive case that a general election in the wake of a No Deal Brexit would see the Party pulverised, too.

But be that as it may, there can be little doubt, given Lord Ashcroft’s polling too, about the result if there is No Brexit at all.  The Conservatives wil be out of office – perhaps for a long time and possibly for ever, in their current form.

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Two Prominent Jewish Groups Lambaste Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Over Her Claim of ‘Concentration Camps’ at the Border

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In case you missed it: On Monday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that…dang it — more winceworthy stuff from her…anyway, she claimed Donald Trump is running “concentration camps” at our southern border.

In politics, why make interesting and solid points when you can just say wholly ridiculous, fantastical things?

Therefore:

This drew a stiff response from Liz Cheney, followed by AOC’s super-failed attempt at a comeback:

Liz wasn’t alone.

In fact, two prominent Jewish groups have condemned the self-professed socialist…

I should note, at this point: Alexandria is falsely accusing someone of concentration camps while persistently touting the Nazis’ economic system.

Back to the story:

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York suplexed the 29-and-a-half-year-old congressional freshman in a letter, saying they were “deeply disturbed” by her ignorant and irresponsible comments:

Dear Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,

We are deeply disturbed by the language used in your recent Instagram live video which seeks to equate the detention centers on America’s southern border with Nazi-era Concentration Camps.

The terms “Concentration Camp” and “Never Again” are synonymous with and evocative of the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, in which 6 million European Jews were systematically denied civil and human rights due to their race and ultimately murdered in a state-sponsored genocide. As concerned as we are about the conditions experienced by migrants seeking asylum in the United States, including family separation, unusable facilities, and lack of food, water, and medical resources, the regrettable use of Holocaust terminology to describe these contemporary concerns diminishes the evil intent of the Nazis to eradicate the Jewish people.

Since 1976, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York has acted as a key resource to the New York Congressional Delegation on issues of concern to the 1.4 million member New York Jewish community. As our city is home to the largest Holocaust survivor community in the United States, we would be pleased to work with you to arrange a visit to a concentration camp, a local Holocaust museum, hear the stories of local survivors, or participate in other educational opportunities in the hopes of better understanding the horrors of the Holocaust.

Until that time, we urge you to refrain from using terminology evocative of the Holocaust to voice concerns about contemporary political issues.

Sincerely,
Charles Temel, President
Cheryl Fishbein, President-Elect
Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO

They “urge [her] to refrain.” It seems like that’d be good advice in general.

Another group — the Zionist Organization of America — came down on Alexandria even more harshly. President Morton Klein — whose parents were actually in the Holocaust (and survived), tweeted that AOC should be “censured by her colleagues”:

AOC’s ludicrous statements that the U.S. has a “Fascist” “presidency that creates concentration camps” to hold immigrant communities, and AOC’s invocation of the Holocaust-associated slogan “never again” with respect to the housing of immigrant minors – are abhorrent insults to the memory of the 6 million Jews and the millions of gays, gypsies, and others who were intentionally slaughtered, worked to death, starved, gassed and tortured in the real Nazi-Fascist concentration camps. The real story is that the U.S. government ran out of space and has to temporarily house minor teenagers who crossed illegally into the U.S. at an army base – something that former president Obama also did. Comparing this to the horrors of the Holocaust death camps is a sin. AOC must be censured by her colleagues for this mindless and moronic analogy. She doesn’t belong in Congress making decisions on behalf of her fellow American citizens.

Well. No ambiguity there.

I just can’t understand why, day in and out, we hear so much nonsense via the raging of political war. Who benefits from people saying completely idiotic things with no connection to reality? Wouldn’t more be gained by thoughtful and insightful points?

Welp…

The beat (your head against the desk over the Left’s dumbest remarks) goes on.

-ALEX

 

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Lindsey Graham Repeats to Trump: Invade Venezuela Like Reagan Did in Grenada. Beyond That, One Nation is Key

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On Fox News Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham urged President Trump to make a major move in the continuing battle over Venezuela’s presidency: Use military force.

During his morning appearance on the news network, Lindsey was asked about foreign policy difficulties for The Donald, including the fact that the in-dire-straits country’s leader — Nicolas Maduro — is refusing to step down.

Meanwhile, Iran’s allegedly attacked four oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and North Korea’s continuing its “what agreement?” attitude toward shooting rockets.

“It’s a time of testing,” he noted.

As for Iran, Lindsey means business. But he’s willing to start light:

“I would start with naval escorts. If there’s a new attack down the road, I would sink their navy.”

He don’t play. Like here, here, and here. Gotta love the fire.

Lindsey gave Trump props:

“I give a lot of credit to the President to get the North Koreans to slow down their program. I give him a lot of credit going after the Iran nuclear deal, getting out of it. Standing up to Maduro.”

But he said fixing Venezuela is key to quelling the inflamed international affairs:

“[W]e need points on the board. Start with your own backyard. Tell Cuba, ‘If you’re not out of Venezuela in a week.’ And people are starving and dying in Venezuela because Maduro’s such a thug, then we’re making a mistake. Fix Venezuela, and everybody else will know you’re serious.”

Lindsey asserted Cuba’s exit will kneecap Maduro.

“[Trump] said Maduro has to go. He’s right. Give Cuba an ultimatum. Without Cuba, Maduro doesn’t last one day. Tell Cuba to get out of Venezuela.”

But the senator also touted a military force option:

“Do what Reagan did in Grenada. “

And what did he do?

As described by Politico:

Citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribb;ean nation of Grenada by that nation’s pro-Marxist regime, on this day in 1983 President Ronald Reagan ordered U.S. forces to invade the island and to secure their safety. In little more than a week, Grenada’s government was overthrown.

Lindsey reiterated on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show:

“When Cuba got involved in Grenada, what did Ronald Reagan do?” Graham, a close Republican ally of President Donald Trump, asked. “He kicked them out. That is what I’d do with Venezuela.”

This ain’t Lindsey’s first time reference Grenada in relation to the suffering nation. On May 22nd, he wrote an 0p-ed for the Wallstreet Journal suggesting the same.

In fact, reportedly, Trump mentioned it himself — last year, as covered by RedState’s T.LaDuke.

What do you think about military force to the southeast? I look forward to your insight.

-ALEX

 

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Nancy Pelosi Says She Wants to See Trump in Prison, Media Oddly Un-Phased

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Remember the sheer amount of gnashing of teeth that took place throughout 2016 when Republicans would suggest that Hillary Clinton should have been charged for her crimes? Then there were the “lock her up” chants at Trump rallies that really set hair on fire in newsrooms across the country.

Was it a little brash? Sure. But Hillary had clearly violated the law and people were rightly upset that she was being evaluated under a different set of rules.

Enter Nancy Pelosi.

The remarks came in a meeting with Jerry Nadler. Pelosi was actually attempting to rebut calls for impeachment because she knows it will backfire. Now, her new line to sell to the base is that if we don’t impeach now, then Trump can be arrested when he leaves office.

She’s trying desperately to hold back the tide and this latest line is pretty pathetic. If you think he should be in prison, why in the world would you not impeach him? None of this makes sense.

The real question is, will CNN run in terror at her remarks? Will The New York Times write dozens of op-eds letting us know how dangerous this is to our democracy? Nah, of course not.

The double standards at play here are obvious. If a Republican suggests criminal liability against a political opponent, it’s the end of the world and it will spawn hundreds of media reports condemning the action. If a Democrat does it, meh, whatever. Trump is always different.

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Jerry Nadler Starts the Mueller Hearings and His First Witness Is Hilariously Bad

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Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has decided he’s moving forward with hearings on the Mueller report. Because we must get to the bottom of what happened according to Democrats and 400+ pages from the Mueller report just won’t do.

In reality, this is a partisan exercise with no real end game except to drag the issue out into the 2020 election. Nadler has been rebuffed at every turn, even by Robert Mueller him, who’s said he has no reason to testify.

In the absence of any real, substantive witnesses, Nadler has a plan.

His first witness in the hearings will be…Nixon White House Counsel John Dean?

That’s a Politico reporter above breathlessly letting us know that the Democrats are shifting to “substance” by bringing in irrelevant lawyers from a 50 year old administration. Makes sense.

While having no actual testimony to give concerning the Mueller report and its inner workings, what Dean does have is delusional anti-Trump bonafides and that’s good enough for Jerry Nadler.

In other words, Dean is a grifter, much in the same mold as Bob Woodward, who’s been living off of Watergate most of his adult life.

And completely unexpectedly, all of his targets over the years have been Republican Presidents. Bill Clinton, who was actually impeached, didn’t make his list of “Worse than Watergate” books, but Ronald Reagan did because reasons.

Dean is the worst kind of character because he was actually up to his eyeballs in Watergate and his transformation is nothing but self preservation. He needed to save his skin after getting caught trying to cover up Nixon’s deeds so he decided to become a reliable Democrat apparatchik, knowing it’d give him plot armor for the rest of his life.

This guy will have absolutely nothing substantive to give Jerry Nadler and his crew, but he will rail against Trump and that’s enough to get you called in as an expert witness.

The Democrats are making fools of themselves. The DOJ successfully slapped their hand, so they shift to using John Dean as a mouthpiece in public hearings, knowing the media will report is as serious business. The rest of the country is just laughing at them though.

But hey, maybe Nixon will finally resign after this?

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Alan Mak 1) Alan Mak: Conservatism 4.0 – Adapting our Party for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is our greatest challenge

Alan Mak is MP for Havant and Founding Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Later this year, the international commission that oversees the official geological timechart will meet to debate and decide whether the world has entered a new epoch. The “Anthropocene”, named after the humans that have had such a profound influence on our planet would, for example, sit alongside the Upper Jurassic and Pleistocence (Ice Age) periods and represent the biggest turning point in history for over 500 million years.

Advocates for the Anthropocene say this new distinct era started in the 1950s, identifiable from the radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests, the appearance of fossilised plastics, the rise in carbon pollution from the global post-war economic boom, the pervasive use of concrete, and the rise of mechanised agriculture. Opponents feel none of these changes has been sufficiently impactful to merit a new phase in history – and the debate continues.

In contrast, the start of a new Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the late 2000s is not in dispute. My previous ConservativeHome series on this topic outlined the historical background and economic importance of the 4IR – the fourth phase of industrialisation after previous eras defined by steam, electricity and then the internet. This latest series of articles, which begins today, outlines its political implications, and argues in particular that adapting conservatism to the politics and society of a Britain radically re-shaped by the 4IR is our Party’s biggest challenge in the coming years – not Brexit.

Like many activists around the country, I spent time during the local election campaign knocking on doors and speaking to voters. I found an electorate keen to talk about a range of topics, not just Brexit: the economy, schools, defence, the NHS. Brexit is certainly the focal point of our national discourse for now, and while it will continue to be the fundamental, short-term issue our new Party Leader must deliver on, a moment will arrive very soon where the Party must pivot to the future – and look beyond Brexit.

As the leadership contest begins, our next Prime Minister, who will take us into a second decade in power, needs to turbo-charge our domestic policy agenda post-Brexit.

The next general election, whenever it comes, will be fought against a Labour Party that has coalesced around a hard-left agenda with clear messages on austerity, state-aid, taxation and the state ownership of utilities. Worryingly, these big state, anti-capitalist arguments have gained traction for the first time in 40 years. Just as Margaret Thatcher defeated Michael Foot’s hard left ideology in the 1980s, today’s Conservatives need to re-win the argument for free markets and stamp out Corbynista thinking before it takes hold.

The battlegrounds for the next election are being shaped by the new, disruptive technologies of the 4IR, sometimes visibly, sometimes not. The underlying forces shaping the contours of our new society and economy – the automation of jobs, the creation of new businesses, regional growth and decline, the skills base in each community – are all driven by new technology. As our lives become ever more digital, our country faces a series of unique challenges that only Conservative values can fully address.

Our Party has to adapt to this new landscape – and develop a new set of positive policies that allows us to deliver on the changed aspirations of voters in this new setting. From helping people secure the new jobs that the tech revolution will create to tackling the downsides of growth such as preventing environmental degradation, we need to develop Conservatism 4.0 – conservatism for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Previous Industrial Revolutions saw Conservative leaders grasp the opportunity to reshape our Party as the country changed. Robert Peel repealed the Corn Laws, heralding Britain’s rise as a champion of free trade, and  Thatcher drove forward reforms that enabled the City of London to renew itself and flourish through the “Big Bang” of technology. Our next Leader must consider how the Conservatives will remain relevant to a new generation of voters whose lives, workplaces and communities are being shaped by artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, drones and a new phase of globalisation.

We Conservatives must adapt to this rapidly-changing social and economic landscape, just as Thatcher and her predecessors did. These four guiding principles should shape the next leader Conservative Leader’s thinking.

1. No community can be left behind

Young people thinking of careers after leaving school or university are now entering workplaces in every sector shaped by artificial intelligence and automation.

Just take the supermarket industry, a sector that employs 1.1 million people in the UK and which faces radical change. Ocado, for instance, has developed a warehouse in Hampshire dubbed “the hive” that sees robots processing 3.5 million items every single week. Meanwhile in America, the first trials have begun of “Amazon Go” – checkout-free shops where consumers walk-out with whatever goods they like bypassing traditional tills or scanners. Instead, camera-based tracking technology identifies the shopper visually, and the goods bought, and charges their credit card automatically. There are no staff in the “shop” – a radical departure from the high street shop my parents ran which relied heavily on human labour (including mine).

What do these innovations mean for shop workers, and the millions of others who will likely be displaced in similar ways in other industries? Just as in previous Industrial Revolutions new jobs will certainly be created, from app designers to data scientists to robot maintenance workers. Past experience also suggests more jobs will probably be created than are lost as the economy grows. But our challenge is ensuring we equip workers with the right skills to fulfil their potential and secure these new jobs.

That means a renewed focus on STEM skills and a wider strategic long-term plan for skills in our country. I’ve previously set out my belief that we should introduce a Future Skills Review, a big picture analysis of the skills needed for our economy over the next five years – akin to the Comprehensive Spending Review or Strategic Defence Review.

Automation will inevitably impact different areas of the country disproportionally. So our next Prime Minister needs to prevent widening regional inequality. The impact of the decline of heavy industry, especially in the North, is still felt to this day in areas that have struggled to fully recover. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution accelerates, we need to help every community adjust and prosper, getting a fair share of the fruits of economic success. Leeds re-invented itself as a hub for digital innovation, whilst Sunderland is home to Nissan’s highly productive car plant. So a new Northern Technology Powerhouse would be especially welcome in the years ahead, ensuring that it isn’t just the “Golden Triangle” of Oxford, Cambridge and London that benefit from the 4IR.

2. Public services should be more productive, more digital and more accessible

The smartphone generation demands services that are available at their fingertips, whether that’s ordering a taxi or making a bank payment. The average smartphone user can choose from around 2 million apps to download – everything from games to social media.

Technology means life is moving faster, and people’s expectations of similarly fast-movement and responsiveness from their government are rising too. Voters want a Smart State, not Big Government. And because we Conservatives are in office, we are expected to use new technology to deliver better, more efficient public services.

Perhaps one of the least recognised achievements of the Government since 2010 has been the digital transformation of our public services. The UK is currently fourth in the UN e-government league, having delivered more than £2 billion in efficiency savings through digital transformation since 2014.

But we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. We must strive to deliver more efficient public services by fully-digitising them in line with consumer demand. A poll by POLITICO in swing election seats showed that our Party still trails in the core issues ranked as the most important outside of Brexit – crime, housing and health.

We need to consider how we can use artificial intelligence to solve crimes; automated construction techniques to build much-needed homes; online courses to improve further education; and how we deploy apps to transform the NHS into a paperless service, so patients have their test results and medical records on their phones.

As a Party we need to harness technology to improve the delivery of public services and offer better outcomes, recapturing the initiative from Labour politicians whose focus on nationalisation and uncosted (yet endless) spending commitments often drives the debate.

3. Technology can help us become more relevant to younger voters

The age divide in our politics is now well-documented, with a recent Onward report showing 49 per cent of Conservative voters are now over the age of 65.

Yet as separate polling for the Centre for Policy Studies found, young people are still more likely than the general population to think that the Government spends and taxes too much and are not inclined to back nationalisation.

Instead, they want more control over their lives, and that includes over the money they work hard to earn.
In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Conservatives need to deliver the same message of economic freedom that propelled Thatcherism to unprecedented electoral success. By embracing tech, and making Britain a global tech superpower, we will create more opportunities for young people to start their own business and have a stake in our society by owning capital and generating wealth for themselves and others.

Our next Leader must position Britain as low-tax, high-innovation, pro-tech economy. We must cut corporation tax to attract inward investment – Jeremy Hunt’s proposal to cut our rate to match Ireland’s 12.5 per cent rate is very welcome – and be pro-active in creating a regulatory environment that gives tech companies the freedom to innovate. We must not follow Labour’s example by trying ban Uber in London and Brighton. Platforms used by younger people should be smartly regulated, not shutdown.

We win back younger voters by proving that we are a Party that believes in the future – and that means embracing technology, and the benefits it brings to everyday life.

4. Green growth must be at the heart of Britain’s Fourth Industrial Revolution

The fossil fuels that powered previous industrial revolutions left a dirty legacy which we are only now coming to terms with as we take decisive action on climate change.

The 4IR will be the first industrial revolution that offers the tantalising prospect of clean growth, with renewable energy and the next generation of batteries potentially signalling the end for dirty fossil fuels.

Similarly, carbon capture and storage technology has the potential to limit CO2 in the atmosphere; blockchain to improve accountability across far-flung supply chains; “smart boats” to help fishermen manage their catch effectively; and biodegradable plastics to protect our oceans.

These are just a small number of the environmental technology breakthroughs that will soon become pervasive.

Britain should be an advocate on the world stage for green growth, helping us bolster our credentials at home as the Party of good environmental stewardship too. The current Government’s 25-Year Environment Plan and commitment to biodiversity has been one of our most popular policy areas since 2017. By committing to ensuring that this new industrial revolution leaves the planet cleaner we can turn green growth in the 4IR into a new source of electoral strength.

All four policy areas matter regardless of Brexit or our future relationship with the EU. The current Brexit debate has meant they are not getting the focus they deserve, but our next Leader should put these principles at the heart of our Party’s response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

By doing so, we can successful help our Party adapt to the new political and economic landscape that technology-driven change is creating, so voters continue to trust us to govern for generations to come.

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Democrats Hope The Month Of June Will Break Pelosi On Accepting Impeachment

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The Heat Is ON for the Speaker and her caucus buddies are bringing it.

As I wrote here last week Who Was The Biggest Loser In The Mueller Presser? Nancy Pelosi the Mueller presser was only going to put more heat on Madam Speaker to get moving on impeachment.

According to POLITICO that is just what is happening…

A month packed with subpoena fights, hearings on obstruction of justice and legal battles over Trump’s financial records is certain to provide fresh ammunition to grow the pro-impeachment ranks.

“The temperature’s rising, the plot is thickening. It’s hard for me to imagine Congress certainly leaving for the August recess without some closure on this,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who supports impeachment. “The Hamlet act is, I think, wearing thin, and it’s becoming untenable and intellectually strange.”

But Democrats eager to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump fear they’re running out of time to persuade Pelosi to change course before presidential politics consumes Washington.

Democrats in the House are not interested in the overall strategy that Pelosi is looking at. They just want to pound anything with Trump into the ground and hope something sticks. Yet there is a reason that Nancy Pelosi has been in a position of power for so long.

She is not that idiot some want to portray her.

The Speaker comes from a political family and she has learned where there are potential traps and how to avoid them. There is no smoking gun yet and Pelosi has to balance that fact with the non-compliance of the Senate to hold a trial, plus, the danger of a backlash from the moderates they need to win back in 2020. Her committee chairs are increasingly not caring about that.

She has too.

As hard as this might be for some people to believe, Nancy is being the adult in the room here for the Democrats. The newbies think they will always be in the majority and Trump is dead in the water already for next years election. Nancy knows better.

As I said in the other article I wrote from last week on this subject.

Nancy likes the perks of being Speaker. Free plane rides home, bigger office with a cool balcony view of the Mall and she is 3rd in line for the Presidency. All good stuff. So when malcontents like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib start getting lippy about impeachment, Nancy has to walk a fine line. They are part of the reason she is Speaker today but if Impeachment blows up they will be the reason why she loses it.

Nancy doesn’t like to lose.

The ever-growing calls from people on her side of the aisle to fast forward on this will be a lot of fun to watch being Pelosi will have to cut a deal at some point and then the fireworks can really begin before the election next year.

Get a bag of popcorn and get ready. This will be a hoot to watch.

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Justice Dept Wont Charge Julian Assange For CIA Leaks

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Well, that came out of nowhere.

In a move that surprised a whole lot of people who expected that the United States would throw the book at Wikileaks founder Juliane Assange, they only threw half of a book.

According to POLITICO

It’s a move that has surprised national security experts and some former officials, given prosecutors’ recent decision to aggressively go after the WikiLeaks founder on more controversial Espionage Act charges that some legal experts said would not hold up in court. The decision also means that Assange will not face punishment for publishing one of the CIA’s most potent arsenals of digital code used to hack devices, dubbed Vault 7. The leak — one of the most devastating in CIA history — not only essentially rendered those tools useless for the CIA, it gave foreign spies and rogue hackers access to them.

Prosecutors were stymied by several factors.

First, the government is facing a ticking clock in its efforts to extradite Assange to the United States from the United Kingdom, where he is being held. Extradition laws require the U.S. to bring any additional charges against Assange within 60 days of the first indictment, which prosecutors filed in March, accusing Assange of helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning hack into military computers.

There is a strategy here.

Assange and his pal Chelsea ( Don’t call me Bradley) Manning released some very damaging stuff to U.S. national security in relation to what is called “Vault 7” material. This type of material is highly classified and generally when it leaks the government will neither confirm or deny it is real. So if they were to prosecute base don those materials they would have to confirm it in court.

Classic catch 22. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

So the government will go after Assange for helping Bra errr Chelsea Manning with the release of the classified material that Manning was already convicted on. The U.S. is going through the process for Assange to be transferred here from England in what will be a circus for sure.

In the meantime, we can hope that the United States intelligence operations have tightened up their security nets a bit and hope that they don’t spy on Americans without a warrant.

What a world that would be.

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Media That Once Accused 47 Republicans of Violating the Logan Act Now Says John Kerry Is In the Clear

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A little shot and chaser action this morning for you.

President Trump caused a bit of a kerfuffle this week in the media because he dared to suggest that John Kerry, who violated every aspect of the Logan Act with his interactions with Iran, should be prosecuted for his crimes. As I pointed out in my previous piece, I personally think the Logan Act is garbage and would be found unconstitutional if pursued, but that didn’t stop the Obama administration from using it as a pretext to target Michael Flynn. It also didn’t stop the media from suggesting 47 Republicans Senators should be prosecuted under it for their opposition to the Iran deal.

So what’s changed?

Here’s CNN back in 2015.

Forty-seven Senate Republicans may have broken the law this week. But no one’s losing any sleep over it.

Pundits and legal scholars are raising questions over whether Sen. Tom Cotton and the 46 Senate Republicans violated the Logan Act when they penned a letter to Iran’s leaders on Monday, undercutting President Barack Obama’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear agreement with those same leaders. The law, passed in 1799, forbids any U.S. citizen — acting without official U.S. authority — from influencing “disputes or controversies” involving the U.S. and a foreign government.

Now, to be fair, CNN was at least living in reality enough that they admitted no prosecution was likely. In fact, they went so far as to lay out why the law probably wouldn’t hold up. Those were simpler times. But they spun the whole thing as “of course Tom Cotton and others are guilty, but they’ll get off on the technical faults of the law.”

We saw similar pieces from The Washington Post, Politico, and The Guardian, among many others. The thing to notice here is that the media started and instigated the conversation about Republicans breaking the Logan Act, even as most of the article belatedly admitted it wouldn’t stand up to constitutional scrutiny.
Fast forward to 2017 and we saw numerous articles referencing the Logan Act as legitimate in pursuit of charges against Michael Flynn. See here, here, and here.

Here’s The New York Times letting us know why Trump should “fear” the Logan Act and that he certainly broke it.

That leads us to this week, where the media all the sudden decided not only is the Logan Act not worth talking about, it’s crazy sauce to even suggest that John Kerry be prosecuted under it. Instead of doing speculative pieces as they’ve done for Republicans for years, they immediately started to push out the “fact-checks” to provide direct cover. This example via CNN.

Since the act’s creation, correspondence and interaction between Americans — lawmakers, former lawmakers, and citizens alike — has become increasingly common.

It’s also common for former secretaries of states and diplomats to stay in touch with their counterparts around the world.

Last year, before the administration decided to pull out of the deal, the Boston Globe reported that Kerry was taking part in meetings with big players in Iran, meetings which were promptly criticized by the Trump administration. However, last October, Kerry told reporters that he had not met with Iranians since the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and had seen Iran’s foreign minister at a few international security meetings.

Trump alleged that Kerry “is talking to Iran and has been. He’s had many meetings and phone calls and he’s telling him what to do.”

But Matt Summers, a spokesman for Kerry, said in a statement that Trump’s claim “is simply wrong, end of story.”

Why would you quote John Kerry’s spokesman in a fact-check? The author goes on to let us know that because John Kerry said so, he certainly didn’t actually violate the Logan Act, even though she actually quotes him as admitting to meeting with the Iranians before Trump pulled out of the Iran deal.

The Washington Posts resident Democratic moutpiece also made the same case, using John Kerry’s spokesman as evidence in a fact-check. He then goes on to spin the whole thing as misconduct by Trump for suggesting such a prosecution.

Look, the point here isn’t to say that John Kerry actually should be convicted under the Logan Act. I wouldn’t hold up but perhaps we should make him a test case? Regardless, the overall point here is the vastly different media reactions. When it’s Republicans, we get lots of op-eds and hard news pieces full of “well, maybe they did break the law” speculation. When it’s John Kerry we get nothing until President Trump brings it up, then we get “fact-checks” exonerating Kerry and chastisement of the President for even suggesting it. This despite the fact that the media have suggested use of the very same law multiple times to target Republicans.

It’s absurd. Can we all just come to an agreement that we aren’t going to bring up this ridiculous law anymore for political reasons? The problem is that the mainstream media would never play by consistent rules even if they existed. The next time they can, the Logan Act will undoubtedly be in vogue to suggest again. Mark it down.

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