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Liberals Own A Piece Of The High Casualty Count In California Shooting

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Liberals Own A Piece Of The High Casualty Count In California Shooting

As I reported earlier today, one, possibly two assailants opened fire at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing 3 people, one a six year old boy. 15 others were injured, no word as I write this as to how seriously. From ABC News

Local police who always have a heavy presence at this event, responded in about a minute, killing one suspect. At this time, local authorities are engaged in a manhunt for a second suspect.

Here’s the part that enrages me. California Legislators have enacted some of the most draconian gun laws in the United States, almost all of which are Constitutionally suspect. Yet mass shootings still occur there. Why? I’ve explained in detail previously here.

For the purposes of this article, I’ll give you the short version. It’s all about time. The old saw that “when seconds count, the police can be there in minutes,” also applies here. In the Gilroy incident, the stalwart Law Enforcement Officers, heeding their calling, ran to the sound of the gunfire, exceeded the standard, arriving and engaging the shooter in about a minute. Nevertheless, he still had time to shoot 18 innocent people, taking time to reload while he did so.

Once the shooting starts, there is only one important factor; Time—How soon can a good guy with a gun get there? It’s just that simple. By passing their draconian, ineffective and unconstitutional gun laws, California legislators precluded the very possibility that a law abiding citizen might stop the carnage sooner.

The shooter is of course absolutely responsible for all the deaths and injustices. But the State of California Owns a piece of that too. No law can prevent that first shot. We need to eliminate laws that keep us from stopping the second.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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ICYMI: Watchdog Group Alleges Cumming’s Wife, Chairman of Maryland Dem Party, Used His Committee Assignments For ‘Illegal Private Benefit’

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Following Sunday’s twitter “debate” — wherein Donald Trump was again deemed racist for criticizing conditions in Baltimore under the leadership of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings — Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway tweeted a months-old, under-the-radar Washington Examiner piece explaining just how deep the graft may go in Maryland.

And it involves Cummings, his wife Maya Rockeymoore, and how his congressional committee assignment business overlapped with donations to her charitable groups (we covered it here).

The piece begins by mentioning that Cummings and his wife married in 2008 while he was financially strapped thanks to several hefty child support payments he was ordered to pay. However, “his financial situation has improved considerably over the past decade,” the piece notes, before introducing Rockeymoore’s nonprofit, Center for Global Policy Solutions, and for-profit consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions, LLC.

According to an IRS complaint filed by watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center, several of Rockeymoore’s financial backers, which include Google, J.P Morgan, and Prudential, “have business interests before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings has served as Democratic chairman of the committee since January and previously served as ranking member.”

Under Cummings, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has wide authority to regulate business industries, including pharmaceuticals, banking, mortgage brokers, and technology. In recent years, Prudential, JP Morgan, and Johnson & Johnson have had business interests before the committee.

Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project, which has been investigating the nonprofit arrangement and provided research to the Washington Examiner, said the potential for corruption is “off the charts.” He said Rockeymoore declined to let his organization view her nonprofit organization’s most recent public financial records as required by the IRS.

“When a powerful chairman of a committee of the House of Representatives has a wife that is bringing in money from entities with interests before his Committee and she is not providing the transparency mandated by the IRS, there’s a serious problem,” said Anderson. “The potential for corruption in this situation is simply off the charts and can’t be understated. We hope Chairman Cummings works with his wife to end the stonewalling and provide the public with what’s legally mandated all charities provide.”

Both Cummings and Rockeymoore refused to discuss the allegations with the Washington Examiner. Cummings did not answer questions about the overlap between companies with interests before his committee and donors to his wife’s foundation. Rockeymoore did not respond to request for comment.

The IRS complaint also asked that Rockeymoore’s organizations be investigated for “shared leadership,” “integrated operations,” and “shared address and physical facilities”. The two entities, of which the for-profit received a $1 million federal grant for a childhood obesity project, cannot, under law, be managing that project together.

The couple also owns two rental properties in Baltimore worth between $250,000 and $500,000 each.

Neither Cummings nor his wife responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

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Pelosi’s Nightmare Advances As Nearly Half Of House Democrats Support Impeachment

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FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. Pelosi says she must retain her leadership position so there is a woman at the table when key decisions are made. After more than a decade leading House Democrats, Pelosi has faced demands from some lawmakers for leadership changes, particularly after Democrats failed to win back House control last year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

To quote the philosopher Luke Cage: Sweet Christmas.

A host of Congressional Democrats have joined the movement to impeach President Donald Trump, bringing the total number to 107 Democrats. That means we’re just 11 shy of half the caucus being in favor of something the leaders of the party are desperately trying to avoid.

It appears that Pelosi, in an effort to appease the rank-and-file, she is giving her consent to another Judiciary Committee plot to extend the life of the Mueller investigation.

Pelosi’s resistance to an impeachment inquiry is not likely to be vulnerable to the math of the Democratic Caucus — she has also argued that such a move would be unnecessarily divisive and likely to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate, strengthening Trump’s hand ahead of the 2020 election. Rather, she has urged a focus on the House’s myriad investigations of Trump’s conduct, business relationships and personal finances — some of which are tied up in court battles with Trump’s personal lawyers. Those probes, she has said, could form a more complete picture before considering impeachment.

But Pelosi on Friday also endorsed a new Judiciary Committee effort to go to court and seek access to Mueller’s secret grand jury evidence. In its petition to a federal judge in Washington, D.C., which was issued by the House general counsel, the committee argued that it was already investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump.

However, that’s all it is for her. It’s appeasement to try and keep them happy for a little while longer and keep them from pushing for something she believes will be disastrous, and it more than likely would be.

Impeachment sends political drama into overdrive, which in turn further polarizes the country. The constant negative press on both sides of the aisle will drive the base loyalists to the polls, but will probably keep moderate turnout low. In her opinion, she could bring moderates over by positioning her party as the moderate party and drawing the moderate vote to them.

But the rank-and-file in the House are getting restless. They have learned the wrong lessons from 2016 and still believe that the best way to defeat Trump is to swing too far in the other direction. Trump was himself a reaction to Barack Obama, who actively sought to alienate conservative voters and pushed for an agenda that he was rebuked on in multiple elections.

Pelosi and her allies seem to recognize that. The rest of the Democrats do not. They instead believe that an impeachment inquiry is the best way to go forward, as it would allow for them to fundraise… and that’s about it. It won’t result in anything meaningful, and they know it.

But, hey! It’s good to keep the dream alive.

Democrats who support an inquiry have also privately argued that reaching a majority of the caucus would be a turning point in their efforts, coaxing more reluctant lawmakers off the sidelines and ramping up pressure on Democratic leaders.

Though Mueller at times struggled with his command of his report last week, his testimony has proven to be a flashpoint for Democrats teetering on the brink of backing an impeachment inquiry. He affirmed that his 22-month investigation uncovered that the president had repeatedly tried to obstruct his inquiry, and he noted that Trump could theoretically be vulnerable to prosecution after his term ends. Democrats have pointed to both exchanges as they’ve announced their positions.

This is probably the best part because these Democrats still look at the Mueller hearing as one filled with new revelations, whereas the majority of the people who watched (admittedly, very few) and a vast number of prominent media figures agree it produced nothing new or exciting.

These are politicians who are banking on this strategy working, and they are so desperate to see it work that they will pretend there is a there there. They think they can win an optics game with this, but it’s going to produce nothing for them.

They’ll find that out the hard way come 2020.

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Child Murderer Responsible For One of America’s Deadliest School Shootings Meets His End on a Missouri Highway

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If you can think back as far as 1998, you may remember the story of 11-year-old Andrew Golden, who in part shot and killed four students plus a teacher in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

At the time, Andrew and his accomplice — 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson — committed the second deadliest school shooting (along with two others, the first being the University of Texas tower massacre) in recent American history. As of 2018, according to NPR, it remained the worst mass shooting at a U.S. middle school.

Here’s a bit of a recap:

Their ambush was carefully planned. Golden and Johnson stole nine weapons and 2,000 rounds of ammunition from their parents’ and grandparents’ homes, took Johnson’s stepfather’s minivan and the next morning headed to Westside.

After lunch, Golden ran inside and pulled the fire alarm and then ran back to the edge of a field where Johnson was hiding. As the children and teachers spilled out, the two boys began to shoot, using deer rifles, from 100 yards away.

As the students began to fall there was panic and confusion, and one student shouted, “It’s all fake.” One girl was shot and killed trying to drag her wounded friends to safety. English teacher Shannon Wright saw that a student named Emma Pittman was being shot at and stepped in front of her. Wright was herself shot and died later that evening at the hospital.

The students murdered: 12 year-olds Paige Herring and Stephanie Johnson; 11-year-olds Brittney Varner and Natalie Brooks.

Both boys were tried as juveniles and expected to remain in custody until they turned 21; Andrew left prison in 2007, two years after his accomplice’s release.

And on Saturday night — July 27th, 2019 — Andrew Golden’s road came to a permanent end.

Heading north on Highway 167 in a Honda CRV, he was struck head-on by 59-year-old Daniel Petty’s Chevy Tahoe.

Andrew — who’d changed his name to Drew Grant — died at the scene. The other driver passed away as well.

Though having only led a short life, Andrew impacted many people. For the worse. He left a long-lasting legacy of death and anguish in his wake, doled out before he’d reached his teenage years.

In 2017, victims’ families won a $150 million settlement.

As reported by Memphis’s WREG:

The families’ attorney, Bobby McDaniel, said they probably won’t ever see the money, but hopes the Monday ruling will prevent Golden, also known as Drew Grant, and Johnson from profiting from the shooting.

“If either of them tries to sell their story for a book or a movie deal, or wins the lottery, this judgment means they can’t get rich without paying these families first,” McDaniel said.

Each of the families was awarded $20 million in damages against Johnson, and $10 million in damages against Golden.

-ALEX

 

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Following Cries of Racism Over Trump’s Rodents Remark, Footage Surfaces of Baltimore’s Dem Mayor: ‘You Can Smell the Rats’

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On Saturday, I covered CNN’s Victor Blackwell’s staggering come-apart over Donald Trump’s comments about Baltimore (here).

The President tweeted this:

Victor was on edge from the beginning of the segment, and he appeared to believe something I don’t understand: that it’s not okay to criticize a city if it’s the one in which he was born. What does one have to do with the other?

More importantly, Victor let us all know what Donald Trump’s about:

“[W]hen he tweets about ‘infestation,’ it’s about black and brown people.”

Oh boy.

Well, new information’s come to light to question the accuracy of Victor’s accusation against Trump.

Is The Donald really so paralyzingly petty and immature that he sits around obsessing over the shade of people’s skin? Does “infestation” prove that?

Take a ganders at the city’s Democratic mayor.

Here’s Mayor Catherine Pugh in 2018, complaining about Baltimore’s rats:

Racist much?

What does Victor think?

What do you?

Please let us all know in the Comments section.

And for a tour of dilapidated Baltimore, please go here.

-ALEX

 

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Jake Tapper Questions Rashida Tlaib About BDS, Israel’s Right To Exist; Her Response Is Breathtaking

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When I hear Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speak, I can’t believe she was ever elected to public office.

The Palestinian-American Congresswoman recently co-sponsored a resolution in the House with her great pal Rep. Ilhan Omar to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last week, she was one of 17 lawmakers to vote against a House resolution to condemn BDS. She compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

Tlaib spoke to Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” this morning. Even Tapper was a bit ruffled by several of Tlaib’s replies. Below are some of the highlights.

Tapper addressed Tlaib, “So you talk about the hate agenda and there is criticism of you from fellow Democrats for your support for the BDS movement for boycott, divest, sanctions, an anti-Israel movement.”

She responds:

Well it is anti…it is criticizing the racist policies of Israel and it is a boycott…I can tell you that all around college campuses, there are Jews, Muslims, Hindus, all different kinds of backgrounds who are pushing back against racist policies in Israel because they see the human rights violations of children being detained…We all know that under Netanyahu’s regime, human rights violations have gotten worse.

Switching gears, Tapper asked her, “Do you think the Jewish people have the right to a state in the area where Israel exists now?”

Tlaib gave a qualified answer.

I truly believe the state of Israel is – it exists, correct.

But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people? The detriment of not moving forward in a peaceful resolution? We’re never going to have peace, I truly believe, if separate but equal is the way they want to go. And I could tell you I learned that from my African-American teachers in Detroit public schools who showed me what the pain of oppression looks like. We’re not gonna have peace if we don’t understand that we are dehumanizing Palestinians every single day when we choose Israel over their rights.

Tapper asks again, “Yes or no, does Israel have a right to exist?”

Tlaib replies, “Of course, but just like Palestinians have a right to exist. Palestinians also have a right to human rights. We can’t say one or the other. We have to say it in the same breath or we’re not gonna actually have a peaceful resolution.”

Not everyone was okay with Tlaib’s qualified answers when asked if she believes that Israel has the right to resist. Each time she was asked, she said “yes,” and each yes was immediately qualified by a “but.”

This didn’t sit too well with most conservatives. Here are some of the responses to Steve Guest’s tweet about Tlaib’s comments. (via Twitchy)

“Rashid Tlaib, as a US Congresswoman, exists to the detriment of Americans.”

“Democrats embrace anti-Semitic philosophy. Got that, America?”

“Baltimore exists to the detriment of Maryland.”

“”Baltimore is a shithole”: REEEEEEEEEEEE RACIST!  – “Israel is detrimental”: *crickets*”

“Tlaib: Free state in Middle East causing problems for rise of oppressive terrorist power.”

“Thank God for Israel.”  (Twitchy notes that for whatever reason, Twitter chose to ‘hide’ this reply on the thread.)

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Illinois Drops the Hammer: Small Businesses Will No Longer Be Able to Have Men’s & Women’s Restrooms

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On Friday, Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law SB 556 — the Equitable Restrooms Act.

The legislation requires all single-occupancy restrooms in “places of public accommodation” to be labeled as gender-neutral.

Here’s part of the law:

(b) This Section applies to any existing or future places of public accommodation or public buildings.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, every single-occupancy restroom in a place of public accommodation or public building shall be identified as all-gender and designated for use by no more than one person at a time or for family or assisted use. Each single-occupancy restroom shall be outfitted with exterior signage that marks the single-occupancy restroom as a restroom and does not indicate any specific gender.

(d) During any inspection of a place of public accommodation or public building by a health officer or health inspector, the health officer or health inspector may inspect the place of public accommodation or public building to determine whether it complies with this Section.

Some places “of public accommodation,” as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act: movie theaters, restaurants, concert halls, grocery stores, hotels, clothing stores, and laundromats.

To put it bluntly, this, in my view, is dumb.

Putting wholly aside any issue of transgenderism, the bottom line is this: In an attempt to grant the wishes of a very, very small portion of the populace, the government is telling every independent small business owner in the state of Illinois that — if they’d like to have single-occupancy Men’s and Women’s restrooms — they’re prohibited from doing so by law. This is government way overdoing it. With a great deal of latitude, I believe people should be able to run and appoint their businesses as they see fit.

Also, people already use the opposite-sex single-occupancy restrooms, when it’s an emergency or they’re in a hurry and the other facility is occupied.

So it changes nothing much of anything but signage.

Cody LaDiablita knows what’s up:

Here’s more social media response:

Yep. No trans person will think ‘Whew! I can finally legally go here!’”

Some think women’ll be getting the short end of the stick

But I have to disagree: Due to past employment experience, I’ve witnessed both sex’s restrooms at the end of the work day. And I gotta say: Guys might be surprised to learn just how absolutely disgusting the Ladies room can be in comparison to the Men’s. Sugar and spice? Not in the john.

The law won’t change anything for one tweeter with a particularly aristocratic name; he’s willing to do his part to not discriminate:

Have you much witnessed both men’s and women’s restrooms? Did you notice a great difference? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Dan Coats Has Been Booted As Director of National Intelligence and That Is A Very Good Thing

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It had been rumored for a few days that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was on the way out and just a few minutes ago President Trump, via Twitter, not only confirmed that Coats was leaving but announced a successor (read my colleague Bonchie’s terrific coverage of the rumors earlier today):

The fact that the announcement came by tweet on Sunday afternoon rather than letting Coats announce his own departure gives it the air of “down let the door hit you on the way out.”

Former Indiana Senator Dan Coats was always, in my view, a very strange choice for President Trump to make for the Director of National Intelligence. If you believe there is a swamp in DC, Coats definitely had scales. He has been in Washington since 1976. His acquaintance with the intelligence community is tangential–he served on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He endorsed Marco Rubio and only said he’d support the party’s nominee after Trump clinched the nomination in May 2016. Coats was famous for being a “hawk” on Russia. The point being that Coats brought no unique skills to job. He was hostile-to-lukewarm towards President Trump and there was no doubt that his primary loyalty would always be to the DC status quo. His only unique qualification is that he was well regarded by Democrats and John McCain. Knowing that our relations with Russia…and the bogus allegations of collusion with Russia on the part of Trump’s campaign…were going to be in the bull’s-eye, it was countintuitive to pick a DNI who could be counted upon to not make institutional Washington look bad.

And that’s pretty much what happened.

Coats seem to go out of his way to contradict Trump at every opportunity. As early as January this year, media outlets were already cataloging Coats’s run-ins with Trump and Trump was tweeting about Coats. Coats’s public dissing of Trump made him one of the suspects as the author of the “anonymous” op-ed allegedly written by a cabinet level official in the New York Times that blasted Trump as “amoral” and claimed to be part of “the Resistance.”

Coats may just be tired, but one can’t help but think that the dual investigations by DOJ IG Michael Horowitz and Attorney General Bill Barr’s designated special-counsel-in-all-but-name, John Durham, have, by now fingered a lot of shenanigans on the part of the intelligence community. Not on the NSA role in unmasking US citizens for basically any intern in the Obama White House but what looks like a role in running provocateurs against members of the Trump campaign and coordinating with members of foreign intelligence services to create an illusion of Russian influence upon the Trump campaign. Indeed, the role of CIA Director Gina Haspel in this fiasco is under examination:

We know a fight is looming over the declassification and public release of documents related to the Russia hoax. It may be that Coats is seen as unwilling or reluctant to aid the investigation and declassification…something that would be a near certainty with a company man like Coats.

What shows a new sheriff is definitely in town is the nomination of John Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe has been a federal anti-terrorism prosecutor. He defeated at 17-term GOP incumbent to win his seat. He’s a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He’s a staunch critic of the Russia hoax. And he smoked Robert Mueller like a cheap cigar last Wednesday (see John Ratcliffe: President Trump Is Not Above The Law But He Is Not Below It).

RATCLIFFE: The special counsel did not make what you call a traditional prosecution or declination decision, the report on the bottom of page two of Volume II reads as follows, ‘The evidence we obtained about the president’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’ I read that correctly?

MUELLER: Yes.

RATCLIFFE: Your report…and today you said “at all times the Special Counsel team operated under, was guided by, and followed Justice Department policies and principles. So, which DOJ policy or principle sets forth a legal standard that an investigated person is ‘not exonerated’ if their innocence from criminal conduct is not conclusively determined?

MUELLER: Can you repeat the last part of that question?

RATCLIFFE: Yeah. Which DOJ policy or principle sets forth a legal standard that an investigated person is ‘not exonerated’ if their innocence from criminal conduct is not conclusively determined? Where does that language come from, director? Where is the DOJ policy that says that? Let me make it easier. Can you give me an example other than Donald Trump where the Justice Department determined that an investigated person was not exonerated because their innocence was not conclusively determined?

MUELLER: I cannot, but this is a unique situation.

Indeed, coups d’etat are all unique situations.

RATCLIFFE: You can’t. Time is short, I’ve got five minutes. Let’s just leave it at you can’t find it, because I will tell you why: It doesn’t exist. In the special counsel’s job nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel should determine whether or not to exonerate him. It’s not in any of the documents, it’s not in your appointment order, it’s not in the special counsel regulations, it’s not the OLC opinions, it’s not the justice manual or the principles of federal prosecution.

Nowhere do those words appear together because respectfully, respectfully, director, it was not the special counsel’s job to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or exonerate him because the bedrock principle of our justice system is a presumption of innocence. It exists for everyone. Everyone is entitled to it, including sitting presidents. And because there is a presumption of innocence, prosecutors never ever need to conclusively determine it. Now director, the special counsel applied this inverted burden of proof that I can’t find and you said it doesn’t exist anywhere in the department policies and you used it to write a report.

The very first line of your report says, as you read this morning, it authorizes the Special Counsel to provide the Attorney General a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel. That’s the very first words of your report, right?

MUELLER: Correct.

RATCLIFFE: Here’s the problem, Director. The Special Counsel didn’t do that. On Volume I, you did. On Volume II, with respect to potential obstruction of justice, the Special Counsel made neither a prosecution decision nor a declination decision. You made no decision. You told us this morning and in your report that you made no determination. So respectfully, Director, you didn’t follow the Special Counsel regulations. It clearly says write a confidential report about decisions reached. Nowhere in here does it say write a report about decisions that weren’t reached. You wrote 180 pages, 180 pages about decisions that weren’t reached. About potential crimes that weren’t charged or decided. And respectfully, respectfully, by doing that you managed to violate every principle and the most sacred of traditions about prosecutors not offering extra-prosecutorial analysis about potential crimes that aren’t charged. So, Americans need to know this as they listen to the Democrats and socialists on the other side of the aisle as they do dramatic readings from this report.

Volume II of this report was not authorized under the law to be written. It was written to a legal standard that does not exist at the Justice Department and it was written in violation of every DOJ principle about extra-prosecutorial commentary. I agree with the chairman this morning when he said Donald Trump is not above the law. He’s not. But he damn sure shouldn’t be below the law, which is where Volume II of this report put him.

This is some of the stupidity that has already been aimed at Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe will have his work cut out for him. He will have a workforce that has a sizeable number of loyal Democrats in it senior management. The institutions are going to try to protect even the worst actors because they are a fraternity. Unless Ratcliffe is damned careful, he will be torpedoed the way Porter Goss was at CIA. And let’s not forget this bit of advice from Chuck Schumer:

But with the support of the White House, perhaps we can remind the intelligence community that their job is providing good information to the National Command Authority and keeping this nation safe. It isn’t eavesdropping on political campaigns or dangling honeypots in front of staffers from a campaign you are hostile to and it certainly isn’t trying to engineer a coup d’etat against a president.

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Intel Director Dan Coats Is About to Resign and His Replacement Is Upsetting the Right People

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After a turbulent tenure, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats looks to be resigning as early as the beginning of this week.

This report via Fox News.

Dan Coats is expected to step down in the coming days as the director of national intelligence (DNI), according to multiple reports, following months of speculation and public spats between President Trump and the intelligence community.

Coats was typical of the earlier appointments of Donald Trump’s administration, coming on board in March of 2017. The President simply did not have the contacts nor the preparation in place to weed out many of the people being shoved in front of him as the “best” nominees for certain positions. Trump certainly bares the blame that, as the buck stops with him, but what it meant in a practical sense is that a lot of people who ultimately did not support the President or his policy goals ended up in positions of power.

Coats always seemed more interested in the status quo and remaining part of the club than bringing any real reform to an intelligence apparatus that’s had a checkered history at best. While he couldn’t be counted on to cooperate with various investigations into misconduct, he was always available to yuck it up with MSNBC’s Andrew Mitchell or to publicly undermine the administration’s policy on North Korea.

Just this past January, Coats chose to testify that Iran was not resuming it’s nuclear activities. We now know that wasn’t true and that Iran is in fact moving forward to break stockpile limits. Either the intel agencies and Coats were too incompetent to see that coming or they felt contradicting the President so The New York Times could squee was more important.

As I noted just yesterday, Coats was behind efforts to stonewall the DOJ from reviewing a recording between George Papadopoulos and what most speculate is Steven Halper. There is of course no logical reason to protect Halper at this point, but Coats has always seemingly seen it as his duty to protect the intel agencies from themselves, transparency and justice be damned.

Now, the person likely being nominated to replace Coats has the right people sweating.

President Trump is expected to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, according to three sources familiar with the president’s deliberations.

Behind the scenes: Trump was thrilled by Ratcliffe’s admonishment of former special counsel Robert Mueller in last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. “The special counsel’s job, nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel report should determine whether or not to exonerate him,” Ratcliffe, a former prosecutor, said to Mueller.

Trump should be thrilled with Ratcliffe’s performance last week. It showed a man who wasn’t going to be bullied by the demands of the entrenched bureaucratic establishment. Robert Mueller did violate DOJ policy and basic American decency by publishing a report full of slander and suppositions without actually backing it up with recommendations for charges. Donald Trump may be the President but he’s still a citizen who deserved the presumption of innocence from prosecutors. He didn’t get that.

Ratcliffe is also on record fulling supporting AG Bill Barr and his investigation into how all this Russia mess got started in the first place.

And while Ratcliffe said he does not want to prematurely accuse any specific person of a crime — as Democrats have done with President Trump — he stressed that it is clear crimes were committed by people during the Obama administration, including government officials.

“I think the first thing we need to do is make sure we don’t do what the Democrats have done,” the Texas Republican told host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures. “They accused Donald Trump of a crime and then they try and reverse engineer a process to justify that accusation. So I’m not going to accuse any specific person of any specific crime, I just want there to be a fair process to get there. What I do know as a former federal prosecutor is that it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.”

That means it’s time for the press to unleash the snark.

Graff’s description is of course nonsense. Ratcliffe’s resume includes far more than that, including being on the House intel committee, being a federal attorney, and serving in several roles interacting with the intel agencies. But this will be the line now because it’s always the line when an outsider looks to shake up the status quo of an organization.

The only problem with Dan Coats’ resignation is that Trump didn’t demand it well over a year ago. This was long overdue.

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Another “Fox News Sunday,” Another Trump Official Schools Anti-Trumper Chris Wallace On Racism

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President Trump’s harsh words for House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Saturday morning dominated the otherwise quiet, summer weekend news cycle. I about this story here. Actually, the far more amusing post covered the Democrats’ reaction to the comments. My colleague, Alex Parker, reported on that last night here. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, in a series of predawn tweets, Trump wrote:

Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous.

His district is considered the Worst in the USA. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cummings’ District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.

Finally, he wrote: “Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!

Cummings is well-known for his frequent criticism of the President. Recently, he said the treatment of migrant children at the border facilities “is government-sponsored child abuse…on a grand scale.” And on Thursday, the House Oversight Committee, which Cummings chairs, voted to subpoena records of White House officials (including those of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner) and their aide’s use of social media for government business use.

Cummings never misses an opportunity to take a shot at the President.

Because Cummings is black, the cries of “Trump is a racist” began almost immediately.

Well, it’s another Sunday and you know what that means. It means that anti-Trumper Chris Wallace gets to practice his debate skills on yet another Trump administration official. This Sunday, his target was Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

But a strange thing happened. Just as White House senior advisor Stephen Miller did last week on Wallace’s program, Mulvaney refused to allow him to label the President as a racist. Mulvaney not only defended his boss, he managed to offend Wallace. And that was a beautiful thing.

Wallace said: “This seems, Mick, to be the worst kind of racial stereotyping. Let me finish. Black Congressman, majority black district. [He quotes Trump] ‘No human being would want to live there.’ Is he saying that people who live in Baltimore are not human beings?”

Mulvaney replied:

So, Chris, help me with this. When the President attacks AOC +3, he gets accused of being racist. When Nancy Pelosi does it a few days later, the left and many members of the media, not you in particular, come to Nancy’s defense. ‘Oh, it couldn’t possibly be racist, she was simply attacking their ideas.’ The President is doing the same. The President is attacking Mr. Cummings for saying things that are not true about the border. I think it’s right for the President to raise the issue.

Look, I was in Congress for six years. If I had poverty in my district like they have in Baltimore, if I had crime in my district like they have in Chicago, if I had homelessness in my district like they have in San Francisco, and I spent all of my time in Washington, D.C., chasing down this Mueller investigation, this bizarre impeachment crusade, I’d get fired.

I think the president is right to raise that. It has absolutely zero to do with race.

Watch the interview in the video below. The relevant segment starts at 1:30.

Democrats seem to have no idea that their constant repetition of the label “racist” has stripped it of it’s power. It’s become like water off a duck’s back.

Trump criticizes white people as well as black or brown people. Look at his comments about Joe Biden, Jim Comey or Hillary Clinton.

The President has the right to criticize a person’s words or actions, even if that individual is a member of a minority group. Period.

The score for the past two weeks stands as follows:

Team Trump: 2     Chris Wallace: 0

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