Mid-Day Digest

Nov. 13, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • Why would the Leftmedia cover Clinton’s Russia connections when it can blast Trump?
  • There’s Moore to be said for Alabama’s embattled Senate candidate.
  • Tom Steyer is one billionaire Democrats love.
  • As Trump wraps up his trip to Asia, it’s clear that our communist foes stick together.
  • Choice for veterans at the VA? It’s on the docket.
  • Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Nothing is so contagious as opinion, especially on questions which, being susceptible of very different glosses, beget in the mind a distrust of itself.” —James Madison (1790)

IN BRIEF

Media Loses Interest in Clinton, Turns Back on Trump

By Thomas Gallatin

Every headline should be focused on the corrupt behavior of the DNC, Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation — especially its funding of the phony dossier on Donald Trump. Instead, what America gets is more anti-Trump obsession as the mainstream media continues to beat the dead horse of the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy. Evidently, for the MSM fantasy is preferable to reality.

Over the weekend, a clearly apoplectic CNN reported that Trump was “done confronting President Vladimir Putin over his country’s election meddling.” When questioned, Trump stated, “[Putin] said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times.” Trump added, “Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.” It was this kind of nuanced language that prompted the Leftmedia to fawn over Barack Obama, and yet with Trump, somehow all the nuance is lost. Notice that Trump never said that he believes Putin didn’t meddle…

And there’s a good reason for Trump’s rather cryptic response. As he stated earlier, “You have President Putin very strongly, vehemently, [saying] he has nothing to do with that. Now, you are not going to get into an argument, you are going to start talking about Syria and the Ukraine.” He also tweeted, “Hope for [Putin’s] help to solve, along with China, the dangerous North Korea crisis.” Regardless of the fact that Russia sought to meddle in the election, something we’re certain has long been Moscow’s practice, the U.S. must still attempt to maintain some semblance of a working relationship. Trump clearly understands this priority over that of the Leftmedia and its continuous anti-Trump Resistance™ crusade.

But back to that dubious dossier and the Russian story on which the media should be focused. We now know that Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya on the same day she had the infamous meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner. An innocent coincidence? Why won’t the Leftmedia, which has been so concerned with Russian election meddling, bother to dig into this interesting piece of information? Given that Fusion GPS was the firm responsible for the phony dossier, this meeting was most certainly not an “unrelated coincidence.” Ah, but that would mean digging into Hillary’s campaign, something the MSM is loath to do.

On another note, it’s now being reported that there is evidence of a second dossier — and this one alleges financial misconduct by major donors to the Clinton Foundation. It would seem that this second dossier, also created by Fusion GPS, may have been the pretext of dirt on Clinton that Veselnitskaya used to set up the meeting with Trump Jr. National Review’s Andrew McCarthy writes:

My conjecture is that there are three explanations for what happened here, none of which excludes the others: (a) The Russians do not understand American political campaigns well enough to appreciate that alleged misconduct by a donor does not hurt a candidate if the candidate is not complicit in the misconduct; (b) the Putin regime attempted (unsuccessfully) to lure the Trump campaign into its anti–Magnitsky Act [adoption law] effort by convincing Don Trump Jr. and other campaign officials that there was a useful anti-Clinton angle to be exploited; and (c) the Putin regime calculated that, simply by taking a meeting with a Kremlin emissary on the promise of damaging information about Clinton, the Trump campaign would foolishly expose itself to blackmail by Putin.

As we have stated repeatedly, Putin couldn’t care less who won the election. Russia’s aim was to sow distrust in the American electoral system, and Fusion GPS evidently played a key role.

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Moore to Be Said

By Nate Jackson

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, still feeling the heat from the allegations of sexual misconduct 40 years ago, pledges to press on in his race. The special election is Dec. 12.

On Friday afternoon, Moore interviewed with Sean Hannity to defend himself. He not only denied the story of Leigh Corfman, the primary accuser in The Washington Post’s exposé, he denied even knowing her. “I don’t know Ms. Corfman from anybody,” Moore said. “The allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false.”

Three other women claim Moore either had or attempted to have a dating relationship with them when he was in his 30s and they were teens (above Alabama’s age of consent, 16). When Hannity asked about these or similar relationships, Moore was ambiguous: “No, not generally. … I’m not going to dispute anything. … It would have been out of my customary behavior. … I don’t remember going out on dates. I knew her as a friend. If we did go out on dates then we did. But I do not remember that. … I don’t remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.”

The problem with his denial of Corfman’s story is that witnesses at the time — including her mother — corroborate the story. And according to former deputy district attorney Teresa Jones, a prosecutor who worked with Moore in the early 1980s, “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls. Everyone we knew thought it was weird. We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall … but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.”

Other women who experienced sexual abuse say that Corfman’s story — and especially her reasons for taking so long to tell it — resonate with them.

Gloria Allred, feminist extraordinaire, will hold a press conference today with a new accuser. Horrible that it’s a new accuser; dismissible because Allred’s involved.

Even Moore’s defenders are either not denying his odd relationships or they’re bizarrely using Scripture to justify the behavior.

All of this is to say the allegations are hard to dismiss as unbelievable … except for the timing of what was an obvious smear by the Democrats’ favorite paper, The Washington Post. In fact, Moore has threatened to sue the Post. Furthermore, one of the women talking about her dating relationship with Moore, Deborah Gibson, was a Clinton campaign volunteer, though Corfman says she’s a Republican.

In any case, as we said Friday, things don’t look good for Moore. He’s losing both endorsements and money from fellow Republicans. Recent polling shows the gap closing between him and Democrat opponent Doug Jones, and it’s too late to remove his name from the ballot. That, of course, was the point of the Post running the story when it did.

As Mark Alexander puts it, “It is prudent to leave the door open for an ounce of doubt when The Washington Post runs a story with 40-year-old allegations of sex abuse a month ahead of an election, against a candidate who has been a public figure for most of those 40 years with not a (public) peep about these allegations previously. At best the allegations are totally unprovable and false, but the Post colluded with his accusers and timed the release of the story to affect the outcome of the election. At worst the allegations remain unprovable and true, but the Post colluded with his accusers and timed the release of the story to affect the outcome of the election.”

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Top Headlines

  • Podesta Group employees told the company is shutting down (Hot Air)

  • 11 Pacific Rim countries say they informally reached trade agreement without U.S. (Washington Examiner)

  • NFL take-a-knee protests nosedive as military honored for Veterans Day (The Washington Times)

  • Report: ESPN will lay off 100 staff and on-air talent after Thanksgiving (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Trump nominating Azar for HHS secretary (The Hill)

  • Top House tax-writer won’t accept plank of Senate tax-cut plan (The Washington Times)

  • Trump’s top labor prosecutor could unravel Obama-era gains (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Democrat who accused Trump of harassment is now accused of sexually harassing women (The Daily Wire)

  • Every U.S. senator will be required to undergo sexual harassment training (CNS News)

  • Notre Dame flip-flops again, will cover contraception and abortifacients (National Review)

  • Policy: The Iran nuclear deal weakness that even Republicans ignore (Washington Examiner)

  • Policy: Relax, the housing market will be fine after tax reform (American Enterprise Institute)

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Billionaire Tom Steyer: World Class Hypocrite

By Arnold Ahlert

“What is un-American is when shadowy billionaires pour unlimited money into our democracy to rig the system to benefit themselves and the wealthiest one percent. I believe in an America where economic opportunity is open to all. And based on their actions and policies they promote, the Koch brothers seem to believe in an America where the system is rigged to benefit the very wealthy.” —former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, denouncing the $14.5 million spent by Charles and David Koch on Senate races, March 4, 2014

“California billionaire hedge fund manager turned political activist Tom Steyer announced in a press conference on Thursday morning that he is ‘doubling down’ and committing another $10 million to his Need To Impeach campaign against President Donald Trump. The additional capital, which would bring Steyer’s total dollars spent to $20 million, will fund new advertisement buys and at least one new commercial which will be released next week.” —Forbes Magazine, Nov. 9, 2017

For terminally hypocritical Democrats, some billionaires and their spending are “more equal” than others. Thus Tom Steyer is their latest hero, not only because he spends money on their agenda but because he’s just as comfortable with rank hypocrisy as they are.

“The president is doing some awful things. That’s the point we’re trying to make in those TV ads: ‘Let’s come together and stand up against somebody who’s doing awful things,’” Steyer stated in an interview with Newsweek. “But [I’m] as disturbed by the good things that he’s not doing as by the awful things that he is doing.”

Steyer’s first ad is quite melodramatic. He accuses Trump of bringing America to the brink of nuclear war, obstructing justice at the FBI, taking money from foreign governments and threatening to shut down media organizations that report the truth. “If this is not a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become?” he asks.

What our government has become is largely a self-serving enterprise where the needs of the American people have been ignored for decades. That reality — no doubt to Steyer’s chagrin — is why Trump got elected in the first place.

Moreover, if Democrats still want to rail about the excess influence of shadowy billionaires, perhaps they might take note that no one contributed more of his own money to federal candidates, parties, political action committees, etc., during the 2016 election cycle than Tom Steyer. He donated a whopping $91.1 million, solely to Democrat and leftist entities.

The Koch brothers? Pikers by comparison. Only Charles made the list’s top 100. His total contribution? A little over $4 million.

Steyer is free to spend his wealth as he sees fit, but the man who likened Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming as “a traitorous act of war against the American people” is as self-serving as anyone on the planet. His group, Next Gen Climate, is a super PAC that aims to move the nation to a 100% renewable energy future within 25 years. And while it’s framed as a noble enterprise, a July 2016 report by the non-profit watchdog Energy & Environment Legal Institute reveals otherwise. Entitled “Buying the Democrat Party Lock, Stock and Barrel,” the report details Steyer’s efforts to “protect his solar energy investments by spending tens of millions of dollars on key 2016 races, buying a plank in the 2016 Democrat platform, and trying to silence debate from those who challenge his view on ‘climate change’ by using select attorneys general to prosecute ‘dissenters.’”

That would be Steyer’s current solar investments. After a career on Wall Street that included stints at Goldman Sachs and equity firm Hellman & Freidman, Steyer took $15 million in seed money and founded Farallon Capital Management in 1986. By 2011, Farallon had become the 12th largest hedge fund in the world, with $21.5 billion in assets.

How? Among other things, Farallon provided funding for acquisitions and expansions to six of the largest coal mine and coal power plant buyouts in Australia and Asia since 2003. Steyer’s hypocrisy is so egregious, a group of Yale students created the website UnFarallon.info to keep track of it.

It is hypocrisy that also surrounds his opposition to the Keystone pipeline. As a 2014 Wall Street Journal article noted, “Mr. Steyer and the [Democrat] party’s liberal financiers are climate-change absolutists who have made killing Keystone a non-negotiable demand.” Yet 2014 was also the year it was revealed Farallon had $40 million invested in Kinder Morgan, an entity building a competitor to Keystone. That inconvenient truth elicited a promise from Steyer to sell his stock shares and donate the profits to charity.

In May 2016, leaked corporate documents also showed that Steyer helped to finance a company used by the family of former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao “to park investments in overseas tax havens,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.

That revelation was part of the Panama Papers scandal precipitated by a leak of 11.5 million files from the database of Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm. The files detailed how the rich exploit offshore tax havens. “The documents shed light on the activities Steyer engaged in to earn his estimated $1.6 billion fortune, but that run counter to many political principles and causes he is now using that fortune to support,” the Free Beacon explains.

In short, Steyer was for anti-environmental profit-making before he was against it.

What about Steyer’s “conversion” to green energy? As The New York Times explained in 2014, Farallon “has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into companies that operate coal mines and coal-fired power plants from Indonesia to China.” It further notes an examination of those records “shows that even after his highly public divestment, the coal-related projects his firm bankrolled will generate tens of millions of tons of carbon pollution for years, if not decades, to come.”

The Times thought this might “cloud” Steyer’s image as an environmental crusader. No doubt. But it certainly clarifies his image as a first-class fraud, one reportedly considering a run for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat.

In the meantime, Steyer remains focused on Trump’s impeachment. “I believe we’re in an urgent political crisis,” he insists.

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens isn’t particularly concerned. “If Democrats want to appease the far left and their liberal mega-donors by supporting a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with, then have at it,” he told Newsweek in an email.

An American Left that believes it is entitled to rule, irrespective of election results, will undoubtedly do just that, embracing every effort to delegitimize the presidency of Donald Trump — by any means necessary.

Tom Steyer is leftists’ chief financier, a man so arrogant he believes global warming “deniers” should be prosecuted and that impeachment proceedings can literally be bought.

Along with Democrat politicians. “We need people like Tom Steyer,” Harry Reid stated on May 20, 2014, two months after hammering the Kochs — and three days after it was reported that Steyer contributed $5 million to the Senate Majority PAC run by former Reid aides.

Apparently some efforts to “rig the system” are also more equal than others.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Alex Brill: “The prospect of major tax reform that broadens the tax base and lowers tax rates has the residential housing industry in panic mode. The National Association of Realtors recently called the House tax bill ‘an outright assault on homeownership in America.’ Separately, a study commissioned by the Realtors warns that comprehensive tax reform would result in an average drop in home values of 10%. But the reality is that the housing market will be fine if the House Republican tax plan is enacted. Yes, the number of taxpayers who choose to itemize their deductions would decline as a result of the House GOP tax plan, which nearly doubles the standard deduction and repeals or limits other itemized deductions. But to jump from that to warnings of a precipitous housing market decline demonstrates a lack of understanding of the effect of existing tax policy on the housing sector. … Realtors, homebuilders, and homeowners should relax. Tax reform may actually be a boon for housing.” (Read more.)

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, ‘What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.’ But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.”

Observations: “How convenient for Democrats that the allegations against Roy Moore in his Alabama Senate race surfaced after the Republican primary and after the deadline had passed to put a new candidate on the ballot. The 38-year-old charges come from a woman with three divorces and three bankruptcies. And only after Moore has run for governor and been elected twice to be Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. I smell a rat.” —Dick Morris

Missing the forest for the trees: “I have a dream that one day maybe we’ll have more women in the Senate than there are victims of Harvey Weinstein’s harassment.” —Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose view is that woman are disproportionately represented everywhere because “they’ve been pushed back” (In Hillary Clinton’s case, it was her defense of sexual deviancy that contributed to her losing the presidential election.)

Non Compos Mentis: “Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians. It’s everyone’s responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth. We all want a safe country.” —Faith Hill

Missing the point: “There is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control. They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.” —Tim McGraw (And what exactly is his definition of the Second Amendment?)

Late-night humor: “According to a new poll, a generic Democratic opponent would beat President Trump by 10 points in 2020 election. Yeah, the generics do great. It’s the name brands who have trouble.” —Seth Meyers

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