Mid-Day Digest

Mar. 13, 2018

IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • Rex Tillerson is finally out after nine months of rumors.
  • Hillary Clinton still hates vast swaths of America, which she told a foreign audience.
  • No collusion: House Intelligence Committee wraps up Russia investigation.
  • What’s happening to American men? They’re losing the battle against feminism.
  • The real national debt isn’t $20 trillion — it’s closer to $90 trillion.
  • Obama opted to “stand down” rather than deal with Russian election interference.
  • Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society.” —James Madison (1788)

IN BRIEF

Tillerson Is Out

It has been rumored numerous times over the last nine months or so, but now those rumors are fact. President Donald Trump has removed Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. It was no secret that Trump and Tillerson did not see eye-to-eye on several issues, but a spokesman for Tillerson said that he was not expecting to be let go and “had every intention of staying.” In fact, he reportedly found out from Trump’s tweet and is “unaware of the reason” for his firing. We believe there are two keys: North Korea and Iran.

Trump has tapped current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to step in as head of the State Department, and he nominated current CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo. In his announcement, Trump noted Pompeo’s impressive record of service in both the military and Congress, and he also highlighted the fact that Haspel “will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone.” Trump then thanked Tillerson for his service and wished him and his family well. And so ends the somewhat rocky term for Tillerson at the State Department — a term that was still light years ahead of that of either Hillary Clinton or John Kerry.

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Hillary Tells India How Awful Americans Are

By Nate Jackson

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Hillary Clinton it’s that she hasn’t learned anything. Throughout 2017, she blamed anyone and everyone but herself for her election loss to Donald Trump. Here are just three examples. Well into 2018, she’s not done.

In fact, she practically repeated her “basket of deplorables” moment from September 2016. “To just be grossly generalistic,” she said then, “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.”

This time, speaking to a foreign audience in Mumbai, she drug millions of Americans through the mud again. (The Resurgent’s Marc Giller hilariously called her pity party “poutsourcing.”) For starters, she asserted, Democrats “do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married white women.” That’s because women face “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

Yet even then, she would have won white women if it weren’t for then-FBI Director James Comey. “All of a sudden white women, who were going to vote for me and frankly standing up to the men in their lives and the men in their workplaces, were being told, ‘She’s going to jail. You don’t want to vote for her. It’s terrible, you can’t vote for that,’” she complained. “So it just stopped my momentum and it decreased my vote.”

She went on to trash Trump voters as a bunch of backwards-looking racists. “There’s all that red in the middle, where Trump won. Now, I win the coasts, I win Illinois, Minnesota, places like that. But what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward, and his whole campaign — ‘Make America Great Again’ — was looking backwards. ‘You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs, you don’t want, you know, to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.’”

Boy, she really holds a lot of America in totally undeserved contempt. And that mocking disdain is why she lost. It’s why Democrats have been losing for years. Moreover, as she’s still in some ways the party’s standard-bearer, it’s why Democrats face an uphill battle still this November.

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‘No Collusion,’ House Intel Committee Concludes

By Thomas Gallatin

House Intelligence Committee Republicans announced the end of the committee’s investigation into the Donald Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy during the 2016 presidential election, concluding that there is no evidence to support the charge nor to continue the investigation. Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) stated, “We’ve found no evidence of collusion. We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment at taking meetings.” Conaway further opined, “Only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a fiction, page-turner spy thriller. We’re not dealing in fiction, we’re dealing in facts, and we found no evidence of any collusion.”

House Democrats, clearly not thrilled by the decision, predictably claimed that Republicans were shutting down the investigation too soon in order to protect Trump. The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (CA), blasted the announcement as a “tragic milestone” and a “capitulation to the executive branch.” Schiff added, “By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the Majority has placed the interests of protecting the president over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly.” Schiff then regurgitated the Democrats’ worn-out talking point of Russian collusion conspiracy, saying, “If the Russians do have leverage over the president of the United States, the majority has simply decided it would rather not know.”

After more than a year of the Intel Committee investigating and turning up no evidence of any collusion, Republicans are right to conclude the matter — it has proven only to descend into political gamesmanship. Democrats weren’t interested in finding the truth and concluding the investigation. Rather, their desire was to see it continue unendingly in order to maintain a politically convenient cloud of suspicion over Trump’s entire presidency. Their feigned concern over protecting the nation has nothing to do with actually protecting America; it’s aimed at protecting their anti-Trump political position.

While Democrats are trying to protect their anti-Trump talking points, Republicans are rightly focusing on moving forward and protecting the nation against more Russian election meddling. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan noted, “After more than a year investigating Russia’s actions in the 2016 election, we are well into the primary season for the 2018 elections and experts are warning that we need to safeguard against further interference. That’s what this next phase is about and we hope Democrats will join us in seeing this through.” Fat chance.

Exit quote: “House Republicans have abandoned their oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people,” lamented House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). No, Democrats are the ones who’ve mastered abandoning their oaths.

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Top Headlines

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo (ABC News)

  • House Intelligence Committee finds no evidence of Russian collusion favoring Trump (Fox News)

  • Mueller invokes unusual “conspiracy to defraud government” charge to ensnare more targets (The Washington Times)

  • Trump wants a “phase two” of tax cuts (CNBC)

  • Administration blocks Broadcom bid to buy Qualcomm, citing national security (MarketWatch)

  • Senate GOP shoots down bill blocking Trump tariffs (The Hill)

  • Clinton says racist poor people voted for Trump, “optimistic, diverse, dynamic” people voted for her (The Daily Wire)

  • GOP seeks to stave off big Dem upset in Pennsylvania (The Hill)

  • Bill that protects freedom of those for and against same-sex marriage angers some on Left (The Daily Signal)

  • Austin, Texas, on edge after spate of package bombs kills two (NBC News)

  • North Texas teachers attend gun and active shooter training (CBS Dallas/Fort Worth)

  • “Highly likely” Moscow ordered attack on former Russian spy in UK (The Guardian)

  • Humor: Harvard now offering four-year degree in feeling oppressed (The Babylon Bee)

  • Policy: Progressives might not want to look to the Old West for gun control ideas (The Daily Signal)

  • Policy: Beware, Mr. President: North Korea wants its own version of the Iran nuke deal (New York Post)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “President Trump continued to take fire from the Left over the weekend for his decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Its arguments, however, continued to be contradictory and confusing. Ben Rhodes, one of Obama’s top national security officials, told ABC’s ‘This Week’ that dealing with North Korea wasn’t ‘a real estate deal or a reality TV show.’ Rhodes insisted, ‘You need diplomats.’ Right. The same ‘experts’ who for the past 30 years did nothing about North Korea. The ‘diplomats’ gave us a nuclear-armed North Korea. … In addition, some on the Left suddenly seemed worried about the president going soft on foreign dictators. That’s strange. The Left wasn’t worried when Barack Obama was appeasing Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The Left wasn’t worried when Obama was caving in to the Castro brothers. The Left wasn’t worried when Obama was showing his flexibility for Vladimir Putin. In addition, The Washington Post was bemoaning the fact that Trump was putting down conditions that he wanted to ensure were met. The Post headline suggested the president might be having ‘cold feet,’ while the column implied the conditions might jeopardize the talks. The media’s mixed messages simply prove once again that the resistance to Trump trumps everything else. The Left and its media allies will turn on a dime depending on what the president is doing.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “When we think of the past, we forget the fools and remember the sage. We reverse the process for our own time.” —George Boas (1891-1980)

Non Compos Mentis: “The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. … The oil companies knew from 1959 on. … I don’t think there’s any difference: If you walk into a room and you know you’re going to kill someone, it’s first-degree murder.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sexism is heating up: “We need to consider the gendered impacts of climate change on women, girls and children.” —Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna

A real saint (cough): “Not everybody is comfortable taking [Trump] on. It’s uncomfortable. It makes me uncomfortable. … There are days when you can’t be the shrinking violet. I’m going to do my d—n job.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta

Double standards: “Here’s what I’m concerned about: I want the president to succeed. When the president succeeds in negotiations like [with North Korea], the United States succeeds, it makes us safer, it makes [the] whole world safer, but I am very worried he’s going to go into these negotiations and be taken advantage of.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Kinda like how Iran took advantage of Obama — a deal that you justified? At least we won’t secretly be sending North Korea stashes of cash.)

Braying Jenny: “If the United States were going to have a totalitarian regime, what kind would it be? It wouldn’t be communist. It would be something quite a lot like the Tea Party. … I imagined something a lot more like Mike Pence.” —Margaret Atwood, author of “The Handmaid’s Tale

And last… “If masculinity were truly toxic, then kids growing up without dads would presumably be better off than those who have them. But, they’re not: they tend to be more depressed, aggressive & criminal. Truth is: we need more masculinity in society, not less.” —Allie Stuckey

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