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Mid-Day Digest

Oct. 22, 2019

THE FOUNDATION

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson (1800)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Pelosi’s Fact-Free Sheet on Impeachment

Whenever a Democrat talks about upholding the oath to “support and defend” the U.S. Constitution, there are two appropriate responses: outrage and/or laughter. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has elicited cause for either one with her “fact sheet” laying out the case for the Democrats’ impeachment coup because President Donald Trump “has betrayed his oath of office.”

Not surprisingly, Pelosi’s distort-the-facts sheet fails to actually make that case. She points to the July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and subsequent “cover up” as “evidence” of Trump’s offenses, and she quotes the whistleblower complaint to allege that Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

In other words, Pelosi’s big splash is nothing new. And it’s not even evidence; it’s skewing the facts of the matter to sell a narrative. The key fact here is that Trump asked for Ukrainian assistance investigating what happened in the 2016 election. Whatever benefits to his 2020 campaign there may be are incidental to the 2016 questions and U.S. foreign-policy interests, however careless and sloppy Trump is when he speaks.

So, where does this impeachment charade go from here? Well, Pelosi hasn’t even held a House vote yet, though she says Democrats are proceeding “solemnly.” Right.

From a broader perspective, however, Andrew McCarthy, author of Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, says Democrats have made a mockery of a solemn process. “Our constitutional system will be damaged because impeachment will be discredited,” he writes. “That will not make it any less indispensable than [James] Madison judged it to be. Yet its invocation will be even less likely in some grievous future instance, when a presidential abuse of power actually does imperil the nation. We will have a virtually omnipotent president.” And that, he adds, “is not a prescription for the preservation of liberty.”

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CNN: A Case Study in Hypocrisy

Project Veritas recently exposed the fact that the gross anti-Trump bias espoused by CNN on a 24/7 basis stems from directives issued by CEO Jeff Zucker. However, CNN’s bias problem doesn’t merely stem from the management. On Monday, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin apologized for his part in covering Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Following the news Friday that the Justice Department had concluded its investigation into Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails while she was secretary of state, determining that there was no “deliberate” mishandling of classified information, Toobin blamed the mainstream media and himself for making a story out of “a big nothing.” Toobin opined, “I think I paid too much attention to them, and I regret that.”

Furthermore, Toobin lamented, “Hillary Clinton likely lost the election because of it, and I think I should have been talking about other issues, not about emails.” It appears Toobin has an outsized view of his own political influence, but more significant is Toobin’s ridiculous assertion that Clinton’s email scandal was “a big nothing.” While the State Department couldn’t seem to find a deliberate intention to mishandle classified information (give us a break), that didn’t mean the investigation found no wrongdoing. In fact, the investigation found more than 600 security violations by 38 State Department employees during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Moreover, the entire point of her email secrecy was to hide the way she used the State Department as a pay-to-play arm of the Clinton Foundation.

This was a massive story as the evidence of violations demonstrates, and Toobin’s notion that the story should have been ignored by the news media only highlights the fact that he’s committed not to practicing good journalism but to political activism. The Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams observes, “A real journalist would not apologize for covering a legitimate news story, including one that involves an FBI investigation and a secretary of state-turned-presidential candidate who had been ‘extremely careless’ with classified intelligence.”

So, does Toobin offer a similar apology for CNN’s fake news on the Trump/Russia collusion hoax? Nope. In fact, Toobin claims, “Comparing Donald Trump’s record of ethical problems with Hillary’s emails lent a misleading impression. And I have to say, I am determined not to do that again to the extent that I can. I am going to try to look at corruption and ethics issues each on their own rather than trying to create some sort of equivalence that isn’t there.” Toobin’s statements serve to cement the fact that CNN has become the de facto propaganda wing of the Democrat Party.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

POLITICAL FUTURES: Supreme Court throws out Michigan gerrymandering ruling in win for GOP (National Review)

IRAQ REBUFFS: Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stay (Reuters)

TRUDEAU’S POTPOURRI: Canada’s Justin Trudeau wins second term but loses majority (Associated Press)

NETANYAHU YIELDS: Israel’s long-standing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he cannot form a government, handing the opportunity to his political rival (BBC News)

DOUBLE STANDARDS: Democrat congresswoman allegedly has affair with young female staffer. Media completely ignores. (The Daily Wire)

HIGH-COURT SHOWDOWN: Manhattan DA, Trump lawyers strike deal to speed fight over Trump tax returns to Supreme Court (NBC News)

DIABOLICAL: Jury rules against Texas dad trying to save his seven-year-old from gender “transition” (LifeSiteNews)

PARKLAND SHOOTING FALLOUT: Florida Senate committee upholds Sheriff Scott Israel suspension (The Daily Caller)

SUBMIT, OR ELSE: University dumps professor who found polar bears thriving despite climate change (The Washington Times)

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: 2019 ozone hole is the smallest on record since its discovery (NASA)

POLICY: Why LBJ’s Great Society gets a failing grade in improving education (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: A tuition-free, purpose-driven, coat-and-tie trade school (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: Amazing: This mind-reader can instantly guess people’s pronouns with 99.9% accuracy (The Babylon Bee)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “It is extraordinarily disturbing that the default position of some major figures on the progressive left is to accuse anyone they don’t like of being a Russian asset. They came up with an elaborate Russian-collusion conspiracy theory to smear Donald Trump. But now they don’t even need the conspiracy theory. If someone crosses Hillary Clinton, they must be working for the Russians. The irony is that decades ago, Sen. Joseph McCarthy started identifying real communists in America. Unfortunately, he became reckless and started throwing the accusation at all kinds of people. In the process, he destroyed himself, and ‘McCarthyism’ became a war cry that the left used against anyone who attacked liberals for being soft on communism. By the way, a progressive hero, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, actually tried to get the Soviets to intervene in the 1984 election. But today, the progressive movement is the only political force in America engaged in raw McCarthyism.”

SHORT CUTS

Policy: “Trump should request that Congress formally approve a resolution to authorize the U.S. government to occupy eastern Syria for as many years as it chooses and to thwart any government and any terrorist, extremist, or radical group that has not recently been overtly or covertly supported by the U.S. government. Putting forward a specific resolution would force Trump’s congressional critics to specify exactly what policies they seek to use American soldiers to enforce.” —James Bovard

D'oh! “Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drew 25,000 people to a rally in New York over the weekend. The aging socialist received the endorsement of the rising socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, much to the delight of the crowd. I doubt if anyone of them saw the irony of this rally, which took place very near the site where Amazon had planned to open a new facility that coincidentally would have created 25,000 new jobs. But AOC blew it up.” —Gary Bauer

Observations: “Our constitutional system will be damaged because impeachment will be discredited. That will not make it any less indispensable than Madison judged it to be. Yet its invocation will be even less likely in some grievous future instance, when a presidential abuse of power actually does imperil the nation. We will have a virtually omnipotent president. As a practical matter, there will be no viable congressional check — no impeachment, no power of the purse — to rein the president in.” —Andrew McCarthy

Political futures I: “Senate Republicans stand to be the biggest casualty of impeachment, since they face losing their three-seat majority as struggling candidates are forced to cast a vote that will anger critical groups of voters, no matter which way they go. Democrats are targeting President Trump. What they may get instead is the Senate.” —David Drucker

Political futures II: “Lots of polling show evangelical voters firmly attached to Trump and nothing can shake them. But the same polls show the same voters are fearful of the Dems’ increasing hostility to them and their values. I suspect the two are related.” —Erick Erickson

Friendly fire: “Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend this country. People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders responding to Hillary Clinton’s hilariously bad attack on Gabbard

Alpha jackass: “President Trump, perhaps inspired by [Joseph] Goebbels and the propagandists of the Third Reich, seems to employ this tactic that the bigger the lie, the more obscene the injustice, the more dizzying the pace of this bizarre behavior, the less likely we are to be able to do something about it.” —R. Francis O'Rourke

Braying jenny: “I’m actually very excited about this partnership because it shows what we have to do in our country is that we have to come together across race, across gender, across generation.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on why she chose to endorse “an old white guy”

And last… “Just a reminder that ‘progressivism’ has no actual destination. It just keeps proposing new, strange things and insisting they’re normal. In 5 years they’ll be telling us that yes, it’s totally fine to marry your dog & anyone who disagrees is on the wrong side of history.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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