Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller´s Russia investigation in trouble? Officially, the answer is no. But the results of a new IBD/TIPP Poll suggest that many Americans are highly skeptical of both Mueller and the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in last year´s election. Mueller was named to be special counsel after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May. Comey was investigating claims that Russia interfered in the U.S. election and that the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russian officials. Since then, Mueller himself has come under fire for hiring a number of prosecutors who donated to Hillary Clinton, which
It is a witch hunt pure and simple. And, the fact that there are leaks coming from Mueller and his team, leaks that are always damaging to President Trump, is appalling. Mueller and his team should be fired for the leaks because the nature of the leaks indicate a clear bias against Mr. Trump & Co.
Wait. Corey´s BFF is running an investigation with nothing but Hitlery´s campaign finance team supporting him? What possible could the outcome be? Oh one could ponder this great mystery of life for a long time.
Though I think the hiring of Mueller was a HUUUUUUGGEE faux pas for the Trump team - He is the perfect stooge for the swamp elites. ´Friends in high places´ type investigation... Sessions should know who and what Mueller is - and do something about it. Repeat after me: Mr. Mueller, You´re Fired.
The opening paragraph makes the entire article suspect (fake news) because of the sentence: Comey was investigating claims that Russia interfered in the U.S. election and that the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russian officials - Um... NO!!
Taxes: Is the GOP getting serious about tax reform at last? Republicans in Congress say they´ll unveil the outlines of a consensus plan in two weeks, as President Trump hits the hustings to stump for tax reform. We hope this isn´t another false start. "Reform" is one of those words that sounds easy, but really isn´t. Every political interest group has a dog in the fight, and no one wants to give up a cherished deduction. And few politicians want to be seen as cutting taxes on Americans in the top income brackets or corporations, a sure way to be
Promises: Is President Trump going back on a centerpiece of his campaign and the rallying point for much of his base? It sure looked like it. Trump should know, however, that he will get nothing in return from Democrats. There is always the temptation in Washington for conservatives to give up on their principles, if only to gain a reprieve from the endless negative coverage. When it happens, the press typically describes the betrayal as "growing in office." Trump was hardly a rock-ribbed conservative when he came to Washington. His stated positions on health care, drug prices, trade and other issues put
Health Reform: Democrats are lining up to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders´ plan to socialize medicine. But have they actually read what it is they are signing up for? Sanders touts his "Medicare for all" as the solution to all our nation´s health care woes. No more premiums, no more deductibles or copays, no provider networks. The government would pick up all the costs, except for possibly minimal copays for prescription drugs. Private insurance would be effectively outlawed. A third of Senate Democrats co-sponsored Sanders´ bill, and a similar measure in the House has 117 Democratic co-sponsors. Sanders is now the standard-bearer for
If you can´t win, change the rules. Democrats and progressive activists are joining forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to interfere in how election districts are drawn in all 50 states. In Gill v. Whitford, they´re challenging how Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew the state´s election map. The justices will hear the case on Oct. 3. If they decide to strike down Wisconsin´s map and dictate new rules for election map making, it could turn winners into losers and vice versa across the country. Republicans, who have been on a winning streak and now control both legislative houses and the governor´s
Growth: Buried amid a deluge of nasty news ranging from the growing North Korean nuclear threat to killer hurricanes hitting our coasts, the Census Bureau reports that median household income, a broad gauge of family financial well-being, hit its highest level ever last year. That´s another strong sign that the economy is trying to break out of its 10-year growth slump. The median household income last year was $59,039, up 0.7% from the previous record of $58,655 set in 1999, the year the dot-com boom went bust. Real median incomes for married households with both spouses working soared to $106,000
Health Care: On the surface, the Census Bureau´s report looks like another win for ObamaCare, as the uninsured rate dropped to 8.8% in 2016. But a close look shows that whatever gains ObamaCare was making are over. The Census report says that, overall, the number of uninsured dropped by 914,000 between 2015 and 2016. That pushed the uninsured rate down three-tenths of a percentage point. It´s being heralded as further evidence that ObamaCare is working, and that Republican efforts to dismantle the program are horribly misguided. But look inside the numbers. The gains last year were in two areas that have little
Helping Hands: As with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma has severely tested Americans´ generosity and willingness to help their fellow human beings in a time of need. And they have once again passed the test with flying colors. As cynical leftists rail about global warming and whether states that voted for President Trump actually deserve their fate, others less beholden to such anti-human ideas are willingly pitching in with money, skills and arm-power to help those stricken after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida this week. Give the federal government its due: Its response has been competent and quick. FEMA has responded
Science: Perhaps the best indication that Irma failed to live up to its billing is the fact that the broad stock indexes — including insurance companies — rallied on Monday while various construction-related stocks took it on the chin. When can we expect to see stories about how global warming deserves the credit? There´s no question that Irma was and continues to be destructive. But there´s also no question that it was not nearly the storm it was predicted by all the experts to be. Last week, there was talk of massive destruction across the state, with damage estimates ranging up to
Corruption: A sitting U.S. Senator is currently on trial for bribery, and if he´s found guilty it could have major political ramifications. Haven´t heard about this case? That´s because the Senator in question is a Democrat. A CNN story this week about the opening of the trial against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez noted that "Democrats are eager to avoid the subject of Menendez´s bribery trial." That headline would have been just as accurate if it said "Reporters" instead of "Democrats." Menendez in on trial for allegedly having sold his office in exchange for luxury vacations, private flights, and piles of campaign cash.
Agenda: Less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the House passed an $8 billion bill to help the Houston region recover. So Republicans in Congress can get things done quickly, just not when it comes to enacting a conservative agenda. At a retreat for Republican lawmakers back in January, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan laid out an ambitious agenda they planned to achieve in their first 200 days — before the Senate would go on its monthlong break in August. They would: Repeal and replace ObamaCare, pass a sweeping tax reform, fund the border wall,
Rule Of Law: What happens when the president of the United States decides to uphold the Constitution´s separation of powers and appropriately defers to Congress on immigration law? If his name is Donald Trump, everyone has a nervous breakdown. At a news conference on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump was rescinding Obama´s "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," an executive order that let young people in the country illegally apply to get a renewable two-year work authorization and other benefits, including participating in Social Security. Obama enacted DACA in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass immigration reforms he
President Trump´s approval rating hit 38% in the latest IBD/TIPP poll after what pundits routinely described as a terrible month for the president. While still low, that represents a six-point gain over the previous month. Regionally, Trump´s gains were strongest in the South, where his approval jumped 13 points to 48%. He firmed up support among Republicans as well, with an 8-point increase to 79%. He gained 14 points among those with a high school education, 10 points among conservatives, 7 points with white men, and 4 points among those living in rural parts of the country. What´s more, Trump gained 12%
John McCain is joining a bipartisan push to block President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the military. Mr Trump issued a moratorium last month instructing the military to stop providing gender reassignment surgeries for transgender troops, and to stop plans to recruit those troops. That decision came following an order from his predecessor that instructed the military to begin considering programmes to allow transgender people to serve openly and without worry in the military. (Snip) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, and Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, are also behind the effort. “Thousands of brave transgender Americans love
New emails unearthed by Judicial Watch confirm that the Clinton Foundation was in fact a pay-to-play influence peddling operation far more worthy of a special prosecutor than imaginary Russians colluding under Trump Administration beds. It is time for President Trump to keep the promise he made in the presidential debate to indict Hillary Clinton for her crimes: About 20 minutes into the debate, Donald Trump delivered a menacing threat to Hillary Clinton. “If I win,”
Hillary Clinton’s new book entitled “What Happened” was officially released on Tuesday. Since then, she has been promoting it with the zeal of an indefatigable carnival barker. It seems to be working. (Snip) I’ve spent two days and consumed three packs of Tums trying to digest all 464 pages. (I’m a fast reader.) I initially counted 43 reasons Clinton gives for her 2016 election loss, as she meticulously faults all the people who sabotaged what was rightfully hers. But upon closer examination, I have discovered thirteen more who are to blame. Incredible. But not surprising. You see, Clinton has long
While promoting her newly released memoir, Hillary Clinton has placed blame on several factors for her loss to Donald Trump last November — from her own mistakes, to Russian interference in the U.S. election, and the late intervention by then-FBI director James Comey. But Clinton has also spoken candidly about how deep-rooted sexism played a hand in her defeat, and about the double standards she faced as the first woman nominated by a major party for president in America’s 240-year history. In an interview with the New York Times published Saturday, Clinton spoke further about how misogyny is used as
CNN host Anthony Bourdain joked in an interview with TMZ that he would poison President Trump if given the opportunity to cook for him and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. "If Trump and Kim Jong-un were going to have a bit of a summit to try and mend relations and they wanted you to cater, what would you serve?" asked a TMZ reporter. "Hemlock," Bourdain deadpanned. Hemlock is defined as "a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock" that has been used as an execution method. The 61-year-old host of CNN´s weekly food and travel series, "Parts Unknown," later told Fox
Almost no commentator, no reviewer, has mentioned the most newsworthy fact about Hillary Clinton´s latest memoir—which is the near total lack of anything actually newsworthy in the book. With What Happened, Clinton would at last "let down her hair," Simon & Schuster´s publicists loudly proclaimed before the book´s publication. And that was the line dutifully repeated by reporter after reporter, as though it were a fact. As though, coming from Clinton´s people, it didn´t need to be checked or reported with even the slight distancing of "Hillary Clinton says she´s let down her hair in her new book." But then,
A woman police believe was pregnant was among five people killed and 13 wounded in Chicago shootings Friday into Saturday morning. The woman was one of four victims slain in a rifle attack in the Brighton Park neighborhood Friday night, police said. The quadruple homicide happened about 8:40 p.m. in the 4700 block of South Fairfield Avenue, police said. Three men and a woman were inside a vehicle when someone inside a white SUV opened fire on them with a rifle, police said. Responding police officers found their bodies inside the vehicle and they were pronounced dead on the scene. The
ST. LOUIS • About 1,000 protesters surrounded the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in the Central West End late Friday, breaking at least two windows and throwing red paint at the brick house before some 200 police in riot gear moved in to break it up. There was no indication on the scene that Krewson was in the home at the time. A total of 9 police officers had been reported injured as of 9 p.m., including one officer with a dislocated shoulder and an officer with a possible broken jaw, Acting Police Chief Lawrence O´Toole said shortly after midnight
Poor Dana Milbank. For all of his life he has been the picture of perfect health. And then Donald Trump was elected President and completely ruined it to the point where he is now dying. Milbank discusses his health crises in his September 15 Washington Post column, President Trump is killing me. Really. President Trump is killing me. No, really. He’s killing me. It wasn´t one of his campaign promises but we´ll take it. I went for my annual physical last month, and, for the first time in my 49 years, I had to report that I’ve not been feeling
When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smith to grill him, it can start by asking why he put someone with degrees in music in charge of the company’s data security. And then they might also ask him if anyone at the company has been involved in efforts to cover up Susan Mauldin’s lack of educational qualifications since the data breach became public. It would be fascinating to hear Smith try to explain both of those extraordinary items.If those events don’t put the final nails in his professional coffin, accountability in the U.S. is officially dead.
Mike Huckabee warned that many Republicans in Congress, far from trying to further President Trump´s agenda are actually afraid he will succeed and "drain the swamp." "I´m really more and more convinced that there are a lot of the Republicans in Washington who aren´t afraid that Donald Trump will fail. They´re afraid he will succeed and that he really will drain the swamp," the former 2016 presidential candidate told "Fox & Friends" on Saturday. "The Republicans are the ones who are stonewalling everything he´s trying to get done in Congress right now," the former Arkansas governor pointed out. Huckabee pointed
Sen. John McCain is adding his buddy Sen. Lindsey Graham to the list of possible reasons why his line of questioning to former FBI Director James Comey during a hearing in June was so disjointed and confusing. McCain notably was mocked on social media over his questions, which appeared to befuddle even Comey. The senator issued a statement at the time, pinning blame on staying up late to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks game. McCain was also diagnosed with brain cancer weeks later. But as McCain, R-Ariz., would tell it now, he had a list of questions he was ready to