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Alabama Drama Nears an Explosive End

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:21
Ben Kamisar, The Hill
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. â?? Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones made their closing arguments to voters on Monday, a day before one of the most anticipated special elections in U.S. history.Â
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Former professor loses free speech lawsuit against Florida Atlantic University

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:01

Communications professor James Tracy has advanced the conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook shooting was a staged plot to justify more gun control. When he was fired from his tenured position at Florida Atlantic University in 2015, Tracy claimed his private blogging was the reason. The university claimed there were other reasons involving Tracy’s failure to follow instructions from his boss. Tracy filed a lawsuit claiming his free speech rights had been violated and seeking to get his job back. Monday a jury sided with the university. From the Sun-Sentinel:

Jurors in the federal free speech lawsuit filed by James Tracy took just three hours to reject his claim that the university terminated him for his conspiracy theory blog…

The only question the jury had to answer: Was Tracy’s blogging a “motivating factor” in FAU’s decision to fire him? To win, Tracy would have had to prove his case by a preponderance of the evidence — meaning it was more likely true than not true.

The eight jurors responded with a unanimous “no.”

“We just tried to stay away from the emotion of the case and we focused on the evidence, not hearsay or opinions,” the jury foreman told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Last week an FAU employee testified that Tracy was fired for insubordination, not for his obnoxious opinions:

“We told him he could continue to say it … to just try to distance himself [from FAU in his writings] to protect the university,” [Even] Alperin testified.

When FAU officials finally decided, three years later in late 2015, that Tracy should be terminated, Alperin said it was for “insubordination.”

She said he repeatedly failed or refused to file forms that required all academics to disclose outside work or activity, paid or unpaid, that might create a conflict of interest for him or the university. And she said there had been at least two years worth of problems before Tracy was eventually fired.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Tracy’s attorney lashed out at the media after the jury reached its decision:

Minutes after a federal jury rejected claims that Florida Atlantic University fired communications professor James Tracy because he publicly declared the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School a hoax, his attorney lashed out at the media, calling reporters “presstitutes.”

“Shame on you fake news,” attorney Louis Leo IV told news photographers and reporters who followed Tracy and him from the federal courthouse. Then, he hurled the invective: “Presstitutes.”

Do I really believe James Tracy was fired for not doing some paperwork? Yes and no. By all accounts, Tracy’s conspiracy blogging was a big embarrassment for the university and there was pressure from students and people outside the school, including parents of a child killed at Sandy Hook, to get rid of him. But no one ever told him he had to stop blogging. The University knew it couldn’t fire him for exercising his right to free speech, even when he was telling Sandy Hook parents that no children died at the school and that they were profiting off a lie.

But here’s the thing. If you’re determined to let your freak flag fly even though you know it’s causing problems for your employer, you better be very careful that you don’t make any other mistakes that could constitute grounds for termination. It appears Tracy failed to do that when he didn’t turn in paperwork showing income from his blog and a book. He gave the school a legal excuse to fire him and the school took it.

Tracy had been suing to get his job back and for back pay, which he won’t be getting now. He will, however, be able to keep blogging on his favorite topic. His attorney said he plans to appeal the outcome, so this may not be over yet.

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'Me Too' Fervor, Politics Fuel Dem Calls for Trump to Resign

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:46
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP
Democrats know President Trump is not going to resign amid renewed sexual misconduct allegations, some of which he famously talked about on a recording released during the 2016 campaign. But a growing number of them are calling on him to quit anyway.
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Breaking Down The Media's War On Trump

Townhall.com - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:40
media coverage is 90 percent hostile.
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Trump’s new moon shot is the best of several bad ideas NASA had

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:31

This wasn’t the sort of headline that attracted much media traffic given everything else that’s going on, but the President has directed NASA to send men back to the moon. At first glance, this probably seems like a winner with the public because we always tend to get excited about space exploration and a return to the moon has been discussed pretty much constantly since the last time we went there in 1972. It just never happened.

But as ABC news reports, Trump isn’t just talking about another mission to collect rocks, snap a few selfies with the American flag (though he did mention that part) and come home. He’s talking about setting up a permanent scientific base there.

As he signed a policy directive Monday intended to “refocus the space program on human exploration and discovery,” President Donald Trump instructed NASA to return American astronauts to the moon, alluded to an “eventual mission to Mars” and promised to “restore American leadership in space.”

Flanked by NASA leadership and three astronauts, including former Sen. Jack Schmitt, one of the most recent men to have walked on the moon, Trump described the directive, portraying space exploration as an encapsulation of America’s “pioneering spirit.”

“Today, the same spirit beckons us to begin new journeys of exploration and discovery, to lift our eyes all of the way up to the heavens and once again imagine the possibilities waiting in those big, beautiful stars if we dare to dream big and that’s what our country is doing again,” he said. “We’re dreaming big.”

Okay, we get it. This is of a piece with the entire Make America Great Again concept and leadership in the space race is arguably one of our finer moments in greatness. Walking on the moon and perhaps even establishing a base of business there fills the bill. And to be fair to Trump, he’s picking from a menu of items NASA proposed themselves this year and it wasn’t the worst choice on the list. That prize goes to their suggestion of an orbital space station in lunar orbit. I wrote about that idea back in May and found myself largely agreeing with an actual rocket scientist, Robert Zubrin, who called an orbiting moon station NASA’s worst idea ever.

We do not need a lunar-orbiting station to go to the Moon. We do not need such a station to go to Mars. We do not need it to go to near-Earth asteroids. We do not need it to go anywhere. Nor can we accomplish anything in such a station that we cannot do in the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, except to expose human subjects to irradiation – a form of medical research for which a number of Nazi doctors were hanged at Nuremberg.

If the goal is to build a Moon base, it should be built on the surface of the Moon. That is where the science is, that is where the shielding material is, and that is where the resources to make propellant and other useful things are to be found.

There were some other suggestions, but they primarily involved a focus on either going to Mars or seriously gearing up our space telescope game in the search for habitable planets around other stars. (Given my druthers, the search for a Second Earth should be at the top of our priorities.) A new moon shot was actually pretty far down the list.

So a base on the moon is a better idea than a base orbiting the moon. I agree with that in principle, but is that really where we should be investing our space dollars? Yes, there are some interesting resources on the moon such as Helium 3, which barely exists on the Earth and makes for an incredible fuel source. But there are massive logistical barriers to getting it back home in any economically viable fashion. What other science do we really need to be doing up there? It seems to me that our focus has been on Mars as the next step and should remain there. We can build ships and prepare for that journey in low Earth orbit just as well as we could on the moon. Possibly better and more safely.

Also, how are we going to pay for this? Certain groups in NASA are still big fans of returning to the moon, but they admit that it would require an increase in the NASA budget adding up to the billions. The last proposal for the 2018 NASA budget from the White House called for half a billion in cuts, not an increase. Whether we’re going to the Moon or to Mars, we’re not doing it on the cheap. The eggheads in charge their know how much money they need for either of these mammoth projects and we’ve seen no indication that the funds will be available.

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Surprise! Secret Dem super-PAC spent $4M boost to Jones

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:01

Will Alabama voters wonder whether they will end up with a senator that got hand-picked by Democratic leadership in DC? Doug Jones tried to distance himself from the national party during his special-election campaign to win the vacancy left by Republican Jeff Sessions, but Politico reported last night that the distance turned out to be mighty short. A super-PAC formed to back Jones turns out to be the creation of two major Democratic interest groups:

A mystery super PAC backing Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama is controlled by a pair of groups closely aligned with the national Democratic Party, even as the candidate strives to dissociate himself from Washington interests.

Highway 31, which dropped more than $4.1 million in support of Jones and against Roy Moore ahead of Tuesday’s Senate special election, is a joint project of two of the largest national Democratic super PACs — Senate Majority PAC and Priorities USA Action — along with a group of Alabama Democrats, multiple senior officials familiar with the arrangement told POLITICO.

Highway 31 was created in November, Federal Election Commission filings show. Though Birmingham lawyer Edward Still is listed as the group’s treasurer, it was, in fact, founded jointly with Senate Majority PAC, the outside group closely tied to Democratic leadership in the Senate. Highway 31 has been funded jointly by Senate Majority PAC and Priorities USA Action, the Democratic super PAC that backed Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016, the Democrats briefed on the arrangement told POLITICO.

“Surprise” probably overstates the reality on the ground. Jones denied being tied to national Democrats, even to the point of claiming in campaign ads that he wouldn’t owe anything to Chuck Schumer, as Gabriel DeBenedetti reports, but … come on, man.  How many voters really believed that? Of course the national party went all-in to take a seat away from Republicans in a special election. What else were they going to do?

And why would anyone think that Jones wouldn’t take direction from the party’s caucus leader once he got to Washington? As a member of the minority with the least seniority in the chamber, Jones wouldn’t have an opportunity to do anything but take orders from Schumer. That’s just the way the Senate is structured.  Roy Moore has a better argument for independence on the basis of Republican pledges to kick him out once he got there. If voters really want a candidate who will have a bad relationship with others, then Moore’s their candidate.

Jones’ claim to distance from national Democrats took another blow yesterday too when Barack Obama and Joe Biden both campaigned for him via robocalls. That’s a curious strategy for a campaign that needs to get disaffected Republicans to cross the party line and support Jones. Needless to say, neither of those men would be terribly popular with Republicans, and those robocalls might end up pushing some of them to either not vote at all or to back Moore as a final response to Obama. The former would be an acceptable alternative to crossover voting, but the risk seems rather high — and perhaps unnecessary, although it could be a sign that their internal polling is less rosy than some of the friendlier results seen over the last few days in media polling.

It’s a good catch by Politico, if a bit late in the cycle to impact the voting today, assuming the news disillusions anyone. The late bids by Obama and Biden might have more impact, but not in the way that Team Jones might hope.

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Poll: 61% of Americans want Roy Moore expelled from the Senate if he wins

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:31

Uh huh. Try polling this again in 48 hours, after Republican voters have digested Moore’s big win, a round of Trump-led back-slapping among populists, and high-fives all around in conservative media. The numbers will turn pure party-line, or nearly so.

You can’t summarize the state of the GOP better than Lindsey Graham did in this quote: “I’ll have a hard time, quite frankly, keeping somebody in the body that I think molested a child, but we’ll see what happens.” A child-molester senator? Seems iffy, but Graham will get back to you.

More than six-in-10 voters (61 percent) — including a plurality of Republicans — think the Senate should expel the embattled Moore, who has been accused of pursuing and molesting teenage girls while in his 30s. That includes 77 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents and 45 percent of Republicans.

There’s also a gender gap, especially among Republicans, on the issue of expulsion. Half of female Republicans think the Senate should expel Moore, but just 39 percent of Republican men agree

Most voters also believe the Republican National Committee was wrong to reinstate its support for Moore’s campaign, which came last week, after President Donald Trump endorsed Moore, despite the scandal. A 52 percent majority says the RNC did the wrong thing in supporting Moore, while only 20 percent say it was the right thing to back Moore.

Republican voters split 45/29 in favor of expulsion, which is a genuine surprise to me. Even so, rest assured that the Senate’s not expelling him. It was absurd from the jump to think that they might given how Republicans on the Hill have cowered repeatedly before Trump and his populist fans. The only X factor in Moore’s case is that Mitch McConnell despises him and wants to make an example of him before any other dubious Bannon-backed insurgents start pulling off upsets in the primaries next year. But ultimately McConnell is at the mercy of math. He’ll need 67 votes to oust Moore, which means more than a third of the GOP caucus even if all Democrats vote for expulsion. It won’t happen, especially with Trump rolling out the red carpet for the new senator and insisting publicly that, surely, all of his accusers must be lying.

And in fairness to Moore, why should they expel him? If you start booting senators for misdeeds they committed before entering the Senate, without any hard proof of the transgression, potentially all 100 are vulnerable. You’ll hear “the people have spoken” 8,000 times tomorrow in Moore’s defense but there’s something to it. The clowns in Washington all work for us; Alabamians will have considered Moore’s job application, including the allegations about chasing (and, in one case, assaulting) young girls. They’ll have decided to assume the risk of hiring him anyway. Who is Mitch McConnell to tell them they can’t? “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard,” said H.L. Mencken, famously. If America wants a kakistocracy, they shall have it, by gum.

Besides, it’ll be fun having Moore in Washington mixing with the rest of Congress. Domestic politics in the age of Trump is mostly theater anyway. What could be more theatrical than having an Elmer Gantry type from the deep south installed in the Senate to rail about criminalizing homosexuality? Watching his Republican colleagues interact him will be fascinating too. Some, like Flake, will shun him for moral reasons; others, like Mike Lee, will *want* to shun him but be left scratching their heads as to how much they want to offend populists in their home states. (Lee endorsed Moore after the primary runoff only to rescind his endorsement following the WaPo scandal story, remember.) Others, like Ted Cruz, will make nice with him to pander to their mutual evangelical populist bases but will keep him at arm’s length so as not to have to answer for it every time Moore says something outre. The mystery is whether anyone will become a full-fledged Moore pal. Maybe only the president.

As for Democrats, they’re treating this like it’s Christmas Eve.

In lieu of an exit question, a quote for your contemplation:

If Moore goes down, Nunberg said, it may be necessary for the Bannon-backed candidates who lose primaries next year to indulge in some retribution. “Perhaps the Bannon candidates should endorse the Democrat in the race,” he said, “so Mitch McConnell can see how that works out for him.”

They’d have every right to do so. The party’s headed for a split anyway and nothing would accelerate it as much as each faction supporting the election of Democrats over the other right-wing faction’s candidate, never mind that nearly all Republican Trump-skeptics held their noses and ultimately voted for him over Clinton last November. Today’s vote is a sort of re-run of last year’s election albeit with a less objectionable Democrat as that party’s nominee. Doug Jones is awful on abortion, sure, but all Democratic pols are awful on abortion, including Clinton. What would have happened on the right last fall if the Dems had nominated someone generic, like Jones or Tim Kaine, instead of the omni-objectionable Hillary? Alabama’s an imperfect venue to run that experiment since the state leans so decidedly red but the number of crossover votes Jones gets will give us a sense of how deep the right’s schism might run now.

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Elizabeth Warren: Stop slut-shaming Sen. Gillibrand

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:01

As Jazz pointed out this morning, there is a Twitter battle taking place between President Trump and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is demanding the Trump resign from office. Trump’s tweet lashing out at Gillibrand said the Senator “would do anything for a campaign donation. Several people, including Morning Mika and fellow Senator Elizabeth Warren, thought Trump was insinuating Gillibrand was ready to trade sex for cash, i.e. Trump was calling her a prostitute. In response, Sen. Warren tweeted out this awkward defense of Sen. Gillibrand:

Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted. https://t.co/mYJtBZfxiu

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 12, 2017

It’s one thing to say Trump is being a bully but, as Hot Air contributor Gabriel Malor was quick to point out, saying Trump is slut-shaming Gilibrand is a bit…problematic.

Uuuhhh, as I understood it the word slut-shame means "to stigmatize (a woman) for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative." Is that really what Warren means? https://t.co/49O718Mxys

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) December 12, 2017

I mean, if @SenWarren is using the ordinary meaning of slut-shame, then she's saying Gillibrand engaged in, er., promiscuous or sexually provocative behavior in exchange for campaign contributions, which . . . yikes.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) December 12, 2017

Sen. Warren could have said that Trump was calling Gillibrand a slut, but slut-shaming suggests that Gillibrand was doing something that some people might actually consider to be, well, slutty, and Warren is defending her right to do that.

Over the past few years, there have been a number of “slut walks” in various places around the country that attempt to address this issue of “slut-shaming.” There was just one in Los Angeles a couple months ago. Here’s a bit of the description from the march’s website:

“Slut,” a word that exploded into disturbing context after a Toronto police officer told a crowd of college women that if they wanted to avoid sexual assault, they shouldn’t dress like sluts.

Infuriated women across the country, outraged by this comment united to take a stand…

Our mission is serious, but this day of dressing up, strutting your stuff, and standing up for gender equality is filled with fun, laughter, and a community to support a tremendous cause. It is about self-expression, unity, shedding stereotypes, and supporting one another.

The reference to “dressing up” in that last paragraph indicates that women attending these marches often dress provocatively to make a point: Just because a woman dresses a certain way doesn’t mean she is asking for sexual harassment or assault. The message of slut-walks is that sexiness is not a license to treat women poorly. As one sign at the rally put it: “Don’t tell me how to dress, tell men not to rape.”

Again, I think what Warren wanted to say was something like ‘Don’t insinuate a female Senator is a prostitute.’ But the image she actually conjured up was of Sen. Gillibrand coming to Trump in a sexually provocative way asking for money. And Warren’s response is ‘Hey, don’t diminish her because she’s being sexually provocative.’

I think the best way to sum up this incident is probably this image. “Hey, fellow kids, Sen. Warren is down with all the social justice lingo.”

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Fake Truth

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:37
Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness
­The most effective way for the media to have refuted Donald Trump's 24/7 accusations of fake news would have been to publish disinterested, factually based accounts of his presidency. The Trump record should have been set straight through logic and evidence.So
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4 Reasons Roy Moore May Win in Alabama

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:36
Daniel Oliver, Washington Times
First, the Moore story was broken by The Washington Post, which has little or no credibility among Trump supporters, who also tend to be Roy Moore supporters. Having savaged Donald Trump relentlessly, The Post is seen as a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. Nevertheless, and ironically, The Post’s story on Mr. Moore may have been factually correct.
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So you thought the War on Christmas was cancelled, eh?

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:31

If you were worried about the sudden outbreak of nuclear war with North Korea, good news! Since we don’t like fighting too many wars at the same time, Little Rocket Man will have to wait until we get this War on Christmas sorted out.

I know… you thought that battle was over and done with, flushed down the memory hole with the departure of Barack Obama. But think again. The battle against putting the Christ back in Christmas isn’t being waged by elected officials and candidates this year… or at least not as much. They’ve outsourced the job to our nation’s colleges. Cheryl Chumley at the Washington Times has a roundup of schools directing everyone to steer clear of God this year and focus on more secular ideals.

College administrators around the country, it seems, are rushing to acquiesce to even the most minor of voices on campuses to make sure the “C” word — that’s “C” for Christmas, shhh! — doesn’t cause angst in some offended student’s ears.

Basically, they’re driving hard to drive out the reason for the season, Jesus Christ.

The overriding message?

Don’t be religious.

Campus Reform notes that the University of California, Irvine, is emphasizing a “focus on celebrating a special occasion, instead of a specific holiday.”

Like an end-of-term party, maybe?

That first example came from U.C. Irvine which might not grab your attention. That’s just par for the course and isn’t any more surprising than seeing something like that coming out of Berkeley. They’re trying to, “ensure that office celebrations are not indirectly celebrating religious holidays.” As I said, not too shocking by California standards.

But it’s not just the left coast. Cheryl has compiled a lengthy list of other examples. SUNY Brockport (that’s the State University of New York) is directing students to Create a winter theme with lights and color rather than religious icons. Lord only knows we wouldn’t want a bunch of religious icons cluttering up Christmas. Ohio University wants public decorations to be secular in nature.

Perhaps the biggest shocker comes from the University of Alabama’s student newspaper. They want everyone to not only keep the campus free of religious claptrap during the holy season but to vocally call out the Trump administration (presumably Melania, since she decorated the White House) for putting a nativity scene on the lawn. Precisely why that’s such a particularly heinous sin as compared to other public spaces isn’t explained, but it takes a swipe at the First Family, so why not? Of course, this is the student newspaper at the University of Alabama, not the faculty, so perhaps things aren’t as far gone there as it sounds.

It’s Christmas time, folks. For many of you, that means it’s time to celebrate one of several other holidays or none at all. We’re all fine with that. None of the major religions have marching orders calling for making everyone miserable at this time of the year. Decorate and celebrate as your personal calling dictates. And pull your kids out of these colleges while they’re home on break. You’re wasting your money and poisoning their minds.

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Trump attorney: What America needs now is … Special Counsel2

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:01

What’s the antidote for a special counsel that exceeds his mandate, charges peripheral figures with unrelated crimes, and hires investigators with potential conflicts of political interest? The obvious answer: appoint another special counsel to investigate the first one. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow suggested the hair-of-the-dog solution to Axios’ Mike Allen, although they also want to see Robert Mueller get to the end of his investigation too:

  • The new demand was prompted by a Fox News article last evening by James Rosen and Jake Gibson: “A senior Justice Department official [Bruce Ohr] demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump ‘dossier’ had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed: … The official’s wife [Nellie Ohr] worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.”
  • Jay Sekulow, a member of the President’s legal team, tells me: “The Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests. These new revelations require the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate.”
  • Unlike some other vocal Republicans, Trump’s lawyers say they respect Mueller and trust him, and want to get to the finish line with him.

So the solution to a largely unaccountable prosecutor is to sic another largely unaccountable prosecutor on him? One can only imagine the procession of Javerts that would follow as each succeeding special counsel comes under public fire, all the while without any certainty that a Valjean exists. It might become a full-employment bureau for former US Attorneys and ex-FBI executives that could last for decades. It would certainly beat working loss prevention during the holiday season.

The idea seems curious, especially since there is no allegation of criminal activity within the special counsel’s office — only potential ethics issues and conflicts of interest. Those concerns would normally come under the jurisdiction of the Inspector General, not another prosecutor. Since Mueller’s probe exists within the Department of Justice and answers to Rod Rosenstein, the IG can open an investigation into these issues without the risks and abuses associated with special counsels. So why not just ask for an IG review, at least first, before leaping to the hair of the dog?

Hugh Hewitt called last week for a second special counsel, but not to investigate Mueller’s investigation. Rather, he argued that the recent revelations about Peter Strzok (and  preumably Ohr too, although his essay preceded that revelation) demonstrated the need for an outside investigation of the Obama-era DoJ for abuses of power:

As a result, a large swath of responsible center-right observers are demanding a full review of the investigation and prosecution powers wielded by the Obama-era Justice Department and FBI. Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy wrote in National Review on Saturday that President Trump should call for a second independent counsel to investigate abuse of the counterintelligence authorities under President Barack Obama, abuses he suggests were undertaken to protect the controversial Iran deal on nuclear weapons.

This is an excellent idea. The new special counsel could also review Strzok’s texts and, more crucially, his conduct throughout 2015 and 2016. Strzok may be completely innocent of everything except an offhand joke that the straight-laced Mueller deemed necessary to punish in a display of a “Caesar’s wife” sort of purity of purpose. But if his texts to FBI lawyer Lisa Page reveal a partisan animus toward Trump or admiration for Clinton, then the bureau and the department have a huge problem on their hands and not just with Strzok and Page. …

The Strzok report comes on the heels of the widely derided Justice Department investigation into IRS discrimination against conservative groups, including the disposition of allegations against IRS senior official Lois Lerner, and after the wildly erratic behavior of then-FBI Director James B. Comey during 2016. It also follows the vote to hold then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress — the first ever against a sitting member of the Cabinet — with 17 Democrats voting in support. Mix into this battering of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s reputations the still-murky charges and counter-charges of abuse of “unmasking” powers during the waning days of the Obama era.

That makes more sense, although it’s still a job that could better be performed initially by an Inspector General, too. That also applies to the issues surrounding the Ohrs as well. An IG report would at least give some preliminary indication if a deeper probe would be warranted, and perhaps help a later special counsel avoid pitfalls by keeping those with potential conflicts of interest out of the investigation.

But even then, all of this presupposes that Congress can’t do its job in providing oversight on the DoJ and FBI. Perhaps that’s true, but if so, that’s a bigger problem than Obama-era abuses. We seem to be defaulting to extra-constitutional remedies that create more problems than they solve, and Mueller is shaping up as a good example of the problem. Creating a daisy chain of Muellers will only make that worse.

Addendum: I doubt that Sekulow is fully serious about this idea, too. This suggestion, combined with the weak personal endorsement of Mueller, looks more like an attempt to undermine the credibility of the probe in case it develops prosecutable material against Trump or other high-ranking officials. If it does, his attorneys can claim bias and abuse of power; if not, they can say, “Even Mueller says there’s nothing there!”

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Obama Is Right: U.S. Democracy Is Fragile

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:33
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, CNN
The former President was right to use the rise of Hitler in Germany as a warning to the current state of US politics, Ruth Ben-Ghiat says.
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Sanders to WH Reporters: Trump Tweet About Gillibrand Was Sexual Innuendo 'Only If Your Mind Is in the Gutter'

Townhall.com - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:30
Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells the press to get their minds out of the gutter.
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Grassley Latest Republican Urging Trump to Reconsider These Judicial Picks

Townhall.com - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:30
Two judicial picks with a history of controversial comments.
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