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Hmmmm: “Major staff shakeup” in Mueller probe

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:01

The addition of Peter Strzok to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the election caused enough of a stir for CNN to note it a month ago. Strzok had overseen the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s infamous secret e-mail system, and had a reputation for excellence in his law-enforcement and counterintelligence work. Mueller reportedly brought in Strzok to run the investigatory side of his operation.

Less than five weeks later, ABC News reports that Strzok’s out, and no one’s quite sure why or what it means for Mueller’s investigation:

One of the FBI’s top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News.

The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller’s team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And the week before that ABC News confirmed Mueller is now using a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., to collect documents and other evidence.

Why leave now? Perhaps more pressing and acute investigations required Strzok’s talents and deep experience. Or … maybe not:

It’s unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller’s team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI’s human resources division.

Human resources? Granted, that’s necessary and needed work, but is it necessary to assign a top counterintelligence investigator to those tasks? Unless working HR legal issues was a childhood/law-school dream for Strzok, this looks like a demotion, and not just an issue with the probe itself. At least from appearances, Strzok must have gotten someone very angry with him. Given the nature of the probe, one would have to assume that this decision involved not just Mueller, but also recently confirmed FBI Director Christopher Wray and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. It seems unlikely that a move of this nature didn’t get approved or perhaps even demanded at the highest levels.

So far, other than the ABC News report, those in the know have remained tight-lipped about the departure. There is also no indication that Mueller’s investigative phase of the probe has wrapped up either, and even if that was the case, it seems unlikely that Strzok would have taken an assignment in HR rather than a more high-profile position based on his earlier experience. Assuming the probe hasn’t ended, this looks like a setback for Mueller, and it may be that the investigation isn’t proceeding to his liking.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Barcelona Attack

Townhall.com - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:45
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Australian senator causes uproar by wearing Islamic veil to Parliament

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:40

Australian Sen. Pauline Hanson sent Parliament into a frenzy Thursday by entering the Senate chambers wearing a burqa, making a statement as part of her campaign to ban the traditional Islamic garb.

Hanson is the founder and leader of the right-wing nationalist One Nation Party, which was founded in 1997. She turned heads by entering the chamber late so her entrance would draw the maximum amount of attention.

After sitting quietly for a short time, Hanson confronted Liberal Senate leader George Brandis, imploring him to support her efforts to ban the burqa in Australia.

“I’m quite happy to remove this, because this is not what should belong in this Parliament,” Hanson said, according to Yahoo. “Senator Brandis, in light of the national security of this nation, will you work with me to ban the burqa in Australia. There has been 13 foiled national threats against us with terrorism, three that have been successful, and Australians have lost their lives.

“What I would like to ask on behalf of the Australian people, considering there has been a large majority of Australians wish to see the banning of the burqa,” Hanson said.

Hanson faced severe backlash and chastisement from her fellow senators for what Brandis called a “stunt.” Australia has a sizable Muslim population, which other senators said would be offended by the insincere use of their religious dress.

“I would caution and counsel you with respect to be very, very careful of the offense you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians,” Brandis said. “We have about 500,000 Australians in this country of the Islamic faith and the vast majority of them are law-abiding good Australians. Senator Hanson, it is absolutely consistent with being a good, law-abiding Australian and being a strict adherent Muslim.”

The subject of Islamic terrorism has been of growing concern in Australia, with several attacks taking place that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for. Two men were killed and three police officers shot in a hostage situation in Melbourne in June.

In 2014, an Islamic gunman took 18 people hostage in a Sydney cafe, and two people were killed before the gunman was killed by authorities. These events have increased the dialogue surrounding burqas and their implications for national security.

Countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa have instituted full or partial bans of full-face veils in recent years. France and Belgium, for example, have national bans on full-face veils in public. Germany is among countries that have proposed bans.

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Dem Lawmaker to Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump After Charlottesville Comments

Townhall.com - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:31
Here we go again with talk of impeachmentthis time Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen thinks President Trumps comments about the violence is Charlottsville are enough to get the president out of office.
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No, really, what was Steve Bannon up to with that interview yesterday?

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:21

Jazz and Ed have written about the substance of it but I’m more interested in motive. Why is Steve Bannon dialing up a progressive magazine, of all things, and chattering to them about the alt-right and North Korea? Jazz’s point earlier about Bannon undermining NorK strategy is right on target: It’s bizarre for a White House political advisor to be out there in the middle of a standoff where the U.S. is saber-rattling and proclaiming that, er, there is no military option. If you want to intimidate Kim Jong Un into getting rid of his nukes, having the president’s right-hand man declare that an attack is off the table is … unhelpful.

The spin last night while politicos were oohing and ahhing over the interview was that Bannon didn’t realize it was on the record.

The White House chief strategist has told associates he never intended to do an “interview” with an editor at the American Prospect, a left-wing publication.

Bannon has told associates that he admired the author’s stance on China, and so called the journalist, Robert Kuttner, on Tuesday, to discuss his piece. Apparently Bannon never thought that the journalist might take his (very newsworthy) comments and turn them into a story. It’s Anthony Scaramucci all over again (minus the curse words.)…

Here’s what one of Bannon’s colleagues — somebody who’s not an enemy of his — told me after reading the piece: “Since Steve apparently enjoys casually undermining U.S. national security, I’ll put this in terms he’ll understand: This is DEFCON 1-level bad.”

Please. There’s no way a media junkie as savvy as Bannon would assume a reporter would protect the confidentiality of a juicy conversation, especially when that reporter is an ideological enemy like Kuttner. Said Brandon Darby of Breitbart, “I know him too well when it comes to how he handles journalists. He wouldn’t think something was off record even if reporter said it was.” I don’t buy this morning’s spin either, that Bannon was throwing out a little “stray voltage” on Trump’s behalf to turn people’s attention away from the Charlottesville clusterfark. He could have done that without broaching the subject of North Korea. And as Ed noted earlier, it makes no sense given Trump’s decision to revisit the underlying issue in Charlottesville yet again this morning by tweeting about Confederate monuments.

I’ll give you two cynical possibilities. My hot-take speculation of the last few days has been that Bannon is resigned to leaving the White House soon, having concluded that Trump’s first term can only end in failure now, but wants to be make sure he’s fired rather than pressured into quitting somehow. Being fired after all the headlines about his war with H.R. McMaster and the “globalists” in the West Wing would make him a martyr to the nationalist cause, which will be great for his stature when he returns to populist media. Resigning makes him a quitter, albeit a sympathetic one to his constituents. Being fired makes him a sacrifice, betrayed by the president whom America’s right-wing populists elected. If he’s booted, Bannon might end up surpassing Trump as the most popular political figure in America among populist activists (assuming he hasn’t already). Under this theory, the North Korea stuff is really just a parting kick in the nuts to McMaster, portraying him implicitly as a liar who’s telling Americans that the military will protect them from NorK nukes when it really can’t. There’s a flaw in the theory, though: If Bannon’s anticipating becoming the champion of American populists, why’d he bash “ethno-nationalism” in the Kuttner interview? Not all populists are alt-righters, of course, but they’re part of the broader right. By talking about “crushing” them, Bannon’s setting up a conflict within right-wing populism rather than trying to unify it behind him by smoothing over its differences.

The other theory is that he very much doesn’t want to be fired and did the Kuttner interview as a shot across Trump’s bow, warning him that he can make plenty of trouble for the White House if he’s removed. On this reading, exposing Trump’s North Korea rhetoric as a bluff is a bet-the-house gamble by Bannon: He’s showing the president that he’s willing and able to publicly undermine his tough talk about foreign policy and trade to Trump’s populist base if Trump makes an enemy of him by canning him. Meanwhile, if Trump doesn’t can him for calling BS on the administration’s North Korea position, Bannon will appear bulletproof to all of his rivals inside the White House. He’ll have gotten away with embarrassing the president and his national-security team and survived, which will operate almost as a formal announcement that Trump can’t fire him for fear of alienating his own base — especially the Mercer family that supports Bannon.

The two theories aren’t strictly contradictory. Bannon may be unhappy enough with the environment inside the West Wing and the trajectory of Trump’s presidency right now that he decided to make a power play to try to change it. If Trump lets him slide on the Kuttner interview, it serves notice to Kelly and McMaster that Bannon doesn’t answer to them like other Trump advisors do. If Trump ends up firing him, no biggie: Bannon rides off into the sunset as a populist hero who refused to compromise and was ousted in a “globalist” coup. Either he’ll regain some stature in the White House or he’ll be martyred and build further stature among the nationalist right.

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BBC anchor offers bleak assessment of how the world views Trump and the US

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:15

BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay — a British woman who has been living in the United States for the last two decades — revealed to MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Thursday what she said is the world’s current perception of the United States.

Addressing President Donald Trump’s presidency as well as the Charlottesville, Virginia, terror attack, Kay and the hosts discussed the diminishing morale of the U.S.

“The Trump White House and the saga and the drama around it looks more like a freak show than anything else,” Kay said. “And that’s kind of how America is seen at the moment. It’s incredibly depressing to come back to this country that is so dispirited and is so dismissed around the world.”

Kay added, “I’ve been living here 20 years, and every year I try and spend time with my family back in Europe and this is the first time, Mika, I’ve come back and felt America was almost being dismissed by other countries and this was before Charlottesville actually happened.”

According to Kay, “America is losing its global leadership” and there’s a worldwide “sense that other countries just have to ‘deal’ without America.

“The White House is losing moral authority around the world, and Charlottesville doesn’t help that at all, and it’s almost an irrelevancy,” Kay continued. “This is the country with the biggest economy and biggest military in the world so they know they have to deal somehow with the United States, but countries in Europe are feeling more confident.”

Kay noted that the rest of the world — specifically Europe — is “rejecting the kind of right-wing extremism that we saw in Charlottesville.”

“They don’t want that in Europe,” she said. “They’re feeling economically more confident as well and they’re doing their own deals. They’re looking to other countries to do deals on climate change and global trade issues and if anything, the Trump White House and the saga and the drama around it looks more like a freak show than anything else.”

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South Korean president: There will never be war on the Korean Peninsula ever again

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:57

On Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that the U.S. has agreed to not take any military action against the rogue communist state of North Korea without approval from Seoul — although it is not entirely clear whether the current agreement actually requires the United States to obtain Seoul’s approval before launching an attack.

“I say this with confidence: There will be no war on the Korean Peninsula ever again,” Moon told reporters at the Presidential Blue House, according to the Washington Post.

“We can’t afford to lose all that we’ve built from the ashes of the Korean War. I will prevent another war at all cost,” Moon said.

Moon said that President Donald Trump agreed to consult South Korea before taking any military action.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that there was “no question” that the United States will discuss any military plans with South Korea before acting.

“South Korea is an ally and everything we do in the region is in the context of our alliance,”  Dunford said.

According to the defense agreement between the U.S. and South Korea, both nations must first consult with one another before military action can take place on the Korean Peninsula. However, neither must adhere to their ally’s wishes, and may proceed with an attack if that country chooses.

Dunford is currently in China, meeting with Chinese Communist Party President Xi Jinping. During the trip, he met with Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, and discussed military issues on the Korean Peninsula.

“China insists that consultation through dialogue is the only effective way to solve the problems on the peninsula, and military means cannot be an option,” Fan said during his meeting with Dunford, according to the Post. “At the moment, all parties concerned should maintain restraint, and avoid words and actions that would intensify the tension of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”

China attempted to de-escalate tensions through various means as threats and shows of strength were exchanged between North Korea and the U.S. over the previous weeks. This included participating in sanctions against North Korea, which Beijing considered a huge concession toward Washington.

Their efforts culminated last week when China told Pyongyang that should it strike the U.S. first, it would sit back and allow Washington to destroy North Korea. Simultaneously, China told Washington it would intervene on North Korea’s behalf if the U.S. struck first.

On Tuesday, North Korea backed down from its threat of attacking the U.S. territory of Guam, signaling a possible lull in the conflict. Trump called Pyongyang’s decision to call off the attack “very wise.”

South Korea’s ultimate goal with North Korea is peace. In July, South Korea’s Unification Ministry offered to open peace talks between their respective military leaders. The offer has so far gone ignored by North Korea. In July, the offer was derided by North Korea’s state-run media as a hypocritical gesture for offering peace with one hand, and threatening war with the other.

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White supremacist who slammed Trump for giving Ivanka ‘to a Jew’ sobs openly about possible arrest

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:42

Christopher Cantwell, who gained notoriety after being featured in a Vice News documentary about the Charlottesville terror attack, wept openly during a YouTube video posted Saturday at the possibility of being arrested.

Clearly upset, Cantwell attempted to compose himself throughout the video and said, “I called the Charlottesville Police Department … and I said, ‘I have been told that there’s a warrant out for my arrest.’ They said that they wouldn’t confirm it but that I could find this out if I wanted to go a local magistrate or something.”

Cantwell claimed that any violence that he was involved in was justified because it was done “in defense of myself and others” and that if he went to jail, “it won’t be the first time.”

Cantwell revealed to Digg on Wednesday that he found out that there is no active warrant for his arrest.

He also told Digg that many of his online accounts — such as Instagram and PayPal — have been shut down. Cantwell did not reveal why he believes his accounts were shut down, nor did he offer any proof that they had been closed. But he did say that he sees the closures unfair because he doesn’t “want violence” but a “more peaceful society instead.”

However, he doubled down on comments that violence is still an option for him to stop those who disrupt the peace and said that the suspect who drove a vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters — which killed one woman and injured scores more — was an act of “self-defense.”

During his interview with Vice News, Cantwell had mixed sentiments about President Donald Trump.

He complained that the president “doesn’t agree with us on the racial stuff” and had hoped for a leader who was a “lot more racist,” but he lauded Trump’s efforts in preventing “us from falling to communism.”

“We have interests that overlap because we want to save the country,” Cantwell told Vice News, but he noted that he was appalled that Trump allowed a Jew to “steal his daughter,” referring to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

“[I want a leader unlike] somebody like Donald Trump, who does not give his daughter to a Jew,” he said. “I don’t think you could feel the way I do about race, and watch that Kushner bastard walk around with that beautiful girl.”

Later in the Vice News documentary, Cantwell said, “The fact that nobody on our side died I would go ahead and call that points for us. The fact that none of our people killed anyone unjustly, I think is a plus for us. We showed our rivals we won’t be cowed,” and added that “a lot more people are going to die before we’re done here.”

Watch Cantwell’s remarks in the video below.

(Content warning: Graphic language):

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Why is Richard Cordray still at CFPB?

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:41

After the Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece on the subject earlier this week, increasing attention is being focused on Richard Cordray who, for some reason, is still in charge at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). There are a couple of different issues with this Obama holdover, and one of them is the newly arisen question of whether or not he violated the Hatch act. Word on the street is that Cordray is preparing to run for Governor in Ohio and has been engaging in some political maneuvering along those lines. Since he’s still an agency official in the Executive branch, that might turn out to have run afoul of the law. (Cleveland.com)

A Texas congressman has requested a federal investigation into whether Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray is illegally working to run for Ohio governor.

House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling, a longtime GOP critic of Cordray, asked U.S. Acting Special Counsel Adam Miles on Friday to review whether Cordray violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive-branch employees from engaging in political activity.

In a letter to Miles, Hensarling pointed to media reports that Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill was contacted by an unnamed mutual friend of Cordray’s earlier this month stating that Cordray is planning to run for governor and asking whether O’Neill would remain out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

I’ll confess that my experience with Hatch Act cases frequently leaves me in the dark as to when or how someone might have violated it. There are provisions about “using your office for political activity” and such which seem to be almost intentionally vague at times. But if Hensarling sees enough smoke there to chase after it, the question probably deserves a fair hearing.

Completely separate from the Hatch Act questions, there’s the matter of policies supported by Cordray and if they are in keeping with the direction being charted by the new administration. Specifically, the small dollar loan rules as they’ve come to be known are under a of scrutiny. The Hill wrote about this question back in June with some particularly scathing commentary.

In particular, the CFPB has set its sights on the small dollar lending industry, which services more than 15 million American households each year with accessible, short-term loans, by proposing regulations aimed at curtailing this critical form of credit. All indications suggest that a rule proposed last year to address payday, vehicle title and certain high-cost installment loans is forthcoming — despite its near-certain devastating impact on small businesses and consumers.

After the 2008 financial meltdown, there was certainly room for additional scrutiny of our financial institutions; but the small dollar lending industry was in no way related to or responsible for the financial crisis.

I personally find that analysis to be completely overheated and one-sided in its praise for that particular industry. These so-called payday lenders and title loan outfits charge outrageous interest for small loans which can wind up draining people’s paychecks for years. But at the same time, what they’re doing isn’t illegal. As much as the practice seems to be predatory in nature, true fiscal conservatism would dictate that the responsibility for avoiding those types of loan traps falls on the consumer who retains the right to choose for themselves. (Even if they choose unwisely.) Rather than having the government essentially ban the practice under the unchecked auspices of the CFPB, public education about various lending options would be a better route.

We can have a debate about whether the CFPB needs to remain in existence another day. (It probably doesn’t, by the way.) For the moment, we’re stuck with it. But if we have to have it in place, Richard Cordray seems a dubious choice at best to keep at the helm. And this is a problem which could be solved pretty quickly by the White House if they’re moved to act on it.

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Ben Carson says home was vandalized with anti-Trump messages. CNN reporter: ‘Worth a fact-check.’

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:27

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said Wednesday that his Virginia home was recently “vandalized by people who also wrote hateful rhetoric about President [Donald] Trump.”

“We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned,” Carson said.

Included in his statement — which he offered in light of the “racial and political strife emanating from the events in Charlottesville last weekend” — was a recollection of an incident after he and his wife purchased a farm in rural Maryland several years ago.

One of the neighbors immediately put up a Confederate flag. A friend of ours who is an African-American three-star general was coming to visit and immediately turned around concluding that he was in the wrong place. Interestingly, all the other neighbors immediately put up American flags shaming the other neighbor who took down the Confederate flag.

“In both instances, less than kind behavior was met by people taking the high road,” Carson noted in his statement. “We could all learn from these examples. Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let’s use the right tools.”

He said that the neighbor who’d raised the Confederate flag “subsequently became friendly. That is the likely outcome if we just learn to be neighborly and to get to know each other.”

But CNN national political reporter Maeve Reston didn’t seem convinced about Carson’s statement:

This Ben Carson anecdote is worth a fact-check….. https://t.co/CvJSDSkfxW

— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) August 16, 2017

And that opened up a floodgate of sarcasm from commenters:

Image source: Twitter screenshot Image source: Twitter screenshot

(H/T: Young Conservatives)

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s claims that the ‘extreme right’ is the ‘No. 1 domestic terror threat’ in US

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:12

Things got heated on CNN’s “New Day” during Thursday morning’s airing when co-host Chris Cuomo blasted the “extreme right” as “the No. 1 domestic terror threat in the U.S.”

“If you take anarchists at their worst, do you have malefactor?” Cuomo asked his panel, some of whom were defending President Donald Trump’s remarks condemning the “alt-left” for the violence in Charlottesville.

“Do you have criminals in their ranks? Do you have people who do violent things?” Cuomo asked. “Yes, yes, yes, yes. That is not a moral equivalency to the KKK. It’s certainly not an equivalent to what we see on the right. Just look at the stats. The No. 1 domestic terror threat in the U.S. is the extreme right. There is not even a close second.”

Dismissing protests saying otherwise, Cuomo added, “That’s all they’re about is hate. Two out of three people on this panel they don’t want to exist!”

On the panel was CNN analyst and conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, who Cuomo claimed was trying to draw lines between liberal groups and the Ku Klux Klan. In response, Ferguson claimed that violence isn’t just perpetrated by white nationalist groups.

“What I’m saying is there are individuals in this country, human beings in the country that do want a race war, and do want to cause violence and pain and even death to other people,” Ferguson said.

Visibly fired up, Cuomo responded to Ferguson and said, “Yes! they’re called the KKK. They’re called white supremacists and neo-Nazis.”

See the rest of the segment in the video below.

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More Bannon: White nationalists “losers,” “fringe element”; Update: Interview “drew fire away” from Trump?

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:01

Of course they are, but it’s an extraordinary statement considering the source and the timing. Jazz wondered earlier why Steve Bannon is giving interviews at all, but one has to wonder why he reached out to the hard-Left magazine The American Prospect as the venue. While Jazz focused on Bannon’s curious comments about North Korea, his thoughts and his contempt for the white nationalists who have backed Donald Trump is remarkable, both in itself and how Bannon chose to express it:

I asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. Bannon, after all, was the architect of the strategy of using Breitbart to heat up white nationalism and then rely on the radical right as Trump’s base.

He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”

“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.

From his lips to Trump’s ear.

So why not just push Trump to dismiss them after the riot and attack in Charlottesville? Clearly Trump didn’t get advised to reverse himself on his Monday statement by Ivanka and Jared or John Kelly; presumably that was Bannon, although it might have just been Trump being his whimsical self, too. Either way, Bannon told TAP’s Robert Kuttner that white nationalists might be losers, but they’re awfully useful losers:

“The Democrats,” he said, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

Perhaps that’s why Trump is still pandering to this collection of clowns this morning:

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

…can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

…the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Ahem. One can certainly object to the unlawful vandalism that has occurred in some cases; mob action is always dangerous and to be discouraged. However, other cities have chosen through the democratic process to remove Confederate monuments from public land, and Trump doesn’t distinguish at all between the two. Their removal does not mean that they are being destroyed; some might end up in museums, others in cemeteries or on other private lands. It does mean, though, that the people in these cities have chosen to stop honoring those traitors who instigated an armed rebellion against the US in order to protect a feudal, racist, slavery-based economy. What’s “sad” about that?

The last claim that these monuments will “never be able to be comparably replaced” is just silly, especially given what these statues memorialize. The removal of statues honoring Confederate rebels gives these jurisdictions all the room they need to replace them with monuments to other, more noble efforts, if they so choose. Perhaps they might replace them with native sons (and daughters) who fought with distinction against the racist Axis powers of World War II, for just one potential option. That’d be plenty beautiful, and much more morally justified to boot.

At any rate, the strategy doesn’t appear to be working out well. Trump has Democrats, Republicans, and independents talking about how this White House panders on identity politics to the same “ethno-nationalists” that Bannon calls “losers,” which is empowering Democrats and isolating the White House. Maybe Trump should cut his losses with this “collection of clowns,” and start looking for better advice.

Update: David Martosko got a chance to ask Bannon why he gave an interview to TAP:

In a freewheeling discussion with the American Prospect, the White House’s chief strategist dished dirt on his internal disagreements with top economic advisers about an ‘economic war’ with China, contradicted Trump’s position on the possibility of a military option to end a North Korean standoff and boasted that Democrats would lose elections if they continued to focus on racial politics.

Bannon told DailyMail.com that his remarks ‘drew fire away from POTUS,’ meaning President Trump, and that he successfully ‘changed the [media] narrative’ with a single phone call.

Er … how did that work out? In fairness, this strategy had almost no time to succeed, even if it was a long shot. Trump managed to draw it right back to the “collection of clowns” with his Twitter messages this morning. Maybe the White House should hire a communications director with some real authority to come up with effective strategies rather than having someone West Winging it.

Update: I missed including the second of Trump’s three tweets on the monuments issue. I’ve added it in now.

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Eliminating Down Syndrome Children Is Abhorrent

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:58
Chuck Donovan, The Daily Signal
Down syndrome babies are being discarded and robbed of dignity simply because of their condition.
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How the NRA Manipulates Gun Owners and the Media

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:58
Michael Luo, The New Yorker
In early April, the National Rifle Association published to YouTube and its video hub, NRATV, a lacerating monologue about the New York Times.Dana Loesch, a conservative commentator who had recently become a national spokeswoman for the association, speaks directly into the camera. “We the people have had it,” Loesch says. “We’ve had it with your narratives, your propaganda, your fake news. We’ve had it with your constant protection of your Democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life....
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The Search for Police Racism Has Come to This

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:58
Heather Mac Donald, City Journal
The attempt to find systemic police bias has come to this: the difference between an officer saying “uh” and saying “that, that’s.” According to Stanford University researchers, police officers in Oakland, California, use one of those verbal tics more often with white drivers and the other more often with black drivers. If you can guess which tic conveys “respect” and which “disrespect,” you may have a career ahead of you in the exploding field of bias psychology.
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The Flight 93 Moment Is Now

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:57
James Kirchick, The Daily Beast
The most important intellectual case for Donald Trump’s candidacy, to the extent that such a thing could even exist, was an essay published last September by the Claremont Review of Books titled The Flight 93 Election.
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Media Plead Ignorance of the 'Alt-Left'

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:56
Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner
Some journalists and news organizations delved into President Trump's use of 'alt-left' as though he coined it on the spot.
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Fire the Supremacists and Topple the Statues

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:56
John Nichols, The Nation
This is about more than Trumpâ??this is about what America must do. Now.
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