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A good friend of mine sent me US Senator Ben Sasse’s (R-NE) recent essay in The Atlantic Magazine. Disclosure: I was a “maxed out” contributor to Sen. Sasse in the last election cycle and co-hosted a fundraiser for him in Philadelphia. I am an admirer. He is a Ph.D. historian, former college president, and one-time Justice Department […]

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Capital buildingI do not know what really happened in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 . . . and neither do you. First reports are seldom conclusive, often confused, sometimes flat wrong. We live in an environment where people have learned to spin and twist every institution and form of media, seeking to shape our society through our ever more intrusive politics. Not only is history written by the victors, so is the entire current narrative, especially as supposed conservatives have joined the left in enabled a handful of billionaires to use the commanding communications high ground to silence and even drive out of business any effective dissent.

I first heard that Trump supporters had stormed Congress and someone was shot. Then I heard the shot was fired not by a “bitter clinger” with a gun but by a Capitol Police officer. Then I heard Congressman Louie Gohmert call the Sean Hannity radio show. He reported that he was on the phone with the Capital Police the evening of January 5, and was told they had intelligence that Antifa was showing up on January 6 wearing pro-Trump gear. Perhaps so. This too ain’t necessarily so.

Before all this, as I sipped my morning cup of coffee, I listened to Mike Rowe’s latest The Way I Heard It podcast episode, released on January 5. “Episode 181: Off by Roughly Two Trillion” was a thoughtful reflection of uncertainty in our world, occasioned by repeated errors or possibly learning across media, academics, politics, science, and medicine. Take a listen, if you will:

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Pickett’s Charge, Battle of Gettysburg, 1863.
Republicans were reeling before last week’s criminal breach of the US Capitol. But that breach, led by lunatics who deserve serious jail time, tossed Democrats a cudgel with which to drive a wedge between pro- and anti-Trump Republicans.

It reminds me of the infamous “Pickett’s charge” during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. General George Pickett led his Confederate troops in an ill-fated charge across an open field in an effort to break the center of the Union line. It failed, but the Democrat’s own version of Pickett’s charge, with the artillery cover of the Capitol “insurrection,” has indeed breached the GOP middle. And how has the GOP responded? By shooting at each other.

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I turned on my laptop this morning to find this on bonginoreport.com, a favorite news aggregator.

When news broke yesterday, following the horrific events at the US Capitol on January 6th, that President Trump was being permanently banned from Twitter and Facebook, I was not surprised. I was surprised it didn’t happen sooner. It was done so for the flimsiest of reasons: that the President violated their “standards” by promoting violence. Of course, they provided no real evidence of that. They simply joined the mob and repeated the notion that Trump fomented – incited – an insurrection at the Capitol.

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Whenever one of our major political parties loses an election – usually involving the presidency, but also House of Congress, governorships, and even state legislatures – there’s often a proctological exam of sorts. What went wrong? Why did we lose? What’s our path forward back to victory? Preview Open

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I promised I would share an op-ed I co-authored with a liberal Democratic friend, Rob Fersh, on the important – some would say, urgent – need to restore an important remnant of our social fabric; building trust and the ability to dialogue across the partisan divide. Some think it is too late. Injustices – some real, others […]

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The US Capitol is the centerpiece, even the capstone, of my 40 career in and around politics and advocacy, and much more. It is where I met Adrienne and where every member of my family has spent time – both my sons were Senate pages, and one would serve as a doorkeeper and House staff assistant. I consider being Secretary of the Senate the greatest honor of my years in public service and politics. I love the Article I branch of our Republic.

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The verdict is in on the integrity of the 2020 election, and it’s not pretty. According to a Rasmussen poll from early December, nearly half of Americans believe the 2020 presidential election involved widespread vote fraud (at least in battleground states), including stolen voters and/or destroyed pro-Trump votes. That’s despite 57% of Americans generally believing that mail-in […]

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 You might think that Congress threw everything including $600 gold-plated toilets in the soon-to-be-passed $1 trillion Covid Stimulus 3.0 bill. They didn’t reportedly include the toilets, but I’m continuing to read the bill. Stay tuned. If there’s $700 million for the Sudan and $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan, there’s gotta be a golden […]

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A search on Pearl Harbor Day stories led to a surprising find at SFGATE, a sister-site to the San Francisco Chronicle.* Consider the trending stories late on December 7, 2020. Three of the top seven stories are skeptical, critical of the Democrats running the state and of so-called public health experts. This is a small hopeful sign from the heart of the radical left’s territory.

Soumya Karlamangla, of the Los Angeles Times wrote: “Many aren’t buying California’s ‘stay-at-home’ message. Experts say there’s a better way.” Public officials need to stop crying wolf and issuing unreasonable, unbearable demands in the name of risk avoidance. Instead, they need to promote harm reduction messages, communicating with people as they are, not as someone wishes them to be.

The percentage of Angelenos staying home except for essential activities has remained unchanged since mid-June — around 55% — despite pleas from health officials in recent weeks for people to cut down on their activities, according to a survey conducted by USC….

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My friend, Dr. Bill Hamilton, pens a column for newspapers in our shared home state (Oklahoma) and elsewhere called “Central View.” Dr. Hamilton is a military historian, former Army infantry officer, Vietnam veteran, pilot, noted author, and was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. He has a good amount of political campaign […]

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My wife and I had the honor and pleasure on Election Day as serving as poll watchers at our local precinct (Edgmont Township, 1st Precinct, Delaware County, PA). I’m happy to share our experience.

We took the last shift, 5-8 p.m., and stayed around to watch the process after the polls closed.

We obtained our poll watcher certificates from one of our local Township supervisors and presented them to the judge of elections. She showed us where to sit – right next to her and 2 other election officials who were processing voters, behind plexiglass shields. It was busy, as it had been all day – waits were up to 2.5 hours early in the a.m. It slowed down by 6 p.m., with over 850 people voting in person – very high. And that doesn’t include the early and mail-in or drop-box voters (like me).

It was a wonderful, community experience. We caught up with neighbors. Nearly everyone voluntarily offered their drivers’ licenses for ID. Everyone wore masks. Everyone was respectful, obedient, and seemed genuinely happy to be there. No agitation, no anger.

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Seven observations about the ongoing election.

1) Democrats may win the presidency when all is said and done (remains to be seen), but they have to very disappointed at their failure to run the table, and in fact losing down-ballot races, especially here in PA. The GOP is on track for a net loss of no more than 1 in the US Senate, if that, depending on the Michigan results.

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OK, this is where I am at this moment with the Nov. 3rd election. Yes, very close, and here are 10 observations and explanations. In summary, Trump should win with a 275 vote Electoral College win despite losing, again, the national popular vote. But watch North Carolina, Michigan, and Arizona. 1) If it’s not close, […]

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Ep. 264 – How will the Left react to a Donald Trump victory? Award-winning Filmmaker and NY Times Bestselling Author Dinesh D’Souza discusses how to ‘Beat the Socialism, Corruption and the Gangsterization that Defines the Democrat Party’, why children have not been taught about failures of communism, his latest film Trump Card, Election 2020, AOC, Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders and much more in this long-form interview. Watch the film VOD on your big screen at TrumpCardTheMovie.com.

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I am not an attorney. I don’t play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn last night. But I do pay some attention to election law. Experience in 35 congressional campaigns (House and Senate) over 25 years will focus the mind. I was even nominated by President Clinton to a GOP […]

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This may be a story worth paying attention to after the elections. Maybe even now. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, is not just the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee but also on the ballot for reelection. His opponent, Jaime Harrison, has raised a whopping $57 million in campaign contributions, dwarfing Graham’s fundraising. The same is […]

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Hi, kids! Yesterday, during our class on political corruption, we discussed “pay to play.” Today, we’re going to talk about the four ways to respond to accusations of wrong-doing, especially in politics or legal circles (they often overlap). And we’ll use the initial story about Hunter Biden’s “pay to play” foreign influence scandal as our […]

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If you had the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates framing the issue that voters may well take with them into the voting booth on November 3 (or before) on your 2020 election bingo card, congratulations. Who thought an obscure, 33-year-old nonprofit organization might provide the potential galvanizing moment just weeks before Election Day?

As former GOP presidential nominee and ex-Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole has confirmed, the Commission is in the tank for Joe Biden, or at least against President Trump.