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(Updated at 8 p.m. EST) Strategists in both major political parties continue to digest this year’s elections (we can’t call it “Election Day” anymore), and mail-in votes continue to trickle in and are counted. And we still have a US Senate election to resolve in Georgia. Who knows how that will turn out? Preview Open

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The Democrat-Deep State-Media Cover-Up that Protected the Russiagate Narrative — Revisiting the Awan Cybersecurity Scandal with Luke Rosiak Luke Rosiak is an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation where he broke arguably one of the biggest scandals in the history of the federal government — one the media refused to cover and the […]

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Do the Democrats Want a Civil War? We Need to Know


As you may have noticed, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is at it again. This time, she has picked up on the fact that some of the leftist thugs in our midst have taken to harassing members of the Trump administration, refusing to serve them when they sit down at an eatery, driving them from restaurants, and making a racket outside their homes.

Here is what she said: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

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Although I’d read a few speculations at various times in the past that Paul Ryan might decide not to run for re-election again, I was surprised and a little saddened by Speaker Ryan’s April 11 announcement that his time in Congress will conclude at the end of his current term. Of course, had things gone […]

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This is going to be very short. I just read this piece on Hugh Hewitt’s Home Page: http://www.hughhewitt.com/members-of-congress-are-people-too-even-the-speaker/   You don’t need to subscribe to his site to read it (I don’t). It is right there, when you go to Hewitt’s website. Preview Open

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The Meaning of Ryan’s Departure


I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several years is as good an indication as any of how far our politics has fallen.

Ryan’s departure will be not be mourned by Democrats or Trump loyalists. The Democrats caricatured Ryan as the goon throwing granny in her wheelchair off a cliff. They actually ran TV ads with a Ryan lookalike. Barack Obama singled him out for scorn at a White House meeting, claiming later that he was unaware Ryan was in the front row.

You might suppose that that would be enough to make Ryan a conservative hero, but life is often unjust, and when Trump came along, Ryan found himself a sudden symbol of the reviled “Republican establishment.” Though the anti-Ryan vitriol faded after Steve Bannon’s defenestration, he continued to be viewed with suspicion by the talk radio crowd and other arms of Trump Inc.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are happy to Republicans senators like Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, and John Kennedy pin down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on critical issues like censorship, free speech, and user policies that actually benefit Facebook members.  They also react to House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing his retirement, looking both at his record and the increased likelihood that Democrats will take back the House this year.  And they have fun with London’s ridiculous new knife control push after 50 stabbing deaths in the city this year, including police confiscating scissors and pliers as deadly weapons.

Republicans Are Beginning to Drive the Narrative


We’ve been waiting a very long time. We have watched Republicans wringing their hands, trying to be polite, and deferring to their “honorable colleagues.” Finally, I think we’re seeing a couple of Republicans who are indicating they’ve had enough. I don’t know how long it will last, but I’m cautiously encouraged.

The first Republican I want to give a shout out to is Devin Nunes. Since the first major controversy arose in the House Intelligence Committee over the Russian dossier, which Nunes chairs, he has had to fight for his voice to be heard and for his reputation. We are now seeing the results of his efforts.

In spite of Adam Schiff’s pitiful behavior in trying to stop, discount and rage about the Republican memo, Nunes has been a stalwart representative for truth and justice. He has refused to bow to defend himself against the onslaught of insults from Adam Schiff. He has waited to see the Democrat rebuttal—and he, in his responsible and undramatic way has torn it apart, point by point. He now is collecting information about the missteps and possible corruption of the Department of State. I’d say he’s on a roll.

Trump Bypasses Ryan and McConnell; Cuts Deal with the Real Congressional Leaders


So here’s why PDT bypassed Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and went to work with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on the debt increase: What do you do when you’re a customer and an employee isn’t doing his job? You demand to talk to their supervisor. Which is essentially what Trump did, he went to the people who are actually running the House and Senate.

Ryan and McConnell are all butt-hurt now, but seriously, what was their plan anyway? They were going to cave to the Democrats eventually, they always do. Trump just forced them to cut to the chase.

Steve Forbes Warns Washington


Steve ForbesSteve Forbes warns the Republicans why they are about to lose the House unless… Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media sits down with Dave Sussman at Whiskey Politics for a discussion about Free Markets at the home of Libertarian thought, Freedom Fest. Topics include Obamacare, Tax Reform, the border adjustment tax and why “Paul Ryan has been snagged by the Body Snatchers.”

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Why is it taking so long for the Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare?  It turns out that many Republicans like key Obamacare provisions, such as the Medicaid expansion and the restrictions on how insurance companies can factor in the health of their clients. Obamacare Republicans Preview Open

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Cosa Nostradamus


My longtime attorney and close friend, E. Hobart Calhoun, and I rode in silence in the ancient elevator, crowded against the wall by the sheet-covered hulk on the gurney. Following E.’s instructions, I avoided eye contact with Don Trumpleone and his bare-chested consigliere, Vladimir Putini, former head of the Brighton Beach family, now Don T.’s closest confidant.

The elevator groaned and lurched to a halt. Putini pulled back the metal grating and pushed the gurney into the examining room, where Trent “T-Lo” Lottisi waited, somber in his red and white striped vest, straw boater, and sleeve garter.

Friday’s the Big Day for AHCA


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The House of Representatives was supposed to vote Thursday on the AHCA, the Republican replacement bill for Obamacare. So what happened? Did it pass? As you can probably tell from our header, the vote was postponed. This gave Republicans more time to negotiate changes to the bill.

And negotiate they did. Thursday evening, House Freedom Caucus members met with Paul Ryan, as well as Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon. Despite changes to the bill, no grand agreement was forthcoming. Matters were made worse when the Congressional Budget Office reported that the current changes would not decrease the number of projected uninsured under the new plan, and that the deficit would increase.

Richard Epstein breaks down the complicated path to replacing Obamacare without destabilizing America’s healthcare system.

House GOP Moves to End Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood


We’re used to the GOP Congress making headlines for breaking promises to their voters or letting Democrats pick their pockets. So it’s especially satisfying to hear Paul Ryan’s latest detail on the House Republicans’ Obamacare strategy: no more funds for Planned Parenthood.

Republicans plan to strip Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding as part of their rapid push to repeal President Obama’s health-care overhaul, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday.

Ryan said a defunding measure would appear in a special fast-track bill that is expected to pass Congress as soon as next month. “Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,” he said at a news conference in response to a question about plans to defund the organization.

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The last couple of weeks have been a strange but eventful stretch for the 2016 presidential campaign, and we seem to have reached yet another new low for the GOP.  Recent developments, even some that many may have seen as at least somewhat positive, have only made me sadder about the state of conservatism and […]

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Meanwhile, in Congress…


One of the more compelling reasons to vote for Donald Trump is that he’ll probably cede a lot of the legislative agenda to Congress, more out of boredom than principle. Truth be told, if Trump spent his presidency traveling around in a gold plane and a red hat to Make America Great Again while leaving the policy details to Mike Pence and Paul Ryan … that wouldn’t be half-bad to me. If I had any expectation that Trump could stick to that for more than five minutes without causing a constitutional and/or geopolitical crisis based on the latest political squirrel to cross his path, I might reconsider my Neverism.

Paul Ryan, the Scam PACs, and a Failure of Conservative Journalism


Paul RyanPaul Ryan will convincingly win his primary election tomorrow. This has never really been in question: Ryan was never going to be “Cantored.”  Not only are the two men different — Ryan is a more skillful politician, more popular, more grounded in the district he represents — but their challengers are different, and the political terrain is strikingly different. It doesn’t take a detailed knowledge of Virginia or Wisconsin to understand these things, only a basic familiarity with each states’ politics that any remotely serious journalist or politico can figure out. Any news source or influential figure who has been selling the idea that Ryan is likely to lose, treating Paul Nehlen as more credible than Ryan’s last primary challenger, or drawing a shallow comparison to Eric Cantor’s defeat should be considered less than reliable. They’ve done nothing to defeat Ryan. They have simply enabled a scam.

Cantor’s defeat was a surprise but not a mystery, and serious analysis would put it in context of the confusing, frustrating mess that is Virginia Republican politics. The last disastrous year of the McDonnell administration and the Cuccinelli-Bolling primary left a bitter taste. A new citizen trying to learn the ropes discovers the typical unhelpful mainstream-media coverage, a semi-conservative paper or two, and a few feuding blogs run mostly by political operative types, all claiming the “conservative” mantle and tearing the others down. I learned much about arcane feuds over party procedure, not very much about actual policy debates, and ended thoroughly disenchanted with both the “establishment” and “tea party” sides.  There are some solid conservative leaders in Virginia, but the conservative political environment is muddled, divisive, and distrustful. It is a perfect environment for a revolt against an out-of-touch DC insider. Dave Brat was a local credible candidate seizing on widespread local frustrations. If the same causes led to Trump’s Virginia win, local results do not quite match up: on March 1, Marco Rubio won 35 percent to Trump’s 32 percent in the 7th congressional district. Brat’s home turf doesn’t fit any simplistic narrative.

In Wisconsin the conservatives have taken over the establishment, and the result is a serious, practical conservatism. The political debate is shaped by a powerful talk radio presence creating an electorate reasonably informed on the issues in the state. Nothing I’ve found in Virginia matches this level of analysis of state budget issues or court cases or primary elections; you can usually know if your legislator is up to something, and you can make an informed decision. Conservatives fought tough, bitter battles to elect a governor, legislature, and supreme court — and they do not believe those efforts were wasted, because they have seen meaningful results. They are proud of what they’ve achieved, and they’ve seen how hard it is to truly fight. They know that Scott Walker and Paul Ryan have extremely difficult jobs, and activists such as the Racine Tea Party founder consider Ryan one of their own and don’t appreciate someone coming from outside calling him a globalist sell-out traitor: