Second largest country in California opposes sanctuary law pushed by Gov. Brown

Monica Showalter:
Whale-sized San Diego County joins anti-sanctuary lawsuit just as Jerry Brown declares them all 'lowlife'

This is a big one. Up until now, mostly small cities in Orange County next door and its county have declared their objections to the three sanctuary laws that prohibit law enforcement action against foreigners living in the U.S. illegally. Jerry Brown in Washington yesterday belittled the leaders of this growing revolt as "lowlife politicians" instead of elected representatives representing the will of their voters. Now a big beast has climbed aboard.

Brown's insults come off as those of someone getting desperate.

According to the local ABC affiliate, it most certainly was the San Diego County leaders acting on pressure from their voters. A county official told ABC10 News that the move was enacted after a mass protest from 800 constituents, demanding that federal law be honored....
... The overreach by the leftist in California's gove…

Judge Kimba Woods mistake has already tainted the case in her court

William Jacobson:
“Why should [prosecutors] get to read Sean Hannity’s communications with Michael Cohen? They shouldn’t.”

Jacobson: Well, I don’t think there is. One of the most troubling things that was reported that the judge said in court yesterday, was that she trusts the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office. Well, that’s not supposed to be the way we operate. Whether you trust the prosecutors or you don’t, you need protection for attorney-client information. Sean Hannity, as far as we know, has nothing to do with any of the potential crimes that Michael Cohen’s being investigated for. His confidential material should not be read by anybody.

I think that allowing a so-called, they call it a “taint team,” that the FBI will insert a special team, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a special team of people who have no role in the investigation, their only role is to supposedly objectively come in and review this material. Why should they get to read Sean Hannity’s co…

Bangladeshi infiltration of US through southern border

Washington Times:
The number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh jumping the border to sneak into the U.S. is on pace to double in the Laredo region of Texas, officials said Wednesday, in what is the latest worrying surge of migration from a country with terrorism dangers.

The illegal immigrants pay up to $27,000 to international smuggling organizations to ferry them from Asia into the western hemisphere, where they make their way up through Central America and Mexico to the U.S. border, where they’re led across the Rio Grande.

Another four Bangladeshis were nabbed in the Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector on Wednesday, bringing the total through a little more than six months of the fiscal year to 188. That’s already more than the 181 apprehended in all of fiscal year 2017. In 2016, the sector saw just one.

The increase is worrisome both because of the presence of Islamist terror networks in Bangladesh, and because the immigrants are being coached on what to say when caught at the border…

Private equity firms are placing their bets on oil and gas

Fuel Fix:
Private equity firms including Ares Management and Castle Harlan poured more cash into Houston energy operations this week, snapping up local companies' oil assets and opening new offices here in a string of deals as rising crude prices stir up new fervor among private groups.

The transactions are among the latest examples of surging private equity investments in the U.S. oil patch and in Houston, where investors have instructed their publicly traded rivals to focus on making returns and developing the fields they already own, giving private firms armed with billions in newly raised capital an opening to carve out a bigger piece of the oil industry.

"These guys are getting back in the business," said Roger Diwan, vice president of financial services at research firm IHS Markit. "A lot of money is going into infrastructure."

Ares Management, a public New York investment company with $25 billion in private equity assets, made a deal this week with Houst…

If Ted Cruz's opponent is as close as this poll suggests his supporters are certainly not proud of it

Washington Examiner:
Sen. Ted Cruz is barely hanging on to a 3-point lead over Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke in a Texas Senate contest that is quickly becoming one of the most watched races in the 2018 elections.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Cruz, R-Texas, holds a 3-point lead (47 percent-44 percent) over his Democratic challenger, who is being buoyed by a wave of independent support. That's within the 3.6 percentage point margin of error.

O'Rourke leads 51 percent-37 percent among independents over the incumbent Republican, and is likely benefiting from the poor job approval numbers for President Trump.

While Texas is a deep red state, 52 percent of respondents disapprove of the president's job, compared with 43 percent approval 15 months into the president's term. Independent voters also sharply disapprove of Trump, with 64 percent doing so compared with only 28 percent who approve.
... In my own unscientific polling, I don't see the race as this close…

The leaders of the coup attempt against Trump

George Neumeyer:
Even as Jim Comey and John Brennan lecture the American people on what is “normal,” they adopt an astonishingly abnormal role for former heads of the CIA and FBI — the role of coup leaders whose partisanship grows more reckless by the day.

“This is not a tin-pot dictatorship,” says Comey. But aren’t Brennan and Comey acting like officials of a displaced one? They are trying to claw back to power by spreading unverified charges against a duly elected president. Brennan says without evidence that the Russians have “something” on Trump. Comey says without evidence that it is “possible” Trump paid prostitutes in Moscow to urinate on each other. Here we have the two former guardians of the nation’s secrets showing less restraint than gossip columnists at TMZ.

Comey compares a president who gained power lawfully to a “mobster,” while he casts his own illicit power grabs as “ethical.” It is Comey and Brennan who are behaving like deep state thugs, staging a coup through cron…

Democrat controlled jurisdictions giving sanctuary to MS-13 members

Daily Mail:

Department of Homeland Security says that so-called ‘sanctuary’ states shielded dozens of alleged MS-13 gang members from deportation during an eight-month period between 2016 and 2017. There should be no excuse for giving these thugs sanctuary.  The federal government should consider criminal prosecutions of authorities responsible for releasing MS-13 members.

Assault weapons ban not working in Europe

An “arms race” between criminal groups in Europe risks making it easier for terrorists to obtain high-powered, military grade firearms, a report has warned.

The survey says long-standing barriers to obtaining firearms have broken down in recent years owing to the emergence of the internet, cross-border smuggling of military-grade assault rifles into the EU, the conversion of large numbers of blank-firing guns and the widespread reactivation of weapons previously rendered unusable to be sold to collectors.

“The increased availability of firearms has contributed to arms races between criminal groups across the EU,” the report, funded by the European commission, said.

In recent years, extremist attacks in France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and elsewhere have involved firearms. In the UK, plots involving firearms have been broken up by police and security services.

Militants from the Islamic State used automatic weapons and bombs to kill more than 130 people in bars, outside a sta…

Congress makes criminal referral on Obama officials tied to dirty dossier, and Uranium One deal

Sara Carter:
Congressional lawmakers made a criminal referral Wednesday to the Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions against former senior-level Obama administration officials, including employees of the FBI connected with the unverified dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as those involved in the warrants used to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer, this reporter has learned. The lawmakers also made a criminal referral on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and threats made by her DOJ against the FBI informant, who provided the bureau with information on the Russian nuclear industry and the approval in 2010 to sell roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining assets to Russia.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, along with nine other colleagues sent the letter Wednesday to Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray criminally referring former FBI Director James Comey, former …

Potentially ending the Korean war should demand more than 'grudging' support

Washington Post:
Pompeo’s critics offer grudging praise for North Korea meeting

The revelation that Mike Pompeo has already been carrying out high-level diplomacy could help President Trump's pick for secretary of state win some Democratic support in his confirmation process. Both Pompeo and Trump deserve more than grudging praise for their efforts with North Korea.  This is especially true of Democrats who have been critical of their handling of the belligerent country from the beginning.   Trump has been effective in demonstrating the downside for North Korea in not doing a deal.  That is something past administration have not been effective at doing.

One of Navy's first female fighter pilots brought damaged Southwest flight to speedy landing after engine explodes

NY Times:
Pilot Who Landed Plane Is Veteran With ‘Nerves of Steel’
Passengers hailed Capt. Tammie Jo Shults as a hero after an engine exploded on Flight 1380. She started out as one of the first female fighter jet pilots in the Navy. Landing an F-18 on a carrier deck requires nerves of steel, to begin with.  I am not surprised that she was calm in landing the 737 even though it required a faster than normal landing speed in order to keep control because the wing on one side was also damaged.  I think her military experience was definitely an asset.

DOJ busts Syrian illegal immigration smuggling operation

Washington Times:
The Treasury Department slapped sanctions Wednesday on a Syrian man and his criminal syndicate, blaming them for smuggling “hundreds” of illegal immigrants from Syria and Lebanon into Mexico and then helping them to jump the border into the U.S.

Nasif Barakat and his syndicate, which authorities labeled the Barakat Transnational Criminal Organization, charged about $20,000 to complete the smuggling. The money paid for bribes and for fake documents, including false European passports, to help illegal immigrants hide their identities. The fees also covered transportation from Syria through other Middle Eastern countries to South and Central America, the journey north through Mexico, and final help sneaking into the U.S.

Authorities said the sanctions will freeze the syndicate’s assets, which should undermine the smuggling operation.

The case has been pursued by the Treasury Department, Homeland Security and the Justice Department.
The Treasury Department said his n…

Israel targeted Iranian air defense system in Syria

Wall Street Journal:
With tacit American support, the Israeli military targeted an advanced Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base last week, said intelligence officials and others briefed on the matter, the latest sign the Trump administration is working with Israel to blunt Tehran’s expanding influence in the Middle East.

After conferring with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a strike on the newly arrived antiaircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from using it against Israeli warplanes carrying out increasing numbers of operations in Syria, some of these people said.

Israeli officials told the Trump administration about the planned strike in advance so that the U.S. was aware of their plans to directly target an Iranian base, according to two people briefed on the plans.

Israeli leaders have kept silent about the strike, but Russia, Iran and Syria all accused Israel of carrying it out. Information provided by intelligence officials …

Tax cuts actually increasing state revenue?

Washington Free Beacon:
Less than six months old, the tax reform law championed by President Donald Trump is already fueling an increasingly positive economic outlook for state governments across the country.

A new report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) found that closed loopholes and deductions at the federal level are resulting in increased revenue at the state level, which when invested properly could provide for greater economic dividends down the line.

The report, titled Rich States, Poor States, is published annually and examines the latest developments in state economic growth, outlook, and competitiveness utilizing 15 equally weighted policy variables. The report found that states with lower tax burdens, decreased pension liabilities, and limited regulatory structures rank highest in economic outlook.

Utah, for the 11th year in a row, grabbed the top spot in the report's rankings. The state's stranglehold on first place was solidifi…

The Hannity kerfuffle is the latest bogus media attempt to make something out of nothing

Rush Limbaugh:
Conflicted, Incestuous Washington Hypocrites Dare to Accuse Hannity of a Conflict of Interest! The attacks on Hannity are nonsensical.  As a lawyer, I was often asked legal questions by friends.  None of it meant that I had to tell anyone else about what was asked and by whom. 

What is going on is another attempt by the left in this country to try to silence a voice supporting the President.  This is another bogus attempt to stifle free speech.

The interview questions Comey should have been asked

Kimberley Strassel:

3)Did you know Mr. Steele had been hired by Fusion GPS? Did FBI do any due diligence on Fusion, and discover its long record of being hired to dirty the reputations of its clients' political foes? If not, why not?

4)You say you knew dossier was funded by a "Democrat-aligned" group but you never knew which one. Why on earth not? Did FBI truly not care where info came from? Who was paying for it? Doesn't this go direct to source credibility?

5) Did you ask Steele who had ultimately hired him? If he claimed to not know wouldn't that be worrisome--that a "credible" source (and former spy!) was willing to work for/benefit an unknown client? If by contrast he refused to tell you, doesn't that undercut credibility?

6)You claim the "effort" was originally financed by a Republican source. You are aware, correct, that the actual dossier effort was only ever financed by the DNC and Clinton campaign?

8)The FBI must've k…

Is the Korean war finally formally ending?

Erick Erickson:
This is the big story of the day and the one you will want to keep your eyes on. CIA Director and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo has been in North Korea meeting with their leadership. This, in turn, comes on the heels of reports that North Korea and South Korea are preparing to formally declare an end to the Korean War. All of this is a major advance and many will work overtime to make sure Donald Trump gets no credit. But the reality is I think Donald Trump deserves a great deal of credit.

The only reason we are having a radical shift in North Korea's position is because Donald Trump has refused to go along with the biennial shake down. Every few years, the North Koreans have rattled their sabers and threatened nuclear war. The Americans would get them to agree to a few concessions they would never keep, then would send them a bunch of aid.

President Trump has refuses to go along with the scheme. Additionally, he has revved up efforts to further shut off No…

Russians are hacking people's WiFi in the West

A global Russian hacking offensive has targeted millions of computers to spy on governments and lay the foundation for an attack on infrastructure, Britain and the United States warned last night.

Tens of thousands of devices in British homes including wifi boxes are in the sights of Kremlin-backed cyber-experts who are searching for weaknesses such as easy-to-guess passwords and expired anti-virus software.

Security officials said yesterday that Russian hackers were seeking to find ways to sit invisibly within networks enabling them to launch a cyberattack should the order be given. Businesses have also been targeted as hackers have sought to steal intellectual property.

In an unprecedented warning, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, the US Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the White House…
... My tech found spyware on my computer this week.  It is apparently pretty easy for them to do that.  We need to find better ways to defend against it.

Israel sends a not so subtle message to Iran

And Israel has released aerial images of Iranian facilities along with pictures of their commanders just to underscore the vulnerability of the Iranian command structure and facilities:

Anshel Pfeffer

Israel satellite photos show the extent of Iran involvement in Syria. Israel believes Iran is planning an attack on Israel

Fox News:
Satellite images released Tuesday by Israeli Defense Forces show the scope of the military relationship between Iran and Syria.

The satellite images show several Syrian military bases that are used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces, which the IDF's said helps illustrate the threats imposed by the Iranian ability to send weapons to Syria from Tehran.

The Guard's air force presence is located in five airports in Syria: T4, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Damascus International Airport and an additional airfield south east of Damascus, according to the IDF.

The intelligence was released after an eventful night in Syria during which Syrian air defense missile systems went off for reasons which are still unclear.

Rumors of an Israeli attack eventually gave way to officials saying the threat was a false alarm.

Tension on Israel's northern borders remains very high in light of the American attack against the Assad chemical weapons facilities last Friday and the expectatio…

Obama feared a response to Russian cyber attacks on election would make matters worse

Bill Gertz:
Despite an unprecedented Russian intelligence operation to influence the 2016 presidential election, former President Barack Obama rejected a plan to conduct retaliatory cyber action against Moscow during the campaign, according to former CIA Director John Brennan.

Brennan disclosed Saturday that Obama opposed a plan to carry out "a cyber event" against the Russians because the former president feared the action would lead to more aggressive interference by Moscow.

"There was consideration about rattling their cages with some type of cyber event," Brennan said during remarks to a journalism conference at the University of California Berkeley.

But based on Obama's fears, the planned cyber action was shelved in favor issuing vague warnings to Russian officials. Brennan did not elaborate on the cyber retaliation plan.

"President Obama was the ultimate decision-maker on that," Brennan said of the lack of response.

The former CIA director defen…

A long list of those accused of colluding in a coup attempt against the President

Victor Davis Hanson:

Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Andrew Weissmann, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Harry Reid, Samantha Power, Clinton attorney Jeannie Rhee . . .

If collusion is the twin of conspiracy, then there are lots of colluders running around Washington.

Robert Mueller was tasked to find evidence of Trump and Russia collusion that might have warped the 2016 campaign and thrown the election to Trump. After a year, his investigation has found no concrete evidence of collusion. So it has often turned to other purported Trump misadventures. Ironically, collusion of all sorts — illegal, barely legal, and simply unethical — has been the sea that Washington fish always swim in.

Christopher Steele, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign through a series of firewall intermediaries, probably paid Russian sources for gossip and smears. If there is a crime of collusion, then Clinton-campaign contractors should be under investigation for seeking Russian help to find dirt on Trump, to spre…

The coup attempt at the top of the FBI takes a toll on its credibility

Washington Post:

An increasing number of Americans see the FBI as biased against Trump

Since February, attacks on the bureau's impartiality have been consistent. It appears that the FBI colluded with Democrats and Hillary Clinton to topple the Trump Presidency by using Clinton opposition research that was unverified and dressed up to look like an intelligence report as an excuse to spy on the Trump team and as an excuse for a counterintelligence investigation targeting the Trump campaign.  Some in the intelligence community were also in on the collusion.

McCabe and Comey engaged in illegal leaks to further their coup attempt.  Some Democrat appointees in the DOJ were insubordinate.  The media was also a willing player in the coup attempt.

Bottom story of the day, Hannity discussed real estate issues with Cohen

Washington Posts:
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen did legal work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity

Hannity was one of just three legal clients Cohen represented after leaving his post as a counsel for Trump’s private company in early 2017, his attorney said. A federal judge had asked Cohen to reveal his client list after he argued that material seized by FBI agents during a raid of his office and residences was privileged. It should be no surprise that lawyers have clients and they sometimes provide informal advice to friends.  That looks like what happened in this case.  It is absurd to suggest that because this happened Hannity should be fired as some Democrats suggest.  It is also absurd to suggest that these informal conversations influenced Hannity's position on Trump. 

Hannity has been an avid supporter from the time of Trump's announcement that he would enter the race.  Apparently, they have been friends for a long time.  Hannity has probably helped shape Trump's posit…

Tech firms unwilling to lend expertise to fighting cyber attacks

NY Times:

Tech Firms to Pledge Not to Assist Governments in Cyberattacks

The firms, including Microsoft and Facebook, hope to create a Geneva Conventions for cyberspace, but none are from countries that are suspected in most of the recent attacks. I can remember when US companies were eager to help the country fight enemies.  If these companies think China, Iran, and Russia are going to stop what they are doing they are naive in the extreme.

Mueller says don't believe everything you read about the investigation

Washington Times:
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is warning that “many” news articles on the Trump-Russia probe have been wrong.

The statement from a spokesperson did not single out particular stories. But the warning did come after media inquiries about a McClatchy News story on Friday that said Mr. Mueller has evidence that President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, did in fact travel to Prague in 2016 as alleged by the Christopher Steele dossier.

“What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate,” the Mueller spokesperson said. “Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it. If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.”
... From the very first I have been skeptical about the Prague story.  If Cohen was in LA at the time in question it makes claims that h…

Japan poised to compete with Chicoms on rare earth minerals

Business Insider:
Japan just found a 'semi-infinite' deposit of rare-earth minerals — and it could be a 'game-changer' in competition with China

Scientists found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan.It could be a huge boon to the country's economy.Because China has tightly controlled the world's supply of these minerals — which are used in everything from smartphones to electric car batteries — the discovery could be a "game-changer" for Japan, according to an analyst.
... China still has deep wounds from WWII in its attitude toward Japan, so this is also a blow to the Chicom ego.  For the US it is a net plus that should inject some competition in the sale of these minerals.

Comey interview angers FBI rank and file

Daily Beast:
James Comey’s first interview since President Trump fired him as director of the FBI has enraged his former agents, who deluged The Daily Beast with their disdain as they watched him tell his side of the story to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night.

Seven current or former FBI agents and officials spoke throughout and immediately after the broadcast. There was a lot of anger, frustration, and even more emojis—featuring the thumbs-down, frowny face, middle finger, and a whole lot of green vomit faces.

One former FBI official sent a bourbon emoji as it began; another sent the beers cheers-ing emoji. The responses became increasingly angry and despondent as the hourlong interview played out.

“Hoover is spinning in his grave,” said a former FBI official. “Making money from total failure.”

When a promo aired between segments announcing Comey’s upcoming interview with The View, the official grew angrier.

“Good lord, what a self-serving self-centered jackass,” the official said. “Tr…

The anti-American roots of 'globalization'

Daily Wire:
Eleven years ago this week, BBC Radio 4 aired an incredible documentary, an investigation into European anti-Americanism. The journalist behind this project, Justin Webb, travelled to France to meet some of the most influential voices of the hate America fad. One of them was Hubert Vedrine, the former French foreign minister and the intellectual grandfather of modern day globalism.

"Within globalisation," Vedrine said, "we need a set of rules which contain American power at the social level, the environmental level. That will become the real threat. It’ll even become a geopolitical tragedy if we don’t do anything. So my first reply is more rules within the international system and the multilateral system, which apply even to the US. It’s not against them, not against the United States, but a general containment strategy."

Vedrine greatly feared the grand “hyper-power” that was the United States, and he gave his reasons why:

I think the American people t…

Never Trumpers are still 'never Democrats'

Erick Erickson:
Yes, I Am Never Democrat

Jonathan Chait is occasionally more self-aware than he is in this piece about how the "Never-Trumpers are really just Never-Democrats." As one of the people who helped drive up the #NeverTrump hashtag, let me confirm for him that yes I am absolutely #NeverDemocrat even if I do not like and did not vote for Donald Trump.

Chait really provides no serious diagnosis for why that would be and I suspect it is because he agrees with where the Democratic Party is and will not see it as I see it. But what I see is a Democratic Party as authoritarian and totalitarian as they project Donald Trump to be. Pro-lifers and Christians like me are unwelcome. Those who believe the states should be left mostly alone and people be able to live in communities of interest are unwelcome. Those who support the free market over government control and union incursion are unwelcome. Those who support the second amendment are unwelcome. People who homeschool their…

Graphs show the effectiveness of border walls in Israel and Hungary

Kush Desai:
Israel’s initially lax policy towards migrants changed following political and socialbacklash at growing flows of (mostly male) foreigners entering, living and working in the country. Following a near half-decade long push, construction on a wall on Israel’s southern border began in late 2010.

After the wall finished construction in early 2013, illegal immigration almost immediately grinded to a halt. There were a total of 42 attempted or successful illegal border crossings in 2014, a year after the wall’s completion – down 99.5 percent from over 10,000 in 2012, a year before the wall’s completion.
Hungary experienced a similar problem with unwanted migration beginning in 2014.

Public Hungarian Police data of migrant flows only stretch back to January 2015 when the refugee crisis was already underway, but the data demonstrate a clear trend of surging migration after March 2015.
In June 2015, the Hungarian Government announced it would erect a barrier along its southern…

US spends millions on cyber security for energy infrastructure

Fuel Fix:
The U.S. wants to fund research targeting better cybersecurity for the nation's power grid and the oil and natural gas industry, less than a month after web attacks hobbled electronic communications for several pipeline operators.

The agency is making $25 million in grants available for projects that pursue new approaches to making the energy sector more resilient to cyberattacks. The deadline for applications is June 18, according to a statement Monday.

Earlier this month, at least seven U.S. pipeline companies said their electronic communications systems were shut down, with five confirming the disruptions were caused by a web attack. The threat followed a U.S. government warning in March that Russian hackers are conducting an assault on the electric grid and other targets.

In February, Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced the department would use $96 million in funding to create an office to address cyber threats to energy.
... It needs to be a priority.  Adversaries…

Brits threatened with cyber attacks by Russia

Daily Mail:

Russia is preparing to mount a cyber-attack on Britain's 'critical infrastructure' in retaliation for the Syria air strikes the GCHQ and FBI have warned. This may be a big challenge for the UK and the US.  Defeating it would also be a devastating blow for the Putin regime.  It is also possible that the West may launch counterattacks against Russian computers.

The stealth missiles used in Attack on Syria WMD facilities

Daily Mail:

The AGM-158B JASSM-ER missile was fired from a B-1B Lancer bomber over the Mediterranean at Damascus as a U.S.-led coalition targeted chemical weapons sites in Syria. The missile can hit within 10 feet of its target after coving over 575 miles in the air.  Missiles were also fired from B-1s flying out of Qatar according to other reports.   Apparently, the Russian high tech defense system was not turned on for the attacks.  Earlier reports in the left-wing Guardian claiming several of the missiles were shot down apparently were Russian misinformation.

The distorted world view of Democrats in California

Chuck Devore:
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, infamously tweeted a link in early April to a story calling for a bloodless civil war to solve America’s problems. The piece, “The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War: Why there’s no bipartisan way forward at this juncture in our history — one side must win” was authored by Peter Leyden and Ruy Teixeira.

The duo assert that this new civil war will follow a path blazed by California 15 years ago, namely, the crushing of the Republican Party. “The Democrats won; the Republicans lost,” they intone, “California is the future…”

Living and working in places like Washington and San Francisco as Teixeira and Twitter’s Dorsey do, tends to distort the view of the real world.
Teixeira’s and Leyden’s summary history of the California Republican collapse may seem convincing for people who didn’t live it, as I did as a lawmaker in the State Assembly from 2004 to 2010. To summarize: Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in 2003 as a populist, g…

Viewers rejecting gun control boycott

Washington Times:
David Hogg’s boycott backfires: Laura Ingraham’s viewership jumps 20 percent There is not too much love out there for a boycott of conservative programs.  Media Matters hardest hit.

Where is the evidence of Russian blackmail of the President?

Washington Post:
Fired FBI director Comey says Trump is ‘morally unfit’ and may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail

In his first televised interview since being fired, James B. Comey took aim at President Trump in no uncertain terms, comparing his administration to a mafia family, likening his presidency to a forest fire and asserting there was evidence that he had committed a crime. The interview aired just days before Comey is set to release a book and begin promoting it. What would Russia blackmail the President about?  The dirty dossier is a bust.  The only thing the FBI has verified is that Carter Page took a trip to Russia, but they can't verify that he met with the people alleged in the Dossier.  That is it.  The FBI got nothing out of their surveillance of Page's communications.  Nothing. 

Comey joins John Brennan with this discredited allegation and neither has produced an iota of proof to back it up.  You would think that if Putin had anything on Trump he would have u…

Sen. Warren meets her match in Mick Mulvaney

Washington Examiner:
After watching Mick Mulvaney spar with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in recent days, it’s tempting to make the modest proposal that President Trump nominate Mulvaney for every administration position that has to testify before Sens. Warren, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., or any of the other senators running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Mulvaney has earned Warren’s ire because he is the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was her brainchild. While she hasn’t backed down in their colorful exchanges, Mulvaney has been winning on points.

When the senator lobbed the tired accusation that Mulvaney was forgoing stricter regulations because payday lenders had bought the GOP, (for the record, the payday industry spends about half as much on politics as, say, the abortion lobby) Mulvaney responded wryly: “Prior to receiving your letter, I never would have thought to consider, for instan…