Mueller still relying on discredited dossier

Paul Sperry:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to use a controversial 35-page dossier financed by the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign as a "road map” for investigative leads, sources familiar with his investigation say.

Mueller’s team has also used information gleaned from surveillance court-approved wiretaps on former Trump adviser Carter Page that were secured by citing material in the dossier, the sources say.

And a detail previously reported last fall – that Mueller’s investigators traveled overseas last year to debrief the dossier’s London-based author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy – takes on a new cast with the disclosure this month that FBI agents abruptly stopped using Steele as an informant in late 2016 after concluding that he had lied to them.

“The FBI’s reliance on Steele’s past credibility was misplaced, since he concealed from the FBI unauthorized media contacts with numerous outlets and his anti-Trump bias,…

Higher oil prices no longer a drag on economy because of US production

Wall Street Journal:
The effect of oil prices on the U.S. economy used to be straightforward: Higher was bad. Yet between 2014 and early 2016, as oil collapsed, growth slowed sharply. Since then oil has doubled, yet the economy has accelerated.

Credit this to the emergence of the U.S. as a leading oil producer and, soon, net energy exporter. More expensive oil is still a tax on consumers. But that tax is increasingly offset by the boost to energy investment, production and jobs. The U.S. business cycle is thus now tied in complex and surprising...
... It is also good news for states like Texas that are producing much of this oil and also benefiting from the jobs created to extract it.   The export business is also creating jobs for pipelines and at port facilities.

Jobless claims continue to decline

U.S. jobless claims near 45-year low as economic outlook brightens This is good news for current workers and those seeking work.

Texas suburb builds police substation on school campus

Dallas Morning News:
Keller police are collaborating with the town of Westlake to build a police substation on the Westlake Academy campus northeast of Fort Worth.

The academy’s board of trustees approved the plan in early February, before last week's school shooting killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla.

Keller Police Chief Michael Wilson said the plan for a substation addresses policing complexities created by the charter school’s corporate-style layout.

The layout "offers a ton of advantages for students and staff but poses challenges to safety,” Wilson said. The substation "is a nontraditional approach to a nontraditional learning environment.”
The town of Westlake and Keller police have been regional partners since 2002. Wilson said the plan for a substation emerged as a result of ongoing analysis and security audits and was not in response to any specific event.
... I think it is a good idea.  It is a much better alternative to futile gestures like banning weapons …

Trump threatens to give California what it wants?

Washington Post:
Trump casually threatens to pull immigration officers out of California to teach the state a lesson

California lawmakers angered the president by designating the state a sanctuary for some undocumented immigrants. Liberals have mad much of California uninhabitable to anyone other than the very rich and the homeless.  San Francisco has streets and sidewalks covered in feces and drug needles.  The LA area has replaced housing developments with literal tent cities lining once attractive roadsides.  Illegal immigration has not enhanced the economy other than providing cheap labor to the rich to manicure that portion of their yards that they can water.

Many are leaving the state if the local U-Haul can find a truck or trailer to rent them.  Most of them have gone on one-way trips outside of California.  The going rate can be over 10 times what it cost to rent a trailer to get to California.

Those in California who see these people as undocumented Democrats seem determined t…

The Marine Corps changes its requirements for passing officer course by reducing graded hikes

Marine Corps Times:
Faced with towering attrition rates, the Marine Corps has steadily modified its grueling Infantry Officer Course ― changes that top Marines say are not attempts to water down standards, but to more accurately replicate today’s real-world requirements.

Recent changes include the number of evaluated hikes required to pass the course, and the removal of the physically demanding Combat Endurance Test as a strict requirement to graduate.

Under the new requirements, only three of those nine hikes will be evaluated, and Marines will have to pass all three evaluated hikes in order to graduate.

The condition that Marines at IOC participate in nine hikes remains unchanged.

Under the previous rules six of those hikes were evaluated, and Marines had to pass five of those six evaluated hikes.

The Corps in recent years has struggled to meet its goals in graduating an adequate number of new infantry officers. Attrition rates reached as high as 25 percent in 2014. But since implem…

Small business adding jobs and seeing new growth because of tax cuts

Gary Rabine:
But don’t forget about small businesses, which under the new law receive a 20% tax deduction and the ability to immediately expense their business investments. Our actions may not generate headlines, but they are also giving pay increases to their employees and expanding their businesses as a result of the new tax law.

Take my company, the Rabine Group, a group of nine small Illinois-based companies providing paving, roofing, property assessment technology, dump trucking and exterior facility maintenance and construction. Because of tax cuts, our companies are able to do additional things that will spark economic growth. These include raises and bonuses for our teammates, larger donations to nonprofits, more hiring and jobs, larger research and development (R&D) spending, and expansion.

We will be giving raises that are roughly 50% larger than the past eight years and also larger bonus incentives. Our donations to the nonprofit foundations we support will in many…

Some people would not be effective in defending their students with a gun

Washington Post Op-ed:
Why I will never carry a gun in my classroom By Victoria Barrett Anyone who carries a gun in school needs to be someone who is qualified to do so and is trained to do so.   People who are uncomfortable handling guns should not be required to do so. 

I think in this country we can find people who are qualified and willing to defend the students.  There are some Texas schools who have already taken these steps and they post signs at the school that the students will be defended by armed teachers and administrators.  None of those schools have experienced an attack.

Gun control advocates use hecklers' veto rather than engage in discussion of the issues

NY Times:
Marco Rubio Is Jeered and Lectured on Gun Control Senator Rubio and a spokeswoman for the N.R.A. were repeatedly heckled at a nationally televised forum after they refused to back new measures. The anti-gun left is playing on emotions rather than logic in talks about how to deal with the problem.  Dana Louch not only showed courage in dealing with a hostile audience but made several good points.

Australia pension plan looks to invest in Trump's infrastructure projects

President Donald Trump’s pledge to fix America’s ailing roads, bridges and airports may get an unlikely boost from retirement savers some 10,000 miles away in Australia.

In face-to-face talks at the White House this week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will propose using a chunk of Australia’s A$2.53 trillion ($1.99 trillion) pension savings pool to help unlock funding for Trump’s infrastructure push. He’s being joined on the trip by local money managers who help control the world’s fourth-largest pot of retirement savings.

“There’s a very bold ambition to drive U.S. infrastructure and Australia should be front and center in terms of project design, build, financing and management,” Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said in an interview ahead of the visit.

Trump’s $1.5 trillion public-works plan has hit potholes amid a lack of bipartisan support in Congress and questions over who would pay for the initiative despite his pledge of $200 billion in federal funding over 10 years. Au…

CNN exploiting traumatized students and not allowing them to state their own opinions

Shooting Survivor Quit CNN Town Hall After Refusing to Ask ‘Scripted’ Question CNN has ceased being a legitimate news organization and has become a propaganda organ for the left.

Dana Loech a voice a reason among the post school shooting hysteria

She is fearless despite being in a hostile environment.  The sheriff does not fair well.

A Trump supporting father of a victim of the school shooting also makes some sense.
She was murdered last week, and she was taken from us, shot nine times on the third floor. We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport, I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children. It is just not right.

And we need come together as a country and work on what’s important.

And that is protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now. Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws. We need to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools. It is simple.

It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies. The Department of Education that I walked in today that has a securit…

Republicans continue to beat Democrats in fund raising?

Washington Examiner:
The Republican National Committee revealed Tuesday that it raised $12.4 million in January 2018 — up from $11.1 million in December 2017.

"As we head into the 2018 midterm elections, the Republican Party continues to break fundraising records," RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement. "We are working hand-in-hand with Republicans in Congress and President Trump to enact a pro-growth agenda on behalf of the American people. In doing so, we will continue to invest in our ground game, data operations, technology, and Party infrastructure to win elections in 2018 and beyond."

The RNC also said it raised $144.9 million overall in the 2017-2018 cycle and has a total of $40.7 million cash on hand. The group is saddled with zero debt.

Last month, the RNC reported raising $132.5 million in 2017 — a record amount for a non-election year.

In contrast, the Democratic National Committee had struggled in recent fundraising efforts.

The DNC&#…

Biofuel mandates are just government picking winners and losers rather than the marketplace

Fuel Fix:
Sen. Ted Cruz, in a speech to refinery workers here Wednesday, said federal ethanol rules were making "Wall Street speculators and giant integrated companies" a "windfall" while small refineries struggle.

"The speculators can go speculate somewhere else," Cruz said. "This is about jobs, good jobs that provide for your families. They are at risk from a broken regulatory system that needs to be fixed."

The Texas senator's visit to Philadelphia comes as Washington remains divided on whether to reform an ethanol mandate that analysts say has benefited some large oil companies and biofuel producers but has hurt smaller refineries.

The refinery Cruz visited Wednesday is owned by Philadelphia Energy Solutions, which has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming the federal mandate that requires ethanol be blended into the nation's fuel supply for driving up their costs.

Many refiners, such as the one in Philadelphia, don…

Americans see world as looking up to US again

U.S. Satisfaction With World Standing Hits 13-Year High

A majority of Americans in 2016 (54%) believed the world rated the U.S. favorably. The percentage with that view fell to a near-record low of 42% last year, then bounced back to 55% this year.

The double-digit declines recorded when Trump took office last year might seem to have been linked -- resulting from a general sense that a Trump presidency would be poorly received abroad. But if there was a link in the public's minds, it has been broken this year, as Trump's "respect" numbers have failed to improve, while the percentage who think the rest of the world views the United States favorably has rebounded to pre-Trump levels.
... This is the highest it has been since George W. Bush was in office.  I suspect it has something to do with successful trips abroad by Trump and the defeat if ISIS by US backed forces.

Is the FBI covering up for Comey?

Tom Fitton:
As the James Comey saga continues to unfold, the James Comey legend continues to unravel. The more we learn about his involvement in the deep state’s illicit targeting of President Trump, the more reason the American people have to question both his motives and his management as director of the FBI, the now-disgraced agency he headed before Trump fired him on May 9, 2017. Comey has left a trail of suspicious activities in his wake.

Comey now looms large over a burgeoning constitutional crisis that could soon overshadow Watergate at its worst. To deepen the crisis even further, it now appears some of Comey’s former FBI and Justice Department colleagues continue to protect him from accountability.

Three suspicious activities stand out, all intertwined: the so-called Comey Memos, Comey’s controversial testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and Comey’s book deal.

After Comey was fired by President Trump on May 9, 2017, he arranged to give The New York Times a Feb. …

Turkey appears to be at war with everyone else in Syria

Washington Post:
Turkey and Iran face off in a new battle in Syria

There's yet another geopolitical twist in a war that's growing ever more complicated. Turkey has also managed to anger the Europeans by overwhelming them with Muslim refugees.  Erdogan seems upset with the US, the Kurds, Syria, Russia Iran, Hezballah etc.  It is not clear that Turkey has the wherewithal to take on any of them, much less all of them. 

Erdogan seems to be an unstable Islamist despot.

The not so 'never Trumpers' in the GOP reach out to President

NY Times:
Trump’s G.O.P. Critics Find Sudden Need for His Support
The hopes of Mitt Romney and others for a détente with President Trump reflect the realization that rank-and-file Republicans have come to embrace him. It is a realization that if you look beyond the occasional drama, Trump has been effective at getting long-sought GOP goals accomplished on things like taxes and deregulation.  He has been excellent on allowing teh military to do their job to defeat enemies like ISIS.  If Democrats could ever get past their anger they would see that Trump's policies are helping create jobs and grow the economy.

Democrats and Fusion GPS still trying to verify the dirty dossier despite the failure of FBI to do so

Sean Davis:
New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Congressional documents and recently leaked texts between Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and a registered foreign agent for a Russian aluminum oligarch indicate that Daniel J. Jones is intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos produced by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS. The dossier, which declassified documents show was used as a basis for securing secret wiretaps on Trump campaign affiliates, was reportedly jointly funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Jones, a former Feinstein staffer who wrote a controversial top…

Trump has been tougher on Russia than Obama

Jonah Goldberg:
Barack Obama sold out our Eastern European allies on missile defense. He slow-walked aid to Ukraine and did little more than shrug when Crimea was annexed. He said “never mind” on his own “red line” in Syria and turned a blind eye to Putin’s intervention there, in large part because of his obsessions with getting the Iran deal. The Russian meddling in our elections started on Obama’s watch — and not just our elections but those of many of our allies. When Mitt Romney famously said Russia was our No. 1 geopolitical foe, Obama mocked him for it as did countless liberal journalists who are now converts to anti-Russia hawkery.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has made life harder for Russia diplomatically and economically thanks to revving up our oil and gas production. It hasn’t been as tough as some — including me — would like, but it’s been tougher than the Obama administration. Or at least it’s not unreasonable.

The mockery of Trump’s claim arises, I think, from…

Liberals want to use banks to destroy 2nd Amendment rights

NY Times:
How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t The Obama administration already tried this ploy trying to put legal businesses out of business.   They would attempt to make the rights granted by teh 2nd Amendment meaningless.  No doubt there would be litigation that could be very costly for any banks who tried this.

Those opposed to immigration amnesty migrating to Ted Cruz

Washington Times:
Trump’s base warms to Ted Cruz after president’s amnesty ‘betrayal’

They aren’t calling him “Lyin’ Ted” anymore.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s stock is rising among members of President Trump’s base who feel double-crossed after the president offered amnesty to illegals in the immigration debate. Some who opposed Mr. Cruz in his 2016 run for the White House are even clamoring for the Texas Republican to mount a primary challenge to Mr. Trump in 2020.

The newfound esteem for Mr. Cruz, whom Mr. Trump dubbed “Lyin’ Ted” when they battled for the 2016 Republican nomination, is coming from people who were die-hard supporters of the president.

“Ted Cruz has kept his word to the American citizens, and we are watching this very, very carefully,” said Sue Payne, a conservative activist in Washington’s Maryland suburbs who in 2016 championed Mr. Trump and reviled Mr. Cruz. “I’m getting very sick of Donald Trump right now. He’s turning his back on the people who put him in office.”
... I thin…

Why is Texas taking Mexico's toxic waste?

Red States:
Mexico Not Sending Texas Its Best As Toxic Waste Dump For Mexican Waste Proceeds It is a puzzle.  The waste would be dumped near Laredo.

Obama's deal with Iran has been a disaster and will likely get worse

“Since the Obama administration and its negotiating partners struck the deal with Iran in July 2015,” Joshua Keating recently wrote in Slate, “the Middle East’s sectarian conflicts have only become deeper, more violent, and more intractable. From the half-million people killed in Syria to the rise of ISIS to the massive refugee crisis that has strained the world’s humanitarian capacity to its breaking point and contributed to the rise of right-wing populists in the West, it’s much harder now to say that Obama made the right decision in prioritizing the Iran deal above all else.”

No one who has been reading Tablet even casually over the past four years can be surprised to learn that Barack Obama’s signature foreign-policy initiative wasn’t just an arms agreement. It was an instrument used to rebalance U.S. interests, downgrading traditional allies like Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia, and upgrading Iran. The hope, Obama told an interviewer, was to create a geopolitical “equilib…

Cruz meets with workers at bankrupt refinery on future of ethanol mandate

Fuel Fix:
Sen. Ted Cruz is heading to Philadelphia Wednesday to meet with workers at an oil refinery that has become the centerpiece of an ongoing debate on ethanol.

The Texas senator has been urging Congress to rewrite ethanol regulations, to reduce costs for refineries like the one in Philadelphia he says are struggling under the high costs of complying with a federal mandate requiring ethanol is blended into the nation's fuel supply.

The owner of the Philadelphia refinery, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, cited the federal mandate when it filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.

Cruz, who is holding up the confirmation of Trump's nominee for agriculture undersecretary until he gets a deal, says he is seeking a solution that would reduce costs for refineries in his home state of Texas while maintaining ethanol demand.

"We can have a solution that's a win for those corn farmers but also doesn't bankrupt refineries and drive a bunch of blue-collar workers…

The NRA strength is not in its political donations but in the intensity of its members support for the 2nd Amendment

Mark Tapscott:
Four Liberal PACs Outspent the ‘Roadblock’ NRA in 2016 Campaign

If the National Rifle Association is powerful because it gives so much money to Republican politicos, what about these left-wing groups that give far more to Democrats?

Four liberal political action committees (PACs) that support only Democrats gave more than $393 million in independent campaign contributions during the 2016 election cycle, an amount that collectively was seven times more than that reported by the NRA.

Even the average for the four liberal groups — $98.25 million – exceeded the $54.4 million total spent by the gun rights group, according to an examination of Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign funding data compiled by
... The NRA members are not crazy and they are not killers.  They are also not wrong that those who oppose them want to take away their 2nd Amendment rights.  That is really what the current hysteria is all about.

Trump seeks ban on bump stocks

Washington Post:
Trump directs attorney general to create regulations to ban ‘bump stocks’

The device, which turns semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons, was used by the shooter who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas in October, prompting calls for lawmakers to ban such devices. At the time, the White House and the National Rifle Association made clear that they were open to the idea, but no action was taken. I have no problem with this.  I have been surprised that Congress did not move on it.  It is likely to do little to slow the media mad dogging about guns and its goal of repealing the 2nd Amendment.

Mueller cases continue to show a double standard

NY Times:
Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying to Russia Special Counsel
The attorney was interviewed by the special counsel about work he did in Ukraine with Rick Gates, who went on to serve on President Trump’s campaign. When is Mueller going to charge Christopher Steele with lying to the FBI?  The Grassley-Graham referral lays the case out pretty clearly.   This is the third charge he has brought on lying to the FBI but so far while he is ignoring one of the most infamous lies by the author of the dirty dossier whose court submission was based on his "credibility" and not verification of the dossier.

Not mention in the story lead is that this guy was also charged with either destruction of or failure to produce emails.  That is something that Hillary Clinton and several of her co-conspirators should have been charged with in the investigation of her mishandling of classified material.  That investigation is looking more and more like a sham while the FBI was distracted by the sni…

Nunes question Obama officials on when they got dirty dossier

Washington Times:
One question asks, “When and how did you first become aware of any of the information contained in the Steele dossier?”

And, “Was President Obama briefed on any information contained in the dossier prior to Jan. 5, 2017.”

Then-FBI Director James Comey personally briefed Mr. Trump on the dossier on Jan. 6.
Mr. Nunes also discovered through persistent document requests to the FBI that the bureau authorized payments to Mr. Steele to continue investigating Mr. Trump as president-elect and possibly as president. But it fired him after he went to the press in October 2016 to disclose his FBI collaboration.

And Mr. Nunes discovered that Mr. Steele lied to the FBI when he denied being the source for a Yahoo News story. Based on his denial, the FBI used the story as corroboration for the dossier in wiretap warrant applications — four times in nearly a year. Mr. Steele admitted in a London court filing that he was indeed the Yahoo source. The questions appear to have been …

Can the media name any voters deceived by the Russians?

NY Times:
How Russian Trolls Deceived Americans in 2016 Election
With imperfect English and tireless posting on Facebook and Twitter, Russian operatives summoned Americans to rallies, praised Donald J. Trump and played on political divisions.Many Americans engaged with the Russian trolls without knowing who or where they really were. Where is the evidence that voters were deceived by the Russians?  Well, there were the 10,000 Hillary supporters that turned out for a "Not My President" rally but that was after the election.   Trump voters largely ignored the Russians.  It turns out that CNN and MSNBC heavily promoted the Russian anti-Trump rally.  They must be embarrassed by that, but I have not seen an apology to their viewers are too President Trump.

The Mueller team has said that the Russians miscreants did not actually change the results of the election.  In fact, the Russian expenditures were a drop in the bucket compared to the operations of the candidates.

While I oppose…

French, Austrian and Canadian companies to invest $1.7 billion in new petrochemical company in Texas

Fuel Fix:
French oil major Total SA announced on Monday that it has agreed to form a joint venture to build a Gulf Coast petrochemicals operation with Austrian and Canadian companies Borealis AG and NOVA Chemicals Corp.

The companies will together build a $1.7 billion ethane steam cracker alongside Total's Port Arthur refinery and the existing cracker it operates with BASF. The project, expected to produce 2.2 billion pounds of ethylene annually, is now under construction and slated to start up in 2020.

The venture will also include a new polyethylene unit at Total's Bayport complex, as well as the company's existing polyethylene facility there.
Total will own half of the venture, and Novealis Holdings LLC, together owned by Austria's Borealis and Canada's NOVA Chemicals, will own the remaining half. This investment would have never happened without fracking for natural gas.  It is another example of how Europe's green energy policies have pushed investment…

Pelosi is not living in the real world of illegal immigration

Victor Davis Hanson:
Nancy Pelosi gave a marathon speech on illegal immigration the other day. But how would she know much about the realities of open borders, given her palatial retreat in Northern California and multi-millionaire lifestyle that allows wealthy progressives like herself to be exempt from the consequences of her own hectoring? In the end, the House minority leader was reduced to some adolescent racialist patter about her grandson wishing to look more like his Mexican-American friend.

I was thinking of the San Francisco Democrat’s speech last week, during a brief drive into our local town, in a region that is ground zero of California’s illegal immigration experience.

Illegal immigrants are neither collective saints nor sinners, but simply individuals who arrive from one of the poorest regions in the Americas, without legality or much in the way of English, or high school education.

They encounter an American host that has lost confidence in its once formidable powers o…

The mistake of taking President Obama's advice on business decisions

Charles Ortel:
It wasn't "easy being green" for GE under Obama

Under Jeff Immelt from March 2009 through his departure in 2017, GE's directors, executives, and professional advisers evidently learned little from their "near-death" experience. Perhaps Immelt should have spent less time working with President Obama and more time on his day job at GE.

Early on, Immelt cheered the Obama administration's reckless attempt to stimulate the American economy by throwing almost a trillion dollars toward unvetted plans.

By 2011, after doling out hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to finance "infrastructure" projects that, in theory, were primed for action, Immelt and President Obama actually thought it was funny that "shovel-ready jobs" and private-sector incomes did not materialize as originally promised.

A full reckoning is overdue, especially if we wish to learn from mistakes made during the Obama years "managing" the econ…

The unmasking story by Obama officials does not make much sense

Devein Nunes talked to Sharyl Attkisson about several issues relating to what was happening in the closing days of teh Obama administration.  Most are now familiar with the Intelligence Committee's work on the FISA abuses, but the unmasking scandal is also important.
Sharyl: On the unmaskings, one very tangible bit of evidence that to me looks like a crime. Is the fact that the US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. It looked like she had made a masking request on a near-daily basis. Which is amazing in 2016. It’s pretty incredible. Yet she reportedly told Congress, most of those were not really her.

Rep. Devin Nunes: Yeah.

Sharyl: Wouldn’t that mean somebody committed a serious National Security Crime if they used her name to request unmaskings of US Citizens?

Rep. Devin Nunes: Yeah, so we don’t know what the truth is there. I think it would be, I think it’s highly unlikely that she was not the one who was giving permission to make those unmasking requests.

Sharyl: So you d…

Ted Cruz looking strong in primary and general election for his Senate seat

Red States:
The Dallas Morning News foolishly endorsed one of his Republican opponents a few days ago, but does Ted Cruz have anything to worry about this year?

The eyes of Texas are upon the masses of people running for both the Republican and Democrat nominees for Senate, and so UT and the Texas Tribune polled those races.

I can’t resist: this race is on Cruz control. That’s right. I said it.

Despite having four Republican challengers, Senator Ted Cruz is up 88 points, with 91% of the Republican vote. Governor Greg Abbott is doing even better, he’s up 90 points at 95-5 over his lone competitor.
... Cruz has done a good job as senator since in run for President ended.  He has met with business leaders and employees across the state.  He is well positioned to defeat his likely Democrat opponent Beto O'Rourke a congressman from El Paso.  Democrats seem to be throwing money at the race despite their limited chances.

As the piece notes Abbott is also in strong position to be reelecte…

The foreigners who intervened in elections to help Obama

Daniel Greenfield:
The indictments are in.

Team Mueller indicted a bunch of Russians associated with a troll farm for interfering with an election in the United States. Russian troll farms generally don’t follow United States law. But foreigners are not allowed to interfere with elections in the United States. Unless they’re named Christopher Steele.

The Clinton campaign employed a British foreign agent who used Russian intelligence sources to put together opposition research meant to interfere with the results of a United States election. Collusion between the Clinton campaign, Steele and the Russians doesn’t require an endless fishing expedition.

Foreigners interfering in United States elections are not a new phenomenon. Muslims in Gaza famously ran a phone bank for Obama. A Hamas political adviser had declared that he hoped Obama would win.

There was no investigation. Nor did anyone indict the Gazans running the phone bank.

The indictment states that, “the Federal Election Campaign Act…

What new material could emerge from new discovery in the Flynn case?

Margot Cleveland:

First, we know from the recently released GOP House Intelligence Committee memo and the Grassley-Graham criminal referral of Christopher Steele, the FBI and DOJ withheld significant (and material, in my view) information in seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. There is cause to believe the FISA court was connected to the criminal charge filed against Flynn because Contreras, who recused less than a week after accepting Flynn’s guilty plea, “is one of just three FISA court judges who sits in the District of Columbia, where it is likely the Trump-Russia FISA warrants were sought.”

Was other evidence withheld, either from the FISA court or from Flynn’s attorneys in negotiating a plea? Again, there is reason to believe so, given the players involved and the facts already uncovered.

Remember, the special counsel charged Flynn with lying to FBI agents on January 24. While the cha…

The anti-gun left is exploiting students suffering from PTSD over shooting

Washington Post:
Fla. students say they are organizing marches nationwide to demand gun control

Students from the school where 17 people were killed in a shooting last week said they will try to create a “badge of shame” for politicians who take money from the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups. This is starting to look like a coordinated campaign by political agitators spilling misleading stories to liberals in the media which seems eager to also exploit the tragedy.  It is a shame to see them use these kids as political props for their agenda.

Voters begin to understand that Democrats lied about the effects of GOP tax reform

NY Times:
Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans
The upturn follows an aggressive advertising campaign by the party and coincides with an eroding Democratic lead in polls gauging midterm election prospects. If Democrats attempted to mislead voters about something like tax cuts what else have they been trying to mislead them about.  Immigration for one thing.  The Democrats proposal on immigration reform has been overwhelmingly rejected by voters who may be willing to let dreamers stay, but they want to do away with chain migration and immigration lottery replacing both with a color blind merit-based system.

Canada welcomes jihadis but not people fleeing North Korea

Fox News:
In January, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that those fleeing “persecution, terror & war, Canada will welcome you regardless of faith,” but a recent report indicated that his country has been deporting North Korean asylum seekers.

Al Jazeera reported Sunday that since 2013, Canada has kicked out nearly 2,000 North Korean asylum seekers. These immigrants—who reportedly lied on their application forms—call the deportation notice a death warrant.

“That notice means death to me.” Taegun Kim, who arrived in Canada with his wife and two children 11 years ago, told the news outlet. “I came all the way here for a better life and my family is well adjusted to life in Canada. To think we’re going to be separated, it breaks my heart.”
... Canada says that since South Korea will take in the refugees they should leave.  The refugees think they would be killed by North Korea spies if they were in South Korea.  It appears to me that these refugees are much less of a thr…

Another bad week for the media

Julie Kelly:
The Media’s Walk-of-Shame Won’t End

Last week was perhaps one of the tawdriest of the walks of shame taken by the flat-on-its-back, call-me-later commentariat. Still desperate to prove their Hillary hook-up was worth it, the media had several flings over the past several days: North Korea, FBI Director Christopher Wray (again), a white supremacist group, and Russian social-media bots all got bedded. Like the easy girl who never learns her lesson, journalists and opinion-writers keep ruining their reputations in the futile hope of getting some love from their greedy suitors in the #Resistance, then they traipse their escapades through news websites and social media to justify their deed.
... If it were not for being professional haters they would have little professionalism at all.

A false choice argument from Times columnist

NY Times:
Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

He either believes Putin’s denials, or more likely, is afraid of what the Russians have on him. This seems to reflect the paranoia of the left when it comes to understanding Trump.  The President is not nearly that complicated.  First Trump rejected the implication of the left that his win was illegitimate, and the Mueller probe at this point seems to make it clear that the Russians did not change the outcome of the election. 

It is not Putin's denials or any bogus assertion that Putin is blackmailing Trump.  If Friedman still believes the discredited dirty dossier he is doing so based on his anti-Trump bias because there is no evidence to support that document.

It appears from the evidence Mueller has accumulated that Trump voters were not swayed by the Russians.  When the Russians set up rallies for Trump and rallies for Clinton the people attending the Clinton rallies vastly outnumbered those at the Tr…

Which party actually turned out biggest for Russian sponsored rallies?

Gateway Pundit:
... Russian Pro-Trump Rallies Total: 31 People… Russian Anti-Trump Rallies Total: 10,100 People The biggest anti-Trump rally sponsored by the Russians was a "Nor Our President" rally shortly after Trump won.  That does show the Russians were more into supporting chaos and disruption than any particular candidate.  The Democrats seem particularly susceptible to such chaos.

What the turnout figures show is that Trump supporters were not influenced nearly as much as Democrats were.

Mexicans interfered with 2016 election, but Democrats see that as a feature and not an act of war

Jack Cashill:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out the law clearly in his indictment of numerous Russian nationals and groups for their attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

Most importantly, perhaps, the Mueller investigation has established that meddling by foreign nationals in a U.S. election is real and problematic. This being so, the DOJ and FBI might want to turn their attention to the role Mexican nationals played in the 2016 election. They will not have to dig deep to find evidence.

A good place to start searching would be the audio the journalists of Project Veritas recorded in their undercover stings of the Hillary Clinton campaign. To make the search easier, James O'Keefe has documented many of these conversations in his new book, American Pravda.

Ever enterprising, Project Veritas managed to get journalist Allison Maass an internship at Democracy Partners. In answer to Maass's question about a practice known generically as "bird-dogging," …

Saudis, Qatar load up on missile defense

International Business Times:
On Tuesday the Department of Defense announced a new $524 million contract for Lockheed Martin to sell Patriot missiles domestically and to foreign militaries, including those of Romania, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Kingdom is represented in Washington through a web of influential power brokers — among them until recently was the Podesta Group, which folded late last year amid possible implication in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. While representing Saudi Arabia in Washington, Podesta Group also lobbied Washington on behalf of Lockheed.

Saudi Arabia’s three-year-long war in Yemen has been aided by U.S. military equipment, intelligence, and logistics support. Last year, the kingdom acquired $1.1 billion worth of American precision-guided munitions and helicopters, aided by lobbying from former U.S. congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon . In May, President Donald Trump announced a $110 billion arms package to be sold to Saudi Arabia over the next …

The so called large GOP donor who will not fund candidates who don't support his anti gun agenda

Don Surber:
Donald John Trump won despite this particular "Prominent Republican Donor," Al Hoffman Jr.

Hoffman is a real estate magnate in Florida who sided with Hillary and opposed Trump's election.

"We’re headed for destruction. I just hope we can find a group of conservatives and moderates who are rational thinkers to re-establish the party," Hoffman told the Times in August 2016.

Hoffman wrote a piece in USA Today on April 5, 2016: "Big donors can save democracy from Donald Trump."


He wanted to save democracy from people electing people that a "Prominent Republican Donor" decides is not worthy?

In his piece, Hoffman admitted: "Are mega-donors without sin? Of course not. Raising seven figures for a candidate grants you access that the average voter will never see. This unfairness has been a source of major voter ire this cycle. Injustice makes people angry. And it is angry voters who have been pulling levers for Trump."

Erdogan has made Turkey NATO's worst ally and he is not a US friend

Washington Times:
The Trump administration has gone to lengths to ease tensions with Turkey, but the effort hasn’t quelled anti-American sentiment that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accused of stoking ahead of elections next year.

While Ankara remains a NATO ally, analysts say, Mr. Erdogan increasingly is yielding to Russia while taking a confrontational stance toward the United States in order to appear stronger in the eyes of Turkish voters.

“People in Washington are not aware the extent to which anti-Americanism has been at the core of Erdogan’s political messaging, especially in the run-up to the presidential elections slated for November 2019 in Turkey,” said Aykan Erdemir, a former opposition member of the Turkish parliament.

Mr. Erdemir, now a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, says the Turkish president relies on pro-government media to amplify conspiracy theories that Washington’s support of Syrian Kurds is part of U.S. strategy…