Hysteria over Nunes memo masks fears of its findings

Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but I wanted to read the memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on possible misuse of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act before forming an opinion about it.

The hysteria about the memo, which was jointly developed by the California Republican, his committee staff and fellow Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, surely was not commensurate with its importance.

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Sullen Democrats sit out Trump’s offer of bipartisanship

The maxim that a picture is worth a thousand words was never truer than during President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

Everything in Washington these days has a partisan element to it, but last night was particularly striking.

Here is an incomplete list of unobjectionable topics that those sedentary congressional Democrats refused to celebrate: record low jobless rates for blacks and Hispanics; worker bonuses tied to the new tax cut law; 2.4 million jobs created last year; the need to respect the American flag; the need to fight the opioid epidemic; a more secure border; recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; and, even, the national motto “In God We Trust.”

When the Congressional Black Caucus refuses to celebrate record low black unemployment, it makes you wonder what their organizational mission is.

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Washington Times: Schumer’s very bad week and the Democratic dilemma

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is having a rough week.

 

After taking his fellow Senate Democrats over a cliff late last week by forcing a shutdown of the federal government, the New Yorker lost the messaging battle to President Trump and congressional Republicans, who stayed united. Why did this fight go against Mr. Schumer? It’s simple — Democrats went into battle already divided.

With 10 Senate Democrats facing reelection in 2018 from states that Mr. Trump won, the list of defectors was ripe for the picking, depending on the policy issue. Mr. Schumer was abandoned by his own most vulnerable incumbents.

As it turns out, shutting down the government in January to protect a subset of illegal immigrants who face a March deadline was not just irresponsible — it was political malpractice.

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Washington Times: How a sane and stable president drives his detractors crazy

Perhaps you have heard the coastal elites make the argument that the vice president and the Cabinet should use the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump as president.

Has this irresponsible chatter been confined to the fever swamps of the far left? No — it has been openly discussed on CNN and MSNBC and in the pages of The Washington Post and Time magazine, to name just a few mainstream media outlets.

A Google search of “Trump” and the “25th Amendment” quickly pulls up more than 54,000 results.

For the uninitiated — specifically those who have not watched “24,” “The West Wing” or “House of Cards” — the 25th Amendment specifies the way that a president can be removed from office if he or she is incapacitated.

Let’s stipulate this inconvenient fact: President Trump is not incapacitated. He is not “mentally unfit” to be president.

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Release: PSG Expands with Hiring of Jamie Bennett as Vice President

Consulting Firm Founded by Matt Mackowiak in 2009 Adds Texas GOP Press Secretary to Growing Firm

AUSTIN, TX — Potomac Strategy Group (PSG), LLC, a consulting firm founded in 2009 and based in Austin, TX that provides public relations and communications consulting services to corporations, trade associations, and individuals and political consulting to Republican campaigns, today announced the hiring of Jamie Bennett as Vice President.

Bennett was most recently Press Secretary for the Republican Party of Texas, and had previously worked as Communications Associate for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, as Assistant to the Chief of Staff on the Marco Rubio presidential campaign and as an intern in the Washington, DC office of U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX). He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

“I am very pleased that Jamie is joining our team at PSG,” said PSG president Matt Mackowiak. “Our corporate and political clients need first-rate communications advice, from strategy to planning to tactics to execution, and Jamie is a rising star communicator that will help PSG continue to help our clients achieve their goals.”

PSG has worked with corporate clients in energy, health care, transportation, telecommunications and tech, and has advised political candidates in 14 states with general consulting, campaign management, communications and mail services.

"I am eager to join the growing PSG team,” said Bennett. “For clients in both politics and business, PSG delivers quality results. I look forward to using my strengths and experience to continue to grow PSG and assist the clients we serve."

PSG’s core services for corporate communications include media relations, writing services and media placement, crisis communications, coalition building, media monitoring and rapid response, opposition research (conducted in house), digital strategy and advertising, and media training.

Washington Times: Time to block the crushing new Obamacare tax

The issue of health care issue is maddeningly complex. The politics of health care are even more challenging.

No matter where you are on the ideological spectrum, all Americans should agree that the 2018 Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which just went into effect and is already hammering small businesses and seniors, should be repealed.

In an election year, there are a myriad of reasons for Capitol Hill to not do something. But with so many members up for reelection, repealing a costly, poorly conceived tax increase should be broadly popular.

How did this happen in the first place?

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Washington Times: Inheriting a mess, Trump needs sure-footed North Korea response

You can blame Donald Trump for a lot of things, but the North Korean dilemma is not one of them.

The Obama team gift-wrapped a highly complex and urgent foreign policy challenge, after doing nothing of consequence for eight years to deter or interrupt the efforts of Kim Jong Un’s regime to build nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that threaten the U.S. mainland.

It should surprise no one that Wendy Sherman, the same State Department diplomat who negotiated the Iran deal for Mr. Obama, negotiated a similar deal with North Korea during the Clinton administration.

This week dropped several consequential developments from the Korean crisis on Mr. Trump’s desk.

Kim Jong Un delivered a New Year’s message that was both bellicose and comforting.

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Washington Times: Take conservative path forward to aid Dreamers

Despite protests across the country by left-wing activists, it appears that an extension of President Obama’s extra-constitutional Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program will not happen before the end of the year. This was the top priority of Democrats. They will fail to achieve it by the deadline they set.

No matter — the manufactured crisis Democrats sought never arrived, as President Trump set his own deadline of March 5, 2018 for action.

But this does not mean that the individuals who have benefited from DACA are not in limbo. Clearly, they are.

DACA recipients (also known as the “Dreamers”) are a subset of all illegal immigrants in this country.

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