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September 21, 2018, 4:09 pm, 1901567
(Steven Hayward)

• Has anyone stopped to notice that amidst all the extreme political turmoil of the week, the stock market has leapt sharply to a new record high? It’s almost as though the real economy of the real world isn’t much concerned about the madness in Washington. Or maybe ...


September 21, 2018, 2:39 pm, 1901535
(Steven Hayward)

As if we didn’t have enough explosive material flying around this week, the New York Times has just posted the following story:

By Amy Goldman and Michael Schmidt

WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, ...


September 21, 2018, 1:08 pm, 1901512
(Paul Mirengoff)

As Steve reported last night, our friend Ed Whelan set off a storm yesterday with a series of tweets suggesting Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her was a case of mistaken identity. There had been plenty of buzz about ...


September 21, 2018, 11:37 am, 1901484
(Paul Mirengoff)

CNN reports that negotiations between Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team and the Senate Judiciary Committee are moving forward such that it’s likely she will testify. I don’t know whether CNN’s report is accurate, but Committee staff does not appear to be pushing back against it.

Here ...


September 21, 2018, 11:08 am, 1901469
(John Hinderaker)

Until now, President Trump has mostly remained aloof from the spectacle the Democrats have created over Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. This morning he weighed in via Twitter:

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault ...


September 21, 2018, 8:09 am, 1901425
(Scott Johnson)

Ammo Grrrll seems to have gone LITERALLY BAT-GUANO CRAZY. She writes:

I may have been one of the few who really enjoyed Cory Booker’s Oscar-worthy Spartacus impression on his audition tape for Democrat Presidential Timber 2020. You know why? Because he’s a guy, that’s why. And I am ...


September 21, 2018, 8:09 am, 1901424
(Scott Johnson)

In the memoir Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit List (written with Stephen Saltarelli), Howard Root tells the ...


September 21, 2018, 2:39 am, 1901349
(Paul Mirengoff)

Citing “sources,” Fox News’ Shannon Bream reports on the demands Christine Blasey Ford and her legal team are making as a condition for her testifying about her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh:

Ford team wants NO questions from lawyers, only Qs from Committee members, #Kavanaugh cannot be in ...


September 20, 2018, 7:48 pm, 1901314
(Steven Hayward)

Paul (and Senator Orrin Hatch) has already mentioned the possibility that Dr. Ford’s allegation of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh may be a case of mistaken identity, based in part on Ed Whelan’s cryptic tweets that Kavanaugh is going to be fully exonerated. This has set off ...


September 20, 2018, 6:39 pm, 1901294
(Paul Mirengoff)

It’s amusing, in a sickening sort of way, to hear Senate Democrats say it’s unacceptable to have on the Supreme Court someone “credibly” accused of assaulting a woman 36 years ago, when he was in high school. Who among these “outraged” Senators has complained about serving with ...