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Politics Roundtable

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August 21, 2018, 3:37 pm, 1892290
(Steven Hayward)

Another travel day for me, so another quick digest of all the fast-moving stories coming over the transom faster than I can keep up.

• Have you heard the latest way the left is hoping to attack Brett Kavanaugh? They’ve dug up some old legal memos from his time ...


August 21, 2018, 3:37 pm, 1892289
(Paul Mirengoff)

Brett Kavanaugh is, as far as we know, squeaky clean. Bill Clinton, we know, is not.

How to sully Kavanaugh? Connect him to Bill Clinton.

From today’s Washington Post:

A 1998 memo written by Brett Kavanaugh proposed a series of tough, sexually explicit questions for President Bill ...


August 21, 2018, 11:17 am, 1892142
(Scott Johnson)

Robert Mueller has filed a 10-page sentencing memo in the case of George Papadopolous (embedded below via Scribd). In the revised authorized version of the origin of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign, Papaoplous looms large. He is allegedly the man. Having reviewed ...


August 21, 2018, 11:17 am, 1892141
(Scott Johnson)

Minnesota Muslims are celebrating Eid today and tomorrow at US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Harking back to the Super Bowl hosted at the stadium earlier this year, the organizers are calling the event Super Eid. Animals will be sacrificed at an undisclosed location off ...


August 21, 2018, 7:28 am, 1892038
(Scott Johnson)

At the Weekly Standard yesterday Eric Felten blasted the New York Times’s depiction of Bruce Ohr as “a midlevel government worker” and “little-known career Justice Department official.”

Indeed, according to one of the Times’s classic triple-byline stories (concluding with credit to two more reporters), Ohr ...


August 21, 2018, 12:48 am, 1891951
(Paul Mirengoff)

Smoking remains an enormous public health problem in the U.S. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in this country. According to some studies, more than half of longtime smokers will die from smoking-related complications. David Abrams, a professor at New York University’s College ...


August 20, 2018, 11:17 pm, 1891946
(Paul Mirengoff)

Last month, I wrote about a poll that found Sen. Joe Manchin to be a shoe-in for reelection if he votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, but in for an extremely close race if he doesn’t. According to the survey, taken by the Trafalgar ...


August 20, 2018, 9:08 pm, 1891928
(John Hinderaker)

Laura Ingraham is on vacation, and I will be filling in for her tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. The program runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some markets.

Tomorrow’s show should be fun: we have some good guests, and the ...


August 20, 2018, 6:48 pm, 1891907
(John Hinderaker)

Associated Press reporters wake up every morning wondering how they can best attack President Trump today. Steve Peoples’ effort for Monday is headlined: “Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans.”

The “forgotten Republicans” are the ones who don’t like President Trump. But they haven’t been forgotten at all; on ...


August 20, 2018, 5:17 pm, 1891853
(Paul Mirengoff)

Andy McCarthy provides his views of the New York Times’ report on Don McGahn’s interviews with prosecutors on Robert Mueller’s staff. I wrote about the same subject here.

Like me, McCarthy believes it was a mistake for Trump and his then-legal team ...


August 20, 2018, 1:28 pm, 1891751
(Steven Hayward)

• Everyone is mocking Rudy Guiliani for saying “truth isn’t truth” on NBC yesterday:

“Truth isn’t truth?” [Chuck] Todd interjected. “Mr. Mayor, do you realize, what … I think this is going to become a bad meme.”

Yes, it should be, and I’ll add that I don’t think Mayor ...


August 20, 2018, 1:28 pm, 1891750
(Steven Hayward)

• Everyone is mocking Rudy Guiliani for saying “truth isn’t truth” on NBC yesterday:

“Truth isn’t truth?” [Chuck] Todd interjected. “Mr. Mayor, do you realize, what … I think this is going to become a bad meme.”

Yes, it should be, and I’ll add that I don’t think Mayor ...


August 20, 2018, 11:37 am, 1891709
(Scott Johnson)

If you get your news from the New York Times, former Associate Deputy Attorney General is or was a faceless bureaucrat and if you think otherwise, you are the victim of a conspiracy theory. I have a counter theory. My theory is that if you get ...


August 20, 2018, 10:22 am, 1891674
(Steven Hayward)

Is the November election going to bring a a (Democratic) blue wave or a (Republican) red tide? If you go by the polls, the answer is Yes. Pre-election polls seem more volatile than ever, and on any given day I can find a poll showing either Democrats or Republicans ...


August 20, 2018, 7:37 am, 1891602
(Scott Johnson)

Those of us who get our news from sources beyond the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN are likely to have a different view of the Mueller Switch Project than, say Chuck Todd. Todd’s reverence for the ability of Mueller to divine “the truth,” evident ...


August 20, 2018, 12:22 am, 1891526
(Paul Mirengoff)

The New York Times reports that White House Counsel Don McGahn was interviewed for something like 30 hours total by Robert Mueller’s team. According to the Times, President Trump agreed to have McGahn questioned by Team Mueller without conditions or limitations.

I have several observations ...