McCarthy – Mueller’s standards; Moran – Fire him.”
LEADS: Fund – Time to attack Russian purse; Zito – midterm lessons; Gunlock – School demos; Superville – Trump vs. Mueller; Higgins & Michael – Vlad’s all; DeVos – School safety; Kasperowicz – National debt; Shelbourne – Deep State.
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site.
RECOMMENDED: Judicial Watch petition – Prosecute her! Mark Levin 03-16-18; Best Actor – Churchill show times.
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Mueller’s Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards”
“These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution — crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsel’s jurisdiction.
“Rosenstein, instead, put the cart before the horse: Mueller was invited to conduct a fishing expedition, a boundless quest to hunt for undiscovered crimes, rather than an investigation and prosecution of known crimes.
“That deviation, it turns out, is not the half of it. With Rosenstein’s passive approval, Mueller is shredding Justice Department charging policy by alleging earth-shattering crimes, then cutting a sweetheart deal that shields the defendant from liability for those crimes and from the penalties prescribed by Congress. The special counsel, moreover, has become a legislature unto himself, promulgating the new, grandiose crime of “conspiracy against the United States” by distorting the concept of “fraud.”
Why does the special counsel need to invent an offense to get a guilty plea? Why doesn’t he demand a plea to one of the several truly egregious statutory crimes he claims have been committed?
“Good questions. . .”
Rick Moran, PJM: “Is Trump Preparing to Fire Robert Mueller?”
“. . .The firestorm that would erupt if Trump fired Mueller would not end the Trump presidency. He may be impeached if the Democrats gain control of the House in November. But, with 66 votes needed for conviction, there would have to be a massive defection of Republicans in the Senate for Trump to be thrown out of office. . .”
John Fund, NRO: “It’s Time to Attack Putin’s Soft Underbelly”
“The assets his cronies have piled up in the West demand more scrutiny.
“Vladimir Putin was reelected president of Russia today in an event as predictable as the sun’s rising. But his biggest asset hasn’t been his iron grip on Russian politics, it’s been the fecklessness and passivity of his Western counterparts in the face of his outrageous actions. Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has lived in exile in the West since 2013, wrote on Facebook that Putin, like most dictators, prefers playing poker to chess. “You can win at poker with a weak hand if your opponents play foolishly and keep folding their cards.”
“It was to plan a better series of future moves against Putin that Kasparov and Thor Halvorssen, the leaders of the Human Rights Foundation, assembled a collection of 30 anti-Putin experts in New York last Friday. Called PutinCon, the event featured everyone from former intelligence officials to a former Red Army veteran to former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara to Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption crusader who was blocked from the presidential ballot in Sunday’s presidential election in Russia.
“All of them agreed that the West should confront Putin and take serious measures to counter his increasingly brazen behavior. According to British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, this behavior now includes the stockpiling of the deadly nerve agent Novichok, recently used against Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy granted asylum in Britain, and his daughter Yulia.
“Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an opponent of Putin’s who is exiled and now lives in Switzerland, says that Russia has become a gangster-run state. Speaking of the attack on the Skripals, he told the BBC, “Either Putin has given his consent to this operation, or he doesn’t control the secret service to such an extent they can do it without his approval.” The FSB, the successor to the Soviet Union’s old KGB secret police, has seized complete control over Russia’s security apparatus. The FSB is now more powerful than the KGB was at the time of Stalin — and much more independent from the Kremlin.
“According to Khodorkovsky, a group of up to 100 people in Putin’s orbit have “learned to manipulate” Putin “quite effectively.” He said the only way to hurt Putin and his gang is to “undermine his reputation” in the eyes of the Russian public and to focus efforts on attacking the overseas wealth of Putin cronies. In 2015, French economist Thomas Piketty and a group of his colleagues estimated total Russian wealth overseas at $800 billion.
“Ian Birrell, writing for Britain’s Mail on Sunday yesterday, noted the irony of Putin cronies trashing Western values yet trusting the rule of law in their own country so little that they send billions of dollars abroad. ‘They stash their cash in our banks, buy our properties, fight legal battles in our courts and send their children to be educated in our schools.’ . . .”
Salena Zito, DC Examiner: “Dear Abby: A lesson for the midterms”
“MT. LEBANON, Pa. — One of the biggest advantages Conor Lamb had in his victory last week in the special election for Western Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District was that his campaign manager lived in his district.
Abby Nassif Murphy did not have an office at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; she did not hold daily meetings with fellow Democrats in the Beltway who, on average, are fairly progressive both culturally and politically. She understood the heartbeat of the district not because of polls and data, but because she spends the bulk of her time carting her sons to and from their activities.
Untethered from the pressures of Washington consultants, agenda items, and resistance talking points, she was able to respond to what she saw the community wanted.
This was no cookie-cutter operation. The ads were fresh, the message was safe, and there was no evidence of any Beltway residue on anything they did.
It was the exact opposite of what the Republicans did.
Julie Gunlock, Independent Women’s Forum: “Parents Are Being Fed Misinformation about the National Gun Control Walkout”
“Parents across the country are being urged to let their children participate in the National School Walkout on March 14. Yet, few parents (and kids!) understand the walkout’s true mission. At my children’s elementary school in Northern Virginia, school officials are telling parents the walkout is meant to memorialize the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“Yet, according to the National School Walkout website, the real mission of the walkout is to demand Congress pass more restrictive gun laws. The website specifically states: “Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation … Congress must take meaningful action … and pass federal gun reform legislation.”
“So, the children walking out of the classroom on March 14th won’t be spending the time in quiet prayer or reflection. Instead, school kids (even those in elementary school) are going to be used as props by professional anti-gun activists to push for specific legislation.
Some schools are even aiding in the effort by coordinating with the walkout organizers, providing “safe spaces” for kids who participate in the walkout, promoting the event on school Facebook and Twitter accounts, and allowing school buses to transport kids to and from gun control rallies.
“Considering that many public schools are helping to rally more kids to the cause and are even supplying school resources and personnel time to the effort, tax payers should ask: Is this an acceptable use of school funds? More importantly, why is a publicly funded school supporting one side of a very contentious and complex constitutional matter?
“Some might even wonder: What other political causes can I expect my public school to promote? Should conservatives in politically red areas of the country expect schools to help transport kids to next year’s March for Life? Or how about for the inauguration on the Mall when Trump is reelected in 2020?
“Educators should also be concerned that the politicization of this issue avoids the nuance of what went wrong in Parkland that allowed the terrible shooting to occur, and what policies might actually help prevent the next one. . .”
Darlene Superville, AP: “A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller”
“. . . In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and raised fresh concerns about the objectivity and political leanings of the members of Mueller’s team.
Trump also challenged the honesty of Andrew McCabe, the newly fired FBI deputy director, and James Comey, the bureau’s former director whom Trump fired last year over the Russia probe.
“The president’s aggressive stance followed a call Saturday by his personal lawyer for Rod Rosenstein, whom Trump appointed as deputy attorney general and who now oversees Mueller’s inquiry, to “bring an end” to that investigation.
“Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, which spent the past year conducting a parallel investigation, recently said they had drafted a report concluding no collusion or coordination between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Committee Democrats vehemently disagreed. . .”
Erica Doyle Higgins & Tom Michael, UK Sun: “Vlad’s All Folks”
“. . .Putin comfortably extended his rule of Russia for another six years last night, winning 76.67 per cent of the vote – his highest score ever.
“The Central Election Commission said communist Pavel Grudinin came in a distant second with 11.78 per cent.
“Third was ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.66 per cent.
“The only candidate to openly criticise Putin during the campaign, liberal TV star Ksenia Sobchak, won just 1.68 per cent.
“Putin’s most serious rival, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race.
“Another term will take the Russian president to nearly a quarter century in power – second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
“The win gives Putin a strong mandate to pursue his conservative nationalist policies at home and abroad.
“In the wake of his victory, Putin will seek retribution as his nation was made to ‘grovel in the dirt’ after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, British defence chief Admiral Lord West told Daily Star Online. . .”
Betsy DeVos, CNN: “DeVos: On school safety, inaction is not an option”
“. . . the President has proposed real actions.
“First, we all must acknowledge and address the growing alienation experienced by too many students who feel disconnected from adults and peers around them. Many educators and community leaders have developed innovative ways to foster the social and emotional well-being of their students — the administration will highlight these approaches and every community should expand them dramatically.
“Second, existing mental health programs must be reformed and expanded, including those that help individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others. The President has proposed such changes for mental health programs as well as support for programs that utilize court-ordered treatment. In addition, the President has called on Congress to review statutory and regulatory privacy protections to determine if any changes or clarifications are needed to improve coordination between mental health and other health care professionals, school officials and law enforcement personnel.
“Third, our background check system must be strengthened in tandem with implementing evidence-based violence prevention programs. The administration is encouraging every state to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which allow law enforcement and family members, with approval from a court, to remove firearms from individuals who are a demonstrated threat to themselves or others and to prevent those individuals temporarily from purchasing new firearms.
“The President has called for strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System based on the legislative framework introduced by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, that will help improve the system’s accuracy and effectiveness.
“Fourth, every community must look at how they can improve the security of our schools. This includes assisting states in training specially qualified school personnel to use firearms on a voluntary basis. Programs such as this currently exist in states including Florida, Texas and Ohio, allowing staff to go through highly specialized courses to be prepared to respond to an incident. Additionally, the administration will develop programs to support the recruitment of military veterans and retired law enforcement — folks who know how to respond to a dangerous situation — into new careers in education.
“Finally, I will chair a Federal Commission on School Safety, which will provide additional recommendations on school violence prevention. . .”
Pete Kasperowicz, DC Examiner: “National debt hits $21 trillion”
“. . . The national debt was $21.031 trillion on Thursday. The government releases total debt figures each business day, but it lags by one day.
“Federal borrowing has been on the rise again since February, when Congress passed legislation to suspend the debt ceiling. That move allowed the government to borrow as much as it needs to fund the activities approved by Congress.
Under the law passed in February, the government will not face any borrowing limit until March 1, 2019. At its current pace, the government is on track to add at least $1 trillion to the national debt by then.
“For example, the debt grew by more than half a trillion dollars in the six weeks since the debt ceiling was lifted on Feb. 9.
“A large part of the national debt reflects the federal budget deficit, or the amount of spending above the revenues collected by the government. But the debt is rising faster than the amount of the budget deficit, as it also reflects things like federal lending for student loans and mortgage programs. . .”
Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill: “Majority in new poll: ‘Deep state’ manipulating policy”
“A majority of Americans believes a faction of unelected officials is orchestrating policy in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll.
“The Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 74 percent believe in a ‘deep state’ when it is described as a collection of unelected officials running policy. Twenty-one percent said they do not believe this kind of group exists.
“The poll notes that more than 7 out of 10 Americans polled in each political group, Republican, Democrat and independent, believe in a deep state. Thirty-one percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents say they believe a deep state ‘definitely exists,’ while 19 percent of Democrats believe this. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Site
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Judicial Watch Petition: Prosecute Hillary
“Hillary Clinton has a demonstrated record of showing contempt for the rule of law.
“She refused to tell the truth about the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack that took place on her watch as Secretary of State
“She violated the law and avoided accountability by using secret email accounts as Secretary of State
“She abused her public office to funnel money to personal accounts – much of which is now sloshing around her vanity “charity” that could be renamed “The Clinton Corruption Foundation.”
“This is all unacceptable.
“In this country our leaders are bound by the rule of law. She must be held accountable for her actions.
“Sign the petition now to demand that Hillary Clinton answer for her corruption!”
Mark Levin, 03-16-18
On Friday’s Mark Levin show, you are now living through the greatest scandal in American history. The effort by President Obama, his administration, Hillary’s campaign, and the DNC to influence our elections is even more than the Russians. There are now more text messages between Peter Strzok and Susan Page which Rod Rosenstein sought to cover up. The texts showed that Strzok had a personal relationship with the FISA court judge in the Mike Flynn case. These FISA court judges have a lot to answer for and they must explain why they approved their applications. Also, Dr. Peter Pry, EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security executive director, calls in to discuss the Russians attacking our energy grid, which is an act of war. If the power grid goes down there will be widespread death in this country. Later, our Republican congress is scheming to put in place a massive internet sales tax scheme. They are preparing to fully fund planned parenthood, extend Obama’s executive amnesty and preparing, under Obamacare, to bailout insurance companies. This is why the Republicans will get hurt in November’s election. Finally, Marc Morano calls in to discuss his new book, the politically incorrect guide to climate change.
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