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Five Reasons Kamala Harris Is The Brand-New 2020 Democratic Party Frontrunner

quoting Bill Whalenvia Fox News
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

It may seem presumptuous to declare that freshman Senator Kamala Harris of California, who has been in office for only two years, is the most likely Democrat to be nominated for president next year. But those few who said the same thing about another freshman Senator of mixed race heritage named Barack Obama in 2006 found themselves proven right. In Harris’ case she has an even better chance than Obama since she won’t face the Clinton Machine that Obama did.

Analysis and Commentary

The Mueller Squirrel Cage

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted yet another peripheral character in his Trump probe, Russian attorney Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, for alleged money laundering in a matter quite separate from Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

Lend The Shutdown?

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, January 21, 2019

The Federal Government seems to be obeying with rather remarkable accuracy the constitutional mandate that the government may not spend money that has not been appropriated by Congress. I would be curious to hear from legal experts, however, what stops the government from lending money to federal employees, or just guaranteeing loans.

In the News

Tax-Happy CA Hears News Promises From Newsom

quoting Lee Ohanianvia One News Now
Monday, January 21, 2019

The left-wing governor of a left-wing state is promising help for the poorest in its borders, a state with some of the highest taxes in the country.

Analysis and Commentary

Kamala Harris Runs -- Straight Along The Chisholm Trail

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, January 21, 2019

Given that she’s been running for president seemingly since first arriving in the nation’s capital two years ago, California Sen. Kamala Harris’ announcement this morning that she plans to enter what’s fast becoming a crowded Democratic field doesn’t qualify as “breaking news”.

Analysis and Commentary

Should The FBI Run The Country?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, January 20, 2019

Since the media would doubtless answer that loaded question, “It depends on the president,” let us imagine the following scenario. Return to 2008, when candidate Barack Obama had served only about three years in the U.S. Senate, his sum total of foreign policy experience. And he was running against the overseas old-hand, decorated veteran, and national icon John McCain—a bipartisan favorite in Washington, D.C.

In the News

Bill Whalen In California Playbook

quoting Bill Whalenvia Politico
Friday, January 18, 2019

“Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike: Why Isn’t The City’s Mayor Calling Balls And Strikes?” by Hoover Instititution’s Bill Whalen: Since his landslide re-election nearly two years ago, Eric Garcetti hasn’t shied away from his interest in relocating from Los Angeles City Hall to the Oval Office. Last year, he hosted a fundraiser for South Carolina Democrats in his city and delivered a college commencement address in New Hampshire.

Analysis and Commentary

Gillibrand's Presidential Run: Built For Distance, Or Over In A New York Minute?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Friday, January 18, 2019

Some definitions to update in America’s political dictionary: Under “persistence”, let’s add a passage about former Vice President Joe Biden. Assuming he’s running, that would be three presidential campaigns (1988, 2008 and 2020) some three decades apart, which has to be a record for a candidate not named Harold Stassen.

In the News

How Politicians Hurt Your Public Pension Plan

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Stanford study indicates they make poor investment decisions because they’re overly influenced by campaign contributions and political considerations.

Interviews

John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, January 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses federalism.

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