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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Media Bias&nbsp; by David Harsanyi</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Harsanyi.gif\" /></p>\n<p>This week, James O&rsquo;Keefe&rsquo;s Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive &ldquo;hot mic&rdquo; video of &ldquo;Good Morning America&rdquo; co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC&rsquo;s decision to spike a story about late serial sex predator Jeffrey Epstein&rsquo;s nefarious activities three years ago.<br />\n &ldquo;I had this interview with (Epstein victim) Virginia Roberts,&rdquo; Robach is seen saying in the video, &ldquo;we would not put it on the air. The (British royal) Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were afraid we wouldn&rsquo;t be able to interview Kate and Will that we, that also quashed the story.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> ROBACH now claims, through a network statement, that she was caught &ldquo;in a private moment&rdquo; of frustration over the lack of progress on a story. &ldquo;I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn&rsquo;t air because I could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC&rsquo;s editorial standards about her allegations.&rdquo;<br />\n Sorry, but Robach&rsquo;s response to the firestorm doesn&rsquo;t square with her initial comments, in which she states that &ldquo;Roberts had pictures, she had everything ... it was unbelievable what we had. (Bill) Clinton, we had everything.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Everything&rdquo; sure sounds like sufficient corroborating evidence for any new organization. Even if employing the most scrupulous journalistic standards, a major outlet like ABC wouldn&rsquo;t need three years to substantiate &mdash; or dismiss &mdash; a story that features pictures, dates, and a credible witness.<br />\n We certainly know that ABC didn&rsquo;t need &ldquo;everything&rdquo; &mdash; or very much of anything, for that matter &mdash; when it was running scores of pieces online and on television, highlighting every risible accusation against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.<br />\n I&rsquo;m not even talking about the prime accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, whose allegations still haven&rsquo;t been corroborated, but rather about someone such as Julie Swetnick, who was all over ABC News at the height of the confirmation battle. Swetnick accused Kavanaugh not only of sexual assault but also of being present at parties where women were being drugged and &ldquo;gang raped.&rdquo; She wasn&rsquo;t remotely credible.<br />\n Was Robach&rsquo;s colleague, former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos, meeting ABC&rsquo;s editorial standards when he allowed Swetnick&rsquo;s shyster lawyer Michael Avenatti to smear Kavanaugh without offering a shred of substantiating evidence for her claims? Why couldn&rsquo;t Roberts be interviewed similarly interviewed?</p>\n<p> ROBACH contends in the hot-mic video that producers told her they spiked the story because no one knew, or cared, about Epstein. Yet Roberts had alleged that Epstein kept her as a sex slave and forced her to perform sex acts on people like Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz. Do you think viewers cared about this high profile men? I imagine so.<br />\n Three years ago, you might remember, Bill Clinton&rsquo;s wife was in the midst of her revving up her presidential run. One imagines a story detailing her husband&rsquo;s vacations to a pedophile&rsquo;s island retreat might have been newsworthy.<br />\n By the way, now that the Epstein has broken, has Robach wrapped up that reporting on Clinton, yet?<br />\n The notion that Robach believed she was merely venting during &ldquo;private moment&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t plausible, either. Any regular guest &mdash; and Robach is on TV every day &mdash; knows that a gaggle of producers is listening to everything that&rsquo;s being said, and that everything that&rsquo;s being said is going to be on tape.</p>\n<p> YET, INSTEAD of facing these questions, ABC has convinced another network, CBS, to fire the staffer who blew the whistle on spiked Epstein story in the first place. Or in other words, paired with NBC News&rsquo; burying of the Harvey Weinstein story, we now have evidence of three major media institutions colluding to bury stories about serial abusers. One wonders how many young women might have been saved if they hadn&rsquo;t.</p>\n<p> November 8, 2019</p>\n', created = 1574125006, expire = 1574211406, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:16d6cf6bc2e1d1b41669fcbb738e544b' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Impeachment&nbsp; by Rich Lowry</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Republicans have had trouble mounting an effective defense on Ukraine because they haven&rsquo;t put down their stakes on the most defensible ground.</p>\n<p> COMPLAINTS about House Democrats&rsquo; less-than-transparent impeachment process, though justified, were clearly perishable once Democrats adopted more regular proceedings. The contention that President Donald Trump&rsquo;s phone call to the Ukrainian president was &ldquo;perfect&rdquo; was never going to withstand scrutiny. The line that there was &ldquo;no quid pro quo&rdquo; has become steadily less plausible as more testimony has emerged suggesting that Trump withheld security aid to Ukraine in the hopes that Ukraine would announce an investigation into the 2016 election and the gas company Burisma and/or Joe and Hunter Biden.<br />\n The best defense Republicans can muster is that nothing came of it. An ally was discomfited and yanked around for a couple of months before, ultimately, getting its defense funding.<br />\n All of this bears some resemblance to Trump&rsquo;s alleged obstruction of justice during the Mueller investigation. He hated the investigation and wanted it to go away, and even plotted against it, but at the end of the day, Robert Mueller did his work. More specifically, the Ukraine mess is lot like Trump&rsquo;s order, or purported order, to then-White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller. After drama, internal contention and tragicomedy, nothing happened.<br />\n One of the hallmarks of the Ukraine maneuverings last summer is confusion about what U.S. policy was, and who was making it, and how determined they were to get the Ukrainians to agree to investigations. This is a symptom of the back channel represented by Rudy Giuliani operating on a separate track from official channels, but also of a legitimate dispute about the U.S. approach toward Ukraine until the very end, when the defense funding was released on Sept. 11.<br />\n According to Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor, security assistance didn&rsquo;t come up in a meeting between then-national security adviser John Bolton and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Aug. 27, two weeks before the funding was released.<br />\n When Vice President Mike Pence visited and met with Zelenskiy on Sept. 1, he didn&rsquo;t mention the investigations.<br />\n In Taylor&rsquo;s telling, as late as early September, Ukrainian officials were asking why the funding was being withheld, and their U.S. counterparts couldn&rsquo;t tell them.<br />\n Meanwhile, the hold was widely opposed within the U.S. government. As Taylor put it, &ldquo;At every meeting, the unanimous conclusion was that the security assistance should be resumed.&rdquo; Indeed, officials at the center of Ukraine policy were scheming against the scheme to get Ukraine to commit to the investigations.</p>\n<p> THE REJOINDER to all this is that the furtive and ambiguous nature of the interaction with the Ukrainians may well point to a cognizance of its impropriety.<br />\n True enough, but the offense here shouldn&rsquo;t be exaggerated. It&rsquo;s not as though Trump was asking the Ukrainians to frame anyone, or give him bags of cash, or buy advertisements in swing states. The sought-after announcement of an investigation into Burisma, a company with a demonstrably shady past, wouldn&rsquo;t have constituted an investigation into Joe Biden, or even an investigation into Hunter Biden.<br />\n Trump surely would have used such an announcement to argue that Hunter Biden is corrupt, but you might have noticed that Trump is arguing that Hunter Biden is corrupt, regardless.<br />\n Special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker has said he had a relatively relaxed attitude toward the hold on the funding. &ldquo;I believed the decision would ultimately be reversed,&rdquo; he said in his opening statement. &ldquo;Everything from the force of law to the unanimous position of the House, Senate, Pentagon, State Department and NSC staff argued for going forward, and I knew it would just be a matter of time.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HE WAS right. You might say it never should have gotten to that point. What you can&rsquo;t say is either that the money was ultimately kept from the Ukrainians, or that they opened an investigation of the Bidens.</p>\n<p> October 31, 2019</p>\n', created = 1574125007, expire = 1574211407, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:98e03c7828ae6a499c00913ce3a3aafc' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ISIS&nbsp; by Cal Thomas</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Thomas.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Only extreme partisans intent on denying President Trump any credit for any success would be critical of the operation he ordered that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These extreme partisans include Speaker Nancy Pelosi who, while praising the &ldquo;heroism&rdquo; of the special unit that conducted the raid on al-Baghdadi&rsquo;s location in Northern Syria, could not bring herself to say anything nice about the president. Instead, she said the House should have been notified in advance. Why? Does the House command troops? Pelosi lamented that Russia was informed, but that was because Russian weapons and troops were in areas over which American helicopters flew in order to reach their target.</p>\n<p> KUDOS TO senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, who said on CBS&rsquo;s &ldquo;Face the Nation&rdquo; that the president&rsquo;s decision was a &ldquo;good one.&rdquo; She even acknowledged without rancor that it could benefit him politically.<br />\n In a Sunday morning appearance at the White House, the president reminded forgetful Americans of the type of organization al-Baghdadi led. He recalled prisoners dressed in orange jumpsuits, who were shown on videos with knives at their throats and later beheaded. He also said, &ldquo;Baghdadi was vicious and violent, and he died in a vicious and violent way -- as a coward, running and crying,&rdquo;<br />\n For much of the world this was a &ldquo;Wizard of Oz&rdquo; moment when the curtain is pulled back and the man behind it is not as frightening as he appeared to be.<br />\n Some commentators on various TV networks kept referring to al-Baghdadi&rsquo;s &ldquo;ideology.&rdquo; His was more than an ideology. Communism is an ideology. Fascism is an ideology. What motivated al-Baghdadi and other ISIS fighters was religion. When one believes he is on &ldquo;a mission from God,&rdquo; to invoke a line from the film &ldquo;The Blues Brothers,&rdquo; there is little to stop him, other than death. Radical Islamists believe their death in fighting us &ldquo;infidels&rdquo; is a guaranteed ticket to Heaven. How does one deter that, other than by helping them punch their ticket?<br />\n Radical Islam is a virus. It is not contained within borders. It does not have a capital that can be bombed. That is why its evil nature must always be exposed and its goals thwarted. Yes, others will sign up and those currently ISIS members will likely be even more motivated by revenge. Still, others may see the cowardly behavior of al-Baghdadi and be motivated to either quit the organization, or not join it in the first place.</p>\n<p> AMERICANS have a short attention span and need to have their memories jogged from time to time about the multiple threats that confront all free people who wish to maintain their freedom, which is never cheap.<br />\n One of the cable channels has been showing the film &ldquo;United Flight 93,&rdquo; the story of the hijacking of one of four planes on Sept. 11. This is the plane that Todd Beamer and other passengers saved from likely hitting the Capitol or the White House by breaking into the cockpit and driving the plane into the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The film portrays the religious motivations of the four Muslim hijackers and their brutality as they stabbed and slashed the captain, co-pilot and several passengers.<br />\n Thinking about the flawless operation by American forces brought to mind Lord Byron&rsquo;s classic poem, &ldquo;The Destruction of Sennacherib.&rdquo; It includes this line:<br />\n &ldquo;For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,<br />\n And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;<br />\n And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,<br />\n And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!&rdquo;</p>\n<p> OUR TROOPS deserve praise, as does the president for making this happen. There will be more terrorist leaders, but at least this one has bitten the dust.</p>\n<p> October 28, 2019</p>\n', created = 1574125007, expire = 1574211407, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:bc3ddf84e4d1e1fd08c556238078d62f' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Syria Conflict by Rich Lowry</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA.</p>\n<p> THEY BOTH defined themselves in opposition to George W. Bush&rsquo;s foreign policy. Obama probably wouldn&rsquo;t have defeated Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Democratic nomination if she hadn&rsquo;t voted for the Iraq War and if he didn&rsquo;t speak out against it at the time. Likewise, Trump outpaced all his 2016 GOP rivals in denouncing our Middle East commitments.<br />\n &nbsp;&nbsp; Obama represented the internationalist left, while Trump is the champion of the populist right, and there are important policy differences between the two (Obama cut the Iran nuclear deal; Trump withdrew from it). Yet, in his pullback from the Syrian border, exposing our Kurdish allies to a Turkish invasion, Trump now has his own version of Obama&rsquo;s foolhardy pullout from Iraq that created the opening for the rise of ISIS.<br />\n The cost of Trump&rsquo;s decision is a betrayal of the Kurds, a worsening relationship with Turkey, a possible lifeline for ISIS and a boost to the influence of Russia, which should be able to leverage it for continued strategic gains in the region.<br />\n There is no calculus where the benefit of making way for Turkey equals the harm. It&rsquo;d be one thing if we were pulling 50,000 troops out of Syria after years of hard combat; instead, we initially repositioned a couple of dozen guys on the border.<br />\n The equities might also look different if we had given the Turks the nod as an exercise in realpolitik, extracting some concessions from them (say, not buying the Russia S-400 anti-aircraft system); instead, we got nothing.<br />\n The pullback has managed, astonishingly enough, to alienate both the Kurds and Turkey from the United States. Usually, given the historic enmity between the two, it&rsquo;s possible to alienate only one at a time. After we dumped them, the Kurds have fallen into the arms of the Assad regime, while Turkey will be as hostile to the U.S. as ever once Congress gets done trying to punish it for its invasion.<br />\n Just like Obama&rsquo;s withdrawal from Iraq, Trump&rsquo;s pullback in Syria is a belated reaction to the Iraq War. Obviously, there is no political support on the right or left for invading and occupying a Middle Eastern country with tens of thousands of troops again. But there&rsquo;s a vast distance between the height of the occupation of Iraq, when we had 150,000 troops fighting a war of counterinsurgency, and our minimal commitment in Syria aimed at creating and supporting a proxy force to do the hard fighting against ISIS.</p>\n<p> TO THROW both the Syria and Iraq interventions together under the rubric of &ldquo;endless war&rdquo; is to fail to make distinctions. It&rsquo;s senseless to oppose a relatively cost-free action in Syria that has succeeded in its own terms (the ISIS caliphate has been defeated) because the Iraq War was fought for years at a high cost with dubious results. It&rsquo;d be like opposing the invasion of Grenada because the invasion of Normandy required so much blood and treasure.<br />\n The long-standing American military reflex is to win and go home, but it&rsquo;s rare that even the most clear-cut victory is so neat. We won a decisive conventional military victory in World War II in Europe, and we still have troops in Germany. The first Gulf War is supposed to be the model of a rigorously limited commitment, but it still resulted in a no-fly zone over Iraq, the creation of an autonomous region for the Kurds in the north and a constant effort to enforce U.N. sanctions.</p>\n<p> NOR IS getting out as clean as advertised. Obama triumphantly exited Iraq, only to have to go back in when things spun out of control. If Trump wants to be done with Syria, it might not be done with him.</p>\n<p> October 14, 2019</p>\n', created = 1574125007, expire = 1574211407, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:462d060707e7f2e8e543f6b8e0f6eceb' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NBA and China&nbsp; by Ben Shapiro</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Shapiro.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>In recent years, the NBA has become famously political. During the heyday of the Black Lives Matter movement, the NBA permitted players to wear slogan-printed T-shirts in support, and stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke out loudly on the issue. The Sacramento Kings actually announced a partnership with the local branch of the movement. And NBA players have had little problem denouncing President Trump, whom James called a &ldquo;bum.&rdquo; In 2017, Commissioner Adam Silver actually tried to blackmail the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, by pulling the All-Star Game, all in an attempt to restore the so-called &ldquo;bathroom bill&rdquo; for transgender people.</p>\n<p> THE NBA has reaped the benefit from its benevolent attitude toward left-leaning social activism, too. Silver, like former Commissioner David Stern before him, has been praised ad infinitum by the press, compared favorably to that alleged corporate hobgoblin Roger Goodell of the NFL. Silver told CNN just last year that &ldquo;part of being an NBA player&rdquo; is social activism and a &ldquo;sense of an obligation, social responsibility, a desire to speak up directly about issues that are important.&rdquo; Silver stated the league wants players to &ldquo;be multi-dimensional people and fully participate as citizens.&rdquo; He specifically explained that the league had a role in ensuring that the situation remains &ldquo;safe&rdquo; for players afraid of suffering career blowback.<br />\n Then the NBA came up against its own corporate interests.<br />\n And the NBA caved.<br />\n Late last week, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted an eminently uncontroversial statement: &ldquo;Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s about as milquetoast a statement about Hong Kong as it&rsquo;s possible to make. But that didn&rsquo;t matter to the Chinese government, which immediately stated that it would cut relations with the NBA and the Rockets in particular. Speculation quickly ran rampant that Morey might lose his job. Morey was forced to delete his tweet and walk it back: &ldquo;I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.&rdquo; James Harden, star of the team, tweeted, &ldquo;We apologize. We love China. We love playing there.&rdquo; Silver&rsquo;s NBA put out an apology in Chinese saying (as translated), &ldquo;We are extremely disappointed in the inappropriate comment by the general manager of the Houston Rockets.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> SO, WHAT happened to all of that corporate do-gooderism? It simply disappeared upon contact with reality. That&rsquo;s the sad truth of corporate politics: If it takes kowtowing to the Chinese communist government to earn a quick dollar, corporations will do it. Ask Google. Or Hollywood studios. Or the NBA.<br />\n All of which gives the lie to the bizarre notion that corporations are handmaidens for capitalist exploitation. They&rsquo;re not. They simply follow dollars. If they can grab those dollars through cronyism with governments, they will. In fact, that&rsquo;s easier than retaining a competitive advantage in a free and open marketplace.</p>\n<p> THERE&rsquo;S ANOTHER, more important point at stake. When corporations virtue signal to the left, they&rsquo;re doing so for the same reason the NBA just bowed to China: dollars. The NBA understands that American leftists are far more censorious than conservatives &mdash; and that means that openly pandering to the American left earns product loyalty from that political contingent, without serious consequences from American conservatives. It&rsquo;s not about pure principle for Adam Silver and company &mdash; or for any other newly woke corporations discovering their inner social activists. It&rsquo;s about the green. It always is.</p>\n<p> October 9, 2019</p>\n', created = 1574125007, expire = 1574211407, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3747fcf32a9d36e49e6ab1bafcbded25' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Impeachment by Rich Lowry</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>&nbsp;After three years, we&rsquo;re still on the Russia story.<br />\n To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it&rsquo;s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald Trump&rsquo;s legitimacy fought out with allegations of foreign interference.</p>\n<p> THE EFFORT to widen out the Ukraine controversy, from the core of it - Trump&rsquo;s mention of the Bidens on his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy - to his urging Ukraine, Australia and others to cooperate with Bill Barr&rsquo;s investigation of the origins of the Russia probe, illustrates the point nicely.<br />\n There&rsquo;s nothing wrong or unusual about a United States president asking foreign leaders to provide information useful to his attorney general in a duly constituted investigation. Why would there be? Except the president&rsquo;s detractors don&rsquo;t consider Barr&rsquo;s investigation aboveboard; in fact, they consider it another form of Trump&rsquo;s perfidy.<br />\n In its report on Trump&rsquo;s call with the Australian prime minister, The New York Times says - in a news report, mind you - that the call &ldquo;shows the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.&rdquo; Trump is pleased with Barr&rsquo;s investigation. That doesn&rsquo;t make it merely a pet political project, or mean that there isn&rsquo;t a genuine public interest in knowing in greater detail how and why the Russia story got started.<br />\n The Times of London reported of Trump&rsquo;s call to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he wanted &ldquo;to gather evidence to undermine the investigation into his campaign&rsquo;s links to Russia.&rdquo; There&rsquo;s not really anything to undermine, though, since the investigation has been over for months. Trump is basically being accused of the entirely new offense of obstruction after the fact.<br />\n The Russia investigation figures into the Ukraine story in another way. It&rsquo;s not clear that even Democrats would consider his Ukraine call impeachable if it weren&rsquo;t for their belief that Trump has gotten away with so much previously.<br />\n Even the framework of the Ukraine matter reflects the Russia story. Trump&rsquo;s critics say he was asking for Ukrainian &ldquo;interference&rdquo; in our elections, when what was really going on was that he and Rudy Giuliani were interfering in Ukrainian politics.</p>\n<p> IF YOU accept the premise that any information developed in a foreign country and used in American politics is election interference, then Trump&rsquo;s opponents themselves were masters at it. As Politico reported back in 2017, Ukrainian government officials &ldquo;helped [Hillary] Clinton&rsquo;s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.&rdquo;<br />\n Giuliani&rsquo;s Ukraine adventure was motivated, in large part, by the desire to get to the bottom of this activity in 2016, and turn the tables on Trump&rsquo;s critics.<br />\n There will be lots of comparisons to the 1990s as the House moves toward impeachment. Yet the vitriolic politics of the 1790s might be the more apt predicate. Back then, at the outset of the republic, each nascent political party was consumed with the idea that the other was a tool of a foreign power (either France or Britain), and believed that the other was a fundamental threat to American democracy.<br />\n Today, the Democrats still haven&rsquo;t gotten beyond the idea that Trump is somehow a tool of Russia, while Republicans point to Democratic coordination with shadowy foreign forces to get the Russia investigation rolling. Books fly off the shelves about Trump being an alleged fascist, and Republicans are gripped by a Flight 93 mentality that fears if they lose a presidential election, they will never win another one again.</p>\n<p> THE RUSSIA story contributed to and fed off this feverish atmosphere. For the longest time, it offered Democrats the hope of deliverance from a president whose election they never truly accepted. When Mueller didn&rsquo;t have the goods, House Democrats were briefly at sea, until Trump&rsquo;s call and the whistleblower complaint brought impeachment deliciously back into play.<br />\n Ukraine is more an epilogue of the Russian investigation than the beginning of a new book.</p>\n<p> October 3, 2019</p>\n', created = 1574125007, expire = 1574211407, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3ccce43b52a901bd70fffa9d0f7e7d5f' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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11/13/2019 - 12:33pm
At issue this week...    Media Bias  by David Harsanyi This week, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive “hot mic” video of “Good Morning America” co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC’s decision to spike a story about late serial sex...
11/06/2019 - 11:53am
At issue this week...    Impeachment  by Rich Lowry Republicans have had trouble mounting an effective defense on Ukraine because they haven’t put down their stakes on the most defensible ground. COMPLAINTS about House Democrats’ less-than-transparent impeachment process, though justified, were clearly perishable...
10/30/2019 - 11:15am
At issue this week...    ISIS  by Cal Thomas Only extreme partisans intent on denying President Trump any credit for any success would be critical of the operation he ordered that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These extreme partisans include Speaker Nancy Pelosi who, while praising the...
10/23/2019 - 12:08pm
At issue this week...    Syria Conflict by Rich Lowry Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA. THEY BOTH defined themselves in opposition to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Obama...
10/16/2019 - 11:46am
At issue this week...    NBA and China  by Ben Shapiro In recent years, the NBA has become famously political. During the heyday of the Black Lives Matter movement, the NBA permitted players to wear slogan-printed T-shirts in support, and stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke out loudly on the issue. The...
10/09/2019 - 12:31pm
At issue this week...    Impeachment by Rich Lowry  After three years, we’re still on the Russia story. To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it’s essentially the same thing - a...
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