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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>NATO: December 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Saunders_0.gif\" /></p>\n<p>On Wednesday, President Donald Trump abruptly left a NATO summit near London and canceled a scheduled press conference after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught on camera amusing fellow big shots as he marveled at Trump&rsquo;s long-winded sessions with the press. Trump exhibited a classic case of being able to dish it out but not take it.</p>\n<p> FOREIGN policy guru Ian Bremmer tweeted out the video with a comment: &ldquo;This happens at every NATO summit with Trump. Every G7. Every G20. The US President is mocked by US allies behind his back.&rdquo;<br />\n Having watched the video repeatedly, I think Trudeau wasn&rsquo;t so much mocking Trump as commiserating with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. All three have had their own experiences playing minor characters with bit speaking parts as Leading Man Trump delivers soliloquies to the press pool.<br />\n It&rsquo;s common for leaders to take a couple of press questions at these meet-and-greet sessions. But Trump likes to hear himself talk so much that his press availabilities with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Macron and Trudeau lasted about 52 minutes, 39 minutes and 30 minutes, respectively. If Trump talked for another hour, they could have winded up on Gilligan&rsquo;s island.<br />\n Trump tweeted he canceled the presser because &ldquo;we did so many over the past two days.&rdquo; Like that&rsquo;s ever stopped him before.<br />\n Foreign policy types call the meetings &ldquo;bilats&rdquo; &mdash; or bilateral meetings &mdash; but with Trump, bilats have the feel of extended monologues.<br />\n In the military, they&rsquo;d call this asymmetrical warfare. Trump says whatever he likes, and the other leaders cannot protest in kind lest they tick off the prickly leader of the free world.<br />\n And unlike the other heads of state, Trump is unencumbered by his past pronouncements.<br />\n Tuesday morning as Trump welcomed Stoltenberg, he went after Macron for making &ldquo;a very, very nasty statement&rdquo; about NATO. (Macron called NATO brain dead in an interview published last month in The Economist.) But as a candidate, Trump called NATO &ldquo;obsolete.&rdquo; At his first NATO summit in 2017, while participating in a dedication ceremony for a memorial to 9/11 and NATO&rsquo;s mutual defense pact, he berated NATO leaders for not paying their fair share. Diplomats would call his dressing down in Brussels inappropriate.<br />\n How dare Macron do as Trump did?<br />\n Then when the two presidents were in the same room, Trump was conciliatory. The American president said that Macron and he disagreed on NATO and trade &mdash; a &ldquo;minor dispute.&rdquo; But no worries, &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;ll probably be able to work it out.&rdquo;<br />\n Which brings to mind the other problem with Trump&rsquo;s rambling exchanges with reporters. The tough-taking president is great at making brash salvos, but then he takes them back.<br />\n Wednesday when asked about the Trudeau video, Trump responded, &ldquo;Well, he&rsquo;s two-faced. And with Trudeau, he&rsquo;s a nice guy.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> SO WHICH is it? Naughty or nice? Trump&rsquo;s answers are, as he would say, two-faced. Problem: If Trump doesn&rsquo;t really mean what he says, why should others care what he says?<br />\n What is this, you may ask, a journalist who complains that Trump talks too much to the press?<br />\n No, the issue here is that Trump doesn&rsquo;t speak carefully. He&rsquo;ll say anything, and then take it back. He puts quantity over quality. If Trump didn&rsquo;t talk endlessly, methinks, he actually might speak with more precision. As it is, the longer Trump talks, the more he repeats and contradicts himself.<br />\n I&rsquo;ve given up on fact-checking everything Trump says because fact-checking would become the whole story.<br />\n On Tuesday, FactCheck.org compiled a list of Trump&rsquo;s false claims from that day. The list included Trump&rsquo;s claim that captured Islamic State fighters &ldquo;are mostly from Europe.&rdquo;<br />\n Wrong, the &ldquo;overwhelming majority&rdquo; are from Iraq and Syria. Trump inflated the amount of territory controlled by Islamic State under Obama. The U.S. trade deficit with the European Union has gone up under Trump, not down as he claimed.<br />\n Trump also said America &ldquo;never used to win&rdquo; World Trade Organization cases before he took office. Wrong again, reports FactCheck.org. The U.S. has historically won most of the cases it has brought to the WTO against other nations.<br />\n Of course what Trump does is more important than what he says. For all his bluster, Trump has prodded NATO nations to spend more on their own defense. It&rsquo;s a signal accomplishment, and it could have been the focus of many stories on the two-day NATO summit &mdash; if Trump had any message discipline.<br />\n Instead, the big takeaway is that Trump canceled a press conference because Trudeau impolitely said Trump talks too much, which everybody knows. He talks so much that he steps on his own message, even as the whole world is watching and his presidency is at stake.</p>\n<p> AFTER chiding House Democrats for holding impeachment hearings while he&rsquo;s at this big, important NATO summit, Trump huffed away from the big, important NATO summit.</p>\n', created = 1575889201, expire = 1575975601, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9029b12a9c9a348f013e98b8d4808a73' 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>FIRST LADY: December 1, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Saunders_0.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>After all the lectures from the superior folks on the left about the, well, &ldquo;deplorable&rdquo; tone of the Trump base, it has come to this: Tuesday morning, middle and high school students booed first lady Melania Trump as she spoke at the B&rsquo;More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness.</p>\n<p> RATHER than use the cringe-inducing incident as a teachable moment about civility, which is a focus of the first lady&rsquo;s &ldquo;Be Best&rdquo; anti-drug, anti-bullying campaign, progressive pundits applauded the teens&rsquo; nasty tantrum.<br />\n April Ryan of Urban Radio tweeted, &ldquo;Your husband can&rsquo;t disrespect #Baltimore &amp; its late, great leader Rep. Elijah Cummings &amp; then @FLOTUS thinks it&rsquo;s going to be all love. In order to show others how to #BeBest, Melania Trump has to convince @realDonaldTrump.&rdquo;<br />\n Tweeps typed out a new hashtag #Melaniabooed so they could share their glee at attempts to humiliate the first lady.<br />\n Progressive activist Ryan Knight crowed, &ldquo;@FLOTUS is not a victim. She got booed because she sat back in silence as her husband has betrayed our country, our constitution, and our values. She&rsquo;s earned every single one of these boos. HER SILENCE IS COMPLICITY.&rdquo;<br />\n Actor Mark Hamill came out with what he clearly considered a clever retake on the first lady&rsquo;s anti-bullying and anti-drug &ldquo;Be Best&rdquo; efforts. &ldquo;#Boobest,&rdquo; tweeted Hamill. (Alas, young Skywalker has gone to the dark side.)<br />\n &ldquo;In my years covering her, this was the first booing of @FLOTUS by a crowd at one of her solo events,&rdquo; said CNN&rsquo;s Kate Bennett, who was with the pool that covered the event.</p>\n<p> THE PRESIDENT&rsquo;S family members are civilians. Unless they make overtly partisan statements, they should be off-limits from the commander in chief&rsquo;s constant critics, who never sleep.<br />\n Melania Trump&rsquo;s &ldquo;Be Best&rdquo; campaign, to my mind, is the first lady&rsquo;s unique way of standing up to her husband&rsquo;s bullying ways. Her signature issue is an unapologetic call for more civility and less self-destruction &mdash; and that is driving progressive furies insane.<br />\n She got booed, not for scolding kids on drug use, but for telling those struggling with addiction to &ldquo;reach out for support.&rdquo; And assuring them, &ldquo;It is never too late to ask for help.&rdquo;<br />\n If teens did the same to former first lady Michelle Obama, their behavior would be called hate speech. And rightly so. Cable news anchors would share their horror at such incivility, because that&rsquo;s no way to treat a first lady.<br />\n From what I&rsquo;ve seen &mdash; and I&rsquo;ve looked &mdash; coverage about the Baltimore teens&rsquo; be-worst behavior was scant and light on lectures. For once, cable viewers could watch and wonder, &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s the outrage?&rdquo;<br />\n Their hatred toward Melania Trump is so out of control that, the day before &mdash; when President Donald Trump brought Conan, the military attack dog wounded in the fatal raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, into the Rose Garden &mdash; CNN contributor Joan Walsh tweeted that it was &ldquo;terrifying&rdquo; Trump and the first lady moved away from the canine warrior.<br />\n How dare Melania Trump not stick her head into Conan&rsquo;s mouth? For folks such as Walsh, it&rsquo;s not enough to hate Trump. You have to hate his whole family. (In what felt like a return to the 1960s, Walsh also criticized the first lady&rsquo;s coat as &ldquo;slightly macabre.&rdquo;)<br />\n The left sets up a series of rules for how you have to treat their icons &mdash; with kid gloves. Victims who made anonymous accusations didn&rsquo;t want to come forward with their decades-old charges, so even the accused should be gentle. The public doesn&rsquo;t have a right to know the whistleblower&rsquo;s identity because of the courage it took to come forward.<br />\n Melania Trump gets no such breaks.<br />\n The first lady reacted with more style than those who jeered her. In a statement after the event, she concentrated on the focus of her remarks, not the bellowing that greeted her good intentions.<br />\n &ldquo;We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their own opinion,&rdquo; she tweeted, &ldquo;but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> AT LEAST in this story, there is one woman who knows how to be best.</p>\n', created = 1575889202, expire = 1575975602, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c5d39cae573c56243f3eaa2b50efd409' 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>IMPEACHMENT: November 24, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Saunders_0.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Impeachment is a loser. That&rsquo;s the big takeaway I got covering the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.</p>\n<p> YES, impeachment gave the right the delicious thrill of tagging an ugly asterisk to Clinton&rsquo;s biography. And the proceedings showed what hypocrites Democrats were on the issue of sexual exploitation in the workplace.<br />\n But as expected, the Senate did not convict, so it changed nothing.<br />\n I recall a friend, a very partisan Democrat, who scolded me for supporting impeachment because I&rsquo;d missed something very basic about the American voter. Voters pretty much expect the most powerful man in the world to bend the rules. And they&rsquo;re not going to kick a president out of the Oval Office for flexing his muscle.<br />\n My takeaway: Think twice before you mount a high horse.<br />\n Fast-forward two decades. At Wednesday morning&rsquo;s impeachment hearing, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland posed the question about President Donald Trump&rsquo;s hold on security assistance to Ukraine.<br />\n &ldquo;Was there a &lsquo;quid pro quo?&rsquo;&rdquo; Sondland asked. Then he offered what first seemed to be a plain answer. He said, &ldquo;With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.&rdquo;<br />\n Your average voter didn&rsquo;t need to parse that confusing language to know enough to shrug. It&rsquo;s not as if Trump is the only politician to use his office for political gain.<br />\n Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Sondland wrote in an email to colleagues, wanted to time a phone call with Trump before Ukraine&rsquo;s July 21 parliamentary elections to solidify his hold on power.<br />\n When you go after the other team for misdeeds, you have to show zero tolerance for the same behavior on your side of the aisle. In 1999, Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., announced he was resigning his leadership post on the eve of his expected ascension to the speakership after pornographer Larry Flynt learned Livingston had engaged in an extramarital affair. Livingston understood that his own lesser transgression made his party look bad.<br />\n So you&rsquo;d think Democrats would distance themselves from former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Hunter was paid some $50,000 per month for his work for a well-connected Ukrainian energy company as his father was supposed to be the American voice against Kyiv&rsquo;s cashing-in culture.<br />\n Au contraire. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., praised former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker for his &ldquo;candor&rdquo; in not questioning Hunter Biden&rsquo;s sweet deal and Joe Biden&rsquo;s failure to stop it. &ldquo;Thank you for your candor about Vice President Biden&rsquo;s integrity and service,&rdquo; Welch cooed at Tuesday&rsquo;s hearing.</p>\n<p> DO BIG media hold Democrats accountable on that score? No, they are enablers of an arrangement that any working stiff can see was rotten. None of the four moderators at Wednesday night&rsquo;s Democratic debate asked Biden about his son&rsquo;s inexplicably big paydays from Burisma.<br />\n This issue is a ticking time bomb for Biden, yet more than half of Washington doesn&rsquo;t get it.<br />\n Moveon.org got its start the when Joan Blades and Wes Boyd of Berkeley launched an online petition to protest the Clinton impeachment. The idea was to recognize that Clinton misbehaved by censuring him, so that Washington could &ldquo;move on&rdquo; from the scandal and get to work on the issues that matter to American voters. Schiff won his House seat in 2000 by beating GOP Rep. Jim Rogan, who was a House impeachment manager for the Senate trial.<br />\n That was then. This is now. Today, Moveon.org has dug all in on impeachment. Forget all that nonsense about censure so that Washington can move on to the pressing issues facing the nation.<br />\n President Donald Trump is on the hot seat for starkly different behavior than Clinton&rsquo;s perjury.<br />\n Republicans who make excuses for Trump don&rsquo;t look good when they repeat the mantras about how the administration did finally release aid to Ukraine or when they cherry-pick Trump&rsquo;s quote about not wanting a quid pro quo and otherwise act is if Trump&rsquo;s behavior was perfectly appropriate. It was not.<br />\n Trump held up military aid to vulnerable ally at war with a national security rival, Russia. Trump put his petty desire to taunt his political rivals before America&rsquo;s national security interest in protecting Ukraine and thwarting Russian aggression.<br />\n But no Republican will vote to impeach because Democrats have been ruthless in their scheming to oust Trump from Day One. But let&rsquo;s not pretend Trump did nothing wrong when he asked Zelenskiy to investigate Trump&rsquo;s rivals &mdash; as disapproving national security official listened in, which was just plain dumb.</p>\n<p> EACH PARTY predicts the other side will lose, but it&rsquo;s really the American people who get the shaft. Impeachment will become a tool in the partisan warfare shed. It won&rsquo;t be used to remove a president for high crimes and misdemeanors. It will be used to nullify elections and thus make both parties less relevant.</p>\n', created = 1575889202, expire = 1575975602, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:8e678b61f2b1eb5d8733ee685a2b9c10' 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>LINDSEY GRAHAM: November 17, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Saunders_0.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was a courageous Republican when he took on rival presidential hopeful Donald Trump in 2016. Then, in 2019, Graham became a spineless specimen because he learned how to work with Trump &mdash; at least according to his detractors.</p>\n<p> I KNOW because I&rsquo;m on Twitter, where tweeps frequently hail the like-minded for their breathtaking bravery in taking a stand with which the tweeter agrees, while denouncing those with different views as quivering curs.<br />\n There&rsquo;s something called the Courage Campaign that is fighting for a more progressive politics. It issues &ldquo;courage scores&rdquo; on what&rsquo;s called &ldquo;the People&rsquo;s Report Card of California.&rdquo; Surprise: The report card pretty much awards A&rsquo;s to every progressive state lawmaker, C&rsquo;s to the rare moderate Democrat and lousy grades to conservatives.<br />\n We all know the amazing courage one must have to support liberal policies in California.<br />\n As the impeachment proceeding continues and the prospect of a Senate trial looms, the usual scolds are sharpening their dull knives and lamenting the lack of Republicans who have the backbone to support impeachment.<br />\n Do these same virtue signalers laud the pluck of Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, the two Democrats who bucked their party and voted against holding House impeachment hearings? Not so, you&rsquo;d notice.<br />\n Does anyone really believe that only two House Democrats think impeachment is a bad idea &mdash; even though it&rsquo;s almost assured that the GOP Senate will not convict?<br />\n I should hope that having seen what happened after Bill Clinton&rsquo;s impeachment &mdash; Clinton&rsquo;s poll numbers remained high, the Senate did not convict, and Democrats gained five seats &mdash; there are more than two House Democrats who see impeachment as a losing proposition.</p>\n<p> FIGURE the rest are true believers who want to punish Trump for doing wrong, or they&rsquo;re realists who understand that in 2019, few voters want nuance.<br />\n During the 2016 primary, Graham was a sharp Trump critic. And he didn&rsquo;t vote for Trump in November. For that reason, never-Trumpers are sorely disappointed that he found a way to work with Trump, even to tee off with him at a Trump property.<br />\n They apparently think it&rsquo;s nobler to sulk in a corner, call POTUS names and not listen to the voters who put him in the Oval Office.<br />\n But as Graham told the New York Times Magazine, &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t want to get reelected, you&rsquo;re in the wrong business.&rdquo;<br />\n For the record, I think it was wrong &mdash; inexcusable &mdash; for Trump to suggest that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy look for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who somehow made some $50,000 a month working for a well-connected Ukrainian energy company.<br />\n I also don&rsquo;t think the former veep should have styled himself as the American enforcer ready to take on Kyiv corruption while his son was living large Kyiv-style.<br />\n But after 2 1/2 years watching the left bet it all on a Russian scandal that never paid off, I&rsquo;m all for leaving Trump&rsquo;s fate to the voters in 2020.<br />\n Graham probably saw his finest moment last year when he challenged Senate Democrats&rsquo; effort to sink Brett Kavanaugh&rsquo;s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by sliming the new justice&rsquo;s reputation with unsubstantiated accusations that went back to his high school years. It was a dark moment, as Democrats forgot the very basic American tenet that the burden of proof is on the accuser, not the accused.</p>\n<p> IT DIDN&rsquo;T take courage for Graham to change the atmosphere in the Senate that day. He&rsquo;d just had enough.<br />\n And he&rsquo;s not alone.</p>\n', created = 1575889202, expire = 1575975602, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:8354cdd145f0db4520ffee8009da29ab' 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>MEDIA BIAS: November 10, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Saunders_0.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>It&rsquo;s so precious watching big-name journalists speak of the sanctity of the anonymity of the Ukrainian phone call whistleblower.<br />\n They say they&rsquo;re concerned that publishing the whistleblower&rsquo;s name will discourage other whistleblowers from coming forward. Funny, they didn&rsquo;t seem to care in 2010 when, thanks to WikiLeaks, diplomatic emails were splayed across front pages and national security officials complained that the leaks hindered their work and spooked worthy allies.<br />\n If there&rsquo;s one group that big media will support, it&rsquo;s anonymous sources who discredit President Donald Trump. Notice how they want to protect a source&rsquo;s privacy until it becomes a disposable tool to a political end.<br />\n Like Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford was a reluctant witness against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Her privacy was sacrosanct and vulnerability unassailable -- right up until the moment her testimony was needed to destroy Kavanaugh&rsquo;s reputation.<br />\n The whistleblower? If House Democrats had needed Whatshisname&rsquo;s identity to bury Trump in the Ukraine affair, you know they&rsquo;d have thrown his cloak under the bus in a heartbeat -- &ldquo;for the good of the country.&rdquo;<br />\n But Trump made unmasking the whistleblower unnecessary when he released a rough transcript of a July 25 phone conversation during which the president suggested that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Hunter was paid the princely sum of about $50,000 a month for his association with a Ukrainian energy company.<br />\n And so big media outlets keep running stories about the ethics of unmasking the whistleblower rather than unmasking the whistleblower. A profession that prides itself on delivering information to the public without fear or favor is sitting on its hands.<br />\n And they&rsquo;re having these debates as Whatshisname&rsquo;s name is all over social media.<br />\n A network or major newspaper with a national security team should have been able to get his name weeks ago. The New York Times was the first paper to report that the whistleblower was a CIA officer who had been detailed inside the White House, but the Times left out his name. It&rsquo;s as if the Gray Lady didn&rsquo;t want to know because it wasn&rsquo;t fit to print.<br />\n RealClearInvestigations provided a name and information about the mystery man&rsquo;s political affiliation (Democrat) and career (he worked in the Obama administration).<br />\n Why am I not reporting it? Your humble correspondent lacks the national security sources to corroborate the rumors, and I can&rsquo;t verify the name or information in the story.<br />\n Also, I&rsquo;d caution against jumping to conclusions because of Whatshisname&rsquo;s party registration or work in a Democratic administration. That&rsquo;s what happens when you vote and work in government.</p>\n<p> BUT IF this guy left the White House mid-2017 because he was &ldquo;accused of working against Trump and leaking against Trump,&rdquo; as RealClearInvestigations&rsquo; Paul Sperry reported, then there&rsquo;s a two-year gap between his service in the administration and the July 25 phone call in question.<br />\n I called a former intelligence official whom I respect to discuss the controversy over the whistleblower&rsquo;s identity. He (yes, he) said it doesn&rsquo;t matter who the whistleblower is because the transcript corroborated the gist of the whistleblower&rsquo;s complaint. That&rsquo;s what matters to the official. And by the way, he could have leaked this information to the press but instead rightly went through official channels.<br />\n What matters, he said, is that Trump tried to pressure the leader of a vulnerable ally to do his campaign&rsquo;s opposition research, and that should trouble everyone. It troubles me.<br />\n That&rsquo;s the message we keep hearing from the intelligence community and impeachment enforcers: Don&rsquo;t look at the investigators. There&rsquo;s nothing to see here.<br />\n Personally, I&rsquo;ve had enough of being told that it would be wrong to investigate the investigators, who were duty-bound to follow up on information linking the 2016 Trump campaign to the Kremlin.<br />\n Because I still don&rsquo;t know why special counsel Robert Mueller&rsquo;s probe didn&rsquo;t end sooner when G-men should have figured out that there was no coordination between Moscow and Trump Tower. (Yes, there was one meeting in 2016, but there was no follow-up.)<br />\n I want to know how many -- if any -- FBI and intelligence officials were aware of the origins of a so-called dossier written by a former British intelligence officer and funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s campaign. And I want to know if there was some sort of in-house cabal just waiting for Trump to screw up so they could toss him.<br />\n I don&rsquo;t like Trump pushing another world leader to help his campaign one bit. But if there were a number of aides who were waiting for Trump to screw up and it actually took more than two years to come up with a truly compromising story, I have to say, I&rsquo;m pleasantly surprised.</p>\n<p> AND ONE other thing: If the whistleblower had ratted out President Barack Obama, who thinks big journalism would care about the whistleblower&rsquo;s privacy?</p>\n', created = 1575889202, expire = 1575975602, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:96a432e3883d426b8024dd195e4e9b7f' 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>KAMALA HARRIS: November 3, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Saunders_0.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Maybe because she&rsquo;s from San Francisco, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris believes she has license to police the speech of partisans on the right.</p>\n<p> LAST MONTH, she wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey suggesting that Twitter suspend President Donald Trump&rsquo;s account because, among other sins, Trump called the Ukraine whistleblower a &ldquo;spy&rdquo; &mdash; a linguistic offense that served as one of many &ldquo;blatant threats&rdquo; that violate Twitter&rsquo;s user agreement.<br />\n Believe me, nothing would make me happier than an end to Trump&rsquo;s incessant tweeting, but it&rsquo;s scary that Harris believes that censoriousness &mdash; no matter how ridiculous her focus &mdash; could win her the Democratic 2020 primary.<br />\n But wait! There&rsquo;s more. After the Bipartisan Justice Center gave Trump its annual justice award for ushering through Congress and signing the First Step Act &mdash; a groundbreaking measure that upended a throw-away-the-key sentencing system that put too many nonviolent drug offenders in prison for decades, even life &mdash; Harris announced that she would boycott a Benedict College forum for Democratic hopefuls on Oct. 26.<br />\n Instead, Harris said she would attend an alternative event at a Columbia, South Carolina, venue and skip the forum at the historically black college.<br />\n This is how the only candidate to graduate from a historically black college treated her own team to further her ambition. It didn&rsquo;t matter that the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center gave her the same award in 2016. (The &ldquo;20/20&rdquo; part, by the way, refers to the group&rsquo;s founders, 20 black Democrats and 20 black Republicans.)<br />\n In this shameless election year, Harris was awarded for her small-minded stunt.<br />\n After Trump accepted the award and addressed a cherry-picked audience with barely any Benedict College students, the college took control of the event away from the 20/20 group that invited Trump.<br />\n After successfully intimidating reformers who wanted to recognize Trump&rsquo;s achievement, Harris deigned to participate in the event.<br />\n In a fundraising pitch to supporters, Harris explained her thinking. She told potential donors that she was protesting an award for Trump&rsquo;s &ldquo;work&rdquo; &mdash; her quotes on the criminal justice reform measure &mdash; and the White House&rsquo;s actions to exclude most students from attending and asking Trump questions.<br />\n &ldquo;I withdrew from the forum because I refuse to paper over Trump&rsquo;s abysmal record on criminal justice,&rdquo; Harris wrote.<br />\n Yes, as a publicity-seeking businessman and presidential candidate, Trump&rsquo;s rhetoric on crime and punishment was harsh. Notably, Trump supported the death penalty for the &ldquo;Central Park Five&rdquo; &mdash; five black and Hispanic youths who were convicted of raping a Central Park jogger but whose convictions were overturned.</p>\n<p> THERE&rsquo;S NO denying that Trump&rsquo;s dialogue is frequently racially insensitive. In July, for example, before Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., passed away, Trump offended many African Americans when he tweeted that Cummings&rsquo; district was &ldquo;a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess&rdquo; where no human being would want to live. Such rhetoric is likely to thwart Trump&rsquo;s attempts to boost the African American vote for the GOP.<br />\n Nonetheless, Trump&rsquo;s record on reforming a war-on-drugs sentencing system that overincarcerated African Americans is an amazing achievement. Trump prodded Republicans to join Democrats to pass the First Step Act &mdash; in both the GOP-led Senate and the House &mdash; last year. The measure, which Trump signed in December, led to the early release of some 3,100 inmates from federal custody, the New York Times reported back in July.<br />\n That&rsquo;s Trump&rsquo;s record. It&rsquo;s not shabby.<br />\n News reports described Trump&rsquo;s Benedict College speech as a campaignlike event, with attendees shouting, &ldquo;four more years!&rdquo; and the candidate repeating his 2020 slogan, &ldquo;Keep America Great.&rdquo;<br />\n But the event also gave a platform to former federal inmates, including Alice Marie Johnson, whose sentence Trump commuted, and Jerome Brown, who is now a master barber. By Harris&rsquo; logic, I suppose, they, too, should have boycotted the event.<br />\n At Columbia, Trump shared that he wasn&rsquo;t sure if passing the First Step Act was good politics. But he offered, &ldquo;The more people I spoke with, the more clear it became that the system could be deeply unfair, contributing to a tragic cycle of poverty and crime and incarceration.&rdquo; Isn&rsquo;t that the kind of thinking Democrats should applaud?<br />\n Jon Ponder, a former bank robber who founded Hope for Prisoners in Las Vegas, worked with the White House on the First Step Act. &ldquo;I did it because it was the right thing to do,&rdquo; Ponder told me. &ldquo;When I had conversations inside the White House early on, they were talking about all the right things.&rdquo;<br />\n He added: &ldquo;I have not heard one inmate say, &lsquo;I want a Democrat or a Republican,&rsquo; because they don&rsquo;t care about partisan politics. All they care about is if you care about prison reform or prison reentry.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HARRIS certainly cares. She has put herself at the head of the pack of Democrats who shame reformers for putting positive change before faceless gridlock. She could have showed up at Benedict College the day after Trump&rsquo;s speech and hit the bombastic executive for things he has said and done. Instead, she chose to punish like-minded people who chose to applaud his work to combat overincarceration. How dare they!</p>\n', created = 1575889202, expire = 1575975602, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c52f476f2383a701ac2c7be681b6156e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Debra J. Saunders

12/09/2019 - 12:39am
NATO: December 8, 2019 On Wednesday, President Donald Trump abruptly left a NATO summit near London and canceled a scheduled press conference after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught on camera amusing fellow big shots as he marveled at Trump’s long-winded sessions with the press. Trump exhibited a classic case of being able to dish it out but not take it. FOREIGN policy...
12/01/2019 - 8:51pm
FIRST LADY: December 1, 2019 After all the lectures from the superior folks on the left about the, well, “deplorable” tone of the Trump base, it has come to this: Tuesday morning, middle and high school students booed first lady Melania Trump as she spoke at the B’More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness. RATHER than use the...
11/26/2019 - 9:23pm
IMPEACHMENT: November 24, 2019 Impeachment is a loser. That’s the big takeaway I got covering the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. YES, impeachment gave the right the delicious thrill of tagging an ugly asterisk to Clinton’s biography. And the proceedings showed what hypocrites Democrats were on the issue of sexual exploitation...
11/19/2019 - 9:32pm
LINDSEY GRAHAM: November 17, 2019 Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was a courageous Republican when he took on rival presidential hopeful Donald Trump in 2016. Then, in 2019, Graham became a spineless specimen because he learned how to work with Trump — at least according to his detractors. I KNOW because I’m on Twitter, where tweeps...
11/11/2019 - 11:47pm
MEDIA BIAS: November 10, 2019 It’s so precious watching big-name journalists speak of the sanctity of the anonymity of the Ukrainian phone call whistleblower. They say they’re concerned that publishing the whistleblower’s name will discourage other whistleblowers from coming forward. Funny, they didn’t seem to care in...
11/03/2019 - 8:36pm
KAMALA HARRIS: November 3, 2019 Maybe because she’s from San Francisco, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris believes she has license to police the speech of partisans on the right. LAST MONTH, she wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey suggesting that Twitter suspend President Donald Trump’s account because, among other sins, Trump called the...
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