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Speaker Johnson: "The Appropriations Process Is Ugly, Democracy Is Ugly"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 15:57
House Speaker Mike Johnson discusses "new innovations" in the appropriations process. "We've been working on separate, individual appropriations bills. 12 appropriations bills," Johnson said. "What we're doing is by having the laddered CR approach, that we will have separate tranches of bills instead of one big omnibus that no one can read or understand or process." "If I did it the way Pelosi did, we'd just drop that bill and vote on it in hours," he said. "The remaining six appropriations bills will be finalized at the March 22 deadline."

Ron Johnson: Senate Republicans Have Been "Rudderless" Under McConnell, We Don't Have A Goal Or A Mission

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 15:22
Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson reacts to reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to retire at the end of the year, Thursday morning on News/Talk 1130 WISN's Jay Weber Show. JAY WEBER: You are among a handful of younger, more Tea Party-minded senators who've tried a couple of different times to oust Mitch McConnell from this leadership role. So how did you view this announcement yesterday? What's your take on it? SEN. RON JOHNSON: I was surprised, I didn't see it coming. Obviously, I believe in the effort started this Congress to elect a new leader, I've had my disagreements with Mitch. To be gracious though, I think his supreme moment in leadership was after the tragic death of Justice Scalia, he immediately came out and said, "Look, let's let the American people decide, we're in an election year, that's the right course." That was the right call and as a result, we got a conservative Supreme Court. I think that was his best moment in leadership. But I think this gives us an opportunity. What I am trying to do is lead an effort right now to start the process of having the conference take a look at what is our function. What should our mission statement be? What are our goals? I think that's the biggest disappointment in terms of McConnell's leadership is nobody really knew. I think our conference was really pretty rudderless. Coming from the private sector, I understand the value of vision and mission statements for an organization. You know, establishing goals and letting everybody in the organization know what their role is in achieving those goals. That's not how Congress operates, it's not how our conference operates. I think we need to operate more like a functioning, private-sector organization than this dysfunction we're seeing in Congress right now. ... JAY WEBER: I'm not going to ask you to name names today, but would you be okay with one of the Johns [Barassoo and Thune] getting it, that would be the men that are in Mitch's leadership team, or would you like to see sort of younger, newer blood here atop this caucus? SEN. RON JOHNSON: Yeah, I want to go through the process. I think leaders will emerge. Obviously, I backed Rick Scott when we challenged McConnell because Rick was willing to serve as leader. Plus Rick comes from the business sector, he led the largest hospital corporation in America. So, he approaches things the way I do from a businessman's perspective, he's on board with us developing a mission statement. Maybe other people emerge that can get support from the conference too. So in the end it's going to be the 49 senators who choose their leader, and I'm just going to try and drive a process that no matter who the leader is they embrace this mission statement, embrace goals, and will lead in a more collaborative way so that the conference knows what the direction is, so that we're not rudderless. We know exactly what we're about and what our rules need to be in trying to achieve them.

Maddow: When Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Trump, Trump Will Never Leave Office

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 15:09
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explained the danger of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Donald Trump: RACHEL MADDOW: If you think about the court as the Supreme Court of the United States and a rational actor, and a decent one, that was a reasonable and it turns out they are not that... The important question here is not whether the Supreme Court is going to decide that Donald Trump and all presidents are immune from prosecutions for crimes they committed while they were president. It would be fully insane for them to side with Trump. The conclusion that we can arrive at now, without having to wait for the ruling, is that they are insuring Trump will not face trial. When they inevitably rule that presidents aren't immune from prosecution after they leave office, what that will tell Donald Trump if by then he is president, is that he can never leave the office of the presidency. If he is voted out in 2028, he cannot leave office and he is welcome to commit any crimes he wants to, as long as he is still president, in order to ignore the result of that election and stay in power for life, because otherwise he's gonna go to prison when he gets out.

FLASHBACK, 2021: DHS Secretary Mayorkas Brags About Rescinding "Too Many Trump Immigration Policies To List"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 14:43
During a September 2021 interview with MSNBC's Nicole Wallace, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas bragged that the Biden administration had, "rescinded so many Trump immigration policies, it would take so much time to list them!" According to CBP, he number of illegal immigrants in the country has roughly doubled since President Biden took office.

Rep. Raskin: "People Need To Be Engaged And Aroused" To Demand Justice On Trump Immunity Claim Case

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 03:53
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) in an interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Thursday reacted to news that the Supreme Court is to hear arguments over former President Donald Trump's presidential immunity claim. COOPER: But they're certainly on the Court don't necessarily I mean, Clarence Thomas's wife was involved in the so-called Stop The Steal rallies REP. RASKIN: Well, there is that problem and we've seen this Court follow Trump's bidding in dismantling Roe versus Wade and a half-century of privacy jurisprudence in order to dismantle abortion rights. So obviously we can't put all of our hopes in the Supreme Court. The people need to be engaged and aroused at this point to demand that there'll be justice, but also to be organizing for the election. Everybody needs to be vigilant.

Rubio: Biden Has To Answer For Illegal Immigrant Charged With Murder Of Georgia Student

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 03:27
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday told FOX News host Sean Hannity that President Joe Biden needs to answer for the illegal immigrant charged with the murder of a Georgia college student. SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: Now, we will be at the border with President Trump on Thursday. His policies actually worked. Here with reaction, Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Senator, all my apologies for moving to your state. You're now officially my senator, but I will take you over Chuck Schumer any day of the week and the people have been nothing but warm, gracious and welcoming to me. It's great to finally make the choice to move down here and I'm glad to be here. I love the state of Florida. Let's get your reaction of Biden finally showing up at the border. SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL): Well, 6.2 million people later, that's what's happened in the last three years since he's taken over. There's 6.2 million people in this country illegally that he released. And so, you take 6.2 million people from anywhere on the planet or anywhere and you put them and some percentage of them are going to be criminals we're seeing that now. In particular, we're seeing members of a vicious gang that left Venezuela and they were terrorizing people in Peru. They were terrorizing people in Colombia. They were terrorizing people in Ecuador, and now they've started to make their way into the United States. And just the last week, just today, it was announced that a migrant here illegally released by Biden has been -- has sex charges filed against them and the victim is 14 years old. You've highlighted this horrible murder in Georgia. You've seen the crime on the streets of New York and in Chicago, and it's only going to get worse. These people aren't committing crimes because they're migrants. They're committing crimes because they're criminals, and when and they're just allowing them to release them right into the country and then sometimes, they're interacting with law enforcement. Like in the case of the murderer in Georgia, he was actually arrested in New York, and they released him. They let him go. There was a bench worn out for him at the time of this murder. So the president has to answer for all of this. And the fix -- the way he fixes this is by reinstalling the Trump policies that enforce the law, but he won't do it because it would require him to admit that Trump was right. And so, we're going to continue with this mess and God forbid Joe Biden is reelected, four more years of this, we're going to have 10, 15 million people released into this country. This is not immigration. We got to stop calling it immigration. It's not immigration. This is a mass migration. This is an invasion of the country. No other country in the world would tolerate it, and we are paying the price for it right now, in real time, with real American victims. HANNITY: And we saw this -- again, we saw this with this young nursing student in Georgia. I can only imagine how this girl's family feels. You don't ever recover from something like that but there's an even greater danger. I mean, you -- we've been chronicling all of the people coming from countries like Iran, number one state sponsor of terror, their satellite, Syria, Egypt, the home of the Muslim Brotherhood, Afghanistan, home of al Qaeda, our number one, number two geopolitical foe, China, Russia, we have tens and tens of thousands. You don't have to be a rocket scientist, Senator, to figure out that not all of them are coming from these hostile regimes because they want a better life for themselves and their family. You have to assume that among the nearly 10 million when you add in all the gotaways, et cetera, you've got to assume that many of them are not being vetted are part of -- have radical associations and they are in this country. And I would argue terrorist cells are being formed and have been formed and they're plotting and planning and scheming what could be a 9/11 or worse. I'd like to think that I'm wrong, but I know in my heart I am not wrong, and we're going to wake up one morning and we're going to realize that this president's policies have resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans. How do we stop that? How do we find these people, vet them and deport them? RUBIO: The problem is you can't vet them, because it's not these people are coming in some cases, they're coming with fake documents. In other cases, these documents are produced in countries that will sell you a fake document without your real identity. That's the fundamental problem when you allow people to come in like this. You're absolutely right. Look, I don't I don't need to disclose anything to tell you, common sense tells you this -- ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, all have desires to -- I mean, we know that the Iranians are trying to assassinate former leaders in the Trump administration in this country right now, every one of them is aware that the largest migratory smuggling operation in the history of the world is operating right on the border of the United States. It's allowed 6 million people in. These people are aware of that and they are aware that if they send somebody here with a fake document or with a document with a wrong name on it because they bought some passport somewhere in the western hemisphere, they're going to be able to get into the country and stay. And that -- and the -- you're absolutely right. Something terrible is going to happen. It's just a matter of time now. I hope that I'm wrong. I really truly do for the sake of our country, but you can't let in six what be in by the end of this year probably 10 million people or 9 million people into the country and not expect that among them, there aren't going to be lots of criminals and lots of terrorists unfortunately. And that's what we're facing and that's why you can't have mass migration. HANNITY: And the worst part of all of it was three years, Joe, the vice president, Alejandro Mayorkas, Karine Jean-Pierre, Jen Psaki, oh, the border is secure, the border is closed, they flat out were lying to the American people and we were showing the images, proving that they're lying and they kept up that charade, only now that it's a political issue in a -- in an election year, oh, Joe will make the trip down to the border. It is meaningless because that these are not the policies he really supports. If he wanted a secure border, he could have brought back the policies that he got rid of in the first days when he was in office with the stroke of a pen. He doesn't need the help of Congress. He can reinstitute the policies that Trump had that were working. He won't do it, will he? RUBIO: He won't because he has a radical base on his party that believes in open borders, and that believes it's inhumane to return anybody back. He has turned the exceptions of all laws into the rule, and the result is 6.2 million people and climbing every single day, and we're heading in a bad direction, something bad is going to happen. It really is and it's unfortunate and it'll be Joe Biden's fault. HANNITY: And let me tell you, they have blood on their hands. Let's just be -- let's say it, let's call it for what it is. They have blood on their hands. This is beyond a dereliction of duty. They've been aiding and abetting and the lawbreaking and facilitating the law breaking the entire time. It's unconscionable.

Comer: We Still Don't Know What The Bidens Did To Earn $30 Million From Our Enemies, "Bank Records Don't Lie"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 02:44
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) on Wednesday commented on the Hunter Biden closed-door hearing in an interview with FOX News host Sean Hannity. Comer said the impeachment inquiry is moving into its "next phase," which will include Hunter Biden testifying publicly during an open hearing. REP. COMER: I thought it was a very good deposition for us. We were able to confirm a lot of the wrongdoings through Hunter Biden's testimony. There are many financial crimes that we believe that were committed by the Biden family. Hunter was asked about specific transactions with specific LLCs that many of whom I have referred to as shell companies. We got his answer on the record. We're going to go back and verify many of those things. What we also learned today, Sean, is that a lot of what Hunter said was contradictory to what at least three of his former associates said. So, I think the next phase is to bring Hunter in for a public hearing and hear from the other Biden associates, and let's determine who the American people think are telling the truth. Because we've got the bank records. The bank records don't lie. We know the Bidens have taken in tens of millions from our adversaries from around the world and we still don't know after all of these depositions, after all the hours of testimony from the Biden family exactly what the Biden family did to earn the $30 million from our enemies around the world.

Phil Wegmann: Trump Did One Rally In Michigan And Won 70% In The Primary

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 02:21
RCP reporter Phil Wegmann weighs in on Donald Trump's Michigan primary victory and Nikki Haley's chances going forward during Wednesday's edition of the new RealClearPolitics show on Sirius XM: (Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. EST on P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124) PHIL WEGMANN, REALCLEARPOLITICS: There's an incentive for Haley to stay in the race, in that perhaps she could rack up some delegates and then for some concessions on policy. But before the show, I just got off the phone with Michigan State Rep. Mark Tisdale, he was on Nikki Haley's leadership team there in Michigan and he noted that Haley had only spent two days in the state, that this was not necessarily a priority for her. But then again, Donald Trump held one rally in Michigan, just one and he got 70% of the vote. This is as close to a groundswell grassroots victory as I think we're gonna see. And frankly, some of Haley's supporters are coming to this conclusion that not only is Trump inevitable but that there may not be a purpose for Haley to stay in the race. For instance, when talking to Tisdale, he said that, you know, perhaps Donald Trump steps on a landmine perhaps he gets struck He's won six contests straight. And remember the closest she got to Donald Trump was 11 points and that was in New Hampshire. I'm not certain now, as we move out of the retail politics phase of this race, and it becomes much more of a mass media race that favors a celebrity candidate like Trump, you know, that she can catch up or, you know, make an argument that it's competitive. CARL CANNON, REALCLEARPOLTICS: Phil if he stepped on a land mine, these MAGA Republicans would just, just add "Junior" to the end of the ballot for Donald Trump and the son would win. He'd probably beat Haley at this point. WEGMANN: Donald Trump Junior is perhaps the most talented retail politician not running for the Republican nomination. Crowds love the guy.

David Schoen on Illinois Trump Decision: "Why Are They Afraid Of The Ballot?"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 02:14
Former Trump impeachment attorney David Schoen reacted to Cook County Judge Tracie Porter's likely decision to kick former President Donald Trump from Illinois' March 19th primary ballot. INGRAHAM: Tracie Porter, a Democrat appointee, joined the bench in 2021, very, very liberal. Cook County is known for these judges. David, 31 states in total now have sued to kick the former president off the ballot. Again, I want to repeat to everybody, as the Democrats are claiming, they're running Joe Biden for reelection to protect democracy. They have to defeat Trump to protect democracy? All three have been successful: Maine, Colorado, and now Illinois. How is this democracy? DAVID SHOEN: It is not democracy. It is anti-democratic as it gets. They are going to get slammed by the Supreme Court. Illinois has been, and especially Cook County, has long been heavy-handed with ballot access. I had to go into the federal district court there to challenge the constitutionality of ballot access. In another heavy-handed movement, they slammed, they were so adamant about it that when I went to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, they sent six lawyers in to argue against me and they lost again. They are going to lose this time. It's horrible. It sends a terrible message to the American people. Why are they afraid of the ballot? That ballot is what really makes this country work.

Carl Cannon: McConnell Epitomizes The Washington Insider, Served As "Stand-In For The Swamp"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 01:52
RCP Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon and White House correspondent Philip Wegmann discuss the legacy of Mitch McConnell, who announced today that he plans to step down as Senate Republican leader at the end of the year, with RCP co-founder Tom Bevan on Wednesday's edition of the new RealClearPolitics show on Sirius XM: (Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. EST on P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124) "He's 82 now, he said," Carl Cannon reported about McConnell's surprise announcement Wednesday. "When he got there, Ronald Reagan didn't know his name." "He will be remembered as a guy who helped Donald Trump get the Supreme Court he wanted... who pulled out all the stops. He'll be remembered as the guy who warned Harry Reid not to use the 'nuclear option' on the filibuster," Cannon said. "He'll be remembered as a guy who was able to negotiate with Joe Biden when Barack Obama was caught between House Republicans and his own base, McConnell was able to do a deal with Joe Biden and avoid government shutdowns. As an institutional man who believed in the Senate, he believed in the party, but believed in the Senate." "But the Republican Party has moved on. He certainly didn't say this, but I got the feeling he didn't want to be there if Donald Trump is coming back as president," Cannon said. RCP co-founder Tom Bevan added: "At RealClearPolitics, one of the things we do is aggregate polling data across a whole series of metrics, one of which is the favorability rating of U.S. political leaders... Mitch McConnell has the lowest approval rating, by far. It's not even close. He has a negative 38.7 net unfavorable rating, which is two or three times lower than any other candidate or political leader that is asked about by pollsters. How did he fall out of favor so rapidly with rank-and-file members of the Republican Party, Carl?" "He epitomizes Washington, he's a Washington insider," Carl Cannon replied. "He makes no bones about it, he loves the Senate, he's an institutional man. But he's in that rare sweet spot in politics where the opposition party hates him because he's effective, and the ideological right-wing base of the Republican Party hates him too, so you can see how you get to a 70% negative approval rating. But he was very effective." "He became the stand-in for the swamp, I don't think that's really fair but he didn't complain about it so I won't complain about it on his behalf."

RCP's New Sirius XM Show: Mitch McConnell Will Step Down, Aftermath Of Michigan Primaries, Why The Arizona Senate Race Matters

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 01:20
Listen to Wednesday's edition of the new RealClearPolitics show on SiriusXM (Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. EST on P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124) hosted by Andrew Walworth with co-hosts Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon. Tonight's guests include RCP White House correspondent Philip Wegmann, A.B. Stoddard from The Bulwark, and Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution. Topics for Wednesday's show include news breaking today that Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell will retire at the end of the year, last night's Michigan primary wins for President Biden and Donald Trump, A.B. Stoddard's recent piece in The Bulwark on the Arizona Senate race, and a recent piece in RCP from Peter Berkowitz on the Israel-Hamas War.

Michael Shellenberger: Biased AI Chatbot Giving Google The Attention They Deserve On Censorship

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 01:03
Michael Shellenberger on Wednesday told FOX Business that Google's new AI chatbot program Gemini gives no sense of a choice in the information it delivers. SEAN DUFFY, FOX NEWS: While Apple is entering into the AI space, another tech joint scrutiny for what they're planning to use it for. Our next guest has been writing extensively on the dangers of political bias embedded into Google's foray into artificial intelligence. Michael Shellenberger is the author on Substack and he joins us now. Tell us what you've learned because when we see these images coming out, they are very clearly biased and you've got Sundar Pichai apologizing, 'Oh, no, no. Don't worry. We're going to go back and we're going to fix it.' But at the end of the day, that's exactly how they intended it to be. MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER: Yeah, that's right. It's great to be with you Jackie and Sean. Our reporting revealed that really we shouldn't be surprised that Google has been pushing this what is frankly a racist woke agenda since at least 2017, and really 2016 I should say. A few days after the 2016 election, you had Google executives crying over the election of Trump, the current CEO who was CEO at the time, Sundar Pichai, said that they were going to use A.I. in order to deal with this problem of misinformation. So he says so in 2016. In 2017, he famously fired a Google engineer who read the memo, debunking a lot of the misinformation around DEI policies, meaning these effectively discriminatory policies that the company had in place and that people have exposed elsewhere and you see this whole idea that somehow A.I. on his own -- there was some wrong with the machines, that's the problem now. He's sort of suggesting it wasn't an employee problem. This just comes right out of Google's hyper-woke culture. 90% of donations from Google employees go to Democrats. Google actually got the vote out for Hillary Clinton 2016. Former CEO Eric Schmidt helped Hillary Clinton. It is a completely Democratic-party controlled company and that is a huge problem because, not everybody's a Democrat and you need the search platforms and AI platforms to be politically neutral, not so biased. DUFFY: We've seen in the Google searches if you put in anything political every left-wing rag will put up and you have to get to page 6 before you can get to any conservative publication. A lot of us don't know how A.I. is going to impact our lives. What is the danger of a politicized A.I. as we look into the future? SHELLENBERGER: Well to some extent I have to say I am kind of happy this has occurred because Google has sort of got in a pass in its bias and censorship compared to Facebook and Twitter including folks like myself have really not given the scrutiny to Google that it deserves, in part I think the search results seem sort of natural. But when you get this A.I. chatbot, this Gemini chatbot where you ask it questions, the bias just comes right out. It's not sort of a ranking. There's no sense in that you have a choice of the different information to be choosing from. So in some ways I am so of glad it hasn't because it reminded us of how biased the search results are, but yes, to your point the real risk is that people are going to think that the Google results or the A.I. results reflect some accurate picture of reality as thought it was just sort of generally serving the landscape. Not at all. These are programs. They are programmed by human beings with clear political and partisan ideological biases. So I think we need to hold the public to be aware of the ways in which Google has been biased and I think we give a lot of federal contracts, huge federal contracts to Google. It has to make a pledge to be nonpartisan, not political in order for it to continue to get taxpayer money.

Mollie Hemingway: Americans Are Frustrated Leaders Like McConnell Think Ukraine Is More Important Than The Border

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 00:31
The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway on Wednesday's 'Special Report' reacted to news that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will step down as the Senate Minority Leader in November. MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: He is beloved by Washington, D.C. by people in both parties. But he is actually the least popular politician in America. He is underwater by something like 40 points with Americans outside of Washington, D.C. That's more than twice where Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are. And I think yesterday is a good example of why. Hugh is absolutely right. He has had some great successes on free speech and judges. But, yesterday, when they had the meeting with the big four members in the House and the Senate, it was reported that Mitch McConnell told Speaker Johnson to stop talking about the border and to focus on Ukraine funding. And that is an important policy priority for Mitch McConnell and a lot of people in D.C. but Americans actually think that the border is far more important and they are very frustrated that the people that they want to be their leaders in Washington such as Mitch McConnell are so silent on that or the lawfare against President Trump. He hasn't been a good spokesperson for Republican voters and that's caused a lot of frustration.

Howard Dean: Biden Could Beat The Daylights Out Of Trump In A Pushup Contest

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 22:38
Former DNC chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday said President Biden would crush former President Donald Trump in a pushup contest. Dean also said Trump has "rigged" the primary election so that only he can get enough delegates to win. HOWARD DEAN: Trump is incapable of not running, though. He will not do what Johnson did. Trump is tied up in running. Trump lives off attention. So for him it almost doesn't matter whether he wins or loses as long as he's the center of attention. That is not true of Lyndon Johnson and wasn't true of Dick Nixon. So it's a very different situation. Trump will gladly bring the Republican party, and for that matter, the United States down with him as long as he's the center of attention. That's his illness... Trump is more or less fixed the nomination. If you look at the primaries that are going on, the one tomorrow, for example, most of the delegates are already going to be decided by a convention which Trump has stacked. I think there's going to be like 16% of the delegates get assigned by the voters tomorrow. And the rest is inside baseball. He did exactly the same thing in the other states he's run in. He's rigged the election essentially, so only he can get enough delegates to win. Haley's hope has to be that she can present herself well as an alternative to Trump so that the convention can accept her should either Trump have a health problem which he's likely as Biden to have if not more. I bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a pushup contest, for example, and Trump knows it too. However, if it was a cheeseburger eating contest, it might turn out differently. But it's a very different situation. You have a guy here who I think is unstable and requires attention. So he can't let go of this. There's going to be no resignation, there's going to be no 'I will not seek and I will not accept.' He's in it for the long run because he has to be for his psychological impairment.

Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Having The Greatest Political Comeback Since Nixon

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 21:48
Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the 2024 presidential election with FOX News host Laura Ingraham on 'The Ingraham Angle.' LAURA INGRAHAM: Joining me now, Chris Bedford, senior contributor at The Federalist. And Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Victor, we're seeing a lot of division on the left. Obviously, there's division on the right as well. But just how big of a problem is this going to be for the Biden campaign as reality begins to set in as they get closer to the general? VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, HOOVER INSTITUTION SENIOR FELLOW: Yeah, I think we're getting to a point of no return, Laura, with the corruption issue, the cognitive issue, and the unpopularity and disaster of his agenda, and now this defection within the Democratic Party. It's more of a question of not if they're going to try to remove him, but when and how, and I don't think they have the answers to either one. It's really the most remarkable meltdown of a president we've seen in our modern era, and it's juxtaposed with probably the greatest political recovery of Donald Trump since Richard Nixon in 1962. And Donald Trump, the more they try to demonize and incarcerate him or use lawfare against him, the more popular he becomes. So, it's bizarre how things have just flipped since 2021. It's remarkable. I think they're in a dilemma and they don't -- they know what they have to do, but they don't know how to do it and when to do it... HANSON: I'm very worried too. I think if you look at every demographic, Trump is doing much better than he did in 2016 and 2020, especially he's up to maybe 18 percent of blacks, and 42 or 3 percent of Latinos. But if you have these swing states that have gone from 35 percent mail-in balloting to 70 percent, and the rejection rate of invalid ballots has fallen from 4 to 5 percent, traditionally, down to 0.2 or 0.3 when they're flooded with them, then you've got a real problem that I think that they're going to have to win by 4 or 5 points in these swing states to cancel out this advantage they have in mail-in balloting. And that's -- you know, I don't want to be too conspiratorial, Laura, but when you see 7 million people flood the border and they're open, it's not laxity, it was a choice that's deliberate. I think it's coinciding with the availability of mail-in ballots.

Manchin: "I Love My Country Too Much To Ever Support A Vote For Trump," "Joe's Been Pushed Too Far To The Left"

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 20:54
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joins 'Morning Joe' to discuss the 2024 presidential race, the Israel-Gaza war and its impact on the U.S. presidential race, why he chose not to mount a third-party run for office, border bill negotiations and why he supports congressional term limits. KATTY KAY, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR:  Senator, you're watching this morning -- I don't know if it's the lilac tie or something, you're looking fresh.   MANCHIN:  Well, it's definitely my neutral -- it's just my neutrality, that's for sure.   KAY:  You're looking -- you know, relaxed and happy and talking moments of time.   MANCHIN:  Yeah.   KAY:  You and I had a conversation a while ago but when you were planning what to do with your future and you pointed to the unpopularity of the president. You pointed to the unpopularity of Donald Trump. And you were weighing at that point whether you would run yourself on a third party ticket. You've decided not to.   What was -- what was the thing that pushed you to make that decision? What was the final straw?   MANCHIN:  Well, as you come down to it, I -- you know, I've said this, I love my country too much to ever support a vote for Donald Trump. I was very honest. I've known him. I've tried to work with him, and I just come to the conclusion that's going to be impossible.   So with that, I've known Joe Biden for a long time. We've been friends and I think Joe's been pushed too far to the left. I'm just trying to do everything I can to move him back a little bit to center left. And I think that's where 55 to 60 percent of the people.   My daughter started 501c4 which is Americans Together. We have found out going around the country, this is where the power is, they just don't know it. They don't know how to use it, because there's nothing organized. They're either forced to go left or right, pick your side.   There's only one side, the American side. There's not a Democrat or Republican side when it comes to defending the Constitution, and that's what we're trying to do and get people understanding that power.   I came to the conclusion I never wanted to be a spoiler and I think I said that from day one. I will never put myself to be a spoiler or a handicap at one side or the other. I wouldn't do that.   And I just didn't feel comfortable it was the right time to see a difference of what I could have a clear path forward to try to unite the country, other than being a spoiler or taking votes or harming one side or being -- being accused of saying, well, you threw it this way, you threw it that way. That's -- that's not what I wanted to do. And I got to that point, I had to come to that conclusion.

Dan Proft: You Can't Rely On Secular Humanists To Protect Your God-Given Rights

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 20:13
Dan Proft comments on a recent statement from Politico's Heidi Przybyla about the views of "extremist conservative Christian nationalists." "The thing that unites them as Christian nationalists, not Christians because Christian nationalists are very different, is that they believe that our rights as Americans and as all human beings do not come from any Earthly authority. They don't come from Congress, from the Supreme Court, they come from God," Przybyla told MSNBC last week. DAN PROFT, COUNTERCULTURE: In the annals of human history there have been two main bulwarks against state power: the family and the church. Those who seek to concentrate state power well understand this. Unfortunately, so many who want to live freely do not share this knowledge. Which brings us to the rarest of all things to come from a cable news program, particularly on MSNBC -- a teachable moment on the first principles of a free society -- and we have Politico national correspondent Heidi Przybyla to thank for it. You might think phrases like "endowed by our creator" and "inalienable rights" and "secure the blessings of liberty" and America's founding documents might take the guesswork out of the question of the source of our rights. You might think that when Ms. Przybyla was getting her Master's degree in international relations at Michigan State University, the philosophical underpinnings of different political systems and the father of the Constitution for whom the college is named are topics that would have arisen. You might think that if you didn't appreciate that like America's press corps, its colleges are largely sentinels of the state. Ms. Przybyla, a product of both, is 50 years old. The subservience to the state is not a new phenomenon. To rely on secular humanists to champion God-given rights is to trust the fox to guard the henhouse. It is noteworthy that Ms. Przybyla gives her Marxist offering on the repository of individual rights for the purpose of distinguishing Christianity from the alleged Christian nationalism of Trump supporters, with the clear insinuation that the latter is a dangerous interloper. The most effective way to destroy something is to redefine it out of existence -- marriage, biological sex, and now Christianity and America's origin story. In the new, acceptable small-C chrstianity, the holy spirit is replaced with the rainbow spirit. Jesus Christ is replaced for a nonbinary God so we may live our truth as our authentic selves, sin for the religious treatise of former President Barack Obama, the small-M messiah himself, as something out of alignment with our individual values. The Nicene Creed has given way to the more affirming sparkle creed. ... Ms. Przybyla's rant is just the latest dog-whistle to unleash the left's ravenous mongrels to attack those who have failed to make their unfashionable views current. And attack they will, literally. ... Behind the facade of self-righteous homages to democracy and the sing-songy sermons on inclusion, the firebombings of churches and torching of parental rights will continue until morale improves.

Watch Live: White House Briefing With Karine Jean-Pierre

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 19:35
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC spokesman John Kirby will brief reporters around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Tom Bevan: Of Big Six Battleground States, Biden Is Behind In Five

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 05:38
RCP co-founder and president Tom Bevan talks about a new poll in Wisconsin from The Hill/Emerson College showing Trump with a 3 point lead over Biden in a head-to-head matchup and up even more when third party candidates are included. He discusses how Trump is leading in five out of six major swing states -- plus Georgia -- in the RCP average, on the Tuesday episode of the new RealClearPolitics show on SiriusXM (Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. EST on P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124) "We have four polls taken this year in Wisconsin, most were in mid to late January, so this is the first poll in February, but every single one of those has been a tie or Trump ahead, and Trump is ahead by 1.2% in our average. So it is more of the same in terms of Biden showing weakness in the Rust Belt/Upper Midwest. And you add Kenedy, Jill Stein, and Cornel West to the mix and it gets worse for Biden," he said about the new Emerson poll. "If you take Wisconsin out of the mix, Biden is going to have to make that up somewhere else, and there are no obvious places where he is going to win. If he's showing weakness there, he's probably showing weakness in other states as well." "Biden is behind in almost all the swing states, except for Pennsylvania, where he is ahead by less than one percent," he continued. "Everywhere else, he is behind, including down eight points in Nevada, a Democratic state. 7 points in Georgia, 5 points in Arizona, [5 points in Michigan, 6 points in North Carolina, 3 points in Wisconsin]."

Carville: If We Go To The Convention With Unhappy "Uncommitted" Voters, I Don't Want To Think What's Going To Happen

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 05:30
Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville on Tuesday talked to CNN host Jim Acostas about the "uncommitted" vote in the Michigan primary and what it means for President Biden. JIM ACOSTA: Joining me now is Democratic Strategist James Carville, who served as the lead strategist on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. James, I won't get into Dianne Gallagher's (INAUDIBLE). There weren't a lot of people in that gymnasium. I think there were more posters of the kids on the wall there than there were voters actually in that voting location. Maybe it'll pick up as the day goes on. But, you know, Dianne was talking about this uncommitted vote in Michigan because of the, you know, the war in Gaza. There are some Democratic activists who are saying they want to see Democrats vote uncommitted instead of for President Biden. What do you think about the concerns about that? Are they well-founded? Is this being blown out of proportion? What do you think? JAMES CARVILLE, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Well, first of all, congratulations on your new show. I'm honored to be a part of it. ACOSTA: Thanks, James. CARVILLE: I think this issue is deep. And I think it's a lot deeper than just progressive advocates or young people or college campuses. I hope the president can get some kind of ceasefire and take this off the front burner, because frankly, it's damaged politically. It's pretty substantial. And if we get to Chicago at the convention and this thing is still going on, I don't want to think about what's going to happen there.

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