Elections, Media

Fake-Newsweek: How Hillary Can Still Become President

Much as the leftmedia would like us to think otherwise, the usual suspects among the Fake News Awards list of recipients really are actually as bad as Trump says.

And this week Newsweek has reminded us why that’s true.

In a sensational story — which is just a warmed-over version of a previous story from months ago — Hillary reportedly can still become President.

The only things that need to happen are the prosecution/resignation/impeachment of Trump, the resultant resignation of Pence, then the guilt-inspired appointment by Paul Ryan of Hillary as President.

That’s all?

Wow, why didn’t someone say something earlier?

But, given the House report released yesterday, something tells us the resignations will be coming from the DOJ/FBI, not the White House.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Spoiler alert — it’s not “news,” and it’s not from this week — or even this year:

Nearly a year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a Harvard University professor says 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could still become commander in chief. …

If Trump did conspire with Russia, the president “should resign, or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached,” Lessig wrote in his essay. Vice President Mike Pence would also have to either resign or get impeached, which would make Speaker Paul Ryan the president of the United States, Lessig wrote at the time.

And … Paul Ryan still isn’t Hillary Clinton. So how do you get Hillary into the White House? Overcome by shame, Ryan decides to ask Hillary to be his VP and then pulls a Cincinnatus, or so Lessig argued:

Given that there is “no mechanism in American law for a new election,” nor “a mechanism for correcting the criminal results of the previous election,” Ryan ought to nominate “the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become President,” Lessig went on to say.

Addendum: As John also noted, at least some of Hot Take Digest’s employees still have a sense of shame, although on an unrelated-yet-terrible story:



Breaking: Bombshell Report Could End Mueller Investigation

The House Intelligence Committee has finally produced a report on its investigation into potential election collusion by the FBI and DOJ.

Late Thursday, Republican members voted to release the full report to the American public, which several members called ‘explosive’ and likened it to a Watergate-level scandal.

Among the details are a revelation that the FBI interviewed infamous Hillary confidante Sidney Blumenthal (whose email account was the trigger that exposed Hillary’s private server), which may have been part of the FBI’s attempt to justify use of FISA searches on members of Trump’s campaign.

House leaders are already predicting the report could put an end to Mueller’s investigation and also likely lead to the ouster of more DOJ/FBI officials with some even heading to jail.

This is big, folks. We’ll keep you posted as things continue to unfold.

Here’s more from Redstate…

A bombshell new report was made available to House members Thursday detailing abuses of the FISA court that could lead to the ouster of senior officials in both the FBI and the Department of Justice; and if that happens, it all leads back to that pesky little document first released by Buzzfeed lo these many months ago: the Steele dossier.

This is the very document Democrats hung their hopes on in a quest to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents, and the one that it’s alleged was used to procure a FISA warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page.

We already know the Clinton campaign had a hand in paying for the dossier through lawyers via payments to the opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, that employed Christoper Steele — the former British spy who authored the dossier. And it just got weirder with news that Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal may have been interviewed by the FBI regarding the dossier way back in February 2016.

The question, of course, is why?; especially since the dossier was shortly after used “in part” to obtain warrants to spy on Page.

And then there are Blumenthal’s statements just following the election, words that, in hindsight, further tighten the screws on the Clinton camp’s role in what more and more appears to be a premeditated attempt to take down Donald Trump. His curious statements also offer justification for what national security reporter Sara Carter calls the “explosive” report given to the House Thursday that could lead “to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.”



Sec. Betsy DeVos Declares ‘Common Core Is Dead’

National Review issued a report this week that argued President Trump’s primary modus operandi is as the ‘anti-Obama’.

That’s a well-earned moniker since his first year in the White House has been largely spent undoing much of the damage inflicted by the Obama regime.

But one issue has curiously not appeared on the radar: Common Core.

The fight over Obama’s federally-imposed education standards reached near-Civil War levels of local outrage just a few years back.

But since then, all’s been quiet on the western front.

As Secretary of Education DeVos declared this week, the reason is — from her point of view — ‘Common Core is dead’.

And good riddance.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Through all the raging debates coming out of the first year of Trump’s presidency, there has been one hot button issue which has been noticeably absent. What ever happened to Common Core? That concept, first unleashed primarily by Democrats as soon as Barack Obama was sworn into office, was a serious bone of contention between liberals and conservatives. The battles over the program were simply epic, with the teachers’ unions fighting tooth and nail over it while many conservatives demanded more local control, tailored to the unique needs of states and communities.

So are there any updates on it? Yes indeed. In a speech this week which didn’t draw a lot of media attention (understandably, given everything else that’s going on), Education Secretary Betsy DeVos weighed in on the program’s current status. Of course, we could have had Dr. Leonard McCoy give the same pronouncement to Captain Kirk on the set of Star Trek. It’s dead, Jim.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a far-ranging speech today in Washington at an American Enterprise Institute conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.”

She announced the death of Common Core, at least in her federal agency.

“Unsurprisingly, nearly every state accepted Common Core standards and applied for hundreds of millions of dollars in “Race to the Top” funds. But despite this change, the United States’ PISA performance did not improve in reading and science, and it dropped in math from 2012 to 2015.

Then, rightly, came the public backlash to federally imposed tests and the Common Core. I agree – and have always agreed – with President Trump on this: “Common Core is a disaster.” And at the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is dead.”


Economy & Investments

Winning: Unemployment Lowest Level Since 1973

There’s a curious phrase we’re not hearing much at all now that the Campaigner-in-Chief is playing golf full-time: ‘jobs saved’.

That faux statistic from the Obama administration was part of the so-called ‘shovel-ready’ stimulus that never really stimulated much of anything.

But with a pro-growth, pro-free market administration in place, Wall Street is responding and salaries, investments and jobs are on the rise…actually.

In the midst of the longest growth trend in a generation, jobless claims are now lower than they’ve been since before the Carter administration.

That means more than half of all Americans haven’t seen economic growth like this in their lifetimes.

That’s not fake news.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

New applications for unemployment insurance benefits plunged by 41,000 to 220,000 in the second week of 2018, the Labor Department reported Thursday, the lowest level in nearly 45 years.

The report easily beat forecasters expectations for new jobless claims to drift down to around 250,000.

Low jobless claims are a good sign because they suggest that layoffs are relatively scarce. Federal Reserve officials and investors watch the numbers because they come out weekly, providing an early warning sign of any trouble.

New claims, which are adjusted for seasonal variations, are well below the mark that would suggest that unemployment is going to rise. Over the past year, new claims have scraped multi-decade lows as the jobs recovery has steadily reduced the number of unemployed workers.

The total number of people receiving unemployment benefits, which are available for up to 26 weeks in most states, stayed below 2 million, also near the lowest levels since the 1970s.

And at 4.1 percent in December, unemployment is as low as it has been since the dot-com bubble.



Media Freakout: Trump Announces Fake News Awards

Quite predictably, the fake news media isn’t reacting very positively to Trump’s announcement of the first annual Fake News Awards.

After credible studies have shown that over 90% of the president’s news coverage by the mainstream media in the first year was negative, the awards are well-deserved.

The publications in the crosshairs for completely false stories include the usual suspects CNN, NY Times, WashPo, ABC, Time, and Newsweek.

WashPo has already reacted by calling the awards a ‘huge flop’…well, except for all the media coverage they’re getting.

Which is funny, if you think about it.

WashPo is running a fake news hit-piece on their multiple fake news awards for fake news stories.

Here’s more from BizPacReview…

The GOP hosted the “Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards.” Drum roll please.

Here is what the Republican National Committee announced, verbatim, in its entirety:

“2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

Continue reading…



FBI Agent Gave Russia Probe Intel to Dossier Author

In a revealing new story on the ongoing Russia collusion scandal, the Washington Post attempts to exonerate the FBI from its own collusion scandal.

But the story is revealing, accidentally, for reasons the Post did not intend.

The investigation for the story turned up the fact the Christopher Steele — the infamous former British intelligence agent turned author of the Trump dossier, hired by Fusion GPS — met with an FBI agent in Rome in October of 2016 prior to the election.

It was during that meeting that the agent gave Steele the name of campaign adviser Papadopoulos, thereby revealing to a Democrat-paid political hack intimate details about an ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.

But no, there obviously wasn’t any collusion by the FBI.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

An FBI agent shared the name of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele during a meeting in early October 2016.

That new bit of information was revealed in a column published Wednesday by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

Ignatius reports that Steele, a former MI6 agent, met with an old FBI contact in Rome around Oct. 1, 2016 to share findings from his investigation into Donald Trump’s and the Trump campaign’s associations with the Russian government.

“At this meeting, the FBI official asked Steele if he had ever heard of Papadopoulos,” reports Ignatius, who cited an official familiar with the meeting as his source.

According to Ignatius, Steele had not heard of Papadopoulos, a little-known energy consultant who joined the Trump campaign as a volunteer adviser in March 2016. He pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian nationals while working on the campaign.

Ignatius’ report reveals for the first time that an FBI agent shared information about the bureau’s investigation with Steele, who operates a private research firm in London.

The former British spy was hired in May 2016 by Washington, D.C.-based opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate Trump’s activities in Russia.



Ohio State Course Shames White Heterosexual Masculinity

The ivory tower elites and administrators clearly have no problem continuing on the path to cultural oblivion in what seems like a contest for the ‘stranger-than-fiction’ award for college coursework.

Ohio State may have taken the lead with the announcement of an upcoming Spring course that explores ‘reasons why white heterosexual masculinity is problematic’.

The required texts for the course include books that delve into ‘homophobia’, ‘violent masculinity’, phallic exploration, and exploits in the male posterior, if you catch our meaning.

In other words, youngish college kids will pay money to be brainwashed with LGBTQ propaganda.

Supported, of course, by taxpayer dollars.

Here’s more from the College Fix…

A class taught this spring at Ohio State University will review a parade of reasons why white heterosexual masculinity is allegedly problematic, tackling the topic from the constructs of racial issues, bullying, pop culture, societal expectations and much more, according to its syllabus.

The course, “Be a Man! Masculinities, Race and Nation,” includes a variety of readings to that end, including its required textbook “Dude, You’re a Fag!” by C.J. Pascoe, which analyzes masculinity as not only a gendered process, but sexual one, its Amazon description states.

Other assigned reading excerpts include: “Masculinity as Homophobia” by Michael Kimmel; “Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity” by Jackson Katz; “Dude Sex: Dudes Who Have Sex with Dudes” by Jane Ward; “Looking for My Penis” by Richard Fung; “Sodomy in the New World” by Jonathan Goldberg; and “Teaching Men’s Anal Pleasure” by Susan Stiritz.


Issues, Politics

No Deal: House to Vote on Budget Deal Without DACA

Whatever hope there might have been for a grand compromise on a bipartisan DACA fix went down the toilet last week after the ‘s-hole’ incident.

Dems have walked away from the table content to join the media in the dump on Trump routine.

So Republicans have announced they’ll simply go it alone on the stopgap spending measure to prevent a government shut-down, but with zilch in the way of addressing the DREAMers.

There’s little chance the measure fails in the House, but whether Senate Republicans will toe the line is another question.

If even two of them don’t, it’ll be an all-out war (we’re looking at you, Collins and Murkowski).

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The House will vote as early as Thursday on a measure to temporarily extend government funding until Feb. 16 and to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years.

The legislation, at this point, will not include immigration reform language or a provision to protect so-called “Dreamers” from being deported.

Republican leaders informed rank-and-file lawmakers at a meeting late Tuesday.

The legislation includes a few “sweeteners” aimed at drawing in GOP and Democratic votes, although it’s unlikely to win much Democratic support.

It would also delay by two years a tax on medical devices and a tax on high-cost health plans. Another tax on Obamacare insurers would be delayed for one year.

All of the taxes were created to help fund Obamacare. The medical device tax was delayed in 2015 for two years but went back into effect on Jan. 1, as did a tax on Obamacare health insurers.

The tax on high-cost health plans, often called the “Cadillac” tax, has never gone into effect and is delayed until 2020.



Left Coast Blues: ‘New California’ Movement to Form New State

If we’re being geographically honest, much of what we regard as the Left Coast is just that: coastline.

The effete, uber-liberal fops that command far more attention and money than what’s good for them are largely concentrated along the coastline of southern and central

And it’s that area that controls much of the tax-and-spend, regulate-to-death policies coming out of Sacramento.

And their more conservative, small-government cousins in the plains and deserts have had enough.

So they’ve officially declared independence from the People’s Republic of California and have begun the official process, via the U.S. Constitution, of forming a new

Before we dismiss this as fanciful thoughts of a bygone era, it’s been done before.

Here’s more from Redstate…

There’s a new effort to split California into more than one state, but this time, a Declaration of Independence has been drafted. That’s right — rural California (aka Not The Coast) wants to declare independence from high tax-voting, sexual harassy, far left California. And not just geographically far left.

CBS reports that New California is doing things properly — not with petitions and Facebook campaigns, but via Article 4, Section 3 of the United States Constitution. New California movement founder Tom Reed said, “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern.”

Do not confuse this with CalExit, which wants to leave the Union and disassociate itself from Flyover Country. From New California’s statement, made yesterday:

“With faith, diligence, and our sacred honor, we do hereby declare our Unity with Natural Law and the United States of America’s Constitution.”



Breaking: Twitter Admits Selling User Data, Private Messages

Twitter isn’t having such a great year so far after the recent candid camera videos released by Project Veritas.

The first video showed several Twitter employees admitting censorship of conservative users on the social media platform.

Then a second video released this week shows employees admitting that users’ private messages aren’t all that private since employees can not only read them but can also save them.

Those messages, along with user data, are sold to advertisers for big bucks.

In one stark admission, an employee reveals Twitter staffers are “analyzing [user messages]…they sell that data…Everything.”


Here’s more from Breitbart…

Following the publication of Project Veritas’ third bombshell video, which detailed Twitter employees searching through the private messages of users, nearly all major online tech publications have ignored the story entirely.

The latest Project Veritas video about social media platform Twitter is focused on alleged misuse of private user data. One of the clips in the video features former Twitter direct messaging engineer Pranay Singh openly stating that Twitter has access to all of their user’s private messages and photos. In the video, Singh states:

Everything you send is stored on my server. You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server now… So all your sex messages and your, like, dick pics are on my server now. All your illegitimate wives, and, like, all the girls you’ve been fucking around with, they are on my server now. I’m going to send it to your wife, she’s gonna use it in your divorce… So what happens is, like, when you write stuff or when you post pictures online, they never go away. Like, they’re always on there… Even after you send them, people are, like, analyzing them, to see what you’re interested in, to see what you’re talking about, and they sell that data… Everything. Anything you post online.

This sort of admission from a former employee at one of the most popular social media platforms in the world is an incredible scoop, yet Breitbart Tech is one of the only publications covering the story so far. As of this writing, TechCrunch, The Verge, Mashable, CNET and Ars Technica have failed to cover the latest video. Ars Technica did publish a piece yesterday which took issue with some of the more innocuous statements from Veritas’ second video and attempted to discredit Project Veritas President James O’Keefe. This article did not deal with some of the larger pieces of information revealed by the second video but rather deconstructed smaller statements that many never questioned in the first place.