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Did Rod Rosenstein con the President?

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Did Rod Rosenstein con the President

Many were surprised earlier this week when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seemed to be cleared of wrongdoing… at least in the eyes of the President. He traveled with the President aboard Air Force One and whatever he said seemed to be enough to not only keep the President from firing him, but to get the President leaning towards his corner as other questions and accusations surfaced.

Rosenstein has been accused of offering to wear a wire to tape the President so he and members of the cabinet could invoke the 25th Amendment and have him removed from office. Rosenstein and others in the room at the time claim he was being sarcastic, but a pair of prominent figures claim he was dead serious.

He has been invited to testify on Capitol Hill as many lawmakers aren’t convinced by defense that he was joking. He has declined.

Trump ‘surprised’ Rosenstein won’t testify, after hearing his side of the ‘wire’ story

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-surprised-rosenstein-wont-testify-after-hearing-his-side-of-the-wire-story“I’m a little surprised that Rod wouldn’t do it,” Trump said during a lengthy interview on “Fox & Friends.”

The president was referring to the stalled negotiations to bring Rosenstein to Capitol Hill as early as Thursday to testify on the allegations. Those talks reached an impasse Wednesday, and some GOP lawmakers have even called for Rosenstein to be subpoenaed in response.

My Take

The President has been known to fall for convincing sale pitches and takes people at their word. This has been demonstrated in his hiring practices where people who sound good in an interview but turn out to be less than truthful about their past. There are several examples, but the most glaring is the case of E. J. Ridings.

He billed himself as a top executive at one of Wall Street’s most prestigious investment banks, an established leader in the mortgage industry, and a rising star with 15 years experience in the financial industry. Trump hired him to be President and CEO of Trump Mortgage.

As it turned out, Ridings had been at Dean Witter Reynolds for three months and was a registered broker for six days before quitting. He had no other verifiable experience in the industry before Trump tapped him to lead his mortgage company.

If Rosenstein sounded convincing and seemed credible to the President, it’s possible that the many who ordered the Robert Mueller investigation conned the President into thinking he was on his side. Then again, the people who are claiming Rosenstein was serious about wearing a wire, two “senior FBI officials” according to former FBI general counsel James A. Baker, were likely not allies of the President.

The President seems to trust him which is all that really matters. Then again, the President trusted Omarosa Manigalt, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Jeff Sessions, and many others who haven’t been very helpful.

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

Rachel McKinnon. a transgender woman who was born male and possesses all the physical advantages of a man, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. It’s the latest event that draws questions about the fairness of biological males competing in female events.

Despite outcry by biological females and men alike, it is being billed by some as a victory for the LGBTQ community and transgender men or women around the world. Critics point out that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females when it comes to activities that require physical strength, speed, or endurance. That doesn’t seem to deter those competing in these events.

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-world-championship-event-in-womens-cycling/McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion … ever.” Later, the professor responded to criticism from “transphobic bigots” by tweeting:

Allowing biological males who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s athletic events has been a controversial subject, as critics argue that it puts female competitors at an inherent disadvantage.

My Take

Unlike some of my colleagues, I have no problem with transgenderism. What I have a problem with is the unfairness of women’s competitive sports being infiltrated by those who have clear and scientifically demonstrable biological advantages over their competitors.

If performance enhancing drugs are frowned upon in sports, what could be more performance-enhancing than growing up with the musculature and hormone advantage of a man, then competing in women’s sports?

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There’s one glaring difference between 60 Minutes’ interviews with Presidents Obama and Trump

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Theres one glaring difference between 60 Minutes interviews with Presidents Obama and Trump

Anyone who expected the 60 Minutes interview with President Trump to be anything like their interviews with his predecessor was likely very disappointed. Mainstream media might pretend like they treated the two Presidents the same, but the differences in interviews on 60 Minutes may be the most stark evidence their claim on being unbiased is an absolute lie.

Here’s a portion of the interview with President Trump, which aired tonight:

“Journalist” Lesley Stahl spoke over the President multiple times. If you watch the entire interview, you’ll see that this happened throughout. She would ask a question, most of which were attempts at “gotcha” responses, then would interrupt the President any time he didn’t give the answer she was wanting.

Now, compare that to the interview in the early days of the Obama administration.

Steve Kroft was the embodiment of politeness and civility. He sat aptly silent as President Obama gave his answers.

Mainstream media has given up on pretending they don’t hate President Trump. It no longer behooves him to do these interviews, giving higher ratings to leftist media outlets that simply don’t deserve it.

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Is Defense Secretary Mattis out after the midterms?

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Is Defense Secretary Mattis out after the midterms

We already know two major players in the Trump administration are leaving after the midterm elections. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced her resignation last week and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been given everything other than his walking papers. Now we can add Defense Secretary James Mattis to the list of likely exits.

President Trump said on 60 Minutes, which airs tonight, that Mattis is “sort of a Democrat” but that he gets along with one of the most popular members of his cabinet.

“He may leave,” the President said. “I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington.”

There has been speculation the President has been unhappy with Mattis for two reasons. The first is a quote attributed to Mattis in Bob Woodward’s book that says the President’s mentality is comparable to a “fifth- or sixth-grader.”

The second is the popularity of Mattis which some claim threatens the President’s ego.

Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis could leave administration: ‘He’s sort of a Democrat’ | Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-says-defense-secretary-mattis-could-leave-administration-hes-sort-of-a-democratThe president also called reports that the White House is in chaos “so false” and “fake news.” He added, “I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal. They’ll come into the administration.

“Yeah, other people will go, sure,” Trump told Stahl. “We have a great Cabinet. There are some people I’m not happy with. I have some people that I’m not thrilled with. And I have other people that I’m beyond thrilled with.”

My Take

The love affair many on the right have had with Mattis is silly. He has been adequate, but for a Republican administration to have a Defense Secretary that conspicuously stays out of the news is strange. With so much happening in the world, it has never sat well with me that Mattis seems to be much more passive than his legend dictates.

Exits often happen after midterm elections, but there seems to be an awful lot of them this time around.

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