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Ted Cruz describes what happens behind the scenes in the Senate

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined the team at DailyWire Backstage to take questions and smoke cigars. While there, he was asked if the relentless bickering seen when Senators are out in public is indicative of what happens behind the scenes.

While he didn’t get into too many details, he noted that Senators speaking on the Senate Floor often do so to empty rooms with only the CSPAN cameras to record their statements. But it was worth hearing him detail a squabble he had with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over a gun control bill she was pushing. He wanted to have a Constitutional debate over infringing rights protected by the 2nd Amendment and used other parts of the Bill of Rights as examples.

Rather than debate, Feinstein simply rebuked him for treating her like a 6th grader.

This is the nature of the tribalism in Washington DC and across the country. Sound arguments are rarely discussed on their merits. Instead, people tend to go straight for the insults and get defensive over having their ideologies questioned.

It’s easy to draw one of two conclusions. We can acknowledge the dysfunction of a government beset by pure tribalism in which only a handful ever buck the party and participate in discussions to find solutions, or we can continue to push a conservative philosophy in hopes of winning hearts and minds to vote out those who oppose freedom and American exceptionalism.

I’m going for option two.

As long as we’re focused on insults and tribalism, there won’t be enough movement in DC to make a real difference. If we focus on ideas and help them to spread to the masses, we can help bring sanity to government.

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Megyn Kelly: Back With a Vengeance?

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I must confess a certain admiration for Megyn Kelly.  I watched her for years on Fox News, and always got the impression that she was tough and whip-smart—which isn’t such a surprise, because she’s both of those things.  A lawyer by training, Kelly has a reputation for being an excellent interviewer because like any good attorney, she prepares herself throughly beforehand.  And while her style may be off-putting to some—particularly die-hard Donald Trump fans who didn’t much care for the feud between them during the 2016 election—Kelly is, unquestionably, that rarest of specimens these days:  a competent journalist.

She is also, however, a victim of her own ambition, which is what led her to leave her post at the top of the Fox News heap for NBC News, where she had a disastrous—and brief—tenure as a host for the Today morning show.  I remember being baffled at the time as to how Kelly could ever think that Today, with its focus on features and soft news, would be a good fit for her hard news persona.  I also questioned who the intended audience for her show would be.  It certainly wouldn’t be die-hard Fox News fans, who viewed her departure as a betrayal—nor would it be your typical NBC viewer, most of whom didn’t care for Kelly because of her Fox News ties.  This quickly became apparent to NBC News brass as well, and after a few failed attempts at retooling the show the suits started looking for a way to dump Kelly.  In October of 2018, they found one—in the form of ginned-up outrage over some remarks Kelly made about wearing blackface for Halloween.

Of course, it’s rather ironic that NBC would be more sensitive to comments about blackface from one of its own anchors than it was to the actual wearing of blackface, as we would later find out when the entirety of the news media conspicuously moved on from Virginia Governor—and abortion loving Democrat—Ralph Northam, with his infamous yearbook photo, not to mention Canadian Prime Minister—and avowed leftist—Justin Trudeau, and his multiple dalliances with the shoe polish.  Still, NBC remained on the hook for Kelly’s three-year, $69 million contract, and had to pay out when they finally canceled her show, barely one year after it started.

Kelly has remained silent since then, perhaps as a condition of her departure from NBC—but that came to an end earlier this week, when she returned to Fox News to make her first television appearance since she got fired from Today.  Fittingly enough, she appeared with Tucker Carlson, whose Tucker Carlson Tonight replaced Kelly’s show The Kelly File in Fox’s 8pm time slot.  The interview went exceedingly well, so much that Carlson bumped a taped segment with Dennis Rodman to extend his talk with Kelly.  They covered a lot of interesting topics—not least the current turmoil that NBC News faces after the release of Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill, which details how NBC execs allegedly helped cover up Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misdeeds in order to protect Matt Lauer, their own in-house predator.  It’s well worth a watch, if you’d like to check it out:

Kelly pulls her punches with NBC just a bit, stopping short of calling out her former employers explicitly—but she does say that NBC needs to hire an independent investigator who can get to the bottom of what really happened.  Personally, I’m not so sure how much good that will do—at this point, NBC News has pretty much wrecked its credibility already with its lopsided coverage of the Trump administration, a sickness that has also infected the rest of the news media at large—and whether an independent investigator who is getting paid by NBC would find the company at fault for anything really bad remains a tenuous possibility at best.  Still, it’s better than the fig leaf that NBC’s internal investigation has provided.  Given that Lauer’s proclivities with women were an open secret at the network, it stretches credulity to claim that NBC News executives were unaware.

As to Kelly’s future, she hints at her desire to get back in the game—and given the ratings that her appearance with Carlson pulled in, she may get that chance sooner than later.  I, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing it happen—if only to watch her go after NBC with a vengeance.  I’m guessing Kelly has a pretty good idea of where the bodies there are buried, and that she’s been waiting for some payback.

Ronan Farrow’s book may well be just the beginning of their problems.

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How the left is redefining ‘quid pro quo’ to make it seem ominous

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How the left is redefining quid pro quo to make it seem ominous

Did you know you engage in “quid pro quo” every day? As you drive away from Starbucks with a latte in hand, you’re leaving the scene of your latest quid pro quo. When you tell your kids you will ground them if they don’t do their homework, you’re committing quid pro quo. When cover someone’s shift at work so they’ll work for you Saturday night, that’s blatant quid pro quo.

Literally, it’s Latin for “something for something.” It’s an exchange. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. It’s part of literally every negotiation between any two countries ever. Without quid pro quo, there would be no treaties, no trade agreements, and wars would always go on indefinitely. It’s not a bad thing.

When something inappropriate is offered as part of quid pro quo dealings, that’s when politicians get into trouble. Accepting gifts from lobbyists in exchange for favorable votes is an example of illegal quid pro quo. Or, as House Democrats are trying to prove, if a President holds back aid to a foreign government unless they investigate a political foe so dirt can be found on them for an upcoming election, that is bad quid pro quo.

Yesterday, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney famously told the press to “get over it” when it comes to quid pro quo. His words were careless, not because they weren’t true but because in the current political atmosphere, his acknowledgement there was quid pro quo over the ongoing 2016 election corruption investigation muddies the waters. Democrats and the media have painted the common action of quid pro quo between two governments as negative by conflating their impeachment inquiry topic – Ukraine investigating the Bidens – with the other aspect of the phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky, the CrowdStrike’s involvement with the DNC hack in 2016.

The first is truly impeachable. The second is part of everyday business between two countries. Mulvaney admitted to the second, which is neither illegal nor impeachable. But the media pounced by conflating the two.

Democrats and mainstream media are trying to redefine quid pro quo as a negative thing worthy of impeachment. They’re doing this by confusing the language behind the action with the topic of the impeachment inquiry. Unfortunately, they’re doing this to an American public that is easy to confuse and easier to distract.

We’re witnessing a disingenuous attempt to make Americans believe quid pro quo in and of itself is bad. This is ludicrous, or course, but they’ll do or say anything to make President Trump look bad.

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The 5 biggest lies from the Democrat debate

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The 5 biggest lies from the Democrat debate

Liz Wheeler and her production team took on a very difficult task. They sifted through over three hours from the Democratic debate this week in an effort to try to identify the five biggest lies told on stage that night. We should applaud their Herculean efforts; it must have been like trying to determine which types of vegetables taste the worst when they’re spoiled. There aren’t enough Pinocchio images on the internet to cover all of the lies told at the debate.

Undaunted, the team at One America News show Tipping Point took on the challenge and came up with a list of five infuriating lies told on the debate stage Tuesday night.

  1. Elizabeth Warren’s big lie came through omission as she refused to answer the yes-or-no question about raising middle class taxes. This was around the 500th time she’s done this (we lost count at 342), choosing to redirect her answer to focus on “costs” rather than taxes.
  2. Cory Booker, Julian Castro, and Kamala Harris claimed abortion is a constitutional right. It is not. Even the majority brief from the Supreme Court admitted this in their ruling on Roe v. Wade.
  3. Beto O’Rourke pretended like his proposal for confiscation of “assault rifles” would not mean law enforcement will come to people’s homes to collect their firearms. His claim that law-abiding citizens will comply is not only false, it’s also a scary prospect. If law abiding citizens are the only ones forced to comply, what about criminals? They aren’t known for abiding by laws, especially ones that prevent them from committing their crimes.
  4. Elizabeth Warren made it on the list a second time with her claim that the wealth tax would pay for a myriad of socialist policies she intends to implement. This would be true if it weren’t for math. Unfortunately for her (and everyone else if she gets elected), the wealthy simply don’t have enough money to tax in a way that would pay for her plans. Moreover, every time a wealth tax has been tried elsewhere, it has failed miserably. But hey, at least she takes a lot of selfies.
  5. Impeachment. This is the ongoing lie of the day for both media and Democrats. All 12 candidates on stage supported impeachment (though Tulsi Gabbard was clear she only supported it if the House Democrats made a proper case for it), but only Bernie Sanders actually gave a reason why. Even his singular reasoning was false, though.

I’ll add another for the list – Kamala Harris kept saying, “When I’m President…” This is a big lie. It’s doubtful she even believes it herself judging by the direction she’s been heading in the polls.

There were enough lies told in the last Democratic debate to fill three hours of television, which is exactly what CNN did. Thanks to Liz Warren and the folks at One America News, we now know the five biggest one.

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