Dems versus Dems: the party takes on Pelosi

The Democrats are a mess. It’s been less than a month since they stole the House out from under President Trump and they’re already squabbling like special snowflakes about who gets to be in charge.

Nancy Pelosi seems to have quashed Marcia Fudge’s dream of taking the gavel from her, but she still faces opposition from an insurgent group within her own party, namely Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, who last year refused to participate in a Congressional moment of silence for the victims of the attack in Las Vegas.

Nancy had better keep her eye on Seth. She’s held on for a while now, but could this be the year her hold on the liberals is finally loosened?

The one roadblock to criminal justice reform: Mitch McConnell

A new reform of the criminal justice system has attracted widespread bipartisan support, including conservative GOP Senators Mike Lee and Chuck Grassley.
President Trump, at the urging of his daughter and son-in-law Ivanka and Jared Kushner, also came out in support of the bill.
But the one stumbling block? Mitch McConnell. So far, he’s not committing to bring the bill to the floor, which basically kills the legislation’s prospects.
Breitbart reported on Sen. Lindsey Graham’s frustration with McConnell:

“I’m urging Mitch McConnell, put this bill on the floor. If you put it on the floor, we’ll get 80 votes. We’ll get most Republicans and almost all Democrats. Let’s do it before the end of the year, and the president is behind it. So Mr. president, pick up the phone and call the Republican leadership of the House and the Senate and say we still run this place. Bring this bill to the floor. Senator Cotton can have his say, and we’ll vote him down.”

We’ve criticized McConnell in the past as a globalist turtle and he’s giving us even more to critique. Why is he blocking a bill his president supports? This bill is grounded in conservative principles and will trim government spending. What gives?

It’s time for the GOP step up our diversity game

In the 2018 midterms, Republicans elected a whopping one new woman to the U.S. House of Representatives. One.
It’s not often that I wake up invigorated to pen a piece about identity politics but folks this is embarrassing.
The Democrats elected 34 brand new women to the House this year. In other words, they elected 34 times as many new women as we did.
Of course Republicans were at a disadvantage going into the midterm elections this year, that’s what happens when your party is in power. We’ve got an uphill battle to climb, but this staggering party gender gap cannot be overlooked.
It’s on each of us to build a more representative Republican party. When women run for office, they win. In fact, in Democratic primaries this year where there was an open seat and the primary contest was between a woman and man, women won almost 70 percent of the time.
I am proud to be an American and I’m proud to be Republican. We’re the party of the middle class values and military might. We elected brilliant new leaders, including veterans and young politicians to our incoming Republican class this year. In the coming years, we can become even stronger by recruiting an even more diverse field of candidates.
Everyone reading this should talk to a friend, family member, or colleague about the need for equal representation among our political leaders. This is a race We can win  in coming election cycles, but Republicans need to step up our diversity game and compete with the Democrats. So let’s do it.

Assaulted on all sides, Facebook goes to war

It’s been a bad few days, months, or years for Mark Zuckerberg and his company.

Facebook has been dogged time and time again by allegations. First, it was their allowing  Russians to meddle on their platform. Then, it was the news of privacy breaches through Cambridge Analytica. The hits keep mounting.

But perception of the company has made a sharp nosedive since the New York Times reported on the shady tactics and mismanagement practiced by Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, his COO, as they’ve gone on defense.

Democrats in Congress have demanded a Justice Department investigation into the company’s lobbying campaign and are threatening new regulations on Facebook’s data-gathering models.

“We need to know if Facebook, or any entity affiliated with or hired by Facebook, ever used any of the vast financial and data resources available to them to retaliate against their critics, including elected officials who were scrutinizing them,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

People have responded with skepticism to Zuckerberg’s proposal of a “Facebook Supreme Court” designed to decide what kinds of content the site should allow.

Millennial tech workers are reportedly not as interested in working at the company since its reputation has soured. Tech companies are notoriously competitive when it comes to hiring.

Meanwhile, the company’s stock has taken a nose-dive.

It’s time for the GOP step up our diversity game

In the 2018 midterms, Republicans elected a whopping one new woman to the U.S. House of Representatives. One.
It’s not often that I wake up invigorated to pen a piece about identity politics but folks this is embarrassing.
The Democrats elected 34 brand new women to the House this year. In other words, they elected 34 times as many new women as we did.
Of course Republicans were at a disadvantage going into the midterm elections this year, that’s what happens when your party is in power. We’ve got an uphill battle to climb, but this staggering party gender gap cannot be overlooked.
It’s on each of us to build a more representative Republican party. When women run for office, they win. In fact, in Democratic primaries this year where there was an open seat and the primary contest was between a woman and man, women won almost 70 percent of the time.
I am proud to be an American and I’m proud to be Republican. We’re the party of the middle class values and military might. We elected brilliant new leaders, including veterans and young politicians to our incoming Republican class this year. In the coming years, we can become even stronger by recruiting an even more diverse field of candidates.
Everyone reading this should talk to a friend, family member, or colleague about the need for equal representation among our political leaders. This is a race We can win  in coming election cycles, but Republicans need to step up our diversity game and compete with the Democrats. So let’s do it.

Guess Obama won’t drive that Chevy Volt after all

Six years ago, while addressing a crowd of workers and activists in the United Auto Workers union, then-President Obama pledged to buy a Chevy Volt after he left office.

“I got to get inside a brand-new Chevy Volt fresh off the line,” Obama said in an appearance. “Even though Secret Service wouldn’t let me drive it. But I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself.”

But nearly two years out of office and no Volt in sight. And General Motors has announced it will cease production of the hybrid electric Volt as it undergoes a larger restructuring that included 14,000 layoffs.

Both the Volt and another new-energy vehicle, the gas-powered Cruze, were pet projects of the Obama administration’s partnership with GM after the auto bailout in 2009.

Obama called the Cruze “the car of the future.” Now it’s the car of the past, thanks to government meddling in private enterprise.

New tax package: Where’s the wall?

The House GOP released its tax package this week, which they’ll try and pass in the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress, before the new Congress takes office in January. While the bill includes tweaks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, offers help to disaster victims, and proposes tax breaks for start-ups, there’s one big thing is missing: Funding for the wall.

The bill was released shortly after legislators returned from Thanksgiving recess, and right after a group of migrants rushed the border and got turned away by tear gas.

The need for the wall is at the top of everyone’s minds. That is, everyone but Republicans in Congress, who are apparently set on squandering the last few months of their congressional majority on disaster relief and farm subsidies.

Memo to Republicans in Congress: We voted for the wall and we want it. Now.

What you didn’t know about Chinese plot to steal our tech:

As President Trump heads to the Group of 20 summit meeting this week, one question is top of mind: Will Trump take on Chinese President Xi Jinping with regard to China’s continued theft of American tech secrets?

According to the latest report, “Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” China has been systematically stealing and misusing U.S. technology for decades.

As reported in Fox News:

“In the technology sector, China is engaged in a multifaceted effort to misappropriate technologies it deems critical to its economic and military success,” experts explain, in a statement accompanying the report. “Beyond economic espionage, theft, and the forced technology transfers that are required of many joint venture partnerships, China also captures much valuable new technology through its investments in U.S. high-tech companies and through its exploitation of the openness of American university labs.”

The report then goes into the ways in which China has been stealing tech, including a “massive and sustained talent recruitment campaign designed to recruit leading experts from overseas to assist in the country’s modernization drive.”

Enough is enough. It’s time for Trump to hold China accountable.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Trump gives himself high marks

President Trump recently sat down for an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News and reflected on his tenure in office so far:

“I think I’m doing a great job. We have the best economy we’ve ever had.We’re doing really well. We would have been at war with North Korea if, let’s say, that administration continued forward. I would give myself, I would – look, I hate to do it, but I will do it, I would give myself an A+, is that enough? Can I go higher than that?”

Michael Avenatti: big hypocrite or biggest hypocrite of all time?

Michael Avenatti got busted by the cops for suspected domestic violence and all of a sudden, he cares a whole lot about the idea of “innocent until proven guilty.” How convenient.  For more on that, Tammy Bruce has a must-read over at Fox.
After months of bashing President Trump and creating a platform to peddle lies about our President on behalf of hookers and lowlifes, Avenatti may have finally gotten his just desserts.
But of course he claims he’d never hurt anyone and it’s all an elaborate setup. He’s blaming conservative Jacob Wohl, the journalist behind a recent attempt to claim Special Counsel Bob Mueller was involved in a sexual abuse scandal. Gateway Pundit published the accusations, though was later forced to backpedal.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Earlier today we were given information on accusations against former FBI Director Robert Mueller.<br><br>We took the documents down and we are currently investigating these accusations.<br><br>There are also very serious allegations against Jacob Wohl.<br>We are also looking into this.</p>&mdash; Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gatewaypundit/status/1057403877895692288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw“>October 30, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
But given the ludicrous things Avenatti says on a regular basis, his claims of being framed feel a little farfetched.

Maybe there’s some karma in the world after all.