Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) said the CIA left little doubt that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was complicit in the murder of activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi.

CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed two Senate committees on Capitol Hill Tuesday on the CIA’s findings about the murder of Khashoggi.

“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” said Graham, adding that anyone who would deny bin Salman’s involvement at this point is “willfully blind.” [Read More]

By way of background, we covered the anti-speech machinations at the University of California at Berkeley last year pretty closely — from the riots, to the exorbitant, mandatory, and unevenly-applied security fees, to the discriminatory, speech-squelching limitations imposed upon conservative groups.  Free expression on campus is an issue close to my heart, so I’ve been following the situation at Berkeley with great interest.  Although I oppose government micromanagement of speech codes and the like, I’ve argued that if state universities refuse to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights, the government does have an interest to intervene.  Such intervention could come in the form of withheld taxpayer funds, or through corrective judicial rulings.  [Read More]

Robert Mueller to file sentencing memo on Trump ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn (CBS News)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is expected to file a sentencing memo for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday, which will contain the special counsel’s recommended sentence. The memo is also likely to lay out the extent of Flynn’s cooperation with the government after he admitted last December that he lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Beyond illuminating the extent of Flynn’s cooperation with Mueller, the memo could provide a window into what the special counsel has found so far in its probe, which began in May 2017.[Read More]

Read my lips: Media’s love for George H.W. Bush more about hatred of Donald Trump (The Washington Times)

It has been nothing short of miraculous in this new season of Advent to hear all the Hosannas and applause for our recently departed former President George H.W. Bush.

In The New York Times, Mr. Bush was heralded for his “uncommon grace.”

The Washington Post called him a “giant of a man.”

“The most kind and considerate person I’ve ever known.” [Read More]

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