John Solomon, Mandy Gunaskekara, Former Congressman Tom Davis, Former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Hemingway on The Larry O’Connor Show 02.08.19

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Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen (The Hill)

The new House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has proven to be his party’s most effective antagonist toward President Trump. And now, with the new powers of being chairman, he is drawing both new weapons and new scrutiny.

Sometimes such scrutiny inevitably turns to questions of hypocrisy.

Which bring us to the issue of some photographs taken at the prestigious Aspen security conference last July. [Read More]

GOP Rep. Collins and Dem Rep. Swalwell Clash at Whitaker Hearing: Ask Questions Instead of ‘Running for President’ (Mediaite)

A brief clash broke out during Acting AG Matt Whitaker‘s hearing today between Congressman Eric Swalwell (D- CA) and Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) when the former asked a question of the attorney general. [Read More]

Jackson Lee Blasts Acting AG for His Answers at Hearing: ‘We’re Not Joking Here’ (Washington Free Beacon)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) got into a confrontation with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker during a hearing Friday, demanding he not “joke” with her questions.

The argument drew in the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, with Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) demanding Whitaker follow Jackson Lee’s directions and the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Doug Collins (R., Ga.), pushing back. Jackson Lee had asked Whitaker whether he ever appeared before an oversight hearing or was confirmed in the Senate, and Nadler demanded he “answer the question as asked.” [Read More]

Exclusive: Top EPA official leaves to start new advocacy group (Axios)

Mandy Gunasekara, who has been instrumental in crafting President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks on a range of air pollution standards, is leaving the Environmental Protection Agency to start a new political advocacy group defending those policies.

Driving the news: Gunasekara, deputy assistant administrator in EPA’s air office, is sending her resignation letter to Trump Friday, according to a copy viewed by Axios. [Read More]

The Biggest Threat To Press Freedom Is The Media Itself (The Federalist)

While the outrage over the Covington high school kids in MAGA hats may have blown over online, the story is far from over. On February 1, an attorney retained by the family of Nicholas Sandmann, the 16-year-old who allegedly “smirked” at the Native American activist banging a drum in his face, released a video that succinctly explained the broader context of what happened. Suffice to say, the video is a damning indictment of how many media outlets and personalities led a social media-fueled outrage mob and wrongly rushed to smear Sandmann and his fellow students. [Read More]

Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault (The Washington Post)

A Maryland woman said Friday she was raped by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) in a “premeditated and aggressive” assault in 2000, while they both were undergraduate students at Duke University. She is the second woman this week to make an accusation of sexual assault.

The woman, Meredith Watson, said Friday in a written statement through her attorney that she shared her account immediately after it happened with several classmates and friends. Watson did not speak publicly Friday and her lawyer did not make her available for an interview. [Read More]


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