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A Begging Wall and the Other Walls

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:24:38 +0000

This is a tale of two (sets of) walls. One wall is begging for funds. The other walls are being firmed up, at least temporarily, by a San Francisco, (if not a 9th circuit), court decision. The same people who want to tear down the wall that is now begging for funds, are the ones […]



President Trump: Seriously vs. Literally

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:40:20 +0000

  President Trump: Seriously vs. Literally   © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   Some politicians are Charmers, like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and JFK. They have charisma, a personal attractiveness that makes them appealing to a wide swath of voters of all races, genders and ethnicities. Voters of their own party are absolutely […]



A Job Suggestion for Jason Chaffetz

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:23:07 +0000

Did we overlook the Oversight Committee when everyone was caught flat-footed in the kitchen having a cup of coffee when suddenly Jason Chaffetz decided to bail on a promising political career? Is that really what the Utah Republican’s surprise announcement is all about? The theory goes that Chaffetz – chairman of the House Committee on […]



Georgia’s 6th the Run-Off Election and Black Swans

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:42:39 +0000

By the time Democrat hard-left progressive poster boy John Ossoff faces off against GOP contender Karen Handel – former Georgia Secretary of State – in a June 20 run-off election in Georgia’s 6th, a few things may or will have happened: Government will have been shut down – temporarily but how long is anyone’s guess […]



Why Doolittle Matters After 75 Years

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:14:32 +0000

Why the Doolittle Raid Still Matters 75 Years Later © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All Rights Reserved. History is always relevant if we’re willing to learn from it. A good example is the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo Japan on April 18th, 1942. By way of quick background, the United States was forced into World War II […]



What Do Kansas’ 4th and Georgia’s 6th Special Elections Mean?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:28:18 +0000

It’s all over for the GOP. 2018 will be a disaster. We’ll lose the House. Why? Kansas. Kansas will lose us the House? No, Estes! Estes or Kansas? Estes is in Kansas! And he, what? Lost an election? No, he won the election. And that’s why we’ll lose the House? Yes. Because Estes won. By […]



How Real Is the Bannon-Kushner Battle?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:39:26 +0000

It’s time to take a closer look at Jared Kushner. Not just the photos of him that lately have shown him as a gaunt and alert presence – a little like a tall, much better looking Nosferatu, gazing darkly at some perhaps unsuspecting target. The problem is, this liberal, New York, (yes he’s from New […]



Follow the Votes

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:11:24 +0000

Follow the Votes © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   There’s an old cliché that applies to many situations: “Follow the money.” This means, of course, that many actions, statements and rationalizations are best understood when the observer realizes that the initiator has their own financial self-interests at heart as they undertake various acts […]



Syria Must not Trap America in a Quagmire

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:54:24 +0000

As the Senate Majority party – the GOP of course – exercises the nuclear option and allows cloture with a simple majority vote, there is an interesting historical connection that arises. One that seems very relevant today. Cloture – the ending of debate on Senate bills – came into being in 1917 during WW I, […]



The Gorsuch Nomination and That Little Bat in the Senate’s Rafters

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:18:11 +0000

Listening to Democrat Senators threatening and cajoling their colleagues on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, you would think that the 60-vote cloture rule was enshrined in the Constitution way back in 1789 or thereabouts. Sorry. Not true. Cloture and the filibuster have always been procedural and therefore tactical rules of engagement in Congress, especially in the Senate. […]



Is Mike Flynn Asking for Immunity to Testify?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:45:12 +0000

Why is Mike Flynn asking for a deal whereby he testifies to the Senate Intelligence Committee (as well as the House Committee and the FBI; although Nunes’ spokesman has denied the report and the FBI won’t comment) in return for immunity? This according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. This is, if true, […]



How Democrats Want to Intimidate Nunes Off the Intel Committee

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:25:37 +0000

This is Susan Hennessey, a former lawyers for the NSA, talking about classified information and leaks: The way the system works is that it is classified until there is an affirmative decision to declassify it. So a leak or public disclosure doesn’t declassify it, and it doesn’t allow people who are aware of it to […]



Can Process Ever Bridge This Divide on Healthcare?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:14:20 +0000

Reconciliation. Senate Parliamentarian. The Byrd Rule. As President Trump has found out, process is a fetish in Washington D.C. And of course, now there are indignant howls from critics on the right about how process was botched by Ryan, Price, and The White House. You should have moved slower. You should have held more meetings. […]



Rare Political Self-Conversions

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:52:22 +0000

Rare Political Self-Conversions   © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   It’s been said that the American electorate can be divided into three roughly equal parts: 1/3 that pays virtually no attention to politics and policy, and if they vote, they either vote by habit or by whatever impression happened to catch their attention […]



Obamacare – It’s Still Alive!!

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:16:40 +0000

It’s still here. The Affordable Care Act has been taken off the operating table; Doctor Price and Doctor Ryan (yes only one of them is a real doctor) have taken off their scrubs and headed home after a presser or two. And The President did not look nearly as disappointed as the Speaker of the […]



FBI Investigations: an Epic Battle to Shape Narratives

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:16:27 +0000

Comey filled the Potomac riverbanks with fog. Now Devan Nunes has unleashed some rocking dry ice to really help clear things up. The GOP Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee held a press conference after briefing the White House (and not his colleagues in Congress) where he stated that “incidental” surveillance of Trump’s campaign team […]



Gorsuch Hearings Are About Partisan Baiting and Soundbite Fishing

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:31:23 +0000

How far is Senator Schumer willing to push these hearings? As every response of Gorsuch, and the question that brought about Gorsuch’s response, is parsed and commented on, the main question is how politicized are the Democrats willing to make these hearings? Because much – if not almost all – of their questioning has been […]



Is the Woman in Trump an Islamophobe?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:26:23 +0000

Unless District Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu is a really, really fast judge when it comes to thinking on and writing up rulings, he had this one locked and loaded in his chamber for at least a week or so. Perhaps since the very day the revised executive order on the travel ban came out. […]



Standing Tall in the Weeds of Healthcare

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:22:21 +0000

If the GOP used to be divided between conservatives and moderates, but is now divided between libertarians and populists, then any legislation as important as the AHCA is next to impossible to achieve. Or at least very, very difficult. Democrats don’t even need to be part of this tower of babel. Although they can’t resist […]



Landmines in Obamacare Replacement

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:53:22 +0000

Landmines Abound for Republicans in Obamacare Replacement   © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. Now that Republicans control of both houses of Congress as well as the presidency, the process of Obamacare repeal and replacement has begun in earnest. Once the ACA is formally, officially repealed, the Republicans will “own” the healthcare issue and […]



What Is America Doing in Syria Senator McCain?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:23:59 +0000

In a small Syrian city called Manbij, Syrian army personnel, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and Russian military men met. And danced. No, this is not a Monty Python video, but rather the latest chapter in the Syrian Civil War, and specifically the strange bedfellows that any alliance against ISIL seems to produce. Whatever the […]



Is TrumpCare Repeal? Reform? or Replace?

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 02:38:50 +0000

The American Health Care Act – or ACHA; or TrumpCare if you must say it that way – takes a modest middle-of-the-road approach to reforming some aspects of Obamacare. It is therefore reviled by the left for cutting back subsidies slightly by replacing them with refundable tax credits. It is therefore reviled by the right […]



A Zombie Prosecutor, a Scandal Up From the Deep

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:05:45 +0000

The Russia Scandal that President Trump brought back up from the deep with his now infamous tweets this past weekend has left his ship of state between two deadly shores, as Andrew McCarthy has pointed out: President Obama personally ordered (leaving aside the legal parsing of the term ordered and the chain of events that […]



Keeping GOp’s Health Plan under Wraps From Assassins

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:11:18 +0000

One would assume that Senator Rand Paul is unable to take his gun collection into the halls of Congress. Without some sort of special permit and with all live ammunition carefully separated from chambers or clip-ons. Or maybe not at all, forget about it senator, keep them at home. So the image of Senator Rand […]



Trump’s Address Was not a Repudiation of His Inaugural Speech

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:00:24 +0000

You can’t separate out the two speeches and say: this one good and virtuous, this one dark and divisive. The inaugural address being the dark and divisive speech, according to much of Washington and the media. President Trump’s address to Congress being the virtuous and good speech, grudgingly accorded so even by people like Van […]



Uber Wanks – Bannon Stays on Message

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:17:33 +0000

Rick Wilson – who learned nasty at the feet of Lee Atwater – was wrong. It’s not the alt-right supporters of Trump who are single men self-stimulating to anime porn. It’s the senior management at Uber. As lawsuits and insider stories emerge about an out-of-control culture at the oh-so disruptive ride-sharing company, should people be […]



Global Warming Is Irrelevant

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:28:51 +0000

Global Warming Is Irrelevant © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   There is probably no subject (outside of abortion) that has engendered more passion for a longer period of time—decades now—than Global Warming. Here are some of the issues and talking points: Settled Science or Junk Science Warmest Year on Record vs. hiding faulty […]



Why CPAC Matters and Yiannopoulos Doesn’t

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:49:41 +0000

Milo Yiannopoulos is a little less fabulous in these final days of February. And the storm that has – for now at least – sunk the British-Greek provocateur, is one that should be the kind that sink careers. Or even end up with jail time, if more than words are involved. Because it dealt with […]



Saving America From Regulatory Dark Matter

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:21:45 +0000

Have you heard of regulatory dark matter? Sub-rosa regulations? As in secret? Are you the owner of a small business, for example, who has received a threatening letter from a federal agency or a branch thereof that you’ve never heard of, and been forced to settle under the implicit or explicit threat of penalties? Then […]



Political Deception on R v W

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:29:26 +0000

Big Deception on Both Sides of Roe v. Wade   © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All Rights Reserved.   There are lots of practical and philosophical differences between the two major political parties in America. Some are real differences, some are more perceived than real and some are just clichés that one side likes to perpetuate […]