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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 […]



Susan Collins, Andy Puzder, Elon Musk, and Regaining Dignity

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:48:39 +0000

While Kelly Ayotte is helping Neil Gorsuch to walk the halls of Congress and meet and greet senators, Susan Collins is suddenly becoming a royal pain in the backside for this administration. The moderate Maine GOP senator has been on the no side for 2 Cabinet choices. Her no vote did not manage to prevent […]



The White House Needs a Clear Chain of Command

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:18:33 +0000

It’s not even 4 weeks into it’s mandate yet, and the Trump administration is besieged on almost all sides by forces bent on discrediting and even, in some cases one suspects, displacing it from power. The so-called resistance is coming from many angles: Obama’s PAC Organizing for America morphed into Organizing for Action in 2013 […]



A New World Order With No Borders

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:20:27 +0000

Immigration law is coming to get you, and bring you back to America. Even if you’re an alien with no visa and no permanent legal status as a lawful resident of America. It might not happen tomorrow, but if people like George Mason law professor Ilya Somin, and others, have their way, this strange day […]



What Washington State’s Lawsuit Is Really About

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:36:35 +0000

Guess what? It’s all about the money. Washington State AG Bob Ferguson might have preached about his state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order on immigration being about defending the constitution. And the separation of powers. But the basis for his Washington’s lawsuit against Trump is really about damages to the state government coffers. Let […]



Did DHS Leak FBI Terrorism Reports to the Daily Beast?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:24:18 +0000

The feisty little glowheads at The Daily Beast must be soaring and swooning like fireflies on a warm August night. Thanks to some unnamed official at an undisclosed but perhaps deducible agency, the hard left media outlet now can share with a salivating public, confidential data on the security of both of America’s borders. The […]



Fear Your High School Yearbook

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:27:48 +0000

We had our high school yearbook photographs taken on the stone front steps. In winter as I recall. My pants were checkered and slightly flared and my shirt had a big collar. It was the mid-70’s ok? And I take full responsibility for my sartorial choices. What I take no responsibility for, however, is the […]



David Frum and the End of America

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:16:19 +0000

In the middle of David Frum’s Phillip Roth-like portrait in The Atlantic of a dark and authoritarian America under Trump, his contempt for a central tenet of America’s republican system of government slips through. He compares the consequences of a loss of confidence in Britain on the part of the Prime Minister by her or […]



Is Jerry Brown Dreaming of California’s Secession?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:28:07 +0000

Did you know that 65% of Californians want an end to sanctuary cities? Sorry, that’s incorrect. 65% of Hispanic Californians want an end to sanctuary cities. 70% of Independents, 73% of Democrats, and 82% of Republicans in California all agree. Come on, this must have been a USC/LA Times poll, right? The one that actually […]



Science and the March of Life

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:30:54 +0000

To the Facebook group that claims 150,000 members and is planning a Science March on Washington, in defense of Climate Change views, for sometime this spring: there already is a science march. It’s happening today, Friday January 27, 2017. It’s called the March for Life. As science and technology are able to present ever better […]



Mary Tyler Moore’s Legacy Belongs to All of Us

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:38:21 +0000

I remember Mary Tyler Moore looking anxious and very nervous at the Oscars in 81, where she had been nominated for an Academy Award for her work in Redford’s Ordinary People. She had lost her son the previous October, just as she achieved a milestone with that film. One more milestone in an already incredible […]



Trump’s Team Face Masks Main Stream Media

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:51:35 +0000

How dare White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer go to the New York Post for the first question? When the big networks were all primed to discuss the weekend skirmish over crowd size, and Sean Spicer’s loyal defense on Saturday of a clearly annoyed President Trump. And then pick on the Christian Broadcasting Network for […]



The Inaugural Speech – Does It Truly Matter What Trump Says?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:37:40 +0000

Friday January 20, President Trump will address the nation, and the world. But his inaugural address is for America. Not the world. As much as the world will be watching, indeed many around the world watching uneasily because they sense their privileges and prosperity may be affected by Trump’s presidency. What will he say? Democrats […]



A Letter to Manuel Lin Miranda

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:20:13 +0000

Oscar Lopez Rivera returned from active duty in Vietnam to Chicago in 1967, the year Che Guevara was captured and executed as the Argentine terrorist who was Castro’s henchman and was an even crazier radical. The Che who later tried to inspire a revolution among reluctant Bolivian campesinos who were far more obedient to Moscow […]