Steve: I don't think giving Jared Kushner a security clearance is worse than Hillary putting the national security of the United States at risk for her "convenience," but neither do I think giving the son-in-law a high security clearance is a particularly good idea. Kushner has no known skills to speak of, plus a jailbird father whom Chris Christie put in the federal can. People with dubious family backgrounds -- it's instructive to see exactly what Charles Kushner did -- usually don't fare well in security clearances:
"I mean it's one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was US attorney. And I was a US attorney in New Jersey, Margaret, so we had some loathsome and disgusting crime going on there." Christie was referring to an elaborate revenge plot that the older Kushner hatched in 2003 in order to target his his brother-in-law, William Schulder, a former employee turned witness for federal prosecutors in their case against Kushner, who was under investigation at the time for making illegal campaign contributions.As a part of the plot, Kushner hired a prostitute to lure Schulder into having sex in a Bridgewater, New Jersey, motel room as a hidden camera rolled. A tape of the encounter was then sent to Kushner's sister and Schulder's wife, Esther. Ultimately, the intimidation stunt failed. The Schulders brought the video to prosecutors, who tracked down the call girl and threatened her with arrest. She promptly turned on Kushner. In a plea deal negotiated by Christie, Kushner pleaded guilty to 16 counts of tax evasion, one count of retaliating against a federal witness -- his brother-in-law -- and another count of lying to the Federal Election Commission.
If you were looking for the precise moment Bill Kristol jumped the shark... well, that was a good two-three years ago. Now he's rocketing over the shark with some surplus ACME gear he plundered from an old Looney Tunes show.
Former MLB slugger Jose Conseco wants to help Tim Tebow with his swing.
Tebow has been playing in the minors for the past couple of years, but was invited to attend big league spring training with the New York Mets.
Tebow, now 31, is entering this third full minor league season. He hit a very respectable .273/.336/.399 with six home runs in 84 Double-A games last season before suffering a season-ending broken hand in July. Tebow is a career .244/.319/.367 hitter in 210 minor league games, which isn't bad for someone who spent more than a decade away from the game.
Nevertheless, .244 in the minors is pretty mediocre.. Tebow still needs to prove he's ready for the majors before he's added to the roster.
It's too early to know whether the Mets will commit a 40-man roster spot to Tebow -- there is an entire season that has to be played out first -- but it sounds like Van Wagenen and the Mets won't hesitate to bring him to the big leagues if he's their best option. Folks, we are closer to Tebow playing in MLB than ever before.
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From the Washington Post, December 2016: Donald Trump was right. He got incredibly negative press coverage.
As a somewhat embittered GenXer, I sized up the political situation back in high school, and planned accordingly to get little out of Social Security.
The kids following behind me seem likely to pay even more and get even less.
In case you haven't heard.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder has announced he will not run for president in 2020.
Holder, who was President Barack Obama's first attorney general, said he will instead continue his work to end gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing legislative districts for a political advantage.
"Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates," Holder said in an op-ed published Monday in The Washington Post.
"Our fight to end gerrymandering is about electing leaders who actually work for the interests of the people they are supposed to represent. I will do everything I can to ensure that the next Democratic president is not hobbled by a House of Representatives pulled to the extremes by members from gerrymandered districts," Holder said.
Eric Holder was basically Barack Obama's Michael Cohen for six years. It would have been fun to rehash all that in 2020.
Earlier today I posted a Twitter item from fellow Coloradan David Harsanyi, pointing out that current presidential candidate and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper "would make the least-crazy, most-competent choice. Also, he has zero chance because of those qualities."
Now take a gander at what passes for least-crazy in today's Democratic field:
And here's what passes for most-competent:
Think on that for a few, if you dare.