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Don't hold your breath waiting for this because... you know... it's true.

Here's a garbage story from The New York Times titled "Justice Dept. Watchdog’s Review of Russia Inquiry Is Nearly Done, Barr Says" from April 9th.

This is why the media has a crap reputation.

SHOT:

Agents involved in the Russia investigation asked Mr. Halper, an American academic who teaches in Britain, to gather information on Mr. Page and George Papadopoulos, another former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

CHASER:

Mr. Halper’s contacts have prompted Republicans and the president to incorrectly accuse the F.B.I. of spying on the campaign.

Wait, what? Halper was asked to "gather information" on Page and Papadopoulos by the FBI and yet the accusation of spying is incorrect? That's what "gather information on" means.

Lordy!

Oh knock it off, you crybaby!

Trump is reportedly already talking about his post-presidency memoir. Instead of allowing one of these SJW-packed publishers to make a fortune off of it, he should donate it to a smaller publishing house that doesn't hate conservatives -- maybe Regnery? Why not, right?

Bernie Sanders's Medicare for All gets more extreme...

Philip Klein at The Washington Examiner has the story:

The 2020 Democratic presidential nomination fight has barely gotten started, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has already managed to accomplish an incredible feat: He has come up with a new healthcare plan even more absurd than his old one.

Sanders' new version of the plan, which he brands as “Medicare for all” because it polls better than socialized healthcare, maintains the central structure of the version of the plan that has been estimated to cost a whopping $32 trillion, but then makes promised benefits even more generous. Yet it has been endorsed by several rivals for the Democratic nomination: Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Under the proposal, Sanders would transition the entire population to a new healthcare plan within four years. This is one reason why the term “Medicare for all” is a bit of a misnomer. The legislation doesn’t simply make the current Medicare program available to everybody, but it moves all Medicare beneficiaries out of the current program into the new government-run plan.

Oh, and it would eliminate private insurance. But you knew that already...

HUGE KUDOS (is there such a thing as mega-kudos?) are due our friend and  frequent PJM contributor -- plus at least a dozen other entities from the Wall Street Journal to American Spectator, plus publisher of Encounter Books and the New Criterion, plus plus -- Roger Kimball who has won this year's Bradley Prize.

From the press release: "The honor recognizes individuals whose outstanding achievements reflect The Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism. Kimball will receive the award at the 16th annual Bradley Prizes ceremony on Tuesday, May 7th at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. "

Well deserved, Roger! I plan on being there to celebrate.

 

Endorsed:

The progressive lust for punishing success continues unabated:

This follows Warren's policy proposal to increase taxes for American individuals who have a high net worth. Taxation without consequences is one of the many progressive leaps of illogic that they can never adequately defend. They're all of the opinion that the "revenue" pool is infinite. It's also the kind of thing you can be sure that none of our brave "journalists" will be pressing her on as she seeks to become the most powerful woman on Earth.

This is gonna leave a mark:

Julian Assange helped Chelsea Manning...

The Justice Department has accused Julian Assange of helping Chelsea Manning.

Something to keep in mind:

Lawsuits coming down the pike...

The Southern Poverty Law Center's recent scandal hasn't just caused the departures of its top leaders — it's also outed the "hate group" accusations as a fundraising scam.

I spoke with a partner at Clare Locke, the law firm that got the $3.375 million defamation settlement from Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz, and she laid out a strategy for others to follow in Nawaz's footsteps.

Here's my thread: