KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: What Did We Learn From the Impeachment Hearing? “Rounding up a few academics to complain about any Republican isn’t exactly a daunting task. That’s like wandering around Hyannis Port in the summertime and bumping into a drunk Kennedy.”

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: ‘Wax her balls’ transgender activist plans to file complaint against gynecologist.

Somebody’s auditioning for a sweet gig as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs!

TRUMP’S EMERGING DIPLOMATIC RECORD:

Three years ago, Donald Trump began a rhetorical offensive targeting the governments of NATO nations that chronically failed to meet their allied defense financial commitments. With bombastic huff, Trump intimated that allies pay their share or America might walk.

It’s 2019. Few NATO members currently meet the 2% GDP defense commitment. However, several once-laggard NATO nations have increased military spending, and the alliance is stronger for it. The era of blithe freeloading has ended. Cheapskates like Germany pay a price in lost prestige. America not only hasn’t walked; it is modernizing its forces.

And there’s more. It’s my latest Creators Syndicate column (bumped).

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION: Introducing SkyQuaker with their debut single, “Queen Kong.”

I like the Vladimir Bukovsky cameo.

WHAT HAPPENED? IN A WORD, DEMOCRATS:

Related:

That kind of thing is only a threat to the Republic if a GOP president does it. Remember how nobody cared when Obama was wiretapping reporters, and even reporters’ parents? Also related:

They’ll rue normalizing this sort of thing when the Fusion GPS emails all come out. But they’ll just pretend that’s the first time anything like that ever happened.

BELOW AND BEHIND A BUFF: The B-52 is on a long-range strike exercise.

ISN’T THIS KIND OF HOW THE ‘PLANET OF THE APES’ REBOOT GOT GOING? China gene-edited baby experiment ‘may have created unintended mutations.’

Excerpts from the manuscript were released by the MIT Technology Review to show how Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the twins Lula and Nana, whose birth in late 2018 sent shockwaves through the scientific world.

He made expansive claims of a medical breakthrough that could “control the HIV epidemic”, but it was not clear whether it had even been successful in its intended purpose – immunising the babies against the virus – because the team did not in fact reproduce the gene mutation that confers this resistance.

A small percentage of people are born with immunity because of a mutation in a gene called CCR5 and it was this gene that He had claimed to have targeted using a powerful editing tool known as Crispr which has revolutionised the field since 2012.

Fyodor Urnov, a genome-editing scientist at the University of California, Berkeley told the MIT Technology Review: “The claim they have reproduced the prevalent CCR5 variant is a blatant misrepresentation of the actual data and can only be described by one term: a deliberate falsehood.

“The study shows that the research team instead failed to reproduce the prevalent CCR5 variant.”

While the team targeted the right gene, they did not replicate the “Delta 32” variation required, instead creating novel edits whose effects are not clear.

China has enough knowhow now that they really can’t afford to keep being as reckless as Communist countries usually are.

RIDICULOUS. ALL THE BEST PEOPLE HAVE ASSURED ME THAT VOTER FRAUD IS A MYTH. Battleground Ohio: Investigation Uncovers Hundreds of Illegally Registered Non-Citizen Voters.

THE REVIEWS KEEP COMIN IN: Law professor schools Democratic lawmakers on impeachment: Says they haven’t done their homework.

“This isn’t an impulse buy item,” professor Jonathan Turley testified on Wednesday. “You’re trying to remove a duly elected president of the United States. And that takes time. It takes work.”

Work? Surely Turley must be deluded, because this is clearly not about hard work.

Posturing, sure. Grandstanding, yes. Work, no.

Watergate took two years to finally get to the point of moving to impeach Richard Nixon.

This is like two months, and Democrats are getting set for an impeachment vote.

Well, they can’t wait on impeachment because they expect him to get re-elected.

YEAH, BUT THE PAY IS NICE: Sundar Pichai just got the worst job in Silicon Valley.

Now, after spending the last several years effectively AWOL from the public and much of Alphabet, Page and Brin, both 46, are out just in time for the company to muddle through its biggest challenges in its history.

And poor Pichai has been tasked with navigating Alphabet through all of it, while Page and Brin get to shield themselves from all of the scrutiny and challenges.

But even as the new leader of Alphabet, Pichai is stuck between a rock and a hard place. And Page and Brin will still loom over all of it.

When founders leave, they really ought to leave.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Flashback: Google needs a new CEO, but dumping Sundar Pichai is not enough.

I THINK WE SHOULD SHUT THE WHOLE THING DOWN, AS HOPELESSLY INFESTED WITH WHITE SUPREMACY: Dem Rep Laments Absence of Black Impeachment Witnesses: Witnesses were chosen by Democratic committee leadership.

DON’T IT MAKE MY RED STATE BLUE: Out of state “dark money” fueled Colorado’s 2018 election; AG Weiser among beneficiaries despite transparency pledge.

The 501(c)(4), spent nearly $11 million on everything from redistricting changes to the state constitution, wage increase propositions, payday loan regulations, conservation issues, opposing Amendment 74 — which would have compensated property owners if government regulations resulted in lowering their property values — and supporting Democrat candidates running for state offices.

Sixteen Thirty Fund spending in Colorado was initially reported by the Colorado Sun, including its connection to Gov. Jared Polis’ race, with more than $900,000 going to Good Jobs Colorado, which supported Polis.

However, Sixteen Thirty Fund’s connection to Weiser, whose campaign benefited from $600,000 in donations to Justice Colorado, as well as many candidates supported by Our Colorado Values, went unnoticed until now.

Our Colorado Values spent $3.3 million statewide supporting myriad candidates including former House District 50 Rep. Rochelle Galindo, who resigned amid sexual assault allegations and is currently awaiting trial for supplying drugs and alcohol to a minor.

Justice Colorado spent $2.347 million entirely on supporting Weiser and opposing his opponent, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.

The spending conflicts with one of the main platforms Weiser ran his campaign on —eliminating the ability of nonprofits to donate without disclosing its donors.

That’s different because reasons.

SMART DIPLOMACY: Our Man at NATO: Trump Suddenly Finds Success.

MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: ‘Yang and Gabbard Don’t Represent the Democratic Party’s Minority Base.’

When I joked last week that the Democrats had “reached a point of intersectionality cross-cancelation, from which only a straight white male can emerge,” I was only half-joking.

21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: Smartphone ‘addiction’: Young people ‘panicky’ when denied mobiles. You could write a book on this stuff. Or even more than one.

99c, ON SALE FOR CYBERWEEK, FROM ZOEY IVERS:   The Barton Street Gym (Doors into the Dimensions Book 1).

In a future where no one needs to sleep, homes are unnecessary. A simple dimensional cubby in a hi-rise gymnasium is all anyone needs.
Perhaps the designers ought to have considered the possibility of unintended effects from thousands of multi-dimensional bubbles in close proximity to each other. But they weren’t physicists . . .

Joe is independent, his divorced father a bit absent minded. Joe and his “bio-model” friend were exploring the pedestrian tunnels under the Barton Street Gym when they found themselves trapping in a strange landscape with a hungry dinosaur.

Alice Brown is used to getting in trouble; her parents are quite strict. But being attacked by a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a strange dimension just a step across a malfunctioning D-door is not her usual sort of trouble.

 

 

YEAH, THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  No Surprises There.

ALL OF IT:  Trump, Schiff’s Schpy-gate, and more.

OUT BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUTH:  Pete Buttigieg, in Spanish, Promises Free Healthcare for Illegal Aliens.

TEACH WOMEN-JUDGES NOT TO ABUSE THEIR POWER:  Sex, campaign donations and armtwisting: An NKY judge faces…

WORSE, HE HAS DANGEROUS LACK OF THINKING:  Michael Bloomberg Has Dangerous Ideas About China.

AS SHE SHOULD:  Melania Trump Blasts Pamela Karlan For Using Barron To Smear Trump.

WELL, OF COURSE IT’S SLANTED:  Bias triggers and the New York Post’s failure to understand satire — a fisk.

EPSTEIN’S LAWYER DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF:  Banker with Ties to Jeffrey Epstein Found Dead from Apparent Suicide.

December 4, 2019

YOU KNOW, I JUST MIGHT TRY THE Korean Military Bibimbap MREs. I like the fact that some people say it’s “radioactive spicy” and others say it’s “low-medium” spicy.

ME TOO: AWKWARD: Jerry Nadler Dozes Off During Impeachment Hearing.

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RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Millennialism’s Rebels Without a Cause.

Change everything to save the world. Millennialism rests on the assumption that some kind of apocalyptic battle — capitalism vs. communism, jihad vs. infidel, climate warriors vs. deniers. etc. — is at hand. Naturally, a struggle of such importance had to be won by any means necessary. A select vanguard, party, or movement were the people to do the job. Sacrifices would have to be made, collateral damage endured, but no matter; victory would bring a millennial kingdom into being where the masses or even the planet would live happily ever after.

For decades this kind of thinking ruled progressive politics. But the problem was that the vision proved a mirage. Improvement, when it came, was the result of the creativity of millions, not the state planner.

That’s hard to accept, for people whose ambition is to be the state planner.

Plus: “Not just the 2008 economic effects, but the information balance, which affects the relationship between the elites and the government, has changed. One can look at the Democratic primary as the story of a party trying to redefine itself after the disaster of 2016 and deciding not to — a challenge that in its own way mirrors the problem of the Republican Party. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the most interesting candidates in the Democratic Party are the younger ones who feel in their bones that the future is no longer what it used to be. It has eluded the capacity of old-time apparatchiks to conceive and is potentially more dangerous and wonderful than we can imagine.”

THE BULL SEES THE CAPE, NOT THE SWORD: The Senate Confirmed Four Federal Judges While The House Heard Impeachment Testimony.

Related:

UPDATE: From the comments: “It’s always a constitutional crisis when liberals don’t get what they want.” Noticed that, have you?

OPEN THREAD: It’s all yours.

CAUSE AND EFFECT:

Shot: Dallas mayor calls increase in crime ‘patently unacceptable.’

—Dallas-area ABC affiliate WFAA, yesterday.

Chaser: The new Dallas County DA doesn’t seem to like prosecuting people.

—Jazz Shaw, Hot Air, April 16th.

DEVELOPING: Multiple Victims in Shooting at Pearl Harbor; Naval Shipyard on Lockdown.

NEWS OF FRESH DISASTER: The Karlan Catastrophe.

But the Democrats’ worst witness was Stanford professor Pamela Karlan. Karlan reportedly was considered for a Supreme Court appointment by Barack Obama, but rejected as too radical. She also was reported to be on Hillary Clinton’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Karlan came across as an obsessive Trump-hater. She testified that on one occasion, she was walking down a sidewalk and came to a Trump hotel. She said that she crossed the street so she wouldn’t have to pass in front of the Trump property. That’s some objective “expert” witness.

But Karlan’s worst moment came when she dragged the Trumps’ 13-year-old son Barron into a prepared joke.

Karlin may not ever make it to the Supremes, but she definitely shot a fine audition tape for MSNBC today.

CHINA’S ONE-CHILD POLICY MEETS PAKISTAN’S HISTORIC CONTEMPT FOR WOMEN: AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China. I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg.

OH: Joe Biden says he will refuse to testify in Senate impeachment trial if called. “Biden did not add whether he would answer to a subpoena if it were issued by Senate lawmakers.”

LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF FONDLING CORPSE; Apparently Didn’t Realize That Turning Off His Body Cam Wouldn’t Stop It From Recording Him.

MOST OF OUR POLITICAL/ACADEMIC CLASS NO LONGER POSSESSES THE REQUISITE SELF DISCIPLINE: I thought the law professors would give a very somber, neutral-seeming presentation of what they would characterize as law.

I am surprised that they spoke so severely and stridently and launched right into stating conclusions, applying the law to the facts, and expressing these conclusions in a tone I’m used to seeing in the movies, where hammy actors argue to a jury.

I thought — as I said 2 posts down — the idea would be for the 3 law professors called by the Democrats to provide cover for the Democrats by performing the theater of making everything sound like law and not politics and by speaking in a tone that would feel academic and sadly, grimly inevitable.

But they came on so strong, righteously angry and in an exaggerated tone, making assertions that the things Trump did are impeachable. They did not work to establish our confidence that they were operating in a scholarly zone that was truly their expertise. They did not give us reason to believe we should listen to them as expert witnesses.

What an awful display! . . . It was not at all the “constitutional law seminar” that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone decried. It was an unwatchable harangue. The GOP witness Jonathan Turley stepped back and made an important argument: You need to be careful that whatever you do is going to set a precedent that will be used against future Presidents. Also (and this was quite apt after listening to Feldman and, particularly, Karlan): Everyone is too angry and this isn’t the sort of thing we should be doing in a state of high hysteria. Turley bolstered his testimony by assuring us that he didn’t like Trump and didn’t vote for him. That, ironically, made him the least political of the set of 4 professors, but it isn’t quite fair that there’s no one on the panel to balance Feldman and Karlan and simply make a scenery-chewing pro-Trump argument.

It looks like what it is, a political show trial by a bunch of frustrated, angry apparatchiks who don’t have much of anything solid to work with.

Plus, from the comments: “This charade is being conducted for many reasons. One reason seems to be that we cannot allow the deplorables to elect a POTUS.”

And, seen on Facebook: “It’s like Watergate, but with morons.”

Plus: Rep. Al Green blasts Judiciary Committee for lack of diversity in impeachment witnesses. Racism, straight up!

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Turley: Under Democrats’ ‘Abuse of Power’ Standard, Obama Could Have Been Impeached. Except, of course, that if the GOP had impeached Obama, they would have been called racist. Though today’s panel of law professors for impeachment was no more diverse than the Democrats’ all-white top candidates tier. White supremacy is everywhere.

UPDATE: Another law professor weighs in.

PELOTON RESPONDS TO AD CRITICISM, SAYS IT’S ‘DISAPPOINTED IN HOW SOME HAVE MISINTERPRETED’ THE SPOT.

C’mon — national ad buys are focus-grouped to death. Peloton had to know they’d get this response, and released the ad to generate buzz by tweaking the hair-trigger response of the social media outrage mobs. See also: Nike, Disney, and the rest of Hollywood.

REP. MATT GAETZ (R-FL) JUST BROUGHT A BLOW TORCH TO THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS AND SET A GLORIOUS BONFIRE: “‘To all of the witnesses: if you have personal knowledge of a single material fact in the Schiff report, please raise your hand.’ *silence*”

Related: Impeachment Witness Pamela Karlan Insults Barron Trump for Some Reason: “There’s an unwritten rule in politics that the children of politicians are off-limits. You don’t attack the president’s kids, no matter how much you hate the president. Of course, as with most rules of politics, this only applies when the target is a Democrat. You could bash George W. Bush’s daughters all day long for eight years, but you couldn’t dare say anything about Sasha or Malia Obama. Back when Bill Clinton was president, Rush Limbaugh caused a national scandal by insulting the then-teenage Chelsea Clinton. But it’s okay to insult the teenage child of a president who ran and won as a Republican. That’s different.”

And Karlan issues a classic non-apology apology afterwards: “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”

Related: Nothing’s more convincing than liberal professors yelling at you.

WATCH: LAW PROF. DESTROYS DEMOCRAT CLAIM THAT TRUMP’S UKRAINE CALL WAS ‘BRIBERY.’

Related: George Washington University Law School Prof. Jonathan Turley “flips the Dem argument on impeachment on its head: ‘If you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing exactly what you’re criticizing the president of doing.’”

More: Turley Rips Fast-Track Trump Impeachment, Warns Of The Future.

THE LATEST BULLSHIT WOKE PHENOMENON: “Plastic-shaming.”

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PROF. JONATHAN TURLEY ON IMPEACHMENT: ‘This is wrong,’ being mad is no basis for impeachment. “This is a facially incomplete and inadequate record with which to impeach a president. . . . This case is not a case of the unknowable, it is a case of the peripheral.”

THE PURPOSE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT IS NOT TO CLEAN UP THE PLANET: China DGAF, the left oblivious.

The wages of identity politics – “white man bad” and all that – is the obsessive focus on own society’s failings, the real, the exaggerated, the imaginary, while everyone else gets a free pass. Who are we, the privileged oppressors, to critics other people in other parts of the world?

And so, while the virtue signalers are banning plastic straws and single-use supermarket plastic bags to “save the planet”, “The amount of plastic polluting China‘s coastal waters has soared following a government drive to stop rubbish being dumped in the country’s rivers. More than 200 million cubic metres of waste was found floating off Chinese shores last year, up 27 per cent on 2017, according to the environment ministry.”

Huo Chuanlin, deputy director of the ecology and environment ministry’s marine environment department told journalists that “China is the biggest producer and exporter of plastic products, accounting for about 30 per cent of the world’s total, but that doesn’t mean China is a major marine plastic polluting country.” But even Independent newspaper is not buying it: “scientists say China is the world’s leading generator of plastic waste.” Indeed.

While the cheerleaders of Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion are thinking up ever new ways of shutting down the Western economies, dreaming up mad multi-multi-trillion dollar “renewable energy” schemes, and even the mainstream politicians are demonising fossil fuels and nuclear in favour of green energy, which is nowhere near sufficient to power our societies, China just keeps on pumping that CO2 into our sweet air.

Like I said the environmental movement isn’t about cleaning up the planet.

AN ELOQUENT, CONCISE DESCRIPTION OF TODAY’S IMPEACHMENT HEARING: It’s not merely a fraud, according to Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.).

THE CLINTONS DENY A LOT OF STUFF: Clintons Deny Ever Staying at Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Wild West’ Property in New Mexico.

MORE ON METFORMIN: Diabetes drug has unexpected, broad implications for healthy aging.

HARVARD LAW PROF TELLS A BIG FAT ONE: House Judiciary Committee Democrats led their hearing this morning with Harvard’s Noah Feldman. Later in the day under intense questioning by Rep. Matthew Gaetz (R-Flor.), Feldman claimed he “was an impeachment skeptic before July 25.”

That’s a flat-out misrepresentation by Feldman of his views because he was among the early advocates of impeachment, beginning March 7, 2017, barely six weeks after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. See three more examples in 2017 and 2018 of Feldman clearly pushing impeachment of Trump: here, here and here.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: What ‘Bombshell’ Stars Really Think of Fox News, Conservatives.

I’m reminded of a favorite bit of dialog from Serenity.

The Operative: It’s worse than you know.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: It usually is.

Indeed.

YET ANOTHER DEMOCRAT IS ASKING WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM: ‘Not one person of color:’ Rep. Al Green (D-TX) scolds Congress over lack of diversity of impeachment witnesses.

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MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Joe Biden: Just Stupid Enough to Get Away with Being a Thief. “Joe Biden has always been just smart enough to see what he could get away with, and just dumb enough that few believed he could actually be that corrupt — like finding out your favorite Bond supervillain had the IQ of an ashtray.”

The best part? Biden just accused someone else of plagiarism.

COME SEE THE RACISM INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Julián Castro Said Kamala Harris’s Campaign Suffered Because The Media Holds Candidates Of Color To Different Standards.

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WELL, WITH THE NEXT ICE AGE OVERDUE, THAT’S GOOD: We May Finally Understand How Life Survived The Icy Hell of Snowball Earth.

WHY ARE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH CHYRONS REPORTING ON DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM AND SEXISM? Julian Castro and MSNBC Agree: Media Held Kamala Harris to a Different Standard.

NEVER TOO WOKE: Chris Pratt Forced to Apologize for Water Bottle.

IS THERE ANYTHING TRUMP CAN’T DO? Poll: Fewer Americans see major issues with U.S. healthcare system.

SYNERGY: ABC Turns News Department Into Disney PR.

What’s the point of buying a dying news division if you can’t turn it into a profit-generating propaganda outfit for the rest of the company?

GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE: In-use makeup products, namely blending sponges, crawling with infectious bacteria: study. “Conducted by researchers with Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences in the UK, the study found that roughly 90 percent of the makeup products tested – such as mascara, lip gloss and ‘blender’ sponges – were contaminated with ‘superbugs’ like E. coli and Staphylococci.”

THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!

Shot: ‘Kamala is a cop’ was a racist narrative that killed Harris’s campaign dead. And whatever you think about her, it’s deeply unfair.

—The London Independent, yesterday.

Chaser: Kamala Harris, a ‘Top Cop’ in the Era of Black Lives Matter.

—The New York Times,  May 5, 2016.

I’m not sure why the Independent believes that the Democratic primary is a cesspit of racism, but I do know that they’re approaching 20 years of first-class journalisming.

EVERYTHING’S “BUDGET FRIENDLY” FOR THE RIGHT BUDGET: Bugatti Chiron Noire: A Budget-Friendly Supercar.

BORDERLANDS: Two of my colleagues on the Commission on Civil Rights will be speaking today on a panel on Capitol Hill about the Commission’s report entitled “Trauma at the Border.”

I won’t be there. Alas, dissenters like me don’t get invited. Nevertheless, here is my dissent from that report. And here is my more thorough dissent from the Commission’s earlier report on mostly the same subject. If you are interested in immigration detention issues, the latter dissent in particular is worth a read. If nothing else, it has entertainment value.

VICTORY GIRLS: Down the Democratic Rabbit Hole of Impeachment.

THE BILL PASSED 407-TO-1: China protests as US House passes Uygur bill demanding sanctions over human rights abuses in Xinjiang camps. “It would prohibit the export of certain US technologies that could be used in state-sponsored suppression.”

C. BRADLEY THOMPSON: ‘Americanism’ can save us from a modern-day civil war. Here’s why.

I recommend his book, America’s Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration That Defined It. But it’s a problem that opposition to ‘Americanism’ is a core tenet of the left.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST:

Shot: Climate change could put women at risk for giving birth early.

—ABC News, today.

Chaser: FLASHBACK: ABC’s ’08 Prediction: NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015.

—Scott Whitlock, NewsBusters, June 12, 2015.

(Classical reference in headline.)

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RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Another insider fix from New York’s pathetic ethics cops. “If it’s not a coverup, it’s the next best thing: The state Inspector General’s Office just proved that it can’t investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Iran Orders U.S. to Pay $130 Billion in Reparations. “Threatens to annihilate U.S., Britain, Israel, Saudi Arabia.”

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FIGHT THE POWER: Actor Hugh Grant Stumps for Jewish MP, Calls Out Antisemitism in Labour Party.

INCLUDING FROM DONALD TRUMP, PRESUMABLY: Hillary Says She Has Been ‘Deluged’ With Requests to Run for President Again.

FIRE’S 2020 SPEECH CODE RATINGS OUT TODAY: Of the 471 rated colleges across the country, 89% still have red- or yellow-light ratings for having written policies that censor speech, which is outrageous. But for the very first time, more than 10% have green lights. (OK, 11%, but hey, it’s more than 10!) Odds are good your alma mater is in the ratings. How’d it do?

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Clinton Donors Charged in Massive Campaign-Finance Scheme.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE. MOVE ALONG. Holy Schiff! Phone Records Show Schiff Spied on Giuliani, Rep. Devin Nunes, and a ‘Hill’ Reporter.

WHAT DO YOU CALL A CANDIDATE POOL WITH TWO WOMEN, A GAY MAN, A JEW, A HALF JEW, AND A CATHOLIC?: If you’ve drank a certain type of Kool-Aid, you call this “not diverse”–even though there has been only one Catholic president, and no gay, Jewish, or woman presidents. The obsession with arbitrary and artificial “official” minority status may be the single worse feature of the modern chattering classes.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): On the other hand, if all the candidates were black, we’d be hearing how diverse the Democratic field is!

CHANGE: Google Co-Founders Page, Brin Give Up Management Roles.

Although still closely identified with the company, the co-founders have been a dwindling visible presence inside the Mountain View, Calif., campus for years, current and former employees say.

Google faces an unusually fierce collection of threats this year. Competitors like Amazon.com Inc. are chipping at its online-advertising business, while state and federal regulators are beginning broad investigations of purported anticompetitive behavior. Google has pledged to cooperate with the inquiries.

“While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it’s time to assume the role of proud parents,” Messrs. Page and Brin wrote in the letter. “We plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about.”

Maybe we could mark the occasion than with an antitrust investigation.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! Students protest suspension of ‘Don’t bring too many white students around’ employee.

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