Trump Contradicts Himself and VP Pence on FBI Director Comey Firing

Yesterday, VP Pence said Trump acted on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General to fire FBI Director James Comey. Watch:First, Deputy AG Rosenstein didn't directly recommend Comey's firing and today, Trump says he had already planned to fire Comey without the recommendation, contradicting the White House statement and Pence.Amazing interview where Trump contradicts HIS OWN LETTER FIRING COMEY and everything the White House said yesterday pic.twitter.com/voFo9wfwvV— Judd … [Read more...]

Despite Erroneous Material, Family Research Council Features David Barton at Event for Pastors

Once upon a time, Family Research Council promoted a video which featured a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by self-styled historian David Barton (see the original here). This Capitol tour video was filled with historical errors. Four years ago, 33 Christian historians and social scientists detailed those errors to FRC in a letter: April 23, 2013Dear Tony Perkins, Kenyn Cureton, & J.P. Duffy:Knowing of your desire to offer truthful and accurate information to the public, we the … [Read more...]

Fix, Don’t Repeal, the Johnson Amendment

Recently, I appeared on the Up for Debate radio program hosted by Julie Roys to debate the status of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment forbids non-profit organizations from electioneering. Some religious groups want to repeal the amendment in order to allow pastors to endorse candidates for office without putting church tax exempt status at risk. Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom argued for the repeal of the amendment.While discussing the matter, I volunteered that I have … [Read more...]

Leaker or Whistleblower? It Depends on Your Point of View

It has been fascinating to watch the differences of perspective play out in the controversy over possible improper links between Donald Trump's campaign and people associated with Vladimir Putin. Two illustrations follow. First, listen to Evelyn Farkas described her efforts to alert colleagues in the Obama administration about the need to preserve information pertinent to possible Trump collusion with Putin loyalists.This is big! Evelyn Farkas admits she helped spy on Trump for Obama. … [Read more...]

This Just In: CPAC Rescinds Speaking Invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos, Publisher Pulls Book (UPDATED)

You knew this was coming:"@ACUConservative has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at #CPAC2017." pic.twitter.com/sVWGnPCW7C— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017After vocal reactions from a wide range of conservatives, CPAC rescinds the invitation.For background on this matter, see posts from yesterday (here and here).One wonders what took so long and what tipped the scale toward disinviting Yiannopoulos. Last night at 8:17pm, … [Read more...]

Pressure Mounts on CPAC to Cancel Milo Yiannopoulos’ Speech

The annual conference of the Conservative Political Action Committee is coming up next week. However, controversy has already arrived in the form of Milo Yiannopoulos. His invitation to speak at the conference is not sitting well with critics. The criticism of the invitation became especially hot after two videos surfaced of Yiannopoulos defending young teen-adult sex (as young as 13 as recorded in the interview). I am not going to embed the videos but you can listen for yourself here and here … [Read more...]

And Today’s Twitter Winner Is: Senator Chuck Grassley for His Ask Putin Why the Dead Pols Tweet

So many questions and so much material just from this one tweet.Whoever monitors twitter at WH tell Pres Trump to ask Putin"What do u hv agst ElectionOpponents bc they are killed/imprisoned/poisoned?"— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 12, 2017Did someone hack Sen. Grassley's account?If not, it is noteworthy that before church this morning a U.S. Senator implied Vladimir Putin has had his political opponents killed. It is also noteworthy that a Senator is … [Read more...]

House Vote to Create Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, August 2, 1983

On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represents a philosophy that is morally indefensible and politically and socially suicidal.-Martin Luther King, Jr. on the nomination of Barry Goldwater as GOP candidate for president. Over the weekend, far right conservative filmmaker and pundit Dinesh D'Souza inflamed Twitter by claiming that Rep. John Lewis ("John Lewis is not a "legend"--he was a minor player in the civil rights movement who became a nasty, bitter old … [Read more...]