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Manafort case is about Manafort – not Trump or the Trump campaign

Closing arguments ended Wednesday in the federal court trial of Paul Manafort on 18 bank and tax fraud charges. If you’ve been following most media coverage of the trial, you may think it’s somehow connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s seemingly endless investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. After all, Mueller filed the charges against Manafort, who was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman. And, aside from the charges of lying on bank-loan applications, Manafort is charged with failing to pay taxes stemming from his work for a Russian-backed Ukrainian president. Meanwhile, international media attention is focused on this case like it is the trial of the century. So it must be...

John Stossel: Social Security is going broke

Social Security is running out of money. You may not believe that, but it’s a fact. That FICA money taken from your paycheck was not saved for you in a “trust fund.” Politicians misled us. They spent every penny the moment it came in. This started as soon as they created Social Security. They assumed that FICA payments from young workers would cover the cost of sending checks to older people. After all, at the time, most Americans died before they reached 65. Now, however, people keep living longer. There just aren’t enough young people to cover my Social Security checks. So Social Security is going broke. This year, the program went into the red for the first time. Presidents routinely promise to fix this problem. George W. Bush said he’d “strengthen and save” Social Security. Barack Obam...

Here’s how Trump can end the whole Mueller investigation farce

Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems determined to press forward with some version of the Spanish Inquisition – an increasingly indefensible, apparently groundless, objectively debilitating inquiry into what was initially one question: Did the Trump campaign knowingly coordinate with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election? Barring something that has remained hidden for more than 20 months, Americans know the facts: Mueller’s inquisition was triggered by several Obama-Clinton partisans, including anti-Trump appointees at the FBI and CIA. The names of these partisans now trigger nausea: Fired FBI Director James Comey; former CIA Director John Brennan; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok (whose...

Anti-Trump media manages to spin electoral victories into defeats

Candidates supported by President Trump did well in a special congressional election in Ohio and in primaries Tuesday, although some races remained too close to call. But the anti-Trump media did their best to paint the outcome of the voting as bad news for the president. Journalists worked hard to spin a pro-Democratic narrative before the voting. For example, CNN anchor Don Lemon said Republicans are “people who will lie, steal, and cheat, lie to their mother, lie to themselves about what’s right of this country, about truth and facts.” Neutral objective journalism, right? Journalists also talked a lot about a “blue wave” and “a major sign of trouble for Republicans” before the votes were counted. Politico wrote of “Democrats surging.” Sort of like what they predicted back in 2016 ...

Manafort trial is complicated but Americans need to know this

The first two weeks of the trial of former Donald Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort on 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud charges have failed to implicate Trump or his campaign in any alleged criminal conduct. Prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller – who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election – are expected to call their final witness Monday at Manafort’s trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. If convicted on all counts, Manafort could face a maximum sentence of 305 years in prison. So far we’ve learned that the prosecution’s star witness, former Manafort employee Rick Gates, is a liar, a serial adulterer and a thief who embezzled funds from Manafort. And we’ve learned that Manafort is alleged to have ev...

Michael Goodwin: Why it’s time for Trump to play his ace in the hole

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S. July 29, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RC14CA639A30 You return from a great vacation and POW — reality hits like a punch in the nose. And that’s not counting the hassle of New York airports and traffic. The pain begins when you remember that the hapless Jeff Sessions is still the attorney general of the United States. It sharpens with the realization that Rod Rosenstein, officially Sessions’ deputy but really the boss of the Justice Department and FBI, continues to get away with the biggest partisan heist of modern times. Rosenstein is guilty of three main sins. One, he gives his spawn, special counsel Robert Mueller, virtually unlimited time, scope and budget to target anybody who wo...

Here’s what the left doesn’t get about America

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans) I was once a proud member of the Democratic party. Better yet, I was a proud supporter of both Bill and Hillary Clinton. Growing up in the 1990s, I gave President Clinton much of the credit for a period in our history that ushered in balanced budgets, relative peace and security at home, technological wonders like the internet and a nation that seemed on the rise, with limitless opportunity for all. Around 2011, however, I finally reached the point where I could no longer swallow the radicalized rhetoric coming from the left. The reasons were complex, but there was one thing above all else that planted me firmly in the Republican camp: the left’s need to constantly trash or see America in a negative light. Whether it was Barack Obama de...

Dan Gainor: The insults, they never stop! Anti-Trump media just can’t help themselves

The media didn’t even need Hillary Clinton this past week to denounce President Trump and his supporters as deplorables once more. Trump supporters were depicted as “deranged” and being fed “venom” by the president “on an almost daily basis.” Washington Post columnist and former Republican Jennifer Rubin said the president is “a desperate man,” “completely out of control” and “completely unhinged.” The latest episode escalated when President Trump spoke to supporters at a rally in Tampa, Fla. CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, a constant Trump critic, was heckled by the crowd. Boos and chants of “CNN sucks” reverberated across the Internet. Acosta even claimed he felt like “we weren’t in America anymore.” Apparently, CNN’s America only has free press, not free speech. Journa...

Do you know that there are five emotional diseases that can eat away at your happiness? Here they are

 (iStock) If you have been feeling unhappy lately, you’re not alone. According to a recent report on happiness conducted by The Harris Poll, only 1 in 3 Americans report being very happy. Another report, put together by Gallup and the health care data analytics firm Sharecare, confirms Americans are indeed feeling a decline in their sense of purpose, the strength of their relationships and their financial and physical health. In fact, both studies show that American unhappiness has been in decline over the past decade. While there are a myriad factors that contribute to our unhappiness, I believe an ungrateful attitude plays a key role in bringing us closer to or taking us further away from happiness. Did you know that simply being grateful can improve your physical and psychological healt...

These seven words changed Anthony Hopkins’ life – They can change yours, too

FILE — Cast member Sir Anthony Hopkins participates in a panel for the series “Westworld” at the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California.  (Reuters) More than 40 years ago, when actor Anthony Hopkins was appearing on Broadway in the hit drama “Equus,” he would play a practical joke on his audience each night. The moment the curtain fell on Act I, he would quickly repair to a bar around the corner from the theater. Astonished theatergoers would find the star of the show they were attending tossing back drinks, even before they could get their own orders in. The practice also made Hopkins, in his own words, “disgusted, busted and not to be trusted.” Shortly thereafter, Hopkins says, he attended his first meeting of Alcoholics Anonym...

John Stossel: Are looney liberals and smug celebrities about to put an end to tipping?

FILE  (iStock) Union protestors and celebrity advocates have decided that waiters’ tips aren’t big enough. They are upset that in 43 states, tipped workers can be paid a lower minimum wage, as low as $2.13 an hour. Not fair! Shout celebrities like Jane Fonda, who recorded commercials saying, “That’s barely enough to buy a large cup of coffee!” As usual, those who want the government to decide that workers must be paid more insist that “women and minorities” are hurt by the market. But waitress Alcieli Felipe is a minority and a woman. She says the celebrities and politicians should butt out. Thanks to tips, Felipe says in my new internet video, she makes “$25 an hour. By the end of the year, $48,000 to $50,000.” [embedded content] She understands that if government raises the minimum, “It’...

3D guns: The age of the downloadable firearm is upon us. Are we ready for the new risks they could unleash?

The age of the downloadable gun is upon us. As of Wednesday, most Americans will be able to legally access blueprints for 3D-printed guns, circumventing background checks and opening the door to do-it-yourself firearms that could bypass point-of-sale controls that have traditionally been used to limit access to firearms and other dangerous devices. Democrats urged the Trump administration Tuesday to block a settlement allowing blueprints for the 3D-printed guns to be downloaded from the Internet. “Donald Trump will be totally responsible for every downloadable, plastic AR-15 that will be roaming the streets of our country if he does not act today,” said Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. In addition, eight states filed lawsuits Monday seeking to block the downloads. And attorneys general in 21 st...