Analysis: Why an Overlooked Distinction in Bill Taylor’s Testimony is a Potential Game Changer

From the beginning of the impeachment inquiry, those arraigned against President Trump routinely and almost casually frame Trump’s “ask” of the Ukrainian as a “request to dig up dirt on his political rival” — while Trump defenders attempt to reframe it as a legitimate request to combat corruption, which is…

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The Impeachment Spin Battle: A Visit to the Two Warring Universes

It turns out impeachment, as Clare Malone writes at 538.com, is really a public relation operation about politicians trying to sell the public on their version of events that can be interpreted in more than one way. The founders set it up that way, leaving “high crimes and misdemeanors” intentionally…

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Philip Klein: The Emerging Whistleblower Narrative as Revealed by the Volker Texts and Testimony

Conservative journalist Philip Klein, writing in the Washington Examiner has done a fine job of analyzing what we have learned from the release of texts and transcript of the July 25 call. The fact that his fact-based analysis comes from a conservative perspective makes it particularly valuable, and so I’m…

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Fact check: Adam Schiff’s false claim his committee had no prior contact with the whistleblower

Yes, it’s true. And it’s an unforced error by House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. When asked during an interview on Morning Joe on September 17 if his committee had had any prior contact with the whistleblower, Schiff responded: We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like…

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Is Tucker Carlson Putting Forward What Will Become the Main Republican Defense of Trump?

Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel have authored an op-ed in the Daily Caller that stakes out a position that may become the main republican defense of Trump–or may not, depending, of course, on Trump. Carlson and Patel open their piece with the following: Donald Trump should not have been on…

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New York Times Article Spurs Avalanche Exaggerations, Distortions, Disinformation

Today the New York Times reported that the whistleblower, after first approaching the CIA General Counsel with his concerns, then contacted a House Intelligence Committee aide, before eventually filing his complaint. This news led to a near instant avalanche of exaggerations, distortions, and disinformation. Following is a factual presentation of…

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