- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Attorney General William Barr has emerged as “the Democrats’ worst nightmare,” writes PJ Media founder Roger L. Simon after Mr. Barr’s back-to-back appearances on Capitol Hill to illuminate the lawmakers about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. They also learned of Mr. Barr’s own plans to investigate the investigation’s mysterious heritage and the motivations of those who produced it.

“Democrats would be well-advised to lay off the attorney general, maybe even treat him with kid gloves, because he holds a good deal of the future of their party in his hands. In fact, he is positioned to make that party bleed as perhaps no one in history. And it only makes it worse that he is clearly such a straight shooter,” Mr. Simon noted.

Let us mull over some headlines and one tweet from the last 24 hours.

“The single-sentence Russia bombshell that Attorney General Barr delivered to Congress” (The Hill); “‘A Growling Bear With a Brain’: Bill Bennett Says AG Barr ‘Turned the Tables’ on Dems” (Fox News); “Instead of impeaching Trump why not impeach Barr?” (Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, in a tweet); “Barr alludes to ‘spying’ on 2016 Trump campaign” (AOL News); “William Barr is doing exactly what Trump hired him to do” (The Washington Post); “Trump found an attorney who will protect him” (Washington Monthly); “Trump is getting exactly the attorney general he wants” (Rolling Stone); “Trump gets his Roy Cohn as Barr accuses Obama of campaign ‘spying’” (Vanity Fair); “Dem senator to AG: The word ‘spying’ could cause everyone in cable news to freak out” (CNS News).

PARSCALIZATION



Brad Parscale — who is President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager — offered some insight about those mighty doings during a conversation with Fox News prime-time host Laura Ingraham — revealing that the president remains true to the visceral motivation that prompted him to run for the White House in the first place.

“He’s going to stay strong. He’s fighting for this country. He ran for office for no other reason but to save the country, and I don’t think he’s going to move away from that. It’s still how we won the election — and it’s going to be how he continues to win,” said Mr. Parscale, who served as digital media director for the president’s 2016 campaign.

Trump voters are a motivated bunch these days. Mr. Parscale also revealed that concurrent with the most recent campaign rally in Michigan, over 100,000 people offered their cellphone numbers for the campaign’s vast and comprehensive data bank, which pinpoints relevant voter information down to family members and neighborhoods. Such tactics have come to be called “Parscalization” by Politico and other news organizations — and it is a technique coveted by Mr. Trump’s political rivals who long for such intricate, useful information.

“They all talked about how the president didn’t know how to run a campaign. Now they’re trying to copy his campaign. I wish they would copy his policies because he knows the right policies to get the country fixed as well,” Mr. Parscale said.

HALLS OF IVY

What’s an Easter egg hunt without legal questions?

“Hard-boiled lawyers made sure no kids could participate in the University of California, Berkeley’s campus Easter egg hunt without their parents first signing a waiver,” reports Lenore Skenazy, a contributor to Reason.

“Before the tykes were ushered toward the roped-off grass, parents stood in line for up to half an hour to hand in the official form for 25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Learning Festival. God forbid the kids just have fun,” she says.

“According to the waiver, which was obtained by Reason, the undersigned agreed that ‘Participation in The Activity carries with it certain risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries.’ These risks ranged from ‘1) minor injuries, such as scratches, bruises and sprains 2) major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, joint or back injuries, heart attacks, and concussions to 3) catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death’,” Ms. Skenazy continued.

“Are they hunting Easter eggs or landmines?” she wonders.

MEANWHILE IN THE ARCTIC

In their first meeting in five years, representatives of several Nordic nations met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg for an International Arctic Forum to parse out the particulars of a very cold but tantalizing region.

“The Nordic-Russian meetings in the International Arctic Forum revealed vast divides in the perception of the Arctic. While the Russians are engaged in an unprecedented development of the region based on extraction of hydrocarbons and coal, as well as large-scale buildup of new infrastructure and military capabilities, the Nordic neighbors push for a higher focus on climate issues,” notes an account by Atle Staalesen, founder of The Independent Barents Observer, a news organization based in Kirkenes, Norway, in the far northeast portion of the nation, less than 10 miles from the Russian border.

“In oil-dependent Russia, the stress on combating climate change is met with little understanding. Putin himself made clear that he believes the problem of black carbon in the Arctic is exaggerated and that the world will not turn to alternative energy sources any time soon. Russia is an oil and gas nation and intends to stay so,” writes Mr. Staalesen.

“The resources are truly titanic; they are of global proportions,” Mr. Putin told the conference audience, then pointed at Leonid Mikhelson, leader of natural gas company Novatek, who sat on the front row.

“At the same time, as if signaling his willingness to work with the world community, Mr. Putin confirmed that Russia is in the process of ratifying the 2015 Paris Climate Accord,” the journalist wrote.

“We will do it after an in-depth analysis of consequences of the actions, but we are moving in this direction,” Mr. Putin observed.

POLL DU JOUR

40% of Americans do not want former Vice President Joseph R. Biden to run for president; 58% of Republicans, 38% of independents and 28% of Democrats agree.

30% prefer that Mr. Biden run for president; 17% of Republicans, 24% of independents and 44% of Democrats agree.

30% are undecided or unsure whether he should run; 25% of Republicans, 38% of independents and 28% of Democrats agree.

39% overall say Mr. Biden is the Democrat with the “best chance to defeat President Trump“; 26% of Republicans, 33% of independents and 54% of Democrats agree.

35% overall say he is “too old” to run for president; 48% of Republicans, 28% of independents and 30% of Democrats agree.

Source: A Politico/Morning Consult poll of 1,992 registered U.S. voters conducted April 5-7.

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