Watch: Journalist Brilliantly Blows Up MSNBC’s Anti-Gun Argument With One Perfect Question

National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday responding to President Obama and other anti-gun liberals who are calling for gun-control legislation in the wake of Thursday’s campus shooting in Oregon. 

In statements made Thursday night after the shooting, Obama said: “This is something we should politicize,” adding that it is “a political choice that we make to allow [these shootings] to happen every few months in America.”

Cooke responded to these comments made by the President and others like him: “The way they talk is as if they have the answer and there are these recalcitrant forces in the country that say ‘no, no, no,’ even though deep down they know their legislation will work. That’s simply not the case. It’s far more complicated than that.”

In response, Time journalist Mark Halperin said that there must be “passion to try to come up with solutions.” 

After a back and forth with Halperin and Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, Cooke asked the question that quieted both:

“What is it you’re proposing?” [emphasis added.]

Former Vermont governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean jumped into the conversation, suggesting universal background checks and holding gun dealers responsible, if they sell guns to those with a mental illness.

Cooke responded that now they could at least have a debate whether those proposals would actually address the problem of mass shootings.

He continued by critiquing President Obama’s reaction to the shooting: “before any details were known here, before they knew who the shooter was, what gun he used, where he had got the gun, the president came out…and said you know what we need to do? These three things we always talk about. Once again, those three things didn’t even intersect with this shooting.”

h/t: IJReview

Watch: Journalist Brilliantly Blows Up MSNBC’s Anti-Gun Argument With One Perfect Question

National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday responding to President Obama and other anti-gun liberals who are calling for gun-control legislation in the wake of Thursday’s campus shooting in Oregon. 

In statements made Thursday night after the shooting, Obama said: “This is something we should politicize,” adding that it is “a political choice that we make to allow [these shootings] to happen every few months in America.”

Cooke responded to these comments made by the President and others like him: “The way they talk is as if they have the answer and there are these recalcitrant forces in the country that say ‘no, no, no,’ even though deep down they know their legislation will work. That’s simply not the case. It’s far more complicated than that.”

In response, Time journalist Mark Halperin said that there must be “passion to try to come up with solutions.” 

After a back and forth with Halperin and Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, Cooke asked the question that quieted both:

“What is it you’re proposing?” [emphasis added.]

Former Vermont governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean jumped into the conversation, suggesting universal background checks and holding gun dealers responsible, if they sell guns to those with a mental illness.

Cooke responded that now they could at least have a debate whether those proposals would actually address the problem of mass shootings.

He continued by critiquing President Obama’s reaction to the shooting: “before any details were known here, before they knew who the shooter was, what gun he used, where he had got the gun, the president came out…and said you know what we need to do? These three things we always talk about. Once again, those three things didn’t even intersect with this shooting.”

h/t: IJReview

Israel’s Crucial Election: Here’s Why It Could Be Quite A While Before Netanyahu’s Fate Is Known

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Reports out of Israel say that mid-afternoon voter turnout in the national elections is running slightly behind the level seen at this time in the 2013 election cycle in which Benjamin Netanyahu cruised to an easy win as the country’s prime minister.

This time around, though, Netanyahu finds himself locked in a hotly contested race for control of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset. While the latest polling has put the main challenger to Netanyahu’s Likud party slightly ahead, analysts say the contest is way too close to call in favor of leading rival Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union.

The Times of Israel reminds us that, with the way Israeli elections work, it will very likely be a few weeks from now before it’s known whether Bibi Netanyahu will be elected to an unprecedented fourth term as prime minister.

Unlike US elections, in which a clear candidate (usually) emerges victorious, Tuesday is just one phase of a drawn-out process in Israel. After the votes come in, parties will unite behind their preferred prime minister no matter who came in first. Israel’s president will then select the party leader with the largest supporting bloc to form a government.

In a last-minute effort to rally support, Netanyahu on Monday announced that, if re-elected, a Palestinian state would not be established while he was prime minister. It was a move that put him further at odds with the Obama administration.

“I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state today, and evacuate areas, is giving radical Islam an area from which to attack the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

And on election day, Netanyahu raised another red flag by claiming that high turnout among Arab-Israeli voters was a major threat to his continued leadership. As a post on Yahoo! News notes:

“Netanyahu claimed high Arab voter turnout was putting his right wing Likud Party’s rule ‘in danger,’ according to a posting on his Facebook page. ‘Arab voters are going to the polls in droves. Left wing organizations are bringing them in buses,’ he said.”

As Western Journalism has reported, Netanyahu supporters have charged — and the U.S. Congress is now investigating the claims — that the Obama administration as well as Obama campaign operatives have been working on the ground in Israel to encourage anti-Netanyahu voters to mobilize and vote for Bibi’s opponents.

h/t: The Times of Israel

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

WATCH: White House Just Hinted Obama’s Next Executive Action Could Be A Huge Money Grab

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In another shot at the Constitution, congressional authority and the rule of law, President Obama is reportedly considering using executive action to unilaterally raise taxes.

Considering the words of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Obama intends to try to implement his agenda, not by working with Congress, but by wielding his pen — to execute vetoes as well as implement executive orders.

According to an article in Forbes, the president may try to trespass on ground that, up until now, has been held by a co-equal branch of the federal government, the Congress — making and/or changing tax law, specifically, corporate taxes.

The Forbes article notes that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — an Independent with strong Socialist leanings who generally caucuses with the Democrats — wrote a letter to the Obama administration suggesting the president could close corporate tax loopholes on his own, without getting congressional permission.

Sen. Sanders appears to have opened a veritable barn door for the President to act more broadly than is customary.

Although the actions recommended by Sen. Sanders target corporations, it is worth noting that the tax hikes included in the President’s budget are numerous.

As The Blaze notes in its coverage of the possible Obama executive action on taxes: “Obama wants Congress to pass corporate tax reform, but Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has said the proposal would not go anywhere.”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the White House spokesman tell reporters that Obama is “very interested” in exploring the extraordinary tax change as well as all sorts of other executive actions. And as you watch, you might see that Josh Earnest’s facial expression seems to reveal a certain glee at the prospect of his boss continuing to act with what one might call unfettered, unilateral abandon.

h/t: Forbes

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

BREAKING: Watch Obama’s VA Chief Caught On Cam In A Huge Whopper: President Does What?

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President Obama tapped Robert McDonald to take the reins of the deeply troubled Veterans Administration last July to clean up the dysfunctional organization and polish its image.

Now, in a startling twist of fate, Obama’s VA Secretary has his own image to be concerned about.

Multiple news sources, including Fox News, are reporting on a fresh scandal at the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, where Secretary McDonald has just issued an apology for lying about his military service…lying to a homeless veteran.

The CBS Evening News caught on camera an exchange between the VA chief and a down-and-out, black veteran on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. McDonald was in LA as part of the VA’s outreach to veterans living on the streets.

On the CBS report, the disheveled vet is seen telling McDonald that he was in special forces during his military service…to which McDonald quickly replied that he, too, was in special forces.

But he wasn’t. The head of Obama’s VA — in an apparent attempt to ingratiate himself with the homeless vet and play to the news camera that was following him around — claimed to be something he never was.

A report on The Blaze credits The Huffington Post with outing the secretary’s lie in an article that quoted McDonald as saying he was wrong and had “no excuse” for wrongly claiming he was in special forces.

The VA boss did complete Army Ranger training but reportedly never actually served in a special forces unit.

The Fox News piece on the latest VA scandal notes that the White House released a statement Monday night saying they accepted McDonald’s explanation of his “misstatement” and that he never intended to lie about his military career.

“‘Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service,’ the statement said.”

You can watch the original CBS report by clicking on the video above, and then decide for yourself if the White House is whitewashing the latest incident to hit the highest level of the Veterans Administration..

h/t: Fox News

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom