Waco Standoff: A Painful Reckoning for ATF, FBI

Lee Hancock, Dallas Morning News
There would be a painful reckoning for ATF and the FBI. ATF's raid and an ensuing 51-day standoff managed by the FBI ended with the fiery deaths of Koresh and more than 70 followers. It prompted lawsuits, congressional hearings, an independent counsel's investigation, and conspiracy theories about government and guns.

Thank Goodness My Kids’ School Has Armed Staff Member

Anonymous, Federalist
In the days and weeks following a mass shooting, whenever I open my news app, a dark frission runs through me. This troubling, liminal awareness that the top story might be another community’s utter nightmare leaves me longing for fake news and celebrity schlock.

Robert Mueller Doesn’t Need a Smoking Gun

Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic
As of the latest indictments and plea agreements, the picture of what may have happened in the 2016 election, and the path that special counsel Robert Mueller is on, are becoming clearer. Washington is impressed with the airtight secrecy of Mueller’s operation—showing that this is possible among professionals who aren’t playing party games.

The Train to Common Sense

Robert Curry, American Greatness
Like the people on the train, you and I now must live with the threat of Islamic jihad as we go about our daily lives. In America, the threat we face is increasing because our elite instituted what is perhaps the strangest immigration policy in American history; it responded to 9/11 by increasing Muslim immigration, and increasing it enormously.

This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like

Alana Semuels, The Atlantic
“I’m a working woman again,” she told me, in the common room of the senior apartment complex where she now lives, here in California’s Inland Empire. Gordon has worked dozens of odd jobs throughout her life—as a house cleaner, a home health aide, a telemarketer, a librarian, a fundraiser—but at many times in her life, she didn’t have a steady job that paid into Social Security. She didn’t receive a pension. And she definitely wasn’t making enough to put aside money for retirement.

Why Didn’t the FBI Call Carter Page for an Interview?

Andrew McCarthy, NRO
My column that posted last night is an in-depth analysis of the Schiff memo, the response of House Intelligence Committee Democrats to the Nunes memo published by committee Republicans. I offer a variety of reasons why the response principally proffered by the committee’s ranking member, Representative Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), fails to defend the issuance of FISA court surveillance warrants against an American citizen tied to the Trump campaign, Carter Page, in a counterintelligence investigation seeking to probe suspected ties between Donald Trump and Russia. The warrant was issued...

Judge to rule whether to suppress accused leaker’s statement

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A judge is weighing whether to suppress the statement of a woman accused of leaking National Security Agency secrets because federal agents did not warn her that her words might be used against her and that she could wait for a lawyer.

The Augusta Chronicle reports ...

The Democrats’ Date With Disaster

Conrad Black, New York Sun
With The Democratic party is in shambles, represented equally by Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's urging defiance of federal immigration laws and Broward County sheriff Scott Israel's swanning on CNN, demanding more power, and saying he has given

High Court Case Threatens Dems’ Use of Union Muscle

John Kass, Chicago Tribune
Can you be forced to give up money to someone else, who’ll then use your cash to push a political agenda with which you disagree? It is technically a First Amendment issue in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees that is being decided by the Supreme Court

Parkland Victims Are the Most Trusted People in U.S.

Chris Matthews, Wash Post
“We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds,” he said in his broadcast of Feb. 27, 1968. “. . . For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.”

Unions Could Be Dismantled. Progressives Must Unite

Tom Steyer, The Guardian
During the March on Washington in 1963, Dr Martin Luther King Jr spoke about “the fierce urgency of now”, underscoring the immediate and pressing need to take strong and immediate action to advance civil rights. It couldn’t wait. Today, communities across the country find themselves in a similar moment, fighting politicians who are hellbent on enacting Donald Trump’s noxious agenda of inequality and injustice.

McDaniel Set to Take On Wicker in MS Republican Primary

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP
Republicans got a wake-up call regarding the perils of anti-incumbent primaries last year, when Alabama Sen. Luther Strange lost a runoff to Roy Moore, who in turn lost to Democrat Doug Jones – at one time an unthinkable outcome. But not everyone sees danger. Instead, another conservative insurgent from the Deep South, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, is poised to run against a fellow Republican, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker.

Cutting NRA Ties Is Bad for Business and America

Jon Gabriel, USA Today
In the aftermath of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the American people are mad. Mad at the FBI, which received a detailed and specific warning of the shooting but never followed up. Mad at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, which visited the attacker’s home 23 times before the shooting and waited outside for several minutes before running into the high school. And, of course, they’re mad at the killer.

Trump Administration Family Planning Strategy Under Fire

The Trump administration has adopted a new strategy for how it issues tens of millions of dollars in federal family-planning grants, giving preference to groups that stress abstinence and making it harder for Planned Parenthood to do business.

The Latest: Students return to a school marked by shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the return of students and teachers to classes following the killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School(all times local):

6:30 a.m.

Teachers and students are arriving early at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, their first day back after an expelled ...

Illinois House showdown on gun-purchasing restrictions looms

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democrats are gearing up for a showdown on gun-purchasing restrictions.

House leaders plan votes Wednesday on five measures to restrict firearms purchases and intervene on mental health issues.

The Judiciary-Criminal Committee endorsed each Tuesday evening on 8-5 partisan roll calls. Republicans and gun-rights advocates complain ...

Supreme Court hearing Minnesota polling place apparel case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Minnesota law that bars residents from wearing political clothing at the polls - from Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats to Democratic Party T-shirts and union buttons - is being debated at the Supreme Court.

Opponents say the law is overly broad. But Minnesota has ...

Echo of Obamacare: Dems divided over vow to repeal tax law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans spent much of the last decade firing up their base with a vow to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But when it came to doing the deed, they found promises much easier than execution.

Democrats may be starting down the same path on taxes.