Anatomy of a Deep State – WSJ

The EPA’s ‘Science Integrity Official’ is plotting to undermine Trump’s agenda.

On May 8 a woman few Americans have heard of, working in a federal post that even fewer know exists, summoned a select group of 45 people to a June meeting in Washington. They were almost exclusively representatives of liberal activist groups. The invitation explained they were invited to develop “future plans for scientific integrity” at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Meet the deep state. That’s what conservatives call it now, though it goes by other names. The administrative state. The entrenched governing elite. Lois Lerner. The federal bureaucracy. Whatever the description, what’s pertinent to today’s Washington is that this cadre of federal employees, accountable to no one, is actively working from within to thwart Donald Trump’s agenda.

The reliable Kimberley A. Strassel on the case. The woman who called the meeting holds a position that’s

a legacy of Barack Obama, who at his 2009 inaugural promised to “restore science to its rightful place”—his way of warning Republicans that there’d be no more debate on climate change or other liberal environmental priorities.

It’s a plot, pure and simple, hatched by the craftiest leftist ever to live in the White House.

More more here: Anatomy of a Deep State – WSJ (for Wall St. Jnl subscribers).

Advice to the Sun-Times: Get a right-wing Mark Brown . . .

. . . to offset the real one, whose competence is top-rate, as are his left-wing creds.

Have a look at this list of his recent columns.

He’s good, no doubt. But what if there were a counter point to, ah, spark debate?

Sun-Times is heading for new ownership with the promise (right?) of independence. The new owners would be fools not to respect that, of course. So why not a bit of seasoning to the daily mix that has provided the place to go for local reporting, namely a non-Mark Brown who lays as heavily as he but into issues dear to the right?

Chi Trib’s editorial page has long provided that for its readers, not to mention the Royko successor John Kass, appearing regularly on its Page Two, its sole columnist to provide the ah-so experience for those on the right.

There could be one of those in S-T, yes. The conservative and libertarian woods are full of them. Somebody Chicago, of course, with not a Coastal bone in his or her body. Like Mark Brown, except different. The right man or woman for the right-wing job, yes.

Impeachment talk from Dems “political pap”

Larry Kudlow to the ramparts in a piece that is optimistic about passage of tax reform:

All this talk of impeachment based on obstruction of justice is just Democratic political pap. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who is no partisan, calls it “an awfully thin soup.”

Former federal prosecutor and NR contributor Andrew McCarthy says “the basis for claiming at this point that President Trump obstructed justice is not there.”

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe told Congress there’s been no interference in the FBI’s investigations and no request for additional funding.

If James Comey wrote a memo about obstruction of justice, he is legally obligated to report it to the highest levels of the Justice Department. Failure to do so could invoke criminal charges.

Why did he wait until he was fired to have his leakers put this out?

Yet behind all this mess, Speaker Paul Ryan keeps telling people that Congress can walk and chew gum at the same time. He’s right.

Let’s hear it for optimism, all you right-thinkers.