Trump Is Trying to Convince Rand Paul to Vote for Pompeo: Reason Roundup

Plus: The Fresno State professor who celebrated Barbara Bush's death could be in trouble, and a giant "U SUCK" message appears on the highway.

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President Donald Trump is confident he will ultimately convince Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) to vote to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the president's pick to be the next secretary of state. Trump told reporters that Paul "is a very special guy" who has "never let me down."

But Paul has pledged to oppose the nomination, on grounds that Pompeo is too favorable toward military intervention in the Middle East. Paul grilled Pompeo at his confirmation hearings last week, castigating the would-be secretary of state for continuing to support a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan—contrary to Trump's position.

"The president has been very specific at times on this and he said it's time to get out of Afghanistan," said Paul. "Some here worry you're going to be too much in agreement with the president, I worry you're going to be too much in disagreement with the president."

CNN reported that Trump called Paul yesterday and asked him to give Pompeo another chance:

Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill that Trump called him a "few minutes ago" and asked for him to meet with Pompeo and he will.

"I'm open to meeting right now and we'll see what happens in the meeting," he said with a smile, adding that no date had been set for the meeting.

Meanwhile, the president is touting Pompeo's involvement in recent efforts to bring North Korean President Kim Jong-Un to the negotiating table. According to The Washington Post:

Pompeo did help set the table for those negotiations to commence, when Kim and Trump meet in a yet-to-be-determined location. On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that the meeting would take place "in the coming weeks" and that "hopefully that meeting will be a great success."

Earlier Wednesday, Trump praised Pompeo for breaking the ice between the two countries, noting that the CIA director "got along with [Kim] really well, really great." Pompeo returned to Washington with enough assurance that North Korea was prepared to negotiate over the future of its nuclear weapons program that the White House decided summit talks were worthwhile, according to the people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

It's possible Trump is attempting to signal to Paul that Pompeo has abandoned his past as a torture-defending hawk and is ready to play the role of peace-seeking diplomat. Assuming that Paul proves immune to such overtures, Republicans will need to convince at least one Senate Democrat to vote for Pompeo in order to get him confirmed. Currently, it's unclear whether any of them will break ranks.

FREE MINDS

Randa Jarrar, the Fresno State University professor who celebrated the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush in a series of widely-condemned tweets, is now under investigation.

"This was beyond free speech," Fresno President Joseph Castro said, according to The Fresno Bee. "This was disrespectful."

But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and American Civil Liberties Union of North America both say it's a mistake for the university to investigate Jarrar for merely saying something offensive about Bush.

"If Fresno State administrators are reviewing her based on this political speech, that is troubling," said ACLU staff attorney Abre Connor.

And Ari Cohn, an attorney at FIRE, said, "The desire to see someone fired because they said something you disagree with or was offensive to you is childish and unproductive and it needs to stop."

FREE MARKETS

Tax Day is now officially over—for real this time. The IRS had to extend the deadline for U.S. residents to file taxes by one day after the website crashed on Monday, leaving many people incapable of completing their civic duty. Technical problems were apparently responsible for the glitch, which caused a "planned outage" error message to appear at IRS.gov.

"IRS teams worked hard throughout the night," said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. "We are back up and running."

Thank goodness for that.

QUICK HITS

  • Tamika Mallory, one of the co-presidents of the Women's March, wants people to boycott Starbucks because the Anti-Defamation League is assisting with the coffee company's anti-bias training. The ADL is a Jewish civil rights and anti-hate group. "The ADL sends U.S. police to Israel to learn their military practices," said Mallory in a tweet. "This is deeply troubling." Women's March leadership has previously been accused of anti-Semitism.
  • Don't presume Trump's talks with Kim Jong-un will necessarily be "fruitful."
  • Washington state transportation officials apologized for accidentally telling commuters: "U SUCK."
  • FIRE scored an important victory over Joliet Junior College, which had attempted to punish a student for distributing socialist pamphlets.
  • Protesters heckled James Comey during a book tour stop in New York City on Wednesday.

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  1. President Donald Trump is confident he will ultimately convince Sen. Rand Paul (R?Ky.) to vote to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo…

    What tit will he give for tat?

    1. His ample left one.

    2. This is a pretty big deal. Presidents usually get a lot of latitude on their appointments. Rand Paul is opposed to Pompeo on strong ideological grounds, which is perfectly within the norms.

      But why the speculation about being able to pick up even one Democrat. Where does talk of “breaking ranks” come from on an appointment confirmation?

      I recall rather vividly every time Republicans opposed a democrat appointee getting lectured by the press that the nominees should be judged only on their qualifications for the post, not their ideology or politics. So where’s the outrage this time around? Are we really going to have straight party votes on political appointees?

      1. Are we really going to have straight party votes on political appointees?

        The Democrats are just that nasty and craven. The Republican controlled Senate confirmed appalling idiots like Lynch and Kerry by large majorities. To think they were dumb enough to think Democrats would ever return the favor. Rubes.

      2. Republicans will need to convince at least one Senate Democrat to vote for Pompeo in order to get him confirmed. Currently, it’s unclear whether any of them will break ranks.

        Yeah, I’m not holding my breath waiting to see if the MSM starts referring to “obstructionist Democrats” the way they did about those “obstructionist Republicans”. Despite the fact that there were at least a few Republicans that stood on principle, saying that the President should be able to choose his own appointees and well-qualified appointees should be approved even if you disagree with their positions. There’s no question Pompeo is well-qualified even if he is a piece of shit. And yet not a single Democrat is going to vote to confirm?

      3. The GOP opposed Merrick Garland not on ideology but simply because a black POTUS nominated him.

        1. he as a Supreme Court judge with a lifetime appointment, not a cabinet nominee retard.

          Stick to the canned talking points that are sent to you. Making up your own never works out well for you. Know your limitations.

          1. I remember both Meyers and Bork.

        2. Merrick Garland was never appointed to the SCOTUS because the Senate gets to approve presidential nominations to the SCOTUS. The Senate passed on Garland.

          I remember when a certain Democrat controlled Senate passed on a Republican president’s SCOTUS nomination to wait for the next election in hopes that the Democrats won the presidency.

        3. The combination of stupidity and dishonesty that define your character is mind boggling. Do you really think there was no consideration of ideology and that the decision was based entirely on racism?

          If interested, you could make a career of volunteering for psychological studies and experiments. There are tons of researchers who would love to try unraveling the riddle of exactly which combination of environmental exposures and physical/emotional trauma shaped you into the creature you are today.

          1. America is the most racist country in the World, alright. Except for all the popular black athletes; a black president; no segregation; massive successful communities of Asians, Africans, South Americans; and the lowest black unemployment in 50+ years.

            Lefties are lying retards.

      4. getting lectured by the press

        This is different because Republicans.

        I’ll note that I have heard Democrats complain about the passage of the tax bill in “the dead of night with no debate.” That was a real knee slapper considering the passage of the aca. I have a strong dislike of Team Player Republicans, but they are nothing compared to the power-hungry Team Player Democrats.

    3. Hello.

      I don’t see how being ‘disrespectful’ is beyond ‘free speech’.

      She’s an idiot and an ignoramus. Let it go.

      This is the monster the left created all this hyper over reaction and then they wonder ‘wha happened?’

      Idiots.

  2. “This was beyond free speech,” Fresno President Joseph Castro said, according to The Fresno Bee. “This was disrespectful.”

    Well, I guess half right is better than all wrong.

  3. Protesters heckled James Comey during a book tour stop in New York City on Wednesday.

    I guess those folks don’t have “A Higher Loyalty” to the Commie.

  4. Women’s March leadership has previously been accused of anti-Semitism.

    The pussy hat vs. the yarmulke once again, this time with poor Zack behind the register caught in the middle.

    1. Boycott Starbucks because of its bad, overpriced coffee, not because of this.

      1. I’m just enjoying the hell out of this story getting stupider and stupider. At this rate the Left will have torn itself apart by the end of next month.

        1. According to Tony, Butt, and other lefties on here they will all come together in a Democratic wave to oust all the Republicans and impeach Trump.

          Nevermind that Starbucks is a lefty company that supports lefty causes and it being attacked by the more extreme left.

            1. …That too.

          1. Starbucks used to be a preferred business with one of my state’s 2A groups. I’m sure that’s no longer the case, but it was pretty amusing seeing the normal clientele stare whenever a few people who were carrying showed up.

  5. Don’t presume Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un will necessarily be “fruitful.”

    You know, because the Norks have no fruit that isn’t stenciled with USA.

    1. I hear Kim is an excellent gardener. So, it might bear a lot of fruit.

  6. Don’t presume Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un will necessarily be “fruitful.”

    Some of us presume war with North Korea will happen since its socialist dictator refuses to play nice and threatens the USA and allies with nuclear attack.
    U.S. Practices Wartime Evacuation of Americans From South Korea
    In a low-key conflict simulation, about 100 civilian volunteers are being flown from South Korea to Dallas via Japan

    WSJ Americans practice evacuation drill in South Korea

  7. Washington state transportation officials apologized for accidentally telling commuters: “U SUCK.”

    They never should have linked the signage with a teen girl’s iPhone.

    1. Somebody in the Washington State Dept. of Transportation is a Terp.

  8. In the least surprising story of the year; turns out Evan McMullin is a crook and his political campaign just a scheme to defraud donors and campaign workers. What a dirtbag.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/04…..ign-staff/

    1. That is very Libertarian of him. Haha. Reason and its staff of tools.

      1. What do you think the chances are reason writes a word about this?

        1. idk…curious though what the average abandoned debt is for political campaigns. I suspect it’s rather high. Not excusing it. Just trying to put this in context.

          1. Usually, campaigns end up in the black. Pocketing excess campaign money is a bit of a problem that caused Congress to make it illegal for the politician to pocket it.

            1. How hard is it to zero out an account. If you have $1000 left in your campaign account, you spend it or donate the remainder.

              Politicians are just sleazy which is why I never give them money and have yet to find one to donate my time, since evidently they don’t pay their employees if they lose the election.

            2. Winning campaigns end up in the black, they’ll need those funds for the next election. Not to mention that some of those campaign donations are going to come in after the fact from people who have an ulterior motive for being able to demonstrate their support for the winning candidate in cold, hard cash.

              Losing campaigns maybe not so much – part of the reason they lost is because the campaign was not well-run and that lack of good management extends to campaign finances. Not to mention that as lax as campaign finance oversight is, it’s easy enough to make any left-over cash disappear into various expense accounts, the same way some non-profit charitable organizations (I’m looking at you, Hillary) always manage to show they’re not making any profit as long as nobody looks too closely at the size of the paychecks being handed out.

              1. all true. But there are 435 losing House and 33 losing Senate campaigns every two years and three or four losing Presidental campaigns every four years, including small underfunded parties like the Libertarians and Greens, and none of them ever seem to have disgruntled workers coming forward saying they were screwed out of their pay. I have a hard time believing that McMullian is innocent here and the victim of workers suffering the usual fate of those associated with a losing campaign.

        2. Even less of a chance than there is of them writing a word about Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report that tore Andrew McCabe to shreds.

        3. John, what are the odds that Hillary will run again in 2020 and you have your answer.

      2. loveconstitution1789- you do realize he is not a Libertarian?

    2. Rick Wilson will be here soon to explain how not paying your debts like Trump is getting inside Trump’s OODA loop.

  9. FIRE scored an important victory over Joliet Junior college, which had attempted to punish a student for distributing socialist pamphlets.

    So suddenly a college isn’t allowed to educate students on what speech rights looks like under socialism?

  10. Protesters heckled James Comey during a book tour stop in New York City on Wednesday.

    “Hey, Jimmy, check out this screen shot of what Washington state transportation officials think of you!”

  11. Comey must be a moderate – the article says that the two people who tried to interrupt his speech were a right-winger and a communist.

    /sarc

    1. It doesn’t see whether the “hecklers” face charges, but at least they were dragged out promptly – this, at least, is an improvement on campus “security” procedures.

      1. Who even buys bounded crap like that? I get the media buying a copy to criticize it but who loves Comey enough to shell out for a “book”.

        1. At one point recently the entire NYT bestseller list was filled with books about Trump. People apparently are willing to pay to hear people bloviate about trump.

          1. There are all sorts of good books out there and none of them are about politicians.

            Tomato-Tomatoe, I guess.

            1. “Bestseller” and “good” are not the same thing.

              Remember all the hubbub over Dan Brown’s work? Yeah, I rest my case.

  12. The Dotard’s approval rating now at 40%.

    fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

    1. That is 20 points higher than Obama was during his high.

      1. Shut up, you ridiculous troll.

        1. Up yours troll.

          Everyone already knows that you are ridiculous.

          1. Worst. Retard fight. Ever.

            1. Cripple fight!

              Don’t interrupt them, just let them fight it out. One or both of them will stick their dicks in an electrical socket eventually.

            2. Meh. Its over that fast. Slap down a troll and they run to their safe space.

              Just like I slapped you down before. What is your safe space anywho?

              1. Just like I slapped you down before. What is your safe space anywho?

                Slapped who down?

            3. Spark, I didn’t think you capable of such hyperbole. After all, you, an H&R veteran, have observed a veritable plethora of retard fights.

              1. Sparky has been in more than his fair share of retard fights too.

              2. After all, you, an H&R veteran, have observed a veritable plethora of retard fights.

                This is true.

                1. After all, Sparky, an H&R veteran, has been in a veritable plethora of retard fights.

                  This is true.

  13. U SUCK

    More refreshing honesty from our betters.

  14. Chapman is now on reason bemoaning Trump’s appeasement of Russia. Peak irony is apparently unattainable. How does someone write such garbage with a straight face?

    1. To be fair, Chapman’s industry lies on a regular basis and fails to critique its own very harshly because they all have to pay bills.

  15. The IRS had to extend the deadline for U.S. residents to file taxes by one day…

    It’s not like paying taxes isn’t voluntary in the first place.

  16. “The ADL sends U.S. police to Israel to learn their military practices,” said Mallory in a tweet. “This is deeply troubling.”

    I lived in Jerusalem last year, and Israel is a police state. Not to protect us from the arabs but from our fellow Jews. They have demonstrations every week and separate the parties which only radicalizes them. For example at the weekly shabbas rally (to preserve the sanctity of the sabbath) I was talking peacefully to the ultra-orthodox and the police knocked me down and dragged me away and said, “We can’t protect you from them.” I responded, “I need protection from you! They are children!” Yes I was speaking mostly to yeshiva buchers. They are a horrible organization and their agenda is to import Israel’s police state. “Report nazis to the police (who we trained) and go home and do good deeds.” Which of course will only lead to another holocaust. And in this case, “Report suspected cases of implicit bias to management (who we trained) and enjoy your coffee.” Again, ratchet up resentment until it explodes over into violence and use that as a pretext to crack down hard. Just like they do in Israel. Also ADL head Greedblatt is from Starbucks so it’s probably an inside job (and please investigate the Jew who planned the ‘meeting’ and waited outside until the police came). What else is new. Hopefully they will be booted and discredited. And Apple if you’re listening, STOP GIVING THEM MONEY.

  17. Unfortunately, Barbara Bush didn’t die before having offspring.

  18. Just bring back the Links already.

    1. They kind of are still links, they’re just at 9:30 now instead of 9:00 because George Soros can’t wake up that early.

      1. Wait, Robby and Lizzy are the same person and they’re both George Soros? Mind. Blown.

        1. Everyone who annoys Mikey is secretly the same person. That’s the only possible explanation. The alternative, acknowledging that the common denominator in all of Mikey’s dysfunctional interactions is Mikey, doesn’t bear consideration.

    2. These are better than the old am links, but I the loss of the pm links suck.

      PM links + AM links > Reason Roundup

      1. The PM links were always poorly timed anyway for those us on the East Coast and workin’ 9 to 5.

        1. Wrong. I could get in at 8:55, fix some coffee, and then shitpost for a couple hours before starting to get stuff done. Now i gotta sit and twiddle my thumbs like an asshole until 9 goddamn 30. What am i supposed to do when i get to the office, work?

  19. I think Paul should vote against Pompeo so he can tout it for the Bernie Bros when he runs. Yes they will be that desperate they will vote for him. Or at least, not vote. However I don’t think it will be too bad if Pompeo is approved because there will be so many conflicts with Trump that it will be hilarious. E.g. over Russia. Of course, I may end up getting water boarded in Gitmo, but at least I can chuckle myself to sleep at night.

  20. “This was beyond free speech,” Fresno President Joseph Castro said, according to The Fresno Bee. “This was disrespectful.”

    So, if I told you that you were a moron, would that also be “beyond free speech” on account of being disrespectful?

  21. Washington state transportation officials apologized for accidentally telling commuters: “U SUCK.”

    Well, were they wrong?

    1. Commuters do tend to make a hash of transportation officials carefully laid plans.

      1. Transportation officials seem to be incapable of learning that traffic expands to fill the carrying capacity allotted to it. Traffic-clogged roads are not any less traffic-clogged if you add a lane, it just means that the marginal motorist who used to avoid that road because it was too traffic-clogged is going to decide to now start using that road on the assumption that it’s going to be less traffic-clogged without considering that there’s thousands of other marginal motorists thinking the exact same thing.

      2. Transportation officials, like all central planners, assume that supply creates demand, which is of course bullshit.


        1. “Look, we made six million spiked and serrated knives that are inserted into one’s asshole for self-defense. That means that six million people will suddenly want this product!”

          -Krugman, probably.

  22. NY AG Eric Schneiderman wants New York state law changed so he can prosecute anyone Trump pardons.

    Huffpo is outraged that a state Attorney General would make such a nakedly politically motivated power grab in an effort to use his prosecutorial powers for partisan purposes and subvert double jeopardy protections for all New York citizens. Nah, just kidding! They think it is a great and holy mission.

    1. What do you do when one side stops giving a fuck about any standard of conduct or rule of law? Yeah, I know politicians have always been craven. But, this is way beyond your normal political bullshit. This is real banana republic territory. And once it starts, it if virtually impossible to stop.

      1. New York under the Cuomo governorship has been a banana republic for years now.

        1. Hot-dog and Italian style pizza republic.

    2. I cannot wait for TDS to be added to Websters Dictionary.

      Its a real thing and its super popular for lefties to engage in.

      1. I cannot wait for you to get a lobotomy.

        1. Lobotomy is already in the dictionary and your picture was included as an example or what a lobotomized retard looks like.

          1. Look who’s Mr Grumpy Bear this morning. Did old Esther not give it up for you last night?

            1. Look, if you keep arguing like this, neither of you can get a lobotomy!

              1. Damn Eddie. Your strict Catholic upbringing is coming out here.

            2. Actually, Grumpy bears don’t get grumpy. They get as much honey as they want.

        2. Lc has already had a number of lobotomies, and none of ’em worked, so joke’s on you.

          1. Citizen was getting a lobotomy right before me and I bailed on the procedure. Citizen does not realize this, well, because he had a lobotomy.

            1. What do you think lobotomies do?

              1. What do you think lobotomies do?

                I guess you don’t think they stifle intellect, motor skills, and come backs.

                BOOM!

            2. Citizen was getting a lobotomy right before me and I bailed on the procedure. Citizen does not realize this, well, because he had a lobotomy.

              You’re really bad at this. Like, really, really bad. Incredibad even.

              1. HOW DARE YOU SIR! Bringing the Lonely Island into this is heresy!

    3. Here’s Schneiderman tweeting about it:

      We are disturbed by reports that @POTUS is considering pardons of individuals who may have committed serious federal crimes?acts that may also violate NY law.

      We must ensure that if any president issues such pardons, we can use NY’s laws to bring such individuals to justice.

      You mean, like, you-know… if a president were to pardon a convicted terrorist?

      1. Or pardoning billionaire frauds who gave you a large bribe? Bill Clinton sold a pardon to Marc Rich. And all these idiots had to say about it was “well the President can pardon whomever he wants for whatever reason so sure it looks bad but it wasn’t illegal”. if these people didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all.

        1. You know who spearheaded the pardon of Marc Rich? Eric Holder.

    4. as The New York Times noted, Schneiderman has long clashed with Trump. The president himself has called him “the nation’s worst AG.”

      This might be the truest words Trump has ever spoken.

  23. Proposed U.S. Tariffs on China Risk Penalizing Manufacturers Unevenly

    The tariffs unveiled last month would impose 25% duties on more than 1,300 products across 872 categories touching a swath of American industries. They would hit an estimated $50 billion of Chinese imports ranging from factory equipment to household goods.

    WSJ

    1. We already discussed how these are not in effect yet. They clearly are a bargaining tool to get China to pressure North Korea.

      If temporary threats of higher costs for Chinese crap result in a good resolution with North Korea, I am for it.

      North Korea nuking the West Coast of the USA, will surely increase the prices of Chinese crap.

  24. “This was beyond free speech,” Fresno President Joseph Castro said, according to The Fresno Bee. “This was disrespectful.”

    Oh fuck off you stupid knob.

    1. I think I saw what you #$%^ing did there.

    2. No surprise that a guy with the last name Castro has no idea what free speech is.

  25. “American Civil Liberties Union of North America”

    I think it’s the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern *California.*

  26. It’s worth following this Fresno case to see if the progs have a monopoly on censorship.

    I’m not saying that firing this prof would be “conservative” censorship – more like “public relations aware administrator censorship.”

    But I’ll grant that you can’t blame the antifas or the militant Left for this one.

  27. Trump Is Trying to Convince Rand Paul to Vote for Pompeo

    Just wait for the Democrats to accuse Pompeo of being a racist. Paul will come around then.

    1. If Paul does not oppose Pompeo, lefties will just blindside him in his yard again.

      Whatever happened to his crazy neighbor’s case? Its like the media does not care about violence against non-lefty members of Congress but they still bring up Gifford monthly.

      1. The media openly mocked him right when it happened. Them not reporting on it is comparably decent of them.

        1. I seem to recall the media asked for Americans to wait and see what the motive was.

          I have never been tackled by my neighbor for my compost bins.

          1. And I remember them assuming it was compost bins, and laughing about how “Oh haven’t we all had neighbors we hate, haha”

  28. “The desire to see someone fired because they said something you disagree with or was offensive to you is childish and unproductive and it needs to stop.”

    It’s quite mature and productive to want to see public-sector employees held to the same standard as private employees. Government workers should not be a “protected class”.

    1. I think it depends on whether they say it at work or not. If you show up and do your job, it should not matter what you say or do outside of work, unless it is criminal or somehow interferes with your work. That should be true of every employee public or private.

      1. The feds were able to discharge an employee whose hobby was maintaining a Black-supremacist “kill whitey” website. Although they may have paid him to leave.

    2. I was going to agree until I noted she said these things on Twitter.

      1. She tweeted as a professor at the university and included the twitter links to the university and its president’s accounts.

        1. Fair ’nuff. Hang her!

    3. At least no current Reason contributors would ever dream of suggesting someone should be fired because he said something childish. Nosiree!

      (Goes to kitchen and makes sandwich)

  29. CNN reported

    Stop right there!

  30. Washington state transportation officials apologized for accidentally telling commuters: “U SUCK.”

    This is kindof like calling some places shitholes. Some places are shitholes and some people do suck.

  31. Protesters heckled James Comey during a book tour stop in New York City on Wednesday.

    What Happened

    A Higher Funnier Loyalty Heckle

  32. The ADL is a Jewish civil rights and anti-hate group.

    The ADL IS a hate group that was founded, in part, to defend the reputation of a convicted murderer who raped and killed a 13 year old girl.

    1. ADL supports whatever Israel does to further the Jewish state that is not a Democracy as claimed.

  33. Don’t presume Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un will necessarily be “fruitful.”

    I presume they will have cheeseburgers.

    1. I think Kim will bust out the family T-55 tank.
      Movie scene The Interview

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