Tennessee Star National Political Editor Neil McCabe Talks Build Back Better Bill and Nancy Pelosi’s Future

Tennessee Star National Political Editor Neil McCabe Talks Build Back Better Bill and Nancy Pelosi’s Future


Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed The Tennessee Star’s National Political Editor Neil McCabe to the newsmaker line to discuss the status of the Build Back Better bill and the fate of Nancy Pelosi.

Leahy: On our newsmaker line by the best Washington correspondent in the country and the National Political Editor for The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network, Neil McCabe. Good morning, Neil. How are you?

McCabe: Phenomenal, Michael. Great to be with you.

Leahy: So the bill back broker bill, it passed November 21st in the House. It’s before the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office says, oh, it’s going to cost $3 trillion extra or some big huge number. Where does that stand in the Senate, Neil?

McCabe: Yeah, I think that bill is on the morphine drip right now, and I think they’re just going to have to tell the family that it died in its sleep. I just don’t see Mitch McConnell doing what he needs to do.

And they’re going to have to break it up into some of its more popular components. But this idea that you could just basically throw everything into the salad bowl, mix it up and pass it, it’s just not going to fly between now and Christmas.

Leahy: Another failure for the Biden maladministration. Of course, they’ve been slapped down in federal court. A half a dozen federal courts have slapped down their vaccine mandates. But the good news for the Democrats, Neil, Nancy Pelosi has announced she’s going to run for reelection in San Francisco in 2022. Your thoughts. She’ll be 82.

McCabe: Well, let me talk about Pelosi for a second. I do want to point out that we’re focusing that tremendous leverage on the debt series. Every Republican senator voted against raising the debt ceiling, like yesterday.

But a week ago, the Republicans voted to basically allow it to go through without the filibuster. So they basically created procedural things so that the Democrats didn’t need their vote. Like yesterday they go ahead and pass it so that it goes through but a complete charade.

Leahy: That sounds like a Mitch McConnell’s special, right. That’s how he does things.

McCabe: The only problem is that she can’t stand Steni Hoyer who is the number two House Democrat. She will not step aside to let Steni Hoyer take over. She doesn’t want Clybourn to take over who’s the number three.

And basically, there is no successor. She’s been unable to groom a successor. So basically she has to stay on because otherwise, the whole thing will fall apart. She’s the only one.

Leahy: Now, she will run if she runs in 2022, as she says she will and she’s elected in San Francisco, which is a given. She’ll be 82 years old.

But, Neil, the probability that the Democrats lose the House is very high as we speak right now. If the Democrats lose the House of Representatives, will Nancy Pelosi stay on as minority leader in the next Congress?

McCabe: (Inaudible talk)

Leahy: We lost Neil there. Crom, let’s talk about this. I like what he said.

Carmichael: How do they break it apart, though?

Leahy: I don’t know.

Carmichael: Neil made an interesting point. But if they break it apart, then they lose the ability to lie about it. When I say that, I mean that in the truest sense of the word because they’re using 10 years of revenue to pay for 24 months of spending.

So they’re going to spend all the money in two years and then raise the money over 10 years. So if they break it up, then that tactic or that strategy becomes completely apparent. They can’t lie about it.

Leahy: Well, they can.

Carmichael: Well, no. Then it takes us 10 years to raise them. The one thing they can pass, and this is one that Trump tried to pass, but Pelosi wouldn’t let him and that is that Medicare can negotiate with Big Pharma. And that one actually makes great sense. And if they were to just simply advance that as a bill I believe that that would get bipartisan support.

Leahy: Well, you mentioned Big Pharma. I got to go with this. One of the problems that we have in the country right now is inflation, right? It’s huge. The highest it’s been in 40 years or so. And depending on the measurement, it’s from seven percent. I’ve seen others say wholesale prices are up 10 percent.

Carmichael: And if you just do rent, food, and energy, it’s close to 20 percent.

Leahy: Yeah, it’s terrible. And it’s all at the feet of the Biden maladministration.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: Because they’re spending like drunken sailors with apologies to drunken sailors because they’re more fiscally responsible than Joe Biden is. But listen to this. This was a statement made by Jen Psaki yesterday.

Our Fox News correspondent, Peter Ducey asked her, how do you explain inflation? And her answer was this, wait for it…let me give you an example of why prices are going up. Here’s one. Why are meat prices going up? Well, this is due to, wait for it…the greed of the big meat conglomerate. Big meat. Who knew?

Carmichael: Well, you had big meat and big oil. Big something else. Everything has to have big before it.

Leahy: This is the worst possible propagandize you can ever see. This is Orwellian because it is an utter rejection of our free market system that has led to economic efficiency and lower prices over two centuries of time.

But now they are trying to vilify companies that have been producing goods and services at a decent price. Prices are going up because Joe Biden and the Democrats are spending like drunken sailors.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: That’s why prices are going up, giving money away.

Carmichael: You have a whole bunch more money chasing a static, essentially amount of goods.

Leahy: But the villain and the piece, the big meat. The greedy big meat conglomerate. Who knew?

Carmichael: Bread prices are up because of big buns.

Leahy: Big buns. (Laughter)

Carmichael: Big buns.

Leahy: Or, big bacon.

Carmichael: Big bacon. Big bacon. (Laughter) Big chicken.

Leahy: Is there a more accomplished liar in the country than Jen Psaki?

Carmichael: Well, let me say this. Jen Psaki enjoys calling on Peter Ducey because she enjoys the back and forth. She thinks she’s smarter than Peter.

Leahy: Well she thinks in that back and forth that she is better. She thinks.

Carmichael: Yes, that’s what I’m saying. She thinks she’s smarter than Peter Ducey so she wants to best Fox News.

Leahy: And so obviously, when he asks about inflation and she blames the greed of the big meat conglomerate in her mind, she thinks she won that exchange.

Carmichael: She thinks she won the exchange.

Leahy: I’m all in favor of big bacon personally.

Carmichael: Yeah, I like big bacon, but it’s going to be interesting, but I want to get back to this breaking things up. If he breaks up Big Pharma, if he brings that one out, that would pass in a heartbeat.

But then the question is, if you pass that, then there’s really nothing else in it. There’s really nothing else in it that makes any sense. And if you pass the big Pharma that Medicare can negotiate, that actually doesn’t cost anything. It’ll save money.

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Crom Carmichael Talks Truth, Defamation, and Questions the Capitol Hill Police’s Jurisdiction with Out of State Offices

Crom Carmichael Talks Truth, Defamation, and Questions the Capitol Hill Police’s Jurisdiction with Out of State Offices


Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to talk about truth, defamation, and the out-of-state jurisdiction of Capitol Hill Police offices.

Leahy: We want to talk a little bit about truth. What is the truth? How is it reported? Now we at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network, we report the truth.

And when we report the truth, the establishment media distorts it and falsely reports what we’re reporting and then calls us misinformation.

Carmichael: Let me ask you a question because I know the standards are high for lawsuits. But if you report on a story, and the facts that you report in your story are provably the facts, and then another outlet proceeds to essentially say that your reporting on that particular story is dishonest, that’s defamatory because they’re publicly saying that you are dishonest.

Does The Tennessee Star have the right to sue? They may have the right to sue, but would they have the prospects of collecting for defamation by news organizations that knowingly falsely report on your reporting?

Leahy: Yeah. That’s a very good question. And the answer is, we have the right to do that. The question is, do you have the financial resources to hire quality attorneys? We have great attorneys, by the way, to file the lawsuit.

And do you want to take that much time away from your duties or my duties as the CEO of the entity? That’s where we are right now.

But let me illustrate this, and it is irritating that so many members of the establishment media blatantly lie about what we report. Blatantly lie.

For example, so here’s a headline from the National Public Radio, NPR, story. It said, “How pro-Trump local news sites keep pushing 2020 election misinformation.”

Well, that’s the first lie. We’re not pushing misinformation. We have factual reporting.

Then there’s a group called the American Press Institute. They told basically three lies about us in just a couple of sentences. I’ll put a number in front of each lie and I’m going to read these articles to you.

The Georgia Star News, founded just after November’s presidential election, is part of the Star News Network. A web of pro-Trump websites that, lie number one, mimic the look of local news websites.

Eight Star News sites are distributed among swing states, churning out, lie number two, false content that claims former President Trump won in November.

And, lie number three, proof of massive voter fraud will be uncovered. Those are the three lies in two sentences about our reporting.

First, mimicking local news. We have 17 writers in eight states and each writer will do two or three stories a day. Any of our titles will have anyways, two to four local stories a day. Locally based.

Carmichael: Okay.

Leahy: Now we’ve never claimed that former President Trump won in November. We have stated that in six battleground states, the election procedures were unlawful. And we’ve proven that.

We’ve proven that in Georgia that they have no chain of custody documents for 316,000 absentee ballots. And we have never – I never  – said that there is, “Proof of massive voter fraud will be uncovered.”

We haven’t said that. What we’ve said is that the available public documents are not consistent with lawful election procedures, and therefore, it was improper for the Secretary of State of Georgia to certify the election. That’s what we said.

Carmichael: Okay. Well, then everything that your paper has reported is based in fact.

Leahy: And demonstrated in fact.

Carmichael: Demonstrated. And in fact, you have gone to greater lengths by asking the state of Georgia to provide you with the documents that would support their case.

Then the local NPR station, I think it was claimed in Georgia that they had given the very documents that you had requested, had given it to them.

But then they refused to give them to you and gave them to somebody else who now says they are sealed.

Leahy: The Secretary of State, it told us that none of the documents are available. Georgia Public Broadcasting claimed they got them part of the documents from the Secretary of State.

And Fulton County, Georgia – on June 14, we told them 24 percent of these chain-of-custody documents are missing. Three days later, purportedly they gave those documents to Georgia Public Broadcasting. Still here on July 9, we have not received them.

Carmichael: Okay. Let’s give another story on the question of truth. The Capitol Hill Police.

Leahy: Yes.

Carmichael: Has now announced that they’re going to be opening offices in Florida and California, and they’ll be opening more after that.

Leahy: They’re just supposed to be protecting the Capitol. But now they’re basically an inquisition going out to every state in the country to look for people they don’t like.

Carmichael: Right. And the question that I have is what authority does a Capitol Hill Police person have to do anything outside of their jurisdiction?

Let me say this. A police officer from New York City, I don’t believe, has the authority to just come into Nashville and make an arrest.

Leahy: Nor should the Capitol Hill Police have authority outside of Capitol Hill.

Carmichael: Well, they don’t. And so where do they get it?

Leahy: They are making it up out of thin air.

Carmichael: And the Constitution, this was a big issue when Trump said that he was going to the military in to protect federal buildings.

They were being engulfed in flames. But the left claimed that – I think they actually claimed wrongly in this case – that the President of the United States does not have the right to send in military to protect federal buildings.

And that local law enforcement either is unable to do it or unwilling to do it because it’s not permanent in nature. These are going to be Capitol Hill Police.

They’re opening offices. So they’ll be permanent in nature. And so the question is, what authority does a Capitol Hill Police person have in the state of Florida?

Leahy: They have none.

Carmichael: To do anything? Well, they obviously are going to have some.

Leahy: I think they should be kicked out of the state.

Carmichael: They don’t have any authority. Well, that’s the question is, why are they there? Under what law is the Capitol Hill Police allowed to just go open offices and start harassing citizens in the name of protecting members of the House?

It’s also interesting is there are many members of the House who are openly advocating for defunding the police. (Leahy laughs)

Leahy: Except the Capitol police going after Trump supporters in states around the country.

Carmichael: Yeah. So the very people who want to put our citizens at greater peril by defunding the police, they’re advocating the expansion of a federal police force for their own use.

Leahy: Crom, insightful, as always. We’ll see you on Monday.

Listen to the third hour here:

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