by Mish

The National Enquirer entered the fray with this claim on March 23: Pervy Ted Cruz Caught Cheating — With 5 Secret Mistresses!

Cruz responded to reporters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Friday, stating “Trump and his henchmen” planted the seeds to what he called a “garbage” story and “tabloid smear.”

The story progresses with a Trump counterattack, then a claim by a Washington Times columnist that the Enquirer is correct on at least two counts.

I comment only because this story could easily change the national election.

Trump Denies Cruz’s Claim

Politico reports Trump Denies Cruz’s Claim, noting three Trump counter attacks:

  1. “I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.”
  2. “I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman (sic) and then pretend total innocence”
  3. “I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz. I look forward to spending the week in Wisconsin, winning the Republican nomination and ultimately the Presidency in order to Make America Great Again.”

**Washington Times Columnist Claims “**EnquirerCorrect on At Least Two Cases”

The story then took a strange twist when Washington Times columnist Drew Johnson Tweeted “COMING CLEAN: From what I know, at least 2 of the women named as Cruz mistresses by the National Enquirer are accurate.”

In response, Washington Times erased Johnson’s pages, then claimed Johnson left a year ago.

I reordered the following Washington Times’ tweets so they appear in order in which they were made.

Google Archives vs. Washington Times

Was Johnson a Washington Times columnist or not?

Let’s see what the Washington Times has to say about that, from a Google Archives Search.

Image placeholder title

Johnson last wrote for the Washington Times on March 4, 2016. His post was called Al Gore’s New Inconvenient Truth.

He was listed under Staff Members.

He also wrote a post on February 25, Obama’s proposed crude-oil tax has sucking sounds.


From April to September he wrote at least seven other columns for the Washington Times. That’s not a prolific amount, nor is it nothing.

I pieced together much of the above from a Reddit Thread on Drew Johnson.

A Proper Washington Times Response

If that was an “old” archive page, then why did it take the Washington Times over a year to yank it?

Given that Johnson was “not a columnist, and not an employee, and parted over a year ago” why was it necessary to remove old columns?

A simple “Drew Johnson’s views do not represent the views of the Washington Times” should have been sufficient.

Johnson Responds to Washington Times

Johnson made these Tweets in response to the Washington Times’ actions:

  1. “I have respect for the @WashTimes, so IDK why they would disassociate from me via Twitter (no email/call) for saying a scandal may be true.”
  2. “Though the @WashTimes is bashing me,I’ve enjoyed working there as an editorial writer, gov’t waste reporter &,recently, an online columnist.”
  3. “I look forward to finding a new home for my columns & continuing to advance liberty by exposing gov’t waste, abuse of power & hypocrisy.”
  4. I now see the need for a platform to hold politicians/preachers/teachers/media & others w/power accountable. I promise to create such a site“.

I welcome any site that lives up to the promise Johnson made in points three and four above.

Still, Johnson needs to explain this Tweet:

COMING CLEAN: From what I know, at least 2 of the women named as Cruz mistresses by the National Enquirer are accurate.”

What does Johnson know?

Monkey Business

Anyone recall Gary Hart’s escapades on his yacht “Monkey Business

Image placeholder title

1988: Gary Hart and Donna Rice
As a popular Democratic senator from Colorado, Gary Hart was a front-runner to be the party’s presidential nominee in 1988. His campaign was dogged with rumors about his infidelity almost as soon as it began, prompting Hart to tell the New York Times, “If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead.”
Several newspapers did just that, finding, among other things, this photo of Hart with model Donna Rice on a yacht named Monkey Business. Needless to say, Hart did not last much longer in the election. Rice became an anti-pornography activist.

This entire campaign is truly a sorry state of affairs from many angles. Like it or not, another sex scandal could easily tip the election.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

Le Pen Follows Trump Social Media Tactics, Fillon Wins Investigation Reprieve

French presidential candidate François Fillon won a temporary reprieve in charges that he paid his wife and children €880,000 for work they did not do. The charges are dubbed Penelopegate” after his wife Penelope.

Hello Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, USA Today, CNN, Washington Post, Slate: Another Major Russia Story Falls

The biggest purveyors of “fake news” and irresponsible journalism are the news media outlets complaining most about it. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is at the forefront of the latest fake news on Russia.

Le Pen Calls for “Europe of Nations”, Blasts EU as “the Problem”

Striking back at the nannycrats who want “more Europe” including a “superstate”, French presidential candidate Marine le Pen instead seeks a “Europe of Nations”.

Naked Capitalism Threatens Lawsuit Against Washington Post Over “Fake News” Story

Earlier today, president Obama started a witch hunt based on Russia hacking claims.

Bond Market Reaction to Housing

No Reaction In light of the highly-touted strength in new home sales with prices at record highs, one might have expected US Treasury yields to soar. Let’s take a look at what did happen.

Trade Reactions

Foreign trade reactions are pouring in. Here's a summary of the top replies from foreign officials.

Book Review of Dave Stockman’s “Trumped! A Nation on Brink of a Ruin”

Dave Stockman released his latest book “Trumped! A Nation on Brink of a Ruin” on Monday.

Allegations of Fraud Surface Over “One Time” Donations to Hillary that Occur Repeatedly

Things are not going well for the Hillary campaign these days.

It’s time to shift the arrow.

Yes, Mish readers I am pleased to announce that housing has now reached “A permanently high plateau”. I offer the following quotes from a New York Times article as evidence: