Counter Punch
The GOP Wants Trumpism…Without Trump

The  recent anonymous op-ed  in  The New York Times  about the resistance to Trump within his own administration was supposed to reassure the American people. Don’t worry, the writer was saying: We the “steady state” are making sure that an unhinged president doesn’t blow up the world. Behind the scenes, the “adults in the room” are hoodwinking the president so that Americans can sleep soundly at night. I’m still having trouble sleeping. The anonymous author, after all, also proudly proclaims that his cohort of semi-dissidents “want the administration to succeed and think that many of its po

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Counter Punch
The Roots of Haiti’s Movement for PetroCaribe Transparency

Haitians worldwide, both in Haiti and throughout its international diaspora, have been demonstrating over the past two months to demand: “Where is the PetroCaribe money?” They are referring to a fund established in Haiti a decade ago by Venezuela, in conjunction with the Haitian government, which was supposed to finance projects to benefit the Haitian people. A November 2017 Haitian Senate investigatory report found that some $1.7 billion from the PetroCaribe Fund was either lost, squandered, or embezzled from 2008 to 2016. Its management “was marked by serious anomalies, irregularities,

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How did you get hired by the CIA @JohnBrennan after admitting on your polygraph to being a Communist?… https://t.co/Biayt9l2PW

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Counter Punch
We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We want a Real One Running in 2020?

Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor"s office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Why does that suck? Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck Young, recounts (in an article written foR TCBH! [1] published almost eight years ago) his conversation in late 2010 with a Bloomberg "push-poll" caller trying to convince Chuck to support Bloomberg in his re-election bid: - ; Pollster: Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to close the $4-bil

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Only a full, fair FBI investigation, including sworn interviews with all relevant witnesses & review of all documen… https://t.co/zLIpR5AxRg

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NPR
DOJ Didn't Want To Request Census Question During FBI's 'Comey Matter'

The Trump administration has said the Justice Department needs a citizenship question on the 2020 census. But a newly unredacted memo shows DOJ staff initially "did not want to raise the question." (Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP)

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.⁦@SenFeinstein⁩ calls the allegations against Kavanaugh “extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh’s c… https://t.co/YcMVWk1d7u

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Hot Air
Data: Republicans think the idea of a blue wave is “fake news”

For cripes sake. The Trumpiest thing ever would be populist voters staying home on Election Day because they believed his idiotic braggadocio that a red, not blue, wave is in the works. Why go to the trouble of voting when your vote isn"t really needed, after all? Reality check: Not only would a red wave be all but impossible given his low-40s job approval, it would defy decades of precedent in which the out-party always cleans up in the first midterm after the White House changes hands. Great Republican election results last night. So far we have the team we want. 8 for 9 in Special Electi

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An FBI investigation needs to be conducted before the hearing of Dr. Ford and Kavanaugh!! Americans demand it! Bu… https://t.co/OE913mUChT

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WND
Hillary Clinton: Let's abolish Electoral College

Hillary Clinton Nearly two years after losing to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton is calling for an amendment to the Constitution that would change how presidents are elected. When she made her concession speech, she said in an essay for the Atlantic published Monday , she had hoped that that "my fears for our future were overblown." "They were not," she declared, contending Trump "has sunk far below the already-low bar he set for himself in his ugly campaign." "Exhibit A," Clinton said, "is the unspeakable cruelty that his administration has inflicted on undocumented families arriving at t

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The Denver Post
Trump administration slashes number of refugees to 30,000 for next year

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world’s danger zones. Up to 30,000 refugees will be allowed into the country next year, down from a cap of 45,000 this year. It will be the lowest ceiling on admissions since the program began in 1980. The announcement comes despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year’s cap of 45,000 was too low. Pompeo so

13 hours ago.

Easy Rider Gag List
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@SenFeinstein @JudiciaryDems There should be an FBI investigation. The FBI does background for Security clearances - why not SCOTUS?

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Hot Air
Trump orders declassification of FISA warrant, FBI text messages (Update: DOJ unaware how process is being handled?)

Today, President Trump announced that he was ordering the Directorate of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice to declassify a whole series of documents related to the Russia investigation. A statement issued by the White House says these documents are to include portions of the Carter Page FISA warrant application and FBI reports connected to the application, FBI reports on interviews with Bruce Ohr, and text messages of "James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr." Here"s the statement: BREAKING: President Trump directs DOJ to publicly release "al

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@SergioGor 'Deep State' conjures up images of the Joint Chiefs having secret meetings with CEOs and CIA Deputy Dire… https://t.co/nVmy6m866X

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@OstezVostreLion @stephenalbert11 @SeanMcCarthyCom Sure, governments and leaders you don't like are 'regimes' and '… https://t.co/tZa5FT7vWY

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WND
Barack Obama's boasting and bull

I wrote a book entitled, "Bullseye," to develop informed influencers in America"s cultural war. This commentary centers around another type of "bull" sometimes referred to as "B.S." or euphemistically, "bovine scatology." The Oxford English Dictionary cites "bull" with the meaning "untruthful talk or writing, insincere, nonsense." It states that in Old French, the word also refers to "fraud, deceit, trickery." T.S. Eliot once wrote a poem entitled, "The Triumph of B - ; (expletive deleted)" but later declined to make it public. Listening to Barack Obama"s message as he hits the campaign tra

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@Mont_Jiang CIA kills people outside US. FBI kills people inside the US. This is how I've always believed it to be.

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WND
A few of Mad Maxine's nuttiest remarks

A big part of the reason Democrats are fleeing their party in the #WalkAway movement is because of leadership like Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. The 80-year-old lawmaker has been in office since 1991, representing large parts of South Central Los Angeles and surrounding areas. She is best-known for corruption and hyperbole. In recent years, she has escalated her public appearances representing Democrats. In June, President Trump declared, "The face of the Democrats is now Maxine Waters." Her notorious public life started back in 1992, when she called President H.W. Bush a racist. In 2004

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WND
Trump orders public release of Russia documents

President Trump President Trump has directed the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence to immediately declassify documents related to the Obama administration"s handling of claims of Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. The documents requested, the White House said in a statement Monday, included key parts of the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page and FBI interviews with former top Justice official Bruce Ohr. In addition, the White House wants to publicly release all text messages related to the Russia investigat

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@oliverdarcy @DonaldJTrumpJr @nytimes @nikkihaley Anderson Cooper = Gay CIA operative

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@Law69Bob @PhilipSevilleFL I slept, but there is nothing to say. Unless you have your own CIA or FBI, but ours AL… https://t.co/o7o5qKTxti

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The Denver Post
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper takes step toward possible presidential run

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday put out one of the strongest signals yet that  he"s strongly considering a run in 2020 against President Donald Trump. The two-term Democrat, who will leave office early next year, filed paperwork to form a federal political action committee that"s known as a leadership PAC - a common step by presidential aspirants that allows them to raise money on the federal level, tapping it to donate to candidates or pay political and policy staffers. Such PACs, which have contribution limits of $5,000 a year from individual donors and other PACs, also can be

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WND
Hillary blames Republicans. For everything

Hillary Clinton at the American Federation of Teachers Union on July 13, 2018 (Video screenshot) Everything. That"s what the Republicans should be blamed for. At least according to Hillary Clinton, a two-time loser in the race for the Oval Office. She was beaten out by upstart Barack Obama in 2008 then by businessman Donald Trump in 2016. For her failure in 2016, she"s blamed James Comey, Colin Powell, the CIA, 1,000 Russian agents, bots, NBC, gender, misogyny, stupid Americans who can"t tell the difference between fake news and real news, and more. She even at one point went "full Ale

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@realDonaldTrump @CIA To celebrate, we'll overthrow a country and use it as a nexus for drug, gun and human trafficking

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Washington Free Beacon
International Businesses, Banks Flee Iran As Trump Admin Readies Harsh Sanctions

International businesses across the United States and Europe are making a beeline to exit the Iranian marketplace ahead of the reimposition of harsh U.S. sanctions that Trump administration officials have been warning will target any company that defies America's call to cut ties with the Islamic Republic, according to multiple U.S. officials briefed on closed-door meetings held over the past months. U.S. diplomats have been holding a series of meetings with top international business and banking leaders to spell out the Trump administration's new sanctions policy, which will come into full f

19 hours ago.

Hot Air
A Democratic Congress has no choice but to try to remove Kavanaugh from the D.C. Circuit now, right?

I ask that question rhetorically, because I believe with 99 percent confidence that if Kavanaugh were to withdraw from SCOTUS contention you"d never hear a Democrat mention his name again. Their mission is to keep him off the Supreme Court and to keep that seat vacant until next year, when they might have a majority in the Senate. If Christine Blasey Ford"s accusation does that for them, mission accomplished. Time to forget Kavanaugh and move on to strategizing against the next nominee. Or at least, that"s what they"d do if they"re viewing Ford"s accusation as nothing more than a political cu

20 hours ago.

Washington Free Beacon
Clinton Savages ‘Crisis’ Trump Presidency in New Afterword for Memoir: ‘Monstrous,’ ‘Despicable’

Hillary Clinton ripped into President Donald Trump in the new afterword for her election memoir, calling her 2016 opponent a crisis for American democracy and guilty of wide-scale deceit, corruption, and hate. Excerpted for  The Atlantic , Clinton writes at the end of  What Happened that her worst fears for a Trump presidency have come true in his 20 months in office. "Trump has sunk far below the already-low bar he set for himself in his ugly campaign," she wrote, citing the administration's panned separation of illegal immigrant children and families at the southern border earlier this

20 hours ago.

The Denver Post
Barack Obama’s return: Good or bad for Democrats?

WASHINGTON — Nearly two years out of the White House, former President Barack Obama is facing another political test. To the delight of many Democrats, he’s stepped back into the fray that former presidents often try to avoid, campaigning for Democratic candidates ahead of the midterms and blasting the political culture of the Trump era. He attracted a large, adoring crowd this past week in Ohio and will be in Pennsylvania on Friday campaigning for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey. But Obama’s return poses challenges for both the former president and his party. For one, Obama has struggled to turn

23 hours ago.

The Denver Post
GOP, White House fret about election prospects

WASHINGTON — The prognosis for President Donald Trump and his party was grim. In a post-Labor Day briefing at the White House, a top Republican pollster told senior staff that the determining factor in the election wouldn’t be the improving economy or the steady increase in job creation. It would be how voters feel about Trump. And the majority of the electorate, including a sizeable percentage of Republican-leaning voters, doesn’t feel good about the president, according to a presentation from pollster Neil Newhouse that spanned dozens of pages. Newhouse’s briefing came amid a darkening moo

23 hours ago.

The Denver Post
GOP, White House fret about election prospects

WASHINGTON - The prognosis for President Donald Trump and his party was grim. In a post-Labor Day briefing at the White House, a top Republican pollster told senior staff that the determining factor in the election wouldn’t be the improving economy or the steady increase in job creation. It would be how voters feel about Trump. And the majority of the electorate, including a sizeable percentage of Republican-leaning voters, doesn’t feel good about the president, according to a presentation from pollster Neil Newhouse that spanned dozens of pages. Newhouse’s briefing came amid a darkening m

23 hours ago.

Counter Punch
What is to be Done?

Photo Source Giuseppe Milo | CC BY 2.0 The odds do not favor Donald Trump being impeached or indicted, but there is an unusual alternative without precedent. In 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a bipartisan effort led by Senators Kenneth Keating and Estes Kefauver enacted legislation for a procedure to replace a president unable to discharge the duties of the office.  Like impeachment and indictment, however, the use of the 25th Amendment is unlikely. Since Trump will not be removed from office before 2020, it is important to focus on approaches to contain h

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Counter Punch
The Adults in the White House Trying to Save the US From Trump Are Just as Dangerous as He Is

Photo Source IIP Photo Archive | CC BY 2.0 Before his election as president it was understandable that Donald Trump’s critics should have vastly underestimated his ability as a politician. It is much less excusable – and self-destructive to effective opposition to Trump – that they should go on underestimating him almost two years after his victory. Every week there are more revelations showing the Trump administration to be chaotic, incompetent and corrupt. The latest are the anonymous op-ed in  The New York Times  in which one of his own senior officials’ claims to be working against hi

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Counter Punch
The Long Fall of Bob Woodward: From Nixon’s Nemesis to Cheney’s Savoir

Photo Source Public.Resource.Org | CC BY 2.0 Bob Woodward"s new book Fear: Trump in the White House  is selling faster than any book in the last 50 years, stampeding across the records set by Dan Brown and JK Rowling. Woodward can thank Trump for helping to promote the book. Trump"s weeklong meltdown fooled readers into believing there might be something really explosive inside its 400-plus pages. They"ll be disappointed to find many of the same old stories, told by they same old tellers: Priebus, Clapper, Mattis, Brennan, Cohn and Bannon. Michael Wolff and Omarosa"s books were more

1 day ago.

Counter Punch
A Traditional Right: Jimmie Åkesson and the Sweden Democrats

Sweden’s elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of Sweden is standard.  Few monumental disagreements have registered since Sweden became a model free-education welfare state with impeccable health services funded by high taxes.  But Europe has caught a rash, and it has

1 day ago.

The American Thinker
Robert Mueller Voted ‘Most Popular’

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WND
Lisa Page: Collusion still unproven by time of Mueller's appointment

(FoxNews) More than nine months after the FBI opened its highly classified counterintelligence investigation into alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, FBI lawyer Lisa Page said investigators still could not say whether there was collusion, according to a transcript of Page"s recent closed-door deposition reviewed by Fox News. "I think this represents that even as far as May 2017, we still couldn"t answer the question," Page said. Page was responding to Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, who wanted more information about a May 2017 text where Page, and her then co

1 day ago.

WND
Nunes demands Media-Intelligence Complex exposed

Devin Nunes WASHINGTON – Ever wonder how the Deep State works? Do you understand how what is becoming known as "the Media-Intelligence Complex" works? Fox News" Maria Bartiroma took the time Sunday morning to explore these issues with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who patiently exposed how leaks by law enforcement and intelligence agencies to the media result in fake news stories that bolster the case for investigations and indictments of innocent people and prosecutions in which no crimes were actually perpetrated. Nunes" committee has taken more than 70 de

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Hot Air
Willie Nelson to sing at Beto O’Rourke rally, GOP fans seethe

It is as though Texas Republican country western music fans are suddenly discovering that Willie Nelson is a supporter of Democrat politicians. It has been announced that for the first time, at a free admission campaign rally, Nelson will perform on behalf of a Democrat candidate. The campaign rally is open to the public, though registration for attendance is online through Beto O"Rourke"s campaign. O"Rourke will speak at the September 29 rally in Austin. “My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson said in a state

1 day ago.

WND
Google's foul play

For generations, parents taught children, "You can"t believe everything you read." Now they ought to teach their offspring they can"t trust everything they search on the internet, because Google – run by anti-conservative, anti-Trump elites – is manipulating search results to advance a political agenda. In a damning new video obtained and released by Breitbart this week, Google"s top executives – including its founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page – are heard lamenting the victory of Donald Trump following the 2016 presidential election. Brin kicks off their weekly company meeting by saying t

1 day ago.

WND
Who truly made America great

There is no doubt in my mind that President Trump is one of the best and is president "for such a time as this." I agree 100 percent with Mr. Farah and John Voight. I silently wonder if it will take another Civil War to actually take our country back. What happens when President Trump is out of office, be it two years or hopefully, after six years? The lawless people like Hillary Clinton, Comey, Obama, Holder and others never go to jail. Their side is free to express themselves through violence. Corruption has followed the Clintons in every area they have so-called "served." Most of th

1 day ago.

The Washington Times
Lindsey Graham: 'Let's let Mueller do his job'

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Hot Air
NY Governor: Progressive wave ‘not even a ripple’

One of the stranger moments following the end of the New York Democratic gubernatorial primary was the distinct absence of the winner, Governor Andrew Cuomo, on television. He spent the evening at the Governor"s mansion with his family. But when he finally emerged this weekend, he had plenty to say. It wasn"t exactly a victory dance, but his more than 30 point trouncing of actress and activist Cynthia Nixon clearly left him feeling his oats. As far as the flood of challenges to establishment candidates by the party"s socialist wing, Cuomo seemed to scoff , saying that the wave wasn"t even a r

2 days ago.

Hot Air
Sunday morning talking heads

Political blather plays second fiddle to the state of play in the Carolinas this morning as Hurricane Florence does its damage. The star guest is FEMA chief Brock Long, who"ll be on "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," and "Fox News Sunday" to update viewers on conditions. Normally that"s one of the easier assignments one can have on the Sunday shows but Long"s task is complicated by two things. One is the news that broke this week about DHS investigating him for possibly misusing official transportation for personal reasons , a problem that"s snagged the Trump administration before. The othe

2 days ago.

The Denver Post
Report: President Trump going ahead with plans for new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to announce new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Both sides were preparing to hold new talks on their tariff dispute. Last week Trump told reporters such a move could come soon. The Journal cited unnamed people familiar with the matter who said the tariff level will likely be set at about 10 percent, below the 25 percent announced earlier this year. The two governments have already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of each other"s goods. Beijing has issued a li

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WND
'Trump Prophecy' movie hits theaters Oct. 2, 4

When the 2016 presidential election results came in and GOP nominee Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, long considered the Democrats" entitled candidate, Mark Taylor and his friends weren"t surprised. They expected Trump to win, based on what Taylor had been told, he believes by the Holy Spirit, five years earlier. The story of his stunning prediction soon was told in a book called "The Trump Prophecies." Now it"s on the silver screen, scheduled in theaters for special showings Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 only . The book recounts how Taylor, a retired firefighter, was given a message on Apr

2 days ago.

WND
Google execs admit importing 10K foreigners to take U.S. jobs

(Breitbart) Silicon Valley giant Google employs nearly 10,000 foreign workers, importing them to the United States on visas, a newly leaked video obtained by Breitbart News reveals. The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 presidential election in which President Trump historically beat out Democrat Hillary Clinton. These Google meetings occur on a weekly basis and are known inside the company as “TGIF” meetings, short for “Thank God It’s Friday.” In the Google meeting, Vice President of People Operations Eileen Naughton reveals the extent to which

2 days ago.

WND
Obama's former White House counsel lawyers up

(Law and Crime) Greg Craig, former president Barack Obama‘s very first White House counsel, has retained a lawyer of his own. The move comes as federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) weigh charges against Craig and other high-profile Democratic Party influence peddlers after special counsel Robert Mueller referred the cases to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in southern Manhattan. As reported by the National Law Journal, Craig is now represented by William Taylor III, a founding member of the elite Zuckerman Spaeder law firm, which is based out of Washington, D.C. with an

2 days ago.

Hot Air
Kerry on Trump: “He has the maturity of an eight-year-old boy”

A few new books are coming out as Fall releases and I fully expect headlines like the one above to be frequent as the authors head out on book tours. Case in point: former Secretary of State John Kerry. Both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to Kerry"s admission of meeting with leaders of other countries and advising them to wait out Trump"s time in office. Needless to say, they rightfully called out Kerry for unprecedented behavior. So, Kerry has begun to personally attack President Trump in a schoolyard bully type of way. Though it may be so that former secretar

2 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
The New Greg Packer

D.C. has its own Greg Packer—and his name is Phillip Carlisle. For those who have forgotten, Greg Packer was a Long Island resident in the early 2000s who successfully became the unofficial man on the street for New York City publications. The New York Post , NPR, and the New York Times (among a much wider range of outlets) unknowingly made him their go-to guy for color quotes on events in the city — often bland comments on sports games, parades, or political rallies. Carlisle has been pulling a similar trick since January, except he limits his scope to one reliable press frenzy: midnig

3 days ago.

WND
Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page 'interned' 'under Clinton'

(Fox News) Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose Trump-bashing texts made it clear who she backed in the 2016 presidential election, refers in a newly revealed message to serving as an intern “under Clinton.” Page, who exchanged tens of thousands of texts with disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok, revealed the information in one message among a new batch exclusively obtained by Fox News. “Get inspired and depressing reading that article about how Obama approached the mail room,” Page wrote Strzok on Jan. 19, 2017 - the last day of the Obama administration. “Needless to say, it was very different w

3 days ago.

WND
Huge president with a big heart (no, not Trump)

William H. Taft He was the only U.S. president to be appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was William Howard Taft, born Sept. 15, 1857. After the Spanish-American War, Taft was appointed by President McKinley as the first governor of the Philippines, 1901-04. President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Taft as Secretary of War in 1904, then in 1906 appointed him provisional governor of Cuba. In 1908, Taft ran for president against Democrat candidate William Jennings Bryan. William Jennings Bryan edited the Omaha World Herald and founded the Commoner newspaper. He served a

3 days ago.

Hot Air
“Unseemly and unprecedented”: Pompeo blasts John Kerry’s nuclear discussions with Iran as “beyond inappropriate”

Slowly but surely, against my better judgment, I"m talking myself into believing that Kerry - ; might get arrested. It"s highly unlikely. It would be unprecedented, quite literally, to haul someone in for violating the Logan Act. But his nuclear-deal freelancing with Javad Zarif would fit the bill legally . And it isn"t just on Pompeo"s radar. It"s on Trump"s radar too. Lock him up? John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administra

3 days ago.

WND
Mueller's noose tightens as Trump's lawyers pontificate

I have said it many times before in the last many months as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his leftist prosecutors, led by the dishonest and rabid Andrew Weissmann and backed up by Mr. "rubber stamp" himself, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, tighten the noose on our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. The latest bad news, following my update last week in my column entitled "A frightening week in the war to overthrow Trump," is that the president"s former presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort has struck a plea deal with Mueller whereby he agreed to "cooperate" with the special

3 days ago.

WND
If Bob Woodward is right, how should we vote?

If Bob Woodward"s Trump-bashing, mega-best-seller, "Fear," is true, how should conservatives vote in the midterms? If the White House is in chaos, led by an unqualified and out of control president, what course should we take on Nov. 6? Woodward speaks of "a nervous breakdown of the executive power of the most powerful country in the world." And he describes Trump as "an emotionally overwrought, mercurial and unpredictable leader." The infamous, anonymous op-ed piece in the New York Times spoke of Trump"s leadership style, "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective," and claimed he was "

3 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
Intel Chair: FBI, Justice Corrupted for Political Spying

Democrats and their media allies seeking to advance a liberal political agenda corrupted the FBI and Justice Department in improperly spying on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said this week. Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the intelligence panel head who has spearheaded an investigation into corruption at the FBI, also warned in a speech that China has emerged as the most serious strategic threat facing the United States. Nunes said President Trump is close to declassifying new information he believes will show the FB

3 days ago.

WND
Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate in deal with Mueller

(Fox News) Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty in federal court Friday as part of a plea agreement that involves cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and allows him to avoid a second trial. “I plead guilty," Manafort, 69, told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman in Washington. Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the judge that Manafort"s deal includes a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, who are investigating whether any Trump associates played a role in Russia"s meddling in the 2016 election. That could include interviews with prosecutors and testifying in co

3 days ago.

WND
Mexican citizen pleads guilty to voter fraud in Texas

(Fox News) A Mexican citizen on Thursday pleaded guilty to illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election, the Houston Chronicle reported. Laura Janeth Garza, 38, pleaded guilty to the charges of voter impersonation and ineligible voting, both of which are felonies, according to the attorney general’s office. Garza was sentenced to 10 years in jail and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. She will be deported after serving her sentence.

3 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
Climate Change Not a Top Issue for Voters, Despite Push From Democrats

Many Democrats have pushed to make climate change a key issue for voters in recent years, but it has "failed to gain traction as a voting issue in American elections," according to a Politico report. As a result, "Even Democrats this year rarely advertised on climate, running campaigns dominated instead by more immediate concerns about health care, immigration and jobs," according to   Politico. President Donald Trump has undone many Obama-era climate policies, including his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, and meanwhile, voters do not appear to consider climate chang

3 days ago.

WND
Woodward: I searched 'hard' but found no 'collusion'

President Trump (Screenshot) Bob Woodward"s new book "Fear: Trump in the White House" has been eagerly touted by opponents of the president, but the famed Watergate reporter admitted that while he looked "hard" for evidence of campaign "collusion" with Russia, he didn"t find any. Woodward was speaking Friday morning with talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt , as the Daily Caller reported . "Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research or your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion?" Hewitt asked. "I did not. Of course, I looked for it, looked for it hard," he said. Woodwar

3 days ago.

Hot Air
Hoo boy: Manafort agrees to cooperate with Mueller as part of plea deal

This tweet suddenly feels very old. I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” - make up stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018 "Brave" Sir Robin has run away : In court Friday morning, prosecutors revealed that Manafort had completed a successful meeting with investigators in which he offered them information they considered valuable

3 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
Iran’s Top Terror Airline Hit With New Sanctions

The Trump administration on Friday sanctioned a Thai company found to be aiding an Iranian airline that is transporting terrorists and other aid to Syria on behalf of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Sanctions have been placed on Thailand's My Aviation Company Limited for aiding Iran's Mahan Air carrier, a state-controlled entity that has been caught sending militants and cargo to Syria on a routine basis, according to the Treasury Department. The latest sanctions come amid a larger crackdown by the Trump administration on Iran's global terror and financial networks, actions that have cr

3 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
Kamala Harris Spent $1.5 Million on Firm That Boosted Bernie Sanders

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), a likely presidential contender, has spent $2.3 million on digital advertisements this election cycle despite not being up for reelection until 2022, money that has primarily gone to a firm that helped boost Sen. Bernie Sanders's dark horse campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Harris's campaign reported operating expenditures of $3.9 million between Jan. 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Of that amount, $2.4 million went towards advertisements, or slightly more than 60 percent of Harris's operating expenditures, according to Federal Election Commission f

3 days ago.

The Denver Post
Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

By Eric Tucker, Chad Day and Michael Balsamo WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia probe. The move allows him to avoid a second criminal trial and ends Manafort’s more than yearlong fight against investigators in the Russia investigation. Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia and faces 7 to 10 years in prison in that case. On Friday, prosecutor Andrew Weissman said in cou

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NPR
Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate With Mueller's Russia Probe

Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman won't go to trial in Washington, D.C. The deal presents a potentially ominous development for Trump, but the White House said the case has "nothing" to do with him. (Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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Hot Air
Breaking: Manafort pleads out in second trial; Update: 10-year cap?

Word of a potential plea deal began leaking out late yesterday, and this time the leaks proved true . Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a superseding indictment against Paul Manafort in federal court today in conjunction with a plea deal, in which Donald Trump"s former campaign manager will avoid a second trial. No word yet on what Mueller gets from the deal, but at the very least, Manafort gets to save money on defense attorneys in what looked like a lost cause: WATCH: NBC News Special Report: Paul Manafort has agreed with federal prosecutors to plead guilty in Mueller investigation. h

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The Washington Post
Robert Mueller just snagged his golden goose

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Hot Air
Nixon out. Salazar… in?

We"ve been covering Cynthia Nixon"s long-shot bid to unseat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo all summer and she certainly made things entertaining. But in the end, the polls were (mostly) correct and the race ended not with a bang, but a whimper. Partly true to her prediction, Nixon actually outperformed the pollsters" estimates. She was down by 41 in the last Siena survey, but in the end, she only lost by 32 . With 99% of precincts reporting, Cuomo held a 64-32 margin, more than doubling Nixon"s support. So what"s next for these two warriors? At least for Nixon, that remains unclear. As we

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Counter Punch
Obama’s Imperial Presidency

Photo Source The U.S. Army | CC BY 2.0 Could Donald Trump already be the worst of all American presidents?  In less than two years his record on the world scene has been frightening enough: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accords, scuttling of the Iran nuclear treaty, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, unjustifiably punitive sanctions against Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, terror bombing of Mosul and other Iraq cities, bombastic threats against friends and enemies alike – not to mention a $54 billion gift to the Pentagon and stepped-up nuclear “modernization”.  Hard to imagine mu

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Counter Punch
From CO2 to Methane, Trump’s Hurricane of Destruction

Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 While the Trump administration swirls around in a vortex of Tweets, lies and Russiagate, one thing is for certain, while we are all distracted and perplexed by the daily mayhem, Trump and his fossil fuel buddies are getting away with environmental plunder. It"s not a surprise, really, given that Trump believes man-made climate change is a bunch of stale chow mein, as he notoriously tweeted: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

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Washington Free Beacon
There’s No Escaping Trump

I shouldn't have been surprised when a recent discussion on the future of conservatism turned into an argument over Donald Trump, his presidency, and the midterm election. The renaissance in conservative thought that began with the publication of the Road to Serfdom in 1944, and culminated in the founding of National Review in 1955 and Conscience of a Conservative in 1960, gave way to conservative politics long ago. Since 1964, it has been difficult if not impossible to disentangle conservatism's fate from the Republican Party's. And for the last three years Trump has dominated that part

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Counter Punch
Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Celebrity Salesman for the Military-Industrial-Complex

Photo Source Tricia McKinney | CC BY 2.0 The idea for this article came from one of those annoying “Recommended for you” thumbnails on YouTube. The title was: “Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump’s Space Force Is Not a Crazy Idea.” Having written about and researched space weapons for over a decade, I was intrigued as to why a seemingly intelligent man (Tyson) would want to help promote an agenda that will literally imperil us all, namely the weaponization of space: the end-game of which is global domination in the interests of economic neoliberalism. So I clicked. Tyson was talking to host Stephen

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Washington Free Beacon
State Dept.: U.S. Sanctions Have Cost Russian Govt. ‘Tens of Billions’ of Dollars

U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Russia have cost the Kremlin an estimated "tens of billions of dollars," a senior State Department official told Congress on Thursday. In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh said the administration is preparing a second round of sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its nerve-agent attack in Britain. "We plan to impose a very severe second round of sanctions," Singh told the congressional panel. She said this package will include a "laundry list of items that will pe

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Counter Punch
Trump and Palestine

Photo Source Jonas Moffat | CC BY 2.0 For decades, much of the world seemed to believe the fairy tale that the United States was a neutral broker, working for a solution to the issues plaguing Palestine and Israel. The U.S. sponsored endless rounds of negotiations, ostensibly looking for an end to these issues. Before this writer points out the nonsense of that belief, allow him to state two, self-evident (one would think) truths: (1) No broker is needed. All that is required is for Israel to adhere to international law. This means removing all the illegal settlers, ending the blockade

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Counter Punch
The United States’ Disregard for International Law is a Menace to Venezuela and Latin America

International community principles At the 25 th U.N. session of October 1970 the General Assembly adopted a Resolution titled “ Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations .” [1] Not too many people would know that, therefore I think it is important to remember what those principles are (emphasis added): + The principle that States shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any

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Counter Punch
The Normalizing of Immorality

The normalizing of immorality is dimming the “light” of the Biblical “city set on a hill.”  President Donald Trump is not the cause of America’s decaying morality.  He is the latest symptom - much more of the same.  He is quickening the decay.  He makes other presidents look good, even though they are responsible for far more immorality than he – at this point.  This is an analysis of Trump’s immorality, as he represents the galvanizing tip of America’s growing corruption.  Alarming is the degree to which his immoral behavior has become accepted.  Informative is that he sanitizes his immora

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Counter Punch
Stormy’s Disclosures

The law can be confusing, and I am happy to offer an explanation of one legal concept that has confused many readers untutored in its ways. The concept for which I hope to provide clarity is known as “non-disclosure.” Agreements dealing with non-disclosure known as “non-disclosure agreements” may be created when two people have been involved in an event that one of the participants  doesn’t want anyone else to know about. In that case the person seeking confidentiality may pay the other person a sum of money, in exchange for which that person agrees not to disclose anything about the event.

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Counter Punch
On the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism

Rohini Hensman’s recently published Indefensible: Democracy, Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism  is an important contribution to the debate that has divided the left since 2011, the year that Syria became a litmus test. For some, support for Bashar al-Assad became tantamount to backing Franco in the Spanish Civil War while others saw my perspective as lending support to the USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other reactionary states carrying out the same neoconservative foreign policy that turned Iraq into a failed state. On practically all other questions, ranging from defen

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Hot Air
Assistant Secretary of State: It would be “very inappropriate” if John Kerry is conducting shadow diplomacy with Iran

To repeat a point I made yesterday : This is his entire career. He spent four of the past 50 years or so conducting official diplomacy on behalf of the United States and chunks of the rest of it conducting diplomacy on behalf of himself and his political allies. Negotiating with enemies with zero White House authority isn"t an aberration for him. It"s just sort of what John Kerry does. Imagine him waking up today, nearly 50 years into it, and finding out it"s "very inappropriate." Which of course it is . An administration official on Thursday told Fox News Kerry’s meetings are "shameful

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Hot Air
Manafort and Mueller have reached a tentative plea deal

This afternoon ABC News is reporting that Special Counsel Mueller and Paul Manafort have reached a tentative plea deal which could allow Manafort to avoid a trial that was scheduled to begin soon : The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions. Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussion

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WND
Yellow journalism of Bob Woodward & N.Y. Times

It takes no time at all. You listen to Bob Woodward"s halting speech. You read his lumpen prose, and you get right away what undergirds his Trump-phobic tome, "Fear: Trump in the White House." Naively, the president had expected to fulfill his revolutionary campaign promises to the American voters, an assumption that threw Woodward and the D.C. elites for a loop. If past is prologue, voters don"t – and should not – get their way. After all, the views of Trump voters on American power are polar opposites of those held by the permanent state. What does " Boobus Americanus " know? Nothing! Wo

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WND
Alinsky's 13 rules used in Kavanaugh fight

I"ve always referred to Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky"s secular agitator bible, "Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals," as the sequel to "The Communist Manifesto." Published in 1972, shortly before his death, "Rules" was a significant part of President Obama"s and Hillary Clinton"s political upbringings. Alinsky"s 13 rules are effective; the first step to challenging them is actually recognizing them. Here"s how Democrats and the DMIC, the Democrat Media Industrial Complex, Alinsky-ized Trump Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the lead up

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WND
Manafort reaches 'tentative' plea deal with Mueller

(The Hill) Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reportedly reached a "tentative" plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. ABC News reported news of the tentative deal on Thursday, saying it is expected to be announced in court on Friday. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C. On Thursday evening, Judge Amy Berman Jackson pushed the conference from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. No explanation was given for the delay.

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WND
6 of Obama's accusations against Trump

Former President Barack Obama made his grand re-entrance onto the public political stage again last week. His speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was designed to inspire Democratic voters to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. It was classic Obama: long on soaring rhetoric, short on truth. If Democrats think Obama is their ace in the hole to play against the Republicans" Trump card, bring it . Obama"s less-than-stellar record had begun to fade into the recesses of the public"s memories. But now it"s all fresh again – and fair game. In fact, it"s eye-opening to co

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Washington Free Beacon
Dem Congressional Candidate: ‘I Worked in Opposition to U.S. Policy in Central America’

A Democrat running for Congress in Washington state's fifth district said on the campaign trail that she worked in "opposition to U.S. policy in Central America" while she taught at the University of Central America. Lisa Brown, who is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, made the previously unreported comment during an event at Washington State University on March 29, according to the Washington Examiner . "I started on the activist side of politics," Brown said. "I worked in opposition to U.S. policy in Central America, which I felt was supporting governments th

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WND
Home Depot co-founder: Mueller probe should end

(Mediaite) Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone today spoke out in defense of President Donald Trump and his achievements in office while taking a swipe at Robert Mueller‘s investigation. After talking about his support for but also criticism of Andrew Cuomo, Langone touched on issues related to the President with Neil Cavuto. “Give Trump credit for this,” Langone said. “He’s behaving exactly the way he behaved in the campaign. The American people didn’t get fooled by it. Those people that voted for him saw him close up in the campaign and they decided we want this guy.”

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Hot Air
No joy for Democrats – Kavanaugh answers committee’s written questions

As you know, after congressional hearings, the person testifying is often subjected to written questions afterward for clarification purposes. In the case of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Democrat members of the Senate Judicial Committee that have openly stated their intentions to vote against the judge when the time comes, submitted written questions about his financial disclosures and also on his opinion on gay marriage. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was curious about the season tickets for the Washington Nationals games included in Kavanaugh"s financial disclosures. It turns out Kavanaugh doe

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Washington Free Beacon
Former Clinton Aide on Coons: We Would Have Been ‘Better off if the Witch Had Won’

A former aide to Hillary Clinton expressed his disagreement with Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) on Thursday by saying it would have been better if "the witch had won," a reference to the senator's 2010 special election opponent. Coons drew Brian Fallon's ire after he expressed his desire on the "Hugh Hewitt Show" to bring back the filibuster for federal judicial nominees. Fallon served as press secretary for Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and prior to that, was as an aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and former Attorney General Eric Holder. We would be better off if the witch had wo

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WND
Trump sanctions to deter meddling in U.S. elections

(Washington Times) President Trump moved Wednesday to deter foreign countries or people from meddling in U.S. elections, creating a mechanism to automatically impose sanctions when intelligence agencies detect cyberattacks. But the executive order, which coincided with heightened alerts about potential attacks on the Nov. 6 elections, didn’t satisfy critics who don’t trust Mr. Trump to punish Russian hackers. Sanctions such as freezing assets, restricting foreign exchange transactions and blocking access to U.S. financial institutions will be triggered by incursions on election systems, poli

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Washington Free Beacon
Michael Moore: It’s ‘Absolutely’ Possible Trump Will Be ‘Last’ U.S. President

Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore said on Wednesday it is possible Donald Trump will be "the last president" of the United States. The comments from the left-wing activist and filmmaker came during an interview with MSNBC host Chris Hayes to promote his new film, Fahrenheit 11/9 . At the end of the film's trailer, a picture of Trump appears while a voice over says, "Ladies and gentleman, the last President of the United States." Hayes asked Moore if he truly believed that was possible, and the filmmaker confirmed that he did. "I think it's possible, absolutely. I think that we have someone

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