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Ex-British spy behind Trump dossier
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Angry Trump Grilled His Generals
About Troop Increase, Then Gave In

Giving in sounds like a healthy idea.
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Forgetting McConnell’s greatest achievement
The in-fighting gets downright viscious.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz defends decision
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Let's watch Little Debbie talk her way out of this one.
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Trump’s feud with McConnell is getting bad: report
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CNN Viciously Attacks POTUS
for Phoenix Speech and Suggests
He’s a National Security Threat
American Thinker, by Peter Barry Chowka    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/23/2017 7:56:10 AM     Post Reply
CNN hit a new low – and that‘s saying a lot – Tuesday night in its coverage of President Trump’s speech in Phoenix. The former news channel is now little more than a propaganda mouthpiece for the Deep State. On Tuesday, it used a half dozen anti-Trump panelists, with no one representing a counter view, to introduce a new fake news meme: Not only is the 45th POTUS a racist and a Nazi-sympathizer but an imminent national security threat to the United States. To reinforce this spin, CNN’s Don Lemon, who outed himself as a Trump hater in an out of

Ex-British spy behind Trump
dossier hands sources to feds
New York Post, by Joe Tacopino    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 8/23/2017 6:32:38 AM     Post Reply
Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators. The former British spy behind a salacious dossier linking President Trump to Russia has reportedly handed over the names of his sources to the FBI.Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent, met with federal agents to disclose how he obtained the unconfirmed information included in his report, according to ABC News.Steele was hired by opposition research firms to dig up dirt on Trump. A recent court ruling said that Steele could be compelled to testify.

How Alan Dershowitz Went From Hillary
Donor to Trump’s Attack Dog on Russia
Daily Beast, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/23/2017 5:32:04 AM     Post Reply
Alan Dershowitz—a liberal Harvard law professor and ardent backer of Hillary Clinton—has emerged as one of the Russia probe’s most vocal critics. He’s likened the investigation to a KGB hunt, and special counsel Bob Mueller to a notoriously obsessed sailor. It’s made him a Fox News fixture, and that has left some of his counterparts in the legal world baffled and skeptical. But those close to Dershowitz say his vociferous criticism of Mueller’s investigation is the opposite of surprising—and that Mueller and Dershowitz have a history. That’s according to Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney who has worked with Dershowitz over the

  


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Frustrated by governing,
Trump returns to campaigning
Washington Examiner [DC], by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/23/2017 5:20:23 AM     Post Reply
Clearly frustrated with the slow pace of legislating in Washington and his treatment by the national media, President Trump returned to what works for him: campaigning. Trump reprised all his campaign´s greatest hits at a rally in Arizona, a state he won both in the Republican primaries and the general election, patterned after the raucous, free-wheeling events he held while running for president last year. As he frequently did during the campaign, Trump vented to the crowd about the things vexing him about the media and Washington. He was especially outraged by the characterization of his reaction to the white

Forgetting McConnell’s greatest achievement
Washington Times, by Allan H. Ryskind    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/23/2017 5:04:18 AM     Post Reply
Mitch McConnell has been taking quite a beating from President Trump for failing to get a health care reform bill through the Senate, but even Mr. Trump has largely conceded that John McCain, alone blew up the majority leader’s painstakingly crafted compromise. The president’s criticisms seem rather tame compared to several popular conservative pundits. Sean Hannity, for one, rails that Mr. McConnell is not only untrustworthy but “spineless” and needs to “retire,” while Mark Levin talks of the leader’s “disastrous reign.” Disastrous? Whatever his failings, a good case can be made that if it weren’t for the shrewd tactics of the

Mattis Just Took an Unannounced
Trip to ISIS´s Doorstep to Personally
Tell Them They´re About to Die
Independent Journal Review, by Benny Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2017 4:54:11 AM     Post Reply
In an unannounced trip to Iraq, a country that has seen horrific war and terrorism over the last decade, Secretary of Defense General James Mattis was making a statement. The general landed in Iraq Tuesday morning, just hours after President Trump made an announcement that America will be sending more troops to Afghanistan. Trump made it clear in his remarks that he is going to be empowering his generals to kill the enemy, whom he referred to as “losers.” Mattis wasted no time getting to the point of his trip: announcing the imminent death and destruction of ISIS. Over the

Dakota Access Pipeline Developer Sues
Greenpeace Over ‘Eco-Terrorist’ Campaign
Hot Air, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2017 4:47:21 AM     Post Reply
Energy Transfer Partners, the developer behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, has sued Greenpeace and several other groups for what it calls a ‘campaigns of misinformation.” ETP argues in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that environmental groups are running a racket designed to raise money by emotionalizing issues. ETP’s press release is here but it actually tones down the language of the court filing a bit. From the filing: This case involves a network of putative not-for-profits and rogue eco-terrorist groups who employ patterns of criminal activity and campaigns of misinformation to target legitimate companies and industries with fabricated environmental claims and

  


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Why the Bannonites are wrong
about Trump’s Afghan speech
New York Post, by F.H. Buckley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2017 4:39:44 AM     Post Reply
Conservative Republicans were mighty upset when their party nominated Richard Nixon in 1960. Nixon was supposed to be a conservative, but his nomination had begun to look like a sellout to the party’s liberal wing. That’s when Barry Goldwater strode to the podium and administered a slap. “Grow up, conservatives,” he told them. That’s what some conservatives need to hear today. They’re not happy Steve Bannon has left the White House. And they hate the planned troop increase in Afghanistan. They need to grow up. They need to chill. First, let’s remember that Bannon fired himself. He didn’t just quit, he slammed the

Head of Navy´s 7th Fleet to be relieved of
duty after second deadly mishap in Pacific
Fox News, by Lucas Tomlinson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2017 4:34:49 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Navy will relieve the commander of its 7th Fleet from duty after the fleet suffered its second deadly mishap in less than three months, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News. An official statement from the Navy regarding the relief of Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was expected late Tuesday night. The decision was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The 7th Fleet has been involved in three collisions since January, the last two of which have resulted in the deaths of 17 sailors. In the latest mishap, the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil

Kim Wall: Headless body identified
as missing journalist
BBC, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/23/2017 3:06:39 AM     Post Reply
A headless torso found in waters off Denmark has been identified as missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Danish police say. There was a "DNA match between [the] torso and Kim Wall", Copenhagen police said on Twitter. Ms Wall was last seen alive on 10 August as she departed on a submarine trip with inventor Peter Madsen. The submarine sank hours after the search for Ms Wall began. Mr Madsen was charged with negligent manslaughter. He initially said he had dropped her off safely near Copenhagen, but has since said she died in an accident and that he had "buried" her at sea.

It’s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing
Like He’s In the White House
Daily Caller, by Ford Springer    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/23/2017 2:52:32 AM     Post Reply
I’ve been on the Barron Trump train from the start, but it’s about time the president’s son starts dressing the part. Barron is the youngest son of Donald Trump and the only child the president shares with Melania Trump. Time and time again Barron has proved that he’s just a normal 11-year-old kid, despite the fact that his dad is the President of the United States and he lives in the White House. One thing that isn’t normal though is the way he dresses when he joins his parents for a public appearance. Barron was returning to the White House from New

  


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It’s time to drop the myth of ‘Donald the Dove’
Washington Post, by Adam Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2017 2:51:24 AM     Post Reply
Once upon a time, President Trump was portrayed as a peacemaker. On the campaign trail, he talked up his belated opposition to the Iraq War and suggested he would be willing to negotiate with North Korea. His skepticism of military alliances seemed to tie into a broader policy of isolationism and opposition to regime change. As Maureen Dowd put it in a now-notorious column, the election was “Donald the Dove” versus “Hillary the Hawk.” Seven months into Trump´s presidency, that fairy tale has crumbled. This week, Trump announced he will give the Pentagon authority to increase troop levels in Afghanistan

North Korea Hints It Is Developing
More Advanced Ballistic Missiles
New York Times, by CHOE SANG-HUN    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2017 2:40:04 AM     Post Reply
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s state news media released a photograph Wednesday suggesting that the North was working on a more powerful solid-fuel ballistic missile, and said the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, had ordered the production of more rocket engines and warheads. Unlike liquid-fuel rockets, solid-fuel missiles do not have to be loaded with fuel just before launching, a process that can take up to an hour and make the missile vulnerable to a pre-emptive strike. Such missiles are also easier to transport and hide. Mr. Kim gave his order to bolster the country’s missile arsenal during a visit to the

Breaking: Armed police fire TEAR GAS at
protesters after Trump rally turns violent
Daily Express[UK], by Thomas Hunt    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2017 1:44:22 AM     Post Reply
SMOKE grenades and tear gas have been fired by riot police at protesters outside the Donald Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Reports outside the rally said some protesters had thrown bottles at the police. Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Jonathan Howard said: "People in the crowd have begun throwing rocks and bottles at police. They also dispersed some gas in the area. "Police have responded with pepper balls and OC (oleoresin capsicum) spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd and stop the assaults.” Police have not given an estimate of the number of protesters who turned out for the event, but Arizona

Trump says his border wall WILL be built
even ´if we have to close down our
government´ as pressure builds in
Congress to provide funding
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2017 1:35:20 AM     Post Reply
President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday night that he might shut down the federal government unless Congress provides funding for his promised border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. ´Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it,´ the president said during a rally speech in Phoenix, Arizona. ´But believe me: If we have to close down our government, we´re building that wall.´ Trump also accused congressional Democrats of putting American security at risk for not supporting the proposal, which was one of his marquee campaign pledges. ´We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary,´ he said. ´Let me

  


  

First Lady Melania Trump thanks Chelsea
Clinton for sticking up for 11-year-old son
Barron after conservative news site
ran story criticizing boy´s clothing
Daily Mail [UK], by Ariel Zilber    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2017 1:31:27 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Melania Trump publicly thanked Chelsea Clinton late Tuesday for coming to Barron Trump´s defense again after he was criticized by a conservative news site for dressing too casually. ´Thank you, Chelsea Clinton,´ the first lady tweeted on Tuesday. ´So important to support all of our children in being themselves!´ The tweet ended with the hashtag #StopChildhoodBullying. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Melania Trump pledged to use the office of the first lady to combat cyber bullying. The 11-year-old youngest son of President Donald Trump was the subject of an article titled ´It´s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He´s In the

Rex Tillerson shouldn´t wait to appoint
a Taliban negotiator in Afghanistan
Washington Examiner, by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/23/2017 12:15:06 AM     Post Reply
Answering a question from the Washington Examiner during a press conference on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that Afghanistan´s security situation needs improving before the United States can negotiate with groups such as the Taliban and Haqqani network. As he put it: [ad] We are going to have to improve the security environment... the environment today is not conducive to carrying out those types of activities... so part of what we´re going to have to do is first ensure we´re ready to engage when conditions permit us to engage. It´s again why Pakistan is very important in this discussion as

Trump trashes media over Charlottesville,
calls supporters ´movement built on love´
Washington Examiner, by Anna Giaritelli    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/22/2017 11:13:33 PM     Post Reply
President Trump opened his speech to supporters in Phoenix by slamming the media again for its coverage of his reaction to the Charlottesville protests and said his followers are united in "love" for others. "You always understood what Washington, D.C., did not. Our movement is a movement built on love. It is love for his fellow citizens who have been left behind, love for every American child who deserves a chance to have all of their dreams come true," Trump told attendees Tuesday night. "What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America. And tonight, this entire arena stands

Mom deals with ´unintentional racism´ after
daughter asks for braids to look like black friend
Yahoo! Canada Style, by Nisean Lorde    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/22/2017 10:39:10 PM     Post Reply
When Brigette Diez Kerr’s 7-year-old daughter Concetta asked for braids to look like her black friend, the mom was hesitant. It wasn’t that she didn’t want her daughter to wear braids, but she feared that her daughter would be stereotyped. What worried Diez Kerr even more was that her own fear was a form of unintentional racism. The mom detailed the experience in a now-viral Facebook post. “This is my daughter and her best friend. They’ve been BFFs since kindergarten. They are in second grade now. My daughter got up the other morning for school and asked that I fix her hair like her best

Republicans dig deeper after Postal Service
cited for workers´ Clinton campaign aid
Fox News, by Brooke Singman    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/22/2017 10:24:49 PM     Post Reply
Republican lawmakers are casting a wider net in their search for wrongdoing at federal agencies in past election cycles, after learning the Postal Service violated the law by allowing employees to do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign while on leave. The lawmakers blasted out letters on Monday to 10 other federal government agencies questioning their unpaid leave policy for union-related political work. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., led the charge on the review of agencies’ practices after spurring an investigation

  


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Missouri senator who urged Trump
assassination booted from committees
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/22/2017 10:13:04 PM     Post Reply
Sorry might not cut it for the Missouri lawmaker who called for President Trump’s assassination. Missouri Senate leaders announced Tuesday that Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been stripped of her committee assignments, just two days after she tried to calm the controversy with a public apology. Meanwhile, the state’s Republican lieutenant governor, Mike Parson, on Tuesday called for the Senate to go into special session to expel Chappelle-Nadal from the body. “I do not make this request of you lightly, but you and I know it is the

CNN host Brian Stelter under
fire for revealing off-camera
discussions about Trump´s ´mental fitness´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/22/2017 10:05:03 PM     Post Reply
CNN host Brian Stelter has faced criticism for revealing that his colleagues in the mainstream media regularly discuss whether President Trump is mentally fit to hold office. During Sunday´s edition of "Reliable Sources," Stelter said such conversations were happening "in newsrooms and TV studios" in the wake of Trump´s response to the previous weekend´s violence between white nationalists and counter-protesters and Charlottesville, Va. "Usually after the microphones are off, or after the stories are filed, after the paper has been put to bed, people’s concerns, and fears and questions come out," Stelter said. "... Questions like these: Is the president of the

Franken angles for center
stage gravitas on Capitol Hill
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/22/2017 9:50:54 PM     Post Reply
Al Franken appears to be that rarest of senators — one who doesn’t see himself as president. Instead Mr. Franken, a comic-turned-politician, is angling to be a voice of the progressive movement and to ascend the halls of power on the other end of Pennsylvania Ave. at the Capitol. “He isn’t running for president, but he is running to be one of the dominant progressive voices in D.C. — vying with [Sens. Elizabeth] Warren and Bernie [Sanders],” said Lawrence R. Jacobs, head of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the

Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About
Troop Increase, Then Gave In
New York Times, by MARK LANDLER and MAGGIE HABERMAN    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 8/22/2017 9:42:07 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s skepticism about America’s involvement in Afghanistan was no secret to his staff. But his top national security officials were still taken aback at a meeting in the Situation Room on July 19, when an angry Mr. Trump began ripping apart their latest proposal to send thousands of additional American troops to the country. “We’re losing,” the president declared, according to a person who was in the room. The plan, he complained, was vague and open-ended, with no definition of victory. “What does success look like?” he asked. The day before that meeting, Mr. Trump had invited four soldiers

Sharpton: ‘Any Match
Could Lead to an Explosion’
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/22/2017 9:38:45 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — America´s reality TV president has made America face its reality, on TV. Now, civil rights leaders across the country worry what will come from Donald Trump´s equivocation on racism and hatred—and the country’s struggle in the week and a half since Charlottesville to deal with a problem much bigger than a few hundred wannabe Nazis with Tiki torches. (Snip) “We’re in a poisonous atmosphere that is being increased by the president of the United States. It’s like turning on the gas in a room,” Rev. Al Sharpton told me, speaking for the latest episode of POLITICO’s Off Message

Barack Obama’s Legacy of Lies and
Broken Promises on Afghanistan
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/22/2017 9:31:30 PM     Post Reply
In last night’s speech on Afghanistan, President Trump said: "No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions. When I became President, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into: big and intricate problems." Every president inherits plenty of trouble, but Trump isn’t just whining here. On issue after issue, Barack Obama passed the buck, making the situation worse than he found it and leaving his

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