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Was the FBI weaponized to take
down the Trump presidency?
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 12/17/2017 11:20:08 PM     Post Reply
It appears the Obama Administration weaponized the Federal Bureau of Investigation just like they weaponized the Internal Revenue Service. The Obama administration used government agencies to wage a covert war on their political enemies. This is an all-out war. We have a growing mountain of evidence to suggest the FBI was attempting to overthrow a duly elected president. We have evidence to suggest the FBI was protecting Hillary Clinton so she might be elected president. There is no smoking gun just yet – but the evidence is staggering – it is simply staggering. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) told the Todd

House Intel to interview Wasserman
Schultz, Goldstone: report
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Brett Samuels    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2017 8:35:31 PM     Post Reply
The House Intelligence Committee is set to interview Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and British publicist Rob Goldstone on Monday as part of its ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, CNN reported. Wasserman Schultz resigned as head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) last July after leaked emails showed party officials appeared to favor Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Wasserman Schultz has also denied knowing about an arrangement for the DNC to help fund a dossier containing salacious allegations about President Trump. Clinton’s campaign and the DNC reportedly paid millions to a law firm involved in the compilation of the dossier.
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The Media Have Not Learned the
Most Important Lesson of 2016:
The Constitution Matters
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/17/2017 8:29:10 PM     Post Reply
The past year has been a very good one for journalism — not because of the quality of the writing, reporting, or analysis, but simply because of the sheer intensity of news. Whatever one thinks Donald Trump is the best or the worst president, he certainly is the most interesting and entertaining. But amidst the rush of events, the mainstream media have missed the biggest story of 2017, which is also partly the story of why 2016 happened the way it did. That story is the restoration of the U.S. Constitution. The media are dimly aware of the Constitution: they complain constantly that the
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The secret backstory of how
Obama let Hezbollah off the hook
Politico, by Josh Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2017 8:26:54 PM     Post Reply
PART I A GLOBAL THREAT EMERGES How Hezbollah turned to trafficking cocaine and laundering money through used cars to finance its expansion. In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation. The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was

NFL Co-Hosting ´Social Justice
Workshop´ For College Athletes
Daily Wire, by Emily Zanotti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2017 7:49:01 PM     Post Reply
The National Football League has lost millions of fans and seen its profits and ratings tank as a result of the "#takeaknee protests that spread across the league in the first few weeks of the season. But thanks to a new commitment to social justice issues, borne out of the Colin Kaepernick-led protests, the NFL will actually take part in a training program that will help to focus the next generation of activist athletes looking to make a "social justice" difference. The "Advocacy in Sport" workshop, presented by the NFL in concert with Morehouse College, will teach student athletes “how

Sanders: If Dems Take Control of the
Senate ‘Absolutely’ Corporate Tax Rate
Is Going Up
Breitbart Video, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2017 7:45:39 PM     Post Reply
Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said if the Democrats took control of the Senate after the 2018 midterms elections, the corporate tax rate would go up.Partial transcript as follows: DICKERSON: If Democrats take control are corporate taxes going up? SANDERS: I think we’ll take a very hard look at this entire tax bill and make it a tax bill that works for the middle class and working families not for the top 1 percent and large multi-national corporations. DICKERSON: There’s no question that in order to achieve all of the things you want, taxes are

Trump: ´No, I´m not´ firing
Mueller, as allies step up attacks
on special counsel probe
Los Angeles Times, by Laura King    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2017 7:44:23 PM     Post Reply
Amid increasing Republican attacks on Robert S. Mueller III over the scope and impartiality of his investigation of Russian campaign meddling, President Trump denied on Sunday that he had any intention of firing the special counsel. "No — no, I´m not," Trump said on Sunday as he returned to the White House from Camp David, when reporters asked if he was considering ousting Mueller, as some conservatives have urged. Earlier, the White House sought to tamp down speculation Trump would move directly against the special counsel, even as a senior Cabinet official noted the president had the authority to remove

  


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Trump and Putin speak AGAIN as Russian
president phones Camp David to thank Trump
for CIA tip that prevented St. Petersburg
terror attack
Associated Press & Daily Mail (UK), by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2017 7:40:56 PM     Post Reply
American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone again Sunday, with the Russian leader phoning Trump at Camp David. Putin called Trump to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the conversation in a tweet. Scroll down for video (Photos) Putin expressed gratitude during the call for information provided by the CIA that allowed Russia’s top domestic security agency to track down and arrest a group of suspects that was planning to bomb Kazan Cathedral

Greed, Hollywood-Style
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: gertrude- 12/17/2017 7:01:16 PM     Post Reply
The death of the motion-picture business as founded has been on the horizon since the Industry learned all the wrong lessons from the success of Steven Spielberg´s Jaws back in 1975. Whereas theaters had once touted air-conditioning as the prime means of putting fannies in the seats when the weather outside was steamy, the "summer blockbuster" now enticed them with chills and thrills. When Jaws begat Star Wars and the customers were shelling out record sums of money to watch what used to be called "B" movies, the moguls were quick to respond.

As Venezuela Collapses,
Children Are Dying of Hunger
New York Times, by Meridith Kohut and Isayen Herrera    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2017 6:58:12 PM     Post Reply
SAN CASIMIRO, Venezuela — Kenyerber Aquino Merchán was 17 months old when he starved to death. His father left before dawn to bring him home from the hospital morgue. He carried Kenyerber’s skeletal frame into the kitchen and handed it to a mortuary worker who makes house calls for Venezuelan families with no money for funerals. Kenyerber’s spine and rib cage protruded as the embalming chemicals were injected. Aunts shooed away curious young cousins, mourners arrived with wildflowers from the hills, and relatives cut out a pair of cardboard wings from one of the empty white ration boxes that families increasingly depend

Thomas Fire continues to grow as strong,
shifting winds bring new dangers
Los Angeles Times, by Melissa Etehad and Ben Poston    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/17/2017 6:26:22 PM     Post Reply
MONTECITO, CA—The massive Thomas Fire continued to grow Sunday even after an epic battle to protect homes along the Santa Barbara County coast Saturday proved successful despite intense winds. The third-largest fire in California history was burning a massive swath from Santa Barbara to Ventura, was being fueled by intense Santa Ana winds. On Sunday morning, the San Fernando Valley was being hit by wind gusts topping 70 mph in some mountain areas. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for canyon and mountain areas. As of Sunday morning, the fire was at 269,000 acres and 40% contained. CalFire said 18,000

  


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Power outage at world´s busiest airport
causes ´pandemonium´ as up to 100 flights
are canceled during beginning of the holiday rush
Daily Mail (UK), by Forrest Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: ladydawgfan- 12/17/2017 6:23:18 PM     Post Reply
Passengers are stranded and flights have been diverted after Atlanta´s Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport - the nation´s busiest - experienced a power outage. The outage happened around 12.55pm today, NBC11 reports. Delta Airlines released a statement at 4.00pm that states in part: ´The cause of the incident remains under investigation. Stranded passengers are left in long lines across the airport´s two terminals.

Democrats hold biggest
lead in congressional
preference since 2008
NBCNews.com, by by Mark Murray    Original Article
Posted By: JansGraphix- 12/17/2017 6:20:00 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Fresh off their victory in Alabama’s special Senate election, Democrats now enjoy their largest advantage in congressional preference in nine years, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, signaling a dangerous political environment for Republicans entering next year’s midterm elections. Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 39 percent who want Republicans in charge. The last time Democrats both held a double-digit lead and hit 50 percent on this question in the NBC/WSJ poll was September 2008, right before the party won the White House and picked

Ebola survivors in Liberia
demand prosecutions for fraud
and corruption that cost lives
Washington Times, by Tonny Onyulo and Sheilia Passewe    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/17/2017 5:56:13 PM     Post Reply
Monrovia, Liberia — Faith Sayeh blamed the Red Cross for the death of her husband and two children during the 2014 Ebola outbreak that claimed thousands of lives here. “I lost my husband and two sons because there were no health workers to give them treatment,” the teary-eyed widow said. (Snip) Ms. Sayeh was referring to the shocking report by International Red Cross auditors in November that $6 million was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from March 2014 to January 2016. The auditors discovered overpriced supplies, salaries for nonexistent aid workers and fake

Former Fox News contributor who
settled sexual harassment lawsuit
breaks confidentiality agreement
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julia Manchester    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2017 4:22:08 PM     Post Reply
A former Fox News contributor who reached a $2.5 million settlement with the network after alleging sexual assault on Sunday said she broke the terms of her confidentiality agreement in order to return fire on Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch. (Snip) And because Mr. Murdoch said what he said, that 60 seconds has allowed me to speak out," former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder told CNN´s Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources." Holder was referring to comments made last week by Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch in a Sky News interview, in which he appeared to dismiss sexual misconduct allegations against various men

  


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So sorry.
Trump’s not dead yet
Globe and Mail, by Margaret Wente    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/17/2017 4:05:55 PM     Post Reply
Is this the beginning of the end for Donald Trump? Everybody´s hoping so – especially the journalistic class. That´s why they´re so giddy over the defeat of Roy Moore, (Snip) I hate to be a party pooper. But I´m thinking not so fast. People have been predicting Mr. Trump´s demise since the day he moved into the White House. And he´s still here. Mr. Moore wasn´t just a flawed candidate. He was the worst candidate for senator in modern history – a knuckle-dragging troglodyte and a rogue judge who´d been kicked off the bench, twice. The Washington Post´s devastating exposé of his

McCain returns to Arizona, won´t
vote on GOP tax bill: report
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jacqueline Thomsen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2017 3:51:19 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is returning to Arizona and will miss the final vote on his party’s tax bill this week, CBS News reported Sunday. McCain, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center suffering from the side effects of his treatment for brain cancer, reportedly left Washington, D.C., on Sunday to return home for the holidays. This means he will not be in D.C. for the GOP tax bill vote, which is expected to take place early in the week. Republicans have won over two key votes for the measure, meaning they should still have the razor-thin majority needed to

Putin thanks Trump by phone for info
that thwarted terror attack, WH confirms
Fox News, Associated Press, by Joseph Weber    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/17/2017 2:44:30 PM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Trump on Sunday to thank him for providing intelligence that helped thwart a planned terror attack in St. Petersburg, the White House has confirmed. The call was confirmed to Fox News and other news outlets by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who told reporters more information on the call would follow. The intelligence was reportedly a CIA tip related to a series of planned bombings. The Kremlin said Putin told Trump during the call that the information provided by the CIA also was sufficient to track down and detain a group of suspects that was planning to bomb

Poll Shows Nation Divided Between America
First And Blame America First [Video]
Daily Caller, by Ginni Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2017 12:22:17 PM     Post Reply
Despite the real possibilities of alienating paying customers, the NFL, Starbucks, Target, Chick Fil-A and a host of entertainers continue choosing sides in an escalating culture war centering on America’s past and future. As a new poll documents, citizens increasingly fear expressing their love of country or expressing their political views, for instance by wearing a Make America Great Again cap.George Barna, executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, recently released a patriotism poll documenting a surprising degree of polarization and politicization of Americans after the first year of President Donald Trump’s governance. Different world views, values and

Doug Jones breaks with top
Democrats on Trump
New York Post, by Marisa Schultz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2017 12:13:55 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Senator-elect Doug Jones is already breaking with some prominent Democrats by refusing to call for President Trump to step down over ongoing sexual harassment allegations. “I don’t think that the president ought to resign at this point,” Jones (D-Ala.) told CNN’s “State of the Union.” In his first round of Sunday show interviews since securing a stunning victory in red state Alabama over accused sexual predator Roy Moore, Jones said he doesn’t want to get bogged down in Trump’s sexual harassment allegations and would rather work on “real issues.” “I think we need to move on and not

  



Mueller´s allegedly lawless acts have
corrupted his probe and demand his removal
Fox News, by Gregg Jarrett    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 12/17/2017 11:39:34 AM     Post Reply
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is accused of acting in complete disregard for the law and must be removed. And so, too, must his entire team. There is devastating new evidence to suggest that Mueller and his staff of lawyers improperly, if not illegally, obtained tens of thousands of private documents belonging to President-elect Trump´s Presidential Transition Team (PTT). The material includes emails, laptops and cell phones used by 13 PTT members. Critically, a "significant volume of privileged material" was taken by Mueller, according to the Trump transition lawyer, and then used by the special counsel team in its investigation. Mueller´s

Tax Reform Passage: The Fail-Safe Option
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2017 11:09:50 AM     Post Reply
For the moment, passage of the tax reform bill looks probable, with 52 votes from all GOP senators. But two remain hospitalized, and one cannot rule out all contingencies, ranging from transport difficulties to last minute changes of mind. As it turns out, there is, and has been, an unspoken fail-safe option. My friend Norman Rogers thought it up, and queried Congressman Dave Brat about it. Here is the correspondence: On Dec 14, 2017, at 12:11 PM, Norman Rogers wrote:?? Dave,?? If the conference bill is defeated in the Senate, could the previous bill passed

How Quickly Ye Forget…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/17/2017 11:09:02 AM     Post Reply
Many people are understandably tentative about the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz. How can this IG, or any IG, really be trusted to root out the rot that lies at the heart of the DC corruption? Can we trust the IG to target the politicization of the FBI and DOJ, and do so with the righteous indignation necessary to tear out the corruptocrats? After all, what would motivate Inspector General Horowitz to participate in such a righteous endeavor? How quickly some have forgotten: DATELINE July, 2015:WASHINGTON DC – The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have

Omarosa´s splattery exit
American Thinker, by Monica Showalter    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2017 11:07:17 AM     Post Reply
Exiting her White House communications job in a huff, Omarosa Manicault Newman, vowed to tell a reality-TV-worthy tale. She should be careful what she wishes for. It ended badly for the former reality-TV star who featured prominently in Donald Trump´s earlier television endeavors, came out to support him during his presidential campaign and then got herself a plum job as ´Director of Communictions for the White House´s Office of the Public Liaison. She seemed to have been fired or was allowed to resign under pressure for getting on Chief of Staff John Kelly´s nerves or maybe not being willing to follow

FBI videos show how members of
Warren Jeffs´ polygamous sect were
caught in $11 million food coupon fraud
by undercover surveillance
Daily Mail [UK], by Hannah Parry    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/17/2017 11:02:16 AM     Post Reply
This is the moment that women from Warren Jeffs´ polygamous sect were caught in an FBI sting playing their part in a $11 million food stamps fraud scheme. The women, wearing the old fashioned, long dress favored by members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church, were caught on undercover surveillance footage, shopping at Meadowayne Dairy in Hildale, Utah. (Snip) Prosecutor Robert Lund asked for the maximum five-year sentence to send a message to Lyle Jeffs and other sect leaders that a ´culture of corruption´ in recent years won´t be tolerated. Lyle Jeffs was also ordered to pay $1million in restitution.

Suicide bombers strike
Christians praying at church
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/17/2017 10:43:08 AM     Post Reply
Quetta, Pakistan — Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 42 others, officials said. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church ahead of Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside. Baluchistan police chief Moazzam Ansari praised the response of security forces guarding the church, saying the attacker who made it inside was wounded and unable to reach the main building.

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