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Thursday, March 30, 2017


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NYT: Nunes’ Sources Are Inside The White House
— Here Are Their Names

Possible collusion with Trump staff?
Updates – Who Is Evelyn Farkas and Why Did She Spill The
Beans on Obama’s Secret Surveillance Operation?…

Things you need to know....now.
Report: Obama Admin Blocked FBI Director’s
Offer To Reveal Russian Meddling

Now why would they do that? Crickets....
Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the
Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim.

You are going to need a score card.
State Dept. employee charged with
misleading FBI in China intel case

It's all beginning to bubble up.
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Exclusive: Ex-Obama Official Responds To
Allegations She Spread Trump Intel [Video]
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 6:13:52 PM     Post Reply
A former Obama administration official is responding in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller to recent claims that she helped disseminate intelligence about Donald Trump and his advisers throughout the federal government. Evelyn Farkas, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia until 2015, says she had no hand in circulating actual intelligence, contrary to claims made this week by conservative media outlets, including Sean Hannity. “I had no intelligence whatsoever, I wasn’t in government anymore and didn’t have access to any,” Farkas said in an interview with TheDC on Thursday. Farkas, a former Clinton

Obamacare uncertainty could force
insurers out of the marketplaces
Washington Examiner, by Robert King    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/30/2017 6:10:15 PM     Post Reply
Insurers may be forced to leave Obamacare markets or dramatically increase premiums if they don´t get answers soon on Republican plans to either repeal or modify the law, industry groups and experts say. Insurers could only watch as Republicans moved to repeal Obamacare, then abandoned that effort, and then said this week they want to try again in the next few months. That uncertainty is making it almost impossible for insurers to predict the state of the law in the short term, even as they have to quickly decide how engaged they´ll be in the Obamacare marketplaces. The uncertainty

Paul Ryan doesn´t want Trump working
with Democrats to fix Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Daniel Chaitin    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/30/2017 6:03:31 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he´s concerned that President Trump might strike a deal with Democrats should Republican lawmakers fail to come up with a follow-up to the failed American Health Care Act. In an interview set to air Thursday, Ryan told "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O´Donnell: "What I worry about, Norah, is that if we don´t do this, then he´ll just go work with Democrats and try to change Obamacare and that´s not — that´s hardly a conservative thing." House failed Friday to bring the Obamacare replacement bill to a vote on the floor because it was



State Dept.: Sanctions Alone Not Enough
to Stop Iran’s Missile Program
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 6:02:42 PM     Post Reply
Sanctions on Iran are not enough to stop the country´s illicit ballistic missile program, according to senior State Department officials, who said on Thursday that a new package of sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic would not halt the country´s missile development. The Trump administration announced earlier this month a large package of sanctions targeting Iran, Syria, and North Korea for their efforts to transfer illicit materials and technology. The sanctions, which targeted 30 entities in 10 separate countries, target a range of actors found to be complicit in the transfer "of sensitive items to Iran´s ballistic missile program," according to

Mike Pence´s ´Billy Graham Rule´
has Internet yelling sexism
USA Today, by Joe Tamborello    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/30/2017 5:52:54 PM     Post Reply
One line from a Washington Post profile of First Lady Karen Pence is garnering reactions from many on social media. Ashley Parker’s profile of Indiana’s former First Lady cites a 2002 Mike Pence interview with The Hill. In it, the former Indiana congressman and governor said he never ate alone with a woman other than his wife, Karen. Pence also said he wouldn’t attend an event where alcohol would be served without her by his side. Evangelist Billy Graham followed a similar rule, not traveling, meeting or eating with another woman alone. It is sometimes referred to as "The Billy Graham Rule." The

Bill Cosby on seducing women:
´They need chemicals´
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Laura McCrystal    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 3/30/2017 5:51:41 PM     Post Reply
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — As a 13-year-old boy, Bill Cosby secretly sprinkled what he thought was an aphrodisiac on girls´ cookies. He wrote about it in a memoir and later joked about it in an interview with talk show host Larry King. And he testified in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes to give to seduce young women. "They´re never in the mood for us . they need chemicals," Cosby told his friends, he wrote in Childhood, his 1991 book. Now, prosecutors want those references to drugging women shared with jurors at the entertainer´s upcoming sex assault trial. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin

Rubio: Hackers twice targeted
former campaign staff
Politico, by Martin Matishak    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/30/2017 5:46:48 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio says former members of his failed presidential bid have twice come under attack from possible Russian hackers. Staffers “who had access to internal information” to Rubio’s 2016 White House campaign “were targeted by [internet protocol] addresses” from a location inside Russia last July, the Florida Republican said Thursday during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Moscow’s alleged election-year cyberattacks. The attacks came shortly after Rubio announced he would seek re-election to the Senate. Rubio added that a second hacking attempt was made on Wednesday morning, again from IP addresses within Russia. Both attempts were unsuccessful, according to Rubio. His comments came hours



White House Plays Nunes Trump
Card To Expose Staff Leaker and
Call Out “Oversight” Gang-of-Eight…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/30/2017 5:40:16 PM     Post Reply
Many people were wondering why the White House was holding back on calling out the congressional intelligence oversight gang-of-eight regarding their political unwillingness to review the same executive intelligence previously reviewed by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. (Snip) White House Deputy Chief-of-Staff Katie Walsh was fired today immediately following a New York Times report which outed two National Security Council members as the source for Devin Nunes “tip” to review a specific batch of President Obama’s executive intelligence. The transparent sequence of events reveals that Walsh was the source of NYT reporter Maggie Haberman’s article; (Walsh and Haberman are “friends”).

Trump made Ivanka an assistant, Kennedy
made Bobby attorney general
Washington Examiner, by Emily Jashinsky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 4:24:31 PM     Post Reply
Ivanka Trump announced on Wednesday her plans to take on an official role in the White House and serve formally as an unpaid assistant to the president. The move makes her a federal employee. After it was revealed last week that she was set to receive a White House office and other perks without becoming a federal employee, many expressed concerns that the arrangement allowed her to act as a de facto official without being bound by the ethics laws applied to formal employees. Trump´s decision on Wednesday, she said in a statement, came in direct response to those questions. "I

´Hollywood Conservative´ Chuck Woolery
Suggests Way to Pass Health Care
Bill with ´100% Votes´
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 3:44:15 PM     Post Reply
Iconic game show host Chuck Woolery says he knows how to pass a health care bill that has unanimous support from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. The former host of such hit television shows as “Love Connection,” “The Dating Game” and “Wheel of Fortune” took to Twitter Thursday to take some pot shots at politicians in Congress who generously vote to line their own pockets - including a suggestion for how to gain bipartisan support for a health care bill: (Tweet) Woolery also said that, if Congress likes holding hearings so much, they ought to hold them to look into

What you need to know:
SpaceX´s historic relaunch of Falcon 9
Florida Today [Melbourne, FL], by Emre Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2017 3:41:10 PM     Post Reply
(Video) All eyes are on SpaceX today as it attempts to relaunch and land a previously flown – or "flight proven," as the company prefers to call it – Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX and its commercial satellite partner, SES, are targeting 6:27 p.m. for the opening of a launch window at pad 39A that closes at 8:57 p.m. (Snip) Today marks the first time that California-based SpaceX will try to launch and land a refurbished Falcon 9 first stage. It´s a critical mission for CEO It's a critical mission for CEO Elon Musk, who envisions a future of reusable rockets that can be flown, landed and reflown at least several



Can Trump Change Libel Laws?
New York Times, by Adam Liptak    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2017 3:25:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington - In a Thursday morning Twitter post, President Trump returned to a favorite theme. He was unhappy with reporting in The New York Times, and he had a solution. “Change libel laws?” he asked. (Snip) “I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having

The standoff between Trump and
green groups just boiled into war
Washington Post, by Darryl Fears & Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2017 3:07:04 PM     Post Reply
The first shots have been fired in what’s likely to be a long, bitter war over the environment between conservationists and President Trump. (Snip) Under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, established in 1970, conservationists and other organizations can fight any government attempt to take administrative action without following proper administrative procedures. “These regulations are binding on all federal agencies,” according to a NEPA fact sheet on the EPA’s website. “The regulations address the procedural provisions … and the administration of the NEPA process, including the preparation of

McCain, North Korea in war of
words over ´crazy fat kid´ crack
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 3:04:34 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain went nuclear against North Korea, in a manner of speaking. The Arizona Republican’s verbal put-down of dictator Kim Jong Un earlier this month – “this crazy fat kid” – was met with a stiff, angry response from the communist regime, which warned McCain of dire consequences to follow. “As such guys as John McCain and [Sen.] Ted Cruz made a provocation tantamount to declaration of war against the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK will take steps to counter it,” said an official DPRK statement, published by the Korean Central News Agency. “They will have to

Security firm will safeguard thousands
of congressional smartphones from
cyberattacks: House CISO
Washington Times, by Andrew Blake    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2017 2:59:37 PM     Post Reply
The House of Representatives has contracted a California-based cybersecurity firm to safeguard the mobile devices of members of Congress and staff from hackers, the House’s chief information security officer confirmed Wednesday. Cellphones of lawmakers and staff alike will soon be protected under a new contract recently awarded to Lookout Mobile of San Francisco, John Ramsey, the House’s chief information security officer, told The Hill. Lookout will install the firm’s proprietary security app on approximately 8,000 mobile devices used by congressional members and staffers,



NYT: Nunes’ Sources Are Inside The
White House — Here Are Their Names
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/30/2017 2:47:45 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times has revealed the two White House officials who helped provide House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes with information showing that the Obama administration incidentally collected intelligence on Donald Trump advisers. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer in the office of the White House counsel, are the two officials, according to The Times. Nunes, a California Republican and member of the Trump transition team, has refused to disclose how he obtained information showing the Obama administration’s incidental surveillance of the Trump team. Nunes announced the new

2 White House Officials Helped
Give Nunes Intelligence Reports
New York Times, by Matthew Rosenberg, Maggie Haberman*    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/30/2017 2:43:19 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, a Republican and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed that President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies. The revelation that White House officials assisted in the disclosure of the intelligence reports — which Mr. Nunes then discussed with President Trump — is likely to fuel criticism that the intelligence chairman has been too eager to do the bidding of the Trump administration while his committee is supposed

The Yanks over there --- 100 years ago
Jewish World Review, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 2:37:48 PM     Post Reply
One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I. The ongoing conflict ended just 19 months later with an Allied victory. The United States did not win the war alone, given the far earlier and greater sacrifices of Great Britain, France, Italy and czarist Russia. But America´s late arrival, with some 2 million doughboys who landed in France less than three years after the start of the war, saved the teetering Allied cause. By late 1917, Germany had knocked Russia out of the war and seemed likely to swarm the sole Western front and

Putin on U.S. election hack
charge: ‘Read my lips: No’
Associated Press, by Vladimir Isachenkov    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/30/2017 2:35:57 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and said Moscow would maintain hopes of improving relations while waiting for political infighting in Washington to stop. Putin also said he is ready to meet with President Donald Trump in Finland if that country hosts an Arctic leaders’ summit, but added that he would wait longer if needed. “We are seeing what’s going on. They are preventing the new president from fulfilling his campaign promises on many issues: health care, other issues, international relations, ties with Russia,” Putin said in remarks at a

GOP Senate cuts it close on initial
vote to defund Planned Parenthood
Hot Air, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 3/30/2017 2:31:49 PM     Post Reply
The United States Senate is the world´s greatest deliberative body, according to the United States Senate. Like some power-mad PTA, the Senate has over time established the world´s greatest set of arcane rules governing its operations. [Snip] The Senate also often has a vote to decide if it can have a vote. Anything to get more time on C-SPAN. That’s what happened Thursday when the Senate was voting whether it could vote on a provision that would, in effect, allow funds to healthcare providers to be cut off for reasons other than providing poor healthcare. Think Planned Parenthood and its abortion program.


McDonald’s to use fresh beef
in Quarter Pounders
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 2:24:30 PM     Post Reply
McDonald’s announced Thursday it will switch to fresh beef Quarter Pounder paddies instead of using frozen meat at most restaurants by the middle of next year. McDonald’s, the nation’s largest fast-food chain, is following the practice of its rivals — including Wendy’s and In-N-Out — to use fresh beef for its one of its signature menu items. The company said in an announcement that its burgers were already 100 percent beef with no filler. “We’ve been serving the burger we serve since 1973, and now we’re changing it,” McDonald’s U.S. president Chris Kempczinski told Fortune. “That is big.” The company said

University Hosts ‘Masculinity Confession
Booth’ Instructing Male Students to Repent
Breitbart Tech, by Tom Ciccotta    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 1:42:03 PM     Post Reply
The University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, is hosting a “masculinity confession booth” this week, in which male students are asked to confess sins that may have been inspired by the Western world’s emphasis on “hypermasculinity.” Students at the University of Regina had the opportunity this week to confess their “hypermasculinity sins” at a confessional booth on campus. “We have all reinforced hypermasculinity one way or another regardless of our gender,” organizers claim. “Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways!” The initiative was started by the non-profit group, Man

Trump to host China´s President Xi Jinping
at Mar-a-Lago, and both men´s wives will
attend, the White House officially announces
Daily Mail (UK) & Associated Press, by Geoff Earle & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2017 1:37:01 PM     Post Reply
President Donald Trump will put his negotiating and diplomatic skills to the test when he hosts China´s President Xi Jinping for a two-day summit at Mar-a-Lago, an event the White House officially announced Thursday. The high-profile summit will bring Trump face to face with a nation he frequently railed against during the campaign for ripping off the U.S. – although he repeatedly added that China´s leaders were ´smart´ by doing what was in their interest. Both men´s wives will attend, adding to the global interest that will follow the event. Melania Trump took a more public role at the White

Republican Leaders May Not Fund
Border Wall in Must-Pass Spending Bill
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/30/2017 1:16:46 PM     Post Reply
The Trump administration has asked Congress for $1.4 billion in supplemental spending this year to begin the president’s long-promised border wall, but the money apparently will not be included in must-pass legislation to keep the government funded beyond April 28. At a news conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked if supplemental money for border security and defense – a total request of $33 billion dollars requested by the Trump administration -- would be included in the spending package that must pass by April 28 to avoid a partial government shutdown. “We’re in the process of figuring out

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