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Why Trump Is a President Like No Other
American Greatness, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:garnet, 5/15/2018 11:20:45 AM

Conrad Black’s erudite biography of Donald J. Trump is different from the usual in mediis rebus accounts of first-year presidents. He avoids the Bob Woodward fly-on-the-wall unattributed anecdote, and “they say” gossip mongering. Nor is the book a rush-to-publish product from former insiders of the Trump campaign or administration. Instead, Black, a prolific and insightful historian, adopts the annalistic method in carefully tracing Trump’s earliest years in business through his various commercial misadventures, financial recoveries, and sometimes wild antics. Black’s aim is to illustrate how much of what Trump has done since announcing his presidential candidacy in summer 2015 is

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/15/2018 11:49:59 AM     (No. 11633101)

The best book review imaginable from a renowned historian who praises Black as being a “prolific and insightful historian”. Wow!

The book sounds like a must read. Conrad Black always is. Victor Davis Hanson always is.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 5/15/2018 11:57:48 AM     (No. 11633108)

While always appreciating VDH´s writing, he misses the prospect that America may be blessed after all and the President may be a modern day Moses.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: highlander, 5/15/2018 11:58:57 AM     (No. 11633111)

I refer to Trump as a wrecking ball against liberal orthodoxy. It´s messy, but it works.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/15/2018 12:11:36 PM     (No. 11633116)

Do read this amazing essay. Too many good parts to pick out and quote here, though I did like this:

The result is an argument that the first president to have neither prior political nor military service nevertheless has his own demonstrable skill sets that are making his presidency far more dynamic than either his critics or supporters quite imagined. Black’s unspoken assumption is that it is more difficult to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than to be a career politician or an evening news reader.

VDH is such a terrific read, I’ll go back and read this again and send it on to friends and relatives. This ending revealed more about VDH than we usually see:

In the modern world, few in English write (or can write) any more like Edward Gibbon or Winston Churchill, but Black does so effortlessly and with precision. So it is often a treat to read an Isocrates or Cicero in modern English.

Most readers, like myself, have never met either Conrad Black nor Donald J. Trump. But after reading this engaging biography, those of any political persuasion would wish to do both.


Praise from one very impressive man to another. And about his biography of yet another...



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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mackrand, 5/15/2018 12:39:10 PM     (No. 11633139)

Every day is a delight here. Having our OP´s select such jewels for us to read and ponder over is a blessing.

This one is going to be one of the high points of my day. I suggest the reader go read this one as I just did. A profound few minutes well spent....

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Clinger, 5/15/2018 12:42:30 PM     (No. 11633142)

I can´t help but reflect on how obvious Trump´s negatives are and were when we elected him and how the people he beat from both parties don´t seem to accept that as a call to reflect on how distant they have become from we the people.

As for me one person I would love to meet is none other than Mr. Hanson himself.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lucky5, 5/15/2018 12:50:30 PM     (No. 11633150)

Great article. The book sounds very good too.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 5/15/2018 12:52:31 PM     (No. 11633152)

Nice review however I don´t see Trump´s behavior as "comeuppance". I see it as absolutely necessary. The corruption in government, politics, and media is deeply entrenched and secretive. Only now, after enormous provocation, dogged investigation, and liberal insanity and stupidity is the full picture beginning to emerge. None of this would have come out if Trump had been a polite guy. He provoked them into their actions and they decided it was necessary to destroy him. They felt protected because once Hillary won, all their actions would be buried and forgotten. When Hillary lost, they doubled down to cover themselves. If Trump could be impeached, he would be too busy to go after them. Trump kept prodding them, turning over rocks and exposing them. He made them look foolish and that his them in their vulnerable spot, their enormous egos and the arrogance that results from it.

It is NOT sufficient to simply win policy issues. Liberals would regroup and do it again. The liberals attack PERSONALLY because once the people are undone, they cannot come back with any more attempts even if they have good ideas. Trump is letting and nudging the liberals into being inept suicide bombers and blowing only themselves up. The media has no credibility and is pathetic in their whiny,powerless behavior. Dem politicians are becoming an endangered species. The Deep State are being hauled from underneath their rocks into the sunlight and going the way of vampires in the sun. Leftist icons are being #MeToo-ed into oblivion. With Trump´s successes, almost all the Left´s identity groups are starting to question the dem party´s value.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to stir the pot and the Left continues not only to lose but to become undone. In the end, that may be Trump´s greatest success and his behavior is an essential part of it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NYbob, 5/15/2018 1:08:21 PM     (No. 11633165)

Good article. Too bad many who are stuck with one view of President Trump won´t read it. It would really educate them.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 5/15/2018 1:12:02 PM     (No. 11633173)

I believe Donald Trump will be one of our greatest presidents, right up there with the founders. He reminds us what Americans used to be; confident, energetic and goal oriented individuals who did it their way. He is teaching the younger generations the value of focused hard work towards producing something that lasts. He is not afraid to be himself, eccentricities and all, and celebrates the foibles of being human.

The Donald broke the progressive socialist spell when Trump Tower fell on Hillary!´s head and set the Mnuchins free. Her evil sister, personified by the enemedia and Deep State operatives, are vainly trying to snatch back the ruby slippers but Melania had them upgraded to killer stilettos that glide above every surface from lawn to swamp mud.

The paradigm has shifted. The Uniparty, Deep State and their minions of the enemedia are of the defensive and losing ground daily.

MAGA - Through prayer, patience and strength.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mc squared, 5/15/2018 2:39:08 PM     (No. 11633267)

Wow


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 5/15/2018 3:10:09 PM     (No. 11633307)

If you want to get right to the point of something in a well-written, concise manner, put Dr. Hanson on the job.

Good read, as is always the case from VDH.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 5/15/2018 3:16:46 PM     (No. 11633322)

What a wonderful article! #4 is right. There are way too many great quotes in the article to post. The two below were my favorites:

FTA: "Black’s unspoken assumption is that it is more difficult to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than to be a career politician or an evening news reader."

FTA: "Trump’s friends and critics assure us that his incessant twittering and carnival rally-barking are suicidal.....Instead, Black sees much of Trump’s targeting as comeuppance and long overdue—given a sanctimonious, corrupt media, and a gatekeeping political class that weakened the country over the last two decades of fiscal, social, cultural, and military irresponsibility."

This article should be distributed to every newsroom in this country. I know that´s a pure fantasy. But if they truly wanted to see a fantastic, unbiased analysis of Trump this is it. I´m saving this one.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: sagman, 5/15/2018 4:01:11 PM     (No. 11633349)

I am impressed that VDH is impressed.

Well said, #8 and #10.

One thing I still can´t get my head around: yes, Trump is driving the left crazy and has accomplished more than I dreamed possible. But PC continues to have a stranglehold on our culture, and I can´t detect any signs it´s easing up.

A sobering thought: perhaps it doesn´t matter any more who wins elections; PC is so baked in, it will be with us forever.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jallmon, 5/15/2018 4:08:23 PM     (No. 11633357)

Can´t wait to read Black´s book. VDH is such a treat to read.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JoniTx, 5/15/2018 4:30:22 PM     (No. 11633375)

Great read. Thanks for posting.

Here´s a link to the National Review excerpt, from May 10, 2018:

"Rebranding for Profit and Elections"

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/book-excerpt-donald-trump-a-president-like-no-other-conrad-black/

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lana720, 5/15/2018 4:54:34 PM     (No. 11633392)

#s 8 and 10, wonderful, thanks!
Now, let´s all go,out and buy the book. It is lovely to read such a talent heap,coals on the head of another great waiter.
Donald J. Trump is his own person and is exactly the wrecking ball to our political "system" (more focused on self enrichment) which has sadly melded into one horrific, gelatinous ball of goo.
When one party cannot be distinguished from the another, it´s time! Remember the power of your voice and vote! Pray for our First .family for Protection and Health.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lana720, 5/15/2018 4:55:50 PM     (No. 11633394)

Please excuse typos!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: rocco49, 5/15/2018 6:12:15 PM     (No. 11633457)

Required reading in every Social Science 101 class in America!

(And then I woke up)...

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Folsomguy, 5/15/2018 6:15:29 PM     (No. 11633459)

Many of the most successful businessmen have a "history" of how they got to where they got. Many virtually identical to Trump´s; should we say, womanizing ways. There have been many who would have made great presidents too but were unwilling to subject their families to the media scrutiny. The fact that he has been willing to face and demean the media, has made him one of; if not, the best president in modern times.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: chance_232, 5/15/2018 7:02:53 PM     (No. 11633491)

RE#3 .... Nah....Not a wrecking ball.

It may look that way, but Trump is more like a "controlled demolition expert".

He carefully places his explosives, often several months in advance before pushing the button or goads the opposition to stumble into the trip wires.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 5/15/2018 8:14:46 PM     (No. 11633532)

I now see that the Lord could not find one man in the GOP who could do to this country what someone with the personality and dynamism of Donald J. Trump can do. Can you imagine how a sniveling little Marco, or a Ted Cruz, or a Lindseed Grahamnesty would have weathered the brutal persecution from the FBI/DOJ/MSM over a customized fabrication of "collusion" for them, had any of them been nominated? The thing punk Comey and malevolent Mueller never counted on was the well-practiced ability of DJT to fight back HARD art anything negative to him in the media. The persecutors in DC figured he´d buckle like a cheap ladder under the weight of the three-letter-acronyms, but they didn´t know Trump. He´s the first one EVER to be able to BEAT them dogs at their own game, handily.

The irony of it all was that the Dems launched this "Trump-Russia" thing and ran full steam on it until the Strzok-Page texts came out, and with Congress not giving up on the probe of FBI/DOJ corruption, the Dems are going to pay in November, bigtime. All their caterwauling about Russia has given POTUS a chance to make some momentous anti-Obama changes which will undermine the plans of Dems.

I´m predicting that this December there will be a massive number of Democrats (blue wave) retiring from Congress for good. They know the FBI/DOJ corruption will hit very near to home on all of the crooks.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: thelmalou, 5/16/2018 6:57:29 AM     (No. 11633746)

RE: #14 - OR, perhaps it´s like a burning house that stays standing and holds its original profile...until it doesn´t. May the collapse of the PC culture be soon and complete.

Agree with the rest of y´all...a great man writing a review of a great book about another great man.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: thelmalou, 5/16/2018 7:03:46 AM     (No. 11633749)

RE: my post at #23 - I don´t really want a giant protest or revolt against PC...I think it´d be great if people just stopped caring and stopped rewarding PCness so that PC shovelers don´t find it profitable anymore. Like the popularity of Roseanne and the return of Last Man Standing.

Perhaps enough people pay attention to Mike Rowe and stop sending their kids to overpriced universities and they choose to become plumbers instead. Or when somebody complains in the media about some lame PC assault against their snowflake senses, people just giggle and move on.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: thelmalou, 5/16/2018 7:08:22 AM     (No. 11633753)

Please pardon my third post (I promise I´ll hush). RE: #23, #24 - It does occur to me that we do need to consciously pass down or values to the next generation, including the truth about PC.

Look for teachable moment. I´m a big fan of critical thinking...when something PC pops up, have your kid think it through to its (il)logical conclusion. They´ll get it...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Rinktum, 5/16/2018 7:09:21 AM     (No. 11633755)

Great article and looks like a best selling book is coming our way. What is amazing to me is that the average Joe and Jane understood exactly what Donald J. Trump was all about when the wizards of smart could not wrap their brains around his appeal. When you have been so discouraged by what is going on in your government you recognize a problem solver and solution giver when you see one.

The fact that this guy had the nerve to say what most Americans were thinking was liberating to those of us who had grown tired of the almost religious comity that so many politicians had worshipped. This deference had done nothing to move the government along on behalf of the people. Their corruption, however, was fast moving and in your face and the American people had had enough.

Donald J. Trump may be a billionaire but he respects people who do honest work. He like most of us understands the importance of respect for those who protect us. Most importantly he loves this country and it is evident in everything he does. We can rest easy knowing that he will have our best interests at heart and for those reasons he will be a great success in spite of the slings and arrows from his detractors. He truly is the People’s President. He is the right man for the right job at the right time.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: BillW., 5/16/2018 8:24:36 AM     (No. 11633811)

I´ll have to head back up through all these comments. Gotta be good ones.

But this purposeful hatred of President Trump by Dem pols and voters is sickening. They´ve ALL sided with Soros-Obama-Clinton anti-American Marxists! Wonder how many of them even realize what that means?

MAGA / KAG

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 5/16/2018 9:04:01 AM     (No. 11633844)

What!?!? You were expecting maybe another Obama?






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Reply 29 - Posted by: congar, 5/16/2018 9:27:56 AM     (No. 11633867)

Bought Black’s book immediately after reading this very interesting article. Trump is shaking up the entire group of self appointed geniuses that have run things into the ground for years.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: happywarrior, 5/16/2018 9:55:02 AM     (No. 11633902)

I´ve purchased the book and have to recommend Mr. Black´s books on Roosevelt and Nixon. And anything by VDH is a good read.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: NotaBene, 5/16/2018 10:59:25 AM     (No. 11633935)

Donald Trump is on track to become the best American President ever if he keeps working with the current intensity. He is a political genius that had long prepared for this role. Yes, building skyscrapers in Manhattan is excellent training. I will never forget his first speech on June 16, 2015 when he said China is ripping US off and Mexico is not sending their best people. These topics were new to our political discourse and are still the leitmotif. Trump has even touched on birth citenship. Lord Black brings not only great writing skills but life experience by incarceration on false accusations.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: NotaBene, 5/16/2018 11:09:19 AM     (No. 11633943)

From VDH, national treasure: “Finally, Black is a singular prose stylist of what in the ancient world would be called the Asiatic, or florid and decorative, style—multisyllabic and sometime near archaic vocabulary, ornate imagery, melodic prose rhythms, diverse syntax, and classical tropes of deliberate understatement, juxtapositions of Latinate and Anglo-Saxon words, and plentiful metaphors and similes. In the modern world, few in English write (or can write) any more like Edward Gibbon or Winston Churchill, but Black does so effortlessly and with precision. So it is often a treat to read an Isocrates or Cicero in modern English.“

I need to read this book.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: federale, 5/16/2018 12:35:00 PM     (No. 11634030)

Plain and simple: Trump loves the working man.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Tianne, 5/16/2018 4:34:12 PM     (No. 11634255)

Wonderful review and comments - what a pleasure it is to be exposed to, and to acquire knowledge about, three extraordinary men all in the same article. Thank you, OP.

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Barack Obama Takes Jab
At Donald Trump: ´I Did Not
Have Scandals As President´

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Newsweek Magazine, by Nicole Goodkind    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/25/2018 9:14:39 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama took a light swing at his successor during a tech conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. His eight years in office were scandal free, he told the audience. "I didn´t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn´t be something you brag about," Obama joked. President Donald Trump’s presidency has thus far been racked with scandalous allegations, but Obama later hedged his barb. "But actually,” he said, “if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good. It´s a big deal." The reason his

Players Considering New Forms of Protests
for Revised National Anthem Policy

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Sports Illustrated, by Charlotte Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/24/2018 6:24:42 PM     Post Reply
Some NFL players are reportedly considering new ways to protest after NFL owners voted on a new national anthem policy Wednesday, reports Sports Illustrated´s Robert Klemko. According to Klemko, some are discussing ways to skirt new rules "just to spite the NFL." The policy removes a requirement for players to be on the field for the anthem, and gives players the option to stay in the locker room. Teams will be fined for any personnel that "do not show proper respect for the flag and Anthem” on the sidelines. Other journalists were hearing similar things from players they talked to.

Obama explains why he signed a
deal with Netflix and how he thinks
it will help solve our political divide

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Business Insider, by Julie Bort    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/24/2018 12:19:35 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, Netflix announced that it had signed a multimillion deal with former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, and on Wednesday, Obama spoke publicly about the deal for the first time. (Snip) He recounted his first job out of college as a community organizer, helping bring various factions together to solve local problems from crime to underfunded schools. An older, experienced community organizer told the young Obama at the time that before he started to suggest solutions to problems, he should spend a month talking to people and hearing their stories. "Everyone has a story that is

Biden: GOP Under Trump Has Abandoned
American Values for ‘Phony Populism,’
‘Fake Nationalism’

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Breitbart Video, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/24/2018 8:17:55 PM     Post Reply
Thursday at the New York State Democratic Party’s convention on Long Island, former Vice President Joe Biden said the Republican Party in the era of President Donald Trump had abandoned American values in favor of “phony populism” and “fake nationalism.” Biden said,”This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a different deal. They are not, they are not who we are. They are not who America is. But what they are doing is they sending a vision of America around the world that is distorted. That is damaging. That is hurting us with this phony populism and this fake

Pelosi mocks Trump, says Kim Jong
Un is the ´big winner´ after Trump
cancels North Korea summit

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Washington Examiner, by Al Weaver    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/24/2018 3:45:42 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argued Thursday that North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is the "big winner" after President Trump canceled the planned summit between the two next month in Singapore. "I think it´s a good thing for Kim Jong Un," Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference about how plans for the meeting elevated Kim´s status. "They were on par with each other. He got global recognition and regard. He´s the big winner." "When he got this letter from the president saying ´OK, never mind´ — he must be having a giggle fit right there in

The Real Constitutional Crisis
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Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/25/2018 5:01:24 AM     Post Reply
Democrats and their media allies are again shouting “constitutional crisis,” this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russia investigation. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department’s unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department’s relationship with Congress. The conceit of those claiming Mr. Trump has crossed some line in ordering the Justice Department to comply with oversight is that “investigators” are beyond question. We are meant to take them at their word that they did everything

‘Morning Joe’: You’re ‘Too Stupid To
Handle Household Appliances’ If You
Think The FBI Was Against Trump

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Daily Caller, by Justin Caruso    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/23/2018 9:31:05 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Wednesday that if you don’t understand how the FBI hurt Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump in the 2016 election, you’re “too stupid to handle household appliances.” WATCH: (Video) “Everything the FBI did in the home stretch was to Donald Trump’s benefit and Hillary Clinton’s detriment. Clinton’s detriment, including McCabe’s leak,” Scarborough said.) He continued, “Now, for somebody not to understand that, I mean, seriously, suggests only one thing — and that is, they are either intentionally lying or they are too stupid to handle household appliances.” Trump went on a tweet storm Wednesday over the

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan
Threatens Paul Ryan, Mitch
McConnell for ‘Enabling’ Trump

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Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 5/25/2018 11:42:35 AM     Post Reply
John Brennan, President Obama’s former CIA director, again used his verified Twitter account Saturday to lash out at President Trump, this time by threatening House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). (Snip) Brennan did not explain what “major responsibility” Ryan and McConnell will “bear,” but as America’s former chief spy, Brennan probably has all kinds of Deep State ties, methods, and contacts at his disposal. Brennan’s threat was in response to President Trump’s ordering the Justice Department to look into the Obama administration’s spying on his 2016 presidential campaign, an unprecedented act that a number

Hillary Clinton Wants to Be
CEO of Facebook

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Breitbart Tech, by Allum Bokhari    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/25/2018 5:17:21 PM     Post Reply
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she would like to be CEO of Facebook. Speaking to an audience at Harvard University, alongside Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Clinton was asked what company, if any, she would like to be CEO of. Clinton said she made Facebook her choice because the social media giant is the “biggest news platform in the world.” “We can listen to really brilliant, experienced writers like David Ignatius and try to keep up with the news,” continued Clinton “But most people in our country get their news, true or not, from Facebook.” Clinton went on to talk

So Obama´s Netflix deal was
about community organizing all along

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American Thinker, by Monica Showalter    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 5/25/2018 11:28:02 AM     Post Reply
Netflix´s deal with former President Obama to produce content for its shows isn´t going as well as its media toadies hailing the scheme thought it would. They presented us with this, and assumed we´d get excited about it. NPR reports: Netflix said in a statement that the Obamas would "produce a diverse mix of content – including docu-series, documentaries and features" under their imprint, Higher Ground Productions. "Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help


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