Thursday, July 20, 2017

President Trump draws a red line for Mueller on Russian probe in explosive NYT interview

At Biz Pac Review  by F. Powers

President Trump appeared to be sending a warning to Special Counsel Robert Mueller to avoid crossing a “red line” in his Russia investigation.
The president, it seems, “warned that investigators would cross a red line if they delve into Trump family finances unrelated to Russia,” according to a report featuring Trump’s explosive interview with the New York Times published Wednesday.

In the 50 minute interview which covered many topics, Trump took on the subject of the special counsel, noting conflicts of interest within the office and a sense that investigators should stay focused on matters only dealing with Russia

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Fmr. U.N. Amb. Power Emerges As Central Figure In Obama Unmasking Investigation

At Free Beacon by Adam Credo

Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power's involvement in the unmasking by former Obama administration officials of sensitive national security information is raising red flags over what insiders view was an attempt by the former administration to undermine President Donald Trump and key figures on his team, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the situation.
Power appears to be central to efforts by top Obama administration officials to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources.
The names of Trump allies in the raw intelligence reports were leaked to the press in what many in Congress and the current administration claim is an attempt by Obama allies and former officials to damage the White House.

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Turkey Exposed US Base Locations to ISIS

At FrontpageMag |by Daniel Greenfield

The latest case for why the United States cannot and should not be a member of any military alliance that includes an Islamic terror state. In this case, we have one Islamic terror state passing information to another Islamic terror state against an infidel enemy.

Our "Turkish allies" against Islamic terror are as trustworthy as our "Pakistani allies" were. 

In the latest display of Turkish anger at U.S. policy in Syria, the state news agency has divulged the locations of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in northern Syria where the U.S. is leading an operation to destroy the so-called Islamic State in its self-styled capital of Raqqa.

The list published by the Anadolu news agency points to a U.S. presence from one end to the other of the Kurdish self-administration region—a distance of more than 200 miles. The Anadolu news agency even listed the number of U.S. troops in several locations and in two instances stipulated the presence of French special forces

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Shep Smith Gets Nasty in Hannity Feud, Reminds One of His Colorful Past

At IndependentSentinel by S. Noble

Chris Wallace and Shep Smith have been losing their mind over Donald Trump and his son Trump Jr. Shep Smith can’t stop himself from calling both liars.

One of Sbep’s many comments: “They tell us there’s nothing to this,” Smith said, “that nothing came of it, there’s a nothingburger, it wasn’t even memorable, didn’t write it down, didn’t tell you about it ’cause it wasn’t anything so I didn’t even remember it. Why all these lies? Why is it lie after lie after lie?”

It’s getting sickening hearing these anti-Trumpers calling everything President Trump says a lie. Every misstep or everything they disagree with is a lie.

They’re beside themselves over the Trump Jr. meeting of last year. Donald Jr. should have been more upfront, no doubt about it, but basically, it’s not amounting to anything

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House’s Refusal to Reassess Military Bases Will Lead to Unnecessary Costs

At Daily Signal by F. Bartels

In passing its version of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives shot down the Pentagon’s plans to make more efficient use of its resources by reassessing military bases.

The legislative body decided to maintain the prohibition on conducting a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), even though U.S. military leaders argue it is a crucial measure to save precious defense dollars.

The rejection of BRAC was fueled by arguments that ignore how the process actually takes place and how Congress can shape and guide it toward the intended goals.

The main concerns expressed by House members revolved around cutting military infrastructure at the beginning of a proposed defense rebuilding, and how to ensure that the BRAC process actually delivers meaningful savings.

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Ronald Reagan has the answer to GOP’s ObamaCare riddle

At NYPOST | by B. McCaughey

When President Ronald Reagan was asked why he settled for a 5 percent tax cut in 1981 when he had proposed cutting taxes by twice as much, he answered: “Half a loaf is better than none.”

That’s advice the Republican Party should heed right now.

The Senate’s failure this week to repeal ObamaCare is a bitter disappointment to the 18 million people in the individual market struggling with unaffordable premiums and deductibles. It’s also bad news for another 8 million who are opting to pay hefty penalties rather than buy those unaffordable plans.

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Trump: I wouldn’t have hired Sessions if I knew he’d recuse himself


President Trump blasted one of his staunchest allies on Wednesday — claiming that he never would have named Attorney General Jeff Sessions to his Cabinet had he known that Sessions was going to disqualify himself from the Russia probe.
“Sessions should have never recused himself,” Trump told The New York Times.

“And if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.”
rump said he has been treated unfairly by Sessions — who, as an Alabama senator, supported him during the bruising Republican primary campaign, when many other GOP heavyweights were keeping .

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The Planned Destruction Of America: "If They Can't Collapse It Internally They'll Attack The U.S. Externally

At Zero Hedge

From within and from without.  Before our very eyes, we are seeing actions taking place both within the U.S. domestically and outside of it.  The scripted plans were set into motion decades ago, and are seeing fruition now, with increases in activities leading toward the planned downfall of the U.S.  The architects follow a very “Orwellian” pattern: it isn’t important who takes the reins of power, if that power is used to promulgate the continually leftward-moving paradigm shift and the continuance of power.  These oligarchs are globalists who wish to remove the national boundaries except to use the governments in an administrative fashion to control the masses.

Sound radical?  It is, as in “Rules for Radicals,” by Saul Alinsky, in a concept known as “organizing the organized.”  In such a fashion, the oligarchy will control the population through the captains…the “duly-elected” commander of the ship of fools.  The apparatus of the military and police being already in place in the nation, then it is just a matter of appropriating that apparatus to use it as a control mechanism and enforce the totalitarianism.  It is not a new story.  So why is this era different?

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Source Senate Leaders to Offer 200 Billion to win over Moderates

At The Hill

In a bold move to revive their healthcare bill, Senate Republican leaders are getting ready to propose giving $200 billion in assistance to states that expanded Medicaid, according to a person familiar with internal Senate negotiations.

The huge sum would be funded by leaving in place ObamaCare’s net investment income tax and its Medicare surtax on wealthy earners, according to the source briefed on the proposal.
The figure is likely to outrage conservatives who would prefer to use the savings from the Senate healthcare bill to pay down the deficit.

The source said the aid would be targeted primarily at Medicaid expansion states, adding it would be distributed on “the back end” of the bill’s timeline, when the legislation would phase out the generous federal contribution for expanded Medicaid enrollment — a central pillar of ObamaCare.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

At NYPOST | by Benny Avni

Iran-deal supporters rejoice: President Trump is signaling that his predecessor’s signature foreign-policy legacy is unassailable.
Or is he?

The Trump administration reported to Congress on Monday that Tehran is complying with the pact, just as it did back in April. Why? Two years ago, Congress passed legislation requiring the secretary of state to announce every 90 days whether he or she can say with certainty that Iran is complying.
Under President Barack Obama, certification was automatic. But Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail to “rip up the deal and call it a 'disaster.'


INSANITY: Purdue Hands Out 'Privilege Scorecards' To Students

At Daily Wire | by Saul Teeter

Did you think Brooklyn’s “Check Your Privilege” cards were amazing? Then you’ll love this: Mike Allison at Turning Point News is reporting that students in a Purdue University class were given “Privilege Scorecards,” which is somehow stupider than it sounds.

The questionnaire takes eleven totally arbitrary categories and awards points based on your answers. Because that is how equality works. There is much of the usual nonsense present: White and Asian people earn 25 and 10 points, respectively, while Latino and Black people are deducted points; Women lose 50 points, but gain back 20 points if they are cisgender women.

Gay people lose 100 points, which I find deeply insulting as a gay man who would love nothing more than to just be counted the same as everybody else. Not to worry though, since the goal seems to be to get as far in the negatives as possible.

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Senate Intelligence chairman avoiding White House during Russia investigation

The Hill

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said that he would be limiting his trips to the White House while the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is ongoing.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is presiding over the Senate floor while his Republican colleagues go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to talk about healthcare. He was spotted with his lunch in hand and preparing to take the elevator while his colleagues gathered in front of the Capitol.

Pressed on whether he was making a policy of staying away during the panel's politically sensitive probe, he indicated that he was.

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Refugee contractors increasingly admitting they can’t survive without your money

At RefugeeResettlementWatch

….your tax dollars that is. 
They can’t stay afloat on private charitable giving which says to me that there aren’t enough citizens willing to give their OWN money, or wealthy donors, who want more refugees in America!

“When you take out the underpinning that is the federal government support . . . the program is hamstrung.”

Angela Bovill
Here is the story from the Boston Globe yesterday!
It has been like pulling teeth over the years to get the contractors*** to admit that they are largely funded out of the federal, and sometimes state treasuries.  We should thank Donald Trump’s slowdown for forcing them to admit this. (They have had years slower than 50,000, but this year they can blame it on Trump!)

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Democrats have created a ‘no confidence’ resolution against President Trump


A group of House Democrats is introducing a “no confidence” resolution against the President. No one involved thinks this is likely to go anywhere while Republicans control the House, but it’s another way for Democrats to signal their ongoing resistance to Trump. From the Hill

Sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), the resolution has been endorsed by 23 more Democrats…

“Is it going to have an effect on him? Apparently, his family members don’t have an effect on him; his Republican friends don’t; his Cabinet members don’t,” Cohen conceded.

But with Trump’s approval rating at historic lows, the Democrats are hoping to send a message to voters that they’re sympathetic to the public’s frustration with the White House.
“This is an attempt at a political intervention,” Cohen said

More At Hot Air by John Sexton

Run, Kamala, Run

At American Spectator | by George Neumayr

Finding a pol as (or more) obnoxious than Barbara Boxer is no easy feat, but Golden State voters managed to perform it by selecting Kamala Harris as her replacement. Harris is a left-wing dingbat of singular rudeness. A deluded Boxer thought of herself as kittenish and charming; Harris conceives of herself as more of a clawing feline — the relentless prosecutor who is going to bring the conservative dogs of Washington to heel. Except she is too vapid and dim to pull the role off.

My favorite moment from her absurd harangue of General Kelly earlier this year came when she demanded to know why he was subjecting immigration officers and local officials to a “Hobbesian choice.” She meant Hobson’s choice. Kelly was too nice to point out her sub-literate gibbering, but he did object to her lack of basic manners. She interrupted him repeatedly and finally he told her to knock it off (as have even John McCain and Richard Burr). That, of course, has occasioned feminist whining from Harris about a culture of mansplaining and double standards

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