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  • The Left’s Newest Star Is None Too Bright

    07/20/2018 3:17:50 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 17 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 20, 2018 | David Catron
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the darndest things. Since her surprise primary victory over 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been promoted by the legacy media as the prototype of a new generation of young progressives destined to replace the leadership of the Democratic Party. Unfortunately for her media boosters, however, she keeps blowing her lines. It’s not just her rote advocacy of single-payer healthcare and guaranteed government jobs, or even that she backs wacky ideas like abolishing ICE and occupying airports — Ocasio-Cortez is genuinely clueless. She outed herself, in several recent interviews, as functionally...
  • Senator Grassley Issues a Timeline to Confirm Brett Kavanuagh to SCOTUS

    07/20/2018 3:17:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/19/18 | Katie Pavlich
    It's been three weeks since Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the bench and just 10 days since President Trump named U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his replacement. Since then, Kavanaugh has been meeting with a number of Senators on Capitol Hill, shepherded by Vice President Mike Pence and former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl. According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who will oversee the upcoming confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh should be fitted for his robe and confirmed to the Supreme Court within 70 days. "Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected jurists in...
  • Senate Panel Clears Trump Nominees for 11th, 3rd Circuits

    07/20/2018 3:04:36 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    law.com ^ | 7/19/18 | Ellis Kim
    The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared a handful of President Donald Trump’s circuit and district court picks Thursday, teeing them up for consideration on the Senate floor. The panel voted along an 11-10 party-line split to approve Britt Grant, who was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and David Porter, who was tapped for the Third Circuit. Porter’s nomination was heavily opposed. Senate Democrats and opposition groups had zeroed in on the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney shareholder’s previous writings and associations. During his confirmation hearing, he attempted to downplay that past, but also picked up criticism...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrong on several counts about unemployment

    07/20/2018 2:35:13 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 9 replies
    Politifact ^ | 7-18-18 | Louis Jacobson
    .....Ocasio-Cortez said, "Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family."..... .....In our review, we found many reasons why unemployment is low, and not for the overwork that Ocasio-Cortez cited. The biggest factors include strong economic confidence and the long-running economic recovery..... ....Over the past 12 months, the number of multiple job holders has ranged between 6 million and 7 million. That compares to more than 148 million Americans who are employed in a single job...... GRAPH AT LINK
  • Maxine Waters supporters burn American flag outside California rep's office

    07/20/2018 2:31:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | By Paulina Dedaj
    Supporters of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters reportedly burned and stomped on an American flag they snatched off a pickup truck Thursday, while chanting "Black power" outside her California office. The demonstrators showed up with the intent of countering a planned protest from a far-right group. That group, the Oath Keepers, had said they would rally against the congresswoman they call a "protest terrorist inciter" early Thursday afternoon, prompting counterprotesters to rally in support of Waters. But the Oath Keepers did not arrive, the Los Angeles Times reported. Still, a few dozen pro-Waters counterprotesters, including union workers, church leaders, South Los...
  • Judicial Watch: The FBI is Supposed to Release Documents

    07/20/2018 2:05:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Government watchdog Judicial Watch expects the FBI to release a series of redacted documents Friday related to the FISA warrant used to surveil former Trump campaign official Carter Page. "The warrants are controversial because the FISA court was never told that the key information justifying the requests came from a minimally-corroborated “dossier” that was created by Fusion GPS, a paid agent of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee," Judicial Watch released in a statement. "In April, the DOJ told the court it was “processing for potential redaction and release certain FISA materials related to Carter Page,” and agreed to a...
  • John Brennan, Melting Down and Covering Up

    07/20/2018 2:16:56 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 36 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 20 July 2018 | PETER VAN BUREN
    He accuses Trump of treason. But what's his bluster really about? It isn’t a pretty face, but one scarred from a dark past, repackaged now by the frenzy of “resistance.” Accusing Donald Trump recklessly, implying he knows more than he lets on, promising redemption: John Brennan is the face of American politics in 2018. But before all that, Brennan lived in a hole about as far down into the deep state as one can dwell while still having eyes that work in the sunlight. He was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, helping the president...
  • The Trump-Putin Summit and Reliving the Cold War

    07/20/2018 1:32:47 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 13 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 19, 2018 | Daniel McCarthy
    President Trump blundered in his appearance with Putin, but his intuitions are nevertheless correct: a new Cold War with Russia would not end as happily as the real Cold War did. Donald Trump has the magic touch. After eighteen months in office, and eighteen more before that as the pre-eminent figure in American politics, Trump’s shock value might have worn off. The political establishment might have become inured to his heresies about cherished policies and sacred institutions, even to the point of learning to control its own response to his provocations. But hell no!—Trump can still do it. He...
  • ICE Just Arrested Dozens of Illegal Aliens in a Sanctuary City, the Majority Have Serious Criminal..

    07/20/2018 1:13:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Full title: ICE Just Arrested Dozens of Illegal Aliens in a Sanctuary City, the Majority Have Serious Criminal Records Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency many Democrats want to abolish, recently conducted a raid in Newark, New Jersey and arrested dozens of illegal aliens. The overwhelming majority have serious criminal records. ICE targeted Illegal aliens who had been incarcerated in the Middlesex County Jail and released into the community by local law enforcement without notice to federal immigration officials. The aliens arrested had ICE detainers that were not honored. Newark is a "sanctuary city." "Of those arrested, 16 subjects had...
  • Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Said Anti-Trump Texts With Peter Strzok 'Mean Exactly What They Say'

    07/20/2018 10:28:55 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 68 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7/17/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Yesterday was day two of testimony from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who was also the mistress of disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok. The two sent tens of thousands of texts, anti-Trump in nature during some of the most politically sensitive investigations the FBI has undertaken in recent memory: the Clinton email probe and the counterintelligence investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. Strzok was a key player in both investigations. Throughout 2016, the two sent texts that have raised eyebrows and questioned the credibility of the FBI’s impartiality. From “we’ll stop it” and an “insurance policy,”...
  • NY Times: Trump was recorded talking of paying Playboy model

    07/20/2018 10:36:41 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 100 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | July 20, 2018 12:49 pm | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with him. The president’s current personal lawyer confirmed the conversation and said it showed Trump did nothing wrong, The New York Times reported Friday. ABC News and The Washington Post confirmed the report as well. Citing lawyers and others familiar with the recording, The Times said attorney Michael Cohen made the recording two months before Trump’s 2016 election. The newspaper said the FBI seized the recording during an April raid on Cohen’s office amid...
  • Who Is Betraying America?

    07/20/2018 10:22:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 20, 2018 | Caroline Glick
    In fact, Trump’s response to Lemire, and his overall conduct at the press conference, did not convey weakness at all. Certainly he was far more assertive of US interests than Obama was in his dealings with Russia. In Obama’s first summit with Putin in July 2009, Obama sat meekly as Putin delivered an hour-long lecture about how US-Russian relations had gone down the drain. As Daniel Greenfield noted at Frontpage magazine Tuesday, in succeeding years, Obama capitulated to Putin on anti-missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, on Ukraine, Georgia and Crimea. Obama gave Putin free rein in...
  • Robert Mueller offers Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort: Report

    07/20/2018 8:54:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Updated Jul 20, 2018, 10:26 AM | by Daniel Chaitin
    Tony Podesta, founder of the now-shuttered Podesta Group and brother to former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has been offered immunity by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, according to a report. Fox News' Tucker Carlson announced on his show Thursday evening that two separate sources confirmed the offer. "In other words, for a near identical crime, Bill and Hillary's friend could escape and emerge completely unscathed while Paul Manafort may rot in jail. Only one of them made the mistake of chairing Donald Trump's presidential campaign," Carlson said. The special counsel's...
  • European stocks fall as Trump threatens China with tariffs on all $500 billion in goods to U.S.

    07/20/2018 8:51:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 20, 2018 | Carla Mozee
    European stocks fell Friday, with auto and bank shares among those losing ground as U.S. President Donald Trump threatened a significant expansion in tariffs on Chinese imports, underscoring concerns that a global trade war will crimp global economic growth and corporate profits. ---snip--- European stocks extended losses after Trump, in an interview with CNBC, said he’s “ready” to put tariffs on all Chinese goods imported to the U.S., which would amount to more than $500 billion. Trump had previously said he’s looking at targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports, and that would be on top of tariffs already in effect...
  • For Democrats, History Is Bunk

    07/20/2018 8:09:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/20/2018 | Salim Mansur
    For Democrats and their flunkies, history is all bunk unless it is self-serving. The reason history is bunk to the Democrats is because history is a ledger of their perennial infatuation with monsters of the left – Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ho, Fidel – including Putin, until it serves their interest to turn on a dime, as opportunists do, against those whom they were peddling a moment ago as friends and allies. Take Putin, for instance, when Obama and Hillary were signaling "reset" with Moscow, and Obama whispering to then-Russian president Dmitri Medvedev in 2012 while the mic was hot to...
  • Three Top FBI Cybersecurity Officials to Retire

    07/20/2018 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 69 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | Updated July 19, 2018 6:01 p.m. ET | By Dustin Volz and Shelby Holliday
    Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service, according to people familiar with the matter—departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country’s security agencies. Senior U.S. intelligence officials warn that the country is at a “critical point” facing unprecedented cyberthreats, including Russia’s ongoing attacks on the American political system. The retirements also come as the FBI is facing regular criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters, and is working to attract and retain top cyber talent. Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s...
  • After Putin Meeting, Trump Voters Mostly Dig In. But Cracks Are Showing

    07/20/2018 7:09:29 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 82 replies
    New York Times ^ | 18 July 2018 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER
    Maybe it was the F.B.I.’s fault for unnerving him. Or maybe the White House staff had left President Trump ill-prepared before his stunning remarks in Helsinki Monday, when he sided with Russia over his own intelligence agencies. At a bar in central Pennsylvania, voters wondered if election meddling was really so terrible. At a mall in Arizona, they insisted that Mr. Trump had actually been quite tough on Russia until, well, whatever that was in Finland. In interviews with conservatives and Trump supporters across a half-dozen states, there were many theories about the president’s performance — he was tougher in...
  • John Brennan, Obama's CIA director, admits egging on the FBI's probe of Trump and Russia

    07/20/2018 6:54:57 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 61 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/19/18 | Kimberley Strassel
    (snip) --- The CIA director couldn’t himself go public with his Clinton spin—he lacked the support of the intelligence community and had to be careful not to be seen interfering in U.S. politics. So what to do? He called Harry Reid. In a late August briefing, he told the Senate minority leader that Russia was trying to help Mr. Trump win the election, and that Trump advisers might be colluding with Russia. (Two years later, no public evidence has emerged to support such a claim.) But the truth was irrelevant. On cue, within a few days of the briefing, Mr....
  • Elon Musk’s bizarre tweets are raising red flags on Wall Street

    07/20/2018 6:21:32 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/20/18 | R. Morgan & C. Stier
    Tesla’s Elon Musk has been tweeting as if he’s as high as one of his SpaceX rockets. Wall Street analysts, regulators and the media have all been recent victims of the eccentric billionaire. But his calling a member of the team rescuing the Thai soccer kids a “pedo” did more than raise eyebrows. The July 15 tweet prompted an open letter from Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster, who described Musk’s behavior as “fueling an unhelpful perception of your leadership — thin-skinned and short-tempered.”
  • Table A-16. Persons not in the labor force and multiple jobholders by sex, not seasonally adjusted

    07/20/2018 6:19:00 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 20 replies
    <p>The new talking point by the left since job numbers are so good is that many workers are working two or more jobs. Actually it is only 5.2 percent. An improved job market affects the part time market too and more part time jobs are available for those who want more income and are willing to work.</p>