26 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-21-18

  1. President David Dennison is mad at Maggie Haberman:


  2. Really mad:


  3. And maybe scared:


  4. Meanwhile, actual crimes have been committed, but we get crickets from Ricky on that subject.


    “Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), head of the House Freedom Caucus, has sent a letter to Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to persuade him to look closer at documents recently uncovered about the texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

    To Meadows, the documents appear to “suggest a concerning level of coordination between the Department of Justice and the FBI throughout crucial moments” during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server.”

    “Meadows summarized that the documents at hand “demonstrate the FBI officials conducting the investigation realized the appearance of impropriety created by the public’s perception of coordination with DOJ.” McCabe told a DOJ official on the day of Comey’s statement that Comey gave him his statement “but warned ‘it is important that he not coordinate his statement in any way.’” While it’s possible Comey and McCabe did not work together on that statement, “the documents suggest that at the staff-level, coordination on the Clinton” investigation happened quite a bit.

    Meadows concluded that the documents show that “Comey misled the American people in presenting the FBI’s referral not to prosecute Hillary Clinton to the DOJ appear as a far more independent exercise than it was.”

    The tone of Comey’s testimony and his book review has prompted Meadows to encourage Congress to look deeper into these documents.”


    “Well, well. What do we have here?

    According to a Friday report in the Wall Street Journal, Former FBI Director Comey passed now classified information to people outside of the government who did not have proper security clearances.

    A total of four memos were passed to Daniel Richman, a friend of Comey’s and a former federal prosecutor who is now a professor at Columbia Law School, people familiar with the matter said,” reports the WSJ. When Comey passed the memos to Richman, three memos were considered unclassified. The fourth was.

    Comey redacted information he knew would be classified from one of four memos. This memo was classified “confidential” after Comey left the FBI.

    At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave to a friend outside of the government contained information that officials now consider classified, according to people familiar with the matter, prompting a review by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.

    Of those two memos, Mr. Comey himself redacted elements of one that he knew to be classified to protect secrets before he handed the documents over to his friend. He determined at the time that another memo contained no classified information, but after he left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bureau officials upgraded it to “confidential,” the lowest level of classification.

    The Justice Department inspector general is now conducting an investigation into classification issues related to the Comey memos, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Comey has said he considered the memos personal rather than government documents. He has told Congress that he wrote them and authorized their release to the media “as a private citizen.”

    Mr. Comey gave four total memos to his friend Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor who is now a professor at Columbia Law School, people familiar with the matter said. Three were considered unclassified at the time and one was classified.

    As FBI director, Mr. Comey had the legal authority to determine what bureau information was classified and what wasn’t. Once he left government, however, the determination fell to other officials.”


  5. Old Mr. Straight Arrow’s been busted stretching the truth again….


    “There was great indignation and much disapproval last year when it was reported that President Trump had asked then-FBI Director James Comey for “loyalty.” Such a request, it was said, was more characteristic of a mob boss than a president — “mob boss” being a phrase Comey himself would use in a book whose title (A Higher Loyalty) he took from the president’s request.

    Now, Comey’s book and the revelations it has triggered are casting new light on the “loyalty” issue — a light that makes Trump’s position look far more understandable.”


  6. From IMDB:

    “Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.”

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  7. This is good. It is OK to Tweet in a motorcade on the way to play golf. It is not OK to Tweet while playing golf. Slow play is not OK.


  8. Chas, Did you ever see any white squirrels in Hendersonville? I just saw two in ten minutes in Etowah and apparently they are plentiful in Brevard.


  9. Debra, It will in a slight way. The Mexicans and the Canadians have both been resisting the substantive, arbritrary changes to trade proposed by Trump. They have been backed by American farmers, ranchers, businessmen and some American workers in affected industries. For example, Canadians, Mexicans and Americans in the auto industry understand that the US, Mexico and Canada car companies and parts suppliers often work as a “team” against Asian and European “teams”. Trump’s arbitrary domestic content proposal was opposed by those affected as it would make US, Mexican and Canadian cars less able to compete with Asian and European models.

    Mexico and Canada, like other US allies who are trading partners, are taking a three-pronged approach to Trump and trade:
    1. Avoid public spats while throwing Trump small bones he can crow about.
    2. Resist any substantive changes in hopes Trump (and Trumpism) will soon be defeated, removed or fighting so desperately against impeachment that he won’t have time to wreck trading arrangements.
    3. Strengthen trading ties with other countries in case Trumpism persists and the US becomes an unreliable trading partner and an increasingly impoverished and isolated outcast nation.

    The Mexico deal with Europe is part of Prong 3 for both Mexico and our European allies.

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  10. Kizzie–one of my daughters just mentioned how good the movie “Taking Chance” is. I have yet to see it, but have it on my list.

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  11. Debra, Spending three days in North Carolina and Tennessee has helped me to understand your perspective a little more. Knoxville and Asheville are classic “bubbles” to use Murray talk. Texas is a whole different animal, and I am beginning to see how hard it is for Texans to understand the rest of the country and vice versa.

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