25 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-18-18

  1. The IG report is imminent.


    “The completion of a long-awaited watchdog report on the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign has put Washington on edge, as the clock counts down to its potentially explosive release.

    “We’re all anxiously awaiting this report,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News’ “Hannity.”

    Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced the draft report was done in a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday. He did not say when the results of the review will be officially released to the FBI, DOJ and congressional committees.”


  2. “Satisfaction with direction of the country hits 13-year-high.”

    Never-Trumpers and Democrats hardest hit……


    “In its summary of its latest survey, Gallup underscores that what’s good news about public perception on the direction of the country could be bad news for the Democrats. “If satisfaction remains where it is or increases, as opposed to falling back as it did after the increase in February this year, it could aid the Republican Party in the 2018 midterm elections,” Gallup reports.

    Gallup found that satisfaction with the direction of the country has reached its highest mark in almost 13 years. Not since way back in 2005 have Americans felt better about how things are going.

    Since April, the percentage of people who say they’re “satisfied” with the way things are going in the U.S. has improved by 8 points: 37% now say they are satisfied, up from 29% a month ago. That level has only been matched briefly right before the election in 2016. Gallup hasn’t recorded a higher number since late September 2005, when 39% were satisfied with the direction of the country.

    A large percentage of the positive movement on the opinion of the direction of the country came from Independents, 35% of whom are now “satisfied” (up from 26% in April), and Republicans, up to 63% from 57%. Only 1% more Democrats are now satisfied, up to 14% from 13%.”


  3. Two thumbs up.

    One for the gesture, the second for the choice of beneficiaries…..


    “President Donald Trump donates his salary every quarter to a charitable cause, and this quarter, POTUS will be giving his salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs to specifically support their caregiver programs.

    The White House announced the donation at Thursday’s press briefing.

    “These brave men and women have given so much to our country,” Sanders said. “In keeping with his campaign pledge, the president donates his salary on a quarterly basis to further important projects. Today, the president is proud to donate his 2018 first quarter salary to the department of veterans affairs to support their caregiver programs.”

    Acting Secretary of the VA, Robert Wilkie, accepted the check, saying, “The president’s gift underscores his promise to do all that he can for veterans, which includes supporting those who care for our veterans, not just those of us at VA, but the husbands, the wives, the families and the community caregivers who are out there, day in and day out, making life easier for those who have borne the battle.”


  4. The gem:

    In one case, a crackdown came after a junior aide was found to be taping meetings with Mr. Trump and playing them to impress friends, according to several people familiar with the episode.

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  5. There was once a day when the USA only spied on enemy countries. We are now finding out that our highest law enforcement agency has been spying on American citizens, within our own country, for political purposes. I thought that kind of activity was only practiced in Communist governments or Dictator-run nations.

    The FBI has become a political arm of a political ideology, and that sort of activity is what could bring this great country down, or be the reason for public uprising that will also destroy us. It seems as though the Constitution has become a document that some think to be outdated and should be ignored. It seems that laws are good if they are enforced selectively based on individual opinions or political ideology.

    It is obviously a very dangerous period in our country’s history.

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  6. I suppose it was only a matter of time…..


    “The man accused of firing inside Trump National Doral Miami resort has been identified as 42-year-old Jonathan Oddi.

    On social media, Oddi lists himself as a fitness instructor, real-estate investor and manager at Pegasus, a business dealing in minerals and gemstones. Oddi lived a few miles away at a rental complex, 8100 NW 53rd St. Born in South Africa, Oddi became a U.S. citizen in August.

    Miami-Dade’s police director said Oddi removed a flag from the back of the property and entered the lobby early Friday morning shouting “anti-Trump rhetoric,” later shooting into the ceiling and chandeliers as officer rushed in. Five officers fired their weapons, Perez said, and Oddi suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the legs.”


  7. Tychicus, I would encourage you to read Comey’s book. If Nunes ever writes a book (even if it is a coloring book), I promise to read it.


  8. Tychicus,

    And this criminal is one of the people responsible for it.


    “Under John Brennan, the CIA operated as an opposition research outfit for the Hillary Clinton campaign. It appears from leaked news stories in the British press that Brennan’s oafish spying on Trump began around April 2016, right after Trump’s biggest primary victories. As it became urgently clear to Brennan that Trump was going to face off against Hillary, Brennan turned to “intelligence partners” in Europe for dirt on Trump. But they didn’t have any, save some pretty skimpy material on “contacts” between Trump campaign officials and Russians.

    Whatever Brennan collected was so insubstantial that Robert Mueller hasn’t even interviewed him about it. Consider that for a second: Mueller was supposedly appointed to complete the counterintelligence probe into Trumpworld, and he hasn’t felt the need to talk to the father of it. Brennan has tried to explain this astonishing discrepancy away by vaguely saying that whatever Mueller needs he could find in “CIA files.”

    Those files are no doubt as elliptical as the formal document starting the probe. It appears that Brennan’s alleged “tips” were too flaky and unofficial for the Obama administration to commit to print. Brennan had his own partisan hunches, fueled by his feverish hatred of Trump and perhaps a few spit-balling conversations with other Trump-hating spy chiefs abroad (the “special relationship” had turned sinister against Trump, as evident from Britain’s sorry role in this mess), but he had no evidence to meet any reasonable threshold for a counterintelligence probe of a presidential campaign, especially one undertaken by an administration supporting that candidate’s opponent. Brennan’s espionage against Trump was as audacious as a paranoid LBJ wiretapping Nixon’s campaign plane in the thick of a race against LBJ’s vice president, Hubert Humphrey.

    In his own clumsy way, Brennan knew that he was treading on a political minefield. He referred to the FBI/CIA’s spying on the Trump campaign as an “exceptionally, exceptionally sensitive issue.” That helpful crumb comes from Russian Roulette, the book by David Corn and Michael Isikoff.

    Brennan dimly understood that there would be hell to pay if it came out that Hillary partisans in the U.S. government were spying on her opponent’s campaign, making use of opposition research that she had purchased. But Brennan, who was auditioning to be Hillary’s CIA director and choking on his anger at the thought of Trump as president, couldn’t help himself apparently. From April 2016 to July 2016, according to leaked stories in the British press, he assembled a multi-agency taskforce that served as the beginnings of a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign. During these months, he was “personally briefing” Obama on “Russian interference” — Brennan’s euphemism for spying on the Trump campaign — and was practically camped out at the White House. So in all likelihood Obama knew about and had given his blessing to Brennan’s dirt-digging.

    The FBI’s liaison to Brennan was Peter Strzok, whose hatred for Trump equaled Brennan’s. But even Strzok knew that Brennan was blowing smoke about Trump-Russian collusion. Strzok would later tell his mistress that he sensed the probe would prove a crock — that “there’s no big there there.”

    What’s valuable about the Corn/Isikoff account is that it inadvertently provides a picture of Brennan running an anti-Trump spying operation right out of Langley. Even after the FBI probe formally began in July 2016, Brennan was bringing CIA agents, FBI officials, and NSA officials into the same room at CIA headquarters to pool their anti-Trump hunches. To give these outrageous meetings a patina of respectability, Brennan invoked the post-9/11 rationale of interagency cooperation. Corn and Isikoff, obviously supportive of Brennan’s operation, use absurdly sanitized language to describe these meetings, but the shocking political import of them is still unmistakable:”


  9. Oh look…..

    Russians for we, but not for thee!


    “A dozen major American media and Internet outlets hired a Russian company called EastBanc Technologies to help with IT and web services, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. The companies include The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Slate, Facebook, AOL, Comcast and U.S. News & World Report.

    Former U.S. intelligence officers slammed the media companies for hypocrisy in retaining a Russian firm while criticizing others who have even tangential ties to Russians. They also considered their decision to trust their web back-end to a foreign-based company naive.

    “This clearly is a hypocrisy issue,” retired Col. James Waurishuk, a former deputy director for intelligence at the U.S. Central Command and a senior national security analyst with the National Security Counsel under President George H.W. Bush, told TheDCNF. “All of the media companies have reported Trump and the Russian collusion story that all things Russians are bad. So why are they doing business with a Russian company?””


  10. Do it! 🙂

    Make them pay a price for their obstruction.


    “Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans are talking about cancelling the Senate’s August recess. They claim they need the extra time for confirmations the Democrats have obstructed but there’s a greater strategy afoot.

    David M. Drucker writes at the Washington Examiner:
    How Senate Republicans could use the August recess to their midterm advantage

    Senate Republicans on Wednesday were in intense discussions about canceling the August recess, a move that could cripple vulnerable Democrats running for re-election in red states.

    With President Trump’s encouragement, Republicans are threatening to keep the Senate open for an extended summer session to process agenda items delayed by Democratic obstruction. But the political benefits of denying incumbent Democrats valuable time on the campaign trail is also factor in the Republicans’ deliberations, and why they appear more willing that usual to give up a treasured annual vacation.

    “It most certainly has been an item that’s discussed,” Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told the Washington Examiner. “There’s no way around it. If they’re not able to go home at a time in which they’re campaigning, it’s more of a challenge for them.”…

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has yet to weigh in with an official recommendation.

    Notably, McConnell is keeping his options open, where in the past he was quick to sideline the suggestion. McConnell is continuing to confer with Trump and Senate Republicans, to see what kind of support there is among his members. So far, at least 16 GOP senators, led by Georgia’s David Perdue, are urging McConnell to pull the trigger.

    Burgess Everett of Politico has more:
    Say it ain’t so: McConnell threatens to kill August recess

    The GOP leader told Republican chairmen on Wednesday that he would speak to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) about whether Democrats are willing to cooperate at all on spending bills and President Donald Trump’s nominations in order to avoid scuttling this year’s four-week break. McConnell also said he needed to speak with Trump about the matter; the president said last week the Senate should “not go home” until it completes its work on spending bills and funding the border wall.

    A group of more junior senators are publicly urging McConnell to cancel recess to get the Senate’s work done — and to keep 10 vulnerable Democratic senators off the campaign trail. A group of 16 senators sent McConnell a letter this month urging him to cancel the regular summer break, and several of them held a press conference pressing McConnell on the issue.”


  11. More winning.

    But they should cut it all.


    “On Friday, the Trump administration will announce a proposed rule to cut taxpayer funding to abortionists like Planned Parenthood under Title X, a program that provides $260 million annually in federal funding for contraception and other “family planning” initiatives.

    “The proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning,” a Trump administration official tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email.

    The 1970 law establishing Title X states: “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” But in the 1970s and 1980s, the law was interpreted to allow Title X programs to refer patients for abortions, be co-located with abortion clinics, and lobby for pro-abortion policies—so long as federal dollars did not directly fund abortions. In 1988, President Reagan’s secretary of Health and Human Services issued regulations to end these practices that blurred the line between funding contraception and promoting abortion.

    The 1988 Reagan regulation was immediately challenged in court and never enforced, but it was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in the case Rust v. Sullivan. By the time abortionists might have actually lost their Title X funds, however, Bill Clinton took office and killed the Reagan regulation, a policy that has remained in effect to this day. This anti-abortion regulation wasn’t reinstated by the George W. Bush administration.

    “Unlike the Reagan regulation, the proposal will not prohibit counseling for clients about abortion, but neither will it include the current, potentially illegal mandate that projects must counsel and refer for abortion,” a Trump administration official tells TWS. “This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning, which is required by the Title X law. Any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice – disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds.””

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  12. Republicans are up to their old tricks again.


    “Pork Filled Farm Bill Dies in the House
    Not for the right reasons, though.”

    “The splashy headlines in the MSM all talk about how the House Freedom Caucus killed the farm bill in the House today since those members demanded the lawmakers vote on immigration legislation first.

    But it’s a good thing this bill died because of the non-sexy components the MSM won’t touch. The lawmakers filled the bill with so much pork that it’d shock anyone that agriculture was the main subject.

    No Conservative Should Have Supported This Bill
    The GOP controls Washington, right? The party of fiscal responsibility…supposedly. This bill gave the government authorization to spend $390 billion on agriculture “for the next five years.” That’s a $3.2 billion increase and $900 billion for ten years.

    Wait. It gets better!!

    EIGHTY PERCENT of the spending went to…the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Food Stamps. Reason reported that “conservation programs, subsidized crop insurance, and price supports” received the other 20%.

    Such fiscal responsibility from the GOP:

    Though both Congress and the White House are controlled by supposedly fiscally conservative Republicans, the 2018 farm bill makes few cuts to programs, and it piles on additional regulations for the ones already in place.

    “Republicans are giving a big signal to their voting base that is worried about big government and deficits not to turn out for the election,” says Chris Edwards, a tax policy expert at the Cato Institute. “I have read no good reason why we subsidize farmers at all.”

    “Immigration Killed the Bill, Not Fiscal Conservative Attitudes

    I would LOVE to say the bill died because some in the GOP remembered they belong to a party that hates out of control spending.

    Nope. The House Freedom Caucus held the bill hostage because the members wanted to “vote on a conservative immigration bill” before the farm bill. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) promised the House would vote on said bill, but not until June. Politico reported before the vote:”

    Good thing they didn’t fall for Ryan’s offer. His word is useless.


  13. The Implanted Spy seems to be like the Pizza Pedophiles, Nunes’ Midnight Discovery, The Millions of Fraudulent Voters, the Invisible Trumpkins at the Inauguration, Hillary as Seth Rich’s murderer, Obama’s “tapps” on Trump’s phone and other Trump Cult myths. Most cults have their myths. The Mormons have their Golden Plates. It is fun to see Trump and his cult create their own myths as we go.



  14. Here is Old Joseph Smith discovering the Golden Plates. The comments are entertaining.


  15. A better article on the informant who was definitely not “implanted … into (Trump’s) campaign”
    However, cults believe myths regardless of the facts.


  16. Among headlines of the day:

    ~ Gov. Brown calls recall of new gas tax ‘un-Californian,’ see the local transportation projects the money is funding ~

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