29 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-18-18

  1. The FBI didn’t drop the ball. They rigged the game for Clinton and against Trump, and failed to do their job yet again. And on top of that, they provided fake statements to Congress.

    Nope. No Deep State here…..


    “BREAKING: Clinton’s State Dept. Emails Appeared on Weiner’s Personal Laptop – And the FBI Knew All Along”

    “The Hillary Clinton email scandal came to light in early 2016. We know that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her own personal email server instead of the State Department’s email server when she conducted official government business.

    Now, it has come to light that “a significant number” of the 340,000 emails between Hillary Clinton and her staffer, Huma Abedin, were found on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer. Abedin and Weiner are married.

    The discovery was made after Weiner was found having sexually explicit communications with a teenage girl. The Southern District of New York (SDNY) was awarded a search warrant to search Weiner’s computer for child pornography. The person searching the laptop found the communications between Abedin and Clinton.

    The following letter was sent to the FBI, letting them know about the emails between Abedin and Clinton showing up on Weiner’s laptop:

    Just putting this on the record because of the optics of this case.

    During the course of my review of a computer seized from Anthony Weiner, a seizure and search of which was authorized by an SDNY Search Warrant, I encountered approximately/at least 340,000 emails stored on the computer. The large number of emails appears to be a result of a mail client program installed on that computer (such as Outlook) that pulled emails from servers belonging to both Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin.

    A significant number of these 340,000 emails appeared to be between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton (the latter who appears to have used a number of different email addresses). This is based simply a review of the header information. I did not review content of these emails, as the warrant only authorized me to view items that would give me probable cause to believe that CP [child pornography] evidence may reside therein.

    SDNY is comfortable with me continuing my review as I have, which is to NOT read any emails to/from Anthony Weiner to which his wife, or a possible attorney is a party. Even if there is a third party on those emails, I will not review their content out of an abundance of caution. Obviously, I will not review any emails to which Anthony Weiner is not a party (such as emails between Ms. Abedin and Mrs. Clinton). I just wanted to formally bring this to your attention due to the pending election, the ongoing Congressional investigation into the FBI’s own investigation into Ms. Clinton’s email activities, etc.

    It took a full month before the FBI went to Congress about the findings. Fired FBI official Peter Strzok created the initial draft letter then-FBI Director James Comey would send to Congress.

    The Department of Justice’s Inspector General believes it took a month for the information to reach Congress because of Peter Strzok and other officials’ anti-Trump stance, which they outlined in their report:”

    They were also called to account for false statements by a federal judge.


    “State Department provided ‘clearly false’ statements to derail requests for Clinton docs, ‘shocked’ federal judge says”

    “In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing “clearly false” affidavits to derail a series of lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

    U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said he was “shocked” and “dumbfounded” when he learned that FBI had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton’s server, according to a court transcript of his remarks.

    “I had myself found that Cheryl Mills had committed perjury and lied under oath in a published opinion I had issued in a Judicial Watch case where I found her unworthy of belief, and I was quite shocked to find out she had been given immunity in — by the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case,” Lamberth said during Friday’s hearing.

    The Department of Justice’s Inspector General (IG), Michael Horowitz, noted in a bombshell report in June that it was “inconsistent with typical investigative strategy” for the FBI to allow Mills to sit in during the agency’s interview of Clinton during the email probe, given that classified information traveled through Mills’ personal email account. “[T]here are serious potential ramifications when one witness attends another witness’ interview,” the IG wrote.”

    The whole scam is collapsing. This is why the midterms matter. If Dems win Congress, all of this gets buried and no one will ever pay for their many crimes.


  2. Judicial Watch, who should win accolades from all Republicans for the fine job they’ve done to expose this and much more, has more.


    “In a related case, Judicial Watch obtained an email revealing that fired FBI official Peter Strzok created the initial draft of the October 2016 letter then-FBI director James Comey sent to Congress notifying lawmakers of the discovery of Hillary Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop.

    The notification to Congress, according the DOJ IG, came a full month after the emails were discovered by the FBI on Weiner’s laptop. The delay, the IG suggests, may have been the result of anti-Trump bias by FBI official Peter Strzok and others:

    In September 2016, the FBI’s New York Field Office (NYO) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) began investigating former Congressman Anthony Weiner for his online relationship with a minor. A federal search warrant was obtained on September 26, 2016, for Weiner’s iPhone, iPad, and laptop computer. The FBI obtained these devices the same day. The search warrant authorized the government to search for evidence relating to the following crimes: transmitting obscene material to a minor, sexual exploitation of children, and activities related to child pornography.

    The Weiner case agent told the OIG that he began processing Weiner’s devices on September 26, and that he noticed “within hours” that there were “over 300,000 emails on the laptop.”


    In assessing the decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop, we were particularly concerned about text messages sent by Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions they made were impacted by bias or improper considerations.


    After October 4, we found no evidence that anyone associated with the Midyear investigation, including the entire leadership team at FBI Headquarters, took any action on the Weiner laptop issue until the week of October 24, and then did so only after SDNY raised concerns about the lack of action.

    “These new documents show the FBI knowingly sat on the Clinton emails for over a month before notifying Congress,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And even worse, we now know the FBI didn’t even bother to look at the emails, and then again only partially, for weeks. The Clinton email scandal needs to be reviewed again and immediately by the Justice Department.”

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  3. I don’t know HRW, it seems McCaskill’s and voters in Missouri are taking Project Veritas videos seriously. 🙂

    She’s been exposed, and she ain’t happy. Boo Hoo.


    “The Missouri Senate race is blowing up over a hidden camera inside Democrat Claire McCaskill’s campaign headquarters.

    In the video on conservative website Project Veritas, McCaskill staffers talked about Planned Parenthood donations reportedly being hidden.

    McCaskill’s campaign said it will pursue legal action in connection with this incident. The campaign is also asking for Attorney General Josh Hawley – McCaskill’s Republican opponent – to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate violations of the state’s Merchandising Act.

    McCaskill staffer Nick Starost is heard speaking in the video.

    “So what were you telling me last night about Planned Parenthood?” a voice behind the camera asked.

    “How they never – they don’t donate to Claire because they don’t want to ostracize pro-life Democrats in Missouri,” Starost replied.

    Grace Richardson, another staffer, is seen on video stating, “They go through other means to support and give money. They just don’t directly give money from their PACs.”

    Project Veritas said the video was shot recently at the McCaskill campaign office in Columbia, Missouri.

    Veritas’s President, James O’Keefe, appears in the video on a set looking like a McCaskill office.

    O’Keefe will not say if the recording is from a paid member of the campaign staff or a volunteer.

    In a statement, McCaskill said she’s never seen anything like this in a Missouri senate race.

    “It is startling that Josh Hawley would embrace fraudulently embedding somebody in my campaign,” she wrote. “He is the Attorney General of Missouri. He’s supposed to be going after fraud, not applauding it. I have been very upfront about all my positions.”

    O’Keefe has denied any coordination with the Hawley campaign, calling the report a story that McCaskill “hides her true views from voters to get elected.””


  4. Hardball.

    And it’s about time.



  5. Mexico seems to have gotten the message.


    “Something tells me that outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, having inked a new trade deal with the United States recently, is looking to score some points with President Trump. As John discussed yesterday, Trump was threatening to cut off all aid to Guatemala and El Salvador if they allow a massive caravan of migrants to pass through their countries unimpeded on their way to the United States. That may no longer be an issue as of this morning. Mexico has sent two planeloads of federal agents to their southern border with instructions to stop the caravan in its tracks. (USA Today)

    The government of Mexico dispatched two 727 Boeing planes filled with federal police officers to its southern border with Guatemala on Wednesday to intercept a caravan of Central American migrants who are trying to reach the U.S. border.

    The Interior and Foreign Relations ministries said in a joint statement that any migrant in the caravan without proper immigration papers would be arrested and “returned to their country of origin.” Those with proper documents or wishing to apply for asylum would be allowed to enter Mexico.

    The caravan of migrants set out last week from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which has long been one of the hemisphere’s most violent cities with a murder rate ranking among the highest in the world.”


  6. 54 sounds good to me.

    But it’s all based on 538’s numbers, so buyer beware.


    “A nifty catch by Philip Klein, eyeballing the latest data from Nate Silver’s model (as of 5:15 p.m. ET). Check it yourself. Democrats momentarily have an 18.4 percent chance of gaining two seats and winning a majority next month. Whereas Republicans have a 9.1 percent chance of gaining three, a 5.5 percent chance of gaining four, a 3.2 percent chance of gaining five, a 1.4 percent of gaining six, a 0.7 percent chance of gaining seven, and a 0.3 percent chance of shooting the lights out and gaining eight (which would leave them one seat shy of a filibuster-proof majority, for what it’s worth). Add those up and you get a 20.2 percent chance of 54 or better.

    Which can be summed up in four words: Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”


    “Republicans entered this year with an inherent advantage. Because Vice President Mike Pence can be a tiebreaking vote, Democrats need to win 51 seats to take over the chamber while Republicans need to hold just 50 seats to maintain control. Furthermore, Democrats are defending more seats, and the Senate map is heavily tilted toward red states.

    Though Republicans were always favorites to keep the Senate, their odds have improved in recent weeks, with three states in particular giving them a boost. Republicans are now considered “likely” to keep their seats in Texas and Tennessee, and North Dakota seems ready to flip into the Republican column. Barring any other major upsets, victories in those three races would be enough for Republicans to keep the Senate — hence their 81.6 percent chances overall.

    To get to 54, the most likely scenario would be that Republicans win the toss-up states of Nevada and Missouri, and then surge to victory in Arizona and Florida (two races that are currently tilting Democrat, but well within range of Republican victory). Beyond that, they’d have to start flipping some seats that are currently considered “likely” to remain Democratic, such as Montana and West Virginia.”


  7. It’s time to clamp down on this meddling foreigner and his anti-American activities.

    Who’s funding the illegal caravan? The same guy funding the Dem operative who assaulted a female R candidate and Zinke’ secretary..


    “As Fox News’s Laura Ingraham noticed in a tweet, this is not a walk in a national park, but an expensive and arduous journey:

    Who is funding the migrant “caravan”? Each migrant’s passage can cost as much as $7K each. Per capita income Honduras is $2.3 K.

    It is doubtful that such sums came from the kiddies’ college funds. Evidence of Soros funding of an earlier “spontaneous” migration have been found among the tentacles of support that flow from his Open Society group coffers:

    Leftist billionaire George Soros is funding the well-organized anti-Trump migrant caravan invasion from Central America that has been hitting the United States-Mexico border in defiance of immigration enforcement.

    Several major ultra-liberal foundations and corporations have supported the asylum-seeking migrant caravans, and Soros’ funding has been tied to several groups that have spearheaded the “refugee” invasion coalition – also dubbed “the Soros Express.”

    “The caravan is organized by a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, [b]ut the effort is supported by the coalition CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which includes Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLIN), the American Immigration Council (AIC), the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RICELS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – thus the acronym CARA,” WND reported. “At least three of the four groups are funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.”

    The hands of the Honduran government are not clean in these efforts.”



    “A Democratic operative for American Bridge 21st Century, a group founded by David Brock and funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, was arrested Tuesday after the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt accused the operative of grabbing and yanking her arm and refusing to let go.

    Kristin Davison and other officials for the Nevada attorney general’s campaign said the “battery” left her “terrified and traumatized” — and with bruises on her neck and arms.

    “Politics is a little bit aggressive these days, but this is just insane. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Davison, 31, told Fox News on Wednesday.

    According to the Laxalt campaign and local law enforcement, Wilfred Michael Stark III, 50, was arrested by the Las Vegas City Marshals on Tuesday evening and remains in custody in the Las Vegas city jail.

    The city marshal’s office said in a statement to Fox News: “He was arrested by our city marshals last night about 7 p.m. after Kristin Davison contacted them saying Mr. Stark had grabbed her by the arm and pushed her. The arrest is classified as a citizen’s arrest because the incident did not happen in the presence of the marshals.” The office said the incident was “an apparent result of an altercation involving Mr. Stark entering one of the rooms … and attempting to question Attorney General Adam Laxalt.”

    This is not Stark’s first arrest—earlier this year, the Democratic tracker was arrested for allegedly assaulting the female press secretary for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.”


  8. Get out and vote people. That’s how you respond to this nonsense.


    “Courtney’s Restaurant and Catering owner Tom Courtney said he’s experienced a strong social media backlash because he rented the event room at his Mt. Juliet business to U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Saturday.”

    “The Blackburn campaign called him recently to rent out the room at 7 a.m. last Saturday for a breakfast and meet-and-great stop.

    “I did not think anything of it,” Courtney said. “I run a business. We were going to serve a hundred-plus people.”

    Courtney said he initially didn’t endorse the candidate, and just was being a businessman, but after what he’s been through he can support only Blackburn.

    “I’m one who votes for the person, not the party,” he said. “But with everyone saying they are going to boycott my restaurant because Marsha came here to treat my employees and customers, I can’t even fathom people like that.”

    The restaurant owner said he posted a picture of Blackburn on social media and thanked the candidate for coming to Mt. Juliet. The backlash was immediate.

    “I was called a Nazi sympathizer of all things,” he said. “It’s hurt my business, my staff, me and my family. I’ve never seen grown people, or whoever is hidden behind the screens, act in such a manner. I have partners.””


  9. 🙂

    As Instapundit put it….



    ” US weekly jobless claims fall, while continuing claims drop to the lowest level since 1973.”


    “US weekly jobless claims fall, while continuing claims drop to the lowest level since 1973

    New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week and the number of Americans on jobless rolls fell back to levels last seen in 1973.

    The data suggested a further tightening in labor market conditions.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 5,000 to 210,000 for the week ended Oct. 13, the Labor Department said.”


  10. Yet another indictment of our education systems, at the high school and college levels.


    “The creators of the ACT test announced on Wednesday that scores for the class of 2018 are the worst reported in decades. Math scores, in fact, are in freefall among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates, falling to their lowest mark in 14 years, according to The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018, the ACT’s annual report.

    The report includes ACT test results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    “The percentage of ACT-tested graduates who met or surpassed the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in math—suggesting they are ready to succeed in a first-year college algebra class—fell to its lowest level since 2004,” the report declared, with only 40 percent of 2018 graduates meeting the benchmark, “down from a high of 46% in 2012.”

    The average score on the ACT math test dropped to it’s lowest level in 20 years — 20.5 on a scale of 1 to 36. American students scored 21.1 in 2012 and 20.7 last year.”



    “Nearly one in three aspiring lawyers who took the Massachusetts bar examination this summer failed the test, the highest failure rate in the Bay State this century.

    Only 69.2 percent of test-takers passed the bar exam in July, according to statistics posted by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners on Monday. The previous low for the July exam this century — 70.9 percent — occurred in 2016. Most students take the test in July, though there is also a February option. The Board of Bar Examiners has only provided the Business Journal with passage rates dating back to the year 2000.”


  11. This clown needs to be gone after midterms.


    “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein doesn’t give many press interviews. But he did, on Wednesday, invite a Wall Street Journal reporter to the Justice Department for what the Journal called an “expansive” conversation.

    Rosenstein talked about the Robert Mueller Trump-Russia special counsel investigation, calling it “appropriate and independent.” He stressed that he serves at the pleasure of the president. He said he tries to avoid media speculation about both the investigation and his job.

    Rosenstein had time to discuss a lot of things. One thing apparently not mentioned in the interview was the fact that, at that very moment, Rosenstein was putting off appearing before the House Judiciary-Oversight task force that wants to question him, not just about the Trump-Russia investigation, but about reports that he last year suggested wearing a wire to secretly record President Trump in the White House and that he also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment in an effort to remove the president from office.

    Republicans thought that Rosenstein had agreed to talk with them last week. Then they learned he would not show. That prompted House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to threaten a subpoena.

    “It is essential that we talk to him — he knows that,” Goodlatte told Fox News Saturday. “He has not agreed to come for a transcribed interview on the record. He needs to do that, and if he does not agree to do that very soon, I will issue a subpoena for him to appear.”

    Now Republicans learn that, even as they were trying unsuccessfully to arrange for Rosenstein to appear, he had time for that chat with the Journal. They’re not happy.

    “In speaking to media outlets while running from Congress, Mr. Rosenstein has made his priorities clear,” Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said in an emailed statement Wednesday night. “Transparency is not one of them.”

    “He is obligated,” added Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in a phone conversation. “When the chairman of the committee that has jurisdiction over your department asks you to come and answer questions, you are obligated to do so.””


  12. Rosenstein, like this criminal, are just trying to run out the clock hoping Dems take the House and this all goes away.

    Vote. Make sure that doesn’t happen.


    “It takes some kind of convoluted thinking to turn Glenn Simpson into a victim.

    After all, the Fusion GPS chief is one of a handful of people primarily responsible for concocting and peddling the Trump-Russia election collusion hoax for the past three years. There is not an investigation or a news article or a human target related to the Trump-Russia scheme that doesn’t have Simpson’s fingerprints on it. When the complete story of the biggest political scandal in U.S. history finally is written, Glenn Simpson will be the prologue.

    But his pals in the elite media see Simpson as a martyr, a victim of congressional investigators hounding an innocent guy just trying to make a buck. News coverage about Simpson’s refusal to answer questions on Capitol Hill bordered on laughable—if not satirical—and willfully overlooked big parts of Simpson’s tale of self-inflicted woe.

    Members of both the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees called Simpson back this week to testify amid new information that disputes his previous statements to Congress. After defying their request, he was served with a subpoena to appear; for nearly an hour on Tuesday morning, Simpson invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

    Now before I get too deep into the headlines from the elite media, let’s think back just six months ago when Michael Cohen took the Fifth in connection with the Stormy Daniels lawsuit. Reporters and pundits exploded with glee, insisting Cohen’s move was a “huge development” that could lead to more trouble for the president.

    But Simpson’s constitutional tactic, on the other hand, was met either with sympathy or silence. The Washington Post downplayed Simpson’s appearance simply as part of the “probe into how FBI and Justice Department officials conducted themselves during investigations of Trump’s Russia ties and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.” (Nah, Washington Post, Congress actually is trying to figure out who lied, who misled a FISA court, who illegally leaked classified information and who was part of an unprecedented, politically-motivated FBI investigation into a presidential campaign. These are, like, real crimes, not trivial matters like whether or not they returned emails on time. But whatevs.)”


  13. Debra, Thanks for posting Dreher’s article as well as “Gerry’s response” and the responses to Gerry. Dreher is right in noting that the decision to try to have a child is ultimately one of faith. You have to believe that if God gives you a child (or twins or triplets) that He will give you the wisdom, the health, the community of believers and the financial resources necessary to raise those children. Modern Americans often want to live in a risk-free world. That is not the world we live in.

    It is profoundly humorous to read Gerry’s response and then watch the first two minutes of the movie Idiocracy . That introduction detailed the history of a very intelligent couple who kept thinking of reasons not to have children and wound up with none. Interspersed was the account of an immoral moron who continued to have child after child by a variety of women in and out of wedlock. The end result was the rest of the movie.

    Gerry’s response and even the accompanying photo is almost an exact replica of the words and images of the “intelligent” couple from the movie.


  14. HRW is probably right. Harris is likely to be the Democrat nominee in 2020. She seems politically savvy, though completely unprincipled. If it looks like the Democrats are going to nominate a semi-attractive candidate as opposed Warren, Clinton, Sanders or Spartacus, I would counsel Sasse to stay out of the race. Just let Trump run against the Democrat and see how things turn out. Spend time with his kids and figure out in what foreign country (Switzerland, Singapore?) will he invest his savings.



  15. Debra @9:33 Interesting article. Here is what the author misses. He worries about the failure of immigrants to assimilate. However, he and Murray note that it is the lower class native born folks who are struggling to assimilate into our modern economy and have self-segregated themselves into a subculture of sloth, crime, ignorance and illegitimacy. The immigrants are moving to the suburbs, making good money, getting married and having kids.


  16. Ricky, I had so.e of the same thoughts you had about Gerrys response. It takes faith to marry and have cjildren. However that does not negate the desirability of community. Life is much more than markets, and markets make accommodation for life when we require it to do so.

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  17. Gerry’s letter is sad. I sympathized with many of his thoughts on how things are and how they should be, but not to have children for those reasons? Sad. We were never in a good financial position to have children during childbearing years, but how much we would have missed if that had stopped us. We would have been glad to have more than two, but we were a bit on the older side when we got married and the bio clock ran out.

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  18. We have many young children in our town, so Halloween is lots of fun. My son and daughter-in-Law dress up to give out candy. Two years ago he was The Hulk and accidentally scared a little girl while trying to give her candy and felt really bad. My wife notes that I always enjoy giving out candy dressed as an Old White Man.

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  19. The letter Debra linked to fairly sums up what I’ve ben saying for decades: Social conservatism and the Republican party are an odd couple. And universal health care is a pro life policy.

    There are two errors they make; their stance against neoliberalism doesn’t have to be anti immigrant. I do disagree with Ricky that all immigrants move to the suburbs…the housing projects are multicultural here. But more importantly and more personally, they overthink when to have children. The opening scene to idiocracy as noted by Ricky is the perfect illustration of this couple’s attitude. Given that thought process, immigration becomes even more important to avoid the result predicted by idiocracy.

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  20. Many of the young people I taught and coached are starting to have children. Five of the boys on my son’s old basketball team have had boys born in the last year. One of them (our preacher’s son) has 4 children under 5. He and his wife do an amazing job of parenting and keep all of North Texas laughing with their Facebook videos.

    HRW is right. You can’t overthink the decision to have children. My son had serious surgery when he was a month old. It took all of our savings to pay for his treatment, but he made a full recovery. Being broke never felt so good.

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  21. HRW, Speaking of your final comments @ 8:55, Charles Murray was all excited a few months ago because he had read a report that the average IQ of the Chinese in a province near Shanghai was 108. I half expected Murray and Bill Kristol to start a movement to add the province as a 51st state.


  22. I take any typenof academic test results from China with a grain of salt. They tend to hide their mentally disabled as they bring “dishonour” to the community.


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