20 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-5-18

  1. Let’s hope so. 🙂

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/could_jerome_corsis_lawsuit_destroy_the_mueller_investigation.html

    “Could Jerome Corsi’s lawsuit destroy the Mueller investigation?

    Perhaps the media and the various “experts” should reconsider salivating over the recent information stemming from the Michael Cohen plea agreement in light of the lawsuit filed by Jerome Corsi. According to Fox News, “Corsi filed a ‘criminal and ethics complaint’ against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving ‘false testimony’ against President Trump.” If this is true, Michel Cohen’s “admissions” will be rendered virtually meaningless, and Robert Mueller’s investigation should be immediately terminated.

    As part of his plea agreement, Michael Cohen admitted to making false statements in a letter to Congress in 2017 regarding a 2016 Moscow building project that was being considered by the Trump administration. According to Cohen, the discussions regarding the deal continued until June 2016, as opposed to January 2016, as he previously stated in his letter.

    Many well respected legal scholars have opined that Cohen’s admission has no bearing on President Trump and the Russia investigation. According to Alan Dershowitz, “special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is creating crimes rather than uncovering past ones,” and the “devastating” report he will write will be based on people “who have lied.” Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett agreed with Dershowitz. According to National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, Mueller is building a report as opposed to a legal case. Said McCarthy, “With respect to the president and ‘collusion,’ Mueller does not have a crime he is investigating. He is investigating in hopes of finding a crime, which is a day-and-night different thing.” Together, these comments paint a picture of an investigation that is reeling and a prosecutor hoping to find something he can use against the president that would justify his interminable investigation.

    Despite the fact that Mueller’s investigation appears to rely on the statements of people whose credibility is, at best, highly questionable, Corsi’s recent lawsuit, if verifiable, adds an entirely new problem for Robert Mueller and his team. According to Fox News, and pursuant to Corsi’s complaint, “they wanted him to demonstrate that he acted as a liaison between Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on one side and the Trump campaign on the other, regarding the release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.” Furthermore, Corsi alleged that Robert Mueller’s office is “knowingly and deceitfully threatening” to charge him with providing a false statement unless he provides “false testimony” against Trump and others.

    There is a major distinction between a case that relies on the word of less than credible witnesses (a weak case) and a case where the witnesses are allegedly told to lie or are blackmailed into testifying in a certain way. While prosecutors often make “deals” in criminal cases, Mueller’s alleged conduct, if true, is distinguishable because a prosecutor cannot knowingly support or encourage a witness to make false statements. ”

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    And yet it appears he did.

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  2. Let’s send this clown packing too.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/04/10-reasons-time-fire-rod-rosenstein/

    “10 Reasons It’s Time To Fire Rod Rosenstein

    “On Thursday, Fox News reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein received prior notice of former Donald Trump private attorney Michael Cohen’s plea deal before Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker did.

    This reminds me of a tradition the Army observed when there’s a change in command: The departing commanding officer is typically expected to physically leave his office and the organization to give the incoming commander space to assume command. Otherwise, the temptation for subordinates to “check in” with their old commander can seriously undermine the transition’s effectiveness.

    Rosenstein seems like an affable guy who continuously demonstrates his wickedly dry humor with ironic speeches claiming fealty to the rule of law. But his mere presence in the Department of Justice is now demonstrably undermining its change in leadership. That the special counsel first checks in the deputy attorney general before the AG proves Rosenstein is still in charge.

    In the complicated four-dimensional chess board of Washington DC, the results of a Senate election in Mississippi and President Trump’s trip to the G-20 summit in Argentina both affect Rosenstein’s strategic position. The recent media storm of “new” Trump-Russia collusion stories carpet-bombed the airwaves within hours of the Cohen plea deal.

    Of course, this all happened hours before the president’s now-canceled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I’m sure that’s all a coincidence. Just like it was a coincidence that Rosenstein timed the last big Trump-Russia indictments days before the president met with Putin in the 2018 summit. Is the deputy attorney general in charge of American foreign policy?

    I don’t play four-dimensional chess. But it seems to me that when a subordinate undermines the president, defies Congress, flouts the rule of law, and now bucks the chain of command, it’s time to reach onto the chess board and relocate Rosenstein’s office to McMurdo Research station in Antarctica. If I were president, Rosenstein would share a desk with Bruce Ohr in their new Antarctic empire. Allow me to offer a very incomplete list of justifications to reassign Rosenstein to the polar tundra.”

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  3. Time to fire the judge for obstructing justice and aiding and abetting the escape of a known criminal.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/federal_grand_jury_reportedly_investigating_newton_mass_judge_that_helped_an_illegal_evade_deportation.html

    “A valuable lesson for state and local officials in progressive jurisdictions who have been thumbing their noses at federal immigration law may be coming in Boston. The Boston Globe has learned from five different sources that a federal grand jury is Boston is investigating Judge Shelly M. Joseph of Newton (a very, very liberal mostly affluent suburb) for allegedly helping an illegal alien, accused of a crime in her court, evade capture by an ICE agent waiting outside her courtroom.

    The Globe obtained a recording of this:

    Minutes into the Newton District Court hearing for Jose Medina-Perez, his defense attorney asked the judge if he could approach the bench for a quick chat.

    There, in hushed tones and whispers, the attorney walked through his client’s predicament with District Judge Shelley M. Joseph and a state prosecutor. They debated what to do with the defendant, who was in immediate danger of being deported.

    Medina-Perez, picked up by Newton police on drug charges, faced a fugitive warrant for drunken driving in Pennsylvania and a detainer from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a courtroom audio recording of the bench conference. In fact, an ICE agent was in the courthouse, waiting to detain Perez and start the deportation process.

    “ICE is going to get him,” the judge told the attorneys during the April 2 sidebar conversation. “What if we continue [the case]?” she suggested, before instructing a clerk to turn off the courtroom’s audio recorder. Whatever was said during the next 58 seconds went unrecorded.

    Minutes later, Medina-Perez was escorted downstairs, released from custody, and allowed out a back door, according to two people briefed on the episode. He scaled a fence and took off, leaving the immigration agent behind, the people said.

    The act of turning off the recording may be Judge Joseph’s undoing, revealing a conscious attempt to obstruct justice. That, presumably, is what the grand jury is considering.

    Former US attorney Michael J. Sullivan said it would be “shocking” – and possibly obstructing justice – if any court official helped a defendant flee from federal authorities.

    “There is a big difference between doing nothing and taking affirmative steps to prevent some authority from exercising its rights,” he said.

    Heavy.com specifies the Massachusetts legal issues for a judge in a sanctuary city like Newton:

    Judge Shelley Joseph was not obligated to help the ICE agent detain Jose Medina-Perez. But by denying him access to the lock-up area, she may have hindered the agent’s efforts. According to Massachusetts Trial Court guidelines, judges and other court staffers are prohibited from interfering when a federal official makes an arrest.”

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  4. I see on FoxNews that Severance Colorado had a ban on snowball fights. But a nine year old guy had it overturned.
    Makes sense, when a kid sees snow he’s going to make it into a ball. What to do with a snowball?
    You gotta be kidding! The kid is now a criminal.

    I saw last night where they are going to ban the use of animal illustrations.
    Sly as a fox.
    Free as an eagle
    faithful as a dog.
    quiet as a mouse.
    etc.
    I don’t know how they plan to enforce it.

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  5. Two years ago a lawsuit was brought against children selling lemonade in Colorado. That’s recently been overturned by the legislature. Who are these killjoys out there and why?

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  6. Michelle,

    Overbearing liberals usually lead the nanny state brigades.

    It’s everywhere too, especially around Christmas.

    https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/this-could-be-the-last-year-for-durham-s-tree/article_5c03dd8a-57c2-5a8a-8ec1-e68e7f94cff4.html?block_id=664686

    “DURHAM — This may be the last year the town of Durham decorates a tree for the holidays on public land.

    Durham’s Human Rights Commission has recommended ceasing the longtime tradition, with members saying it is associated with the Christian faith and Christmas celebrations, which may be exclusionary to some people who follow different faiths or are atheist.

    The issue came up this year because Rabbi Berel Slavaticki at the UNH & Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center asked to place a 9-foot menorah in the same public park on Main Street where the tree is lit.

    Slavaticki was asked to complete an application for a permit, which was denied by Town Administrator Todd Selig because of concerns about vandalism and public safety. It was agreed that Slavaticki could host a one-time ceremony at a different public park, which took place Sunday evening, the first night of Hanukkah.

    On Monday, Selig said that he has received correspondence about decorating the town’s tree over the years, but he views it as a nonreligious symbol. A menorah is a religious symbol and subject to more scrutiny, Selig said.

    “The menorah raised a broader concern for me. I have a concern about the display of religious symbols on public property. We should have it for all, or none at all,” Selig said.

    The menorah request and whether to have a tree on the public square at public expense were discussed at the Human Rights Commission’s Nov. 26 meeting, and that led to the panel’s recommendation.

    Selig said there isn’t room on the small plot of land known as Memorial Park for symbols from every religion, so community members will have to talk further about what should be done with the tree. The Parks and Recreation Department might come up with a “winter carnival” theme instead of the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, he said.”

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  7. Here’s the PETA tweet, so ya’ll know which phrases to avoid. 🙄

    They’re so woke……

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    And some of the responses are pretty good.

    Like Senator Hatch’s….. who says much, while saying nothing. 🙂

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  8. More. 🙂

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    😂😂😂😂

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  9. Free yourselves ladies!

    Or something…..

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  10. Poor Ricky.

    He’ll have conflicting loyalties on this one. Two of his favs, fighting it out on Twitter.

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2018/12/04/now-celebrity-lawyer-michael-avenattis-correcting-nate-silvers-analysis-on-why-he-couldnt-win-in-2020/

    “Two things are now certain: Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti isn’t running for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020, and he just can’t stop himself from tweeting no matter how bad it makes him look. Basta!

    As Twitchy reported, Avenatti already took on “proud resister” Ryan Knight, who had tweeted that Avenatti was only “out for himself — not our country.”

    It looks like Avenatti couldn’t let Nate Silver’s analysis of his 2020 chances go by without comment either.”

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  11. How stupid is the NRCC?

    Really, really stupid. Like weapons grade stupid.

    They hired the company responsible for Dem server security (which failed and they were hacked) to do the same for them. And then kept it hush-hush.

    https://dailycaller.com/2018/12/04/nrcc-crowdstrike-dnc-hack/

    “The emails of four National Republican Congressional Committee senior officials were stolen in a hack that was detected in April 2018, according to Politico.

    The NRCC had previously hired CrowdStrike, which allowed Democratic National Committee emails to be stolen even after the 2016 hack was detected.

    Crowdstrike did not detect the NRCC breach — another vendor did.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee was hacked during the 2018 election after hiring CrowdStrike, the cyber-firm that the Democratic National Committee employed that allowed DNC emails to be stolen even after the 2016 hack was detected.”
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    “The emails of four top NRCC officials were stolen in a major hack that was detected in April — eight months ago, Politico reported Tuesday. The NRCC did not tell Republican leaders or the public that it had been hacked, though it did notify the FBI.

    The NRCC would not say what information was compromised.

    “We don’t want to get into details about what was taken because it’s an ongoing investigation,” a senior party official told Politico. “Let’s say they had access to four active accounts. I think you can draw from that.””

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  12. Liar, liar…….

    https://dailycaller.com/2018/12/04/grassley-fusion-gps-glenn-simpson-2/

    “Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is accusing Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson of giving “extremely misleading if not outright false testimony” to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017.

    Grassley, the chairman of the committee, said in a letter Monday that he hopes the Justice Department is treating Simpson’s testimony in the same manner as that of Michael Cohen, the former Trump lawyer who pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 to lying to Congress.

    Grassley claims that Simpson may have lied when he denied that he was working for a client to investigate President Donald Trump after the election.

    “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is drawing parallels between the false testimony that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gave to Congress in 2017 and the “extremely misleading” statements made by the founder of the firm that commissioned the infamous Steele dossier.

    “I hope that the Justice Department is handling all these instances of false statements to Congress with the same level of seriousness they treated Mr. Cohen’s,” Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wrote Monday in a letter to Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

    Cohen pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 in the special counsel’s investigation to lying to Congress in 2017 about the extent of his attempts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen admitted he lied about how long he worked on the project, which was ultimately scuttled in June 2016.

    Grassley accused Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of Fusion GPS, of possibly lying during his Aug. 22, 2017 testimony when he claimed that his firm was not working for a client to investigate President Donald Trump after the 2016 election.”

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  13. Republicans losing like Democrats. Poorly.

    Maybe losing Scott Walker from the national stage wasn’t so great a loss, if this is the kind of poor, and vindictive govt. he signs his name too.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/05/scorched-earth-wi-republicans-strip-powers-governor-ag-midterm-losses/

    “Tony Evers will take the reins in Wisconsin in a little over a month, but at least Republicans are graciously relieving him of some of Scott Walker’s old workload. That’s the reason the GOP is stripping powers from the governor’s office, right? And to think every Democrat in the state legislature opposes this oh-so-kind gesture!

    In the real world, though, it’s a perfect example of the dog-in-the-manger ploy:

    The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has passed a sweeping measure taking power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, and reducing how long early voting can take place.

    The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. The Assembly was expected to give final approval later Wednesday morning and send the measure to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support.

    The bill would limit the governor’s ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws and give the Legislature the power to control appointees to the board that runs the state economic development agency until Sept. 1.

    The legislation would also require legislative approval to withdraw from lawsuits, taking that away from the attorney general.

    This legislation evolved over the last couple of days, when it became apparent that Wisconsin Republicans were serious about this project. The final version of the bill didn’t emerge until late in the process, leaving lawmakers complaining about the lack of preparation for the vote. After a new iteration of the bill dropped at 4 am this morning, state senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) exclaimed, “Not a way to run a government!””

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    While they may have a point on issues like early voting, this is scorched earth politics, and it’s wrong. They could have addressed these issues individually if they mattered so. They had years in charge to do so.

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  14. Legislating from the bench.

    The worst possible and least qualified to do so bench I might add…..

    🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/05/ninth-circuit-fully-beclowns-illegal-immigration/

    “The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has become an endless source of both headlines and gallows humor of late and yesterday was no exception. Apparently having grown tired of attempting to thwart the President’s initiatives on immigration and despite being smacked down by the Supreme Court on review, the judges on Tuesday went one step further and began striking down (or at least weakening) federal immigration law. Parts of Title 8, Chapter 12 dealing with harboring or encouraging illegal aliens had been challenged by open borders supporters and the Ninth Circuit had no problem wholeheartedly supporting their objections.”
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    “What’s under discussion here is not an airing of opinions or debate of an issue. It’s an example of incitement to engage in criminal behavior. We already have similar laws on the books and have for ages. Laws covering Incitement to Riot (under Title 18) draw clear distinctions between “urging or instigating other persons” (which is illegal) and “advocacy of ideas or expressions of belief, not involving advocacy of any act” (which is not illegal).

    Similarly, Title 8, Chapter 12 deals with a highly specific band of speech (as attorneys for the government described it in this hearing) which follows the same pattern. It defines the conduct as applying to any person who, “encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.” Nobody is being arrested for any advocacy of ideas or expressions of belief. The law deals with incitement of people to commit a crime.

    But it seems doubtful that any of this is what was on Judge Tashima’s mind. This looks very much like another direct broadside aimed at the White House. Come on, man. Isn’t it time to break up this sprawling circuit court and absorb it into some others? The Ninth Circuit is just becoming a joke at this point. It’s looking more like a government sanctioned arm of the #Resist movement than part of the judicial branch.

    Now the Supreme Court will need to be dragged into yet another debacle coming from the left coast. Hopefully, clearer heads will prevail there.”

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  15. Exhibit #126,532…..

    And they’ve got the pseudo-science to back it……. kinda…… OK, maybe a little….. but not really. 🙄

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/12/theyre-coming-for-your-steaks-and-hamburgers.php

    “The Lancet used to be a respected medical journal. Now, while it still publishes technical articles on medical topics, it is more concerned with the left-wing hobby horses of the day. Pseudo-science can be influential, so the Lancet’s current editorial–We Need to Talk About Meat–should be taken seriously as an early warning.

    The emotionally charged debate over the ethical suitability of meat consumption may never reach a conclusion, but it is only comparatively recently that the climate impact of livestock rearing, and the nutritional and health issues caused by meat have become a pressing concern.

    Achieving a healthy diet from a sustainable source is a struggle new enough to countries with an abundance of food that it has proven difficult to enact meaningful change. Government efforts to curb consumption and thus curb weight gain in high-income countries are yet to display a meaningful effect, and most of these efforts are focused on sugar or fat.

    We now know that much of what governments have been telling us about diet for decades has proved to be wrong, but that is immaterial to the left. If the real goal is to boss the rest of us around, it makes no difference whether the purported science is correct or not.

    Meat production doesn’t just affect the ecosystem by production of gases…

    I take it this refers to cow flatulence.

    …and studies now question the system of production’s direct effect on global freshwater use, change in land use, and ocean acidification. A recent paper in Science claims that even the lowest-impact meat causes “much more” environmental impact than the least sustainable forms of plant and vegetable production.

    Human life impacts the environment. Whether this is an issue or not depends on whether a particular activity is one that the left wants to suppress.

    Another important addition to the conversation around meat is the PLoS One paper discussing health-related taxes for red meat. The paper offers up some compelling claims as justification, including the suggestion that the health-related costs directly attributable to the consumption of red and processed meat will be US$285 billion in 2020, or 0·3% of worldwide gross GDP. 4·4% of all deaths worldwide would be caused by red or processed meat.

    This is total BS. A model of this sort will produce whatever results its creator directs it to produce.”

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  16. Once again Epstein and his deep pocketed friends like Bill Clinton and Bob Menendez avoid exposure for their repeated and perverted molestation of minors.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/sex_offender_jeffrey_epstein_settles_civil_suit_avoiding_explosive_testimony_by_victims.html

    “A civil suit against wealthy financier and Clinton pimp Jeffrey Epstein has been settled, avoiding explosive testimoney from some of his numerous victims who also had sex with famous celebrities, politicians, and artists.

    Epstein had a palatial estate in Florida, a mansion on the Virgin Islands, and a New York city property that he used to lure many underage girls to have sex with his famous friends. Among them was Bill Clinton, who court documents showed, made 26 trips to Epstein’s Virgin Island home, occassionally ditching his Secret Service detail. Among many others whose names have surfaced in the case are Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz.

    The suit had been filed by Bradley Edwards, an attorney who represented several of Epstein’s victims.

    Fox News:

    The 65-year-old Epstein, who has counted presidents and kings among his friends, allegedly operated a sex ring at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, a residence in New York City, and his private island estate. The latter locale contained Epstein’s 72-acre Virgin Islands home — and the strip of land was dubbed by some as “Orgy Island.””

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  17. Reaping their just rewards. This is on Kristol and company.

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    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/12/report-the-weekly-standard-likely-closing-up-shop-in-the-coming-weeks/

    “As CNN tells it, The Weekly Standard has been shopping for, but been unable to secure a buyer after TWS’s leadership continued to “butt heads” with “MediaDC, the current publisher of the magazine and that the two parties had agreed to allow Hayes to search for a new owner.”

    However, MediaDC recently informed The Weekly Standard’s leadership that the company was no longer interested in a sale, the people said.

    Instead, Ryan McKibben, the chairman of MediaDC, asked to meet with Hayes in a meeting tentatively scheduled for late next week, the people said. McKibben, they said, also requested the entire staff of The Weekly Standard be made available following the meeting.

    That request, coupled with MediaDC’s Monday announcement that its other conservative news organization, The Washington Examiner, would be expanding its magazine into a weekly publication, has left The Weekly Standard’s leadership worrying about the future of the magazine.

    Employees at the magazine are bracing for the worst, multiple people familiar with the matter told CNN.

    Alex Rosenwald, a spokesperson for MediaDC, told CNN in a phone call on Tuesday morning that he was not aware of The Weekly Standard’s situation. Rosenwald said he was focused only on the marketing for the just-announced Washington Examiner Magazine. Rosenwald did not respond to an email or phone call on Tuesday afternoon requesting comment after CNN had learned of Hayes’ phone calls to staffers.

    However, after this story was originally published, a spokesperson for Clarity Media Group, Inc., the parent company of MediaDC, released a statement to CNN.

    “It is no secret that news organizations across the U.S. are dealing with an evolving business landscape,” the statement said. “The Weekly Standard is dealing with these same issues. Clarity Media has been exploring a number of possibilities regarding the future of The Weekly Standard. At this time, Clarity does not have any news to share about its evaluation process.”
    Hayes did not respond to emails on Monday and Tuesday requesting comment.

    The Daily Caller‘s sources indicate the situation is far more dire and that they don’t expect The Weekly Standard to exist beyond December 14th, saying, “There is no budget for it AT ALL.”

    “I don’t expect it to exist after December 14, 2018,” one editor at the magazine told TheDCNF. “There is no budget for it AT ALL.””

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