17 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-3-20

  1. After a few rocky days because of the Coronavirus outbreak, the market comes roaring back.

    Democrats and the media hardest hit by the news. 🙂

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    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/01/awaiting-us-stock-futures-open-at-6-pm-after-wall-streets-worst-week-since-2008.html

    “Dow roars back from coronavirus sell-off with biggest gain since 2009, surges 5.1%”

    “Stocks rebounded sharply from their worst week since the financial crisis on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting its best day in more than a decade. Expectations that the Federal Reserve would cut rates drove the gains, which accelerated aggressively into the close.

    The Dow closed 1,293.96 points higher, or 5.1%, at 26,703.32. The move on a percentage basis was the Dow’s biggest since March 2009. It was the largest-ever points gain for the 30-stock average.

    The S&P 500 climbed 4.6% — its best one-day performance since Dec. 26, 2018 — to close at 3,090.23. The Nasdaq Composite also had its best day since 2018, surging 4.5% to 8,952.16.”

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  2. Like I keep saying…..

    They root against America for their own political game.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/02/9-times-the-media-weaponized-coronavirus-coverage-to-attack-trump/

    “9 Times The Media Weaponized Coronavirus Coverage To Attack Trump

    Mainstream media outlets, from the New York Times to CNN, wasted no time placing the blame for coronavirus at the feet of President Trump.”

    “With the first U.S. coronavirus fatality confirmed in Washington state this weekend, one would expect media coverage to provide American people crucial, but measured information about the oncoming pandemic. Yet many members of our corporate press only see the public health crisis as another opportunity to attack the president.

    Last week, The Federalist’s Political Editor John Davidson pointed out how the deadly global epidemic became a political talking point overnight, and predicted “we should expect the media to start stoking hysteria, the politicians to pile on the recriminations, and for everything—the disease itself and its aftereffects on public life—to get much worse.”

    Indeed, it has gotten worse, but the media is not stoking hysteria in a way that would push Americans to take sensible precautions. Mainstream outlets have instead responded with coronavirus stories that lie about and misrepresent President Trump and his administration’s response to the virus. Journalists have cheered on the spread of the virus and its potentially devastating effects as a way of validating the horrors of a Trump presidency, not to mention a Trump re-election. Here are just nine examples:

    1. Washington Post Columnist Lies About Trump ‘Hoax’ Quote
    Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank tweeted eight times this weekend about a now-debunked claim that President Trump deemed the coronavirus threat a “hoax” at his campaign rally in South Carolina. As is often the case with media reactions to Trump quotes, an examination of the president’s remarks in context not only proves the reporting inaccurate, but also usually reveals Trump to be right about whatever controversial subject is in play.

    “Trump, in South Carolina, just called the coronavirus a ‘hoax,’” Milbank tweeted.”

    In context, Trump was complaining about Democrats politicizing the pandemic, just like they did with Russia and Ukraine hysteria for the sake of impeachment. “They tried the impeachment hoax that was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning, they lost, it’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax,” he said.”

    “As if right on cue, the very Democrat who organized the Russian, Ukrainian, and impeachment hoaxes against the president, Rep. Adam Schiff, sounded off about his “profound concerns” about Trump’s response to the coronavirus. “The president and vice president don’t inspire confidence,” Schiff told Fox News.

    As demonstrated in this very article, Democrats and their media allies are indeed using cornoavirus misinformation and hysteria to falsely charge Trump. It’s clear he was not calling the virus itself a hoax, but its abuse as a political talking point.

    Despite its inaccuracy, Milbank’s tweet is still up, along with seven others about the “hoax” quote. It must be too painful to delete a misleading tweet if it has 162,000 likes.”

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    And they wonder why Trump mocks them and calls them fake news.

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  3. This should be fun. 🙂

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/02/hillary-clinton-email-deposition-118800

    “Judge orders Hillary Clinton deposition in email flap

    The former secretary of state’s sworn written answers were “incomplete, unhelpful, or cursory,” Lamberth says.”

    “A federal judge has ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to sit for a sworn deposition for the first time in connection with her use of a private email account during her State Department tenure.

    U.S. District Court Royce Lamberth issued the order Monday in connection with a five-and-a-half-year-old Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the conservative group Judicial Watch filed seeking emails related to the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

    Clinton was previously required to submit a sworn written statement about her email use, but the deposition—if it takes place—would be the first time she has had to submit to live questioning under oath on the subject.

    During her four years in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, Clinton relied on a private email account and server for both her work-related and personal messages. The practice led to a storm of controversy that roiled her 2016 presidential bid and is widely viewed as contributing to her ultimate defeat by Donald Trump.

    In response to press questions during the campaign and in the sworn statement, Clinton said she kept the private account and server after taking over as secretary of state in 2009 as a matter of convenience and not to avoid FOIA or other disclosure requirements. The FBI investigated, interviewed Clinton and recommended against criminal charges, but it did find dozens of messages in her account that officials said contained highly classified information.

    However, Lamberth said in his ruling Monday that the FBI probe and representations by the State Department have not adequately put to rest questions about the episode and Clinton’s deposition is needed to address those concerns.

    “To argue that the Court now has enough information to determine whether State conducted an adequate search is preposterous,” wrote Lamberth, who has tangled with Clinton aides for decades in a series of cases.

    The judge, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, said the fact that more Clinton emails continue to dribble out from the State Department raises questions about the thoroughness of the government’s earlier actions to recover Clinton’s messages.”

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  4. More shoes to drop….

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/02/leak-of-crossfire-hurricane-agents-identity-to-the-nyt-suggests-more-to-come/

    “Leak Of Crossfire Hurricane Agent’s Identity To The NYT Suggests More To Come

    The leak of Stephen Somma’s identity to the pair of favored New York Times journalists looks like an attempt to preempt, and thereby soften, damaging information soon to come.”

    “Last week, The New York Times outed Crossfire Hurricane Case Agent #1 as Stephen Somma. Crossfire Hurricane is the Obama administration’s secret surveillance of the Trump campaign on the pretext of collusion with Russia that was later disproven by a two-year special counsel probe.

    In a story headlined “National Security Wiretap System Was Long Plagued by Risk of Errors,” SpyGate denier Charlie Savage and his co-author, Adam Goldman, portrayed the egregious Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse targeting former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page as typical of the missteps made in other, less politically sensitive FISA court cases.

    Of course, as Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 400-plus page report detailed, the FISA abuse in the Trump campaign was very unusual and very excessive—and the formerly unnamed Case Agent #1 played a large part in the plot to target the Trump campaign.

    As such, the leak of Somma’s identity to the pair of favored New York Times journalists looks like an attempt to preempt, and thereby soften, damaging information soon to come. We saw a very similar tactic when the Times ran an article shortly before Horowitz’s report dropped that revealed government lawyer “Kevin Clinesmith, altered an email that officials used to prepare to seek court approval to renew the wiretap.”

    The Times’ reveal of Case Agent #1’s identity will likely prove to be a tell that the spotlight will soon shine on Somma. With this in mind, a re-read of the IG report unearths several details now carry new significance.

    Somma Immediately Suggested FISA Spying
    “Almost immediately after opening the Page, Papadopoulos, and Manafort investigations on August 10, the case agent assigned to the Carter Page investigation, Case Agent 1, contacted [the Office of General Counsel] about the possibility of seeking FISA authority for Carter Page,” the IG report revealed.

    The first question raised by a review of the IG report was a big one: What prompted Somma to push for a FISA warrant against Carter Page “almost immediately after opening” the Page investigation on August 10?

    Recall, the FBI maintained that it launched Crossfire Hurricane because Trump campaign member George Papadopoulos had bragged to an Australian diplomat that the Russians had dirt on Hillary. The FBI surmised this tip was somehow connected to the WikiLeaks release of the Democratic National Committee emails.

    Why, then, “was the first potential use of FISA authority considered by the Crossfire Hurricane team” focused on Page and not on Papadopoulos—the individual who supposedly received the tip from Joseph Mifsud?

    Somma claimed his concern was obtaining “valuable information about what Page did while in Moscow the previous month and the Russian officials with whom he may have spoken.” But again, why Page and not Papadopoulos as the first focus?

    We don’t have an answer, but we do know that the Office of General Counsel concluded the FBI did not have enough evidence to obtain a FISA surveillance order until the next month, when the Crossfire Hurricane team received reporting from Christopher Steele “concerning Page’s alleged activities with Russian officials in the summer of 2016.” According to the IG report, “That ‘pushed it over’ the line in terms of establishing probable cause that Page was acting in concert with Russian officials.””

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  5. Meanwhile we learn that once again it was Democrats colluding with the Russians…. and with the help of traitor McCain’s office.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/sen-mark-warner-traded-secret-texts-russian-oligarchs-lobbyist-linked-hillary/

    “Sen. Mark Warner Traded Secret Texts with Russian Oligarch’s Lobbyist Linked to Hillary”

    “The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee communicated through phone calls and text messages last spring with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch in order to gain access to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier.

    Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) texted back and forth with lobbyist Adam Waldman, who runs the Endeavor Group — which has ties to (surprise!) Hillary Clinton — while leading the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia with his Republican colleague North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.

    In one text to the lobbyist, the senator expressed a desire to “not have a paper trail” of his messages. He suggested in another text that he did not want Burr or any other senator included in the discussions.

    Waldman signed a $40,000 monthly retainer in 2009 and 2010 to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska.

    Before retaining the Endeavor Group, Deripaska had “employed beltway lobbyists close to John McCain, including his former campaign manager Rick Davis,” according to a 2009 article in Harper’s.

    Endeavor’s partners include Lorrie McHugh-Wytkind, formerly “Communications Director for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Deputy Press Secretary for Media Affairs and Operations for President Bill Clinton,” and its advisers include Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior under Bill Clinton and a Hillary supporter during the Democratic presidential primaries.
    Deripaska is reportedly a “court oligarch” of Putin’s Kremlin, and is “expected to put up cash and execute state projects when called upon.”

    A 2006 U.S. embassy cable published by Wikileaks described him as “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis” and “a more or less permanent fixture on Putin’s trips abroad.”
    He had his visa revoked by the State Department in 2006 amid concerns about his links to organized crime, which he has denied.”

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  6. The heat is about to be turned up on Biden. 🙂

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/02/senate-subpoena-burisma-biden/

    “Senate Panel Plans To Issue First Subpoena In Burisma-Biden Probe”

    “Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is preparing to issue the panel’s first subpoena as part of an investigation into Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company linked to Hunter Biden, he said in a letter on Sunday.

    Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, told Democratic Michigan Sen. Gary Peters of his plans to subpoena Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian embassy official and former consultant for Blue Star Strategies, a firm that Burisma hired to fight against corruption allegations.

    Telizhenko, who was a consultant for Blue Star from July 2016 to June 2017, has provided some documents to the committee, according to Johnson. But he says that he cannot turn over others without a subpoena because they are protected by a non-disclosure agreement.

    “He cannot provide this responsible information unless he is compelled to do so by subpoena,” Johnson wrote to Peters in his letter, which was first reported by CBS News.

    Republicans have been investigating whether Hunter Biden leveraged his father’s position as vice president to help Burisma, which has long been dogged by allegations of corruption.

    Hunter Biden, who joined Burisma’s board in April 2014, is reportedly who linked the energy company up with Blue Star Strategies. Biden served on the board of the Truman National Security Project, a liberal national security think tank, with Sally Painter, one of Blue Star’s co-founders.

    “As part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation, it has received U.S. government records indicating that Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s role as a board member of Burisma to gain access to, and potentially influence matters at, the State Department,” Johnson said in the letter.

    State Department records show that Painter and her Blue Star co-founder, Karen Tramontano, reached out to top State Department officials through 2016 to set up meetings to discuss Ukraine and Burisma. “

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  7. Ah yes….. the question Democrats and gun grabbers on the right can never answer truthfully. 🙂

    So it’s 2 minutes of word salad that never really answers the question……

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  8. Sucks when it’s your ox the BLM folks are goring, huh DA?

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    https://www.dailywire.com/news/la-da-responds-after-husband-points-gun-at-black-lives-matter-protesters-our-home-is-our-sanctuary?%3Futm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=dwtwitter

    “LA DA Responds After Husband Points Gun At Black Lives Matter Protesters: ‘Our Home Is Our Sanctuary’”

    “Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey held a press conference on Monday to address an incident from that morning, during which her husband confronted a group of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered on the couple’s front porch.

    During the press conference, Lacey revealed that her husband was “profoundly sorry” for the way the situation unfolded, and that he “meant no one any harm.” Although no physical injuries have been reported, Lacey herself has apologized in case anyone was harmed by the incident.

    Lacey also revealed that protesters have been intimidating her in public and in private, including sending death threats, and have shown up at her home before.

    “Up until now, I have not really wanted to share with you what it’s been like,” said Lacey. “As District Attorney of LA County, I’ve received threats, some of them death threats. I have been followed, photographed while with my family, confronted at an art museum, confronted at fundraisers.”

    “All of this is because I chose to do my job,” said Lacey. “We expect that people will exercise their First Amendment right. But our home is our sanctuary, and we do not believe — I do not believe — it is fair or right for protesters to show up at the homes of people who dedicate their lives to public service.”

    “I don’t think you ever get used to anybody coming to your house. It was frightening,” said Lacey. “I deal with this in a calm manner so people think that I’m used to it. Well, I’m here to tell you that I’m not.””

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  9. Ewwww.

    He eats like a pig. Even without the flu and Coronavirus it’s disgusting to lick your fingers, take a piece of pizza from the box, put it back, lick your fingers, and then touch other food. Way to contaminate everyone’s lunch Mike.

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