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Jussie Smollett PR Team Says that “Every Iota” of the Hate Crime Story Is True

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FILE – In this May 20, 2016 file photo, Jussie Smollett attends the “Empire” FYC Event in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Smollett debuted a music video for “F.U.W.”, a song about injustice which he wrote and performs, on his YouTube page. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Abraham Lincoln once said that if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. This is generally good advice, but in Jussie Smollett’s case, the dude needs to stop trying to push his obviously nonsensical story. It’s embarrassing.

Still, he and his PR team are sticking by the claim that two MAGA hatted white guys assaulted poor Smollett in the cold dead of night for racist and homophobic reasons. They’re doing so because it looks like the city of Chicago wants its money back for all the time and funds spent investigating a case that came up demonstrably false.

According to the Associated Press, Smollett’s PR team stated that “every iots of information” about the case is true:

A statement emailed Wednesday follows a city filing Monday defending its lawsuit seeking to recoup costs of investigating what it says was a January publicity stunt.

The statement says “every iota of information … Smollett has stated has been fully corroborated.”

The statement didn’t say what evidence allegedly backs Smollett’s claim that masked men hurling racist and homophobic insults beat him and looped a noose around his neck.

The city says GPS data, video and other evidence prove Smollett paid the men to fake a hate crime.

I want to just lightly mention the fact that Smollett turned himself in for filing a false police report and that there is GPS data, video and other evidence proving Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to attack him.

But more importantly, I want to point out that even his story doesn’t hold up on base value.

Let’s see if we can’t get this straight.

Smollett decided he wanted to go get a sandwich at 2 a.m. and ventured out into the Chicago night on foot which featured a -15 to -30 windchill at that time.

This particular street in Chicago is littered with cameras, except for one gap. Somehow, two MAGA hat-wearing white guys with a rope and some bleach knew that Smollett was going to be walking down that street at 2 a.m., and were ready to assault him in the one place they knew there was a gap in surveillance.

What’s more, these two white MAGA hat-wearing men weren’t seen getting into position to assault Smollett, so I can only assume they managed to rappel down from the roof so as to avoid the cameras. Once they were done assaulting him, they must have climbed back up to the roof and disappeared into the night, as there was no footage of white guys leaving the scene either.

What we have here is Smollett’s PR team saying that this assault that had to have had Ocean’s 11 style planning and execution from two racist, homophobic bumpkins is all true. “Every iota” in fact.

I gotta say, it takes cajones to try to stick by that story in light of everything.

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IG Report Finds Comey Violated FBI Policies, Set ‘Dangerous Example’ Yet Former FBI Head Wants Apology

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FBI Director James Comey pauses while making a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

In a surprising bit of news that came out late Wednesday, the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz was said to be compiling a separate report on the behavior of former FBI Director James Comey specifically related to his personal retention of FBI files on Donald Trump.

The details of that report, released Thursday, find that, although the DOJ has already declined to prosecute Comey, he certainly “violated FBI policies and his FBI Employment Agreement by failing to notify the FBI that he had retained them, or to seek authorization to retain them.”

Comey drafted seven memos documenting discussions he had with Donald Trump in early 2017, and kept four of them personally without permission and in violation of FBI policy. One was used to provide information to a friend —Columbia University law school professor Daniel Richman — with explicit instructions to that friend to provide the information to a reporter. The information was later used in a New York Times report that suggested Donald Trump had attempted to persuade the FBI to stop its investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” Comey recalled Trump saying, according to a copy of the memo.

All four memos he kept in his home were also shared with his attorneys without approval from the FBI. Comey said he took pains to exclude classified information in his memos while writing them, but they were later determined by the DOJ to contain “sensitive” information.

The IG report says that Comey set a “dangerous example” to agents and employees through his actions and warned that a person’s personal feelings were not enough of a reason to violate the policies of the FBI.

“[E]ven when these employees believe that their most strongly-held personal convictions might be served by an unauthorized disclosure, the FBI depends on them not to disclose sensitive information. Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility,” the report said. “By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”

Comey admitted to leaking in a 2017 Congressional hearing, saying he had hoped the information would lead to the appointment of a special counsel. With help from tornado of media coverage following his leak, the Mueller investigation was born.

Comey, rather unsurprisingly, is now using the IG report to backtrack and claim he never leaked anything. He’s already asking for an apology.

However, the request for an apology is more than a little insulting because, according to FOX News, Comey included information in his memos that was “currently and properly classified.”

[C]omey’s memos included a slew of other secretive information, including the “code name and true identity” of a confidential source, according to a court-ordered filing by the Justice Department earlier this year.

Comey meticulously outlined “foreign intelligence information obtained from and through” the key human source, “information about whether the FBI initiated coverage through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on a particular individual,” relevant “sources and methods” used in the FBI’s investigation, as well as “information concerning the President’s foreign policy decisionmaking,” according to the DOJ.

The Hill’s John Solomon reported in July that the DOJ declined to prosecute Comey because the information in the memos was only classified after the information had been shared. And they were also worried about optics.

Although a technical violation, the DOJ did not want to “make its first case against the Russia investigators with such thin margins and look petty and vindictive,” a source told me, explaining the DOJ’s rationale.

The broader IG probe into the origins of the Russia collusion investigation is ongoing, and Solomon reported that Comey and others in the agency could still face legal jeopardy for abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

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BREAKING. DOJ IG Releases Report On Comey’s Handling Of His Trump Memos

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This story is breaking.

Former FBI Director James Comey violated agency policies when he retained and leaked a set of memos he took documenting meetings with President Donald Trump early in 2017, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report released Thursday.

Comey set a “dangerous example” for FBI employees in an attempt to “achieve a personally desired outcome,” the report states.
The inspector general’s office referred the findings of its report to the Justice Department for potential prosecution earlier this summer, though the Justice Department declined to bring a case, the report says.

More on this will follow shortly

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Boom: GOP Spokeswoman Drops a MOAB on Stacey Abrams’ Argument Against the Electoral College

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It’s no big secret that Democrat Stacey Abrams refuses to concede last year’s Georgia gubernatorial race. She has spent the entirety of her time since telling anyone who will listen that the election was “stolen.”

Along the way, she’s continued to undermine the election process in Georgia by telling voters there that they “don’t have the right to vote.” She also launched an organization she feels will combat alleged “voter suppression” efforts in her home state and elsewhere.

As far as her plans for higher office go, she recently announced she has no plans to run for president and no plans to run for Senate in Georgia. But she did throw her hat in the ring for possible vice presidential consideration after telling reporters several months ago she didn’t want to play second fiddle.

But for Democrats with aspirations for the vice presidency come the questions about the electoral college, which leftists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) have come out in favor of abolishing on grounds that it’s “racist.”

Abrams took a similar position on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” program Tuesday after being asked about it:

HAYES: Briefly. Final policy question. There have been some calls to abolish the electoral college. There`s been some controversy over this week of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for it. The president emailing his supporters about how terrible an idea that was. Do you favor that?

ABRAMS: Absolutely. The electoral college was not designed to make sure people in small states weren’t subject to the tyranny of people in urban areas, that wasn’t the conversation at the time, it was because those in power did not believe that working people that the intellectual capacity to directly elect the leader of the free world. We have long passed that time and it’s time for direct election and popular vote.

GOP spokeswoman Liz Harrington got wind of Abrams’ argument and dropped a MOAB on it:

Seriously! I mean we all know at this point the only way Stacey Abrams will accept the results of any election in which she’s the Democratic nominee is if she wins it.

Related –>> Their Rules: Stacey Abrams Shouldn’t Be Considered a VP Candidate Because She Can’t Get Over 2018 (Video)

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It Sure Looks Like Ilhan Omar Illegally Funneled Campaign Money to Carry Out Her Affair

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

As my colleague streiff covered a few days ago, rumors of Rep. Ilhan Omar having an affair with a married man were essentially confirmed. In a divorce filing, the Tim Mynett’s ex-wife revealed that her then husband had confessed the affair to her back in April. This was before Omar left her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi. The filing also shows that Omar is lying about the affair given the dates in question.

Oddly enough, CNN and MSNBC have both not reported on the story. Just an honest oversight, I’m sure. But CNN did manage to find time to white knight for her yesterday after the Alabama GOP called for her expulsion from Congress. The two biggest newspapers in the country are also ignoring the story, something they’d never do if this were even a local Republican official.

There’s a lot more to the story though and details are starting to emerge. One of the more striking aspects is that Omar may have flaunted campaign finance law to funnel money to her lover’s company, either to help enrich him, to keep him around, or both. As Joe Gabriel Simpson says above, almost one third of Omar’s campaign funds have gone to Mynett’s company for “consulting” and “travel expenses,” which coincidentally paid for Mynett to be present with Omar to carry out the affair.

The excessive travel is mentioned by Mynett’s ex-wife in the divorce filings as well.

Overall, over $200,000 was spent in less than a year with Mynett’s company via Omar’s campaign coffers. Almost all that money was spent after the primary and in a general election race that was D+36. In other words, the “consulting” costs simply don’t add up. Further, she’s paid Mynett’s company $160,000 in 2019, an off election year where there’s usually very little spending by Congressional campaigns. The idea that she needed to spend that much cash with a single man during that specific time period for legitimate reasons is highly improbable. Oh yeah, and she was having an affair with him. Come on.

The next question is whether this is illegal and a new complaint to the FEC alleges it was.

Report via the Daily Caller. To reiterate, all the mainstream, liberal outlets are blacking out this story.

Rep. Ilhan Omar violated campaign finance law by using campaign funds to pursue an affair with married Democratic consultant Tim Mynett, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Wednesday.

Omar’s campaign has disbursed $223,000 to Tim Mynett’s company, E. Street Group, LLC, from August 2018 through June 2019, mostly for fundraising consulting, FEC records show. But on April 1, her campaign began making payments to E. Street Group for “travel expenses.”

Less than a week later, on April 7, Tim Mynett confessed to his wife that he was “romantically involved with and in love with” Omar, according to a divorce filing Tuesday by Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett.

Beth Mynett said in her filing that her husband’s “more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments.”

Keep in mind that Omar has been caught using campaign funds for personal use before. She was found to be in violation of campaign finance law in Minnesota and had to pay a fine not too long ago. It looks like her flaunting of the law didn’t end with state elections or federal immigration statutes.

The timing of the Omar campaign’s travel reimbursements to E. Street Group coinciding with the start of Omar’s alleged affair with Tim Mynett is suspect, according to an FEC complaint filed Wednesday by the conservative National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC).

“If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett’s romantic companionship, the expenditures must be considered personal in nature,” NLPC said in its complaint.

The NLPC noted that FEC regulations prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal travel unless the candidate’s personal funds are used to reimburse their campaign.

“Rep. Omar’s filings do not reveal subsequent reimbursements for Mynett’s travel,” the NLPC stated.

Omar also failed to designate the expenditures as being for the primary or general election, which is a violation of FEC rules.

Perhaps she has the receipts to cover all this up and hand wave it away? That’s not out of the realm of possibility. The FEC needs to be looking hard at this though if they want to maintain any credibility. Regardless, what we are seeing here is just brazen. Having an affair with a consultant while he’s using campaign funds to fly to Omar to carry out the deed? It’s pretty incredible stuff and it’s the kind of thing that would be a blockbuster story if she weren’t an inter-sectional icon on the left. A kid smirked at a guy? National news. Ilhan Omar carries out an affair with someone she was paying with campaign funds? Not a peep. The mainstream media are either too dishonest or too fearful to even touch what is clearly a major revelation that deserves more digging.

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Tucker Carlson Gives Kirsten Gillibrand an Appropriate Send-Off After She Dropped Out of the 2020 Race

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary race and all of her fan is devastated.

Don’t worry, though, because Tucker Carlson isn’t going to let her go without an appropriate send-off. On Wednesday night, during his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, Carlson let Gillibrand have it with both barrels.

Calling her a “pampered hypocrite with no scruples,” Carlson reminded everyone about how Gillibrand was friends with people society now considers villains, such as Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein, until they weren’t useful anymore, and lurched hard to the left after having moderate stances in the name of obtaining power.

Carlson also covered how Gillibrand is “happy to lecture you about your failings and your privilege.”

Carlson then played a supercut of Gillibrands greatest (worst) moments, including telling a mother at a town hall that her son has white privilege, and no matter how bad her son has it, a black person’s life will always be worse.

“Self-righteous, dumb, yeah that’s par for the course here in Washington, but the last clip shows where Gillibrand stands apart,” said Carlson. “That was Gillibrand, the United States senator, lecturing a mother in Youngstown, Ohio … She was saying that no matter how much Washington abandons her and her entire region to unemployment and drug addiction and suicide and diabetes, actually that woman should be ashamed of her white privilege. That’s Kirsten Gillibrand in one clip. Really, the worst candidate ever. Good riddance, Kirsten Gillibrand.”

Carlson even had a guest on to talk about Gillibrand’s exist, and laid it on Gillibrand even more.

“I sympathize with candidates when they get out,” Carlson said. “But with Kirsten Gillibrand it can’t come a moment too soon. I can’t think of someone more false, nastier, crueler, more self-centered, dumber, can you?”

Carlson isn’t altogether wrong. Gillibrand’s entire presence in the 2020 field has been a mistake since the beginning. Her time on the debate stage is marked with moments where she was obliterated by her fellow Democrats in between completely forgettable moments. In fact, I can’t recall one specific policy position she took in the hours of Democratic debates we’ve already been subjected to.

The most notable moment was when former VP Joe Biden raked her over the coals after she attempted to attack him on his record with women. A record she once praised until it became convenient to attack him.

By the end of it all, even Gillibrand’s own former staffers and donors were suggesting she drop out, calling her presence in the 2020 field “obnoxious.”

(READ: Kirsten Gillibrand’s Own Friends And Ex-Staffers Turn Their Backs On Her, Call Her “Obnoxious”)

And she was indeed obnoxious. Gillibrand’s attempts at seeming down to Earth and “like folks” always came off forced and far from genuine, just like Clinton in 2016.

If I was a Democrat, I’d be only too happy to see her gone from the Primary. She was an embarrassment.

 

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While O’Donnell Retraction Wasn’t A Knockout Blow To The Mainstream Media, It Delivered A Humiliating Kick In The Groin

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On Tuesday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell told his viewers that President Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans had been co-signed by Russian oligarchs and that Trump’s tax returns showed he paid little or no income taxes. He had learned this information from “a source.” Further, O’Donnell said, “If true, that would be a significant factor in Vladimir Putin’s publicly stated preference for presidential candidate Donald Trump over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”

On Wednesday, it was learned that O’Donnell’s single source had not actually viewed the loan documents.

MSNBC producer Michael Del Moro tweeted that O’Donnell’s reporting had come “from a single source who has not yet seen the bank records. NBC has not seen those records and has not yet been able to verify the reporting.”

So, why then, if his single source had not even viewed the loan documents, did O’Donnell report it?

On Wednesday morning, President Trump’s attorney sent a brutal letter to NBC Universal’s top brass (which can be viewed here) demanding that both O’Donnell and NBCU “immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.”

O’Donnell quickly retracted his statement and promised to address the issue on his show that evening.

He wrote:

Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.

Does MSNBC even have a rigorous verification and standards process?

Nevertheless, he issued an apology on his program which can be viewed in the video below.

There were two problems with his statement.

First, he said, “I should not have said it on air or posted it on twitter. I was wrong to do so.” However, O’Donnell’s original tweet in which he reports the unvetted information remains up on his twitter page. If he shouldn’t have posted it, why didn’t he delete it?

Additionally, he failed to say the information was inaccurate. He concluded his apology by saying, “We don’t know whether the information is inaccurate, but the fact is, we do know it wasn’t ready for broadcast and, for that, I apologize.” So, he still leaves the story “out there.”

Consider how many times pundits and politicians have reported unvetted rumors as news for which they were not called out?

Rachel Maddow did this on a nightly basis for nearly three years. Multiply her contribution by thousands of reporters, talk-show hosts, columnists and Democratic politicians and we begin to understand how the Russian collusion story was kept alive for so long.

How many times did Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appear on CNN claiming he had solid evidence that Trump colluded with Russians? Now that this narrative has been debunked, we should ask him to provide the material he based his statements on.

Trump’s immediate action to O’Donnell’s smear must serve as a watershed in the fight against the mainstream media. It should be used as a “road map” for handling future political attacks.

  1. Identify the smear.
  2. Demand evidence.
  3. Threaten legal action.
  4. Extract apology and retraction.
  5. Witness perpetrator’s humiliation.

O’Donnell’s humiliation won’t long be forgotten. It will be right up there with Rathergate, when CBS’s Dan Rather presented documents that criticized President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. Several of those documents turned out to have been forged.

If we needed additional confirmation of how the left promotes a narrative, New York Times‘ Executive Editor Dean Baquet provided it when the leaked transcript of his staff address was released. He essentially told his employees, ‘Okay troops, now we’re going to pivot from the phony Russian collusion story to the Trump is a racist story. Oh, and we’re also going to rewrite US history.’

The Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins, Jr. wrote a column about Baquet’s debacle and the mainstream media’s role as the “propaganda arm” of the Democratic Party. He wrote:

The Times sees its job as imposing a “narrative” (a word he used repeatedly) on the world rather than listening to what the world teaches. After the Russia collusion fiasco, you might think an order of business would be finding out how our politics came to be so roiled by fabricated allegations. All too plainly, Mr. Baquet seemed to suggest that the Times, having failed to deliver the Russia story its readers wanted, must now deliver the Trump racism story they want. “Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy [bleep], Bob Mueller is not going to do it.’ ”

Is Mr. Trump a racist? I don’t know. Are you? What I do know, and what’s apparent to everyone, is the existence of powerful incentives in American life to level such charges, indeed a delight in doing so.

The O’Donnell and Banquet stories have handed a win to conservatives. And while neither supplied a knockout blow to the mainstream media, each certainly delivered a humiliating kick in the groin.

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No, America, Homeland Security Is Not Keeping Kids Of Our Troops From Becoming Citizens Despite What the Media Reported

Bureaucracies are strange animals. The staff and management, even communications professionals who should know better, often get so myopic and blindered and down in the weeds that they forget that they are talking to a nation that doesn’t understand the subject matter as well as they do, and, if they are talking to reporters they may be talking to people who are incapable of understanding much of anything. Toss that in with OrangeManBad and you have a perfect storm of stupidity like the one that erupted today.

It all started innocently enough.

This kind of thing happens everyday across the federal government. Policy manuals change. New regulations take effect. And the agencies just dump them out on social media. What made this one different was this:

The update also rescinds previous guidance for children of some government employees and military members stationed outside the United States.

When you have a change in citizenship regulations by the Trump administration which has made noises about attempting to end birthright citizenship, it didn’t take a genius to see what was going to happen.

Nearly immediately you had a panic created and abetted by profoundly stupid people who rushed to post garbage without bothering to consult anyone in the agency or even an immigration attorney. This was probably the worst offender–Task and Purpose usually is on anything to do with the military–it is sort of like having militant atheists write about Christianity in terms of its integrity and understanding.

Gabe Malor at HotAir, who is an actual attorney specializing in immigration law, caught what I think was a bad faith lede nearly immediately

But he couldn’t stem the tide of dumbass.

Absolutely none of what is in any of those comments is true.

What the regulation does is change procedures for children adopted by servicemembers or persons working overseas. What it does NOT do is place any extra burden on Americans citizens who happen to have a kid while living abroad. The agency responded.

Statement Regarding a Policy Update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship
Today, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement regarding a policy update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship.

“This policy update does not affect who is born a U.S. citizen, period. This only affects children who were born outside the United States and were not U.S. citizens. This does NOT impact birthright citizenship. This policy update does not deny citizenship to the children of US government employees or members of the military born abroad. This policy aligns USCIS’ process with the Department of State’s procedure, that’s it.”

And corrections started to be made.

There are two salient points here.

First, the bad faith reporting by the national media is beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed. If we take the example of Fusion Ken, NBC News has actual subject matter experts on staff who could have explained what the change meant. Delanian chose just to fire off his analysis because it fit the narrative that he has been pushing for three years. There was literally no excuse for any of the outlets who ran with this story to do so but they did, and some, like Politico, are sticking with their original story (note they stealth updated it with Cuccinelli’s statement) because it is harmful to the administration USCIS changes automatic citizenship for children of overseas service members:

While the new policy does not change eligibility for citizenship, it makes the process more cumbersome and raises that possibility that some applicants could be denied, advocates said.

“It’s creating a bureaucratic maze for people to attain citizenship,“ said Tyler Moran, director of the Immigration Hub, a pro-immigration group.

According to the memo, “children residing abroad with their U.S. citizen parents who are U.S. government employees or members of the U.S. armed forces stationed abroad are not considered to be residing in the United States for acquisition of citizenship.“

Some Democrats swiftly criticized the change, saying it would harm members of the military who Trump purports to lift up.

“This Trump Administration policy is a slap in the face to American troops and diplomats serving our country overseas,” tweeted Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.). “It’s cruel, unpatriotic and wrong.“

Again, none of this is true. The only children affected are foreign children adopted by US parents while the US parents are residing abroad for an extended time. So basically, it has no effect.

Second, Ken Cuccinelli was ill-served by his professional staff and his communications shop should be horsewhipped then summarily fired. There is no excuse for any comms shop releasing something with this potential for blowing up without a plain English explainer. The original release is nothing but gobbledygook unless you are immersed in the minutiae of immigration policy. If you are a lackwit reporter who hates Trump, all you heard was the starting buzzer to the Moron Derby. They should have known better.

But, the bottom line is that the children of at least one American parent born overseas will still be American citizens at birth, automatically. And there are no hoops for the parents to jump through today that were not there yesterday.

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Washington Post Questions CNN’s Ethics In Hiring Andrew McCabe

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I’m not really sure what is going on at the Washington Post. Given their roach problem, you might be able to write it off to staff huffing Raid from inside dry cleaning bags. If one were really a dewy-eyed idealist, one might be under the illusion that the Washington Post’s management and staff see the damage the New York Times is doing to journalism and are trying to right a very rickety, leaky, and overloaded tub in the middle of a Class-4 hurricane. After all, how often do you hear an executive editor admit that he hired and structured his paper to try to push a conspiracy theory and, now that that’s failed, he is going to retool again to push the narrative that the president is a racist. That’s not stuff they teach in Journalism 101..or maybe it is.

A couple of days ago, the New York Times pushed out a story about a small cadre of GOP operatives doing to reporters what reporters have been doing to random forklift operators who make memes and grandmothers who organize pro-Trump rallies: publicly humiliate them. Rather than getting sympathy, the NYT was widely mocked and nowhere was the mocking more brutal than by the Washington Post’s media critic Erik Wemple

This is how the Washington Post’s media critic treated it Breitbart burned the New York Times. And the Times really doesn’t like it.

They are bad actors. They are driven to suppress legitimate inquiry. They are by no means journalists.

And they read Twitter very carefully!

Those are the contours of an alarm rung on Sunday by the New York Times. “A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists,” wrote Kenneth P. Vogel and Jeremy W. Peters.

And just what would this “damaging information” be? Illicitly obtained DMs? Gossip about their sexual habits? HIPAA-protected information?

Nope. “Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.” Bolding added to note that this “damaging information” is available not only to a “loose network of conservative operatives” but also to the loose network of everyone with access to the Internet.

Today his attention was turned to the spectacle of CNN hiring soon to be indicted liar Andrew McCabe as a political commentator.

This is the set up. Monday, Republican operative Matt Schlapp was on Fredo’s show. Fredo was doing his best to try to get Schlapp to admit that Trump lies on occasion…just keep this in mind whenever someone says Trump lies:

Fredo gets on his moral high horse in a way that is only possible for a nepotism hire who thinks nothing about dropping the f-bomb and threatening strangers in front of his own kids.

CUOMO: I’m saying I don’t like the White House lying to the American people, makes it very hard … to talk about policy.

Then Matt Schlapp slaps his smug face over the right field wall

SCHLAPP: Chris, I don’t like … I don’t like it when Andrew McCabe lied, either. And so, I don’t think that we should —

CUOMO: But he’s not my President. … He’s not my president. And he was punished.

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SCHLAPP: He’s getting rewarded, too.

CUOMO: Oh, why? Because he works at CNN?

SCHLAPP: Well I’m just saying, look, you shouldn’t get on your high horse about who’s lying and not lying.

It was like Fredo had went on a night time fishing expedition

Today, Erik Wemple is back at flinging truth bombs at the media establishment with CNN glimpses its future with Andrew McCabe. It is grim.

Conservative commentators on CNN will likely copy Schlapp’s polemical handiwork, because it is 100 percent legitimate…

[The facts of McCabe’s lies] would undergird any indictment against McCabe. To understand their implications for CNN’s decision to hire the former FBI official, consider the network’s calling card in the age of Trump. It’s all about truth and the facts. Trump abuses them; CNN upholds them. “He lies all the time,” said host Chris Cuomo in a March segment. “Trump’s lies are getting bolder and the press is stuck in the middle,” reads the headline on a July article by Brian Stelter, whose “Reliable Sources” show has returned again and again to the topic of the president’s mendacity. CNN recently hired fact-checking superstar Daniel Dale, who specializes in quick and definitive Trump-debunkings.

Four years of truth-squadding Trump, you might suppose, would vest CNN with a firm aversion to hiring people with credibility problems. Apparently not, however. We asked CNN if those who hired McCabe reviewed the inspector general’s report, among other inquiries. The network didn’t provide an on-the-record response.

This month, Fox News announced the hiring of former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders as a contributor, despite her lies from the White House lectern. In a Sunday segment on “Reliable Sources,” Stelter asked guest commentator Irin Carmon whether critics were correct to equate these two cable-news moves. “Of course there’s a difference,” responded Carmon. “Andrew McCabe is going to bring serious expertise with respect to the FBI and investigations. And he in no way was accused of standing in front of the American people and lying to them. He was accused of lack of candor in talking about talking to the press.” As standards go, this one is a doozy: McCabe merely lied to his colleagues about a matter of great public interest, so it’s fine that CNN hired him.

Wemple is correct. For a network that that has been at the forefront of pushing every anti-Trump story imaginable, some true but mostly false, the hiring of a guy who lied to his boss and then blamed his subordinates for his own act as an authority on anything is just grotesque. The only thing that would make this more entertaining would be to have Don Lemon wipe a viscous wad of smegma on McCabe upper lip on camera.

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Trump Wastes No Time in Trolling Democrats After Kirsten Gillibrand Drops out of Presidential Race

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Just days after reports that former staffers were urging Kirsten Gillibrand to end her presidential campaign, the Senator officially dropped out of the race earlier today via a video posted to Twitter:

Her announcement came just over four hours after a tweet asking for enough donations to keep her in the running to qualify for the next round of Democratic presidential debates, which are scheduled for next month.

Evidently she didn’t make the cut.

Gillibrand told the New York Times she did plan on endorsing another candidate during the primary, but wouldn’t say who:

Gillibrand said in an exclusive interview with The New York Times that she plans to endorse another candidate in the primary but has yet to pick which one. She stopped short of saying she would pick another woman in the race.

“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” she said. “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”

President Trump wasted no time trolling the Democratic party and fellow New Yorker Gillibrand over the announcement not even an hour after she made it official:

In spite of her hard left turn on the Democratic party’s signature issues like abortion on demand, the most memorable moments from Gillibrand’s presidential campaign were those that painted her in a less than flattering light.

Frontrunner Joe Biden made Gillibrand look very small at the last Democratic debate when she tried to use a decades-old article written by him to suggest he didn’t want women to work outside of the home. Watch:

Then there was the woman who became Internet famous during a Gillibrand campaign stop in February after walking past the candidate, saying she just wanted to get some ranch dressing:

Gillibrand never broke out of the below-1% range in polling for the entirety of her candidacy, which she partially blamed on the stance she took in calling on Sen. Al Franken (D) to resign in the midst of a #MeToo scandal in December 2017.

Next up on the drop out list: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio?

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