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Trump Wins Bipartisan Justice Award, Kamala Harris Throws a Fit

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On Friday, President Donald Trump received the Bipartisan Justice Award for his work on criminal justice reform from the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center.

The bipartisan group consists of Republicans, Democrats and Independents whose primary focus is on criminal justice reform.

Trump spoke after receiving the award at a historically black college, Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina about the work he and a bipartisan group had done on reform with the First Step Act that he championed and passed in December. The Act focused on gaining release for thousands of non-violent offenders from federal prisons and provided programs to bring down recidivism. One of the men who gained release through the Act, Matthew Charles, was there to present Trump with the award.

Others who had benefitted from the reform also spoke including Tanesha Bannister.

Bannister spoke about how the Act not only freed thousands of people, but he helped rehabilitate and increase opportunities to work and reintegrate back into society.

According to WLTX 19:

Trump also said his policies on trade, taxes, and as he phrased it, “putting America first,” have contributed to a better job market for those released from prison and millions of others.

“We’re acting, not talking,” he said.

He’s now moving to work on the Second Step Act, to do even more to rehab people back into society.

But he was attacked by someone who does a lot of talking but not a lot of action for positive change.

The president’s speech kicked off a weekend forum on criminal justice that included 2020 Democratic candidates.

Kamala Harris was to be among the candidates in attendance but she decided to play politics instead and announced that she would boycott the event because of Trump’s presence. “I said I wouldn’t come because I couldn’t believe that Donald Trump would be given an award as it relates to criminal justice reform,” Harris complained.

Imagine boycotting a specifically bipartisan event because she’s so nakedly political and trying to pull a stunt to score points. Actions like this perhaps explain why she’s so low in the polls now. The more people know about her, the less they care for her. She’s wallowing around 5 recent.

She later flip-flopped and changed her mind, saying she would be attending because the college removed the 20/20 Bipartisan Center as the sponsor of the forum.

So she’s attacking a bipartisan group for daring to give Trump an award?

Meanwhile she has an incredibly bad reputation in relation to criminal justice, so much so that many people on the left have nicknamed her “Kamala the Cop” and would never think of voting for her. It’s not because she’s locked people up in the interests of justice, it’s because they don’t feel her actions have been consistent with justice.

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Smartest Criminals: Man Gives Police a Malarkey Moniker to Avoid Arrest, Forgets He Tattooed His Name on His Neck

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Matthew Bushman, 36, was questioned in relation to a forgery case by Illinois’s Mattoon Police Department.

What’s the best way to avoid trouble in such a situation? Tell ’em you’re not you.

So decided Matthew.

Mr. Bushman was asked to identify himself, so he provided both a phony moniker and made-up birthdate.

Avoidance accomplished.

-If not for an immediate obstacle. Mr. Bushman had apparently forgotten an endeavor he’d once made in the realm of skin ‘n’ ink: In addition to the tear (or backward apostrophe?) he’d had permanently etched beneath his eye, he’d evidently once thought it a great idea to get a giant tattoo on his neck — one that spelled out “Matty B.”

The display tended to work against his svengali-like mislead.

Therefore, as noted by authorities Tuesday on Facebook, Matty B. was arrested on October 11th — turned out, there was a warrant for him in Peoria.

And now he’s got a nice charge for obstructing justice.

Could be it’s for his own good: Perhaps his detention will keep him from roaming among us and robbing a bank without a scarf.

-ALEX

 

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Rumors are Swirling that Former FBI Top Lawyer James Baker is Now Cooperating with Durham; The Problem? There are Two James Bakers in this Movie

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Is it possible that former FBI General Counsel James Baker has begun cooperating with Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham?

Rumors began swirling on Friday in Washington following OANN’s Jack Posobiec’s  interview with Ned Ryun, who is the CEO and founder of American Majority.

I’ll give you the bottom line first. Toward the end of the segment, Posobiec said to Ryun, “Essentially what you’re saying is that Baker has flipped.”

Ryun replied, “I do believe that Baker has flipped based off my sources that have known and worked with Baker for years.”

The two began with a discussion of the DOJ’s announcement that Durham’s administrative review had shifted to a criminal inquiry. Ryun said he has suspected for months this would happen. He also thinks that Durham probably convened a grand jury weeks and weeks ago.

Note: Next, Posobiec speaks of James A. Baker, the former FBI General Counsel as the man who leaked the transcripts of General Flynn’s phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Posobiec says, “In this filing, Sidney Powell is stating that it was James Baker, the General Counsel of the FBI, and that the Washington Post ran it at the urging of James Clapper.”

That is not true. He is confusing the two men. The filing clearly states that the man who allegedly leaked the transcript of Flynn’s calls is Director Col. James H. Baker at ONA (Office of Net Assessment in the Pentagon). He is the one who regularly has lunch with Washington Post reporter David Ignatius who published the story. Below is a footnote from the Flynn filing which contains this information. (The full document can be viewed here).

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House Republicans revealed in January of this year that James A. Baker (FBI) was under a criminal investigation for leaks, just not the leak referred to in the Flynn filing.

Then, Ned Ryun picks right up without saying, no it’s really the James Baker from the Pentagon. Ryun says:

I believe that James Baker was guilty of leaking…But I’ve talked with some high-level DOJ officials who worked with James Baker back in the day and they believe that he is probably witness number one for Durham and Barr, that he is actually providing evidence against others inside of this entire investigation. Because, let’s not forget not only was he general counsel at the FBI, but he was also formerly the FISA guy at DOJ and I believe that he based a lot of what he did in the FISA process off trusting others. I feel that, according to these sources, that he has been used and abused and he is actually being helpful to Barr and Durham. I think he will have to bear the consequences for some of these actions that he, I believe, is guilty of. At the same time, I think he is being extremely helpful.

To make a long story short, it’s entirely possible that one of these men have begun cooperating with Barr and Durham which would certainly be good news. Both are in legal jeopardy and both would have reason to do so. But no one really knows.

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AOC Sets a Record for Hypocrisy (With an Assist From Valerie Jarrett)

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., questions FBI Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division Michael McGarrity, during a House Oversight and Reform Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee hearing on confronting white supremacy and the adequacy of the federal response, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may have just set a time record for flip-flop hypocrisy.

Check what she tweeted about the Republicans fight for transparency and protesting the closed door ‘impeachment’ hearing.

“There have been many aspects of the GOP’s little flash mob that have relied on mountains of entitlement and privilege, but them *asking* the police to be arrested is just…Well, let’s just say my community would find it hard to understand why *anyone* would ask to be arrested,” she preened.

Is she kidding?

Getting arrested for the sake of a photo op is a staple of every leftist protest almost since leftist protests were invented.

We’re not sure exactly who/what she’s referencing when she says “my community” (other women from Westchester who were the daughters of architects?) but here’s a shot of her sister squad member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, “taking the arrest” for the cause.

And let’s not forget this memorable moment, although we’re not sure it resulted in an arrest.

Valerie Jarrett, of all people chimed in, responding to AOC.

Far left/socialist community?

But just one day after Ocasio-Cortez claimed that no one would dare “ask for arrest,” she retweeted the show arrests of Ted Danson and Jane Fonda over climate change on Friday.

Fonda spoke last week how she would be protesting on Fridays and getting arrested to highlight the fight for climate change this month. Then after she solves climate change this month, she’ll leave D.C. and go home.

Danson declared himself Fonda’s new “trainee” and said that arrest “sharpens the mind.” He encouraged others to “come down and get arrested.” Because why not? It doesn’t matter that he gets arrested, but hey, why not encourage kids to get a record and possibly hurt their records and job prospects.

But guess that the show arrests of the incredibly wealthy Hollywood actors Ted Danson and Jane Fonda don’t qualify as “entitlement” and “privilege.”

Just the arrests of those fighting for transparency for the American people do.

HT: MSN

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Bizarre Feminist “MENstruation” Commercial Shows Men and Boys Getting Their Periods

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“MENstruation.”

It’s apparently a concept that the brand “Thinx” came up with as an ad for their line of period panties. Only it’s not telling you how well they work, if they’re comfortable, or what benefits buying their brand over other brands will give you.

No, they’re going to sell panties by wagging their fingers at men for the crime of being men who don’t get periods.

The commercial, released earlier this month, starts with a boy telling his father that he’s gotten his period, and proceeds to put men in the place of women in various situations when their period starts, including a man rolling over while he’s sleeping and leaving a small bloodstain where he once was.

Other instances include a student having his pads fall out of his locker when he opens it, having to ask for one from a co-worker, and two lovers informing each other that they’re on their period before they start doing whatever it is they were going to start doing.

The commercial ends with a swipe at men’s “discomfort” with periods.

“If we all had them, maybe we’d be more comfortable with them,” reads some text on the screen.

At the time of this writing, the ad has not been taken well. On YouTube, it currently has 6.4k dislikes to its 1.9k likes. Also, the comments have been disabled for the video, signaling that reactions from viewers have been less than kind.

As well they should be.

The narrative that men are somehow bothered by periods is a feminist myth. Being around females all our lives, periods aren’t exactly anything new, and while some people may be grossed out by blood, it’s not exactly something the entire male population loses its mind over. Both men and women can hate the sight of blood, no matter where it comes from.

Regardless, it’s a tired narrative being pushed here, not to mention a divisive one. Using anti-male sentiment to push products is old hat, and usually doesn’t go over well with the population at large. You can ask Gillette about that.

(READ: Gillette’s “Woke” Ad That Insulted Men Cost P&G Billions)

The bottom line is that men understand periods. We know why women have them. Just because we don’t have them ourselves doesn’t mean we can’t sympathize with women. In fact, men spend a bit of their time in resources attempting to comfort women while they have them. Anyone who is or has been in a romantic relationship with a woman can attest to it.

As far as I’m concerned, Spanx is just another company with some really bad values.

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News Summary from the Week that Was (20 – 26 October)

This is my weekly summary of news that the legacy media and Democrats have obfuscated for partisan political reasons. Once again, I am doing longer quotes of fewer articles this week, as I am still overseas. Here we go.

1. We’ve talked about this one before: corruption in US foreign aid. Foggy Bottom needs to be shut down, and all US foreign aid stopped because it is nothing but a piggy bank for the political class.

A senior Guatemalan official said his nation was aware President Donald Trump was going to cut funding to his nation, saying he understands the decision as the majority of funds designated to aid his nation’s poorest through development projects and other charities rarely reaches those who need it most. “To be honest with you, I don’t think most of that money is actually being properly used in our country, mainly in Guatemala,” Duarte told me. “A lot of that money goes to NGOs who spend it on mostly doing analysis and white papers sent studies. The money’s not really going towards the people. There’s no significant projects that really help us along those lines.”

Duarte noted that last week he had “a conversation with a couple of project managers from USAID that have worked here in Guatemala, they have worked in Haiti, they have worked in Africa, they have worked in Afghanistan and the issue here is that the projects are almost like pet projects for some political ideal.”

Read the rest here. If you think that’s the only country in which USAID dollars are wasted, then you’ve got another think coming! We need to shut down all US foreign aid and pour it in to rebuilding inner city slums in the United States, as well as to complete the Wall.

2. More great economic news in the Age of Trump that will never be discussed in the legacy media:

Latino-owned businesses are experiencing significant growth thanks to a strong economy, a Biz2Credit study found. Rohit Arora, Biz2Credit’s CEO, said Latino business owners are enjoying a 46 percent jump in revenue this year, which will bolster the nation’s thriving economy. [O]ur research finds that revenues of Latino-owned companies jumped 23% from 2017-18.

The fact is that Hispanics are flourishing in the Trump economy. Democrats asserting the contrary is a mere partisan talking point to try to deny Trump the Hispanic support he has earned and which may decide the presidential election outcome next year. Expect Democrats to increase their identity politics attacks in an effort to skew Latinos against Republicans over the next year and a half.

Read the rest here. This is more excellent evidence that the Trump economy is color-blind. His economic policies are working great! Tax and regulation cuts work every time they’re tried.

3. The “muh Russia” house of cards continues to fall apart. Here is the latest news courtesy of the British.

British intelligence told the FBI that dossier author Christopher Steele sometimes showed questionable judgment regarding investigative targets, according to a report that could preview some of the findings in a highly anticipated Justice Department watchdog report of FBI surveillance against the Trump campaign. Investigators with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have asked witnesses about an assessment that MI6 officials provided the FBI regarding Steele, a former MI6 officer based in London.

The FBI’s handling of information from Steele is central to the OIG investigation into whether the bureau complied with laws and regulations in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide.  The OIG has also raised concerns, according to The Times, that the FBI overhyped Steele’s value as a confidential source in the applications to obtain the Page FISAs. The FBI relied heavily on information from Steele in the FISA applications, the first of which was granted on Oct. 21, 2016.

Read the rest here. Despite the Brits’ concerns, the tainted Obama FBI pressed ahead with the so-called Steele dossier. Little by little, the onion is getting peeled back.

4. Too bad, Obama and George Soros!

The Supreme Court, in another defeat for gerrymandering reformers, overturned a lower court’s ruling that Michigan’s electoral districts are overly partisan and need to be redrawn. Monday’s order follows a June decision from the nation’s top court that found that questions related to partisan gerrymandering are not under the jurisdiction of federal courts. The new order returns the case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. A three-judge panel in that court had ruled that 34 state legislative and congressional districts needed to be redrawn because they were designed to favor Republicans.

The Supreme Court’s ruling that federal courts cannot weigh in on partisan gerrymandering cases was blasted by activists, who have sought to advance their fight against politically-drawn maps in the courts. Former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, at the time called the decision one which “tears at the fabric of our democracy.”

Read the rest here. I’m liking it. Any time Obama and Eric Holder are thwarted by the USSC is a day to celebrate.

5. Judicial Watch continues to do the people’s business. This time it’s on Benghazi (plus more).

Judicial Watch today released new Clinton emails on the Benghazi controversy that had been covered up for years and would have exposed Hillary Clinton’s email account if they had been released when the State Department first uncovered them in 2014. The long-withheld email, clearly responsive to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeking records concerning “talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack,” contains Clinton’s private email address and a conversation about the YouTube video that sparked the Benghazi talking points scandal. “This email is a twofer – it shows Hillary Clinton misled the U.S. Senate on Benghazi and that the State Department wanted to hide the Benghazi connection to the Clinton email scheme,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Rather than defending her email misconduct, the Justice Department has more than enough evidence to reopen its investigations into Hillary Clinton.”

Judicial Watch’s discovery over the last several months found many more details about the scope of the Clinton email scandal and cover-up:

  • John Hackett, former Director of Information Programs and Services (IPS) testifiedunder oath that he had raised concerns that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff may have “culled out 30,000” of the secretary’s “personal” emails without following strict National Archives standards. He also revealed that he believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process related to the classification of Clinton’s Benghazi-related emails.
  • Heather Samuelson, Clinton’s White House liaison at the State Department, and later Clinton’s personal lawyer, admittedunder oath that she was granted immunity by the Department of Justice in June 2016.
  • Justin Cooper, former aide to President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee who registered the domain name of the unsecure clintonemail.com server that Clinton used while serving as Secretary of State, testifiedhe worked with Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, to create the non-government email system.
  • In the interrogatory responsesof E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, he stated that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President.
  • Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, Clinton’s senior advisor and deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state, testifiedthat both he and Clinton used her unsecure non-government email system to conduct official State Department business.
  • Eric Boswell, former assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, testifiedthat Clinton was warned twice against using unsecure BlackBerry’s and personal emails to transmit classified material.

Read the rest here. Time to reopen EVERY investigation of Shrillary: U-1, Benghazi, Clinton Foundation, email server, etc.

6. This is an incredible opinion piece by Victor Davis Hanson that needs to be read from stem to stern. Here are just a few excerpts:

[W]hy the unadulterated hatred? For the small number of NeverTrumpers, of course, Trump’s crudity in speech and crassness in manner nullify his accomplishments: the unattractive messenger has fouled an otherwise tolerable message. While they recognize in the abstract that the randy JFK, the repugnant LBJ, and the horny Bill Clinton during their White House tenures were far grosser in conduct than has been Donald Trump, they either assume presidential ethics should have evolved or they were not always around to know of past bad behavior first hand, or believe Trump’s crude language is worse than prior presidents’ crude behavior in office. But the NeverTrumpers are and remain a tiny segment of the electorate who have had zero effect in swaying Republicans and only marginal influence in persuading swing voters, in their new roles as occasionally useful naïfs of the hard Left.

Far more importantly, why do the media, academia, the entertainment and professional sports industries, the progressive Left, the administrative state, and most Democratic officeholders despise him so? His brashness bothers them of course. His quirky tweets and name-calling certainly. His loud rallies, his public put-downs, and his feuding are certainly not matched by those of past presidents. But the real source of their antipathy is his agenda.

Had Donald Trump in his first month as president declared that he was a centrist Republican —as many suspicious Never Trumpers predicted that he would, true to past form—and promoted cap-and-trade and solar and wind federal subsidies, tabled pipeline construction and abated federal leasing for gas and oil production, stayed in the Iran nuclear deal and Paris Climate Accord, appointed judges in the tradition of John Paul Stevens and David Souter, praised the “responsible” Palestinian leaders, “comprehensive immigration reform” as a euphemism for blanket amnesties, then Trump would be treated largely as a George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush: hated, of course, but not obsessively so.

More importantly, had Trump just collapsed or stagnated the economy, as predicted by the likes of Paul Krugman and Larry Summers, he would now be roundly denounced, but again not so vilified, given his political utility for the Left in 2020 as a perceived Herbert Hoover-esque scapegoat. Had Trump kept within the media and cultural sidelines by giving interviews to “60 Minutes,” speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, bringing in a few old Republican hands to run the staff or handle media relations like a David Gergen or Andrew Card, Trump would have been written off as a nice enough dunce.

But Trump did none of that. So, the hatred of the media, the Left, the swamp, and the celebrity industry is predicated more on the successful Trump agenda. He is systematically undoing what Barack Obama wrought, in the manner Obama sought to undo with his eight years the prior eight years of George W. Bush. But whereas the Obama economy stagnated and his foreign policy was seen by adversaries and rivals as a rare occasion to recalibrate the world order at American’s expense, Trump mostly did not fail—at least not yet.

We are currently in an economic boom while most of the world economy abroad is inert. Had the economy just crashed as predicted, the Trump agenda would have been discredited and he would be written off a pitiful fool rather than an existential monster. Again, hatred arises at what Trump did even more than what he says or how he says it.

Read the rest of this great article here. VDH nails it yet again! They hate POTUS because he is rolling back their decades-long march toward globalism, as well as exposing them all for the grifters and globalists they are.

7. Next up, it’s about time that Brennan et all started feeling the heat!

The secretive Justice Department inquiry into the Trump-Russia investigation’s origins now includes former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, and British ex-spy Christopher Steele. U.S. Attorney John Durham, whose investigative portfolio recently expanded to include events from the launch of the inquiry in 2016 through the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in 2017, has taken overseas fact-finding trips. But Durham’s focus on the actions taken by specific individuals makes his mission look like it could transform into a criminal investigation. And the line of questioning Durham has taken with potential witnesses — some in line with claims made by President Trump and other Republicans — puts his efforts into sharper focus. Durham has not yet interviewed Strzok, McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, or former FBI general counsel James Baker.

Durham is speaking to witnesses about Steele, the former MI6 agent whose dossier was used to obtain secret surveillance warrants against Trump campaign associate Carter Page, and Durham wants to know why the FBI used unverified information in its filings with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Durham also intends to interview CIA analysts and officials involved in the Russia investigation, prompting some to seek legal representation, and NBC News reported tension between the CIA and the DOJ over what classified information he should have access to.

Durham has already talked to two dozen current and former FBI agents as part of his effort. DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the department was exploring the extent to which “a number of countries” played a role in the Trump-Russia investigation, and Barr and Durham reached out to the United Kingdom, Italy, and Australia.

Read the rest here. One could argue that this is all taking too long, but it’s also true that the little fish need to be rolled up before questioning the big fish, too. The fact that Brennan and other cabal members are squawking bigly in public these days is GOOD sign.

8. Here’s a story which spells political death for Democrats pursuing their fake impeachment on bogus charges. And watch what happens when AG Barr/USA Durham start the indictments!

A memo by the Republican National Committee (RNC) that contains internal GOP polling data shows the American public, even Democrat voters, are turning against the Democrat Party’s “impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump. The memo, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, shows independent voters nationwide en masse oppose impeachment—with 54 percent opposed and only 34 percent in favor. “We have seen public polling drastically under sample Independent voters, which is one of the many reasons for so much incorrect public data over the past month,” the memo explains regarding the disparity between internal GOP numbers and public polling from news organizations and polling institutions.

What’s more, internal RNC polling data, according to this memo, shows Democrats have lost support among their own base significantly in just the past week. “Support among Democrats for the ridiculous attempt to remove the President from office is down 10 points over the past week,” the memo says. Among all voters, the memo says support for impeachment has dropped in the past week by five percent—a remarkable shift against the Democrats in just one week, while the president’s support levels have increased across the board, especially among Republicans, with whom he now enjoys a 90 percent approval rating. The memo notes that the RNC is closely tracking impeachment support and opposition with its own sophisticated polling method, which is more accurate than the public polling.

Read the rest here. I’ve been saying for years that the media polls are nothing but push polls that attempt to INFLUENCE public opinion in the favor of Democrat positions on the issues, not accurately REFLECT it!

9. Speaking of which (indictments), this news is already causing apoplexy among the culpable in the cabal (Clapper comes immediately to mind):

U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct in the run-up to the 2016 election through the spring of 2017 has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation. One source added that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s upcoming report on alleged FBI surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign will shed light on why Durham’s probe has become a criminal inquiry. Horowitz announced … his report would be available to the public soon, with “few” redactions. The investigation’s new status means Durham can subpoena witnesses, file charges, and impanel fact-finding grand juries.

Read the rest here. Could this be the drizzle that precedes the deluge? Could very well be!

Here are the honorable mentions this week:

And here’s the short summary of this week’s “feature articles”:

  • A senior Guatemalan official confirms rampant corruption in foreign aid to his country.
  • Latino-owned businesses are prospering BIGLY in the Age of Trump.
  • British intelligence is covering their tracks on the Steele front by stating to the FBI that he was often a source of “questionable intelligence.” (Duh!)
  • In a blow to Obama and Soros, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that Michigan’s electoral districts are overly partisan and need to be redrawn
  • Judicial Watch continues to break ground on Hillary Clinton’s private email account – which was known by many even back in the Benghazi days (2012)!
  • Victor Davis Hanson explained why the Uniparty types are so virulently anti-Trump (it’s because he’s been so successful in rolling back Obama’s – and their – globalist agenda).
  • USA Durham’s investigation into Trump-Russia origins now includes former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, and British ex-spy Christopher Steele.
  • An RNC memo containing internal GOP polling data shows the American public (and even Democrat voters!) are turning against the Democrat Party’s “impeachment inquiry” into President Trump.
  • And the best news of all: the Durham probe has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation.

I have to admit that I’m starting to feel a little bit giddy about all the good news that keeps coming out: the Ukraine star chamber is being discredited daily, some Republicans are finding their gonads (even if tiny), the media’s push-polls are failing to move the needle in the Democrats’ direction, Durham’s got a criminal investigation going now, the cabal are getting more unhinged by the day, the lefties on social media are apoplectic in defense of the cabal and Democrats, etc.

Life is pretty good – and it’s going to get even better as Horowitz’s FISA abuse report comes out in the days ahead! Stay tuned…

The end.

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Watch: Hillary Clinton Can’t Even Put Away Her Anger at Trump During a Funeral, Takes Swipe During Eulogy

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Failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is so obsessed with her loss against President Donald Trump that she can’t even put her anger away for a funeral speech.

During the funeral of the recently passed Rep. Elijah Cummings, Clinton took a not-so-veiled shot at Trump.

Comparing Cummings to the Elijah of the Bible, Clinton said Cummings could “call down fire from Heaven” and “weathered storms and earthquakes.” That’s when Clinton took a swipe at Trump…during a eulogy.

“Like that Old Testament prophet, he stood against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel,” said Clinton.

The crowd erupted into applause at that line, knowing exactly what comparison she was drawing with that tidbit of information.

“The American people want to live their lives without fear of their leaders,” she said later in the eulogy.

She added that it’s their responsibility as leaders to uphold the promises made to the people during campaigns and later said that Cummings embodied values, including putting an emphasis on “kindness” when describing him.

This all comes off as a bit more than disgusting for multiple reasons. During a funeral for my family member, I’d be angry about the fact that a speaker defined their lives by who the speaker’s most hated enemy was at the time. It’s a shallow look into the impact someone made on this planet, and a look at how shallow the person making the remarks are.

However, the crowd erupted into applause showing just how much Trump is living rent-free in their heads. Still, taking the time to hate on someone at someone else’s funeral seems a bit much, and if any of them in that place where the funeral was being held had any self-awareness, they may want to take a step back and take a look at the state of their spirit.

Clinton definitely should.

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Watch James Clapper Squirm On Live TV As He Finds Out He’s a Target of the Barr-Durham Criminal Investigation

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A little Saturday discomfort for you.

James Clapper, who is a paid shill over at CNN now, was brought on to his own network by Anderson Cooper to comment on an investigation he’s the target off. If you think that probably doesn’t match up with journalistic ethics, you are probably right. But this is the same network that brought on Andrew McCabe the same day to talk about this topic without even disclosing he’s suing the DOJ and is also a target. So ethics aren’t much of a thing over there.

Cooper starts to toss softballs at Clapper and he becomes visibly shaken, saying he doesn’t understand why he’s under investigation. For context, Clapper had only found out about the criminal investigation 20 minutes prior to this hit.

The eyes are darting, he’s stumbling over his words. “Uh, uh, uh” can be heard multiple times. This is a guy who’s not comfortable in his own skin right now. I can imagine I wouldn’t feel too chipper commenting on national TV about the DOJ investigating me as well.

Let me point a few things out.

One, the idea that this investigation is politically timed is nonsense. Clapper makes that assertion and Cooper offers zero push back because of course he doesn’t. The reality is that the Durham investigation started long before impeachment fever 2019. And the escalation to a criminal investigation follows the finishing of a years in the making IG report, not the impeachment inquiry. If anything, the timing of the whistle-blower and Schiff’s circus seem far more politically timed than the investigations that predate it.

Two, Clapper knows exactly why he’s under investigation. He has always been suspected of leaking the classified briefing given to Donald Trump on the Steele dossier to CNN. I wrote an entire piece several months ago about Jake Tapper’s denials not adding up on the matter. There are some serious questions and inconsistencies there. There’s also the fact that Clapper probably lied about his knowledge of the investigation. The idea that he didn’t even know it existed prior to Trump taking office doesn’t begin to pass the smell test. We have texts from Peter Stzok and Lisa Page saying that everything was being run from the White House. Clapper was the ODNI in that administration. He knew.

CNN continues to be a joke by employing Clapper as an unbiased analyst, but that’s not surprise to anyone. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying seeing these guys squirm a bit now that the shoe is on the other foot.

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Balls to the Wall! Has the Intrepid Sidney Powell Tapped into a Deep State Source?

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The extraordinarily impressive Sidney Powell represents the long suffering General Michael Flynn in a case that is looking more and more like a setup coordinated by officials at the highest level of the Obama FBI.

On Thursday, Powell submitted a new court filing in which she accuses high ranking FBI officials of orchestrating an ambush-interview on Michael Flynn, “not for the purpose of discovering any evidence of criminal activity – they already had tapes of all the relevant conversations about which they questioned Mr. Flynn – but for the purposes of trapping him into making statement they could allege as false.”

The document alleges that then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page manipulated the original 302 report (FBI agent summary of interview with a subject), with the help of her paramour, then-FBI agent Peter Strzok. It claims that Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the case, suggested using news of the Steele Dossier as a “pretext to go interview people.” It shows that the FBI tried not to give General Flynn the impression they were interviewing him for a criminal matter. The filing also alleges that former DNI James Clapper, who will be interviewed by John Durham, alerted Washington Post writer David Ignatius to publish an article about Flynn’s conversation with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The filing  starts with the following:

For eighty seven years, the Supreme Court has held that “[t]he first duties of the officers of the law are to prevent, not to punish crime. It is not their duty to incite to or to create crime for the sole purpose of prosecuting and punishing it…

It appears as if the FBI were attempting to accomplish just that. Create a crime for the sole purpose of prosecuting and punishing it. A look into the actions of top Obama administration law enforcement officials sadly supports such a conclusion. For this reason, Powell and her legal team are requesting that the case be thrown out. Although I am not a lawyer, the evidence presented in this filing looks very compelling to me.

Blogger Techno Fog, an anonymous lawyer, dug into the lengthy document and highlighted several passages which illustrate what sure look to be unethical, if not illegal, behavior on the part of federal officials.

Here are a few of them. Flynn’s lawyers claim that the FBI added “or if Kislyak described any Russian response to a request from Flynn” and  state “that question and answer do not appear in the [agent] notes, yet it was made into a criminal offense.”

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The filing alleges that ONA (Office of Net Assessment in the Pentagon) Director Col. James Baker, “who regularly lunched with Washington Post reporter David Ignatius,” illegally leaked the transcript of Flynn’s calls to Ignatius. It also claims that Clapper called Ignatius on or before January 10, 2017 and said “words to the effect of ‘Take the kill shot on Flynn.’”

Leaking of this material is a felony, by the way.

The reference to “Halper” in the excerpt below is none other than Professor Stefan Halper, the longtime FBI informant who was enlisted to spy on the Trump campaign.

Flynn has requested records of Col. James Baker because he was Halper’s handler in the Office of Net Assessment in the Pentagon, and ONA Director Baker regularly lunched with Washington Post reporter David Ignatius. The defense has requested phone records of James Clapper to confirm his contacts with Washington Post reporter Ignatius – especially on January 10, 2017, when Clapper told Ignatius in words to the effect of “Take the kill shot on Flynn.” It cannot escape mention that the press has long had transcripts of the Kislyak calls the government has denied to the defense.

Next, the filing notes another instance where the FBI’s 302 on Flynn doesn’t match the FBI agents’ notes.

In the agent notes, Flynn says, “I don’t remember making 4-5 calls.”

The 302 says, “Flynn remembered making four to five calls that day about this issue.”

The filing states:

Lisa Page, Special Counsel to Deputy Director McCabe, resigned; she edited Mr. Flynn’s 302 and was part of a small, high-level group that strategically planned his ambush.

Page didn’t recall whether she took part in editing the FD-302.

Upon seeing her texts, she “believes she must have seen it at some point…”

Techno Fog provides a text message exchange between Strzok and Page in which they discuss the edits that were made to the Flynn 302.

The audacious attorney appeared on “Hannity” last night and spoke to former Congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).

Powell was a federal prosecutor for ten years and she is bound to have connections inside of the Department of Justice. She has uncovered some pretty damning information to make the case that Flynn was ambushed by then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe at the request of then FBI Director James Comey. She must have a high level source either inside the DOJ if she’s been able to obtain this kind of information. Questioned about this by Chaffetz, she of course, would not reveal her source.

Sidney Powell: We have requested his (James Clapper’s) phone records to corroborate the timing and everything about that call that we can possibly corroborate. And it is very concerning, of course it was the leak of the transcript of the call with Kislyak at the same time. And then two days after that the Ignatius story breaks, less than two days actually.

Jason Chaffetz: Sidney, so where is the evidence that that conversation and those words or the effect of those words took place?

Sidney Powell: I cannot reveal the source right now. But I do have a very good source for that information.

Jason Chaffetz: And you believe the Department of Justice is withholding that information from you?

Sidney Powell: I believe the Department of Justice is withholding a lot of information as is Mr. Clapper, Mr. Brennan and all the people who participated in the complete set up of General Michael Flynn.

Powell then describes some of the details of the case.

We have found additional text messages that the government suppressed, including one where agent Peter Strzok indicates he knows it’s a pretext to go interview General Flynn. They knew there was no Logan Act violation. They exonerated him completely of being an agent of Russia by the end of January and yet Mr. Comey still runs to the White House on February 14th and conjures up the entire obstruction of justice narrative against the President when Flynn had been cleared of everything long before that.

We also have information that the agents did manipulate the 302, you know it was long in a deliberative state which was highly unusual in and of itself, We attached as Exhibit 11 to our document a comparison of the February 10th and February 11th 302s that show the addition of substantial additional claims that were not in there before and are not supported by the notes which we also attach as exhibits to the document. So people can go to the actual document and read it and see a lot for themselves. It’s extremely concerning. It’s outrageous government misconduct. The agents deliberately calculated and met to plan and to strategize how to ambush General Flynn without letting him know he was officially under any kind of criminal investigation to keep him relaxed. And they wanted to be seen as allies when in fact they knew exactly what he had said in his conversations and they intended to create a situation in which anything he said could be used against him later as a false statement without any warnings to that effect whatsoever.

Finally, I want to mention that, following a Flynn hearing in September, it was said that Powell and Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is presiding over the case, seemed to have had a strong rapport, that the judge treated her with a great deal of respect. I believe the statement was made by Techno Fog who attended the hearing although I’m unable to locate a direct quote. For whatever it’s worth, I thought I’d pass that along.

Powell’s legal team took over Flynn’s defense in late 2018. It’s unfortunate he didn’t work with her from the start. Anyway, he’s got her now and she’s a smart lady. If anyone can get this sham of a case dismissed, it’s Powell.

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100 Days Until Iowa Caucuses. Who is Ahead And Who Is Falling Behind.

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Can you believe that it is only 100 DAYS until the Iowa Caucuses?

Last summer we always heard there was a lot of time for things to shake out and candidates to get their game together. Well, with just over 3 months to go they better get shaking because time is running out.

The latest polling that has come out shows that Mayor Pete has made up some ground from September and the one-time frontrunners Biden and Bernie are slipping. According to Iowa State University

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is building momentum in Iowa, according to the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll. Of likely caucus-goers, 20% said Buttigieg is their top choice among the field of Democratic presidential candidates. That moves him to second in the poll – up from fourth in September – just behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren who maintained her lead at 28%.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders were tied for second in the September poll. Sanders is now third with 18% and Biden is fourth at 12%. The online poll of 598 likely caucus-goers also asked voters to list the candidate they do not want to win the nomination. Biden and Sanders topped this list. Peterson says Tulsi Gabbard was third, moving from nearly 7% in September to 17%.

The online survey was sent between Oct. 18-22 to selected members of the Civiqs research panel. Likely caucus attendees were identified as those who responded they would “definitely” or “probably” attend the Iowa Democratic Caucuses and identified as Democrats or independents. An oversample of Democrats and independents were selected to produce a larger number of likely caucus attendees.

Also, a poll released by 538 shows Trump beating Biden and Warren at a margin if 51-49 but losing to Sanders 51-49.

Iowa and New Hamshire are both important states but you do not need to win both to go onto the nomination. Hillary barely won here in 2016 but Bernie created a lot of momentum but finishing a close second.

Now that Warren is in the lead she will become the target of all the other Democrats and it will be interesting to see how she handles the release of her version of medicare for all when she releases it in a couple of weeks. This could very well determine if Mayor Pete can take the lead from her or if Biden makes a strong push.

As I wrote here at Red State last week Bernie Sanders Says He Is Back, But His Campaign Is STILL Toast. Sorry A.O.C. the Sanders campaign will linger on for a bit but it is effectively over.

So get ready for the fireworks everyone. Crunch time is almost upon us and we are ready to ROCK N ROLL.

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