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Sunday, 28 January

01:28

MAUREEN DOWD REVISES HER PREVIOUS REMARKS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Maureen Dowd has returned from an extended absence and gives us a column praising Melania Trump. (There seems to be a lot of that going around on the New York Times op-ed page.) I'm not going to address Dowd's main points, which I'm sure will be dissected elsewhere. I just want to draw your attention to this passage:

Barack Obama was always calling to our better angels. Donald Trump is paying off porn stars and denigrating struggling countries that send minorities to the U.S. as shitholes. How did we drop so far and so fast from class to crass?
Really? Maureen Dowd now looks back on the presidency of Obama and is nostalgic for a man who "was always calling to our better angels"?

That's not exactly what she said in real time. Here's Dowd in October 2013, just after a Republican effort to defund Obamacare went down to defeat:
At his victory scold in the State Dining Room on Thursday, the president ... couldnt resist taking a holier-than-thou tone toward his tail-between-their-legs Tea Party foes. He assumed his favorite role of the shining knight hectoring the benighted: Sir Lecturealot.

All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, he sermonized....

Sir Lecturealot ... always manages to convey tedium at the idea that he actually has to persuade people to come along with him, given the fact that he feels hes doing whats right....

He thinks he can come down from above, de haut en bas, and play the great reconciler....
How did we drop so far and so fast from class to crass? One contributing factor was the tendency of people like Maureen Dowd to describe the last president as effete, aloof, uppity, above it all. Here she was in 2010:
Obama can connect with policy. He just cant connect with the objects of policy. Empathy seems more like an abstract concept than something to practice.

He has never shaken off that slight patronizing attitude toward the working-class voters he is losing now, the ones he dubbed bitter during his campaign. There is no premium in trying to save peoples jobs and lift them up and give them health care if they feel that you cant relate to them.
Well, now we have a president who never addresses working-class voters, or anyone else, as if he's trying to appeal to their better angels. In fact, he unabashedly appeals to the...

00:59

Johann Gottfried Steffan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Johann Gottfried Steffan (1815-1905) was a prominent Swiss landscape painter. He worked for a long time and left more than 500 paintings. Alp with Brook and Goatherd.

His Alpine paintings mostly look like these, with a dark, brooding, Romantic air. Scene in the Ramsgau near Berechtsgaden, 1874.

Study of clouds.

But when he traveled to Italy he left all the Romantic shadow behind and painted in a much lighter, brighter style, mainly using watercolors instead of oils. I love this painting, but when I did a quick search for Steffan's other paintings the first twenty that came up were all in the dark, R...

00:58

Secretary Rex Tillerson Joint Presser With Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When President Trump left the Davos economic forum, Secretary T-Rex traveled to Poland for a bilateral meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.  Many readers are aware how the U.S. and Poland have formed a very strong bond, a very Continue reading

00:48

This flu season is an epidemic: Some died just 2 days after onset of symptoms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The 2017-2018 flu season is now an epidemic a unusually deadly epidemic: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared this season an epidemic, stating the illness is widespread in at least 39 states. Although the flu season hasnt even Continue reading

00:09

East Coast Democrat Governors to Sue Feds After Trump Tax Cuts Make Them Pay Their Fair Share "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

East coast Democrat governors are threatening to sue the federal government after the Trump tax cuts finally will force them to pay their fair share.

For years red state taxpayers have bailed out blue states governments who place a heavy burden on their citizens with hefty state taxes.

Residents of these blue states continue to vote into office tax-and-spend liberal after tax-and-spend liberal.

But thanks to the Trump tax cuts all American taxpayers will no longer be expected to pay off the blue states.

And now the liberal governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are threatening to sue the government for not bailing them out year after year.

Good luck.

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a coalition of East Coast states will sue the federal government over the Trump-signed tax overhaul, in the latest bid to undermine the law that Republicans have cheered.

The states New York, New Jersey and Connecticut appear to be taking aim at a provision that limits residents state and local tax deduction (SALT) to $10,000. While the law contains sweeping tax rate cuts for businesses and individuals, taxpayers in high-tax states like those in the Northeast are expected to take a hit from the SALT change.

Cuomo called it an economic missile.

The elimination of full state and local deductibility is a blatantly partisan and unlawful attack on New York that uses our hardworking families and tax dollars as a piggy bank to pay for tax cuts for corporations and other states, Cuomo said in a statement. This coalition will take the federal government to court to protect our residents from this assault.

A press release from Cuomos office claimed that the elimination of full SALT deductibility will cost New York $14.3 billion.

The move has picked up support from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who just replaced Chris Christie.

The post East Coast Democrat Governors to Sue Feds After Trump Tax Cuts Make Them Pay Their Fair Share appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

00:00

SHOCK VIDEO=> Democrat Councilman Calls U.S. Marines Lowest of the Low & Bunch of Dumb Sh*ts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a series of videos going viral over the weekend, High School teacher and Democrat Pico Rivera councilman Gregory Salcido told his Pico Rivera High School students this week that U.S. Marines are a bunch of dumb s**ts and the lowest of the low. 

Salcidos shocking rant was triggered after seeing a student wearing a U.S. Marines sweater. 

Kimberlie Flauto posted the videos to Facebook, saying Help me make this go viral. My friends son was sporting his marine sweater while this liberal douche teacher rants about the military. The school is called El rancho high school in the city of pico rivera california. The teachers name is MR. Salcido.

The OCR reports:

Three videos on social media of Pico Rivera Councilman Gregory Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho High School, making disparaging remarks about the military and berating a student for wearing a sweatshirt with a Marines logo have gone viral and created a backlash.

El Rancho Unified School District officials confirmed Saturday. Jan. 27 that the person speaking is Salcido and that the incident took place on school grounds.

We acknowledge it is his voice based on the research of the incident so far and knowing it came from one of our classrooms, district Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort said in a phone interview.

A post on Facebook with the three videos was shared more than 23,500 times as of 10 a.m. Saturday. It had nearly 1.5 million views.

Salcido posted a statement on the incident to Facebook Friday, saying I dont think its wise for me to make any comments, but I want my friends, family, and students to know we are fine and we respect the rights of free expression for all individuals.

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Saturday, 27 January

23:54

Facebook to Change How Conservative Sites Appear in Your Newsfeed: HERES HOW YOU CAN SEE OUR POSTS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Facebook is to going to be rolling out major changes to its newsfeed which will impact every user and dramatically change the type of content they see.

Facebook is focusing on your nexus, friends and family, as well as what they dub trusted sources.

Facebook plans to make those trusted sources not exactly what you trust, but rather, what they trust. The sources will be pages that are diverse and representative and based on Facebooks sample pool of users. There is no specification over what sources will be trusted or not.

FACEBOOK announced earlier this week it would Start Ranking News Outlets Promote Reputable Pages to Users:

Theres a way to prevent Facebook from hiding posts from your favorite sites and were here to break down exactly how to do this:

1. Go to the dropdown arrow in the top righthand corner and select News Feed Preferences

2. Click Prioritize who to see first

3. Choose Pages only

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23:32

James Woods Pounds Hillary Clinton Into Dirt After Bizarre Video Of Her Thanking Activist Bitches Goes Viral "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A bizarre video of twice-failed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thanking feminists and activist bitches went viral this weekend.

As TGPs Kristinn Taylor previously reported, the video was posted by Alex Mohajer to Twitter and shows Hillary Clinton seated with a woman to her right at what appears to be a restaurant or bar, speaking directly to the mans cellphone camera, Hey,everyone. I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for your feminism; for your activism. And all I can hope is you keep up the really important good work.

Hillary then leans over to the man who instructs her to say, Can you say, activist bitches supporting bitches?

Hillary cackled and said, And let me just say this is directed to the activist bitches supporting bitches. So lets go!

Patriotic actor James Woods pounded Hillary Clinton into dirt.

James Woods tweeted the bizarre video and implied ole Crooked was drunk midday, Five martinis deep and its not yet 2PM

James Woods then tweeted an oldie but goodie video of Hillary Clinton completely unhinged during the 2016 presidential campaign where shes shrieking because shes not 50 points ahead of Donald Trump in the polls.

Woods tweeted, Might ask, but in fact never did

This is why we loves James Woods!

The post James Woods Pounds Hillary Clinton Into Dirt After Bizarre Video Of Her Thanking Activist Bitches Goes Viral appeared first on Th...

23:20

Did Bureau of Economic Analysis Sandbag Report on 4th Qtr U.S. GDP ?. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The U.S. Fourth Quarter GDP growth was reported two days ago at 2.6% and that stunned everyone who were expecting a much higher number. All U.S. economic indicators including U.S. Holiday consumer spending, which accounts for around two-thirds of total Continue reading

22:30

We Knows Not What He Does "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It's already clear to me from watching Jonathan Turley defend the president against obstruction of justice charges that the criminal defense for Donald Trump is going to rely on the fact that a person who doesn't know right from wrong doesn't necessarily have criminal intent if they do wrong. Turley, for example, blandly explained that the way that Trump acted towards Mueller isn't much different from how he acts against any number of officials who he fires or threatens to fire. He's always pissed off. He wants to fire John Kelly and Don McGahn and Jeff Sessions, but he doesn't. He's always doing improper things that violate norms, so it's not necessarily true that his intent is to intimidate career FBI officers into not testifying against him when he names them publicly and sends his goons after them.

If there is an impeachment trial, I expect that Turley will defend the president. He'll be a lot more effective than Dershowitz would be, I think.

Discuss

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

With the news that the Paris zoo has shut down because more than fifty baboons escaped from their enclosure, at least the French now have a better feeling of what it feels like to be an American.

Discuss

Mueller Needs More Than Obstruction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ryan Goodman of the New York Times lays things out in such a way that its easy to see the outlines of a fairly slam-dunk case of obstruction of justice in the Russia probe. In addition to that already verified false statements made by Michael Flynn and George Papadapoulos, for which they have both been indicted, he identifies false statements that were made to Congress or on government forms by Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and K.T. McFarland. This is in addition to a long list of false statements that were made to the public, including by the president, insisting that there had been absolutely no contact between members of the campaign and Russians. For Goodman, these public lies are so intertwined with their overall defense that its impossible to believe that they were honest in private when speaking to federal investigators.

The original conspiracy to hide Russian contacts has unraveled. We now know that Flynn, Papadapolos, and Sam Clovis are cooperating with the Mueller investigation, while there is reason to believe that Rick Gates may soon join them. Many others have given testimony, either to the grand jury or to the special counsels investigators. Some, like Hope Hicks and the presidents White House lawyer Don McGahn are still in Trumps employ, but others like Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and Steve Bannon (who is scheduled to testify soon) are not. Only the most guilty have any interest in lying to the Feds, so its safe to say that Mueller has decimated the original unity of Trump Team and is no getting to the bottom of how these lies were coordinated. And maybe thats why it appears that hell spend his time talking to the president by focusing on issues related to obstruction rather than the underlying crime.

Trump may have signaled yesterday that hes knows hes in trouble on obstruction. Hes been denying he colluded with the Russians but on Wednesday he added a denial that hes obstructed the investigation, too.

President Trump defended his attacks on investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, denying that it amounts to obstruction and saying he was merely fight[ing] back.

Theres been no collusion whatsoever, Trump told reporters in an impromptu press conference on Wednesday. Theres no obstruction whatsoever. And Im looking forward to it.

Trump also mocked critics who have accused him of obstructing the Russia probe by attacking the investigations and referring to them as a witch hunt.

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Brownback to Protect the Religiously Oppressed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its telling that Sam Brownback needed the tie-breaking vote of the vice-president in order to be confirmed to his new position as ambassador for international religious freedom. The Kansas governor couldnt muster a single Democratic vote despite serving in Congress for sixteen years, including more than fourteen in the U.S. Senate. His difficulties were noticed back home:

In Topeka, some lawmakers reacted with surprise that Brownbacks cloture vote had become a nail-biter.

He had been there with that group for years and you would have thought he would have had more of a broad base unless its turned over that much in six or eight years, state Sen. John Skubal, R-Overland Park, said.

The Republican legislature in Kansas felt compelled to rescind Brownbacks notorious tax cuts last year after they failed to create the money he promised and left a smoking crater of a budget for the lawmakers to navigate. Thats probably why Brownback cites his anti-abortion policies as his greatest legacy from two terms in office. He also, famously, did away with anti-discrimination protections for LGBT state employees, so hes compiled a record on looking out for oppressed minorities. Its not a good record, but its a record.

Brownback will oversee the countrys advocacy for religious minorities in areas of religious conflict and oppression around the globe. The position, which is based in Washington, D.C., was established in 1998.

Since Chris Christie has already left office, Brownback is the most unpopular governor in the country. When he hands over the reins later today to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a lot of Kansans, including Republicans, will be celebrating.

That doesnt bode well for Brownbacks prospects as an ambassador for our country or for the worlds religiously oppressed people. So it goes.

Discuss

How Trump Lowers All Republican Standards "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Much like Sarah Palin, Trumps worst crime will end up being getting the GOP to adjust its standards to make it possible to defend him. There are two examples of this in the news today. One comes from Tony Perkins, the notorious president of the evangelical Family Research Council:

Perkins knows about Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claimed, in a 2011 interview, that in 2006 she had sex with Trump four months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. He knows of the reports that Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) was paid off to keep the affair quiet in the waning weeks of the 2016 election. He knows about the cursing, the lewdness and the litany of questionable behavior over the past year of Trumps life or the 70 that came before it.

We kind of gave himAll right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here, Perkins told me in an interview for the latest episode of POLITICOs Off Message podcast.

I think were all familiar with evangelical forgiveness of egregious sins, but this is always accompanied by some at least seemingly genuine admission of guilt and repentance. Trump simply denies hes done anything wrong. Perkins explained the new standard by saying that evangelical Christians are tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists. And I think they are finally glad that theres somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully. He added that Christianity is not all about being a welcome mat which people can just stomp their feet on.

I wont dispute that many evangelicals can do with less sanctimony, but abandoning all their moral standards is an overcorrection. And Im really talking here only about the evangelicals who are so politicized that theyre really synonymous with Republicans. They no longer care about adultery or even the most basic family values, like not cheating on your wife while shes nursing. They clearly dont care about business ethics, basic competency, civility, honesty, or even the possibility that the president is compromised by a foreign power. And its because hes on the right team and punching the right people.

The other example in the news today is...

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pennsylvania Republicans continue to get stomped. This time, it's the Pittsburgh suburbs. The outcome is not surprising but the margin of victory is.

Discuss

Schumer Needs to Up His Game "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is reportedly rescinding his offer to give President Donald Trump big money for his stupid border wall. The problem is, the cat is already out of the bag. Having once shown a willingness to fork over billions for a senseless boondoggle that is supposed to be paid for by the Mexican government, everyone knows that Schumer will cave on this issue in the future. Taking back his offer makes him look ridiculous.

Overall, I understand why Schumer decided to take the CHIP money and reopen the government for three weeks, but hes been off his game during this whole shutdown business. In Middle East terms, money for the stupid border wall should have been the Jerusalem of these negotiations, best left for last after everything else was adequately negotiated. In the meantime, every request for money should have been met with mocking derision and a suggestion that Trump telephone Mexico City if he wanted an appropriation.

In the end, I suppose wasting tens of billions of dollars on an ineffective and senseless racist symbol that can be seen from space could be worth it. If this country can now be counted among the real shitholes on this planet, then maybe we could sully ourselves with such a deal without anyone forming a lower opinion of us. The price would have to right, though, wouldnt it?

It couldnt be just to release some hostages that the Republicans (most of them, anyway) dont really want to keep.

Now if Schumer started out saying that the Consumer Financial Protection Agency needs to be funded or theres no wall, that might almost be something slightly above shameful capitulation. As things actually are, the Democrats are playing this scared. They have a big political lead and they dont want to blow it in the fourth quarter.

And, I get that. They absolutely cannot pull an Atlanta Falcons on these midterm elections, and their leadership is responsible for not letting that happen. That doesnt mean theyve played their cards right here though, because its not the tactical retreat that is the problem. Its the overall strategy that concerns me. It might be intimidating when a major political party holds childrens health hostage since it shows they have absolutely no limits and no moral compass whatsoever, but that kind of aggression must be met in kind. Instead of asking for more, Schumer was loading offers on Trumps plate only to have them pocketed and rebuffed.

He needs to do better.

Discuss

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Sessions Talks to Investigation He's Trying to Kill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Prompted by something or someone, a New York Times reporter called the Department of Justice and asked the spokesperson if the Attorney General had recently testified in Robert Muellers Russia investigation. It turns out that, yes, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was giving testimony just last week.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsels office as part of the investigation into Russias meddling in the election and whether the president obstructed justice since taking office, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.

The meeting marked the first time that investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, are known to have interviewed a member of Mr. Trumps cabinet.

Thats not the only news coming out of the Department of Justice, though. Jonathan Swan of Axios broke the story last night that the Director of the FBI Christopher Wray has threatened to resign over pressure, from Jeff Sessions, that he fire his deputy Andrew McCabe and clean his house of anyone too closely connected to James Comey. The Washington Post confirmed the story but not specifically that Wray had gone so far as to threaten to resign over it.

What were seeing here in these two news items is the investigators pushing back on another attempt to impede their investigation. Theyre being bullied along with the FBI more generally by a concerted effort to discredit them. You can choose how much you want to trust the Hamilton 68 dashboard, considering people like Michael Chertoff and William Kristol sit on their board, but among the suspected Russian troll accounts theyre monitoring the FBI has the most twitter mentions (1161, as of this writing) in the last forty-eight hours. Theres now a naked confluence of effort coming from congressional Republicans, the White House and Russian social media tr...

PA Supreme Court Tosses GOP Maps "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the Republicans' partisan gerrymander. To be clear, this is a ruling on the state constitution, not the federal one. That might make it more difficult for the Roberts Court to overrule. Im not a lawyer, but this is a different kettle of fish than the cases where U.S. District Courts have ruled against congressional maps.

The Democratic-controlled court, which said that the districts violate the state constitution, gave the Republican-controlled Legislature until Feb. 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf until Feb. 15 to submit it to the court. Otherwise, the justices said they will adopt a plan in an effort to keep the May 15 primary election on track.

The court said the boundaries clearly, plainly and palpably violate the states constitution, and blocked it from remaining in effect for the 2018 elections.

Presumably, the court will wind up drawing the boundaries because the Republican legislature and the Democratic governor will not agree on them. And if the process isnt short-circuited by the U.S. Supreme Court, Stephen Wolf of Daily Kos Elections projects that it will mean at least one more guaranteed seat for the Democrats and a potential pick up of as many as six.

If youre handicapping the likelihood of the Republicans losing control of the House, you need to adjust your odds in light of this news.  If it stands, it could be the decisive factor that changes the ultimate outcome.

Discuss

A Compromised Administration "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Josh Marshall wants us to look at Michael Wolff as a spy who used cunning, guile, and flattery to gain close to unfettered access to the West Wing. I think thats a fair point because the most important fact that the Trump administration should have understood about Wolff, but didnt, is that he had used the same approach to get access to Rupert Murdoch and then had published a vicious biography of the man. So, we can think of Wolff as a spy because he was gathering information with which to hurt the highest echelon of the U.S. government. Of course, I dont mean to imply some lack of loyalty or patriotism in Wolff. Its just that theres a similarity to the world of espionage. And its relevant, as Marshall insists, because if the administration is vulnerable to penetration from a sycophantic U.S. journalist, then theyre probably vulnerable to foreign assets using similar approaches.

Marshall suggests that this might be the real story behind the Russia story. Rather than something sophisticated and closely coordinated, the collusion may have been more a function of a loosely organized, unworldly, unethical, and greedy campaign family and staff that was so susceptible to simple enticements that it didnt take much work for the Russians to ensnare them in compromising positions.

This would be a different kind of story from the one that would help explain Trumps shocking victory.  Instead of a story about how Russian intelligence hacked the Democratic Party and disseminated the information through WikiLeaks to the Trump campaign and the world, and rather than a story about the generation of fake news and the purchase of illegal political advertising laser-targeted to key districts and demographics, this story would be about the cultivation and ultimate compromise of key figures in the campaign who were on a path to have a foreign policy role. The big fish was obviously Michael Flynn, who became the national security adviser, but Carter Page and George Papadapoulos both were on a path to serve in key roles. Compromising Kushner and Trump Jr., was an added bonus, especially considering Kushners eventual portfolio covering the Middle East.

Of course, if were telling the story this way, the hiring of Paul Manafort, who was as thoroughly compromised by and indebted to Russian oligarchs as it is possible to be, isnt about witting collusion but mind-bending naivety.

This is one possible rejoinder to Glenn Greenwalds question about the Russian probe so far:

Some Russians wanted to help Trump wi...

22:27

Tom Fitton Hints Deep State Effort To Destroy POTUS Trump At Tipping Point (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In his weekly social media update, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton hinted Deep State efforts to destroy President Trump have reached a tipping point. It all seems to be coming to a head, tweeted Fitton Saturday. 

Fox News reported Thursday the missing, texts were all located and that efforts to locate additional text messages were underway.

Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing, Horowitz wrote in a letter to Congressional investigators

We will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Departments leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate, Horowitz added.

In his latest address, Fitton said the government was lying when it claimed the text messages went missing. Such was the same excuse given in regard to documents on the tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton during the 2016 election.

To make matters more bizarre, Fox News Jake Gibson reported thousands of bureau cell phones were hit with the same technical glitch as Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

22:25

REPORT: Congress Left In The Dark After Robert Mueller Makes Redactions To Strzok-Page Texts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a move that will likely leave Congressional investigators aghast, the Justice Department handed over a batch of text messages exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to special counsel Robert Muellers office and are unlikely to find out what the contents are at least until the Russia probe wraps up.

After being consulted by Team Mueller, the Justice Department made select redactions to a small batch of texts. 

Washington Examiner reports:

Finally and this could be significant or not Boyd said that in a few instances, the Justice Department consulted with the office of Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller and made some redactions related to the structure, operation, and substance of the [Special Counsels Office]s investigation because it is ongoing. Hill investigators dont really know what that covers.

Only 15 percent of the missing, text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been handed over to Congressional investigators, reports Byron York of the Washington Examiner. The Justice Department says roughly 85 percent of the texts are still in the process of being retrieved. However, as York tweeted Saturday, Congress still shouldnt expect to receive the entire batch because a [m] ajority [are] deemed personal, or withheld for other reasons.

As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok were handed over to Congress. In yet another twist to the Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agents text messages between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017 because they have gone missing.

Fox News reported Th...

22:00

How Democrats Can Win In 2018: Ignore The Party's Serial Losers-- In Other Words, The Establishment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Early yesterday morning we put up a post about how American voters see Trump's character. The premise is that the overwhelming majority of voters don't want children looking at Trump as a role model and don't see him as providing the country with moral leadership. Only 29% of the country-- virtually no one but partisan Republicans-- think Trump as a role model is just fine. Most Americans say they are "embarrassed" that he's the leader of the country, while 27% are proud to have him as the leader of our country. Only 35% believe he's honest. Only 40% think he cares about average Americans. And only 34% say he shares their values. Only 30% of respondents think he's level-headed. He's the most negatively-rated Oval Office occupier in the history of polling. How many Americans saw all this before election day?

Later in the day one of his GOP primary opponents--Jeb Bush, the establishment candidate who "everyone" thought would run away with the nomination battle-- warned that Trump's character could drag down the whole party in the midterms. He's right. Bush agrees with some of Trump's right-wing domestic agenda but the former Florida governor warned "that Republicans are in for a beating in the fall elections if congressional races focus on the rhetoric and character of President Trump." And that's exactly what many Democrats intend to make the midterms about. Alan Grayson goes even further. Although his campaign is primarily revolving around the traditional Democratic issues he's always campaigned on-- the importance of electing candidates who are unbought and unbossed, and also the overall importance of demonstrating how to use politics to improve peoples lives-- he told me that the issue of Trumps impeachment is providing a very handy means of separating real Democrats from empty suits and posers. "The e...

21:49

Somali Man in Mall of America Knife Attack Pleads Guilty, Claims Jihad; Watchdog Says Somali Youth Looking to Attack Americans in US "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham, 20, pleaded guilty this week to stabbing and seriously wounding two brothers in a Macys dressing room at the Mall of America last November 12. Adbiraham (also spelled Abdirahaman) had his lawyer read a statement in court saying the attack was an act of jihad for ISIS.

Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham, Hennepin County booking photo.

Even more disturbing were comments by a spokesman for a watchdog group who said more Somali youth in the U.S. are looking for ways to attack Americans.

The claim of jihad as the motive for the attack has only been reported by KSTP-TV in Minneapolis. The rest of local and national media has not reported on it.

Court Records: Mall of America Stabbing Suspect Pleads Guilty, Calls it Act of Jihad

At the plea hearing Thursday, Abdirahams attorney read a statement which is public record to the courtroom, which explained why he attacked the two men.

In the statement, Abdiraham said he went to the Mall of America to answer the call for jihad by the Chief of Believer, Abu-bakr Al-baghdadi, may Allah protect him, and by the Mujahiden of the Islamic State.

The statement added, I understand that the two men I stabbed know and have explained the reason for my attack, and I am here reaffirming that it was indeed an act of Jihad in the way of Allah.

Abdiraham also said in the statement that Americans will not be safe as long as your country is at war with Islam.

Omar Jamal, a...

21:28

Sean Hannitys Twitter Account Hacked With Death Threat to President Trump! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As TGPs Cassandra Fairbanks reported early this morning The Twitter account belonging to Fox News host Sean Hannity vanished on Friday evening after an intense episode of his show focusing on corruption in the Department of Justice and the FBI and a very strange tweet.

The final tweet before his account disappeared read, Form Submission 1649.

Those who attempted to access his feed were met with a blank account or an error message that read Sorry, that page does not exist.

There has been speculation online that he was either hacked or deactivated by a rogue employee, but neither theory has been confirmed.

The last tweet was posted at 11:46 PM on Friday night.

The account has not been updated since Friday night.

The tweet reads, Form Submission 1649 | #Hannity

Now this

The Form Submission 1649 Twitter post on Sean Hannitys account was likely a reference a death threat to President Trump.

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21:19

N. Korean despot Kim Jong Uns slush fund nearly depleted "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The curious communist dynasty of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea better known as North Korea is a poor country, with an estimated per capita GDP (nominal) of only $1,000 in 2014. So how does Kim Jong Un Continue reading

21:01

Former Obama DOJ Official Admits Trump Wont Be Indicted, Mueller Probe All About Impeachment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former Obama Justice Department official Eric Columbus took to Twitter Friday to point out some legal misconceptions about special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation, while lending his opinion on how and why the probe will end.

Daily Caller reports:

Eric Columbus, former senior counsel to the deputy attorney general under Obama, explained on Twitter why we should not expect any criminal charges against Trump, despite a growing chorus of pundits and Democratic politicians predicting that Mueller is building an obstruction of justice case. As Columbus points out, the law guiding independent counsel Kenneth Starr that allowed him to indict then-President Bill Clinton Starrs investigation into the Clinton during the 1990s had expired in 1999 amidst concern that ICs had too much leeway, he writes. Mueller is a special counsel, the position that replaced independent counsels, out of concern that ICs had too much power, Columbus notes. In other words, Mueller is essentially the equivalent of a U.S. Attorney, except that his jurisdiction is defined by topic rather than geography, wrote Columbus. Therefore, Mueller reports to deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself.

Columbus ends his 19-part thread by tweeting, Trump wont be indicted, this is all about impeachment, the upcoming midterm elections are crucial, Rosenstein remains a very important guy, and Im holding my nose and hoping that Sessions stays where he is.

20:36

DC School Employee Doxed by Antifa, Placed on Administrative Leave For Supporting Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A District of Columbia Public Charter School Board employee has been placed on administrative leave with his job threatened after he was doxed by Antifa as a Trump supporter.

John Goldman, better known online as Jack Murphy, inadvertently became the subject of controversy when a photo was leaked last week of several right-wing personalities, including myself, and Chelsea Manning. Outraged that their hero was mingling with the right, members of DC Antifa began to dox everyone who appeared in the photograph.

The far-left harassers, provoked by Lacy MacAuley, one of the informal leaders of DC Antifa, then began contacting Murphys employer and claiming that he was a white supremacist. They used a photo of Murphy in the same shot as Richard Spencer but ignored that he has been an open critic of the white nationalist and several left-wing reporters witnessed them almost come to blows during an event last year.

I 100% deny any association, affiliation with, or support of the alt-right, Richard Spencer, racism, fascism, or anything else other than a liberal Democracy where each citizen has equal protection under the law, Murphy wrote about the incident on his personal website.

Rosie Gray of the Atlantic, Oliver Darcy then of the Business Insider, and Andrew Marantz of the New Yorker all witnessed my altercation with Spencer, he wrote. I dont just disavow Richard Spencer, Ive openly fought him.

Murphys battle with the alt-right was even covered by the New Yorker....

20:19

Chris Hedges: When Are Journalists Foreign Agents? + Q&A "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Columbia Journalism School on Jan 23, 2018 Columbia Journalism School and the Harriman Institute host a panel discussion with journalism experts on the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Chris Hedges, host of RT Americas On Contact interview show Maria Snegovaya, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Columbia University Trevor Timm, Executive Director, Freedom of the []

20:10

Weekly Review And Open Thread 2018-04 (also Jordan) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Jan 15 - Syria - U.S. Traps Itself, Commits To Occupation, Helps To Sustain The Astana Agreement Jan 18 - Syria - Tillerson Announces Occupation Goals - Erdogan Makes Empty Threats A few days later those threats turned out to...

20:10

More Scandals Rock The Young Turks As Disgraced Journalist Dan Rather Gets A Show "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Disgraced journalist Dan Rather the former CBS anchor who infamously promoted the false Killian documents concerning George W. Bushs National Guard service will be hosting The News w/ Dan Rather on The Young Turks YouTube channel every Monday as the progressive network continues to endure scandal after scandal. The day after the first episode []

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19:30

Hawaii EMA worker who sent out false missile alert refusing to work with investigators "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guess the worker really doesnt feel awful about hitting the button, TWICE, after all. From Fox News: The infamous button-pusher who sent out a false missile alert that caused chaos across the Hawaiian Islands earlier this month is now refusing Continue reading

19:19

Hillary Clinton DESTROYED After Refusing To Apologize For Protecting Advisor Accused of Sexual Harassment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clinton is not a feminist. Never was and never will be. If there was any doubt about Clintons lack of empathy towards young women, especially in the face of her thirst for power, a new report all but puts that to rest. According to the New York Times, Clinton protected a top advisor in 2008 from being fired after he was hit with multiple sexual harassment allegations. 
New York Times reports:
A senior adviser to Hillary Clintons 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clintons request, according to four people familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clintons campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job. Mr. Strider, who was Mrs. Clintons faith adviser, a co-founder of the American Values Network, and sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign, was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Mrs. Clintons 2016 candidacy, Correct the Record, which was created by a close Clinton ally, David Brock. He was fired after several months for workplace issues, including allegations that he harassed a young female aide, according to three people close to Correct the Records management.

In response to the story, Clinton tweeted, A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008. I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed.

I called her today to tell her how proud I am of...

19:04

THE SCOOP VIDEO: Vince McMahon Announces Return Of XFL Football League To Combat Anti-Americanism In The NFL "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

To combat rising anti-American and anti-Military sentiments in the NFL, Vince McMahon has announced the return of his XFL football league. The league is slated to return in 2020.

The new XFL is an exciting opportunity to reimagine Americas favorite sport, said McMahon in a statement. As we move towards kickoff, we look forward to listening and implementing innovative ideas from players, coaches, medical experts, technology executives, the media and most importantly football fans.

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18:50

Pigs Fly=> Bill Maher Supports President Trumps Jerusalem Decision Leftist Viewers Outraged (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Far left darling Bill Maher stunned his fans on Friday when he told his audience that he supports President Donald Trumps courageous announcement to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bill Maher told his audience: I hate to agree with Donald Trump and it doesnt happen often but I do. I dont know why with Israel its been their capital (Jerusalem) since 1949. Its where their government is. Theyve won all the wars thrown against them. I dont understand why they dont get to have their capital where they want.

Of course this did not go over well on the Jew-hating and Trump-bashing left.

They were outraged that their left-wing leader would still support Israel and Donald Trump!

18:03

Populist Wave Continues! Anti-Globalist Zeman Beats Liberal Challenger To Retain Czech Presidency "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Milo Zeman, the 73-year-old eurosceptic incumbent threatened with ouster by liberal professor, Ji Draho, has this afternoon secured another 5-year-term as president of his Central European nation. With almost all votes counted, Zeman had secured victory at 51.45 % to his opponents 48.55%, confounding most recent polls which saw him losing by several percentage points.

The result comes as good news for recently elected populist, Prime Minister Andrej Babi, currently struggling to form a government due to opposition from rival parties in the Czech Parliament. Allies Babi and Zeman have taken a hard line on forced EU-migrant quotas, seen by some in this nation of 10.6 million as the blueprint for an EU project to make the country as multicultural as its Western European neighbors.

Stop migrants and Draho. This is our land!, Zemans posters and billboards urged Czechs in recent weeks. Zeman, echoing the opinion of most Czechs, stated that whilst he would welcome culturally similar Ukrainians, the door would remain firmly closed to Muslim fanatics. The strategy appears to have paid off for the colorful and straight talking president known for his sniping at journalists and fondness for Czech spirit becherovka.

Rival Draho ran a campaign focused on unifying politically divided Czechs and on improving relations with the EU. The mild mannered academic, new to politics, claimed during debates that he was opposed to migrant quotas but last year indicated an openness to accepting an initial 2,600 migrants allocated to the Czech Republic. His lack of firmity on the issue may well have been his Achilles heel, and a weakness targeted by the tactician Zeman.

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In a story which will be familiar to American voters, Draho and much of the media had focused on alleged Russian involvement in the campaign. During a television debate Tuesday evening, the accusation was again raised by Draho, to which Zeman countered that his opponent was trying to confuse the public.

You have insulted th...

18:02

Boom! First Lady Melania Trump Blasts Salacious and Flat Out False Reporting by the Fake News Media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Enough is Enough!

Americas stunning and gracious First Lady Melania Trump responded to the many lies flung by the fake news media the past several weeks.

Melanias spokesperson Stephanie Grisham took to Twitter to slam the lying fake news media.

BREAKING:The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into main stream media reporting. She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news.

The media either attacks Melanias marriage to President Trump or ignores her.

The liberal media know she is dangerous because she is such a picture of poise, intelligence and beauty.

Grisham congratulated the First Lady earlier this week for maintaining her composure during the torrent of mainstream media attacks and lies.

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18:00

Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Meets With Marie Newman And Blue Dog Arch-Villain Dan Lipinski "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The Illinois primaries are just around the corner-- March 20. In a safely blue Chicago districts like IL-03, where Hillary beat Trump 55.2% to 39.9%-- that's the day the next member of Congress is determined. It's a big deal this year on IL-03 because the extreme right incumbent Democrat, Dan Lipinski, has his first-ever primary challenge. Marie Newman, a progressive who represents an entirely different set of values from Lipinski, is the candidate endorsed by Blue America and almost every progressive organization in Illinois and the nation.

IL-03 voters have never seen anything like it before. This week the Sun-Times tried to get to the heart of what's happening in the district and why Lipinski, who's been in Congress since his father suddenly retired from Congress in 2004 and brought him back from Tennessee and sneaked him into the seat. Lipinski is a classic anti-Choice, anti-gay, anti-immigrant Blue Dog and votes with the Republicans more than almost any other Democrat in Congress. So far this cycle Lipinski has raised $466,831-- and is sitting on a $1.5 million war chest-- while Newman has raised $269,128. But IL-03 has changed-- drastically-- and Lipinski hasn't kept up.
The Lipinski family formula for political longevity, now spanning 36 years, has always been built upon hewing to the conservative side of the Democratic Party, finding peace with Republicans as protection for general elections.

LaGrange businesswoman Marie Newman thinks that formula has passed its expiration date for U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, who followed his father Bill into Congress 14 years ago.

I dont think he understands the district has changed beyond dramatically since his tenure, Newman told the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Wednesday in a joint appearance with Lipinski, their first of the campaign.......

17:58

Transparency Advocates Win Release of NYPD Predictive Policing Documents "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Late last month, a Manhattan judge ordered the New York City Police Department to release documentation about the departments use of secretive and highly controversial predictive policing surveillance technology, scoring a win for advocates of transparency on police policy. The documents came to light as part of a lawsuit against the city filed by the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based policy institute.

Little is known about how the largest domestic police force in the United States uses crime forecasting software, which works through analysis of historical crime data like arrest records, incident reports, gang documentation, and stop and frisk encounters to generate individual or geographic predictions of crime. In July 2015, then-NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton branded predictive policing as the wave of the future and entered into a trial program with at least one predictive policing company, the Philadelphia-based Azavea.

The Minority Report of 2002 is the reality of today. There are no secrets.

The Minority Report of 2002 is the reality of today, said Bratton. There are no secrets. There are none. If two people share a piece of information, it is no longer secret.

While Azaveas pilot program with the NYPD was publicly announced, documents obtained by the Brennan Center through its lawsuit and shared with The Intercept show two more companies were brought in to try out their crime forecasting approaches the Bronxville, New York-based KeyStat Inc. and PredPol, a Santa Cruz, California-based company. PredPol has positioned itself as an early market leader in predictive policing with a highly publicized but dubiously effective geographic prediction model derived from battlefield research in Iraq. All three companies were granted 45-day trials to show the NYPD what their predictive policing software could do.

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17:42

REPUBLICANS ARE TOO PARANOID TO TAKE "YOU RUN NEARLY EVERYTHING" FOR AN ANSWER "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In The New York Times, Bret Stephens reviews the many conspiracy theories pro-Trump Republicans believe and notes something odd about the paranoia:

None of this would have surprised [Richard] Hofstadter, whose essay ["The Paranoid Style in American Politics"] traces the history of American paranoia from the Bavarian Illuminati and the Masons to New Dealers and Communists in the State Department....

Then again, Hofstadter might have been surprised to find that the party of conspiracy is also the party of government. The paranoid style, he noted, was typically a function of powerlessness. Having no access to political bargaining or the making of decisions, they find their original conception that the world of power is sinister and malicious fully confirmed.

Today, Republicans control every branch of government, and nearly every aspect of the Russia investigation. Robert Mueller, a Republican, was appointed special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, another Republican, and a Trump appointee. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, supposedly accuses the F.B.I. of anti-Trump perfidies in a secret four-page memo, but he wont share the memo with the director of the F.B.I. whos also a Trump appointee.

Even paranoids, it turns out, have friends.
But the Trump cult -- which is the bulk of the Republican Party -- doesn't really believe it's in power. The movement right rarely does. When George W. Bush had sky-high approval ratings and Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, the right endlessly scoured the horizon looking for traitorous entertainers, college professors, and news executives, all of whom were believed to have the power to bring the entire GOP edifice tumbling down. (Bush ultimately managed that all by himself, with help from loyalists in his administration. They accomplished this not by undermining the Bush agenda, buty by implementing it. Their decisions in Iraq and financial oversight did them more harm than anything uttered by the Dixie Chicks.)

The Trumpers fear the same enemies, but they don't even trust fellow Republicans -- everyone's a RINO, including, at times, Trump himself. (I'm sure you noticed Breitbart referring to Trump as "Amnesty Don" this week, after the administration proposed a path to citizenship for Dreamers.) Everyone who's not a Republican is a member of the all-powerful "Deep State" (which somehow wasn't powerful enough to get Hillary Clinton elected), and anyone who is a Republican is potentially suspect. But why? Why this level of paranoia?

One reason is that Republicans succeeded...

17:29

STUNNING=> Sessions DOJ Turned over ONLY 15% of Strzok-Page Text Messages Now Claims Many STILL LOST "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Only 15 percent of the missing, text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been handed over to Congressional investigators, reports Byron York of the Washington Examiner. The Justice Department says roughly 85 percent of the texts are still in the process of being retrieved. However, as York tweeted Saturday, Congress still shouldnt expect to receive the entire batch because a [m] ajority [are] deemed personal, or withheld for other reasons.

Washington Examiner reports:

The Justice Department has given Congress less than 15 percent of the texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and that is all Congress is likely to get, at least until department experts finish an effort to recover an unknown number of previously lost texts that were sent and received during a key five-month period during the Trump-Russia investigation.

There is much confusion over some basic facts of the Strzok-Page texts. How many are there? How many relate to the two most politically-charged investigations in years, the Trump-Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation? How many have been turned over to Congress? And how many are left to be turned over to Congress? []

The Justice Department has identified about 50,000 Strzok-Page texts. But that is apart from the texts between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 that were declared missing a week ago but are now being recovered. So, the total is apparently 50,000 plus the currently unknown number of formerly missing texts. []

There are a number of instances in the texts in which the two officials say that they should switch the conversation to iMessage, suggesting they continued to talk about FBI matters on personal Apple phones.

As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok were handed over to Congress. In yet another twist to the Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agents text messages between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017 because they have gone missing....

17:26

PODESTA IS SCREWED=> Senate Judiciary Committee Releases Letter to Podesta and It Looks REALLY Bad "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent a batch of letters to DNC leaders demanding information regarding their interactions with dossier author Christopher Steele.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the FBIs involvement with dossier author Christopher Steele. It is being reported the FBI relied on the phony, Hillary-funded Russia dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trumps campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

The batch of letters were sent to former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile, current DNC chair, Tom Perez, former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and former Clinton campaign chief strategist Joel Benenson.

 

Grassley and Graham cited the bombshell Washington Post...

16:30

Feminists rejoice: UK determines that sandwiches should be replaced with more environmentally-friendly lunches "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From The Independent UK: The UKs annual consumption of sandwiches has a greater impact on the environment than the use of eight million cars, scientists have claimed. Researchers at the University of Manchester calculated the carbon footprint of 40 different types Continue reading

16:29

Sara Carter: Major Story on Crooked Muellers Pit Bull Andrew Weissmann Breaking Next Week (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Investigative reporter Sara Carter and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton joined Sean Hannity last night for an explosive segment on the crooked Mueller witch hunt and the corruption at the DOJ and FBI.

During the segment Sean Hannity announced that the much-anticipated FISA memo will be released next week.

Sean Hannity added, Next week will be a MASSIVE NEWS WEEK! The memo and EVEN MORE stunning revelations!

Sara Carter also broke some news about Muellers top henchman Andrew Weismann.

Andrew Weissmann, who is on detail from the Criminal Divisions Fraud Section and who has served as general counsel at the FBI and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  Weissmann donated $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008, $2,000 to the DNC in 2006 and at least $2,300 to the Clinton campaign in 2007.

Weissmann was caught praising then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for defying President Trumps travel ban. Yates was subsequently fired by President Trump for insubordination.

Sara Carter: It is true we need to focus on the members of the Special Counsel. And Andrew Weissmann has come up over and over again and hes very important because hes a central part of the investigation. So I do have something coming out next week in regards to Andrew Weissmann. Another very important story that is going to be out next week is, of course, the FISA memo.

Next week ought to be exciting!

Via Hannity:

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16:21

Old And In The Way "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




The House Democratic leadership is downright geriatric and steeped in plenty of old discredited ideas. They are roadblocks to marijuana legalization, primarily because they fear to make it any kind of a priority for the party. Steny Hoyer will be 79 in June. Nancy Pelosi turns 78 in March. Jim Clyburn will be 77 in July. The designated successor to take over the House Democratic leadership-- a corrupt Wall Street whore and the Queens machine boss, Joe Crowley-- is considered a young kid; he turns 55 in March. None of them are pushing legalization, primarily because they grew up when that was considered terribly radical and politically dangerous. It now longer is, but no one has told them. A new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 60% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuiana and that 'a broad majority of Democrats-- 73%-- supported legalization, as well as 64% of independents. By contrast, only 43% of Republican respondents said they supported legalization." Among Trump voters, only 37% back legalization. If Democrats want to turn out their base and stoke enthusiasm, getting behind legalization is not a bad idea.





Age made a significant difference in the likelihood that respondents would support legalization, with support dropping as the age of respondents rose. Seventy-three per...

16:02

COURTLAND SYKES: MOST PIGGISH REPUBLICAN EVER OR BEST POLITICAL PERFORMANCE ARTIST EVER? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This story is getting a lot of attention:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Missouri Courtland Sykes blasted womens rights this week.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday, Sykes said that he had been asked if he supports womens rights.

I want to come home to a home cooked dinner every night at six, Sykes said, referring to demands he makes of his girlfriend. One that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives.

According to Sykes, feminists push an agenda that they made up to suit their own nasty snake-filled heads.

The candidate said that he hoped his daughters do not grow up to be career obsessed banshees who forgo home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils who shriek from the top of a thousand tall buildings they are [SIC] think they could have leaped in a single bound had men not been suppressing them. Its just nuts.
I'm seeing a lot of outrage, understandably:




But it's quite possible that this is an elaborate stunt. Back in October, shortly after Sykes declared his candidacy the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...

15:30

The Protest Music Of Hugh Masekela "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the decades-long struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Hugh Masekela was one of several musicians whose music came to represent the sound of resistance to racist oppression by the government.

On January 23, Masekela, 78, died from prostate cancer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) mourned the loss of a soldier of the revolution.

Bra Hugh used his music to champion the cultural revolution to educate our people to hate and reject oppression, domination, discrimination and exploitation. He told the oppressed and discriminated against to fight to claim their dignity. He was against all forms of violence against women and children, NUMSA added.

NUMSA also declared, It was Bra Hughs high levels of revolutionary consciousness expressed through his songs, where he made it very clear that there can be no space in our hearts and minds for being xenophobic towards our brothers and sisters on the African continent as an attitude of mind and a way of life. For him, all true revolutionaries would not recognize the fake borders created by imperialists in their scramble for Africa when they divided the continent among themselves in Berlin in 1884.

The jazz musician left behind a body of work that includes more than 40 albums and a legacy of activism that went hand in hand with his music.

About 7,000 Africans demonstrated outside of the Sharpeville police station against the countrys racist pass laws on March 21, 1960. Hundreds of police deployed and killed 69 Africans and wounded 186 Africans, many whom were shot in the back. The massacre introduced the world to the terrible nature of apartheid in South Africa. It also intensified resistance to the white governments oppressive policies.

The South Africa government sought to ban gatherings. This escalation led Masekela to go into exile.

Masekela came to New York in the 1960s and was a protg of singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. He attended the Manhattan School of Music, and in 1964, Belafonte and South African singer Miriam Makeba convinced Masekela to stay in the United States and record music.

From an interview with journalist Danny Schechter in 1985, Masekela recalled, They both said to me, If you hung around a little bit, you could make records that would reach more people. You might even get a hit record. And then when you talked about the way your people in South Africa were being treated, youd have a big listening audience.

And I said, Yeah, but how can I guarantee that Im going to have a hit record? But bless their souls, less than fo...

15:28

Its Time to Wage War Against War Movies That Glorify Outdated Models of Masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Hollywood Reporter published a surprising story earlier this month about film studios turning away from movies about sex. A biopic about Hugh Hefner is stalled, gone for the moment is a James Franco film about a 15-year-old Russian prostitute, and a remake of A Star Is Born is being re-thought, too.

As Hollywood begins to navigate the #MeToo landscape, Tatiana Siegel reported, one of the first casualties appears to be big-screen erotica. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, studios are steering clear of sex. Alyssa Rosenberg, writing in the Washington Post, hopes that Hollywoods embarrassed executives are navigating the end of a very narrow way of thinking about whats alluring. Instead of movies that objectify women, she suggests for more films that portray sex and sexuality in intelligent ways.

This reckoning is long overdue. And it can be extended to another genre that has distorted how men behave: war movies. Hollywood has shown itself capable of making excellent war movies (think Three Kings, Paths of Glory, and The Best Years of Our Lives), but most are problematic. Some of the biggest war movies of the post-9/11 era dont just show violence in ways that are often gratuitous and occasionally racist. They model a cliched form of masculinity that veers from simplistic to monstrous.

For instance, you can see Rambo and John Wayne return to life in the latest war blockbuster, 12 Strong, which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who also brought us Black Hawk Down. 12 Strong is an extravaganza about a Special Forces team that fought the Taliban in Afghanistan in the weeks and months after 9/11. During the movies pivotal scene, the leader of the Green Berets, played by Chris Hemsworth (the grievously handsome star of the Thor franchise), decimates a hive of Taliban fighters with his rifle ablaze as he gallops ahead on his fearless horse (yes, hes riding a horse). In the same way that Hemsworths assault weapon goes rat-tat-tat and the bad guys fall like bulleted dominoes, the scene itself checks off one born-in-Hollywood clich after another: of the rugged gunslinger, the warrior in camo, good versus evil, the modern vanquishing the profane, a man at his fullest.

Whenever I write about the real-world impact of war movies and Ive gone to bat against American Sniper, ...

15:24

CHECK THIS OUT=> Yesterdays GDP Reported by US BEA More Than One Point Below Predictions at 2.6% Is BEA Deep State Too? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

As we noted in December Barack Obama was arguably the worst economic President since 1949 and probably ever.

Barack Obama was the only President to have not had even one year of 3% GDP growth.

Here is the complete list of average annual real GDP growth by postwar president (in descending order):

Johnson (1964-68), 5.3%
Kennedy (1961-63), 4.3%
Clinton (1993-2000), 3.9%
Reagan (1981-88), 3.5%
Carter (1977-80), 3.3%
Eisenhower (1953-60), 3.0%
(Post-WWII average: 2.9%)
Nixon (1969-74), 2.8%
Ford (1975-76), 2.6%
G. H. W. Bush (1989-92), 2.3%
G. W. Bush (2001-08), 2.1%
Truman (1946-52), 1.7%
Obama (2009-15), 1.5%

Barack Obamas best year of GDP growth was 2.9 in 2015 (a year when the stock market went down) according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis under the US Department of Commerce.
2009 (-2.8)
2010 2.5
2011 1.6
2012 2.2
2013 1.7
2014 2.6
2015 2.9
2016 1.5

President Obama said that jobs were never coming back and by February of 2016 it was clear that Obama had given up on economic growth. Obamas Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasted in early 2016 that America will never see 3.0 percent economic growth again.

Then in 2017 President Trump saw quarterly GDP rates of 1.2, 3.1 and 3.3 in the first through 3rd Quarters.  The New York Federal Reserve revised its estimated fourth quarter GDP of 2017 up from 3.93 to 4.00 percent.  A rate of 4 percent or greater would likely have increased the US GDP for the year to over 3 percent.  But yesterday the US Bure...

15:14

Republican Incumbents Are Grasping A Broken Reed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


In an interview with USA Today yesterday, Jeb Bush warned that Trump is going to tank Republican chances in the midterms if he-- and the Democrats-- make the elections about him. "Every business that announces a job increase," said Bush, who agrees with many of Trump's backward economic policies, "you can make a pretty compelling case that it's tax reform and regulatory reform that was a catalyst to make that happen... "If the election is nationalized and it's not about the economy, then we'll lose. If it's about the economy and it's driven by state or district interest, incumbents can do well." Bush is absolutely giddy over the tax cuts for businesses and billionaires and he could kiss Trump for dismantling regulations that protect ordinary American families from economic predators. His favorite Trump cabinet member, he admits, is Betsy DeVos, the one most hated by the most American voters.


We'll have more about that little Jeb interview later today but Rebecca Greenfield a Bloomberg Businessweek reporter looked a little more closely into the tax windfall that Trump, Bush, Ryan and so many Republican office-holders are counting on to save them from oblivion. Is that a good bet? The tax scam was a scam, so probably not. Greenfield wrote that it "has inspired what se...

15:13

Choose a new Democratic Party logo! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Democrat Partys traditional logo is the donkey. The story is that Andrew Jacksons enemies twisted his name to Andrew Jackass as a term of ridicule, the jackass or donkey having a reputation of being stupid and stubborn. However, liking Continue reading

15:00

Interview on Fright Power Rangers Live YouTube Stream: Mystic Frights, Episode 2: The Cancer CGI of Dare "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last night, I joined Fright Power Ranger, Artistic Layman, and Karlsburg Review (and later, Coriolanus Rex) for a live YouTube stream making fun of Mystic Knights of Tir na Nog, a campy childrens show from the 1990s created by the same people who brought us Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Click here to listen.

The post Interview on Fright Power Rangers Live YouTube Stream: Mystic Frights, Episode 2: The Cancer CGI of Dare appeared first on Matt Forney.

13:30

How original: Murphy Brown gets a re-boot at CBS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As soon as I saw this headline I KNEW the reason why this was happening: President Trump. Remember this story I did about Candice Bergen last year and her wearing a free Melania shirt? Like most in Hollyweird, she has Continue reading

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Legalizao da maconha avana nos EUA, mas negros e hispnicos ainda sofrem com guerra s drogas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Police are viewed in an area which has witnessed an explosion in the use of K2 or 'Spice', a synthetic marijuana drug, in East Harlem on Sept. 16, 2015 in New York.

09:48

Obstruction of Justice Special Agent Strzok Text Message Highlights FBI Investigative Intent "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Since Thursday night weve been combing the FBI files to figure out exactly what FBI Agent Peter Strzok was referencing in one of the most recently released text messages.  We have discovered the context and the text is now damning. Continue reading

09:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


-by Noah

Well, now it seems that Republicans have flipped their lids so badly that they are seeing a "secret society," a dastardly club of nefarious conspirators allied against their "president"; FBI conspirators no less.

We've always known that being a delusional, paranoid crackpot is a major qualification for membership in the Republican Party but this is even more surreal than usual. Republicans think they have proof positive that there is a "secret society" within the FBI that that "secret society" is out to get them and their traitorous trumpanzee of a president. Apparently, they see the "proof" in a joking sarcastic mention of this "secret society" in an FBI agent's text as all the proof they need. It's a case of seeing what you want to see so much that you lose what bearings you had, if you had any in the first place.

What's that that people always saying about Repugs having no sense of humor? Add that to the fact that if an FBI agent is talking about this "secret society" on a relatively easy to hack media... well, it's not really very secret, is it? Who would know this better than an FBI agent? Sigh, repugs have no sense of irony either, just as they have no sense at all. This nonstop attack on the law enforcement community by the Republican Party has completely crossed over into loony land, the place where the Republican Party feels at home and most comfortable. The Republican Party is clearly so desperate to discredit the Mueller investigation that they are willing to destroy the fabric of the law enforcement infrastructure of this country to do so. Sure our legal system often affixes a certain facade or moving goalposts quality to our laws, but this? No wonder these people think that college professors are members of the illuminati. Of course, this behavior makes ya wonder if they aren't just afraid there's not only proof of traitorous behavior of their president but also proof to be found that they are in it up to their n...

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Sean Hannitys Twitter Account Vanishes After Posting Strange Tweet "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Twitter account belonging to Fox News host Sean Hannity vanished on Friday evening after an intense episode of his show focusing on corruption in the Department of Justice and the FBI and a very strange tweet.

The final tweet before his account disappeared read, Form Submission 1649.

Those who attempted to access his feed were met with a blank account or an error message that read Sorry, that page does not exist.

There has been speculation online that he was either hacked or deactivated by a rogue employee, but neither theory has been confirmed.

We have reached out to someone from Hannitys team and will update this story when more information is available.

UPDATE: Screen image of Hannitys Twitter account accessed via mobile shows his account has been scrubbed. Accessing via computer brings up the blue screen not found page.

Image of Hannitys account after it was shut down but before it was scrubbed.

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Video=> Hillary Clinton Has Message for Activist Bitches Supporting Bitches "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was seen in a video posted Friday night giving a brief motivational speech for a man operating a cellphone camera that featured her parroting his line encouraging, activist bitches

The video was posted by Alex Mohajer to Twitter and shows a rosy-nosed Clinton seated with a woman to her right at what appears to be a restaurant or bar, speaking directly to the mans cellphone camera, Hey,everyone. I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for your feminism; for your activism. And all I can hope is you keep up the really important good work.

Clinton then leans over to better hear over the din a mans voice asking her, Can you say, activist bitches supporting bitches?'

Clinton bursts out laughing and then looks back into the camera to deliver her line, And let me just say this is directed to the activist bitches supporting bitches. So lets go!

The video then ends with a laughing Clinton turning away from the cellphone camera.

Mojaher posted the video with the comment, A message to all the activist bitches supporting bitches by the inimitable @HillaryClinton.

Mojaher followed with, Lets make #ActivistBitches and #DumpTrump trend tonight! Though personally, I wouldnt mind a #Hillary2020 hashtag, I know that HRC would prefer we focus on the 2018 midterms. ;-)

06:20

January 27th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #373 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

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Saturday January 27th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

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You Want Candidates Who Will Vote With Republicans Against The DREAMers? Vote For New Dems And Blue Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Breitbart appears frightened that Seor Trumpanzee could abandon Stephen's racism and xenophobia for something more pragmatic. They were calling him "Amnesty Don" Thursday morning (above) but appear to have changed the headline slightly by afternoon (below). But they're still whining about the DREAMers, as you can see. This is what one of the Breitbart Nazis had to say "President Trump told mainstream media reporters on Wednesday that he was open to breaking his immigration commitment by giving a pathway to U.S. citizenship to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In statements outside the White House, Trump told the Associated Press (AP) that he would be open to giving U.S. citizenship to DACA illegal aliens, saying 'Its going to happen.'" They fumed over AP's report that Seor Trumpanzee said "hes open to a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally. Trump told reporters, 'Were going to morph into it. Its going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years.' Trump was talking about the young immigrants who had been protected from deportation and given the right to work legally in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program."



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Russias New Monster Weapon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

While we agonize over such life and death questions as clumsy men groping women and the crucial need for gender and racial inclusion, let me spare a few seconds thought to something really important and scary:  Russias doomsday nuclear torpedo.

Codenamed by NATO Kanyon,  its reportedly something new and terrifying, a third strike weapon designed to obliterate the US east and west coasts in a nuclear war.   US intelligence seems to think this doomsday weapon is very real indeed.

I just re-watched for the umpteenth time the wonderful, 1964 Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove and marveled anew at how prescient this razor-sharp satire was.  In the film, the Soviets admit they ran out of money to keep up the nuclear arms race with the United States.  Their answer was to create a secret, automated doomsday nuclear device that would destroy the entire planet in the event of a major war.

Now, the Russians appear to have responded to a new, trillion dollar US program to develop and deploy an anti-missile system that would negate their ballistic missile system:  the Kanyon.  Fact imitates fiction.

This revelation comes just after the Trump administration has also embarked on new programs to deploy an entire new generation of lower yield nuclear weapons that can be used for tactical war-fighting purposes.  North Korea and Iran are the evident targets, as well as Afghanistan.  But there is now talk aplenty in Pentagon circles about waging a limited tactical nuclear war against Russia.  New US bomber and drone programs are being speeded up.  War talk is in the air.  Military stocks are booming.

Kanyon, according to the right-wing Heritage Foundation, a cheerleader for military spending, is a mammoth 100-megaton nuclear device carried by an unmanned submarine.  This monster weapon is designed to detonate on the US west coast, destroying the ports of San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  The device is reportedly covered with cobalt, for maximum radioactive effect.

A similar device launched from the Atlantic Ocean would devastate the US East coast, leaving it under a lethal shroud of radiation for generations.

If these reports are true, any hopes that some US generals have of fighting and winning a limited nuclear exchange with Russia or China (never mind India) are absurd.   But in fact any serious nuclear exchange between the great powers would be a death sentence for the entire planet, wrapping us in a lethal shroud of nuclear winter.

One US intelligence study done of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan estimated two million immediate dead and 100 million deaths within weeks.  That was from a rather limited nuclear war using first generation weapons.  Todays weapons have ten times the explosive power.

Russia has a large...

Laissez-Faire Radical "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

That Ludwig von Mises was the outstanding champion of laissez-faireand the free-market economy in this century is well known and needs no documentation. But in the course of refining and codifying his political views, Misess followers have unwittingly distorted them and made them seem at one with the modern conservative movement in the United States. Mises is made to appear a sort of National Review intellectual concentrating on the free-market aspects of conservatism. While the image of Mises as an essential conservative is scarcely made up of the whole cloth, it totally overlooks rich strains of Misesian thought that can be described only as laissez-faire radical. Unfortunately, these strands of Misesian thought have been all but lost. Perhaps this essay will help to right the balance.

There is no need here to try to define and distinguish laissez-faire conservatism from radicalism. A setting forth of various radical positions taken by Mises should make the distinction clear enough.

Some anti-conservative aspects of Misesian thought are, again, too well known to require discussion. Thus, for Mises, personal liberty was required by logical consistency; for, if the government began to restrict or suppress one or a few consumption goods, why should they stop at regulating all? As a champion of consumer sovereignty and the consumer society, Mises also had no patience with aristocratic conservatives who scorned mass consumption or the rule of production by consumer demand.

War and Imperialism

Mises stood squarely for the classical liberal policy of a peaceful foreign policy and opposition to aggressive nationalism and imperialism. Thereby he took his stand in opposition to conservatives of his day and ours. Mises saw that internal peace through the division of labor and freedom of enterprise has as its counterpart a devotion to international peace and freedom of trade. He was proud to call himself a citizen of the world, a cosmopolite, in contrast to chauvinist nationalism, and he touted classical liberalism with its unconditional extolment of peace....

Christ vs the Crowd "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Coinciding with the release of his new book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson sat down with me earlier this week in New York City to provide powerful new insights on the historical transition from sacrifice of others to self-sacrifice. We explored how to dismantle mob violence and defeat witch hunts; his response to his recent controversial interview with Channel 4s Cathy Newman, and how the imitation of Christ can save our civilization. Along the way, Dr. Peterson engaged synergies between his own insights and the groundbreaking anthropological work of the late Ren Girard and his Mimetic theory.

Interview Reflections

The ancient Greeks had a word for antidote, pharmakos, that they very much used as a cure for chaos. In the pharmakos ritual, a deformed, weak, or mentally ill person would be wined and dined as a god, paraded through the streets, and then ritually murdered outside the city. It is easy for us moderns to look back at such rituals and sneer at the primitive barbarity of it all. Yet, to the Greeks, it was very much a necessary transference of pent up all-against-all aggression and resentment before it spilled into runaway chaos. In other words, as the High Priest who led the plot to execute Jesus Caiaphas said, It is better that one man die than the whole nation perish.

Today, we see clearly that the ancient worlds antidote to chaoscollective violence against an innocent person (or at least, no more guilty than anyone else for social tensions)is nothing more than crowd madness and scapegoating. We are able to see this because of the lens the Bible provides us after two millenia of its narrative and ethic clarifying our perspective.

In the Gospels, as Ren Girard helps us see, we have the inauguration of a personhood revolution in which every human being is made to be a sacred temple deserving of love and respect. In the Gospel accounts of his passion, Jesus wrestles the camera of mythic history away from the persecuting collective always searching for a scapegoat and undresses the crowd of all its power. It is not the gods or, in our modern case, ideology, that demands coercion and violence but petty, crowd-possessed people blinded by fear and envy.

It is in that vein that Petersons 12 Rules for Life strikes such a powerful chord in our cultural moment. Each of the twelve axioms center on self-sacrifice rather than sacrifice of someone elsea radical new an...

Perfect Timing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dave Brubeck played piano. He became the most famous jazz piano master in the second half of the twentieth century.

He got started in 1942. He played until he died in 2012. That was a 70-year career.

He studied music at the College of the Pacific. Only toward the end did one of his professors discover that he could not sight-read music. He was allowed to graduate only by promising never to teach piano. That was in 1942.

He was immediately inducted into the Army. He got started with jazz when he was stationed in Europe. He played for the troops at a Red Cross show one evening. They were so enthusiastic that the Army had him create a jazz band. That was one of the truly brilliant military decisions of the war. He was in the Third Army Pattons command. I dont know if Patton made the decision, but he gets credit for it.

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Famed Whistleblower Reveals US Missile Miscalculations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Renowned activist and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon papers in the early 1970s, spoke with Radio Sputnik Wednesday about the alarming nuclear war plans the US had during the Cold War era, plans he had a role in overseeing.

When I went to the RAND Corporation as a summer consultant in 1958, it was the height of the missile crisis, or the beginning of the missile crisis, said Ellsberg, author of a new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.

The working theory at the time when he started at RAND was that the Russians, who actually launched an operational ICBM in 1957 before we were able to do it, were ahead of us in nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, he said.

By 1961, we had about 40 such missiles. The US Air Force, in particular, was projecting that [Russia] had several hundred, and the head of US Strategic Air Command, General Thomas Power, believed at that time they had 1,000. With 1,000 missiles, or even several hundred, the idea was that they could totally eliminate our ability to retaliate, and they could launch a first strike in which there would really be no retaliation against the Soviet Union, Ellsberg explained to Loud & Clear hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou.

The reality at that time, in late 1961, turned out to be that they had four ICBMs to our 40  not several hundred and not 1,000. General Power was wrong by [a multiple of] 250 times, not 250 percent, but 250 times the number of missiles they actually had, which meant that we had a great superiority, the author continued, noting that superiority doesnt mean very much in the nuclear era.

But it meant something in the moment, he said. The calculus then became that if the US struck first with 40 missiles, there might be no retaliation against the United States, Ellsberg said. There could be some cruise missiles on submarines, but their four missiles would be knocked out very easily by a single strike.

That did not mean, however, that the NATO alliance would be safe. Ultimately, if the US struck first, much of Europe, including parts once belonging to the Soviet Union, would have been annihilated in terms of our planning, as my book shows, by radioactive fallout from our own strikes on East Europe and on the USSR.

The US considered escalating the Berlin Crisis of 1961...

The Destruction of Honest Price Discovery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In Part 1 we noted that the real evil of Bubble Finance is not merely that it leads to bubble crashes, of which there is surely a doozy just around the bend; or that speculators get the painful deserts they fully deserve, which is coming big time, too; or even that the retail homegamers are always drawn into the slaughter at the very end, as is playing out in spades once again. Daily.

Given enough time, in fact, markets do bounce back because capitalism has a inherent urge to grow, thereby generating higher output, incomes, profits, wealth and stock indices. That means, in turn, investors eventually do recover from bubble crashesnotwithstanding the tendency of homegamers and professional speculators alike to sell at panic lows and jump back in after most of the profits have been madeor even at panic highs like the present.

Instead, the real economic iniquity of central bank driven Bubble Finance is that it destroys all the pricing signals that are essential to financial discipline on both ends of the Acela Corridor. And as quaint at it may sound, discipline is the sine qua non of long-term stability and sustainable gains in productivity, living standards and real wealth.

The pols of the Imperial City should be petrified, therefore, by the prospect of borrowing $1.2 trillion during the upcoming fiscal year (FY 2019) at a rate of 6.o% of GDP during month #111 through month #123 of the business expansion; and doing so at the very time the central bank is pivoting to an unprecedented spell of QT (quantitative tightening), involving the disgorgement of up to $2 trillion of its elephantine balance sheet back into the bond market.

Even as a matter of economics 101, the forthcoming $1.8 trillion of combined bond supply from the sales of the US Treasury ($1.2 trillion) and the QT-disgorgement of the Fed ($600 billion) is self-evidently enough to monkey-hammer the existing supply/demand balances, and thereby send yields soaring.

But thats barely the half of it. All the laws of economics, which are now being insouciantly ignored by the stock market revilers, are also time and place bound. That is to say, deficit finance in a muscle-bound Welfare State/Warfare State democracy like the US is always a questionable idea.

After all, it is virtually guaranteed based on the budgetary doomsday forces now at work that by 2030 the public debt will approach $40 trillion compared to the $930 billion level where it stood when the Gipper took office in January 1981. In a half century, therefore, the GDPswollen by inflation notwithstandingwill have grown by 8.5X versus a 43X eruption of the debt.

Even then, thats the long-trend of the thing: The...

Eyes Wide Shut "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The impending economic collapse is hidden from most. People only see a rising stock market, not the negative underlying factors that will cause the whole system to crash.  Peter Schiff

The average middle class household is getting squeezed by an income that is not keeping up with the cost of living. Unfortunately, a major portion of the cost of living has become debt service. Most car buyers assume an almost insane amount of debt to buy a new car. Credit card debt is being used to make ends meet. Low-to-no down payment mortgages have funded most of the homes sold over the last few years. The problem, however, is that the financial system enables this behavior. One has to wonder if this was not intentional

The quote above is from a recent Peter Schiff podcast. He goes on to say the its unclear how quickly the financial system will unravel but it is close to happening. I wanted to use that quote because one of the goals of the Short Sellers Journal is to present hard evidence that brings to your attention the negative underlying factors which contradict the official narrative about the economy and financial system.

A subscriber of mine sent an article to me in which the Wall Street economist, Joe LaVorgna, was forecasting todays GDP report to surprise everyone by coming in at 5%. I literally laughed out loud. LaVorgna is a hack who has spent his career on Wall Street preaching fairytales about the economy as a means of assisting the snakeoil salesmen at his bank in their efforts to stuff as much high-commission junk into investor accounts as possible. People like LaVorgna would sell their mother for a small commission. I know this because everyone who was above me in the food-chain in the securities division of Bankers Trust in the 1990s was like that.

Ultimately the truth will prevail but by then it will be too late. In the meantime, heres a tell-tale indicator that criminals on Wall Street and at the Fed cant hide:

The chart above shows the rate of return comparison between the S&P 500 and junk bonds (HYG). Historically going back at least to the 1990s, stocks tend to move in the same direction as junk bonds on a lagged basis. That lag when I was trading junk bonds was usually anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months. The massive Central Bank intervention has largely removed the ability of the stock market to perceive fundamental problems developing in the financial and economic system. But the junk bond market is starting to smell problems.

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Blown Away "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In addition to officer safety, another de facto capital offense in this country is failure to comply.

This past fall, a Northern Virginia man named Bijan Ghaisar was executed by armed government workers after a brief car chase. Apparently, the man had been involved in a minor accident no injuries and he wasnt the driver who caused the accident   but he left the scene regardless. Its possible he had an expired license or some other thing on his mind and feared (rightly) what the heroes might do to him if he stuck around. Given the run-amokness of heroes these days, avoiding them is reasonable self-preservation.

We have good reason to fear for our safety.

This resulted in a car chase. Not a high speed or reckless one. The guy was simply not complying. He stops a couple of times and then thinks better of it as armed government workers begin to approach and takes off. This of course really annoys the armed government workers who end up surrounding the guys car and ending his life in a hail of bullets.

Their victim was not armed. He posed no threat to the safety of the heroes.

He was, however, non-compliant.

Somehow, the law has transmogrified to justify legally permit armed government workers to aim lethal weapons at unarmed people and shoot them to death for this offense.

Which makes sense, from a certain point of view i.e., theirs.

No challenge to their Authority can be tolerated. This is the fulcrum of things. To allow any disrespect is intolerable, a crime worse than any on the books . . . from the point of view of armed government workers and, of course, the government they work for.

Its been pointed out that police armed government workers have become functionally indistinguishable from occupying soldiers. Redcoats with body armor and automatic-fire weapons.

One of the characteristics of such is the countenancing of no resistance to their commands. A POW who attempts to get away is shot as a matter of course. This is exactly how this man was treated.

He was not an armed and dangerous criminal. Just a guy who got into a minor traffic scrape and then for fully understandable reasons  failed to comply. For this, he was murdered.

A strong word but the right word.

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Lies, Deceit, and the Violation of International Law "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After reading this book (as a military veteran and northerner) it would seem that no one can conclude other than that Lincoln intentionally started the War. How many realize that armistices existed with South Carolina (December 6th, 1860 involving Ft Sumter) and Florida (January 29th, 1861 involving Ft Pickens)? To violate any part of the terms of an armistice means that a state of war exists. Lincoln apparently violated both before Ft Sumter was fired upon by the South but this has been covered up by court and gatekeeper historians. It was asserted unequivocally, that the election of 1860 empowered Lincolns party to enforce their political theories on the country, regardless of the Constitution, the laws, the rights of the States, or the decisions of the Supreme Court; and that Lincoln would do so.

However, five days before Lincoln was inaugurated Congress passed a Resolution pronouncing the practice of pushing political theories using legalized force exercised by the Federal Government (as promulgated by Sam Chase and several Northern States), to be violations of the Constitution. The new Congress (elected Nov 1860) was more favorable to the Constitution being upheld than the outgoing Congress. Knowing this Lincoln ordered an army of 75,000 men to be organized and equipped without Congresss approval and prevented Congress from convening until July 1861 when War was assured. Read Lincolns First Inaugural Address. He cared much more about His tariff that supported the Federal Government (paid about 80% by the South) than anything WRT slavery (see Robert DiLorenzos books among others on this).

This book is an important addition to inclusive history providing information most people have not been exposed to as the historical myths pressed upon the American people by big government elits and a biased academia continue to be exposed.

Reprinted from Amazon.com.

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Can We Finally Have an Honest Discussion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The economy no longer generates secure, purposeful jobs for the working class, and so millions of people live in a state of insecure despair.

The opioid epidemic is generating a lot of media coverage and hand-wringing, but few if any solutions, and this is predictable: if you dont face up to the causes, then you cant solve the problem. America is steadfastly avoiding looking at the causes of the opioid crisis, which is soberly reflected in these charts of soaring opioid-caused deaths:

If we are going to have an honest conversation about the opioid epidemic, then we need to recognize the real causes of the epidemic:

1. The Pharmaceutical industry falsely claimed synthetic opioids were non-addictive, and a complicit, toothless regulatory system did nothing, egged on by politicians who were bought off by mega-bucks campaign contributions from Big Pharma.

2. Our sickcare system is very good at over-prescribing painkillers as a substitute for treating the source of the pain, which is often complex. Our healthcare system, much of which consists of endless TV adverts promoting one costly medication after another, is basically a conduit from Big Pharma to poorly informed consumers (quaintly referred to as patients to mask the actual dynamic).

This system has trained consumers to expect a magic pill for every ailment or pain, and any doctor who refuses to over-prescribe is risking blowback from the patients and the rest of the system. Americans have been trained to avoid treatments that require effort and changing their lifestyle; they demand a magic pill that works right away, with no effort required.

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Massive 7.9 Quake Off Alaska This Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake off the coast of Alaska earlier this week initially sparked fears that a massive tsunami was set to follow.

While the alert was quickly dropped, startling new data shows just how powerful the seismic blast truly was.

The US Geological Survey has revealed that two of its wells in Florida detected changes caused by the earthquake, despite being roughly 3,800 miles from the epicentre.

The M7.9 earthquake off Alaska earlier this week sparked fears that a massive tsunami was set to follow. While the alert was quickly dropped, startling new data shows just how powerful the seismic blast truly was. Above, dramatic changes to well-water in Florida can be seen

The M7.9 earthquake off Alaska earlier this week sparked fears that a massive tsunami was set to follow. While the alert was quickly dropped, startling new data shows just how powerful the seismic blast truly was. Above, dramatic changes to well-water in Florida can be seen

In wells near Ft. Lauderdale and at Blue Springs, near Madison, the USGS found that water levels changed dramatically after the quake.

At Blue Springs, levels jumped from about 41.59 feet to 41.77.

And, the opposite happened in Ft. Lauderdale there, the experts noted a drop from around 1.42 feet to just over 1.3.

Alaskas magnitude 7.9 earthquake rattled Earths plumbing 3,800 miles away in Florida, where water levels in 2 wells spiked within minutes, USGS tweeted after the quake.

It might seem extreme, but according to the experts, this type of activity is common following powerful earthquakes.

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The Beatles Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Was Beatle Paul McCartney killed in 1966 and replaced with a double? For those unfamiliar with the Paul is Dead (PID) mystery, this must sound like a ludicrous conspiracy theory. The rumor started in 1969 in the UK and US, spread globally with articles published in corporate media sources. The November 7, 1969 Life magazine cover story Paul is Still With Us settled the issue in the minds of most people.

Establishment sources that perpetrate the official explanations on controversial issues like the JFK assassination and 9-11 such as Wikipedia call PID a conspiracy theory or urban legend while others, for instance Snopes, dismisses the phenomenon as a false rumor. More than a decade ago, the topic started back up in a big way on the internet with web sites, YouTube videos, podcasts, radio interviews, as well as books. The metrics on public opinion? A survey of comments left on YouTube videos about PID or Paul Was Replaced (PWR) reveals about 50% believe Paul never died; 25% believe he did die; and 25% are undecided. Comments on sites simply providing news reports on McCartney reveal a much lower acceptance that Paul died.

For those who have heard of PID and/or spent some time researching this mystery, the most prevalent reason to dismiss it is because there is a man alive today, the most famous musician in the world, who calls himself Sir Paul McCartney, still performing concerts and recording music. How is it possible that a musical genius like Beatle Paul McCartney could be replaced by another musical genius and left-handed bass player who resembles him? As a lifelong music lover The Beatles is my all-time favorite band a truth seeker, and a person with an awareness that we live in an upside-down world where truth is a lie and a lie is truth, this subject has both mystified and perplexed me for many years. Could it really be possible that the Sir Paul we know today is not the original Paul of the Beatles? Could this stand-in for Paul nicknamed Faul or fake or false Paul by PID believers have successfully carried out one of the longest-running masquerades of all times?

The rumor that Paul died in a car crash and was replaced by a double began circulating in 1969. The PID story broke in the U.S. on September 11, 1969 when the Drake-Times Delphic at Drake University, Ohio published the article, Is Paul McCartney Dead? My older sister and I were just two of the millions of Beatles fans around the world who studied the song and album cover clues, read the news articles and listened to the radio broadcasts. Many believed the explanation that it was all a marketing ploy to sell more records. This defies common sense because entertainment at the time, thanks to the Beatles, was the most...

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On Notice Senator Chuck Grassley Sends Letters Requesting Information "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

WASHINGTON As part of their ongoing oversight efforts to ensure that the FBIs law enforcement activities are free of improper political influence, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham Continue reading

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Trump Tried To Fire Special Counsel Mueller Last June; Firing The Special Counsel As Unacceptable Today As When Nixon Did It In 1973 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Removing the Special Counsel without good cause is as unacceptable today as it was when President Nixon fired the Special Prosecutor in 1973. (US Senator Coons)
Tape recorder from President Nixons Oval Office, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, via Wikimedia
WashingtonPost.com: Nixon Forces Firing of Cox; Richardson, Ruckelshaus QuitBy Kilpatrick, Carroll, October 21, 1973: In the most traumatic government upheaval of the Watergate crisis, President Nixon yesterday discharged Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepted the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson...

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BREAKING=> HANNITY: FISA MEMO RELEASE NEXT WEEK! And EVEN MORE Stunning Revelations (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FOX News host Sean Hannity broke the news on Friday night that the explosive FISA Memo will be released next week.

Sara Carter said, We expect that to be out some time midweek.

Sean Hannity added, Next week will be a MASSIVE NEWS WEEK! The memo and EVEN MORE stunning revelations!

Via Hannity:

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03:14

BREAKING: Sen. Grassley Sends Out Letters Demands Info from Hillary, DNC, Donna Brazile, Podesta On Fusion GPS! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent a batch of letters to DNC leaders demanding information regarding their interactions with dossier author Christopher Steele.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the FBIs involvement with dossier author Christopher Steele. It is being reported the FBI relied on the phony, Hillary-funded Russia dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trumps campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

The batch of letters were sent to former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile, current DNC chair, Tom Perez, former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and former Clinton campaign chief strategist Joel Benenson.

 

Grassley and Graham cited the bombshell Washington Post report released in October of 2016 revealing Hillary Clintons campaign and the DNC funded the garbage Ru...

02:27

Congressman Matt Gaetz Discusses: A Criminal Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Well, well, well. thats a shift in language.  Congressional Rep Matt Gaetz: I believe theres been a criminal conspiracy  This specific language elevates the current political dynamic toward an exponential level of risk for those within the conspiracy. . 18 Continue reading

02:04

Liberal Media Hacks Insist Soros Upstaged President Trump at Davos=> Then The Truth Leaked Out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The far left New Yorker Magazine published a report on Friday titled:

How George Soros Upstaged Donald Trump at Davos

The New Yorker was hoping to convince Americans that far left billionaire George Soros upstaged the American President at Davos.

Then this happened.

The truth leaked out.

Soros spoke to a disinterested and distracted room.

No one paid attention to the left-wing billionaire.

Then there was Trump!

When the president arrived in Davos he was given a heros welcome.
When asked if he would be received well the president joked, I already am. Look.

It was a YUUGE Trump win again.

...

01:37

Rep. Matt Gaetz: Theres been a Criminal Conspiracy To Undermine President FISA Memo Could Be Released NEXT WEEK (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) joined Lou Dobbs tonight to discuss the undermining of the American democracy by corrupted officials as the FBI and Department of Justice.

Rep. Gaetz told Lou Dobbs there was an ongoing criminal conspiracy to take out Trump.

Matt Gaetz: I believe there has been a criminal conspiracy under way to discredit and undermine the duly elected President of the United States. You had a cabal of people who believe it was their job to deprive the American people of the president they elected. And we cant just analyze these data points separately. It all tells a story together Thats why its so important to release this information to all Americans and Lou I think its going to happen in the next two weeks. It may happen next week.

Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

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01:30

More MAGAnomic Winning FedEx Will Contribute $3.2 Billion to Wage, Pension Benefits, and Capital Investment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A billion dollars is a thousand millions.   Today, as a direct result of President Trumps MAGAnomic tax reform, Federal Express has announced they will invest an additional $3.2 BILLION in employee pay raises, bonuses and pension contributions. Wow. (Reuters) Continue reading

00:52

SEAN HANNITY Hammers Latest Fake News NYT Trump-Mueller Hit Piece: They Have NO CLUE Whats Coming TICK TOCK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to distract from the damning recovered Strzok-Page text messages making the rounds on Thursday, The New York Times rolled out another fake news story about President Trump. 

The New York Times claimed President Trump ordered dirty cop Mueller to be fired in June of 2017, then backed off after his counsel threatened to quit if the order was carried out.

Who cares? Mueller wasnt fired. Furthermore, Mueller isnt a King. He should be investigated and prosecuted for carrying out a witch hunt based on a phony Russia dossier.


Friday morning in Davos President Trump was asked about the hit piece The president called it fake news, A typical New York Times fake story.

That New York Times gossip article about Trump ordering Mueller to be fired was written by Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman. Maggie Haberman is a Deep State darling who attended the off the record secret meetings with John Podesta and Joel Benenson during the 2016 elections.

Conservative heavyweight Sean Hannity unleashed on fake news New York Times as well.

Hannity tweeted, Liberal media sheep shocked @realDonaldTrump thought about firing Corrupt Mueller and his liberal team of Hillary lovers, which HE DID NOT DO! They have NO CLUE about whats coming. Tick tock, tick tock.Stay tuned Irredeemable deplorables. Best Sean

00:41

President Trump CNBC Interview During World Economic Forum "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today, prior to his speech in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump sat down for an interview with Joe Kernen to discuss the America-First economic policy.

00:36

McGAHN BLOCKED MUELLER'S FIRING BECAUSE HE HAS SOMETHING TO LOSE. CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS DON'T. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

David Leonhardt of The New York Times is not a great admirer of White House counsel Don McGahn:

I would caution people not to lionize McGahn. Hes been involved in some of this administrations seedier acts, including the nomination of unqualified federal-judge candidates, at least one of whom had personal ties to him. He also played a role in previous attempts by the White House to muck up the Russia investigation, including the firing of James Comey as the F.B.I. director.
And yet Leonhardt praises McGahn for resisting President Trump's demands for the dismissal of Robert Mueller:
But McGahn acted honorably and bravely when it mattered most. He flat-out refused an order from his boss, which is never easy, let alone when your boss is the president and the order deals with the most explosive subject in politics. He doesnt deserve to be lionized, but he does deserve praise.
But Peter Beinart explains why McGahn seemed to act honorably:
More than perhaps anyone else in the Trump White House, hes a longtime member, in good standing, of the Washington Republican establishment....

[In 2014,] he went to work at Jones Day, a prestigious law firm long known for its conservative leanings. McGahns wife served for many years as staff director of the House Financial Services Committee. Which helps explain why, when McGahn went to work for the Trump campaign, a Washington Post profile called him its unofficial liaison to the Washington establishment.

... Imagine trying to return to Jones Dayor some equivalent firmafter firing Robert Mueller. In the words of Norm Eisen, President Obamas former ethics czar, who has tussled with McGahn for many years, He didnt want that personal baggage. Whats he going to do for a living, go live in a frat house with Steve Bannon and Dr. Price and Sean Spicer and people that cant get a job?
Leonhardt hopes that Republicans in Congress, like McGahn, will do the right thing if Mueller is threatened again:
Unfortunately, other Republicans may soon find themselves facing the same decision as McGahn did. Trump has recently been offering conciliator...

00:22

Questioning Assumptions Revelations of Key FBI Officials Leaking To WaPo Should Cause Review of Underlying Media Narratives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

With the latest information revealing that FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Attorney Lisa Page were specifically leaking to their media sources to shape the underlying story of their political efforts, everything presented by the recipients of those leaks should Continue reading

00:08

Todays Deep State Leak: Muellers Special Counsel Interviewed Facebook Staff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Good Grief.

Todays Crooked Cop Robert Mueller leak to the media was a doozy.

Muellers special counsel interviewed Facebook staff in their continued witch hunt on President Donald Trump.

This will get screaming headlines for the next several days But it is not NEW news.
Mark Zuckerberg reported in September that the company shared data to the Mueller probe.

CNBC reported:

Special counsel Robert Muellers staff has interviewed at least one member of a Facebook team associated with President Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report in Wired, which cited a person familiar with the matter.

The interview was part of Muellers Department of Justice probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and what role, if any, the Trump campaign played in it, the report said.

The report comes a day after Facebook said, in written replies provided to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that it found insignificant overlap between the targeting efforts of Trumps campaign and that of a Russian propaganda unit called the Internet Research Agency.

Facebook also said in those replies, prompted by questions during a November 1 hearing on the matter, that it has been providing investigators, including those in Congress, with information it has regarding the scope and nature of Russian information operations.

That echoed a September post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said the company had shared what it had found with Meullers probe.

We are actively working with the U.S. government on its ongoing investigations into Russian interferenceWhen we recently uncovered this activity, we provided that information to the special counsel, Zuckerberg wrote then.

In November the House Intelligence Committe released several Facebook ads and posts linked to a Russian troll operation during and after the 2016 presidential election.
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23:18

THE SCOOP VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Urges Children Use Tide Pods for Washing, Not Eating "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rob Gronkowski urges children Use Tide pods for washing, not eating Because in 2018, we need to hire NFL players to remind kids not to be idiots.

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Rob Gronkowski Urges Children "Use Tide Pods for washing, not eating." Because in 2018, we need to hire NFL players to remind kids not to be idiots.

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23:07

Another Special Election Coming Up-- This One In Florida-- Will Voters Let Trump Know What They Think Of Him? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


We've been following state legislative races because we're interested in the clear pattern that shows a stunning swing towards Democratic candidates-- often a result a Democratic enthusiasm and the lack of enthusiasm among Republicans. And, more often than not, the enthusiasm levels are about Trump and the Republican Congress. Next up is in a pretty red district based in Sarasota, Florida, House District 72, which goes from the I-75 to the beach below Tampa.

In 2016, Republican Alexandra Miller beat Democrat Edward James 50,468 (58.06%) to 36,449 (41.94%). Miller, a freshman, resigned in August, less than a year after winning the seat. The favorite to win next month is James Buchanan, son of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, the district's congressman. His Democratic opponent is Margaret Good, a moderate Democrat, who supports Choice, LGBT equality, and says she will fight to expand Medicare and to protect the fragile Florida environment.

The House district is entirely within Sarasota County and entirely within Buchana's congressional district (FL-16). HD 72 is about 83% white, 11.3% Hispanic and 2.6% Black. The median household income is just over $49,000, slightly higher than the state ($47,866) and the rest of the congressional district ($48,202). The district went for Trump by a little over 4 points. If the swing in a blue direction is around the average of what it has been nationally in state legislative races (around 20 points), Buchanan will be swamped.

The Herald-Tribune reported a couple weeks ago that Good has started outraising Buchanan (by double) and that, in desperation, he's turned to hardball tactics and has started attacking her. Buchanan-affiliated SuperPACs are attacking...

23:07

Quem o John Lennon de Pernambuco que vai ao STF para salvar Lula "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Com a condenao de Lula em segunda instncia a 12 anos e 1 ms de priso pelos desembargadores da 8 turma do Tribunal Regional Federal da 4 Regio, na ltima quarta-feira, a possibilidade de o ex-presidente ter que cumprir a pena em regime fechado tornou-se concreta. E as reaes a esse cenrio comeam a surgir Brasil afora.

Veio da cidade de Gravat cerca de 90 mil habitantes a 80 quilmetros de Recife uma das primeiras tentativas populares de impedir preventivamente uma possvel ida de Lula para a cadeia. Formado h trs anos numa faculdade particular do municpio vizinho (Vitria do Santo Anto), o advogado John Lennon Silvestre de Melo, de 28 anos, teve sua primeira tentativa frustrada: o STJ negou nesta sexta um pedido de habeas corpus impetrado por ele no dia seguinte da condenao do ex-presidente em Porto Alegre.

O ministro Humberto Martins, vice-presidente da Corte, entendeu que um habeas corpus preventivo s tem cabimento quando houver ameaa liberdade de locomoo, baseada num receio de priso ilegal.

Agora, Lennon j se prepara para mais uma tentativa de recurso, desta vez no Supremo Tribunal Federal. Ele s aguarda a publicao oficial da deciso desfavorvel do STJ, que deve ocorrer em poucos dias. Como qualquer cidado pode entrar com pedidos de habeas corpus semelhantes ao dele, o advogado admite que pode ter sido apenas o primeiro de muitos. Mas diz que se sentiu na obrigao de defender o estado democrtico de direito.

O advogado seu nome foi dado pela me apenas por ser bonito, sem que ela conhecesse a histria do beatle diz ainda no saber em quem vai votar nas prximas eleies. Mas revela que Lula est sim no preo da sua escolha.

Confira os principais trechos da entrevista:

THE INTERCEPT BRASIL Por que tentar um habeas corpus para salvar Lula de uma eventual priso?

JOHN LENNON Como operador de direito, nossa obrigao, at por juramento, defender o estado democrtico, defender a Constituio Federal. E a Constituio diz que ningum ser considerado culpado at que provem o contrrio, numa sentena transitada em julgado. No caso do ex-presidente, ele foi condenado em primeiro grau. O recurso de apelao, em tempo recorde, foi julgado no tribunal...

22:59

Hillary Clinton Thanks Planned Parenthood Pres Cecile Richards For Overseeing the Murder of Millions of Babies Twitter Responds "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, 60, confirmed Friday morning she is indeed resigning from her post after 12 years of overseeing the murder of millions of unborn babies.

Not only did Planned Parenthood perform millions of abortions, they are also under federal investigation for allegedly selling baby body parts to researchers.

Conservatives and pro-life advocates have fiercely fought to cut off Planned Parenthoods $500 million in annual government subsidies.

Cecile Richards released a statement via her official Twitter account Friday morning:

After 12 years, I will be stepping down from my position as president of Planned Parenthood this year.

Hillary Clinton thanked Richards for her tireless advocacy on behalf of women and girls (or as we like to call it the murder of innocent unborn babies).

Hillary tweeted, Thank you, @CecileRichards, for your tireless advocacy on behalf of women and girls, and for your grace under pressure over these last 12 years. And thank you to @PPFA for all youve done and continue to do to advance reproductive rights. Onward!

...

22:00

Bad Medicine (For Us) From The Trump Regime-- Backed By Half A Dozen Conservative Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


This week 6 corporate Democrats voted to confirm Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Doug Jones (D-AL)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Maine independent Angus King also voted to confirm and Rand Paul was the only Republican to break with his party, cross the aisle in the other direction and vote NO. Paul said he voted against him because Azar opposes drug importation but Heitkamp said she was voting for him because he is "incredibly competent... I dont share a lot of his philosophy," she said, "but he understands, as someone who has been in the administration, the importance of the rule of law and compliance. I believe I can work with him in the future, especially on Indian health." If she means by that, raising the cost of pharmaceuticals, she's right. He proved he can do that when he was the head of Eli Lillys U.S. operation ( 2012 to 2017).

Skyrocketing drug prices are the bain of many people's lives. I think I mentioned when I got back from Thailand a couple of weeks ago. I bought a couple of months worth of one drug I take that costs $3,000 a month here and less than a fifth of that there. I also bough several inhalers for $6 each in Thailand and $70-80 in the U.S. ...

21:57

What Crack Are You Smoking?: Ben Rhodes Savaged After Bizarre Tweet About POTUS Trumps Davos Trip "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes Trump Derangement Syndrome flared up on Friday, firing off a bizarre tweet about President Trumps decision to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

I remember when we had a President who cared about working people and wasnt an out of touch rich guy who travelled to Davos to seek the acceptance of a bunch of global elites, tweeted Rhodes.

The Daily Wires Editor-in Chief Ben Shapiro kicked off the savaging, asking the former Obama official if he was an insane person?

Independent journalist and author Jack Posobiec tweeted this zinger.

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/956977861444931584

I remember when we had a president that traveled to Cuba to kiss the ass of those pieces of shit Castro brothers who plundered the wealth, murdered people, locked up people, repressed and depressed the people with its military and destroyed a country and its people, chimed in Fox News Business contributor Gary Kaltbaum.

21:55

Attention Adam Schiff: 90.6% of #ReleaseTheMemo Tweets were from USA .4% Were from Russia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last week, the House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to make available to fellow House members a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program, reports Fox News Chad Pergram.

As TGPs Cristina Laila reported previously News of the FISA memo spread like wildfire on social media. Trump supporters pushed a #ReleaseTheMemo campaign after GOP Reps came forward demanding the document be released to the American public.

On Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Twitter and Facebook to conduct a thorough forensic examination into the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign as potentially an ongoing attack by Kremlin-linked social media actors also referred to as Russian bots.

ABC News tweeted out the letter Schiff and Feinstein sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a forensic examination into Twitter users who pushed the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign.

It turns out Rep. Adam Schiffs office was inundated with phone calls from citizens confirming they are not Russian bots.

On Wednesday the far left Daily Beast destroyed Adam Schiff and Senator Feinsteins conspiracy.

Twitter internal analy...

21:55

U.S. Ambassador to Argentina: Who Is Edward Prado? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Edward Charles Prado, who has decades of experience as a federal judge but no background in diplomacy, was nominated January 17, 2018, to be the ambassador to Argentina.

 

Prado was born June 7, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas. The son of an upholsterer, he graduated from Edgewood High School there and went on to earn an A.A. at San Antonio College in 1967. Prado transferred to the University of Texas, where he earned a B.A. in 1969 and his law degree in 1972.

 

With the military draft still under way, after earning his J.D., Prado was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve as a second lieutenant. He remained in the reserves until 1987, retiring as a captain.

 

Prados reserve commission enabled him to stay in Texas and become a Bexar County assistant district attorney in his hometown. In 1976 Prado switched sides, so to speak, becoming a federal assistant public defender in the Western District of Texas.

 

Prado was appointed in 1980 to an open seat as a judge in Bexar County, but lost the election when he ran later that year to keep the job. The following year however, he was appointed by then-President Ronald Reagan as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas.

 

Prado in 1984 was named as a judge in the Western District. In 1993, he sentenced former Congressman Albert Bustamonte (D-Texas) to 3 years in prison in connection with influence peddling. In June 1994, Prado ruled against the National Rifle Association (NRA) in its attempt to declare the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act unconstitutional. The Brady Act required background checks on people who purchase firearm from federally licensed dealers. Five years later, Prado presided over a trial of 10 Mexican Mafia members. He sentenced all of them to death for murder, robbery and drug dealing. His most prominent case came during the 2000 presidential election, when he ruled that the standardized Texas high school graduation test, under then-Governor George W. Bush, was constitutional in the face of claims that it discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.

 

As a judge, Prado did occasionally exhibit an odd streak. For example, he began the second day of the 2000 murder-for-hire trial of millionaire Allen Blackthorne by playing the song Happy Together by The Turtles with these altered lyrics:

 

Imagine me as God, I do

I was appointed by the President

Appointed forever

My decisions cannot be questioned by you

I'm always right.

 

Prados background as a public defender served him well in the 1990s when he was appointed...

21:45

President Trump Davos Speech During World Economic Forum "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today President Trump delivered a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Video and Transcript below) [Transcript] 2:02 P.M. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you, Klaus, very much. Its a privilege to be here at this forum where Continue reading

21:41

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: Did President Trump Just Declare WAR on Hillary, Deep State and DC Swamp? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Wayne Allyn Root

December 21st is a day that will live in infamy.

Remember that date. The world changed on December 21st and no one noticed. That will soon change.

The great conservative talk host Michael Savage was the first to define liberalism as a mental illness. But it turns out liberals back then were relatively sane compared to today. Todays liberals are frothing at the mouth, spitting, howling at the moon and threatening publicly to assassinate President Trump.

One protestor at the Los Angeles womens march this past weekend carried a sign that said, Kill Donald Trump, Kill Mike Pence. Its guillotine time, bitches. When asked by a reporter what she wanted in their place, she replied she wanted a communist utopia.

Isnt liberalism sweet?

The timing for this liberal meltdown is perfect. Because liberals are so busy frothing at the mouth, they dont even notice President Trump is:

A) Erasing Obama like he never existed. Hour by hour, day by day, Trump is erasing everything Obama ever did. TPP. The Paris Climate Accord. Dozens of massive EPA dictates. Coal mining bans. DACA. Obamas taxes. The Obamacare mandate. More regulations killed in one year than by any president in history. Refugee admissions down 70%. And just announced days ago, the United States will not be re-certifying the Iran Treaty. All gone. In one year. As if Obama never existed.

B) But that is only Part I of Trumps greatest hits. Part II is the humdinger. Trump promised to drain the swamp. The mainstream media clearly doesnt understand what just happened.

Trump just declared war on the Deep State, DC Swamp, Hillary and Obama. Trump signed a new Executive Order on December 21st that got zero publicity. It happens to be the most important Executive Order in the history of America.

December 21st is a day that will live in infamy.

Why didnt anyone notice? Because master psychologist Donald J. Trump distracted all of them with his offensive words and outrageous tweets? The whole liberal universe was so thrown out-of-wack by Trumps tweets and strategic use of the word sh*thole they didnt even notice that many of their liberal and big government heroes are about to be sent to prison.

December 21st is the day President Trump quietly signed a new Executive Order targeting anyone......

21:00

Watch My Third Live YouTube Stream of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Tonight at 8PM EST "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tonight, Ill be hosting a live YouTube stream where I play the classic PC game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, take your questions, and discuss other topics on my mind. The show will begin at 8pm EST (7pm CST/5pm PST).

You can watch the stream when it starts by using the window below, or you can click here to watch it on YouTube and join the chat. You can also use the window below to watch a recording of the stream after it ends.

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20:52

Pelosi: Illegal Aliens Make America More American Should Embrace It (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

What a week!
First Pelosi trashed tax cuts and bonuses for working Americans.
Now shes defending open borders and illegal immigration.

A true champion of the progressive agenda.

Drunk Pelosi was out pushing illegal immigration again Friday morning at the Conference of US Mayors.

Nancy Pelosi: Immigration has been the constant re-invigoration of America. When people come here with their hopes and dreams and aspirations and their optimism and their courage to make the future better for their families they are honoring the vows of our founders who predicated everything they do that every generation would make the future better for the next. And with those same values these newcomers make America more American. Instead of viewing it as something, in their word, alien, they should embrace it.

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20:27

Sarah Huckabee Sanders BURNS Cryin Chuck Schumer For Oblivious Tweet About DREAMers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dropped a truth hammer on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Friday after the New York Democrat fired off yet another tweet in support of DREAMers. 

Daily Caller reports:

Senate Majority Chuck Schumer tweeted Friday that President Trump is using the DREAMers as a political wedge, an accusation which wasnt well received by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Democrats in the Senate recently forced a government shutdown over the legislation involving DREAMers, or children whose parents came to the country illegally. Both sides are working furiously to win a messaging war over the fate of some 800,000 Dreamers as the March deadline for DACA approaches.

As we have been urging him to do for months, the President has finally put pen to paper to show us where he stands on immigration. Unfortunately, this plan flies in the face of what most Americans believe, Schumer tweeted.

While @realDonaldTrump finally acknowledged that the Dreamers should be allowed to stay here and become citizens, he uses them as a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system and adopt the wish list that anti-immigration hardliners have advocated for for years, the Senator added.

20:25

Beyond the Endless Soap Opera and Superficial Coverage of the Reigning Media-Politics Culture by Paul Street "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Paul Street Writer, Dandelion Salad The Official Website of Paul Street January 26, 2018 With the news cycle taken over by the latest madness emerging from the mouth or Twitter feed of the childish orange one in the White House, could we step back from the circus to reflect like adults on the social []

20:19

Report from Davos "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

TRUENEWS: President Donald J. Trump Rules Davos It seems hard to dislike President Trump when he is in the room with you. This is encouraging and interesting. Jordans King Abdullah declared his belief that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. Happy Listening, Continue reading

20:12

TOM FITTON: Theres More Than Enough Evidence To Arrest Hillary Clinton Now (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton says enough is enough, arrest Hillary Clinton now.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton is relentless in his fight to put Hillary Clinton behind bars where she belongs after decades of corruption.

The evidence against Hillary Clinton mishandling classified information is overwhelming. Arrest Hillary Clinton now.

Fitton spoke about Hillarys classified information being found on Anthony Weiners laptop. Weiners wife and Hillary aide Huma Abedin transmitted classified information and passwords on her Yahoo email accounts.

There are 2,800 government emails on Weiners laptop which the State Department is slowly releasing to the public. More emails found on Weiners laptop will be released Friday.

Fitton says the Justice Department needs to launch a serious investigation and prosecute Hillary and Huma.

Tom Fitton referred to Comeys investigation into Hillary Clinton a sham.

You got a Russia scandal, youve gotta Bahrain scandal, you gotta China scandal, you gotta Nigeria scandalyou still gotta Benghazi scandal! Fitton said.

Fitton said, Weve known for some time the Clinton investigation was a sham and corrupt. The text messages are further proof. Clinton email investigation should be reopened. More than enough evidence, especially on classified info abuse, to arrest Mrs. Clinton now.

VIDEO:

20:01

Putins Puppet: Author of Crackpot Anti-Trump Dossier Had Russians Construct the Document "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It should be clear by now to anyone paying attention to the Mueller witch hunt, the Deep State leaks and lies, the anti-Trump dossier, the corrupt media hacks and hit pieces That the US has never faced such a menacing threat from the shadow government and Deep State criminals.

Just this week we learned that the phony Russia Dossier was unverified and full of ridiculous claims but the Deep State used it to spy on the Trump campaign, the Trump business empire and the Trump Tower.

The phony dossier was used to obtain Trump FISA warrants.
Yet the Deep State knew it was all a lie.
The Deep State knew the DNC and Hillary Campaign funded it.

Now it looks like the Deep State actually had the Russians do the investigation and feed it to them.
So the Russians punked Fusion GPS and Deep State with a crackpot dossier.

Earlier this week we reported that another Fusion GPS expert lied to Congress about his work with the dossier.

This same Fusion GPS expert, edward Baumgartner, was meeting with Russian lawyer Velsenitskaya after she went to Trump Tower to see Donald Trump Jr.

And now we find out that Fusion GPS let Putin do the work on the anti-Trump dossier.

Paul Sperry
at The New York Post reported:

Virtually all of the credibility of the so-called Steele dossier and the Trump-Russia collusion narrative and investigations it spawned hinges on Christopher Steeles vaunted reputation as a former British intelligence agent who spied on Moscow and still maintains a network of sources inside the Kremlin.

But now we are finding out from newly released transcripts that he never even set foot inside Russia to compile his dossier, and that he relied instead o...

19:30

SCOTTeVEST founder says company markets to Fox viewers because theyre f***ing idiots "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From Washington Times: SCOTTeVEST founder Scott Jordan was rebuked by his own clothing company after he posted on Facebook last weekend that Fox News viewers are fing idiots. Mr. Jordan co-founded SCOTTeVEST with his wife in 2000, selling a line Continue reading

19:12

President Trump To World Economic Forum: America is open for business. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In front of a large audience of the worlds foremost political and business leaders, President Trump set forth his America First policy. With a booming economy, and businesses reallocating their resources to America, Trump declared America is open for business!

President Trump continued his pledge to make America once again the center of the worlds industry, a position that was largely lost during the Clinton years. The president vowed to once again thrust the US forward by lifting the regulations that set the country back in competition; through lifting stifling regulations on American businesses and opening fair trade the U.S. economy is expected to continue its incredible growth.

Now is the best time to bring your money, your jobs, your businesses to America, he said, mentioning both the cut back on regulations and highly successful tax cuts. The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America.

With the US continued openness to business, enterprise, and trade, the president also warned that he will no longer allow the unfair deals that have held the US economy back for the benefit of other countries. As part of President Trumps robust America First policy, he will make sure that America does, indeed, come first.

Via Reuters:

We will enforce our trade laws and restore integrity to the trading system. Only by insisting on fair and reciprocal trade can we create a system that works not just for the United States but for all nations, Trump said.

The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair trade practices, he said. We cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others.

His speech was mostly met by polite applause, although he drew some jeers and whistles during a question and answer session, when he attacked the news media: It wasnt until I became a politician that I realized how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be, he said.

While he has a record of opposing trade agreements involving multiple countries, he said the United States would seek bilateral deals with individual states. That could include members of a Trans-Pacific trade agreement from which he has withdrawn, he said, adding he would consider negotiating with them collectively if it was in the U.S. interest.

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19:02

New Orleans City Council Caves to Pressure From Jewish Groups, Rescinds Human Rights Resolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Human rights activists earlier this month celebrated the passage of a historic resolution pledging to take steps to avoid contracting with or investing in corporations complicit in human rights abuses but their victory was short-lived. On Thursday, New Orleans withdrew the resolution after backlash from Jewish groups and pro-Israel politicians prompted city council members to reconsider their support.

The resolution had made New Orleans the first city in the South and one of the largest in the country to pass an initiative in accordance with the campaign to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel for its occupation of Palestinian territories, known as BDS.

Immediately after the resolutions passage, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League teamed up and undertook an aggressive effort to combat a legal instrument they called harmful to the city and its Jewish community. (Neither the Jewish Federation nor the ADL returned requests for comment.) The resolution had also sparked a backlash among politicians on the national stage. Louisianas Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy attacked the city council in a fundraising email for his re-election campaign. While city council members feigned innocence, claiming to be totally unaware of the resolutions anti-Israel and anti-Semitic meaning, pro-BDS activists and anti-Semites around the nation rejoiced, Cassidy said in the email.

They were opposed to human rights accountability for all groups if it meant that Israel might be held accountable for the denial of Palestinian human rights.

In wiping away the resolution, however, Israels most fierce defenders have staked out a position in which no criticisms of any human rights violations are possible so long as the avenues for criticism might ensnare Israel. The resolution had made no mention of Israel or the BDS movement, though the local Palestinian Solidarity Committee helped draft it. The language was purposefully broad, organizers said, in order to be inclusive of other marginalized groups and provide accountability for an array of human rights causes.

Tabitha Mustafa, founder of the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee, said the resolution was meant to implicate any company involved in any human rights abuses. The city councils walk-back, she said, sounds like theyre saying human rights just arent important anymore, or theyre saying human rights are important but not if that includes Palestinians, which to me reads as anti-Arab sentiment.

Supporters of Palestinian rights on the national stage saw it the same way. What became clear is that there were some groups who support Israel and theyre willing to support Israel no matter what that...

18:49

REPORT: Peter Strzok Saw ZERO PROOF of Trump-Russia Collusion After 10 Months of Mueller Witch Hunt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A source familiar with the thinking of FBI agent Peter Strzok revealed to the Daily Callers Chuck Ross that after 10 months of investigating alleged collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia, no proof had been found. 

The Daily Caller reports:

After 10 months of leading the FBIs Trump-Russia investigation, counterintelligence official Peter Strzok had not seen compelling evidence that President Trump or high-level campaign officials colluded with the Russian government, according to a person familiar with his thinking.

That account comports with a May 19, 2017 text exchange between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that was released earlier this week.

You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, Id be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that theres no big there there, Strzok wrote to Page, his mistress. []

It was unclear exactly what Strzok meant by the message, but the source close to Strzok affirmed that interpretation of the exchange to The Daily Caller.

Strzok may not like the President, but that doesnt mean he believes Trump officials colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. In what is being described as a jaw-dropping, text message, Strzok told Bureau lawyer Lisa Page that he felt special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation was likely a nothingburger.

Daily Caller reports:

In an interview with WISN-Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber, Johnson read aloud a May 19, 2017 text that Strzok sent to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress.

Strzok wrote: You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, Id be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that theres no big there there.

Johnson said that the text referred to the Mueller investigation, which had kicked off two days earlier. []

As the FBIs deputy counterintelligence chief, Strzok was picked in July 2016 to oversee the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government. []

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18:04

LEAKED EMAILS Show NYT Hack Behind Latest Trump Hit Piece Is Deep State Favorite Attended Secret Hillary Campaign Meetings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Thursday night hours before US President Trump was to deliver his much anticipated economic speech at World Economic Forum in Davos The Trump-hating New York Times dropped a hit piece claiming the president wanted to fire Robert Mueller but didnt six months ago.

Someone within the Mueller investigation decided it would be an opportune time to leak this nugget to the press.

Friday morning in Davos President Trump was asked about the hit piece The president called it fake news, A typical New York Times fake story.

That New York Times gossip article about Trump ordering Mueller to be fired was written by Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman. Maggie Haberman attended the off the record secret meetings with John Podesta and Joel Benenson during the 2016 elections.

Its always good to remind the readers who Maggie Haberman is:


Joel Benenson
, Hillary Clintons chief campaign strategist, said in emails the campaign had a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman and they have never been disappointed.

Haberman was hired by the NYTs DC bureau chief Carolyn Ryan in January 2015, a few months before the beginning of the primaries.

Maggie Haberman was hired as the presidential campaign correspondent, effective February 15, 2015.

Hillary campaign official Joel Benenson e-mailed the Clinton campaign in January of that same year.

Via Wikileaks:

Who: For something like this, especially in the absence of us teasing things out to others, we feel that its important to go with what is safe and what has worked in the past, and to a publication that wi...

17:57

Hillary Clinton Protected Top Advisor Accused of Sexual Harassment From Being Fired "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clinton is not a feminist. Never was and never will be. If there was any doubt about Clintons lack of empathy towards young women, especially in the face of her thirst for power, a new report all but puts that to rest.
According to the New York Times, Clinton protected a top advisor in 2008 from being fired after he was hit with multiple sexual harassment allegations. 
A senior adviser to Hillary Clintons 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clintons request, according to four people familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clintons campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job. Mr. Strider, who was Mrs. Clintons faith adviser, a co-founder of the American Values Network, and sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign, was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Mrs. Clintons 2016 candidacy, Correct the Record, which was created by a close Clinton ally, David Brock. He was fired after several months for workplace issues, including allegations that he harassed a young female aide, according to three people close to Correct the Records management.

Last year, campaign workers for both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders came forward with their own sexual harassment allegations. A report published by the Huffington Post reveals both men and women were subjected to anti-gay remarks and unwanted sexual advances.

Breitbart News reports:

Adams, who relocated to Colorado to work for the campaign as a paid organizer, said she was subject to homophobic remarks (Adams is bisexual) which went on to comments about her body and attempts to force her into one-on-one situations and get her to drink alcohol. Adams, then 19, said her harasser also encouraged her not to wear bras.

While her abuser was eventually fired months after Adams first complained to superiors in June, he was reportedly later rehired in October to wo...

17:43

New Jersey College Suspended a Professor After Being Inundated With Complaints Over Her Fox News Debate. Heres What Really Happened. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the summer of last year, Essex County College adjunct professor Lisa Durden appeared on the Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight to debate about a Black Lives Matter group that barred non-black attendees from its Memorial Day event.

The debate was heated but polite, and hardly unusual for the sort of arguments you see on Carlsons show. You white people are angry because you couldnt use your white privilege card to get invited to Black Lives Matter all-black Memorial Day celebration, Durden proclaimed to Carlson.

If you dont like people excluding others on the basis of their race then why are you doing it, why are you defending it now? retorted Carlson, who critics accuse of racism.

On June 8, two days after the appearance, Durden went to campus, located in New Jersey, to teach a class and discovered she had been suspended, she told NJ.com on June 20. Three days later, Essex County College President Anthony Munroe issued a statement announcing that the school had terminated its relationship with Durden. After the professors appearance on the show, he wrote, the college was immediately inundated with feedback from students, faculty and prospective students and their families expressing frustration, concern and even fear that the views expressed by a College employee (with influence over students) would negatively impact their experience on the campus.

It turns out that when Munroe said Essex had been immediately inundated with complaints, he meant the college had received a single complaint the day after the television appearance.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which works on issues of free speech on Americas college campuses, filed an open records request seeking communications related to Durdens firing in July.

After months of being stonewalled, FIRE sued the college on January 3 and obtained the records this week.

The colleges internal communications reveal that in the 13 days between Durdens appearance on Carlsons show and her suspension from the college, Essex officials received just one email objecting to her appearance on the program.

The individual who sent the email, Jeff Brogan, accused Durden of having a level of hatred and exclusion that should not be educating young minds. He vowed to not rest until this person is no longer employed here or at any other educ......

17:33

Trump Curse Strikes Again=> Jemele Hill OUT as Host of ESPNs SportsCenter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trump-hater Jemele Hill will no longer host ESPNs SportsCenter, reports The Hollywood Reporter

Hill made national headlines after being suspended by the network for demanding advertisers boycott the Dallas Cowboys. Hills demand for a boycott was prompted by Jerry Jones decision to stand with President Trumps position on the NFLs kneeling epidemic. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Jemele Hill is exiting the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter,The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The move comes in the wake of Hills controversial tweets about President Trump and the National Anthem protests sweeping the NFL.

Sources tell THR that Hills last day on SC6 will be Friday, Feb. 2, two days before the Super Bowl. Michael Smith will host the program on his own, as he did when Hill was suspended last October for her NFL tweets.

She will remain at ESPN, where she is one year into a lucrative four-year deal. Shell write for The Undefeated, the ESPN vertical dedicated to race, culture and sport. Shell also host issues-based town halls and shell be free to do more field reporting and longer pieces, like her recent interview with Lynx forward Maya Moore. Hill also revealed recently that she has started a production company with friend and ESPN colleague Kelly Carter.

And while its tempting to assume that Hills social media flare ups had something to do with her exit, sources close to the situation say it was Hills decision to leave SportsCenter. 

Jemele Hill officially booted off 6 PM SportsCenter due to collapsing ratings as Ive been telling you guys was coming on @outkick, gloated Clay Travis. 

17:26

Donald Trump Might Apologize for Retweeting British Racists, If It Means So Much to You "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Piers Morgan, a talk-show host who once competed for Donald Trumps approval as a contestant on The Apprentice, spent much of Friday boasting about a chummy interview he had conducted with the former game-show host in Davos, Switzerland. The interview was newsworthy, Morgan told anyone who would listen, since, according to him, it contained something rare: an apology from Trump.

That, at least, is how Morgan described Trumps remarks, as regret for having retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted on Twitter by the deputy leader of a fringe political party for British white supremacists. Video of the exchange, however, reveals that something quite different happened:

Far from expressing regret, or taking any responsibility for his role in helping to promote the hateful ideology of the racist group Britain First, Trump offered a variety of excuses. The first of these was that he had good reason to share the videos, since, he said, they depicted radical Islamic terror, and he wanted to do his part to draw attention to such behavior. Second, Trump said, the fact that he had taken...

17:22

SO WHY DIDN'T TRUMP JUST FIRE MUELLER? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We learned this last night:

President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive....

After receiving the presidents order to fire Mr. Mueller, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, refused to ask the Justice Department to dismiss the special counsel, saying he would quit instead....

Another option that Mr. Trump considered in discussions with his advisers was dismissing the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, and elevating the Justice Departments No. 3 official, Rachel Brand, to oversee Mr. Mueller. Mr. Rosenstein has overseen the investigation since March, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
Why didn't Trump just do it? Why didn't he set off a Saturday night massacre if that's what it would have taken to rid himself of Mueller?

In a couple of ways, I think the threat-plus-subordinates'-rebuff is a power trip.

We've been told that Trump doesn't like to fire people himself -- he wants subordinates to do the work for him. (Remember, he got his ex-bodyguard, Keith Schiller, to deliver James Comey's pink slip.) Is Trump a softie? It seems more likely that he regards not having to do anything he doesn't enjoy as a perk of his success. I know he's out of shape, but I think he also ordered that golf cart for a 700-yard walk in Sicily because he could, because why should he walk when he doesn't like walking? Similarly, on his own golf courses, why should he leave his cart at the edge of the green and walk a few steps onto the green when he can violate golf protocol and just drive the cart onto the green? When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do what you want and not do what you don't want -- and Trump's view is that he should indulge his own whims whenever he possibly can, because that's what comes with his exalted status.

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17:07

Tom Fitton Slams Sessions DOJ: Deep State Has Level of Control That Would Make Obama Admin Blush (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton slammed the Sessions Justice Department Thursday evening, going as far as saying the Deep State is in control of the agency in ways that would make the Obama administration blush. 

Theres a lack of transparency at this Justice Department that would have made the Obama Justice Department blush, Fitton lamented to Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs.

The Deep State is in full control over there thanks to the leadership checking out on these transparency issues and refusing to be brave on these transparency issues,continued Fitton.

Weve asked about these text messages, I cant tell you how contemptuous they were in response.

Fitton then went on to say the Sessions Justice Department responded to Judicial Watchs request to obtain the text messages by essentially asking that they sue.

They have basically been giving us the back of the hand and this is out of the new administration, not the Obama administration, added Fitton.

Judicial Watch announced Wednesday it filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Sessions Justice Department in an effort to obtain the since-found text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

16:51

Mike Huckabee Responds to Chers Attack on His Daughter: Are You Serious? The Person Who Dresses like a Cigarette Girl in a Casino? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Thursday Cher the progressive attacked White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders for dressing like a polygamist bride.

Because nasty attacks on women based on their looks is still acceptable if you are high profile liberal.

On Friday morning Governor Mike Huckabee responded to Cher.

Governor Huckabee: Of all the people to give fashion advice on how to professionally dress like a business person, are you serious, Cher? Youre going to be the one? The person who dresses like a cigarette girl at a casino on stage? And youre going to tell my daughter how to dress? I just find that laughable and utterly out of touch and what kind of lala land do these celebrities live in.

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16:30

John I served in Vietnam Kerry: I might challenge Trump in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Go for it, Lurch. From NY Post: Ex-Secretary of State John Kerry has confided that he may make a second bid for the White House as he urged Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to resist President Trump, according to a Continue reading

16:13

Pedophiles, criminals & foreign agents had top secret national security clearance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Federal government contractors, such as defense contractors for the Department of Defense (DOD), require national security clearance. The FBI is responsible for vetting government contractors, by looking into applicants criminal history, financial records and foreign contacts. But a recent DOD Continue reading

15:52

New Strzok-Page Texts Reveal Top FBI Official Investigating Trump Leaked Confidential Information To WSJ, Wash Post "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The latest batch of FBI text messages provided by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), show agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page leaked confidential information, to reporter Devlin Barrett, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and later the Washington Post

Credit: flightcrew

The Conservative Treehouse reports:

On October 28th, 2016 (as above), at the exact time the re-opening of the Clinton investigation hit the media news-cycle, Page and Strzok were texting.  From the released messaging we see at 5:19pm Lisa Page is on the phone with Devlin:

Page: 5:19pm Still on the phone with Devlin. Mikes phone is ON FIRE.

Strzok: 5:29pm You might wanna tell Devlin he should turn on CNN, theres news on.

Page: 5:30pm He knows. He just got handed a note.

Strzok: 5:33pm Ha. He asking about it now?

Page: 5:34pm Yeah. It was pretty funny. Coming now.

At 5:36pm Devlin Barrett tweets:

The recently released text messages appear to show Page held a phone call with Barrett about former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffes superPAC donating a whopping sum to the senate campaign of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabes wife.

The Conservative Treehouse adds:

Sources, as in Lisa Page who Barrett was just (or still) on the phone with.

Looking back upon the released text messages, and comparing them to reporting by Devlin Barrett, another specific article jumps out.

On October 23rd, 2016, Devlin Barrett reported on a scoop:

Scoop: McAuliffe PAC gave $467,500 to campaign of wife of senior FBI official who oversaw Clinton email probe (link)

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15:31

TRUMP Responds to NY Times Hit Piece that he Wanted to Fire Mueller But Didnt: Fake News Folks. Fake News (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Thursday night hours before US President Trump was to deliver his much anticipated economic speech at World Economic Forum in Davos The far left New York Times dropped a hit piece claiming the president wanted to fire Robert Mueller but didnt six months ago.

Someone within the Mueller investigation decided it would be an opportune time to leak more nuggets to the press.

Friday morning in Davos President Trump was asked about the report.

Here is his response:

Reporter: Did you seek to fire Mueller?

President Trump: Fake News, folks. Fake News. Typical New York Times fake story.



Mike Cernovich
was one of the first ones to call out the Times for their trash reporting.

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15:09

President Trump is Right US Markets Up Nearly 50% (44%) Since 2016 Election! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Trump gave a speech today at Devos to world government, academic and business leaders at the World Economic Forum. He stated in his speech that the US stock markets are up due to his policies and programs where the markets would be down by the opposite amount had Hillary won!

President Trump is right. He stated that US markets are up by nearly 50% since his election.  (The Dow is up 44% since the 2016 election as of yesterday.)  He also stated that the markets have hit 84 all time highs since the election.  He actually understated the correct amount.  As of yesterday, with the Dow reaching another all time high, the Dow reached its 98th all time high since the election.

President Trumps stock markets hit many records in his first year in office as noted in many previous posts here at TGP.  The stock market on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, says it all. On that day the Dow broke 26,000 points for the first time in its history.  As a result the Dow broke the record for the fastest 500, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 point increases between major milestones in the history of the Dow.  All of these increases occurred since Donald Trump was elected President.  Yesterday the Dow landed at 26,392.

 

The President also stated in a question and answer period that he believes that if Hillary Clinton would have won the Presidency that the markets would be down nearly 50% because of the business suffocating policies of the Obama Administration that the Hillary team was sure to continue.

Next month Americans will receive more money in their checks due to lower taxes from the Trump Tax Cut law just passed. As time goes by, Americans will see more and more the blessing that President Trump won the 2016 election.

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15:00

This Alt-Right Life, Episode 3: Ghosts of Great Men Past with Quintus Curtius "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On this episode of This Alt-Right Life, I talk to Quintus Curtius, columnist for Return of Kings and author of several books on philosophy, history and the classics, including Thirty Seven and Pantheon. In the first segment, we discuss his latest book Pathways, the hypersensitivity of young Leftists, how men should conduct themselves around women, and more.

In the second segment, Quintus and I talk about his upcoming translation of Ciceros On Duties and its importance to men today. We also discuss Stoicism and its relevance in the modern world, how young men can find mentors, and much more. This episode originally aired on May 23, 2016.

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14:50

Democrat New York Governor Wants To Give Free College Tuition To Illegal Immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Mike LaChance at American Lookout:

Why are Democrats obsessed with putting illegal immigrants ahead of American citizens?

Andrew Cuomo, New Yorks liberal Democrat governor now wants to give illegal immigrants free college tuition.

Campus Reform reported:

Cuomo plans to extend NY free tuition program to Dreamers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently revealed his FY 2019 budget proposal, which would extend the states free tuition program to illegal immigrant students.

According to a briefing book, Cuomos plan includes legislation to implement the DREAM Act, opening the doors of higher education to thousands of New Yorkers.

The briefing explains that illegal immigrants have qualified for in-state tuition at both the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) since 2002, but claims that each year, many talented students who graduate from New York high schools remain unable to fulfill their potential simply because they cannot afford the tuition and lack access to tuition assistance to help pay for school.

Last year, Gov. Cuomo famously spearheaded a program to make tuition free-of-charge at SUNY and CUNY, which is available during the 2018-2019 school year to all resident students with a family income of up to $110,000.

Now, hes taking it one step further by extending free tuition under his Excelsior Scholarship Program to students who reside in the country illegally, according to his FY 19 budget briefing.

The more you give away for free, the more illegal immigrants will want to sneak into the country. Democrats know this. Is that why they propose ideas like this?

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14:11

Too-stupid-to-understand-FISA-memo Americans inundate Rep. Adam Schiff & Sen. Feinstein with Im not a Russian bot phone calls "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our elected politicians just dont get it: They are not our overlords they work for us. Remember Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), 57, who said the House Intelligence Committee (on which he is a ranking member) should not release the Continue reading

14:00

Is The GOP Trying To Rig The Elections In Wisconsin Again? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


What kind of mentally deranged parents think a philandering, lying bigoted pig like Trump would make a good role model for their children? Republicans. In a new Quinnipiac poll released yesterday, we saw that the vast majority of Americans agree that Trump is not a good role model for children. Republicans disagree. Just before the Washington Post broke the story about how the White House asked to borrow Van Gogh's Landscape With Snow from the Guggenheim but were offered an 18-karat gold toilet by Maurizio Cattelan instead, the poll came out affirming that because 90% of Americans say it's important that a president be a good role model for children and that Trumpanzee isn't. 67% gave Trump a thumbs down and only a pathetic 29% said he would be a good role model. 72% of Republicans say he is a good role model. Sick!
Trump does not provide the U.S. with moral leadership, American voters say 63 - 33 percent. Again, there is virtually no gender gap as all listed groups, except Republicans and white voters with no college degree, say by wide margins the president does not provide moral leadership. Republicans say 80 - 16 percent he does provide moral leadership and white voters with no college degree are divided 47 - 47 percent.

"For President Donald Trump, it's a troubling trifecta: Stagnant approval numbers, low grades on most character traits and the reality that if parents are looking for someone their kids should emulate, that person is not residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Only 27 percent of American voters say they are proud to have Donald Trump as president,......

13:30

Sanctuary California: Previously deported illegal alien and child molester re-arrested in California "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From KESQ News Channel 3: Border Patrol agents seized over $82,000 of methamphetamine and arrested a man previously convicted of sexual assault on a minor over the weekend. Saturday evening, agents arrested Guatemalan resident Luciano Pablo-Martin, 48, near downtown Calexico after he tried Continue reading

13:00

St. Paul Companies Are Spending Their Tax Breaks on Super Bowl Sponsorships. Teachers Are Crying Foul. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

St. Paul teachers marched from one corporate office to another, calling on Wells Fargo, US Bank, Ecolab and Securian to pay their fair share toward fully funded public schools on December 7, 2017.

09:50

Controversial FBI Officials Linked To Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Leaks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There has been a great deal of speculation about FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page leaking to media in their efforts to shape stories conducive to their pro-Clinton/anti-Trump efforts. Prior reporting showed the strong possibility Page and Continue reading

09:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




-by Noah

Who says we can't predict the future? 50 years ago, British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus showed us more than a mere prescient glimpse of the daily goings on with the Trump administration and any given hour at today's White House full of mental defectives. The Oval Office? Cabinet meetings? We don't need a taping system like Nixon's. We have the above clip. Monty Python nailed it.

Do you really think that people like Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders just appeared out of thin air? Nope. Sooner or later, Sarah, Seor Trumpanzee, DeVos, or any of them are going to be walking around smashing things and saying "My brain hurts" not just in private but on national TV. It's the intent of all of their Bizarro World policies anyway.

With Sanders, it will happen when she finally snaps completely and has to be led out of the press room with a needle in her arm. Maybe it'll even happen to Trump during Tuesday's State Of The Union speech. In a true moment of theater of the absurd, I can see the republican half of the congressional audience responding to everything Trump says by bellowing "My brain hurts" while they cheer and applaud their orange fatted idol. I can see them smashing their desks and chairs, chanting "My brain hurts" just like the poor soul in the clip.

Maybe, instead of repeatedly saying "I take the 5th" while he is deposed by Robert Mueller, Trump will just keep repeating "My brain hurts." Admit it, you can see it. "My brain hurts" should be the subtitle on anything any Republican says now. That's what I see whenever I see a republican try to form words.

I expect that "My Brain Hurts" should become the perfect Republican motto for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, until these defectives are gone and piled on the rotting scrapheap of history like so many of their antecedents, they are hurting our brains and willfully trying to crush the spirit of America and humanity itself...

09:00

Pela culatra: drones, golpes e invases s geram mais violncia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Para toda ao, h uma reao oposta e de igual intensidade. Costumamos chamar esse fenmeno de Terceira Lei de Newton.

A CIA chama isso de blowback.

Como explicou Chalmers Johnson, ex-consultor da CIA e historiador que estudou a fundo o imperialismo americano, aps os atentados de 11 de setembro de 2001, blowback uma metfora para as consequncias inesperadas de atividades do governo dos EUA no plano internacional que so desconhecidas pelo povo americano. Em bom portugus, poderamos falar em efeito bumerangue ou no tiro que saiu pela culatra.

Os EUA e seus aliados intervm frequentemente em conflitos distantes, principalmente nos pases de maioria muulmana do Oriente Mdio jogam-se algumas bombas, matam-se alguns viles e declara-se misso cumprida. Mas o resultado sempre o mesmo: mais conflito e derramamento de sangue no futuro muitas vezes at em territrio americano. Dados histricos mostram uma forte correlao entre o envolvimento americano em questes internacionais e o aumento dos atentados terroristas contra os EUA, j observava, em 1997, a Comisso de Cincia da Defesa do Pentgono.

Porm os polticos americanos e ocidentais preferem ignorar esses dados e essa correlao. Explicam os atentados como atos aleatrios, irracionais e talvez o adjetivo mais desonesto de todos gratuitos. O povo, sem conhecimento das operaes secretas realizadas pelo exrcito e os servios de inteligncia dos EUA ou desinformado sobre a brutalidade das guerras declaradas em seu nome , costuma acreditar na fantasia de um pas inocente odiado e atacado por hordas de muulmanos enlouquecidos.

Em uma srie de curtas-metragens produzidos para The Intercept, fao uma anlise mais detalhada dos principais exemplos de blowback, comeando pela questo dos ataques com drones da CIA e demonstrando como a poltica externa dos EUA e seus aliados muitas vezes produz efeitos indesejados.

Um exemplo disso a ascenso do aiatol Khomeini e a exploso do antiamericanismo iraniano no fim dos anos 1970. Como observou o senador Bernie Sanders logo ele em um debate entre os pr-candidatos do Partido Democrata presidncia dos EUA, em 2016, poucos americanos sabem que a Revoluo Islmica de 1979 contra a ditadura do x Reza Pahlevi foi um blowback de um golpe de estado orquestrado pela CIA em 1953, qu...

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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Discusses Justice Department Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is a key figure in the overall investigation and reform effort needed within the U.S. Justice System because the House Judicial Committee holds primary oversight over the U.S. Department of Justice. By statutory construct the Continue reading

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MSM Plays FBI Cover-Up, Secret Society in DOJ & FBI, Dollar Dives Again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com (WNW 319 1.26.18) The mainstream media (MSM) is finally beginning to cover the FBI/DOJ scandal to attack President Trump and his Administration, but they are doing it as a big conspiracy theory in the face of overwhelming publicly reported evidence of corruption and law breaking. Senator Ron Johnson stated this week []

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January 26th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #372 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

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Friday January 26th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

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Is Trump Suicidal? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Muellers team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, I would love to do it as soon as possible. under oath, absolutely.

On hearing this, the special counsels office must have looked like the Eagles locker room after the 38-7 rout of the Vikings put them in the Super Bowl.

If the presidents legal team lets Trump sit for hours answering Muellers agents, they should be disbarred for malpractice.

For what Mueller is running here is not, as Trump suggests, a witch hunt. It is a Trump hunt.

After 18 months investigating Trumpian collusion with Putins Russia in hacking the DNCs and John Podestas emails, the FBI has hit a stone wall. Failing to get Trump for collusion, the fallback position is to charge him with obstruction of justice. As a good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, the tactic is understandable.

Muellers problem: He has no perjury charge to go with it. And the heart of his obstruction case, Trumps firing of FBI Director James Comey, is starting to look like something Trump should have done sooner.

Consider what is now known of how Comey and the FBI set about ensuring Hillary Clinton would not be indicted for using a private email server to transmit national security secrets.

The first draft of Comeys statement calling for no indictment was prepared before 17 witnesses, and Hillary, were even interviewed.

Comeys initial draft charged Clinton with gross negligence, the requirement for indictment. But his team softened that charge in subsequent drafts to read, extreme carelessness.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, among others, appears to have known in advance an exoneration of Clinton was baked in the cake. Yet Comey testified otherwise.

Also edited out of Comeys statement was that Hillary, while abroad, communicated with then-President Obama, who had to see that her message came through a private server. Yet Obama told the nation he only learned Hillary had been using a private server at the same time the public did.

A trial of Hillary would have meant Obama in the witness chair being asked, What did you know, sir, and when did you know it?

More information has also been unearthed about FBI collusion with British spy Christopher Steele, who worked up for Fusion GPS, the dirt-divers of the Clinton campaign the Steele dossier detailing Trumps ties to Russia and alleged frolics with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.

While the Steele dossier was shopped around town to the media, which, unable to substantiate its lurid and sensational charges, declined to publish them, Comeys...

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Is Paul Ryan Leaving Congress? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




I'm looking at internal polling and results of focus groups and there just is no way Ryan can run in WI-01 in 2018. This district is about 30% Republican and 30% Democrat and 40% independent. In the last few elections the independents have come down-- slightly-- on the GOP side. That isn't how they feel now. They don't like Trump and they see Ryan as an enabler. Huge numbers of them are closed to even listening to his message. If Ryan wants to run for president some day-- and he does-- he can't be beaten in his home district by a union iron worker. Yesterday Brent Budowsky, writing for The Hill, predicted Ryan won't run. He expects Ryan to announce his retirement from Congress but that he's "holding back the announcement to avoid House Republicans being devastated by yet another congressional Republican joining the rush to retirement that plagues the GOP today."
Speaker Ryan owes it to his constituents in Wisconsin to make a declarative statement, one way or the other, to make it clear whether he is running or retiring.

Ryan can disprove my prediction that he will not run by making an unequivocal statement about his intentions in 2018. If he does, I will return to this page and humbly admit that this prediction was proven wrong.

Throughout the corridors of the capitol in official Washington, the possibility of a Ryan retirement is generating far more buzz than the media is reporting today.

If Ryan does retire, there will be a huge battle between different GOP factions regarding who should succeed him as speaker. Different groups, from the House Freedom Caucus to more traditional Republicans, are positioning themselves behind the scenes for what would be an epic succession battle.

Ryan would have good reasons to retire, if that is his decision. House Republic...

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Sebastian Gorka UNLOADS on Clueless GOP: Wake up! Your Failures Threaten the Republic! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is a massive scandal brewing on Capitol Hill And this scandal is REAL not fake news.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) prepared a four-page explosive memo recently, based on classified material that purportedly lays out what the FBI and others did to corrupt the 2016 election.

According to Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and others, the memo is deeply disturbing.

The memo needs to be released to the public.
The US public has a right to know about the entrenched corruption in the FBI.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) huddled together Saturday to discuss a never-before-used procedure for releasing the shocking FISA abuse memo.

On Thursday night deputy assistant to US President Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka lashed out at the AWOL GOP.

Sebastian Gorka: Wake up @GOP:
You have the evidence of political conspiracy targeting @realDonaldTrump & his team using the @FBI & @TheJusticeDept.
If you dont release the Memo NOW the Democrats will defuse & spin.
Your failure to do Strategic Comms threatens the Republic.
#OBAMAGATE

Gorka is right. The GOP needs to wake up to save the republic. If Trump falls the country falls to the fascist left.

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Sperry: FBI/DOJ and Mueller Gonna be in a World of Hurt Once Explosive FISA Memo Goes Public "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Buckle up!

Chairman Nunes compiled a 4 page memo detailing the FISA abuse that took place under the Obama administration.

The phony Hillary-funded Russia dossier was used to obtain FISA warrants in order to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Every House member who has viewed the FISA memo is in shock; Americans are demanding the FISA memo be released to the public.

Democrat hack Adam Schiff is panicking and created a counter-FISA memo in order to combat Nunes.

Paul Sperry, reporter for The New York Post said his sources are telling him the FBI, DOJ and even FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) are all gonna be in a world of hurt once the 4 page memo is made public.

Sperry then went on to report that Muellers credibility will be damaged since his team debriefed Steele and tapped into Fusion GPSs research on Manafort and Deutsche Bank.

Paul Sperry of the New York Post tweeted, Im told Steele & Simpson + the FBI & DOJ/NSD + even FISC are all gonna be in a world of hurt when this 4-pp memo + underlying docs hit the fan. Steele & Simpson are caught in a sh*tstorm of lies, which further tainted the FBIs FISA warrant to spy on Team Trump

Sperry then said, and as a result, the memo is going to create a BIG credibility problem for Mueller, since his team debriefed Steele and tapped into Simpsons research on Manafort and Deutsche Bank. Buckle your seatbelts, sports fans

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Panel Discussion Davos World Economic Forum. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The entire economic world is unilaterally focused on President Trump and the U.S. delegation in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum. CTH has stated for several years that MAGAnomics, the U.S. economic outlook, would be the primary generational change Continue reading

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Flying Blind "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You could say thank heavens they have finally stopped buying the dip. Then again, there apparently arent any left!

Thats the case, anyway, even if your notion of a dip is any day the market doesnt go up. So far there has been exactly one such occasion during 2018. Or worse still, if you assume the traditional metric of at least a 5% drop, you have already been out of the dip buying business for a lifetime- whether measured in market lives or even dog years.

Thats right. Heisenberg reminds us this morning that we are in undisputable record territory. It has been fully 395 trading days since the market had a 5% drop, and thats never happened before in all of recorded history.

DaysWithout

Then again, the central banks of the world had never even dreamed of snatching $22 trillion of fiat credit from thin air prior to 1995, either. But in the nine years since the financial crisis they generated $14 trillion of new footings and more than $20 trillion during the last three bubble cycles combined.

Needless to say, this $20 trillion emission of something for nothing has deformed and poisoned the entire warp and woof of the global financial system. Everywhere financial asset prices have been massively inflated and falsified, causing a two-phase distortion of the global economy.

Initially, massive money printing by the Fed fostered defensive currency market interventions (i.e. dirty floats) and exchange rate suppression by the PBOC, BOJ, BOK and other exporters of both commodities and industrial goods. Buying in dollars to sequester in their own central banks, the mercantilist exporters of the worldincluding the dollar-linked petro-statesessentially imported the US dollar inflation.

So doing, of course, they expanded their own monetary bases and domestic credit systems with reckless abandon. That led, in turn, to a monumental global CapEx boom funded not by real money savings, but directly and indirectly by the prodigious fiat credit emissions of the mercantilist central banks. Accordingly, capital spending by worldwide publicly traded firms increased by 5X during the decade ending in 2012.

Ultimately that tsunami of cheap capital funded monumental excess capacity in global mining, energy, shipping, manufacturing and distribution industries and mobilized hundreds of millions of subsistence workers from the rice paddies and village economies of Asia into the glob...

Life Advice From Jordan Peterson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dr. Jordan Peterson is one of the great intellectual truth speakers of our time.

A true internet superstar speaking out against the poisons of marxism, social engineering and identity politics, Peterson received a ton of coverage after he dismantled Channel 4s Cathy Newman with logic and kindness.

Professor Peterson stunned and stumped Channel 4s Cathy Newman by making an uncomfortable observation about the Lefts insistence to modify and censor speech for the sake of ones feelings.

Tucker Carlson and Dr. Jordan Peterson, one-on-one. Well worth watching

Article first appeared on RPT.

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The US Finally Tells the Truth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After over a year of flip-flopping and reversing its position on Syria and its president, Bashar al-Assad, the U.S has finally admitted the real reason its military continues to violate Syrias sovereignty. From the Washington Post:

After months of incoherence, the Trump administration has taken a step toward a clear policy on Syria and its civil war. In a speech last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bluntly recognized a truth that both President Trump and President Barack Obama attempted to dodge: that it is crucial to our national defense to maintain a military and diplomatic presence in Syria, to help bring an end to that conflict, and assist the Syrian people . . . to achieve a new political future. To do that, the United States will continue to deploy several thousand personnel in the country and help allied Syrian forces maintain control over enclaves in the southwest, near Israel and Jordan, and the northeast, on the border with Iraq and Turkey. [emphasis added]

The great lie told by the Washington Post editorial board, however, is its attempt to paint Washingtons regime change operation in Syria as crucial to Americas national defense and a truth that both President Trump and President Barack Obama attempted to dodge. In doing so, the Post is suggesting that regime change in Syria is the only realistic path for the U.S. to pursue, even when it has become increasingly clear that the longer the U.S. prolongs the war in Syria, the greater the suffering of ordinary Syrians will be.

Considering that the U.S. militarys recent strategy in Syria allegedly involves a 30,000-strong Kurdish and Arab border force that in less than a week prompted a Turkish invasion, it should be clear that the U.S. has no intention of putting Syria on the long-awaited road to peace.

However, according to the Washington Post, the U.S. new proposal is justified.

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Playing Kurdish Card in Syria Backfires on US "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

What the result will be of Turkeys offensive against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria may not be clear for a while, but two things are already certain. Bad decisions in Washington provided the trigger, and Washingtons regional position will suffer as a result of Ankaras Orwellian-named Operation Olive Branch.

The offensive is the latest twist from Turkeys erratic and unpredictable leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Lets recall that Sultan Erdogan was an early and active participant in what was supposed to have been a relatively easy regime change operation in Syria starting in 2011, on the pattern of NATOs overthrow of Libyas Muammar Qaddafi that same year. Turkey, with its lengthy border with Syria, was (and to some extent still is) a major supporter of al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups in Syria, working with Saudi Arabia and Qatar under American guidance, with Israel as a silent partner. The appearance of ISIS (Daesh, ISIL) as an outgrowth of al-Qaeda in Iraq was a direct and foreseen consequence of that effort, as the Obama Administration was warned in 2012 by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), then under the command of General Michael Flynn.

To the surprise of many, the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad didnt just roll up and die but displayed an unexpected tenacity in defending that countrys secular, multi-religious society against outside efforts to impose a Wahhabist sectarian state. The clincher came with Russias September 2015 intervention, a distinctly unwelcome development for the Assad must go! crowd.

Two months later a crisis erupted between NATO-member Turkey and Russia when Turkish planes shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter (ostensibly for crossing into Turkish airspace) and ethnic Turkish (also called Turkmen) fighters murdered one of the two Rus...

Pentagon Boss Just Doesnt Understand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis is a Marines Marine and a respected military scholar. Yet his recent remarks to reporters about US conduct around the world smack of either hypocrisy or woeful misinformation.

Mattis is visiting Indonesia and Vietnam this week, as part of a US effort to expand alliances in the Asia-Pacific region. On his way over to Jakarta on Monday, he held a press gaggle on board the plane and, according to transcripts provided by the Pentagon, said this:

I think that what were looking for is a world where we solve problems, and we dont shred trust. We dont militarize features in the middle of international waters. We dont invade other countries, in Russias case Georgia, Ukraine. That we settle things by international rule of law, you know, this sort of thing.

Mattis was elaborating on the new US National Defense Strategy, which prioritized inter-state strategic competition, over terrorism and called out Russia and China as revisionist powers threatening the free and open international ordercreated by the US and its allies after World War II.

If anything, Russia and China are actually reactionary powers. Both countries have repeatedly said that they seek only to apply the existing rules of international order equally to everyone including the US, which has held itself exempt from them.

That belief in American exceptionalism is evident in Mattiss own words, aimed at Beijing and Moscow.

We dont militarize features in the middle of international waters

Here, Mattis is clearly referring to the islands in the South China Sea, claimed by China and a number of nearby nations. China has built military installations on a number of previously uninhabited islands and reefs, and sent naval forces into the area in response to repeated US overflights and maritime patrols.

However, while the Peoples Liberation Army Navy operates in its home waters, the US Navy operates around the world with bases in places like Japan, Bahrain, Spai...

Russiagate Stakes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Republicans delay in releasing the summary of the House Intelligence Committees Russiagate investigation is giving weight to the presstitutes claim that the report is not being released, because it is a hack attempt at a Trump coverup that is not believable. Only Republicans are stupid enough to put themselves in such a situation.

Readers ask me why the summary memo is not released if it is real. There must be some reasons besides the stupidity of Republicans. Yes, that is so. Among the many reasons that might be blocking release are:

1) Republicans are very national security conscious. They dont want to provide precedents for the release of classified information.
2) Many Republican congressional districts host installations of the military/security complex. Upsetting a large employer and directing campaign financing to a challenger is a big consideration.
3) The George W. Bush/Dick Cheney regime was a neoconservative regime. One consequence is that Republicans are influenced by neoconservatives who stress the alleged Russian threat.
4) The Israel Lobby can unseat any member of the House and Senate. The Israel Lobby is allied with the neoconservatives and this alliance intends to keep the US militarily active against perceived threats to Israels hegemony in the Middle East and against Russia, which supports Syria and Iran, countries perceived as threats by Israel.
5) Many Republicans are themselves invested in false Russiagate allegations against Trump and would like to replace him with Pence. Other Republicans believe that Trump is undermining Washingtons expensively-purchased foreign alliances and, thereby, undermining US power.

Many Americans do not seem to understand what is at stake. What America is confronted with is a coup conspiracy organized by top officials of the Obama Justice Department, FBI, CIA, the Hillary DNC, and the presstitute media to overturn the result of a democratic election and remove the president from office. The basis of the coup is a fake dossier purchased for money that consists of unsupported allegations against Trump and that was used to obtain warrants from the FISA count to spy on Trump and various associates hoping to find something that can be used against Trump. Regardless, the false allegations could be fed to the CIAs media assets and used to create a scandal requiring a special prosecutor to investigate Russiagate. Once the investigation was underway, the presstitutes kept the scandal alive hoping to convince enough Americans that Trump must have done somethingwhere there is smoke, there is firethat justifies his removal. It worked against Richard Nixon, but not against Ronald Reagan, and Trump is no Reagan.

If the highest reaches of the police state agencies can get away with an attempted or successful coup against the president of the United States...

Natural Allopathic Emergency Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Five years ago, I published an intelligent protocol against influenza that involves the use of the basic emergency room and intensive care medicines that are an integral part of Natural Allopathic Medicine. Magnesium chloride, iodine, sodium bicarbonate, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin D3 (if possible through sun exposure) are all medicines that help patients resist and even avoid dangerous complications from the flu.

Breathing retraining (slow breathing) aids in increasing CO2 and O2 levels, and of course the application of inhaled hydration therapy is essential. Hydrogen is the perfect medicine to mitigate the worst issues of the flu because molecular hydrogen can both significantly down regulate expressions of inflammation-related genes and selectively reduce hydroxyl radical and Peroxynitrite.

Infrared Therapy Too Good to be True for the Flu

If it is possible to love a medical device one will fall for their infrared Biomat because it keeps you warm on cold nights and takes away pain. This is especially true if one is suffering from the flu. Everyone deserves a Biomat just as everyone deserves love. I call them medical love machines. Biomats are that good and that helpful. I wish everyone could afford one!

When FIR heat penetrates through the skin to the subcutaneous tissues, it transforms from light to heat energy, dilating blood capillaries and assisting the body in eliminating toxins and metabolic wastes through sweating. Activated by heat, the FIR energy is absorbed by human cells in a process known as resonance or resonant absorption.

The adaptive capacity of a cell ultimately determines its fate when it comes under stress. Far infrared treatments reduce the stress on the cells by not only nourishing them with light and heat but also by increasing nutritional sufficiency of oxygen and by increasing cellular respiration so more toxins and wastes leave the cells.

This is the device that is best for elevating internal body temperature to melt away old waste products, increase circulation and reduce and eliminate pain. It is only a couple of inches thick, designed to put on top of a firm mattress or on the floor. You can adjust the temperature to your liking and its the most wonderful feeling in the world.

It is different from an ordinary electric heating pad. The surface is not warm to the touch, but when you lie down on it you feel warm on the inside. Its a lying down sauna that will make you sweat without you having to move a muscle if you turn the settings up. Y...

The Flu Vaccine Is Causing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If there is any part of you thats inquisitive youve likely wondered how on Earth this years flu could be so bad.  After all, we have vaccines and Western medicines advancements in technology to help people.  But the Health Ranger says that is the exact problem with the influenza outbreak.

As the reports continue to come in that this influenza outbreak is killing about 100 people a day, many begin to wonder what the purpose of getting a vaccine thats only 10% effective could possibly be.  What youre never told, is that some of those deaths are because of the flu vaccine, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger said.  And Adams theory is that the vaccine is not only responsible for the outbreak of the flu, but for some of the deaths associated with it.

*Before continuing, this is not to say you should get the vaccine or you should not get the vaccine.  You should, however, research the ingredients of the flu vaccine and possible side effects and come to the conclusion on your own whether or not this shot is right for you and your family.*

Adams wants people to know what they arent being told about this years flu by those who profit heavily by injecting people with the flu shot.

It turns out that the flu shot, even when it works, which is rare because its usually the wrong strain but sometimes it works, but it creates vulnerability to influenza infections in subsequent years. In other words, theres something about the flu shot (we can talk about what that is because we know) that weakens your immune system.

Adams has researched vaccines and the vaccine industry in depth. People would be better off and wed have fewer deaths from influenza if no one got the flu shot. And instead, people boosted their immune systems with vitamin D.  Adams says there are plenty of other natural vitamins, such as vitamin C and zinc, that will boost the immune system without the risks of being injected with mercury or aluminum or squalene or MSG.

Adams claims that the flu shot is more dangerous than just getting the flu. Of course they [the vaccine manufacturers] twist it around and say oh my God! This is why ev...

The Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A blue moonthe second full moon to occur in one calendar monthisnt as rare as the common saying suggests. But on January 31, skygazers will be in for a much rarer lunar event: For the first time in 35 years, a blue moon coincides with a total lunar eclipse, and as a bonus, the moon will seem bigger than usual, TIME reports.

The super blue blood moon, as its been dubbed, is the result of a perfect storm of celestial conditions. First, its the second full moon this month following the first on January 1. Second, the full moon will rise at the part of its monthly orbit that dips closest to Earth, a point called perigee. This causes the moon to appear larger and brighter in the night sky. And finally, all of this is occurring during a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earths shadow fully blankets the moon.

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The Winter Tool "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No, I dont sell sleds or make any money from the sale of sleds.  I just wanted to recommend one for you for this winter to help you with any winter works.  A simple thing, really, but it can make a lot of distance for what you do.  It also has prepping uses.  The sled can be used to haul wood, a game animal youve hunted, or even to help you remove snow with a shovel.

The one Im referring to I picked up at Wal-Mart several years ago, but you can find them on Amazon.com for the same price or cheaperabout $50.  You want the one that resembles a boat, made of black plastic.  The ones from Wal Mart are made of polyethylene and have a rope for hauling or towing attached to the front edge.

Heres Why You Need This For Winter

Now, you can haul a tremendous amount of weight over snow and/or iceeven gravel or fairly-even rough ground.  Naturally, with snow and ice, there is less resistance on the bottom of the sled.  When Im not cutting wood (I do so all winter long) and moving it around, Im often out in the woods and I like the ability to use the sled for different things.  I can throw a large rucksack and some extra gear in it and drag it around with me all over the place.  It also ensures if Im sleeping outside that Im going to stay really dry.

What I did is to drill holes (1/8 in diameter) into the frame in 6 places.  In each of these holes, I emplaced hard, plastic construction dimples for mounting screws into walls and drywall.  These I drove into the hole with a hammer.  I have these rods that I stick into the holes to run across the sled, as in a half-hoop, almost akin to the ribs on a Conestoga/covered wagon of old.  Overtop of this, I place a tarp, and using utility clamps, I secure it in place on top of the hoops, and further tie off the corners and stake them into the ground.  Voila!

I have a self-enclosed lean-to/tent that I place my pad on the bottom and then climb into my sleeping bag for a snooze.  Naturally, its on level ground, or else my little sled-lean-to might sail away on its own!  If I have to move out in a hurry?  No problem.  Just detach the rods, throw my ruck inside, and close the edges of the tarp down so they sit inside the sled.

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Stone Age Hunters From Europe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.

A remarkable series of several dozen European-style stone tools, dating back between 19,000 and 26,000 years, have been discovered at six locations along the US east coast. Three of the sites are on the Delmarva Peninsular in Maryland, discovered by archaeologist Dr Darrin Lowery of the University of Delaware. One is in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia. A sixth was discovered by scallop-dredging fishermen on the seabed 60 miles from the Virginian coast on what, in prehistoric times, would have been dry land.

The new discoveries are among the most important archaeological breakthroughs for several decades and are set to add substantially to our understanding of humanitys spread around the globe.

The similarity between other later east coast US and European Stone Age stone tool technologies has been noted before. But all the US European-style tools, unearthed before the discovery or dating of the recently found or dated US east coast sites, were from around 15,000 years ago long after Stone Age Europeans (the Solutrean cultures of France and Iberia) had ceased making such artefacts. Most archaeologists had therefore rejected any possibility of a connection. But the newly-discovered and recently-dated early Maryland and other US east coast Stone Age tools are from between 26,000 and 19,000 years ago and are therefore contemporary with the virtually identical western European material.

Whats more, chemical analysis carried out last year on a European-style stone knife found in Virginia back in 1971 revealed that it was made of French-originating flint.

Professor Dennis Stanford, of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, and Professor Bruce Bradley of the University of Exeter, the two leading archaeologists who have analysed all the evidence, are proposing that Stone Age people from Western Europe migrated to North America at the height of the Ice Age by travelling (over the ice surface and/or by boat) along the edge of the frozen northern part of the Atlantic. They are presenting their detailed evidence in a new book Across Atlantic Ice published this month.

At the peak of the Ice Age, around three million square miles of the North Atlantic was covered in thick ice for all or part of the year.

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North Korea Exported Coal Via Russia, Despite Sanctions; North Korea Imports Metallurgical Coking Coal From Russia For Steelmaking (Military) Purposes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Exclusive: Despite sanctions, North Korea exported coal to South and Japan via Russia intelligence sources Posted:Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:47:17 -0500 PARIS/LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) North Korea shipped coal to Russia last year which was then delivered to South Korea and Japan in a likely violation of U.N. sanctions, three Western European intelligence sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/bMQsm7CnmPg/exclusive-despite-sanctions-north-korea-exported-coal-to-south-and-japan-via-russia-intelligence-sources-idUSKBN1FE35N

North Korea exports anthracite coal and imports metallurgical coking coal for industrial (steelmaking) purposes (e.g. military) especially from Russia. So, it shouldnt come as a surprise that they also export through Russia.
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INTERVIEW: Missouri Senate Candidate Riles Up the Internet With Statement Against Feminism Says Theyre the Bullies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republican Missouri Senate candidate Courtland Sykes shook up the internet on Thursday with a statement condemning the feminist movement and endorsing traditional family values.

Following the statement going viral, the former Navy SEAL Team 5 intelligence analyst spoke to The Gateway Pundit about his thoughts on feminism and the backlash he is now facing asserting that they are the real bullies.

The statement the candidate made was in response to questions about his feelings on womens rights. When asked if they were something he believes in, Sykes said that his fiance, Chanel Rion, has given him orders to, so he better. He went on to say that she knows that my obedience comes with a small price that she loves to pay anyway: I want to come home to a home-cooked dinner at six every night, one that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives think Norman Rockwell here and Gloria Steinem be damned.

Sykes added that he wants his daughters to work from home, have families and not become career-obsessed banshees. This line in particular seemed to strike at the nerves of many, particularly on the left.

Speaking to The Gateway Pundit as the backlash rolled in, Sykes said, heres the issue, weve seen this movement [feminism] just grow out of control to the point where theyre the true bullies. Theyre influencing our schools and our colleges by using this bully tactic that you are now seeing all over my social media.

Theyre trying to really solidify their agenda, which in my opinion is just tearing American families apart, he added. The point of my statem...

03:49

FLASHBACK: Nancy Crumbs Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz Gush Over Pretend $40 Extra Per Paycheck "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Home Depot was the latest US corporation to announce Trump tax cut bonuses to their employees on Thursday morning.

According to FOX Business Network 241 COMPANIES HAVE NOW ANNOUNCED BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES THANKS TO THE TRUMP TAX CUTS

Over 2 million US employees will receive bonuses or raises this year thanks to the Trump tax cuts.

But Democrats dont like the bonuses to working Americans.

Earlier this month House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) trashed the bonuses.
She said $1,000 bonuses are just crumbs.

On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz were at a town hall discussing the Trump tax cuts.

Pelosi trashed the tax cut bonuses again calling them crumbs

Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz are Democrat hacks because back in 2011 they were both gushing over $40 extra in each paycheck.

Wasserman Schultz tweeted on December 21, 2011, House GOP refused to extend payroll tax cut yesterday. Senate passed bill 89-10. $40 per paycheck. Tweet what means to you.

Nancy Pelosi tweeted on December 23, 2011, Todays agreement is a victory for the American people-they spoke out clearly & each paycheck will make a difference.

03:36

Antifa Terrorists Burn Memorial Photos of Kate Steinle Flip Her Off "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Antifa in Phoenix have torched memorial photos of Kate Steinle that were posted on the Arizona State University campus on Monday evening.

The masked far-left terrorists posted photos of themselves burning the posters of the 32-year-old shooting victim while sticking their middle fingers up at the flames.

They also replaced the photographs of Steinle with Anti-Racist Action flyers that promoted the use of violence against those they deem to be Nazis so pretty much anyone to the right of Karl Marx.

One of the participants in the burning wrote about their efforts on the anarchist blog Its Going Down.

Around 50 fliers were found in total, a large increase in prior instances, and it was determined that at least two people were involved, with the comparison of fliers, and techniques used to post them. After we were confident that we had rounded up the significant majority of fascist materials, we moved to a nearby park and disposed of them by fire, the terrorist wrote.

03:36

Can A US President Be Charged With A Crime? Is The President Above The Law? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The President of the United States would be liable to be impeached, tried, and, upon conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors, removed from office; and would afterwards be liable to prosecution and punishment in the ordinary course of law. He is to have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, EXCEPT IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT; The power of the President, in respect to pardons, would extend to all cases, EXCEPT THOSE OF IMPEACHMENT The Federalist Papers : No. 69 The Real Character of the Executive, From the New York Packet. Friday, March 14, 1788, by Alexander HAMILTON: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed69.asp
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03:30

President Trump Has Dinner With European Business Leaders Attending World Economic Forum "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today President Trump had dinner with European business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Attendees included: U.S. Team President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson, National Continue reading

03:19

Another Cretan Snake Goddess "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Teracotta goddess statue, found in Gortys, Crete, dated to 1300-1200 BC. Now in Heraklion.

I can't remember ever seeing this before, which is strange, since it seems like an important piece of evidence in the ongoing dispute over the reality of snake-handling Minoan goddesses/priestesses. But I think I may have posted a photo of the display case where this sits in the Heraklion Museum, back in 2016; I think this was cut off on the right side. Fascinating, the things we just miss seeing.

03:05

US Special Counsel Looking to Interview Trump in Russia Probe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russian Foreign minister Lavrov seemed to be feigning surprise the day after FBI director Comey was fired by Trump. Remember Lavrov just happened to be hanging around when Comey was fired If you forgot, you are not alone. Its been a long year.

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/trump-tells-russians-that-firing-fbi-director-comey-took-pressure-off-trump-disses-comey-in-white-house-meeting-nyt-trump-illegally-shared-intell-with-russia-at-same-meeting-from-which-us-media-e/

Theres a lot more under investigation besides obstruction:...

03:00

Deep State Gets Desperate Leaks Trump Ordered Mueller To Be FIRED, Backed Off After Lawyers Revolted "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In June of last year, President Trump demanded special counsel Robert Mueller be fired, yet changed course after the White House counsel threatened to quit if the order was carried out, claims the New York Times

New York Times reports:

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice. Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation, two of the people said.
First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. The president also said Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the presidents son-in-law, Jared Kushner. []
After receiving the presidents order to fire Mr. Mueller, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, refused to ask the Justice Department to dismiss the special counsel, saying he would quit instead, the people said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation.

The report comes amid Trump telling the press that...

02:38

I HATE TO SAY THIS, BUT I THINK THE TRUMPERS MADE A VERY SHREWD OPENING BID ON DACA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Donald Trump is not a good dealmaker, so someone else must have been the strategist behind this, which, I'm afraid, is politically shrewd:

President Trumps immigration proposal to Congress will include a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants, White House officials said Thursday, more than twice the number of dreamers who were enrolled in a deferred action program Trump terminated last fall.
That's the headline everywhere. How do Mr. and Mrs. Heartland America read this and not think it's a generous offer, much more than the caricature of Trump as a right-wing bigot would have led one to expect?

The devil is in the details:
... everything else in the proposalreportedly drafted by hardline nationalist Stephen Miller and White House Chief of Staff John Kellyis in line with far-right thinking on immigration. Along with the demand for billions to pay for the border wall are calls to curb or completely eliminate legal forms of immigration, such as the visa lottery and so-called chain migration which allows members of the same extended family to immigrate to the U.S. (Ending the diversity visa lottery could reduce legal immigration to the U.S. by as much as 50%.) There are also several measures to increase immigration arrests and speed up deportation procedures.
Mr. and Mrs. Heartland live in a 95% white community. Let's say they're not bigots and they're among the large majority of Americans who want the Dreamers to stay. They also don't experience diversity firsthand, so they don't understand why we permit as much immigration as we do now -- every admission, as far as they're concerned is America extending a rare privilege, so why not cut the numbers back significantly? We don't owe any foreigners anything, do we?

The characterizations of this by progressives aren't going to make much sense to Mr. and Mrs. Heartland:
We will oppose it. Most if not all Democrats will oppose it. Some Republicans will, too, said Frank Sharry, the executive director of Americas Voice, a pro-immigration group. We are not...

02:28

Confirmed: FBI Lied To Congressional Investigators About Missing Strzok-Page Texts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another day, another scandal compliments of the FBI.

A former bureau informant revealed to Fox News contributor Sara Carter that forensic experts can easily retrieve deleted text messages from Samsung 5 phones. How does the ex-informant know? Forensic experts located lost texts from his own phone. Another source, expressing bewilderment at the FBIs explanation as to why they could not hand over the texts, questioned the bureaus wisdom to mislead Congressional investigators. 

Sara Carter reports:

A former FBI special agent, who worked extensively on counterterrorism related cases, stated they were dumbfounded by the FBIs original excuse that the text messages were irretrievable.

Even though the servers lost the text messages of Strzok they would still be on his actual device, even if he deleted them, stated the former FBI special agent, who asked to speak on background due to the sensitivity of the case. Thats how we catch bad guys, we forensically search their phones. Nothing disappears off the device, nothing unless they take a hammer to it or microwave it. The question is, the FBI knows this, so why did the bureau say they couldnt retrieve them why did they mislead Congress. []

A former informant for the FBI, who spoke to this reporter, said the FBI was able to do the same with his Samsung 5 telephone registered to Verizon and he questioned why the FBI told the committees the information was not retrievable.

Their forensic experts who worked on my Samsung 5, which was wiped clean, to retrieve the information they needed, said the former FBI informant, who asked not to be named. This reporter viewed the documents for the informants phone and the permission they gave to the FBI to retrieve the text messages from the phone.

The FBI forensics team said it would be no problem at all pulling up the missing texts from the phone, the FBI informant said. It makes me wonder why they didnt do that with the two agents phones to begin with and why did they tell the committees they couldnt retrieve the texts.

According to Republican Senator Ron Johnsons letter, the bureau told Stephen Boyd, the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs, that due to FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile phones with software upgrades that...

02:13

CNNs Jim Acosta Beclowns Himself at Davos, Posts Video of Pres. Trump Twice Ignoring Heckling Question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta tried to bait President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday by setting him up with a nice question about the forum before going in for the attempted heckling-style kill shot question that Trump ignored twice.

Trump was descending a staircase with the press assembled just off the landing. Acosta called out a nice question, Mr. President, hows the conference going?

Trump answered as he continued down the staircase, Really good. Really good. Very successful.

Another reporter asked, Whats your message to Davos? as Acosta moved in for the kill shot question but was too slow on the draw, yelling, Mr. President, Mr. President, how can you be and stopping himself as Trump answered the message question.

Video posted by CNNs Elizabeth Landers cuts off midway through Trumps comments.

Acosta posted more video from Landers that covers the entire exchange at the bottom of the staircase.

Trump, The message isIt went great for us (Meredith(?)) and we want great peace. And I think that really is the message. Its been going really well. A lot of people are coming back to the United States. We are seeing tremendous investment. And, uh, todays been a very exciting day, a very good day and great for our country. Thank you very much.

Acosta yelled after Trump finished, Mr. President! Can you be America First but also be rubbing elbows with all these bigwigs?

Trump ignored him and waved to someone out of camera range.

Acosta yelled at Trump again, Mr. President! How can you be America First when youre rubbing elbows with all these bigwigs, sir?

Acosta tweeted his humiliation, After Trump says of Davos Its been really successful I asked him how he can be America First if hes rubbing elbows with big wigs. He did not respond. Video from @ElizLanders

02:00

The Best And The Worst Members Of The California Legislature "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Overall, Jim Frazier is the worst Democrat in the California Assembly

Yesterday, the Courage Campaign released their annual ratings of California legislators. I don't follow the state legislature as carefully as I follow Congress, so I find the Courage Campaign's work invaluable... even if I don't agree with everything. I'm guessing they base their ratings strictly on votes-- as ProgressivePunch does. That excuses bad behavior and poor leadership. Example Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon killed the Senate-passed single payer healthcare bill, but his votes are good so he got an "A." That's misleading. I'd give him an "F," or maybe a "D." (Courage Campaign told me they docked him a few points for wreck single payer.)

The score card got off to a good start every single Republican in the Assembly and every single Republican in the Senate scored an "F." Perfect.

The Democrats with the really high scores-- A+ and the very high "A" scores. In the Assembly:
Ash Kalra- eastern San Jose
David Chiu- eastern San Francisco
Laura Friedman- Glendale, Burbank, Los Feliz
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01:45

#NotABot: Twitter Users Prove They Arent Bots Call For Lawmakers to #ReleaseTheMemo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After Democratic lawmakers insulted half of America by declaring that the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag was just Russian bots a new #NotABot hashtag went viral calling for the release of a memo that is alleged to outline surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign.

On Thursday evening, Twitter users began using #NotABot to tweet photos of themselves holding signs with the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag.

Users who participated in the campaign were instructed to tag Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

https://twitter.com/jbro_1776/status/956671899496480768

01:31

SHOCK: Did FBI Ignore Evidence In Clinton Email Probe Because Strzok-Page Committed Similar Crimes? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) demanded to know if the FBI refused to charge Hillary Clinton because agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page committed similar crimes. 

Grassley raises the prospect that Strzok and Page could have engaged in the alienation or destruction of federal records, and asked Wray if the agents handling of federal records using private communications may have motivated them to shy away from finding evidence of Hillary Clinton engaging in similar acts.

Grassleys letter reads:

In addition, I have raised concerns in multiple letters to the FBI about whether the FBIs investigation was improperly narrow, focusing only on issues related to classified information, and not considering the alienation or destruction of federal records, whether classified or not, which is a crime under 18 U.S.C. 2071.15 On April 10, 2016 and on June 3, 2017, respectively, Strzok said the following to Page:

Gmailed you two drafts of what Im thinking of sending Bill, would appreciate your thoughts. Second (more recent) is updated so you can skip the first.16

Type on home computer and email to yourself.17

Additionally, in many messages they refer to related conversations they were having via iMessage, presumably on their personal Apple devices.

It appears that Strzok and Page transmitted federal records pertaining to the Clinton investigation on private, non-government services. It is important to determine whether their own similar conduct was a factor in not focusing on and developing evidence of similar violations by Secretary Clinton and her aides.

In what was a major blow to Muellers investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the special counsel was forced to fire Strzok after anti-Trump text messages were discovered.

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01:29

FBI Texts: Comey Chief Of Staff Very Clearly Believed McCabe Should Be Recused From Clinton Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On October 28th, 2016 the day that FBI Director James Comey announced he would be reopening the criminal investigation into Hillary Clintons emails Comeys Chief of Staff, Jim Rybicki, told FBI employees that he strongly believed McCabe should be recused from the case after his wifes deep ties to top Clinton ally Terry []

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01:13

Global Business Leaders HEAP PRAISE ON TRUMP at Davos Dinner: Siemens, Adidas, Nestle, Sovartis, HSBC, Total, InBev, Bayer, Volvo, etc. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump was given a heros welcome Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Trump met Thursday with global leaders Theresa May from Great Britain and Benjamin Netanyahu from Israel.

Trump later sat down with global business leaders for a dinner. As he went around the table the table and each and every leader praised the president for the stunning success of the Trump tax cuts and reform.

The guest list included:

Kasper Rorsted, Adidas (Apparel)Germany

Joe Kaeser, Siemens AG (Tech)Germany

Heinrich Hiesinger, Thyssenkrupp AG (Industrials)Germany

Eldar Saetre, Statoil ASA (Energy)Norway

Mark Schneider, Nestle SA (Food and Beverage)Switzerland

Vas Narasimhan, Novartis AG (Pharmaceutical)Switzerland

Mark Tucker, HSBC (Financial Services)UK

Patrick Pouyanne, Total SA (Energy)France

Carlos Brito, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (Food and Beverage)Netherlands

Rajeev Suri, Nokia Corporation (Technology)Finland

Punit Renjen, Deloitte (Consulting)UK

Martin Lundstedt, AB Volvo (Auto)Sweden

Werner Baumann, Bayer AG (Pharmaceutical)Germany

Bill McDermott, SAP SE (Technology)Germany

Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB Ltd (Manufacturing)Switzerland

This was an amazing display of business support for the US president.
Each leader cheered Trump and his December tax reform.

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01:07

New Strzok-Page Texts Reveal FBI Was Discussing Possible Special Counsel to Investigate Hillary Clinton Did AG Lynch Refuse One? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


On Thursday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) that the missing text messages between Strzok and Page have been located.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent FBI Director Christopher Wray a letter demanding answers about some of the recovered Strzok-Page text messages.

In one exchange between the FBI lovebirds, the two discussed a possible Special Counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton due to the numerous conflicts of interest. Grassley is demanding to know if then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch refused to appoint a Special Counsel.

Grassley prefaced his questions over a possible Special Counsel by pointing out the obvious conflicts of interest then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had in any investigation into Hillary Clinton.

 On May 17, 2016, I wrote to FBI Director James Comey, expressing my concern that conflicts of interest existed between Attorney General Lynch and the Clintons due to her firms prior representation of the Clintons in tax matters and the fact President Clinton nominated Ms. Lynch to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.[3]  In that letter I also asked then-Director Comey how Attorney General Lynchs conflicts in the Clinton investigation were any different than those of Attorney General Ashcrofts for which he recused himself.  In the Plame matter, Ashcroft had prior professional associations with one of the suspects, just like Attorney General Lynch had in the Clinton investigation.  Department regulations make clear that when there is a conflict of interest or other extraordinary circumstances, and it is in the public interest, a special counsel should be appointed.[4]  In the Plame matter, then-Deputy Attorney General Comey believed a special counsel was necessary.  However, to this day, Comey has failed to adequately explain the difference between the Plame and Clinton investigations.

On March 18, 2016, Strzok and Page engaged in a discussion about the possibility of a special counsel in the Clinton investigation and referenced Patrick Fitzgerald, who was the Special Counsel in th...

00:38

Comeys Right Hand Man 100% Believed McCabe Should Have Recused Himself from Clinton Email Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles E. Grassley revealed text messages between bureau agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show ex-top official James Rybicki believed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the Hillary Clinton email Investigation. 

Rybicki, who was once chief of staff to James Comey and current Bureau Director Christopher Wray, resigned this week. 

Grassleys letter reads:

[T]ext messages on October 28, 2016, indicate that contrary to the FBIs December 2016 response, the Directors Chief of Staff apparently believed that Mr. McCabe actually did need to be recused at a later date. McCabes recusal did not take place until one week before the presidential election a fact that the FBI failed to disclose in its December 2016 response to the Committee.

Page: Rybicki just called to check in. He very clearly 100% believes that Andy should be recused because of the perception.

Strzok: God.

Page: Our statement affected the stock market.

Page: Dont understand your email, if its a matter similar to those weve been talking about lately, why no recusal before? Something different?

Strzok: I assume McAuliffe picked up. But that doesnt make sense. He said he was interviewing, maybe hes headed into private practice.14 3. As Ms. Page asked, why no recusal before?

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained documents showing McCabe didnt recuse himself from the investigation one week prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Judicial Watch reports:

Judicial Watch today released Justice Department records showing that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe did not recuse himself from the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons unse...

00:37

Chairman Chuck Grassley Releases New Batch of FBI Text Messages and Questions FBI Director Chris Wray "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, releases a new batch of text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Attorney Lisa Page (full pdf). In the text exchange Peter Strzok is INBOX and Lisa Page is OUTBOX Continue reading

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23:49

BREAKING=> Strzok Called Bill? and Relayed Information During 2016 Campaign While Investigating Hillary (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Chuck Grasslys office released a stunning text message today between lovebirds Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page during the 2016 election.

Strzok was the lead investigator on the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

Lisa Page was a top FBI attorney.

Peter Strzok and his lover Page exchanged this message in February 2016:

Page: One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think shes going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?

Strzok: Agreed. I called Bill and relayed what we discussed. He agrees. I will email you and [redacted] same.[2]

UPDATE: It could have been Strzok was referring to E. W. Bill Priestap who was his boss at the time and assistant director of counter intelligence.

What this shows is they was no impartial investigation.  These partisans were not interested in getting the truth.  They were interested in keeping their jobs if Hillary Clinton won.

This reveals stunning corruption in the FBI.

FBN spoke about the new email on Thursday

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23:17

IG Michael Horowitz Informs Grassley, Goodlatte and Nunes of FBI Text Recovery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Always remember the batting order: Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was first up; closely coordinating with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (2nd up); closely coordinating with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (3rd up); all of them coordinating with the DOJ Continue reading

22:13

Despite Liberalizing Marijuana Laws, the War on Drugs Still Targets People of Color "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Police are viewed in an area which has witnessed an explosion in the use of K2 or 'Spice', a synthetic marijuana drug, in East Harlem on Sept. 16, 2015 in New York.

22:08

EPA Orders Testing for GenX Contamination Near Chemours Plant in West Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Environmental Protection Agency has asked Chemours to test water near its plant in West Virginia for the presence of the chemical GenX. In a January 11 letter to Andrew Hartten, Chemours principal project manager for corporate remediation, Kate McManus, acting director of the EPAs water protection division, noted that GenX has already been detected in three on-site production wells and one on-site drinking water well at the companys factory in West Virginia, which is known as Washington Works.

McManus also referred to GenX contamination near the Chemours factory in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where DuPont and its spinoff Chemours dumped approximately 200,000 pounds of GenX into the Cape Fear River since 1980, according to Detlef Knappe, a North Carolina State University professor who has studied the contamination. In that time, more than 200,000 people have been exposed to GenX in their drinking water.

EPA is concerned that drinking water wells in the vicinity of the Washington Works facility may similarly be contaminated by GenX, the letter explained.

DuPont introduced GenX in 2009 to replace PFOA, also known as C8, a chemical it had used for decades in North Carolina, West Virginia, and other locations to make Teflon and other products. Like GenX, PFOA escaped the West Virginia plant and seeped into local drinking water. The contamination and the fact that DuPont executives knew about it and hid their knowledge set off a mammoth class-action suit, which DuPont settled for $671 million.

PFOA, which has been associated with cancers, autoimmune diseases, hormonal dysfunction, and other health problems, was phased out of use in the U.S. in 2015. Though DuPont presented GenX as a safer alternative to PFOA, the chemical has been associated with some of the same health problems, as The Intercept reported in 2016.

Attorney Robert Bilott has been asking the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to provide information on the use and release of GenX at the Parkersburg plant for more than a year. In a November 28 letter to the agency,...

22:00

The Trump Slump Is Costing The U.S. Thousands Of Jobs And Billions Of Dollars In The Tourism Industry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




I started traveling out of the U.S. while I was still a kid. I was just a teenager when my girlfriend and I decided to hitchhike from Long Island to the North Pole. We only got as far as Montreal... but we loved it. The following summer my pal Bob and I hitchhiked to Mexico City. Fantastic. And when I graduated from college, it was only $100 to fly to Luxembourg if you stopped for at least a night in Iceland. My girlfriend and I met a couple of teachers on the plane who were planning a week-long excursion, driving around the island and we joined them. Then we went to Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and England. The travel bug was not sated. When Margin went back to the U.S. to finish school, I set off in my VW van across Europe, adding Austria, Hungary what was then Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal to the list of countries I had been through-- before settling down in Holland for a few years-- and taking vacations in Sweden, Finland, Greece, France and Morocco. Since then I'vebeen to over 100 countries. I still love travel. Roland and I just got back from Thailand and we brought our friend David-- his first trip there-- who got attacked by a monkey who broke his shoulder and fractured a bunch of toes. Here's the culprit:


The Thai monkey that got David

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21:38

President Trump Holds Bilateral Meeting With Prime Minister Netanyahu at Davos "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

For the first time since announcing the intent to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump and his friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The global dynamic of Continue reading

21:11

Pennsylvania Keeps All Death-Row Inmates in Solitary Confinement. The ACLU Calls That Unconstitutional. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A view of a cell at San Quentin State Prison's death row adjustment center on August 15, 2016 in San Quentin, California.

21:00

Watch My Second Live YouTube Stream of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Today at 5PM EST "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This afternoon, Ill be hosting a live YouTube stream where I play the classic PC game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, take your questions, and discuss other topics on my mind. The show will begin at 5pm EST (4pm CST/2pm PST).

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20:14

Lula responsvel, com Dilma, por incrementar o estado policial que se volta contra ele "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Apoiadores de Lula o comparam a Rafael Braga, nico preso e condenado durante as manifestaes de 2013, exatamente contra o PT

19:46

Saint Corbyn? by William Bowles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by William Bowles Writer, Dandelion Salad Investigating Imperialism London, England January 25, 2018 Its interesting reading comments on the essays I write that get published around the world on various websites (at least those that permit comments) regarding Jeremy Corbyn. What appears to generate the most ire are my views on Jeremy Corbyn and the []

19:30

Blackout: Major progressive web sites omit report that Starbucks is giving raises as result of GOP tax cut "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yesterday at 5:09 am Reuters reported that Starbucks was going to give raises to employees. From the story: Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) will use some of the savings from the new U.S. corporate tax cuts to give domestic employees pay raises, Continue reading

19:11

"Who Lost Turkey?" - The U.S.-Kurdish Project In Syria Endangers NATO "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Back in the 1950s the U.S. political sphere was poisoned by a groundless smear campaign against country-experts in the State Department who were identified as those who lost China. If the Trump administration proceeds on its current course we may...

19:02

Gandhi on Cultural Appropriation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be closed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.

one of the quotations carved on the Gandhi statue on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington

18:37

Trump Administration Weighs Whether to Extend Protections for Thousands of Syrians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

People look at the damage in the aftermath of an explosion at a base for Asian jihadists in a rebel-held area of the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on January 8, 2018.

18:23

Dutch police confiscate clothing/jewelry from poor-looking young people "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Caroline Mortimer reports for the UK Independent, Jan. 20, 2018, that police in Rotterdam have launched a new pilot program of confiscating expensive clothing and bling from young people if they look too poor to own them. Rotterdam is a city Continue reading

18:13

Psalm 112 and Fearlessness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No theological doctoral thesis here, just a sharing of some wonderful promises. And the key is the fear of the Lord, which seems to be the condition required for receiving the psalms promised benefits. Psalm 112 Praise the Lord. Blessed are Continue reading

18:03

Growing Calls for President Trump to Read Explosive FISA Memo During State of Union Address "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is a massive scandal brewing at the top ranks of Americas premier law enforcement agency.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) prepared a four-page explosive memo recently, based on classified material that purportedly lays out what the FBI and others did to corrupt the 2016 election.

According to Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and others, the memo is deeply disturbing.

The memo needs to be released to the public.
The US public has a right to know about the entrenched corruption in the FBI.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) huddled together Saturday to discuss a never-before-used procedure for releasing the shocking FISA abuse memo.

Now there are growing calls for President Trump to read the explosive memo during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

...

18:00

Do Trump Voters See Government Allowing Payday Lenders To Rip Off Consumers For Bribes As Swampy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


When Trump voters went to the polls, how many of them were voting to end the rules to keep blood-sucking payday lenders from ripping them off? Probably not many-- but that's what they're getting. As you know, Trump appointed OMB director Mick Mulvaney acting head of the CFPB-- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Neither Trump nor Mulvaney has any interest whatsoever in protecting consumers and Mulvaney has moved quickly and forcefully to wreck the CFPB from within. Last week James Elmore from the Palm Beach Post pointed at how Mulvaney is working to destroy all the regulations that have kept the payday lenders from stealing borrowers blind. Elmore wrote that "A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who took more than $62,000 in contributions from payday lenders while in Congress said it will suspend landmark rules aimed at alleged predatory abuses in that industry." It's only fair to mention that the payday lending scams in Florida were also supported by 3 extremely corrupt congressmembers who also took massive bribes from the industry-- particularly Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Patrick Murphy.)
Florida consumers paid more than $2.5 billion in fees that amounted to an average 278 percent annual interest rate on payday loans over a decade, groups calling for regulatory changes said in 2016.

...As a Congressman, Mick Mulvaney took thousands of dollars from the payday industry, said Karl Frisch, executive director of Washington, D.C. -based Allied Progress. Now, as acting director of the CFPB, he is returning the favor by sabotaging these important protections that would have guarded against predatory lenders and protected struggling consumers from falling into the cycles of debt with sky-high interest rates.
...

17:54

Senior Israeli Official Mocked for Bizarre Claim That Detained Palestinian Teen Is a Paid Actor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Michael Oren, right, with former Senator Joe Lieberman at a book party for Oren's memoir, "Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide," in New York in 2015.

17:45

LIKE A BOSS=> In Davos, Trump Asked if He Will Be Received Well, Responds, I Already Am. Look (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

LIKE A BOSS.
President Trump arrived in Davos, Switzerland today to great fanfare.

Asked if he would be received well, he joked, I already am. Look.

Boom!

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17:34

Harvards Endowment Is Profiting From Puerto Ricos Debt as the Islands Schools Face Crippling Cuts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Members of the Puerto Rican diaspora have joined student activists and financial reform groups in a weeklong campaign to target university endowments profiting from Puerto Rican debt.

At Harvard University on Wednesday, the coalition called on the institutions $37 billion endowment, the worlds largest, to divest from its $2 billion commitment with the Baupost Group. In October, The Intercept identified Baupost, a Boston-based hedge fund managed by billionaire Seth Klarman, as a large holder of one type of Puerto Rican debt. The fund had been hiding $911 million in COFINA bonds, a debt instrument backed by sales tax receipts, through a shell corporation named Decagon Holdings.

A disclosure last week from the COFINA bondholders said that Bauposts investment had increased to $931 million. Klarman has consistently dismissed cries for debt cancellation for Puerto Rico, saying the island would be better off in the long run repaying its debts. Baupost bought the bonds on the cheap and would reap a huge payday if paid back at face value.

Klarman is a major GOP donor and supporter of the charter school movement; he is also an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

Bearing a large banner reading Harvard Divest from Baupost, hundreds of activists marched at Harvard Yard on Wednesday. Members of the Harvard Student Labor Action Movement participated in the protest, along with union groups, community organizers affiliated with the Center for Popular Democracy, and anti-hedge fund activis...

17:34

Gostou de nossa cobertura do caso Trplex do Lula? Odiou? Vem debater! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

2018 comeou com um dos fatos polticos do ano. Em Porto Alegre, um tribunal de apelao julgou o caso conhecido como Trplex do Lula. O ex-presidente tinha poucas esperanas de reverter a condenao de 9 anos e meio dada a ele em primeira instncia. Piorou: teve a pena aumentada para 12 anos e um ms e corre riscos de ser preso e ficar inelegvel em uma eleio que, at agora, lidera as pesquisas com folga. Preparamos uma cobertura intensa. Queramos tratar no somente do rame-rame poltico e judicirio do varejo da notcia, mas mostrar as histrias laterais, as consequncias reais. Conseguimos?

Hoje pela manh, com a redao reunida, fizemos um balano de todo o trabalho. Agora estamos aqui para conversar com vocs. Estaremos on-line na caixa de comentrios desta matria pelas prximas duas horas (quinta-feira s 15 horas at s 17h). Sintam-se livres para qualquer confronto (um pouco de educao desejvel). Se quiserem respostas de algum em particular, citem a arroba.

Quem est respondendo: Glenn, Demori, Andrew, Anna, Ruben, Helena, Dani, Ju, Emilio.

Relembre o que demos:

 

17:24

In Davos, Trump Warns Palestinians: Work With US or Face Cash Cuts (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Davos, Switzerlan.

Netanyahu was very appreciative to President Trump for keeping his promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

After the brief meeting the president was asked about Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbass recent attacks on Trump and his family.

The president warned the Palestinians to start working with the US or face cuts in US aid.

President Trump: Uh, No I didnt really read his remarks personally. I think Im probably better off not seeing them, but weve done a lot for them, and hopefully theyre going to make peace for their people. You know what, its many years of killing people, its many years of killing each other. They have to be tired and disgusted of it. Lets see what happens. I think eventually, very sound minds, I hope sound minds are going to prevail. And it would be a great achievement to mine that said it from day one if we could make peace between Israel and the Palestinians if we do that I would consider that one of our truly great achievements, but the money is on the table. You know the money was never on the table I tell you up front. We give them tremendous amounts, hundreds of millions of dollars a year that money is on the table because why should we do that as a country if theyre doing nothing for us and what we want to do for them has helped them. We want to create peace and save lives and well see what happens, well see what happens. But the money is on the table. Thank you very much!

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17:15

Florida Officials Deny Operation PUSH Is Ongoing, Even As They Retaliate Against Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

UPDATE JAN 25, 1:40PM EAST: This post has been updated to include excerpts from a letter Kevin Rashid Johnson wrote detailing his mistreatment in retaliation for writing an article about Operation PUSH.

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Kevin Rashid Johnson, an activist and intellectual incarcerated at Florida State Prison, was charged with inciting or attempting to incite a riot five days before a nonviolent prison labor strike and boycott known as Operation PUSH.

A disciplinary report filed on January 10 states Warden Barry Reddish sent an article Johnson wrote about Operation PUSH and a series of other articles on the action to an administrative lieutenant. The article made numerous allegations of mistreatment of inmates at Florida state prison and proclaims Florida to be the worst prison system of the four various states [where] hes been incarcerated.

It does not specify which passages specifically incited a riot and at no point does Johnsons article include a call to action.

In an emergency note Johnson sent to his lawyers on January 19, he alleged Florida Department of Correction (FDC) officials tortured him.

Am being literally tortured in retaliation for article on prison strike and conditions *by the warden*, Johnson wrote. No heat. Cell like *outside*, temp in 30s. Toilet doesnt work. Window to outside doesnt close and cold air blowing in cell.

Its daytime and so cold can barely write, he wrote.

His supporters fear for his life and are asking members of the public to call Florida State Prison and demand they move him to a safer cell immediately.

Nowhere is anyone told to do anything, Johnson wrote in response to the riot charge. It is only a piece of journalism, which is constitutionally protected exercise of speech and press. Also FDC prisoners have no internet access, so how is something published online inciting prisoners?

Johnsons article runs through the demands and motivations behind Operation PUSH. He describes slave labor conditions, violence and abuse, and a lack of medical care in the Florida system, connecting these conditions to the establishment of the states first penitentiary just three years after slavery was abolished for all with the ratification of the 13th Amendment...

16:30

Make it stop: Obese model goes nude for female empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Feminism is not a girls friend. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, positive or empowering about being obese. Tess Holliday is a model who is 55 and weighs 260 pounds, according to bodymeasurements.org.  Per the CDC BMI calculator, her BMI is Continue reading

15:58

Trump Official Tells Critics at Davos: Those Who Do Not Want to Listen to Trump Can Leave (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao arrived in Davos, Switzerland a day before President Trumps arrival on Thursday.

During a breakout conference Chao told Trump critics if they did not want to listen to the American president they could leave.

The Hill reported:

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Wednesday that critics who dont want to listen to President Trump when he attends the World Economic Forums annual meeting in Davos this week can leave.

Davos should feel very flattered that he has chosen this as a forum, Chao said at a panel discussion, according to Politico. Those who dont want to listen to him can leave.

When Trump travels to the Swiss Alpine resort town this week, he will become the first U.S. president in nearly two decades to attend the World Economic Forum, a gathering of powerful finance and business officials largely considered aligned with the free trade and globalism that Trump and his aides have derided.

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But Chao defended his decision to attend, saying on Wednesday that the president was doing so in order to engage world leaders on issues of economic importance, Politico reported.

The last U.S. president to participate in the gathering in Davos was Bill Clinton, who attended in 2000.

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15:29

Trump Is Swarmed as He Arrives in Davos Says He Brings Peace (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump arrived in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday to a heros welcome.

The president was swarmed when he arrived at the Swiss globalist conference.

Reporters asked him what his message will be at Davos this year.
The president answered, Peace.

Via journalist Stephane Grand:

Peace and Prosperity

President Trump lifted a copy of God and Donald Trump at the conference hall.

Whos the boss.

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15:21

It begins: Trump DOJ goes after sanctuary cities/states "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Part of presidential candidate Donald Trumps platform on illegal immigration includes his opposition to sanctuary jurisdictions (cities, counties and states), on which he has not wavered. President Trumps most recent statement on that subject was his weekly address on December Continue reading

15:08

Home Depot Latest US Corporation to Announce Trump Tax Cut Bonuses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Home Depot is the latest US corporation to announce Trump tax cut bonuses to their employees.

241 COMPANIES HAVE NOW ANNOUNCED BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES THANKS TO THE TRUMP TAX CUTS

Over 2 million US employees will receive bonuses or raises this year thanks to the Trump tax cuts.

Home Depot sent out this announcement on Thursday morning.

Today, as a result of the recent tax reform bill and in appreciation for continued excellent customer service, we are pleased to announce that all U.S. hourly associates will receive a one-time bonus of up to $1,000 based on tenure.

This bonus will be paid during the first full week of February and is in addition to the companys normal Success Sharing bonuses.

Please join me in thanking hourly associates across the company for their hard work and dedication to taking care of our customers and making us the #1 home improvement retailer in the world.

The Disney Corporation announced Tuesday it is offering $1,000 bonus checks to 125,000 employees and contribute to an education program for employees.

According to FOX Business Network 241 companies have now announced tax cut bonuses to their employees.

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15:08

IN IMITATION OF THEIR RUSSIAN MASTERS? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNN reports that demands for the release of Devin Nunes's secret memo about the FBI originated from some suspicious Twitter accounts:

The viral hashtag campaign #ReleaseTheMemo appears to have been driven at least in part by a swarm of Twitter accounts set up in the past week, a CNN analysis has found.

More than 1,000 accounts that were set up between Thursday -- when the hashtag first appeared -- and Sunday night have tweeted the hashtag. 460 of those were what are known as "egg accounts," accounts that don't even have a profile picture. About 200 of the accounts had sent only four or fewer tweets by Sunday night, with at least one of those featuring the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag.
Right now your thoughts are probably turning to Russia. A few days ago, Business Insider's Natasha Bertrand told us this:
#ReleaseTheMemo is the top-trending hashtag among Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations, according to Hamilton 68, a website launched last year that says it tracks Russian propaganda in near-real time....

Bret Schafer, a communications coordinator at the German Marshall Fund's Alliance for Securing Democracy who tracks the Hamilton 68 accounts, said he "certainly can't remember" the last time the researchers had seen a topic "promoted to this level" by the Russia-linked bots and trolls.
But then a Daily Beast report cast doubt on that story:
... a knowledgeable source says that Twitters internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo. There are no preliminary indications that the Twitter activity either driving the hashtag or engaging with it is either predominantly Russian.

In short, according to this source, who would not speak to The Daily Beast for attribution, the retweets are coming from inside the country.

The source pointed to influential American users on the right, including Donald Trump Jr., with his 2.49 million followers, pushing the hashtag forward. Its become a favorite of far-right Republican congressmen, including Steve King, who claimed the still-secret memo shows the FBI was behaving worse than Watergate in one viral tweet. Mark Meadows called it an...

15:06

Can Pelosi and Hoyer Kill The Wave? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The most recent state legislative election was in a state House district southeast of Pittsburgh, in a blueish district where the longtime Representative Marc Gergely (D) was convicted for being part of an illegal gambling ring and forced to resign. Tuesday, voters were not enthusiastic about going to the polls and just 11% of registered voted bothered. But Republicans were more dispirited and unenthusiastic than Democrats. The results-- reflective of a building wave cycle-- were stunning. House District 35-- McKeesport and much of the Monongahela Valley, had gone for Hillary in 2016, convincingly but not overwhelmingly. She won the district 58-39%. More to the point, the state House incumbent, Gergely beat Fawn Montgomery, his Republican challenger on the same day 62.5% to 37.5%, Tuesday, Fawn gave it another try in the open seat and faced Austin Davis, an African-American first-time candidate, The wave is lapping the district strong enough already to give him a massive 74-26% victory.

Republicans didn't show up to vote. Democrats should be worrying about Democrats also not showing up to vote. Like I said, the turnout, in the same week, Schumer offered to fully fund building Truump's wall and then he and Pelosi gave the Republicans enough Democrats in both Houses of Congress to pass the Republican agenda to throw DREAMers under-- or onto-- the bus. In the House 45 Democrats, primarily Blue Dogs and New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- all the regular suspects from Ami Bera (New Dem-CA), Sanford Bishop (Blue Dog-GA) and Cheri Bustos (Blue Dog-IL) to Josh Gottheimer (Blue Dog-NJ), Dan Lipinski (Blue Dog-IL), Stephanie Murphy (Blue Dog-FL), Kathleen Rice (New Dem-NY) and Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog_AZ) were delighted to do it. And in the Senate the aisle crossers were Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Jones (D-AL), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Claire McCaskill (D-Maddow)...

15:00

Hillary Clinton, the Alt-Right, and the Globalist Cthulhu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NOTE: This article was originally published at Right On on August 31, 2016. Im re-posting it here as the site is now defunct.

Hillary Clintons speech attacking the alt-Right wasnt simply about naming her enemies: its the start of her outreach to spurned cuckservatives. She hopes to forge a globalist alliance to shut down nationalism once and for all.

Twas the night before Hillarys alt-Right speech when all thro the house, not a creature was stirring, not even Pepe the Frog. Then we ran down to the Christmas tree and unwrapped our presents only to find that we got sweaters. The Lizard Queen was expected to deliver a fiery Two Minutes Hate for the benefit of Americas Pravda media and the chattering classes, complete with denunciations of figures like Mike Cernovich, Richard Spencer and the like. Instead, we got a toothless retread of the same themes shes been hammering for a year, the only addition being her recitation of Milo Yiannopoulos headlines.

Make no mistake: tactically, Hillarys speech attacking the alternative Right was a massive failure. Its clear that the reason it was delayed for nearly two hours was because her handlers realized that giving publicity to her enemies was a bad idea, so they rewrote the speech at the last minute. The result was a lame mishmash of platitudes and bromides that pleased no one, aside from the stenographers in the MSM. Alt-Righters watched the speech and went, Thats IT?, while normies were driven to Google us to find out what were about. (For example, the live show I did on Hillarys speech is now one of the most viewed videos on my YouTube channel.)

Strategically, however, Hillary has laid the groundwork for an anti-nationalist alliance, hoping to isolate the alt-Right and ensure permanent globalist dominance.

Credit goes to Radixs Hannibal Bateman for calling it first. Hillarys speech specifically delineated the differences between the alt-Right and good Republicans (aka cuckservatives). She specifically named Bob Dole, John McCain, and George W. Bushtwo losers and a president whose incompetence directly led to the rise of Obama and the Leftas the kinds of Republicans she admired and wished were still dominant. The message is clear: Hillary wants cucks to join her in her fight against us nasty White supreme-ists.

T...

14:32

Conservative Heritage Foundation Rates Trumps First Year Better Than Reagans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

News Flash to Conservatives in the Republican Party According to the Heritage Foundation President Trump did an amazing job in his first year in office even better than conservative and American icon President Ronald Reagan!

The New York Times reported that the conservative Heritage Foundation ranks President Trump as doing even better than conservative icon President Ronald Reagan in the first year of his Presidency

The Trump administration has pursued policies that have hewed remarkably close to the recommendations of a leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, which found in a new review that nearly two-thirds of its ideas had been carried out or embraced by the White House over the past year.

Not one to dwell on the details of governing, President Trump has shown a considerable degree of deference to groups within the conservative movement like Heritage, leading to a rightward shift in social, environmental, immigration and foreign policy.

The results, Heritage found in its review, exceeded even the first year of Ronald Reagans presidency, whose tenure has long been the conservative gold standard.

The Times continued that as the horrible Obama years came to an end

Heritage began developing in 2016 a list of 334 policy prescriptions that a new Republican administration could adopt. It included a variety of actions, like reimposing work requirements for welfare recipients, ending the program that shields young immigrants brought here illegally as children, withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and eliminating certain gender identity protections.

Heritage said that 64 percent of those items were enacted by the administration either through executive order or another means of enforcement, or included in Mr. Trumps budget, which has not been voted on by Congress.

In Reagans first year, only 49 percent of Heritages wish list items were embraced by the president or enacted. At the time, Heritage identified a familiar problem for why the administrations policies were wanting. In almost every federal agency,...

14:01

FIRST LEAK=> FISA Memo Officially Names James Comey, Andrew McCabe & Rod Rosenstein "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former FBI Director James Comey, bureau Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are officially named in the shocking FISA abuse memo, reports the Daily Beast.  

The Daily Beast reports:

A controversial Republican memo alleging surveillance abuse specifically names FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein along with former FBI Director James Comey.

Capitol Hill sources on both sides of the aisle say the memos release is only a matter of time. And when it comes out, these current and former officials all GOP btes noires are likely to face even more criticism from the right over their involvement in FBI counterintelligence work.

Republicans, including Trump himself, have spent months attacking McCabe and Comey while special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Team Trumps connections to the Kremlin. Rosenstein put that probe in placea move Trump has derided as a witch hunt. []

Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, told The Daily Beast that Nunes has told Republicans his staff spent months putting the memo together.

The Daily Beasts report comes amid the Sessions Justice Department calling on House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to allow the FBI to review the memo to ensure its release will not harm national security.

While on the face on it, the Justice Departments request is both logical and prudent. However, once in possession of the memo, which is likely to expose the role of top level FBI and Justice Department officials in using the Steele dossier to obtain FISA spy warrants, what do you think bureau officials will do? Wage a fierce PR campaign against it and the Republican lawmakers who demand the memo to be released.

The first leak is confirmation of what Republican lawmakers have been hinting to the press for over a week.

During an appearance on CNNs mo...

13:30

Seattle has a solution to their homelessness crisis: A 75-person task force "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The city of Seattle has a major homelessness problem. Its so bad that the former disgraced homosexual mayor, Ed Murray, declared a State of Emergency on November 2, 2015. From my blog post in April 2017: In 2016, the King Continue reading

12:30

Two Months After U.S. Invaded Afghanistan, Donald Rumsfeld Asked What Languages Are Spoken There "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Roughly two months after the start of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was still unsure about which languages were spoken in the country and asked aides to provide him a report on the subject. That and other revelations come from a collection of hundreds of Rumsfelds communications released Wednesday by the National Security Archive, a research center based at George Washington University.

In a November 29, 2001 memo written by Rumsfeld and addressed to aide Larry Di Rita, titled simply Languages, Rumsfeld asked to be given a paper showing the languages spoken in Afghanistan, broken down by the percentage of the population that spoke them. Di Rita provided him the list in a subsequent communication.

The Languages memo is part of a roughly 900-page tranche of Rumsfelds memos released after a five-year Freedom of Information Act fight by the National Security Archive. Following a FOIA lawsuit filed by the archive, the government agreed to release a total of roughly 59,000 pages of memos in monthly tranches. The first group of memos contains many of Rumsfelds notorious short internal memoranda, known colloquially as snowflakes, which were written in the months before and after the September 11 attacks.

The memos are generally terse requests for information addressed to various aides and officials, as well as complaints about Pentagon bureaucracy and technical systems. Some are vaguely humorous, such as one dated October 27, 2001 that contains information on the correct pronunciation of the words Islam and Muslim, stating that they should not be pronounced as Izlam or Muzzlum. In that memo, Rumsfeld seems to ask an aide to look into whether the suggested pronunciations are correct and, if so, to inform then-President George W. Bush and the Pentagon.

I have a feeling we are going to have to make our case on anything we do after Afghanistan.

Other memos are more suggestive of the administrations strategic thinking in the months following the attacks, including with regard to preparing for military operations in Iraq. In one memo addressed to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz on Decembe...

10:47

Why Europe Must Reject U.S. Blackmail Over Iran's Nuclear Agreement - An Update "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Trump administration has threatened to end the nuclear deal with Iran. In our last post we argued in detail that the attempt of the European 3, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, to soothe Trump by condemning Iran's ballistic...

09:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


-by Noah

Dateline: Undisclosed Location-

Vice President Mike Pence was presented with his own personal, giant monogrammed dildo today. As he wept with revealing excitement and joy, it was hard to hear his words of thanks but, we at DWT have some ideas about what he may have said as he expressed his gratitude. Feel free to choose any or all from the following possibilities of "best words":

1. Thank you so much! I can't wait to show mother!

2. How did you know?

3. This is the stuff of my dreams!

4. Gosh, I'm not sure it will fit in my closet.

5. Donald will be so jealous!

6. At least I won't have to pay it $130,000.

The giant monogramed dildo was made for the Vice President by Monsanto's Screw the World division. Plans have already been announced for a Kellyanne Conway limited, numbered edition and an extra small dildo pendant and necklace set in fools gold for Senor Trumpanzee. Rumors that Stephen Miller will be getting a double-header model wearing a KKK hood & sheet ensemble were unconfirmed at press time.

09:00

Vivemos no mundo da servido por dvida "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ao longo do ltimo ano, experimentamos todos uma sensao de vertigem poltica. Parte disso, claro, decorre do fato de o atual presidente dos Estados Unidos ser Donald Trump e de ele estar constantemente encadeando um absurdo no outro, normalmente quando a gente mal comea a debater sobre o primeiro.

Estamos correndo o tempo todo, e fica difcil tomar p de onde estamos e onde estivemos. Poder parar e olhar para as coisas de uma perspectiva mais ampla se torna um luxo quase inacessvel. Isso ter srias consequncias. Estamos sofrendo alteraes em nossos crebros, na forma como processamos as notcias e as informaes, nos nossos conceitos de resistncia e tirania. J vivemos em uma sociedade que no estuda sua prpria histria a histria nua e crua , e muitas vezes os acontecimentos em curso so analisados num vcuo que raramente inclui o contexto histrico necessrio para compreender o que novidade, o que antigo e como chegamos at aqui.

Ns nos alienamos da nossa realidade e do nosso trabalho.

No momento em que Trump comemora seu primeiro ano de mandato em meio a manifestaes contrrias a seu governo em vrias partes dos EUA, o acadmico marxista David Harvey aceitou o convite para uma entrevista para o podcast Intercepted, de The Intercept. Harvey um dos principais pensadores marxistas da atualidade, uma autoridade na principal obra de Marx, O Capital, que completou 150 anos no fim de 2017. Ele professor benemrito de Antropologia e Geografia na City University de Nova York e um pioneiro da geografia moderna. Acaba de lanar o livro Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason [Marx, Capital e a Loucura da Razo Econmica, ainda sem traduo no Brasil].

Abaixo, o udio completo em ingls e uma verso traduzida e editada da conversa.

Assine o podcast Intercepted [em ingls] nas plataformas Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcherRadio Public, e outras.

 

Jeremy Scahill: Professor, bem-vindo ao Intercepted.

David Harvey: Obrigado.

JS: Para comear, fiquei curioso depois de ler seu livro: como chegamos a Trump? Quais fatores levaram ascenso de Trump Casa Branca?

DH: Eu resumiria em...

06:20

January 25th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #371 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

06:15

Thursday January 25th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

06:00

Contest Coming-- Help Tim Canova Pick The Prize "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




One of the ways Blue America helps the candidates we endorse is by donating rock'n'roll memorabilia from my old days as a music business executive. We're going to do one with Tim Canova next. He's running for the Broward/Miami-Dade seat that Debbie Wasserman Schultz appears to have stolen last cycle. So gave him the choice of a bunch of platinum awards rear were given to me personally. Here's the e-mail Tim sent his supporters yesterday:
I am excited to report that Blue America-- a fearless progressive grassroots group and the first to endorse us against Debbie Wasserman Schultz-- will give away an original platinum album to help support our campaign.

The only problem is that we have not yet decided which album to raffle off to our supporters!  The choices are hit albums by Erasure, Chris Isaak, and Barenaked Ladies. But were leaving that decision up to all of you!

Please let us know by sometime this Friday, January 26th which is your choice of album to be raffled off:
Barenaked Ladies - GORDON (1992)
        Debut studio album with such classic hits, "If I Had $1,000,000,"
          "Be My Yoko Ono" and "Brian Wilson"

  Chris Issak - FOREVER BLUE (1995)
        Nominated for a Best Rock Album Grammy in 1996
        Hit songs: "Somebody's Crying" and "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing"

  Erasure - THE INNOCENTS (1988)
        Hit songs: "A Little Respect," "Chains of Love"...

05:58

Stanford Students Call For Resignation of Antifa-Linked Professor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Several Stanford University student groups are calling for the resignation of a professor with ties to the far-left, extremist group Antifa.

The groups are calling for the university professor to either resign or cut ties with the Antifascist student group he founded.

Students with the Stanford Review, as well as the Stanford College Republicans, both assert that any professor involved with a group like Antifa is completely and wholly unacceptable. In a Facebook post the Stanford College Republicans said as much noting their disgust at Professor David Palumbo-Lius involvement as a ring-leader within Antifa.

Palumbo-Liu was named Stanfords most radical professor in a piece by the Stanford Review two years back, which went to great lengths detailing his involvement in anti-Israel action.

The College Fix reports:

They also highlight Palumbo-Lius involvement within the Antifascist movement, most notably emphasizing the organization that he and Purdue University professor, Bill Mullen, co-founded, the Campus Antifascist Network, which the piece said is undeniably a chapter of a terrorist group.

When asked via email by The College Fix if he would like to address the op-ed, Palumbo-Liu responded by saying, simple answer: no.

Stanford University did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this situation from The College Fix.
The CAN website states its aim is to bring people together to stem the rise of fascism, whether proudly displayed in hateful exclusionary slogans and posters, or disguised as free speech. To fight fascism, CAN plans to mass counter-mobilizations and broad-based coalitions as key to the fight against these forces.

Read more here.

The post...

05:24

Dirty Cop Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok Coordinated to Blindside General Flynn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The fix was in.

A new report reveals a scheduler to then-National Security Advisor General Flynn received a phone call from Deputy Director Andrew McCabes office to set up Flynns January 24 interview with Strzok.

McCabe and Strzok worked in coordination to take out General Flynn.

The DOJ is in the process of retrieving Strzoks missing text messages he sent his mistress Bureau lawyer Lisa Page. Some of the text messages bubbling up to the surface were sent at the exact same time Strzok interviewed General Flynn. It will be interesting to see just how evil these FBI agents were as they plotted to remove Trump administration officials.

Excerpt from NBC News:

Two people familiar with the matter said Trump was unaware that Flynn had spoken with the FBI until two days after the interview took place. An attorney for Flynn did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

A brief phone call from the office of Andrew McCabe, the deputy FBI director, to a scheduler for Flynn on Jan. 24 set the interview in motion, according to people familiar with the matter. The scheduler was told the FBI wanted to speak with Flynn later that day, these people said, and the meeting was placed on Flynns schedule. The scheduler didnt ask the reason for the meeting, and the FBI didnt volunteer it, one person familiar with the matter said.

Later that day, two FBI agents arrived at the White House to speak with Flynn. A lawyer for the National Security Council typically would be informed of such a meeting and be present for it, one person familiar with the procedures said. But that didnt happen in this instance, and Flynn didnt include his own personal lawyer, two people said. He met with the two federal agents alone, according to these people.

No one knew that any of this was happening, said another senior White House official who was there at the time.

Apparently it was not clear to Flynn that this was about his personal conduct, another White House official said. So he didnt think of bringing his own lawyer.

Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok ambushed General Flynn and...

05:05

Report: DOJ Has Found and Is Recovering Missing FBI Text Messages "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to a Fox News exclusive report the Department of Justice has found the missing text messages between Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page, and is in the process of recovering them. (FOX NEWS) Fox News Sean Hannity Continue reading

05:01

A Conspiracy of Silence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying.

Those fruits can now lawfully include all fiber-optic data transmitted to or in the United States, such as digital recordings of all landline and mobile telephone calls and copies in real time of all text messages and emails and banking, medical and legal records electronically stored or transmitted.

All this bulk surveillance had come about because the National Security Agency convinced federal judges meeting in secret that they should authorize it. Now Congress and the president have made it the law of the land.

This enactment came about notwithstanding the guarantee of the right to privacy the right to be left alone articulated in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and elsewhere. Though the surveillance expansion passed the Senate by just one vote, it apparently marks a public policy determination that the Constitution can be ignored or evaded by majority consent whenever it poses an obstacle to the governments purposes.

The language of the Fourth Amendment is an intentional obstacle to the government in deference to human dignity and personal liberty. It reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

This specific language was expressly written to prevent the bulk suspicionless surveillance that the British government had used against the colonists. British courts in London issued general warrants to British soldiers in America, authorizing them to search wherever they wished and seize whatever they found. These warrants were not based on probable cause, and they did not describe the place to be searched or the people or things to be seized.

The Colonial reaction to the British use of general warrants was to take up arms and fight the American Revolution.

Last week, Congress and the president chose to ignore our history and the human values underlying the right to privacy. Those values recognize that the individual pursuit of happiness is best actualized in an atmosphere free from the governments prying eyes. Stated differently, the authors and ratifiers of the Fourth Amendment recognized that a person is not fully happy when being watched all the time by the government.

Yet the constitutional values and timeless lessons of history were not only rejected by Congress but also rejected in ignorance, and the ignorance was knowin...

Marxs Religion of Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I began writing Marxs Religion of Revolution in 1965. I was in graduate school at the University of California, Riverside. It was published in 1968. I was 26 years old.

I got the idea from R. J. Rushdoony. In 1965, he wrote a 20-page pamphlet, The Religion of Revolution. It was published by St. Thomas Press, the book publishing outlet of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston. The pastor was a conservative, T. Robert Ingram. The booklet was going to be a chapter of a book. He wrote the following at the end of his January 1966 newsletter:

During December, I spoke 31 times, having meetings in Sunnyvale, Anderson, and Redding as well as locally. I wrote another chapter for The Religion of Revolution, of which the first chapter has been published in a pamphlet, and I delivered it as a talk at the wonderful Christmas dinner party on December 19 at the Eric Pridonoff home. At that dinner a tape recorder was given to me as a gift. I am thankful to all of you for it. Several short pieces were also written during December, plus a chapter for another book.During 1965, I spoke 212 times. Two books were published, Freud and The Nature of the American System; two pamphlets, The Religion of Revolution and The United Nations, A Religious Dream. Several articles were written, and a number of chapters for several books in progress. My travels to speak took me to Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. and up and down the state of California repeatedly.

He maintained this schedule for the next three decades, but he never finished the book.

He argued that pagan religion had as its ultimate goal the regeneration of the world through chaos. I immediately saw that Karl Marxs system, known as scientific socialism, and also known as communism, fit the description that Rushdoony made of pagan religion. I began researching works of Marx and Engels in 1966.

ROBERT NISBETS INFLUENCE

I wrote about his influence on American academic conservatism after 1964 in a 2005 article on Lew Rockwells site. It is posted here.

Providentially for me and conservatism Nisbet returned to teaching in the fall of 1964. He had served as Dean of the College of Letters and Science from the beginning of the college in 1954 until 1960, when he became Vice Chancellor. The school was called a university, but it did not add a graduate school until the fall of 1963, the term after I graduated. Nisbet had been a professor of sociol...

Republicans Sitting on Evidence That Clears Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the 1970s neoconservative Irving Kristol aptly described the Republicans as the stupid party. We are seeing this today in the hesitation of the House Intelligence Committee to release to the American public the results of its investigation of Russiagate.

The committee has released a description of its findings to members of the House, and most Republicans who have read it are demanding that it be released to the public as it clearly proves that Russiagate was an orchestrated conspiracy between the Democratic National Committee, the FBI, and the Obama Department of Justice against Donald Trump.

Apparently, Republicans are not smart enough to understand that to announce that you have proof that turns Russiagate away from President Trump and toward its DNC, FBI, and DOJ originators and then to sit on the information gives the Democrats and the presstitutes time to discredit the information in advance of its release.

And that is exactly what we are witnessing. For example, presstitute Greg Sargent writing in the Washington Post, a long-time CIA asset, mischaracterizes the finding of the House Intelligence Committee as the latest effort to delegitimize the Russia probe by painting it as born of partisan dirty tricks and an illegitimate abuse of power.

The presstitute Sargent goes on to allege that the campaign to discredit the Russia investigation continues unabated, and the Nunes memo [the House Intelligence Committee report] is at the center of it. Sargent dismisses the report, which he has not seen, as merely a selective release of cherry-picked info that will give Republicans ammunition to shield Trump from accountability, secure in the knowledge that the full set of facts allowing us to gauge the memos accuracy will not be released.

Note presstitute Sargent and the Washington Posts assumption that Trump is guilty of some Russiagate accusation despite the absence of any evidence.

What Sargent, his editor, and the highly partisan Rep. Adam Schiff do not acknowledge is that proof that Russiagate is born of partisan dirty tricks and an illegitimate abuse of power already exists in public in the form of an official report by the FISA court. I posted it here on January 22. Former US Attorney Joe diGenova explains it in detail here.

The FISA court lists the admitted violations of surveillance laws and their misuse against Trump by...

Thoughts on Computer and Video Gaming "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A common complaint I hear from parents is that their kids spend too much time in front of a PC or their smartphones playing video or computer games. I agree. But it dawns on me that many parents are being hypocritical. I mean, if you are the parent and you are a big TV watcher or you watch pro sports, and actually care about who wins that pro sports game, then you might not be any better than your kid who plays video games.

Why? Playing video or computer games on a PC or hand-held device does nothing to better ones self and is a waste of time. Whether the child wins the game or not, nothing changes for them, right?

But, wait! If you like to watch sports on TV, and whether your team wins the game or not, nothing changes for you, right?

Older folks like to watch sports on TV. Its become an old habit. They are big fans of their favorite team and get real excited every day about the big game this weekend.

Younger folks like to play video games. Its become an old habit. They get real excited about the game every day and look forward to playing games this weekend.

Starting to see some similarities? I am.

Id like to compare my friend Jake with his son

Jake was telling me that his son is computer-game crazy! Jake was complaining that besides school work, all his son wants to do is hang out with his friends, drink sodas and eat chips and pizzas and play video games on the PC or games on their smart devices. Jake doesnt like it because he says it is doing nothing to improve his sons life nor is it benefitting his sons education.

Jakes son, though, loves computer and hand-held games. He spends, sometimes 4 or 5 hours straight (or more) playing games on weekends.

On the other hand, Jake was telling me that he loves sports! Besides work, Jake says he likes to hang out with his friends and, drink beer, eat pizzas and fried chicken and watch baseball or football games on TV. I wonder how this improves Jakes life or benefits his job or financial situation.

Jake loves professional sports on TV. He spends, sometimes 4 or 5 hours straight (or more) watching games on weekends.

Jakes son is not interested in professional sports on TV and says they are a total waste of time.

I think computer and video games are a total waste of time. I think professional sports are a total waste of time. I know anything on TV is a waste of time Hand held games are this generations TV.

Both Jake and his son, would be better off if they didnt enjoy sitting in front of a box all the time.

Jakes son has grown up just like dad The delivery system for mind-numbing experiences has merely changed from one generation to the next. Thats all....

US Needs To Kick Cold War Habit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The National Defense Strategy unveiled by Pentagon chief James Mattis illustrates once again the revanchist Cold War mindset dominating Washington which is the inevitable expression of the US destructive addiction to militarism.

More than a quarter-century after the official end of the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union, Washington has the cheek to label both Russia and China as revisionist powers.

Policy and discourse dominating Washington shows it is the US that is the biggest revisionist power, trying to revive ideological tensions and antagonism with Russia and China.

Defense Secretary Mattis declared last week that fighting non-state terrorism was no longer the primary focus of US national security. He said the great power competition with Russia and China was the new priority.

Mattis National Defense Strategy echoed themes contained in the National Security Strategy document published in December, which was signed off by President Trump. The NSS also cast Russia and China as rivals and existential threats to Americas influence in the world.

As with the NSS paper, Moscow and Beijing condemned the latest Pentagon document as being stuck in Cold War thinking and dealing with foreign relations in an imperialistic manner. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it was regrettable that Washington, instead of conducting normal dialogue is trying to prove its leadership using such confrontational concepts and strategies.

The blatant reality is that the Pentagon is making a pitch for ever-more federal spending on Americas already gargantuan militarized economy. Listening to James Mattis, one might think that the US military is being starved of investment, thus threatening national security.

This is after the US government voted last year to increase annual military spending by $50 billion to a record high of $700 billion. Not even during the Cold War was the US military budget anywhere near the current outlay,...

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, a fecalized environment.

In plain English: s is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral.  The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

I have seen.  I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole.  Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures terms.  But they are not our terms.  The excrement is the least of it.  Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

As a twenty-one-year-old starting out in the Peace Corps, I loved Senegal.  In fact, I was euphoric.  I quickly made friends and had an adopted family.  I relished the feeling of the brotherhood of man.  People were open, willing to share their lives and, after they knew you, their innermost thoughts.

The longer I lived there, the more I understood: it became blindingly obvious that the Senegalese are not the same as us.  The truths we hold to be self-evident are not evident to the Senegalese.  How could they be?  Their reality is totally different.  You cant understand anything in Senegal using American terms.

Take something as basic as family.  Family was a few hundred people, extending out to second and third cousins.  All the men in one generation were called father.  Senegalese are Muslim, with up to four wives.  Girls had their clitorises cut off at puberty.  (I witnessed this, at what I thought was going to be a nice coming-of-age ceremony, like a bat mitzvah or confirmation.)  Sex, I was told, did not include kissing.  Love and friendship in marriage were Western ideas.  Fidelity was not a thing.  Married women would have sex for a few cents to have cash for the market.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death.  Wives raised the food and fed...

The Lies and Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

More than 150 years after the Civil War, the nation is engulfed in controversy over statues of people who fought for the Confederacy. Many people want the statues taken down. The statues, they say, depict men who were slaveowners, slavery proponents, and traitors. Those who want the statues to stay in place are said to be racists. The feelings run so deep on both sides of the controversy that one would think that the Civil War ended just yesterday.

As a libertarian, I question why government should erect statues in the first place, to anyone. Thats simply not a legitimate role of government. Moreover, why should people be taxed to fund a statue of someone whose beliefs or behavior they dislike or oppose?

Private entities, of course, should be free to erect any statues they want, so long as they arent subsidized by the state and the statues are on privately owned property. In fact, in 2003 a group spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to establish the Confederate Memorial Park in Lookout Point, Maryland, which features a statue and battle flags that celebrate the Confederacy. It is privately funded and people are free to boycott it or even protest it. It is an example of how things operate in a private-property system.

The statue controversy exposes lies and hypocrisy that characterize the popular depiction of the Civil War.

The most popular lie is the one that says that Abraham Lincoln waged the war to free the slaves. Thats just a plain lie. Ending slavery was the result at the end of the war but it was clearly not Lincolns goal at the beginning of the war.

Lincoln had one reason and one reason alone for initiating war against the Confederacy: to keep the nation intact by suppressing the Souths secession. That was it. That was Lincolns sole aim. Prior to the war, he had made it clear that slavery was legal under the U.S. Constitution. Thus, he believed, the only way to end it legally would have been by constitutional amendment.

Indeed, further proof of Lincolns aim is seen in his Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves only in certain areas. If he were waging the war to end slavery, wouldnt he have proclaimed the freedom of all slaves, not just some of them?

Lets assume that there was no slavery in the South and that the South had seceded for some other reason, say, tariffs, or simply because Southerners had decided that they no longer wanted to associate with the North. Even without slavery, there is no doubt that Lincoln would have initiated the war to prevent the South from seceding.

What if the Confederate States seceded today and declared their independence? Does anyone doubt that federal forces would be sent into the South again to suppress the secession? Obviously, their aim would not be to end slavery but to keep the nation intact,...

The FBI Hand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.)

Despite his former job as chief of the FBIs counterintelligence section, Strzok had the naive notion that texting on FBI phones could not be traced. Strzok must have slept through Security 101. Or perhaps he was busy texting during that class. Girlfriend Page cannot be happy at being misled by his assurance that using office phones would be a secure way to conduct their affair(s).

It would have been unfortunate enough for Strzok and Page to have their adolescent-sounding texts merely exposed, revealing the reckless abandon of star-crossed lovers hiding (they thought) secrets from cuckolded spouses, office colleagues, and the rest of us. However, for the never-Trump plotters in the FBI, the official release of just a fraction (375) of almost 10,000 messages does incalculably more damage than that.

We suddenly have documentary proof that key elements of the U.S. intelligence community were trying to short-circuit the U.S. democratic process. And that puts in a new and dark context the year-long promotion of Russia-gate. It now appears that it was not the Russians trying to rig the outcome of the U.S. election, but leading officials of the U.S. intelligence community, shadowy characters sometimes called the Deep State.

More of the Strzok-Page texting dialogue is expected to be released. And the Department of Justice Inspector General reportedly has additional damaging texts from others on the team that Special Counsel Robert Mueller selected to help him investigate Russia-gate.

Besides forcing the removal of Strzok and Page, the text exposures also sounded the death knell for the career of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, in whose office some of the plotting took place and who has already announced his plans to retire soon.

But the main casualty is the FBIs 18-month campaign to sabotage candidate-and-now-President Donald Trump by using the Obama administrations Russia-gate intelligence assessment, electronic surveillance of dubious legality, and a salacious dossier that could never pass the smell test, while at the same time using equally dubious techniques to immunize Hillary Clinton and her closest advisers from crimes that include lying to the FBI and endangering secrets.

Ironically, the Strzok-Page texts provide something that the Russia-gate investigation has been sorely lacking: first-hand evidence of both corrupt intent and action. After months of breathless searching for evidence of Russian-Trump collusion designed to put Trump in the White House, what now exists is actual evid...

After 8,2 Alaska Earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

THE 8.2 magnitude earthquake that has triggered tsunami warnings off the coast of Alaska has sparked fears it could awaken Americas most deadly volcano Mount St Helens, with the 8,363ft mountains threat level at very high as shockwaves rattle the northwest states.

The volcano in Washington state left 57 people dead and levelled 250 homes when a 5.1 magnitude earthquake caused it to erupt in 1980.

An avalanche of debris crashed down the mountain and reduced its height by 1314ft.

The trail of destruction brought down 47 bridges, and wiped out 15miles of railyway and 185miles of highway.

Between 2004 and 2008 it was classed as being in a state of eruption as it continuously released magma.

And it is now feared the volcano could erupt again in the wake of this mornings powerful earthquake off the coast of Alaska.

The US Geological Survey has its current threat level at very high as shockwaves of the earthquake, which initially measured 8.2 before being downgraded to a 7.9 magnitude quake, send tremors across the northwest.

It struck off the coast of Alaska at 00:31 local time (9:31 GMT) and caused tsunami warnings across the US west coast.

Canada could also feel the force of the giant waves if they are triggered.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has put the the 1,730m Cleveland Volcano in Alaska on the Watch category of Orange Alert, which means it is exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.

If the alert level rises to Warning/Orange it will mean that an eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected.

The states bigger Shishaldin Volcano, that stands at 2,857m, is on a lesser yellow alert.

Volcanic eruptions have occurred shortly after earthquakes in the past and scientists believe it is likely they are linked.

Tsunami

A graphic shows the tsunami travel time in hours

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The post After 8,2 Alaska Earthquake appeared first on LewRockwell.

New Global Gold Standard "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The World Gold Council (WGC) is considering a global standard for 1 kilogram gold bars so they could be used as collateral in futures markets and potentially encourage demand.

People close to the matter told Reuters the aim is to include companies from the world of gold refining, banks and brokers that trade the precious metal in the futures and physical markets, and the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).

The plan is to create a standard for kilobars that can be adopted around the world, delivered anywhere, possibly using blockchain to identify the bars, their origins, a physical gold trading source said. Rigid standards and blockchain would bring in people who are worried they could be getting conflict metal.

The kilobar measure dominates Asian trade as gold contracts on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, Shanghai Futures Exchange, and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing are all in kilobars.

However, lack of transparency about their origin and the absence of a global standard thwart their use on exchanges elsewhere. They cannot be accepted at London Metal Exchange clearing arm LME Clear because they differ from its standard bars which are typically around 400 ounces.

According to sources estimates, top consumer China imports about 95 percent of gold in kilobars, while second-largest consumer India imports 80 percent in kilobars. The WGC estimated Chinas 2017 gold demand at up to 1,000 tons and Indias at 650 tons.

The Asian consumer market is in kilobars, it dominates gold trade, a gold industry source said. If you want to trade on the LME and you want to lodge your collateral in kilobars in another location, why shouldnt you be able to? There are vaults all over the world.

Some refiners worry the global kilobar standard will lead to losses of income, others say it will boost the market.

You can add a lot of information with blockchain, where the gold was mined, where it was refined, serial numbers, who owned it previously. It could bring new demand to the market, a physical market source said.

Reprinted from RT News.

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An Unbreakable Story "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Imagine a glass you can bend and then watch it return to its original form. A glass that you drop but it doesnt break. Stories say that an ancient Roman glassmaker had the technology to create a flexible glass, vitrium flexile, but a certain emperor decided the invention should not be.

Flexible glass is allegedly a type of unbreakable glass that was invented during the Roman period. Man-made glass (as opposed to a naturally occurring one such as obsidian) is widely accepted to have been invented by the Phoenicians. Over the course of the millennia, glass-makers honed their skills, improving the techniques used to produce this substance, as well as the glass itself. In the Roman Empire, glass became a commonly produced item, though special luxury glasses were also created. Arguably one of the most intriguing of these glass types is the so-called flexible glass.

Roman glass.

Roman glass. (CC BY SA 2.0)

Tales of the Famed Roman Glass

Flexible glass is said to be a legendary lost invention dating to the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar. Whilst no physical evidence of such a glass has been found so far, there are two main written sources attesting to its existence. One of these is Pliny the Elders Natural History, whilst the other is the Satyricon, commonly attributed to the Roman courtier Petronius. Whilst Plinys work is encyclopaedic in nature, that of Petronius is a piece of satire showing how this incredible story was picked up by writers of different genres.

In Natural History, Pliny reports that flexible glass was made by a glass-maker during the time of Tiberius Caesar. Instead of gaining the favor of the Roman emperor, said craftsman had his workshop shut down. This was meant to prevent the value of precious metals, i.e. gold, silver, and copper from being depreciated by this new material. A similar story is said to have been reported by Cassius Dio and Suetonius. Pliny expresses his doubts regarding the veracity of this story, as he mentions that This story, however, was, for a long time, more widely spread than well authenticated.

Tiberius Caesar.

Tiberius Caesar. (Sailko/...

Eliminate Google From Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Dr. Mercola

Google, by far one of the greatest monopolies that ever existed, poses a unique threat to anyone concerned about health, supplements, food and your ability to obtain truthful information about these and other issues. And, while not the sole threat to privacy, Google is definitely one of the greatest. Over time, Google has positioned itself in such a way that its become deeply embedded and involved in your day-to-day life.

Its important to realize that Google catches every single thing you do online if youre using a Google-based feature, and that the data is being used to build powerful personality profiles. As previously reported by Gawker:1

Every word of every email sent through Gmail and every click made on a Chrome browser is watched by the company. We dont need you to type at all, [Google co-founder Eric] Schmidt once said. We know where you are. We know where youve been. We can more or less know what youre thinking about.

How these profiles with capabilities akin to mindreading are ultimately put to use is anyones guess. The main purpose of this data collection is said to be for marketing purposes, allowing companies to target users with a known interest in certain activities or products. This is bad enough, but the profiles could just as easily be used for more nefarious and liberty-infringing purposes, and were already seeing some evidence that this is taking place.

Please also understand that they are the worlds greatest artificial intelligence (AI) company, having purchased Deep Mind for $400 billion several years ago. Deep Mind now employs over 700 AI researchers, the largest collection anywhere in the world.

They are responsible for defeating the human Go champion last year, which far exceeds the complexity of defeating a human chess champion. With this level of AI, it is not hard for them to sort through all your data with their deep learning algorithms and find patterns they can exploit.

The 2013 article, What Surveillance Valley Knows About You,2 is an eye-opening read that may be well worth your time, describing just how grossly invasive this data collection and distribution is, and how dangerous it can be if you end up on certain lists.

Googles data harvesting is particularly concerning in light of its military connections,...

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Representative Matt Gaetz Discusses #ReleaseTheMemo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Amid the latest Democrat dismissive statements surrounding evidence of FBI and DOJ having a secret society of anti-Trumpers, and bias in Muellers FBI probe, Representative Matt Gaetz discusses events with Tucker Carlson:

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Audio of President Trump Media Discussion January 24th 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Prior to departure to Davos for the World Economic Forum, President Trump discussed current events with reporters.  Audio only:

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Crooked Cop Comey is Sweating Bullets Fires Off Tweet After Hannity Drops Bombshell DOJ Retrieving Missing FBI Text Messages "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wednesday night Sean Hannity dropped a bombshell exclusive story.

Hannity told his audience he has MULTIPLE SOURCES who confirm the DOJ is retrieving the missing messages between FBI lovebirds Strzok and Page.

The timeline of the missing text messages is highly suspicious. They begin on December 14, 2016 and go through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.

On Monday, an attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow broke down the timeline of missing text messages which begins on December 14, 2016 and goes through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.

From December 14th 2016 to May 17th of 2017heres what was going on. You had the Flynn conversation with the senior transition officials as been reported in the press so their conversations about thatmissing.

Buzzfeed publishes the Steele dossier January 11th 2017text messages between the two are missing, Sekulow said.

Peter Strzok interviews Michael Flynn on January 24th 2017, the text messages between them are missing.

Comey is fired by the president of the United States May 9th 2017, their text messages are missing, Sekulow continued.

Robert Mueller Special Counsel appointed May 17 2017-text messages missing based on a glitch.

No wonder why crooked cop Comey is nervous.

Comey fired off a tweet immediately after Hannity dropped the bombshell story.

Comey tweeted, Russia threat should unite us, not divide us: Its not about Republicans or Democrats. Theyre coming after America, which I hope we all love equally And they will be back, because we remainthat shining city on the hill, and they dont like it. Me (Senate Intel 6/8/17)

03:51

Matt Drudge Fires Off Ominous Tweet of Obama, Comey & Mueller After Recovery of Missing FBI Texts Begins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Amid the firestorm surrounding the missing FBI texts, shocking, FISA memo and President Trump revealing he plans to sit down with special Robert Mueller under oath, media icon Matt Durdge fired off an ominous tweet with a picture of Barack Obama, James Comey and Robert Mueller.

Winds of war, tweeted Drudge.

But what does it mean?

Trump told the press Wednesday that he is eager to sit down with Mueller in the next two-to-three weeks.

Im looking forward to it, President Trump said.

I would do it under oath, he added.

Later, Sean Hannity revealed multiple sources revealed to Fox News that the Justice Department has begun the process to retrieve the missing text messages.

Additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok have been handed over to Congress, reports the Associated Press. In yet another twist to the Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agents text messages because they have gone missing.

According to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, their are strong indications that Justice Department officials, including Inspector General Michael Horowitz, believe the text messages were, in fact, not lost at all.

Carter then touch on claims that a technical glitch, caused the texts to go missing.

About the FBIs claim that the Samsung phones are responsible for the 50,000 additional missing text messages, Carter says: I can tell you this, a lot of people within the DOJ, possibly even the inspector general himself, a lot of people within these committees do not buy this.

Carters reporting was the lead in to Hannitys major exclusive.

Carters suggestion bodes well with th...

03:41

Spain and the EU-Russia Conflict: Spanish Economic Interests and the Impact of Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mariano Rajoy of the PP (Peoples Party) has been Spanish Prime Minister since 2011. While this article is from 2015, it remains relevant.
From CIDOB:
Spain and the European Union-Russia Conflict: the Impact of the Sanctions Publication date: 02/2015
Notes internacionals CIDOB, nm. 108
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/deed.es
Nicols de Pedro, Research Fellow, CIDOB
Antonio Snchez Andrs, Lecturer in the Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Valencia

Relations between the European Union and Russia are at the lowest point in their history. Some Russian analysts even warn that we are approaching the point of breakdown. Moscow is attempting to impede the tightening of the sanctions and, at the same time, destroy the fragilealthough for the moment holdingEuropean unity on the subject. This unity is inseparable from the leadership of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and rests upon deep divisions between the member states.
 
Spain is widely seen to be one of most sympathetic countries to Moscow (along with Greece, Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria) and is one of the most openly reluctant to taking a hard line with Russia. This Spanish policy produces irritation and incomprehension in other European societies, particularly among Russias neighbours. Madrids position seems to swing between a desire to prompt dialogue with Moscow and a fear of appearing to be a belligerent partner, or one who obstructs the common EU position.
 
The roots of the Spanish position towards Russia lie in a degree of historical inertia and are the result of a combination of political and economic considerations. The perception of distance between the two countries and the absence of elements of genuine strategic weight at stake for Spain play a crucial role in shaping Madrids point of view. Russia, for example, is one of the main suppliers of oil to Spain (14% of the total in 2013), but the supply sources of crude are highly diversified and, at the same time, Russian gas is not consumed in the Iberian peninsula. Political and diplomatic relations are fluid, but they are neither special nor truly strategic for either of the two beyond the official rhetoric. In fact, Spain does not seem to receive any significant benefit from this position. Both the ministry of foreign affairs and the Spanish business community agree that Moscow neither facilitates access to the Russian market nor gives particular political backing to Madrid.
 
Bilateral economic relations, although promising in some sectors, are not particularly strong. But they nevertheless occupy a privileged place on the Spanish agenda, in line with the unquestionable pr...

03:15

Hannity: MULTIPLE SOURCES Tell Me DOJ Is Retrieving Missing Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Lovers Strzok and Page "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of missing text messages.

As TGPs Cristina Laila reported moments ago
The timeline of the missing text messages is highly suspicious. They begin on December 14, 2016 and go through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.

Imagine what the missing text messages say about the Trump transition period, Russia dossier, secret society and moments leading up to Muellers appointment.

The most shocking thing we have found out in the new batch of text messages is there was a secret society of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

FOX News is now reporting the recovery of the missing FBI text is underway.

Tonight Sean Hannity told his audience he has MULTIPLE SOURCES who confirm the DOJ is retrieving the missing messages between lovebirds Strzok and Page.

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03:10

Brilliant Strategery DOJ and FBI Demand Access To Nunes Memo While Making Wrong Assumptions. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Stunning development. But Things Are Not What They Seem ! Youve likely begun to hear about this letter from DOJ to Devin Nunes.  Please read it and evaluate.  Important Tip:  Notice the DOJ/FBI are referencing the Nunes Memo from a Continue reading

03:06

BREAKING FOX NEWS: Recovery of Missing FBI Text Messages Underway "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of missing text messages.

The timeline of the missing text messages is highly suspicious. They begin on December 14, 2016 and go through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.

Imagine what the missing text messages say about the Trump transition period, Russia dossier, secret society and moments leading up to Muellers appointment.

The most shocking thing we have found out in the new batch of text messages is there was a secret society of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

FOX News is now reporting the recovery of the missing FBI text is underway.

Sean Hannity is exclusively reporting the DOJ is in the process of recovering the missing Strzok-Page text messages.

Developing

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02:47

Their Worst Nightmare Has Come True: Sara Carter Hints IG Horowitz Knows the Truth About Missing Strzok-Page Texts? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok have been handed over to Congress, reports the Associated PressIn yet another twist to the Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agents text messages because they have gone missing.

According to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, there are strong indications that Justice Department officials, including Inspector General Michael Horowitz, believe the text messages were, in fact, not lost at all. 

Photo credit: Conservative Tree House 

Real Clear Politics reports:

Carter pointed out that previously revealed Strzok-Page texts alluded to an insurance policy that could be used if Trump won the presidency.

Their worst nightmare has come true, the president is elected. That is something they did not expect. FBI sources said from the very beginning that they didnt want Trump to make it into office.

Im concerned that theyre still working at the FBI, Carter said. Im hearing from my sources, too. FBI agents are saying, Why are they still there?

The Lovebirds. They were having an affair, they were both married, theyre working counter-intelligence. Thats enough for blackmail, Carter said. Now theyre sending text messages on an unsecured phone. Believe me, the Germans, the Russians, the Israelis, everybody is going into those phones and trying to suck out all the information they have.

Carter then touches on claims that a technical glitch, caused the texts to go missing.

About the FBIs claim that the Samsung phones are responsible for the 50,000 additional missing text messages, Carter says: I can tell you this, a lot of people within the DOJ, possibly even the inspector general himself, a lot of people within these committees do not buy this.

Carters suggestion bodes well with the New York Post reporter Paul Sperrys tweet earlier Wednesday, who claims Horowitz now has hundreds of texts from high level FBI agents. If Horowitz was able to obtain these messages, why not Strzoks and Pages texts? Hence why Carter suggested the Inspector Ge...

02:06

TICK TOCK: Sean Hannity Set To Drop Major Exclusive As FBI-DOJ Corruption Reaches Epic Proportions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Fox News host Sean Hannity is set to drop another exclusive as corruption at both the Justice Department and FBI reach new heights. 

Tick Tock Hannity exclusive!! Breaking news 9PM EST. Tonight. Fox News!

As reported earlier today, Fox News Jake Gibson says thousands of bureau cell phones were hit with the same technical glitch as Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

*** EXCLUSIVE THOUSANDS OF FBI CELLPHONES WERE AFFECTED BY TECHNICAL GLITCH *** Federal Law Enforcement Officials tell Fox News, a few thousand FBI employees cell phones were affected by the technical glitch which lost some of the text messages of Strzok and Page, tweeted Fox News reporter Jake Gibson.

Fox News reports:

Thousands of FBI cellphones were affected by the technical glitch that the DOJ says prevented five months worth of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page from being stored or uploaded into the bureaus archive system, federal law enforcement officials tell Fox News.

The missing messages have been at the center of a storm of controversy on Capitol Hill, after the DOJ notified congressional committees that there is a gap in records between Dec. 14, 2016...

02:04

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02:00

How Much Will It Matter That The Economy Is Leaving Trump Voters Behind? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


There are two recent posts that I'd like you to read before this one by Ron Brownstein. The first was yesterday's Economic Inequality-- Not Just Public Policy... It Starts On A Personal Level and the second was this afternoon's opioid post, about how Trump has betrayed a key part of his base in some of the reddest states. Brownstein is also very much talking about how Trump betrayed his base in key red states that put him into the White House.

He pointed out, for CNN yesterday, that while Seor Trumpanzee relentlessly claims credit for the strengthening economy, the nation's economic growth is being driven overwhelmingly by the places that are most resistant to him. Counties that voted for Hillary Clinton against Trump in 2016 accounted for nearly three-fourths of the nation's increased economic output and almost two-thirds of its new jobs in the years leading up to his election, according to previously unpublished findings provided to CNN by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

See that graphic up top, the biggest growth is in L.A. (4.430%), Houston (3.483%), Santa Clara County (San Jose- 2.951%), Manhattan (2.304%),Dallas (2.090%), Seattle, (2.029%), Orange County (CA- 1.985%), San Francisco (1.674%), San Diego (1.572%), Chicago (1.160%), Alameda County (Oakland-- 1.040%), Brooklyn (0.778%), Miami (0.638%)... all counties Hillary won. The only high-growth counties Trump won are Phoenix (1.279%) and Ft. Worth (0.744%)-- prompting Brownstein to remind us that "it is the diverse major metropolitan areas that voted in preponderant numbers against Trump that have clearly emerged as the nation's engines of growth. In the process, the big blue metros have pulled further aw...

02:00

ITS A TRAP=> POTUS Trump Says He Would Love To Interview With Mueller Under Oath "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dirty cop Mueller is gunning for President Trump.

The Special Counsel is looking to interview the President about a variety of things including Russian collusion and his firing of James Comey.

Since collusion isnt a crime, Mueller is looking to catch Trump making a false statement under oath and he will use every trick in the book to accomplish just that.

Its a trap. President Trump should avoid a sit-down interview with Mueller.

Associated Press reports:

 President Donald Trump declared late Wednesday hes looking forward to being questioned under oath in the special counsels probe of Russian election interference and possible Trump obstruction in the firing of the FBI director.

Trump said he would be willing to answer questions under oath in the interview, which special counsel Robert Mueller has been seeking but which White House officials had not previously confirmed the president would grant.

Im looking forward to it, actually, Trump said when asked by reporters at the White House. As for timing, he said, I guess theyre talking about two or three weeks, but Id love to do it.

He said, as he has repeatedly, that theres no collusion whatsoever with the Russians, and he added, Theres no obstruction whatsoever.

Judge Napolitano recently warned Trump against an interview with Mueller on Fox News:

He [Judge Nap] explained that Mueller would present Trumps interview to the grand jury and have them compare it with other evidence that has already been uncovered in the probe.

Never, never, never I cant say never enough let your client sit down with the prosecutors who are trying to develop a case against him, Napolitano said. Never expect them to be fair, never expect them to tell everything that they know. You will never know, and your client the president will never know everything that they know about him. Its a recipe for disaster.

The entire Russia investigation is based on a phony Hillary-funded Russia dossier. Top FBI brass knew the document was unverified yet they still used it to obtain a FI...

01:51

Judicial Watch Chief Investigator: Three FBI Sources Told Me No Way in Hell The FBI Phone Glitch Story Is Real (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Judicial Watch Chief Investigator Chris Farrell told Lou Dobbs on Wednesday he spoke with three different FBI officials who disputed the claims by the DOJ and Deep State officials that the Peter Strzok Lisa Page phone messages were lost in a glitch is a complete lie.

This weekend the FBI released 50,000 text messages between top FBI Investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress and top FBI Attorney Lisa Page.

But the FBI told Congress thousands of text messages between the two agents were deleted during a five month period from December 2016 to May 2017.

The premier international intelligence agency said they lost them.

The FBI lost five months of text messages between Chief FBI Investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress and FBI Attorney Lisa Page.

Chris Farrell from Judicial Watch says his FBI contacts (not part of the Deep State) say it is impossible to believe the phone glitch excuse.

Chris Farrell: Meanwhile I have talked to three FBI agents who told me this whole lost text message thing with Samsung is absolute baloney. That there is no way in the world this could have happened. That the FBI actively monitors agents communications both from an insider threat and a counter-intelligence prospective. And that their back-ups had back-ups. So three different sources have told me theres no way in hell that its possible, that someone is deliberately sabotaging this or deliberately deleting or lying.

Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

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01:25

New York Times Discourages Democratic Party Activists From Bashing Trump, Running In Red Districts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Days ago, the Democratic Party disappointingly caved to Republicans and President Donald Trump and ended the government shut down without achieving anything meaningful. They were promised the potential for action by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that could help 800,000-plus immigrants known as Dreamers avoid deportation, but there are few signs that will materialize.

Democrats balked at an opportunity to take a stand because they did not want to be divisive and disruptive. They did not have the fortitude to stick to a message that would communicate to Americans that the political party in power was shirking its responsibility to protect immigrants whose lives hang in the balance.

Enter the New York Times and its opinion section, which published an online conversation on January 24 under the headline, Enough Trump Bashing, Democrats.

What exactly do the editors overseeing the opinion section believe about Trump? Do the editors really think Democrats can negotiate in good faith or compromise with the president? What do they think Democrats can work on and get done with Trump when Republicans pay lip service to a policy change and then pursue a different and destructive policy?

It does not matter because in its role as the gatekeeper of political discourse on the establishment left the New York Times believeslike most Democratic strategiststhat Democrats must pander to Republicans and avoid political messages, which are strident and may alienate them. The news outlet also discourages party activists from running in the Democratic primaries.

Forget the reality that this is the strategy, which Hillary Clintons campaign pursued against Trump in the 2016 election and how miserably it failed. Ignore the fact that Clinton was upset that her opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, pushed her to the left, and instead of becoming a stronger candidate, her campaign resisted and Democratic voter turnout was lower than in 2012.

As Jim Naureckas of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) highlighted in October, the history of the Times newspaper is rooted in a Wall Street effort to protect the Democratic Party from populismthe kind which is prevalent among Sanders Democrats and threatens the Big Money w...

01:10

Corporations Are A Mixture Of Humanitys Greatest Nightmares "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad January 24, 2018 In ancient times, the unknown edges of maps held the words, Here be dragons. Weve journeyed into those unexplored territories, and found not dragons, but monsters of our own creation, behemoths of the corporate state, which, like golems, []

00:56

RIP Ursala LeGuin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I saw her. She flies golden on the other wind.

The Other Wind

00:56

REPORTER: DNC and Hillary Camp Had Contractual Control Over How FBI-DOJ Used Bogus Dossier to Spy on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) confirmed Wednesday from the Senate floor the Russia dossier was unverified in 2016 when Obamas FBI/DOJ used it to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump and his private associates.

Wednesdays development about the Hillary-funded Russia dossier reveals a new level of corruption in the top FBI brass.

Paul Sperry, reporter for the New York Post spells out how Hillary Clinton coordinated the FBI hit on Donald Trump and his private associates.

This is HUGE.

Sperry tweeted, DNC & Hillary Clinton campaign had contractual control over how the product they paid for was used & disseminated. That means Simpson & Steele had to first consult with Clinton campaign lawyers before taking the dossier to the FBI & to the media. Ergo, Hillary coordinated FBI hit

In October of 2017 the Washington Post reported Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

At the end of October, Hillary Clinton claimed she didnt know about the Russia dossier (that her campaign actually paid for) until after Buzzfeed published the 35-page document in January of 2017.

Of course Hillary Clinton knew about the dossier. The salacious document was a failed October surprise.

It sure looks like she was the one who ordered the FBI to obtain a spy warrant; Donald Trump was her opponent after all. Hillary had every motive to spy on Trumps campaign.

...

00:44

President Trump Delivers Remarks To Group of Mayors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Prior to President Trump delivering remarks to a group of mayors from around the country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the possible subpoenas for officials amid Sanctuary Cities. In response, several Mayors boycotted the White House meeting. The jurisdictions that Continue reading

00:30

WOW! Sessions DOJ Moves To Protect Deep State AGAIN, Warns Against Releasing FISA Memo Without FBI Review *UPDATED* "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NOTE: The following article has been updated to more accurately reflect the Justice Departments overall position on the FISA memo and the agencys desire for the FBI to review its contents. In relation to the information laid out in the memo, ABC News reported, the department said certain allegations of impropriety are completely unfounded. However, after reading the leaked letter obtained by The Atlantics Natasha Bertrand, nowhere does the Justice Departments Stephen Boyd directly state allegations in the memo are unfounded, rather the Trump appointee says the agency is unaware of any wrongdoing related to the document. ABC News story did not include the letter and appears to have editorialized Boyds statement on the veracity of the memo. 

The Sessions Justice Department is calling on House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to allow the FBI to review the shocking, FISA abuse memo to ensure its release will not harm national security. 

ABC News reports:

The Justice Department is urging the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, whose staff has compiled a secret memorandum purporting to show shocking political bias within the FBI, to give the department a chance to see the memo and warning that first sharing information from the memo with reporters would be unprecedented and dangerous...

00:16

SMASH THEIR EYEGLASSES! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Roy Edroso is puzzled by the right-wing war on the intelligence community:

... the real weirdness of the current situation is this: Conservative nonsense is usually at least based on the traditional values of the movement. Their Obama fantasies are based on their racism; their Hillary Clinton fetish, on their sexism; and their Soros-Alinsky-Frankfurt School shtick on the notion that the America dream cannot succumb to self-generated flaws because it has none, and can only be brought down by Satanic, foreign conspiracies.

But turning against the nation's intelligence agencies -- the guys who helped them fight, sometimes with extreme prejudice, the Communists, the hippies, the Black Panthers et alia -- that's not just a change in tactics; that's something like a psychotic break.
He quotes a recent Rush Limbaugh radio monologue that reaches new depths of paranoia, even for Rush:
What if the intel on the war in Iraq was another disinformation campaign, to damage another Republican president?...

What if the quote-unquote "intelligence community" misrepresented, on purpose, the degree to which Hussein had WMDs?...

What if Saddam weapons of mass destruction was also a false narrative designed to -- what, did it ultimately embarrass Bush? Did it weaken the US military? Did it -- whatever it did, I mean, it opened the doors for the Democrats to literally destroy his presidency in the second term, which is what they did.
In this monologue, Limbaugh said,
The Democrat Party is the Washington establishment, and the Washington establishment believes that Gore won the presidency, that the Florida recount aftermath was bogus and rigged, that James Baker did a better job than the Democrat people did in finding votes, the hanging chads.
And therefore ... the Democrat(ic) Deep State deliberately lied to Bush in order to enmesh Bush in a disastrous war, but the Democrat(ic) Deep State didn't have the juice to get the winner of the popular vote elected president? Oh, okay. (Of course, that's the right's take on the 2016 election, too.)

Edroso is about my age -- we were under-18s during the late '60s and early '70s -- so he remembers that the culture war then was between shorthairs and longhairs, people who wore white shirts and ties with gray suits and people who hoped they never would. The people at the intelligence agencies were solidly in the former category. How did they get lumped in with the hippies?

Well, we're all seen now as just one undifferentiated mass of experts, which is the worst thing yo...

00:05

White House Spox Challenges Liberal Media: Focus on Top FBI Agents Involved in Inappropriate and Possible Illegal Behavior (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Enough Is Enough

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed the liberal media on Wednesday for their obsession with the Trump Collusion witch hunt.

Huckabee Sanders then lectured the liberal media hacks to focus on a real scandal like the FBI text messages that were deleted.

Liberal hack Shannon Pettypiece: The president tweeted today about the missing text messages at the FBI. Um, he called it one of the biggest stories in a long time. Does he think this is a cover-up or why does he think this is one of the biggest stories?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: I think he thinks theres a great cause for concern that five months of text messages have gone missing particularly given the individual part of that process has already shown to be completely biased against the president and was involved in what seems to be some very inappropriate behavior. And that certainly is a great concern. You guys are absolutely obsessed with anything to do with collusion if it has anything to do with the president. We hope that you take some of that same obsession, energy and fervor and direct it at some of the places where it really looks like it could have been some inappropriate and possibly illegal behavior.

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00:04

IG Horowitz Has Obtained Hundreds Of Other High-Level Text Messages From FBI/DOJ Officials Involved in Pre-Election Investigations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has obtained hundreds of other high-level text messages from the FBI-issued mobile devices of other FBI and DOJ officials involved in pre-election investigations, reports Paul Sperry of the New York Post.

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. These 50,000 text messages do not include the missing texts.

Theres more.

Sperry tweeted, BREAKING: In addition to Strzok and Pages texts, IG Horowitz has obtained hundreds of other high-level text messages from the FBI-issued mobile devices of other FBI as well DOJ officials involved in pre-election investigations. May explain recent resignations and reassignments.

Heres the list of rats being reassigned or resigning:

Comeys Rat Pack: Rybicki is resigning McCabe is taking early retirement Baker has been reassigned Strzok has been reassigned Page has been reassigned

Developing

Paul Sperry is the former D.C. bureau chief for Investors Business Daily, Hoover Institution media fellow, author of several books, including bestseller INFILTRATION

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23:34

Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley Confirms Russia Dossier Unverified in 2016 When Obama FBI Used it to Obtain FISA Warrant to Spy on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) confirmed Wednesday from the Senate floor the Russia dossier was unverified in 2016 when Obamas FBI/DOJ used it to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump and his private associates.

 

Paul Sperry of the New York Post reported:

BREAKING: Senate Judiciary chair Grassley today from floor of Senate explained that his criminal referral vs Steele is based on contradictions in statements he made in a UK libel suit against him & ones he made to FBI agents during briefings about the dossier he wrote for Hillary

Sen. Grassley: We start by assuming government documents are true until we see evidence to the contrary. If those [FBI] documents are not true, and there are serious discrepancies that are no fault of Mr. Steele, then we have another problem an arguably more serious one

BREAKING: Sen. Grassley today on floor confirmed that the anti-Trump, Hillary-funded, Russian-sourced dossier was unverified in 2016, when the Obama DOJ/FBI used it to obtain FISA (foreign espionage) warrants to electronically eavesdr...

23:26

UK lacks the courage to name islam "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Heres a screen capture of a Breitbart article. Brietbart wisely put Asian Youths in parentheses, pointing out the British hypocrisy of falsely describing muslim criminals.   No, not these Asian Youths Perhaps the Church of England should remind their news Continue reading

23:15

Wilbur Ross Shreds Globalists at Davos: We dont intend to abrogate leadership, but leadership is different from being a sucker and being a patsy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at the World Economic Forum in Davos (President Trump departs the U.S. tonight to attend). The attendance by Secretary Ross provides an opportunity to further enforce the position of the Trump administration regarding free, fair and Continue reading

23:00

DEMOCRATS, TRY PERSONALIZING THE DACA FIGHT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Greg Sargent reminds us of this moment in the DACA fight, from early 2017:

Almost exactly a year ago, Paul Ryan had a powerful, high-profile exchange with a young mother who was brought to this country illegally as a child. This dreamer mom was frightened and uncertain about what Donald Trumps election meant for her future. At a CNN town hall, she asked Ryan whether people like her should be deported.

No, Ryan said reassuringly. He insisted that I hope your future is here, and that Im sure youre a great contributor to [your] community. Ryan told her not to worry about getting deported. He said: We have to find a way to make sure that you can get right with the law. He stressed that President Trump agrees.



The woman's name is Angelica Villalobos. She was on Lawrence O'Donnell's show again last night, with her young daughter.



She says in the clip that an older daughter is heading to college soon. She lives in Oklahoma City and works as an office manager at a tire shop. She's also a volunteer translator for her local school district and for the YMCA.

Why are we talking about DACA? DACA is an acronym. It's impersonal. Why aren't we talking about passing "Angelica's Law"? Why aren't Democrats making this woman the face of the problem?

Does she not seem like the ideal face of the problem, for some reason? Then find someone else. This is what Republicans do -- they personalize issues. Their anger about criminal aliens is focused on the death of Kate Steinle, even after (or in part because) a jury acquitted the undocumented immigrant on murder charges in connection with her death (the bullet that killed her ricocheted off the ground, so it was reasonable not to describe her death as premeditated murder). President Trump and other immigration hard-liners regularly invoke Steinle's name. A bill to criminaliz...

22:55

ILLEGAL ALIENS Storm GOP Senators Office Screaming, F*ck This Conservative! (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Illegal aliens stormed Republican Senator Thom Tilliss offices in Washington DC today.

The illegals were screaming, F*ck This Conservative, F*ck This Person! Undocumented and Unafraid!

So illegals are crashing DC offices now.
Wheres ICE?

John Binder at Breitbart.com reported:

Illegal aliens charged into pro-amnesty Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) Senate office on Capitol Hill demanding an immediate amnesty for all 12 to 30 million illegal aliens living in the United States, hurling insults in the process.

As the group of illegal aliens and open borders activists with the George Soros-funded group United We Dream stormed Tillis office demanding amnesty, one illegal alien from North Carolina shouted, F*ck this conservative! F*ck this person!

The post ILLEGAL ALIENS Storm GOP Senators Office Screaming, F*ck This Conservative! (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

22:23

John Kerry Tells Palestinian Official in London Trump Will Not Remain in Office Long "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

John Kerry met with a top Palestinian official in London recently.

Kerry told the Fatal leader to stay strong because Trump will not be in office long.

Kerry also hinted that he may run for office again.

Kerry negotiated against the Israelis in a nuclear deal with Iran.
The Iranian regime was given billions of dollars from the Obama administration and immediately began investing in more military operations.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

Maariv reported that former US Secretary of State John Kerry met in London with a close associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Maariv that the meeting took place.

Agha is one of Abbass closest associates and one of the veteran peacemakers with Israel. He conducted the London Track, secret negotiations held from 2010 to 2013 between the emissaries of Netanyahu, attorney Yitzhak Molcho and Brigadier General Mike Herzog, under the supervision and presence of Dennis Ross. Agha also authored with Yossi Beilin the Beilin-Abbas agreement in the 1990s. He is considered a staunch supporter of the peace process, very close to Abbas, and maintains an extensive network of contacts with many elements, including Israelis.

During the conversation, according to the report, Kerry asked Agha to convey a message to Abbas and ask him to hold on and be strong. Tell him, he told Agha, that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trumps demands. According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.

Several social media users are wondering if this is a violation of the Hatch Act? Not that that matters to Democrats.

22:20

Rep. Adam Schiff Goes Into PANIC MODE, Announces House Intel Dems To Release COUNTER-Memo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a desperate attempt to distract the American people from the imminent release of the shocking, FISA abuse report, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced House Intelligence Committee Democrats will release a counter-memo.

The California lawmaker says House Intelligence Democrats have drafted their own memo exposing the misleading character of the Republicans document so that members of the House are not left with an erroneous impression of the dedicated professionals at the FBI and DOJ.

As The Gateway Pundits Jim Hoft reported, Schiff and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Twitter and Facebook to conduct a thorough forensic examination into the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign as potentially an ongoing attack by Kremlin-linked social media actors also referred to as Russian bots.

ABC News tweeted out the letter Schiff and Feinstein sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a forensic examination into Twitter users who pushed the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign.

22:06

BREAKING: Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department For FBIs Strzok-Page Text Messages, Records "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Thank God for Judicial Watch.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday it filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for text messages and other records of FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.

The timeline of the missing text messages is highly suspicious. The missing texts begin on December 14, 2016 and go through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.

Via Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC)  Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for text messages and other records of FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00154)).

Judicial Watch filed suit after the Justice Department failed to respond to a December 4, 2017, FOIA request for:

  • All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats, between FBI official Peter Strozk and FBI attorney Lisa Page;
  • All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Peter Strozk;
  • All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Lisa Page.

The time frame for the requested records is February 1, 2015 to the present.

The text messages are of public interest because Strzok and Page were key investigators in the Clinton email and Trump Russia collusion investigations. Strzok was reportedly removed from the Mueller investigative team in August and reassigned to a human resources position after it was discovered that he and a FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and with whom Strzok was carrying on an extramarital affair, exchanged pro-Clinton and anti-Trump...

22:00

Trump Has Been All Talk, No Action On The Opioid Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Tom Petty was an old friend. The first time we met in person, it involved me watching with amusement while he Dwight Twilley and a journalist friend chasing each other around a hotel room for the last bit on coke in an envelope. I think that was right before or right after the release of American Girl. More recently, many decades later, Tom became the latest of several superstars-- Prince, Heath Ledger, Philip Seymour Hoffman-- to die from opioid use. Most people caught up in the epidemic aren't superstars and aren't multimillionaires and will only be mourned by their families and close friends. Chronic pain hits all strata of society-- and is making pharmaceutical companies profitable beyond reason. According to the CDC, the highest death rates from opioid overdoses are in Trump country-- West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky-- but there are no states that are immune from the scourge.

Goal ThermometerTrump's rhetoric about fighting a war against the opioid epidemic went over well in West Virginia counties like McDowell and Kanawha-- which had the highest overdose mortality rate in the U.S. Kanawha gave Trump 58% of its vote and McDowell gave him a startling 74.7%. In October Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. That looked like a big deal... but it wasn't, since there was no funding behind it, just more empty rhetoric, what former congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), a member of Trump's commission called "a charade" and "a sham... tantamount to reshuffling chairs on the Titanic...You can't expect to stem the tide of a public health crisis that is claiming over 64,000 lives per year without putting your money where your mouth is." Trump, he said is "playing politics instead of pursuing solutions for issues that impact the lives of Americans. For people and families struggling with addiction in this e...

21:55

Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Who Is Jeffrey H. Anderson? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), housed in the Justice Departments Office of Justice Programs, is traditionally an expert in statistics. Established in 1979, the bureau collects and publishes statistics on crime, prisons and related parts of the justice system. In Jeffrey Hagen Anderson, who was appointed to lead BJS by President Donald Trump on November 21, 2017, the agency has not a statistician, but a former political science professor who has spent much of the past decade criticizing efforts to expand healthcare.

 

Andersons only background in statistics touted by the White House announcement of his nomination was his co-creating the Anderson & Hester computer rankings for college football. The rankings were among those used in the old Bowl Championship Series that seeded Division I college football championship games from 1998 to 2014.

 

Anderson attended four different high schools in four different states: Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Virginia; Bossier City High School in Bossier Parish, Louisiana; Medical Lake High School in Spokane County, Washington; and Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Missouri. In the fall of 1988, Anderson enrolled at the University of Washington, which he attended for just over three years, earning a B.A. in economics and political science in December 1991. He went on to do graduate work at Claremont Graduate University, earning an M.A. in politics in 1997 and a Ph.D. in political science in 2001.

 

Anderson started as a political science professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2001. He remained there until 2008, when he became a speechwriter for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt. When the George W. Bush Administration left office, Anderson was named director of the Benjamin Rush Institute, a group of health professionals that works to discourage government efforts to ensure healthcare for all.

 

Anderson is a prolific writer for right-wing publications such as The Daily Standard, National Review, The Washington Times and the New York Post, primarily on healthcare issues. In 2013, Anderson and Willi...

21:53

Senator Chuck Grassley Confronts FBI and Justice Department Asks Full Senate To Review Criminal Referral For Christopher Steele "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wow. Massive amounts of confirmation for the ongoing strategy we outlined was underway. [Remember the batting order: Nunes, Grassley, Goodlatte, Horowitz] As expected Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, steps to the plate following Devin Nunes. We previously Continue reading

21:04

Puerto Rico Governor Seizes Opportunity Created by Hurricane Maria, Plans to Privatize Electric Power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Puerto Ricos electric utility, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, was eligible to enter into various mutual aid agreements with other utilities that are commonplace after major disasters. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, is a member of the American Public Power Association, and through that membership, it could have requested that workers from other utilities come help with grid recovery efforts. It did not.

Instead, PREPAs leadership entered into several dubious agreements with private contractors. The most famous of these was the since-scuttled $300 million contract with the controversial Montana-based firm Whitefish Energy.

Fredyson Martinez, vice president of UTIER, the union representing PREPA line workers, recognized a pattern. From where we sit, Martinez said, the government created the crisis with austerity politics. When Maria hit, it essentially exposed the weaknesses of a utility that had suffered from years of neglect.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossell announced on Monday that he intends to privatize PREPA, calling it a heavy burden on our people, who are now hostage to its poor service and high cost. When Martinez started working for PREPA 20 years ago, he remembers higher-ups in the union speculating about the prospect of privatization. I didnt think much of it, he told me. It was only later that I started to see that they have been working to spread the idea that privatization is the only option to solve Puerto Ricos problems. This isnt a casual thing. It has been prepared and thought-out. They took advantage of the crisis.

Neither Rossell nor the control board currently overseeing the islands finances has been subtle about their preference for the privatization of PREPA and other parts of the Puerto Rican public sphere. Speaking on a panel at the New York City Bar Association on Monday, the control boards general counsel, Jaime El Koury, argued that Puerto Rican lawmakers should look to Chile under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet as a model for the kind of competitive free-market reforms it should look to integrate, modeled off the work of the Chicago Boys neoliberal economic dogma.

Now, with such a large percentage of the island still without power, getting the grid back online will be critical to reviving the islands economy, which was already suffering prior to hurricane season. This issue isnt only an UTIERs issue or PREPA employees issue, Martinez told me. Its a Puerto Rican issue. Who controls the electric power controls everything.

The privatization comes at a politically opportune time for Rossells administration, but for the people of the island, the timing could not be worse....

21:00

Watch My Live YouTube Stream of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Tonight at 7PM EST "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tonight, as an experiment, Ill be hosting a live YouTube stream where I play the classic PC game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, take your questions, and discuss other topics on my mind. The show will begin at 7pm EST (6pm CST/4pm PST).

You can watch the stream when it starts by using the window below, or you can click here to watch it on YouTube and join the chat. You can also use the window below to watch a recording of the stream after it ends.

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Read Next: Watch My Live YouTube Stream on Laura Loomer Tonight at 7PM EST

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20:49

Defesa de Lula vai ao STJ encarar ministro que j decidiu contra o ex-presidente no passado "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

O caminho do ex-presidente Luiz Incio Lula da Silva j era espinhoso, e agora ficou ainda pior. Com a sentena do juiz Srgio Moro confirmada nesta quarta-feira (24) pela 8a Turma do TRF-4 em Porto Alegre e com a pena aumentada de 9 anos e 6 meses para 12 anos e 1 ms de priso em regime fechado , o petista vai ao Superior Tribunal de Justia encarar uma dura turma de juzes. Um deles j decidiu contra Lula no passado recente.

O ministro Felix Fischer indeferiu o pedido da defesa do ex-presidente de tirar o processo das mos de Srgio Moro. Em maro de 2017, Fischer disse no. Fazem parte ainda do colegiado os ministros Jorge Mussi, Ribeiro Dantas, Joel Ilan Paciornik e Reynaldo Soares da Fonseca.

A Quinta Turma do STJ cuida dos processos da Lava Jato. ela que examinar o recurso de Lula. At agora, o colegiado no anulou nenhum processo da operao, e tudo leva a crer que manter a mesma diretriz. As chances de absolvio, agora, so quase impossveis: o Superior Tribunal de Justia assim como o Supremo Tribunal Federal, onde Lula tambm dever recorrer no analisa as provas do processo para condenar ou absolver. A no ser que anulem o processo por questes formais ou reduzam a pena e alterem o regime de seu cumprimento (dependendo da quantidade de pena aplicada, pode passar para semi-aberto ou aberto), as Cortes devem manter a condenao. Na ficha de Lula restaro corrupo passiva e lavagem de dinheiro.  

Foi este mesmo colegiado que, com uma viso dura sobre o direito penal, j negou sucessivos habeas corpus impetrados por rus da Lava Jato, como os de Eduardo Cunha, Jorge Luiz Zelada e Antonio Palocci.

O ministro Felix Fischer, possvel relator do recurso de Lula, nasceu em Hamburgo, na Alemanha, mas se naturalizou brasileiro. Foi promotor e procurador de justia do Ministrio Pblico do Paran. Jorg...

20:46

BREAKING: THOUSANDS Of FBI Cell Phones Were Hit With Same TECHNICAL GLITCH As Strzok & Page "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In yet another stunning twist to the missing, FBI text messages scandal, Fox News Jake Gibson reports thousands of bureau cell phones were hit with the same technical glitch as Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. 

*** EXCLUSIVE THOUSANDS OF FBI CELLPHONES WERE AFFECTED BY TECHNICAL GLITCH *** Federal Law Enforcement Officials tell Fox News, a few thousand FBI employees cell phones were affected by the technical glitch which lost some of the text messages of Strzok and Page, tweeted Fox News reporter Jake Gibson.

Fox News reports:

Thousands of FBI cellphones were affected by the technical glitch that the DOJ says prevented five months worth of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page from being stored or uploaded into the bureaus archive system, federal law enforcement officials tell Fox News.

The missing messages have been at the center of a storm of controversy on Capitol Hill, after the DOJ notified congressional committees that there is a gap in records between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017. Strzok and Page are under scrutiny after it was revealed that the former Robert Mueller team members exchanged a series of anti-Trump texts during the presidential campaign.

The gap in records covered a crucial period, raising suspicion among GOP lawmakers as to how those messages disappeared.

But Fox News is told that the glitch affected the phones of nearly 10 percent of the FBIs 35,000 employees.

The latest scandal to rock the FBI pertains to missing, text messages between counterintelli...

20:23

Wall Street Whistleblower: Clinton Foundation is the Largest Charitable Fraud in American History "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former investment banker and self-styled Wall Street whistleblower Charles Ortel is one of the foremost experts on Clinton Foundation corruption. According to Ortel, examination of available facts demonstrates the Clinton Foundation and its network of false-front charity initiatives and affiliates remains the largest set of unprosecuted charitable frauds in American history.

Everything from the charitys structure to pay-to-play schemes in relation to the ill-fatted Russia reset, tell a tale of corruption and cronyism that would make Al Capone blush.

Charles Ortel writes in Lifezette:

In a sad sense, international charities are perfect vehicles for such questionable activities. After all, who can check effectively how much money is in truth raised and where discrete portions of these revenues are disbursed in far-flung corners of the world?

Meanwhile, international charity also provides cover to disguise payoffs that might unlock mining and energy concessions, telecommunications and other licenses, and largesse (grants and subsidized loans, for example) from multilateral organizations, including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, among others.

What really was happening with the Russia reset starting in 2009? Large contributions to political campaigns come with strings attached.

Evidence already in the public domain shows that certain Russians found common cause with green investors, as Peter Schweizers work for the Government Accountability Institute explained in From Russia with Money: Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset, and Cronyism. []

To the consternation of many, the U.S. announced in September 2009 that it would abandon plans to provide a missile defense shield to Poland and other Eastern Europe nations. []

Starting in July 2016, the Dallas office of the IRS finally began an investigation into Clinton Foundation...

20:13

Hungary: A State Captured By Russia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orbn is reported to have done a sudden about-face on Putin and shifted from being an opponent to being a major ally. It has been speculated that Semion Mogilevich also linked to Trump had compromising information on Orbn, handed to Putin at the time of Mogilevichs arrest for suspected tax evasion. Mogilevich was arrested in Moscow on January 24, 2008, and was released on July 24, 2009. Others seem to think that he is simply power-hungry like Putin. (See notes at page bottom) Such a shame too, as Hungarys such a wonderful country with wonderful people.

From the The Heinrich Bll Foundation (Heinrich Bll Stiftung):
Hungary: a state captured by Russia

Hungarys liaison with the Kremlin has turned the economic Eastern Opening into the construction of a full-blown illiberal democracy. This goes hand in hand with Russias growing leverage over Hungary with respect to economic as well as soft power. 11. October 2017 by Pter Krek, Lrnt Gyri

Mihly Vajda, a renowned Hungarian philosopher[1] recently resigned...

20:08

Judge Napolitano: Lawmakers Should Take Explosive FISA Memo to House Floor and Release It Perfectly Legal (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is a massive scandal brewing at the top ranks of Americas premier law enforcement agency.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) prepared a four-page explosive memo recently, based on classified material that purportedly lays out what the FBI and others did to corrupt the 2016 election.

According to Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and others, the memo is deeply disturbing.

The memo needs to be released to the public.
The US public has a right to know about the entrenched corruption in the FBI.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) huddled together Saturday to discuss a never-before-used procedure for releasing the shocking FISA abuse memo.

FOX News contributor Judge Napolitano believes he has a solution for the release of the memo.

A lawmaker should read it on the House Floor which is perfectly legal.

Judge Napolitano: I am suggesting that one of those members of Congress, who you just ran on the screen, should take this to the floor of the House of Representatives and release it there because the constitution protects anything that is said there. Senator Feinstein did this with torture memos. These members of Congress should do with this because the rest of Congress and the American public is entitled to know.

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19:57

Sarah Sanders White House Press Briefing 2:00pm Livestream "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivers the White House press briefing for Wednesday January 24th, 2018.  Anticipated Start time 2:00 2:30pm EST. UPDATE: Video Added WH Livestream Link RSBN Livestream Link GST Livestream Link ( <-active)

19:52

SHOCK CLAIM=> Dinesh DSouza: My File Shows the FBI Red-Flagged Me As an OBAMA CRITIC Then Sent Him to Reeducation Camp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Conservative activist Dinesh DSouza faced political persecution after he directed and released anti-Obama film, 2016: Obamas America. He was indicted over illegal campaign contributions.

It was an obvious witch hunt.

On Wednesday, Dinesh DSouza went off about corruption in the top FBI brass in light of new Strzok-Page text messages bubbling up to the surface.

This is a very powerful tweetstorm.

DSouza began, If Obama ordered surveillance on @realDonaldTrump in 2016, I wonder if he ordered it on me in 2012, leading to my selective prosecution

DSouza says his file, obtained by the House Intel Committee shows the FBI red-flagged him as a critic of Obama and subsequently allocated $100,000 to investigate a $20,000 case.

My fileobtained by the House Oversight Committeeshows FBI red-flagged me as an Obama critic & allocated $100 K to investigate a $20 K case

Its time for a Clarion call.

Dinesh DSouza slammed the corrupt ring of criminals in Obamas DOJ including former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who was...

19:48

Andrew McCarthy Discusses Why Clinton Email Scandal Was Protected By President Obama Communication "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Andrew McCarthy has a worthwhile article today discussing his long-held belief that Secretary Hillary Clinton could never have been prosecuted by the DOJ due to her non-secure email communications with former President Obama, and the need for the prior administration Continue reading

19:40

Ex-President Lulas Corruption Conviction Is Upheld by Brazilian Appeals Court. Now What? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There was a heavy security presence outside the Federal Regional Court in Porto Alegre, Brazil on January 23, 2018, the day before the trial of former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva.

19:30

NFL rejects veterans group #PleaseStand Super Bowl ad "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As if I needed another reason to despise the NFL. From Fox News (by Todd Starnes): The National Football League has rejected a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans urging people to stand for the national anthem. The nations largest Continue reading

19:15

The US Government Is The Largest Launderer Of Marijuana Cash In The Nation by Ellen Brown "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Ellen Brown Writer, Dandelion Salad The Web of Debt Blog January 24, 2018 In a blatant example of do as I say, not as I do, the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits. Onerous reporting []

19:03

HELL FREEZES OVER=> Global Warming Nut Al Gore Defends POTUS Trump At Davos! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former Vice-President Al Gore defended President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland over the administrations decision to impose tariffs on solar panels. 

Daily Caller reports:

Former Vice President Al Gore did something he, admittedly, rarely does and defended a recent Trump administration decision to impose tariffs on solar cells and modules.

I dont typically defend him, Gore said during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

President Donald Trump announced on Monday a 30 percent tariff on imported cells and modules used to make solar panels that would decrease over time. The solar industry largely opposed the move, but admitted it was not a somewhat moderated decision.

I will say in this case it did not start with him, Gore said. This was a trade action brought by private companies. They chose a kind of a midpoint in the range of alternatives.

Could have been handled differently, should have been handled differently, but its not an utter catastrophe, Gore said.

The former Vice President has suffered a series of embarrassments over the past year, as predictions of ice-free polar caps, and soaring global temperatures continue to, well, melt away. As reported by The Gateway Pundits Jim Hoft, Gore falsely claimed 9 years ago that the North Pole would be rid of all its ice in 5 years time.

This wasnt the only time Gore made his ice-free prediction. Gores been predicting this since 2007.

According to Al Gore, the North Pole should be completely melted by now.

While the former Vice President was cross crossing the world (emitting countless lbs of CO2 emission) to promote his new climate documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a new study revealed the planet actually Colled since the Medieval Times.

...

18:52

Germany Introduces Womens Pants with Safety Alarms to Thwart Off Migrant Sex Attacks (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Youre going to just LOVE the new Europe!

Germany, a country of 82 million, welcomed from 800,000 to over one million migrants and unvetted refugees in 2015.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed close over 280,000 migrants in 2016.

In July 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel shut down the idea of creating upper limits on refugees entering Germany.

Meanwhile migrant sex attacks and violence has soared in Germany since Merkel implemented her grand scheme to flood the country with third world migrants.

Now theres hope for German women!

Safety pants with a loud alarm are being sold in Germany.

The Voice of Europe reported:

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18:39

James Woods Says What We Are All Thinking About Jeff Sessions and Missing FBI Text Messages "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It is obvious to anyone paying attention that Jeff Sessions has no control over the Justice Department. 

Jeff Sessions has pretty much surrendered the DOJ to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein thanked Sessions for the exchange of power by appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to carry out a coup detat.

AG Sessions has the ability to unrecuse himself and end this Mueller witch hunt once and for all but he continues to sit on the sidelines as Americans watch Mueller take scalps.

Patriotic actor James Woods said what we are all thinking about Jeff Sessions and the Mueller witch hunt.

James Woods tweeted, So basically we have been without an Attorney General for the duration of this administration. Meanwhile the Democrats and their henchmen are running rampant destroying files, emails, texts and other evidence. This is a coup detat. Make no mistake.

Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of missing text messages.

Imagine what those text messages say about the Trump transition period, Russia dossier and moments leading up to Muellers appointment.

We have Strzok admitting the Mueller investigation is a big fat nothing burger.

The most shocking thing we have found out in the new batch of text messages is there was a secret society of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Fox News Bret Baier on Tuesday evening that there is an informant talking to [Congress] about meetings the people in the secret society were having offsite.

All of this evidence o...

18:27

Merkel Jabs Trump at Davos Warns Against Isolationism to Global Elites "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The woman who destroyed Europe took a jab at President Trump and his America First policies in her speech at Davos on Wednesday.

Merkel brought in millions of third world economic migrants into Europe since 2015.
The continent will never be the same.

Axios reported:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying: If we are of the opinion that things are simply not fair, that there is no reciprocity, then we have to seek multilateral answers, and not pursue a unilateral protectionist course where we isolate ourselves.

Why it matters: Merkel appeared to be directing her comments at the America First policies of President Donald Trump, as well as other populist leaders.

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18:00

Thanks In Part To Trump, Florida Heats Up As A 2018 Battleground "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

EMILY's List has come up with a way for Democrats to lose in Florida again

Yesterday Lisa Hagen wrote that Florida governor, Trump crony and crooked multimillionaire Rick Scott is running into headwinds as he considers his Senate run against Bill Nelson. GOP analyst Rick Wilson: "Hes got the ability to lay the hammer down very quickly and be in the fight very quickly. At this point if youre him, you want to wait as long as you can [because] Donald Trump is really unpopular in Florida with people outside the Republican base." He has until May 4 to file; no other Republicans will as long as they think Scott's going to.
Republicans are expected to face strong headwinds in both the Senate and House heading into November. Democrats have held a consistent lead in generic ballot polling, while an unexpected Democratic special election victory in deep-red rural Wisconsin last week served as just the latest suggestion that a Democratic wave could be coming in November. While Scott sits on the sidelines, Democrats havent wasted any time taking shots at him and his record as governor.

  ...[T]he Republican governor will need to walk a fine line on how closely he associates himself to the president. Trump has said he wants to be active in 2018 campaigns and it remains to be seen whether he comes down to Florida to boost Scott and vulnerable House Republicans.

There are already signs that Scott i...

17:59

Ben Rhodes Hits the PANIC BUTTON After Trump Lights Up FBI Lovers Peter Strzok & Lisa Page Over Missing Texts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes took umbrage Tuesday evening with President Trumps tweet about the missing, 50,000 text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. 

Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung! tweeted President Trump.

Rhodes chimed in, The President is a conspiracy theorist against the highest law enforcement agency in the country and is eviscerating institutional norms. Remember that the next time you hear hot air from GOP about how much they support law enforcement and honor traditional values.

Conservative Reviews National Security reporter Jordan Schachtel described Rhodes tweet as hitting the panic button.

Ben Rhodes hits the PANIC BUTTON, tweeted Schachtel.

16:58

HERES THE LIST: Shady, Corrupt and Possible Criminal Activities and Scandals Surrounding Special Counsel Robert Mueller "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

Former Head of the now corrupt and disgraced FBI, Robert Mueller, snaked his way into the position of special counsel in the fake Trump Russia scandal. Mueller has a history of shady, corrupt and potential criminal activities.  Below is a list of the more notable illicit activities he was part of.

As noted previously by TGP and Attorney Jeffrey Marty, Mueller was the Head of the FBI for 12 yearsspanning across both the Bush and Obama administrations from 2001 to 2013. What stands out most during Muellers term in office is the two-tiered system of justice, when obvious crimes and scandals involving government officials, were ignored or even covered up by the FBI.  Much of the worst behavior of the Clintons and the Obama administration was given a pass by Muellers FBI.  Mueller and his team now appear to be as crooked as the criminals he was charged with investigating and prosecuting.  Mueller created the swamp that needs to be drained.  Below is a list of scandals that Mueller was or is involved in.

Muellers FBI Years:

Vanishing Currency (2003): the US sent $12,000,000,000 in $100 bills to the Iraq War combat theater, which mostly went unaccounted for once it entered the country.

NSA Warrantless Surveillance (2001-2013): illegal collection of domestic phone records and internet communications that were sent or received by US citizens, in violation of Fourth Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure, followed by potential perjury committed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who denied the practices under oath; the 2013 Snowden revelations proved that the 2004 story about Comey and Mueller stopping illegal surveillance practices was a lie.

Mueller Hand Delivers Uranium to Russians on Tarmac for Hillary (2009): Hillary Clinton had Mueller hand deliver uranium to the Russians in 2009.  When Mueller couldnt make the first trip, she res...

16:45

GOODWIN: All Roads Lead To Comey As Evidence Suggests Scandal TOO BIG TO BELIEVE Brewing At FBI "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its difficult to fathom the degree to which the FBI, once one of Americas, if not the worlds, most respected  and effective institutions, has been deballed, debased and degraded under the Obama administration. 

Yet, here we are.

The latest scandal to rock the FBI pertains to missing, text messages between counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page. The texts that we know of, having come to light over the past few days, quickly developed into its own scandal, of sorts.

In an incisively written column for the New York Post, Michael Goodwins headline warns Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI. Sure, Goodwins title suggests the bureau hasnt already been embroiled in massive scandal for months, but as the political commentator writes a number of paragraphs in, Comeys role in the bureaus rampant corrupt is the real scandal. In part, this is perhaps why a group of outspoken lawmakers, such as Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Jim Jordan, are screaming from every hill top they can scale, demanding the FISA memos release, coupled with the appointment of a second special counsel to probe the Deep States most deepest and darkest secrets.

Goodwin writes:

During the financial crisis, the federal government bailed out banks it declared too big to fail. Fearing their bankruptcy might trigger economic Armageddon, the feds propped them up with taxpayer cash.

Something similar is happening now at the FBI, with the Washington wagons circling the agency to protect it from charges of corruption. This time, the appropriate tag line is too big to believe.

Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of Americas premier law enforcement agency. The reports, which feature talk among agents of a secret society and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe. []

More support for this view involves the FBIs use of the Russian dossier on Trump that was paid for by the Clint...

16:35

Explosive FISA memo: Top secret source document details Obama NSA illegal spying/doxxing of U.S. citizens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On January 18, 2018, members of the House of Representatives were given a four-page memo, described by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)and journalist Sara Carter as so shocking and explosive, it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI Continue reading

16:30

Sanctuary California: Illegal alien working as Uber driver arrested for four rapes, could possibly be more cases "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From Daily Mail: California prosecutors said an Uber driver living in the country illegally has been charged with raping, assaulting and robbing young women. San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said Monday that Alfonso Alarcon-Nunezs alleged four victims Continue reading

16:18

Lara Trump Destroys Womens March Hypocrites With Facts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Appearing on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, Lara Trump laid into the hypocrites who participated in the Womens March absolutely destroying them with facts and logic.

Lara Trump blasted the march as hateful and explained that her father-in-law has done so much for women.

I was so disappointed to see the Womens March wasnt just about women. It was more of a hateful, anti-Trump protest, which I think is really sad because this president has done so much for women, Trump said.

The focus of this years march was the midterm elections, registering voters, and inspiring more women to run for office.

Despite the focus on women in politics, the march did not acknowledge the many women working in the Trump administration.

He has a woman as the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Education. He had the first woman run a successful presidential campaign, with Kellyanne [Conway]. Womens unemployment is at a 17-year low right now. And, yet, these women out there are so anti-Trump. And I dont even think they know why. They just think thats the thing to do, she concluded.

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16:08

BOOM! Twitter DESTROYS Adam Schiff and Sen. Feinstein: Internal Analysis Finds NO RUSSIAN BOTS Behind #ReleaseTheMemo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last week, the House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to make available to fellow House members a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program, reports Fox News Chad Pergram.

As TGPs Cristina Laila reported previously News of the FISA memo spread like wildfire on social media. Trump supporters pushed a #ReleaseTheMemo campaign after GOP Reps came forward demanding the document be released to the American public.

On Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Twitter and Facebook to conduct a thorough forensic examination into the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign as potentially an ongoing attack by Kremlin-linked social media actors also referred to as Russian bots.

ABC News tweeted out the letter Schiff and Feinstein sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a forensic examination into Twitter users who pushed the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign.

It turns out Rep. Adam Schiffs office was inundated with phone calls from citizens confirming they are not Russian bots.

On Wednesday the far left Daily Beast destroyed Adam Schiff and Senator Feinsteins conspiracy.

Twitter internal analy...

15:30

Tarso Genro: Lula operou em sistema poltico amoral, isso diferente de cometer crime "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

O sistema poltico brasileiro amoral, e o ex-presidente Luiz Incio Lula da Silva se utilizou dele para implementar polticas sociais que mudaram os padres de desigualdade no Brasil, disse o ex-governador gacho, ex-prefeito de Porto Alegre e ex-ministro Tarso Genro, nome histrico do Partido dos Trabalhadores. Isso muito diferente de cometer crime, e colocar dentro dessa amoralidade um objetivo social que nobre. Foi o que Lula fez.

Genro recebeu The Intercept Brasil no fim da tarde da ltima tera em seu escritrio de advocacia, dentro de um novo e elegante conjunto comercial na avenida Praia de Belas, a poucas quadras do Tribunal Regional Federal da 4 Regio. O TRF4 julga nesta quarta a apelao do ex-presidente Luiz Incio Lula da Silva sentena de nove anos e meio de priso imposta pelo juiz federal Sergio Moro.

Existe, nitidamente, a partir de Curitiba, uma inteno de retir-lo da campanha eleitoral, de retirar sua possibilidade de ser candidato a presidente

Para Genro, no h provas em nenhum dos processos movidos contra Lula, mas existe, nitidamente, a partir de Curitiba, uma inteno de retir-lo da campanha eleitoral, de retirar sua possibilidade de ser candidato a presidente. O ex-governador j defendeu que Lula no concorresse nas eleies deste ano, mas mudou de ideia. No que o PT refm do Lula; o Lula o condutor poltico do PT. A figura dele muito superior ao prestgio do prprio partido, opinou.

Aos 70 anos de idade, Tarso disse que no ser candidato a coisa alguma em 2018, e exortou a esquerda a compreender a nova dinmica econmica para manter a relevncia poltica. A viso tradicional do partido sindical, do operrio assalariado, est sofrendo um desgaste muito grande, porque a estrutura de classes est mudando, disse. Se o partido no pensar em uma forma de colocar esses novos interesses no cenrio poltico, dificilmente vai se manter como um partido representativo.

Leia os principais trechos da conversa.

THE INTERCEPT BRASIL Nesta quarta, o TRF4 julga recurso do ex-presidente no processo do trplex. Lula tambm responde a outros processos, acusado de ser favorecido por empreiteiras no stio de Atibaia, no terreno para o Instituto Lula, no apartamento vizinho ao dele em So Bernardo do Campo. D para dizer que ele totalmente inocente na relao com as empreiteiras?

TARSO GENRO Podemos falar sobre essas questes em dois nveis. Um deles o relacionamento tradicional que os governantes tm no Brasil com a...

15:24

Sen. Ron Johnson: A NUMBER OF HIGH LEVEL FBI OFFICIALS Were Attending Secret Offsite Anti-Trump Meetings (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) spoke with Bill Hemmer on Americas Newsroom on Wednesday morning.

Johnson continued to speak to reporters about the FBI sleeper cell against President Donald Trump.

Senator Johnson said there is an indication that there was a number of high level FBI officials holding offsite meetings on how to bring down President Trump.

Senator Johnson went on to say he would not speak out about his source or sources.
Johnson sits on the Records Committee and speaks with government whistleblowers.

Senator Johnson: I think theres indications there was a number of high level FBI official holding secret meetings offsite.

Bill Hemmer: Is that half a dozen?

Senator Johnson: Again I cant really put a number on it right now. More than just Strzok and Page. But understand Strzok and Page were very high level within the FBI.

Via Americas Newsroom:

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15:00

Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert: Faces "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is a guest post by Nameless Writer, the third in a series.

If you had to take a guess, how many times do you think I gave you a facial? People say its demeaning, but thats only for folks who havent tried hard enough. Can anyone really call covering your face in cum demeaning after Ive ripped your thong off, shoved it up your ass, pulled it out, and shoved it down your throat? Surely, asking you how your own shit tastes as you gag on a balled-up strand of cheap cloth you used to call underwear is much worse than taking a few squirts of cum on your face. Maybe a facial would be more demeaning than that if Id just pulled my cock out of your asshole, but I dont think most people would call that a regular facial. A facial is hot and all, but any attempt to wed the ass to the face is more than that. Marrying a visage and a posterior, as Shakespeare would say, was often the real telos of our carnal union, and that goal sure isnt within the confines of your average Dan Savage listener. You knew that. Facials are showy, but in a good way, and have an artistic flourish that should be appreciated by all, but facials, as commonly performed, do nothing to bridge the distance between tongue and sphincter.

So if my cock is jammed in your asshole, if its serving as a wrench in your plumbing, and is then pulled out to hover and drip above your face, and you give it a quick kiss or a little suckle before it shoots all over you, then we really arent talking about a facial, are we? So with that in mind, how many times do you think I gave you a facial? Even excluding every time you let shit smear your face right along with all the cum, it must be hundreds. Sometimes I still think youre at your most beautiful when youre drenched in cum. Something about those streams of white slowly falling down your cheekbones and dribbling off your split ends is just really perfect. My mind, clearly, drifts to it even now.

Read Next: Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert: First

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14:58

YOUR RIGHT-WING UNCLE THINKS ANDREW McCABE WAS INVOLVED IN SETH RICH'S DEATH "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I'm sure you already know about this:

Shortly after President Trump fired his FBI director in May, he summoned to the Oval Office the bureaus acting director for a get-to-know-you meeting.

The two men exchanged pleasantries, but before long, Trump, according to several current and former U.S. officials, asked Andrew McCabe a pointed question: Whom did he vote for in the 2016 election?

McCabe said he didnt vote....

Trump ... also vented his anger at McCabe over the several hundred thousand dollars in donations that his wife, a Democrat, received for her failed 2015 Virginia state Senate bid from a political action committee controlled by a close friend of Hillary Clinton.
For Donald Trump, the political career of Andrew McCabe's wife was probably reason enough for deep suspicion. But on the fringes of Wingnuttia, the suspicion of McCabe goes deeper. Some believe that McCabe has some connection to the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

I learned this from a Free Republic thread that cites a May 2017 video by a self-styled journalist named George Webb.
Seth Richs murderer is Alpha Jalloh....

Jalloh hired three Ms-13s to kill Seth Rich. These same MS-13s were killed days later to shut them up for good.

McCabe is implicated because he let Jalloh go free from a group of car thieves. Jalloh was the only one set free which indicates he became owned by McCabe.
Confused? Wrap your hat in tinfoil and allow this blogger to explain the contents of the video in more detail:
The journalist George Webb says that FBI's Andrew McCabe let Nigerian Alpha Mohammed Jalloh out of prison despite a history of serious crimes: instead of the projected twenty-year prison sentence, he alone was released after being arrested with twenty other people for carjacking. The release after only a few months was the first hint that twenty-seven year old Alpha Jalloh was coerced into being an FBI operative...

14:53

I Love Trump, Ugandan President Praises Trump at Opening Assembly for His Frankness on Africa (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni praised President Donald Trump over his frank language on Africa.

America has got one of the best presidents ever. I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are weak.

Museveni made the comments at the opening session of the East African Assembly.

The Hill reported:

Ugandas President Yoweri Museveni is praising President Trump for his frankness.

America has got one of the best presidents ever, Museveni said during the opening of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, the BBC reported.

I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are weak.

His comments come after Trump reportedly said during a meeting at the White House earlier this month that Haiti and African nations were shithole countries.

Trump faced widespread backlash and accusations of racism after his reported comments.

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14:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


- by Noah

Only pawns in their game. So sang Bob Dylan. He was singing about the assassination of Medgar Evers and how politicians and others in authority use poor whites as pawns and pit people against eachother to gain and keep power. But if Bob Dylan were to rewrite his song today, he could write it about the children with cancer who were at increased risk when republicans wouldn't fund CHIP when they'd had months to do so but didn't because they wanted to use those children in their shutdown game. He could also write a verse about DACA and the Dreamers, many of whom could be sent to their deaths, and, he could certainly write one about our people who serve in the military. All were pawns in this game, as were we all.

CHIP and the DACA got a lot of coverage in the most recent Government Shutdown (or Shitdown as I call it when Seor Trumpanzee clouds my mind), but, the use of our military people as pawns got less attention. As both sides pushed their various pawns around the slimy congressional chessboard, it was the Republicans, once again pretending that they were the party that supports the troops more than the other guys, not that either party has much of a right to make that claim. Mitch McConnell and his crew of miscreants made a big deal of our military not getting paid because of his shutdown. Of course, he didn't say it was his shutdown. He ignored that rule about "He who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones" and pointed his manicured fingers at the other guys. That's what politicians do. They think they are born to do it and they do it because we let them.

Another twisted little fuck named Mike Pence slithered over to the Middle East for the weekend, apparently just to pull some more of his seemi...

14:00

The Democrap Establishment Still Doing What They Like Doing Most: Resisting the Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Frank Schaeffer is continuing his roadtrip, meeting progressive congressional candidate and filming them as introductions of the best candidates running. Last we caught up with him was in Lewiston, Maine where he spent a day Jared Golden, the progressive candidate running for the swing district that isn't the Portland coastal area. From there he headed off to Omaha where he met with Kara Eastman. Please watch the video Frank did up top.On his own blog he introduced Kara by noting that she's "a trained social worker who runs Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OKHA), a non-profit dedicated to securing healthy home environments for kids and their families. Kara is a political outsider with real leadership experience who knows how to create policy, prepare and stick to a budget, and always puts people first. In addition to OKHA, Kara also led Extra Hands for ALS, whose mission is to fund research for Lou Gehrigs disease. Kara cares about the environment and is often referred to as a 'climate hawk' by her supporters. Kara is incredibly passionate about her work and heres something that blew me away when I spoke with her; when I asked her why she was running, she told me plain and simple, 'I am running because I am desperatenot desperate for a job, but desperate for our countryand in particular for our kidsI want to make a difference.' Kara wants to create an environment where people can be themselves and thrive. She wants to create the America that she tells her daughter about; where people care for one another, value innovation and diversity, and you can become what you want to be."

If you've been paying any attention since around 2006 or so, DWT has been blasting away at how the DCCC, and the Democratic establishment in general, rigs primaries against progressives in favor of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- Blue Dogs, New Dems, "ex"-Republicans, self-funders, anti-Choice freaks, homophobes... the whole panoply of candidates who make voters scratch their heads and say "what's the difference?" Nothing deflates turnout from the Democratic base like the DCCC and EMILY's List and associated groups offering a lesser-of-two-evils strategy. It doesn't work but the DCCC is incapable of learning the lesson. Sure, their shit candidates can be sometimes swept into...

13:30

Illegal alien charged after killing two people in car crash in Raleigh, NC "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It took me some time to find out that this driver was an illegal alien. Most of the stories had a headline of man charged and never provided the information from DHS. Way to hide the truth, SRM. From WRAL: Continue reading

13:29

NSA Deletes Honesty and Openness From Core Values "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed honesty as its top priority.

Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured honesty as the first of four core values listed on NSA.gov, alongside respect for the law, integrity, and transparency. The agency vowed on the site to be truthful with each other.

On January 12, however, the NSA removed the mission statement page which can still be viewed through the Internet Archive and replaced it with a new version. Now, the parts about honesty and the pledge to be truthful have been deleted. The agencys new top value is commitment to service, which it says means excellence in the pursuit of our critical mission.

Those are not the only striking alterations. In its old core values, the NSA explained that it would strive to be deserving of the great trust placed in it by national leaders and American citizens. It said that it would honor the publics need for openness. But those phrases are now gone; all references to trust, honor, and openness have disappeared.

The agency previously stated on its website that it embraced transparency and claimed that all of its activities were aimed at ensuring the safety, security, and liberty of our fellow citizens. That has also been discarded. The agency still says it is committed to transparency on the updated website, but the transparency is now described as being for the benefit of those who authorize and oversee NSAs work on behalf of the American people. The definition of integrity has been edited, too. The agency formerly said its commitment to integrity meant it would behave honorably and apply good judgment. The phrase behave honorably has now been dropped in favor of communicating honestly and directly, acting ethically and fairly and carrying out our mission efficiently and effectively.

The new list of values includes the additions respect for people and accountability. But the section on respecting people is a reference to diversity within the NSA workforce, not a general commitment to members of the public. Accountability is defined as taking responsibility for our decisions. The one core value that remains essentially unchanged is respect for the law, which the agency says means it is grounded in our adherence to the U.S. Constitution and compliance with the U.S. laws, regulations and policies that govern our activities.

In response to questions from The Intercept on Tuesday, the NSA played down the alterations. Thomas Groves, a spokesperson for the agency, said:...

13:00

The space cadet Caption Contest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is the 168th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest! Heres the pic: You know the drill: Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the LEAVE A REPLY box), not via Continue reading

12:01

Intercepted Podcast: First They Came for the Immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.

 

The Democrats are playing a dangerous game of legislative roulette with the lives of vulnerable immigrants in the U.S. This week on Intercepted: As Donald Trump forges ahead with his plans for mass deportations and Democrats flail in their response, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees co-founder Ninaj Raoul and Yanira Arias from Alianza Americas describe the plight of hundreds of thousands of people in imminent danger of deportation. They highlight the perilous reality facing people with temporary protected status from countries Trump called shitholes. Journalist Nick Pinto reveals how ICE agents are staking out churches and homes of immigrant rights activists and tells the story of an organizer who was snatched from the streets of New York and deported to Haiti and another who sits in jail, fighting deportation. Intercept Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief Ryan Grim breaks down a clause slipped into the budget bill that gives the White House authority to fund CIA programs without oversight. He lays out the latest on the Russia investigation, the insanity surrounding the so-called FISA memo, and how the Democratic Party is trying to block progressive candidates from running in 2018. We talk to revolutionary musical artist Seun Kuti, son of the legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela, and hear music from his forthcoming album, Black Times. And Ted Cruz makes a cameo on Arrested Development.

Transcript coming soon.

The post Intercepted Podcast: First They Came for the Immigrants appeared first on The Intercept.

11:00

VDEO: Teco-teco vai sobrevoar Porto Alegre com gravao que pede priso de Lula "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

O grupo de oposio ao ex-presidente Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, os Lava Togas, alugou um avio monomotor equipado com sistema de som para sobrevoar partes de Porto Alegre em que se concentram manifestantes favorveis ao petista. O sobrevo est marcado para esta quarta-feira. Eles pretendem tocar uma vinheta pedindo ao Tribunal Regional Federal da 4a Regio que condene Lula, alm de dizer a seus apoiadores que no adianta espernear.

O avio fez um teste na tera tarde. A advogada curitibana Paula Bettega, lder do grupo, no v a hora do vo oficial. Ele me enviou vdeos e o udio pelo WhatsApp. A ideia passar com a aeronave justamente quando a Corte estiver reunida para o julgamento do recurso apresentado pelos advogados de Lula contra a condenao a nove anos e meio de priso imposta pelo juiz federal Srgio Moro na primeira instncia.

Mas talvez o teco-teco no possa cumprir sua misso. As autoridades de segurana gachas anunciaram um bloqueio areo, terrestre e naval na regio do tribunal. 

Os Lava Togas ganharam notoriedade espalhando por Curitiba outdoors que pedem a priso de Lula. Eles tambm alugaram um helicptero equipado com um painel de led que sobrevoou um comcio do ex-presidente na cidade, em setembro passado, fazendo provocaes.

O aluguel da aeronave custar R$ 1,5 mil por cada hora de vo. A expectativa que o monomotor esteja disponvel por at quatro horas. O dinheiro, eles dizem, sai de seus prprios bolsos.

The post VDEO: Teco-teco vai sobrevoar Porto Alegre com gravao que pede priso de Lula appeared first on The Intercept.

09:41

The Problem Isnt Just Corruption at the FBI and Main Justice, Its Also The Media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Over the past year we have learned that a significant number of people within the DOJ and FBI have been the source of leaks to the media.  Almost all of those leaks built on lies. Reports have confirmed that FBI Continue reading

08:08

Senate or Romper Room? Susan Collins Talking Stick Angrily Thrown Across Room by Senator During Shutdown Meeting, Replaced by Rubber Ball "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is our United States Senate, 2018:

(Press the blue button for a good time.)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) tried and ultimately failed to impose peace and decorum with a colorful Masai talking stick in large group meetings with senators in her office during the recent shutdown.

Media reports state Collins used the stick, a gift from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), during meetings with about two dozen senators. The stick was handed or tossed to a senator who would then speak without interruption. It worked somewhat until one exasperated senator threw it across the room at another senator who kept talking over him and chipped a glass elephant on a shelf in the office, according to Politico. The talking stick was then replaced with a rubber ball and then a small basketball.

To try and keep the peace, Collins wouldnt let any senator in the room talk unless they were holding a talking stick which one aide later said was a Maasai leadership stick that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) gave Collins a few years ago. At one point, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee forcefully tossed the stick toward Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia after Warner interrupted him, nearly shattering a glass elephant belonging to Collins, according to two people briefed on the throw. After that incident, Collins suggested using a small rubber ball, and Alexander also brought his own basketball because itd be safer than a stick, an aide said.

CNNs version made the incident seem lighthearted even though it was violent:

One Republican...

06:30

Wealth Will Go Poof in Next Crash Chris Martenson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com Economic researcher and futurist Chris Martenson says if you believe everything is great with the economic turnaround, you have to believe fundamentals dont matter. Martenson explains, Of course, fundamentals matter, but they dont seem to these days.  Take every company that has a market cap of $2 billion or higher and []

06:20

January 24th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #370 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

06:16

Rep. Mark Meadows Unleashes Tweet Storm on Peter Strzok Actions Corrupting FBI Probes of Clinton and Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) posted a lengthy Twitter storm Tuesday night about the corrupt FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Earlier Meadows posted a clip of an interview on CNN in which he expresses his distrust of the Justice Department and FBI, adding the comment, I read the classified memo from House Intel, outlining stunning info on the last administrations FISA and surveillance abuses that should NEVER happen in America. The public should be able to view the same memo I did. Please share if you agree: its time to #ReleaseTheMemo

Meadows followed a few hours later with his Twitter storm:

THREADexplaining the context around the Peter Strzok/Lisa Page text messages, and why theyre connected to both the Hillary investigation and this so-called Russian-collusion investigation

Remember the key figure here: Peter Strzok, the former deputy of counter-intelligence at the FBI. Guy who ran the 2016 Clinton investigation, who interviewed key witnesses including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, and Hillary Clinton. Former Mueller team member. Strzok is the guy here

We have all these anti-Trump texts in 2016 from Peter Strzok, talking about an insurance policy in case Trump gets elected President. We have texts from Strzok to Lisa Page saying We cant t...

06:15

Wednesday January 24th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

06:00

Not Enough Good Protest Music-- Here's A Great One About A Fucking Businesman Laughing Like A Spoiled Child "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Right now they're on tour with Walk the Moon. Tonight they played in Pittsburgh and tomorrow they'll be at the Fillmore in Detroit. Friday it's a big homecoming at the Aragon in Chicago and Saturday at the Egyptian in Indianapolis and Sunday at the Ryman in Nashville. Lot's of dates through the South after that, then the West Coast. On the day the EP gets released they'll ve at the Orpheum in Madison and the next night the tour wraps up at the Palace in Minneapolis. And after that? Solo tour. You should make an effort to see these guys; Genevieve Schatz, the singer, sounds wonderful recorded but live she's even more powerful.


Treasure

You're a treasure to me
To have, hold and to keep
Heaven has no rage like
When you took all the love, love

You're a pleasure for me
To let in and let lead
Hell hath no fury like
When you took all the love, love...

05:49

Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Discusses Justice Department Issues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cleaning up the corruption in the entire Justice Department is the legacy objective of House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte who will not be running for reelection. Chairman Goodlatte appeared on No-Points-Allowed tonight for an interview with Laura Interruptus.  Mrs. Hannity Continue reading

05:34

Pennsylvania Ordered To Un-Gerrymander Before The Midterms (ie, Immediately) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Meehan will be the first Republican flushed away

As if things weren't bad enough for Chester the Molester, his gerrymandered district-- the only thing that has kept him in Congress-- is being wiped off the face of the map-- literally! Pat Meehan is done for... and he's not the only Pennsylvania Republican who is, either. He's been exposed for using tax payer money as hush money to quiet a woman staffer has his age he was molesting; Paul Ryan kicked him off the Ethics Committee. And how the most gerrymandered district in the country is going bye-bye... as he will soon be. As expected, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the contemptible congressional map as unconstitutional because it was drawn to drastically-- "clearly, plainly and palpably"-- benefit Republicans. The Justices ruled that the 2018 elections must be fought under new fairer boundaries.
The justices gave the Republican-controlled Legislature until Feb. 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf until Feb. 15 to submit it to the court. Otherwise, the justices said they will adopt a plan in an effort to keep the May 15 primary election on track.

The decision comes amid a national tide of gerrymandering cases, including some that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats cheered the decision to toss out a Republican-drawn map used in three gener...

05:21

President Trump and Mark Meadows Tweet About FBI Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump wonders why FBI lovers messages are missing: Representative Mark Meadows has a great perspective on the issue: Remember the key figure here: Peter Strzok, the former deputy of counter-intelligence at the FBI. Guy who ran the 2016 Clinton Continue reading

05:16

POTUS Trump Goes Scorched Earth on FBI Lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page Where Are the 50,000 Text Messages? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. These 50,000 text messages do not include the missing texts.

The FBI failed to preserve six months of text messages between Trump hating FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, blaming a technical glitch with Samsung 5 phones.

The timeline of the missing text messages which begins on December 14, 2016 and goes through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel is very suspicious.

President Trump lit up Twitter Tuesday morning blasting the missing texts then went scorched earth again on the FBI lovers late Tuesday night.

Please, President Trump, dont ever stop tweeting!

Trump tweeted, Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!

Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of missing text messages.

In what is being described as a jaw-dropping, text message, Strzok told Bureau lawyer Lisa Page that he felt special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation was likely a nothingburger.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said after reviewing the new text messages he believes there may have been a secret society of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Fox News Bret Baier on Tuesday evening that there is an informant talking to Congress about meetings the people in the secret society were having offsite.

No wonder why the FBI is scrambling to hide other text messages. Certainly they are worse than w...

05:10

Dan Bongino to Hannity: Dont Discount the Name John Carlin This is the Connection to the Obama White House (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rep. Jim Jordan, investigative reporter Sara Carter, and former US Secret Service agent and conservative pundit Dan Bongino joined Sean Hannity on Tuesday night to discuss FBI Corruption.

During the discussion Dan Bongino accused former Obama DOJ official John Carlin is the connection to the Obama White House on the spying on Trump.


John Carlin, Loretta Lynch and Crooked Cop James Comey

Carlin was the former Assistant Attorney General under Obama from April 2014 to October 2016.

House intelligence committee members interviewed John Carlin in July 2017. Carlin oversaw the NSA surveillance program under Obama.

Dan Bongino: Sean, let me tell you something and I am willing to put my credibility behind this on your show tonight. Those messages arent lost. I absolutely believe this is some kind of canary trap to out leakers again Make no mistake about this. Donald Trump was set up. This was a sting operation the entire time Sean, dont discount the name John Carlin within the DOJ. He knew what was going on here in conjunction with Sally Yates and this is the connection I think to the White House on this. Dont discount that name. He left under very suspicious circumstances.

Via Hannity:

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05:01

The Media, the Regime, and Their Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The medias opposition to Trump has confused and obscured the true nature of the relationship between itself and the American regime. Do we really have an adversarial press? Lew Rockwell joins me to get to the bottom of it.

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Destroying, Suppressing Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Congressional investigators were rocked this weekend when the FBI notified them that five months of text messages from a top FBI investigator into the Trump campaigns Russian connections had mysteriously vanished.

The FBI-issued cell phone of Peter Strzok, whose previous texts to his mistress (also an FBI employee) showed fierce hostility to Trump, suddenly had problems due to software upgrades and other issues and voila  all the messages between the two from Dec. 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017 vanished. Strzok, who oversaw the Trump investigation from its start in July 2016, was removed from Muellers Special Counsel investigation last summer after the Justice Department Inspector General discovered his anti-Trump texts.

Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, notified a Senate committee that data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected. The missing texts could have obliterated the remnants of credibility of the FBIs investigation of the Trump campaign.

Conservatives are caterwauling about the vanished evidence but this type of tactic has long been standard procedure for the FBI. Acting FBI chief Patrick Gray was forced to resign in 1973 after it was revealed that he had burned incriminating evidence from the White House in his fireplace shortly after the Watergate break-in by Nixon White House plumbers. Gray claimed he was resigning to preserve the reputation and integrity of the FBI but that hasnt worked out so well.

The FBI has a long history of losing evidence that would tarnish its halo. And for most of the agencys history, judges and Congress have let the FBI sweep its dirt under the rug.

In the Ruby Ridge case, when an FBI sniper gunned down an Idaho mother holding her baby in 1992, the chief of the...

We Dont Need Bad Laws "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump said, We are going to take a strong look at our countrys libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts. The president was responding to statements made in Michael Wolffs new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Our nation does not need stronger laws against libel. To the contrary, libel and slander laws should be repealed. Lets say exactly what libel and slander are. The legal profession defines libel as a published false statement that is damaging to a persons reputation. Slander is making a false spoken statement that is damaging to a persons reputation.

Theres a question about reputation that never crosses even the sharpest legal minds. Does ones reputation belong to him? In other words, if ones reputation is what others think about him, whose property are other peoples thoughts? The thoughts I have in my mind about others, and hence their reputations, belong to me.

One major benefit from decriminalizing libel and slander would be that it would reduce the value of gossip. It would reduce the value of false statements made by others. Heres a Gallup Poll survey question: In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media such as newspapers, TV and radio when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all? In 1976, 72 percent of Americans trusted the media, and today the percentage has fallen to 32. The mainstream media are so biased and dishonest that more and more Americans are using alternative news sources, which have become increasingly available electronically.

While were talking about bad laws dealing with libel and slander, lets raise some questions about other laws involving speech namely, blackmail laws. The legal profession defines blackmail as occurring when someone demands money from a person in return for not revealing compromising or injurious information. I believe that people should not be prosecuted for blackmail. Lets examine it with the following scenario. Its 5 oclock in the morning. You see me leaving a motel with a sweet young thing whos obviously not Mrs. Williams. You say to me, Professor Williams, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees me the right to broadcast to the entire world your conduct that I observed. I believe that most would agree that you have that right. You then proposition me, If you pay me $10,000, I will not exercise my right to tell the world about your behavior.

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Chronological Isolation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Like other political movements, American conservatism offers predictable explanations as to where bad ideas arise.  During the Cold War, the explanation for this problem that one would have found with some regularity in conservative publications would have been communism, socialism, the welfare state, or totalitarianism.  More recently, socialism has alternated with fascism, or Islamofascism.  For todays conservative media, moreover, these isms are mostly interchangeable designations.  If Islamicists are against our values, then they must be fascists; Marxists; or, perhaps even worse, Democrats.  And lest I forget, Democrats used to be fascists and are now socialists, according to Glenn Beck, Dinesh DSouza, and Dennis Prager.

Making the identification of an enemy even more problematic is that the conservative movement is steadily undergoing change.  Thinking historically, it seems to me that what movement conservatives now profess is far less conservative than what they used to believe when I was in college and graduate school back in the 1960s.  Civil rights icon Martin Luther King had not yet become a conservative or conservative Christian theologian, but was still a radical leftist.  National Review and its contributors denounced him as such, and from the perspective of our mainstream politics in the 1960s and where the conservative movement then stood, this judgment was probably defensible.  I also dont recall National Review or even the New York Times in the 1960s defending attempts at marriage between two men as a family value or featuring self-identified gays as proud conservatives.  On at least some question of social morality, the founders of the Frankfurt School may have been as conservative as the people who are now denouncing them supposedly from the right.

I would also ask why all groups that offend self-described conservatives should be treated as an interchangeable enemy.  Islamists undoubtedly represent a danger to civil order and human safety, but the fact that they are murderous doesnt necessarily make them fascists.  If we compare Islamic extremists to the Italian fascist movement of the 1920s, its hard to see what ISIS and its supporters have in common with Mussolini and his followers.  Latin fascists claimed they were defending a distinctly Western classical heritage and viewed themselves as successors of the ancient Romans.  How similar is this to what Islamists believe as the sworn adversaries of the West and its Judeo-Christian classical inheritance (which is what Western democracies are now running away from)?  Perhaps Muslim extremists are a bit m...

Destroying Syria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Donald Trump administration is planning to install a 30,000 strong armed security force in northern Syria along the borders with Turkey and Iraq. This presumably will tie together and support the remaining rag-tags of allegedly pro-democracy rebels and will fit in with existing and proposed U.S. bases. The maneuver is part of a broader plan to restructure Syria to suit the usual crop of neocon geniuses in Washington that have slithered their way back into the White House and National Security Council, to include renewed demands that the countrys President Bashar al-Assad must go, reiterated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last Wednesday. He said But let us be clear: The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria, focused on ensuring ISIS cannot re-emerge. Tillerson also claimed that remaining in Syria would prevent Iran from reinforcing its position inside Syria and would enable the eventual ouster of al-Assad, but he has also denied that Washington was creating a border force at all, yet another indication of the dysfunction in the White House.

A plan pulled together in Washington by people who should know better but seemingly dont is hardly a blueprint for success, particularly as there is no path to anything approximating victory and no exit strategy. The Syrians have not been asked if they approve of an arrangement that will be put in place in their sovereign territory and the Turks have already bombed targets and sent troops and allied militias into the Afrin region, also a U.S. supported Kurdish enclave on the border. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated clearly that Ankara will disrupt any U.S. devised border arrangement. From the Turki...

The Property Rights of Wedding Cake Bakers Are Being Violated "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last month in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, is a Christian who believes that marriage is the union of one man and woman. As such, he refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The case is widely considered to be one of the most important free speech cases in years. Yet, the views of the First Amendment held by defenders of Mr. Phillips are half-baked.

Briefly, here are the facts in the case, taken mainly from the decision against Phillips by the Colorado Court of Appeals.

In 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, a homosexual couple, visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a wedding cake. Although they were going to be married in Massachusetts (same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Colorado), they wanted a wedding cake for a reception in Colorado. Because Phillips believes that decorating cakes is a form of art, that he can honor God through his artistic talents, and that he would displease God by creating cakes for same-sex marriages, he declined, telling the couple that he does not create wedding cakes for same-sex weddings because of his religious beliefs, but advising them that he would be happy to make and sell them any other baked goods. Phillips has likewise declined to make cakes with profane messages or that celebrate Halloween.

The unhappy couple then filed charges of discrimination with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). After an investigation, the Division issued a notice of determination finding probable cause to credit the allegations of discrimination. Craig and Mullins then filed a formal complaint with the Office of Administrative Courts, alleging that Masterpiece had discriminated against them in a place of public accommodation because of their sexual orientation in violation of section 24-34-601(2), C.R.S. 2014. An administrative law judge issued a lengthy written order finding in favor of Craig and Mullins, which was affirmed by the Commission. The decision was appealed to the Colorado Court of Appeals, which affirmed the Commissions decision in 2015.

Masterpiece contended that

  • the Commissions cease and desist order compels speech in violation of the First Amendment by requiring it to create wedding cakes for same-sex weddings.
  • the Commissions order unconstitutionally infringes on...

Arctic Poised To Unleash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Paul Dorian sends word that theres a change brewing in the Arctic that may result in a massive and extended cold outbreak for the Northern hemisphere, much like what we saw in late December and early January when record breaking cold swamped the eastern USA. He writes:

Overview

We are now experiencing warmer-than-normal weather conditions in the eastern US and there will be mild spells right into the first week of February, but the signs are increasing for a return to a cold pattern next month and it may very well last for an extended period of time.  The MJO is a tropical disturbance that propagates around the global tropics and it will be transitioning into phases during the month of February that are conducive to colder-than-normal weather in the eastern US.  In addition, stratospheric warming will unfold over the next week or so in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere and this can set off a chain of events in the atmosphere that ultimately results in colder-than-normal weather for the eastern US.  There are other signals as well that support the notion of a return to cold in the eastern US and it very well could stick around for awhile.

00Z Euro forecast of the MJO index from today (lower arrow) to February 6th (upper arrow) which is displayed on a day-to-day basis by the green line.

Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO)

The MJO is a tropical disturbance that propagates eastward around the global tropics with a cycle on the order of 30-60 days. It is a large-scale coupling between atmospheric circulation and tropical deep convection (thunderstorms). The MJO not only has wide ranging impacts on the patterns of precipitation, surface temperatures, and atmospheric circulation in the tropics, but also influences precipitation and temperature patterns across the globe.  Specifically, one significant impact of the MJO over the U.S. during the northern hemisphere winter is an increase in the frequency and intensity of cold air outbreaks across the central and eastern US.

Specifically, one significant impact of the MJO over the U.S. during the northern hemisphere winter is an increase in the frequency and intensity of cold air outbreaks across the central and eastern US.

This time of year, phases 5, 6 and 7 of the MJO index signal warmer-than-normal temperatures in the central and eastern U.S., but beyond that time, the MJO is likely to propagate into phases 8, 1 and 2 which usually are correlated with colder-than-normal weather in the central and eastern US during this time of year. In fact, the...

10 Mind-Blowing and Entertaining Uses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Some of us love that time of year when the leaves have all fallen off the trees, the air starts to turn colder, and the snow falls for the first time of the season. For everyone else, those white snowflakes bring back memories of slipping on ice, shoveling our cars out of our driveways, and that gray slush that covers the roads for months. (Of course, if youve never seen snow, youll just have to imagine.)

No matter how you feel about it, though, cool uses for snow and ice are limited only by our imaginations. Here are 10 of the most mind-blowing and entertaining uses we have today.

10 Snow Can Be Turned Into Drinking Water

If you ever are in desperate need of drinking water or just want to have some fun, having snow on the ground could come in handy. To make drinking water from snow is not as simple as just letting it melt. There are a few steps that you have to take first.

The snow that you collect needs to be clean. This will usually be snow that is white and does not have sticks or branches in it. Once your snow is collected, you will need to melt it by mixing it with purified water in a pot. You will then need to use a strainer to get any unwanted toxins out of the water.[1]

Finally, boil the water again. This will also work if you are camping. The water can be boiled using a pan, an open flame (campfire), and an article of clothing through which to drain the water.

Remember, however you make your drinking water from snow, it is important to keep it in a place where it will not freeze. This can include close to your body if you do not have access to heat.

9 Ice Can Be Used To Make Fire

In the case of ice (or water) and fire, opposites really do attract. To make fire from ice, the ice will act as a magnifying glass. Yes, you will be like a young child trying to burn ants on the sidewalk with a magnifying glass. As funny as that sounds, this concept will work and look very similar to that.

You will need a thin, clear piece of icethe kind that can be found over frozen water. You will then hold your piece of ice so that the...

Patients Are Dying in Corridors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Patients dying in hospital corridors. So went the headline which appeared on the BBCs website last week, detailing the newest outrages which have emerged from Britains crisis-beset healthcare system. This most recent revelation came as a result of an open letter sent to the prime minister by 68 senior doctors, offering details of the inhuman conditions which have become common in the National Health Services hospitals.

The letter, which collected statistics from NHS hospitals in England and Wales, found that in December alone over 300,000 patients were made to wait in emergency rooms for more than four hours before being seen, with thousands more suffering long waits in ambulances before even being allowed into the emergency room. The letter further noted that it had become routine for patients to be left on gurneys in corridors for as long as 12 hours before being offered proper beds, with many of them eventually being put into makeshift wards hastily constructed in side-rooms. In addition to this, it was revealed that around 120 patients per day are being attended to in corridors and waiting rooms, with many being made to undergo humiliating treatments in the public areas of hospitals, and some even dying prematurely as a result. One patient reported that, having gone to the emergency room with a gynecological problem which had left her in severe pain and bleeding, a lack of treatment rooms led hospital staff to examine her in a busy corridor, in full view of other patients.

While its tempting to believe that these extreme cases must be a rare occurrence, the fact is that such horror stories have become increasingly the norm for a socialised healthcare system that seems to be in a permanent state of crisis. Indeed, as the NHS entered the first week of 2018, over 97% of its trusts in England were reporting levels of overcrowding so severe as to be unsafe.

Almost as predictable as the regular emergence of new stories of this kind is the equally unwavering refusal of British commentators to consider that the state-run monopoly structure of the system itself might be to blame. Many, including the prime minister herself, have pointed to the spike in seasonal illnesses such as the flu at this time of year, to distract from the more fundamental flaws of the system. However, officials from Public Health England recently went so far as to openly dismiss this as a major cause of the current healthcare crisis, clarifying that current levels of hospital admissions due to the flu are certainly not unprecedented. The aging of the population, and local councils failure to provide more non-hospital care have also been blamed.

By far the most commonly suggested remedy, however, is simply to inject more taxpayers money into this failing system. Indeed, the belief...

US Secrets, Lies, and Confusion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The announcements and denials of the Trump administration concerning military developments in the North of Syria reveal a heavy secret. Paradoxically, Turkey has come to the assistance of the United States to correct the error of their superior officers.

The denial expressed on 17 January by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concerning the declarations of the commander-in-chief of CentCom, General Joseph Votel, on 23 December, and of the spokesman of the anti-Daesh Coalition, Colonel Thomas Veale, on 13 January, has sowed confusion.

The denial did not satisfy Turkey who, after having warned the US Charg dAffaires, Philip Kosnett, on the 10 January, and on 13 January, began preparing military operations in Afrine and Manbij, effectively launched them on 20 January.

Contrary to the declarations proffered by various participants, the US programme was not intended to create a sovereign, independent State in the North of Syria that is the French plan but a non-recognised State, like the Puntland State of Somalia or the Iraqi Kurdistan. The latter structure is absolutely independent, and despite the Iraqi Constitution, does not respond to orders from Iraq, of which it is nonetheless a part. Iraqi Kurdistan also has its own embassies abroad.

The Syrian Border Security Force should officially be composed of 30,000 men, half of whom should be ex-Democratic Syrian Forces. These combatants should receive three weeks of training in interrogation techniques and biometric scanning. 230 cadets have already followed this course.

In practice, the other half should be composed of 15,000 ex-jihadists from Daesh who would thus be discretely recycled.

In reality, President Trumps special representative to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, was the lawyer who participated, alongside John Negroponte and Colonel James Steele, in the creation of the Islamic Emirate in Iraq in 2006. With Colonel James Coffman, he was tasked with giving President George Bush an account of this secret operation, which was intended to combat the Iraqi resistance to the occupation by dividing their forces into Sunnis and Shiites and artificially creating a civil war.

After a passage at Harvard, Brett McGurk was re-assigned to the State Department under John Kerry. He helped with transforming the Islamic Emirate in Iraq into Daesh, and co-organised the preparatory meeting for the jihadist invasion of Iraq, on 27 May 2014 in Amman. He reorganised Iraq, then trained the International Coalition which was tasked with fighting Daesh.

A good student, McGurk agreed to serve President Trump in order to get rid of the jihadist organisation that he had himself created, and some of whose members he is now attempting to recycle.

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Russia Accuses US "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of the covert transfer of money assets to opposition groups in Russia to destabilize the political situation in the country.

The announcement from representatives of the foreign ministry came in response to the recent article published on BuzzFeed. The article disclosed confidential information about transactions of Russian diplomatic institutions in the United States. In particular, the article said that the authorities of the United States were studying suspicious money transfers of the Russian embassy in Washington.

Representatives of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs stressed that such information was deliberately falsified and maliciously interpreted for the next round of accusations connected with Russias alleged interference in US elections. It goes about conventional salary transfers, which they try to make look like conspiracies.

Interestingly, the Americans are trying to attribute the logic of their actions to the Russians. It is an open secret that a variety of foundations are used to finance opposition.

At the time of Maidan riots in Ukraine, the US-based National Endowment for Democracy the organization that takes pride in its participation in color revolutions all over the world were providing financial support to opposition openly.

The US State Department was closely following the development of the situation with Alexei Navalny, in whom Washington has certain interests. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the situation, said that this was an act of direct interference in Russias internal affairs.

Zakharova also expressed surprise at the words from State Department spokesperson Clay Noel, who said that the Russian government was taking harsh measures in relation to journalists in Russia.

State Department spokesman Noel earlier said that he was concerned about the use of strict measures in relation to independent voices in Russia from journalists to civil society activists and opposition politicians.

There are dozens of cases to exemplify USAs financial support for Russian oppositionists, and no one can exclude possible provocations on the eve of the 2018 elections. The Russian Guards have studied the events of 2014 Maidan riots in Ukraine and are ready to prevent any destructive actions at the very start.

Reprinted from Pravda.ru.

The...

The Plot To Kill Martin Luther King "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Let us Commemorate Martin Luther King Day, January 15 2018. This article was first published by GR on September 5, 2016

For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassins bullet. William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and Dixie Mafia crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).

With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.

Without this information, the truth about Kings assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the official lie that King was the victim of a racist lone gunman named James Earl Ray would have remained fact.

Instead, we know that Ray took the fall for a murder he did not commit. We know that a member of the Memphis Police Department fired the fatal shot and that two military sniper teams that were part of the 902ndMilitary Intelligence Group were sent to Memphis as back-ups should the primary shooter fail. We have access to the fascinating account of how Pepper came to meet Colonel John Downie, the man in charge of the military part of the plot and Lyndon Johnsons former Vietnam briefer. We also learn that as part of the operation, photographs were actually taken of the shooting and that Pepper came very close to getting his hands on those photographs.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media has ignored all of these revelations and continues to label Ray as Kings lone assassin. In fact, P...

04:50

Adam Schiff and Dianne Feinstein Demand Twitter Investigate #ReleaseTheMemo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The desperation of democrats has crossed into ludicrous world.  Rep. Adam Schiff and Senator Dianne Feinstein have written a letter to Facebook and Twitter demanding an immediate investigation into the strong support of the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign. If you thought CNN Continue reading

04:41

John Solomon Silenced after Washington Post Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Hills John Solomon has been silenced after a coordinated effort by the Washington Post and The Hill staffers upset with his reporting and appearances on the Hannity program on the Fox News Channel. It has been two weeks since Solomon had a byline at The Hill, his last being January 8. He has not tweeted since January 11.

Solomon had been churning out exposs for the Hill on the corrupt FBI investigation into President Donald Trump. Those articles were usually accompanied by appearances on the Hannity TV show or other Fox News Channel programs. Solomon is absent from reporting even as as explosive reports on the investigation that hes been reporting on keep coming.

John Solomon, image via Twitter avatar.

The Posts Erik Wemple, in a January 17 article labeled Opinion, reported that The Hill reporters complained to management about Solomon, Staffers at The Hill press management about the work of John Solomon

A group of newsroom staffers at The Hill have complained to management about stories written by John Solomon, the publications executive vice president of digital video. The complaints were launched in December when Solomon and reporter Alison Spann broke a story under this headline: Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers.

The gist of Solomon and Spanns story: Prominent California lawyer Lisa Bloom worked to secure payments for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race. The story cited documents and interviews, plus the on-the-record explanations by Bloom herself.

For months, reporters at the publication have whispered sour somethings among themselves about the trail of Solomon investigations that have appeared under The Hills banner. It veers rightward.

Last summer, for instance, Solomon announced that he was jumping from Circa, a general news site owned by the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, to The Hill. The Hills spectacular rise as the leading outlet for political news coverage speaks to a far-reaching vision for digitally-powered growth, Solomon said in a statement. Joining The Hi...

04:28

Hah! Adam Schiffs Office Flooded With Phone Calls From Americans Confirming They Arent Russian Bots #ReleaseTheMemo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last week, the House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to make available to fellow House members a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program, reports Fox News Chad Pergram.

News of the FISA memo spread like wildfire on social media. Trump supporters pushed a #ReleaseTheMemo campaign after GOP Reps came forward demanding the document be released to the American public.

On Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Twitter and Facebook to conduct a thorough forensic examination into the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign as potentially an ongoing attack by Kremlin-linked social media actors also referred to as Russian bots.

ABC News tweeted out the letter Schiff and Feinstein sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a forensic examination into Twitter users who pushed the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign.

It turns out Rep. Adam Schiffs office was inundated with phone calls from citizens confirming they are not Russian bots.

The Gateway Pundit also contacted Rep. Schiffs Burbank, California office Tuesday evening and left them a voicemail confirming we are not Russian bots and that we are demanding the FISA memo be released.

One Twitter user said Adam Schiffs office is now hanging up on citizens calling to say they were not Russian bots.

...

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THESE TWO THINGS ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Michael Wolff says Donald Trump doesn't like his job.

Author Michael Wolff said in a new interview that he believes President Trump does not want to be the president.

"There is nothing to indicate that ... Trump is going to find his footing as the president of the United States, that he's going to be able to put a staff around him ... that knows what they're doing and a staff that he listens to," Wolff told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation....

"In the end, I think that the real truth is he does not want to be the president the president of the United States," Wolff said. "He wants to be, instead, Donald Trump."
Matt Drudge read this and leapt to the president's defense:
Drudge Reports Matt Drudge said in a rare tweet Tuesday that President Trump loves his job and is already talking about his 2020 re-election run. ...

Time to call out Michael Wolff and his fabricated bullshit! Drudge tweeted. I had dinner with the president a few weeks ago and he was in fine form. He was optimistic, engaged, on top of the world, loving the job. And already talking about his 2020 re-election run!!
I don't know if either of these guys is telling the truth, but they both could be mostly correct. I'm sure Trump did tell Drudge that he's psyched about his reelection bid -- Trump has been running for reelection literally since the day he was inaugurated. It's been argued that this is a way for Trump to drum up money, but it's also obvious that nothing about being president could ever be as awesome for Trump as running for president was -- all those cheering deplorables, all that adulation. It's probably killing him that he has to wait a couple more years to run again.

Is he "optimistic, engaged, on top of the world, loving the job"? Who knows? Wolff spent time in the White House when Trump was stumbling through early days as president; if Drudge had dinner with him "a few weeks ago," it was probably when the Republicans had passed the tax cut bill. Trump probably thought he'd made that happen, just the way he now thinks he personally ended the shutdown.

But generally speaking? I judge from the reports on Trump's ever-expanding "executive time" in front of the TV and on...

03:19

Deep State, Via Washington Post, Fights Back and Defends Andrew Andy McCabe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By now everyone should be fully aware that the Washington Post is the media PR firm selling the position of the intelligence apparatus.  Tonight the WaPo rises in defense of Asst. FBI Director Andrew Andy McCabe by pushing a ridiculous Continue reading

03:09

Crooked Cop McCabe Was Reportedly Disturbed Trump Asked Him Who He Voted For While He Was Plotting Against Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The tension between President Trump and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is palpable. 

Deep State McCabe not only handled Hillary Clintons criminal email investigation with kid gloves, he was involved in a conversation with other FBI agents about an insurance policy against a Donald Trump victory.

Now fake news WaPo is claiming President Trump asked then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 election. McCabe was reportedly disturbed by this question.

Strangely, FBI agents discussing an insurance policy to prevent Trump from becoming President didnt disturb McCabe.

WaPo reports:

Shortly after President Trump fired his FBI director in May, he summoned to the Oval Office the bureaus acting director for a get-to-know-you meeting.

The two men exchanged pleasantries, but before long, Trump, according to several current and former U.S. officials, asked Andrew McCabe a pointed question: Whom did he vote for in the 2016 election?

McCabe said he didnt vote, according to the officials, who, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about a sensitive matter.

Trump, the officials said, also vented his anger at McCabe over the several hundred thousand dollars in donations his wife, a Democrat, received for her failed 2015 Virginia state Senate bid from a political action committee controlled by a close friend of Hillary Clinton.

President Trump previously went scorched earth on Andrew McCabe after he announced he would be retiring in Marchjust in time to receive full pension and benefits.

According to Axios, FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign amid pressure from AG Sessions and President Trump to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe should be fired and brought to justice. Its sickening to think he will receive a cushy taxpayer funded pension after what he has done to corrupt the FBI.

 

The post...

02:53

Former Federal Prosecutor: Members of the Secret Society NO DOUBT Continue to Talk with One Another (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former Federal Prosecutor Joe DiGenova spoke with  Daily Caller last week to discus the Obama Administrations brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton and frame an incoming president with a false Russian conspiracy.

DiGenova told Daily Caller:

People that were senior career civil servants violated the law, perhaps committed crimes, and covered up crimes by a Presidential candidate [Hillary]. But more than that, they tried to frame an incoming President with a false Russian conspiracy that never existed and they knew it and they plotted to ruin him as a candidate and then destroy him as a President.

On Tuesday Joe DiGenova joined Tucker Carlson to discuss the 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. And to discuss the missing five months of text messages between the two lovers.

At one point in the discussion DiGenova told Tucker the secret society within the DOJ and FBI no doubt continue to communicate with each other.

Joe DiGenova: Yes, members of the secret society no doubt continue to still talk to one another Only Christopher Wray knows why they are still being allowed to stay in that building.

Via Tucker Carlson Tonight:

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02:39

Nine Humanitarian Activists Face Federal Charges After Leaving Water for Migrants in the Arizona Desert "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A U.S. Border Patrol agent takes Central American immigrants into custody on January 4, 2017 near McAllen, Texas.

02:37

Active Ring of Fire: Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions Jolt Opposite Sides of the Pacific Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Ring of Fire, also called the Circum-Pacific belt, is the zone of earthquakes surrounding the Pacific Ocean- about 90% of the worlds earthquakes occur there. The next most seismic region (5-6% of earthquakes) is the Alpide belt (extends from Mediterranean region, eastward through Turkey, Iran, and northern India. (This dynamic earth: the story of plate tectonics 1996, Kious, W. Jacquelyne; Tilling, Robert I., USGS Unnumbered Series General Interest Publication) http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/7000097
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Pacific Ring of Fire active today. #switch2sendai #earthquake #volcano
- PH : Mayon Volcano erupted, 1,000s evacuees
- Japan: Volcano causes avalanche, one dea...

02:26

Protest Song Of The Week: Levitating By Xenia Rubinos, Sammus, And Olga Bell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The days following this years Womens March are as good a time as any to repeat the central question posed by Levitating, a collaborative track by Xenia Rubinos, Sammus and Olga Bell: Are you really down? Way down? All the way down?

Levitating is a smooth and steady intersectional anthem asking those who are straight, white, thin, cis, or rich to acknowledge their privilege and the ways that it plays out in their activism and discourse. Sammus says it directly in the opening lines of her verse: Recognize it / Dont deny how much your life is different.

Sammus goes on to call out white silence, and the violence inherent when white people refer to protests led by people of color as riots. It is a call for well-meaning liberals, left leaning folks to be open to criticism and difficult conversations, and to center the interests of those who are most affected by systemic injustice.

So will you go the distance? Or will you vanish in a cloud of smoke like incense? While brown folks risk things and they rage against this machine built on green, raps Sammus.

In a tweet, Sammus elaborated on what the song means to her:

This is a song in which I shared what intersectionality means to me if u say u r down, r u down for me? For other brown folks? For queer folks? For trans folks? For poor folks? Fat folks? Disabled folks? Are you down baby?

On Xenias verse, she sings in both Spanish and English, calling out the deportations and the lies that define the United States. She dedicates the song to the American dreamers, the chulas and witches, all our cousins aunties uncles sisters brothers / Torn apart by these United States / All for one and one for none.

The song is the first collaboration for this trio. It came to be when Tune-Yards Merrill Garbus invited Rubinos to participate in her radio show, C.L.A.W., which stands for the Collaborative Legions of Artful Womxn. Rubinos invited Sammus and Bell, who she had recently played a show with. Bell produced the song.

Levitating ends as an extended outro fades into a whirl of Bells ambient synth keys and a slow, hooky bass line, as distant background chatter captures the three artists hanging out and laughing. Its a song full of necessary questions that plays out joyfully, an energetic ode to the uncomfortable work that needs to be done for everyone to rise up.

Listen to Levitating:

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02:21

The Scoop Video: Rapper Migos Under Fire For Using The Word Queer In A Song "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A rapper who goes by the handle Migos recently came under fire for using the word queer in a song.

Video produced by The Scoop for The Gateway Pundit:

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01:48

Enough Is Enough=> GOP Lawmaker Calls for Purge of Officials at Politically Corrupt FBI and DOJ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) called for a purge of the politically corrupt officials at the FBI and the DOJ.

Representative Rooney joined Lou Dobbs on Tuesday night.

Rooney called for a purge at the FBI and DOJ in December.

Rooney was ahead of this time.

Rep. Rooney: No one would have assumed or foreseen the depth and the rot that you are talking about. Who could have thought such unconscionable behavior could have been conducted right inside the DOJ and the FBI? Thats why those memos need to be released I think the two words pervasive rot come to mind and I think the American people are going to feel the same way.

Lou Dobbs: How soon will we see the memorandum?

Rep. Rooney: I think youre going to be shocked.

Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

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01:38

Senator Ron Johnson Claims FBI Informant Has Information About Secret DOJ/FBI Meetings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Ron Johnson, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has been investigating FBI activity surrounding the Clinton email investigation. Tonight during an appearance on Fox News, Senator Johnson claimed to have an FBI informant who Continue reading

01:21

BREAKING: Coinbase Hires Former Twitter Executive Who Targeted Conservatives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has hired Tina Bhatnagar, a former Twitter vice president of operations and user services known for her role in the censoring of conservatives, as its new vice president of operations and technology. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong described Bhatnagar as assertive enough to take control, while patient and empathetic to our customers plights []

The post BREAKING: Coinbase Hires Former Twitter Executive Who Targeted Conservatives appeared first on GotNews.

01:20

BREAKING=> Senator Ron Johnson: We Have Whistleblower Talking About Off-Site Meetings of FBI Secret Society (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. These 50,000 text messages do not include the missing texts.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said after reviewing the new text messages he believes there may have been a secret society of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Fox News Bret Baier on Tuesday evening that there is an informant talking to Congress about meetings the people in the secret society were having offsite.

What this is all about is further evidence of corruption-more than bias but corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Johnson began.

Now secret society, we have an informant that is talking about a group that were holding secret meetings off-site, Johnson continued.

Theres so much smoke here, theres so much suspicion.

Bret Baier interrupted Senator Johnson to have him confirm that there were secret meetings off-site and that there is also an informant saying this as well. Yes, Johnson replied.

Johnson went on to say there should be a Special Counsel to look into the corruption in the FBI and DOJ.

So not only are there text messages referencing a secret society, there is an informant spilling the beans about the off-site meetings. WOW!

VIDEO:

00:23

The Bigot Threatening CNN Got Out of Jail in Time for Dinner "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump enters the stage as he takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary.

00:17

SHOCK: Newsweek Pakistan Editor Claims Pedophilia Leads To Great Art, Rape By Hollywood Star Everyones Dream Come True "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Tuesday, Fasih Ahmed, Editor of Newsweek Pakistan tweeted what he believes to be the silver lining to pedophilia: you might get a painting or two out of it. 

The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So theres also that, tweeted Ahmed.

In a failed attempt to clarify his remarks, Ahmed tweeted, Child sexual abuse has always happened, is happening, and will always continue. Two days of outrage on Twitter and participating in a 10-person vigil may make you feel so noble but thats all just about you, not those whove been victimized.

You know uncles, servants, teachers, cousins, random shopkeepers hurt boys and girls. Did you report them? Did you have the balls to step out of your denial? This is the cause du jour. Default mode denial is just around the corner. Zainab is not a watershed moment, he ad...

00:17

Sebastian Gorka Hammers Peter Strzok Over His Hillary-Connected Lawyer How Does Strzok Afford Expensive DC Lawyer on FBI Salary? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok is in hot water after damning text messages between him and his mistress Bureau lawyer Lisa Page surfaced.

Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of missing text messages.

Strzoks text messages reference a secret society of people within the FBI and DOJ working against Trump. Other messages show the FBI agents wanting to cover their tracks and spoke about deleting text messages. The corruption is astounding and the FBi agents are beginning to lawyer up.

On Tuesday, Dr. Gorka hammered Peter Strzok over his Hillary-connected lawyer, David Boies. How does Strzok afford one of the top D.C. lawyers on an FBI salary?? Good question.

Dr,. Gorka tweeted, How does Peter Strzok afford Harvey Weinsteins lawyer David Boies one of the most expensive in DC on salary? Boies is from same firm as Karen Dunn who was slated to become Hillarys Counsel had she defeated . #ObamaGate

Reporter Nick Short tweeted, Out of concern for his legal future, FBI Agent Peter Strzok hired David Boies, Esq., chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Do you know who else Boies previous...

Tuesday, 23 January

23:52

Former Reporter For The Young Turks Files Lawsuit Against Outlet For Racial Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Andrew Jerrell Jones, a former reporter for The Young Turks (TYT), has filed a lawsuit against the network alleging racial discrimination and wrongful termination.

As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, Jones worked at The Young Turks from May 2017 to October 2017 and described being subjected to deranged treatment by his managing editor, Jonathan Larsen.

When he attempted to confront the networks founder, Cenk Uygur, his request was ignored. Jones was also asked to sign a non-disparagement agreement in exchange for monetary compensation which he declined.

Now that the lawsuit has been filed, more detailed allegations have come to light including that Young Turks founder and CEO Cenk Uygur said that complaining about racial bias at his network was a fireable offense and that he should shut the fuck up and deal.

Jones claims that he was subjected to poor treatment by Larsen, and it eventually escalated to the point where he went to Uygur to discuss it.

Uygur ignored all of his complaints and instead threatened Complainant stating that complaining about racial discrimination by his supervisor was a fireable offense in and of itself. He further stated that he should discuss his issues directly with the person who was committing the discriminatory acts, the complaint reads.

The lawsuit notes that when Larsen was hired, the progressive network had one black employee, who was a personal friend of the CEO, at the time, out of approximately 70 individuals and no black reporters.

The lawsuit claims that he was ultimately fired in retaliation for complaining about racism.

Jones claims that in addition to lost wages and harmed reputation, The Young Turks further caused him considerable emotional distress that escalated as he was treated in an illegal and bigoted manner.

Uygur has denied the allegations, prompting Jones lawyer Bill Moran to tweet that, he isnt lying, he was wronged.

As we have ...

23:10

DeSantis RIPS New Strzok Text Admitting Mueller Witch Hunt a Nothingburger What Basis Was There to Appoint a Special Counsel in the First Place? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. These 50,000 text messages do not include the missing texts.

In what is being described as a jaw-dropping, text message, Strzok told Bureau lawyer Lisa Page that he felt special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation was likely a nothingburger.

So why the hell is there a Special Counsel investigating President Trump for Russian collusion in the first place?? Strzok is the same Trump-hating FBI agent who discussed an insurance policy against a Trump victory and even he knows theres no big there there.

Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of missing text messages.

Imagine what those text messages say about the Trump transition period, Russia dossier and moments leading up to Muellers appointment.

Rep. Ron DeSantis said what we are all thinking after these new Strzok-Page text messages bubbled up to the surface. What basis what there to appoint a Special Counsel in the first place??

DeSantis tweeted on Tuesday in response to Strzok admitting the Mueller witch hunt is a big fat nothingburger, Rabidly anti-Trump lead agent Peter Strzok acknowledged that the Mueller probe would yield nothing. If even the guy who conjured up the anti-Trump insurance policy acknowledged this, what basis was there to appoint special counsel in the first place?

22:59

Breaking: DISNEY Announces $1,000 Bonuses to 125,000 Employees Thanks to Trump Tax Cuts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Disney Corporation announced Tuesday it is offering $1,000 bonus checks to 125,000 employees and contribute to an education program for employees.

THIS IS BIG NEWS!

Disney joins Boeing, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Comcast, Bank of America and Walmart and over 170 US corporations to offer Trump tax cut bonuses to over two million working Americans!

CNBC reported:

Disney announced Tuesday it will pay over 125,000 employees a one-time cash bonus of $1,000, as well as make a new $50 million investment into education program for employees.

We are directing approximately $125 million to our cast members and employees across the country and making higher education more accessible with the launch of this new program, CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

Disney says both initiatives are due to recent tax reform. Some of the biggest companies in the United States have been giving out bonuses to employees, often citing the recently-passed tax bill as the motive. Boeing, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Comcast, Bank of America and Walmart are just a few of those distributing new tax benefits to workers.

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22:44

President of Uganda: I love Trump for being frank about Africans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump is said by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who has a history of making things up, to have referred to low-achieving countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as shit holes, in a January 11 meeting with Continue reading

22:38

This is Amazingly Dirty: Now Comey Claims Leaker Friend Is Actually His Personal Attorney "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Does former FBI Director James Comey have additional explaining to do?

According to reports, the fired bureau head is pulling what The Federalists Sean Davis believes is amazingly dirty, claiming attorney-client privilege after leaking stolen documents, to friend Daniel Richman, who he now says is his lawyer a title Comey did not reveal Richman had during his sworn testimony before Senate investigators last July.  

The person to whom Comey leaked stolen FBI documents and who later leaked them to NYT now claims to be Comeys attorney. Comey described him only as a friend in sworn testimony before Congress, added Davis.

BuzzFeed reports:

The New York Times also reported Tuesday that Muellers team interviewed former FBI director James Comey last year. Asked about the Times report, Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman said in an email to BuzzFeed News that he is one of Comeys lawyers and that they would decline to comment. Richman was responsible for sharing the contents of one of Comeys memos about his communications with Trump with a reporter, at Comeys request.

Comey told the Senate Int...

22:22

Dirty Cop Mueller Gunning For Trump Seeks to Question POTUS About General Flynn and Comey "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dirty cop Mueller is on the march.

New Strzok-Page text messages are shaking Muellers witch hunt to the core, however; the Special Counsel continues to proceed with his witch hunt against President Trump.

The 4 page FISA memo is set to be released soon so Robert Mueller is moving as fast as he can to interview President Trump. He is gunning for the president.

Robert Mueller previously grilled James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions according to a New York Times report.

Now he wants Trump. The ultimate goal of the Russia witch hunt is to remove a duly elected president.

WaPo reported:

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is seeking to question President Trump in the coming weeks about his decisions to oust national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with his plans.

Muellers interest in the events that led Trump to push out Flynn and Comey indicates that his investigation is intensifying its focus on possible efforts by the president or others to obstruct or blunt the special counsels probe.

Trumps attorneys have crafted some negotiating terms for the presidents interview with Muellers team, one that could be presented to the special counsel as soon as next week, according to the two people.

The presidents legal team hopes to provide Trumps testimony in a hybrid form answering some questions in a face-to-face interview and others in a written statement.

The post Dirty Cop Mueller Gunning For Trump R...

22:22

President Trump Signs Section 201 Trade Action With USTR Robert Lighthizer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer held an open-press Oval Office event to announce trade action, tariffs, against China (solar) and S-Korea (washing machines) for product dumping. [Details Here] The backdrop of this executive action happens on the Continue reading

22:10

IF TRUMP USED CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO PAY OFF STORMY DANIELS, I BET DEPLORABLE CONTRIBUTORS WON'T CARE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It's possible that the $130,000 payoff to Stormy Daniels came from the Trump campaign:

Did President Donald Trumps campaign reimburse one of the presidents businesses for the cost of paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels?

Thats a question thats now being asked by the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which has flagged a Trump campaign reimbursement filing that sent $130,888.33 in campaign funds to a limited liability corporation called Trump Tower Commercial....

According to the Wall Street Journals reporting, longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen set up a separate LLC called Essential Consultants in October 2016 that he used as a vehicle to pay off Daniels in exchange for remaining silence about her past affair with the president....

Given that the payment made from the Trump campaign to Trump Tower Commercial LLC was for roughly the same amount that Essential Consultants LLC paid to Daniels and given the fact that the payout occurred just one month after the 2016 presidential election ended this transaction is sure to raise questions over whether campaign funds were used to cover the costs of paying off a porn star.
Is that really what happened? I don't know. But if it is, I'm sure the many deplorables who responded to all those Trump fund-raising emails would be fine with it.

We know the press loves interviewing Trump voters, so in the next round of rural diner interviews, Trump fans should be asked: Would it upset you to learn that the money you gave to the campaign was used to conceal an affair with a porn star? We can be fairly certain that they won't object on the basis of morality.




I'm sure they wouldn't feel that way. I'm sure they'd just assume that Daniels was a sinister liar who threatened to derail Trump's campaign as part of a Deep State/George Soros cam...

22:00

Only The Best People "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




One of the billion or so lies from the Trumpanzee family was when Ivanka spoke at the Republican National Convention-- the one that insinuated that Trump isn't a racist and that claimed he hires the "best people"-- two whoppers. Watch; it's just 17 seconds. He's hired and fired more top people in the shortest amount of time than Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W, Bush and Barack Obama combined. Who's next? I know who it should be. And so does Lindsey Graham. At a press gaggle about the shutdown yesterday Graham said that "Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere... the White House staff, I think, is making it very difficult." Miller is a notorious racist-- and has been since high school-- and he has kept Trump from compromising on the DREAMers. He had a White House spokesperson send a warning shot over Graham's bow:
"As long as Senator Graham chooses to support legislation that sides with people in this country illegally and unlawfully instead of our own American citizens, we are going nowhere. Hes been an outlier for years."
Trump has been feuding on and off from months with Miller's mentor, Jeff Sessions. Many people think Trump will give him the ax next. But... two reports from Jonathan Swan in Axios yesterday indicate that "next" could mean either Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross or Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Trump seems to have lost confidence in Ross some time ago.
Rosss efforts to wheel and deal with the Chinese have left the president unimpressed. Another problem: He keeps falling asleep in meetings.

Early in Trumps presidency, Ross was his go-to negotiator, helming the administrations trade talks with the Chinese. After a few months, though, Trump concluded he was doing a terrible job.

...

21:55

FBI Small Group Key Figure, James Rybicki, Quits Here Comes The Lois Lerner Maneuver "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

James Rybicki [Hi, Jim] was former FBI Director James Comeys chief-of-staff and retained that position under current FBI Director Christopher Wray (more on that later). Rybicki was the key figure in circulating and coordinating the Clinton Exoneration Statement read by Continue reading

21:35

Do PT absteno: a desesperana poltica de uma regio onde Lula era rei "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Eles deram a Luiz Incio Lula da Silva a maior vitria eleitoral em Porto Alegre em 2006, mas, esta semana, se negam a marchar entre os previstos 50 mil que pedem sua absolvio. Os cerca de 1.500 moradores da Ilha Grande dos Marinheiros, no rio Guaba, vivem com menos de um salrio mnimo por ms e com o constante medo de perderem seus terrenos para uma empreiteira envolvida na Lava Jato. Um pilar de uma ponte deve ser levantado bem no meio do galpo de reciclagem que j foi modelo nacional.

Desesperanosos com a poltica a absteno saltou de 9% em 2006 para 37% em 2016 (nas eleies municipais) , sentem que as alternncias de poder em Braslia no provocaram grandes melhorias em suas vidas. Mas votariam em Lula caso ele concorresse.

(Lula) podia at estar roubando, porque em Braslia no tem honesto mesmo. Mas, pelo menos, ele dava valor para os pobres. E, se vier para eleio, o povo vota nele, ele ganha. Mas, em manifestao a gente no vai. J fomos muito, agora o povo est cansado, diz Andr Luciano Cruz, de 45 anos. Soldador de formao, passou os ltimos 17 anos trabalhando na coleta de materiais reciclveis, como a maior parte da vizinhana.

O desencanto est nos nmeros. Em 2006, os moradores da ilha deram 60% de seus votos a Lula e apenas 9% se ausentaram ou anularam, segundo dados do Tribunal Regional Eleitoral. Em 2014, Dilma Rousseff manteve quase o mesmo ndice: 57%. Mas, em 2016, abalados pela crise econmica, o candidato prefeitura pelo PT, Raul Pont, fundador do partido e ex-prefeito da capital somou apenas 10% dos votos e sequer foi ao segundo turno. As abstenes, somadas aos votos brancos e nulos, explodiram para 34%. Os moradores no trocaram o PT por outro partido. Abriram mo de votar.

Se pudesse, eu nem votava. Eles s lembram que a gente existe em poca de eleio, afirma, de cenho franzido, a catadora de materiais reciclveis Ana Lcia Teixeira, de 43 anos. Ela nasceu e cresceu na ilha, comeou a trabalhar aos 14 anos e hoje coordenadora da associao dos catadores. Ali, cada trabalhador consegue de R$ 600 a R$ 800 por ms, dependendo da quantidade de material que a prefeitura envia.

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21:25

Mick Mulvaney: We Can Ask Right Now if Youre Better Off Than you Were A Year Ago The Answer Is YES Thanks to Trump (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump struck Gold when he persuaded Mick Mulvaney to join his economic team.

Mulvaney,  the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is not just brilliant, he is an excellent communicator.

On Tuesday Mulvaney joined Neil Cavuto to discuss the tremendous success of the Trump tax cuts.

Mulvaney was excited for the youth in America who are about to experience for the first time what it means to be part of a healthy and vibrant American economy.

Mick Mulvaney: We didnt even expect the Christmas bonuses that went out. We didnt expect the minimum wage increases from large employers across the country. This was even more than we expected. We think that weve under-promised on the tax reform and the impacts we can have on the economy. And were absolutely confident that when folks start to see their checks, not only the take home check in which we think they will be pleased with, but when the opportunities start to come in, when they realize what it means to be part of a healthy American economy. When they have a chance to change jobs, when they have a chance to start their own businesses, have a chance to get a raise. When those things start to filter through. Those wont be immediate in February like the new withholding will. But when folks start to remember what its like to be part of a healthy American economy. Remember, you and Ive talked about this before. Ill say it til Im blue in the face. If youre 30 years old and youre watching this program you have never had a job in this country with a really healthy American economy. There are things that can happen in a dynamic American economy that cant happen anywhere else in the world. We create wealth the likes of which no one else has seen in the history of the planet The wealth opportunities that exist in this nation are fantastic. We feel like weve unleashed those and put ourselves in a position in our country to unleash this type of wealth creation. That is what the folks are going to see between now and the midterm elections.

The post Mick Mulvaney: We Can Ask Right Now if Youre Better Off Than you Were A Year Ago The Answer Is R...

21:15

One Of The Key Reasons To End War Is That War Impoverishes Us by David Swanson + Rev. Dr. William Barber on Militarism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad World Beyond War, Jan. 17, 2018 January 23, 2018 The new poor peoples campaign should get every ounce of support we can find and generate. I say that without the qualifications and caveats I would usually include, because the Poor Peoples Campaign is doing something that may not be []

21:09

Adam Schiff Panics Over FISA Memo Demands Twitter Investigate Into Russian Bots Pushing #ReleaseTheMemo Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last week, the House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to make available to fellow House members a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program, reports Fox News Chad Pergram.

News of the FISA memo spread like wildfire on social media. Trump supporters pushed a #ReleaseTheMemo campaign after GOP Reps came forward demanding the document be released to the American public.

Investigative reporter Sara Carter said the FISA memo is so explosive it could end the Mueller investigation.

Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) is in full blown panic mode as the release of the FISA memo looms. Schiff is in the middle of the corruption as a ranking House committee member. He has fiercely worked to block Chairman Nunes from exposing the illegal unmasking and FISA abuse that took place during the 2016 presidential election.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are now urging Twitter and Facebook to conduct a thorough forensic examination into the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign as potentially an ongoing attack by Kremlin-linked social media actors also referred to as Russian bots.

This is peak desperation (and creepy).

Adam Schiff and the Democrats do not want this 4 page FISA memo to be released to the public.

Schiff previously blasted the FISA memo in a statement to CNN:

[the memo is] profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation.

He also implied Americans are too stupid to understand the contents of the memo.

The two high ranking California Democrats sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging they investigate the social media accounts. WOW.

ABC News reported, NEW: Sen. Feinstein, Rep. Schiff urge Facebook and Twitter to investigate involvement of Russian bots in pushing Release the Memo campaign: If these reports are accurate, we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors.

21:00

Watch My Live YouTube Stream on Laura Loomer Tonight at 7PM EST "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tonight, Ill be hosting a live YouTube stream discussing the epic livestream with Laura Loomer, Baked Alaska, Mike Enoch, Lauren Southern, and Mister Metokur, the end of the government shutdown, and other topics on my mind. The show will begin at 7pm EST (6pm CST/4pm PST).

You can watch the stream when it starts by using the window below, or you can click here to watch it on YouTube and join the chat. You can also use the window below to watch a recording of the stream after it ends.

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Read Next: Watch My Super Tuesday Live YouTube Stream Tonight at 7PM EST

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20:55

Former FBI Director Comey Questioned by Robert Muller On Series Of Memos "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This morning, The New York Times reports that former FBI Director James B. Comey was interviewed by Robert Muller sometime last year on a series of memos that Comey wrote about his interactions with Trump. In one of the memos, Comey claims that Trump requested that he end the FBIs investigation into Michael Flynn.

More via Washington Examiner:

Former FBI Director James Comey was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller last year.

According to the New York Times, the interview focused on a series of memos Comey wrote about his interactions he had President Trump that bothered him.

It has been previously revealed that in one of the memos, Trump asked Comey to end the FBIs investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn who has since been charged in the Mueller probe.

The news comes just hours after Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed by Muellers team last week.

Sessions recused himself from any matters relating to the Russia investigation in March, and Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein in May.

A spokesman for the special counsels office said he will decline to comment on our ongoign investigation in an email to the Washington Examiner.

The post Former FBI Director Comey Questioned by Robert Muller On Series Of Memos appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

20:43

BREAKING: Chief of Staff To James Comey & Christopher Wray OUT At FBI "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

James Rybicki, a top FBI official who was once chief of staff to James Comey and current Bureau Director Christopher Wray, has reportedly resigned. 

Fox News reports:

Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that Rybicki was not fired. His departure, they said, has been in the works for awhile.

Jim Rybicki notified me last month that he will be leaving the FBI to accept an opportunity in the corporate sector, Wray said in a statement. While this is an exciting move for the whole Rybicki family, Jim will be dearly missed by the FBI family and by me personally.

Wray added: His many years of dedication to the bureau and DOJ, his level-headed judgement and earnest professionalism, and his steady good cheer have been an asset to us all and have contributed greatly to the safety and security of our nation.

The FBI director said he tapped attorney Zachary Harmon to replace Rybicki.

Sara Carter previously reported Rybicki was implicated in a text exchange between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page involving a potential leak to the Washington Post:

One of the text messages the congressional committees are interested in involves Strzok and Page discussing a story published in the Washington Post.

On Nov. 3, 2016, just days before the election, Page texted Strzok, and mentions a call she had with FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki.

Sorry Rybicki called, Page states. Time line article in the post is super specific and not good. Doesnt make sense because I didnt have specific information to give.

Strzok, responds, what post article?

Page then states, just went up. WaPo. Page apparently was referencing an article in the Washington Post.

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20:09

"Calls Upon" Trickery - How Europe Cheats On Iran's Nuclear Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

[An addition to the original piece below was added here: Why Europe Must Reject U.S. Blackmail Over Iran's Nuclear Agreement - An Update] --- The Trump administration wants to abolish the nuclear agreement with Iran. The big European countries want...

20:03

We have a winner! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

. . . for FOTMs 167th Caption Contest! A total of 72 captions were submitted! So many brilliant captions! The FOTM writers duly voted, each for what he/she considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote Continue reading

19:47

SHADOW GOVERNMENT UPDATE=> DOJ Refuses to Release Dirty Cop Robert Muellers Budget Proposal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Justice Department refuses to release Robert Muellers budget proposal for the Special Counsel office, Judicial Watch announced on Tuesday.

Judicial Watch sought the information through a FOIA lawsuit, however; the watchdog group is being told the material is being withheld because it is protected from disclosure under the FOIA.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch sought the copy of the budget prepared or submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But, on Friday, January 19, the Justice Department notified Judicial Watch that it refuses to turn over documents, stating: seven pages were located that contain records responsive to your request. We have determined that this material should be withheld in full because it is protected from disclosure under the FOIA. The Justice Department asserts the Mueller budget information cannot be released because its release could interfere with law enforcement proceedings and the material is protected from disclosure by the deliberative process privilege.

Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ on October 5, 2017, after it failed to respond to a July 10, 2017, request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-02079)). Judicial Watch is seeking:

  • A copy of the budget prepared and submitted by Robert S. Mueller III or his staff.
  • A copy of all guidance memoranda and communications by which the Justice Management Division will review the Special Counsels Offices Statement of Expenditures
  • A copy of each document scoping, regulating, or governing the Special Counsels Office appointed under the leadership of Mueller III

The Justice Department has thus far ignored Judi...

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19:30

Transgender Laverne Cox covers Cosmopolitan magazine to disrupt heteronormative ideas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The truth isnt based in reality for some people. From Yahoo (via HuffPo):Laverne Cox can add Cosmopolitan covergirl to her ever-growing list of credits and accomplishments.  The Emmy-winning actress, producer and LGBTQ rights advocate made history as the first transgender woman ever Continue reading

19:29

RUMBLINGS: Blackmail Fears Grow After FBI Officials Say Foreign Actors May Have Hacked Strzoks Unsecured Phone "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Reporter Sara A. Carter joined Hannity, Monday evening, revealing former and current FBI officials fear Peter Strzok-Lisa Page text messages exchanged on Bureau-supplied phones may have been hacked by foreign actors. In addition, Carter raised the prospect that countries such as Russia and China could have used the captured exchanges to blackmail both the disgraced FBI agents.

Credit: Maureen Dowling

Former senior FBI officials, as well as current FBI officials do not believe that this was just a technical glitch, began Carter in reference to the missing texts, adding, she couldnt use the language that they shared with me after the news came out.

Something that they did bring up, I think is really important to get out to the audience is they said that a lot of these text messages were done on these unsecure Samsung 5, you know, phones.

It wasnt just about capturing it in U.S. servers, but they said foreign actors, such as Israel even, Germany, Russia, China and others tried to capture FBI cellphones all the time, Carter added.

It may be that a foreign actor actually has the text messages, between that somebody may have [the texts] after all.

They talked about Flynn being the subject of blackmail, what about [Strzok and Page] being the subject of blackmail? asked the Fox News contributor. 

On Sunday, we learned additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok had been handed over to Congress. In yet another twist to the Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agents text messages between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017 because they went missing.

The post RUMBLINGS: Blackmail Fears Grow After FBI Officials Say Foreign Actors May Have Hacked Strzoks Unsecured Phone appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

19:00

POTUS Trump Lights Up Twitter After Blasting the FBIs Missing Strzok-Page Text Messages "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. These 50,000 text messages do not include the missing texts.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said after reviewing the new text messages he believes there may have been a secret society of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

Rep. Gowdy (R-SC) also told FOX that Strzok and Page texted about deleting texts.

This is a HUGE development!

As previously reported, the FBI failed to preserve five months of text messages between Trump hating FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, blaming a technical glitch.

The timeline of the missing text messages which begins on December 14, 2016 and goes through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel is very suspicious.

President Trump lit up Twitter Tuesday morning after he blasted the FBI about the missing text messages.

The corruption in the top brass of the FBI and DOJ is shocking.

Muellers witch hunt is unraveling and the Deep State is getting desperate.

President Trump tweeted, In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI now says it is missing five months worth of lovers Strzok-Page texts, perhaps 50,000, and all in prime time. Wow!

Trump supporters were whipped up into a frenzy.

18:48

24 janeiros de Lula: frases que marcaram a trajetria do ex-presidente "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

24 de janeiro de 2018 promete ser um dos dias mais importantes na histria recheada de dias importantes de Luiz Incio Lula da Silva. Condenado pelo juiz federal de Curitiba Srgio Moro a nove anos e meio de priso por corrupo passiva e lavagem de dinheiro no caso do trplex de Guaruj, Lula ser agora julgado pelo Tribunal Regional Federal da 4 Regio, que pode acabar pondo fim nos seus planos de comandar pela terceira vez a nao.

Se em janeiro de 1995, o ento presidente nacional do PT se defendia das crticas s doaes legais feitas ao partido por empreiteiras nas eleies do ano anterior, em 2018, Lula parte para o ataque contra o Judicirio, que analisa o suposto favorecimento da OAS em troca de vantagens ilcitas.

Se tem uma coisa que eu me orgulho, neste pas, que no tem uma viva alma mais honesta do que eu, disse, em janeiro de 2016, o atual primeiro colocado nas pesquisas de inteno de voto para as eleies deste ano.

Atentos s nuances e contradies que o acompanharam ao longo dos anos, fizemos uma seleo de frases que marcaram os ltimos 24 janeiros do ex-presidente:

The post 24 janeiros de Lula: frases que marcaram a trajetria do ex-presidente appeared first on The Intercept.

18:28

Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) speaks to members of the media after a members-only closed briefing on Syria for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives September 5, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

18:26

EXPLOSIVE=> Peter Strzok Called Mueller Witch Hunt An Investigation Leading To IMPEACHMENT? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In yet another shocking text sent by Peter Strzok, the disgraced FBI agent questioned if special counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe was an investigation leading to impeachment?

According to the Washington Examiners Sarah Westwood, the text reads, FBI texts that stand out: Peter Strzok says he has a sense of unfinished business that was unleashed by the Clinton email case. Now I need to fix it Strzok says. Later, he calls the Russia probe an investigation leading to impeachment BEFORE he has joined the Mueller team.

Who gives a f*ck, one more AD like [redacted] whoever. An investigation leading to impeachment? Strzok texted Page.

Earlier Tuesday, The Gateway Pundit reported a jaw-dropping, text message, where Strzok told Bureau lawyer Lisa Page that he felt special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation was likely a nothingburger.

Daily Caller reports:

In an interview with WISN-Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber, Johnson read aloud a May 19, 2017 text that Strzok sent to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress.

Strzok wrote: You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, Id be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that theres no big there there.

Johnson said that the text referred to the Mue...

18:00

Republicans Are Starting To Get Marijuana Campaign Money While Establishment Dems Sleep "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Last summer we met Jasper Ward and his dad, former Kentucky congressman Mike Ward. Since then Jasper and Mike have been helping progressive candidates around the country-- like Kendra Fershee in West Virginia and Dan Canon in Indiana-- with marijuana legalization messaging. Yesterday Jasper noted that "Democrats are missing a huge opportunity to be strong on an issue that not only is good policy, not only is popular with voters, but also is good politics. Republicans will never legalize nationwide, and are trying to take us back a generation now."

Mike is describing the geriatric Democratic leadership, not cutting edge progressive candidates and not tuned-in leaders. Last week, for example, Barbara Lee, who represents Oakland and Berkley in Congress and Ro Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley, introduced the Marijuana Justice Act to, in Lee's words, "reverse decades of failed drug policies that have caused irreparable damage to communities of color. Senator Cory Booker is the leading the same charge in the Senate. This is the most ambitious marijuana bill to be introduced in Congress-- and for good reason. For far too long, our countrys drug laws have failed communities of color, torn families apart, wasted billions of taxpayer dollars, and have yet to keep us safe. The time has come for Congress to step up and have the courage to do what Jeff Sessions is not, which is to take a close look at this issue and pass legislation to fix our countrys drug laws. Right now, arrests for marijuana account for more than half of all drug arrests in the United States. Under our current drug laws, police have arrested more Americans in possession of marijuana than all violent crimes combined, and most of those arrests fall disproportionately on people of color. The Marijuana Justice Act reverses these trends by:
Removing marijuana from a list of controlled substances, legalizing it at the federal level.
Expunging federal marijuana use and possession of crimes....

17:48

Jaw-Dropping Text: Peter Strzok Admitted Mueller Witch Hunt Was Likely a Nothingburger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok may not like the President, but that doesnt mean he believes Trump officials colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. In what is being described as a jaw-dropping, text message, Strzok told Bureau lawyer Lisa Page that he felt special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation was likely a nothingburger. 

Daily Caller reports:

In an interview with WISN-Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber, Johnson read aloud a May 19, 2017 text that Strzok sent to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress.

Strzok wrote: You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, Id be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that theres no big there there.

Johnson said that the text referred to the Mueller investigation, which had kicked off two days earlier. []

As the FBIs deputy counterintelligence chief, Strzok was picked in July 2016 to oversee the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government. []

I think thats kind of jaw-dropping, said Johnson, a Republican, said of the Strzok text.

In other words, Peter Strzok, who was the FBI deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division, the man who had a plan to do something because he just couldnt abide Donald Trump being president, is saying that his gut sense is that theres no big there there when it comes to the Mueller special counsel investigation, he said.

On Sunday, we learned additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok had been handed over to Congress. In yet another twist to the Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agents text messages between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017 because they went missing.

In August, ABC News reported that Strzok quit Team Mueller for unknown reasons. Its unclear why Strzok stepped away from Muellers team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by governme...

17:28

Trey Gowdy on Strzok-Page FBI Texts: Today We Saw a Text About Not Keeping Texts (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. These 50,000 text messages do not include the missing texts.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said after reviewing the new text messages he believes there may have been a secret society of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

Rep. John Ratcliffe and Rep. Trey Gowdy spoke with Fox News on Monday after the news broke about the 50,000 new text messages.

Rep. Gowdy told FOX that Strzok and Page texted about deleting texts.

The Federalist reported:

Gowdy said the explanation for the missing text messages may be fishier than the official explanation, saying he saw Strzok and Page discuss getting rid of texts in a printout of the messages he and other members of Congress received last week.

Lay aside this glaring five-month gap in text that the worlds premier agency somehow missed the bias of these agents, Gowdy began. What Johnny and I saw today was a text about not keeping texts. We saw more manifest bias against President Trump all the way through the election into transition.

Its a strange coincidence, Ratcliffe said. Its possible these these messages that were missing, perhaps it is a strange coincidence.

The post Trey Gowdy on Strzok-Page FBI Texts: Today We Saw a T...

17:26

Weird Long Distance Earthquake Impacts Seismic Seiche (Sloshing) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mining Awareness +

USGS seiche
Earthquake induced seiches are interesting because of the risks to nuclear spent fuel pools, and because they show that, depending on geology, impacts from earthquakes can be felt almost 7,000 km, over 4,000 miles away!

A [seismic] seiche is the sloshing of a closed body of water from earthquake shaking. Swimming pools often have seiches during earthquakes. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/glossary/?term=seiche

The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 made water slosh on the US Gulf Coast! The 1950 Tibet earthquake impacted water in Norway and the UK!

Local Impacts of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake:
Great Alaska Quake 1964 NOAA
Great Alaska Quake 1964 US Army http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Alaska_earthquake

Because both seiches and seismic intensity depend on the horizontal acceleration from surface waves, the distribution of seiches may be used to map the seismic intensity that can be expected from future local earthquakes. http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/pp544E

If you have observed water sloshing back and forth in a swimming pool, bathtub, or cup of water, you

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17:20

Matt Drudge BLASTS Author Michael Wolff For Fabricated Bullsh*t About Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Matt Drudge went scorched earth on author of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff,  Tuesday over what the media icon describes as fabricated bullshit about President Trumps reported desire to no longer be President of the United States. 

Time to call out Michael Wolff and his fabricated bullshit! I had dinner with the president a few weeks ago and he was in fine form. He was optimistic, engaged, on top of the world, loving the job. And already talking about his 2020 re-election run!! Drudge tweeted.

Drudges comments were in response to The Hills coverage of Wolffs interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where the author claimed Trump doesnt want to be President.

The Hill reports:

Author Michael Wolff said in a new interview that he believes President Trump does not want to be the president.

There is nothing to indicate that  Trump is going to find his footing as the president of the United States, that hes going to be able to put a staff around him  that knows what theyre doing and a staff that he listens to, Wolff told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He added that it seems clear Trump will never settle on attainable goals.

In the end, I think that the real truth is he does not want to be the president the president of the United States, Wolff said.

President Trump has been highly critical of Wolff, branding the author a mentally derange,...

17:04

VDEO: Lula ladro? O julgamento justo? A eleio ser golpe? Uma conversa sobre o ex-presidente "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

possvel debater poltica de forma republicana mesmo em tempos de polarizao extrema? The Intercept Brasil foi a Porto Alegre para promover uma conversa entre pessoas pr e contra a condenao do ex-presidente Luiz Incio Lula da Silva. Ele ser julgado nesta quarta-feira em segunda instncia, e uma eventual condenao pode tir-lo da disputa presidencial ou at mesmo mandar o petista para a cadeia.

Convidamos duas duplas para responder a perguntas feitas por nossa equipe e sorteadas na hora pelos participantes. Ambos responderiam a todas as perguntas feitas. A primeira tentativa no funcionou. O debatedor que defendia a condenao de Lula se exaltou a ponto de abandonar o set, deixando a gegrafa Leila Brasil, que se posiciona contra a condenao, sem interlocutor.

A segunda dupla conseguiu levar o debate at o final.

Perguntamos ao publicitrio paulista Renato Navas, de 24 anos, e ao economista gacho Joo Pedro Bastos, 21: Lula ladro? Eleio sem Lula golpe? O julgamento justo? Assista ao vdeo acima.

The post VDEO: Lula ladro? O julgamento justo? A eleio ser golpe? Uma conversa sobre o ex-presidente appeared first on The Intercept.

16:30

Megyn Kelly takes Hanoi Jane down a notch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hanoi Jane has a beef with Megyn Kelly. It started when Fonda appeared on Megyns show last year and Megyn asked Fonda about her plastic surgery. Megyn noted she looked good and it wasnt asked with malicious intent, in my Continue reading

15:27

Israels Safe Zone Is Creeping Farther Into Syria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo made in Israeli controlled Golan Heights, Israeli military medics assist wounded Syrians.

15:23

Antifa terrorist David Campbell nearly strangles Trump supporter to death "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Unbeknown to the American people, in the last year of the Obama Administration, the FBI and DHS issued a confidential joint report identifying the radical left Antifa as domestic terrorists. See Obama administrations DHS/FBI identified Antifa as domestic terrorists in Continue reading

15:00

The Tombstone of the American Empire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NOTE: This article was originally published at Right On on August 5, 2016. Im re-posting it here as the site is now defunct.

Dying nations are defined in part by their ability to delude themselves. The Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania is a case in point. Americans will do anything to deny the reality that they are at war with Islam.

In his book The Great Derangement, Matt Taibbi described how, when the revolutionaries broke into the Czars palace during the Russian Revolution, they were shocked to find tarot cards, crystal balls and other mystical objects strewn about. The Russian nobility could not face the reality that their nation was collapsing around them, so they withdrew into astrology and other occult hobbies in hopes of conjuring up a path out of the mess they had created.

empire

empire

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14:38

Robert De Niro Accused of Exploiting Hurricane Irma to Build Resort in Barbuda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trevor Horwell, CEO of Nobu Hospitality, from right, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, Japanese culinary Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Melco Crown Entertainment Co-Chair James Packer and Hollywood film producer Meir Teper pose during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of the Nobu Hotel at the City of Dreams Casino Monday, May 18, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines.

14:13

DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE: McCABE'S WIFE WASN'T EVEN THE TOP RECIPIENT OF MONEY FROM THAT PAC "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Axios's Jonathan Swan reports that the President wants his FBI director to fire Andrew McCabe:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the public urging of President Donald Trump has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge.
This is part of a long campaign to target and demonize McCabe:
Trump and other Republicans have been hammering McCabe who was selected by the White House as acting director after the Comey firing for months on Twitter.

On July 26, Trump tweeted: "Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got...big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!"
The president simplifies what happened in that Virginia legislative campaign -- but the story is often simplified even by Trump-skeptical reporters. Here's New York magazine's Margaret Hartmann:
[Trump's] issues with McCabe can be traced back to a Wall Street Journal report that ran shortly before the 2016 election. The paper revealed that in 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recruited McCabes wife to run for a state Senate seat. McAuliffes political action committee poured nearly half a million dollars into the race, but she lost. Months later McCabe was promoted to deputy director of the FBI, which meant he helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clintons emails. So wheres the scandal? McAuliffe, like many Democratic officials, has close ties to the Clintons.
Hartmann (correctly) treats this as a non-scandal, but you might come away from her account believing that Jill McCabe received an unusual large amount of money from McAuliffe and his PAC. She didn't. The PAC, Common Good VA, gave more money to two other candidates for the state senate than it did to McCabe -- and the big outlays made sense, because Democrats were trying to regain control of the senate.

As The Washington Post's Gregory Schneider noted shortly after the...

14:04

The Syrian Mess "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In Syria, our NATO allies the Turks are, with Russian help, attacking our other allies the Syrian Kurds, who did much of the hard fighting against the Islamic State around its old capital. We are paralyzed, caught in a web of our own making: we can't fight the Turks, because they are in NATO and we depend on our Turkish air base to keep our Middle Eastern wars going; we can't fight the Russians because we agreed to their setting in up Syria, and anyway we don't want a war with Russia, and on what basis could we complain about their helping our Turkish allies? We can't abandon the Kurds because they are our only really reliable friends in the whole godforsaken region, plus we would feel like cads for ditching them after working so closely with them for so long, not to mention the whole "losing face", "not following through on our commitments" thing that matters so much to so many American foreign policy types. And, we can't broker a peace deal in Syria because that would mean recognizing the Syrian government, which we have been saying for years is an illegitimate tyranny.

Near as I can tell, our Syrian policy is to keep muddling along until a democratic, human-rights-respecting, pro-America, pro-Israel, anti-Iran, anti-terrorist government miraculously appears in Damascus. Meanwhile, people continue to be blown up on a regular basis, and the whole region from Manchester to Amman is in crisis over what to do about refugees thrown up by this and other wars. There's no use blaming Trump's people for this, because Obama's had no idea what to do, either, and ended up focusing on the Islamic State because that was one problem we felt like we could solve. They seem to be pretty much beaten. But Syria's ordeal seems likely to stretch on for decades.

Sigh.

On the map above, territory controlled by the Syrian government is in red, Kurdish territory in yellow, other rebels in green, and the remnants of the Islamic State in gray.

14:00

Economic Inequality-- Not Just Public Policy... It Starts On A Personal Level "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




A lot of voters-- voters who don't know rich people, I always thought-- were impressed with Trump's claims that because he was so rich he wouldn't be susceptible to taking bribes and being a crook. Personally, I know lots of rich people so I recognized Trump was lying-- lying egregiously, tricking voters by design.

At the end of 2013, Paul Piff, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine gave the TED talk above, which I urge you to watch. Piff describes his primary academic interest as "how social hierarchy, economic inequality and social class, and social emotion shape relations between individuals and groups." Conclusion seems to be that rich people have a great tendency towards greed, avarice, entitlement, delusion about their own abilities and general sociopathic behavior. I guess it's why the French and Russian revolutions killed so many of them. It's why the year after Piff's TED Talk, billionaire Nick Hanauer warned fellow plutocrats that the pitchforks are coming. "I have," he admitted, "been rewarded obscenely for that with a life that most of you all can't even imagine: multiple homes, a yacht, my own plane, etc., etc., etc." He went on:
But let's be honest: I am not the smartest person you've ever met. I am certainly not the hardest working. I was a mediocre student. I'm not technical at all. I can't write a word of code. Truly, my success is the consequence of spectacular luck, of birth, of circumstance and of timing. But I am actually pretty good at a couple of things. One, I have an unusually high tolerance for risk, and the other is I have a good sense, a good intuition about what will happen in the future, and I think that that intuition about the future is the essence of good entrepreneurship.

So what do I see in our future today, you ask? I see pitchforks, as in angry mobs with pitchforks, because while people like us plutocrats are living beyond the dreams of avarice, the other 99 percent of our fellow citizens are falling farther and farther behind. In 1980, the top one percent of Americans shared about eight percent of national [income], while the bottom 50 percent of Americans shared 18 percent. Thirty years late...

13:40

If Not Liberalism, What? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Frantiek Kupka, Path of Silence, 1903

Damon Linker has given some more attention to one of the year's big books, Patrick Deneen's Why Liberalism Failed.  Linker calls the book "breathtakingly radical."

Deneen is talking about "liberalism" in the broadest sense, basically the whole Enlightenment project: freedom, equality, reason, science, the overturning of traditional hierarchies, the smashing of traditional societies and their rules, etc. Deneen's thesis is that the Enlightenment has run its course and left us lonely, spiritually vacant, and miserable. The harder we fight to cast off every possible limitation on our freedom, the more we wonder what to do with it. Rod Dreher summed up Deneen's book as arguing
that liberalism is degenerating to the point where to put it crudely more and more people see no real purpose to life beyond shopping and sex.
This may be true. It is, after all, the basic criticism that has been made of the Enlightenment since it first got going. It was put forward in more sophisticated terms by a slew of nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophers: Kierkegaard, Nietzche, Marx, Marcuse. Sartre wrote a famous play in which he likened freedom to nausea.

So, yeah, freedom brings troubles, and it is probably fair to say that it makes some people miserable. But then some people have always been miserable. Whether more people are miserable now than in the sixteenth century is a hard question, but personally I would rather live now.

Deneen also has a particular criticism of our political moment:
As liberalism has "become more fully itself," as its inner logic has become more evident and its self-contradictions manifest, it has generated pathologies that are at once deformations of its claims yet realizations of liberal ideology. A political philosophy that was launched to foster greater equality, defend a pluralist tapestry of different cultures and beliefs, protect human dignity, and, of course......

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MS-13 wants to send younger and more violent offenders to the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

And yet demorats will continue to defend their sanctuary policies which allow these animals to freely roam in the U.S. From Fox News: Frustrated MS-13 gang leaders feeling the pressure from the Trump administrations crackdown are looking to send younger, Continue reading

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Nem Cunha, Temer, FHC, Doria ou Bolsonaro querem Lula preso "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

O julgamento histrico de Lula, marcado para a prxima quarta, traz consigo um furaco de consequncias polticas imprevisveis, mas a possibilidade de uma delas promete abalar mais uma vez os alicerces da ordem jurdica. Se condenado, Lula deve ser preso aps a deciso, da mesma forma que Eduardo Cunha e Leo Pinheiro foram? Ou deve ter o direito de responder em liberdade at que se esgotem todos os recursos em todos os tribunais?

No difcil entender por que a maioria da classe poltica no quer ver Lula atrs das grades. O ex-presidente da Cmara Eduardo Cunha e o empreiteiro Leo Pinheiro (o mesmo que aparece em fotos com Lula no trplex), atualmente presos, por exemplo, podem se beneficiar se o STF mudar a jurisprudncia. E tambm os polticos que ainda no so investigados, mas j se imaginam como futuros rus seja da Lava Jato, seja de outras operaes querem matar o mal pela raiz. A eles interessa que Lula vena essa batalha.

D pra imaginar que estejam pensando em salvar seus amigos ou a prpria pele.

Hoje o entendimento do Supremo Tribunal Federal de que no h necessidade de aguardar o fim do processo para que a pena de priso seja cumprida. Na prtica, rus condenados esto indo para a cadeia assim que os tribunais de segundo grau como o caso do TRF-4, que julgar Lula confirmam suas condenaes. Com a iminncia de que Lula tambm seja preso, sob presso popular, possvel que o STF mude o seu entendimento e impea a execuo provisria da pena.

No por acaso, nos ltimos meses os mais ferrenhos adversrios de Lula tm dito que preferem enfrentar o petista nas urnas. Bolsonaro, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Doria e at mesmo Temer j deram declaraes nesse sentido. D pra imaginar que estejam pensando em salvar seus amigos ou a prpria pele.

Os ministros Celso de Mello, Marco Aurlio, Ricardo Lewandowski, Rosa Weber e o mais detestado pelos militantes petistas, Gilmar Mendes, j demonstraram, em decises anteriores, que vo adotar essa linha de raciocnio que beneficiaria o ex-presidente. Luiz Fux, Lus Roberto Barroso, Crmen Lcia e Edson Fachin tendem a manter a posio atual de acordo com a qual Lula vai para a cadeia caso sua condenao seja confirmada pelo TRF-4 aps todos os recursos. O ministro Alexandre de Moraes, por enquanto, acompanha o entendimento atual do STF, que permite a priso. O placar est bastante apertado.

Ministros em decises monocrticas, ou seja, proferidas no silncio de seus gabinetes, passaram a conceder habeas corpus que questionavam execues antecipadas de priso.

Alis, antes mesmo que Lula fosse condenado pelo juiz Srgio Moro em primeiro grau, j havia um burburinho nos corredores dos tribunais no sentido de que o Supr...

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