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Thursday, 26 October

23:21

A Robot Which Once Promised To Kill All Humans Just Became A Saudi Citizen "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Only in Saudi Arabia Via Business Insider: An empty-eyed humanoid named Sophia has become the first robot to be granted citizenship in the world. Saudi Arabia bestowed citizenship on Sophia ahead of the Future Investment Initiative, held in the kingdoms capital city of Riyadh on Wednesday. I am very honored and proud of this unique []

23:18

Boom! GOP Lawmaker Says Rosenstein Approved Uranium One Deal and Mueller Helped Him Cover it Up! (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) dropped a BOMB on FOX Business Network Thursday on the Russian Uranium One scandal.

Gohmert told After the Bell that Rosenstein and Robert Mueller approved the Uranium One deal allowing the Clintons to pocket MEGA-MILLIONS from the Russians.

Now they are trying to cover their tracks.

 

On April 25th, 2017, Rod Rosenstein was confirmed to be deputy attorney general by a vote of 94-6 in the Senate and on April 26th he was sworn in.  Then less than a month later, on May 17th, Rosenstein appointed a special counsel and appointed his old friend from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Robert Mueller with the following directive

The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James S. Corney in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:

(i) any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and

(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and

(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R.  600.4(a).

We now know from information reported last week, that the FBI had an investigation into the Clintons and moneys they received  from Russia in return for giving Russia 20% of all US uranium.

Prior to the Obama administration approving the very controversial deal in 2010 giving Russia 20% of Americas Uranium, the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering in order to benefit Vladimir Putin.
The FBI approved the deal anyway.

And today Louie Gohmert dropped the bomb that Rosenstein and Mueller were the ones who allowed the Uranium One deal to go forward.

...

23:01

Ronan Farrow Working On Another Expose On Harvey Weinstein "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ruh roh Via Page Six: Ronan Farrow isnt done with Harvey Weinstein. Were told that Farrows making calls to potential sources for another New Yorker article to follow his blockbuster expos on sexual harassment claims against the movie mogul. [Ronan] is hot right now and he wants to capitalize on the momentum of the first []

23:00

Trump And Ryan-- The Destroyers Of Regulations That Protect Americans From Greed And Avarice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Did anyone ever really believe Trump's idiotic campaign promises to drain the swamp that he personifies or hold Wall Street-- which now runs his regime-- accountable? If so... how tragic! Late Tuesday evening Trump had Mike Pence break the 50-50 tie in the Senate that will now allow banks more leeway to prey on their customers without fear of sanctions. That it even got to a point where the GOP-controlled Senate needed a tie-breaking vote from Pence was strange. And it wasn't because McCain, Flake or Corker, who had spent the day warning about the existential threat of Trumpism to America had decided to stop rubber-stamping his agenda-- they all voted with him as usual-- or because "the moderates" like Murkowski and Collins had decided to represent their incumbents back in Alaska and Maine instead of their campaign donors on Wall Street. No it was because ex-Democrat John Neely Kennedy (R-LA) and flitty Lindsey Graham (R-SC) crossed the aisle and voted with all the Democrats against the GOP proposal.

Maddow's blogger, Steve Benen, pointed out that "its easy to forget that there were voters last year who helped elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress because they were concerned that Hillary Clinton might not be tough enough on Wall Street. As regular readers may recall, Trump swore up and down for months that it was Clinton whod do Wall Streets bidding, while Americans could expect his administration to stand up to the finance industry and its lobbyists. Though millions of voters actually believed all of this, the claims appear quite ridiculous now." It appeared quote ridiculous then as well. A new poll from Morning Consult shows that 53% of voters say Trump is not trustworthy; only 33% of voters think he is. 51% say he's dishonest and only 35% disagree. Yesterday...

22:53

Release of JFK Assassination Files Delayed In Unexpected Twist Julian Assange Weighs In "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The U.S. Government has delayed the release of the long awaited JFK Assassination files as CIA officials have yet to identify which documents President Trump must sign off on for release.  

NBC News reports:

The U.S. government was in danger Thursday of missing the deadline to release a trove of previously classified records from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, adding an unexpected twist to a saga already rife with rumors and conspiracies.

But as of Thursday afternoon, the memo specifying which material the CIA, State Department and other agencies still want to keep under wraps had not made it to Trumps desk, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

[]

So only a handful of documents were expected to be released on Thursday, not the entire batch, officials told NBC News.

WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange believes the delay is an effort to make President Trump appear weak.

US intelligence agencies seem to be determined to make Trump look weak by delaying JFK files after he promised their release today, Assange tweeted.

Tweet source: Julian Assange 

On October 21st, President Trump tweeted he will order the release of the files.

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened, tweeted President Trump.

Experts fear the release of secret JFK assassin...

22:41

The Plague Is Back And In 9 Countries "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Coming soon to America. Via The Sun: The outbreak is considered a much bigger threat to the region than in previous years because it has taken on its pneumonic form meaning it is airborne and spread by sneezing and coughing. And experts say the epidemic could still worsen as the death tolls hits 124 []

22:38

Podesta, Schultz May Be Questioned by Congressional Investigators After Denying Knowledge of Payments to Firm Behind Russia Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clinton and her inner circle of rats are all denying they knew the DNC and her campaign paid for the Russian dossier.

In an interesting twist, both John Podesta (Hillarys former campaign chairman) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (former chairwoman of the DNC) denied having knowledge of who paid Fusion GPS for the Russia dossier to Congressional investigators in private interviews prior to WaPos bombshell report.

Now that it has been disclosed the DNC and Hillarys campaign paid for the salacious document, Congressional investigators may call Podesta and Schultz back in for questioning. It is against the law to lie to Congress.

Via CNN:

Hillary Clintons campaign chairman John Podesta and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz both privately denied to congressional Russia investigators that they had any knowledge about an arrangement to pay for opposition research on President Donald Trump, three sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

The interviews happened before this weeks disclosure that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for the research. Senate investigators may seek to further question the two top Democrats and dig deeper on the origins of the so-called Trump dossier, one of the sources briefed on the matter said.
Their remarks to congressional investigators raises the stakes in their assertion that they knew nothing about the funding because its against the law to make false statements to Congress.
CNN also reported Podesta was asked in his September interview if Clintons camp had any contractual agreement with Fusion GPS, and he said he was not aware of one.
Podestas lawyer Marc Elias was sitting next to him during this September interview, according to CNN. Marc Elias works for Perkins Coie, the law firm that retained Fusion GPS to represent Hillary Clintons campaign.
So nobody in Clintons camp, including Hillary knew millions of campaign dollars were going towards this oppo research/fake dossier but Hillary and these incompetent Dems think they were qualified to run a country. Got it.

The post...

22:35

Will Mueller Drop a Bomb Before Thanksgiving? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I dont know what relationships Juliette Kayyem retains in the intelligence community, but I imagine she still has some extensive connections. She has served as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as Undersecretary for Homeland Security in her home state of Massachusetts. She was an adviser to Janet Reno when Reno was serving as President Clintons Attorney General. She also acted as Rep. Richard Gephardts appointee to the National Commission on Terrorism in 1999 and 2000. Its unlikely that she doesnt have some sources with at least some kind of insight into whats going on inside Robert Muellers shop at the Justice Department.

Or, maybe, shes just guessing like the rest of us. But its her opinion that the reason were seeing the Republicans ramp up their attacks on the FBI and the Steele Dossier is because they know something is coming down soon and its not going to be good.

National security expert Juliette Kayyem is predicting news from Robert Muellers Russia investigation will be announced within the next month.

I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving somethings going to drop with Mueller, she said on Boston Public Radio today. The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours were now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we havent seen.

Kayyem was prompted to make her prediction by the buzz surrounding a story about how Hillary Clintons campaign funded what would eventually become the famous Trump-Russia Dossier that surfaced in January

Kayyem speculated that the pace of stories critical of Hillary Clinton represents a recognition by the White House team that Mueller is getting close to something substantive as a result of his investigation.

Kayyem pointed out that Mueller has interviewed former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

This is so close to the Oval Office now, if not in the Oval Office, that all of this [dossier news] to me is just background noise to what Mueller is going to deliver, she said. This is more than an obstruction charge. There is something big underlying the obstruction.

Its true that were seeing a pivot now. For a long time, Trump was seemingly acting...

Sen. Lindsey Graham Cozies Up to Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Steve Bannon lost his job in the White House on August 18th, but he lost a lot of his influence long before that. In April, President Trumps National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster removed Bannon from the National Security Council. At the time, Jim Lobe noted on his blog that this was good news for the neoconservatives.

The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannons influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trumps election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the America Firsters, to return to power after so many years of being relegated to the sidelines. Bannons decline suggests that he no longer wields the kind of veto power that prevented the nomination of Elliott Abrams as deputy secretary of state.

I can only imagine how Bannon feels about seeing neoconservative stalwart Lindsey Graham positioning himself to have the ear of the president:

Three times in a single day last week, Senator Lindsey Grahams cellphone rang. The first time, President Trump called about the health care fight in Congress. The second time, the president thanked the senator for defending his honor on television. Then Mr. Trump rang seeking more intelligence on health care.

Mr. Graham Republican of South Carolina and a one-time target of the presidents barbs on Twitter has transformed himself into the Senates Trump whisperer, shrugging off the White House chaos, personal insults and deep ideological differences in exchange for Mr. Trumps ear.

I...

Steele Dossier Looks More Credible Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On January 11th, 2017, right after BuzzFeed published the Steele dossier, reporter Scott Shane of the New York Times published a piece called: What We Know and Dont Know About the Trump-Russia Dossier. What Mr. Shane already knew was that in September 2015, a Washington political research firm, Fusion GPS, paid by a wealthy Republican donor who did not like Mr. Trump, began to compile opposition research on him. Additionally, Shane knew the following: After it became clear that Mr. Trump would be the Republican nominee, Democratic clients who supported Hillary Clinton began to pay Fusion GPS for this same opposition research.

What the Washington Post is reporting today is that the Democratic client who paid for the Fusion GPS research was Perkins Coie, a law firm that was under contract to both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Specifically, their lead election attorney, Mark Elias, made arrangements with Fusion GPS in April 2016 to pay for ongoing opposition research after the original Republican client stopped paying for the work. The way the report is written is vague, but the clear implication is that the Clinton campaign and DNC funded the research indirectly by making payments to the Perkins Coie law firm.

Here is how the New York Times is describing this revelation:

The presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for research that was included in a dossier made public in January that contained salacious claims about connections between Donald J. Trump, his associates and Russia.

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Whats the Fate of the DACA and ACA Fixes? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Congressional Budget Office has weighed in on the Alexander-Murray proposal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act markets, and the news is positive.

A bipartisan bill to stabilize Obamacare would cut the federal deficit by $3.8 billion but wouldnt do much to change health insurance premiums for 2018, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. It would not substantially change the number of people who are covered.

The report is about the bipartisan bill negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) which has broad support in the Senate but is unlikely to get a swift vote given opposition from President Donald Trump as well as from House Republicans.

CBO said Wednesday the savings calculated over a decade would stem in part from letting states offer so-called copper plans or lower-cost policies that appeal to healthier enrollees in the Obamacare markets. Those plans would attract younger people into the market starting in 2019, the agency projected, prompting insurers to slightly lower their premiums over the long term and save the government a little more than $1 billion in subsidy funding over the next 10 years.

The federal government would also save money by funding Obamacares cost sharing subsidies for two years, preventing it from having to pay insurers more to cover separate subsidies tied to rising premiums. Those subsidies the center of a court battle and ongoing partisan conflict help cover medical bills for lower income enrollees. Trump recently cut them off, but Congress could resume them, either through legislation like the Alexander-Murray bill or through a big year-end spending bill.

Theres little chance that this bill will be introduced for a stand-alone vote. But it is not unlikely to be attached to some end-of-year must-pass legislation to keep the government operating.

Likewise, a DACA fix has bipartisan support but enough passionate opposition in right-wing circles to dissuade a vote that isnt disguised.

Speaker Ryan admitted yesterday that he plans to ram home a DACA fix this way, although he denies that hell do the same for the Alexander-Murray bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) privately conceded to a group of House conservatives on Tuesday that he plans to include a legislative fix for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children in a year-end...

Will the Republicans Pass Tax Cuts? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I feel a lot of pressure when people ask me if the Republicans will succeed in passing tax cuts through Congress using the budget reconciliation process. To understand why, a good place to start is the front-page piece the New York Times is running right now. A quick summary of the article is that the Republican Establishment is under siege and feels like their last, best hope of surviving a populist revolt is to deliver on taxes. Its also true that theyre getting an earful from their donors and many of their supporters, but its their perception of crisis that is the most important factor arguing in favor of them succeeding in passing a bill. Theyve begun to look at tax cuts as the life boats and flotation devices lashed to the deck of their Titanic. It will be hard for any Republican senators not to go along when they see the panic in their colleagues eyes.

But every single other sign I see argues against the Republicans succeeding.

To begin with, the reason the budget reconciliation process is being used is because it allows the Senate to bypass a filibuster. The GOP has a 52-48 advantage, but it would take sixty votes to overcome the objections of even a single senator.  To pass something, the Republicans need fifty votes from their own caucus because its highly unlikely that any Democrats will vote with them. With a fifty-fifty vote, Vice-President Pence can break the tie, just as he did yesterday to help gut consumer protections against forced arbitration clauses. Another way of putting this is that the Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes from their own caucus, and that gives all of their members an extraordinary amount of leverage to make demands or objections. Anything that three of them insist upon must be included, and anything that three of them reject must be abandoned.  Its not unlikely that opposing blocs of three (or more) could create an impasse that cant be circumvented.  This could happen on a variety of issues, as various as how we regulate 401(k) programs or whether the bill will be deficit neutral.

In the House, the majority is clearly there to pass a bill, but things begin to look dicier when we get into the details. The far-right conservatives are still steaming that all their ...

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A couple of Republican senators said some long overdue shit that needed to be said two years ago.

Discuss

I'm Relieved Kid Rock Isnt Running for Senate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I think I am a little relieved to see this:

Mocking people who took the idea seriously, Kid Rock said Tuesday morning hes not running for U.S. Senate.

F no, Im not running for Senate. Are you kidding me? Rock said on Howard Sterns SiriusXM show. Who couldnt figure that out? Im releasing a new album. Im going on tour too. Are you fing shing me?

The thing about the Kid Rock for Senate trial balloon is that no one was really willing to predict that he wouldnt win. Not anymore. Not after Trump became president.

I was looking for something in my archives yesterday and came across a piece I wrote on October 23rd, 2016 called Trump Voters are Depressed. It noted that Hillary Clinton was up 50-38 in the ABC News national tracking poll. That was a mere sixteen days before the election. Countless people had already voted.

Here are some of the highlights from that poll:

Vote preference results among some groups also are striking. Among them:

Clinton leads Trump by 20 percentage points among women, 55-35 percent. Shes gained 12 points (and Trumps lost 16) from mid-October among non-college-educated white women, some of whom initially seemed to rally to Trump after disclosure of the [Access Hollywood] videotape.

Clinton has doubled her lead to 32 points, 62-30 percent, among college-educated white women, a group thats particularly critical of his response to questions about his sexual conduct. (Seventy-six percent disapprove, 67 percent strongly.)

That said, Clintons also ahead numerically (albeit not significantly) among men, 44-41 percent, a first in ABC News and ABC/Post polling.

Trump is just +4 among whites overall, 47-43 percent, a group Mitt Romney won by 20 points in 2012. Broad success among whites is critical for any Republican candidate; nonwhites, a reliably Democratic group, favor Clinton by 54 points, 68-14 percent.

Even with the gender gap in candidate support, the results show damage to Trump across groups on the issue of his sexual cond...

22:34

Russia-gate Breeds Establishment McCarthyism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Exclusive: As Russia-gate gives cover for an Establishment attack on Internet freedom and independent news, traditional defenders of a free press and civil liberties are joining the assault or staying on the sidelines, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry In

22:33

Hillary Clinton Claims She Didnt Know She Was Paying For Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the 48 hours since the Washington Post outlined the financial backing for the Christopher Steele Russian Dossier as the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, the Democrat apparatus writ large has been trying to obfuscate and distance themselves from it. Continue reading

22:25

Roger Stone Says He Knows the Wall Street Billionaire Behind Trump Dossier (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Veteran political operative Roger Stone says hedge fund billionaire and top GOP donor Paul Singer is the GOP donor who originally funded the discredited Trump Dossier

Stone made the announcement on Thursday. 

 

Video credit: Infowars

Infowars reports:

Representatives for Singer, a major GOP donor, denied in 2014 that the billionaire had hired Fusion GPS, the company that produced the dossier, to investigate the Argentine government. However, Singers team refused to confirm or deny this year whether the hedge fund tycoon had worked on the Trump dossier.

Stones latest report and the allegations of former ties to Fusion GPS call into question Singers involvement in research intended to bring down Trump.

During the 2016 presidential election, Singer was a staunch #NeverTrumper, but eventually warmed to President Trump. After Trump won the White House, Singer attended a fundraiser for the President-elect last December at the New York City hotspot Cipriani and personally donated $1 million to his Inauguration Committee. In February, Singer visited the White House to discuss the economy. In true Trump fashion, the President pointed out the thaw in his relationship with the hedge fund billionaire.

As you know, Paul was very much involved with the anti-Trump or as they say Never Trump and Paul just left and hes given us his total support and its all about unification So, I want to thank Paul Singer for being here and coming up to the office. He was a very strong opponent and now hes a very strong ally and I appreciate that, Trump said,...

22:22

Socialism Success Story: Venezuela May Be In Default In 48 Hours "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Bernie Sanders nodding in approval. Via Zero Hedge: This past weekend, Venezuela failed to make $237 million in bond coupon payment, blaming technical glitches when in reality it simply did not have the money (or wish to part with it). Adding the $349 million in unpaid bond interest accumulated over the past month as of []

22:05

Defininig Neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The saints of neoliberalism. Bill Clinton just put a Democratic Party face on it (source).

by Gaius Publius

For years I've been using the term "neoliberalism" (or sometimes neo-liberalism*) and I'm always uncomfortable, since it sounds so academic. So I usually add one-phrase definitions and move on. For example, this from a recent piece on Puerto Rico:
If neoliberalism is the belief that the proper role of government is to enrich the rich in Democratic circles they call it "wealth creation" to hide the recipients; Republicans are much more blatant then the "shock doctrine" is its action plan.
That's sounds pretty blunt, but it's a true statement, even among academics. See this great interview (start at about 6:15) with Professor Philip Miroski of the University of Notre Dame on how modern neoliberals have come to see the role of government in society. It's weedy but excellent.

I want to offer our readers a better description of neoliberalism though, yet not get into too many weeds. So consider these exceprts from a longer Guardian essay by the British writer George Monbiot. (My thanks to Naked Capitalism commenter nonclassical for the link and the idea for this piece.)

Neoliberalism The Invisible Water the West Is Swimming In

We'll start with Monbiot's brief intro, just to set the scope of the problem:
Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and youll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you know what it is?
Ask people to define "neoliberalism," even if they've heard of it, and almost no one can. Yet the comparison of our governing ideo...

22:01

Top Clinton Aide Admits Hillary May Have Known About Campaign Paying For Trump Dossier (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Clinton Inc. is on the defense after the Washington Posts bombshell report revealing Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign and the DNC paid for the now discredited Trump Dossier. Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallow admitted to CNN that Hillary Clinton may have known, about her campaign paying for the Trump Dossier.

A nervous Fallon claims he doesnt know how much Clinton knew about the documents funding.

Video credit: GOP War Room

Partial transcript below:

CNNS POPPY HARLOW: Just to be clear, Brian, you have said previously in the last 24 hours you dont believe Hillary Clinton knew about this? Is that right?

HILLARY SPOX BRIAN FALLON: Oh, I dont know, I havent asked, I havent spoken to her.

CNNS POPPY HARLOW: You dont know .. okay, thank you for clarifying. Shouldnt she know, shouldnt you, someone so high up in the campaign be informed of this?

HILLARY SPOX BRIAN FALLON: Well, I mean, she may have known, but the degree of exactly what she knew is, is, is beyond my knowledge.going out and finding Fusion GPS, finding Christopher Steele, I mean, she may or may not of been aware of that level of detail, I dont know,

On Tuesday evening, reports revealed the FBI under James Comey agreed to reimburse the Clinton campaign and DNC for money it spent on the opposition research. It is highly plausible FBI documents will reveal the degree to which Hillary Clinton may or may not have known about funding the Trump Dossier. According to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), the FBI has now agreed to comply with a request to hand over all dossier-related documents. According to CBS News, Hillary Clinton only learned about the Trump Dosser, following BuzzFeeds report on the now discredited documents.

The post...

21:50

William K. Black: Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dandelion Salad TheRealNews on Oct 25, 2017 Pollution causes far more deaths than tobacco, infectious disease or war, and causes 4.6 trillion dollars of economic damage per year, according to a major new study published in the British medical journal The Lancet. Transcript from the archives: Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After []

21:45

Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Tells Iraq That America Created ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CAIR nods in approval. Via Al Manar: Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei called on Iraqi government not to truct the United States, saying Washigton, the real creator of ISIL terrorist group, would not hesitate to harm Iraq whenever possible. In a meeting with Iraqs Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in []

21:42

Russian Bank Accused of Trump Connection Tries to Clear Name By Pressuring U.S. Computer Researcher "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In November 2016, just days before Donald Trump won the presidential election, Slate published what appeared to be an explosive story connecting his business empire to a prominent, Kremlin-linked bank in Moscow. The story, using breadcrumbs left across DNS, the esoteric global computer system that undergirds the internet, alleged a pattern of covert communications between a Trump Organization email server and Alfa Bank. The story had some serious technical problems, but the underlying strangeness of what seemed to be going on was certainly worth checking out.

Today, the bank at the heart of the controversy is waging an intimidating legal campaign against an American professor who helped connect the odd dots academic and intellectual freedom are being challenged by the interests of private capital. The Slate story itself was based in part on (highly educated) speculation by a small group of computer scientists about whether a list of internet pings between servers in the U.S. and Russia might have signified the existence of a backchannel between the Trump Organization and the Russian finance sector. Some of this internet traffic data was readily and publicly available, while some appeared to represent a rare and powerful (though not impossible or unheard of) ability to monitor the functioning of the internet. But all of the work done by these researchers, apparently led by a pseudonymous luminary in the internet infrastructure world named Tea Leaves, appeared carefully compiled and dispassionately argued.

Alfa Bank vehemently denied the conclusions of the computer scientists (and Slate), claiming the suspicious internet traffic was caused by errant spam emails from Trump hotels and that their reputation was under politically motivated attack. Outlets that included The Intercept and the Washington Post questioned just how solid the evidence was, pointing out technical gaps and suggesting that the weird server blips were certainly suspicious and worth investigating, but probably not evidence of covert communications. It was, it seemed, probably just too juicy to be true.

But even if the allegations of covert communications didnt amount to anything, the work behind them shouldnt be verboten. Researchers, journalists, and academics should feel able to interrogate data-relat...

21:42

Based Gen. Kelly prefers U.S. admit 0 to 1 refugee a year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Based (definition): Gutsy; ballsy; the opposite of being cucked. The New York Times reports (via The Hill) that yesterday, while the Trump administration debated lowering the cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country, White House chief of Continue reading

21:39

REPUBLICANS: ALWAYS THE VICTIMS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE IN POWER "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Paul Waldman says that Republicans are putting Hillary Clinton in the dock again because they would have preferred a Hillary Clinton presidency:

They were so excited about what these years were going to be like with a Republican Congress and Clinton in the White House. She would give them purpose and focus, the idea of vexing her and catching her in multitudinous crimes would be the thing that got them jumping out of bed in the morning....

Subpoenas would fall upon her administration like a righteous hurricane of justice, exposing every bit of malfeasance and misconduct to be found. "Even before we get to Day One, we've got two years' worth of material already lined up," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), then the chair of the House Oversight Committee, two weeks before the 2016 election.

But then she lost, to the surprise of Democrats and Republicans alike. For his part, Chaffetz quit just a few months into the new Congress, despite having just been re-elected himself. What was the point of being there if he couldn't be Inspector Javert to Clinton's Jean Valjean, Captain Ahab to her white whale?

You might say, "What about enacting all that conservative legislation you've been waiting so long to pass and have a Republican president sign?" But that hasn't quite worked out, and it turns out that being in the opposition was just more fun than having a president of your own party.
I'm sure they're not enjoying power as much as they expected -- but I can't believe they'd want to give it up. I think they're going after Hillary again (and James Comey, and Christopher Steele) because Republicans always need a powerful enemy to complain about, both when they're out of power and when they run everything.

As I've said many times on this blog, right-wingers always have to portray themselves as victims of dangerous foes who allegedly have all the real power. In George W. Bush's first term, when Republicans also ran everything, the enemies were Dan Rather and the Dixie Chicks, college professors and Barbra Streisand, Michael Moore and French people. Even when Bush had Rushmore-worthy approval ratings and Republicans could act at will, they had to portray themselves at besieged by the liberal media and minority Democrats in Congress. Republicans will never acknowledge that they're in power. They feel compelled to portray themselves as a banned underground movement fighting the power and defiantly sticking it to the man.

Or, in this case, the woman. If Hillary and her husband didn't exist, Republicans wou...

21:29

The Ploy to Shift 9/11 Blame to Iran "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The U.S. government often plays the game of blaming enemies and excusing friends, a particularly ugly reality in the push to blame Iran and absolve Saudi Arabia for the 9/11 attacks, says 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser. By Kristen Breitweiser Largely

21:25

ABC Developing Sitcom About Muslim Superheroes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Allahu akbar! ABC is developing a comedy about a Middle Eastern family with superpowers from Larry Wilmore and Bassem Youssef, Variety has learned. The untitled series centers on the Sharif family, an ordinary Middle Eastern American family with two superhero parents at a time when its illegal to be a superhero, so they are forced to save the []

21:05

NFL Ratings Continue To Plummet As Players Protesting National Anthem Persist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ouch. The NFL used to be the golden goose for television networks, and their ratings. However, new numbers show that the league has gone from laying golden eggs for the networks, to just laying, well, eggs. According to Nielsen data obtained by the Sporting News, League games averaged 15.1 million viewers through Week 7. Thats []

21:04

Lovely Melania Trump Kisses a Recovering Addict During Speech on Opioid Epidemic (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our lovely First Lady Melania Trump gave a heartfelt speech from the White House on Thursday about the opioid epidemic ravaging our nation.

The First Lady turned around to acknowledge a woman who was a recovering addict and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

Melania Trump is beautiful inside and out. We are so blessed to have her as our First Lady.

Watch Melania Trump show compassion to a recovering addict as she said she is praying for her recovery and gave her a kiss on the cheek:

Here is the full video of First Lady Melanias beautiful speech via Fox News:

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20:55

Director of the United States Mint: Who Is David J. Ryder? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If nothing else, David J. Ryder does have the proper experience for the job to which he was appointed October 3, 2017. If hes confirmed, this will be the second time he has run the United States Mint, which is responsible for making, selling and protecting the coinage of the United States.

 

David Jerome Ryder was born October 14, 1955, in Billings, Montana, and grew up in Boise, Idaho. His father, John, was a pilot for the Bureau of Reclamation in the Interior Department.

 

Ryder attended Boise State University. He worked in business in Washington before joining the Reagan administration in the early 1980s. He was a special assistant to Secretary of Agriculture John Block, and in 1983 was named deputy commissioner of section in the Commerce Department and director of the U.S. pavilion at the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. The following year, he was made commissioner of section.

 

In 1985, Ryder was named director of advance arrangements for out-of-town trips and deputy assistant to Vice President George H.W. Bush. He left the administration in 1986 to become director of operations for TCOM Systems, which makes aerostats (helium-filled balloons) for surveillance. Ryder returned to politics in 1988 as director of operations for the Republican National Convention, and after the election was director of management and operations for Bushs transition team. When the new administration took office, Ryder was named deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle.

 

Ryder was named deputy treasurer of the United States in 1990. On July 26, 1991, Bush nominated Ryder to be director of the Mint. However, Sen. Alan Cranston (D-California) blocked his nomination for reasons unrelated to Ryder himself. Finally, almost a year later, he was named acting director of the Mint. On September 3, 1992, Bush gave him a recess appointment to the end of the first session of the 103rd Congress, so he continued to serve through the first ten months of the Bill Clinton administration. Despite his relatively brief tenure in office, he continued to be active in Mint-related affairs. In 1995, as a spokesman for Save the Greenback, he actively opposed a Republican plan to replace one-dollar bills with coins and even testified before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on the subject.

 

In 1994, Ryder took over...

20:31

Hillary Claims She Didnt Know About the Dossier But Posted 8 Tweets Related to Dossier Before Election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clinton sent out 8 tweets about Trumps relationship with Russia leading up to election day in anticipation of the release of the Russia dossier.

She was preparing the public for the Russian narrative plot she had been working on with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele.

The FBI launched their Trump-Russia probe in late July of 2016. Per a Politico report from March of 2017:

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Monday that his agency has been investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials since last July.

Shortly after the FBI launched a probe into Trump-Russia connections, Hillary Clinton mysteriously started tweeted about Trump-Russia connections.

Right on cue.

Hillary Clintons first tweet about Trump and Russia was sent on August 6th, 2016 with a caption, Seriously, what is going on with Trump and Russia?

The very next day August 7th, 2016 Hillary tweeted, We have some questions about Donald Trumps cozy relationship with Russia

On August 15th, 2016 Hillary tweeted the same Trump-Russia propaganda video with the caption, We have some questions about Donald Trumps cozy relationship with Russia.&#822...

20:25

MSNBC Host: Trump Administration Do Not Appear To Be Human Beings. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Robots? Aliens? Robot aliens? NICOLLE WALLACE: I want to bring this back to this concept, [MSNBC contibutor] Elise Jordan, of deflection, of projection, a lack of irony and sort of a lack of theres no capacity for humanity, these do not appear to be human beings.

20:18

Its Not Just Niger U.S. Military Activity Is a Recruiting Tool for Terror Groups Across West Africa "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Airmen from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and Soldiers from the 411th Military Police Company, 89th MP Brigade, 1st Platoon, tear up wooden pallets from the old base to move to a new location, Sept. 11, 2017, at Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger.

20:17

Breaking: Senate Judiciary Committee Calls on Former FBI Uranium One Informant to Testify before Congress "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday night Lou Dobbs broke the news that the Department of Justice lifted the gag order on the FBI informant to speak with Congress regarding the alleged corruption between the Clintons and Uranium One.

The informants attorney Victoria Toensing later waved the document she received from the Justice Department during her segment on Hannity.

Now this
According to Circa, Chuck Grassley has sent a formal letter to the informants attorney requesting that her client testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley asked the attorney of a former FBI informant Wednesday to allow her client to testify before his committee regarding the FBIs investigation regarding kickbacks and bribery by the Russian state controlled nuclear company that was approved to purchase twenty percent of United States uranium supply in 2010, Circa has learned.

In a formal letter, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, asked Victoria Toensing, the lawyer representing the former FBI informant, to allow her client, who says he worked as a voluntary informant for the FBI, to be allowed to testify about the crucial eyewitness testimony he provided to the FBI regarding members of the Russian subsidiary and other connected players from 2009 until the FBIs prosecution of the defendants in 2014.

Reporting indicates that the informants work was crucial to the governments ability to crack a multimillion dollar racketeering scheme by Russian nuclear o...

20:05

President Trump Opioid Crisis Announcement 2:00pm Livestream "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump is schedule to announce a public health emergency over the opioid crisis. This declaration of a public health emergency will allow grant money to be used for the opioid epidemic and ease certain laws and regulations to help Continue reading

20:04

Moonbat Actor Shia LaBeoufs Anti-Trump Artistic Protest Attacked Again, This Time By Flaming Drone "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I feel so bad for Shia, said nobody. Nantes (France) (AFP) American actor Shia LaBeoufs artistic protest against US President Donald Trump has been attacked again this time by vandals using a flaming drone in western France where it went on display this month. yThe project, which features a white flag with the []

19:54

President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin Continue Toward Main Street Parallel Banking System "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Tuesday of this week the Senate voted, narrowly, to strike down a CFPB banking rule that was set to begin in 2019.  The CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), is the watchdog financial agency created by Congress in the aftermath Continue reading

19:51

FBI Agrees to Turn Over Everything It Knows About Trump Dossier Which Comey Helped Fund "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Tuesday evening, the political world was rocked by reports about the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) having funded the now discredited Trump Dossier. An important detail of the report reveals the FBI under James Comey agreed to reimburse the Clinton campaign and DNC for money it spent on the opposition research.

According to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), the FBI has now agreed to comply with a request to hand over all dossier-related documents. The Washington Examiners Byron York confirmed the news.

Paul Ryan on House FBI Trump dossier subpoena: FBI has informed us that they will comply with our document requestsby next week.,' tweeted York on Thursday.

Tweet credit: Byron York

POLIITCO reports:

The FBI has agreed to deliver documents related to the Steele dossier to House GOP investigators, Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.

[]

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Ryan said Justice Department officials contacted his office hours shortly after his comments to Reuters were published and assured his staff that the information would be provided.

The FBI got in touch with us yesterday afternoon and they have informed us that they will comply with our document requests, and that they will provide the documents that Congress has been asking for by next week, Ryan said.

In a short-lived agreement, the FBI reimbursed expenses in relation to the procurement of the dossier, but backed out of the arrangement aft...

19:37

Tom Fitton: Mueller Had to Have Known About Clinton Ties to Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said Mueller had to have known about Hillary Clintons ties to the Dossier.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo bombshell article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

To nobodys surprise, Hillary Clinton is now claiming 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.

Everyone at the DNC is also denying they knew about the Russia dossier

Former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said via her spox on Wednesday evening that she was unaware of the Russian dossier funding following WaPos bombshell report.

DNCs deputy chairman Keith Ellison also threw Wasserman Schultz under the bus by distancing himself from the old DNC leadership:

Tom and me, we werent even there at the time, Ellison told The Hill. I know as much about it as you guys who have reported it.

In fact Hillarys team lied for nearly a year about funding the anti-Trump dossier.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton isnt buying any of these lies coming from the Deep State Dems. In fact, Fitton said Mueller had to have known.

Mueller had to have known about Clintons ties to the Dossier.

...

19:30

Marvel writer convinces Kellogs to change racially insensitive cereal box "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Victory for the SJWs! From Hollywood Reporter: In what might be the most unlikely sentence of 2017 and thats saying a lot Kelloggs has confirmed that it will be replacing key art on boxes of Corn Pops following Continue reading

19:20

Dem Rep. Adam Schiff: Uranium One Probe Part Of A Distraction Pushed By White House, Fox, Breitbart "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Not the Russians Schiff was looking for. Via Mediaite: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is not enamored with the idea of that body poking around on the Uranium One deal investigating the actions of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as it relates to a Uranium transfer to []

19:00

House Paves Way For Tax Reform By Passing Senate Budget Plan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Washington Examiner: House Republicans narrowly passed the Senates fiscal year 2018 budget Thursday, a vote that will allow the GOP to start work on tax reform legislation next week. Thursdays vote wasnt always certain. Throughout the week, Republicans from high-tax states like New Jersey and New York threatened to band together to stall the []

18:45

MSM Narrative Fail: Second Niger Special Forces Widow Praises POTUS Trump For Gracious Call (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

While the media is intensely focused on reports about the Clinton campaign funding the now discredited Trump Dossier, a second Niger special forces window, Michelle Black, has come forward to praise President Trumps gracious, condolence call.

Photo credit: Fox News

In a rebuke to the mainstream media efforts to paint President Trump as cold and uncaring towards Army Sgt. La David T. Johnsons widow, the widow of Staff Sergeant Bryan Black of Puyallup says that it took bravery, for the Commander-in-Chief to make the condolence call. As Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said from the podium various times, making a condolence call is the toughest part of any Presidency.

Video credit: Fox News

Im very grateful that he called and he spoke to the kids. And I think that the excitement from that made it a little better, even if it was just for a minute, Black said.

So, yeah he was very gracious and I appreciate anyone who calls cause, like I said, that takes quite a bit of bravery to call into that kind of situation, Black added.

Fox 13 reports:

The wife of Staff Sergeant Bryan Black of Puyallup is speaking out for the first time after the ambush attack that killed her husband and three other U.S. soldiers last month in Niger.

He alw...

18:32

Gowdy Opens Investigation Into DOJs Exoneration of Hillary Clinton, 2016 Decisions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Get ready. Via Townhall: House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced Tuesday morning they have officially opened a joint investigation into decisions made at the Obama Justice Department surrounding the FBIs criminal investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They also want to know why the FBI []

18:22

WOW! POTUS Trump Personally Ordered DOJ To Lift Gag Order On Clinton-Uranium One Informant "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts reports sources have told Fox News that President Trump personally instructed the Justice Department to lift the gag order on the Clinton-Uranium One informant. 

Source tells @FoxNews that @realDonaldTrump himself gave the order to the DOJ to lif[t] the gag order on Uranium One confidential informant, tweeted Roberts on Thursday.

Tweet source: John Roberts

On Wednesday, Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs reported the Justice Department had authorized the FBI informant to reveal evidence to Congressional investigators.

DOJ authorizes FBI Informant to speak with Congress concerning alleged corruption involving Clintons & Uranium One, tweeted Dobbs.

Tweet source: Lou Dobbs

18:12

CNN Correspondent: Mark Halperin Sexual Harassment An Open Secret At Network For Years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Of course it was. Via Mediaite: CNN senior correspondent Clarissa Ward said on Thursday that Mark Halperins alleged sexual harassment was an open secret at ABC News for years. Ward who was an international correspondent for ABC News from 2007 to 2010 took to Twitter to respond to the CNN report that spoke []

18:11

Middle Caste Woes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Caste, money, and happiness in India:

A large number of empirical studies have investigated the link between social status and happiness, yet in observational data identification challenges remain severe. This study exploits the fact that in India people are assigned a caste from birth. Two identical surveys of household heads (each with N=1000) in rural Punjab and Andhra Pradesh show an increasing pattern in economic welfare across the hierarchy of castes. This illustrates that at least in rural regions, ones caste is still an important determinant for opportunities in life. Subsequently, we find that the castes at the top are clearly more satisfied than the lower and middle castes. This result, which is in line with predictions of all major social comparison theories, is robust across the two case studies. The pattern across low and middle castes, however, is less clear, reflecting the complex theoretical relationship between being of middle rank on the one hand, and behaviour, aspirations and well-being on the other hand. In the Punjab sample, we even find a significant U-shape, the middle castes being the least happy. Interestingly, these patterns resemble those found for Olympic Medalists (first documented by Medvec et al. 1995).

18:07

Trump Brags Hes Proud of Undermining Faith in Free Press "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NEWS & POLITICS
As usual, hes not telling the whole truth.

Photo Credit: Fox Business Network

During a Fox Business Network appearance that played more like a 30-minute advertisement for President Donald Trump, the president told host Lou Dobbs about the achievement that makes him proud.

I have come up with some pretty good names for people. I think one of the best names is you know I really started this whole fake news thing, he said. Now theyve turned it around and now theyre calling stories put out by Facebook fake, theyre fake. What could be more fake than CBS and NBC and ABC and CNN?

Im so proud I have been able to convince people how fake it is, Trump...

17:59

Collusion Discovered: DNC, Hillary, Comey and FBI ALL Financed Anti-Trump Fusion GPS Dossier Group "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FINALLY! Collusion is discovered!

The DNC, Hillary Campaign and the FBI ALL financed Fusion GPS the authors of the debunked and outrageous Trump Dossier.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo reported this week that Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

And the FBI under the direction of crooked cop James Comey was also paying Hillary Clintons opposition researchers at Fusion GPS.
And kept paying Fusion GPS AFTER the election.
Via WaPo:

Some of Steeles allegations began circulating in Washington in the summer of 2016 as the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into possible connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin. Around that time, Steele shared some of his findings with the FBI.

After the election, the FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence about Trump and Russia, but the bureau pulled out of the arrangement after Steele was publicly identified in news reports.

So now we know that Hillary, Comey, the DNC and the FBI were all funding the rotten Fusion GPS firm.
Weve finally found our collusion folks!

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17:49

Joe Biden, Lady Gaga Release PSA On Sexual Assault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A message from me & my buddy Vice President @JoeBiden @ItsOnUs to stop sexual assault. Go to https://t.co/aMd5silSst #ItsOnUs to help. pic.twitter.com/w5JGRCd2z8 xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 25, 2017 Thats a little like having Harvey Weinstein put out a message to clean up Hollywood sexual assault. Via The Hill: Former Vice President Joe Biden []

17:46

The crisis in the Republican Party and the fracturing of the American two-party system "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

26 October 2017

The eruption of open warfare between the Republican Party establishment and the Trump administration marks a new stage in the political crisis within the United States.

The conflict within the Republican Party came to a head on Tuesday with the speech from the floor of the Senate by Jeff Flake, who announced that he would not seek reelection and denounced Trumps actions as dangerous to a democracy and a threat to the efficacy of American leadership around the globe. Flakes speech followed a series of statements attacking Trump by leading Republicans, including senators John McCain (chairman of the Armed Services Committee) and Bob Corker (chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee) and former President George W. Bush.

Leading Democrats lined up to praise Flake, a right-wing fiscal hawk and advocate of austerity. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called Flake one of the finest human beings Ive met in politics, adding that he will be missed.

The outbreak of political warfare within the Republican Party is the latest episode in a conflict within the American state that raged throughout the Trump election campaign and has intensified...

17:28

The JFK assassination and Barry & the boys "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Two hours before John Kennedy was assassinated on Friday November 22 1963  at 12:30 p.m. Central Time,  the stripper headlining Jack Rubys Carousel nightclub in Dallas was in a panic to get out of  town.   The National Archives...

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17:28

Tucker Reveals Las Vegas Security Guard Left The Country Days After Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Because material witnesses are allowed to leave the country after being shot in the leg within days of the shooting? Via Daily Caller: Fox News host Tucker Carlson dropped a huge new detail on the days following the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history in Las Vegas Wednesday. According to a document from a []

17:19

Software pirateado pode ter exposto funcionrio da NSA espionagem russa "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Kaspersky Lab, empresa russa de segurana da internet, informou que um indivduo, possivelmente o mesmo que reportagens recentes identificaram como funcionrio da Agncia de Segurana Nacional dos Estados Unidos (NSA), acionou o programa de antivrus da empresa ao se infectar com software malicioso durante uma tentativa de piratear o Microsoft Office. Acionado, o antivrus da Kaspersky teria feito upload de arquivos confidenciais da NSA que estavam na mquina.

A acusao de pirataria est includa num conjunto de resultados preliminares divulgados pela empresa sediada em Moscou, decorrentes de investigao interna sobre um intrincado escndalo de espionagem que ningum imaginava que pudesse ficar ainda mais bizarro. Uma srie de notcias publicadas este ms cita fontes de inteligncia dos EUA para afirmar que o software de segurana da Kaspersky teria feito upload de arquivos do computador do funcionrio. Os arquivos ento teriam sido capturados por hackers do governo russo, possivelmente com a cincia ou at mesmo a colaborao da empresa. Dentre os arquivos em questo, havia cdigo-fonte de ferramentas de hacking altamente sensveis que o funcionrio estava desenvolvendo para a agncia de espionagem. A Kaspersky nega que estivesse em conluio com as autoridades russas ou que tivesse cincia do incidente, conforme foi noticiado pela imprensa.

Detalhes da investigao, tais como a alegao de que o CEO da Kaspersky teria determinado a destruio dos arquivos depois que foram identificados como possvel material secreto da NSA, podem ajudar a absolver a empresa de antivrus da acusao de que teria intencionalmente vasculhado o computador do funcionrio em busca de arquivos confidenciais que no continham malware. Mas trazem tambm novas perguntas sobre as atitudes da empresa, o funcionrio da NSA e a narrativa de espionagem que fontes annimas do governo vazaram para os veculos de notcias nas ltimas duas semanas.

Depois de enfrentar srias acusaes de espionagem, a Kaspersky entregou ao The Intercept um resumo dos resultados preliminares da investigao interna que a empresa russa informa ter conduzido na esteira da cobertura de imprensa.

No relatrio de resultados, a Kaspersky reconhece que detectou e transmitiu para o servidor um recipiente de arquivos compactados, especificamente um arquivo 7zip, que havia sido marcado como suspeito pelo software da Kaspersky. Revelou-se ento que o arquivo continha amostras de malware e tambm cdigo-fonte, que parecia pertencer a componentes do kit de espionagem do assim...

17:10

Budget Passes US House 216 to 212- With NO Democrat Votes List of Republicans Who Voted No "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republican lawmakers passed a budget today in the US House in a very close vote.

The vote passed 216 to 212 with NO Democrat votes.



President Trump cheered the news.

This allows Congress to move on to tax cuts for American workers.

Here is the list of Republicans who voted No on the budget that could have killed tax cuts.

The post Budget Passes US House 216 to 212- With NO Democrat Votes List of Repub...

17:02

DOJ Lifts Gag Order, Says FBI Informant Can Speak To Congress On Uranium One, Clintons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Finally- @RepDeSantis: Its about time DOJ authorized FBI Informant to speak w/ congress about Clinton Uranium Corruption. #TrumpTrain pic.twitter.com/tBnUjZGzzF Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 26, 2017 Just keep this guy alive. He apparently has the documents and the information to blow doors off the Clintons. Via Fox News: The Justice Department said Wednesday night that []

17:00

Disaster Capitalists Take Big Step Toward Privatizing Puerto Ricos Electric Grid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Noel Zamot at the Presentation of the Platform of Critical Infrastructure Projects, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Aug. 23, 2017.

16:41

Bad Idea Of The Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Because everyone loves clowns.

16:41

Security Expert on DNC-Russian Dossier: Monstrous Scandal That Could Change American Politics Forever (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino joined FOX and Friends Thursday morning to discuss the Uranium One scandal.

Bongino asked the FOX and Friends hosts, How is this not the scandal of the century?

Dan Bongino: How is this not the scandal of the century right now? We have the Democrats who for six months, even more than that for six months told us Trump colluded with the Russians to tilt the course of an American election. Now we find out that the boomerang has come back and slammed the Democrats right in the face. And the entire time the Russian connection was through the DNC and the Clinton campaign? I was a former federal investigator. This is not a joke now. You had bogus, spurious information, potentially fed by the Russians that was used in a presidential daily brief. The president was briefed on fake Russian information If this information was used, God forbid, in a judicial document, to get a warrant to tap anyone in the Trump campaign. You want to hear about a scandal? The FBI used fake Russian intel potentially! If the Russians were paying the conduit, the vehicle for this whole thing, Fusion GPS, while the DNC and Hillary were, and what were they taking that money for? You have a monstrous scandal that really could change American politics forever.

Via FOX and Friends:

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16:31

AND BY "ELITIST" WE BASICALLY MEAN "DEMOCRAT" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In The New York Times, Nate Cohn writes that some potential Democratic candidates for House seats currently held by Republicans are just too ... elitist.

The enthusiasm among well-educated Democrats and the relative lack of success recruiting established politicians in working-class areas has occasionally led to an odd mismatch: affluent, liberal types running in working-class districts. Take Josh Harder, who worked for a San Francisco venture capital firm but is now running in Californias typically competitive 10th District in the Central Valley, or ex-Obama administration officials like Elissa Slotkin, Lauren Baer and Andy Kim, who are running in middle-class districts in Michigan, Florida and New Jersey.
Yes, if you were a little-known mid-level functionary in the Obama White House, you wear the scarlet E of elitism. There's no way you can run successfully for Congress against a member of a party that has nominated wealthy plutocrat scions in six of the last eight presidential cycles, all of whom claimed to be champions of ordinary Americans.

Meanwhile, Laura Ingraham is set to make her debut as a Fox News prime-time host. Fox News Insider quotes her:
"Heartland America, you have a champion," Ingraham said. "Working class Americans, I came from you, and whether youre a Republican or Democrat, your voice will be heard. Your values, your patriotism, your straightforward approach to issues, your demand for the truth will have a hearing on this show."
She said something similar to The New York Times:
Ms. Ingraham said in an interview with The New York Times that she wants to represent the working-class, populist sensibility that is the beating heart of the Republican Party right now.
Laura Ingraham is a Dartmouth graduate. After law school, when she was still in her twenties, she worked in t...

16:30

Kate Steinles last words: Help me, dad "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A childs last words, should they perish before their parents, should be I love you. This is so heartbreaking. From Fox News: The second day in the trial of the homeless illegal immigrant from Mexico charged with killing Kate Steinle Continue reading

16:21

FEC Complaint Says Clinton Campaign, DNC Violated Campaign Finance Laws Over Trump Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another smoking gun. Via Law Newz: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clintons campaign violated campaign finance laws by failing to accurately disclose payments related to the so-called Trump Dossier, the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center said in a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission. According to a recent reports in the media, []

16:00

BREAKING: NBC Suspends Vet Journalist Mark Halperin After 5 Female Coworkers Accuse Him Of Sexual Harassment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The world of hack journalists just got a little smaller. Via Daily Caller: NBC announced Thursday veteran journalist Mark Halperin was being suspended hours after he was accused of sexual harassment by five female former coworkers. We find the story and the allegations very troubling, the network told a CNN reporter. Mark Halperin is leaving []

15:39

California Judge Rejects Bid To Force Trump To Resume Obamacare Payments To Insurers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Government out of the healthcare insurance business. Via Washington Examiner: A federal judge wont force the Trump administration to continue paying Obamacare insurers after he was skeptical about whether customers would be harmed by the abrupt cancellation. The decision by a California federal court Wednesday means the payments will not be resumed while a lawsuit []

15:37

Disgraceful President Trump Slams HRC for Denying Knowledge of Dossier That She Funded (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trump Slams Crooked Hillary For Denying Knowledge of Dossier That She Funded!

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo reported this week that Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

Hillary Clinton now claims 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.

Last night President Donald Trump said it was disgraceful that Hillary denies knowledge of the dossier that everyone in her campaign knew about.

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15:28

Brother of Las Vegas shooter arrested for child porn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Las Vegas shooting massacre is getting even weirder. Yesterday, TMZ reports that Bruce Paddock, 59, one of the brothers of alleged shooter Stephen Paddock (not the one who was interviewed on TV), had been arrested for child porn at Continue reading

15:17

North Korean Official: Take Our Hydrogen Bomb Threat Literally "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Because North Korea never over exaggerates or blatantly lies. Pyongyang (CNN) A senior North Korean official has issued a stern warning to the world that it should take literally his countrys threat to test a nuclear weapon above ground. The official, Ri Yong Pil, told CNN in an exclusive conversation in Pyongyang that the []

15:11

MSNBC Anchor: Trump Admin Do Not Appear to Be Human Beings (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Mike LaChance at American Lookout:

MSNBC has some truly despicable people on their payroll. Try to imagine what this woman would have said if anyone at FOX ever said Obama and his team didnt appear to be human. Yet she says it about Trump and no one calls her out for it.

IJR reports:

Nicolle Wallace: Members of Trump Admin Do Not Appear to Be Human Beings

During the Tuesday episode of her show Deadline: White House, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace argued that members of President Donald Trumps administration didnt have the capacity for humanity.

These do not appear to be human beings, Wallace said after citing an apparent lack of irony as well as a history of projection and deflection.

As proof that the administration lacked humanity, Wallace pointed to how they trotted General Kelly out as a human shield last week to take the swings that Donald Trump wasnt man enough to take for himself.

Wallaces dismay was in reference to Kellys appearance at a White House press briefing in which he criticized Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for involving herself in the phone call Trump had with the widow of a fallen soldier.

Watch the video:

How do people like this have jobs on TV? What an insult to half the country.

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15:01

Texas Is More Like The Rest Of America Than You Might Imagine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Over the last few decades, once populist Texas has turned into a very red state. But not hopelessly red. Last year , without even trying, Hillary made unexpected inroads in districts that were gerrymandered to prevent unexpected inroads. Trump won the state-- 4,685,047 (52.23%) to 3,877,868 (43.24%). Those 3.87 million Texans who voted for Hillary were more than her margin of victory in the national popular vote. Without all those Texans, Trump might have won. Hillary won every major city in the state. She took Harris County (Houston) with 53.95%, Dallas County with 60.75%, Travis County (Austin) with 65.77%, El Paso County with 69.08%, Bexar County (San Antonio) with 54.19%, Hidalgo County (McAllen) with 68.50%.
Nearly 60 percent of Texans want to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects from deportation some 124,000 Texans who arrived as children and remained in the country illegally, according to results of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday.

Answering a separate question, slightly more than half oppose the immediate deportation of unauthorized immigrants living in Texas, according to the internet survey of 1,200 registered voters conducted Oct. 6-15. It has an overall margin of error of 2.83 percentage points.

...As the fate of DACA unfolds, it is expected...

15:00

What Single and Taken Men (and Women) Can Learn from Each Other "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is a guest post by Kid Strangelove. Kid originally published this article at his own blog, but he deleted the site a while ago so he could focus on other projects. He asked me if Id be willing to re-post some of his articles on my blog and I said yes.

I think this is the first time ever that I have given advice to both sexes, but it comes from a lifetime of experience seeing the exact same scenarios play out right in front of me:

  • Single men (or better yet, unhappily celibate men), realizing that they are single, will try to better themselves in a multitude of ways in order to attract a partner.
  • Taken men (men in marriages or very long term relationships) will remain more or less the same since the start of their relationship.

Conversely:

  • Single women will hardly ever change anything about themselves.
  • Women in relationships, having found a stable partner, start enjoying a host of new activities and hobbies and generally bettering themselves.

Now, why does this happen?

For men, it is the immeasurable, testosterone-soaked power of the masculine drive. Its this drive, this passion to get shit done that attracts women, more so than the inevitable results of that action. Sure, you might be a fat broke slob right now, but given some time and dedication, you could drastically change your situation: you can work on your appearance, your wealth, your game and swagger, and you will see drastic improvements in your ability to attract the opposite sex, even with those goals nowhere near complete. For example, while I am in way better shape then when I was at my fattest, I still have the furthest thing from sweet abs, yet I went on a macking tear recently that ended with me finding an amazing girlfriend (and yes, she scores incredibly high on Rooshs Girl Score).

However, oftentimes when a man becomes too relaxed and comfortable in his environment, his passion, dedication and all around drive drops. Maybe its a fear of diverging too far from the man she fell in love with, maybe its the tipping point where sexy aloofness turns into sloppy laziness. But by attempting to stay the same, that sexy, passionate drive disappears, and love usually follows with it.

However, with women, its the exact opposite. Single women just cannot get it into their heads that the reason they might not be able to find a suitable man lies squarely on their shoulders. Oftentimes, I hear them say that they want a man who loves me for me, but with their obsession with that concept, they become almost a caricature of themselves, projecting their worst qualities immediately i...

14:56

Tennessee Community Braces For Conflict Ahead Of White Lives Matter Rally "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nobody braces for Black Lives Matters rallies. Via USA Today: In the rows of matching brick duplexes, natives of this Tennessee community live among immigrants from Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, a sign of the slowly changing demographics of this city 60 miles southeast of Nashville. The Shelbyville Housing Authority neighborhood sits just behind one []

14:35

Another Hate Crime Hoax: Police Arrest Black Man For KKK Graffiti At Michigan University "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hmmm, I feel like weve seen this happen once or twice before. A black man has been arrested for a series of racist graffiti attacks that shocked minority students starting last fall at Eastern Michigan University. Last September, KKK was sprayed in red, white, and blue paint on a dormitory wall. Along with that, a []

14:00

Hillary Clinton Now Claims She Didnt Know About the Russia Dossier Even Though She Paid for It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

Hillary Clinton is now claiming 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.

So Hillarys campaign and the DNC paid millions of dollars to a law firm that was gathering oppo research and she had no clue what the hell they were doing? The law firm didnt communicate with Hillary about this? LOL

** In fact Hillarys team lied for nearly a year about funding the anti-Trump dossier.

The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton found out about the dossier after Buzzfeed published the 35 page document.

Officials from the Clinton campaign and the D.N.C. have said they were unaware that Perkins Coie facilitated the research on their behalf, even though the law firm was using their money to pay for it. Even Mrs. Clinton only found about Mr. Steeles research after Buzzfeed published the dossier, according to two associates who discussed the matter with her. They said that she was disappointed that the research as well as the fact that the F.B.I. was looking into connections between Mr. Trumps associates and Russia was not made public before Election Day.

CBS News also confirmed that Hillary claimed she didnt know about the dossier until Buzzfeed published the doc.

Hillary Clinton only learned about the...

13:30

The face of oppression: Kaepernick lands million dollar book deal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Aint America great? From NY Post: Colin Kaepernick has inked a book deal worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World, Page Six has exclusively learned. One Worlds headed by book world superstar Chris Jackson, who also Continue reading

13:00

Minneapolis City Council Candidate Is a Socialist Who Gets Things Done "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Volunteers for Ginger Jentzen's campaign meet before knocking on doors in Minneapolis, Minnesotaon October 20, 2017.

13:00

What did Catherine Zeta-Jones do to her face? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Would you believe this is actress Catherine Zeta-Jones? She is unrecognizable. The pic was taken at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London, on October 23, 2017. (Source: National Enquirer) Nor is the pic an aberration because it is similar Continue reading

12:55

NSA ocultou arquivos sobre assassinato de Kennedy por dcadas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cameras used to record the assassination of John F. Kennedy are seen in the Sixth Floor Museum formally the site of the Texas School Book Depository Oct. 8, 2013 in Dallas.

12:30

Amendment Stripping Protections from Endangered Species Defeated in US Senate; Trump Admin Removed Some Protections After US Court Upheld Protection of Endangered Utah Prairie Dog; Thus Trump Admin Ignores The Intent of Congress and the Courts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The US Congress voted to keep protections of endangered species residing in only one state, despite efforts by Utah Senator Mike Lee to end protections. Utah Prairie Dogs live only in a few Utah counties. The US Court of Appeals ruled that Utah Prairie dogs have to be protected on both Federal and non-Federal lands. So, the USFWS currently led by Gred Sheehan of Utah decided that they would unprotect them by allowing them to be killed anyway!
In short, the Trump administration in the form of Ryan Zinke (Dept. of Interior) and Greg Sheehan (USFWS) are destroying the intent of the other two branches of government. Isnt that called Dictatorship? An Executive Coup dEtat appears to be ongoing. See for instance: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/trump-administration-must-answer-why-nominees-are-serving-without-senate-confirmation-write-us-senators-udall-leahy-feinstein-blumenthal/
...

12:01

Catalan President To Speak Before The Catalan Parliament: Will Independence Be Declared? Elections Called? Both? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


On Wednesday afternoon, (16.56, 25-10-2017) it was announced that the President of the Government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, would speak [intervene] during the [Catalan] Parliaments plenary session on the threatened application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution by Spain and its possible effects. The plenary session begins at 5 pm. [11 am US EDT].

CatalanNews explains that When the Spanish Senate meets on Thursday and Friday to debate the implementation of Article 155, and thereby begin the process of suspending Catalonias self-government, it will do so without the presence of president Carles Puigdemont. Instead, Puigdemont will attend the Catalan Parliaments plenary session that begins on Thursday to debate the repercussions of...

11:23

Trump Administration Must Answer Why Nominees Are Serving Without Senate Confirmation Write US Senators Udall, Leahy, Feinstein, Blumenthal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sounds like an ongoing coup detat by the Trump Administration (executive branch). The different branches of government are supposed to provide checks and balances and prevent the concentration of power. Hurry up already and get the impeachment ball rolling before its too late.
OCTOBER 25, 2017
Udall, Leahy, Feinstein, Blumenthal: Trump Administration Must Answer Why Nominees Are Serving Without Senate Confirmation
Michael Dourson, chemical industry hired gun, may be already influencing EPA toxics office work, without being vetted by full Senate

Dourson and other Trump nominees may be violating the law and circumventing the Constitution
WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) Director John DeStefano in response to reports that the Trump administration is allowing individuals nominated by the president to perform the duties of their appointed positions prior to receiving Senate confirmation. If true, the senators said, such actions are unlawful and circumvent the Senates constitutional role to provide advice and consent on presidential nominations. The four senior Democratic senators are seeking information from OPP about the number, names, and positions of nominated individuals serving in the administration prior to Senate confirmation, the extent of their temporary duties, and the administrations actions to ensure that they are complying with all relevant ethics rules.

The senators noted the particularly concerning example of reports that Michael Dourson, who has been nominated to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, may be already performing the duties of that position without having been vetted by the full Senate. According to news reports, the EPA has so far declined to publicly clarify Doursons role at the agency.

Concerns have been raised regarding Doursons close ties to the chemical industry, including his partnership in a consulting firm that advised companies facing health a safety challenges from EPA. Although Dourson pledged in his ethics agreement to minimize certain ethical conflicts of interest upon confirmation, it remains unclear whether these steps were taken prior to his assuming his current role, the senators wrote.

As Doursons nomination raises serious questions regarding his ability to serve as an effective regulator of the chemical companies he used to represent, his nomination requires a full and fair vetting by the Senate. Accordingly, Doursons performance of the substantive duties of the appointed position before confirmation could have a detrimental effect on EPAs ability to protec...

11:10

UN Independent Expert Deplores Decision of Spanish Govt to Suspend Catalan Autonomy; Spain In Violation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Urges Spain to Reverse Decision "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From the Office of the UN High Commission on Human Rights: http://www.ohchr.org
UN independent expert urges Spanish Government to reverse decision on Catalan autonomy

GENEVA (25 October 2017) The UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, is calling on Spanish authorities to enter into negotiations in good faith with leaders in Catalonia following the announcement that the Spanish Government would suspend the regions autonomy. On 19 October, the Spanish Government announced its intention to impose direct rule on the region after a deadline seeking an end to the Catalan independence campaign was not met. His statement is as follows:

I deplore the decision of the Spanish Government to suspend Catalan autonomy. This action constitutes retrogression in human rights protection, incompatible with Articles 1, 19, 25 and 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Pursuant to Articles 10(2) and 96 of the Spanish Constitution, international treaties constitute the law of the land and, therefore, Spanish law must be interpreted in conformity with international treaties. 

Denying a people the right to express themselves on the issue of self-determination, denying the legality of a referendum, using force to prevent the holding of a referendum, and cancelling the limited autonomy of a people by way of punishment constitutes a violation of Article 1 of the ICCPR and of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Alternatively, addressing the aspiration of peoples to self-determination in a timely fashion is an important conflict prevention measure, as is evidenced by the countless wars that have occurred since 1945 that found their origin in denial of self-determination. Dialogue and political negotiation should be encouraged to prevent violence.

The Spanish Government appears to invoke the principle of territorial integrity to justify forceful attempts to silence political dissent and aspirations of self-determination. While the principle of territorial integrity is important, as understood in many United Nations Resolutions, including GA Resolutions 2625 and 3314, it is intended to be applied externally, to prohibit foreign threats or incursions into the territorial integrity of sovereign States. This principle cannot be invoked to quench the right of all people, guaranteed under Article 1 of the International Covenants on Human Rights, to express their desire to control their futures. The right of self-determination is a right of peoples and not a prerogative of States to grant or deny. In case of a conflict between the principle of territorial integrity and the human right to self-determination, it is the latter that pr...

10:59

Dourson, An Industry Hired Gun, Would Undermine Landmark Bipartisan Chemical Safety Law; US Senator Udall Urges Full Senate To Reject Him "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

OCTOBER 25, 2017
Udall Statement on EPW Committee Vote for Michael Dourson to Lead EPAs Toxics Bureau, Urges Full Senate to Reject Him
Dourson, an industry hired gun, would undermine the landmark bipartisan chemical safety law

WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committees party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Doursons nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Todays party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety. Michael Dourson has made a career of creating junk science for industry, and his work has been used to justify egregiously weak chemical safety standards that put peoples lives at risk. The EPAs toxics office is supposed to be a watchdog, but Dourson, in exchange for big paydays, has spent years helping industry cover up the damage caused by dangerous substances from second-hand smoke to PFOA, the chemical in Teflon tied to cancer. This is the epitome of leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse, and I will be fighting hard in the coming days to urge the full Senate to reject his nomination.

Last year, Republicans and Democrats reached a rare bipartisan agreement and passed the landmark Lautenberg Act to fix our nations badly broken chemical safety law and enable the EPA to protect our families from dangerous chemicals. Confirming Dourson will jeopardize all the progress we have made on chemical safety, undermine public confidence in the law, and potentially harm the publics health for decades to come. A toxicologist for hire has no business in this position, and the Senate shouldnt put him there.

Udall has opposed efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the new chemical safety laws protections against new and existing chemicals, including asbestos and flame retardants. Earlier this month, Udall led a press conference with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), advocates, experts, and chemical exposure victims to oppose Doursons nomination. https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/news/press-releases/video-udall-blumenthal-chemical-exposure-victims-and-advocates-speak-out-against-nomination-of-industrys-toxicologist-for-hire-michael-dourson-to-head-toxics-office

Today, Udall published an op-ed in The Hill urging the Senate to reject Dourson. The full t...

10:45

Trump Nominee Chemical Safety Office Recommended Allowing Amounts Of Toxic Chemicals That Were 10s, 100s, 1000s Of Times Higher Than US EPA Standards; Most Troubling Nominee Ever Considered Says US Senator Carper "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dourson, and presumably the others, got out of the committee but the US Senate must still vote.
That brings me to the most troubling nominee before us today.  In fact, he is one of the most troubling nominees I have ever considered during my time on this Committee Dr. Michael Dourson. In 2016, many members of this committee Democrat and Republican alike came together to finally pass badly-needed reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act after working to find common ground for years. Across the board, stakeholders enthusiastically supported our efforts because they saw the need for a credible, impartial and strong chemical safety regulator at EPA who could provide certainty and predictability, while also inspiring public confidence in the safety of the products that families use every day.

Unfortunately, the nomination of Michael Dourson to lead EPAs chemical safety office and implement TSCA reform makes a mockery of that entire process of which we were so proud. Dr. Doursons record is clear. Throughout much of his career, Dr. Dourson has essentially sold his science to the highest bidder and recommended standards for toxic chemical that were tens, hundreds and even thousands of times less protective than EPAs own standards. Dr. Dourson had the opportunity to address some of our fears in his responses to our questions for the record. Instead, he did the opposite. For example, he did not answer a single one of the eight questions for the record that I asked him with respect to TSCA implementation. Not one. He would not describe how he thought EPA should protect people from exposures to dangerous chemicals, yet he wants to be the person who is charged with the job of protecting Americans from dangerous chemicals. Can this be the best person the Administration could find to entrust the responsibilities of this critical leadership post?  God, I hope not!

And then to learn last week that Dr. Dourson who throughout this process and during his hearing presented himself as a member of the University of Cincinnati faculty is already working at EPA further underscored that wed be foolish to expect any straight answers from this nominee. But its really what Dr. Dourson didnt say in his hearing or in his answers to our questions that is most disturbing to me. When confronted time and time again with stories of real people who have been harmed, some irreparably, by the chemicals he peddled as safe, Dr. Dourson never admitted that he may have been wrong, nor did he acknowledge the risks that these chemicals can pose.

I would remind us all that this man is being considered for a position in which he would be entrusted to help protect the health and safety of millions of American people, but not once did he make clear that he understood that his determinations could be a matter of...

10:00

Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 10 Jehovah-Mekoddishkem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Names sake. So how much do we know about His Name? This tenth post is about the next Old Testament name of God: #10 Jehovah-Mekoddishkem The Lord Who Sanctifies Continue reading

09:26

British Involvement In "Trump Dossier" Needs Further Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We noted back in July that the only relevant "collusion with the Russians" during the 2016 election cycle was the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton smear campaign against Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton campaign cut-out hires the (former?) British intelligence agent...

09:01

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


-by Noah

You'll notice that this meme has no words. But, really, when one thinks of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, well... hell, there are no words!

A picture of Sarah Huckabee Sanders really is worth more than the far, far less than 1000 words in her limited vocabulary. In Sarah's case, she uses what words she has to, not form lies, but parrot lies; the lies of her boss. I've seen absolutely no sign of independent, critical thinking ability in Sarah. She is definitely a parrot. She might as well be standing on one of those wooden pedestals that parrots, parrots who are born parrots like.

I have a friend who has a parrot named Roxanne. When she's not walking around the house or sitting on my friend's shoulder, she has a gigantic seven foot high cage. Sarah Huckabee Sanders kinda has the same deal. Roxanne has more self esteem and more words though.

Lots of people make cutting remarks about Sarah's looks. I don't think that's right because I think that what people are really reacting to when they look at Sarah is the ugliness of the inner person. Sarah's inner person is so disturbing and so fetid that it comes roaring to the surface. I really believe that, if Sarah was a nice person and had a warm, outgoing, pleasing personality, the story would be significantly different.

People also say that Sarah's eyes are not only windows to an ugly, sick soul, but are the eyes commonly seen in areas of the world where inbreeding is prevalent. That may be, but, if she is the result of inbreeding, let's be fair. That is not her fault. We must remember that her father is staunchly anti-abortion and believes that a fetus should come to full term no matter what. People like her father (she definitely has her father's ey...

07:47

Gaza on Verge of Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Gaza, where Israeli-imposed restrictions continue to limit electricity to barely four hours a day, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for its 2 million residents. The Palestinian Authority has backed the Israeli siege in an attempt to isolate and weaken its political rival, Hamas, the group that has controlled Gaza for the last 10 years. Gaza has []

07:46

Home Demolitions for Illegal Settlements Surging "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Empire Files 040 00:02 [Music] 00:07 [Music] 00:30 during my travels in Palestine I drove 00:33 extensively within Israels borders what 00:35 I saw was a seemingly endless expanse of 00:37 empty land more than enough space to 00:40 build new Israeli settlements but the 00:42 rush to build thousands of new housing 00:43 []

07:42

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors []

07:27

To put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill would be an insult to her legacy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

To African Americans, Harriet Tubman was our Moses, guiding the enslaved to freedom by faith and the light of the North Star. Why cheapen her by putting her on the face on the 20 dollar bill the very symbol of the racialized capitalism she was fleeing? When I first heard about Women on $20s, []

07:22

Third-Grader Handcuffed in School "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This third-grader was shackled and crying out in pain for 15 minutes. He was restrained because of behavior related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a history of trauma. A member of the schools staff videotaped the incident. Students with disabilities represent 12 percent of public school students but are 75 percent of all students []

07:10

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY=> Hillary Clinton Wished a Happy Birthday to Herself The Future President "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hah-Hah-Hah!

One year ago today Hillary Clinton wished herself a happy birthday to the Future President.

We all know how that story ended.

This year poor Hillary Clinton will NOT be in the White House. And WILL NOT have the protection of a Democratic administration to protect her from her criminal activity. On Wednesday the Justice Department authorized an FBI informant to testify to Congress on the alleged Hillary Clinton Uranium One scandal.

Happy Birthday, Hillary!

The post ONE YEAR AGO TODAY=> Hillary Clinton Wished a Happy Birthday to Herself The Future President appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

06:40

Anonymous Companies and National Security "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FACT Sheet Anonymous Companies and National Security The 2016 release of the Panama Papers was an avalanche of data on the nefarious use of anonymous companies for corrupt activities. The leak showed that shell companies can represent an important nexus of corruption, money laundering, transnational organized crime, and terrorism, all of which directly harm U.S. []

06:20

October 26th 2017 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #280 "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 October 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

06:10

The Responsibility of Intellectuals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

February 23, 1967 TWENTY-YEARS AGO, Dwight Macdonald published a series of articles in Politics on the responsibility of peoples and, specifically, the responsibility of intellectuals. I read them as an undergraduate, in the years just after the war, and had occasion to read them again a few months ago. They seem to me to have []

06:09

Is McConnell A Dead Turtle Politically? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Bannon has declared Mitch McConnell the enemy-- and there are plenty of Republican voters who agree. Did you see that stunning new poll from Harvard and Harris this week? When asked if they approve or disapprove of the way the Republican Party is handling its job, only 29% of respondents said approve. 71% said disapprove. And among Republican voters there were still 47% who disapproved and, disastrous for the GOP, 77% among independent voters.

The poll also asked respondents if they approved or disapproved of around a dozen political figures. The unfavorables are first and the second number is the favorables... among Republican voters:
Trump- 19%/78%
McConnell- 43%/24%
Ryan- 28%/52%
Note how much trouble McConnell is in among Republicans. Now among independent voters-- again, first number is unfavorable and second is favorable:
Trump- 59%/38%
McConnell- 59%/13%
Ryan- 54%/27%
Again... no love for the Turtle. He's lucky he's not up for reelection until 2020. Can you imagine Bannon recruiting some fascist to run against him in 2018. It'll be hilarious watching McConnell and Trump both campaigning for Republican votes in 2020-- if either or both of them are even running in 2020!
...

06:01

Can the Feds Prosecute Foreigners "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I am in Switzerland this week interacting with and lecturing to students and faculty at the University of Zurich. The subject of our work is the U.S. Constitution and its protections of personal liberty.

In most countries, government has begrudgingly granted snippets of personal liberty to keep those who are demanding it at bay. Throughout history, kings and other tyrants have, from time to time, given in to pressures from folks to recognize their natural rights. These instances of power granting liberty, as the practice has come to be known, usually have come about to avoid further bloodshed.

In the United States and in Switzerland, however, the opposite took place. In both countries, sovereign states came together to establish a central government peacefully. This model is known as liberty granting power. Indeed, the Swiss Constitution is modeled on our own, whereby free and independent states delegated some of their sovereignty to a new, limited central government.

Time to buy old US gold coins

Today, however, the two countries are embroiled in a below-the-radar dispute over whether U.S. federal courts can try Swiss nationals who have diligently followed Swiss law and who have never been in the U.S.

Here is the back story.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he included a section he would later refer to as the indictment of British King George III. It characterized the long train of abuses and usurpations designed by the king to harass our people, and eat out their substance. This was harsh language, even by todays standards.

One of those abuses and usurpations was for transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offenses. He was referring to the British practice of charging colonists who had never been to Great Britain in London for behavior that was lawful in the Colonies but somehow allegedly ran afoul of English law.

The typical charge was speaking out and inducing others to oppose the king and Parliament or refusing to pay their unlawful taxes. These so-called crimes were often generally characterized as treason against the Crown.

This British practice of dragging American colonists before British judges and British juries was so offensive to the colonists that the Framers sought to prevent it from happening here by crafting two prophylactic clauses in the Constitution itself. One clause defined treason as only levying war against the United States or giving aid and comfort to our enemies. The other clause required that people be tried in the state where such crimes were alleged to have been committed.

The...

The Sad State of Thyroid Care "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Prologue to article SOLVING THE THYROID PUZZLE (Knowledge of Health):  the state of modern thyroid hormone therapy should be an embarrassment to modern medicine. Fraught with thyroid tablets that dont dissolve, years of T-pills with variable potency and instability during storage, and a requirement that individuals with low thyroid levels (hypothyroid) take their daily tablet at least an hour before their morning meal, it is no wonder most hypothyroid patients thyroid levels are abnormal.

Add low stomach acid levels and consumption of alkaline foods (calcium) and drugs (antacids), and thyroid pills are poorly absorbed.  Nn Rx for thyroid medication becomes a waste of money.

To solve the absorption problem liquid soft-gel thyroid capsules were developed but cost 9 times more (from ~60-cents to $4.50 a day!) and the tablets appear to intentionally have a poor dissolution rate to get doctors to prescribe the more expensive liquid pill.  Price gouging to the max!

Time to buy old US gold coins

Thyroid testing is also abysmally confusing.  The thyroid gland makes T4 hormone from iodine that needs to be converted to the active hormone T3.  When there isnt enough T4 the pituitary gland makes Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), which is the blood marker used to diagnose and prescribe more T4 (levothyroxine).  But a lot of patients with normal TSH still experience symptoms of hypothyroidism. 

Usually the problem is a shortage of T3, not T4, which is provided in desiccated (Armour) thyroid that modern medicine considers archaic and largely shuns.

Then there is piling on.  With T-levels out of whack, hypothyroid patients suffer with an array of skin, heart, gastric, eye, bone, muscle and mental problems.  It is common for a hypothyroid patient to visit an endocrinologist, cardiologist, orthopedist, allergist, gastroenterologist, ophthalmologist, and even a psychiatrist.  Why fix hypothyroidism, it is a boon to the business of medicine.

Finally, there is the revelation that 90% of hypothyroid patients have Hashimotos thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland, for which next to nothing is done about and a prescription for T4 is expected to solve the problem.

Doctors are loathe to prescribe immune-suppressant drugs, steroids like prednisone, or in severe cases surgica...

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech, & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate

What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?

Sargon learns about African history and culture at the American Museum of Natural History. Regardless of whether one considers Dr. Fabers remarks insensitive, it can hardly be doubted that they were correct in the context they were made in.

Reprinted with permission from Acting Man.

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Alabama Bill Would Eliminate Marriage Licenses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Oct. 23, 2017) A bill prefiled in the Alabama Senate would abolish marriage licenses in the state and effectively nullify in practice both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.

Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette) prefiled Senate Bill 13 (SB13) in September. The legislation would abolish all requirements to obtain a marriage license in Alabama. Instead, probate judges would simply record civil contracts of marriage between two individuals based on signed affidavits.

According to the bill summary, SB13 would eliminate the requirement for solemnization of a marriage for it to be considered valid and specify that the judge of probate would have no authority to reject any recording of a marriage, so long as the affidavits, forms, and data are provided. must record certain affidavits, forms, and data regarding the marriage.

During the 2017 legislative session, Albritton introduced a similar bill. The Senate approved SB20 by a 22-6 vote, and the House Judiciary Committee approved the legislation 10-4 along party lines with some technical amendments. However, it failed to get a vote in the full House. A similar outcome occurred in the 2016 legislative session.

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The proposed law would maintain a few state requirements governing marriage. Minors between the ages of 16 and 18 would have to obtain parental permission before marrying, the state would not record a marriage if either party was already married, and the parties could not be related by blood or adoption as already stipulated in state law.

Civil or religious ceremonies would have no legal effect upon the validity of the marriage. The state would only recognize the legal contract signed by the two parties entering into the marriage.

In practice, the states role in marriage would be limited to recording marriages that have already occurred.

This would be a return to the traditional Western custom in which the state had little to no involvement in marriage, even though it was a legal contract as well as a religious institution. Marriage in medieval Europe technically fell under the legal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, with priests officiating weddings at the door of the community chur...

The Clintons Paid-For Dirty Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clintons presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund political research into Donald Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Tuesday night.

The revelation is likely to fuel complaints by Trump that the dossier, which the president has derided as phony stuff, is a politically motivated collection of salacious claims. Yet the FBI has worked to corroborate the document, and in a sign of its ongoing relevance to investigators, special counsel Robert Muellers team which is investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign weeks ago questioned the former British spy, Christopher Steele, who helped compile the claims in the dossier.

The dossier, which circulated in Washington last year and was turned over to the FBI for its review, contends that Russia was engaged in a longstanding effort to aid Trump and had amassed compromising information about him. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the document as false and in recent days has questioned on Twitter whether Democrats or the FBI had helped fund it.

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Trump has also attacked the findings of the FBI, NSA and CIA that Russia waged a large-scale influence campaign to interfere in the election. The FBI and the CIA have said with high confidence that the effort was aimed at hurting Clintons candidacy and helping Trump. The NSA found the same with moderate confidence.

The person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential client matters, said the arrangement was brokered by Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign and the DNC, and his law firm of Perkins Coie.

The deal began in the spring of 2016, when the firm was approached by Fusion GPS, the political research firm behind the dossier, and lasted until right before election day, according to the person. When Fusion approached Elias, it had already been doing research work on Trump for a client during the GOP primary. The identity of the original client has not been revealed.

It is unclear what Fusion GPS had dug up by the time law firm hired it i...

Tax Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Libertarian Forum, edited by Murray N. Rothbard; April 15, 1969.  Just a tidbit for this post in my ongoing review of this compilation.

April 15, that dread Income Tax day, is around again, and gives us a chance to ruminate on the nature of taxes and of the government itself.

The first great lesson to learn about taxation is that taxation is simply robbery. No more and no less.

This who claim that taxation is, in some mystical sense, really voluntary should have no qualms about getting rid of that vital feature of the law which says that failure to pay ones taxes is criminal and subject to appropriate penalty.

Rothbard asks: does anyone really take this idea seriously?

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Then why dont we try it for a few years, or a few decades, and find out?

Conclusion

I am no martyr; nor, it seems, was Rothbard.  There have been several individual martyrs on this issue; what has been achieved via this method?

In any case, this isnt the point.  Taxation is robbery; it is not voluntary.  If you dont believe this, try to internalize Rothbards thought experiment.  If you still dont believe itwell, you take the next step!

Reprinted with permission from Bionic Mosquito.

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Experience the Brand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

New York City is probably the least car-friendly place in the United States. Its streets are perpetually gridlocked and garage fees cost more than rent in other parts of the country. Most people who live in the city dont even own cars and regard them as an occasionally necessary nuisance. Mostly, they hail a cab. Or they walk or take the subway.

So it makes perfect sense for a major car company to relocate the headquarters of its luxury division there.

Right?

Well, yes in a way. The new way.

GMs way.

Which is not to sell you a car. Nor for you to own one. Instead you will experience the brand these are the words of Cadillacs new honcho, Johan de Nysschen. You will experience Cadillacs in the same way that you experience a stay at a fancy hotel:

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Briefly.

Occasionally.

And, of course, expensively.

You will sign up for a subscription  a monthly/yearly fee, like a membership at a health club. This will allow you to use the facilities; to access different GM vehicles in order to experience them.

De Nysschen does not seek buyers. He seeks consumers  his word. We wanted to see luxury consumption through the eyes of our consumers, he said about the move to NYC.

Consumption.

In other words, short-term rentals of various models in the GM inventory rather than owning or even leasing one the single car. Use by the hour/day/weekend and so on. The car is never yours. The payments never end. Consume, consume, consume.

Such a deal!

Well, it is for GM.

And for any other car company that follows this new consumption-based business model. Which if GMs admittedly bold attempt to disrupt the way the car business works succeeds they will follow.

In which case, our transition to a modern-era company town model in which debt is perpetual and the serfs consumption is in proportion to their debt and no one except the latter-day equivalent of our feudal overlords owns anything will have taken another great leap forward.

But first, the money which is why theyll follow it, probably.

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The Absurdities Mount "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In my October 23 column, The American Left: RIP, I pointed out that political correctness now bans the use of the words pregnant woman.

One might think it difficult to exceed such absurdity, but a University of Illinois professor has managed to carry political correctness to new heights of absurdity by declaring mathematics to be the language of white privilege.

Why stop there? What about physics and chemistry? What about the English language itself which has established its hegemony as the world language? The US dollar which is world money?

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What else have white people created in order to gain privilege? Democracy perhaps? The rule of law? Civil liberties?

Political correctness is just beginning its career. What will survive it?

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Benefits of Beets "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When it comes to healthy foods, its hard to beat beets. The nutrition facts for beets dont lie. They are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are great for your healthantioxidants and fiber just to name two. Beets support heart health, liver detoxification, brain health, and much more. If its been a while since you tried some fresh beets or energy-boosting beet juice, then its time to get back in the habit of enjoying the many health benefits of this colorful vegetable.

What Are Beets?

Beets come from the roots of beetroot plants (Beta vulgaris). All parts of the plant are edible, and many people enjoy young beet greens in salads. Even though most Americans automatically think of the richly colored red beet, there are countless other varieties including sugar beets, golden beets, and many others, each with a unique culinary profile.

What Vitamins & Minerals Do Beets Have?

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Whatever kind of beet you choose, it will be packed full of health-promoting compounds and phytonutrients. Beets are rich in immune system boosting vitamins like vitamin C and have plenty of essential minerals like potassium, manganese, and iron. Beets are also a great source of lysine, an essential amino acid that your body cant produce on its own. Beets support overall wellness, too. They provide a delicious serving of fiber and antioxidants with every bite.

Here is the nutritional breakdown for one cup of raw beets according to the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) National Nutrient Database.[1]

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Nutrient Amount In 1 Cup of Beets
Protein 119.11 g
Fiber 3.8 g

10 Greatest Movie MacGuffins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Alfred Hitchcock gave name to a literary and film device called a MacGuffin (sometimes spelled McGuffin), which is any object or device that serves to trigger the plot. This boils down to anything that sets the plot in motion or keeps it going in one direction or another. In terms of Hitchcock, the birds were the MacGuffin in . . . well, The Birds and he used others like Norman Batess mother in Psycho to keep things going.

While he may have coined the term, Hitchcock wasnt the only one to use MacGuffins. They have been around for a long time, especially in some incredible works of fiction. Here are the 10 greatest MacGuffins from some of the greatest movies ever made.

Spoiler Alert: We do tell you about some things that happen in these movies. If you havent seen them, tread carefully. Be especially careful of entry one about Citizen Kane because we tell you how the movie ends. Youve been warned.

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10 Doug  The Hangover

A lot of people might forget while watching the movie, but the guys get into so much trouble throughout their actual hangovers in the film due to their quest to find Doug. He was the reason they were in Vegas in the first place.

Doug was getting hitched, and they were celebrating with a good old-fashioned bachelor party. A lot of people might have forgotten the guy since he was only in the movie for the opening of the first act and just a few minutes at the end.

Finding Doug was the entire plot of the film when you get right down to it. The fact that they woke up with a tiger and nothing but questions as to what happened the night before was just the comedic sprinkling atop the ice cream sundae that was The Hangover.

Although some MacGuffins are right there in front of the viewer the whole time, Doug is a perfect example of a MacGuffin that rarely makes an appearance.[1]

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The Sunshine Hormone "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This book has made a positive contribution to my own health in the past few months. I hope the ideas presented of the human bodys needs for a more efficient level of nutritional intake will be widely read. The principles in this book have made a marked difference in my own health since March 2012.

On March 3,2012 I experienced excruciating pain and an ugly rash around the upper part of my body. This condition necessitated a quick trip to a hospital emergency room one evening. The condition was diagnosed as typical T-4 Shingles, Herpes Zoster, that often occurs as an aftermath of a long-forgotten childhood bout with Chicken Pox!

In that ER, I received prescriptions for an anti-bacterial cleanser for treating the rash, and a strong pain medication, as well as advice that maybe an anti-histamine would be helpful in coping with the painful rash. The pain medication had horrible side effects, and barely diminished the pain of the rash. The anti-histamine just made me sleepy, and did little else. I was reminded of something my mother once said after a long time of coping with various medical treatments:
She said: Now I understand why doctors call it practicing medicine, because they just keep on practicing, never really getting it just right.

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At the end of three months my symptoms had improved only slightly. The rash was healed, but there remained deep pain where the rash had appeared, and there was deep scarring from that rash. I was told by my doctor that I could not receive a vaccination against a future onset of Shingles as long as I experienced any symptoms of this attack. I also learned from my internet search that the pain could last the rest of my lifetime, because I am elderly. Very discouraging.

This information and continued pain caused me to explore the internet for more information. I found information about how to strentthen ones basic immune system, including data on which supplements to include to accomplish this. That is how I found this book, The Vitamin D Revolution. This information has been most valuable to me in overcoming the Shingles symptoms, and seems to have brought significant improvement in my arthritic feet as well! I now have very little pain. I am so grateful for the information in this book.

This book is well-written, easy to read, and worth the reading time, especially if one needs treatment that is more than just a prescription to allev...

A Fiendishly Tricky Math Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When faced with a complicated maths problem, many of us will instinctively get our calculators out.

But a new quiz will test your basic numeracy skills and youre only allowed a pen and pad of paper to assist you.

The tricky test, created by Playbuzz user Bruce Boyena, begins with relatively straightforward sums, before moving into fiendishly difficult territory. 

According to the quizs creator, only one in 10 people will be able to complete the test without using a calculator.

And youll need to remember how to do long division and multiplication in order to successfully complete the test.  

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So how many of the 12 questions below can you correctly answer? The solutions are in a table at the bottom.  

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Epic! Sean Hannity Zings MSNBC, Megyn Kelly in Opening Monologue (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Fox News Sean Hannity ripped the fake news media for their blackout on the Hillary-Uranium One scandal and he even zinged Megyn Kelly.

Conservative powerhouse Sean Hannity ripped the fake news media Wednesday evening.

The media has been wrong about the Trump-Russia collusioncompletely wrong for over a year, Hannity said.

Americas national security was sold out, he said, calling the deal one of the biggest scandals in American history involving another country.

People will need to go to jail, Hannity said.

Hannity went after left-wing crank Rachel Maddow for her round the clock fake news reporting on Trump-Russia while ignoring the Uranium One scandal. Maddow had Eric Holder on her show Monday night and she didnt ask him one question about the Uranium One scandal. He was the Attorney General at the time and one of the members who voted on the sale of Uranium to Russia.

He then took a swipe at Megyn Kelly asking, By the way are all of you people at NBC News proud? Lester Holt, Matt LauerMegyn Kelly? You proud of this?

ZING!

Video:

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Report: Las Vegas Shooting Witness Hero Jose Campos Fled to Mexico Immediately After Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If any more concerning information was needed to add fuel to growing skepticism of the official Mandalay Bay Massacre narrative the latest information is exponentially concerning. According to border crossing documents provided to Fox News Tucker Carlson, the Mandalay Bay Continue reading

04:01

Gregg Jarrett: Hillary Clinton Can Now Be Charged with 13 Crimes Somebodys Got to Go to Jail (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Gregg Jarrett: Somebodys Got to Go to Jail!

On Wednesday the Department of Justice lifted the gag order on a businessman informant to speak to Congress on the Clinton-Obama Uranium One scandal.

The secret informant came forward recently and claims he has devastating information on the Uranium One deal with Russia.

President Obama received information on Russias criminal plot to corner the market on uranium in his daily briefings.
Yet the Obama administration approved the sale of one-fifth of American uranium to the Russians anyway!

DC Attorney Victoria Toensings client is an American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness, according to John Solomon and Alison Spann at The Hill.

The Obama administration approved sale of uranium to the Russians knowing their criminal intentions.

On Wednesday night FOX News contributor and attorney Gregg Jarrett told Sean Hannity Hillary Clinton can be charged with at least 13 different crimes.
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Gregg Jarrett then added, Somebodys got to go to jail!

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03:55

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Panics Claims She Was Unaware DNC Funded Russia Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said via her spox on Wednesday evening that she was unaware of the Russian dossier funding following WaPos bombshell report.

As previously reported, the DNC responded to WaPos bombshell report claiming the DNC was involved in the funding of the debunked dossier through a spokesperson. It appeared that the DNC was throwing Wasserman Schultz under the bus in their response.

Tom Perez and the new leadership of the DNC were not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS, nor were they aware that Perkins Coie was working with the organization.

DNCs deputy chairman Keith Ellison also threw Wasserman Schultz under the bus by distancing himself from the old DNC leadership:

Tom and me, we werent even there at the time, Ellison told The Hill. I know as much about it as you guys who have reported it.

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz who is tangled up in the Imran Awan Pakistani IT staffer scandal denied having any knowledge of the DNCs involvement in the funding of the Russian dossier.

Via...

03:25

Video Report: Jesus Campos Went to Mexico After Las Vegas Shooting; Returned Days Later in Rental Car: Tucker Carlson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tucker Carlson dropped a bombshell report Wednesday night about the hero security guard in the Las Vegas mass-shooting on October 1 that killed 58 people and wounded over 500 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert attended by 22,000 fans that night. Jesus Campos, according to a Customs and Border Patrol log leaked to Fox News, entered the United States at the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego County seven days after the attack. It was not readily known when Campos left the U.S. for Mexico following the shooting. Carlson said the union representing Campos said they were aware of the trip and that it was pre-planned. Carlson said Campos crossed the same border post in January driving his own vehicle.

Carlson was shocked that authorities allowed the only eyewitness to the Manadalay Bay massacre to leave the country while it was still thought that the shooter Stephen Paddock may have had an accomplice and why it took a leak of a government document for the public to find out.

Carlson also wondered how a man who was supposedly shot in the leg by an AR-15 could drive 700 miles just days later, among many questions Carlson has about Mandalay Bay and why it is keeping such a tight grip on Campos.

Carlson also reported that Fox confirmed reports that Campos was not a licensed security guard. A representative for the Clarke County Sheriffs Office got angry and hung up on a Fox reporter who inquired about Campos and the requirements to be a security guard at Las Vegas hotels.

Carlson posed many questions about the shooting investigation that are as yet unanswered, saying the case is getting murkier by the day and that it is obvious that there is lying and incompetence at the heart of (the investigation.)

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03:21

Restaurant: Baseball Player Who Claimed He Was Refused Service After Taking Knee Is Lying "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You mean kneelers lie? Whod have thunk? Theyll do anything to push their agenda. Via Bleacher Report: After Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell said he was denied service at an Alabama restaurant, the waiter and manager claim what he said was not true. He is outright lying, waiter Matt Henry said, per Hollie McKay of []

03:10

President Trump Extensive Interview With Lou Dobbs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier tonight Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs aired an exclusive interview with President Trump.  The content of the interview is exceptionally broad and wide ranging on all the pertinent issues currently occupying headlines.  WATCH:

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Does Putin Have A Spy Inside Congress? Does Orange County Deserve This? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


That was some Daily Beast post yesterday about Comrade Rohrabacher! I wonder if it means he'll retire? It would even be funnier if California's jungle primary results in the progressive in the race, Laura Oatman having to face one of the New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, Harley Rouda or Hans Keirstead. Sam Stein's and Nico Hines' exclusive report doesn't beat around the bush, reporting that "House Republican leaders have taken the extraordinary step of curtailing... Rohrabachers ability to conduct official business out of fear that he is too compromised by his ties to Russia." Over the summer Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce, with an OK from Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, had "placed heightened restrictions on the trips abroad that he can take with committee money as well as the hearings he can hold through the subcommittee on Europe that he chairs."
When the California congressman made a trip this summer to see Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he had to do it on his own dime. A congressional source told The Daily Beast that Rohrabacher had requested committee funding for the trip but was denied. The congressmans staff confirmed that he ended up using his own money though said he had planned to as it was a side trip from his wedding anniversary celebration on the Iberian Peninsula. Still, they admitted he was facing new restrictions.

His committee travel and hearing requests were curtailed following news accounts of his outside-the-box interest in Russia, Rohrabachers communications director, Ken Grubbs confirmed to the Daily Beast.

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02:59

NYTs Assault on Press Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Exclusive: The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting Russian propaganda, explains Daniel Lazare. By Daniel

02:32

Iraqi Kurds Suffer Major Setback "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A political miscalculation by Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani staging an independence referendum that prompted fierce retaliation by Baghdad has set back hopes for a Kurdish state by decades, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Masoud Barzani was

02:31

VIDEO=> Hillary Claims The Republican Party is ImplodingMeanwhile the DNC is Broke and Just Got Hit With FEC Complaint "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Failed Democrat political hack Hillary Clinton said in an interview Wednesday that the Republican party is imploding and that it frightens her.

Meanwhile the DNC is on fire.

Hillary Clinton used Never Trumper RINO hacks Bob Corker and Jeff Flake as examples to claim there is turmoil in the Republican party.

She also accused the Republicans of being a far-right party captive to ideological, religious and commercial interests being at the mercy of financial backers.

Hillary Clinton could barely keep her eyes open as she gave a low energy interview and claimed the Republican party is imploding.

The Democrats have lost over 1,000 seats over the last several years thanks to Barack Obamas failed leadership.

The DNC is broke and got hit with an FEC complaint on Wednesday. But the Republicans are imploding.

As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, under the leadership of former Obama official Tom Perez, a new FEC report reveals the DNC finished the month of June $3.3 million in debt.

Theyre broke. Just like their policies.

An FEC complaint was filed Wednesday against the Clinton campaign and the DNC for violating campaign finance law because they failed to disclose payments for the Russian Dossier.

Meanwhile the Republicans are enjoying record breaking fund raising and they have held onto all Congressional seats that were up for special elections.

The RNC raised over $100 million during the first nine months of 2017, fueled by small-dollar donors at the center of a grassroots movement, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The Democrats are also now emb...

02:04

Las Vegas Shooters Laptop Hard Drive Missing, and Brother Arrested for Child Porn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Amid all the sketchiness of the Mandalay Bay Massacre, and the weird disappearance of anything related to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, a new report outlines that Stephen Paddocks hotel room laptop was missing the hard drive. Additionally, Continue reading

02:03

BREAKING: DOJ Authorizes FBI Informant to Speak to Congress on Alleged Clinton Uranium One Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

BREAKING-

GAG ORDER LIFTED-
Secret informant can speak to Congress!

 

The secret informant came forward recently and claims he has devastating information on the Uranium One deal with Russia

President Obama received information on Russias criminal plot to corner the market on uranium in his daily briefings.
Yet the Obama administration approved the sale of one-fifth of American uranium to the Russians anyway!

DC Attorney Victoria Toensings client is an American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness, according to John Solomon and Alison Spann at The Hill.

The man was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industrys efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions, his lawyer tells The Hill.

The Obama administration approved sale of uranium to the Russians knowing their criminal intentions!

Tonight the informant was granted permission to speak to Congress!

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In a statement, the department said it had authorized the informant to discuss the 2013 agreement known as Uranium One and related matters with the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

01:52

When Government Wanted To Prosecute Tribune Reporter For LeakBut Feared Public Just Wouldnt Get It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Newly published documents by the National Security Archive reveal why a grand jury refused to prosecute a Chicago Tribune reporter during World War II for a leak.

Correspondent Stanley Johnston was accused of revealing the United States cracked a Japanese code, which alerted the military to Japanese war plans before the Battle of Midway. A Tribune editor attributed the source of information to naval intelligence.

A prosecution was contemplated under the Espionage Act, but the government backed off because they feared what may happen if a trial publicized that the U.S. compromised the Japanese code.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama fought against a lawsuit filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It lost when a district court ruled in 2015 that disclosure would result in a more complete public record of this historic event and affirm the government is open, in all respects, to scrutiny by the people.

Yet, the government appealed, and it was not until September 2016, when the appeals court ruled against the governments claim that a federal court had no jurisdiction to order the release of transcripts, that an effort to keep 75 year-old documents secret came to an end.

During World War II, the U.S. military expected journalists accredited as war correspondents to submit stories prior to publication for censorshipor what the Pentagon may now refer to as prepublication review. Johnston was accredited by the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

In grand jury testimony from August 18, 1942, Johnston indicated that he knew he was to submit for the purpose of censorship all written or photographic material, either private correspondence, or anything for publication, released with the Navy or after my return. Letters or dispatches were even to be subjected to censorship like any person in the military forces.

Johnston, who was Australian but recently obtained U.S. citizenship, also testified, I have a son twenty years of age. The last word I had from my mother was that he had gone with the Australian Army to the war front. He is probably somewhere up there now where they are fighting.

If you think that I would do anything that would hurt the men in the United States Navy, or my son, there is nothing that I can do about it, Johnston added. If I am indicted in this case here, I know I havent done anythingthere has been no intent, and they tell me there has to be intent. And if there is anything I have done, and I am indicted on this, it will wreck me forever. I know that in court it will be...

01:41

Obama Admin and Democrats Created Fake Fusion Dossier and then Used It to Spy on President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

The major implication with Fusion GPSs fake dossier on President Trump is that it was created by Fusion GPS for the Democrats and the Hillary campaign and it is totally fake news and then the Obama Administration used it to spy on candidate Trump and President Trump knowing it was fake and created per their request in the first place.

When the Fusion GPS fake news dossier came out earlier this year a press conference was held and President Trump adamantly claimed that it was fake and phony.

President Trump claimed that the dossier was fake.  The mainstream media didnt give him the benefit of the doubt.  The MSM used the dossier to attack Trump.  Then deep state used the dossier to create the fake Russia investigation led by former Head of the FBI Robert Mueller.

President Trumps followers however gave the President the benefit of the doubt and it soon came out that the dossier was fake, it was debunked and other individuals who were slandered by Fusion came out and shared their stories.  Thor Halvorssen was an individual who was slandered by Fusion GPS.  He claimed

Fusion GPS has worked for so many criminal entities and actually they have paid off journalists.

Others have come out with similar stories.  Fusion GPS is nothing but a nasty and corrupt entity that creates outrageous claims against individuals they are paid to slander.

It only makes sense that the nasty and criminal Obama Administration and Clinton campaign would use Fusion to slander Trump.

Fusion, Obama, the Clintons and deep state are all the same corrupt and criminal snakes in a basket.

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01:40

Former Navy SEAL Cries As He Recounts Dog That Died On Search For Bergdahl "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Six men were also killed and several men injured during the various efforts to look for Bergdahl. Via Daily Caller: A former Navy SEAL cried as he described a military dog that died in the futile search for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during the deserters sentencing hearing. Not only did the dog die in the []

01:27

Generation Z Goes Wild President Trump Arrives in Dallas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump arrives in Dallas, Texas, to get a briefing on ongoing hurricane recovery efforts and attend two republican party functions.  After an initial greeting by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, POTUS Trump goes to meet the crowd. A very enthusiastic Continue reading

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War by Gaither Stewart "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Gaither Stewart Writer, Dandelion Salad Rome, Italy October 25, 2017 If you have you ever seen a monkey hanging from a tree by its tail and showing its red ass to onlookers, then you have seen the animal kingdoms representation of war. According to French playwright Jean Giraudoux, the pacifist and Lgion donore holder []

01:19

It Begins: UK Hate Crime Police Come to Bloggers Home to Arrest Him for Thought Crimes (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Big Brother Is Watching You.

UK hate crime police were sent to a bloggers home address to arrest him for thought crimes.

Peter Imanuelsen is a Swedish photographer, a YouTuber, and an online journalist reporting on news from inside Sweden.

Peter often tweets on Muslim and immigrant violence in Sweden.

The truth upsets elites in Sweden.

On Wednesday British police went to Peters familys home in Great Britain looking for Peter.

The hate crime police were sent to the home to arrest Peter for tweeting on Muslim violence.
This is happening now in the West.

Via Mike Cernovich:

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00:51

Ambassador Nikki Haley Evacuated From South Sudan Refugee Camp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was in South Sudan to convey the message the U.S. was unhappy with Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the ongoing civil war. JUBA, South Sudan (AP) The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Continue reading

00:38

Democrats Russia Narrative Spiraling Out Of Control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Caller: Democrat politicians and pundits are quickly losing control of the story surrounding Russian influence efforts within the United States. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias hired Fusion GPS on behalf of Hillary Clintons campaign and the Democratic National Committee. New York Times reporter Ken Vogel said Tuesday []

00:34

The Dems Must Stand Up for Working People, Not Wall Street "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Halloween is coming and fear-mongering seems to be the order of the day not just on the part of Republicans, but apparently no less so on the part of centrist and conservative Democrats who are expressing growing anxiety about offending big donors who see politics not as the pursuit of justice but as the pursuit of their interests.

Douglas Schoen, said to have been Bill Clintons favorite pollster during his presidency, has taken to the op-ed page of The New York Times to warn center-right party members and friends that all Hell will break loose if the Democrats embrace a platform promising wealth redistribution through higher taxes and Medicare for all and utilizing democracy to challenge the power of money. Dont be bewitched by the fantasies of folks such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Schoen counsels, for if you do, the American financial elite will not keep the partys coffers full. Indeed, he argues, Democrats should strengthen their ties to Wall Street, for America is a center-right, pro-capitalist nation.

Yes, memories are short indeed, but they are made even shorter by the likes of Schoen. The horrors he prophesies make it clear that he does not want us to remember. He wants us to forget, and therefore to tame our aspirations for social democracy and an economy that serves everyday people instead of the one percent.

Schoen would have us forget how Democrats once upon a time won national and state elections not by deferring to the demands of corporations but by challenging the power of predatory money, enhancing the rights and benefits of working people and directly addressing inequality and poverty.

Schoen wants us to forget that Hillary Clinton lost the Upper Midwest not because of her supposed lurch to the left, but because many working people could not erase from their minds her lavishly paid Wall Street engagements and her adamant refusal to release the transcripts of those flattering speeches to the bankers. To many a Rust Belt voter she was the Goldman Sachs candidate, something Schoen would consign to the memory hole.

Moreover, he wants us to forget that she likely...

00:16

BREAKING: FEC Complaint Filed Against Clinton Campaign, DNC For Hiding Russian Dossier Payment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

 As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

An FEC complaint was filed Wednesday against the Clinton campaign and the DNC for violating campaign finance law because they failed to disclose payments for the Russian Dossier.

Via The Campaign Legal Center:

Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clintons 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively...

00:09

THE GOP CONGRESS'S VERSION OF "SHOOT SOMEBODY ON FIFTH AVENUE" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Congressional Republicans apparently believe that they'll do well in the 2018 midterms if they pass legislation voters hate, a strategy Jonathan Chait thinks is insane:

Republicans have been chanting relentlessly for months that they must pass a tax reform or else lose their majority. The Republican tax plan is, in fact, comprehensively unpopular. Only 28 percent of the public supports it....

Yet somehow Republicans have convinced themselves that their popularity depends upon passing this unpopular plan that would carry out unpopular goals....

Paul Ryan is promising to oppose a bipartisan plan to make insurance payments that are needed to hold down premiums. They will therefore cause insurance premiums to rise dramatically and immediately for several million customers. The public overwhelmingly wants Republicans to make Obamacare work rather than scuttle it, but Republicans instead appear fixated on the prospect that voters will punish them for violating their promise to repeal the law.

Last nights vote to prevent suing fraudulent banks seems almost designed to seed Democratic campaign ads.... Banks mislead their customers with jacked-up rates or hidden fees in the tiny print. They also insert into the tiny print a clause denying customers the right to sue for fraud, forcing them instead into arbitration that limits their ability to recover damages. Almost every Republicans in both chambers voted to overturn a rule preventing this.
It's clear why Republicans want to pass these bills -- they worship the rich and want to hand them as much money as possible, while also cutting regulations that affect the rich. In return, they hope the rich won't be as stingy with campaign contributions as they've been lately.

You might imagine that the extra plutocrat cash on hand won't be enough to offset the disillusionment of voters who'll hate these bills. Congressional Republicans appear not to be worried -- and I fear they may be right.

They think the majority of white voters will turn out for them no matter what they do, as long as they do something consistent with their liberal-bashing, anti-tax, anti-b...

00:03

After Winning the Election Do We Govern the Place or Transform It? Kali Akuno on the Lessons of Jackson MS So Far "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After Winning the Election Do We Govern the Place or Transform It? Kali Akuno on the Lessons of Jackson MS So Far

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Kali Akuno delivered these remarks at the Movement School for Revolutionaries, which was hosted by Cooperation Jackson in Jackson Mississippi on October 21, 2017.

Among much else, Akuno summarizes the long history of struggle, including electoral struggle to which Jackson MS and Cooperation Jackson are heirs. He outlines the factors behind Cooperation Jackson's break with City Hall in Jackson and with the Democratic party. He examines the problems encountered by left movements which win elections in this neoliberal era -- can the limited powers of local government be harnessed to transform the economy and peoples lives, or are local officials merely rubber stamps and friendly faces for the forces of austerity, perpetual war and privatization. Akuno also touches upon the connection between local and global politics, and frankly assesses the prospects of human, economic and social transformation from the front lines of Jackson Mississippi.

00:02

Ambassador Nikki Haley Evacuated From South Sudan UN Refugee Camp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The U.S. tried nation-building in the area starting in the Obama administration but its not working out like they thought. Via TOI: The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a UN camp for displaced people in South Sudan on Wednesday because of unrest at a demonstration against President Salva Kiir, []

00:00

Kneeler League Update=> TV Execs Look to Cut Thursday Night NFL Games Amid Ratings Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

TV executives are looking to cut back the number of NFL games amid ratings disaster.

They think the reason Americans are watching less games is because of an over saturation of games.
Seriously?


Gee, what else could have caused this ratings collapse?

Could it be the players sitting, kneeling or stretching during the National Anthem?

Breitbart.com reported:

The idea to trim Thursday Night Football from 18 games a season to only eight was first reported by Sports Business Journal and was part of a plan to reverse the ratings crash that also includes pulling games played in the U.K. back to 1 PM eastern time (6PM London time).

Indeed the amount of football on TV has exploded in the last decade.

Ten years ago, the NFL had 32 game windows through week six, SBJ reported. This year, it is up to 39, a 22 percent increase. Its even more crowded in college, where the 2007 windows to this point added up to 105. This year, its at 179, up a whopping 71 percent.

Mike Mulvihill, a Fox Sports vice president, told SBJ that the problem isnt that there is too much NFL on TV, but that there is too much football all the way around including college.

The rise in football availability is pretty dramatic, Mulvihill said. This is what drives fragmentation in every area of television. You can argue whether theres greater or lesser interest in the game of football than there was ten years ago. But clearly, whatever that interest is, its being spread out over quite a few more windows than it was ten years ago.

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23:52

Tick Tock Sean Hannity Warns of Imminent Bombshell Story **Updated** "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Fox News Sean Hannity hinted that another bombshell story is on the horizon from his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Hannity tweeted, Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock.

On October 16th, Hannity tweeted out his famous tick tock tomorrow warning.

The very next day John Solomon of The Hill and Sara Carter of Circa News published devastating reports about the FBIs involvement in the Uranium One scandal.

Sara Carter and John Solomon both appeared on Hannitys show and hinted that there is much much more coming out about the Hillary-Uranium One scandal.

On Monday John Solomon from Circa News told Sean Hannity the FBI has emails, audio and video tapes by a US agent of Russian efforts to win favor with the Clintons in the Uranium One scandal.

Washington DC Lawyer Victoria Toensing Dropped This Bomb on Hannity Tuesday night

President Obama received information on Russias criminal plot to corner the market on uranium in his daily briefings.
Yet the Obama administration approved the sale of one-fifth of American uranium to the Russians anyway!

The Gateway Pundit will update on this bombshell story as information becomes available.

...

23:30

Corey Feldman Calls For Support In Bringing Down Hollywood Pedophilia Ring "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Corey Feldman called for support in bringing down what he alleges is a pedophilia ring operating in Hollywood. Feldman described being arrested, a "near death experience," bandmates quitting and his life becoming "utter chaos" in the days since he implied that he would name individuals who had sexually abused him as a child.

23:22

Poll: Majority Of NJ Voters Dont Believe Menendez Should Be Reelected "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

But he will be. Via The Hill: A majority of New Jersey voters do not think Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) should be re-elected to his seat in the upper chamber amid the senators ongoing corruption trial. According to a Quinnipiac University Poll of New Jersey voters released Wednesday, 59 percent said Menendez does not deserve []

23:11

Fake News Alert: Media Conglomerates Convince FCC That Facebook Can Replace Local News Stations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a ruling seen as a major win for the largest media conglomerates in the country, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Main Studio Rule, a 77-year-old regulation that required local television and radio broadcasters to maintain physical studios in the communities they serve.

The Tuesday vote, along party lines, with Republican commissioners supporting repeal, clears the way for major media companies to continue buying up local stations and eliminating positions for journalists, while centralizing programming decisions.

One of the primary arguments made by media companies petitioning the FCC for the repeal was that social media renders local stations an anachronistic requirement of the past.

The National Association of Broadcasters, the trade group for major broadcasting companies, argued that local studios are no longer necessary because stations today are active on multiple social media platforms that allow them to interact with their audience.

Nexstar Media Group, a conglomerate that owns 170 stations, including KRON-TV in San Francisco and the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, told the agency that consumers prefer to interact with their stations through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Trinity Broadcasting and McCarthy Radio Enterprises made similar arguments in the filings, claiming that social media sites such as Facebook can replace the interactions with the local community that physical studios once provided.

Univision, in its filing, noted that Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. are better platforms for facilitating continuous community-station discourse, rather than hosting multiple personnel at physical locations.

One of the most brazen arguments came from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, a group long viewed as a front for industry.

In its filing in support of repeal, MMTC celebrated further media consolidation, claiming that streamlining labor, rent,...

23:11

Fight the Power! (Company): Leftist Trump-Hating San Juan Mayor Cruz Now Waging War on Whitefish Energy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trump-hating San Juan, Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz is now fighting online with Whitefish Energy, a small power company contracted to help oversee reconstruction of the electric grid in Puerto Rico that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Cruz has gone on Twitter tirade against the company with dozens of tweets, replies and retweets in just a few hours after the company stood up to her attacks.

Mayor Cruz, in an interview with Yahoo News published Wednesday, called for Whitefishs contract to be cancelled. Cruz then carried her fight with Whitefish to Twitter.

A $300 million contract to fix Puerto Ricos hurricane-damaged power grid that was given to a tiny Montana company should be voided, said San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who said the process of awarding the no-bid contract raised ethical and legal questions. In an interview with Yahoo News on Tuesday evening, Cruz described the contract as alarming.

As of Wednesday morning, 75 percent of Puerto Rico does not have power as a result of damage from Hurricane Maria. The storm hit the island, which is a U.S. territory, on Sept. 20.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed the contract with Montanas Whitefish Energy last month. At the time, the firm had just two full-time employees. The contract was awarded without a competitive bidding process. Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Ricos largest city, described the Montana company as inadequate and said there appears to be a lack of due diligence behind the contract.

The contract should be voided right away, and a proper process which is clear, transparent, legal, moral and ethical should take place, Cruz said.

It seems like what the Puerto Rican people are going to be paying for, or the American people are going to be paying for, is an intermediary that doesnt know what is at stake here and that really has to subcontract everything, she said of Whitefish. What we need is somebody that can get the job done and that has the expertise to get the job done.

Mayor Cruz also attacked President Trump in the interview.

I want to make sure that people understand that we know the difference between President Trump and the good-hearted people and the good-natured people of the United States. We know theyre not one and the same, said Cruz.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York City Democrat who was the first Puerto Rican-born woman elected to Congress, has said she believes the islands residents are being treated differently from other U.S. citizens because they are predominantly Latino. C...

23:06

In Rare Public Appearance, Steve Bannon Bashes Qatar and Praises Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon made a rare public appearance Monday at the Hudson Institute, a neoconservative Washington think tank. Bannon, who recently returned to his position as chair of the far-right website Breitbart, defended President Donald Trumps Middle East policies, arguing the administrations engagement with the Muslim world has been successful.

Whats been accomplished in a very short period of time to me is amazing, said Bannon.

Bannon was especially proud of Trumps summit in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh last May, where the president joined Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman in placing their hands on a white glowing orb to commemorate the opening of a new counterterror center. Bannon said the meeting sparked tectonic plate shifts throughout the Middle East. I dont think hes got the credit for the summit, Bannon said of Trump. It was important for the Muslim world. It was important for the Arab world. It was important to show that the United States is fully engaged.

Bannon pointed out that in the weeks after the summit, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates escalated their feud with Qatar. The conference served as a staging ground for a major offensive in the public relations campaign against Qatar, part of a long-simmering feud between the tiny Gulf Sheikdom and other U.S. allies on the Arabian Peninsula. And Bannon, who has financial ties to the UAE, was wading in.

The single most important thing thats happening in the world is the situation in Qatar, Bannon said. Qatar finally had to be called to account for the continual funding for the Muslim Brotherhood, continual funding for Hamas.

The former top White House adviser also pointed to the change in the Saudi monarchys line of succession to appoint Mohammed Bin Salman, the kings hawkish son, as an heir. The change sparked a crackdown in Saudi Arabia, with the government rounding up and detaining prominent clerics, regime critics, activists, and a journalist, according to the New York Times. Bannon appeared to approve of the crackdown.

If you look at Saudi Arabia, theyve had a pretty big fundamental change since the summit, he said. The deputy crown prince is now the crown prince. I think it was two weeks ago or three weeks ago, there were 1,000 clerics rounded up or put under house arrest or whatever. I realize that the opposition party in the New York Times refer to most of them as liberal scholars.

The fact Ban...

23:01

Iran Paving Way To Abandon Nuclear Deal, Accuses U.S. Of 18 Violations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trying to beat us to the punch. Via FreeBeacon: Iran has taken steps in recent days to file what it claims are 18 instances in which America violated the landmark nuclear agreement, a move that could set the stage for Tehran to abandon the deal and lay blame on the Trump administration, according to regional []

23:00

National Punch-Line Chris Christie Is Unlikely To Solve The Opioid Crisis Sweeping America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Last week was the final gubernatorial debate between the Wall Street Democrat Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Her main message is always the same: "I'm not Chris Christie." A few days earlier, one of the tightest state Senate races in the state, pitting incumbent Linda Greentein against Republican Ileana Schimer, seems like a match between two candidates wanting to be seen as the most virulently anti-Christie. In fact, Schirmer has been attacking Greenstein for voting 98% of the time with the Republican governor! She says she's "embarrassed and disappointed to have a governor who has thrown New Jersey under the bus because he didnt get what he wanted, which is to be president."
Its probably not the way Christie envisioned leaving office. Once a rising Republican star being urged nationwide to run for president, Christie has fallen to historic lows in the polls after a series of credit-rating downgrades, Bridgegate, and his long absences from the state as he pursued the White House in 2015. Hes also become a boogeyman in this years gubernatorial race between Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy. Pollsters say the biggest piece of baggage for Guadagno, Christies lieutant governor, is her unpopular boss, and she has been distancing herself from his record all year. Murphys campaign in many ways is a long-form repudiation of the Christie years.
Greenstein is a worthless machine hack controlled by Steve Sweeney and the most hilarious thing is when she shows people an old 2013 TV ad for her last GOP opponent, Peter Inverso where Christie says "Despite what Linda Greenstein says, she is a partisan politician who has opposed my efforts at every turn."

...

22:37

No, The Russian Dossier Did Not Begin With GOP it Began With Clinton, The DNC and the FBI "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is a tremendous amount of obfuscation coming from democrats after the revelation that Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid Fusion GPS to contract Christoper Steele to create the now infamous Dossier.  One of the most significant falsehoods is that Continue reading

22:32

Dems Called Don Jr.s Meeting With Russian Lawyer Treason But Say Hillary Funding Russia Dossier Standard Oppo Research "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Donald Trump Jr. took quite a beating from the fake news media after it was revealed he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June of 2016.

The media hysterics called for Don Jr.s head on a pike. Many in the media accused him of treason and said he would end up in jail.

After Wapo dropped a bombshell revealing it was indeed Hillarys camp that paid for the Russian dossier, the media is in spin mode doing their best to downplay yet ANOTHER Clinton scandal. Media sycophants are brushing off this story and calling it standard oppo research.

As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, Hillarys former VP running mate Tim Kaine said the meeting could constitute treason. Senator Blumenthal also accused Don Jr. of treason.

Yes, this is the same Tim Kaine who spoke at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect.

To meet with an adversary to try to get information to hijack democracy, the investigation is now more than just an obstruction of justice investigation, more than just a perjury investigation, its a treason investigation, Kaine said.

Here are some of the other hysterics in the media accusing Don Jr. of treason as reported by Grabien News:

CNNs Bakari Sellers said Democrats ought to make a bigger deal over Trump Jr.s meeting, as what he did was a threat to our democracy and borderline treason.

Attorney and former White House ethics czar, Richard Painter, became a fixture on the TV circuit, where he said the meeting could constitute treason.

The facts reported in The New York Times article come very close if not is crossing the line with respect to treason if those facts are true, Painter said on MSNBC.

The former Watergate prosecutor, Nick Ackerman, likewise became a cable TV fixture, where he at one point said Trump Jr.s meeting was outright treason.

Stephen Colbert summed up the hopes of many when he concluded that Trump Jr. was going t...

22:22

Pennsylvania Finds 544 Potential Illegal Ballots Since 2000 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via AP: Pennsylvania election officials say noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years in the state. Department of State official Jonathan Marks told the state House State Government Committee on Wednesday that the agency conducted an analysis covering 35 primary and general []

22:05

GOP Lawmaker: Crooked Comey Needs to Be Investigated for Role in Fake Trump Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

According to the Washington Post, the FBI, under James Comeys direction, agreed to pay the British Spy who compiled the garbage dossier after the election to continue to dig up dirt on Trump and Russia.

Today on Breitbart News Daily Republican lawmaker Ron DeSantis told host Raheem Kassam that James Comey needs to be investigated for his role in the fake Trump dossier.

Breitbart.com reported:

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Wednesday to discuss developments regarding the infamous Russian dossier, the House of Representatives set to vote Thursday on a Senate-passed budget, and moving forward on tax reform.

Regarding the dossier, DeSantis pointed to the media hypocrisy as to how the issue was reported prior to the discovery that Democrats were behind it versus now.

Also, DeSantis said, I think now the question with the dossier is we know the funding, we know the democrats are knee deep in it, but what was the FBIs role in this?

Yesterday, we announced two major investigations, he continued, one into the Uranium One/Clinton Cash and that got most of the media but we also announced on the Judiciary and Oversight committees investigations into Comeys handling of some of these cases, particularly the Clinton case.

I think this dossier and his role in it, meaning Comey, is going to be a major issue that Congress is going to have to investigate, said DeSantis.

The post...

22:02

Tom Hanks: There Were People Who Knew Exactly What Was Going On With Weinstein "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Let me guess, but he wasnt one of them? Via Daily Caller: Like many people across Hollywood, Tom Hanks heard of Harvey Weinsteins shenanigans with women, but hes confident that there are some who knew a lot more than he did. Hanks addressed the Weinstein allegations several weeks ago, but suggested in a recent interview []

21:46

This is America? Government-appointed guardians can sell assets of elderly without their consent "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Did you know that there are government-appointed court guardians who can deem senior Americans incompetent, and on that basis, are authorized to manage their assets including selling their homes and valuables and to choose where they live, whom Continue reading

21:41

Trump Haters Plan To Scream Into The Sky On Election Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Well, that will give us something to laugh at. Liberal screams on a loop. Via Daily Caller: In the latest attempt at resistance, never-Trumpers, and anybody with the thin skin of a baby plan to scream helplessly at the sky to commemorate Trumps election victory anniversary. The event is set to take place across the []

21:23

Comey FBI Agreed to Pay Garbage Dossier Author After the Election to Dig Up Dirt on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

According to the Washington Post, the FBI agreed to pay the British Spy who compiled the garbage dossier after the election to continue to dig up dirt on Trump and Russia.

The FBI pulled out of this arrangement once the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele was publicly identified in media reports.

Although this isnt new information, in light of the bombshell report that Hillarys camp paid for the dossier, its important to note that taxpayers were actually paying the dossier author as well.

Thats right. The FBI arranged to pay Hillarys oppo researchers.

Via WaPo:

Some of Steeles allegations began circulating in Washington in the summer of 2016 as the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into possible connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin. Around that time, Steele shared some of his findings with the FBI.

After the election, the FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence about Trump and Russia, but the bureau pulled out of the arrangement after Steele was publicly identified in news reports.

As previously...

21:21

Spain Prepares For Violent Take Over Of Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tensions between Spain and Catalonia are on the verge of a breaking point which cannot have a positive outcome for Spain, Catalans or the EU's reputation. Spain plans to enforce Direct Rule over Catalan, beginning this Friday, while Catalonia's Vice President has stated there is no choice but independence for Catalonia.

21:14

Why Cities Should Forget About Hosting Amazon HQ2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Politicians here in New York and across the country have been falling all over themselves to host Amazons second North American headquarters HQ2. Last week, dozens of municipalities submitted bids to the company, hoping to lure the online retail giant to their respective cities.

In this episode of Indystructible, we hear from Jeff Reifman, a tech blogger, former Microsoft employee and a longtime resident of Seattle who says cities should think twice about welcoming Amazon. Our conversation touched on the companys impact on Jeffs hometown, gentrification and the class politics of the tech industry in general.

Indystructible is available on iTunes. Subscribe for free today! If you like what you hear, please rate us. Ratings help other iTunes users find our podcast easier. Thanks!

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Photo: An Amazon fulfillement center in Fife, Scotland. Credit: Chris Watt/Government of Scotland. 

21:01

Kelloggs Replacing Racially Insensitive Cereal Box Art After Complaints "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Groan. Via USA Today: Kelloggs will be remaking Corn Pops cereal boxes after a complaint about racially insensitive art on the packaging. The Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal and snack maker said on Twitter Wednesday it will replace the art, which showed cartoon corn pops populating a retail mall. Some pops were shown shopping as others []

20:55

Secret 1984 Surveillance Memo to Remain Secret "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Tim Ryan, Courthouse News Service

 

WASHINGTON (CN) A federal judge backed the government on its withholding of a 1984 memo that purportedly details the constitutionality of a National Security Agency surveillance program.

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Charlie Savage brought the underlying complaint in Washington after filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the Office of Legal Counsel in October 2016.

 

The request, which the office did not answer within statutory deadlines, sought a memo by former Assistant Attorney General Theodore Olson on the constitutionality of conducting surveillance not mentioned in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

 

Though the Office of Legal Counsel later admitted to having found two responsive documents, it told the court that a law akin to attorney-client privilege exempted them from production.

 

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper agreed with this justification on Friday, comparing Olsons memo advising the attorney general to an attorney at a law firm lending help to a colleague.

 

This is a quintessential example of the sort of document that falls within the attorney-client privilege: advice from an attorney (the head of OLC) to his client (the attorney general and, subsequently, the NSA) concerning the legal aspects of the clients contemplated actions and based on confidential information from the client concerning those contemplated actions, the 13-page opinion (pdf) states (parentheses in original).

 

The Times argued the NSA was not Olsons client, but rather a third party the attorney general represented. As a result, the paper argued the memo did not contain confidential information covered under the attorney-client privilege.

 

But Cooper said this reasoning would undermine the purposes of the attorney-client privilege, suggesting agencies would be less likely to seek legal advice knowing it might one day become public.

 

Without a guarantee of confidentiality, executive branch agencies, like all legal clients, would hesitate to share private details about planned agency actions with the attorney general when seeking legal advice, Cooper wrote. And without such confidentiality, executive branch...

20:52

CALLUM BORCHERS HAS NO IDEA HOW RIGHT-WINGERS THINK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Under the headline "Flake and Corker Feel Liberated to Speak Their Minds. That Should Terrify Trump," Callum Borchers of The Washington Post writes this about President Trump and Senator Jeff Flake:

As one of the most authentically conservative members of Congress, Flake has a level of moral authority rivaled by few others. He is the rightful ideological heir to Barry Goldwater, whose namesake institute Flake led before being elected to the House in 2000.

There is a very clear contrast between the president and the senator: Trump was a registered Democrat as recently as 2009. While he was defending partial-birth abortion, supporting an assault-weapons ban and filling Nancy Pelosis campaign coffers, Flake was proving his conservative bona fides by leading the charge to kill earmarks, voting against Medicare Part D despite arm-twisting from George W. Bush himself and speaking out against deficit spending by his own party. House GOP leaders even removed Flake from a choice slot on the House Judiciary Committee in 2007 as retaliation for his criticism.

This part of his background makes it hard for anyone to credibly argue that Flake speaking out against Trump is anything but principled.
None of this impresses right-wingers. They don't care about what you did for conservatism five years ago. They care about how many liberals you made cry today. And on that score, Trump is the truer conservative by far. Flake is the worst imaginable RINO.

If you upset liberals, right-wingers don't care about your party affiliation. Some of their favorite commentators -- Tammy Bruce, Camille Paglia, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, Harlan Hill -- still claim to be Democrats, or were Democrats for years. Every right-winger's favorite past president,...

20:50

Chief of Protocol: Who Is Sean Lawler? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sean P. Lawler, a former master chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, was announced September 15, 2017, as the nominee to lead the Office of the Chief of Protocol in the State Department. The office arranges detailed itineraries for foreign dignitaries visiting the United States and accompanies the president on official travels abroad. It also plans and executes diplomatic ceremonies and dinners, oversees the accreditation of foreign ambassadors and manages Blair House, the presidents guest residence for visiting foreign leaders.

 

Lawler is a 20-year Navy veteran, serving as a yeoman. Moving into the world of diplomacy from that role isnt as unlikely as it might seem. From 1998 to 2000, Lawler was flag writer to the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe. Flag writers travel with their boss, usually an admiral; manage senior office personnel; draft personal and professional correspondence; manage social, protocol, honors and ceremonies; prepare and carry out travel orders; and prepare personnel reports and evaluations. Lawler assumed a similar role in 2000 for the commander of the Abraham Lincoln strike group, which was deployed as part of President George W. Bushs War on Terror, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Bushs invasion and occupation of Iraq. Earlier, he also served in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

 

Lawler moved on in 2002 to be executive assistant to the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In 2005, he was transferred to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as leading chief petty officer in the Administrative Department and the ships secretary. Lawler then took over as director of administration of Naval Support Facility Thurmont, better known as Camp David.

 

After leaving the Navy, he worked as chief of the Office of Visits and Protocol in the U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland; and then as director for visits, planning and diplomatic affairs for the National Security Council.

 

Lawler has a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland University College.

-Steve Straehley

 

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20:40

New Republic Editor Admits Offenses Against Female Colleagues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via NY Times: Leon Wieseltier, a prominent editor at The New Republic for three decades who was preparing to unveil a new magazine next week, apologized on Tuesday for offenses against some of my colleagues in the past after several women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate advances. As those allegations came to light, []

20:27

Trump Hints He Knows GOP Donor Behind Dossier, I Have One NameIt Will Probably Be Revealed (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

 As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

According to reports, a GOP donor originally funded the oppo research during the primaries. Via WaPo:

Fusion GPSs work researching Trump began during the Republican presidential primaries, when the GOP donor paid for the firm to investigate the real estate magnates background.

Fusion GPS did not start off looking at Trumps Russia ties but quickly realized that those relationships were extensive, according to the people familiar with the matter.

When the Republican donor stopped paying for the research, Elias, acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, agreed to pay for the work to continue. The Democrats paid for research, including by Fusion GPS, because of concerns that little was known about Trump and his business interests, according to the people familiar with the matter.

On Wednesday President Trump taunted Hillary Clinton and the Democrats by saying the Russia hoax has turned around.

This is the boomerang effect Sean Hannity has been talking about and its glorious to watch.

Trump also teased the press and hinted that he has one name in mind in who the Republican funder of the dossier was during the primaries. When press......

20:21

Las Vegas Shooters Laptop Missing Its Hard Drive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wonder why. Via ABC News: A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned. Interested in []

20:20

President Trump Impromptu Presser En Route To Dallas Texas (video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump holds an impromptu press conference with the WH pool as he departs the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Dallas, TX. President Trump addresses the fake Russia dossier created by Hillary and the Democrats, Continue reading

20:08

How Democratic Socialists Convinced a Congressman to Sign Onto Single-Payer Health Care Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers has been introducing his single payer health care bill for decades. But in the explosion of activism following the Bernie Sanders campaign and the pushback against GOP efforts to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, his bill HR 676 has suddenly become

20:00

Controversial Data Firm Asked Julian Assange For Hillary Clintons Emails "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Beast: Alexander Nix, who heads a controversial data analytics firm that worked for President Donald Trumps campaign, wrote in an email last year that he reached out to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about Hillary Clintons missing 33,000 emails. Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange []

19:55

Senate Environment Committee Approves Toxic EPA Nominee in Party-Line Vote "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Powerless Democrats watched in anger as their Republican colleagues in the Senate voted along party lines to advance Michael Doursons nomination to become an assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency today.

Weve done the wrong thing, said Sen. Thomas Carper, the ranking Democrat on the Senates Committee on Environment and Public Works, after his colleagues voted to pass Doursons nomination to the full Senate. I have never been this troubled on this committee, or any committee, in 17 years.

Dourson a massively conflicted scientist known within industry for his ability to come up with standards companies liked, create science to justify them, and then sell the package to the EPA is one step closer to assuming his role overseeing chemical safety in the United States. His actual tenure at the EPA seems to have already begun, since he was quietly appointed as an adviser to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt despite not having approval a move that may have violated the law.

Democratic members, many of whom were granted time to speak only after the actual vote, said that the vote to advance Doursons appointment had obliterated what little bipartisanship remained on their committee, which was responsible for overhauling the law governing chemical safety last year.

We just worked together in bipartisan fashion to do something about toxic chemicals, said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. Todays vote breaches the faith of that result.

If approved by the full Senate, Dourson will oversee the implementation of the updated law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, though he has been paid by manufacturers and other interested parties to work on 20 of the chemicals that may come before him as part of its implementation. When asked during his confirmation hearing whether he would recuse himself from making decisions about these chemicals earlier this month, Dourson refused.

The Senate also voted to confirm attorney William Wehrum to lead EPAs Office of Air and Radiation. Wehrum has represented dozens of industry groups and corporations, including the American Petroleum Institute and Kinder Morgan, in fights against clean air and other health protections. Both controversial nominees squeaked through the Senate committee w...

19:41

Trump Admin To Challenge Newest Block To Immigration Ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Washington Examiner: The Justice Department challenged a federal judges decision to block President Trumps newest travel ban effort and urged the courts to hear its case in an expedited fashion. The Justice Department Tuesday asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision by a federal judge in Maryland to block Trumps []

19:32

BOOM! President Trump: Uranium One Scandal is Watergate Modern Age (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump: Uranium One Scandal is Watergate Modern Age

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

On Wednesday President Trump responded to the stunning news that Democrats and the Hillary Campaign were funding the controversial dossier.

Trump told reporters, I think the uranium sale to RussiaI actually think thats Watergate, modern age.

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19:30

Michael Moores Broadway show closes, fails to impress at the box office "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. From Fox News: Michael Moores politically-charged Broadway show failed to bring in the big bucks at the box office. Moores The Terms of My Surrender brought in $4.2 million during its 13-week run, according to BroadwayWorld.com, but the site reports Continue reading

19:23

Season 4 of Netflixs BoJack Horseman: Social and individual psychology "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Josh Varlin
25 October 2017

Netflix released season 4 of its original series BoJack Horseman onSeptember 8, continuing the sometimes comic, often tragic saga of eponymous character BoJack Horseman, a washed-up actor struggling with mental illness, the remnants of his receding fame and his self-destructive behavior.

The shows animation is colorful and attractive, in some ways contrasting with the often devastating content. The jokes are usually clever, and the numerous sight gags are one of the shows subtle strengths.

Beatrice, Hollyhock and Bojack in Bojack Horseman

Season 4 picks up where season 3 left off: BoJack, having nearly committed suicide after finding out he wasnt nominate...

19:20

Trigger Warning Queer And Trans Gun Clubs Members Take Up Arms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This LGBTQ gun club says its taking up arms in the name of self protection from the far right.https://t.co/wFuJP9NtCM pic.twitter.com/e1BRHuZ8WF Circa (@Circa) October 24, 2017 Pro tip for the LGBTQ: Pointy end in first when chambering a round. Via Circa: Gun clubs are commonly associated with conservative groups, but a members of a new []

19:18

UPDATE: The FEC Dropped My Complaint "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


You may remember that last year DWT formally complained to the FEC and the Office of Congressional Ethics about a crooked Patrick Murphy contributor named Nicholas Mastroianni II. In June of 2016 I wrote about the complaint and published the official complaint here. As I wrote at the time, our complaints centered on how Mastroianni was paying Murphy off for his help in corruptly using the EB-5 visa program that Murphy has pushing in Congress. Basically, we were quite certain that Mastroianni had orchestrated a scheme to funnel more than $100,000 into Murphys political campaign efforts by using shell companies and straw entities to hide the source of the money, which appears to be coming from Chinese nationals participating in Mastroiannis EB-5 visa-for-sale program. Shell companies were already being broadly scrutinized for being possible illegal donor entities under the law. But more importantly in this case, Chinese nationals cannot legally make contributions in federal races. We complain about the help the Russians gave Republican Donald Trump... but what about this Chinese cash being funneled into Democrat (barely) Patrick Murphy?

In return for these donations to his campaign and his Super PAC, Murphy co-sponsored legislation for Mastroiannis benefit. Namely, Murphy used his elected office to try to expand the EB-5 program and make it permanent. In return, Mastroianni has used LLCs, businesses, family and associates to move money to Murphy, his EB-5 go-to boy.

This week we finally heard back from the FEC-- like 36 pages of legalese claptrap. I finally got an attorney to help me put it in English. So again, Mastroianni had been taking in foreign partners in the EB-5 program, and buying real estate. In one case, the real estate partnership...

19:15

WOW! Islamic Terrorist Behind Miami Bomb Plot Is Honduran and Deranged Anti-Trumper (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Vicente Solano is an immigrant from Honduras who lives in Miami.
Solano recently converted to Islam.

On Friday he was arrested for attempting to blow up the local Dolphin Mall.

The ISIS- inspired Islamist is a Honduran citizen and crazed Trump-basher.

Solano made pro-Islamic State videos and was a huge Trump-basher like Jeff Flake.

Police released details on Solanos motives this week and it appears the Honduran is a typical unhinged Trump basher.

7 News Miami reported:

As for his motive, the FBI reports Solano expressed anger over foreign and domestic policies that made him feel excluded because of his temporary immigration status.

The FBI cites a recording they said was created by Solano wearing all black and standing by an ISIS flag, in which he said, The racist president who is a supremacist white, who does not like Blacks, does not like the Chinese, he does not like the Muslims, he doesnt like the Hispanics. He does not like anybody. They are indeed murderers, genocidists, invaders of this country who came to this country to kill all of the Indians. They abolished them, and now theyre telling us to get out of here. They are the ones who have to leave. (Expletive) that. In the name of Allah and our leader, Abu, we are going to defeat you.

Sounds like typical far left drivel pushed by the far left mainstream media.

The post WOW! Islamic Terrorist Behind Miami Bomb Plot...

19:12

Slain US special forces troops on apparent assassination mission in Niger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Bill Van Auken
25 October 2017

Three weeks after four US special forces soldiers were killed in a firefight in the landlocked West African nation of Niger, information has surfaced indicating that the American troops and their Nigerien counterparts were involved in a capture-kill mission aimed at the leader of a local Islamist militia operating on the Niger-Mali border.

The White House and the Pentagon has provided only a trickle of information about the abortive October 4 operation. The incident came to the public eye largely because of President Donald Trumps initial failure to say anything about the largest loss of US military personnel since he took office, along with his subsequent lies about contacting families of slain troops and his shameful public confrontation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four Green Berets killed in Niger, over a callous condolence call.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Monday that the Green Berets had been engaged in a simple reconnaissance mission, and described the overall purpose of deploying some 1,000 US special operations troops in Niger as a train, advise and assist mission to support the Nigerien security forces.

It appears that Dunfords comments were deliberately misleading on both counts....

19:07

NSA Concealed Records on JFK Assassination for Decades "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cameras used to record the assassination of John F. Kennedy are seen in the Sixth Floor Museum formally the site of the Texas School Book Depository Oct. 8, 2013 in Dallas.

19:05

House Intels Subpoena Forced The Dossier Client Revelation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Finally, the GOP managed to do something productive with an investigation. Via Daily Caller: Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee added a notch to their belt Tuesday, with the bombshell revelation that the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee funded the infamous anti-Trump dossier. A series of subpoenas issued by the committee this month []

19:00

Alan Grayson Has A Request: Help Send David Gill To Congress "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Alan Grayson isn't running for Congress again-- at least not so far. He's been doing other work, like working on very time-consuming legal cases against the Trump Regime. But another thing Alan is doing is helping raise campaign funds for other progressive who are running for Congress. And today he's asking his supporters to contribute to an especially great candidate in central Illinois, Dr. David Gill, also endorsed by Blue America. Alan's wife, Dena Grayson, has been working with David on strategies for fundraising from medical groups, some of whom don't always know how to relate to progressives. By going to his own supporters and asking them to chip in to Gill's campaign, Alan is taking it to the next level. And we love it when progressives from across the country work together as a team-- something the Blue Dogs and New Dems sure do with their corporate donors!

Grayson's e-mail today was called "A candidate who actually talks about what needs to be done." He wrote that he's "tired of listening to candidates who boldly claim that they are anti-hurricane, and in favor of 'values.' Duh."
Dr. David Gill is a progressive doctor who supports Medicare for All is running for Congress. He came within an inch of defeating the Republican incumbent before. But the Democratic Party wont help him.

Maybe we should help.

Since healthcare is now one-sixth of the U.S. economy, it surely would be a good idea to have a progressive doctor in the House of Representatives. Dr. David Gill is running for Congress in the Land-of-Lincoln center of Illinois, IL-13, against some generic Republican smile...

18:57

BREAKING: Vegas Shooters Laptop From Hotel Room Is Missing its Hard Drive WTH? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As previously reported, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock slaughtered over 50 people October 1st at a Las Vegas country western concert in a mass shooting.
Another 500+ people were injured.

The Islamic State claimed Las Vegas suspect Stephen Paddock carried out the attack on behalf of the terror group. The shooting suspect allegedly converted to Islam months ago.

Several timeline changes and secrecy from law enforcement is causing the public to create conspiracy theories as to what really happened.

Now authorities are reporting that Paddocks laptop is missing its hard drive. WTH??

ABC News reports:

A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned.

Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered, sources told ABC News.

Investigators digging into Paddocks background also learned he purchased software designed to erase files from a hard drive, but without the hard drive to examine it is impossible to know if he ever used the software, one source said.

What the hell is going with this investigation??

The security guard who was shot in the leg by Paddock, Jesus Campos is being silenced and only agreed to speak to Ellen Degeneres in a scripted interview.

Paddocks Reno home was broken into a couple weeks ago. His home is considered a crime scene. You would think law enforcement would have the place secured.

ISIS has tripled down on their claims that Paddock converted to Islam months ago even revealing his Arabic name.

Without the hard drive it will be much more difficult to determine wh...

18:46

Former Clinton Spox: Hillary May Have Known About Dossier Funding "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Of course she knew. It was her lawyer that did it and with the DNC they paid $12 million for it. Via Daily Caller: Hillary Clintons former campaign spokesman said Clinton may have known that her campaign was behind the funding of the infamous dossier linking the Trump campaign to the Russian government. Brian Fallon, []

18:40

Saudis Ordered Jihadis to Attack Damascus International Airport with Obamas Go-Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A new report from the Intercept revolves around a newly released top-secret NSA document found in the files leaked by Edward Snowden that reveals, without a shadow of a doubt, that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the war, according to Zero Hedge.

The top-secret memo gives us internal confirmation of the direct role played by the US and Saudi governments relative to the fueling of an armed insurgency, which has now claimed close to half a million lives. This includes coordinated attacks of civilians, infrastructure, along with military targets in the quest for a regime change.

The NSA report is sourced from the agencys PRISM program, a highly controversial setup that gives the NSA the ability to collect all communications and data exchanged through US internet service providers, like Google.

Below are two images from the report:

Zero Hedge reports:

According to the document, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was ordered to light up Damascus and flatten the Syrian capitals international airport by Prince Salman bin Sultan  a prominent member of the Saudi royal family tasked with overseeing operations in Syria as a top Saudi intelligence officer. The document further reveals that the Saudis sent 120 tons of explosives/weapons to opposition forces presumably in the lead up to the operation.

The report not only confirms that the assault happened, but that the Saudi government was very pleased with the outcome: Attacks against airport, Presidential palace and other locations occurred on 18 March, the memo re...

18:17

Former NPR CEO: I Changed My Mind About Supporting Gun Control After Writing Book on Conservative America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He found out as the number of guns increased, gun homicides actually reduced dramatically. Via Free Beacon: The former CEO of National Public Radio came back from a reporting trip on conservative America having changed his mind about the efficacy of gun control measures, he said on Tuesday. Ken Stern appeared on Morning Joe to []

18:16

What Did Hillary Clinton Know? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Exclusive: With the disclosure that Hillary Clintons campaign helped pay for the original Russia-gate allegations against Donald Trump, a new question arises: what did Clinton know and when did she know it, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The revelation

18:13

#NeverTrump RINO Jeff Flake Continues to Trash Trump in Unhinged Op-ed at Far Left Washington Post "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

RINO #NeverTrump Senator Jeff Flake announced on Tuesday he will not run for reelection in Arizona.

Jeff Flakewas down by 26 points in a PRIMARY race in Arizona and had an approval rating of 18% in his home state.

So Tuesday he took to the Senate floor to audition for a future gig on MSNBC.

The outspoken #NeverTrumper trashed the Republican president and Republican voters in a 17 minute speech.
Of course, liberals loved it.

But Flake was not done yet.

The unhinged senator continued to trash President Trump in an op-ed on Wednesday in the Washington Post.

Holy crap! What a treasonous jerk!

And hes citing Joe McCarthy! Really?
Via the WaPo:

As I contemplate the Trump presidency, I cannot help but think of Joseph Welch.

On June 9, 1954, during the Army-McCarthy hearings, Welch, who was the chief counsel for the Army, famously asked the committee chairman if he might speak on a point of personal privilege. What he said that day was so profound that it has become enshrined as a pivotal moment in defense of American values against those who would lay waste to them. Welch was the son of a small prairie town in northwest Iowa, and the plaintive quality of his flat Midwestern accent is burned into American history. After asking Sen. Joseph McCarthy for his attention and telling him to listen with both ears, Welch spoke:

Until this moment, senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness.

Thats nuts.
Flake should quit and sign on with MSNBC today.
Why wait?

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18:04

In Bizarre Murder Hearing, Prosecutor Argues That Flies in Las Vegas Dont Like Dead Bodies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The dumpster area where Duran Bailey's body was found covered by trash. A bloody footprint leaving the crime scene did not match Lobato's shoes or shoe size.

17:56

New Poll Shows Democrats Want the Party to Move Further Left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Theyre already so far left theyre about to fall off the map. Congratulations, youre never going to win a national election ever again. Via Free Beacon: A new poll found that 52 percent of Democrats support movements within the Democratic Party to take it even further to the left and oppose the current Democratic leaders. []

17:46

Corruption Book Clinton Cash Sells Out as New Revelations on Clinton Crime Family Make Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clinton was back in the news recently after new information was revealed on the crooked Russia Uranium One scandal.

The Obama administration and Clinton State Department turned over one-fifth of US uranium deposits to a Russian firm in a shady deal that fed the Clinton money machine in 2010.

A secret informant with inside knowledge of the deal now wants to spill the beans on the criminal activity but first Attorney General Jeff Sessions must lift a gag order on the key witness.

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

The new attention on the Uranium One scandal is causing a surge of interest in the Clinton crime syndicate.

The 2015 New York Times bestseller Clinton Cash in paperback is currently sold out on Amazon.

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17:35

De Blasio Pushing Meatless Mondays for Kids Lunches "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Since de Blasio became Mayor, the quality of life crimes in NYC have increased more problems with the homeless, more issues in the subway. And hes looking at how to take meat out of the mouths of kids. Via Free Beacon: Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing public schools to []

17:34

BREAKING: Las Vegas Gunman Stephen Paddocks Brother Arrested For Child Porn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Bruce Paddock, the brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, has been arrested for child pornography in North Hollywood this morning. According to TMZ, Paddock was arrested at an assisted living home by a joint Los Angeles Police Department-FBI task force. TMZs law enforcement sources claim that cops were tipped that there was child porn []

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17:32

Hundreds Face Conspiracy Charges For Actions Of A Few During Inauguration Day Protests "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Protesters demonstrate as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk in the inaugural parade after being sworn in at the 58th Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

17:08

Colin Kaepernick Lands Million-Dollar Book Deal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We brought you this story earlier, looks like he landed the deal. Still a lot less than the deal he truly wants, a contract with an NFL team. Via NY Post: Colin Kaepernick has inked a book deal worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World, Page Six has exclusively learned. One []

16:57

Iran Is Sending Afghan Children To Fight for Assad in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Afghan students attend a class at the Shahid Nasseri refugee camp in Taraz Nahid village near the city of Saveh, southwest of the capital Tehran, on Feb. 8, 2015.

16:40

Tucker Carlson: Report That Podesta Group Central Figures In Russia Probe, Not Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

.@TuckerCarlson: Source Says Podesta Brothers & Manafort, Not #Trump, 'Central Figures' in Russia Probe https://t.co/A5XLV46ovw | #Tucker pic.twitter.com/IL5u7QtiOK Fox News (@FoxNews) October 25, 2017

16:35

Comey FBI Used Clinton-Funded Phony Trump Dossier to Obtain FISA Warrant to Spy on Trump Team "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

The Comey FBI used the largely debunked Trump dossier, which alleged Russian ties to the Presidents campaign associates, to convince a judge to grant them a FISA warrant, allowing them to secretly monitor Trump campaign official Carter Page.

The Hill reported this in April.

FBI Director James Comey has cited the dossier in some of his briefings with lawmakers in recent weeks as one of the information sources used by his bureau to bolster its probe, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation told CNN The secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) granted the FBI a warrant to monitor the communications of Page, a former national security adviser on Trumps campaign.

The court that deals with any topic related to FISA awarded the FBI a warrant to monitor communications involving Page back in 2016, Page was a former national security advisor on the Presidents campaign.

The FBI later...

16:30

Ruh roh: Accuser files new suit against former homosexual mayor Ed Murray, adds Seattle as defendant "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Weve told you about the homosexual mayor of Seattle (now former mayor), Ed Murray, and the sexual abuse allegations against him. See the following: Report: Child-welfare investigator concluded that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused foster son Homosexual Seattle mayor Ed Continue reading

16:10

Delta Airlines Prohibits Physician and Wife of Deceased Navy Captain to Honor Deceased Soldier on Flight Home to Atlanta "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

Delta Airlines flew the body of a deceased soldier back to Atlanta recently and on that flight was the soldiers friend and a plane full of Americans.

One American on the flight, Dr. Pamela Dee Gaudry, was moved when she found out that the soldier was on her flight.  Dr. Gaudry was the wife of a Navy Captain who served our country for 20 years and is now deceased.

Dr. Gaudry explained in a post she shared on Facebook after the flight that she knew that the soldier would be removed from the plane first and so she spoke to everyone on the plane and asked if they would be happy to join her in singing the National Anthem when the soldiers body was removed from the plane.  Most people on the plane agreed with her as she went from aisle to aisle on the plane speaking to the patrons.

However, shortly before the plane landed, a stewardess came up to Dr. Gaudry and explained that it was Deltas policy that she could not sing the National Anthem on the plane.  Delta was afraid of what some of the passengers might think.  So the Dr. complied.

When she got off the plane she prepared the attached moving video.

Dr. Guadry You are a Patriot!

(Hat tip Bob Berke)

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16:00

Yale Student Shamed By Friend On Facebook For Her White Privilege "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Beware, Yale is full of social justice warriors. Via Fox News: A student accepted to Yale University who posted her big news on Facebook wasnt congratulated but shamed, for what one critic called her white privilege. In a Facebook post cited by the Daily Mail, an unnamed user wrote about her acceptance into the []

15:59

Jeff Flake Exits Stage Right, Protesting Lamely "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Jeff Flake delivered an impassioned speech denouncing Trump and calling on his fellow Republicans to oppose the president, but then added that he is dropping his re-election bid rather than fight against a Trump-backed candidate.

Looks as if the Republican establishment is a bunch of low-energy weaklings just as Trump likes to complain.

I mean, if Trump is "casually undermining our democratic ideals," shouldn't leaders who want to defend those ideals take a stand against him? Sure, Flake would probably lose, but if the fight matters as much as he says, why is he bowing out? What does he plan to do instead?

15:54

Trump Smashes Whiny RINOs Corker and Flake After Their Horrific Attacks on Prez and GOP Voters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

RINO Senator Jeff Flake was down by 26 points in a PRIMARY race in Arizona and had an approval rating of 18% in his home state.

So Tuesday he took to the Senate floor to audition for a future gig on MSNBC.

The outspoken #NeverTrumper trashed the Republican president and Republican voters.

Meanwhile GOP Senator Bob Corker attacked Republican President Trump on Twitter.
Liddle Bob Corker ripped President Trump over the lack of tax reform at the GOP luncheon on Tuesday.

On Wednesday Donald Trump hit back at the whiny senators twice as hard.

This was brutal.

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15:40

Massachusetts School Under Fire For President Trump Tombstone "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Somewhere a rodeo clown is still unemployed. Via Boston Herald: Kids tossing bean bags at a mock tombstone for President Trump at a public school was a despicable display of dirty politics the adults forced on the unwitting children, a Gloucester Republican official said, as the furor continued to grow. School officials have apologized for []

15:30

Yemens cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected. The World Health Organization has reported more than 815,000 suspected cases of the disease in Yemen and []

15:22

Republican Swamp Monsters Drop E-Verify from Senate DACA Plan Will Likely Include DACA Amnesty in House Spending Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It should be clear at this point that Republican leadership has different priorities than Republican voters.

Republican voters want a border wall, Obamacare repealed, tax cuts and for Trump to clean the swamp.

The GOP Swamp Monsters wants open borders and amnesty.

The Republican Senate dropped E-Verify from the DACA plan they are working on.

Via Politico:

But some outlines of an agreement are becoming clearer. For instance, the senators have all but ruled out including a mandatory workplace verification system known as E-Verify in a final DACA agreement, according to multiple lawmakers engaged in the talks.

And Paul Ryan is reportedly going to include DACA amnesty in this falls spending bill.

The Huffington Post reported:

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) privately conceded to a group of House conservatives on Tuesday that he plans to include a legislative fix for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children in a year-end spending deal.

Asked if he envisioned a December omnibus spending bill including Cost Sharing Reductions for Obamacare or some sort of solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Ryan told leaders of the Republican Study Committee that he didnt believe CSR payments would be part of the deal with Democrats, but that DACA would.

He did talk about the fact that that would be good if we could get ahead of that as opposed to being reactionary, RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) told HuffPost Tuesday night.

When HuffPost asked Walker if Ryan had said Republicans didnt have the votes to do something on DACA alone, and therefore needed Democratic support, Walker said, It wasnt as clear cut as that and it rarely is, actually but he did make reference that [DACA provisions] would be something that might be part of the whole ball of wax.

The post Republican Swamp Mon...

15:17

Park Service Cancels Funding For Project Honoring Legacy Of Black Panther Party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nothing says national park like the Black Panthers no, wait? Via Fox News: The National Park Service told the Washington Free Beacon it is no longer providing funding for a controversial project honoring the legacy of the Black Panther Party after outrage that the agency would spend taxpayer dollars to memorialize a group that murdered []

15:11

Perpetual War: Treadmill of Americas Mind "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Like a caged hamster on a running wheel, the American people are trapped in perpetual wars that the foreign policy elites offer no way to end, only excuses to continue, observes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar

15:03

Mueller Has Legal Obligation to Recuse Himself Then He Should Be Disbarred, Prosecuted and Punished "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

Dirty and corrupt Democrats never recuse themselves from obvious conflicts of interest when required by law.  Robert Mueller is another example.  He should recuse himself from the fraudulent special investigation he is overseeing and then he should be disbarred, prosecuted and punished.

According to Gregg Jarrett with FOX News,  Robert Mueller has a serious conflict of interest that should disqualify him from serving as special counsel. He has had a long and close relationship with someone who will surely become a pivotal witness James Comey.

Jarrett defines that statute regarding conflicts of interest with special counsels

The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits him from serving if he has a conflict of interest in the case.  The rule has been interpreted to mean that even the appearance of a conflict is sufficient for disqualification.

A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties.  The conflict itself creates a clash between that individuals self-interest or bias and his professional or public interest.  It calls into question whether he can discharge his responsibilities in a fair, objective and impartial manner.

Jarrett is not the first to come to this obvious conclusion. Even liberal publications like the USA Today reported in June that Mueller should step down as special prosecutor because of his conflicts of interest with the investigation he is overseeing

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a problem: He has a disqualifying conflict of interest regarding a large part of his work. It involves a choice between investigating or relying on former FBI director James Comey, a longtime close friend of Muellers.

Ideally, hell recognize that and resign. But if he doesnt resign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions should appoint another special counsel to take over the obstruction-of-justice part of the investigation, where Mueller is disqualified.

Instead of recusing himself Mueller has brought in a...

15:00

Chris Christie and the Death Rattle of the Rockefeller Republicans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NOTE: This article was originally published at Right On on February 1, 2016. Im re-posting it here as the site is now defunct.

Chris Christies presidential campaign is a mirage created by the Leftist media, who were hoping to use him as a fall guy to lose to Hillary Clinton. His candidacy will go nowhere because he has no constituency within his own party.

The idea of Chris Christie running for president should have been accompanied by sitcom laughter every time someone said it aloud. Hes a fat goombah from the most reviled state in the union, whos governed from the Left and even cuddled up to President Obama in his quest for federal disaster relief dollars. Christies candidacy is a massive practical joke that everyones in on except for him.

That includes the Leftist media, whove been pushing Christie to run like a Newark drug dealer pushes crack to kindergarteners. The Left knows that the GOP base find his blubbery visage and blue-state politics repulsive, making him an ideal patsy to throw the election to Hillary Clinton. The media went as far as suppressing evidence of Christies corruptionsuch as the Fort Lee lane closure scandalin order to aid his reelection in 2013.

Much in the same way that Martin OMalley represents the now-dead New Democrat wing of his party, Chris Christie represents the buried-and-decomposed Rockefeller Republican wing of his. Back in the 1950s, after twenty years in the political wilderness, Northeastern Republicans abandoned all pretense of being an opposition party and instead ran to the left of the Democrats. The Leftist wing of the GOP took its name from Nelson Rockefeller, the long-serving (and surprisingly effective) New York governor who famously died while purportedly in the arms of his mistress.

While wielding incredible influence during the 1950s, cracks began appearing in Rockefellers edifice in 1964, when his presidential campaign was torpedoed by little-known conservative Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. The next year, National Review founder William Buckley ran for New York City mayor under the banner of the newly-formed Conservative Party, taking 13 percent of the vote and nearly causing Republican victor John Lindsay to lose. Four years later, Lindsay was handed his walking papers when...

15:00

Lesser Of Two Evils-- And You "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

These numbers aren't random-- there are reasons

If I lived in Virginia I'd be facing a real dilemma-- to vote for someone with as conservative a record as Ralph Northam as a way of preventing a potentially catastrophic Republican victory in the gubernatorial election in 2 weeks. There's no doubt who the lesser of the two evils facing Virginia voters. Lobbyist Ed Gillespie is a garden variety corrupt Republican and in a period when checking Trump and GOP power is tantamount, stopping Gillespie is crucial. But yesterday there was a little dust-up on Twitter because Our Revolution endorsed 6 progressive candidates-- Elizabeth Guzman, Kimberly Tucker, Joshua Cole, Lee Carter, Jennifer Carroll Foy and Will King-- for the House of Delegates without saying anything about Northam one way or the other. [Blue America has also endorsed Lee Carter, Elizabeth Guzman and Kimberly Tucker and 5 other House of Delegates candidates-- but hasn't endorsed in the gubernatorial race.]

I can't speak for Our Revolution but I can tell you why we've endorsed in the legislative races and why Northam is not on our gubernatorial page. Blue America's endorsement is tantamount to asking our members to contribute to a candidate. And endorsement is not about asking for someone for a vote-- most of our members don't live in Virginia-- it's about asking for a contribution. I'm not even sure if I would vote for Northam and I know for certain I wouldn't contribute a dime to his campaign. I would much rather give that money to our House of Del...

14:56

Jeff Flake Wont Rule Out Taking On Trump In 2020 Primary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Jeb can run his campaign and Kasich can mail out the requests for donations. Via NY Post: GOP Sen. Jeff Flake isnt ruling out a primary challenge to President Trump in 2020. I wont go there. Thats a long time away, the Arizona senator told CNN, when asked if he or another Republican should oppose []

14:43

Dem Senator Up For Re-Election Begs Hillary To Stay Away "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Mike LaChance at American Lookout:

Joe Manchin is a Democrat from West Virginia, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump. Now that hes up for re-election, he wants Hillary to stay away. Who can blame him?

The Washington Examiner reported:

Democrat Joe Manchin wants Hillary Clinton to stay out of West Virginia as he vies for re-election

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who is up for re-election in 2018, said it wouldnt be wise for Hillary Clinton to campaign for him in his home state of West Virginia.

He was asked during an interview that aired Sunday on MSNBCs Kasie DC, if he was a dead man walking after President Trump won West Virginia by a wide margin in the 2016 presidential contest.

I sure dont think so, he replied, listing off his prior political posts in the state and saying of himself, Im just West Virginia, period. Its not Democrat, Republican to me.

Asked if hed like Clinton to campaign for him, Manchin immediately derided the notion.

It wouldnt be wise for Hillary to come to West Virginia. It wouldnt be a good thing for her or for me, he replied.

Heres the video:


Its a smart move to keep Hillary away. She will kill his chances.

The post Dem Senator Up For Re-Election Begs Hillary To Stay Away appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

14:39

Transgender Inmate Wins $276,500 Lawsuit Against Oregon Department Of Corrections "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Michale Wright, a transgender inmate in the Oregon prison system, currently serving 5 years for attempted armed robbery, has won a YUGE lawsuit against the Oregon Dept. of Corrections. With the help of the ACLU, the plaintiff and the state settled for a whopping total of $267,500, $100,000 of which goes to the ACLU.

The fuss? The suit claimed that Wright was being denied essential medical care relating to transitioning from male to female, as the prisons refused to provide such services.

The entire statement from the ACLU reads:

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) announced today that a settlement had been reached in their lawsuit against officials at the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) on behalf of Michalle Wright, a transgender prisoner who was denied essential medical care. Wright is currently incarcerated at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.

Lawyers for the ACLU of Oregon said the settlement agreement stipulates significant policy changes in the treatment of transgender and gender nonconforming prisoners in Oregon including access to doctors with experience treating transgender people, competent mental health treatment, hormone therapy, and, if medically necessary, gender confirmation surgery. In addition, the state has agreed to pay $167,500 to the plaintiff and $100,000 in attorneys fees. ODOC has also agreed to work with Basic Rights Oregon and the ACLU of Oregon to ensure that their policies and training continue to align with the standards of care for transgender people.

Watching your child suffer needlessly is the worst pain a parent can experience, said Victoria Wright, mother of the plaintiff. Everyone knew that Michalle needed hormone treatment and mental health care, but until the ACLU got involved, my daughters cries for help went unanswered. They just didnt care.

This is a huge victory for our client and all transgender prisoners in Oregon, said Mat dos Santos, legal director at the ACLU of Oregon. For too long, Oregon prisons have been treating transgender prisoners in cruel ways and denying them the lifesav...

14:38

Pedogate: Pennsylvania Democrat arrested for child porn, including infants & bestiality "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On October 11, 2017, police of Radnor Township, about 18 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arrested and charged Philip Ahr, 66, with sexual abuse of children, 50 counts of child porn possession, 10 counts of child porn distribution, and 60 counts Continue reading

14:35

Report: Colin Kaepernick Looking For A Book Deal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cashing in. Via NY Post: Colin Kaepernick is shopping a book, sources exclusively tell Page Six. The ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback launched the current movement of NFL players protesting during the national anthem, and hes filed a controversial collusion grievance against league owners. A source says that Kaepernick has been taking meetings with publishers in []

14:32

WAS IT REALLY TRUMP WHO DROVE FLAKE OUT OF THE SENATE? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump is getting a lot of credit for making officeholders like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake unwelcome in the Republican Party -- but Flake, at least, was unpopular in his home state of Arizona long before Trump came along.

Erick Erickson thinks it's because Flake, a very right-wing member of the House a decade ago, stopped being conservatively correct.

Going all the way back to 2005, Flake had a consistently conservative record on fiscal issues. He was one of the very few congressmen supported by the Club [for Growth] with a lifetime 100% score. He literally was the candidate people pointed to as the model Club For Growth candidate.

But once in the Senate he gave all the fiscal conservatives the middle finger.

In 2013, the Club For Growths model candidate had an 84% score on their score card, below Mitch McConnell.

In 2014, Flake went up to 90%, but was still outperformed by porkers like Chuck Grassley who had a 91% score that year but, unlike Flake, an 80% life time score. In fact, seven senators with lifetime scores lower than Jeff Flakes outperformed Flake on the Clubs scorecard that year.

2015 was an improvement for Flake, who went up to 93%, but in 2016 his score was just 84%.
Really -- an 84% rating from a right-wing group is a sign of unforgivable apostasy? Well, this is the GOP we're talking about, so sure. (Erickson goes on to note that Flake's Heritage Foundation numbers dropped from 97% to 59%.)

But didn't Flake's opinion-poll numbers start to drop only when he began criticizing Trump? No, that's not the case. Flake's Senate term began in January 2013, and by March 2014, more than a year before Trump announced his candidacy, Flake had a 27% job approval rating in Arizona, according to Public Policy Polling. Disapproval was 47%. A couple of months before that, as the Arizona Republic reported, a Susquehanna poll showed him with 30% approval and 57% disapproval.

Why? According to the Republic, Flake was doing things to alienate his right-wing, Tea Party base (which jibes with what Eric...

13:30

Singer Sam Smith feels just as much a woman as he does a man "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From Yahoo: Sam Smith has opened up about his sexuality in a new interview, speaking frankly about gender and his identity. Shortly after revealing that he came out as gay at the age of 10, Sam has confessed that he Continue reading

13:00

Wednesday Funny: My dog "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I just realized something . . . . My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the doctor once a year for Continue reading

12:04

Por que reinstalamos o SecureDrop "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Na semana passada, engenheiros da Fundao pela Liberdade de Imprensa (Freedom of the Press Foundation) descobriram uma vulnerabilidade que existia h trs anos no SecureDrop, o sistema de envio de informaes confidenciais utilizado por The Intercept e dezenas de outros veculos de imprensa para se comunicar de forma segura com suas fontes annimas.

A janela para explorar essa brecha nfima, e muito pouco provvel que nosso servidor tenha sido atacado. Alm do mais, tal vulnerabilidade no teria permitido a um invasor obter os endereos IP das fontes que usavam o servidor.

Ainda assim, por excesso de cautela, tomamos algumas medidas para garantir que o SecureDrop esteja o mais seguro possvel de agora em diante. Em prol da transparncia, gostaramos de informar aos leitores e s fontes sobre essas mudanas:

  • Assim que tivemos cincia do problema, na quarta-feira da semana passada, rapidamente desligamos nossos antigos servidores SecureDrop.
  • Adquirimos um novo hardware, e instalamos o SecureDrop do zero.
  • Geramos chaves de criptografia totalmente novas, por isso o endereo .onion do nosso servidor SecureDrop na rede Tor mudou para:  http://intrcept32ncblef.onion/
  • Fizemos backup das antigas contas de nossas fontes e restauramos tudo no novo servidor.

Se voc j uma fonte, pode fazer login no novo servidor com as suas credenciais anteriores, mas recomendamos que entre em contato conosco usando sua conta antiga e depois crie uma conta nova.

A vulnerabilidade foi descoberta semana passada por engenheiros da SecureDrop durante uma auditoria interna de cdigo. No encontramos nenhuma evidncia de que algum sequer soubesse da existncia desse bug, uma vez que ns mesmos o encontramos, me contou Jen Helsby, desenvolvedor chefe do SecureDrop.

A falha de segurana est relacionada forma como o software do SecureDrop instalado nos servidores pela primeira vez. O instalador baixa programas acessrios usando o gerenciador de pacotes de seu sistema operacional, o Ubuntu. Como os pacotes de software provm de servidores administrados por voluntrios, eles precisam ser verificados por criptografia; ou seja, precisam ser assinados digitalmente com uma chave de criptografia confivel. Se a verificao for bem-sucedida, o pacote instalado. Se falhar, indcio que um invasor pode ter substitudo o pacote de software por outro, que inclua cdigo malicioso, e o processo de instalao deveria parar. O instalador do SecureDrop, porm, pulou essa etapa de verificao em trs pacotes de software.

Isso significa que um invasor que tives...

12:01

Intercepted Podcast: Mike Pence Is the Koch Brothers Manchurian Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.

 

Over the past week, there has been intense focus on what exactly happened to four U.S. commandos killed in Niger, and what they were doing there. Jeremy explains how the media and Capitol Hill reaction is either a symbol of complete incompetence or a crass act of political theater. This week on Intercepted: Investigative journalist Jane Mayer exposes the Koch-brother puppet masters behind Vice President Mike Pences rise to power and lays out how the merging of radical extremist Christian ideology and the ruthless pursuit of corporate profits put Pence a heartbeat from the presidency. Chinese dissident and renowned artist Ai Weiwei has released a massive public art installation across New York City as his new film, Human Flow, hits theaters. We speak to Ai about the humanitarian catastrophe of the 65 million globally displaced migrants and refugees who have fled terror groups, U.S. and Russian bombs, and climate change. He also shares his thoughts on Trump and talks about his own persecution in China. We end with Deerhoofs Greg Saunier on the songs of the album Mountain Moves, and the power of creativity in the era of Trump.

An exclusive first look at Deerhoofs new music video for I Will Spite Survive, directed by Geoff Hoskinson, is below:

 

Transcript coming soon.

The post Intercepted Podcast: Mike Pence Is the Koch Brothers Manchurian Candidate appeared first on The Intercept.

10:46

New GOP Investigation Ignores Russian Threat To US National Security; Uses Hillary Clinton to Distract From Their Failure To Exercise Oversight Of Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Even those who dislike Hillary or think that she needs to be investigated need to admit that she is not sitting in the Whitehouse and thus cannot pose the danger which Trump does. And, Comey is no longer with the FBI.

Ten months into the Trump Administration and House Republicans still have not held a single substantive oversight hearing on clear abuses by the President or his top aides.  That amounts to ten months of abdication of responsibilitya near total failure to question, investigate, or challenge the President or the White House, including on grave allegations of obstruction of justice.
 
The Russian government continues to represent a clear and present threat to the United States and our democratic system, and we are the targets of near-constant cyberattacks by foreign adversaries.  Yet House Republicans have taken no concrete steps to secure our next election.  Apparently, House Republicans are more concern...

10:11

Removal of AIG From Enhanced Oversight May Threaten US Financial System: Was Decision Influenced By Former Special Advisor To Trump-AIG Shareholder Carl Icahn? US Senator Warren-US Senator Whitehouse Request Details "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trump advisor (no longer officially); corporate raider, purchaser of Trump Taj casino, Carl Icahn also has a joint venture with KAMAZ, FEDERAL-MOGUL Naberezhnye Chelny. Icahn owns 81.99% of Federal Mogul shares https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1419581/000162828016011881/fdml-2015123110xk.htm US Sec.gov raised concerns to Icahn enterprises re KAMAZ dealings with terrorist states: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/813762/000081376214000048/filename1.htm
See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/senators-mccain-cardin-question-trump-admin-delay-in-russia-sanctions-implementation-mention-importance-of-sanctioning-rostec-partner-to-vp-pences-brothers-company-cummins-via-kamaz/

US Senators Warren, Whitehouse Press FSOC Members for Details on Decision to Remove AIGs SIFI Designation

Senators Question Justification for Decision, Why FSOC Failed to Follow Standard Procedures During Deliberation, and Involvement of Icahn and Insurance Industry Representatives in Decision Process
OCT 24, 2017

Text of the letters available here (PDF) http://www.warren.senate.gov/files/documents/2017-10-24_Warren_Whitehouse_Letters_to_FSOC.pdf
Washington, DC United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today called on members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to provide details about their decision to remove American Insurance Groups (AIG) designation as a Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI), potentially risking the security of the United States financial system.

AIG received a $182 billion bailout from American taxpayers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and FSOC ultimately designated AIG as a SIFI in 2013, subjecting it to increased oversight and regulation. Last month, members of the FSOC voted 6 to 3 in favor of eliminating the enhanced federal oversight of AIG, including regular stress tests, the requirement for a living will, and higher capital and liquidity restrictions. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/business/dealbook/aig-too-big-to-fail.html)
The...

10:06

Russian State Media Declaring Open Season On Journalists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When state media dehumanizes journalists and opposition figures and brands them as enemies, its all too predictable that somebody somewhere is going to take that as a license to assault them with impunity. (Brian Whitmore, Oct. 24, 2017)

Assault At Ekho Moskvy What Happened
October 24, 2017 14:13 GMT
Ekho Moskvy Editor In Chief Aleksei Venediktov describes the assault and stabbing of colleague Tatyana Felgengauer at the radio station on October 23. (Current Time TV)
https://www.rferl.org/a/assault-at-akho-moskvy-what-happened/28813234.html

From: https://www.rferl.org/a/daily-vertical-transcript-declaring-open-season-on-journalists/28812797.html
The Daily Vertical: Declaring Open Season On Journalists (Transcript)
October 24, 2017 10:38 GMT, by Brian Whitmore

Link: http://youtu.be/jUjCI0Bymm8
The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.

Before the physical assault, there was an information attack.

Before what was apparently an attempted assassination of a journalist, there was a character assassination of that journalist.

Two weeks before a knife-wielding man entered the offices of Ekho Moskvy and stabbed Tatyana Felgengauer, Russian state television ran a segment accusing the radio station of colluding with foreign powers to undermine the Russian state and society.

And the segment identified Felgengauer by name and showed her face on screen.

Now, we dont know the true motivations of Boris Grits, the 48-year-old man who attacked Felgengauer.

Initial reports have suggested he may be psychologically disturbed. But initial reports also suggest that his attack on Ekho Moskvy and on Felgengauer appeared very well-planned and very carefully executed.

But what we do know is that Kremlin-controlled media has consistently fed an atmosphere of hate and suspicion against independent journalists and opposition figures.

Theyve been called enemies of the people. Theyve been called traitors. And theyve been called foreign agents.

Just last month, another Ekho Moskvy journalist, Yulia Latynina, fled Russia after being assaulted multiple t...

10:05

NSA Workers Software Piracy May Have Exposed Him To Russian Spies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Kaspersky Lab said an individual, believed to be one identified as a National Security Agency worker in news accounts, triggered the companys antivirus software and paved the way for it to upload classified NSA files from his computer when he tried to pirate Microsoft Office and ended up infecting himself with malicious software.

The piracy claim is included in a set of preliminary findings released by the Moscow-based company from an internal investigation into a byzantine spying scandal that didnt seem like it could get any more bizarre. A series of news reports this month, citing U.S. intelligence sources, asserted that the files on the workers computer, which included source code for sensitive hacking tools he was developing for the spy agency, were uploaded by Kaspersky security software and then collected by Russian government hackers, possibly with the companys knowledge or help. Kaspersky has denied that it colluded with Russian authorities or knew about the worker incident as it was described in the press.

Details from the investigation, including the assertion that Kasperskys CEO ordered the files deleted after they were recognized as potential classified NSA material, could help absolve the antivirus firm of allegations that it intentionally searched the workers computer for classified files that did not contain malware. But they also raise new questions about the companys actions, the NSA worker, and the spying narrative that anonymous government sources have been leaking to news media over the last two weeks.

After facing increasingly serious allegations of spying, Kaspersky provided The Intercept with a summary of preliminary findings of an internal investigation the company said it conducted in the wake of the news reports.

In its statement of findings, the company acknowledged that it detected and uploaded a compressed file container, specifically a 7zip archive, that had been flagged by Kasperskys software as suspicious and turned out to contain malware samples and source code for what appeared to be components related to the NSAs so-called Equation Group spy kit. But the company said it collected the files in the normal course of its operations, and that once an analyst realized what they were, he deleted them upon the orders of CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The company also insists it never provided the files to anyone else.

Kaspersky doesnt say the computer belonged to the NSA worker in question and says the incident it recounts in the report occurred in 2014, not 2015 a...

10:00

Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 9 Jehovah-Tsidkenu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Names sake. So how much do we know about His Name? This ninth post is about the next Old Testament name of God: #9 Jehovah-Tsidkenu The Lord Our Righteousness Continue reading

09:01

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




-by Noah

General John Kelly, you once took an oath to defend the United States and to defend the Constitution of the United States. Then, you took a job with Trump. You've now earned this meme, and so much more. You are a Five Star Disgrace.

From the day General John Kelly became Seor Trumpanzee's Chief Of Staff, we heard that he would be "a grownup in the room," bring integrity to the White House, reign in the crazy man, etc. One thing, however, raised a red flag to me; he is a long time friend of Trump. That little item was irresponsibly glossed over by the entire media as they celebrated Kelly's appointment. We thank General Kelly for his service and hate that his son was killed in our ongoing war on terrorists. John Kelly is a Four Star Marine General, but his rank, his job, and his family tragedy should not give him license to attack and lie about a Gold Star Family or a United States congresswoman. His status does not make him immune from criticism. He has now brought dishonor upon himself and the Marine Corps. If he had any honor and integrity left, he would have already apologized to those he attacked, and also apologized to the country. Then he should resign.

A Japanese warrior would have already made use of his ceremonial hari-kari knives.

As for the White House, the dishonor was already there, in spades. General Kelly is now officially part of the sickest farce in American history, willingly. Did he catch his lying ability from his boss, or, did he already have it? Trump, following the Big Lie practices outlined by Josef Goebbels, has doubled down, tripled down, and quadrupled down on the lies in a spate of twitter madness. The lies have been proven to be the lies that they are. The wife of Sgt. La David Johnson has been very eloquent in stating what really happened. Judging from the surreal lying that comes out of the White House on an hourly basis, Kelly's lying was a qualification for the...

07:50

Criminalizing Critics of Israel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Civil rights groups are warning a pair of bipartisan bills targeting boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements would criminalize free speech and peaceful protest. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for U.S. citizens to support boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements, punishable by at least a $250,000 fine, with a maximum penalty []

07:46

How Israels 10-Year Blockade Brought Gaza to the Brink of Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The stories read like dispatches from a nightmare, describing a reality that is almost too extreme to fathom: nearly 2 million people locked inside a land mass the size of Philadelphia, the borders carefully controlled, the movement of goods and humans severely restricted; as much as 72 percent of the population facing food insecurity and []

07:40

The U.S. Is a Good Place for Bad People to Stash Their Money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When Viktor Boutthe arms dealer extraordinaire who inspired the 2005 Nicolas Cage movie Lord of Warsought to set up anonymous shell companies, according to a Senate panel, he turned to, of all places, the U.S. So too, court documents indicate, did former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, a man who has landed on Transparency Internationals []

07:37

Harvest of losses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

SQUATTING ON the floor with his head held between his hands, 63-year-old Anant Niture, a small farmer from Sonwati village in Latur, stares at the ground. At the beginning of the kharif season in June 2016, Niture sowed tur or arhar dal (pigeon pea) on his two-acre (one acre equals 0.4 ha) unirrigated land. Then []

07:36

God Using Trump to Provide Window of Time Jonathan Cahn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com Four time, best-selling author Jonathan Cahn says Donald Trump was chosen by God to provide a window of time to repent and change direction for America. Cahns recently released newest best-seller is called The Paradigm which shows political players and events in ancient Israel are eerily similar to well-known modern politicians.  []

06:51

BOOMERANG EFFECT=> Grassley Calls For Special Counsel to Investigate Uranium One Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee called on the DOJ to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Obama-Hillary Uranium One scandal Tuesday evening.

Grassley has been investigating the Uranium One scandal for months; he called out the attorney of the FBI informant to arrange for her clients testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley tweeted Tuesday evening, Whoever in DOJ is capable w authority to appoint a special counsel shld do so to investigate Uranium One whoever means if u arent recused

As previously reported, prior to the Obama administration approving the very controversial deal in 2010 giving Russia 20% of Americas Uranium, the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering in order to benefit Vladimir Putin, says a report by The Hill.

The Clintons took the cash from Uranium One officials before the deal was approved by Hillary Clintons State Department. The Clintons hid the donations which is a clear violation of the Memorandum of Understanding Hillary Clinton signed with the Obama administration wherein she promised and agreed to publicly disclose all donations during her tenure as Secreatary of State. (Via Breitbart).

From John Solomons report we find out that the investigation was supervised by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who is now President Trumps Deputy Attorney General, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who is now the d...

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Precision Warfare? Dont Make Me Laugh "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science. Everything networked. It was to be a glorious []

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Disabled 85-year-old woman dragged across busy road by police at fracking protest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A disabled 85-year-old woman was left bruised after being dragged across a busy road by three police officers during an anti-fracking protest. Anne Power, a Green Party member and anti-fracking campaigner, was sitting outside a fracking site near Little Plumpton, Lancashire, when a scrum of officers lifted her from her seat. The retired teacher and []

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RINO #NeverTrumper Jeff Flake Is a Douche But This Line from His Crazy Speech Was Great "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

RINO #NeverTrumper Jeff Flake is an angry egotistical douche.

Jeff Flake was down by 26 points in a PRIMARY race in Arizona and had an approval rating of 18% in his home state.

So Tuesday he took to the Senate floor to audition for a future gig on MSNBC.

The outspoken #NeverTrumper trashed the Republican president and Republican voters.
(And hes too stupid to know why they reject him!)

But he did drop a couple truth-bombs in his whiny lecture.
Flake is angry because he knows the Republican party has changed.

GOP voters reject amnesty and open borders, reject ruinous free trade agreements and have no respect for pompous ignorant politicians who say one thing during the campaign and then ignore voters once they get in office.

And Republican voters dont appreciate an out of touch loon who lectures them every other week.

Here are the best lines from Flakes annoying screed.
Via The Hill:

I DECIDED THAT I WOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA AND TO BETTER SERVE MY COUNTRY AND MY CONSCIENCE BY FREEING MYSELF OF THE POLITICAL CONSIDERATION THAT CONSUMED FAR TOO MUCH BANDWIDTH AND CAUSE ME TO COMPROMISE FAR TOO MANY PRINCIPLES.

TO THAT END IM ANNOUNCING TODAY THAT MY SERVICE IN THE SENATE WILL CONCLUDE AT THE END OF MY TERM IN EARLY JANUARY, 2019.

IT IS CLEAR AT THIS MOMENT THAT A TRADITIONAL CONSERVATIVE WHO BELIEVES IN LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND FREE MARKETS, WHO IS DEVOTED TO FREE TRADE, WHO IS PRO-IMMIGRATION HAS A NARROWER AND NARROW PATH TO NOMINATION IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE PARTY THAT HAS SO LONG DEFINED ITSELF BY ITS BELIEF IN THOSE THINGS.

IT IS ALSO CLEAR TO ME FOR THE MOMENT THAT WE HAVE GIVEN IN OR GIVEN UP ON THE CORE PRINCIPLES IN FAVOR OF A MORE VISCERALLY SATISFYING ANGER AND RESENTMENT.

TO BE CLEAR TO THE ANGER A......

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Change constitutions or economy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Christian Felbers initiative Economy for the Common Good started in 2010 and is now supported by more than 2000 businesses from 40 countries.

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October 25th 2017 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #279 "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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Wednesday October 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

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Misess True Heir "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Recently a young Austrian scholar made a very interesting observation in an informal discussion on Facebook:

I have experienced that when you quote Mises instead of Rothbard (and they say basically the same in most circumstances) other Austrians are usually more receptive and willing to engage you in a discussion. Have you guys experienced the same thing?

Indeed we have and the reason has become increasingly obvious. In the past ten years or so, there has been a concerted effort in some quarters of the Austrian economics movement to deny Rothbard his just due as a prodigiously productive scholar and as Misess pre-eminent follower whose work inspired the modern revival of Austrian economics.1 The story according to the Rothbard deniers goes something as follows. Yes, yes, they grudgingly admit, Rothbard wrote some foundational works on Austrian economic theory and history, including: Man, Economy and StateAmericas Great DepressionThe Panic of 1819, and Power and Market. But that was way back in the 1960s. By the 1970s he had disengaged from economics and the mainstream economics profession and began to focus on libertarian political philosophy and social theory. Apparently, for the Rothbard deniers, there is no greater intellectual failure then to refuse to engage mathematical and positivist economists in endless and fruitless conversation and to instead concentrate on advancing the Misesian praxeological paradigm. By the 1980s, this tale continues, Rothbard abandoned serious academic pursuits altogether and became a poli....

Centennial "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Remnant Review

On October 25, 1917, the precursor to the Communist Party in Russia launched a 24-hour revolution against the revolutionary government of socialist Alexander Kerensky. This became known as the October Revolution in order to distinguish it from the revolution that had overthrown the Czar the previous February. In the October revolution, two people were killed while the revolutionaries were capturing the Winter Palace, where the Provisional Government met. By the evening of October 26, it was clear just how provisional the government had been.

On August 21, 1991, eight leaders of the tattered remnants of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union launched a coup against the government of Communist Mikhail Gorbachev. They had placed him under house arrest at his dacha 900 miles away. Boris Yeltsin was visibly in charge of the existing government at what was known as the White House: the parliament building. The Communists sent in troops to remove him and his supporters. Thousands of citizens then lined up to resist the troops. The troops refused to fire on them. That ended the Communist Partys power. Three civilians were killed by armored personnel carriers.

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A total of five people were killed at the beginning and the end of the Bolshevik revolution. In between, Lenin and Stalin (mainly Stalin) executed or starved at least 15 million people, according to the 2007 edition of Robert Conquests 1968 book, The Great Terror. Conquest had initially estimated 20 million. We will never know for sure, he said in 2007.

Out of the Bolshevik Revolution came the Chinese Communist revolution under Mao. There were more: North Vietnam, North Korea, Cambodias Khmer Rouge, Cuba, Albania, and the Soviet satellite nations in central and eastern Europe. The grand total of those who died under Communist tyranny was between 85 million and 100 million, as reported by The Black Book of Communism (1997). This may have been as high as 150 million.

Without Lenin, there would not have been Hitler. Hitler positioned his National Socialist German Workers Party as the only reliable bulwark against Bolshevism. Add an...

US Mideast Wars "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Kurds have no friends but the mountains, is an old lament. Last week, it must have been very much on Kurdish minds.

As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The Iraqi army that ran them out was trained and armed by the United States.

The U.S. had warned the Kurds against holding the referendum on independence on Sept. 25, which carried with 92 percent. Iran and Turkey had warned against an independent Kurdistan that could be a magnet for Kurdish minorities in their own countries.

But the Iraqi Kurds went ahead. Now they have lost Kirkuk and its oil, and their dream of independence is all but dead.

More troubling for America is the new reality revealed by the rout of the peshmerga. Iraq, which George W. Bush and the neocons were going to fashion into a pro-Western democracy and American ally, appears to be as close to Iran as it is to the United States.

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After 4,500 U.S. dead, scores of thousands wounded and a trillion dollars sunk, our 15-year war in Iraq could end with a Shiite-dominated Baghdad aligned with Tehran.

With that grim prospect in mind, Secretary Rex Tillerson said Sunday, Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against ISIS is coming to a close need to go home. Any foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home.

Tillerson meant Irans Quds Force in Iraq should go home, and the Shiite militia in Iraq should be conscripted into the army.

But what if the Baghdad regime of Haider al-Abadi does not agree? What if the Quds Force does not go home to Iran and the Shiite militias that helped retake Kirkuk refuse to enlist in the Iraqi army?

Who then enforces Tillersons demands?

Consider what is happening in Syria.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, largely Kurdish, just annihilated ISIS in Raqqa and drove 60 miles to seize Syrias largest oil field, al-Omar, from ISIS. The race is now on between the SDF and Bashar Assads army to secure the border with Iraq.

Bottom line: The U.S. goal of crushing the ISIS caliphate is almost attained. But if our victory in the war against ISIS leaves Iran in the catbird seat in Baghdad and Damascus, and its corridor from Tehran to Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut secure, is that really a victory?

Do we accept that outcome, pack up and go home? Or do we leave our forces in Syria and Iraq and defy any demand from Assad...

Undermining America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our nations leftist progressives have long sought to undermine the American values expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Though typical Democrats and Republicans do not have this leftist hate for our nation, they have been willing accomplices in undermining the most basic value the Founding Fathers sought to promote limited government. Leftists have had their greatest successes in undermining American values on the nations college campuses. Derelict and dishonest college administrators, professors and boards of trustees have given them carte blanche. Lets look at some of it.

Students at the University of Virginia desecrated the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the universitys founder. Students at the University of Missouri want Jeffersons statue gone. Why? He was a slave owner. Many in the college community supported Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential bid. They welcomed Sanders belief that the United States was founded on racist principles. There have also been calls for the removal of George Washingtons and Abraham Lincolns statues. Some have called for the renaming of schools that honor Washington, Jefferson and 11 other slave-owning presidents. Leftists have called for the renaming of streets named after slave-owning presidents. There have been many leftist calls for the elimination of Columbus Day. Their success at getting Confederate statues taken down has emboldened them.

What goes unappreciated is just why Americas leftists movement attacks the Founders. If they can delegitimize the Founders themselves, it goes a long way toward their agenda of delegitimizing the founding principles of our nation. If the leftists can convince the nation that men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were good-for-nothing slave-owning racists, then their ideas can be more easily trashed. We find the greatest assaults on our founding documents on the nations college campuses.

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The average parent, taxpayer and donor has absolutely no idea of the bizarre lessons that college professors are teaching students. Professor Adam Kotsko of Shimer College teaches, Whether or not your individual ancestors owned slaves, you as a white person have benefitted from slavery and are complicit in it. Dr. Micah Johnson, a research assistant and graduate student instructor in the University of Floridas department of sociology and criminology and law, teaches that the American notion of patriotism is drenched in whiteness and that patriotism implies that black people are un-American.

These types of attacks on American values have reached one of our most prestigious i...

If Youre Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled, or Old "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.Steve Silberman, The New York Times

Life in the American police state is an endless series of donts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: dont talk back to police officers, dont even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), dont run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, dont carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, dont expect privacy in public, dont let your kids walk to the playground alone, dont engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, dont try to grow vegetables in your front yard, dont play music for tips in a metro station, dont feed whales, and on and on.

Heres another dont to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: dont call the cops.

Sometimes its dangerous enough calling the cops when youre not contending with a disability.

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For instance, Justine Damond called 911 to report a disturbance and ended up dead after police dispatched to investigate instead shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor. Likewise, Carl Williams called 911 to report a robbery and ended up being shot by police, who mistook him for a robber in his own home.

Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.

Nancy Schrock called 911 for help after her husband, Tom, who suffered with mental health issues, started stalking around the backyard, upending chairs and screaming about demons. Several times before, police had transported Tom to the hospital, where he was medicated and sent home after 72 hours. This time, Tom was tasered twice. He collapsed, lost consciousness and died.

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Bush Lies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The former President of the United States, George W. Bush, made quite a splash recently when he took swipes at President Donald J. Trump.

Some thoughts:

First, the consternation of Deplorables aside, for purposes of clarity, it is actually a very good thing that Bush delivered his speech.  To as great an extent as anyone, the former President signifies the neoconservatism against which traditional conservative and Republican voters rebelled when they catapulted Trump to victory.

In other words, the symbolism involved in juxtaposing Bush with Trump couldnt be richer inasmuch it symbolizes nothing more or less than the dramatic contrast between two ideal types: the GOP of yesteryear, a party run (and run into the ground) by neoconservatives, and the populist, more traditionally conservative GOP of the present and future.

To be clear, the contrast in question here is largely symbolic: Substantively speaking, Trumps GOP has as yet shown few signs of having repented of its past ways (or of even having a pulse).  The neocons, on the other hand, are still very much alive.  Still, there can be no question that they have been humiliated and that Trump is looking to steer the party in a new direction.

Second, that Bush, who insisted upon being neither seen nor heard during the entirety of Barack Obamas eight year tenure in the White House, should only now break his silence by criticizing Trump is a painful reminder of who he has always been.

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It isnt just that Bush and Obama, like Democrats and Republicans generally, belong to one and the same Regime, a Government-Academic-Media-Entertainment (GAME) Complex that its agents want to protect from Trump and his army of Deplorables.  Obama, you see, had been widely hailed by the journalistic and political classes as the first black POTUS.  To criticize Obama, then, would have made Bush vulnerable to the charge of racism, a charge that the Bushes of our political universe fear more than anything.

After all, in spite of owning a presidency replete with truly epic disasters, the only regret that Bush ever expressed was that Kanye West, rapper and husband to Kim Kardashian, charged the 43rd President with being indifferent toward black people.

As for those thousands of American soldiers and nearly 500,000 or so Iraqis whose deaths Bush made possible by way of a war that he launched on false pretenses, they evidently do not register as high in importance with Bush as does Kanye Wests estimation of him.

Third, regarding Bushs signature war, it mu...

Missile Defense "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sometimes it is possible to read or view something that completely changes the way one looks at things. I had that experience last week when I read an article at Lobelog entitled A Plea for Common Sense on Missile Defense, written by Joe Cirincione, a former staffer on the House Armed Services Committee who now heads the Ploughshares Fund, which is a Washington DC based global foundation that seeks to stop the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The article debunks much of the narrative being put out by the White House and Pentagon regarding missile defense. To be sure, it is perfectly reasonable to mistrust anything that comes out of the federal government justifying war given its track record going back to the War of 1812. And the belligerent posture of the United States towards Iran and North Korea can well be condemned based on its own merits, threatening war where there are either no real interests at stake or where a diplomatic solution has for various reasons been eschewed.

But the real reason why the White House gets away with saber rattling is historical, that the continental United States has not experienced the consequences of war since Pancho Villa invaded in 1916. This is a reality that administration after administration has exploited to do what they want when dealing with foreign nations: whatever happens over there will stay over there.

Americans consequently do not know war except as something that happens elsewhere and to foreigners, requiring only that the U.S. step in on occasion and bail things out, or screw things up depending on ones point of view. This is why hawks like John McCain, while receiving a Liberty award from Joe Biden, can, with a straight face, get away with denouncing those Americans who have become tired of playing at being the worlds policeman. He describes them as fearful of the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, [abandoning] the ideals we have advanced around the globe, [refusing] the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last best hope of earth for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism.

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McCains completely fatuous account of recent world history befits a Navy pilot who was adept at...

Mainstream Media Brags About US Wiping Syrian City "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Americas illegal war in the Syrian city of Raqqa has already killed over 1,800 civilians, according to the monitoring group Airwars. At the time the offensive was launched in June, the U.S. was aware that some 200,000 civilians were trapped. In that first week of operations alone, the U.N. accused the Trump administration of killing 300 civilians in less than seven days worth of bombing.

This trend has continued over the course of the last few months, and as one might imagine, Syrian infrastructure has been completely decimated. Rather than label this assault for what it is namely, a grave crime against humanity encompassing an endless supply of potential war crimes the media appears to have chosen a different tack.

Looking at photographs of the ruined, desolate streets of what was once the Islamic States capital of Raqqa is a reminder of the overwhelming, pitilessly effective military power of the United States, wrote the Washington Posts David Ignatius in an op-ed published Thursday.

That was merely the opening sentence. Ignatius continued:

The heaps of rubble in Raqqa that once housed terrorists and torturers convey a bedrock lesson, as valid now as in 1945: Its a mistake to provoke the United States. It may take the country a while to respond to a threat, but once the machine of U.S. power is engaged, its relentless so long as the political will exists to sustain it. [emphasis added]

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Who exactly provoked the United States here? The people who have been hardest hit are clearly civilians who happened to live in Raqqa. What crime did these people commit?

And if Ignatius is referring solely to the terror group ISIS, at what stage did ISIS provoke the U.S.? If anything, ISIS was quite content trying to topple the governments of Iraq and Syria and set up their own Islamic caliphate back in 2014. That is...

The EUs Anti-Brussels Dominos Keep Falling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On 25th June 2016, shortly after Britains Brexit referendum, I wrote an article for The Duran in which I pointed out that the British vote for Brexit was a symptom of growing disaffection across Europe with an EU project which has evolved into something very different from the community of European nation states which it had initially been.

The problem is less that the EU is evolving into some sort of pan-European superstate in my opinion the EU is far too dysfunctional for that ever to happen but that since the end of the Cold War the EU has become alongside NATO a vehicle of US control of Europe, and has therefore come increasingly to serve US geopolitical interests rather than the interests of the people of Europe

John Laughland in a recent RT Crosstalk called the EU more accurately a cartel of governments who conspire behind the scenes with each other to pass legislation without the need to consult with their democratically elected parliaments.  Whilst that is closer to the truth, it is not the whole truth.  Rather the EU, at least as it has become over the last decade, is best understood as a cabal of three governments, primarily those of the US and Germany, with France treated by the Germans (though not by the US) as a sort of junior partner, which make the decisions in secret that are binding on all the rest.

I appreciate that this description of the EU will meet with strong objections in some quarters, especially as by far the most powerful of these governments is that of the US which is not a member of the EU.  However what I say is well known by all the relevant insiders.  Indeed the facts speak for themselves and are hardly even concealed.  On key issues EU policy is nowadays decided in private bilateral discussions between the US and the Germans, often involving the US President and the German Chancellor, with the Germans then telling the other Europeans what they should do..

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In the same article I pointed out that this repeatedly results in policies being followed which whilst they serve US geopolitical interests European electorates have never agreed to and in many cases do not want.

I gave two examples, the issue of internal migration within the EU and the Eurozone crisis, where US geopolitical interests have both created the crises and prevented solutions to them...

The Flat-Pack Tiny Home "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Canadian company, Leckie Studio Architecture + Design, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has created a design for an incredible off-grid home that can be assembled, pretty much anywhere by a team of four in less than a week. If you have dreamt of owning a tiny home of your own, this may just be what you need to make your dream a reality.

Created by Backcountry Hut Company, this model is known as the Surf Shack and the prefab models start at $45,000 and range between 191 square feet to 937 square feet. The largest model can house up to 24 people not so tiny!

The materials for these cottages can be dropped wherever youd like via helicopter and can be easily set up, similar to how Ikea furniture is built.

Customers can design the interior of the cabins themselves and pick from a wide array of options. The company also has an in-house team of architects that are available to assist with permits, documentation and customization.

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Co Founder of the company, Edgar Wilson says, In a lot of cases, our customers want to build on their remote dream property as a way to escape the 9 to 5. Some of those locations cant accommodate an intrusive, traditional building process. Our customers seem to come from diverse backgrounds, but they all share an eye for design, and a creative desire to play some part in the building experience. The first BHC customers have ranged from semi-retired professors, to younger tech workers. These are not 2X4 stick-framed, tiny prefabricated structures with vinyl windows. Our customer is looking for a recreational dwelling that is well-designed, with minimal environmental impact.

The Surf Shack is available now in Canada and the United States with further availability planned for the future.

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This is an excellent option for those wanting to be somewhat secluded from society, as this dwelling can de dropped and assembled virtually anywhere. Aside from that, however, it pr...

How To Carve a Pumpkin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wielding a sharp knife with slippery hands around open flames and nearby children doesnt sound like the best ideabut thats exactly what millions of Halloween celebrations entail. While pumpkin carving is a fun tradition, it can also bring the risk of serious hand injuries. According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), some wounds sustained from pumpkin misadventure can result in surgery and months of rehabilitation.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to minimize trauma. Both ASSH and CTV News have compiled safety tips for pumpkin carvers intended to reduce the chances of a trip to the emergency room.

First, its recommended that carvers tackle their design with knives made specifically for carving. Kitchen knives are sharp and provide a poor grip when trying to puncture tough pumpkin skin: Pumpkin carving knives have slip-resistant handles and arent quite as sharp, while kitchen knives can get wedged in, requiring force to pull them out.

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6 Less Obvious Signs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its often called the sunshine vitamin because unlike other nutrients, vitamin D is not provided by food but made when our skin is exposed to the sun.

But, given the summer weve had added to the classic British weather we face year round of dull, more dull with hints of dull, Brits are dangerously deficient in this crucial vitamin.

In fact, its estimated that a staggering one in five adults and one in six children do not have adequate levels of vitamin D.

Not only have we got the British weather to deal with but were living an increasingly indoor life, says nutritionist Kim Pearson.

Children no longer play outside like they used to, opting for iPads and games indoors and so many of us work inside all day, so were seeing a rising problem of vitamin D deficiency.

Those at risk, she explains, include anyone with darker skin types, as the darker your skin, the harder you will find it to synthesise vitamin D.

Others at risk include pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who cover their skin for religious purposes.

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I regularly test my clients vitamin D levels and of the last 20 clients that I have tested, six were deficient, six had suboptimal levels and just eight had optimal levels.

Those with optimal levels were usually either supplementing, or spent a significant amount of time abroad in sunnier places.

This is a serious public health issue as a lack of vitamin D long-term has been found to increase risk of cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.

On a more everyday level, many of the symptoms that confound doctors could be signs of vitamin D deficiency.

Here are the key signs:

1. You get frequent infections

Vitamin D is vital to the health of the immune system.

Without sufficient amounts, our immune cells are unable to react appropriately leaving us more susceptible to infection, says Pearson.

Vitamin D is essential to the function of two es...

05:11

Republicans Not Running For Re-Election In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Swimming out of the swamp to avoid the draining. Via Washington Examiner: The 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, will give President Trump his first chance to defend the Republican Partys Senate and House majorities. Already, however, several Republicans in Congress have announced they wont be running for re-election. Heres our running list: Sen. []

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DNC PANICS Denies Involvement in Trump-Russia Dossier in Awkward Response "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

The DNC responded to WaPos bombshell report claiming the DNC was involved in the funding of the debunked dossier through a spokesperson.

In true Democrat fashion, the DNC split hairs by saying:

Tom Perez and the new leadership of the DNC were not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS, nor were they aware that Perkins Coie was working with the organization. But lets be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened.

Screenshot via Brooke Singman of Fox News:

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What Did Obama Know? Three Top Officials Left Admin for Law Firm that Retained Fusion GPS for Anti-Trump Russian Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, has a question about the breaking news that Perkins Coie, the law firm for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, retained Fusion GPS on behalf of their clients for the anti-Trump Russian dossier that has fueled unproven charges President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the presidential election: Who in Obama WH political operation knew about DNC/Hillary Clinton funding of @RealDonaldTrump Russian dossier? Did Barack Obama?

As it turns out, three senior Obama administration officials, including two who worked side by side with President Barack Obama in the White House, left the administration to go to work at Perkins Coie and still work there.

Obama White House Counsel Robert (Bob) Bauer served from January 3, 2010 until June 30, 2011 when he left for Perkins Coie where he is a partner. Bauer is married to former Obama official Anita Dunn who served as White House Communications Director.

Bob Bauer and Anita Dunn, image via MaggiesNotebook.

Wikipedias bio of Bauer shows he has close, long-standing ties to Obama and the DNC, including representing the DNC after he left the White House. Obama said upon Bauers resignation, he will continue to be one of my close advisers.

He is a partner at Perkins Coie. In November 2009, he was named to be the next White House Counsel,[2] upon the resignation of Gregory Craig.[3] Bauer was President Obamas personal attorney and the general counsel of the Obama for America presidential campaign prior to his appointment as White House Counsel. He has also previously served as the general counsel to the Democratic National Committee...

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Gold Star Mom: I Felt Disrespected By Obama "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

But did media give a darn? Nope. Via NY Post: My column on Gen. John Kelly and whether previous presidents always made condolence calls to the families of fallen soldiers produced an outpouring of both praise for Kelly and vitriol for his criticism of a Florida congresswoman. Yet a note from a Colorado woman, Julie []

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After Day of Feuding, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker Join Trump to Upend a Major Consumer Protection "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

With national attention focused Tuesday morning on a mushrooming feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., followed by a feud in the afternoon between Trump and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., the Senate gift-wrapped the biggest present Congress has so far bestowed upon Wall Street in the Trump era.

With a razor-thin margin, the Senate passed a resolution to nullify a signature regulation from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which banned forced arbitration provisions. Such clauses, tucked into the fine print of contracts that nobody reads, deny consumers the ability to contest claims through a class-action lawsuit and can allow banks and other financial institutions to rip off their customers with virtual impunity.

Both Corker and Flake, along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined in the effort to give Trump a major win, even if it will hurt many of their own voters. Consumer advocates had hoped that moderate Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine would block the GOP effort. They did not.

Only GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana bucked their party but a no vote when the measure passes is not much of a bucking. In a sign of how far the Democratic Party has come in recent years, all 48 members of the Senate caucus voted to keep the arbitration rule.

The vote was split 50-50, which required Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie.

To secure his victory, Trump enlisted an ex-Wells Fargo attorney, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, and a former bank CEO, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, to do the dirty work. The Senate vote came a day after the Treasury entered the fray with guns blazing.

The House passed its version of the resolution within just a couple weeks of the CFPB finalizing the rule in July. But continuing reports of petty consumer fraud at Wells Fargo and a data breach of over 140 million customer accounts at the credit reporting bureau Equifax made it difficult for the Senate to proceed. Both Wells Fargo and...

04:06

BOOM! DC Lawyer Says Informant Ties BARACK OBAMA to Uranium One Scandal (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Washington DC Lawyer Victoria Toensing Dropped This Bomb on Hannity Tonight

President Obama received information on Russias criminal plot to corner the market on uranium in his daily briefings.
Yet the Obama administration approved the sale of one-fifth of American uranium to the Russians anyway!

Toensings client is an American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness, according to John Solomon and Alison Spann at The Hill. The man was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industrys efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions, his lawyer tells The Hill.

This is a huge development!
The Obama administration approved sale of uranium to the Russians knowing their criminal intentions!

John Solomon: Just a little bit ago before we came on Victoria and I talked and she was able to confirm to me that her client has information that Director Mueller and President Obama and other officials were briefed on this investigation in real time as it was going on

Attorney Victoria Toensing: My client was told this information, now maybe the bureau is bluffing but I dont think so because they were very specific. They said that the briefing made it into President Obamas daily briefing papers. So I dont think they made that up.

Sean Hannity: Let me get this straight. So Mueller, Rosenstein, maybe even Comey at the time and the president of the United States, certainly Eric Holder, who was head of the DOJ, they all knew that they had all of this information that the Russians had infiltrated with the purpose of a criminal enterprise to corner the market on uranium, the foundational material for a nuclear bomb.

Via Hannity:

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03:48

Sean Hannity: People Will Be Going to Jail Over Uranium One Scandal (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

Tonight Sean Hannity told his audience: People Will Be Going to Jail Over Uranium One Scandal

Sean Hannity: Heres my prediction tonight. People will be going to jail over this Congress has a duty, a moral obligation, you cant have a dual justice system. They must investigate these scandals fully and they must uncover the truth of what actually happened. How is it possible, how? That they never recognized that giving Vladimir Putin and the Russians 20 % of our uranium, the material for nuclear weapons, a hostile actor is a good idea? And with Uranium One Congress can start by calling on key Obama administration officials. Eric Holder, Rod Rosenstein and, yes, Robert Mueller, I hope youre watching!

Via Hannity:

Image credit Pagez

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03:33

BOMBSHELL: Tucker Carlson: Podestas, Manafort Are Central Figures in Russia Probe, NOT TRUMP (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tucker Carlson dropped a bombshell on his Fox News show Tuesday evening.

The Podestas and Paul Manafort are central figures in the Russia Probe, NOT TRUMP according to a source inside of the Podesta group.

Via Fox News:

A thus-far-reliable source who used to be involved with Clinton allies John and Tony Podesta told Tucker Carlson that press reports appearing to implicate President Trump in Russian collusion are exaggerated.

The source, who Carlson said he would not yet name, said he worked for the brothers Podesta Group and was privy to some information from Robert Muellers special investigation.

While media reports describe former Black, Manafort & Stone principal Paul Manafort as Trumps main tie to the investigation, the source said it is Manaforts role as a liaison between Russia and the Podesta Group that is drawing the scrutiny.

The vehicle Manafort worked for was what Carlson called a sham company with a headquarters listed in Belgium but whose contact information was linked to Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

Manafort was, at the time, representing Russian business and political interests during the Obama era.

The source said the Podesta Group was in regular contact with Manafort while Hillary Clinton was Americas chief diplomat.

We got an email from a man with direct personal knowledge from that story (Podestas being investigated). Hes a former senior employee of the Podesta Group, Tucker said.

Tuckers source said the Russians were deeply involved in American politics but the real story has nothing to do with the 2016 presidential campaign.

The source told Tucker that Manafort worked for the Podesta Group on behalf of Russian interests. In fact, Manafort was seen inside of the Podesta Groups office all the time.

Maria Bartiromo was correct! The Democrats and Podestas are the ones with the ties to the Russians.

The sources also told Tucker Carlson that Tony Podesta was in constant contact with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In fact, Tony Podesta was so close to Hillary that he was considered a part of the Clinton Foundation.

In 2013 or 2014 a representative fro...

03:27

Alert The Social Justice Warriors: White Quarterback Has Been Signed Before Colin Kaepernick "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wait for the knee jerk reaction from the usual suspects. Via The Smoke Room: The Miami Dolphins have signed free agent quarterback David Fales to the roster. ESPNs Adam Schefter reported the news Tuesday morning in a series of tweets. Things are about to get lit on the internet. A white, free agent quarterback who []

03:09

Stunning Tucker Carlson Reveal: Paul Manafort Worked for Podesta Group "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Well, this is interesting.  Tucker Carlson revealed some stunning information tonight on his TV show.  Former Trump Campaign CEO Paul Manafort worked for John and Tony Podesta, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, and assisted in gaining Russian benefits Continue reading

03:00

A Good Campaign Video Isn't Enough-- Staten Island "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Two of the most outstanding campaign videos so far this cycle were the ones introducing Randy Bryce (WI) and Amy McGrath (KY). Bryce immediately proved himself an even better candidate than the one his video showed. He built a powerful populist brand that is going to bring him all the way to Congress and make history by taking down Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House and a darling of the Beltway media. McGrath, on the other hand, was anything but ready for prime time. If Bryce's authenticity level is an "A," McGrath's is, a "C-minus" or, at best, a work in progress. There's nothing there there-- a candidate being created out of think air by some consultants. Like Bryce she has a compelling bio. Unlike Bryce, she has nothing to offer the voters.

Far worse than McGrath's launch was the one for Boyd Melson built around next eye-popping campaign video that came out. Very good video-- watch it just below-- but no campaign at all. Just nothing but a video. His campaign makes McGath's look like a bone-crushing success. Since the videos came out, this is how each of these candidates have fared in the fundraising departments:
Randy Bryce- $1,460,551.03
Amy McGrath- $807,125.72
Boyd Melson- $94,048.19


There are at least seven candidates running for the only red district in New York City-- NY-11, which takes in all of Staten Island plus a significant chunk of southwest Brooklyn, from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton through Bensonhurst and Gravesend into Flatbush. It includes the buildings in Brooklyn developed by Fred Trump-- where his then-unknown son Donald was caught discriminating against black and Puer...

02:56

NYT Reporter: Clinton Lawyer Vigorously Denied Funding Trump-Russia Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

The New York Times was onto this scoop as well. Apparently when NY Time reporter, Kenneth Vogel questioned Clintons campaign lawyer, Marc Elias, he pushed back vigorously saying his sources were wrong.

NY Times reporter Kenneth Vogel tweeted, When I tried to report this story, Clinton campaign lawyer pushed back vigorously, saying You (or your sources) are wrong.

02:49

WaPo Reports Clinton Campaign and DNC Paid For Trump Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Theres a myriad of angles within this that must be reviewed prior to absorbing content. First, do not think the Washington Post is ever going to frame a damaging article against the Clintons or DNC; it is beyond their inherent Continue reading

02:42

House Intel Committee Identifies Ben Rhodes As Person Of Interest In Unmasking Scandal, Testifies Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Person of interest = if you mean the prime mover behind it all. Via Daily Caller: Ben Rhodes, formerly Barack Obamas deputy national security adviser, is set to testify Wednesday before the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The committee identified Rhodes as a person of interest in the []

02:41

And Now Leon Wieseltier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pigs, it seems, come in all sorts. We have jet-setting celebrity cave men like Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, bragging about the models and actresses they lured to their luxury motel suites; we have Roger Ailes, constructing Fox New as a personal fantasy of beautiful but tough women showing their legs under his glass tables, but unable to get any more from them than a too-long hug; we have priests who can't keep their hands off the altar boys and high school teachers unhinged by the youthful sexuality of their students. For me the discovery of new exo-planets was somewhat dimmed when I discovered that astronomer Geoff Marcy, whose team at that point had discovered more distant worlds than any other, sexually harassed his students for decades; investigators found pictures of female students on his cell phone that he took during his own lectures.

We also have men who seem thoughtful and interesting, some of them rooted in old moral and religious traditions, posing as prophets while they reach under their guests' skirts or slip rohypnol into their drinks. Men who have expressed much that is best in humanity in philosophy, politics and art Picasso, Arthur Koestler, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby turn out to be monsters when it comes to sex and women.

Which brings me to Leon Wieseltier, who just lost his chance to launch a new magazine called Idea after former employees launched a small movement to expose him:

Several women on the email chain said they were humiliated when Mr. Wieseltier sloppily kissed them on the mouth, sometimes in front of other staff members. Others said he discussed his sex life, once describing the breasts of a former girlfriend in detail. Mr. Wieseltier made passes at female staffers, they said, and pressed them for details about their own sexual encounters.

One woman recounted that while she was attempting to fact-check a column Mr. Wieseltier wrote, he forced her to look at a photograph of a nude sculpture in an art book, asking her if she had ever seen a more erotic picture. She wrote that she was shaken and afraid during the incident.

Mr. Wieseltier often commented on what women wore to the office, the former staff members said, telling them that their dresses were not tight enough. One woman said he left a note on her desk thanking her for the miniskirt she wore to the office that day. She said she never wore a skirt to the office again.
As to scale, so far this looks more like Roger Ailes than Bill Cosby, pathetic fumbling that frightened women mainly be...

02:15

SEKULOW: Loretta Lynch Threatened FBI Informant on Uranium One Scandal With Prosecution DURING 2016 ELECTION (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An attorney for Trump Jay Sekulow and his son, attorney Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ discussed the new Russian-Uranium One developments on their radio show Jay Live Tuesday, specifically focusing on the FBI informant. 

As previously reported, not only was the FBI informant working on the Russian bribery case threatened by the Obama administration, he was blocked by the DOJ under then-AG Loretta Lynch from testifying to Congress.

Sara Carter of Circa News spoke to the FBI informants lawyer Victoria Toensing.

According to Circa Newsthe FBI informant wanted to testify to Congress about pertinent information that the Russians were attempting to gain access to former President Bill Clinton and his wife, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to influence the Obama administrations decision on the purchase of Uranium One, Toensing said.

Now this

Jay and Jordan Sekulow were discussing the FBI informant on their radio show on Tuesday and said Obamas DOJ and FBI didnt threaten the FBI informant right away.

The FBI informant started providing information in 2009. It wasnt until the 2016 presidential election that they threatened him with prosecution!

This goes back to 2009 so Im assuming this informant goes back to sometime around then. He was not threatened about speaking until the 2016 election. It was during the 2016 presidential election that the DOJ and FBI threatened to enforce the agreement with prosecution, Jordan Sekulow said.

Video:

02:13

Deliver Us documentary on Italian exorcists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Premiering on October 26 in the UK and Europe, Deliver Us is a documentary  on exorcists in Italy trying to keep up with an increasing global demand for church-sanctioned exorcism. The Telegraphs movie reviewer Rachel Ray gave Deliver Us 4 Continue reading

02:05

Clinton Campaign Lawyer Vigorously Denied Being Behind Dossier (When He Was In Fact Behind It) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

But hes just the lawyer, the real person of course behind it is Hillary and the DNC. Add in McCain and this all led to Americans being spied on and unmasked. None of these people have any right to pretend to be public servants. Via Daily Caller: Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias vigorously denied his []

01:57

RINO STOOGE John McCain Delivered Trump Dossier to FBI for Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post published a bombshell on the discredited Trump dossier on Tuesday.

As Kristinn Taylor reported earlier on The Gateway Pundit the WaPo article claims the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

Back in January before the inauguration RINO Senator John McCain admitted he was the one to turn over this FAKE NEWS GOLDEN SHOWER report to the FBI!

The Daily Mail reported:

Sworn Donald Trump enemy John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect.

The Arizona senator issued a public statement amid mounting questions of his exact role in the affair and how a document riddled with errors and unverifiable claims came to be published.

Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public, he said.

Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI.

That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.

More James Comey used the fake Clinton-funded Trump Dossier as leverage to keep his job at the FBI.

...

01:38

The Supreme Court Just Killed The Refugee Ban Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Supreme Court does it again. Via Daily Caller: The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the second and final challenge to President Donald Trumps executive order on refugees and migrants Tuesday, concluding that the expiration of a 120-day ban on refugee resettlement ended the controversy. The dismissal ends a protracted round of litigating around the presidents order []

01:37

CNN Propagandist Don Lemon Weeps on Air After Reading Letter to Trump (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is CNN

CNNs Don Lemon read a letter HE WROTE to President Trump last night on the air.

he then broke down in tears after reading the words live on the air.

It was Don Lemons cheap attempt to push the far left agenda and gain liberal support.

Good grief.

Larry OConnor at Mediaite reported:

Just hours after CNN self-importantly and sanctimoniously claimed theyd be the network of Facts First one of the 3rd place news outlets anchors took to the air and read a letter hed written to President Donald Trump and Gold Star Widow Myeshia Johnson. He then broke down in tears overcome by the emotional power of his own words.

Facts first. An apple is an apple and will never be a banana.

Lemons letter/monologue began with FACTS designed to puff himself and his broadcast up a bit, I interviewed you multiple times. Youve introduced me to your family. The preamble also offered FACTS that served the purpose to paint Lemon as a victim of Trumps unwarranted abuse, Youve also criticized me publicly, both in front of cameras and on Twitter, calling me hateful, dumb, a lightweight.

FACTS make no doubt about it. These are all FACTS and Lemon presented those FACTS first. But then, several seconds later, Lemon ventured into the realm of speculation and opinion as the entire premise of his monologue:

I feel compelled to do that after this latest controversy with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. Your tweet this morning essentially called her a liar.

Your tweet this morning essentially called her a liar. Essentially. Well CNN, did Trump call Mrs. Johnson a liar or didnt he? Why equivocate? You are dealing in the world of FACTS here, not interpretation, right?

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01:14

BOOM! Clinton Campaign, DNC Paid for Bogus Russia Dossier on Trump: Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post has a bombshell report published Tuesday evening that the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of Trump.

The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.

The dossier has been at the heart of accusations by the Clinton campaign that Trump stole the elcetion by colluding with the Russians.

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trumps connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.

Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the firm in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Prior to that agreement, Fusion GPSs research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC through the law firm continued to fund Fusion GPSs research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day.

Fusion GPS gave Steeles reports and other research documents to Elias, the people familiar with the matter said. It is unclear how or how much of that information was shared with the campaign and DNC, and who in those organizations was aware of the roles of Fusion GPS and Steele. One person close to the matter said the campaign and the DNC werent informed of Fusion GPSs role by the law firm.

SNIP

Elias and Fusion GPS declined to comment on the arrangement. Spokespersons for the Clinton campaign and the DNC had no immediate comment.

People involved in the matter said they would not disclose the dollar-amounts paid to Fusion GPS, but said the campaign and the DNC shared the cost.

...

01:11

Dissecting the Lefts Language of Emotion, Victimization, and Violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In 2017 America, the left has created a dystopia where the whole world is genderless, fat, and self-important. Nobody watches the Olympics anymore, instead we have a new international game called Intersectionality where you tally up the number of victim points you have, and the winner receives top-tier jobs offers, New York Times op-eds, placement at top universities, and more lenient grading, because tough grading is racist (unless youre a straight, white male).

At colleges, the students are the professors, and minority students can attack and harass the people who were hired to teach them, and to who their student loan debt finances their salary.

If only they didnt think that books were racist, they might open one . . . Like, perhaps, Ludwig Wittgensteins 1953 masterpiece Philosophical Investigations. In that book, Wittgenstein discusses the nature of language. The meaning a person attaches to a word when they use it can be extremely difficult to understand if both individuals do not have shared values and cultural outlooks. So, if I ask you where your family is from, you would most likely say something like, Well, my mothers family were settlers, and my father came here from Europe in the 1950s, where a person on the left would be offended by the micro-aggression of the question itself.

While the question was obviously asked in English by an English speaker to another English speaker because the two people have different cultures, groups, and religions (or lack thereof) that they ascribe to, it makes it difficult for the two English speakers to communicate this is a personal language. Personal languages inhibit languages inherent role in society and make it impossible to have a dialogue, this is why we see the lack of a communication and political polarization in our society right now.

Personal languages are based on sensations and feelings that only on...

01:07

SARAH SANDERS: Trump Will Be Remembered For Defeating ISIS, One Of The Strongest Economies, & Millions Of American Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders laid into a liberal shill Stephen Portnoy, of CBS Radio, who attempted to push the notion that Trump will be remembered in history as having debased the country. This notion and quote was pulled from a moody speech given by Trump hater and RINO Jeff Flake earlier this morning, where Flake announced that he would not seek re-election (good riddance).

Stephen Portnoy began his question, If I could just pick up on what Jon was talking about. One of the criticisms from Senator Corker today was the idea that history will most remember President Trump for debasing the country.

Portnoy proclaimed, You hear, in Senator Flakes remarks, the idea that he seemed to be writing it for history. Continuing, he presented a misreading of former President Bushs remarks, in which he spoke in broad terms of both the left and right, earlier this week, How do you think history will view not only the remarks of the two senators today, but also former President Bush last week?

Sarah Sanders, never one to take the bait, went through President Trumps historic accomplishments in the short nine months since he has taken office:

I certainly think history is going to look at this President as somebody who helped defeat ISIS, who built an economy that was stronger than its been in several decades, who brought unemployment to a 16-year low, whos created over 1.7 million jobs since being elected.

I think those are the things that people actually care about, not some petty comments from Senator Corker and Senator Flake.  And I think theyre a lot more concerned about the big policy initiatives that this President is driving, including historic tax cuts, which were going to get done by the end of this year, and then start focusing on some other things.

Those are the things this President will be remembered by, and I think those are pretty good certainly good facts, and ones that were happy to standby.

The post SARAH SANDERS: Trump Will Be Remembered For Defeating ISIS, One Of The Strongest Economies, & Millions Of...

01:03

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud: We Will Eradicate Extremism Very Soon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Today the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, son of King Salman, ally to U.S. President Trump, guardian of the Holy Mosques, delivered remarks during a conference on investment that stunned the regional geopolitical world. Of Continue reading

01:00

Emails: Obama DOJ Officials Sought To Route Slush Fund Cash To Orgs Of Their Choosing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Payoffs to support leftist organizations with government/taxpayer funds. Via Free Beacon: Former President Obamas Department of Justice sought to route settlement money to organizations of their choosing while seeking to exclude conservative groups, documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show. The practice in question began in August 2014 when the Justice Department entered into []

00:46

HERE'S WHY JEFF FLAKE'S SPEECH WON'T CHANGE ANY MINDS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Arizona senator Jeff Flake, a critic of President Trump who's been polling miserably and was up for reelection in 2018, announced today that he won't run next year, then attacked the president in a speech on the Senate floor.

And even though Washington insiders are predicting that speech will wind up in the history books, it won't make any difference. It certainly won't change any pro-Trump minds.

That's for a simple reason: Trump supporters are angry Fox News/talk radio Republicans, which means that they believe every accusation Flake leveled at Trump has already been proven ... with regard to President Obama.

Some examples from Flake's speech:

We must never regard as "normal" the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.
From the beginning of Obama's presidency, Republicans were told that he was a dictator. They were told that he violated democratic norms by appointing "czars" (even though presidents before him had done the same thing). They thought Obamacare was totalitarian. They thought Obama's IRS abused conservative groups. They thought he flouted the law when he chose not to deport Dreamers.
We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country
Every Republican thinks that Obama was the most divisive president in recent memory.
... the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency....
Personal attacks? Obama said mean things about Fox News a couple of times. Threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions? See what I said about democratic norms above. Flagrant disregard for truth? Obama said if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor! Decency? Obama invited rappers to the White House!
When we remain silent and fail to act when we know that that silence and inaction is the wrong thing to do -- because of political considerations, because we might make enemies, because we might alienate the base, because we might provoke a primary challenge, because ad infinitum, ad nauseum -- when we succumb to those considerations in spite of what should be greater considerations and imperatives in defense of the institutions of our liberty, then we dishonor ou...

00:38

BREAKING: Clinton Campaign And The DNC Paid For Research That Led To Trump Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No surprise. So it was Clinton and the Democrats who coordinated with a firm associated with the Russians to smear Trump. Via WaPo: The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trumps connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign []

00:26

Since Inauguration, CNN Mentioned Russia Over 16,000 Times Only Spent 4 Minutes on Clinton-Uranium One Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Very fake news CNN is obsessed with Russia. According to Project Veritas, CNN mentioned Russia nearly 16,000 times from the inauguration through their last count in late June.

For a network full of sycophants obsessed with Russia, one would think they would be excited to report on the Clinton-Uranium One scandal involving the sale of 20% of Americas Uranium to Russia.

It turns out that in a 7 day period, CNN spent only 3 minutes and 54 seconds reporting on what is arguably the biggest scandal in U.S. history.

According to a study conducted by Newsbusters Media Research Center CNN had produced less than five minutes (3 minutes, 54 seconds) of actual news coverage about the case (Uranium One scandal).

From 7am ET October 17 through 7am ET October 24, CNNs reporters and anchors only mentioned the scandal twice: first, on October 19, after President Trump scolded reporters for failing to cover the story, anchor Wolf Blitzer offered a 19-second explanation of what Trump was talking about.

Wolf Blitzer also interviewed Obama hack Jake Sullivan (for a little over 3 minutes) who claimed Trumps charge of corruption against the Clintons had no basis in fact. Surprisingly, Blitzer pushed back a litte bit and brought up the Clinton Foundation receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars while Bill Clinton was traveling to Russia to give speeches, collecting enormous fees.

CNN hack Dana Bash brushed it off as merely a conservative conspiracy theory:

What we do know is that the President tweeted about it a couple of days ago, on the 19th of October. Sean Hannity, Fox News, the conservative media, from Bre...

00:15

VIDEO: Paid Democratic Operative Throws Russian Flags At Trump And McConnell (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Where the hell is security? Hes Ryan Calhoun, who worked for Bob Creamer. Bob Creamer was the Democratic operative behind staging protests against Republicans last year. He also visited the Obama White House 342 times, probably more than most Cabinet Secretaries.

00:03

US Lawmakers Urge Attorney General To Look Into Prosecuting Environmentalists As Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Several members of Congress signed on to a letter recommending Attorney General Jeff Sessions look into whether the Justice Department has the laws it needs to prosecute environmental activists challenging pipelines as if they are terrorists.

The letter asks Sessions if the USA PATRIOT Act and Pipeline Safety Act contain enough provisions to criminalize actions against energy infrastructure at the federal level. It also asks if the Justice Department plans to prosecute any of the individuals involved in the alleged attempted sabotage of four major crude oil pipelines in multiple states on October 11, 2016.

Do the attacks against the nations energy infrastructure, which pose a threat to human life, and appear to be intended to intimidate and coerce policy changes, fall within the DOJs understanding of [domestic terrorism]? representatives add.

It appears to be an effort to convince the Justice Department to take a far greater role in helping energy interests and affiliated trade groups in their efforts to stamp out dissent against oil and gas operations.

Ken Buck, a representative from Colorado and one of the authors of the letter, has received over $400,000 from oil and gas industry interests in his political career.

While most of the representatives who signed on to the letter were Republicans, two were DemocratsGene Green and Henry Cuellar, who are both from Texas. Cuellar has received nearly $600,000 from oil and gas interests in his political career.

The letter declares, Recent incidents of individuals attempting to shut down lines by turning valves at pump stations illustrate the danger. Operation of pipeline facilities by unqualified personnel could result in a rupturethe consequences of which would be devastating. Even though some activists commit these acts of sabotage to raise awareness about climate change, they only create the serious risk of harm to the environment they claim to care about.

It emphasizes the risks to humans and the environment posed by direct actions aimed at halting pipeline construction, which activists, community groups, or indigenous people believe pose a threat to their well-being and livelihood.

Sessions is a climate change denier. In 2014, he...

Tuesday, 24 October

23:54

Leaked Emails Prove Obama DOJ Funneled Slush Fund Money To Leftist Groups "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Justice Department under President Obama funneled slush fund money to left-leaning activist groups, leaked documents show. The DOJ settlement program has come under fire by a number of critics who refer to it as a slush fund that allows money to be funneled to third-party activist groups, writes Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon. 

Washington Free Beacon reports:

The practice in question began in August 2014 when the Justice Department entered into a $17-billion settlement with Bank of America for selling residential mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial collapse. Similar arrangements were made with J.P Morgan Chase and Citigroup that brought the total amount to $36.65 billion.

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Approved nonprofits included groups such as UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), NeighborWorks America, and the National Urban League, which gives grants to left-leaning community organizing groups.

The documents obtained by the Free Beacon show that individuals in the Justice Department sought to route money to allied groups while excluding conservative groups.

Im sorry to be a pest. We keep tinkering with the settlement agreement and I want to make sure we are doing it right, Elizabeth Taylor, then the principal deputy associate attorney general, wrote in a November 6, 2013 email. Can you explain to Tony the best way to allocate some money to an organization of our choosing? she later added, referring to Associate Attorney General Tony West. (Emails are below)

Washington Free Beacon provides a transcript of an email, where Justice Department officials are mulling over potential groups to route money to Pacific Legal Foundation, was barred from receiving funds because it is a right-leaning organization specializing in  property-rights free legal services.

The...

23:41

Jeff Flake To Retire, Says Trump Era Politics Are Nasty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Bye Felicia. Via Journal Gazette: WASHINGTON Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, announced Tuesday he would not run for re-election in 2018, condemning in a speech aimed at President Donald Trump the flagrant disregard of truth and decency that is undermining U.S. democracy. In a speech on the floor of the Senate, Flake said, []

23:40

FAKE HATE: Black Man Arrested for KKK Leave N*ggers Graffiti at Eastern Michigan University "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Racist vandals spray-painted KKK on a dormitory wall last year at Eastern Michigan University.

The graffiti spelled out: KKK Leave N*ggers.

Protesters marched through the streets of Ypsianti chanting, No justice, no peace! after the slur was painted on the Eastern Michigan University campus.

Recently Michigan police arrested former student Eddie Curlin for the crime.
Eddie is black.

The AP reported:

A 29-year-old black former Eastern Michigan University student has been arraigned on charges stemming from anti-black graffiti found on the Ypsilanti campus last year.

The university says Eddie Curlin, who studied there from 2014 to early 2016, was arraigned Monday in Washtenaw County District Court on three counts of malicious destruction of property, four counts of identity theft and one count of using computers to commit a crime.

Graffiti was found painted on exterior building walls in September and October 2016 and a racist message was found in a mens restroom stall last spring.

The incidents led to protests by students, and the university offered a $10,000 reward for information.

The post FAKE HATE: Black Man Arrested for KKK Leave N*ggers Graffiti at Eas...

23:28

Poor Jeff Flake Just Called It A Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Today Jeff Flake announced his retirement with a withering blast at Seor Trumpanzee.""We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal... It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. In this century, a new phrase to describe the accommodation of a new and undesirable order, that phrase being the new normal. That we must never adjust to the present coarseness of our national dialogue with the tone set up at the top. We must never regard as normal the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals, we must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country. The personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institution the flagrant disregard for truth and decency. The reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have been elected to serve. None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that that is just the way things are now. If we simply become inured to this condition, thinking that its just politics as usual, then heaven help us. Without fear of the consequences and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe or palatable, we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified. And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit and weakness. It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, why didnt you do something? Why didnt you speak up? What are we going to say?" Listen to the whole incredible speech above.

John McCormack's look at what would have been Flake's grim-- but brave-- march towards likely defeat in the Arizona Republican primary for the Weekly Standard raised a very crucial question for our politics: "How much room is there in the GOP to cri...

23:22

Due Process Making A Comeback At Colleges Across America (Finally!) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

About damn time. Via The Federalist: Many times throughout history societies cast aside the idea of due process, such as during the Salem witch trials and the 1980s and 90s satanic day care scares. In each case, those accused were not given a proper chance to defend themselves, and society was told to believe the []

23:17

TYT-Linked Activist Attacks Trump Using Debunked Russian Hacking Narrative "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today, a protestor managed to breach security at the Capitol Building in D.C., yelling Trump is treason and throwing []

23:09

WINNING! Donald Trump Jr. Celebrates Jeff Flake Retirement #MAGA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As The Gateway Pundit reported, in a stunning announcement Tuesday, RINO of all RINOs Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018. 

AMEN!

Trump hater and RINO Jeff Flake even trashed the Republican party and POTUS Trump on his way out the door!

Good riddance! We dont need Democrat allies like Flake in the Senate.

Flake was down by 26 points to GOP challenger Dr. Kelli Ward in recent polling.

He knew he didnt have a chance.

Good riddance to another Trump hating RINO. 2018 is looking good for the MAGA movement!

Trump supporters set Twitter ablaze in celebration of ANOTHER RINO hack biting the dust! Whos next??

And Don Jr. joined in on the fun!

Don Jr. is very active on Twitter. As soon as RINO hack Jeff Flake announced he wasnt seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018, Don Jr. immediately celebrated by Tweeting out the announcement with a #MAGA celebration.

: Arizonas Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate

The post WINNING! Donald Trump Jr. Celebrates Jeff Flake Retirement #MAGA appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

23:02

Democratic Aide Charged With Paying His Bosses Rival To Drop Out Of Primary Race "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In hindsight, would you want to be represented by someone whod drop out of the race because someone paid him? Via Philly.com: U.S. Rep. Bob Bradys longtime political strategist has become the latest target in a widening federal probe of a $90,000 payment the congressman made to a primary challenger in 2012 to convince the []

22:40

NFL Kneelers: Why The Anthem Matters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Caller: NFL kneelers have started a firestorm regarding our National Anthem and article after article have discussed what the National Anthem means. Although perhaps well intentioned, all of these discussions miss the main issue. The issue is not what the National Anthem might mean to this or that individual but rather why the []

22:35

Rand Paul Is Only Lawmaker Who Refused To Stand, Applaud Jeff Flake Trashing POTUS Trump On Senate Floor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gave a bridge burning speech on the Senate floor after news broke that he will not seek re-election in 2018. According to Daily Beast reporter Andrew Desiderio, every lawmaker who attended the speech, both Democrats and Republicans, stood and clapped for Flake except Rand Paul.

The KY lawmaker didnt see the virtue in trashing Trump as tax reform is on the table.

All stood and clapped after Flakes speechexcept @RandPaul, tweeted Desiderio.

Below is a list of all the Senators who were present.

Trump hater and RINO Jeff Flake trashed the Republican party and POTUS Trump on his way out the door!

Good riddance! We dont need Democrat allies like Flake in the Senate.

Here are Flakes full remarks:

The post Rand Paul Is Only Lawmaker Who Refused To Stand, Applaud Jeff Flake Trashing POTUS Trump On Senate Floor appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

22:14

BREAKING: #Rev18 Declares Victory As Jeff Flake Chickens Out Of Primary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pro-Trump super PAC Rev18 is celebrating the ouster of Never Trump Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who announced today that he will not seek reelection next year. Jeff Flake joins the list of incumbents too timid to face the Trump voters, Rev18 Political Director Jack Posobiec told GotNews. Posobiec noted that Flakes decision to withdraw from []

The post BREAKING: #Rev18 Declares Victory As Jeff Flake Chickens Out Of Primary appeared first on GotNews.

22:11

Toodles Senator Jeff Flake Concedes: The Peasants are Revolting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

More MAGA winning today as another senatorial blockage in the swamp is cleared. Senator Jeff Flake announces he will not seek reelection. Toodles ! Senator Jeff Flake told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced Continue reading

22:06

White House Spox on Jeff Flake: Based on Lack of Support he Has from Arizona Thats Probably a Good Move (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a stunning political development anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)announced on Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018.

Flake was down by 26 points to GOP challenger Dr. Kelli Ward in recent polling.
He knew he didnt have a chance.

Jeff Flake trashed Republican voters and President Trump on the way out the door.

On Tuesday afternoon White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters it was probably a good idea Flake was not seeking reelection.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Based on previous statements and based on the lack of support he has from Arizona thats probably a good move.

Heres more from Huckabee Sanders defending the president and Republican voters after Jeff Flakes toxic speech.

The post White House Spox on Jeff Flake: Based on Lack of Support he Has from Arizona Thats Probably a Good Move (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

22:04

Na aba de Temer, ministros tambm podem se livrar de processo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Presidente Michel Temer e ministro Moreira Franco durante reunio em Braslia, em setembro de 2016.

22:02

Kathy Griffin: Theres A Nazi In The Oval Office "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Washington Examiner: Comedian Kathy Griffin on Tuesday labelled Trump a moron and Nazi, adding she was sorry on behalf of the U.S. for putting this guy on everyone elses lap. I am going to call him a moron and Nazi. Americans are skittish about calling him a Nazi, but he is one, Griffin told []

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