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  • After Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting, FBI Scrambled to Find and Punish Source, Emails Show

    12/15/2017 1:25:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 15, 2017 | By Max Kutner
    After news broke about an airport meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in the midst of last year’s presidential campaign, the FBI scrambled to identify the source who leaked details about the encounter and discipline him or her, according to emails released on the FBI website on Friday. The internal emails show that on June 29, 2016, a senior spokeswoman for the Justice Department emailed her counterparts at the FBI to flag articles that were starting to appear about the meeting. In the email, the spokeswoman, Melanie Newman, described the encounter as “a casual,...
  • This Is How You Got Trump

    12/06/2017 9:29:08 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 27 replies ^ | Dec 07, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    I’ve said it many times before, and it remains true today: If Donald Trump were up against anyone other than the people he’s up against, he’d be in trouble. As it is, the president’s opponents (or enemies, depending on how they classify themselves) are his greatest asset. The professional pearl-clutching class has engaged their fainting couches too often in fits of faux outrage that their screams and protestations now fall on ears that aren’t deaf, they’re indifferent. When Brian Ross of ABC News “reported” former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was prepared to testify Trump had ordered him to make...
  • Mueller Removed Top F.B.I. Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

    12/02/2017 9:17:20 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 86 replies
    WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, removed a top F.B.I. agent from his investigation into Russian election meddling after the Justice Department’s inspector general began examining whether the agent had sent text messages that expressed anti-Trump political views, according to three people briefed on the matter. The agent, Peter Strzok, is considered one of the most experienced and trusted F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators. He helped lead the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account, and then played a major role in the investigation into links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
  • Pitts: Time to cancel Thanksgiving? We seem to hate one another

    11/22/2017 12:45:14 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 84 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | November 22, 2017 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
    So maybe we should just cancel Thanksgiving this year? It’s probably an attractive idea to many of those now traveling over the river and through the woods for turkey, cranberry sauce and political arguments that promise more angst than a flat tire in a thunderstorm. It grows increasingly clear that the problem in America just now isn’t that we disagree with one another. It is, rather, that we hate one another. You may think that an overstatement, but the word is used advisedly. Take the case of GOP senatorial candidate Roy Moore as an example. As you surely know, some...
  • U.S. Justice Dept Eyes Spring to Release Findings on FBI Handling of Clinton Email Probe

    11/15/2017 2:01:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 15, 2017 | By Sarah N. Lynch
    WASHINGTON - The internal watchdog at the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday he hopes to complete his review by early spring into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation erred when it announced it was reopening its investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. "We have interviewed dozens of people. We are not at the 100 level yet, but we're in the dozens range. We've reviewed about 1.2 million records in the course of the investigation," Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said, in testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives panel. "We are...
  • Kimberley Strassel: The Fusion GPS dossier was one of the dirtiest political tricks in US history

    11/10/2017 10:49:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 10, 2017 | by Kimberley Strassel
    The Steele dossier has already become a thing of John le Carré-like intrigue—British spies, Kremlin agents, legal cutouts, hidden bank accounts. What all this obscures is the more immediate point: The dossier amounts to one of the dirtiest tricks in U.S. political history. It was perpetrated by Team Clinton and yielded a vast payoff for Hillary’s campaign. “Details from the dossier were not reported before Election Day,” ran a recent CNN story. Hillary Clinton herself stressed the point in a recent “Daily Show” appearance. This is utterly untrue. In British court documents Mr. Steele has acknowledged he briefed U.S. reporters...
  • An alternative history of the year since Election Day 2016 (Hillary wins - Democrat fantasy)

    11/09/2017 7:14:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2017 | Rachel Sklar
    The year since the 2016 election has been dizzying. But would it have been just as dizzying if Hillary Clinton had won? A year into the scariest experiment the American Experiment has ever experimented with, here’s a glimpse at the alternate timeline that we just barely missed out on. Nov. 8, 2016: Madam President! The first female president of the United States, Hillary Clinton, wins the popular vote by 3 million votes and ekes out a narrow electoral college victory by winning Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, just like the polls all said! On Etsy, a million “Madam President” onesies go...
  • Biden: 'I regret that I am not president,' but 'it was the right decision' for family [barf]

    11/09/2017 9:30:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 9, 2017, 7:30 AM ET | Adam Kelsey
    Just over two years ago, then-Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not run to succeed President Barack Obama in 2016. This week he admitted he regrets that he doesn’t occupy the Oval Office, given the potential he sees in the United States. “I regret that I am not president because I think there is so much opportunity,” Biden told Oprah Winfrey in a clip from an OWN interview aired exclusively by “Good Morning America” on Thursday. “I think America is so incredibly well positioned.” Biden, who served eight years as Obama’s vice president after 36 years in the...
  • This is Priceless (Trump victory reel)

    11/08/2017 6:25:17 PM PST · by bigbob · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-13-16 | Doug Smyka
    2:27 video compilation from one year ago..."priceless"
  • Federal Subpoenas Seek Info on Carl Icahn’s Role as Trump Adviser

    11/08/2017 1:48:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 8, 2017 | by TOM WINTER and TRACY CONNOR
    Prosecutors are investigating whether billionaire businessman Carl Icahn pushed for a federal policy change that would have benefited one of his investments while he was serving as an adviser to President Donald Trump. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan has issued subpoenas to Icahn's company and another company, CVR Energy, in which he has an 82 percent stake, both firms disclosed in regulatory filings. CVR is a publicly traded company that specializes in refining and is valued at nearly $3 billion. The companies said they are cooperating with the subpoenas, which were first reported by Bloomberg. "The U.S. Attorney's office...
  • Anniversary Of Donald Trump's Presidential Win Has Protesters Screaming

    11/08/2017 9:52:07 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 42 replies
    KLCC ^ | November 7, 2017 | Brian Bull
    A year after his upset presidential victory, critics of Donald Trump took to the streets of Eugene today. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the protest went primal, fast. About 30 people with the group, Indivisible Eugene, gathered near the federal courthouse, to decry the GOP tax bill, Trump’s cabinet picks, and the President’s inaction on gun control following mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. With real and paper megaphones at the ready, anti-Trump activists let loose with what’s called “primal scream therapy”…a way to release pent-up frustration. "AAAAAAAaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!” This went on…. “AAAAAaaaahhhh!!!” …a couple more times… “AAAAAaaaahh!!” Activists then...
  • Democrats try to look forward but are still haunted by 2016

    11/07/2017 11:59:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | November 7, 2017 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, AP
    Time has not healed the Democratic party's wounds. On Election Day 2016, Democrats suffered a devastating and shocking loss. A year later, they're still sorting through the wreckage. The infighting, the divisive personalities and the questions about how it happened are still front and center, threatening to hold the party back in elections on Tuesday and into next year's midterms. The party has several big choices to make. Some argue for a greater focus on white voters who didn't graduate from college, a demographic that swung sharply to Trump, especially in the Rust Belt states that handed the president his...
  • Congressional investigators to question longtime Trump aide

    11/07/2017 10:30:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | November 7, 2017 | by BENJAMIN SIEGEL
    A longtime aide to President Donald Trump who followed the businessman-turned-president from New York City to the White House is expected on Capitol Hill Tuesday to face questions from congressional Russia investigators. Keith Schiller, who served in the West Wing as Trump’s director of Oval Office operations until September, will meet with the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors as the panel investigates Russian election interference and allegations of collusion between the Russia and the Trump campaign. A former New York City police officer, Schiller has been a fixture at Trump’s side for decades, serving as a body man for...
  • Report: Comey claimed Clinton was "grossly negligent" in emails in early drafts of assessment

    11/07/2017 10:06:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 7, 2017 | By EMILY TILLETT
    In an early draft of former FBI Director James Comey's assessment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides' mishandling of classified materials, Comey reportedly called the actions "grossly negligent," according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing documents received by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, reports that the phrase was included twice in a May 2016 draft of Comey's statement, which was written before he conducted interviews with several key witnesses, including Clinton herself. The final statement in July, however, used the phrase "extremely careless" instead. "There is evidence to support...
  • The Democratic Party is a disaster. We have to start over

    11/06/2017 11:14:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 5, 2017 | by Maria Bustillos
    You know the “Blue Screen of Death”? The way your PC screen turns blue when the Windows operating system goes kaput? During the Clinton administration, the cause of a BSoD was liable to be hardware-related — owing, say, to a failed motherboard — so the bluetastrophe was lethal. Irreparable. The disaster that befell the Democratic Party a year ago is exactly this kind of fatal blow, a political BSoD. We Democrats believed that things were moving, slowly, in the right direction; that our Republican friends and relatives would see sense, somehow, eventually — no way were they really that racist,...
  • Inside Story: How Russians Hacked the Democrats' Emails

    11/03/2017 12:18:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 3, 2017 | By RAPHAEL SATTER, JEFF DONN and CHAD DAY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign. The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who worked for Clinton during her first presidential run, the messages bounced back untouched. Except one. Within nine days, some of the campaign's most consequential secrets would be in the hackers' hands, part of a massive operation aimed at vacuuming up millions of messages from thousands of inboxes across the world.
  • One year later, Democrats try to use painful lessons of 2016 to guide future campaigns

    11/03/2017 8:27:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 3, 2017 | by Evan Halper and David Lauter
    As hordes of progressives make plans to scream helplessly at the sky Wednesday to protest the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election, the influential Democrats whose strategic missteps and disconnectedness to the electorate helped deliver his victory have other plans. The operatives and donors who propelled Hillary Clinton’s campaign are combing ever deeper through the painful details of an election gone terribly wrong for Democrats as they determinedly try to correct course. They are seizing on the clarity that comes with distance to plunge into difficult discussions about what might have been done differently – and how they can put...
  • As a Democrat, I'm appalled by the (alleged) conduct of the DNC and the Clinton campaign

    11/02/2017 2:44:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 2, 2017 | by Capri Cafaro
    It is not easy to expose the wrongdoing of powerful people or powerful organizations, especially if you have spent years in service to them. So, I tip my hat to Donna Brazile, a long-time Democratic Party operative and former interim chair of the DNC, for laying bare the mismanagement and exploitation of the organization she inherited last year. Brazile’s damning op-ed in Politico outlined the shocking truth behind the curtains at the DNC. While many speculated that the DNC was shilling for Hillary Clinton through the 2016 primaries, I don’t know if anyone truly recognized the extent of the institutionalized...
  • EPA Replaced Its Top Science Advisers Without Telling Them

    11/02/2017 1:00:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 78 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 1, 2017 | By Alexander C. Kaufman
    The Environmental Protection Agency dismissed its top science counselors without telling them in advance, two of them told HuffPost on Wednesday. The head of the Science Advisory Board, Peter Thorne, and the head of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Deborah Swackhamer, said they learned from news reporters that they had been replaced. “This is really a destruction of the scientific integrity at EPA,” said Thorne, a University of Iowa professor of occupational and environmental health who has served as the head of the Science Advisory Board since 2015. “It’s disheartening to see.” Swackhamer went public five months ago with accusations...
  • Donna Brazile's Curious Account of the 2016 Election

    11/02/2017 10:55:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2, 2017 | by David A. Graham
    The former DNC chair seems eager to jump on the Bernie Sanders bandwagon, but her claims of ignorance about party favoritism toward Hillary Clinton don’t add up. For defeated politicians, the period after an election is for score-settling. For defeated political operatives, it’s about positioning for the next race. And if a juicy excerpt from Donna Brazile’s new book Hacks is an indication, the longtime Democratic operative and former interim chair of the Democratic National Party seems to think the future is Bernie Sanders. Brazile’s piece, in Politico Magazine, is a fascinating document, though maybe not always for the reasons...