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Boss appreciates a dedication to job on employees first day

BBC:
Alabama employee gets new car from boss after 20-mile walk The young man in this story showed remarkable perseverance in getting to work and the boss was so impressed he drove down to thank him personally and give him his car.  It is worth reading in full.  The guy had been looking for work for some time and was not going to allow car trouble to keep him from showing up so he walked all night to get there on time.  Cops stopped him and were so impressed they bought him breakfast and then took him to a house where he was to help a family pack for a move.

Democrat move to the extreme left likely to lead to problems for the party

IBD:
Long-time political watchers have been shocked in recent months to see formerly powerful Democratic Party leaders ousted by far-left challenges within their own party. The once-proud centrist party of the working class, the Democrats are now a party of the hard left.
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These may all seem sudden. But in reality, these shifts have been in the making for years. The Democratic Party of old — mildly liberal but mostly solidly centrist — is a thing of the past.

Sure, today's Democrats and their allies in the big media talk about the "extreme right" and "ultra right" Republican Party. They call rank and file Republicans racists and nazis.

But, as numerous studies and polls confirm, it's the Democratic Party that has moved far left — while the Republican Party has more or less remained where it was.

Last year, a Pew report, "The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider," showed that the split between Democrats and Republicans on key pol…

Greedy EU fines Google because its phone operating system is too popular

NY Times:
Google Fined $5.1 Billion by E.U. in Android Antitrust Ruling
European officials hit the internet giant with a record penalty for abusing its power in the smartphone market.The decision on Wednesday underlined how European authorities are aggressively pushing for stronger regulation of the digital economy. The EU seems determined to be the world's biggest control freaks.  They are unfair to successful American companies routinely.   Will the liberal haters who run Google now consider that Trump may be right about the EU and its anti-US policies?  Will they rebel against the European shakedown consortium?

Police union says liberals have turned Portland into a literal cesspool

Washington Times:
The president of the Portland Police Association in Oregon issued a scathing rebuke of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response to the city’s homelessness crisis, saying the city has become a feces-covered “cesspool” under the Democrat’s watch.

“Our City has become a cesspool,” PPA President Daryl Turner wrote in a statement posted on Facebook Monday. “Livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets.

“Aggressive panhandlers block the sidewalks, storefronts, and landmarks like Pioneer Square, discouraging people from enjoying our City,” he said. “Garbage-filled RVs and vehicles are strewn throughout our neighborhoods. Used needles, drug paraphernalia, and trash are common sights lining the streets and sidewalks of the downtown core area, under our bridges, and freeway overpasses. That’s not what our families, business owners, and tourists deserve.”

His comments came after the ma…

Inside the coup attempt and the paranoia of the plotters?

Conservative Tree House:
Paranoia May Destroy Ya’ – The Collective Response From the Co-Conspirators…

At first glance saying: yesterday was a very good day, might sound like spin. However, for those who have been frustrated about the lack of righteous push-back from the executive office; the attacks from the former “spygate” co-conspirators might be just what is needed to trigger President Trump to declassify the underlying material.

Consider the tweets from James Comey (former FBI), John Brennan (former CIA), Sally Yates (former DOJ), and statement from Ash Carter (former DoD).
... This is a long piece with many exhibits but it weaves a credible story about those behind teh deep state coup attempt.

Mueller's failure to charge the Russians with their attempts to attack GOP servers appears to distort story to show favoritism

Real Clear Investigations:
Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election wasn’t as one-sided as Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges in his latest indictment.

The Russian military spy agency that Mueller says hacked the Democratic National Committee also penetrated the computer systems of the Republican National Committee using fake emails in a phishing scheme, U.S. officials say.

This evidence challenges the narrative, now reinforced by Mueller’s indictments, that Russia’s scheme was solely aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.

“RNC emails were stolen through the same spearphishing scams used against Democrats,” a senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the investigation told RealClearInvestigations. “In fact, prominent Republicans were targeted and similarly victimized by the disclosure of sensitive emails during the campaign.”

The indictment acknowledges this on page 13: “The Conspirators also released documents they had stolen in other spearphishing operations, in…

FBI, DOJ accused of obstructing Congressional investigation in hopes that Democrats will win and allow cover up to continue

Washington Free Beacon:
The chair of the House Intelligence Committee accused the FBI and Department of Justice of stonewalling a sprawling investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia with the hope of running out the clock until the November elections, when they anticipate Democrats will regain control of the House and dissolve an ongoing probe that has uncovered evidence U.S. officials sought to cripple Trump's campaign.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of "putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House" so that their Democratic allies can "shut down" the longstanding Intelligence Committee probe, which has unearthed information disputing claims of collusion in recent months.

Rep. Duffy interviewed Rep. Nunes for an upcoming episode of Duffy's podcast, "Plaidcast."

Nunes also lashed out a…

Media gets global warming wrong when it tries to tie it to Central American migration

Washington Examiner:
The New York Times has published a misleading article claiming global warming is largely responsible for unauthorized immigrants entering the U.S. from Central America. The article, titled “A Warming World Creates Desperate People,” alleges global warming is causing crop failures in Central America, which in turn has forced people to flee north to the U.S. In reality, global and Central American crop production is at record levels. The true lesson from The New York Times’ article is a beneficial climate creates desperate media lies.

According to the Times, “Drought and rising temperatures in Guatemala are making it harder for people to make a living or even survive, thus compounding the already tenuous political situation for the 16.6 million people who live there.” The article focuses specifically on coffee production, quoting “one young farmer” who said, “We can’t make a living purely off coffee anymore.” The article then asserts global warming is causing coffee…

Trump questions Europe's immigration policy

Washington Examiner:
President Trump doubled down on previous comments he made regarding mass migration to Europe, saying “not one” European country has been improved by a massive influx of immigrants and refugees.

In an interview aired Tuesday, Trump told Fox that Europe’s culture was being destroyed by their loose border laws.

“The immigration policies in Europe are a disaster. You’re destroying Europe. You’re destroying the culture of Europe. The crime is up in those areas, and you better do something,” Trump told Fox News' Tucker Carlson in an interview that aired Tuesday night.

The president added that he views the situation in Europe as a warning to the U.S. that it needs to be stronger on border security, which he says still includes a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
... I think the main reason why current immigration policies have been so troubled is because of the advent of multiculturalism.  Back when immigration was more acceptable, the immigrants were eager to embrace …

Company plans offshore crude terminal for large export ships 80 miles off Texas coast

Fuel Fix:
Houston's Enterprise Products Partners said it's planning to build a new oil export terminal offshore of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Enterprise wants to load oil for global export much faster now that it's begun servicing major vessels called Very Large Crude Carriers that can hold about 2 million barrels per shipment, roughly twice the volume of typical crude vessels. These vessels are headed to Asia and other global markets.

Enterprise loaded the first VLCC to ever dock at a Texas port in June when it took on an oil shipment in Texas City near Galveston. Enterprise said it's loading a second VLCC, the Eagle Victoria vessel, this week. Because of water depths, Enterprise can only fill the VLCC up with about 1.1 million barrels and the rest of the crude is transferred a little offshore in deeper waters from another vessel.

Enterprise wants to build a new export terminal complex about 80 miles offshore of the Houston Ship Channel entryway that's capable of loadi…

Why the Trump critics hate him?

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If you want to understand why the left has been so ineffective at attacking Trump and his followers watch this video.  The left in response to one of his comments is already trying to mislead, but Carlson is not wrong about Trump and he is not wrong about the effects of illegal immigrants voting and trying to change the US government.  It is a form of foreign influence on the elections that Democrats approve of.

Left is losing credibility with this latest meltdown

Robert Spencer:
In a press conference with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump refused to validate the findings of a deeply corrupt and compromised intelligence community that has been working assiduously since before he was even elected to discredit and destroy him, and now the sky is falling.

Barack Obama’s CIA director John Brennan, who calls himself a “nonpartisan American” but who voted for Communist Party candidate Gus Hall for President in 1976, tweeted in all-out hysterical mode: “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) outdid even Brennan in hysteria, tweeting a call for a military coup: “Where are our military folks ? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!”

Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James…

Mark Levin gives media and Democrats a history lesson in response to their shameful actions since the Helsinki summit

Levin starts with FDR giving away half of Europe to the Russians at Yalta and brings up to date on all the Democrat collusion and failures with Russia ever since.  It is clear that the media has both a short-term and long-term memory problem when it comes to Russia and the Democrats.  What we are witnessing is serial hysteria from one week to the next by emotional Democrats and their media cohorts, because their previous meltdowns haven't worked to bring down the President.

Watch this video.

The Democrat myth that Obama was tougher on Russia than Trump

PJ Media:
Sen. Cotton: It's a 'Myth' That Trump Is Weaker on Russia Than Obama Was Check out the video at this link.  Cotton destroys the myth by contrasting policies of both.

Democrats losing control over their anti-Trump paranoia

streiff:
BRING THE CRAZY. Democrat Congressman Calls For A Military Coup I think they are trying to match the media when it comes to Trump related Hysteria.

Republicans frustrated by Rosenstein's obstruction of investigation into coup attempt

Washington Post:
As Trump attacks the Russia investigation, these House Republicans keep attacking Rosenstein

Getting rid of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein is perhaps the most efficient way to end the Mueller probe, a strategy the president has reportedly considered. If you believe Lisa Page she was never told about the request for her testimony roughly seven months ago.   To members of the House investigating the coup attempt by FBI and DOJ officials, this is just another example of many obstructions Rosenstein has been responsible for. 

It is understandable that they think Rosenstein is not properly cooperating with their investigation.  I frankly think that getting rid of him would not end the Muller probe. 

Muller needs to end it because of a lack of evidence to support its original purpose alleging collusion with Russia.  He even admits that with the indictments of the Russians for the cyber pranks.

The only evidence of collusion with Russians that should be prosecuted …

Soros invested in pushing the evils of liberalism and thankfully he is being rejected

NY Times:
George Soros Bet Big on Democracy. Now He Fears He’s Losing.
His enemies paint him as all-powerful, but the billionaire philanthropist believes that his political legacy has never been in greater jeopardy. Soros has been on the wrong side of most issues that have come to my attention.  His push for open borders in the US and Europe have led to conflict and forced expenditures.  His backing of liberals as district attorneys has led to political prosecutions and less crime fighting.

Trump critics have reached the paranoid state of mind

Andrew Bacevich:
Few histories age well. Fewer are said to retain relevance decades after they first appeared. Yet Richard Hofstadter’s famous rumination on “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” first published in 1964, has of late become something akin to essential reading. Hofstadter’s essay seemingly offers a persuasive explanation for what happened in November 2016: Incited by Donald Trump, mass paranoia triumphed over reason and enlightenment.

I am not persuaded that Trump’s election signified the triumph of paranoia. Trump did not create the contempt for establishment politics that accounts for the rise of Trumpism. He merely exploited the opportunity presented to him.

Yet I am increasingly persuaded that Trump’s election has induced a paranoid response, one that, unless curbed, may well pose a greater danger to the country than Trump himself. This paranoid response finds expression in obsessive attention given to just about anything Trump says, along with equally obsessive s…

Trump clarifies his remarks about Russian meddling in election

Washington Times:
President Trump pushed back against the uproar over his deferential treatment of Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, which drew fire from his own Republican lawmakers for disregarding U.S. intelligence agencies finding that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.

“I have full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies and always had,” said Mr. Trump.

He continued, “Let me be very clear in saying I accept our intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race took place. There was no collusion at all.”

The president stressed that he has said those things before and that it also has been determined that Russian interference did not change the outcome of the 2016 election.

He said he some of his comments in Helsinki needed “clarification.”

Mr. Trump said he misspoke at a joint press conference Monday with Mr. Putin when he said he “didn’t know why it would be” Russia that hacked the …

Why is Europe resisting a free trade deal with the US

NY Times:
As Tensions With U.S. Worsen, Europe Courts New Partners
The European Union is hunting for free-trade deals in Asia and Latin America to help compensate for lost business with the United States. On Tuesday, it signed its largest trade deal ever, a pact with Japan. This story makes no sense.  The Trump administration has an offer to eliminate all tariffs in return for reciprocal treatment by the EU.  They refuse to enter into a free trade deal with the US and but do so with other countries who are not spending any money to defend Europe.   I have always thought the EU was an irrational player when it came to trading and if this story is true, it is more evidence of that irrationality.

Putin denies Democrat charges that he has negative information on Trump and also denies the validity of the Steele dossier

Washington Times:
Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Monday that the infamous anti-Trump dossier was fake and insisted that Moscow doesn’t have damaging information about President Trump.

The former KGB spy chief chuckled when an American journalist asked him directly at a televised press conference whether Russia compiled dirt on Mr. Trump or his family before the 2016 presidential election.

“I was an intelligence officer myself, and I know how dossiers are made up,” Mr. Putin said dismissively, standing next to Mr. Trump after their summit in Helsinki.
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“I did hear these rumors that we allegedly collected compromising material on Mr. Trump when he was visiting Moscow,” the Russian president told a reporter. “Well, distinguished colleague, let me tell you this: When President Trump was at Moscow back then, I didn’t even know that he was in Moscow. I treat President Trump with utmost respect, but back then when he was a private individual, a businessman, nobody informed me …

The level of ignorance required to be a socialist

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AEI:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new Democratic darling and self-described democratic socialist, said some odd things in a PBS interview. First, she tried to explain away the current low unemployment rate this way: “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.”

Well, no, not even accounting for political exaggeration. The latest employment numbers are from the June jobs report. They show that only 4.8 percent of employed Americans hold multiple jobs. That’s lower than before the Great Recession and lower than during the 1990s boom. Indeed, that number has been declining for years. As the BLS noted in a 2015 report....
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Then there was this from Ocasio-Cortez: “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” Actually, capitalism has pretty much always existed. People have been trading since there was something to trade. “The market economy, contrary to what you might have heard, has existed since the caves,” writes Deirdre McCloskey in “

California accused of unlawfully diverting money intended for home owners to cover deficit spending

Thomas Lifson:
What if the bluest state in the country stole a third of a billion dollars from victims of chicanery and the media refused to notice? I have been stunned at the lack of media coverage of California's foiled robbery of almost a third of a billion dollars.  That's right: under Governor Jerry Brown, the Great State of California helped itself to hundreds of millions of dollars – money that was supposed to go to home-owners – and you probably didn't hear about it. Bib Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle was one of the few to cover this story, and it did not exactly generate nationwide headlines for some reason: When California received $410 million in 2012 as part of a nationwide settlement with major banks accused of abusive foreclosures, Gov. Jerry Brown used $331 million to pay state agencies in housing and other programs to cover their deficits. Now a state appeals court has ordered the money be used for its original intent: to help homeowners who suffered fore…

One reporter sees the illegal alien trade first hand on a trip to the Texas-Mexico border

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Hot Air:
CBS Reporter Visits Border, Witnesses Human Smuggling, Gets Threatened



David Begnaud
✔@DavidBegnaud
Today, on assignment in Mexico, producer Mark Hooper & I saw a “scout” guide a smuggler across the Rio Grande, in a raft, to deliver 2 people to the U.S. who entered illegally right near a legal border crossing.
The scout threatened us.
Our report: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/border-crossing-caught-on-camera/ … 8:31 PM - Jul 11, 2018

Lisa Page provides new leads in inquiry about FBI abuses

ABC News:
Republicans say they have new leads to pursue regarding the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation following the second day of a closed-door interview with Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer who exchanged text messages with an FBI agent critical of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Page appeared on Capitol Hill on Monday for a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee.

Page and Peter Strzok, who testified publicly in a fiery marathon hearing on Capitol Hill last Thursday, are at the center of Republican concern about political bias at the FBI and Justice Department regarding the handling of the Russia and Clinton email investigations.

Rep. John Ratcliff, R-Texas, told reporters that Page has been more cooperative than Strzok in her interview, offering lawmakers “plausible answers” and “plausible explanations.”

“In many cases, she admits that the text messages mean exactly what they say, as opposed to Agent Strzok, who thinks that we've all misint…

The childish hypocrisy of the left in response to Trump-Putin meeting

James Robbins:
The Helsinki summit meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was rich in opportunity for those who still cling to the belief that Trump owed his election to Russian meddling. #TreasonSummit was trending on Twitter, giving rise to all manner of wild accusations. Frothing former CIA director John Brennan called out the president for meeting one-on-one with Putin, asking “What might he be hiding" from national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of Staff John Kelly and the American public?

Of course, Mr. Trump used the same personal touch at the summit with Kim Jong Un, and we know that the president places great value in establishing these types of direct ties. But the conspiracy theorists would have us think Trump and Putin were locked in a room hatching schemes, which shows how childish and unserious the president’s critics have become.

The summit began shortly after the Justice Departme…

Media appears oblivious to how out of it they were at the Trump-Putin press conference

Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: Hey, folks, parts of this joint press conference here between Trump and Putin were comedy gold. Parts of this press conference were some of the funniest stuff that’s been on American television since Trump was elected. I mean, I have been laughing myself silly. I don’t laugh out loud much watching television anymore. It’s a sad reality, but watching TV does not make any laugh anymore. But I have been laughing out loud — uncontrollably at times — watching this joint presser. What makes it is that the United States media regularly beclowns itself, makes fools of themselves because they really have it in their heads…

I don’t know what to make of it. I don’t know if they really do believe that Trump and Putin colluded to steal the election, if they’ve been reporting that for so long that they actually now believe it. Because even with Mueller, there isn’t any evidence of it. Which reminds me, Mueller’s indictment… Wait ’til you hear what the Drive-Bys are trying to do…

Israel attacks Iranian supply lines into Syria

Wall Street Journal:
Israel is ramping up attacks against Iranian supply lines in Syria to block the flow of weapons to Hezbollah and other Tehran-backed militias, as it seeks to drive its foe away from its borders.

In June Israel targeted a far-flung compound near the Syria-Iraq border, according to a security official, after carrying out multiple strikes closer to home against suspected Iranian military assets in Syria, where Iran is a key backer of President Bashar al-Assad.
... This may be the first time the Mullahs have been in the direct line of fire with a foe that is willing to attack strategic targets.  It has been taking a beating in Syria from Israel and they are not random attacks but carefully thought out operations that make it difficult for Iran to operate near Israel.

Trump tells truth people do not want to hear

Matthew Paris:
Kissing Theresa May better after roughing her up was neither contrition nor revision. Donald Trump plays soft cop to his own hard cop. It was that first stomach-punch that was indicative. The president was right first time about a US-UK trade deal and he knows it. The Sun headline was exactly what he intended, while the subsequent “there, there, I didn’t really mean it” should be understood as a kind of exquisite torture: as a cat plays with a mouse. Mr Trump does it because he can.

This visit by the 45th president of the United States will be viewed as a turning point in 21st-century British and European politics. As we digest, we will see the occasion as more important than any childish barrage balloons, Trumpish kicks at our hapless prime minister or exchange of discourtesies can possibly convey. No future president will want to unwind what he said about Nato, about special trade deals for Britain or about the choices facing us.

Because this is not really about Donal…

US meddling in Russia was more consequential than the vote pranksters of 2016

David Goldman:
President Trump offended the entire political spectrum with a tweet this morning blaming the US for poor relations with Russia. “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity,” the president said, and he is entirely correct. By this I do not mean to say that Russia is a beneficent actor in world affairs or that President Putin is an admirable world leader. Nonetheless, the president displayed both perspicacity and political courage when he pointed the finger at the United States for mismanaging the relationship with Russia.

Full disclosure: I was a card-carrying member of the neoconservative cabal that planned to bring Western-style democracy and free markets to Russia after the fall of Communism. As chief economist for the supply-side consulting firm Polyconomics, I got an appointment as an adviser to Boris Yeltsin’s finance ministry and made several trips to Moscow. Of course, the finance ministry really was a…

The establishment's weak argument against Trump demanding that NATO allies pay what they promised

Kurt Schlichter:
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Look at NATO. The entire foreign policy establishment is scandalized that Trump says he expects the Europeans to cover their fair share of the NATO nut. Now a normal American is going to think “Yeah, I think they ought to pay their share of their own defense. Sounds reasonable.” But the establishment collectively wets itself – “HE’S DESTROYING THIS ESSENTIAL ALLIANCE BY ASKING THE PEOPLE BENEFITING FROM IT MOST TO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN IT!”

And the Normals (many of whom, like me, actually served in NATO) wonder, “Well, if it’s so essential, why aren’t the allies eager to pay for it?” And the establishment responds, “SHUT UP, RUSSIAN STOOGE! ASKING THE ALLIES TO MAKE NATO MORE EFFECTIVE BY PAYING WHAT THEY PROMISED, WHICH IS STILL A FRACTION OF WHAT THE U.S. PAYS, IS PLAYING RIGHT INTO PUTIN’S HANDS. ALSO, THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE SOMEHOW.”

Okay, as an expert on arguments, I must observe that this is a losing argument. Now, I’m not relying on my expertise gained fro…

Body language expert's take on the Trump Putin meeting

Express:
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"In the room for the photo-call though they looked more like a sullen, divorcing couple at crisis counseling.
... There is much more, but none of it would confirm the alleged dominance of Putin that Trump critics have spoken of.

Just because Obama and Clinton failed in negotiations with Putin does not mean Trump will

Washington Post:
Trump can’t beat Putin at his own game

President Trump says he’s a master negotiator. But when it comes to making deals, Vladimir Putin is the real expert. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton were exceptionally weak negotiators.  You can look at their record of dealing with Russia and disastrous Iran deal as examples.  While there is no assurance that Trump and Putin will make a deal,  if they do, it will be better for the US than anything done during the Obama administration.

The Washington Post has been in a funk of depression ever since Trump was elected and it tends to favor commentary of equally depressed writers.  They do still have a couple of good writers but you have to search for them these days.

Trump does Europe a favor by pointing out the weakness of their current policies, if they listen they and alliance will be stronger

NY Times:
Trump Rattles the International Order. Could It Break?
Whether grand strategy or mere impulse, Mr. Trump’s brash treatment of European allies may do long-term damage. Trump can be brutally frank as Jimmy Carter might say.  But he is not wrong.  He is just not diplomatic.  Europe needs to spend more on its defense and Germany needs to become less reliant on Russian natural gas.  There are plenty of other sources, such as the US and friendly countries in the Middle East who are not a threat to Germany they could use.

Surely the Europeans are not so fragile as to be broken by the truth.  His statements on the EU tariffs are also spot on.  What is the justification for a 10 percent tariff on US cars?  It is just protectionist nonsense.  Trump's proposed tariffs are just a means of getting to free trade which is mutually beneficial to all.

The Clinton campaigns conspiracy to blame Trump for Russian interference

Rowan Scarborough:
The lengths to which the FBI relied on the Hillary Clinton opposition research dossier to investigate her political rival came into sharper focus with the testimony of the lead investigator, FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Mr. Strzok told a joint House committee last week that the FBI received from Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr a raft of documents — including sections of the anti-Trump dossier — during the investigation into Russia election interference.

The first-time disclosure is significant because it confirms an unusual and continuing channel for collusion accusations that started outside the government with anti-Trump people and reached Mr. Ohr at the Justice Department and then the FBI.

Around that time, Mr. Ohr was communicating with dossier writer Christopher Steele. Mr. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, a Russia researcher, worked for Mr. Steele’s paymaster, investigative firm Fusion GPS, which was trying to damage Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Mr. Ohr …

Congressional Republicans prepare sanctions for Chicom banks doing business with North Korea

Washington Examiner:
A key House Republican is planning legislation imposing new sanctions on major Chinese banks and other entities that help North Korea circumvent international sanctions.

“How do you hold Russia and China accountable?” Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for the Asia-Pacific, told the Washington Examiner. “That's really where the fight is going to be on bringing North Korea to the table.”

The Florida Republican met Friday with State Department officials, after an initial move Thursday to coordinate his effort with the House Financial Services Committee. It’s an effort to stiffen the implementation of sanctions in one area where some North Korea hawks believe the administration’s pressure campaign has been soft.

“We're either serious about bringing this to an end or we're going to repeat the mistakes of the last three administrations,” Yoho said.

The Trump administration has vowed not to make such errors. Secretary of…

Oil market prepared for long-term Iran sanctions

PJ Media:
The crude oil market has a blunt message for the world.

U.S. sanctions on Iran will bite hard and so remove a chunk of crude oil supply from the global market. That’s why prices for this energy have rallied so much lately.

The price for light sweet crude has rallied almost 10 percent over the past few weeks to $73.63 a barrel recently from $67.25 at the beginning of May, according to data from Bloomberg.

In early May the Trump administration signaled an end to U.S. participation in the so-called Iran nuclear deal and would, therefore, begin to impose sanctions on the country. The Obama-era agreement had allowed Iran to trade oil and other goods in exchange for not developing nuclear weapons.

“I think higher oil prices are a sign that the market is coming to grips with the fact that Trump is serious about oil sanctions on Iran,” says Joe McMonigle, senior energy policy analyst at investment research firm Hedgeye Risk Management and former chief of staff at the Department of E…

Texas company gets no steel tariff exemptions for imports from Turkey

Fuel Fix:
The Trump administration denied a steel pipe manufacturer in Baytown a temporary exemption on steel tariffs, but the company has vowed to continue the fight in an effort to reduce the cost of importing pipe from its parent in Turkey.

Borusan Mannesmann Pipe US learned last week that its application had been denied amid objections from some of its competitors. The company filed for a two-year exemption last month and sent postcards to Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott and other high-level officials explaining that company faced substantially higher import costs as a result of the steel tariffs.

Trump in March imposed a 25 percent import tax on steel and a 10 percent import tax on aluminum on most countries and extended them in June to Mexico, Canada and the European Union.

Joel Johnson, Borusan Mannesmann's U.S. CEO, said his company had already faced higher import costs as a result of the tariffs and could see annual shipment payments increase by as much as $35 million if the meas…