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Fear of neo-Nazis appears overblown

NY Times:
Neo-Nazi Rally Draws About Two Dozen People and Upends a Small Georgia City

The rally, which was held outside of Atlanta, was monitored by more than 700 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies. Probably the only reason there was not a riot is the Antifa did not show up to start one.  I have no sympathy for Nazis neo or not.  I just think there has been a gross overreaction to fringe groups like this.  Perhaps the law enforcement effort was to prevent attacks.  At least they were not understaffed for that eventuality.

Cuba's new leaders is as ignorant of economic realities as any other communist

NY Times:
Cubans Doubt a Change at the Top Will Trickle Down
On the streets of Havana, the passing of power out of the hands of the Castro family was met with a collective sense of apathy. It is hard to imagine after decades of ruinous communist rule anyone would still have faith in such a disastrous economy model, but Cuba is not alone in that delusion.  Many in US academia hold that same view of a system that has failed everywhere it has been tried. 

At its heart communism is a system with few if any incentives to increase production other than negative ones.  It is like slavery in that regard. 

The result is increased poverty and a need for control freaks to manage "markets" that lead to the kind of disasters seen in Cuba and Venezuela.  Why any sentient human being could look at that and say that is what they want is a mystery.  It only works for a few corrupt individuals at the top.

Did any violence caused by Facebook post come from conservatives? Probably not.

NY Times:
Where Facebook Rumors Fuel a Thirst for Revenge
For months, Times reporters tracked riots and lynchings around the world linked to misinformation and hate speech on Facebook. None of these crimes appear to be stimulated by conservative posts on Facebook yet conservatives have born the brunt of Facebook censorship.  When Facebook "determines" that Diamond and Silk, two black Trump supporters are a danger to the community because of their support for the President, it suggests there are liberal snowflakes in charge of restricting the content.

It also reminds me of an odd response Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave when being questioned by Ted Cruz at a Senate hearing.  The question was whether Zuckerberg new whether his employees were liberal or conservative.  Zuckerberg said he did not. 

But if he did not know it had to be based on willful ignorance if those employees actual post material on Facebook like he does because Facebook actually labels users on a…

Navy Littoral fleet will operate drone surface craft, submarines and air craft in defense of coastal waters

Fox News:
The U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship will now have the ability to operate surface and undersea drones to improve effectiveness, particularly when it comes to destroying mines, surveying enemy waters and launching attacks.

The growing fleet of unmanned surface vessels has made rapid technological improvements in recent months, including being capable of performing longer-range surveillance. They've also become more effective at neutralizing mines and launching coordinated drone attacks.

Ocean drones are gaining new forms of autonomy, thanks to new technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and improved algorithms, the Navy strategy's emphasizes that humans will still be needed to make decisions such as when and if to fire weapons or others needed for combat.
... The drones will supplement the manned effort against enemy craft.  Warrior Maven reports:
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... while facing long-range enemy precision weapons, surface ships like the LCS will launch…

Syrian missile defense had catastrophic failure during US and allied strike

USA Today:
Syria’s once well-regarded air defense system completely failed to defend against the U.S.-led strike on the country's chemical weapons facilities last week, highlighting how far the regime's military has declined, according to the Pentagon and military analysts.

The Syrians fired 40 interceptor missiles, but most of them didn’t even get off the ground until allied missiles had already hit their targets, Pentagon officials said. The interceptor missiles appeared to lack guidance systems.

“Nearly every one was launched after the last of our missiles hit their targets,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

The failure highlights how ineffective Syria’s military has become and the degree to which it now depends on Russia and Iran, its principal sponsors, for security, said Christopher Kozak, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.

U.S., French and British forces launched 105 missiles from aircraft and ships at three chemical weapons facilities in Syria last…

Valarie Jarrett's daughter tied to CNN leak of Comey meeting with Trump on dirty dossier

Monica Showalter:
The memos are out from former FBI Director James Comey, and one of the big takeaways is how useful a tool Valerie Jarrett's daughter, Laura Jarrett, could be for the Hillary Clinton campaign while she was employed at CNN.

CNN, it seems, helped orchestrate the set-up of President Trump when it pressed the then-FBI director to have a meeting with Trump so that the matter could be leaked and the press would have a credible reason to report as news all the otherwise slimy opposition research contained within the Steele dossier. Up until then, Fusion GPS, the purveyor of the unverified garbage written by its Moscow sources, was having a bad time getting anyone to print it in the press, and had shopped it around for a year, drawing no buyers. The press knew it was unverified garbage and didn't want to wreck its reputation by going there.

But then Comey briefed Trump about the existence of the dossier, and suddenly the matter was leakable. And by an interesting coin…

Comey's self serving memos don't help his case--He looks like the lying leaking weasel he claimed not to be

Wall Street Journal Editorial:
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The testimony doing the most damage to Mr. Comey’s reputation comes from Mr. Comey himself in the memos he wrote following meetings with President Trump. After months of stonewalling, Justice finally released them to Congress Thursday. Mr. Comey said he told Mr. Trump, “I don’t do sneaky things. I don’t leak. I don’t do weasel moves.” So let’s help readers make a weasel assessment.

Leaking. Mr. Comey writes in his memos that he told Mr. Trump he didn’t leak. But he later did precisely that when he leaked the memos of his conversations with the President to his friend, Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, on the understanding that the professor would then leak the contents to the New York Times.

Classification. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the inspector general is now conducting a review because at least two of the memos that Mr. Comey gave Mr. Richman contained classified information, contrary to Mr. Comey’s claim that it was al…

Here is a tip for meeting someone at Starbucks--Buy a cup of coffee or at least a cookie

NY Times Op-ed:
A Problem Starbucks Can’t Train AwayBy STEVEN W. THRASHER White people who see black people through racism’s lens can often count on the police to share their outlook. I am not a big fan of Starbuck's coffee.  It is too bitter for my tastes.  But if I were supposed to meet someone there I would not take up a table waiting without buying something.  It is just a common courtesy.  I really don't care what color you are.  If you are waiting to meet someone in a store, buy something.  If they treat you badly after that then you have a case. 

BTW, Starbucks has been accused of turning away cops who come in ask to use the restroom.

North Korea decides nuclear missiles aren't worth the trouble they cause regime

Washington Post:
North Korea’s Kim says he will suspend nuclear and missile tests, shutter test site

The surprise announcement came less than a week before Kim Jong Un is due to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a precursor to a meeting between Kim and President Trump. Tests will be suspended starting Saturday, according to the Korean Central News Agency. Analysts noted that the announcement made no mention of giving up its program, simply signaling a freeze. Kim has also said he can live with US troops remaining in South Korea.  These concessions are a prelude to a meeting with the South Korean President to work on a peace treaty and a later meeting with President Trump.  This all looks like a win for the Trump administration and a loss for critics of the President's handling of the situation.  It is probably too early for a mea culpa from the anti-Trump media but it is yet another hit to their credibility.

Media still getting it wrong on Comey and Trump

NY Times:
G.O.P. Pressure on Comey Memos May Have Backfired
The deputy attorney general’s decision to release the memos did little to help Republicans undermine the credibility of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Actually, the memos are revealing an attempt to deceive the President by omission.  There was clearly a lack of candor in Comey's failure to disclose not only the source of the opposition research dressed up to look like an intelligence report but also the content.  If Comey had told the truth everyone would have known up front what a deceitful mess the "dossier: was and who paid for it.

The lack of candor appears to be part of an Obama administration-wide effort to undo the results of an election and tie the hands of the new administration.  The actions of Obama administration officials and the FBI in this matter will be remembered as one of the greatest political scandals in history.

We are also learning that Obama DOJ officials obstructed justice to stop…

Dissidents inside Iran support US and allied airstrikes against Syria

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American Thinker:
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The U.S., U.K., and French air strikes also escalated the internal situation in Iran to further destabilize the Iranian regime, uniting the different factions of society in Iran.

According to the leading opposition group to the regime, the National Council of Resistance in Iran:
On April 17, 2018, thousands of people in the city of Kazerun demonstrated for the second day running in the city's main square. The merchants refused to open their shops. The protesters were chanting, "Our enemy is right here, but they keep saying it is America," "No fear, we are all together," "the movement will continue until we obtain our rights," "The protests, in which women played an active role, led to clashes with the security forces as the protesters tried to enter the Governor's Office. In another development, on April 16, the families of those detained during the April demonstrations in Ahvaz staged a protest outside the governor's…

More cities and counties in California move against the legislatures scofflaw immigration policy

Legal Insurrection:
California’s #CounterResistance to “Sanctuary State” law continues to grow, more cities consider taking a stand

The movement shows there is a lot of “Flyover State” that Sacramento forgot to consider. Since the second largest county joined the resistance to the California law a list of other counties and political subdivisions of the state continues to grow.  You can find several listed here as the movement seems to be moving up the state from Southern California.

Obstruction of justice at the DOJ?

Patrick Howley:
It Appears Sally Yates Ordered McCabe To Shut Down The Clinton Foundation Case

Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that it appears former Obama deputy attorney general Sally Yates was the one who ordered former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe to shut down the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Inspector general Michael Horowitz wrote a criminal referral against McCabe, which was reported Thursday. Horowitz’s report also detailed a DOJ official (possibly Yates) who pressured McCabe to shut down the Hillary email probe.

Here’s an excerpt from the IG report: “McCabe told the OIG that on August 12, 2016, he received a telephone call from PADAG [Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General] regarding the FBI’s handling of the CF Investigation (the “PADAG call”).

Limbaugh said that the PADAG at that time was Sally Yates, who became a heroine to the Resistance for defying President Donald Trump before her exit.
... McCabe said at the time he thought it was "a validly pr…

Democrat impeachment efforts are not supported by a majority of voters

PJ Media:
Democrats are predicting a blue wave will take the House of Representatives in November. They've been predicting this ever since big Democratic wins in Virginia last year. However, the party has seemingly bet the farm on hopes of impeaching President Donald Trump -- and that's a losing idea among voters, who are finally seeing through the madness and media narratives.

According to a Marist Poll released earlier this week: "A plurality of registered voters (47%) say they would definitely vote against a candidate for Congress who wants to impeach the president. 42% would definitely vote for a candidate who has that intent, and 10% are unsure."

Roughly 30 percent of Democrats would either vote against such a candidate or aren't sure. While 70 percent still makes it a popular idea among Democrats, the real battle is in the general election -- where impeachment doesn't look good.

Marist reports: "Among Republicans, 84% would not back a candidate see…

Comey and the Obama administration lacked candor in their description of the investigation of the Trump campaign

Andrew McCarthy:
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To tell Trump he was not under investigation was misleading. Just like Susan Rice’s email was misleading. The plan forged by top Obama political and law-enforcement officials was to pursue an investigation of President Trump without sharing the full details of the investigation. They made a plan: Give Trump just a sliver of what the probe is about, tell him he is not under investigation, and keep investigating him under the guise of investigating Page, Manafort, and the Steele dossier.

It is getting close to two years with no apparent evidence of an actionable Trump–Russia conspiracy. Nevertheless, it is still necessary to ask: Is President Trump under investigation for collusion with the Kremlin? If not, shouldn’t he and the country be told that?

And since counterintelligence investigations are conducted to inform the president — the constitutional officer responsible for national security against foreign threats — it is worth asking: What was the difference betw…

The hypersonic missile race

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Daily Mail:


Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Maryland, has been awarded a $1 billion (£710 million) contract to design and develop a hypersonic missile that can be launched from a warplane (stock image) The US has been testing the concept for years with limited success, but the Russian and Chinese threat of using them has renewed interest in the concept. The advanced versions of the missile are said to be able to maneuver around missile defense systems.

The FBI house of lies and liars

Jonathon Turley:
With former FBI director James Comey reportedly considering a movie deal, events are undermining his narrative by the day, even for a reduced version of “A Few Good Men.” The man Comey described as a “good man,” his former top aide Andrew McCabe, was just referred by the Justice Department’s inspector general for criminal charges. Comey now says “Good people lie. I think I’m a good person, where I have lied.” That is not exactly the stuff of Tom Cruise yelling, “I want the truth!”

The truth is that Comey and McCabe repeatedly have criticized President Trump for degrading the FBI, but this week has changed their comments from pointed hyperbole to pathetic hypocrisy. Both men have now done profound harm to the FBI’s integrity and legacy. McCabe became the first acting FBI director to be fired on the recommendation of career Justice Department investigators.

For his part, Comey became the first FBI director in history to rush a tell-all book to print. While former FBI di…

It looks like Democrats hired people tied to Pakistani spies to handle their Congressional IT work

Daily Caller:
The father of Imran Awan — an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made “unauthorized access” to House servers — transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the father’s ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged.

Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.”

Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when a “USB [was] given to Rehman Malik by Imran’s father, my brother Abdul Razzaq was with his father.”

“After Imran’s father deliver (sic) USB to Rehman Malik, four Pakistani [government intelligence] agents were with his father 24-hour on duty to protect him,” he said. Minhas did not say what was on the USB.

TheDCNF traveled to Pakistan for this story and interviewed numerous residents who interacte…

Alt-right, whoever they are, are imploding?

Washington Post:
‘Imploding’: Alt-right is in disarray

Lawsuits and arrests, fundraising difficulties, tepid recruitment, widespread infighting, fierce counterprotests and banishment on social media platforms have exhausted even some of the staunchest members of the movement. I have been a conservative for some time and have never met anyone who claimed to be part of the "alt-right."   The media seem to discover people they claimed were in the alt-right at the time of the 2016 election. 

I don't know whether they were Russian bots on twitter or a dozen people generating material on the internet but I don't think there are enough of them to fill a hotel ballroom, much less a football stadium so their being in disarray is probably not much of a spectacle.  As a movement, I think they were overrated in an attempt to denigrate conservatives and their candidates.

Democrats should worry about a Trump counterclaim to their absurd lawsuit

NY Times:
Democrats File Suit Alleging a Trump-Russia Conspiracy
The Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit accuses Mr. Trump’s associates of a conspiracy that “constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery” in illegally working with Russian intelligence agents to interfere with the 2016 election. The Mueller team has spent million investigating this bogus claim and not filed one charge alleging collusion with Russians by the Trump campaign.  In fact, the only Russian collusion that has come to light is that of the Clinton campaign through their use of Fusion GPS and a Brit former spy who produced the unfounded dossier dressed up to look like an intelligence report.  They then colluded with the FBI senior leadership to use it to spy on the Trump campaign. 

The Democrats through their operatives produced one of the biggest political frauds in history and they see it crumbling before them and now hope to keep it alive with this absurd lawsuit.  They are totally shameless as i…

Trump's statement about loyalty put into context

Byron York:
There was great indignation and much disapproval last year when it was reported that President Trump had asked then-FBI Director James Comey for "loyalty." Such a request, it was said, was more characteristic of a mob boss than a president -- "mob boss" being a phrase Comey himself would use in a book whose title (A Higher Loyalty) he took from the president's request.

Now, Comey's book and the revelations it has triggered are casting new light on the "loyalty" issue -- a light that makes Trump's position look far more understandable.

The short version is this: In Trump's first meeting with the FBI director, on January 6, 2017, when Trump was president-elect, Comey asked to meet alone with Trump. When the two were by themselves, face-to-face, Comey told Trump about the "golden showers" episode in the Trump dossier. Comey didn't discuss any other parts of the dossier. He just outlined the dossier's tale of Trump …

Clinton was surprised that her "deplorable" remarks didn't play as well as they did before rich donors

Washington Times:
A new book by reporter Amy Chozick claims former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was stunned when her infamous “deplorables” line about Trump supporters bombed outside posh fundraising venues.

The author of “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling” has covered Mrs. Clinton’s career for a decade, but her new book promises to supply “inside details” on the candidate’s failed 2016 campaign.

Excerpts released ahead of publisher Harper’s April 24 release date already have Clinton insiders questioning the author’s integrity.

“‘I really messed up,” Mrs. Clinton allegedly said on the night that her “basket of deplorables” line went viral.

The New York Times journalist said, however, that the Democrat repeatedly used the line during campaign fundraisers.

“The deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha’s Vineyard, over passed hors d’oeuvres in Beverly Hills…

Comey briefing of Trump on dossier was a setup to allow CNN to run story

Mollie Hemingway:
Newly released memos written by former FBI director James Comey indicate that an early 2017 briefing for then-President-elect Donald Trump about the contents of an infamous dossier was held so it could be leaked to media outlets eager to report on the dossier’s allegations. In multiple memos, Comey specifically mentioned that CNN had the dossier and wanted a “news hook” that would enable the network to report on its most salacious allegations even though they had not been verified.

“I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013,” Comey wrote of his conversation with Trump in a classified memo that was released in redacted form late Thursday. “I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands.”

No media organizations had reported the allegations at the time Comey briefed Trump.

“I said me…

OPEC tries to reassert control of the oil market

Washington Post:
Trump blasts OPEC, accusing the oil cartel of ‘artificially’ raising prices: ‘No good and will not be accepted!’

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is operating under a joint agreement with Russia, an oil-exporting country that is a not an OPEC member, to regulate global supplies. Restricting the supply of oil to maintain profitable pricing has a long history.  Before there was OPEC there was the Texas Railroad Commission which gave producers a production allotment to avoid overproduction.  OPEC took those measures to an extreme and added political considerations to the pricing.  Until the oil glut of a few years ago, Russia was a free rider on this system.  The Russians have since become an unofficial member of OPEC in an attempt to control the price of oil.  The cartel still has to deal with the fact that the US production has removed their biggest customer.

What the Trump administration should do is hasten the conversion of US refineries to the pr…

Opposition to Pompeo shows how out of touch most Democrats are

NY Times:

Pompeo Nears Confirmation but Faces Historic Rebuke From Committee

With the backing of Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Mike Pompeo looks assured to become secretary of state, but the Foreign Relations Committee may withhold its support. Pompeo has done a good job at the CIA and easily more intelligent than Hillary Clinton or John Kerry.  He appears to be doing a good job on working on a deal with the North Koreans.  Democrats just do not want to admit how bad their policies have been during the Obama years.

The Russian collusion story was one of the biggest political scams in history

Washington Examiner:
David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski: There was no collusion Mueller hasn't found any either.  The whole thing was a scam by the Clinton campaign and some in the intelligence and FBI communities.

Reporting on the alleged collusion has been as bad as the original scam.

It is time for a conservative class action suit against the social media giants

CNS News:
New Report: How Social Media Giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Suppress Conservative Speech This is a long piece that exposes the anti-conservative bias by companies that have been deemed "common carriers" and are not supposed to discriminate in the content they provide.

Texas economy stronger than Russian economy

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Forbes:
This graphic goes with a story comparing the two economies. The weather is nicer in Texas too.

Man tied to 9-11 attacks captured in Syria

Daily Mail:
A Syrian-born German national accused of recruiting 9/11 terrorists has been arrested while fighting in Syria, according to a senior commander.

'Mohammed Haydar Zammar has been arrested by Kurdish security forces in northern Syria and is now being interrogated,' a top Kurdish commander said, without providing further details.

Zammar, a career extremist in his mid-fifties, was mentioned several times in the 9/11 Commission's report, which said he encouraged worshippers at a Hamburg mosque towards terrorism and alleged 9/11 financer Ramzi Binalshibh.

The report also claimed he 'fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad' and took credit for influencing Binalshibh, 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta and others in the 'Hamburg Group' following the attack.

Atta hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

He was detained in Morocco in December…

California has four major problems it is not addressing

Forbes:
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That vast State Water Project was designed for a population not much greater than 25 million. Today, on any one day, California verges on nearly 40 million people within its borders and is projected to reach 50 million if not higher.

In the last 50 years, however, California’s infrastructure needs have been ignored.

The state’s water system remains essentially is as it was in the 1960s. As for its roads, a recent headline declared that “California’s roads are some of the poorest in the nation and rapidly getting worse.”

According to a 2017 infrastructure report card:

“Driving on roads in need of repair in California costs each driver $844 per year, and 5.5% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in California are an estimated $44.5 billion, and wastewater needs total $26.2 billion. 678 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $3.2 billion.”

In 2017, California’s Governor Jer…

The Cruz-Beto contest may heat up after poll showing tight race

Red States:
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Some potential upside for Cruz: According to Quinnipiac, “53 percent of Texas voters don’t know enough about [Cruz challenger Beto O’Rourke] to form an opinion of him.” This means Cruz has an opportunity to define his opponent negatively. If he moves swiftly to that effort and soon, these numbers could change starkly.

However, the risk is that this negative definition of O’Rourke isn’t happening as fast as some Texas politics veterans expected, as the Quinnipiac result bears out. That said, Cruz hasn’t exactly kicked his campaign into high gear and Beto will have some explaining to do once his very liberal positions get put under a microscope.
... O'Rourke supports open borders and is for gun control.  Both are very unpopular positions in Texas.  Cruz should not wait to make this point.

Syria got only 2 missiles off the ground during US attack and all missed

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Daily Mail:

Syrian air defenses fired a total of 40 missiles in response to the attack, but only two of them made it off the ground before the attack was over and both of them missed their targets, it is claimed.  The stories of destroying US missiles were part of a misinformation campaign that was largely sold through liberal media in the UK.

Person at Google behind attempts to target conservatives and the President identified

Breitbart:
Alon Altman, a senior software engineer at Google, pressured the company to sabotage President Trump’s Android phone, according to new evidence released via James Damore’s class-action lawsuit against the company.

Calling on the tech giant to use the “full economic force [of] Google for good”, Altman also suggested deleting the gmail accounts of Trump, his administration, and his aides for “abuse.”

Altman – who is still employed by the tech giant – also called on Google to blacklist “alt-right’ sites on the Google ad network (she falsely included Breitbart News in this category — an assertion refuted by a Harvard and M.I.T. study), and take down all “alt right videos” from YouTube. She also called on the tech giant to remove “neo-Nazi sites such as ‘The Daily Stormer'” from the Google search index.
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Altman has been employed at Google for seven years, and according to inside sources, is one of the most radical leftists at the company. She was named as one of the key arch…

Iran is using Syria as a base to attack Israel which will lead to a war that could spread throughout the Middle East

Wall Street Journal:
Iran’s Moves in Syria Raise Risk of Conflict With Israel

A confrontation could embroil the U.S. and Russia; ‘the situation is ripe for a single miscalculation’

Israel faces a harsh new world as Syria’s civil war winds down: while Iran remains far away, the Iranian threat now is next door.

There are several hundred miles and two countries separating Israel and Iran, whose leaders openly seek to dismantle the Jewish state. Iranian military forces, however, are already entrenching themselves in Syrian bases within striking distance of Israeli towns.

In Israeli assessments, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and other units in Syria have now switched their primary mission from preventing a collapse of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to preparing for a future confrontation with Israel.

“They’ve succeeded in the war for Assad to survive. Now their first priority has changed and Israel is the target,” said retired Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, who served as Pr…

Giuliani to join Trump defense team

NY Times:
Giuliani to Work on Russia Inquiry for Trump’s Legal Team
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and longtime Trump loyalist, will be part of a legal stable as the president faces the Russia investigation. Rudy is a good lawyer and his firm is loaded with talented lawyers that can help with the representation.  This is a good move from Trump and it comes on a day when Rod Rosenstein is reported to have told Trump he is not a target of the Mueller investigation.   This is likely to be a disappointing development for those in the media who supported the coup attempt against Trump.

On top of that, the DOJ IG did a criminal referral on Andrew McCabe the former deputy head of the FBI.  McCabe has been accused of "not being candid" when questioned by the IG.

The real case of collusion

Michael Barone:
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Meanwhile, the evidence builds of collusion by the Obama administration's law enforcement and intelligence personnel in trying to elect Hillary Clinton and defeat and delegitimize Donald Trump in and after the 2016 presidential election.

The investigation of Hillary Clinton’s illegal email system was conducted with kid gloves. One glaring example of impropriety came when FBI Director James Comey was given (and accepted) Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s order to call it a “matter” rather than an “investigation.” Clinton aides were allowed to keep her emails and destroy 30,000 of them, plus cellphones. They were not subject to grand jury subpoenas, and a potential co-defendant was allowed to claim attorney-client privilege.

On June 27, 2016, Lynch clandestinely met with Bill Clinton on his plane at the Phoenix airport — a meeting that became known only thanks to an alert local TV reporter. Lynch supposedly left the decision on prosecution to Comey, who on July 5 …

Feeding the prurient interests of Democrat resistance?

NY Times:
Ex-Playboy Model, Freed From Contract, Can Discuss Alleged Trump Affair A settlement ends a lawsuit against a Trump-allied publisher, and protects the president from being drawn into a legal case involving efforts to buy women’s silence. The only people who care about these ancient events are Democrats who already oppose the President for other reasons.  That probably includes those in the media who operate under the mistaken belief that this will separate Trump supporters from supporting him  So far, that has not been the case and I doubt this will change it. 

What that really means is the Democrat coup attempt will not be advanced by this action.

Second largest county in California opposes sanctuary law pushed by Gov. Brown

Monica Showalter:
Whale-sized San Diego County joins anti-sanctuary lawsuit just as Jerry Brown declares them all 'lowlife'
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This is a big one. Up until now, mostly small cities in Orange County next door and its county have declared their objections to the three sanctuary laws that prohibit law enforcement action against foreigners living in the U.S. illegally. Jerry Brown in Washington yesterday belittled the leaders of this growing revolt as "lowlife politicians" instead of elected representatives representing the will of their voters. Now a big beast has climbed aboard.

Brown's insults come off as those of someone getting desperate.

According to the local ABC affiliate, it most certainly was the San Diego County leaders acting on pressure from their voters. A county official told ABC10 News that the move was enacted after a mass protest from 800 constituents, demanding that federal law be honored....
... The overreach by the leftist in California's gove…

Judge Kimba Woods mistake has already tainted the case in her court

William Jacobson:
“Why should [prosecutors] get to read Sean Hannity’s communications with Michael Cohen? They shouldn’t.”

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Jacobson: Well, I don’t think there is. One of the most troubling things that was reported that the judge said in court yesterday, was that she trusts the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office. Well, that’s not supposed to be the way we operate. Whether you trust the prosecutors or you don’t, you need protection for attorney-client information. Sean Hannity, as far as we know, has nothing to do with any of the potential crimes that Michael Cohen’s being investigated for. His confidential material should not be read by anybody.

I think that allowing a so-called, they call it a “taint team,” that the FBI will insert a special team, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a special team of people who have no role in the investigation, their only role is to supposedly objectively come in and review this material. Why should they get to read Sean Hannity’s co…

Bangladeshi infiltration of US through southern border

Washington Times:
The number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh jumping the border to sneak into the U.S. is on pace to double in the Laredo region of Texas, officials said Wednesday, in what is the latest worrying surge of migration from a country with terrorism dangers.

The illegal immigrants pay up to $27,000 to international smuggling organizations to ferry them from Asia into the western hemisphere, where they make their way up through Central America and Mexico to the U.S. border, where they’re led across the Rio Grande.

Another four Bangladeshis were nabbed in the Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector on Wednesday, bringing the total through a little more than six months of the fiscal year to 188. That’s already more than the 181 apprehended in all of fiscal year 2017. In 2016, the sector saw just one.

The increase is worrisome both because of the presence of Islamist terror networks in Bangladesh, and because the immigrants are being coached on what to say when caught at the border…

Private equity firms are placing their bets on oil and gas

Fuel Fix:
Private equity firms including Ares Management and Castle Harlan poured more cash into Houston energy operations this week, snapping up local companies' oil assets and opening new offices here in a string of deals as rising crude prices stir up new fervor among private groups.

The transactions are among the latest examples of surging private equity investments in the U.S. oil patch and in Houston, where investors have instructed their publicly traded rivals to focus on making returns and developing the fields they already own, giving private firms armed with billions in newly raised capital an opening to carve out a bigger piece of the oil industry.

"These guys are getting back in the business," said Roger Diwan, vice president of financial services at research firm IHS Markit. "A lot of money is going into infrastructure."

Ares Management, a public New York investment company with $25 billion in private equity assets, made a deal this week with Houst…

If Ted Cruz's opponent is as close as this poll suggests his supporters are certainly not proud of it

Washington Examiner:
Sen. Ted Cruz is barely hanging on to a 3-point lead over Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke in a Texas Senate contest that is quickly becoming one of the most watched races in the 2018 elections.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Cruz, R-Texas, holds a 3-point lead (47 percent-44 percent) over his Democratic challenger, who is being buoyed by a wave of independent support. That's within the 3.6 percentage point margin of error.

O'Rourke leads 51 percent-37 percent among independents over the incumbent Republican, and is likely benefiting from the poor job approval numbers for President Trump.

While Texas is a deep red state, 52 percent of respondents disapprove of the president's job, compared with 43 percent approval 15 months into the president's term. Independent voters also sharply disapprove of Trump, with 64 percent doing so compared with only 28 percent who approve.
... In my own unscientific polling, I don't see the race as this close…

The leaders of the coup attempt against Trump

George Neumeyer:
Even as Jim Comey and John Brennan lecture the American people on what is “normal,” they adopt an astonishingly abnormal role for former heads of the CIA and FBI — the role of coup leaders whose partisanship grows more reckless by the day.

“This is not a tin-pot dictatorship,” says Comey. But aren’t Brennan and Comey acting like officials of a displaced one? They are trying to claw back to power by spreading unverified charges against a duly elected president. Brennan says without evidence that the Russians have “something” on Trump. Comey says without evidence that it is “possible” Trump paid prostitutes in Moscow to urinate on each other. Here we have the two former guardians of the nation’s secrets showing less restraint than gossip columnists at TMZ.

Comey compares a president who gained power lawfully to a “mobster,” while he casts his own illicit power grabs as “ethical.” It is Comey and Brennan who are behaving like deep state thugs, staging a coup through cron…

Democrat controlled jurisdictions giving sanctuary to MS-13 members

Daily Mail:

Department of Homeland Security says that so-called ‘sanctuary’ states shielded dozens of alleged MS-13 gang members from deportation during an eight-month period between 2016 and 2017. There should be no excuse for giving these thugs sanctuary.  The federal government should consider criminal prosecutions of authorities responsible for releasing MS-13 members.

Assault weapons ban not working in Europe

Guardian:
An “arms race” between criminal groups in Europe risks making it easier for terrorists to obtain high-powered, military grade firearms, a report has warned.

The survey says long-standing barriers to obtaining firearms have broken down in recent years owing to the emergence of the internet, cross-border smuggling of military-grade assault rifles into the EU, the conversion of large numbers of blank-firing guns and the widespread reactivation of weapons previously rendered unusable to be sold to collectors.

“The increased availability of firearms has contributed to arms races between criminal groups across the EU,” the report, funded by the European commission, said.

In recent years, extremist attacks in France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and elsewhere have involved firearms. In the UK, plots involving firearms have been broken up by police and security services.

Militants from the Islamic State used automatic weapons and bombs to kill more than 130 people in bars, outside a sta…

Congress makes criminal referral on Obama officials tied to dirty dossier, and Uranium One deal

Sara Carter:
Congressional lawmakers made a criminal referral Wednesday to the Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions against former senior-level Obama administration officials, including employees of the FBI connected with the unverified dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as those involved in the warrants used to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer, this reporter has learned. The lawmakers also made a criminal referral on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and threats made by her DOJ against the FBI informant, who provided the bureau with information on the Russian nuclear industry and the approval in 2010 to sell roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining assets to Russia.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, along with nine other colleagues sent the letter Wednesday to Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray criminally referring former FBI Director James Comey, former …