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  • Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign

    05/19/2018 8:47:47 PM PDT · by Mariner · 86 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 19th, 2018 | By Mary Kay Linge
    A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI. Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides....
  • China agrees to purchase more U.S. goods after trade talks with Trump officials

    05/19/2018 11:53:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2018 | Dave Boyer
    China has agreed to “meaningful increases” in its purchase of U.S. agriculture and energy exports to help reduce the U.S. trade deficit, both countries said Saturday after wrapping up two days of high-stakes trade talks in Washington. A joint statement released by the White House said negotiators from both sides found “consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China.” “To meet the growing consumption needs of the Chinese people and the need for high-quality economic development, China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and services,” the statement said. “This...
  • Schumer: GOP efforts to identify FBI informant 'close to crossing a legal line'

    05/19/2018 3:47:35 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 127 replies
    The Hill ^ | 19 May 2018 | Luis Sanchez
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday said Republican lawmakers’ efforts to uncover the identity of an FBI informant in order to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation comes close to "crossing a legal line." Schumer was tweeting his support of a statement from the Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Mark Warner (Va.), who warned Republican lawmakers against exposing the identity of the informant who gave investigators information about possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Warner said in a separate Twitter thread on Friday, "It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members...
  • First lady returns to the White House after kidney procedure

    05/19/2018 7:45:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 19, 2018 | Luis Sanchez
    First lady Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday following several days in the hospital after a kidney procedure, her office announced. The first lady was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., five days after a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. “She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits,” the White House said in a statement. “Our office has received thousands of calls and emails wishing Mrs. Trump well, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out.” Her office has described the procedure as a success,...
  • Trump Just Notched Another Four Judicial Confirmations

    05/15/2018 10:19:22 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/16/18 | Kevin Daley
    The Senate confirmed four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees to federal appeals courts this week, bringing his total number of circuit court appointments to 21. Two nominees to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Michael Scudder and Amy St. Eve, were confirmed on unanimous votes Monday, as they were selected in consultation with Illinois’ two U.S. senators, Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. Senators generally have special prerogatives for judicial vacancies arising in their states, and the 7th Circuit is based in Chicago. “The unanimous, swift confirmations of Judges St. Eve and Scudder attest to the value...
  • F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims

    05/19/2018 4:32:28 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 111 replies
    New York Times ^ | 18 May 2018 | Adam Goldman, Mark Mazzetti and Matthew Rosenberg
    President Trump accused the F.B.I. on Friday, without evidence, of sending a spy to secretly infiltrate his 2016 campaign “for political purposes” even before the bureau had any inkling of the “phony Russia hoax.” In fact, F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign. The informant, an American academic who teaches in Britain, made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, according to people familiar with the matter. He also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with...
  • Jeff Sessions ends Obama-era ‘de facto’ court amnesty for illegal immigrants

    05/19/2018 1:17:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Wahington Times ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2018 | Stephan Dinan
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive to immigration judges Thursday telling them they can no longer shunt deportation cases off onto permanent wait lists and leave illegal immigrants free to roam the U.S. Known as administrative closure, the wait list had become a favorite tactic of the Obama administration, serving to protect low-priority illegal immigrants from deportation. Rather than pursue those cases, government attorneys would propose — and judges would grant — administrative closure by shipping more than 200,000 cases to the suspension list in what analysts said became a de facto amnesty. Mr. Sessions, flexing his attorney general...
  • The FBI didn’t use an informant to go after Trump. They used one to protect him. [WasPo garbage]

    05/18/2018 10:27:06 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 92 replies
    But Trump and his backers are wrong about what it means that the FBI reportedly was using a confidential source to gather information early in its investigation of possible campaign ties to Russia. The investigation started out as a counterintelligence probe, not a criminal one. And relying on a covert source rather than a more intrusive method of gathering information suggests that the FBI may have been acting cautiously — perhaps too cautiously — to protect the campaign, not undermine it. As a former FBI counterintelligence agent, I know what Trump apparently does not: Counterintelligence investigations have a different purpose...
  • President Donald Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding

    05/18/2018 4:52:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 67 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 05-18-18 | Micaiah Bilger
    President Donald Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding The Trump administration is announcing new regulations today to partially defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses of tens of millions of tax dollars. This is the second time Trump has taken steps to revoke taxpayer funding for the nation’s biggest abortion business — after yanking taxpayer from from International Planned Parenthood during his first week in office. The United States spends about $260 million in Title X funds annually for family planning for low-income individuals, and Planned Parenthood is a huge recipient of those funds,...
  • President Trump’s Destroying the Federal Government As We Know It: Rebuilding May be Impossible

    05/18/2018 11:31:53 AM PDT · by ethom · 101 replies
    Find Climate Answers ^ | May 16, 2018 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump is draining the swamp —Rebuilding government may be impossible In the 2013 novel “A Delicate Truth,” John le Carré presents the “deep state” as a moneyed, cultured élite — the “non-governmental insiders from banking, industry, and commerce” whose access to information allows them to rule in secret. Trump’s conception is quite different. A real-estate baron, Trump is at war with the clerks — the apparatchiks who, he claims, are seeking to nullify the election by denying the prerogatives of his Administration. This attack on “bureaucracy” is really an attack on the State Department, the intelligence community and ordinary bureaucrats...
  • Joe DiGenova: Frustrated President May Fire 'Clowns' Sessions and Rosenstein

    05/18/2018 11:40:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 383 replies
    PJ Media ^ | MAY 17, 2018 | DEBRA HEINE
    Attorney Joe diGenova predicted that both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' days are numbered at the Department of Justice during a telephone interview with Newsmax's Howie Carr Wednesday. DiGenova's claim came after the New York Times published a report titled "Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation". The report has been interpreted by many as an attempt by sources within the "Deep State" to cushion the blow of the imminent DOJ inspector general report, which is expected to be explosive. In March, President Trump considered adding diGenova and his wife Victoria...
  • [N. Korea]Donald Trump's warning to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi

    05/18/2018 12:21:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18 May 2018 | Julian Borger
    Donald Trump's warning to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi Asked about ‘Libya model’, Trump says: ‘That model … was total decimation. That model would take place if we don’t make a deal’ Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if the North Korean leader “doesn’t make a deal” on his nuclear weapons programme. The US president issued the threat at the White House when he was asked about the recent suggestion by his national security adviser, John Bolton, that the “Libyan model” be a template for dealing with...
  • Senate Confirms Gina Haspel As CIA Director

    05/17/2018 1:03:19 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 105 replies
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director, making her the first woman to lead the spy agency despite the controversy surrounding her role in the waterboarding program.
  • Big Blue Bellyflop: Democratic Advantage in Generic Ballot Survey Hits Historic New Low (-4)

    05/17/2018 12:32:27 PM PDT · by ethom · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 May 2018 | John Nolte
    For the very first time since April of last year, when Real Clear Politics first started monitoring averages, the Democrat advantage in the generic ballot has dipped below 5 percent. As of right now, the trend is with the GOP and President Trump has only started to make his case to turn out his base in November. Moreover, Democrats have no issue to run on — no ideas, unless you count Russia! Russia! Russia! Impeach! Impeach! Impeach! Stormy! Stormy! Stormy! As Trump begins to remind voters that a House takeover by Democrats will almost certainly result in a futile and...
  • Report: Inspector General Will Declare FBI, DOJ Broke Law (Tr)

    05/17/2018 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 54 replies
    Brritbart ^ | 17 May 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    A new report suggests an imminent Inspector General (IG) report may rule that FBI and Justice Department officials broke the law in their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Investigative reporter Paul Sperry said Thursday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has “found ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s,” adding that the top watchdog official has “referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”
  • You Lose, Democrats: Mueller Told Trump Legal Team The President Cannot Be Indicted

    05/16/2018 6:33:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Ever since Donald J. Trump won a stunning victory against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, the Left was convinced there was something at play to cause this event. How could the politically tone deaf Hillary lose? How could a woman with no charisma, economic agenda, or political skill lose? How could a woman who wrote off half the country as deplorable racists lose? You know the answer to this, but for liberals it had to be the Russians. The mocking of the GOP over Russia being our biggest geopolitical rival was relegated to the trashcan. Now, it was the...
  • Obamas sign record book deal worth estimated $65 million [REMINDER]

    05/16/2018 5:34:34 PM PDT · by nwrep · 92 replies
    AL.COM ^ | March 1, 2017
    Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michele have signed a multi-million book deal with Penguin Random House. Terms of the deal were not released but Financial Times reported bidding for the two-book deal had reached more than $65 million, a record amount for presidential memoirs.
  • Mueller told Trump's legal team he will not indict the president, Giuliani tells Fox News

    05/16/2018 2:54:25 PM PDT · by PrinceOfCups · 134 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/16/2018 | Fox News
    President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller has told the president's legal team he will follow Justice Department guidance and not seek an indictment against Trump. Giuliani, himself a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York City, also told Fox that Mueller's investigators have not responded to five information requests from the president's team. That has forced Trump's legal team to push off making a decision about whether the president will sit for an interview with the special counsel -- a decision they had hoped to reach by Thursday. The precedent that...
  • Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, (Tr)

    05/16/2018 10:27:54 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, Called Steele ‘Credible Source’ (Full Title) A new report alleges that former CIA Director John Brennan included claims from the dubious Steele dossier into President Barack Obama’s Presidential Daily Brief — without disclosing the source of the allegations. “Brennan put some of the dossier material into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] for Obama and described it as coming from a ‘credible source,’ which is how they viewed Steele,” a source close to the House probe told Real Clear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry. “But they never corroborated his sources,” the source...
  • Game Over, Anti-Trump Democrats: Trump CIA Nominee Clinches Enough Votes For Confirmation

    05/15/2018 8:27:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    The ballgame is over on Gina Haspel’s confirmation battle. She’s President Trump’s nominee for CIA director. She will be the first female director in the agency’s history. Nevertheless, the process has been a mini-war on women, with dedicated left-wingers pushing the usual talking point: ‘yeah, she’s a woman, but she’s not a real woman.' Translation: only liberal women can be true feminists and only liberal women can benefit from feminism. Oh, and if you’re nominated by a Republican, especially Trump, you’re Satan, or something. Yet, she’s been able to clinch some Democrats, as Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rand Paul (R-KY)...