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Sputnik is where the real Russian agents are.
Via Daily Beast:
A state-owned Russian radio broadcaster that recently took over a Washington D.C.-area bluegrass station officially registered as an agent of a foreign government this week.
Sputnik Radio, which is owned and operated by Rossiya Segodnya, an agency of the Russian Federation, filed paperwork with the Department of Justice on Wednesday disclosing its payments to a D.C.-based media lawyer handling the company’s takeover of a northern Virginia radio station and its subsequent news broadcasts.
Sputnik’s registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) comes days after another state-sponsored Russian broadcaster, RT, filed similar paperwork. The network did that over the vehement objections of its leaders, who say it is an independent news outlet, not an agent of the Russian government.
Under the terms of the contract posted on DOJ’s website, Sputnik will pay $900,000 to a broadcasting company owned by John Garziglia, a communications attorney. That company will, in turn, broadcast programming from a Sputnik internet stream through a radio station in Reston, Virginia. The station, 105.5 FM, aired bluegrass music until Sputnik programming took over in June.
Clintons are going to try to get her money pulled. A perfect example of why people don’t come forward. The Clintons will find out their time is over, that’s why people are more willing now to throw them under the bus.
Via Free Beacon:
Philippe Reines, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, pushed back against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) after she said in an interview that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
The New York Times interviewed Gillibrand on Thursday and asked her whether Clinton should have resigned because of his affair with the former White House intern in the late 1990’s, prompting her to respond, “Yes, I think that is the appropriate response.”
“Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction,” Gillibrand continued.
Reines didn’t agree.
“Ken Starr spent $70 million on a consensual blowjob. Senate voted to keep POTUS WJC. But not enough for you @SenGillibrand? Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite. Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck,” Reines fired back on Twitter.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise reacted to an expletive-laced message from comedian Rosie O’Donnell after the House passed its tax reform proposal.
“Your life was saved a*****e, do something with it,” O’Donnell fumed on Twitter. “Find your morality [and] decency. Stop lying about tax cuts to the rich.”
The southerner responded with a simple “Bless your heart.”
Scalise smiled when asked about it by Martha MacCallum, saying that when liberals like O’Donnell have to “resort to the kind of name calling and cursing,” then “we won the argument.”
“Let the liberal elites cry because they lost the election,” he said, adding that the tax bill is indeed a boost for working families and businesses.
Scalise was gravely wounded by an Illinois man during a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.
Another strike against this claim.
Via Daily Caller:
Gloria Allred appeared on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” Thursday, and she didn’t have the best answers for host Katy Tur.
Tur asked Allred if her client, Beverly Young Nelson, saw Roy Moore sign her yearbook.
Allred answered, “I don’t believe at the time she had a clue whether he was an assistant D.A. or a D.A., but he signed it, she took it. As far as she knows, I mean, there’s no reason for her to think it’s anybody’s but his signature.
Via Daily Caller:
Drexel University students occupied their provost’s office Thursday and demanded the reinstatement of a communist professor known for his “all I want for Christmas is white genocide” remark.
Students and supporters of politics professor George Ciccariello-Maher occupied provost M. Brian Blake’s office as the latest act in a steady stream of support for the professor since his October ban from campus.
After the October Las Vegas massacre, Ciccariello-Maher tweeted that “white people and men are told that they are entitled to everything. [The Vegas massacre] is what happens when they don’t get what they want.”
Drexel subsequently placed the professor on leave, citing threats. The university has since permitted Ciccariello-Maher to teach his courses online, but will not let him come back to campus.
Via Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump slammed Sen. Al Franken for a picture showing the Minnesota senator groping news anchor Leeann Tweeden.
In a tweet Thursday night, Trump said the picture “is really bad” and “speaks a thousand words.” Trump also questioned where Franken’s hands might have been in other pictures.
“And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?” Trump added in a follow-up tweet, referencing a “Saturday Night Live” skit the comedian pitched in 1995. The proposed skit involved Franken drugging and raping CBS “60 Minutes” anchor Leslie Stahl.
Feel good video of the day.
She was just doing her job as a public servant.
Former Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown took the stand Thursday afternoon, pleading for mercy from federal judge Timothy Corrigan.
“I am sorry you have to be here today to see me in this situation,” Brown said in her statement to the court. “I never imagined I would one day be in court asking people to speak on my behalf – never. In hindsight, I wished I had been more diligent in overseeing my personal and professional life The idea that some people could believe these charges hurt me because it runs contrary to everything I’ve ever believed and done in my life. I hope and pray these proceedings to don’t make them [ordinary people] lose faith in the system. I humbly ask for mercy and compassion.”
Brown was convicted on 18 counts of fraud and corruption in May.
The lead prosecutor in the sentencing hearing argued Thursday that the former congresswoman should be sentenced to about 7.5 to 9 years in federal prison. Her defense attorney is seeking probation and community service.
Prsecutor Tysen Duva told the court based on her actions during the investigation and in the trial, she should receive the most prison time out of the three co-conspirators.
Brown wore a magenta suit to the courthouse Thursday and briefly appeared in the overflow courtroom prior to the sentencing hearing.
Brown’s defense attorney James Smith objected to various aspects of the sentencing recommendations, including how much money Brown should be culpable for.
Prosecutor Duva asked the court, “What accountability does the law require?” during his presentation.
Duva said Brown was accustomed to receiving money she should not have received.
She also lied about donations to colleges, churches and other entities.
He also argued that Brown has made ludicrous comments during the investigation, including a comment where she essentially said that had investigators not been looking into her case, the Pulse shooting in Orlando would never have happened. She also referred to the charges as “bogus” and “racist,” implying that she was targeted for her race in the case.
Duva objected to that notion by saying, “She was targeted because she committed fraud, not because she was black or white.”
She attacked numerous agencies during the investigation, which Duva states shows her character as a person.
“Why do you support someone who says this nonsense?” Duva questioned the court Thursday, referring to the upcoming character witnesses set to speak.
Duva claims Brown “failed miserably” at being transparent during her time in office as a congresswoman.
“This is systemic and this is who she became,” said Duva, arguing the character witnesses cannot overshadow the conduct she performed in the criminal case.
“It’s not something that should be present in American democracy,” he said.
Duva said the judge has to make a difficult decision in this case.
Only junior social justice warriors can make a political statement.
Via Fox News:
A Georgia family is under fire for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that mocked liberal news network CNN on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters — but the boy’s parents think the school violated the First Amendment by making their son take it off.
Nancy and Stan Jester, of Dekalb, are both local elected officials, she a county commissioner and he is a member of the local school board. Their son, seventh-grader Jaxon, wore a shirt mocking the CNN logo as “FNN” with the caption, “Fake News Network.”
A teacher asked him to remove it before the tour, but the school has since apologized to the Jesters. However, the parents want an apology for Jaxon because, they say, the whole thing was his idea and he has the right to free speech.
“This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” Stan Jester wrote in a blog post. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.”
Jester continued: “His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt.”
The boy’s father wrote that he is “disappointed by the hypocrisy” of the decision to make his son change his shirt.
“Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable,” he wrote.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Maureen Downey wrote a column asking, “Was a Dekalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?”
At the end of her column, Downey declared that, “As a parent who has chaperoned a lot of field trips, I would avoid sending my child off with an attitude or attire that could create problems not only for teachers, but parent chaperones, most of whom take off work to give their time.”
She failed to keep a low profile.
The owner of the truck with a “F (expletive) Trump and f (expletive) you for voting for him” sticker has been arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Rosenberg.
Karen Fonseca was arrested for an outstanding warrant from August. Records show she was accused of fraud.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office removed a Facebook post involving the F-Trump sticker photo that went viral.
“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359,” Nehls wrote on a now deleted Facebook post. “If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you.”
The post was removed after Fonseca was identified.
Sheriff Troy Nehls said, “The Facebook post accomplished its objective and now we know who owns the truck.”[…]
ABC13 first tracked down the driver of the pickup truck. Fonseca said she put the custom made graphic up about 11 months ago. She said her family is expressing their First Amendment rights and voicing their dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump. Fonseca said she’s surprised Sheriff Nehls couldn’t reach her. She’s open to sitting down with him.
She insisted she has no plans on removing the sign.
“It makes people happy. They smile. They stop you,” said Fonseca. “They want to shake your hand.”
The poll was taken out of context. (Sarcasm)
A Black Lives Matter aligned Twitter account made the ill-fated decision to post their own poll on President Donald Trump’s job performance.
…and oh, did it ever backfire!
In a move that equates to a lawyer never asking a question they don’t already know the answer to, the poll was to run for five days but the results would dictate a shorter shelf live.
With Trump’s approval rating scoring in the upper 60s, the Black Lives Matter labeled account unceremoniously pulled the tweet.
Stuck in the spin cycle.
Via News Busters:
A Thursday afternoon CNN Newsroom panel showcased political tribalism as three liberal journalists downplayed the disturbing sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic Senator Al Franken (Minn.) by harping on the fact that Franken was “just a comedian” while those against Roy Moore and President Trump were far more serious.
“But just out of the gate, the fact that you have Gloria, you know, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, right, from the left and right, both saying there needs to be an ethics investigation. I realize that this was years and years ago, this story, and he was a private citizen at the time, but can he survive this,” host Brooke Baldwin wondered to chief political analyst Gloria Borger.
Borger admitted that “[i]t remains to be seen,” but immediately went into spin mode by downplaying the fallout, stating that KABC radio host Leann Tweeden “did not call for him to step down or say he ought to step down” and didn’t render an opinion upon being told an investigation had been launched.
From there, Borger continued proving this segment as one of political tribalism, declaring that what matters most is “the context in which all of this occurring, which is Moore — Judge Moore — and that has been, you know, brewing and percolating, whatever you want to say, for days and days and days.”
She added that Tweeden’s story will not be “the last” woman to come forward with disturbing allegations, but what came next from Borger was quite disturbing: “This is scratching the surface. He was not a member of the Congress at the time this occurred. He was just a comedian.”
It was a final sendoff for a hero from young people who never knew him. The homeless veteran who died on the streets, known only as John, had no living family members or friends.
When students at Catholic Memorial High School learned that John, an Army veteran, would be buried with no one in attendance, they decided to do something.
“We have a lot of veterans in my own family so I know the sacrifice he made for the country and I know the service he committed in the years he committed to serving our country,” said senior class president Will Padden.
On Wednesday, John was buried with full military honors. But before an Army hearse took his flag-covered casket away, there was a full mass in Catholic Memorial’s chapel. The Rev. Chris Palladino volunteered his services and the eulogy.
For these young men it was a learning experience for the heart.
“For us paying homage to a veteran, to bring him to our campus, to provide the burial rights he deserves, and to honor his legacy and to help our boys realize we have to stand with those who are marginalized,” said the school’s president, Peter Folan.
What was going on in 2007? Dennis Hastert?
Now the story that he was banned by Becky Gray who said he tried to pick her up when she worked there in her 20s and spread by media such as MSNBC. But apparently they never verified the story or thought anyone would check with the manager.
Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing an uphill battle against a growing scandal, and the line between rumors and facts seems to become increasingly blurred every day.
The outspoken former judge has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls that allegedly took place some 40 years ago. Right now, there’s no solid proof that the allegations are true, but that hasn’t stopped the rumors from flying.
In what is beginning to look like a joint attack on the anti-establishment candidate, the mainstream media and Moore’s political enemies are spreading claims that have already been questioned by creditable sources.
One of those accusations is that Roy Moore was banned from a shopping mall decades ago. The implication is that the now 70-year-old former judge was some sort of predator. There’s one major flaw: The retired manager of the Alabama mall says he doesn’t believe it’s true.
This week on MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle repeated the completely unproven claim during a fiery exchange with Pastor Mark Burns.
Burns warned that by tossing aside the presumption of innocence and not asking for any proof, the country risks becoming a place where anyone’s life can be ruined based on rumors.
“Today it’s Judge Moore, tomorrow it could be you,” the pastor said. That pushed Ruhle into a sanctimonious rant.
“Sir, it can’t be me tomorrow, because when I was in my 30s, I didn’t get banned from a mall,” she exclaimed.
The MSNBC host stated it as a fact, but is it true? The former manager of the mall says no.
“Barnes Boyle was manager of the Gadsden Mall from 1981 to 1996,” explained WBRC News in Alabama.
He’s not talking about Republicans. This case was kicked into gear after he became a thorn in the side of Barack Obama and the Iran Deal, with Menendez calling out all the issues and problems very vocally.
Via Free Beacon:
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), previously on trial for corruption charges, had a warning Thursday for those in New Jersey “who were digging his political grave.”
Menendez had been charged with 18 counts of corruption, including bribery. Thursday, the judge ruled the case a mistrial owing to a hung jury. Menendez treated the result as a vindication following “unjust prosecution,” and as he closed his press remarks, he said he would remember those who opposed him for political reasons.
“To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are, and I won’t forget you,” he said, to some laughter from listeners.
Menendez credited those who stuck by him while also saying he was willing to forgive people who did not defend him publicly.
What a lovely guy.
Via Daily Caller:
The recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Democratic Sen. Al Franken have eery similarities to a past sketch the former comedian proposed that involve drugging and raping a news anchor.
In a 1995 “Saturday Night Live” rehearsal with staff writers, Franken openly pitched a joke involving drugging CBS “60 Minutes” anchor Leslie Stahl, then raping her. The account was captured by New York Magazine, which sat in on the rehearsal.
But years later, news anchor Leeann Tweeden is claiming Franken’s musings played out in his actions, which mirror a record of demeaning women. Tweeden charged Franken touched her breasts and took pictures while she was asleep. The two were traveling as part of a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East.
A photographer later sent her a photo from the tour where Franken is seen with his hands over Tweeden’s breasts as he smiles into the camera.