Trump: If Obama Knew There Was Russian Meddling During The Election, Why Didn’t He Do Anything About It?

He was too busy being a stooge and being flexible for every Tom, Dick and Yuri…

Via Washington Examiner:

President Trump openly questioned on Saturday whether the Obama administration wanted to damage Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 election by not immediately reacting to evidence of Russian meddling.

“Obama Administration official said they ‘choked’ when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election. They didn’t want to hurt Hillary?”, Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon.

The Obama administration official he is quoting is one from a Washington Post report on Friday that said former President Barack Obama was given information in August 2016 about Russian President Vladimir Putin delivering specific instructions to his operatives to undermine Clinton’s campaign in favor of Trump’s. It wasn’t until October that Obama finally addressed the public about the suspected Russian hacking. Obama then slapped sanctions on Russia in December and reportedly authorized a cyber weapons project targeting in Russia’s infrastructure.

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President Trump Calls For Enforcement Of Immigration Laws Restricting Welfare For Immigrants

The next crisis for a black robed social justice warrior.

Via Fox News:

President Trump called for the laws to be enforced that prevent immigrants from receiving welfare until five years after they arrive in the U.S.

Immigrants “must be able to support themselves financially,” the president said at an Iowa rally Wednesday.

The average federal welfare benefits of immigrant-headed households, legal or illegal, is $6234, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

Fifty-one percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one welfare program in 2012, as compared to 30 percent of native households, the Center reported.

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Hoax? Woman Suspected In Fire At Mosque

Gee what message was it that she wanted to send? Sounds pretty hoax-like…

Via Des Moines Register:

A 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of starting a small fire at a Des Moines mosque Thursday morning, police said.

At about 10 a.m., Des Moines firefighters and police were called to the Islamic Center of Des Moines, 6201 Franklin Ave., where there had been a small fire on the carpet, according to a Des Moines police report.

The fire was extinguished by the mosque’s staff by the time firefighters arrived, police said.

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Trump Supporter Slams ABC News For Bias With Giant Billboard: ‘I Grew Up With You. We Are Through’

Took him long enough.

Via Washington Times:

A longtime ABC News viewer from Texas is taking out his frustration over its coverage of President Trump with a giant billboard.

San Antonio residents driving along I-10 know exactly how Kyle Courtney feels about ABC News’ stories on possible collusion between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. The Boerne resident and owner of Wellstar Groundwater Technologies paid for a public parting with the network.[…]

Mr. Courtney released a statement Tuesday to a local NBC affiliate explaining his actions.

“ABC News was the only channel I watched as a child growing up in Texas but I think they have lost touch with America and forgotten the working man,” he said, the station reported. “They don’t represent our voice anymore. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was funded by the Clinton Foundation in close coordination with the media, and now we’re seeing them try to fix what they couldn’t fix during the election. They are doing everything they can, night after night, to create narratives and sway people’s direction to impeach Donald Trump.”

The billboard will be up for the next two months.

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What’s The Reward For Instigating Mass Rioting In Ferguson? Michael Brown’s Parents Just Found Out

Now, sue for inciting to riot and get it back…

Via Biz Pac Review:

Even though former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of Michael Brown, on Tuesday a federal judge approved a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Brown’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden.

On Friday, the City of Ferguson confirmed the amount with News 4 – $1.5 million to be paid “by its insurance carrier on behalf of multiple defendants” which included Darren Wilson, former Police Chief Tom Jackson, and the City of Ferguson.

Lezley McSpadden, if you’ll recall, is the wife of Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, who “consoled” McSpadden and a crowd of protesters after the shooting by shouting “Burn this motherf—er down” and “Burn this bitch down.”

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Democrats Turn On Pelosi, Each Other, After Disappointing Special Elections

Circular firing squad.

Via Washington Examiner:

It wasn’t a good week for the Democrats. After losing the most promising of several competitive special congressional elections this year in Georgia’s 6th District, party activists formed a circular firing squad and began taking pot shots at one another.

There was infighting between centrist and liberal Democrats, with the latter quoting Bernie Sanders in saying of defeated Georgia 6th nominee Jon Ossoff that not all Democrats are equally progressive. There were debates between whether it made more sense to turn out minorities or win back working-class white voters.

Most surprising, perhaps, was the criticism of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after she was the political figure Republicans had the most success turning into a bogeyman in the Georgia race.

“The brand is just bad,” Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, complained to CNN. “I don’t think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country.”

Asked if Pelosi was really more toxic than President Trump, Ryan replied, “The honest answer is in some areas of the country — yes, she is. I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special election districts, it doesn’t benefit our candidates to be tied to her.”

Ryan mounted a doomed challenge to Pelosi’s leadership after the 2016 elections and got crushed. But not everyone who sounded this theme was a longtime Pelosi detractor.

“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” said Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, told Politico. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons.”

“Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker,” Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said on MSNBC. “She is a great leader. But her time has come and gone.”

“It’s time for a new generation of leadership in the party,” Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., remarked to CNN’s Jake Tapper.

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Neil Gorsuch’s First SCOTUS Dissent Has Conservatives Cheering: ‘It’s Beautiful … Scalia Without The Edge’

A Conservative who is actually a conservative and doesn’t believe the court makes laws, what a concept!

Via Biz Pac Review:

When newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch joined originalist stalwart Clarence Thomas in a 7-2 dissent that reads like something the founders would have written, any conservatives who might have been concerned about Gorsuch somehow being another David Souter probably stopped worrying.

Indeed, Gorsuch’s first dissent, penned almost two weeks after drafting his first majority opinion, offers fascinating insight into the new justice’s thought processes (hint: It’s a lot more Scalia than Souter).

The case, Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, dealt with the process behind the appeal of a federal census worker’s employment dispute.

The majority opinion overturned the D.C. Circuit Court’s ruling, which was against the petitioner.

But Gorsuch and Thomas actually believe it’s not the court’s job to make laws. What a concept!

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Federal Judge Orders Pretrial Release Of Terror Suspect

Headed for vacation to the country he fled from when he was arrested.

Via Fox News:

A federal judge in Denver on Friday ordered the release of a man who has been detained for 5½ years after being accused of providing material support to an Uzbek terror organization active in Afghanistan.

Under Judge John Kane’s order, Jamshid Muhtorov will remain detained in suburban Denver until a hearing to determine the conditions of his release. His trial is expected to begin early next year.

The order came a day after Muhtorov filed court documents accusing the detention center’s warden of violating his right to a speedy trial, The Denver Post reported.

Muhtorov is accused of supporting the Islamic Jihad Union and communicating with the group’s website administrator.

“His professed desire to join a movement that justifies the murder and maiming of all who dare to think differently than he does on matters of faith and religion deeply offend our values of religious liberty, the sanctity of life, tolerance, justice, and the rule of law,” Kane wrote in his order. “Mr. Muhtorov, however, has already spent more than five years in detention before even being found guilty of acting, in any way, on his alleged terrorist beliefs.”

Kane also argued that Muhtorov is not a flight risk, citing the suspect’s family and community ties.

The judge noted that Muhtorov’s wife has lived and worked in the community for a decade, and Muhtorov himself lived in suburban Denver for five years without incident before his arrest.

The couple also have three children together.[…]

Muhtorov fled Uzbekistan in 2007 and settled in the Denver suburb of Aurora as a political refugee. He became a legal permanent U.S. resident.

Muhtorov argued he was targeted by the Uzbek government because of his work with human rights groups in his homeland.

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HT: Getaclue

Video: Biker Revs Engine, Drives Thru Anti-Trump Activists Having ‘Die-In’ In Street

Lunatics get a wake-up call…

CNN Sends Courtroom Sketch Artist To Cover White House Press Briefing

CNN viewers need pictures.

Via The Daily Caller:

CNN sent a courtroom sketch artist to Sean Spicer’s White House press briefing Friday to express frustration with the White House banning video or live audio recordings at some recent briefings.

Supreme Court sketch artist Bill Hennessy was the artist present, according to CNN’s Brain Stelter. The news organization wanted to send an artist to sketch the scene so that the public could get a sense of what the room looked like during the briefing, due to the fact that there has been no live audio or video allowed at many recent briefings.

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Number Of Refugees Admitted To U.S. Drops By Almost Half

Despite constant obstruction by leftist judges and Congress, President Trump is doing his best to fulfill his campaign promise of curtailing refugees entering the U.S.

Via Los Angeles Times:

The number of refugees admitted to the United States was cut by nearly half in the first three months of the Trump administration compared with the final three months of the Obama presidency, reflecting the new president’s skepticism toward immigration.

Government statistics released Friday showed that more than 25,000 refugees were permitted to enter and reside in the United States at the end of the Obama administration. In the initial months under President Trump, the number fell to 13,000.

The statistics were released by the Department of Homeland Security, based on information supplied by the State Department.

Countries of origin were largely unchanged. In both periods, two-thirds of the arrivals came from five countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Myanmar.

Refugees from two of those countries — Syria and Somalia — would have been banned under Trump’s executive order against entries from certain Muslim-majority nations, but federal courts have blocked the order. Trump’s original order covered Iraqis as well, but he omitted Iraq from his revised order.

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Black Exodus Accelerates In Cook County, Illinois

In search of another promised land.

Via Chicago Tribune:

Cook County in 2016 again recorded the largest black population of any county in the U.S., but it carries that title with less conviction than previous years as more African-Americans move to outlying suburbs or warmer states in the South and West, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Between 2015 and 2016, more than 12,000 black residents left Cook County, an increase from the previous year when about 9,000 residents left. The greater Chicago area, which for the census includes parts of Indiana and Wisconsin, has lost nearly 46,000 black residents since 2010. That exodus is larger than in any other metropolitan area in the country.

“I’ve noticed people have been leaving the city of Chicago, absolutely,” said Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Chicago’s predominantly black Woodlawn neighborhood. “Families, especially, and some single-parent households with young males. I think those two factors are contributing to the numbers you’re seeing.”[…]

Dozens of former residents surveyed by the Tribune over the past year who’ve packed up cite a variety of reasons for leaving: high taxes, the state budget stalemate and the weather. But what’s propelling black flight isn’t quite the same as what’s driving out the city’s white population.

Africans-Americans are leaving in search of stability, experts say, hoping to find stable incomes and safe neighborhoods, something they feel Chicago isn’t offering them. The city of Chicago lost 181,000 black residents between 2000 and 2010, according to census data.

Brooks said one of the factors contributing to Chicago violence is a shortage of jobs.

“It’s not just gang violence retaliation,” he said. “(Violence) is about economics. People can’t eat. People can’t sustain their families.”

William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, said he thinks the trend points to conditions beyond just crime.

“People move from the city to the suburbs for a host of things, crime being one of them. But I wouldn’t expect those people to move from a whole metropolitan area. Something bigger’s going on,” he said, referencing the region and state’s general population loss.

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HT: Marathon Pundit

Sealing And Transfer Of Susan Rice Records Angers House Committee Investigating ‘Unmasking’

So hold them in contempt if they don’t comply.

Via Washington Times:

House intelligence committee sources say career officials at the National Security Council are slow-walking the delivery of subpoenaed records on former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice’s handling of classified information and the “unmasking” of Trump campaign workers — material from the Russian hacking probe that middle-level NSC managers claim was transferred to President Obama’s library and could “remain closed to the public for five years.”

One source, speaking only on the condition of anonymity, called the transfer curious and appeared to reflect an effort by former administration officials to obscure evidence on whether Ms. Rice and other top officials in the Obama White House illegally tried to identify which Trump campaign and transition aides had been caught up in the U.S. intelligence intercepts of Russian interference in the presidential race.

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Military Chiefs Want 6-Month Hold On Transgender Enlistments

Military needs a morale booster. You don’t win wars with social justice.

Via IJR:

Officials said on Friday that the military sought to delay new enlistment for transgender recruits in order to further assess how they and other service members could handle integration.

While former Defense Secretary Ash Carter permitted already-serving transgender troops to stay in the military, he punted the decision to allow new transgender recruits to enlist to the future administration. Officials told, on the condition of anonymity, the Associated Press that military chiefs discarded a two-year delay to avoid political backlash and agreed on a six-month time period that will face final approval from Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The new policy would push back a July 1 deadline that Carter set for the military. “It’s been a very deliberative process,” the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman, Dana White, said. White indicated that Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work delayed the transition because he hadn’t made a formal recommendation to Mattis.

Work met with the heads of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force on Thursday to discuss the issue. Both the Army and the Air Force proposed a two-year delay.

The AP reported that military officials had concerns about the following:

Key concerns are whether currently enlisted troops have had medical or other issues that cause delays or problems with their ability to deploy or meet physical or other standards for their jobs. Military leaders also want to review how transgender troops are treated, if they’re discriminated against or have had disciplinary problems, the officials said.

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Protesters Greet Pence in Colorado Wearing Red Robes From ‘Handmaids Tale’

These people are so disturbed.

Via The Hill:

Vice President Pence was greeted by protestors cloaked in red robes outside a Friday speech in Colorado.

The protestors’ dress was an homage to the TV series and book “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in which women are treated as male property. One protestor carried a sign that read “Stop targeting women’s healthcare,” according to a photo posted on Twitter.

One of the groups that planned the protest called it their way of “making kind of a shocking statement.” The protest was staged outside of Pence’s planned speech to Focus on the Family, an evangelical Christian organization that takes strong conservative stances on political issues including abortion.

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Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up As Saudis Foil Mecca Plot

Another Ramadan bombing.

Via WISTV:

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jiddah, as well as two areas in Mecca itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighborhood, located near the Grand Mosque.

There, police said they engaged in a shootout at a three-story house with a suicide bomber, who blew himself up and caused the building to collapse. He was killed, while the blast wounded six foreigners and five members of security forces, according to the Interior Ministry’s statement. Five others were arrested, including a woman, it said.

Saudi state television aired footage after the raid Friday near the Grand Mosque, showing police and rescue personnel running through the neighborhood’s narrow streets. The blast demolished the building, its walls crushing a parked car. Nearby structures appeared to be peppered with shrapnel and bullet holes.

The Interior Ministry said the thwarted “terrorist plan” would have violated “all sanctities by targeting the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth.”

“They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad whose aim is to destabilize the security and stability of this blessed country,” it said.

The ministry did not name the group involved in the attack. The ultraconservative Sunni kingdom battled an al-Qaida insurgency for years and more recently has faced attacks from a local branch of the Islamic State group. Neither group immediately claimed involvement, though IS sympathizers online have urged more attacks as an offensive in Iraq slowly squeezes the extremists out of Mosul and their de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria comes under daily bombing from a U.S.-led coalition.

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Trump Considering Camp David-Style Summit To Unite Arab Leaders To Fight Terrorism

He’s had great success so far against ISIS, with coalition forces now taking on their last strongholds.

Via Fox News:

President Trump is considering calling a Camp David-style summit to address growing tensions among long-established U.S. allies in the Arab world and renew his call for those nations to confront the “crisis of Islamic extremism,” Fox News has learned.

The gathering would follow Saudi Arabia, Egypt and five other Muslim countries severing diplomatic and commercial relations with Qatar. The regional powers had accused the tiny Gulf state of funding terrorism – blasting Qatar for allegedly boosting groups like ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and working with Iran to destabilize the region.

Fox News has learned that the White House is discussing several options for overcoming the dispute including a broad summit modeled on the 1978 Camp David peace accords that led to the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

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A Second Mistrial In University Of Cincinnati Officer Prosecution

Social justice warriors outraged.

Via Law Officer:

A judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury deadlocked in the case of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a 2015 traffic stop.

The mistrial was the third time in a week that jurors weighing a fatal shooting by a police officer did not convict the officer involved, following acquittals in other cases. It was also the second time a jury has deadlocked considering this particular shooting.

Judge Leslie E. Ghiz, speaking from the bench, read from a note sent by the jurors who said they were “almost evenly split regarding our votes toward a final verdict” and unable to reach a unanimous decision.

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NBC Poll: Half Of Americans Think Coverage Of Russia Investigation Is ‘Irresponsible’

People are hip to the scam.

Via Daily Caller:

When it comes to coverage of the ongoing investigation into ties between the Russia and the Trump administration, half of Americans think that the media has irresponsibly blown the story out of proportion, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Friday.

In response to a question about the appropriateness of media scrutiny of the “Trump allegations,” 50 percent of all respondents say the coverage has been “overdramatized” or “irresponsible.”

About a third of those polled think the coverage is “proper,” while 12 percent say news outlets have been “too restrained” in their coverage of the Russia controversy.

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CNN Deletes, Retracts Story Linking Trump And Russia

Another reporter from the Dan Rather and Brian Williams school of journalism.

Via Philly Com:

On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump.

But by Friday night, the story was removed from CNN’s website and all links were scrubbed from the network’s social media accounts.

“That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” CNN said in an editors note posted in place of the story. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

Neither Frank or CNN immediately responded to requests for comment, and a spokesperson for the Senate Intelligence Committee wasn’t available to comment.

Frank, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, had reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating a “$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.”

In addition to retracting its story, CNN also apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, an adviser to Trump during the presidential campaign and a member of his transition team’s executive committee, who was mentioned in the story as having met Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) that the network said is overseen by Vnesheconombank, a state-run bank that is currently under U.S. sanctions.

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