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James Baker: 5 Fast Facts
You Need to Know
Heavy, by Daniel S. Levine    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/27/2017 8:43:44 PM     Post Reply
James A. Baker, who serves as the FBI‘s General Counsel, is reportedly one of three people who can corroborate fired FBI Director James Comey‘s version of events in a private Oval Office meeting between Comey and President Donald Trump. Comey wrote in a memo that Trump told him to stop the federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On July 26, Circa reported that Baker is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information to the press. Three sources told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in the investigation, but the site couldn’t confirm exactly what information Baker

With Mueller investigation, FBI
gets chance to physically inspect
‘hacked’ DNC computers
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 8:27:14 PM     Post Reply
Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel of the Russia election interference probe presents an opportunity for the FBI to inspect the Democratic Party computers that U.S. intelligence concluded were penetrated by Kremlin-directed hackers, cybersecurity analysts say. The Democratic National Committee did not allow the FBI to physically inspect its machines, including servers. There is no public indication that any government agency has ever looked at the machines, prompting some former intelligence people to question the findings. Instead, the DNC — and thus the FBI — relied heavily on the conclusions of counterhacking firm CrowdStrike, which the Democrats invited in to

Congress Could Halt Spy Authorization
Over Obama Aides’ Anti-Trump Leaks
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/27/2017 8:15:10 PM     Post Reply
Key lawmakers are threatening to cancel the authorization of sensitive U.S. spy operations until congressional leaders investigate efforts by former top Obama administration officials to leak highly classified national security information in what many believe was a targeted campaign to undermine the Trump administration, according to senior congressional sources familiar with the situation. Key Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee are pressuring Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) to investigate former senior Obama administration officials believed to be responsible for these anti-Trump leaks, including former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and National Security Council official Ben

  


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Google is quietly buying properties
worth $820 million in Silicon Valley
as it looks to keep expanding
CNBC, by John Shinal    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/27/2017 7:38:03 PM     Post Reply
As rival tech giant Apple readies its huge new headquarters in Silicon Valley, Alphabet´s Google is buying up real estate parcels like a land speculator. Google, based in Mountain View, California, has purchased 52 properties in Sunnyvale, California, about four miles to the south, for $820 million from a real estate development partner, CBRE, according to a report in Silicon Valley Business Journal. (Snip) When these purchases are complete, Google´s Bay Area employees will be spread out from San Francisco to San Jose, while employees at its main Silicon Valley rivals Apple and Facebook will largely be clustered more closely

Sources: A top FBI lawyer is
under an investigation for allegedly
leaking classified information
Circa News, by Sara A. Carter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/27/2017 7:03:25 PM     Post Reply
EXCLUSIVE: FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity. FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty said the bureau would not comment on Baker and would not confirm or deny any investigation. Baker did not return comment when Circa attempted to reach him through the FBI. This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations.

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to
Unload About White House Leakers,
Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon
New Yorker, by Ryan Lizza    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/27/2017 6:58:21 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House official,” that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question—for me. “Who leaked that to you?” he asked. I said I couldn’t give him that information.

Mayor Adler: Transgender and kicked
out of military? Join Austin police force
Statesman [Austin, TX], by Eric Webb and Bridget Grumet    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/27/2017 6:47:43 PM     Post Reply
In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe you’re qualified to keep Austin safe. Transgender Americans are welcome on our police force.” Adler continued, tweeting that Austin is the “safest big city in Texas” due to its respect for people’s differences. He also tweeted out a link to the application website for Austin Police Department: “If you get kicked out of the service because you´re

  


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Ellison: Trump Trying to Circumvent ‘the
Whole System’ – ‘We Fought a War of
Independence’ Against King George for That
Breitbart, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 7/27/2017 6:46:11 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” DNC Deputy Chair Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) argued that President Trump uses Twitter in a manner that is comparable to the behavior of England’s King George III. Ellison argued that Twitter should block Trump from Twitter and that he “can’t think of anyone who’s been more abusive than Donald Trump.” He added that there should at least be a discussion about the president’s Twitter use and that if Twitter evaluates Trump’s account and concludes that he hasn’t violated any of Twitter’s terms of use, “I’d be satisfied with that.” Ellison later argued that

Intelligence chairman accuses
Obama aides of hundreds of
unmasking requests
The Hill [Washington, DC], by John Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/27/2017 6:39:25 PM     Post Reply
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials. Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed. (Snip) In Thursday’s letter, Nunes said the total requests for Americans’ names by Obama political aides numbered in the hundreds during Obama’s last year in office and often lacked a specific intelligence community

Adam Carolla to Congress on Free
Speech: If We Had Order on Campus,
Then We Wouldn’t Need Law
Breitbart Video, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 5:52:42 PM     Post Reply
Thursday during his opening statement at the House Oversight Committee hearing on “Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses,” comedian Adam Carolla argued if there were more order on campus, then there would be less of a need for a law enforcement component to protect controversial speakers. Partial remarks as follows: We’re talking a lot about the kids, and I think they’re just that, kids. We are the adults. And I don’t think that we’re doing the children — I mean, these are 18- and 19-year-old kids at these college campuses. They grew up dipped in Purell, playing soccer

Ryan Won´t Say If He Supports
Banning Transgenders from Military
Cybercast News Service, by Annabel Scott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 5:44:19 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) would not say whether he supports President Donald Trump’s ban on transgenders in the military, but remarked that he is waiting to see what the White House and Defense Department “produce” on the issue. At a Capitol Hill press conference, a reporter asked Ryan, “Do you agree with the president’s new policy banning all transgender individuals from serving in the military?” Speaker Ryan did not answer that question but said, “The concern here in the House was whether or not the military will be forced to pay for these surgical procedures. I share

  


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Graham Warns Trump of
´Holy Hell´ if President Gets
Rid of Sessions or Mueller
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/27/2017 5:30:36 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) today warned President Trump against firing either Attorney General Jeff Sessions or special counsel Robert Mueller, saying he plans to introduce bipartisan judicial review legislation to protect the former FBI director and future special counsels. Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill that he´s "100 percent behind Jeff Sessions," who´s been the target of various slings from Trump over the past week, and referred to a Wednesday tweet from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): Everybody in D.C. Shld b warned that the agenda for the judiciary Comm is set for rest of 2017. Judges first

In the fight between Rick Perry and
climate scientists — He’s winning
The Hill, by Ross McKitrick    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2017 5:24:46 PM     Post Reply
Policy makers and the public need to understand the extent to which major scientific institutions like the American Meteorological Society have become biased and politicized on the climate issue. Convincing them of this becomes much easier when the organizations themselves supply the evidence. This happened recently in response to a CNBC interview with Energy Secretary Rick Perry. He was asked “Do you believe CO2 [carbon dioxide] is the primary control knob for the temperature of the Earth and for climate?” It was an ambiguous question that defies a simple yes or no answer. Perry thought for moment then said, “No, most likely

UPDATE: Single-Payer Unanimously
Defeated in Senate, Dozens
of Dems Vote ´Present´
Townhall.com, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Flipper3- 7/27/2017 4:52:10 PM     Post Reply
UPDATE - The Daines amendment received a vote this afternoon, and it was unanimously defeated, 57-0. A number of in-cycle, vulnerable Democrats voted against the awful bill, with dozens of Democrats (including several with obvious presidential ambitions) pulling an Obama maneuver by voting "present." Liberal members didn´t want to play along with a GOP "stunt," but they didn´t want to go on the record against single-payer either. Less left-wing members wanted no part of single-payer-based attacks back home, so they gave House Democrats´ plan a public thumbs-down:

Boy Scout leader apologizes for
Trump’s political rhetoric
Associated Press, by David Crary    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 7/27/2017 4:40:24 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts’ chief executive apologized Thursday to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Scouts’ national jamboree. The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump’s speech to nearly 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia. Other U.S. presidents have delivered nonpolitical speeches at past jamborees. To the dismay of many parents and former scouts, Trump, a Republican, promoted his political agenda and derided his rivals, inducing some of the scouts in attendance to

  


  

Luckenbach, Population 0: How struggling
town was bought by three friends for
$30,000 in 1970 and became a music venue
that attracts tourists from across the*
Daily Mail (UK), by Jordan Gass-Poore    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 4:32:08 PM     Post Reply
As the unofficial town motto goes, ´Everybody´s somebody´ in Luckenbach. But in this tiny Texas Hill Country town there isn’t anybody. At least not full time. Despite the ‘Population 3’ sign, Luckenbach is actually population zero and is more of a near deserted cul-de-sac with a few disused buildings than an obvious tourist destination. The general store and dance hall in a clearing among the trees hint at a more prosperous past. It takes about five minutes to fully explore the entirety of the town – 10 minutes if you stop to get acquainted with Doc, Miss Kitty and Smokey,

First Lady Melania Trump to lead US
delegation to Invictus Games in Toronto
organized by Prince Harry in first
official solo trip
Daily Mail (UK), by Ariel Zilber    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 4:11:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s uncertain when President Donald Trump will get to meet the Queen, but First Lady Melania Trump will soon likely have an audience with Prince Harry. The White House announced on Thursday that the first lady will make her first official solo trip, leading the United States´ delegation to this year´s Invictus Games scheduled to take place in Toronto this September. The annual Invictus Games, which were founded by Prince Harry, are a Paralympics-style athletic competition whose participants are wounded veterans from 17 different countries. The US is sending a delegation of 90 athletes to this year´s games. They will

House Republicans seek to
dodge border wall vote
Politico, by Ted Hesson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/27/2017 4:09:33 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans are poised to fund $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump´s border wall through a procedural maneuver designed to avoid a floor vote that might fail. The House Rules Committee is expected to attach funding for the wall that Trump has proposed building along the Mexican border to the so-called minibus, a downsized spending package for the Pentagon, the Energy Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the legislative branch — but not DHS, the Cabinet agency responsible for the wall. If an amendment to fund the wall is adopted by the Rules Committee, this line item can circumvent

Filmmaker Michael Moore says he phoned up
Hillary Clinton´s team before the election to warn
them about danger in Wisconsin and Michigan
Daily Mail [UK], by Kelly Mclaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2017 3:50:40 PM     Post Reply
Filmmaker Michael Moore says he tried to Hillary Clinton that Michigan and Wisconsin voters might lean toward Donald Trump before the 2016 presidential election but claims no one would listen. Moore appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night to promote his upcoming one-man Broadway show, The Terms of My Surrender. But the Michigan resident took time to discuss the current political climate, saying he ´never wanted to be more wrong in my life´ when warning people about Trump voters. ´I was trying to warn the rest of the country, out here, people who voted for Obama

White House Press Secretary: Government
Needs to Investigate Imran Awan
DNC Scandal (Video)
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 3:44:30 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week Democratic IT staffer Imran Awan was arrested as he tried to board a plane to Pakistan. Debbie Wasserman Schultz employed Pakistani IT staffers and brothers who were paid over $4 million dollars over the course of their employment even though they were accused of a cyber-security breach. Imran Awan was arrested as he attempted to flee the U.S. after wiring approximately $300,000 to Pakistan. Fox News is the only cable network covering this huge scandal. When Imran Awan was arrested he was carrying $12,000 in cash on him. His wife was carrying $12,000 of cash when she

  



More Republicans rebel over Trump attack
on Sessions as Graham accuses president
of ´turning democracy upside down´
Daily Mail [UK], by Nikki Schwab    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2017 3:32:18 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stepped up his own rhetoric as President Trump continued his one-sided feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a move that has put the president at odds with Republicans in Congress. ´If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay,´ Graham warned Thursday, during an interview with CNN. ´This is not draining the swamp, what he´s interjecting is turning democracy upside down,´ the South Carolina Republican added. Members of Trump´s own party have voiced their displeasure with the president throughout the week, as he´s talked smack on the attorney general during interview and on Twitter.

Transgender Surgeries Would
Cost Pentagon $1.3 Billion
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 3:05:52 PM     Post Reply
Taxpayer-funded sex-change surgeries would cost the Pentagon $1.3 billion over 10 years. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be eligible to serve in the military, with the White House citing cost and military readiness concerns. Internal data provided to the Washington Free Beacon from Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R., Mo.), a leading opponent of taxpayer-funded sex changes, show that even by using a conservative estimate, the costs associated with 0.7 percent of the military population is great. Hartzler´s office provided a detailed calculation that shows estimates of the current number of transgender service members, and the number likely

Jeff Bezos is now the world´s richest
person—and he could redefine philanthropy
Business Insider, by Chris Weller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 2:21:46 PM     Post Reply
A surge in Amazon stock on Thursday morning has increased CEO Jeff Bezos´ net worth by $1.1 billion, to $90.9 billion, officially making him the world´s richest person. Aside from Bezos´ displacing Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, whose net worth is $90.7 billion, the new distinction could fuel his interest in furthering human progress through for-profit companies — efforts that could greatly shift how the world´s wealthiest think about philanthropy. "I think his activities to date suggest he looks at some of his business investments

Democrats´ ex- IT guy charged with bank
fraud: Media not doing their job?
Fox Business, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 2:15:18 PM     Post Reply
Former Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s aide, Imran Awan, was arrested on Wednesday on bank fraud charges, but The Hill reporter Joe Concha says the story has been lacking coverage in the mainstream media. “This is a story that ABC and NBC decided they weren’t going to cover. That’s called the bias of omission or the sin of omission, and CNN and MSNBC same deal,” Concha told FBN’s Stuart Varney. Awan, a Pakistani native, was the IT man for Schultz and was paid over four million dollars for his work. He also had access to eight other Congressman’s laptops, along with

Chaos Erupts At City Hall
Hearing For Proposed Gun Bill
CBS 13 (Baltimore, MD), by Kimberly Eiten    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2017 2:10:30 PM     Post Reply
BALTIMORE— Chaos erupted Tuesday at a Baltimore City Hall hearing for a proposed mandatory one-year sentence for possession of an illegal handgun. It took just minutes for rising tensions to overflow. Council members had issued several warnings to unruly attendees, but police were called to move in as activists clashed with council members, and people pushed back. It ended with two arrests and a lot of upset people. The Baltimore Police Department says a 29-year-old and a 27-year-old were arrested and will face charges. At least one person was injured as police pulled people from the room, and an ambulance

Harvard: 59% want to ´recall
and replace´ Trump, Congress
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: chicodon- 7/27/2017 12:55:57 PM     Post Reply
Apparently frustrated with the lack of action in Washington and perception of America overseas, a majority of Americans would like to "recall and replace" President Trump and Congress, according to the latest Harvard University Institute of Politics survey. In the poll 59 percent of adults and registered voters said that they would recall the president. That included 26 percent of Republicans and a majority of millennials and independents. Apparently frustrated with the lack of action in Washington and perception of America overseas, a majority of Americans would like to "recall and replace" President Trump and Congress, according to the latest

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