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Mainstream Media Propaganda,
from Khalidi Tape to ‘Nut Job’
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 5/19/2017 9:15:13 PM     Post Reply
The common element in nearly all the major New York Times and Washington Post stories about President Donald Trump this week is that they are based on source documents the outlets cannot authenticate, do not possess, admit are partial, and refuse to share. Friday’s supposed “bombshell” stories follow the same pattern. The Times reports that Trump told the visiting Russians that former FBI director James Comey was a “nut job,” and that firing him had eased “pressure” in his ability to conduct foreign policy — though the Times takes Trump to mean the legal pressure of the investigation. (That spin makes

Gang battle outside Queens
playground leads to Latin
Kings member’s shooting death
New York Daily News, by Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 5/19/2017 8:54:57 PM     Post Reply
A fatal shooting outside a Queens playground occurred during a gang rumble involving baseball bats and guns, officials said Friday. When cops arrived at the scene of the Thursday night shooting on 88th St. near Atlantic Ave. in Ozone Park, three shell casings and several baseball bats were found scattered on the ground, police sources said. Bronx resident Joshua Flores, 23, was shot in the shoulder about 9:30 p.m. The bullet ripped through his body and lodged into his jaw, sources said. (Snip) A Latin King was shot and wounded during a beef with the G-Fly Bloods nearby Thursday’s

Hi grandma!: Hillary Clinton visits daughter
Chelsea and her children for an hour
and a half - but leaves BEFORE
husband Bill arrives
Daily Mail [UK], by Hannah Parry    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/19/2017 7:58:10 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has been spotted visiting daughter Chelsea and her children on Friday afternoon - but left before husband Bill arrived to see the family. The former Democratic presidential nominee pulled up at Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky´s $109 million Manhattan home with the Secret Service in tow around 4pm on Friday. Clinton, who wore a long gray jacket and white pants, only stayed for an hour and a hour before leaving around 5.30pm. family time Her two-year-old granddaughter Charlotte was spotted, nestled behind a collection of Secret Service agents at the Midtown apartment building´s entrance, to see her off after the brief

  


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Scientific Study: Journalists Are
a Bunch of Drunks With
Sub-Average Brain Function
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 5/19/2017 7:50:51 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of yesterday´s more nuanced piece of press criticism, and in light of the Harvard study Lauretta wrote up earlier, it felt like a bit of trolling might be in order. If you missed her post, she highlighted the findings of a review conducted by researchers at the prominent Ivy League university regarding media coverage of President Trump´s first 100 days in office. Unsurprisingly, Trump set a new record for negativity, with eight out of every ten stories about his administration framed in a negative manner. This far exceeded the hostility encountered by his three immediate predecessors --

Rosenstein and Sessions Discussed
Axing Comey Months Before Ouster
U. S. News & World Report, by Alan Neuhauser    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 5/19/2017 7:42:52 PM     Post Reply
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was aware before writing a memo deeply critical of James Comey that President Donald Trump planned to fire the FBI director, and had discussed Comey´s ouster with the future attorney general months before it happened. The disclosures were included in Rosenstein´s prepared remarks for a pair of highly unusual closed-door briefings he held with the full Senate and House on Thursday and Friday. The remarks were made public after his meeting with the House on Friday morning. "In one of my first meetings with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions last winter, we discussed the need for new leadership at

Biden knocks Clinton:
Not a ´great´ candidate
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/19/2017 7:17:56 PM     Post Reply
Former Vice President Joe Biden took a swipe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday, saying upon further reflection she wasn’t a “great candidate” for president. The former VP, who continued to leave the door open just a crack to a possible 2020 run, spoke at a hedge-fund manager conference in Las Vegas. According to Fox Business Network, Biden addressed the Democratic presidential nominee’s surprise November defeat to President Trump in blunt terms. "I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate," he said, adding: "No man or woman should announce for the presidency unless they

Comey agrees to testify before
Senate Intel Committee
WTVD-TV [Raleigh-Durham, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/19/2017 7:05:47 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session at the Senate Intel Committee Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, Vice Chairman of the Committee announced Friday that Comey, the embattled former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has committed to testify in open session before the Committee. The Committee will schedule the open hearing after Memorial Day. "The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US

  


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Trump just gave China a ´sledgehammer´
to smash the LNG monopoly
CNBC, by Tom diChristopher    Original Article
Posted By: Pete Stone- 5/19/2017 6:02:58 PM     Post Reply
A deal to open the Chinese market to U.S. liquefied natural gas exports could break Qatar´s grip on LNG pricing — even if no additional American supplies ever reach the Asian powerhouse. Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department said it had reached an agreement with Chinese authorities that would see Beijing give state-owned companies the green light to negotiate long-term contracts with U.S. LNG exporters, something it has been hesitant to do. On Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggested the White House would aim to boost LNG exports not just to China, but other nations with whom the United States

When Does All That
Evidence of Collusion Arrive?
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/19/2017 5:45:46 PM     Post Reply
From the last Morning Jolt of the week: When Does All That Evidence of Collusion Arrive? Thursday night, White House communications officials were eager to spotlight these comments from legislators, admitting or confirming, that they had, so far, seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Sam Stein, Huffington Post: “But just to be clear, there has been no actual evidence yet.” REP. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA): “No, it has not been.” Keep in mind, this is “Mad Maxine” Waters, who begins that interview by contending, “Lock her up, lock her up, all of that, I think that

FEC boss who tried to muzzle
Drudge now on Soros payroll
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/19/2017 5:35:12 PM     Post Reply
The former chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, who famously eyed regulating the politics of conservative outlets like the Drudge Report, has joined an advocacy group funded by George Soros and run by his son. Ann Ravel is the first fellow listed with the California advocacy group New America. Her fellowship began in March and pays a $30,000 stipend. "We want to help amplify the work of each of our fellows, both to help them better articulate and reach their target audience, and to raise their profiles as change-makers," according to the group. Since leaving the FEC, Ravel has continued to

NYT and WaPo Coordinate Dual Strikes Against
President as Trump Departs for Trip…
Conservative Tree House, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/19/2017 5:09:48 PM     Post Reply
Always remember the basic rule that has been proven accurate 100% of the time: When the CIA wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with the Washington Post and ABC. (and vice-versa). When the State Dept. or FBI/DOJ wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with CNN and the New York Times. (and vice-versa) This consistent pattern has NEVER been broken. There is also a particular transparency here, yet again, with regard to media timing and intent. The Washington Post (3:03pm) and New York Times (3:00pm) are attempting to frame the anti-Trump ‘muh russia‘ narrative as he departs

  


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Biden on Clinton: ´I never thought
she was a great candidate´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by John Bowden    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/19/2017 5:09:21 PM     Post Reply
Former Vice President Joe Biden says 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was not the best candidate in the world, but she "would have been a really good president." Speaking at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, Biden told attendees that he believed he could have done a better job taking on President Trump on the campaign trail, CNN reported. "I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate," Biden remarked. But that doesn´t mean he thinks she was worse than Trump. "Hillary would have been a really good president," he added. Biden

UPDATE: Exclusive photos from
Iran´s low-turnout election
American Thinker, by Hassan Mahmoudi    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 5/19/2017 5:00:53 PM     Post Reply
Iran´s presidential elections were held on May 19 with unprecedented low turnout amid a voters´ boycott. On the ground, the polling stations were empty – see the photos below. It is as if people are denouncing the entire façade of elections as a sham, with the results yet to be announced. As one Tehran local put it, there is no difference between an imposter and a mass killer – which is shorthand for the two candidates in this final runoff. Take a look at the scenes from Tehran and around the country as the voting courses through.

Why Robert Mueller should
resign as special counsel
Fox News, by Gregg Jarrett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/19/2017 4:51:43 PM     Post Reply
Robert Mueller has a serious conflict of interest that should disqualify him from serving as special counsel. He has had a long and close relationship with someone who will surely become a pivotal witness –James Comey. No one doubts Mueller’s sterling credentials. That is not the issue. He is imminently qualified. The problem arises in his duty to fairly and objectively evaluate the evidence he gathers. How can Americans have confidence in the results if they know the special counsel may harbor a conspicuous bias? They cannot. The conflict inevitably discredits whatever conclusion is reached. It renders the entire investigatory

AP Touts ´Ominous Sign´ of Ratings Dip for
´Troubled´ Fox News, Even As It Wins
the Week in All Cable TV
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 5/19/2017 4:48:23 PM     Post Reply
For much of the last year, the liberal “legacy media” has been looking for “ominous” signs of Fox News falling from its dominant position in the cable-news landscape. Now AP media reporter David Bauder has written a story with that message (as highlighted on the Drudge Report): “With President Donald Trump´s firing of FBI Director James Comey the week´s big story, MSNBC had one of its best ratings weeks in memory — perhaps an ominous sign for troubled Fox News Channel.” MSNBC topped Fox in the 25-to-54 demographic for the first time since the last week of 2008, during Obama’s

  


  

Vietnam War hero´s dream Corvette to
be auctioned off at Mecum Indy 2017
Indianapolis Star, by Justin L. Mack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/19/2017 4:30:19 PM     Post Reply
When Keith Richard Litavsky returned home from fighting on the front line in the Vietnam War, he did so with two Purple Hearts and one more mission to accomplish. That mission took him to an Illinois car dealership where he purchased the car he had been dreaming about while serving overseas: a marina blue 1967 Chevrolet Corvette. Paid for with money he´d sent home from the war for that very purpose, Litavsky took meticulous care of the car. He kept diaries of its use where he logged each time he started it and the RPMs he hit. He never drove it in

Harvard study: CNN, NBC Trump
coverage 93 percent negative
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 5/19/2017 4:18:21 PM     Post Reply
How negative was press coverage of President Trump´s first 100 days in office? Far more than that of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, or Bill Clinton, according to a new report from the Harvard Kennedy School´s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. The Harvard scholars analyzed the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the main newscasts (not talk shows) of CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC during Trump´s initial time in office. They found, to no one´s surprise, that Trump absolutely dominated news coverage in the first 100 days. And then they found that news coverage was

Russia probe reaches current
White House official, people
familiar with the case say
Washington Post, by Devlin Barrett*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/19/2017 4:09:51 PM     Post Reply
The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official. The revelation comes as the investigation also appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting

Trump Told Russians That
Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased
Pressure From Investigation
New York Times, by Matt Apuzzo*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/19/2017 3:38:39 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.” The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey

Trump delays picking an
FBI director — good
Washington Examiner, by David Freddoso    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/19/2017 3:33:08 PM     Post Reply
President Trump´s last minute decision to put off the selection of a new FBI director until after his overseas trip is a good sign, perhaps even an indication that he´s learned something and avoided making a mistake. In the last two days, the strange choice of former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman had been floated as a trial balloon. It seemed like a very bad idea, and perhaps Trump has ultimately decided to deflate it. The choice of the 75-year-old Lieberman — who, remember, addressed the 2008 Republican convention, and also recently wrote a letter of recommendation for Jeff Sessions as

  



Chelsea Clinton’s Husband Joins Silicon
Valley-Based Investment Firm
Washington Free Beacon, by Nick Bolger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/19/2017 3:32:35 PM     Post Reply
A Silicon Valley investment firm has hired Chelsea Clinton´s husband as its new vice chairman. Marc Mezvinsky began his work for the firm, Social Capital, in April a spokesperson said, according to Bloomberg. Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya said Mezvinsky´s role will be to build relationships between the firm and governments, investors, and companies. "I have seen firsthand his ability to think strategically and engage equally well with both CEOs and engineers. He has a common touch which is rare for someone with such deep experiences and relationships in politics, finance and philanthropy," Palihapitiya said of Mezvinsky. The son-in-law of Bill

Report: Illegal Aliens Forego Food
Stamps to Stay off Trump’s Radar
Breitbart California, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/19/2017 3:28:11 PM     Post Reply
Illegal aliens in San Francisco have reportedly begun abstaining from food stamps in the belief it will help them avoid being detecting by the Trump administration. In fact, so many residents have turned against food stamps that “the city is concerned.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, local Human Services Agency director Trent Rhorer has noted that “households with one illegal” are wondering how much information will reach administration officials if they use food stamps, also known as CalFresh. Eligible families also wonder “whether the administration will cut food stamp benefits to immigrants.” Rhorer is upset by the tension. He

Nation on the Verge of
a Nervous Breakdown
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/19/2017 3:09:39 PM     Post Reply
The man can´t help himself. I´m speaking of course of our president, Donald Trump, whose talents at marketing and publicity brought him wealth and fame and, at the age of 70, the highest political office in the nation. Aggressive, flamboyant, unpredictable, and combative, Trump´s impulsivity has benefited him as a businessman and as a candidate, but not as a president. His desire to convey an image of speed and determination has resulted in executive orders stopped by judicial intervention and a legislature that is quarrelsome and confused. His popping off on Twitter creates scandals that should not otherwise exist, and

Now you can ´WALK´ among the soldiers of
China´s Terracotta Army thanks to a stunning
new 360-degree interactive video
Daily Mail (UK), by Peter Lloyd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/19/2017 3:03:45 PM     Post Reply
It is, of course, one of the most famous tourist sights in the world. Each year, thousands of people flock to Shaanxi, China, to visit the iconic Terracotta Army, which depicts the artillery of Qin Shi Huang: the country´s first Emperor. But, over four decades after it was inadvertently excavated in 1974, technology has just made the experience remotely accessible thanks to a stunning interactive 360-degree video. Scroll down for video (Photos/Video) Chinese web company Baidu Baike has developed the Street View-inspired feature, which is billed as a digital museum for the modern age. Designed in conjunction with the Emperor Qinshihuang´s

AZ Dem gubernatorial candidate: I’ve
had a lot of affairs with married women
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: danvillebill- 5/19/2017 3:01:46 PM     Post Reply
In 1976, Jimmy Carter caught the political world off guard when he admitted in a Playboy interview that he had “committed adultery in his heart” by lusting after women other than his wife Rosalyn. At the time, the Washington Post noted that the controversy over those remarks convinced journalists at the time that it was “a warning sign of the future direction of American politics.” How prescient that turned out to be! A Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona told Comedy Central that he hadn’t just committed adultery in his heart, but also with the rest of his body, too —

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