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Hundreds of EPA Employees
Have Quit Under Trump

Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington

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Posted By:Tishimself, 12/17/2017 9:05:47 AM

Over 700 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have quit or taken early retirement during the Trump administration so far, bringing the agency close to employment levels not seen since Reagan. ThinkProgress, whose senior editor is scared of his plumber who he fears may have voted for Trump, is warning that the exodus will lead to "dirtier air" and "dirtier water." "Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/17/2017 9:14:33 AM     (No. 11483358)

Excellent News. Now move the EPA out West and so many more of the Obie Era Greenies will depart. Great News for America, and a wonderful continuation of MAGA.

Sell the building the Feds own but never use in order to finance the move.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/17/2017 9:17:07 AM     (No. 11483359)

This is not enough. Abolish the EPA.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NancyD, 12/17/2017 9:18:54 AM     (No. 11483361)

Trump keeps winning and so do the taxpayers. It´s awesome.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: blueline, 12/17/2017 9:21:40 AM     (No. 11483364)

Well, it´s a good start. Could those 700+ maybe persuade some of their co workers to follow them? We need to pick up the pace here!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 12/17/2017 9:23:24 AM     (No. 11483368)

This story is absolutely true.

Ever since the Assistant Associate Deputy Commissioner of the EPA left - - the water coming out of my tap has been filthy.

Bring back the Assistant Associate Deputy Commissioner!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: miceal, 12/17/2017 9:23:59 AM     (No. 11483369)

Unfund and close the EPA. Bring it back with subject matter experts who advise the President on provable issues which could affect the Country. Oh, and they serve at the pleasure of the President and only receive travel pay and per-diem while in session.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: delta dave, 12/17/2017 9:25:42 AM     (No. 11483372)

FTA: ""According to the EPA´s contingency shutdown plan for December, the agency currently has 14,449 employees on board—a marked change from the April contingency plan, which showed a staff of 15,219."

After months of crying at their desks over Trump´s election victory, bureaucrats are now "quitting in disgust."

14,000 federal employees is still +/- $120,0000,000 just in annual salaries and still too many regulators messing with peoples lives.

Getting rid of the agency entirely would be a significant step in reducing the 2018 federal budget by the time you count salaries, FF&E, parties, seminars, trips abroad, payoffs, etc.




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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/17/2017 9:32:02 AM     (No. 11483379)

I won´t be happy until the EPA employment level is where it was under Eisenhower... ZERO!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: greggojo, 12/17/2017 9:33:36 AM     (No. 11483380)

Yay. Not enough, but at least we are going in the correct direction, and the opposite direction of the enormous increase in government employees and federal reach during the (imo, nearly lawless) Obama years. Meanwhile, as the mighty Ms. Feldman said in her column this week, "the “green” operations [mostly bogus non-profits which often managed to pay their administrators fat salaries] who were cut off from the old EPA sue-and-settle scam" will also feel the heat. No more massive amounts of taxpayers´ dollars funneled into their coffers. And no more new regulations being agreed to by bureaucrats, regulations which were never enacted by Congress or subjected to public comment.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/17/2017 9:35:42 AM     (No. 11483381)

700 gone but still thousands left. There´s got to be some way to get rid of them also.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/17/2017 9:38:22 AM     (No. 11483383)

When Nixon created the EPA it had a very defined and specific mission. Smog and sewage. It should go back to that. The cost and head count will be a tenth of its peak levels.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bamboozle, 12/17/2017 9:38:35 AM     (No. 11483384)

I suppose that they could all go work for the Clinton Foundation where they might be happier? Think of the possibilities of bringing clean water to the slums of Haiti or something...Now if the EPA will instead turn back to cleaning up long ignored Superfund sites so much the better.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/17/2017 9:50:11 AM     (No. 11483395)

Perfect! Wasn’t that part of the plan?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Midnight Rambler, 12/17/2017 9:53:47 AM     (No. 11483400)

Your feel good story of the day.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: horacer, 12/17/2017 9:55:18 AM     (No. 11483401)

Trump said early on that he was going to cut EPA way back. I think the number was about 5,000 employees. States now do the majority of work. The time for the EPA has come and gone. I´m sick of these morons trying to justify bloated, politically oriented, ineffective bureaucracies with scare tactics.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/17/2017 9:55:27 AM     (No. 11483402)

Here´s how I envision these useless Federal agencies like the EPA, IRS, Dept. of Education, the ATF&E all each a tiny little closet size office with a department head and one employee. They are given a copy machine and one government issued i-Phone to share with a huge (yuge) picture of President Donald Trump hanging on the office wall to remind them how humble they should be to the public they serve. That´s my dream. I love the sound of this article.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: dvc, 12/17/2017 9:56:26 AM     (No. 11483403)

Fantastic news. More reductions would be good. Push all EPA enforcement back to the state levels, with Feds only in charge of assisting in the negotiations of state regulation conflicts.
The existing regulations need to be reviewed and made more sensible and cost effective, and then frozen permanently, no longer the continuously tightening regulations of all "pollutants" which we have been seeing since the EPA was created.

Good enough is good enough. Once the air and water are clean, as they are now, the EPA needs no significant staff to be creating any new restrictions, just a few dozen in the enforcement arm and some to coordinate between states. Let states be primary enforcement.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Wizard of IS, 12/17/2017 9:58:29 AM     (No. 11483406)

Scott Pruitt may be Pres. Trump’s best appoint. We loved him as Oklahoma’s Attorney Gen. cuz what you see is what you get. If the Pres has told him to shut it down Scott will leave no stone unturned. And when he’s done there, don’t be surprised if he’s tasked to Lock Her Up!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jubal, 12/17/2017 10:10:18 AM     (No. 11483419)

What a great way to start off the day —— "The EPA is losing employees."

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Reply 20 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 12/17/2017 10:10:25 AM     (No. 11483420)

Voluntary sanitation.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/17/2017 10:12:19 AM     (No. 11483421)

It´s interesting that so many employees would up and leave a Govt career job over their
dislike of Trump.
Either they´ve been given a good reason $$$)or they´re insane.

In either case, they shouldn´t let their regulations hit them on the way out.



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Reply 22 - Posted by: Cor-Vet, 12/17/2017 10:13:50 AM     (No. 11483424)

We still have the early retirement packages and bloated government retirement and health care plans to fund!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 12/17/2017 10:16:28 AM     (No. 11483426)

Their jobs were to make our lives miserable through stupidity and power grabs, their loss is our gain!

So we care about them why? Anybody?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MainelySane, 12/17/2017 10:23:12 AM     (No. 11483433)

I didn´t notice.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: TCloud, 12/17/2017 10:29:31 AM     (No. 11483440)

MAGA requires government to be small and very very efficient!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: strike3, 12/17/2017 10:29:32 AM     (No. 11483441)

If you must have a swamp, the self-draining kind is best.

I think people can be trusted to manage the little streams and puddles that adorn their property. The EPA has been illegally tresspassing on small farms for years to make sure we didn´t mess with our own land or accidentally kill a frog.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: varkdriver, 12/17/2017 10:30:31 AM     (No. 11483443)

The gift that keeps on giving!

#5: Miss Ida Lou, I also noticed my water was increasingly foul. Therefore, I have switched over to any one of a number of fine single-malt beverages. No ice, no water required!

Cheers and Merry Christmas to all.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/17/2017 10:37:18 AM     (No. 11483450)

Not hard to see how many dims the EPA is loaded up with, no?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: hotcorner, 12/17/2017 10:55:09 AM     (No. 11483467)

Many states have their own EPA´s. The Federal EPA is a duplication of effort and should be closed like Energy, Education, EPA and any other unconstitutional agencies. I assure you these functions are unnecessary and you wouldn´t notice any change in your life without them other than less Federal tax money needed to support them.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: clayusmcret, 12/17/2017 10:55:51 AM     (No. 11483469)

Total up the number of EPA employees hired in the past 15-20 years, subtract 700 and you´ll have the number of remaining EPA employees who should be fired.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: volksford, 12/17/2017 10:57:58 AM     (No. 11483471)

13749 to go..keep up the good work

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Davids918, 12/17/2017 11:05:33 AM     (No. 11483481)

As democrats would always say after they initiate a new program or tax, "it´s a good start".

Gov´t programs should be able to be streamlined just like most businesses over the last 20 years.

More efficient and more productive.



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Reply 33 - Posted by: Virtudawg, 12/17/2017 11:08:13 AM     (No. 11483485)

And this issue here is ??? (sound of crickets)

This is a good start, hope that PDT completes the closure of the EPA.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 12/17/2017 11:50:02 AM     (No. 11483517)

Fantastic. Get rid of the EPA. Frauds, liars, commies. There is not one real scientist in theh lot of them.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Leftcoast, 12/17/2017 12:14:12 PM     (No. 11483528)

Great news. I only hope many were from the group that tried to regulate us "oilies".

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Reply 36 - Posted by: wendybird, 12/17/2017 12:15:34 PM     (No. 11483530)

Hooray. Its going to be legal again to have a bird bath in the back yard without having it declared a Protected Wetland.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: seamusm, 12/17/2017 12:39:12 PM     (No. 11483537)

Dirtier water? Tell that to those affected by the Gold King mine disaster.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/17/2017 12:41:24 PM     (No. 11483539)

What #2 said. It is nothing but a scam and everyone knows it.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: harper, 12/17/2017 12:44:19 PM     (No. 11483545)

I guess this explains the sudden upsurge in "tourist" visits to Cuba. Maybe EPA´s main office should be relocated to Gitmo...

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Reply 40 - Posted by: bhkat, 12/17/2017 1:33:21 PM     (No. 11483566)

I want "thousands" in the headline but this is a good start.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: barryno, 12/17/2017 1:58:08 PM     (No. 11483579)

Good. Saves firing them.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/17/2017 2:35:27 PM     (No. 11483593)

The next dept to go is OSHA. They´ll fine you if one ofthe workers has plumber´s crack.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 12/17/2017 2:39:59 PM     (No. 11483597)

Don´t get too happy. Perhaps some here have forgotten, but this vile and UNCONSTITUTIONAL agency was created by a Statist Republicrat, Nixon. Remember our jokes here about "stroke of a pen, law of the land. Cool!" Well, it´s bi-partisan power grabs. Fully. Doubt it?
Nixon began it.
Ford continued it.
So did Reagan.
So did G.H.W. Bush.
So did George W. Bush.
More than 40 years! of an utterly unconstitutional Feral agency claiming jurisdiction over the puddles in your driveway.
Yes, completely abolish this gang of thieves and creeps, and retroactively abolish EVERY reg issued by them.
But public floggings should at least be on the table for ALL elected officials who swore an oath to -- and were paid to -- uphold and defend the Constitution. And are revealed as being foresworn in those oaths. A useful object lesson pour encourager les autres.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: M2, 12/17/2017 3:12:53 PM     (No. 11483611)

This is brilliant! This way, Trump doesn’t have to fire them – they fire themselves because they’re fed up. With any luck at all, by attrition, the EPA will vanish. Brilliant!

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/17/2017 3:18:27 PM     (No. 11483616)

Hopefully those who quit were carrying an EPA employee under each arm when they left.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: dvc, 12/17/2017 4:09:12 PM     (No. 11483639)

Roughly a 5% reduction, so 95% still there. Need to get about 50% reduction, at least.

No question a 95% reduction would be very good, but very difficult to get ANY reduction in the permanent bureaucracies, so we need to alway do what we can to drive them away.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 12/17/2017 5:22:18 PM     (No. 11483672)

"bureaucrats are now "quitting in disgust.""

Children throwing a tantrum.

That´s OK, gone is gone, no matter the reason.

former Obama EPA official: "people are going to breathe dirtier air and drink dirtier water."

Oooooo. An boogieman from BO´s abysmally inept and corrupt administration creeps out of her coffin to try to scare us. Sorry dear, Halloween is over.

Once the EPA´s mission is appropriately shrunken back to focus on their original mission of clean air, water, and land those people won´t be needed or missed. In fact there could be a ton more gone with no appreciable impact on actually valuable operations.

Now let´s get that done for the IRS, DOE, State, and many more (most?) agencies. A nice 20% decrease in federal staff would probably work out nicely.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/17/2017 5:39:12 PM     (No. 11483686)

Here, within the bounds of our secretive and dangerous religious compound and Olympic Dodge-Ball Training Center, we have established our own private EPA. We call it:"PLUMBING".

It´s not cheap but one old guy in a rusty pickup keeps the whole system working.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: MOAB, 12/17/2017 5:56:45 PM     (No. 11483702)

Not enough! Fire thousands all untrustworthy Democrats.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: TCloud, 12/17/2017 7:29:32 PM     (No. 11483734)

MAGA or Third World and they will go with the latter!

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Mickturn, 12/17/2017 7:29:37 PM     (No. 11483735)

All the scum is leaving!

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Reply 52 - Posted by: FunOne, 12/17/2017 9:13:05 PM     (No. 11483794)

What´s the bad news?


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Reply 53 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/18/2017 7:46:47 AM     (No. 11483971)

Good riddance. It saves (is it Pruitt) time in writing reams of paper to get rid of them. Now the Secretary needs to say that none of the 700 will be replaced.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: franq, 12/18/2017 8:14:53 AM     (No. 11483992)

Women, children, and delta smelt hit hardest.

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power to force government shutdown

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Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2018 4:42:20 AM     Post Reply
Democrats called it the Trump shutdown. Republicans labeled it the Schumer shutdown. But in reality, it was the Dreamer shutdown. The recipe for the current congressional gridlock is complex, but at the top of the list of ingredients are the illegal immigrant Dreamers who pushed Democrats to launch the filibuster that sent the government careening into a partial shutdown. It’s a stunning display of political leverage for a group that, at most, numbers several million, can’t vote now, and even under the most generous proposals wouldn’t be able to cast ballots for another decade. Yet they have amassed an extraordinary amount of

How Did the FBI Lose Five Months of Text
Messages Between Two Trump-Hating Employees?

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Weekly Standard, by Andrew Egger    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2018 4:51:00 AM     Post Reply
You’ve got to feel for Robert Mueller. The man overseeing the special investigation into Russian election meddling is by all accounts a non-partisan straight shooter, the model image of a public-minded civil servant. Drafted to lead politically polarizing investigation, working under the beady eyes of distrustful congressional Republicans, Mueller has striven to keep his team’s conduct as unimpeachable as possible by bringing on some of America’s sharpest legal minds to check his own work and keeping public comments to a minimum. Imagine how Mueller feels, then, to have to answer so frequently for the partisans and incompetents surrounding him. The special counsel’s biggest

Black racists enraged by
Malia Obama´s white boyfriend

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American Thinker, by Ed Straker    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/22/2018 8:52:20 AM     Post Reply
Malia Obama, who is studying at Harvard University, has boyfriend! But some black people on Twitter have questioned her choice in men, because Malia´s new homey, Rory Farquharson, is white. (5 tweets) This racism on the part of some in the black community, who are bruddas and sistas to us all, is very sad. Most white people want us to grow together as a community. I just wish everyone of all races felt the same way. Questions for discussion: After years of Obama´s race baiting, President Trump is the first "post-racial" president to follow him. What do you think President Trump

Paul Ryan on Trump Ad Attacking Dems:
‘I Don’t Know If That’s Necessarily Productive’

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Breitbart Video, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2018 8:10:13 PM     Post Reply
Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) questioned President Donald Trump’s new campaign ad saying Democrats “will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants” if they continued the shutdown. Ryan said, “They are certainly not helping us keep the government open. They are certainly not helping us get to a solution on immigration. When you shut down the government you stop negotiating on immigration reform. They’re complicity with not getting things done.” He added, “I’m not going to comment. I just saw that. I don’t know if that’s necessarily productive. It’s no

What´s next in the investigation
of those missing FBI texts

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Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2018 5:06:27 AM     Post Reply
Congressional investigators believe they are barely beginning to answer the questions raised by the text messages between the FBI´s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. For several reasons: 1) Strzok and Page were more prolific texters than anyone knew. In a statement late Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said FBI investigators have found "over 50,000 texts" in their review of Strzok-Page communications. 2) Even with all those texts, the FBI says it cannot find the couple´s messages between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017 — a critical time in the Trump-Russia affair. It´s probably safe to say there is not a single

Congress seeks answers after FBI
claims texts missing in Trump-Russia probe

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Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/21/2018 10:58:14 PM     Post Reply
Investigators in both House and Senate were stunned late Friday when, receiving a batch of newly-released texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, they also received notice from the bureau that the FBI "failed to preserve" Strzok-Page messages from December 14, 2016 through May 17, 2017. Given the amount of texting that went on between Strzok and Page, who were having an extramarital affair, that probably meant thousands of missing documents. A number of critical events in the Trump-Russia affair occurred between December 2016 and May 2017, including: Conversations between Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey

Breaking: New Texts From Anti-Trump FBI
Agents Mention A ´SECRET SOCIETY´

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Daily Wire, by Ryan Saavedra    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2018 10:46:17 PM     Post Reply
New text messages from anti-Trump FBI agents reviewed by investigators reportedly make reference to a "secret society," in what could be the nail in the coffin for special counsel Robert Mueller´s Russia investigation. Investigators have reviewed 50,000 text messages on FBI servers looking for all exchanges between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the 2016 election, Fox News reported. The revelation comes as investigators are seeking the whereabouts of approximately five months´ worth of text messages between Page and Strzok. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy told Fox News on Monday that one

America Slips in the Eyes of the World
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US News & World Report, by Kevin Drew    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2018 12:29:00 PM     Post Reply
The mood on the international conference call at the beginning of this month was somber as Ian Bremmer, president of the political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group, prepared to list off top global dangers in the coming year. Bremmer began with a show-stopping line:"If we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis — the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown — it feels like 2018." The reasons are many, Bremmer cited, but the most prominent causes for global insecurity stem from U.S. President Donald Trump´s move away from global leadership, and China´s eagerness to fill the

Schumer: GOP Has ´Forgotten
the Lessons of the Founding
Fathers´ by Not Compromising

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PJ Media, by Nicholas Ballasy    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/21/2018 9:00:56 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the government shutdown a “manufactured crisis” created by Democrats who want a permanent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fix, which he referred to as a “non-emergency” issue that does not belong in the short-term spending bill to continue federal government operations. “The one non-emergency issue our friends on the other side of the aisle are trying to shoehorn into this discussion doesn’t reach that status of emergency until March. This is pure folly. The American people know so, that´s why in a recent survey a majority said keeping the government open

California Democrats want some businesses
to fork over half tax-cut savings to state

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Fox News, by Edmund DeMarche     Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2018 12:27:25 PM     Post Reply
Calling the Trump administration’s tax reform plan a “middle-class tax increase,” two California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state. Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million. The plan could potentially raise billions for the state´s social services programs. “It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals,” Ting said in a statement,

Chuck Schumer: ´We will vote
today to reopen the government´

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Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2018 12:36:55 PM     Post Reply
The Senate on Monday was set to hold a successful vote to reopen the federal government, after Senate Democrats agreed to let the bill through even though it doesn´t include immigration language they are seeking. "We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the floor. Under the bill up to be called up, the government would be fully funded through Feb. 8, and it would fund the Children´s Health Insurance Program for six years. It would also reopen the government, which has been partially closed since midnight

´It´s time to address the "poor me"
routine´: Megyn Kelly RIPS Jane Fonda for
her outrage over a plastic surgery question
before attacking ´Hanoi Jane´ for still ´not
being proud of America´ as she brings*

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Daily Mail (UK), by Chris Spargo    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 1/22/2018 12:56:56 PM     Post Reply
It has been four months since Megyn Kelly earned the wrath and ire of Jane Fonda for asking the 80-year-old actress about her plastic surgery, and the NBC host is now responding to the backlash. That moment occurred during Kelly´s third episode when she asked the Oscar-winner about what work she had done in the past, which prompted a steely Fonda to stare Kelly down and ask: ´We really want to talk about that now?´ Since then Fonda has complained about the question to a number of outlets, and even mocked Kelly´s question on Today last week during an interview


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