February 14th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #391

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1,081 Responses to February 14th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #391

  1. citizen817 says:

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  4. Peoria Jones says:

    Enemedia warns of caution. They report that the Russians may try to influence the midterms. Here we go…

    What they fail to share is that Putin wants the Dem’s to win. IF there’s any influence, it would fall to the left.

    (While I’ve jokingly referred to myself as a Russian, Treepers will understand that Putin is not our friend.)

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    • Ferret2 says:

      Now is the chance to push for voter reform so Hillary (sorry, I mean the Russians) can’t tamper with the results:

      1. Voter ID.
      2. Proof of Citizenship.
      3. Purge voter rolls every 4 years and make everyone re-register.
      4. Eliminate voting machines.
      5. Paper ballot system with voter verification database.

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    • Ldave says:

      They’re probably laying the groundwork for dem failures in November. “Russia!”

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    • Bob says:

      Now the Dems have found the key to disrupting the election process by using the Russia card. It not only screws up the election, but, gives them cover for voter fraud. But the frosting on the cake is that it becomes a news cycle that won’t go away, worse the the flu. It distracts the Government from doing their elected jobs and keeps our Country in doubt and disarray.

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      • kroesus says:

        voter fraud (individual illegal activity against the law with reference to elections) is much LESS a problem than ELECTION fraud which is the systematic corruption of the voting system by the very officials charged with monitoring and administering it

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    • farmhand1927 says:

      Not one example of Russian interference that affected the outcome in the ’16 election, except what Hillary conspired on, can be cited. Now we’re to be in hand-wringing mode over Russian influence into our ’18 elections?

      Instead of worrying abt what Russia might do to interfere in our elections, how abt we start talking abt what Barack Obama actually did to interfere with Israel’s election? Let’s review how our taxpayer money was used to try and unseat Benjamin Netanyahu. We paid for advertising and we paid to send some of Obama’s own reelection team to Israel to aid Netanyahu’s opponent’s campaign.

      In this era of outrage at the very thought of one govt influencing elections in another country, the hypocrisy of Obama’s seditious media in ignoring his own culpability is, as usual, stunning.

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      • Little Annie’s Fannie says:

        Mess with Israel’s election? How can that possibly be true if it wasn’t reported in the NYT or WaPo??

        You did catch that snarky voice, right?

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  5. sunnydaze says:

    Advice for stupid college educated SJW’s: “Find a new hobby that makes you feel good about yourself” and “quit using black people as props”.

    Good Advice!

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    • steph_gray says:

      Candace is fantastic. I liked this one so much I shared it with a young woman I know who is in the bubble. Hope she doesn’t freak.

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  6. Troublemaker10 says:

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  7. Holly says:

    Please MR PRESIDENT, a ribbon for the COLD WAR VETERANS??? The FORGOTTEN AND IGNORED VETERANS…PLEASE?

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  8. phoenixRising says:

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  9. lida rose says:

    God Bless President Trump
    MAGA
    Thank you, Sir, for all you do for us

    Dear Lord,
    Please protect President Trump,
    and his Family,
    and his Cabinet,
    and all White Hats.
    Please, Lord, let us save our Country.

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  10. parteagirl says:

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  11. sunnydaze says:

    CBC’s behavior at the SOTU address is the gift that keeps on giving. This guy just popped up on my screen. Never heard him before tonite but he’s good, and very detail-oriented.

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  12. Charlotte says:

    Whether he knows it or not, @realDonaldTrump just signed into law the most ambitious child welfare legislation in a decade
    AMAZING!!!
    MAGA!!!!!

    https://interc.pt/2BnUn9d

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    • rf121 says:

      Well, I would rather talk to Stormy vs Susan Rice.

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    • Deb says:

      Cohen paid Daniels so she wouldn’t smear PDJT in the press. He paid him with his own money, which he says was out of loyalty to PDJT. Dems tried to use the payment to accuse him of campaign finance fraud, so he made a statement regarding the situation.

      It sounds like she threatened them, and so they paid her to make her go away. Doesn’t mean her story is true, they knew the media would run with it regardless.

      This was the smart thing to do. Politics is a dirty business.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        I agree – 130K isn’t hush money – it’s “go away money”. Pocket change to Cohen. She only gets a fraction, too. But her side timed it well, in 2016.

        And so did Cohen – pay it off right then with his own money.

        Also, Cohen must be timing this now, too, for some reason. He’s very smart, and he fed it to VERY PREDICTABLE Maggie Haterman. He had no reason to give her anything. He’s just validating old news that she could get equivalent elsewhere from the record. He WANTS this now. Think about why. 😉

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        • 🍺Gunny says:

          As I posted below:
          “You don’t pay a hooker for sex, you pay them to leave.”

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        • Kintbury54 says:

          She didn’t go away though and I wonder if they can go after her now.

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          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            Great point, but I would argue that one has to look at the outcome – she and this law firm have nothing to actually go after (both in terms of money and the bluff of their allegation), so the only reason to go after her and her lawyers is WHAT IT WOULD DO. Which can be extremely useful, if they do it at the right time.

            String them along and blow her up at the right time, in the right way. She is like captured enemy weaponry, which the other side thinks they sabotaged properly. All this is, is another pile of tricks, and Trump knows what he’s doing with it.

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        • TheWanderingStar says:

          Another good example of why our nation needs to change our libel and slander laws. No one should be able to destroy or smear a person with an unfounded accusation.

          How about some due process? And if found wanting, then those making the unfounded accusations should pay the legal fees.

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        • You are starting to act like Q

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          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            After mulling over some Q stuff last night, having some doubts, I had two big realizations while “waking up in the shower” today. One is that Q really means it about the limited disinformation they are deploying. I get it now. If you want to see it, look for purpose. The other is this. Be very careful whose information is being trusted, when Q is contradicted. Nobody is 100% America’s friend in this whole thing. Everybody else is everybody first, and some players are truly “fake friends”. The masters of disinfo are still the masters of disinfo.

            And three final realizations of Q material, that are my own.

            FIRST – take the creepy Nork “9/11 Room” picture with Bill Clinton, and mix it in with Sundance’s big point that North Korea is China’s offensive proxy. We need to view them as China’s useful proxy for the deepest spying and TTT (traitor tech transfer), too. It’s their hand-off zone. I am positive those Korean American “journalists” were fake, and that is where the real story on that begins. Getting Bubba there was the desiderata, not the “solution”. It was a FAKE solution. Beelzebubba did much worse than human trafficking. The girlies are always the BAIT for the easy-to-manipulate Clintons, IMO. The trafficking channel is just a “take-home swag bag” for the Clintons, but that was not where the girls were leveraged hardest. Mix in what we known about Daddy Kim (Kim 2.0) about his “leisure room entertainment” of his finest naked women paraded around (“look, don’t touch”) to serve his top men and his “special guests”. What is the ultimate bait there? Yeah. Beelzebubba would be a SUCKER for it. I think ALL of Bubba and North Korea and China needs to be re-examined, knowing what we know now.

            SECOND – if IRAN functions for “somebody else” much like North Korea functions for China, what does that tell us about all manner of things? Worth consideration as the solution which shows both Trump and never-Trump see the same totality from different viewpoints.

            THIRD – Q’s “Matrix” stuff is essential to understand the big picture. Keeping the masses content and useful has been around since the first tribes of humans, but it is now a global thing and it WANTS TO BE – sometimes too much. The evolution of news into a glorified establishment PR department (“fake news”) is somewhat unavoidable. The evolution of our internet-based anti-fake-news as the emergence point of a replacement is also unavoidable. The fight against the institutional narrative of lies is continuous – it does NOT go away. Word on the street in Rome was much more valuable than the manipulating pronouncements of the orators. But you need both to understand the dynamic. The lies serve as an anchor point for understanding the motive of the liars, who continuously try to assume control and provide the ruling viewpoint, just like the greater (yet imperfect) truth-tellers, undermined by the liars. Humanity needs more overall self-awareness now, and THAT is happening. Global was too much of a lie to make hard turns – we have to look locally. The hive mind is thinking properly by subverting itself – an essential of continuity. It’s just doing it MORE right now because it needs to turn sharply. We’re PAYING ATTENTION ON THE ROAD NOW.

            Bottom line: it’s complicated.

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          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            Everybody needs to start acting like Q! 😎

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        • Deb says:

          I think he tried to get ahead of the story, since there was an FCC complaint made against him. He manages the story by leaking it himself, another smart move. The media would probably sit on it until they needed another “bombshell” disctraction.

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      • fred5678 says:

        She is now on national trash tour based on her new-found fame.

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      • Convert says:

        I feel so sorry for Melania and Barron. The press loves destroying people. Loves it.

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    • nigella says:

      The media is gonna have a coronary… What to talk about Wife beaters or porn star pay offs… meanwhile actual crimes have been committed and crickets .Really demoralizing

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    • Dora says:

      I wish he didn’t do this. It looks bad.

      It is all that the media will be talking bout for days. Maybe weeks!

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      • Deb says:

        Daniels going to the press during the 2016 election to smear PDJT would have looked bad too, and been used as an October surprise along with the Access Hollywood tape.

        Paying her off was distasteful, but we had an election to win. Nothing illegal took place.

        Politics is a dirty business. Just ask the Swamp. Remind yourself of Hillary’s blatant disregard for human life, and feel good about the fact that PDJT knows how to win.

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      • singingsoul says:

        Why release this smear on Valentine’s Day…? This is unforgivable .
        Trump would not have paid a false story Cohen knows this is that why he paid..?

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  13. MAGAbear says:

    So if you want a prime example of how the left operates, my state of PA is currently offering a case study in it. The leftist governor and democrat controlled state supreme court demanded that the republican controlled legislature draw up new congressional districts because they weren’t fair (i.e. aren’t friendly to democrats), which they did, only to have (suprise) the leftist governor refuse to sign off on the redistricting plan, which (suprise) now allows the democrat controlled supreme court to draw up the districts. Now of this was pre-planned of course (insert eye roll).

    Hopefully my state will continue to go in the MAGA direction and dump this idiot governor this fall.

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  14. nimrodman says:

    Ha!

    It’s a start. Cutting half the SNAP benefit and replacing it with actual food.

    Trump Administration Proposes ‘Blue Apron-Style’ Program to Deliver Food to SNAP Recipients
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/13/trump-administration-proposes-blue-apron-style-program-to-deliver-food-to-snap-recipients/

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    • Deb says:

      Love it!

      I’ve been saying for years that SNAP needs to be run more like WIC. In the WIC program women get vouchers for specific grocery items like milk and vegetables. You can only buy what’s on the list, and the store gets reimbursed directly. No way to sell the voucher for cash.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        It is a great idea.. If he can get passed all the red tape and rioting..
        I have seen so many people with cart loads of soda and junk food.. And some people sell their benefits to buy drugs and alcohol, then go to the food shelf.. I feel bad for the children who are going without, and learning to be dishonest..

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        • deqwik2 says:

          A large reason people sell their food stamps is they get too much for the amount of food they need & have plenty left to sell. If they would re-do the way they calculate your benefits, it would save a ton of money. Someone with a family of 4 & an expensive rent payment gets more money that a family of 4 that pays low rent. They need to stop calculating the amount of rent & utilities & just give $100 per person. The family of 4 would have $400 for food & not much at end of month to sell. I know a family of 4 that got $800 per month when the head of house was laid off. They had a nice house. Anyway, they ate well & had enough left over to buy food for other family members. Had they been drinkers or doing drugs, they had enough to sell & still eat.

          I know someone else who is on disability & their check is $800.00 per month. They only get $50 in food stamps because they live in a run down trailer that is paid for & only has to pay lot rent. A $100 sure would help this person. If this person were to get gov assistance for rent & move to a nicer place, they would get more food stamps so you are not rewarded for trying to live within your means.

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          • nimrodman says:

            … and there’s gotta be plenty of EBT overpayment when the kids are eating breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack at school.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            I agree, food benefits could use an overhaul..
            Here in Vt many sell their EBT benefits. it is hard to track, since the buyer isn’t going to say anything.. If you live together your boyfriend can collect his own benefits, along with your pals that you have living with you.. it is crazy..

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      • NC PATRIOT says:

        My daughter (an Army wife) raised her kids on WIC foods—cheese, milk, oatmeal vegetables etc. Because their income was so low. But as a nutritionist, the WIC foods were purposefully nutritious, and it was a good program. (No sodas, candy etc)

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Throw in rice, beans and spices recipes on how to prepare ’em.

      Nutritious food that fills you up and you can make a big batch of it and eat leftovers.

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      • rf121 says:

        Rice and beans ain’t nutritious. Fattening yes.

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        • MTeresa says:

          Two words……………..victory garden.

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        • AmericaFirst says:

          Beans have a lot of protein, and there is a plethora of ways to prepare and enjoy rice.

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          • sunnydaze says:

            Exactly. Throw some veggies on the side and you’re good to go.

            Rice *really* makes a small bit of protein go a long way, too. As Chinese traditional stir-fry has demonstrated for millenia.

            mmmmm mmmm goooooood.

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        • rashomon says:

          What I learned that from my vegetarian friends: The combination of beans plus rice makes a complete protein containing amino acids that the body cannot produce which is much of the reason this combo is critical in so many diets worldwide as there are dozens of different beans and rice varieties.

          Actually this is a practical idea from multiple viewpoints.

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        • ivanthenuc says:

          Respectfully it doesn’t matter. The idea is that you only get welfare long enough to get you through a crisis as in my humble opinion these programs should be for emergency situations and shouldn’t make people too comfortable so they want to remain. They can then work two, three jobs and learn some skills so that they can make more money and be self-supporting. I and many like me lived on cans of tuna, ramen noodles, pasta, potatoes, cheap hot dogs and whatever else we could afford when we were younger. I remember several times working 3 crappy jobs at the same time while in college just to get by.

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          • Deb says:

            Eating rice and beans every night isn’t “comfortable.”

            Which is the point. If they can only buy certain staples, it motivates them to work harder so they can get off benefits.

            Also, a voucher for certain groceries isn’t worth much on the black market. There was bar where I live that was caught buying SNAP cards for cash and then using them to buy junk food for the bar to sell. If the voucher will only work for milk, carrots, beans, etc then people won’t be able to sell it.

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        • NC PATRIOT says:

          Nutrition person here——beans/ rice good protein substitute. at low cost.

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    • fred5678 says:

      They should distribute MRE’s. If good enough for our troops, good enough for rest of us.

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      • 🍺Gunny says:

        When in Asia we used to trade our MRE’s for almost anything. The people loved them. They have everything. Main Meal, sugar , salt, pepper, desert, and even those tiny little bottles of tabasco sauce. My favorite was Beef Stew and Spaghetti.
        Asians, especially the one’s who lived in the countryside rarely got these items. Especially the sugar. I’ve traded for home made wood carvings, nice local blankets etc.
        And, they last forever. Good for keeping for emergencies.

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    • Patriot1783 says:

      Along with voucher somehow the govt should set up availability of a monthly cooking lesson, teach the poor HOW to cook for themselves.

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    • Serena says:

      Libs are already up in arms about it saying Nazi Dictator Trump is telling them what foods they can put into their bodies. He thinks they are too stupid to know what foods to eat.And bemoaning the fact they will not get fresh fruit and vegetables.

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    • Wiggyky says:

      Great idea. BTW, our town has a “Food Pantry” where poor people can pick up sacks of food that are donated. Thus they get “real” food. If the government would subsidize these Pantries people would get food instead of Food Stamps. A win win.

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    • Little Annie’s Fannie says:

      Funny listening to the likes of Richard Fowler complaining about that on Martha’s show last night. He talked about restricting people’s freedom to choose what they eat and Republican injection to deBasto’s Big Gulp ban. Why was he crickets when Michelle tried to force feed our children tasteless, high sugar meals in schools. People receiving SNAP have an option, called a job, to make their own decisions. With compulsory attendance laws, our children were locked in to the trashy foods that I guarantee Sasha and Malia weren’t being force fed.

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      • singingsoul says:

        I have fast experience on preparing good healthy food for very little and used to run a food pantry. I was horrified the type of food they gave the poor. I restocked the pantry with health foods but one had to be able to cook.
        My church fought me and told me people do not cook or know how and I need to restock it again with cheap unhealthy foods even I would not eat.
        I suggested that we give cooking classes because we have a big kitchen it would be possible. I was told that I was not a home economic teacher and therefore have no credentials. Here I am 73 have no health issues not on meds and they who are full of meds tell me I do not know how to cook healthy meals..?
        That is what is wrong today.
        I also wanted to teach the people how to darn and fix their clothe so it would last longer.
        Life experiences do not count today and people like me who love people regardless if they are rich or poor but their skills are not utilized.

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  15. rsmith1776 says:

    Meantime, we found out that Soetero Hussy Hussein is the true Anne Boleyn, the one of six fingers.

    In Anne’s case it may be a fabrication, in Queen Baracka’s case we now have corroboration.

    Anne started the Anglican church, Baracka attempted to end America.

    God-Emperor Trump put a decisive stake in her plans.

    ( Real history, you know!! )

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    • kroesus says:

      a bit of revisionist history there……Henry VIII’s desire to marry his lover (Ann Boleyn) was the impetus for the Anglican Church which is little more than a rebranded RCC with the King of England as Pope…..Ann Boleyn was a closet PROTESTANT and had a secret organization helping to convert Catholics away from both the Pope and the King

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  16. All Too Much says:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, likely threatened to take “the 5th” if she didn’t get immunity to talk to a grand jury, according to a newly released batch of phone texts between two pro-Clinton, anti-Trump FBI officials.

    The texts just released by Sen. Ron Johnson’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee revealed that the threat came in December 2016, after it was thought the Clinton email probe was dormant but one focusing on her husband’s sexting to a 15-year-old girl was ongoing.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fbi-texts-clinton-email-aide-huma-abedin-sought-immunity-or-would-take-the-5th/article/2648390

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    • Blade says:

      Hmmmm. There’s been a lot of speculation lately by folks lately looking at presumed 4-character word redactions that the perps were worried during the fall of 2016 of someone flipping, usually meaning “Rice” or “Bill”.

      Seems more obvious that “Huma” is also 4-letter word ( pardon the pun ), not to mention “Tony” (Podesta ). Heck, maybe all four.

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  17. Jenny Hatch says:

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  18. Charlotte says:

    Ben Carson Stuns Liberals With MASSIVE Welfare Announcement – Now This Is A Great Idea

    https://conservativeus.com/ben-carson-liberals-welfare-idea/

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      That’s actually a really smart idea. LOL!

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      • trialbytruth says:

        yep you want the federal build money cool now build a community

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      • 🍺Gunny says:

        Cheaper than welfare in the long run but with a caveat.
        Bear with me on this. So one of the reasons for the break up of the African American family is that if a mother and children or family needed welfare, the father cannot be in the home. Yes, the law actually states that. They consider, the government, considers, if a family is fully in tact, then one of them, typically the father should be out working, not just be in the family unemployed so to speak.
        So, years ago when this was implemented and the fathers could not find work, which we know is extremely common in the African American community, the only way that the family could be taken care of was for the father to leave the home. So, he did. Out into the streets and hence the problem.
        Ben Carson’s idea is very good and it will mostly benefit the African American Community.

        Many different aspects to this, especially now that the government is giving all these illegals, and basically anyone who can walk, welfare. Difficult to enforce the above.
        But, just saying one of the reasons the African American fathers left there families.
        The government actually set them up for failure.

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    • millwright says:

      OH MY, Charlotte ! Offering skills training for emergent jo0bs tha twill carry over into the future ? ! Now that is a novel idea ! Why not add as little stick to this carrot and restrict SNAP – qualified purchases to eliminate all the “high-end processed foods ” substituting cheeses, lard, butter, flour, leavening, rice, beans, sugar, spices, produce, “manager’s specials” on ham, ham shanks, turkey, chicken, low-end beef, fresh fish, and dairy ?

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      That is a truly great plan. It would raise peoples self esteem rather than what handouts do
      which is lower it.

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  19. MAGAbear says:

    So I tried watching the Olympics tonight, only to be barraged by one SJW commercial after another. And apparently prior to these Olympic games, women were 2nd class participants and have finally been given their due respect. Odd, I always though the ladies figure skating was pretty popular before? And according to Coke, all the great events of the 20th century involved only liberal causes and people? Gee, I guess conservatives really are bad if Coke suggests so. And there’s Johnny Queer, I mean, Weir, dressed up as a woman as NBC’s skating analyst. #diversity. #equality. Damn, I’m woke now!

    Even my beloved NHL now has a “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative, which sounds great, but is basically the leagues response to having the LGTBQXYZ pressure groups put a gun to their head and have them celebrate their version of diversity and equality. Oddly though, there’s no outreach to faith communities. So much for the everyone part of the program.

    Is there anywhere one can avoid the leftist domination of culture? Guess that’s why I come here.

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  20. I am praying tonight for our Lion of a President
    and all of his family, staff, relationships and more.

    Lord, may Your Kingdom come,
    and Your will be done
    for all of these.
    Amen!

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  21. Troublemaker10 says:

    John James is one of the Republicans running for Senate in MI. It’s considered a likely Dem seat unfortunately. For now.

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  22. bessie2003 says:

    An article today from Clarice Feldman at American Thinker opining that charges against Gen. Flynn may be dropped, and why she thinks so. Here is the link:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/02/the_great_flynn_case_mystery.html

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Andrew McCarthy wondering about General Flynn’s situation, also. He gets deep into the legal weeds, but this in particular caught my eye:

      “…But it is noteworthy that Flynn had already pled guilty, and in the course of doing so had agreed to Mueller’s demand that he waive “the right to any further discovery or disclosures of information not already provided” — in addition to forfeiting many other trial and appellate rights. (See plea agreement, pages 6–7.) It certainly appears that [Judge] Sullivan’s order supersedes the plea agreement and imposes on the special counsel the obligation to reveal any and all evidence suggesting that Flynn is innocent of the charge to which he has admitted guilt. Could this provide General Flynn with factual grounds of which he was previously unaware to seek to have his plea vacated? Would he have a viable legal basis to undo the plea agreement that he and his lawyer signed on November 30? We do not know at this point…”

      Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456379/michael-flynn-guilty-plea-questions-raised-about-fbi-robert-mueller-investigation

      http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456379/michael-flynn-guilty-plea-questions-raised-about-fbi-robert-mueller-investigation

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      • Tonawanda says:

        There are many reasons why a person might plead guilty to a particular charge when not guilty of that particular charge. Disparity of resources is one of the more prevalent reasons, I would guess, especially in comparison to the federal government.

        BUT when pleading guilty under oath a person is saying “I actually DID what I am accused of doing.” Once a person says that under oath their legal situation changes dramatically.

        And not surprisingly, one of the things that a person CANNOT do afterwards is to validly raise a legal issue based on the premise of innocence. The plea is intended to END litigation, and a person is advised of that fact before pleading guilty.

        No matter how understandable and noble and reasonable and forgivable the motive might be for pleading guilty, the person pleaded guilty.

        It just seems logical: if a lawyer such as McCarthy speculates that evidence of innocence might legally assist a person who has pleaded guilty under oath, then McCarthy really needs explain how evidence of innocence legally squares with the statement under oath by the actual perpetrator that he is NOT innocent. Otherwise it sounds like McCarthy does not know what he is talking about.

        And McCarthy needs to explain why a statement under oath that “I did this” is not perjury if the person did not “do this.”

        McCarthy also sounds naive (at best) on two other points.

        First, he is trying really hard to exonerate Strzok, and now in Strzok’s defense he says Strzok cannot be a bad guy because Strzok was ASSIGNED to the Flynn interview.

        Really? Is McCarthy so immersed in his epistemic closure that he does not entertain that a bad guy can get “assigned” by another bad guy, because the bad guys were working the corruption together?

        And second, McCarthy refers to the reported allegation that the agents did not think Flynn has lied, stated by Comey to Congress critters supposedly.

        It almost sounds like McCarthy does not have any experience with criminals, among which Comey and Strzok are numbered.

        Does McCarthy think those folks are going to give the slightest indication that they were part of a corrupt, ongoing criminal enterprise? Or are they going to falsely say they were just innocent little lambs? Including pretending they were not trying to catch Flynn in a process crime by saying they were unaware that he was committing a process crime?

        And what was Yates visit to the WH about if they did not believe a process crime had been committed?

        Comey, Never Trump. Strzok, Never Trump. McCarthy, Never Trump.

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        • Jim in TN says:

          I do not know if McCarthy has experience with government criminals, but he is known for a very high profile series of convictions in the first World Trade Center bombing.

          Turn everything about committing perjury when falsely admitting to crimes in a plea deal back around to the prosecutor who is falsely swearing the crime was committed. To force somebody to plea guilty to a crime that you know they did not commit. Much worse.

          And never accept the lame “I didn’t have proof, but he admitted to it” dodge. It is the prosecutor’s job to find proof or let him go, not to use the full might and inexhaustible resources of the U.S, government to force people into being destroyed if they don’t plea to crimes they did not commit.

          We are supposed to be better than Stalinist Russia, torturing people into admitting guilt despite their innocence then holding show trials where they admit their ‘guilt’ so that the people can see how right Stalin was to try them.

          And yes, he is a NeverTrumper.

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          • Tonawanda says:

            Whether there was sufficient evidence might be assessed by looking at the transcript of the phone call and comparing that to the accusatory instrument.

            People have to consider that McCarthy does not know what he is talking about and does not have the modesty to say so.

            McCarthy is invested in bringing Trump down to vindicate McCarthy’s ego (not to mention, to protect his fellow swamp dwellers).

            McCarthy has shown shallowness on other legal issues (for instance, Session’s recusal) and is willing to engage in floating stuff because he rightly knows nobody will call him on it.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      And BTW thanks for posting this. The Andrew McCarthy article has pretty much the same information, but Clarice Feldman is a better writer and easier to read.

      Liked by 3 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Quote: ”
      “In sum, as regards Judge Sullivan, the government has lost the presumption of ethical conduct, which many courts still afford prosecutors. Actions have consequences.”

      Another score for Obama/Holder – They tainted legal due process so badly, the US Justice system can no longer be trusted!

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    • Jim in TN says:

      One of the things that stunned me, re the Flynn plea deal, was the total lack of all the crimes he was being accused of in the press. Basically everything they are piling on Manafort. Poof. Accusations gone and not even a mention of them in the plea agreement.

      I think of those accusations as a blackmail that forced him to his knees. Is it still possible for Mueller to resurrect them if Flynn backs out or the judge sets him free?

      Totally dropping those accusations may have been something his lawyer’s insisted on for Flynn to make a plea. Especially if Mueller’s doing so makes them go away. In which case I can see the no weaseling out of this overkill inherent in the unconstitutional demand that he give up his right to demand exculpatory evidence.

      But then Mueller’s steamroller may just be so far out of control that they don’t give a damn about obeying the law themselves. “We are convicting you of a crime we know you didn’t commit and denying you your rights to contest, to discover the evidence of guilt we are hiding, and to ever appeal.”

      Come to think of it, that is so blatantly unconstitutional that it pretty much guarantees a get out of jail free card if Flynn ever escapes their abuse and gets real judicial review.

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  23. todayistheday99 says:

    In the first few minutes of tonight’s Hannity they showed a clip of John Brennan answering questions about the Steele Dossier during the May hearing testimony: (queued at 1:54:28)

    which made me think of the unmasking testimony (discussed at CTH at the time) where you could tell Brennan was starting to buckle when he revealed his “tell” by stretching and twisting his neck like he could feel the noose tightening: (queued at 1:48:28 or 6 min before the first video link)

    Watch the first clip and right after Dowdey asked Brennan “Do you know who commissioned the Steele Dossier?” and Brennan replies “I don’t” at which point Brennan starts to do his neck stretch tell, but stops short.

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    • todayistheday99 says:

      Sorry but the 2nd time stamp didn’t work but for those interested, manually back it up to 1:48:28 to start the relevant unmasking questioning.

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    • Troublemaker10 says:

      Getting caught in lies much, are you Brennen?

      Liked by 1 person

    • millwright says:

      I suspect the size of the ID banner posted in front of the witness reveals a great deal about not only the ego of the former CiA Director, but the shortsightedness of his inquisitors !

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    • thesavvyinvester says:

      The Bigger tells are those from Gowdy and his disdain for Brennan’s answers, watch them, he knows what the real deal is and his questions were the set up. How much of what Gowdy touched on becomes part of the “Big Ugly” that ensnares all these characters…..

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      • Bull Durham says:

        Trey Gowdy wouldn’t win a prosecution against Judas Iscariot.
        He’s all show. Deep voice, full of righteous legalities and then nothing.
        Could have been the star for America.
        He sold out.
        Expect nothing.

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        • 🍺Gunny says:

          Yep…and to me he shows his sellout in his entire demeanor. Somewhere in there he knows deep down, he’s finished and a traitor.

          He should go back to private practice, except it may be too late since that is where the best skilled lawyers practice. The lawyers in Congress are amateurs like side show barkers.

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  24. Sylvia Avery says:

    I watched Tucker Carlson’s opening monologue last night. It was about the Susan Rice email, and he raised an issue that I hadn’t fully considered before.

    It was just this: the meeting Obama held with Yates, Brennan, Comey, Rice, Biden, and whoever else was two weeks before Inauguration, and Obama says he wants to withhold Intel from the new President because he might be a Russian spy.

    Why did he think PDJT might be a spy? Because of The Dossier. The Dossier that James Comey briefed President Elect Trump on the very next day before he leaked it to the press. The Dossier that James Comey testified to Congress a few short months later was “salacious and unverified.”

    That Dossier? BO thought Donald Trump was a spy because of That Dossier and told them to with hold Intel from him????

    Public Execution is the only acceptable way to go here.

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    • rich33y says:

      Quote from the Rice email:

      “The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”

      When I read that line I got the sense that there was an implication that this timeline was going past Jan 20th. Was Obama planning on running this ‘Op’ beyond his term?

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      • I am re-reading Rice’s email again.

        It was written for a specific scenario in mind. The question is: at the time she wrote it, how did she and others think this thing was going to unwind? And from that belief, what then was the purpose of the email (it’s clearly written for others outside the circle to see).

        It’s a CYA of some kind. But is it more a CYA for her, or for the rest of the group? Did the group know about this email sent to herself, or was it done out of quiet initiative to save herself?

        That is not clear to me. Others?

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    • Tonawanda says:

      “Why did he think PDJT might be a spy?”

      It does not seem possible BO believed Trump was a spy.

      This was a corrupt Narrative and they knew it, including BO.

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  25. millwright says:

    I lke PDJT’s openers on the infrastructure debate ! But its time American “Deplorables” in ” Flyover Country ” conducted a “WHICH HUNT ? ” seeking out all those upper echelon bureaucrats and congress critters now emerging ( attested by testimony of their unders ) to have been complicit in creating the current controversy regarding malfeasance and illegal spying upon American citizens dating back as far as the law permits .

    The “dunking chair” ought to be a 24/7 RT public trial and upon conviction, striping the felons of any future or earned stipends, pensions; maximum imprisonment, and stripping them of 2nd.amendment rights, voting privileges, or holding any public office. For cases where treason is proven beyond reasonable doubt, execution is mandatory . Congressional seating will not be an exclusionary excuse from prosecution ! Time to clean house !

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  26. Sylvia Avery says:

    Posting for the Melania Watchers who enjoy her pictures and fashion.

    “What marriage trouble? President Trump and Melania beam as they arrive together to celebrate Black History Month at White House reception…”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5388709/Trump-Melania-attend-Black-History-Month-event.html

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  27. Troublemaker10 says:

    This is why people have tuned out the politician and activist voices. They don’t hear them anymore.

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  28. Troublemaker10 says:

    This is why people have tuned out the politician and activist voices. They don’t hear them anymore.

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  29. Charlotte says:

    Ben Stein’s Diary
    Watergate, Trumpgate — Time to Counterattack

    https://spectator.org/watergate-trumpgate-time-to-counterattack/

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  30. Donna in Oregon says:

    I’ve watched all the Senators and Congress critters I can stomach today.

    Politicians are a bunch of weiners (not being sexist, the women are weiners too).

    Thank heavens President Trump was in some of them today. No BS, just truth and common sense. Feel much better with our President calling the shots.

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  31. wolfmoon1776 says:

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  32. deqwik2 says:

    Sharyl Attkisson talking about the phrase Fake News during the election. She investigated it and found that it was originally started by a Hillary supporter Eric Schmidt from Google. He funded the anti fake news movement by using a company called 1st Draft. When it started, Trump turned it around on them by calling them Fake News. Trump did not start the fake news phrase although most people believe that he did. Trump caused the Clinton camps propaganda campaign to backfire on them.
    Just one more example of Trump being Trump & coming out on top. Amazes me every time!

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Yes – this is a critical point. The term actually appeared AFTER a very suspicious influx of disinformation (bogus journalism) into the conservative web-sphere, first using “parody” sites of very dubious origins. The “parody” news was often very unfunny, and thus easily picked up as serious by conservatives – MANY of whom weren’t even real conservatives.

      It was a very deniable operation.

      The idea of “fake news” was thus originally an attack on citizen journalism. It was (IMO) another “blame-the-victim” operation from our lovely Obama CIA black hats, who desperately needed to preserve their pet MSM’s dying believability, by making both toxic and untrusted, all information contradicting the MSM.

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    • Little Annie’s Fannie says:

      One smart cookie

      Liked by 1 person

      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Oh, SO SMART!

        “Trump caused the Clinton camps propaganda campaign to backfire on them.”

        Totally!

        And not just that – Trump USED it to take down MORE of the Clinton empire of lies! It was like putting his finger in their gun. Not only did it stop the bullet – it blew up on the bad guys and girls in an explosion of ways that they never bargained for. Follow it all the way through to the anti-corruption EO that kicked Eric Schmidt out of his job to save the Google Black Hat Factory (THEY THINK) from justice. Hilarious!

        TRUMP BOOMERANG EFFECT ON STEROIDS.

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  33. Lucille says:

    Turkey’s Erdogan threatens US forces in Syria with “Ottoman slap”
    February 13, 2018 by Robert Spencer

    Trump was right when he said NATO was obsolete, and wrong when he declared that it was “no longer obsolete.”

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/02/turkeys-erdogan-threatens-us-forces-in-syria-with-ottoman-slap

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  34. Troublemaker10 says:

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  35. citizen817 says:

    Sarah Sanders Keeps A Bottle Of Whiskey In Her Office

    What is this bottle of whiskey in your office?

    The specific bottle of whiskey in Sanders’ office is “Warrior Whiskey.”

    This whiskey is made by a Navy SEAL veteran and a portion of the proceeds go to veteran charities. The White House confirmed to The Daily Caller that Sanders displays the bottle in her office to support veterans. 

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Warrior Whiskey go directly to vetted U.S. veteran support organizations so they may continue the important work helping America’s fighting heroes.  

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/01/sarah-sanders-keeps-whiskey-at-her-desk/

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  36. JohnPaulJohnes says:

    This is a Twitter thread. 18 tweets. It begins with an email Susan Rice sent from her government email 28 minutes after Trump became President. Apparently a gift to Trump. or just a parting stab at Obama, Clinton.

    I have other corresponding info regarding Rice that symbolizes this as revenge by Rice, possibly one of many. It’s taking a while to find and I will hopefully add it later today. Wanted to type this post while thinking about a possible connection.

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  37. Patriot1783 says:

    Surprise surprise…actions have consequences for those down the CNN food chain and apparently not not for the mouthpieces that spew their venom nightly.

    https://www.weaselzippers.us/374496-report-cnn-laying-off-dozens-of-employees-after-missing-revenue-goals/

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  38. Craig from Scotland says:

    LOL……
    The Youtube clip gets interesting 3+ minutes in, stick with it.

    ‘Russia Threatens to Block YouTube and Instagram, After Complaints From Oligarch Oleg Deripaska’
    FEB. 12, 2018

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    • Bull Durham says:

      Navalny is part of the CIA destabilization project to “color” the March election in Russia.
      He can’t run because of his legal convictions in court. He has a 2% base according to all polls, including CIA run polling.

      The same set of lies used against Trump are now reverberating in the CIA project.
      There are no attempts to hide the NGO-State Dept.-CIA connections.

      Imagine if the FSB was doing this in the US? Cavorting, paying, scripting the fifth column.

      They try to connect the oligarch to Putin.

      I posted a video yesterday which shows Putin manhandling the oligarch in a very public shaming. Now the propagandists at CIA-Fake News tell us they are pals.

      Liked by 2 people

      • lawrencepaul1 says:

        It is depressing to listen to some of the Fox news neocon disciples here spouting their “Russia is bad, Putin is Hitler” pap. You really would think that they would be able to see the parallels between the main stream propaganda leveled at both Trump and Putin. But nope.

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      • Craig from Scotland says:

        @Bull Durham

        My view is the Putin / Deripaska video is simply theatre. Half a dozen TV cameras set up before hand to record who is the boss. I’m surprised they didn’t have Putin galloping in on a horse.

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        • Bull Durham says:

          You are entitled to that opinion. Baseless as it is.
          Check the complaints to Putin in his annual 4 hour televised Q&A with citizens. And then see what happens to the owners of businesses and provincial officials who screw over the people.

          Facts are otherwise to your view. And there are mountains of these situations.
          He took the country back from the thieving oligarchs. He forced them all out of political power. He retrieved the natural resources from these criminals.

          Of course, if the facts trouble your beliefs, continue on. Everyone has a right to remain ill-informed.

          Is it a wonderland there in Russia? No. But he saved the nation for the People. Not unlike what Trump is trying to do here.

          If you need to hold your opinion and not face the facts, that’s okay. 80% of the Russians disagree with you.

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          • Craig from Scotland says:

            @Bull Durham

            Considering your entrenched views, pointless proceeding with any meaningful debate.

            All the best.

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          • d2i says:

            Bull, thank you for posting that vid. I’ve never seen it before and I’ve watched my share of Putin vids.

            I agree with your observations regarding Putin’s ripping back the people’s assets from the oligarchs. What the U.S. did under Yeltsin to that countries economy and more is just plain ugly and disgraceful.

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    • Craig from Scotland says:

      http://www.businessinsider.com/american-executives-working-for-putin-2014-3
      Mar. 5, 2014

      Adam Waldman –

      “Adam Waldman is the founder, chairman, and president of the Endeavor Group, a D.C. consultancy based about two blocks from the White House. In May 2009, Waldman filed paperwork with the DOJ indicating he would be working with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to provide “legal advice on issues involving his U.S. visa as well as commercial transactions.”

      In his initial FARA paperwork, Waldman indicated Endeavor would receive “a monthly retainer of $40,000” for his work with Deripaska. Waldman also said Deripaska was not being “supervised” or “directed” by any foreign government.

      However, in October 2010, Waldman made another filing indicating he would be working with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey LAVROV, gathering information and providing advice and analysis as it relates to the U.S. policy towards the visa status of Oleg Deripaska.”

      https://efile.fara.gov/pls/apex/f?p=181:200:7598304179609::NO:RP,200:P200_REG_NUMBER,P200_COUNTRY:5934,RUSSIA

      http://www.fara.gov/docs/5934-Exhibit-AB-20101006-3.pdf
      ————————–

      https://www.scribd.com/document/371101285/TEXTS-Mark-Warner-texted-with-Russian-oligarch-lobbyist-in-effort-to-contact-Christopher-Steele

      Mark Warner texts with Adam Waldam, declared lobbyist of the Russian Government !

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    • 1stgoblyn says:

      I didn’t understand the inclusion of Victoria Nuland. She is mentioned, hates Russia and then what?

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  39. JohnP says:

    Another day, another illegal bringing his rich culture to America.

    A Mexican national who had been deported three times in three months, has pleaded guilty to possession and intent to distribute $400,000 worth of crystal meth to an undercover agent, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

    He was deported April 13, July 6, and July 19 in 2017.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/13/man-deported-3-times-arrested-for-intent-to-distribute-400000-worth-meth.html

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  40. youme says:

    From the White House

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    • paulraven1 says:

      I honestly can’t even grasp the reality of sanctuary cities. They have become an emblem of our audacious, lawless madness. One reaches a point of critical mass disgust. How much of this sh*t are we supposed to take?

      Liked by 7 people

      • lastinillinois says:

        You are supposed to take more than you can handle, and then when you can’t take it any more and seek your own remedy (often times to protect family and/or property) you will be punished for it.
        Jailed.

        It is but one of the many ways the Marxists will confiscate what the productive have earned.

        Liked by 4 people

        • lastinillinois says:

          By the way, we around Chicago here are still waiting for the perp who yesterday killed the Chicago police officer to be named.

          He is being protected.

          I figure he is either an illegal or a member of an influential black Chicago street gang.

          My money is on street gang member, based upon the coat I saw him wearing as he was being led oh-so-gently into a squad car yesterday.

          Liked by 3 people

          • JohnP says:

            Yeah, he’s a banger.

            The 44-year-old suspect’s felony record goes back to 1998, when he was charged with armed robbery. He was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison.
            (HE SERVED 6 YEARS!)

            In 2007, the man was charged with being a felon in possession of body armor, possession of a defaced firearm and possession of heroin. He got three years in prison on the gun charge, records show.

            In 2011, he was charged with resisting an officer and battery. He was convicted of battery and given 30 days of community service, records show.

            Finally, the suspect was convicted of drug possession in 2014 and received a two-year prison term.

            Liked by 2 people

          • Chgonana539 says:

            This is such a tragedy. Our Tiny Dancer Mayor and charge never a felony States Attorney Kim Fox are responsible for losing a great cop.

            Liked by 1 person

  41. youme says:

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  42. youme says:

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  43. youme says:

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    • lastinillinois says:

      Good.
      Any ‘deal’ that US senators may be able to screw us over with – I mean come to an agreement on – I want NO part of.

      Liked by 5 people

      • paulraven1 says:

        In a true sense, there cannot be a “deal.” This is the problem with trying to fit the square peg of an antiquated “bipartisan” concept or tradition into the round hole of our shrieking ideological vortex of irreconcilable objectives. Immigration is just one, perhaps the choicest, example of many more to come. No conservative or patriot can possibly accept the baseline leftist terms. No leftist will accept to baseline terms of the conservative or patriot. These are utterly conflicting views of society, one being a view of storied civility and sanity, and the other of pure totalitarian power.

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  44. Dora says:

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  45. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Well 25 knots of wind and 8 foot waves this morning. I guess I will be staying put today and hanging out here.

    Liked by 4 people

  46. NJF says:

    SMH

    Liked by 1 person

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