December 13th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration day #693

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  1. Grandma Covfefe says:

    🎄 * * * 12 * * * more days til CHRISTmas 🎄 Jesus is the Reason for the Season

    MAGA
    Thank You, Lord, for President Trump, his MAGA Team, and all his supporters.
    Lord, keep them all safe in all they do and go daily. In Jesus’ Name we pray…Amen.

    🌟 “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts: gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” 🌟
    -–Matt 2:11
    —————————————–
    🙏 Pray:
    — God’s guidance and 24/7 protection for President Trump and his MAGA team this week
    — for integrity of all President Trump’s nominees and quick confirmations of them
    — for a new MAGA Chief of Staff for President Trump
    — for 100% of Wall fund, USMCA, immigration reform
    — for whistleblowers’ protection and courage to get all the truth out to the public
    — for criminals in the FBI, CIA and DOJ will be brought to justice
    — for Guardian Angels protecting all our borders, land and sea
    — for our Military, Border Patrol, Nat’l Guards and LEOs at the border –- protection, readiness and watchfulness
    — for persecuted Christians all around the world
    — for those facing CHRISTmas without their loved ones who passed way in 2018
    —————————————————–
    🇺🇸 ”There in Bethlehem Mary and Joseph held in their hand the Son of God, the light of the world and through him the promise of eternal salvation.”
    🇺🇸 — Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America — 🇺🇸

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  2. citizen817 says:

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    • millwright says:

      I suspect its only a matter of time – perhaps only days – before we see the same sort of thing inside America . We have alrxeady had minature versions in Portland OR. Berkley, CA . I’d look for other to arise in long-time Democratic strongholds and/or cities with large Musliim populations.

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      • cozette says:

        I respectfully disagree. President Trump has brilliantly tied the terror attack in France to our need for border security. He pointed out in his meeting with Chuck and Nancy that 10 terrorists had just been caught trying to enter our country illegally by trying to sneak across the southern border. If there was a terror attack it would give Trump ammo to get money for the wall or damage the Democrats if they refused. It’s not in the terrorists interests to give Trump that ammo. Just as the Swamp funded caravan backfired on them, so would a terrorist attack.

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        • nimrodman says:

          “President Trump has brilliantly tied the terror attack in France to our need for border security.”

          Border security?

          Hell, we’ve got a visa waiver program with France and all the other European countries.

          What’s to prevent a terrorist like the recent Strasbourg aloha snackbar from hopping a flight to New York for a little tourism?

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      I was waiting for that one.

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  3. citizen817 says:

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    • Hereward the Woke says:

      Obama should be in prison for that deal. The greatest act of treason since Benedict Arnold. Disgusting.

      Liked by 13 people

      • Dennis Leonard says:

        Actually he has a few more things he is famous for,

        A list of Barack Obama “firsts” going around the Internet. I haven’t fact-checked them
        JimNorCal
        I haven’t fact checked them.

        a list of FIRSTS by Barack Obama

        1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
        2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
        3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
        4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
        5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.
        6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
        7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
        8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.
        9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
        10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
        11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
        12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
        13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
        14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
        15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
        16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
        17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
        18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
        19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
        20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
        21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
        22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
        23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
        24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
        25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
        26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
        27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
        28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
        29. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.
        30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
        31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
        32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
        33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
        34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
        35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
        36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”

        37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

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        • RobInPA says:

          38. First president to have their AG held in contempt of Congress.
          39. First (and last) president to preside over 57 states.
          40. First president to not know how to correctly pronounce the noun ‘corpsman’ (the Crimson Kenyan pronounced it as ‘corpse-man’, several times in one speech).

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        • ladypenquin says:

          Thanks, Dennis. Reading the list reminds us how how Evil the Democrats were, not just Obama. He played along for the bennies.

          Liked by 3 people

        • snellvillebob says:

          And after each incident the press cheered and adored him.
          When President Trump does something great, like lowering our taxes, the press shouts “Impeach”.

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        • America First says:

          #4. Cut to the credit rating – twice.

          One can see this was drafted after the first five years of that insanity, and it doesn’t include freeing 5 terrorists in return for a traitor, nor later honoring said traitor by inviting him to the WH.

          Nor do I see included that he was the first [p]resident to “sleep through” – or something – the famous 3:00 am call for help when it came from Benghazi.

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        • Amy2 says:

          I have an exception with #35. ” First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 57 states (Mexico vs Arizona).

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  4. citizen817 says:

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  5. citizen817 says:

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    • Vor Daj says:

      Chuck has no shame on account of personal experience and heredity..

      Liked by 3 people

      • Ken Lawson says:

        Heredity? I hope you don’t mean what it sounds like you are saying.

        Liked by 2 people

      • lemmus1 says:

        …heredity? …care to elaborate

        Liked by 1 person

        • Vor Daj says:

          The Race Card is the most rapid-fire, all purpose, over used and abused, ad hominem and vapid weapon of smear, mass deception, diversion and greed ever conceived by man. It is a weapon under which the most wild eyed and feeble minds are severely crouched and can be played with the greatest of ease by even the most reason and integrity challenged, and in fact, was designed especially for use by them. It is void of justice. It is void of liberty. It needs no footing in rationality. It resembles a witch hunt and is, in plain and clear fact, similar to a lynching. At times it is the last refuge of hate filled and money and power hungry scoundrels and at other times the first as they attempt to mass murder intellect, justice and freedom of speech. It has no expiration date. It doesn’t even appear to have a half life. There are those who theorize that it may continue to exist indefinitely in some form even after time itself has come to an end.

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        • cozette says:

          OMG is the Wrong Thought police here? Sheesh.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Vor Daj says:

            The Wrong Thought Policy have indeed arrived! Straight from the Salem Witch Trials. Or maybe the Spanish Inquisition.

            Liked by 1 person

            • Amy2 says:

              I haven’t seen enough of your posts to know your character yet. Just let me say, you are getting off easy. I made a comment about wishing Sarah had a stylist (the finishing touch) for her wardrobe and it was “no holds barred!”

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          • KittyKat says:

            If you want unpoliced commentary perhaps you should stick with the BB “free speech” mostly unmonitored comments section which is basically useless garbage where people vent but there are no discussions.

            One of the very best features of TCT is how it carefully tends its comments threads.

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            • G. Combs says:

              I am assuming that ‘personal experience and heredity’ is being equated with ‘Race’

              That is STUPID thinking and shuts down reasonable discussion because we ARE a product of our DNA and how we were raised. Until we acknowledge that and work TOWARDS the strengths of a person while minimizing their weaknesses we ALLOW the left to control us.

              In general Blacks are more athletic, graceful and musical that I. I have ZERO rhythm, need a VERY large bucket to carry a tune and got kicked out of ballet at age 4 because of my two left feet. On the other hand, thanks to my Arab grandad I have an innate ability to ‘read’ a horse and most other animals despite being a city girl. Thanks to my German grand parents I am very good at math and science. So, should I try to be an entertainer? Or should I go with my strengths and be a scientist?

              President Trump KNOWS this to be true and that is why he has put such emphasis on TRADES. The place where those who do not excel in academics can really SHINE!

              Leftists try to squash everyone into the same bucket expecting EQUAL OUTCOME.

              President Trump, and I HOPE many on the right understand it is EQUAL OPPORTUNITY that counts. Being an excellent African Hair Braider or carpenter with their own shop is going to be more productive and make someone happier than being a disgruntled burger flipping college grad with a useless degree.

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              • Jenny R. says:

                Ms. Combs….you did not get any “innate ability” to read a horse from your Arab forebear (or be good at math and science thanks to the German ones).
                One, there is no such thing as “innate ability” other than very general ones, like bipedalism. One could say some people have innate capabilities due to muscle tissue composition and the like, but it does not translate into anything more specific: that one has to work at.
                Two, due to the nature of genetic material, you may not even have as much of your Arab ancestor’s DNA as you would think — it is for the most part recombinant. Each generation loses genetic material (and sometimes gets new thanks to mutations) — you’re not that related to even your grandparents, and hopefully nobody ever becomes a clone.

                And finally, your Arab grandpapa and German oppa and omma may not even be that much Arab or German themselves thanks to the above, nor have been “innately talented” in the areas that you think: most Arabs do not handle horses; they live in cities and do trade — it is the Bedu that handle the horses; the average German is really no better at science and math as the next person.

                I find these sorts of discussions ridiculous and worthy of Elizabeth Warren and her high cheekbones.
                If this was the case I suppose I should be painting church ceilings (very masterfully I might add), whilst being a world famous basketball playing tomahawk thrower, and singing (wonderfully again) in a choir during my off days as a canter….I assure you I am none of those things.

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          • Deb says:

            The “if you make an anti-semetic comment we will call you out on it because it’s morally wrong” police are here.

            If you can’t take the heat…

            But something tells me the troll wants the heat.

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        • Vor Daj says:

          Care to elaborate on what your accusation/condemnation is? Or are you just doing a witch hunt and some virtue signalling?

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Cryin’ Chuckie…..
      Chuckie and Pelosi isn’t used to talking on live TV. I really want live TV in all the committees now…open and closed door hearings. They are officially Fake Congress. They lost our trust in them.

      I get the feeling the whole world knows most of our classifies except WeThePeople….so just throw open the doors to us to listen into.
      ——————————————————
      Oh, I forgot, Fake Congress doesn’t want us to hear their latest schemes against us American Taxpayers. After all it is our money and our lives they are after.

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  6. stats_guy says:

    I see that the WSJ editorial page has weighed in on Flynn:

    Of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s many targets, the most tragic may be former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The former three-star general pleaded guilty last year to a single count of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Now we learn from Mr. Flynn’s court filing to the sentencing judge that senior bureau officials acted in a way to set him up for the fall.

    Not a rich man after decades in uniform, Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty to avoid bankruptcy and spare his son from becoming a legal target. Mr. Flynn’s filing doesn’t take issue with the description of his offense. But the “additional facts” the Flynn defense team flags for the court raise doubts about FBI conduct.
    ….

    Good read. None of it new to us of course, but still nice to see a widely read paper joining us.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-flynn-entrapment-11544658915?platform=hootsuite

    And of course, it really shows how disgusting the leftist stooges really are

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  7. Honest Abbey says:

    Please, NO!!

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    • Vor Daj says:

      Excellent. He will let Trump be Trump and not try to censor whom he meets with and takes phone calls from, unlike General Ham Hands.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Ugh….a never Trumper.

      The pluses is Gingrich is a history lover, understand Middle East history and understand how “behind doors” Congress works…..but…..
      I don’t think low energy Gingrich can keep up with President Trump’s energy. I met him decades ago and he comes across as low energy (he strolls rather than walk) and all talk.

      He’s better off as an advisor, easy to rid of should he go negative on President Trump.

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      • Avi says:

        Never Trumper??? he was a backer form early on

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          Gingrich wasn’t a solid never Trumper like Romney, Flake, Bush, etc….but he did criticized Candidate/President Trump and we got annoyed with Gingrich as he was doing it during critical times that we needed to build up more momentum within our movement.

          We get his Newsletter via email for years and enjoyed his writings until he made negative remarks against Donald Trump. He did it more than 5 times, so we canceled his Newsletter, as we didn’t need any more negativity. That’s our experience regarding Gingrich, and I’ll always be leery of Gingrich.

          Also, President Trump did say he may be looking for a interim CoS. Gingrich may be OK for that. One thing we all know is President Trump doesn’t need clashes within the Admin.

          Someone upthread said it well. CoS is a management job, not policy job. I can’t pictured Gingrich in that position as Gingrich is opinionated and won’t hesitate to speak out.

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        • KittyKat says:

          I don’t recall him ever being a nevertrumper either.

          “The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.” — Junius

          Being loyal means much more than sycophantic flattery; a chief magistrate worth his salt should cherish a friends’ objective criticism.

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      • cthulhu says:

        I was mulling it over, and I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that VSGPOTUSDJT needs three chiefs-of-staff in order to provide 24-hour coverage. I think this is one part of where General Kelly excelled, because his Marine training allowed him to function well with little sleep at significant optempos…..but I don’t think that anyone can be reasonably successful in that position if they require 8 hours of shuteye.

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    • Bigly says:

      Treepers – Newt is an ally. He’s a grown up who knows how to take punches. There are plenty of anti-trumpets out there, Newt knows how big a revolution trump is and needs to be – let trump have his pick.

      But COS, I’d like to see Cory in this position.

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    • Tseg says:

      On 12/18 The Judge throws the Flynn case out. By 12/19 Flynn is announced as Chief of Staff.

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    • amwick says:

      All right, this is just me having seen him on teevee, I think he has a drinking(?) problem. I really do.. It could be that I am overly sensitive to the signs, it could be a medical condition, but sometimes he seemed a bit off.

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    • paulraven1 says:

      Great potential from Gingrich for both brutal competence or chaos. If he became CoS I would hope he would have a greater role as spokesman. That is his most useful skill. He can handle the media and Left as few others can (at least few others in the establishment). Anyway, I think the time has come to take some risks.

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  8. citizen817 says:

    False statement charges abound in Mueller probe, in contrast to Hillary Clinton case

    Excerpt:
    Nearly every Trump campaign associate indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia probe has been charged with making false statements.

    But in a striking contrast, raising questions about a possible double standard, not a single person interviewed during the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation was hit with false statement charges – even though investigators believed some witnesses were untruthful.

    “Somebody needs to be resolving how they exercise discretion, because a whole bunch of people are facing jail time, or flipping in one probe, and the agents openly discussed how other people in the Clinton probe could have been charged with the same offense,” former Justice Department senior official James Trusty told Fox News.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/false-statement-charges-abound-in-mueller-probe-discouraged-in-clinton-case

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  9. rashomon says:

    According to this article, the average pay for chief executives at the tope 350 firms increased 17% between 20186 and 2017, while the majority of Americans have not had an increase nor found a job paying more over the last year. The government should not have its sticky fingers in the payroll pie, but there’s nothing wrong with shaming people into sharing more of the wealth with those who work for them. Mr. Bezos could set a good example at Amazon.

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-majority-of-americans-did-not-get-a-pay-raise-this-year-2018-12-12

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  10. Clinteastwood says:

    If you lie to the FBI you can be prosecuted. But if the FBI lies to you they have immunity. There’s your double standard in spades.

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    • Vor Daj says:

      Of the People, by the People and for the People Of the FBI, by the FBI and for the FBI

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    • Ken Lawson says:

      It’s not just the FBI. Long age the courts ruled that law enforcement can lie to people and it’s okay. For example, if they are trying to catch you in a crime they can lie to you to get you to show that you’re involved in a crime. Or if they are interrogating you, they can lie to you to trap you. It is fully legal for them to do it. I’ve always thought was something that just didn’t align itself with American values, but that argument was lost many years ago.

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    • Peoria Jones says:

      With all due respect, this isn’t the issue. Law enforcement officials are able to be dishonest with perps in order to obtain confessions and other valuable evidence, If not for this, many bad operators would go free.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Vor Daj says:

        At the price of justice, the Bill of Rights and due process, seems like a poor trade off.

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        • Peoria Jones says:

          They deal with criminals – aka/liars. They deal with murderers, pimps, burglars, drug dealers, etc. The deck is stacked against LEO’s in putting the bad guys away.

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          • Vor Daj says:

            I have come to the inescapable conclusion that any power the all too Gestapo like FBI has, they will abuse. Ditto Robespierre Muller and his gang of 17 angry democrats. That has to be the default.

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          • Dutchman says:

            As it was intended. When setting up the system, you can skew it one way, or the other;
            A) you insure you will convict 99% of those who are guilty. But, in order to do so, you virtually guarantee you will also convict some who are innocent.

            B) The opposite. You accept some, perhaps many who are guilty will not be convicted, in order to try to avoid convicting the innocent.

            Our founders chose B, and so do I.

            Hence, they skewed, or weighted the system, deliberately to favor the defendant.

            Burden of proof, is on the State.
            Beyond a reasonable doubt.
            Right to not self incriminate
            Many of the rules of evidence also favor the defendant.
            Prohibition against discussing an investigation, prior to indictment.

            All make it HARD to prosecute someone, because it SHOULD be hard, SHOULDN’T ne EASY.

            “Yes, you CAN indict a ham sandwich, but can you PROSECUTE it?”

            As infuriating as it often is, we really don’t want an A system, which many countries have.

            You are presumed guilty, don’t have right to council, etc.

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            • Peoria Jones says:

              There’s no disagreeing with any of that, Dutchman. (Unless you’re a hypocritical lefty.)

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            • Most countries have an A) system because the people aren’t able to exercise moral self-restraint esp. through adherence to Christianity for example. America’s founders specifically stated that our Republic and constitutional framework was designed for a Christian, moral people. You can only have system B) with moral self-restraint and we have been slowly losing that over the last two or three generations.

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              • Dogstar_K9 says:

                There has always been crime. It’s the nature of man. The Bill of Rights was a response to the lack of justice under a king. Sentencing on a whim. What were the rights of men before the Revolution and after.
                Research Lavinia Fisher. Research Belle Gunness. Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. Crime has always been here. Again, the Bill of Rights to protect both the innocent and the guilty.
                John Adams “Constitution for moral and religious people” statement was parlor platitude than actual state of the nation at the time.

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          • Jim in TN says:

            With all due respect, you are innocent until proven guilty. So they must lie to the innocent, not just the ‘bad people’.

            Imagine that you are President Hillary’s target like Flynn really was President Obama’s target. The object is to put you in jail for any reason at all. Because of political differences. Now tell me it is okay that they lie to you to trick and entrap you. Or worse, they lie about you. And send you to jail based upon their lying.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Agree. The problem is when FBI agents and Prosecutors lie to the courts, Juries and the American people.

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        Solving a crime and attempting to “Frame” someone are two different situations.

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        • Jim in TN says:

          And what happens when they get lazy and decide to ‘solve’ the crime by lying to their current suspect. It helps if the suspect is dumb and manipulateable. But naive will do just fine.

          And they can always put ‘the pressure’ on. Whether hard interrogation tactics, or hard prosecutorial practice, the system is designed to force submission under the threats of much worse things, and to punish those who resist by piling on all those threats in real punishment.

          So good luck defending yourself should you ever innocently become a suspect of such abusive law enforcement. I would rather ensure that law enforcement is never abusive.

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        • kyblue says:

          Absolutely. Enforcing the law is quite different than weaponizing a federal law enforcement agency to retaliate against a political enemy.

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    • Vor Daj says:

      Charlotte Taylor Wilson: You don’t really believe the people are happy!

      Don Diego: All I know is the FBI Agents are quite happy framing the people who say the people are not happy.

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  11. Peoria Jones says:

    A name: Monica Crowley.

    I’ve always liked her, and she seems to have been MAGA all along. Why has she not been part of the administration? Your thoughts, please.

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  12. Karen Schoen says:

    In 2013, Janet Napolitano, DHS, as part of the Patriot Act, said that 100 miles around our border is a Constitution Free Zone. Illegals have no rights. Dropping a baby too bad. You dont need an Exec Order to implement the law she created.

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    • Deb says:

      She didn’t create a law, only congress can do that. It’s simply a fact that the Constitution only applies within our borders and in the way our government interacts with American Citizens outside our borders. Foreign countries have their own laws. This is why we have embassies and consulates and bases that around the world that are technically American soil, so we maintain sovereignty and control for whatever our mission their is.

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  13. citizen817 says:

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  14. winky says:

    Tucker was talking about this crackpot tonight from California. But it does not really matter if Republicans try to vote an SOB like this out…our votes do not count because of ballot harvesting and voter fraud…….. one of the many crimes perpetrated on the people of Ca.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/12/crackpot-democrat-ted-lieu-i-would-love-to-be-able-to-regulate-the-content-of-speech-video/

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  17. blognificentbee says:

    #InsomniaSoInternetting

    Newt Gingrich is trending #1 on my Twitter feed right now. His wife Calista, the ambassador to the the Vatican, was pictured in Tuesday afternoon’s Oval presser (and I think Newt was there too – will have to look for the pic). Appears Newt was back at the WH, so internet is freaking out that he may have been there for a Chief Of Staff interview. Oh my!!!

    I assume that most among us think OH NO when we think of him in that spot – for many and varied reasons. As I am thinking about it: he is a fighter in the way the President Trump is a fighter, but he is also a swamp creature. Who better to lead you through the swamp than one of its architects?

    So what do my fellow Treepers think? And if not him, who would your choice be?

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    • Karen says:

      I don’t think he has the energy level that Trump requires.

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      • blognificentbee says:

        Yes, but I am wondering if the young guns can relate to his style (I.e. Ayers). I will probably have many reservations about anyone he chooses as I will ponder if they are Trumpy enough. Will anyone be in his corner enough to withstand the blowback he deals with on a daily basis.

        The perfect mix of MAGA, respect from Trump, and knowledge of the swamp will be the perfect combo!

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        • Jenevive says:

          Wasn’t Newt the Speaker of the House when Bill Clinton
          was impeached…so he would know first hand how all that works…
          didn’t POTUS hire a lawyer who was Bill Clinton impeachment
          lawyer..Maybe he wants people with experience in that around him
          plus Newt understands Congress well and he would know most
          of the old time Repubs .

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    • amwick says:

      Hi Bee, nice to see you!! I like Newt, but I think he has some kind of substance abuse issue. I could be way off, I said that earlier… hmmmm Not sure about another person..

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    • If the media hates him he might be the right one! Kelly was good but we need someone to push Trump agenda and Newt blabbers out every now and then! That’s my only complain. Flynn is good and he is a MAGA guy!

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    • piper567 says:

      Newt says he is not being considered.
      10 AM PST

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  18. Remington..... says:

    Now I understand that our buddy from SLC, John Huber will not be testify on Thursday. Blue smoke and mirrors…

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  19. stats_guy says:

    Julie Kelly on the turncoats that we used to think were ‘conservative’

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  20. Texian says:

    Just an FYI..

    Recent reports, warning to prepare in case of an EMP attack.. Gubmint is so woefully behind on this, but I guess they have to start somewhere.. They are saying to prep..

    In the “Recommendations Overview” I found “Point 6” amusing.. “Ensure that all critical natural gas transmission pipeline infrastructure has the appropriate standards, design and practices to continue service”..

    As a former energy trade floor analyst, I can confidently say that most everybody – especially north-midwest to northeast territories – you are screwed.. There are a myriad of pipelines, but primarily there are two that are the main supply to the northeast.. No matter the pipeline though – there are many electric powered pumping stations along the way.. Then there’s the “Gate” at your utility supplier.. If it even makes it that far..

    My advice.. Try living 19th century style.. No electricity, summer and winter.. It can be done.. I tried it for two years, scorching Summers and down to below zero Winters.. Wood stove – a good one. Chop lots of wood, learn canning, hunting (and all that goes with it, gutting, etc.), gardening, produce something you can use to barter with neighbors.. Get a water filter or at least packs of those filter straws.. Oh – one more thing, if you hear Bigfoot (it’s something really big) close by at night while hunting in the river bottoms – run.. I have no doubt – you will run.. Just like that guy in Apocalypto..

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    • Vor Daj says:

      Also if the electricity goes off, most home natural gas furnaces won’t start up. Mine won’t even though I asked for one with a backup pilot light, but was told no such thing available anymore. So if electricity is off “everything” is out.

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    • cthulhu says:

      The thing about EMP attacks is that one would be simultaneously worse and better than the BS scenarios being passed around.

      The bad news is that a bunch of things you never thought were vulnerable are going to get fried. Things like stations where interstate high-voltage lines are switched into local distribution — an interstate high-voltage line becomes one heck of a huge antenna as it transverses a prairie. And most of those transformers are 50 years old and they’re not set up to build a lot of ’em very fast.

      The “good” news is that a bomb big enough to do *all* the scary effects *everywhere* they are talking about would also be big enough to rip the atmosphere off the planet. Otherwise, there are going to places with strong effects and places with weaker effects. Most separate power supplies for things have surge protectors and fuses, so EMP might take out all your plugged-in power supplies, but your hardware may be OK once you find a way to power it on.

      Nobody has done a pure EMP attack before, so it’s impossible to project with 100% certainty — but I can predict two things: (1) it would be a complete pain in the tuchis; and (2) people would be sorely annoyed.

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      • Texian says:

        Late model cars will go “Poof..”
        People took the bait with all of that electronic bling in cars..
        Don’t let the smoke out.. lol

        (But those American made 1960’s cars will still keep running.. Just keep a spare condenser in the trunk just in case.. Ten minutes and you’re back on the road..).

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        • cthulhu says:

          I’m not so sure. The biggest thermonuclear bomb ever detonated produced about 240,000 TeraJoules of energy (a Joule being one Watt for one second). A kilowatt-hour, like on your electric bill, is 360,000 Joules.

          But about half of that was going to be radiated into space. Another substantial amount was going to be absorbed into the ground. A bunch of it will be heat instead of EMP. Any piece of conductive material within sight of the blast is going to take some of the energy — and there’s only one pot for all of this to be drawn from. It’s possible that each high-voltage transmission tower will take more Joules out of the blast than the wire it carries — though the wire it carries will pass it along instead of sending it to ground. High frequency electromagnetic energy (as in, 240,000 TeraJoules in 10 ns) tends to transfer along surfaces rather than penetrate them — there could be more induced current in a car’s hood than in its wiring.

          I’m certainly not suggesting that the effects of an EMP attack would be immaterial and inconsequential. I’m saying that you’d likely experience large effects in places you wouldn’t expect and you’d get a large amount of survival in places you thought vulnerable.

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  21. blognificentbee says:

    Was just notified that it is my 3-year WordPress anniversary, which means it my CTH anniversary minus a few moths, as I actually lurked that long before commenting on anything. What a happy moment to reflect on all that CTH, it’s posters, it’s admins and Sundance have contributed to my understanding of our world. Not only do I come here news, political insight and to rant, but also for fellowship. Thank you all for this branch!

    Oh, and raspberries to WordPress for the constant, and wrong, autocorrects.

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  22. fred5678 says:

    CTH for deep dives and analysis — The Donald for fun stuff and other stories.

    Tonight:

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  23. cthulhu says:

    Now that Cohen has been sentenced, Trump needs to twist the knife a bit and send a letter to the judge. “I don’t believe the allocution regarding campaign finance irregularities actually constitutes a crime, so I’m looking to execute a pardon for that part of his sentence. How much was that?”

    Just imagine if the judge comes back with, “that has no bearing to his sentence at all”, “that’s 6 months, served concurrently”, or “that’s 24 months of his 36-month sentence”.

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    • linda4298 says:

      He will be sentenced in 3 mos, now the circus begins, he will be coerced in composing, Shiffty wants him back before congress, probably will be on the fake news.

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    • Daniel says:

      After seeing POTUS tweet about “plead guilty to things which are not crimes” and pointing out that this was done to embarrass the president, I’m thinking of what additional angle they might take.

      In this case, they are attempting to claim that paying off someone making claims against Trump is campaign related. While on its face it seems pretty nonsensical as (1) it was his money and (2) isn’t unusual to simply throw money at these people to make them go away. But they might have a counter angle — Trump “doesn’t settle” (or so he says) and so the standard of “It’s campaign related if you’re doing something you wouldn’t normally do if you weren’t running for office” could be stretched to say “Trump would have normally fought this in court or otherwise refused to settle but since he was running for POTUS, this constitutes a campaign expense.”

      It’s a stretch and it’s not hard to imagine them making that argument.

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  24. citizen817 says:

    Charity Starts At Home

    Democrats and the media have more of their compassion directed toward non-citizens than they do for our own veterans who owe so much.

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    • G. Combs says:

      The DemonRats HATE veterans.

      Remember that Janet Napolitano put them on the ‘Terrorist’ watchlist while the government took the muslims OFF the terrorist watchlist.

      REFERENCES:
      “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S…..”
      https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/napolitano-stands-rightwing-extremism/?page=all

      DHS Whistleblower Philip Haney: P.C. Killed Investigation That Might Have Stopped San Bernardino Attack

      “…Haney and his fellow investigators found links from the Tablighi Jamaat network to “Hamas, al-Qaeda, global terrorist funding…

      This complex included “a global network of schools, meaning madrassas, where people learn, study Koran, study Islamic law… they’re like colleges, and they’re all over the world,” Haney noted….. it’s a seven year program – and then they come back, and they become imams in the area where they grew up. It’s a whole process….

      his initiative was deemed politically incorrect and shut down by the Department of Homeland Security’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties division.

      “They came into the National Targeting Center, either physically or through emails and correspondence, and said that we could not develop cases based on association with Tablighi Jamaat, and/or any Islamic group,” Haney revealed.

      “this Administration is more concerned about the civil rights and civil liberties of foreign Islamic groups and foreign nationals than securing the freedom and security of the American public.”…”

      So WHAT IN HADES was the Patriot Act supposed to do??? Let foreign terrorists INTO the country while watching veterans and retired LEOs?

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        “So WHAT IN HADES was the Patriot Act supposed to do??? Let foreign terrorists INTO the country while watching veterans and retired LEOs?”

        The PATRIOT Act was written long before 9/11 and held in readiness. I firmly believe that this unconstitutional legislation was put in place to silence Americans and subjugate us. I see this evil legislation as part and parcel of the Kalergi Plan, replacement migration, and the quest for a global government based on Communism and Islam.

        I could be all washed up, but that is how I view this dangerous legislation.

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      • NUTHA-VYOO says:

        Phil Haney is an absolute patriot. IIRC they purged all of the important materials he had collected regarding ‘Sharia’ terrorists while he was on vacation, including the info on the delightful San Bernardino couple well prior to their Xmas-time rampage.

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  25. citizen817 says:

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  26. citizen817 says:

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  27. I enjoyed this wee read. Haven’t noticed this poster before, or maybe I have. Anyway …

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  28. citizen817 says:

    Language Warning… epic!

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  29. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • jrapdx says:

      An excellent suite of tweets! President Trump is doing so much for black communities. It’s obvious PT cares a great deal that these Americans share the American dream of opportunity and progress. And he’s making it happen!

      It puts a lie to the leftists’ constant accusations of “racism” hurled against the President, and by extension to all deplorables. No wonder the news media won’t publicize the enormous resources PT is allocating to undo many decades of mistreatment of minority Americans and the successes it’s bringing.

      Seems likely that those people who are uplifted by the President’s measures will appreciate what he’s done. That will translate into greater support for his reelection among the groups who’ve formerly been reliable Democrat voters. Lack of attention by the media isn’t going to stem the tide of this growing support, the effects will be striking by 2020, it really will be a whole new ballgame by then.

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  30. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • WSB says:

      Ari Fleischer (GHWB groupie), “You do have a passive aggressive attitude in assuming that Whore’s Face was a mistress, no?”

      Why not just state that the FEC does not consider hush payments covered by campaign laws?

      There…fixed it, Ari.

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      • cthulhu says:

        There is also a fundamental premise being assumed by the witch hunt — if you have six reasons for doing something that is otherwise legal, and one is legally iffy…..and you do the thing, then you’re instantly GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY of whatever crime the questionable one might suggest. Let’s say VSGPOTUSDJT’s reasons for bimbo payoffs are 40% brand maintenance, 25% domestic harmony within his family, 20% time management, 10% disgust with legal fees, 3% election chaff, and 2% other.

        It’s not illegal to maintain your brand, even with corporate funds. It’s not illegal to make things quiet for your wife and son with personal funds. It’s not illegal for individuals, corporate officers, or candidates to eliminate distractions. It’s not illegal to pay a settlement from whatever pocket you were legally paying lawyers to run hours.

        Now, if someone were to ask you what reasons you had for doing this thing, you could say any one of the six because it was foremost on your mind at the moment — but that’s a quirk of recollection and doesn’t change reality. No matter what Cohen is forced to recite by Mueller, nothing about this is illegal.

        In case there’s any question, here’s a former head of the FEC: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/michael-cohen-sentencing-campaign-finance-law/

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  31. deqwik2 says:

    This is just an FYI. Jeff Sessions made a speech in Alabama Tues night & praised Trump, his policies & his Judicial appointments. He said he agreed with Kanye West that the best way to describe Trump is that he has dragon energy.
    He joked about trying to chill a little & said he is not following Trump’s tweets as closely as he did.
    He was very kind toward Trump.

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  32. CornPicker says:

    Edited by admin. Go back and re-read guidelines for comments, bubba. Another like that and you’re outta here.

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    • Sedanka says:

      Some days I really wish there was an “Ad rem alert app.”

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    • Paintingjan says:

      This ^^^ is disgustingly racist. Not the article, but your introductory comment. Ad Rem?

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      • Franklin says:

        Sundance has posted Posting Guidelines numerous times but there is very little follow up. I have been told by other posters that this is a ”public square” and anything should be allowed and it’s up to you to ignore the vile post.

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    • Satchmo says:

      I figured this post would bring out the thought police.
      What CornPicker doesn’t realize is that here, just like in the rest of America, there are two groups that we aren’t allowed to disparage.
      If he would have said “George Bush had a putrid heritage and Bill Clinton looks like that because he screwed and ate monkeys”, nobody would be screaming “Ad Rem! Ad Rem!”.
      Not that I agree with what was said. I just have a problem with censorship based on if you’re saying anything negative about those who have been exempted from insult.

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      • Deb says:

        This is Sundance’s blog. He is allowed to disallow any type of language he wants. It is his living room if you will, and in his home he can ban whatever language he likes.

        You want to spew racism? Go over to 8 Chan. I’m sure they can accommodate your anything goes philosophy.

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Posts like that one play right into leftists hands, allowing them a disgusting screenshot and disparaging every commenter here as racist, blah, blah – including you.

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      • This is not a public forum so the 1st amendment does not apply here.
        This is one persons blog and that one person is entitled to make the rules. We are on his property in effect.
        If a person comes on to my property and starts to act or speak in a manor that offends me they are told to leave. If they refuse or try to argue that they have a right to free speech then I will resort to violence.
        You or any other individual have no rights here. We are guests of the owner of this blog. Those that don’t respect that are free to leave at any time. In fact I would encourage them to do just that.
        Most of the Q fanatics that didn’t agree with Sundance’s take of their font of all wisdom have left, so you could join them if you wish.

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  33. Troublemaker10 says:

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  34. Troublemaker10 says:

    Ann Coulter’s article on Cohen’s plea deal is pretty good:

    ———

    GOVERNMENT INDICTS HAM SANDWICH: MICHAEL COHEN PLEADS GUILTY
    http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2018-12-12.html#read_more

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  35. Dora says:

    This child is going to wear herself out before she’s even sworn in!

    ======

    Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Conway: She has ‘engaged in a War on Facts since Inauguration Day’

    https://thehill.com/homenews/house/421049-ocasio-cortez-fires-back-at-conway-she-has-engaged-in-a-war-on-facts-since

    Liked by 3 people

    • Franklin says:

      Alex From the Bronx’s 15 minutes of fame has expired. Please don’t keep feeding the Fake Media’s narrative.

      Liked by 2 people

      • paulraven1 says:

        Actually she’s building her brand and popularity among a certain legion very successfully. We need to remember that in many ways we are living in a politically and socially inverted world. What we may find embarrassing or ridiculous or intellectually degenerative, they find inspiring. This is the tune Cortez is playing.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Zorro says:

          We are living in the post common sense era. Actually, Occasional-Cortex is very dangerous. Millions are buying what’s she’s selling. They see no correlation between her speech and that of Venezuelan and other socialists. They flee from Demosocialist states like CA while spreading the cancer to other states. There is a huge price we are and will be paying for losing control of our education system.

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    • amwick says:

      I think she will step on the wrong toes… (prolly already has)… The fact that she is a shell of a person, well that doesn’t seem to matter in the world of politics.

      The next few years will be even more upsetting.. The D’s are talking about such heroes as Beto and Gillum,,, oh and Kamala… Ortez will be in line. Sadly.

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      • Your Tour Guide says:

        Wait until still reaches into the wrong pocketbook. The
        one her minders controls. Then she will be in the headlines
        again. With coverage of every wrong thing she’s done since
        pre school. I’d almost guarantee this will happen down the
        line. If anyone needs an example of this phenomenon, look
        up “former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell”.

        His minders got him the job. He started muscling in on their
        cash flows, and they went after him with a breathtaking
        vengeance in the local print and TV media.

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      • prenanny says:

        Although she is stupid enough to be a politician, she is someone who needs constant attention. I don’t envision her being capable of sitting quietly through the various group meetings that the house holds.

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  36. getfitnow says:

    FTA – The Pentagon has responded to President Trump’s suggestion the U.S. military could build the border wall. In a statement Wednesday, the Defense Department said it currently has no plans to build the wall, but could take part in the construction of border projects in the near future. The Defense Department said U.S. law allows the Pentagon to use its budget for border security purposes.
    https://www.oann.com/pentagon-u-s-army-could-fund-build-sections-of-president-trumps-border-wall/

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    • Kalbo says:

      GREAT!

      After we get past this current HLS funding issue, the DoD should get busy building whatever wall they are allowed to.

      A win-win.

      More wall built and liberals throw a hissy fit.

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  37. patrickhenrycensored says:
  38. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Cohen’s sentencing Wednesday came on his earlier guilty pleas to multiple counts of business and tax fraud. He also pleaded guilty to making an excessive contribution to the Trump campaign involving two women who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump – claims Trump denies.

    Cohen also pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress regarding unsuccessful efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

    When Trump didn’t protect Cohen with a pardon or intervention, Cohen turned to Mueller and began to publicly praise him while criticizing Trump. For his part, Mueller was clearly receptive to Cohen entreaties.
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/jonathan-turley-cohen-lied-broke-the-law-and-used-trump-get-rich-and-now-blames-trump-for-his-troubles

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    • I really think dopey Cohen got played . He thought giving Uncle Mueller what he wanted would save him from jail and Mueller technically upheld his part of bargain by not recommending jail for those dopey non-crimes , but Cohen thought it was a get of jail free card , didn’t expect getting slammed for tax fraud etc . It was pure Kabuki at court hearing – Mueller people pretended to plead for mercy but knew SDNY was going to slam him . Dopey Cohen had no clue and was shell shocked by result .

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      • The Boss says:

        Many of the real crimes Cohen copped a plea to (I consider the campaign finance charges to be fiction) carry sentences far greater for each crime than the actual sentence he was given. Cohen had to be a dope to think he’d skate. Same with HIS attorneys – including the odious Lanny Davis.

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      • Lulu says:

        I can’t stop smiling when I see his face coming out of court. I hope he goes to real prison not country club prison.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “…He also pleaded guilty to making an excessive contribution to the Trump campaign involving two women who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump….”

      Cohen reached into HIS OWN POCKET to pay off the women?

      Next you will want me to believe in fairies, unicorns and GoreBull Warming!

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  39. patrickhenrycensored says:

    House, Senate reach deal on #MeToo legislation
    https://nypost.com/2018/12/13/house-senate-reach-deal-on-metoo-legislation/

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  40. Dora says:

    Truly Humiliating.

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  41. I see Christine Ballsy Ford lost her little girl 13 year old voice in the Sports Illustrated video.
    What happened to her 13 year old voice.???????

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  42. Dora says:

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  43. Moultrie Flag says:

    The Washington Examiner has an article posted. Christopher Steele is two words not mentioned here in the MSM, but he is being sued for libel from multiple parties.

    Of great interest is that Perkins Coi actually retained him as they worked to determine if they could challenge the results of the 2016 Presidential election for Hilliary.

    Strong that the ultra left British court system is giving us more information, or at least faster, than ours.

    Bless Judicial Watch and Tom. Their hard work is bubbling to the surface. Cant think of a more valuable entity for the American People. Our government is against us.

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  44. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  45. burnett044 says:

    Some folks don`t believe in Santa….that`s ok….
    I do not believe in Huber ..Q…the plan …tick-tock..or wait and see….and that`s ok as well..

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  46. patrickhenrycensored says:

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

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  47. Wayne Robinson says:

    This just in AFTER TWO YEARS AND FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS , investigation now zeros in on Trump ! What a load of horse shit /WASHINGTON TIMES IS FAKE NEWS 24/7

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