December 22nd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1067

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  1. Grandma Covfefe says:

    — * USA * 🇺🇸 —-” Jesus Is The Reason For The Season ” —- 🇺🇸 * USA *

    🦅 KAG while Making America Greater Again
    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…..
    —————–
    🌟 “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
    but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer..” 🌟 — Ps 66:18-19
    ————–
    ***Praise: President Trump & MAGA Team are safely back in MAL from TPUSA Summit
    ***Praise: Donald J. Trump is still the President of the United States of America
    —“May The (Space) Force Be With President Trump”—
    ————–
    🙏 Pray:
    — for 24/7 protection for President Trump & MAGA Team
    — for Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Gen Flynn
    — for protection and alertness for AG Barr-Durham-Adm. Rogers as they investigate
    — Those who voted to “impeach” and laughed about it, get boomerang treatments
    — for protection for White House, all AF One Planes, WHMU & Pres Trump’s properties
    — Presidential Candidate Democlowns, old & new, to continue to fumble, jumble, mumble, stumble, grumble, crumble..then diminish….pouf….poof–
    — for USA Election Integrity, Voter ID, Paper Ballots, catch voting fraudsters
    — Protection for: USSS, Military, ICE, Border Patrol, LEOs, BP Horses/dogs
    — for Guardian Angels protecting all our borders–air, land, sea
    — WALLbuilders on CHRISTmas Break-pray for safety of Border Patrol in those areas.
    — for Mexico to honor their promises to President Trump about invaders/cartels
    — for Treepers who have lost their loved ones this year–you are Not alone
    — for protection/healing for all American children/youth and our young Landen
    — *🇺🇸* Hark The Herald Angels Sing *🇺🇸*

    🦅 “You’re the fearless young leaders and warriors who stare down the hatred of the radical left and bravely fight for our liberty, our values, and our God-given freedom.”
    (Turning Point USA Summit 12-21-19)
    — 🇺🇸 — Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America — 🇺🇸 —
    👌 —-Treepers’ Prayer Warriors Post for Sunday, December 22, 2019 — 👌
    Countdown: 317 more days…. to “4 MORE YEARS” Win

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    • A2 says:

      For you Grandma

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    • Patience says:

      Yea, God !

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    • LoonsCall says:

      said it a few times before.. thank you so much for keeping Landen in your prayers.. the photo of him standing in the car looking all happy with his cute little outfit on before the horror of that day just breaks my heart.. there can never be enough prayers for that beautiful little boy on his road back.. he is making it back but please keep him in your prayers.. i look for it every single time & it is uplifting.. God Bless Landen! .. & to you too, Grandma Covfefe, thanks so much for all that you notice & mention..

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      • LoonsCall says:

        just now noticed, “Here Comes The Boom”.. brand new Intellectual Froglegs.. wheee! Haven’t even watched more than the first minute, but Joe Dan Gorman never fails.. back to it.. Merry Christmas everybody.

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  2. Stillwater says:

    ***Today’s WeBuildTheWall / Fisher Industries posts***
    (Previous posts: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/21/december-21st-2019-presidential-politics-trump-administration-day-1066/comment-page-1/#comment-7685647)

    – – – – – –
    Note: This will be a longer series of comments today as I want lay out the general sequence of events regarding Senator Keven Cramer’s research into the USACE procurement process and the subsequent letter/report(12/6/19) which he sent to President Trump with his findings.

    Saturday update – 12/21/19

    ***Just a reminder for those who missed it yesterday; on the Dec. 21st Pres. thread I posted a older radio interview(from 6/27/19) with Tommy Fisher. Older radio interview from late June where Tommy Fisher explains how Fisher Industries, as a result of being proactive and too fast in their building schedule, was banned from bidding on any of the projects in the 5 billion dollars being designated for Texas.
    See also WES’s comments underneath the interview excerpts.
    (May have to scroll down a bit on the above link.)

    – Tweet saying work on the wall with start up again on Jan 6.

    – Older(5/24/19 ) two part interview where Scott Hennon interviews Senator Kevin Cramer about the USACE.
    Show title: “Cramer To Investigate Bid Process for Border Wall Projects”
    Excerpt: “He said, I deputize you (laughing),” when asked by Hennen about how the President requested his help.  “The President said ‘I want you to get in the weeds and get all the numbers you can, and all the comparisons you can and report directly to me on the outcome.’ 
    – Two older news reports (8/1 & 8/2/19) showing some of the difficulties Senator Cramer had in getting info from the USACE.

    ****Wednesday, 12/18/19 Press release from Senator Kevin Cramer’s office summarizing the letter he sent to POTUS back on 12/6/19.
    Titled: Sen. Cramer Concludes Review of Army Corps Procurement Process, Presents Findings to President Trump
    **** I will post the text of Senator Kramer’s letter to President Trump and the attached “Findings and Recommendations” separately. (This is the most current and detailed info regarding the USACE procurement process that I have found.)

    – – – – – –
    ***Praise: 🧱🧱🧱 Fisher Sand & Gravel has been awarded “mammoth” border wall contract (receiving 268M of this 400M project) to build 31 miles of wall in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Yuma County, Arizona. Estimated contract completion date is Dec 30, 2020. (12/2/19) (2 days of posts here & here.)
    ***Praise: Brian Kolfage & his family were given the opportunity to visit the White House. (12/4/19)
    ***Praise: Fisher Industries and crews have been able to keep busy on Project 2 since Dec. 5th hearing while still working within and adhering to the limits set by the Temporary Restraining Order(s). (As of Wednesday 12/18/19, Fisher seems to have been able to keep working to some degree until Thursday 12/19/19 when they agreed to stop until Jan 4, the day after the amended TRO expires.)
    ***Praise: As reported on 12/11/19, WBTW doesn’t have $50 million for Project 2, but as a result of the success on Project 1, investors have united to come together to secure that stretch of the border on Project 2.

    Prayer for the work crews.
    Pray:
    – for upcoming status conference with Judge Crane which has been rescheduled from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3, at 10am. And that Fisher Industries will be able to start building wall on Jan 6 and continue without interruption until completed
    – that any Temporary Restraining Orders that have been put in place to halt/slow construction would be resolved/dropped and work will continue so that the 3.5 mile project would be completed by WBTW’s January 15 goal (Date may be pushed further as video was made a few days before Fisher Industries was ordered not to build wall.).

    – that the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office audit of the $400 million border wall contract (in Arizona) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded Fisher Sand & Gravel would show everything is fair and above board; that the deep state in DoD and ACOE wouldn’t be able to corrupt the process; & that Fisher would be authorized to proceed with the project as planned.

    – for 100% safety/health/guidance/direction for the work crews, security personnel, legal team, CBP, DHS, Army and all involved in Project’s 2, 3, and other projects
    – that work would go smoothly with quality construction; with continual, innovative improvements in method/process/efficiency; and with transitioning as they scale up capacity(manpower, equipment, etc.) to build larger projects
    – that there would be no outside interference (cartels, IBWC, courts/judges, protesters, swamp, etc.) and that if outside interference takes place that it would only work toward WBTW/Fisher Industries/USA’s benefit (exposing corruption, raising awareness, fundraising, etc.)

    – that Project 2’s wall demonstration will provide the evidence necessary to overcome any objections and show that WBTW/Fisher Industries can rapidly complete large sections of wall, with a superior build, at the lowest price
    – that this demonstration of the first border wall that’s ever been built inside the flood plain would provide undeniable proof that the design is sound and they are able to safely and effectively build it on a large scale in the Rio Grande Valley
    – that the federal government would provide funding for WBTW to build 250 miles on Private Property in Texas

    – that the Government would purchase all projects that WBTW builds so the funds can be rolled into new &/or larger projects in the future and Fisher Industries will be able to scale up with additional equipment and manpower as needed.
    (This, in addition to ongoing fundraising from public/investors, will allow WBTW/Fisher to continue to self fund projects, build their reputation/resume, while they continue to pursue other avenues which could lead to government contracts down the road.)

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    • Stillwater says:

      Brian Kolfage: A Hispanic neighbor to the east of our new wall site says “we’re racist” and we “don’t want brown people in”. Riddle me this- My grandmother is 100% Mexican and my family name on my mothers side is Gomez. Nice try buddy.

      Q: what is the status of the wall, on hold by the Federal Government?
      Brian Kolfage: Will start up on Jan 6

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    • Stillwater says:

      Cramer To Investigate Bid Process for Border Wall Projects – 5/24/19
      Scott Hennon interviews Senator Kevin Cramer on “What’s On Your Mind” radio program on AM1100 The Flag.
      (Emphasis added)

      – (Fargo, ND) — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) tells WZFG Radio that he’s been asked by President Trump to audit the entire process of how federal border wall projects are awarded. Speaking Friday on Scott Hennen’s “What’s On Your Mind” radio program on AM1100 The Flag, Cramer said “We’re going to do an entire audit. I’ve asked for the entire bid process, and all of the bid numbers.  Many of these RFPs don’t even ask for price, they award these things based on the experience of the company and then they negotiate the price later.  It’s all old, antiquated bureaucracy.”

      – Cramer has been a harsh critic of the Army Corps of Engineers’ process as vendors are selected to replace existing sections of border wall, and bid on new border fencing projects. He’s publicly called for new contractors, such as North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, to be considered in the hopes of getting faster progress at lower prices.

      “He said, I deputize you (laughing),” when asked by Hennen about how the President requested his help.  “The President said ‘I want you to get in the weeds and get all the numbers you can, and all the comparisons you can and report directly to me on the outcome.’  But we’re already on our way.  We’ve already done the FOIA’s (Freedom of Information Act) and request for information, and if necessary we’ll turn our results in to the inspector general, but my hope is that it straightens itself out soon.”

      – Cramer is a first-term U.S. Senator, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which oversees the military, including the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which is responsible for dealing with matters related to the environment and infrastructure.

      For the entire interview, click here: Part 1, Part 2

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    • Stillwater says:

      Two older news reports showing some of the difficulties Senator Cramer had in getting info from the USACE.

      Cramer Issues Scathing Commentary on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – 8/1/19
      Senator Kevin Cramer says he is ‘at the boiling point’ with the Army Corps of Engineers, following his request to put a hold on the confirmation vote of a procurement officer with the Office of Management and Budget.
      Cramer tells WZFG’s Scott Hennen that Cramer wanted the hold until he got ‘100 percent of the information requested’ from the Army Corps of Engineers, which was promised by The White House. The promise was to have the Army Corps of Engineers send Cramer a confirmation, in writing, that he will have the information previously mentioned.
      That’s where things turned. After Cramer released his hold, he received an e-mail from the Army Corps of Engineers reneging on the promise.
      Continued: https://www.am1100theflag.com/news/9879-cramer-issues-scathing-commentary-us-army-corps-engineers

      US Senator Kevin Cramer Receives Border Wall Update – 8/2/19
      U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) issued the following statement after meeting with Lt. General Todd Semonite and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) leaders:
      “We received an update on wall construction and the bidding process, as well as a number of documents and the answers to questions we requested from the Army Corps. I believe we have their attention and are in a position to succeed. I look forward to reviewing the new information they provided, and I vow to continue working with them to make sure we build the wall and secure the border.”
      Continued: https://www.am1100theflag.com/news/9905-us-senator-kevin-cramer-receives-border-wall-update

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    • Stillwater says:

      Sen. Cramer Concludes Review of Army Corps Procurement Process, Presents Findings to President Trump – 12/18/19
      (Press release from Senator Cramer’s senate web page: https://www.cramer.senate.gov/sen-cramer-concludes-review-army-corps-procurement-process-presents-findings-president-trump)

      Wednesday, December 18, 2019
      Senator Cramer Presented His Findings in a Letter to President Trump
      WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate and Environment Public Works (EPW) Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), announced today he has concluded his review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) procurement process.

      Senator Cramer presented the findings of his review, which focused on the construction of physical barriers along the southern border, in a letter to President Donald J. Trump.

      “Over the past five months I have spent many hours with officials from the USACE, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Army, and SASC, discussing the border wall procurement process and reviewing procurement documents,” Senator Cramer wrote to President Trump. “As a result of this investigation, I have compiled the attached findings and recommendations for your review. I appreciate your attention to these issues that threaten the security of our southern border.”

      In the letter, Senator Cramer detailed four key findings:

      1. The USACE’s procurement process fails to foster competition, particularly when it comes to price and schedule.
      2. The USACE set up a procurement process that disfavors new entrants and innovators.
      3. DHS has abdicated authority for the border wall to the USACE, creating a situation in which those who patrol the wall have little say in its speed and manner of construction.
      4. The USACE failed to meet the most basic standards of good faith cooperation in satisfying the Senator’s requests for information. The Administration must continue to work to drain the swamp and ensure our country is not run by unelected bureaucrats who, empowered by the media, obstruct the President’s agenda.

      With each point in his findings, Senator Cramer included detailed examples of his findings and recommendations for how to improve the process.

      Click here to read the full letter.

      Senator Cramer is a member of the SASC and EPW committees, which both have jurisdiction over the USACE, allowing him to exercise oversight authority over the USACE.

      Yesterday in his maiden speech, Senator Cramer outlined his efforts to take on the bureaucracy.

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      • Stillwater says:

        Letter Senator Cramer sent to President Trump on Dec. 6, 2012
        Letter referenced above that was sent to President Trump containing Senator Cramer’s findings regarding the Army Corps procurement process.
        Link: https://senatorkevincramer.app.box.com/s/oxcb1mqz16kii83a2drkn99psxnjx416
        (I will post the text of Senator Kramer’s letter to President Trump and the attached “Findings and Recommendations” separately.)

        Letter (emphasis added):

        Dear Mr. President:

        Thank you for your unwavering commitment to border security. Since entering office, you have taken numerous steps to ensure the American people receive the border wall they were promised.
        You have kept the fight in the face of unprecedented obstruction by Democrats and implemented necessary measures to ensure the border wall is adequately funded. On August 27, 2019, I had the opportunity to visit our southern border and tour the barrier systems near El Paso, TX. On this trip, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers made it very clear your work is making a tremendous difference – both in the funding you have allocated for the border wall and in your work with the Mexican government to ensure they do their part in reducing illegal crossings.
        Your actions have dramatically reduced drug and human trafficking and decisively supported the brave men and women of CBP who risk their lives to keep our country safe.

        In March of this year, I came to you with concerns that the border wall procurement process, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), was egregiously slow, rigged (in that it favored the same small group of contractors), and failed to properly steward the taxpayers’ money. Later in June after further investigation into the contracting process, I spoke with you again to express my frustration with the USACE In response to my concerns you instructed me to “get in the weeds with General Semonite (the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the USACE)” to better understand the border wall contracting process and investigate any substantive needs for reform.

        Per your direction , over the past five months I have spent many hours with officials from the USACE, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Army, and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), discussing the border wall procurement process and reviewing procurement documents. As a result of this investigation, I have compiled the attached findings and recommendations for your review. I appreciate your attention to these issues that threaten the security of our southern border and am happy to provide additional information on these findings to you and your staff.

        I should note, though there is much that still needs to be reformed, since I began this review I have found many ways in which DHS and the USACE have improved their processes. The USACE is increasingly considering price as a competitive factor when they are reviewing bids and appear to be developing an understanding of the true value of innovation. Additionally, although he is not a permanent appointee, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has proven to be actively engaged in border wall construction. Furthermore, your appointment of Jared Kushner to oversee border wall construction from the White House is a positive step in ensuring the project is efficiently managed and moving at a proper pace.

        Though it is happening slowly, I am pleased to see DHS and the USACE accelerate their rate of construction to meet your goal of 450 miles of border wall by the end of next year. I believe with the following reforms we will be well on our way to not only meet, but exceed, this goal.

        Thank you for your leadership on this issue. I will to do everything I can to support your work to fulfill your promises to the American people.

        Sincerely,
        Kevin Kramer
        United States Senator

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        • The information that has been outlined at CTH is mind blowing. We need to spread this far and wide. Even people on our side have questions about why the wall is taking so long. Now we know.

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          • Stillwater says:

            Glad you’re enjoying them Seneca the Elder ~ 🙂

            I couldn’t reply under your other comment so I’ll reply here. To answer your question, no I don’t post anywhere else on the internet. Also, I could be misreading your other comment but I’m not connected to WBTW or Fisher Industries. I just collect, organize, and post their content because I think it’s worthwhile.

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            • Rhi says:

              Have to piggyback on Seneca’s post in thanking you Stillwater for the updates, I nominate you for Press Secretary of WBTW!

              And thank God for Senator Kramer who sprang into action after being ‘volunteered’ by POTUS. Delegated like a Boss! Lol.

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            • Stillwater- thanks very much for the clarification and for the great work you are doing by keeping us informed about WBTW.

              I started coming to the Tree House not that long ago and I find that this is the BEST place to find out the real deal about current events.
              Your posts are especially vital because there’s been so much misinformation put out by the disgusting fake news media regarding the wall and our southern border.

              Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

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      • Stillwater says:

        Findings and Recommendations:

        1. The USACE’s procurement process fails to foster competition, particularly when it comes to price and schedule. It is highly concerning the USACE is willing to commit billions of taxpayer dollars with no reference to the price of the product and timeline for completion. The USACE must continue to take steps to ensure price and schedule are competitive factors in their contracting process.

        In my review, I found that the USACE commonly operates under Federal Acquisition Regulation 36.3, which authorizes them to use a two-phase design-build procurement process. In the first round of this process, a small number of contractors (hand-selected by the USACE) are invited to submit design proposals which do not include information on the estimated price of the job or timeline for completion. The USACE is authorized to then allow multiple qualified contractors into the second round of bidding in which price and schedule are considered. However, though they are authorized to do so, in many of the bids I reviewed the USACE typically chose just one contractor. Thus, through limiting the number of contractors who were allowed to bid in round one and only allowing one contractor into the price-sensitive round tow, the Corps turned this process into, at best, a competitive process that had no reference to price or schedule, and, at worst, a de-facto sole-source procurement.

        Their rationale for such a process was also concerning. The USACE argued that any price considerations would have required a land survey, which would have been too onerous for a contractor to conduct during the bid process and, given the expedited manner in which they are attempting to procure the border wall, would have taken too long.
        However, when asked how they knew they were getting a fair price, the USACE asserted they knew how much border barriers in specific areas typically cost. Asserting a price can only be determined after a land survey, and yet arguing that one “just knows” how much border wall costs is contradictory. More than this, it easily creates cost inflation as the USACE uses past jobs that were noncompetitive on price as their data points to determine a fair price for future projects. Worse yet, this did little to expedite the border wall contracting process as it resulted in long negotiations over price and schedule, completion dates that were multiple years into the future, and bid protests over the pure illogic of their process.

        With this critical infrastructure project where every dollar translates into a more secure border and the fulfillment of a promise to the American people, we must ensure the taxpayers are receiving the best bang for their buck. To this end, the USACE ought to make all border wall bids competitive based on price and schedule.

        2. The USACE set up a procurement process that disfavors new entrants and innovators.
        The USACE must ensure their process is not rigged (intentionally or unintentionally) to guarantee contracts for prior awardees.

        In many requests for proposals, the USACE place a high priority on “recent and relevant experience.” Regrettably, because such experience was so narrowly defined, it prohibited new entrants into the market from competing for a contract. In scoring one contractor, the USACE noted the bidder’s impressive private sector experience with far more complex projects than what was required at the border. However, the USACE gave this bidder a less than satisfactory mark in the heavily weighted “recent and relevant experience” category, stating, “All examples demonstrate expertise in transportation and bridge related work, with no experience in border wall construction.” The USACE failing to recognize a bidder’s experience unless it occurred on the border is akin to soliciting bids for a porch remodel and passing over a competititvely priced and experienced homebuilder because they lack “porch remodeling experience.” Ultimately, it is not unreasonable for the USACE to value past experience, but limiting such experience to border wall construction passes over highly qualified contractors and creates a revolving door in which the only bidders who receive a contract are those who have been awarded one in the past.

        More than this, because the USACE is not in the business of procuring innovation, they miss numerous opportunities to save taxpayer money and increase the longevity and utility of the border wall. On numerous scoring sheets, the USACE praised certain bidders for innovative ideas yet ultimately penalized them for these innovations because they represented “risk.” Worse yet, some companies had demonstrated their innovations; however, again because the innovations had not been demonstrated specifically on the border, the USACE considered them unreliable.

        3. DHS has abdicated authority for the border wall to the USACE, creating a situation in which those who patrol the wall have little say in its speed and manner of construction.
        DHS should exercise greater authority over this process or use their own contracting officers to procure the border wall.

        In speaking with multiple individuals at DHS, including CBP officers in the field, I found that DHS was interested in the possibility of innovation driving a lower cost and higher quality border wall. However, when expressing these same possibilities to the USACE, the reception was agnostic: it did not matter to them if someone could build a border wall quicker, cheaper, and with higher quality materials. The USACE only cared about procuring to DHS’ technical specifications. This disconnect between those who patrol the wall and those who are reviewing contractor proposals and industry innovations has resulted in our nation receiving a less than optimal product at a pace much slower than the current crisis demands.

        Additionally, the lack of consistent leadership at DHS and mechanisms for oversight have allowed the USACE’s mediocrity to persist. Under the current arrangement, DHS has no authority to correct, reprimand, or remove USACE contracting officers for poor performance. DHS needs real mechanisms for oversight and permanent leadership that is attentive to the issues plaguing border wall construction. Additionally, the White House needs a designated individual to manage the project and ensure that it does not continue to be bogged down in the excessive federal bureaucracy.

        Given the current crisis, now is the time for efficiency, productivity, and a sense of urgency, not a complex system of coordination between bureaucracies. The USACE should either radically improve their performance or step out of the way and let DHS procure the border wall directly. Many bureaucrats at DHS claim it is impossible or nearly illegal for them to procure border wall without the use of the USACE, however DHS is well within their current authority to procure border barriers and technology themselves. Though the USACE may be needed to help acquire land, having DHS handle border wall procurement would give those closes to the crisis greater authority over procurement and construction process. Additionally, given the amount of wall that still needs to be built there is a long-term benefit in DHS using their own contracting officers to award and manage these projects.

        4. The USACE failed to meet the most basic standards of good faith cooperation in my efforts to provide proper congressional oversight. We must continue to work to drain the swamp and ensure our country is not run by unelected bureaucrats who, empowered by the media, obstruct your agenda.

        My first request for information was sent to the USACE on May 6, 2019. Only after six months, multiple meetings with Department of Defense and USACE leadership, and engagement from the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) were the requested documents provided.

        Additionally, during my inquiry into the procurement process my personal email exchanges and meeting schedules with the USACE and DHS were leaked to CNN and the Washington Post. Taking over half a year to respond to my inquiries was egregious, but leaking a Senator’s emails to the media in retaliation to a genuine request for information exposed the lengths the bureaucracy is willing to go to protect their corrupt process.

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        • A2 says:

          Happy Christmas Stillwater for all your informative posts on the wall. You deserve many gold stars. Very appreciative.
          🌟🌟🌟🌟

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        • Robert Smith says:

          Great series on Cramer’s review of the ACE & the wall bidding.

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        • WES says:

          Stillwater: I am amazed Cramer actually called it ” their corrupt practices”.

          Noticed they stonewalled him100% for 6 months! Unbelievable!

          They have no intentions of building any wall ever!

          If it had been me I would have exploded in 6 minutes! I have seen this corrupt tap dance too many times to tolerate it!

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          • Stillwater says:

            Senator Cramer is bold. I’ve heard him make statements like this a few times.

            You might like this clip from about 5 months ago. I haven’t been able to find the whole interview.

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          • Stillwater says:

            Here is another video taken at the 2nd demo day in early April 2019 where Sen. Kramer discusses his suspicions regarding the USACE procurement process.

            Jump to 5:25/6:27.

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            • Perot Conservative says:

              Wall being put up – NOT on the border??!! WHY???

              And is this 18′ or 30′ tall??

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              • Stillwater says:

                – This is the 2nd Demo Day from back in early April (before project 1) on Fisher Industries own property in Coolidge Az. (It was proof of concept for govt. reps and officials.) I only included it here for Senator Cramer’s comments on the USACE procurement process.)
                – The 1st demo day was in March. I have many videos posted back then for both Demo Day 1 & 2. It believe the 1st Demo Day has a short section of wall that was 30′ tall.

                – As for the 18′ vs. 30′ debate, I used to think that WBTW was only using 18′ walls on Projects 1 & 2 because of cost. But a few days ago I posted a video(w/ excerpts) where Fisher explains their thought process behind having a shorter wall height.
                – Previous reference: “On the Dec. 19th Pres. thread I posted a radio interview(from 11/27/19) with Tommy Fisher. It includes some good info about the new wall in Texas and border wall construction in general. I’ve also included most of his comments in the excerpts. (May have to scroll down a bit on the above link.)”

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                • Stillwater- can’t thank you enough for your posts! Is there anywhere else in the media that you are getting the word out about your amazing work?

                  The American people need to know that contrary to what they hear from the Drive-byes, you guys are on the case! Outstanding job.

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                • ARMY (?) Corps of Engineers? Is Senator Cramer talking about the United States Army? It doesn’t sound like these “bureaucratic make-believes” are wearing the same uniform I wore fifty years ago. Frag’m.

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        • bluenova1971 says:

          Disgraceful self serving and wasteful practices throughout our government.

          Cramer is definitely making no friends in the swamp.

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      • dallasdan says:

        The key findings are no surprise. Congratulations to Sen. Cramer. I am confident he and the President will be catalysts for improvements in the fairness and efficiency of the process.

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    • Stillwater- we can’t thank you enough for your work and also for these updates. Really a shame that this is getting zero coverage in the media. God Bless all of you and hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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    • Bubby says:

      77 years ago, the US Army built the Alaska-Canada Highway a 1,700 mile route through wilderness with extraordinary hardships, in only eight months! What has happened to the Army corps of engineers since? Political correctness? Massive bureaucracy? Back then we were driven by a sense of wartime urgency. Now we’re being invaded by millions of illegals at our southern border what is the difference? Where is the urgency now by the Feds?

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  7. Mary Van Deusen says:

    Pulling my mood up with a newly made Trump music video.

    Trump Impeachment Memes – Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar
    Impeachment. Speachment.

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      To save a copy, take it off my website. YouTube removed my beloved Nessum Dorma video, so it’s the only way to make sure this one doesn’t get lost someday, too.

      http://www.iment.com/maida/tv/misc/video/Trump-Impeachment-Memes-Hit-Me-With-Your-Best-Shot-V03.htm

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      • bluenova1971 says:

        Must’ve been a mistake…YTs not biased /s

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        • Mary Van Deusen says:

          I think the music producer was the one that didn’t want it up. Usually you just find out when you first upload whether the artists wants their music played or not. For example, nothing by Bob Dylan or Billy Joel goes up. The music people came along afterwards, so I assume they weren’t of the same political persuasion as myself and someone must have noticed and snitched.

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          • More often than not, it has absolutely nothing to do with politics. Music artist royalties are minuscule, and unless they still tour this is their entire income. They only get pennies for every several thousand plays, so they object to any sort of free usage.

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    • WHO PUT THAT TOGETHER?? BRILLIANT!!!

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      • Mary Van Deusen:
        If you are the producer of that video, hearty congratulations on a magnificent spoof!
        I can assure you the President will likely see it and maybe retweet.

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      • Mary Van Deusen says:

        I’ve been making music videos since 1985. Got into political ones when I fell in love with our President to be. My Nessum Norma was my absolute favorite. It was automatically approved, and then someone came around manually to kill it. There’s still 7 other Trump videos that I’ve previously made up on my YouTube political playlist.

        And deepest thanks for your kind words. It means an awful lot.

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        • Robin Ruprecht says:

          My only suggestion, for what it’s worth, is that I constantly had to stop and click back in order to read or absorb what the words and/or meanings were at several different places.

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          • Robin Ruprecht says:

            And then I hit send before I made my suggestion….LOL. I’m sure you know what I’m going to say, but maybe keep the pictures up for a few seconds longer… (:

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            • Mary Van Deusen says:

              Yes, I did know. You can’t leave them up for arbitrary numbers of seconds. They go to strong beats, so you can only change when you come to the next signficant beat. In two cases, I removed images and extended the neighboring clips into their spaces. But you can’t do that too often or it becomes dull. It’s always a tradeoff to make sure you’re maintaining interest, able to read MOST of the words, or at least enough to remind you of what the rest will say, and to keep the story going continually in your head. The underlying story is absolutely crucial. That’s why I call what I do literary music videos, rather than simply music vids. I gave a talk on them at the MIT Media Lab many years ago. And I used to run workshops in how to. I think I must be a MV great grandmother by now.

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          • Mary Van Deusen says:

            All my videos have that problem. I can’t seem to bear the very slow pace it would take to read each frame fully. Some things I fix like yellowing the significant words. And I try to keep short worded images for shorter clips. What people say they do is use the gear symbol to play the video slower or pause to read on one pass thru and then, knowing it, play it at normal speed. Me? I just watch the videos over and over until I’ve memorized them. Seeing images of the president and Melania just makes me happy.

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  12. sunnydaze says:

    CJ Pearson and others wanting to turn the tide of education in the U.S.

    .

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    • sunnydaze says:

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      • JohnCasper says:

        Civics and the way our government (Democrats, MSM, FBI, CIA, NSA, Facebook, Google, etc.) operates have become opposites. Unfortunately that is the most important thing for them to know right now.

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      • JohnCasper says:

        And if they want to know how government will operate, if democrats ever take full control again, all they have to do is study present day China, or better yet, Mao’s China.

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      • the5thranchhand says:

        …………………and no student should be able to graduate high school unless they can read with comprehension, (so they can understand civics that is presented to them;) and, at least, do simple math.

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        • another face in the crowd says:

          understanding of our Constitution and how to balance a check book

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          • AFITC – you are damn right! Our high school “civics” and “economics” classes featured outside speakers from the town like the bankers, stock brokers and car dealers. We were taught the differences between common and preferred stocks and how the market works; how to purchase and finance new and used cars; ditto for real estate and securing loans….and we were TESTED on it! Also – no blue jeans or shorts. You had to wear a shirt with a collar; no slacks for the girls and when kneeling down, their hems had to touch the floor. It was “yes, please” or “no thank-you” or you are out. No questions asked; no recourse. Ah, the good old days……………..

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    • Janie M. says:

      I’ve always liked CJ. ‘s videos. I recall watching his earlier ones some years back and was amazed a preteen was so articulate and politically astute. He will go far in his accomplishments and I wish him the very best in all his endeavors.

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    • goddessoftheclassroom (@goddesofthecl1) says:

      I also believe there are certain works of literature that all Americans should at the very least be acquainted with.

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  13. sunnydaze says:

    Baltimore Sun is really twisting itself into a pretzel to criticize Scott Presler for helping to motivate people to clean up Baltimore. LOL.

    https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-1219-baltimore-trash-20191218-x2ybzoitanbshfpvfwg6pkkms4-story.html

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  14. sunnydaze says:

    hahahahaha! True.#MeToo

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  15. joeknuckles says:

    What’s next in the Sham-Wow Impeachment saga?

    Is Nancy going to come out on Jan 6th and say “But wait, there’s more!”?

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    • Jase says:

      Not Jan 6, the day before SOTU.

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    • It is well-understood by many that she has two targets in mind: Trump, and Pence. Which would of course mean that she becomes the nation’s first President (but, not the last …) who was not elected by the People.

      Simply ensure that you get a majority in both Houses – say, by rigging the electronic, paperless election machines. Now, you appoint the future President who will actually run the Country, and by identical Bills of Attainder you then remove and replace all Supreme Court Justices who are unfavorable to you. Tyranny is the inevitable result.

      Just as our Founders foresaw, 230 years ago.

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      • joeknuckles says:

        Gerald Ford was not elected by the people. At least he was nominated by the elected president.
        The current articles of impeachment do not carry over to the next congress.

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  16. dogsmaw says:

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    • DJ Snyder says:

      Thanks be to God! Now they can get back to work. 😉

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    • Chimpy says:

      The MSM carried this story 24/7 back when the headlines were that “Trump’s racist border agents killed two children”.

      Now that the story no longer fits their narrative, this won’t be reported.

      Just like all the other stories where a judge rules against the radicals (e.g. the “Muslim ban”).

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  18. citizen817 says:

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      If you have never watched “intellectual Froglegs” and Joe Dan Gorman you afe in for a real treat……this current one is exceptional..

      It is a must watch and loaded with “current political humor”

      He is “All in for our President” …supports him 200%….and his videos are a laugh out loud compilation of “Truth” about our current politics.

      He reads the CTH and frequently makes comments and supports us on his show.

      “Hey…..Joe Dan”………”Good Show”

      Please take a view of Intellectual Froglegs…..You will enjoy

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      • kurt72 says:

        Agreed, Gunny!! I was so surprised to see my name in the credits at the end. I forgot I had sent him a donation. I haven’t felt this cool since I was in the Navy. 😎😎Time for another as well as to Sundance.

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    • 100% YOOPER says:

      The Durham part was the best! Keep on knocking but you can’t come in😂

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    • steph_gray says:

      This episode also included an excellent couple of screens listing the cream of the crop of what I call the Fact News Media. CTH was there, of course.

      I hope to get a chance to rerun it and screen shot those two pages so I can expand my bookmarks to the best of the best.

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  19. dogsmaw says:

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    • bluenova1971 says:

      GTFO

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    • Piper says:

      Mark “The Fireman”Taylor’s prophecy given to him by God tells how the media will eventually begin agreeing with Trump so the last two weeks have been amazing to watch! There are a few MSM figures that have grudgingly admitted to Trump being right lately.
      Every word in that prophecy about the 2016 election came true, word for word!

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    • Robert Smith says:

      As the comment to that tweet mentioned… Dinesh D’souza he did real time.

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    • steph_gray says:

      Maybe they’re saying this now because they’re afraid of actions Durham may figure out a legal way to take against urinalists who have been perpetrating enormous fraud on the public.

      To start with, perhaps there is something that can be done about enormously wealthy and powerful media conglomerates who feel they have a right to attack private citizens like Eric Sandman with demonstrable lies and slander.

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  24. WSB says:

    Mitch is not pro Trump.

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  25. Piper says:

    How in the world is all this corruption going to be stopped?! Obama and Hillary did SO MUCH damage to every facet of our government!
    Pray for Rudy’s safety, please!
    https://www.dcclothesline.com/2019/12/22/rudy-giuliani-on-ukraine-ive-uncovered-an-eight-year-long-money-laundering-system-totaling-12-5-billion/

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    • Jase says:

      That $12.5b will be just the tip of the iceberg. It has to be; they would have spent that on Antica goons, ‘spontaneous’ protestors and pussy hats.
      I have no doubt they had the same operations running in dozens of countries, not to mention what they stole from State, DoD etc.
      Those book deals and Martha’s Vineyard mansions don’t buy themselves you know.

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      • upper379 says:

        Jase I agree with you. Look at the Bernie Madoff scandal, do you think Madoff spent all 70 billion. Impossible. The left used him to filter tens of billions of dollars to start their reign of terror.

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Piper: It absolutely can be stopped, each election at a time. From here on out, every election is critical until the Democrats are defeated for decades.

      It is IMPERATIVE for every pro-American (that would be any person not supporting the reformed fascist, far left reformed Democrat party of today) to network and reach out to their friends, neighbors, communities to educate truths and identify lies perpetrated by the media and let them know how critical their vote is to keeping our Republic. There are about 30 million evangelical Christians not registered to vote. We need to spread the word. We all need to follow in the footsteps of Brandon Straka, Candace Owens, Charlie Kirk, and others who are getting the message out.

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      The Soviet Union was stopped. National Socialism was stopped, Post WW2 Socialism in the UK was stopped.
      I lived in the UK when Thatcher crushed the unions and privatised industry. The I am not saying that it is a done deal, but anything is possible.

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      • Chimpy says:

        Thanks, lp.

        The Eeyores on this board waaaaay outnumber those who never give up and always have hope.

        IMHO, America thrives because we, as a people, never give up and always find a way, no matter the odds.

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  26. dogsmaw says:

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  27. Rynn69 says:

    Our President has taken so much for us, the American people. We will not fail you, Mr. President. We are in this with you and we will right the ship. The Swamp Dwellers and Deep State tried hard to find a crime…they used every lawless means possible…and they could not find anything…so they impeached an innocent man…the President…who could be any one of us…they made a huge mistake. Impeachment has been rendered meaningless in one vote.

    History will judge them severely and reward you greatly, Mr. President…because, you see, in America…we do not stand with lies, lawlessness, and corruption…we stand with truth, law & order, and what is right.

    Keep on fighting, Mr. President, because you have an army of support with you. Every American understands injustice. We know.

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  28. Maj says:

    12/21 Update Virginia 2nd Second Amendment Sanctuary county, town, and city map.
    https://vcdl.org/

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  29. woodstuff says:

    Non-Cousins only: please donate to Joe Dan (this is required). New episode entitled “Here Comes The Boom”
    https://intellectualfroglegs.com/

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  30. nwtex says:

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  31. Maj says:

    Filed under “Things that make you go Hmm… ”
    “Iran and Turkey” “offline after” “multiple simultaneous fibre cuts” “for about two hours”
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50851420
    (Had to check. Next New Moon 0% Dec 26th.)

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  32. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Of course the headline should read, All Governments lie. Governments are run by professional liars. It’s how they attained their power for the most part.

    From Vietnam to Afghanistan, all US governments lie
    https://theconversation.com/from-vietnam-to-afghanistan-all-us-governments-lie-128695

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  33. Maj says:

    A Public Service Announcement:

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    • Rynn69 says:

      You know, SD talks about cold anger. Others have commented on white hot anger.

      This is all about the people’s voice and choice. We are a Republic. What part of that do the Democrats, RINOs, Never Trumpers, and crazed Democrat voter base not understand? We elected the President. The aforementioned people started BEFORE he took office undermining, besmirching, obstructing, railroading, entrapping, spying, plotting, scheming, and using almost every other seditious act to stop him implementing policies on behalf of the American people. We have a message:

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      My sentiments exactly.
      Seems to have even more power coming from a black guy.

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    • George Connolly says:

      Henry Davis has made me a Cardinals fan.

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  34. lawrencepaul1 says:

    PDJT is at it again. He just does and says what he thinks is right, and the Globalists can go fish.

    Fury as Trump issues shock ultimatum in UK trade talks – leaked documents
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1220091/brexit-news-boris-johnson-EU-trade-talks-US-trade-deal-donald-trump-NHS

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  35. lawrencepaul1 says:

    How is this for the perfect example of Liberal NIMBYism.
    A city exclussinely populated by150,000 drug addled street pooping moochers. What could possibly go wrong?
    $3 Billion, 300-Acre MegaCity Envisioned For California’s Record Homeless… But There’s A Twist
    https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/3-billion-300-acre-megacity-envisioned-californias-record-homeless-theres-twist

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  36. dogsmaw says:

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    • Nancy’s impeachment is the equivalent of the proverbial “ham sandwich indictment” which she can not allow to undergo real legal scrutiny because it is constructed of pure baloney.

      AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT.

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      • butch cassidy says:

        Here’s what I believe will happen.No way this impeachment doesn’t make it’s way to the senate, the far left that runs the dem party would get rid of nancy in a heart beat so she has no choice..The articles make it to the senate, both sides present their cases and Mitch calls for a vote, Trumps acquitted and then we wait and see if Barr and Durham are the real deal. Holding the articles until after the 1st are no big deal, the senate won’t take this up until Jan 7th. She is just trying to make everyone think she has a card to play and she doesn’t.

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    • Her trouble is that she doesn’t have a legal basis upon which to do it, and, even in her latest contretemps, hasn’t legally even begun to do it. President Trump hasn’t been lawfully impeached, and even now she knows it. She has boxed herself and her Party into a corner from which they will never recover, and has made her erstwhile opponent completely unstoppable.

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  37. dogsmaw says:

    Opportunity & Community both contain the word Unity” a comment by Ben Carson on one of the Sunday morning shows.

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  38. Maj says:

    More on the Tesco Christmas cards:

    “We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China. Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organization.”

    https://www.newsweek.com/tesco-christmas-card-message-china-prisoner-1478707?piano_t=1

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  39. WhiteBoard says:

    I’m sorry for repeating this – that others have already pointed out – I just think it helps people see a more targeted protective angle of COVER this (raw material who decides the release apspect) Coup seems to hide behind ———-> the fisa were under USDNY ( local fbi unit agent not privy to Carter’s status and blinded intentionally; this is a common technique, for example brennen used this technique with feeding hairy reid the hungry adovating useful idiot).

    im not even sure why i brought this up.. im sure someone may make it make sense.

    oh yea and page 10 of the FISA 99 page report collyer (FIRST version).. admiral rogers ammends is affidavit. from what to what.

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  40. Dora says:

    Here’s Exactly Why They’re Impeaching Trump

    Why are the Swamp Creatures impeaching Trump? That easy—it’s because they hate you and they hate me, and they fear the power of the One we follow.

    Poor old Donald Trump’s only crime was to recognize a viable constituency in disillusioned pro-life, pro-Christian, pro-family Americans who still have the conviction (and the numbers) to threaten the very existence of the New World Order.

    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/4705-here-s-exactly-why-they-re-impeaching-trump

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  41. lawrencepaul1 says:

    “Let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you – and why?”

    Walter E. Williams

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  42. lawrencepaul1 says:

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  43. SR says:

    How long house can hold impeachment until it become useless and no more official?

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  44. thesavvyinvester says:

    President Trump up 10 points in MI per radio talk show host Howie Carr (680am WRKO Boston)

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