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    Today, 03:31 PM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Sunday, conducting 21 strikes consisting of 75 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two ISIS oil storage tanks. Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS-held buildings. Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed six ISIS oil storage tanks, four ISIS pump jacks and two ISIS facilities. Near Raqqa, 12 strikes engaged 12 ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, four vehicles and a tunnel system. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Mosul, two strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, four command-and-control nodes, four heavy machine guns, two supply caches, two mortar systems and an ISIS-held building; damaged two fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit. Near Samarra, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit. June 24 Strikes Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 24 that closed within the last 24 hours: Near Abu Kamal, Syria, a June 24 strike destroyed 25 ISIS oil storage tanks and eight ISIS oil stills. Near Raqqa, Syria, a June 24 strike destroyed two fighting positions. Near Kisik, Iraq, three June 24 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed six fighting positions, a weapons cache, a command-and-control node, a medium machine gun and a piece of inoperable equipment; and damaged a fighting position. Near Mosul, Iraq, a June 24 strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan: Administration Assistant (Fleet), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) IT Operations Assistant (ETC), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Director of Programme Development and Quality, Save the Children WASH Technical Adviser, Save the Children Political Affairs Officer (P-3), United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Political Affairs Officer (P-4), United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Gender Based Violence Officer, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Project Manager, Oxfam MEAL Coordinator, Oxfam Country Program Manager, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) WASH Program Manager, Mercy Corps Country Finance Manager, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) Project Coordinator, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq: Senior IT Assistant, World Bank Political Affairs Officer (P-3), United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Political Affairs Officer (P-4), United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Cleaner, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) National Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Mercy Corps Leiter des Sektorvorhabens Privatwirtschaftsentwicklung im Irak, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Berater im Vorhaben Privatwirtschaftsentwicklung im Irak, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Programme Associate (Field-Level Agreement – FLA), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Researcher and Data Analyst, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Capo Progetto, Cooperazione Internazionale Fondazione (COOPI) (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    By John Lee. Rudaw reports that the construction of a dam in Iran has led to a major reduction in the supply of water to the town of Qaladze in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The dam in Sardasht is on the Khas river, which flows into Qaladze; water supplies are said to be down 80 percent. Abdulstar Majeed, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Agriculture and Water Resources Minister is to visit Iran to discuss the problem. (Source: Rudaw) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* Iraqi military leaders expect victory this week against the Islamic State (IS) in the battle for Mosul, and the government has unveiled a $100 billion, 10-year reconstruction plan for the country that, despite some challenges, is slated to begin next year. Mosul will be particularly important to rebuild because of the number of citizens who were forced from their homes, the extent of the damage there and the symbolic significance of the city, which IS considered its Iraqi capital. In addition to repairing the infrastructure, Iraqi officials acknowledge the importance of overcoming the influence IS established on the population, especially young people, during its three-year reign of terror there. Hossam al-Ayyar, a member of the Ninevah Provincial Council, told Al-Monitor the plan will aim to eliminate “ideological extremism from the culture of the people of Mosul, who have been living for three years with IS’ inflammatory rhetoric, and the emergence of a new generation … inspired by the culture of hate.” Ayyar added, “The plan includes cultural and religious programs adopted by mosques, schools and churches to consolidate the values of coexistence and moderation, promote shared living and the culture of peace and freedom of belief and the respect of the rights of others.” Ninevah council member Abdul Rahman al-Kaa told Al-Monitor, “This step is imperative to bring peace to the people of the city, which includes Sunni Arabs, representing the majority, and the Kurds, Shiite Arabs, who represent a small minority, as well as the Turkmens and the Christians. This could be done through the spread of a culture of tolerance and acceptance of others, distancing mosques from extremism, organizing periodic field visits the people of Mosul Baghdad and the areas in the center and the south, in order to achieve social integration. This is not to mention the need to involve all components in cultural, social and religious events.” Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 09:41 AM
    The Last Refuge Rag Tag Bunch of Conservative Misfits – Contact Info: TheLastRefuge@reagan.com Skip to content Home About Us E-Mail Guidelines Guidelines For Comments Undercover Video: CNN Producer Admits Russia Story is “Bullsh*t”, Manufactured For Ratings… Posted on June 27, 2017 by sundance Project Veritas and James O’Keefe has produced another explosive undercover story showcasing CNN producers who admit the Trump-Russia story is manufactured and promoted for ratings by the network. Watch The Video <span style="font-family: Georgia"><font size="4"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> (NEW YORK) — Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative. “I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.” He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:“It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss… All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.” According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. “Trump is good for business right now,” he concluded. Continue reading →
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    Today, 09:38 AM
    Breitbart News Daily: CNN’s Very Fake News Fiasco by BREITBART NEWS26 Jun 201754 On the Tuesday edition of Breitbart News Daily, broadcast live on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 from 6AM to 9AM Eastern, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow will continue our discussion of the Trump administration’s agenda. Breitbart’s Matt Boyle will update us on the latest fallout from CNN’s fake news scandal, as CNN parts ways with three prominent employees involved in the now redacted story alleging that Congress was investigation Trump administration officials with ties to a Russian investment fund. Breitbart Legal Editor Ken Klukowski will summarize Monday’s Supreme Court decisions. Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the President, will discuss the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion to clear the lower courts’ stays on Trump’s travel ban, allowing that foreign nationals lacking a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could be banned. Travis Weber, the director of Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, will discuss the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer case, as well as the Court’s decision to hear the case of the Colorado baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. Thomas Pyle, the president of the Institute for Energy Research, will discuss energy week at the White House and what the Trump administration is doing to invigorate the energy sector. Live from London, Rome, and Jerusalem, Breitbart correspondents will provide updates on the latest international news. Breitbart News Daily is the first live, conservative radio enterprise to air seven days a week. SiriusXM Vice President for news and talk Dave Gorab called the show “the conservative news show of record.” Follow Breitbart News on Twitter for live updates during the show. Listeners may call into the show at: 866-957-2874.
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    Today, 09:30 AM
    Fox News’s Sean Hannity Calls for CNN’s Jeff Zucker to be Fired in Wake of Fake News Scandal 634 AP/Getty Photos by ADAM SHAW26 Jun 2017716 Fox News host Sean Hannity called for CNN President Jeff Zucker to be fired Monday in the wake of a fake news scandal embroiling the anti-Trump network that resulted in the resignation of three of its top journalists. Hannity accused Zucker of destroying the network with lies and “VERY FAKE NEWS.” Follow Sean Hannity ✔@seanhannity Hey @CNN when will you fire Zucker? He has destroyed the network with lies and VERY FAKE NEWS. http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/06/26/exclusive-donald-trump-jr-jeff-zucker-must-address-cnns-very-fake-news-scandal-in-on-camera-press-briefing/ … 8:07 PM - 26 Jun 2017 Exclusive — Donald Trump Jr: Jeff Zucker Must Address CNN’s Very Fake News Scandal in On Camera... President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., is calling on CNN president Jeff Zucker to appear before the American public and the media to personally account for and explain exactly what happened... breitbart.com 4,0614,061 Retweets 10,52210,522 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Hannity made the call just hours after it was announced that three employees including the executive editor of a new investigative unit resigned after CNN was forced to retract an article connecting a Russian investment firm to associates of President Trump. CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Thomas Frank, the author of the piece, editor Eric Lichtblau, and editor Lex Haris had all left CNN in the wake of the scandal after an internal investigation. The retraction came after a Breitbart News investigation highlighting inaccuracies and flaws in the piece. CNN quickly deleted the story and eventually replaced it with an editor’s note. Senior figures at the network also placed a freeze on Russia-related stories, telling employees that they had to be run through members of senior management before going live. The brouhaha led Hannity to call for Zucker’s firing, as he cited Breitbart’s reporting of the scandal. He also said he doubted the official narrative being fed out of CNN headquarters, suggesting that the employees may have been paid to resign, perhaps to spare Zucker’s reputation. Follow Sean Hannity ✔@seanhannity I don't believe this story for one second. I call MORE @CNN FAKE NEWS. Did @CNN pay them for "resignations?" http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/26/media/cnn-announcement-retracted-article/index.html … 7:46 PM - 26 Jun 2017 Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article CNN said Monday that three journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted. money.cnn.com Hannity also tweeted to Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, telling him to tell “soon-to-be-fired” Zucker to watch Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel, adding: “I have a message!” Hey @Acosta Hey Tell your soon to be fired boss Jeff Zucker to tune in tonight 10 EST Hannity Fox News. Fair and Balanced. I have a message! 8:17 PM - 26 Jun 2017 Hannity’s call for Zucker’s firing comes after President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., told Breitbart News that Zucker should address the scandal in an on-camera press briefing. Adam Shaw is a politics reporter for Breitbart News based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter: @AdamShawNY
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    Today, 09:14 AM
    Hannity Taunts CNN on Resignations: Warns Zucker “Tomorrow Will be Another Sh*t Day For CNN – I Know More!” Cristina Laila Jun 26th, 2017 7:48 pm 125 Comments Sean Hannity attacked CNN in an epic tweetstorm over their claims that three employees resigned over a story they had to retract linking Trump to Russia. Hannity warned that he will be dropping a message tonight. He tweeted at CNN’s White House correspondent, Jim Acosta saying, “Hey, tell your soon to be fired boss Jeff Zucker to tune in tonight 10 EST Hannity Fox News Fair and Balanced. I have a message!” As TGP previously reported, three CNN employees have resigned over a retracted story linking Trump to Russia.Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN. “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a spokesman said Monday evening. An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said. The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” cited a single anonymous source. Sean Hannity isn’t buying the ‘resignation’ story, so he took to his Twitter account warning that he will be revealing some insider info about CNN soon! Stay tuned! Follow Sean Hannity ✔@seanhannity Hey @Acosta Hey Tell your soon to be fired boss Jeff Zucker to tune in tonight 10 EST Hannity Fox News. Fair and Balanced. I have a message! 8:17 PM - 26 Jun 2017 3,2583,258 Retweets 9,4499,449 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Follow Sean Hannity ✔@seanhannity Forced out and paid. https://twitter.com/joeconchatv/status/879485721542889472 … 8:23 PM - 26 Jun 2017 1,2111,211 Retweets 3,2983,298 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Follow Sean Hannity ✔@seanhannity Also @Acosta u may want to warn Zucker tomorrow is gonna be another sh.... day for him and @CNN. Yes I know more than u his 3 paid liars. https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/879492834189086720 … 8:29 PM - 26 Jun 2017 2,1772,177 Retweets 5,8115,811 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Follow Sean Hannity ✔@seanhannity One last thing @Acosta to tell Zucker. Maybe he should STOP lying about the @POTUS @FoxNews and @seanhannity using 3 stenographers #Karma https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/879496910276632576 … 8:31 PM - 26 Jun 2017 1,2361,236 Retweets 3,8243,824 likes
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    Today, 09:10 AM
    Student Sentenced to Prison After Registering Dead People to Vote DEMOCRAT Carter Jun 26th, 2017 9:46 pm 124 Comments A James Madison University student named Andrew J. Spieles, 21, was sentenced to at least 100 days in prison for registering names of dead people to vote, CBS 6 WTVR reported. The kicker? This man was paid to submit these names to the Registrar’s Office. Spieles was working for Harrisonburg Votes, a political organization affiliated with the Democratic Party, when he committed the crime. CBS 6 WTVR reports:“In July 2016 Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible and reported to Democratic Campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg,” a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson said. “In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped. After filling out a registration form for a voter, Spieles entered the information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party to track information such as name, age, address and political affiliation. Every Thursday an employee/volunteer hand-delivered the paper copies of the registration forms to the Registrar’s Office in Harrisonburg.” Later that month, someone at the Registrar’s Office called police after another employee saw a name they recognized on a registration form. The name was the deceased father of a Rockingham County Judge. “The Registrar’s Office discovered multiple instances of similarly falsified forms when it reviewed additional registrations. Some were in the names of deceased individuals while others bore incorrect middle names, birth dates, and social security numbers,” the spokesperson continued. “The Registrar’s Office learned that the individuals named in these forms had not in fact submitted the new voter registrations. The assistant registrar’s personal knowledge of the names of some of the individuals named in the falsified documents facilitated the detection of the crime. “Spieles later admitted that he prepared the false voter registration forms by obtaining the name, age, and address of individuals from “walk sheets” provided to him by the Virginia Democratic Party, fabricating a birth date based on the ages listed in the walk sheet, and fabricating the social security numbers. Spieles admitted that he created all 18 fraudulent forms himself and that no one else participated in the crime.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Harrisonburg Police Department investigated the crime. Donald Trump Jr. trolled Democrats on Twitter saying, “I thought this never happens? Also, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess he’s a democrat.” Of course he’s a Democrat! This is why Democrats don’t want voter I.D. laws. Follow Donald Trump Jr. ✔@DonaldJTrumpJr I thought this never happens? Also, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess he's a democrat. https://twitter.com/dailycaller/status/879497647572365312 … 8:49 PM - 26 Jun 2017 Follow Carter @OperativeCarter Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/879501972596027393 … 8:50 PM - 26 Jun 20
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    Today, 09:07 AM
    O’Keefe Undercover Bombshell: CNN Producer Admits Trump-Russia Story is “Bullsh*t” (Video) Cristina Laila Jun 27th, 2017 12:45 am45 Comments James O’Keefe strikes again! Project Veritas just dropped bombshell undercover video of CNN Producer John Bonifield admitting the Trump-Russia story is B.S. but they continue to push the false narrative for ‘ratings’. O’Keefe teased his Twitter followers on Monday by sending out a cryptic tweet saying, “Independence Day is approaching, but this year the fireworks come early.” Independence Day is approaching, but this year the fireworks come early. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/IAp1dut0c1 — James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 27, 2017 James O’Keefe released part one of his ‘American Pravda’ series with CNN. O’Keefe says his goal is to expose the real motivation behind the decision making process in our dominant media corporation. The Russia story has dominated CNN. Since the inauguration, CNN has mentioned Russia on air nearly 16,000 times.P.V. Journalist: “So you believe the Russia thing is a little crazy, right?” John Bonifield (CNN Producer): “Even if Russian was trying to swing an election, we try to swing their elections, our CIA is doing shit all the time, we’re out there trying to manipulate governments. You win because you know the game, you play it right. She (Hillary) didn’t play it right.” PV Journalist: “Then why is CNN constantly like Russia this, Russia that?” John Bonifield: “Because it’s ratings. Our ratings are incredible right now.” Bonifield went on to say that the CEO of CNN, Jeff Zucker demanded that his news channel get back to the ratings winner that Russia is for CNN. Bonifield laughed off the notion that the media has an ethical responsibility and said ‘it’s a business’ and ‘they gotta what they gotta do to make money’. PV Journalist: “But honestly, you think the whole Russia shit is just bullshit right?” Bonifield: “Could be bullshit. I mean it’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have any big giant proof.” Bonifield went on to say that if there was proof that the Russia story is real, we would know about it by now because of all the leaks. He said that he doesn’t feel like they have anything, but they want to just keep digging. Shockingly, Bonifield actually took Trump’s side and said, “I think the President is probably right to say, like, look, you are witch-hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”
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    Today, 09:02 AM
    NEW VERITAS VIDEO: American Pravda: CNNCNN "ratings are incredible right now," President Trump "good for business"John Bonifield, CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative "Mostly bullshit right now""Get back to Russia," Says CEO Jeff ZuckerPresident Trump is Right About Witch Hunt, "No real proof"Comes in Wake of CNN's Russia-Gate Retraction & New Rules on Russia Coverage(NEW YORK) -- Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN's Russia narrative. "I mean, it's mostly bullshit right now," Bonifield says. "Like, we don't have any giant proof." He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings: "It's a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss... All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you're just like, that's adorable. That's adorable. This is a business."According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. "Trump is good for business right now," he concluded. Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker: "Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with that, let's get back to Russia."Bonifield also acknowledged: "I haven't seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime." He continues: "I just feel like they don't really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.""To report not on facts, but instead on narratives that yield high ratings, is exactly the definition of fake news," said James O'Keefe. "We said we are going after the media, and there is a lot more to come."
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    Today, 02:20 AM
    Did anyone get the correct interest rate? I didn't this time nor in December and Mr I never responded to my emails regarding it.
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    Today, 12:24 AM
    Fake News Blues: Three Employees Resign from Sad CNN over Very False Trump Smear Three CNN employees have resigned amid the network’s very fake news scandal in which it was forced to retract a hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates. “CNN said Monday that three journalists, including the executive editor in
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    Today, 12:22 AM
    Secret Memos Show the FBI May Have Retaliated Against Flynn by Launching Russia ProbeCarter Jun 26th, 2017 7:12 pm Leave a Comment Secret memos reveal that former Nat Sec Advisor, Michael Flynn became a nuisance to the FBI when he intervened in an agent’s discrimination case years before the Russia probe. Prior to the FBI launching a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser, General Flynn became a nuisance to the bureau leadership by “intervening on behalf of a decorated counter-terrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination”. Circa News reports: Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks. The FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn. The EEOC case, which is still pending, was serious enough to require McCabe to submit to a sworn statement to investigators, the documents show. The deputy director’s testimony provided some of the strongest evidence in the case of possible retaliation, because he admitted the FBI opened an internal investigation into Gritz’s personal conduct after learning the agent “had filed or intended to file” a sex discrimination complaint against her supervisors. Read the full report here.
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    For nearly a decade, Gritz worked with the intelligence community to help successfully track down global terrorists or rescue Western hostages, and was even occasionally called upon to personally brief then-Director Robert Mueller on sensitive cases like the disappearance of a retired agent Robert Levinson inside Iran, memos show. 16 of 31 But her career took a sudden downward turn after she went to work under McCabe and his leadership team in 2012, resulting in her first negative rating after years of outstanding performance reviews. She filed an EEOC complain inside the FBI against a handful of bureau executives in 2012, alleging her career was being derailed by sexual discrimination. 17 of 31 The FBI referred her for an Office of Professional Responsibility investigation for timecard irregularities. As hostilities rose between the two sides, emails and testimony showed senior FBI officials castigated Gritz for being too “emotional,” having a possible mental illness and sending inappropriate emails. 18 of 31 The FBI concluded there was no discrimination, arguing Gritz was referred to OPR for investigation on June 20, 2012 before she ever filed her EEOC complaint. But McCabe’s sworn statement offered evidence that actually supported Gritz’s claim of retaliation and discrimination, recounting a conversation on June 19, 2012 in which he authorized the OPR investigation of Gritz after one of his deputies told him Gritz was about to file an EEO complaint, his sworn statement shows. 19 of 31 “I first learned of the issues that led to Ms. Gritz’s current OPR investigation during a telephone call with Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) Jennifer Ley on June 19, 2012,” McCabe testified. “I recalled that during the course of our conversation DAD Ley mentioned to me that Ms. Gritz had filed or intended to file an EEO complaint against her immediate supervisor.” 20 of 31 The very next day, the FBI initiated the OPR investigation of Gritz, according to evidence in the FBI’s official personnel files. FBI records support McCabe’s version of events, showing Gritz had contacted FBI EEO officials in mid-June before the OPR probe was initiated, then filed her formal complaint a few weeks later. The FBI ‘s official report of investigation on Gritz’s EEO complaint, which absolved the FBI of any discrimination, omitted any mention that McCabe had been aware of the EEO complaint before the bureau filed its OPR action against Gritz. 21 of 31 Gritz’s initial complaint in 2012 named the FBI supervisor below McCabe. She chose to resign from the FBI in 2013, her case becoming the poster child for a National Public Radio story on the FBI’s allegedly hostile environment for women agents in 2015. 22 of 31 In 2014, Gritz amended her EEOC complaint to specifically name McCabe, alleging she suffered “a hostile environment, defamation of character through continued targeting by Andrew McCabe in official documents, and continuous patterns and instances of severe and excessive hostile behavior/attitude toward complainant. These actions have a negative impact on the complainant, professionally, financially, and personally.” 23 of 31 Flynn’s intervention in the case occurred around the time that McCabe’s name was added to the complaint. Flynn's first act was to write a letter of support in her case. “SSA Gritz was well-known, liked and respected in the military counter-terrorism community for her energy, commitment and professional capacity, and over the years worked in several interagency groups on counter-terrorism targeting initiatives,” Flynn wrote May 9, 2014. 24 of 31 At the time, Flynn was an Army lieutenant general and the chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and he put his letter on official agency stationary to be submitted in Gritz’s case. As soon as Gritz revealed to the FBI that Flynn and other top federal figures had written letters to support her case and likely would be called as witnesses, the bureau dispatched a lawyer to try to block the evidence from being included in the EEO case, documents show. 25 of 31 The FBI “has reviewed the letters submitted by the Complainant and objects to their inclusion in the record,” the bureau’s lawyer wrote. “They are selfserving letters, not part of any personnel file nor contemporaneous generated during the period of Ms. Gritz’s employment with the FBI, and which she has unilaterally solicited and obtained. They should be excluded.” 26 of 31 While the FBI argued Gritz’s had become underperforming, tardy to work, insurbordinate, possibly mentally ill or emotional and deserving of a poor performance review, Flynn argued just the opposite, saying he saw the agent excel while working with the DIA and other intelligence community agencies. “Her work consistently made a positive difference,” Flynn wrote. “.Her tenacity and personal commitment consistently produced outstanding results in the most challenging environments.” 27 of 31 Flynn went further, offering an interview in 2015 with NPR in which he called Gritz one of the “bright lights and shining stars” in the intelligence community who “just kinda got it when it came to the kind of enemy that we were facing and the relationship that was necessary between law enforcement and the military.” Flynn wasn’t alone among top officials who came to Gritz’s defense in her battle against the FBI. 28 of 31 “SSA Gritz was without question, the most energetic, most consistently engaged and prepared and single most effective member of this interagency group,” wrote Navy Rear Admiral B. L. Losey, who served both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as the White House’s National Security Council Director for Combatting Terrorism. Losey offered a most poignant endorsement of the female agent. “If I were taken hostage, I would hope that above all others SSA Robyn Gritz were assigned the task to track and recover me,” he wrote. 29 of 31 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley also afforded Gritz support, asking federal authorities to investigate whether her case was emblematic of a hostile workplace for women inside the FBI. In a brief interview this weekend, Gritz said she was mortified to think that her request to Flynn to help with her EEOC case in any way affected his relationship with the FBI or his current status as someone under investigation in the Russia case. 30 of 31 “Flynn was the first leader to defend me,” said Gritz. “He forwarded a letter to the FBI and I personally think that Comey did not receive it. McCabe knew Flynn and I were friends. I felt that from the beginning it was an issue.”
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    Did the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching Russia probe?by John Solomon and Sara Carter Accountability June 26, 2017 WATCH| Secret memos show Trump adviser roiled bureau by intervening in agent’s discrimination case before he was targeted in Russia case. Secret FBI memos suggest Russia-Flynn probe was political payback... Developing... 1 of 31 The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews. 2 of 31 Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks. 3 of 31 The FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn. 4 of 31 The EEOC case, which is still pending, was serious enough to require McCabe to submit to a sworn statement to investigators, the documents show. The deputy director’s testimony provided some of the strongest evidence in the case of possible retaliation, because he admitted the FBI opened an internal investigation into Gritz’s personal conduct after learning the agent “had filed or intended to file” a sex discrimination complaint against her supervisors. 5 of 31 McCabe eventually became the bureau’s No. 2 executive and emerged as a central player in the FBI’s Russia election tampering investigation, putting him in a position to impact the criminal inquiry against Flynn. Three FBI employees told Circa they personally witnessed McCabe make disparaging remarks about Flynn before and during the time the retired Army general emerged as a figure in the Russia case. 6 of 31 The bureau employees, who spoke only on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said they did not know the reason for McCabe’s displeasure with Flynn, but that it made them uncomfortable as the Russia probe began to unfold and pressure built to investigate Flynn. One employee even consulted a private lawyer. 7 of 31 “As far as the troops in the field, the vast-majority were disgusted with the Russia decision, but that was McCabe driving the result that eventually led Comey to make the decision,” said a senior federal law enforcement official, with direct knowledge of the investigation. 8 of 31 FBI agents’ concerns became more pronounced when a highly-classified piece of evidence -- an intercepted conversation between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak -- suddenly leaked to the news media and prompted Flynn’s resignation as Trump’s top security adviser. 9 of 31 “The Flynn leaks were nothing short of political,” one FBI employee said, noting the specific contents of the conversation were known by only a handful of government officials when they leaked. “The leaks appeared to be targeted to take Flynn out.” Eventually the probe on Flynn moved beyond Russia to questions about whether he properly disclosed foreign payments affecting his security clearance. 10 of 31 FBI officials declined to answer any questions from Circa, including whether McCabe ever considered recusing himself or has recused himself from the Flynn aspects of the Russia probe. McCabe declined comment via the FBI press office. But one of the FBI’s most famous whistleblowers says McCabe has an ethical obligation to recuse himself in the Flynn probe to avoid the appearance of retribution or bias. 11 of 31 “I don't think they have any choice. He has to step aside,” said Frederic Whitehurst, who as an FBI special agent and forensic chemist blew the whistle on misdeeds inside the FBI crime lab two decades ago and prompted widespread reforms. 12 of 31 “If he stays involved, the case against Flynn has no credibility,” explained Whitehurst, now often called as an expert witness in court cases. “If there are criminal charges that could go against Flynn, that's got to go to court. And those agents at some point may be called before a grand jury and anything he (McCabe) said to them about Flynn could be used as exonerating information or evidence of misconduct.” 13 of 31 Whitehurst said he saw senior FBI officials, including then-Director Louis Freeh and then-General Counsel Howard Shapiro, recuse themselves in the 1990s from his whistleblowing case to avoid looking they were involved in retribution after he made allegations of wrongdoing by the bureau “Louie and Howie did it, and that sets the precedent I think,” Whitehurst said. 14 of 31 Documents and memos obtained by Circa detail how Flynn and other top officials at other government agencies in 2014 and 2015 came to intervene in the EEOC case of Gritz, who rose over two decades to a supervisory special agent inside the FBI on the strength of her counterterrorism work. 15 of 31 June 26, 2017
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Story on Russia Ties“CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesperson says Itay Hod | June 26, 2017 @ 3:57 PM sThree CNN employees have handed in their resignations over a retracted story linking President Trump to Russia, the network announced Monday. Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN. “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesperson said in a statement Monday. Also Read:CNN Issues Strict Rules on Russia-Related Stories (Report) On Thursday, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with possible ties to several Trump associates. According to CNN, an internal investigation found that “some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.” Citing a single unnamed source, the story reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.” Also Read:CNN Resorts to Sketching White House Press Briefings, Draws Derision CNN explained Monday that “these types of stories” usually would go through several departments, including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers. But the network says there was a “breakdown in editorial workflow” which “disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.” The network’s investigative unit was told during a meeting on Monday that the retraction did not necessarily mean the facts of the story were wrong. But, rather, “the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,” according to one of the people briefed on the investigation. Also Read:Tucker Carlson Slams CNN's Trump Coverage as 'Advocacy,' 'Not Really Journalism' (Video) The story, which only appeared on the network’s site, was quickly disputed on Friday, as one of the people mentioned in the story — Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci — took issue with Frank’s reporting, insisting he “did nothing wrong.” “Once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com,” the network said Friday on its site. “Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor’s note.” The piece “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” the note said. “Links to the story have been disabled.” The editor’s note also added an apology to Scaramucci. “CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted,” Scaramucci tweeted the next morning. “Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.” Also Read:Sheriff Clarke Rips CNN as 'Electronic Terrorism' for Report That Derailed His Trump Job (Audio) Haris, Lichtblau and Frank had solid reputations among their colleagues. Frank worked as reporter for USA Today and Newsday before joining CNN. Lichtblau is a former New York Times Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter. And Haris was the executive editor of CNN Investigates. “On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team. As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned,” Haris said in a statement. “I’ve been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.” Follow Brian Stelter ✔@brianstelter Breaking: 3 CNN journalists have resigned after the publication of an article that was retracted. Here's my story http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/26/media/cnn-announcement-retracted-article/index.html … 6:39 PM - 26 Jun 2017 Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article CNN said Monday that three journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted. money.cnn.com
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    NAPOLITANO: FMR. ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH COULD FACE 5-10 YEARS IN PRISONSenate probes improper communication between former AG and Debbie Wasserman SchultzAdan Salazar | Infowars.com - JUNE 26, 2017 71 Comments IMAGE CREDITS: SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES. 123 11 Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch could be jailed for up to ten years if found guilty of misconduct, Judge Andrew Napolitano claimed Monday. If emails exist between Lynch and former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz improperly discussing the Clinton email investigation, the former attorney general could be charged with “misconduct in office,” a felony carrying five to ten years in jail, the Fox Business contributor stated. “It is alleged, this document has not seen the light of day if it exists, that there are one or several emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Loretta Lynch concerning the behavior that Loretta Lynch will take to further the DNC interests while Mrs. Lynch was attorney general,” Napolitano stated. “That, if it happened, would be ‘misconduct in office.'” “It’s a felony. Depending upon exactly what they charged her with, it could be five or 10 years in jail. It’s very serious. It’s the equivalent of obstruction of justice. It’s the same allegation they are making about the president.” In a letter to Lynch last Thursday announcing a Senate probe into her conduct while in office, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked if she’d ever communicated with Schultz. “During your time in the Justice Department, did you ever have communications with Rep. Wasserman Schultz, her staff, her associates, or any other current or former DNC officials about the Clinton email investigation?” Grassley’s letter read, with another question asking if “any of your Justice Department staff or your other associates” had similar communications. Grassley’s inquiry followed testimony from former FBI Director James Comey earlier this month claiming he felt “queasy” after Lynch asked him to refer to the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s emails as a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” This “terminology,” Napolitano stated, “may be indicative of a mindset on the part of Attorney General Lynch that she was going to do whatever she could to prevent Mrs. Clinton from getting indicted.” Comey had previously stated under oath he believed Ms. Lynch’s tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton also destroyed the FBI’s ability to carry out the Clinton email investigation in a credible manner. H/t Jason Howerton
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    And this is the man who will bring your boyfriend down....
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    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    Hey...retards....how you like this man...
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    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    The Russian bank whose boss met with Jared Kushner keeps popping up as the Trump-Putin story unfolds Three letters keep appearing in stories about Russia's role in the US Presidential election — and possible links between Moscow and the Trump campaign: VEB. Last year, the Justice Department said a man who pleaded guilty to spying for the Russian government entered the country posing as an employee of VEB. VEB, incidentally, paid his legal fees. In December, President Trump's son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner met VEB's Chairman in New York. And last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that VEB helped fund construction of the president's 65-story Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto. The Russian entity bought $850 million of stock in a Ukrainian steelmaker from the billionaire Russian-Canadian developer Alexander Shnaider, who was constructing the hotel at the time. VEB is shorthand for Vnesheconombank — an entity that's often referred to as a "bank" even though it's more often compared to a slush fund for Russian President Vladimir Putin. VEB, for example, reportedly financed loss-making loans to the eastern sections of occupied Ukraine, as well wayward construction projects for Sochi Olympics that have already since been abandoned. To be clear, VEB is not actually a bank at all. It's not under the purview of Russia's central bank, and — on its own website — says it does not compete with commercial credit institutions and participates only in those projects that cannot receive funding from private investors. Instead, VEB says its mission is "to enhance the competitiveness of the Russian economy, diversify it and stimulate investment activity. And Sergey Gorkov — the man Jared Kushner met in December — was handpicked to run it in 2016 by Putin himself. Gorkov is a graduate of Russia’s secret service academy, which produced a number of oligarchs who made fortunes during the chaos of post-Soviet Russia, including Putin himself. It is funded directly by Russia's federal budget, which has sometimes meant operating in suboptimal financial conditions but also ties the bank directly to the country's leadership. The bank's board is composed of top government officials including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Kushner's meeting with Gorkov came before Trump had been inaugurated, but — of course — after he was elected. And it took place while VEB was facing US sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The bank is being sanctioned exactly because of the above connections, in effect making it a branch of the Russian foreign policy and intelligence apparatus. Kushner is going to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss his meeting with the VEB's chairman and other issues, including secret meetings with the Russian ambassador and suspected spy chief Sergey Kislyak. When that will happen though, is still unknown.
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    Trump is terrified of the investigation into his relationship with Russia — and he should be Donald Trump has been having a meltdown about former FBI Director Robert Mueller pretty much ever since the special counsel was appointed on May 17. On Twitter he has been fulminating that he is a victim of “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!” Behind the scenes, the Associated Press reports, he is “yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency.” So irate has Trump become that he reportedly gave serious thought to firing Mueller when his investigation has hardly begun — and may still do so despite all of the advice he is receiving to the contrary. It’s not hard to see why Trump would be so terrified: Mueller is universally respected for his integrity and doggedness, and he has been assembling a hunter-killer team of crack investigators and lawyers to help him. Together they have over a century of experience at the Justice Department unraveling complex, white-collar conspiracies. One of them even speaks Russian. Trump’s attack dogs have been desperately trying to discredit the rebooted Untouchables, but the best they could come up with is that three of Mueller’s hires contributed to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. If that’s disqualifying for government service, then Trump himself should resign; he has donated at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, far more than any of Mueller’s staff gave to her campaign. What worries Trump is not that Mueller may be a Democratic partisan — the very idea is ludicrous, given that he was appointed to run by the FBI by President George W. Bush — but that the Marine combat veteran cannot be bought off or intimidated. This has always been Trump’s M.O. — witness his attempts to win pledges of “loyalty” from James Comey in return for allowing him to stay on as FBI director. Comey wouldn’t play ball, and neither will Mueller. So that right there is enough reason for Trump to be scared now that he is being investigated by Mueller for obstruction of justice — a crime which he essentially admitted on national television when he said that he fired Comey to shut down the investigation into the “Russia thing.” Actually, Trump has even more cause for concern because, like previous investigations, this one won’t be narrowly limited. Recall that the Whitewater independent counsel began by probing an Arkansas land deal and wound up nailing Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his sex life. To get the truth about Kremlingate, Mueller will need to investigate any possible financial ties between Trump, his associates, and Russia — and that, in turn, will lead Mueller to probe just about every financial transaction in which Trump and his cronies have been involved. Did someone say money laundering? For some strange reason that reminded me of this NBC News report that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, “was associated with at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, dating back to 2007,” and that “At least one of those companies was used to receive millions of dollars from a billionaire Putin ally.” He will have a harder time disowning Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and White House aide, who is undoubtedly being probed for his meeting with Sergey Gorkov, a former Russian intelligence officer and Putin associate who runs Russia’s bank for development and foreign economic affairs. Vnesheconombank has been sanctioned by the Treasury Department on several occasions since 2014. Worst of all for Trump, the investigation is likely to shine a spotlight on his own dubious business practices. In March, for example, USA Today wrote that “the president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.” It appears that Trump and his associates have been trying to cover their tracks because a more recent USA Today scoop reported that “Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’ identities.” But, despite these attempts at concealment, Reuters reported “at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida.” Eric Trump reportedly bragged in 2014 that Russian investors were funding Trump’s golf courses. One person with whom Trump undoubtedly did have deals was Felix Sater, a Russian-American businessman who has been convicted of assault for stabbing a man in the face with a broken glass and for racketeering because of his involvement in a mafia-linked stock fraud scheme. A criminal turned government informant, Sater was one of the principals of the Bayrock Group, a real estate firm located in Trump Tower that partnered with the Trump Organization to build the Trump SoHo hotel and other properties. According to Bloomberg’s Timothy O’Brien, a veteran Trump chronicler, “a former Bayrock insider, Jody Kriss, claims that he eventually departed from the firm because he became convinced that Bayrock was actually a front for money laundering.” O’Brien quotes another former insider, Abe Wallach, “who was the future president’s right-hand man at the Trump Organization from 1990 to about 2002,” as saying: “It’s not very hard to get connected to Donald if you make it known that you have a lot of money and you want to do deals and you want to put his name on it. Donald doesn’t do due diligence. He relies on his gut and whether he thinks you have good genes.” If this were your business background, would you want Bob Mueller and his untouchables investigating you? The only wonder is that Trump hasn’t already tried to fire Mueller before he starts turning over more Bayrocks.
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump2h2 hours agoMore Very grateful for the 9-O decision from the U. S. Supreme Court. We must keep America SAFE!
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    Yesterday, 05:03 PM
    FYI Warka paid the interest 7 days early
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    Yesterday, 04:14 PM
    The Genius of Trump’s Tweets Rachel Alexander | Posted: Jun 26, 2017 12:01 AM Share (1K) Tweet President Donald Trump frequently comes under criticism for tweeting, even from his own advisers. But tweeting is probably the smartest thing he has done as president. He is able to speak directly to the American people without going through the biased mainstream media filter. The media doesn’t get to ask him slanted questions or pick and choose parts of his press releases to publish. Instead, Trump gets immense control over every single sentence he issues, which are then read by millions of Americans. With almost everyone online these days, it is easy for the average American to follow Trump’s tweets on Twitter. Twitter is free, unlike some mainstream media sites. Many of The Washington Post’s articles — the site is a frequent critic of Trump — are behind a paywall. A Twitter account isn’t even required in order to view Trump’s tweets. And even if left-leaning Twitter artificially buries positive news about Trump, it doesn’t matter, people go directly to his tweets. Google, Twitter and Facebook control much of the news we see today, but Trump’s tweets get around their dominance. Similar to the Drudge Report website, Trump’s tweets are so well-known that people view his tweets independently of the tech giants. The Drudge Report receives comparable traffic to Google News and The New York Times — despite the fact Google News prominently promotes the Times in search results and on its homepage. Drudge isn’t even carried in Google News, since the site merely aggregates links to articles. Google is the most trafficked site in the U.S. as well as in the world. CARTOONS | GARY VARVEL VIEW CARTOON Most of the time, Google News is full of articles by the left-leaning media critical of Trump and conservatism. But Trump’s tweets changed all that. Reporters race to report on his tweets, filling up Google News with articles that are far more favorable to Trump, since there is so little room left for spin with his tweets. A quick perusal of Google News right now reveals this headline near the top, “Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders.’” The Washington Postarticle acknowledges, “Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning…” There really is very little way to write the headline to make Trump look bad. There wasn’t any extra information to glean something from outside of one short tweet. One sign of Trump’s success at tweeting may be diminishing references to the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to influence the U.S. presidential election. Trump rails on Twitter frequently about the “fake news” media making up his ties to Russia. Although no evidence of collusion has emerged during the months the left-leaning media has made it a top story, the media ran with it for quite a long time. But Trump kept hammering the media over it, never letting up, sometimes with multiple tweets in a row. Finally, after fired FBI Director James Comey told Congress earlier this month that there was no collusion, the media showed signs of backing off. On June 22, CNN retracted a story. Rank-and-file Democrats in Congress are now urging leadership to stop talking about it. Trump’s tweets repeatedly labeling the mainstream media as fake news, combined with banning their journalists from news events or ignoring them at press conferences when they ask questions, is gradually chipping away at their dominance. Trump attacks CNN probably more than any other news site. Its website traffic has gradually decreased over the past year. In contrast, Breitbart, which is considered by some to be the number one pro-Trump news site, saw a steep increase in traffic right before Trump became president, which has remained at that level. Unlike CNN, Breitbart does not receive top favorable placement by Google News. Trump’s advisers continue to pressure him to stop tweeting. They are concerned that without a filter, he may tweet something reckless that could harm him. But so far he’s tweeted several things that critics contend were terrible — yet they bounced right off of him. When Trump tweets things that seem inaccurate, he generally clarifies or corrects them later. Critics are exaggerating the negative aspects of his tweets. But the public has the ability to read his tweets unfiltered and can see through the spin. Additionally, it helps that Trump is funny. He’s spent years in entertainment and knows how to drop clever one-liners. He keeps people engaged and coming back. His tweets often receive over 100,000 likes. Consequently, Trump is still fairly well-liked — despite misleading approval polls — which contributed to his ability to accomplish more during his first 100 days in office than any previous president since World War II. Trump tweeted in 2013, “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault.” It may have been arrogant, but his success with Twitter has proven his tweeting is sheer genius. He will go down in history as the president who figured out how to get around much of the biased media and talk 24/7 directly to the American people.
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    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    Supreme Court Reinstates Trump Travel Ban from Muslim-Majority Countries The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday that it will review the lower court injunctions blocking enforcement of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travel from six Muslim-majority countries.by IAN MASON2529
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    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    Panicked Democrats to Party Leaders: Voters Care About Economy, Not Russia 1528 Alex Wong/Getty Images by JEROME HUDSON25 Jun 20171,183 A growing number of Democratic lawmakers are publicly pushing their party leadership to shift their focus away from President Donald Trump’s alleged election campaign collusion with Russia and toward the issues facing American voters: jobs, health care, and the economy. “We can’t just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren’t really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) said on MSNBC this week. “They’re trying to figure out how they’re going to make the mortgage payment, how they’re going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like.” Ryan, who recently launched a campaign to remove Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from her post, said, “if we don’t talk more about their interest than we do about how we’re so angry with Donald Trump and everything that’s going on, then we’re never going to be able to win elections.” In Minnesota, a state Trump lost by 1.5 percent, gubernatorial candidate and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) says the state’s residents simply aren’t concerned with the Russia-Trump investigation that has consumed Washington, DC. “I did a 22-county tour. Nobody’s focusing on that,” Walz said, according to The Hill. “That’s not to say that they don’t think Russia and those things are important, it’s certainly not top on their minds.” Pelosi and partisan media outlets have honed in on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections, and allegations about Trump campaign collusion have dominated the national political discourse even before the inauguration. While no evidence of wrongdoing on the president’s or his team’s behalf has been proven, both the House and Senate Intelligence committees have launched investigations, and former FBI Director Robert Mueller is leading a separate investigation. Similar to Ohio and Minnesota, voters in Vermont are not impressed by the Democrats’ pursuit of unproven collusion claims. “We should be focused relentlessly on economic improvement we should stay away from just piling on the criticism of Trump, whether it’s about Russia, whether it’s about Comey. Because that has its own independent dynamic, it’s going to happen on its own without us piling on,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). “We’re much better off if we just do the hard work of coming up with an agenda,” he warned. “Talking about Trump and Russia doesn’t create an agenda.” Nationally, 64 percent of “voters said the investigations into President Trump and Russia are hurting the country,” while another 56 percent “said it’s time for Congress and the media to move on to other issues, compared to 44 percent who said the focus should stay on Russia,” according to new Harvard-Harris poll. Another 73 percent of respondents said, “they’re concerned that the Russia probes have caused Congress to lose focus on the issues important to them. That figure encompasses 81 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats.” Last week, Democrats began devising a plan to replace Pelosi, insisting that the far-left lawmaker had become too toxic after 15 years of leading House Democrats. Jon Ossoff’s election loss in Georgia’s Sixth District special congressional election Tuesday night — a defeat that made Democrats zero for five in Trump-era special elections — raised more questions about whether Pelosi was hurting her party more than helping. The national media, particularly CNN, the New York Time, and the Washington Post, continue to make Russia the main priority. Democrats, facing re-election and angry voters, are moving on to a more issues-focused agenda. “If you see me treating Russia and criticisms of the president and things like that as a secondary matter, it’s because that’s how my constituents feel about it,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) according to The Hill. “I don’t think anybody wants to give a pass to illegal or unethical activity,” Cartwright added. “But in life we all have priorities, and the first priority for my constituents is to their families — as it should be.” Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson.
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    Yesterday, 03:51 PM
    Harvard Poll: Two-Thirds Say Russia Investigations ‘Hurting Country’ 1941 Getty Images by TONY LEE24 Jun 2017751 A Harvard University poll has found that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the FBI’s Russia investigations are “hurting the country” and a majority believe it is time for Congress and the establishment media to “move on to other issues.” According to the Harvard-Harris poll, which The Hill obtained, 64% of “voters said the investigations into President Trump and Russia are hurting the country” while another 56% “said it’s time for Congress and the media to move on to other issues, compared to 44 percent who said the focus should stay on Russia.” In addition, the poll found that that 73% said “they’re concerned that the Russia probes have caused Congress to lose focus on the issues important to them. That figure encompasses 81 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats.” “While the voters have a keen interest in any Russian election interference, they are concerned that the investigations have become a distraction for the president and Congress that is hurting rather than helping the country,” the poll’s co-director Mark Penn reportedly said. “Most voters believe that the president’s actions don’t rise to the level of impeachable offenses, even if some of them were inappropriate.” The poll comes on the heels of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey that found that half of Americans believe the media’s Russia coverage has been “irresponsible/overdramatized.” While 89% of Republicans and a strong plurality of independents (48%) believe the media’s coverage has been “irresponsible/overdramatized,” 63% of Democrats believe the media’s Russia coverage has been “responsible/proper.” View image on Twitter Follow Brian Stelter ✔@brianstelter NBC poll finds 50% of Americans, incl vast majority of Republicans, feel coverage of Trump allegations has been irresponsible/overdramatized 1:21 PM - 23 Jun 2017 Sixteen percent of Democrats believe the media’s Russia coverage has been “irresponsible/overdramatized,” and just as many Democrats (16%) believe the media have actually been “too restrained,” according to the poll. The Harvard-Harris poll “is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll,” and the survey’s “partisan breakdown is 35 percent Democrat, 29 percent Republican, 30 percent independent and 6 percent other.” It was conducted June 19-21. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted June 17-20, and the poll’s margin of error is +/- 3.27 percentage points.
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    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    Report: Democrats Behind ‘Dossier’ That FBI Used to Justify Spying on Trump Associates 151 1 AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev by BREITBART NEWS25 Jun 20171,333 Author Paul Sperry reports that the Senate is probing the partisan nature of a DC opposition research firm which produced a “dossier” on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 alleging that he is a secret agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin — recruited via blackmail with a videotape of Trump and urinating Russian prostitutes. Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly cited that discredited dossier as the basis for the current investigation of “Russian interference” in the 2016 election, which has been taken up by Robert Mueller, a friend of Comey’s who served as FBI Director under presidents Bush and Obama. From the New York Post: A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party. The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House. What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources says it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda. “These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.” Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group. More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign. Read the rest of the story here.
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