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Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos
by MICHELLE MALKIN
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Friday Top Headlines 
by Political Editors:  Trump at 2018 National Prayer Breakfast: We praise God for how blessed we are to be American (RealClearPolitics)
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Congress passes massive budget hike (The Washington Times)
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What happened to the Democrats’ ‘Better Deal?’ Check the spending bill. (The Washington Post)
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Rand Paul asks, does a $20 trillion debt make us a stronger country? (CNS News)
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Dems introduce bills to block funds for Trump’s proposed military parade — hilariously, they’re complaining about the expense (The Hill)
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Stocks enter correction territory (Bloomberg)
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“Armageddon” continues: CVS to hike wages, introduce paid parental leave with windfall from new tax law (CNBC)
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Study: Primary reason why teens can’t find work? Higher minimum wage (The Daily Wire)
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How the media buried two huge FBI stories (The Federalist)
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John Kelly sends letter to staff in response to Porter accusations, calls domestic abuse “abhorrent” (Fox News)
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Global warming update: The sun is growing colder (New York Post)
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California Democrat and #MeToo leader accused of groping two male staffers (Politico)
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Banning books, especially To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in the name of political correctness is absurd (Washington Examiner)
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Policy: The budget deal is bipartisanship at its worst (Investor’s Business Daily)
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Policy: Lawmakers can take baby steps on entitlement reform (The Hill)   ~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/articles/54052-friday-top-headlines
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Democrats and the Media Love Cops Now
by Elizabeth Harrington 
{ freebeacon.com } ~ Of course their love is limited to top cops who misled the FISA court to get a surveillance warrant on a private citizen... inserted themselves into the 2016 election, stonewalled Congress, and showed political bias. Not exactly the rank and file, but at least it's something. The sudden support for law enforcement is of course a reaction to President Trump, who they claim is engaging in an "all out attack on the rule of law." The New York Times says pointing out that the FBI used political opposition research paid for by the Democratic party as the basis for a warrant to spy on a volunteer member of the opposing political campaign is an "unparalleled war on a pillar of society: law enforcement."...   http://freebeacon.com/blog/democrats-media-love-cops-now/?utm_sourc... 
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Crazy New 2018 Laws and Bills in Blue States 
{ americanlibertyreport.com } ~ The New Year is well under way and that means we have a new opportunity to point at the leadership of blue states and laugh at them for their ineptitude... For some strange reason, President Donald Trump still hasn’t been impeached due to Russian collusion that never happened, taxes are being cut, the economy is booming, pay raises are happening, and immigration laws are being enforced like never before. To cope with the tsunami of conservatism that is Making America Great Again, blue states are simply going to try to legislate their way into a happy place — and that means they are proposing or enacting some of the nuttiest laws you will see this year. Here are some the craziest new laws that are either being considered or which will go into effect in blue states in 2018...  http://www.americanlibertyreport.com/articles/crazy-new-2018-laws-a... 
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This Program Stops Terrorists From 
Entering the US and Should Be Expanded
by Paul Fredrick and  David Inserra
We may be 16 years removed from 9/11, but make no mistake—terrorists are still trying to enter the United States... Kirstjen Nielsen, the new secretary of Homeland Security, made it clear as day in a recent speech on her department’s anti-terror efforts: On an average day, Homeland Security encounters seven individuals on the terrorist watch list seeking to enter our country by air, land, or sea. That’s 50 a week; 2,000 a year. These statistics highlight the sheer number of potential terrorists seeking to enter the U.S., and by extension, they show the importance of providing our security agencies with the best resources and information available. Without good intelligence on criminals and potential terrorists, U.S. security has a difficult time vetting those wishing to enter our country...  http://dailysignal.com/2018/02/06/program-stops-terrorists-entering...
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FBI lovers' latest text messages: 
liar-nObama 'wants to know everything'
by Jake Gibson

{ foxnews.com } ~ Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points... 
for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President liar-nObama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing." The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing." According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about liar-nObama's personal involvement in the liar-Clinton email investigation...  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/07/more-texts-between-strzo... .
 

Senate Leaders Announce 2-year Budget Deal 
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Why Was scum-Adam Schiff So Anxious To See Donald Trump Naked?
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VP Pence: Tougher North Korea Sanctions Coming Soon
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Disgraceful Democrats
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Ken Cuccinelli Tells Ana Navarro: ‘I’m Sick and Tired of Listening to Your Shrill Voice’
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Do The Dems Love This Country More Than They Hate Trump?
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Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos

by MICHELLE MALKIN
{ wnd.com } ~ Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry’s light.

I’m looking at you, Dan Rather

After years of trashing alternative media, which exposed the veteran CBS News reporter’s monumental Memogate fraud in 2004, Rather has joined the ranks of pajama-clad online broadcasters. The 86-year-old grandfather of fake news now uses Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to stoke the left’s anti-Trump resistance – all while clinging bitterly to the vestiges of his defunct “legendary” newsman persona.

Consider Gunga Dan’s comments on the House Intelligence Committee’s release of the four-page Nunes memo alleging domestic surveillance abuses by politicized FBI brass working with Democratic operatives.

“Most respectable analysts,” Rather asserted, “have determined that the contents of the memo are thin.”

Who determined that these unnamed analysts are “respectable”? Dan Rather. Why are they “respectable”? Because they confirm Dan Rather’s opinions. Why are Dan Rather’s opinions more valid than others? Because he’s Dan Rather, the veteran teleprompter reader America must trust.

“With the release of the memo,” Rather railed, “the goal of the White House and its willing enablers is to make what is really the truth into a forgettable sidebar.”

He lambasted “cherry picking” and taking things “out of context.” And, Rather fretted, “what will be the endgame if a big segment of the public confuses what they hope to be true with what turns out to be true?”

This “disgraced former journalist” fraudster’s got more gall than a bladder bank.

Document Dr. Dan is the man who fronted the notorious “60 Minutes” propaganda hit piece on George W. Bush based on fake documents about his Texas Air National Guard service in the 1970s and nonexistent sources upon whom Rather’s team relied to verify these documents.

If that self-validating circularity of bogusness sounds eerily similar to what the Nunes memo revealed, you’ve been paying attention.

Rather and his CBS team perpetuated journalistic fraud of the highest order. Conservative bloggers and alternative media called out Dan Rather and his con-artist producer Mary Mapes for their malpractice. CBS denied this and delayed addressing the hoax. The mainstream media tried to shoot the messenger and discredit critics of CBS/Rather.

The evidence of bias was overwhelming – forcing CBS to appoint an independent review panel that concluded that the network “failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece,” was “rigid and blind” in its defense, and demonstrated “myopic zeal” in its manufacturing of the Bush/National Guard fraud. After the report was issued, Mapes and three executives were fired and the editorial practices at CBS were revamped.

The New York Times infamously coined the phrase “fake but accurate” to describe the left’s stubborn defense of the four manufactured memos attributed to Texas Army National Guard commander Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Less remembered are the scathing conclusions of the independent panel that identified these worst defects of Rather’s work in 2004:

“1. The failure to obtain clear authentication of any of the Killian documents from any document examiner;

“2. The false statement in the September 8 Segment that an expert had authenticated the Killian documents when all he had done was authenticate one signature from one document used in the Segment;

“3. The failure of 60 Minutes Wednesday management to scrutinize the publicly available, and at times controversial, background of the source of the documents, retired Texas Army National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett;

“4. The failure to find and interview the individual who was understood at the outset to be Lt. Col. Burkett’s source of the Killian documents, and thus to establish the chain of custody;

“5. The failure to establish a basis for the statement in the Segment that the documents ‘were taken from Colonel Killian’s personal files’;

“6. The failure to develop adequate corroboration to support the statements in the Killian documents and to carefully compare the Killian documents to official TexANG records, which would have identified, at a minimum, notable inconsistencies in content and format;

“7. The failure to interview a range of former National Guardsmen who served with Lt. Col. Killian and who had different perspectives about the documents;

“8. The misleading impression conveyed in the Segment that Lt. Strong had authenticated the content of the documents when he did not have the personal knowledge to do so;

“9. The failure to have a vetting process capable of dealing effectively with the production speed, significance and sensitivity of the Segment; and

“10. The telephone call prior to the Segment’s airing by the producer of the Segment to a senior campaign official of Democratic presidential candidate hanoi-John Kerry – a clear conflict of interest – that created the appearance of a political bias.”

Fourteen years later, after courts laughed his $70 million lawsuit against CBS out of court, the blog-blaming fake news forefather has the audacity to hold forth on truth, trust, accountability.

Sit down, Dan Rather. Be humble.

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TEA PARTY -> Lois Lerner Case Explodes:
IRS Docs Link McCain’s Office To Tea Party Attacks

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Since announcing his brain cancer was terminal, Arizon Sen. John McCain has continued to make headlines, but not due to his medical status. Instead, it has been one controversy after another revolving around him, and now one more had been added to the list.

This one is based in his dislike not for Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, but of the tea party.

McCain has never really endeared himself to conservatives, and he made his feeling public about the tea party movement at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in 2015, according to a Yahoo report.

“I think also — I probably shouldn’t say this — but some of (the tea party) appeals to the bad angels of our nature rather than the better angels of our nature,” McCain said.

This attitude ties into the latest scandal swirling around McCain.

One of a number of scandals that plagued President Barack Obama and his administration involved the IRS targeting tea party groups after 2010. It seemed that their tax-exempt status requests were denied or delayed due to intense political partisanship in the agency.

In May 2013, The Washington Post reported that the IRS’s exempt-organizations division director Lois Lerner “let slip” the week prior “that low-level IRS staffers had focused extra scrutiny on conservative groups with words such as ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names.”

In addition, “internal reviews have shown that Lerner knew about the targeting in 2011 — but neither Congress nor the public knew until (2013).” Despite this, Lerner was never prosecuted and was allowed to retire with her taxpayer-funded pension intact.

This did not change, even after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican, wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In it, they begged him to reopen a probe into the matter, according to Jay Sekulow, chief council for the American Center for Law and Justice, writing in a commentary for Fox News.

When President Donald Trump was sworn into office, some held out hope that the perceived injustices from Obama’s tenure would somehow be made right. However, in September 2017, Trump’s administration had already preemptively declined to pursue criminal charges against Lerner “based on the available evidence,” according to Fox News.

But more has since been uncovered about the scandal. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained and released “internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”

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JW President @TomFitton: Much of what you know about the IRS scandal is thanks to JW... Our new docs show the scandal is bipartisan in nature. A McCain staffer suggested Lois Lerner audit all of the 501(c)(4) groups in a way that'd be financially ruinous.

Meeting notes from April 30, 2013, involving Kerner, Lerner, “and other high-ranking IRS officials” were obtained by JW. With the meeting taking place only 10 days before the IRS scandal exploded into the public view, they are particularly incriminating against Kerner and Lerner:

“Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time.”

“Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely.”

“Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints.”

“Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.”

Thus far, there is no evidence that McCain knew about or directed Kerner to take such action. It is plausible that Kerner, knowing of McCain’s dislike of the tea party, opted to be a proactive and loyal staffer by urging the IRS to take action against the groups.

But McCain’s personality does little to keep him far removed from the scandal and tongues are wagging with speculation as to his involvement. Regardless, McCain’s frosty relationship with President Donald Trump has not made the Arizona senator many fans among Trump supporters.

New suspicions about him betraying the tea party won’t help matters at all.

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Chelsea Handler Says Fox Doesn’t Work With
Black People, Obviously Doesn’t Watch Network

Humor is supposed to be based on truth. After all, the reason we laugh at a joke or scenario is because it triggers a feeling of recognition about reality, especially if it’s presented in an unexpected way.

It doesn’t look like “comedian” Chelsea Handler has a very firm grasp on truth or reality, however.

After a production error during a Fox News broadcast was called out by users on Twitter, the raunchy and sex-obsessed Handler tried to bash the network … but ended up showing off her ignorance instead.

“Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle,” the comedian and television host posted on Twitter Thursday evening.

That part was true enough: Fox admitted that they made a mistake on a background slide during a tribute to the late soul singer, and accidentally showed a faded photo of LaBelle. The main image still showed Franklin, who passed away on Thursday in Detroit.

Broadcast television is complex, which you would think Handler understands after being involved in TV for many years. Honest mistakes happen on every network. But no: In Handler’s alternate reality, the only explanation for the mistake was racism.

“It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any,” she declared.

Chelsea Handler  @chelseahandler

Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle. It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any.

Was she trying to be bitter or funny? It was hard to tell, but either way, that statement shows just how isolated the Hollywood left is from reality.

If she really believes that Fox has “never worked with any” black people, maybe she should try an experiment: Actually watch the channel for a minute.

She would probably tune in to the face of Harris Faulkner, the enthusiastic and Emmy-winning host of “Outnumbered,” which airs every single weekday.

Or, maybe she could get a clue from Deneen Borelli, another well-known face of Fox News for nearly a decade. How about the venerable Juan Williams, co-host of “The Five” and a “Fox News Sunday” regular for over 20 years?

Nah. They apparently don’t count, because Handler would rather live in an alternate reality of ignorance than admit she was the one making racial assumptions.

We’re not finished! Moving on to frequent guest contributors to Fox News, how about Candace Owens? Brandon Tatum? Ben Carson? Larry Elder? All of these smart individuals are familiar faces at Fox, and all are — look closely! — African American.

That’s saying nothing of the behind-the-scenes staff at Fox, a good number of whom are of course black. In fact, it’s completely possible the photo mix-up was accidentally made by a black employee. Handler openly assumed the race of the staff members who made the error, while knowing nothing.

Once again, the left has tipped their hand and revealed just how elitist and out of touch they are.

Handler has likely never turned on Fox News in her life, yet she thinks she’s an expert on it. She eagerly diminishes and waves away the contributions of black Americans to one of the most popular news stations in the nation, while lecturing others about race.

This type of attitude implies that only “liberal approved” black voices count. If they don’t parrot a 43-year-old white comedian’s politics, they’re invisible to her.

That arrogant view, and not an honest editing mistake, is perhaps the real outrage here … and it’s exactly why so many black voters are walking away from the left.

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