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Comey Outs Himself as a Partisan Hack 
by Political Editors
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Monday Top Headlines 
by Political Editors:  Trump bowed to Pentagon restraint on Syria strikes (The Wall Street Journal)
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After strike on Syria, Congress to debate presidential war powers (The Washington Times)
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U.S. to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad (Associated Press)
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James Comey calls Trump “morally unfit” to be president in searing interview (Washington Examiner)
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Inspector general report faults former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for unauthorized disclosure of information, misleading investigators (The Washington Post)
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Paul Ryan backs Kevin McCarthy for speaker: He’s “the right person” (The Hill)
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FCC rejects Senate Democrats’ plea to investigate Sinclair for “news distortion” (The Washington Times)
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Trump announces support for legalizing marijuana (Reason)
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‘Racist + Rapist’: Thomas Jefferson statue vandalized at UVA (Washington Examiner)
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Polar opposite: NY Times outraged by climate “denialists” pointing out polar bear population increase (The Washington Free Beacon)
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Prominent homosexual-rights lawyer, burns himself to death in New York to protest global warming (Fox News)
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The New Yorker publishes hate piece against Chick-fil-A’s Christian ethos (The Federalist)
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Protests follow outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks (NBC News)
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Humor: American Cancer Society recommends getting your nation checked for communism annually (The Babylon Bee)
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Policy: Amid push for knife control, UK shows gun control doesn’t increase safety (The Daily Signal)
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Policy: The costs, opportunities, and limitations of the expansion of 529 education savings accounts (Brookings Institution)   ~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/articles/55377-monday-top-headlines
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Jordan - Deadline for Docs Passed Again - 
Still Just Threatening to Impeach Rosenstein
{ rickwells.us } ~ Congressman Jim Jordan was asked by Neil Cavuto for his thoughts on the release of the IG report on Coup orchestrator and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe... He runs down the list of people fired or demoted and reassigned in the time that the corruption has been learned of, saying, “Obviously there are big problems at the top levels of the FBI,” that the report simply confirmed what they already knew. Jordan says the White House has been very clear that they don’t intend to fire Robert Mueller. Rosenstein, on the other hand, appears to be kneeling before the chopping block. Jordan lists a few of the conflicts and compromised positions of Rosenstein, saying, “If you want a great example of the swamp,” it’s the tangled mess between Mueller, Rosenstein and Comey. Cavuto recaps the actions of the criminals McCabe and Comey in their public attacks on President Trump, and the information contradicting them being presented by the Inspector General, saying, “You do have to sympathize a tad with the President who says, ‘They really are out to get him.'”...
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NeverTrumps Protect Mob Boss Robert Mueller
by Daniel John Sobieski
americanthinker.com } ~ In an act of delicious irony, James "The Liar" Comey will remind us on 20/20 that in his new book... A Higher Loyalty, he compares President Trump and his alleged demands for loyalty to that required by a crime boss.  Comey writes: "The demand was like Sammy the Bull's Cosa Nostra induction ceremony," referring to Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, a former leader of the Gambino crime family, whose testimony ultimately helped convict mob boss John Gotti. This extension of his 15 minutes of fame to 20/20 comes soon after the man he got appointed as special counsel, Robert Mueller, shredded the 4th Amendment to the Constitution and the attorney-client privilege by raiding the offices of Trump attorney Michael Cohen looking for anything that might justify Mueller's existence after a failed Russia collusion investigation, taking everything except the towels in Cohen's hotel room...  
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FNC’s Gregg Jarrett: ‘Nothing 
Resembling The Truth’ In James Comey Book
by Joe Newby And Jeff Dunetz
{ lidblog.com } ~ The New York Times and CNN seem to love a new book written by fired FBI Director James Comey... but Gregg Jarrett, a legal and political analyst for Fox News, isn’t impressed. After reading the tome, he slammed it as having “no demonstrable truth,” calling it “fiction” and “fantasy.” “I obtained a copy of Comey’s book,” he said. “I’m halfway through, but so far there is nothing resembling the truth. I’ll keep searching for something other than self-adoration and puffery. So far, there is no demonstrable truth. Which puts a lie to the title of the book.” After he finished reading the book, titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” he added, “I’ve finished reading Comey’ book It’s an easy and superficial read. I saw nothing that was true. I can only conclude that Comey’s version of events is fantasy. It is fiction. Things will end badly for Comey. He stole government documents.”...  https://lidblog.com/no-truth-james-comey-book/ 
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Vice President Dick Cheney ‘Grateful’ 
For Trump’s Pardon Of Former Aide, Scooter Libby
by SAAGAR ENJETI
{ dailycaller.com } ~ Former Vice President Dick Cheney issued a warm statement in support of President Donald Trump’s pardon... for his former aide Scooter Libby. “Scooter Libby is one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known. He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction. I am grateful today that President Trump righted this wrong by issuing a full pardon to Scooter, and I am thrilled for Scooter and his family,” he said in a statement to The Daily Caller. Trump pardoned Libby Friday afternoon with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying “the President believes Mr. Libby is fully worthy of this pardon. “I don’t know Mr. Libby,” said President Trump, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.” Libby expressed great appreciation to Trump saying “for over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a terrible injustice. President Trump recognized this wrong and wold not let it persist.” Where Bush on this?  http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/13/dick-cheney-grateful-scooter-libb...
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DOJ Inspector General Issues Explosive McCabe Report 
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Chris Wallace Is Surprised How “Bitchy” Comey’s Book Is, Nothing New In It
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Pres. Trump Pardons Former Cheney Chief Of Staff Scooter Libby
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Nikki Haley Blasts Russia, How Can You Say That “With A Straight Face?”
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FBI Agents “Not Happy” About Comey’s Book, “Crosses The Line Of Professionalism” & Hurts FBI
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French President Also Says He Has “Proof” Of Chemical Attack In Syria
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Top 10 Craziest Government Conspiracy Theories
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Comey Outs Himself as a Partisan Hack 
by Political Editors:  Former FBI Director James Comey has been drinking Potomac swamp water for much too long.

               As part of his pre-release promotions for his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, mainstream media outlets are providing Comey millions in free advertising. Predictably, most of the commentary disparaged President Donald Trumpas a dangerous liar, while defending Comey’s exoneration of liar-Hillary Clinton, even though he claimed she was “grossly negligent.” As NBC News headlined it, “Comey…paints Trump as a liar divorced from reality.
               Clearly, Comey was and remains a “Trump hater,” much as his fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and investigators  Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who attempted to ensure liar-Clinton would win. He aims to defame Trump and exonerate himself after he was fired last year. To that end, Comey notes a tearful Oval Office meeting with Barack liar-nObama after the 2016 election, when liar-nObama affirmed his confidence in Comey. “Boy, were those words I needed to hear,” Comey told liar-nObama, adding, “I dread the next four years.
               As for his overarching disapproval of Trump: “This President is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values. His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.
               Regarding his motive for writing his book: “It is also wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check.”
               There are plenty of rebuttals to Comey’s disapproval of Trump, and his axe-grinding motivation, however, the book is devoid of any “bombshell” revelations.
               In a telling excerpt, Comey defends his investigation into liar-Clinton’s email abuse from accusations of bias by liar-Hillary supporters who insist that former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used private emails. Comey writes, “In fact, it entirely misses the point. I have never seen any indication that Powell discussed on his AOL account information that was classified at the time, but there were numerous examples of Secretary liar-Clinton having done so.” So once again the question is raised: Why did Comey decide to let liar-Clinton off the hook  twice?
               The answer may be inferred from another revealing excerpt. Comey explains why he decided 11 days before the election to reopen the liar-Clinton email investigation, a decision that liar-Hillary has blamed (along with a litany of others) for her election loss. In a particularly damning passage, Comey basically admits the political nature of his decision: “It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where liar-Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls.” How exactly does this admission by the nation’s former chief law man give Americans any confidence that those running the FBI aren’t making decisions politically and capriciously rather than by the Rule of Law?
               This is the deep state at its worst, where individuals are so caught up in their own self-importance and views of how things “should” be that they are willing to ignore and bend the rules in order to bring about the “good.” In essence, it is the manifestation of that Machiavellian standard of the ends justifying the means. And that is anything but just.   ~The Patriot Pos
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ALERT ALERT

FBI Text Should Alarm Every American

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don’t Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.

Their extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges.

It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to “stop” Trumpfrom becoming president. The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

For any American who wants an answer sooner, there are just five words, among the thousands of suggestive texts Page and Strzok exchanged, that you should read.

That passage was transmitted on May 19, 2017. “There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.

The date of the text long has intrigued investigators: It is two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russia campaign.

Since the text was turned over to Congress, investigators wondered whether it referred to the evidence against the Trump campaign.

This month, they finally got the chance to ask. Strzok declined to say — but Page, during a closed-door interview with lawmakers, confirmed in the most pained and contorted way that the message in fact referred to the quality of the Russia case, according to multiple eyewitnesses.

The admission is deeply consequential. It means Rosenstein unleashed the most awesome powers of a special counsel to investigate an allegation that the key FBI officials, driving the investigation for 10 months beforehand, did not think was “there.”

By the time of the text and Mueller’s appointment, the FBI’s best counterintelligence agents had had plenty of time to dig. They knowingly used a dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign — which contained uncorroborated allegations — to persuade the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue a warrant to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page (no relation to Lisa Page).

They sat on Carter Page’s phones and emails for nearly six months without getting evidence that would warrant prosecuting him. The evidence they had gathered was deemed so weak that their boss, then-FBI Director James Comey, was forced to admit to Congress after being fired by Trump that the core allegation remained substantially uncorroborated.

In other words, they had a big nothing burger. And, based on that empty-calorie dish, Rosenstein authorized the buffet menu of a special prosecutor that has cost America millions of dollars and months of political strife.

The work product Strzok created to justify the collusion probe now has been shown to be inferior: A Clinton-hired contractor produced multiple documents accusing Trump of wrongdoing during the election; each was routed to the FBI through a different source or was used to seed news articles with similar allegations that further built an uncorroborated public narrative of Trump-Russia collusion. Most troubling, the FBI relied on at least one of those news stories to justify the FISA warrant against Carter Page.

That sort of multifaceted allegation machine, which can be traced back to a single source, is known in spy craft as “circular intelligence reporting,” and it’s the sort of bad product that professional spooks are trained to spot and reject.

But Team Strzok kept pushing it through the system, causing a major escalation of a probe for which, by his own words, he knew had “no big there there.”

The answer as to why a pro such as Strzok would take such action has become clearer, at least to congressional investigators. That clarity comes from the context of the other emails and text messages that surrounded the May 19, 2017, declaration.

It turns out that what Strzok and Lisa Page were really doing that day was debating whether they should stay with the FBI and try to rise through the ranks to the level of an assistant director (AD) or join Mueller’s special counsel team.

“Who gives a f*ck, one more AD like [redacted] or whoever?” Strzok wrote, weighing the merits of promotion, before apparently suggesting what would be a more attractive role: “An investigation leading to impeachment?”

Lisa Page apparently realized the conversation had gone too far and tried to reel it in. “We should stop having this conversation here,” she texted back, adding later it was important to examine “the different realistic outcomes of this case.”

A few minutes later Strzok texted his own handicap of the Russia evidence: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”

So the FBI agents who helped drive the Russia collusion narrative — as well as Rosenstein’s decision to appoint Mueller — apparently knew all along that the evidence was going to lead to “nothing” and, yet, they proceeded because they thought there was still a possibility of impeachment.

Impeachment is a political outcome. The only logical conclusion, then, that congressional investigators can make is that political bias led these agents to press an investigation forward to achieve the political outcome of impeachment, even though their professional training told them it had “no big there there.”

And that, by definition, is political bias in action.

How concerned you are by this conduct is almost certainly affected by your love or hatred for Trump. But put yourself for a second in the hot seat of an investigation by the same FBI cast of characters: You are under investigation for a crime the agents don’t think occurred, but the investigation still advances because the desired outcome is to get you fired from your job.

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 Trump Poised To Take
 Control Of The Federal Reserve 

  • The Fed doesn’t stabilize markets and money — it does the opposite
  • President Trump sharply criticized the Federal Reserve this week, saying interest rate increases are hurting the economy.
  • Trump will have the opportunity to fashion the central bank in the image he would like as he has four vacancies to fill on the board of governors.
  • The result could be a more politicized Fed.

President Donald Trump has multiple reasons as to why he should take control of the Federal Reserve. He will do so both because he can and because his broader policies argue that he should do so. The president is anti-overregulating American industry. The Fed is a leader in pushing stringent regulation on the nation. By raising interest rates and stopping the growth in the money supply it stands in the way of further growth in the American economy.

First, He Can

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve is required to have seven members. It has three. Two of the current governors were put into their position by President Trump. Two more have been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. After these two are put on the Fed’s board, the president will then nominate two more to follow them. In essence, it is possible that six of the seven Board members will be put in place by Trump.

The Federal Open Market Committee has 12 members and sets the nation’s monetary policy. Seven of the 12 are the members of the Board of Governors. Five additional are Federal Reserve district bank presidents. Other than the head of the Fed bank in New York, who was nominated by the president, the other four can only take their positions as district bank presidents if the board in Washington agrees to their hiring. One of these, the Fed Bank president in Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, is already arguing for no further rate increases.

Second, Regulation

Following the passage of the Dodd Frank Act in July 2010, the Fed was given enormous power to regulate the banking industry. It moved quickly to implement a number of new rules. The Fed set up a system that would penalize banks that failed to obey its new rules. These rules included setting limits as to how big an individual bank could be; how much money the banks had to invest in fed funds and Treasurys as a percent of their assets; which loans were desirable and which were not; where the banks had to obtain their funding and many, many, more up to and including how much a bank could pay its investors in dividends.

These rules have meaningfully slowed bank investments in the economy (the Volcker Rule) and they have had a crippling effect on bank lending in the housing markets (other agencies have had an impact here also).

Thus, of all of the government agencies the Fed has been possibly the most restrictive. The president has already moved to correct these excesses by putting in place a new Fed Governor (Randal Quarles) to regulate the banking industry.

Three, Killing Economic Growth

In the second quarter of 2018, the growth in non-seasonally adjusted money supply (M2) has been zero. That’s right, the money supply did not grow at all. This is because the Fed is shrinking its balance sheet ultimately by $50 billion per month. In addition, the Fed has raised interest rates seven times since Q4 2015. Supposedly there are five more rate increases coming.

This is the tightest monetary policy since Paul Volcker headed the institution in the mid-1980s. It will be recalled his policies led to back-to-back recessions. Current Fed monetary policy is directly in conflict with the president’s economic goals.

Moreover, the Treasury is estimating it will pay $415 billion in interest on the federal debt in this fiscal year. A better estimate might be $450 billion if rates keep going up. There are a lot of bridges and tunnels and jobs that could be created with this money.

Then there is inflation. It is likely to rise if the Fed eases its policies. If that happens paying down the federal debt becomes easier. On a less desirable note, higher interest rates lower real estate values. Lower rates that stimulate inflation increase real estate values.

Bottom Line

The president can and will take control of the Fed. It may be recalled when the law was written creating the Federal Reserve the secretary of the Treasury was designated as the head of the Federal Reserve. We are going to return to that era. Like it or not the Fed is about to be politicized.

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