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Who’s in Charge Here…Ain’t You?
by Allen West
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 Top Headlines 
Trump appoints more judges in 200 days than liar-nObama, Bush, liar-Clinton. (The Daily Signal)
 
Trump takes action: 9,000 federal employees slashed in first six months. (The Washington Times)
 
China warns North Korea: You're on your own if you go after the United States. (The Washington Post)
 
Army short $7 to $9 billion needed to modernize force. (The Washington Free Beacon)
 
Judge orders State Department to search state.gov accounts for liar-Clinton aides' Benghazi emails. (The Hill)
 
President Trump says he won't fire special counsel Robert Mueller. (USA Today)
 
Castro huddles with Russia as U.S.-Cuba relationship crumbles. (Washington Examiner)
 
Government employees arrested for allegedly selling false IDs to illegal aliens for voter fraud. (CNS News)
 
College student gets 100 days in slammer for registering dead voters for Dems. (Fox News)
 
NY Times editorial writer will proclaim ignorance in response to Palin's defamation lawsuit. (Hot Air)
 
Policy: The war on free speech turns further left. (Capital Research Center)
 
Policy: Suggestions for a bipartisan approach on health care. (Health Affairs Blog~The Patriot Post
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Dobbs, Jarrett – MUELLER CHEAP SHOT,
State Dept Angers Judge, Still No CLINTON COUNSEL
{rickwells.us} ~ Lou Dobbs and Gregg Jarrett discuss President Trump’s response to the predawn raid at Paul Manafort’s home and the juvenile nature of the obvious tactic and what message it was intended to send... Trump was asked if the raid was appropriate, to which he responded, “I thought it was a very, very strong signal or whatever,” adding, “they do that very seldom, so I was surprised to see it.” Dobbs points out that President Trump was clearly being very careful with his words, but that this was “sort of a tin-horn, two-bit move on the part of the not so special counsel.” Jarrett agrees, saying, “It was exactly that. It was an effort to try to instill fear and intimidate Paul Manafort.” Jarrett says, “I wouldn’t be surprised if his defense attorneys really went after the FBI and the special counsel for this raid. They allegedly seized some documents that are completely privileged and protected. The attorney-client privilege and work product communications. So, the FBI and special counsel could get spanked over this thing but clearly a federal judge signed off on it. I really wonder why since he was cooperating and providing them with information.”...  http://rickwells.us/dobbs-jarrett-fbi-cheap-shot-state-dept-angers-judge-still-no-2nd-counsel/
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Mauro on Fox: If North Korea
Has Mini Nukes, So Does Iran
by Clarion Project
{clarionproject.org} ~ Clarion Project's national security analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, explains that if North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads to fit onto ICBMs, then we should assume Iran does, as well. He also advocates a strategy aimed at empowering the North Korean people as the best way of pressuring Kim Jong-Un and ultimately ending the threat.  https://clarionproject.org/mauro-fox-north-korea-mini-nukes-iran/
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The liar-nObama Unmaskers:
Why Trump Doesn’t Just Expose Them?
by J.E. Dyer
{lidblog.com} ~ Andrew McCarthy asked a good question last Thursday: why hasn’t Trump publicized results of the investigation of the unmasking of his campaign/ transition teams by liar-nObama officials?... As McCarthy points out that Trump has the ultimate authority to do just that: The president is in charge of the executive branch, including its intelligence agencies. He has the authority to decide what intelligence information, and intelligence abuses, can be declassified and made public. Because Trump hasn’t done this, when surely he would be motivated to, McCarthy feels compelled to at least consider the possibility that the “unmaskings” probe may be a way for Republicans to dangle Democrats, just as the “Russia” theme is a way for Democrats to dangle Trump...  http://lidblog.com/the-obama-unmasking/
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Eric Bolling Fights Back!
by Jeff Dunetz
{lidblog.com} ~ Fox News host Eric Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit Wednesday against Yashar Ali, a freelance writer who wrote a story in the Huffington Post that Bolling had sent lewd texts to female colleagues at the network... Bolling is the latest in a long line of Fox news hosts/anchors accused of sexually harassing women, but the first to fight back. The Huffington Post reporter Ali’s article was published  on August 4th and claimed that more than a dozen sources told him Bolling sent “an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News.” The day after the story was published Fox News suspended Bolling...  http://lidblog.com/eric-bolling-fights-back/
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Judge Orders Tillerson To Stop Covering
For liar-Clinton – Give Up The Emails
{rickwells.us} ~ The deep state fortress that is the US State Department got a bit of a smack down with the decision by DC District Court Judge Amit Mehta... He instructed the agency to search in the one place it hasn’t for liar-Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators’ Benghazi emails. The logical location where there likely are incriminating documents. In their apparently deliberate attempt to be able to say they’ve searched Benghazi related emails and found nothing, State Department officials searched the 30,000 emails that liar-Clinton turned over to them in December of 2014, as well as personal email accounts of her fellow criminals, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan. They thoroughly searched the most unlikely places, where they knew for a fact that nothing of any substance would be found. The crooked liar-Clinton associates surely made certain there were no records of interest in any of those locations, nothing that could implicate them. Judge Mehta was not fooled by the diversion. Despite being an liar-nObama appointee, he ordered that the State Department search their own system, something that should have been the first place checked and would have been, if John hanoi-Kerry and company weren’t engaged in a deliberate, full scale cover up...  http://rickwells.us/judge-orders-tillerson-stop-covering-clinton-give-emails/#prettyPhoto
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Who’s in Charge Here…Ain’t You?
by Allen West
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townhall.com} ~ The movie “Apocalypse Now” came out in August 1979, it was Francis Ford Coppola’s film on the Vietnam War centered on the mission of Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) to assassinate a US Army Colonel gone rogue, played by Marlon Brando. I was beginning my freshman year of college at the University of Tennessee, and as a student enrolled in ROTC, I went to see the movie. Of course, it took me three viewings to really come to grips with the film and understand it. However, everyone remembers the memorable character, and lines, of Robert Duvall who played an eccentric Air Calvary Squadron Commander who said, “Charlie don’t surf” and “I love the smell of napalm in the morning, it smells like victory”. And yes, that scene with the air cavalry attack against the Viet Cong village coming in over the water while Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries was unforgettable.

But there is a different scene, vignette, from that movie that is the subject of this missive. It was when Captain Willard and his Navy riverine boat escort him to the frontlines on the river, the last American outpost at night. It was there Captain Willard was supposed to link up with an Army officer for an intelligence update. Willard walks into the fighting position and asks a black Soldier manning an M60 machine gun the question, “Who’s in charge here?”, to which the Soldier responds, “ain’t you?”

Imagine if you were to walk into Washington, D.C. right now and ask the same rhetorical question, “Who’s in charge here”? It is the month of August and the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and the president are all on vacation…or as they refer to it, recess. When I was a kid at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Atlanta, recess was a reward. If you had finished your work and were good in class, then you were able to take a recess after lunch. You could not be denied lunch, but doggone Sister Judith had a policy that teachers could deny recess. You did not get playtime unless you had met the requirements, a lesson that needs to be taught in Washington, D.C.

For those of you who do not know, here is the history of August recess. Washington is literally built on a swamp, no joke. The month of August is notorious for being the most unbearable with searing heat and high humidity, with little flowing breeze. Back in the day when there was not any air conditioning, Congress would recess for the month of August. However, recess also meant that these citizen legislators went back to their normal occupations, since it was never the intent of our Founding Fathers to have “career politicians”, but true representatives, servant leaders. Now, recess has come to mean something completely different, and we do have career politicians.

We are told how important it is for these legislators to be in their districts for the entire month of August. The need to meet with their constituents, I would love to see the town hall meeting schedule for every member of the House and Senate for this month. But, ask yourself, is this recess a reward, a time to decompress from a hard and productive legislative session, or just a taxpayer funded 30 day plus vacation? Only someone suffering from massive delusion would believe the former. That is what frustrated me in my term as a U.S. congressman coming from a career in the military. We did not leave until the job, the mission, was done, and we met the expected standard, if not surpassed it.

I learned in my time in uniform that leadership is the ability of one to take a diverse group of individuals and focus them towards the accomplishment of a singular goal. And so I ask again, “who’s in charge?”

There is no reform of our healthcare system, which we must all admit is collapsing. There is no tax reform plan that will ensure the incredible economic growth we have seen in the past six months will be sustained.  We do not have a budget. Show me an everyday citizen and business owner that has the luxury of abdicating the responsibility of having a budget.

Over the past seven to eight years we have had a Republican party that asked to be put in charge. And mind you, I do not ever want the progressive socialists of the Democratic Party to hold the leadership position in the House, Senate, or White House. The left in America fails to grasp a simple maxim, “a free people are not equal, and an equal people are not free”.

What concerns me is that the GOP has achieved that which they asked to attain, via the hard work and efforts of the American people who supported them. Yet, where are they, who’s in charge? Yes, I acknowledge the economic success, growth, we have seen, but we need those two major legislative policy agenda items that were promised by the GOP to their support base. Amazingly, the GOP has members who have betrayed their commitment, promise. Now we learn that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will seek a bipartisan measure to ensure the insurance companies receive a “bailout” in order to reduce the pain of a rate increase. This is nothing more than the implementation of the liar-nObamacare risk corridor, part of that we were told would be repealed.

This means that the GOP failed, and they went home, so the resolution is to just continue with the status quo, business as usual. We were told that the Senate would not recess in August unless they got their work done. Maybe we need to resurrect Sister Judith and her policy when I was in elementary school. There was no doubt in any of our minds who was in charge, it was Sister Judith.

Do I want to see a Chuck clown-Schumer leading the Senate, Nancy Pulosi as House Speaker again, or worse, Maxine Waters, of course not? What I want to see is someone accepting the mantle of leadership and being in charge, fulfilling the commitment made to the American people, and willing to work to that end. I freely admit, if I were still in Congress I would be embarrassed. I also admit that what I am witnessing inspires me to consider a return, the American people deserve better.

Who’s in charge…right now it ain’t the liberty loving American people.

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ALERT ALERT

Clinton Donor And Tax Cheat Tied To Russia

“Do as we say, not as we do.”

That seems to be the slogan for Hillary Clinton and her political allies, and it’s especially apt in light of new information about one of Clinton’s largest campaign donors.

While the left is still trying to attack President Trump and his family over unproven business dealings and largely debunked connections to Russia, a new report indicates that it was Hillary Clinton’s team who were doing those exact things.

“Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the ‘Hillary Victory Fund’ (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio,” that outlet reported on Thursday.

“He has also been considered by California to be one of the state’s biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the (Russian) Kremlin,” Fox continued.

The man’s name is Edgar Sargsyan. His deep pockets greatly benefited Clinton’s campaign, with contributions of at least $250,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016.

He was also in charge of an elite fundraising dinner to benefit Clinton, where donors paid $100,000 per couple just to attend the ritzy event. But in true Clinton fashion, the money apparently went missing.

Sargsyan is now “being sued by his former company for allegedly diverting those funds to start his own real estate company,” according to Fox.

Now, people are asking hard questions about Clinton’s buddy Sargsyan, including whether his contributions were part of a pay-to-play scheme and if he had shady connections to foreign governments.

“Nobody gave to the Hillary Victory Fund out of the goodness of their heart or some generalized desire to help 33 random state parties,” pointed out attorney Dan Backer from the Committee to Defend the President.

“They did so to buy access and curry influence — something the Clintons have been selling for nearly three decades in and out of government,” he continued.

Trying to buy political influence is sadly common, especially when it comes to the Clintons. What is raising more red flags than normal, however, is the evidence that Sargsyan is no run-of-the-mill campaign donor.

“The really scary question is, what did this particular donor with this strange web of connections hope to buy for his quarter-million dollars?” Backer asked Fox News.

That web of connections is strange indeed.

The Committee to Defend the President is now alleging that SBK, a major Sargsyan-linked company “is an investment firm that is affiliated with United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and its international affiliate has business interests in Russia,” according to Fox.

“Among its dealings was a bid to finance $850 million for a major bridge project to connect Crimea with Russia,” the group claims.

“He worked for SBK, and SBK appears to have bid on some Crimean/Russian bridge project,” Backer said. “That’s usually an indicator of political favor and connections.”

It raises several chilling questions: Was Sargsyan paying a quarter million dollars to Clinton for political favors, and — more disturbingly — was that money actually from sources in Russia in order to smooth the way for its construction plans?

Nobody knows for sure. What is clear, however, is that there is a pattern of dirty money surrounding the Clintons, with the “Uranium One” and “Clinton Foundation” scandals just two of the most well-known examples.

“It reinforces how fast and loose the Clinton machine was when it came to ‘Hoovering up’ these megadonor checks, not just from questionable Hollywood and Wall Street elites but potentially from foreign influence peddlers using who knows what money,” Backer told Fox News.

“It reinforces the need to take a long hard look at not just the unlawful money laundering process, but the way in which they were solicited as well,” he continued. “The Clintons have never shown a great deal of concern for whomever it was cutting the checks — whether it’s foreign influence peddlers or Hollywood smut peddlers like Harvey Weinstein.”

If those claims are even partially true, then America dodged a bullet in November of 2016 — and it’s worth keeping the pile of foreign-connected Clinton scandals in mind the next time the left tries desperately to tie Donald Trump to Russia. Perhaps they should look in the mirror.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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