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A Simple Photo Inspires on Memorial Day
Rebecca Hagelin  
Mueller inadvertently confirms William 
Barr didn't misrepresent his report
by Tiana Lowe } ~ In Robert Mueller's first and only public remarks regarding the special counsel investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election... Mueller reiterated that the office declined to come to a conclusion about whether President Trump committed any obstruction of justice offenses. "If we had had the confidence that the president had not clearly committed a crime, we would have said so," Mueller announced. He once again pointed both to inconclusive evidence as well as his assertion that charging a sitting president with a crime was "prohibited" and "unconstitutional." None of this is explicitly new information, but that Mueller found it necessary to use his lone eight minutes of public speaking time out of the past three years is telling. It also further counters the charge that Attorney General William Barr misrepresented the outcome of the special counsel investigation. Outside of Mueller's specific request that Barr use the executive summaries and introductions from the report as the initial summary of the investigation to the public — a move that was practically improbable and functionally impossible, given Barr's duty to decide after Mueller punted the obstruction question — Mueller's statement today only further bolsters the accuracy of Barr's framing in his letter summarizing the principle conclusions of the Mueller report. Just 48 hours after receiving the Mueller report, Barr wrote: The Special Counsel states that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." The Special Counsel's decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime. ... applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president...
worthless-Omar Tells Room Full Of Muslims 
It Is Time To ‘Raise Hell’ In America
by Daphne Moon
{} ~ Leave it to the freshman Minnesota Rep. worthless-Ilhan Omar to keep the flames of outrage going... The proven anti-Semitic Democrat quickly changed tones during a speech she gave to a room full of California Muslims in an attempt to incite anger. worthless-Omar demanded that they ‘raise hell’ and make people ‘uncomfortable’.  “I say raise hell, make people uncomfortable,” she said to a cheering audience. “Because here’s the truth. For far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of living as second class citizens and I’m tired of it.” “Muslims are told that we should not bother anyone, not make any kind of noise, be a good Muslim,” she said. “But no matter how much we have tried to be the best neighbor, people have always worked on finding a way to not allow for every single civil liberty to be extended to us,” worthless-Omar said. “People say ‘worthless-Ilhan, why are you always talking about this particular country and not that particular country?’” she said in reference to her anti-Israel comments. “My choice of country to talk about is not based on my preference of country. It is based on what country is violating basic human rights,” she said. “So it doesn’t matter, if that country is being run by my father, my brother my sister, I will still criticize that country … we must also hold those that we love, that have shared values with, accountable,” she said... Minnesota she needs to go.
What Drives Gas Prices Up, 
and How We Can Steer Them Down
by Nicolas Loris } ~ As Memorial Day kicks off the summer season, hotdogs, cold beers, and pool openings aren’t the only things on the minds of Americans. AAA expects a record 37.6 million Americans to hit the road and drive more than 50 miles... for the long weekend, which means gas prices are also on their minds. Nationally, gas prices have risen steadily since the beginning of the year, though they dropped recently to $2.86 per gallon. Snow and unseasonably cold weather in the Midwest and Western U.S. kept Americans at home in recent weeks, decreasing demand and lowering prices a few cents per gallon. The current national average is nearly identical to what gas prices were a year ago. Weather, though, is just one component that affects the price at the pump. The price of crude oil is the single largest factor. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, crude oil prices make up 57% of the price of retail gas. Federal and state taxes, refining and distributing, and marketing accounts for the rest. A number of factors both in the U.S and around the world affect the supply of and demand for oil, which consequently influences the price we pay. Counterbalancing events have kept oil prices relatively stable as of late. The United States is now the world’s largest oil producer, which has offset dwindling supplies from Iranian sanctions and Venezuela’s economic collapse, as well as falling production in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Canada. A recent drone strike shut down a Saudi Arabian pipeline, and attacks on two of its oil tankers has Mideast tensions running high. Continued unrest in Libya could threaten future supplies. On the demand side, a weaker-than-projected global economic growth, particularly in Europe and Asia, lowered oil consumption. Major trade disputes between the U.S. and China create economic uncertainty, and tariffs that raise prices on consumers weaken economic growth and oil demand. But the American economy is strong, and the time for summer vacations is right around the corner, which puts upward pressure on prices. There’s a lot at play here, which is why forecasting where gas prices will be in the next six months is as reliable as a Magic 8 Ball. And let’s not forget public policy. Clearly, a number of variables that are out of policymakers’ control such as weather affect gas prices.Yet, many federal government policies artificially inflate gas prices and here is one area where Congress and the Trump administration can and should do something...  
The Most Sinful Cities in America
by  It is hardly surprising that the city, nicknamed “Sin City” would top the list of America’s most sinful cities. That’s right, Las Vegas once again comes in on top of the list in WalletHub’s report... Las Vegas came in with an overall score of 61.32 and was followed by cities listed below, which rounded up the top ten most sinful in the nation and all finished with a score of 50 or greater: Los Angeles, California   New York City, New York   Houston, Texas   St. Louis, Missouri   Atlanta, Georgia   Miami, Florida   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Chicago, Illinois   Orlando, Florida. WalletHub shared that Las Vegas was far from the only “Sin City” that calls America home. “Las Vegas isn’t the only ‘Sin City’ in America,” the study’s authors said. “In other cities, bad things happen and stay there, too. From beer-loving Milwaukee to hedonistic New Orleans, the U.S. is filled with people behaving illicitly. No place is innocent. We all have demons.” WallHub didn’t stop with a broad list of the sinful cities. They broke each category down and looked at the cities that ranked particularly bad in that field, even if they weren’t in other “sinful” areas. For example, when they evaluated the cities using the criteria of most violent crimes per capita alone, the following cities were called out as being the worst offenders: St. Louis, Missouri   Detroit, Michigan   Baltimore, Maryland   Memphis, Tennessee   Kansas City, Missouri. When it comes to thefts, the cities lined up as follows: Springfield, Missouri   Salt Lake City, Utah   Albuquerque, New Mexico   Charleston, West Virginia   Spokane, Washington...
Gov. Who Pulled Nat. Guard Troops From 
Border To Spite Trump, Now Begs For Help
by Jeff Dunetz } ~ Talk about being a hypocrite! New Mexico Democrat Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, is asking the Trump administration to send her federal money to help solve the crisis on her southern border... only four months after she told the feds she was removing the NM national guard from the border. This past February, Gov. Grisham removed her state’s National Guard troops from our southern border to protest what she told NPR was President Trump’s, “charade of border fear-mongering.” Adding, “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border,” Lujan Grisham said, adding that the area has “some of the safest communities in the country.” After she pulled the National Guard from the border in February, Grisham  went on MSNBC and yet again dismissed the notion that there was a crisis along the border. She also took shots at former Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez for allowing the National Guard to help at the border when she was in office. “While the former governor did comply with that request, and when there is a real national emergency, I would make the same decision. But this is not a national emergency. We are spending $30 million on our troop’s deployment there. And that’s money he’s taking out of things I really do need in this state.” But now, only three months after she exclaimed that there is no crisis on the border, Grisham is calling for help for the crisis at the border she said didn’t exist. Per the Albuquerque Journal the governor has had numerous phone calls with the acting DHS secretary in recent weeks, and finally went to meet him face to face...
A Simple Photo Inspires on Memorial Day
Rebecca Hagelin:  I’m not going to pretend that I wanted to work on a column during this long Memorial Day weekend. I intended to enjoy the time off, just relaxing.

But when my husband showed me a picture of the tombstone of his Naval Academy classmate, Capt. Gerald DeConto, I was shamed by my selfishness. I also became eager to fulfill the purpose of Memorial Day by writing a tribute to my husband’s fellow sailor.

It is our honor to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom — including our right to choose what we do with everything from our finances to our talents to our days off.

Memorial Day is for them — not us.

Capt. DeConto’s story is a reminder that our armed forces are never truly safe — at home or abroad. I’ll share with you now, in honor of all of America’s fallen heroes, my memory of the day that Capt. DeConto was interred after being murdered nearly 18 years ago in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Rifle shots cracked through the sunny, warm autumn afternoon in the 21-gun salute for the fallen naval officer. The lone bugle’s mournful notes of “Taps” rang strong and somber as we stood in silence to honor the man and his country.

It was Nov. 2, 2001, nearly eight weeks after his death, when Capt. Gerald DeConto was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. His grave is within sight of the Pentagon, where he was murdered by terrorist thugs. At his final resting place all it takes to view his unlikely battlefield is to lift your gaze just beyond the trees.

A memorial now stands there, where sworn enemies of America crashed a plane filled with innocent civilians into the Pentagon. Not since the Civil War have U.S. soldiers been buried beside their battlefields on our own home soil. It is a sobering thought.

As we stood at his graveside, I couldn’t help but marvel at the mystery that is life and how everything seems so uncertain even in places where we think we are safe.

I thought about the many times he had been at sea, had trained to face the enemy, and had said goodbye and hello to his family. Who would have ever believed or even dreamed that he would be killed not during a war but within the borders of our own country — within the very fortress of the Pentagon?

As I watched his stoic mother receive the folded U.S. flag that had draped Capt. DeConto’s gray casket, I wondered at the irony of his death.

The wonderful woman who had raised her son to be a patriot had no doubt beamed with pride at the news of his acceptance to Annapolis, his graduation, and his promotions. She probably had shed tears each time he set off and worried about him during his tours at sea.

But on Sept. 11, 2001, she had no reason to worry: Her son was on shore duty, safe within the walls of the Pentagon as the senior watch officer in the Navy Command Center.

Killed on duty in the Pentagon. Who would have believed it possible? He was murdered by terrorists fewer than 60 miles from the Naval Academy. Until 9/11, such atrocities were attempted only in Tom Clancy novels.

A few hours before the burial, we were in the academy’s majestic chapel attending a funeral that not only honored this brave man but also paid tribute to the civilians who were murdered that day in freedom’s very home — America.

Capt. DeConto would have gladly given his life to save his fellow Americans who died with him that day.

He never knew that he did save the lives of many: Capt. DeConto ordered back to their offices dozens of people who had gathered in the Command Center to watch the television coverage of the tragedy at the Twin Towers.

Minutes after they had dispersed, the plane crashed into the very spot they had been standing, obliterating the watch office and its senior officer.

Capt. DeConto died a hero while doing his job — like all who have given their lives for us.

This is why we must remember.  ~The Patriot Post  

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Judicial Watch->  Emails Show Dossier-Connected Obama State Dept Officials Set ‘Face-To-Face’ Meeting On ‘Russian Matter’ Shortly Before 2016 Election

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday released 84 pages of documents showing Obama’s State Department was central to pushing the ‘Trump-Russia’ hoax shortly before the 2016 election.

The email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a very close associate to Christopher Steele, show them discussing a ‘face-to-face’ meeting in New York on a ‘Russian matter’ in September of 2016.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation today released 84 pages of documents, including a September 2016 email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a close associate of dossier author Christopher Steele, discussing a “face-to-face” meeting on a “Russian matter.”

(In June 2016 Nuland permitted a meeting between Steele and the FBI’s legal attaché in Rome. Nuland told CBS News that the State Department knew about the Steele dossier by July 2016.)

According to an op-ed Winer wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, also in September 2016, “Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier… I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this material.”

A September 17, 2016, email exchange between Nuland and Winer – that was classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy – discusses the political situation in Libya, but also brings up a “Russian matter:”

From: Winer, Jonathan
Sent: September 17, 2016 at 12:40:00 PM EDT
To: Nuland, Victoria J
Subject: Re: Libya Update

Would like to discuss this and a Russian matter.

From: Nuland, Victoria J
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:31 PM
To: Winer, Jonathan
Subject: Re. Libya Update

In ny face to face?

From: Winer, Jonathan
Sent: September 17, 2016 at 1:56:05 PM EDT
To: Nuland, Victoria J
Subject: Re: Libya Update

Yes that was [sic] be good.

From: Nuland, Victoria J
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:58 PM
To: Winer, Jonathan
Subject: Re. Libya Update

Good. I’ll reach out when im there Sunday. [Redacted]

If Victoria Nuland’s name sounds familiar it’s because she has been on Judicial Watch’s radar for a long time and in many of TGP’s previous reports.

In December 2018, Judicial Watch released documents revealing that Victoria Nuland was involved in the Obama State Department’s urgent gathering of classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

In a related lawsuit, Judicial Watch is suing the State Department communications between Ambassador Nuland and employees of Fusion GPS, as well as top ranking Department of Justice, FBI, and State Department officials.

“The Obama State Department was central to the effort to target President Trump with the Russia smear,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These new emails further show that senior Obama State Department advanced the Russiagate hoax just before the 2016 presidential election.”

Tom Fitton   @TomFitton

BREAKING: Obama State Department was central to the effort to target President @RealDonaldTrump with the Russia smear. New emails show how senior Obama State Department advanced the Russiagate hoax just before the 2016 presidential election.

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