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Three-Card Mueller
by Clarice Feldman
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Sbarro Bombing To Iran Sanctions:
Will Europe Ever Stop Appeasing Terrorism?
by Jeff Dunetz
{ lidblog.com } ~ As Europe continues to complain about President Trump’s sanctions on terrorist supporting Iran... it is important to point out their failure to learn from the past. At the same time, they are pushing back against the sanctions and supporting a deal that gave Iran the funds to support terror, fifteen families, indeed an entire nation is mourning a horrible terrorist attack that happened a few weeks before 9/11/01. Seventeen years ago on August 9th, 2001 Palestinian terrorists blew up a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem killing 15 people including seven children and a pregnant woman. They wounded 130. A month later, other Islamist terrorists blew up the World Trade Centers in NY, the Pentagon Building in Washington DC, and were foiled in their attempt to destroy the Capital building by the brave passengers of Flight 93. It is important to remember these acts, not merely to memorialize the innocent victims whose only crime was to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, but as a reminder that Europe’s rejection of President Trump’s actions prove terrorism is still suckling at the teat of political correctness and Western World appeasement...
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Israeli Aid to Syrians Offers Hope for Future Peace

by Steve Postal
{ americanthinker.com } ~ On August 3, The Times of Israel reported that Israel has frozen its aid to Syrian citizens, dubbed "Operation Good Neighbor," and has begun to dismantle its field clinic used to treat those wounded in the Syrian Civil War... These developments come in the wake of Syrian president Bashar Assad consolidating his power on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, following the end of the Southern Syrian Offensive on July 31 and the recapture of Daara and Quneitra Provinces.  Operation Good Neighbor began in March 2013, when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) chose to allow seven Syrians to cross the border into Israel for medical treatment. It has since grown exponentially in scope, encompassing the utmost compassion and bravery from Israeli military, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society. Operation Good Neighbor's achievements demonstrate that Israel is not the problem in the Middle East and give a glimmer of hope for future Israeli-Syrian relations. Since 2016 alone, Operation Good Neighbor has shuttled  approximately  1,500 tons of food, 50 tons of baby food, 250 tons of clothing, 25,000 boxes of medicine and medical equipment, 250,000 gallons of fuel, 7,900 packages of diapers, and 14,000 hygienic products to Syrians. Donated by NGOs and sometimes even by the Israeli government itself, relief has included baby formula; 3-D printers to make prosthetic limbs; and even generators, cars, and mules...   https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/08/israeli_aid_to_syr... 
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Recording reveals Nunes saying Rosenstein
impeachment would complicate Kavanaugh confirmation
by BRETT SAMUELS
{ thehill.com } ~ Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told supporters at a recent fundraiser that impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein... would pose a political dilemma because it would delay the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to audio obtained by MSNBC. Nunes, who has been among the most vocal critics of Rosenstein and the Department of Justice (DOJ), reasoned to supporters that the impeachment process was "a bit complicated" because the Senate would have to deal with much of the fallout. "Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?" Nunes said in the recording, which was first obtained by MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" and aired Wednesday night. "The Senate would have to drop everything they're doing ... and start with impeachment on Rosenstein," he continued. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It's a matter of ... timing."...  http://thehill.com/homenews/house/401022-recording-reveals-nunes-sa... 
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Rocket sirens wail across southern Israel as IDF strikes Gaza
by ANNA AHRONHEIM 
{ jpost.com } ~ Incoming rocket sirens continued to wail throughout southern Israel, including the city of Ashkelon... as projectiles continued to be launched from the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Israeli jets and tanks continued to pound the coastal enclave. Some 200 mortars and rockets were fired towards southern Israeli communities since Wednesday evening by Hamas and other terror groups in the coastal enclave. The majority hit open fields and caused no damage but several landed in Gaza border communities, including the college city of Sderot. The Iron Dome missile defense system destroyed 25 of the rockets. In retaliation the Israeli Air Force struck over 100 military sites in Gaza including training areas, production complexes, a factory used for producing materials used for building tunnels, a tunnel intended for maritime terrorism as well as other strategic Hamas targets on their military sites which held a variety of weapons, rockets as well as a military compound that serves as a central logistic warehouse. The IDF Spokesperson's unit announced that Israel struck several underground targets belonging to Hamas following continued rocket fire towards southern Israel...    https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Rocket-sirens-wail-acro...
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Bruce Ohr Docs Raise Serious Questions
by Sara Carter 
{ saraacarter.com } ~ A law enforcement sensitive document written by senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, is raising serious concerns... amongst congressional investigators regarding testimony provided to Congress on the involvement of FBI special agents in the probe into the Trump campaign and its alleged Russian ties. Nov. 21, 2016, the handwritten document lists former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, his paramour FBI Attorney Lisa Page and Special Agent Joe Pientka who along with Strzok interviewed former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Strzok, who was the lead investigator in the FBI’s investigation into Trump, was removed last August from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after the DOJ’s Inspector General discovered a barrage of anti-Trump text messages between him and Page. Page, who was working as the general counsel for now fired Deputy Attorney General Andrew McCabe, is no longer with the FBI.   https://saraacarter.com/breaking-bruce-ohr-docs-raise-serious-quest... 
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Three-Card Mueller
by Clarice Feldman

{ americanthinker.com } ~ Three-card Monte is a centuries-old con game in which the dealer and his shills trick the unsuspecting mark into betting on a rigged card game. Only the dealer and his people know where the winning card is, though the mark believes he's smart enough to find out where the winning card is buried.

The public – in this case, the mark – has been led to believe that the entire years-long Mueller investigation was into Trump's "collusion" with Russians.  But the dealer Mueller himself knows that it is part of a plan to undermine the president and reverse the 2016 presidential election, in which the only real Russian collusion was with liar-Hillary. By now his press supporters surely should know this, but they continue to feed the fiction that the game is to find the collusion in the one campaign in which there was none.

A recent Harvard-Harris poll shows that the universe of marks is getting smaller: sixty percent of Americans believe that the FBI demonstrates bias against the president and has set out to wound him politically. Mueller's popularity keeps plummeting. By mid-June the last figure I've seen, "a record 53 percent are now saying they view the lead Russia investigator in an unfavorable light. That's a 26-point spike since July 2017, when the poll first started asking voters whether they viewed Mueller favorably or unfavorably. ... Thirty-six percent of all registered voters are also seeing Mueller unfavorably, which represents the highest level since the polling first raised the topic 11 months ago. Back then, 23 percent of all voters said they viewed Mueller negatively." 

Unfortunately for Mueller, not all those charged by his team are foreigners not subject to U.S. jurisdiction and therefore unlikely to contest the charges, nor so impecunious that they plead guilty to avoid bankrupting themselves – or, in the case of General Michael Flynn, protective of family members Mueller has threatened to also break on the rack.

Last week, the long-awaited trial of Paul Manafort, who briefly served as a campaign aide for the president, began. He's being charged with 31 violations of law, none of which has anything to do with Trump or the campaign's supposed collusion with Russia. The indictment charges tax fraud, bank fraud, and FBFA reporting foreign bank accounts violations.

As has been the wont of recent special prosecutors, particularly harsh measures at the prosecution's hand were employed – a middle-of-the-night raid on his home, with Mr. and Mrs. Manafort rousted from their beds and frisked in their nightclothes. In this week's trial, an FBI agent testified that they knocked three times first but entered with a key, though he could not say how the key came into the FBI's possession. Manafort has been held in solitary confinement during the proceedings based on a ruling by an liar-nObama-appointed district court judge in D.C., where there is a second proceeding pending. It is reminiscent of Patrick Fitzgerald's throwing former New York Times reporter Judith Miller in jail in the Libby case until she agreed to testify. After this, he confused her about her notes and led her to give false testimony. Her recantation was the basis on which the D.C. Court of Appeals years later found Libby to have been likely innocent of the crimes for which he'd been convicted and reinstated him to practice. President Trump subsequently pardoned him.

In 2016 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals reinstated Mr. Libby to the D.C. bar after it said a legal disciplinary counsel had presented "credible evidence" in support of his innocence. Mr. Trump's pardon should now restore his reputation in full. ...

Yet there is a broader lesson in the Libby case about special counsels and zealotry. Mr. Fitzgerald knew from his first days on the job that Mr. Libby hadn't leaked Ms. Plame's name. Yet rather than close up shop, he pursued dubious obstruction of justice charges based on the flimsiest of evidence. For two years Mr. Fitzgerald also let the country think a crime may have been committed by people close to President Bush or Vice President Cheney when he already knew better.

As it happens, Mr. Fitzgerald was appointed by his good friend, scumbag-James Comey, who was then Deputy Attorney General. This is the scumbag-Jim Comey who told Congress last year that his goal in leaking information to the press about his conversations with Donald Trump after he was fired was to trigger a special counsel investigation that is now led by Mr. Mueller. This special counsel's work isn't done, but the Fitzgerald episode is worth keeping in mind as it unfolds.

It may be that the jury will find Manafort guilty of something, but to date, the trial court judge, T.S. Ellis III of Virginia, is showing far less credulity about the prosecution's claims and granting them far less license than did Judge Reggie Walton Libby case or Judge Emmett G. Sullivan the Ted Stevens case. Indeed, Judge Sullivan later acknowledged that the FBI and Department of Justice had pulled the wool over his eyes and has become a leading force in the fight against prosecutorial overreach and ethical breaches.

The best account of this week's trial doings comes from Daniel Greenfield. 

He begins by noting that Paul Manafort is not the only high-profile lobbyist who did work for the Ukrainian pro-Russian faction. So did Tony Podesta, whose brother was liar-Hillary's campaign manager; commie-Bernie Sanders's chief strategist, Tad Devine; and liar-nObama's White House counsel Greg Craig. For those three, Mueller simply handed the matter over to Southern District of New York, where it has seemingly died.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an liar-nObama appointee and liar-Clinton donor, had been shepherding the Manafort case while giving the Mueller gang everything they wanted. And then there was Judge Beryl Howell, an liar-nObama nominee and dummycrats-Dem donor who was friends with Andrew Weissmann, the most aggressive figure on Mueller's team, who tore up Manafort's attorney-client privilege. ...

Unlike Judge Jackson and Judge Howell, Judge Ellis hasn't favored a side. Instead he he's [sic] refused to put up with any nonsense from either side.

The Mueller gang realized that the free ride was over when back in May when [sic] Judge Ellis directly called out the prosecution over its real motives in bringing the case.

"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort," he snapped.  "You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead to Mr. Trump."

Judge Ellis wasn't happy at being used as a prop in a fake trial whose only purpose was to pressure Manafort into turning on Trump. Unlike the previous rubber stamp judges, Ellis showed little patience with Mueller's nasty habit of treating everything involving the case as top secret. He demanded to know the limits of Mueller's authority and a copy of the unredacted DOJ memo on which it was based.

He refused to allow the prosecution its usual poisoning of the well by parading at length through Manafort's closet and possessions. He cut them down when they used the term "oligarch" to further muddy the waters and tried to get expert testimony from a non-expert witness on definitions the parties had already agreed to before trial.

When the prosecution persisted in its tricks, he shouted at the prosecution and ended the court session early.

Judge T.S. Ellis, a Reagan appointee, became very irritated with Mueller's prosecutors Wednesday as they droned on an on [sic] over Manafort's lavish lifestyle and his expensive suits.

"It isn't a crime to have money and be profligate with your spending," Judge Ellis said to Mueller's hack lawyer, Asonye.

On Wednesday Mueller's lawyers took a beating from Judge Ellis after they went into detail about Manafort's spending habits, whining about his expensive suits and how he paid for them via wire transfer – as if that's somehow illegal.

At one point, Judge Ellis became so irritated with Mueller's thugs fixating on Manafort's spending habits, he interrupted the prosecutor and sternly said, "Let's move on. Enough is enough. They can add."

It looks like Mueller's lawyers fall apart when they're actually challenged by an ethical judge; they're also getting smacked around in a the [sic] junk Russian bot case by Concord Management's legal team because they aren't prepared to try that case.

Mueller's key witness in the case, Manafort associate Rick Gates, immunized by the special prosecutor, will be the key witness – not Manafort's tailors – and much of the outcome of the case will depend on whether the defense counsel can persuade the jury that his testimony is not credible.

In the meantime, more skull duggery at the FBI has turned up – with still no apparent effort at transparency by Attorney General Jeff Sessions or FBI director Christopher Wray. It turns out that even after the election and after the FBI knew that Steele had lied about press contacts, the FBI continued to seek reports from dossier fabulist Christopher Steele. 

Because he had broken his agreement with the FBI, bureau procedure did not allow agents to keep using Steele as a source.  But they did so anyway – by devising a system in which Steele spoke regularly with Bruce Ohr, a top liar-nObama Justice Department official whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to search for dirt on Donald Trump in Russia. Ohr then passed on Steele's information to the FBI.

In a highly unusual arrangement, Ohr, who was the fourth-highest ranking official in the Justice Department, acted as an intermediary for a terminated source for the FBI's Trump-Russia probe.  His task was to deliver to the FBI what Steele told him, which effectively meant the bureau kept Steele as a source.

Agents made a record of each time Ohr gave the bureau information from Steele. Those records are in the form of so-called 302 reports, in which the FBI agents write up notes of interviews during an investigation.

There are a dozen 302 reports on FBI post-election interviews of Ohr. The first was Nov. 22, 2016. After that, the FBI interviewed Ohr on Dec. 5; Dec. 12; Dec. 20; Jan. 23, 2017; Jan. 25; Jan. 27; Feb. 6; Feb. 14; May 8; May 12; and May 15. The dates, previously unreported publicly, were included in a July letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to the FBI and Justice Department.

Congressional investigators have read the Ohr-Steele 302s. But the FBI has kept them under tight control, insisting they remain classified and limiting access to a few lawmakers and staff. Congress is not allowed to physically possess copies of any of the documents.

Like York, I think the people at the FBI had two reasons for maintaining the information flow from Steele. They were still looking to unseat the president, but as well, they were desperately trying to get any confirmation of the unverified charges in the dossier. After all, the FBI regulations prohibit using unverified information to obtain a FISA court warrant, and even after the election, the FBI's people had none.

They still don't.

And they are still covering up their malfeasance and protecting their own. It's time for Congress to seriously consider stripping counterintelligence from the FBI. Thomas Lipscomb reminds us that FDR added that to the bureau's portfolio to pacify J. Edgar Hoover, who was jealous of the reports of derring-do by OSS head Raymond Donovan. The FBI is ill equipped for this function and in any event has seditiously misused it. As for its skill in solving domestic crimes, the FBI announced on Friday it was closing down its investigation of the Las Vegas shooting massacre because it could not determine the shooter's motive.

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Comment by Rudy Tirre on August 10, 2018 at 7:24am

can't add anymore to that

Comment by Bonnie Somer on August 10, 2018 at 2:44am

THE REAL COLLUSION WAS W/OBAMA/ HILLARY/ BRUCE OHR AND HIS WIFE; C STEELE AND FUSION GPS AND THE DOSSIER THAT WAS USED TO GET THE FISA WARRANT.  I BET IF THEY LK INTO MUELLERS PAST AND ROSENSTEINS AND COMEYS THERE ARE MANY SKELETONS IN THOSE CLOSETS.  THANK GOD THIS JUDGE IS NOT PUTTTING UP W/THIS CRAP.  HAVING MONEY IS NOT A CRIME AND IF MANAFORT WAS GUILTY WELL MUELLER WAS FBI HEAD WHEN HE FIRST COMMITTED THOSE CRIMES.  HUM

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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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