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The Front Page Cover
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Over by Thanksgiving
by Judge Andrew Napolitano
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Tuesday Top Headlines
FBI agent fired from Russia probe oversaw Flynn interviews, softened Comey language on liar-Clinton email actions (Fox News)
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RINO-Collins doubles funding ask for liar-nObamaCare bill (The Hill)
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Democrat Rep. John Conyers announces retirement amidst sexual harassment allegations, endorses son to run for seat (CBS News)
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Former Democrat U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown sentenced to five years in prison (The Florida Times-Union)
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President Donald Trump shaved some two million acres from two national monuments in Utah (The Salt Lake Tribune)
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Trump pulls United States out of UN immigration deal (The Washington Free Beacon)
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RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign (The Washington Post)
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Global temperature increases are lower and slower, says new study (Reason)
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ABC News president: Brian Ross will no longer cover stories related to Trump (Hot Air)
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Humor: ABC News reports Trump nuked entire world, later clarifies he just microwaved a burrito (The Babylon Bee)
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Policy: Consumers, not government, should decide If CVS-Aetna merger is a good idea (Investor’s Business Daily)
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Policy: America’s “flyover country” is stronger than you think (City Journal ~The Patriot Post
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Nunes Prepares Contempt Charges For DOJ, FBI Leadership – Leaks Show Top Level Obstruction
{rickwells.us} ~ The clown-Schumer appears to be hitting the fan at the House Intelligence Committee... to borrow a term from James Wesley Rawles, and its Chairman Devin Nunes is rightfully incensed over obstruction of justice by DOJ and the FBI. The special prosecutor’s sham investigation into President Trump and the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax was presented by the chief inquisitor, Robert Mueller, as addressing “potential obstruction” within the Trump administration. Ironically and hypocritically, it is they, along with current leadership in the FBI and DOJ, who are the corrupt political operatives engaged in that very same offense in acts of sedition against the American people and our nation, without consequences, on a daily basis...  https://rickwells.us/nunes-contempt-doj-fbi-leaders/
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Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come
by Soeren Kern
{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ The African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit, held in in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on November 29-30, 2017... has ended in abject failure after the 55 African and 28 European leaders attending the event were unable to agree on even basic measures to prevent potentially tens of millions of African migrants from flooding Europe. Despite high expectations and grand statements, the only concrete decision to come out of Abidjan was the promise to evacuate 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya. More than six million migrants are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe, according to a classified German government report leaked to Bild...  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11480/europe-migrant-crisis-exodus
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President Trump Withdraws US 
From UN-Controlled Refugee Agreement
{rickwells.us} ~ Once again President Trump has put America first and once again that means withdrawing from an anti- sovereignty United Nations agreement... First there was the global welfare suicide pact of the UN Climate Accord, now it’s the UN’s Global Pact on Migration. It’s part of the scheme that has been effective in setting an international tone that has made European nations suddenly incapable of defending themselves from boat people invading their shores from terrorist and other third world nations. It’s all part of a coordinated globalist effort between the UN, the European Union, George Soros, good old Pope Francis and other players, such as Hussein liar-nObama and liar-Hillary Clinton, who were political tools of the global government apparatus... https://rickwells.us/trump-withdraws-un-controlled-refugee/
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Mattis: ‘The Enemy Is Collapsing’ 
Faster Than Media Predicted
by SAAGAR ENJETI
{dailycaller.com} ~ Secretary of Defense James Mattis touted the rapid success of the U.S.-backed military campaign against the Islamic State... to reporters en-route to Egypt Saturday. “The enemy is collapsing. In many cases, faster than many people in the media forecasted,” Mattis declared. “You know, I always stayed away from timelines for this very reason.  It’s usually slower or faster than any timeline.” Mattis has consistently been reluctant to put a timeline on the U.S. military presence in Syria, but highlighted the recent withdrawal of approximately 400 Marines from the country after successful operations against ISIS. The 400 Marines are being sent back to the U.S. after supporting the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in their military campaign against ISIS... http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/02/mattis-the-enemy-is-collapsing-fa...
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Feinstein: Obstruction Of 
Justice Case Being Built Against Trump
by CHUCK ROSS
{dailycaller.com} ~ California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee... said Sunday that she believes an obstruction of justice case is being built against President Trump over the firing of James Comey as FBI director. “I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation. That’s obstruction of justice,” Feinstein said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Feinstein said that both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Judiciary Committee are investigating the circumstances around Trump’s May 9 firing of Comey...Fein-stein is fishing like Mueller.  http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/03/feinstein-obstruction-of-justice-...
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Over by Thanksgiving
by Judge Andrew Napolitano
{townhall.com} ~ In August, when President Donald Trump's lawyers persuaded him to refrain from attacking independent counsel Robert Mueller publicly -- he had many times called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" -- they also told him that the investigation was not aimed at him and not to worry because it would be over by Thanksgiving.

These are the same lawyers who revealed a fissure in the strategy of the president's legal team. On one side are presidential lawyers who want to cooperate fully with Mueller because they are convinced that the president has nothing to fear from the public revelation of truthful information.

On the other side are presidential lawyers who believe that the office of the presidency is being diminished by its subservient surrendering of all demanded documents and emails to Mueller's investigators -- materials that skilled prosecutors might somehow be able to use against the president or members of his inner circle someday.

Adding to this is the presence of Gen. John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, a non-lawyer, who serves as the referee when the president's lawyers disagree. That disagreement was heightened on Thanksgiving eve when a letter arrived at the White House. It must have been received as if it were a thunderbolt and no doubt generated bitter reminders of the "over by Thanksgiving" remark made to Trump personally.

Here is the back story.

When the government is investigating or prosecuting a group of people who have some common bond or prior relationship or mutual interest, it is not uncommon for their lawyers to enter into a joint defense agreement. This type of agreement is a written contract that generally governs the relationship of the potential defendants to one another and their joint relationship to the government. Though no two agreements are identical, they generally provide for the sharing of communications to and from the government, the sharing of evidence and a joint defense.

So if one of the lawyers in the agreement receives a request from the government for documents from that lawyer's client, that lawyer will share the request and copies of the surrendered documents with the other lawyers who have signed the agreement.

The joint defense established by the agreement -- we will sink or swim together -- prohibits any person whose lawyer has signed the agreement from pointing a finger at any other person whose lawyer has signed the agreement. This united front often strengthens the defense team and frustrates the government. These agreements are common, lawful and binding until any potential defendant withdraws.

Lawyers must be very careful about what they have agreed to do because a lawyer's first and core loyalty is to her or his client, not to the group of folks represented by fellow counselors who have signed the agreement.

In the Mueller investigation, lawyers for some of the major targets -- but not all -- signed such an agreement. Those who did include lawyers for the president and lawyers for his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Last Wednesday evening, after Trump had left the White House for a Thanksgiving weekend at his Florida estate, Flynn's lawyers delivered a letter to lawyers for all the others in the agreement, including Don McGahn, who is White House counsel, to announce their withdrawal from it. This means that they can no longer comply with the terms of the agreement because they are about to have communications with Mueller's team that they cannot share with the lawyers for the others.

That can only mean that Flynn is offering to give the government something. But Mueller's prosecutors are threatening Flynn's liberty. Why would he help them?

The retired lieutenant general faces a host of potential felonies -- conspiracy to kidnap a foreign national, conducting a private foreign policy with a foreign government, failing to register as a foreign agent, failing to report income from a foreign government, working for a foreign government while working for the U.S. government, lying to FBI agents -- all of which expose him to decades of federal prison time.

Flynn might help Mueller prosecute others because Mueller could reduce Flynn's prison exposure substantially in return for credible evidence against another person in the agreement.

The tantalizing question remains: What evidence does Flynn have that Mueller wants or can use? Here is where this business of independent counsels -- prosecutors not answerable through normal Department of Justice channels -- can become dangerous to personal liberty.

Because this independent counsel's office has been established solely to examine whether any Americans aided the Russian assault on our electoral system in the months leading up to the presidential election in 2016, Mueller, who heads that office, like his many predecessors who were appointed solely to investigate one person or one crime or one series of events, will have a natural tendency to indict someone for something, if only to justify his office's existence.

We have already seen this in the charges against three former Trump colleagues -- for lying to the FBI and for money laundering -- which have no visible connection to the Russians or the election. Though there may be no visible connection to the Russians or the election, there may be an invisible one, so to speak.

Uncovering that kind of connection, which is brought about by fear of incarceration and a willingness to trade knowledge of dirt on former compatriots in return for one's own freedom, is a technique mastered by prosecutors for nearly a century. But is this type of dirt, which is essentially purchased by the government by shaving years off federal prison exposure, believable?

Regrettably, this purchased, bribed testimony is, more often than not, believed by jurors, even though they are told of the deals that brought the evidence to them. Though Trump's lawyers are gainsaying this Flynn reversal, they must know how potentially dangerous it is to their client. Flynn was Trump's nearly constant confidant from June 2015 to February 2017.

Thanksgiving is over. Mueller and his team remain hard at work.

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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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