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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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LIGHTER SIDE

ALERT ALERT

 After Years Of Stagnation Under Obama 
Household Income Hits 50-Year High

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Former President Barack Obama got plenty of praise for shepherding us through the recovery from the 2008 economic crisis. However, those on Main Street, USA, knew the truth — things weren’t any better than they had been when George W. Bush left office.

As The Weekly Standard reported in 2016, median household income when Obama came into office in 2009 was $56,731. In 2015, six years into his presidency, that number was $56,516 — a decrease of just over $200.

By the time he left office, it’s true that media household income had risen to $59,471 — but that was essentially the same as it had been in December, 2007, at the end of the “Great Recession” and just a few weeks before Obama took office, when it was $59,549.

So, how’s The Donald doing?

Well, as Investor’s Business Daily reported, a new study from Sentier Research found that the median household income in April was $61,483 — a 50-year high.

That’s up from $59,471 in January of 2017.

The firm tracks income using census data and adjusts for inflation — so even a slightly weaker dollar doesn’t account for the increase.

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Bad News For Dems: Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump … And He's Getting Credit For It!!! 

Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump, And He's Getting Credit For It

A new report shows that the median household income has climbed 3% since President Trump took office. It's another sign of a strong economy, and at least one poll shows the public credits Trump for...

That’s great news for the country, but maybe not the best news for Democrats.

“This is just another indication that the economy has notably strengthened under Trump. And polls show that the public’s mood has brightened considerably as a result,” Investor’s Business Daily reported.

“The latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index is 53.6. This index has been in positive territory (anything over 50 is optimistic) since Trump took office. The Quality of Life Index, meanwhile, hit a 14-year high in May and the Financial Stress Index is at an all-time low.”

That economic data is followed by a lot of polls that seem to show that the “blue wave” expected in the November midterms breaking and rolling back into the sea.

A new Reuters poll found that a generic Republican would beat a generic Democrat by six points. Back in March, the Democrats were up by nine points. A CBS poll found that Democrats had a two-point advantage on the generic ballot — hardly “wave” material.

The CBS poll also found that 68 percent of Americans believed Trump’s policies deserved at least some of the credit for the economic situation, with 35 percent saying he deserved a “great deal” of the credit.

Sixty-four percent of respondents rated the economy as “somewhat good” or “very good.” In a CNN poll, 57 percent of voters said that “things are going well in the U.S.” In February, that was 49 percent.

Perhaps the most important figure: Under Obama, when Gallup asked whether it was a good time to find “a quality job in the U.S.,” the highest number that administration ever achieved was 45 percent. Under Trump, that number is 67 percent — the highest number in the 17-year history of the poll.

While Trump’s personal numbers haven’t seen the same bounce, they’re still up — and that’s the important thing. Thanks to the relentless campaign of personal attacks against him, Trump’s stated approval rating has always been a lot lower than it probably is.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Hillary Clinton. For all of the personal barbs and attacks, 2016 ultimately came down to the economy. So will 2018 — and that’s not good news for the Democrats.

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