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Republicans Bet the Farm
by Pat Buchanan
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DOJ Lawyers Begin 
Digging Into NEW Clinton Scandal

{goppresidential.com} ~ Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to investigate the Uranium One deal... 
the liar-Hillary Clinton scandal where, during her term as Secretary of State, a Russian energy company wound up with control of 20 percent of U.S. uranium. The Department of Justice will interview multiple FBI agents, to get to the bottom of this burgeoning controversy. That fulfills a promise the DOJ had made to Congress last month. If the DOJ decides there’s enough questionable behavior, they would likely appoint a special counsel to dig deeper — à la Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election...  http://goppresidential.com/2017/12/22/doj-lawyers-begin-digging-int...
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‘We Have Email Evidence From Andrew McCabe Indicating That liar-Hillary Clinton Was Going to Get a ‘HQ Special”
by Jeff Poor
{breitbart.com} ~ Friday on FNC’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said... a congressional committee had evidence FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe indicated liar-Hillary Clinton was going to get an “HQ special” regarding the investigation of her unauthorized email server and ties to the liar-Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state. Gaetz, a member of the House Judiciary Committee,  described the circumstances at the FBI regarding the investigation as “extreme pro-liar-Hillary Clinton bias.” “The Judiciary Committee is engaged in an investigation, particularly as it relates to the handling of the liar-Hillary Clinton email scandal and any potential investigations of the liar-Clinton Foundation and the handling of bribes or other types of improper payments,” Gaetz said...  http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/12/23/gop-rep-gaetz-email-evide...
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New York Times Admits That Embassy 
Move Didn’t Lead To Mass Violence
by JOE SIMONSON
{dailycaller.com} ~ President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem... hasn’t lead to the violence predicted by many in the media, according to a Saturday report in The New York Times. While editorial boards and cable news talking heads blasted the supposed reckless decision even a Times editorial published right before the president’s announcement said the move would raise “new tension in the region” and could incite “violence”, instead a “mood of hopeless resignation” overshadows the Palestinians. “With residents neither basking in seasonal cheer nor raging in the throes of a new intifada, the popular mood in the city was more one of hopeless resignation,” the article reads...  http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/24/new-york-times-admits-that-embass...
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France's Macron Submits to the Arab World
by Giulio Meotti
{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ At the French naval base in Abu Dhabi on November 8-9, addressing some businessmen... Macron insisted on the importance of the alliance with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as an "essential partner with whom we share the same vision of the region and obvious common interests". Such effusion seems more than the usual language of diplomacy. Macron is now showing a strategic empathy and commitment to the Arab-Islamic world. Is this statement a prelude to submission?... https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11599/france-macron-arab-world
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Congressional Candidate 
Tied to Pakistani Terror Group
by Oren Litwin

{islamist-watch.org} ~ On December 19, CAIR Massachusetts put up a Facebook post congratulating Tahirah Amatul-Wadud..
. a CAIR-MA board member, for her announcement that she is running for Congress. One would think, given that CAIR faces recurring condemnation for its links to extremism, that they would be more circumspect about broadcasting their connection to Ms. Amatul-Wadud — who is deeply enmeshed in one of the most dangerous extremist groups in the United States. As she notes on her professional website, Ms. Amatul-Wadud is the general counsel for a community calling itself Islamberg, near Hancock, NY. Islamberg was founded by Pakistani cleric Mubarak Ali Gilani. Gilani is the leader of the extremist group Jamaat al-Fuqra, which operates in the United States under the name "Muslims of America" (MOA) — and in fact, Ms. Amatul-Wadud is the lawyer not just for Islamberg, but for MOA itself. MOA has been under Federal investigation since the 1970s resulting in several arrests over the years for connections with international terrorism, pervasive criminal and fraudulent activity, and the stockpiling of illegal weapons...  http://www.islamist-watch.org/28096/congressional-candidate-tied-to...
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Republicans Bet the Farm
by Pat Buchanan
{townhall.com} ~ President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan's House just put the future of their party on the line.

By enacting the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, the heart of which is cutting the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent, Republicans have boldly bet the farm.

They have rewritten America's tax code to reflect their belief that cutting taxes on the private sector will produce the prosperity they have promised. If it happens, the GOP will reap the rewards, if not by 2018, then in 2020.

Democrats, as the Party of Government, egalitarian and neo-socialist, have come to see their role as redistributing wealth from those who have too much -- to those who have too little. For, as men and women are born unequal in ambition, ability, talent, energy, personality and drive, free markets must inevitably produce an inequality of results.

The mission of Democrats is to reduce those inequalities. And as the very rich are also the very few, in a one-man, one-vote democracy the Democratic Party will always have a following.

Winston Churchill called this the philosophy of failure and the gospel of envy.

Republicans see themselves as the party of free enterprise, of the private not the public sector. They believe that alleviating the burden of regulation and taxation on business will unleash that sector, growing the economy and producing broader prosperity.

By how they voted Wednesday, Republicans yet believe in "supply-side" economics. In the early '80s, this was derided as "voodoo economics" and "trickle-down" economics, and pungently disparaged by John Kenneth Galbraith as an economic philosophy rooted in the belief that, if you wish to feed the sparrows, you must first feed the horses.

The problem for Democrats is that Reaganomics worked, and is seen historically to have been successful. In 1984, growth was near 6 percent and Reagan rode to a 49-state landslide over Fritz Mondale who, at his San Francisco convention, had declared he would raise taxes.

Thus the importance of what happened Tuesday and Wednesday on Capitol Hill should not be underestimated.

On their legislative agenda, Republicans broke out of a slump. Though they got not a single Democratic vote in either chamber, they showed they can govern alone. On the lead item on the GOP-Trump agenda -- taxes -- they delivered. They shifted policy dramatically toward Republican philosophy. They wagered their future on their convictions. And the splenetic rage among Democrat elites suggests that they know they have suffered a defeat difficult to reverse.

Moreover, though the bill that came out of Congress is unpopular, the nation will not vote on Trumpian management of the economy until November 2018, after the early returns from the tax cut have come in.

And the Democratic Party has also been put into a tight box.

As Democrats have denounced the tax bill for exploding the debt by $1.5 trillion, how do they propose to pay for all the free stuff, including free tuition and infrastructure, that they will have on offer?

There are only two options: borrowing and growing the national debt themselves or raising taxes, as Mondale promised to do.

Another problem for Democrats is the new $10,000 limit on the tax deduction for state and local income and property taxes.

In blue states like Oregon, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont, Hawaii, the top state income tax rate is 8 to 10 percent. In Jerry Brown's California and Andrew Cuomo's New York, it hits 13 percent -- before adding property taxes on homes and condos in Manhattan and second homes out on Long Island.

Virtually eliminating state and local tax deductions is going to cause some of the rich to consider relocating to low-tax or no-tax red states in the Sun Belt like Florida. And it is going to put pressure on blue state pols to cease adding to the state and local tax burdens that Uncle Sam is not longer helping to carry.

Stepping back from all the Sturm und Drang of 2017, the Trump-Republican record of achievement, of meeting commitments made in the campaign of 2017, is not unimpressive.

The largest tax cuts in decades. Elevation of Neil Gorsuch to the Antonin Scalia seat on the Supreme Court. A record number of new U.S. appellate court judges approved by the Senate. The U.S. is out of the Paris climate accord and out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

NAFTA is being renegotiated. Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will be open for drilling. The U.S. is at full employment, with minority unemployment near record lows. The stock market has consistently broken records, with the Dow having added 5,000 points. The liar-nObamacare individual mandate tax is gone. liar-nObama-era regulations have been cut and some eliminated.

And one year deeper into Russiagate, and still there is no proven collusion between candidate Trump and the Russians.

Indeed, the Robert Mueller investigators appear now to be coming under as much scrutiny and suspicion for how they behaved during the election and transition as Vladimir Putin and the Russians.

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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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