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The Coarsening of Political Language 
by Cal Thomas  
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Law Firm Behind Dossier has 
Another Lawyer Resigning Ahead of IG Report
by Denise Simon
founderscode.com } ~ Tag team or the whole firm? So, we know Perkin Coie was the law firm that was hired by liar-Hillary Clinton to pay for the work done on the Trump dossier... The lawyer pinpointed was Marc Elias. But could there have been another lawyer in the operation, once such Bob Bauer? Bauer was formerly the top White House lawyer under the liar-nObama administration. His wife is Anita Dunn who was the White House Communications Director at the same time. She is known for giving a speech where she declared her admiration for Mao Zedong. What a pair eh? Anita by the way is a senior partner at SKDKnickerbocker, a strategic communications firm in DC. Just so you know, SKDKnickerbocker only represents Democrats including Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Fluke. Their favorite issues such as Center for Reproductive Rights, the liar-nObama Presidential Library. Okay, so meanwhile, her husband, Bob has resigned from Perkins Coie to continue teaching at NYU. He has been a the law firm for 40 years. Bauer served as counsel to the Senate minority leader during former President liar-Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial of 1999, and took leave from the firm to work as liar-nObama’s White House counsel from 2010 through July 2011...   https://founderscode.com/law-firm-behind-dossier-has-another-lawyer...
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Joint U.S. – China Statement After Two Days of Trade Negotiations
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ The White House has released a “Joint Statement of the United States and China Regarding Trade Consultations“...  “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping, on May 17 and 18, 2018, the United States and China engaged in constructive consultations regarding trade in Washington, D.C. The United States delegation included Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, and United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer. The Chinese delegation was led by State Council Vice Premier Liu He, Special Envoy of President Xi.” “There was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China. To meet the growing consumption needs of the Chinese people and the need for high-quality economic development, China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and services. This will help support growth and employment in the United States.” “Both sides agreed on meaningful increases in United States agriculture and energy exports. The United States will send a team to China to work out the details...   https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/05/19/joint-u-s-china-sta... 
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Gulf States Join US in Sanctioning Hezbollah. Thanks but
by MEIRA SVIRSKY 
{ clarionproject.org } ~ The Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the estranged Qatar... have joined the U.S. in placing sanctions on Hezbollah. While the news is certainly good and contributes greatly to the overall fight against Islamist terror, it is not so much of a stretch for these countries to put the financial screws into the Lebanese terror organization. Hezbollah is a fully-owned subsidiary of Iran, the mortal enemy of the Gulf States. If these countries are really serious about fighting Islamist extremism — and the terror and human rights abuses it spawns — Clarion Project has some advice for them...
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Former US Attorney: liar-nObama’s 
CIA Director John Brennan Led Group Trying to Frame Trump
by Rusty

{ thepoliticalinsider.com } ~ Labeling it “the most unbelievable scandal in the history of this country,”... former US attorney Joe DiGenova believes the effort to frame President Trump in a counterintelligence investigation was led by one man – liar-nObama CIA Director, John Brennan. To be sure, the overall operation involved many top operatives according to DiGenova. “What you have here is a criminal plot by senior people: John Brennan, James Comey, James Clapper, senior Department of Justice officials to suborn the presidency of the United States through the use of false evidence,” he charged. Brennan, however, was the man who allegedly spearheaded the operation. “It is quite obvious that John Brennan was at the head of the group of people who were going to create a counterintelligence investigation against Trump,” DiGenova believes, “by creating false information that was going to be fed through Carter Page, and fed through George Papadopoulos so that it would be picked up, reported back to Washington and provide the basis for … a fake, counterintelligence investigation.”...   https://thepoliticalinsider.com/john-brennan-trump-frame/?utm_mediu... .
Code Red: The Coming Eruption
by David Prentice
 
{ americanthinker.com } ~ One of the incredible stories du jour is the latest phase of the Hawaiian volcano... I have seen that volcano many times. It’s truly amazing. The desolation it can cause is incomprehensible. There are places where you can see immense vistas that have been devastated. Mile after mile of lava poured out of small craters, fissures, and lava tubes down to the ocean. Many places look like a wasteland. Entire subdivisions have been destroyed. Roads, power lines, you name it, so much engulfed by this seemingly random force of nature. The island has places where the destruction is so vast, so overwhelming, a visitor wonders if this is really the tropical paradise called Hawaii. The volcanic activity has recently increased.  Earthquakes, new fissures opening. Lava engulfing houses, roads, cars. Major evacuations, with new reports every day.  Most of us have seen some of it. It’s awesome and unsettling. Code red. That’s the official designation for what’s happening. Code Red. It’s about to blow...
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The Coarsening of Political Language 

by Cal Thomas 
{ townhall.com } ~ Here in Australia, "Question Time" has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes funny questions in an effort to belittle those policies.

At Westminster in London, "Question Time" is great political entertainment. It sometimes airs in the U.S. on C-SPAN. Last week, here in Canberra, Australia's capital, the performance I watched from the visitors' gallery, however, was quite the opposite.

One government minister referred to an opposition member as "corrupt" and "shifty" before he then called him a liar. That this labeling is often preceded by the required "my right honorable friend," or "the right honorable member" does little to mitigate the tone of what passes for modern political debate. In fact, it's not a debate at all when one person shouts at another. You can hardly persuade someone by the power of argument that way.

Politics has always been a contact sport and in America's early days fisticuffs sometimes broke out in Congress. With the advent of television and social media the public has not only been exposed to increasingly offensive language and behavior, it has often emulated it.

Across from where I sat in the visitors' gallery, a large group of schoolchildren watched the adults go at each other. I wondered what they were thinking and what kind of example was being set. If these children misbehaved in class and their teacher admonished them, would they use what they had seen as justification for their bad behavior?

American politics is also getting worse under Trump. Last week, a White House aide dismissed remarks by Sen. rino-John McCain (R-AZ) opposing the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director. According to a leak from a closed-door meeting, Kelly Sadler said that rino-McCain had become "irrelevant" because "he's dying anyway," a reference to his battle with brain cancer.

There has been no apology issued by the White House.

Nicolle Wallace, a 2008 rino-McCain presidential campaign aide, apologized for a remark she made on MSNBC when she said of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck?"

President Trump is not alone in bearing responsibility for this low level of rhetoric. He has, however, by his own caustic language, given tacit permission to his supporters to speak in similar ways. It is not just the disgusting nature of such remarks that should offend. We are not each other's enemies. We are fellow Americans, who sometimes disagree, but ought to do so with some level of respect for each other.

One can have a minimum high regard for a political opponent, as some clever practitioners of better rhetoric have demonstrated in the past, but why this increasingly angry and poisonous pattern of speech?

For creatively cutting remarks in history, it is hard to top what the late British Prime Minister David Lloyd George said of Neville Chamberlain: "A retail mind in a wholesale business," or comments by the English journalist William Cobbett about Benjamin Franklin: "A crafty, lecherous, old hypocrite whose very statue seems to gloat on the wenches as they walk the States House yard."

Those and other insults, while biting, seemed more creative and less harmful than some of the venomous rhetoric that characterizes modern political discourse.

In the Australian parliament, members talked over each other. The same rudeness takes place in Congress. Some of the worst offenders of indelicate political speech then often appear on cable news where they denounce each other as unpatriotic, and worse.

In Australia's parliament, as in the U.S. Congress, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, are no doubt learning lessons better left unlearned.

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Ignored By Media: Trump Is Using Obama’s National Emergency On Mexican Cartels To Build The Border Wall

President Trump declared a State of Emergency at the US southern border on Friday.

Declaring the immigration crisis a national emergency was overdue. Presidents have declared national emergencies for nearly 50 years.

Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day. The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint water crisis and Iran.

And Obama declared the Mexican drug cartels a national emergency in 2011.

Congress believes President Trump has $21 billion in unobligated military construction funding money available for the border wall with Mexico.

Now this was mostly ignored by the liberal media. President Trump is using Barack Obama’s previous national emergency on Mexican drug cartels to get funding for the border wall.

Via Law and Crime:

As it turns out, back in 2011 then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of transnational criminal organizations organizations.” Obama cited his authority as granted through the Constitution to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701, and the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601. The latter is the same legislation that Trump is citing to get funding for the wall to achieve his immigration reform goals. That executive order targeted a number of criminal organizations, including the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, an ally of the MS-13 gang President Trump has regularly called out as a danger to Americans.

“Drugs, gangs and people — an invasion,” Trump said on Friday. “We have an invasion coming into this country.”

Trump all but thanked his predecessor on Friday.

“We may be using one of the national emergencies that [Obama] signed having to do with criminal cartels… it’s a very good national emergency… we’re going to be using parts of it,” he said.

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