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50 Years Later, ABC 'Uncovers' 
'Little-Known Story of Mary Jo Kopechne'
Alexa Moutevelis Coombs   
Why was FBI so wrong in 
Trump-Russia wiretap warrant?
by Byron York } ~ A huge controversy erupted last year when President Trump declassified parts of the FBI's secret request to wiretap former Trump campaign volunteer foreign policy adviser Carter Page... Defenders and critics of the president argued over whether the October 2016 warrant application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court relied extensively on the so-called Steele dossier, which was a collection of anti-Trump allegations compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton campaign. They also argued over whether the warrant adequately informed the court that the dossier was, in fact, a work of political opposition research, rather than legitimate intelligence gathering. The arguments ended in impasse, with defenders and detractors set in their positions. Now, however, we have new evidence, in the form of the dirty cop-Mueller report, to evaluate the Page FISA application. We can ask: Was the information the FBI relied on true? Were the FBI's representations to the court accurate? The answers do not bode well for the bureau. The warrant application made a three-point argument. Point 1 was that Russia was trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Point 2 was that Page had a history of involvement with Russia and Russians. Point 3 was that Page was a Russian agent conspiring with powerful Russian officials to influence the election. Point 1 was true. Point 2 was true. Point 3 was not, and that is when the application went off the rails. Large parts of the publicly-released version of the application are blacked out. Trump is said to be considering releasing some of the currently redacted sections. There are sentences with a word blacked out. There are entire sentences blacked out. There are entire paragraphs and entire pages blacked out. All of that makes the application difficult to read and fully understand...  
Why Don't You Support Israel?
by Stephen Harper  
{} ~Israel is one of the most free and most prosperous countries in the world... Not only is Israel a booming economy and a wellspring of innovation, it is the only democracy in the Middle East. So why is it so controversial to support the Jewish state? Stephen Harper, the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, lays out several fundamental truths about America’s most critical ally.  
Constitutional Crisis or
Dem Crisis of Confidence?
by David Catron } ~ The same Beltway braniacs who assured us that the President was in league with Vladimir Putin and sundry other Rȕskī reprobates now claim he has precipitated a constitutional crisis... House Judiciary Committee chairman scumbag liar-Jerrold Nadler claims Trump is acting like a “king” by refusing to relitigate the Russia hoax, allow already-interrogated aides to be requestioned, or permit partisan congressional staffers to rummage through his tax and financial records. House Speaker Nancy Pulosi concurs that a crisis is at hand: “I do agree with Chairman scumbag liar-Nadler because the administration has decided that they’re not going to honor their oath of office.” Yet, the “get Trump” crowd is obviously growing increasingly frustrated that scumbag liar-Nadler and Pulosi have taken no serious action to resolve the dire threat they claim President Trump poses to the republic. The New York Times, for example, published a column by Michelle Goldberg Friday titled, “If This Is a Constitutional Crisis, Act Like It.” Goldberg suggests that contempt votes against administration officials are all very well and good, but they are primarily symbolic and usually lead to protracted court battles that rarely resolve the crises that initially triggered them. Goldberg argues that Pulosi and scumbag liar-Nadler should take more radical measures: Pulosi is a sharp and pragmatic woman … But it is incoherent to argue that Trump constitutes an existential threat to the Constitution, and that Congress should wait to use the Constitution’s primary defense against such a threat.… In the face of an administration that is trying to amass dictatorial powers, Democrats need to bring to bear all the powers of their own. Trump’s outright rejection of congressional authority makes impeachment proceedings necessary, but even impeachment alone is not sufficient. Note that last bit about impeachment not being “sufficient” to solve the crisis? Goldberg urges Congress to “enforce its own orders, including by sending out the House’s sergeant-at-arms to arrest people.” But even Pulosi isn’t that crazy. She knows only a tiny percentage of the public supports impeaching the President, much less the physical arrest of his Cabinet officials. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that only 17 percent of the voters support ousting Trump, including only 19 percent of Independents. Moreover, the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows Trump’s approval rating at its highest level since his inauguration. But the will of the people means little to Trump’s increasingly irrational antagonists. Former secretary of labor Robert Reich, for example, published a column in the Guardian Saturday that illustrates his inability to think straight about the President: “It’s a constitutional crisis all right.” Having discharged his duty to parrot that canard, Reich explains why it would be futile and politically perilous for the Democrats to impeach Trump. He then says they should do so anyway because “it is the right thing to do.” But there is no consensus, even among liberal legal scholars, that we’re in the midst of a constitutional crisis. In Slate, Fordham’s Jed Shugerman says not...
Amid Gulf Tensions, UAE Confirms ‘Sabotage’ 
of Four Vessels in Waters South of Hormuz
by Patrick Goodenough } ~ The United Arab Emirates’ foreign ministry confirmed Sunday that four commercial ships had been “sabotaged” near a major oil tanker hub about 80 nautical miles from the Persian Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz... but denied reports claiming that the port itself had been targeted and disabled. Reports about multiple blasts early Sunday morning come at a time of stepped up tensions in the Persian Gulf, amid ongoing Iranian threats to block the crucial chokepoint and the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier group and bombers to the region. Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih confirmed early Monday that two Saudi oil tankers were damaged in the incident, which he said occurred as they were heading towards the Gulf. One had been en route to pick up crude from a Saudi terminal, to be delivered to the U.S., the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted him as saying. Al-Falih denounced this attack, saying it was aimed at undermining freedom of navigation and the security of oil supplies. The incident was reported two days after the U.S. Maritime Administration warned of potential risk of attacks on ships in the region, including oil tankers and U.S. naval vessels, by “Iran or its proxies.” On Sunday Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese media outlet viewed as sympathetic towards Hezbollah and Iran, claimed that heavy explosions had occurred in the port of Fujairah – one of the seven emirates making up the UAE – and cited unnamed “sources” as saying U.S. and French warplanes had been seen flying over the area at the time...
Discrimination and Disparities II
by Walter Williams } ~ My previous column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell's newest book Discrimination and Disparities, which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version... In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters titled "Social Visions and Human Consequences." Sowell challenges the seemingly invincible fallacy "that group outcomes in human endeavors would tend to be equal, or at least comparable or random, if there were no biased interventions, on the one hand, nor genetic deficiencies, on the other." But disparate impact statistics carries the day among academicians, lawyers and courts as evidence of discrimination. Sowell gives the example of blacks, who make up close to 70 percent of NFL and AFL players in professional football. Blacks are greatly over represented among star players but almost nonexistent among field goal kickers and punters. Probably the only reason why lawsuits are not brought against team owners is that the same people hire running backs and field goal kickers. One wonders whether anyone has considered the possibility that professional black players do not want to be punters and field goal kickers? Different social classes raise their children differently. Studies have shown that children whose parents are professional heard more words per hour than children whose families are on welfare. Studies show that professional parents used "more words and more different words ... more multiclause sentences, more past and future verb tenses. ... The ratio of affirmative words to negative words was six to one with parents who had professional occupation." By contrast, families on welfare used discouraging words more than two to one: words such as "Don't," "Stop," "Quit," and "Shut up." Sowell sarcastically asks are we to believe that children raised in such different ways, many years before they reach an employer, a college admissions office or crime scene are the same in capabilities, orientation and limitations? Social justice warriors ignore many differences that have little or nothing to do with discrimination but have an enormous impact on outcomes. Age is one of those factors. Median age differences between groups, sometimes of a decade or two will have an enormous impact on observed group outcomes. The median age for American Jews is slightly over 50 years old and that of Latinos is 28. Just on median age alone, would one be surprised at significant group income disparity and other differences related to age? Sowell says that a single inconspicuous difference in circumstance can make a huge historical difference in human outcomes. During the 1940s, Ireland experienced a potato famine. Potatoes were the principle food of the Irish. That famine led to the deaths of a million people and caused 2 million to flee. The same variety of potato that was grown in Ireland was also grown in the U.S. with no crop failure. The source of Ireland's crop failure has been traced to a fertilizer used on both sides of the Atlantic. The difference was that fertilizer contained a fungus that thrived in the mild and moist climate of Ireland but did not in the hot, dry climate of Idaho and other potato growing areas of the U.S. That one small difference caused massive human tragedy...
50 Years Later, ABC 'Uncovers' 
'Little-Known Story of Mary Jo Kopechne'
Alexa Moutevelis Coombs 

 { } ~ Almost 10 years after the death of Democrat Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts, and 50 years after the death of Mary Jo Kopechne  -- and almost two years after a major Hollywood film on the incident -- the media are starting to finally reveal the truth about what happened at Chappaquiddick.

ABC’s 1969 docuseries episode “The Girl in the Car” on Tuesday night finally put the focus on the real victim, Ms. Kopechne (despite Cokie Roberts calling Chappaquiddick “yet another huge tragedy for the Kennedy family” in one cringe-worthy line). ABC’s 20/20 Twitter account promoted, “The little-known story of Mary Jo Kopechne, who died after Senator Ted Kennedy abandoned her in a submerged car. WATCH as #1969ABC uncovers her story…” which begs the question, why is Kopechne’s story so little-known and why is ABC only now uncovering it 50 years later?

In press materials, ABC admitted the media’s culpability in taking the spotlight off of Kopechne and putting it on Kennedy, stating that “her story has largely been lost to history as the media and the public focused on the man whose career was forever damaged by the accident, rather than the bright and young woman who did not live to tell us what really happened on that mysterious night.”

After so many years covering for the “Liberal Lion" of the Senate, there actually was a reckoning with how the media’s “infatuation” with the Kennedys buried Kopechne’s story in the episode. 
Reporter: For Mary Jo Kopechne, the young secretary who died early Saturday when senator -- 
Liz McNeil: Everyone knows the name of Mary Jo Kopechne, but so little was known about her. In fact, almost nothing is known about her.

Reporter: A young women in the car with him was drowned.

Reporter 2: Before the young blond was killed, many --

Liz McNeil: One of the most famous headlines after the car accident is in "The New York Daily News," in which they say, "Teddy escapes, blonde drowns." And in a way, that almost sums up how she's characterized in the aftermath of the car accident.

Elly Kluge: I remember the headline because that's what activated me to speak out for her. She was not, quote, 28, blonde, ex-secretary of Bobby Kennedy. She was a solid human being with good values, moral, ethical, devoted to the betterment of society.

1969 ABC Anchor: But the questions are muted by compassion for the last male member in this generation of a family that is at once the luckiest and unluckiest in the nation.

Bill Nelson: I think that a lot of the major news outlets had an infatuation with the Kennedys. And unfortunately, Teddy fell under that umbrella. They thought that they were doing JFK and Bobby a favor by treating their brother softly.

To finally tell her story, 1969 interviewed several family members and friends of Kopechne, including her cousin Bill Nelson, who said, “The public fascination of Chappaquiddick was never really about Mary Jo. Mary Jo unfortunately ended up being a footnote in her own death.”

The episode also delved into details that some in the media were still calling “character assassination” when the theatrical drama Chappaquiddick depicted them last year. Both the search and rescue diver and accident investigator on the scene in 1969 were interviewed and said that Kopechne died of suffocation, not drowning as the medical examiner report said – but no autopsy was done. Her body was found pushed up against a small pocket of air in the back of the car. The diver, John Farrar, called out Kennedy’s shameful actions after the crash when Kopechne was still alive but running out of air, “Since he had plenty of time to get help, why didn't he get help? Might have saved her life.”

Instead of calling for help, in the next 10 hours, Kennedy made 17 calls, went out for coffee with friends, then met with two lawyers before finally reporting the accident – after authorities had already found his car and Kopechne’s body. From Kennedy’s shady behavior and inconsistencies to the grand jury being stymied, 1969 casts a lot of doubt on Kennedy’s story in just an hour’s time.

“The whole system was manipulated,” Nelson contended. “A girl died that night in his car due to negligence. After they settled the grand jury, he didn't have to say anything more.”

Accident Investigator Bob Molla told interviewers, “My feelings, he used his political influence to get him off with the easiest outcome possible. He used his privilege as a senator and as a well-to-do Kennedy.”

Now, 10 years after his death, that privilege has finally expired.

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Obama Lies Again: – Ignores That The Year After Signing The Stimulus More Than (4) Million Jobs Were Lost

Former President Obama, the only President in US history who had his FBI and other Intel agencies spy on the opposition party candidate, claims that he created the great economy that Americans are enjoying today. The only thing Obama created was debt and massive job losses with his horrible economic recovery.

Yesterday the former President tweeted an effort to take credit for President Trump’s successful economy:

Joe Hoft@joehoft

Of course another @BarackObama lie. He can’t open his mouth without lying. 11 years ago the US lost (4.3) million jobs over the next 12 months. Horrible liar. 

Barack Obama  @BarackObama

Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history.

President Obama’s policies were a disgrace and a failure. He doubled the national debt in spite of zero interest rates from the Fed. His recovery was the worst in US history.

Also, Obama’s assertion is just plain false. The ‘Stimulus’ was passed in February 2009 right after Obama took over the Presidency. He promised to not pass any bills for at least a week to allow for the bills to be read by the people but lied as soon as he was sworn in. The Stimulus was hundreds and hundreds of pages of government handouts to Democrat districts and it was close to $1 million. This was not what America needed and it led to the Tea Party.

Far-left Wikipedia has this to say about the Stimulus:

Note that in his infinite wisdom, NYT economist Paul Krugman is credited with arguing that “the stimulus was far smaller than the economic crisis warranted”. (He also said the markets would crash and burn if President Trump was elected President.)

The data shows that the 12 months after Obama’s stimulus, the US lost 4.3 million jobs:

In Obama’s first three years he netted a loss of 1.5 million jobs compared to President Trump who has added more than 6.7 million jobs.

When it comes to the economy, the billionaire schools the community organizer every time.

Tucker: Bloomberg is trying to buy the election

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