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The Media/Political Fraternity Protects Its Own
by Arnold Ahlert
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Wednesday Top Headlines
Trump to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel (ABC News)
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Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled (Sky News)
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Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed as new DHS secretary (Townhall)
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The enforcement wall: Border arrests plunge, deportation arrests soar (Associated Press)
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Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after being acquitted in Kate Steinle’s death (Reuters)
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Mueller spends in four months what Benghazi investigation cost in over two years (The Washington Free Beacon)
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International Olympic Committee bars Russia from 2018 Winter Games over doping (NBC News)
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DC has highest percentage of heavy drinkers (WTOP)
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Don’t call us snowflakes — it damages our mental health, say young people (The Telegraph)
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Humor: New York Times reports 18 billion people will die from Republican tax plan (The Babylon Bee)
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Policy: Four promising takeaways from Masterpiece Cakeshop arguments (National Review)
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Policy: liar-nObamaCare’s medical standards are harming our medical system (City Journal ~The Patriot Post
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Congressman Introducing “SLAP Act” 
To Imprison, Fine Sanctuary City Officials
{rickwells.us} ~ Sanctuary city politicians have been acting with impunity in violating federal law... in protecting and refusing to cooperate with federal authorities attempting to remove illegals from the country. They’ve been able to avoid legal consequences to this point but that may be about to change. Following the mind-numbing slap to the face of American citizens delivered by the libtards of San Francisco in finding the subhuman, 5-times deported Zarate not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle, a GOP congressman is taking steps to change all that. Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita plans to introduce a bill on Monday that would provide the penalty of large fines and prison time to elected officials determined to have provided sanctuary to illegal criminal aliens, and impeding the efforts of the federal government to act in their official capacity as the enforcement agents of federal immigration law...Don't know thats going to work if Congress can't even pass Katie's Law.   https://rickwells.us/congressman-imprison-sanctuary/
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liar-nObama's CIA Director: 
Trump's Russia Contacts Didn't Break Law
by Daniel Greenfield
{frontpagemag.com} ~ Leon Panetta, President liar-nObama’s former Secretary of Defense, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Friday... that it was a “stretch” to say the Trump transition team broke the law with their contacts with the Russians. “We have one administration at a time,” Panetta said, warning that the Trump transition team undermined long-standing political norms in the United States by engaging in diplomacy while the liar-nObama administration was still in office. However, the former defense secretary doubted that dealings with the Russians rose to the level of criminal violations...Then why is Mueller still investigating? http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/268590/obamas-cia-director-trumps...
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Former Dem Congresswoman Sentenced To
Five Years In Prison On Corruption Charges
by HENRY RODGERS
{dailycaller.com} ~ Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday... on number of charges including tax fraud and tax crimes. A judge sentenced Brown to five years in prison and a 3-year supervised release. Brown will be forced to surrender to authorities sometime after Jan. 8., according to CBS 47. The jury convicted Brown of stealing money from a fake charity, One Door For Education. The “charity” was supposed to give scholarships to children who could not afford school but instead the Democratic congresswoman used the donations to go on trips and purchase expensive items. She also used the money to host parties...   http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/04/former-dem-congresswoman-sentence...
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Conyers announces retirement, 
endorses son to succeed him
by Joseph Webe
{foxnews.com} ~ Rep. John Conyers on Tuesday announced his immediate retirement... and endorsed his son John Conyers III to take his seat in Congress. “I am retiring today,” Conyers, D-Mich., said in a local radio interview. “I want everyone to know how much I appreciate people’s support.” The 88-year-old Conyers made his decision two weeks after sexual harassment allegations first surfaced and after returning last week to his Detroit-area district to discuss his political future with family and advisers... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/05/conyers-announces-retire...
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 VIDEOS
 
Dershowitz: Flynn Plea A ‘Show Of Weakness’ By Mueller
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Prager U: Is Fascism Right Or Left Wing?
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Art Laffer Likes The Newly Passed GOP Tax Bill
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President Trump Gives Utah Back The Land liar-nObama Stole
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US, South Korea Deploy Stealth Jets In Joint Military Drills
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General HR McMaster: Threat From North Korea Increases Every Day
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Video Flashback: liar-nObama State Dept, ‘No Problem’ With Michael Flynn Contacting Russian Officials
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The Media/Political Fraternity Protects Its Own
by Arnold Ahlert:  “Don’t get in the elevator with him. … Every female in the press corps knew that, right? Don’t get in the elevator with him. Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.” —Cokie Roberts referring to Democrat Rep. John Conyers

          In the last few weeks, “everybody knew” has been the go-to term attached to the despicable behavior of low-lifes in Congress and the media. Behavior that people in positions of authority knew about and tolerated, as long as it accrued to their interests to do so. And those interests, as in a sickening fraternization between a media that has given up even the pretense of being a government watchdog and politicians so corrupt they established a fund to insulate themselves from accountability has reached critical mass.
          There is little doubt Cokie Roberts remains oblivious to how self-incriminating the above statement truly is. Roberts worked as a congressional correspondent for both ABC News and NPR for more than 20 years, primarily in the 1990s. Prior to that, she had a three year stint from 1981-1984 co-hosting “The Lawmakers,” a weekly public television program on Congress.
          During that entire time, a predatory Conyers served in Congress.   Media predators were equally protected — even after they were outed. Thus, last Wednesday’s MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” began the second hour of its broadcast with a clip of “heartbroken” Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb breaking the news that serial predator Matt Lauer had been axed from NBC. The duo claimed the details of why were unknown, but that didn’t stop Morning Joe’s panelists from asserting that Lauer was a man of “class” and “dignity,” with host Joe Scarborough wondering aloud “how do we sort through this moment?
          How about finding out who’s lying, Joe? Despite initial assurances by Guthrie and Kotb that they were blindsided by the revelations about Lauer, Variety writer Ramin Setoodeh insists Lauer’s behavior “wasn’t even considered a secret,” and that it was “known by many employees at the TODAY Show, including some employees that have gone on television and said publicly ‘we had no idea.’”
          Why the cover-up? “Several women told Variety they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding ‘Today,’” Setoodeh reveals.
          Advertising worth $30 million? Lauer’s attorneys are looking for that amount to buy out his remaining contract. NBC insists it won’t happen, but columnist Ed Morrissey wonders if such a payment might be worth it for NBC owner Comcast, if the corporation can keep a lid on what “everybody at NBC knew about Matt Lauer’s sexually inappropriate behavior” as a current “Today” staffer put it.
          The New York Post’s Maureen Callahan wonders why Guthrie would read Lauer’s self-serving apology on the air, acting as “body armor for a known predator who spent decades victimizing her female co-workers,” and why other “ostensibly smart, together, professional women” would “publicly agonize over deviant criminal behavior.” She asks, “What, really, is there to understand?
          That they’re all part of the same elitist fraternity, Ms. Callahan. The one where “lesser” employees remain expendable, and the predators’ colleagues will protect them to the point of self-debasement. Colleagues like CBS co-anchor Gayle King, who was saddened by the revelations surrounding Charlie Rose. “What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something so horrible?” she asked on air. “I’m really grappling with that.”
          Congressional elitists are also “grappling” with their own preposterous assertions they were unaware of Conyers’ behavior, despite a $27,000 payoff to one of his victims from the Office of Compliance. The OOC was set by Congress up to coordinate undisclosed payoffs to victims of congressional malfeasance that included sexual harassment claims.
          Taxpayer-subsidized payoffs. Former House Speaker Nancy Pulosi initially believed referring to Conyers as an “icon” would provide sufficient insulation. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), the third ranking member of the House Democrat Caucus, used the story of convicted child murderer Susan Smith, who had told authorities a black man kidnapped them, to suggest  Conyers’ white accusers were lying.
          Pulosi is now calling for Conyers’ resignation, following allegations by Marion Brown, Conyers’ deputy chief of staff from 2003 to 2014, who broke an OOC-required nondisclosure agreement to speak publicly. And keeping the race card in play, Congressional Black Caucus members are wondering  why a white Sen. Al Franken isn’t held to the same standard as Conyers.
          An excellent question, but it ignores the reality that the word “standard” is strictly a euphemism with no relationship to accountability. Thus, both men will be subjected to their respective chambers’ Ethics Committees before any action is undertaken — a nationally publicized photo of Franken’s touching a sleeping woman’s breasts notwithstanding.
          How effective are those committees? “Many accused politicians — Conyers, Franken — are still in place, their activities ‘to be investigated’ by this same Ethics Committee that has, in essence, investigated no one,” explains columnist Roger L. Simon, who adds “this protection racket … has been going on for years.
          In the last 20 years, the OOC awarded to complainants 268 taxpayer-funded settlements totaling $17.2 million. Some undisclosed portion of those funds were used to settle sexual harassment complaints.
          And they remain undisclosed because of the aforementioned nondisclosure agreements. Agreements required just to begin a complaint process so arduous Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) believes it is set up to “protect the institution rather than the most vulnerable,” as she aptly put it.
          Worse, the OOC is not the only taxpayer-funded congressional protection fund. “Severance packages” (read: payoffs) can also be negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, such as the $48,395 taxpayer-funded payout by Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) to settle a “hostile workplace” complaint. Grijalva insists sexual harassment wasn’t part of the equation, but it is reported his accuser also signed a nondisclosure agreement.
          Peter Flaherty, president of the watchdog organization National Legal and Policy Center, illuminates the possibilities, stating, “Sexual harassment settlements are sometimes disguised as other transactions, like severance payments. These are very hard to unravel.
          What’s not hard to unravel is the contemptible notion that the names of the transgressors remain undisclosed to the American taxpayers who paid their settlements. And unlike their counterparts in media who can be fired, creeps like Franken and Conyers can make half-hearted apologies and stick around.
          Moreover like any good fraternity, these insufferable elitists in both groups can rely on their numerous apologists to soften the blows. “Today, we are in mourning,” states former Charlie Rose assistant Kyle Godfrey-Ryan in a column attempting to reconcile her own failure to confront Rose’s misogyny.
          We, Ms. Godfrey-Ryan? Columnist Tina Trent exposes the hypocrisy: “When Cokie Roberts announced this week that the entire tribe of female Capitol Hill reporters knew better than to get into an elevator with Congressman John Conyers Jr., a Detroit Democrat, my first reaction was this: did they warn the cleaning staff?
          Of course not. The “cleaning staff,” a.k.a. ordinary Americans, are not part of the media/political fraternity.
          Thus, like millions of their fellow outsiders, they must fend for themselves.  ~The Patriot Pos
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GOP Activist Investigating Hillary Clinton’s Lost Emails
Found Dead — Apparent Suicide By Black Plastic Bag Republican activist Peter Smith was found dead in his hotel room in May 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota.

The hotel staff found Smith with a black plastic bag on his head. He was trying to obtain Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

UPDATE: Mueller and Congressional investigators have interviewed Smith’s acquaintances several times. Our sources say there is much more to this story.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Peter W. Smith, a Republican political activist and financier from Chicago who mounted an effort to obtain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, died on May 14 after asphyxiating himself in a hotel room in Rochester, Minn., according to local authorities. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Smith’s body was found by a hotel clerk in the Aspen Suites hotel, located across the street from the Mayo Clinic, according to a Rochester Police Department report. An associate of Mr. Smith said that he had recently visited the clinic. A representative for the facility wouldn’t confirm if Mr. Smith was a patient.

Mr. Smith died about 10 days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he recounted his attempts to acquire what he believed were thousands of emails stolen from Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. He implied that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then serving as the senior national security adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, was aware of his efforts…

…The police report said Mr. Smith was found by a hotel clerk with a plastic bag around his head attached tightly with black rubber bands. Mr. Smith “left documentation on why he committed suicide, medical records, his written obituary, and life insurance” on a table in his room, the report said.

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Massachusetts Man Arrested After Trying To Hire
A Hit Man On Twitter To Kill ICE Agents For $500

A 33-year-old lefty from Cambridge, Massachusetts named Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday after offering anyone on Twitter $500 to kill ICE agents.

Ziobrowski also expressed his desire to slit John McCain’s throat in several tweets.

FOX News reported:

A Massachusetts man was arrested in New York on Thursday after trying to hire a hit man on Twitter to kill ICE agents for $500 and sharing his desire to slit the throat of Sen. John McCain, federal officials said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said that Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, from Cambridge, Mass. was charged with one count of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat and injure another person for the alleged Twitter posts this year.

Federal officials said Ziobrowski tweeted a murder for hire solicitation to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for $500, and repeatedly tweeted his desire to slit the throat of McCain, R-Ariz.

“The agents and officers out there enforcing federal laws are doing their job, plain and simple,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference. “There is a difference between public debate and putting others in fear of their lives.”

Federal officials said Ziobrowski in March started tweeting threatening messages against federal agents that work for ICE.

On July 2, the 33-year-old allegedly tweeted: “I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills ICE agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this lets make this work.”

The Justice Department released a statement on the arrest of Ziobrowski:

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