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Double Standards
by Cal Thomas 
Republicans find conflicts in Bruce Ohr's closed-door testimony
by Kelly Cohen
{ } ~ Justice Department official Bruce Ohr delivered roughly 8 hours of closed-door testimony to House lawmakers on Tuesday... that conflicted with some of the past statements they've heard from others as they investigate how the government decided to investigate President Trump's campaign, according to Republican lawmakers. “It became very clear that there are a number of factual conflicts,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told reporters. “Either Bruce Ohr’s lying or Glenn Simpson’s lying.” Simpson is the cofounder of Fusion GPS, which put together the questionable dossier on Trump that was eventually used as a basis for surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. They also said his testimony conflicted with that of former FBI attorney Lisa Page. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., also said there “some conflicts in terms of who met with whom at what time, based on sworn testimonies.” Republicans charge that Ohr's close contact with Fusion GPS is a sign that the Justice Department helped gin up the dossier, and then used it to go after Trump. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, was contracted to work for the company that was commissioned by liar-Hillary Clinton's campaign and the dummycrats-Democratic National Committee to compile the dossier...
Iran’s Saber Rattling on
Persian Gulf Likely to Rattle World Oil Markets
by James Phillips
{ The commander of the navy of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Gen. Alireza Tangsiri, warned on Monday that Iran maintained control of the Persian Gulf... and that the U.S. Navy did not belong there. Tangsiri said Iran had full control of the gulf, as well as of the Strait of Hormuz, which leads into it. “We can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf, and there is no need for the presence of aliens like the U.S. and the countries whose home is not in here,” he said} ~ . Although it is not clear what he meant by “control,” Iran’s Islamist dictatorship long has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if it is attacked or unable to export its own oil through the strait. The Trump administration seeks to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero through sanctions that are slated to take effect in November, but it is unlikely to reach that goal owing to continued imports of Iranian oil by China and other countries that reject the U.S. sanctions... 
Iran, Europeans Scramble to Save Nuclear Deal, Hardline Regime 
by Adam Kredo
{ } ~ Iranian leaders and their European counterparts are scrambling to save the landmark nuclear deal as the Islamic Republic's ruling regime teeters on the brink of collapse... amid a severe financial crunch that has sparked popular protests across the country, according to multiple U.S. officials who told the Washington Free Beacon Europe is "poisoning" its relations with the Trump administration. The European Union gifted Iran over the weekend a $21 million financial package aimed at keeping the hardline ruling regime afloat ahead of the reimposition of harsh U.S. sanctions that will choke off Tehran's access to international financial markets. U.S. officials described the aid package as foolish, saying it will fuel Iran's assassination attempts in European countries and its global terrorism operations. Top Iranian leaders held a series of phone calls with their European counterparts over the weekend to plot avenues for skirting the new U.S. sanctions and keeping the nuclear agreement intact following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from its commitments under the deal. These efforts coincided with a new military agreement between Iran and Syria to keep the Islamic Republic's fighting forces in the country over the long-term... This shows us how foolish Eurpean leaders are.
Qatar and Turkey: Toxic Allies in the Gulf
by Richard Miniter
{ } ~ These days, America has more trouble with its allies than its enemies... Consider the strange case of Turkey and Qatar, two putative American allies. Both nations host essential U.S. air bases while supporting Islamist political parties, increasingly cooperating with Iran, America's most determined enemy in the region, and actively subverting U.S. policy in the region. Questions began with the arrest of Andrew Brunson, an American-born Christian pastor who has lived in Turkey for 23 years without incident. Then, on October 7, 2016 Brunson and his wife Norine were seized as alleged coup plotters. Norine was released after being held for 13 days, without any charges being filed. Andrew Brunson has remained in detention since 2016 and the charges, when they finally appeared, were numerous and impossible to believe. Example: Brunson is a part of Mormon-inspired CIA plot to topple Turkey's elected government. Brunson is not Mormon and has no known CIA connections. If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison. Turkey revealed its true intentions when it offered to exchange Brunson for Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled Turkish Islamic cleric who lives in Pennsylvania. The Turkish government believes that Gülen and his alleged "Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization" are behind the July 2016 alleged attempted "coup" against the Turkish government. Dissidents maintain that the "coup" was manufactured to give the elected Islamist government cover to purge pro-secular senior military officers, opposition politicians and critical journalists. For more than a decade, Turkish politics has been roiled by a debate about undoing many of secular traditions and laws enacted at the founding of modern Turkey in the 1920s, but now moving toward a more Islamic model that is friendlier to Iran's Islamic dictatorship and less so toward the US and the EU. Brunson apparently became a pawn in a larger chess game...
Polls Are Just More Media Propaganda
by Brian C. Joondeph

{ } ~ Election season is upon us again, two years after one of the wildest roller-coaster political campaigns in recent memory... This time, it's Congress on the ballot, not Donald Trump versus liar-Hillary Clinton. Yet President Trump is still on the ballot – his agenda, his policies, his future. If dummycrats-Democrats win the House, we can expect Trump's economic plans to be put on hold. Aside from the unlikely prospect of impeachment, dummycrats-Democrats will use every congressional committee under their control to investigate the president and his administration.  Endless hearings, subpoenas, and media coverage will have the Trump administration spending every waking hour answering to Congress, leaving little time to make America great again. That's why this election is so important for the left. The FBI and DOJ did their best to interfere with the 2016 election and prevent the inevitable outcome. They then tried – and lied – to drive Trump from office, efforts that continue to this day, through FISA warrants, hiding of documents, and the special counsel investigation. The last hasn't given up on the Russian collusion story, going as far to date as interviewing a Manhattan madam as if she were the key to proving that Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin hacked the election.  The media are carrying the narrative on a daily basis for the left. Endless nonsensical news stories and panel discussions proliferate. Hyper-partisan political hacks like scumbag/commie-John Brennan, who, despite losing his security clearance, doesn't seem to have had his free speech curtailed as claimed, appear regularly on CNN and MSNBC to spout their Trump-hatred...
Jim Mattis hints US military exercises
with South Korea could resume soon, then backtracks
by Jamie McIntyre
{ } ~ As denuclearization negotiations with North Korea appear to be faltering, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis seemed to be delivering a blunt and unequivocal message Tuesday... The U.S. could soon resume major military exercises with its South Korea allies. “As you know we took the step to suspend several of the largest exercises as a good faith measure coming out of the Singapore summit. We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises,” Mattis said at a rare news conference in the Pentagon briefing room. But then Mattis began to backtrack, insisting exercises could not be turned back on because they were never turned off, and that no decision would be made on next year’s exercises until next year, and then only after consultation with the State Department. “We will work very closely with the secretary of state, and what he needs done we will certainly do to reinforce his effort, but at this time there has been no discussion of further suspensions,” Mattis said... 


Double Standards
by Cal Thomas

{ } ~ Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation's interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species.

But once in a while -- call it the law of averages -- someone speaks the truth. It happened last week when Mark Penn, former adviser to liar-Bill and liar-Hillary Clinton, wrote a column for The Hill newspaper in which he claimed there is a big difference between how liar-Hillary Clinton and President Trump have been treated when it comes to allegations of criminal behavior.

Penn then appeared on Fox News where he spoke of the "doublestandard" applied to Trump and his associates compared to how liar-Clinton was exonerated by FBI Director scumbag-James Comey over her private email server and her handling of classified information. "The investigations related to the email were handled with kid gloves, and the investigations related to Trump ... with all-out prosecutorial force of government and deep state might," Penn said.

It doesn't matter. The long knives have been drawn by those who want to reverse the results of the 2016 election and put themselves back in power. They will not be sheathed until blood is drawn, preferably the blood of the president, whose personality might not win him any good deportment citations on a grade school report card, but whose policies are making the nation stronger.

Neither does it matter that no evidence of Russian "collusion" by the Trump campaign has yet to be uncovered. That train seems to have long ago left the station, replaced by other strategies to bring down the president, none of which were part of the special counsel's original mandate.

Indeed, on July 13 when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russians for their alleged roles in hacking computers at the dummycrats-Democratic National Committee and other sites, he said: "There's no allegation in this document that any American citizen committed a crime. There's no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result."

Rosenstein knows the indicted Russians will never be extradited and tried, so it looks to most conservatives like a public relations stunt designed to show that Robert Mueller was pursuing what he had been tasked with discovering.

Having failed to achieve that objective, the tentacles of his office have spread out in other directions, now reaching the Trump organization where its CEO has been granted full federal immunity and will likely be required to divulge anything -- perhaps even those long-hidden Trump income tax returns, which dummycrats-Democrats have wanted made public since the 2016 campaign.

President Trump needs to refocus and stop attacking his political enemies, and even his friends, and start worrying about his most pressing problem. As The Wall Street Journal editorialized, "The biggest political threat to Mr. Trump is a Democratic election victory in November, which will trigger a drive for impeachment. Mr. Trump isn't going to persuade anyone to vote for Republicans by railing against a Republican attorney general he selected."

He should stop publicly admonishing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who early on recused himself from all things Russian. After the president's latest criticism of Sessions, Sessions issued a statement defending the law and the integrity of the Department of Justice against the president's constant criticism.

Yes, the DOJ has behaved differently under Sessions and Rosenstein than it did when scumbag-Eric Holder, described as President scumbag/liar-nObama's "wing man," held that post, but nothing can be done about that now. The president should concern himself with what is being done on other fronts where he can credibly claim success. The problem is that his constant attacks on others, which achieve little, have obscured many of his accomplishments.

Americans want to be happy about the present and optimistic about the future. This president -- any president -- should see that as his main calling and pull back on his Twitter barrages. There should be only one standard for a president's behavior.

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