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Flynn's Plea — Much Ado About Nothing?
by Thomas Gallatin
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SCOTUS Scolds Lower Courts
by Thomas Gallatin:  In a 7-2 decision Monday, the Supreme Court stayed a block imposed by judges in Hawaii and Maryland against Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries, as well as North Korea and Venezuela. In its ruling SCOTUS pressed both the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts to expedite their decisions on challenges that have been raised against Trump’s executive order. In the meantime, the travel ban will once again go into effect without restrictions. The ban is one thing; the judicial rebuke is another, which we’ll come back to.

          Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to SCOTUS’ decision, stating, “[This is] a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people. We are pleased to have defended this order and heartened that a clear majority Supreme Court has allowed the President’s lawful proclamation protecting our country’s national security to go into full effect. The Constitution gives the President the responsibility and power to protect this country from all threats foreign and domestic, and this order remains vital to accomplishing those goals.
          Solicitor General Noel Francisco defended the legality of and need for Trump’s order, saying, “[It is a] comprehensive, worldwide review of the information shared by foreign governments that is used to screen aliens seeking entry to the United States. Based on that review, the Proclamation adopts tailored entry restrictions to address extensive findings that a handful of particular foreign governments have deficient information-sharing and identity-management practices, or other risk factors.”
          The specifics of the ban, however, are almost incidental. SCOTUS’ decision is a win for the Rule of Law that also serves as a rebuke against activist judges. The High Court rarely intervenes when appellate courts are still considering cases, but did so here because disdain for a president or his policies is not justification for judges to ignore the law.  ~The Patriot Pos
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https://patriotpost.us/articles/52743

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Supreme Court Decides In 
Favor Of President Trump On Travel Ban
{rickwells.us} ~ Once and if President Trump is able to maneuver past the fake legislative judiciary network that Hussein liar-nObama put into place... the leftist black-robed tyrants, he generally has a fair chance of getting an objective ruling from the Supreme Court. Barring the occasional unexpected actions of Chief Justice Roberts, the court has not been nearly the sewer of subjective despotism that the lower courts have. The Supreme Court illustrated that point on Monday by allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce his national security travel bans on persons from seven nations with problematic populations and high risk of terrorism. Those nations are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen...  https://rickwells.us/supreme-court-travel-ban/
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Regulatory Hurdles Are 
Hampering Natural Gas Exports 
by WILLIAM SHUGHART
{thehill.com} ~ Reaching consensus about energy policy is rare in Washington these days... It’s about as hard as getting the House and Senate to move forward rather than backward on health care and taxes. But one extremely important issue on the table should be a no-brainer even for the anti-free-trade Trump administration: given China’s growing interest in switching from coal to cleaner natural gas for its domestic energy needs, a golden opportunity exists to take advantage of America’s huge shale-gas supply. U.S. capacity for processing liquefied natural gas (LNG), or natural gas cooled to liquid form, also is expanding: it is set to grow nearly seven-fold by 2019, but that is not fast enough. Domestic gas production is outpacing domestic demand, producing a glut of unsold gas in storage, but only one U.S. LNG export facility is now operating — Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana...   http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/360782-regulatory-hur...
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The Differences House, Senate Will 
Have to Resolve to Advance Tax Reform Bill
by Rachel del Guidice 
{dailysignal.com} ~ Following the Senate’s 51-49 early Saturday morning vote to pass Republicans’ tax reform overhaul... the legislation will move to conference where the House and Senate will work to resolve their differences. “I think the differences are pretty minor between the two bills and I think will be pretty easily worked out,” Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. A senior Republican aide told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that he expects the conference period will be swift, and said he believes a final vote on the plan will be “within one or two days” of the conference report. The Dec. 12 Alabama special election between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is also creating pressure for a swift resolution... http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/04/the-differences-house-senate-will...
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Anti-Trump Text Messages 
Show Pattern Of Bias On Mueller’s Team
by CHUCK ROSS
{dailycaller.com} ~ For nearly four months, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office... the Justice Department and the FBI have kept secret the fact that the FBI agent who oversaw the Russia investigation exchanged anti-Trump and pro-liar-Hillary Clinton text messages with an FBI attorney who was also his mistress. Those messages, the existence of which were revealed in bombshell reports published over the weekend, highlight a pattern of the Mueller team. Many of Mueller’s prosecutors — it has been extensively reported — have made campaign contributions to liar-Clinton and other Democratic political candidates. And a review by The Daily Caller shows that Mueller lawyers involved in the cases against four Trump associates are Democratic donors...  http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/04/anti-trump-text-messages-show-pat...
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DACA Dems clown-Schumer And Pulosi 
Out-Strategized, Got Played By Trump
by rickwells.us
{rickwells.us} ~The brilliance of President Trump waiting until September to cancel the DACA amnesty and then providing a six month window for Congress... to act in response is now coming more clearly into view. As Democrat leaders Nancy Pulosi and Chuck clown-Schumer agree to meet with President Trump on talks about the year-end spending bill, they’ve been declaring for months that a DACA amnesty must be part of the package. They included it in their snarky remarks following being invited once again to the White House for talks, but Trump has dealt himself the better hand. In a written statement, Pulosi and clown-Schumer said, “We’re glad the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting,” a less-than subtle way of declaring that they didn’t go groveling back after their earlier refusal to attend failed to achieve its intended results... https://rickwells.us/daca-schumer-pelosi-trump/
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Flynn's Plea — Much Ado About Nothing?
by Thomas Gallatin:  On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Michael Flynn, former national security advisor for Donald Trump, with lying to the FBI. The charge states that Flynn “willfully and knowingly” made “false, fictitious and fraudulent” statements to the agency while it was investigating Russian election meddling. David French of National Review points out that “the sharp-eyed reader will note that Flynn is being charged with lying to the FBI about activity that isn’t criminal.” Flynn has pleaded guilty to the charge and has now promised full cooperation with Mueller’s investigation.

          What does this mean? The mainstream media outlets are speculating that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to “make contact with the Russians.” While the Democrats and their Leftmedia mouthpieces are wildly playing this up to be the smoking gun of Russian collusion they have long been clamoring about, it’s not even remotely that. The devil is in the details — or in this case the timing — if in fact Trump directed Flynn after the election and during the transition to contact the Russians. Thus, this has nothing to do with the fake collusion charges. Moreover, there was nothing illegal about Flynn’s contact with the Russians.
          Responding to the news of Flynn’s plea, the White House issued the following statement:
          Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former liar-nObama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.
          The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.
          So, why has Flynn been the target of both the FBI and then the Mueller investigation? Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy  believes the answer to be threefold, hinging upon Barack liar-nObama’s desire to handicap Trump’s ability to reverse his policies both foreign and domestic. McCarthy writes that liar-nObama aimed to “(1) to punish Flynn, and derivatively the incoming Trump administration, for opposing liar-nObama’s anti-Israel legerdemain in the Security Council; (2) to promote the political narrative that Russia–Trump collusion had cheated liar-Clinton out of her rightful election victory; and (3) to tie this collusion narrative to sanctions relief, thereby making it politically impossible for Trump to roll back liar-nObama’s sanctions once he was sworn in — a boon for the Democrats’ collusion narrative since the sanctions stand as a reminder of Russia’s election meddling.
          This latest news is reminiscent of the special counsel railroading of Scooter Libby. And this is once again a reminder that Mueller’s investigation is free to go almost anywhere. For Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media, the endgame is the removal of Trump, because his election victory amounted to a massive refutation by the American people of liar-nObama and his leftist policy agenda. Refusing to stand by and allow Trump to reverse their political achievements, Democrats have essentially opted for a resistance plan that seeks what McCarthy calls the “criminalization of politics.” Hence the call by Sen. Diane Fein-stein (D-CA) on Sunday for pursuing a case against Trump for obstruction of justice.  ~The Patriot Pos
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https://patriotpost.us/articles/52705

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Breaking: Jury Sides With Sheriff Joe
Smacks Down Establishment GOP’s Lawsuit

A jury has sided in favor of conservative icon, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, against the lawsuit filed by Austin Flake, the son of GOP establishment Senator Jeff Flake, and Austin’s ex-wife, Logan Brown.

Flake and Brown had filed a lawsuit against the Arizona sheriff for “malicious prosecution” after over a dozen dogs died on their watch at a Gilbert dog kennel.

The jury decided Flake and Brown had failed to provide sufficient evidence to back up their accusations of malicious prosecution by Arpaio, The Associated Press reported via Tucson.com.

Flake and Brown ran the kennel while Brown’s parents were out of town in 2014, the AP reported.

The two were still in college.

Initially, Flake and Brown were charged in the incident, but the charges were dropped at the prosecution’s request. Later, Flake’s in-laws pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after an expert determined that the facility air conditioner failed because it was not properly maintained.

Thus, the owners of the kennel were responsible for the death of the 21 dogs, and they answered for their crimes.

Nonetheless, Flake and Brown reportedly alleged that Arpaio had charged them to gain publicity and deal damage to Senator Flake — an establishment fixture within the GOP.

The two “contended the charges caused them emotional distress, contributed to the demise of their marriage and led the senator’s son to being suspended from college for an honor-code violation,” according to The Associated Press.

Despite the jury’s decision, the U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake will not issue a final verdict until the defense explains why it didn’t turn over documents that may have benefited the plaintiffs, according to a statement from the plaintiffs’ attorney to The Associated Press.

“The struggle to hold government officials accountable has always required a steep, perilous climb,” the plaintiffs’ attorney said in a Friday statement according to KNPX.

“Although we disagree with the jury’s verdict, we are grateful we had the opportunity to force former Sheriff Arpaio and his subordinates at Maricopa County to account for their indisputably reckless conduct. Near the end of the trial, we discovered that the County failed to turn over documents that might have helped us prove our case,” he continued.

“The Court has ordered the County to explain its failure and indicated that it will not enter a final judgment in the case until a satisfactory explanation is provided. We will access our future options in this fight when the County complies with the Court’s Order.”

Charges that didn’t pan out are an annoyance to those affected — there’s no question of that.

But to claim that those charges — which were dropped — were the reason behind a failed marriage, and that Arpaio needs to pay is completely ridiculous.

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