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Charles Hurt19 Dec 2017246 These days, we are living through a real-life international spy thriller full of vast conspiracies, lawless rogue government agents, unthinkable betrayals all driven by stupendous greed and a blithe willingness to lie about absolutely anything. It could be the latest HBO sensation or a binge-worthy hit on Netflix.
The first major wormhole moment came after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was murdered in 2010 and guns at the crime scene were linked to the U.S. government.
Conspiracy nuts started talking about how the ATF had violated the very federal gun laws the bureau is charged with enforcing by knowingly allowing “straw purchasers” to obtain weapons that they would later sell to Mexican drug cartels.
We are talking tinfoil-hat crazy conspiracy stuff. Many good people dismissed the claims as preposterous, the daffy product of overactive imaginations and overstimulated partisanship. Like monsters underneath a child’s bed.
Then we learned every bit of it was honest-to-God’s truth. Under the Obama administration, our federal government was arming some of our most savage and destructive enemies — purportedly in the name of “tracking” the bad guys.
Since that startling revelation, similarly appalling betrayals and conspiracies have become almost routine. The root causes of each scandal range from alarmingly reckless incompetence to treasonous betrayals of the American people.
There was the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi. Rooted in lazy incompetence, the ensuing cover-up became a labyrinth of lies and false accusations that led to riots and mayhem around the globe.
Then the Democratic Party rigged its own primary to thwart the will of its own voters.
When then-candidate Donald Trump sounded the alarm, Democrats — and even some Republicans — called him a reckless kook and laughed him off.
Of course, stolen insider emails have since proved all of Mr. Trump’s hunches to be correct.
In fact, it was even worse than he predicted.
Every day now, we learn more and more about how Democrats, Republicans and self-serving bureaucrats inside the federal government worked to jilt the election out of Mr. Trump’s hands. Shamelessly, the Obama administration used our government’s most powerful intelligence apparatus to spy on his political opponents during the height of a presidential campaign.
That these vermin colluders failed has in no way deterred them. They remain as committed to undoing the Trump presidency today as they were before the election.
But the most sinister twist — the most brazen conspiracy caper of all — in this entire spy novel extravaganza we are now enduring has to be the eight-year scheme by the Obama administration to betray the American people and hand unbridled power to one of our most ardent and determined enemies.
An extraordinary and thorough report by Politico exposes a vast left-wing conspiracy at all levels of the Obama administration to collude with a terrorist organization in hopes of empowering a nation devoted to the death of America.
According to the report, Obama officials pressured federal investigators to back off investigations into huge money-laundering, weapons and drug trafficking operations by the terrorist group Hezbollah. The Obama administration offered this protection even as Hezbollah was raking in $1 billion a year and extending its murderous anti-American influence far beyond the Middle East.
All in the name of what? Upholding the U.S. Constitution? Fighting the war on terror? Peace in the Middle East?
Not hardly. It was all in the name of placating Iran — Hezbollah’s patron nation — so that the Obama administration could ink a ridiculously lopsided deal on Iran’s nuclear program. A deal that scored Iran hundreds of millions in cash and billions more in sanctions relief.
At the very, very, very end of the whole deal, Iran gets to weaponize its nuclear program anyway.
If that is not outright treason, then nothing is."
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In a new report by The Washington Times, reporters Guy Taylor and Dan Boylan say the Obama administration’s dangerous habit of leaking “sensitive secret intelligence,” to the press for political gain, may have led to the death of several elite CIA agents.
But sadly it also wouldn't be the first time he wasn't held accountable for it either. That's what happens when a country's rule of law has been extinguished.
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God bless, Steve
It should not surprise or shock anyone that President Barack Hussein Obama has been revealed to have derailed the investigation and prosecution of Iran’s terrorist sock puppet, Hezb’allah, and its drug-running operation in order to complete the fatally flawed Iran nuclear deal. Obama gave aid and comfort to terrorist groups and their state sponsors from the day he was sworn in, to the point of actual criminality.
It should not surprise or shock that President Barack Hussein Obama has been revealed to have derailed the investigation and prosecution of Iran’s terrorist sock puppet, Hezbollah, and its drug-running operation in order to complete the fatally flawed Iran nuclear deal. Obama gave aid and comfort to terrorist groups and their state sponsors from the day he was sworn in, to the point of actual criminality.
Consider the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the deserter who left his post and his comrades in am Afghan combat zone to find himself and also to find the Taliban. Former U.N. Ambassador and National Security adviser Susan Rice, propagator of the Benghazi video lie, laughingly said on the same talk show circuit that Bowe Bergdahl had “served with distinction.” This was the administration view of the man whom Obama would trade key Taliban leaders in our custody for.
President Obama welcomed and commiserated with Bowe Bergdahl’s parents in the Rose Garden on May 31, 2014. It would be stretching credulity to beyond the breaking point to believe President Obama did not know when it was announced we were trading five top Taliban commanders, soon to be free to return to the terrorist battlefield, for Bergdahl.
Even if Bergdahl was not a deserter, the trade would have been a bad deal. As Investor’s Business Daily noted in an editorial charging “Obama Gave Material Assistance To Our Taliban Enemy”, President Obama committed a federal crime by trading Taliban leaders for Bergdahl:
As former congressman and Afghanistan veteran Allen West points out, President Obama signed into law only months ago the National Defense Authorization Act, which makes it a crime to offer or provide any material support to terrorist groups. It makes no exception as to who and under which circumstances.
The Taliban is considered a non-state terrorist group to which Obama has returned five of the worst terrorists held at Guantanamo. They are not foot soldiers and this exchange was not at the end of a war, when prisoner swaps often happen. They are four-star general equivalents who will return to the battlefield to target and kill Americans again. If that’s not material assistance, what is?…
“We have a federal statute which makes it a felony to provide material assistance to any terrorist organization,” said Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano in support of West’s opinion. “It could be money, maps, professional services, any asset whatsoever, include human assets.”
That Obama would endanger American security for a dubious photo-op and help empty a Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility he had pledged to close is beyond the pale. But then so is going to bed to rest up for a Las Vegas fund raiser the night four Americans were killed in Benghazi, including a U.S. Ambassador, Christopher Stevens. Obama, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice couldn’t bring themselves to blame the terrorist groups that attacked in Benghazi, including ansar al-Sharia, or even to utter the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism”..They preferred to spread the lie that a video was responsible, a lie they repeated on national TV, before the United Nations and to the parents of the Benghazi dead before their sons’ caskets:
Last Thursday, Judicial Watch issued a press release announcing that on Feb. 11 it had “uncovered documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing that top aides for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, knew from the onset that the Benghazi mission compound was under attack by armed assailants tied to a terrorist group.”
The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, make no mention of a reaction to an Internet video.
But they do contain references to an attack for which the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia had taken credit, information available to the State Department before it released the statement implicating a video.
President Obama and his administration precipitously withdrew from Iraq, snatching defeat from President Bush’s victory, and then ignored intelligence warnings on the rise of ISIS for a year: Obama once told CNN that the rise and expansion of the Islamic State was “not on my intelligence radar” As the Washington Examiner reported:
President Obama admitted to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, in a TV special “The Legacy of Barack Obama,” that his administration underestimated the Islamic State terrorist group.
“The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen,” Obama said in a pre-taped interview that aired Wednesday evening.
Well, in order to see something on your radar, you actually have to look at it, and the fact is that President Obama from the start ignored his daily intelligence briefings, including the ones about ISIS that he ignored for a year. The fact is that President Obama, who famously dismissed ISIS as a “JV team”, ignored the intelligence reports of the rise of the Islamic State and the danger it posed. As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized, Obama’s later promise to “degrade and destroy” ISIS was an empty threat by a President who could have destroyed ISIS in the cradle but didn’t:
Degrade? Degrading has been the foreign policy of a president who recently said that he didn’t have a strategy yet for dealing with the Islamic State’s butchery after watching it train and prepare for a year in its Syrian base before its “sudden” expansion into Iraq.
A former Pentagon official told Fox News that Obama received specific intelligence in daily briefings about the Islamic State’s rise. The information was said to be “granular” in detail, laying out IS’ intentions and capabilities for at least a year before it seized big chunks of Iraqi territory and started beheading Americans.
Obama’s indifference to the briefings was an issue during the 2012 campaign, when former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen observed that Obama personally attended only 44% of them. Obama’s perceived lack of interest in a terror war, which he claimed was won prior to the Benghazi attack, mirrors his reported lack of interest in the rise of the Islamic State.
So with Obama’s turning a blind eye to the terrorist threats posed by the Taliban, Ansar Al-Sharia, and ISIS, even offering material aid and comfort to the Taliban, should we be surprised that he flew pallets containing $1.7 billion in cash to Iran, cash used to fund terrorist groups like Hezbollah whose drug-running he excused and ignored?
Just as he was an accomplice to running Operation Fast and Furious which got Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed, now we know President Obama was so intent on getting any kind of nuclear deal with the state sponsor of terror known as Iran that he was willing to derail efforts that were about to shut down Hezbollah’s drug running activities inside the United States:
In order to keep the Iran nuclear deal on track, Obama gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations, including crimes unfolding inside the United States, Politico reported.
A Drug Enforcement Administration campaign, “Project Cassandra,” was launched to target the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah’s illicit networks, tracing the actions “to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran,” according to the online political news outlet….
David Asher, a Defense Department illicit finance analyst who helped establish and oversee Project Cassandra, said the Obama White House “ripped apart” their efforts.
“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” Asher said. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”
The closer Obama got to cementing the Iran nuclear deal, Asher said, the more difficult it was to conduct their investigation into Hezbollah activities.
Obama let the chance to shut down Hezbollah’s drug trafficking operation, putting the lives of American youth at risk, in order to cement his legacy in the fatally flawed Iran nuclear deal. As Josh Meyer detailed in Politico:
But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.
The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force. And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.
Coupled with his material aid and comfort to the Taliban, Obama’s obstruction of justice in shutting down Hezbollah’s drug-running operation and failing to prosecute those running it constitutes crimes against the United States worthy of investigation, prosecution and, yes, incarceration.
ISIS metastasized and spread across the world while Obama was president. He also flooded the US with Muslim refugees in an attempt to ‘fundamentally transform America’.
The Muslim Brotherhood also routinely waltzed into the White House to have meetings with Obama.
Barack Obama proudly traded traitor Bowe Bergdahl for 5 Taliban terrorists. He held a Rose Garden ceremony and invited Bowe’s dad in to speak.
Bowe Bergdahl’s father praised Allah when he said “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate,” while Obama nodded and smiled in agreement.Obama’s IRS targeted Christians and conservatives while giving leftist groups preferential treatment. Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch uncovered yet another shocking abuse by Obama’s IRS.
The Reason Alliance, which is a Massachusetts group that worships Satan, created an after school Satanic club for elementary schools. They received their tax exempt status by the IRS within 10 days of applying while Tea Party groups waited years. Pure evil.
One of the most evil acts by Obama was to viciously target the Little Sisters of the Poor. Innocent Nuns who dedicate their lives to helping the elderly simply because of their stance on contraception.
Obama sued the NUNS!
The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious group for women who have dedicated their lives to the service of the elderly, was concerned that after more than a century of service in the US, the Obama Administration was pushing them out of the country. The order was previously banned in China and Myanmar. The Obama Admininistration was forcing them out of the United States.
The religious order claimed the so-called contraception mandate in ObamaCare made it impossible for them to continue their work in the United States.
Would a Christian really target nuns and other Christians while aiding and abetting Satanic groups and terrorist organizations? No way.
In December 2013, Barack Obama again urged Israel to hand over holiest sites of Christendom and Judaism to Islamist groups.
On Christmas Day 2016, in a final despicable act against Christians and Jews, Barack Obama effectively signed over Christendom’s and Judaism’s holiest sites to radical Muslim groups.
It was also Barack Hussein Obama who said the Muslim call to prayer is, “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
Reminds me of a time in history when fellow human beings were bought and sold as cattle and had no rights. I am a Christian but I know a lot of folks that aren't that know when something is evil.
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On behalf of the Obama family, Merry Christmas! We wish you joy and peace this holiday season. pic.twitter.com/CNFUZrhrBj— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 25, 2017
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"...As an aside, this appears to be the biggest political scandal in the history of the country. Never before has an outgoing administration attempted to fix a presidential election. It's like something out of a third world country. But then, Obama always admired dictators like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez..."
Just a reminder: Josh Meyer pulled back the curtain not just on Obama's sabotaging of Project Cassandra with his investigative report; he also helped clarify exactly what this Iranian regime really is: a gang of criminal thugs.
Not only has the Iranian regime been exporting terrorism by shipping weapons and manpower to various proxy wars around the region; it's also been funding and supporting itself through a very lucrative world wide trade in illegal narcotics such as cocaine.
He was so bent on securing a deal that he even left American hostages to rot in Iranian prisons.
Before Obama, this criminal regime was being held in check. Obama spent eight years implementing a radical policy in which an Iranian backed nuclear hegemony over the Middle East was a foregone conclusion; it could only be 'managed' or delayed, not stopped.
Obama's curious 'management' of the 'Iran problem' involved lifting most sanctions on Iran that had been placed there due to it's terrorist activities and then handing over billions of dollars to these criminals despite knowing what they'd do with the money.
If you watched Obama's implementation of his foreign policy from the start of his 1st term in 2009, you immediately noticed all of it was predicated on a massive reduction of American influence/leadership around the world.
In the Middle East, his shaping of his foreign policy began with what has now been coined his 'Apology Tour' as he went around to various Middle Eastern countries and basically apologized for past American actions and promised America would now stay home.
I and many others at the time pointed out immediately how dangerous and short sighted this was. The 'Pax Americana' that American influence around the world exerted kept a lot of rogue regimes in check.
Obama either did not grasp this or actively rejected it.
What Obama ended up doing with the deliberate withdrawal of American power and influence around the world was to create a massive power vacuum.
He seemed to have some benighted idea that the UN would step up and fill the vacuum he was creating and replace America's leadership.
After Obama spent the four years of his first term clearly signaling American withdrawal and appeasement, in his second term the bill started coming due as rogue regimes rushed in to fill the vacuum he'd created.
Having taken Obama's full measure, Putin launched his invasion of the Ukraine, something he NEVER would have done if he'd known there'd be any kind of real US response.
Having done a complete pull out of Iraq, Obama then scoffed at the rise of ISIS by calling it 'the JV team'.
Having toppled Ghadaffi in Libya, Obama/Hillary then small-footprinted the aftermath to the point 1 terrorist attack caused a complete and total US pullout.
Obama compounded his errors by then fixating his entire second term on making his nuclear deal with Iran.
To get that deal done, Obama and his team lied incessantly both to Congress and the American people.
Obama touted his nuclear deal as if it was actually going to help 'contain' Iran and make it a more 'moderate' regime and lessen it's import of terrorism around the Middle East and stop its spreading of proxy wars.
As time has passed, we've learned more and more about things Obama and team hid from the public and Congress. In fact, there's a strong evidence the Obama White House actually spied illegally on members of Congress and leaked classified info to the media to help pass the Deal.
Once the Iran Deal was secured, every single thing Obama had promised would happen turned out to be false.
Iran started another proxy war in Yemen. It escalated its involvement in Syria. It continued right on testing and launching ballistic missiles.
Over the past two years time and again more information/side deals that Team Obama hid from everyone about this Deal has surfaced.
As Iran kept defiantly launching ballistic missiles, Obama and Co. pontificated that these weren't really violations of the Deal.
Now thanks to a stunning investigative report from Josh Meyer at Politico, we now know about something else Obama and his team did to ensure the passage of the Iran Deal: the sabotaging of Project Cassandra to allow Hezbollah to move drugs and arms unchecked.
Literally all of Obama's foreign policy his 8 years in office in relation to Iran, Russia, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, it's all predicated on how it affected his Iran Deal.
The brutal truth that the DNC Media won't tell you is this: Because Iran is a Russian-backed proxy state, Obama gave Russia and Iran free reign in the Ukraine, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
Hundreds of thousands of people died because of this.
He can't enforce a red line in Syria because that would make Iran and Russia mad and kill the Iran deal.
He can't act in Yemen for the same reason.
Or in the Ukraine.
It's also why he can't allow moves against Hezbollah, to stop its drugs and arms trade.
Obama spent eight years virtually paralyzed because he was scared of doing anything whatsoever that might antagonized Putin or the Mullahs and thereby kill any chance at getting the Iran Deal done.
This included watching our Navy sailors being grabbed by the Iranians.
We got a big preview of Obama's paralysis in 2009 when the Green Revolution arose in Iran and Obama wouldn't even give the Iranian people crying out for freedom even tepid, token support.
Americans who'd watched Ronald Reagan throw his enthusiastic public and moral support behind Lech Walesa and Solidarity in Poland were treated to the spectacle of Obama insisting he wasn't about to 'meddle' with internal Iranian politics.
In the past year, our new President, Donald Trump, has had to consciously work to reverse and undo much of the damage Obama has caused around the world.
In addition to rejecting Obama's micromanagement of the US military, President Trump has put the world on notice we intend to take back our leadership role that Obama abdicated.
Trump has adopted a policy of providing support to our allies in the Middle East. Instead of leading the way and dictating to other countries, we remain in a support role while the locals do the heavy lifting.
In a new support role, the US has helped the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) lead the way in rolling back all the gains ISIS made in Iraq and Syria, culminating in the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa.
While Obama blubbered about decades that would be spent in a long war against ISIS, Trump unleashed James Mattis... and our allies rolled up the Islamic State and ended the threat of a terrorist state in less than nine months.
Unlike Obama, Trump has no compelling reason to stay out of Putin or the Mullah's way. Which is why we are sending arms to Ukraine to help them defend themselves against Russian aggression, and why the Iran Deal will soon be scrapped.
Now that another mass protest movement has sprang to life inside Iran, the world shall see a marked contrast between how Obama handled Iranians calling out for freedom and democracy vs how Trump will handle it.
All the usual suspects are now telling Trump to do what Obama did: bite his lip, stay silent and don't 'meddle' in Iranian affairs.
Well the usual suspects are going to be disappointed. Trump will go the route of Reagan when it comes to supporting people crying out for freedom from an oppressive, terrorist and criminal regime.
He will not go the Obama route.
Deal with it.
By Brian C. Joondeph
There is an old expression, "a fish rots from the head down," meaning that in any organization, leadership sets the tone. For better or for worse. Where does the DOJ-FBI rot begin?
The Trump-Russia collusion investigation is on life support. After months of investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his army of highly partisan investigators, spending millions of taxpayer dollars, all Mueller has to show for his efforts is a handful of process crimes that have nothing to do with the original allegations that the Trump campaign worked with Putin to influence the 2016 election.
With 90 percent of media coverage negative toward President Trump, you can be certain that if Trump conspired with Russia to hack the election, these same media would have long ago found evidence of collusion. But they haven't, have they? Instead, they hyperventilate over nonsense, such as a truck blocking their view of Trump's golf course, now a three-day story for CNN.
In reality, the only collusion was a bunch of Obama imbeds, scheming and conspiring to drag their coughing and collapsing candidate across the finish line by interfering with the right of Americans to choose their next president. Then there was a bogus dossier, created as opposition research, used by the FBI and DOJ as a "national security matter" to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on candidate Trump and his family and associates.
The conspiracy was legion, with many agency heads and upper managers working together to undermine an election. After failing to undermine the election, they then concocted the collusion story to justify a special counsel, staffed with the same Obama administration imbeds, to cover their illegal tracks. Gateway Pundit compiled a long list of bad actors and actresses participating in this melodrama.
Who's the head of the rotten fish? Former attorney general Loretta Lynch? She met with Bill Clinton on the airport tarmac ahead of the election, directing FBI director James Comey to exonerate candidate Hillary Clinton over "gross negligence" in her handling of classified emails.
Or is Comey the head of the fish, as FBI director, tying himself and the law into a pretzel to excuse Mrs. Clinton's criminal behavior? What about Mueller when he was FBI director, giving a pass to Fast and Furious, the Clinton Foundation, and the Uranium One deal?
How about former A.G. Eric Holder, directing his energies to another bogus narrative, "hands up, don't shoot," rather than voter fraud and the same illegalities that Mueller ignored as FBI director?
Is Hillary Clinton the head of the fish? Close, but no cigar. She had her share of scandals with her Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, and her overall "pay to play" approach to public service as secretary of state. But during her ramp up to running for president, she was not a government employee, despite her family tentacles reaching into many dark recesses of the Deep State.
Her campaign did commission and pay for the phony dossier, but it was beyond her power and influence to convince the DOJ and FBI to dress up the dossier as legitimate intelligence worthy of a major counterintelligence effort, including domestic surveillance.
These players could not have behaved as they did without the approval of the head of the fish, the occupant of the Oval Office – none other than President Barack Obama. Whether explicit or implicit, his directions were crystal-clear to his underlings – his attorney general, his FBI director, his IRS commissioner, and all the other agency heads serving at his pleasure.
No one working in the Obama administration would take on such chicanery and corruption on his own. This all had the blessing of the boss. Don't expect a smoking gun – a videotape of Obama directing his underlings to buy a salacious dossier, gussy it up as an intelligence report, convince a FISA court to permit wiretapping of American citizens, all in an effort to thwart an election. Maybe there are some incriminating emails floating around, assuming they haven't been wiped from someone's server or hidden from congressional investigators.
But make no mistake that none of this would have happened without the approval of the boss man in the Oval Office. If his standard were to respect law and electoral tradition, none of this would have happened. Yet his name is conspicuously absent from lists and photo montages of Deep-Staters working for Mueller or recently "reassigned" to less visible positions within the swamp.
Will a former president ever be held accountable for such misdeeds? Fat chance. Bill Clinton, despite the wave of sexual harassment and abuse stories of the past few months, is still a darling of the Democratic Party.
The DOJ OIG report is due in mid-January. Will this report be a reckoning for President Trump against the swamp? Will lower-tier players squeal on their superiors to stay out of prison? Will the thousands of sealed indictments see the light of day, served against the guilty? Or will it be another whitewash, typical of the swamp protecting its serpents?
I believe the former but fear the latter. And I am under no illusions that the former president will be held to account, despite serving as the captain of this corrupt ship for eight years.
It's easy to blame Lynch, Comey, Mueller, and their underlings, but they are only the body of the rotting fish. Not the head. It's fine to look at the rotting fish body, but answers and accountability come only when the focus is on the rotting head. Maybe next month, we start dissecting the rotting fish.
Obama's micromanaged and castrated ROEs lead to the deaths of American servicemen time and time again giving the appearance that he was more supportive of terrorists than those who served under him as CIC.
here ya go , a reminder of the many many scandals that infested the Obama administration....... dweeb ..
by JOHN HAYWARD 2 Jan 2017
President Obama and his mouthpieces have embarked on a bizarre scheme to hypnotize America into forgetting the many scandals of his presidency. They seem to think that intoning “this administration hasn’t had a scandal” over and over again will make history disappear. It’s the lamest Jedi Mind Trick ever, and is being pushed on people who know Star Wars is just a movie. Here’s a short list of the many scandals Team Obama thinks it can make America forget:
The great “stimulus” heist: Obama seems to think nobody will remember he grabbed almost a trillion dollars for “stimulus” spending, created virtually zero private-sector jobs with it, allowed a great deal of the money to vanish into thin air, and spent the rest of his presidency complaining that he needed hundreds of billions more to repair roads and bridges.
Vast sums of taxpayer money were wasted on foolish projects that came close to the Keynesian economic satire of hiring some people to dig holes, and others to fill them in. Obama added insult to injury by appointing Vice President Joe Biden as the “sheriff” who would supposedly find all that missing stimulus loot.
Americans mostly ended up footing the bill for was an army of government jobs, and a lavish network of slush funds for the Democratic Party and its union allies. We’re supposed to forget about all that because years later, Obama’s weak economy finally dragged itself to something like normal “official” employment levels… with the U.S. national debt doubled, and our workforce rate reduced to Carter-era lows. Sorry, Democrats, but that’s more than just failed policy. It’s one of the worst government-spending scandals in our history. Democrats will howl to the moon over far, far smaller abuses of taxpayer money during the Trump administration, should any occur.
Operation Fast and Furious: Obama partisans seem to think any given example of abuse or ineptitude by their man stopped being a “scandal” the moment it seemed clear he wouldn’t be impeached over it. Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s insane program to use American gun dealers and straw purchasers to arm Mexican drug lords, is a scandal with a huge body count, prominently including Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata, plus hundreds of Mexican citizens. Agent Terry’s family certainly thinks it qualifies as a scandal.
It is difficult to imagine any Republican administration surviving anything remotely close to Fast and Furious. The media would have dogged a Republican president without respite, especially when it became clear his Attorney General was putting political spin ahead of accountability and the safety of the American people. Remember, AG Eric Holder escaped perjury charges by claiming he didn’t know what his own subordinates were doing – a pioneering, but sadly not unique, example of an Obama official using his or her incompetence as a defense. For years afterward, we would hear some version of “I’m not a crook, I’m just completely inept” everywhere from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
But this was Barack Obama, so the media downplayed Fast and Furious news… to the point where viewers of NBC News learned about the scandal for the first time when Holder was on the verge of being held in contempt by Congress for it.
The relatively benign explanation for the astounding Fast and Furious scandal is that Obama’s Justice Department wanted to release guns into the Mexican wild, like so many radio-tagged antelope on a nature show, and follow them to arrest the big fish of organized crime. (In case you were wondering, no, the guns didn’t actually have radio tags in them – that was tried in the much smaller, and utterly disastrous, Bush-era program Obama’s team used as a model for their vastly larger and more careless program.) This explanation becomes more difficult to believe, the more you know about how careless the program was, and how abruptly it was shut down after Agent Terry’s death.
The more sinister take on Fast and Furious is that the Obama administration wanted to create gun crimes in Mexico so they could complain about lax regulations on American gun sales – “for the purposes of creating a narrative that they could use in America to try and thwart our Second Amendment constitutional rights,” as Andrew Breitbart put it during a 2012 interview.
No matter which interpretation you subscribe to, or how much you think Barack Obama knew about the program when he made scurrilous claims of executive privilege to shut down investigations, it’s an insult to a large number of murder victims to claim it wasn’t a scandal. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives hasn’t learned as much from the OFF debacle as we might have hoped.
Incidentally, the Border Patrol named a station in southern Arizona in Agent Brian Terry’s honor. On New Year’s Eve, persons unknown fired rifle shots at a Border Patrol vehicle near the station.
Eric Holder held in contempt of Congress: This was a result of Operation Fast and Furious, but it merits distinction as a separate scandal in its own right. Holder was the first sitting member of a president’s cabinet in the history of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress.
Of course, Democrats closed ranks behind Holder, the White House protected him, and the media allowed Holder to spin the contempt vote as mere “political theater.” In reality, it was a difficult step that responsible members of Congress didn’t want to take, and it was fully justified by Holder’s disgraceful conduct in the Fast and Furious investigation. No reasonable person could possibly review the way OFF was handled and conclude it was an example of transparency and accountability.
ObamaCare: Everything about ObamaCare is a scandal, from the President’s incessant lies about keeping your old plan if you liked it, to Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s “we need to pass it to find out what’s in it” dereliction of Congressional duty.
ObamaCare is a scam, pure and simple – sold on false pretenses by people who knew it wasn’t going to work the way they promised. It doesn’t feel right to dismiss it as a “failed” scheme when so much of the failure was intentional. The bill was so sloppily crafted that Democrats were basically signing blank sheets of paper when they rushed it through Congress in a foul-smelling cloud of back-room deals. ObamaCare’s designers precipitated a constitutional crisis by forgetting they left in a provision to cut subsidies for states that didn’t set up health-care exchanges – a provision that would have killed the entire program stone-dead two years ago, if it had been enforced as written.
The Supreme Court rewrote ObamaCare on the fly twice to keep it alive, which is a scandal in and of itself. President Obama delayed and rewrote the law so often it was impossible to keep track of the changes, cutting Congress out of the loop completely. (Actually, someone did keep careful track of them, and the tally was up to 70 distinct changes by January 2016.)
That made some of Obama’s rewritten mandates and deadlines blatantly illegal – but then, the Affordable Care Act isn’t really a “law” in the sense American government understood the term. In practice it became something entirely new, an enabling act that gave the executive unlimited power to do whatever it thought necessary to keep the system running. If subverting the American system of government isn’t a scandal, what is?
And let’s not forget the scandal of ObamaCare’s disastrous launch, foisted on the American people even though its designers knew it had severe flaws – the billion-dollar website that cost another billion dollars to fix after it crashed, accompanied by a constellation of state exchanges that blew up like Roman candles of bureaucratic incompetence. Let us not forget the absolute zero accountability for this disaster, mismanaged by everyone from President Obama to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who treated the biggest new government program in several generations as though it were a minor side project that could be handled by subordinates with minimal supervision.
Spying on journalists: Establishment media came about as close to falling out of love with Barack Obama as ever when his administration was caught spying on journalists.
Why, if the reporter subjected to the most egregious surveillance, James Rosen, didn’t work for Fox News, the mainstream media might have started treating Obama like a (shudder) Republican. Rosen was treated so badly that even Attorney General Eric Holder eventually admitted feeling a bit of “remorse” about it. Apparently he felt so much anguish that he suffered temporary amnesia and forgot to tell Congress that he signed off on the request to wiretap Rosen while he was testifying under oath.
The IRS scandal: The selective targeting of conservative groups by a politicized Internal Revenue Service was a scandal grenade Democrats and their media pals somehow managed to smother, even though the story began with the IRS admitting wrongdoing.
Democrats suffocated the scandal by acting like circus clowns during congressional hearings, but at no point were the actual facts of the case truly obscured: yes, pro-life and Tea Party groups were deliberately targeted for extra scrutiny, their tax exemption applications outrageously delayed until after the 2012 election without actually being refused. If anything remotely comparable had been done to, say, environmentalist and minority activist groups by the IRS under a Republican administration, the results would have been apocalyptic.
There’s also no question about the facts of the follow-up scandal, in which IRS officials brazenly lied about having backups of relevant computer data. The American people were expected to believe that multiple state-of-the-art hard drives failed, and were instantly shredded instead of being subjected to data recovery procedures.
Luckily for the politicized IRS, the Justice Department was hyper-politicized under Obama too, so no charges were filed, and scandal kingpin Lois Lerner got to enjoy her taxpayer-funded retirement after taking the Fifth to thwart lawful congressional investigation.
Benghazi: This is the clearest example of Obama and his supporters thinking all of his pre-2012 scandals ceased to exist the moment he won re-election. Benghazi has been investigated extensively, and argued about passionately, since the night of September 11, 2012. Nothing can change the absolute fact that the Obama administration’s story for the first few weeks after the attack was false, and they knew it was false. They spun a phony story to buy themselves a little time during a presidential election campaign, and it worked.
Nothing can change the fact that Libya was a disaster after Obama’s unlawful military operation. Nothing can obscure the truth that Ambassador Christopher Stevens was sent into a known terrorist hot zone without a backup plan to ensure his safety. Everything else from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their defenders is pure political spin. They dragged the story out for years, until they thought it couldn’t hurt them any more. That doesn’t erase its status as a scandal. (And they were evidently incorrect in their belief that it couldn’t hurt them any more!)
Hillary Clinton’s secret server: While we’re on the subject of Hillary Clinton, her secret email server is an Obama scandal, too. She perpetrated her email offenses while working as his Secretary of State, and contrary to Obama’s false assertions, he knew about it.
Plenty of Obama officials other than Clinton played email games, most infamously EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, who created a false identity for herself named “Richard Windsor” to get around government transparency rules.
The Pigford scandal: Named after a landmark lawsuit from the Bill Clinton era, the abuse of a program meant to compensate minority farmers for racial discrimination exploded under Obama. After years of left-wing attacks on Andrew Breitbart for daring to speak up about the scandal, the mainstream media – no less than the New York Times – finally admitted his critique of the program was accurate in 2013.
Once again: if careless mishandling (or deliberate politicized misuse) of huge sums of taxpayer money isn’t a scandal, what is?
NSA spying scandal: Opinions about the nature and intensity of this scandal vary wildly across the political spectrum, but there’s no doubt that Edward Snowden’s pilfering of sensitive National Security Agency data was a debacle that damaged national security. We had the ghastly spectacle of Attorney General Holder thanking Snowden for performing a public service by exposing surveillance programs Holder’s own administration didn’t want to talk about.
President Obama and his administration made many false statements as they tried to contain the political damage. The fallout included significant losses for U.S. companies, and diplomatic problems for the United States. Just about everything Obama did before, during, and after the Snowden saga damaged the relationship between American citizens and their government.
Bowe Bergdahl: Bergdahl’s ultimate fate rests in the hands of a military court (unless Obama pardons him) but no verdict can erase the scandalous way this administration conducted the prisoner swap that freed him from the Taliban and its allies. Many lies were told, the law was flouted, a deal of questionable wisdom was struck with his captors, and outraged Americans demanded recognition for the soldiers who died searching for Bergdahl after he abandoned his post.
Iran nuclear deal and ransom payment: Everything about Obama’s dealings with Iran has been scandalous, beginning with his silence while the Green Revolution was brutally put down by the mullahs in 2009. The Iran nuclear deal was pushed with lies and media manipulation. The infamous pallet of cash that wasn’t a ransom has become symbolic of Obama’s mendacity and penchant for breaking the rules, when he thinks following them is too much trouble.
Polluting the Colorado river: The Environmental Protection Agency managed to turn the Colorado River orange under this greenest of green Presidents. Of course there was a cover-up. Would you expect anything less from this “transparent” administration?
The GSA scandal: The General Services Administration was caught wasting ridiculous amounts of taxpayer money on lavish parties and silly projects. Heroic efforts to resist accountability were made, leaving puzzled observers to ask what it took to get fired from government employment under Barack Obama. (Alas, it was hardly the last time that question would be asked.) Oh, and of course there was a cover-up from the Most Scandal-Free Administration Ever.
The VA death-list scandal: The Department of Veterans Affairs has long been troubled, but the big scandals broke on Obama’s watch, most infamously the secret death lists veterans were put on while executives handed in phony status reports and signed themselves up for big bonuses. Obama was more interested in spinning the news and minimizing his political exposure than addressing problems; in few areas outside ObamaCare has his rhetoric been more hollow, his promises more meaningless.
Solyndra: The marquee green energy scandal wrote “crony capitalism” into the American political lexicon, as corners were cut and protocols ignored to shovel billions of taxpayer dollars at companies with absurdly unrealistic business models. President Obama’s ability to pick bad investments was remarkable. Luckily for him, American taxpayers covered his losses.
Secret Service gone wild: The Obama years saw one scandal after another hit the Secret Service, from agents going wild with hookers in Columbia, to a fence jumper penetrating the White House, and tipsy Secret Service officials driving their car into a security barrier.
Shutdown theater: Obama hit the American people hard during the great government shutdown crisis of 2013, doing everything he could to make American citizens feel maximum pain – from using “Barry-cades” to keep war veterans away from their memorials, to releasing illegal alien criminals from detention centers. It was an infuriating lesson for voters in how every dollar they get from government is a dollar that can be used against them, when they are impudent enough to demand spending restraint.
And a valiant try, JTV, but you know that the Sybils will not even read it, or research any of it, though they will dismiss it offhand because msnbc, cnn, and other the fake news propagandists never mentioned any of it.
Bush 43 = Left office with a $1.4T deficit Obama = Reduced Bush 43 deficit by $1T to $400B Trump = Added $1.5T to deficit and that could increase to over 2 trillion.
Trump Government January Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017
Nikki Haley negotiates $285M cut in ‘bloated’ UN budget
December WIC Welfare Participation Hits 17-Year Low
December Trump Administration Set to Roll Back $900 Million in Obama-Era Offshore Drilling Regulations
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 52 People and Entities for Abuse and Corruption
Individual Mandate of Obamacare REPEALED
Senate Passes Historic Sweeping Tax Reform
Climate Change REMOVED from 'Threat List'
Trump Admin is a Deregulation Machine: Eliminating 22:1
Trump signs $700 billion defense bill, gives troops largest pay raise in 7 years
New Space Policy Directive Calls for Human Expansion Across Solar System
Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capital of Israel
Senate Passes Sweeping Tax Reform - 20% Corporate rate - Largest in 31 Years.
U.S. pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration
November Trump Shuts Down CIA funding of Syrian Rebels
House Passes Tax Bill in Major Step Toward Overhaul
October Senate Passes Budget Resolution Clearing the Way to pass Tax Reform with a Simple Majority
Trump's HHS defines life as beginning at conception
Iran Deal: DECERTIFIED
Trump: 'We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values'
Trump administration abandons the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming
School Choice tops the list of Priorities U.S. Education Department Grants
Trump Signs Healthcare Order, Expands Choice and Access through associations
US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO citing "anti-Israel bias"
Trump has written 46 Executive Orders
September Executive order enabling Treasury Deparment to target companies doing business with North Korea
August Trump has signed 53 bills into law
Ending many of Obama's useless Executive Orders
Trump Signs Order Rolling Back Environmental Rules on Infrastructure
11,000 government jobs slashed under Trump - downsizing government
UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea
Senate confirms 65 Trump nominees for various positions
U.S. Small Business Administration opens assistance center
July 800 Obama regulations cut - Saved over $200 billion
EPA's Pruitt moves to roll back over 30 environmental regulations in record time
Cut the White House budget - Saved taxpayers $22 million
June Haley Tells Congress US Assuming More Assertive Role at UN
Trump’s EPA To Repeal Obama’s ‘Waters Of The US’ Rule
Eliminated 1200 man hours of wasteful paperwork requirements including Y2K preparedness
President Trump Announces “Massive Permit Reform" Push
Trump Lays Out Plan to Privatize Air Traffic Control System
Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord
May Treasury to call for rolling back banking regulations
Trump orders a Voter Fraud Commission to investigate 2016 election
Fired corrupt and incompetent FBI Director James Comey
HHS to Rescind Birth Control Mandate in Obamacare
April Appointed conservative Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors during Audit of Obama HUD
March President Trump's executive order will undo Obama's Clean Power Plan rule
U.S. Will have Free but Fair and Balanced Trade: Mnuchin
Executive order to reduce operating costs of the Federal Government
Fired all 46 attorney generals hired by Obama
February Purging the State Department of Obama loyalists
January Fixing lobbying laws - 5 year lobbying ban on White House officials
Put a regulatory freeze on all federal agencies
Cutting regulations in government agencies (add 1, take out 2)
Trump Homeland Security December End of Year Report: Deportations up 40% - Historically Low Crossings
October DHS: Announces New Procedures for Refugee Admissions
Deportations From the Interior up 34%
DACA Renewals Drop 21%
30-foot concrete slab prototypes erected along border
September ICE has conducted a MASSIVE raid on sanctuary cities this week - 498 illegal immigrants arrested
Trump has updated his travel ban, includes these 8 countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Somalia - NO EXPIRATION DATE
Crossing The Border Illegally Is Harder Than It’s Been In 50 Years
Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities - Must allow ICE access to jails and notify befor release
$1.6 billion down payment to start building the wall
Trump cuts off visas for countries that refuse deported immigrants
August Extreme Vetting' for some green cards
Deportation orders up 31% nationwide under Trump
Deportation Orders Up 30%
Miami has removed its "sanctuary" status
ICE raids targeting families net 650 arrests
July Denver To ICE: Stop Arresting Illegal Immigrants At Courthouse. ICE To Denver: Not A Chance.
17 Texas sheriffs approved to partner w/ICE
ICE chief wants smuggling charges on leaders of sanctuary cities
New crackdown on 'so-called' sanctuary cities
Raids to target teenaged suspected gang members
Army Corps starts pre-construction work on border wall
Deportations in LA are up 60% alone
80% jump in illegal targets
Illegal immigration arrests up 40% nationwide
Feds taking over Texas National Guard mission along border
Border Patrol Morale at Highest Level
Trump Admin Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment
Christian refugees admitted now outnumber Muslim refugees admitted
Bill allocates $1.6 billion for Trump's border wall
Memo reveals ICE officers have free rein
ICE crackdown scaring some families back to Mexico
June No Sanctuary For Criminals Act - deny federal grants to sanctuary cities - Passed House and Senate
Kate's Law - harsher penalties for previously deported criminals - Passed House and Senate
Number of refugees taken in is down 50%
May Workers install final panel in upgrade of border fence
US agency raids Indian IT firms
April Raids turn Oregon city into ghost town
Ending "catch and release" immigration policy
March Silicon Valley Staffing Firm Charged in H1B Fraud
Unshackling ICE - told that they can take action against ALL illegal immigrants - increasing presence in sanctuary cities
Trump Economy December U.S. home sales hit 11-year high
Manufacturing Optimism Reaches Another All-Time High - 94.6%
Economy adds 228K jobs in November
November U.S. Economy Reaches Its Potential Output for First Time in Decade
Mining up 28.6% - Leads the Nation in Growth
Trump Protects U.S. Intellectual Property in China
Broadcom will move back to U.S. — and bring tax money with it
US private sector added 235,000 jobs in Oct - Beats Expectations
October Consumer confidence highest level since December 2000
Q3 GDP at 3 Percent – Beats Expectations
Ivanka Trump creates new World Bank initiative to foster Entrepreneurship among Women
Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Surges to 13-Year High
63.1%: Participation Rate Reaches Trump-Era High
Unemployment down to 4.2, wages rise .5%
New entrants from outside the labor market made up 3.2
U.S. Factories Expanding at 13 Year high
Dow posting first eight-quarter winning streak in 20 years
Home builder confidence at 12-year high
Manufacturer confidence at a 20-year high
September Tech giants pledge millions to Trump initiative
Q2 GDP up 3.1%
Sales of new U.S. homes rebounded in August
Federal Reserve: Household Wealth in America at record high of $1.7 trillion - Rising property values and Financial gain
Surging stock market powers U.S. wealth to $96.2 trillion
Food Stamp Usage Has Fallen Every Month Under Trump
Wages rising faster than prices
Median Incomes Climbing for First Time Since 2007
US Census Bureau: American median income is increasing for the first time since 2007
Trump has signed a $15 billion relief package for Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Jobless claims drop to 240,000 - hottest streak in 43 years
U.S. Consumer Sentiment Rose in August
Recovery Is Finally Trickling Down to Least-Educated Workers
U.S. Job Satisfaction Highest Level Since 2005
American manufacturing expanded in August at fastest pace in six years
August Donald Trump Ends Obama Effort to Waive Work Requirements for Welfare
Consumer confidence strengthens in August, second-highest level since late 2000
President Trump Cuts More US Debt for a Longer Period of Time Than Any President
Pennsylvania coal company to open a SECOND coal mine
Summer Youth Unemployment Falls, Level Since 1969
Shortage of illegal labor has caused construction worker wages to increase by 30% in Texas
In Trump era, American corporations are seeing their best earnings in 13 years
US trade deficit narrows as exports hit 2-1/2-year high
Milestone for Trump: 1 million new jobs in six months
National unemployment rate at 4.3% (lowest it's been in 16 years)
July 13,000 jobs being created in WI - largest job announcement in WI history (Foxconn)
June Black Unemployment, Lowest Level in 17 Years
Gas prices at a 12-year low
Some states are experiencing their lowest unemployment rates in their histories
Trump Announces $200 Million in Apprenticeship Funding
U.S. has record 6 million job openings, 6.8 million Americans are looking for jobs
CEO confidence highest since 2014
U.S. jobless rate falls to lowest level in 16 years
Trump signs bills that helps Veterans and Police officers by giving them Priority and Training
May Government spending as percentage of GDP down
1000s of jobs being created through pact with Saudi Arabia
Executive Order on the Establishment of the American Technology Council
April USA's small business confidence is spurring a hiring and spending spree
Alibaba Takes First Step To Fulfilling Jack Ma And President Trump's 'One Million U.S. Jobs' Promise
March Slashing job-killing regulations left and right
Creating thousands of more jobs for immigration officers and border patrol
February Signed a resolution encouraging women in entrepreneurship and STEM
Executive ordered all federal agencies to create task forces to cut regulations that hurt the economy
US Manufacturing Index at a 33-year high
Coal Miners are WINNING. Cut Regulations/Create Jobs/New Plant
US Economic Confidence Surges To Highest Level Ever Recorded By Gallup
January 45th PRESIDENT of the United States of America, DONALD J. TRUMP
Trump Trade Agreements November Japan Freezes North Korea’s Assets after Trump’s Visit
October U.S. Trade Deficit is Shrinking – Exports Rising
Trump Fights for ‘America First’ as 4th Round of NAFTA Negotiations End
Crude Oil Shipment to India Highlights Expanding Energy Partnership
September Trump Blocks China from buying Semi-Conductor company, Lattice
August Crude oil shipment from Texas opens new vistas in India-U.S. ties
Argentina agrees to allow first U.S. pork imports in 25 years
Trump orders probe of China's intellectual property practices
New memorandum to protect American IPs from China - Potentially save Billions of dollars and millions in jobs
July Coal exports up 60%
China opens rice market for US exports for first time ever
U.S. makes final finding rebar exports from Taiwan
Renegotiating NAFTA with Canada and Mexico in order to make better trade deals - May terminate
June United States and Mexico finalize sugar trade deal
First U.S. Natural Gas Shipped to Poland
May Trade agreement clears way for Moody’s, Fitch and S&P to rate onshore bonds
Signed an Arms Deal worth more than $350 billion and various other investment agreements with Saudi Arabia
China, U.S. reach trade agreement on beef, poultry and natural gas
April Trump orders a study on abuses of U.S. trade agreements – WTO
Trump slaps tariffs on Canadian lumber imports
Increased tariffs on Canadian lumber by 20% (worth $1 billion)
China buys more U.S. coal, sends North Korea
Trade deficit falling faster than expected
March Trump Administration Issues Trade Policy Agenda Focusing on U.S. Sovereignty and Jobs
January Trans Pacific Partnership TERMINATED
Trump Department of Defense December Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit of the Department of Defense
November Gen Mattis Briefs NATO: ISIS 95% Eradicated
October U.S.-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa from ISIS
ISIS facing imminent collapse in Syria's Raqqa
Gen. Mattis breaks down New Afghanistan Strategy
September US-backed fighters 'seize 80% of Raqqa from Islamic State'
Mattis sees need for new DOD space programs
Trump calls for Increased Military: Senate passes $700 billion defense bill
US shares technology with India. Enlisting them to fight in Afghanistan
August Mattis vows US support for Ukraine against Russian 'aggression'
U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated to a "Unified Combatant Command"
July Mattis decides to withhold U.S. cash from key Pakistani military fund
ANALYSIS: ISIS facing knockout punch in Raqqa after losing Mosul
Mosul liberated from ISIS
May Mattis: 'Annihilation Tactics' Being Used Against ISIS
US, Gulf countries form new group: 'TFTC' to stem flow of terror financing
NATO weighs new 'Counter Terrorism Post' following Trump's demands
March ISIS leader 'admits DEFEAT in Iraq and orders militants to flee
February Mattis Gives White House Tentative Plan for Rapid Defeat of ISIS
James Mattis threatens to ‘moderate’ US backing for Nato over budgets
Trump Department of Justice December Prosecutors ask FBI agents for info on Uranium One deal
Sessions orders DOJ review after report Obama administration gave Hezbollah a pass
November 193 Illegal Alien Gang Members Arrested
October Restrictions Lifted – Organized Crime Task Force to target MS-13 Gang
397 Arrested 84 Minors Rescued in Underage Sex Trafficking Crackdown
Justice Department Announces First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers of Deadly Fentanyl and Other Opiate Substances
Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks to the Executive Office for Immigration Review
Sessions outlines broad exemptions for religious freedom
Human Trafficking Arrests SURGE: Trump Cracks Down on “Modern Slavery"
September 3,800 Gang Members Charged in Operation
DOJ files suit against company for not hiring Americans
Sessions says U.S. will intervene in campus free speech cases
US Marshalls Seek Unregistered Sex Offenders, Arrest 12
Department of Justice Awards Nearly $59 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic
August DOJ Halts Operation Chokepoint, Which Targeted Firearm Dealers
DOJ Halts Obama's Operation Chokepoint, Which Targeted Firearm Dealers
More than 1,000 arrests in sex trafficking operation
Four charged with leaks from Trump administration
July Big increase in cocaine seizures
Jeff Sessions announces new crackdown on 'so-called' sanctuary cities
Justice Department announces takedown of AlphaBay, the largest dark web market
Sessions's New Civil-Forfeiture Rules
400 medical professionals charged in largest health care fraud takedown
The Department of Justice Stands by Texas's Voter ID Law
June 238 arrested in sweep of suspected child sex predators
Jeff Sessions Declares Fight Against Elite Pedophiles A Top Priority
May Charges: Sex traffickers took hundreds from Thailand to US
AG Sessions is bringing back the harsher sentences for drug dealers
March Sex Trafficking Arrests Soar Under Trump; MSM Completely Ignores
Sessions reassures senators: No pot crackdown imminent
Trump Veterans Admin December Enhancing Veteran Care Act
November Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act SIGNED
October VA seeks partnerships to build and improve health-care facilities
VA announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences Act
VA, Ginnie Mae create task force to address mortgage refinancing issues
September Telemedicine: An important tool for Veterans health
August Trump Signs Bill to Streamline VA Disability Claims Appeals Process
Trump signs ‘Forever GI Bill,’ boosting aid to student vets
VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of to drive civil service reform
VA expands Tele-Health access
July VA fires more than 500 feds under Trump, even before new accountability law
June Trump signs VA accountability act into law, promises better care for veterans
Trump Administration Streamlines Veteran Medical Records
May White House to launch veterans' complaint hotline
April Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at VA
Trump Signs Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program
Trump State Department January Data: Trump Admin Reduces Refugee Admissions by 70 Percent in First Year
December Global Magnitsky Act Signed: Targeting Global Corruption and Human Rights Abuse
November North Korea Designated as 'State Sponor of Terrorism'
October United States Announces a New Strategy on Iran
September Trump Administration Announces 'Extreme Vetting' Plans
Trump cuts Obama’s refugee target in half, takes more Christians than Muslims
New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries
UN Security Council unanimously steps up sanctions against North Korea
Fewest Monthly Refugee Arrivals in August Since 2002
August Trump to stop travel from countries that refuse to help Homeland Security
America has withdrawn almost $300 million in foreign aid to Egypt
July Rex Tillerson blasts China for hiring slaves from North Korean government
Tillerson to shutter war crimes focused State Dept. office: report
Rex Tillerson, Mediating Gulf Dispute, Signs Antiterrorism Pact With Qatar
Canceled Obama Era special immigration program for foreign entrepreneurs
Critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS
Tillerson to back up Trump efforts to bolster Eastern Europe against Russia
June Tillerson Tightens Limits on Filling State Department Jobs
April Report: Trump plans to cut foreign aid, merge State and USAID
Pulling funds to the UN
March Tillerson on North Korea: Military action is 'an option'
February It's a bloodbath at the State Department
What Donald Trump has accomplished so far is truly amazing.
Least scandalous!?! Not by a LONG shot! The fake news omitted reporting on tons of obama scandals but that doesnt mean they dont exist. Whereas most of them qualify as high crimes and misdemeanors, to include treason, and the DOJ, IRS, and FBI were all weaponozed against any conservative movement/action it is no surprise that none of them ever ran with charging the officials of those departments or their leader with the treason they actually committed or at least facilitated.
Take heart, though, non-believer, they will all face true justice and likely all end up in jail.
And dont worry, we WILL make sure that you, of all people hear all about it for the rest of your miserable life!
Thanks for showing up!
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One thing you are very good at, Atheist, ignoring the facts and information. That is no surprise, how else could you become and atheist or a Democrat!?!?
Hahahahahahahhaaaa! Are you really stupid enough to believe that we are as stupid as you are?
Keep on living in your fantasy world JTV. I know it’s a safe comfortable space for you. It may in fact be a sign of an actual mental disorder. I’ll posit that there are quite a few on here that show signs of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
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You have no idea what the ability level of anyone here is!
My guess is that everybody here has some very refined and sophisticated skills in one area or another but I do admire your sly segway into the latest Demon talking points!
However, this exposes you for what you truly are, BEG, a very ill liberal!
Oh, sorry about the redundancy, guys!
See the link!
And I’m sure a lot of people do indeed have impressive skills on this board. For a lot of folks on here, that doesn’t appear to extend to economics, civics, law, finance, etc.
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Turns out liberals are the real authoritarians.
********A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong. ******
The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — ****and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism.******
“The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the journal said in the startling correction.
“The descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.”
In the paper, psychoticism is associated with traits such as authoritarianism and pure ignorance of politics.
The social-desirability scale measures people’s tendency to answer questions in ways they believe would please researchers, even if it means overestimating their positive characteristics and underestimating negative ones.
The erroneous report has been cited 45 times, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science.
Brad Verhulst, a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher and a co-author of the paper, said he was not sure who was to blame.
“I don’t know where it happened. All I know is it happened,” he told Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks corrections in academic papers. “It’s our fault for not figuring it out before.”
The journal said the error doesn’t change the main conclusions of the paper, which found that “personality traits do not cause people to develop political attitudes.”
But professor Steven Ludeke of the University of Southern Denmark, who pointed out the errors, told Retraction Watch that they “matter quite a lot.”
“The erroneous results represented some of the larger correlations between personality and politics ever reported; they were reported and interpreted, repeatedly, in the wrong direction,” he said.
We've had 2 presidents in my life time that I think were decent, not that I agree with them on every issue, one was assasinated and the other had an attempt on his life.
Dont matter to me what label they carry, they all can potentially rob you of your rights. There's no doubt the media turned a blind eye to both Clintons and Obama, thats only because 90% of them are Marxist themselves. Nixon, both Bushes, the Clintons, and Obama are all negative in my mind. I voted for Trump, hope he doesn't give in to the political machine in DC. Only time will tell but I hope Trump will be a positive figure. Of course no president will be perfect in their term.
I do believe the moral fiber of our nation is very important but there's no doubt the economy would flourish without the restraints of the government and the likes of the Federal Reserve, ect.
JFK wanted to get rid of the Federal Reserve..of course he didn't live very long.
And yes, I do love sheep. Can’t wait to get to the Sheep Show in two weeks.
Democratic warnings that President Trump would make life worse for minorities were discredited once again Friday, with the release of new unemployment statistics for December. In just under one year in office, the president and the Republican Congress have helped minorities make dramatic gains.
Since taking the reins from President Obama, President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress have embraced free-market and pro-liberty economic policies. Now – after a year of reducing regulations, approving a tax cut, and encouraging stricter standards for numerous welfare programs at the state level – the economy is thriving. Working-age minorities are benefitting in ways they have rarely, if ever, have enjoyed in the modern era.
The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in December – the lowest rate since recordkeeping began in 1972. That’s an astounding drop from the 8.3 percent black unemployment rate in October 2016, just before Donald Trump was elected president.
Hispanic unemployment was at a near-record low of 4.9 percent in December – down from 5.7 percent the month before the election of President Trump. Additionally, there were four months in 2017 in which the Hispanic seasonal unemployment fell below 5 percent – the only time that has occurred in a single year over the past 44 years.
Asian-Americans, the demographic group that typically has the lowest unemployment rate, enjoyed a 2.5 percent unemployment rate in December – the lowest figure since 2006.
The overall U.S. unemployment rate in December was 4.1 percent, matching the lowest level in 17 years – down from 4.9 percent in October 2016.
In addition to putting more Americans to work, President Trump’s economic and job-creation policies are creating once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunities.
The Trump-era economic gains are allowing more and more families to move off welfare rolls and enjoy self-sufficiency and the pride that comes with regular work.
Under the Obama administration, welfare programs were expanded dramatically. Many policies that have a proven record of keeping people from getting trapped in a cycle of poverty – such as work requirements and time limits for working-age able-bodied people collecting government assistance – were temporarily removed or watered down. This disproportionately affected blacks and Hispanics, especially in lower-income urban regions.
The economic gains made because of the Trump administration’s policies, coupled with states’ efforts to improve welfare programs, have had the opposite effect.
For instance, from October 2015 to October 2016, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expanded by 2.9 million people, to 74.7 million. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported, thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provisions, that Medicaid rolls increased by 37.8 percent from September 2013 to November 2016. But in what can only be described as a remarkable turnaround, preliminary Medicaid data for October 2017 (the most recent period available), show Medicaid enrollment fell by about 500,000.
Food stamp rolls also experienced a significant decrease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports total enrollment declined by 2.7 percent nationally from September 2016 to September 2017, with enrollment increasing in only six states.
Supporters of President Obama might attempt to argue that these incredible economic achievements should be credited to him, not to President Trump. But that would be wishful thinking without a basis in fact.
The truth is that although the economy has been slowly improving for several years, the rate at which the economy has experienced gains increased rapidly once President Trump was elected. It doesn’t take a genius or a mathematician to understand why.
Unlike the Obama administration, which added more than 20,000 new regulations over eight years, President Trump has slashed unneeded regulations, freeing up businesses to operate without the burden of an overbearing national government.
“Within the first 11 months, we canceled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions, more than any previous president, by far,” President Trump said in December. “And you see the results, when you look at the stock market, the results of companies, and when you see companies coming back into our country.”
The Trump administration says its cut in regulations will amount to a savings of $8.1 billion in net regulatory costs. Business can use a big chunk of those savings to create yet more jobs.
In addition to reducing regulatory burdens, President Trump approved the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines; announced plans to auction off oil and natural gas drilling leases to roughly 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico; stopped President Obama’s war on the coal industry; and signed one of the largest tax cuts in American history, which has already led to major corporations such as AT&T, Boeing, and Southwest Airlines giving huge bonuses to hundreds of thousands of employees.
And on Thursday the Trump administration announced yet another move to create jobs and strengthen our economy – an expansion of offshore drilling for oil and natural gas to almost all U.S. coastal waters. This will also make our nation less dependent on imported oil and gas and reduce our trade deficit with other nations.
All these policies – along with promises from President Trump and congressional Republicans to do even more in the coming months – have catalyzed America’s previously sluggish economy. Minority groups are some of the nation’s biggest winners.
Justin Haskins (@JustinTHaskins) is executive editor and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute.
Well, Republicrats do it also, just in different ways. Like Bush and the Patriot Act, now an FBI agent can write his own warrants and issue it to you and you can't say anything about it.
Comey's covering for Hellary with his "INTENT" bullsh*t was the bell ringer for me. I have no trust in them as a non-partisan branch of law enforcement.
By Monica Showalter
Far from content living his golden years on the $400,000 speech and lecture circuit of other former presidents, President Obama has been busy with clawing back his old power. He's actually covertly plotting to oust his democratically elected successor, President Trump, vowing to his associates to "rip him a new one" in the 2018 midterm elections. Seems he's not all that interested in watching his younger daughter grow up.
That's the word from DCWhispers, which reports that Obama's Kalorama mansion, in the heart of the capital's toniest district, is the center of significant comings and goings among the Obamatons, who, led by his consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, are busily raising funds for the project as Obama eggs them on.
The Obama Machine has in recent months been raking in tens of millions in preparation for a significant 2018 [m]idterm war effort – primarily through an LLC called Citizen 44, run by Paulette Aniskoff, a longtime Obama staffer who answers directly to Jarrett. Citizen 44's primary purpose is to keep the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaign machine intact, continue to build up its state-by-state influence, and use it as an election entity that will rival the influence of the DNC itself. In short, any Democrat of importance who hopes to rise in rank will have to kiss the ring of Citizen 44 first.
Want to know who the leader of the resistance is? This is the leader of the resistance.
Knowing how Obama's campaign organization was run, with its slipshod accounting of foreign cash infusions and phony claims to be running on small-dollar donations, it's probable that this operation is as shady as all the other ones. In fact, it is all the other ones. DCWhispers reports that it comprises almost entirely Obama's leftover and not dead campaign apparatus.
It's a disgusting picture for any ex-presidency.
What we are looking at right now is a third-world coup-plotting effort, done under legal pretenses (just as Hugo Chávez did everything under legal pretenses), to oust a sitting president. It's unprecedented. When have we ever seen an ex-president acting like this, spending his post-presidency determined to consolidate and continue his rule, if not the conventional way, then the subterranean way? Did Nixon do that? Did LBJ? Did Jimmy Carter? Heck, did either of the George Bushes? Imagine Jerry Ford doing that!
What we have here is the creepy specter of an embittered ex-president trying to restore his legacy after angry voters elected someone else who would dismantle the unpopular doings of his administration. It almost sounds like a plot for one of the better television shows.
It's also a nefarious thing for the U.S. republic, signaling that the old era of political pendulum swings and peaceful transitions of power are now over. We now have the specter of ex-presidents in the shadows openly plotting to oust their successors. It's happening because Obama doesn't think he should be out of power – repeatedly during his administration, he would make little references to his willingness to serve a third term. It's a leftist thing, a belief that "history is on our side" and "history will absolve me," and progress in the direction the left decrees is "inevitable" that likely makes him think he's entitled to rule forever.
And don't dismiss that his lip-curdling contempt for President Trump is part of it, too. Get a load of these early descriptions of encounters between Obama and Trump, dating to 2011. Obama mocked Trump at a press correspondents' dinner, and Trump refused to go along with the then-president's kingly jokes. At that time, the press toadies were saying "Obama ripped Trump a new one," which is the dynamic we see now. Trump, refusing to humor Obama by laughing at his jokes, instead ran for president in the aftermath...and won. That has to burn Obama, who must remember the incident and how it triggered his successor, and now he is bitterly plotting his revenge.
It's tinhorn dictator stuff, and it needs to be called out.