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Jan 19 11:06

TOP OBAMA WHITE HOUSE LAWYER MADE FALSE STATEMENTS TO DOJ ABOUT MANAFORT-RELATED WORK

The former general counsel for President Obama made “false and misleading statements” to the Justice Department regarding work he did for the Ukrainian government that has come under scrutiny in the special counsel’s probe.

Greg Craig’s allegedly false statements were revealed in a settlement announced Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency announced it was settling with Craig’s former firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which worked with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on behalf of Ukraine beginning in 2012.

Skadden Arps agreed to register retroactively with the Justice Department as a foreign agent of Ukraine and to pay a $4.6 million fine, the same amount that the firm was paid for its consulting work.

Jan 19 11:05

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Rants About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ‘Minority Privilege’

Fox News host Laura Ingraham ranted about “minority privilege” as she attacked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for criticizing her on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez wrote last week that Fox News had “crossed a line beyond conservatism and into outright bigotry” with its financing of Ingraham and fellow host Tucker Carlson.

Jan 19 10:42

Bill Barr’s CIA Resume: Cover-Ups, Covert Operations, and Pardons

With President Trump reserving the possibility that he might pardon former aides indicted by Mueller, Barr’s handling of the Iran-Contra pardons of 1992 is revealing.

The CIA was in real danger. The trials of George and Clarridge promised to be a public relations nightmare or worse.. Sen. Pat Moynihan, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee had introduced a bill to abolish the clandestine service. The Cold War was coming to an end and the agency’s future was in doubt.

In his oral history, Barr urged Bush to pardon the CIA men on the grounds that they were victims of the “criminalization” of foreign policy. When it came to pardoning, Barr said he “favored the broadest” use of the power.

“There were some people arguing just for Weinberger, and I said, No, in for a penny, in for a pound,” Barr recalled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in essence, Barr was picked for his fealty to "towing the Party Line", and making sure that top-drawer politicos avoid any consequences for their actions?!?

I am having a Picard double-face palm, at this moment, at warp speed, upon reading this!

Jan 19 10:15

CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair

Why was Barr chosen, given his shocking and deeply criminal/cover-up kingpin background?

Was Trump duped by Deep State enemies, who have placed another predator into his administration with the power to destroy his presidency? Or has Trump co-opted and turned Barr, in the hopes that Barr will do Trump’s bidding? Why would Barr ever turn against his own Deep State cronies?

Does Trump have a plan? With Barr in place, is Trump signaling to his enemies that “I now own the Deep State”? Or is Barr the Deep State’s ultimate and final weapon against Trump, who remains surrounded by Bush/Clinton “swamp creatures” such as National Security Adviser John Bolton, who is one of Barr’s many fellow Iran-Contra co-conspirators, Vice President Mike Pence (who is in ideal position for a coup against Trump, and remains very cozy with the Clintons, dozens of Obama appointees that remain in place, and Republican “Never Trumpers”, all of whom continue to undermine Trump.

Jan 19 10:14

Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent

The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of business of diplomacy has become a child’s condemnation of misplaced loyalties. Yet everyday, thousands of engagements are made between powers and interests where nothing other than a hello is exchanged, or a pleasantry. Perhaps the more relevant question to ask here is that businessmen and women in power suggest the limits of the nation state and representation: to what extent can such figures claim to be legitimate as figure who think outside the logic of money and finance?

Jan 19 10:03

A RECAP OF NANCY PELOSI’S REALLY BAD WEEK

From having her vineyard taken over by a caravan of “illegals,” to getting her overseas trip canceled by President Trump, it’s safe to say that Nancy Pelosi is having a pretty bad week.

The Speaker of the House may have finally realized that she’s in for a rough two years.

Jan 19 10:02

ROGER STONE WARNS OF DEEP STATE COUP TO INSTALL PELOSI THEN HILLARY AS PRESIDENT

Political strategist Roger Stone says that the deep state is planning to remove both President Trump and VP Mike Pence from office so that they can install Nancy Pelosi as President as part of a coup that will eventually see Hillary Clinton return as President.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is really getting out there!

Jan 19 10:01

Attn Gen Nominee William Barr's Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers

After Randy Weaver, an outspoken separatist living on a mountaintop in northern Idaho, was entrapped by an undercover federal agent, U.S. marshals trespassed on Weaver’s land and killed his 14-year-old son, Sammy. The following day, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi killed his wife, Vicki, as she was standing in the cabin doorway. Horiuchi had previously shot Randy Weaver in the back after he stepped out of the cabin. The suspects were never given a warning or a chance to surrender and had taken no action against FBI agents. Weaver survived.

Jan 19 09:59

Pelosi Lied! Shocking Not…..

The Secret Service was never contacted by Nancy Pelosi’s office or other Democratic congressional leadership regarding their ability to protect the president, members of the administration and Congress during the State of the Union, according to a senior law enforcement official at the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the official who spoke to the The Daily Caller, Pelosi made the decision unilaterally without contacting the Secret Service or DHS. “The Secret Service was never contacted by congressional leadership regarding our security plan or the Secret Service’s ability to carry it out,” the senior law enforcement official said.

Jan 19 09:35

Mueller's office disputes Buzzfeed story on Michael Cohen

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement late on Friday taking issue with a report in Buzzfeed that President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump told him to lie to Congress.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller office, said in the statement.

Jan 19 09:34

WATCH: Chris Cuomo Is PISSED After BuzzFeed Flub; “Mueller Didn’t Do The Media Any Favors Tonight”

There is much weeping and gnashing of teeth in the media following the stunning implosion of a BuzzFeed story that was set up to provide the grounds for the upcoming impeachment of President Trump.

In the piece that was written by the already discredited Jason Leopold, it was claimed that the Democrats’ star witness against Trump in his former attorney turned rat Michael Cohen had been ordered to lie to Congress on the Trump Tower Moscow project.

The media picked up the ball and ran with it, hammering the impeachment angle repeatedly as Nancy Pelosi seethed over her foreign junket being canceled but on Friday evening, a rare statement out of chief inquisitor Robert Mueller’s office (likely approved Mueller himself) blew a smoking hole in the BuzzFeed piece and its inaccuracies.

It was as though all of the air was immediately sucked out of the balloon and the flummoxed media didn’t know what hit them.

Jan 19 09:28

Adelson has ‘more influence’ than Pompeo, ‘controlling’ State Dep’t on Israel, says ‘NYT’ columnist Egan

Timothy Egan, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, has a column today defending the tradition of rich people having an outsize role in our politics, because that’s just reality. But he slipped in not one but two cracks at Sheldon Adelson.

An 85-year-old casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, now has more influence on American foreign policy than even the secretary of state, the Koch [Brothers] tool Mike Pompeo.

But the Kochs pay for politicians in order to enrich themselves and to gut regulations affecting the polluting industries that made them billionaires. Adelson got a similar tax windfall for the millions he put into electing Republicans, with the added benefit of controlling the State Department’s view of Israel.

Jan 19 09:28

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BACKS SLOW-MOTION RIGHT-WING COUP IN VENEZUELA

A slow-motion coup by right-wing opposition forces is underway in Venezuela. It has the support of President Donald Trump’s administration, and if successful, President Nicolas Maduro will be undemocratically removed from power though he was re-elected last May
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Juan Guaido of the Popular Will Party in Venezuela was elected to lead the National Assembly, Venezuela’s congress. He said on January 11 that he was ready to replace Maduro.

“The constitution gives me the legitimacy to carry out the charge of the presidency over the country to call actions. But I need backing from the citizens to make it a reality,” Guaido stated.

On January 15, the National Assembly called Maduro’s presidency “illegitimate” and passed a resolution indicating the body no longer believes he has any legal authority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mikey, Mikey, Mikey; we all know what the US government wants; access to those oil reserves, and pronto!!

Venezuela is the clear global leader in oil reserves

So, Mikely, please do not even attempt to behave as though you gave a rat's anus about the people in this country. This Administration would back the second coming of Attila the Hun, as long as it got what it wanted, economically, and with Juan Guaido in power, it believes it will; period, end of discussion, sir.

Jan 19 09:20

Bill Barr’s CIA Resume: Cover-Ups, Covert Operations, and Pardons

Trump’s nominee to be attorney general has what Trump might call “deep state” credentials.

Barr came to Langley in 1973. He was a 23 year graduate of Columbia with a masters in Chinese studies His resume shows he toiled at the agency by day and attended George Washington University law school at night. The Watergate scandal was ravaging the agency’s reputation and bringing down president Richard Nixon.

Barr spent four formative years working in the Intelligence directorate and the Office of Legislative Counsel. He even made the acquaintance of CIA director George H.W. Bush. In 1977 Barr moved on to a prestigious clerkship for a federal judge and then a series of jobs in private practice and the Justice Department. In 1991, Bush, who had since been elected president, appointed Barr to be attorney general.

Jan 19 09:15

Bruce Ohr Under Oath Implicates Mueller In Steele Dossier

Jan 19 08:59

Sheriffs barred from state legislature session because they were carrying guns. Then common sense kicks in.

"We were allowed to go into the Roundhouse but we weren't allowed to go down onto the floor. We were directed to go to another room and watch what was going on from a TV," Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace told the station. "That has never happened to us before, and that's a direct violation to the constitution of New Mexico. Not only that, the Constitution of the United States, and that's just — as law enforcement officers, as peace officers, we carry weapons. That's just what we do."

Jan 19 08:40

The White Man’s Burden

A storm, methinks, is just over the horizon: The genetics of intelligence, perhaps of behavior. Geneticists know that intelligence is largely genetic. They know better than to say so. But research advances rapidly. Laboratories close in on the responsible genes. Things like genomic-sequence correlation proceed apace. Within ten or fifteen years, I will guess, the genetics of IQ will be firmly established. If the results turn out as seems likely…then what? What does a pseudo-democracy do when clearly stratified by intellectual capacity?

Jan 19 08:38

Merkel’s Bavarian allies get new party head who promises ‘new start’ for political union

Markus Soeder, the Bavarian prime minister, has replaced Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as the head of the Christian Social Union – a Bavarian political force, which has long been allied with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The leadership change follows months of bickering between the allied parties over the German migration policy and other issues.

Jan 19 05:44

How Jared Kushner Tried to Stop Me From Running the Trump Transition (By Chris Christie)

We didn’t really know each other well by then, despite both of us being close to Donald and both of us working on the campaign. But given the role I had played more than a decade earlier as the prosecutor of his father, real estate developer Charles Kushner, of course there was an added something between us... “You and I are both burdened with things that are difficult for the other person to understand,” I said to him. “You’re burdened with a love for your father that I can’t possibly understand, because he’s not my father. And I’m burdened with facts about your father that even you don’t know, that I can never tell you, because if I did, I would break the law.” Then I turned away from Jared and looked back at Donald.

“I’ve made my decision,” Donald said. “Jared, I know you’re not happy about it, but Chris is the chairman of the transition. Corey, put out the press release.”

Jan 18 16:02

CODELs are a Congressional European shopping racket where you get massive per diems and no one pays duties on anything you bring back on a military jet.

Donald Trump just dunked on Nancy Pelosi's CODEL

What Trump Just Wrecked by Canceling Pelosi's Trip to Afghanistan

Jan 18 15:55

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

Unfortunately for Americans, there are many Americans who blindly trust the government and provide the means, the misuse of which is used to enslave us. A large percentage of the work in science and technology serves not to free people but to enslave them. By now there is no excuse for scientists and engineers not to know this. Yet they persist in their construction of the means to destroy liberty.

Jan 18 15:32

State Secrets and the National-Security State

I’ve got a better idea: Let’s just dismantle America’s decades-long, nightmarish Cold War-era experiment with the totalitarian structure known as a national-security state and restore a limited-government republic to our land.

Jan 18 15:10

Imagine if the Media Had as Much Sympathy for Small Business Owners as it Does for Federal Employees

This isn’t to say that the media never covers these topics. But it is fairly safe to say that beyond publications intended specifically for business readers, ordinary media outlets have rarely showed much interest in examining the plight of small business owners in a way similar to how they’ve been covering the effect of the current shutdown on federal workers. Rarely does mainstream coverage emphasize the daily problems that small business owners face in providing payroll for workers (and themselves), meeting customer demands, and keeping the lights on.

Jan 18 14:39

Amos Oz and the real Israel

Lawrence Davidson examines the contradictions of the late liberal Zionist Israeli writer Amos Oz which placed him at odds with democrats who shun the idea of an ethnic/religious states as Israel is, and Zionists whose beliefs are underpinned by imperialism combined with racism.>>

Jan 18 14:32

Owners of Company That Makes Oxycontin Boasted the Drug Would Create a “Prescription Blizzard”

A member of the Oxycontin-manufacturing Sackler family said at the launch party for the drug in the 1990’s that the coming “prescription blizzard” would be “deep, dense and white,” according to a bombshell court filing by the Massachusetts Attorney General.

Jan 18 13:06

Scott Adams: Cohen, Beto, Ohr, Kim, Pelosi, Heller

Childish Pelosi behavior vs. President Trump’s childish counter-punch
Attack the President, expect the counter-punch
SOTU now has new, better options
CNN hit piece on Beto, saying his attention is due to “white male”
CNN is picking off their non-preferred candidates
Bruce Ohr told congress he fully informed the FBI of conflicts
Told them Steele dossier was political doc from DNC
Told them his wife worked for Fusion GPS
YouTube adds Wikipedia link to my videos on climate change
The Wikipedia page believes climate change is real
Why not do same concept for self-radicalized terrorists?
Border control plan, Dems should show us their plan
What DO they want to protect the border?
Some Dem factions are cannibalizing others on topic
Some Democrat has a major attention getting opportunity
Show us a border control plan and budget

Jan 18 12:10

Toxic Masculinity; Man-Splained. - Politically Correct

comment: The next gillete commercial will be bearded men in skinny jeans shaving their beards asking if their toxic masculinity makes their butt look fat!

Jan 18 12:04

Eight House Democrats Break From Pelosi on Wall Funding

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to deny President Trump border-wall funding that would end the ongoing government shutdown, eight House Democrats broke ranks with leadership Wednesday by voting against an amendment that would deny funding.

The amendment still passed 230-197, but here are the Democrats who voted against it:

New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, South Carolina Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, Oklahoma Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Colin Peterson, Michigan Democratic Rep. Elise Slotnik, and New Jersey Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew.

Jan 18 11:40

‘Bickering and backstabbing’ among Trump insiders have been ‘a prosecutor’s dream’ for Mueller investigation: report

As special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictments and convictions pile up, people inside the orbit of President Donald Trump are turning on each other in ways that constitute “a prosecutor’s dream,” according to a new report in Politico.

The report talks about the “circular firing squad” of former Trump allies and aides that has opened fire on each other in an effort to dodge prosecution.

Jan 18 11:40

Let’s Expose Congress Members for the Warhawks They Are

As the nation continued to reel from President Donald Trump’s shock decision last month to remove all U.S. troops from Syria, news came Wednesday that an unknown number of US soldiers were among at least 15 killed in a bombing in northern Syria. Amid such continued violence, one would think the president’s withdrawal would have ever more urgency. And yet, just about everyone in Washington has attacked his decision to pull out.

The reflexive hatred for Trump that dominates the national conversation is bad for the US, especially when it comes to foreign policy. This is not to say that the president isn’t a flawed figure; after all, I’ve spent the better part of two years critiquing most of his policies. Still, when the man demonstrates prudent judgment—as in his recent calls to pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan—he should be applauded. But that’s unlikely to happen in a divided America, as long as an interventionist, bipartisan consensus runs the show in Washington.

Jan 18 11:32

NEW Hatred of the White Hetero Male (4/7)- Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Herland Report TV

Herland Report TV (HTV): "What happened in the US was the liberal-Left wing class ceased to represent the working class against the capitalist exploit employer. They created a new victim group and a new exploiter: the white heterosexual male", says Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. SUBSCRIBE to The Herland Report TV Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HanneNab...

Dr. Roberts is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy, former editor of Wall Street Journal and a well-known author of many books. He is awarded the Treasury Department’s Meritorious Service Award for “his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy.

Jan 18 11:17

Israel attorney general to meet Netanyahu’s lawyer over indictment timing

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer “to discuss Netanyahu’s request that Mendelblit not make any decisions in the cases against him prior to April’s election”, reported Haaretz.

Responding to attorney Navot Tel-Zur’s letter, Mendelblit’s aide, Gil Limon, “wrote that work on the cases won’t be influenced by the election”.

However, he added, Mendelblit would meet with Tel-Zur early next week, “so you can explain your client’s position about the timing” of the decision “in greater depth”.

According to reports, the Attorney General is expected to issue his decision next month.

Jan 18 11:05

War on BDS: How AIPAC-Israel agenda became US priority

The Israeli-US war declared on the Palestinian boycott movement is coming to a head, culminating in a well-orchestrated effort aimed at suffocating any form of tangible protest of the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine.

But an Israeli ‘victory’, even with blind US government support, is still too elusive if at all guaranteed. Killing unarmed protesters at the fence separating besieged Gaza from Israel is often whitewashed as Israel ‘defending itself’. However, legislating unconstitutional laws against the rights of ordinary people to boycott a state that practices war crimes might not be an easy endeavor.

The fact that 26 US states have already passed legislation or some form of condemnation of the civil act of boycott, as championed in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) should, in fact, raise more awareness of the iniquitous Israeli influence on the United States, rather than actually thwarting BDS.

Jan 18 10:21

John Kasich Hired by CNN as 2020 Presidential Speculation Grows

Close advisers and donors to Republican John Kasich have been indicating that the former Ohio governor has been actively seeking an opportunity to work for CNN.

On Tuesday, the network announced he’d be joining their team as a senior political commentator.

Kasich joining CNN, which openly skews their news coverage into opinion rather than fact in an effort to oppose President Trump, will only serve to fuel speculation that he is looking to run for president in 2020 as an independent.

Jan 18 10:20

Possible 2020 Senate Candidate Stacey Abrams Open to Letting Non-Citizens Vote

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said she would not be opposed to granting voting rights to non-citizens in local elections.

Abrams, a gubernatorial loser but possible 2020 Senate candidate, is perfectly in tune with extremists in the Democrat Party who would also extend such rights to non-citizens.

She made the comments during an interview on PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover that aired on Friday.

Jan 18 09:51

Walls Across America

Jan 18 09:33

Benghazi: Scandal 'Far Bigger Than Watergate' Still Haunts Clinton – Analyst

The recent ruling by US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth may become a breakthrough in the 5-year long Clinton email scandal, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik, asking how it happened that the Obama administration, the CIA and FBI had apparently overlooked "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency".

"The 'Benghazi' scandal likely involves national security offenses, money-laundering, campaign-finance crimes, charity fraud, and public corruption", says Wall Street analyst and investigative journalist Charles Ortel, commenting on a US federal judge ordering former Obama officials to answer the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch's (JW) questions on Hillary Clinton's private email issue and the Benghazi scandal.

Jan 18 09:28

Laura Ingraham: Ocasio-Cortez must be taken seriously. Is America ready to be ruled by these new progressives?

The 2020 election cycle has already begun and the superstars of the Democratic Party are now more left-wing than ever before and they're already trying to outdo another on the compassion scale.

"Well the first thing I would do is restore what's been lost - The integrity and the compassion of this country," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. said.

"New York loves you if you are L or G or B or T or Q. If you are black or white or brown," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told an audience. "If you are Christian, a Muslim or you are Jewish. If you are new immigrant or an old immigrant, New York loves you. And what makes us great is we have no tolerance for hate in our state."

Jan 18 09:27

Shutdown standoff: Pelosi renews call to delay State of the Union, Trump says Dems 'hijacked' by 'fringe'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her call Thursday to delay the State of the Union address, saying the date is not “sacred” and President Trump should wait to deliver his message to the nation until the partial government shutdown ends.

The president, for his part, fired back minutes later during a missile-defense speech at the Pentagon as he alleged the Democrats have been "hijacked" by the fringe and Pelosi is holding up talks.

"While many Democrats in the House and Senate would like to make a deal, Speaker Pelosi will not let them negotiate," Trump said. "The party has been hijacked by the open-borders fringe within the party. The radical left becoming the radical Democrats. Hopefully, Democratic lawmakers will step forward to do what is right for our country, and what is right for our country is border security at the strongest level."

Jan 18 09:18

William Barr’s Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers

After Randy Weaver, an outspoken white separatist living on a mountaintop in northern Idaho, was entrapped by an undercover federal agent, U.S. marshals trespassed on Weaver’s land and killed his 14-year-old son, Sammy. The following day, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi killed his wife, Vicki, as she was standing in the cabin doorway. Horiuchi had previously shot Randy Weaver in the back after he stepped out of the cabin. The suspects were never given a warning or a chance to surrender and had taken no action against FBI agents. Weaver survived.

Jan 18 09:06

Mitch McConnell Accuses Dems Of Trying To ‘Swing Elections’ With Anti-Corruption Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused House Democrats of trying to “swing elections” with a major piece of legislation designed to clean up voting and campaign finance and strengthen government ethics.
McConnell described the so-called For the People Act as a “power grab” and a “naked attempt to change the rules of American politics to benefit one party” in a Thursday op-ed for The Washington Post.

Jan 17 16:53

FLASHBACK - A List Of 23 Famous Obama Quotes That Turned Out To Be Broken Promises Or Cold-Hearted Lies

How many lies can one president tell and still retain any credibility? What you are about to see is absolutely astounding. It is a long list of important promises that Barack Obama has broken since he has been president. If he had only told a few lies, perhaps the American people would be willing to overlook that. After all, pretty much all of our politicians our liars. Unfortunately, many of the lies that Obama has told appear to have been quite cold-hearted in nature. For example, Barack Obama repeatedly made the promise that “you will be able to keep your health care plan” under Obamacare. But now we are learning that he knew that this was a lie all along. Not only that, the Democrats in Congress knew that this was a lie all along too. In fact, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, said the following when she was asked about Obama’s promise to the American people recently: “He should’ve just been specific.

Jan 17 16:22

Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Now $105,662,975.27

Judicial Watch today announced it obtained travel records from the Secret Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, bringing the known total of travel expenses for former President Barack Obama and his family to $105,662,975.27. The latest records show President Trump’s travel expenses total slightly over $4 million.

Judicial Watch also announced that oral argument will be heard on Friday, September 15, 2017, in an additional FOIA lawsuit challenging the district court’s dismissal of Judicial Watch’s claim that Homeland Security has a history of violating FOIA’s requirements in the processing of Judicial Watch’s requests. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:15-cv-01983)). Judicial Watch sought discovery in this case.

Jan 17 15:52

Taxpayer-funded Pension and Perks of Former U.S. Officials

People don't typically get into U.S. politics for big bucks. Sure, there are a lot of other prestigious perks that come along with a high-ranking position, but government jobs aren't typically known to be the most lucrative employment opportunities. And let's be real: The true "value" of public service has seen better days.

Take the U.S. president, for example. While the annual salary ($400,000) dwarfs that of the median American income ($59,039), but it's not much more than a top-tier tech executive in the Bay Area ($316,763). So while a hefty paycheck may not be the most impressive piece of a politician's profile, aren't you a little curious what some government officials make? And how long do they have to work before they're paid for life (because that's a thing)? Wonder no more.

Jan 17 15:51

LAWSUIT CLAIMS SHEILA JACKSON LEE FIRED A STAFFER TO COVER UP A RAPE

A former aide to Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas filed a civil suit against the lawmaker and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), alleging she was fired for threatening legal action against the Foundation relating to a sexual assault.

The complaint alleges Jackson Lee and the CBCF intentionally inflicted emotional distress, unlawfully interfered with contract, and violated the Congressional Accountability Act and Washington, D.C.’s human rights statute. It is the second time in recent years a former employee sued the congresswoman for her infamous employment practices.

Jan 17 14:53

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS TRAVELED TO HAWAII DURING WILDFIRES

As wildfires ravaged their state throughout the month of November, prominent California lawmakers took a trip to Hawaii with representatives from utility companies, according to a Fox News report published Monday.

Top officials from the Golden State took their annual retreat to the Fairmont Kea Lani resort on Maui, where they were lobbied by utility companies not to hold them responsible for damages, reports The New York Times. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) could be on the hook for roughly $30 billion in damages.

Jan 17 14:52

The Investigators: ALEC - The Backroom Where Laws Are Born

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