Dead Cats, NGoodShape, 01/17/18; (29)12, James Brody

Victor Davis Hanson – President Nobama; Epstein – China infitrates classrooms.

IMMIGRATION: Williamson – Enforcement w/o apology; Cowan & Cornwell – Dreamers not set; DC Examiner – Dems want a fight.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

LEADS: Friedman – Soros fights nationalism; Walsh – California?; Durden – Spending deal; Durden – Russian panic; Watson – Schemers won’t believe the medical; Klein – Trump holds back $65M from Palestinians.

RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Mark Levin 01-16-18.

DRUDGE – Harnden – Most powerful journalist; Drudge – Monica!


Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “President Nobama”

“Trump is commonsensically undoing, piece by piece, the main components of Obama’s legacy.

“Donald Trump continues to baffle. Never Trump Republicans still struggle to square the circle of quietly agreeing so far with most of his policies, as they loudly insist that his record is already nullified by its supposedly odious author. Or surely it soon will be discredited by the next Trumpian outrage. Or his successes belong to congressional and Cabinet members, while his failures are all his own. Rarely do they seriously reflect on what otherwise over the last year might have been the trajectory of a Clinton administration.

“Contrary to popular supposition, the Left loathes Trump not just for what he has done. (It is often too consumed with fury to calibrate carefully the particulars of the Trump agenda.) Rather, it despises him mostly for what he superficially represents.
“To many progressives and indeed elites of all persuasions, Trump is also the Prince of Anti-culture: mindlessly naïve American boosterism; conspicuous, 1950s-style unapologetic consumption; repetitive and limited vocabulary; fast-food culinary tastes; Queens accent; herky-jerky mannerisms; ostentatious dress; bulging appearance; poorly disguised facial expressions; embracing rather than sneering at middle-class appetites; a lack of subtlety, nuance, and ambiguity
“In short Trump’s very essence wars with everything that long ago was proven to be noble, just, and correct by Vanity Fair, NPR, The New Yorker, Google, the Upper West Side, and The Daily Show. There is not even a smidgeon of a concession that some of Trump’s policies might offer tens of thousands of forgotten inner-city youth good jobs or revitalize a dead and written-off town in the Midwest, or make the petroleum of the war-torn Persian Gulf strategically irrelevant to an oil-rich United States.
“Yet one way of understanding Trump — particularly the momentum of his first year — is through recollection of the last eight years of the Obama administration. In reductionist terms, Trump is the un-Obama . . .”

Ethan Epstein, Politico: “How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms

“Even as they face criticism, Chinese government-run educational institutes have continued their forward march on college campuses across the United States.

“Last year, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte made an announcement to great fanfare: The university would soon open a branch of the Confucius Institute, the Chinese government-funded educational institutions that teach Chinese language, culture and history. The Confucius Institute would ‘help students be better equipped to succeed in an increasingly globalized world,’ says Nancy Gutierrez, UNC Charlotte’s dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and ‘broaden the University’s outreach and support for language instruction and cultural opportunities in the Charlotte community,’ according to a press release.

“But the Confucius Institutes’ goals are a little less wholesome and edifying than they sound—and this is by the Chinese government’s own account. A 2011 speech by a standing member of the Politburo in Beijing laid out the case: ‘The Confucius Institute is an appealing brand for expanding our culture abroad,’ Li Changchun said. ‘It has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness. Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical. . .”


Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Enforcement, without Apology

“Democrats and Republicans want different things when it comes to federal spending and when it comes to immigration reform. Those two disagreements are interacting in a fairly unpredictable way: Democrats, who are the minority party in Congress, are threatening to force a government shutdown (not that the government ever actually shuts down) if they do not get their way. That’s the leverage the minority party has, and the Democrats believe, based on experience, that the Republicans probably will be blamed for any shutdown.

“Shutdowns are not a new development in American government. There have been 18 occasions upon which federal government funding has expired in the past 40 years, and similar things happen at the state level: Maine, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania all had gaps in 1991 alone. New Jersey and Maine had them last year. Life went on more or less as expected in the Garden State and in the . . . whatever they call Maine.

“Democracy is supposed to be adversarial, and while we may lament the current practice of scorched-earth congressional politics, in which every fleeting parliamentary advantage is exploited to maximum effect (a bipartisan failing), it is natural and legitimate that the minority party relies on the tools with which its members are presented. Our constitutional order assumes negotiation, hostile though it may be, in the interest of protecting the rights and interests of political minorities, including temporary minorities.

“It also relies on the rule of law. . .”

Richard Cowan & Susan Cornwell, YAHOO!: “House Republicans mull funding extension; ‘Dreamer’ deal not set”

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats’ demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.

Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week.

Republicans who control Congress are expected to try to push another stopgap funding bill and get it to President Donald Trump’s desk before a midnight Friday deadline when existing money for federal agencies expires.

The bill would not include protections for the young people described as “Dreamers,” Republican Representative Mike Simpson told reporters after his party’s closed-door meeting.–business.html

Washington Examiner: You think Democrats want to fix immigration? Dream on!”

“Illegal immigrants brought to America as children through no fault of their own, the so-called “Dreamers,” have never been closer than they are now to securing a lawful, permanent deal that would allow them to stay.

Democrats, however, are doing their darnedest to prevent it.

“The reason won’t be discussed on CNN or Univision. It is much easier to point to President Trump’s crude comments on immigration than it is to handle the truth, which is that his opponents want an argument rather than action. In an election year, immigration is far more powerful for Democrats as a political issue than it is as an accomplishment in the rearview mirror. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Victoria Friedman,  Breitbart: “Soros Pledges Renewed Fight Against ‘Dominant Ideology’ of Nationalism, Says EU ‘on Verge of Breakdown’”

“The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”.

Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda.

Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà vu all over again with one big change — the dominant ideology in the world now is nationalism… It’s the EU that’s the institution that’s on the verge of a breakdown.

“And Russia is now the resurgent power, based on nationalism,” Soros said.

Michael Walsh, PJM: “What’s the Matter with California?”

“. . . Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).

“The Left’s first, last and only instinct is to throw more money at the problem, but

“It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. “Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and ‘other public welfare,’ according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

“The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

“The progressives who control every aspect of the state’s government are not necessarily stupid people, but they are malign. . .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Republicans Struggle to Strike Spending Deal with Shutdown Looming”

“After a tentative deal struck by a bipartisan group of senators unraveled last week amid reports that President Donald Trump had referred to El Salvador, Haiti and a host of African countries as “shitholes”,  odds of a government shutdown climbed dramatically as many observers now believe the Republican majority won’t be able to cobble together a compromise in time for the Friday at midnight deadline.

“On Wednesday morning, both Republicans and Democrats were polling their caucuses after Republican leaders presented a one-month spending “stopgap” bill hoping to extend government spending until Feb. 16, thereby kicking the can yet again.

“According to the Washington Post, the bill would extend existing spending levels through Feb. 16 and include an extension of a popular children’s health insurance program – aimed at winning Democratic votes – while delaying several taxes included in the Affordable Care Act. Few lawmakers were enthusiastic about the legislation, but several described it as “a necessary evil” to avoid the first government shutdown since 2013. Though according to Politico  Republicans likely wouldn’t be able to secure passage in the House without Democratic support.

Democratic and Republican party leaders had aimed to strike a long-term spending deal – what would be the first for the Trump administration – on Friday before the deadline at midnight. But Democrats have resisted striking a deal to raise spending caps unless Republicans agree to enshrine protections for young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as minors.”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Putin Pals Panic Over US “Corrupt Oligarchs” List, Begin Liquidating Assets”

“As we reported last Friday, Russian oligarchs are growing increasingly nervous over the U.S. Treasury’s upcoming “Official Oligarch” list, which is being created pursuant to an Aug. 2, 2017 law requiring that the Treasury and State Departments identify officials and oligarchs as determined by “their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth” in order to penalize the Kremlin for its alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

“The report, due in two weeks on January 29, must include “indices of corruption with respect to those individuals” and any foreign assets they may have. And according to Bloomberg, Russian businessmen are scrambling right now to protect assets and avoid the list. . .”


“Brian Stelter, who literally rolled his eyes at questions over Hillary’s health, just won’t let it go

“Having demonized anyone who questioned Hillary Clinton’s health as she coughed and stumbled her way through the campaign trail as ‘conspiracy theorists,’ CNN is now taking on that very role by refusing to believe a doctor whose tests found Donald Trump to be in perfect physical and mental health.

“After weeks of media speculation that Trump had ‘dementia,’ or was in some other way unfit to be president, a long shot narrative that some on the left hoped would lead to his removal under the 25th amendment, Dr. Ronny Jackson put paid to all that yesterday by revealing that Trump performed ‘exceedingly well’ in a cognitive test.

“Jackson added that the test wasn’t even required and that Trump himself insisted upon taking it before achieving a perfect score.

“The doctor’s report couldn’t be attacked for being biased or partisan either, given that he has been a White House physician to both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. . .”

Aaron Klein, Breitbart: Trump Withholds $65 Million from U.N.’s Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency”

“The Jerusalem Post reported:

“Trump heeded the advice of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster— in addition to that of the Israeli government— and agreed to deliver $60 million in US assistance to the UN body for now, as opposed to cutting all aid outright. But the remaining pledge— $65 million— has been withheld “for future consideration,” according to a letter sent to the agency. . .”


Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at”867

Mark Levin, 1-16-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The Democrats and media are waging a nonstop campaign to convince the American people that President Trump is somehow mentally unfit for his position. Sen Cory Booker should receive Golden Globe for being the greatest mental patient, after his performance attacking Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Booker lashed out at Nielsen during a hearing, accusing her of being complicit in the president’s alleged remarks that have caused a media frenzy. The Democrats always demagogue race because they cannot debate the issues. Booker’s showmanship is simply part of a plan to position himself to become president one day.

“After that, the President’s doctor, Ronny Jackson not only did a physical exam but a mental exam on Trump as well. There is nothing wrong with Trump and the media are very disappointed. They want him to be mentally ill, physically ill, racist and to have colluded with the Russians. The media have destroyed themselves and are just an intellectual mob. What the media is doing to Trump is the same thing they did to Barry Goldwater. Goldwater like Trump today was the target of a venomous campaign. The Lyndon Johnson campaign wanted to paint Goldwater as an extremist, mentally unstable and they pushed those narratives as hard as they could.

“Finally, Anthony Davenport calls to talk about his new book, Your Score.”



Toby Harnden, UK Telegraph: “Matt Drudge: World’s most powerful journalist”

“Ten years ago, he was a reclusive, pasty-faced 31-year-old who, bashing away on his laptop in his grungy Hollywood apartment, shot to prominence when he threatened to bring down Bill Clinton’s presidency by breaking news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

“Now, Matt Drudge owns a luxurious Mediterranean-style stucco house on Rivo Alto Island in Florida’s Biscayne Bay, a condominium at the Four Seasons in Miami and is said to drive a black Mustang. He remains an elusive, mysterious figure but the internet pioneer is arguably the single most powerful journalist – though his detractors even deny that is his occupation – in the world.

“Drudge is still an outsider, contemptuous of the cosy relationships and closed-door deals that keep the ordinary person from being privy to the secrets of the Establishment. . .”




**World Exclusive**
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**

At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, NEWSWEEK magazine killed a story that was destined to shake official Washington to its foundation: A White House intern carried on a sexual affair with the President of the United States!

The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that reporter Michael Isikoff developed the story of his career, only to have it spiked by top NEWSWEEK suits hours before publication. A young woman, 23, sexually involved with the love of her life, the President of the United States, since she was a 21-year-old intern at the White House. She was a frequent visitor to a small study just off the Oval Office where she claims to have indulged the president’s sexual preference. Reports of the relationship spread in White House quarters and she was moved to a job at the Pentagon, where she worked until last month.

The young intern wrote long love letters to President Clinton, which she delivered through a delivery service. She was a frequent visitor at the White House after midnight, where she checked in the WAVE logs as visiting a secretary named Betty Curry, 57.

The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that tapes of intimate phone conversations exist.

The relationship between the president and the young woman become strained when the president believed that the young woman was bragging about the affair to others.

The White House was busy checking the DRUDGE REPORT for details.


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Dead Cats: S-Holes, 01/15/18; (29)11, James Brody

McCarthy – Anatomy of a Farce.

IMMIGRATION: Enjeti – DACA dead?; Binder – Chain migration.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

LEADS: Chumley – Sh-holes; Peters – A Romney loyal to Trump; Jeffrey – $225 Bn Deficit, Mangan – DJT passed his physical; Durden – $130,000 porn star.

MLK: Steele – Black protest lost its power.

RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Mark Levin 01-12-18.

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Anatomy of a Farce”

“. . . you know what it’s like to be Glenn Simpson.

“The former Wall Street Journal reporter is a superb investigative journalist. More notoriously these days, he is the founder of Fusion GPS. It was he, in cahoots with his friend and collaborator, former British spy Christopher Steele, who orchestrated the compilation and dissemination of the so-called Steele dossier — the fons et origo of the Trump–Russia collusion narrative. We now know the dossier was covertly commissioned by the Clinton campaign, which dealt with Fusion through a layer of lawyers.

“Yet, we were not aware of that nearly five months ago. That was when Simpson gave nine hours of articulate but dodgy testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee investigators. The 312-page transcript of the session was released this week by the committee’s senior Democrat, Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.). Significantly, Simpson’s dodges included for whom and with whom he was working.
“We’ll get to that. It is of greater moment to observe that Simpson’s testimony is the most enlightening information we have seen in over a year of collusion craze. To cut to the chase: Simpson has explained, unwittingly I think, both why there is a collusion narrative and why President Trump, who could blow up the narrative by declassifying intelligence records, has refrained from ordering his subordinates to cooperate with Congress’s probes.
“See, Simpson’s got nothing. Even if we had not learned that the dossier is a partisan opposition-research screed, the Trump–Russia narrative it spouts is a house of cards. But here’s the thing: Good investigative journalists who dabble in partisan politics can be great at making nothing look like something.
“I know this from my former life. All trial lawyers must be versed in this dark art — hopefully more to guard against than practice it. It is a particular danger with prosecutors. That is why the law builds in due-process safeguards like reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence, and the right to counsel. The ability to make nothing look like something sinister is why it is famously observed that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich in the grand jury, where these safeguards do not apply. (Emph added, jb)
You know where else those safeguards have no application? In the black hole we call “counterintelligence investigations” — such as Trump–Russia. And in investigative journalism. How do you make someone look guilty of something he hasn’t done? You erect a formidable circumstantial case around the big hole in the middle — the hole that, in a normal case, would be filled by evidence that the suspect actually committed the crime.

You don’t so much cover the hole as create distractions from it. The biggest distraction is bad character: You must establish that your suspect is a five-alarm rogue. . .”


Saagar Enjeti, Daily Caller: “Trump Blasts Dems: ‘DACA Is Probably Dead’

Hat Tip – Info Wars . . .

“President Donald Trump attacked Democratic lawmakers Sunday for failing so far to reach a compromise deal with Republicans on the future of the DACA program.

“Trump has been embroiled in negotiations with Democrats for months over the Obama-era protections for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Trump ended the program in September and told Congress if it wanted to keep the protections then it had to end chain migration, include funding for a border wall, and end the diversity visa lottery system.

Democrats have indicated they may use a failure to compromise on DACA as an opportunity to shut down the government on Jan 19.

John Binder, Breitbart: “Chain Migration Expected to Add 8M Potential Foreign-Born Voters to U.S. Electorate over Next Two Decades”

Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .

“. . . Every year, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals to the country, with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration, where naturalized citizens are allowed to bring their extended family members to the country. In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.

“CIS Director of Research Steven Camarota revealed to Breitbart News that overall, the current U.S. legal immigration system is on track to import roughly 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next 20 years. Of those new voters, Camarota told Breitbart News that between 7 million and 8 million will be brought to the U.S. through chain migration, a sect of legal immigration that President Trump has demanded an end to, but that Democrats and the Republican establishment have been unwilling to eliminate.

“Research by University of Maryland, College Park political scientist James Gimpel has found in recent years that more immigrants to the U.S. inevitably means more Democrat voters and thus, increasing electoral victories for the Democratic Party. . .” (emph added, JB)


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Cheryl Chumley, Washington Times: “Borders aren’t racist, and some countries are sh—holes”

“Yes, indeed, some nations are cesspools of misery. And calling them out for their cesspool nature isn’t exactly a shocking reflection.

“Google images of Haiti, for instance, and what pops are photos of trashy beaches, overcrowded dwellings, debris-strewn neighborhoods — real sh—hole-seeming places, in other words.

“No doubt, some of these images come courtesy of the fallout from Hurricane Matthew, a Category 5-er that struck near Les Anglais as a Category 4 storm in mid-2016, killing more than 500 and devastating the already impoverished region. But that truth doesn’t detract from the fact that the nation was already a massive mess, economically speaking.

“The Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of Economic Freedom opens its assessment of Haiti this way: “Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest and most deforested country, is plagued by corruption, gang violence, drug trafficking, organized crime and a general lack of economic opportunity.”

“Don’t just take the conservative-leaning think tank’s word on it. In 2004, the United Nations sent troops to one Haiti shantytown to battle it out with gangs; in 2016, Haiti was rated in a Gallup analysis as one of the countries with the highest amount of “suffering,” with high poverty and low opportunity.

Sh—hole? That’s certainly one way to describe it.

“Here are some other countries that might be considered similarly: South Sudan and Ukraine, both rated alongside Haiti as worst places to live in Gallup’s 2016 analysis. Then there’s China and North Korea, for obvious despotic reasons. And scores of Africa nations rated in the United Nations-backed 2017 World Happiness Report as subpar in terms of rating the levels of economic opportunities, individual freedoms, health, poverty or corruption. . .”

Jeremy Peters, NYT: “A Romney Who Is Unfailingly Loyal to Trump”

“NORTHVILLE, Mich. — She is the very profile of the voter President Trump tends to repel: a soft-spoken, college-educated mother of two who lives in an upscale suburb in one of the most contested battleground states.

“This was not lost on Mr. Trump when he picked Ronna McDaniel to be the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. Neither was the fact that her father is Mitt Romney’s oldest brother, and that bringing her into the fold would put an exclamation point on his sublimation of the establishment wing of the party.

“Ms. McDaniel, who is 44 and only the second woman to lead the national committee, now faces a challenge that is as personal as it is political. She has to fortify her party in a hostile election environment as it tries to keep control of the House, the Senate and 13 governorships where incumbent Republicans are leaving. That job has been complicated by a wave of retirements by disaffected Republicans, putting more seats at risk in districts like her own in Michigan.

“Then there is the fault line running right through her family. . .

“So far, Ms. McDaniel has managed to hold together the factions of the party that are split over their feelings about Mr. Trump but united, for now, in pursuit of conservative policy goals. A relentless fund-raiser who spends up to six hours a day on the phone wringing money from donors, she has helped put the party in a formidable financial position. The Republican National Committee has nearly $40 million in the bank, compared with the Democratic National Committee’s $6.3 million. . .”

Terence Jeffrey, CNS: “Feds Collect Record Income Taxes through December; Still Run $225 Billion Deficit”

“. . . Total tax collections in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 equaled $769,512,000,000. But because the government spent $994,467,000,000 during the quarter, the Treasury ran a deficit of $224,955,000,000. . .”

Dan Mangan, CNBC: “President Donald Trump’s medical exam ‘went exceptionally well,’ doctor says

“President Trump received his first-ever medical exam as president on Friday.

“The doctor in charge of the exam said it “went exceptionally well.”

“The White House physician who supervised the exam will brief reporters about its findings on Tuesday. . .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Trump Lawyer Reportedly Paid $130,000 To Keep Porn Star Silent, She Denies”

“As if the weekend news cycle wasn’t crowded enough already.

“With ‘shithole-gate’ still dominating the headlines, possibly steering the federal government toward its first shutdown in five years, the Wall Street Journal has picked this weekend to revive a rumor that it first published shortly after the election, and which President Trump’s lawyers have previously denied.

“The paper described a plot by the Trump campaign to pay off an adult film actress who had been negotiating with Good Morning America for an exclusive interview about her brief affair with the president in 2006, just one year after he married Melania Trump.

“According to the WSJTrump lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to the Stephanie Clifford, who 10 years ago was one of the biggest adult film stars in the US, working as ‘Stormy Daniels.’ In exchange, she had to sign an NDA barring her from discussing her experiences with Trump.

“While the WSJ had previously reported the rumor about the GMA negotiations, the paper’s latest report goes much further. It describes how Cohen arranged for the payment to be made through Clifford’s lawyer, and how Clifford signed an NDA explaining she couldn’t talk about it… which she apparently is doing now.


An academic cheat, a drinker, and a skirt-chaser who got his Washington statue . . .’s_personal_life


Shelby Steele, WSJ: “Black Protest Has Lost Its Power”

“Have whites finally found the courage to judge African-Americans fairly by universal standards?

“. . .The oppression of black people is over with. This is politically incorrect news, but it is true nonetheless. We blacks are, today, a free people. It is as if freedom sneaked up and caught us by surprise.

“Of course this does not mean there is no racism left in American life. Racism is endemic to the human condition, just as stupidity is. We will always have to be on guard against it. But now it is recognized as a scourge, as the crowning immorality of our age and our history.

“Protest always tries to make a point. But what happens when that point already has been made—when, in this case, racism has become anathema and freedom has expanded?

“What happened was that black America was confronted with a new problem: the shock of freedom. . .”


Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at”867

Mark Levin, 1-12-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, The purpose of immigration is to improve the country and the citizenry owns the country, not the bureaucrats, media or politicians. When it comes to Haiti, Venezuela, and Cuba we all know they are hell holes. We have people immigrating here trying to escape these places. Trump is right yet the Democrat Party assumes and presumes to represent minorities in this country. Democrats like Dick Durbin and others knew exactly what President Trump meant and are demonstrating a lot of sanctimony right now. If it is the official positon of the Democrat Party that our immigration policies should favor failed countries and failed cultures then they should campaign on it and say it. It used to be understood that the U.S. had the right to make decisions on immigration based on merit and need. Now immigration is out of our hands and we have been overtaken by radical egalitarianism. You are not ever allowed to speak of failed cultures or countries, otherwise you are accused of being a racist.

“Later, the American people are great but the government is less so. There is a mass bureaucracy that rejects the results of the election and is devouring the civil society. We make a huge mistake when we confuse country and society with the federal government. The trajectory is clear and we cannot rely on the federal government to undo what they are doing because they are doing what they want.

“Finally, a Republic is based on a culture that respects the Constitution and insists on its application. What are sanctuary cities and leftists judges, but an attack on the rule of law?”

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Dead Cats: Chirped, 01/12/18; (29)10, James Brody

TWITTER: Project Veritas – Twitter!; Gov’t & Revenge Porn.   

IMMIGRATION: Trump/Shithole; NRO – DACA garbage deal; Martosko – Shitholes; Drudge Links 01-12-18.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

LEADS: Hanson – DJT threatens Palestinians; Wallingham – Islam grows.

RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Mark Levin 01-11-18.

Project Veritas: “UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions?”

  • Steven Pierre, Twitter engineer explains “shadow banning,” says “it’s going to ban a way of talking”
  • Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu on shadow banning: “they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it”
  • Former Twitter Content Review Agent Mo Norai explains banning process: “if it was a pro-Trump thing and I’m anti-Trump… I banned his whole account… it’s at your discretion”
  • When asked if banning process was an unwritten rule, Norai adds “Very. A lot of unwritten rules… It was never written it was more said”
  • Olinda Hassan, Policy Manager for Twitter Trust and Safety explains, “we’re trying to ‘down rank’… shitty people to not show up,” “we’re working [that] on right now”
  • “Shadow banning” to be used to stealthily target political views- former Twitter engineer says, “that’s a thing”
  • Censorship of certain political viewpoints to be automated via “machine learning” according to Twitter software engineer
  • Parnay Singh, Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer, on machine learning algorithms, “you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck…” “the majority of it are for Republicans”

“(San Francisco) In the latest undercover Project Veritas video investigation, current and former Twitter employees are on camera explaining steps the social media giant is taking to censor political content that they don’t like.

This video release follows the first undercover Twitter exposé Project Veritas released on January 10th which showed Twitter Senior Network Security Engineer Clay Haynes saying that Twitter is “more than happy to help the Department of Justice with their little [President Donald Trump] investigation.’ . . .”

Joseph Cox, Daily Beast: “Top U.S. Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site”

“Revenge porn, where people share intimate images of others in order to intimidate, harass, or embarrass, is rampant. Now, data obtained by a security analyst and shared with The Daily Beast reveals the behind-the-scenes of the epicenter of revenge porn: a notorious image board called Anon-IB, where users constantly upload non-consensual imagery, comment on it, and trade nudes like baseball cards.

“The data shows Anon-IB users connecting from U.S. Senate, Navy, and other government computers, including the Executive Office of the President, even as senators push for a bill that would further combat the practice, and after the military’s own recent revenge-porn crisis.

“Wow tig ol bitties. You have any nudes to share?” someone wrote in November, underneath a photo of a woman who apparently works in D.C., while connecting from an IP address registered to the U.S. Senate. . .”


Rich Lowry, NRO:” Buy Off Trump with the Wall”
“There is a very easy way for Democrats to get major concessions from President Donald Trump on immigration: Give him his Wall.

“This is the key to a deal codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era de facto amnesty for a segment of so-called Dreamers. All it takes is giving Trump a plausible start to the Wall that the president can then, in his inimitable way, promote as the greatest structure built on a border since Hadrian began his famous handiwork at the northern limit of the Roman Empire in 122.

“That the Democrats very likely won’t do this speaks to their irrational aversion to a Wall that they can’t view dispassionately any more than Trump can.
“It used to be that enhanced security on the border, and yes, a physical structure that in places is effectively a wall, had bipartisan support. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 passed the House by a vote of 283-138 and the Senate 80-19. It called for building roughly 700 miles of double-layer fencing on the border, and no one seemed to believe that the United States had irreparably sullied its reputation.
“This wasn’t the first time anyone had thought of a fence, of course. There had been barriers in the San Diego area for a very long time, although not particularly robust ones. Beginning in the 1980s, more serious structures were built. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, there are 46 miles of fencing overall and 13 miles of double fencing in the San Diego-Tijuana corridor, where there used to be a nightly influx of undocumented immigrants. In some sections, the barriers are 10-feet-tall military helicopter pads indistinguishable from a wall. Again, no one believes San Diego has closed itself off from the world.
“But Democrats now find physical barriers on the border offensive, especially if they have enough solidity to be called a Wall. Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight notes that in 2006 almost 40 percent of Democrats supported building a Wall. By February of last year, Democrats were against it by 89 percent to 8 percent.
“This forecloses the most basic legislative give-and-take. If Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer gave Trump something significant on the Wall, they would be able to find their way home — as John Jay said after concluding an unpopular treaty with the British in 1795 — by the light of their own burning effigies. . .”


“Liberal jaws drop as President cuts through political correctness

President Trump on Thursday questioned why visa protections should be extended to immigrants pouring in from “shithole countries.”

“The president reportedly made the remarks during an Oval Office meeting on the immigration bill Thursday, where lawmakers proposed ending the diversity visa lottery program in favor of protections for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African nations.

“‘Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?’ the president reportedly stated according to The Washington Post.

“The Post’s anonymous sources, who did not attend the meeting, report Trump added he’d prefer ‘more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.’

“Members at the meeting were ‘alarmed and mystified’ by Trump’s comments, according to The New York Times, and ‘taken aback,’ the Post reports.

“Meanwhile Trump supporters were unfazed by the remarks. . .”

NRO: “A Garbage Deal on DACA

“What is it about gangs and immigration? The so-called Gang of Six came up with a proposed “deal” on DACA that is worthy of the late, unlamented Gang of Eight’s version of “comprehensive” immigration reform. It deserves to be thrown into the nearest circular filing cabinet, and opposition from the White House thankfully ensures that it will be.

“It proposes giving a full amnesty not just to the relatively narrow category of DACA recipients (roughly 700,000 people) but to the broader population of so-called DREAMers, possibly covering a couple of million people. On top of this, it would give a version of amnesty to the parents of the DREAMers. This would make a travesty of the original rationale for the DREAM Act. It was supposed to cover illegal immigrants brought here at a young age through no fault of their own; now we are talking about an amnesty for the adults who knowingly defied our laws.
“The proposed deal’s changes in chain migration are minor and affect only the population getting the amnesty. The visa lottery would simply be transferred over to cover beneficiaries of so-called Temporary Protected Status, who were allowed to stay here temporarily when their home countries were hit by natural disasters. This proposed provision honors the Washington establishment’s cardinal rule on immigration — never permit a diminution, no matter how small, in the number of legal immigrants coming here. Meanwhile, the spending on border security would be a relative pittance.
“This is a terrible deal. We would be happy with a straight-up trade of a DACA amnesty, even one broadly defined, for a mandatory E-Verify system for employers making new hires, one that would help dry up the jobs magnet for illegal immigrants. But that’s apparently not in the offing, nor, to judge from this afternoon’s proposal, is any deal worth supporting.

David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: “’Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?’ The astonishingly blunt question Trump asked in Oval Office immigration meeting (but he’d welcome more from Norway)”

  • President was meeting in the Oval Office with senators from both parties about proposals for immigration reform
  • He reportedly asked them why the U.S. had to shoulder the burden of refugees coming to the U.S. after Third World natural disasters 
  • ‘Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?’ he asked, according to a Washington Post report 
  • He also said: ‘Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out’ 
  • Trump has been rescinding ‘Temporary Protected Status’ for otherwise-illegal immigrants who came from Haiti, Nicaragua and El Salvador because of earthquakes and hurricanes
  • In addition to Haitians, he was referring to people from African countries
  • Trump said he wanted people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he held a press conference with Wednesday 
  • The White House did not deny Trump made the comments in a statement
  • Haiti’s government came out and said they ‘vehemently condemn’ Trump’s comments in relation to their country 
  • Haitian ambassador Paul Altidor said Trump’s remarks were ‘based on stereotypes’ and he was either ‘misinformed’ or miseducated’

Drudge Links 01-12-18

ANDERSON COOPER: He’s ‘Tired Of So Many Black People Coming Into This Country’…
DON LEMON: ‘People of Color Warned You’… 
President rejects ‘Dreamer’ deal… 
FLASHBACK: Ted Kennedy on 1965 bill: ‘It will not inundate America with immigrants from… deprived nations of Africa and Asia’ 


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Trump Threatens to Deal Another Blow to the Palestinian Cause”

“By cutting off hundreds of millions in American aid to the Palestinian Authority, the president could radically alter the Middle East. President Trump set off another Twitter firestorm last week when he hinted that he may be considering cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Trump was angered over Palestinian unwillingness to engage in peace talks with Israel after the Trump administration announced the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Given that the U.S. channels its Palestinian aid through third-party United Nations organizations, it’s unclear how much money Trump is talking about it. But in total it may exceed $700 million per year, according to reports.

“A decade ago, the U.S. row with  the Palestinian Authority would have been major news. But not now.


“The entire Middle East has radically changed — and along with it the role and image of the Palestinians.
“First, the U.S. is now one of the largest producers of fossil-fuel energy in the world. America is immune from the sort of Arab oil embargo that in 1973–74 paralyzed the U.S. economy as punishment for American support of Israel. Even Israel, thanks to new offshore oil and natural-gas discoveries, is self-sufficient in energy and immune from Arab cutoffs.

“Second, the Middle East is split into all sorts of factions. Iran seeks to spread radical Shiite theocracy throughout Iraq and Syria and into the Persian Gulf states — and is the greatest supporter of Palestinian armed resistance. The so-called “moderate” Sunni autocracies despise Iran. Understandably, most Arab countries fear the specter of a nuclear Iran far more than they do the reality of a democratic and nuclear Israel.

“A third player — radical Islamic terrorism — has turned against the Arab status quo as well as the West. Because Palestinian organizations such as Hamas had flirted with Iran and its appendages (such as the terrorists of Hezbollah), they have become less useful to the Arab establishment. The terrorist bloodlettings perpetrated by groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda have discredited terror as a legitimate means to an end in the eyes of the Arab world, despite previous support for Palestinian terrorists.
“Third, the world itself may have passed the Palestinian issue by. . .”

A.J. Wallingham, CNN: “By 2040, Islam could be the second-largest religion in the US”

“. . . The Pew Research Center combined studies they conducted in 2007, 2011 and 2017 with yearly data from the US Census (which does not track religious affiliation) to put together a portrait of the future of Muslims in America.

“According to their data, the Muslim population is growing at an accelerated rate, and will more than double from an estimated 3.45 million in 2017 to an estimated 8.1 million in 2050. In the meantime, Muslims are expected to surpass Jews as the second-largest religious group. . . “


Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at”867

Mark Levin, 1-11-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, There is a bombshell report by Sara Carter which proves Mark was right about Barack Obama’s FISA abuses! The Trump dossier was used by Obama’s FBI to gain approval for a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The bastardization of our intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement by a sitting Democrat administration aimed at destroying and defeating a Republican nominee is nothing like we’ve ever seen. We can’t live in a free society when administrations of one party are surveilling transition teams of another party. The dossier circulated throughout our intelligence agencies from the FBI and was broadly used by the Obama administration. There is so much that has to be uncovered here which has involved the felonious leaking of names of Americans leaked to the media and abuse of the Patriot Act.

“Also, why are the Democrats and media so worked up? Why are they hiding? There was a concerted effort to shut down the discussion of this because we are not even at the beginning of finding out the corruption of the Obama administration.

“After that, we have Rex Tillerson, James Mattis and Bob Corker capitulating to Iran and giving President Trump terrible advice. They are the wet noodle triangle. Corker has gone rogue and has never worked so hard on behalf of the Iranians. In addition, John Bolton, former Ambassador to the U.N. calls in to talk about the Iran Deal. Trump has to decide whether to wave or not wave the sanctions on Iran that were lifted. It is so important at this moment in history to kill this deal. The Iran Deal is harmful to the U.S. and we need to get out now especially with the protests going on.

“Later, the media can’t stop talking about Trump reportedly talking about immigrants from sh*thole countries. Many people fled countries like Haiti, Cuba, Syria, and Venezuela to get out of the terrible circumstance caused by their failed centralized governments. Democrats tell us all the time that these immigrants can’t return to their countries because of all the crime and disease. Isn’t that a definition of a sh*thole?”

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Dead Cats: DACA/Wall, 01/10/18; (29)09, James Brody

Hanson – Is Trump crazy?

DACA: Korte et al., DJT promises to sign bill; Drudge Links 1-10-18; Durden – Judge blocks DJT decision.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

SEX: Deneuve flirt!; Codevilla – Sex.

LEADS: Reuters – Oil drilling barred; Durden – Russia beats off drones; Paul – “No” to  Sessions; Davidson – Credit card debt; Enjeti – Wolff errors; French – Bundy won!

RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Hannity – Theater lists; Mark Levin 01-09-18.


“Social media is unsurpassed as an instrument for connecting us to the imbecility of the general public, and there is no public more general than those on Twitter. (Well . . . Facebook, maybe.) It is peerless as a theater in which the odd, the daft, and the emotionally incontinent can perform the ancient art of taking one’s self too seriously.

Kevin Williamson,

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness:  “Is Trump Really Crazy?”

“Michael Wolff’s sensational exposé of the supposed chaos of the Trump White House is no doubt largely a mix of fantasy, exaggeration, and some accidental truth. The postmodernist author even admits that his own methodologies defy verification, and so leave it up to the reader to distinguish his facts from fiction.

“Wolff’s theme is that Trump is hopelessly petty, childlike, and uninformed. The few adults in the room around him—primarily, we are asked to believe, Wolff’s chief source, Steve Bannon—must cajole, pamper, and flatter him to get anything done, when they are not backstabbing one another.

“Fair enough—Trump certainly may be naïve and uninitiated. No one doubts that he is thin-skinned and far too often goes down Twitter cul de sacs. But Trump’s naiveté is not quite what Wolff thinks.

“Rather, no sane president should ever have let a writer with Wolff’s dubious and often discredited background into the White House. That such a rogue was even allowed through the door raises the question of administration sobriety. . .”


Gregory Korte et al, USA Today: “In extraordinary public negotiation with Congress, Trump promises to sign DACA bill”

“WASHINGTON — President Trump promised Tuesday to sign what he called a “bill of love” to extend protections to 800,000 immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children — if Congress can work out the details.

“You folks are going to have to come up with a solution,” Trump told 25 lawmakers in a remarkable televised negotiation at the White House. “And if you do, I’m going to sign that solution.”

But funding for a wall along the border with Mexico remains a sticking point, as Trump insisted that border security remain a part of any deal. . .”

Drudge Links 01-10-18


Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “White House “Outraged” After Judge Blocks Trump’s DACA Decision”

“Update: White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has responded:

We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day,’

‘An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process

‘President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration’”

“A federal judge has once again foiled President Donald Trump’s efforts to limit both legal and illegal immigration: Late Tuesday night, a US judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction against the president’s decision to end a program shielding young people brought to the US illegally by their parents from deportation. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Agence France Presse, “French star Deneuve defends men’s ‘right’ to chat up women”

“France’s most revered actress Catherine Deneuve hit out Tuesday at a new “puritanism” sparked by sexual harassment scandals, declaring that men should be “free to hit on” women.

“She was one of around 100 French women writers, performers and academics who wrote an open letter deploring the wave of “denunciations” that has followed claims that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted women over decades.

“They claimed that the “witch-hunt” that has followed threatens sexual freedom.

“Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not — nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack,” said the letter published in the daily Le Monde.

“Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss,” said the letter, which was also signed by Catherine Millet, author of the hugely explicit 2002 bestseller “The Sexual Life of Catherine M.”.

Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness: Sex vs. Political Correctness?”

“The Left has some reason to worry that the newfound solicitude for sexual propriety spread by #MeToo might overflow the traditional bounds of political-correctness-as-weapon.

“No different from demands regarding race and identity politics generally, the strictures of political correctness concerning sex do not define rights and wrongs. Rather, they claim authority to suppress such evils as the powerful may impute to their enemies. They also serve the ruling class’s war against Western Civilization. But current demands for “sensitivity” for women’s sense of sexual self-worth, rather than merely enhancing the power of better-connected people over less-connected ones, might actually lead America to consider what proper or improper sexual behavior is.

“Neither P.C.’s partisan nature nor its corrosion of our civilization are in doubt. Elsewhere, I showed that Communists originated the term to distinguish between the “correctness” of what serves the Party’s interest from that which is factually correct—and that the Party’s paramount long-term interest lies in overcoming the reality that human beings perc”eive through the senses and reason with the Party’s “correct” version thereof.

“Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), the most durably influential of Communist theoreticians, had argued that re-orienting the popular mind away from the cultural icons of Western Civilization would anchor the Party’s power to a cultural hegemony impossible to break. Gramsci’s argument is all too well rooted in modern thought since Machiavelli, and cultural destruction has been part of every revolutionary movement at least since the French Revolution.

“The fundamental problem with cultural revolution is that it is easier to destroy cultures than to replace them. The end-states sought are inherently undefinable. Each and every revolutionary will have his own ideas of what is proper and improper. Since those ideas must be bound up with the struggles of each for his own power. As the revolutionaries clash, incoherence is guaranteed. Beyond that, No matter what the revolutionaries do to disorient people, human nature’s magnetic needles always end up pointing people away from that which is merely politically correct.

“Of all human nature’s aspects, sex is among the most intractable to political power. . .”


Reuters: “Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea”

“WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday.

“I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Zinke said in a statement. “As a result of discussion with Governor (Rick) Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Russia Defends Syrian Military Bases from Massive Drone Attack”

“Russian security forces of the Khmeimim air base and Russian Naval CSS point in the city of Tartus ,thwarted  a terrorist attack “with massive application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) through the night of 5th – 6th January 2018,” according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. The attack came just two days after an Islamic faction operating in the area launched a barrage of mortar rounds at the airbase severely damaging two planes.

“As darkness fell, Russia air defense systems detected “13 unidentified small-size air targets at a significant distance” swarming towards the bases. Ten assault drones were fast approaching the Khmeimim air base, and another three were advancing towards the naval base. All attack drones had payloads of what appears to be mortar rounds.

“As the drones approached both bases, Russia unleashed the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and Electronic Warfare Units. Seven UAVs were destroyed by the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile system, and another six UAVs were hacked with radio equipment. Three of the UAVs landed in a safe area just outside the base, but the others exploded on various landing attempts. The Defense Ministry notes that the defense systems eliminated all threats with no casualties or damages.

“It was the “first time that terrorists massively used unmanned combat aerial vehicles of an aircraft type that were launched from a distance of more than 50 kilometers, and operated using GPS satellite navigation coordinates,” the ministry said in a statement. . .”

Upmanyu Trivedi, Bloomberg: “Snowden Joins Outcry Against World’s Biggest Biometric Database”

‘Says India must reform policies to protect privacy of citizens

“India top court to start hearings on Aadhaar legality Jan. 17

“Snowden on Tuesday tweeted in support of an Indian journalist who faces police charges after she reported that personal details of over a billion citizens enrolled in the program could be illegally accessed for just $8 paid through a digital wallet. Named Aadhaar, the program is backed by the world’s biggest biometric database, which its operator Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, says wasn’t breached.

“Snowden wasn’t the only one outraged. A public outcry against UIDAI’s action forced an intervention by India’s Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and pushed the UIDAI to issue a clarification.

“This isn’t the first time Snowden has spoken against the Aadhaar. On Jan. 5, he tweeted: “It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse. . .”


“‘Far from reducing crime, outlawing drugs causes crime by ensuring criminals will control the market for drugs,’ he says”

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions kicked off the New Year by reversing the Obama-era guidance for federal prosecutors to limit their enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.

“In what is almost certainly not a coincidence, Sessions’ announcement came days after California’s law legalizing recreational marijuana sales went into effect. Sessions’ action thus runs counter to the wishes of the majority of the people in the most populous US state, as well the people of the 28 other states (and DC) that have legalized some form of marijuana use.

“Federal laws criminalizing marijuana and other drugs have failed to reduce drug use. However, they have succeeded in giving power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats what was, before 9-11, the go-to justification for violating our civil liberties. The federal war on marijuana has also wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. Far from reducing crime, outlawing drugs causes crime by ensuring criminals will control the market for drugs. Outlawing drugs also provides incentives for drug dealers to increase the potency, and thus the danger, of drugs, as higher potency products take up less space and are thus easier to conceal from law enforcement.

“The US Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to criminalize marijuana. Thus, the question of whether marijuana is legal is one of the many issues reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment. . .”

Peter Davidson, USA Today: “Credit card debt hits new record, raising warning sign”

“Americans’ outstanding credit card debt hit a new record in November, highlighting a more confident U.S. consumer but also flashing a warning signal of potential trouble down the road.

“Revolving credit, mostly credit cards, increased by $11.2 billion to $1.023 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That nudged the figure past the $1.021 trillion highwater mark reached in April 2008, just before the housing and credit bubbles burst. Over the past year, revolving credit has surged by $55.1 billion, or 5.7%, according to the Fed and Contingent Macro Research.

“Non-revolving credit, such as auto and student loans, rose by $16.8 billion to $2.8 trillion in November. . .”

Saagar Enjeti, Daily Caller: “ROUNDUP: The Errors Found in Wolff’s Book, So Far…”

“1. The  most striking portrait of Wolff’s carelessness in checking basic facts occurs in the early chapters of the book where he misspells a CNN political analyst’s name, misidentifies the position commerce secretary Wilbur Ross was nominated for at the time, and places a reporter at a restaurant he says he has never been to.

“2. Wolff parroted a claim that the president once skipped a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in order to get a haircut. Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker noted several journalists heard the claim, “but no one wrote it bc every source w first-hand knowledge said it simply wasn’t true.”

McConnell’s chief of staff Don Stewart followed up on Parker’s tweet, saying the incident absolutely had not happened.

“3. Wolff printed an unsubstantiated claim that Trump had no idea who former House speaker John Boehner was after the election. Trump, however, has tweeted about the former House speaker seven times since July 28, 2011 referencing ongoing political events.

Boehner even told a Stanford audience in April of 2016 that Trump was his “golfing and texting buddy.” Worse, Wolff claimed Boehner was forced to resign from intra-party strife four years earlier than he actually did so.

“Five more at

David French, NRO: “Cliven Bundy Wins: Judge Cites ‘Flagrant’ Federal Misconduct”

“In April 2014, America was transfixed by an armed standoff in the Nevada desert. On one side was a collection of dangerous, out-of-control armed men who were deliberately provocative, prone to saying unhinged things in a single-minded quest to destroy their enemies, and who lied time and again to cover their misdeeds.
“On the other side was Cliven Bundy.
“If you think that’s an unfair and inflammatory attack on the federal government, consider that yesterday a federal judge, Obama appointee Gloria Navarro, dismissed the federal government’s criminal case against Bundy and two of his sons on the basis that the government was guilty of “flagrant misconduct” in the trial. Its conduct was so ‘outrageous’ that ‘no lesser remedy’ than dismissal with prejudice ‘is sufficient.’
“The government, you see, lied. It withheld evidence. It concealed the truth from the court and from the American people. To say this isn’t to whitewash Bundy’s misdeeds. He broke the law. He defied the government without any legal justification, and his own conduct helped precipitate a crisis that could have led to a horrible tragedy. Bundy was wrong.
“But so was the government, and the government’s conduct, given its enormous power over the lives and liberty of its citizens, was far more troubling than anything Bundy did.


Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at”867

Sean Hannity: “Let There Be Light” Theater list at

Mark Levin, 1-09-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Do you realize over the last half-century, every significant change in immigration policy has taken place without the support or affirmation of the American citizenry? We’ve been deceived about this over and over and over again by Democrats and Republicans alike. Not only is every single big immigration policy pursued without the support of the American people, it occurs often under the cover of darkness. It is both Republicans and Democrats who have pursued open-borders policies over the years. The Democrats want to destroy America but the Republicans have no excuse. What we need from the President and conservatives in Congress is for them to articulate a conservative position on immigration before we lose this country. The Democrats have boxed us in but we don’t have to be, as enforcing immigration policy has nothing to do with race. It is regrettable that Republican leadership is not making the case for republicanism and national sovereignty. Enforcing our immigration laws is not an alt-right position but an American position.

“In addition, the wall was Trump’s top issue, yet he is wavering, which is very concerning. Two parties are united against the people today. We have been losing our country since the 1965 Hart-Celler act and the Supreme Court decision in 1982 that allowed children of illegal immigrants to come to attend public school.

Finally, Ron DeSantis calls in to about his run for Governor of Florida.”

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Dead Cats: NewsRecords, 01/08/18; (29)08, James Brody

Andrew McCarthy – The rule of law & classified information.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

WOLFF: Drudge links 01-08-18

LEADS: Pettypiece – Donald gets a medical; York – Immigration; Arango – Two Americas; Ginsberg – Academy misses Weinstein?; Linge & Boniello – Rare genius; Bolton – Sessions under fire; Durden – Bannon apologizes; Ignatius – Iranian hunger for change; Ross – Collusion dead.

RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Hannity – Theater lists; Mark Levin 01-05-18.


Andrew McCarthy, NRO:  “Restoring the Rule of Law to the Protection of Classified Information”

“In the Clinton-email case, her intent, regardless of her motive, was clearly criminal.

“The Justice Department is reviving investigations involving Hillary Clinton’s emails and the degree to which the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary was put in the service of the Clinton Foundation. Good. Indeed, it is long overdue. It underscores a point we’ve tried to make repeatedly here: You don’t need a special counsel for this kind of thing; such investigations are what we have a Justice Department full of career prosecutors for. The perverse institution of the independent prosecutor should be shunned whenever possible — and its jurisdiction tightly confined in the rare necessary case.
“All that said, investigations involving the mishandling of classified information by officials with privileged access to it will go nowhere unless the Justice Department restores the rule of law: investigators and prosecutors applying congressional statutes, not rewriting them as dictated by their political masters.
“As we have recounted (see, e.g., here), in April 2016, when the Clinton-emails investigation was in full swing but before it was anywhere close to completion, President Obama gave a nationally televised interview in which he made clear that he did not want criminal charges brought against his former secretary of state — and the already certain Democratic candidate to succeed him. Obama made two duplicitous points: Mrs. Clinton 1) had exhibited ‘carelessness,’ but nothing worse, by using a private, non-secure email system to conduct State Department business, and 2) had not intended to endanger American national security when she stored and transmitted classified information on this system.
“The FBI has taken the heat because it ultimately applied these disingenuous guidelines publicly and without apology. But it was the political leadership of the executive branch that called the tune — which seems like news only because the media’s revulsion over presidential attempts to influence criminal investigations would await Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“Obama’s first point led to one of the great head-fakes in modern law-enforcement history — one that reverberates to this day. Using his bully pulpit, the president framed the Clinton case as one of negligence. The portrayal stuck . . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Drudge Links (01-08-18)

CNN Tapper cuts off Miller after heated interview… 
WIKI shares full text of book…


Shannon Pettypiece, Bloomberg: “Trump Medical Exam Comes as Critics Question Fitness for Office”

“President Donald Trump gets his first physical since taking office on Friday, but Americans may not find out much about the health of the 71-year-old chief executive with a taste for McDonald’s and an aversion to exercise beyond golf.

“Trump, like all Americans, has the right under federal law to keep health information from public disclosure. The White House has pledged, though, that physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson will issue a public report on the exam, scheduled for Jan. 12 at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. . .”

Byron York, DC Examiner: “Byron York: With DC distracted, immigration debate reaches critical point”

“. . . There are multiple moving parts: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a border wall, chain migration, the visa lottery, and — hanging over it all — funding the government. But everything hinges on DACA, unilaterally imposed by Barack Obama to temporarily legalize nearly 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were young.

“When President Trump rescinded DACA last Sept. 5, he delayed implementation for six months to give Congress time to come up with some sort of solution for the so-called Dreamers. That means lawmakers need to act by March 5 or face a decidedly uncertain future.

“Nearly everyone on Capitol Hill wants a fix that results in legalization for the Dreamers. Democrats want to legalize right away, straight up, no strings attached. But Trump and most Republicans want a deal: immigration reforms — the wall, chain migration, visa lottery — in exchange for legalization.

“That’s where funding the government comes in. . .”

Tim Arango, NYT:  “In Clash between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another”

“LOS ANGELES — When drivers entered California recently from the borders with Arizona and Nevada, they were greeted with signs welcoming them to an “official sanctuary state” that is home to “felons” and “illegals.” It was a prank, but the message was clear: By entering California, they might as well have been entering foreign territory.

“And in many ways it feels like that these days, as the growing divide between California and the Trump administration erupted this past week over a dizzying range of flash points, from immigration to taxes to recreational marijuana use.

“What had been a rhetorical battle between a liberal state and a conservative administration is now a full-fledged fight.

“Just as Californians were enjoying their first days of legal pot smoking, the Trump administration moved to enforce federal laws against the drug. On the same day, the federal government said it would expand offshore oil drilling, which California’s Senate leader called an assault on ‘our pristine coastline.’ . . .”

Merle Ginsberg, PageSix”: “Academy members now regret banning Weinstein so hastily

“When Hollywood’s most prestigious organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) — the group of nearly 7,000 actors, directors and other industry types who dole out the Oscars — expelled Harvey Weinstein on Oct. 14,audiences applauded. But by acting so swiftly, a mere nine days after the New York Times first reported allegations of sexual assault against the movie producer, the outfit now finds itself facing a dilemma.

“Put simply: What to do with the rest of them?

“‘Harvey opened the floodgates,’ said one male Academy member. ‘Now the Academy’s drowning in a tide of s—t. They don’t know what hit them.’ . . .”

Mary Kay Linge & Kathianne Boniello, NY Post: “Trump claims he’s ‘a very stable genius’

“Don’t sweat, America: Our president is a “very stable genius” who is “like, really smart.”

“He says so himself.

“Deploying an over-the-top offense against those who doubt his mental acuity, President Trump lashed out at critics Saturday in a barrage of boastful tweets.

“‘Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,’ he wrote at 7:19 a.m.

“‘Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,’ he continued. ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.’ . . .”

Alexander Bolton, The Hill: “Sessions under fire from all sides”

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘s job security is in question after taking withering fire from fellow Republicans this week, including from two prominent House conservatives who called on him to resign.

“Two leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), called on Sessions to step aside in an op-ed Friday, charging he has lost control of the Department of Justice and the FBI.

“Sessions has also come under criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for his decision to rescind the Obama-era Cole memo, which gave states the space to legalize marijuana without fear of federal interference.

“By withdrawing the memo, Sessions gave federal prosecutors more leeway to pursue cases against the legal marijuana industry, which is expanding rapidly in several states.

“Sen. Cory Gardner (R), whose home state of Colorado is host to a booming legal cannabis industry, ripped Sessions on the Senate floor Thursday and accused him of breaking a personal pledge not to change the Obama-era policy.

“‘When you have Republicans calling for you to step down and you’re in a Republican administration just entering your second year, that’s trouble. He’s really on borrowed time,’ said Brian Darling, a Republican strategist and former Senate aide. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Bannon Apologizes: “Donald Trump Jr. Is A Patriot And A Good Man”

“With President Trump lashing out via twitter again this morning at the ‘Fake Book’ – referring, obviously, to Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire And Fury’ – as he departed Camp David, the news coverage of the book’s contents is set to continue into its second week.

“And as the president works the phones, demanding that his political allies help him bury ‘Sloppy Steve’ in retaliation for his former chief strategist’s disloyalty, Bannon is now desperately trying to get back in the president’s good graces.

“In recent days, The New York Times  and the Wall Street Journal have run stories about Bannon’s political allies and patrons distancing themselves from the Breitbart executive and former Trump campaign chairman. The billionaire Mercer family told the Times that it has retracted all financial backing for Bannon and that they’re weighing whether to fire Bannon from his role as executive chairman at Breitbart. They reportedly have stopped payment on his personal security detail.

“Of course, the climax took place last week when Trump in a statement declared that Bannon had “lost his mind”, meanwhile the White House has maintained that Wolff had little access to the president and that most of the book’s claims are merely gossip. . .”

David Ignatius, RCP: “The Iranian People Are Showing Their Deep Hunger for Change”

“WASHINGTON — After visiting Tehran in 2013, I wrote that the Iranian capital seemed suspended somewhere between Pyongyang and Los Angeles. We’ve seen this past week how passionately Iranians want the latter, not the former — as they denounced their impoverished garrison state and demanded a prosperous, modern future.

“Asking whether Iran’s demonstrations create a “pre-revolutionary” situation may miss the larger point. The process of change has already begun. The regime will use its instruments of repression, and the unrest may wane. But the protests have been so widespread, in what a former U.S. intelligence officer says are 80 cities, that it will be impossible to put the whole country back in a box.

“The Iranian protests have dramatized the contradictions that have been deepening since the 1979 revolution — between aged theocratic rulers and a restless young country, between Iran’s immense economic capabilities and its poor performance, and between its foreign adventures and domestic needs. The government is split, with President Hassan Rouhani expressing sympathy with the protesters and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hoping to crush dissent.

“In today’s world, it’s hard to argue that repression won’t work in the short run. But this is a long game, and while the mullahs have the guns, they seem to have lost the public’s trust. . .”

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “Trump: Collusion Investigation ‘Is Dead’ [VIDEO]”

“President Trump said on Saturday that collusion allegations about his presidential campaign are “dead.”

“Speaking to reporters from Camp David, Trump instead accused the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee of colluding with the Russians.

“I guess the collusion now is dead because everyone found that after a year of study there’s been absolutely no collusion,” Trump said during a press conference. . .”


Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at

Sean Hannity: “Let There Be Light” Theater list at

Mark Levin, 1-05-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Senators Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham have official requested an investigation to be opened into Christopher Steele who was the main guy behind the Fusion GPS Trump dossier. They think Steele has lied to the FBI and should face the same scrutiny as Trump officials have. Also, John Solomon calls in to discuss his two recent bombshells related to Hillary Clinton, laws she may have broken, and potential partisans in the FBI and the Obama Justice Department who may have acted to protect her. There is now a full scale investigation into the Clinton Foundation. The FBI tried to investigate them in 2016 but were shut down by the Obama administration, but now they have the full support of the Trump administration. The manipulation of top levels of law enforcement is unprecedented. There is no doubt that the Obama administration, through the FBI, knew that Russia was engaged in bribery on U.S. soil having to do with Uranium One and other related issues.

“Later, there is a lot out there about President Trump’s mental fitness to serve as president. This is orchestrated by leftwing politicians and media who are all saying the same thing. Bandy Lee, a Yale psychiatry professor, has pointed out for a year that Trump is mentally unfit to serve and Democrats in Congress just regurgitate what she says. This is a conspiracy theory and what Lee is doing is highly unethical and unprofessional. Lee flouted norms of diagnosing a patient without his consent. They are throwing everything they have at Trump in the hopes that he will be impeached.

“Finally, the New York Times has shown no interest in Fusion GPS or Comey’s activities in interviewing and clearing Hillary. Now they are ridiculously trying to show that Trump has somehow obstructed justice. If the purpose here is determining who has obstructed justice, it is Robert Mueller, the New York Times and others who are doing so.”

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Dead Cats: WinterStorms, 01/05/18; (29)07, James Brody

WEATHER: Three more days

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

CLINTON FOUNDATION: “Comey Dirty Cop.” Solomon – FBI launches again, Durden – It was all classified; Donachie – FBI takes aim.

LEADS: Wolfe – My insane year; Corsi – Trump cleared Assange; Fears – More drilling; Kopan – DACA deal?; Buchanan – Ayotollah’s fire bell; NRO – Sessions pot memo.

RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Hannity – Theater lists; Mark Levin 01-04-18.

WEATHER: Dangerously Cold Temperatures to Grip Northeast After Winter Storm Grayson as Arctic Outbreak Continues

“Arctic cold air will keep the eastern half of the nation shivering through this weekend.

“Dangerously cold wind chills are expected in the Northeast after Winter Storm Grayson.

“Dozens of daily record cold temperatures have been set, and more are likely through this weekend.

“Some relief from the bitter cold is expected next week.”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Clinton Foundation: “Comey Dirty Cop”

John Solomon, The Hill: “FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation”

“The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill.

“FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in coming weeks.

“The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.

“The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said. . .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “FBI Chief FOIA Officer: ‘Every Single Memo Comey Leaked Was Classified’”

“As James Comey trots around the country on his book-selling tour, tweeting bible quotes and nature scenes, a less serene series of events is playing out in Washington D.C. which suggests the former FBI Director may be in trouble over the memos he leaked to Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, allegedly detailing conversations between Comey and President Trump.

While Richman told CNN “No memo was given to me that was marked ‘classified,’ and James Comey told Congressional investigators he tried to “write it in such a way that I don’t include anything that would trigger a classification,” it appears the FBI’s chief FOIA officer disagrees.

While we previously reported that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said four of the 7 Comey memos he reviewed were “marked classified” at the “Secret” or “Confidential” level – tonight we find out that every single Comey memo was classified at the time, per Judicial Watch director of investigations Chris Farrell – who has a signed declaration from the FBI’s chief FOIA officer to that effect:

‘We have a sworn declaration from David Hardy who is the chief FOIA officer of the FBI that we obtained just in the last few days, and in that sworn declaration, Mr. Hardy says that all of Comey’s memos – all of them, were classified at the time they were written, and they remain classified. Chris Farrell, Judicial Watch

“Therefore, Farrell points out, Comey mishandled national defense information when he “knowingly and willfully” leaked them to his friend at Columbia University.

‘It’s also mishandling of national defense information, which is a crime. So it’s clear that Mr. Comey not only authored those documents, but then knowingly and willfully leaked them to persons unauthorized, which is in and of itself a national security crime. Mr. Comey should have been read his rights back on June 8th when he testified before the Senate.

“In closing, Farrell tells Dobbs ‘Recently retired and active duty FBI agents have told me – and it’s several of them, they consider Comey to be a dirty cop.’ . . .”

Robert Donachie, Daily Caller, “FBI Takes Aim at the Clinton Foundation”

“The Justice Department is investigating the Clinton Foundation to see whether or not it participated in any pay-to-play or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, The Hill reported Thursday.

“Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in Little Rock, Ark., are taking the lead in the investigation, having already interviewed at least one witness in the past month.

“The agents are trying to determine whether the Clintons exchanged political favors for donations made to their charitable foundation. On a similar note, agents are also trying to decipher whether Hillary Clinton pushed favorable policies while acting as secretary of state for donations to the Foundation.

“FBI agents are also investigating if the Clintons misused any charitable funds or tax-exempt assets through the Foundation for personal or political use. Reports surfaced in 2016 that alleged FBI officials in multiple U.S. field offices were collecting information on the Clinton Foundation, including the headquarters in Little Rock.. .”


Michael Wolfe, Hollywood Reporter: “”You Can’t Make This S— Up”: My Year Inside Trump’s Insane White House”

Editor’s Note: Author and Hollywood Reporter columnist Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Henry Holt & Co.), is a detailed account of the 45th president’s election and first year in office based on extensive access to the White House and more than 200 interviews with Trump and senior staff over a period of 18 months. In advance of the Jan. 9 publication of the book, which Trump is already attacking, Wolff has written this extracted column about his time in the White House based on the reporting included in Fire and Fury.


“WikiLeaks acknowledge Trump admin ended grand jury proceedings

“. . . The WikiLeaks tweet confirmed the State Department’s reference to freedom of speech in Iran was a coded communication intended to extend the umbrella of free speech and press rights to WikiLeaks in a clear reversal of the policy in which both CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Sessions have argued that arresting Julian Assange is a priority. It is not clear that Assange has violated national security laws, even if it can be shown he published U.S. national security classified documents.

Specifically, Nauert said the following:

“We support a freedom of the press here in the United States. We support the right of voices to be heard. And when a nation clamps down on social media or websites or Google or news sites, we ask the question, “What are you afraid of?” What are you afraid of? We support the Iranian people and we support their voices being heard.”

“. . . In a motion filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 29, 2017, in the case Roy Cockrum vs. Donald J. Trump for President, Trump’s attorneys argued that Julian Assange had a right under the First Amendment to publish the DNC and John Podesta emails, even if the emails were stolen.

The case was orchestrated by Project Democracy, a group run by former attorneys from the Obama administration, arguing that then former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone had conspired with the Russians to publish the DNC and Podesta emails.

In a 32-page motion defending the Trump Campaign, Michael A. Carvin of the Jones Day law firm and attorney of record representing President Trump, argued that the Trump campaign, and by inference Julian Assange at WikiLeaks, could not be held liable under the First Amendment for a disclosure of stolen information if the information published involves “a matter of public interest” and the speaker was not “involved” in the theft. . .”

Darryl Fears, WaPo: “Trump administration plan would widely expand drilling in U.S. continental waters”

“The Trump administration unveiled a controversial proposal Thursday to permit drilling in most U.S. continental-shelf waters, including protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic, where oil and gas exploration is opposed by governors from New Jersey to Florida, nearly a dozen attorneys general, more than 100 U.S. lawmakers and the Defense Department.

“Under the proposal, only one of 26 planning areas in the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean would be off limits to oil and gas exploration, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. He said the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management has identified 47 potential areas where industry companies can buy leases between 2019 and 2024, when the proposed period would begin and end.

“The Draft Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program was embraced by oil and gas industry groups but is expected to face withering opposition from a wide range of state officials and conservationists. ‘Nothing is final,’ Zinke said in remarks at a news conference. ‘This is a draft program. The states, local communities and congressional delegations will all have a say’ before the proposal becomes final in the coming months. . .”

Tal Kopan, CNN: “DACA deal begins to form, but details remain sticking points”

Washington (CNN)The outline of an immigration deal is starting to take shape in “Washington after months of negotiations. Yet even as lawmakers draw close to a resolution, filling in the blanks could prove insurmountable.

“Key Republican senators left a White House meeting Thursday optimistic about reaching a deal to make permanent the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation — along with some border security and immigration reforms.

“But the meeting was boycotted by one Republican who is actively negotiating with Democrats, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, for not being bipartisan, and even the GOP lawmakers in the room did not all agree on how to hammer out remaining sticking points.

“President Donald Trump called for a bipartisan meeting next week to follow, lawmakers said afterward, and Vice President Mike Pence personally called to invite Flake, who accepted. . .

“Democrats, meanwhile, are keeping their options open — doubling down on bipartisan negotiations and declining opportunities to draw red lines around some of the proposals. . .”

Pat Buchanan, “Fire Bell in the Night for the Ayatollah”

Hat Tip InfoWars . . .

“As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the ‘sedition’ had been defeated.

“Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard.

“The protests that broke out a week ago and spread and became riots are a fire bell in the night for the Islamic Republic.

“The protesters denounced President Hassan Rouhani, re-elected last year with 57 percent of the vote, for failing to curb inflation or deliver the benefits he promised when Iran signed the nuclear deal.

“Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commander in chief and head of state, in power three decades, was also denounced, as were Iran’s interventions in wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen.

“In 2009, the uprising of millions in Tehran was driven by middle-class rage over an election stolen by the populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This past week’s protests began in the working class, in what might be called Iran’s ‘fly-over country.’

“The protesters were Red State and Tea Party types, demanding their own version of ‘Come Home, Iran’ and ‘Iran First!’

“The charge against Rouhani is that he has failed to deliver the good times promised. Against the ayatollah and the mullahs, the charge is that what they have delivered — power and wealth to the clerics, social repression, foreign wars — are not what the Iranian people want.. .”

NRO: “Jeff Sessions and the Pot Memo”
“A minor panic broke out yesterday after it was reported in the press that federal law might be more conscientiously enforced. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it was confirmed, had rescinded the “Cole Memo,” an Obama-era rule that ostensibly laid out how U.S. attorneys should prioritize the enforcement of the federal marijuana laws but, in practice, led to the willful neglect of those states that have legalized the drug. By nixing the memo, Sessions has freed up his attorneys to prosecute businesses and individuals that violate federal rules.
“What this will mean in practice has not yet become clear. Perhaps, given the scant resources under Sessions’s command, there will be no real change at all. Perhaps, given his expressed dislike of marijuana, we will see a more dramatic alteration of priorities. Regardless, the criticism attached to the change has been aimed squarely at the wrong branch. Under Article II, the executive is obliged to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ and, under federal law, marijuana remains prohibited. Using prosecutorial discretion as a smokescreen for nullification is not our definition of ‘faithful,’ however misguided the legislature’s will might be.
“Cory Gardner, a Republican senator from Colorado, had harsh words for Sessions. ‘With no prior notice to Congress,’ Gardner griped, ‘the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in [Colorado] and other states.’ This critique rings hollow. It was Congress that established this law, and it is Congress that must repeal it. Indeed, if anyone is “trampling,” it is the legislature of which Gardner is a part. We have long argued that the prohibition of weed is a fool’s game, and we have long urged that it be ended. We have held to this view through a host of administrations, and we hold to this view today. Nevertheless, we believe also that the Constitution must be strictly obeyed, and that congressional inaction presents no magic veto power to the executive. “This, put simply, is not Jeff Sessions’s call. . .”


Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at

Sean Hannity: “Let There Be Light” Theater list at

Mark Levin, 1-04-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, We have people sitting down with liberal authors and promoting themselves at President Trump’s cost. There is no excuse for what Steve Bannon. If you have worked for this President or any president, you should have enough respect and decency not to undermine him. The Democrats are already trying to undermine Trump, we don’t need anymore. We are in an eyelash of the progressives controlling everything and should appreciate that Trump has aligned with much of the conservative agenda.

“Also, the Mercers are cutting off all funds to Bannon and the board of Breitbart is discussing whether Bannon should stay. The lesson is that if you live by the liberal media you die by the liberal media and Bannon has damaged himself by the way he has handled this.

“After that, conservatism is not dead but is based on Americanism which is about unalienable rights which come from God. People coming up with other ideologies are wrong as shown by the test of history.

“To add, when Paul Ryan was pushing the tax plan on T.V., he sounded like Warren Buffet. These supply siders are not supply siders, but they believe in cutting taxes for corporations. Real supply siders would cut taxes across the board. Many people were left out of this bill.

“Later, Cory Gardner wants to shut down the Department of Justice over Jeff Sessions enforcing the law when it comes to marijuana. Why isn’t Gardner taking a stand on Obamacare or anything else when it comes to federalism? The states should do whatever they want according to him, yet they can’t do whatever they want with Sanctuary Cities or the Second Amendment.”

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Dead Cats: WinterStorms, 01/03/18; (29)06, James Brody

WEATHER: Polson – Grid shakes; Durden – Penguins shiver.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

IRAN: AP – Outsie meddling?

LEADS: Geraghty – Sexy Dems; FreeBeacon – (Philly DA) Another Soros win; Greenwood – Trump’s button, Watson – Rand Paul Pakistan; Durden – Bannon explodes; Epstein & Wasson – Immigration; Solomon – Hillary’s email; Olick – House prices to soar; Burr & Trainer – Mitt returns.

RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Hannity – Theater lists.


Jim Polson, Bloomberg: America’s Power Grid Is Showing Signs of Strain during Brutal Cold”

“America’s power grid is starting to show signs of fatigue as the nation grapples with a record-breaking cold snap.

“Some power plants in New England that have been burning oil are running short on fuel, according to Marcia Blomberg, a spokeswoman for ISO New England Inc., the region’s grid operator. Restrictions governing air emissions are also a factor limiting their use.

“As oil inventories are depleted, replenishment of these fuels will be important given the uncertainty around weather and future fuel demands for the remaining two months of the winter period,” she said by email on Tuesday.

“Oil, a scant contributor to the nation’s power supply in normal weather conditions, has accounted for about 30 percent of New England’s electricity in recent days after temperatures plunged below freezing. A lack of pipeline capacity has constrained natural gas supplies to the region in recent years, causing prices to surge during severe cold snaps. . .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Even the Penguins Are Panicking: North America Is Entering a Record-Setting Deep Freeze”

“North America is in the grip of a record-setting cold spell that’s set to culminate with the arrival of a “bomb cyclone” along the eastern seaboard late Thursday. The cold front has delivered temperatures that haven’t been seen in decades.

“Already, stories about the epic cold snap have proliferated online. As we pointed out yesterday, a group of good Samaritans helped rescue a dozen elk that had crashed trough a thin patch of river ice and were in danger of freezing to death, or drowning. At the time, temperatures were below freezing across a staggering 92% of the US, with temperatures more than 20 degrees lower than their seasonal averages for this time of year.

Winter Storm Grayson, a very large and powerful winter storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with heavy snow, intense winds, and record-setting low temperatures. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for many coastal regions in north Florida to Maine from Wednesday into late Thursday.

“This week’s storm may end up being worse than your average nor’easter. That’s because meteorologists say it could produce a “bomb cyclone,” otherwise known as a bombogenesis, a phenomenon that occurs when a system’s central pressure drops steeply – by 24 millibars or more – in 24 hours. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


AP: “Iran protests: State TV shows pro-government rallies after days of unrest”

“. . . According to state TV, the demonstrations took place in at least 10 cities, including Ahvaz, the capital of the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, the Kurdish town of Kermanshah in the country’s west and Qom, the religions capital of Shiite Islam in Iran.

“The rallies come after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday blamed days of protests across the country on meddling by ‘enemies of Iran.’

“‘Look at the recent days’ incidents,’ Khamenei said. ‘All those who are at odds with the Islamic Republic have utilized various means, including money, weapons, politics and (the) intelligence apparatus, to create problems for the Islamic system, the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution.’

“Iran’s government has since shut down access to Telegram and the photo-sharing app Instagram, which now join Facebook and Twitter in being banned, in an attempt to slow the unrest.

“The Trump administration called on Iran’s government to stop blocking Instagram and other popular social media sites. Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said Instagram, Telegram and other platforms are “legitimate avenues for communication.”

The head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court also reportedly warned that arrested protesters could potentially face the death penalty.

“Obviously one of their charges can be Moharebeh,” or waging war against God, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Mousa Ghazanfarabadi as saying. Moharebeh is punishable by death in Iran.”


Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Democrats Weren’t Always So Concerned about Sexual Impropriety”

“. . . The revelations of sexual predation by Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and others have spurred cries that good men need stop turning a blind eye to the predatory, harassing, or creepy behavior of their male peers and coworkers. But it wasn’t that long ago that prominent liberal voices sang a very different tune.

“The brief progressive reevaluation of Bill Clinton’s scandals in late 2017 — epitomized by Michelle Goldberg’s “I Believe Juanita” column in the New York Times and Matt Yglesias’s ‘Bill Clinton should have resigned’ column at Vox — was surprising and long-overdue. James Carville’s forgotten tome, Stickin’: The Case for Loyalty, is a useful illustration of just how invested Democrats once were in the argument that Bill Clinton could sexually pursue anyone he wanted, whenever he wanted, in whatever manner he wanted, without significant consequence. By the time Stickin’ was published in early 2000, Carville had already established himself as eager to smear any woman who accused the president of wrongdoing, declaring of Paula Jones in 1997, ‘Drag a hundred dollars through a trailer park and there’s no telling what you’ll find.’ The book performs a neat trick of moral jiu-jitsu, arguing that Carville and other Democrats who defended the president throughout impeachment were true ethical leaders, while those Democrats who were repulsed by the Lewinsky scandal were “unprincipled backstabbers.”
“Unsurprisingly, the names of Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, and Kathleen Willey do not appear anywhere in Stickin’. Discussion of Clinton’s misbehavior is confined to the Lewinsky scandal, which is minimized as a ‘brouhaha,’ an instance of a grown man ‘acting stupid with a grown woman,’ or simply ‘SEX.’
“One aspect of the scandal that received comparably little attention at the time was whether Clinton unethically took advantage of a subordinate employee. Yes, the affair was consensual, but arguments about sexual relationships in the workplace in the years since have raised fair questions about just how equitable a relationship between a chief executive and a 20-something staffer can be. If your boss makes advances toward you, are you comfortable telling him no? If you’re romantically involved with him, how confident are you that he won’t let his feelings affect how he treats you professionally? Doesn’t that put all of the other employees in a difficult and uncomfortable position? How fairly can anyone else evaluate the professional performance of the boss’s mistress?
“The president has enormous power over staffing decisions, and ultimately Clinton asked super-connected Washington businessman Vernon Jordan to help out Lewinsky. Jordan called three companies, had lunch and three other meetings with her, and spoke to her on the phone seven times in a month. Jordan’s call to the chairman of Revlon helped her get a job. Ultimately, Clinton used Jordan to ensure his mistress got a good job, right when he needed her to stay silent about the affair. On what planet is this not an abuse of presidential power? . . .”

Joe Schoffstall, FreeBeacon: George Soros Continues to Quietly Pile Up Wins in District Attorney Races”

32 wins of 33 attempts . . . Alabama pivoted on Soros cash . . .

“Progressive Larry Krasner, who received nearly $2 million in backing from Soros, elected DA of Philadelphia

‘. . .Krasner, who has represented Occupy Philadelphia and Black Lives Matter, and has sued the police department more than 75 times, had a major fundraising advantage that was provided almost exclusively by Soros, who has made it a mission to fund district attorney races throughout the country and has notched victories along the way.

“The Soros operation is the same in nearly every city: The financier will establish political action committees, pour money into local races, then turn around and shut them down once the election is over.

“On April 28, Soros initially cut a $1,450,000 check to the Philadelphia Justice and Public Safety PAC, a super PAC that was established with the sole intent of backing Krasner. The PAC lists its address as the Perkins Coie law office, a Washington, D.C.-based powerhouse law firm that represents a number of Democratic politicians, committees, and interests. Whitney Tymas, who has been involved with a number of Soros PACs, is the operator of the Philadelphia Justice & Public Safety PAC.

“Soros gave $214,000 more to the PAC on May 23, bringing the total amount in support of Krasner to $1.7 million, an unusual high for the average district attorney race. This was the first time a PAC had supported a candidate for district attorney in the city. . . “

Max Greenwood, The Hill: “Trump: I have a ‘much bigger’ button than Kim Jong Un”

“. . . Trump’s comments came after Kim said in a New Year’s Day speech that he had a nuclear launch button at his desk, and that the international community would have to accept North Korea’s status as a nuclear-armed nation as a ‘reality.’

“In that address, Kim also said he was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February and engage in talks with Seoul about easing military tensions between the two countries.

“South Korea responded to Kim’s remarks on Tuesday, calling for a dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang aimed at de-escalating tensions ahead of the Winter Games.

“Trump’s latest tweet, however, appeared to challenge Kim’s claim that North Korea has become a functional nuclear power, while delivering a warning that he stood ready to retaliate against a possible nuclear launch by Pyongyang. . .”


“Senator repeats Trump’s call to end aid

Senator Rand Paul repeated a call by the President this week to end aid to Pakistan, saying that Trump is right because Pakistan provides a safe haven for terrorists, incarcerates Christians, and hates the US.

Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Paul said that aid should not be given to countries who deny human rights and openly oppose US principles.. .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Bannon Goes Nuclear: Calls Don Jr. Meeting in Trump Tower ‘Treasonous’”

“The ongoing feud between Steve Bannon and various members of Trump’s inner circle, including family members Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr., is hardly a secret (we wrote about it here: Steve Bannon In “Self-Imposed Exile” After Disputes With Trump’s Inner Circle).  But, if The Guardian‘s reporting on excerpts from an explosive new book penned by Michael Wolff are even directionally accurate, then Bannon has just taken his White House feud to a whole new level.

“According to The Guardian, which apparently got its hands on a copy of “Fire and Fury” ahead of its expected release next week, Bannon unloads on Don Jr. and Kushner saying that their meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York was ‘treasonous’ and/or ‘unpatriotic’ and the FBI should have been called immediately. . .

“Bannon goes on to say that Trump’s repeated messaging that the Mueller probe will come to a quick end are nothing more than wishful thinking and that money laundering investigations will ultimately ensnare not only Paul Manafort but Don Jr. and Jared Kushner as well . . .”

Jennifer Epstein & Erik Wasson, Bloomberg: “Trump Hardens Immigration Stance Heading Into Shutdown Talks”

“Democrats seek to restore protections for young immigrants

“White House demands border wall and new visa restrictions

“President Donald Trump is hardening his demands for a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, a dispute with congressional Democrats that hangs over talks this week to avoid a government shutdown.

“Any deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, must also forbid immigrants from sponsoring family members to join them in the U.S., end a program that allots visas to people from countries with low rates of migration to America, and provide money for a wall on the Mexican border, a White House spokesman said Tuesday. The statement echoed a Trump tweet from last week.

“‘The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc,’ the president wrote on Friday.

John Solomon, The Hill: “Congressional investigators find irregularities in FBI’s handling of Clinton email case”

“. . . For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when the former secretary of State and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, lawmakers and investigators told The Hill.

“That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the “sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.

“The name of the witness is redacted from the FBI documents but lawmakers said he was an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her personal server after she left office as America’s top diplomat and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.

“The investigators also confirmed that the FBI began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton of any crimes while evidence responsive to subpoenas was still outstanding and before agents had interviewed more than a dozen key witnesses . . .”

Diana Olick, CNBC: “Home prices are set to soar in 2018”

“. . . Sales prices jumped 7 percent annually in November, according to a new report from CoreLogic.

That is the third straight month at that pace, far higher than the price gains in the first half of 2017. Low supply and high demand are fueling the spurt and neither of those is expected to ease up anytime soon.

Supply is actually falling even more now, and a strengthening economy is pushing demand. This will have potential buyers out early this year, trying to get a jump on the spring market.. .”

Thomas Burr & Courtney Trainer, Salt Lake Tribune: “Will Mitt Romney now run for seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch?”

Morning radio gossip – Mittens just changed his residence to Utah and is predicted to be a strong ally for the Donald . . .

“No decision, but if he wants it, he’ll likely win.

“. . . “It’s a deep red state and one where Romney has very deep roots and extremely strong support,” says Kevin Madden, a CNN contributor and one of Romney’s top advisers in his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. “But the more important factor in determining just how strong his odds are is knowing how he would approach the task of running. It’s just Mitt’s nature to give everything 110 percent. If he runs, he’ll run like he’s 20 points down and he has to earn every single vote. He loves the campaign trail and would probably relish being back out there again.”

“Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who carried Utah in the 2012 presidential election by nearly 50 points over President Barack Obama, is the highest-profile and most well-liked of the potential candidates for the seat. . .”


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