Health Care map; Chester County YR Picnic; Dr. Rick Saccone.
BIDDLE (Snowden) – NSA Leak; DRUDGE LINKS; FRANK – Washington goes opulent; GOLDBERG – Trump’s leaks; BARNES – Watching the Russians; HENNINGER – Jim Comey show; GORELICK & THOMPSON – Comey; SIMON – Comey out, who’s next.
NOTES: RECOMMENDED – Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge; Hannity networks for health care
Janet: Doctor Rick Saccone?
“JOIN US ON THE LAWN FOR A FEW MINUTES, OR LONGER. YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE IN 2018 ANYWAY, SO WHY NOT PERSONALLY MEET OUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR. A MAN THAT UPHOLDS OUR BIBLICAL VALUES, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND PRINCIPLE!
*CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY and 1180AM WFYL RADIO
Cordially invites the public to attend the Southeastern Pennsylvania “Meet and Greet” for Representative Doctor Rick Saccone.
Representative Saccone represents Allegheny and Washington Counties and is running for United States Senate 2018 to unseat incumbent Bob Casey. As a retired Air Force military officer, professor, former international businessman, author, and diplomat, our dear friend boasts that “we can only prevail over the enemies of Freedom and Liberty with your help. We need people in government who are there for the right reasons, not to further their own agendas or those of their families or special interests. You need a strong voice in the U.S. Senate. I WILL be that voice.”
The Saccone family, including his wife Yong, of 38 years, and two sons in the Air Force, are true Christians and uphold Biblical values and views. Representative Saccone is a man of honesty, integrity, and principle. The Constitution is the second backbone to America, and abides by our great document. Rick has traveled across the country with his presentation “In God We Trust.”
You can meet Rick and Yong on Monday, May 15, 5 until 8p.m.
-1180AM WFYL Radio lawn, at the Jeffersonville Golf Club, 2400 West Main Street, Norristown, PA, 19403.
-I will personally introduce Rick to each and every one of you. And his campaign platform will be shared from 6 until 6:30p.m.
-Feel free to come for 3 minutes or 3 hours. Have your questions and concerns ready. Meet, greet, chat, relax, enjoy.
-Bring a lawn chair for added comfort., light foods will be provided, as well as bottled beverages. Casual dress.
-Let’s support a genuine Conservative. Donations are accepted to help in the defeating of U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
-Please share this event with your family and friends, place of worship, and employment.
-This is a family-friendly event.
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Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO/CFO
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Sam Biddle, Intercept: “THE NSA LEAK IS REAL, SNOWDEN DOCUMENTS CONFIRM”
“ON MONDAY, A HACKING group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.
The provenance of the code has been a matter of heated debate this week among cybersecurity experts, and while it remains unclear how the software leaked, one thing is now beyond speculation: The malware is covered with the NSA’s virtual fingerprints and clearly originates from the agency.
The evidence that ties the ShadowBrokers dump to the NSA comes in an agency manual for implanting malware, classified top secret, provided by Snowden, and not previously available to the public. The draft manual instructs NSA operators to track their use of one malware program using a specific 16-character string, “ace02468bdf13579.” That exact same string appears throughout the ShadowBrokers leak in code associated with the same program, SECONDDATE.
“SECONDDATE plays a specialized role inside a complex global system built by the U.S. government to infect and monitor what one document estimated to be millions of computers around the world. Its release by ShadowBrokers, alongside dozens of other malicious tools, marks the first time any full copies of the NSA’s offensive software have been available to the public, providing a glimpse at how an elaborate system outlined in the Snowden documents looks when deployed in the real world, as well as concrete evidence that NSA hackers don’t always have the last word when it comes to computer exploitation.
But malicious software of this sophistication doesn’t just pose a threat to foreign governments . . .”
Drudge Links (05-12-17)
Robert Frank, NY Times: “Washington Welcomes the Wealthiest”
“For years, Washington and its surrounding suburbs have been among the most affluent in the country. The four highest-earning counties in the United States, as measured by median incomes, are all near D.C., according to the Census Bureau. The top three are in Virginia — Loudon County, followed by Falls Church City (an independent city treated by the Census Bureau as a county) and Fairfax County — and No. 4 is Howard County, Md.
“The region also has plenty of millionaires. Maryland, Virginia and Washington are all in the top 10 for millionaires per capita, according to Phoenix Marketing.
But there has always been a sharp distinction in D.C. culture between being wealthy and being rich. Let New York and Los Angeles have the mansion-owning, Ferrari-driving, yacht-loving billionaires. The Washington elite were content with a three-bedroom colonial, two incomes and top private schools. Its handful of billionaires were mostly local sports team owners little known outside the capital.
“Yet now, the combination of the richest White House in history and a boom in government-related businesses and technology companies is transforming Washington’s affluence into opulence. There are 34 billionaires within a 25-mile radius of Washington, according to Wealth-X, an information services company that specializes in identifying the tribal patterns of the superrich; that figure is up slightly from last year. And there are 2,049 D.C.-area residents worth $30 million or more. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Why the Trump White House Is So Leaky”
“Historians will tell you that Adolf Hitler was not plagued by leakers and anonymous sources within his government. Joseph Goebbels did not routinely race to the Frankfurter Zeitung to plant embarrassing or inconvenient information about the boss. Stalin, likewise, didn’t rail against anonymous saboteurs within his inner circle. Well, maybe he did now that I think about it, but he usually allayed such concerns by having those people killed or sent to the Gulag. But he didn’t kill them for leaking to the press, because there was no press in any meaningful sense to leak to.
“In other words, for the people who seem to think that Donald Trump is an authoritarian tyrant, the fact that his administration has been plagued by leaks and anonymous sources talking out of school should be oddly reassuring.
“At the same time, the roaring torrent of leaks from the White House is extremely dismaying for many Trump supporters, starting with Trump himself. His decision to fire FBI director James Comey was reportedly driven in part by his belief that Comey wasn’t doing more to hunt down leakers.
“In some instances, Trump is right to be angry. The leaking of classified information, including transcripts of his conversations with foreign leaders, is illegal and dangerous.
“But in other cases, Trump’s anger is aimed at members of his own staff and probably his own family, who use the media to undermine competitors in the administration. Senior adviser Steve Bannon uses his old website, Breitbart.com, to throw brickbats at his enemies. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a sort of prince regent in the Trump administration, is widely believed to use MSNBC’s Morning Joe for similar purposes.
“The whole spectacle is actually pretty hilarious. . .”
Julian Barnes, WSJ: “U.S. to Boost Surveillance for Russian Exercise”
“Officials say U.S. will move ships into Baltic Sea and take over North Atlantic Treaty Organization air-policing duties
“VILNIUS, Lithuania—The U.S. will bolster its ability to observe Russia’s military in the Baltic Sea region ahead of a major exercise by Moscow, U.S. defense officials said.
“The officials said the Defense Department would enhance its surveillance ability, including by moving ships into the Baltic Sea and taking over North Atlantic Treaty Organization air-policing duties while the Russian exercises occur in September. The U.S. could temporarily deploy a Patriot missile-defense battery in the region, officials said.
“Defense officials said the Russian drill, known as Zapad, or West, will showcase some of Russia’s newest and most advanced weaponry, and will be a chance for the U.S. to gather fresh intelligence.
“They said Russia could use the exercise to upgrade its military equipment in the area, leaving behind some of the advanced systems after the exercises conclude. . .”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “The James Comey Show”
“He becomes the latest to disappear into the Clintons’ personal Bermuda Triangle.
“If you read nothing else while fighting through the maelstrom around President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, read the full text of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s memorandum titled “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI.”
Mr. Rosenstein’s memo makes meticulously clear the short version of this grandiose episode: Director Comey’s behavior violated numerous standards of federal prosecutorial procedure and lines of authority inside the Department of Justice.
“Specifically, writes Mr. Rosenstein, “The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution.”
“Mr. Rosenstein cites a useful analysis of the Comey saga, published in the Washington Post, by former deputy attorneys general Jamie Gorelick and Larry Thompson. Mr. Comey’s conduct, they wrote, was ‘real-time, raw-take transparency taken to its illogical limit, a kind of reality TV of federal criminal investigation.’
“That is an apt metaphor—a kind of reality TV—for everything the dazed public is reading and hearing now about James Comey, the federal investigation into a Russian connection with the Trump campaign, and reveries about Watergate.
“But I know where to begin: with the news in March 2015 that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton created a private email server in 2009.
“Hillary’s email server is the reason for James Comey’s rise, and why he has fallen. . .”
Jamie Gorelick & Larry Thompson, WaPo: “James Comey is damaging our democracy”
“Jamie Gorelick served as deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1997 and is a supporter of Hillary Clinton. Larry Thompson served as deputy attorney general from 2001 to 2003 and signed a letter from a group of former Justice Department officials in Republican administrations calling for Donald Trump’s defeat.
“The Justice Department has a proud history of enforcing federal criminal law without fear or favor, and especially without regard to politics. It operates under long-standing and well-established traditions limiting disclosure of ongoing investigations to the public and even to Congress, especially in a way that might be seen as influencing an election. These traditions protect the integrity of the department and the public’s confidence in its mission to take care that the laws are faithfully and impartially executed. They reflect an institutional balancing of interests, delaying disclosure and public knowledge to avoid misuse of prosecutorial power by creating unfair innuendo to which an accused party cannot properly respond.
“Decades ago, the department decided that in the 60-day period before an election, the balance should be struck against even returning indictments involving individuals running for office, as well as against the disclosure of any investigative steps. The reasoning was that, however important it might be for Justice to do its job, and however important it might be for the public to know what Justice knows, because such allegations could not be adjudicated, such actions or disclosures risked undermining the political process. A memorandum reflecting this choice has been issued every four years by multiple attorneys general for a very long time, including in 2016.
“When they take their vows and assume office, senior officials in the Justice Department and the FBI become part of these traditions, with an obligation to preserve, protect and defend them. They enjoy a credibility established by generations of honorable public servants, and they owe a solemn obligation to maintain that credibility. They are not to arrogate to themselves the choices made by the Justice Department and honored over the years. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Comey’s Out. Who’s Next for Rosenstein?”
“If I were Hillary Clinton, I’d be afraid. I’d be very afraid.
“Something has happened that has drastically changed her position in the world and that is the advent of Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, a name not well known by many until now, although he has had quite an illustrious career at the Department of Justice and elsewhere.
“Confirmed only April 25, 2017, Rosenstein wrote the well-crafted “Memorandum to the Attorney General” on the subject of “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI.” The contents of this memorandum are what many are assuming impelled Donald Trump to take an action he was hesitant to do, but probably should have done, on taking office — firing FBI director James Comey before the reputation of the FBI was even more tarnished than it was.
“Of course the left exploded, claiming a cover-up of the endless Russia investigation. But no matter when Donald Trump had fired Comey, day one or day one hundred and one, it would have created a conflagration. Chuck Schumer would have yelled and screamed and waved his bloody shoe even though he himself had previously called for the same thing only months before. That’s what Schumers do, as does much of the rest of the not-so-loyal opposition.
“Interestingly, a great deal of the minority leader’s immediate fulminations after the defenestration of Comey centered not on Trump but on Rosenstein, who is apparently that most terrifying of all things — a by-the-book straight shooter who espouses equal justice for all under the law. (emph added jb) Schumer demanded the deputy AG immediately appoint a special investigator to get to the bottom of the supposed Russia allegations. Rosenstein may just make such an appointment, but for another purpose not as salutary to Schumer. From the deputy AG’s memorandum:
‘The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016 and announce his conclusion that the [Clinton email] case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his views on the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation [bold mine], without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.’
“Rosenstein goes on to quote numerous statements from attorneys general and deputy attorneys general of both parties concurring with his view, but this is a memorandum all should read in its entirety for themselves. Besides being an impressive brief for the firing of James Comey, it also appears to open the door for something else, for that ‘well-established process for other officials to step in’ to lead to something yet more dramatic — the renewed investigation of Hillary Clinton.”
Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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.
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