Pompeo tell Iran and US allies what it will do to stop Iran's nukes and attacks on neighbors

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran.

In a speech in Washington, America's top diplomat said Iran would be "battling to keep its economy alive" after the sanctions took effect.

He said he would work closely with the Pentagon and regional allies "to deter any Iranian aggression".

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump took the US out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

In his first major foreign policy speech as secretary of state, Mr Pompeo unveiled the administration's "Plan B" for countering the Islamic republic on Monday.

He laid out 12 conditions that Washington would need to be met for any "new deal" with Tehran, including pulling all its forces out of Syria and ending support for rebels in Yemen.

Others include:
Giving the International Atomic Energy Agency a full account of its former nuclear military programme, and giving up such work foreverEnding …

Was Flynn's guilty plea a result of prosecutorial extortion?

Washington Post:
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty. Now his supporters are trying to exonerate him.
The largely social-media-based effort has, at times, put advocates of the former national security adviser, and occasionally Flynn himself, at odds with his legal team. Congressional investigators have asked questions about the testimony of Comey and others suggesting that he did not lie under oath.  Put that together with the Judge's order to provide all exculpatory evidence and the subsequent delays in sentencing and there is reason to believe he was treated unfairly.  He appears to be one of a group of people Mueller has charged in hopes of extorting damaging testimony against teh President.

Was John Brennan behind the use of the bogus dossier in order to spy on Trump?

Washington Post:
Trump lambastes a former CIA director ahead of the installation of a new one

On Twitter, the president quoted a harsh critic of John Brennan, who led the agency under former president Barack Obama. I have never held John Brennan in high regard.  I question the intelligence of anyone who ever voted for a communist as President.   Since Trump's election Brennan appears to be more of a conspiracy theorists than a cool analyst of events.  His reaction to the firing of McCabe was more emotional than thoughtful.  It led me to think he was worried that his participation in the coup attempt against Trump was being unraveled.

Selective justice at Obama's DOJ

Andrew McCarthy:
We wuz robbed. That’s the theme Democrats and their media allies are working hard to cement into conventional wisdom. And robbed in a very specific way: The 2016 presidential election, we’re to believe, was stolen from Hillary Clinton by disparate treatment. As Democrats tell it, the FBI scandalized their candidate while protecting Donald Trump.

You might think peddling that story with a straight face would be a major challenge. But they figure it may work because it was test-driven by the FBI’s then-director, James Comey, in his now infamous press conference on July 5, 2016 — back when the law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus on which we rely to read the security tea leaves was simply certain that Mrs. Clinton would win.

If you or I had set up an unauthorized private communications system for official business for the patent purpose of defeating federal record-keeping and disclosure laws; if we had retained and transmitted thousands of classified emails on this n…

For Israel, now is the best time to deal with the Iran threat

"Better now than never." These were the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a recent tweet affirming his country's resolve to block Iranian aggression at any cost. Perhaps no statement could better encapsulate the current Israeli mindset and resolve to block Iranian aggression at any cost. When else will Israel have the ear of a U.S. president willing to tear up a diplomatic deal and double down on Iran, the freedom to strike with impunity against targets in a state already ravaged by civil war, and a young Saudi prince willing to openly collaborate with the Jewish state against the Islamic republic?

Israel cannot escape the fact that it is a tiny state in a hostile geopolitical environment that depends on a great power patron. Historical tragedy has a way of molding a state to rapidly seize opportunities that come along ever so rarely and are always laden with risk.

Israel's strategic goals in Syria are threefold: to prevent advanced weapon…

The Obama administration's spying on Trump was worse than Watergate

Charles Hurt:
At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago.

The Obama administration — with or without the knowledge and direction of President Obama himself — perverted one of the most powerful, clandestine spying operations in the world and used it at the very height of a presidential campaign to spy on political opponents, punish them and, ultimately, silence them through extortion.

If this was orchestrated without the express knowledge of Mr. Obama, then it reveals just how blatantly he instructed by example the weaponizing of the entire federal government to carry out his low, dishonest and unjust ideology. By any means necessary, one might say. Only instead of being driving by visio…

Nunes catches the DOJ in their leaking game

Devin Nunes says he got a call from the DOJ last Friday to discuss his document request.  He declined to go unless they were producing the documents for he and Trey Gowdy.  The meeting did not take place, but Friday night the NY Times and Washington Post published stories about the "informant" i.e. spy they embedded in the Trump campaign.  He thinks the call was a set up to blame him for the leak.  You can watch his interview here.

The media's willful blindness to 'the other' collusion story of 2016

John Fund:

For well more than a year, we’ve heard about the “Did Trump Collude with Russia” storyline that the special counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing. In recent months, a parallel narrative has been developing. In this account, for which a case is slowly building, figures inside the Obama administration and in the Hillary Clinton campaign may have actively spied on and tried to undermine Trump’s presidential campaign.

But anyone who broaches the thought that there might be two stories relating to 2016 campaign skullduggery rather than just one is viciously attacked. When radio and TV host Mark Levin stitched together mainstream-media reports to allege that FISA-court warrants had been sought by the Justice Department to investigate Team Trump, he was branded a conspiracy theorist by Trump critics. He has since been vindicated.

Trump foes have also launched attacks against Kimberly Strassel, my former colleague at the Wall Street Journal. She has done pathbreaking reporting on …

This probably explains at least one reason why Democrats are slipping in the generic ballot polls

The Hill:
Poll: Two-thirds of Americans give Trump credit for economy I think another reason the Democrats are slipping is the implosion of their Russian collusion narrative for a singular lack of evidence to support it. 

One reason Trump is doing so well with voters on the economy is that he ran on a platform of improving economic recovery and growing jobs.  There are now as many jobs available as there are people on the unemployment roles.  The growth in minority employment has been significant and that has moved Trump's numbers among some traditional Democrat groups.

The Obama spy in the Trump campaign and those who tried to cover for him

Clarice Feldman:
Last week I reported that Internet sleuths had winkled out the name of the spy/agent provocateur that Obama's intelligence officers had used on the Trump campaign. The New York Times and Washington Post, the Democrats' semi-official newspapers this week megaphoned the instigators, offering up their justifications without naming his name.

Again, the name is Stefan Halper, who, as I wrote here last week, was paid a substantial sum by the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment.

If it was for this work – and it suspiciously looks like it because the payments were made in July and September of 2016 when he was weaseling his way into the campaign – then we know we have the DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, Dept. of State and the Defense Department working for Hillary's election and to smear and create a basis for further spying on Trump and his campaign.

The NYT and Washington Post stories were clearly dictated by the perpetrators of this unprecedented effort…

Senate Democrat can only think of Trump Tower meeting where Russian collusion might happen--It didn't, but fails to mention Clinton collsuion in compiling dossier

Washington Times:
CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Sen. Mark Warner for evidence that the Trump campaign accepted help from a foreign adversary to win the 2016 presidential race.

Mr. Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, cited a report released by the committee last week that found Russia “massively interfered in our elections,” not only “to sow disarray, but to help Trump and to hurt Clinton.”

But Mr. Tapper said the big question is still whether Russia did so “with the assistance or participation of any American, especially and including people who are in the Trump campaign’s orbit.”

“That is clearly the endpoint question that we’re going to have to deal with,” the Virginia Democrat responded.

“But have you seen any evidence of that?” Mr. Tapper shot back.

Mr. Warner pointed to the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who was offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. He said the meeting shows the Trump campaign was “receptive to these ki…

This is what law professors tell their students is a distinction without a difference

NY Times:
F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims The informant made contact in the summer of 2016 with Trump campaign advisers who were already under scrutiny for ties to Russia. This is really a silly distinction.  Spies inform their bosses on what they found out.  In this case, the Spy actually used entrapment to snare Papadopolous.

While the DOJ was going out of their way to exonerate Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified material it was sending in spies to determine if Trump's sarcastic statement about Russia having her missing emails was part of a plot.  Do they have any idea how ridiculous they look?  They exonerate an actual crime and take seriously sarcasm.

Even as the DOJ IG closes in on those responsible for botching the Hillary investigation some the media are still making excuses for her criminal activity and still trying to criminalize innocent activity by Trump.

Evangelical Christians are more supportive of Israel than many Democrat Jews

NY Times:
New U.S. Embassy Signals Israeli- Evangelical Alliance
The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem signifies the increasing importance of conservative Christians to Israel, at the risk of upsetting American Jews. Christians have been more supportive of Israel than liberal Jews for some time.   They probably study the Bible more too.  These Christians are no threat to Jews in this country or in Israel.  While some may have theological reasons for supporting Israel, others see Israel like many see a home team they support.  Fundamentalist Christians tend to be like strict constructionist dealing with the constitution.  If God gave that land to Israel, it belongs to the Jews who are there and not to some interlopers.  This is not that different from the recent expression by the Saudi Crown Prince.

Iran's mullahs have lost the support of the people of Iran

Amil Imani:
The internal dynamics within Iranian society has drastically altered. Iranians no longer fear the brutal Mullahs and demand regime change. These protests have become mainstream. Even students from an elementary school in a remote village dare to say: “Death to Khamenei.”

These Islamic rulers are aware they are slowly losing complete legitimacy (if they ever had any legitimacy at all), and will be toppled, in a violent confrontation with similarly sized demonstrations. There may be a handful of regime officials who are struggling for reform, but the entire Islamic regime is aware of the looming threat from their citizenry.

The mullahs’ regime still exists because the U.S. and its allies have failed to pursue a workable strategy to end it. It is, at best, appeasement to make deals with the sworn enemy of the United States of America. How clearly and how often do the mullahs have to proclaim their irreconcilable and irreversible hostility toward the U.S. and Israel? These…

The media tried to cover up the FBI spy in the Trump campaign

Doug Ross:
President Donald Trump commented Friday on the existence of an informant, who he asserted was “implanted” on the campaign “for political purposes.”

“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true — all time biggest political scandal!”...

Democrats, liberal pundits and some news outlets blasted Trump’s statement, saying there was no evidence that the FBI planted a spy inside the campaign. He was also accused of coordinating with House Republicans to expose the identity of the source, who has long provided information to the FBI and CIA. The source has also provided information for the Russia investigation both before and after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment on May 17, 2017.

But instead of a GOP-orchestrated exposure, it appears that Halper was es…

Trump uses Alinsky tactics

Brian C. Joondeph:
Let's look at a few of the rules Trump has used to turn the new world order upside-down.

"Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have."

Remember how Trump told Kim his nuclear button is bigger than Kim's? And how Trump had no qualms about unleashing the fury of the U.S. military on Afghanistan and Syria – not a ground war, but a salvo of missiles and bombs, and threats for far worse from the U.S. if necessary? Does anyone think Iran and North Korea want to call Trump's bluff?

"Never go outside the expertise of your people."

Trump is sticking to what he knows best – negotiating, financing, and playing hardball. He is staying far away from the nuance of the Kerry-Obama cabal, instead delivering a simple and straightforward message to his geopolitical foes. This message is easy to understand, including by the American people, who can smell John Kerry's nonsensical diplomatic-speak from a mile away.


Oakland's scofflaw mayor

The Hill:
Oakland mayor fires back at Trump: ‘It’s my duty to protect my residents’ She appears to be protecting those breaking immigration laws, from law enforcement.  It looks like obstruction of justice to those who respect the law.

The FBI outs its spy with a cover story that is hard to believe

NY Post:
A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.

Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.

The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides. Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, while Page was the subject of a federal surveillance warrant.

“If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal,” President Trump tweeted Saturday, calling for the FBI to release additional documents to Congress.

The Halper revelation also shows …

Do sanctuary cities have the highest crime rates?

City Journal:
With its sightseeing attractions and military bases, San Antonio may be a quaint tourist destination—home of the Alamo and the scenic River Walk—but with a population of nearly 1.5 million, it is also the seventh-largest city in America. In fast-growing Texas, boasting six of the nation’s 20 most populous cities, only Houston is bigger. Though frequently overshadowed by its more cosmopolitan siblings Austin and Dallas, “San Antone” is a teeming urban center, with the same problems confronting other major cities. And in one of those problem areas—crime—San Antonio is, unfortunately, a leader. According to FBI data, the diverse, progressively run Alamo City had the highest rate of “serious crime” among the country’s 15 largest cities in 2016.

The incidence of reported crimes in San Antonio fluctuates from year to year, affecting the comparative rankings, but despite a reduction in some categories in 2017, heavily Hispanic San Antonio has had a major crime problem since the …

Democrat virtue signaling on waterboarding not sell with voters they need

Joseph Borrelli:
Meet “Bob.” He is white, working-class, middle-aged, and has no college degree. For years, he voted mostly for Democrats, but in 2016 he and his wife became the archetypal Obama-to-Trump voters who flipped in large enough numbers in critical states to cost Hillary Clinton the election.

For many Democratic analysts, "economic anxiety" was the number one reason many in Bob’s circle abandoned the Democratic Party in 2016. Eighty-one percent of them saw their wages falling below — or barely keeping pace with — the growing cost of living under the last administration. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) recent promise to raise their taxes to Obama levels, and panning the extra $80 in their paycheck as “crumbs,” isn’t necessarily winning them back.

Beyond the economic reasons for jumping ship, another other analysis found that "cultural anxiety" was a leading factor of defection away from the Democrats. The study concluded that approximately two-thirds of whi…

The reporter who got the 2016 election right by talking with the people rather than consultants

Frank Buckley:
You can observe a lot just by watching, said Yogi Berra. And you can learn a lot just by talking to people. Instead of talking at them. Salena Zito is a reporter, and in 2016 she hung out in bars and poolrooms talking to people, begging for their opinions. That’s how she learned that Donald Trump might win the presidency.

She was a regular on the “John Batchelor Show,” along with an academic. Like Batchelor, the academic knew that Trump didn’t have a ghost of a chance and explained it all so well that it was hard to disagree.

Trump was uncivilized, the Republicans didn’t have a ground game, the Democrats had all the data-miners.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the analyst proved Hillary Clinton would win. But then Zito would blurt out that, when asked, people were saying they liked Trump. Poor Zito, a reporter at a Pittsburgh newspaper. It was pretty embarrassing.

Except the academic had gotten it wrong, and Zito had gotten it right.

Now she’s written about what she heard i…

Making excuses for FBI misconduct against the Trump campaign

NY Times:
F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims

The informant made contact in the summer of 2016 with Trump campaign advisers who were already under scrutiny for ties to Russia. I am sure this story would be written differently if the spy was placed in the NY Times newsroom.  You also have to look at the context of the stories the media has pushed suggesting that the Trump campaign was "colluding" with the Russians. 

Now that it is evident that no collusion took place, they are trying to put an innocent face on the spying and the entrapment of some of the people in the campaign such as George Papadopalous.  It was only the beginning of a witch hunt against a candidate that many in the deep state despised. 

Those responsible for this spying should get the same treatment as the Watergate burglars.  I think one of the reasons the media is defending this abuse is that they were co-conspirators in the coup attempt for which the s…

Turkey's leader sides with those who use Palestinians as cannon fodder

NY Times:
Ties With Israel Sour as Turkey Seizes on Gaza Issue
With a rally, harsh words and a recall of ambassadors, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey hopes to position himself as a champion of the Palestinians and leader of the Muslim world. Erdogan is an Islamist despot so it is not surprising he would side with the despots of Hamas who foolishly ordered people to make a suicidal charge against a well-defended position instead of telling them to go home.  Erdogan is as bloodthirsty as Hamas's leadership.  They are both a disgrace to humanity.  They both are driven by their ethnic and religious bigotry.

Agribusiness rent seekers whine about reduced demand for ethanol

Fuel Fix:
The flood of ethanol waivers being handed out to small oil refineries by the Trump administration is winning no fans in the ethanol sector, who argue they're killing demand for the corn-based biofuel.

But the refining sector shot back this week, arguing the market is holding steady even as dozens of refineries have been exempted from requirements that they blend ethanol or buy expensive renewable fuel credits. They cited federal data showing that over the first four months of the year conventional ethanol blending was up 0.3 percent from last year.

"There has been no loss of any ethanol blending due to low (renewable fuel credits) or small refinery waivers," Frank Maisano, a spokesman for the energy lobbying firm Bracewell said in an email late Thursday.

That stands in sharp contrast to comments made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who at an event in Nebraska Thursday said the waivers were causing "demand destruction" for ethanol.
... If there …

Democrat candidates for governor of Texas do not get much love

Silvio Cantu:
Last Friday, two Democrats vying to be the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming Texas race, Ms. Lupe Valdez and Mr. Andrew White, had a debate, but not many people watched it.

After all, here in Texas, we have one of the top 15 gross domestic products worldwide, and we have given the country several of its leaders, from LBJ to George Bush 41 to George W. Bush 43. This isn't prime growing space for Democrats, what with their focus on whining and victimhood.

So am I the only person who is bit underwhelmed by the Valdez-White campaign?

I don't think so, and even the Texas Observer agrees with me. They came up with a killer title for their op-ed columnist's commentary: "We Watched the Andrew White/Lupe Valdez Debate Because You Probably Didn't!"

They are terribly flawed candidates, indeed! The Dallas Morning News had pretty much the same opinion.

Miss Valdez, 70, carries two terrible pieces of baggage. She is pro-abortion in a stat…

B-1 bomber could be modified to become a gun ship
The B-1B Lancer bomber already carries more weapons than any of its counterparts. But officials are exploring the possibility of adding a cannon to its arsenal.

Boeing Co. has been granted a patent for a cannon that could enhance the aircraft's ability to take on more close-air support roles. The patent, U.S. 9,963,231 B2, shows various mounts for the gun, which would retract into the aircraft's belly.

The company is exploring the possibility of mounting different types of weapons. "A weapon may include or correspond to a machine gun, a chain gun, a cannon, an autocannon, a rail gun, a projectile firing device, or a laser weapon," the patent states.

"By mounting the weapons system within a weapons bay, the aircraft may operate at supersonic speeds when the weapons system is retracted, extended, or both," it continues. "By including a weapons system on board an aircraft, functionality of the aircraft may increase and the aircraft may gain …

Steele to be deposed in case against Buzzfeed

Fox News:
Ex-UK spy Christopher Steele ordered to appear for video deposition in London Unfortunately, the deposition will be on a narrow area and not about the dossier as a whole.  Steele's lawyers are attempting to make a distinction about the document as intelligence as opposed to one meant for general circulation.  I find that a weak argument, but the British court did not.

Watt steps up to help the families of victims of Santa Fe shooting

Fox 26:
J.J. Watt offers to pay for funerals of all Santa Fe High School shooting victims Watt continues to demonstrate good character and strong ties to the local community.   He is a hero on and off the football field.

Unlike Watergate, this time the media was a willing participant in the coup attempt against Trump

Roger L. Simon:
One of the more notable differences between Watergate and the metastasizing scandals involving the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the Obama administration -- subjects of the soon-to-be-released inspector general's report -- is that the media exposed Watergate. They aided and abetted the current transgressions.

By providing a willing and virtually unquestioned repository for every anonymous leaker (as long as he or she was on the "right" side) in Washington and beyond, the press has evolved from being part of the solution to being a major part of the problem. Gone are the days of the true "whistle-blower." Here are the days of the special interest provocateur, shaping public opinion by passing on half-truths and outright lies to their favorite reporter. One might then even call the media, in Orwell's words, "objectively pro-fascist," functioning much in the manner of Pravda and Izvestia during that famous author's time, cov…

The FBI outs its deep state spy placed in the Trump campaign

This is just insane.

The FBI and Department of Justice has been fighting tooth and nail to not tell Congress the identity of the informant they used to gather intelligence on the Trump campaign. And their allies in Congress and elsewhere have chimed in with all manner of ridiculous and bullsh** threats directed at Devin Nunes…though not at Trey Gowdy who is working with Nunes to identify this FBI source. A reflexively leftwing law professor (but I repeat myself) made this astonishing statement tonight:

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This is just stupid. The law clearly defines who it covers as employees of an intelligence agency. This does not cover informants or sources and intelligence agencies are forbidden by law from collecting information on US persons. And the very idea that the Department of Justice is going to okay a grand jury investigation and indictment of a member of Congress when the FBI has leaked the same information to multiple media outlets is simply insane.

The r…

It is update Saturday

This is a first for me.  Every device I use has started the day with updates, from Windows 10 to my Android phone and tablet.  That is why to blog posts are running a little behind this morning.

Mass murder at Santa Fe Texas High School

Daily Mail:
These postings on Facebook should be considered a part of criminal conduct that would allow authorities to arrest people who make similar statements.  Facebook should also have the ability to flag this content and send it to local law enforcement so they can take action to prevent such crimes. 

I am sure the anti-gun left is disappointed that the person responsible for the killings did not use an "assault" rifle.  Instead, he used his fathers shotgun and revolver which presumably would not have been banned under legislation that some proposed after the Florida shooting.

This country has had guns since its founding and it is only since the internet that kids have begun using them for mass murder.  I think social media need not be a censor but should have a means of notifying law…

Democrats appear to have broken fund raising rules for Clinton

Bombshell: FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million

The mainstream media took no notice of a federal court filing that exposes a $84 million money-laundering conspiracy Democrats executed during the 2016 presidential election. It is a long piece but it also involves a lot of money.  The FEC failed to act on the complaint because the Democrats have refused to name new members to the FEC.

Explosion at Syrian missile defense system kills 11

Times of Israel:
Massive explosions rocked the Hama military air base in western Syrian early on Friday afternoon, killing at least 11 pro-Assad regime fighters, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian state media confirmed that blasts were heard coming from the base, but made no comment on casualties or the cause of the explosions.

There were conflicting reports as to what set off the blasts, which sent a huge plume of grey smoke into the air above the base.

“The explosions struck several regime depots of weapons and fuel at Hama military airport,” the Observatory said.

Syrians in Hama reported hearing at least five successive blasts, likely indicating that fuel depots and weapons caches had been hit by the blast, setting off a daisy-chain of explosions.

At least 11 members of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s coaltion were killed and dozens more were wounded in the mysterious blasts, according to the monitor.

According to the Observatory, both Syrians and …

The Crossfire Hurricane ticking time bomb could explode in coup plotters' faces

George Neumayr:
Deep in the New York Times’saccount of “Crossfire Hurricane,” the FBI’s codename for spying on the Trump campaign, is a hilariously bland paragraph about John Brennan and James Comey teaming up to dig dirt on Trumpworld. If you blinked in the course of reading the lengthy article, you might have missed it:
The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said. Contained in that oh-so-nonchalant line — “Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation” — is one of Obamagate’s biggest ticking time bombs. When it blows, John Brennan, whose demented partisanship led him to run an anti-Trump spyin…

Where did Trump get the idea the government put a spy in his campaign? Why the Washington Post and NY Times!

Washington Post:
Giuliani: Trump doesn’t know ‘for sure’ that there was an FBI informant in his campaign

The president has repeatedly alleged that during the Obama administration, the FBI placed someone inside his campaign to improperly spy on him.
Both media outlets have posted stories in recent days based on leaks from the DOJ that a spy was implanted in the Trump campaign.  The leakers appear to be the same people who told Congress that it could not have material that would expose this that was under Congressional subpoena. I think what Giuliani is saying is that Trump was not personally aware of the spy at the time he was embedded in his campaign.

It is beyond weird for the same media that published a story about the spy does not know if its story was accurate?  This is the kind of disingenuous reporting I have come to expect from a media that appears to be a co-conspirator in a coup attempt against the President.

At this point, there appears to be no legal basis for planting a spy…

DOJ would rather leak information to friendly media than provide it to Congress in response to subpoenas

Mollie Hemingway:
U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials have leaked extremely sensitive information about a top secret source three times in the last week while claiming that confidentially sharing information about the source with congressional investigators could greatly impact U.S. national security and potentially risk the source’s life.

The officials have leaked specific information that could directly identify the source on three separate occasions to reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times. This raises even more questions about whether current top intelligence and law enforcement officials can be trusted to obey the law and to adequately protect the nation’s intelligence secrets.

The latest leak came via a Washington Postarticle in which the very same officials blame Congress for the leaks solely because a U.S. congressional committee subpoenaed the Justice Department for information about irregularities with methods used in the unprecedented investigation t…

Growth of US fossil fuels production dwarfs the growth of alternative energy

Robert Brice:
... Over the past decade, merely the increase — I repeat, just the increase — in US oil and gas production is equal to seven times the total energy production of every wind turbine and solar project in the United States.

Climate-change activists like to claim that renewable energy can power the entire economy and that we should “do the math.” I couldn’t agree more — on the math part. In 2008, US oil production was about 5.2 million barrels per day. Today, it’s about 10.2 million barrels per day. In 2008, domestic gas production averaged about 55.1 billion cubic feet per day. Today, it’s about 87.6 billion cubic feet per day.

That’s an increase of about 32.5 billion cubic feet per day, which is equivalent to about 5.5 million barrels of oil per day. Thus, over the past decade, US oil and gas output has jumped by about 10.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Let’s compare that to domestic solar and wind production which, since 2008, has increased by 4,800 perc…