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Russians tried to meet with Trump campaign with no apparent success

NY Times:

Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin

The overture came soon after the Trump campaign was told of Russian “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. As Donald J. Trump neared the Republican nomination, Moscow tried repeatedly to contact his campaign. The Russians may have had several reasons for wanting to understand how Trump would treat the US relations with Russia, but there is still no valid evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign ad Russia.  In fact, this lead suggests the Russians were frustrated in their attempts to contact the Trump campaign.

Why the Senate should not accept the ABA recommendations on judges--They are just another liberal advocacy group

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Ben Sasse nails it on the American Bar Asociation.  I canceled my membership decades ago and I think others should too if they value conservative judicial positions.

University of Nebraska disciplines assistant professor who called student a 'neo-fascist'

Omaha World-Herald:
University of Nebraska officials announced Friday that new steps are being taken in relation to an incident involving a conservative student Aug. 25.

NU President Hank Bounds said the graduate student-lecturer who called a conservative student a “neo-fascist” for recruiting for Turning Point USA would no longer teach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The World-Herald further learned that the lecturer, Courtney Lawton, will be released from employment completely when her contract expires at the end of the school year.

Bounds also sent Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska’s state senators a letter that cites various actions that reflect “the importance of open conversation that respects each other’s differences” on campus.

One of those is to have Gallup do a survey to assess the campus environment for people of diverse political backgrounds on NU’s campuses in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney.

NU also released emails as a result of public records requests by Conservative Revie…

Some women have a way of deterring sexual harassers

Washington Free Beacon:
Palin: People Don’t Sexually Harass Me Because They ‘Know That I’m Probably Packing’ I am reminded of a journalism professor I had as an undergraduate at the University of Texas.  Dr. Gardner was one of the most demanding teachers I had.  A misspelled word was an automatic F on any work she assigned.   She was also a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves and she ran her class like one.

One of my classmates had a disease that caused his hands to tremor.  One of my friends in the class was not aware of his condition and just assumed that it was caused by being in Dr. Gardner's class.  Some women just have an aura of "don't mess with me."

On another occasion, after I graduated from law school, I was in San Antonio helping the DA's office prosecute a securities fraud case.  The assistant DA I was working with pointed out another assistant DA who happened to be an attractive woman.  He said guys do not mess with her for fear she would castrate th…

Media frustrated by Trump's successful trip to Asia

Spectator:
It’s been a miserable two weeks for our Foreign Secretary. Not only did Boris Johnson trip up over the British woman held in Iran; not only did he find himself accused of puppeteering Theresa May to further his and Michael Gove’s Brexit ambitions; he also committed the most grievous PR sin any politician can commit: he praised Donald Trump in public. ‘What you’ve got to realise is that the American President is just one of the huge, great global brands,’ Boris told Fox & Friends. ‘He is penetrating corners of the global consciousness that I think few other presidents have ever done.’

That made people very cross. The Labour MP David Lammy called Johnson an ‘odious arse-kisser’ and countless others echoed that sentiment. Boris was a brown-nose, a buffoon, a national disgrace, and so on.

What nobody admitted was that Boris had, as he so often does, said something true. Donald Trump is a phenomenon the like of which the world has never seen, and while most political analyst…

British judge rules on the limits of flirting on a date, really

Times:
High Court judge hands down guide to flirting at work The headline is a bit misleading since the events at issue took place at a dinner date away from work.  But the judge's decision was basically "no harm, no foul."  With all the sexual harassment claims these days it appears that both sexes need some guidance on teh rules of flirting and the limits allowable.

Voters want a special counsel for Hillary Campaign too

The Hill:
A plurality of voters in a new poll want special counsel investigations of the 2016 presidential campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and President Trump.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is already spearheading an investigation into whether Trump campaign officials had improper contacts or colluded with Moscow during the election.

So far, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate have been indicted for financial crimes. A low-level adviser, George Papadopoulos, has pled guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russians.

The latest Harvard CAPS/Harris survey found the public split on the question of Russian collusion, with 38 percent saying they believe the special counsel has found hard evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Moscow, 36 percent saying there is no hard evidence yet and 27 percent saying they don’t know.

But 44 percent of voters surveyed said a special counsel is needed to investigate both campaigns. Twenty-seven percen…

Democrats' 'tax breaks for the rich' mantra not selling this time

NY Times:
Senate Tax Debate Devolves Into Angry Shouting Match
A daylong debate over taxes got personal as Senators Orrin Hatch and Sherrod Brown sparred over whether the bill favored the rich. It has always been misleading.  The poor do not pay income taxes.  In fact, the way they are taxed the most is by the adding to cost of goods and services as a result of an excessively high corporate income tax.

It is hard for Democrats to admit that corporations don't really pay the taxes they are levying on them.  They pass on the cost of the tax to consumers as a cost of doing business.  The corporations are merely the Democrats tax collectors for all consumers, rich or poor.

By having an excessively high corporate tax, the Democrats make US companies less competitive and hurt job creation.  Their excessive taxes have also led to trillions of dollars not being repatriated back to the US for foreign sales.  Getting that money back in the US economy would be a bigger stimulus that most Demo…

Democrats show their ideological bigotry when it comes to who is a Hispanic

streiff:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Decides Republican Is Not Sufficiently Hispanic Your kind of Hispanic is not welcome in our club?  Texas Hispanics are welcomed into the GOP.  In fact, Texas Hispanics win elections when they run as Republicans.

Texas unemployment rate falls below 4 % for first time in 40 years

Houston Chronicle:
The state unemployment rate fell to a record low in October, slipping below 4 percent for the first time in more than 40 years, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

Unemployment declined to 3.9 percent from 4 percent as employment growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.6 percent, nearly double the national rate 1.4 percent. All told, the state gained more than 71,000 jobs over the month and has added more than 300,000 over the past year, the Workforce Commission said.

Greater Houston's economy continued to improve as oil recovery advances, but growth here continues to lag the state, which has a broader economy not quite as dependent on the energy industry. Employment grew 1.6 percent over the past year.

The region added 48,000 jobs over the past year as the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent from 4.8 percent in October 2016.
... The recovery from the energy slump has driven much of the gains.   Manufacturing is also a key driver that is helped by na…

Dogs can extend their owners life

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CNN:
The benefits that come with owning a dog are clear-- physical activity, support, companionship -- but owning a dog could literally be saving your life Dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death, finds a new study published Friday in Scientific Reports, a Swedish publication. For people living alone, owning a dog can decrease their risk of death by 33% and their risk of cardiovascular related death by 36%, when compared to single individuals without a pet, according to the study. Chances of a heart attack were also found to be 11% lower. Multi-person household owners also saw benefits, though to a lesser extent. Risk of death among these dog owners fell by 11% and their chances of cardiovascular death were 15% lower. But their risk of a heart attack was not reduced by owning a dog.

"A very interesting finding in our study was that dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group r…

A Middle East policy that appears to be working

David Goldman:
Trump's Unsung Success in the Middle East

President Trump's Middle East policy is simple: Back our friends and scare the hell out of our enemies, and negotiate where possible with our competitors like Russia and China. By and large it's working, unlike the catastrophically failed polices of the previous two administrations. Trump did what he said he would do and succeeded. You wouldn't know that from the #fakenews media.
... There is much more.

Trump is thwarting the old order and co-opting the new.  If there is one area of concern it is the move by Iran into areas once held by ISIS.

US to invest in launch phase missile defense systems to counter Nork threat

NY Times:
Concerned that the missile defense system designed to protect American cities is insufficient by itself to deter a North Korean attack, the Trump administration is expanding its strategy to also try to stop Pyongyang’s missiles before they get far from Korean airspace.

The new approach, hinted at in an emergency request to Congress last week for $4 billion to deal with North Korea, envisions the stepped-up use of cyberweapons to interfere with the North’s control systems before missiles are launched, as well as drones and fighter jets to shoot them down moments after liftoff. The missile defense network on the West Coast would be expanded for use if everything else fails.

In interviews, defense officials, along with top scientists and senior members of Congress, described the accelerated effort as a response to the unexpected progress that North Korea has made in developing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear bomb to the continental United State…

Democrat used tired bad faith arguments against corporate tax cuts

Washington Examiner Editorial:
The wailing and gnashing of teeth over the tax reform bill passed by the House on Thursday was too much. Even the average congressional debate, with its party-line grandstanding, is bad enough. But it's so much more tedious when Democrats line up to echo each other ad nauseam, making the same tired talking points against a permanent cut in the corporate tax rate, which they supported when their guy was in the White House.

They disingenuously blast tax reform as a giveaway, or a form of corporate welfare. Democrats would have you believe that the Republicans' tax reform proposal loots the middle class so they can hand suitcases full of crisp 100 dollar bills to their pinstriped, plutocratic pals in "big business."

Nothing could be further from the truth. Tax reform, and this particular bill, is written to remove or reduce corporate welfare provisions. If you're looking for corporate welfare, don't look at the corporate tax. Look …

National anthem protest league still wants it tax breaks

Washington Times:
The NFL has come out against House Republicans’ tax cut bill, putting the league out on a political limb even as it deals with the fallout from national anthem protests.

Other big pro sports leagues are staying out of the fight, but a spokesman for the National Football League said teams don’t want to lose a special tax break that allows them to use tax-free bonds to build stadiums.

The NFL says it deserves the break because new stadiums create jobs.

“You can look around the country and see the economic development that’s generated from some of these stadiums,” Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary for President Clinton and now an NFL spokesman, told reporters on a conference call last week, according to Reuters.

The NFL is the only major sports league to take a stance on the tax proposal. Representatives from Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League declined to comment when contacted by The Washington Times. A spokesman …

Saudi modernization creates growth opportunities for Texas energy sector

Houston Chronicle:
Saudi Arabia is undergoing revolutionary change with the sudden arrests of the princes and top ministers, triggering uncertainty in the Middle East, global oil markets and here in Houston, where the energy industry's ties to the kingdom are deep and long, stretching back for decades.

Whether the purge by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sparks a civil war, ignites an armed conflict with Iran or peacefully drags the conservative Islamic regime into the modern world could have huge implications for Houston and its economy, beyond its impact on oil prices. Saudi Arabia is not only a major market for some of the region's biggest employers, including energy services companies Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes, but also a large and growing investor in the Texas Gulf Coast as it seeks to diversify the Saudi economy and holdings.

Just this year, the Saudis' U.S. refining arm, Houston-based Motiva Enterprises, bought out Royal Dutch Shell'…

US to counter Russian cruise missile banned by treaty with one of its own

Telegraph:
The United States is researching the development of a ground-based cruise missile, banned by a Cold War-era treaty, because it believes Russia has already violated the agreement, it was reported on Thursday.

The aim of developing the banned weapon is to force Russia to comply with the arms control agreement, unnamed US officials told the Wall Street Journal.

The US believes that Russia has already deployed a banned cruise missile that threatens US and Nato facilities in Europe.

By developing its own missile, the US hopes to demonstrate to Russia its military prowess and to force Moscow to back-down.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INV) was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, at the White House in 1987, coming into effect the following year. It was a crucial step in the process of ending the Cold War.

The treaty banned all short and intermediate-range ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges …

Democrat Senator who allegedly favored under aged prostitutes gets mistrial on corruption charges

Washington Post:
Major victory for Sen. Robert Menendez as judge declares mistrial in bribery trial

The mistrial is a setback for the Justice Department, whose efforts to combat public corruption have been curtailed by a recent Supreme Court decision. The New Jersey Democrat was accused of taking gifts in return for attempting to use his office to provide government favors to a Florida eye doctor. Calling a mistrial a "major victory" is like calling a tie a victory before a game goes into overtime.  There is also a move afoot to refer Menendez to the Senate Ethics Committee.  With all the attention the media is focusing on Roy Moore and his dating habits it will interesting to see if they take a similar interest in Menendez and quit acting like he is a winner.

Meanwhile, Democrat Senator Al Franken apologized for groping a radio personality in 2006 on a USO tour.  That matter is also being referred to the Senate Ethics Committee.

Tax cuts pass the House, Media attacks Senate version

NY Times:
House Passes Tax Bill but Hurdles Remain for Overhaul
The House took a significant leap forward as Republicans seek to enact $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals.The tax plan still faces significant obstacles, as Republicans seek to align the House legislation with a Senate proposal. Most of the negative stories about the cuts are from liberals who want to keep some of the highest taxes in the world on corporations.  It is a policy that is keeping trillions of dollars from flowing back into the country that could be used for creating infrastructure and jobs.   The critics also claim the tax cuts would lead to higher taxes on the poor, which does not comport with what the House is doing since everyone but the highest bracket gets a cut.

The corporate tax cuts will increase jobs and business expansion and should also increase wages since the greedy government would not be sucking up as much of the income earned by these companies.  The US tried the high tax h…

Uranium One informant sues to get return of bribe money

Washington Times:
A FBI informant who gave the government information about a Russian bribery plot implicated in the sale of U.S. uranium rights tried unsuccessfully last year to recover upwards of $700,000 in bribes he said he was authorized to pay as part of the FBI investigation.

William D. Campbell has emerged now as the key figure in a congressional probe into Russia’s 2010 purchase of U.S. uranium rights and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in approving the deal.

His identity had been shielded for weeks, but court records obtained by The Washington Times, as well as a report by Reuters, identified the man.

Mr. Campbell has not returned calls from The Washington Times seeking comment, but his civil suit, describing his involvement in the FBI investigation, matches details of the criminal case brought against Vadim Mikerin. Mikerin, who was the head of U.S. operations for Tenex, a subsidiary of Russia’s atomic energy giant Rosatom, was convicted of money laundering and …

Faith based construction methods in Iran lead to disaster

NY Times:
Iranians Are Outraged Over Shoddy Construction in Earthquake Zone The largest hospital in the earthquake zone nearly collapsed. Iran’s president wants to investigate. There is a fatalism within be believes of many Islamists.  It is a belief that one's fate is in the hands of God and therefore, whatever happens, is preordained as part of God's will. When that concept ignores basic engineering requirements bad things happen when "acts of God" occur.

Media bias on 'climate change' avoids discussion of alternative causes

William O'Keefe:
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When the international panel issued its first assessment report in the 1990s, it dismissed the role of solar influence. Since then, it has gradually accepted some solar influence and no one has satisfactorily challenged the work of Henrik Swensmark who has demonstrated the relationship between solar activity, cosmic rays and cloud formation which influences global temperatures.

The Times Dispatch also asserts that skeptics “pick quarrels at the margin,” referencing a recent critique in The Wall Street Journal that is hardly at the margin. It goes to the heart of how data are treated in climate analyses. The argument points out that the claim of accelerating sea level rise is inconsistent with the referenced document in that recent rates are “statistically indistinguishable from peak rates earlier in the 20th century.”

That is not quarreling at the margin. Nor does it prove periods of extreme heat and hurricane intensity are not outside of the historical recor…

Perry optimistic that a new NAFTA deal will take into account the new energy realities

Fuel Fix:
At appearances in Houston this week, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said it makes sense for the United States, Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, in part because of the enormous new supply of U.S. oil and gas locked in once-inaccessible shale rocks.

Asked whether renegotiating NAFTA – a thorny and potentially yearlong process that the Trump Administration began this summer – would affect energy trade between the three countries, Perry said the renegotiation was a "good process; it's a healthy process."

"Fifteen years ago, they told us we found all the oil and gas there was to find and that the days of being able to develop oil and gas were over with," Perry said, "Well, that's not the case. So does it make sense to sit down with our colleagues in Canada and Mexico to renegotiate a new North America Free Trade Agreement? Yes, I think it does."
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"Our friends in Mexico and Canada are pretty good nego…

Trump is not a populist

F.H. Buckley:
You should never let your opponents define you, because they’re not looking to do you any favors. That’s why Republicans, especially those who voted for President Trump, should object to being called populists.

Populism was one of the nastiest of American political movements. It was inevitable, therefore, that Trump would be called a populist. But that doesn’t describe Trump, or the Republican Party he re-invented.

It’s true that, like most populists, Trump thinks that tariff walls that keep foreign goods out of the country might help American workers. But then Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley thought so, too, and they weren’t populists.

It’s also true that, like most populists, Trump championed an underclass unjustly held back by an aristocracy of wealth. But then Karl Marx and socialist Eugene V. Debs thought the same thing, and they weren’t populists. And like most populists, Trump decried the influence of money in politics. But then so did Hillary Clinton and Liz…

The misleading claims of lost insurance coverage

Phillip Klein:
Stop saying 13 million people will lose coverage if the individual mandate is repealed

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The 13 million cited by the CBO fit into several different categories. Among them are 5 million Medicaid beneficiaries and 2 million workers who would decline offers of employer coverage. Because repealing mandate penalties would not change Medicaid eligibility, meaning that anybody who didn't sign up would still qualify, and could be signed up if they ever needed medical care. Similarly, repealing the mandate penalties would not mean that those employees would lose their offer of coverage. So, right off the bat, at least 7 million of the 13 million would not really be losing any coverage.

An additional 5 million would be uninsured on the individual market, according to the CBO, which writes, "Those effects would occur mainly because healthier people would be less likely to obtain insurance and because, especially in the nongroup market, the resulting increases in premiums…

Fusion leaked dossier info because founder was upset with Comey's investigation of Hillary Clinton

PJ Media:
Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson refused to answer key questions during his seven-hour closed-door appearance Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, Fox News reported Wednesday. But he did acknowledge that he personally discussed allegations in the Steele dossier with members of the media, even though he did not speak to the sources behind the allegations himself to verify whether they were true.

Moreover, he reportedly said that he leaked details from the dirty dossier to reporters right before the 2016 election because he was "upset" that then-FBI director James Comey had reopened the Clinton email case.

Simpson told investigators he never spoke to the underlying sources of the document, never traveled to Russia and did not verify the dossier beyond comparing the claims to “open source” media reporting.


The source said Simpson also told investigators he was “upset” when then FBI Director James Comey re-opened the Hillary Clinton email investigation in …

How the spies lost the trust of the President

Eli Lake:
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... it's a mistake to analyze this as a choice between believing Putin versus believing our intelligence community, as Senator John McCain recently tweeted. It's no mystery why Trump doesn't trust U.S. intelligence agencies. As the old saying goes: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. Trump understandably believes the intelligence agencies are out to get him.

Let's start with the 2016 election. It's true that Trump during the campaign displayed a disturbing sycophancy when it came to Putin. Russia's president seemed to be the only world leader the candidate wouldn't criticize. And that was unprecedented. But it was equally unprecedented for so many former intelligence mandarins -- who served presidents from both parties -- to openly campaign against him.

Remember this Nov. 3, 2016 op-ed from the former CIA director Michael Hayden: "Trump Is Russia's Useful Fool." Then came a scolding f…

DOJ threatens to claw back previous grants to sanctuary cities

Washington Examiner:
Justice Department gives 29 'sanctuary' cities, states until Dec. 8 to prove compliance with immigration law The usual immigration scofflaws will probably wind up in court fighting to keep the money.  They appear to be in open rebellion to the immigration laws of the United States.

More evidence of how worthless the Paris climate pack is

NY Times:
China Is Fueled by Coal, but Wants to Lead on Climate
Despite rising emissions, China is on track to meet the commitments it made under the Paris climate accord. Liberal logic says China is leading on climate even though its emissions are continuing to rise while the US is falling behind even though its emissions continue to decline.  This seems to prove Trump's point that the Parris agreement gave China and India a pass while increased regulations on the US.  That could only make sense to someone like Obama and Kerry who think the US is the problem and not the real polluters.

It is a guy thing

Wall Street Journal:
The Fanny Pack Has Returned. Now Cheer. Or Cringe

The most polarizing bag in history is earning some serious style cred. Just be careful what you call it

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That came as a surprise, even to trend forecasters. “Fanny packs, or ‘waist bags’ as we now call them, are the fastest-growing segment in the men’s accessories market,” explained Marshal Cohen, an analyst with the NPD Group, a market research firm. Between September 2016 and this September, sales of the category increased by over 10%, reaching $100 million.
... They seem to be best suited for casual wear.  When I retired and quit wearing a suit every day I began using them routinely when I am out of the house.  I don't think they would work with a suit jacket though.

Technology is changing warfare

Jeremy Rabkin and John Yoo:
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Technology can help resolve this looming impasse. Robotics, the Internet, and space-based communications have increased productivity across the economy. These same advances may have a comparably transformative impact on military affairs. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) allow pilots to strike targets more precisely at reduced cost, with less harm to bystanders and less threat to themselves. Cyber weapons permit nations to impose disruptions on an adversary in more precisely targeted attacks and without physical destruction. Space-based networks enable militaries to locate their forces exactly, lead their troops more effectively, and target their enemies more precisely.

These new advances are turning military development away from the 20th century’s reliance on draft armies equipped with simple, yet lethal, mass-produced weapons. As nations use force that becomes more precise and discrete, they can consider changing rules developed in the era of mass arm…

Democrats still supporting Menendez despite allegations of sex with minors?

Daily Mail:
Senator Bob Menendez only ‘likes the youngest and newest girls’ says Dominican prostitute who 'attended alleged sex parties with him' The jury is still out on the corruption charges against Menendez.  Democrats still appear supportive of him and there is no indication that he will leave the Senate because of the charges.

I get the impression that the allegations against Moore and Menendez are being influenced by the fight over control of the Senate.  It is hard to defend the alleged conduct by either, but somehow people are willing to ignore it with control of the Senate at stake.

Poll shows Moore continues to lead Alabama senate race despite decade old allegations of impropriety

The Hill:
Alabama Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore leads his Democratic opponent Doug Jones by 6 points in a new poll amid fallout over decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

Moore leads Jones 49 to 43 percent in a FOX10 poll of likely voters released Tuesday. The poll found that 8 percent of likely voters in the state remain undecided.

Support for Moore has dropped 3 points from a poll two weeks ago, while Jones has gained 2 points this month amid mounting calls from Republicans for Moore to drop out of the race in the aftermath of allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Washington Post revealed last week allegations from a woman named Leigh Corfman, 53, who said she had a sexual encounter with Moore in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32.

The report also included accounts from three other women who said Moore made romantic advances to them around that time, when they were between 16 and 18 years old.

When asked if the recent allegations that Moore had a sexual encounter …

At least 5 terrorists have won the Schumer visa lottery

Washington Examiner:
At least five individuals granted residence in the U.S. through the State Department's Diversity Visa Program have been tied to terrorism, the White House revealed Tuesday, noting that "hundreds of other foreign nationals" who have entered through the program are currently being investigated for potential links to terrorism.

The decades-old program, which awards green cards to 50,000 prospective immigrants each year, fell under intense scrutiny earlier this month when law enforcement officials confirmed that Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek national who is suspected of killing eight individuals during an Oct. 31 terror attack in New York City, entered the country on a permanent residence visa he won through the lottery.

"Just a few days prior to Saipov's attack in New York City, another Uzbek national and Visa Lottery winner, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material …

Russia manufactures 'evidence' of US helping ISIS with screen grab of video game

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Daily Mail:

Russia claimed the pictures showed that the US-led coalition was working together with ISIS troops 'to promote American interests' in the Middle East. But they were actually from a game. This seems to fit the definition of Russian fake news.   Listening to the Democrats you would get the impression that the Russians are much smarter than this.

A Democrat dirty trick for the ages

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Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal has figured out the Democrat scam behind the dirty dossier.

Senate tax bill would mean people would not be required to buy Obamacare

CNBC:
Senate's GOP tax reform bill seeks repeal of Obamacare individual mandate


Senate GOP leaders said their tax reform bill will include repeal of Obamacare individual mandateThe mandate requires most Americans to have some form of health coverage during the year or pay a tax penalty.An estimated 13 million fewer people would have insurance if the mandate were to be repealed, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated. What they really mean is that 13 million people would choose not to buy Obamacare.  They could still buy it if they want to.   The suggestion that fewer people would have coverage is trying to sell the premise that it is being taken away, when in fact, the person now has a choice over what healthcare insurance if any,  the person wants.

NSA breaches lead to serial screw up around the world

NY Times:
Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide. There was a time when people joked that the NSA was so secret its initials stood for No Such Agency.  Now it is in the news routinely for catastrophic failures to maintain its own security when it comes to digital operations.  Was the agency breached by the Russians, Chinese North Koreans, or Iran or all of the above?  Who is responsible for all of the damage done with the results of the breaches?  I am not sure they even know.

Then there is the fact that Democrats in the Obama administration used teh NSA to spy on the Trump campaign and released classified material to the media in those attacks.  So far, no one has even been accused of the crimes much less prosecuted.  As long as teh DOJ is looking at adding special prosecutors, they should ad…

Democrats take a different position with Menendez than with Moore

Washington Free Beacon:
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez and two top Senate Democrats on Sunday refused to say whether Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) should step down if he is convicted by a jury in his corruption trial.

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace asked Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.) whether he thought Menendez should step down from his Senate seat if the jury convicts him, emphasizing the meaning of conviction versus their previous exchange on allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.

Van Hollen said that he was going to leave the case to the jury and was not going to get ahead of the game when it comes to making a decision on whether he should step down.

"People on the jury will look at the facts, just like people in Alabama will have to look at the facts, and they'll have to render a decision," Van Hollen said. "I'm not going to speculate about what the outcome of that jury …

Saudis tell Palestinians to take deal Trump is offering with Israel

Times:
Saudi Arabia’s all-powerful crown prince has opened up a new front in his attempts to change the Middle East by intervening in Palestinian politics and demanding backing for President Trump’s vision for peace with Israel.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, was summoned to Riyadh last week for a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Details were overshadowed by the purge ordered by the prince of rival royals, ministers and businessmen on corruption allegations and the apparently Saudi-orchestrated resignation of Saad Hariri, the Lebanese prime minister.

However, the meeting coincided with preparations, led by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East point man, for a new effort to forge some sort of peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Reports in Israel say the prince told Mr Abbas to accept whatever proposals were put forward if and when they were announced by Mr Trump, or to resign.

Mr Kushner made an unannounced visit to Riyadh t…

The joke citizenship award by GQ Magazine

NY Post:
On Monday, GQ magazine released its special issue naming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “Citizen of the Year.” The controversial figure in sports, and the magazine, received a lot of backlash, including a string of tweets from former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.

On Monday morning, McHenry took shots at Kaepernick on Twitter, arguing that not only is he not worthy of the brand new title, but there were far more respectful members of the NFL worth shining a light on. McHenry first commented on Kaepernick’s previous wardrobe choice that painted police in a negative light.

“Wear socks depicting police officers as pigs; wear Fidel Castro as a fashion statement IN MIAMI; sue NFL for collusion when gf compares owners to slave owners… Win Citizen of the Year,” she wrote. “Serve in the US Military…nothing. What a joke, GQ. #Kaepernick.”

Later, she highlighted JJ Watt, who raised money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey earlier this year as someone who may be wor…

Mueller investigation is making less sense everyday

Conrad Black:
I have scoured the American and some international media in vain to find any recognition of what a Gordian knot of absurdity the investigative pretzel of official Washington has become. No one seems to have noticed that the Democrats are now making unctuous noises about the inviolability of a process that has disintegrated into utter nonsense. According to the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Steele dossier is the only possible evidence of Trump-Russian collusion, and we now know that it was composed of unsubstantiated allegations by unaccountable sources in and around the Kremlin, paid through intermediaries engaged by a retired British spy and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the sleazy political dirty-tricks provider Fusion GPS. We also know that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and the deputy attorney general who engaged him, Rod Rosenstein, were, as FBI director and U.S. attorney for Ma…

Half of California women don't know what causes pregnancies?

PJ Media:
SHOCK: More Than Half of California Pregnancies Unintended It is also possible that they see abortions as cheaper and easier than taking contraceptives.  But if that were the case, they would not need the signs the state wants to be posted.

Clue emerges as to why Democrats did not want FBI to examine their server

Daily Caller:
Most Wikileaks Emails Weren’t Even Written Until AFTER DNC Knew It Was Hacked ...

DNC CEO Amy Dacey learned of the breach in late April, but of the 27,500 DNC emails published by Wikileaks, fewer than 7,000 pre-date April 29. A Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of the published emails shows that the majority were written between May 5 and May 25 — after cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike was brought in to respond.
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CrowdStrike replaced the software on all DNC computers in what it believed would put the issue to rest June 10 — a month after the DNC detected the breach. Furthermore, there is reason to believe the breach had already ended, with the last Wikileaks email written May 25.
... The DNC certainly did not act like they were concerned about the breach.  Did they fear that the FBI would shut down their operations for a few days to find the breach and deal with it?  There could be other things they were trying to hide from the FBI.  But their continued use of teh sy…

Those who claimed China would lead on climate change after Trump pulled out of Paris deal get it backwards

Washington Times:
Two years after nearly every nation on earth signed the landmark Paris climate accord, researchers say the deal is failing to live up to its mission as China drives a spike in global carbon emissions, reversing years of steady decline.

The sobering news comes as world leaders gather in Germany for a high-level climate summit designed to marshal support for the Paris agreement and to encourage countries to make even more ambitious commitments to cut their own pollution.

Other nations have been critical of President Trump for announcing over the summer that the U.S. would pull out of the deal, but data released Monday show that American emissions are still dropping while those of China and other countries are back on the rise.

Several studies released by the Global Carbon Project say worldwide carbon emissions are projected to jump about 2 percent this year after staying flat for three years, according to preliminary estimates.

The culprit, the data show, is China, which h…