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The now unsettled science of the origin of humans

CBS News:
Controversial study suggests earliest humans lived in Europe - not Africa

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If the fossils mark the earliest moment of humans' differentiation, it would significant change the human origin story. The researchers believe these fossils are several hundred thousand years older than the ancient hominin known as Sahelanthropus, a 6- to 7-million-year-old pre-human which was unearthed in Chad.
... There are some skeptics of the new discoveries, but so far those skeptics have escaped being called "deniers."   It is interesting to see settled science become unsettled.  But if you are talking about global warming that has been coming and going for millions of years there is apparently no room for the skeptics.

Muller has been told to investigate something that is not a crime

Gregg Jarrett:
What is Robert Mueller investigating (since collusion is not a crime)? There is scant to no evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, but even if there were, there is no statute that makes collusion a crime.

A list of many of the things the media has gotten wrong since Trump was elected

Victor Davis Hanson has compiled a list of all the stories the liberal fact checkers failed to catch.  They are big on listing things Trump has said that they dispute, but not so big on keeping track of their own erroneous statement.

His conclusion is they just want Trump removed from office and they are willing to say anything to achieve that objective.

Former Obama CIA director confesses to surveillance of Trump campaign

Washington Post:
CIA director alerted FBI to pattern of contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates

Describing a previously undisclosed high-level conversation between Washington and Moscow, John Brennan testified that in a phone conversation with the head of Russia’s domestic spy service he said that “American voters would be outraged by any Russian attempt to interfere in the election.” And Democrats have been pandering to that faux outrage ever since Hillary Clinton lost.   Remember when the media was aghast that Trump thought he and his campaign were under surveillance?  Now here is Brennan admitting that he was engaged in it and encouraged the FBI to engage in it.

Brennan did shoot down the claim that Trump tried to kill the Flynn probe.  There goes another aspect of the fantasy claim of "obstruction of justice."  Brennan did claim that Russians were trying to recruit Trump campaign workers, but could offer no evidence that they were successful.

Google is keeping track of your online shopping

Washington Post:
Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

The advance is a step toward what industry insiders have long described as the “holy grail” of digital advertising, but it is also likely to renew concerns over whether technology companies know too much about people’s lives. It is kind of creepy to look at merchandise online and then find ads popping up on nearly every site you visit trying to sell you the same products.  It gives the feeling of being stalked.  It is not always bad.  Some sites do show up with better prices making the search for the best deal a little easier.

SEALs' raid in Yemen kills seven enemy fighters

NY Times:
Navy SEAL Team Kills 7 Militants in Yemen During Raid, U.S. Says
It was the first ground raid in Yemen that the military has acknowledged since a Jan. 29 attack in which one Navy SEAL and as many as 25 civilians were killed. With the White House not having to approve every operation and nit pick it the military is hitting targets of opportunity with more freedom and flexibility.

China upset that Voice of America broadcast its spying secrets

Bill Gertz:
An exiled Chinese businessman with close ties to the government has begun revealing secrets about Beijing's intelligence operations after China pressured the official Voice of America radio to curtail a lengthy interview with him.

Four VOA employees were suspended last month after more than an hour of the radio's exclusive interview with billionaire businessman Guo Wengui exceeded a time limit imposed under radio rules.

The four employees of the Chinese language radio division are now calling on Congress to investigate whether VOA managers gave in to pressure from China's government to shorten the Guo interview and as a result undermined the radio's integrity.

Sasha Gong, one of the four suspended employees and chief of VOA's Mandarin language service, says Congress should probe the matter.

"I would like the Congress to investigate if the management of the taxpayer-funded Voice of America caved in to the request and demand of the Chinese government…

Modest budget cuts of 2 % to non-defense discretionary spending called "deep cuts" by media

The Hill:
The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose the deepest cuts to government programs in a generation, delivering the opening salvo in a new round of budget battles in Washington.

The proposal, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” and set for release at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, sets out a 10-year plan to balance the budget.

It relies on a mix of cuts to anti-poverty programs, optimistic economic forecasting and deep cuts to nondefense discretionary funding to meet its targets. It would not touch Social Security and Medicare, which President Trump promised to leave alone during his campaign.

The budget would dramatically shift spending to the Pentagon from domestic programs.

In 2018, it would shift $54 billion from nondefense discretionary spending to defense by enacting major cuts to the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies.

It would eliminate or phase out funding for the Corporation for Public Br…

President Trump's budget will halt tax credits for illegal aliens

Washington Examiner:
President Trump will seek to tighten restrictions on some tax credits to prevent them from being claimed by illegal immigrants, a measure that the administration says is necessary to respect taxpayers and balance the budget.

Trump's fiscal 2018 budget, set to be released Tuesday, will set higher eligibility standards for the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday. According to the administration, the measures will save $40 billion over 10 years.

"How do I go to somebody who pays their taxes, and say, ‘Look, I want you to give this earned income tax credit to somebody who's working here illegally'? That's not defensible," Mulvaney told reporters. "And it's a reasonable accommodation to simply ask them for Social Security numbers."

The earned income tax credit is a refundable tax credit, which means that if a recipient has no income tax liability, t…

Trump's message to Palestinian leader after the terror attack in Britain

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The Palestinian leader's remarks are not on the video and he has a record of rewarding terrorists and their families.

UK police arrest 'known wolf' in mass murder of 22 at concert

Daily Mail:
This is the dramatic moment anti-terror police swooped to arrest a man over last night's suicide bomb atrocity at Manchester Arena.

Pictures show non-uniform officers wearing masks to conceal their faces arresting a 23-year-old man outside a Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton, south Manchester this morning.

The arrest came hours after a suicide bomber slaughtered 22 and injured 119 after an Ariana Grande concert and as police tried to determine whether the attacker was part of a wider terror cell.

Officers are combing CCTV to determine whether the attacker carried out a 'recce' of the arena before detonating a nail bomb as thousands were leaving the concert at 10.30pm.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the explosion. But last night, ISIS supporters were celebrating the massacre online while two messages, posted four hours before the attack, appeared to predict the mass killing.
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The suicide attacker is said to have been 'known' to the authorit…

Suspect in data breach involving Democrat House members flees to Pakistan where family has influence

Daily Caller:
A criminal suspect in an investigation into a major security breach on the House of Representatives computer network has abruptly left the country and gone to Pakistan, where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection, a relative and others told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation. Capitol Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been reported in the case.

The Awans are “accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network,” according to Politico. Many of the Democrats who employed the Awans are members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on For…

North Korea plans biological attack on Seoul using about 400 drones

Washington Times:
North Korea’s military has 300 to 400 attack drones capable of carrying biological and chemical weapons that could reach the South Korean capital of Seoul within one hour, according to a high-level defector from the isolated regime ruling Pyongyang.

The claim from a 42-year-old former third secretary who fled Kim Jong-un’s regime in 2015 coincides with heightened international concern over a different threat from North Korea: mobile, medium- to long-range missiles that Pyongyang has tested with increasing frequency.

After successfully launching one of the solid-fuel missiles Sunday, North Korean leaders said they are ready to begin deploying and mass-producing the Pukgukson-2 projectiles, which Pyongyang says are capable of reaching major U.S. military bases in Japan.

The Sunday launch was the latest of more than 70 North Korean missile tests since 2009, resulting in a U.S. and regional focus on countering the ballistic missiles.

An equally urgent drone threat may be eman…

Exxon wrapping up completion of one of the world's largest polyethylene plants near Houston

Fuel Fix:
Exxon Mobil said Monday it has completed a large plastics plant expansion in Mont Belvieu as part of a massive, multibillion-dollar petrochemical growth effort in the Houston area.

Exxon Mobil said it finished mechanical construction of two plastics facilities at its existing plant that will add 1.3 million metric tons of annual capacity to manufacture the world’s most common plastic, polyethylene. The plastic is created in the form of tiny plastic resin balls to be shipped overseas to meet the rapidly growing demand in nation’s with expanding middle classes like China and India.

The new plastic facilities won’t begin operation until some point in the third quarter of the year. A massive ethane cracker plant expansion is still under construction at Exxon Mobil’s large Baytown complex. The ethane cracker takes cheap and abundant ethane that’s found in shale natural gas liquids and converts the ethane into ethylene, which is the primary building block for most plastics. Easy a…

Mass murder attack in UK kills 19, wounds another 50

Fox News:
Ariana Grande concert explosion: 19 dead, around 50 injured in 'terrorist incident' Police have not identified the mass murder who may have exploded with the bomb.  There were conflicting reports on whether there were two explosions and police are in the process of doing a controlled explosion on a suspicious package found at the site of the murders.

The UK has been on a "severe" alert for terror attacks for several days and it would not surprise me to learn that this was a mass murder for Allah attack by Islamic terrorists.

This is one of the main reasons the Democrats and the media are creating turmoil

Washington Post:
Wall Street grows pessimistic about Trump’s agenda amid turmoil

Markets collapsed last week, and bankers and investors are ratcheting back their already-faded expectations for Republicans to deliver the wins that they believe will turbocharge the economy. Democrats are trying to make things ungovernable because the last thing they want to do is run against a President and a party that has created an economic boom by reversing their failed policies.

How do you say chutzpah in Turkish?

Washington Post:
Turkey condemns U.S. over treatment of its bodyguards during Erdogan’s visit to D.C.

The summoning of the U.S. ambassador marked a sharp escalation in a diplomatic rift over a violent confrontation that injured 11 people outside the Turkish ambassador's D.C. residence. American and Turkish officials have provided directly contrasting versions of how the violence unfolded. Erdogan is an Islamist despot who apparently believes that it is his right to beat up those who don't respect him or his security detail.  The video is pretty clear that the guards attacked demonstrators who were otherwise peaceful and then attacked police trying to stop the attacks.  The Turks don't have much of a case and they are such poor guests in this country, a lot of thought and conversation will be needed if they are ever invited back.

BTW, this appears to be a straight news story by the Post.  There have not been many of those when the subject is the President of the US who has n…

Flynn looks to avoid being collateral damage in coup attempt against Trump

NY Times:
Flynn Rejects Senate Subpoena, Invoking 5th Amendment

Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, was ordered to turn over documents for the Senate inquiry into Russian election meddling. Oliver North is a rarity as someone targeted by Democrats who actually thrived under their questioning.  With the help a good attorney he managed to turn the public against the Democrats on the committee.

Flynn may not be as good a witness as North.  He sometimes says things that are not true when the truth would serve him better.  That alone is probably a good reason for his attorney to think there is no upside to doing a TV show for adversaries of Trump.

It is not clear why he was not candid with VP Pence but it was enough to cost him his job, even though Trump seems to have confidence in his judgment on dealing with radical Islamists.  Recent history suggests that there is not much Congress can do about his refusal to cooperate with their show trial.

Congress certainly was n…

US presses ahead with development of hypersonic weapons

Scout Warrior:
The US wants to stay in front of China with hypersonic weapons able to travel at five-times the speed of sound and destroy targets with a "kinetic energy" warhead.

The Air Force is aggressively accelerating its hypersonic weapons development effort, following findings from a recent service report identifying Russian and Chinese ongoing hypersonic weapons testing.

A recent Air Force Studies Board report identified that the U.S. is not alone in its quest for this increased speed, an Air Force statement said.

The statement went on to say that China and Russia are already flight testing hypersonic weapons, and several other countries have shown interest in pursuing many of the underlying technologies for hypersonic flight.

“We must push the boundaries of technology in every area," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said in a statement. "Our adversaries aren’t standing still. They are looking for every advantage they can get.” (Air Force S…

Some in media openly trying to "otherize" Trump

Washington Times:
CBS’s Bob Schieffer accused of trying to ‘normalize’ Trump by praising speech I suspect that the believe that if they can make Trump "the other" then they are not under an obligation to treat him fairly.   So far, many of them have gone out of their way to treat Trump and his supporters unfairly.  I suspect that Schieffer was just being objective and that was too much for some leftist in the media.

Trump deals with the Gulf States a sign that Iran's is still dominated by genocidal religious bigots

NY Times:
In Saudi Arabia, Trump Reaches Out to Sunni Nations, at Iran’s Expense
President Trump used a speech in the kingdom to declare his commitment to Sunni Arab nations, signaling a return to a policy his predecessor rejected. The "death to Ameria" crowd is still in charge in Iran and it still wants to destroy Israelis with nuclear weapons, and Obama's policies only helped them pay for their goals which were only postponed for a few years in return.  The Sunni states know they are also targeted by Iran's ambitions and its potential use of nuclear weapons against them.  Obama's policies were at best naive and at worst sinister.

Media smugness gets its comeuppance with Trump win

Will Rahn:
The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump’s victory. More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.

This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’d be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump …

Attempted scandal fizzles when media is reminded that Obama gave intel to Russia

Newsbusters:
Guests Remind NBC, CNN: Obama Gave Classified Intel to Russia The media is so fixated on trying to destroy Trump that their brains are like a shaken etch-a-sketch which has no memory of previous reports.

Effective delegation and annihilation tactics allows US and allies to destroy what is left if ISIS

Next Big Future:
...less than four months after Trump took office, Mattis said the operational and tactical difference has been clear.

Two significant changes resulted from President Trump’s review of our findings.
1. he delegated authority to the right level to aggressively and in a timely manner move against enemy vulnerabilities.
2. he directed a tactical shift”: surround ISIS fighters, instead of just pushing them out of a given territory.

The changes can be described as effective delegation and annihilation.

There has been no change to our continued extraordinary efforts to avoid innocent civilian casualties, despite needing to go into populated areas,” he said. And American troops are still under instruction to halt at the last point of cover and concealment, letting local forces go in for the direct assault.
... One of the major changes from the Obama administration is that commanders on the ground no longer have to get permission from amateurs in the White House before taking …

Israeli technology can make US tanks less vulnerable to new missile threats

Military.com:
Is Now the Time to Arm US Tanks with Israeli Anti-Missile Tech?

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For the past few months, Army leaders have been openly touting the service's accelerated effort to arm the M1 Abrams tank and other key platforms with APS technology to counter the proliferation of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and Russia's aggressive modernization of its armored fleet.

The accelerated APS effort, and the larger, long-term strategy to develop the Modular Active Protection System for the Army's entire combat-vehicle is a new path for a service that's been reluctant to commit to this type of sophisticated protection system in existence for more than two decades.
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Israeli Merkava MK IV tanks equipped with Trophy APS withstood multiple anti-tank missile attacks from Hamas fighters in July 2014 during Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.
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"In my battalion, we had one tank that was hit by an AT system throughout the operation because they turned the Trophy …

The Saudi arms sale is bad news for Russia, Iran, and Democrats

Roger L. Simon:
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Nothing could be worse for Russia. Indeed it's disastrous for them, but you won't hear word one to that effect from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc. They have bet their diminishing houses that Trump or one or two of his people said something equivocal on a phone call to a Russky or got paid too much for a speech. In their unresolved anger cum geriatric liberal orthodoxy, they live in an alternative universe divorced from reality.

Why? It should be obvious but I'll state it anyway. Not very long ago Ronald Reagan built up U.S. armaments not to go to war with the Soviet Union, but to bankrupt it out of existence. It worked. The same thing is going on here, as anyone with the proverbial pulse should notice. Selling three hundred and fifty billion in advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia is not just aimed at the obvious target -- Iran. It is also aimed at Iran's big brother Russia. And there is no way that relatively impoverished oligarc…

Trump has excelled at not being Hillary Clinton

Kurt Schlichter:
Looking at it objectively, as a guy who opposed Trump until he dispatched Ted Cruz, I have to consider all the facts and ponder the evidence carefully before awarding Donald Trump the grade of A+. He has done an incredible job of doing exactly what I had hoped he would do in the off chance he defeated that naggy harridan and her corps of gender indeterminate hipsters, coastal snobs, race hustlers, aspiring libfascists, media scum, and wussy pseudo-conservatives terrified that a Hillary loss would mean people might expect them to do more than wear bow ties and go on NPR to prattle about Burke in their high-pitched, nasal voices.

There can be no serious debate. Donald Trump has done a truly outstanding job of not being Hillary Clinton.

His not being Hillary Clinton was and remains my sole expectation of Donald Trump’s presidency. Nothing else matters in the end; it is enough that Trump foiled Felonia von Pantsuit’s creepy scheme to subjugate forever the deplorable mass …

Racist group opposes new sanctuary city law in Texas

PJ Media:
Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, joined other civil rights advocates to condemn the new Texas immigration law that cracks down on sanctuary cities for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities, arguing that it “encourages bigotry,” “divides communities” and violates the rights of non-citizens.

Another activist said the new law treats every immigrant, regardless of status, as “suspicious” and invites racial profiling.

“Once again a law has been sold as a public safety measure that in reality will jeopardize the safety of not just immigrants but all Texans,” Murguía said on a conference call with immigrant rights activists last week. “We will hold elected officials accountable for dangers -- discriminatory – and unworkable laws based on falsehoods and stereotypes, and we will hold them accountable for policies that not only hurt their constituents but sow fear, encourage bigotry and divide communities. We will do that with the too…

Are Californians starting to rebel against the evils of liberalism?

Washington Times:
California Gov. Jerry Brown may have been trying to shame opponents of his gas-and-car tax increase by calling them “freeloaders,” but so far the barb has backfired.

Assemblyman Travis Allen, who is spearheading a proposed ballot initiative to repeal Senate Bill 1, said he was inundated with calls after Mr. Brown slammed foes of the $0.12 tax hike on every gallon of gasoline, which kicks in Nov. 1.

“Our phone has been ringing off the hook,” Mr. Allen said. “Californians are outraged. Jerry Brown signs a $52 billion tax increase with another billion to buy off legislators with no vote of the people, and, to top it off, now he’s calling them freeloaders.”
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Instead of silencing gas tax foes, however, the comment has revved them up, much as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did last year when she blasted Republican Donald Trump’s supporters as “a basket of deplorables.”

Mr. DeMaio said he was stunned by the governor’s “freeloaders” swipe given that the sta…

Some in Washington disappointed that Trump's Middle East visit is going well

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Daily Mail:

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Trump is 'a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible' – and Trump replied: 'I agree!' Actually, shoes are a bigger deal than many people think to successful American businessmen.  Highly polished shoes are seen as an important detail in places like Nw York's business community.  What disappointed some in Washington was that Trump did not preach human rights to those he was dealing with.  We have seen how "successful" that strategy was with Obama.  Trump was more focused on dealing with the security threat posed by Islamic terrorists and Iran.

Texas congressman's call for impeachment gets hostile reception from some

Washington Post:
A black congressman called for Trump’s impeachment. Lynching threats followed, he said.

Rep. Al Green, a seven-term Democrat from Texas, played recordings of the two voice mails, which appear to have come from male callers, during a town hall meeting in Houston on Saturday. Physical violence against Green is uncalled for and is totally unnecessary.  At this point, neither Green or any other Democrat has any evidence of a crime on which to base an impeachment and they will continue to embarrass themselves if they make such absurd calls.  Let him have his say and then refute it with the facts.

I think Green is among those Democrats who are reacting emotionally to Trump's victory and probably many of his constituents are too.  It is too bad he is not emotionally mature enough to explain the problem with their feelings.

BTW, do not act like the Democrats who are actually physically attacking some Republicans.  Politics should be civilized and resorts to violence like t…

Obamacare ruined the healthcare market for millions and only helped those who were added to Medicaid

NY Times:
What Ails Health Market Is Largely Washington
The administration and Congress have had a hand in the instability shaking the health care program, using it to their advantage. The instability was caused by Obamacare and its ridiculous mandates that drove up the cost especially for those in the individual market who are now charged more than their mortgages in many cases for insurance with deductibles that make going to the doctor for anything other than catastrophic illnesses or injuries out of reach.  Meanwhile, those who are not paying on this level are getting care through government subsidies.  

Democrats and Obamacare are solely responsible for this mess.  The other problem is that Democrats and Obama were unwilling to work with Republicans on fixing the problem because they did not want to admit how badly they had screwed up.

Washington Post publishes a demonstrably false analysis of what drives some Muslims to terrorism

Washington Post:
Why Trump’s speech on terrorism was such a missed opportunity

The president focuses on radical Islam, but he misses what actually drives people to terrorism. Studies suggest that socioeconomic factors lay the groundwork for violence. It is surprising that after all this time of warfare with radical Islam there are some who still think it is a socioeconomic problem.  This is despite the fact that Osama bin Laden was wealthy and his co-leader, Zawahiri was a trained doctor.  Many of the 9-11 hijackers were educated and far from poor.

It also ignores the fact that groups like ISIS and al Qaeda rely on the religious texts of Islam as a basis for their recruitment and not on some aspirations of earthly wealth.

At most they promise young men sex either from captured slaves or from being killed and getting it as a reward for being a "martyr."

Many of these terrorists leave good jobs to engage in mass murder for Allah attacks.

Where is the crime?

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This is why the Democrats and the leak campaign should not be taken as anything other than a fruitless political posturing,

At CNN the Trump hatred revealed in intemperate treatment of people with opposing views

Washington Post:
Anderson Cooper apologizes for conjuring an unsavory image of Trump

“It was unprofessional,” the CNN host said of the exchange with conservative pundit Jeffrey Lord that evoked an image of the president, his desk and the call of nature. He is not the only on air talent at CNN who have treated those they disagree with rudely.  I get the impression that the staff gets together and vents its frustration with Trump and then lets it seep into their on air jobs.  It does make them look unprofessional.   It is like the leftist response you see elsewhere in this country where they are unwilling to hear opposing points of view from colleges to the news room.  We are seeing the closing of liberal minds.

Saudis reject Obama's Middle East policies

NY Times:
Saudis Welcome Trump’s Rebuff of Obama’s Mideast Views
President Trump was received warmly in Riyadh by Saudi leaders who appeared to embrace an American leader intent on supporting Sunni Muslim countries. Most of the Middle East saw Obama's Iran policies as a disaster that put everyone else in peril.  They see Trump as someone who understands the danger posed by that policy and is willing to work them to oppose the genocidal urges of Tehran's leaders.  Democrats who though Trump would aliente allies have been proved wrong.

Rollbacks at EPA creating jobs and making US more energy independent

NY Times:
How Rollbacks at Pruitt’s E.P.A. Are a Boon to Oil and Gas
Regulatory rollbacks under Scott Pruitt are crowning an early champion with Devon Energy, which is now backing away from settling Obama-era air pollution claims. The Obama administration polices were a gift to Russia and OPEC and hurt US jobs and the US trade balance while doing little to nothing to reduce the use of fossil fuels necessary to growing the economy.

Trump accomplishments you may have missed in the deluge of leaks created to distract

David Prentice:
The Underreported Success of the Trump Presidency The list is much too long to excerpt here, but worth a read to put some events in perspective..

The fix was in at the Obama DOJ?

streiff:
Trey Gowdy: There Was Collusion Between The Justice Department And The Clinton Campaign (VIDEO) ...

Gowdy is overly kind to Comey in his interview about his reasoning. I’ve puzzled through this and I still can’t understand why Comey did not move to indict Clinton or resign in protest (this is why I don’t believe his whole “Mr. Ethics” schtick) and I can’t imagine how his statement worked better than dumping the investigation on Loretta Lynch and then leaking like a sieve, which is how he’s been operating for the past seven months.

Be that as it may, Gowdy’s statement meshes very neatly with a statement made by Lindsey Graham earlier in the week.
... I think that if Comey was as high-minded as he presents himself he would have resigned if the DOJ refused to indict Clinton for what looks like obvious crimes deliberately done.

Democrats in the know, know there is no evidence of Trump collusion with Russia

Glenn Greenwald:
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The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies — just as right-wing media polemicists did after both Bill Clinton and Obama were elected — that there are now millions of partisan soldiers absolutely convinced of a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence. And they are all waiting for the day, which they regard as inevitable and imminent, when this theory will be proven and Trump will be removed.
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The latest official to throw cold water on the MSNBC-led circus is President Obama’s former acting CIA chief Michael Morell. What makes him particularly notable in this context is that Morell was one of Clinton’s most vocal CIA surrogates. In August, he not only endorsed Clinton in the pages of the New York Times but also became the first high official to explicitly accuse Trump of disloyalty, claiming…

Trump heals Obama's rift with Saudi Arabia

Guardian:
Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’

Saudi officials claim US president’s visit, which was accompanied by military deals worth $110bn, eases tensions between two nations Trump's visit appears to be a diplomatic success that heals a breach caused by Obama, refusal to help an ally.  It is a success that the US media is desperately trying to ignore as it pushes its phony scandal agenda for its Democrat cohorts.

The cyber attacks by China during the Obama administration probably broke their cover

Newsweek:
China Imprisoned or Killed Multiple CIA Sources to the US Between 2010 and 2012 China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The massive OPM attack took place after this action but it was not the first such attack by Chinese hackers.   There were also cyber attacks in 2011 around the time of the arrests of CIA assets in China.

Exposing the bad faith coup attempt on the left

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Victor Davis Hanson explains what the Democrats are up to.

Is there a traitor on the White House staff?

Washington Post:
White House adviser is a person of interest in Russia probe

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, according to people familiar with the matter, who would not further identify the official. I doubt there is a Russian mole on the White House staff or someone who colluded with the Russians during the campaign.  That is the ridiculous story that was cooked by the Clinton campaign to explain their loss, and it is still nonsensical.  In fact, Podesta got millions from the Russians in a business deal, and I doubt you are going to find anything like that on the Trump team.  The media would have orgasms if they could find a like event on the Trump campaign.

I am more interested in finding the traitor on the staff who is trying to sabotage the Trump administration and is helping the media and the Democrats with their coup attempt.  That …

Group exposes liberal intolerance for free speech

NY Times:
Conservative Force Behind Speeches Is Roiling Colleges
The Young America’s Foundation, a well-funded group based in Washington, is on a mission to “restore sanity” at schools by deploying provocative speakers. This group is exposing liberal fascism that appears to be dominating the campuses of may universities in this country.  Liberal intolerance for different point of views is being exposed.  Instead of engaging in a debate the liberals tend to yell shut up.

Saudis prove liberals wrong in their criticism of Trump's statements about radical Islam

Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia greets Trump with elaborate welcome as he embarks on first foreign trip

President Trump arrived in Riyadh for his debut on the world stage, hoping to turn a page on the scandal encircling his presidency back home as he embarks upon an ambitious, high-stakes journey through the Middle East and Europe. The Saudis have good reason to see Trump as a friend since he is approving a huge arms sale to them to help them fight off Iranian aggression.  That is something Obama refused to do.  Trump is also working with them to establish better relations with Israel in the defense against Iranian aggression.  It is proof that calling radical Islam a problem does not put off intelligent Muslims.  After all, it is a problem for them too.

Iran keeps the President who took Obama to cleaners in bad nuke deal

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NY Times:
Iran’s President Is Re-elected in Victory for Moderates
Hassan Rouhani’s resounding win should afford him the opportunity to strengthen reformist factions as the country prepares for the end of the rule of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. There is no such thing as a moderate among Iran's genocidal religious bigots who control who can run for office.  Other reports indicate there was a very light turnout because of the false choices offered to voters.  The Iranian government is still supporting terrorists and using some of the Money Obama gave them to do so.  They are still developing ICBM's to put their nukes on at the end of the moratorium in Obama's bad deal.  What is moderate about any of that?

Trump tells Russians that he does not hold Comey in high regard

NY Times:
President Called Comey ‘Nut Job’ in Oval Office Meeting
President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office that firing James B. Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him.“He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Comey, according to a White House document. What is the source of this leak?  It is unlikely that the Russians or Trump gave this story to the NY Times.  That suggest that Trump has a traitor on his staff that was in the meeting.  Since it was a relatively small group, he may want to have them all submit to a lie detector test about their communications with someone who gave the story to the media.

There is still a lack of a crime in saying you don't like the FBI director and that he was becoming a political pest.  If you see pictures of Comey with Obama, he appears to be laughing and enjoying himself, but around Trump, he is skulking around trying to blend in with the drapes.  The body language appears telling.  As do some of the leaks coming o…

Clinton campaign was emailing DOJ while it was under investigation?

Fox News:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a surprise statement Thursday on "America's News HQ," saying he believes operatives in the Clinton campaign emailed the Justice Department during the email investigation.

Graham said he has "reason to believe" the communications exist and said he would like to see them turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member.

"If there was a communication to the Department of Justice about an ongoing investigation from people who are the subject of the investigation, I want to know that," he said.
... There is reason to believe that the Obama administration was allowing the Clinton campaign to put their thumb on the scales of justice about her illegal handling of classified material.

Trump's deal with Saudis stands to benefit American workers

The Times:
Saudi Arabia is offering President Trump investment in America’s decaying infrastructure and industry worth tens of billions of dollars as a sweetener for arms deals and better relations between the two countries.

Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince and in effect the prime minister, made the offer during a visit to Washington this year, sources said. Mr Trump is hoping that the money will be invested in the “rust belt” states whose support helped to propel him to the White House.

Estimates of the sums involved range from $40 billion to $200 billion — in addition to current and future arms deals valued at $300 billion, which will be announced during Mr Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, which starts today.
... This looks like a reversal from just a few years ago when OPEC was causing a massive wealth transfer from the US to the Middle East.  The proposed arms deal will help the Saudis fend off Iranian aggression in the region and build up their defenses against a potent…

Anti jihadist poisoned in Iceland

Mark Steyn:
For years now I've said that anti-free-speech leftists and the men who slaughtered the staff of Charlie Hebdo, shot up Lars Vilks' event in Copenhagen, etc, are merely different points on the same continuum: They're both in the shut-up business: both groups find it quicker and easier and more satisfying to silence you than to debate you.

There were those who found the comparison offensive - to whom I would on good-humored days grant that the two points on the same continuum were nevertheless some distance apart.

Well, they got considerably closer in Reykjavik last week.

Robert Spencer, the author of several bestselling books on Islam, a brave crusader against the dopier multiculti illusions and the proprietor of the indispensable Jihad Watch, gave a speech at the Grand Hotel, went to unwind at dinner afterwards, and was poisoned by a social-justice warrior....
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I don't know how I'd stand up to a cocktail of Ritalin and Ecstasy. I do know there's …

Trump administration making deals to expand US liquid natural gas sales

CNBC:
A deal to open the Chinese market to U.S. liquefied natural gas exports could break Qatar's grip on LNG pricing — even if no additional American supplies ever reach the Asian powerhouse.

Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department said it had reached an agreement with Chinese authorities that would see Beijing give state-owned companies the green light to negotiate long-term contracts with U.S. LNG exporters, something it has been hesitant to do.

On Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggested the White House would aim to boost LNG exports not just to China, but other nations with whom the United States posts a trade deficit, including Japan, the world's top LNG importer.

The mere prospect of China buying more of the fuel from the United States stands to upend the global LNG market. It would give the world's biggest buyers — Japan, South Korea and China — leverage in negotiations with top supplier Qatar and other major players. That could in turn shift prices paid …

New strategy calls for surrounding ISIS units and destroying them in place

The Hill:
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that new tactics approved by President Trump to defeat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have thrown the terrorist group on “their back foot.”

Speaking during a Pentagon press conference, Mattis said the U.S.-led coalition was increasing its pressure on ISIS by encircling fighters in their “strongholds.”

“[Trump] directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS,” Mattis said.

He explained that by “taking the time up front to surround these locations, instead of simply shoving them from one to another” coalition forces are able to “carry out the annihilation campaign so we don't simply transplant this problem from one location to another.”

Speaking alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk, Mattis no…

Finding the leakers in the administration

Fox News:
Karl Rove Names Most Likely Source of White House Leaks At the top of his list of suspects is former FBI director James Comey.

Study appears to explain the current state of the media in US

Business Insider:
Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average, according to a new study At the Washington Post they even celebrate deeply flawed reporting and their "fact checker" would rather focus on things Trump says than the things the Post got wrong.   You have to search to find a piece that is fair to the President.  You get a sense that their coverage is based on their hate of the man rather than trying to do a good job.

You can find a few of the items they got wrong in stories that went viral here.

Demand for fracking workers exceeds current supply

Bloomberg:
Shale explorers pushing to expand oil production are struggling to find enough fracking crews after thousands of workers were dismissed during the crude rout.

Independent U.S. drillers underspent their first-quarter budgets by as much as $2.5 billion collectively, largely because they couldn’t find enough fracking crews to handle all the planned work, according to Infill Thinking LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on oilfield services and exploration. If the scarcity holds, output increases planned for this summer may get pushed into 2018, creating an unanticipated production bulge with “scary” implications for oil prices, said Joseph Triepke, Infill’s founder.

In some cases, active crews are walking away from jobs they signed up for months ago -- and paying early-termination penalties -- to take higher-paying assignments with other explorers. Workers earn anywhere from $29,000 to $72,000 a year before overtime, depending on the company and the region.
... Many of…

Because no one else wants to get beaten by Ted Cruz?

NY Times:
Why Texas Democrats Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke All of the potential Democrat candidates in Texas have a current ceiling of about 35 percent.  In recent polls, O'Rourke was at about 30 percent.  O'Rourke also has a relatively small base because he is from El Paso which is a long way from most urban centers in the state of Texas.  He may be the Democrats best bet, but that is not saying much in Texas.

Study confirms Trump's statements about a negative media

Washington Times:
President Trump has insisted that his press coverage has been historically negative, and a newly released Harvard journalism study backs him up.

A major study released Thursday by the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that the coverage of Mr. Trump during his first 100 days was “unsparing,” with negative reports outnumbering positive ones by 80 to 20 percent.

Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity,” said Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor Thomas E. Patterson in the report.

He added that the coverage was “negative even by the standards of today’s hyper-critical press.”

At the same time, Mr. Trump has received more press coverage in general than previous presidents. He was the topic of 41 percent of all news stories, or three times that of previous presidencies, and he was the featured speaker in 65 percent of the stories.
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“Nevertheless, the sheer level of negative coverage gives weig…

No one seems to have an answer to question of "What is the crime" Trump is alleged to have done

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This si an interesting discussion where most of the panelists condemn aspects of Trump's response to the appointment of Muller, but Alan Dershowitz keeps asking "What is the Crime" and so far no one has been able to articulate a specific crime.

Trump would be smart to put Dershowitz on his legal team, but it is not clear he would listen to his good advice.

Where did Trump get the idea he was under attack?--Oh yeah, the media

Eugene Robinson:
Trump thinks he’s under attack. That’s very dangerous. All it takes is a routine look at the Washington Post website to understand that Trump is under attack.  If Trump thinks he is under attack he is in better touch with reality than some of those making the attacks.

A war of attrition with murderous gangs

NY Times:
Stepped-Up Raids, but Gang Violence Persists
The Trump administration says roundups by immigration authorities are the best way to target gangs, but they haven’t stopped the killings. It takes relentless effort to take down criminal gangs.  It was not until Rudy Guiliani went after the Mafia relentlessly that they were finally defanged.  It will take that kind of effort to take down MS-13.  It is just unrealistic to expect that a few raids will have a decisive effect, but that does not mean we should not be trying to attrite their numbers.

Democrats fear that Muller's appointment will make it harder for them to grandstand against Trump

Washington Examiner:
The Justice Department's decision to establish a special counsel to investigate possible links between Russia and the Trump administration placated many lawmakers, but it's also leading to new fears among senators that the move will render moot any effort by Congress to investigate these issues.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel on Wednesday and met with senators from both parties on Thursday to explain the move. But senators on the way out of that meeting indicated they have several new worries about the Senate investigation being overtaken by Mueller's.

One worry is whether Mueller will communicate any information at all to Congress about how he's proceeding. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said that could leave the Senate Intelligence Committee in the dark about whether and how it can carry out its own investigation.

"My concern is that we not end up in a place where special counsel…

State Department still pushing ridiculously expensive climate deal that will do little

Washington Times:
Newly released documents show just how badly the State Department wanted to get the U.S. into — and now to remain a party to — the Paris climate agreement that President Trump opposed in his campaign.

As Mr. Trump meets next week with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit, the emails and cables underscore how the Obama administration’s State Department consulted with outside liberal groups and other allies to push the deal across the finish line.

The documents were released after legal prodding by Chris Horner, a lawyer and a senior fellow at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, amid an ongoing fight inside the administration over whether to exit the deal, which commits the U.S. to significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions over the next decade.


Some of the emails show the State Department laying the groundwork for the responsibility of overseeing U.S. participation in the deal — political power that could be lost if the agreement is scrapped.

“We …

CIA looking at supporting an insurrection inside North Korea?

Bill Gertz:
CIA Director Mike Pompeo discussed the potential for fomenting an insurrection against the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea with a high-level defector, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The meeting between Pompeo and Thae Yong Ho, one of the highest-ranking North Korean officials to defect to South Korea, took place during the CIA director's visit to South Korea earlier this month.

Disclosure of the meeting between the CIA chief and the defector comes as tensions remain high on the peninsula because of increased Trump administration concern about North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems
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During the session with Thae, Pompeo discussed whether conditions inside North Korea were ripe for an uprising against Kim by the military, security, or political officials, according to intelligence officials familiar with the meeting.

Thae responded that he believed conditions within North Korea were conducive to such an insurrection.

Inside the coup attempt against President Trump

David Goldman:
A ranking Republican statesman this week told an off-the-record gathering that a “coup” attempt was in progress against President Donald Trump, with collusion between the largely Democratic media and Trump’s numerous enemies in the Republican Party. The object of the coup, the Republican leader added, was not impeachment, but the recruitment of a critical mass of Republican senators and congressmen to the claim that Trump was “unfit” for office and to force his resignation.

It’s helpful to fan away the psychedelic fumes of allegation and innuendo and clarify just what Trump might have done wrong. Trump will not be impeached, and he will not be harried out of office. But he faces a formidable combination of media hostility—what the president today denounced as a “witch hunt”—and a divided White House staff prone to press leaks. The likely outcome will be a prolonged dirty war of words that will delay Trump’s domestic agenda and tie down his loyalists with the chores of f…