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    Nunes: Probable Cause Of ‘Abuse Of Power’ By Members Of Obama Admin, Subpoenas “Just Beginning”


    Let the games begin!
    Via The Daily Beast:
    Colleague Mary Kissel of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and I discussed recently with Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Select Intelligence Committee the thinking behind the committee’s issuing subpoenas seeking details about unmaskings of American citizens that were requested by three senior Obama administration officials, former CIA director John Brennan, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and former UN ambassador Samantha Power.
    “The subpoenas,” Nunes explained, “actually went to the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI, requesting specifically, of those three individuals that were named, the unmaskings they have done, that they did, from the time period of 2016, the entire year, leading up to Jan. 20 of this year.”
    Quickly Nunes focused on the politics of the unmasking.
    “I can’t get into why we chose those individuals, but clearly this is just further escalation in the concern we have of the unmaskings of Americans by the senior leaders of the Obama administration. Americans that didn’t know about it, and, of course, potentially Trump transition officials.”
    Nunes clarified his concerns.
    “Every American is masked. The intelligence agencies are bound by law to mask all American citizens that get picked up in foreign collection. What has to happen, if you want to find out who the American is—there’s a process and procedure in place for that. It’s actually very uncommon in most cases, and seldom happens. But the concern I have had, that I expressed publicly, quite publicly, actually, a couple months ago, was that it became excessive. That Obama administration officials were unmasking people in the Trump transition, and it made me quite uncomfortable.”
    Nunes explained why the subpoenas were needed: “We’ve been waiting since March 15 for that information. The intelligence agencies have been slow-rolling us, which is what led to these three subpoenas being issued.”
    Asked if there are other Obama officials besides Brennan, Rice, and Power, Nunes responded, “So these individuals that we named are the ones we have particular interest in, but I can say that those are not the only ones we have interest in.”
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    BREAKING: Comey To Testify That Trump Did Not Try To Obstruct Justice…


    He really can’t testify that he did. Because if he did, he’d have to explain why he didn’t report it. So he’s going to try and criticize him as much as he can without boxing himself into a corner.
    Via ABC:
    There will be much in former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming congressional testimony that will make the White House uncomfortable, but he will stop short of saying the president interfered with the agency’s probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a source familiar with Comey’s thinking told ABC News.
    Although Comey has told associates he will not accuse the President of obstructing justice, he will dispute the president’s contention that Comey told him three times he is not under investigation.
    The president allegedly said he hoped Comey would drop the Flynn investigation, a request that concerned Comey enough that he documented the conversation in a memo shortly after speaking with the president. In the memo, according to sources close to Comey who reviewed it, Trump said: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” during a February meeting.
    The request made Comey uncomfortable, but the source tells ABC News that Comey has told associates he will not accuse the President of obstructing justice.
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    Video: Anti-Trump Protesters Omit “Under God” from Pledge Of Allegiance Chant…

    I’m sure it wasn’t intentional.

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    Comey Refuses To Answer Bipartisan Questions From Senators, Saying He’s A Private Citizen


    Why wouldn’t he answer the questions? Shouldn’t he want to help them, if he has nothing to hide?
    Via Circa:
    Former FBI director James Comey is formally refusing to answer questions submitted to him by a bipartisan group of senators, suggesting he no longer must do so as a private citizen.
    Comey sent an email from his private account last week rebuffing the seven questions that had been submitted to him by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and the committee’s ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein after Comey’s final testimony as FBI director to the panel last month. Comey was fired by President Donald Trump shortly after his appearance.
    Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., joined in the request in a show that lawmakers in both parties believed the questions were important enough to demand answers.
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    NSA Leaker Had Issues: Said “Being White Is Terrorism”


    And we ask again, how did she get a security clearance?
    Via Daily Caller:
    The woman charged by the Department of Justice with stealing “Top Secret” information from the National Security Agency apparently believes being white is a form of terrorism.
    That’s according to a tweet the alleged leaker, Reality Winner, sent in February. Winner, who is herself white, tweeted at rapper Kanye West that he should make a shirt declaring whiteness an act of terror.
    “@kanyewest you should make a shirt that says, ‘being white is terrorism’,” she tweeted.
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    Trump Prepares to Reverse Obama’s Capitulations to CastroPrepare for a chorus of leftist sobbing and wailing.

    June 7, 2017
    Humberto Fontova

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    Prepare for a chorus of wailing from Castro’s (unregistered, hence lawbreaking) U.S. agent/lobbyists about President Trump “turning back the clock!” on Cuba relations.
    Brace for an outcry from Castro’s agents-of-influence accusing President Trump of “pandering to powerful Cuban-American right-wingers!”
    According to several recent reports President Trump will soon be “rolling back” some of Obama’s most pathetic, egregious (and probably illegal) capitulations to the Castro-Family- Crime- and-Terror-Sponsoring Syndicate (habitually mislabeled as “Cuba” by that family’s U.S.- based agents-of-influence.)
    From folks in-the-know, your humble servant has learned that the “rollback” will be mostly in tightening the travel rules which have become a pathetic joke under Obama and are pumping money into Castro regime coffers at a rate that rivals what the Soviets used to send their Caribbean satrapy.
    Along with the travel-tightening, the law which prohibits U.S. investors from investing with Cuban businesses owned outright by Castro’s military will also be enforced. Considering that virtually ALL businesses in the Castro fiefdom have a majority ownership by the Cuban military it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
    “A,B,C--easy as one, two, three,” goes the famous song. And just as easily predicted by all “Right-Wing-Cuban-American-Crackpot-Mc Carthyites!” (i.e. people who thoroughly understand Castroism from firsthand experience)—just like the song: A.) Obama’s executive orders further enriched the Stalinist regime B.) who thus fat and happy C.) unleashed a wave of terror on their subjects unlike anything seen in decades.
    This (eminently predictable) Castroite wave of terror has been verified even by leftist watchdog groups like Amnesty International.
    As Obama implemented his Cuba “opening” (to cheers from libertarians) your humble servant went blue in the face trying to explain the horrible--but eminently predictable--consequence to some libertarians on John Stossell’s show.
    For all the good it did. Despite their historic preening to the contrary, on some issues, libertarians are actually among the most obtuse dogmatists on earth.

    Well, whaddaya know? Now these very libertarians (who applauded Obama’s Cuba policy and denounced the predictions of “Cuban-American hard-liners”) are wailing to high heavens because their very libertarian affiliates in Cuba were recently brutalized and arrested by the fat and happy (thanks to U.S. dollars) regime! “Funny” how that works.
    Also as predicted by “Cuban-American right-wingers” the Cuban Communist Party—despite the flood of U.S. dollars and U.S. visitors to Cuba-- just doubled-down on its commitment to batten-down- the-hatches and lock in place every facet of Cuban Stalinism for the foreseeable future. Whoops! I wrote “despite the flood of U.S. dollars.” I actually meant “because of.”
    In fact, contrary to all the media blather about Raul Castro’s recent “reforms,” Cuba hasn’t budged a millimeter from its spot in the Heritage Economic Freedom list. It still maintains its proud historic ranking of almost dead last, next to its partner in Stalinism North Korea.
    In brief, far from “pandering to Cuban-Americans,” by rolling back (unfortunately only) some of Obama’s executive orders on Cuba, President Trump will simply be protecting the rights of (mostly ) native born U.S. citizens and upholding U.S. law, as codified by the U.S. Congress.
    Regarding this enforcement, I will now quote a facet of U.S. law from the U.S. State Department:



    “Tourist travel to Cuba IS PROHIBITED UNDER U.S. LAW for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others subject to U.S. jurisdiction.”
    But last year Cuba received 614,433 visitors from the U.S.
    Now back in 1957—as we all know from Hollywood, the mainstream media, etc. -- Cuba was a “U.S. tourist playground!” Right?
    Well, in 1957 about 210,000 people visited Cuba from the U.S.
    And that’s not the half of what has the (increasingly richer thanks to Obama) Castro family snickering at U.S. law “enforcement.” You’d never guess it from the mainstream media, Obama State Dept. or multinational elites, but the reason for the Cuba embargo in the first place was Castro’s mass theft, at Soviet gunpoint, of almost 6000 businesses in Cuba worth $8 billion (in current dollars) from U.S. citizens. A few American business owners who resisted were tortured and murdered.
    One of these was Howard Anderson who owned a filling stations and Jeep dealership (not a casino or brothel, which were relatively rare in pre-Castro Cuba, by the way.) I’ll quote from Anderson v. Republic of Cuba, No. 01-28628 (Miami-Dade Circuit Court, April 13, 2003). “In one final session of torture, Castro’s agents drained Howard Anderson’s body of blood before sending him to his death at the firing squad.”
    The Inter-American Law Review classifies Castro’s mass burglary of U.S. property as “the largest uncompensated taking of American property by a foreign government in history.” Rubbing his hands and snickering in triumphant glee, Castro boasted at maximum volume to the entire world that he was freeing Cuba from “Yankee economic slavery!” (Che Guevara’s term, actually) and that “he would never repay a penny!”
    This is among the few promises the Castros have ever kept. The burglarized (and often brutalized) American owners filed those property claims against Castro’s regime with the U.S. government. They’re worth $7 billion today--and must be settled before the so called embargo is lifted. This settlement provision for lifting the embargo was codified into U.S. law in 1996 by the Helms-Burton act, which means only Congress can lift the embargo, obviously after a vote. But the votes are not there, hence Obama’s frantic circumventions of this law with his flurry of executive orders.
    All of the groveling by the Obama administration to the Castro regime over the past few years has not budged these kleptocratic mass-murdering Stalinists one inch on this issue. When they dared mention the delicate matter of settling-up (as required by U.S. law) the matter of U.S. citizens robbed and murdered by them, all Obama’s groveling “negotiators” heard from Castro’s apparatchiks was an abrupt: “off the table!”
    Naturally this shut Obama’s crackerjack negotiators right up, and set them back to their proper role of smiling, bowing, curtsying and giving away more foreign aid—courtesy of the ever-pliant golden goose: the American taxpayer.
    The cocky Raul Castro even turned the table on Obama’s trembling and bowing “negotiators”–pulling a Moe Green and snickering that we owe him billions upon billions of dollars!
    Let’s see if President Trump can knock that snicker off Raul Castro’s face.
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    Central Park Staging of Julius Caesar Incites Murder of Trump

    June 6, 2017
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    When a rodeo clown wore an Obama mask, Democrats and the NAACP wouldn't stop until he was fired. The DOJ's community organizers were sent in over an Obama outhouse float. But now that a Republican is in the White House, assassination fantasies are fun again.
    And once you're butchering the Bard, why not also butcher the President. Combining Julius Caesar with a Trump critique is perfect. Lefties get the moral superiority of pretending that their Trump hatred is a deep critique of authoritarianism and populism followed by the frisson of a stand in for the man they hate being stabbed to death.
    Shakespeare in the Park, an annual summer program by The Public Theater that puts on plays by William Shakespeare in Central Park, kicked off May 23 with a performance of Julius Caesar.
    But this rendition of Shakespeare’s tragedy comes with a twist — Caesar is played by a character that bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump.
    The Public Theater’s website states that “Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.”...The description also notes that a “small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him.”
    Wink, wink. The left is unambiguously meant to see itself in the material.
    Twenty five or so audience members rise up to play the mob. The climatic battle at Philippi has become a contest between black-suited, helmet-wearing, shield-yielding riot police pushing back “Resistance” protestors.
    The incitement really isn't subtle. Or the agenda.



    Brutus’ wife Portia (Nikki M. James), Cassius (John Douglas Thompson) and all the other conspirators are African Americans.
    Of course they are.
    Shakespeare in the Park’s Julius Caesar, also a Public Theater production, features Caesar supporters in red caps, and Marc Antony is played by a woman in a pantsuit. Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, has a distinct Slovenian accent
    It's bad Shakespeare, but good lefty bait.
    Laura Sheaffer, a sales manager at Salem Media who attended a performance of Julius Caesar on Saturday, first described the the Trump-inspired performance during an interview with Joe Piscopo on AM 970 THE ANSWER, the audio of which you can hear below.
    “The actor playing Caesar was dressed in a business suit, with a royal blue tie, hanging a couple inches below the belt line, with reddish-blonde hair — just like Trump,” Sheaffer told Mediaite.
    According to Sheaffer, the actress playing Calpurnia bore a resemblance to first lady Melania Trump — replete with a “Slavic accent.”
    Sheaffer also noted that in the scene, the actor playing Trump Caesar steps out of a bathtub stark naked, which she said struck her as disrespectful, and a “mockery of the office of the President.”
    In the next scene the Trumpian Caesar is attacked by the Senators and stabbed to death as an American flag hovers overhead, according to Sheaffer. “They had the full murder scene onstage, and blood was spewing everywhere out of his body.”
    “To be honest I thought it was shocking and distasteful,” Sheaffer continued. “If this had happened to any other president — even as recently as Barack Obama or George W. Bush — it would not have flown. People would have been horrified.”
    “I mean it was the on-stage murder of the president of the United States,” she said.
    I'm sure they'll be packing lefties in on the leaves.
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    President Donald Trump’ Graphically Stabbed To Death In Central Park Shakespeare Production
    Somewhere a rodeo clown is still out of work.
    Via The Blaze:
    The 2017 season of New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park debuted its new year on May 23 and their portrayal of “Julius Caesar” comes with a liberal caveat — the character of Julius Caesar, who is stabbed to death on the Senate floor in William Shakespeare’s play — is portrayed by a man who is eerily similar-looking to President Donald Trump.
    Playbill states that The Public Theater — the troupe responsible for the production — is definitely Trump-inspired.
    The Public Theater’s site claims that their new spin on “Julius Caesar” has “never felt more contemporary.”
    An attendee at Saturday’s performance in Central Park addressed the similarities to Trump during an interview with Joe Piscopo on AM 970 The Answer, and said that the character portraying “Caesar” was “just like Trump.”
    Laura Sheaffer told Mediaite, “The actor playing Caesar was dressed in a business suit, with a royal blue tie, hanging a couple inches below the belt line, with reddish-blond hair — just like Trump.”

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    American Flags Seen Thrown In Pile, Tossed In Trash Bin At Oklahoma Cemetery…


    Shockingly, not everyone was thrilled with this.
    Via Fox News:
    Visitors to a cemetery in Oklahoma said they made a shameful discovery there: American flags in a pile on the ground, and tossed in a trash bin.
    Julia Gallagher said she went to the Bixby Cemetery on Sunday and saw that the symbol of America was no longer flying next to the graves of the veterans buried there.
    “No flag should ever end up in the trash can,” she told KJRH. “Any veteran would be disheartened.”
    Gallagher took photos of the flags and shared them on Facebook.
    “I can feel my father behind me with his arm around me telling me I’m doing the right thing,” she said. “We can’t discard our flags like we do our veterans now
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    DOJ Ends Holder ‘Slush Fund’ Payouts To Liberal Groups


    This was so ridiculously unconstitutional, yet completely flew under the radar.
    Via Fox News:
    The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will no longer allow prosecutors to strike settlement agreements with big companies directing them to make payouts to outside groups, ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans decried as a “slush fund” that padded the accounts of liberal interest groups.
    In a memo sent to 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices early Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would end the practice that allowed companies to meet settlement burdens by giving money to groups that were neither victims nor parties to the case.
    Sessions said the money should, instead, go to the Treasury Department or victims.
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    Michael Moore Launches Secure ‘Trumpileaks’ Website For Trump ‘Whistleblowers’


    Sounds like solicitation of a felony by to me…
    Via The Hill:
    Michael Moore is starting a new secure website called “Trumpileaks” for whistleblowers to share information from the Trump administration.
    The website, which features encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Peerio, offers instructions to leakers for sending information digitally or through the mail.
    Moore wrote in a letter on the site that it is a “patriotic duty” to leak information coming out of the White House.
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    Patent Office Director Appointed By Obama Resigns


    President Trump is a misogynist.
    Via Politico:
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee has resigned, administration sources confirm to POLITICO.
    Lee, the former head of Google’s patent practice, was appointed by then-President Barack Obama in 2014 to head the office, the first woman to hold the post. She told POLITICO shortly after Donald Trump’s election in November that she was “open” to staying on during his presidency. Her status remained something of a mystery for months, but the Patent Office confirmed in mid-March that she would continue to serve as the director under Trump.
    No reason was given for her resignation. While rumors had circulated that Lee was being considered for some other Trump administration post, perhaps as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Commerce Department didn’t announce a next step for her.
    “We thank Michelle Lee for her service to her country and to the Department of Commerce,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an emailed statement. “As the first woman in our country’s history to serve as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle has worked tirelessly to serve our stakeholders and the American public. We wish her well in her next endeavor.” […]
    Lee’s appointment by Obama — after a two-year vacancy in the post — was seen at the time as something of a coup for the technology industry, given her background at Google. There have long been tensions between Silicon Valley and the pharmaceutical industry over the office’s handling of patents.
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