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From the Washington Examiner:

Deregulation explodes under Trump, 13 regulations killed for every new one, $33B saved
It was an odd, geeky campaign promise for a populist presidential candidate to make. But when Donald Trump in 2016 pledged to kill two Obama-era regulations for every new one, crowds went wild.

Those cheers stuck with him when he moved into the White House, and he put his promise into an executive order. And now as he opens his reelection campaign, Russ Vought, acting budget office director, has delivered the results sure to win even more rally cheers.

“We’ve hit 13 to 1,” he told a Heritage Foundation conference on federalism. And cutting so many regulations, he added, has saved taxpayers $33 billion.

Departments and agencies including the departments of Labor, Education, Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency have led the war on regulations, according to federal reports.

Great news - the majority of these regulations are not well thought out and are targeted to benefit a specific group of lobbyists. These are allowing the unelected bureaucrats in government to effectively circumvent the legislative process.

Clear the lot of them out - let's get back to business.

To paraphrase advertising from Lagunitas Brewery - from FOX News:

Republicans raise $20.7M in June -- more than double Dems' $8.5M haul
The Republican National Committee raised more than twice as much as the Democratic National Committee in June – $20.7 million compared to the DNC’s $8.5 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings, Politico reported.

“Our record-smashing fundraising haul is a testament to the ongoing enthusiasm for President Trump and the pro-growth agenda that is delivering for every American across this country," GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to Fox News last week.

The RNC currently has $43.5 million, more than double the cash on hand as the DNC’s $9.3 million.

And despite this, they are not managing their money very well:

The DNC spent heavily on events related to the debates and the presidential candidates last month, including $221,000 for catering and $61,000 for event decorations for a total of $7.5 million, according to Politico.

“They need to get their s-- together. Now,” Adam Parkhomenko, a former DNC national field director, told Vice.

“When Hillary became the nominee in 2016 she was handed nothing, the DNC was nothing and there was nothing to build on. You’d think we would have spent the last few years making sure this would never happen again, and it has,” he said.

Republicans have one candidate with leadership and ideas. The Democrats have twenty candidates and a progressive narrative - no leadership and no ideas. Want to see what a Democratic Presidential victory will do to our nation? Take a good hard look at how they are running their own party into the ground.

Also, not to quibble but $43.5 million is a lot more than double $9.3 million. It is 467.7% - a lot more than "more than double".

The storm

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So true:

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Hmmmm - Iran

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Way too early to tell yet but there is a rumor that Iran might be willing to sit down with the USA and negotiate.

More as it comes to light.

Found over at Irons in the Fire:

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Bad model, no biscuit

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I think I would be fine-tuning my model - from the Washington Examiner:

Election model that predicted 2018 blue wave has Trump losing, liberal voters ‘terrified’
A university election model that predicted the blue wave in the House in 2018 almost to the seat is predicting a big loss by President Trump next year due to an explosion of bitter partisanship and Trump hate.

An election forecast model designed by Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, predicted that Trump will lose the Electoral College 297-197, with 270 of 538 needed to win.

Three key states that helped push Trump over Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016, despite her winning the popular vote, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, will turn back to the Democrats, she said.

“Trump’s 2016 path to the White House was the political equivalent of getting dealt a Royal Flush in poker,” said Bitecofer. “It’s probably not replicable in 2020 with an agitated Democratic electorate.”

I just do not see it. Computer models are great for some things but for politics and climate, they just do not work. Their designers are too partisan. The computer is just a shell to hide their agenda.

I love these people - they use the Freedom of Information Act to get documents that the usual suspects would rather not see the lilght of day. Their latest exposes a change of statement by Crooked Hillary's lawyer - covering her a** as it were.
From The Epoch Times:

Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer Changes Story on When She Knew About Emails
Heather Samuelson, Hillary Clinton’s personal attorney, gave the FBI and Judicial Watch conflicting explanations of when she learned that the former secretary of state used a private email system to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business.

“I believe I first became aware when either she e-mailed me on personal matters, such as wishing me happy birthday, or when I infrequently would receive e-mails forwarded to me from others at the department that had that e-mail address listed elsewhere in the document,” Samuelson told Judicial Watch lawyers during a June 13, 2019, deposition.

Samuelson worked in the Department of State’s liaison office to President Barack Obama’s White House at the time, according to Judicial Watch.

Samuelson told the FBI in 2016 that she didn’t learn of the Clinton email system until becoming Clinton’s personal attorney in 2014, after serving for a year in the White House counsel’s office.

The 2016 conversation with the FBI was part of the bureau’s highly controversial investigation of the Clinton private email system, which culminated with then-FBI Director James Comey’s July 5, 2016, announcement that he wouldn’t recommend prosecution of the former chief diplomat.

Clinton used the private email system, originally on a server located in the New York mansion she shares with former President Bill Clinton, throughout her tenure as the top U.S. diplomat, from 2009 to 2013.

The non-profit government watchdog released the transcript of the deposition on June 28. The Samuelson deposition is the latest in a series of depositions by Judicial Watch of senior Clinton aides that were ordered Dec. 6, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth.

Lamberth described Clinton’s private email system as “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” and ordered Samuelson and nearly a dozen other former Clinton aides to answer Judicial 

Say what you may about President Trump's personality, he knows how to lead. I am so glad that Crooked Hillary did not win that election. The Democrats need some time-out in the corner until they get their act together.

Looks like things are back on track - from NBC News:

Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea
Taking an unprecedented step onto North Korean soil, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. The statement came during an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.

Side-by-side with Kim in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea, then joined Kim for a roughly 50-minute meeting.

It was their third since Trump took office, but none have yet yielded a nuclear deal.

"Stepping across that line was a great honor," Trump said, later adding that it was "something incredible."

Trump deemed the meeting a victory, announcing that nuclear talks would resume "within weeks" and that the two countries were designating teams of officials to take the lead.

He even invited Kim, who rarely leaves the country, to visit him at the White House.

Kim thought he had the upper hand at their second meeting and President Trump just walked away. Trump was in Japan for the G20 meeting so this was an excellent time to try again. Kim wants a McDonalds in Pyngyang and a greater standing with other nations. Doesn't hurt that we threatened to shut down their finances last week.

This looks really bad - stupid decision from someone who didn't think of what it would look like to the general public.
From Austin's The Texas Tribune:

People want to donate diapers and toys to children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. They’re being turned away.
On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

For a while, the group stood there dumbfounded about what to do next. Ultimately, they decided to pack up and head home. Savage said he wasn’t completely surprised by the rejection; before he left, the group spotted a discarded plastic bag near the lobby door holding toothpaste and soap that had a note attached to it: “I heard y’all need soap + toothpaste for kids.”

Austin is Texas' only really liberal city so of course this comment:

“A good friend of mine is an immigration attorney, and he warned us that we were going to get rejected,” Savage said. “We were aware of that, but it’s just the idea of doing something as opposed to passively allowing this to occur.”

Typical liberal - feeling justified that they did something that sounded good instead of actually doing good. This gesture pampered their egos and is a perfect example of virtue signalling.

There is a legal basis for their inability to accept donations:

An official with Border Patrol did not respond to a request for comment, but Theresa Brown, a former policy advisor for U.S. Customs and Border Protections, said there’s a legal reason why Border Patrol and other government agencies aren’t accepting donations from do-gooders.

Under the Antideficiency Act, the government can’t spend any money or accept any donations other than what Congress has allocated to it. The theory behind not accepting donations, Brown said, is so that the government isn’t beholden to private-sector entities for what should be appropriated government actions.

“It’s partially a constitutional thing about Congress controlling the purse and only being able to spend money that Congress gives, but it’s also about ethics,” she said, “Without a change in law, DHS, CPB and Border Patrol cannot accept those private donations.”

This bit of stupidity was enacted February 1st, 2006 - right in the middle of G.W. Bush's tenure. I think that an Executive Order would be a really good idea and really good optics for President Trump.

Seems that we are getting close to another lever - from The Washington Post:

Chinese bank involved in probe on North Korean sanctions and money laundering faces financial ‘death penalty’
A U.S. judge has found three large Chinese banks in contempt for refusing to comply with subpoenas in an investigation into North Korean sanctions violations. The order triggers for the first time a provision that could cut off one of China’s largest banks from the U.S. financial system at the demand of the U.S. attorney general or treasury secretary.

The three banks are not identified, but details in court rulings align with a 2017 civil forfeiture action in which the Justice Department alleged that China’s state-owned Bank of Communications, China Merchants Bank and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank worked with a Hong Kong front company accused of laundering more than $100 million for North Korea’s sanctioned, state-run Foreign Trade Bank.

The bank at risk of losing access to U.S. dollars, the lifeblood of international finance, appears to be SPDB, China’s ninth-largest bank by assets, whose roughly $900 billion makes it comparable in size to Goldman Sachs. Matching details include SPDB’s ownership structure, limited U.S. presence and alleged conduct with the other banks.

A lot more at the site - we 'kinda' knew that China had been supporting the Nork regieme but this is the first serious action against real proof that we have done. All international trade is done in US Dollars so pulling the plug on the banks would be a crushing blow to them and to China in general.

Nice to see people in our government with actual leadership and initiative. Kicking the can down the road is no way to govern a nation...

Mexico is stepping up to the plate

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Good news from Yahoo/Agence France Presse:

Mexico deploys 15,000 troops to US border to slow migration
Mexico has deployed nearly 15,000 soldiers and National Guardsmen to its border with the United States, the army chief said Monday -- admitting they are detaining migrants who try to cross, after the policy triggered backlash.

Under pressure from US President Donald Trump to slow the surge of Central Americans crossing the border, Mexico promised earlier this month to reinforce its southern border with 6,000 National Guardsmen, but had not previously disclosed the extent of the crackdown on its northern border.

"We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country," Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a press conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Looks like President Trump's little trade war is working wonderfully. Threaten to put a 5% tariff on Mexican exports and mountains get moved the next day. It works.

From whistleblower Project Veritas:

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam
Project Veritas has released a new report on Google which includes undercover video of a Senior Google Executive, leaked documents, and testimony from a Google insider. The report appears to show Google’s plans to affect the outcome of the 2020 elections and “prevent” the next “Trump situation.”

The report includes undercover footage of longtime Google employee and Head of Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai saying:

“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.”

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

“This is the third tech insider who has bravely stepped forward to expose the secrets of Silicon Valley. These new documents, supported by undercover video, raise questions of Google’s neutrality and the role they see themselves fulfilling in the 2020 elections.”

Ho. Li. Crap - that is straight out of 18 U.S. Code § 2381

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Fits perfectly - subverting the democratic process is giving aid and comfort to our enemies within.

Not as if Google is the only search engine out there. I use DuckDuckGo Here is a big list of alternatives

I had written about the rally yesterday - this is where President Trump announced that he is running for prez in 2020. There were over 100,000 ticket requests for a venue that seats 20,000. People were waiting in line 48 hours before it opened. At one time, the crowd got a bit rowdy regarding their opinion about CNN - from the Media Research Group:

Thin Skin: CNN Cuts Away from Trump Rally After Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks!’
The liberal media often suggest President Trump was the one with thin skin; just look at how they lionize Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s jabs at him. But during Tuesday’s Anderson Cooper 360, CNN proved themselves to be the ones with thinner skin when they cut away from Trump’s 2020 campaign launch rally in Orlando, Florida after the crowd started chanting “CNN sucks”.

Two pull-quotes:

"Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and rage," Trump adds. "They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it. Not acceptable. It's not going to happen."

"They went after my family, my business, my finances, my employees, almost everyone that I have ever known or worked with, but they are really going after you. That's what it is all about. It's not about us. It's about you. They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign and the greatest election probably in the history of our country."

Some photos and links to coverage here: Maggie's Farm.

President Trump stages a rally

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From Florida's Click Orlando:

President Trump supporters line up 40 hours before Orlando rally
More than 40 hours before President Donald Trump will announce his re-election bid in Orlando, supporters started lining up outside the Amway Center.

Eight Trump supporters started camping out Monday morning, with the first one showing up at 2:30 a.m. The rally is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

And some numbers:

Trump tweeted Monday that the rally "looks to be setting records," with more than 100,000 ticket requests. The Amway Center seats 20,000.

"We are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody," Trump tweeted.

The Democrats can stick their heads in the sand all they want - Trump speaks for a lot of people.

Happy Birthday - Donald John Trump

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Born this day in 1946 - best wishes and many many more. Happy Birthday Mr. President.

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Common sense in Texas - lemonade

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From The Texas Tribune:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill declaring children's lemonade stands legal
Great news, children of Texas: Your unlicensed lemonade stands soon won’t be criminal enterprises.

Gov. Greg Abbott late Monday signed a bill that prohibits cities and neighborhood associations from enacting rules that block or regulate children trying to sell nonalcoholic drinks like lemonade on private property. The law targets local health codes and neighborhood rules that intentionally or unintentionally ban the stands or require permits for them to operate.

Support for such a law in Texas began to grow in 2015, when police in the East Texas town of Overton reportedly shut down a lemonade stand by two young siblings who were trying to earn money to buy a Father's Day present.

The bill, authored by state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, passed unanimously in both chambers. Abbott signed the bill in a video he posted on Twitter.

Nice to see common sense representation of the constituents. Sorely missing in so many legislative bodies. Nancy and Chuck - I'm talking to you. Just sayin'.

Heh - from The Western Journal:

One Year After ‘Red Hen’ Refused To Serve Her, Sarah Sanders Dines with the Queen of England
On June 22, 2018, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Lexington, Virginia, restaurant Red Hen because of her affiliation with President Donald Trump.

On Monday night, Sanders got the last laugh as she dined with the Queen of England.

The press secretary joined Trump and his family at a State Banquet hosted at Buckingham Palace. Over 170 individuals attended the gathering.

Like I said in the title...

From our President:

The whole thread is available here: I am pleased to inform

This is called leadership. We welcome immegrants but they must come here legally and assimilate into American society.

An unsurprising poll

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From Pew Research Center:

Many Americans Say Made-Up News Is a Critical Problem That Needs To Be Fixed
Many Americans say the creation and spread of made-up news and information is causing significant harm to the nation and needs to be stopped, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 6,127 U.S. adults conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, 2019, on the Center’s American Trends Panel.

Indeed, more Americans view made-up news as a very big problem for the country than identify terrorism, illegal immigration, racism and sexism that way. Additionally, nearly seven-in-ten U.S. adults (68%) say made-up news and information greatly impacts Americans’ confidence in government institutions, and roughly half (54%) say it is having a major impact on our confidence in each other.

U.S. adults blame political leaders and activists far more than journalists for the creation of made-up news intended to mislead the public. But they believe it is primarily the responsibility of journalists to fix the problem. And they think the issue will get worse in the foreseeable future.

The lsat paragraph really talks to me - the politicians are spewing narrative and the journalists are just going along with it. They are not doing their fscking job and asking hard questions. It will be interesting to see if they turn it around.

The North Korean way

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We could adopt some of Kim's leadership techniques - from Vox Day:

The Korean model
Kim Jong-un's practice of holding his officials strictly accountable might set a useful precedent for President Trump, especially in light of the way in which so many employees in the State Department, CIA and FBI have been behaving since his election:

Kim Jong-un has executed his envoy to the U.S. for 'betraying the supreme leader' as part of ruthless purge of officials after the dictator's failed summit with Donald Trump, it has been claimed.

Kim Hyok Chol is said to have been shot by a firing squad in March at Mirim Airport for being 'won over to the US,' during nuclear negotiations with Trump.

The top diplomat, who accompanied Kim on his private train ahead of the summit in Vietnam, was one of four senior foreign ministry officials executed at the airfield, a source told South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. The other officials were not named, but all allegedly became U.S. 'spies' after the failed second negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong-un ended abruptly in February.

What do you think the odds are that Kim Hyok Chol was actually less loyal to the North Korean government than most of the State Department has been to the US government? This is portrayed as lawlessness on the part of North Korea, and no doubt it is, but in truth, the USA is more lawless and its government officials are less accountable to the people than many other countries these days.

True words. Some good comments at the site too.

Go out for coffee, run a few errands, come back home and problem solved. From Reuters twitter account:

A nice win in Australia

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Great analysis by Claire Lehmann writing at Quillette. Note that Australia is "down under" - there, the liberal party are the conservatives and the labour party are the liberals.

At Australian Ballot Boxes, the Left’s Empathy Deficit Came Home to Roost
The result of Saturday’s federal election in Australia is being treated as the most staggering political shocker in my country since World War II. Scott Morrison, leading the Liberal Party, looks to have won a majority government—a result that defies three years of opinion pollingbookie’s odds and media commentary.

In the aftermath, analysts on both sides are trying to explain what went wrong for the centre-left Australian Labor Party, and what went right for the centre-right Liberals. Some attribute the result to Morrison’s personal likeability, and his successful targeting of the “quiet Australian” demographic—the silent majority whose members feel they rarely have a voice, except at the ballot box. Others cast the result as Australia’s Hilary-Clinton moment: Bill Shorten, who resigned following Saturday’s loss, was, like Clinton, an unpopular political insider who generated little enthusiasm among his party’s traditional constituencies. In 2010 and again in 2013, he roiled the Labor Party by supporting two separate internal coups, machinations that cast him as a self-promoter instead of a team player.

The swing against Labor was particularly pronounced in the northeastern state of Queensland—which is more rural and socially conservative than the rest of Australia. Many of Queensland’s working-class voters opposed Labor’s greener-than-thou climate-change policies, not a surprise given that the state generates half of all the metallurgical coal burned in the world’s blast furnaces. Queensland’s rejection of Labor carried a particularly painful symbolic sting for Shorten, given that this is the part of Australia where his party was founded by 19th century sheep shearers meeting under a ghost gum tree. In 1899, the world’s first Labor government was sworn into the Queensland parliament. Shorten’s “wipe-out” in Queensland demonstrates what has become of the party’s brand among working-class people 120 years later.

Heh - one thing about cycles. They swing one way and then they always swing back. We are now at the Dependence and Bondage stage of the Tytler Cycle. A good explanation of the Tytler Cycle can be found here.

Of course - from the Washington Examiner:

Trey Gowdy: FBI withheld 'game changer' transcript material from FISA Court
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., says there are unreleased transcripts of recorded conversations between FBI informants and former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos that “has the potential to be a game changer.”

In a Fox News interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, the former House Oversight Committee chairman said when the FBI listens in on phone calls or sends in an informant wearing a wire then “there’s a transcript of that” and that “one in particular has the potential to actually persuade people.”

In laying out a series of questions about the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into President Trump's campaign and the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the operation, Gowdy listed a series of questions he thinks need to be answered, including: “Where are the transcripts, if any exist, between the informants and the telephone calls to George Papadopoulos?”

I would not want Gowdy investigating me - he is unstoppable. There are a lot of clips of him on CSPAN - worth watching.

Heh - President Trump negotiates

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A. F. Branco highlights the difference between two Presidents:

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The Trump Presidency

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An interesting look at President Trump's America - from American Greatness:

Democrats’ Collapse Could Happen Quickly
There are signs of Democrats’ coming electoral collapse, some anecdotal, some by the numbers. Most Democrats are staying loyal to their party, no matter how far how left their party shifts. But President Trump doesn’t need most Democrats; he only needs a few to get turned off by the Democrats’ radical proposals and identity politics.

Immediately after the 2018 midterms, it looked as if the strategy of dirtying President Trump in the eyes of low-information voters was working well for them. The collapse of the Russian collusion hoax has changed the equation.

A very interesting observation:

Democrats’ decision to change the demographics of our country through open borders is alienating many Hispanic voters. The attendance figures for President Trump’s El Paso rally sent a shiver of fear through Democrats: 70 percent of rally attendees were Latino, 50 percent were Democrats. This month, the McLaughlin poll shows a 50 percent jump in Trump’s approval among Hispanics.

There are solid reasons for Trump’s rising popularity among this demographic. More American Latinos start small businesses than any other group in the United States. Jobs are booming. Their wage growth has jumped above the national average. They don’t need to read the paper to understand they are competing for work with illegals. They are being terrorized by criminal illegals killing and raping their family members and neighbors. Liberal talking points can’t hide those realities.

The Democrats are out of touch with their constituents. They are imposing their ideas on us normals, they are not leading.

More at the site - some interesting ideas.

Because President Trump said so:

Fun times

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A couple of items that bring me joy:

From American Thinker:

The walls are closing in on Obama
The truth of violations of law by the Obama White House, long buried, is being excavated by two private groups.

Judicial Watch has obtained testimony from a top FBI official that Hillary Clinton's home-brew server emails were found in the White House. This means that Barack Obama's illegal handling of classified information contained in those emails is closer to being exposed. This implicates him in the same felonies committed by Hillary Clinton that James Comey falsely claimed "no reasonable prosecutor" would pursue.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

‘Nonpartisan’ Mueller Investigation-Focused Group Tied to Dem Dark Money
A "nonpartisan" group launched to "protect" Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump that is now pushing for the release of the full, un-redacted Mueller Report is tied to a liberal dark money organization.

Protect the Investigation, which describes itself as a "nonpartisan" initiative formed to "educate the American people about the importance of the special counsel investigation and its findings," is a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) "fiscal sponsor" that is used as a pass-through entity for big money Democratic donors.

Protect the Investigation is a registered trade name—or fictitious name—by the Sixteen Thirty Fund with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, records show. The name was registered on June 28, 2018 and is scheduled to expire on June 27, 2020.

Doing my happy dance...

Rudy Giuliani tweets

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I love it:

From America’s number one crime family - so true.

Heh - the Mueller nothinburger

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And the Mueller Report is released

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Hey folks:

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Here: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election

All 448 pages. And this from President Trump's Director of Communications:

Indeed...

From Washington Examiner:

Bret Easton Ellis tells 'spoiled children' liberals to deal with Trump: 'He was elected president. Get over it.'
Now middle-aged, the enfant terrible novelist Bret Easton Ellis, has turned to nonfiction to mock the "childlike fascism" and "demented narcissism" of American liberals that helped put President Trump in the White House and left them facing "mental and emotional collapse."

For good measure, Ellis, 55, also denounces the "legacy media" in his new book "White" — originally due to be called "White Privileged Male" — describing it as "a moral disaster for the country" that had covered Trump in the 2016 with such bias and "absolute cluelessness" that it assisted him. The Washington Examiner obtained a copy in advance of its publication Tuesday.

Already facing a backlash from the liberal intelligentsia he disdains — a Q&A with the New Yorker was intensely hostile — Ellis has also been praised for his devil-may-care contrarianism. Interview Magazine described "White" as containing "searing points about how the national obsession with being liked at all costs and the silencing of opposing voices under the banner of inclusivity can create its own American hellscape."

Must be a good book if he has the mainstream media that stirred up. There was an eBook available at my local library - put a hold on it.

Nancy Pelosi

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Interesting tweet from James Woods:

That is a deer-in-the-headlights expression on her face...

Cher gets it

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As the pendulum swings back towards sanity:

Turnabout is fair play

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From Mike at 90 Miles From Tyranny:

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This is what leadership looks like

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Major grin on my face.
Shot:

Chaser:

The Latest: Court allows return of asylum seekers to Mexico

Heh - offer to drop thousands of illegals in their Democratic sanctuary sh*thole cities and the liberals Volte-face

Great news from Israel

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From Yahoo/Agence France-Presse:

'King Bibi': perennial survivor Netanyahu comes out ahead
Despite corruption allegations and stiff opposition from a new centre party, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to boost his party's share of the vote and looks set to keep power.

While his right-wing Likud party and a centrist coalition appear set to have around the same number of parliamentary seats after Tuesday's general elections, the man called 'King Bibi' by admirers has a clear path to forming a coalition.

The 69-year-old is now likely to form another right-wing government and become the longest-serving Israeli prime minister later this year.

Good news - Israel is our strongest ally in that part of the world. She needs to stay strong.

Heh - time for some popcorn - spying

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From Reuters:

Barr says he thinks spying occurred on 2016 Trump campaign
Attorney General William Barr said on Wednesday U.S. intelligence agencies engaged in spying directed at the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and that he would look at whether the surveillance was undertaken legally.

"I think spying did occur," Barr told a Senate hearing. "But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated. ... I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that. And I am not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly.

One step at a time. This is the beginning of a wonderful slow-motion train wreck that will make Watergate look like child's play. The Democrats really stepped in it big-time.

2020 - Hillary for Jail

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As the facts start to come out - from Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch Uncovers ‘Cover-Up’ Discussions in Latest Production of Clinton Email Documents
Judicial Watch announced today that it uncovered 422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions related to the Clinton email system within Platte River Networks, one of the vendors who managed the Clinton email system. The documents also show Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Charles McCullough forwarding “concerns” about classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Much more at the site - links to emails and other documents. This house of cards is starting to tumble. I love the way this is coming out right when the 2020 campaigns are starting to build.

Punching back twice as hard

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Representative Nunes is on a roll - from FOX News:

Nunes files $150M lawsuit against McClatchy, alleging conspiracy to derail Clinton, Russia probes
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia state court against The McClatchy Company and others on Monday, alleging that one of the news agency's reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes' oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.

The filingobtained by Fox News, came a day after Nunes, R-Calif., revealed he would send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week concerning purported surveillance abuses by federal authorities during the Russia probe, false statements to Congress and other matters.

In March, Nunes filed a similar $250 million lawsuit alleging defamation against Twitter and one of its users, Republican consultant Liz Mair. In Monday's complaint, Nunes again named Mair as a co-defendant, charging this time that she conspired with McClatchy reporter MacKenzie Mays to spread a variety of untruthful and misleading smears -- including that Nunes "was involved with cocaine and underage prostitutes" -- online and in print.

Good - hit them hard. They have had free-reign for way to long. Time to shed some sunlight on their cabal.

From Bloomberg:

Los Angeles Is Having a Loud Economic Boom
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is almost 12 months into his second term and the economy of the second-largest city is outperforming No. 1 New York, No. 3 Chicago and the rest of the U.S. Measured by the growth of personal income, gross domestic product per capita, jobs, home prices, global trade and transportation, corporate equity and municipal debt, Los Angeles has become the most productive of the five biggest U.S. cities. Even its perennial calamity of homelessness receded significantly for the first time last year since the city's youngest mayor took office in 2013.

Garcetti didn’t set off the L.A. boom, but there’s no doubt that the city has prospered under his leadership. The 48-year-old Rhodes scholar, former Navy reserves lieutenant and jazz pianist says that Olympic aspirations

Garcetti is a Democrat in the mold of J. F. Kennedy. His predecessor was Antonio Villaraigosa who was a Clinton/Obama party hack so he doesn't have that high a bar when it comes to leadership.

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