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May 23 20:09

Death Of Press Freedoms? Julian Assange Charged Under The Espionage Act On 17 Counts

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange has been charged under The Espionage Act on 17 new counts in a superseding indictment for his role in obtaining and publishing classified military and diplomatic documents prior to his extradition hearing on May 30th, Reuters reported.

The charges carry a shocking sentence of 175 years in prison if found guilty by the secret Espionage court — a horrendous statement to send to journalists and truth tellers.

“The Department of Justice wants to imprison Assange for crimes allegedly committed outside of the United States. This extraterritorial application of US law is explicit throughout the indictment… thereby classifying any territory in the world as subject to US law,” WikiLeaks wrote in a statement, adding...

May 23 17:48

Farage on course to thrash Tories as Euro Election polls close - and Boris could be heading to No10, Mail poll reveals

The Survation poll for the Daily Mail shows Mr Farage’s Brexit Party well ahead in the European elections on 31 per cent, trailed by Labour on 23, the Conservatives on 14 and the Lib Dems on 12.

Nearly seven out of ten Tory voters said the reason they did not intend to vote for Mrs May yesterday was because of her failure to deliver Brexit. Calls for her to step down were backed by 57 per cent of Conservatives with 25 per cent against.

May 23 14:29

Pelosi Says She ‘Prays’ for the President, Urges Family to Stage Intervention

Nancy Pelosi continued to take personal shots at Donald Trump’s mental state, saying his recent “temper tantrum” has led her to “pray for the President.”

It is the latest escalation in the war of words between the House Speaker and the White House.

On Wednesday, the President walked into a scheduled meeting with Democrat leaders on infrastructure, blasted them over conducting “phony investigations,” and promptly walked out.

The fiery one-sided exchange was apparently in response to Pelosi’s allegations that Trump was engaged in a “cover-up.”

Pelosi opined that Trump’s reaction was that of an unwell man.

May 23 12:16

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told her Democratic colleagues that President Trump "wants to be impeached" in order to be vindicated by the Senate, according to ABC News. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told her Democratic colleagues that President Trump "wants to be impeached" in order to be vindicated by the Senate, according to ABC News.

Pelosi made the suggestion during a Thursday morning meeting according to two Democratic aides, who said that Pelosi also called Trump's actions "villainous."

The aide said that Pelosi was implying that she will stick to her current plan to keep investigating the president and his administration without jumping to impeachment, but Pelosi didn’t explicitly say that in her remarks. -ABC News

Pelosi's comments come one day after she and President Trump traded barbs after a contentious White House meeting in which Trump effectively said that Democrats' efforts to continue investigating him were getting in the way of bipartisan negotiations over infrastructure spending.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pel strikes again; but this time, I think it is "misdirection", to keep attention focused on Trump, rather than on the Demoncratic antics which brought the country to Russia-gate in the first place.

May 23 11:37

We’ve Hit a New Low in Campaign Hit Pieces

Recent efforts to sandbag Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard are crude repeats of behaviors that helped elect Trump in 2016.

Last week, the Daily Beast ran this headline: “Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists”

That was followed by the sub headline: “The Hawaii congresswoman is quickly becoming the top candidate for Democrats who think the Russian leader is misunderstood.”

The Gabbard campaign has received 75,000 individual donations. This crazy Beast article is based on (maybe) three of them.

The three names are professor Stephen Cohen, activist Sharon Tennison and someone using the name “Goofy Grapes,” who may or may not have once worked for comedian Lee Camp, currently employed by Russia Today.

Last week, the Daily Beast ran this headline: “Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OF the folks out there running, who have declared, because my favorite, right now, would be Tulsi Gabbard. She is a pro-peace Vet who has seen military action; a woman; and someone with Samoan ancestry, so she understands the value of putting military programs under the proverbial microscope, to see if they are really necessary.

But it is her pro-peace stance, which will get her marginalized; the major corporations, along with our Merchant of Death in Chief, love wars, because wars bring profits to the warmongers, and the bankers.

May 23 11:36

NYT Confirms Hunter Biden Bank of China Deal, Leaves Out Key Details

A Tuesday New York Times article confirms revelations in Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book Secret Empires regarding the $1.5 billion deal Hunter Biden’s private equity firm secured from the state-owned Bank of China while his father was vice president; however, the Times omits key details that call into question statements made by Biden’s associates about the foreign financial deals engulfing his father’s 2020 presidential campaign in scandal.

May 23 11:35

Spygate: Obama Admin Cut Situation Room’s Video Feed During Meetings on Russia Investigation

In an interview with Fox News that aired Friday, Barr commented that the intelligence community’s early handling of the Russia investigation may raise questions. He noted it was first handled at a “very senior level” and then by a “small group.”

Barr stated:

The thing that’s interesting about this is that this was handled at a very senior level of these departments. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counterintelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc, small group — and most of these people are no longer with the FBI or the CIA or the other agencies involved. I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened. The fact of the matter is, Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities.

May 23 11:30

Republicans push BDS bill to paint Dems as anti-Semites, and party leadership falls for the trap

Mast is attempting to bring to a vote H.R.336, the companion bill to S.1, sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and passed by the Senate in February by a 77-23 vote. The bill, which authorizes military aid for Israel and Jordan and imposes additional sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria, also contains the controversial Combating BDS Act, a measure which failed to pass during the two previous congressional sessions.

The Combating BDS Act encourages states and local governments to pass laws prohibiting government contacts with anyone who does not sign a McCarthyite loyalty oath pledging not to boycott for Palestinian rights. Judges in Texas, Arizona, and Kansas have ruled these laws to be violations of the First Amendment and the American Civil Liberties Union called the bill “unconstitutional”.

May 23 11:18

Scott Adams: Biden, Infrastructure Theater, Word-Thinking, Shadowbanning

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1131560677942878209

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels…back in the news again
Political season is upon us, and some odd traffic coincidences
We’re left to guess why traffic patterns suddenly altered
The fact we can’t tell why…portends regulation
Lack of social media algorithm transparency…
…IS the end of our Republic
Not necessarily a coordinated conspiracy, but same result
Joe Biden has no legislative accomplishments
A career in politics, and NO accomplishments to show?
VP candidate traditionally boring, watered-down version of POTUS
Biden was more boring than President Obama
Now Biden has to select his own VP, that’s even more boring
CNN and MSNBC producing stories out of colorful words
CNN reports Pelosi says she’s getting under POTUS skin
Social media wasn’t able to obtain their desired result in 2016

May 23 10:05

To Impeach or Not to Impeach.

The revelation last weekend by Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash that he believes the Mueller Report accuses President Donald Trump of impeachable offenses has ignited firestorms in both major political parties on Capitol Hill. Amash’s argument is simple and essentially unassailable, though his fellow congressional Republicans don’t want to hear it and Democrats don’t know what to do with it.

May 23 10:03

Nevada Poised To Become 15th State To Sidestep Traditional Electoral College Outcome

President Hillary Clinton?

That might have been the result of the 2016 presidential election — if the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact were in effect.

With a state Senate vote Tuesday, Nevada is close to becoming the latest state to drop the traditional practice of awarding all its electors to the presidential candidate who won the state. Instead, Nevada would award its six electors to whomever receives the most votes across the entire country.

May 23 09:52

Planned Parenthood donating $38 MILLION to 2020 Democrat candidates

Seems there are millions of dollars just laying around, folks, made "available" for Planned Parenthood to give away to anyone who supports executing live birth babies on the day they’re born. That’s strange. How did that come to be? Even Republicans, via paid taxes, are involuntarily funding population control by the extreme Left. Now the slush fund from this infanticide "movement" will be used to help Demoncrat-Socialist-Communists win more offices and others keep the ones they shouldn’t even have now.

Great. Murder babies in the womb, in the third trimester, and even on the day they’re born (the day they survive abortion), then use taxpayer money to fund more insane INFANTICIDE laws across America. What a plan. Planned Parenthood is planned genocide. They want black babies and Jewish babies removed from this planet before they ever take a breath. This is no conspiracy theory. They’ve been caught on video paying cash for baby parts. Keep reading.

May 23 09:48

Hundreds of Jews Protest Anti-Semitism: ‘Omar Must Go!’

On Monday, hundreds of Jews held a rally in Times Square in New York City to protest Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism, where they shouted in unison, “Omar must go!”

The Jerusalem Post reported, “Following the highly-publicized allegations of the Minnesotan congresswoman’s antisemitism and her statement downplaying the 9/11 terrorist attacks, New York native and activist Joe Diamond organized a rally and billboard launch calling for her removal.”

May 23 09:48

Ocasio-Cortez SLAMS Republicans, Says GOP Pitting ‘Jew’ Against ‘Muslim’

On Monday night, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Republicans are responsible for pitting “Jew” against “Muslim” and “citizen” against “immigrant.” She made her remarks at a special congressional Muslim dinner.

“AOC” spoke after controversial Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made remarks. Ocasio-Cortez said she believes all prayer went in the same direction, “up,” and that Republicans “fear” the “fellowship” she and others of like mind might have with Muslims.

May 23 09:20

Coulter: U.S. Isn’t Becoming Europe. We’re Becoming Rome

Can we have a quick reality check and acknowledge that what is happening to America is a million times worse than what’s happening in Europe and is of much greater consequence?

May 22 15:32

May's EU deal vote BLOCKED - Leadsom resignation causes Parliamentary CHAOS

THERESA MAY is facing fresh chaos tonight after Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom dramatically resigned from the Government over Brexit.

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Brexiteer Mrs Leadsom said in a letter to Mrs May: “I cannot fulfil my duty as Leader of the House tomorrow, to announce a Bill with new elements that I fundamentally oppose.”

Mrs Leadsom’s resignation means there is no Commons Leader to introduce the Business Statement to MPs.

May 22 14:19

GALLUP POLL: 43 PERCENT OF AMERICANS THINK SOCIALISM IS GOOD

Forty-three percent of Americans think socialism would be a good thing for the United States, while a slim majority — 51 percent — of those surveyed in a Gallup Poll released on May 20 think it would be a bad thing. The figures contrast markedly with a Roper/Fortune survey taken in 1942, in which 25 percent of those polled described socialism as a good thing, 40 percent as a bad thing, and 34 percent did not have an opinion.

May 22 14:18

MOSSAD AND THE RISE OF THE VC-SPY ALLIANCE

The growth of intelligence agencies in the 21st century has been powered by the development of new technologies, created by start-ups, which are powered by intelligence agencies. This unvirtuous circle of money and espionage is a new and daunting challenge for civil liberties and human rights groups.

May 22 12:44

Inside 'Middle Class Joe's' fundraising sweep: Democratic frontrunner Biden is hitting up millionaires for campaign cash at private club events stocked with langoustine, caviar and live jazz

In a campaign where Internet fundraising has vaulted lesser-known candidates to prominence, Vice President Joe Biden has been hauling in campaign cash both online and at sleek fundraising events featuring fine dining, exclusive locales, and music.

The former vice president has stressed his middle class roots and upbringing in hardscrabble Scranton, but has been relying on an old-fashioned network of wealthy donors to amass a fundraising advantage to match his poling lead over Democrats.

One recent event in Los Angeles took him to the Exclusive Jonathan Club, which features 'luxurious accommodations' and 'incredible views,' according to its website.

May 22 12:42

Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye

Of all the wild tales that Christopher Steele spun about Russia-Trump collusion during a visit to the State Department shortly before the 2016 election, only one was deemed worth forwarding to his FBI handlers.

Long hidden, the now-disclosed email speaks volumes about both the quality of Steele’s so-called intelligence gathering and the FBI’s willingness to vet an informant who was openly biased against Donald Trump, paid by Trump’s Democratic opponent, and motivated by an Election Day deadline.

Multiple sources confirm to me that the attachment that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec sent to then-FBI section chief Stephen Laycock on Oct. 13, 2016, was a summary from Steele’s company alleging Trump and Russia might be communicating through a computer server at Russia’s Alfa Bank.

May 22 12:09

Michael Avenatti charged with ripping off porn star Stormy Daniels, trying to extort Nike in new indictments

Controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti was indicted on charges of trying to extort athletic shoe giant Nike out of tens of millions of dollars by threatening to go public with embarassing information about the company, according to federal court documents unsealed Wednesday in New York.

The indictment, which Avenatti had said Tuesday was imminent, was expected, as he had already been arrested on a criminal complaint that contained similar allegations of a brazen shakedown effort of Nike by hyper-aggressive attorney in March.

May 22 10:58

World Ready for US Collapse as Empire Hemorrhages Gold, Oil and Credibility

Some ironies are just too precious to pass by. The 2016 US presidential elections gave us Donald Trump, a reality TV star whose famous tag line from his show “The Apprentice” was “You are fired!” Focus on this tag line; it is all that is important to this story. Some Trump Derangement Disorder sufferers might disagree. This is because they are laboring under certain misapprehensions: that the US is a democracy; or that it matters who is president. It isn’t and it doesn’t. By this point, the choice of president matters as much as the choice of conductor for the band that plays aboard a ship as it vanishes beneath the waves.

May 22 10:57

How Obama Colluded With Ukraine to Help Hillary Against Trump

While a two-year investigation into President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russian officials has produced no evidence of any “collusion,” the mainstream media continues to ignore troubling connections between the Obama administration and foreign governments.

The most recent example involves former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig and how he allegedly misled the U.S. Justice Department about his law firm’s work in Ukraine. Craig is charged with providing false and misleading information to the Foreign Agent Registration Act office regarding the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, a political rival of the country’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych. Former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort was seemingly held to a different standard under the same act during Robert Mueller’s investigation.

May 22 10:55

Mueller Will Be in a Courtroom When Election Season Is in Full Swing

House Democrats, frustrated by President Trump’s efforts to stonewall their investigations and eager to stoke public anger about the president’s behavior, are pinning their diminishing hopes on Robert S. Mueller III yet again…. Mr. Mueller, who was invited to testify by the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees a month ago, has not agreed to do so. — The New York Times

Oh? Is that so? Do you wonder why Mr. Mueller might not want to open his aching heart to any House committee in the desperate, last-ditch effort to wring some impeachment joy juice from the already wrung-out narrative of his disappointing report? For the excellent reason that the minority Republican members of said committees get to ask questions too, and they are sure to be embarrassing questions, perhaps placing the Special Counsel in legal jeopardy.

May 22 10:25

Questions raised over Florida Cabinet meeting in Israel

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going to Israel with a large contingent of business leaders — not surprisingly, especially as the GOP woos Jewish voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. But DeSantis' plan to hold a meeting with his elected Cabinet while he's there has raised concerns about whether officials are violating the state's open-meeting laws.

When DeSantis first announced the trade mission, he noted that his attorney general, chief financial officer and agriculture commissioner would accompany him, and that the Cabinet would hold a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem during the trip, which runs from May 25 to May 31.

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried had previously planned a trade mission to the country, but there was no apparent reason why the other two were going, except for the Cabinet meeting.

May 22 09:59

How Top-Down Government Fails America’s Poor

By Max Gulker

A well-functioning society should provide a safety net for its members struggling the most. The unavoidable role of luck in market outcomes, the variability of circumstances in which people are born, and the imperative simply to alleviate suffering all speak to this need.

Our debate about safety nets and responses to poverty hinges on a fundamental fallacy — that services are either provided by the government or not at all. This falsely constructed debate diverts resources that could be used to directly help the poor, and often erroneously casts those favoring less government involvement in the economy as not caring about poverty...

May 22 09:42

Breaking: Federal Judge Orders Release of Trump’s Tax Returns

On May 10, House Dem Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal subpoenaed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS commissioner Charles Rettig to release Trump’s personal tax returns for the 2013-18 period, along with other returns for several of his businesses.

The move followed Mnuchin’s refusal to voluntarily comply with the House request, claiming it was politically motivated.

According to 1924 US legislation, the House and Senate Joint Committee on Taxation may request for examination anyone’s personal tax information.

Federal law also requires candidates for federal office, as well as current office holders and their senior staff — including congressional members, the president and vice president, along with their cabinet members, and senior administration staff — to comply with provisions of the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. It applies to Supreme Court justices as well.

May 22 09:41

Israel Attorney General delays Netanyahu corruption hearing

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has agreed to delay Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment hearing until October, bowing to months of pressure from the latter’s legal team.

Mandelblit announced today that the hearing will now be held on 2 and 3 October, three months later than the July date previously mandated by the attorney general.

This comes after Netanyahu’s lawyers yesterday asked Mandelblit to delay the hearing for at least a year due to the fact that it will deal with three separate corruption cases and there is therefore “a large amount of material to be read”, Haaretz reported. The attorney general had given the prime minister’s legal team until Monday to set a date for the hearing, but this deadline passed with no resolution.

May 22 09:00

FOX: Trump to Start Declassify Deep State Documents Including ‘Bucket 5’ in Next 7-8 Days

The Hill‘s John Solomon joined Sean Hannity on Tuesday night on his top-rated FOX News show.

Solomon told Sean Hannity that according to his sources President Trump will start declassifying documents in the next 7-8 days.

Solomon added that President Trump will start with the release of "Bucket 5" document, the exculpatory statements that the FBI possessed about its targets before it went to the FISA Court.

Today for the first time Americans support investigating the FBI’s conduct in the start of the Russia investigation.

May 21 19:34

As the U.S. Government Grows, American Prosperity Slows

By Richard M. Salsman

Myopic accounts of American economic performance are common today, permitting political partisans to cite whatever period they wish to prove any case they want. Republicans today insist that President Trump’s policies have revitalized U.S. economic growth after years of supposed stagnation under President Obama, while Democrats say Obama’s policies started the recent revival, reversing the disastrous “Great Recession” of 2008-09 which was caused by President Bush’s policies. If you pick your own period, you can “prove” almost anything.

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