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  • Northam announces 141 new jobs in Henrico (Virginia)

    05/22/2018 12:57:04 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 2 replies
    WDBJ/Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2018 | WDBJ/Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A packaging company plans to expand in Virginia and create 141 new jobs. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that TemperPack plans to spend $10.4 million on a new manufacturing operation in Henrico County.
  • The “Sensitive Matter Team”

    05/22/2018 10:50:55 AM PDT · by bitt · 10 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | 5/22/2018 | sharyl attkisson
    Newly-examined emails among high-ranking U.S. intel officials at the time—including then-Director James Comey and his chief of staff James Rybicki—reference a “sensitive matter team.” Based on the context of the emails, the “sensitive matter” appears to be the Trump-Russia narrative, and political opposition research funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The research— known as the “Steele dossier”— was peddled to the press and secretly used, in part, to justify controversial FBI wiretaps against at least one Trump associate. The emails were first obtained by the Justice Department Inspector General and recently turned over to the...
  • Exclusive — Revolt Underway: Rep. Gosar Calls for Ryan Removal as Speaker, Replace with Jim Jordan

    05/22/2018 10:40:23 AM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 May 18 | Matthew Boyle
    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a weekly news conference May 17, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ryan held his weekly news conference to answer questions from members of the media. ( Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) on Monday evening became the first sitting GOP member of the House of Representatives to publicly call for the removal of House Speaker Paul Ryan now, rather than on Ryan’s planned schedule post-election, during an interview on Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM. During a discussion with host and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large...
  • Huma email horror returns to haunt FBI brass, in IG report on Clinton case

    05/22/2018 10:31:50 AM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/22/2018 | adam shaw
    Ever since she lost the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly blamed her defeat on the FBI’s decision to reopen the probe into her email use after messages were found on the laptop of confidante Huma Abedin’s estranged husband. But now that laptop and those emails are back in the spotlight, this time causing problems for FBI leaders as part of a forthcoming inspector general report. The probe is expected to fault bureau officials for sitting on those emails in the first place. The finding underscores how the laptop continues to play a recurring part in the Clinton case saga,...
  • Byron York: When did Trump-Russia probe begin? Investigators focus on mystery months

    05/22/2018 9:46:52 AM PDT · by bitt · 29 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 5/21/2018 | BYRON YORK
    Revelations that an FBI informant insinuated himself into the Trump campaign have led some congressional investigators to rethink their theories on how and why former President Barack Obama's Justice Department began investigating the 2016 Trump presidential effort. Most reporting has focused on the July 31, 2016, creation of a document formally marking the beginning of the FBI counterintelligence probe targeting the Trump campaign. The document, known as the electronic communication, or EC, is said to have focused on the case of George Papadopoulos, the peripheral Trump adviser who has pleaded guilty to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller about his...
  • St. Louis Town Agrees to Stop Bankrolling Itself by Fining Its Residents into the Poorhouse

    05/22/2018 6:08:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 5-21-2018 | Scott Shackford
    A small St. Louis suburb has agreed to stop trying bankroll its government with a vicious regime of petty fines so excessive that the town has cited more than a third of its population. Credit goes to the Institute for Justice, which sued the tiny town of Pagedale (population: 3,300) on behalf of a handful of residents in 2015. Amid the outrage over Michael Brown's death in nearby Ferguson, citizens of these small fiefdoms drew attention to these governments' propensity to bankroll themselves via exorbitant traffic and code enforcement fines.Pagedale was one of those communities. In the course of a...
  • Uproar in Israel as PA appeals to The Hague

    05/22/2018 6:17:07 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/18 | Nitzan Keidar
    Israel condemned PA efforts to have Israeli political and military officials prosecuted in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for “war crimes” against rioters on the Gaza border. The Foreign Ministry said that the PA appeal to The Hague was “a cynical move that is not legally valid. The PA continues to abuse the tribunal for political purposes rather than to promote political negotiations.” "It is ridiculous that the Palestinians do this while they continue to incite to terror and use children and women as human shields to cover their violent attempts to harm the security of Israeli citizens."...
  • Keith Ellison Sings Song Mocking President Trump (with wig)

    05/22/2018 3:42:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/21/18
    Congressman and Democratic National Committee deputy chairman Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) displayed his singing abilities at this year's MinnRoast event with a song mocking President Donald Trump. "If I want to be called a stable genius, I just call my best friend Vladamir Putin," Ellison sang while wearing a Trump-style wig and playing an acoustic guitar to the tune of "Guantanamera." Ellison was accompanied by Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, who played the drums. The song included lyrics about adult film actress Stormy Daniels, special counsel Robert Mueller, collusion with Russia, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R.).
  • Why Former Clinton Pollster Mark Penn Opposes the Russia Investigation

    05/21/2018 7:43:18 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/21/2018 | ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS
    ‘What’s unprecedented here is the fuzziness of the accusation of Russian collusion,’ Penn says. In January 1998, longtime Democratic pollster and strategist Mark Penn hunkered down with President Bill Clinton, intending to help the administration ride out the storm of a pending independent-counsel investigation. These days, Penn, still a leading voice on the left, is speaking out against the special-counsel investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election — opposing it for much the same reason that he opposed Ken Starr’s investigation in 1998. “I worked with President Clinton through impeachment,” Penn tells National Review...
  • 9 Ways Mueller’s Investigation Epitomizes A Legal System In Crisis

    05/21/2018 6:37:45 PM PDT · by bitt · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 5/21/2018 | James V. DeLong
    One should rejoice that some trial judges are expressing skepticism about the tactics of Robert Mueller’s special counsel’s office (see here, here, here), and that defendants are increasingly willing to fight back (see here, here). Anyone with a taste for irony will appreciate that a Russian oligarch’s company Mueller indicted, which was expected to remain cowering behind the Kremlin walls, has shown up in court as a champion of American civil liberties. But it would be unfortunate if the only result of the brouhaha were to make this particular witch hunt disappear. Mueller’s investigation is showy and politically important, but...
  • IG report on Clinton case expected to hit FBI leaders for sitting on emails in 2016

    05/21/2018 6:08:34 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/21/2018 | JUDSON BERGER
    A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog reportedly is expected to hit FBI leaders for moving too slowly to review a batch of Hillary Clinton emails discovered toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign. Offering a glimpse at the contents of the closely held inspector general review, The Associated Press cited people familiar with the findings in reporting Monday that the investigation would criticize the bureau for its handling of that incident. It’s just one piece of the comprehensive report that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has compiled looking into the FBI and DOJ’s conduct...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky ~ 22 May 2018

    05/21/2018 6:03:31 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 37 replies
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        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Blue Grass Army Depot, KentuckyBlue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) is a U.S. Army storage facility for conventional munitions and chemical weapons. The facility is located in east central Kentucky, southeast of the cities of Lexington and Richmond, Kentucky.The Blue Grass Army Depot is a 14,494-acre site, composed mainly of open fields and wooded areas, and is used for munitions storage, repair of general supplies, and the disposal of munitions. The installation is used for the storage of conventional explosive munitions as well as assembled chemical weapons. The depot primarily is involved...
  • President Trump Meets With DAG Rosenstein, FBI Director Wray and DNI Dan Coats to Establish White

    05/21/2018 5:27:50 PM PDT · by bitt · 30 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 5/21/2018 | SUNDANCE
    President Trump, Chief-of-Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn met with DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats today to discuss the revelations of former FBI, DOJ and intelligence officials conducting politically motivated surveillance on the Trump campaign in 2015, 2016 and 2017. After the meeting the White House released the following statement: “Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigations or the Department of...
  • DOJ Agrees To Allow Congress To Review Requested Documents

    05/21/2018 5:23:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/21/2018 | Saagar Enjeti
    The Department of Justice will allow Congress to review highly classified requested documents relating to the FBI’s investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign in conjunction with the White House and other agencies, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. “Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” Sanders said. “It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a...
  • 18 years later, finally answers: How investigators solved the murders of 2 Welch girls

    05/21/2018 2:35:16 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 34 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Apr 23, 2018 | Shelia Stogsdill
    VINITA — Eighteen years after two teenagers from Welch disappeared, police have arrested one of three men they say tortured and held the girls for days before strangling them to death. The killers bragged that the bodies of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible, both 16, are “in a pit in Picher,” according to an affidavit released at a news conference Monday. Ronnie Dean Busick, 66, of Wichita, Kansas, faces a host of charges in the 1999 deaths of the girls and Freeman’s parents, Kathy and Danny Freeman. He is in custody at the Harvey County, Kansas, jail. Two other suspects...
  • Exclusive: Peter Navarro pushed Stefan Halper for Trump job

    05/21/2018 2:12:30 PM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 25 replies
    Axios ^ | 5-21-18
    President Trump's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, recommended appointing Stefan Halper, an academic and suspected FBI informant on the Trump campaign, to a senior role in the Trump administration, Axios has learned. Behind the scenes: During the presidential transition Navarro recommended Halper, among other people, for ambassador roles in Asia. A White House official said Halper visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last August for a meeting about China.
  • Nunes: No More Talks with DOJ until It Turns Over Documents

    House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes said Monday that he will refuse to meet again with the Justice Department until officials release documents he has requested about the Russia investigation. Nunes subpoenaed the Justice Department and threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress if they refuse to release files regarding a confidential FBI informant who spoke to Trump campaign associates in 2016 about Russian election meddling. The California Republican said he and his colleague Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) had a “productive” meeting with DOJ officials a few weeks ago but ignored a Friday invite to meet again when they...
  • Rod Rosenstein throws a spanner in the Democratic message machine

    05/21/2018 10:04:57 AM PDT · by bitt · 58 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 5/21/2018 | tom rogan
    Many have laughed at Trump's concerns, but on Sunday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave momentum to President Trump's belief that the FBI may have spied on his 2016 presidential campaign for political reasons. Rosenstein did so by ordering the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate whether there has been "impropriety or political motivation" in the FBI's Trump-related investigations. Trump had called for just this kind of investigation earlier on Sunday with the following tweet: I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the...
  • Where in the World Was Barack Obama?

    05/21/2018 9:57:42 AM PDT · by bitt · 61 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/18/2018 | james freeman
    Somehow the former commander-in-chief is largely absent from the political spying drama. President Donald Trump tweets today: “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true - all time biggest political scandal!” And what does the man who was serving at the time as the FBI’s ultimate boss have to say about all this? Perhaps it’s a good moment to get the whole story from our 44th President. He...
  • Italy’s Five Star and League parties to unveil eurosceptic government

    05/21/2018 5:40:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2018-05-21
    The leader of Italy's far-right League party announced on Sunday that it had reached an agreement with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on a nominee to be the country's next prime minister. Matteo Salvini said the two eurosceptic parties had also selected members of the cabinet after intense political wrangling. "We are agreed on the head and the ministers of the government and we hope that no-one will veto a choice that represents the will of the majority of Italians," Salvini said, adding that neither he nor Five Star Movement chief Luigi Di Maio would take the role of premier....