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FBI chief is wild card for Clinton

Geee   Posted Today, 06:50 AM

The Hill:

FBI Director James Comey is the pivotal figure in the 2016 presidential race that no one is talking about.


Comey, a Republican appointed by President Obama who enjoys a stellar reputation on both sides of the aisle, is investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of State.


Clinton is the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination next year and is expected to be a tough candidate for any Republican to face in 2016.

Yet the controversy surrounding her private email account remains an Achilles’ heel.

The GOP-created House Benghazi Committee flopped in October when Clinton testified for 11 hours. That hearing failed to produce anything newsworthy about her use of a private server and attracted criticism from liberals and conservatives alike.

Its failure makes it clear that the FBI will have the final say on whether Clinton did anything wrong or illegal. And whatever the verdict is, both parties will have to accept it because Comey is, in many ways, untouchable.

The 54-year-old FBI chief, confirmed by the Senate to a 10-year term in a 93-1 vote this summer, is known for his independence and aggressive prosecutions.

The grandson of a police officer in Yonkers, N.Y., he has repeatedly stressed his nonpartisan approach.Scissors-32x32.png

Obamaís anti-Islamic State coalition crumbles as Arab allies abandon effort

Geee   Posted Today, 06:49 AM

Washington Times:

The major Arab powers once deemed essential to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have largely pulled back from the U.S.-led military campaign, undercutting the Obama administration’s claims about the depth and reach of the coalition it has built with allies in the region.


The Obama administration consistently touts the “65-nation coalition” it has assembled to fight the group also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh — but critics say that fewer than a dozen nations today are contributing anything significant to the campaign.Scissors-32x32.png

Airbrushing Our Collective Memory

Geee   Posted Today, 06:41 AM

National Review:

The latest round of condemning the past on the moral criteria of the present started with banning the Confederate flag from public places. Now it is on to airbrushing away progressive old white guy Woodrow Wilson, in Trotskyized fashion, from public commemoration.


But do those on the Left realize that they are rapidly becoming captives to the consequences of their own ideology? Their current effort to rewrite the past is doomed to failure for a variety of reasons.


Left-Wing Hypocrisy


First, this damnation of memory is not a balanced enterprise, but predicated on today’s notions of politics, race, and gender. No one is insisting that the great work of Martin Luther King Jr. be dismissed from the pantheon of American heroism because he was a known plagiarist and often a callous womanizer who did not live up to our current notions of gender equality. The racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger is still a saint.Scissors-32x32.png

Speaker Paul Ryan eyes strategy for government shutdown fight

Geee   Posted Today, 06:37 AM

The Hill:

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) strategy for avoiding a government shutdown is taking shape, with his leadership team seeking a clean break from the divisive intraparty warfare that plagued John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) tenure. 


GOP leaders on Monday predicted there would be no shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding and made clear that they expect an omnibus package to be approved with Democratic support before money runs out on Dec. 11.


“I do not see a shutdown happening in this process,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters during a 25-minute briefing in his office in the Capitol.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), the GOP’s chief vote-counter, issued a warning of his own, telling rank-and-file Republicans they need to play a constructive role in the legislative process.

“The vote that hurts our Conference is the no vote from a Member who hopes the bill passes, but relies on others to carry that load,” Scalise wrote in a letter to his GOP whip team. “That vote isn’t fair to the Members who shoulder the responsibility of voting yes, and it isn’t fair to the Republican Conference as a whole.”

The message to the GOP rank and file, delivered before most lawmakers had even returned to Washington from the Thanksgiving break, appeared clear: This funding fight needs to be different.

House GOP leaders have repeatedly been forced to lean on Democrats to fund the government, a pattern that Boehner was helpless to stop despite repeated attempts to unify the conference.

This time, Ryan’s team is pushing more of their members to line up behind a catchall, $1.1 trillion spending bill and play a bigger role in averting a shutdown.Scissors-32x32.png

Govít Watchdog: HUDís Financial Books Are Impossible To Audit Photo of Ethan Barton

Geee   Posted Today, 06:19 AM

Daily Caller:

A government watchdog says it can’t audit billions in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spending because the agency’s financial books are kept so poorly.


HUD’s financial statements and systems are missing records, inaccurate and sometimes even violated federal laws, according to a HUD inspector general report released Monday. Included among the programs with useless financial accounting records is nearly $20 billion at the Government National Mortgage Association.


“This audit report contains nine material weaknesses, eight significant deficiencies in internal controls and six instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations,” the report says. “These weaknesses were due to an inability to establish a compliant control environment, implement adequate financial accounting systems, retain key financial management staff and identify appropriate accounting principles.”Scissors-32x32.png

ĎA Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Partyí

Geee   Posted Today, 06:18 AM

Clinton’s ‘Stalwart Voice’ Found Guilty On All Counts In Federal Corruption Case


In 2008, Hillary Clinton called Sheldon Silver “a stalwart voice on behalf of the needs of New Yorkers.” But on Monday, the disgraced New York state representative was found guilty in a federal corruption sweep.


The former Speaker of the New York State Assembly was charged with seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering was found guilty on all charges.



In 2000, Silver played a key roll in Clinton’s senatorial campaign where he helped lobby members of the Assembly for their support of Clinton. The New York Times reported that in 2000 Clinton used Silver’s law offices to lobby Assemblyman Dov Hikind in what was described as “an emotional two-hour session.”Scissors-32x32.png



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Freddie Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ

clearvision   Posted Yesterday, 10:27 PM

I suspect many more riots in Baltimore before this is over.

Freddie Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ

Valin   Posted Yesterday, 10:11 PM

Power Line:

Paul Mirengoff
November 30, 2015

The trial of the first of the first of six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray began today in Baltimore with jury selection. Officer William G. Porter, 26, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment because he allegedly did not get medical help for Gray when he complained of injuries after his arrest.


None of the 75 potential jurors in the first batch questioned by Judge Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams answered affirmatively when asked if they were unfamiliar with this case. Each one also indicated awareness of the $6.4 million civil settlement the city paid to Gray’s family, as well as the curfew imposed after Gray’s death.


The attorneys for the defense in these cases have sought to have the trial moved out of Baltimore. They argue that publicity surrounding the case and the prospect of additional civic unrest could influence the jurors’ decision. The jurors’ familiarity with the case tends to support the first part of this claim. Reports that protesters’ chanting could be heard inside the courtroom tends to support the second part.


There’s also a question as to whether Judge Williams will be completely impartial. Before he became a judge, Williams specialized in investigating and prosecuting police misconduct cases for the federal government.



Muslim womanís viral video reveals truth about Islam, watch

nickydog   Posted Yesterday, 07:46 PM

Well, I just shared this on my Facebook timeline.  I have avoided all topics religious and/or political until now.  It will be interesting to see if I get any comments.