August 23, 2018 6:15 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, August 23, 2018 Morning Reads – Thursday, August 23, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 212 Comments On this date in 1962, the first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite. Peaches Georgia lawmakers ruin most things School Superintendent in Georgia suspended Georgia man gets lost wallet back after 77 years More inland ports forthcoming? Hints say ‘yes’ A demo for new voting machines? President Carter featured in People “Can gun control win in Georgia?” Kemp & Abrams stump at Georgia Chamber luncheon A federal lawsuit for the City of Stockbridge Trump climate plan could be good for Georgia Jimmy Carter How many women are accused of sexual harassment in the #MeToo movement? Sweet Tea How do I join this tribe? The new prison. Apple refutes that phones are spying on us Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 212 Comments xdog The Tornados and Telstar. Some of the comments are pretty good in a Camelot-lost kind of way. August 23, 2018 7:32 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope https://deadspin.com/ohio-state-suspends-urban-meyer-three-games-updating-1828539226 . If Urban Meyer were the coach at any high school in America, he would have been out of a job immediately after this came to light. If Urban Meyer coached anywhere but one of the biggest college football programs in the country, he would have been out of a job immediately after this came to light. A 3 game suspension for spending 3 years covering for an assistant coach who was beating his wife is an embarrassingly weak punishment. August 23, 2018 7:51 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Agree Andrew. And Hillary would be in prison and likely pardoned already for the crimes she committed. If she wasn’t Hillary, we would have never had the FBI do contortions to exonerate her and then turn around and use the intelligence agencies and a dishonest press to try and frame Trump, ruin him, jail him and now destroy his presidency would we? Just acknowledge the obvious. I did. August 23, 2018 8:59 AM Log in to Reply Enjoy the Silence I think DTM must have a hard-on for Hillary. Only explanation. August 23, 2018 9:18 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Silence, let me assure you there is not enough Viagra on the planet for that to happen! NOWAY! I would become a member of the Log Cabin republicans before that happens! August 23, 2018 9:28 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope let me assure you there is not enough Viagra on the planet for that to happen . It’s that broken, huh? Would explain a lot of your rage around here and your love for Alex Jones, Ben Shapiro, et. al. I guess age catches up with all of us. August 23, 2018 9:31 AM Enjoy the Silence What do you have against the Log Cabin Republicans? August 23, 2018 11:18 AM Andrew C. Pope I’m talking about college football, you dolt. August 23, 2018 9:24 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle I know. If Urban was not a big deal and successful coach he would be out. If Hillary was a nobody like you and me she would be in jail. Since she is a big deal she has skirted. She should be in jail. Since she is a big deal she likely would have gotten a pardon already. But since she is a democrat and a big deal dozens more committed crimes to protect her dishonest self. August 23, 2018 9:41 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Literally nothing I posted deals with Hillary Clinton in any way. You elected to cram her into this discussion because of your weird obsession with her. Honestly, go seek professional help. August 23, 2018 10:26 AM bethebalance Wait- Wasn’t Hillary the one that co-mingled a personal email account with official business, and then deleted anything personal, and anything that- using the highest standards of ethics- shouldn’t have been co-mingled, even if it was incidental, without consequence, and in line with practice of some other high-level officials? It’s not like she used a wholly personal device or personal social media account to conduct official business. Oh wait- everyone can do that? August 23, 2018 10:40 AM Dave Bearse Exonerate? She was publicly rebuked largely because of her husband’s meeting on airport tarmac. Remember when a meeting like that was a thing? . It didn’t raise an eyebrow when Trump and his airplane happened to be in the same airport with the Russian oligarch that had previously purchased a less than $50M home from Trump for more than $90M. A home I might add the oligarch owned for a couple of years without ever visiting it, and he may not have yet been visited it. Trump’s nutting up on others tax and bank fraud convictions because his complicity in Russian money laundering may turn out to be a thing. August 23, 2018 11:21 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Within a week… https://www.mediaite.com/donald-trump/trump-is-will-consider-pardoning-paul-manafort-fox-news-ainsley-earhardt-says/ With TGM’s logic for doing so that it has nothing to do with Mewler’s stated purpose for the Special Counsel’s being formed. No Russia anything. The Deplorables will love it. August 23, 2018 7:59 AM Log in to Reply armanidog Why wouldn’t he wait for the second federal trial to take place and then issue a pardon? Or would Trump issue two pardons for two separate convictions? August 23, 2018 8:20 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Two separate works just fine. August 23, 2018 8:37 AM Log in to Reply armanidog What about the possible New York state charges for tax evasion? I imagine if Trump pardons him the NY attorney general will bring charges. Mr. Manafort will probably be out of work for a while and I imagine a large chunk of his money will be spent on legal fees. Anyway he should just plead guilty on the federal charges in the second trial if he will be pardoned anyway. August 23, 2018 8:48 AM Log in to Reply Caroline I think he may have more charges than tax evasion from NY. However, yes, the states have deferred their charges at this time I understand but Manafort could be charged in a state at any time after a pardon. That is if he doesnt’ get on a plane and go to Russia. August 23, 2018 3:44 PM Caroline Trump can pardon him but he’s still going to jail. Personally Trump is just stringing Manafort along. Cohen was at least smart enough to go on and handle this all his own. A pardon means Manafort can talk freely but how free depends on how afraid he is of polonium tea. August 23, 2018 3:11 PM Log in to Reply armanidog Bill Clinton was investigated for 4 years, from 1994 to 1998. The original investigation was for the Whitewater and the death of Vince Foster. No charges were brought against the Clintons and the final report stated that Vince Foster committed suicide due to depression. “The law conferred broad investigative powers on Starr and the other independent counsels named to investigate the administration, including the right to subpoena nearly anyone who might have information relevant to the particular investigation. Starr would later receive authority to conduct additional investigations, including the firing of White House Travel Office personnel, potential political abuse of confidential FBI files, Madison Guaranty, Rose Law Firm, Paula Jones lawsuit and, most notoriously, possible perjury and obstruction of justice to cover up President Clinton’s sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The Lewinsky portion of the investigation included the secret taping of conversations between Lewinsky and coworker Linda Tripp, requests by Starr to tape Lewinsky’s conversations with Clinton, and requests by Starr to compel Secret Service agents to testify about what they might have seen while guarding Clinton. With the investigation of Clinton’s possible adultery, critics of Starr believed that he had crossed a line and was acting more as a political hit man than as a prosecutor.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Starr Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives but was found not guilty by the US Senate after a 21 day trial. Deja vu and karma is now biting the republicans. I look forward to 3 more years of the Mueller investigation. August 23, 2018 8:41 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I thought yall didn’t like it when Ol’ Noway brought up Willy? But I guess it’s all right when yall do? Consistency, people. August 23, 2018 8:46 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Looks to me like Star was over the top too. I don’t like the Feds abusing anyone. Those FBI files and the dirt digging operation of the Clintons using such info is what was scary to me. The Clinton Foundation seems to me a place of massive corruption. An unbelievable amount of influence peddling and abuse. I still want to know why in the hell we EVER sold 20% of our uranium to Russia to resell to Iran much less North Korean. I want to know who and why signed off on that and why in the hell $145 million shows up there. That may be just the tip of the iceberg. I don’t care who Trump or Bill was banging as long as it wasn’t rape or abuse. Clinton seems to be skirting that issue on several occasions. August 23, 2018 8:53 AM Log in to Reply armanidog ” I still want to know why in the hell we EVER sold 20% of our uranium to Russia to resell to Iran much less North Korean. I want to know who and why signed off on that and why in the hell $145 million shows up there.” Here is your answer on the uranium deal: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/06/561587174/the-alternative-russia-scandal “Claim: Clinton played a key role in helping Russia gain control of U.S. uranium supplies. The Russian state nuclear company, Rosatom, bought Canadian mining company Uranium One in 2010. Uranium One had, and still has, uranium mining rights in the United States. For that reason, President Barack Obama’s administration had to approve the deal. In a unanimous vote, nine U.S. government departments and agencies signed off. All are part of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and included Clinton’s State Department. By all accounts, she was not actively involved. One of her deputies handled the matter, which was not considered controversial because uranium is widely bought and sold around the world for a range of purposes, from nuclear power plant fuel to medical treatments and research. “It’s a commercial market; it’s a global market. Companies get bought and sold. Some of the companies that do the buying are controlled by foreign governments,” said Matthew Bunn, who heads the Project on Managing the Atom, a nuclear policy research group at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “That’s the world we live in. It’s a totally normal purchase.” Claim: Uranium One controls 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply. At the time of the 2010 sale, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimated that Uranium One held the rights to about 20 percent of U.S. uranium in the ground. But this figure is misleading. The Washington Post reports that it is also outdated. It was based on uranium production capacity in 2010, which has since greatly expanded. Uranium One’s share of mining rights is now far less than 20 percent of the U.S. total. What is more, the U.S. is a tiny player in the world uranium market. The U.S. produced 1,126 tons of uranium last year out of global production of more than 62,000 tons, according to the World Nuclear Association. So U.S. production is less than 2 percent of the global total.” August 23, 2018 9:04 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Dog, that doenst say WHY it was done or WHY Russians sent $145,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation does it? Nope. If the US is such a small player, then WHY IN THE HELL WOULD WE BE SELLING ANY OF IT?! You make my point. What if the Russians send $145 million to the TRUMP FOUNDATION!? What would the press be doing with that much less the libs? Lets say Hillary was being framed by the intelligenc agencies… What if half of the FBI upper levels were fired for abusing their positions yet the investigation kept on going? What would you guys be doing? Shutting down Washington with 20 million pink hat wearing warriors. For good reason. Ken Star may have exceeded his mandate, but did half of the FBI get fired over it for being crooks? And that number is going up in a hurry. The Ohr’s included. August 23, 2018 9:23 AM Andrew C. Pope did half of the FBI get fired over it for being crooks . You mean to tell me that 17,500 FBI agents have been terminated? I feel like I would have seen at least one news article on that. Care to link to one? August 23, 2018 9:28 AM Andrew C. Pope I’m more interested in the claim that Russia gave the uranium to Iran, who then gave it to North Korea. What boner pill-hawking weirdo cooked that one up? August 23, 2018 9:30 AM bethebalance I don’t know squat about uranium, but I can opine on why folks contribute to non-profits, or spend money. One possibility is that it very may well have been that Russia was trying to buy access and favors. After all, that’s their M.O. But it certainly doesn’t mean that there was a quid pro quo, and favors were actually granted. (Every campaign contribution does not result in either access or patronage does it? Even some folks who bundle tons of money just want the candidate to pick up the phone when they call.) So maybe Hillary even picked up the phone call, and said Thank You for your generous contribution. Then they said, hey, we would like some U.S. uranium. Response: Well, it’s not really up to me, and my Dept. only has a small say, and even for that, I have to let the legal process play out and determine whether the U.S. can sell that to you. The bottom line- it is not the FACTS which implicate HRC. It is your mistrust. The facts are neutral, and it is your distrust which shades the facts, not the other way around. 2) But why didn’t the Foundation give the money back? (I am assuming the Foundation kept the money.) Inside HRC’s mind, she thinks: “Well, if they’re stupid enough to believe I can do that for them, that’s their problem. In the meantime, I can keep the Foundation operational, and pump in millions to helping worldwide hunger”, or whatever they do. My advice: Don’t assume mistrust, then fill in the facts to fit the mistrust. Look at the facts, look at all the possibilities, and then, if you still mistrust, realize the mistrust for what it is, and the possibility that the facts could be interpreted differently. I apply the same advice to the whole Trump-Cohen thing. It’s possible that Trump knew nothing about it, then he did, but then he didn’t know until “later on”. That man is a wizard at triplespeak, and using vagueness and word choice to essentially muddy the minds of jurors. But at some point, you do have to weigh the evidence, and determine if you believe or not. August 23, 2018 9:50 AM bethebalance ACP, I dunno anything abt North Korea either, but I figured DTM was talking about the arrangement where Russia enriched uranium tfor Iranian civilian power capabilities, with U.S. oversight, so that Iran didn’t need centrifuge, centrifuges which would also give them the ability to enrich to weapons-grade. In an odd show of the theory of relativity as applied to foreign relations, it shows that we trusted Russia on this much more than we trusted Iran. Still, that was a pretty clever compromise, where I’m pretty sure no one would benefit financially, but world security would improve. August 23, 2018 9:57 AM Caroline He keeps shopping this debunked conspiracy theory because he doesn’t know any better or he can’t read or comprehend. August 23, 2018 3:12 PM downthemiddle Andrew can you read UPPER LEVELS of the FBI. Isnt it a clean sweep of the top 4 fired? Maybe just 3 of 4? Uh that is either 75 or 100% of top FBI officials. Hmmmm. And how many others in the huge web of deceit!? HMMMMM> Who was fired for abusing the power in the Ken Star investigations. I don’t remember nary a one. Maybe there were but I don’t think so. Did the upper levels of the IRS abuse their power and target conservative organizations? HMMMMM?? Did anyone get fired? Maybe just early retirement and a slap on the wrist. Almost as gentle as they are on Hillary. Doesn’t seem right does it? I have no doubt the rest of the FBI agents are as sick of this scandal as I am. Those upper level crooks have tarnished the whole organization! Those fired abused their positions of power. CLEARLY ABUSED THEIR POWER. If you disagree, and you CANT, why were they fired? Little Rosenstein recommended firing Comey. You guys wanted him gone too. So now he is a paragon of virtue! What a joke and you know it! August 23, 2018 10:38 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So how do you define “upper levels” of the FBI? If you’re counting Peter Strzok, who Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division, then you’re talking about way more than 4 people. . The Director, the Deputy Directors, the Associate Deputy Directors, the Executive Assistant Directors, the Special Assistant Directors, and the Deputy Assistant Directors of Divisions and Directorates would probably comprise somewhere in the ballpark of 75 folks. You’re telling me 37 of them got fired? Can you list them? . I’m gonna place a wild guess and say that you can’t. August 23, 2018 10:53 AM armanidog OK, the “guilty” ones are gone from the FBI. So now the FBI is “clean”. Same with the IRS. The Justice department is in charge of Mueller investigation. Is the Justice department corrupt as well or can we let the investigation go forward? Or are you posting a “Breitbart” reply? August 23, 2018 11:03 AM armanidog Willy Wonka? August 23, 2018 8:57 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle You tell me if the Mueller investigation is on the up and up. What does Manafort have to do with Russian Collusion. What about payments to hookers. What about barging into a shyster lawyers office and getting all of his records… Looks like abuse to me. Why not look at KNOWN AND OBVIOUS COLLUSION? I know why! The FBI was GUILTY AS HELL OF IT!! August 23, 2018 2:40 PM Log in to Reply Caroline The Russian collusion part is apparently going to come into play with Manafort’s trial in DC. Can you tell me why he was caught contacting Russian intelligence twice while out on bail if the Russians had no part in what he has been doing? August 23, 2018 3:41 PM Andrew C. Pope Armani, Might I recommend Slate’s Slow Burn podcast? Seeing as I don’t remember the Clinton saga on account of being in grade school and not caring about politics, it’s been a pretty helpful and insightful series so far: . http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/slow_burn.html August 23, 2018 9:25 AM Log in to Reply armanidog Thank you. August 23, 2018 9:48 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Andrew, good call. It is a shame you guys were not around to see how freaking sleezy it was and watching the libs circle the wagons and then listen to the same guys castigate Trump for almost nothing. Paying for a hooker? So the hell what? What about rape, banging an intern under a desk in the FREAKING OVAL OFFICE and lord knows what else? Stealing 1000 FBI files for opposition research, not turning over subpeoned documents…and on and on. It has only gotten worse over the years. They have infected the IRS, State and Justice Departments, the IRS, FBI and it is obvious and pointed out. And the liberal press could care less. So do most liberals. Why is that? What about trying to steer a presidential election, keep the other candidate out of jail, destroy and frame the other candidate, when that failed ruin his presidency. On fake unverified evidence from the opposition party paid for by the party and THE GD FBI doing the framing. Folks, that is exactly what is going on. Please disagree. August 23, 2018 2:44 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope As I’ve asked you multiple times… please show me evidence that supports your position 1) the Steele dossier is “fake,” and 2) the Steel dossier is the sole evidence upon which the Russia investigation is based. August 23, 2018 3:18 PM Log in to Reply armanidog “Dog, that doenst say WHY it was done or WHY Russians sent $145,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation does it? Nope.” A CANADIAN company owned the mining rights. The CANADIAN company was bought by a Russian company. The US signed off on the deal because: 1. We have plenty of stored uranium. 2. We have enough nuclear warheads to kill everyone on earth several times over. 3. It was not deemed to be a strategic threat (the pentagon was one of the agencies signing off on it). Even the Washington Post and NYT called for an investigation into the 145 million dollar donation. But in March of this year: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An informant whom House Republicans have said could reveal a link between a 2010 sale of U.S. uranium supplies and donations to the Clinton Foundation provided no evidence of that during a four-hour interview with congressional staff last month, Democrats said on Thursday… The informant, lobbyist William D. Campbell, “provided no evidence of a quid pro quo involving Secretary (Hillary) Clinton or the Clinton Foundation and no evidence that Secretary Clinton was involved in, or improperly influenced” the uranium sale, the Democrats said in a five-page summary of the Feb. 7 interview. Democrats said they were releasing a summary of the session because majority Republicans, who control the panels involved, refused to approve the preparation of a full transcript.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-uraniumone/informant-had-no-evidence-clinton-benefited-from-uranium-sale-democrats-idUSKCN1GK2MU August 23, 2018 9:46 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Balance. You nailed it. BUYING INFLUENCE! Ding ding ding.. What a rat’s nest of influence peddling. And looky who is in charge…. An election scandal in both democratic and republican primaries as well as the general election. Who is in the center of it? Ding, ding ding. Scandal at the FBI, a huge one along with other intelligence agencies and the Fisa Courts and lord know what else. Same rotten fish in the center. How is that possible? Ding, ding ding. Uh, why have those contributions to the Clinton Foundation dried up? If it was such a great organization and (only 90% of its contributions going for SALARIES!) wouldn’t more money be going there instead of nothing? Ding, ding ding. Ooops. Just be honest for a change. August 23, 2018 10:44 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope 90% of the Clinton Foundation’s money went to salaries? Want to provide proof of that claim? Shouldn’t be too hard. August 23, 2018 10:54 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance When I look at it, I see Putin in the middle of the election scandals. And I see a struggling (but honest) Comey in the middle of the FBI investigations. And when I look at the Clinton Foundation- there’s actual hard numbers you can find yourself. See all their financials at: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/about/annual-financial-reports So, for 2016, look at page 8: $233M income, $28M for management and admin. That’s 12% Hoss. https://www.clintonfoundation.org/sites/default/files/clinton_foundation_report_public_2016.pdf The Emperor has warped your mind, and led you down a path of distrust. Sure, be skeptical, but there are things called “facts” which can be “verified”. August 23, 2018 11:00 AM Log in to Reply Caroline Yes, the Clinton Foundation is highly rated by charity rating sources and unlike Trump and his criminal foundation actually releases their tax returns. August 23, 2018 3:15 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Sure we have so much uranium it is coming out of our ears. BS. But why in another article you sent it says we are a tiny player in the industry? Which is it? It doesn’t add up. Never has. Follow the money. Same with Manafort Cohen and the Clintons. Trump has enough money. Cant be bought. He is a jerk and you don’t like him but he doesn’t need the money does he? He has enough to fight back. Finally someone can fight back when the press and swamp is 95% lib. Some California Congressman got in trouble a day or two ago. Why? money. That will not be what gets Trump in trouble.. No one owns him. Hell republican can’t control him can they? Democrats? The press? The FBI tried and got caught. August 23, 2018 10:58 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Trump has enough money. Cant be bought. . Bless your heart. You aren’t really that astute when it comes to Trump’s finances, are you? August 23, 2018 11:07 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Ah, but what abt all that laundered, ill-got Russian money? And Putin. Certainly at least worth looking into wouldn’t you think? God, if that pee tape exists, Putin could end Trump with the push of the Send button. And it’s worth noting that all of the Clinton Foundation’s tax returns are matters of public record, transparent, and subject to vigorous IRS audit if it was warranted. While Trump and Trump Org. returns are still super-secret. August 23, 2018 11:08 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I think that’s where Putin overplayed his hand. If he publishes the “pee tape.” Mike Cernovich is going to make a video about how getting peed on is what alpha males do and Tucker Carlson is going to spend a week ripping the “liberal media” for “kinkshaming” Donald Trump. . When he said he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose any support. He wasn’t lying. August 23, 2018 11:11 AM Log in to Reply xdog 5th Avenue republicans are so 2016. They’re all Helsinki republicans now. August 23, 2018 11:29 AM NoParty4Me If Putin sends pee tape before midterms, no one cares. Candidates too busy staying neutral to get elected. What a farce. August 23, 2018 10:07 PM Log in to Reply armanidog “Sure we have so much uranium it is coming out of our ears. BS. But why in another article you sent it says we are a tiny player in the industry?” From the Department of Energy in 2008: “At the end of 2008, U.S. uranium reserves totaled 1,227 million pounds of U3O8 at a maximum forward cost (MFC) of up to $100 per pound U3O8 (Table 1). At up to $50 per pound U3O8, estimated reserves were 539 million pounds of U3O8. Based on average 1999-2008 consumption levels (uranium in fuel assemblies loaded into nuclear reactors), uranium reserves available at up to $100 per pound of U3O8 represented approximately 23 years worth of demand, while uranium reserves at up to $50 per pound of U3O8 represented about 10 years worth of demand. Domestic U.S. uranium production, however, supplies only about 10 percent, on average, of U.S. requirements for nuclear fuel, so the effective years’ supply of domestic uranium reserves is actually much higher, under current market conditions.” https://www.eia.gov/uranium/reserves/ The rest of your post makes me think you post on Breitbart as well. August 23, 2018 11:09 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance I’m gonna create a response for the conspiracy theorists on this site. Instead of “tl;dr” (“Too long; didn’t read”) it’s gonna be: “tf;dr”: “Too factual; don’t read”. Not “didn’t read.” “Don’t read”, as in “I don’t read facts.” August 23, 2018 11:26 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Funny. Now who is it that still supports the warmed over Karl Marx agenda? Not me! August 23, 2018 3:05 PM Dave Bearse Sean Hannity, the bubble world’s source of facts and news, and Trump cult chief whatabout, Then and Now: . Then: @newtgingrinch: “Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to really help get this [Trump] campaign to where it is right now.” 19 Aug 2016 . Now: Manafort “worked for Trump for only a little over 100 days” in downplaying Manafort being connected to Trump. . Giuliani, there’s a bus with your name on it. August 23, 2018 11:26 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Meanwhile in Washington… https://www.axios.com/education-department-betsy-devos-arming-teachers-78017e3c-c531-442c-9f07-c3e4e81f7e90.html August 23, 2018 12:03 PM Log in to Reply chefdavid We are in the bottom 10 for Online Access to Government Spending Data. https://uspirgedfund.org/reports/usf/following-money-2018 August 23, 2018 12:08 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Thanks for passing along that link. August 23, 2018 12:42 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth I can’t believe all this blather and not one mention of the real travesty that’s headline news in our country right now: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mollie-tibbetts-murder-suspect-ordered-held-5-million-bond-n902941 Illegal alien heinously murders another young SJW American girl, and nobody on here cares enough to even mention it? This murderer says he’s 24 (but we have no way to verify that) and has been in the US illegally for several years, could even be a DACA person for all we know. Another illegal alien has created another Angel Mother in America, and has separated another girl from her family permanently. Where is all the outrage about that? Liberal/Socialist/Communists say “If confiscating all guns saves just one life, it will be worth it.” Well, using the same logic, if deporting all illegal aliens saves just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it? August 23, 2018 12:51 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I can’t believe you’re focusing on that story, when THIS is the real travesty: http://www.citypages.com/news/us-born-american-citizen-in-country-legally-charged-in-teens-death/491452661 August 23, 2018 1:10 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Nope, that dog won’t hunt. Everybody knows that we have plenty of US citizens who commit crimes every day — just look at the city of Chicago’s out-of-control murder rate as a stark example. Americans have to deal with American criminals. But it is a bridge too far for us to have to bear the consequences of other countries’ criminals who have no legal reason to be in this country. If existing laws had been enforced and this killer kept out of the US, the Tibbetts family would not be mourning this senseless murder today. Plus all Americans are having to pay the cost of free attorneys and court costs, incarceration costs, interpreters’ costs, etc. that will run into huge dollars that could otherwise be used to help needy US citizens. Today our condolences and prayers should go out to this, yet another American family whose child has been permanently separated from them in an atrocious manner. August 23, 2018 1:36 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope the Tibbetts family would not be mourning this senseless murder today . The same Tibbetts family that has asked people not to politicize this case? . Her death is a tragedy, but it isn’t magically more tragic because the crime was committed by someone who may have been in this country illegally. Claiming illegal immigration as a cause of this crime requires gigantic leaps in logic. August 23, 2018 2:00 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Horse manure. The guy shouldn’t be here. How hard is that? August 23, 2018 2:35 PM bethebalance Just calling every other news story “blather” and not “real” shows the ugly politicization. Hopefully, folks and the media aren’t using the tragedy to deflect from other stories. It is obviously a tragedy. I recall hearing that some folks had multiple red flags go up about this murderer, with some threats being made or the like. I think it’s time we have a more informed and effective way to deal with red flags like these, and like with flags from folks with mental illness who post that they’re about to commit homicide. Or even if they say they’re going to kill someone’s dog. That’s enough of a flag, and enough of a crime. August 23, 2018 2:41 PM xdog Willie Horton. August 23, 2018 2:48 PM Andrew C. Pope Let’s use your logic, DTM. . The guy wouldn’t be here but for the immigration laws, right? Well he also wouldn’t be in that Iowa town if his employer wasn’t gainfully employing him. Should we hold that guy responsible, in some way, for the murder? He also wouldn’t be in that Iowa town if his parents hadn’t bumped uglies all those years ago. Should we now outlaw any heterosexual sex? Should we ban the type of weapon he used to kill her? After all, he couldn’t have done it but for the gun or the knife. . Illegal immigration was not a cause of her death, quit with this butterfly effect b.s. August 23, 2018 3:15 PM Noway2016 With (new) respect. You’re wrong. Sally’s logic is correct. If this illegal, hence the term, had been kept out of this country, she girl would not have been killed bt his actions. August 23, 2018 3:32 PM Andrew C. Pope I’m merely chasing Sally’s logic to it’s logical endpoint. If the guy’s parents don’t have sex, he can’t kill this person. Ipso facto no one should be allowed to have sex ever again. August 23, 2018 3:34 PM Sally Forth It actually is more tragic because she was murdered by an illegal alien who should never have been in her town at all. If the existing laws had been enforced when this man breached the US border illegally during the Obama administration, this young girl who trusted her country to keep her safe would still be alive today. He also stole some US citizen’s identity which he gave to the company that employed him these last few years. If you or I committed identity theft, we would be put in jail, severely punished for that alone. But it is somehow okay for an illegal alien to do that. Some people today place more value on illegal aliens than they do fellow Americans. Sad. August 23, 2018 3:36 PM Andrew C. Pope So let’s ban social security numbers, because if those didn’t exist he wouldn’t have been able to assume someone else’s identity. August 23, 2018 3:44 PM downthemiddle Sally! Ding ding ding. More hypocrisy. Good job of identifying more low hanging fruit. NOWAY will be fatter than a darn hawg! August 23, 2018 2:36 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I cant believe that after her parents BEGGED people not to politicize her death, you go ahead and do it anyway. Who gives a crap about the parents…they are just tools, right? DISGUSTING Screw the wishes of her grieving parents, who are the ONLY ones who have any reason to talk about this and have asked people not to. August 23, 2018 3:13 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Sean Hannity kept reporting the Seth Rich “conspiracy.” Alex Jones still thinks Sandy Hook was a hoax. Republicans had formal investigations into whether the Clinton’s “killed” Vince Foster. . The whacko nutjob gristmill doesn’t care about anyone other than the folks buying their books, beet powder, and boner pills. August 23, 2018 3:16 PM Log in to Reply Caroline You got that right. There is a reason it is called the wingnut welfare circuit. August 23, 2018 3:36 PM Log in to Reply Caroline I understand her parents are big in Iowa GOP politics. August 23, 2018 3:19 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth She was in college in Iowa, but her parents live in California. Her dad had stayed there for several weeks since her disappearance, trying to find his daughter. According to authorities, he finally went back home to CA only a few days before her body was found. And Scott, it is not politicizing her death to feel compassion for her family and to wish that our nation had not failed this beautiful young woman so badly. Liberal fascists trying to shut down public discussion of inconvenient truths by insulting others is a manipulation of public discourse that has gone on far too long. I’m reasonably sure that her family doesn’t read GeorgiaPol. And I have seen nothing at all about her parent’s political views. On situations like this, we should not be GOPers nor Demorats, but rather simply caring Americans. August 23, 2018 3:52 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So being a “caring American” means telling a grieving family that their feelings and wishes don’t matter? August 23, 2018 4:09 PM Noway2016 So, we can’t discuss it? A crime directly caused by an illegal alien. If our laws had been enforced, THIS man couldn’t have killed her. Pure truth. August 23, 2018 3:41 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope It wasn’t “directly” caused by his immigration status. August 23, 2018 3:43 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 All I can say after following that logic is that all people on my side please make sure you ask your like- minded friends to make sure snd vote. Our opponents are extremely motivated by hate. They’re gonna show up. Believe that. Having said that, we just gotta have one more than they do. We have to be motivated by our love of the best country ever envisioned. To make sure we’re protected and not torn down like our opponents have been doing for years. We just need one more that they have. August 23, 2018 3:58 PM bethebalance Immigration status doesn’t kill people. People kill people. There’s no point in regulating immigration status because criminals who want to illegally obtain an immigration status are going to do it anyways. All you need to stop a guy with a criminal immigration status is a guy with a lawful immigration status. ^ All of that is obviously sarcastic, but shows the fallacy and inconsistency of logic and arguments as applied. August 23, 2018 4:03 PM Noway2016 Drew. Thanks for asking for BJ to move along. I’m sorry you did, kinda. Just following our sides’ back and forth on the murder of the Iowa girl, it’s obvious that we on this site will not agree. But seeing BJ’s emotional reaction, I think, shows the readers who will never post on here, it shows them the vitriol of The Left. I think it may motivate my side to show up even more. August 23, 2018 4:21 PM bethebalance Noway, it was good to see us all backing you up and upholding some community standards. I certainly wouldn’t extrapolate that emotional reaction beyond that individual, though. Any more than I would say every Republican is a white supremacist. Gotta maintain the standards, you know. August 23, 2018 4:43 PM Sally Forth Amen, Noway. And Andrew, it was directly caused by his not having an immigration status — he is an illegal alien, not involved in the immigration process at all. He is a foreign national who broke into this country illegally, which eventually led to the murder of this young American woman. August 23, 2018 3:57 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Funny how this sort of causation logic only applies when a brown person kills a white girl and not when a white dude shoots up a concert, or a movie theater, or a school, or an airport. . If you think this crime warrants crackdown on “illegal immigrants” then why do Columbine, Aurora, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, San Bernadino, Orlando, Parkland, Fort Hood, and so many other shootings not warrant a crackdown on firearms? August 23, 2018 4:06 PM bethebalance I don’t suppose his mental illness had anything to do with it? (To me, anyone who wants to murder, or commits murder, has something wrong with them.) I don’t suppose there was any other way to stop him? Of course, maybe he could have been stopped with a different immigration enforcement regimen. Maybe not. Then what do you do? Give up? No, you build in redundant protections. Stuff that would address the red flags this guy raised. And I.D. fraud is also a huge issue- and one avenue that, if it was caught, could have prevented the murder. And that issue impacts so many Americans, and a terribly clunky system to address it. If only the government would direct funds to beef up cybersecurity measures wherever they could, like in voting systems. Wait- did the Pres. just reject increasing voting cybersecurity funds? August 23, 2018 4:10 PM Caroline David Pecker, President of AMI who publishes the National Equirer is now being reported as cooperating with Mueller. Since I’m guessing from reporting that Pecker was in on what was going on that he must have reached some sort of plea deal. He is basically backing up what Cohen said that Trump knew about the illegal transfer of money and campaign contributions. August 23, 2018 3:35 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Betray Trump? Pecker would. August 23, 2018 3:35 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Right now it’s each person for themselves. Everybody is trying to save their own hide. August 23, 2018 3:37 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Headline: “Trump undone by Pecker… and also some guy from the National Enquirer” August 23, 2018 3:46 PM Log in to Reply Caroline That name writes 1,000 jokes by itself doesn’t it? August 23, 2018 4:12 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance There are some last names that I just don’t understand why people keep. Maybe he enjoys being a Pecker? At least Drumpf had enough sense to change that family name. It’s like Dumb and Rump Dumped out a baby. August 23, 2018 4:16 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Also, I should note that when my family immigrated here, they wanted to change their name to a fancy Fortune 500-style name as well. But, we stuck with our clunky ethnic name. Not sure if that was the right choice. August 23, 2018 4:46 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth To use Noway’s term, Mewler is absolutely scraping the bottom of the barrel in his muckraking efforts to somehow destroy POTUS. And the most ridiculous part of this segment of the witch hunt is that any money that might have been involved was private funds that had nothing to do with campaign contributions. Nada. Zip. Calling a cow a puppy doesn’t make it bark. And last time I checked, private citizens can spend their money any way they choose. So this is just another wild goose chase by Mewler in his efforts to fling poo at we know who. August 23, 2018 4:02 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’m Mewler. Mueller is dips**t. Do try and keep up. August 23, 2018 4:04 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth I stand corrected, Mewler! Plez forgive. It’s hard to keep up, since I only get time to drop by here a time or two a week. August 23, 2018 4:16 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance If it had a non-incidental benefit to the campaign, he had to report it, regardless of source. But he tried to hide and conceal it. Just part of his M.O. There is a reason we have campaign finance disclosures. It’s called “extreme vetting”. August 23, 2018 4:19 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Is it me or does anyone find it funny that a government dick, Mueller, is giving immunity to a guy name Pecker to dig up crap on something that has nothing to do with collusion at all? Does that by definition make Mueller a piece of male anatomy himself? And a biased one at that? It is ironic that the non-verified dossier was bought and paid for by the FBI and the Hillary campaign and is being used to get rid of Trump? Does that strike anyone you as ironic, maybe unfair, maybe dishonest? August 23, 2018 4:31 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You spend a lot of time talking about penises and men in spandex and male cheerleaders and Log Cabin Republicans. . Just an observation. August 23, 2018 4:47 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual He also fantasizes about having male black friends were former Army or Marines. There is nothing wrong with being homosexual in this country but repressed feelings can manifest themselves in unhelpful ways. August 23, 2018 6:29 PM Log in to Reply Caroline If you could put down the Hannity crack pipe for a while you would have known about this long ago. Karen McDougal said that the National Enquirer was running what is known as a catch and kill operation for Trump all during the 2016 campaign. The only thing that is really news today is that Mueller has apparently given Pecker immunity to testify. Andrew has asked you a number of times to prove that the dossier kicked off the Trump investigation and yet you never provide proof. Most of us here know that it was drunk Papadapoulos who blabbed to the Austrailans that kicked all this off. August 23, 2018 5:27 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn For those who love Juvenalian policical satire – Granted its not Swift, Orwell or Juvenal… However; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/23/trump-michael-cohen-broad-daylight August 23, 2018 4:20 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth By all means, let’s do parse every little detail of a candidate’s private life and their private finances. But all we heard were crickets when this took place in 2013: https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/07/obama-campaign-fined-big-for-hiding-donors-keeping-illegal-donations Where were the “Impeach him! Impeach him!” nutjobs when this went on? Big-time deliberate hiding of donors and keeping illegal donations that actually were his presidential campaign accounts? And of course he spent all those ill-gotten contributions on getting himself re-elected. Where was the outrage by the media and the anarchists in the streets? August 23, 2018 4:27 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Pretty sure if Obama was hiding payments to porn stars and mistresses there would have plenty of folks calling to impeach him. August 23, 2018 4:36 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I think the difference between the fine as a penalty and the criminal penalty is the willful intent to violate. It looks like Obama campaign reported things, but untimely, i.e. late. That’s not trying to willfully hide or conceal, or set up a shell corporation. Also, Cohen’s criminal plea and penalty was mixed in with his other pleas to the other fraud charges. Also, fwiw, I don’t think the campaign finance violations are grounds for impeachment. But I believe we may yet see good grounds for that. Maybe not. But I will place my bet on YAS. August 23, 2018 4:38 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle We all know why. He is a lib. Millions. Trump already paid his hooker once to go away. A fair exchange. And then he had to paid her once again for to go away. And she didn’t. And now folks say this is a campaign contribution. Utter nonsense. But who cares right? There is a life lesson, maybe don’t hire hookers or be faithful. Seems to be hard to do for many of us. And Trump should be the one impeached. Where is Mueller? August 23, 2018 5:01 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Um…. you’re not aware of the basic facts: . He paid a porn star hush money for an affair they had shortly after Melania had given birth (that Donald, such a class act). He also enlisted the National Enquirer to pay off a Playboy playmate Donald had an affair with around the same time. That’s two women, neither hookers, who Donald has paid hush money to. Now, these certainly aren’t the only two ladies he’s paid off in his life, but they appear -at this time – to be the only two he paid off with the express intention of benefiting his campaign for President. . The only mention of prostitutes has been the young women who may or may not have urinated on Mr. Trump while he laid in a bed previously slept in by the Obamas. August 23, 2018 5:48 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Honest question: Drew, do you actually believe the “pee story” to be true? To actually have happened? August 23, 2018 6:08 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’m on the fence. . On one hand, it’s completely consistent with Russian intelligence operations to entrap prominent Americans in compromising situations in order to exploit and/or blackmail them down the line. Further, Trump’s general pattern of behavior toward Russia, and Putin in particular, reeks of someone that’s trying to tread carefully. . On the other hand, it just seems too ridiculous to be true, even for a ridiculous personality like Donald Trump. I think the more likely source of compromising information is Russia’s extensive financial dealings with Trump and the severe amount of debt his company, and him personally, are in. . But again, it doesn’t matter if the pee tape is real or not because folks like Paul Ryan aren’t going to do anything more than put out a press release about how they’re “concerned” about the President’s use of prostitutes in various lewd sexual acts. August 23, 2018 6:14 PM Caroline Republicans were saying back then that Obama should have been impeached because he wasn’t a US citizen. August 23, 2018 5:29 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth It’s been large — but I’ve gotta get out from behind this computer and hit the dratted afternoon traffic tangle. Noway and DTM, keep trying to bring some balance to this echo chamber! August 23, 2018 4:42 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle No problem Sally. It is an easy task. When they have nothing to reply we get the usual name calling. Even the libs couldn’t stand the BJ bozo with the salty tongue. Good job folks. Did anyone every ask BJ what BJ stood for? August 23, 2018 5:09 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lol! Awwww Nawwww! August 23, 2018 5:23 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn If wanting ‘Medicare for all’ makes you a Socialists, then 53% of Republicans are socialists. https://www.axios.com/support-for-medicare-for-all-poll-2018-midterms-2e6da34b-0147-4cb8-83ef-e32f39c1be69.html August 23, 2018 4:42 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Everyone knows the Republican Party is the home of socialism. Just go read the platform of the Communist Party USA and see for yourself!!! Wake up sheeple!!! August 23, 2018 4:44 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Points August 23, 2018 4:48 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Andrew, you could not have read that. If so you wouldn’t possibly say that! I am going to post things for the Communist Party website. You liberal wizards see if you agree with them– Comrads!! Lower taxes, less government, more freedom, less regulations…all conservative. Not there. Strong military? Hell no. Borders. Nope. All Conservative. I cant wait to see your responses. I will post later tonight or tomorrow. I have to go whip some tail on the golf course. Not that big a deal. My buddies (oh yea the black and white marines and army guys–no slowflakes) are not great at golf but are funny as hell. Better get your replies ready. You might be joining the communist party. Some of you have and so clueless you don’t know it. They don’t seem to be as hateful as most liberals I know these days. No kidding. August 23, 2018 5:07 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So I just got back from the golf course, you guys. It was the saddest sight. DTM was all by himself on the first tee box. I heard him say “Gee, Marcus! That sure was funny! Can you tell me about your time in the Marines again?” But no one was there, he was just talking to the wind. . Then he teed up the ball and said “alright, Marcus, grip it and rip it” before hooking a ball clear off the fairway. “Great shot!” he exclaimed. . DTM paced around the tee box and lined up another ball “okay, Jamal, your turn, let’s see what you got.” DTM wound up and struck another ball, this one going only about 85 yards, barely reaching the fairway. “Boy, Jamal, that one got away from you my brother!” . DTM walked yet another lap around the tee box, this time lining up left handed, holding his club slightly upside down, the steel of the driver gleaming in the afternoon twilight. “You can do this!” he stated before slicing a ball well into the woods. “Boy, Darius, how do they let a bad golfer like you into the Army?!” he guffawed loudly to no one but the trees, and the birds, and the air. . One last time DTM circled the tee box. “Alright boys, now it’s my turn. I’m gonna show you fellas how a real golfer strokes it” before mimicking the laughter of his clearly invisible companions. DTM wound up, huffing and puffing like a man on a mission, lowered the head of his club, and WHOOOOSH a mighty whiff and a thunderous crash as he fell to the ground. Red faced, DTM brushed himself off and steadied for another go. Again the wind up and the downstroke PIIINNNGGGG the sound of a golf ball taking flight, arcing perfectly down the middle of the fairway and landing comfortably some 180 yards away. “Told you that’s how it’s done” he stated, mater of factly while holstering his driver. . DTM ambled up to the golf cart, sliding in the passenger side. “Marcus, you drive” he stated. Again, no one was there but the wind, and the trees, and the far off shouts and hollers of foursomes full of real, living, breathing, people enjoying their afternoon. As DTM sat there, patiently, waiting for an invisible man to release the brake and drive on. August 23, 2018 6:00 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And I thought IIIIIIIII lived rent-free in Drew’s head!! LMAO! Lordy… August 23, 2018 6:05 PM Andrew C. Pope Don’t worry, Noway, I got a big head. August 23, 2018 6:08 PM Caroline The story apparently gets worse. Pecker held stories for Trump for over 10 years doing catch and kill. This guy had blackmail power over Trump and probably other people. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/national-enquirer-safe-reportedly-held-damaging-trump-stories-1137160?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral August 23, 2018 6:47 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Caroline, if what you aay is accurate, then it’s Trump’s “common Practice” and won’t qualify as a unique campaign event. So, no crime. His bad past behavior is gonna actually save him in this instance. August 23, 2018 6:54 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Awwwww!!!! Nawwwww!!!! That’s where you’re wrong my friend. The testimony of Cohen, under oath, is that the payments to Clifford and McDougal were made, at the direction of Individual-1, for the purposes of benefiting the campaign. That’s the rub, mi amigo. That Trump has a long history of being a disgusting pervert doesn’t salvage it. August 23, 2018 7:05 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 We’ll see… August 23, 2018 7:09 PM Log in to Reply Caroline You had to go and get your talking points before you came back here didn’t you? LOL. August 23, 2018 9:27 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual Who the hell is BJ? What do you kids do when I’m off at work all day? August 23, 2018 7:16 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle I want to personally thank Caroline for doing a great job reporting on all of those Pecker stories! Keep up the good work! August 23, 2018 8:07 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Andrew, your golf story was a lot more exciting than mine today. We played nine holes faster than How long it took you to come up with that story! I hope you weren’t on the clock because if you were that might be why the government doesn’t get sh— done! I happened to beat Willie, Fred and Bid D (Demetrius ) today. Had a few suds and called it a day! We got a chuckle about all of Trump’s ho’s who were very well paid turned on him! They were much more upset at the ho’s than they were Trump! August 23, 2018 8:20 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I don’t work for the govt anymore. Got tired of not being adequately compensated for my work. August 23, 2018 8:37 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle That could explain some latent and not so latent hostility. But not your support of more and more corrupt and inept government encroachment… August 24, 2018 6:52 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual What, Dre and Black weren’t there? You are such a liar. How many guys did you bareback in lieu of tips? August 23, 2018 8:37 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Question… who do you think more Americans are mad at? Trump paying his ho’s well or the ho’s for telling on him ? Would you rather have Jimmy Carter as president who only lusted after women as he said in the Playboy interview and his lousy economic , tax and energy policies, his Cardigan sweaters and fireside chats, telling us that the world is running out of resources…or a guy like Trump who actually went out with plenty of Playboy bunnies, who knows how to create millions of jobs, lower your taxes, unshackled the American spirit, rebuild the military, drain the swamp, appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, is politically incorrect and will call out idiocy at the drop of a hat, will help the US dominate the world energy markets! Someone that has actually met thousands of payrolls rather than none, knows how to create millions of jobs, Will not confiscate your guns, Supports free-speech everywhere including college campuses, will confront the Chinese when they’re cheating, will confront NATO when they are welching on their military commitments, confront Germany when they’re cutting idiotic deals with the Russians, will confront the Canadiens when they have 250% tariffs on US dairy products, and confront the EU when they’re screwing us on auto tariffs, supports free-speech everywhere including college campuses? I hate to be shallow… You know what a deep and learned person I am… But why are we having this discussion again? Bear in mind of Jimmy Carter is not nearly as screwed up as Bernie Sanders or this current group of socialists… Just saying… August 23, 2018 8:56 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope who do you think more Americans are mad at? . Definitely the dude who cheated on his wife and sexually assaulted a number of women. . Would you rather have Jimmy Carter as president . Considering Carter legalized home brewing and, unlike Trump, had a coherent and successful foreign policy… I’d make the swap. At least one wouldn’t be a perpetual embarrassment. . Trump who actually went out with plenty of Playboy bunnies . Figures the guy who admitted to suffering from severe erectile dysfunction would think this is Trump’s crowning achievement. The dude has money and access to lots of coke, no one is boning him for his looks or his small hands. . knows how to create millions of jobs . Since you saw fit to repeat this one, care to provide evidence of the millions of jobs Trump has created? And before you answer, no, living off of alimony or a hush money payment does not count as a “job.” . Supports free-speech everywhere . Except when CNN is mean to him or when his personal attorney is implicating him in felonies under oath in federal court. . will confront the Chinese when they’re cheating . Like when he said he’d label them currency manipulators but then wimped out because they gave Ivanka some trademarks? . supports free-speech everywhere including college campuses . You’re repeating yourself again and the notion Trump cares about free speech is just as laughably absurd the second time around. August 23, 2018 9:30 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Matt, how can you be such a gasbag? Do you get a woody calling folks liars and gay and Nazis and racists when you are totally wrong, have no possible way of knowing, it is not remotely true, and do so with such a petulant, irritable, humorless, and unappealing way? Why are you so pissed. Is your life that miserable? Maybe you could use an attitude adjustment don’t you think? Does anyone else think it might be a good idea or it just me? I don’t think I have called you anything that is not nail on the head. Keep it up little buddy. Again, hope you are in research. If you are this big of a d- bag with your patients, nurses and staff I am afraid you are going to have problems…and probably get a country a– beating from folks. Matter of fact their might be a line. Let me tell you how upset I am! Not nary a bit. It makes my point, over and over and over. Lets see I believe a few of us you disagree with have been called Nazis in the last day or too by the riveting Pecker reporter, gay by you earlier in the day….no I thought gay was good and a huge constituent of the socialists. Has that changed? We would love to have them in the log Cabin Republicans. We at least have a sense of humor. Now my fellow socialists on the blog, do you like Matt ridiculing gays? Should you be protesting out front of his office in those pink hats? Just a thought. Somehow Matt says don’t know any black people and probably don’t play golf….(downthemiddle handle might be a clue) Oh, a pedophile lover— when no one loves them, not even in prisonl from what I have been told….well that is just a few of the names in the last day or so. Oh and the sniveling D-bag BJ comes along and I am a MFer! That was rich! Maybe drop dead too. Maybe not. And somehow this dialogue is supposed to convince folks to join the all inclusive socialist/communist party? How is that going for you? Now I thought libs were the tolerant ones right? Is there anyone on this blog that actually thinks that? It is total BS and you know it. It would be hard to believe you if you said that. Again, I think that is why Trump won and folks are sick of such a rude, illogical, ineffective, hateful ideology. If you cant win rigged elections, what is going to happen when they are not? What is it you libs are going to run on in this election or any other? I hate everyone including Trump and lousy economic policies? What else? I did ask if raising kids in this environment is child abuse for kids? I wonder. August 23, 2018 9:17 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Matt has been here for years. He’s wished for my actual death numerous times. It’s par for his course. As an actual physician, I’d expect some serious intellect, but that has never really surfaced-ever. Just a really sad and pissed off little sawbones! August 23, 2018 9:32 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope As an actual physician, I’d expect some serious intellect . Have you never heard of Ben Carson, or Paul Broun, or Rand Paul, or Ron Paul, or Dr. Nick? August 23, 2018 9:37 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle What in the world is Dr. Carson if not a sharp, polite unassuming guy? Did I miss something? Pray tell what shortcomings he has. I will bite on Rand Paul too. Go ahead. August 23, 2018 9:59 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Rand Paul is on Putin’s payroll. He’s going around trying to reduce sanctions on Putin. Carson is apparently an idiot savant because while he appears to have been a competent doctor he thinks that Joseph of the bible stored grain in the pyramids. August 24, 2018 8:07 AM MattMD_actual No kidding. But in the south, some are brought up to think doctors are close to God-like, that they are brilliant. The first two years of med school contains a lot of memorize/regurgitate/forget. Don’t get me wrong, it takes A LOT of discipline but good doctors have to be outstanding diagnosticians. I mean Tom Price did a good business and then goes to Congress but makes the mistake of working in this goon’s administration. It is interesting to see the trolls comment on my intellect considering their contributions. August 24, 2018 8:44 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Says the troll who calls people “little bitches…” You’re a joke, Doc. Always have been. August 24, 2018 8:56 PM downthemiddle Hmmm, sounds like the Dr. Mattster has forgotten his Hippocratic oath NOWAY….I am sure liberalism helps him with his hypocritical oath no doubt. There is so much love thy neighbor and do unto others in the modern socialist movement today right? Those gun-toting Bible- thumping deplorable, irredeemable rubes just make me sick… August 24, 2018 7:01 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual You are a sensitive little bitch, aren’t you? August 24, 2018 8:33 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Do you get a woody calling folks liars and gay . Based on what you disclosed earlier today, we know that you clearly don’t. . Why are you so pissed. Is your life that miserable? . That’s a rich question coming from the dude who spends more time angrily ranting here than he does with his imaginary black friends. Oops, my bad, your “brothas.” . Let me tell you how upset I am! Not nary a bit . Your lengthy, incoherent, and impotent response begs to differ. . We would love to have them in the log Cabin Republicans. . Freudian slip. . What is it you libs are going to run on in this election or any other? . My personal platform is disenfranchising Boomers. August 23, 2018 9:36 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Does disenfranchisement mean seeing to it they can’t vote? August 23, 2018 9:45 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Yep August 24, 2018 8:18 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What do the Other Libs on here think of Andrew’s admission that he will take active steps to see to it that Baby Boomers are prevented from voting? Caroline? B? Balance? Matt? Armani? Yall ok with that? Approve of that? August 24, 2018 8:43 AM Caroline It’s snark. August 24, 2018 9:18 AM bethebalance Obv snark. Fwiw, though, my father (a Baby Boomer) held his nose to vote for Trump, and has since become disgusted with him. He plans on not voting this November. This whole trend is a natural result of the path the Republican party took. Not just electing him, but with Congress not providing an effective check on him. It will, as many are opining, likely tank the image of Republicans for most every existing generation- Boomers, Xers, Millenials, Zs. Apparently, those born before ’45 are called the “Matures” or “Silents”? Never heard those terms, but those folks might not change their votes. August 24, 2018 10:09 AM Andrew C. Pope Old, white, Baby Boomers should lose the right to vote and we should criminalize email chains and dumb Facebook memes so as to better root out the old people slowly destroying our democracy. I’d also support holding these Boomers in some type of camp or detention facility. August 24, 2018 10:53 AM bethebalance Those email chains were the beginning of the end. Started right alongside AOL. Vitriolic, devoid of facts. Probably foreign interference. And it was Boomers that were eating that crud up, and passing it around. But they assumed that if it was on the computer, it must be true. August 24, 2018 11:02 AM Noway2016 I gotta ask: why do you think DTM is lying about having black friends? August 23, 2018 9:48 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual Because nobody else ever mentions this, you idiot. August 24, 2018 11:04 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual I don’t think “gay” is a slur. What I am saying is that you are a closet queen. I am trying to help you here. Free yourself. August 24, 2018 8:31 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Who cares. Uh, if I didn’t know better I would think Matt and Andrew are twins…it is hard to find actual folks with personalities like that…I think there is a professional term for it. If Matt and Andrew have dogs, do they run from you when you walk in the front door after a long day. Just curious. August 23, 2018 10:03 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Cohen, Pecker, Flynn, Gates… Who will be the next to hold the Title? https://youtu.be/HEhpJKITHhA?t=13 August 23, 2018 10:23 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Don’t you mean all of these folks fired for abusing their positions of power? Wow, I had no idea this many have been fired already and many more to come. Resignations/Firings – Department of Justice (Non-FBI): •John Carlin – Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – announced resignation on September 27, 2016 after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing does not disclose known FISA Abuses. Carlin is aware NSA Rogers is conducting a compliance review which will uncover the FISA Abuse. The 2016 certifications are scheduled for Court approval on October 26, 2016. Trump surveillance originated under Carlin’s tenure. •Sally Yates – Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General (replacing Loretta Lynch – 10 days) – fired January 30, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign. •Mary McCord – Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division (replacing John Carlin) – announced resignation on April 17, 2017 – Left on May 11, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign. •Peter Kadzik – Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. Resigned January 2017. On May 19, 2015, Kadzik sent Podesta an email appearing to tip off Clinton Campaign about the Justice Department’s review of Clinton’s emails. •Bruce Ohr – Former Associate Deputy Attorney General. Ohr was demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife – Nellie Ohr – worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS. Simpson and Bruce & Nellie Ohr have known each other since at least 2010. Ohr has been described as a long-time friend of Steele with a relationship going back to at least 2006 (includes Ohr’s wife Nellie). Ohr texted and emailed extensively with Steele beginning in January 2016 (likely started earlier). See here, here and here. Oleg Deripaska was discussed in emails between Ohr and Steele. Ohr appears to have a significant role in Dossier creation – see here and here. •David Laufman – DOJ National Security Division, Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence – resigned on February 7, 2018. Laufman “played a leading role in the Clinton email server and Russian hacking investigations.” •Rachel Brand – Associate Attorney General – number three official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein – resigned February 9, 2018. Takes top legal position at Walmart. Brand “played a critical role in Congress’ re-authorization” of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. •Matthew Axelrod – Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. May have been individual who had phone call with Deputy FBI Director McCabe re: Clinton Foundation. From IG McCabe Report: “A senior Justice Department official called Mr. McCabe to voice his displeasure at finding that New York FBI agents were still openly pursuing the Clinton Foundation probe during the election season. The Justice Department official was “very pissed off,” according to one person close to McCabe, and pressed him to explain why the FBI was still chasing a matter the department considered dormant…” Axelrod resigned on January 30, 2017 when AG Sally Yates was fired. •Preet Bharara – U.S. District Attorney. Involved in Prevezon Case. Used as threat by AG Lynch re: Weiner email/Clinton email case. Fired by President Trump on March 11, 2017. Resignations/Firings – FBI: •James Comey – FBI Director – fired May 9, 2017. Oversaw all FBI operations – including exoneration of Clinton and Trump-Russia Investigation. Reported to AG Lynch. •Andrew McCabe – Deputy FBI Director – on December 23, 2017 announced retirement effective March 22, 2018. Forced to resign active position on January 29, 2018. Fired on March 16, 2018. Involved in all aspects. Subject of IG Report – will be featured in future ones. Reported to Comey. •Peter Strzok – Deputy Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterintelligence – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017 to FBI’s Human Resources. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Strzok involved in all facets of Clinton exoneration. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Strzok was fired on August 13, 2018. •Lisa Page – FBI/DOJ Lawyer – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Page resigned/fired May 4, 2018. •James Baker – FBI General Counsel – demoted and reassigned on December 20, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Senior-most legal counsel at FBI. Baker resigned/fired May 4, 2018. Took position at Lawfare. •James Rybicki – Chief of Staff to FBI Director James Comey & successor Chris Wray – resigned/forced out January 23, 2018. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. •Josh Campbell – Special Assistant to James Comey – resigned on February 2, 2018. Writes op-ed in New York Times on why he is leaving but does not disclose in op-ed that he was Special Assistant to Comey – or that he had been offered lucrative CNN job. Takes job with CNN on February 5, 2018. •Michael Kortan – FBI Asst. Director Public Affairs – resigned on February 8, 2018 – effective February 15, 2018. Kortan served as assistant director for public affairs, an influential job that controlled media access. •Greg Brower (FBI) – Assistant Director for the Office of Congressional Affairs. FBI’s liaison with Congress. Listed by Devin Nunes as one of the individuals he wants to interview. Resigned suddenly on March 30, 2018. •James Turgal (FBI) – Executive Assistant Director for Information and Technology Branch. Retired from FBI sometime prior to January 9, 2018. •Michael B. Steinbach (FBI) – Executive Assistant Director for the National Security Branch. Was FBI’s top national security official. Some reports state Steinbach replaced John Giacalone who quit over frustration with Clinton Investigation. Other reports say it was McCabe who replaced Giacalone. Steinbach claims to have personally handled the Clinton Email Investigation. Retired from FBI in February 2017. •Bill Priestap – Assistant Director – Head of FBI Counterintelligence – Holds same position. Strzok’s boss – reported directly to McCabe. More here, here and here. FBI/DOJ Watch List: •Bruce Ohr is a former Associate Deputy Attorney General. Ohr was demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife – Nellie Ohr – worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS. Simpson and Bruce & Nellie Ohr have known each other since at least 2010. Ohr has been described as a long-time friend of Steele with a relationship going back to at least 2006 (includes Ohr’s wife Nellie). Ohr texted and emailed extensively with Steele beginning in January 2016 (likely started earlier). See here, here and here. Oleg Deripaska was discussed in emails between Ohr and Steele. Ohr appears to have a significant role in Dossier creation – see here and here. •David Bowditch (FBI) – Replaced Andrew McCabe as Acting Deputy FBI Director. Bowditch’s name is featured in emails and Strzok texts. •Trisha Anderson (DOJ) – adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, was previously an attorney at Attorney General Eric Holder’s former firm, Covington & Burling. Attended two April 25, 2016 White House meetings with FBI Counsel James Baker and several DOJ FISA lawyers – Tashina Guahar, Christopher Hardee, Brad Wiegmann. Anderson’s name appears in Strzok/Page texts. •Sally Moyer (FBI) – Attorney. Listed by Devin Nunes as one of the individuals he wants to interview. •Dana Boente (DOJ/FBI) – FBI General Counsel – Appointed on January 23, 2018 – replacing James Baker who was demoted and reassigned. Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division until January 23, 2018 and the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Replaced Mary McCord in NSD Role. Was briefly Acting Deputy Attorney General until Rosenstein appointed. •Edward O’Callaghan (DOJ) – became Acting Assistant Attorney General and Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division on January 27, 2018, replacing Dana Boente. •Jonathan Moffa (FBI) – Copied on Comey’s Draft Statement exonerating Clinton of Email Scandal. Mentioned in Strzok/Page texts. Surprisingly hard to find any information on Moffa. •Michael Gaeta (FBI) – Ran FBI’s Eurasian organized crime unit in New York. Has known Steele previously. Led the 2013 FBI investigation of Russian mafia boss, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. For two years ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on Tokhtakhounov’s money-laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower. Gaeta was the FBI Agent sent to London to meet with Christopher Steele and obtain first copy of Dossier. Gaeta’s trip approved by State’s Victoria Nuland. Gaeta may have given copy of Dossier to Nuland before anyone else. •Joe Pientka – FBI Agent – Counterintelligence Division. Pientka potentially identified by Grassley as second FBI Agent (Strzok the other) present at Flynn Interview. •George Toscas – (DOJ) – Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division. Toscas contacted by NY Prosecutors (possibly Preet Bharara) about Weiner investigation re: HRC/Huma emails on Weiner computer. Toscas contacts FBI, forcing McCabe to tell Comey of emails. •Randy Coleman (FBI) – Executive Assistant Director, oversight of all FBI domestic and international cyber operations and investigations concerning cyber matters. •Brian Brooks (FBI) – Assistant Director of the Operational Technology Division. Recently promoted by FBI Director Chris Wray. •Tashina Guahar (DOJ) – Deputy Assistant Attorney General. National Security Division. FISA lawyer. Appears in Strzok Texts as “Tash”. •Norman “Christopher” Hardee (DOJ) – Chief Counsel for Policy, National Security Division. FISA lawyer. •Brad Wiegmann (DOJ) – Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division – Office of Law and Policy. FISA lawyer. •John T. Lynch (DOJ) – Chief, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section – Criminal Division. •Alan Rozenshtein (DOJ) – Attorney Advisor with the Office of Law and Policy in the National Security Division. Resigned April 2017. Visiting professor. Writes for Lawfare. •Iris Lan (DOJ) – Associate Deputy Attorney General. Previously U.S. Attorney at Southern District of New York. •James Tranor (FBI) – Assistant Director of the Cyber Division. Mentioned in Strzok Texts. Retired October 2016. •Bryan Paarman (FBI) – Deputy Assistant Director of Counterterrorism. Mentioned in Strzok texts re: Clinton MYE. Extensive international experience. 2004-2007 Senior FBI representative and accredited diplomat in the US Embassies in Tbilisi, Georgia and Kyiv, Ukraine. •Robert Anderson (FBI) – Former Executive Assistant Director under Mueller. Principal at the Chertoff Group’s global Strategic Advisory Services. Mentioned in Strzok texts re: Clinton MYE. FBI – Assignments Away from FBI Headquarters: •Stephen Laycock – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division for the Washington Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Eurasia Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. •Charles McGonigal – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division for the New York Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Cyber-Counterintelligence Coordination Section at FBI Headquarters. •Gerald Roberts – Special Agent in charge of the Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Terrorist Financing Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. •Charles Kable – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters. •Louis Bladel – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division of the New York Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Counter-Proliferation Center at FBI Headquarters. Retired 2016. The individuals listed above had been Section Chiefs at FBI Headquarters. Comey transferred each to field offices. Note: The names of James Turgal, Randy Coleman, Brian Brooks came from a request for all documents and communications from Senator Ron Johnson. Other names on Johnson’s request were previously known. Other Notable Retirements: •Chuck Rosenberg – Former Acting Head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Twice served as Chief of Staff to former FBI Director James Comey. Abruptly resigned September 30, 2017. August 23, 2018 10:52 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Oh, don’t forget the State department folks for abusing their positions. Yep, this is on the up and up… State Department: •John Kerry – Former Secretary of State. Received copy of Dossier from Nuland. •Victoria Nuland – Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Gave green light to FBI Agent Gaeta’s meeting w/Steele in July 2016. Received copy of Steele Dossier in July 2016. May have seen Dossier prior to FBI Leadership. Gave Dossier to FBI, Kerry. Nuland had known Steel since 2014 through Jonathan Winer. Lied about bilateral talks with Iran. •Evelyn Farkas – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia. Farkas detailed in interview how the Obama Administration gathered and disseminated intelligence on the Trump Team. Farkas is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. •Kathleen Kavalec – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. Served under Nuland. •Jonathan Winer – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement and former Special Envoy for Libya. Received copy of Shadow Dossier from Blumenthal. Also received copy of Steele Dossier in September 2016. Has known Steele for some years. •Robert Otto – State Department – Bureau of Intelligence and Research specializing in Russia. Received emails from Nellie and Bruce Ohr since at least March 2016 relating to Natalia Veselnitskaya. Otto’s wife is Anne Jablonski. Jablonski worked for CIA (CIA’s top Russian organized crime expert) until forced resignation in May 2008. Jablonski was CIA handler for retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson who was kidnapped and remains missing in Iran. Oleg Deripaska would be enlisted in 2009 by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller for help in obtaining the release of Levinson. Andrew McCabe recruited Deripaska for the attempt. Clinton State Department killed the deal. •Elizabeth Dribble – Chargé d’affaires & former Deputy Chief of the Mission in London – received tip on Papadopoulos via Downer (h/t @JohnWHuber). •Jonathan Finer – Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning for former Secretary John Kerry. •Lewis Lukens – Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in London – also likely involved in Downer interactions. •Thomas Williams – Deputy Chief of Mission – State Department. Intelligence Officials – United States: •John Brennan – CIA Director. At center of FBI Counterintelligence Investigation and Russia Narrative. More on Brennan: •The Nunes Interview – “No Official Intelligence Used” & Problems for Brennan •The Electronic Communication, Redacted Names & John Brennan •John Brennan’s Role in the FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation •Did Clapper & Brennan Use the Steele Dossier in the Intelligence Community Assessment •James Clapper – Director of National Intelligence. Serves on the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board. Clapper was the architect of the report on Russian Election Interference – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections. Leaked information of Comey’s meeting with President Trump to CNN. Supporting role to Brennan. More on Clapper: •Clapper leaks Twice to CNN. Brennan Stands in the Shadows. •Did Clapper & Brennan Use the Steele Dossier in the Intelligence Community Assessment •Richard H. Ledgett Jr – Deputy Director of the NSA. Abruptly retired in April 2017. His retirement is noted in Lawfare. Intelligence Officials – Britain: •Robert Hannigan – Britain’s GCHQ Head. Personally flew to DC to meet with CIA Director John Brennan. Hannigan’s U.S. Counterpart was NSA Rogers – not Brennan. Hannigan would abruptly retire days after President Trump’s Inauguration. More here. •Sir Andrew Wood – Former British Ambassador to Russia. Briefed John McCain on Steele Dossier. May have worked on behalf of Fusion and/or Orbis. •Richard Dearlove – Former MI6 Head (1999-2004). Was Christopher Steele’s boss. Had known Steele and Burrows personally. Steel and Burrows would meet Dearlove in early Fall 2016. Dearlove advised Steele and Burrows to work discreetly with a top British government official to pass along information to the FBI. •Christopher Steele – Orbis Partner – author of Steele Dossier. Employed as contractor by Fusion GPS. Former British intelligence officer with MI6 from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. Steele’s Dossier used by FBI to obtain FISA Warrant on Carter Page. Referred to DOJ by Grassley for potential violations of 18 USC 1001. Steele has known Fusion’s Simpson since at least 2009. Bruce Ohr has been described as a long-time friend of Steele with a relationship going back to at least 2006 (includes Ohr’s wife Nellie). Steele had extensive documented contact with Bruce Ohr starting in January 2016 (likely started earlier). Contact would continue through at least all of 2017. See here, here and here. Steele maintains contacts with British Intelligence, Sir Richard Dearlove and UK Intelligence firm Hakluyt. Steele appears to have been represented by Adam Waldman. Steele also appears to have lobbied on behalf of Oleg Deripaska – who was discussed in emails between Ohr and Steele. Steele Timeline here. For more intelligence connections see section on UK private intelligence firm Hakluyt. Intelligence Officials – Australia: •Alexander Downer – Australia’s top diplomat in Britain. Met with George Papadopoulos in London. Papadopoulos stated “Russia had dirt on Hillary”. Months later Australia informed U.S. This would be used as excuse for FBI’s July 2016 Counterintelligence Investigation. Downer previously arranged one of the largest foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation – $25 million from the Australian government. Downer sits on the Board of Chinese Telco Huawei. U.S. intelligence experts have deemed Huawei a security threat to the US and other nations. Downer has said that Huawei should not be considered a potential national security risk. Downer was on the Advisory Board of Hakluyt (private UK intelligence firm) from 2008-2014. He reportedly still maintains contact with Hakluyt officials. Downer probably knows UK’s Dearlove. More on Downer here. I anticipate the listing of Intelligence Officials – particularly U.S. and British – to grow moving forward. For more intelligence connections see section on UK private intelligence firm Hakluyt. Obama Officials: •Loretta Lynch – Former Attorney General. Tarmac Meeting with Bill Clinton just prior to FBI’s exoneration of HRC. Strzok Texts suggest that Lynch was aware Comey would not recommend criminal charges in the Clinton investigation prior to Attorney General Lynch’s announcement that she would accept whatever recommendation the FBI made. •Valerie Jarrett – Senior Advisor to Obama. Some have asserted Jarrett was behind plot to destroy Trump. Continued to work w/Obama post-election. •Susan Rice – National Security Advisor to Obama. “Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.” Rice sent herself an email documenting secret January 5, Oval Office meeting discussing Dossier with herself, Obama and FBI Director Comey. Rice’s email is the only known documentation of the meeting. •Bruce Ohr is a former Associate Deputy Attorney General. Ohr was demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife – Nellie Ohr – worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS. Simpson and Bruce & Nellie Ohr have known each other since at least 2010. Ohr has been described as a long-time friend of Steele with a relationship going back to at least 2006 (includes Ohr’s wife Nellie). Ohr texted and emailed extensively with Steele beginning in January 2016 (likely started earlier). See here, here and here. Oleg Deripaska was discussed in emails between Ohr and Steele. Ohr appears to have a significant role in Dossier creation – see here and here. •Denis McDonough – WH Chief of Staff. Strzok Texts suggest coordination between McDonough, then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, and CIA Director John Brennan. •Ben Rhodes – Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications. Personally involved in structuring disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal. Structured Echo Chambers w/press. •Samantha Power – Former UN Ambassador. Named as person who unmasked hundreds of names. Testified that others used her name in unmasking requests. •Victoria Nuland – Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Gave green light to FBI Agent Gaeta’s meeting w/Steele in July 2016. Received copy of Steele Dossier in July 2016. May have seen Dossier prior to FBI Leadership. Gave Dossier to FBI, Kerry. Nuland had known Steel since 2014 through Jonathan Winer. Lied about bilateral talks with Iran. •Evelyn Farkas – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia. Farkas detailed in interview how the Obama Administration gathered and disseminated intelligence on the Trump Team. Farkas is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. •Kathleen Kavalec – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. Served under Nuland. •John Kerry – Former Secretary of State. Received copy of Dossier from Nuland. •Lisa Monaco – White House Homeland Security Adviser. Defended the Obama Administration’s response to Russian Interference. •Jonathan Winer – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement and former Special Envoy for Libya. Received copy of Shadow Dossier from Blumenthal. Also received copy of Steele Dossier in September 2016. Has known Steele for some years. •Robert Otto – State Department – Bureau of Intelligence and Research specializing in Russia. Received emails from Nellie and Bruce Ohr since at least March 2016 relating to Natalia Veselnitskaya. Otto’s wife is Anne Jablonski. Jablonski worked for CIA (CIA’s top Russian organized crime expert) until forced resignation in May 2008. Jablonski was CIA handler for retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson who was kidnapped and remains missing in Iran. Oleg Deripaska would be enlisted in 2009 by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller for help in obtaining the release of Levinson. Andrew McCabe recruited Deripaska for the attempt. Clinton State Department killed the deal. •Bob Bauer – White House Counsel to President Obama during 2010 and 2011. In 2013, Obama named Bauer to be Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. Bauer was a Partner at Perkins Coie for 35 years until his retirement on May 15, 2018. Bauer was General Counsel to Obama for America, Obama’s campaign organization, in 2008 and 2012, and served as General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee. Bob has also served as co-counsel to the New Hampshire State Senate in the trial of Chief Justice David A. Brock (2000); general counsel to the Bill Bradley for President Committee (1999-2000); and counsel to the Democratic Leader in the trial of President William Jefferson Clinton (1999). Bauer has been an extensive contributor at Lawfare and Just Security. Clinton Campaign/DNC: •John Podesta – Chairman of Hillary Clinton Campaign. Served as White House Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton. Counselor to Obama. Brother to Tony Podesta of now defunct Podesta Group. Received “Inquiry Letter” from Grassley. •Huma Abedin – Vice Chair for Clinton Campaign. Thousands of emails would be found on her husband’s laptop. The FBI knew of these emails some weeks before disclosing. •Cheryl Mills – Former Chief of Staff and Clinton’s personal attorney. Granted immunity by FBI in Email Investigation. •Heather Samuelson – Former Senior Advisor. Clinton attorney. Granted immunity by FBI in Email Investigation •Jennifer Palmieri – Communications Director for the Clinton Campaign. Along with Jake Sullivan, Palmieri took the lead in briefing the press on the Trump-Russia collusion story. •Jake Sullivan – Senior Policy Advisor to Clinton Campaign – expertise in foreign policy. Along with Jennifer Palmieri, Sullivan took the lead in briefing the press on the Trump-Russia collusion story. •Robby Mook – Campaign Manager for Clinton Campaign. On July 25, 2016, Mook stated Russia was helping Trump. •Joel Benenson – Chief Strategist for Clinton Campaign. Strategist for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. CEO of Benenson Strategy Group. Received “Inquiry Letter” from Grassley. •Donna Brazile – Interim DNC Chairwoman. Shared CNN debate questions with Clinton Campaign’s Jennifer Palmieri. Says she was “appalled by Trump’s suggestion to Russia”. Received “Inquiry Letter” from Grassley. •Debbie Wasserman Schultz – Former DNC Chairwoman. Linked to Awan Scandal. Conspired against Sanders. After Crowdstrike was brought in to investigate hacked DNC severs, Wasserman Schultz refused to give FBI access. Received “Inquiry Letter” from Grassley. •Alexandra Chalupa – A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee. Chalupa met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, Paul Manafort and Russia. The DNC paid her $412,000 from 2004 to June 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records. Devin Nunes – List of Individuals Referred to Joint Task Force for Open-Setting Interviews: Note that names cut off at a certain political level. Below Sally Yates at DOJ. Below Comey at FBI. Below Kerry at State. All Names appear to be tied/related to Steele Dossier. Original Names – June 29, 2018: •Trisha Anderson – DOJ lawyer – Adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, was previously an attorney at Attorney General Eric Holder’s former firm, Covington & Burling. •James Baker – Former FBI General Counsel – demoted and reassigned on December 20, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Senior-most legal counsel at FBI. •Gregory Brower – Former FBI Congressional Liaison. Assistant Director for the Office of Congressional Affairs. Resigned suddenly on March 30, 2018. •John Carlin – Former Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – announced resignation on September 27, 2016 after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing does not disclose known FISA Abuses. •Kevin Clinesmith – FBI lawyer. Outed as “FBI Attorney 2” on Mueller Team. Removed by IG/Mueller. •Tashina Gauhar – DOJ official. Deputy Assistant Attorney General. National Security Division. FISA lawyer. Appears in Strzok Texts as “Tash”. •David Laufman – DOJ National Security Division, Former Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence – resigned on February 7, 2018. Laufman “played a leading role in the Clinton email server and Russian hacking investigations.” •Andrew McCabe – Former Deputy FBI Director – on December 23, 2017 announced retirement effective March 22, 2018. Forced to resign active position on January 29, 2018. Fired on March 16, 2018. Involved in all aspects. Subject of IG Report •Mary McCord – Former Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division (replacing John Carlin) – announced resignation on April 17, 2017 – Left on May 11, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign. •Jonathan Moffa – FBI official. Copied on Comey’s Draft Statement exonerating Clinton of Email Scandal. Mentioned in Strzok/Page August 23, 2018 10:53 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Nice cut and paste skills. By the way, you have names listed more then once… August 23, 2018 11:03 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn You could have just posted the link. https://themarketswork.com/2018/05/01/a-listing-of-participants/ August 23, 2018 11:14 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Wait. Is this supposed to be a list of people who were fired after some actual finding of wrongdoing? . Because I don’t think “John Kerry” left for suspicious reasons. I think he left because the Administration ended. Meanwhile, a number of folks on that list are still employed and there seems to be no effort to distinguish between folks who leave as part of a transition between administrations (which is something a lot of folks in govt do, not just at Justice or State) and folks who were fired for cause. . Sloppy work. When someone asks for citation, provide relevant and accurate sources, not just pick up a pile of dog poop and call it “evidence.” August 24, 2018 6:52 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Glad you found at least ONE person you question on the list….bad news…Senator Flippy is eyeball deep in this BS! Will he get charged with anything? Of course not. Hell McCain is eyeball deep in it. The entire news media knows its a lie they have spread. EVERY democrat knows its a lie and you guys do too! And YOU DONT CARE do you?! Is that being honest? Just face it, look in the mirror and smile. You just want him gone. To hell with an American election. Honesty is a good trait to have. I guess that is why libs will win the election, right? Folks don’t mind the smell of rotting fish or worse. Time will tell. With that agenda you are peddling, it is going to be a monumental task. August 24, 2018 7:13 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Ang, a number of those biased buffoons aint fired yet. But a ton have or did the chicken crap resign routine or retire so they don’t have to testify somehow! But for all of their effort you got evidence of some cooter payments, moldy tax evasion charges that have nothing to do with Trump and NOT A SHRED OF COLLUSION! And collusion is not even a GD crime!! But there is illegal collusion! And all on the democratic side. If you dont believe me, look at the 10 page list! Whoop there it is! Do you find it hard waking up each day and having to defend the stuff you do? Just curious. I guess I would get pissed off too. Try blowing off some steam. Take up golf. If you play with a diverse group you might learn something! August 24, 2018 7:23 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You said half of FBI leadership has been fired for abuse of power. You then proceeded to copy and paste a list that: 1) Doesn’t come close to naming half of FBI leadership 2) Includes people who are still working at the FBI (which is hard to do when you’ve been fired) 3) Includes people not at the FBI 4) Includes people like John Kerry, Ben Rhodes, and Jim Clapper who either worked in positions that effectively end at the conclusion of the Obama Administration. . Like I said, you picked up a dog turd and you’re claiming it’s a reliable source. August 24, 2018 8:14 AM Caroline And it lists Sally Yates as being fired for spying on Trump. Sally Yates was fired by Trump for exposing Michael Flynn as a Russian asset. August 24, 2018 7:24 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle She was fired for not doing her job. You seem to do a better job with Pecker stories! August 24, 2018 7:25 AM Caroline Yes, you guys define “doing your job” as doing Trump’s dirty work for him not working for the the country and apparently were fine with a Russian asset having access to everything in the government. Sally Yates should be lauded as hero who stood up for America even if it caused her to lose her job. August 24, 2018 8:03 AM downthemiddle Good point! August 24, 2018 6:43 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 More Conservative Suppression. If you can’t beat them with ideas and are fueled by only hate, well, just suppress, suppress, suppress. For the umpteenth time, what are you Libs so damn scared of? https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/08/splc-hate-group-gets-visa-and-mastercard-to-block-payments-to-david-horowitz-freedom-center/ August 24, 2018 7:25 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Isnt this what socialist and communist countries do NOWAY? Oops. If it walks like…well. Quack quack! That is enough from me today. I need to prepare for my critical golf match later today… It is about time to start the communist party drip campaign. We can play the game who said this? The DNC or the Communist Party? Double points if you can identify the ones that BOTH say! Peace out! August 24, 2018 7:29 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance No, communist countries use the power of the State to disempower private parties. This is a capitalist method where private parties are making their own market-based decisions. DTM, all else aside, you haven’t yet learned the differences between capitalism and socialism, or communism and fascism, or democrat or republic or libertarian. You could at least try to elevate your knowledge while you’re participating. Otherwise your words will be hollow, and that reflects upon your character. August 24, 2018 10:01 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 His character? Lol! Hey DTM, you’re a bad, bad man! Don’t ever change, Balance! August 24, 2018 10:09 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance No, not bad. Hollow, like any words used without understanding of their meaning. Don’t words mean anything to you, Noway? Isn’t your word your bond? If so, use good words. More importantly, use words goodly. As in, know the actual meaning of the words that come out your mouth- or fingers if typing. August 24, 2018 11:29 AM Andrew C. Pope Thoughts and prayers for the poor poor white supremacist David Horowitz. August 24, 2018 8:17 AM Log in to Reply Caroline It’s tots and pears 🙂 August 24, 2018 11:09 AM Log in to Reply Caroline Well, another boom and this one before noon today: Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime financial gatekeeper and the CFO of the Trump Organization, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors in New York for providing information about Michael Cohen in the criminal investigation. Reported in the Wall Street Journal behind a paywall. August 24, 2018 11:08 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle I had time for a quick visit… And damned if there’s not Caroline right on top of another Pecker and Weaselburg story!! You can’t make this stuff up! Thanks Caroline Great work. NOWAY can you think of a better couple of names for some blithering, snowflake liberals?! August 24, 2018 11:26 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn They ain’t snowflakes… They’re https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEhpJKITHhA&feature=youtu.be&t=13 August 24, 2018 12:00 PM Log in to Reply Caroline I see the meltdown is happening. August 24, 2018 12:25 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle No Caroline, the meltdown already occurred didn’t it? On the left. And you guys are still grasping at straws. All this drama, how does it help anyone get a freaking job. It doesn’t. You guys could care less about helping anyone other than yourselves. When is the last time any liberal proposed ANYTHING at all that would help a family do a darn thing. I have NEVER seen anything since I have posted things here for whatever that has been. 2 or 3 months. Only a knucklehead would turn over power to a bunch of radical socialists. August 24, 2018 5:52 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Technically, straws (whether being grasped or not) are no longer in vogue. I post things about jobs, free trade, technical education, adult education and retraining ALL THE TIME. Of course, I’m technically a Centralist with a lean to the the left, not a radical socialist. August 24, 2018 6:12 PM Andrew C. Pope When is the last time any liberal proposed ANYTHING at all that would help a family do a darn thing . I proposed locking Boomers in internment camps, which would help families avoid their s***iest relatives. August 24, 2018 6:15 PM Caroline I see you’re Gish Galloping again. August 24, 2018 10:04 PM Andrew C. Pope Trump Org. CFO has been granted immunity. Hoo boy, Trump’s tweets this weekend are gonna be lit. August 24, 2018 11:09 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Paraphrasing Kellyanne Conway’s words to Chris Cuomo last night: Forget about the foreign interference in the elections. It’s CNN that’s been interfering in the elections every day. This admin is such as house of cards. It is only sustainable for a short while. Depending on how long hot air can sustain a false foundation. August 24, 2018 11:37 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn You need to check this out just for the graphic… https://www.axios.com/trump-legal-system-justice-department-loyalty-db52f7f7-c526-4b35-b7e4-6d96bed74dfa.html August 24, 2018 12:05 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Drew mentioned in another thread that management should just eliminate the MRs. Then where else would those conservatives like myself, Sally and DTM, who are blessed but burdened with the Wisdom of Solomon, get to post The Truth and more importantly, point out Lib Hypocrisy? And where else would I get to enlighten and inform the Lib Idiocy? And finally…where would I get to say, “Awwww Nawwww…!” https://nypost.com/2018/08/24/former-head-of-cdc-arrested-for-groping-woman/ Which Prez appointed this guy? Repub or Dem? August 24, 2018 3:13 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Do you think this guy is friends with Al Frank(L)en? August 24, 2018 3:21 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Gasp! You mean to tell me you would have to post things that are germane to the topic at hand? The horror! August 24, 2018 3:52 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope About to touch down at DCA. The approach past the Capitol gets me every time. August 24, 2018 10:54 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Teen girl kills maggot who was harming her mother. Late father taught her how to shoot! Good Girl with a gun!! You think that maggot will ever be able to strangle..anybody…again?? http://www.therepublic.com/2018/08/17/us-teen-shoots-attacker/ August 25, 2018 8:31 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I wonder did she sound anything like this? August 25, 2018 8:44 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle I tear up every time I see that scene! I got’s to know! August 25, 2018 9:39 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Poor CNN. They all love The Great Man!!!!!!!!!! https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/08/24/cnn-ventures-into-blue-collar-america-discovers-voters-really-dont-care-about-cohen-manafort-667162 August 25, 2018 8:36 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Sure we want the socialist bozos back in charge so they can tax us to death and call us all “turble” names! Not everyone in America is a radical numbnut! We want illegals on every corner and no rule of law. And we already miss the take a knee snivelers! Maybe they can do that before every CNN show!! August 25, 2018 9:41 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 A little history lesson. Do yall remember Dukakis? He was up 19 points after his convention. Then he dissed The Pledge. It wasn’t Horton who defeated Mike. It was his lack of respect for America’s Traditions. I do bleve history is gonna repeat!!! August 25, 2018 9:57 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual Little bitch, You man is going down. Hard. There is nothing anybody is going to be able to do about it. August 25, 2018 10:45 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Looky NOWAY, more TURBLE comments from Dr. Matt! I was thinking NOWAY had shut you guys up this morning —-the silence was golden—but you just had to pop your head up out of the sewer and start name call again and offer nothing!! I literally log on to this blog to laugh at the comical, misguided vitriol from some of you snowflakes! Thanks little buddy, you made my day! Just like Dirty Hairy! Just think of what a perfect lib role model you are. You know if your kids acted like you do, you would whoop dat ass wouldn’t you? At least I hope so! This is a good day for you all. Only 1 post and one name call. Just the B word. Yesterday we had Nazi, racist, misogynist, MFer and pedophile. I have an idea, why don’t you Google “Cuss Words”? Maybe you can come up with a few we haven’t heard in a while. Like I said in the post you replied to, all you got is your little Castro agenda and name calling!! Keep it up. I need another good laugh! Thanks! August 25, 2018 1:52 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Wow! To paraphrase Drew: “The anger is much in this one…” August 25, 2018 5:01 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Such is the life of Sigmoid!! August 25, 2018 5:09 PM downthemiddle Oh, there are folks doing stuff about it right now Matt. Its called the witch hunt isnt it? The Mueller Thug going after anything that is not collusion. The reason is to get Trump. No other. August 25, 2018 8:48 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Oh, there are folks doing stuff about it right now Matt. Its called the witch hunt isnt it? The Mueller Thug going after anything that is not collusion. The reason is to get Trump. No other. August 25, 2018 8:48 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle This is just perfect. Does this sum up the liberal agenda in America today?. Would you rather Trump pay off a porn star or the libs stealing all of your money, your guns, your safety and your freedom while calling you non-stop names? You make the call. CNN’s ratings were recently crushed by the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and TV shows like “Ancient Aliens” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” August 25, 2018 10:03 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Out of curiosity DTM, how much did your tax rate increase under Obama? In other words, what percentage were you paying under Bush and what percentage were you paying under Obama? August 25, 2018 5:46 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Here is the llist of 21 new taxes from Obamacare…how is that working for you? Higher costs and lousier service. Most folks have deductibles so high they cant afford to use their insurance. Many doctors don’t take it. Any arguments there? http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/092712pr–Comprehensive%20Obama%20Tax%20Hike%20List.pdf There are many other tax increases he passed NOT related to Obamacare. There were countless other intrusions on our lives. So many unnecessary regulations that make everything less efficient and more costly to do business and raise a family. I have a massive list…You don’t need to see it… Bottom Line Andrew, if the socialists win the next presidential election, will your taxes go up? Will the borders ever be enforced? Will you guys stop trying restrict gun ownership? Will you ever quit calling the other guys racist, racist? Will you ever stop the war on fossil fuels to “save the planet”? I know the answers to those so folks always have a clear choice. You guys can tone down the over the top Trump hate. You have cried wolf so many times that non one listens to you other than other libs…The corrosion has infected all aspects of government and our daily lives. The piling on is a joke and believe it or not actually helps make Trump, yes Trump, a victim. August 26, 2018 9:10 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You’re not answering my question. How did your tax rate go up from Bush to Obama? August 26, 2018 9:49 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Wow!! Helluva list there, DTM!! Andrew, tell us which Obama tax increase was your personal favorite. August 26, 2018 10:02 AM Andrew C. Pope Easy. All of them. . Now the question for you: how did your income tax rate change under Obama? August 26, 2018 10:15 AM Noway2016 McCain dead… August 25, 2018 8:23 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Andrew, would you like the list of the tax increases by Obama rather than your usual tit for tat? August 25, 2018 8:45 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’ll do that the moment you answer my question: What was your tax rate under W. Bush and what was your tax rate under Obama? . You seem so convinced Democrats want to raise your taxes, let us know how much the last Democrat raised your taxes. August 25, 2018 11:41 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle More murders in Chicago…Do black lives really matter to liberals in Chicago? Why didn’t Obama much less Mayor Emanuel do anything about this? Do they want Trump’s national guard to help clean this up? Are there ANY conservatives in charge up there? How about any of the other major murder capitals around the country? Why is that? Don’t you think a few thousand illegal aliens would help the situation? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-clearance-chicago-violence-shootings-murder-20180824-story.html August 25, 2018 9:00 PM Log in to Reply xdog From the statement from McCain’s office announcing his passing: “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.” That was the best thing about McCain. He loved the headlines and the maverick label maybe a little too much, and I’ll never be able to completely forgive him for Palin, but no one ever had any doubts about who he worked for. August 26, 2018 7:55 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Palin was an acknowledged mistake. One of the great things about McCain was that he would admit and own mistakes going back at least as far as the Keating Five. . It doesn’t appear Lawton’s post on McCain’s passing is open to comments. I would not have tarnished it with this comment: . Remember when Trump said “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” . Remember last May when a WH staff member discounted McCain’s opposition to Trump’s CIA nominee (because of the nominee’s connection to CIA torture) with the remark “He’s dying anyway.” . Remember that Trump was upset, not about the incivility or disrespect of the staff member’s remark, but that the comment was leaked. . It’s not as if, after that, the cult didn’t know McCain was dying. Remember when Trump snubbed a dying McCain less than two weeks ago by refusing to say McCain’s name. . On Friday, when McCain’s family announced he would no longer seek treatment, Trump said nothing yet two hours later found the time to tweet his “warmest regards” to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. . The draft-dodger Dirtbag-in-Chief should’ve kept his fake condolence tweet to himself. Those that were silent or mumbled objections when this stuff was occurring likewise should consider keeping their thoughts and prayers to themselves, or mumble something. . MAGA August 26, 2018 7:50 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ted Kennedy died on this same day from same disease 9 years ago. And he’s buried in Arlington… August 26, 2018 9:37 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.