Saturday, March 25, 2017

Republicans Let ObamaCare Remain! No Loyalty For Trump?

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Republicans blew it
Completely unacceptable
By Herman Cain —— Bio and Archives
March 25, 2017
President Trump was gracious to not point blame for the Republican failure to pass the American Health Care Act in the House today. He was also gracious in not throwing Speaker Ryan and other individuals under the bus for the failure of the Republicans to pass the AHCA.
President Trump and Speaker Ryan were gracious in pulling the proposed bill, so as not to expose who would have voted against it. Fine!
But in my mind the Republicans blew it
They have a supportive Republican president. The Republicans control, narrowly, both houses of Congress. And they have the support of the American people to repeal and replace the UCA. The Republicans did not promise how they would repeal it, so they tried to work within the legislative constraints they had to work with.
They were within a few votes of having 216 Republican votes to pass phase one of repealing a law that’s imploding and making people’s lives worse. We will now see how that plays out, and it will not be pretty.
Some people were impacted by the scare tactics against the AHCA. Some people were impacted by the false and misleading advertising by some organizations. And some people were impacted by the “comfort” of their current health care and health insurance situation.
But that is about to change dramatically. Health insurance premiums and deductibles are about to go up for 2018, while insurance accessibility will go down. Just look at what has happened in the last seven years!
Repealing and replacing the UCA has long been a top priority of the voters. This would have been a great first step. Many of those who opposed the AHCA never clearly expressed their objections, which makes me suspect of their motives. I followed and studied this proposal closely, and there was a lot more good in it than reasons for the nitpicking concerns.
The Republicans blew it!
I’m not just passionate. I’m angry!
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Trump tastes failure as U.S. House healthcare bill collapses
By David Lawder and Steve Holland | WASHINGTON
POLITICS | Sat Mar 25, 2017
President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.
House of Representatives leaders yanked the bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes, ensuring that Trump's first major legislative initiative since taking office on Jan. 20 ended in failure. Democrats were unified against it.
House Republicans had planned a vote on the measure after Trump late on Thursday cut off negotiations with Republicans who had balked at the plan and issued an ultimatum to vote on Friday, win or lose. But desperate lobbying by the White House and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was unable to round up the 216 votes needed for passage.
"We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process," Trump told reporters at the White House, although he sought to shift the blame to the Democrats even though his party controls the White House, the House and the Senate.
With Friday's legislative collapse, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010 Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare - remains in place despite seven years of Republican promises to dismantle it.
The healthcare failure called into question not only Trump's ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through Congress, but the Republican Party's capacity to govern effectively.
Neither Trump nor Ryan indicated any plans to try to tackle healthcare legislation again anytime soon. Trump said he would turn his attention to getting "big tax cuts" through Congress, another tricky proposition.
Republican supporters said the legislation would achieve their goal of rolling back the government's "nanny state" role in healthcare. The White House made undoing Obamacare its top priority when Trump took office two months ago.
But the White House and House leaders were unable to come up with a plan that satisfied the clashing interests of moderates and conservatives, despite Trump's vaunted image as a deal maker.
Amid a chaotic scramble for votes, Ryan, who championed the bill, met with Trump at the White House. Ryan said he recommended that it be withdrawn from the House floor because he did not have the votes to pass it, and Trump agreed.
"We were just probably anywhere from 10 to 15 votes short," Trump said. "With no Democrat support we couldn't quite get there."
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the bill failed "because of two traits that have plagued the Trump presidency since he took office: incompetence and broken promises."
Democrats said the bill would take away medical insurance from millions of Americans and leave the more-than-$3 trillion U.S. healthcare system in disarray.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists at the Oval Office of the White House after the AHCA health care bill was pulled before a vote, accompanied by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
And some moderate Republicans opposed the bill because of worries that millions of America would be hurt.
"There were things in this bill that I didn't particularly like," Trump added, without specifying what those were, but expressed confidence in Ryan's leadership.
"Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today, because we'll end up with a truly great healthcare bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes," said Trump, who had posted multiple tweets throughout March proclaiming that "Obamacare is imploding" and repeatedly saying that Republicans were coming together to pass the bill.
Friday's events cast doubt on whether Ryan can get major legislation approved by fractious Republican lawmakers.
"I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard," Ryan said at a news conference, adding that his fellow Republicans are experiencing what he called "growing pains" transitioning from an opposition party to a governing party.
"Obamacare's the law of the land," Ryan added. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."
"A LITTLE SURPRISED"
Members of the Freedom Caucus, the House's most conservative members, were instrumental in the bill's failure, opposing it among other reasons because they considered parts too similar to Obamacare.
Trump said he was disappointed and "a little surprised" with the Freedom Caucus opposition.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said under the Republican legislation 14 million people would lose medical coverage by next year and more than 24 million would be uninsured in 2026.
News that the bill had been pulled before a final vote was greeted initially with a small sigh of relief by U.S. equity investors, who earlier in the week had been fretful that an outright defeat would damage Trump's other priorities, such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending.
Benchmark U.S. stock market indexes ended the session mixed after rallying back from session lows following the news. The S&P 500 Index ended fractionally lower, the blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped about 0.3 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index rose about 0.2 percent.
Shares of hospital operators finished sharply higher, with the S&P healthcare facilities index up 2.7 percent, while the S&P 500 healthcare sector edged down 0.03 percent. The dollar strengthened modestly on the news, and U.S. Treasury bond yields edged up from session lows.
Trump said he would be "totally open" to working with Democrats on healthcare "when they all become civilized." House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said working to lower prescription drug prices was one area of possible cooperation with Republicans.
Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher said before the bill was pulled that voting it down would be "neutering Trump" while empowering his opponents.
"You don't cut the balls off a bull and then expect that he can go out and get the job done," Rohrabacher told Reuters. "This will emasculate Trump and we can't do that. ... If we bring this down now, Trump will have lost all of his leverage to pass whatever bill it is, whether it's the tax bill or whatever reforms that he wants."
Representative Joe Barton of Texas, when asked why his fellow Republicans were so united over the past seven years to dump Obamacare only to fall apart when they actually do something about it, said, "Sometimes you're playing fantasy football and sometimes you’re in the real game."
Obamacare boosted the number of Americans with health insurance through mandates on individuals and employers, and income-based subsidies. About 20 million Americans gained insurance coverage through the law.
The House plan would have rescinded a range of taxes created by Obamacare, ended a penalty on people who refuse to obtain health insurance, and ended Obamacare's income-based subsidies to help people buy insurance while creating less-generous age-based tax credits
It also would have ended Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid state-federal insurance program for the poor, cut future federal Medicaid funding and let states impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients.
House leaders agreed to a series of last-minute changes to try to win over disgruntled conservatives, including ending the Obamacare requirement that insurers cover certain "essential benefits" such as maternity care, mental health services and prescription drug coverage.
(Additional reporting by Dustin Volz, David Morgan, David Lawder, Susan Cornwell, Susan Heavey, Richard Cowan, Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton, Patricia Zengerle and Doina Chiacu; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Bill Rigby and Leslie Adler)
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Trudeau Will Always Be Remembered As A Traitor To Canada!

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Jihadi Justin admits it M103 is an Islamic blasphemy law
Published on Mar 10, 2017
Jihadi Justin admits to House of Commons that M103 is entirely about Islamophobia (not the general anti discrimination motion they said it was). Further more in his speech, he makes it clear criticism of Islam will no longer be tolerated.
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MP Rempel's Speech on M-103 & Opposition Motion
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Published on Feb 16, 2017
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Trudeau returns to byelection campaign trail but Tories say he should stay away
Advanced voting opens in byelections in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario
CBC News
Posted: Mar 24, 2017 2:27 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 24, 2017 4:41 PM ET
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, poses for selfies as he leaves a byelection campaign event in Calgary on March 1, 2017. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)
Advance voting opens today in five federal byelections and the prime minister is back on the stump, set to appear at an event for the Liberal candidate in an Ottawa-area riding.
Justin Trudeau's visit to Ottawa-Vanier follows an event Thursday night in a Toronto riding to stand by the Liberal candidate there, the former director of appointments in his office.
Trudeau has been involved in most federal byelections since he became party leader in 2013, but the opposition argues the rules should be different now that he's prime minister.
"Prime ministers should just make it a policy to stay away from campaigning during byelections," said Conservative House leader Candice Bergen.
"It puts public servants in a difficult position, it puts into question who is paying for it, it puts into question will it be claimed on the campaign election expense."
Trudeau's Ottawa appearance was in support of candidate Mona Fortier, who is seeking to hold the seat long occupied by Mauril Belanger, who died last year from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
Fortier's NDP opponent, Emilie Taman, said Friday she did not particularly object to Trudeau's appearance on the hustings, but said it is something that needs to be watched.
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm not running against Justin Trudeau, I'm running against Mona Fortier," she said.
"I'm borderline wanting to take it as a compliment.
"I wouldn't want to see our country become like others, where it's permanent campaign mode, there's more campaigning being done than governing."
She said she didn't want to see partisan politics interfere in the work of governing, but Taman noted she was campaigning Friday with the help of NDP leadership candidates Peter Julien, Guy Caron and Niki Ashton.
The byelections in Alberta are for two seats in Calgary — one vacated by former prime minister Stephen Harper and the other by former immigration minister Jason Kenney, who quit federal politics and now is leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives.
The open seat in Quebec was held by former foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion and the spot in Markham-Thornhill was held by former immigration minister John McCallum, both given diplomatic posts by Trudeau earlier this year.
Saint-Laurent (Quebec).
Markham–Thornhill and Ottawa–Vanier (both Ontario).
Calgary Heritage and Calgary Midnapore (both Alberta).
All of the seats have long been held by their respective parties and it's unlikely any will change hands on election day, April 3.
Still, that doesn't mean ridings should be taken for granted, Trudeau told Albertans in a campaign stop there earlier this month.
"They want a better option and that's exactly what we're putting forward," he said. "We will not write off any corner of this country. That's what I'm doing right here. That's why I go to every byelection."
The only riding Trudeau hasn't hit yet is Saint-Laurent, Dion's former Montreal-area seat. While he's expected to visit prior to the vote, it could be awkward. The Liberal candidate, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, won the nomination over the women considered to be the party's favoured choice.
Other parties are also campaigning hard. The Greens are running their deputy leader in Saint-Laurent and party leader Elizabeth May campaigned there on Friday. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose has been on the stump in Alberta, helped by, among other people, former Conservative foreign affairs minister John Baird and Laureen Harper, the former prime minister's wife.
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While World Leaders Contend with Islamic Terrorism, Trudeau Pushes ban on Islamophobia
Weak, pliable and recognized more for his looks than his brains, Trudeau, who calls himself a “feminist” did not postpone the M-103 Islamophobia Bill
By Judi McLeod —— Bio and Archives
March 23, 2017
The day after the ISIS-admitted terrorist attack that rocked British Parliament on Wednesday and Canada is getting ready to pass M-103, in a back-door ban of “Islamophobia”.
As Desmond McGrath wrote in an open letter to M-103 author, MP Iqra Khalid: “No one—neither media, nor politicians—even bothered to ask whether there is a significant connection between the virulent Jew-hatred being preached in mosques and the disproportionately high occurrence of hate crimes against Jews. Instead, the entire Canadian parliament is preoccupied with banning “Islamophobia”.
Oh, how I wish the superb writer Katie Hopkins were here, instead of over there in Britain.
Read her piece here to understand why.
For the longest time now,  Canada has been smugly shirking all duties when it comes to standing up to the evil known as Islamic terrorism.
Sadly, today’s move to make citizen criticism or even verbalized anxiety about Islamic terrorism, parliament-decreed “Islamophobia” is not the first duck-for-cover Canadian political response to terrorism.
Some, even in this (mostly)  one-party Liberal nation will ponder forever where was the Canadian support when allies joined the Americans in Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11.
For all, save the nine years when Conservative Stephen Harper was prime minister, Canada has been under the politically correct Liberal control of prime ministers Jean Chréitien, Paul Martin and now heart-throb Justin Trudeau.
Wishy-washy Liberals in Canadian Parliament
It isn’t that the Canadian people don’t want their government to protect them from Islamic terrorism, it’s their Liberal government trying to hide behind legislated Islamophobia.
Polls show that almost 50% of Canadians don’t want Trudeau’s ‘refugees’ brought into this country.
“In a national outpouring of sympathy for the loss of lives in the unforgettable 9/11 tragedy, more than 100,000 Canadians filed onto Parliament Hill to show solidarity with their heartbroken American neighbours.  (Canada Free Press, April 26, 2004)
“And there was very little they and the scores of Newfoundlanders who had opened their homes to stranded air passengers on the darkest of days could do when their politically correct Prime Minister banned the use of the word “God” in prayers.”
Wishy-washy Liberals in Canadian Parliament think that coming up with a ‘non-binding’ motion condemning Islamophobia under penalty of fines or jail will hold Islamic terrorism at bay.
If it didn’t on October 22, 2014 when a gun-toting Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed into Centre Block after killing a soldier standing on guard at the National War Memorial, why would it now?
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Weak, pliable and recognized more for his looks than his brains, Trudeau, who calls himself a “feminist” did not postpone the M-103
Today’s was Trudeau’s only reference to the Canadian terrorist attack on Parliament Hill as he let its first anniversary pass by without a single word after being elected as Canada’s prime minister.
Just like the Brits, Canadians should be careful about whom they elect to lead them.
Weak, pliable and recognized more for his looks than his brains, Trudeau, who calls himself a “feminist” did not postpone the M-103 vote the day after yesterday’s terrorist attack in Britain took the lives of four people, leaving some 20 more wounded.
Pro-Sharia MPs came in with the tide when Barack Obama’s election campaign team helped get Trudeau elected.
All it took for tolerance of Islamist terrorism to get its foot in the door in Canada was the election of Iqra Khalid.
Trying to seal the lips of their people with an unbinding law on an undefined Islamophobia will not protect Canadians from terrorist attack.
Oh, how I wish Katie Hopkins were here rather than the Trudeau government-compliant, taxpayer-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)!
Update: House of Commons passes anti-Islamophobia motion M-103
OTTAWA – The House of Commons has passed a Liberal backbencher’s motion calling on federal politicians to condemn Islamophobia.
The motion, known as M-103, became a matter of acrimonious debate, with opponents painting it as a slippery slope towards limiting freedom of speech and even bringing in Sharia law.

Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
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Canada Passes Motion 103 Prohibiting "Islamophobia"!

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Mormons and Aliens Have A Connection?

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Mormons & ETs: Interview with Matthew Heines
Streamed live on Mar 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7pm PT - I interview Matthew Heines, author and researcher about the Mormons and interactions with ETs in their history. Matthew will also share his own experiences and we will discuss his book: Deceptions of the Ages: Mormans, Freemasons and ETs.
Short bio:
Why did I write the book?
All my life I have been shown things either because of my upbringing, experiences or lack of judgment. For some reason, things that are important for me to remember are singled out. The Guy who wrote the Behold a Pale Horse (William Cooper) said the same thing and I thought it also applied to me.
I was frustrated by the Da Vinci code as it was much ado about nothing and really skimmed a major story as well as attacked the message of Jesus.
I have always been frustrated by the claim that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a Christian church.
From there I would like to discuss why people think the way they do...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

God Bless the People Behind WikiLeaks and Other News!

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11 Craziest Discoveries From Wikileaks
Published on Nov 10, 2016
From friendly fire to scientology to 9/11 pager data, these are some of the craziest discoveries from the wikileaks scandal!
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6 - The Trafigura Health Study - In 2009, Wikileaks published an internal study written by scientist John Milton which evaluated the health effects of Trafigura’s plan to dump oil processing waste off the coast of Africa. The draft report stated that the chemical processes Trafigura used to “cleanse” the dumped gasoline were inferior and would have added dangerous Sulphur compounds to the water if left untreated. These Sulphur compounds in the water could cause severe skin burns, permanent ulcerations, corneal eye damage, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of consciousness, and even death. Trafigura tried to block the publication of this report by suing the newspaper The Guardian in court. They were able to get an injunction, but Wikileaks published the report and the story got out. After public outcry Trafigura modified their process to make it safer.
5 - BNP Membership - In 2008, Wikileaks published a list of the far right British National Party, whose members are banned from a number of government occupations. The list included the names, addresses and occupations of over 13,500 members of the party, including the names of police officers, senior military staff, doctors, professors, and a handful of journalists and “anti-fascists” who attempted to infiltrate the organization. The release came at a time when senior British military officers were warning that the politics and policies of the BNP were “fundamentally at odds” with the values of the British military. A spokesperson for the BNP party claimed that the members of the “establishment” were trying to damage their party.
4 - Sarah Palin’s email - Just before the 2008 US Presidential election, Wikileaks published the contents of the then Republican Vice-Presidential running mate Sarah Palin. Her Yahoo account was hacked by the online group Anonymous and the contents were sent to Wikileaks, which published two of them – her contact list and miscellaneous family photos. The McCain campaign called it a “shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy”. It was discovered that Palin was using the private email account to conduct official business, allegedly to avoid public record and retention laws. Hmmm… does that sound familiar?
3 - 9/11 Pager data - On the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Wikileaks posted over 500,000 pager messages that were sent following the initial attacks. According to Wikileaks, text pagers were usually carried by persons operating in an official capacity”, such as those employed by the “Pentagon, FBI, FEMA and the New York City Police Department.” While some were from those officials, most were from ordinary people. A debate ensued as to whether publishing personal messages was in the public interest. A spokesman for Wikileaks defended the action saying it was “one more building block to getting a full picture of what happened on that day”.
2 - How to Stop Leaks Document - In a not so subtle bit of irony, Wikileaks published a British military manual titled “the Defence Manual of Security, or Joint Services Protocol 440”, which dealt specifically with how best to avoid information leaking out to the public. It warned that the Chinese have a “voracious appetite for all kinds of information; political, military, commercial, scientific and technical” and had many spies in its employ. The document also listed journalists, foreign intelligence services, criminals, terrorist groups, and disaffected staff as threats to security and potential leakers of information. The document also quoted a Pentagon document which named Wikileaks as a threat to national security.
1 - The Podesta emails - Leading up to the US Presidential election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, Wikileaks published emails from the hacked account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, only weeks before Election Day. The emails provided an in-depth look at the campaign and revealed many items that the Clinton team would never want made public. In response to these leaks the Clinton campaign did not reject the authenticity of the emails but instead focused on the fact that they were stolen property – allegedly hacked by the Russian government who they said was trying to influence the US election.
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Where Is Trudeau When You Need Him?


Little Note To Justin:
Com' on Justin, Let's Re exam Your Dad's Multicultural Policy, You Know, That Huge Step To Follow Orders, Funny Thing, Same Group That Told You To Flood Canada With Refugees And Soon Sharia Law Will Take More Lives. I'm 73 Now, And I'm Watching The History Of Islamic Invasion Of Europe Happening Again and You Have To Realize That The Leaders Of Europe Are Behind It. 
Now It's Happening in North America. End Times Indeed. I Feel Like I Was Catapulted Into The Future. If Time Goes Much Faster, I'll Live To See Big Brother Take Over.  
Justin, You Won't Win The Next Election, That Is, If There Is One! 
Does The Word Traitor Mean Anything To You?
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Canadian Imam calling for Sandra Solomon execution
Published on Feb 21, 2017
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Islamic Rape School Is Now Open For Business In Canada!
Kevin J. Johnston
Published on Mar 6, 2017

Yes, this video is going to make you angry...and it should.
A Halifax Taxi Driver raped a drunk and pass-out woman in the back of his cab.
He was caught by police.
Her vaginal fluids were on his face in a DNA test
The judge let him walk because he is Muslim.
Now what Canada?
Kevin J. Johnston
Journalist & Social Commentator
www.FreedomReport.ca
www.Twitter.com/KevinTheJackal
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

FBI Flogging A Dead Horse!

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Yes The FBI Is Investigating the Trump Campaign
No, that doesn't mean the investigation is going anywhere
March 21, 2017
Embattled FBI Director James Comey finally acknowledged publicly in congressional testimony that his agency is indeed investigating President Trump’s campaign for alleged ties to the Russian government and collusion regarding the November election.
The ongoing witch-hunt is probably a blessing in disguise for Trump. Democrats are putting all their eggs in one basket as they obsess over all these fuzzy and at times speculative connections between Trump and the Russians. They are feeding their crazed, Trump Derangement Syndrome-suffering base what nowadays passes for red meat. Normal people don’t care or they rightly intuit that the farfetched allegations that somehow some Russians hacked the election to favor Trump are nonsense.
Absence of evidence of collusion between Team Trump and Russia is overwhelming
The absence of evidence of collusion between Team Trump and Russia is overwhelming, for lack of a better word, and unless actual evidence of electoral mischief surfaces the public backlash against those crying wolf at some point is likely to be fierce.
It’s becoming like a continuous television adaption of Hans Christian Andersen’s short story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,  for the 24-hour news cycle. Never has so much angst been generated over so little evidence.
Although it has long been FBI policy to neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation to avoid smearing individuals who eventually are exonerated of wrongdoing, Comey confirmed his agency is investigating any possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI as part of our counter-intelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and the Russia’s efforts.
“Because it is an open, ongoing investigation I cannot say more,  Comey told members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in open session. He said the U.S. intelligence community believes Russia acted to help Trump and hurt Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton during the election cycle.
“They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her, help him,  he said…
Comey said it was “a fairly easy judgment that Trump was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s candidate in the U.S. presidential race. “Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much. 
The FBI director didn’t bother to elaborate on that startling revelation. Perhaps Putin was still bitter over the fact that Hillary Clinton’s Russian “reset button in 2009 read “overcharged because of a botched translation into the Russian language.
Comey also said he had “no information to back up Trump’s explosive claim on Twitter from a fortnight ago that he was wiretapped at the direction of then-President Obama.
At the hearing, committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) agreed there was “no physical wiretap of Trump Tower but acknowledged it is possible Trump was surveilled by other means.
The Left can’t have it both ways
Setting aside for the moment the semantic distinction between wiretapping and the more general term surveillance, the indispensable Jeffrey Lord reminds us at the American Spectator, that there have been many mainstream media reports supposedly based on information from intelligence community sources that have indicated wiretapping targeting Trump did indeed take place.
The Left can’t have it both ways, Lord writes, arguing those news pieces that supposedly justified an investigation of the Trump campaign suddenly don’t matter.
Lord explains that Democrats are engaging in sleight-of-hand by arguing that because, as they say, Trump is wrong “about an Obama wiretapping of Trump personally,  the existence of “all those New York Times and Washington Post reports that emphatically state that communications by the Trump team were indeed intercepted are therefore irrelevant.
Lord then recounts key media reports.
The New York Times reported Jan. 19 that “intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the [Obama] White House.  It added that the FBI, NSA, CIA, and the financial crimes unit of the Department of the Treasury were conducting investigations.
The next day the paper reiterated that “wiretapped communications had been provided to the [Obama] White House.
On Jan. 12 the paper reported that in its final days the Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.
In its closing days that administration also “scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election—and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians—across the government,  the paper reported March 1.
Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators…As WikiLeaks was pushing out emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee through online publication, American intelligence began picking up conversations in which Russian officials were discussing contacts with Trump associates, and European allies were starting to pass along information about people close to Mr. Trump meeting with Russians in the Netherlands, Britain and other countries.
The Washington Post cited the Wall Street Journal on March 2, reporting that now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions communicated with Russian officials while he advised the Trump campaign: “The contacts were being examined as part of a wide-ranging U.S. counterintelligence investigation into possible communications between members of Mr. Trump’s campaign team and Russian operatives.
Apart from Comey’s admission of what pretty well everybody already knew at this point—that the FBI is probing Trump’s campaign for alleged ties to the Russian government—the five-hour congressional hearing yesterday yielded little in the way of new evidence.
Democrats on the committee are operating on auto-pilot at this point as they robotically regurgitate the well-worn talking points of their evolving Russian conspiracy theory.
Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) chose to grandstand. “We’ve heard nothing but terribly disturbing evidence of what’s happened to our country at the hands of arguably our greatest adversary. 
This elicited a response from Comey, who said, “It threatens what is America and if any Americans are a part of that effort, it’s a very serious matter.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) explored the fascinating false-flag conspiracy theory that the Trump White House leaked information in order to discredit the wiretapping investigation or exonerate themselves. The alleged leakers could have “political Munchausen by proxy syndrome, he said, as they tried to make a mess only they are capable of cleaning up.
In his opening statement, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member on the committee, repeated the unfailingly popular left-wing falsehood that Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In July last year Trump “openly appeals to the Russians to hack his opponents’ emails, telling them that they will be richly rewarded by the press, the congressman claimed.
Of course, that’s not what Trump actually said at the oft-cited July 27, 2016, presser. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said, adding sarcastically: “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
A few minutes later he followed up on Twitter, writing “If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!
During that press conference that took place during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, NBC reporter Katy Tur shouted a loaded question at Trump to introduce into the mainstream media ecosystem the Big Lie that Trump had personally invited Russia to interfere in U.S. elections.
“Do you have any qualms about asking a foreign government—Russia, China, anybody—to interfere, to hack into the system of anybody in this country?” she asked. Trump didn’t respond to Tur’s question directly, which the mainstream media dishonestly portrayed as Trump inviting foreign powers to hack Clinton’s campaign.
Chairman Nunes asked National Security Agency (NSA) Director Admiral Mike Rogers questions aimed at putting to rest the claim that whatever Russia may have done didn’t actually affect the outcome of the election.
He asked Rogers:
On January 6th, 2017, the intelligence community assessment assessing Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections, stated that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying. So my question as of today, Admiral Rogers, do you have any evidence that Russian cyber actors changed vote tallies in the state of Michigan?
Rogers replied:
No, I do not, but I would highlight we are a foreign intelligence organization, not a domestic intelligence organization. So it would be fair to say, we are probably not the best organization to provide a more complete answer.
Nunes followed up with, “How about the state of Pennsylvania?  to which Rogers replied, “no, sir.
Nunes asked the same question four more times about Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, to which Rogers responded, “no, sir,  each time.
“So you have no intelligence that suggests, or evidence that suggests, any votes were changed?  Nunes asked. Rogers replied, “I have nothing generated by the national security industry, sir.
Nunes then asked Comey if had “any evidence at the FBI that any votes were changed in the states that I mentioned to Admiral Rogers. 
Comey responded with a simple “no.
Despite all the noise, the real-life connections between Democrats and Russia remain unexplored. Obama and then-Secretary Clinton had possibly the most pro-Russian policy in U.S. history yet Trump gets accused of being a Russophile.
Nuclear weapon-hating President Obama, who all but apologized to the Japanese for the U.S. atomic-bombing of two cities in World War II during a May 2016 visit to Hiroshima, told outgoing then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2012 to pass on the message to soon-to-be Russian president Vladimir Putin to ease up on the missile defense issue until after the election when Obama would “have more flexibility.
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton helped Russia gets its hands on 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply through Uranium One. Russian nuclear agency Rosatom took over the company in 2010 by acquiring a 51 percent stake in it.
Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta and two senior Russian officials were members of the board of energy concern Joule Unlimited. Two months after Podesta was appointed to the board, Rusnano, a company Putin science adviser Andrei Fursenko called “Putin’s child,  announced it planned to plow $35 million into Joule, or one-fifth of all the investment money Joule took in from 2007 to 2013.
And don’t forget that in June 2010, Bill Clinton gave a single one-hour speech for a $500,000 fee in Moscow. The speech was given and paid for by Renaissance Capital, an investment bank said to have ties to the Kremlin.
This is not an exhaustive compilation of examples of Democrats’ long working relationship with the Russian government.
The hearing took place as the Los Angeles Times reported that star news analyst and libertarian hero former Judge Andrew Napolitano has been suspended indefinitely by Fox News Channel for airing “his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the best of former President Obama.  On-air Napolitano said “Fox News has spoken to intelligence community members who believe that surveillance did occur, that it was done by British intelligence.
Citing unidentified sources, Napolitano wrote in a column that a British foreign surveillance agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), “most likely gave Obama transcripts of Trump’s recorded calls. “By bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints,  Napolitano wrote.
Fox management disagreed. Afternoon anchor Shepard Smith said Friday that “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way.
In London, Her Majesty’s Government as it’s styled across the pond, denounced the claims, seized upon by President Trump, calling them “utterly ridiculous.  During a joint press conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the president threw a spotlight on the story and called Napolitano “a very talented lawyer.”
Napolitano’s theory isn’t completely crazy.
It has at least as much evidence in its favor as the Democrats’ theory that Donald Trump is a puppet of Vladimir Putin.
Matthew VadumBombthrowers, and matthewvadum.blogspot.com, is an investigative reporter at a watchdog group in Washington, D.C.
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