Thursday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Hurricane Michael: Most powerful storm to hit U.S. in 50 years tears through Florida (ABC News)

Reminder: The Left had no problem labeling the Tea Party a “mob” (Hot Air)

Economic boom largely ignored as TV’s Trump coverage hits 92% negative (NewsBusters)

A look at President Trump’s nominees to the Second and Ninth Circuits (National Review)

The differences between Christine Ford and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman (Frontpage Mag)

Mike Pompeo rebukes South Korea’s kowtowing to North Korea (Washington Examiner)

U.S. arrests Chinese intelligence officer for economic spying (The Washington Free Beacon)

Trump’s tariffs now cost Americans more than scumbag/liar-nObamaCare taxes (Washington Examiner)

Politically charged American Music Awards hit new ratings low (National Review)

UK Supreme Court overturns case forcing Irish bakers to bake a same-sex marriage cake (The Resurgent)

Bottom story of the day: San Francisco dubbed “doo-doo capital” of the country (Fox News)

Humor: UN warns climate change will destroy Earth by 2005 (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Time to rethink how we value our online identities (American Enterprise Institute)

Policy: The emerging U.S. energy powerhouse (The Heartland Institute)

~The Patriot Post


FBI Refuses to Tell US Senate if Trump Phones are Tapped

by Tom Tillison

{} ~ Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray did not answer when asked if the FBI or the National Security Agency is currently collecting President Donald Trump’s phone conversations… Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., broached the subject Wednesday as Wray testified before a Senate committee hearing on national security issues, when he asked about intel agencies collecting data on international calls.“Do you think that it’s possible that the president’s conversations with international leaders are in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act database?” Paul asked. “I’m not sure there’s anything I could speak to in this setting,” the FBI director said. Paul responded to say the Washington Post reported about two years ago there were 1,500 times when then-President scumbag/liar-nObama “was minimized meaning that, yes, you are gathering up so much information – you, the NSA, the intelligence community – that actually the president’s conversations are caught up in there.” After their exchange, the libertarian-minded Paul took to Twitter to call for reforms on how intelligence agencies collect data, suggesting that if the president is not safe from “bad actors,” none of us are…



Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Refuses to be Interviewed By Joint House Committee

by sundance

{} ~ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was scheduled to testify tomorrow to a closed-door joint House congressional committee (Judiciary/Oversight) chaired by Bob Goodlatte… This committee has been conducting oversight into activity within the FBI and DOJ as it pertains to prior politicization of the agencies. General Rod J. Rosenstein’s interview with a joint House panel reviewing the Justice Department investigation of President Trump’s alleged Russia ties will not take place this week as expected, according to congressional aides involved with the planning. The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees were expected to speak with Rosenstein behind closed doors Thursday as part of their probe into federal law enforcement’s conduct during the investigations of Trump’s campaign and former secretary of state liar-Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. But a dispute over the interview’s terms prevented the committees and the Justice Department from reaching a deal to hold the meeting, according to people familiar with the discussions…



Interesting and Frustrating: Senator Ron Johnson Questions FBI Director Christopher Wray

by sundance

{} ~ There was a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing today where one of the responding executive branch officials was FBI Director Christopher Wray… Toward the end of the hearing, long after the rest of the members had left the hearing, Chairman Ron Johnson took the opportunity to ask Director Wray some very specific and pointed questions about the current issues within the FBI as an institutional office. Few people remember, fewer even know, that it was Ron Johnson’s committee effort that brought out the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages. Lots of other committees began exploring DOJ and FBI misconduct, but it was Johnson who started the sunlight back in July and August of 2017. That’s the baseline to begin to appreciate this questioning.The exchange between Chairman Johnson and Director Wray begins around 02:15:00 of the video nearly two and a half hours into the hearing. Likely few will have watched this because, just like actually reading the 600 pages of Page/Strzok text messages, it takes granular exploration to understand what is happening. Chairman Johnson starts asking specific questions about the lack of response from officials underneath Director Wray. As CTH outlined in the June 2018 FBI press conference on the IG report, Christopher Wray transparently has no clue intentionally so what is going on within his institutional apparatus…



US, Russia space crew aborts mission after booster failure

by Ryan Gaydos

{} ~ An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut returned safely to Earth on Thursday after a Russian booster rocket carrying them… to the International Space Station failed shortly after launch. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexey Ovchinin were in good condition after making an emergency landing in Kazakhstan, NASA officials said.The pair lifted off in Kazakhstan at around 2:40 p.m. local time from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Soyuz booster rocket.The pair was set to dock at the space station six hours after launch, but the booster rocket failed minutes after launch. NASA said Russian space officials informed the agency that the crew was in good condition after making an emergency landing 12 miles east of the city of Dzhezkazgan. Spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region…



Remembering Stanislav Petrov


{} ~ Thirty-five years ago, just after midnight on the morning of September 26, a midranking officer in the Soviet Army single-handedly saved both his country and ours… Now that the American public has emerged from the trial pardon me, the “job interview” of the century, it would be nice to mark the anniversary. The setting on that terrifying night in 1983 was Serpukhov-15, a military command center from which nervous Communists monitored satellites in anticipation of Western nuclear aggression. Though ridiculous from our perspective, Soviet concerns about an American first strike were not entirely unjustified. Four weeks earlier, the USSR had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a passenger jet carrying dozens of Americans and a United States congressman. President Reagan had responded with a milk-curdling speech the phrase “inhuman brutality” couldn’t have pleased the Kremlin, and NATO had undertaken a military exercise — Able Archer — that had included a simulated nuclear launch. In her extraordinary political biography of Margaret Thatcher no timid Cold Warrior herself, NR contributor Claire Berlinski notes that nuke-laden Soviet fighters literally kept their engines running that fall. It was in that nerve-racking atmosphere that Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov faced what may well have been one of the most momentous decisions in human history. Ensconced in his bunker southwest of Moscow, Petrov was staring at his computer screen when satellite data revealed five approaching missiles — presumably nuclear, presumably American. Though his standing orders, as Berlinski relates them, were to “send this information up the chain of command and precipitate the launching of a massive nuclear counterstrike,” Petrov miraculously did nothing, understanding intuitively that what the radar showed “simply couldn’t be happening.” Petrov’s reading of the situation was, of course, correct — the false alarm was due to a combination of orbital angles and sunlight — but Moscow reacted with characteristic fury. “The Kremlin,” Berlinski writes, “rewarded Petrov for breaking his orders by demoting him and sending him into exile, where he suffered a nervous breakdown.” Looked at a certain way, the story of the Cold War is the story of men who might have destroyed civilization but didn’t. “Our dream is to see the day when nuclear weapons will be banished from the face of the earth,” Ronald Reagan told Japan’s parliament not seven weeks after the Serpukhov incident. “You boys must be crazy,” Dwight Eisenhower chided the Joint Chiefs upon being advised to aid the French defense of Dien Bien Phu with nukes. Though both presidents were world-bestriding figures by any measure, the case can be made that Stanislav Petrov was a hero of a superior kind. Unlike Reagan and Eisenhower — leaders who took up defined roles with explicit power to shape events — Petrov was a minor cog in an impersonal machine. It isn’t only that he had no business being a good man. He wasn’t supposed to be a man at all…


Rosenstein Gets the Trump Thumbs Up

by Political Editors: On Monday, as President Donald Trump was on his way to travel down to Florida to speak at a police chief conference, he was asked by a reporter if he planned to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “No, I don’t. No,” he replied, adding that he and Rosenstein “have a good relationship.” In fact, Rosenstein accompanied Trump on Air Force One down to Florida, presumably to further discuss the recent controversy over allegations that Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Trump back in early 2017.

Recall that after The New York Times broke its story on Rosenstein’s apparent disloyalty, there was much speculation that Trump was about to send him packing. At the time, we noted what appeared to be an attempt by the Leftmedia to bait Trump into firing Rosenstein, so they could then allege that he had acted in a manner that obstructed justice. Given that Trump has made no secret of his disdain for Robert Mueller’s special investigation, repeatedly labeling it — or, more accurately, the “Russia collusion” angle of it — a witch hunt, “obstruction” is just about all they’ve got left to hope for.

Following the flight, Trump noted that he “had a good talk” with Rosenstein, adding, “I didn’t know Rod before. I’ve gotten to know him, and I get along very well with him.” Later on Monday Trump alluded to the Mueller investigation, stating, “I think we’ll be treated very fairly. Everybody understands there was no collusion. There’s no Russia. It was all made up by the dummycrats-Democrats.”

It would seem that Trump and company sniffed this rouse out and, knowing that there is nothing to support the dubious Russia-collusion allegation, are taking care to avoid any charge of obstruction of justice.

~The Patriot Post  


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