Thursday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI, liar-nObama WH and Dem officials early in Trump-Russia probe (Fox News)

Comey gets the red carpet from CNN: A full town hall event to mark book launch (The Daily Wire)

Inspector general’s office to investigate FBI surveillance of Carter Page (Reason)

Former FBI agent charged with leaking classified information to media (Reuters)

Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, nominates personal physician to replace him (The Washington Post)

Report: VA missed background checks for thousands of employees (Military Times)

Facebook to limit use of data brokers for ad targeting (Bloomberg)

Supreme Court grapples with partisan gerrymandering once again with Maryland case (Roll Call)

Kim Jong-un to meet South Korea’s president in historic summit set for April (CBS News)

NATO moves toward readying more troops to confront Russian threat (The Wall Street Journal)

Netflix names Susan Rice, Benghazi storyteller, to board of directors (Hot Air)

Only 10% of DC March for Our Lives protesters were under 18 (The Washington Free Beacon)

New report misleads on the health risks of abortion for women (National Review)

Pro-life lawmakers lay groundwork for Roe challenge (The Hill)

Humor: Mark Zuckerberg prepares for congressional testimony by poring over lawmakers’ personal data (The Onion)

Policy: The White House needs better guidance on its new China trade policy (The Heritage Foundation)

Policy: The solemn duty of government and the military (The Washington Times) ~The Patriot Post


MUELLER MADNESS: Special Counsel Hands Over All ‘EVIDENCE’ On Mike Flynn

by Sara Carter

{ } ~ The Office of Special Counsel complied with a federal judge’s order and as a result turned over all evidence related to former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s case… according to two sources who spoke to this reporter. In December, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to provide Flynn’s attorneys with any and all information that may have been withheld from the case. Sullivan took over as the presiding judge after District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused from the case on Dec. 7. There was no explanation as to why Contreras, who presided over Flynn’s guilty plea on Dec. 3, was recused from the case. Flynn pled guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, despite testimony provided to Congress by former FBI Director James Comey, where he stated that the agents did not believe Flynn had lied about his conversation with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016. Sullivan ordered the government to produce any evidence in its possession that is “favorable to defendant and material either to defendant’s guilt or punishment.”…


Rod Rosenstein Cleared liar-Clinton in Whitewater, then His Wife Represented liar-Bill


{ } ~ Who is Rod Rosenstein? If you don’t know, he’s the man who appointed Robert Mueller to investigate President Trump in this Russia probe nonsense… Based on the track record of the FBI these days, you might suspect that Rosenstein doesn’t have the cleanest file in the cabinet. You’d be right. The problems with Rosenstein go all the way back to the liar-Clinton Presidency, and they’re right in line with the corruption and bias that has been plaguing this country for close to a decade. Before diving into the specifics of Rosenstein’s corruption, it’s important to ask a question: why is all of this coming to light only now? In a word, it all falls on liar-nObama. In several words, this is what you should expect any time the media gives a president a free pass and refuses to pass any amount of scrutiny. We can blame it on racism or reverse racism. We can call it deep state corruption. Really, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we never again tolerate the conspiratorial behaviors between the government and media that became commonplace with liar-nObama’s lead of the Democratic Party…


Violent deportee’ ID’d after escaping ICE custody at JFK airport

by Benjamin Brown

{ } ~ Authorities identified the “violent deportee” who remained on the loose Wednesday after escaping immigration custody… hours before at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, from Senegal, reportedly fled authorities at the airport while going through security. He was at the airport for deportation, expected to board a flight back to his home country. “Mbacke entered the country lawfully in 2005 before violating the terms of his status. He was ordered deported in September 2015 by an immigration judge,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a Wednesday statement. “Mbacke has previous criminal convictions for multiple weapons and firearms offenses.”…



KORUS Details Emerging – South Korea Agrees to 30% Reduction in Steel, Accepts Doubling of U.S. Autos, Accepts 20 Year Extension on Truck Tariff…

by sundance

{ } ~ The new deal doubles — to 50,000 — the cars each U.S. automaker can export annually to South Korea… reduces bureaucratic barriers to American products and extends a 25 percent U.S. tariff on South Korean pickup trucks by 20 years, through 2041. South Korea escapes America’s new 25 percent tariff on imported steel — but must accept quotas on steel exports equal to 70 percent of its average annual shipments to the United States between 2015 and 2017. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the policy ahead of an official announcement. The United States this month began imposing the steel tariffs, saying imports jeopardized U.S. national security. But it has been suspending the duties on allies like the European Union, Canada and Mexico…


Michael Wolff: My Job “Has Nothing To Do With Truth”

by Daniel Greenfield

{ } ~ The Wolff ship sailed a while back. Fire and Fury sold lots of copies… But even some of the biggest Trump haters in the media were careful about taking it at face value. And international outlets were far more willing to ask Wolff tough questions. And he was far less willing to answer them. But it was all downhill anyway. When even Morning Joe won’t put up with you anymore, it’s all over. What’s left? Vassar. Here’s Michael Wolff explaining his tenuous relationship with the truth in the Vassar Review. Solender: So would you call yourself a political journalist? Wolff: No, never. I’m not a political journalist. I’m not, frankly, all that much interested in politics. I’m a writer. I’m barely a journalist, actually. I am a writer. Solender: And you’ve covered other topics, right? You wrote for the Hollywood Reporter? Wolff: Yes, I’m probably the most prolific journalist in the country. You know, millions upon millions upon millions of words. Solender: So it’s not really about the subject as much as sort of telling the story and getting the truth out there?…


Ethanol Indoctrination Enters School Studies

by Jordan Candler: Have you quizzed your child yet on the supposedly benign value of ethanol? Believe it or not, some students at and above the third grade might have a thing or two to say about it after being subjected to “Ethanol in the Classroom,” an education (read: indoctrination) platform created by the Renewable Fuels Association.

The organization’s president, Bob Dinneen, recently described this e-learning tool as “providing a fun and interactive way for students to learn about the renewable fuel.” He further heralded it as “a fun platform for children and young adults to learn about ethanol’s numerous benefits.”

There are countless words that accurately describe ethanol, but beneficial is most assuredly not one of them. According to the Department of Energy, the U.S. produced 14.54 billion bushels of corn in 2016. Of that, 5.25 billion — or 36% — was used for ethanol. Which means that only 64% of corn is being used to feed the hungry; the rest is being wasted on a biofuel that ruins your lawnmower and other gasoline-powered tools and automobiles.

Our own Mark Alexander has chronicled numerous other problems associated with ethanol.

Here’s another fact — one that truly worries the mandate’s most vociferous advocates: The detrimental effect of ethanol isn’t a secret. Just how deficient is it? The Washington Times recently reported that “the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that boosted ethanol use has fallen out of favor so badly that environmentalists now see themselves on the same side of the debate as Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, arguing that the entire program is deeply flawed and must be completely overhauled.”

As Hot Air blogger Jazz Shaw says of “Ethanol in the Classroom,” “I don’t need to sit through the class to be able to guess that a few things were left out of the curriculum.” He adds, “This isn’t an education program. It’s an indoctrination scheme. Get ‘em while they’re young and you can influence their actions and choices as adults.”

The biofuel mandate is clearly on shaky ground. And the activists’ solution is to use children as pawns to save it — much like the gun control lobby is doing to an astonishing degree after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. All told, it’s more proof that education standards need to be controlled at the local level.  ~The Patriot Post


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