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Trump Inauguration Ball Rejects CNN

Future coverage by CNN will change. Which way? Will they lighten up or will they double down.

What a slap in the face.

“Deploraball Organizers Reject CNN’s Requests For Press Passes!”

Oh, the gnashing of teeth that will result.

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“Navajo Nation vows to fight EPA for toxic mine spill”

The function of the EPA is to ‘Protect’ the environment. It’s part of their name. They did just the opposite in the Animas river pollution case. It was their agents who broke the dam holding back the pollutant, allowing it to foul the river.

If there was damage done by this act it should be compensated. Moreover, the EPA officials who caused the spill, and those who directed them to do so, should be tried criminally. There are plenty of criminal charges that can put them away for years. Future federal agency people should be put on notice. This is not acceptable.

The House Committee on Natural Resources released a damning report on the EPA and how they handled the August 2015 Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado, and its aftermath. (AP)

Navajo Nation officials say they are outraged the Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to pay millions of dollars in claims filed against it following the devastating Colorado Gold Mine spill.

The federal agency has accepted responsibility for the August 2015 disaster, which devastated farm and grazing lands in southern Colorado and northwest New Mexico. But it announced late last week that it was not legally able to pay claims submitted by farmers and livestock owners.”

From Fox News

Further news: EPA Pardons Itself in the Animas River Pollution Case

The EPA has pardoned itself from paying claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado the summer of 2015.

The EPA said the claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments.

But attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government.”

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Illinois’ Finances Are In The News Again Today

“MOODY’S IS WARNING OF AN ILLINOIS DEATH SPIRAL”

Without real reform, Illinois will end up like a failing cable company that is losing customers and responds by raising service rates on remaining customers, causing even more to leave. It’s a losing strategy and will simply quicken the stampede of Illinoisans fleeing to surrounding states.”

From Illinois Policy

Downtrend has a graphic that also indicates what’s wrong there but it also includes other cities with a common denominator. They’re all in trouble and are all run by Democrats.

Tha Chicago Tribune has an editorial about how President-elect Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is being received by Chicago’s very unionized education establishment.

“Betsy DeVos vs. the education status quo”

Betsy DeVos speaks during her confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill on Jan. 17, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)

The senators’ attempts to paint DeVos as a rich capitalist bent on turning schools into private profit centers rehashed the limp, decades-old arguments against charter schools and voucher programs. The committee chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was right when he described DeVos’ positions as mainstream. In her home state of Michigan, she spent more than a decade fighting for school choice programs that benefited mostly minority school children.

She’s not alone. Supporters of school choice have included many Democrats and Republicans — presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, a half-dozen education secretaries, and more than 30 states.

But not here. Chicago and Illinois are case studies in resisting this type of education reform.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis last fall called DeVos a “nightmare.”

Here is a snip from that hearing. Devos seems to be able to handle the socialists.

Illinois, and especially Cook County, has been in failure mode for decades. Taxes are repeatedly raised yet services are poor. The local government has refused to address the crime and economic problems there. The natural result is that people are moving away – productive, tax-paying people. Moody’s can see it and is issuing another warning. It won’t be long now.

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Politico: Democrats Continue To Hate Each Other

The party of hate doesn’t just hate Donald Trump. No, they have hatred for each other as well.

It’s delicious to watch.

“Democrats sweat Clinton vs. Sanders rift”

The 2016 primary fight continues to divide the party, hindering Democrats’ ability to unite and prompting national party leaders to tiptoe around the issue. | Getty

Long after the Democratic presidential nomination was settled, the bruising 2016 primary fight continues to divide the party, hindering Democrats’ ability to unite and prompting national party leaders to tiptoe around the issue in the hopes of avoiding an outbreak of Sanders-Clinton proxy wars. The bitter defeat at the hands of Donald Trump has exacerbated the tensions, leading to the rise of “Bernie would have won” and “Bernie’s challenge helped sink Hillary” camps, even if the battles are rarely framed in such explicit terms. Now, with the chairmanship of the DNC and party nominations in multiple 2017 races at stake, some Democrats are desperately trying to strike a balance and remind rank-and-file activists of the real enemy.”

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Looks Like There Was More Than Stink Bombs Planned For Trump Inauguration

Any Means Necessary

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This is some serious stuff. We knew leftists are crazy but this indicates a pre-planned attack, and not just an assassination attempt. Multiple firearms, both handguns and long guns were pre-placed in what looks like an effort to avoid having them discovered on one’s person by police. Because there were several guns of different types it looks like more people than just the President-elect were to be shot. That makes it look like a terror attack.

Could this be one reason so many Democrats are not attending the inauguration?

“Guns in violin case, other weapons found along Potomac in DC”

This image provided by Barbara Joan Saffir, shows police standing near a violin case along the Potomac River in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. U.S. Park Police say several weapons, including two guns in a violin case, have been found by a woman walking in the woods (Barbara Joan Saffir via AP) (The Associated Press)

A walker in Washington came across two guns in a violin case along the Potomac River on Wednesday, leading police to find several other weapons stashed in the area, officials said.

U.S. Park Police said a woman walking in the woods near the C&O Canal, which runs along the river, found the case. When law enforcement officers arrived, they found more guns and ammunition — some in pails, others in plastic garbage bags.

“At this point, we don’t know how they got there, why they’re here or when they got here,” police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose said.

She said officers found a variety of weapons, including long guns and pistols.”

More at Fox News

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Want To Know Why We Cannot Trust Obama’s Intelligence Community?

It’s because President Obama changed their jobs for them. Remember when it was reported that Obama’s new role for NASA was Muslim outreach?

Today it is being reported that John Brennan, Obama’s head of the Central Intelligence Agency has told the world that he wants us to remember his work with the Sexually handicapped.

“Departing CIA chief John Brennan wants his legacy to be the work he did for LGBTQ community”

A happy John Brennan

In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal, departing CIA Director John Brennan said he wants his legacy to be the work he did to advance the LGBTQ community.

“During his tenure he has put particular emphasis on promoting the interests of gay, lesbian, and transgender officers,” the Journal reported. “He was the first CIA director to attend an annual social gathering of LGBTQ employees and has been known to wear a rainbow lanyard around the office as a symbol of solidarity.

For Mr. Brennan, who said his perspective was informed by growing up ‘a white male from New Jersey,’ diversity of backgrounds leads to better analysis, which in his estimation can prevent intelligence disasters,” the Journal said.

‘”I just think that having those varied perspectives really adds greater color and dimension and diversity to how we look at problems,’” Mr. Brennan told the Journal. “’It gets us away from groupthink.’”

Read the rest at the Washington Times

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49 Democrats Avoiding Trump Inauguration

So far.

If it were more I would worry that they know something ugly is planned for the ceremony.

Small minded sore losers. Actually, we don’t need the adjectives. Losers.

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Oh No! John Lewis Lies!

Who’dathunk it?

“I don’t plan to attend inauguration. It will be the first one I miss since I’ve been in Congress.”

He did outright lie about this. And the lying media let him do it without challenge. It’s no wonder Mr. Trump is challenging the media.

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General Mattis Reassures Troops And Americans

General James Mattis is reverently called ‘Mad Dog’ by his troops. It is a term of endearment. I am not one of his troops and it has been said that he doesn’t really like the monicker but accepts it from his men. I will not use the nickname.

General Mattis is a war fighter. He understands warfare because he has experienced it, studied it, and studied history. He continues to read. He says the US military is second to none. That is a different image than was created by the outgoing President and Secretary of Defense. Our men and women in uniform will welcome a leader like Mattis. He trusts them and they trust him. A recent example of why is this:

“Mattis: ISIS ‘couldn’t last 2 minutes in fight with our troops'”

Defense secretary nominee Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis believes ISIS is “al-Qaida on steroids” and must be defeated in head-to-head “battles of annihilation” that leave “no survivors” on the enemy side, according to a recent discussion he participated in with a conservative think tank.

The career Marine, who faces Senate questioning at a confirmation today, also asserts that the US military “can handle Iran” in a shooting war, but cautioned that the Navy needs more warships to challenge “China’s bullying in the South China Sea.”

Mattis made the eye-opening remarks in a little-noticed interview with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is a visiting fellow.”

General Mattis knows how to lead people to success. This is a good example. The question is not whether our people could win. Instead it is should they be sent to win? Mattis’ job will be to prepare our troops for conflicts and he will do a superb job. The decision to send, or not to send, them into battle will be a political one – made by the Commander in Chief.

Read the rest at Family Security Matters

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‘Give With The Left Hand, Punch With The Right’

This is an interesting development. President-Elect Trump has given strong indications that he will not favor news sources that opposed him during the election. He has famously refused to recognize CNN’s reporter during a press conference, calling CNN. ‘Fake News’. This is not new nor unprecedented. President Obama frequently blamed Fox News for telling of his errors.

There are several American news organizations that have opposed Trump and continue to do so. There has been false news reported about him. Trump is now in a position where he can point out to the world that there are consequences to producing false news and he appears to be eager to do so.

By moving the press briefings to a larger room, reportedly four times a big as the existing one, he will be able to include news sources that never before had this access. He will have a team to decide who gets the blessing and who does not. It’s possible that the list will include others, not just print or television. It has been shown repeatedly that the major print sources are in the process of failing into unimportance.

This will be interesting to watch as former news leaders fall and are eliminated from White House press briefings.

“Trump Team May Move West Wing Briefings to Expand Capacity”

White House Press Room

The incoming Trump administration is considering moving White House press briefings out of the West Wing to accommodate more than the “Washington media elite,” President-elect Donald Trump’s press secretary said.

“This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process,” Sean Spicer said Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz.” Involving more people, including bloggers and others who aren’t from the mainstream media, “should be seen as a welcome change,” he said.”

Read the rest at Bloomberg

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Did You Know There Were 400 Train Robberies In Chicago During The Last Five years?

Chicago has always been a rail hub. People have been breaking into side-tracked boxcars for just as long. Only recently, though, has it been released that one of the commodities being stolen from them is firearms. It makes perfect sense.

Stricter gun controls on law-abiding citizens will do nothing to stop the criminals from getting guns if they get them like this.

” Study Shows Americans How Criminals Are Getting Guns In Chicago”

Last November, a half a dozen semi-automatic rifles and 27 handguns were lifted from a rail car stationed in downtown Chicago.

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By The Federalist Papers Project:

An investigation by a Chicago news station has revealed that thousands of guns have been illegally obtained by the city’s criminals through the ages-ol’ tradition of train robbery.

This stunning tactic works because to reach their destination, trains must “pass through some of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods,” according to station WGN, which added that unfortunately, these paths can take up to a full day to traverse:

It is a slow and meandering path to pass through the city, sometimes taking a full day to move through, says Senator Emil Jones III. During some of that time Jones says, “Trains are sitting in high-crime neighborhoods. It’s just a potential target to get broken into.”

And being broken into is exactly what has happened to dozens upon dozens of trains. In the past five years, in fact, trains passing through Chicago have reportedly been hit more than 400 times. And in a number of those robberies, the goodies obtained were weapons.”

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Congressman Lewis Has Decided To Skip The Trump Inauguration

Several other Democrats are also not going. As a matter of fact many of them are members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

During the Obama administration the CBC has gained a prominence they never enjoyed before. That is understandable during the term of the United States’ first Black President. It will be equally understandable if the Congressional White Caucus gains importance during a Trump administration.

Congressman Lewis has two unfortunate things to look forward to. First, the CBC will regain the level of irrelevance that they enjoyed before Barack Obama. Second, as a Democrat, he is now a member of the minority and will get back-of-the-bus status the way Republicans did when they were in the minority.

Lewis was at one time a principled civil rights leader. He fought for the rights of black people, especially in 1963. Lewis is 76 years old and has been in the Congress for thirty years. During that time his focus has changed from civil rights to getting reelected just like every other Congressman who must stand for reelection every two years. He has become more political and more a Washington insider.

Look for Democrat politicians, including members of the CBC, to become more embittered as the realization comes upon them that they are no longer in control. Since many of them are about the age that Lewis is you can expect there to be more of them retiring.

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Now Cosmopolitan Is Yelling ‘Racist’ At Republicans

It’s really no surprise that Cosmo’s editors espouse progressive ideology. But progs lost big in the 2010, 2014, and 2016 elections. They don’t have much of any power left except for screaming invectives at Republicans. And they still think the most powerful word in their arsenal is the term ‘Racist’. It’s nothing new. They have been doing it right along. But by overusing the word they have managed to rob it of nearly all its power.

“Why Republicans Hate Obamacare So Much”

So do Republicans really despise the Affordable Care Act? Despite the fact that they have voted in some way, shape, or form to repeal some or all of the ACA more than 60 times in the six years since it was signed into law, the answer may surprisingly be no. Or at least, not as much of it as they claim. But they do hate the “Obamacare” that was passed solely with Democratic votes and signed by a Democratic president, and they will do anything to tear that down completely. And when they later replace it with a new plan that has a surprising number of policies similar to the law they just undid, well, then we will know the thing they hated most about Obamacare was always Obama.”

More at Cosmo

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Senator Corey Booker Said Some Bad Things about Sen. Jeff Sessions…

… But all the things he said were innuendo. He doesn’t want anyone in the Attorney General’s office who is not a progressive. He did not draw blood. He had no facts to back up his attacks. It was just a regurgitation of Democrat talking points.

Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection correctly called Booker’s rant nothing but a publicity stunt. He has Presidential aspirations, you see, and he needs the face time.

You would think Booker might have had something to say that had not already been said by Democrats a hundred times already. He didn’t.

You would think Booker might have had some personal anecdote which would have given him insight others didn’t have. He didn’t. Indeed, the only personal anecdote was positive, how Booker had worked closely with Sessions to pass legislation granting the Congressional Gold Medal to recognize those who marched in Selma on the Raymond Pettis Bridge in the famous civil rights march.

Instead it was same old, same old. Literally nothing new, startling or historic. It was just time in the spotlight.”

Sad, really. The Congressional Black caucus was aligned against Sessions. They used terms like ‘Racist’ but presented no evidence of racism. The reason for their position is clear. Sessions is not a progressive Democrat like they all are. The CBC has no power, even less, now, since the election, but they still have the ability to shout, “Racist”, any time one of them gets in front of a microphone.

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I’m Confused. Is This Real News Or Fake?

This may also be fake news but I cannot understand why a left-leaning source like Politico would invent this story. Whether real or more fakery it will not get much traction in the mainstream media because it runs counter to their allegations that Donald Trump’s electoral win is illegitimate.

It has gotten to the point that the first question we must ask is whether the news report is fake.

“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire”

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko’s

Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.”

More at Politico

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“… Eventually You Run Out Of Other People’s Money”

The only fix is more money. But where will it come from?

“Britain’s health service in a ‘humanitarian crisis’: Red Cross”

Founded in 1948, the National Health Service (NHS) is a source of huge pride for many Britons who are able to access free care from the cradle to the grave.

But tight budgets, an ageing population and increasingly complex medical needs have left many hospitals struggling during the winter season in recent years, prompting headlines about patients being left to wait on trolleys for hours or even days.

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“Winter is always a very busy time for the NHS,” the Department of Health said. “To support staff working hard on the frontline we have put in place comprehensive plans earlier than ever.”

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“Kremlin Denies It Has “Compromising” Dossier On Trump, Calls Intel Report “Complete Fabrication””

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Responding to the latest report accusing Trump of being a Russian pawn (which may at least partially have been the spawn of a 4Chan hoax), the Kremlin said on Wednesday it was “total nonsense” that Russian officials had assembled a file of compromising information on Donald Trump. Speaking to reporters on a conference call today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the dossier containing the claims was a hoax which had been dreamt up to further harm U.S.-Russia relations, which are already at their lowest level since the Cold War.

Peskov told reporters that Russia had no “kompromat” – a term for ‘compromising material’ – on Trump, as claimed in an unsourced report widely shared among the highest levels of US government, and which had been distributed months ago, and also available to the Clinton campaign.”

More at Zero Hedge

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Senator Sessions Confounds Democrat Haters At His Hearing

Democrats oppose him becoming Attorney General because he’s a conservative. The think he’s stupid and a racist because he doesn’t come from either coast. He’s from Alabama where people fly over but never to. And look at those ears! He looks like one of the kids in Little Rascals.

They thought they could drum up some false charges and keep him from taking office as the highest law man in the land. They accused him of racism but he has a history of fighting it. But they hadn’t counted on a couple things. First, it was not Republicans, but rather Democrats, who opposed racial equality. The Republican party came into being to fight slavery and to bring justice to America’s minorities.

Robert Byrd, (D), West Virginia, filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a KKK member

I was accused in 1986 of failing to protect the voting rights of African-Americans…of condemning civil rights advocates and organizations, and even harboring, amazingly, sympathies for the KKK,” Sessions said. “These are damnably false charges.”

Diane Feinstein then tried to corner him on Abortion:

You have referred to Roe v. Wade as, quote ‘One of the worst, most colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time. Is that still your view?”

Sessions’ answer: “It is.”

Yes, Sessions explained that Roe is the law of the land and that he would follow it, an assurance he repeated later in the day. But the moment showed a nominee in a very direct frame of mind.”

I’d have to agree with Sen. Sessions about Roe V Wade. Patrick Leahy questioned Sessions about Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” proposal. Durbin challenged Sessions on immigration, and then added,

Tell me I’m wrong.”

“Well, you are wrong,” said Sessions. More directness.

The hearing went like that all day. Sessions is qualified for the job. Democrats are running scared because the Obama progressive years are over. Their party is in disarray and they know it. They will not stop Sen. Sessions.

More at the Washington Examiner

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Breaking (CNN): POTUS/PEOTUS Briefed — Putin Has the Goods On Trump [UPDATED]

Whoopsie daisy…

(CNN) — Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible.

It seems we just had this conversation a day or two ago…

Anywho, I’m sure this isn’t consequential in any way.

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UPDATE:

This does not jibe with CNN’s implication that the most recent classified report contained the allegations and, presumably, evidence and sourcing.

I wonder what the real story is.

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So, Does This Mean The Global Warming Scare Is Over?

“Pravda: “Scientists Now Warn Of A New Ice Age” As Temperature Plummets to – 80°F In Russia!”

Some impressive winter events have been taking place all across the northern hemisphere lately. Especially eastern and southeastern Europe have been pounded by massive snowfalls and tremendously cold temperatures. Turkey has been buried by heavy snows and extreme temperatures have gripped the entire USA and vast areas of Russia.”

It looks like we’re having a cold winter

More at Climate Depot

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Here Is An Obama Legacy That Should Be Destroyed:

“Report: U.S. and Other Countries Agree to Give Iran 116 Tons of Uranium”

According to a report from the Associated Press, six world nations recently agreed to send over a hundred tons of natural uranium to Iran.

The still-secret arrangement was made by the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany to compensate Iran for 70 tons of heavy water exported to the U.S. shortly after the Iran deal was finalized. There was also a small amount of uranium gifted to Iran then.”

More at Mediaite

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What Legacy Is That? Failed Obamacare? Fast And Furious? Increased Racial Division?

From the Boston Globe’s Opinion page.

“Republicans aren’t focused on jobs, just on wrecking Obama’s legacy”

Susan Jhirad

I DON’T know which is more appalling — the proposal to spend our tax dollars on building a wall to keep out desperate immigrants fleeing poverty and violence, or Bristol Sheriff Hodgson’s idea that it be done by prison labor. He apparently doesn’t see the contradiction between his claim that keeping out immigrants will “save jobs” and using unpaid labor instead of union construction workers for the job.

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But why expect logic from proposals based mainly on prejudice and hate? I might add that those who supported Republicans because they believe in “the right to life” apparently ignore the fact that, according to a recent estimate by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times, over 8,000 people a year may die when their Obamacare and Medicaid are taken away.”

This was written by Susan Jhirad, “Professor in the English department at North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA.

Susan Jhirad, Ph.D., is the author of Dickens’ Inferno: The Moral World of Charles Dickens (Leap Year Press, 2013). She is the head of the worship committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, Massachusetts.”

Her Unitarian Universalist church connection has not made her very understanding.

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“You Spent $20,000,000 On Firewood?”

Twenty million?

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If You Thought Democrats Couldn’t Get Any Deeper Into Denial You Were wrong

Nancy Pelosi blames the media for reporting the news on leaked Democrat documents. Really. This is delicious. Democrats are still unable to take responsibility for either their electoral losses or the discovery that they rigged the Democrat Primaries in Hillary’s favor. No, it’s everyone else’s fault. Now it’s even the news media that is being blamed – for doing their job.

“Pelosi Slams Media For Reporting Leaked DNC Emails: “You Were Accomplices In This””

At the weekly Democratic Congressional briefing, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed members of the media for reporting leaks that were “embarrassing to the Clinton campaign.”

“You knew it was the Russians,” she said to the members of the media gathered in the Capitol.”

More at Real Clear Politics

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Bibi Shows The Way

“Actions have consequences: Israel announces cut in funding to UN”

In response to last month’s United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an end to Jewish settlements within alleged Palestinian territories, Israel has announced plans to suspend an estimated $6 million in funding to the U.N.”

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