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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Chowaniec View Post
    Trump is nowhere near as dumb as the liberal mainstream media portray him. Unfortunately, they bait him with ridiculous questions and he just cannot help giving them unsubstantiated, snarky replies and reason for them to slant his response.
    Just My Take:

    Trump's handling of the Covid-19 crisis will most probably be perceived as the defining moment of his Presidency.

    Until now, he has been doing a very capable job, and the public has become addicted to his daily presence. The Main Stream Media may also feel the way I do, and perhaps it is searching for a way to reduce the effectiveness of the daily briefing.

    Equally, the media may feel frustrated, if not desperately helpless, with the longstanding skill-set limitations of Biden, and by the nature his current campaign.

    The MSM surely knows that Biden is a pathetic communicator, whose chief export has been, and remains, gaffe-saturated verbal vomit. As such, they and the Biden handlers must necessarily content themselves with video messages from an exiled prop; an entirely inept member of "The Resistance," dutifully regurgitating, at times incoherently, scripted, irrelevant, sputtering comments from his campaign bunker. All-in-all, a depressing visual reminiscent of the post-9/11 cave sermons of Bin Laden.

    What better way to reduce Trump and raise a near-moribund Biden, than to twist Trump's specific words, and then, live in front of a generally supportive audience, engage Trump in a heated exchange over what Trump actually said, and a hostile media's weaponized interpretation of those exact same words?

    (Who is it that said "When you get into a pissing contest with a skunk, you come out smelling like skunk piss?)

    IMHO, the nation's interests, as well as Trump's stature and the interests of his 2020 re-election campaign, would best be served if Trump simply and effectively continues to manage all aspects of the crisis.

    Since the beginning of this calamity, I have held that the necessity for Trump's direct participation in a daily briefing was, and remains, questionable. I felt, and continue to feel, that such appearances should be reserved for urgent circumstances. If however, during those circumstances, or whenever it becomes necessary, Trump with Presidential dignity, should and must, call-out "Fake News" with facts, but not with catty comments. The President should then move on to the next challenge.

    Concerning the format of the daily briefing, absent urgent events, perhaps it would be wiser to leave the briefing(s) to those most conversant with the issues of the day. It should be left to those experts to amplify on the topic(s), and to take and answer questions.

    I would give Cuomo and Poloncarz the same advise, but they have a rather sympathetic media; an advantage that Trump does not enjoy.

    Just my two cents, but what do I know?
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    Something Is Not Right Here, eh?

    When juxtaposed against its obsessive coverage of Blasey Ford's charges against Bret Kavanaugh, the Main Stream Media's seeming lack of interest in Tara Reade's claims against presumptive Democrat Presidential nominee Joe Biden is a glaring example of its double standard in favor of Leftist actors.

    These were the words of Joe Biden on September 17, 2018:

    "For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you've got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she's talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it's been made worse or better over time. But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron."

    Should not the Main Stream Media remind Vice President Biden of those words during some rigorous questioning?

    More troubling is the sheer hypocrisy demonstrated by the silence currently present in same Democrat political leaders who, along with their steady exhortations that "All women should be believed," faithfully advocated for extended FBI investigations into the Ford allegations.


    With that said, former Vice President Biden suggests that any investigation into Reade's allegation should be restricted to the press:

    "He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard - and heard respectfully," said his campaign spokeswoman. "Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press."

    ( Reference:

    Unless the Main Stream Media holds a weighted prejudice in favor of Biden, and the Democrat national leadership is just boldly hypocritical, I simply do not understand why a more vigorous pursuit of the Raede allegation is not taking place, especially in light of this contemporaneous record:

    Is not the office of President as important as that of an Associate Justice of the SCOTUS?

    But, to date, from most of the Democrat political leaders and the Main Stream Media: "Crickets!"
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    Just Askin':

    Are the Left and the Globalists arrogantly showing their evil hand?

    Is this a partial definition of the "New Normal" that so many on the Left tout?

    Have they really been successful in establishing a template for a complete Socialist/Globalist revolution, and a control process which can be imposed upon free Americans at any time, for any reason, at the whim of Leftist government leaders?

    Perhaps the Trump election in 2016 interrupted a preordained Socialist/Globalist revolution with a "New Normal" that would have been more boldly and immediately imposed by a President Hillary Clinton?

    Is that same "New Normal" the product which Strozk's "Insurance Policy" sought to underwrite?

    Is that why the Left has been so obsessed with destroying the Trump Presidency?

    Is that "New Normal" the motivation for Russia Collusion, Ukraine, Impeachment, Avenatti, Cohen, McCabe, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Romney, Page, the Steel Dossier, etc.?

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    Out of pandemic crisis, what could a new New Deal look like?


    Out of pandemic crisis, what could a new New Deal look like?


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Deal was really a series of new deals, spread out over more than six years during the Great Depression — a menu of nationally scaled projects that were one part make-work and many parts lasting impact. They delivered a broad-shouldered expression of presidential authority whose overall benefits were both economic and psychological.

    Not all of them worked. Some failed badly. But it was a try-anything moment by Franklin D. Roosevelt at a time of national despair. And it remade the role of the federal government in American life.

    Men were hired to plant trees in Oklahoma after the Dust Bowl and to build roads, bridges and schools. Writers and artists were dispatched to chronicle the hardship, employing authors like Saul Bellow and Ralph Ellison. In most every state, you can still see murals or read local histories or walk into enduring projects like LaGuardia Airport and Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

    These programs were designed to provide get-by wages in exchange for work. But others were crafted to remake society. Social Security was instituted to save the elderly from poverty, federal insurance on banks to renew trust in the financial system, minimum wage and labor rights to redistribute the balance of power between employer and employee.

    Now, nearly 90 years later, the United States is fighting a disease that presents the country with wrenching life-and-death challenges. Yet at the same time, it has served up something else as well: a rare opportunity to galvanize Americans for change.

    And as the U.S. confronts its most profound financial crisis since the Depression, brought on by the most deadly pandemic in a century, there are early soundings of a larger question: What would a “new” New Deal look like?

    For the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose latest book is “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” the very act of discussing such a possibility is productive in itself. “It at least allows you to think of something that could come out of this that could be positive.”


    The New Deal’s legacy still provides support today. Unemployment insurance. Retirement and disability income. Transparency in the stock markets. Infrastructure that ensures a steady flow of electricity and supply of water.

    Yet the coronavirus outbreak has also revealed how ill-equipped the government was to address the rapidly escalating fallout of 26 million job losses, overwhelmed hospitals and millions of shuttered businesses only weeks away from failure.

    “We basically have a 21st-century economy wobbling on a 20th-century foundation,” said Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and chief of staff to President Barack Obama. “We need to upgrade the system to have a 21st-century economy in all respects.”

    Among the questions at hand:

    —How can Americans have greater access to savings for retirement and financial emergencies? There are fewer workers than a generation ago, and many face higher costs for housing and school.

    —How can the government ensure greater resources for medical care in a crisis? This would mean that mission-critical workers, from nurses to grocery-store clerks, have stockpiles of equipment to stay safe. It would mean people could get tested and treated without crippling hospital bills. And it would mean researchers have incentives to develop vaccines and bring them to market faster.

    President Donald Trump has talked up infrastructure programs and affordable healthcare but offered few details. Democratic lawmakers must work with a president their base of voters distrusts and despises. The likely consequence: Any mandate for change will come from the ballot boxes this November.

    Just this past week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), leaned hard on programs of the New Deal to offer legislation to create a federal “health force” to employ workers “for future public health care needs, and build skills for new workers to enter the public health and health care workforce.” It is unlikely the Republican-controlled Senate would consider such legislation, but it also shows what Democrats might have in mind as voters contemplate upcoming elections.

    Both parties have an uneasy relationship with how states and the federal government should share their power, and any reprise of the New Deal would likely enhance Washington’s authority.

    Trump has yet to offer a systemic solution to the crisis. though he has approved record levels of direct assistance to businesses and individuals. Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has talked more about combating the pandemic than he has about reimagining what kind of country might emerge from it.

    So far, Congress has committed more than $2 trillion to sustaining the economy during the outbreak. But most economists see that unprecedented sum as relief, not recovery or reform — just one of the “three Rs” of the New Deal.

    Any recovery will rely on government programs to catalyze the economy so that hiring and commerce can flow again. The public will also expect reforms that make the nation more resilient against future emergencies, so people feel comfortable enough to take the risks that lead to innovation and prosperity.

    Investing in infrastructure holds bipartisan appeal. Trump has repeatedly called for upgrades to roads, bridges and pipelines. Democrats would like to ensure that internet connectivity, including next-generation 5G, exists in rural and poorer communities.

    But other options have existed mainly in the white papers of think tanks, academics and advocacy groups. There is a newfound appetite for them, which could overpower even the highly polarized politics of this moment.

    “The question people always ask is, what would it take to break through that extreme partisanship?” Goodwin said. “It takes a crisis. This is what happens during wars.”


    After 9/11, much of the criticism of the federal government focused on a collective “failure of imagination.”

    Nineteen years later, that phrase has a new context as Washington tries to fashion a response to the coronavirus. It’s a challenge at a scale the nation has not seen since 1932, when Roosevelt, a Democrat, defeated Republican President Herbert Hoover with a promise of better days ahead — a “new deal” for the “forgotten man.”

    When New Deal programs were unveiled, no one definitively knew what had caused the U.S. economy to collapse, unlike now, when the culprit and the vulnerabilities are clearer.

    The political climate was fundamentally different then. Roosevelt, celebrated for his optimism and empathy, had muscular Democratic majorities in Congress. But he also sought to unite the country. His first radio “fireside chat” in 1933 was devoted to asking Americans to trust the banking system again. “He promised them that they could get their money back,” Goodwin said. The next fireside chat called for systemic change that Roosevelt argued would regulate capitalism’s extremes and provide a safety net.

    “Roosevelt was very concerned with the idea of one body politic,” said Allan Winkler, a professor emeritus at Miami University of Ohio, who testified before Congress about the New Deal in 2009 during the height of the financial crisis. “I worry about that in the current situation, that we don’t have a willingness to work together.”

    But the New Deal programs stemmed from bold visions that could be implemented by political leaders, he cautioned. “In our fragmented body politic, it would take an extraordinary politician to do what is necessary.”

    This is why a debate is starting among policy thinkers about the components needed for recovery and reform: so that leaders can feel empowered to take action.

    Emanuel sees two needed chapters — one to provide immediate aid and a second with more lasting change.

    “We need another bill to jump start the economy,” Emanuel said. He says it should be followed by investments in infrastructure to improve online connectivity so that learning, medicine and work can get through stay-at-home orders.

    The case for a major rebuilding may become clear if dire forecasts of a second-quarter decline in annual economic output ranging from 30% to 50% come true.

    “I think we are going to see an epic lockup in the mortgage markets as people are going to be unable to make their payments,” said Louis Hyman, a historian at Cornell University.

    This same cascade of defaults existed in the Great Depression. The New Deal swung to the rescue with the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, which bought past-due mortgages with government bonds and blocked a wave of foreclosures. Government officials also developed what would become 30-year mortgages. The loan’s stable interest rates helped spur new construction.

    But now, Hyman says, there’s a “painful truth”: The bulk of most people’s wealth is tied up in their homes — and inaccessible in a crisis.

    “The policy that would undo that is to enable people to accumulate wealth in other ways,” he wrote in an email. Those include better pay, capital market investment incentives and, especially, “building lots of houses for the under-housed.”


    Any attempt at updating a New Deal will reflect ideological differences between Democrats and Republicans.

    Framing this divide is a simple choice: Is it better to establish a government firewall that can protect the economy during future downturns? Or should the tax code and regulations be re-engineered so that private companies and individuals can more easily adapt to pandemics?

    Heather Boushey, president of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, says allowing government aid to automatically increase as the economy began to fall would have been one of “our best defenses so that the coronavirus recession does not turn into a full-scale economic depression.”

    “Responding to the crisis without also making our economy more resilient against future shocks would be a mistake,” she said. Automatic triggers for expanded jobless benefits, increased medical aid and new construction spending would ease the pain of a downturn and speed recovery.

    More conservative economists believe adjustments to the tax code and regulations will improve growth and resilience.

    “This is not one of those things where if you send checks you can jump-start the economy,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director and economic adviser to Republicans.

    Price Fishback, an economist at the University of Arizona known for his work studying the Depression era, proposes another, more abstract notion as a key to fashioning a New Deal for the 21st century: humility.

    Even New Deal programs that improved lives did not insulate the American people. There was stagflation in the 1970s. Untamed financial markets fueled a housing bubble during the 2000s. And at the end of 2019, no major economist forecasting this year envisioned that a pandemic would throw the world into turmoil.

    The United States would be stronger with improved internet connectivity, more housing, government programs that can cushion a downturn and a health care system that can handle crises and emergencies. Life would be better. But the nation would be far from impervious.

    So stay humble, Fishback urges.

    “Once we think we got it licked,” he says, “we get slammed in the face again.”


    Michael Tackett is deputy Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press, and Josh Boak covers the U.S. economy and voters.

    This story has been revised to correct the spelling of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s name.

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    Kim Jung Un has focused on a reduction of Chinese influence in North Korea.

    For over a week, there are suspicions and rumors swirling and around Kim's absence from the celebrations honoring Kim Il Sung's birthday, and more recently, ceremonies marking North Korea's "Armed Forces Day."

    In light of China's possible complicity in a less-than unintentional worldwide dissemination of Covid-19, this news story may be suggestive of some real mischief surrounding the Kim Jung Un mystery, which would have staggering geopolitical implications...

    From Fox News:
    Kim Jong Un might have been injured during missile tests on April 14

    Sun 26 Apr 2020 23:29:07 GMT

    Author: Eamonn Sheridan

    Speculation on the health, and whereabouts, of the North Korean dictator continue.

    For back ground if you need it, I posted this over the weekend:

    Report that China has sent a medical team to North Korea to attend to Kim Jong Un

    Korean news group Dong-A Ilbo now positing:

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might have been injured during the tests of short-range cruise missiles on April 14
    missile tests such as the ones carried out on April 14 could not go ahead without the order of commander-in-chief, which suggests that Kim was well until 7 a.m. when the missiles were fired.

    "Kim was absent from the reports of the tests while no footage of the missile launch and the training of combat aircrafts was released, which points to a possibility of an unexpected accident that might have been caused by debris or fire"

    Donga cite a former high ranking North Korean official who defected.

    From The Daily Mail...
    Kim Jong Un 'may have been injured during missile test', sparking his recent disappearance, former North Korean officer claims amid rumours the dictator has died

    Kim Jong-un has not been seen since attending a ruling party meeting on April 11

    Defector Lee Jeong Ho said Kim must have authorised missile launch on April 14

    Kim could have had an 'unexpected accident' involving debris or fire, he said


    PUBLISHED: 02:32 EDT, 27 April 2020 | UPDATED: 08:56 EDT, 27 April 2020

    Kim Jong-un could have injured himself during a missile launch - explaining his mysterious absence, a North Korean defector has claimed.

    Rumours have swirled over Kim's health since he failed to attend a ruling party showpiece on April 15, and the dictator has not been seen in public since.

    Reports that he underwent a cardiovascular procedure have spiralled into speculation that he could be critically ill - or even dead.

    Seoul and Washington have played down the reports, but there has been no concrete proof of life in Pyongyang's state media, beyond reports of messages sent in his name.

    Former Workers' Party official Lee Jeong Ho today wrote in South Korean newspaper Dong-a Ilbo that Kim must have been healthy enough to authorise missile tests on April 14 - but could have hurt himself in the process.

    'Kim was absent from the reports of the tests while no footage of the missile launch and the training of combat aircraft was released, which points to a possibility of an unexpected accident that might have been caused by debris or fire,' he said.

    Lee also played down claims that Kim could be 'brain dead', after reports that the dictator was critically ill following heart surgery.

    Reports that Kim was treated at a Mount Myohayng hospital are unlikely to be true because Kim's doctors are based in Pyongyang, Lee said.

    The barrage of missiles which splashed down off the country's east coast on April 14 could not have gone ahead without Kim's approval, Lee said.

    Before defecting to the US, Lee was an official in a money-making department called Room 39, the South Korean newspaper says.

    North Korean media has offered no direct updates on Kim's health, which experts have said is unusual in itself.

    Asked yesterday whether Kim was dead, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said Britain did not know but was monitoring the situation.

    According to the Washington Post, the rumours over Kim's health have sparked panic buying in Pyongyang.

    People have stocked up on rice, liquor, cigarettes, canned fish and electronics while helicopters have been flying low over the city, it is reported.

    However, one state newspaper reported that Kim had sent a thank-you message to builders at a seaside resort, indicating he is alive.

    The newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Kim has sent a personal letter to workers on a project in the city of Wonsan, where a train believed to belong to the leader was spotted in satellite images.

    The report has not been verified and it is unclear whether the letter was actually sent by Kim or on his behalf.

    South Korean foreign policy adviser Chung-in Moon said yesterday that Kim was 'alive and well' and had been living in Wonsan since April 13.

    The aide added that his government's position is firmly that Kim is not dead. He told Fox: 'No suspicious movements have so far been detected.'

    Rumours of Kim's death gained fresh currency following a report from Hong Kong TV director Shijian Xingzou which emerged yesterday.

    She has 15million followers on Chinese social media Weibo, and is also the niece of one of the country's foreign ministers.

    Separately, a Japanese media outlet claimed Kim was in a 'vegetative state' after he underwent heart surgery earlier in the month.

    The despot has not been seen publicly since April 11 when he led a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party committee of policy makers.

    Four days later he was conspicuously absent from an annual celebration in tribute to his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, who founded the Communist state.

    Kim missed another national event on Saturday when he failed to appear for the country's Military Foundation Day.

    North Korean defectors have cast doubt on reports about Kim's illness, saying it is unlikely that information would leak out from Kim's inner circle.

    Joo Sung-ha, a North Korean defector turned journalist, said in a Facebook post reported by the New York Times that it was reasonable to believe Kim had health problems, but that he had zero trust in reports about why the leader has faced a medical emergency.

    'The health of the Kim family is the secret among secrets,' he said.

    Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who also defected, said it was hard to believe any reliable information about Kim had been leaked by his most trusted aides.

    He said while he worked in the country no one was aware of Kim Jong-il's death they gathered in an auditorium and saw an announcer dressed in black.

    A senior Pentagon official said US intelligence had found no sign of unusual military activity in North Korea that would suggest something was awry.

    An anonymous source told Newsweek: 'Regional militaries in the Western Pacific and Asia, including those of our partner nations, remain at readiness levels consistent with historical norms.

    'We have observed no indications or received any additional information to make a conclusive assessment on the status of North Korean leadership or health of Kim Jong-un.'

    The official said the Pentagon continues to monitor the situation very closely, but also remarked speculations surrounding Kim's health may not be completely unfounded.

    Citing the presence of the dictator's train at his Wonsan compound and his uncharacteristic failure to attend two major national events, the official claimed there is 'certainly credibility to report that [Kim] is either in a serious health condition or potentially deceased.

    The official added: 'Since he is perceived as a deity in NK, his death would instantly trigger nationwide indications, so there is potential that the government had delayed an announcement in order to have everything in place to maintain security across the country.'

    Kim Jong Un's private jet, pictured above in North Korea in 2014, has remained on the tarmac in Pyongyang. It is frequently used for trips to the Wonsan resort, Asian media said

    The dictator's 250-metre-long train has been seen near his Wonsan holiday complex on satellite images as recently as April 23, according to news website 38North.

    It was parked at a station reserved for the Kim family. The website said although the dictator's whereabouts remain unknown, the trains position suggests he has visited the resort.

    The most recent photos, from April 23, show the train preparing for departure.

    Kim's private jet, frequently used for trips to Wonsan, remains on the runway in Pyongyang, South Korean broadcaster SBS reported.

    Kim Jong Un's last known movements

    April 11 - The dictator presides over a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party committee of policymakers. His most recent public appearance

    April 15 - Kim is absent from celebrations for North Korea's founding father and Kim's grandfather, Kim Il Sung

    April 21 - First reports surface claiming the dictator has received heart surgery from South Korean-based publication Daily NK

    April 23 - Kim's private train is spotted near his holiday resort in Wonsan on satellite images. It is at a station reserved for use by the Kim family, prompting rumours that he has travelled to the destination

    April 23 - Chinese doctors reportedly arrive in North Korea around this time to treat the dictator. China is yet to confirm or deny the reports

    The Wonsan complex includes nine large guesthouses and recreation centre, as well as a shooting range and covered dock believed to be for a yacht.

    At the centre of the grounds is a large building that was constructed shortly after Kim Jong-un came to power in 2011.

    US Senator Lindsey Graham added to speculation of his death, telling Fox News last night he believes reports on the leader's health.

    He said: 'Well, it's a closed society, I don't know anything directly. But I'd be shocked if he's not dead or in some incapacitated state because you don't let rumours like this go forever or go unanswered in a closed society, which is really a cult, not a country, called North Korea.

    The entire story can be found on this link:
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    The more that comes to light, the more I do not trust the Deep State elements in our government. Eventually, such distrust may extend into this so-called Covid-19 crisis.

    IMHO, this is beyond disgusting; it is evil...


    FBI discussed interviewing Michael Flynn 'to get him to lie' and 'get him fired,' handwritten notes show

    Gregg ReBy Fox News

    FBI strategy for 2017 Flynn interview revealed in new documents

    Explosive new internal FBI documents unsealed Wednesday show that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing then-national security adviser Michael Flynn in the White House in January 2017 -- and openly questioned if their "goal" was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired."

    The handwritten notes -- written by the FBI's former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told -- further suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn "to admit to breaking the Logan Act."

    The Logan Act is an obscure statute that has never been used in a criminal prosecution; enacted in 1799, it was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States abroad in an era before telephones.

    "What is our goal?" one of the notes read. "Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?"

    "If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide," another note read. Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley called the document's implications "chilling."

    The memo appears to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing those different paths. "I don't see how getting someone to admit their wrongdoing is going easy on him," one note reads. The document indicates that the White House was monitoring the situation: "If we’re seen as playing games, WH will be furious."

    The bombshell materials strongly suggested the agents weren't truly concerned about Flynn's intercepted contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, except as a pretext. Former President Obama personally had warned the Trump administration against hiring Flynn, and made clear he was "not a fan," according to multiple officials. Obama fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.

    The Justice Department turned over the documents just this week, even though a February 2018 standing order in the case required the government to turn over any exculpatory materials in its possession that pertained to Flynn. Fox News is told even more exculpatory documents are forthcoming, as Attorney General Bill Barr continues to oversee the DOJ's investigation into the handling of the Flynn case.

    "What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute [Flynn] or get him fired?”

    FBI Notes confirm it was all a pretext.

    6:37 PM - Apr 29, 2020

    Flynn previously charged that top FBI officials, including McCabe, pressed him not to have the White House counsel present during the questioning with two agents that ultimately led to his guilty plea on a single charge of lying to federal authorities. Flynn was not ultimately charged with any Logan Act violation.

    One of Flynn's interviewing agents was Peter Strzok, who has since been fired from the bureau after his anti-Trump text messages came to light.

    Flynn has withdrawn his guilty plea and has been seeking exoneration, saying the FBI engaged in "egregious misconduct." Flynn, who has said more recently that he did not lie to the FBI, pleaded guilty in late 2017 as mounting legal fees pushed him to sell his home.

    Flynn has since obtained new counsel -- and his old attorneys, it emerged this week, then failed to turn over thousands of documents to his new lawyer, Sidney Powell. Powell has maintained that Flynn's old lawyers at Covington & Burling had conflicts of interest and were otherwise ineffective, including by not focusing on Strzok's evident bias.

    Strzok wasn't the only top FBI official who apparently bent the rules in targeting Flynn. Comey admitted in 2018 that the fateful Flynn interview at the White House didn't follow protocol, and came at his direction. He said it was not "something I probably wouldn't have done or maybe gotten away with in a more... organized administration."

    McCabe later said the interview was "very odd" because "it seemed like [Flynn] was telling the truth" to the two agents who interviewed him. Flynn, the interviewing agents told McCabe, "had a very good recollection of events, which he related chronologically and lucidly," did not appear to be "nervous or sweating," and did not look "side to side" -- all of which would have been "behavioral signs of deception."

    During the interview, Flynn told the agents "not really" when asked if he had sought to convince Kislyak not to escalate a brewing fight with the U.S. over sanctions imposed by the Obama administration, according to a FD-302 witness report prepared by the FBI. Flynn also demurred when asked if he had asked Russia to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. (The Obama administration abstained in that vote.)

    Flynn issued other apparently equivocal responses to FBI agents' questions, and at various points suggested that such conversations might have happened or that he could not recall them if they did, according to the 302. The 302 indicated that Flynn apparently was aware his communications had been monitored, and at several points he thanks the FBI agents for reminding him of some of his conversations with Russian officials.

    A Washington Post article published one day before Flynn's White House interview with the agents, citing FBI sources, publicly revealed that the FBI had wiretapped Flynn's calls with Kislyak and cleared him of any criminal conduct. It was unclear who leaked that information to the Post.

    The article offered further support for Flynn's claim that he was on notice that the FBI was aware of the contents of his communications with Russia even before the interview, and raised the question of why the FBI would want to ask Flynn about those communications. Flynn has indicated in court filings that he was apprehensive about potentially disclosing classified information to the agents.

    The documents also revealed that ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page emailed Strzok concerning how to conduct the Flynn interview.

    Strzok and Lisa Page regularly texted to each other about their shared disdain for Trump, and affection for Clinton, even as they worked on investigations involving both Clinton and Trump. Page is now suing the government, saying she wants her therapy bills paid because Trump has mocked her.

    McCabe, who has admitted to lying to FBI investigators in a leak investigation, was fired for multiple violations of the FBI's ethics code.

    He has not faced any criminal charges.

    The Flynn revelations come as the Justice Department separately has revealed that the FBI's investigation into former Trump aide Carter Page was riddled with fatal errors -- and even featured an ex-FBI attorney deliberately doctoring an email from the CIA to make it seem as though Page's Russian contacts were nefarious.

    In fact, Carter Page was an informant to the CIA about those contacts -- a key detail the FBI omitted when it told the surveillance court about Page's overseas trips.

    For his part, after years of legal setbacks and sustained attacks on his patriotism, Flynn took a moment to savor the day's news on social media. He tweeted a video late Wednesday showing a slow pan to a waving American flag, with no audio but the wind.

    General Flynn
    7:50 PM - Apr 29, 2020

    Gregg Re is a lawyer and editor based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re or email him at


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    Post #1595...

    Quote Originally Posted by mark blazejewski View Post

    ... the Super Delegates will be mindful that unlike 1980, they are not considering a cleaver, although incompetent President Carter, but a bumbling, fumbling, weirdo, potentially scandal-plagued former Vice President Biden.

    Under those circumstances, I still look toward some form of a brokered convention driven by undertones of a Clinton influence.

    Just my post-"Super THURSDAY" perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark blazejewski View Post

    ... in 1980, the "Open Convention" talk was forlorn fantasy; the train had already left the station.

    Perhaps this year, that conclusion has already been reached, and equally, serious operational planning is underway for a brokered convention with the Clinton, Obama, and maybe even the "Never Trump" forces scheming in the background?

    Simply put, I would not be shocked that in 2020, the quadrennial brokered convention talk becomes reality.

    The smoke-filled room that could oust Joe Biden

    Bonnie Kristian

    Never was former Vice President Joe Biden the 2020 dream. He promised electability and familiarity, which turned out to be good enough for a plurality of Democratic voters in the early primaries.

    But now that every other Democratic contender has dropped out and dutifully lined up behind the presumptive nominee, that choice might be sitting less comfortably. Biden*is campaigning from is basement, giving interviews in which he occasionally moves past gaffes into total incoherence, raising questions about his mental fitness. Worst of all, evidence for a sexual assault allegation against him begins to mount.

    Add that to pandemic-induced uncertainty about when and how the Democratic National Convention will be held and it's fair to ask: Is Biden definitely the nominee? Right-wing commentators like Glenn Beck and Tucker Carlson as well as former Bernie Sanders Press Secretary Briahna Joy Gray have speculated Biden will be replaced on the ticket, but how could that happen? Is there a path to nominating someone else?

    Before the convention, which is currently rescheduled for August, the answer is probably no. Suspended primary elections have already raised concerns about abrogation of transparent, democratic processes — as have elections that weren't suspended. While Democratic delegates will understand the need to modify normal convention procedure to avoid spreading COVID-19, their understanding won't be unlimited. Sweeping changes to the nominating process would be suspect, and if the process continues as anticipated, Biden will very likely be selected as the nominee on the first ballot.

    So far, Biden has 1,406 of 1,991 delegates needed to win that initial vote, and those are delegates pledged (by strong custom, though not law) to Biden by primary and caucus results. Between now and August, there will be 22 more primaries whose outcomes will pledge another 1,368 delegates. Biden has no remaining challengers campaigning against him and needs fewer than half those delegates to win the first ballot. Unless the Democratic Party, wildly improbably, tosses its entire rule book out the window, Biden will take the nomination at the convention in a single vote.

    Ah, but what then? In the waning days of the Sanders campaign, I argued endorsements from superdelegates — prominent Democratic leaders and elected officials — showed party bosses had decided Biden was their guy. I don't expect to see those endorsements disappear, not publicly. But is the party leadership's commitment to Biden as solid as it once was?

    Suppose, plausibly, it is not. Suppose they don't want to run a historically elderly candidate amid a pandemic that is deadliest for the elderly? Suppose Tara Reade's assault accusation and Biden's tendency to misspeak even from the low-pressure, high-preparation environment of his own basement further fuel the "two senile sex offenders" narrative of this election? Suppose enthusiasm continues to grow for running New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), whom one poll found 56 percent of Democrats would prefer to Biden as their nominee? (Cuomo says he won't do it, but that could be an obligatory performance of deference to a party elder.)

    "The presidential debates are in effect already occurring daily between" Cuomo and Trump, Craig Snyder, a former Republican Senate chief of staff, argued in The Philadelphia Inquirer. We don't have to suppose Democratic Party leaders have noticed; they undoubtedly have.

    So if they wanted to replace Biden (whether with Cuomo, the veep nominee, or some arrangement of both) Democratic leadership could wait until after the nomination to do so. Then, as they did with Democratic vice presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton in 1972, they could ask Biden to step aside, citing his health.

    Biden's agreement is a long shot. Eagleton continued his Senate career after leaving the 1972 ticket over pressure about his mental health, but he was a much younger man. At Biden's age, stepping aside would end his political career for good. Relinquishing the nomination would therefore suggest he expects an embarrassing loss and ruined legacy if he stays.

    With Biden out, the Democratic National Committee, a group of around 350 which is "composed of the chairs and vice-chairs of each state Democratic Party Committee and over 200 members elected by Democrats in all 57 states and the territories," would vote to select a new nominee.

    There are many roads to nominate a product of what once was called a "Smoke-Filled Room," eh?
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    To give Trump a pass on so many of his shortcomings would be unconscionable. If the man would only zip it!

    To not hold the hypocritical left, especially the Deep State mob and liberal biased mainstream media accountable would be equally unconscionable.

    The Michael Flynn and Biden – Tara Reade reports are disturbing. The following FOX report on the origin of the Covid-19 virus and its specious dissemination by China and the World Health Organization (WHO) is downright sinister.

    If there is a scintilla of evidence / truth to the report, the politicos on the left and their liberal media cohorts should stop the Trump delay attack and put the blame where it rightfully belongs.

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    On post #1661 I suggested this as a component to a "hypothetical":

    Perhaps at a future, critical time, China may announce that their medical researchers have found a cure to destroy the virus, eh?


    This is what I based that "hypothetical" component on:

    Wuhan Institute of Virology (China) Sought to Patent Gilead’s Remdesivir

    Mar 16, 2020

    The experimental drug isn’t licensed or approved anywhere yet, but it surely looks promising.*Both remdesivir and chloroquine show promise, according to Chinese authorities.

    The Promise of Remdesivir

    According to a report from IPR daily, Gilead’s Remdesivir,a new antiviral drug of nucleotide analogs’ group, was initially introduced by Gilead to fight the Ebola virus, but the results there were not successful. However, at one point The New England Journal of Medicine promulgated that Remdesivir could challenge the brand-new coronavirus, as at some point an American patient with 2019-nCoV was prescribed the drug and doctors observed after about a week conditions improved. NEJM did advocate the use of randomly controlled trials to produce more evidence.

    Chinese researchers observed that Remdesivir and chloroquine, a malaria treatment, could have an impact in slowing down the coronavirus.

    The Move for a Patent Application

    On January 21, it was reported that China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences filed a patent for commercial use of remdesivir in China. Also involved is the Military Medicine Institute of that nation. They sought to secure this patent “out of national interest” and noted they were not interested in enforcement should foreign pharma companies seek to collaborate in China to stop the pandemic.*An IP attorney based in Shanghai, China observed that the Wuhan Institute of Virology would be wise to secure approval from the drug’s maker and owner—Gilead.

    Remdesivir-based Clinical Trials in China

    As TrialSite News has reported, Remdesivir is currently an experimental drug in use in at least a couple clinical trial programs in China.*In one clinical trial,*Jin Yin-tan Hospital*in WuHan and others are*conducting a study*sponsored by Capital Medical University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences for up to 308 patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.*In another study*concerning patients with severe COVID-19 conditions, Capital Medical University is sponsoring another study led by professor*Bin Cao.

    According to one report, the Chinese Healthcare Department has selected the Friendship Hospital in Beijing for conducting an additional study, including one with 270 coronavirus patients.


    It could be deemed a provocative move for the local Wuhan institute to attempt to patent the Gilead drug without working with them.*Remdesivir currently has entered China via clinical trials for patients with novel coronavirus.* According to reports, the Northern California-based biotech has distributed at least enough doses for 500 patients—they are purportedly ramping up for more supply in case the clinical trials fail.*Gilead’s chief medical officer reports that Remdesivir is being tested in at least two clinical trials in China.

    Category: Remdesivir, Coronavirus, COVID-19, China, Patent, Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


    This is what happened yesterday, as per Fox News...

    FDA Allows Emergency Use of Remdesivir to Treat Coronavirus Patients After Promising Study

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    In light of the Covid-19 calamity, this is a curious topic that may have been contained in Hillary Clinton's 33,000 emails that were destroyed; you know, "wiped, like with a cloth," or perhaps resided within the emails hacked by Wikileaks:

    "Mrs Clinton's campaign considered Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates or his wife Melinda as her running mate, according to the hacked emails."

    Bill Gates for Veep, seriously?:

    "Mrs Clinton's campaign considered Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates or his wife Melinda as her running mate, according to the hacked emails."


    I also wonder if that "cloth" is now a Covid-19 mask?

    Furthermore, if that were not curious enough...

    April 13, 2020, 6:02 AM EDT / Updated April 13, 2020, 4:49 PM EDT

    By Ken Dilanian, Dan De Luce and Andrew W. Lehren

    In April 1998, President Bill Clinton read a Richard Preston novel, "The Cobra Event," about a biological attack on the U.S. using a lethal virus that spreads like the common cold.

    "It scared the bejesus out of him," recalls Kenneth Bernard, a now retired U.S. Public Health Service official who was then representing the U.S. in Geneva at the World Health Organization.

    Clinton set the wheels of government in motion, and the result was the first federal government effort to marshal resources in preparation for a pandemic, including the creation of the National Emergency Medical Stockpile, which stowed vaccines and medical gear in secret locations around the country. Bernard was appointed as the first official on the National Security Council whose sole job was to focus on health threats.

    The interest in germs as a national security concern didn't last.

    Such insightful inspiration and* foresight based on fiction, or perhaps President Clinton was positively impressed by the big government control potentialities that such circumstances could present?

    I sure would like to know if this Bill Clinton interest was referred to within those 33,000 destroyed emails.
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    In the last few minutes, President Trump said, that the Covid-19 virus "...could have been stopped at the source, in China. It was the worse attack on our country; worse than Pearl Harbor; worse than the World Trade Center."

    Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center were intentional military attacks by hostile actors.

    Sounds like the President is telling America something, eh?
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    From Fox News:

    published 1 hour ago

    doj releases long-awaited mueller scope memo, revealing the probe went beyond previously known mandate

    by gregg re | fox news

    jim jordan rips mueller, wray: Why didn't we learn about flynn from them?

    The justice department on wednesday released a mostly unredacted version of then-acting attorney general rod rosenstein's august 2017 "scope memo" outlining the authority of former special counsel robert mueller -- and the document reveals for the first time that mueller's authority went significantly beyond what was known previously.

    Rosenstein, who later left the justice department for a law firm, oversaw mueller's probe and played a central role in its still-unfolding drama. He was the subject of a two-page memo written by then-acting fbi director andrew mccabe that outlined how rosenstein allegedly proposed wearing a wire in the white house "to collect additional evidence on the president’s true intentions," and thought the scheme was plausible because "he was not searched when he entered the white house." rosenstein has denied those allegations and slammed the fbi.

    Previously, it had been revealed that in may 2017, rosenstein authorized mueller to probe "i) any links and/or coordination between the russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of president donald trump; ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; [and] iii) any other matters within the scope of [obstruction of justice laws]."

    but, rosenstein's later august 2017 scope memo had remained largely redacted. The newly released version of the document makes clear that rosenstein didn't hesitate to explicitly authorize a deep-dive criminal probe into the trump team that extended well beyond russian interference efforts.

    In the case of george papadopoulos, a low-level former trump foreign policy aide, mueller was authorized to probe whether there had been a "crime or crimes" committed when he allegedly acted "as an unregistered agent of the government of israel," the new, lesser-redacted scope memo states.

    That referred to a possible offense under the foreign agents registration act [fara] -- a little-known statute which, from 1966 to 2015, had been utilized only seven times. But, fara prosecutions have picked up dramatically in recent years, and prosecutor brandon l. Van grack was appointed to head up the new fara unit at the doj in 2019.

    Since then, van grack has been under scrutiny for claiming to a federal court that he had turned over all relevant exculpatory informing involving former trump national security adviser michael flynn -- even though a slew of exculpatory documents surfaced last week, including a top official's handwritten memo debating whether the fbi's "goal" was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired."

    van grack, it also emerged this week, failed to provide evidence to flynn’s attorneys that anti-trump former fbi agent peter strzok intervened to instruct the fbi case manager handling the flynn investigation to keep the probe open, even after the washington field office of the fbi wanted to close the case for lack of evidence. Another strzok text mentioned that the fbi’s "7th floor" – meaning fbi leadership – may have been involved in the decision to keep the flynn case alive.

    The newly released version of the 2017 scope memo further makes clear that mueller could look into whether flynn "committed a crime or crimes by engaging in conversations with russian government officials during the period of the trump transition."

    that was an apparent reference to the logan act, which has never been used in a modern criminal prosecution and had a questionable constitutional status; it was enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones and was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the united states government abroad. Republicans and constitutional law experts have questioned the logan act's role in a modern prosecution; law professor jonathan turley said it was "chilling" that the fbi apparently was trying to premise a case on the logan act.

    "any criminal investigation grounded in logan act questions is an obvious political pretext to attack the trump administration," gop reps. Jim jordan and mike johnson wrote to fbi director christopher wray on monday, in a letter seeking in-person interviews and key documents. "fbi attorney lisa page admitted to congress the justice department saw the logan act as an 'untested' and 'very, very old' statute."

    the rosenstein scope memo further authorizes a fara review into flynn's dealings with turkey. Prosecutors have suggested flynn's guilty plea on one count of false statements to the fbi is what allowed him to escape liability for a possible fara charge -- in other words, the fara case may have provided leverage.

    Additionally, the scope memo stated that mueller was charged specifically with investigating whether several former trump officials -- including carter page, papadopoulos and paul manafort -- had "committed a crime or crimes by colluding with russian government officials with respect to the russian government's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election for president of the united states."

    collusion is not a defined u.s. Crime, meaning mueller had a broad mandate to investigate essentially any foreign involvement by these officials in search of some criminal activity. Previously, the released version of the scope memo made clear only that manafort was under a probe for possible collusion and criminal activity.

    Mueller eventually found no evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy with russia to interfere with an election by any u.s. Person.

    A large section of the scope memo still remains blacked out.

    Meanwhile, fox news has learned that as of april 21, the fbi has continued to search for a slew of missing "woods files" -- documents that the bureau should have that would substantiate assertions it made in key foreign intelligence surveillance act [fisa] warrant applications.

    The justice department inspector general found last month that the fbi either couldn't find or never possessed woods files in several cases, clearly contrary to established policy. House oversight committee ranking member jim jordan, r-ohio, sent a letter to the doj demanding answers.

    Fox news' david spunt contributed to this report.

    Gregg re is a lawyer and editor based in los angeles. Follow him on twitter @gregg_re or email him at

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    Unfortunately, your last post is but one example how fouled/corrupted this country has become. The party that labels itself the bastion of tolerance, inclusiveness, identity politics dares to employ the most reprehensible tactics to undermine the president and his administration. And to think the left identifies anyone opposing their views as ‘deplorables’.

    Trump may be one to easily bait and make a fool of, but the one thing that his supporters will attest to is his love of country and all it has stood for over the ages.

    An individual emailed this media report that spans the last 80 years of American political influence. This old guy remembers much of the history and agrees with much of the author’s views. These people make Trump look like an innocent when it comes to selling out America.

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    If People Are Staying Home, Why Is Coronavirus Still Spreading?

    While the virus will eventually slowdown in areas that are adhering to social distancing and other safety precautions, “there will be some places where it’s still circulating, so it never really leaves,” Dr. Robert Norton, a professor of public health at Auburn University and member of several coronavirus task forces, previously told PEOPLE.

    Unfortunately, the virus will likely continue to persist until a vaccine is ready, in about 12 to 18 months at the earliest.

    But Trump says he is confident the U.S. will have a vaccine by the first of the coming year. But he is an *******, right Dems? Despite all indicators he wants to open the country – or is that the governor’s decision to make.

    So, what’s the left’s plan? Shut the country down until a vaccine is discovered and all of America gets inoculated? The Federal Reserve has a money tree, right. They can print money forever, right? Do the Dems even have a plan except to undermine Trump and remove him from office.

    Scary ****, my friends. Stay safe; 12-foot distance from politicians and the media!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Chowaniec View Post
    The party that labels itself the bastion of tolerance, inclusiveness, identity politics dares to employ the most reprehensible tactics to undermine the president and his administration. And to think the left identifies anyone opposing their views as ‘deplorables’.

    Trump may be one to easily bait and make a fool of, but the one thing that his supporters will attest to is his love of country and all it has stood for over the ages.

    An individual emailed this media report that spans the last 80 years of American political influence. This old guy remembers much of the history and agrees with much of the author’s views. These people make Trump look like an innocent when it comes to selling out America.

    When writing of President Trump, the only problem I have with your post is the use of "party" because I feel it applies to both "parties."

    The list you cite as per link is "Spot On," and in that connection, its reference to Mark Felt is the most significant to the current Trump circumstances, especially when considered in light of Jeff Session's proposal for a new "Jackson Commission"...

    Another "Commission?"

    History tells us that "Commissions" have historically served the purposes of cover-ups, growing government, and expanding the scope and power of the intel communities, which together, may actually have been the machinery of causation.

    I will definitely amply on this post.
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    Hey Mark:

    Yes, both parties have egregious deficiencies, are shady and corrupt. My focus here is the left’s hypocrisy and practices to do whatever to undermine Trump, while at the same time abetting America’s enemies and impacting our best interests. Case in point here, the origin of the coronavirus.

    The Chinese communist government has been lying to its own people and to the world. Opponents of Trump have criticized him for his incessant claims about the origins of the virus in China as a tactic to distract from the administration's own actions early in the pandemic.

    To think that any American would question the virus' country-of-origin, not recognize China’s malicious / deceitful global political agenda for world control, is unconscionable.

    The ‘left’ labeling Trump as a racist in his handling of China’s exploitation of America interests is ludicrous – as ludicrous as labeling individuals with counter views / opinions as ‘deplorables’.

    America, we have a deadly problem on our hands and the left wants to blame Trump. Incredible!

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