Archive | July, 2017

USTR Lighthizer: Trump challenging China’s industrial policies – radio interview

Posted on 25 July 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. trade negotiator said late on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is determined to challenge China’s use of unfair subsidies and “non-economic” industrial policy to build up export industries that are costing America…

Top Obama Aide Ben Rhodes Hauled in For Questioning by House Intel Committee

Posted on 25 July 2017

The House Intelligence Committee met with former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes Tuesday according to a report. All …

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Search results ‘NBC News’ for Imran Awan

Posted on 25 July 2017

As expected, the corrupt Democrat media complex is all over, trying to cover up the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz IT aide arrested

Imran Awan wired $283,000 from Congressional Federal Credit Union to Pakistan

Posted on 25 July 2017

Just a few days before Donald Trump was officially inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, Clinton ally

Here We Go => AG Sessions Set to Drop MAJOR Leak Investigation Report

Posted on 25 July 2017

On the very same day President Trump hammered Sessions for being weak on leaks, the Attorney General is set to …

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Networks Cover Up Wasserman Schultz’s Shady IT Staffer Being Arrested, Fired

Posted on 25 July 2017

Late Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fl.) had fired shady I.T. staffer Imran Awan after being arrested trying to flee the country amid a criminal investigation. And yet the “big three” networks ignored this piece of breaking news.

ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News saw no reason to cover this disturbing story involving double billing, Hezbollah, smashed hard drives, and possessing the e-mails and files of leading congressional Democrats.

Thankfully, the Fox News Channel’s Special Report filed a full report. Host Bret Baier began by stating he had “some breaking news”:

The investigation to a Capitol Hill computer scandal has taken a dramatic turn. Fox News has learned one of the I.T. staffers are being investigated in the case is now under arrest, caught as investigative say they tried to leave the country last night. 

Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen revealed that Wasserman Schultz had just fired Awan, “a Pakistani-born I.T. technician who has worked with several family members to perform computer services for Wasserman Schultz and other leading Democratic lawmakers.”

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“Awan was arraigned on one count of bank fraud charges in U.S. District Court here in Washington to date following his arrest last night at Dulles International Airport prior to boarding at overseas flight. He pleaded not guilty and was released under strict monitoring. Iwan started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005,” Rosen added.

Rosen repeatedly credited The Daily Caller for its reporting on Awan, which has been nothing short of exemplary:

In all, The Daily Caller reports that Awan, his brothers, their wives and others collected, at least $4 million for I.T. services performed for Democratic lawmakers. In addition to Wasserman Schultz, these included Diana DeGette of Colorado, chairman of an investigative subcommittee, Jackie Speier of California who sits on the Intelligence Committee, and Ted Deutch, ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee. The investigation started with allegations that the Awan Group was arranged in double billing but then reportedly expanded to include how sensitive House data was stored. The group was barred from House computer networks in February when the U.S. Capitol Police identified them as suspects in a criminal investigation.

After reading from Wasserman Schultz’s statement, he again hat-tipped The Daily Caller for unearthing a disturbing discovery that “authorities seized smash computer drives from Awan’s residence.”

So, we have a shady I.T. staffer and his family running a firm that possibly compromised the e-mails and files for a number of key congressional Democrats. To the casual observer, that would probably strike them as disturbing. 

If that wasn’t enough, The Daily Caller’s intrepid work revealed that, among other bombshells, Awan and his brother “secretly took” $100,000 of Iraqi money, “owned money to Hezbollah-connected fugitive,” fetched $4 million from Democrats, and had access to DNC e-mails.

Despite all this, ABC, CBS, and NBC haven’t shown interest in this story, according to a Nexis search of Imran Awan and Wasserman Schultz.

Instead, ABC’s World News Tonight covered a brawl between a Delta Airlines pilot and flight attendant. Really earth shattering news, ABC. On CBS, interim anchor Anthony Mason gave a news brief to a rare Andy Warhol painting that could be worth millions being discovered inside a storage unit belonging to rock star Alice Cooper.

NBC Nightly News decided to pass on this Democratic scandal to instead push a Harvard Business School study that proved money could indeed buy happiness.

Here’s the transcript of the segment from FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier on July 25:

FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier
July 25, 2017
6:28 p.m. Eastern

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Capitol Hill Computer Scandal; Feds: Staffer Arrested Trying to Flee Country]

BRET BAIER: Now to some breaking news about a story we have been falling here on Special Report. The investigation to a Capitol Hill computer scandal has taken a dramatic turn. Fox News has learned one of the I.T. staffers are being investigated in the case is now under arrest, caught as investigative say they tried to leave the country last night. Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen is following the latest development in this case and joins us live. Good evening, James. 

JAMES ROSEN: Good evening, Bret. Just minutes ago, Democratic Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz fired Imran Awan, a Pakistani-born I.T. technician who has worked with several family members to perform computer services for Wasserman Schultz and other leading Democratic lawmakers. 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: House Democratic Aide Arrested; Feds Detain Imran Awan on Bake Fraud Charges]

Awan was arraigned on one count of bank fraud charges in U.S. District Court here in Washington to date following his arrest last night at Dulles International Airport prior to boarding at overseas flight. He pleaded not guilty and was released under strict monitoring. Iwan started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005. She, of course, was forced to resigned as chair of the Democratic National Committee one year ago after Wikileaks began posting her hacked emails online. In all, The Daily Caller reports that Awan, his brothers, their wives and others collected, at least $4 million for I.T. services performed for Democratic lawmakers. In addition to Wasserman Schultz, these included Diana DeGette of Colorado, chairman of an investigative subcommittee, Jackie Speier of California who sits on the Intelligence Committee, and Ted Deutch, ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee. The investigation started with allegations that the Awan Group was arranged in double billing but then reportedly expanded to include how sensitive House data was stored. The group was barred from House computer networks in February when the U.S. Capitol Police identified them as suspects in a criminal investigation. In announcing today’s firing, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz said, and I quote: “Mr. Awan previously served as a part-time employee but his services have been terminated. No charges, evidence or findings from the investigation have been formally shared with our office, so we cannot comment on them.” 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: House Democratic Aide Arrested; Wasserman Schultz: Awan Services Terminated]

The Daily Caller has reported that authorities seized smash computer drives from Awan’s residence, charging documents released today, however, do not explicit link this bank fraud charge to the House I.T. case. 

BAIER: We will continue to follow the story. James, thank you.

ROSEN: You bet. 

Bozell &amp; Graham Column: USA Today's Impeachment Push Poll

Posted on 25 July 2017

If there’s anyone left in America who still thinks the national newspapers aren’t partisan, he must have missed the front page of USA Today on July 24. The banner headline across the top read “USA split on Trump impeachment.” They took a poll attempting to figure out very publicly if the voters want Trump impeached yet.

The story by reporters Susan Page and Emma Kinery proclaimed a dark omen in the results, which is why the newspaper asked the poll question. “Just six months after his inauguration, Americans already are split down the middle, 42%-42%, over whether President Trump should be removed from office, a new USA Today/iMediaEthics Poll finds.”

What’s the impeachable offense?  If a national poll emerged with a 42-42 tie over the belief that the moon was made of Swiss cheese, would the subsequent analysis focus on the concentration of moon matter, or the irrationality of 42% of the American people?

It doesn’t matter that the prospect for impeachment is zero, with Republicans in control of Congress. The results, they reported, “underscore how quickly political passions have become inflamed both for and against the outsider candidate who won last year’s campaign in a surprise.”

Translation: the media’s passions have been inflamed because Trump surprised them by beating Hillary Clinton. The media, like the rest of the Democrats, have refused to accept the election results. They believe it’s an illegitimate presidency. 

It doesn’t matter at all to them that recent polls show Hillary Clinton remains every bit as unpopular today as she was in November. It doesn’t matter at all to them that Democrats can’t win a special election and remain in the wilderness. President Trump must go.

Here’s what’s weird about this USA Today poll: Trump’s approval rating is 44 percent, and 51 percent disapprove. That’s actually a better result than most national polls. It’s also strange that only 27 percent said they believe there’s enough evidence now to impeach Trump, and another 30 percent expect that it will surface…eventually.

USA Today turned to the “people” – read Trump-hating people – to comment on their poll.  One was Vera Peete of Antioch, California, who said “I don’t really trust him — all the things he’s done while he’s in office, all of the lies, the investigation that goes on with him, the things he says to his staff.”

Peete was identified as an independent who voted for Hillary, so the idea of hating a president who piles on the lies and is dogged by investigations looks pretty ridiculous, given the Clintons’ history of lying and scandal. Nowhere in the paper did these reporters find space  for a pro-Trump voter, even though they elected this president.

Instead, USA Today kept piling on doom and gloom about America’s relentless turmoil and unease. “Nearly half, 46 percent, say Trump isn’t likely to complete his first term, for whatever reason. Only about one in four, 27 percent, express confidence he’ll serve all four years of his term. Even one in 10 Republicans doubt he’ll finish his tenure.”

A look at the actual poll results demonstrated that the paper couldn’t even report its own poll results accurately. Their pollster found a clear majority of 57 percent — 27 percent said “definitely will,” and another 30 percent said “probably will” — believe Trump will finish his first term. Only 36 percent disagreed.

Now imagine a national newspaper asking voters in 2009 whether Barack Obama should be impeached, or questioning if he would finish his term. The Left would explode in rage over the inherent racism in such a preposterous question. After all, Democrats at that point were in control of both houses of Congress. Who thought that was plausible?

As we can see, plausibility has nothing to do with it. It’s all about the media’s relentless partisanship and scheming with poll questions.

Australian watchdog takes Ford local unit to court over transmission complaints

Posted on 25 July 2017

(Reuters) – Australia’s consumer watchdog said on Wednesday it has started court proceedings against Ford Motor Co’s local unit, accusing the company of engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct when responding to customer complaints.

Kate Hudson Shaves Her Head for New Movie Role with Sia

Posted on 25 July 2017

Kate Hudson has pulled a G.I. Jane (and countless other badass Hollywood heroines) by completely shaving her famous golden locks … and like all of them, she looks great.  Kate was seen on set Tuesday in L.A. for a new flick she’s working on…

BREAKING – 9 GOP Senators Reject Obamacare Repeal, Replacement Amendment

Posted on 25 July 2017

Do nothing Congress rejected a key proposal to repealing and replacing Obamacare Tuesday night. Nine GOP Senators voted against the …

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Islamists Went Door to Door to Slaughter Christian Men in Kenya

Posted on 25 July 2017

Al-Shabab Islamists murdered seven Christians in three separate villages Lamu County Kenya. The Islamists went door to door and killed …

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Al Gore Humiliation: NASA Study Confirms Sea Levels Are FALLING

Posted on 25 July 2017

When we look back on this period of history, we’ll say climate change was one of the greatest hoaxes. Politician-turned-environmental …

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Asia stocks, dollar steady as investors await Fed clues

Posted on 25 July 2017

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks steadied on Wednesday and the dollar held firm as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s policy decision later in the day for more clues on its tightening plans.

Newly Declassified Documents Reveal Scary Details of NSA Spying Under Obama

Posted on 25 July 2017

Newly declassified documents show Obama’s NSA and FBI violated many civil liberty protections by improperly searching for AND disseminating raw …

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Imran Awan barred from accessing House computers in February, fired today

Posted on 25 July 2017

Imran Awan, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz IT aide (and Clinton ally) was banned from using House government computers back in

CNN's John Avlon: 'Hatred of Hillary Clinton Uniting Trump Coalition'

Posted on 25 July 2017

During a Tuesday panel discussion on CNN, John Avlon — editor-in-chief of the liberal Daily Beast website and a CNN political analyst — claimed that with all the turmoil surrounding GOP President Donald Trump, “the only thing that unites his coalition right now seems to be hatred of Hillary Clinton.”

Avlon then described the situation as a “Golden Oldies station” before comparing it to “the Saturday Night Massacre,” which happened when Republican President Richard Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal on October 20, 1973, which then led to the resignation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general.

“Look,” Avlon stated, “he’s trying to back channel the Saturday Night Massacre, that’s what’s happening. If [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions resigns, then you appoint someone else who then assumes power.”

Chris Cizzilla, an American advocacy journalist and politics editor for CNN, “agreed by saying: “That’s right.”

Avlon asserted that Trump would then state: “You know, the special counsel thing is really a terrible distraction,” and the new attorney general would indicate: “I’m going to be in a position to investigate more effectively because I’m not directly connected with the campaign, depending on who it is. And that’s the larger game here.”

The CNN analyst continued:

It’s also about repeated attempts; you know, he goes after the independent journalists and independent judiciary consistently because those are forces that can constrain and hold presidential power accountable, and that’s why this all demands our attention.

And the Hillary Clinton stuff is simply because the only thing that unites his coalition right now seems to be hatred of Hillary Clinton. It’s a Golden Oldies station.

According to an article at the Legal Insurrection website by former longtime NewsBusters contributor Mark Finkelstein, Avlon “was the second CNNer to take a swipe at the Trump base” that day.

“Earlier,” he stated, “David Gregory [a political analyst for CNN since 2016] said that a large part of “Trump nation” is the “nativist right.”

Finkelstein asserted that Nativism is defined as “prejudice in favor of natives against strangers, which in present-day terms means a policy that will protect and promote the interests of indigenous or established inhabitants over those of immigrants.”

“The term is understood on the left as the equivalent of racist,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Trump is continuing to criticize Sessions, as in his tweet of this morning:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers.

Of course, the anchors and analysts at CNN are delighted to take a shot at Trump, even if they have to reach back 44 years to the Watergate scandal to do it.

On MSNBC, Gruber Frets GOPers 'Explicitly Lying,' Not Just 'Bending Truth'

Posted on 25 July 2017

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s MSNBC Live, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber — infamous for advising President Barack Obama to deceive the public to get Obamacare passed — claimed that now, unlike in the past when politicians were just “bending the truth,” now they are “explicitly lying” as Republicans prepare to move ahead on repealing Obamacare.

As host Chris Jansing spoke with two liberal guests and one squishy moderate Republican about the upcoming vote, she sympathetically asked Gruber “how nervous” he was about what was about to happen: “They truly believed that so many Americans had benefited from it and it was becoming so entrenched in the way that these kinds of programs do that they felt that America wouldn’t let this happen. And I wonder, as you’re watching this vote and assuming again that this motion to proceed goes through, how nervous are you right now?”

Earlier in segment, as the group discussed Senator John McCain returning to Washington to vote on the Senate floor in spite of being diagnosed with brain cancer, Gruber suggested that the Arizona Senator and former POW wasn’t really so “heroic” unless he decides to vote in favor of Obamacare:

I think it is ironic that John McCain is returning from a surgery that virtually no American could afford without health insurance to vote to deny 15 million Americans health insurance at least. So, you know, we have to step back and ask: What is heroic here? I mean, it’s heroic he’s making the trip — he has a heroic history — but the heroic thing to do would be to stand up and say, “Look, I just realized that I was the beneficiary of insurance and that Americans cannot afford this without insurance,” and, “Why should we support a bill that’s going to take insurance away from millions of Americans?”

A bit later, Jansing recalled that Obama administration members whom she had spoken with had felt confident that Obamacare could not be dismantled by Republicans, and then posed:

They truly believed that so many Americans had benefited from it and it was becoming so entrenched in the way that these kinds of programs do that they felt that America wouldn’t let this happen. And I wonder, as you’re watching this vote and assuming again that this motion to proceed goes through, how nervous are you right now?

Gruber — known for his contribution to President Obama uttering the “lie of the year” — began by complaining about dishonesty by politicians:

Well, I’m nervous. I mean, look, you know, I was one of those people, you know, before November 8, I said, “Look, the 2012 election was the last one that mattered for health care, and health care was safe.” But American politics broke on November 8, and we are used to a history of politicians bending the truth, but now we get politicians breaking the truth. That’s a new thing. We hadn’t had politicians explicitly lying in the way they do now. That’s really new. 

After arguing that Obamacare will still be difficult to repeal, he added:

You’ve got to deal with the bill that the Senate parliamentarian has said can’t pass with 50 votes, and you’ve got to deal with the fact that the subsequent vote is not just a theoretical vote, but actually a vote that’s going to cost millions of Americans their insurance.

So I think we’re still better than even odds the Affordable Care Act survives, but it’s just sort of sad that we’re in a world where politicians can’t even answer the question: Why are you voting for this bill? They literally can’t answer the question: What good does this do other than, “Gee, we have to give up Obamacare.” That’s just a very disappointing world to be in.

Host Jansing made no mention of the irony that Gruber was complaining about someone else being dishonest as she moved on.

Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the Tuesday, July 25, MSNBC Live:

2:46 p.m. ET

JONATHAN GRUBER, CO-ARCHITECT OF OBAMACARE: All the different proposals have one thing in common — they’re all bad. They all create a huge number of new uninsured individuals — they all raise premium costs — they all deny coverage to the sickest Americans. So wherever we end up, whatever they’re voting on, they know it’s something that’s going to cost Americans insurance coverage.

The other thing is, look, I have much respect for John McCain as the next person. I actually worked with John McCain when I was in the Clinton administration– but I think it is ironic that John McCain is returning from a surgery that virtually no American could afford without health insurance to vote to deny 15 million Americans health insurance at least. So, you know, we have to step back and ask: What is heroic here? I mean, it’s heroic he’s making the trip — he has a heroic history — but the heroic thing to do would be to stand up and say, “Look, I just realized that I was the beneficiary of insurance and that Americans cannot afford this without insurance,” and, “Why should we support a bill that’s going to take insurance away from millions of Americans?”

(…)

CHRIS JANSING: Jonathan, let me tell you a story — and I’ve said this on the air before, but, at the end of the Obama administration, I did exit interviews with a number of senior staff — quite a few actually. And what surprised me maybe more than anything was the fact that they seem least concerned about — and this was after Donald Trump had been elected — they seemed least concerned about health care and the repeal of Obamacare. They truly believed that so many Americans had benefited from it and it was becoming so entrenched in the way that these kinds of programs do that they felt that America wouldn’t let this happen. And I wonder, as you’re watching this vote and assuming again that this motion to proceed goes through, how nervous are you right now?

GRUBER: Well, I’m nervous. I mean, look, you know, I was one of those people, you know, before November 8, I said, “Look, the 2012 election was the last one that mattered for health care, and health care was safe.” But American politics broke on November 8, and we are used to a history of politicians bending the truth, but now we get politicians breaking the truth. That’s a new thing. We hadn’t had politicians explicitly lying in the way they do now. That’s really new. And I think, in that world, we don’t really know what can happen. So I still am hopeful the Affordable Care Act will survive — I think this vote is far from a death knell because, as Ron Klain was saying, you’ve already lost two Republican Senators in principle.

 Now, you’ve got to actually deal with the messy details. You’ve got to deal with the bill that the Senate parliamentarian has said can’t pass with 50 votes, and you’ve got to deal with the fact that the subsequent vote is not just a theoretical vote, but actually a vote that’s going to cost millions of Americans their insurance. So I think we’re still better than even odds the Affordable Care Act survives, but it’s just sort of sad that we’re in a world where politicians can’t even answer the question: Why are you voting for this bill? They literally can’t answer the question: What good does this do other than, “Gee, we have to give up Obamacare.” That’s just a very disappointing world to be in.

Kim Kardashian Stole My Initials for Big Business, Danish Makeup Artist Sues (UPDATE)

Posted on 25 July 2017

6:53 PM PT — Sources connected to Kim’s makeup line tell us she consulted several veteran trademark attorneys when launching her KKW line to ensure there were no violations. Nevertheless, we’re told her team is confident KKW Beauty in no way&h…

Declassified memos show more improper Obama-era NSA spying

Posted on 25 July 2017

Funny how much news is coming out tonight, and all the media could talk about is either Russia or John

Apple ordered to pay $506 million to university in patent dispute

Posted on 25 July 2017

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday ordered Apple Inc to pay $506 million for infringing on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm, more than doubling the damages initially imposed on Apple by a jury.

Person wounded in Secret Service-involved shooting

Posted on 25 July 2017

Someone was shot in the hip by the Secret Service near the 1100 bloack of L Street in Washington DC.

Exclusive: Viacom willing to make an all-cash deal to buy Scripps Networks – sources

Posted on 25 July 2017

(Reuters) – Viacom Inc has informed Scripps Networks Interactive it is willing to pay all cash to acquire the U.S. TV network operator, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Wasserman Schultz’s IT Staffer Wired $300,000 to Pakistan Before Arrest at Dulles

Posted on 25 July 2017

As previously reported, Chad Pergram of Fox News tweeted a breaking report on Dem Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Pakistani IT staffer …

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BEAUTIFUL FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP Revs Up Crowd at Youngstown, Ohio Rally (VIDEO)

Posted on 25 July 2017

Lovely Melania Trump joined her husband tonight at his Youngstown, Ohio rally. Melania Trump & POTUS Arrive In Ohio For …

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Hah-Hah! POTUS TRUMP Rips Ohio Rally Protester! — “He’s Going to Go Back Home to Mommy!” (Video)

Posted on 25 July 2017

President Trump spoke to a packed house in Youngstown, Ohio tonight. This was one fired up crowd! POTUS TRUMP Rips …

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