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Leslie P
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.


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Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump’s Campaign?
I have long experience with how scrupulously the FBI and Justice Department work in the often controversial foreign-intelligence realm. They care deeply about their honorable reputation with the FISA court, just as the judges of that secret tribunal care deeply about not being perceived as a “rubber-stamp” for the government. I have thus given our agencies the benefit of the doubt here.

Consequently, I have assumed that the following happened. The FBI already had information that Page was something of an apologist for the Putin regime — although the record, we shall see, is more complex than that. Thus, the FBI and DOJ may have combined that information with some claims mined out of the dossier; but they would not have included Steele’s claims without corroborating them independently. This combination of information, doubtless added to by intelligence not known to us, was crafted into the application presented to the FISA court. This would be the normal, appropriate process.

Alas, an alternative theory has gathered momentum due to the drip, drip, drip of disturbing new disclosures, coupled with the fact that the Obama administration was in the tank for Trump’s opponent.

McCarthy then describes this other theory - you need to read it. You really really do.

He concludes that there is reason to be suspicious. When Andrew McCarthy believes there's reason to be suspicious, you can bet there's reason to be suspicious. And reason to be gravely concerned about the FBI.

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Secrets the FBI Shouldn’t Keep
Sen. Ron Johnson demands answers about the bureau’s political biases.
It is now blindingly obvious to honest observers that the FBI has spun out of control at its highest levels. It's likely that the front line field agents are still capable of executing their charter. But upper management is corrupt as can be. There needs to be a cleanout.

They are keeping secrets from Congress that they must not be allowed to keep.

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Continuing to undo some of the bad stuff from the Obama years
Some good news from the National Labor Relations Board: They've reversed a ruling that could have held large chains responsible for the labor practices of its franchises.

The 2015 change seemed to be a sop to lawyers and unions. It's been reversed now.
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Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers
A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

Note that this exclusive is running in The Hill - a clickbaity anti-Trump rag. Not sure what to think of it - is it BS? is it a sign of the Hill trying to regain crediblity? Time will tell I guess.
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Why Marco Rubio is dead wrong on taxes
The question we should be asking is how we can have less socialism, not more wealth redistribution, so that the economy can grow and everyone can enjoy upward mobility through better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods and services.

the broader problem is that the difference between what this bill currently does and what Rubio is demanding is the difference between offering a substantial tax break for those with dependent children vs. downright paying people to have children.

The bottom line is that the best thing we can do for the country’s replacement rate is to fix the culture and encourage marriage again. And the best thing we can do for lower-income families is to increase their opportunities for higher income and a lower cost of living. That will certainly not happen by exacerbating current failed progressive social experiments, redistributing wealth, and subsidizing poverty.

disclaimer: I don't like Rubio, and confess to being a fan of this article just based on the headline. However, I read the article, and agree with the factual content in addition to the sentiment.
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Trump Cuts 22 Regs for Every New One
This is the big story for 2017. Of the things that the "unitary executive" can do, Trump has done some really great and amazing things.

The administration has cut 22 regulations for every new rule introduced, President Donald Trump announced at the White House Thursday.

Agencies and departments issued 67 deregulatory actions and imposed only three new rules in fiscal year 2017, according to senior administration officials. The number far exceeded Trump's goal through his executive order to cut two old rules for any new regulation proposed.
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Even the Best Laws Cannot Save Our Society. Here’s What We Need.
Let’s look at a few of the differences between yesteryear and today. One of those differences is the treatment of women.

Yesteryear even the lowest of lowdown men would not curse or use foul language to or in the presence of women. It was deemed common decency for a man to give up his seat for a woman or elderly person. It has always been considered a good idea to refrain from sexual intercourse until marriage or at least adulthood.

For over a half-century, the nation’s liberals—along with the education establishment, pseudo-intellectuals, and the courts—have waged war on traditions, customs, and moral values.

Many in today’s generation have been counseled to believe that there are no moral absolutes. Instead, what’s moral or immoral, right or wrong, is a matter of convenience, personal opinion, or what is or is not criminal.

Society’s first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions, and moral values. Customs, traditions, and moral values are those important thou-shalt-nots, such as thou shalt not murder, shalt not steal, shalt not lie, and shalt not cheat. They also include respect for parents, teachers, and others in authority, plus those courtesies one might read in Emily Post’s rules of etiquette.

Do you chafe at the rules of this community? Do you wonder why we forbid profanity, and try to enforce courtesy and decency?

We want to make things better.

Read this article. Understand that complaining is not enough, we have to change OURSELVES first.

The men and women who moderate this community are putting it into practice, we'd like for our members to join in.

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Repealing The Mandate Doesn’t Fix Obamacare. It’s The Regulations, Stupid
EXACTLY this. Whether or not the law forces me to buy something, it's the regulations that prevent me from having decent insurance to buy.

There is no decent insurance available for me to buy, on or off the exchange. The products don't exist - because regulations on the insurance companies don't allow them to exist.

Allow the insurers to sell me anything they want to sell. Allow me to buy what I want to buy.
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Everybody Calm Down About Net Neutrality
The FCC’s vote this week only restores power to the Federal Trade Commission, whose record is strong.

The rhetoric over net neutrality has reached a fever pitch, with each side predicting dire consequences if opponents get their way. There is a critical need for protections from anticompetitive practices online, but both sides are exaggerating. Just as the sky did not fall when the FCC imposed its current Title II version of net neutrality in 2015, it also won’t fall if the FCC reclassifies broadband as an information service later this week—that is, if it follows through with the repeal of so-called net neutrality that has so many up in arms.

That’s because the FCC plan would restore power to police the internet to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC, my former agency, is an experienced cop on the beat in this area. It protected internet users from unfair, deceptive and anticompetitive practices for the two decades before the FCC’s 2015 rule, which removed its jurisdiction.
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