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[FOX] Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials about the controversial anti-Trump dossier and the individuals behind it, two sources close to the matter told Fox News.
The sources said Ohr's outreach about the dossier ‐ as well as its author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele; the opposition research firm behind it, Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS; and his wife Nellie Ohr's work for Fusion ‐ occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts. Ohr's network of contacts on the dossier included: former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case.
Weissmann was kept "in the loop" on the dossier, a source said, while he was chief of the criminal fraud division. He is now assigned to Special Counsel Mueller’s team. Emphasis added
LONDON (Reuters) - Congressman Devin Nunes, chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, sought unsuccessfully to meet chiefs of Britain’s three intelligence agencies on a recent visit to London, according to two sources familiar with his itinerary.
The sources said representatives of the British agencies initially considered meeting with Nunes during the trip which took place in recent weeks, but that scheduling difficulties made it impossible.
Ultimately, the sources said, after consultation with the three agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy national security advisor, Madeline Alessandri, met Nunes. His London visit and his unsuccessful effort to meet British spy chiefs were originally reported by the Atlantic.
[Daily Caller] St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner delivered an "exclusion list" to the city police department on Tuesday. On that list were the names of 28 police officers ‐ and Gardner says that she will no longer consider cases brought to her office by any of those on the list.
Gardner’s office gave no reason for submitting the list, but did note that previous cases brought by those same officers were under review for "viability."
Warrant applications from the affected officers may also be denied according to an email obtained by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in which Maj. Michael Sack, of the Bureau of Professional Standards, referenced Gardner’s Chief Warrant Officer Chris Hinckley as the point of contact for any concerns.
In his email, Sack quoted Hinckley’s email. "Mr. Hinckley advised, ’warrant applications involving officers (sic) as essential witnesses will be refused if their participation is essential to the successful prosecution of the case. Cases previously issued where the above officers are essential witnesses will be reviewed for viability.'"
While Gardner’s office has given no official reason for the case review or the exclusion list, many of her critics fear that the move could be political. Gardner’s relationship with local police departments has long been contentious ‐ and a couple of recent high profile cases have not done much to mend fences.
In 2017, protests broke out after Gardner failed to get a conviction against former police officer Jason Stockley for the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley has since filed a lawsuit against former circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce ‐ who filed charges on her way out the door and left the prosecution in Gardner’s hands ‐ for defamation and malicious prosecution.
Gardner was also the subject of a formal complaint, filed earlier this week, alleging that she suborned perjury and withheld evidence in the case she brought against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.
[Breitbart] The University of Illinois system ‐ which has endured more than a decade of corruption scandals ‐ announced Thursday that it will present former President Barack Obama with an "ethics in government" award at a Sep. 7 ceremony.
The university did not explain what Obama had done to earn the award ‐ nor did it explain how Obama qualified after the IRS scandal, the Benghazi cover-up, or his own "boneheaded" deals with corrupt Chicago figures, among other ethical problems.
The university stated in a press release:
The University of Illinois System will honor former President Barack Obama on Friday, Sept. 7, with the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented annually by the system’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) to recognize public officials who promote the highest standards of public service.
Obama will accept the invitation of a national selection committee to receive the IGPA’s Douglas Award, which has been given annually since 1994 to public officials who have made significant contributions to the understanding and practice of ethical behavior in public service. It honors late Illinois Sen. Paul Douglas (1892-1976), who became known as the "conscience of the Senate" because of his deep commitment to high ethical standards while serving as a senator from 1949 to 1967.
Among the most notorious University of Illinois scandals was the admissions scandal of 2009, in which the university’s president was forced to resign after children of Illinois politicians were found to have been given preference. In 2004, the university was accused of cheating the organ allocation system to give its transplant patients prefence over those at other hospitals. More recently, in 2015, the university admitted that some senior officials had used private email accounts to conduct official communications; these emails had not been turned over when public records requests had been filed.
"The university did not explain what Obama had done to earn the award".....
Obama got a Nobel for the same standards. Remember?
But then, he was the Messiah and the smartest man in the room and he did send a tingle right up your leg as far as your butt. But then, he has a Legacy that will last down the Centuries.
And the Univ. of Illinois ? Can you spell SHILL, boyz and girls?
[NR] It has long been a matter of public record that Beto O’Rourke was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 1998, but a police report recently obtained by the Houston Chronicle reveals that the Democratic Senate candidate crashed and tried to flee the scene before his arrest.
O’Rourke, then 26, was driving at “a high rate of speed” on a Texas highway roughly ten miles from the New Mexico border when he crashed into a truck and spun across the median into oncoming traffic. A witness whom O’Rourke passed shortly before crashing later told police he personally prevented O’Rourke from fleeing the scene. The unnamed witness “turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant [O’Rourke] to stop,” according to the report.
The rising progressive star, who blew a 0.136 and a 0.134 on police breathalyzers, did not address the witness report that he tried to flee the scene in a statement released on Thursday.
[WashingtonTimes] A Democrat running for the U.S. House in Massachusetts has made an unusual political promise: Put me in Congress and I’ll impeach Justice Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment and perjury.
State Sen. Barbara L’Italien said the promise would be part of a broad assault on sexual abuse at the highest levels of the U.S. government that also would include congressional hearings about claims made by many women about President Trump.
At Justice Thomas’s confirmation hearings in 1991, Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment ‐ one of the first such cases made against a public figure. Justice Thomas vehemently denied the charges, calling them a "high-tech lynching" against an "uppity" black man.
Numerous women who’d worked with Justice Thomas said the graphic accusations from Ms. Hill were not credible to them.
But according to Ms. L’Italien, there is "considerable evidence that Thomas lied under oath" about sexually harassing Ms. Hill.
Spokesman Joe Katz told Politico that his boss is the first congressional candidate to call for Justice Thomas’ impeachment.
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I follow Mass. politics pretty closely. I have not heard of this broad until yesterday. Politically speaking, she's a complete nobody / zero.
[The Federalist] Since his election, Pope Francis has done everything within his power to soften and subvert the church’s teaching concerning human sexuality. He also packed the College of Cardinals with the Lavender Mafia. Much smoke in the teepee.
Sixteen years ago, reporters at The Boston Globe conducted an extensive investigation of the sexual abuse of minors by priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Not long thereafter, reporters elsewhere detailed similar abuse in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and the like. The word used in the press to describe what had been going on was pedophilia, which is a misnomer deliberately employed to cover up what journalists then considered and still consider now an inconvenient aspect of the truth.
As a report commissioned by the National Review Board of the American Catholic bishops and issued in 2004 revealed, something like 81 percent of the victims were boys, and very few were, in the strictest sense, children. They were nearly all what we euphemistically call young adults. They were male adolescents on the younger side ‐ at the age when boys as they mature can briefly be downright pretty.
NO Advocate, from March. I'll be damned... hadn't heard about this. I can't say that he got what he deserved, cuz he didn't... and can't say that he didn't, cuz he did. Hard to believe, today, that tedious boilerplate stories like his actually had some shock value back in ancient times. Dino's joint, St. Rita's, was across the street from a girls HS, which was across the street from the seminary, on whose compact, open grounds resided beloved Archbishop Hannan (against whom I insinuate nothing whatever). And across the street from him was one of our glorious old public school buildings, an elementary quaintly named "Lafayette," slightly less comically lousy than most, IIRC. Probably a thriving charter now with a faculty like an Adams Morgan cafe clientele. Whatever. Hey, since we're here anyway, what say we walk across to the College Inn and get some oyster loaves?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.