[Breitbart] Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch compared herself to the diplomats and contractors killed in Benghazi in her opening statement in the second public impeachment inquiry on Friday.
[DAILYWIRE] On Thursday, President Trump flipped another U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals into a conservative majority, as the Senate confirmed the nomination of White House attorney Steven Menashi to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals now has seven judges appointed by Republican presidents and six by Democrats. Democrats flailed about in hysteria over the Menashi nomination, in which he was confirmed 51-41 in a party line vote only excepted by Susan Collins of Maine, who voted against Menashi.
Menashi, 40, was viciously attacked by Democrats; Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer ...Senator-for-life from New York, renowned for his love of standing in front of cameras. Schumer has been a professional politician since 1975, when disco was in flower, which is 43.94454725489264 years. Senate minority leader as of 2017... raged, "Mr. Menashi is one of the most contemptible nominees to come before the Senate in all my time in this body. He would be a disgrace, a disgrace to the seat once held by the great Thurgood Marshall."
BREAKING: The "whistleblower's" attorney has privately informed HPSCI staff that his client, a CIA officer, has not received credible threats, as Schiff has suggested;and he is not at personal risk since he nonetheless has been assigned a government security detail for protection
Given that "whistleblower" alive can't harm Trump, but "whistleblower" dead could. And given that "elites" have shown themselves willing to do. The guy (girl, non-binary) should be glad of protection. Unless, of course, his protective detail are part of the deep state and have their orders.
"Oh cripes ! Our whistleblower is dead ! Two Nigerian white supremacists in MAGA caps were seen beating him to death after luring him out with... licorice candy. They were seen clearly by two ... uhh... two other whistleblowers. Informed sources are saying the assasination was carried out..."
There can't be a connection between constant attacks by Bezo's Washington Post on non-Antifa government and Bezo's Amazon contacts?
[Asia Times] Amazon on Thursday challenged the awarding of a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract to Microsoft, alleging “unmistakable bias” in the process.
The 10-year contract for theJoint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program, better known as JEDI, ultimately will see all military branches sharing information in a system boosted by artificial intelligence.
“It’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence,” a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services said.
Microsoft are more professional than any slacks and spectacles bunch of techno yuppies out there. For decades they've produced reliable, feasible software solutions and support to most govts the world over.
Amazon is run by lickspittle political hacks, it could be populated by an unknown number of unhinged elements from the left. What happens when a 'concerned' systems admin goes woke and halts a critical launch, throws a spanner into target acquisition networks, if someone from the company holds the network to ransom over secret info, leaks info to the MSM...
An unmentioned part of all this is that Amazon is currently under investigation for various anti-trust violations, while Microsoft is not... at least not anymore. The federal government could easily have chosen not to place a bid with a company whose activities are under active investigation.
[HotAir]...two of the guards who were responsible for checking in on the prisoner every half hour were offered a plea deal by federal prosecutors, but they turned it down and decided to go to trial. You just know there’s got to be more to this story, right? Double suicide?
Charges dropped, stalled or the long term bureaucratic shuffle seems a coming attraction!
I think they're betting on the fear of what discovery and exculpatory evidence might bring to light, and I think they are making a safe bet.
You want stand-up guys for something like this, not pansies who are going to wilt the first time the feds glare at them harshly. I'd be curious how long these two had been working at the prison or if they were brought in special for this particular event.
Buried the lede-- from the bottom of the article:
Several Democrats have stopped using the term “quid pro quo,” instead describing “bribery” as a more direct summation of Trump’s alleged conduct.
The shift came after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee conducted focus groups in key House battlegrounds in recent weeks, testing messages related to impeachment. Among the questions put to participants was whether “quid pro quo,” “extortion” or “bribery” was a more compelling description of Trump’s conduct. According to two people familiar with the results, which circulated among Democrats this week, the focus groups found “bribery” to be most damning. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the results have not been made public.
The biggest problem Yovanovitch had with Trump was that she felt intimidated by him and her feelings were hurt when she was recalled?
She has no business being an ambassador if she is so thin-skinned and easily intimidated. What's she going to do if she has to deal with NK, China, Iran...Is she going to fold like a wet blanket because her feelings are hurt. Toughen up buttercup and get off the stage.
[VictoryGirls] No sooner had his name been uttered during the impeachment hearings, when the news breaks that Rudy Giuliani is under investigation.
"Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings, according to three U.S. officials.
The probe of Giuliani, which one official said could also include possible charges on violating laws against bribing foreign officials or conspiracy, presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency from a man that former national security adviser John Bolton has called a "hand grenade.""
The officials are named in this breaking news story from Bloomberg. Oh wait, they aren’t. It’s all from anonymous sources.
Giuliani’s name has been waived around quite a bit since all this impeachment mess started taking off. Because he dared to do as the President asked, and act as an envoy in talks with Ukrainian officials, he’s done something BAD! As if the Democrats nor media had ever heard of back channel communications before?
Back channel communications are part and parcel of the political landscape and have been for centuries. Benjamin Franklin went to France and England prior to the Declaration of Independence to gain support and assistance for the American cause. FDR used numerous back channel communications prior to and during World War II. Reagan did the same when trying to get the Soviet Union to back down.
It is a fair bet that Obama used back channels to get things rolling with his craptastic Iran Deal and Paris Agreement. How else were they able to get things arranged for transporting those pallets of cash in the dead of night? How do you know you're approaching the target? The flack increases.
[Asia Times] White House bid puts focus on Bloomberg’s media. Former New York mayor might sell his data & news organization to avoid conflict.
Michael Bloomberg’s likely run for the presidency would create a hornet’s nest of practical and ethical problems for his company, which as one of the world’s biggest news organizations would be thrust into coverage of its owner.
A campaign could set up unusual challenges for the privately owned firm Bloomberg LP and its Bloomberg News division, which employs some 2,400 journalists, including 1,000 in Washington, and includes online and television media operations.
While the news group managed Bloomberg’s tenure as New York mayor from 2002 to 2013 without any major incident, a presidential run, successful or not, would require a strict firewall, say media analysts.
[THEHILL] The House Ethics Committee ...think of a nudibranch pretending to be a vertebrate... revealed on Thursday that it is investigating Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) over whether his relationship with a member of his staff breaks House rules.
Hastings has admitted to being in a relationship with his aide, Patricia Williams, who serves as his deputy district director.
The committee is now investigating whether Hastings violated House rules with that relationship and if he received any improper gifts from that employee. like Nookie?
The House last year adopted a rule preventing members of Congress from having a sexual relationship with a member of their staff.
"The Committee is aware of public allegations arising out of Representative Alcee Hastings’ personal relationship with an individual employed in his congressional office," House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and the panel's ranking Republican, Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas), said in a joint statement, without identifying the staffer.
The statement said that the committee had begun an investigation on May 14, but did not reveal it publicly until Thursday.
Hastings has dismissed ethical concerns about his relationship, telling the Palm Beach Post "it’s been looking like that for 25 years" according to a story published last month.
Williams previously served as counsel to Hastings when he was accused of accepting bribes as a federal judge in the 1980s. Hastings was later impeached.
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
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