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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is under Federal investigation for a possible violation of the Hatch Act

June 28, 2017

As if the FBI was not in enough turmoil with its queasy former Director James Comey admitting under oath that he leaked his own documents for partisan political reasons, that Loretta Lynch convinced him to frame the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in a way less damning to the losing Presidential candidate and failing to report it, and after listing all the reasons why Hillary Clinton should be indicted before letting her off the hook, we are now learning that the acting FBI Director, Andrew McCabe is under Federal investigation for a possible Hatch Act violation.

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CNN producer caught on video admitting the Russian collusion scandal is ‘mostly bullsh*t right now’

June 27, 2017

  It as been a rough few days for CNN: yesterday three employees of the network’s “investigative” department resigned for their role in publishing a fake news story, which was later retracted, supposedly linking Donald Trump to Russia and today Project Veritas released a video in which a CNN producer admitted the “most trusted name in news” was promoting this story for ratings but there was still no proof of any wrongdoing. He went so far as to call it bullsh*t right now. But of course they are hoping something will come from it…

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Three CNN employees resign after fake news story linking Donald Trump to Russia

June 26, 2017

 You might have missed this story because it happened late on Friday night but CNN ran a fake news story which linked the Trump administration to Russia which it was forced to retract because it was fake news. CNN came under heavy fire for its decision to publish and then retract the story after being called out by Breitbart. Say what you will about Breitbart but they got this one right.

  CNN came under such heavy fire that CNN president Jeff Zucker got involved and promised to hold those responsible accountable. Needless to say I was skeptical of anything coming from this but it is now being reported here that three CNN employees have resigned in the wake of this fake news scandal. Here is more:

Three CNN employees have handed in their resignations over a retracted story linking President Trump to Russia, the network announced Monday.

Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesperson said in a statement Monday.

On Thursday, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with possible ties to several Trump associates.

According to CNN, an internal investigation found that “some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.”

Citing a single unnamed source, the story reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.”

CNN explained Monday that “these types of stories” usually would go through several departments, including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers, the medical malpractice attorneys at Hastings Law Firm deal with medical negligence cases, who will take in any complaints of mistreatment.

But the network says there was a “breakdown in editorial workflow” which “disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.”

  Of course CNN is saying this does not mean the story is fake news, it just means they do not have enough proof the story was true. This kind of reminds me of that time when Dan Rather resigned after reporting about George Bush’s supposed preferential treatment during the Vietnam war using fake documents to “prove” his story. He stuck by the story, calling it true even though the documents were fake.

  The story does not end here however because it is being reported that Elizabeth Warren might be partially responsible for pushing the fake news story to CNN in the first place.

Senate Democrats find themselves on the hot seat as insiders point to leftist staff for members like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) as being responsible for the thinly-sourced hit piece. Staff for Harris deny any involvement, but Warren staff have not responded.

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A mixed day from the Supreme Court on the Second Amendment

June 26, 2017

 Two second amendment issues were on tap on the final day of the Supreme Court’s session and it was a mixed day. First, the Supreme Court declined to take up Peruta v. California in its next session. This case revolves around California’s “good cause” requirement for  getting a concealed carry license.

  In California a person must show good reason for wanting to carry a concealed weapon outside a person’s home or property. Simple general self-defense without showing any type of imminent threat to the applicant is not “good cause” in the state.

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SCOTUS declined to hear Peruta v. California; a case revolving around California’s “good cause” requirement for concealed carry license acquisition. On January 12, 2017,  Breitbart News reported SCOTUS was petitioned to review Peruta in hopes of securing a ruling as to “whether the Second Amendment entitles ordinary, law-abiding citizens to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense in some manner, including concealed carry when open carry is forbidden by state law.”

It is absurd to think that a person does not have the right to self defense by any means necessary just because they could not prove a threat was imminent.

  That was a loss but the second case, Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General, was a win for Second Amendment advocates. In this case the Supreme Court ruled that a person cannot be denied his Second Amendment right based on a non-serious misdemeanor conviction.

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On Monday the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) let stand a Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania ruling which protects Second Amendment rights following non-serious misdemeanor convictions.

The issue revolved around Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General, a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on behalf of Daniel Binderup. He “pleaded guilty in 1996 to a misdemeanor charge related to a consensual relationship he had with a 17-year-old female employee,” receiving “three years’ probation and a $300 fine.” Since the crime could have resulted in jail time of over one year–triggering  a “federal gun law blocks firearms possession–Binderup sought protection of his Second Amendment rights.

The Third Circuit handed down an en banc ruling in Binderup’s favor and Obama’s Department of Justice responded by seeking a “Supreme Court review.” The result of that review is that the Third Circuit decision stands.

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U.S. officials: anti-Trump leaks are hurting intelligence and military operations

June 26, 2017

  Anonymous sources are all the rage nowadays so here we go with another one. Several unnamed officials have stated that the leaks coming from former Obama holdovers are hurting American intelligence and military operations. Here is more:

A new wave of leaks targeting the Trump administration has actively endangered ongoing intelligence and military operations being conducted by the United States and its allies, sparking anger and concern inside and outside the White House, according to multiple conversations with senior U.S. officials intimately familiar with the situation.

The classified leaks, which are being handed to sympathetic journalists by former Obama administration officials who left the government and by holdovers still serving in the Trump administration, have damaged a number of ongoing operations, ranging from American efforts to prevent Russian infiltration of the United States to Israeli efforts against ISIS, sources said.

A recent Washington Post story disclosed classified secrets as part of a larger story about Obama administration cyber efforts against Russia. It was published days after a New York Times story, which revealed details of a secret Israeli cyber operation that Trump is said to have leaked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The sensitivity of the material being leaked has heightened criticism both of the former Obama officials who are suspected of unveiling these secrets and of the Trump administration for its seeming inability to stem the disclosures, according to these officials.

  The Democrats have claimed they are very concerned about Russia infiltrating the United States electoral process but ironically these leaks are said to be hurting the Trump administration’s efforts to stop potential Russian interference. In addition to this these leaks are hurting the effort to defeat ISIS.

  If this is true it shows the lengths these former Obama officials will go to take down Donald Trump. They apparently feel Donald Trump is a bigger enemy than either Russia or ISIS and as such they will do whatever it takes to bring down the President, even if that means aiding and abetting the enemy by making it harder for the United States to stop them. Why hasn’t Donald Trump weeded these people out yet?

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The group behind the debunked Russian dossier is stonewalling the investigation

June 25, 2017

  Something interesting I have noticed during the Russia collusion/hacking scandal investigation: many people who were involved in the Trump campaign are willing to testify before the Congress but are being blocked by the Democrats while one of the groups at the center of the investigation, Fusion GPS, is stonewalling and appears unwilling to testify. Why is that? Do you find this as interesting as I do?

  Fusion GPS is the group behind the Russian Dossier which James Comey admitted was part of the basis into the investigation. This dossier has been proven to be false and Buzzfeed, which first ran with the dossier even though they admitted it could not be verified before CNN decided to run with it, is currently being sued for defamation. (On a side note it is interesting to note that CNN rehashed another version of the story over the weekend and was forced to retract it without providing an explanation, but I will get to that shortly.)

  So why would Fusion GPS be hesitant to testify in front of the Congress? In addition to the story being fake news it is being reported here the group is stonewalling the investigation because of their alleged ties to the Democratic party. Here is more:

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Sunday, June 25th open thread: ‘Tupelo’

June 25, 2017

 open-thread Here is the open thread for Sunday, June 25th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

  Last week  we discussed 11 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

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  Two weeks ago my son Andy and I went to see one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters perform in Boston. This was the second time we have seen Nick Cave perform and he did not disappoint! Nick Cave’s shows are intense and this one was no different, I think he was better this time than he was the last time we saw him.

  Nick Cave’s songs range from being atmospheric to mellow and piano-based to hard-hitting and in your face. “Tupelo” is somewhere in the middle and it is one of my favorites. Here is “Tupelo” performed live in Boston on June 10th:

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