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THE HILL NEWS ALTER

The Memo: Obama returns, but Dems lack new leader

Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving office on Thursday, stumping for Democratic candidates in New Jersey and Virginia.

The rapturous reception Obama received was no big surprise. He remains enormously popular with the Democratic grassroots.   But the sense of wistfulness the former president invokes among the party faithful is sharpened because, aside from him, the Democrats have no obvious leader.

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AG SESSIONS ABSENT FROM JOB

American Liberty Report

Jeff Sessions Refuses to Prosecute Anyone

When President Trump nominated then-Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be Attorney General, Trump was hopeful that Sessions would be a no-nonsense AG, upholding the law on the many positions Sessions had discussed as Senator and taking swift and decisive action against those parties President Trump deemed to be enemies and criminals working against the state. Many Americans desired a return from the lawlessness and abuses that had been committed under the Obama administration and former Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder.
Yet, since taking on his new job, Sessions has been very good at talking tough, but has neglected to prosecute most of the figures both Trump and he previously railed against, such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose use of a private email server in the Obama years was a clear violation of government regulations and whose messages put national security at risk.
It’s been confirmed that the FBI under former Director James Comey interrogated Clinton for a mere two and a half hours and did not even conduct her questioning under oath. She was allowed to turn her technological evidence over of her own accord without any search warrants being executed, and questioning of Clinton resulted in much discussion of her lawyers’ personal lives rather than matters of substance.
Other cases Sessions has declined to take up include those of the politicization of the IRS, which deliberately targeted Tea Party political groups under the stewardship of former Unit Director Lois Lerner and the “Fast and Furious” gun proliferation scandal that was aided by previous Attorney General Holder.
President Trump has indicated that he’s displeased with Sessions’ lack of action on these and other matters and has said he wouldn’t have appointed the Senator as Attorney General if he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation into Russian collusion that’s now being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
On July 24, Trump tweeted, “So why aren’t the committees and investigators and, of course, our beleaguered AG looking into Crooked Hillary [Clinton]’s crimes and Russian relations?”
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina backed Sessions’ inaction. “Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without a hint of political motivation,” he said. “To do otherwise is to run away from the longstanding American tradition of separating the law from politics regardless of party.”
“This country does not punish its political enemies,” testified Sessions to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing for the role of Attorney General. Sessions claimed his negative remarks about Clinton during the 2016 election cycle disqualified him from investigating her. “I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kinds of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton.”
On the IRS issue, Sessions has openly declared there would be no prosecutions at the tax agency. This is despite the fact that Unit Director Lerner deliberately misled federal investigators while other IRS employees destroyed myriad documents and hid evidence.
Present IRS Director John Koskinen stonewalled Congress on the matter and may have committed perjury, according to a number of prominent Republican Congressmen. By not going after the IRS, Sessions has essentially given the agency tacit approval of its left-wing weaponization, and it’s feared that if and when the Democrats recapture the White House and/or Congress that the department’s Gestapo-like tactics may only worsen against conservatives.
IRS employees “will now have the green light to target Americans for their political beliefs and mislead investigators without ever being accountable for their lawlessness,” declared Republican Congressman and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady. “The Department [of Justice’s] response blatantly ignores our most troubling finding: that Ms. Lerner intentionally misled federal investigators in a flagrant violation of the law. This is unacceptable, and Ms. Lerner must be held accountable,” stated Republican Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois.
In all of these cases, there’s a growing fear that Sessions is part-and-parcel of the “swamp” President Trump committed himself to draining when he ran for office. On Fox News, commentator Josie Piper chimed in with this very sentiment, saying, “I’m utterly disappointed that our DOJ has decided not to prosecute Lois Lerner. I voted for this administration to drain the swamp and correct some of the lawlessness that has run rampant in the government for the last 8 years plus. This is not a good start.”
Some Washington insiders fault Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and a number of the career attorneys working under him who may have taken part in the laissez-faire atmosphere of the previous presidential administration. If this is the case, Sessions may need to order a review of the heretofore-mentioned cases to get all the facts, and lower-level attorneys found to be obstructing prosecutions need to be fired.
Other observers say that Rosenstein also needs to bear responsibility for the ever-expanding Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Mueller turning into a witch hunt. Writing in National Review, author Andrew McCarthy commented, “[DOJ] regulations do not permit the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel in order to determine whether there’s a basis for a criminal investigation. To the contrary, the basis for a criminal investigation must pre-exist the appointment. It’s the criminal investigation that triggers the special counsel, not the other way around. Rosenstein, instead, appointed a special counsel and unleashed him to sniff around and see if he could come up with a crime.”
It may be worthwhile to take a good, long look at Rosenstein to see if he really has the interests of Sessions (and President Trump) at heart.
In short, AG Sessions needs to crack the whip in his own department. If he can’t produce results, then he, like former FBI Director James Comey before him, may need to seek other employment.
~ American Liberty Report

NOW WE HAVE TO GET ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS TO DO HIS JOB BRING THEM BEFORE A GRAND JURY.

IT’S OVER: The FBI Just Uncovered Hillary Clinton’s
Darkest Secret & It’s Worse Than Anyone Imagined

Sean Hannity and Julian Assange had been teasing it for a few days, and last night he confirmed it. The FBI uncovered Russian Bribery Plot that took place before Obama and Hillary approved the controversial Nuclear Deal with Putin.
The Hill is reporting that this scheme was kept secret by the Obama admin after the approval of the transfer of Uranium to Russia. According to The Hill, “Russian Nuclear Officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s Charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.” But it gets even worse. (WATCH Sean Hannity Video Below)

 

Sean Hannity said this could be “The biggest scandal in American History” and said that Mueller must shift all focus from the Trump investigation over to this immediately. WATCH this clip then SHARE everywhere because mainstream media won’t cover it!

Here is the Timeline:

2009: FBI Uncovers Russian Bribery Scheme in the U.S.
2010: Obama and Hillary approves Uranium One Deal
2011: Obama and Hillary approve transfer of Uranium to Russia
(Obama Dept. of Justice keeps secret details of Russia investigation)
2015: DOJ Publicly reveals Russian bribery, but charged no one
From Fox News Insider:
“HILLARY CLINTON AND HER HUSBAND SOLD OUT AMERICA TO THE RUSSIANS AS [MONEY] FLOWED TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION,” HE ADDED.
HE SAID THAT, FOR THE “LIBERAL IDEOLOGUES” WHO ARE “SCREAMING RUSSIA” AND LOOKING FOR COLLUSION, “WE’VE GOT IT FOR THEM.”
HANNITY SAID CONGRESS AND SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER SHOULD “STOP WASTING TIME” WITH TRUMP AND TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO THE URANIUM ONE DEAL.

THE HILL – TAX CUTS

Conservative army bolsters Trump on tax cuts

Conservative groups are going all out to help President Trump and congressional Republicans get a tax-reform bill across the finish line.
Unlike with healthcare, outside right-leaning groups are united in their support of the GOP tax plan. They believe that unity will help reassure Republican lawmakers when they eventually cast votes on a bill.
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THE HILL – NEWS ALERT

Trump tries to turn back clock on Obama era

President Trump is trying to turn back the clock on the Obama era, even as he has been frustrated by the slow pace of progress on his legislative agenda.
In a 24-hour period beginning Thursday evening, Trump took aim at Obama’s major domestic and foreign policy achievements — the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, and the nuclear deal with Iran.
In both cases, he began hollowing out his predecessor’s accomplishments — in the first instance by announcing he would end key government subsidies for insurers, and in the other by refusing to certify that Iran was in compliance with the terms of the 2015 agreement.
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THE HILL -BREAKING NEWS

Judge refuses to dismiss corruption charges against Dem senator

A judge on Monday said he won’t dismiss any of the corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).
Judge William Walls on Monday declined to dismiss any of the 18 charges against the New Jersey Democrat, the Associated Press reported.
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THE HILL – KELLY

Kelly: I’m not quitting or getting fired

White House chief of staff John Kelly on Thursday dismissed rumors he’s close to quitting or being fired by President Trump.

Kelly addressed reports of friction between himself and the president during a surprise appearance in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

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DISMANTLING THE HORRIBLE ACA (OBAMACARE) ONE PIECE AT A TIME

Only the Beginning’: Trump Signs Executive
Order to Loosen Obamacare Grip

 

President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump announced executive changes to Obamacare on Thursday, signing an executive order to open up the health insurance market.

The president said he wanted to increase healthcare options for Americans to experience Obamacare relief — even after Senate Republicans failed to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“This will cost the United States government virtually nothing and will provide people great, great health care,” Trump said.
The order will expand access to association health plans by small businesses, expand the length of short-term health plans, and expand health reimbursement accounts for small businesses.
“The cost of Obamacare has been so outrageous that it has destroyed everything in its wake,” Trump said.
Sen. Rand Paul praised the action as “the biggest free-market reform of health care in a generation,” adding that it was a move towards allowing Americans to purchase health care across state lines.
“When you can get Rand Paul on your side, it has to be positive!” Trump said, responding to the Kentucky senator.
Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon also attended the event, as well as several small businesses and franchise owners.
“Today is only the beginning,” Trump said. “In the coming months, we plan to take new measures to provide our people with even more relief and more freedom.”
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TIME FOR NBC NEWS TO CLOSE IT DOORS STICK TO TV ENTERTAINMENT

NBC Catching Flack From Both Trump and Mattis Over Phony Nuke Report

By Andrew West October 11, 2017

The mainstream media continues to dig its own grave this week as NBC published a completely false story about the nuclear ambitions of the United States.

While President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that updating the U.S. nuclear arsenal must be a priority in our modern age, at no time did the Commander in Chief ever insinuate that he was hoping to increase the number of atomic devices at his disposal.  Seeing as the world, and the U.S. in particular, maintains more than enough of these weapons to eliminate any threat on the entire planet, the President’s push for preventative maintenance seems like a perfectly acceptable concern.
NBC, however, in hopes of stoking the fires of the liberal “resistance” to the President, reported days ago that Donald Trump was looking to increase the size, scope, and destructive capability of the nation’s nuclear arsenal – a piece of fake news that has reverberated around the nation and the globe at a time in which the United States faces a number of unique and unprecedented threats.
Now, both President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis cleared the air today, blasting NBC for their dangerous and delusional story.
“President Trump and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Wednesday publicly refuted an NBC News report that claimed the commander-in-chief wanted to drastically increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal, with Trump calling the press ‘disgusting.’
“On the sidelines of a meeting in the Oval Office with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump slammed the NBC report that said he sought a ‘nearly tenfold increase’ in the nuclear arsenal during a summer meeting.

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THE HILL -NEWS ALERT

The Memo: Who’s winning Trump’s war with media?

President Trump has opened up a new front in his war against the media, this time with NBC News in his sights. But is the conflict taming the press or simply making it stronger?
Trump has used attacks on the media to fire up his base since his campaign began. There are few more reliable applause lines at his rallies than his attacks on the “fake news media.”
Yet at the same time, news organizations have reaped journalistic and commercial rewards from a White House that is unparalleled in its drama and volatility.
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THE HILL

THE BIG STORY:

–TRUMP NOMINATES KRISTJEN NIELSEN TO HEAD DHS: President Trump plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the White House announced Wednesday. Nielsen served as Kelly’s top aide during his stint as DHS secretary earlier this year and continued to work as his deputy chief of staff after he moved to the West Wing. She has extensive experience in homeland security policy, cybersecurity and emergency management, the White House noted in its announcement. Nielsen previously worked at DHS as senior legislative policy director for the Transportation and Security Administration under President George W. Bush and served on the White House Homeland Security Council under Bush.
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–…A CYBERSECURITY READY PICK: Nielsen was formerly the president of Sunesis Consulting, which focused on critical infrastructure resiliency and security, including cybersecurity.

THE HILL – EPA REPEAL MAJOR OBAMA POWER RULE


EPA formally moves to repeal major Obama power rule

The Trump administration formally proposed Tuesday to scrap the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule for power plants.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt signed the notice Tuesday, arguing that former President Barack Obama’s 2015 rule, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, exceeds the agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act.

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KILL SHOT: Representative Gaetz – Florida

GOP Congressman Just Delivered a Fatal
Blow to The NFL After More Players
Took a Knee

Congressman Gaetz joined Liz Wheeler on OANN after more NFL players took a knee during the anthem. This came just 1 day after Vice President Pence left an NFL game after he saw players disrespecting the anthem. Liz Wheeler had Rep. Gaetz on right after he introduced a bill to END the tax-exempt status of the NFL’s business office. Gaetz said they have the right to protest, but not on the taxpayer’s dime.
“WHEN PEOPLE KNEEL DURING OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, THEY DON’T SIMPLY INDICT THE ISSUE WITH WHICH THEY HAVE SOME PARTICULAR GRIEVANCE…THEY INDICT OUR COUNTRY, OUR SERVICE MEMBERS, OUR FIRST-RESPONDERS, OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE PRINCIPLES THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT.”

 Here are Rep. Gaetz’ comments from the House Floor:

VP – PENCE WALKS OUT OF COLTS/49ers GAME WHEN 49ers KNEELED

NFL players back in Trump’s crosshairs as Pence stages walk out

President Trump’s feud with the NFL drew attention again on Sunday when Vice President Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game after several San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the national anthem.

“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” the vice president said, first in a series of tweets and then in a full statement posted to Twitter.

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THE HILL – Corker fires back

Corker fires back: Trump’s White House ‘has become an adult day care center’

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) fired back at President Trump after his criticism on Sunday, saying Trump’s White House has become “an adult day care center.”

“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” Corker said. “Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

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Schumer to Trump: Obamacare Repeal ‘Off the Table’

Image: Schumer to Trump: Obamacare Repeal 'Off the Table'
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By Wanda Carruthers   |   Saturday, 07 Oct 2017 11:25 AM
 
“The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace and I told the president that’s off the table,” Schumer said in a statement about a phone call he had with Trump on Friday.  “If he wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions. A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs,” Schumer added.
Trump confirmed earlier Saturday morning what sources had reported Friday that the president called Schumer about working to fix the nation’s healthcare system.
 “I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill. ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!” Trump tweeted early Saturday.  Republican efforts have fallen short to fulfill what many lawmakers had made as campaign promises to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Trump is once again signaling to Democrats he’s open to working with them to enact legislation after GOP efforts failed.

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Victory! Department of Defense purges SPLC information from its training material

By October 7, 2017
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Under the Obama administration, DEOMI officers used SPLC data to identify high-profile Christian ministries as domestic hate groups at briefings

The Department of Defense (DOD) has recently removed all its material related to extremist groups that came from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The DOD infamously used the discredited SPLC’s data, which led it compare Catholic and Protestant Christians to al Qaeda, as examples of religious extremism. CRC has extensively covered the left-wing bent of the SPLC that has prompted it to include mainstream, conservative nonprofits with legitimate hate groups with histories of violence.
The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained an email from the Department of Justice in which Brian J. Field, assistant U.S. attorney for the DOD Civil Division, confirmed that the DOD Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity has removed “any and all references to the SPLC in training materials used by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).”
The DOD founded the DEOMI in 1971 (then called the Defense Race Relations Institute) after an inter-service task force examined the causes and potential cures of racial turbulence within the military. Today, the institute provides race relations education to the members of the Armed Forces.
Under the Obama administration, DEOMI officers used SPLC data to
identify
high-profile Christian ministries as domestic hate groups at briefings. In the spring of 2013, a United States Army Reserve presentation included a slide, which lectured the servicemen and women that “religious extremism is not limited to any single religion, ethnic group, or region of the world.” Another slide, drawing on the SPLC’s definition of ‘”ate,” included Evangelical Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, Catholicism, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the same category with al Qaeda, the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, and the Ku Klux Klan.

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THE HILL – BREAKING NEWS

Tillerson: I’ve never considered resigning as secretary of State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday denied he has ever considered resigning from his post.

Tillerson gave an impromptu statement after NBC News reported he was on the verge of quitting over the summer amid fierce policy disputes with the White House. Vice President Pence reportedly intervened.

Tillerson did not address a claim in the report that he called President Trump a “moron” following a tense meeting with national security officials over the summer.

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