Obama post-presidency


Credible allegations of spying on political opponents

Introduction:
If it is true that President Barack H. Obama and his closest advisors used the intelligence-gathering machines of the federal government to conduct surveillance and/or wiretapping to collect information about the opposing party's nominee for political purposes, that would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate, which resulted in the resignation of President Nixon.  President Obama is no longer in office, of course, but those who engaged in this alleged surveillance could face serious legal consequences.


Overview / recap articles:


Why Obama Really Spied On Trump.  Last week, CNN revealed (and excused) one phase of the Obama spying operation on Trump.  After lying about it on MSNBC, Susan Rice admitted unmasking the identities of Trump officials to Congress.  Rice was unmasking the names of Trump officials a month before leaving office.  The targets may have included her own successor, General Flynn, who was forced out of office using leaked surveillance.  While Rice's targets weren't named, the CNN story listed a meeting with Flynn, Bannon and Kushner.  Bannon was Trump's former campaign chief executive and a senior adviser.  Kushner is a senior adviser.  Those are exactly the people you spy on to get an insight into what your political opponents plan to do.  Now the latest CNN spin piece informs us that secret FISA orders were used to spy on the conversations of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.  The surveillance was discontinued for lack of evidence and then renewed under a new warrant.  This is part of a pattern of FISA abuses by Obama Inc. which never allowed minor matters like lack of evidence to dissuade them from new FISA requests.  Desperate Obama cronies had figured out that they could bypass many of the limitations on the conventional investigations of their political opponents by 'laundering' them through national security.

Did the DOJ Misuse the Steele Dossier — to Spy on the Trump Campaign?  [Scroll down]  Combined with several other irregularities, this had the makings of a real scandal.  First, just as his administration was about to end, President Obama suddenly ordered wider dissemination of raw intelligence throughout the spy agencies.  Second, there was a torrent of classified leaks, which made it clear that there had been spying on Trump associates.  Third, a former Defense Department official, Evelyn Farkas, acknowledged — bragged would be a better word — that her friends in the Obama administration were quietly encouraging Congress to demand intelligence regarding Trump and Russia.  "That's why you have the leaking," she chirped.  Combine this with the facts that (a) Susan Rice, Obama's national-security adviser, initially denied knowing anything about the unmasking before it was confirmed that she was involved (as our David French has detailed); and (b) hundreds of unmasking requests were made in the name of Samantha Power, Obama's U.N. ambassador, a position in which the need to know so many unmasked American identities is not apparent.  Alarmingly, Power now denies that she personally made most of those requests.  All together, it adds up to reasonable suspicion that there was a conspiracy to leak classified information in a manner that would damage Trump politically.


Timely news and commentary:


How Hillary's Steele Dossier Made It to the DOJ.  We know how the Steele dossier, funded by Hillary, provided by the Russians and arranged by Fusion GPS and their British contact, made it into the FBI.  The intriguing question though had been how it made to the DOJ.  Because Obama Inc. didn't just want the investigation they have now.  They were also looking to eavesdrop and unmask Trump associates.  They wanted this to look like a legitimate investigation.  And that meant the dossier had to be seeded across law enforcement.

Media missed the story of the year.  At 4:02 AM on March 4, President Trump gave the American media the story of the year.  They laughed it off and called him crazy.  Nine months later, the story is indisputably true. [...] The American press, which markets itself as more important to democracy than the government itself (never mind that democracy is the government), mocked the president and failed to pursue the story of Obama's abuse of power.

How the FBI Criminalized Trump's Transition.  What do you call a system of government that cannot tolerate a transition of power without corrupt machinations by those unwilling to cede control?  Banana Republic is a term that comes to mind.  The Special Counsel was appointed to determine whether Russia colluded with Trump to steal the election.  Michael Flynn was indicted for a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador on December 28, 2016, seven weeks after the election.  That was the day after the outgoing president expelled 35 Russian diplomats — including gardeners and chauffeurs — for interfering in the election.  Yes, that really happened.  The Obama administration had wiretapped Flynn's conversation with the ambassador, hoping to find him saying something they could use to support their wild story about collusion.  The outrage, for some reason, is not that an outgoing administration was using wiretaps to listen in on a successor's transition.  It is that Flynn might have signaled to the Russians that the Trump administration would have a different approach to foreign policy.

Erik Prince Accuses Obama Officials of Illegal Spying.  Former Navy SEAL and founder of the Blackwater security firm Erik Prince is accusing Obama administration officials of illegally ordering electronic surveillance of him during a meeting in Seychelles last January days before President Donald Trump's inauguration.  In testimony last week before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Prince also disputed assertions by Democrats and the Washington Post that he acted as a back channel agent to Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a meeting with a Russian hedge fund manager in Seychelles, islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.

Plot Thickens:  Guess Who Appointed FISC Judges Who Authorized Wiretaps.  What an incestuous relationship that exists within DC.  On December 30, 2012, about a month after he was elected for his second term, Obama signed warrantless-wiretapping bill into law.  "The FISA bill gives the government clearance to tap into American citizens' communications with people outside of the U.S. without a warrant, so long as it is done in the name of collecting foreign intelligence."  Recall that acting Attorney General for Obama pursued this course of action and was rejected by the FISA court. [...] It was this non-partisan committee that turned down the initial request made in June of 2016.  The case was then appealed, and this went to the appeal court which just happen to be all Clinton appointed judges.  Some say this coincide[s] with [the] secret meeting on the [Phoenix airport] tarmac between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton.

Christopher Wray Refuses to Say if Steele Dossier Was Used to Procure FISA Warrant.    [Video clip]

Did Susan Rice Spy On Trump Officials for the Muslim Brotherhood?  After months of denials, the pretext for Susan Rice's eavesdropping on Trump officials has finally been made public.  It had been widely known that Obama's former National Security Adviser had contrived to unmask the names of top Trump officials who had been spied on by the administration.  And the same media that still treats Watergate as the Great American Scandal had claimed that there was nothing "improper" in an Obama loyalist eavesdropping on members of the opposition party.  Every time Obama Inc. was caught eavesdropping on opposition politicians, it presented its spin in a carefully packaged "scoop" to a major media outlet.  This time was no different.

Report:  Time To Investigate Obama's FBI.  President Obama weaponized the federal government to punish his political enemies and further the agendas of his supporters.  This climate of government intimidation and manipulation culminated in the 2016 Election that saw the FBI attacking one presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and favoring another, Hillary Clinton.  Clinton was of course Mr. Obama's former Secretary of State.  Trump was a political outsider who didn't even have the full support of the GOP but did have the support of tens of millions of voters both Republican and Democrat alike.  This popularity made Donald Trump the single greatest threat to the D.C. status-quo and as such, became Barack Obama's #1 target for political and personal destruction.  It is a scenario that has U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows demanding a full and independent investigation be launched into the Obama FBI and its connection to he false "Trump dossier" that was used as the justification for illegal surveillance of private citizens connected to the Trump campaign.  (And likely surveillance of Mr. Trump himself and his family.)

Nunes' investigating digs up trove of Democrat connections to Russia dossier.  On two fronts, Rep. Devin Nunes has shifted the Russia debate in Washington further away from President Trump and closer to Democrats.  He exposed the practice of "unmasking" by Obama aides and flushed out the source of payments for the scandalous anti-Trump dossier that drove the Russia collusion narrative.  The California Republican's first tactic:  He traveled to the Executive Office Building and viewed evidence that the Obama administration had "unmasked" the concealed names of Trump associates in highly classified intelligence reports during the election campaign.

How to Steele an Election.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, it seems a reasonable inference that the dossier was created and supplied to friendly forces within the bureau in order to provide a pretext for an FI, without which surveillance of the Trump campaign would not be possible.

Implausible Deniability.  [Scroll down]  In much the same way, I believe, Russian agents working for the Clintons and the DNC through Fusion GPS and its hireling Christopher Steele provided fake information in a dossier which the FBI (headed by James Comey) and the Department of Justice (headed by Loretta Lynch ) used to craft an affidavit to obtain a FISA warrant authorizing electronic surveillance on people connected, however tangentially, to the Trump campaign.  This, after previous such warrants had — and this is unusual — been turned down by the FISA court.  Then-president Obama allowed the surveilled communications to be widely circulated throughout the government, so that the names of the targets caught up in the surveillance and their communications were thus widely available for leaking, and were leaked. [...] The DNC, Hillary campaign and Obama Administration used former British intelligence agent Fusion GPS' Christopher Steele as an interface to create deniability, allowing them, in effect, to launder the dossier and create a pretext for snooping on Trump and publicizing whatever dirt they might dig up on his campaign no matter how incredible the sources and product.

Investigate This.  The real importance of the Trump dossier from a criminal law standpoint lies in the use it was put to for official government purposes.  To understand that we need to know whether the dossier was used to justify the initiation of Full Investigations (FIs), according to the relevant AG Guidelines for National Security investigations.  We can take it as given that such FIs were opened that broadly targeted the overall Trump political organization — campaign staffers, advisers, etc.  We know this because we know that FISA orders were sought and (eventually) approved.  We also know that the real target was Trump himself, since the initial FISA application in June or July 2016 specifically named Trump.  FISA coverage can only be used if a FI has been previously authorized.

How Obama Used Hillary's Dossier to Spy On Trump.  What Hillary and Obama did wasn't Watergate.  That was amateur hour.  Its sophistication is a tribute to the left's deep knowledge and control of the workings of Washington, D.C. The men and women who planned this and carried it out understood not only government, but had an intimate familiarity with the loopholes in the laws and the networks of contacts that could realize their highly illegal plans.  The eavesdropping on Trump officials carried the 'fingerprints' of an administration that bypassed Congress to fund left-wing groups by blackmailing banks into huge settlements paid out to political allies in a billion dollar slush fund and sent pallets of foreign currency to Iran on unmarked planes.  A complete lack of ethical norms was combined with the careful use of legal loopholes to protect the actions of the perpetrators even while they were engaging in a criminal conspiracy.

Investigating the Investigators.  After initial denials, Susan Rice now admits that she unmasked the names of private U.S. citizens swept up in Obama administration intelligence surveillance and seems to have no regrets about it.  Samantha Power, the Obama administration's former U.N. ambassador, does not deny that she, too, unmasked names — but strangely is reported to have argued that she was not responsible for all the unmaskings that appear under her authorizations on the transcripts.  If true, does that astonishing statement mean that she has amnesia or that her own staff or others improperly used her name to access classified documents?  Has anyone ever admitted to unmasking American citizens under surveillance, and then claimed that her authorizations were not as numerous as they appear in documents?  And what were the connections between those who unmasked and those who illegally leaked information to the press?

Obama's UN Ambassador Claims Someone Else Made Unmasking Requests In Her Name.  Someone within the Obama administration's intelligence apparatus made requests to unmask the identity of Americans named in intelligence reports on behalf of Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  That's what Power told the House Intelligence Committee last week during a closed-door interview.  South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed in an interview on Fox News on Tuesday [10/17/2017] that Power was "emphatic" on the point that someone else in the Obama administration made the unmasking requests that have been attributed to her.

Did the dog really eat Samantha Power's homework?  Former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power is denying, emphatically, to Congress, that she ever requested 260 unmaskings of Americans caught up in intelligence surveillance dragnets during President Obama's last year in office.  She says someone else did it. [...] Many of these unmaskings, which are supposed to be done only under extraordinary circumstances, were of people affiliated with then-candidate President Trump.  After the unmaskings were done, the information was leaked to the press.  No one has been caught or punished for these illegal acts, which would have put an ordinary soldier, sailor, or spy in prison.

House Intel Committee Ramps Up Probe on Obama 'Unmasking'.  The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is ramping up investigation into former President Barack Obama administration's campaign to "unmask" President Donald Trump aides who were incidentally surveilled in meetings with foreign officials, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.  The committee is also intensifying a probe into Fusion GPS, a private "opposition research" company that distributed a salacious memo on Trump, called the "Trump Dossier."  Over the next two weeks the House committee is expected to privately interview former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who reportedly unmasked or identified as many as 260 Americans, primarily Trump campaign or transition officials.

Lawmakers Set Sights on Obama Unmasking Scandal.  Senior congressional leaders are renewing their focus on an investigation into efforts by the Obama administration to obtain highly classified intelligence information on Trump administration allies in what many allege was an effort to undermine the president and his national security team, according to conversations with multiple senior U.S officials familiar with the situation.  The recent admission by Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice that she requested the unmasking of Trump associates named in highly classified intelligence community reports has placed renewed attention on an investigation into why this information was obtained and then leaked to the press.

Rising scandal 'bigger than Russia'.  Author and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News that the surveillance conducted by the Obama administration on Trump campaign director Paul Manafort was an "egregious" abuse of power that endangers the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and dwarfs the allegations made about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 general election.  There is speculation that the FBI, through the Obama administration's FISA requests, taped Manafort's conversations with Donald Trump into 2017. According to CNN, Manafort had been under FBI surveillance since 2014 and into this year.  Manafort served briefly as Trump's campaign director in 2016, and the two remained in contact this year.  Gingrich said of the development, "this may be the most egregious abuse of the criminal justice process in American history."  He said that he fears that "the country that you and I know is under siege by a deep state which illegally wants to create a very different America and is willing to break the law and abuse the law."  "This is a radically bigger scandal than anything about Russia," claimed Gingrich.  Trump was ridiculed when he issued the claim that he had been wiretapped.  But the CNN report may prove him right.

Obama's Watergate.  Vladimir Putin did not hack the election.  Barack Obama did.  Donald Trump said earlier this year that the Obama Administration wiretapped his campaign.  "Like I'd want to hear more from that fool?" President Obama scoffed.  But CNN reported on Monday [9/18/2017], "US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election....  The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump."  The network labeled their story an exclusive.  But, in fact, Breitbart, radio host Mark Levin, the realDonaldTrump Twitter account, and numerous other sources reported the wiretapping more than six months ago.

Top 11 MSM Faceplants:  Wrong on Mark Levin, Wrong on Trump Wiretaps, Wrong on... Everything.  In March, bestselling author and talk radio superstar Mark Levin laid out an ironclad case that the Obama administration had wiretapped the Trump campaign.  In fact, Levin's evidence hinged upon reports in The New York Times and the Washington Post which, as you know, are both hotbeds of right-wing extremism.  Yet — defying facts, logic, reason, history and common sense — the media ignored its own reports to pillory Levin.  And now, as ex-President Obama's mentor — the "Reverend" Jeremiah Wright — might say, the media's chickens have come home to roost.

They were convinced Hillary was going to win and protect them.  [Scroll down]  Were these inquiries about U.S. citizens legitimate in the context of national security?  Or was the White House using its powers to destroy the opposition by learning about them and then selectively leaking to their friends in the media?  Congress should be able to investigate this and determine the intentions of people like Samantha Power.  If she acted correctly, then this story will end soon.  If she didn't, then some officials of the Obama administration need to go to jail.  You cannot use the power of gathering intelligence to destroy your political opponents.

Was Samantha Power illegally spying for Obama?  It's baffling stuff, because it was so unprecedented.  To request the unmasking of an American is only supposed to be done in exceptional circumstances, given the potential for Stasi-like abuse of power.  Power made it her daily preoccupation even as she was supposed to be doing her United Nations job.  And that raises questions of what it was for.  Apparently, it was the Trump campaign she was spying on.  Yet she never came off as a typical slimy political operative such as was commonly seen hanging around the Obama administration.  Sure, she was a troglodyte lefty, but she never came off as a campaign expert.

Why CNN told you Trump's campaign was wiretapped.  Seems odd, doesn't it, that a cable entertainment network devoted to bringing down the presidency of Donald Trump would suddenly — out of nowhere — report "Exclusive:  US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman," but there it is. [...] Democrats realize President Trump is not going away.  Democratic Party leaders are working with him.  This shows that most Democrats in the House and in the Senate worry about what he can do to them in 2018.  The Mueller investigation is not fun anymore.  Russian jokes are stale.  This story was aimed at keeping the story going.  They have nothing.  Donald Trump is an honest man.  Mueller wants to investigate Trump for the next eight years, if only to intimidate his staff, acquaintances, and relatives.

Did Obama Spy on America to Protect Islamists?  [Scroll down]  When Obama Inc. spied on members of Congress before, it was to protect Iran.  This time around, the gang that couldn't spy straight was trying to protect the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Iran Deal was never about stopping Iran's nuclear program.  It certainly does not do that.  Nor was it ever meant to do it.  Instead the real goal of the Iran negotiations was a diplomatic arrangement with the Islamic terror state.  The fruits of that arrangement can be seen from Beirut to Baghdad.  They are written in blood and steel across Syria, Israel and Yemen.  And that arrangement had to be protected at all costs.  Even if it meant spying on Americans.  Even if it meant spying on members of Congress.

Gingrich: Surveillance Under Obama 'Most Egregious Abuse of the Criminal Justice in American History.  While its not yet clear if surveillance efforts captured any conversations with Mr. Trump, conventional wisdom suggests that he most likely had phone conversations with his campaign manager, and as a result, would have been surveilled though as an incidental target not the primary one.

Trump Vindicated on Wiretaps, Hillary Ukraine Collusion.  When asked about Trump Tower being wiretapped, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that he would have been aware of any FISA court-ordered surveillance of Trump Tower and the Trump surrogates within during the campaign by the Obama administration[, h]e says he was not, implying there was none: [...] Clapper may think that the Obama administration is incapable of such an act, the Obama administration who used the IRS in a way Richard Nixon only dreamed of, targeting the Tea Party movement that had arisen in opposition to ObamaCare.  Such an act would indeed make Watergate look like, well, a third-rate burglary.  Clapper forgets as well how the NSA and the Obama administration spied on world leaders, starting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel[.]  The record of James Clapper and the Obama administration on truthfulness is suspect.  The Obama administration has spied on world leaders, American citizens, and the press.

Samantha Power sought to unmask Americans on almost daily basis, sources say.  Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was 'unmasking' at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 — and even sought information in the days leading up to President Trump's inauguration, multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News.  Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year.  One source indicated this occurred in the final days of the Obama White House.

13 Questions About the Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort.  Monday's [9/18/2017] CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.  We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Mueller's investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times.  What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of others — including potentially the then-president-elect — caught up during this surveillance period by the government.

James Clapper: 'It's possible' that Trump's voice was picked up by Manafort wiretap.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested on Wednesday that "it's possible" that President Trump's voice was picked up in a wiretap as he spoke with his former campaign manager Paul Manafort.  "It's certainly conceivable," Clapper said on CNN.

Hey swamp, now what do you say?  When James Comey, the FBI director during that time, was asked about Trump's wiretapping tweets, his answer was, "I have no information that supports those tweets."  Sorry, Jim.  The rest of us now have information that supports those tweets and you've got another credibility problem.  Although the beltway elite and their Chia pets in the media will split hairs about whether or not it was Obama who explicitly ordered the surveillance, it is beginning to be clear that there was an effort to surveil candidate and then President Trump — and many parties lied about it.  A few months ago, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said that if true, Trump's wiretapping claims would be the "biggest political scandal since Watergate."

Nolte: MSM Always Knew Trump Camp Was Wiretapped - They Just Lied About It.  President Trump's total vindication over his wiretap claim reminds me of one of the most important things I have discovered over the past couple of years:  If the national media loses its ever-loving mind and launches a campaign to brand Trump a liar, that can mean only one thing — that Trump is not only telling the truth, he is telling a Big Truth, an inconvenient truth, a truth the MSM does not want the American people to hear.

Wiretaps may prove Trump right — and that's absolutely terrifying.  Over the years, a curious habit has taken hold at the United Nations.  A body designed to strengthen the best of humanity has too often become a font of doublespeak and appeasement that protects the worst of humanity.  That tragic comity was shattered when President Trump played the skunk at the garden party and dared to tell the truth.  Many truths, in fact.  Among them, that Islamic terrorism is a scourge that must be stopped.  That Iran is controlled by a "murderous regime" bent on getting nukes.

All of Obama's Wiretappers.  [Scroll down]  Here Hillary benefited from the election-tipping of a foreigner, whose idiotic whisperings entertained by the FBI would turn up on the front pages of the New York Times at crucial moments in the campaign.  This, by the way, throws light on another outrageously dishonest Hillary claim: that Comey never told anyone of his investigation into the Trump campaign.  Of course, he did — through leaks.  That was bad enough but Comey made the leaks worse by not telling reporters that the investigation into the Trump campaign excluded Trump as a target.  Comey let reporters think that Trump was one.

Manafort Wiretapping Revelations from CNN could roil Mueller investigation.  If true, this is a blockbuster, which vindicates one of President Trump's most famous and most roundly criticized tweets, and which may have far-reaching implications.

The media's wiretap dancing.  The news that the FBI may have used Paul Manafort to spy on a political opponent should have decent Americans up in arms.  President Trump must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the FBI and Barack Obama for what looks to be a Soviet-style abuse of the national government.  The media itself needs to apologize to Trump.  He called this in March.  They called him crazy.  They are fools.

Remember When James Clapper Categorically Denied Any Wiretap Against Trump Campaign?  [Scroll down]  Now we learn that there was, in fact, a FISA court order and it came from the FBI and Clapper, in his own words, claimed he would have known about that.  And he denied it, unequivocally.  Maybe he forgot all about the FISA order wiretapping Paul Manafort while he was in direct contact with Trump in his campaign and after the election.  Clapper also "forgot" that the NSA had a data collection program of every single American citizen when he testified before the Senate Intelligence committee and denied its existence.  James Clapper, former DNI chief and now, favorite guest of media outlets looking to attack President Trump, either has a terrible, terrible memory, or he was kept in the dark about a FISA order that occurred on his watch, or he's just a liar.

Paul Manafort [was] wiretapped — and suddenly, Trump's not so crazy.  Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, was being wiretapped by feds — not just once, but twice — as part of an FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and Russia.  The secret surveillance took place at a time when Manafort was in contact with Trump, all the way into 2017.  And with that, Trump, who claimed that his Trump Tower had been wiretapped by Barack Obama in the lead-up to the election, is suddenly no longer the crazy dude the left made him to appear.

CNN Forced To Admit Corrupt Obama Administration DID Wiretap Donald Trump.  CNN reports the Obama administration conducted surveillance on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort — including conversations with Trump himself.

Obama NSC Adviser Admits Seeking Trump Aides Identities in Intel Reports.  Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice told a House committee this month she requested the identities of Trump transition aides that were hidden in sensitive intelligence reports to protect Americans' privacy rights.  Rice testified before a closed session of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Sept. 6 that she asked U.S. intelligence agencies for the names of Trump advisers to be unmasked in transcripts of communications intercepts.  Rice asked for names to be unmasked in a transcript of an electronic intercept involving a meeting between three senior Trump aides and a United Arab Emirates official who had traveled to the United States for an informal visit.  The three officials included candidate Donald Trump's national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; presidential campaign chief executive Steve Bannon; and Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, according to CNN, which first reported on Rice's closed-door testimony.

Trump Chief Was Wiretapped Both Before and After the Election!  After months of the Obama Administration and the entire left wing media complex denying it, the truth comes out.

Trump Vindicated:  Report Says Obama Government Wiretapped Trump Campaign.  U.S. investigators wiretapped President Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a report by CNN that vindicates the president's earlier claims, which were mocked as a conspiracy theory.

US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman.  US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.  The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Major wiretapping news means the MSM owes Levin a BIG apology.  The Obama administration wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reports.  In other words, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin was right, and now the mainstream media's deceitful malpractice is on display for all to see.  Obama and Hillary's shameless media lapdogs, the "Praetorian Guard," wanted to ignore the truth at every turn, and now they can't.

So Trump Was Right About His Campaign Being Bugged?  CNN reports that the Obama administration's FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: [...] If this is true — and we should take it with a grain of salt, it comes from CNN — it means that President Trump was right when he said that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign.  Democrats have been denying this for the last year, apparently falsely.

Former Trump Campaign Chief Reportedly Under Intermittent FBI Surveillance From 2014 Until This Year.  On top of all we know already about [Paul] Manafort's shadowy overseas political consulting operation, CNN reported Monday [9/18/2017] that Manafort was under FBI surveillance dating back to 2014, well before he joined the Trump campaign.  The FBI eavesdropping continued, although apparently not continuously, until earlier this year, after Trump had taken office.  Manafort was fired from the campaign months before Election Day, but continued to communicate with Trump into his presidency.

Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal.  Wednesday [9/13/2017], CNN reported that Obama's former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort "to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year."  According to the report, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan had circumvented some diplomatic courtesy, which, apparently, was enough justification to spy on American citizens.

Did Susan Rice Lie, Again?  [Scroll down]  "I know nothing" is old and broke.  The new hotness is, "Yeah, I did it, and it was totally cool."  But I'm sorry, Susan Rice doesn't get the benefit of the doubt. [...] Back in March, Susan Rice wanted to win another news cycle.  If she told the truth — that, yes, she had made unmasking requests — she might have given a floundering Devin Nunes a lifeline.  So she pled ignorance.  She claimed not to know things that she plainly and clearly knew in detail.  So, what now?  Some in the media are ready to let bygones be bygones, accept the new story, and move on.

Did Susan Rice Spy on Trump Officials for Muslim Brotherhood?  After months of denials, the pretext for Susan Rice's eavesdropping on Trump officials has finally been made public.  It had been widely known that Obama's former National Security Adviser had contrived to unmask the names of top Trump officials who had been spied on by the administration.  And the same media that still treats Watergate as the Great American Scandal had claimed that there was nothing "improper" in an Obama loyalist eavesdropping on members of the opposition party. [...] Obama and his minions had used the NSA to spy on Americans opposed to its policies.  Including members of Congress.  They did this by conflating their own political agenda with national security.  Since Obama's spin was that the Iran Deal was good for national security, opponents of it were a "national security" threat.  And its fig leaf for domestic surveillance was that a "foreign leader" was involved.

Trump: Susan Rice's unmasking of top officials the 'tip of the iceberg'.  Rice, who served as national security adviser in the Obama administration, told investigators with the House Intelligence Committee she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials because she wanted to know why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York in December.

Kredo: The Number of People Unmasked By Samantha Power is 'Unprecedented'Washington Free Beacon Senior Writer Adam Kredo appeared on Fox News's "Hannity" Friday night [8/4/2017], where he told host Sean Hannity that it is "unprecedented" how many people were unmasked by then-United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power during the final year of the Obama administration.  Power is believed to have made "hundreds" of unmasking requests to "identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position," according to the Washington Free Beacon.  Hannity asked Kredo how Power would ever have the authority to make the unmasking requests, and then asked whether this has ever happened previously to his knowledge.  "No, it's truly unprecedented," Kredo said.

Colossus of Corruption:  Ben Rhodes Unmasked.  Somehow it does not surprise that former Obama Deputy Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now a "person of interest" in the probe of who illegally leaked for political purposes the names of Team Trump players allegedly collected inadvertently in intelligence reports.  He joins others on Team Obama such as Susan Rice and Samantha Power in the unmasking designed to subvert the Trump administration in what amounts to a silent coup.

Obama-Comey FBI Monitored Social Media On Election Day For Memes.  You'll be glad to know that your tax dollars were wasted on election day by both Obama and James Comey to monitor social media for "fake news" and memes.  This despite the fact everyone expected Hillary Clinton to easily win, with every poll saying as much.  Even Obama and Comey had to believe their own BS about Clinton easily winning in November.  So then why would Obama and Comey have to monitor social media for "fake news" and memes?  Even more ironic, it's the fake news kings at CNN that claim this "exclusive" story.

Former U.N. Amb.  Power Unmasked 'Hundreds' In Final Year Of Obama Admin.  Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made "hundreds" of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.  Power was first identified by the Washington Free Beacon last month as a central figure in a congressional investigation into efforts by senior Obama administration officials to obtain classified intelligence information in what many allege was an effort to undermine President Donald Trump and his incoming national security team.  Power is believed to be the anonymous official responsible for "hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration," according to current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Free Beacon about the ongoing investigation.

In Abusing NSA Intelligence, Did Obama White House Commit A Crime?  The NSA's insatiable gathering of data and conversations on Americans make it a potentially highly dangerous enemy of Americans' freedoms.  Who would want to have a federal government spy shop that knows almost everything you do in public, on the phone, by email, or by computer?  That's why the super-secret NSA, which is much bigger than the better-known CIA, has always operated under strict guidelines for how its intel could be used.  In its reports, Americans who are surveilled without a warrant while speaking to a foreign citizen are routinely "masked" — that is, their identity is kept secret — unless there's an overwhelming national security interest in that person being "unmasked."

Former Obama Aide Ben Rhodes now a person of interest in unmasking investigation.  Former Obama White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now emerging as a person of interest in the House Intelligence Committee's unmasking investigation, according to a letter sent Tuesday [8/1/2017] by the committee to the National Security Agency (NSA).  This adds Rhodes to the growing list of top Obama government officials who may have improperly unmasked Americans in communications intercepted overseas by the NSA, Circa has confirmed.

Spy agencies changed rules, making it easier to unmask members of Congress.  President Obama's intelligence chief issued revised procedures in 2013 that made it easier for executive branch officials to "unmask" the names of lawmakers or congressional staffers caught up in intelligence intercepts overseas, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Hill.  Procedures issued by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in March 2013 formally supplanted a 1992 set of rules that made the dissemination of names of intercepted lawmakers or congressional aides an act of last resort.

Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous.  [Scandal #2] The Unmasking Scandal:  It now turns out that a record number of unmaskings (revealing U.S. citizens' identities during foreign intelligence surveillance) by the Obama administration  — well over a hundred — took place during and after the election.  Most of these unmaskings seem to have been illegal and were of people connected to Trump.  Many appear to have been instigated by, of all people, Samantha Power, a person who, as UN ambassador, had no business doing such a thing.  Moreover, for a supposedly renowned human rights advocate, Power's hypocrisy is monumental and her activities reactionary in the extreme.  Such unmaskings are the royal road to totalitarianism, making these actions worthy of a major investigation all by itself.

Obama official made 'hundreds of unmasking requests,' GOP chairman says.  An Obama official made "hundreds of unmasking requests" during the final year of the previous administration, according to a letter from a top Republican who raised new concerns that officials sought the identities of Trump associates in intelligence reports for "improper purposes."  "Unmasking" refers to the formal request to identify Americans in an intelligence document.

Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials.  Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed.  "We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information," Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats.

Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying.  The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies' ability to obey their own rules.  The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.  They detail specific violations that the NSA or FBI disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Justice Department's national security division during President Obama's tenure between 2009 and 2016.

Media misses the story.  Spying on citizens should be go-to-jail stuff in a land of liberty and personal freedom.  Sessions should not have his conversations monitored by the opposition party, even second-hand.  Instead, the press makes the victim of unethical election espionage out to be the villain.  Congress forced Nixon to resign for attempting to do what Obama got away with doing.

More Obama officials scrutinized in 'unmasking' probe.  The number of people thought to be involved in the alleged "unmasking" of American citizens under the Obama administration could be expanding, according to a source close to the House Intelligence Committee's review.  The source with knowledge of the review told Fox News the records suggest the unmasking "goes beyond" key officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.  The source said more than a half-dozen former senior Obama administration officials are now of interest to House committee investigators.

How Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.  DCWhispers has breaking news:  "Loretta Lynch Ordered Illegal Wiretap Against Trump Campaign."  The irony of last week's Big Leak on Don Jr. (likely by Robert Mueller) is that it is helping reveal that the real criminal activity was by the Democratic Party.  Lying Loretta Lynch sought a secret warrant to wiretap Team Trump in June 2016.  The federal court turned her request down.

Loretta Lynch Ordered Manafort's Phone Tapped During Donald Junior Meeting.  Today [7/14/2017], Fusion GPS employee Rinat Akhmetshin today confirmed his attendance at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner along with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.  Accusations have arisen that the meeting was part of a wider setup to achieve a FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign during 2016.  President Trump himself has accused the FBI under Loretta Lynch of wiretapping his campaign.  Now, a former Trump campaign official reports that Paul Manafort's phone was subject to FISA wiretap during the infamous meeting.  If true, this FISA warrant would have been carried out under Loretta Lynch, Attorney General to Barack Obama.

Loretta Lynch Ordered Illegal Wiretap Against Trump Campaign.  The sting operation was put in place via a Russian attorney/operative named Natalia Veselnitskaya whose social media history marks her as an adamant anti-Trumper and who was granted a special exemption to travel into the United States by the Obama Department of Justice.  The sting was further facilitated by a Russian-born American citizen named Rinat Akhmetshin who was granted citizenship during the Obama era and who as as D.C. lobbyist is well-connected to the D.C. political establishment and is said to have been instrumental in the creation of an anti-Trump dossier Trump's political opponents were preparing to use against him during the campaign.

Obama trapped Donald Jr. to justify spying on Trump.  President Obama's team spied on Donald Trump's campaign using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as a cover for their Watergate-style activities.  We know this now thanks to the New York Times — which has been used (quite willingly) by Team Obama to discredit President Trump.  This explains the Donald Trump Jr. "expose" this week.  The real criminal activity came from the Democratic Party.

Report: Susan Rice Committed At Least 3 Crimes.  I may not be an attorney, but Gregg Jarrett is.  According to him, it's likely that corrupt Obama hack Susan Rice, better known as the Benghazi liar has committed at least three crimes while illegally unmasking millions of Americans for political purposes.

Fox Legal Expert:  Susan Rice Committed 3 Crimes..." Better Get Herself a Good Criminal Defense Attorney".  FOX News Legal Expert Gregg Jarrett dropped a bomb on Susan Rice when he said she likely committed three crimes.  Jarrett was on with Sara Carter of Circa News when he made the claim of criminal behavior by Rice.

Senate Judiciary Committee push for facts on alleged 'unmasking' by Obama officials.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will attempt during a closed-door hearing Wednesday to get to the bottom of the alleged "unmasking" of Trump campaign and transition officials by the Obama White House — furthering a potentially explosive counter-narrative coursing beneath the various congressional probes into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, in addition to other top officials from the Obama administration, have come under suspicion during recent months amid accusations that they inappropriately "unmasked" requests to identify Trump associates caught up in clandestine surveillance of Russian operatives prior to and during the immediate aftermath of the November election.

Sealing and transfer of Susan Rice records angers House committee investigating 'unmasking'.  House intelligence committee sources say career officials at the National Security Council are slow-walking the delivery of subpoenaed records on former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice's handling of classified information and the "unmasking" of Trump campaign workers — material from the Russian hacking probe that middle-level NSC managers claim was transferred to President Obama's library and could "remain closed to the public for five years."  One source, speaking only on the condition of anonymity, called the transfer curious and appeared to reflect an effort by former administration officials to obscure evidence on whether Ms. Rice and other top officials in the Obama White House illegally tried to identify which Trump campaign and transition aides had been caught up in the U.S. intelligence intercepts of Russian interference in the presidential race.

Real Scandals The Trump-Obsessed Media Are Ignoring.  On Monday [6/19/2017], Judicial Watch announced that it hit a dead end in its effort to dig out information about why White House advisor Susan Rice ordered an "unmasking" of Trump campaign officials in classified reports.  In response to Judicial Watch's April 4 request for materials related to these unmasking requests — to determine whether they were politically motivated — the National Security Council said it had sent all those records to Obama's presidential library, where they can't be released for five years.

Did James Comey Cover Up a Massive and Illegal FBI-CIA Spying Operation?  The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering whether to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey to appear before the committee following his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.  He initially had refused a request to testify to the Judiciary Committee.  Should Comey appear before the Judiciary Committee, he may be asked about his disclosure that he gave a "close friend" memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump.  But he may also face questions about the bombshell lawsuit, filed Monday [6/12/2017] by a former U.S. intelligence contractor, that accused the FBI and CIA of illegally spying on millions of Americans, including Donald Trump, and accuses Comey of covering it up.

They Have Probable Cause for Obama Admin's "Abuse of Power".  The Russia hacking story is not the real story, it's the distraction.  The blockbuster is the revelation of spying abuses by the Obama administration.  The unmasking by top Obama officials is "only the beginning", according to Devin Nunes.  The House Intelligence Committee is accelerating its probe into Obama officials who may have unlawfully "unmasked" U.S. citizens.

Devin Nunes on Unmasking: 'Oh, This Is Only the Beginning'.  [Scroll down]  Nunes clarified his concerns.  "Every American is masked.  The intelligence agencies are bound by law to mask all American citizens that get picked up in foreign collection.  What has to happen, if you want to find out who the American is — there's a process and procedure in place for that.  It's actually very uncommon in most cases, and seldom happens.  But the concern I have had, that I expressed publicly, quite publicly, actually, a couple months ago, was that it became excessive.  That Obama administration officials were unmasking people in the Trump transition, and it made me quite uncomfortable."

Fascinating Interview Regarding Subpoenas Issued to Obama Cronies.  Writing at The Daily Beast, John Batchelor offers a fascinating sitdown with Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Select Intelligence Committee.  The primary topic:  the unmasking of Trump campaign officials — like Michael Flynn — by various members of the Obama administration.  Read the entire thing, but some key graphs follow to provide a flavor to the scope and magnitude of the investigation.  It's truly powerful stuff.

Lindsey Graham Says He Was Surveilled By Obama Administration.  Government surveillance of American citizens has been a controversial issue for years.  It became more so this year when President Trump tweeted that "Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory."  Trump never provided evidence of his claim, but now another Republican is coming forward to claim that he too may have been the subject of surveillance by the Obama Administration.  In an interview with Fox News [6/2/2017], Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he had "reason to believe" that he may have been surveilled and unmasked by Obama Administration officials.  Graham believes that the surveillance was incidental and possibly resulted from his meetings with foreign leaders in his role as a senator.

These Obama cronies should be grilled for his intelligence 'unmaskings'.  As part of its investigation into the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 election, Republicans on the House intelligence committee have subpoenaed records from former CIA Director John Brennan, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power regarding a different issue: the promiscuous "unmasking" of the names of American citizens in widely disseminated (and thus widely leaked) intelligence reports.  That these are three of the former president's closest cronies should come as no surprise.  Obama's presidency crested along on a smile and a wave, while his minions did the wetModal Trigger work in the shadows.  Naturally, Democrats are furious.  But now, having created the false narrative of the Russians somehow preventing Hillary Clinton from campaigning in Wisconsin, the light is being turned where it belongs:  on the intelligence agencies and their role in the subversion of our democracy.

Power's Role in Unmaskings Suggests Political Motivation.  The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas on Wednesday, all related to alleged Russian hacking into the 2016 election.  But one subpoena stood out, and it has caused complaints within Democratic circles.  The subpoena was to federal agencies for information regarding Samantha Power's "unmasking" requests.  Power was former President Barack Obama's ambassador to the United Nations.  One official close to the House investigation called a subpoena for information on Power a "bombshell," as it could indicate evidence of political motivation at play in intel gathered on Donald Trump during his presidential transition.  "Why would a diplomat need to know the names of Trump officials?" asked The Wall Street Journal on Thursday [6/1/2017].

House Subpoenas Elevate Probe into Improper Intelligence Surveillance.  A House investigation into improper intelligence gathering gained momentum this week after subpoenas were issued for records on three Obama administration political appointees.  U.S. officials said the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence this week ordered the National Security Agency, FBI, and CIA to produce records on all requests made by the three senior officials for the names of Americans redacted in electronic intercepts of conversations of foreign officials, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  The newest target of the investigation that began in March is former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, a long-time Obama confidant.

Spying on Trump, you and me.  After the Watergate era had ended and Jimmy Carter was in the White House and the Senate's Church Committee had attempted to grasp the full extent of lawless government surveillance in America during the LBJ and Nixon years, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  FISA declared that it provided the sole source for federal surveillance in America for intelligence purposes.  FISA required that all domestic intelligence surveillance be authorized by a newly created court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  Since 1978, FISC has met in secret.  Its records are unavailable to the public unless it determines otherwise, and it hears only from Department of Justice lawyers and National Security Agency personnel.  There are no lawyers or witnesses to challenge the DOJ or the NSA.  Notwithstanding this handy constitutional novelty, the NSA quickly grew impatient with its monitors and began crafting novel arguments that were met with no resistance.

The government is spying on journalists to find leakers.  There was a big ruckus four years ago when the Associated Press announced that telephone records for 20 of its reporters had been subpoenaed by the Justice Department.  The government was apparently looking for CIA leaks about an operation in Yemen. [...] Some in the administration are focusing on a retired, high-ranking military officer who held important posts in the intelligence service, according to the source.  The possibly high-ranking leaker was getting some of his information from people inside the White House who were holdovers from the Obama administration, the source said.

Was Obama administration illegal spying worse than Watergate?  When the FBI wants to wiretap a domestic suspect, it goes to court for a warrant.  But when listening in on foreigners, the National Security Agency hoovers up a vast amount of stuff in bulk:  Conversations between foreigners, conversations between Americans and foreigners, conversations between Americans who mention foreigners, and sometimes just plain old conversations between Americans.  There are supposed to be strict safeguards on who can access the information, on how it can be used and on protecting American citizens' privacy — because the NSA is forbidden by law from engaging in domestic spying.  These safeguards were ignored wholesale under the Obama administration, and to many Republicans, it is no coincidence that intelligence leaks damaged Democrats' political opponents in the 2016 election.

Carter Page:  Russia Investigation Will Unearth Obama Admin's 'Falsified FISA Warrants Against Me'.  Carter Page, the American oil industry consultant who was tangentially and briefly associated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is calling out U.S. officials who may have been behind "highly damaging leaks" about him to the news media, alleging the leakers committed "felonies."  In a letter to the House Select Committee on Intelligence and a follow-up email interview with Breitbart News, Page contended that the leaks come with a silver lining — he charges that the episode will expose the Obama administration's use of false evidence to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrant to monitor his personal communications.

Court Criticizes Obama Admin for Illegal Spying on U.S. Citizens.  [Scroll down]  Writing the 99-page opinion for FISC, Judge Rosemary Collyer castigated the Obama administration for failing to follow the Section 702 procedures designed to ensure that the government does not violate Americans' civil rights as it is performing work that is vitally important to national security.  Collyer declared that the previous administration's cavalier violations of Section 702's requirements created "a very serious Fourth Amendment issue."  Collyer sharply criticized the National Security Agency's inspector general and the NSA's Office of Compliance for Operations for their "institutional 'lack of candor,'" signaling that in addition to ignoring legal constraints, the Obama administration was not being honest with the court about its violations of federal law.

James Rosen:  Comey's FBI Broke Its Own Rules & Procedures On Spying On Americans.  The sheer scale of the 4th Amendment violations is staggering, as was the sternness of the rebuke of the Obama administration by the FISA court, which ordinarily approves 99.9% of the government's request.

New Revelations Shed Light On Extent Of NSA Spying Under Obama.  Typically, when an American citizen is swept up in NSA surveillance, they are supposed to be "masked" to protect their identity, but there are large loopholes in place that allow the NSA to spy on Americans without a warrant or any probable cause whatsoever.  When the NSA conducts what is known as "upstream collection" of Internet communications, it is impossible to target a single email, instead sweeping up "packets" of data containing several messages.  The NSA is supposed to sift through the data packets and discard all but the targeted email(s).  That alone poses some privacy issues, as before they are discarded the NSA can momentarily see the contents of the communications, but, when coupled with the NSA's targeting practices, the problem expands to a serious violation of American constitutional rights.

Trump Aide Sought Private Communication Channel With Russia to Stop Obama Illegal Surveillance.  The latest faux news, leaked all over legacy media, is that President-Elect Trump's son-in-law sought to set up a private communication channel with Russian diplomatic officials.  This, my friends, is yet another attempt at a cover-up.  The real scandal, yet unreported by legacy media, is the pervasive and illegal surveillance of scores of Americans by the Obama administration.

How Team Obama tried to hack the election.  New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials.  The irony is mind-boggling:  Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election.  The revelations, as well as testimony this week from former Obama intel officials, show the extent to which the Obama administration politicized and weaponized intelligence against Americans.

Reuters/Washington Post Publish Evidence of Obama Spying on Trump Campaign and Unmasking Americans.  Reuters/Washington Post Puts a Slice of Kushner Cheese on Russian Nothingburger and simultaneously prove the Obama Administration was spying on the Trump campaign.  The extent of the U.S. media's straw-grasping is boundless, but this one is going to backfire.  Hopefully.

Comey Lied:  FBI Illegally Shared Raw Intel on Americans.  Flying in direct contradiction to his final congressional testimony under oath as the Director of the FBI, newly declassified top secret U.S. Intelligence memos have revealed that when James Comey told lawmakers that his agency only used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant "when it was lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked," he may have been lying.

Why did Trump say that Obama spied on him?  Because he did.  What is the likelihood that the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press, USA Today or other major news outlets will cover the fact that the Obama administration repeatedly violated the law by spying on Americans from 2011 until they were almost out of office, when they finally admitted it?  Is it any surprise that an administration that would target political opponents through the IRS would do this, or an administration that would start monitoring a political opponent four months prior to the election?  Does anyone think they didn't spy on other Republicans running against Hillary?

Does Possible Political Misuse of Intel Tools Deserve Greater Scrutiny?  Many politicians, pundits and members of the press are consumed by Russia's alleged attempts to interfere in our election.  Recent testimony by former CIA Director John Brennan addressed whether he saw evidence of "collusion" between President Trump (or anyone on his campaign) and the Russians.  Brennan simply argued "I don't do evidence."  He also stated that his suspicions were raised simply because, "I know what the Russians try to do."  There should be far more focus on another facet of U.S. intelligence.  It's one that I believe should be pursued with greater vigor by investigative bodies and the news media:  government use of intelligence tools to collect "incidental" communications of ordinary Americans, journalists and political figures.  That includes elected officials and political opponents of those in power.

Obama's FBI Passed Around Classified Information On American Citizens To People Outside Government.  shocking report from Circa.com revealed on Friday [5/26/2017] that the FBI under director James Comey "illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents."

Judicial Watch Sues for Records about Obama White House Unmasking of Trump Associates.  Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Security Agency (NSA) for information about Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice's communications with the two agencies concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the hacking of DNC computers, the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials, and the unmasking of the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.

Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties.  The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau's public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.  In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was "lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked."  Once-top secret U.S. intelligence community memos reviewed by Circa tell a different story, citing instances of "disregard" for rules, inadequate training and "deficient" oversight and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with a forbidden party.

FISA Court Finds "Serious Fourth Amendment Issue" In Obama's "Widespread" Illegal Searches Of American Citizens.  In describing the violations, the FISA court said the illegal searches conducted by the NSA under Obama were "widespread" and created a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue."  These new discoveries come from a recently unsealed FISA court document dated April 26, 2017 and center around a hearing dated October 26, 2017, just days before the 2016 election, in which the FISA court apparently learned for the first time of "widespread" and illegal spying on American citizens by the NSA under the Obama administration.

Gowdy: Surveillance Programs Won't Be Renewed Until 'Unmasking' Questions [are] Answered.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said this morning that key surveillance programs won't be reauthorized by Congress until questions about intelligence "unmasking" are answered.  At a House Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday in the Russia investigation, Gowdy asked former CIA Director John Brennan about the issue.

Report:  Obama lied and Obama spied.  A new report out this morning details just how much Obama spied on Americans during his administration and it's a lot.  Even the liberal ACLU organization says these new disclosures are some of the most serious to ever be documented: [...]

Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years.  The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free.  The lingering question is:  Did Obama's national security advisor Susan Rice — or any other Obama officials — unmask the identities of Trump campaign or transition officials as they may have appeared in U.S. reports of foreign surveillance.  If America's national-security apparatus were abused for political purposes, felonies were committed.  The Senate and House intelligence committees claim to be investigating this abuse.  However, given the warm, fuzzy record of GOP "investigations," most likely no one will be punished for any of this.

Reuters buries story on Obama spying.  The Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign.  Officials spilled results of that election espionage to Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay, and Warren Strobel of Reuters in exchange for Reuters portraying President Trump as a pawn of Putin.

Napolitano Reveals Possible Extent Of Surveillance Under Obama.  Surveillance during the Obama administration might have even reached the Supreme Court, Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday [5/15/2017].  Napolitano focused much of his interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network on recent concerns voiced by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that he was a subject of surveillance.  Napolitano also added something he was told by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  "Justice Scalia told me that he often thought the court was being surveilled.  And he told me that probably four or five years ago," Napolitano said.

Exclusive: Clapper's Intel 'Reforms' Helped Rice 'Unmask' Americans.  Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper's creation of a cloud-computing platform in 2013 made it far easier for officials like former White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice to 'unmask' individual Americans without creating a digital paper trail leading back to her, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  Clapper's system enabled tens of thousands of government officials to share previously off-limits intelligence information, according to knowledgeable officials who tracked the cloud-computing initiative of the former DNI under President Barack Obama.

Rand Paul:  Another Senator Was Surveilled by the Obama Administration.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) earlier this week revealed that another senator had told him that he was surveilled by the Obama administration.  "I know one other senator who's already confided to me that he was surveilled by the Obama administration, including his phone calls," he told Fox News on Wednesday [5/10/2017].

President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election.  During his final year in office, President Obama's team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.  The data, made available this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA overseas about Americans was subsequently searched and disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections to make such sharing easier in 2011 in the name of national security.  A court affirmed his order.

Obama's team 'asked for NSA secrets on more than 30,000 Americans in 2016 and circulated 6,000 intelligence reports without removing their names'.  Barack Obama's team used NSA technology to examine data gathered on tens of thousands of Americans abroad during the election, it has emerged.  Officials searched both metadata and the actual contents of communications for the names of more than 30,000 US citizens, according to data released by the he Office of the Director of National Intelligence this week.  And more than 3,000 of the resulting intelligence reports were then circulated among government departments without the names of the searched parties being redacted, sources with direct knowledge told Circa.

"Unmasking" of Trump transition officials.  While there is still no evidence Obama administration officials were spying on Trump's team for political reasons, reports later said Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, played a role in identifying some of the Trump officials who were caught up in surveillance of foreign officials.  And while Rice said she never unmasked anyone for political reasons, that leaves open the question of who might have leaked the identities of those who were unmasked.  Rice said it was not her.

Exclusive: Only 2 House Dems Have Examined Those Susan Rice 'Unmasking' Docs.  Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes is the only Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence other than Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel's ranking minority member, to review intelligence files showing former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice "unmasked" aides to President Donald Trump during his transition to the Oval Office, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  The apparent lack of interest among the remaining seven Democrats on the intelligence panel is in striking contrast to their earlier vocal demands that they see the documents after committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes disclosed he had read them at the White House complex.

Does The 'Obama Spying' Story Go Deeper Than We Think?  We already know about SOME phone calls that were intercepted.  How deep does this story REALLY go? [...] Obama is the same guy who claimed not to have had any scandals during his term in office.  Dennis Kucinich has complained that a private phone conversation he had with Quadaffi's son while the Kucinich openly opposed Obama's unauthorized war with the Quadaffi regime became public.

Bombshell: Obama CIA Head John Brennan Conspired With Foreign Spies to Interfere with 2016 Election.  Although Russians may have aspired to influence the November election, the real election meddlers were Democrats in the Obama administration who conspired with foreign intelligence agencies against Donald Trump's campaign, new media reports suggest.  The key player, we are learning, is the already infamous John O. Brennan but FBI Director James Comey also played a role.  From January 2009 to March 2013, Brennan was Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013 until Obama's last day as president.

Dirty Harry Reid's Role in Obamagate.  Last October, Harry Reid, the ruthlessly partisan former senator from Nevada, wrote a nasty and bumptious letter to FBI director James Comey.  The letter remains a significant piece of evidence in Obamagate, as it confirms his role as conduit for Obama administration's political espionage against Trump.

Landmark Legal Foundation Asks FISA Court To Order Investigation Into Anti-Trump Targeting, Leaks.  Among the questions Landmark seeks to have answered through a court-ordered investigation:
  •   Has the FISA Court been used "as a subterfuge to surveil private citizens"?
  •   Did government officials seek FISA warrants "as a pretext to conduct an investigation for the purpose of affecting an ongoing national presidential campaign and subsequent transition of an incoming president?"
  •   Did the FBI tell the FISA Court that it had purchased intelligence from British spy Christopher Steele?
  •   Did the FBI tell the Court that the intelligence from Steele had originally been gathered as part of an oppo research project on Donald Trump?

Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump.  An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump.  One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary's.  Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump's candidacy.  He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.  John Brennan's CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump.

Obama Political Spying Scandal:  Trump Associates Were Not the First Targets.  Was Russia, and specifically the overwrought "Russia hacked the election" narrative, used as camouflage for what was actually a political spying operation?  Do you really think the Obama administration, which turned the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department into process cudgels for beating Obama detractors, would be above that sort of thing?

Report: Comey Used Jeb Bush/DNC Commissioned Dossier To Gain Trump FISA Warrant.  Apparently, the FBI used the Jeb Bush/DNC Commissioned opposition research dossier on candidate Trump as evidence to the FISA court to gain a warrant for surveillance.  Things just got more interesting.  If this report via CNN is factual in its baseline accuracy, methinks the motive for the stuttering obfuscation of FBI Director James Comey just gained some sunlight.

Why Were Foreign Intelligence Agencies Spying on Trump?  [Scroll down]  It goes beyond the Brits, extending to the "Five Eyes" agreement which also includes Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, which all share intelligence collection and dissemination.  What it looks like is that four of our allies were spying on the Trump campaign, either at the direct request or implied desire of the Obama administration.  The Guardian goes further, reporting that Germany, Estonia, Poland, France, and the Netherlands also spied on Trump and shared their findings with Obama.

Obama-era Surveillance Timeline.  You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials.  But I couldn't find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations.  So I built one.  Please note:  temporal proximity of events doesn't necessarily imply a connection.

Report: Entire Western World Helped Obama WIRETAP Trump.  If you are wondering why our national media has pretty much dropped the whole Trump-Is-A-Russian-Manchurian-Candidate thing, it is because the naked truth about the Obama administration's chilling spying — something the media has covered up for months — is finally coming to light.  Last week, both The Washington Post and The New York Times quietly reported that the Obama administration had "wiretapped" (their word, not mine) a Trump staffer.  The Trump-hating Guardian then dropped another bombshell, the news that pretty much every Western intelligence agency in the world was aiding and abetting the Obama administration's unbelievable and unprecedented (Nixon only wanted to do this) abuse of power against a political opponent.

Atty. Gen. Sessions should empanel grand jury to probe intelligence leaks.  [Scroll down]  This time (2017), there is a casual admission by the FBI and the rest of the "intelligence community" that the Russians have systematically hacked into our national security data — although no public evidence has been produced to that effect.  All the Washington wonks are assuming that the purpose of this intrusion was to trifle with the American election.  Interestingly, that charge seems to assume that WikiLeaks obtained the Podesta emails from the Russians and used it to damage the Hillary Clinton campaign.  In the absence of compelling evidence to the contrary, this assumption is so much poppycock.  In the first place, Mr. Assange himself maintains that the data were obtained from a disgruntled Clinton campaign worker.

Proof That Obama Spied on Trump — Vindicating Mark Levin — Curiously Ignored by Vintage Media.  Almost six weeks ago this Thursday, Mark Levin began asking questions about the Obama administration's alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign and/or transition team.  Now, there's absolutely no question it occurred.  On his Wednesday evening radio show, the Conservative Review editor-in-chief took the "praetorian guard" media to task for their "cover up" coverage of the Obama surveillance scandal, following a bombshell Tuesday [4/11/2017] revelation from the Washington Post that the Obama administration obtained a FISA warrant last summer to snoop on former Trump adviser Carter Page.  The revelation puts a gratuitous amount of egg on the faces of reporters and media outlets who have done little more than try to downplay the scandal since it started over a month ago.

When "incidental" intel collection isn't incidental.  I've spoken to a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials who have dropped a few interesting tidbits on me of late.  Here's my understanding, based on the discussions:
  •   It's not true that wiretaps and/or electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens can "only" be done with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court order.
  •   Besides the FISA court, "wiretapping" or electronic surveillance can also be done under Title III authority.  The government used this authority, for example, in the Justice Department's secret Fast and Furious "gunwalking" case.
  •   Additionally, U.S. Presidents have the power to issue secret presidential directives that can authorize otherwise illegal acts (theoretically in the country's best interests).
  •   The public will rarely know about such presidential directives since most who see them must sign agreements that promise nondisclosure and consent to polygraphs.
  •   Computer surveillance is a grey area in the intelligence community where many insiders argue the traditional privacy restrictions and surveillance rules don't necessarily apply.

Judge Napolitano Vindicated?  British Intelligence Was Used By Obama Administration to Obtain FISA Warrants On Trump Team.  On March 20th Fox News suspended Napolitano for making those remarks.  The British government and British intelligence community was furious at Napolitano and Fox News.  At the time Rupert Murdoch was attempting to purchase SkyNews, which might have aided in the severity of his response to Napolitano.  However, today [4/13/2017] CNN is confirming much of the construct for what Napolitano was previously saying: [...]

Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders.  Microsoft tries to thread the needle of transparency by telling its consuming audience as much about governmental collection of data as possible.  Toward that end Microsoft releases a biannual transparency report.  Within the latest transparency release Microsoft reports in the first half of 2016 they received a massive increase in FISA orders; primarily from U.S. governmental agencies.

Brian Babin asks A.G. Jeff Sessions to investigate Susan Rice's unmasking of Trump aides.  Republican lawmakers made their first official inquiry into opening an investigation of reports the Obama administration's national security adviser and others "unmasked" several Trump campaign officials swept up in U.S. surveillance operations against foreign targets during last year's presidential election campaign.  "The astonishing reports that senior White House officials in the Obama Administration, most notably then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice, may have abused their powers of office to violate the 4th Amendment protections by 'unmasking' the identities of U.S. citizens involved with the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign in intelligence reports gives great cause for concern," stated a letter Rep. Brian Babin sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday [4/12/2017].

Has Trump's "wires tapped" tweet been vindicated?  In my opinion, the tapping of Carter Page's wires does not constitute the tapping of Donald Trump's wires.  The substance of Trump's claim — that the Obama administration engaged in surveillance directed at him — remains unsubstantiated.  It's possible that, in listening to Page's phone calls, the FBI heard communications in which Trump participated.  To me, however, this is differs from tapping Trump's "wires."  It's also far from clear that Page ever called Trump during the period covered by the FISA warrant.

Report: House Investigation of Susan Rice Scandal Expanding.  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, is up for reauthorization in 2017.  The program surveils non-U.S. persons believed to be located outside the United States, incidentally sweeping up the communications of Americans as well, in order to acquire foreign intelligence. [Bill] O'Reilly asked Malia Zimmerman, an investigative reporter working with [Adam] Housley, if the FBI was investigating the case.  Zimmerman answered:  ["]There's a big question about the FBI's role in this and there's concern in the House about generally how the FBI is handling this case.["]

FBI reportedly probed ex-Trump aide Carter Page during campaign.  The FBI reportedly secured a court order to conduct surveillance on one of Donald Trump aides during the 2016 presidential campaign because they believed he was a Russian agent.  The FBI, along with the Justice Department, obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor the activities of Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page because investigators believed he was acting as an agent for a foreign power, according to The Washington Post.  In what the paper described as a lengthy declaration, the government said Page "engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow."

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page.  The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.  The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page's communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

A Shoe Drops:  Obama Administration Spied On Carter Page.  I assume this Washington Post story is true:  "FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page."  It confirms what has been sporadically reported since late last year, that the Obama administration sought and ultimately received a FISA order to spy on at least one associate of Donald Trump.  So Trump's famous tweets were, in substance, true.

Susan Rice is a liar.  Now even the liberal media is starting to admit it.  Susan Rice is a liar and that's the truth.  What's amazing is that it has taken years for the major media to admit it, despite epic evidence.  Even journalists have a breaking point — in this case, false statements about deadly chemical weapons.  Rice's lies have angered conservatives for years.  Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer nicknamed the former national security adviser the "liar in chief," according to The Blaze.  Rice's willingness to misrepresent what happened during the Benghazi attack was so amazing, that she repeated it on five separate Sunday morning news talk shows.  It was a lie that might make Pinocchio proud.  But it took her lies about Syria to do just that.

Sorry, Democrats, The Obama Spying Scandal Isn't Going Away.  For one thing, stepping aside on the Russia inquiry isn't as big of a deal now as it might have been months ago.  That's because the Russia investigation isn't really going anywhere. [...] Nunes not having to deal with that part of his duties frees up time to focus on an area of investigation that has proved fruitful: the Obama administration's leaking against the Trump administration.

'Somebody's got to go to jail, Ben'  We Americans find ourselves at a tipping point.  It appears that the Obama administration, with the willing submission of our intelligence agencies, surveilled Donald Trump, his campaign, and his transition team beginning as early as October 2015 and escalated the activity after he won the election.  Why?  No one thought in October that he would win the presidency, and yet surveillance began three months after he announced his candidacy.  What did these spies hope to discover?  Something to take him out, to be sure.  Of what were they so afraid?  That he could actually win?  Indeed, they were apparently afraid of exactly that and were determined to prevent it.  Because Obama, by executive order and design, made such illegally gathered intelligence available to many more agencies than the past and to so many more people, leaks to the media were assured.

Unravelling the Team Obama anti-Trump leak machine.  She didn't "leak," she only "unmasked."  This is former National Security Adviser Susan Rice's self-defense for having sought the explicit exposure, in highly classified intelligence documents, of the names of US citizens inadvertently caught up in American surveillance of Russian officials.  Moreover, she and her partisans insist, seeking and achieving this "unmasking" (from either the director of the National Security Agency or the FBI) was entirely within her legal right as national-security adviser.  I'll take her word for it, though if it had been so pristine, it's unclear why Rice had previously lied and claimed no knowledge of any of it.  According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign."  Dozens of occasions.

A Deep-State Coup In The White House?  Last week, the far-left New York Times — which long ago abandoned any pretense of being unbiased or having journalistic standards — acted as the smear agent for unnamed "American officials," and printed a piece that Pravda of the former Soviet Union could have only hoped to emulate.  The article, titled "2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports," was meant to damage the credibility of Congressman Devin Nunes, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, while specifically targeting two of President Trump's most loyal White House aides.  As the New York Times noted, Chairman Nunes refused to identify his sources regarding his proof of Trump employees and campaign officials being under the surveillance of American intelligence operatives and then having the names of those employees and campaign officials illegally unmasked in violation of U.S. law.  An "unmasking" former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice is now doing a tap dance all around.

On Susan Rice, the Issue Is Abuse of Power, Not Criminality.  It should come as no surprise that the defense Ms. Rice and Obama apologists are mounting is heavily reliant on a fact that is not in dispute:  viz., that the intelligence collection at issue was legal.  I anticipated that line of argument a week ago.  The issue is not technical legality, it is monumental abuse of power. [...] Abuses of power are offenses against the public trust.  They often overlap with a criminal offense, but they are not the same thing as a criminal offense.

Former CIA Analyst:  Susan Rice's NSA demasking denials don't add up.  As a former CIA analyst who has handled requests for demasking the names of American citizens for a U.S. policymaker, I thought Rice's claims in her interview did not add up.  The names of U.S. citizens "incidentally" mentioned in NSA reports are masked to preserve their identities because America's intelligence agencies are barred from spying on American citizens except in extraordinary circumstances with court approval.  Rice correctly said in her interview that policymakers sometimes request to know the identities of Americans from NSA reports to understand these reports in certain circumstances.  She also tried to dismiss this controversy by claiming NSA demasking requests are routine.  They actually are not routine and taken very seriously by NSA.

Reports in unmasking controversy were detailed, had info about 'everyday lives.  The intelligence reports at the center of the Susan Rice unmasking controversy were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator's file, according to a Republican congressman familiar with the documents.  "This is information about their everyday lives," Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said.  "Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on."

Was Obama's White House Politicizing Intelligence To Influence The 2016 Elections?  Although there are strong indications the Obama administration abused intelligence collection by U.S. agencies to gather information on the Trump campaign to leak to the news media, it also appeared to abuse another U.S. intelligence mission:  intelligence analysis.  Congressional Democrats and the mainstream media consider it gospel truth that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win.  But should we treat this assessment as true in light of major errors in U.S. intelligence analysis in the past and its politicization?  Is something gospel truth just because U.S. intelligence agencies say it is?  The truth is that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies did not conclude that Russia tried to interfere in the election or help Trump win.  Not even close.

Susan Rice Has Given Two Different Answers In The Last 15 Days On Unmasking Trump Officials.  Susan Rice has repeatedly changed her story over the last 15 days and given two different answers about the unmasking of Trump transition officials who were caught up in the surveillance of foreign officials.  Though Barack Obama's national security adviser at first feigned ignorance, once it was revealed that she was the one who made the dozens of requests seeking to unmask the identities of the associates, Rice defended her actions by saying they were for national security reasons and not politically motivated.

Donald Trump Thinks Susan Rice Committed a Crime.  President Donald Trump said he thinks that President Barack Obama's former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime when she reportedly unmasked American citizens involved with his campaign.  "I think it's going to be the biggest story," Mr. Trump said to the New York Times.  "It's such an important story for our country and the world.  It is one of the big stories of our time."  Trump's remarks are his first public statement on the subject since reports claimed Rice was responsible.

Why Susan Rice's Role In The Obama Spying Story Is A Big Deal.  Since Donald Trump won the election for president in November, U.S. media outlets have received and eagerly published selective, damaging leaks about him from anonymous intelligence officials.  The general effort, which appeared highly coordinated, was to delegitimize Trump's election and paint him as a stooge of Russia or otherwise unfit for office.  The media outlets claimed their information came from very highly placed officials in the Obama administration.  Even if they hadn't claimed their anonymous sources were Obama officials, the information they were leaking, such as the name of a U.S. citizen caught up in surveillance by the Obama administration, would have been known only by highly placed intelligence officials.

Incidentally...

Susan Rice Worth Almost 50 Million.  Actually, the truth should shock Obama lovers.  Remember the official energy policy of the Obama administration?  Creating new "clean energy" jobs and technologies, making America more energy independent, and reducing carbon emissions.  Susan Rice didn't get the memo. [...] While Rice was busy unmasking officials and trying to sabotage the current administration, she made more money in oil than the Beverly Hillbillies.

Gorka: Unmasking of Trump associates 'what you expect in a banana republic'.  Dr. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, told Fox News' "Hannity" Wednesday night the unmasking of Trump associates caught up in surveillance operations was "what you expect in a banana republic and a police state, or an authoritarian state."  Gorka, a former Fox News contributor who joined the Trump administration in January, added that former national security adviser Susan Rice's claims about her role in the unmasking were "falling apart."  "If you compare what [Rice] said two weeks ago, if you compare just the difference in her statements in the last 36 hours, there's clearly something that is not being openly discussed or disclosed here," said Gorka, who later added, "It's not just smoke, there's actually flames behind the smoke."

Lawmakers say intel agencies stonewalling on surveillance probe.  Lawmakers probing the surveillance of key officials in the Trump campaign and administration say the intelligence agencies now nominally under the president's control are stonewalling efforts to get to the bottom of who revealed names and leaked protected information to the press.  The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are currently investigating allegations the Obama administration spied on Trump associates — and possibly Trump himself — for as long as the year preceding his inauguration.  And while former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice has been implicated as at least one of the officials who sought redacted names from surveillance transcripts, multiple lawmakers and investigators for the panel told Fox News the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency — all agencies in position to aid the probe — are not cooperating.  "Our requests are simply not being answered," said one House Intelligence committee source about the lack of responsiveness.  "The agencies are not really helping at all and there is truly a massive web for us to try and wade through."

Bombshell: The Obama Spying Scandal Started Long Before Trump.  On Tuesday [4/4/2017], Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted that she used the intelligence community to spy on members of the Trump team, but this type of behavior isn't anything new.  In fact, it appears the Obama White House had been spying on its political opponents and leaking classified information about them long before Donald Trump won the presidential election last November, Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine writes.  Remember the Iran Deal negotiations?  In December 2015, The Wall Street Journal revealed that the Obama administration used the NSA to cast a wide net of surveillance around not just Israeli officials and diplomats, but American lawmakers who were friendly towards Israel as well as Jewish-American groups.

Mark Levin: Trump Not the First Victim of Obama Police State Tactics.  If Donald Trump's team was indeed the victim of politically-motivated surveillance and leaks by the Obama administration, it may not have been the first, says Levin. [...] The story goes on to discuss the possible workings of the Obama White House's spying on pro-Israel activists during the Iran deal.  "The NSA's collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism — activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners," a pro-Israel activist told the outlet.  "We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having.  At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia.  After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on."

Susan Rice's alleged unmasking requests not so routine, ex-officials say.  While Susan Rice is defending as routine her requests for the identities of Americans caught up in surveillance of foreign targets, others who've served in the intelligence community and at high levels of government say the former national security adviser's requests were quite unusual.  Rice, who served in the Obama administration, is at the heart of allegations of improper surveillance of the Trump team prior to Inauguration Day.  Fox News reported Monday that Rice asked for Trump associates to be identified — or "unmasked" — in intelligence reports and those names were then widely disseminated at the top levels of the government.  In an interview Tuesday on MSNBC, Rice largely skirted talking specifically about those allegations, however, she said it was "absolutely false" that Obama officials utilized intelligence "for political purposes."

Susan Rice implies that Trump and his aides were an imminent theat to the US.  Susan Rice is a liar.  We need to establish that as the baseline. [...] She's a political appointee.  A dishonest one at that.  Someone needs to explain how her judgment is more finely honed than the NSA or the CIA.  Neither agency found it necessary to unmask Trump, his family and his aides.  But she did.  And it had nothing to do with Russia.  So what was the justification?

Obama Himself Likely Behind Unmaskings, Leaks.  Our former socialist-minded President Barack Hussein Obama has now "exited stage left," pun intended.  He has now "wisely" fled his palatial mansion in Kalorama, Washington, D.C., and is currently holed up on a sunny Polynesian island, far from the burgeoning scandal he and his administration have left behind in his wake.  In the last few days, it was revealed, as I predicted, that President Donald J. Trump was generally correct when he tweeted that Obama had "wiretapped" him and his staffs.  Now, sure enough, we have learned that his former national security advisor, Susan Rice — the woman who was caught lying about the reasons for the Benghazi terrorist attack — and likely others in the Obama administration, had without apparent legal probable cause "unmasked" the names of Trump personnel and likely The Donald himself, who they claimed fell within the scope of foreign intelligence intercepts.

Benghazi Hero Kris Paronto:  Susan Rice 'Needs to Be in Jail' to Show Politicians 'They Are No Longer Untouchable'.  Former U.S. Army Ranger and Benghazi survivor Kris "Tanto" Paronto told Breitbart News that he believes former President Barack Obama National Security adviser Susan Rice "needs to be in jail" for her decision to willfully unmask the identities of United States citizens connected to President Donald Trump's transition team.  Paronto added, "The Trump administration has been given the perfect opportunity to set an example, or make an example, out of the type of politician that she is and show these other politicians that they are no longer untouchable."

Susan Rice Is a Horrible Liar, 'Incidentally' Speaking.  Rice is not, not yet, speaking under oath, so perhaps it doesn't really matter what she says.  Everyone knows by now that she has a habit of economy when it comes to the truth.  After the Benghazi massacre, which left four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, dead, Rice was paraded around the TV shows.  With a straight face, she explained that the murderous attack by Islamic radicals was in fact a spontaneous uprising in response to a sophomoric Internet video about Mohammed.  She knew that was a lie, but it was the story that the Obama administration wanted peddled, so she peddled it.

Why the media want to bury the Susan Rice 'unmasking' news.  You can see why so many in the media want to discredit this story:  They've been eagerly relaying leaked info from the transcripts that makes Trump & Co. look bad.  To acknowledge the clear political motive behind those leaks, and behind Rice's "unmasking," is to admit that Team Obama abused intelligence data — and that its media friends were complicit in doing so.

Susan Rice wasn't the only White House official looking to 'unmask' Trumpworld figures — and Mike Flynn wasn't the only one exposed.  Former national security advisor Susan Rice wasn't the only Obama administration official to request the 'unmasking' of members of President Donald Trump's transition team — and her successor Mike Flynn was just one of at least two who were left exposed.

Susan Rice somehow manages to make Benghazi cover-up seem minor.  This is jaw-dropping, bombshell information.  Not because it reveals Susan "Benghazi was about a video" Rice to be a liar.  We already knew that.  Not because it exposed the Obama administration as the most nakedly partisan presidency in modern history, willing to use even the most sacred powers of the federal government for political purposes.  We already knew that too.  What is so astonishing about the revelation that Ms. Rice was the one unmasking Donald Trump and his campaign before, during and after he won the presidency is that it doesn't get any closer to Barack Obama himself.

Did someone mention Benghazi?

Did Susan Rice Commit A Crime?  It's Starting To Look That Way.  Let's start with the wording.  As we've noted before, this is clever, lawyerly evasion, not truth-telling.  She's right, in one sense:  They designed this intel operation so that "Trump individuals" wouldn't be targets, but "incidental" to gathering information about foreigners.  But what suggests that the Trump team members caught in this spy web weren't merely "incidental," but were actually the targets of the operation, is that Rice reportedly ordered spreadsheets "prepared" of the phone calls involving Trump, his aides and transition officials.  This suggests that, contrary to Rice's assertion, they were being targeted.  It's evidence of intent, basically.

Susan Rice's Unraveling Web of Lies.  [Scroll down]  These reports, and others along the same lines, raise serious questions about what Rice was doing with the unmasked identifiable information she obtained access to, even though nothing revealed so far indicates that Rice broke the law.  She had the authority to request unmasking under certain circumstances where there was an intelligence need in the interest of national security for such information.  But given Rice's closeness to Obama and concern for preserving his legacy, politics, not national security, was more likely her primary motive.

Susan Rice's Unmasking Was Political: FBI, Not White House Conducts Criminal Investigations.  Susan Rice was a political adviser working for Obama, she was not a criminal investigator working for the FBI, therefore her unmasking of Trump transition officials was almost certainly done to advance Democratic Party interests.

The Dem's Political Area 51.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, the real scandal is the politicization of intelligence by those who had access to it, and then leaked it to the media in order to damage Trump's presidential campaign and cripple his fledgling administration.  Now we are hearing from an anonymous source that a highly placed intelligence official leaked the names of citizens who were linked to Trump and his campaign, and who had been surveilled "incidentally" and then their identities "unmasked."  A former Obama Defense Department functionary and Hillary campaign advisor admitted on MSNBC that she counseled her former colleagues to gather and distribute classified information on Trump during the transition.

Fox reporter:  Rice may have been told to request Trump team records.  A Fox reporter investigating the "unmasking" of Trump transition officials by former national security adviser Susan Rice told "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday that they were examining whether Rice was told to request records about the president's associates.  FoxNews.com investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman told host Bill O'Reilly that she and Adam Housely were investigating whether "somebody from the [National Security Agency], for example, would have told [Rice] to ask for those reports, to ask for those names to be unmasked.  "That is what we've heard from some of our sources and so we're looking into that angle as a possibility," she said.  Zimmerman and Housely reported Monday [4/3/2017] that the names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.

Six questions raised by the report Susan Rice unmasked names of Trump advisers.  The report that former President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice was involved in the "unmasking" of Trump transition and campaign officials caught up in surveillance gives new credence to the possibility that Obama administration officials were involved in some kind of surveillance of Trump's advisers and, possibly, then-candidate and President-elect Trump himself.

Susan Rice Doesn't Deny Unmasking Trump Associates.  This morning, Susan Rice turned to the friendly confines of MSNBC to respond to explosive allegations about her role in the Obama spy/leak scandal.  Host Andrea Mitchell did all she could to make Rice feel at home.  She asked no tough questions, failed to follow up on evasive answers, and sometimes jumped in to reinforce claims made by Rice. [...] Amazingly, Rice got through a 16-minute interview without ever confirming or denying that she unmasked associates of President Trump.

Nunes' Disclosures May Signal a Watergate-Level Scandal.  The report by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday [4/4/2017], although based on anonymous sources, adds significant credibility to the idea that the intelligence community during the previous administration acted unlawfully.  Whether White House officials actually encouraged this is a Watergate-level issue that should be the first priority of any congressional investigations.  While there were always grounds for suspicion — many media outlets had reported leaks about communications between Trump campaign officials and officials of the Russian government, and even a telephone conversation between President Trump and Australian prime minister — a column in the Wall Street Journal last week by Peter Hoekstra, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made clear how significant and unprecedented these leaks were.

The Obama Government Interfered in Our Election — and the Mainstream Media Is Covering It Up.  All the evidence seems to be there.  So instead they're saying it's a distraction because Rice didn't do anything illegal.  Except she did if she asked for this information without it being part of an investigation.  And here's something very important to remember, folks.  The White House cannot do investigations.  The White House does not do investigations.  The FBI investigates.  The CIA investigates.  The NSA investigates.  But the White House does not investigate.  So if the White House is investigating, something's already very wrong.

House Intel Dem:  If Flynn Was Unmasked, It Would Have To Be Rice Who Did It.  A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee agreed that if anyone unmasked President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, it would have to be Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice.  "Well, I haven't seen the documents yet, but she was the national security adviser.  She had the — if anyone had the opportunity to unmask, it would be the national security adviser, because that person is giving advice to the president on issues around national security," California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier told The Daily Caller Monday night [4/3/2017].

Susan Rice's track record damages her credibility.  Rice infamously went on five Sunday television shows in 2012 to assure the nation that the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans was in response to an Internet video.  That was a flat-out lie — it was a planned terror attack and she had to know as much.  She also brazenly insisted in 2014 that Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant held by the Taliban for five years, had "served with honor and distinction" to justify the trade of five terrorists from Gitmo for his release.  Her claim was false, and even the Army disagreed with Rice, charging Bergdahl with desertion.  So when Rice and her defenders insist that SpyGate is much ado about very little, that's not even close to good enough.  She has to prove it — by testifying under oath to Congress.

The 10 Questions Andrea Mitchell Didn't Ask Susan Rice.  Here are a few thoughts about Andrea Mitchell's interview with Susan Rice — and the key questions that were left unasked.  Rice opened the interview by saying, "The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes.  That's absolutely false."  On the contrary, the allegation is absolutely true — and demonstrating its truth is as easy as unmasking an American citizen in an NSA intercept.

Funny how no 'unmasking' was done for the Hillary campaign.  Anyone who believes that Trump wasn't specifically targeted for political reasons probably still believes the Benghazi killings were caused by a video, that Obama had no idea that IRS was targeting political opponents, that Obama had no idea that Hillary was violating the law by using a non secure server until three years after she left, that Obama had no idea that his administration was gun running to Mexico and that Hillary and her aides had no intent to break the law.

Obamagate's Truth Is Stranger Than Orwell's Fiction.  Susan Rice's shaky, dry-mouthed performance on MSNBC Tuesday looked like a scene out of Orwell's fiction too.  Ministry of Truth official Andrea Mitchell hesitantly asked her questions about the scandal, making sure not to tax her too much or ask her any awkward follow-up questions.  The interview lasted over ten minutes, but Mitchell couldn't find time to ask her about the bald lie she told on PBS in March (that she knew "nothing" of unmasking the Trump team).  Nor was Big Brother to be brought up under any circumstances.  So even as Rice droned on about the importance of unsparing national security briefings, Mitchell steered clear of any mention of the beneficiary of that briefing — President Obama.

Bombshell Report:  Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice Behind Unmasking Of Trump Transition Team.  In a massive scoop, on Monday morning Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported that Barack Obama's national security advisor, Susan Rice, repeatedly requested information from the intelligence community on members of the Trump transition team and campaign, unmasking them to an audience beyond the intelligence community in the process.  Normally, raw intelligence masks the identity of American citizens caught up in legal surveillance of other targets.

Susan Rice said she read unmasked intelligence reports, but not for political purposes.  Susan Rice, former national security adviser in the Obama administration, told MSBNC Tuesday she had accessed unmasked intelligence reports involving Donald Trump and his associates, but called claims she had done so for political purposes "absolutely false."  Rice accessed multiple intelligence reports during the end of Obama's presidency.  Some of the reports were "unmasked," revealing the identities of then-candidate Trump and his associates.  She also said her access of the data did not constitute wiretapping, despite Trump's claim he was wiretapped.

Who Asked Susan Rice To Unmask Those Names?  Former President Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice asked for the names of Trump transition officials to be unmasked and made public in raw intelligence files, according to media reports, a move apparently carried out to harm the incoming Trump administration.  As recently as March 22, Rice denied knowing anything about the intelligence reports.  In an appearance on "PBS Newshour," she said pretty definitely, "I know nothing about this."  The new news reports paint Rice as a liar.

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Ms. Rice had already lost her credibility on 9/17/2012 when she lied on five different network TV shows about the cause of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

How did Susan Rice know which Trump campaign and transition surveillance intercepts to unmask?  Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake's bombshell revelation on April 3 that "former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign" has sent a political earthquake through Washington, D.C.  And it raises some key questions, particularly in light of corroborating reports by Fox News' Adam Housley that the overall surveillance apparently dates back to "up to a year before [Trump] took office," and Circa.com reporters Sara Carter and John Solomon that "the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Rice's interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans' identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination."

In Less Than 2 Minutes On MSNBC Susan Rice Exposed The Entire Obama "Russian" Motive.  Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice only needed to confirm one aspect of the intelligence unmasking story for all of the dots to connect.  She made that confirmation within two minutes of her interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.  [Video clip]

Susan Rice defiant amid growing calls for her to testify under oath.  As Susan Rice faces growing calls to testify under oath, the former Obama administration official now accused of ordering the unmasking of Trump officials under surveillance is suggesting that she never did so for political purposes, and that it is sometimes "necessary" for investigative purposes.  Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of both the Senate Judiciary and Select Committee on Intelligence, suggested in a tweet earlier Tuesday that Rice "needs to testify under oath."

Sen. Tom Cotton: 'Susan Rice Is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama Administration'.  Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) slammed former Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Tuesday [4/4/2017], suggesting she brought a plague on the Obama administration's foreign policy.  Cotton appeared on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Tuesday, where he said that Rice was the "Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy," according to Mediaite.

Why Is CNN Refuting The Susan Rice Story It Refuses To Cover?  For months, CNN has been all over stories that attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump's presidency by suggesting ties to Russia.  It would be impossible to catalogue the hourly drumbeat of "new" stories on this angle that have gone on for months, despite the lack of named sources or actual evidence.  The cable news outlet heavily pushed the infamous "Russian dossier" story that was quickly harmed by BuzzFeed showing how dubious to the point of laughable the dossier was.  The network's obsession extends to running red-washed photoshopped graphics of Trump advisors in front of St.  Basil's.  The Russia scare headlines run into the dozens each and every day.

Susan Rice Confirms Her "Unmasking Requests" Were for President Obama's Daily Briefing (PDB).  With a general set of narrative 'talking points' in hand President Obama's Former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, appeared this morning [4/4/2017] on MSNBC for an interview with Andrea Mitchell.  This is the 'We-Have-To-Respond-phase', which necessitates the optic.  Andrea Mitchell is considered a trustworthy ally of the Clinton/Obama political networks; as such, it is not a surprise to see Mitchell selected as the interviewer.  Mitchell's use of wording carefully guides Susan Rice through the narrow path of self-incrimination by providing plausible deniability for verbal missteps.

Susan Rice's White House Unmasking:  A Watergate-style Scandal.  The thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations.  Not criminal investigations, not intelligence investigations.  Remember that.  Why is that so important in the context of explosive revelations that Susan Rice, President Obama's national-security adviser, confidant, and chief dissembler, called for the "unmasking" of Trump campaign and transition officials whose identities and communications were captured in the collection of U.S. intelligence on foreign targets?

5 Susan Rice Scandal Facts Every American Must Know.  It was revealed Monday [4/3/2017] that President Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice allegedly ordered the unmasking of the identities of Trump campaign aides who were reportedly being surveilled during the 2016 election.  The recent reports further prove, at least in part, President Donald Trump's claims that senior Obama officials had collected intelligence on Trump aids and disseminated it throughout the government.  Rice's involvement — as it relates to her reported role in the unmasking of Trump aids and circulating sensitive information — places the longtime Obama operative at the center of another major political scandal.

Mainstream media deems Susan Rice unmasking bombshell 'another fake scandal'.  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says the report that former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice tried to "unmask" Trump campaign officials caught up in surveillance of foreign targets is "another fake scandal" being pushed by the White House and conservative media.  "There is no evidence of any wrongdoing," Mr. Cuomo said Tuesday [4/4/2017] on "New Day," reported the Media Research Center's Newsbusters.  "And in fact, if anything, the NSA asking for identities was a reflection of exactly how much traffic there was involving Trump people and foreign players.

Susan Rice, Obama's Hatchet Woman, Proves Lord Acton Right Again.  Forget G. Gordon Liddy and the White House plumbers of Watergate days.  If you're looking for a my-president-right-or-wrong apparatchik in the grand tradition of the Soviet Union, willing to do anything for her leader, look no further than former national security adviser Susan Elizabeth Rice.  Rice, who evidently exploited the world's most technically advanced intelligence agency, the NSA, for similar purposes (spying on the opposition), has made Liddy et al seem like primitives.  Apparently, the former Obama adviser was the one who "requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance."  The final unmaskings took place in January, days before Trump's inauguration.  (Eli Lake at Bloomberg, Adam Housley and John Roberts at Fox, and Sara Carter and John Solomon at Circa have reported this story in only slightly varying ways.)

"What if?" The Evelyn Farkas Fracas.  As Michael Goodwin put it in The New York Post on Sunday [4/2/2017], "If it can be proven that a sitting president used government authorities to spy on a candidate who then became president and orchestrated leaks of classified material, Watergate, by comparison, really would be a second-rate burglary."  Actually, Watergate was a second-rate burglary.  That fact stands behind the oft-enunciated point:  "It wasn't the scandal, it was the cover up." But how about the weaponization of America's intelligence services for partisan political purposes?  Is that OK?

Trump Haters Rush to Susan Rice's Defense.  Trump critics on Monday defended former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, after the mainstream news outlet Bloomberg View confirmed Mike Cernovich's bombshell report that she was responsible for unmasking the names of Trump aides incidentally caught up in surveillance.  Cernovich reported Sunday evening that Rice had requested the "unmasking" of incoming Trump officials, which refers to the identification of Americans incidentally caught up in surveillance of foreign targets.

Fresh evidence the Russia 'scandal' is a Team Obama operation.  Do you suspect that the noise over Trump campaign contacts with the Russians is just a political hit arranged by Obama insiders before they left?  You got fresh evidence of that Monday, with news that then-national security adviser Susan Rice was behind the "unmasking" of Trumpites in transcripts of calls with Russian officials.  Again, nothing on the public record so far shows that anyone on Team Trump said anything improper on those calls.  It's no surprise that US spooks intercept foreign officials' calls.  But intelligence community reports don't disclose the names of US citizens on the other end.  To get that info, a high official must (but rarely does) push to "unmask" the Americans' names.

ABC, NBC Cover-Up Revelation Susan Rice Ordered Trump Aides Unmasked, CBS Defends.  A massive revelation in the alleged surveillance of President Trump's aides broke Monday morning when Bloomberg reported that "[f]ormer National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign." With their identities unmasked, it allowed for someone to freely and illegally leak their names to the press.  It's controversial news but ABC and NBC both chose to ignore it that night, while CBS defended Rice.

CNN's Jim Sciutto:  Susan Rice News 'Appears to Be a Story Largely Ginned Up, Partly as a Distraction'.  CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto told Anderson Cooper tonight that the news about Susan Rice allegedly being involved in the "unmasking" of Trump transition officials appears to be a "distraction" from the bigger picture on Russia.  Earlier today [4/3/2017], Sciutto said on The Lead that former intelligence officials from Democratic and Republican administrations told him that "based on what they know, this unmasking, if it happened, would not be out of bounds," because of the approval process required and because unmasking is not the same as leaking.

The Only Obama Legacy is a Sordid Litany of Political Surveillance and Abuse.  Earlier today [4/3/2017], Obama's former national security adviser Susan Rice was revealed in reports as the official who unmasked intercepts of Trump associates.  Levin celebrated the reports, saying, we are just starting to "get to the bottom of this."  "I had no idea how big this was — but it's big," declared Levin.

Obama White House Weaponized Intelligence Against Donald Trump.  It turns out that Devin Nunes has been running rings around the Democrats, and it looks like they've known it all along, and the effort to get Nunes to, quote, unquote, recuse himself as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee or the effort to get rid of him in some other way obviously was undertaken to stop what he is doing and what he is learning.

The Benghazi Liars Are Back:  Susan Rice And Adam Schiff Are Once Again Caught In Another Huge Scandal.  White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally.

Like Watergate 44 years ago, Obama's scandal slowly unfolds.  The media has lost its power, but doesn't realize it.  He figured this all out in two seconds.  He plays the media like the cheap little suckers they are.  The Hair On Fire coverage of the news media delights me.  They are all Mister Jones now — even Fox News — unable to figure out what time it is.

Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce 'Detailed Spreadsheets' Involving Trump.  Former President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce "detailed spreadsheets" of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.  "What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals," diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday [4/3/2017].

Is Susan Rice The Missing Piece In Obama Spy Scandal?  While the Democrats continue to flail wildly, accusing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of all kinds of hypothetical misdeeds, evidence is growing that the Obama administration had an actual spying program on its domestic political opponents, namely the Donald Trump campaign.  If so, it was more than just wrong — it was a crime.

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As The Susan Rice Scandal Explodes, The Russia Election Hacking Story Gets Murkier.  Back in June 2016, the DNC hired a private cybersecurity firm called CrowdStrike to determine who had hacked into their servers and absconded with emails — often embarrassing — that later got released to the public by WikiLeaks.  CrowdStrike said Russia was behind the hack.  In July, intelligence agencies followed up, telling the White House that they had "high confidence" that Russia was behind the hack.  However, it turns out that they never had direct access to the DNC's hacked computer servers.  The FBI said it repeatedly requested access and the DNC denied it to them, according to The Hill.  A source told The Hill that, as a result of this lack of access, "the FBI had no choice but to rely upon a third party for information."  The problem is that the evidence provided by CrowdStrike as proof that Russia was behind the hack had some experts scratching their heads, including the fact that the supposedly super-sophisticated hackers left so many clues pointing to Russia.

Benghazi Liar Susan Rice's Treachery Continues.  While Trump's pick for this sensitive post was under scrutiny, Obama's adviser was doing opposition research which involved data mining classified intelligence reports.

The Obama Administration's Long History of Shady Surveillance.  As the facts about who surveilled whom during the transition get sorted out, it is useful to remember why Trump's team and his supporters have reason to be suspicious, thanks to a long documented history of Obama using shady surveillance tactics on both political opponents and international allies.  Rhodes himself knows this history but that doesn't seem to matter as he once again attempts to make people believe he fell out of the sky and onto Twitter on January 21st, 2017.  To help jog Rhodes' memory, below are all the documented instances of the Obama administration using and in some cases abusing surveillance.

Susan Rice Unmasking Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg.  This is of course a huge story, being ignroed by any media not called Fox News.  And it's just the tip of the iceberg.  Democrats loved the drip-drip leaks about the Trump administration.  Now the are about to get a taste of their own medicine.  Here's hoping it leads all the way up the food chain to Taliban Brennan, Loretta Lynch and Hussein Obama.

Why Susan Rice's Reported 'Unmasking' of Trump Officials Raises Very Serious Legal Concerns for Her.  The means our government uses — to protect the First and Fourth Amendment rights of Americans without sacrificing the country's security needs for information gathering on foreign threats — is a process known as "minimization" and "masking." The point of the minimization and masking protocols is to insure America's eavesdropping on foreigners "safeguards the constitutional rights of U.S. persons."  These protocols are not merely internal rules nor discretionary guidelines; they are the necessary legislatively delegated means "required to protect the privacy rights of U.S. persons" provided for by the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.  Violating these provisions does more than violate mere regulatory restrictions; violating these provisions violates the Constitutional rights of Americans.  That is why the law criminalizes such action when taken "under color of law" by rogue agents.

Major media spiked scoops on Susan Rice's role in unmasking Trump's team.  If Mike Cernovich is to be believed (and I think he is, since nobody is denying this), the New York Times and Bloomberg knew about Susan Rice's unmasking of Trump officials but sat on the story.

Confirmed: Susan Rice "Unmasked" Trump Team.  As noted last night, Journalist and author Mike Cernovich dropped an exclusive bombshell - naming Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice as the official responsible for the 'unmasking' of the incoming Trump team during 'incidental' surveillance.  This was apparently discovered after the White House Counsel's office reviewed Rice's document log requests.

White House logs indicate Susan Rice consumed unmasked intel on Trump associates.  Computer logs that former President Obama's team left behind in the White House indicate his national security adviser Susan Rice accessed numerous intelligence reports during Obama's last seven months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates, Circa has learned.  Intelligence sources said the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Rice's interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans' identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination and accelerated after Trump's election in November launched a transition that continued through January.

GOP Rep:  Susan Rice should face criminal investigation.  BI officials should investigate whether former President Barack Obama's national security adviser broke any criminal laws by requesting the identities of Trump campaign officials caught up in foreign surveillance, according to a Republican lawmaker.  "Congress needs to get to the bottom of this and the FBI should be investigating whether any laws were broken," Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said Monday.

The Media Is Ignoring the 500-Pound Surveillance Elephant in the Room.  Every week the Russia story crumbles a bit more.  Whether it is the loss of credibility of Crowdstrike's hacking report, or the revelation by WikiLeaks that the CIA can make a cyber attack look like it came from wherever they want, the leftist media can't catch a break.  The FBI and NSA have both testified that there is no evidence that there was any hacking of actual voting, and the WikiLeaks allegations throw doubt on Russia's involvement in hacking the DNC or Podesta emails.  Even if they did, the media and the Democrats still have yet to convince anyone that the emails are the reason that voters chose Trump in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Susan Rice requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials, sources say.  Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.  The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan — essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

Rand Paul Calls For Susan Rice To Testify On Unmasking Trump Officials.  GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he believes former National Security Advisor Susan Rice should testify before Congress on her request to unmask the names of Trump transition officials collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.  Paul argued the situation should not be downplayed, saying reforms need to be made to prevent individuals from being blackmailed on personal aspects of their lives through unmasking.  He noted there was nothing stopping the former administration from looking through Trump officials and national security advisors' conversations during the transition window.

State Department insiders have discussed Rice's role in unmasking names 'for weeks' — and Obama MUST have known — says Trump NATO ambassador pick.  The diplomat who is in line to be America's next NATO ambassador said Monday that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice has been suspected 'for weeks' of involvement in an effort to publicly unmask Donald Trump associates whose names appeared in foreign intelligence reports.  And he claimed ten days ago that if Rice and her deputy Ben Rhodes were behind politically motivated leaks of classified intelligence, former president Barack Obama was also in the know.

Flashback: Susan Rice Said 'I Know Nothing' About Unmasking of Trump Officials.  Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, reportedly requested on several occasions the identities of "masked" U.S. persons in intelligence reports linked to President Trump's transition and campaign.  The revelation contradicts Rice's past comments on March 22, when she claimed she knew "nothing" about the intelligence reports.  White House lawyers discovered Rice's dozens of requests last month, during a National Security Council review of the "government's policy on 'unmasking' the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally," Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported Monday, citing U.S. officials.

Susan Rice, Obama's Dirty Surveillance Rat.  As I noted a while back, while Obama and Loretta Lynch authorized the expansion of who could request the unmasking of Americans caught up in surveillance, the process still required a paper trail of who the request was from and for what purpose. [...] Interesting enough, one would have thought the FBI would be the organization with due cause to unmask Americans for investigation.  Why would the head of NSA be investigating Americans and violating their 4th Amendment rights?  Well, that seems pretty obvious given that all this ill-gotten information landed in the hands of the left wing news media, to fuel diversionary stories about some elusive Trump-Russian connection.

Susan Rice in Crosshairs as Potential Felon.  A major development in the Obama spy/leak scandal:  former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has been identified as a person who repeatedly requested that associates of Donald Trump (and perhaps Trump himself) be unmasked in raw intelligence intercepts. [...] If true, this is a bombshell, if not exactly a surprise.  We know from her tour of the Sunday morning talk shows to misrepresent Benghazi that Rice was a political hack, more than willing to do dirty work on behalf of President Obama.  Her alleged role here would fit with that history.

The Surveillance Plot Thickens.  As the Russiagate plot falls apart like a cheap sweater in the spin cycle, the surveillance plot thickens.  Something tells me Congressional Democrats who went all-in for Russiagate are really kicking themselves right now.  As I've said before, the decision to chase this rabbit down the hole has exposed a far more insidious scandal that Democrats do not want exposed.

Why Democrats are attacking Devin Nunes:  He knows Team Obama was spying on Team Trump during the transition.  I told you last month, when President Trump first accused his predecessor of wiretapping him, that the news media would be interested in any information that might confirm Obama and/or his administration had wrongly spied on Team Trump.  What they would do instead, I told you, was act as Obama's lawyer — demanding that Trump himself prove his precise, literal charge rather than doing any of their own reporting designed to find out if something like what Trump alleged had actually happened.  That's one way defense attorneys defend their clients — they parse words and nitpick with literalisms.

Bob Woodward:  Obama officials possibly facing criminal charges for unmasking scheme.  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday [3/29/2017] that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.

Boom — the full extent of obama's spying on Trump becomes clearer.  Adam Housley this morning [4/3/2017] reported that the NSA had collected the communications of Donald Trump, his family and his staff for more than a year prior to his inauguration and that it had nothing to do with national security.  This was done solely for political purposes.  In the absence of some national security threat the names of Americans are not to be unmasked (That this happened is perhaps not surprising coming from an administration which weaponized the IRS to suppress political opposition).

Fox: Trump Surveilled Before Nomination, Agencies with Info Blocked Nunes for Weeks.  A Friday [3/31/2017] breaking Fox News report on surveillance of President Trump's team that began before he became the Republican presidential nominee claimed a very senior intelligence official was responsible — as well as for the unmasking of the names of private U.S. citizens.  The report cited sources which also indicated that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) knew of the existence of the information in January, but one or more intelligence agencies blocked him, and there were only two locations where he could view the information that he called "very troubling."

Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel.  White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally.  Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like "U.S. Person One."

Unmasking Susan Rice and her NSC dead-enders.  Journalist and activist Mike Cernovich reports that former White House national security adviser Susan Rice obtained intelligence reports showing the identities of innocent Americans who incidentally spoke to foreign officials under security sweeps for spying or intelligence activities.  Under U.S. law, U.S. persons are protected from such disclosure, which could be dry cleaners asking envoys to pick up their laundry or wrong number phone messages spilling their guts about their mothers-in-law.  If such U.S. persons get swept up in surveillance, they are protected.  But only if they remain "masked," which is the law of the land.  Cernovich says the White House counsel's office has confirmed that Rice was one of the few officials with the authority to make the requests to unmask the innocent Americans caught up in surveillance dragnets.  There was no national security reason to do so, but she did.

Obama Spied, Media Lied.  Once you wave away all the smoke created by our dishonest media, the story of this past week was pretty simple.  The Trump-Russia-Conspiracy narrative is falling apart.  The Obama-Spied-on-his-Political-Opposition narrative is coming together. [...] An intelligence whistle blower has apparently shown [Devin] Nunes documents containing intelligence gathered on members of Trump's transition team.  Though this intelligence may have been gathered legally — i.e. as part of a wiretap on foreigners — at least two of the names of Americans, including the name of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, were illegally revealed and shared widely.  Other names were made obvious even though they remained concealed.  None of the investigations seems to have had anything to do with Russia.

Obama Silent over Trump Tower Wiretaps.  Since President Trump first leveled the incendiary charges in early March, there have been thousands of press articles and endless hours of speculation on cable television about the high-level accusations.  Every word, character, and symbol of punctuation from Mr. Trump has been parsed and sussed and diagrammed.  Yet, from media darling Barack Obama (about whom the accusations were made!)?  Not a peep.  This is no small thing we are talking about here.  We are talking about a sitting president's administration using the terrifying powers of espionage of the United States government to conduct an intelligence operation against a political opponent before, during and after that target was elected president of the United States.

Dimwitted Ex-Obama Official Admits Wiretapping Trump.  Evelyn Farkas.  She went on MSNBC.  She was in the Obama administration.  What this woman did was unwittingly out the entire Obama administration's surveillance of the Trump transition team, Trump campaign.  She went on TV and basically admitted it and explained how she was behind it, how she was involved in it.

Who is Obama administration official who spilled beans?  The former Obama administration official who admitted earlier this month that her former colleagues tried to secretly gather intelligence on President Trump's team was no low-level staffer.  Evelyn Farkas was once considered the most senior policy officer for Russia within the Pentagon, and she is now apparently defending the leaks that have been coming out of the Trump White House.

Intelligence official who 'unmasked' Trump associates is 'very high up,' source says.  The U.S. intelligence official who "unmasked," or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone "very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world," a source told Fox News on Friday.  Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now knows who is responsible — and that person is not in the FBI.  For a private citizen to be "unmasked," or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare.  Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.

Devin Nunes and Washington's Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma.  [Scroll down]  When a reporter at Nunes's second March 22 press conference asked, "Can you rule out the possibility that senior Obamaadministration officials were involved in this?" Nunes replied, "No, we cannot."  Ipso facto these are startling disclosures of historical proportions — if true, of an anticonstitutional magnitude comparable to Watergate.  Given the stakes, we should expect hysteria to follow, and it has followed.  Amid the current shouting, we nonetheless know that Nunes did not hide the fact that he had sought to adjudicate the validity of those explosive documents (with the original sources in the secure possession of the executive branch).  And he did not hide the fact that he was going to notify the president of the United States of the extraordinary information about which he had knowledge.

Inspector Obama and the Red Panther.  The incompetence of the Obama administration was only exceeded by its arrogance, a toxic mix that led his aides to spy on the Trump campaign, leak to the press about a "multi-agency" investigation into bogus Trump-Russia ties, then whine about the unwelcome exposure Trump (and now Devin Nunes) drew to their antics.  The only known crimes in this unfolding fiasco are the ones they committed, namely, criminal leaks that they fed to reporters desperate to discredit Trump.  It is impossible to overstate the audacity of the Obama aides' partisan squealing in this matter.  It is akin to a group of prisoners demanding that the warden be locked up.

Judge Napolitano Drops Major Bombshell On Wiretapping.  Judge Napolitano was originally suspended when Comey and the FBI came out and claimed that there had been no wiretapping of Trump Tower.  He did say there could have been other surveillance though.  Then the Brits played word games and sort of denied doing any intelligence for Obama.  Everything is in the wording.  By the way, Trump was claiming there was surveillance long before Napolitano made his claims.  Judge Napolitano had three intelligence sources that gave him information on the surveillance.

White House Invites Lawmakers to View Surveillance Documents.  The Trump administration invited leaders of congressional intelligence panels to review documents it said raise questions about whether government spy agencies improperly identified President Donald Trump's campaign officials and associates in the course of routine foreign surveillance.  In a letter signed by White House Counsel Donald McGahn, the administration said Thursday it was responding to a March 15 request from intelligence committees for "documents necessary to determine whether information collected on U.S. persons was mishandled and leaked."  It asks the committees to probe whether the intelligence was properly gathered, whether names were improperly revealed and "to the extent that U.S. citizens were subject to such surveillance, were civil liberties violated?"

Fox News:  Private citizens were unmasked 'for political purposes'.  Fox News' Adam Housley is reporting that sources within the intelligence community have confirmed some of what Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters last week about the unmasking of names in intelligence documents to embarrass the incoming Trump administration.  Housley summarized the information he was given in a series of tweets Friday morning: [...]

President Obama's Own Defense Deputy Admits Obama White House Spied on Candidate/President-Elect Trump.  Sometimes when a person is deep inside an echo-chamber of like-minded ideologues, they might not realize what they're saying is rather revealing to those on the outside.  That's the set up for former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas (Deputy Asst.  Secretary of Defense) appearing on MSNBC and admitting first hand knowledge the Obama administration spied on candidate and president-elect Donald Trump's transition team to gather "intelligence" for political use.  It would appear Ms. Farkas was so caught up in the discussion, she didn't quite realize the significant admissions she was making about the Obama administration spying on Donald Trump's team and generating classified intelligence for Ms. Farkas (and others) to spread to Capitol Hill politicians.  [Video clip]

Judge Andrew Napolitano Stands by British Surveillance Report in Return to Fox News.  Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke on Fox News, Wednesday [3/29/2017], making his first appearance on the network after pushing a controversial report in defense of President Trump's claims of wiretapping during the 2016 election.  Anchors Bret Baier and Shepard Smith previously said that Fox could not independently confirm the accuracy of Napolitano's claim that the British intelligence service GCHQ facilitated the wiretapping.  During Napolitano's spot on America's Newsroom today, Bill Hemmer noted that "you've had a few quiet days."  Hemmer then asked the judge whether he was still confident in the story, to which the Fox judicial analyst said yes.  [Video clip]

How Obama's White House weaponized media against Trump.  Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adam Schiff have both castigated Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his handling of the inquiry into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.  They should think twice.  The issue that has recently seized Nunes is of vital importance to anyone who cares about fundamental civil liberties.  The trail that Nunes is following will inevitably lead back to a particularly significant leak.  On Jan. 12, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reported that "according to a senior U.S. government official, (General Mike) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29."  From Nunes's statements, it's clear that he suspects that this information came from NSA intercepts of Kislyak's phone.  An Obama official, probably in the White House, "unmasked" Flynn's name and passed it on to Ignatius.

Former Obama official discloses rush to get intelligence on Trump team.  A former top Obama administration official has acknowledged efforts by her colleagues to gather intelligence on Trump team ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office and to conceal the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.

Obama's Rule Changes Opened Door For NSA Intercepts Of Americans To Reach Political Hands.  As his presidency drew to a close, Barack Obama's top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency's incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats, Circa has learned.  Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures.  Sometimes the Americans' names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible.  Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Shaffer: Trump Wiretap Case 'Worse Than Watergate'.  Former CIA officer Col. Tony Shaffer said the basics of President Trump's claim to have been "wiretapped" are likely true, and that the incident is "worse than Watergate."  Noting it has been exactly two weeks since Trump tweeted that President Obama wiretapped his namesake tower, Shaffer said the "basic fundamental idea and claim is true."

Obama Did Wiretap Trump:  It's Like Putting Together a Russian Nesting Doll.  [Scroll down]  No matter how many dolls are hidden in the nest — Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch — it is undeniable that they all fit under the big one — Obama.  It was he who authorized the surveillance and multiagency distribution of intelligence — in Bob Woodward's reading, "highly classified gossip" — about political opponent Trump and his team — invading their privacy in violation of the law.  If you were inclined to want Americans to lose faith in their intelligence community and media you couldn't have done a better job than they did themselves.  The Russians didn't have to do a thing.

Obama Must Testify.  It's time.  As the House and Senate investigations start up, with the House Intelligence Committee hearing from FBI Director James Comey today, there is someone missing from the witness list.  That would be:  Former President Barack Obama.

Democrats Hoped to Hurt Trump, but Raised Suspicions of Obama.  The mainstream media have been doing a victory lap since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed on Monday in testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that President Barack Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower.  But that was already known.  There was only one new revelation at the hearing, and it was a bombshell:  senior Obama administration officials could have known the identities of surveillance targets.

Time to Investigate Obama, not Just Trump.  A fair amount of this happened not long before Barack Obama suddenly changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, for the first time ever allowing the NSA to share its data with 16 other intelligence agencies, thus making the dissemination of said data (i. e. leaking) many times more likely.  That was done on January 12, 2017, just three scant days before Trump's inauguration.  Why did the then president finally decide to make that particular change at that extremely late date, rather than on one of the previous seven years and three hundred fifty-three days of his presidency?  You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes or Watson to smell a rat.

The Obama Plot to Sabotage Trump.  Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.  Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump's tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.  The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, "unmasked" their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked.  If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump presidency, before it began.

Evidence Says Obama DID Wire Tap Trump's Campaign.  On Saturday morning President Donald J. Trump put a bee in the media's bonnet by tweeting how shameful it was that Obama tapped his phones during the late campaign for president.  It set off two full days of liberals acting shocked and outraged that Trump could say such a thing, got the media to covering for Barack Obama, and spurred weak kneed RINO Republicans siding with the left in attacking Trump.  So, what of all this?  Thus far, anyway, it seems completely true that Trump is right.  Obama did spy on candidate Trump.  The media went into a feeding frenzy on Saturday morning when President Trump tweeted out his accusation.

DC Secrets and Lies.  A quick look at Obama's history reveals he has always had the inclination, motivation, and opportunity to snoop on and disseminate information about his political opponents.  It's how he made his political career:  getting his opponents' private divorce records unsealed and leaked with the help of the Chicago Tribune. [...] Wikileaks revealed that under Obama, the NSA intercepted conversations of numerous foreign officials, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Silvio Berlusconi, and Nicolas Sarkozy.  So it is rather astonishing that so many disregard Trump's claim that Obama and his aides spied upon him and his staff.

Evidence Says Obama DID Wire Tap Trump's Campaign.  On Saturday morning [3/4/2017] President Donald J. Trump put a bee in the media's bonnet by tweeting how shameful it was that Obama tapped his phones during the late campaign for president.  It set off two full days of liberals acting shocked and outraged that Trump could say such a thing, got the media to covering for Barack Obama, and spurred weak kneed RINO Republicans siding with the left in attacking Trump.  So, what of all this?  Thus far, anyway, it seems completely true that Trump is right.  Obama did spy on candidate Trump.  The media went into a feeding frenzy on Saturday morning when President Trump tweeted out his accusation.

How Are All These Intel Leaks Happening?  Look At One Of The Last Things Obama Did Before Leaving Office.  Former President Barack Obama made a last-minute change to the way wiretapped intelligence is shared Jan. 12, which may have contributed to the proliferation of leaks plaguing the Trump administration.  Obama changed the way National Security Agency intelligence is shared 8 days before leaving office, which allows globally intercepted communications to be disseminated across the entire intelligence community.  The change was part of a post-9/11 push by the executive branch to increase intelligence sharing, to ensure that NSA analysts do not miss critically important information.  The change is "simply widening the aperture for a larger number of analysts, who will be bound by the existing rules," the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said at the time.

Obama's Surveillance Of Team Trump:  A Probable Paper Trail.  [Scroll down]  So, who tapped Team Trump?  Well, only one organization has the ability to tap international communications — the NSA.  And there are a lot of rules surrounding NSA intercepts.  I do not think the NSA went rogue.  I think people knew what the NSA vacuumed up and misused that information for personal reasons (it definitely was not national security — the reason NSA does what it does).  Clearly we have disturbing examples of US Persons being monitored, and then leaked.  And that is where a new paper trail begins — with the leaks.

What did the President know and when did he know it?  The political debate of the past several weeks was brought to a head by President Trump's now famous tweet last Saturday morning.  Until then, the press had largely reported on allegations that Russian hacking affected our recent election focused, according to Democrats, on favoring President Trump.  And this debate continues even though there has been no confirmation of such claims, including from ongoing congressional and intelligence community investigations.  Now President Trump has placed another issue on the table — the role of President Obama and/or his administration in leaks directed for political purposes.

We live in truly terrifying times.  The horror comes from our own government, and especially the intelligence community, where officials seem to have gone rogue and where anything — and everything — is now in play.  The frightening reality is that a president laid seeds to destroy his successor — who, as it turns out, he targeted with the secret spy organizations at his beck and call.  During the last days of his term, Barack Obama set out to sabotage Mr. Trump by spreading intelligence information throughout the federal government, as well as to foreign governments.

The Lame Duck Timeline Strongly Suggests President Obama Set Up Intelligence Scheme To Undermine Trump.  Jay Sekulow outlines the case that President Obama set-up a plan for the intelligence community to target President Trump.  Specifically through the use of a lame-duck executive order, President Obama authorized multiple intelligence agencies to have access to Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) including phone call intercepts.


Barack H. Obama leaves traps and stink bombs for the next president

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President Trump has a lot of cleaning up to do.  Islamic terrorists are active all over the world, and Obama won't even say "Islamic terrorists."  Iran is working on nuclear weapons, funded in large part by Obama's billion-dollar ransom payment.  The unemployment numbers in the U.S. have been falsified for years, because the people who have completely given up on finding a job are not counted as unemployed.  Obama has been intentionally weakening America's military defenses and placing roadblocks in the path of small businesses.  The international borders are wide open.  More people are depending on food stamps than ever before, and those benefits never end.  The well-connected "green energy" companies have grown accustomed to subsidies for solar panels and windmills.  The VA hospitals are a disgrace.  The national debt is almost twice what it was when Obama took over.  Government workers in the EPA, IRS and State Department have been using secret email accounts to stay out of trouble.  In Hillary Clinton's case, that didn't work out too well, but will she face the music or will she skate?  Mr. Obama has let terrorists leave the Guantanamo prison, and we all know they'll be back in the news before long.  Mr. Obama has designated large parts of the western U.S. as "national monuments," which will prevent anyone from extracting fossil fuels from that land.  He has also put the brakes on offshore oil drilling, especially in Alaska, where there is probably more oil than any of us can imagine.  Mr. Obama has stirred up more racial division in this country than it has experienced since the 1960's, because that's what "community organizers" do.  The people who work for the EPA, the IRS, NASA, the NLRB, the Department of Education, and the Department of Energy are constantly looking for ways to justify their agencies' continued existence (and expansion) and have probably never considered the idea that their jobs won't last forever.  All this junk has to be cleaned up by someone.


Trump dramatically shrinks Bears Ears National Monument and slashes another by half in the name of 'states' rights'.  President Donald Trump unveiled a plan Monday in Utah to dramatically scale back two national monuments — calling it an important move for 'states' rights.'  'Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington.  And guess what?  They're wrong,' he said in the cavernous Utah Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.  'The families and communities of Utah know and love this land the best.  And you know the best how to take care of your land.  You know how to protect it, and you know best how to conserve this land for many, many generations to come,' he said.

Trump's Plan To Overhaul National Monuments Law Is All About 'Righting Past Overreach'.  When President Donald Trump speaks in Utah on Monday, he will not only be resizing two controversial national monuments, his administration will also be making major changes to how federal lands are managed.  Trump will sign orders to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments as recommended by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.  However, that's only the first step in the administration's plan for the Antiquities Act.  In the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) will begin a larger conversation about how the Antiquities Act of 1906 is implemented once the president designates a national monument, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Trump is not 'shrinking a monument', he's reversing a shameless federal land grab.  The media are wetting themselves today because President Trump is "shrinking federal monuments." You'd think he was taking an axe to the Washington Monument and chopping it down.  But there are real monuments and then there are shameless federal land-grabs that get labeled "monuments" before a gullible news media that gladly adopt whatever language a Democratic president uses to spin his actions.  The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments were just that.  There are elements of these pieces of land that have some historical value, but Bill Clinton and Barack Obama exploited that to declare massive swaths of land part of the "monuments," which put them almost completely under federal control over the objection of the State of Utah and all of Utah's congressional delegation.  There was no cultural purpose to this.  None.  It was strictly an excuse to expand federal control over land.

White House work orders show infiltration of mice, roaches.  Maintenance workers were requested to take care of mice in the Situation Room and the White House Navy mess food service area over the past two years, according to work orders obtained by WRC-TV.  There were also reports of ants in the White House chief of staff's office and cockroach infestations on the grounds, WRC reported.  Other work orders include requests for furniture, a new toilet seat in the Oval Office, pictures to be hung and heating system repairs, among others.  An influx of work orders were made shortly after President Trump's inauguration.

White House work orders revealed ant, cockroach and mice infestations.  White House maintenance work orders this year show that the iconic building suffered from vermin struggles this year, according to News4.  News4 on Thursday [11/30/2017] reported that pest problems were among hundreds of 2017 filings to the General Services Administration (GSA) it obtained.  Maintenance workers were asked to address reports of mice intruding upon the White House Navy mess food service area and the building's Situation Room.

Obama's Trans Fat Ban May Force Iconic Cookie Company To Close.  The makers of Berger Cookies in Baltimore, Md., are concerned that that new rules will force them to discontinue their iconic cookie due to federal rules.  Under current proposed rules, companies will no longer be allowed to sell food containing partially hydrogenated oils, which contain trans fats, after June 18, 2018.  That rule will make it difficult for Charlie DeBaufre, president of DeBaufre Bakeries, to continue making the chocolate covered soft German-inspired cookies because the recipe contains trans fats.  DeBaufre has not been able to create the Berger cookie taste without the using trans-fat-free ingredients.

Obama's 'unaccompanied children' turn up big in latest MS13 gang sweep.  The latest federal gang sweep of 214 Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang thugs has turned up quite a panoply of the people President Obama sought to encourage and accomodate in the U.S. during his last years in office[.]

ICE agents rebel, say Trump 'betrayed' them by retaining Obama's people.  The country's immigration enforcement officers launched a website Tuesday demanding that President Trump do more to clean up their agency, saying he has left the Obama team in place and it's stymying his goal of enforcing laws on the books.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisors in Philadelphia banned officers from wearing bulletproof vests during an operation in the dangerous "badlands" section in the city's north for fear of offending the immigrant community, according to a new website, JICReport.com.  Meanwhile, officers in one Utah city are required to give city officials seven days' heads-up before arresting anyone — and by the time they go to make the arrest, the immigrants they are targeting have taken off, the website says.

Cleaning up the asylum mess left by Obama.  Days before President Obama left office, he removed asylum protections from Cubans who reach US soil in a desperate attempt to flee their oppressive country.  This was a strange contrast from the rest of the administration's efforts, which seemed to support granting asylum to any individual who enters the US by illegal means.  Now, the Trump Administration is left with the job of cleaning up the confusion and fraud the Obama Administration propelled.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking a leading role in combatting asylum fraud, alongside Trump's efforts to limit the number of asylum seekers entering the country.  This is not because these men do not want these people in our country, but because the system was expanded so significantly under the Obama Administration, agencies can no longer handle the load and maintain security.

6 Examples of Jeff Sessions' Cowardice.  [#2] Sessions has shirked his responsibility to take control of his own Department, overwhelmingly staffed by pro-Obama and pro-Clinton lawyers, 97 percent of which either voted for or donated to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.  As a result, Freedom of Information Act cases continue to be obstructed by lying DOJ lawyers, after years in the courts.  These lawsuits seek to force production of evidence about Obama and Clinton scandals, which include, as we have just learned through a leak to Circa News, the cover-up of an FBI investigation over bribery during the Obama administration — giving rise to Russia acquiring about 20 percent of America's strategic uranium reserves.

Trying to perpetuate alarmist climate "science".  Several months ago a brief furor erupted when the New York Times leaked the final draft of the upcoming Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), an extremely alarmist rendition of what is supposedly happening with Earth's climate.  Dangerous climate change and weather events, the report says, are due to mankind's use of fossil fuels to create and maintain modern living standards and to the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that result from that energy use.  The CSSR is being prepared by the federal Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and has been in the works for several years, mostly under Obama and still staffed by diehard alarmists.  The USGCRP consists of the 13 federal agencies that conduct and analyze climate science and supposedly "consensus" views on the topic.  The Times and other news stories speculated that one of the agencies, especially the EPA under Administrator Scott Pruitt, might block the CSSR.  This has not happened, and the Report is now scheduled for release next month.  The CSSR is far more alarmist than any IPCC report.  Most other USGCRP reports have been, as well, thanks in particular to NOAA.  The new CSSR will be an official Federal report, which will give it more credibility than it deserves.

Trump's $33 Billion Tax Cut You Didn't Know You Just Got.  In a recent editorial, we noted that President Trump's decision to get rid of President Obama's Clean Power Plan would be a major money-saver for companies and a deregulatory boost for the economy.  Now, new data actually put a dollar figure on it.  Senior Trump officials now estimate that the president's decision will save consumers some $33 billion [...] since they will avoid paying the much-higher costs that Obama had baked into the energy cake through his plan to cut CO2 emissions by 35% over the next 14 years.

Obama holdovers, vacancies remain at top levels of State Department.  While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump seem to have patched things up after a report claimed the top diplomat considered resigning over the summer, another source of tension remains — Tillerson's department still has numerous vacancies, while several Obama administration holdovers are in top positions.  "There is a serious problem within the Trump administration," said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  "Trump and Tillerson don't have full control over their State Department.  The way a president exercises control over the bureaucracy is to get as many of his people as possible into senior positions."

FDA Delays New Nutrition Facts Label Unveiled by Michelle Obama.  The Trump administration is delaying a regulation championed by former first lady Michelle Obama to redesign the Nutrition Facts label.  The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a rule delaying until 2020 the compliance date for regulations that will make listed calories on food larger in an attempt to fight obesity.  Mrs. Obama unveiled the new label in May 2016 as part of her anti-obesity "Let's Move" campaign.  Aside from increasing the font size of calories and the addition of "added sugars" on the label, the regulations even dealt with how to label dinner mints.  The regulations will cost food manufacturers an estimated $640 million.

No, Obama Didn't Prevent the Next Great Depression.  "Saving the economy from a great depression."  That was Barack Obama's response when asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace to identify his "biggest accomplishment."  In Obama's defense, it's not as though he enjoys a Reaganesque litany of accomplishments from which to choose — winning the Cold War, reversing a decade of economic stagnation, restoring America's sense of pride and optimism, etc.  With no significant part of the world better off today than when Obama entered office, any "accomplishment" he selected was going to be a stretch.  Nevertheless, it's simply not true that Obama saved the economy from the next great depression.  Quite the contrary, the federal government's own economic data shows that Obama actually inherited an emerging recovery.  The American economy was already rebounding before he even officially became president.  What he has done is impose policies that have resulted in the slowest decade of economic growth in recorded U.S. history.

78 Obama appointees 'burrowed' into career jobs, watchdog finds.  A government watchdog found that 78 political appointees of President Obama managed to "burrow" into career government jobs over a six-year period.  A Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Washington Times on Wednesday [9/27/2017] shows that seven of Mr. Obama's political appointees switched to career jobs without obtaining necessary approval from the Office of Personnel Management.  Of those, four were later denied the jobs by OPM and three left their posts.  Congressional Republicans warned Mr. Obama last year against moving political appointees into career positions, and President Trump has stated frequently that he believes some employees in the federal workforce are Obama holdovers working against his agenda.

Trump Removes Offshore Drilling Restrictions.  President Donald Trump issued an executive order reversing restrictions on offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans imposed by former President Barack Obama shortly before he left office.  Trump says the Obama restrictions unnecessarily closed access to important domestic energy resources.  Trump's order also instructs federal officials to assess the potential for energy exploration in recently declared or expanded marine sanctuaries in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Democrats' DACA dishonesty.  Fulfilling his role as the titular head of "The Resistance," Barack Obama took to Facebook Tuesday [9/5/2017] to snipe at the Trump administration's announcement that it was rescinding the 44th president's 2012 executive action called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  "We shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own," Obama said.  His post was florid and self-serving.  But five words in his lengthy screed — "through no fault of their own" — are undeniably true.  It's not the fault of the "Dreamers" that their parents brought them here, without papers, as minors.  On that we can agree.  But whose fault is it that they are still in limbo?  For that answer, Obama needn't take to social media.  He can simply look in the mirror.

Whitewashing the $20 Controversy.  It's hard to believe Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin understood the controversy he would ignite when he answered a CNBC reporter's question about whether he replace Andrew Jackson's portrait on the $20 bill with the hero of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman.  "Ultimately we will be looking at this issue," he said.  "It's not something I'm focused on at the moment."

Trump Upholds The Constitution By Dumping DACA, And Critics Freak Out.  Obama enacted DACA in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass immigration reforms he wanted.  Obama said that in the face of congressional inaction, he was going to reshape the country's immigration policy all on his own, or has he put it, take "steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people."  But even Obama described DACA as a "temporary, stopgap measure."  Well, within five years more than 800,000 illegals had been effectively granted amnesty under the program, and the "temporary" part of it had long been forgotten.  Obama also didn't seem to care if his move was constitutional or not.

Punish Americans for Their Heritage, but Reward 'Dreamers': How DACA Outrage Exposes the Left.  By now it is crystal clear:  the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was simply a way for President Obama to force his successor to make an unpopular decision.  For all the pejorative "populist" talk about President Trump, his predecessor could not countenance something he regarded as unpopular, especially to his base, and a potential future base of the Democrat Party.  The Obama doctrine across many aspects of his presidency was simply to kick the can down the road.

Trump rolls back racist Obama policy.  For more than a half-century, federal law has banned racial and sexual discrimination.  Employers are supposed to hire and promote based on ability, not skin tone or sex.  President Obama, however, wanted employers to consider race and sex.  President Trump just rolled that back.  Guess which man the media treats as racist.

Trump uncovers evidence of Dreamers loophole hidden by Obama.  Thousands of Dreamers have used a loophole in federal law to get on a full pathway to citizenship, top congressional Republicans revealed Friday [9/1/2017], citing government data withheld by the Obama administration but provided by the Trump administration.  The Dreamers were all part of DACA, the legally questionable amnesty program that's under scrutiny right now as President Trump decides whether to scrap the Obama-era amnesty.  The House and Senate Judiciary Committees revealed that more than 45,000 DACA recipients were approved for "advance parole," which is permission to leave and reenter the U.S. despite not being in permanent legal status here.

Looks like Andrew Jackson will stay on the $20 bill.  Currently, as you might know if you just got paid, it's Andrew Jackson, an early Democrat, on the $20.  He was a hero of the War of 1812 and a rough-hewn two-term president.  He was also a successful military leader in battles against native Americans during his era.  Last year, another two-term president, Barack Obama, approved a change that would delete Old Hickory's visage from the front and substituted it with Harriet Tubman's face.  The Bureau of Engraving and Printing says it has received no instructions yet to implement the changes, which candidate Donald Trump criticized as "pure political correctness."

Trump Administration Won't Commit To Putting Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill.  Anyone expecting to someday see Harriet Tubman's image grace the front of the $20 bill may be in for a long wait.  In a new interview, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin hinted that the Trump administration may back off the planned change that would have had Tubman take Andrew Jackson's place on the bill.  Speaking to CNBC today [8/31/2017], Mnuchin would only say that the Treasury will "consider" whether or not to move forward with the change from Jackson to Tubman.  The $20 bill is up for a scheduled redesign in 2020, regardless of whose face is on the front.

Trump Reverses Obama Plan to Collect Wage Information Based on Gender, Race, Ethnicity.  A year before leaving office, President Barack Obama announced new steps to narrow what was described as a gender pay gap.  Obama directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, to annually collect pay data by gender, race and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees.  On Wednesday [8/30/2017], the Trump administration put that Obama-era order on hold.  In a memo to the EEOC, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said it is launching a review of the effectiveness of the equal pay data collection initiative.  (Companies are still required to annually file information on the race/ethnicity and gender of their employees, but the wage information sought by Obama will not be included.)

200,000 deportation cases quietly 'closed' under Obama.  During the Obama era up to 200,000 deportation cases were "administratively closed" without action, a move that left tens of thousands of illegal immigrants free to roam America, sometimes indefinitely, according to a new report.  When added to those cases still pending court action, it brings the backlog of cases to about 800,000, far more than previously known.  In the report for the Center for Immigration Studies, former immigration judge Andrew R. Arthur said that there are some 100,000 cases that were closed, but told [the Washington Examiner] that it could be as high as 200,000.

Barack Obama's Legacy of Lies and Broken Promises on Afghanistan.  On issue after issue, Barack Obama passed the buck, making the situation worse than he found it and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces.  Health care, military preparedness, the national debt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan are some of the instances that come to mind.  What is galling is that because he is a Democrat, Obama was never held accountable for his fecklessness (or worse).  The press, and the establishment in general, allowed him to skate.  This is a big topic, but let's limit it to Afghanistan for the moment.

Trump to Rescind Obama Rule Forcing Doctors, Hospitals to Perform Gender Transition Treatments.  LGBT rights groups have raised alarm at the fact that the Trump administration is in the process of finalizing a policy that would rescind an Obama-era healthcare rule that opponents say requires hospitals, doctors and health insurers to cover or provide gender transition therapies and procedures.  The Hill reports that the Department of Justice is reviewing a proposed rule that has already cleared the Department of Health and Human Services that would rescind an HHS mandate instituted in 2016 that bars healthcare providers and insurers who receive federal tax dollars from denying treatment or coverage to patients on the basis of gender identity.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Poised to End Obama-Era Section 8 Housing Grants.  Following his reelection victory in 2012 President Obama removed the bidding process from section 8 housing; instead Obama's HUD initiated grants to their hand-selected organizations.  After years of lost lawsuits the HUD bidding process is set to return.

Obama eased rules to welcome 1 million illegal youths, status now in doubt.  In its rush to welcome over one million illegal immigrant youths from Latin America, the Obama administration turned a blind eye to criminal acts and eased rules governing legal entry, according to newly uncovered documents.  Emails, budgets and training manuals provided to the Immigration Reform Law Institute show, for example, that the controversial Obama program to defer deportation allowed them to stay if they held several documents, such as Social Security numbers and federal tax return checks, that are illegal for non-citizens to have.

Obamas Left The White House A Mess:  Leaky Faucets, Chipped Paint, Failing Heat, Crumbling Steps, Etc..  Former First Lady Michelle Obama openly shared her disdain for life inside the White House.  She even went so far as to demean it as a house "built by slaves" and that residing there was like "living in a cave."  Perhaps that has something to do with the fact the People's House is now literally crumbling in disrepair as outlined today by the AP: [...]

Retired generals, admirals thank Trump for announcing ban on transgender troops.  More than a dozen retired generals and admirals have signed a letter to President Trump thanking him for his announced policy to ban transgender people from the armed forces.  "We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President Obama's transgender social experiment," the conservative retired flag officers wrote.  "There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long-term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president."  The letter came as the Palm Center, a research nonprofit that promotes the LGBT agenda, released a competing statement from 56 retired admirals and generals who say reimposing the ban will hurt readiness, not help it.

Obama wasn't king, and his laws aren't set in stone.  Obama's abuses of the Antiquities Act of 1906 are well known, including designation of an ocean monument off New England to kill fishing an unauthorized park parading as a monument in rural Maine to kill logging and milling and the 1.3 million acre Bear Ears in Utah to placate environmentalists. [...] Unencumbered by a hoped-for legal precedent, Obama abused the Antiquities Act as no president in history.  Along with others, I condemned his actions as outrageously illegal and, on Fox News and in the Washington Examiner, called upon President Trump to vacate them.  To his credit, Trump directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to begin the process.

Why do we have an EPA museum?  [Scroll down]  The Trump administration is at odds with the EPA?  Half the country is!  This is the agency that destroyed the Animas River by allowing 3.5 million gallons of toxins and heavy metals to flood it while "cleaning up" an abandoned mine.  No one went to jail for that either.  But the EPA did spend more than $300,000 on this museum outside the EPA Credit Union, and opened it three days before President Trump took office.

Seven Ways Trump Is Taking Back America's Culture.  [#4] The president signed a resolution in April that overturned Obama's rule — enacted during his last days as president — that forced states to provide family planning grants under Title X to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  The House approved H.J. Res. 43, introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), in February.  The resolution used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Obama administration rule, enacted during the last days of the former president's term.  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) sponsored the measure in the Senate.  Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote at the end of March to enable approval in that chamber after Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against it.

Trump right to reverse Obama's transgender experiment on the military.  The military's sole purpose is to smash and destroy enemies.  Even when it is merely used as a deterrent, the military's usefulness derives entirely from its ability to accomplish that goal in battle.  This means all decisions about how the military is run should be subordinated to questions of military effectiveness, including morale, discipline, equipment, logistics, troop readiness and the like.

Treasury Department Ending Ineffective Obama Retirement Program.  The Treasury Department is ending an ineffective Obama program that promised to help millions of Americans save for retirement, the government announced Friday [7/28/2017].  Treasury announced the myRA program would be phased out, after costing taxpayers $70 million though few Americans used the program.  Former president Barack Obama used his 2014 State of the Union address to launch the myRA program, with a promise to "help millions" to save for retirement.  Two years later, only 20,000 had signed up.

Ten Accomplishments By John Kelly At Homeland Security.  [#1] He sidelined most of the top staff picked by Obama and allowed the department's border and enforcement agents to actually enforce the nation's immigration law.  The result is that more than 70,000 illegals have been sent home by motivated agents, including many of the MS-13 gang members invited by Obama to live in the United States since 2011.

Army Was Preparing Women To Shower With Men As Part of Transgender Training.  Have you heard of the Pentagon's "Transgender Inclusion" agenda, first launched by President Obama?  Near the end of Obama's second term, his Secretary of Defense Ash Carter set out "transgender inclusive" military policies that were supposed to be put in effect a few weeks ago on July 1st, 2017.  Right now, this policy has not been completely removed, it has only been "delayed" for another six months.

BOOM: "Trump Jr.  Entrapped by Obama White House to Obtain FISA Warrant and Spy on Campaign".  It's now clear that Barack Obama and his administration orchestrated meetings between certain Trump associates and Russian officials in order to justify FISA wiretaps.  It's just that simple.  They abused the FISA system to extract intelligence that they could then leak.  All of that happened and they still lost.

Pentagon Considers Canceling Program That Recruits Immigrant Soldiers.  The Pentagon is considering pulling out of a deal it made with thousands of noncitizen recruits with specialized skills:  Join the military and we'll put you on the fast track to citizenship.  The proposal to dismantle the program would cancel enlistment contracts for many of the foreign-born recruits, leaving about 1,000 of them without legal protection from deportation.

Pentagon Halts Obama's Transgender Endorsement Plan.  The Secretary of Defense has frozen a decision by former President Barack Obama to recruit transgender soldiers this year, and a new poll shows the planned recruitment freeze is very popular.  Two of every three swing voters say the Pentagon should postpone plans to accept "transgender" people who are trying to live as members of the opposite sex, according to the new poll by Rasmussen Reports.  Defense Secretary James Mattis explained his July 30 decision to delay Obama's plan for six months, just before it was to begin operating.

Don't Stop With Paris.  The Paris climate agreement is a treaty.  We are not talking here about a bob-and-weave farce like the Iran nuclear deal.  That arrangement, the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," was shrewdly packaged as an "unsigned understanding" — concurrently spun, depending on its apologists' need of the moment, as a non-treaty (in order to evade the Constitution's requirements), or as a binding international commitment (in order to intimidate the new American administration into retaining it).  The climate agreement, to the contrary, is a formal international agreement.  Indeed, backers claim this "Convention" entered into force — i.e., became internationally binding — upon the adoption of "instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession" by a mere 55 of the 197 parties. [...] Yes, President Obama gave his assent to the agreement in his characteristically cagey manner:  He waited until late 2016 to "adopt" the convention — when there would be no practical opportunity to seek Senate approval before he left office.

Manchester bombing's Libya roots: another mess Obama left for Trump.  After the Manchester bombing, can President Trump keep saying America has "no role" to play in Libya?  Libya keeps popping up in the investigation into the attack by British suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed at least 22 people and injured 59 at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night [5/22/2017].  Abedi spent the last three weeks of his life in Libya, his father's birthplace, before returning to his native Manchester.  As Britain's security forces dig deeper into Abedi's ISIS connections, making additional arrests in England and Libya, one thing is clear:  The country we helped rid of dictator Moammar Khadafy is a mess — which is just how the Islamist terrorists like it.

Obama Holdouts In Trump Administration Hiding Hillary Emails For Years.  Judicial Watch's President Tom Fitton is astounded:  The Trump officials he finds working on Freedom of Information cases he files are still, typically, Obama holdovers.  Those holdovers, he told The Daily Caller News Foundation, are telling Judicial Watch it will be years before it can get former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.  "Frankly," Fitton told TheDCNF, "we should be waiting just a few months for them to get their act together."  Trump should take the point of view that the government belongs to Americans — and its agencies need to tell the people what they are up to, Fitton said.  "If there is no good reason for withholding information, give it to them and give it to them quickly."

HUD Watchdog Kept 14 Fraud Reports Hidden From Public.  A government watchdog withheld at least 14 reports that revealed department-wide problems that allow fraud and waste at a cabinet-level agency, The Daily Caller News Foundation's (TheDCNF) Investigative Group has learned.  The reports concern issues plaguing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including felons illegally living in federally-funded homes, tax fraud and millions of dollars sitting in unused bank accounts for years.  The department's 2017 budget is $48.9 billion and it has 8,375 employees.

Yes, President Trump Can Undo Controversial National Monuments.  [Barack Obama] was the king of Antiquities Act abuse, designating more monuments covering more area than any prior president.  He tripled the total area restricted, adding more than 500 million acres in new and expanded monuments.  Most of this area was locked up during the last year of Obama's presidency, once he was no longer accountable to voters.  There's a reason presidents designate "midnight" monuments at the end of their terms:  they can be extremely controversial when people depend on the use of areas being closed off to support their families.  Take Bears Ears National Monument.  In the final weeks of his presidency, President Obama declared 1.35 million acres in Utah off-limits, over the objections of the governor, Utah's congressional delegation, and local governments.  Shortly before, a poll found that only 19% of Utahans supported the monument.

Trump Ends Obama's African Ebola Amnesty.  In a refreshing move, the Trump administration is eliminating one of Barack Obama's many outrageous amnesty initiatives, this one involving illegal immigrants from African countries affected by the Ebola virus a few years ago.  The Ebola amnesty scandal got buried in the hoopla of the administration's broad executive order protecting millions of illegal alien Mexicans and Central Americans, but it was just as alarming.  Launched in 2014, the Ebola reprieve was issued separately — and quietly — via a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program that's supposed to be short-term.  Under the plan, the administration designated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months.  That's how it always starts — for a short period of time then it grows into years.  Before you know it, illegal aliens who benefit from TPS for humanitarian reasons are legal residents enjoying all the generous perks — free education, food stamps, medical care etc. — that Uncle Sam has to offer.

Trump to order review of national monuments.  President Donald Trump ordered his Interior Department to review of tens of millions of acres of land and water set aside as national monuments by the past three presidents on Wednesday [4/26/2017], a move that environmental groups warn will undermine a crucial conservation tool and open up sensitive areas to fossil fuel development.  The review will be conducted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and will encompass two dozen of monuments created over the past 21 years, although the main focus will be on President Barack Obama's designation last year of Bears Ears National monument, as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument protected by President Bill Clinton in 1996.  Both of those are in Utah, and the state's lawmakers have pressed to revoke the monument status for the two sites, which are believed to hold fossil fuel resources.

Obama's Chickens Coming Home To Roost.  If you believe your random mainstream media outlet of choice, North Korea and Syria were crises freshly spawned by this administration with no prior history.  But these ticking time bombs are the direct result of the two terrible terms of his predecessor.  The Nobel Peace Prize winner's years in the White House were the most dysfunctional, schizophrenic and senseless eight years of our national foreign policy.  His domestic policy was a disaster, but it was a radioactive toxic waste dump with clear and consistent goals.  ObamaCare, the abuses of the Justice Department, the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency were the naturally terrible outcome of left-wing policies being implemented with inevitably terrible results.  But Obama's foreign policy was a wildly inconsistent mess.

How the Trump Administration Is Working to Clean Up the Messes It Inherited.  Like a bachelor before a date, the Obama administration rushed around during the transition hiding dirty laundry for the incoming administration.  And now, almost 100 days in, the Trump team is still working to find and undo a handful of underreported bureaucratic messes left behind.  The Obama administration was on cruise control before the election because almost everyone in the president's circle was sure that Hillary Clinton would win.  However, as reality set in, the president and his team rushed through a series of regulatory measures, leaving behind a few dirty socks for the Trump administration to pick up.

Time for the US to stop arming its enemies.  No one expects the Trump administration to reverse the disastrous effects of the Obama-supported Muslim Brotherhood's hijacking of the "Arab Spring" in the Middle East that increased the regional contest for supremacy in the Islamic world.  The rivalry has intensified between the Sunni camp led by Saudi Arabia and the Shiite camp led by Iran — each with its pet terrorist organizations.  It's hard to overstate how much damage was done by the Obama administration's misjudgment that Sunni jihadists and Shia Iran were somehow friendly to us and could be useful tools of American policy.

Obama's Chaos Strategy:  The Case of the IRS IED.  As Lois Lerner attempts to garner the public's sympathy and a sealing of her testimony in a federal case looking into the targeting of political opponents during the Obama Administration, new reports now suggest that the House of Representatives will recommend the Department of Justice (DOJ) file criminal charges against her.  Lerner is the former IRS Exempt Organizations Director and, as such, she is the central player in the pending explosion of the Obama era IRS scandal.  The IRS targeting scandal of profiling and harassing conservative political groups began in March 2010, shortly after the January 2010 Citizens United case was decided by the Supreme Court.  No Tea Party applications were approved for the next 27 months, while numerous liberal groups were routinely cleared.

Trump Revokes Obama's Parting Gift to Planned Parenthood.  States will once again be able to defund Planned Parenthood after President Trump overturned an 11th-hour Obama administration regulation protecting funding for the nation's biggest abortion provider.  Trump signed into law on Thursday [4/13/2017] a bill reversing a Department of Health and Human Services regulation signed in December that prevented states from blocking funding for Planned Parenthood.  Obama's regulation reversed the policies of more than a dozen states that had prevented federal Medicaid dollars or other federal reimbursements from going to clinics that perform abortions.  Trump signed the legislation one month after he said that he would continue to direct taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood if it stopped performing abortions.  The organization performs more than 300,000 abortions each year — about one-third of the national total.

Trump Signs Resolution Overturning Obama Planned Parenthood State Funding Mandate.  President Donald Trump signed a resolution Thursday that overturns former President Barack Obama's rule that forced states to provide family planning grants under Title X to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  In a signing ceremony that was closed to the press, Trump signed H.J. Res. 43, which allows states to withhold federal funds from facilities that provide abortions.  In attendance were Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Seema Verma, Susan B. Anthony president Marjorie Dannenfelser, and Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America.

Hunters and Anglers Object to Last-Minute Lead Ban.  Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), issued a directive to phase out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle within the nation's wildlife refuges and other federal lands controlled by the agency.  The directive bans the use of lead in ammunition and fishing tackle on more than 307 million acres of federal land, effective January 2022.  The FWS action expands the existing ban on the use of lead shot for hunting migratory waterfowl to all types of ammunition and fishing equipment that use lead for all species on FWSmanaged lands.  Ashe issued the directive on January 19, the day before he left the agency as President Donald Trump took the oath of office as president.

Trump Stops Last-Minute Obama Pool-Pump Rule.  President Donald Trump thwarted a last-minute attempt by the Obama administration to place a new restriction on an obscure consumer product:  swimming pool pumps.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a rule on January 18, two days before Trump officially took office, requiring manufacturers to reduce consumer pool pumps' energy consumption, starting in 2021.  On January 20, Trump issued a presidential memorandum calling for a freeze on new federal regulations and for regulations undergoing public review to be delayed to face additional scrutiny.  The presidential memorandum delays the regulation's enactment indefinitely.

Obama's $77 Billion climate funds stash found — will be gutted.  President Donald Trump will find the job of reining in spending on climate initiatives made harder by an Obama-era policy of dispersing billions of dollars in programs across dozens of agencies — in part so they couldn't easily be cut.  There is no single list of those programs or their cost, because President Barack Obama sought to integrate climate programs into everything the federal government did.  The goal was to get all agencies to take climate into account, and also make those programs hard to disentangle, according to former members of the administration.

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What is Going On (Part III)?  The eye opening chart [left] shows you how far we've come since 2000, or how far we've fallen, depending on your point of view.  It looks to me like Trump has been handed a bucket of [excrement] by his egotistical sociopathic boastful predecessor.  Obama can now concentrate on his true passions — his NCAA pool and golf — while Trump is left to try and clean up a $20 trillion mess.


Obama's Role in Undermining Trump's Presidency.  If Congress is looking for something to investigate, it should perhaps start first with the shadow apparatus that Obama has erected for himself after leaving office.  Our former president has set up shop just a couple of miles from the White House, and brought along his top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, who has reportedly moved into the Obama's new home.  Obama is continuing to influence Washington, D.C. and nationwide politics through the mobilization of tens of thousands of volunteers under the umbrella of Organizing for Action (OFA).  Oddly, on Twitter, Obama continues to identify himself as president, rather than as a former president.  "Unbeknownst to most Americans, Barack Obama is the first ex-president in 228 years of U.S. history to structure and lead a political organization, a shadow government, for the explicit purpose of sabotaging his successor-duly elected President Donald Trump," writes Scott S. Powell for American Thinker.  Obama's group, OFA, has been organizing with the Soros-linked Indivisible.

EPA to announce reversal on fuel economy standards next week.  The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a change in automobile emissions standards next week, undoing a last minute effort by the Obama administration to lock in the rules through 2025. [...] As I noted last month, a group of 18 automakers sent the Trump administration a letter asking for a reconsideration of fuel standards.  The Obama administration had until 2018 to complete a midterm review of the progress made by automakers.  They had hoped for some relief from the standards during that review.  Instead, the administration rushed through the process and announced a final decision one week before Trump took office.

Schumer's plan to Keep Obama appointees in power.  Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democrats continue to snub President Trump by slowing down Senate confirmation of his Cabinet appointments.  Their underlying goal is to allow remaining Obama-appointed bureaucrats to do as much damage to the Trump administration as they can before leaving.  CNN reported last week that "Trump is noticeably behind the last three presidents when it comes to securing the confirmation of his Cabinet and other top appointments that require Senate approval."

Obama, Organizing for Action, and the Death Throes of the Democratic Party.  Political correctness remains so dominant in language and culture in the U.S., that no one dares utter the word "sedition."  Unbeknownst to most Americans, Barack Obama is the first ex-president in 228 years of U.S. history to structure and lead a political organization, a shadow government, for the explicit purpose of sabotaging his successor — duly elected President Donald Trump.  The primary vehicle of this campaign is Organizing for Action (OFA), legally founded in January 2013 by First Lady Michelle Obama and her husband's 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, with input from David Axelrod.  Being respectful and accepting loss when your team doesn't win — essential for the functioning of any electoral representative democracy and a fundamental lesson every child used to learn through playing competitive sports — has been destroyed by the left and appears no longer relevant for many in today's millennial generation.

Krauthammer: Obama WH Officials Engaged in 'Revenge of the Losers' to Make Trouble for Trump.  For weeks now, some of the reporting around Russia and the intel community has concerned actions of members of the Obama administration and holdovers serving under Trump.  President Trump himself and others have argued that the big leaks are coming from those holdovers, and one report last month said that Obama loyalists engaged in a "months-long campaign" to take down Michael Flynn in the name of preserving the Iran deal.  And now this week there's a new report that Obama White House officials rushed to leave a "clear trail of intelligence" on Russia for the right people to investigate once President Trump was sworn in.

Nearly 40 Leaks of Classified Information Reported in 2016.  Agencies across the federal government reported at least 37 leaks of classified information in 2016, more than double the number of criminal leaks reported in 2015, according to new information from the Department of Justice that highlights the government's inability to crack down on this illegal behavior.  The unauthorized disclosure of highly classified information has received renewed attention in recent weeks following what the Washington Free Beacon first described as a targeted campaign against Trump administration officials by Obama administration loyalists still operating inside the government.  Sources in and out of the White House said this campaign began in late 2016, before Obama left office.

Trump:  Obama is behind leaks.  President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of instigating a series of leaks within the administration and the raucous town hall meetings facing Republican lawmakers across the country.  The White House has faced a wave of leaks to the media since inauguration day more than a month ago, as the administration works to fill hundreds of remaining vacancies, leaving temporary Obama administration holdovers in place. [...] Speaking with Fox News on Monday [2/27/2017], President Trump suggested that his predecessor, President Obama, was responsible for both the recent flood of leaks and disruptions of town hall meetings held by Republican lawmakers.

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Exclusive: Lawmakers to Request Probe of $418M Arms Sale to Kenya on Obama's Last Day.  A group of lawmakers is planning to request a congressional investigation of a $418 million U.S. weapons sale to Kenya approved by the Obama administration on its last day in office.  The sale, approved by the State Department and privately notified to Congress on January 19, would allow Kenya to buy 14 weaponized crop-duster-like planes — including two trainer planes and services, for missions against terrorist group al-Shabaab.  The deal was publicly announced the Monday after Trump's inauguration.

State Officials Want Trump To Reverse Obama's Last-Minute Election Power Grab.  State officials across the nation are fighting former President Barack Obama's last-minute decision to impose federal authority over state-run election systems, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), which includes officials from all 50 states and U.S. territories, appealed to President Donald Trump in a resolution approved Saturday [2/18/2017] at the group's winter meeting to overturn the Obama policy, but doing so may encounter unexpected resistance from the new administration.  Obama ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jan. 6, 2017, to classify local and state election systems under the new federal designation of "critical infrastructure."

Obama Hacks Reveal Incoming Trump Administration Tried to Prevent Debacle at the U.N..  It looks like the leaks continue to arrive, although — thus far — they're backdated to the days of the lame-duck losers known as the Obama administration.  A more bitter, thrashing bunch of lightweights we'll hopefully never see again.  Thought experiment:  imagine the press outcry had the same kind of leaks, from an outgoing Bush 43 administration, attempted to disrupt an incoming Obama presidency in 2009.

On His Way Out of Office, Obama Conferred Broad New Powers on the NSA.  Hmmm, I wonder why he did that on his way out the door and with his loyalists still in the government and ready, willing, and now enabled to leak classified NSA intercepts to the press?  Michael Walsh notes this January 12, 2017 report from the New York Times which received little attention when it was published.  But now Walsh is very attentive towards it.

Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers.  One of the things about the IC is that "existing rules" are made to be broken whenever one of its unaccountable minions feels like it; these are people who lie and cheat for a living.  And the genius of the Democrats — something for the GOP to think about next time — is that they were able to leverage the transition in order to change as many rules and embed as many apparatchiks as possible before formally turning over the reins to the new kids.

Beware the CRA: How Obama's midnight rules are backfiring.  Today [2/15/2017], the Senate voted to repeal a late Obama administration directive to the Social Security Administration, to flag and block certain people receiving disability insurance benefits from purchasing guns.  A few minutes from now, the House will vote to repeal a rule created by the Department of Labor in August, barring states from requiring drug tests as a condition for receiving unemployment benefits, along with another rule on retirement savings plans.  The House and Senate have been occupied lately with repealing late Obama-era regulations on coal mining, fracking, land management and teacher training.  Expect more of this in the coming days.  Believe it or not, this is one of the most productive and lasting things Congress can do without 60 Democratic votes in the Senate.

Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers.  This story, from the Jan. 12, 2017, edition of the New York Times, was little-remarked upon at the time, but suddenly has taken on far greater significance in light of current events.

A Monumental Mistake.  In December, in the final weeks of his presidency, President Obama single-handedly created the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, despite opposition from the state's governor, its congressional delegation, and the local elected officials that represent the area.  Obama did so using his executive powers under the 1906 Antiquities Act, a Progressive Era law that allows presidents to unilaterally declare federal land off limits to most forms of development.  The local backlash was fierce.  Representative Jason Chaffetz called the decision "a slap in the face to the people of Utah."  Governor Gary Herbert said it "disregards the well-being and interests of rural Americans."  And Senator Mike Lee vowed to "work tirelessly with Congress and the incoming Trump administration to honor the will of the people of Utah and undo this designation."

Barack Obama's 'folks' working under Trump blasted for 'causing chaos in White House'.  An American political commentator dragged Barack Obama's name and administration through the mud as she blamed the recent "leaks" involving Michael Flynn on his associates working for Trump.  Scottie Nell Hughes, who worked for CNN during the 2016 US election, accused Obama's "folks" of creating chaos within President Trump's administration, which has distracted him from putting "America first".

Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn.  The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump's national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.  The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes — the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber — included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn's credibility, multiple sources revealed.

Obama Fundamentally Transformed  America  the Democrats.  Since President Trump's inauguration, the headlines are all about leftist groups forcing Democratic Party politicians to adopt their strategy of "Resist!" and claiming President Trump is a threat to the country.  Believe your eyes:  women in pink [...] hats led by a jihadi-supporting Muslim in a hijab, and youths in black masks attacking Trump supporters with clubs, are precisely what they look like — ideologues and extremists.  So where did all these agitators come from?  From the moment he entered the Oval Office, Obama staffed up a leftwing DOJ, EPA and Department of Education, and began to target blacks, conservationists, and millennials with his leftwing, divisive messages.  Enormous sums of money were lavished on radical groups and agendas.

Eliminate regulations that don't actually help the environment.  On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to roll back two regulations finalized in the waning days of the Obama administration.  One rule is an Interior Department regulation targeting coal mining debris that ends up in steams; another was a financial disclosure rule emanating from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.  Both rules are under threat because of a little-known law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that is about to take center stage.

President Obama Bans Offshore Drilling in North Atlantic and Arctic.  Obama's action bans drilling in almost all American waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, as well as in federal waters stretching from New England to Virginia.  The December 20, 2016 Washington Times reports, President Obama's action clearly targeted the Trump administration, trying to limit Trump's ability to undo Obama's environmental legacy.  In a conference call Obama administration officials claimed President-elect Trump would be unable to overturn the ban, saying while the 1953 law gives a president authority to ban drilling in areas, it contains no specific provisions giving a president power to reopen them.

Palestine confirms it received $221m from Obama despite last ditch block attempt by Trump.  The Palestinian Authority has confirmed $221 million from Barack Obama during his last hours as president — despite a last-ditch attempt by his successor Donald Trump to block it.  The huge transfer was one of Mr Obama's last acts in the White House with the cash being released just hours before Donald Trump was inaugurated last Friday.  However, the new president's administration attempted to freeze the transfer, with two Republican congressman requesting a hold.

Report: Trump Freezes Obama's $221 Million Payout to the Palestinians.  That $221 million transfer to the Palestinian Authority former Secretary of State John Kerry snuck through hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office may not be happening anytime soon, The Times of Israel reports.  A senior Palestinian source told the Times that the Trump administration informed PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah that it is freezing the transfer of the $221 million payout and that the funds "were not expected to be handed over in the immediate future."

Democrats And Republicans Unite To Rescind Last-Minute Obama Order Seeking Federal Election Takeover.  All 50 state secretaries of state are urging the Trump administration to rescind a last-minute Department of Homeland Security directive calling state election systems "critical infrastructure."  Many state officials fear this is the first step toward a federal takeover of state-run elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  While deep political discord may be found on other issues, state secretaries — who oversee all election machinery — appear completely united against the former administration's attempt to insert the federal government into state-run elections.

State Department reviewing Obama's last minute aid to the PA.  The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the final hours of the Obama administration, The Associated Press reported Tuesday [1/24/2017].  On Monday, the same news agency revealed that former President Barack Obama defied Republican opposition and quietly released the money to the PA just before Donald Trump became president.  The State Department said on Tuesday it would look at the payment and could make adjustments to ensure it complies with the Trump administration's priorities.

Bailing Out the Palestinian Authority.  President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surprised many observers by devoting so much of their waning time in office to excoriating Israel.  But it turns out they had more mischief planned:  a last-minute Palestinian bailout.  Only three hours before President Donald Trump's inauguration, the Obama administration notified Congress that it would send $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA).  The funding had previously been blocked by two separate congressional holds, which are usually respected by the executive branch.

Obama defied Congress to hand $220 million to Palestinians in dying hours of his time in office.  Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.  A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning.  The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday.

US Sent $221 Million To Palestinians In Obama's Last Hours.  Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.

Obama's sneaky last slap at Israel.  President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry just couldn't resist taking one final, sneak parting shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  The administration sent the Palestinian Authority $221 million in funding that members of Congress had blocked over the PA's rogue diplomatic moves.  But it's the way they did it that makes the move so petty.  The funding was released in the very last moments of Obama's presidency, as Donald Trump prepared to take the oath of office.  Congress got official, written notification that morning, and word didn't leak out until this week.

Obama's Parting Gift:  Trillion-Dollar Deficits As Far As The Eye Can See.  Barack Obama came into the White House in 2009 promising a "new era of responsibility."  What he's left President Trump is a government careening toward fiscal ruin.  That's what the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office shows.

Obama Wastes Another $500 Million for UN Climate Fund.  Of course, this money will go to dictators and bad guys in many areas.  Well, the money that makes it out of the hands of the United Nations, which doesn't exactly have a great track record of competence and fiscal responsibility.  And, what money makes it beyond the greedy hands of  3rd world  developing nation leaders, will be position as being from the UN, rather than the United States.  Obama's just throwing money that taxpayers earned with hard work away, and all for nothing.

Trump and Obama's Legacy of Racism.  Day one.  Every Trump cabinet official will learn how the Obama administration has made racial resentment the major focus of everything they do.  And they have been doing that daily for eight years.  Job one:  The Trump brigade will have to decide whether to ignore it, pretend it is good, or rip it out by the roots.  Not one future cabinet member, or their boss at Trump Tower, has indicated they are aware of how widespread this is.

Obama Trying to Fill Dozens of Federal Posts Before Trump's Inauguration.  President Obama is rushing to fill almost 100 federal government vacancies, some requiring Senate confirmation, before he leaves office on Friday and Donald Trump enters the White House.  Obama has appointed 72 individuals to federal positions and another 17 for nominations that require Senate approval since New Year's Day, according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.  Several of the jobs are for White House officials who will remain in their posts after President-elect Trump takes office.  On Monday night [1/16/2017], Obama announced the appointments of 27 people to government jobs and nominated two others for jobs that need Senate confirmation, the New York Post reported.

Where did he find $500 million?
Obama gives another $500 million to Green Climate Fund.  The Obama administration approved another $500 million contribution for a United Nations' climate fund on Tuesday [1/17/2017], a move that is expected to infuriate Republicans who have sought to stop the payments.  The payment to the U.N. Green Climate Fund was approved for the second year in a row.  The payments are part of the U.S.'s obligation under the Paris climate change agreement.

Obama rushes to fill dozens of federal jobs before leaving office.  President Obama rushed to fill nearly 100 federal government vacancies during a frenzy of appointments in his final few weeks in office.  Since the new year, Obama has named 72 people to federal job openings and nominated another 17 for positions requiring Senate confirmation, according to CBS reporter Mark Knoller.  On Monday night [1/16/2017], Obama announced appointments for 27 officials to government positions and named two to jobs requiring Senate confirmation.  The wave of announcements includes several White House officials, who will serve well after Obama leaves office.

Obama appoints Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes to posts.  President Obama might be done in the White House in three days, but that doesn't mean he's not going to make sure some his top administration officials and favorite athletes don't get plum assignments first.  The White House released a list of new appointments Tuesday morning and some top Obama administration names were included.  Among them were Valerie Jarrett, his White House senior adviser, and Susan Rice, the national security adviser, who will both become general trustees to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump.  President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration Tuesday, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimacy with fake allegations and "binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises."

Disregard all those farewells: Obama isn't really leaving.  Obama took half of December off after a year-end news conference.  He's still appointing boards and commissions to place supporters in jobs before the other guy takes over.  He will increase his record number of drug-dealer prison commutations.  More Guantanamo releases are scheduled.

Obama Expects Trump to Respect New Migration Pact with Cuba.  Part of President Barack Obama's motivation in ending a practice that gave undocumented Cuban migrants who reached US soil the right to remain appears to have been a desire to discourage Donald Trump from reversing the process of normalization with Cuba.

On His Way Out, Obama Moves To Make National Elections Less Secure.  In yet another move by the Obama administration to stick its thumb in the nation's eye on the way out, it has decided to have the federal government meddle in state and local elections.  It's yet another terrible decision that Donald Trump is going to have to undo.

Obama accused of wrecking Trump's transition.  A leading House Republican charges that President Obama is implementing a "scorched earth" exit strategy aimed at undermining President-elect Trump first months while cementing his own legacy through a frenzy of midnight regulations.  California Rep. Darrell Issa also hit Obama's post-campaign effort to blame Russia for the outcome of the election, which has sparked some Democrats to suggest that the results are illegitimate.

For the First Time, Lady Liberty Depicted as a Woman of Color on U.S. Currency.  For the first time in American history, Lady Liberty will be portrayed as a woman of color on United States currency.  In celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury's 225th anniversary, the new $100 coin was unveiled on Thursday featuring Lady Liberty as a black woman.  Since the passage of the Coinage Act in 1792, all coins are required to feature an "impression emblematic of liberty," in either words or images.  Until the new coin designed by Justin Kunz was unveiled, Lady Liberty had always been depicted as a white woman.

Lady Liberty is African-American in new commemorative coin.  Lady Liberty appears "in a new light, as an African-American woman," in a $100 gold coin unveiled Thursday [1/12/2017], officials at the U.S. Mint have announced.  The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin shows a woman's head in profile with a crown of stars.  It features the year of the Philadelphia mint's founding, 1792, as well as 2017.  The reverse side of the coin depicts an eagle in flight.  The coin is the first in a series.  Future 24-karat gold coins will show Liberty in designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans, according to the mint.  From the late 18th through the early 20th century, most U.S. coins featured depictions of Liberty as a woman of Europen ancestry.

The Editor says...
Given the current political climate in this country, the president who discontinues any series of coins or currency depicting protected minorities will be branded as a racist, even if all he's doing is restoring one of America's traditions.

The Bobbytrapped Presidency.  The Democrats are doing all they can to spike Donald Trump's presidency before it gets off the ground.  His path is littered with snares and pitfalls.  Among other things, the Obama administration is taking a series of executive actions that the Democrats say Trump can't undo.  I am not sure how that works; as a general rule, one would think that anything a president can order, the next president can countermand.

Obama is Using the Russians As an Excuse to Expand Federal Power Over Elections.  The Obama Administration is leaving office much like the way it came in — by exploiting perceived crises.  "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," Rahm Emanuel, Obama's just-named chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of top CEOs in November 2008 while his boss was still president-elect.  Since then a slew of constitutionally dubious executive orders, presidential emergencies, and rushed legislation have characterized the Obama presidency.  Now he is leaving office by issuing a blizzard of "midnight regulations" and edicts.

Obama administration cuts premiums on federal mortgage insurance.  With days left before President-elect Trump's team takes over, the Obama administration announced Monday [1/9/2017] that it would cut premiums on mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration, a move meant to aid homebuyers that will serve as a bonus to the housing industry but will antagonize fiscally conservative Republicans.  Julian Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, presented the rate cut, the second in as many years, as a timely move to help people facing high costs for home loans.

Issa Introduces Bill To Wipe Out Last Minute Obama Regulations.  Republicans have put forward a plan to stop Obama administration's last minute regulations Tuesday [1/4/2017].  These "midnight regulations" published after the 2016 presidential election could cost the American taxpayer over $44 billion.  California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa re-introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow Congress to overturn executive branch regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing presidential administration.  The bill amends the Congressional Review Act, which would allow Congress to recoup the ability to essentially curb numerous regulations rushed through the regulatory process in the last days of an outgoing administration at one time.

The rest of the story:  What Obama won't tell you about his legacy.  President Barack Obama is not going quietly into the night.  He has used that pen of his to sign a rash of last-minute executive orders commuting the sentences of some prisoners, pardoning others, banning drilling off the Atlantic coast and in parts of the Arctic Ocean, and declaring 1.65 million acres of desert in Utah and Nevada as national monuments.

America to Obama:  Stop now.  You lost.  Since November, Obama has conducted a flurry of actions and issued executive orders that have not just irked Trump voters, but also many Democrats.  His list of last-minute political maneuvers is impressive.  He gave an order to the EPA to proceed with its controversial Stream Protection Rule that even further curtails the coal industry; designated the majority of government-owned Artic lands closed to drilling; commuted the sentences of more prisoners than all of the last six presidents combined; sped up the refugee resettlement process; permitted the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution declaring all Israeli settlement activity to be illegal; and designated over 1.5 million acres for two new national monuments, Gold Butte in Nevada and Bears Ears in Utah.

Obama going out in a blaze of self-interest.  Despite a remarkable lack of evidence that the Russians "hacked" the election (as opposed to their more obvious complicity in the WikiLeaks shenanigans), the conviction that Hillary Clinton lost because of Putin's skulduggery is rapidly gelling into liberal conventional wisdom.  These sanctions give Obama yet another useful talking point in retirement.  They're also having the desired effect on the Trump team, which for obvious reasons hates any suggestion that the Donald's election was less than legitimate.  But will they actually "box in" Trump?  It seems unlikely.

Don't Let The Door Hit You.  For all of the raging on the Left about what an unpredictable President Trump may do to hurt America in the world, there is an uncomfortable quiet over President Obama's petulant actions in his last days in office.  For lame ducks world wide, this is embarrassing.  After insisting for eight years that he reset relations between the United States and Russia, the president now confronts Russia for doing digitally what they have been doing with other methods for 70 years — attempting to disrupt democratic elections.  His expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats is very little very late and a poor substitute for failing to develop a cybersecurity policy over eight years.  Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by ridiculing Obama's irrelevancy.

Obama: A Political Corpse.  Obama's political death — the Russians have tagged him "a political corpse" — is spurring him and his administration to deny it by undertaking a series of ever more outrageous acts to preserve what he considers his "legacy." Michael Walsh summed up Obama's week:  "Stab Israel, provoke Russia, grab land — even the nuttiest Leftist has to admit Obama is out of control."

Obama is sabotaging Russian-American rapprochement.  Obama loves power, and the only thing better than a lot of power is more power.  That is his reason for being, and the end of his term has seen him getting more and more irritable and depressed.  That's how he is.  Now he has found the solution.  The Obama of the future is going to be President-for-Life, maybe by running Michelle (Bill Clinton did it that way), or some other stooge, or maybe he will finagle a way to become President of the World by getting nominated to be Sec Gen of the UN.  Which is why he is publicly shafting Israel today, knowing that this moment will be celebrated by all the Muslim throwbacks in the world.

Let's Send Him Out With a Laugh.  There was the administration's wink-and-a-nod to an atrocious UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a betrayal of an ally which was sharply condemned on a bipartisan basis and repudiated almost immediately by our British friends. [...] More locally, there was the Bacchanal of regulations unleashed by the administration — the total for 2016 ended up being 3,853, which comes to an average of 18 for each of the 211 laws passed by Congress during the year, and an astonishing 97,000 pages added to the Federal Register.  Estimates of the economic effect of those regulations run easily into the tens of billions of dollars.  And naturally, there was the stuffing of the federal employment rolls with as many partisan hacks as possible in an effort to poison the incoming administration with hostile bureaucrats.  Not to mention the last-minute lawsuits Obama is having his agencies cook up in order to punish businesses his administration disfavors.

The Lame Duck Restraint Act.  The American presidency has historically been accorded a unique place in national and international politics.  The office combines the head of state with the head of government, which no other major nation has done.  Moreover, we have retained the "Lame Duck" period between national elections, again something that no other major nation has done.  Finally, Congress has granted (I would argue beyond its power to grant) effective quasi-legislative powers to the president through a variety of means.  Americans today see, in the hands of an infantile and dumb man like Barack Obama, just how dangerous that can be.  His recent designation of various areas as protected from exploration for energy and other mineral wealth after his party lost all power in Washington is evidence of the need for immediate change.

Obama Drops 502 Refugees on Nebraska in Final Weeks Before President Trump.  President Barack Obama's deputies have dropped 502 additional refugees into Nebraska during the first three months of FY 2017, according to the Department of State.  The refugee resettlement rate for FY 2017 to date is significantly higher in Nebraska than it has been during any other year in the more three decades the state has participated in the federal refugee resettlement program.

Obama's Sour Happy New Year to America and the World.  One of the great mysteries of our times is why Barack Obama is still so popular.  His presidency achieved nothing, not even for his own core constituencies, and now, on his way out the door, he is doing everything in his power to make life miserable for Donald Trump, his voters, the American people at large actually, the state of Israel, naturally, and even the world.

Seven Ways Obama Is Trying to Sabotage the Trump Administration.  [#3] Ban on oil drilling:  An overt act of sabotage directed at the American economy itself, leaving an especially heavy bootprint on Alaska.  Smug administration flacks spent the past couple of weeks assuring media talking heads that Obama's unprecedented abuse of an obscure law was impossible for his successor to reverse.  It's like they stayed up all night, looking for executive actions that can't be undone by the new President four weeks later.

Obama's full-blown, year-end temper tantrum.  Let's be honest:  President Obama is throwing a good old-fashioned foot-stomping world class temper tantrum.  He is just beside himself that the stupid American voter elected Donald Trump. [...] That is certainly the way he is behaving.  Not for Obama the normal gracious withdrawal into political stasis; no, he wants to prove in these waning weeks of his presidency that he was right all along.  That his agenda is what The People want, even if they don't know it.  That putting America's valuable natural resources permanently off limits is the correct thing to do, because only Obama can see the future.  That taking over vast swatches of the west is in the best interests of the reluctant residents there, because only Obama will protect our environment.  That publicly confronting Russia for cyber misbehavior after years of looking the other way is called for, even if it complicates diplomacy in a number of theaters.  Because Obama knows best.

Can Obama Leave With Class, Grace?  Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his response to sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration yesterday in response to alleged Russian hacking of Democratic emails to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  He is ignoring them until Trump takes office.  Putin said in a statement issued by the Kremlin, "Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible 'kitchen' diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-U.S. relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration."

Obama is dumping as many unvetted Muslim freeloaders, rapists, and jihadists as he can into poor Christian communities.  Barack Hussein Obama has approved resettlement (including airfare, free housing and welfare) for some 100,000 mainly Muslim invaders into the U.S. for fiscal year 2017 (which began in Oct[ober]).  Hopefully, Donald Trump will reverse this executive order immediately, and stop the Islamic tidal wave.

Trump blasts Obama 'roadblocks' as power transfer turns increasingly hostile.  The presidential transition hit a new low Wednesday, with President-elect Donald Trump openly criticizing President Obama for bungling U.S. relations with Israel and erecting other "roadblocks" to a smooth transfer of power in Washington. [...] The president has been rushing with executive actions to lock in policies that Mr. Trump isn't likely to support, such as bans on offshore drilling and a fresh round of pending sanctions against Russia for cyberattacks that the administration says were aimed at helping Mr. Trump win the election.

Obama plots jobs killing 'midnight lawsuits'.  The Obama administration, which is planning to unleash billions of dollars of new last minute regulations to shore up the president's legacy, is now also readying "midnight litigation" targeting businesses, lawsuits that are expected to kill jobs.  In advance of that move, several pro-business and anti-tax groups are urging the incoming Trump administration to junk the lawsuits on Day One.  In a letter to transition chief Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, the groups warned, "Should the Obama administration bring non-routine, last minute, legally unorthodox midnight litigation, your administration should not hesitate to withdraw immediately from that litigation."

Obama's Sanctions On Russia Are Really Aimed At Trump.  Cyberwar:  President Obama, living up to his promise, has hit Russia with sanctions for hacking the U.S. election.  We're all for protecting America's information grid.  But the timing and Obama's reasoning for the actions raise serious questions about the real motivation.

How Trump clears Obama's minefield.  Before moving into the White House, President-elect Trump needs to double check the Oval Office for trip wires.  His predecessor has spent the last month setting traps to ensnare the new administration.  President Obama has more on his mind than an effort to solidify a legacy and nail down policy.  He has adopted a guerrilla strategy designed to defame and debilitate.  Inherently political, it's administrative sabotage by extra legislative means and it threatens to hobble Trump.  Obama has prepared what looks like a classic episode from Mad Magazine:  Executive vs.  Executive.  Instead of delivering on his own agenda, Trump will be forced to deal with the aftermath of his predecessor's final binge.  They could consume a notable portion of Trump's first 100 days, but if left unaddressed it would stain his administration long term.

Obama's ugly bid to snub voters and tie Trump's hands.  In his waning days in the White House, President Obama is desperately trying to make his policies as permanent as possible by tying the hands of his successor — and far more than other presidents have done on their way out.  From his dramatic and disastrous change of US policy on Israel to his executive order restricting 1.65 million acres of land from development despite local objections, Obama is trying to make it impossible for Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress to govern.  Even Thursday's announcement of wide-ranging sanctions against Russia presents Trump with a foreign-policy crisis immediately upon taking office.

Nearing exit, Obama seeks to tie Trump's hands.  President Obama has taken a flurry of unilateral actions in the waning days of his tenure that appear designed to box in President-elect Donald Trump.  Obama's decision Thursday [12/29/2016] to sanction Russian entities for election-related hacking is just the latest obstacle he has placed in Trump's way.  Day before the sanctions were unveiled, the Obama administration allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement activity — something that could have an indelible impact on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.  Obama has also permanently banned oil and gas drilling large swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, closed off 1.6 million acres of Western land to development and scrapped the last vestiges of a registration system used largely on Muslim immigrants.  Those actions, as well as Obama's claim he could have won a third term, seem to have irked Trump and his associates as the transition period enters its final weeks.

Conway wonders if Russian sanctions were intended to restrict Trump.  A top aide to President-elect Donald Trump speculated Thursday that the Obama administration's sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election may have been aimed at restricting Trump's policy toward Russia.  Kellyanne Conway, who managed Trump's campaign and will serve as a counselor to him in the White House, cited a New York Times article saying President Barack Obama was trying to "box-in" his successor by issuing the sanctions with just weeks left in his presidency.

Obama unleashes 3,853 regs, 18 for every law, record 97,110 pages of red tape.  President Obama's lame duck administration poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to a Friday analysis of his team's expansion of federal authority.  While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama's team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of dollars.  The 2016 total was the highest annual number of regulations under Obama.  Former President Bush issued more in the wake of 9/11.

Rudy Giuliani: 'Of course' Obama is trying to box in Donald Trump.  Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Friday that President Obama's late-term moves on Russia and Israel show Mr. Obama is trying to "box in" President-elect Donald Trump.  "Of course, he is," Mr. Giuliani said on "Fox & Friends."  "The 18 months of hacking — why didn't he do something about it 10 months ago?  It never would have happened," said Mr. Giuliani, a top ally of Mr. Trump.  "There's a certain pettiness that I hadn't seen before," he said.

John Bolton:  Is Obama Planning to Recognize a Palestinian State on His way out the Door?  Here is Ambassador John Bolton discussing the latest on Barack Obama's "sellout" of Israel at the United Nations.  Bolton said Obama is trying to "box in" Donald Trump, to control what he does going forward on Middle East Policy.  He also said Obama "dislikes American Exceptionalism" and "Israeli Exceptionalism," and he is trying to take Israel down a notch.  Bolton also said Obama may be planning to orchestrate a U.N. Resolution recognizing a Palestinian State just before he leaves office.

A knife in the back with Obama's fingerprints.  Barack Obama couldn't pass up his last opportunity to put a knife in the back of the Israelis, whom he has demonstrated for years in word and deed that he doesn't like very much.  He doesn't like Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, at all.  With his 15 minutes in the spotlight running out, as it must for every celebrity, even a president, the president no longer has to fool Jewish voters that he's a friend of the Jewish state, which he has done through oft-gritted teeth.  He can speak with abandon, and if mischief at the United Nations makes life difficult for the new president, so much the better.

Obama's 7 Deadliest Lame-Duck Sins.  President Barack Obama has been making the most out of his lame-duck status as he runs out the clock on his eight-year reign of terror.  The fear that he would be at his most dangerous when he was free to make unpopular decisions with little political consequence has turned out to be well founded.  In the past month, Obama has unleashed a boatload of "midnight regulations," executive orders, and pardons.  He's also released more Gitmo detainees, increased refugee resettlements, and accelerated a highly politicized DOJ "probe" of the Chicago Police Department.  Last but not least, he permitted (or more likely encouraged) the UN Security Council to pass a destructive and dangerous resolution declaring all Israeli settlement activity to be illegal.

Obama blows through stop signs from Trump on auto regs.  Jeff Davis, senior fellow for the independent Eno Center for Transportation think tank, said transportation officials in the Obama administration may be trying to "flood the zone" to make it difficult for Trump to repeal its proposed rules after he takes office.  For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to finalize gas mileage rules before Obama leaves office in January.  "Getting rid of these rules isn't something Trump can do with the stroke of a pen on Jan. 20," Davis said.  "A lot of these rules can be with us for a long time, even if the administration is actively opposed to them from Day One."

Report: Obama Will Permanently Block Arctic Drilling Before Trump Takes Office.  The Obama administration will use a legal strategy crafted by environmental activists to remove sections of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans from future offshore drilling lease sales, according to two sources familiar with the plan told Bloomberg.  For months, environmentalists have been urging President Barack Obama to use Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, a 1953 law governing offshore drilling, in a way it's never been used before — to block offshore drilling leases in the Atlantic Ocean and the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

Obama plans major nuclear policy changes in his final months.  [Scroll down]  Several U.S. officials briefed on the options told me they include declaring a "no first use" policy for the United States' nuclear arsenal, which would be a landmark change in the country's nuclear posture.  Another option under consideration is seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution affirming a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons.  This would be a way to enshrine the United States' pledge not to test without having to seek unlikely Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.  The administration is also considering offering Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty's limits on deployed nuclear weapons, even though those limits don't expire until 2021.  This way, Obama could ensure that the next administration doesn't let the treaty lapse.

Obama Admin Extends Asylum for Syrian Refugees Through 2018.  The Obama administration has extended and renewed temporary asylum status for scores of Syrian refugees residing in the United States, meaning that these individuals are shielded from being booted from America through 2018, according to a new federal notice. [...] The extension comes as the Obama administration moves forward with a plan to relocate thousands of Syria refugees into the United States.  The plan has received criticism due to what experts say is the U.S. government's inability to screen these individuals for ties to terrorism.

Trump was right to try to stop Obama from tying his hands on Israel.  The Egyptian decision to withdraw the one-sided anti-Israel Security Council resolution should not mask the sad reality that it is the Obama administration that has been pushing for the resolution to be enacted.  The United States was trying to hide its active 'behind the scenes' roll by preparing to abstain rather than voting for the resolution.  But in the context of the Security Council where only an American veto can prevent anti-Israel resolutions from automatically passing, an abstention is a vote for the resolution.  And because of this automatic majority, an anti-Israel resolution like this one cannot be reversed by a future American president.  A veto once cast cannot be cast retroactively.  The effect, therefore of the Obama decision to push for, and abstain from, a vote on this resolution is to deliberately tie the hands of President Obama's successors, most particularly President elect Trump.

Media Blackout On Obama's Last-Minute Civil Rights Appointments.  Liberal news outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN are keeping their readers in the dark about two aggressive appointments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights made by President Obama with just weeks remaining in his presidency.  In addition to questions surrounding the appointees themselves, the move by Obama effectively blocks President-elect Donald Trump from any appointments to the eight-person commission until 2020, when Trump would be up for re-election.

How Much Damage Can Lame Duck President Obama Do Before Leaving Office?  The US lame duck administration is going to any length in an effort to torpedo the looming normalization of Russia-US relations as Donald Trump is preparing for his inaugural speech on January 20.  Any method would do, even playing with fire.  In an interview with NPR radio station (Morning Edition) aired on Dec. 16, President Obama said the United States will respond to Russian cyberattacks that the intelligence community has concluded were part of an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.  "We need to take action and we will," he warned.

After Raising Rates Once During The Obama Years, The Fed Promises Constant Rate Hikes During The Trump Era.  Now that Donald Trump has won the election, the Federal Reserve has decided now would be a great time to start raising interest rates and slowing down the economy.  Over the past several decades, the U.S. economy has always slowed down whenever interest rates have been raised significantly, and on Wednesday the Federal Open Market Committee unanimously voted to raise rates by a quarter point.  Stocks immediately started falling, and by the end of the session it was their worst day since October 11th.  The funny thing is that the Federal Reserve could have been raising rates all throughout 2016, but they held off because they didn't want to hurt Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the election.

Mr. Trump, these people are NOT your friends.  The office of president deserves respect, but the fact is, President Obama has been one of the worst presidents in American history.  Trump is taking the high road to bring the country together.  But it is pretty obvious to me that President Obama is putting on a front.  Fox News' Ed Henry reported that Obama is planning a farewell tour in mid-January, with major speeches in up to three cities.  The likely goal:  To undermine Donald Trump before the inauguration.  Obama has been harsh in his criticism of Trump, and there's no doubt that will continue long after he leaves office.  He is a divisive, radical left-wing ideologue, always was, always will be.




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Obama tries to claim credit for Trump economic boom, finally gets smacked down.  One of the more obvious things about the Trump economy is how much better it is than the Obama economy.  Yet incredibly, President Obama, as if jealously looking on at this night-and-day difference, is trying to claim credit for it.

Finding the real Obama — the Obama wiretapping edition.  Barack Obama, the outgoing president, had used his last few months in office to undermine Donald Trump, [the] duly elected incoming president and, since leaving the White House, has set himself up as a government-in-exile, and in opposition, using Fifth Columnists still within the government to destroy President Trump.

Team Obama attempted 'stealth coup' by undermining Trump.  From the moment Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination and then the presidency, national security officials under President Obama have shown themselves to be intense adversaries in public and behind the scenes.  In the latest development, special counsel Robert Mueller's top-gun prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, praised acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a Trump nemesis, for refusing a White House order to defend the president's travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, according to internal emails.

Bloviating abroad, Obama reminds us why we elected Trump.  Based on his speech for a group of communications executives called 'Les Napoleons,' he thinks women make better leaders than men, men are 'having problems' with sex harassment, global warming's Paris Treaty is coming back, and 'global challenges' must be faced. [...] For starters, what would Obama, community organizer in chief, know about business sense?  Obama seems to be opaque to the reality that the Paris climate accord cost millions in productivity, tacked on insane costs and empowered a eurochicken-style bureaucracy, looking to expand its power.  As for absence of leadership, ask again why so many nations want out of that accord based on our lead?  The French, if they have any sense, should appreciate the fool's existential absurdity.

Obama In Paris: 'We Have A Temporary Absence Of American Leadership'.  Did you think Barack Obama was going to follow his predecessor, George W. Bush, and fade into the background after eight years in the White House?  Yeah, think again.  Obama can't stand being out of the spotlight for even one minute, which is why last week he embarked on an five-day trip to China, India and France, where he met with foreign leaders as if he were some sort of shadow president.  In Paris on Saturday [12/2/2017], Obama said there is a "temporary absence of American leadership" when it comes to tackling climate change.

Shut up, Obama.  Barack Obama today [12/1/2017] disgraced himself and the office he once held by going overseas and criticizing Our President.  This will come to bite his sycophants in the press and his loathsome Marxist supporters.  And not just because feuds with President Trump usually end up worse for the experience.  Obama just set a precedent.

Barack Obama arrives in a four-SUV motorcade to a private Democratic fundraiser at $35m Manhattan mansion.  President Barack Obama mingled with Democratic leadership and high-powered donors at a New York City mansion on Tuesday, while raising money for the cash-strapped political party. [...] The fundraiser was held at the palatial Upper East Side duplex owned by Dennis Mehiel, a former candidate for New York lieutenant governor and major Democratic donor.

'Obamaland' In Chicago Is Just As Crazy As You Would Think.  Former President Barack Obama is facing backlash from Chicago community organizers over his plan to build a sprawling 20-acre community center in the heart of the city featuring a sledding hill, recording studio and garden.  The Barack Obama Presidential Center, set to open in 2021, is being touted as a monument to the ideals of democracy, civic engagement, art and culture, but many Chicago residents are concerned about appropriating such a large swath of public land for the massive compound.

Obama Uses Texas Church Massacre To Call For Fewer Guns.  Former President Barack Obama used the Texas church shooting that left 26 people dead on Sunday [11/5/2017] to call for fewer guns.  Obama said that Americans should ask God for "the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst." [...] Obama, who has taken an unusually active role during his successor's administration, offered no specific details on what those steps to reduce the guns "in our midst" would look like.

Obama Presidential Center will have public, not presidential library.  The future Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park will not house an official U.S. government presidential library.  I know a lot of people call it the Obama Library.  But really, it's the Obama Center.  Here's why.  Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle decided that a government-run National Archives and Records Administration facility won't be incorporated into the Obama complex.

Former President Barack Obama called for jury duty in Chicago.  Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans on Friday [10/27/2017] told county commissioners during a budget hearing that Obama, who owns homes in Washington, D.C., and Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood, will serve in November.

No Documents in Obama Library?  No Mystery There.  [Scroll down]  The Chicago Tribune broke the story that, to this point, has attracted no major media attention.  Its headline raises much the same question Fox News did:  "Without archives on site, how will Obama Center benefit area students, scholars?"  The Tribune tries to answer that question but succeeds only in pacifying Obama fanboys.  There is no good answer, but there is an answer, and it is this:  Obama is not a literary genius.  In fact, Obama is not a particularly good writer.  His reputation would wither if researchers were allowed access to original documents.  To this day, Obama supporters in the media refuse to accept what is obvious to anyone who has looked carefully at his literary track record.

Without archives on site, how will Obama Center benefit area students, scholars?  Traditionally, Presidential Libraries are places where historians, academics and college students travel to dig through paperwork and hold the first drafts of speeches, letters and legislation in their hands.  But without those papers on site, some have begun to ask whether the Obama Center can even attract researchers to the University of Chicago, Chicago State University or the University of Illinois.  What will it mean to have those documents online rather than in a physical form for inspection?  And with digital technology constantly changing, how will the National Archives and Records Administration ensure the documents will be placed online in a timely manner and accessible over time?

Obama's $1.5-billion ego project.  The Obama Library is on track to cost $1.5 billion, three times the $500 million it was projected to cost, and quite a bit of that will be borne by taxpayers.  Yet it won't contain... any library materials.  It won't even be hooked up to the National Archives system — on account of it being too cheap to want to pay the six-figure costs of that purpose.  All it will have is online document access, which can be reached from any computer anywhere.  There will be nothing special about coming to the Obama library to do any kind of presidential research.  What's more, it's a great way to cherry-pick which documents can be seen among the Obama papers and which cannot.  Is this library really about what libraries are about, which is to say scholarship of the historical record?  Not in Obama's case.  He'd probably rather no one remember the details of his many failures in office, which those records could show.

Obama's Presidential Library Won't Actually Have Library Materials.  Unlike traditional presidential libraries, the Obama Presidential Center will not actually have library materials.  That is — it will not house former President Obama's manuscripts, documents, letters, and gifts from his tenure in office — items presidential centers around the country all have.  Instead, it will include space for outdoor functions and picnics, a basketball court, recording studio, sledding hill, children's play garden, and more.  As for the actual library documents, the center will rely [upon] online archives for Obama's presidential materials as a way to avoid meeting federal standards in construction, raising money for an endowment, and paying the National Archives and Records Administration to run the facility.

'Privately funded' Obama presidential library could cost Illinois taxpayers $100 million or more.  Erecting a monument to the Obama presidency is a task best handled quickly, before the seeds of disaster planted in Iran, the federal debt, and the FISA Court (among other places) come to full flower.  And despite promises of private funding, taxpayers are going to have to cough up, even in Illinois, a fiscal dead man walking with pension obligations that dwarf the taxing capacity of the state and the City of Chicago.  Barack's plans for a monument to his glory will not be thwarted by mere politicians or community groups.

Dem leaders want state to pay for Obama Center-related road projects.  Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan — the Chicago Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly — are mapping plans for the state to help pay for infrastructure improvements in and around Jackson Park related to the Obama Presidential Center.  The two leaders "are looking for a commitment from the governor to support road projects that would support the Obama Presidential Center," Cullerton told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday [10/3/2017].  Gov. Bruce Rauner's office did not respond to a request from the Sun-Times for a comment on state assistance for road projects associated with the future Obama Center.

'Privately funded' Obama presidential library could cost Illinois taxpayers $100 million or more.  Erecting a monument to the Obama presidency is a task best handled quickly, before the seeds of disaster planted in Iran, the federal debt, and the FISA Court (among other places) come to full flower.  And despite promises of private funding, taxpayers are going to have to cough up, even in Illinois, a fiscal dead man walking with pension obligations that dwarf the taxing capacity of the state and the City of Chicago.  Barack's plans for a monument to his glory will not be thwarted by mere politicians or community groups.

Obama Foundation seeks a 'diversity consultant'.  Evidently, systemic racism (or "white privilege" or whatever) is so pervasive that the closet racism of the Obama Foundation needs a corrective force. [...] So it seems that without a special executive focused on nothing but racial (and sexual and...?) bean-counting, the wrong people (this means you, heterosexual white males!) might receive contracts based on price and quality, as if these were the only important factors.

Well we're movin' on UP ...
Obamas eyeing Upper East Side apartment.  Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are eyeing an apartment in a historic building in Manhattan, multiple sources exclusively tell Page Six.  The Obamas have been looking at 10 Gracie Square on the Upper East Side, situated between East End Avenue and East River Drive and near the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion, according to sources who have seen the couple arriving at the building for viewings.

Obama hauls in millions from Wall Street, media don't say a word.  Former President Barack Obama is hauling in millions from Wall Street banks — the very institutions he harangued throughout both of his presidential campaigns.  Throughout their political careers, both Hillary Clinton and Mr. Obama berated banks and the "fat cats" who run them as heartless corporations (while filling their own pockets with their cash).  Mrs. Clinton made millions giving speeches to the huge financial institutions, swatting away charges of hypocrisy.  This apparently didn't really sell with Mr. and Mrs. America, who didn't elect her president.  Now it's Mr. Obama's turn to make bank.

Obama, Please Go Away!  We know that black turnout in the last election was down from 2012, when black turnout was actually higher than white turnout.  The left screams "GOP vote suppression!," except that the lower turnout occurred in many instances in cities and states that Democrats control.  Maybe the fact that Obama was no longer on the ballot — and Hillary was — might explain why some black voters stayed home (or voted for Trump — he got the highest GOP share of the black vote in 30 years).  Or maybe blacks are tired of Democrats in general, and Obama in particular.  Obama is currently making plans for his presidential library and community action center to be located on the south side of Chicago.  The mostly black neighborhood where it is planned to be built isn't happy about it, and not buying Obama's happy talk about how it will bring prosperity to the neighborhood.

How Obama is funding the anti-Trump resistance.  An estimated $640 million has been diverted into what critics say is an improper, if not unconstitutional, "slush fund" fed from government settlements with JPMorgan Chase and Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., according to congressional sources.  The payola is potentially earmarked for third-party interest groups approved by the Justice Department and HUD without requiring any proof of how the funds will be spent.  Many of the recipients so far are radical leftist organizations who solicited the settlement cash from the administration even though they were not parties to the lawsuits, records show.  "During the Obama administration, groups committed to 'revolutionary social change' sent proposals and met with high-level HUD and Justice Department officials to try to get their pieces of the settlement pie," Cause of Action Institute vice president Julie Smith told The [New York] Post.

Obama to host an event for New Jersey governor candidate.  Former President Obama will host an event this fall for Phil Murphy, the Democrat running for governor of New Jersey, Democratic sources say.  Murphy served as U.S. ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013 under Obama.  He also worked for more than two decades at Goldman Sachs.  It's one of several events Obama is expected to attend in the coming weeks as he seeks to lend his star power to Democrats across the country.

Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year.  [Scroll down]  While he can't run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power.  His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he'll be on and disappoint anyone expecting him to avoid a trap that snared Clinton.  Or, as some of his executive friends see it, he's just a private citizen giving a few paid speeches to other successful people while writing his next book.

Obama Announces Two-Day 'Inaugural Summit' for His Foundation.  Former President Barack Obama announced Wednesday morning that the Obama Foundation will hold a two-day "immersive event" in Chicago featuring hundreds of leaders from around the world later this year.  The Obama Foundation Summit is being billed as an event to "exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world."  The foundation tweeted out the announcement with a short one-minute clip and a link to more details.

Barack Obama:  The former president who won't go away.  The Obama rapid response team quickly swung into action against the latest Republican move on immigration last week.  The new policy was "wrong."  It was "self-defeating."  It was "cruel."  It wasn't "required legally," but was "a political decision."  Only two things were unusual about this strong Democratic pushback:  Barack Obama was no longer in office at the time — and yet all the above responses came from the former president himself.  If the 2016 presidential election seems like a never-ending contest, with vanquished Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton constantly relitigating the campaign and criticizing the man who ultimately bested her, the tug-of-war between President Trump and his immediate predecessor has been just as intense.

Obama's Shameless, Hypocritical DACA Lies.  Obama inc. has been teasing a return of America's worst president forever.  We were told he would "finally" speak out when President Trump and Attorney General Sessions decided to slowly wind down his illegal alien amnesty aka DACA aka Dreams of Illegal Alien Amnesty.  What we got was a Facebook statement which conveniently promotes his own forum.  It's no coincidence that this comes after his letter to Trump became a news story.  It's all part of the rollout for Obama's midterm campaign.

Ex-President Obama Visits Storm-Weary Houston to Lend Support.  Reminiscent of his presidency ("Obama's refusal to interrupt vacation amid Louisiana flooding stirs anger"), summer intern Biff Spackle snapped these photos of Barack Obama visiting Houston.  The former president — as could have been predicted — offered comfort, money, and much of his time to assist the victims.  Hahahhahahhahahahhahahahahahah

Obama's Motives.  Barack Obama will not languish in the shadows in his post presidency.  Indeed, he cannot afford to, but not because of an acute civic crisis looming forever just over the horizon.  He has an image to rehabilitate.

No Bench:  The Democratic Party's Obama Dilemma.  It was obvious that Obama was just not going to fade into the ether after he left the presidency.  This is Professor Barry; he can't help himself.  Yet, while he has a knack for delivering speeches and giving Democrats a boost of enthusiasm on the campaign trail, the Democrats lost Congress under his watch, then scores of state legislatures, then numerous governorships, and finally the presidency.  There are 1,000 fewer Democrats in office across the board since 2008-2009.  Meanwhile, the GOP has become the dominant political force in the country, controlling Congress, The White House, 69/99 state legislatures, and two-thirds of all the governorships.  While the Obama political machine beat the Republicans twice, the former president ironically was a highly motivating factor for the GOP and conservative grassroots.

Obama Makes Dangerous Announcement — He's Coming For Trump.  When was the last time a former president effectively organized what amounts to rebellion against the new and sitting president?  But that's precisely what Obama is doing.  The worrying thing is that, while Obama was a crappy leader, he does have a LOT of experience in organizing radical Liberal elements to take dangerous action.  That's what got him into the national spotlight in the first place.

Democrats long for Obama's return.  He's been out of office for nearly eight months, but former President Barack Obama remains the Democratic Party's best weapon for 2018.  Democrats are already nostalgic for Obama as they battle against President Trump's agenda.  When he talks, they listen, as evidenced this week by a tweet from Obama about Charlottesville that became the most popular in the history of the platform.  The tricky question now facing the party is how to use the former president on the campaign trail.

Barack Obama Pushes Communism in Italy to a Receptive EU Crowd.  The Sentinel posted two articles about former president Obama's speech in Italy last week during which he exposed his statist goals for the world.  Obama openly espoused, what the Sentinel originally characterized as socialism but what Conservative Treehouse describes as communism.  In any case, people should be very concerned about this speech because the forces behind Barack Obama are powerful and some of these leftists are embedded in our government.  The speech in question took place in Milan at the food security conference organized by "Seeds and Chips".  Obama received a reported $2.7 million for his attendance.

Obama Quietly Trying to Rebuild Democratic Party.  Former President Barack Obama made his interest in the future of the Democratic Party clear well before the end of his second term.  During his last six months in office, he used Airforce One to fly all over the United States campaigning for Hillary Clinton- a move that is a clear conflict of interest.  Of course, he also attempted to salt the Earth for the incoming Trump Administration by imposing harsher than ever before sanctions on Russia, pushing the antagonism so far that military leaders were afraid a nuclear exchange might result.  But Obama's attempts to create an unlevel playing field for Republicans have not ended with his departure from office.  According to sources close to the 44th President, he has been involved in a series of discussions concerned with the future of the Democratic Party.  Indeed, since leaving office he had been on a world wind speaking tour all over the United States earning big bucks giving college commencement speeches, keynote talks, panel discussions, as well as many other not so public meetings with high-ranking members of the left.

Barack Obama Returns To Politics.  Former president Barack Obama will formally reenter the political fray this week less than six months after leaving office, headlining a fundraiser for a group that could prove critical to the Democratic Party's rebuilding efforts.  Obama's appearance Thursday [7/6/2017] before a few dozen people at a closed-door event in the District on behalf of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) highlights the balance he is trying to strike as his party seeks to regain its footing at both the state and national levels.

Obama Makes First Political Appearance Since Leaving White House.  On Thursday [7/13/2017], former President Barack Obama will make his first public political appearance since leaving the White House in January.  Obama will be attending a fundraiser at a private home in Washington, D.C. hosted by former Attorney General Eric Holder, and that will be attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  "The National Democratic Redistricting Committee is proud to have the support of President Obama as we work to undo gerrymandering and create fairer representation in our democracy," Holder said, according to Politico.  Holder is currently leading the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

Obama, Holder, and tyrannical judges put liberty in the crosshairs.  A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the possible 2020 presidential run by Barack Obama's gun-running buddy and fellow race-baiter, former US Attorney General Eric Holder.  Not surprisingly, some of my readers dismissed the possibility that Holder could be a serious threat if he were to be the Democrat nominee, even though I warned against taking such a position based on the "behind-the-scenes" work he is doing with Obama.  Well, the wheels of their agenda will be put in motion later this week.  One of the ways Holder and Obama are hoping to shape the political landscape is through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC).  This group is working at the grass-roots level to elect enough Democrats in state and local government over the next few years, giving them the power to control Congressional Redistricting after the 2020 census.

No Mention of July 4th on Barack Obama's Social Media Accounts.  Seems very odd, to say the least, that a former president of the United States is silent on July 4, while the head of a foreign government wishes Americans a "Happy Birthday."

Barack Obama Just Violated The Logan Act — Again.  For some unknown reason Barack Obama met with South Korea's new leader almost immediately after he returned from a meeting with President Trump. [...] If Obama continues to stick his nose in the middle of delicate negotiations between the USA and other nations, should he be prosecuted under the Logan Act?

Shadow President?  Obama Meets With South Korean President To Discuss Trump.  Former President Barack Obama seems to be feeling nostalgic for his old job, meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Monday [7/3/2017] for 40 minutes.  The Korea Herald reported that Moon spoke about his recent meetings with President Trump in Washington and asked Obama for his advice on how to improve that relationship.  The meeting came after Obama spoke at the Asian Leadership Conference and the Fourth Congress of Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta.  There he attacked Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord.

Ex-POTUS Obama is Still on an American apology tour.  Over the weekend, former President Obama took a break from sampling Indonesian cuisine on his luxury vacation to throw thinly veiled pot-shots at President Trump and his supporters, apologizing for America's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords.  Ostensibly, Obama was to give a speech in Jakarta about religious tolerance and international cooperation, calling on Indonesia and the rest of the world to confront "discrimination against people based on race or ethnicity or religion."  "If we don't stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue," Obama said.

After Obama's two terms as president, why does he suppose his party needs rebuilding?
Obama working behind the scenes to rebuild Democratic Party.  Former President Barack Obama is conducting select meetings to begin a process of rebuilding the Democratic Party as leaders and elected officials in both Washington and across the country are still debating how to go forward.  After the 2016 elections, besides losing the White House and not having control of either chamber of Congress, Democrats were faced with new lows of seats they held in state legislatures.

Obama Laments 'Absence of American Leadership' Under President Donald Trump.  Former President Barack Obama challenged President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement, describing it as the "absence of American leadership."  "In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership, can still give our children a fighting chance," Obama said during a speech in Indonesia on Saturday [7/1/2017].

Malia and Sasha Obama join their parents on a 10-day vacation in Indonesia.  Barack Obama has been pictured visiting the Tirta Empul Temple during his family trip to Bali. [...] The Tirta Empul Temple is famous for its holy spring water, which worshipers consider holy, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama should review Psalm 1:1

The Obamas take a private jet from Bali to Java.  Former President Barack Obama and his family wrapped up their five-day vacation on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and headed to the historic city of Yogyakarta on Wednesday [6/28/2017] during a nostalgic trip to the country where Obama lived for several years as a child.

Obamas under fire from the left for never ending, sizzling ultra-luxury vacations.  Ex-presidents, understandably and un-controversially, go on vacations immediately after leaving office.  But the level of luxury the Obamas enjoy on their vacations is unprecedented for a modern-day president, say travel experts.  Since leaving office in late January, Obama has visited late actor Marlon Brando's private island; the Four Seasons in Bali — where rooms cost upward of $2,000 per night; a Palm Springs estate; Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island; the exclusive Mid Pacific Country Club in Oahu; the 13th-century Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany; and the Rising Sun, Hollywood studio mogul David Geffen's private yacht.

Apparently Mr. Obama plans to be on vacation for the rest of his life.
Obama: Back home again in Indonesia.  Barack Obama is off on another extended vacation abroad this week, this time in Indonesia where he spent much of his formative childhood years.  Since his White House lease expired in January, the ex-president has vacationed at a friend's house in Palm Springs, on Richard Branson's private Caribbean island, on David Geffen's private yacht in French Polynesia and in a Tuscan hamlet purchased in its entirety by John Phillips.  Obama appointed Phillips ambassador to Italy.  He turned the old town into a private luxury estate.  Now, after a lengthy private jet flight from Hawaii, Obama's back home again in Indonesia for nine days with a large family entourage, including wife Michelle and half-sister, Maya Soetero-Ng, her family and, of course, Secret Service agents.

The Obamas fly into Indonesia for a $2,500-a-night stay at the Four Seasons.  Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their two daughters, are taking a luxury vacation to Indonesia — where the former president lived in the 1960s.  Soldiers fell into formation in the popular tourist destination of Bali on Friday [6/23/2017] in preparation for the Obamas' five-day vacation at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud, where villas cost upwards of $2,500 a night.  The former president is then scheduled to travel to the island of Java to speak at the 4th Indonesian Diaspora Congress in Jakarta, where he spent his childhood after his mother Ann Dunham married second husband Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian man.

The GOP should do something!  Since President Trump's election, our president has been under daily siege from within and without.  Not a day goes by without an attack by the mainstream media and the press.  The attacks range from unfounded accusations of Russian collusion, which have been debunked, to obstruction of justice, since there is no evidence of collusion.  The whole scenario is a concocted schizophrenic scheme by the entire left to paralyze the Trump administration's agenda with a mission to impeach and remove President Trump from office.  This seditious plot is organized by Barack Hussein Obama from his compound in D.C. and financed by billionaire George Soros, who favors a one-world government.

Obama Complains About Income Inequality — While Making $13,000 A Minute!.  Bill Clinton has banked more than $100 million since he left office in 2001, and he still commands up to $500,000 per speech (wife Hillary is on her way to banking $100 million, too).  George W. Bush cashed in with some huge paydays for a couple of books.  And Barack Obama has already signed a book deal for $25 million.  He's only 55, which means he'll no doubt soar past the $100 million mark in no time.  So it's always a little weird when former presidents are talking about us regular people, and especially — as Democrats and Socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders like to do — when they go on a rant about "income inequality."

Addressing Canada, Obama is out of ideas.  In his latest jet-setting travels, this time to Canada, President Obama warned of "authoritarianism" taking hold, in what his media ally, CNN, helpfully revealed was a veiled attack on President Trump.  Politics, for Obama, doesn't seem to stop at the water's edge.  In his frustrated ex-presidency, it appears he really is determined to be the Backseat Driver in Chief, and he is about as useful.

Desperate Obama Is Now Just Getting Downright Weird.  Remember that Obama signed the [Paris] agreement without the consent of the U.S. Congress, an executive overreach of extraordinary magnitude.  But when Trump decided that the accord was just too costly ($1 billion-plus already in taxpayer money) for a measly return (two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100), Obama spoke as if he is still president.  And, of course, he praised his own bold vision.

Obamas buy $8.1 million fat cat home — their second.  Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their two kids have a new home — an $8.1 million dwelling, the same one they've been renting in Washington, D.C., these past few months.  The fat cat's come home to roost.  After years and years of paying lip service to the utter detestability of Wall Street types, big bankers, financial wheelers and dealers and yes, the rich and wealthy of the nation who just don't ever seem to pay their fair shares — Obama's embraced his own inner capitalistic greed.

Report: Obamas purchase DC house for $8.1M.  Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have purchased the home they've been renting in Washington, D.C. for $8.1 million, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  The Obamas reportedly closed on the home Wednesday [5/31/2017].  "Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property," Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis told the Sun-Times.

Obamas buys [sic] D.C. home for $8.1 million; keeping house in Chicago.  Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle purchased the home here they have been renting, the Sun-Times has learned, closing on the $8.1 million purchase on Wednesday [5/31/2017].

As SWAT teams circle, Obama in Berlin complains about walls.  Seeking to help Merkel get re-elected, it's clear that Obama's new game out of office is to have a cadre of like-minded world leaders to obstruct President Trump as he seeks to work with Europe.  (So much for returning to his community organizer roots and helping the black youth or watching Sasha graduate).

Barack the BS Master Brags about Humility.  [Authors Sandra Sobieraj] Westfall and [Kathy] Ehrich suggest that the nation is having trouble adjusting to a 45th president whom they describe as "erratic and impolitic," which implies that Obama is neither of the two.  The article said "mission-focused" Obama yearns to settle into his downscaled life but is conflicted because of "Trump's shadow" making it impossible for him, as an "engaged citizen," to remain disengaged.  And so, according to the authors, Michelle and Barry distract themselves from the "chaos in Washington" they caused by doing everyday things like "plugging away at a congressional redistricting plan, spearheading educational initiatives, and writing his'n'-hers memoirs," which will net "at least $60-million" of shareable wealth the duo will share with no one.

Obama surpasses algore as Global Warming's Biggest Hypocrite.  Barack Obama who's about as much a nutrition expert as his wife Michelle, was paid a whopping $3.2 million as keynote speaker at the Seeds & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy on Tuesday, speaking about food security and climate change.  That's $3.2 million for advising the unwashed to keep meat off the dinner plate.  Likely hoping most wouldn't remember the $100-per serving wagyu steak he preferred to have served up in the White House during his days as president, Obama now warns the world that more people on the planet are eating meat — causing a dramatic rise in climate emissions.

And the Oscar Goes to....  There are so many obvious citations, awards, prizes, and trophies Obama deserves that the awards committees should hurry up and start working out the scheduling for all the ceremonies.  Not only is it about time for another Nobel Peace Prize (this one for having averted a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria), the Norwegians' colleagues over at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences will no doubt be eager to present the former president with a Nobel in economics for the brilliant success of the stimulus, Obamacare, or both.

Obama's Non-Profit On Same Dubious Path First Blazed By Clinton Foundation.  Barack Obama's presidential foundation is barely two years old, but he is taking it down the same controversial — and by some accounts illegal — post-presidency path of his predecessor Bill Clinton, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.  Federal law requires tax-exempt entities like the Barack Obama Foundation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation to stick closely to their IRS-approved missions.  For former chief executives, that mission has been building and operating libraries to house their official papers for posterity.

Tower at Obama center (don't call it a library) needs tweaking.  If nothing else, last week's unveiling of a design for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park reveals that the American presidential library has entered a new phase, one in which its traditional role as a trove of physical documents — actual pieces of paper and artifacts handled by actual presidents — is dead, a victim of the digital age.  The old school is epitomized by the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, with its four-story, glass-encased archival collection of 45 million pages of documents from the administration of Lyndon Baines Johnson.  That architectural expression, a vitrine, simultaneously safeguards and sanctifies the documents.  The Obama center will have no such repository.

Obama Foundation Headed Down the Same Nefarious Path as the Clinton "Charity".  Barack Obama's presidential foundation is barely two years old, but he is taking it down the same controversial — and by some accounts illegal — post-presidency path of his predecessor Bill Clinton, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.

Obama speeches revive GOP bid to target his pension.  As former President Barack Obama hits the speaking circuit, Republican lawmakers say they plan to reintroduce a bill that would directly target pensions for ex-presidents raking in more than $400,000 after leaving the Oval Office.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, plan to dust off the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act later this month, according to USA Today.  The push comes after Obama decided to accept a $400,000 speaking fee — the same amount as his White House salary — for a speech at a health care conference run by Wall Street investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald in September.

Congress plans to cancel Obama's $200,000-a-year government pension following news of $400,000 speaking fees and a $65 million book deal.  Congress could soon throw a monkey-wrench into Barack Obama's retirement finances, yanking his presidential pension since he is reportedly cashing in with six-figure speaking fees.  Former presidents currently receive $207,800 per year, the same amount cabinet secretaries are paid.  But lawmakers are considering a move to shrink that payment — dollar for dollar — for Oval Office retirees who collect more than $400,000 in income.  Last year Obama vetoed a bill that did just that.

Obama, the Anti-President.  Many observers feel that the controversial ascension of Obama to the White House is no longer newsworthy.  The sun has apparently set on Obama's destructive stewardship of the country.  He must be allowed to fade into political irrelevance while the country tackles without distraction the enormous problems that confront it. [...] This is a relatively common sentiment, but it is, I believe, a blinkered view of the Obama phenomenon.  The sun is still at its zenith as the reality and repercussions of Obama's tenure remain in force.  Obama isn't going away.  He is intent on maximizing the damage he inflicted on the country during the two terms of his faux presidency, having now set up shop in Washington to pursue a post-presidency agenda advancing a left-wing insurgency, civil unrest, racial conflict and the destabilizing activities of a shadow government.

Barack Obama, international man of interference.  After successfully interfering to deny former FLOTUS and former senator of New York Hillary R. Clinton (D)'s destiny to smash a glass ceiling by becoming the first spouse to become president all by her valiant self in 2008, but endorsing her in her hapless campaign eight years later, after failing to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union despite his desperate trip there to warn them he would be really mad if they disobeyed him, after ignoring his own bloody red line warnings to Syria so Syria did the same, after unsuccessfully spending over $350,000 to twice defeat Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, you'd think former president Barack Hussein Obama (D) would have learned his lesson about manipulating others' election races and just shut up.  You'd think wrong.

Obama's questionable $400,000 speech.  Obama once said that at some point, rich people have "made enough money."  But that didn't stop him from charging $400,000 for a speech on Wall Street that riled up some Democrats, who said it looked bad at a time the party is trying to rebuild from the disastrous 2016 election.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., admitted that Obama's speech "just does not look good."

Obama to deliver speech in Chicago on Wednesday.  Former President Barack Obama will return to Chicago, the Sun-Times has learned, to deliver a speech Wednesday night [5/3/2017] to the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, where he will reflect on his two terms and his Obama Presidential Center.

Greedy Grifters Barack & Michelle Obama Robbing Blind the Party That Made Them.  Wake Up Call for all the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) activists:  You can't Occupy Wall Street, because greedy grifters Barack and Michelle Obama are already squatting on it. [...] In other words, remaining true to "progressive values" means taking money from Wall Street is not the same as being bought by Wall Street.  How about being owned by Wall Street while being the de facto leader of the OWS activists?

Obama [was] Paid $800,000 From Wall Street In One Week For A Job Well Done.  Seems there is a great deal of money to be made giving speeches about caring for the poor.  Ironic.  The first speech the president signed up for is a banking summit where he will earn a quick $400,000 speaking and schmoozing with the very people he convinced voters he was against:  [Video clip]  The second speech was a 90-minute giggle and nod affair given in front of a roomful of Wall Street media advertisers.  These paid speeches are but the first of many likely to come from the Obama Machine.

Obama scores another $400K speaking fee amid criticism.  Even as President Obama faced criticism for getting $400,000 for a speech to a Wall Street bank, he pocketed the same amount of money for a second speech, The [New York] Post has learned.  Obama made another $400,000 on Thursday when he appeared at the A&E Networks advertising upfront at The Pierre Hotel.  He was interviewed over 90 minutes at the Midtown Manhattan event by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in front of the cable network's advertisers.  Out of office just 98 days, Obama caught some flack earlier this week when it was learned that he had agreed to speak in September at a health care event sponsored by Wall Street bank Cantor Fitzgerald.

Obama Turns Out to be a Greedy One-Percenter.  President Obama's devotees no doubt had hoped he would come out swinging against President Trump.  Instead, the only thing he's done so far is cash in on his presidency with a massive book deal and a six-figure speech gig.

4 reasons Obama's $400,000 Wall Street speech is a bad idea.  Former president Barack Obama reemerged this week for his first formal public event since leaving office, but all people can talk about is a future event — specifically, one for which he will be paid his old annual salary for one speech.  News broke Monday [4/24/2017] that Obama would be paid one of those exorbitant speaker's fees that Hillary Clinton received:  $400,000 for speaking at a Wall Street conference put on by the investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald.  Obama's situation is not the same as Clinton's, in that he cannot run for president again.  So taking Wall Street's money, at this point, won't directly affect official U.S. policy that Obama will pursue in the future.  Nor is there any rule prohibiting him from receiving the money.  But that doesn't mean the arrangement isn't problematic — especially these days and especially for Obama and his party.

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Barack H. Obama can't run for president again, it's true.  Unless his wife runs as a placeholder.  (Much like Lurleen Wallace of Georgia and Ma Ferguson of Texas.)  And as president, Michelle Obama would probably report directly to Valerie Jarrett, just like Barack did.  So (follow the money!) there is reason to believe that Mr. Obama is getting $400,000 per speech because the buyers hope to acquire much more than a mediocre speech.

Obama's $400G Wall Street speech leaves liberal base stunned.  Former President Obama's upcoming speech to Wall Streeters is putting $400,000 in his pocket — and putting longtime supporters in a difficult situation.  Democratic Party leaders and grass roots activists alike are at a loss to explain how the onetime champion of the 99 percent could cash in with a September address at a health care conference run by investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald.  "Spiritual leader of the people's #Resistance cashes in with $400k speech to Wall Street bankers," read one tweet.

Obama Vows to Continue Community-Organizing America.  Former President Obama suggested he will focus his post-presidency on redistributing wealth, emptying prisons, and sabotaging the economy with carbon-emission controls, during his televised return to the national stage yesterday.  Obama reiterated the politically tone-deaf radical policy priorities of his presidency in a speech at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. [...] So what Obama failed to mention was just as interesting as what he did get around to saying.  He did not say the name of his successor.  He did not say anything about his multifaceted taxpayer-funded efforts to kneecap Donald Trump's administration before it took office.  Obama did not say that he wiretapped candidate Donald Trump while his CIA Director, John O. Brennan, conspired with foreign intelligence agencies to spy on Trump.  Obama did not say that he worked with Hillary Clinton to promote the utterly wacky conspiracy theory that Trump colluded with Russia to change the results of the November election.  Obama did not say that he is waging war against the Trump administration through his generously funded agitation outfit, Organizing for Action, to defend his grotesque record of failure and promoting civil unrest.

Obama spokesman defends reported $400,000 Wall Street-backed speech.  A spokesman for Barack Obama spoke out Wednesday [4/26/2017] against critics who called out the former president for reportedly accepting a $400,000 speaking fee, backed by a Wall Street bank.  Eric Schultz, the spokesman, said that in 2008, then-candidate Obama pulled in more money than any candidate in history, and went on to "implement the toughest reforms on Wall Street since FDR."  Fox Business reported that Obama has agreed to speak at a Wall Street conference run by Cantor Fitzgerald LP.  The speaking fee will be $400,000, which is nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton, his secretary of state, and the 2016 Democratic Party candidate, charged private businesses for such events.

Earnest: If Trump Crosses 'Red Lines,' Obama Will Return to Political Debate.  Monday on MSNBC former Obama White House press secretary Josh Earnest said former President Barack Obama would come back to the political debate if President Donald Trump crosses "red lines" such as using information from deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) applications to deport so-called DREAMers.  Earnest said, "After the last eight years, the president doesn't relish the prospect of getting back into the day-to-day fights that characterize governing the United States of America in the 21st century.

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Nonsense.  Obama craves attention as much as any politician in history.  I think he wants to remain relevant even more desperately than Hillary Clinton.

Obama's Legacy.  The Obama years have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.  Severely wanting.  By the end of Obama's presidency, the U.S. standing in the world was weaker — clearly and appreciably weaker — than when he became president.  The force of American power was diminished, and freedom was in retreat.  By the end of Obama's presidency, was there a single part of the world where the United States was in a stronger position than when he took office?  Was there an ally who was more confident or an adversary who was less so?  By the end of Obama's presidency, were any important countries either friendlier or freer than they had been when he took over?  The answer to all these questions:  no.

Obama Cashes In:  Set to Take $400,000 for Speech to Wall Street Firm.  Barack Obama has agreed to a $400,000 fee for speaking to a prominent Wall Street firm, according to Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network.  Former president Obama will speak to a health care conference sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald in September, Gasparino reports.

After his billionaire vacay, Obama cashes in at the speech trough.  For ordinary Americans, the one way you draw a $400,000 paycheck is to do something to create value.  This is the story of very hardworking small businesses everywhere.  As one wag put it several years ago in a book title, the first $20 million is the hardest.  Then there's Obama, fresh off his billionaire vacation over in Tahiti at Marlon Brando's exclusive hideaway estate, now drawing his first $400,000 paycheck for a speech, from Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. [...] The bigger question to ask may be what Cantor Fitzgerald got in return for its $400,000.  Was it an expectation that Obama's minions would be returned to power, and an expectation of being remembered for their emoluments, or was it a payoff for some favor the Obama administration did during his presidency?  A good investigative reporter should probably check into this.

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One could easily suspect that the payoff is part of a long-term influence-peddling plan connected to Michelle Obama's upcoming presidential campaign.  Obama's speech couldn't have been that good.

Obama cashes in with $400,000 payday for a speech to Wall Street bankers.  Obama is being rewarded for his eight years of faithful service to the bankers on Wall Street and the warmongers in the Military Industrial Complex.

The University of Chicago to Allow Black Terrorist to Speak.  This public appearance ends his three months of silence, as Obama vacationed in the Caribbean and Palm Springs California hosted by many of his big name celebrity friends.  Obama will be speaking with young people on "community organizing and civic engagement".  That's right, Obama returns the very job that gave him his start.

It was a vacation that started in December and was interrupted only by someone else's inauguration.
Vacation's Over:  Obama Returns to Public Life Next Week.  Barack Obama's extended post-presidential vacation is about to end.  After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey — Mr. Obama will return to Chicago on Monday [4/24/2017] for his first public event as a former president.  His self-imposed silence since Inauguration Day will end with a series of events over the next four weeks.  A Monday event with students at the University of Chicago will be followed by an awards ceremony in Boston; a series of public remarks as well as private paid speeches in the United States and Europe; and an appearance at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Obama heads to Chicago to agitate against Trump.  Barack Obama's about to emerge from the shadows — and first stop, University of Chicago.  Why there?  No doubt, it's one of the more receptive breeding grounds for his particular brand of activism — the activism he'll be touting to malleable student-age minds while engaging in, as his people called it, a "conversation about community organizing and civic engagement."  Make no mistake about it.  This is about teaching the upcoming generation, loud as it already is about all topics that offend, to get even louder, even Leftist Prouder, and to — here's the gist — use that Leftist Loud and Proud persona to tackle the problem of President Donald Trump.  This will all be couched in polite-sounding language, of course.

Barack and Michelle Obama pose on billionaire David Geffen's superyacht with Oprah, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks in French Polynesia.  They've spent the last month quietly recuperating in French Polynesia since leaving the White House earlier this year.  But Barack and Michelle Obama interrupted the quiet island life they've become accustomed to this weekend with a star-studded jaunt out to sea.  The former First Couple joined Bruce Springsteen Tom Hanks and their wives on music mogul David Geffen's superyacht Rising Sun on Friday [4/14/2017], making quite the splash as they arrived at the vessel off the island of Mo'orea in a spruced up speedboat.

Obama writing his memoir during extended stay in French Polynesia.  Obama arrived at a luxury resort frequented by Hollywood stars in mid-March, though it was unknown at the time what he was doing there.  The Washington Post reported Sunday that Obama is writing his White House memoir during his extended stay at the eco-friendly resort in French Polynesia's atoll of Tetiaroa.

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Or maybe he's just vacationing continuously (by himself?) while somebody else writes the book.

Apparently Obama and his ghostwriter are in French Polynesia earning that huge advance for his memoir.  Buried deep inside a very long Washington Post article about Barack Obama's post-presidency is the revelation that he is supposedly writing his memoir during his month-long South Pacific retreat to French Polynesia.

What We Know About the Obama Foundation, as Former President's Plans Take Shape.  As his successor puts a very different stamp on the American political landscape, observers in the Beltway and beyond are looking to see what former President Obama is going to do next. [...] Two months after he left office, all eyes are still on what exactly will be keeping Obama active.  On Feb. 24, the former president made headlines when he stopped in the Big Apple to speak with some folks at the Simons Foundation, rumored benefactors for the Obama Foundation.

People Just Saw What Obama Has Been Doing in DC — It's Worse Than We Thought.  We have never seen a former President do this before.  Label a current sitting President as an enemy within and go after him to destroy him.  It should not surprise anyone in the least that Barack Obama would do this.  It was the plan all along to salvage his legacy and destroy Donald Trump, so the left could seize power again.  Obama has 30,000 activists for Organizing For Action on speed dial.  He has a war room set up in his mansion, not two miles from the White House, to plot the demise of Trump.  He's not hiding any of it by the way.

The Trouble With Barry.  Unlike every other president in American history, Obama has dedicated himself to the practice of what the Washington Examiner has described as "post-presidential meddling."  He has thrown himself fully into Alinsky-style "community organizing," stirring up resistance to the Trump administration in every way conceivable:  installing, according to the New York Post, a "shadow government," dubbed Organizing for Action, comprising more than 30,000 agitators and 250 chapters across the U.S., in order "to sabotage the incoming administration"; renting a dwelling and setting up command headquarters around the corner from the White House; cooking up the Russian hacking fable; and most recently, allegedly wiretapping Trump Tower, which seems disturbingly probable following the salient remarks of Ret. Army Intelligence Officer Tony Shaffer on Fox and the revelations from Breitbart News.  Mark Levin's accusation that Obama is orchestrating a "silent coup" against Trump rings true.

The Beginnings of Obama's Shadow Government.  [Scroll down]  All of this sets Obama up to war against Trump from both inside and outside the government.  His operatives salted throughout the government and intelligence agencies will plant phony controversies; his army of agitators outside of it will protest over them.  This is what Obama meant when he said that he would devote part of his post-presidency to rekindling his roots as a community organizer.  Yes, he is organizing a community of sorts, but to conduct a coup.  If anyone has a right to be livid, it is Trump.

Barack Obama's Politically Active Post-Presidency Isn't Normal, or Good.  In a break from modern tradition, former President Barack Obama appears to be wading back into political waters. [...] This is a guy who, in not even a single term as a U.S. senator before running for the highest office in the land, accomplished little but did try to filibuster Sam Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, and supported a "poison pill" to kill immigration reform.  Who ran as a celebrity, helping pave the way for the sort of hero worship that President Trump's fans now employ.

Holder: Obama preparing to get back into political spotlight.  Former President Obama is getting ready to jump back into the political pool, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday [2/28/2017].  Holder said he has been talking with Obama about different ways to help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, according to Politico.  Obama asked Holder to be chairman of the group last year.  "He's ready to roll," Holder told reporters at a briefing.

Holder: Obama is 'ready to roll'.  Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday [2/28/2017].  Holder said he's been talking to the former president about ways — including fundraising and interacting with state legislators — that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair last year.

Barack and Michelle close to signing record-breaking deal worth over $60 Million for the rights to their new memoirs.  Barack and Michelle Obama whipped the literary world into a frenzy with the news that the former president and first lady were getting to work on new books, and now they have found a publisher.  Just a few hours after multiple people with knowledge of the joint publishing deal told the Financial Times that bidding had surpassed $60million, The New York Times reveals that the couple has inked a deal with Penguin Random House.

Publishers in a $60 million bidding war over Barack and Michelle Obama's book rights.  A bidding war for the rights to books by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama ended Tuesday [2/28/2017] with Penguin Random House winning the fight, according to reports.  Bidding surpassed $60 million, more than four times what the second-highest president's book rights were auctioned off at, though they only included the former leader, not his wife.

Obama, Democratic 'super group' unite to win state races.  Former President Obama and other top Democrats are focusing efforts on state-level races and ending the reconfiguring of voting districts through the politically-laden process known as gerrymandering — a combined effort to end "Trump-ism" and help their party regain control of Congress and legislatures across the country.  Obama indicated before leaving the White House last fall that his short-term, post-presidency focus will be on General Assembly races and redistricting after the 2020 Census.

Barack Obama's presidential library may need $1.5 billion.  The Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago could require a $1.5 billion endowment, its architects say, three times what was raised for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.  Husband-and-wife architectural team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien noted that it will be difficult to raise such a huge sum because Obama scrupulously declined to do much fundraising while he was still in office.  The Obama Center is due to be so expensive because it will require the construction of both a presidential library and a museum about the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama.  And federal requirements now stipulate that former presidents must have larger endowments to pay for annual operating costs at the libraries.

Barack and Michelle Obama are looking for interns to help them with their post-White House plans.  The Obamas have returned from their post-White House vacation, and they are getting back to work and looking for some new employees.  The 'Office of Barack and Michelle' put out a listing for interns to work directly with the Washington-based power couple.  Exactly what the tasks will be is unclear, but Michelle and Barack have a number of speaking engagements planned and will each be writing books in the coming months.

Barack and Michelle Obama Are About to Get Even Richer.  The White House doors may have closed on former President Barack Obama's presidency, but for him and his wife Michelle, the path to lucrative new book deals and paid speeches is wide open.  The Obamas recently hired top-dollar attorneys Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell to handle their book contracts, and a high-profile public relations agency — known for repping the Clintons and Mia Farrow — to coordinate speaking appearances.  The Obamas haven't yet set book-release dates or announced any scheduled speeches.

Sperry: Obama Organizing Violent Anti-Trump Protesters Just Miles from White House.  Paul Sperry writes that former President Barack Obama is setting up a "shadow White House" in Washington, DC, for organizing anti-Trump protests nationwide and "rebuilding the ravaged Democrat Party."

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump's presidency.  In what's shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn't just staying behind in Washington.  He's working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular "America First" agenda.  He's doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action.  Normally you'd expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama's OFA.  Rather, it's gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

Obama Cashes In:  Former President set for lucrative speech circuit with new book planned.  Barack Obama has set the stage for his post-presidential career by gearing up for lucrative speaking gigs and a book deal following his exit from the White House.  The former President, along with wife Michelle, have selected the Harry Walker Agency to set them up on the highly-profitable speaking circuit.  The couple have also hired top attorneys Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell to manage publishing deals for their respective books, according to their spokesman Kevin Lewis.

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump's presidency.  In what's shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn't just staying behind in Washington.  He's working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular "America First" agenda.  He's doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action.  Normally you'd expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama's OFA.  Rather, it's gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

Living in D.C., will Obama really refrain from Washington politics?  Upon leaving office, most ex-presidents are delighted to depart that contentious community. [...] The Obamas kept their home on Chicago's South Side, which has become an urban free-fire zone in recent years.  But citing their daughter's remaining years in a private Washington high school, the Obamas rented a D.C. mansion owned by Joe Lockhart, ex-Clinton press secretary now in New York with the National Football League.  The Secret Service is building a wall around it.  Sasha's high school is as good a cover story as any for Obama remaining in the capital of the nation's politics and political media.  He's leased office space in the same building as the World Wildlife Federation.  Presumably like many former office-holders, he and a helper will write a lucrative memoir.

Obama may challenge Trump more forcefully in coming months, report says.  It took former President Obama 10 days from leaving the White House before he spoke out against President Trump's order to temporarily ban people from seven predominately Muslim countries.  The statement was from a spokesman, and it did not attack Trump directly.  Rather it appealed to protesters.

Jobless Obama Rears Head to Attack President Trump.  Similar to his loony liberal cohorts on The Hill, Barack Obama is allegedly opposing the emergency immigration reform being implemented by President Donald Trump.  This is no surprise at all, but what some may not remember is that Obama himself employed an eerily similar tactic during his failed presidency.

How Obama will take on Trump.  Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn't think it would happen this quickly.  Now they're trying to find the right balance on issues that demand a response, and how to use Obama to deliver the selective pushback.

Obama Should Quit Opining On Trump And Get Back To Golf.  When Barack Obama became president of the United States, it was a rebuke of George W Bush's presidency.  Bush's reaction was muted.  He painted pictures and let his successors be his successors.  That's the way it works.  Eventually you aren't president anymore, and you let the next guy do his thing.  There was a hope that Obama would treat his post-presidency the same way.  But it turns out he didn't.  He has chosen to engage again and summon more chaos.

Cavuto: Presidents Normally Wait a While to Criticize Successors, Obama Did It Pretty Quickly.  Former president Barack Obama's statement criticizing President Trump's travel ban went against the general precedent of presidents waiting a while, at the very least, before uttering words of criticism about their successors.  The statement today (10 days into Trump's presidency) makes it clear Obama rejects religious discrimination and supports the nationwide protests going on.  Fox's Neil Cavuto questioned how quickly Obama got into the fray, wondering if whether this is more about his passion for the issues or about being opportunistic.

The Question the Times Should Have Asked 'Writer' Barack Obama.  The Obama scandal in the making centers on the price tag for Obama's post-presidential memoirs, a price driven in large part by Obama's reputation as a literary craftsman.  "Mr. Obama's writing ability could make his memoir not only profitable in its first years but perhaps for decades to come," Gardiner Harris observes matter-of-factly in a September 2016 piece in the Times.  Harris speculates, in fact, that Obama's newest effort will be a book for the ages, not unlike the memoir of Ulysses S. Grant, which continues to sell. [...] As the book critic for the [New York] Times, [Michiko] Kakutani should know better.  The evidence overwhelms the dispassionate observer that Obama no more "wrote" Dreams from My Father than John F. Kennedy wrote Profiles in Courage.

The Obama Foundation Launches With Lobbyists and Wall Street at the Wheel.  Immediately following his presidency, Barack Obama has begun marketing the Obama Foundation, which appears to use the same oligarchic formula that Bill and Hillary Clinton implemented in the Clinton Foundation in order to peddle their own influence and grow their personal wealth under the pretense of philanthropy.  The Obama Foundation's Board of Directors closely resembles the make-up of the Clinton Foundation's board in that it relies on corporate lobbyists and financial industry insiders over philanthropy experts.

Obama is set to cash in on presidency with a reported $20Milllion advance for his memoirs.  Former President Barack Obama could rake in more than $20 million in advance for a memoir.  Esther Newberg, co-head of ICM Partners' publishing unit, claims that an Obama memoir would 'go for more than any president's memoir has ever gone'.  Obama, 55, went into the White House as a bestselling author for his book Dreams of My Father, which was published in 1995.  The only other presidents to enter office as bestselling authors are Dwight D Eisenhower, for his 1948 book, Crusade Of Europe, and Donald Trump for his 1987 book, The Art of The Deal.

Malia Obama gets political at Sundance.  Malia Obama got political at Sundance by attending an event in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday [1/23/2017].  "It was amazing to see Malia," activist and actress Shailene Woodley told Democracy Now.  "To witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her ... because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn't participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children."

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It is apparent that young Ms. Obama believes that the world will come to an end if the Dakota Access Pipeline is completed.  This level of ignorance and superstition is almost unimaginable.

Michelle Obama Promises on Trump Inauguration Day: 'Will Be Back Before You Know It'.  Michelle Obama forcefully and passionately warned last year of the dangers of electing Donald Trump.  And, for eight years in the White House, she was never shy about her dislike of politics or her resolve to never seek political office herself.  But, within hours of sitting witness to Trump taking the oath of office and then making her post-inaugural getaway to Palm Springs, Calif., Mrs. Obama was on Twitter, promising her followers that she's only taking "a little break."  "Will be back before you know it to work on the issues we care about."

Obama Shows His True Colors as He Leaves Office.  Obama leaves office as a relatively young man of 55.  His next chapter could very well be as a leader on the international stage, perhaps at the U.N. (secretary-general?) or some transnational (ostensibly) human-rights organization.  What better demonstration of bona fides than a gratuitous attack on Israel?  Or the about-face on Manning and WikiLeaks?  Or the freeing of a still-unrepentant Puerto Rican terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera, also pulled off with three days remaining in his presidency?  A more likely explanation, however, is that these are acts not of calculation but of authenticity.  This is Obama being Obama.

Professor:  Obama doesn't seem to want to leave the stage.  Retired White House correspondent responds to the outgoing president's final acts in office.  [Video clip]

The Obamas' post-presidency money machine.  How greedy will the Obamas be, once they are free to start making deals with speakers' bureaus, book publishers, television broadcasters, movie producers, boards of directors, and other providers of part time and episodic employment of the most lucrative sort?  Most unfortunately for the plucky couple, the last Democrats to leave the White House gave a bad name to the shameless pursuit of wealth from megarich interests.  So a man in his early fifties vitally concerned over his historical legacy might want to think twice about cashing in.

Obama uses his final press conference to issue extraordinary warning to Trump that he will step in if he 'rounds up' children for deportation, hits voting rights or 'silences dissent'.  President Obama issued a farewell warning to President-elect Donald Trump, saying he would jump off the political sidelines if Trump goes against certain 'core values.'  At his last scheduled news conference before leaving office on Friday [1/20/2017], Obama said if there was 'systemic discrimination,' efforts to 'silence dissent' or to 'roll back voting rights,' he would be 'speaking out.'  It was among his most activist descriptions of his next act, and indicates Obama may be rethinking his post-presidency role and heeding the urging of some activists to play a stronger function in the leaderless Democratic Party as it navigates the Trump administration.

He'll speak out whenever there's a microphone nearby.
Obama says he would speak out if Trump targets Dreamers.  President Obama said he would regard any effort to round up and deport Dreamers as an attack on American "core values" that would cause him to speak out publicly.  The so-called Dreamers, young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, "for all practical purposes are American kids," Obama said at what is expected to be the final news conference of his tenure.  "The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn't do something themselves ... would merit my speaking out," he said.

Disregard all those farewells: Obama isn't really leaving.  For the first time in almost a century, the immediate ex-president will continue residing in Washington, ostensibly while a daughter finishes the second half of high school. [...] Those Obama farewell parties were as fake as most of his photo-ops.  The 55-year-old Democrat ain't really leaving.  Thanks in large part to his own failures and arrogance, Obama is all that Democrats have left for national party leadership.  He's already rented office space.

A $20 million book deal, speaking deals with Ari Emmanuel and a half billion dollar library.  President Obama's presidency may be almost over, but he has no plans to slow down in his retirement.  For Barack, there's a presidential library to build, hundreds of millions of dollars to raise, causes to champion and a book to write.  And don't forget that long-promised vacation with his wife.  His next chapter starts Friday when he becomes an ex-president.  He'll be freer to speak his mind, set his own schedule and make some money.

Obama states, "I'm the Father of the Tea Party."  In an interview with fake news ABC Correspondent George Stephanopoulos, ego-maniac Barack Obama states he's the founding father of the Tea Party.  Because it's all about him.  What is he going to do after January 20th when he becomes insignificant?

Obama to return to community organizing, terrorizing GOP.  Jimmy Carter framed houses, Ronald Reagan built fences, and George H.W. Bush leapt from airplanes.  Post Oval Office, President Obama will return to community organizing.  It'll be a different sort politics and a more dangerous one for Republicans.  During his farewell address, an event not unlike the thousands of campaign speeches that defined his career, Obama told an adoring crowd that he's not going anywhere.  One of three explicit promises, the outgoing executive pledged to be "right there with you."

Obama's Transparent Presidency.  A mere week remains of Obama's tenure in office.  But Obama remains intent on carrying on as if he will never leave power.  He has pledged to continue to implement his goals for the next week and then to serve as the most outspoken ex-president in US history.

Saint Barack?  Obama's frequent appeals to history's judgment reflect his confidence that history will be kind to him.  In the short run, it will:  liberals will canonize Obama.  Like the faithful Catholics chanting "santo subito" after the death of Pope John Paul II, Obama's liberal boosters will turn him into Saint Barack, savior of health care and slayer of bin Laden.  You might see hints of this already in your liberal friends' wistful Facebook posts:  "I'm really going to miss this guy."  If liberals are calling the shots, Obama's name will shortly be inscribed on statues and state buildings, and his face will someday appear on coins and currency, while the divisions he sowed and exploited in pursuit of personal glory will be papered over.  Generations of schoolchildren will learn about the beloved, barrier-shattering college professor with the megawatt smile who could tell a joke and make a jump shot — not the ambitious, polarizing ideologue whose disdain for half the country was palpable.

Obama to return to community organizing, terrorizing GOP.  For the last six years, Obama has been on the legislative defensive.  Other than executive order sorties, the president's been busy figuring out how to stave off attacks against his marquee accomplishments.  In retirement, the old president can go back on offensive.  He can set a smoke screen of nostalgia and he can weaponize his charm.  Obama's always been strongest on the campaign trail.  Like Springsteen, he was born to run, not govern.  And once free from policy restraints, the former president can focus exclusively on politics.  Budgets that don't balance won't matter anymore.  Neither will a healthcare law that didn't work.

Obama Still Doesn't Get America.  Today the left-establishment is happily scapegoating white guys because of their race, gender, and sexual preferences.  Such is the domestic peace Obama has left us.  Racial politics inevitably turns to anti-Semitism at some point, since Jews make natural mob targets.  Our universities are becoming unsafe for Jewish students and faculty.  I have seen it coming for decades.  And waddayaknow, Obama has capped his slew of anti-American outrages by moving to delegitimize the State of Israel in the jihadophiliac United Nations.  It's pretty clear that Obama is doing all that with an eye to the future.  When (not if) he is nominated to be Sec General of the UN, he will have 57 votes from Muslim nations, plus the votes of European countries that are already submitting to Jihad.

Cleaning up After 'Third Term' Obama.  Unfortunately, President Obama and his ego are not going anywhere, at least not until his youngest daughter finishes school.  He'll stay in Washington, close to his friends in the mainstream media, where he can be the always available commander in chief of the Democrats' raggedy Trump Resistance Movement.  Obama is already rehearsing his new role as America's Other President.  Recently he made headlines by boasting he could have beaten Donald Trump and been reelected to a third term by running again on his message of hope and change.  Too bad the Constitution got in the way.  But Obama's big ego can't be limited by the Constitution — or reality.

Obama: I won't leave on Jan 20.  President Obama used his final weekly address in 2016 to make it plainer than ever that he won't retire quietly once Donald Trump is sworn in as president.  Couching his address to the nation as assurance that he will remain committed to defending the "progress" achieved by his administration, the president made it crystal clear that he intends to be a thorn in President Trump's side after the official handover of power on Jan. 20.

Obama's Twilight Moves Against Israel May Foreshadow His Move to UN Sec'y Gen.  President Obama's UN declaration that Israeli settlements are illegal says this duck isn't lame.  It was not the finale of Obama's closing months as president but the prologue to years ahead, pushing his legacy to where it can be carried out at the UN. Congressional leaders say Obama is already plotting further action on Israel before he leaves office, according to the Washington Free Beacon.  The Simon Wiesenthal Center put Obama's refusal to veto the UN resolution at top of its annual list of anti-Semitic acts.  One has to acknowledge, regardless of his or her position about Israeli settlements, that Obama is choosing to create an unusual whirlwind of controversy as he leaves office.

Obama 'Might Just Weigh In' On Issues During Trump Presidency.  President Barack Obama plans to speak out when he believes he needs to during the presidency of Donald Trump.  During an interview with his former White House adviser and now CNN political analyst David Axelrod, Obama reflected on the last 8 years what he wants to do for himself in the near and long term future[.]  "I'm not sticking around by the virtue of the Constitution and because I believe in the wisdom that George Washington showed that at a certain point you make room for new voices and fresh legs," Obama said.

On His Way Out, Obama Makes Another Promise He's Sure To Break.  President Obama's "exit interview" on CNN with former advisor David Axelrod generated plenty of attention when Obama bragged that he could have beaten Donald Trump.  Missed in the hullabaloo, however, was a pledge by Obama that he would abide by tradition and retire with dignity as ex-president.

Obama Agonistes.  Hillary's self-destruction is all too obvious; but Obama's strikes me as equally tragic, and equally apparent on reflection.  And it reminded me of parallels from another tragic self-defeating President.  But his is over; Hillary's is almost over; Obama's is just beginning its third act.

Post-Presidency, Starring Barack Obama.  The Obamas are walking out of the White House and into Hollywood.  That Obama is planning to publicly defend his legacy is a well-known fact, facilitated by his upcoming living arrangements — the Obamas will have a home in Washington DC and one in Rancho Mirage, a quick flight away from Hollywood.  The president carefully picked these locations, one allowing easy access to the political press corps, the other convenient to an unprecedented career in showbiz. [...] Even if the Obamas surprise us and stay relatively quiet, we can be sure that the media will fall all over themselves to cover every available microdetail of the outgoing first family's post-presidency life.  And based on the Obamas' time in Washington, it seems to logically follow that Barack and Michelle will not shy away from the cameras and open mics.

Obama preps for post-presidency feud with Trump.  When George W. Bush left the White House in early 2009, he boarded a helicopter and went home to Texas, where he mostly remained silent about President Obama's actions.  This presidential transition is shaping up a little differently.  Rather than returning home to Illinois, President Obama is moving just down the street from the White House to a mansion in the tony Kalorama neighborhood.  And rather than remaining quiet, Obama, 55, who will become one of the youngest ex-presidents in history, has promised to dive in with grassroots liberals seeking to oppose Donald Trump, a man he has been feuding with for years.

Editor-In-Chief: Is Obama Going To Start A Media Company?  President Barack Obama is interested in a career in digital media and potentially launching his own outlet, according to a report Friday [12/2/2016] from Mic citing sources close to the president.  Obama's communications director Jan Psaki denied that the president is seeking to be involved in digital media following January 20.  "While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office," Psaki said in a statement given to Mic.

The Editor says...
Barry Soetoro a/k/a Barack H. Obama has never run a for-profit business in his life, and isn't going to start now, except as a figurehead.  His current job is just such a position, and in it he has demonstrated abject incompetence for the last eight years.  He only kept his current job for the full eight years because it would have cost too much "political capital" to impeach him.




Barack H. Obama speculates constantly about his third term as president:

Introduction:
Before Barack H. Obama came along, lots of things were unthinkable.  Who would have imagined that the voters would elect a president who hates America?  Who would have thought the country would elect a man with no qualifications for the job — other than dark skin?  When has there ever been a president with a more opaque biography?  How did we allow the re-election of a commander-in-chief who has continually weakened our military defenses?  Now, at the end of his second term, there is a great deal of discussion and speculation about whether or not Mr. Obama will leave quietly when his second term ends.


Barack Obama Offers to Help Puerto Rico, Making Case He Should Still Be President.  Former President Barack Obama spoke out Tuesday about the need for aid to Puerto Rico in a Twitter post that encouraged Americans to "answer the call."  The island suffered a devastating blow from Hurricane Maria, leaving residents of the American territory without running water or power, in a situation that has seen Puerto Ricans begging for help from federal agencies.  President Donald Trump faced criticism that he failed to act fast enough to ensure adequate aid reaches the island, and he is also being accused of insensitivity for stating that many of Puerto Rico's problems, including its debt, predated the hurricane.

Crowd Chants 'Four More Years' As Obama Takes The Stage For Farewell Address.  The crowd chanted "four more years" as Barack Obama took the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago to deliver his farewell address Tuesday night.  As the president got on stage, he acknowledged that he is a lame duck president because "no one's following instructions."  The audience then broke out into a "four more years" chant.  "I can't do that," Obama said.

Obama Cried at Send-off, Says He Could Have Been Re-elected.  President Obama admitted he cried at a recent senior staff send-off dinner — and is now claiming that he'd be able to get re-elected if he had run for president again.  "I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," Obama said in a "The Axe Files" podcast interview by former aide David Axelrod.

What if Obama dropped Hillary's email bombs?  Obama is a major narcissist who always wants to expand his personal power.  Being president has not satisfied his power-hungry ego; nothing ever will.  For months he has been talking about running for a third term, and he's back at it today.

Trump Would Have Beaten Delusional Obama.  President Barack Obama, the Democratic leader who presided over the decimation of his party, now claims that he would have beaten Donald Trump if he had a chance to run for a third term.  The problem is that Hillary Clinton ran as Obama's third term, with the president's active support and was rejected.

Delusional, defensive Obama can't see a legacy in tatters.  With only weeks left in his presidency, President Obama has been reduced to issuing unprovable boasts, sounding like the senior quarterback at a small high school.  In a recent interview on "The Axe Files" podcast with former senior strategist David Axelrod — which makes you wonder if Mr. Obama's blood relatives were unavailable to interview him — the president claimed he would have been re-elected to a third term had he been allowed to run again.  Perhaps conservatives should cheer, as the president finally appears to appreciate the constitutional constraints of his office, but here's the real takeaway from this softball interview with a South Side Chicago pal.

Obama:  I Could Have Won if I Had Run for President Again.  President Barack Obama asserts that he could have won a third term against Donald Trump if he had run again on his claim of hope and change.  "I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," he told his former campaign chief David Axelrod on a CNN podcast interview.

Ego-driven fantasy another bogey for Obama.  President Obama may be chasing a golf ball in the far-off Hawaiian Islands, but his ego is omnipresent, as usual.  In a podcast released yesterday, Obama boasted that if he'd run against President-elect Donald J. Trump, he would have won.

Valerie Jarrett to Obama:  "Don't You Wish You Could Run For Another Term?".  Another moment in the creepy relationship between Obama and his Iago.  Hillary had her Huma.  Obama has his Valerie.  To pander to his ego until it becomes monstrous.

What this campaign is really all about:  If elected, Clinton will finish the economic redistribution Obama started.  The political firestorms of the past week — the 2005 tape of Donald Trump uttering crass statements about women, WikiLeaks' disclosure of thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails revealing her two-faced hypocrisy, the appearance at the second presidential debate of several women who have accused Bill Clinton of rape and sexual assault, Mr. Trump's comeback debate performance — have obscured one critically important truth.  Hillary Clinton is seeking the Democrats' third term in the presidency.  It's not, however, her husband's third term.  It's President Obama's.  She routinely praises Mr. Obama and his economic stewardship while embracing his radical, far-left approach that drives the party she now seeks to lead.

Will Barack Obama Try To Stay In Office If Donald Trump Wins The Election?  Normally we would not even have to ask such a question, but these are not normal times.  This week, Obama publicly stated that Trump "is unfit to serve as President" and that he is "woefully unprepared to do this job".  In addition, he told the press that Trump "doesn't have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world."  If Obama really believes those things are true, would he really just stand aside and hand the keys to the White House to Trump?  Never before have I ever heard a sitting president claim that one of the major party candidates could not function as president.  But that is what Obama has just done.

The Potemkin Presidency:  What Obama And Hillary Are Preparing For America.  Even Obama's most insensate media supporters have had to notice how manic the president has been in the twilight of his term.  How likely is it that Obama's frenzied efforts are aiming toward the marginal relevance of a post-presidency?  Not likely at all.  The president is working, and working hard, to gain a third term — not merely for his policies but actually for himself.  The president is obviously clever enough to know he cannot seek a third term outright.  But the media powers-that-be would be happy for him to do it sub rosa.  The crucial element in this scheme is the Clinton candidacy.

Obama: I'm Not Quitting, I'm Being 'Forced Out' Of the Presidency.  President Barack Obama says he's being "forced out" of the Oval Office, not quitting, as he faces the end of his presidency.  Obama was asked about the future of his golf game by the Golf Channel's David Feherty in an interview that took place just before he played his 300th game as president.

Having never studied the Constitution, even for a minute...
Majority of Democrats want third term for Obama.  A strong majority of Democrats would cancel the 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if it meant President Obama could serve another term, a new poll found.  Data provided to The Hill by the conservative polling outlet WPA Research found that 67 percent of Democrats would take a third term for Obama over a potential Clinton administration.  Only 28 percent said they're ready to move on from the Obama White House, while 6 percent are undecided.  Obama is enjoying a surprisingly strong approval rating for a president serving out the final months of his second term.

Is a Civil War Coming?  This is something we discovered is not out of a dystopian novel but hatched by our own government, with a fleet of 30,000 drones expected by the end of Obama's "third term."  And what if there was a secret memo that gave the Obama administration the authority to kill any U.S. citizen at any time, anywhere, without proof, without due process, accountable to no one?  Investigative journalist Michael Isikoff uncovered this last month.  So what if, unlike the Communists in Russia, the Obama administration wasn't able to disarm its enemy — conservatives — but were able to easily outgun them, with hundreds of thousands of "personal defense weapons," billions of rounds, tanks, and "public safety" drones?  Is a civil war coming between a totalitarian Obama administration and conservatives?

Obama: 'I think if I ran again I could win'.  President Barack Obama said Tuesday [7/27/2015] that he would win a third term in office if he ran again, but is barred by the Constitution.  "I think if I ran again I could win.  But I can't!" Obama said.

Obama: 'I'm a Pretty Good President' And If I Ran For a Third Term, I Could Win.  President Obama told the African Union Tuesday [7/27/2015] that he felt he had been a "pretty good" president and if he were allowed to run for a third term, he'd probably be victorious.  Obama made the remarks while criticizing leaders on the continent who wouldn't step aside at the conclusion of their terms.

New York congressman introduces bill to abolish presidential term limits.  New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduced a bill in Congress on Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which places term limits on the U.S. presidency.  The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office.

Dem House Proposal Would Allow Obama to Run For More Than 2 Terms.  Before you take up arms against the government, keep in mind this has been proposed before in 2011 and died in committee.  It would have to get two-thirds support in both houses, including our radical right-wing hostage House of Representatives, and after that, three-quarters of the states would have to ratify it, or 38 states, which is nearly impossible.

The Editor says...
Or Obama could bypass the Congress and implement it himself, which is entirely possible.  It's worth noting that some Congressmen are willing to introduce bills which have no hope of passing, thus wasting everyone's time.  A law of this sort would require an amendment to the Constitution.  The only reason a Congressman might introduce such a futile bill is if he or she knows the Constitution has been ignored and bypassed for so long that anything goes.

Obama: 'Michelle Would Kill Me' If I Ran For A Third Term.  President Obama traveled to Nebraska after his State of the Union speech, where he spoke to an enthusiastic group of supporters — some even wanted him to serve as president for a third term.  "Four more years!" shouted a person in the audience.  Another person in the audience shouted that "Keeping you as President!" would help keep America safe and strong.  "Oh, well, I can't do that," Obama said.  "I can't do that because of the Constitution.  And I can't do that because Michelle would kill me."

Nightmare scenario: Obama UN head, Clinton 45th president.  Aside from imposing martial law and 'postponing' 2016 elections, there is no third term in the cards for the high-handed president, whose seven-year-long obsession is to fundamentally transform America.  Thus, Obama covets, and even lusts for the job held by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose term expires in early 2017.

Obama Calls Senate Environment Chairman 'Cray' for Doubting Climate Change.  On the fundraising trail last night for the Democratic National Committee, President Obama insisted to a celebrity-studded crowd in New York that his presidency "has never been about me."  "As I enter into my last year in office, some supporters started getting nostalgic, and so we'll take pictures and they'll say, oh, Barack, I wish you could run another term," he said.  "And I explain — no, first of all, not everybody says that.  But I explain, A, it's unconstitutional.  George Washington set a good example.  B, Michelle would not permit it, even if it were constitutional.  And, C, this has never been about me."

Obama confident he could win a third term as president.  Thanks to George Washington, Barack Obama cannot seek a third term, but the president confidently proclaimed this week that he believes he could secure another four years in the White House — a boast some analysts quickly cast as wholly unrealistic, perhaps even politically delusional.  With Mr. Obama looking tired as he limps to the end of his second term, sapped of momentum by a growing string of foreign policy challenges abroad and largely paralyzed by political gridlock at home, analysts say another national election victory would be a long shot at best as the broad coalition of voters who reliably supported him in 2008 and 2012 steadily frays.

Obama: 'Yes' I would win if I ran for president again.  President Barack Obama said Sunday he believes he would win if he ran for president again and called his last year of the presidency "bittersweet."  "Do you think if you ran again, could run again, and did run again, you would be elected?" asked Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" Sunday night [10/11/2015].

How Obama will get a Third Term.  Looks like Barack Obama has a third term as POTUS in the bag, and won't be needing martial law or any other draconic measure to make it happen.  All Obama needs to remain in power and to press ahead with his deadly Fundamental Transformation of America is for a Democrat — any Democrat — to win the 2016 presidency.  Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and his twin sister Elizabeth 'Fauxcahontas' Warren or the shop-worn and decrepit Bernie Sanders will do.

The Editor says...
I don't know about the Biden or Warren presidencies being tantamount to Obama's third term, but if Hillary Clinton wins, it will certainly be Bill Clinton's third term.

65 Percent of Americans Would Not Vote for Obama Again.  A strong majority of Americans would not vote for Barack Obama if he were allowed to run for a third term in the White House.  According to a Monmouth University poll released Monday, only 27 percent of U.S. adults would vote to reelect Obama in 2016, while 65 percent would cast their ballots for someone else.  Support for the president is even weak among Democrats:  While 53 percent would support Obama for a third term, the share of liberal Americans who would not vote for Obama stands at 43 percent.

The Editor says...
The poorly educated masses are evidently unaware that it would be illegal for Obama to run for a third term; otherwise they would not dignify such an insipid question with any kind of response.  A much more sensible question would be this:  If Michelle Obama were to run for president in 2016, as an overt extension of Barack Obama's presidency, would you vote for her?  That scenario could easily come to pass, and the answer would give a better picture of B. H. Obama's approval.

Obama: 'I think if I ran again I could win'.  President Barack Obama said Tuesday [7/27/2015] that he would win a third term in office if he ran again, but is barred by the Constitution.  "I think if I ran again I could win.  But I can't!" Obama said.

Obama: 'I'm a Pretty Good President' And If I Ran For a Third Term, I Could Win.  President Obama told the African Union Tuesday [7/27/2015] that he felt he had been a "pretty good" president and if he were allowed to run for a third term, he'd probably be victorious.  Obama made the remarks while criticizing leaders on the continent who wouldn't step aside at the conclusion of their terms.

Poll: No, Mr. President, you would not win a third term.  It seems that Americans can add "no more Obamas" to the oft-heard calls for no more Bushes or Clintons, despite the president's belief that he would be a shoo-in for a third term.  Rasmussen Reports on Friday [7/31/2015] released a poll showing that just one third of likely U.S voters would keep President Obama in office if he ran again.  Even among Democrats, only 57 percent would vote for him a third time.

The Editor says...
There is an easy way to call Mr. Obama's bluff:  Have Michelle Obama run for President, openly pronouncing it as Obama's third term, and see how many votes she gets.  This would be similar to the case of Georgia governor Lurleen Wallace.  The danger in this challenge is that the poorly-educated "low-information" voters (millions of whom, apparently, will vote for the black candidate, whoever it is) just might get Michelle elected!

If Obama Needs 'Third Term,' as MSNBC Analyst Suggests, He's in Trouble.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must be thrilled about this:  "If you are President Barack Obama and you want to be a transformational president, getting to that transformational stage sometimes requires you get a third term," NBC News Senior Politics Editor Mark Murray submitted amid a sleepy Monday [5/5/2014] segment packed with idle speculation about the 2016 election cycle.  "People in the White House, and President Obama, I am sure they would love to have a third or fourth term," Murray continued.

Rep. Gutierrez: Obama 'Should Be Expanding His Prosecutorial Discretion'.  At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said that President Barack Obama should be expanding his prosecutorial discretion when it comes to enforcement of immigration laws.  "Unfortunately, he should not be limiting his prosecutorial discretion.  He should be expanding his prosecutorial discretion," Gutierrez said during a hearing on the constitutionality and legality of actions the Obama administration has taken on issues like the enforcement of immigration laws.

Liberal law prof: Obama's unconstitutional power grabs are creating a "very dangerous and unstable system".  Show of hands:  Who thinks Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will keep Obama in line?  Before you answer, note that leading amnesty shill Luis Gutierrez argued at this same hearing that, if anything, Obama should have a freer hand so that he can go about unilaterally legalizing the illegals Gutierrez has been effectively representing in Congress for years.  That's what's left of Democratic opposition to the imperial executive.

WaPo Op-Ed Urges Letting Obama Run for a Third Term so Senate Will "Fear Him".  Four more years.  10 trillion more dollars in debt.  And by the end of it, we'll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama's trademark Soy and Asphalt pie.

No Uncertain Terms.  On Wednesday [11/27/2013] we observed that it's hard for a political humorist to keep up with the real-life absurdities of the Obama crowd.  To illustrate the point, along comes Jonathan Zimmerman, a historian at New York University, with an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing that we need to repeal the 22nd Amendment.  Now of course the way this was supposed to work was that Obama would be such an amazing president that he would come to seem indispensable.

Presidential term limits:  necessary and right, or bad for democracy?  In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history and education professor at New York University, says deciding whether a president deserves a third, fourth or more terms should be left to the American people, not the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which placed a two-term limit on the position.

End presidential term limits.  Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected.  Thanks to term limits, though, they've got little to fear.  Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all.

Washington Post: Repeal presidential term limits.  As President Obama faces a small revolt within his own party, a Washington Post op-ed is calling for the United States to end presidential term limits and allow him to run again in 2016.  "Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him," writes New York University Jonathan Zimmerman professor of history and education.  "Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves."

Proposed repeal of the 22nd Amendment.  Introduced by Rep. Jose Serrano [D, NY].

Democrat Proposes Repealing 22nd Amendment on Presidential Term Limit.  This bill was introduced into the Judiciary Committee on January 6 (first day of the 111th Congress) and has no co-sponsors.  Before anyone starts freaking out, remember that a bill such as this must first make it out of committee, then be passed by two-thirds of the House and Senate, then be passed by three-fourths of the States before actually happening.  Regardless, this simply goes to show that the minority party or individual (the smallest minority there is) should always have their rights respected so as to provide a check against the majority.

Hail King Obama:  President for life.  As Inauguration Day approaches and Barack Obama prepares to assume his first term as president, some in Congress are hoping to make it possible for the Democrat to not only seek a second term in office, but a third and fourth as well.  The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary is considering a bill that would repeal the Constitution's 22nd Amendment prohibiting a president from being elected to more than two terms in office.

King of America!  And you wondered why this country is in the shape it is in today!  The sheer idiocy of such a move is breath taking.  But as long as we Americans continue to elect these clowns to lead us in the Congress, and in the office of President, this is the kind of country we will continue to have, until it implodes as it has nearly done in the past few weeks.

Getting started on term #2...
Obama in perpetual campaign, Barbour says.  It's no coincidence President Obama has traveled to key swing states to push his massive stimulus measure, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Sunday.  Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Obama's recent travel is an indication that the new president is already running for reelection.

And term #3...
Limbaugh:  Obama planning third term.  Rush Limbaugh stirred up some trouble today [6/30/2009] when he suggested Obama might have his sights on a third term:  "You have to wonder if Obama is just trying to lay a foundation for not being a hypocrite when he tries to serve beyond 2016.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if in the next number of years there is a move on the 22nd Amendment, which term limits the President of the United States."

What If It Happened Here?  Suppose, from a purely hypothetical standpoint, the crisis in Honduras was mimicked in the United States?  A fictional American president, lacking the votes in Congress and the judicial nod from the Supreme Court, circumvents the constitutional process and holds an illegal national referendum to repeal the 22nd Amendment — thus infinitely extending his potential for reelection.  The obvious legislative differences between the United States and Honduras aside, reactions would be nearly identical.  Members of the Armed Forces take a solemn oath to "support and defend the Constitution," not to a specific individual.

100 minutes in the life of Muammar Gaddafi.  [Scroll down]  "Terrorism is not just al-Qaida, it takes many forms."  In case the point was lost on anyone, he tore up his copy of the UN rule book.  Having thus abused and alienated 99.99% of the world's top diplomats, he suddenly changed tack, heaping praise and devotion on the one man he appears to respect.  "Now the black man doesn't have to sit in the back of the bus, the American people made him president and we are proud of that.  We would be happy if Obama stayed president of America forever."

WaPo Op-Ed Urges Letting Obama Run for a Third Term so Senate Will "Fear Him".  Four more years.  10 trillion more dollars in debt.  And by the end of it, we'll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama's trademark Soy and Asphalt pie.


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