Obama post-presidency

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Credible allegations of spying on political opponents

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

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Credible allegations of spying on political opponents

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.

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Democrats' New Favorite Word to Bludgeon Trump: 'Ethical'.  Every few months, progressives shift their attack, introducing or recycling one theme after another.  First, it was "collusion."  Then, it was "obstruction."  Now the word is "ethical."  Apparently, it's not ethical to pick up the phone and listen when someone calls you.  Even if you intend to call the FBI if there's something wrong.  Obviously, the Clinton campaign went far beyond that when it paid for the services of a foreign national to compile the dirty dossier on the president.  But it's not just the Steele dossier.  Charges of involvement by Obama's FBI, CIA, and Justice Department, if substantiated, will amount to the worst political conspiracy in our history.  The list of those involved will be long, and it could stretch from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page at the bottom all the way up to Biden and Obama at the top.  That sort of conspiracy, involving top federal agency and department heads and perhaps the president and vice president himself, would go so far beyond "unethical" as to make an ethics charge seem laughable.

Lyin' Biden:  Not a 'hint of a scandal' during Obama administration?  Please!  Officials in their administration secured wiretapping warrants — with suspect backing — to spy on Mr. Trump, who they feared might just pull off the win in 2016.  "I think spying did occur," Attorney General William Barr testified before Congress in April, adding that "I'm not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly."  The authorization to spy on the campaign was approved by a secret court based on a bogus dossier funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.  After his win, the dossier was used to impose a special counsel to investigate the spurious allegations that Mr. Trump colluded with Russia to influence the election.  Special counsel Robert Mueller, after a 22-month probe, found no collusion whatsoever.

The Left's hypocrisy knows no bounds.  The Steele dossier was phonied up by a foreign national, Steele, and the rest of the setup involved the help of several other Western intel assets from the U.K., Italy, and Australia.  Together with their partners in crime within our FBI and CIA, they had quite an operation going.  So arrogant and drunk on power, they were certain they could take down the president they decided was an interloper, not a member of their elite club.  But they got caught.  The Steele dossier was so poorly written that legitimate CIA and FBI agents say no professional intelligence officer would have fallen for it for one minute.  But it was used as "evidence" to begin surveilling the Trump family, friends, Cabinet members, and acquaintances.  Hundreds of innocent civilians were unmasked and spied upon in search of a crime.

The doggedness of William Barr.  For the past two-plus years, elements of the Obama administration, then the Obama administration in exile, have been swarming like termites over the enterprises of Trump, Inc., first his campaign and then his administration.  The vast apparatus of the United States intelligence services, the Department of Justice, and other representatives of the Executive Branch have busied themselves burrowing into the record of Donald Trump's business dealings, his foreign contacts, and contacts between anyone associated with him or his campaign and the outside world.  Low-level staffers such as George Papadopoulos were set up by British or Australian-run intelligence assets.  A fake, completely unverified dossier, compiled from dubious sources, paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, was the chief, possibly the only 'evidence' used to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant against Carter Page, an American citizen, as a pretext to tap into (or, in the vernacular, 'spy') on the Trump campaign and then his administration.  The compiler of the dossier, ex-British spy Christopher Steele, has admitted that he was desperate to have the dirt he had hoovered up about Donald Trump air before the election.

Sally Yates -vs- Michael Flynn.  After the November 8th, 2016, election everyone within the Obama network associated with the Trump surveillance operation was at risk.  This is the impetus for the "Muh Russia" collusion-conspiracy narrative that was used as a mitigating shield.  Within a few days after the election ODNI James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan began pushing the Russia election interference narrative in the media.  Without notifying anyone, NSA Director Mike Rogers went to Trump tower on November 18th, 2016.  Despite his compartmentalization it appears Rogers identified the NSA database abuse as the likely underpinning for some form of political surveillance.  By mid-December 2016 the Obama administration was deploying a full-court-press using their media allies to promote the Russia conspiracy.  However, despite their public proclamations Clapper and Brennan were refusing to give any specifics to congress.

ObamaGate: No Misdemeanors, Only High Crimes.  It would be impossible to detail in this one article all of the things the Obama Administration did to subvert the Trump campaign through the use of the intelligence community (IC) for political ends.  Moreover, we are only just beginning to chronicle of the depth and breadth of the corruption involved. [...] Nevertheless, these are the key facts:  The CIA, the FBI, the Justice Department, and the Obama White House were all involved in a series of codename operations (including "Crossfire Hurricane") that involved foreign governments, (Australia, Great Britain, and Italy), and their intelligence agencies, including the British equivalent of the National Security Agency, GCHQ, in targeted espionage against members of the Trump campaign. [...] Simply put: the Obama Administration used the most powerful intelligence capabilities in the world to attempt a penetration and subversion of the presidential campaign of the the opposing party.  When that failed, they used a special prosecutor to divert attention away from that activity, log-jam the work of the new president, and clean up the evidence of what had been done to him and his team.  And most un-American of all: the former intelligence leadership of the Obama Administration continued to spy illegally on Donald Trump and his closest advisers after they had moved into the White House.

Democrats' railings about Barr and spying are going to end badly for them.  When AG Barr stated that he would be investigating the "spying" on the Trump campaign, the Democrats on the committee were shocked, truly stunned.  How dare he suggest such a thing!  These folks, for over two years, have had their heads deep in ostrich sand.  They are apparently completely unaware, or pretend to be, of the massive amounts of actual proof that the Obama administration illegally attempted to eliminate Trump from the running by trying to plant their own spies in the campaign and surveil under prohibited pretexts. [...] Is it actually possible that they have not read a word of Gregg Jarrett's book, Dan Bongino's book, the multiple well-researched columns of John Solomon, Sara Carter, Margot Cleveland, Jeff Carlson, Lee Smith, et. al.?  Have they not bothered to read the numerous transcripts of closed-door interviews with the principals involved?  Obviously not. [...] It has for nearly two years been clear, proven beyond all doubt, that a self-important faction at the FBI and DOJ, with covert approval of then-President Obama, conspired to see that Trump would not be elected.

Ilhan Omar Is Right:  Obama Did Get Away With Murder.  [Scroll down]  The most-dastardly misdeed of all, though, is only coming into view since Obama left office.  Whatever one's opinion of President Donald J. Trump, the fact remains that he and his inner circle have been the subject of one of the most corrupt federal investigations in history.  Having won in 2016 by defeating the highly favored Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, Trump has been made to endure endless rounds of a special prosecution investigation alleging he and his campaign "colluded" with Russia to rig the 2016 election in Trump's favor.  After three years, most of these claims have not only been disproven, but they've been proven to be a lie.  In fact, all of the claims were based off a salacious opposition research document compiled by a former British spy — who was supportive of Trump's political opponents in 2016.  Rather than having been met with skepticism, though, the Obama era intelligence community accepted the dossier alleging Trump-Russia collusion and used that as the pretext to spy on the Trump Campaign; to pursue Trump campaign officials legally; and to stymie the ability of the Trump Administration to govern effectively. On his way out of office, Obama and his minions made moves to ensure that the incoming Trump Administration could neither defend itself fairly from these unsubstantiated attacks nor simply end the baseless "investigation."  Here is the true legacy of Barack Obama.

Reconciling 'Spygate' With The 'Soft Coup'.  There have been a great many questions surrounding the activity that took place in 2017 after President Trump took office and how politicians and officials coordinated an apparent 'soft coup' attempt to remove President Trump.  Questions around DAG Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe, James Comey and the larger intelligence community (to include the Gang-of-Eight) surrounding the Trump administration.  Many of those questions can be reconciled with a review of the predicate.  There are five phases in the evolution of 'Spygate' into the 'Soft Coup'; to reconcile the latter, which extends to today, a full review provides the clarity.

Reporter: Obama Spied on Me, and I'm Not the Only One.  Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson testified in front of lawmakers on Tuesday about evidence she'd collected proving that the Obama administration illegally spied on her by planting remote access software on her home computer.  Attkisson has long maintained that Obama officials were not only keeping tabs on her, but was actively pressuring her bosses at the network to "kill" stories she was pursuing that would not have been favorable to the president.  Unfortunately, she told the House Oversight and Reform Committee, despite her evidence of wrongdoing, the Department of Justice has taken no steps to investigate the scandal. [...] All of this happened in 2012, as Attkisson was closing in on Benghazi reporting that would have been severely damaging to the administration and might have hurt the president's chances in November.

Unholy Alliance:  Did Us Intelligence Agencies Collude With Clinton to Influence the 2016 Election?  As controversial as the Steele dossier has become, it may well prove key to a political corruption scandal far more insidious than anyone has presently suggested.  To be sure, critics have blasted its seeming partisan falsity, and many also have declaimed that it enabled the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.  And there is evidence that the opening of the "Russiagate" investigation was itself premised strongly on this "salacious and unverified" report.  But little attention has been paid to the role of American intelligence agencies in its creation, which now is appearing substantial, and which would implicate a governmental conspiracy making Watergate look like child's play.

From 9/11 to Spygate:  The National Security Deep State.  [Scroll down]  We know some of what Mueller was doing.  The same official who paved the way for raiding the president's lawyer, who illegally seized material from the Trump transition team and whose case is based in no small part on illegal eavesdropping, fought alongside Comey against surveilling terrorists.  Materials involving the Muslim Brotherhood were purged.  Toward the dawn of the second Obama term, Mueller met with CAIR and other Islamist groups and a green curtain fell over national security.  But the surveillance wasn't going anywhere.  Instead it was being redirected to new targets.  Those targets were not, despite the wave of hysterical conspiracy theories convulsing the media, the Russians.  Mueller's boss was still quite fond of them.  Barack Obama did have foreign enemies that he wanted to spy on.  And there were plenty of domestic enemies who could be caught up in that trap.

A Guide to Spygate.  The FBI is many things to many people, but seen from the inside where I spent my career as an FBI agent, most of all it is a bureaucracy.  The evident abuses of the vast investigatory powers of the Bureau to surveil the campaign of Donald Trump has left a paper and electronic trail as it jumped through the many procedural hoops required for Spygate to unfold.  Based on a clue from the Strzok-Page texts and my understanding of the rules the FBI has to play by, it is possible to piece together a picture of how and why surveillance of the Trump campaign probably unfolded.

Watergate redux.  President Obama, although appearing confident of a Clinton victory, apparently feared a Trump win would undo his legacy — which is precisely what has happened — and thus it had to be prevented by whatever means.  The leadership of the Justice Department, IRS, FBI, CIA and others in the Obama administration have been, and continue to show themselves to be, fierce Democratic partisans.  Again, their motivations for what increasingly appears as extensive inappropriate and illegal behavior seem to be much like their Watergate predecessors.  Former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former director of National Intelligence James Clapper have all publicly stated that they do not believe Mr. Trump is fit to be president — with the implicit argument that stopping him is their patriotic duty — the law [notwithstanding].

Spygate:  The Coming Storm.  A growing segment of the American public now knows that the country's intelligence community was spying on the Trump campaign, and then attempting to sabotage the Trump Administration with false allegations of "Russian collusion."  That's #Spygate in a sentence.  A long and tawdry web composed of lies, obstruction, and leaking has slowly been unraveled until the falsehoods of the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department, and other assorted deep state actors were revealed.  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been fired, and is counting his GoFundMe cash in preparation for large legal bills.  Former FBI Director James Comey publicly set fire to his reputation during his recent book tour.  James Clapper was hired recently on CNN to analyze all the nefarious stuff he did as the former director of national intelligence.  Last, but certainly not least, former CIA head John Brennan has had to settle for pompous raging on Twitter — which is just about the most amateur thing that an ex-spymaster can possibly do.  The erstwhile leaders of our "intelligence community" have proven to be not very intelligent at all.

What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate.  The Obama administration — with or without the knowledge and direction of President Obama himself — perverted one of the most powerful, clandestine spying operations in the world and used it at the very height of a presidential campaign to spy on political opponents, punish them and, ultimately, silence them through extortion.  If this was orchestrated without the express knowledge of Mr. Obama, then it reveals just how blatantly he instructed by example the weaponizing of the entire federal government to carry out his low, dishonest and unjust ideology.  By any means necessary, one might say.  Only instead of being driving by visions of justice, these people were driven by visions of undying power.

Are There Any Adults Left in Washington, D.C.?  This is how our government works:  the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next.  At least, this is how it is supposed to work and has for the first 44 American presidents.  Instead, we had an outgoing administration, using its vast intelligence and judicial powers to influence a presidential election.  Perhaps "influence" is too kind a word, as even an endorsement from the outgoing president is meant to influence.  Far better would be a word like "rig" or "fix," deliberately dictating the outcome despite the constitutional process and the will of the people.  That's exactly what the Obama administration did.  A lie, dressed up as intelligence, was used to fraudulently justify spying on a presidential campaign before the election.

Let me get you up to speed, champ.  One more time : after the GOPe oppo research gig on Trump died, Fusion GPS was hired by the DNC and Clinton campaign, to create a dossier backing up the Trump-Russia lie.  The effort was funded by (at least) the Clinton Campaign, Obama for America and a group of wealthy billionaires.  To conceal the origin and funding, they used Perkins Coie, a law firm, to launder instructions and payment.  Hillary Clinton denied knowing who had created the dossier (ie she lied), before finally admitting her involvement in late 2017. [...] Obama illegally deployed his entire corrupt administration to spy on & target Team Trump.  He worked with Clinton to do this, communicating with her via pseudonyms, on Gmail.  The aim was to rig the election & in the event of a Trump win, to destroy an elected POTUS, by targeting his appointments [... and] laying the ground for a Special Counsel, with eventual impeachment of POTUS Trump the goal.  Yes, it is the greatest crime and illegal abuse of power seen in American history.  The fatal weakness in the scheme was the certainty among the conspirators that Clinton would win & that they'd be rewarded.  Instead, many are looking at long jail sentences for extremely serious crimes.

The Ticking Memo.  Apparently, no FBI or DOJ officials informed the court over the duration of these various requests that a) the dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign, b) the FBI in turn apparently paid to obtain it, c) supporting news stories used to substantiate the dossier were the result of deliberately leaking the same document to seed stories in media organizations, or d) a DOJ official both met the author of the dossier and informed the FBI that he was a biased source — but either did not inform other DOJ and FBI officials that his own spouse was a collaborator who worked on the dossier, or such knowledge was known to DOJ and FBI officials but not passed on at some point to the FISA judge, apparently because the court might not have otherwise approved of the request or might have acted to revoke prior requests. [...] If all this is not a scandal — then the following protocols are now considered permissible in American electoral practice and constitutional jurisprudence:  An incumbent administration can freely use the FBI and the DOJ to favor one side in a presidential election, by buying its opposition research against the other candidate, using its own prestige to authenticate such a third-party oppositional dossier, and then using it to obtain court-ordered wiretaps on American citizens employed by a candidate's campaign — and do so by deliberately misleading the court about the origins and authors of the dossier that was used to obtain the warrants.

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.

How a Civil War Happens.  Now we're seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them.  They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail.  They use the tools of power to bring them down.  That's not a free country.  It's not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an "insurance policy" against Trump winning the election.  It's not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition.  It's not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media.  It's not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn't supposed to win, won.  We're in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and leftist professional government.

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.

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There Was an FBI Spy Inside the Trump Organization and Judicial Watch Just Sued to Find Out More.  Government watchdog Judicial Watch has issued a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice in order to obtain documents and information about Felix Sater.  Sater was working inside the Trump Organization in 2016 on behalf of the FBI and reportedly pushed the Trump Moscow project.  That Moscow project was often cited as "proof" by Democrats and media that President Trump had business dealings with the Russians.  According to a release, Judicial Watch is "seeking all records of communications, including FBI 302 interview reports and offer agreements between former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office and Felix Sater."

DOJ inspector general completes investigation into alleged FISA abuse.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has officially completed his investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI.  Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, revealed in a letter Thursday [9/12/2019] that Horowitz notified Attorney General William Barr of the completion of his investigation earlier in the day.  Horowitz said in a letter to congressional leaders that his team is in the "process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Department and FBI for classification determination and marking."

AG Barr Receives FISA Abuse Report from IG Horowitz.  Attorney General William Barr has received the report on FISA abuse in the Russiagate case investigated by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, according to a report by Fox News producer Jake Gibson.  Earlier Friday [9/13/2019] Horowitz sent a letter to Congress stating he was ready to submit a draft report to the DOJ and FBI for review and classification.

The Russia Hoax:  What Obama and Brennan knew, and when they knew it.  The Russia Hoax is revealed to have been an elaborate coup attempt and criminal conspiracy against President Trump, run from the inner circle of the Obama White House.  The question of what Barrack Obama knew and when did he know it has been raised.  The answer is immediate and alarming.  Obama knew everything.  Was involved in everything.  Allowed the upper echelons of his entire government to participate in an attempt to subvert the constitution.  Spy on his political opponents.  Target his political enemies.  And try to destroy Donald Trump as a candidate, and overthrow the duly elected President of the United States after he succeeded him.

The fix is in:  Obama, Lynch knew FBI was spying on Trump, Gingrich says.  President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Loretta Lynch, almost certainly knew the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign but, because "the fix is in," they will likely never be held to account, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.  It is not "conceivable" that Obama and Lynch were unaware of the FBI's operations during the 2016 presidential campaign, Gingrich said in a Sept. 1 interview on New York AM 970 radio's "The Cats Roundtable" with host John Catsimatidis.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election.  The former directors of central intelligence and national intelligence, John Brennan and James Clapper, obviously have lied to Congress about some aspects of their work, but that does not inhibit them for a moment from lining up behind Comey's disgraceful conduct. [...] It is clearer every week those who say what occurred was an attempted coup are substantially accurate.  This is not only astounding and distressing, the extreme state of denial that grips the Trump-hating media makes it likely that the credibility of the national political press will be in tatters long after those responsible for the unconstitutional conspiracy to subvert and pervert the election have been exposed and legally punished.

Obama, Biden Briefed on Private Trump Meeting Before Comey Fed Details to FBI Team Investigating Russia Collusion.  A key revelation in the report released last week by the Justice Department's inspector general raises questions about the roles played by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Susan Rice and other senior members of the Obama administration in disgraced former FBI Director James Comey's infamous classified briefing to then President-elect Donald Trump about "salacious" material inside the anti-Trump dossier.  As Breitbart News reported, the IG report relates that prior to the briefing, FBI members on Comey's team discussed the need to memorialize the exchanges between Comey and Trump during the private January 6, 2017 briefing in Trump Tower just in case Trump made statements relevant to the agency's controversial Russia probe.

Watergate X 10,000.  In my notes on Andrew McCarthy's Ball of Collusion in "All the president's men, Obama style" and "Trump was FBI target," I asserted that the Obama administration's "collusion" caper constitutes "the biggest scandal by far in American political history."  McCarthy himself does not make this point, but he does something more valuable.  He proves the elements of the scandal beyond a reasonable doubt and furnishes the reader with the means to draw his own conclusions.

Lindsey Graham:  Obama Should Be Questioned Under Oath About Trump Campaign Investigation.  Senator Lindsey Graham expressed interest in seeing former President Barack Obama questioned under oath about the counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign.  Graham (R-SC), appearing in a segment with Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday night [8/29/2019], was discussing the investigation that former FBI Director James Comey and a rogue team of investigators undertook in the summer of 2016.  He would like answers as to what Obama knew and when he knew it.

Gingrich: Obama, Loretta Lynch Knew FBI Was Spying on Trump Campaign.  Sunday on New York AM 970 radio's "The Cats Roundtable," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued that it is not "conceivable" for neither former President Barack Obama nor his Attorney General Loretta Lynch to not know the FBI was spying on the Donald Trump campaign.  Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis after the recent release of the Department of Justice's inspector general report that it is "clear" the fix was in and those involved will not be prosecuted.

Graham open to putting Obama under oath in probe into Russia investigation origins.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham says he is open to putting Barack Obama under oath as he probes potential White House involvement in opening a investigation into unproven ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.  Graham says one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the Trump-Russia saga that needs to be unraveled is who told President Obama about the counterintelligence investigation into then-candidate Trump.  The South Carolina Republican wants answers from the former president.  As part of his probe, Graham is prepared to call former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to testify.

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An oath is only as good as the integrity of the man taking it.  Obama has proven on multiple occasions that his word is no good.  The only reason to put Mr. Obama under oath is to build a case for perjury, which is pointless because no one named Obama or Clinton will ever go to trial for perjury.

If no one goes to jail for the Spygate coup attempt, then the rule of law in America is dead and we are all living under a deep state dictatorship.  Any fair-minded American knows that President Obama's politicization of the FBI, Justice Department, and U.S. intelligence community in authorizing the "Spygate" coup attempt against President Donald Trump was the biggest political scandal in the history of the country.  Most Democrat voters still believe, thanks to the garbage "mainstream" media," that the president and Mother Russia really did "collude" to steal the election, but there is no evidence for that because it never happened.  Robert Mueller's report made that clear.  Several findings and reports by Congress have also made that clear.  And yet, a 35-40 percent plurality of the country believes Donald Trump is some Manchurian candidate ready to do Moscow's bidding every chance he gets.  It's outrageous.  But what's worse is that those responsible for the coup attempt remain at large, breathing free air, even as deep state operatives continue working behind the scenes to ensnare our duly-elected president.

Obama knew about, and was DIRECTING, the "Spygate" coup attempt against Trump from the very beginning.  For nearly two years as information about the coup attempt against President Donald Trump known as "Spygate" dripped out, observers long suspected that an operation of this scope — involving the Justice Department, the FBI, U.S. and foreign intelligence assets — had to have come from the very top.  That is, former President Obama, who was in the Oval Office when Spygate was hatched and began as the 2016 presidential election cycle kicked off, had to have not only known about it but approved it.  Now, the speculation is over:  Of course, he did.

John Durham Must Investigate 'Unmasking'.  Partisans may cheer or jeer prosecutor John Durham, appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate how the FBI came to investigate Russian involvement in the Trump 2016 campaign.  Of deeper interest to thoughtful people across the political spectrum is the light this investigation may shed on abuses of government surveillance that have occurred under both Republican and Democratic administrations.  Given Durham's reputation for being both fearless and fair, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut seems ideal for the job:  He has investigated government misconduct ranging from the fiasco surrounding Boston mobster Whitey Bulger to CIA "enhanced interrogation" methods.

Focus in Spygate Scandal Shifts to CIA, Former Director Brennan.  More than 2½ years after President Donald Trump assumed office, focus on actions taken during the 2016 presidential campaign is starting to shift toward the CIA and its former director, John Brennan.  While some observers, including this publication, have pointed out for more than a year that Brennan appears to have played a key role in the scandal that's become known as Spygate, actions taken by Brennan and the CIA now appear to have become a central focus of investigators.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz was "doing a very in-depth dive about the FISA warrant application" and "the behavior regarding the counterintelligence operation."

Sununu: FBI Might Want To Deep-Six Parts Of IG Report On Obama FISA Abuses.  I know we've been waiting a long time for the Department of Justice's inspector general on the alleged FISA abuses that occurred under the Obama administration.  It was supposed to be released this summer.  Now, it's due out in early September.  The contents might not send anyone from the Obama DOJ to jail, but it will reaffirm what we have been saying for quite some time: that the FBI was allegedly spying on Trump officials, that the meddling of the most concern was really coming from the J. Edgar Hoover Building, and that the Trump dossier was known to be biased, mostly unverified, but also cited as credible evidence in the securing of a spy warrant against Carter Page, Trump's former foreign policy adviser.  The sitting president used the DOJ to place the presidential campaign of the opposing party under surveillance.

Obama Brennan coup involved State Dept., DOD, DNI, DOJ, CIA and FBI.  The coordinated efforts of the Obama Brennan Coup to spy on and destroy Donald Trump involved the highest levels of the State Department and Department of Defense.  It is now clear that the inner circle of the Obama White House, including the former President himself, were coordinators of the entire Russia hoax from inception through the Mueller inquisition.  From the start all the way up to the coming indictments.  That all elements of the senior departments of the major agencies of the United States Government were illegally weaponized to destroy a political opponent.  A coordinated assault on the constitution and the Republic.

Sean Hannity:  Sources say [the] 'most explosive' part of [the] DOJ review is about 'outsourcing of illegal intelligence-gathering'.  Fox News host Sean Hannity said his sources are telling him the most "explosive" finding in the Justice Department review on the origins of the Russia investigation has to do with illegal intelligence-gathering on American citizens.  Hannity first mentioned this during his show Thursday evening [8/15/2019] while speaking to the Hill's John Solomon, who said DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's soon-to-be-released report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses will find "a lot more wrong than right" and will be "difficult" for former top FBI officials such as James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok.

All The President's Men, Obama Style.  Today [8/13/2019] is the official publication date of my friend Andrew McCarthy's Ball of Collusion:  The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. [...] In his weekly National Review column, McCarthy has covered the story as it emerged.  He now steps back and turns it into a narrative that incorporates his professional experience and legal analysis as it bears on the story.  I think this is the best book of its kind since Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men, but without that book's fictional elements and fictional devices.  Drawing on congressional testimony, investigative reports, primary documents, daily journalism and the like, McCarthy's story nevertheless puts Watergate in the dust.  What we have here is the biggest political scandal in American political history.

Comey's FBI was running a secret counterintelligence operation against Trump, new docs show.  Newly obtained documents confirm that James Comey's FBI was running a secret and corrupt counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 and repeatedly deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) thereafter in order to wiretap a Trump campaign associate.  The disclosure was the result of a federal lawsuit and a year of litigation.  Despite efforts by FBI Director Christopher Wray to obstruct, a federal court issued an order that forced the FBI and Department of Justice to produce the records known as "302 reports."  They are a summary of interviews FBI agents conducted with Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official.

Judicial Watch Founder 'No Doubt The Obama White House Was Running The Show'.  With all the attention focussed on Mueller's visit to Congress — and the carnival ride of gaslighting stories that followed since — we nearly missed this interview.  The word 'watchdog' gets bounced around like the skinny kid in a mosh pit, but Judicial Watch is one group actually worthy of the title.  They are launching FOIA requests and lawsuits that actually hold the government accountable and turn up information that even Congress isn't always able to get their hands on.

Durham is targeting Brennan and "Unauthorized political surveillance".  The criminal farce of the Mueller-Weissmann dossier is being exposed as an extension of the Russia hoax.  Mueller is the fragile front man manipulated by a cabal of Trump-hating coup plotters.  The focus can now shift to U.S. Attorney John Durham and Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  And also to the criminal behavior that created the campaign to destroy Donald Trump by the Obama White House.  Attorney General William Barr and the spokesman for John Durham both said that the focus of their investigation would be on "unauthorized surveillance" and "political surveillance".

The Seven Dumbest Things Democrats Demand You Believe.  The Democrats still aren't finished with the Trump-Russia meme.  They apparently fail to recognize that virtually everything to come as this story goes forward will be unpleasant for them.  There is the Department of Justice's Inspector General report, due out later this summer, which will likely describe the origins of the Trump-Russia meme as being bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and used as a predicate for colossal civil rights abuses, if not election tampering, by the Obama administration, which weaponized Clinton's store-bought Steele Dossier to spy on the Trump campaign.

Expert: Obama tried to oust Trump to preserve legacy.  Between President Donald Trump's election and inauguration, former President Barack Obama and his administration conspired to oust his successor in order to preserve his legacy, according to one legal analyst from Fox News.  While discussing Democrats' partisan anti-Trump conspiracy before his book, Witch Hunt:  The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History comes out, Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett said Obama is just one of the conspirators who will be held accountable when Todd Starnes Radio Show Host Todd Starnes asked him if Democrats were toning down their attack in anticipation of their own impending doom.  "I totally agree with that," Jarrett told Starnes on his show.

What must Obama be thinking as Dems support Mueller's contention that an ex-president can be prosecuted for crimes committed while in office?  [The Trump-haters] focus instead on Mueller's avowal that while a sitting president cannot be indicted, an ex-president can be.  They urge Trump's defeat because a second term in office would bring the statute of limitations into play, immunizing him from the consequences of his imaginary crime.  Thus, Democrats keep reminding us that it is important to hold ex-presidents criminally liable for their criminal conduct in office.  Have you noticed how ex-President Obama is nearly invisible lately?  I have to wonder if he worries about US Attorney Durham's grand jury investigating the role of John Brennan in enlisting foreign intelligence agencies in the plot to spy on the Trump campaign, and after the election, to bring it down?

Jim Jordan:  If the FBI Can Spy on a Presidential Campaign, Imagine What They Can Do to You.  [Scroll down]  During an interview with Fox News Wednesday night [7/24/2019], Jordan stressed this point and warned that if the FBI can spy on those working for presidential campaigns, they can spy on anyone.  "If they can do this to the President of the United States.  If they can go spy on two people, two Americans associated on his campaign based on this idea that there was some conspiracy which know now is completely false, if they can do this to the President, imagine what they can do to you and I?" Jordan said.  "For Bob Mueller not even to look at that or answer any questions about that, not even want to look at that, that's a big concern."

Who has the most egg on his face after the Mueller hearings?  Adam Schiff.  From the beginning of the Left's attempt to destroy the Trump candidacy, then presidency, it was Adam Schiff who was the most consumed by the fabricated hoax that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the election.  He believed every morsel of disinformation that was carefully leaked by the collaborators at the FBI, DOJ, CIA, DNC and the Clinton gang.  Once their fake news was leaked, they could and did use those articles as evidence against the President.  They used those columns of fabricated tales of Trump's collusion to get FISA warrants to spy on every person who was part of the campaign.  They spied, they set-up innocent persons like Papadopoulos in service of constructing a complex but false narrative that would round out their coup.

Justice Dept.  Watchdog Has Evidence Comey Probed Trump, on the Sly.  Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president.  Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.  Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general's investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially "running a covert operation against" the president, starting with a private "defensive briefing" he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration.  They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a "counterintelligence assessment" of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.

How Comey Carved Out an "Unprecedented" Position For His Covert Agent Who Had Access to the White House.  According to a new explosive report by investigative journalist Paul Sperry, former FBI Director James Comey was investigating Trump on the sly and used a covert agent in the White House to relay information about Trump back to the bureau.

Did a dirty intelligence operation create the 'collusion' probe?  Hidden behind a wall of secrecy is the truth about what really happened during the FBI and CIA's joint investigation of the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.  Was it, as former President Barack Obama's top cop and spy insist, an honest national security probe?  Or was it, as Republicans suspect, a domestic political intelligence operation to "dirty up" then-candidate Donald Trump?  Attorney General William Barr doesn't buy the Team Obama story and is investigating the investigation.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's failure to find evidence of "collusion" bolsters Barr's hunch.

Here's How the 'Russia Collusion' SpyGate Deception May Have Played Out.  In April 2016, the Democrats and Hillary were the natural preference for Putin.  Remember the trampoline joke by Dmitry Rogozin?  Hillary Clinton delivered on her promise "to help strengthen Russia", including the act of making the United States entirely dependent on Russia for human space flight.  The list of her feats is long and includes Skolkovo, Uranium One, and anti-fracking/anti-pipeline activism.  Add to that list Hillary's reset with Russia.  Given such relations between Hillary Clinton and Putin, the idea of Russian election interference purposed with aiding Trump seems unlikely.  How did the DNC and Obama administration try to sabotage the Trump campaign with such a hoax?  The following is an educated guess about the likely course of events: [...]

Report: New Horowitz Witness, Likely Kathleen Kavalec, Agrees to Talk to IG Investigators.  In a new report Fox News journalist Catherine Herridge outlines a "reluctant witness" who has recently agreed to cooperate with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his review of potential FISA abuse by the Obama DOJ and FBI.

Mark Meadows:  DOJ exploring 'unbelievably unusual activity' in final months of Obama administration.  Rep. Mark Meadows said the Justice Department is examining irregularities in the intelligence community as part of its review of the origins of the Russia investigation.  Reacting to newly released documents on changes in U.S. procedures for sharing raw intelligence, Meadows said there was "unbelievably unusual activity" in the final months of the Obama administration.  "I can tell you that [U.S. Attorney] John Durham and Attorney General [William] Barr are going to get to the bottom of it," the North Carolina Republican said Monday evening on Fox News.

Obama administration's anti-Trump actions revealed in newly disclosed documents.  Stunning new information just released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) shows that the Obama administration stepped up efforts — just days before President Trump took office — to undermine Trump and his administration.  The ACLJ, where I serve as chief counsel, has obtained records that show the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, under Director James Clapper, eagerly pushed to get new procedures as part of an anti-Trump effort.  The procedures increased access to raw signals intelligence before the conclusion of the Obama administration, just days before President Trump was inaugurated.  By greatly expanding access to classified information by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, the Obama administration paved the way for a shadow government to leak classified information — endangering our national security and severely jeopardizing the integrity and reputation of our critical national security apparatus — in an attempt to undermine President Trump.

Jay Sekulow Discovers New Documents To Backstop Obama's Operation Against Trump — Connects To Evelyn Farkas.  In March 2017 CTH first highlighted statements by Evelyn Farkas that described a coordinated effort from within the Obama administration to push political opposition research, gathered by the intelligence community, into the media.  Jay Sekulow now discovers documents that highlight the Obama administration's efforts in their last days in office.  This effort backstops Farkas's earlier statements.

Durham probing Bond villains in the Obama White House.  US Attorney John Durham is investigating an unprecedented abuse of legal authority at the very top of a wide swath of the Obama Administration.  From the State Department to the CIA, to the DOJ and the White House and the Oval Office itself.  An array of senior government officials is directly implicated in staging an unconstitutional attempted coup d'etat against the President of the United States, Donald Trump.  A cabal of senior officials is directly implicated in the illegal use of NSA programs to spy on an array of prominent Americans for at least 4 years.

When Normality Became Abnormal.  Weaponizing the IRS, unleashing the FBI to spy on political enemies and to plot the removal of an elected president, politicizing the CIA to help to warp U.S. politics, allying the Justice Department with the Democratic National Committee, and reducing FISA courts to rubber stamps for pursuing administration enemies became the new normal.  Calling all that a near coup was abnormal.  Let us hope that most Americans still prefer the abnormal remedy to the normal pathology.

The External Roots of Spygate.  The National Security Council Principals are "some of the highest-ranking officials in the government, including the secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, and Homeland Security, the attorney general, the head of the CIA, the White House chief of staff, UN ambassador, and more."  All of them were Obama appointees.  All of them had been told to toe the party line — that Trump was not an ordinary candidate, but a suspected Putin agent.  The only problem with this theory was total lack of evidence.

Sean Hannity:  Sources say Trump surveillance scandal appears 'even worse than we originally thought'.  Fox News host Sean Hannity said the "investigation into the investigators" is shaping up to be more of a bombshell than previously expected.  During his evening show [6/11/2019], Hannity played up what the Justice Department has already uncovered in its examination of the Russia investigation's origins and potential misconduct by Justice Department and FBI officials.  "The single biggest abuse of power scandal in American history is about to be laid bare for all to see," Hannity said Tuesday.  "Sources tonight are confirming to me that things are most likely even worse than we originally thought."

The 2020 News Cycle Will Look Very Different.  The Russia collusion narrative and associated Robert Mueller hysteria are all but over. [...] The media for three years obsessed over a false "Trump did it" story.  But in the next 17 months, the storyline may change from the myth of the "walls are closing in" on the president to the reality that Obama-era officials committed serial felonies — from perjury and lying to federal officials, to leaking classified documents, spying illegally on a political campaign, deceiving a FISA court, and obstructing justice.

Why The IG Report On FISA Abuse Will Unleash Barr's Investigation Of Spygate.  The forthcoming report from the Office of Inspector General on potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse will finally unleash Attorney General William Barr, and when it does, watch out.  For the last month, conservative pundits have predicted the ever-imminent dropping of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on his investigation into the circumstances surrounding FISA surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.  Horowitz's report will likely provide new and damaging details surrounding the FBI's use of the FISA court to spy on Page.  More importantly, the conclusion of Horowitz's probe frees Barr to conduct a broader and more exacting investigation into all aspects of the Russia collusion hoax.

Trump is the Democrats' white whale, and Pelosi is Ahab.  [Scroll down]  It all began within the Obama administration, most likely with his instigation.  So enamored of himself, Obama was determined to protect his legacy, no matter how unworthy of acclaim, at all costs.  He had made it clear years earlier that he bore a certain contempt for the Constitution as a document of "negative rights."  Obama, like all communists at heart, reveres only documents that dictate what the government must do, not what they cannot.

FBI Counterintelligence Is Focus of Trump Campaign Spying Probe.  The ongoing special Justice Department investigation into improper spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 highlights key failings by the FBI's once-storied counterintelligence division.  Two senior counterintelligence officials no longer with the bureau are among likely targets of the investigation by John Durham, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.  Both were key managers of the high-profile investigations in 2016 into classified information found on Hillary Clinton's private email server, and the now-discredited counterspy operation into links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian government.  A central figure is Peter Strzok, deputy assistant FBI director for the counterintelligence division, who was fired in August.  Another key player was his boss, Bill Priestap, assistant FBI director for counterintelligence, who quietly resigned in December.

Just When Did The Investigation Into The Trump Campaign Begin?  #[Scroll down]  What's interesting about this exchange is that the music had begun playing and Mukasey was cut off.  But he clearly seems to be implying that the investigation into the Trump campaign started before 2016, which runs counter to the accepted narrative.  And, more importantly, that the Mueller report might not be accurate, at least as it relates to that part of the timeline.

Who Ran Crossfire Hurricane?  "Crossfire Hurricane" — the melodramatic code name for the FBI/CIA spy operation on candidate Trump and his early presidency — was run for the FBI by then-FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, Special Agent Peter Strzok, and a few others.  Then-CIA director John Brennan ran it for the CIA.  Brennan had to have help, but who was it?  A lot of evidence points to the CIA's then-chief of station in London in 2016-2017, and now the Director of Central Intelligence, Gina Haspel.  President Trump claimed that the FBI and CIA's spying on his campaign and early presidency was treason.  Attorney General William Barr said that, legally, it wasn't.

William Barr Is Washington's Worst Nightmare.  If you are bewildered by the weird antipathy with which Democrats and the media regard Attorney General William Barr, consider a passage from the Nobel Prize acceptance speech delivered by Polish dissident Czesław Miłosz in 1980:  "In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot."  Our government hasn't yet devolved into the kind of totalitarian regime under which Poland groaned at that time, but there is a conspiracy of silence surrounding the skullduggery that led to the Russia collusion fraud, and Barr fired that metaphorical pistol on April 10, 2019.  Barr used the word "spying" during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee with regard to his plan to look into counterintelligence activities against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle.  When he first uttered that word, it clearly startled every Democrat on the committee.

Adam Schiff Demands Materials From Probe Into Russia-Collusion Investigation.  [Scroll down]  The problem here is that the IC community and law enforcement were politicized by the Obama administration, which used them to spy on the Trump campaign.  It was Hillary Clinton's campaign that paid for the dossier from ex-British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele (then working as an opposition researcher) that was included as evidence to obtain warrants against Trump campaign officials.  Barr is trying to reveal that politicization.  It's telling that Schiff does not want this information revealed.

Watch: Biggest Scandal In American History:  How Many Were Really Spied On?  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the court created to oversee its implementation are going to be in the news quite a bit in the upcoming weeks.  [Video clip]

Chemotherapy for the Republic.  When the core mechanisms of the country's national security apparatus are deployed for petty partisan advantage, the cancer's aggressive growth eats away at the very foundation of representative government.

FISA Court exposes Obama's abuse of NSA to spy on Americans.  The Obama White House used the most sensitive intrusive surveillance systems of the NSA to spy on Americans.  A ruling by FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer finds that 85% of NSA database requests under FISA section 702 authority at the DOJ were illegal or noncompliant.  Surveillance systems, including PRISM, spying on hundreds if not thousands of Americans.  Including Donald Trump and those around him.  Moreover, Collyer finds, that the Department of Justice showed an appalling "lack of institutional candor".

Maxine Waters Let Obama's Cat Out of the Bag in 2013.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), one of the left wing's most prominent and vocal figures, has a 30-year history of ill advised, frothing rhetoric.  "Auntie Maxine" is atop no one's list of vise-lipped confidantes, yet because of her prominence, she is clued in on much of the darker machinations of the Democratic Party and its backers.  Occasionally, she reveals more than intended.  February 2013 was one of those times.

Comey Denies FBI Spied on Trump Campaign, Calls It 'Conspiracy' Amid Multiple Probes.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote an op-ed on Tuesday [5/28/2019] denying the FBI ever spied on President Trump's campaign in 2016 and claiming it was "just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances."

'A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall' on Obama's Bad Cops and Spies.  The skies are growing dark and increasingly ominous for dirty officials at the top of Obama-era law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  Leading the "I'm really worried" list are James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Loretta Lynch, and their senior aides, all political appointees.  They expected Hillary Clinton to win in 2016 and bury any traces of malfeasance, just as they had buried hers.  It didn't work out that way.  Now they need protection themselves.  House Democrats and anonymous leakers are busy providing it.

The Russia hoax was a cover-up effort for Obama's political spying since 2012.  At last, we are on the verge of getting to the bottom of the weaponization of the nation's top law enforcement and spy agencies to spy on political opponents, and it is far bigger than obtaining bogus FISA Court warrants to spy on Carter Page.  Barack Obama's minions have been spying on his political opponents since before his 2012 re-election, and the entire Russiagate hoax was an effort to cover up that ongoing spying.

Donald Trump makes good on a promise but Dems cry 'coverup'.  The president is going nuclear.  Democrats who thought control of the House gave them control of the agenda now will face stiff competition.  Their expressions of outrage will seem tired next to the sensational revelations about the actions of Jim Comey, John Brennan and others.  Based on what we already know, it is highly likely those revelations will prove the [Obama] White House, FBI and CIA engineered the greatest scandal in American political history by unjustified spying on Trump and by trying to tip the election to Hillary Clinton.  Predictably, Dems are furious at Trump's decision, with many on the left launching personal attacks on Barr.  He's not getting Brett Kavanaugh-level smears yet, but give them time.

The Declassification Directive Gives Pelosi, Schumer and Small Group Few Options.  When President Trump announced the futility of attempting an infrastructure bill with Pelosi and Schumer as they simultaneously tried to impeach him, the president certainly knew he was going to issue a declassification memo within hours.  The declassification directive to AG Bill Barr creates a dynamic ensuring Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will align with the former intelligence officials and further attack the offices of the President and Attorney General; they have few options.  Those who participated in the creation of Russia-Gate or Spy-Gate have few options except to manufacture a narrative shield and accuse the President of unethical, immoral and criminal conduct.

Joe diGenova Discusses Declassification and the Origin of the Obama Political Surveillance Operation.  Now that we have significant research files on the 2015 and 2016 political surveillance program; which includes the trail evident within the Weissmann/Mueller report; in combination with the Obama-era DOJ "secret research project" (their words, not mine); we are able to overlay the entire objective and gain a full understanding of how political surveillance was conducted over a period of approximately four to six years.  This is likely why there is institutional panic.  Working with a timeline, but also referencing origination material in 2015/2016 — CTH has tried to show how the program operated.  The exploitation of government collected information explains an evolution from the IRS Files in 2010 to the FISA Files in 2016.  More importantly, research indicates the modern political exploitation of the NSA database, for weaponized intelligence surveillance of politicians, began mid 2012.

Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice.  Things seem to be moving quickly now.  It has been a remarkable few weeks in American history.  Momentum is building toward uncovering the distasteful possibility that the targeting of a U.S. presidential campaign was actually a political operation, fostered at the highest levels of government, masquerading as an FBI counterintelligence investigation.  Attorney General William Barr has signaled that his interest in examining the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign extends beyond whether the FBI operated "by the book," as former FBI Director James Comey asserts.  Barr also wants to understand the role that the larger intelligence community, or IC, may have played in all of this.

Global Elites Started The Russia Nonsense.  Attorney General William Barr has turned the attention of the Russia probe to its origin: who started this and why?  The answer, as in all the best crime dramas, is probably hiding in plain sight. [...] The Obama administration was spying on conservative European political parties.  Which means, almost necessarily under the Five Eyes Agreement, foreign agents were returning the favor and spying on the Trump campaign.

Donald Trump Orders Intelligence Community to Cooperate with Surveillance Investigation.  President Donald Trump directed the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General Bill Barr's investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election.  In a memorandum to his seven cabinet directors and the Attorney General, Trump asked that officials cooperate with Barr's investigation and authorized Barr to declassify any information about the investigation into his campaign that he deemed necessary, provided that he consulted with the agency responsible.

Obama lied, the FBI spied.  Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the FBI knew the Russian Dossier was BS when the agency used it to spy on Donald John Trump.  And Americans want to get to the bottom of Obama's misuse of America's spy apparatus.  Scott Rasmussen reported, "64% of voters believe the FBI knew a controversial dossier was unreliable when they used it to obtain a search warrant against President Trump's 2016 campaign.  A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that skepticism is shared by 86% of Republicans, 64% of Independents, and 47% of Democrats."  49% of Americans want this investigated.  Only 29% are opposed.  A plurality of Americans now believe the Obama administration's spying was illegal.

Obama Appointees in the Communist Orbit.  The Obama administration colluded with Rusian agents who produced the Steele Dossier.  It was paid for by Clinton, but it was Obama's minions at the FBI, CIA and White House who weaponized this soviet disinformation against President Trump.  We are all victims of the Obama cabal's collusion with Russia — President Trump's voters and all Americans who believe in our free and fair election process.

Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship.  [Scroll down]  There may well have occurred a near coup attempt by high-ranking officials to destroy a campaign and then to remove an elected president.  Likewise, top officials may have engaged in serial lying to federal investigators, perjury, the misleading of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the illegal insertion of informants into a political campaign, the leaking of classified documents and the obstruction of justice.  So, how can we tell that the former accusers are now terrified of becoming the accused?  Because suddenly the usual band of former Obama officials and Trump accusers have largely given up on their allegations that Trump was or is a Russian asset.  Instead, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein are now beginning to accuse each other of wrongdoing.

Donald Trump Orders Intelligence Community to Cooperate with Surveillance Investigation.  President Donald Trump directed the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General Bill Barr's investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election.  In a memorandum to his seven cabinet directors and the Attorney General, Trump asked that officials cooperate with Barr's investigation and authorized Barr to declassify any information about the investigation into his campaign that he deemed necessary, provided that he consulted with the agency responsible.

AG William Barr given power to declassify documents on surveillance activities into Trump campaign.  President Trump has given Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority to declassify information" related to the origins of the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.  The move is the strongest sign yet that Trump is taking serious action to "investigate the investigators" and has found a willing champion in Barr, who rankled Democrats last month when he said "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign.  The White House issued a memorandum to the heads of several agencies Thursday [5/23/2019] instructing them to cooperate with Barr's inquiry, [...]

Potus Trump will begin document declassification with "Bucket 5" list of exculpatory evidence FBI failed to show FISA court.  Ace investigative columnist John Solomon told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night [5/21/2019] during his show that, according to Solomon's sources, POTUS Donald Trump is expected to begin declassifying a series of documents exposing President Obama's deep state "Spygate" plot to undermine his presidency.  In particular, Solomon noted, the president will begin with with the release of "Bucket 5" documents, otherwise known as exculpatory statements the FBI possessed about its targets before agents went to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to get warrants to spy on them.

Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice.  Things seem to be moving quickly now.  It has been a remarkable few weeks in American history.  Momentum is building toward uncovering the distasteful possibility that the targeting of a U.S. presidential campaign was actually a political operation, fostered at the highest levels of government, masquerading as an FBI counterintelligence investigation.  Attorney General William Barr has signaled that his interest in examining the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign extends beyond whether the FBI operated "by the book," as former FBI Director James Comey asserts.  Barr also wants to understand the role that the larger intelligence community, or IC, may have played in all of this.

Docs Prove Deep State hacks Obama, Comey, Brennan, and Clapper aided Russian efforts to divide Americans with 'Spygate'.  Treason is not a word that anyone should use lightly, but based on recent revelations regarding the "Spygate" operation aimed at undermining Donald Trump's presidential campaign and his presidency, it is a term that seems very fitting to describe acts and actions taken by several Obama-era officials, including the former president himself.

Obama's Illegal Spying on Americans Labeled "Operation Hammer" Will Soon Be Exposed.  One of the many illegal actions that President Obama partook during his eight years in office was the assimilation of personal data on all Americans.  His "Operation Hammer" will soon be uncovered and show his contempt for Americans and the rule of law.

Sharyl Attkisson Discusses "Spygate" as a Cover Operation.  [Scroll down]  CTH agrees, everything after March 9th, 2016, is a function of two intelligence units, the CIA and FBI, operating together to cover-up prior political surveillance operations.  Prior to March 9th, 2016, the surveillance and spy operation was using the NSA database to track and monitor their political opposition.  However, once the NSA compliance officer began initiating an internal review of who was accessing the system, the CIA and FBI moved to create ex post facto justification for their endeavors.

Trump says those who 'spied' on his campaign should be convicted of treason.  President Trump said court-ordered FBI surveillance of his 2016 presidential campaign was treason and those connected to it should serve long prison sentences.

Nine Reasons James Comey Might Be in Real Legal Jeopardy.  Based on a dossier he knew was a fake document paid for and compiled by anti-Trump partisans, Comey launched an intensive spying campaign against Team Trump as though they were the criminals, as though they were suspected of a crime.  This intense spying campaign, which was obviously meant to entrap people into admitting to treason and to meddle in a presidential election, involved no less than a full-fledged counterintelligence investigation using confidential sources, non-FBI undercover investigators, and wiretaps.

Obama's Other Investigation.  It's apparent to all but President Trump's most deranged critics that Obama's FBI was indeed spying on his campaign.  So, it's worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump's campaign that hasn't gotten nearly as much attention.

'Both stories can't be true:' 'Spygate' begins to unravel as Brennan vs Comey camps point fingers.  Disgraced former Obama administration officials James Comey and John Brennan are reportedly duking it out publicly in what for all intents and purposes looks a whole lot like a real-life performance of the hilarious Mad magazine cartoon "Spy vs.  Spy."  Except the implications of this "performance" are mad real, pun intended.  This real-life feud over what's often referred to as "spygate" concerns the infamous Steele dossier.  The question everybody wants to be answered is "whodunit," i.e., which one of these two disgraced officials was responsible for elevating the fraudulent, smear-filled document into undeserved relevance.

Obama's Other Investigation.  It's apparent to all but President Trump's most deranged critics that Obama's FBI was indeed spying on his campaign.  So, it's worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump's campaign that hasn't gotten nearly as much attention.  Details of the second investigation were leaked by high-level Obama administration officials for a June 2017 Washington Post story headlined, "Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault".  The anonymously sourced accounts of meetings only attended by a handful of intelligence bureau chiefs and their inner thoughts and objectives could have only been provided by people in the uppermost echelon of the intelligence community under Obama, like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan, and FBI director James Comey.

Will The Real Russia-Collusion Scandal Please Stand Up?  Now that the smoke from the always-dubious Trump-Russia investigation has cleared, the real scandal is finally coming into focus.  Namely, the one where the Obama administration, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and various top law enforcement officials apparently worked together to spy on the campaign of their political opponent.  A scandal with far more credible evidence to back it up than the phony Russia collusion story.

Getting FISA authority illegally, as now looks probable, was unnecessary.  Why was it done?  This week we learned from John Solomon at The Hill that the FBI knew before the first application for FISA authorization against Trump campaign aide Carter Page that key information in the Steele dossier was flawed.  Yet it was advanced as justification for the FISA surveillance anyway, and with apparent misrepresentation of the Bureau's compliance with its own Woods procedures.  In particular, according to notes made by a State Department official during a brief she received from Christopher Steele, a key detail about one of the dossier's allegations was false — in fact, ridiculously so.

IG Horowitz Has 'Concluded that the Final Three FISA Extensions Were Illegally Obtained,' diGenova Says.  Washington attorney Joe diGenova claimed in an interview last night that the Department of Justice inspector general has determined that "the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained," and the first one is still being investigated.  For the past year, DOJ IG Michael Horowitz has been investigating the FBI's 2016 surveillance activities and his report is expected later this month or in early June.  Washington power couple Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing appeared on Lou Dobbs' Fox Business Network show Thursday night [5/9/2019] to talk about the latest turns in the "SpyGate" saga.

Senator Shaheen Questions FBI Director Wray About "Spying".  It didn't work out too well the last time New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked Attorney General Bill Barr about the term 'spying'.  This time the intentionally obtuse senator questions the term "spying" on the Trump campaign by conflating a Title III criminal investigation (which never happened), with Title I counterintelligence investigation (which did happen).

FBI Director Wray contradicts his boss AG Barr over 'spying' on Trump: 'Not the term I would use'.  FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday disputed Attorney General William Barr's use of the word "spying" to describe surveillance of President Trump's 2016 campaign.  "That's not the term I would use," Wray told the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "To me the key question is making sure it's done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities.  That's the key question, different people use different colloquial phrases."

FBI Director Wray says surveillance not the same as 'spying'.  "That's not the term I would use," Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee when asked if FBI agents engage in "spying" when they follow FBI policies and procedures.  "Lots of people have different colloquial phrases.  I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it's done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities."

None Dare Call It Spying (But It Was Obviously Spying).  Dictionary.com defines "spy" as:  [#1] a person employed by a government to obtain secret information or intelligence about another, usually hostile, country, especially with reference to military or naval affairs.  [#2] a person who keeps close and secret watch on the actions and words of another or others.  There is no possible interpretation of those definitions that does not cover what the Obama administration did to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in 2016.  Whether it was justified or not is irrelevant to the fact that spying did occur.

The walls are closing in on Obama's spies.  [Kimberley] Strassel wrote, "Mr. Barr made real news in that Senate hearing, and while the press didn't notice, Democrats did.  The attorney general said he'd already assigned people at the Justice Department to assist his investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.  He said his review would be far-reaching — that he was obtaining details from congressional investigations, from the ongoing probe by the department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and even from Mr. Mueller's work.  Mr. Barr said the investigation wouldn't focus only on the fall 2016 justifications for secret surveillance warrants against Trump team members but would go back months earlier.

FBI's spying campaign against Trump [is] yet another reason to probe Comey.  President Trump has called it "Spygate," but it's looking more like "Get Smart" or the classic Mad magazine cartoon, "Spy vs. Spy."  According to The New York Times, the FBI in 2016 actually sent a buxom blonde to pump Trump-campaign nobody George Papadopoulos for information about collusion.  It would be hilarious if the investigation hadn't continued on (in various forms) for over two years, plaguing the president with damning "news" coverage that now turns out to be fundamentally false.

When Will Trump Finally Drop the Hammer on the Deep State?  This country needs to get to the bottom of how this nightmare all started.  We have to find out who was responsible for putting these corrupt wheels of injustice into full motion.  If it leads all the way to the top and Barack Obama, so be it.  What did Obama know and when did President Obama know it?  And if he did know, to what extent was he involved?  All those who participated in this malfeasance must now be held fully accountable.  If these deep state actors are found guilty, then all of these people must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  This is no game; President Trump has basically been robbed of the first two years of his presidency by the corrupt people in Washington and their leftist pawns in the media.  This must not stand; these corrupt politicians must not be allowed to run out the clock.

Busted Comey on the defensive tries to justify FBI spying on Trump and use of honey pot to entrap aide.  Fired FBI Director James Comey defended the agency's spying-on of the 2016 Trump campaign and the use of a "honey pot" to entrap former campaign aide George Papadopoulos.  Comey was reacting to a New York Times report alleging that the FBI had employed an attractive female who used the alias "Azra Turk" to spy on Papadopoulos. [...] Comey — who was then FBI director — defended the FBI, saying it did what it had to do under the circumstances, which was to spy on the Trump campaign aides.  That is a gross violation of civil liberties.  Naturally, no one has explained why the FBI never alerted then-candidate Donald Trump that they allegedly suspected Russia was trying to infiltrate his campaign.  Wouldn't that be the logical first step?

FBI Official's Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign.  The deputy assistant director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jonathan Moffa, was involved with the Russia-Trump investigation from the start.  He was asked, in a closed-door Capitol Hill interview on August 24, 2018, to describe his role:  "I was the section chief over counterintelligence analysis during the period of the election," Moffa told lawmakers and staff. [...] Moffa's congressional interview was private, and no transcript has been released.  But National Review has obtained a copy.  The interview transcript reveals that the FBI's use of Confidential Human Sources and other counterintelligence assets was far more extensive than has previously been acknowledged.

So Who Was 'Azra Turk' Working For?  The FBI tasked a woman posing as an assistant to longtime FBI informant Stefan Halper to meet with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos in London in 2016, The New York Times revealed in a report Thursday [5/2/2019].  The report confirms longstanding speculation that the woman, who operated under the alias Azra Turk, was part of the government's operation to keep tabs on Papadopoulos and the Trump team.  But one question about Turk remains unanswered by The Times piece:  Who does she work for?

FBI Admits Using Spies Against Trump Campaign.  In a stunning admission The New York Times describes how the FBI enlisted a female agent to work the "operation" in the U.K. during August-September 2016 posing as an aide for U.S. intelligence asset/FBI informant Stefan Halper.  Halper was an FBI operative and Cambridge professor who set up meetings with Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos.  The female agent used a fake name, Azra Turk, and presented herself as an assistant to Stefan Halper; however, she was actually an undercover intelligence operative of the FBI.

Obama-Era Spying Is Now a Political Risk for Biden.  It's been a very good week for Joe Biden.  The former senator and vice president is the clear frontrunner in a crowded Democratic field for 2020.  His poll ratings and campaign fundraising surged after he announced his presidential run last week.  One of Biden's biggest assets is his close association with Barack Obama.  He may not have the former president's endorsement yet (Biden says, unconvincingly, that he didn't want it), but Joe knows how popular Obama still is and how much his candidacy benefits from that reflected glow.

New York Times Admits Obama Admin Deployed Multiple Spies Against Trump Campaign In 2016.  Following months of angry claims by journalists and Democratic operatives that the Obama administration never spied on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, The New York Times admitted Thursday that multiple overseas intelligence assets were deployed against associates of the Republican nominee.  It is not the first time the Times has revealed widespread spying operations against the campaign.  In addition to noting that long-time informant Stefan Halper was tasked with collecting intelligence on the Trump campaign, the Times story details how a woman was sent overseas under a fake name and occupation to oversee the spy operation.  The woman's real name is not mentioned in the article, though the Times says she went by "Azra Turk" and has a relationship with an unidentified federal intelligence agency.

Big Puzzle Pieces Connecting — The CIA, FBI, and 2016 Political Surveillance is Merging.  The admissions within the New York Times story today [5/2/2019] outlining how President Obama's intelligence apparatus ran simultaneous intelligence operations against the Trump campaign- are starting to merge the FBI and CIA operations. [...] Remember, everything after March 9th, 2016, is a cover-story.

Barr laid it on the line with the simple question the Russia Hoaxers can't answer.  Attorney General William Barr scares the wits out of the Democrats who bet their party's political future on removing President Trump from office.  Now that The Mueller Report revealed no collusion with the Russians, they are living in fear that the coup plotters will be held accountable for their misdeeds in courts of law.  Barr has indicated that prosecutorial investigations are underway, and his willingness to speak plainly and directly, such as his use (and defense of his use) of the word "spying," demonstrates that that he and his associates can make their cases in convincing language.

With the walls closing in on Obama, Ben Rhodes weaves a sticky narrative web.  Now that the Mueller report is out, effectively exonerating President Trump of colluding with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton, the Trump administration has begun investigations as to the origins of the phony Steele dossier and the illegal surveillance of his campaign.  It's a trail that's unlikely to lead anywhere but to the office of embittered President Obama, and independent reporter Nicholas Ballasy got a chance to ask the Obama administration's former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, whether he thought this investigation would eventually lead.  His response was about what you might expect — nowhere Obama might be, along with a string of "narratives," so fake that if you weren't suspicious Obama knew anything about the abuses of power going on, you would be after hearing Rhodes.  [Video clip]

Admiral Mike Rogers, Obama's NSA Chief, Discovered Administration's '702' Illegal Spying Operation.  Section 702 allows the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence to "jointly authorize surveillance of people who are not 'U.S. persons.'"  Use of 702 has actually helped the U.S. thwart planned terrorist attacks.  When used as intended, it is a valuable tool. [...] Clearly, the potential for abuse under the 702 program is great.  Dating back to 2012, the 702 program was used to spy on Americans, which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.  Carlson, in the above mentioned article, speculates that Obama administration officials didn't obtain the FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page for the purpose of collecting information, but rather, because they had already spied on the campaign, they needed it to "explain" the information they had previously collected.

Former Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes:  We Didn't Know Anything.  Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes, says any investigation of prior administration "will find nothing" that shows former President Obama or White House staff had any "involvement" in the origins of the surveillance of Trump campaign and Russia collusion investigation.  [Video clip]

Listen to Joe diGenova.  On April 10, 2019, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee that Donald Trump's presidential campaign had been spied upon by U.S. intelligence agencies.  According to Barr, the "question was whether it [the spying] was adequately predicated."  Barr was careful to state explicitly that he had made no determination as to whether there was an adequate justification for the spying, but that he was going to investigate to resolve the issue.  Clearly Barr was talking about the eponymous and unverified Steele dossier which was used by the FBI and Justice Department to obtain FISA warrants to intercept the communications of Trump campaign associate Carter Page and, by extension, everyone in or out of the Trump campaign with whom he communicated. [...] Now it appears that Barr was only hinting at the enormity of what is actually being investigated.

A Spygate Warning:  How the Leaders of the Coup Could Escape Justice.  [Scroll down]  One has to admire, I guess, the pure audacity of the deep state and its friends in the media for pulling this one off.  For the first two and a half years of Trump's presidency, they constructed an exquisite trap where if he denied that Russia interfered in the election it meant he himself was colluding in it.  Finally, exhausted and seeking a political out, Trump's second attorney general (his first one self-castrated over Russia) copped to Russian interference to avoid the collusion and obstruction charges.  Except there is no evidence, really, that Russia interfered.  With apologies to Barr, that assertion seems just as concocted as the collusion canard.  The FBI and, apparently, the special counsel never tested the supposedly hacked computers.  That task was left to a private contractor, CrowdStrike, with connections to the Clinton Foundation and the government of Ukraine.

President Obama's 2016 Political Surveillance Coverup Had Two Parallel Tracks.  Everything after March 9th, 2016, is a function of two intelligence units, the CIA and FBI, operating together to cover up prior political surveillance and spy operations.  Prior to March 9th, 2016, the surveillance and spy operation was using the NSA database to track and monitor their political opposition.  However, once the NSA compliance officer began initiating an internal review of who was accessing the system, the CIA and FBI moved to create ex post facto justification for their endeavors.

10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era.  Depending on which set of facts we examine, Russian interference was alternately foreseeable and unpredictable; expected, yet surprising.  The official reaction to it has begun to unfold as a Keystone Cops-type response by top Obama intel officials.  They appear to have been so distracted by political motivations that they lost sight of the very danger they now claim threatens our democracy.  Here are 10 reasons why Russia election interference seems set to become the most enduring scandal of the Obama administration. [...]

The Obama Use of FISA-702 as a Domestic Political Surveillance Program.  Now that we have significant research files on the 2015 and 2016 political surveillance program; which includes the trail evident within the Weissmann/Mueller report; in combination with the Obama-era DOJ "secret research project" (their words, not mine); we are able to overlay the entire objective and gain a full understanding of how political surveillance was conducted over a period of approximately four to six years.  Working with a timeline, but also referencing origination material in 2015/2016 — CTH hopes to show how the program operated.  This explains an evolution from The IRS Files in 2010 to the FISA Files in 2016.

Forget Trump, Here Are Five Reasons Why Obama Should Have Been Impeached.  There is no question that Obama spied on the Trump campaign.  We know this happened.  We know that this spying was justified using a bogus dossier funded by the Hillary campaign.  What began as a means to undermine Trump before the 2016 election ultimately became a means to undermine his presidency.  The Mueller investigation, a 22-month effort to uncover alleged Russian collusion predictably turned up nothing, and thankfully, Attorney General William Barr appears to be willing to do something to find out how the illegal spying began.  Combine this with Obama's role in meddling with the investigation of Hillary Clinton, and we get what is truly the biggest political scandal in history.

What did Obama know?  When did he know it?  Obama used Russian interference as an excuse to spy on Donald Trump.  The way it was done tells me they had done this before because Susan Rice was way too casual in talking about unmasking private citizens whom national security wiretapped.  They convinced themselves that Trump was Putin's puppet, and used that to rationalize behaviors and actions that were unconstitutional.

Jay Sekulow:  "Three" FISA Applications Were Denied in 2016.  During a rather innocuous podcast discussion panel yesterday, one of President Trump's personal lawyers Jay Sekulow mentioned the FBI had three FISA applications denied by the FISA court in 2016.  The denials were always suspected; however, until now no-one in/around the administration has ever confirmed.  Jay Sekulow did not expand on his statement and did not explain where the information was derived from; however, if accurate this may explain the backstory to why FISA Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused.

Worse than Watergate.  In 1972, Republicans were caught using former CIA operatives to spy on their political rivals.  In 2016, Democrats have now been caught using active FBI and senior Department of Justice employees to spy on President Trump.  It is no longer debatable whether or not it happened, because A. G. Barr just told us it happened.  The only question that remains is whether or not they had any sort of justifiable reason for doing so, except that question seems to have already been resolved by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, because his report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  In fact, the opposite appears to be true — it looks as if federal agencies conspired with foreign governments to entrap peripheral members of the Trump campaign.  Heads need to roll.

Questions Real Journalists Would Ask Obama and Hillary.  If there were real journalism in America today, there would be questions right now that these real journalists would really want to ask people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, such as, "President Obama, were you made aware of spying on the Trump campaign while you were in office?" [...] "President Obama, if FISA courts were deceived in any way by your FBI, would you characterize that as a scandal — and, if not, how would you characterize it?" "President Obama, when you said that you learned about Hillary Clinton's secret email server by reading about it in the papers, were you being honest, sir?

Devin Nunes:  "The Spying Began in 2015?  Finally [...] Devin Nunes outlines the origin of the spying operation as it began in 2015 and extended into 2016.  During an interview to discuss his criminal referrals to Attorney General Barr Devin Nunes outlines the big picture.  [Video clip]

Brennan Attacks Bill Barr For Saying Obama Admin Spied on Trump's 2016 Campaign.  Former CIA Chief John Brennan, who is up to his eyeballs in Spygate, attacked Attorney General Bill Barr over his 'spying' allegation.  John Brennan was spooked after Attorney General Bill Barr said in a Senate hearing that the "upper echelon" of Obama's Intel agencies spied on Trump's 2016 campaign.  Yes, that includes John Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency — no wonder why he's panicking.

Focus on the Leaking, Not Just the Spying.  [Scroll down]  The abuse of power here is what happened after Trump won the election.  This is when the investigations themselves and other kinds of surveillance were disclosed to the press.  Details about incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition leaked.  So did the FBI's probe of Trump associates and their contacts with Russia, along with the existence of the surveillance warrant on [Carter] Page himself.  It's hard to say whether these leaks were coordinated, but there have been some suggestive clues.

CNN Laughably Asserts AG Bill Barr Provided "No Evidence" Of Trump Spying.  After AG Bill Barr announced yesterday [4/10/2019] that the Trump campaign was spied on, this sent mainstream news agencies into a hair-fire-setting frenzy.  I wrote about some of their reactions here.  All kinds of crazy and obtuse claims emanated from blue checkmark Twitter accounts everywhere.  You'd think journalists would be happy to pursue a story possibly as big as Watergate (i.e. a sitting President weaponizing intelligence to spy on a rival).  But nah, it hurts their narrative so they are doing everything they can to bury the story.

Media covered for Obama spying.  CNN reported, "Barr says spying on Trump campaign 'did occur,' but provides no evidence."  Some things never change.  The network that colluded with Saddam Hussein to cover up his torture has denied for two years that Obama spied on Donald John Trump — and continues to do so despite FISA warrants and admissions that the FBI and others wire tapped Trump Tower.

AG Barr:  The Obama Administration Was 'Spying' on the Trump Campaign.  On Wednesday [4/10/2019], Attorney General William Barr insisted that intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.  He did not declare that this spying was illegal, but the spying is unsettling regardless.  "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.  It's a big deal," Barr said in a Senate hearing on Wednesday [4/10/2019].  "There are a lot of rules put in place to make sure that there's an adequate basis before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance.  I'm not suggesting that those rules were violated but I think it's important to look at that."  Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) pressed him on the issue of spying.  "You're not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?" she asked.  "I think spying did occur.  Yes, I think spying did occur," Barr replied.  "The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated."

Barr is right, spying on Trump campaign did occur.  It is a fact that in October 2016 the FBI wiretapped Carter Page, who had earlier been a short-term foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.  The bureau's application to a secret court for that wiretapping is public.  It is heavily redacted but is clearly focused on Page and "the Russian government's attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election." Page was wiretapped because of his connection with the Trump campaign.  Some critics have noted that the wiretap authorization came after Page left the campaign.  But the surveillance order allowed authorities to intercept Page's electronic communications both going forward from the day of the order and backward, as well.  Investigators could see Page's emails and texts going back to his time in the campaign.  So there is simply no doubt that the FBI wiretapped a Trump campaign figure.

Barr: 'I Think Spying' On Trump Campaign 'Did Occur'.  Attorney General William Barr told a Senate panel Wednesday [4/10/2019] that he believes American "intelligence agencies" did spy on the Trump campaign but said he has not yet determined whether there was a proper justification for that surveillance.  "I think spying did occur," Barr said during a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated. ... I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that.  And I am not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly."  "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal — it's a big deal," he added.

Barr Confirms Multiple Intel Agencies Implicated In Anti-Trump Spy Operation.  "Spying on a political campaign is a big deal," Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee on Wednesday morning.  Barr's comments came in the context of potential Justice Department reviews of the Trump-Russia investigation and how it began in 2016.  While it is important that the top law enforcement in the United States publicly acknowledged that the Obama administration and its intelligence agencies surveilled its domestic political opponents during the heat of a presidential election, it is what he said next that was most startling: that the CIA and other federal agencies in addition to the FBI may have been involved.  "I'm not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly," he said.

Blumenthal Demands AG Barr Recant Belief That FBI Spied On Trump.  Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is demanding that Attorney General William Barr "retract his unfounded, irresponsible claim that American law enforcement 'spied' on the Trump Campaign." [...] Republicans want to know what prompted the FBI to seek FISA warrants and to conduct a serious counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign and many of its members.

Barr is right to review why Trump-Russia investigation began.  In his testimony Wednesday [4/10/2019] before a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee, Attorney General William Barr made statements that were so clearly correct, they should be no more controversial than asserting that the sky is blue.  The fact that they are causing consternation is what should alarm people.  Barr told senators that "I think spying did occur" in the Trump-Russia investigation conducted by (among others) the Justice Department and the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Stefan Halper:  The Cambridge don the FBI sent to spy on Trump.  When Attorney General William Barr stated "spying did occur" against the 2016 Trump campaign, most attention was focused on the FBI's surveillance of former junior foreign policy aide Carter Page.  But the spying Barr was thinking of, and which he said may or may not have been legally authorized, is more likely to be that carried out by Stefan Halper, a former Republican operative and White House aide who became a foreign policy academic with close ties to both American and British intelligence.

William Barr Confirms Breitbart News, Mark Levin on Obama Administration 'Spying' on Trump Campaign.  Attorney General William Barr told the Senate on Wednesday that he believed the Obama administration did, in fact, spy on President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.  Democrats and their media allies howled in outrage and derision.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Barr "is going off the rails."  NBC News' Chuck Todd said that Barr "gave credence to a factless conspiracy theory."  But Barr merely confirmed what is already known.

Tom Fitton:  Spygate [is] "The Worst Corruption Scandal in American History".  [Tom] Fitton's organization has been highly successful in obtaining key documents from the government that are in the public interest, such as emails related to the 2012 Benghazi attack that were sent by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and documents related to the Spygate scandal.  We talk about what makes the Trump-Russia collusion hoax the biggest scandal in American History as well as what questions need to be investigated now that the Mueller investigation has concluded.  In our interview, Fitton also provides insight into how transparency organizations like Judicial Watch actually manage to get the documents, and why some government information — despite a legal requirement to provide it — is so hard to obtain.

USA Today Calls For Investigation Into Obama-Era Deep State Election Manipulation.  Interesting indeed!  Here is the left-leaning USA Today finally calling for an accounting of Obama-era officials, (including Mr. Obama himself) and the roles they played in what became the 2+ year-long, multi-million dollar waste of time known as the Mueller investigation that saw the U.S. intelligence agencies politically weaponized to alter the Election Day outcome.  Treason, sedition, intimidation, corruption, you name it they seemingly did it all.

Team Mueller and the Predictable "Leak Campaign" — But The Much Bigger Issue is the 40 FBI Agents.  Sure, we didn't expect the Mueller team to beg forgiveness for conducting the most ridiculous investigation in modern history; however, I also didn't expect them to be so honest about the motives.  In their own words, they are now admitting:  it's all about politics and maximum political benefit.  Despite the proclaimed reason for the investigation, the greatest concern amid the Mueller team is not whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election; but rather who gets to shape the political narrative that comes after three years of weaponized intelligence ops.

Tom Cotton Lays the Blame for the Collusion Hoax at the Door of One Man.  We know that the dossier used to kickstart the investigation of the Trump campaign was false in all but some very general points.  We know that the FBI used this dossier for at least three FISA warrants.  We know that there are idiots out there who still believe the George Papadopoulos-Andrew Downer story (looking at you, Chris Wallace).  We know that this dossier was introduced into the media and into the highest levels of government by trusted intermediaries.  We know that the people pushing the story had a personal animus towards Trump and a lot of people who worked for him.  What we don't know on that side of the equation is why?  Did they do it, anticipating a Clinton win, so they could discredit the GOP? [...] This kind of activity — launching a counterintelligence probe of a presidential campaign and never briefing the candidate on any concerns the FBI had about his staff — is not only unprecedented, but it could not have taken place unless it was cleared by the White House.

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"Cleared by the White House" means, cleared by Valerie Jarrett, because she was apparently making the decisions attributed to Barack H. Obama.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Tells CNN Obama Ordered the Trump-Russia Spying Operation.  On Monday former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went on with CNN's Anderson Cooper to discuss the Mueller Report after its release on Sunday [3/24/2019]. [...] Clapper defended the Obama administration's spying on their political opposition during the election.  And then Clapper appeared to put blame on Barack Obama for spying on his opponent during the 2016 presidential election.

Spygate: The Inside Story Behind the Alleged Plot to Take Down Trump.  Efforts by high-ranking officials in the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ), and State Department to portray President Donald Trump as having colluded with Russia were the culmination of years of bias and politicization under the Obama administration.  The weaponization of the intelligence community and other government agencies created an environment that allowed for obstruction in the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the relentless pursuit of a manufactured collusion narrative against Trump.  A willing and complicit media spread unsubstantiated leaks as facts in an effort to promote the Russia-collusion narrative.

Mueller's conclusions expose disgrace of Obama's spy chiefs.  Of all the reputations in tatters now that Robert Mueller has exploded the Russian-collusion fantasy, Obama-era spy chiefs John Brennan and James Clapper stand out.  For the past two years, the men prominently insisted not only that President Trump had teamed up with Russian President Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election but that Trump was Putin's pawn.  "I don't know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was":  That was Brennan's pathetic response to Mueller's findings — after years when he regularly traded on his status as former CIA director to defame Trump.

Obama's protective shield seems to be shattering.  Now that the whole Russia collusion thing against President Donald Trump has been proven a media-hyped fallacy, politically savvy eyes are turning toward former President Barack Obama and wondering:  What about all that sneaky surveillance stuff?  What about all that Team Obama titillation of flawed Trump-Russia insider information?  What about FISA and Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele reports used to justify spying of Team Trump?  These are good questions.  And they demand answers.

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?  [Scroll down]  What is not said here?  There is no word about the role of then-President Obama and/or anyone in the Obama administration when it comes to the question of directing this entire effort to sabotage first the Trump campaign and then, when that failed, the Trump presidency itself.  Who, exactly, did Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and the entire list of Justice Department, CIA, and FBI officials work for, anyway?  They worked for President Barack Obama.  As did his first Secretary of State and presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton.

What did Barack Obama know and what and when did he authorize it?  Now that Attorney General William Barr has informed Congress that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation did not find evidence that President Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election, nor did they find evidence that Trump obstructed justice, Ari Fleischer is calling for the well over due scrutiny of the Obama administration.  Lost in the in the mix, largely because of a protective media, is that Barack Obama was in the White House when the whole sordid Russian collusion hoax began.

Will There Be an Accounting?  There is much to investigate:  the fraudulently obtained FISA warrants; the hundreds of incidents of unmasking of innocent American citizens; the attempt by the FBI's top leadership to swing the election to Hillary Clinton or, failing that, to derail the newly-elected Trump administration; the CIA's role in leaking the fake "dossier" to the press while purporting to "brief" President Trump on its contents, thereby giving the Democratic Party news media permission, with a wink and a nod, to report on the Clinton campaign's fake "dossier" in the guise of a news story.  And, of course, the over-arching question:  what did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?  That is only a partial list.

Now it is Obama's turn.  Obama spied on Donald John Trump as early as 2015.  He used the national security apparatus on citizens because he believes he is entitled to defy the law, the Constitution and decency.  On March 6, 2017, in light of Coons denying he had evidence after saying he did, Glenn Reynolds wrote, "Hypothesis:  The spying-on-Trump thing is worse than we even imagine, and once it was clear Hillary had lost and it would inevitably come out, the Trump/Russia collusion talking point was created as a distraction.  Now it's being rowed back because the talk of 'transcripts' supports the spying-on-Trump storyline.  "Will we ever know?  Maybe, if there's a proper investigation into Obama Administration political spying.

WSJ: Time for Obama Admin to Account for 'Historic Abuse of Government Surveillance Powers'Wall Street Journal assistant editor James Freeman and Sen. Rand Paul are on the same page:  the Mueller report confirms it is now time for the Obama administration to account for its flagrant abuse of the surveillance powers of the federal government. [...] While Democrats and other members of the "Resistance" flail about in the wake of news the Robert Mueller investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, Freeman observed Monday [3/25/2019] the report confirms it is former President Barack Obama who "owes the country an explanation" for his administration's "historic abuse of government surveillance powers."

Sharyl Attkisson asks the key question post-Mueller report.  [Scroll down]  The biggest reason I want to start with shaming these people [Clapper, Brennan, Rice, Power, Comey] is what it says about the man that appointed them:  Barack Obama.  He entrusted our national security to a bunch of dishonest clowns.  And their efforts have been aimed at covering up his culpability in the Hillary email scandal (because he received emails from her private account, and lied about not knowing she had one, thereby incriminating him in improper handling — "gross negligence" — of classified), and the even bigger scandal of authorizing spying on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.  Make no mistake:  Obama is the prize.  Unraveling the threads that lead directly to him would have a seismic impact on the course of American politics.

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?  [Scroll down]  What is not said here?  There is no word about the role of then-President Obama and/or anyone in the Obama administration when it comes to the question of directing this entire effort to sabotage first the Trump campaign and then, when that failed, the Trump presidency itself.  Who, exactly, did Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and the entire list of Justice Department, CIA, and FBI officials work for, anyway?  They worked for President Barack Obama.  As did his first Secretary of State and presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton.

Our Turn?  President Trump's Declassification Arsenal.  [Scroll down]  CTH would like to add the declassification of the April 2017 FISC opinion rendered by FISA Court Presiding Justice Rosemary Collyer.  This 99-page opinion outlines the 2016 FBI and NSA FISA-702 certification submissions.  It's extremely doubtful that anyone in DC would support declassifying this document; however, there is also no document that would be as revealing to declassify.  This document is direct evidence of historic FISA abuse; it would show just how far the fourth amendment has been eroded by the administrative state.

How to end our national nightmare — probe Hillary Clinton again.  Now, with Mueller finished, it is time to give equal attention to the other side of the story, of how we got here.  The questions can be boiled down to two.  Was the initial decision to investigate Trump's campaign an honest mistake by the Obama administration?  Or was it an attempt to rig the election in favor of Clinton, and when that failed, overthrow a duly elected president?  Those outstanding issues are as worthy of complete answers as those that Mueller investigated.  In addition to knowing whether there was an improper relationship between a candidate and a foreign power, Americans also deserve to know what was going on inside their own government and whether it was simply incompetent or thoroughly corrupt, or some combination of the two.  Put another way, what did President Obama and his administration do, and why did they do it?

Deep-State Dumpster Fire.  [T]here are, as I said almost two years ago, no Russians in the Russia investigation - and what foreign "interference" with the 2016 election there was from Russia seems to have been amateur and minimal, unless you count MI6 spook Christopher Steele working his Moscow Rolodex on behalf of Hillary Clinton and her Deep State allies.  There was, however, extensive domestic interference with the election, in that at the behest of the sitting administration the most powerful figures in the permanent bureaucracy set to work on a sophisticated surveillance operation against its political opposition:  "Republics" in the Americas have been invariably prefaced by the qualifier "banana"; it just took Washington a little longer to sign up.

Never What?  Why did DOJ and FBI officials seek surveillance on American citizens without fully apprising a FISA court that the basis for such requests was an unverified dossier, compiled by a retired foreign national, who purchased unverified Russian sources, who himself had been fired from the FBI as a consultant, who was paid by the Clinton campaign, albeit stealthily through two firewalls, and who was the circular source for news accounts used to substantiate the dossier?  What business does the FBI have communicating with an informant prying into an ongoing presidential campaign?  Why exactly did U.N. ambassador Samantha Power, mostly in her last year in office, make more than 260 requests to unmask the names of American citizens surveilled by the U.S. government (some of them mysteriously leaked) and then claim, under oath, that she, in fact, did not herself make those requests but that someone (unidentified) made them "in her name"?

The Resistance is Everything They Accuse Trump of Being.  In classic KGB style, Obama's administration deployed our nation's intelligence agencies to infiltrate and spy on their political opponents. Using paid informants — believed to include, at minimum, Joseph Mifsud, Stefan Halper, Henry Greenberg and Felix Sader — the political appointees heading our FBI and CIA attempted to entrap Trump's campaign with monetary enticements and promises of Russian kompromat on Hillary Clinton. [...] While these outrages have gone on, our very own American Pravda — the Democrat's mouthpieces in the mainstream media — have published a steady stream of disinformation and propaganda designed to turn reality on its head and portray Trump as Vladimir Putin's puppet instead of the target of Soviet-inspired tactics employed by Obama's police state.

The Fatuous Democrats.  [Barack H. Obama] presided over the deluge of slime that his Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence agencies poured over the 2016 election and its aftermath, and that is now finally being exposed.  The extent to which the former president was involved in the Clinton-email whitewash and the false applications for surveillance of the Trump campaign will become a matter of high public interest.

Mark Levin to GOP: Investigate Obama's 'Silent Coup' vs.  Trump.  Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama's administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump's presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.  Levin called Obama's effort "police state" tactics, and suggested that Obama's actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.  Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known.

William Barr and Spygate — Watch The Teams.  Attorney General William Barr quietly took the oath of office in the oval office today [2/14/2019] with Chief Justice John Roberts administering and officiating the swearing in.  With the introduction of a fully empowered and confirmed U.S. Attorney General there is likely to be a great deal of speculation about how AG Barr will interact with the seditious conspiracy scandal known collectively as 'spygate'.

5 Explosive Facts about James Comey.  We now know that under then-Director Comey's direction, the FBI and the DOJ submitted a politically motivated dossier as probable cause to obtain a secret 2016 FISA surveillance warrant to spy on a presidential campaign.  To this day, Comey denies knowing that the dossier was Clinton-funded and his weaponization of FBI spy tools like FISA against a presidential target appears unprecedented.  However, precedents allowing such weaponization have been long in the making, thanks in large part to none other than James Comey and his mentor, Robert Mueller.

Shifty Proof of Collusion Surfaces — Not About Trump — About Adam Schiff Meeting With Fusion GPS.  Oh man, this is unethically priceless.  John Solomon received photographs of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson meeting with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff in 2018 during the height of the 'Spygate' cover-up.

Investigators had '50/50' chance of securing FISA warrant for Trump aide without dossier: testimony.  The chances of securing a 2016 surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide were "50/50" without the controversial anti-Trump "dossier," according to testimony in newly confirmed congressional transcripts.  The October testimony from senior FBI lawyer Sally Moyer to House investigators appers to underscore how critical the dossier — funded by the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign — was in obtaining the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, and appears to conflict with Democratic assertions that the dossier played a limited role in the process.

How Many Elephants in the Room.  Remember Watergate, sweeties?  You told us that the Nixon Administration covering up the freelance spying of its campaign operatives on the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate complex was the worst thing ever.  Hey!  How about the government's Department of Justice and the government's Federal Bureau of Investigation and the government's Director of Central Intelligence feeding phony opposition research to get the FISA Court to okay government surveillance on Trump campaign operatives?  Grading on scale of 1 to 10, I'd put the 1970s Watergate coverup at a 2, and the 2016 Obama administration spying on the Trump campaign at a 7.  What does it take to get a 10?  In my book it would be an actual assassination of a political opposition figure.

Deep State: Did Justice, CIA And FBI Commit Crimes To Get Rid Of Trump?  It's now beyond any reasonable doubt that Obama administration minions launched an all-out effort to destroy, first, President Trump's presidential campaign and, when that failed, his presidency.  The only question is, knowing the truth, will the Justice Department charge these people with crimes?

Watergate by Any Other Name.  For almost three years now, the intelligence services and police apparatus of the deep state have worked tirelessly to undermine Donald Trump. [...] But win he did, and that changed everything.  Now it was not a candidate who had to be stopped but a duly elected president of the United States who had to be kept from knowing exactly what lengths the government — soon to be his government — had gone to destroy him.  From November 9, 2016, to January 20, 2017, the reins of government were still in the hands of Barack Obama.  The apparatus to stop Trump the candidate was already in place.  Now it would be deployed against Trump the president-elect and, later, Trump the president.  Over the last few days, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other anti-Trump outlets have revealed, and reveled in, something that many observers suspected for a long time.  That the investigation into various figures associated with the Trump campaign — not only Carter Page, but also George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Michael Cohen — was just a pretext.  The main target all along was Trump himself.

Obama intelligence chiefs hacked computer of FISA court judge.  With so much of the news coverage in America focusing on the Democratic Party's first days in-charge of the U.S. House of Representatives and their plans to impeach President Donald Trump, as well their goal of raising taxes on the productive members of society in order to pay-off unproductive members who rely on socialist programs to barely survive, it's no wonder most citizens don't know what's happening within the Deep State.  Case in point:  There is now evidence being circulated by lawmakers in both Houses of Congress that strengthens allegations that former President Barack Obama's two top intelligence officials, John Brennan and James Clapper, spearheaded the hacking of a computer used by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court's Judge Reggie Walton, and went as far as hacking U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Obama's coup d'etat docs prove illegal surveillance coverup.  Senior FBI and DOJ officials involved in the Mueller's Russian collusion investigation were part of the team investigating whistleblower Dennis Montgomery.  Montgomery claims that Obama administration officials illegally spied on citizen and candidate Donald Trump.  Among those Montgomery identifies are CIA Director John Brennan and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper[.]  Dennis Montgomery is a software designer and former medical technician.  Montgomery was selling federal officials computer programs.  Montgomery claims he won millions in federal contracts for his supposed terrorist-exposing intelligence software which was later found to be an elaborate "hoax"

The FISA Conundrum.  [U]nderstanding FISA-702 process abuse is now the specific focus of Inspector General Michael Horowitz; there is an aspect to the FISA-gate story that must be expanded.  The United States intelligence community, writ large, will likely never allow the structural abuse of the FISA-702 system by the Obama administration to surface.  Consider it a third rail of unspoken agreement.  A similar motive for the DIA to keep the Flynn file under wraps.  However, before going into the complexities of the FISA conundrum, which would also envelop any Horowitz report, it is important to revisit the basics.

Why Wouldn't The Obama Intelligence Apparatus Wiretap The White House?  The counterintelligence investigation into candidate, president-elect, and president Donald Trump was predicated on the Obama's intelligence community believing that campaign officials were colluding, conspiring and otherwise coordinating to take over the office of the presidency, with help from a foreign government.  So why wouldn't the intelligence services of the United States government conduct wiretaps and full blown surveillance upon that incoming administration?

This is called "stonewalling."
Rep. Nadler:  Investigations into FBI, DOJ Will End — They're "A Waste of Time" and There Is "No Bias at the FBI".  On Friday [12/7/2018] incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, told CNN's Manu Raguthat he will shut down the GOP-led Judiciary-Oversight investigation into the FBI's actions in 2016.  Nadler said the investigation on how the Obama administration spied on the Trump Campaign during the 2016 is a waste of time.

FBI email chain may provide most [convincing] evidence of FISA abuses yet.  Just before Thanksgiving, House Republicans amended the list of documents they'd like President Trump to declassify in the Russia investigation.  With little fanfare or explanation, the lawmakers, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), added a string of emails between the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to their wish list.  Sources tell me the targeted documents may provide the [best] evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), evidence that has been kept from the majority of members of Congress for more than two years.  The email exchanges included then-FBI Director James Comey, key FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ's national security division, and they occurred in early to mid-October, before the FBI successfully secured a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The Incorrigible Mr. Comey.  As I wrote last week, the Republican Congress largely has failed to hold accountable the masterminds behind the biggest political scandal in U.S. history:  The unprecedented weaponization of our law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a presidential campaign and sabotage an incoming administration.  The man primarily responsible for executing the scheme, former FBI Director James Comey, exited the Trump Administration as a martyr and a hero. [...] The man who once led the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world is threatening to defy a legally issued congressional subpoena unless the interview is conducted on his terms.  And the reason isn't that Comey has nothing to hide — it's that he has plenty to hide and he knows a public setting would provide him precisely the cover he needs.

Why Britain Doesn't Want Trump to Declassify Obamagate Docs.  [Scroll down]  All of the British spy chiefs' ostensibly high-minded anxieties are designed to distract attention from an enormous transatlantic scandal, one that has yet to be fully plumbed: that the only real collusion during the 2016 election took place between London and Langley.  It took place under the hyper-partisan CIA director John Brennan, with Britty dual-asset oafs like Stefan Halper and British spies, both present and past (the Hillary-financed hatchet man Christopher Steele chief among them), putting in critical cameos — a spy ring that nearly catapulted Hillary into the White House.  British spies were in on the ground floor of Obamagate.  Long before even the first Republican primary, they had been passing conjecture disguised as "intelligence" to John Brennan about the Trump campaign.

What about Your FISA Judges, Justice Roberts?  As long as we are on the subject of whether there is such an animal as an "Obama judge," let us consider the judges who sit on the FISA court and issue warrants allowing surveillance of American citizens who are suspected foreign agents, essentially taking the uncontested word of the government.  Their actions on behalf of one political campaign, colluding with a corrupt DOJ and FBI to target a political opponent, are not supposed to happen in a country based on the rule of law as administered by supposedly impartial judges.  Empowered to safeguard our national security against foreign actors, they essentially served as an extra-constitutional arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign as it colluded with foreign actors to stage a Deep-State coup against a duly elected president, Donald J. Trump?  Aiding and abetting the legacy of Barack Obama seems like something an "Obama judge" would do.

EXC: MI6 battling Donald Trump over release of classified Russia probe documents.  MI6 chiefs are secretly battling Donald Trump to stop him publishing classified information linked to the Russian election meddling investigation.  The UK is warning that the US president would undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers.  However Trump allies are fighting back, demanding transparency and asking why Britain would oppose the move unless it had something to hide.  It forces the spotlight on whether the UK played a role in the FBI's investigation launched before the 2016 presidential election into Trump campaign ties to the Kremlin.

U.K. Media:  British Intelligence Heads Worried President Trump Will Discover Their Involvement in "Spygate".  An article published originally in the U.K. Telegraph, and republished via Yahoo News outlines growing fear within the U.K. government and British intelligence officers surrounding President Trump discovering how far they were involved within "Spygate".  The facts are not uncommon to anyone who has done research into the events of 2015 and 2016; however, the interesting aspect surrounds the current level of anxiety which indicates something is soon to become very public.  The central concern of the British officials surrounds President Trump declassifying evidence that will outline a coordinated effort by a weaponized U.S. intelligence apparatus to use their foreign counterparts for two aspects:  (1) to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016; and (2) to help carryout an entrapment scheme that would become the baseline for the FBI's counterintelligence operation which evolved into Mueller's Russian election interference investigation (aka the "insurance policy").

Democrats Will Investigate, Not Legislate.  Burying the so-called FISAgate scandal is a major reason why Democrats plan to deluge the administration with letters and subpoenas.  As the clock ticks down on Republican-led investigations into a number of key figures involved in the scandal; the release of a final report and possible last-ditch indictments by the Special Counsel's office; the unknown actions by a Trump-friendly acting Attorney General, and a looming Justice Department inspector general's report into FISA abuse at Obama's FBI, it's now a race to see who strikes first.

Dan Bongino Interviews George Papadopoulos to Discuss "Spygate".  Dan Bongino has a very interesting podcast interview with George Papadopoulos.  One of the important aspects of this interview is it's the first time Papadopoulos is interviewed by someone who knows all the details to the backstory.  The "set up" is clear as day when you listen to all of these sketchy interactions being organized by western intelligence officials.

Spygate: The True Story of Collusion.  [Scroll down]  The Department of Justice, which comprises 60 agencies, was transformed during the Obama years.  The department is forbidden by federal law from hiring employees based on political affiliation.  However, a series of investigative articles by PJ Media published during Eric Holder's tenure as attorney general revealed an unsettling pattern of ideological conformity among new hires at the DOJ: Only lawyers from the progressive left were hired.  Not one single moderate or conservative lawyer made the cut.  This is significant as the DOJ enjoys significant latitude in determining who will be subject to prosecution.  The DOJ's job in Spygate was to facilitate the legal side of surveillance while providing a protective layer of cover for all those involved.  The department became a repository of information and provided a protective wall between the investigative efforts of the FBI and the legislative branch.  Importantly, it also served as the firewall within the executive branch, serving as the insulating barrier between the FBI and Obama officials.  The department had become legendary for its stonewalling tactics with Congress.

Clinton's "Researchers".  Jeff Carlson has assembled a strong and in-depth outline covering most of the weaponized intelligence agencies and how they related to "spygate[.]"  However, there has also been a strong suspicion that most of the corrupt origination activity would never surface.  The downstream ramifications to the institutions of our IC apparatus would be too destructive.  What follows below is the story that will never reach sunlight officially. [...]

Deep State FBI and DOJ Caught Redacting Key Intel Documents that Implicate Hillary and DNC.  The liberal media has completely ignored the shocking revelation that the Obama administration and top officials at the DOJ were spying on Donald Trump during the campaign and after he was sworn into office.  During the election top Democrat Party Attorney Michael Sussman met with the top lawyer of the Department of Justice to deliver the phony Russian dossier.  The DOJ then used this fake political document to spy on Donald Trump and his campaign.

Top FBI attorney provides "explosive" testimony regarding Trump-Russia probe, suspected FISA abuse.  A former top lawyer at the FBI provided "explosive" testimony to Congress on Wednesday [10/3/2018] regarding the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, lawmakers said.  James Baker, who served as the FBI's general counsel until May, told Congress that a previously unidentified source provided information to the FBI for its investigation, which began on July 31, 2016.  "During the time that the FBI was putting — that [the Department of Justice] and FBI were putting together the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act surveillance warrant] during the time prior to the election — there was another source giving information directly to the FBI, which we found the source to be pretty explosive," Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said after a hearing, according to Fox News.

Hillary Clinton is still finding ways to denigrate democracy.  Willing to destroy any part of government they cannot corrupt with partisanship, members of the self-declared resistance are tearing America apart because the election didn't go their way.  They have unleashed a whirlwind of fanatical hate, with violence now routinely threatened and sometimes carried out.  There are no random events.  It is a straight line from the unprecedented plot by President Barack Obama's administration to infiltrate and wiretap the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 to the scurrilous accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

James Baker Testimony:  DNC Lawyers Met With FBI Officials Prior to October 2016 FISA Application.  The DOJ-NSD and FBI are holding a press conference today at 9:30am.  The topic is unknown, but the timing coincides with a document production subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee for McCabe Memos, the "Woods File" supporting the Carter Page FISA application, and Gang-of-Eight documents on the Russia investigation.  In related news, former FBI chief legal counsel, James Baker, delivered testimony to the Joint House Committee yesterday in the ongoing investigation of corrupt FISA processes and "spy-gate".

Russia collusion bombshell:  DNC lawyers met with FBI on dossier before surveillance warrant.  Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump's campaign.  Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee's private law firm.  That's the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.

Pentagon Sued For Records On 'Spygate' Figure Stefan Halper.  Judicial Watch has sued the Department of Defense for records related to more than $1 million in contracts awarded to Stefan Halper, the former University of Cambridge professor who spied on the Trump campaign.  Halper was awarded more than $1 million by the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA) between 2012 and 2018 to author academic studies on countries like China, Russia and India.

High-profile 'consultants' deny contributing to FBI spy's $244,000 Pentagon study.  Stefan Halper, the college professor turned FBI spy on the Trump campaign, was paid $244,000 by the Pentagon to write a Russia-China study in 2015 and 2016.  Mr. Halper boasted a heady list of foreign policy specialists.  On Pages 7 and 8 of the 300-plus-page analysis are the names of 43 "advisors and consultants" such as former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and David Shambaugh, a China scholar at George Washington University.  But a spot check by The Washington Times revealed that neither man contributed to nor had heard of the study, titled "The Russia-China Relationship:  The Impact on the United States' Security Interests."

Mollie Hemingway:  We Now Know FBI Used Clinton-Funded Research Document "To Secure A Wiretap".  House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows suggests FBI leaked information to the press and used the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants.  Plus, what did Bruce Ohr know about the Steele dossier? 'The Federalist' senior editor weighs in with Tucker Carlson.  "This is important because if it can be done against a major presidential campaign, it can be done against other people," she explained.

Ohr speaks! (Behind closed doors).  There are two closely related dangers for the bureaucratic, political, and media coalition that seeks to eject Trump from the body politic and teach the lesson to any future potential disruptor of the Establishment that such a mission is both dangerous and futile.  The first danger is exposure of the Obama administration's spying on the candidate running against its designated successor, Hillary Clinton.  As many have noted, this is the same motive as the Watergate burglary, only of a magnitude a thousand times greater.  The ability of the NSA to monitor every form of electronic communication (except ham radio — as employed by Bruce Ohr's wife, Nellie) means that virtually all significant information in the Trump campaign was available, so long as the officials in question were in communication with one of the people named in the FISA warrants obtained by the cabal operatives.

6 times Obama committed "treason" against the U.S..  [#6] Obama tried to rig a presidential election and destroy Trump:  Just this week former Obama intelligence official James Clapper admitted that Obama "set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably Special Counsel Mueller's investigation." Now there's no doubt that the efforts to overturn the 2016 election stretch directly to the Oval Office.  Millions of American soldiers have fought to defend free elections, and Obama tried to destroy the whole system.

FBI Agent Who Discovered Trump Spying Lost Security Clearence.  The Spygate scandal thickens.  Liberals were hysterical when Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan, who was accused of monetizing his clearance by Sen. Rand Paul.  It makes no sense for a former government employee to retain clearance — especially those that have been fired by Trump (like Peter Strzok, or James Comey).  While Trump's decision was portrayed as petty revenge by some in the media, you have to understand how Brennan abused his power while he was still CIA director.  As we've documented previously, when it comes to the origins of the Trump/Russia investigation, Brennan was the man behind the curtain.  Brennan played a large role in relaying British intelligence on the Trump campaign to the FBI (a form of "information laundering,").

How Bruce Ohr Could Implicate High-Ranking Obama Officials In Spygate.  Investigative reporter John Solomon broke news last week of texts and emails between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele regarding the Russia investigation, and revealed the content of notes Ohr took during a December meeting with Steele's boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson.  Solomon's reporting confirmed the FBI used Ohr to continue gathering information from Steele, even after the former British spy was terminated as a source by the bureau because he leaked word of the investigation to the press.  Ohr's role as a conduit allowed the FBI to continue to use Steele as an indirect source, even after Trump was elected and inaugurated.

DOJ Attorney Faces Deposition In FISA Abuse Probe.  House Republicans will resume an investigation of the FBI and DOJ's handling of the Russia investigation on Thursday [8/16/2018] with a deposition of George Z. Toscas, a national security attorney at the Department of Justice.  Toscas, who handles counterterrorism and counterespionage cases, will appear for a deposition at 10 a.m. before staffers with the House Judiciary and House Government & Oversight Committees, a source familiar with the matter tells The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Toscas was one of 17 current and former FBI and Justice Department officials included on a list submitted to the two House committees by California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Progressive Regression.  When Trump appeared on the national scene, an all-out assault on civil liberties followed, in a manner that is now irrevocable.  The Left destroyed for good the idea that progressives are the protectors of constitutional freedoms. [...] Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice flat out lied in her denial about her involvement in unmasking.  The Obama FBI and Justice Department officials deliberately misled FISA courts, on the premise that spying on American citizens even with flimsy or fabricated evidence was OK — if it at least neutered the Trump candidacy and presidency.  Had they just told justices something like, "We present, as justification for these warrants of surveillance, opposition research compiled on candidate Donald Trump, and paid for by Hillary Clinton during the present campaign," they likely would never have been able to spy on American citizens.  No one again will have much confidence either in the FISA courts or any rationale for spying on any American citizen.

They're priming the pump.  ... for declassification and release of the unredacted FISA in stages to calibrate for maximum effect with the mid-terms.  Along with a history of other damning evidence about how #SpyGate went down from 2015, onwards.  With each new damning release of unredacted FISA extracts, appetite for more will grow.  IMO it will reveal extensive illegal surveillance by the Obama administration, stretching way back to 2015, when Trump announced his candidacy.  The genesis of it all, if I'm correct, will be an illegal Obama order for warrantless spying.  This will include Obama's goons using illegal unmasking of innocent domestic citizens, communicating with fake overseas targets.  All done with Obama's knowledge and authority.

The conspiracy to frame Trump was a co-ordinated effort, with Obama at the center.  Consider just this timeline.  Warning:  you WILL (and should) be extremely angry about what Obama & Clinton were up to.  It's criminal & totally disgusting.

He Drives Them Crazy.  Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is an exception to the rule that committee chairs, male or female, are allowed to run things as they choose.  Democrats, left-wing groups, and those who obsess about Trump won't let him.  Were Democrats in charge, Nunes would probably be their Target No. 1.  His sin was switching the committee's focus from collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential election to finding out why the Trump campaign was being investigated in the first place.  Nunes would like to know why one volunteer adviser to Trump, Carter Page, was wiretapped for a year and another minor aide was sought out by an FBI informant.  And a fair question is whether these cases were less a search for evidence of Trump-Russia collusion than a covert way of looking inside the Trump campaign — illegally.

Whatever happened to the 'unmaskings' probe?  Wiretapping foreigners who could be terrorists isn't as sensitive an issue, since our law doesn't give them the same protection as U.S. citizens.  The problem comes when wiretaps include U.S. citizens in contact with foreign targets.  That's called "incidental" collection.  And it's not just phone calls.  Today's wiretaps can include everything on the web — emails, bank accounts, photos, messaging, Facebook posts.  And "incidental collection" can include anything picked up when a target is watched directly, through a bug, or by secretly activating his computer's microphone and camera.  U.S. citizens who aren't accused of crimes are entitled to strong constitutional privacy protections.  So, to alleviate worries that citizens' rights might be violated through "incidental" spying on foreign targets, the intel agencies adopted strict rules.  At first, they promised to destroy any "incidental" intelligence they collected.  Later, they decided to store it — for a short time — but promised that the names of the U.S. citizens would be "masked," or hidden, even internally.

Media Gaslighting Can't Hide Fact Trump Campaign Was Spied On.  On Saturday night [7/21/2018], heavily redacted copies of the FBI's application to wiretap Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page were released.  The portion of the 412-page document that was not redacted supported the claims of Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), as well as those made by the majority of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  The senators and the representatives had issued reports alleging that the FBI used an unverified Clinton campaign document to secure a wiretap against an American citizen, that the application for the wiretap used circular reporting and lacked verification for its central claims, and that it made materially false claims related to the source's credibility.

Six Reasons Why Barack Obama Is the Worst President in History.  Obama's pièce de résistance when it came to abuse of power is perhaps his spying on the Trump campaign.  The Steele dossier on Trump (a partisan opposition research document funded by the DNC and the Hillary campaign loaded with loads of bogus and salacious accusations) was used to secure a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.  Anti-Trump partisans were involved in the investigation, and based on text messages between investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page (who were having an affair) we know that Strzok saw the investigation as an "insurance policy" in case Trump won the election, and that Page, worried that Trump could win, was told by Strzok, "No.  No he won't.  We'll stop it."  Other text messages indicated that Obama wanted to be kept in the loop on their investigation.  The independence and integrity of the FBI took a major blow during the Obama years, and we're still learning just how bad it was.

James Clapper: 'Obama Is Responsible' for Starting Trump/Russia Investigations.  Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper let slip on CNN last week who was behind the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump and his associates.  In an attempt to defend his former boss from accusations he did nothing in response to Russia's election meddling, Clapper bragged that Obama was behind the "whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today."  This would seem to include spying on the Trump campaign.

Keyword:  paranoid
Reports: The Obama administration wiretapped Trump, world leaders, journalists, everyone?  Barack Obama played 333 rounds of golf during his presidency.  But wiretapping may have been the activity closest to his heart, reports said.  "The Obama administration absolutely loved wiretapping, intercepting confidential transmissions, bugging — well, anyone it could," The Daily Wire's Joseph Curl reported on March 6.  Team Obama monitored the phones of the Trump campaign, wiretapped 35 world leaders, bugged a private climate change strategy meeting between United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and tapped officials at the World Trade Organization, Italian diplomats, European Union economic officials, the report said.

Ten problems with the release of the heavily redacted FISA warrants on Carter Page.  It is a huge scandal that the vast, frightening surveillance powers of our intelligence agencies, normally forbidden from snooping on American citizens, were used to spy on a presidential campaign antagonistic to the sitting president.  Far too slowly, the underlying documents that permitted this are coming to light.  Last night [7/21/2018], 412 pages of heavily redacted versions of the original FISA warrant and subsequent renewals used to spy on Carter Page (and others) were released.

Obama Is 'Responsible' for Mueller Investigation, Clapper Admits.  President Barack Obama should be credited with launching "a whole sequence of events" that led to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia collusion allegations, according to former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper.  "One point I'd like to make, Anderson, that I don't think has come up very much before — and I'm alluding now to [President Donald Trump's] criticism of President Obama for all that he did or didn't do before he left office with respect to the Russian meddling," Clapper said Thursday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."  Clapper added that "if it weren't for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today — notably, special counsel Mueller's investigation.

Yes, There Could Be Serious Legal Problems if Obama Admin Involved in Illegal Surveillance.  [3/4/2017]  President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign.  One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed:  President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama and Clinton supporters the last few months.  Heck, he could wiretap the media at this point, legally and legitimately, as the sources of these unlawful leaks, for which Obama himself set precedent.  Do liberals understand what Pandora's Box Obama opened up by Obama using the powers of the NSA, CIA and FBI to spy on his political opponents?  Even Nixon never did that.  If the stories are correct, Obama or his officials might even face prosecution.

Just How Far Will the Left Go?  The Obama apparat and the proverbial deep state never imagined Trump could win and thus to ensure that he would not just be defeated but humiliated, vied to use the power of government to destroy the Trump candidacy.  The National Security Council was weaponized and thus unmasked the names of surveilled Americans and leaked their names to the press to undermine the Trump campaign.  The Department of Justice was weaponized to ensure Hillary Clinton was exonerated for her misdeeds concerning her email server and quid pro quo collusion with a variety of foreign and domestic influence peddlers and buyers.  The FBI and CIA were weaponized to subvert the Trump campaign, by peddling an unverified smear dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton, by implanting informants into the Trump campaign, and by undermining a FISA court through dishonest presentations of evidence for warrants to spy on American citizens.  All such behavior was assumed to ensure the landslide Clinton victory and thus would be seen as sacrifice beyond the call of duty to be rewarded by a President Clinton not as illegal behavior to be punished during a Trump administration.  And as a result, the more culpability that was exposed, the more the culpable went on the offensive — on the theory that constant attack is the best defense against their own criminal liability.  T

Trump claims his campaign was illegally 'spied upon' and welcomes release of top secret documents on former aide Carter Page.  President Trump has said it looks more and more like his campaign for the 2016 presidential election had been 'illegally spied upon'.  Trump issued the tweet early Sunday morning after saying documents about his former presidential campaign adviser Carter Page confirmed with little doubt that the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation had misled the courts.  The FBI released documents on Saturday related to the surveillance of Page as part of an investigation into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the election.

Obama's Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!  President Obama's former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!  James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation[.]  According to Obama's former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

10 Ways DOJ Abused Its Authority When It Spied On Trump's Campaign.  Last Friday [7/6/2018], the Department of Justice (DOJ) missed another deadline to comply with subpoenas issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).  The DOJ's latest episode of stonewalling prompted HPSCI Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) to suggest that President Donald Trump intervene.  While the DOJ had turned over some of the subpoenaed information, Nunes told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that the House still does not have critical documents detailing the FBI's use of informants to spy on the Trump campaign prior to the official launch of the Russia collusion investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane.

The Real Threat to American Democracy.  The fact that key players in the [Intelligence Community] are amazingly biased against Trump is a serious issue.  When James Clapper was chief of the I.C., he worked to get the unverified Steele dossier a gloss of credibility so that the media could publish it.  When former CIA chief John Brennan calls for the president to be impeached because Trump spoke to Putin, we have good reason to believe that much of what is coming out of the I.C. can't be trusted.  We have the I.C. declaring that the Russians meddled in the election, but they appear reticent to discuss the fact that the meddling had no real impact on how the vote turned out.  They furthermore declare that the Russians hacked the DNC emails even though they haven't bothered to inspect the crime scene, the DNC server that was hacked.  By working hard to make it seem that the U.S. election was fraudulent, the I.C. is undermining the people's trust in our elections and thereby weakening democracy.

'Hurricane Electric' Exposed:  Fusion GPS Had Access To Obama FBI Surveillance Database.  The FBI's "Citizen Log" program, formerly known as LifeLog, is at the center of #SpyGate and provided material for the Christopher Steele dossier.  Fusion GPS had access to this government database through its operative Nellie Ohr's husband Bruce Ohr at the Justice Department.  The #SpyGate conspirators used the code name "Crossfire Hurricane" because they were all using a contractor called Hurricane Electric, which has access to all of the Barack Obama and James Comey FBI surveillance programs on private American citizens.  It is confirmed that Russians hacked the entire database when an Obama administration French contractor snuck Russian code into all of the FBI surveillance programs.

FISA Abuse:  It is the Risk, the Reality, and the Reason.  The prior use of FBI and NSA networks for metadata exploitation and political surveillance is what underlines all of the current activity taking place within the current political battle.  Peel all of the layers of investigative schemes, intelligence deception, false and distracting media narratives — including Mueller — and what lies beneath it all is the weaponized use of database-collected material for political surveillance and exploitation.  It really is that simple.

Top Democrats Panic — Demand Trump Intel Chief Keep Info Classified on Trump Campaign Spy Halper.  Obama spy Stefan Halper was promoting Hillary Clinton publicly while he spied on the Trump Campaign.  Democrats do not want the American public to discover that they spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election and afterwards.  The fact that the four top Democrats in Congress are insisting this information stays classified has been mostly ignored by the liberal mainstream media.

Devin Nunes:  Trump should declassify '100 percent fraudulent' FISA warrant for Carter Page.  House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said he believes the warrant used to spy on a member of the 2016 Trump campaign was "100 percent fraudulent" and called on President Trump to declassify all related information for the American public to see whether there was an effort to frame then-candidate Trump.  Speaking about the alleged use of an informant to spy on Trump's campaign during the Russia investigation, Nunes told Fox Nunes on Saturday "what could be even worse is if there were informants that were being run into [the] Trump campaign and their associates" before July 31 — the known start of inquiry.

Unfortunately Every Investigative Trail Comes Back to the Dead End of FISA Abuse.  [Scroll down]  The October 21st, 2016, application to the FISA Court for surveillance authority upon U.S. person Carter Page; and by extension the Donald Trump campaign.  Throughout all further inquiries this central component remains at the center of the issue.  Unlawful surveillance is the originating principal behind Operation Crossfire Hurricane; it is also the originating issue within the Peter Strzok "insurance policy"; additionally, it is the originating aspect to the Clinton/Steele dossier; etc. etc.  [T]he list is long.  Chase any of the corrupt threads back to their source of origin and you eventually come back to the surveillance authority within the FISA processes.

New Details of Victoria Nuland's Role in the Steele Dossier.  Victoria Nuland's name keeps turning up. [...] It now appears that in mid-2016, Nuland gave the green light for FBI Agent Michael Gaeta to meet with Christopher Steele in London.  This wasn't the first time Nuland encountered Steele's name.  Nuland had known Steel since 2014 through Jonathan Winer.

Nunes Calls For Testimony From 10 State Dept., Obama White House Officials On Surveillance Abuse.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is calling on two of his fellow Republican committee chairman to hold open hearings for 10 former State Department and Obama White House officials regarding alleged surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign.  "During this investigation, the Committee discovered matters that likely fall within the purview of the joint task force of the Committees on Oversight & Government Reform and the Judiciary," Nunes wrote Tuesday [7/3/2018] to Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairmen of the Oversight and Judiciary Committees, respectively.  "For the sake of transparency and to keep the American people as fully informed as possible about these matters, the task force should consider interviewing these people in an open setting," Nunes added in the letter, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Chairman Devin Nunes Discusses The Massive Ramifications of "Spygate".  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes appears on Fox New morning broadcast to outline the latest developments surrounding "Spygate".  In addition to FISA abuse and fraud upon the FISA court, there is an increased likelihood the Obama CIA, DOJ and FBI ran agents and operatives into the Trump campaign.

Trump Campaign Official Michael Caputo HAS PROOF of Obama FBI Spying on Trump Campaign in Early 2016.  Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo went on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday [6/21/2018] to discuss the Obama FBI spying on the Donald Trump Campaign.  [Video clip]

Paul Ryan:  FBI Did Nothing Wrong Spying on Trump Campaign.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters Wednesday he believes the FBI acted appropriately in using an informant to contact Trump campaign members during the 2016 presidential election.  "I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate," Ryan said in support of his colleague Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who recently told Fox News that he sees no wrongdoing in the FBI's use of an informant.

Ignoring the Samantha Power bombshell.  Of all the political stories from 2017, surely the most curious is this:  why is everyone ignoring the bombshell revelations from Samantha Power?  As you recall, Power was caught using her security clearance as a U.N. ambassador to review private conversations by U.S. citizens.  According to official records, she requested the unmasking of these private citizens over 260 times in 2016 (this was an election year).  She was brought before the House Intelligence Committee to explain her actions.  Her defense?  It wasn't me.  Someone else in the Obama White House did this, using her security clearance.  There are two possibilities:  that she is telling the truth, in which case someone else in the Obama administration is lying.  Or she is lying herself.

FBI Spying On Trump Started In London, Earlier Than Thought, New Texts Implicate Obama White House.  A new report from John Solomon of The Hill ties together several loose threads floating around over the genesis of the FBI/DOJ espionage operation against the Trump campaign, who was involved in the "setup" of campaign aides, and how text messages between FBI employees suggest that the Obama White House was not only aware of the operation[,] but possibly directing it.

Spygate: Majority Believe Feds Broke Law to Stop Trump from Winning Presidency.  A majority of 51 percent of voters now believe "senior law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in an effort to prevent Trump from winning the presidency," according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports.  Only 42 percent of voters believe it is "unlikely that these officials illegally attempted to stop a Trump presidency."  In other words, we now live in a country where only 42 percent of voters believe it is "unlikely" federal law enforcement officials tried to illegally meddle in a presidential election.  Only 26 percent believe it is "not at all likely."

Legal expert: Obama [is] facing jail time over Trump spy.  A series of political insiders and legal experts say former President Barack Obama knew his administration spied on Donald Trump's presidential campaign — he could even go to jail over it.  An investigative specialist, a former federal prosecutor, and one leading experts on the US intelligence community agree Obama may have leveraged the most powerful position in the world to rig the 2016 election.

A Clapper Postscript.  [Scroll down]  [James] Clapper was Director of National Intelligence at the time, which means that he reported directly to the president, Barack Obama.  His statement implies that President Obama knew about the investigation of the Trump campaign, and it was his call whether to keep candidate Trump in the dark.  There is no one else in the executive branch to whom Clapper reasonably could have deferred on this obviously important question.

Judicial Watch Sues to Expose Potential DOJ FISA Warrant Abuses and Stonewalling.  Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on May 31 against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking its communications (and those of the FBI) with Congress about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants used to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page and other members of the campaign.  "Judicial Watch's latest federal FOIA lawsuit aims to uncover details of the DOJ/FBI obstruction and contempt for Congress on Spygate," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement.  "The Deep State doesn't want Congress, Judicial Watch, or the American people to see the full extent of its abuses targeting the Trump campaign and now President Trump."

The Expanding Spygate Scandal, Explained.  In recent weeks, it has come to light that Barack Obama's FBI planted Stefan Halper, a former professor at Cambridge with extensive ties to the CIA and MI6, as a spy within Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign.  Following an explosive February FISA memo compiled to analyze the Obama administration's surveillance abuses in support of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, the "Spygate" bombshell exposes new depths of the Machiavellian scheme constructed by the Obama-Clinton regime to illegally surveil and ultimately usurp Trump during his 2016 campaign and onward into his Presidency.

Hit Gas, Not Brakes, On Spygate.  From the beginning of this farce, the Obama administration has shifted back and forth between taking pride in the spying and denying its existence.  We are back in the denial phase.  But at the height of the hysteria after Trump's election and inauguration, members of the Obama administration wanted everyone to know they had been spying on Trump and feared that he would destroy their "intelligence."

The Real Reason Why the FBI Had a Spy in the Trump Campaign.  The FBI had a human source in the Trump campaign, and nearly everyone commenting on it is wrong.  This will set the record straight.  On July 31, the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.  Before launching the full investigation, the FBI sent a confidential human source (CHS) to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.  The CHS was reportedly Stefan Halper, a slick political operative for past GOP campaigns and a foreign policy expert with extensive CIA and MI6 connections.

The Carnivores of Civil Liberties.  [B]oth the media and the liberal establishment believed that the outsider Trump represented an existential danger to themselves and the nation at large — similar to the way operatives in the Nixon administration had felt about far-left presidential challenger George McGovern in 1972.  But this time around, liberals were not out of power as they were in 1972.  Instead, they were the establishment.  They held the reins of federal power under the Obama administration.  And they chose to exercise it in a fashion similar to how Nixon's team had in 1972.

Yes, the FBI Was Investigating the Trump Campaign When It Spied.  Well, well, well.  The bipartisan Beltway establishment has apparently had its fill of this "Trump colluded with Russia" narrative — the same narrative the same establishment has lustily peddled for nearly two years.  The Obama administration recklessly chose to deploy the government's awesome counterintelligence powers to investigate — and, more to the point, to smear — its political opposition as a Kremlin confederate.  Now that this ploy has blown up on the Justice Department and the FBI, these agencies — the ones that went out of their way, and outside their guidelines, to announce to the world that the Trump campaign was under investigation — want you to know the president and his campaign were not investigated at all, no siree.  What could possibly have made you imagine such a thing?

Up-Chuck Schumer orders media to cover up 'Spygate'.  On Monday, while most Americans were remembering the sacrifice of fallen service members, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., gave instruction to the mainstream media via tweet.  The chief Democrat of the U.S. Senate wants President Donald Trump to be taken to task for using the term "Spygate" and insists that there is "absolutely no evidence of a spy" being placed in the 2016 Trump campaign.

Obama's Guilty Contentment.  Obama's abuse of power — directing the result of an FBI investigation — was eagerly abetted by Comey.  And then we come to the granddaddy of all White House scandals.  As chronicled and analyzed so well by NRO's Andy McCarthy, the Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel, and the incomparable Sharyl Attkisson, Obama's administration conducted a spy operation on Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  It dwarfs other Obama scandals but one because it was, as clearly as Obama's direction to the FBI on the Clinton email matter, an abuse of power for the purpose of affecting an election.  What they did was far worse than the Watergate scandal that toppled Richard Nixon for one big reason.  The men who were hired by the Nixon campaign to burglarize the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee were private citizens.  The spy operation on the Trump campaign in 2016 was planned, conducted and covered up by high-level officials of the Obama administration abusing their powers of law enforcement and intelligence gathering to influence the election and, if necessary, nullify its result.

7 Ways Spy-in-Chief Barack Obama Spied on Donald Trump.  We now know for a fact that Spy-in-Chief Barack Obama weaponized the various intelligence agencies at his command to do something unprecedented:  spy on a rival presidential campaign, specifically Donald Trump's.  From what we know so far, Obama's spies spied on Trump in seven spying ways.  Just one of these seven items should make us gasp.

Newt: Obama and Valerie Jarrett Behind Spying, Trying To Frame Trump.  In a Tuesday [5/22/2018] appearance on Fox News, Newt Gingrich said that he believed former President Barack Obama and some of his top officials — including Valerie Jarrett — were involved in spying on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.  Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate, also said some people — like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — were "in danger of going to jail."  Gingrich was appearing on Laura Ingraham's show after a busy week in terms of revelations regarding the surveillance done on the campaign, which was apparently carried out in an attempt to find out if there were contacts with Russian officials.

Spy Name Games.  [Scroll down]  By and large, "confidential informants" do not emerge from the womb with a passion to protect the United States.  Quite often, they become informants because they've gotten themselves jammed up with the police.  Some are sociopaths: shrewd enough to know that the only way out of either a long prison term or a short life expectancy is to become the government's eyes and ears; self-aware enough to know that, in undercover work, bad character, mendacity, and survival instincts are tools of the trade.  Not many Mother Teresas can infiltrate hostile foreign powers, drug cartels, and organized-crime networks.  According to the government, these effective but unsavory operatives are "confidential human sources," too.  To the rest of us, spy may be too nice a word for them.  The printable labels are more like "snitch," "rat," "Judas," etc.

Of Course, Obama Knew of the Spying on the Trump Campaign.  The earth-shattering story that the MSM has attempted in all regards to ignore that then-existing Administration was spying on a presidential campaign broke a couple weeks ago and the spy has now been identified.  The logical end question has now been asked — Did President Obama know that his spying agencies had infiltrated the Trump campaign?  The unequivocal answer is YES.  Do I have definitive proof that Obama knew?  No.  And we never will because Valerie Jarrett kept him away from the parties at hand.  But I base my conclusion on 40 years of doing this and eight years of studying the Obama Administration and their disregard for the norms that had been established before them due to their thirst to thrust their ideological platform on the American people.

The Important Questions About 'Spygate'.  The core questions are:  Who tasked Halper, a former University of Cambridge professor, with contacting Trump campaign advisers Carter Page, Sam Clovis, and George Papadopoulos?  What did they tell Halper, and what did he in turn tell his FBI/CIA handlers?  And how was that information used by government officials in their investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election?  Was Halper a credible source?  Carter Page holds the key to many of those questions.

Jarrett and Obama are Behind Spygate.  Unless we assume the FBI went completely rogue, it is inconceivable that the deployments of personnel to spy on the Trump campaign and make provocative contact with its lesser members could have occurred without the full knowledge and control of the occupants of the Oval Office.  Obama may claim a scandal-free administration, but after Fast and Furious, the targeting of the Tea Party by the IRS, the Benghazi cover-up, Hillary's emails, to name a few, Spygate is just the latest.  I use the plural "occupants" because while Barack Hussein Obama may have been nominally the president of the United States, at the heart of every one of these scandals and virtually every administration move was Valerie Jarrett, who arguably could be considered our first female president.

FBI must come clean on spy in Trump camp.  It's all of a sudden OK, at least in the eyes of The New York Times and other guardians of progressive bias, for an administration to spy on a political campaign.  You can thereby stop Russia from doing its thing of electoral interference, they emphasize.  Less on their lips is the chance of crooked allegations and turning our republic upside down.  What we're talking about specifically here is the revelation that, in the 2016 presidential campaign, we had this American professor over in England who was on the FBI payroll to the tune of more than $1 million over a period of time.  Part of his job, it seems, was to query campaign aides in the Donald Trump campaign.

I think I may have discovered what the DOJ & FBI are desperately trying to hide.  It was POTUS Obama himself who authorized the use of surveillance on Team Trump.  Worse:  The surveillance may have been conducted by UK intelligence — and then fed back to Obama's IC thugs, for unmasking in the US.

OK Establishment Media, Trump Supporters Want You To Answer This Simple Question Regarding Spygate.  The New York Times and others now admit/defend the very Obama-era spy program that they long denied existed and that was being used against the Trump campaign in 2016.  Leaving aside the stunning political scandal that is that fact, shouldn't the Establishment Media now also admit that if the Deep State was spying on Trump all this time doesn't that also mean it has known there was never any collusion/conspiracy etc., involving Mr. Trump and Russia?  That the entire Trump-Russia collusion was a Deep State created hoax all along?  It has to be one or the other right?  How about it Establishment Media?  Care to also explain your willing participation in this fraud?

Deep State Clapper's Latest Line:  We Weren't Spying — It Was "Benign Information Gathering".  Obama's former DNI Chief James Clapper told CNN last Thursday [5/17/2018] "it was a good thing" the FBI was spying on Trump's campaign.  This was after he initially denied the Intelligence Community was spying on Donald Trump.  Clapper told CNN it was a good thing if the FBI had someone "observing" the Trump's campaigns interaction with the Russians because the "Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system."

Obama Spied on at Least 7 Trump Campaign Members.  It sounded crazy at the time, but it wouldn't be for long.  While Trump Tower wasn't literally wiretapped, the Trump team was monitored, and some of that surveillance did occur within Trump Tower.  In mid-December after the election, United Arab Emirates crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with three transition team members in Trump Tower:  Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and chief strategist Stephen Bannon.  The meeting was surveiled, but because of surveillance law, the names of Americans picked up in foreign surveillance must be redacted.  So what did Susan Rice do?  Unmask the names, and then play dumb when Devin Nunes discovered what she did.  Then came the revelations that both Carter Page and Paul Manafort were wiretapped — including periods in which they were in contact with President Donald Trump.  Are we to believe that Trump wasn't picked up on that surveillance?

Stefan Halper is only the tip of the iceberg in Obama spy scandal.  We finally have definitive evidence that the Obama administration engaged in clandestine operations against members of the Trump campaign.  But the revelation that Stefan Halper was planted by the Obama intelligence community to gather information on the Trump team is only the tip of the iceberg in exposing the vast, unprecedented espionage operation. [...] Halper did not initiate this operation of his own accord.  He was a confidential informant; someone in the government had to be managing his role in the undercover operation.  If congressional investigators can bring Halper in for an interview, they can ask him to expose the network behind the operation.  At the very least, Halper obviously knows who he was reporting to.

It's Time To Admit The Russia Investigation Was Illegitimate From The Start.  In the last week, as revelation upon revelation hit that Obama administration officials and career employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) spied on the Donald Trump campaign in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mainstream media, the Left, and Never Trump Republicans have fallen back on three ready responses.  A solid plurality of this contingent continue to avert their eyes from the facts and dismiss the claims of misconduct as peddled by tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists.  There is not much you can say to this faction, because they refuse to consider the proof.

It's Time To Admit The Russia Investigation Was Illegitimate From The Start.  We now have an admission that the FBI used an informant to spy on the Trump campaign beginning before the official launch of the Russia collusion investigation.  We came about these details through leaks to The New York Times and Washington Post, while the DOJ continues to ignore congressional demands for the same information.  My point here is not to catalogue every piece of circumstantial evidence demonstrating impropriety.  I'm surely missing some substantial threads.  Rather, my goal is to illustrate why Crossfire Hurricane can no longer be assumed an apolitical and legitimate investigation.  Those pointing out this reality are not Trump apologists:  we are patriots.

Democrats' Russia truth coming out.  A Democratic Watergate is unfolding before our eyes. [...] Brennan's running scared because it's starting to look like he may have been a co-conspirator in the biggest political scandal since, well, Watergate.  Yesterday, Trump met with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to inquire if Brennan's CIA and the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign, as reported by The New York Times and other media last week.  If it's confirmed that the Obama administration used U.S. intelligence agencies and the Justice Department to go after political opponents — to keep Democrats in power through a presidential election cycle — Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately un-recuse himself from the Russia "collusion" witch hunt, shut it down and open a criminal investigation into all parties involved.

Sorry, But Obama White House, Not Dossier, Was Behind Trump Investigation.  Did the Obama administration spy on the Donald Trump campaign because it feared Russian hacking of the 2016 election?  Or was it merely a smokescreen to cover up the real reason:  to keep Trump from winning the presidency or take him down if he did?

8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign.  It may be true that President Trump illegally conspired with Russia and was so good at covering it up he's managed to outwit our best intel and media minds who've searched for irrefutable evidence for two years.  (We still await special counsel Robert Mueller's findings.)  But there's a growing appearance of alleged wrongdoing equally as insidious, if not more so, because it implies widespread misuse of America's intelligence and law enforcement apparatus.  Here are eight signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump for political reasons.

Can We Hope To Keep Our Republic When One Of The Parties Supports Tyranny?  Think about this — a significant portion of our country, including a majority of its elite, thinks that it's A-OK for a Democrat administration to spy on a Republican candidate.  Think hard about that.  And think about whether or not we can ever put the pieces of our shattered republic back together again if we can't even agree that using government power against our political enemies is a bad thing.  But the terrifying truth is that liberals and their Never Trump enablers actually think this kind of tyranny is a good thing.  You see, they think Normal Americans are so transcendently awful (and, even more importantly, that the elite's power so precious) that all is fair in order to stifle their opponents' collective voice.

Stefan Halper is obviously a bigger scandal than the media want to admit.  The swiftness with which the media have brushed aside Stefan Halper's role in the Russia investigation should be a sign that he's certainly more important than they're admitting.  Halper was identified by the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross last weekend as the professor who worked in some still-unknown capacity to inform the FBI on the Trump campaign in 2016 as part of the agency's probe of Russia's election meddling.  Halper met with at least three of then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign advisers, and records show he was paid nearly $300,000 by the Defense Department in September 2016.

Progressives on the Brink.  As Gregg Jarrett reports, there is "strong circumstantial evidence" to suspect that high officials colluded to undermine the Trump campaign and the presidency, and that they employed criminal means to do so.  If true, this amounts to nothing less than "an insidious plot unprecedented in American history" — one that would, if successful, have destroyed American democracy and replaced it with what would amount to the beginnings of a permanent leftist dictatorship.  No American, regardless of party preference, should fail to see the seriousness of these events.  The Watergate break-in and the cover-up that followed made for a serious crime, but it was nothing compared to what is now alleged on the part of members of the Obama administration or on the part of Obama himself.

The List:  At Least 6 and Potentially 7 and Suspected Intelligence Informants Accused of Spying on Trump Campaign.  As the Russia meddling into the 2016 US election unwinds, the meddling by the Obama Administration's CIA and FBI, is becoming surprisingly more and more clear.  Internet sleuth, former D.C. Bureau Chief for Investors Business Daily, author and Hoover Institution Media Fellow, Paul Sperry, tweeted a list of 6 or 7 individuals that worked for or were suspected of working for the FBI/CIA and who were involved in spying on President Trump.

Watergate 2.0.  [Scroll down]  I'm sorry, but if "trust is a key national security asset," shouldn't we be able to trust that an outgoing Administration is not using the power of government, the police power of the state, to 'investigate' the political campaigns of the opposition party?  Shouldn't the newspaper which tells us that 'democracy dies in darkness' want to have this credibly and reasonably investigated?  And am I wrong to suspect that, had it been the outgoing Bush Administration which 'investigated' Mr Obama's campaign in 2008, the editors of the Post would have been almost apoplectic in their outrage, and determined that not only the Obama Department of Justice, but their own reporters should be digging deeply in their attempts to investigate this?

Someone needs to go to Leavenworth over this.  The bugging of the Democratic National Committee wasn't to spy on George McGovern of the Democrats' campaigns, but to check that there were no attempts by the Vietnamese Communists to influence them!

America Deserves To Know If Democrats Used Taxpayer Money To Fund Spy Ring In Trump Campaign.  Based on what they're reporting in the newspapers and on the TV screen, it sure seems like the Trump campaign was being spied on with a variety of different resources including moles embedded within the campaign (also phone taps, FISA warrants, and international agencies).  However, in the same breath these same media outlets are telling us not to be too concerned that things really aren't as bad as they seem.  On TV they interview Democrats like Adam Schiff(D-CA) who says spying on Trump "simply didn't happen," even as we learn that it did.  So what is going on?  How can the media tell us in one breath that there were various methods of "observation" happening, and in the next breath try to explain how that is not actually "spying."

Spying on Trump Campaign May Have Begun Before FBI Says it Started Its Probe.  So it looks like the spying on the Trump campaign began earlier than the FBI says it started its investigation.  This raises a couple of possibilities.  One, the FBI for some reason is lying about when it began its probe.  Or, the FBI started fishing around, at the direction of someone, got some information, and then launched its investigation.  Or ... someone other than the FBI, like the Clinton campaign or someone in the Obama administration — or each working together — was spying on the Trump campaign and then brought the FBI in when they decided the found something.

Jonathan Turley:  It looks like Trump was RIGHT about his early allegations of spying.  Even constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley is now suggesting that Trump's early allegations of spying have been largely validated now and he doesn't understand why the media can't acknowledge that.

In the span of one week, the American media showed us exactly whose side it's on.  On Wednesday [5/16/2018], [...] a bombshell report appeared in the New York Times confirming that the Obama administration had spied on the Trump campaign, a conclusion LevinTV host Mark Levin reached last year.  Up to this point, the media had spent a year calling Levin a "conspiracy theorist" for suggesting that the Trump campaign was surveilled during the 2016 election.  Did anybody in the media apologize for its negligent coverage?  Of course not.

The FBI Spy in the Trump Campaign and the Mueller Cover-Up Operation.  What a shabby mess the Mueller "investigation" has turned out to be, and what a stain this is on the FBI's reputation! [...] Here's the thing:  FBI officials didn't expect Hillary to lose.  As we know, text messages between two high-ranking FBI officials discussed an "insurance policy" to prevent Trump from becoming president.  Because they expected Hillary to win, they also expected to be able to prevent this taxpayer-funded espionage from becoming public knowledge.  And then Trump won.

Leakers to NYT Confirm FBI Ran Spy Operation Against Trump Campaign.  Leakers to the New York Times confirmed in a story published on Wednesday [5/16/2018] that the FBI had run a spy operation on the Trump campaign that involved government informants, secret subpoenas, and possible wiretaps.  The story comes ahead of the release of the pending Department of Justice inspector general report on the FBI's actions during the 2016 election, and likely is an attempt by the leakers to paint the FBI's efforts in the most flattering light possible.  But the story revealed that the FBI — which is supposed to be an apolitical agency — was spying on the Trump campaign through phone records and with "at least one" human asset who interacted with campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

It Begins.  Use of the federal national security state to spy on political opponents dwarfs the Nixon reelection campaign's dirty tricks department using bumbling outsiders to plant bugs.  At this point, the only question is:  How high in the Obama Administration did the orders to conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign come?

Stefan Halper is only the tip of the iceberg in Obama spy scandal.  We finally have definitive evidence that the Obama administration engaged in clandestine operations against members of the Trump campaign.  But the revelation that Stefan Halper was planted by the Obama intelligence community to gather information on the Trump team is only the tip of the iceberg in exposing the vast, unprecedented espionage operation.  Over the weekend, suspicions were confirmed that Stefan Halper — who has decades-long ties to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6 — was a secret informant who gathered information on Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Concealed FISA Docs May Hold Key to Trump Surveillance.  President Trump is meeting Monday with Senior FBI, DOJ and DNI officials at the White House to discuss classified documentation requested by the House Intelligence Committee and whether or not members of the Obama administration authorized the use of a long-time informant of the CIA and FBI to investigate members of his 2016 campaign.  The meeting came on the heels of the President's demand Sunday for the Justice Department to investigate the FBI's operation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, which included surveillance of members of the Trump campaign.

FBI Informant Stefan Halper [was] Paid Over $1 Million By Obama Admin; Spied On Trump Aide After Election.  Less than a week after Stefan Halper was outed as the FBI informant who infiltrated the Trump campaign, public records reveal that the 73-year-old Oxford University professor and former U.S. government official was paid handsomely by the Obama administration starting in 2012 for various research projects.  A longtime CIA and FBI asset who once reportedly ran a spy-operation on the Jimmy Carter administration, Halper was enlisted by the FBI to spy on several Trump campaign aides during the 2016 U.S. election.  Meanwhile, a search of public records reveals that between 2012 and 2018, Halper received a total of $1,058,161 from the Department of Defense.

It Depends on What Your Definition of 'Spy' Is.  [Scroll down]  The [Washington] Post, like the [New York] Times, is at pains to avoid the s-word.  The "professor was more than an academic interested in American politics," the Post writes, "he was a longtime U.S. intelligence source."  It was "at some point in 2016, he began working as a secret informant for the FBI" in its Russia investigation.  So let's be clear:  Professor... oops I almost said his name... The professor in question was a "secret informant for the FBI," but not, I repeat, not a spy.  That said, it does get tricky maintaining the bureaucratic euphemisms.

Clapper Defends Spying On Trump Campaign As 'A Legitimate Activity'.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Monday that the FBI having an informant seek to gather information on the Trump campaign is a "legitimate activity."  He said it is "disturbing" that President Trump would call for an investigation into the Department of Justice.  [Video clip]

Suspected FBI informant in Trump campaign reportedly sought senior role in administration.  The man who reportedly was an informant for the FBI within Donald Trump's presidential campaign also sought a permanent position within the Trump administration, Axios reported Monday [5/21/2018].  Stefan Halper, an academic China scholar, was recommended for such a post by a man who is now Mr. Trump's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, according to Axios.  According to Axios, Mr. Navarro told the incoming administration during the transition period that Mr. Halper, among about a dozen other people, should be considered for an Asian ambassadorship.  The two men already knew each other.

Trump Orders DOJ to Investigate FBI's Campaign Infiltration.  As previously reported by TGP's Kristinn Taylor, President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon he is ordering the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.  The order comes on the heels of leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post that the Obama administration had an "informant" make several approaches to three Trump campaign officials, included one that involved an offer of cash and another an offer to "advise" the campaign.

Devin Nunes doesn't rule out possibility of multiple FBI informants in Trump campaign.  There could have been more than one FBI informant snooping on the Trump campaign, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday, but we do not know because the Justice Department has stonewalled congressional requests for documents outlining the impetus for the investigation.  Multiple reports have identified Stefan Halper, 73, a Cambridge professor with ties to American and British intelligence, as the FBI informant who snooped on the Trump campaign over the summer.  Mr. Nunes said he may not be the only one.

We Need to Know What Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Power and the Rest of Them Did.  We now know that the Obama administration spied on Trump.  They spied.  Look, it's the Obama administration.  Obama is the president.  The buck stops at his desk.  He may be playing around with his library in Chicago and gone off and started writing a phony book and all of that.  He is to be held responsible and his surrogates are to be held responsible.

Obama to be investigated for election spying.  President Donald Trump stunned the mainstream media on Sunday by revealing a new investigation into former President Barack Obama's administration — and it's very bad legal news for top aides, former CIA directors, and even the former president himself.

Spies Like Obama?  With the flood of new evidence from recent days, it is becoming increasingly difficult to deny that President Obama — undeniably the most pro-Russian president in American history — and his men abused the powers of their offices not only to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump but also to undermine and lay the foundation for the overthrow of Trump's administration.  No matter how many idiots and liars from both parties embarrass themselves by blathering on about the Left's utterly insane conspiracy theory by which Russia and Trump are said to have engaged in electoral collusion, whatever that may be, we now know there was a conspiracy born in the summer of 2016 — and that Trump and his people had nothing to do with it.  This shameful real-life conspiracy is called Operation Crossfire Hurricane.  Crossfire Hurricane is the codename for the FBI's now-confirmed spying on the Trump campaign, which included placing at least one infiltrator within the campaign apparatus.

Donald Trump Orders Justice Department to Investigate Obama Surveillance.  President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to demand an official investigation of former President Barack Obama's administration on Sunday [5/20/2018] for infiltrating or surveilling his presidential campaign for political reasons.  "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon [5/20/2018].

The fight moves up a notch.  The scenario anticipated more than a year ago in King vs.  King has advanced to the semi-finals.  The Russian collusion affair, which began with the incoming president on the defensive, has now become a set of simultaneous offensives with each side trying to jail the other.  "President Trump on Sunday said he would 'demand' a Justice Department investigation into whether the FBI 'infiltrated' his 2016 presidential campaign," USA Today reported.

Watergate II: Collusiongate.  Unlike Watergate, the current crisis in government/spying/politics doesn't have a memorable name.  But for those of us who lived through Watergate it has a certain resonance with that event as well as major differences, imparting a strange sense of familiarity, dislocation, and increasing alarm.  This isn't some burglary to get some dirt on the opposing party, and it isn't a threat (unfulfilled) of using government entities to "get" the opposition.  This is the marshaling of those government entities by one administration in order to "get" the next, and nearly succeeding.

Spies Like Obama?  On Sunday [5/20/2018] a justifiably outraged President Trump called for the former Obama administration to be investigated for its unprecedented and profoundly un-American spying and sabotage operation against the 2016 Trump campaign. [...] The presidential demand for action comes after days of dramatic, detailed revelations about the plot to undermine the Trump campaign, transition team, and presidency began surfacing in news accounts.  On Thursday it was revealed that the FBI illicitly put together a spy ring as part of something called Operation Crossfire Hurricane and that at least one informant was a member of the Trump campaign.  On Friday the New York Times reported the campaign-embedded snitch was an American teaching in the United Kingdom.

How Obama became the first communist president.  The use of the state to spy on and infiltrate the campaign of a political opponent is the final proof of the truth that we have averted our eyes from for the last 14 years.  Barack Obama is a communist.  Mild compared to Castro or Mao, but nevertheless a believer in state control of everything.

H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama's Spies.  Last week I reported that Internet sleuths had winkled out the name of the spy/agent provocateur that Obama's intelligence officers had used on the Trump campaign.  The New York Times and Washington Post, the Democrats' semi-official newspapers this week megaphoned the instigators, offering up their justifications without naming his name.  Again, the name is Stefan Halper, who, as I wrote here last week, was paid a substantial sum by the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment.  If it was for this work — and it suspiciously looks like it because the payments were made in July and September of 2016 when he was weaseling his way into the campaign — then we know we have the DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, Dept. of State and the Defense Department working for Hillary's election and to smear and create a basis for further spying on Trump and his campaign.

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign.  A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.  Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016.  The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.  The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides.  Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, while Page was the subject of a federal surveillance warrant.

Stefan Halper Agent Provocateur — In His Own Words.  Stefan Halper has been identified and confirmed as the intelligence informant used by President Obama's CIA and FBI to engage in contact with low level Trump campaign officials during their efforts to conduct a counterintelligence operation against the candidate.  The joint CIA and FBI operation was codenamed "Crossfire Hurricane".  Rather ironically, five days before the 2016 election intelligence agent provocateur Stefan Halper gave an interview to Sputnik News where he outlined his agenda; in hindsight the aggregate agenda of the Obama administration: [...]

FBI Used Secret Program To Gather Information On Trump Campaign, No Judge Needed, Report Says.  A report released by The New York Times on Wednesday revealed that the FBI, under Director James Comey's leadership, used a secret program that does not require the approval of a judge to gather phone records and "other documents" on Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  The report also revealed that a government informant met several times with Trump campaign officials, which validates a March 8, 2018 report from The Washington Post.

Where in the World Was Barack Obama?  [Scroll down]  Many of those questions remain unanswered but we do know that the "deep state" referenced by the [New York] Times did have a boss in 2016.  Yet Mr. Obama doesn't show up in this story until the ninth paragraph.  Those inclined toward Watergate analogies will say that it was some time before the break-in was connected to Richard Nixon, and of course we have no idea at this point whether the current controversy will end up being a Trump scandal, an Obama scandal or a permanently murky partisan battleground.  But since this controversy goes to the core of our democratic process, Americans desperately want clarity.  How and why exactly did leaders of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies end up focusing on a domestic political campaign?

The "Crossfire Hurricane" Story Paints An Ugly Picture Of The FBI And Department Of Justice.  A couple of days ago, the New York Times ran a rather stunning piece on FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign. [...] This is the basic outline of the story.  The FBI, based on a semi-drunken conversation between George Papadopoulos and an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, opened an investigation of the Trump campaign.  What is missing from the story is any mention of the Trump dossier which we know was briefed to the FBI on July 5, nearly a month before the Papadopoulos conversation jumped the Atlantic and the shark.  As the investigation grew, eventually four members of the Trump campaign — Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Papadopoulos — were placed under some sort of surveillance.  Eventually, Carter Page was the subject of a FISA warrant.  This surveillance continued even while Flynn and Manafort were on the transition team.

John Brennan's 'Exceptionally Sensitive' Issue.  It appears that Brennan's alleged "tips" were too flaky and unofficial for the Obama administration to commit to print.  Brennan had his own partisan hunches, fueled by his feverish hatred of Trump and perhaps a few spitballing conversations with other Trump-hating spy chiefs abroad, [...] but he had no evidence to meet any reasonable threshold for a counterintelligence probe of a presidential campaign, especially one undertaken by an administration supporting that candidate's opponent.  Brennan's espionage against Trump was as audacious as a paranoid LBJ wiretapping Nixon's campaign plane in the thick of a race against LBJ's vice president, Hubert Humphrey.

10 Key Takeaways From The New York Times' Error-Ridden Defense Of FBI Spying On Trump Campaign.  [#1] FBI Officials Admit They Spied On [the] Trump Campaign:  The New York Times' story, headlined "Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation," is a dry and gentle account of the FBI's launch of extensive surveillance of affiliates of the Trump campaign.  Whereas FBI officials and media enablers had previously downplayed claims that the Trump campaign had been surveiled, in this story we learn that it was more widespread than previously acknowledged: [...] This is a stunning admission for those Americans worried that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies might use their powers to surveil, leak against, and target Americans simply for their political views or affiliations.

NYT Report Confirms Obama Administration's FBI Spied on Trump Campaign.  And here it is.  The New York Times confirms Trump's claims, which have been frequently dismissed by major media outlets as kooky and conspiratorial, true.  Under the Obama administration, the intelligence community DOJ officials spied on Trump's campaign.  Operation "Crossfire Hurricane" is what they called it.  It was a super double secret operation that only a handful of agents and DOJ officials were aware of.  Agents, "obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena" and "at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos."

Corrupt Intelligence Community Now Leaking To Justify Unlawful Election Surveillance.  U.S. intelligence officials who participated in the 2016 Russian interference narrative/scheme are now attempting to justify their conspiratorial conduct with leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post.  Their leaks are a transparent effort to justify prior conduct.  This cover-up endeavor has been their primary focus since congress started demanding documentary evidence from the DOJ, FBI, State Department and intelligence participants in the scheme.

Mueller Year One:  The Real Heroes in Journalism.  The reality is that there are only a handful of reporters bravely bucking the media's status quo and conducting real investigative journalism to expose what, quite possibly, is the biggest political scandal in U.S. history:  How top officials in an outgoing administration colluded with a presidential candidate's campaign and a major political party for the purpose of discrediting the rival presidential candidate and then stage a soft coup against him after he won.  Out of thousands of reporters in the United States, fewer than a dozen journalists have dared to cover the ways in which the world's most powerful law enforcement and intelligence apparatus leveraged its authority to try and destroy Trump's candidacy, then his presidency.

Was Trump's Campaign 'Set Up'?  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, where he provided a potentially explosive hint at what's driving his demand to see documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Trump-Russia probe.  "If the campaign was somehow set up," he told the hosts, "I think that would be a problem."  Or an understatement.  Mr. Nunes is still getting stiff-armed by the Justice Department over his subpoena, but this week his efforts did force the stunning admission that the FBI had indeed spied on the Trump campaign.

Confirmed: FBI Was Spying on the Trump Campaign.  Earlier this week the New York Times published a story revealing the FBI was not only spying on the Trump campaign, but had at least one FBI informant embedded within it.  Further, the piece reveals the FBI didn't have enough evidence to open a criminal investigation into members of the Trump campaign, so a counterintelligence investigation was launched instead.

Clapper:  It's 'A Good Thing' FBI Was Spying On Trump Campaign.  Former Director of Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday night [5/17/2018] on CNN that it was "a good thing" there was an FBI informant spying on the Trump campaign.  Clapper admitted the FBI "may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign," referring to President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.  He explained away the possibility of an FBI informant spying on the campaign as the bureau was trying to find out "what the Russians were doing to try to substantiate themselves in the campaign or influence or leverage it."

Crossfire Hurricane:  Category Five Political Espionage.  Deep in the New York Times's account of "Crossfire Hurricane," the FBI's codename for spying on the Trump campaign, is a hilariously bland paragraph about John Brennan and James Comey teaming up to dig dirt on Trumpworld.  If you blinked in the course of reading the lengthy article, you might have missed it: [...] Contained in that oh-so-nonchalant line — "Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation" — is one of Obamagate's biggest ticking time bombs.  When it blows, John Brennan, whose demented partisanship led him to run an anti-Trump spying operation straight out of CIA headquarters, will feel much of the blast.

Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane:  The Times on the FBI's Trump Investigation.  What the [New York] Times story makes explicit, with studious understatement, is that the Obama administration used its counterintelligence powers to investigate the opposition party's presidential campaign.  That is, there was no criminal predicate to justify an investigation of any Trump-campaign official.  So, the FBI did not open a criminal investigation.  Instead, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation and hoped that evidence of crimes committed by Trump officials would emerge.  But it is an abuse of power to use counterintelligence powers, including spying and electronic surveillance, to conduct what is actually a criminal investigation.

Obama's FBI Spied On The Trump Campaign, So What Did He Know And When Did He Know It?  The intelligence apparatus of the U.S. was spying on the opposing campaign of a presidential race.  Who in the media will ask that follow up?  Also, isn't it odd that Obama isn't mentioned anywhere with these developments [...] Also, the FBI and CIA are supposed to act as independent agencies, not pawns for a coordinated political effort.  It hasn't been the FBI's best moment.  The bureau's reputation has been scarred due to the level of bias and potential tipping of the scales that occurred concerning both the Russia and Clinton investigations.  But these new revelations take it to a new level — and Obama remains under the radar, though all of this happened under his administration.

Obama's Army of Agents And the Entrapment of Donald Trump.  High-level Obama officials, including John Brennan and John Kerry, appear to have attempted to entrap Trump campaign officials and candidate Trump himself.  This very likely scenario is being closely looked at after Wall Street Journal editor Kimberly Strassel reported there was a mole placed in or close to the Trump campaign.  This isn't how things are supposed to work in the United States.  "This is not who we are," to quote Obama.  Tying in what we know about spying, unmasking, and leaked texts, it appears the Obama administration was actually attempting to entrap them, in other words, frame them.  They might have believed they were doing it to protect the nation, but it appears to be a set up.

The 'Election Collusion' was between Our Intelligence Community and Britain.  As I will explain, the widespread notion that Russia and Trump colluded to beat Hillary has long been demonstrable bunk.  What seems more clear each day is that there was collusion between certain members of the U.S. and British intelligence communities to spy on the Trump campaign.  This may explain, in large part, the reluctance of the Department of Justice to reveal what it knows publicly.  After all — with rare exceptions — the two countries' intelligence services have long had important information gathering and sharing agreements, and exposure of this may harm the traditional reciprocal relationship.  Whether the British counterparts were hoodwinked into playing this role is still unclear.  Maybe they were.  On the other hand, with most of what they know about the U.S. electorate doubtless coming from the NYT and even more left-wing British media, they may well have done this willingly, believing the globalist Hillary had a sure shot at the presidency and this was a means of cementing a relationship with her.

Brennan With Strzok and John Kerry Worked to Set Up Russian Espionage Traps For Minor Players in Trump Camp.  A major new front is developing after the House discovered the FBI had a spy planted inside of the Trump campaign on top of the illegal wiretaps.  Barack Obama, arguably the worst president in US history, was wiretapping and listening in on all of the Trump campaign and transition team calls.  And now we know his Deep State minions had a spy inside the Trump campaign!

Brink Of Collapse:  Obama's FBI Spied On Trump More Than Previously Thought, New Report Suggests.  On Thursday [5/10/2018], an analysis from The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel on the latest developments in the Justice Department's decision to allow House Intelligence Committee members to view classied information about "a top-secret intelligence source" in the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign revealed that the FBI may have spied on the campaign more than previously thought.

Does equal justice under the law exist in America today?  Revelations coming from House and Senate Intelligence committee investigations have shown how the Obama administration politically weaponized the National Security Agency, State Department, FBI and the Department of Justice.  Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, is a hero because it took the lead through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to acquire documents which have revealed inappropriate use of power by government agencies.  Had Hillary Clinton won the election, these misdeeds would have gone unnoticed, to our country's detriment.  Spying on Americans would have continued to be used on political enemies as was done to Trump's transition team.  In a July 27, 2017, letter, Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Dan Coats, national intelligence director, one government official "whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration." Has anyone faced a court of law?  No.

A Prosecution for McCabe?  Fired FBI deputy director and discredited Democrat hack Andrew McCabe may soon be prosecuted for authorizing the leaking of sensitive information to the media and then lying over and over again to investigators about it, according to reports.  The news comes after House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told Fox News on Sunday [4/22/2018] that "there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation" of Trump's aides.  If Nunes is right, this means an official investigation was launched against a presidential campaign even though there was no official information supporting it.  This is a naked abuse of power, the stuff of banana republics, something Trump defenders have been saying for some time.

Comey Says He STILL Doesn't Know If Hillary's Camp Funded the Dossier; He Signed Three FISA Applications to Authorize Wiretaps Anyway.  Fired FBI Director James Comey went on with Bret Baier on Special Report on Thursday [4/26/2018] to discuss his new book.  Comey told Bret Baier he still isn't sure who paid for the phony Russia dossier — but who [...] cares where the dossier came from because he signed three FISA applications to authorize wiretaps anyway.

GOP-led House panel officially clears Trump in Russia probe.  The Republican-led House intelligence committee on Friday [4/27/2018] released a lengthy report concluding it found no evidence that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing praise from the president and rebuttals from Democrats.

Russia Report:  Three Major Take-Aways.  he House Intelligence Committee released its long-anticipated and highly redacted Russian intelligence report Friday clearing President Donald Trump's campaign from "colluding" with Russians in the 2016 presidential election and chiding the intelligence community for "significant intelligence tradecraft failings" as the committee found no evidence to date that collusion had occurred.  The 248-page report, of which some pages were completely redacted after review by FBI and DOJ officials, have raised the ire of committee Republicans and will lead to a review of the report once again in an effort to un-redact elements of the report that the Committee says does not relate to the classified material.  Numerous Congressional committees have complained openly that the DOJ and FBI continue to "stonewall" their investigations and have slow rolled documents needed for adequate oversight of the highly controversial investigations into Trump and the Bureau's handling of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business.

Comey, Mueller and the poisonous tree.  The investigation was polluted from the beginning.  Former British spy Christopher Steele was a government contractor when he illegally leaked the dossier and lied about it.  Mueller team members and FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok operated with such open hatred for Trump that they were removed from the investigation after managing key parts of it.  The heads of the FBI and CIA participated in spreading and vouching for a Trump dossier they never verified and yet used to spy on Americans.  The yarn leaked to the press about the start of the investigation doesn't add up.

Time to End the Resistance of the Swamp.  The ongoing Mueller "investigation" is not a legal matter.  It's a continuation of abuse of power by the Obama administration, which behaved as if Democrats were going to reign forever.  The extent of their abuse started to come to light only after the elections. [...] It's clear now that the Obama administration used the FBI to persecute its political enemies.  The FBI needs to be investigated thoroughly and be purged of the Obama-Hillary loyalists who conducted these crimes.  The first step in such investigation might be to offer FBI agents and officers who observed or participated in such activities to step forward and to tell what they saw or did.  But it is also clear that Mueller does everything in his power to prevent such investigation.  This alone justifies arresting him and charging with obstruction of justice.

Respect Unearned.  Trust in the Obama-era directorships of the Justice Department, FBI, and, indeed, the federal courts themselves are now horses that have long ago left the proverbial judicial barn.  Should the public also believe that no sober and judicious FISA court judge would ever have approved surveillance of American citizens without asking where the evidence came from, who compiled it, who, if any, paid for it, or had a vested interest in seeing it used for a warrant?  Should the public believe that its FBI director, and various deputy attorney generals, would never have dared keep from a FISA court information about their own submitted evidence?

Devin Nunes Reveals Bombshell 'Secret Intel'.  Those who staged a soft coup attempt against President Donald Trump aren't anywhere near finished.  There are liberal Americans who refuse to believe that Trump did not collude with the Russians to win the presidency, but it's high time they are forced to see the truth before it's too late.  You don't have to know all the background information to understand the bombshell that Devin Nunes dropped on Fox News' Maria Bartiromo's show.  Nunes just got this bombshell from the DOJ after they refused to hand it over to the Houe Intel Committee for weeks.  For the FBI to start an investigation into anyone, they need a starting point, a possible crime.  Law enforcement does not investigate people, they investigate potential crimes that people commit.  This is an extremely important concept to understand.  It's the foundation of our justice system.

Is DOJ Obstructing Congress in the Trump Surveillance Case?  Did Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) really have to threaten to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt and to start impeachment proceedings?  Apparently so.  Nunes chairs the House Intelligence Committee.  For almost eight months, Wray and Rosenstein stalled his request for an unredacted copy of the memo that launched the Obama administration's investigation/surveillance of the Trump campaign.  Eight months.  But when Nunes threatened impeachment, he received the memo within 24 hours.

GOP Lawmaker to Hold Special Order on House Floor Tonight Detailing Case For Second Special Counsel to Investigate Obama's FISA Abuse.  Rep Lee Zeldin (R-NY) just announced he will be leading a Special Order on the House Floor Monday night [4/16/2018] at 7 PM EST detailing a case for a second Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate Obama's FISA abuse.  Zeldin also wants to know how/why the Clinton probe ended and how/why the Trump-Russia investigation began.

How a Republic Dies:  The Federal Leviathan Wages All-Out War With a Duly Elected President.  Political operatives have now seized privileged communications between the President of the United States and his lawyer.  Despite fairy tales about a clean process, these communications will be harvested by the counterparts of Peter Strzok, who unlike him are still on the case at the FBI, some of it will appear in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and some will be passed along to other political allies.  That's what happened at every juncture of Watergate 2.0.  And it only follows that it will happen again.  Just like the eavesdropping, the process will be compartmentalized for maximum plausible deniability.  The leakers will be protected by their superiors.  The media will shrilly focus the public's attention on the revelations in the documents rather than on the more serious crimes committed in obtaining them.  Nixon couldn't have even dreamed of doing this in his wildest fantasies.  But Obama could and did.  Now his operatives throughout the government are continuing the work that they began during his regime.

How Comey Lied About Spying on Trump Tower.  To understand the depth of Comey's leaking and lying, all you have to do is go back and look at his scummy maneuvering in response to Trump's "wiretap" tweets.  Those tweets turned out to be entirely accurate:  The Obama administration was intercepting communications at Trump Tower, both during the campaign and the transition.  Comey knew perfectly well that Trump was right — FBI agents had been sifting through the Trump Tower records of Carter Page and Paul Manafort — but he sent his team out to lie about Trump's tweets anyways. [...] In a just age, Comey would have the book thrown at him, not be writing one.  It is a measure of our skewed times that an unelected charlatan could subvert the elected chief executive and then emerge from his subversion as a celebrated expert on constitutional loyalty.

Russia Scandal:  Will Devin Nunes Investigation Prove 'Deep State' Collusion By FBI, DOJ?  Among the many investigations going on related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, one stands out as notable:  The investigation by the House Intelligence Committee and its hard-charging chairman, Devin Nunes, of how the FBI came to spy on the Donald Trump campaign.  It's now coming to a head.

Trump Attorney Uncovers New Unmasking Docs Showing Samantha Power Actively Worked With Media to Undermine Trump During Transition.  An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow and his senior counsel Carly Gammill appeared in a Washington D.C. federal court last week to find out when they will be receiving documents related to the Obama unmasking scandal.  The ACLJ (American Center For Law and Justice) filed a FOIA lawsuit last summer and they are just now beginning to receive documents.

John Brennan's Contributions to Fraud Upon FISA Court.  It is a matter of unclassified public record the FBI and DOJ-NSD were allowing "contractors" to conduct searches of the FBI and NSA databases, and extract raw intelligence, throughout 2015 until April 28th 2016 when NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers shut down all access and initiated a compliance review.  Any objective review of that time period indicates (strongest likelihood) the search activity was political 'opposition research' for the 2016 presidential election.  With hindsight of the FBI and DOJ's political intents, 'opposition research' was almost certainly the motive.

Why the FBI Is Dodging Nunes.  The left used to get very worked up about the CIA's interference in foreign elections.  Liberals would quote solemnly the work of Philip Agee, a CIA turncoat who wrote articles and books about the agency's manipulation of this or that foreign election.  But these days ACLU-style liberals shrug at the meddling of John Brennan's CIA in the 2016 American election, mischief that the FBI is still trying to conceal.

Momentum Builds To Appoint Second Special Counsel To Investigate Hillary Clinton's Ties To Steele Dossier.  A new report shines a light on the growing momentum to appoint a second special counsel to probe Hillary Clinton's ties to the Steele dossier.

Bombshell: Secret Texts Show FBI, DOJ May Have Rushed Anti-Trump FISA Warrant.  Communications uncovered by congressional investigators reveal the FBI may have improperly coordinated with Department of Justice officials in an effort to pressure those officials to expedite a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance warrant on a former volunteer with the President Trump's campaign, congressional officials said.  Text messages obtained by investigators reveal that FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his colleague Lisa Page were discussing the FBI's difficulty in obtaining the warrant to spy on Carter Page, who worked for a short stint with the Trump campaign.  The FBI obtained its first warrant to spy on Page on Oct. 19, 2016, and there would be three subsequent renewals every 90 days for the warrant on Mr. Page.

Americans Support Mueller Probe — But Want Another One For FBI's Spying On Trump:  IBD/TIPP Poll.  Most Americans support the special counsel investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but doubt it will lead to charges against President Trump, a new IBD/TIPP Poll shows.  Yet, while they support the special counsel investigation, they also say another special counsel needs to be appointed to investigate whether the Justice Department and FBI improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

Intel Officer Explains Why Obama Could Be 'First President In History' To Be Hit With a Felony Indictment.  In a recent interview with Trending Today USA, Lt. Col Tony Shaffer called 'Obamagate' an "order of magnitude" even bigger than the Watergate scandal because the incident included "using nation-state resources for purposes of political gain."  When asked if Obama could be arrested for violating the law, he said that it would be the "first time a former president could be indicted for a felony."

Sessions is moving shrewdly on the FISA abuse investigation.  [Scroll down]  What about the decision to use a U.S. attorney rather than appoint a special counsel?  This decision also seems sound, and not just because I don't like special counsels.  The combination of the IG and the USA should be able to accomplish as much as a special counsel would — and accomplish it faster and with less fanfare.  The absence of fanfare is an advantage because it makes it more difficult for Democrats and their media partners to push the idea that anyone is being persecuted.  A Justice Department investigation headed by two Obama appointees is harder to shoot at than a special counsel.

DOJ Inspector General reviews alleged FISA abuses by DOJ, FBI.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday [3/28/2018] he will review potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by both the Justice Department and the FBI, following requests from Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The Office of the Inspector General released a statement Wednesday outlining the start of the review.  "The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person," the statement obtained by Fox News read.  "As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source."

Partisanship and John Brennan's Plot.  When candidate Trump claimed he was being "wiretapped" it turns out he was right:  the Obama administration had been intercepting communications at Trump Tower by spying on Paul Manafort and Carter Page, and during the transition after Trump won through "unmasking."

What Trump and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Have in Common.  As the story unfolds of how Hillary Clinton, former FBI director Comey, and the intel community in Washington trashed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump with what is being seen as a fraudulent dossier, paid for by the Hillary campaign, and presented to the FISA court to gain permission to spy on the Trump team by unmasking NSA information, few know that this is just the most recent chapter in the long story of how the Democratic Party has used the FBI, DOJ, and intel community to attack and discredit political opponents.

Scandal Questions Never Asked, Much Less Answered.  Which members of the Obama administration were aware of, or gave orders to, members of the Obama Justice Department and the FBI to use the Steele dossier to obtain FISA court orders to surveille American citizens?  And who had access to transcripts of such surveillance, and why were the names of particular American surveilled then unmasked and how were they later disclosed to the media?

Attorney General Sessions Now Needs to Appoint a Special Counsel.  The probe of these allegations should be done by a special counsel, not the DOJ IG, and here is why.  If DOJ seeks to determine whether FISA may have been improperly and/or illegally used by U.S. government officials, it will need to expand the scope of the investigation far beyond the DOJ and FBI boundary established by the attorney general.  For example, the person assigned to lead this investigation should be tasked with interviewing and obtaining and analyzing information from certain officials who worked or work at the White House, U.S. intelligence agencies, Clinton Campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC), Perkins-Coie law firm, British ex-spy Christopher Steele and his Russian sources and others believed to have played varying roles in paying for, developing, and disseminating questionable information used by DOJ and FBI to obtain FISC orders.

Press failed to prepare us for this.  Michael Horowitz, the inspector general that Obama blew off as irrelevant, has the goods on these people.  They spied on Trump.  They destroyed incriminating evidence against Hillary.  They did what[ever] they pleased without any respect to the law or tradition.  Now they have tried cover their tracks with this Fake Russian dossier.

Worse Than Watergate?  Is Obama Like Nixon — Only More So?  Just as Nixon used campaign operatives to spy on the opposition party, Barack Obama administration-era Democrats did likewise — except they employed actual government investigatory agencies to do it.  As a pretext, the allegation holds, they used that aforementioned dossier, a compilation of reports by shadowy ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who used uncorroborated information provided, ironically, by anonymous Russian sources.

Obama Staffer: Facebook Knew Presidential Campaign Improperly Seized Data, Looked the Other Way.  Facebook is embroiled in a political controversy over the manner its social data was utilized by the Trump campaign, but a former Obama campaign staffer argues the social media company has been allowing this type of behavior since at least 2012.  The social media giant is being lambasted for failing to verify that data from an estimated 50 million users was deleted by the Steve Bannon-led firm, Cambridge Analytica.  However, a former Obama campaign staffer has come forward to claim that Facebook turned a blind eye to the same issue in 2012.

Obama Campaign Hired Fusion GPS To Investigate Romney.  The Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday [3/13/2018].  The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie.  The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

Revealed Obama Campaign Hired Fusion GPS To Investigate Romney.  The Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday [3/13/2018].  The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie.  The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

The Real Collusion Story.  [Scroll down]  With his jacket and tie off, the cuffs of his sleeves turned, and a winning smile spread from ear to ear, Obama came to loan Hillary Clinton his common touch.  Passing the baton to her was a team effort, however.  It demanded hard work from countless enablers.  These included not just Democrats but also many Republicans, who shared the conviction that Trump represented an extraordinary threat to our democracy.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  To block Trump, Clinton's supporters bent rules and broke laws.  They went to surprising lengths to strengthen her while framing him — both in the sense of depicting him in a particular light and of planting evidence against him.

Everybody Knows.  [Scroll down]  Everybody knows that Barack Obama is doubly unaccountable.  He is unaccountable by physiognomy and by exquisite hypocrisy.  Holder and Lynch, both also double-unaccountables, subverted the justice system as Obama's attorneys general, criminally conspired in multiple ways for political ends.  Everybody knows that Obama knew about the illegally obtained FISA warrant to spy on Donald Trump.

Gowdy, Goodlatte demand appointment of special counsel, citing FISA abuses.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Trey Gowdy on Tuesday demanded the appointment of a special counsel to investigate "conflicts of interest" and decisions "made and not made" by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017, noting that "the public interest requires" the action.  Gowdy, R-S.C., and Goodlatte, R-Va., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  "Matters have arisen — both recently and otherwise — which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel.  We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly," Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.

House Republicans seek special prosecutor for FISA requests.  Two top congressional Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged abuses in the use of a secret surveillance program targeting a Trump campaign aide, the latest in a string of GOP efforts to put federal investigators under the same scrutiny facing many Trump associates.

Why No Investigation Into FBI, Justice Dept.  Collusion With Democrats To Spy On Trump?  Turns Out, There Is One.  For weeks, official Washington and many voters have wondered:  Why has there been no official investigation of the Justice Department and the FBI for their apparent misconduct in applying to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016?  Now we know:  Quietly, an investigation has already begun.

House Republicans seek special prosecutor for FISA requests.  Two top congressional Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged abuses in the use of a secret surveillance program targeting a Trump campaign aide, the latest in a string of GOP efforts to put federal investigators under the same scrutiny facing many Trump associates.

DOJ Crooks Refuse Request to Hand Over Transcripts from FISA Court Hearings on Carter Page.  Investigative journalist and FOX News contributor Sarah Carter joined Sean Hannity tonight to discuss the latest developments in the growing Deep State spying scandal on Donald Trump and his campaign by Barack Obama and the Democrat Party.

'Something Smells Like a Rat': Mark Levin Calls for 'Abolishing' the FISA Court.  "Life, Liberty and Levin" host Mark Levin sounded off on alleged abuses committed before the FISA court in relation to the obtaining of a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  Levin said Congress must look into whether representatives of the Department of Justice and FBI committed acts of "misconduct" before the court — in part by using an unverified dossier linked to an opposition research firm and former British spy as evidence.  He added that the judges on the FISA court deserve scrutiny too.

Devin Nunes Questions Legality of FBI FISA Application to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  This evening House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes sends a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioning the protocol and legality of a fraudulent FISA application submitted by the FBI.  This approach sets up AG Sessions to defer the legal framework to OIG Michael Horowitz, and establishes the public basis for parallel prosecutors within the DOJ.  However, keep in mind, it's extremely likely, almost certain, these prosecutors already exist — they are already working with Horowitz.  Evidence of this is found in the memo quotes from Bill Priestap, but those not following the granular details are unaware.

'Congress needs to find out' what these judges are up to!  Appearing on "Hannity" Thursday night, LevinTV host Mark Levin demanded that Congress investigate whether the Obama administration Department of Justice and FBI engaged in "misconduct" before the FISA court by using the infamous Russian dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  He also questioned the actions of FISA court Judge Rosemary Collyer and demanded that she "do something" about the "alleged abuses" of the court by the FBI and DOJ.  Levin recounted how last April his organization, the Landmark Legal Foundation, filed secretly with the FISA court urging the court to use its "inherent jurisdiction" to investigate the conduct of the FBI.

Federal Contractor Spying.  This report focuses on illegal activity by the FBI and FBI contractors who conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens.  The details are in a 99 page FISA Court memorandum and opinion issued by Judge Rosemary Collyer.  [Video clip]

Judicial Watch:  Documents Reveal Obama State Department Provided Classified Records to Sen. Ben Cardin to Undermine President Trump.  Judicial Watch today [1/31/2018] released 42 pages of heavily redacted State Department documents containing classified information that was provided to Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.  The documents show Russian political interference in elections and politics in countries across Europe.  According to a March 2017 report in the Baltimore Sun:  "Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin received classified information about Russia's involvement in elections when the Obama administration was attempting to disseminate that material widely across the government in order to aid in future investigations, according to a report Wednesday ... Obama officials were concerned, according to the report [in The New York Times], that the Trump administration would cover up intelligence once power changed hands."

The First Attempted Coup D'etat in America's History.  Lou Dobbs had this to say about the effort to destroy Trump:  The double standard is more than that by a long measure.  This is an effort to subvert the administration of President Donald Trump.  It is nothing less.  It is an effort by the Deep State to roll over a duly elected president and a legitimate government and to break the will of the American people.  This is no longer about Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, this is about a full-on assault by the left, the Democratic party to absolutely carry out a coup d'etat against President Trump.

Probe into anti-Trump dossier expands to find out what Obama knew.  Rep. Devin Nunes is trying to determine the breadth and reach of the unverified Russia-Trump dossier inside the U.S. government, especially among senior leaders in the Barack Obama administration during the 2016 election.  The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a letter on Tuesday [2/20/2018] that is being sent to as many as two dozen senior leaders in the Trump and Obama administuatrions.  The California Republican is asking 10 questions to gauge who received the dossier information and what they did with it.

The FISA Court and Federal Contractor Spying.  Government spying on the Trump campaign may have begun early in 2016, perhaps sooner, by private contractors working for the FBI.  The Federal Government admits it conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens through private contractors.

Where Is the Democratic Outrage Over Spying on Americans?  The great conceit of the left is that they are willing to stand for principle even on behalf of unpopular actors.  Here, they have thrown principle out the window because they don't like Trump.

The Russians Didn't File a FISA Warrant.  The Russians didn't keep Hillary out of Wisconsin; the Russians didn't make Hillary use personal email; the Russians didn't hire Fusion-GPS; the Russians didn't pay Christopher Steele; the Russians didn't make a dossier or deliver work product to the State Dept; the Russians didn't do the unmasking of campaign officials.

Bruce and Nellie Ohr:  The other Trump-hating lovebirds.  Now we have revelations that U.S. Department of Justice associate deputy attorney general, Bruce Ohr, failed to disclose the payments his wife Nellie Ohr was receiving from Fusion GPS on his official forms, an ethics violation that carries a jail penalty, according to the Daily Caller.  Nellie Ohr, identified as a Russia expert, may have been writing some of the contents of the utterly gamy and fictional Steele dossier, and from appearances, it looks as if she might have, while ol' Bruce may have been shilling the product to the FBI as investigative bait, which the agency later did use as the basis for obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on President Trump through his lieutenants.

Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?  [Scroll down]  Despite a nonstop media assault on Trump's administration, Representative Devin Nunes, and the congressional investigative committees, more than 50 percent of the public already believes that the Trump campaign was illegally surveilled and smeared through the confluence of the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and the FBI.  Voters would only grow more cynical if some Americans were allowed to abuse constitutionally protected civil liberties, and to lie to the Congress, the FBI, and the courts, while the less connected others go to jail for much less.  Without a judicial accounting, it will be impossible to clean up the hierarchies of the FBI and the DOJ.

America Turns To Barack Obama As Evidence Mounts Of Shocking Abuses.  The list of federal authority abuses during the eight years of Barack Obama's presidency is mounting fast and furious these days.  So much so that even the Establishment Media is finding it more and more difficult to ignore as seen by this just-published expose via The Hill: [...]

Federal abuses on Obama's watch represent a growing blight on his legacy.  In all of the discussions about the political weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, alleged corruption at the highest echelons of those agencies and serial abuse of the secret FISA process surrounding the 2016 election, one name has been conspicuously absent:  President Barack Obama.  High-ranking officials and other major players in those agencies — which Obama oversaw — are increasingly embroiled in the growing scandal:  James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Weissmann, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr.  Given the tight control Obama exercised over every part of his administration and agenda, the idea that any of these appointees and loyalists freelanced their activities without at least his tacit approval or that of his White House strains credulity.

Will the FISA memo turn into Obama's Watergate?  Forty-six years ago, a group of hamfisted burglars bungled the task of bugging the Democratic National Committee's offices in the Watergate building in Washington D.C.  Two years later, Richard Nixon resigned as president a result of the failed cover-up that ensued.  Although Barack Obama is no longer president, the abuses that occurred within the FBI and Justice Department under his watch already have the potential to eclipse the Watergate scandal in their historic significance and damage done to American government.

How Obama's Hillary Clinton cover-ups destroyed DOJ and FBI.  It is extremely dangerous to our republic when politicians weaponise the intelligence agencies to spy on a political opposition party and then lie about it.  Rightly, this current scandal has shattered America's trust in the intelligence agencies and the traditional media pundits who acted in the massive cover-up.  Why are all the senior FBI and DOJ "bad actors" still employed?  Why are senior Democratic Party members Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer cheering prosecutorial misconduct and blatant fraud on the FISA court?  Has the Democratic Party become a party of demagogues and liars bent on destroying democracy and liberty?  Can America's traditional lap-dog media, who refuse to cover this scandal, ever be trusted?

Barack the Brick-Thrower.  [Scroll down]  Stateside, Obama now is assisting the effort to destabilize the current president.  That's why, based on the former president's history of illegally influencing foreign elections, it does not seem implausible that it was Barack Obama who recruited the FBI, the DOJ, and the US State Department to perform their own versions of the ACORN, Organizing for Action (OFA), and the New Black Panthers dance.  At the end of the day, the former president has track record of applying Alinsky-tactics to promote sociopolitical change, which may be why Putin and Trump were blamed for throwing bricks through windows that, under closer scrutiny, appear to be covered with Barack Obama's fingerprints.

Why FISA-gate is Scarier Than Watergate.  Progressives are not supposed to destroy requested emails, "acid wash" hard drives, spread unverified and paid-for opposition research among government agencies, or use the DOJ and FBI to obtain warrants to snoop on the communications of American citizens.  FISA-gate may become a more worrisome scandal than either Watergate or Iran-Contra.  Why?  Because our defense against government wrongdoing — the press — is defending such actions, not uncovering them.  Liberal and progressive voices are excusing, not airing, the excesses of the DOJ and FBI.  Apparently, weaponizing government agencies to stop a detested Donald Trump by any means necessary is not really considered a crime.

Poll: Americans 'Overwhelmingly' Believe Obama 'Improperly Surveilled' Trump Campaign.  An IBD/TIPP poll shows that "Americans overwhelmingly believe the Obama administration 'improperly surveilled' Donald Trump's presidential campaign."  Despite the disgraced American media's best and most cynical efforts to bury the truth, and to even stop the truth from ever seeing the light of day, this poll (and another addressed below) demonstrate that the American people are almost entirely tuning the partisan, mostly-hysterical news media out and looking to alternative media for the truth.  There is simply no other way to explain these poll results, which unambiguously prove that a majority of the public believe the exact opposite of what an unceasing, coordinated media campaign wants them to believe — which is that President Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 campaign and that the heroic FBI is being unfairly smeared by Trump's eeeevil defenders.

Feds Scrambled to Redact Information Showing Top Secret Spy Abuse.  Federal authorities scrambled to redact and keep classified key information revealing major abuses of the U.S. surveillance apparatus that targeted President Donald Trump's associates in the lead up to the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation who said the latest information corroborates findings recently made public by House Intelligence Committee officials. [...] The new criminal referral issued by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham, both Senate Judiciary Committee members, calls for a formal investigation into Christopher Steele, the one-time British spy who compiled the dossier on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Nunes seeks transcripts from Carter Page FISA warrant hearing.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is seeking transcripts from a top secret national security court regarding the FBI and Justice Department's application for a surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide, according to a congressional letter obtained by Fox News.  Writing to Rosemary M. Collyer, the presiding judge at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Nunes asked for transcripts of "any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to electronic surveillance of Carter Page."

I Should Know:  Dems' Intel Abuse Is Reminiscent of My Work for Ceausescu.  Seen from my vantage point, the four-page FISA abuse memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes is proof that former president Barack Obama and Democratic Party leaders wanted to transform the U.S. into a Russian-style intelligence dictatorship — and the FBI into a KGB-style instrument for rewriting American history by smearing its capitalist politicians.

Convinced of a Hillary Victory, They Thought Nobody Would Ever Know.  An administration siccing the surveillance state on the opposition party's presidential candidate based on dubious reports compiled by the favored presidential candidate's campaign ranks as a terribly reckless strategy risking the future freedom of its architects for their future power, no?  "Not if you think you will win the election and no one will ever find out," an animated Joseph diGenova tells The American Spectator.  "That's why they did it.  They thought she would win and no one would ever find out."

LEVIN: New Reports Only Strengthen My Argument That Obama Must Answer Some Very Hard Questions.  The media is finally catching up to Mark Levin on the Obama administration surveillance abuse scandal. [...] If President Obama was being briefed on Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, how was he not aware of the ongoing counterintelligence investigation conducted against Carter Page and other people in Trump's sphere?  This is a point made repeatedly by Levin.  In a January 24 episode of LevinTV, Levin argued that there was "no way in hell Barack Obama didn't know some of this," referring to the FBI's investigations.  During his Feb. 5 radio program, Levin reiterated that top officials in the Obama Justice Department and the National Security Council — Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy AG Sally Yates, FBI Director Comey, and Deputy Director McCabe — must have known about the FISA warrants.

Democrats Want To Turn America Into Russia.  The Democrats have a bold plan for fighting Russia.  Accuse Republicans of treason, eavesdrop on their conversations and send them to jail.  Overturn the outcome of a free election because that it had been tampered with by "foreign interests."  Demand that tech companies censor dissenting media outlets spreading "fake news" to protect "democracy".  Good work, comrades.  The bold plan is to fight Russia by... becoming Russia.  State surveillance, endless investigations and locking up political opponents under the guise of fighting foreign influences is how Vladimir Putin does business.  It's how they do it in Turkey, Venezuela and Iran.  But these days it's how the Dems do it too.

Obama Personally Involved In Trump Spying — Texts Between Strzok-Page Revealed.  Now we know and have confirmation that Obama was fully involved in the spying of Americans during at least the 2016. New text messages between the two lovebirds having affairs while at the FBI, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reveal that Obama wanted updates on "everything they were doing."  One text message, sent by Lisa Page to her lover Peter Strzok on September 2, 2016 has [P]age telling Strzok that "POTUS wants to know everything were doing."

FBI lovers' latest text messages:  Obama 'wants to know everything'.  Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted "to know everything we're doing."  The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News.  The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing."

Carter Page Interview With Laura Ingraham.  The primary target of the DOJ FISA "Title I" surveillance warrant, Carter Page, appears on Fox News with Laura Ingraham for an exclusive interview discussing Mr. Page's history and contact with the Trump campaign.  There are two interview segments.  [Video clip]

Media must apologize to Donald Trump.  On May 4, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted that Obama wiretapped him.  The press knew this was true.  Obama's flunkies gave the New York Times quotes from transcripts of the wiretapping.  Rather than report the president's facts as facts, the Fake News media in concert with the Democratic Party engaged in a huge cover-up.  "Trump's baseless wiretap claim" read the headline on CNN the day after Trump complained about Obama's unconstitutional wiretapping of the political opposition.  CNN quoted anonymous sources who said Trump was wrong.  That is not journalism.  That is cowardice.  When did the press every allow precious little Obama to be called a liar by anyone anonymously?

If FISA Abuse is not dealt with harshly, the entire American form of government is in jeopardy.  Our entire system of being a Constitutional Republic is based on the orderly, REAL transfer of power between political parties after voters have their say in elections.  All you need is ONE party deciding one time to use the power of the federal gov't to suppress it's [sic] political opponents & the entire American system of self governance through honest, free elections is in mortal danger.  There is no way people in the federal gov't can 'accidentally' weaponize it's [sic] law enforcement & intelligence gathering powers against political opponents.  There are numerous safeguards in place to prevent this.  ALL those safeguards would have to be subverted.  This is why people who have read the #FisaAbuseMemo are so absolutely terrified by what they are seeing in it.  This was deliberate.  People who knew what they were doing subverted every safeguard & weaponized our federal agencies against American citizens based on politics.

Critically important:  FISA, the NSA, and the 4th Amendment.  [Scroll down]  With all of that as preamble, here is what is at issue.
    Q1: Did the Obama administration wrongly use its power to access NSA intercepts in multiple ways and under the guise of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative (created as DNC opposition research) in order to gain intelligence on its political enemies?
    Q2: Did the Obama administration wrongly "unmask" NSA intercepts to target the Trump administration?  Was that information then leaked to the public to Trump's detriment?
    Q3: Was the Obama administration sharing NSA intercepts with Democrat political operatives?
    Q4: Did the Obama administration wrongly (but legally) use FISA information to bring down its political enemies in the Trump administration?
If the answer to one or more of the first three questions is yes, then this is a scandal that dwarfs anything and everything that happened during Watergate.  It is the government weaponizing our intelligence assets for political gain — something far beyond what happened in Watergate.  People can't skate on this.  If it happened, everyone involved needs to be criminally punished or history will mark these events as the beginning of the end for our republic.

Real Americans vs.  Our Effete Elites.  The revealed corruption of the FBI and DOJ is tragic and largely the responsibility of the Clintons and Obama.  Obama built upon, took his cues from the Clintons, the most corrupt family ever to wield political power in America.  Astonishingly, no one of the left seems to care about how criminal the Obama administration was or how unscrupulous the Clintons have always been. [...] No one on the left seems to care about the horrific abuse of power that occurred under Obama.  He effectively turned our law enforcement agencies into a Stasi that spies on its own citizens.

Are You A Conservative?  Then Chances Are The Obama Government Was Spying On You.  Conservative author, filmmaker, and proud Indian-American, Dinesh D'Souza, who was among the most vocal in warning America about the rampant abuses by the Obama government, was then sentenced to prison for what amounted to a relatively minor political contribution violation.  D'Souza claimed Barack Obama had deep-rooted fascist leanings.  (Where was ANTIFA then to go to war against Mr. Obama?)  Soon after, the Obama government proved those fascist leanings by allocating $100,000 dollars to investigate and ultimately charge D'Souza for an alleged $20,000 campaign contribution violation.

The Sinking of the FBI.  [T]he evidence is rapidly emerging that senior officials in our government, most likely up to and including then-president of the United States Barack Obama, worked in concert to illicitly, and possibly criminally, derail the candidacy of the opposition party's presidential candidate using fabricated information (or, as former FBI director James Comey described it, "salacious and unverified") obtained by a private investigations firm from an enemy of the United States:  Russia.  Even worse, once that effort to derail that candidacy failed and that candidate, Donald Trump, was elected, those same individuals used the same manufactured evidence as the basis to launch an investigation, employing the vast authority and technical resources of the United States government, whose ultimate goal, I believe, is to impeach and remove that duly elected president.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is a coup d'état.

Did The Obama Administration Abuse FISA To Spy On The Trump Campaign?  We'll Have To Wait 19 Days.  Last week, we reported that a four-page memo about alleged FISA abuses was made public to the entire House.  Almost 200 members have read it.  It details abuses so egregious that some lawmakers say could lead to drastic changes at the FBI and Department of Justice.  Some have linked the alleged abuses to that of the KGB.  The debate now is whether to make this memo public.

We Almost Lost Our Country Last Fall.  We almost lost our country last fall.  America was unwittingly on the precipice of becoming a nation whose government was willing to go to illegal and devious lengths to maintain the status quo.  I believe that the information that will be forthcoming in the next few weeks will be both astonishing and frightening to the American public, information that was never meant to see the light of day, much less the scrutiny of the American people.  I believe there will be irrefutable evidence of collusion among the upper echelons of the Democratic Party, actually denying any candidate except Hillary Clinton a chance to be their presidential candidate.

Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleaseTheMemo — and the Evidence for It.  Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election.  This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, and has been read by dozens of members of Congress after the committee voted to make the memo available to all members of the House of Representatives to examine in a room specially designated for reviewing classified material.  The rhetoric issuing from GOP members who read the memo is notably extreme.  North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, called the memo "troubling" and "shocking" and said, "Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don't want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much."  GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania stated:  "You think about, 'Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?'  That's how alarming it is."  This has led to a ferocious outcry on the right to "release the memo" — and presumably thereby prove that the Obama administration conducted unlawful surveillance on the Trump campaign and transition.

Black Nixon.  [Scroll down]  Very serious people are talking about what is in that memo, characterizing it as the worst scandal in American history.  That's not nothin'.  The narrative that explains all of this is that high ranking people in the FBI, maybe even Director Comey, were working with the Justice Department to help Hillary Clinton in the election.  That has seemed clear for a while now.  What's becoming clear now is Fusion GPS, the political dirty tricks operation, functioned as a cutout for the FBI and the Clinton campaign.  The FBI shared secret intel with Fusion, who then sold it to the Clinton campaign or distributed to the media at the direction of the campaign.  There's a word for all of this and it is called treason. [...] It's not just about partisan politics.  Imagine how blacks would react if we have a full blown political crisis that paints Obama as worse than Nixon.  That is looking increasingly possible.

If an Obama scandal is revealed but the media ignores it.  [Scroll down]  Two different universes.  Which gets me to the Nunes memo.  The memo, which is highly classified, purportedly contains Rep. Devin Nunes' conclusions, based upon viewing other classified material, that the Obama administration, the Hillary campaign, and the DNC, were up to their eyeballs in highly illegal surveillance activity directed against Donald Trump, all in an effort to destroy his candidacy and place Hillary in the White House.  If true, the Obama scandal instantly turns Watergate into Nothing-gate, and reveals an attack on America's representative democracy the likes of which we've never seen before.  In my conservative world (blogs, emails, and conservative Facebook groups), everyone is talking about the Nunes memo's potential finally to reveal a vast Obama scandal.  In my Progressive world, though, no one is talking about it at all.  You know why?  They don't know about it.  The mainstream media is either ignoring the Nunes memo or completely downplaying it.

Obama — Leader of the Deep State Coup.  In any criminal investigation where the suspect is not immediately known, the first question usually asked is who would have the most to gain?  As we follow the bread crumbs of the text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and await release of the House Intelligence Committee's memo regarding the collusion between the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DOJ, and FBI to interfere with the 2016, ensure the election of Hillary, and the defeat or impeachment of Donald Trump, the answer to that question is clear — one Barack Hussein Obama. [...] This scandal did not occur in a vacuum any more than did the weaponizing of the IRS to target the Tea Party and other conservative groups before Obama's 2012 reelection campaign occured in a vacuum.  The agencies under Obama's control have been politicized before and used to intimidate and destroy his political opponents[.]

Adam Schiff Doesn't Want FISA Memo Released Because He Thinks Americans Are Too Stupid To Understand It.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined CNN Saturday [1/20/2018] to discuss the explosive FISA memo.  Asked why he is fighting to keep the report under wraps, the California Democrat said he doubts the American people will understand its contents.

Adam Schiff:  Keep the memo secret because Americans wouldn't understand.  Adam Schiff, reputedly a champion leaker from the House Intelligence Committee when it came to Russiagate material, suddenly thinks Ignorance is Bliss when it comes to the FISA warrant used to spy on the Trump campaign.  Appearing on CNN, he tried to justify keep the 4 page memo that reportedly exposes the individuals who acted as part of a cabal to undermine the Trump campaign with help from NSA spying, and then pushed the "Russia collusion" conspiracy theory as part of the "insurance policy."  Americans are too ignorant, you see.

Amid shutdown, House GOP shows intense interest in Trump dossier memo.  Of course the government shutdown is topic No. 1 on Capitol Hill this weekend; that's why lawmakers, normally spread across the country in their states and districts, are in Washington on a Saturday and Sunday.  But in the House of Representatives, concern about the shutdown is nearly matched by interest in something else:  the memo, produced by Republicans on the Intelligence Committee, detailing so-called "FISA abuse" in connection with the Trump dossier and the larger Trump-Russia affair.  A steady stream of lawmakers, almost all of them Republicans, has been visiting a secure room in the Capitol, where they are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before reading the four-page memo.  So far, more than 180 out of 241 GOP members of the House have read the document.  That is an extraordinary level of interest, given that there is a government shutdown going on.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Warns FISA Memo Leaves Obama With Only Two Options.  On Thursday [1/18/2018], former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino warned the release of the FISA report will destroy the image of his former boss Barack Obama.  "Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems.  The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they've disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed.  The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see," tweeted Dan Bongino[.]

This Memo May Expose Obama's Watergate.  The big explosive scandal is the one that hardly anyone talks about.  It's not Russia collusion.  It's not even Uranium One.  It's the eavesdropping on Trump staffers by Obama staffers.  This eavesdropping was partially legitimized by the Steele dossier.  It was accidentally uncovered and since then it's cost multiple people their jobs, not the people responsible, but those who learned about it.  Now the reckoning may finally be here.

Yes, #ReleaseTheMemo — And The FISA Docs It's Based On.  Devin Nunes has uncovered an earth-shaking abuse of power at the DOJ in which a dubious dossier was cooked up into a FISA warrant to investigate the Republican nominee for president for nakedly partisan reasons.  And the FISA Court, which is supposed to scrutinize warrants for probable cause, simply rubber-stamped the application and went along.  If that's true, that the entire Russiagate probe is a political hit on Trump with two branches of government in on it, we need to know now.  Yesterday.  And by "yesterday" I mean "15 months ago."

Fierce battle erupts over declassifying intelligence report.  A battle erupted Friday over a push by Republican lawmakers to release a report they say will reveal high-level government abuse around the federal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia.  Even as Congress hurtled toward a shutdown, Republicans in the House were buzzing over the contents of a classified memo on alleged surveillance abuses that was produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).  Scores of Republicans viewed the controversial memo in secure settings at the Capitol and concluded it contains hard evidence that the special counsel investigation into whether Trump's campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia were sparked by the politically motivated actions of senior FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.

Republicans are lining up to view the classified FISA abuse memo, while Democrats choose to stay in the dark.  More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as "disturbing and explosive" surveillance abuse by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign.  But almost all of them were Republicans.  Since the document was released Thursday to House members "only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it," a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.  The classified memo was described by senior government officials as a detailed account of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the FBI and apparent FISA abuse associated with the controversial dossier that alleged President Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.  As recently reported, some congressional members who reviewed the memo said the revelations may end in the removal or criminal prosecution of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice.

Up To 200 Members Of Congress Have Read The Memo And NO LEAKS = Devastating To Dems.  Word is as many as 200 members of Congress have now reviewed what some are calling a "shaking the foundation of our democracy" memo that links high-placed figures within both the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, Deep State, and Establishment Media in an attempt to subvert the 2016 Election.  It was never "Russian Collusion."  It was our own government/the Obama administration/Deep State, attempting to choose the next president — Hillary Clinton.

Obamagate timeline.  The Obamagate timeline is a record of known facts about President Obama's misuse of foreign intelligence gathering for domestic political spying, media manipulation, wiretaps, intimidation of journalists and critics, use of government intelligence agencies to influence domestic elections, efforts to thwart the election of President Donald Trump, subversion of the new administration's personnel and agenda, and to delegitimize and undermine his presidency.  During and immediately after that the 2016 Presidential election CIA director John Brennan targeted Donald Trump.  This covert disinformation campaign became widely known in the fake news mainstream media as Trump-Russia, alleging collusion between Trump and associates with Russia.  The side that actually colluded with foreign powers was that of Hillary Clinton.  After President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, seditious activity and an unwillingness to accept the results of a democratic election by Obama holdovers in the US Intelligence Community came to light.

GOP lawmakers demand that 'alarming' memo on FISA abuses be made public.  A four-page memo circulating in Congress that reveals alleged United States government surveillance abuses is being described by lawmakers as "shocking," "troubling" and "alarming," with one congressman likening the details to KGB activity in Russia.  Speaking with Fox News, the lawmakers said they could not yet discuss the contents of the memo they reviewed on Thursday after it was released to members by the House Intelligence Committee.  But they say the memo should be immediately made public.  "It is so alarming the American people have to see this," Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said.  "It's troubling.  It is shocking," North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said.  "Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don't want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much."

Ex-Secret Service Agent Warns 'Devastating' FISA Memo Set To 'Expose' Obama.  The House Intel panel's passage of New York Republican Rep. Peter King's motion to release the FISA abuse memo to fellow House members has rocked Washington, D.C.  Lawmakers from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have called for the classified memo's immediate release.  According to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, the contents of the memo are so "explosive," that it could end special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe once and for all.  Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino warned the release of the FISA report will destroy the image of his former boss Barack Obama.

House Committee Document Could Mean Trouble for Anti-Trump "Deep-Statists".  Sara Carter reports on a classified document that was released to all members of the House today.  The document seems to be a compilation of information, prepared by House intelligence committee staff, relating to the anti-Trump dossier, the FBI, the warrant to conduct surveillance on members of the Trump campaign, and the use of that warrant.  Carter calls the document a bombshell.  Her sources say its revelations might lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, and perhaps even to the criminal prosecution of some.  They also say, less plausibly, that the revelations could lead to the end of Robert Mueller's investigation into President Trump and his associates.  What information does the classified document contain?  We don't know yet.  It's classified.

Secret (for now) memo may blow the lid off FISA warrant and Mueller investigation.  Conservative hearts are aflutter, thanks to a memo that has been made available to members of the House of Representatives (if they go to a secure room and read it).  According to several members, there is finally hope of documenting the cabal that appears to have deceived the FISA Court with the Steele dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, and then launched special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the bogus "collusion" charges, morphing into the Lavrentiy Beria strategy of "show me the man, and I'll find you the crime."  According to some members who have seen it, heads may roll, and people may end up in prison.

The Evidence Inside The "House Intel Committee Four Page FISA Memo".  As the year-long story has unfolded, there are two central components at the heart of the political corruption and weaponization of the DOJ and FBI:  First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and [s]econd, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the "Steele Dossier".  The finished, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI to request lawful FISA court surveillance authority.  It is a circle of "intelligence laundering".  The DOJ (National Security Division), and FBI (Counterintelligence Division), worked together on the enterprise.  This collaboration is where the insider "small group" participants assemble, intersect and ultimately redistribute themselves into the Mueller investigation with the help of Mueller's adviser, FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker.  The evidence of this corrupt DOJ and FBI weaponization of intelligence is what lies inside today's Four Page Intelligence Committee Memo.

Did DOJ's Fusion GPS Man Shut Down Hezbollah Drug Investigation?  This is a potential collision of two major recent scandals.  [#1] Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official, met with Fusion GPS people.  And Fusion GPS hired his wife to go after Trump.  Fusion GPS is the smear firm which the Hillary campaign used to create the dossier accusing Trump of Russian collusion.  The dossier was then funneled into the DOJ and FBI.  And was potentially used to justify illegal eavesdropping on Trump officials by Obama officials.  Not to mention the current Mueller coup.  [#2] We recently learned that Obama Inc. had shut down investigations targeting Iranian terror, including an investigation that would have gone after Hezbollah and its drug smuggling schemes.

Yes, Congress has seen Trump-Russia secret court surveillance documents.  Now what?  One of the most contentious issues surrounding the Trump dossier is the question of whether the FBI used unverified material from the dossier — a Clinton campaign opposition research product — to apply for permission to spy on Americans.  Investigators from both House and Senate have long wanted to see any FISA applications (that is, spying requests filed with the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court) that dealt with the Trump-Russia affair.  Now, they have seen them.  Sources on both Capitol Hill and in the executive branch have confirmed that representatives of four committees — the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee — have had the opportunity to examine FISA documents in a secure room at the Justice Department.  They were not allowed to take the documents out of the room or to copy them, but they could make notes.  They thus know the answer to the was-the-dossier-used-for-spying question.

Latest Obama Surveillance Revelations Prove Mark Levin Right... Again.  Thursday on his radio program, CRTV host Mark Levin addressed a huge story that the mainstream media is ignoring.  On Wednesday [1/10/2018], Sara Carter reported bombshell news about the 35-page dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign.  The document was used by Obama's FBI to gain approval for a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Carter's sources told her that there will be more information exposing systemic FISA abuse.  "This is a massive scandal, the likes of which we've not seen," Levin said.  "The bastardization of our intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement by a sitting Democrat administration aimed at destroying and defeating a Republican nominee."

Is there a single Democrat anywhere who [cares] about America?  [Scroll down]  In the days leading up to the general election, the Russian conspiracy theory was relentlessly marketed by the Clinton campaign itself as well as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.  The lie was to no avail.  After Trump's victory, the Obama administration then conducted illegal surveillance on his transition team, wiretapping Trump Tower.  The Democrats' intent was clear:  to somehow prevent the inauguration of the GOP candidate.  These illegal activities occurred until NSA director Mike Rogers became sufficiently concerned of the outgoing administration's actions that he personally warned Trump of the Obama administration's machinations.  The very next day, Trump moved his headquarters to a location in Bedminster, New Jersey.  For Rogers' troubles, top Obama intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, recommended the NSA chief be removed from office.

Dr. Media examining Trump?  Why not examine Obama instead?  Obama was paranoid, delusional, and a power-hungry autocrat who didn't care about equal justice, his oath to enforce laws, the Constitution, economic opportunity for all, or the safety of the people.  Obama wiretapped James Rosen, threw Dinesh D'Souza in jail, and spied on Sharyl Attkisson.  If you were an opponent of Obama, you weren't safe. [...] Obama illegally spied on thousands of Americans for years and spied on his political opponent, Trump.  Obama changed the rules so that members of his staff and bureaucrats could illegally unmask people's names and illegally leak conversations to the media.  There was no punishment by the Justice Department, and somehow there were no leaks surrounding Hillary or Obama.

McCabe Remembers To Forget.  [Scroll down]  This FISA stuff is the kind of thing that's like a waterfall, only it cascades UP.  Who would want to take sole responsibility for "wiretapping" a presidential candidate?  Everyone on whose desk that landed would realize he had to talk to the person above him.  The process already involves the FBI sending their applications to DoJ, and Bruce Ohr surely wouldn't sign off on that before talking to Lynch.  And Lynch, realizing the potential scandal for Obama, would take it to the White House, and the WH would get it to Obama himself.  The probable reality is that before that happened on paper (or digitally) there would have been voice only discussions to make sure nobody took traceable actions without full approval first.

Is Media Response to Obama's "Operation Cassandra Scandal" a Precursor For Response to FBI/DOJ "Operation Trump"?  Using sketchy, intentionally misleading and false information provided to a U.S. District Court Judge, the Obama FBI and DOJ colluded to present an application for wiretaps and surveillance authority to the FISA court; subsequently, they used a FISA warrant as part of an exhaustive counterintelligence operation against their political opposition.  This is no longer some pie-in-the-sky conspiracy.  There is massive evidence, including statements from the co-conspirators, that highlights this exact operation in detail.

Sally Quillian Yates was one of the main conspirators.  Remember, it is highly probable that there had been illegal unmasking on Team Trump from the moment he was nominated as Clinton's rival.  That intel has also been illegally shared with the Clinton campaign & then spread to Clinton media proxies.  However, the October FISA was different, in that it specifically targeted Trump Tower, at the end of the campaign.

Rand Paul Calls For "High Ranking" Obama Officials To Be Investigated For "Colluding" Against Trump.  Senator Rand Paul is calling for a full investigation into alleged collusion between Obama administration officials in an effort to prevent President Trump's election.  "Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump!  This could be WORSE than Watergate!" tweeted Rand Paul on Thursday [12/21/2017].

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.


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.

More about Susan Rice.

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

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.

Michelle Malkin:  End to Refugee Resettlement 'Long Overdue' After Americans Have Gotten No Say.  A moratorium on the refugee resettlement program is "long overdue," columnist Michelle Malkin says, after American communities have been forced to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees from across the globe over the last four decades. [...] The U.S., thanks exclusively to President Trump's reforms, helped lower the total number of foreign refugees to less than 23,000 admissions last year.  This is a 76 percent decrease in foreign refugee resettlement from former President Obama's 2016 totals, which reached almost 100,000 admissions.  Specifically, Trump has cut the Syria-to-U.S. pipeline of refugees — started by Obama — by more than 60 percent thus far.

New State Department Documents Reveal Last-Minute Efforts By Obama State Department To Undermine President Trump.  Judicial Watch today [9/9/2019] released 90 pages of heavily redacted U.S. Department of State documents showing Obama State Department officials' efforts to disseminate classified information to multiple U.S. Senators immediately prior to President Donald Trump's inauguration.  The information, which included raw intelligence, purported to show "malign" Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump administration is planning to re-legalize light bulbs set to be outlawed by Obama admin.  Light bulbs that were set to be outlawed under an Obama-era regulation will stay on store shelves thanks to regulation rollback from the Trump administration.  Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that the Department of Energy had finalized a new rule striking a last-minute Obama regulation that outlawed certain kinds of light bulbs such as three-way bulbs, decorative bulbs, and "rough service lamps."  "This regulation gives consumers more choices, and consumers are better off with more choices," a Trump DOE official explained to The Hill.

Red China Aligns with Dems to Swing the 2020 Election.  Red China is our frenemy, mostly enemy, and they steal our intellectual property or they get it gratis when a company opens up for business in their country.  The companies have to give them their secrets and follow their Communist rules.  That is ethically questionable and the U.S. has made these violent, dangerous people a Super Power.  President Trump is responding appropriately battling them and if a President had taken this on before now, it wouldn't be so difficult.

Clapper: Obama Ordered The Intelligence Assessment That Resulted In Mueller Investigation.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper revealed in an interview last week that if not for President Obama asking for an intelligence community assessment that "set off a whole sequence of events" we would not have the Mueller investigation.  Clapper, a CNN contributor, said the effects of that intel assessment "are still unfolding today."

Documents Reveal Obama State Department Advanced Russian Collusion Hoax Before 2016 Election.  On Thursday [7/18/2019], Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation released 84 pages of documents revealing that the Obama State Department was central to advancing the Russian collusion hoax narrative prior to the 2016 presidential election.  Included in the documents is "a September 2016 email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a close associate of dossier author Christopher Steele, discussing a 'face-to-face' meeting on a 'Russian matter.'"

Obama officials concede role in slow $20 Harriet Tubman bill rollout: report.  The Obama administration said 2016 that it wanted to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replace him with Tubman, who helped free slaves through the Underground Railroad, and that the bills would be ready in 2020.  But a current "high-ranking government official" appointed by Obama, as well as a former official, confirmed to The Washington Post that the Tubman bill had "had "always been scheduled for release toward the end of the next decade."  Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's 2016 claims that a "final concept design" of the bill would be released in 2020 were viewed with skepticism internally, according to the report.

Former ICE Chief — Caged "Concentration Camps" Were Obama's Idea.  The left's latest fundraising outrage love-affair is caged children at the border (again).  They are organizing rallies (fundraising) and yelling to anyone who will listen about "concentration camps."  But a former ICE agent says they were built by the Obama Administration[.]  Keep in mind; we're using the language of the left, so if these are concentration camps, Obama built them.

Iran Drone Incident An Obama-Thrown Bombshell?  With the Impeach Trump agenda dragging its heels, if Trump could be blamed for kicking off World War III in retaliation for the Iran drone incident — how politically convenient!

'Obama built the cages': Trump tells Telemundo that he inherited the migrant crisis.  President Trump doubled down on his prior assertion that the migrant crisis at the southern border of the United States was a problem he inherited from the previous administration, in an interview that aired Thursday night [6/20/2019] on Telemundo, his first on a Spanish-language network.  "Obama built the cages.  I didn't build them," Trump said.  "Obama separated; I'm the one who brought them together."

Lingering Obama-Era Move at CFPB Now Threatens Credit Markets.  As college graduates have their commencement celebrations, they certainly hope their hard work will pay off.  After all, in the booming Trump economy and with record low unemployment, there are countless opportunities for entrepreneurship and success.  Sadly, there is one reason why those dreams may never get off the ground: crushing school debt.  As too many students and parents are painfully aware, there are more than 44 million borrowers in America who collectively owe $1.5 trillion.  Because of these obligations, young adults are putting off essential milestones in life — such as buying a home and getting married — while not accumulating savings.  They have been saddled with debt by a higher education industrial complex thanks to the assistance of the federal government.  Now, thanks to some Obama administration decisions, the problem might become even worse!

Report:  Obama seriously violated the 4th Amendment.  A new report reveals that the government routinely violated American 4th Amendment protections under the Obama administration while snooping through overseas intercepts.  Administration officials only revealed the illegal actions as the previous president headed out the door.  That's according to a report out from Circa, which confirms suspicions that American privacy suffered greatly under President Barack Obama.

Trump Administration Revokes Obama-Era School Leniency Policy for Minorities.  The Trump administration has revoked an Obama-era policy that urged public schools to employ more lenient forms of discipline for students of color and of other minority groups.  On Friday [12/21/2018], the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded the Obama administration's 2014 "Dear Colleague Letter" that a federal school safety commission said "may have paradoxically contributed to making schools less safe."

Sanity on Discipline.  President Trump, following the recommendation of a national commission on school safety chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will repeal the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague Letter" on school discipline.  The DCL, issued in 2014, advised school superintendents nationwide that racial disparities in suspension rates would be grounds for finding school districts in violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and therefore at risk of losing federal funding.  The directive, cast as a "guidance," in fact formalized a fundamental shift in the Department of Education's approach to civil-rights enforcement.  Prior to the DCL, the standard held that civil rights are violated if students are treated differently because of race; for instance, if a black student and a white student both curse at a teacher, it's wrong to suspend the black student and give the white student a warning.  The DCL expanded the standard from disparate treatment to disparate impact; now, if two black students and one white student curse at a teacher, it could be a civil-rights violation to punish them all equally.

Sanity on Discipline.  President Trump, following the recommendation of a national commission on school safety chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will repeal the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague Letter" on school discipline.  The DCL, issued in 2014, advised school superintendents nationwide that racial disparities in suspension rates would be grounds for finding school districts in violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and therefore at risk of losing federal funding.  The directive, cast as a "guidance," in fact formalized a fundamental shift in the Department of Education's approach to civil-rights enforcement.  Prior to the DCL, the standard held that civil rights are violated if students are treated differently because of race; for instance, if a black student and a white student both curse at a teacher, it's wrong to suspend the black student and give the white student a warning.  The DCL expanded the standard from disparate treatment to disparate impact; now, if two black students and one white student curse at a teacher, it could be a civil-rights violation to punish them all equally.

Trump to arm more adults in schools, end Obama's light discipline of troubled students.  The Trump administration issued proposals Tuesday to prevent school shootings, a plan that includes arming more school personnel, taking guns away from highly dangerous people and revoking Obama-administration rules that were criticized for easing discipline of minority students.  The president's commission on school safety, which was formed after the mass shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people, also calls on the media to stop publicizing the names and photographs of shooters to discourage other potential killers from seeking notoriety.

Deep State strike back:  Gets gushy NYT puff piece on Obama holdovers at VOA parent.  Well, the Obama holdovers at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, parent organization over U.S. broadcast agencies such as Voice of America, and formerly known as the Broadcast Board of Governors, have struck back.  News got out [...] that the Obama holdouts weren't budging from their cushy six-figure perches, as President Trump attempted to send in some new board members.  Instead of packing up and leaving, as even White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes did, they chose to remain entrenched in positions they were supposed to leave two years ago.  They didn't.  And I don't even see how this could be legal.  They became the Things That Wouldn't Leave, and now they've got some of their press buddies writing for them all about how great they are.

Scientists Destroy Steyer-Linked, Federal Climate Hysteria Report Issued by Obama Holdovers.  The so-called "Deep State" doesn't simply exist in the Department of Justice or Obama holdovers in the FBI. The infestation of leftist bureaucracts, synonymous with the Democrat Party, occurs in every department of the federal leviathan.  No better proof exists than the climate report released by "14 federal agencies", in which temperatures are predicted to rise more than 15° because, yes, Americans are screwing things up for the rest of the world. [...] The author of this piece of propaganda, one Elizabeth Gore, is Environmental Defense Fund's senior vice president of political affairs.  There are no mentions, of course, of the failed predictions of years past.  Remember, the ice-caps would be gone by 2010, sea levels would rise by 15 feet by 2017, etc.  The problems with this report by Obama holdovers in the Deep State are many.

EPA Reverses Obama Era Last Minute Uranium Mining Regulations.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Friday that it is withdrawing the pending rulemaking for uranium mining and thorium mill tailings.  The regulations were put in place on Jan. 19, 2017, just hours before Barack Obama left office and President Donald Trump's inauguration.  "In a rush to regulate during the waning hours of the previous administration, the agency proposed a regulation that would have imposed significant burdens on uranium miners and the communities they support," Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in the press release announcing the decision.

Obama's Social Experiments Are Wreaking Havoc on America Today.  Democrats seem to be operating on the basis of "guilty until proven innocent," believing the accuser without any corroborating evidence.  This kind of sexual assault witch hunt actually began under former president Barack Obama — as did some of the other key social issues America is wrestling with today.  While the Left's advocacy on social issues and identity politics long predated Obama, the former president's policies supercharged many of the issues dividing America in 2018.  His administration helped launch the current liberal cultural wave that wreaks havoc on American politics — and extends far beyond politics.

Obama's America on Display at Kavanaugh Hearings.  President Trump has been in an uphill battle to reverse Obama's efforts to "fundamentally transform" America. [...] Trump's biggest challenge is to push back Obama's primary legacy of identity politics, which is destroying the fabric of our nation.  Neighbors, family members and old friends have been split apart, by design.  Obama polarized America according to race, ethnic background, sex, sexual orientation, and politics.  Like a deadly cancer, the Obama legacy has metastasized into widespread hatred among Americans that was on display at the Kavanaugh hearings.  Obama's primary legacy is dangerously malignant and more toxic than ever, fueled by cynical and destructive politicians, the Alinsky Rules for Radicals, and billions of dollars from the evil George Soros.

The Fiscal Lunacy of Electing Democrats to Congress.  What Obama's recovery was really about was propping up prices in the stock market and real estate, and in funneling money to his base — e.g., union members.  What Obama's recovery was not about is government reform.  Because Congress didn't deal with the underlying causes of the crisis, we're still vulnerable.  Obama's recovery, the most anemic since the 1940s, came at [a great] price.  What's more, America has not yet paid that price and settled accounts.  The Federal Reserve created trillions of dollars through multiple rounds of quantitative easing — i.e., Q.E.  The "unwinding" of the Q.E. asset purchases continues.  More sobering than the Fed's Q.E. are the unprecedented deficits that Congress ran during the Obama administration.

In Blow To Unions, Trump's NLRB May Finally Fix The Joint Employer Standard.  Back in 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the Obama administration redefined what it means to be a "joint employer." The change, pushed by labor unions, made large corporations that sell franchise rights to independent operators responsible for the HR decisions of those private outlets.  The result was uncertainty in several industries, particularly the fast food sector.  As I wrote at the time, this was an obvious backdoor for collective bargaining agreements and the biggest targets of the Democrats on this front were in the fast food industry.  Last December, a part of that rule was overturned, declaring that the "joint employer" standard would only be applied if one entity "exercised direct and immediate control" over essential employment terms of the other.  This was a good move which was applauded by employers and relieved some of the burdens on the larger companies which provide a substantial number of jobs around the country.  But at the same time, it still failed to completely reel in the redefinition imposed under the Obama administration.

Graham: Obama, not Trump, politicized DOJ and FBI.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday backed President Trump declassifying a series of documents related to former campaign adviser Carter Page and Department of Justice (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr while blaming the Obama administration for "politicizing" the DOJ and the FBI.  Graham sent a pair of tweets linking to a report that the president is close to declassifying the documents.  "I completely support House Republican efforts to have President Trump declassify the FISA warrant applications, the Bruce Ohr/Chris Steele interactions, and all other relevant information regarding allegations of corruption in the DOJ & FBI," Graham wrote on Twitter, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Joe DiGenova:  Yates, Rice, Biden, Comey and Obama Met in White House to Discuss Targeting Mike Flynn.  Former US Attorney Joe DiGenova went on WMAL radio on Monday [9/10/2018] to discuss the latest developments in the Obama Spygate scandal. [...] During the infamous January 5, 2017 White House meeting Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Joe Biden, James Comey and Barack Obama discussed how they would target General Michael Flynn.

Why these 9/11 monsters still haven't faced a trial.  They say the wheels of justice turn slowly — but now they've ground to a virtual halt.  Seventeen years after they helped murder 2,977 innocents in the worst terrorist attack on US soil, five 9/11 suspects — including self-avowed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — have not faced trial.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for all five men and have attempted for years to try the case, but a constantly shifting venue, questions over coerced evidence and the limitations of holding trials at Guantanamo Bay have slowed the case to a crawl. [...] The US had captured Mohammed and the four accomplices by 2003.  They were shuffled among CIA "black sites" for interrogation before being arraigned in 2008.  But President Barack Obama suspended the case when he entered office, and in 2010, the Pentagon dismissed the charges without prejudice, meaning the men could be charged again later.

Another Obama mess blamed on President Trump.  The Washington Post reported, "U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question."  This policy stemmed from a scam in which midwives certified Mexican babies as being born in the USA.  "The government alleges that from the 1950s through the 1990s, some midwives and physicians along the Texas-Mexico border provided U.S. birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico.  In a series of federal court cases in the 1990s, several birth attendants admitted to providing fraudulent documents," the Post reported.  So a quarter of a century ago, Mexican midwives admitted in court to birth fraud.  There is no question about the citizenship of these people.  They are Mexican.

Make Space Great Again:  American Astronauts Flying American Rockets.  [Scroll down]  U.S. astronauts now take Russian capsules to the space station, with NASA paying as much as $82 million a seat.  That was the work of the party that now ceaselessly howls about the Russians.

Reversing the damage of previous administrations.  President Obama acted without legislative direction to create a whole class of legal rights — pertaining to residency, higher education and employment — for adults brought illegally into the United States as children — "Dreamers."  Mr. Obama's EPA unilaterally set limits on greenhouse gas emissions — something he could not persuade Congress to authorize.  And Mr. Obama went far beyond the authority in federal statutes and judicial precedents by imposing racial preferences in college admissions, and mocked the constitutional rights by encouraging limits on free speech and imposing rape tribunals at universities that violate established rules of evidence and protections for the accused. [...] Mr. Obama, reflecting the interests of anti-free market, increasingly socialist elements of the emerging Democratic Party, appointed left leaning judges to help impose a European-style regulatory order and constraints on civil liberties — consider the strict controls on academic freedom now imposed at many universities and what is acceptable speech among employees of businesses.

Judicial Watch:  New HHS Docs Reveal 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed by Obama Admin Included MS-13 Killers, Drug Smugglers.  On Tuesday [7/10/2018], conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch released new documents containing over 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports (SIRs) revealing the "Unaccompanied Alien Children" processed by the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers.

New HHS Documents Reveal that 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed During Obama Years Included Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers, and Human Traffickers.  Judicial Watch today [7/10/2018] released 224 pages of documents containing nearly 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealing that "Unaccompanied Alien Children" processed during the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers.  The documents, from the HHS Administration for Children and Families reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), are for the approximate six-month period May to November 2014.  They were produced to Judicial Watch after a three-year delay in response to a November 12, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request [...]

Trump's burden:  Cleaning up Obama's mess.  [President] Trump is now reversing the negative Obama tide by simply implementing basic common[ ]sense economic policies.  The combination of this common[ ]sense approach with tax cuts and the reversal of countless Obama executive order EPA regulations has resulted in a booming economy.  Do you really think Obama cared about the middle class economically, or did he just take all of us for fools with his love of job-killing EPA regulations?  These regulations did nothing but destroy American jobs and add costs to American-made products and U.S. private businesses.  They had absolutely no real effect on the environment.

Obama Cronies Get Rich Off Migrant Kids.  "More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office," the 2011 PBS "Frontline" Lost in Detention contended.  "Under his administration, deportations and detentions have reached record levels.  The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment, including charges that families have been unfairly separated after being caught in the nationwide dragnet."  As Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs explained, "Even if the immigration law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children."  As it turns out, that separation policy was intentional, and the Obama administration deployed it to enrich cronies.

Mad Max and Nancy Pelosi:  The twin faces of the Democratic Party.  [Scroll down]  The conditions in which the Obama administration kept unaccompanied children was far worse than how they are being cared for now.  Obama's policy was to simply turn them over to so-called care facilities, many of which were fronts for child sex-trafficking.  Obama lost track of thousands of young children he encouraged to come to the southern border, who then simply disappeared into the interior of the country.  To where and to whom, no one knows.  Many of them are sent as potential mules for the drug cartels, others to be trafficked by the enormous network of pedophiles on which A.G. Sessions has been cracking down hard.

U.N. Report Faults Trump For Obama Poverty, Media Fall For It.  Amid all the immigration hoo-ha, maybe you missed the uncritical mainstream media reports of a United Nations study faulting President Trump for poverty in America.  Turns out, it's just more fake news.

UN accidentally rips Obama.  The international anti-Americans are just as incompetent as their domestic counterparts, who used horrific pictures of children in custody — taken from Obama's concentration camps for youths.  "The U.N. report's main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party:  America has 40 million poor people, including 18.5 million who live in extreme poverty; U.S. policies regarding the poor are 'cruel and inhuman;' the Trump tax cuts aren't working and will worsen inequality; and the U.S. needs to spend less on defense of our nation and more on social programs," columnist Chuck DeVore wrote.  "But, wait a minute:  the U.N. report's main contentions are based on the U.S. Census Bureau's official poverty measure data for 2016 — the last full year of President Obama's second term.  So it would be absurd to say that private citizen Donald Trump had any responsibility for the many shortcomings of the Obama administration or any other administration in power before he became president."

[#7] Obama and Democrats Incentivized This 'Family Separation.'  Until Obama came along, illegal border crossings primarily involved young, single men.  Obama incentivized the idea of dragging minor children along on this dangerous journey (where many children are sexually assaulted) through his policy of "catch and release."  Once word got out that illegals with small children would be let loose into America, the number of children crossing the border exploded.  Again, the last thing decent people want is for the American government to further incentivize the cruel act of bringing small children along on this brutal trip across the border, which is exactly what Trump is hoping to stop with his zero tolerance policy.

Why Did Susan Rice Issue a Stand Down Order on Russian Hacking?  There are two possible answers.  [#1] Obama was all-in on appeasement.  And while he enjoyed browbeating allies like the US and Israel, he rolled over and played dead for enemies like Iran, China and Russia.  [#2] The hacking was politically useful.  Since we now know that Obama Inc. was conducting surveillance and eavesdropping on Trump associates, Russian intervention provided a very useful justification for the domestic operation.  Rice issued a stand down order because she wanted the Russians to go on doing exactly what they were doing.

Obama Cyber Chief:  You'd Better Believe I Was Ordered To Stand Down On Russia.  Consider this a confirmation of an allegation that first emerged in March, because the co-author of the book that contained it certainly does.  Michael Isikoff and David Corn published an explosive allegation that the Obama administration issued a stand-down order to efforts to counter Russian cyberwarfare in 2016.  Yesterday [6/20/2018], the head of the Obama administration's cyber programs told the Senate Intelligence Committee that's precisely what happened.

Trump Reminds Everyone Exactly Who's Responsible For Russian Aggression — Obama.  President Trump was asked about Russia during a press conference in Canada Saturday [6/9/2018], and he responded by reminding everyone that it was former President Obama who let Russian aggression go unchecked.

Levin: Iran Deal Was 'So Corrupt' We're Still Learning About It.  The Iran Deal was "so corrupt" we're still learning about it, noted Mark Levin on his nationally syndicated radio program on Wednesday [6/6/2018].  "The deal itself was so corrupt, so corrupt, that were still learning about it," stated Mark Levin about the Iran Nuclear Deal made by the Obama administration.  "Members of congress don't know all the facts, and we the people don't know all the facts.  And that's one of the reasons you run this sort of thing through the treaty provision of the Constitution, so members of the Senate can get all the facts, so there aren't all these side deals and secret side deals, and illegalities."

Freeze, reduce or eliminate CAFE fuel standards.  A 2002 National Academy of Sciences study estimated that automotive mileage standards had helped cause as many as 2,600 extra fatalities in 1993 — at a relatively lenient standard of 27.5 miles per gallon.  Other studies reached similar conclusions.  And yet, in 2012, the Obama Administration began ratcheting the standards upward, with the goal of hitting 54.5 mpg by 2025.  Thankfully, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed to re-examine the 54.5-mpg standard, possibly freeze it at the 2020 level of 39 mpg, and rein in other aspects of this harmful government program.  His proposal drew howls of outrage from predictable factions.

Obama admin's 35-yr lease of Port Canaveral to Middle East company with Russian ties endangers U.S. national security.  Port Canaveral is critical to America's national security.  Americans recently learned of how our national security was compromised by the Obama administration's and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's approval of the Uranium One deal that gave Russia 20% of our uranium reserves.  In an op/ed for The Washington Times on Nov. 23, 2017, retired U.S. Navy admiral and commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet James A. Lyons alerts us to another security compromise by the Obama administration — the 35-year lease of Port Canaveral with no security review to the Middle East company Gulftainer, which Admiral Lyons calls a "serious security compromise" to both the Port and its adjacent military infrastructure.

Cleaning up after Obama and Hillary.  Obama and Hillary in some ways are mirrors of each other; in other ways, photographic negatives.  They're alike in that the focus of each is self — self with a vengeance, in a way so exaggerated as to escape the comprehension of normal people. [...] It's going to take awhile to clean up behind this pair.  That would be most unfortunate.  A very large crowd wants to see these creeps get what's coming to them.

Legacy of ashes:  Obama's fading accomplishments.  Lacking Senate votes to ratify a treaty with Iran, Obama instead made a personal promise to honor the Iran deal.  Last week, President Trump reversed that decision.  Obama long claimed he lacked authority to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.  Then he did it anyway.  The so-called Dreamers remain in political limbo, relying on the federal government to continue to ignore the law.  Obama signed the U.S. up for a climate change plan that won't do anything to slow climate change.  Trump took us out of it.  Blocked by Congress, Obama passed his Clean Power Plan by executive order and net neutrality through the FCC.  What he did with "a phone and a pen," Trump is undoing.

Michelle Obama, Oracle for the 'United State of Women'.  In 2016 the Obama White House started United State of Women (USOW).  This year, the event continued to advance community organizing workshop efforts, which encompassed victimization, racial agitation, gender ingratitude, a global vision, and overall left-wing blather.  Let's remember, that even godless liberals appreciate the Biblical principle that "If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand," (Mark 3:25).  Hence, the Obama-inspired left works tirelessly to divide the occupants of America's house by stressing inequality and racial and gender barriers.

Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc..  [#557] In February 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $464,272 to find out why gay men in Peru get Syphilis. [...] [#690] In April 2014, the Obama administration spent $194,788 to study how transwomen use Facebook. [...] [#965] In December 2014, the Obama administration spent $33,341 to find out if gay and lesbian couples lived near stores that sold cigarettes. [...] [#1075] In April 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $410,265 of taxpayers' money to study gay men's level of satisfaction from their first sexual experience. [...] [#1150] In October 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $49,083 of taxpayers' money to create a network to support the gay, lesbian, bigender, and transsexual community in India. [...] [#1275] In August 2016, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent taxpayers' money to try to convince lesbians to become farmers.

NYT: Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Freed Under Obama 'Vanished' After Return to Libya.  An estimated 150 former Guantánamo Bay prisoners liberated as part of former President Barack Obama's efforts to shut down the U.S. military detention center "risk being killed — or could end up becoming threats themselves," the New York Times (NYT) acknowledged this week.  Obama reduced the number of detainees held at the facility, commonly known as Gitmo, from 242 to 41 when he took office.

Admitted MS-13 illegals placed around the country.  Loopholes in immigration laws being squeezed by the Trump administration but embraced by the Obama administration have allowed youthful illegal immigrants who self-identified as MS-13 gangbangers to be placed around the country instead of sent home, according to newly released documents.  Unlike illegal criminals who avoided border security, those cited by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson in a letter to a key immigration agency were initially held by the Obama administration then put in placement centers throughout the nation and eventually with "sponsors" despite their gang ties.

Chai Alert.  Sen. Mike Lee has been fighting against the renomination of Chai Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner.  Feldblum is the architect of President Obama's radical LBGT agenda.  She believes, among other things, that when religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, sexual liberty should prevail in virtually all cases.  The confirmation of Feldblum looked like a done deal in December.  However, key social conservative groups sounded the alarm, and Sen. Lee placed a hold on Feldblum's nomination.  It is stalled.

The Internet has bigger problems than Facebook, and it's Obama's fault.  If you think Facebook has problems, they're nothing compared to the fiasco at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  Americans should be far more alarmed about what's happening with the obscure, private California company that oversees the Internet's backbone.  ICANN's gross mismanagement of behind-the-scenes technical operations threatens the security, interoperability, and openness of the entire Internet, industry experts warn.  Unlike the Facebook situation, however, there may not be much lawmakers can do.

More about Obama and the internet.

Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy.  Donald Trump is trying to fix the mess Obama left him, but these things are not going to be fixed overnight.  In the meantime, let's see Obama for what he is.  We have been told again and again that the crowning achievement of Obama's foreign policy was the Iran deal.  So let's begin by considering it.

Former Obama National Security Council Spokesman Admits 'Trump Was Handed a Mess' in Syria.  As word spread of Syria's alleged used of chemical weapons on its own civilians, conservatives and political commentators were quick to point out that former President Obama had several opportunities to intervene and potentially save countless lives from poisonous gas attacks in the Middle East country.  Tommy Vietor, National Security Council spokesperson during the Obama administration, tried to beat back claims that President Obama was unsuccessful in deterring Bashar al-Assad's regime from killing his own people.  But in doing so, Vietor ended up admitting that his old boss did not exactly leave Syria better off than when he found it.

Obama Supporters Rush to Save His 'Dangerous' School Leniency Policy for Minority Students.  As U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was meeting behind closed doors with educators and parents to re-evaluate the Obama-era school leniency policy of reducing reports of violent behavior committed by minority students, left-wing media and politicians were touting a new report that noted black students, boys, and students identified as "disabled" are disciplined at higher rates.  According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report — requested by Democrats Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) — national civil rights data for academic year 2013-2014 show "black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools."

State Department Records Show Obama Administration Helped Fund George Soros' Left-Wing Political Activities in Albania.  Judicial Watch obtained 32 pages of records showing the Obama administration sent U.S. taxpayers' funds to a group backed by billionaire George Soros, which used the money to fund left-wing political activities in Albania, including working with the country's socialist government to push for highly controversial judicial "reform."  The records also detail how the Soros operation helped the State Department review grant applications from other groups for taxpayer funding.

The horror!  Trump HUD backs away from radical Obama concepts.  Glenn Thrush — remember him? — attacks Ben Carson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for abandoning certain suits and others actions undertaken by the Obama administration in the name of "fair housing."  It does not seem to have occurred to Thrush that there are two visions of what fair housing law requires and that Secretary Carson isn't bound to follow the more radical of the two.  Or else, Thrush just wants to hide the ball.  The traditional vision of fair housing is the non-discrimination approach.  It is unlawful, for example, to refuse to sell housing to African Americans who can afford to purchase a unit.

Obama's Strategy:  Planned Failure.  In one of the most brilliant evil genius schemes ever devised, Obama utilized planned political failures to manipulate the masses and steer the country toward long-term leftist goals.  This story only recently broke.  Leftists noticed a change in the firearms background check system, and they tried to pin it on Trump.  In so doing, they uncovered yet another corruption plot that took place under Obama's watch.  In a nutshell, Obama's Department of Justice redefined existing legislation to change the definition of the word "fugitive."  This change ultimately removed 500,000 names from the FBI NICS database and enabled formerly banned persons from being able to legally obtain firearms.  We aren't yet sure how many people this affected, but so far the FBI is suggesting that failed background checks declined by 80 percent after the change.  That's a lot of illegal weapons.

Congress has defunded AFFH.  The omnibus bill Congress passed and President Trump signed last week is a disaster.  However, one positive thing to come out of it, in addition of course to the increase in military spending, was the defunding of President Obama's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation (AFFH).  This is a move we've been advocating for some time.  Finally, the Republican Congress pulled the trigger.  AFFH enables the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to order more than 1,200 cities and counties that accepted any part of annual community development block grants to rezone neighborhoods along income and racial criteria.

Report: U.S. Inventors, Economy Threatened By Obama-Era Patent Laws.  Inventors across the nation are voicing their frustrations over Obama-era patent laws.  The American patent system has seen many changes since the first Patent Act in 1790, but none as threatening as the establishment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in 2011.  The Patent Trial and Appeal Board — also known as PTAB — is a three member board put in place to invalidate patents that have already been issued, making an inventor's private property public.  One inventor rallying outside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August talked about the effects of implementing that new board.

HUD Gives Dicey Obama Plan to Transform Slums into Middle-Class Neighborhoods $5 Mil.  A controversial Obama program that's reaped enormous amounts of taxpayer money to transform slums into desirable middle-class neighborhoods just got a $5 million infusion from the Trump administration.  Known as Choice Neighborhoods, the costly experiment was the centerpiece of a broader Obama initiative to convert poverty-stricken neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income areas with affordable housing, safe streets and good schools. [...] During Obama's tenure Choice Neighborhoods received a breathtaking $375 million, according to HUD figures.  A substantial chunk of it — $120 million — was rewarded as a parting gift in 2016, the HUD numbers reveal and the largest portion — $122.27 million — was allocated in 2010 when Obama launched the program.  Like many of the former president's initiatives, large sums of cash went to leftist nonprofits and community groups that aligned with his liberal agenda.

Trump scrapping Obama-era rule that turned schools into 'war zones'.  The Trump administration plans this summer to scrap a controversial Obama-era discipline rule forced on schools to close racial gaps in suspensions and arrests but that critics say pressures educators to turn a blind eye to escalating bad behavior.  The federal directive, issued jointly in 2014 by the US departments of Education and Justice, warned public school districts receiving federal funding — including New York City — that they could face investigation and funding cuts if they fail to reduce statistical "disparities" in discipline by race.  On average, the administration noted, black students are suspended at three times the rate of their white peers.  The directive also discourages student arrests and holds districts liable for the actions of "school resource officers ... or other law enforcement personnel."

Obama directive easing school discipline for minority students [is] fueling classroom chaos.  The Trump administration is being accused of racism for targeting an Obama-era directive compelling schools to ease up on discipline for minority students — even though the policy has made life more difficult for kids, including minorities, stuck in increasingly unruly classrooms.

Fallen Pedestrian Bridge At FIU Funded By Obama-Era Grant Program With Sketchy Review Protocol.  Last Thursday [2/15/2018], a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed outside of Miami.  At the time, four people were confirmed dead.  That number has tragically been increased to six.  There are two eyebrow raising issues concerning his tragedy.  One is that the FIU pedestrian bridge was funded by an Obama-era federal grant called Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery.  The Department of Transportation doled out the money in what has been reported as a sketchy politicized review process.  Those who benefitted from these grants represented both Democratic and Republican districts.  It was part of the Obama stimulus program.

Obama's 'Experts' and Trump's Instincts.  I always have trouble with all the people who are called experts because they have had so little success at what they supposedly are expert about.  For the last 25 years, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have been toyed with by North Korea while the North Koreans continually built up their nuclear weapons, and the media go to the very people who let this happen for analysis on Trump.

Teacher Coalition Seeks to End Obama School Discipline Policy: 'A Lot of Fear in Schools'.  The school discipline policy that may have allowed Nikolas Cruz to escape arrest by Broward County law enforcement and ultimately purchase the firearm he used to kill 17 people is in effect in over 50 school districts across the country.  "He probably wouldn't have been able to buy the murder weapon if the school had referred him to law enforcement," veteran FBI agent Michael Biasello told RealClearInvestigations (RCI).  In 2014, the Obama administration issued a "Dear Colleague" guidance that threatened school districts — whose disciplinary measures showed a disproportionately greater number of minority students affected — could be subject to investigation by the Departments of Justice and Education, regardless of whether the behaviors leading to the discipline were unacceptable.

This may be so, but oil was probably a central concern in the decision to expand Bears Ears, too.
Oil was central in decision to shrink Bears Ears monument, emails show.  Even before President Donald Trump officially opened his high-profile review last spring of federal lands protected as national monuments, the Department of Interior was focused on the potential for oil and gas exploration at a protected Utah site, internal agency documents show.  The debate started as early as March 2017, when an aide to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, asked a senior Interior Department official to consider reduced boundaries for Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah to remove land that contained oil and natural gas deposits that had been set aside to help fund area public schools.

He was headed to Malaysia, now he is happily settled in Arizona (on your dime!)  Australia's SBS News appears to be doing a series on those lucky, mostly Muslim, 'refugees' who attempted to get to Australia illegally and were then detained for nearly 5 years in offshore detention facilities with the Australian government refusing to consider their asylum claims.  Many are hitting the jackpot and although Australia isn't letting them in they are now free in America.  And, every few weeks a new batch arrives.  Here is a story about one of those that Australia didn't want, but Obama did and arranged for many to come just as he was walking out of the White House.

Barack Obama's border mess, mayhem, madness rage on.  What a fine mess this country is in right now regarding border control.  Judges won't recognize President Donald Trump's authority to toss aside the unconstitutionally created amnesty deal called DACA, benefiting tens of thousands of illegals.  Republicans in Congress can't get a piece of legislation moved forward to crack down on illegal incursions across our borders.

This Isn't Normal.  This week, we learned that former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Obama held a last-minute meeting at the White House to discuss the possibility of Trump-Russia collusion.  At that meeting, Rice wrote in an email, Obama reportedly asked whether there was any reason "we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia."  That means that Obama asked his top staff, including the FBI, whether he could hide intelligence information from the incoming Trump team.  That amounts to a massive breach in the constitutional structure. [...] The incoming Trump administration was duly elected by the American people and had every right to see all intelligence information coming from the FBI and the CIA.  Yet it was the supposedly normal Obama White House exploring means of preventing that transparency.

Student Loans Will Cost Taxpayers $36 Billion:  Thanks, Obama.  A report from the Department of Education notes that the net cost of the federal government's direct loan program is quickly heading into the red.  This program, mind you, was supposed to be a moneymaker for the government, as students paid back federal loans with interest.  But as it turns out, borrowers have been flocking toward various loan forgiveness programs, by which the government will lose money, erasing gains from other loans.  The report shows that the direct loan program went from a $25 billion surplus in 2012 to less than $5 billion by 2015.  A separate report says that this program ran a $36 billion deficit last year, up from $8.4 billion in 2016.

DACA or DACA-Plus?  President Trump inherited a mess from his predecessor and, while Obama's actions were unlawful, they have created facts on the ground that, as conservatives, we arguably should acknowledge.

This happened under Obama, not Trump:
Pentagon Auditor Can't Account For $800 Million In Spending.  The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has reportedly "lost track" of hundreds of millions of dollars it spent, said Ernst & Young, the accounting firm conducting the first-ever Pentagon audit, according to Politico.  E&Y discovered that DLA "failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects," said Politico, which also reported this is just one of the many instances where millions of dollars went missing as the accountability system inside the Pentagon is broken.  Worse, according to Politico, the first-ever audit, covering the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, signals complete incompetence about how the Pentagon handles its $700 billion annual budget.

The Nunes Memo: Just an Opening Act.  The numerous landmines Obama and Clinton left behind them, intending to waylay the initially awkward Trump administration, are starting to detonate — on Democrat

Pentagon: Obama's DOD Gave Security Clearances to Contractors Charged with Felonies, Including Pedophilia.  The Pentagon was forced last year to rescind interim security clearances granted under the Obama administration to at least 165 contractors linked to various crimes, including felony convictions for pedophilia and foreign government affiliations, revealed a report issued by the Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS).  According to the report, DOD contractors preserved their ability to access sensitive government information despite prior criminal records and other illicit past activity that the Pentagon's vetting process failed to detect.

Australian rejected 'refugees' on the way to US this week!  We can get excited about the slowdown in the normal refugee flow to America (see post yesterday), but here comes the very abnormal flow — 58 of the Australia-rejected mostly single men who have been detained by the Aussies for as long as four years will now be free in America.  The deal, originally agreed to by Obama as he was walking out the door, represents an application of international refugee law that is simply unheard of and possibly illegal.

Did Obama Tip Off Iran To Israeli Plan To Take Out World's Premier Terrorist?  We thought the Obama administration could stoop no lower when it was revealed that the administration transferred $1.7 billion in untraceable cash to the Islamic Republic as ransom for the release of four Americans hostages they were holding.  We were wrong.  In its twilight weeks, the administration gave its consent to allow the Iranians to receive 116 metric tons of natural uranium from Russia as compensation for its export of tons of reactor coolant.  According to experts familiar with the transaction, the uranium could be enriched to weapons-grade sufficient for the production of at least 10 nuclear bombs.  If you thought that the administration's betrayal of America's security could go no further, you were wrong.  Last month Politico, not known as a bastion of conservatism, published a bombshell 50-page exposé detailing the Obama administration's efforts to delay, hinder and ultimately shut down a highly successful DEA operation — codenamed Project Cassandra — aimed at tracking and thwarting Hezbollah drug trafficking, arms trafficking and money laundering schemes.  As a result, Hezbollah continued to import drugs into the United States, continued to provide anti-U.S. insurgents with deadly EFPs and continued to launder drug money to the tune of billions.

Trump's Energy Success.  One of the president's major successes is in the area of energy policy.  Along with energy secretary Rick Perry, the president is overseeing the recovery of the American energy sector from the low point it hit under the Obama administration.  By a combination of executive orders totally restrictiong drilling on federal lands and EPA assaults on fracking and coal-mining, including a total ban on mountaintop-mining, Obama prosecuted a "war" not just on coal, but on fossil fuels generally.

11 Outrageous Ways Government Wasted $473 Billion in 2017.  All we hear from Democrats about the tax cuts or border wall is that it will "blow a hole in the deficit" or something.  Well maybe, if the government would stop wasting billions of dollars on outrageous programs like these eleven, that money could be used for whatever shortfalls come from the tax cuts and border wall.  All of these programs are leftovers from the Obama regime.

The Conflict over Jerusalem Is ALL Obama's Fault.  First, it is beyond the jurisdiction of the UN to tell a sovereign nation what it can and cannot recognize.  The United States often stands alone with Israel against the world, and the US and Israel have been right.  The bias of the international community against the nation state of the Jewish people has been long standing and evident, especially at the UN.  Recall the infamous General Assembly Resolution declaring Zionism to be a form of racism.  It received overwhelming support from the tyrannical nations of the world, which constitute a permanent majority of the UN, and was rescinded only after the US issued threats if it were to remain on the books.

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.

Kenya believe it?
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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Would You Pay $4,200 to Listen to Michelle Obama Scold You?  "At a certain point, you've made enough money."  Back in 2010, President Barack Hussein Obama said that out loud into a microphone.  But now, once again, Past Obama and Present Obama find themselves at odds.  I cannot imagine Barry is saying the same thing today to his wife. [...] At a certain point, you've made enough money.  But you don't get to decide when that "certain point" arrives.  The Obamas get to decide that.  And obviously, they've decided that their own "certain point" isn't anywhere close yet.

Trump recommends congressional investigations into Obama family book and Netflix deals.  In 2017, Barack and Michelle Obama signed a joint book deal worth a reported $65 million.  They also inked a deal with Netflix in 2018 to produce content for the streaming company.  Last month, the Obamas' first produced documentary, American Factory, streamed on Netflix.

The impenetrable, gloomy rage of the Democrat presidential candidates.  The Clintons and the Obamas all became fabulously wealthy during and after their terms in the White House.  Just how did they do that?  We know more about the Clintons and their foundation that was a pay-to-play scheme for access to power and preference, like the sale of 20% of U.S. uranium to Russia.  It is still a mystery, aside from their books and Netflix, how the Obamas did it, but they are obviously not worried about the seas rising any time soon.  Their $15M mansion is on the water at Martha's Vineyard.  And they travel to the world's most luxurious places with abandon.

Obamas try to muscle little company into handing over their trademark to them.  The Obamas have always been big on Chicago-style political muscle, and even in the post-presidency, Barack and Michelle have not changed a bit.  Get a load of this outrageous bid to force a little company to give up its trademark — to him. [...] The only other thing they can tell the judge is that they're the Obamas, and little people just need to get of the way.  It's not just outrageous in itself; it raises questions about just what the Obamas will do if they get laughed out of court.

Legal woes for the Obamas' as "deplorable behavior" is cited.  The U.S. Trademark Office did what few do — the office told the Obamas "no".  The former First Couple is now aggressively demanding that no be turned into a yes.  You may remember the news not so long ago that the Obamas have now taken over Netflix with a fabulous agreement that their new production company will make movies and television series.  Their production company is called Higher Ground Productions.  Back in April, the Obamas wanted to trademark the name, and that is when the problems began for them.  A woman named Hanisya Massey has a business called Higher Ground Enterprises, which helps authors publish e-books.  Her trademark is in Class 41, which includes entertainment services.  Her attorney says Massey has been using "Higher Ground" since 2008.

Barack Obama's Production Company Runs Into a Trademark Problem.  "When they go low, we go high," said Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  Going high evidently includes a trademark fight.  On Aug. 20, Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions made a move to save its name.  That day, the company went to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and demanded cancellation of someone else's earlier trademark registration for "Higher Ground Enterprises."  Higher Ground Enterprises is run by Hanisya Massey, who, according to her attorney Larry Zerner, is in the business of helping authors publish e-books.  Her trademark is in Class 41, which includes entertainment services.  Zerner says Massey has been using "Higher Ground" since 2008.

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Seems like a competent lawyer would have seen this coming.

The leftist, Democrat socialist, Green Hypocrite folks talk a good story.  [Scroll down]  And former President Barack Obama is reportedly purchasing a waterfront mansion worth $14.8 million dollars.  The property is on Martha's Vineyard, where all the liberal climate change swells hang out.  Lots of rooms to heat and air condition equals a large carbon footprint. [...] As for the Obama's, the purchase of a waterfront home shows us they apparently have no real fear of sudden and severe oceanic inundations rising to destroy their new home.  The "let them eat cake" approach to others less wealthy than themselves shows us one salient fact about so-called climate change — it's not that big a deal.

Netflix is now a propaganda machine for the Obamas.  This week's widespread media blitz heralding Netflix's broadcast of its first Obama-endorsed presentation, "American Factory," was more than synchronicity.  It felt as though US publicists and journalists collectively exhaled their relief at finally regaining the bully pulpit.  Reviews of "American Factory," a doc by indie veterans Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, were not reliable accounts of the film's quality.  Its lack of focus following a Chinese manufacturer's takeover of a former General Motors plant in Ohio — a move that fails to relieve working-class anxieties but, instead, predicts job-market doom — didn't faze flacks and reviewers.  The media class saw Reichert and Bognar's facile, generalized survey as a chance to take on President Trump's trade policy; many jettisoned film critique to try their hand at economic and moral analysis instead.

Barack Obama Launches 'Redistricting U' Campaign for 'Fair Maps'.  Former President Barack Obama on Monday [8/26/2019] unveiled a new initiative to influence redistricting efforts across the United States.  The initiative, Redistricting U, will send activists to provide free training and tools to volunteers involved in redistricting efforts and guide groups on how to "be leaders in the movement for fair maps."

The Obama Propaganda Scheme Rolls On.  Michelle and Barack Obama have formed Higher Ground, a production company that is now partnered with Netflix to deliver several titles.  It's first is called "American Factory" and promotes globalization via a storyline about a Chinese company's employment of American workers laid off because of the effects of [...] globalization. [...] [B]y pushing the emotional sob-story about how a Chinese company "saved" the poor working people of Moraine, Ohio from unemployment, the Obama's — and their likeminded Progressive and globalist brethren — are romanticizing globalization without explaining that it was unbridled globalization that created the unemployment of those people in the first place.

Inside The Obamas $15 Million Dollar House of Hypocrisy on Martha's Vineyard.  The home, which the Obamas reportedly made a bid on, is a whopping 7,000 square foot sprawling mansion that sits on 29-acres of pristine land, and would reportedly be a "summer home" for the former First Family.

Obamas fight climate change by... buying an oceanside estate.  Remember that time when former President Barack Obama was addressing Wall Street reform and said, "I do think, at some point, you've made enough money."?  Well, what better way to celebrate his own good fortune than buying a fabulous 29-acre estate on the island of Martha's Vineyard, right?  Unless, of course, people paying attention say, "Hey, wait a minute.  What about your carbon footprint, Mr. Obama?"

Obama Ocean Mansion 3-10 Feet Above Sea Level Extremely Vulnerable to Global Warming.  As some have noted, the Obama picked up a $14,850,000 seaside mansion on Martha's Vineyard, despite the inevitable doom of climate change, global warming, global cooling, a climate emergency or whatever we're calling it this week.  Renting the place is one thing.  Shelling out almost $15 million bucks is an investment.

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do.  Then there is Barack Obama.  "At a certain point you've made enough money."  "You didn't build that."  "There's only so big a house you can have."  It turns out, though, that the Obamas haven't yet reached those limits.  Barack and Michelle have bought a $14.85 million estate on Martha's Vineyard from the owner of the Boston Celtics.  This is not, of course, their only home, but most of us would find it more than adequate:  [Photo]  [...] [M]ost Americans have figured out that when Obama said, "At a certain point you've made enough money," he was talking about you, not him.

Why Would the Obamas Buy a Doomed Beach House?  It has 29 beachfront acres.  The main residence is just shy of 6900 square feet. [...] It's got the obligatory pool, the outdoor fireplace, vaulted ceilings, two guest wings, but it's right on the beach.  It's right on the beach.  The Obamas have just sunk $15 million into something that may not be there in 10 years because of climate change and rising sea levels.  So why would the Obamas do that?  Why would the brilliant Barack Hussein O plunk down $15 million on a property that's gonna be ruined and destroyed inside of 10, maybe 12 years at the outside because of climate change?

Obama Family Purchasing Swanky Martha's Vineyards Mansion.  The Obama's are reportedly purchasing 29 beachfront acres, 7 bedrooms, just shy of 6,900 square feet, $14.85 million mansion in Martha's Vineyard.  The home is currently owned by Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck.  The Martha's Vineyard estate was previously listed for $22 million, but the Obamas are paying less than the current listing price according to "multiple island sources."

Obamas Buying $15 Million Mansion; Socialists AOC and Bernie Oddly Quiet.  Someone needs to alert Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and the rest of the socialists in this country that leftist fan-favorites Barack and Michelle Obama will soon have new digs.  More importantly, because their new mansion in Martha's Vineyard costs a cool $15 million, those new digs are a vivid demonstration of the income disparity between the haves and the have-nots. [...] However will the Obamas cope with only a two-car garage?  With 29 acres, I'm sure that they can find a spot to build a bigger garage if they want.  In the meantime, Comrade Bernie Sanders will no doubt be more than happy to store any of their extra cars at one of his three houses.

Report:  The Obama Family Is Purchasing Massive Martha's Vineyards Mansion.  Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are reportedly set to purchase a mega-mansion in Martha's Vineyard.  The Obamas will purchase the house from Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck for a discount, according to a report published by TMZ Thursday.  The property contains 29 beachfront acres, 7 bedrooms, and is listed at $14,850,000.  The report stated that the former first family rented the house for the summer and enjoyed it so much that they decided to purchase it.

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Where did Barack H. Obama get that kind of money?

For Barack And Michelle There's No Business Like Show Business.  The Obamas long ago seized the moral high ground from which to lecture down to the rest of us.  Having learned the ropes of Show Business through Hollywood friends like Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks at their White House Wednesday night parties, and through their daughter Malia, who interned with their one-time friend and campaign contributor Harvey Weinstein, the Obamas are the Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks of the 21st Century.  The ambitious couple is about to celebrate their first release — a "documentary" titled "American Factory", which the Hollywood Reporter says, will chronicle the culture clash between Chinese and American workers in a U.S. auto glass factory.  Free entry to the next anti-Trump screed if you can guess which workers will be portrayed as the good guys.

Barack Obama Blames Donald Trump, Guns, 'White Supremacist' Websites for Mass Shootings.  Former President Barack Obama delivered a lengthy response to the dual mass shootings that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.  He blamed guns, white supremacist websites, and President Donald Trump's rhetoric for the ongoing violence in the United States.  In a message shared on Twitter, the former president specifically called for more gun control to help prevent more mass shootings.

The Editor says...
I find it hard to believe that Barack H. Obama writes his own tweets, unless he reads them off a teleprompter.

Marianne Williamson's path.  Urkel's legacy is that he was the first black president.  Period.  He made history on January 20, 2009, and that was it.  The next eight years were a blur that enriched him and his friends.  And of course, President Trump stopped Urkel's attempted coup dead.  Thin-skinned Urkel is humiliated and angry.  He seeks vengeance.  Kamala Harris is the conduit for this.  Like him, she is a black American who has no American slaves as ancestors.  Like him, she was raised for a time in another country.  Yes, Canada is another country.  And like him, she can fake being a moderate.  So the Obamas back Harris.  That is a pretty good call.  She is the great white shark at this beach party.

Barack Obama's shadow government of coup plotters in exile.  It used to be a truism of American politics that we only have one President at a time.  That there was a strong tradition ensuring the 'peaceful transition of power" from one administration to the other.  President Barack Obama is obliterating those quaint traditions of American democracy.  Indeed he seems to have set up a government in exile, in Washington DC, while he seeks to undermine and sabotage the sitting President.

Iran Drone Incident An Obama-Thrown Bombshell?  The Obamas are staying in a $62,000-a-week vacation rental in Avignon, France, a small town in the Provence region of France, known for its scenic landscapes, nearby vineyards and historic sites, like Palais des Papes, where the Pope lived in the 14th century.  Next stop, Lake Como, Italy, and the home of George and Amal Clooney.  Being an in-the-closet 'Resistance' leader leaves plenty of time for lavish holidays when the plants back home do your job while you're away from home.

Good News, America:  Obama Doesn't Plan to Shut Up in 2020.  Nobody misses Obama being president as much as Obama misses Obama being president.  The Democratic Party sure doesn't.  They lost over 1,000 seats nationwide between 2009-2017, and they're still trying to claw their way back to relevance after Hillary Clinton failed them so miserably.  Obama was behind her all the way, spending all his political capital on getting her elected.  He really put himself out there for her.  Whoops!  But, as with all of Obama's other failures, he sees himself as blameless.  It's everybody's fault but his.  So now he's ready to inflict himself upon the Democratic nominee in 2020.

Hobnobbing Obama raking in the cash post-presidency, while still dabbling in politics.  Life outside the White House has been sweet for former President Barack Obama, with perhaps the most difficult thing being the one he does best: politics.  Mr. Obama is navigating a landscape in which he must fit his obvious relish for the celebrity lifestyle with an unwritten code of conduct for past chief executives, a world that is his for the taking yet tradition dictates he do so incrementally.  It's a political scene where players may covet his endorsement or desire his invisibility.  Mr. Obama enjoys tremendous post-presidential popularity within the Democratic Party's rank and file, but he has not always followed the unwritten rules of the Presidents Club.

Is Obama secretly meeting with Italy's Renzi to get their stories straight?  Former President Obama's weird careening around Europe is starting to have the look of a spygate rationale.  Following his earlier meetings, publicly known, with President Emmanuel Macron of France, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, he's now meeting secretly with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in what might just be a bid for the two of them to get their stories straight.  Italy, recall, is the nation that elected a Trump-like new government, following the deep state collaborations of the earlier government, and the new government has fired four Italian intelligence officials, apparently over a spygate bid to pin Russian collusion charges, falsely, on President Trump via planted emails, in a Machiavellian bid to get him thrown out of office.

Obama playing dictator-in-exile from a kingly south of France palace?  President Obama is living the life of a former king, vacationing these days at a palatial estate in the south of France.  At what point has he made enough? [...] Why the taxpayers should pay for this via the security guard details, as if the man can't afford any of his own after all the payoffs he's now collecting from speeches and book deals is rather a side issue.  The problem is that this comes as he's engaging in quite a few shenanigans on his own around Europe.  DCWhispers, a pretty reliable blog, reprinted an item stringing together all the Obama spottings around Europe with its leaders, all of whom are of the #NeverTrump ilk, calling it the activity of a "dictator in exile."

Obama and Former Italian PM Renzi Are Holding a Secret Meeting Today.  [Scroll down]  And now another Internet Sleuth has uncovered some shocking news related to the recent removal of these top Italian intelligence ministers from their positions as top spies in the government.  The story begins in January 2017 when Computer World wrote about alleged crimes committed by Italian Giulio Occhionero: [...]

Report: Barack Obama's Troubling "Dictator In Exile" Behavior.  Regardless of whether or not you supported Barack Obama as president, what he's doing now should not be supported by anyone regardless of their political leanings because a globalist oligarchy is a threat to the freedom and future of everyone.

It's Time to Question Whether Obama is Running a Shadow Government.  We started tracking former President, Barrack Obama's movements over 4 months ago and frankly, I am a bit worried with what we found.  Most Americans have not had the time nor inclination to make a deep dive into how many federal agencies and employees were involved in the attempted coup of Donald Trump.  Even fewer have considered the ramifications of what such a widespread, inter-agency operation may mean to their own constitutional protections.  They should care because our Republic has been gravely imperiled by these deep state actors.  If they can get away with this level of corruption with the intent to incriminate a president, what chance does an ordinary citizen have once they're targeted?

Obama-appointee to federal bench dismisses lawsuit against transfer of park land to Obama's personal monument.  The monument to Barack Obama, the community organizer turned president, has vanquished the community organizers who attempted to stop its takeover of public land.  Federal Judge John Robert Blakey, appointed by Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2014, wants construction to begin "without delay" on the "Obama Presidential Center" (OPC) on former park land belonging to the citizens of Chicago.  The OPC should not be confused with a presidential library, as it will not contain any official records of the Obama presidency and will not be under the control of the National Archives or any governmental body at all.  It is strictly a private project, under the control of a board of Obama acolytes unaccountable to the public and will function as a monument to Obama.

Barack Obama Attends NBA Finals Game 2 in Toronto.  Former President Barack Obama was in the house to watch the Warriors beat the Raptors Sunday night in Toronto.  The 44th leader of the U.S.A. strolled in and was greeted with applause from the packed stadium.

Obama Earning Almost $600K for Speech in Colombia.  Former President Barack Obama is being paid almost $600,000 to speak at a marketing conference in Bogota, Colombia on Tuesday [5/28/2019].  According to a report from El Tiempo, a Colombian news outlet, Obama is earning "2 mil millones de pesos" for a speech and discussion on-stage about leadership strategies at the EXMA Conference in Bogota.  When converted from Colombian pesos to U.S. dollars, Obama's payment for participation in the event is equivalent to $594,000.  According to the Colombian news website Publicmetro.co, conference attendees who want to attend the event with Obama and take a photo with him have to pay 11 million Colombian pesos, which is approximately $3,267.

Report: Obama Wants His Memoir to Beat Michelle's Book Sales, Points Out She Used a Ghostwriter.  Former President Barack Obama wants to beat the book sales of his wife Michelle's bestselling memoir when he publishes his own and even dings her for using a ghostwriter, according to a new report.  Obama, who has already written two memoirs, is trying to finish his third, which will reportedly cover his political career from 2004 to the present.  Following the smashing success of Michelle Obama's Becoming, which has sold more than 10 million copies and could wind up the best-selling political memoir ever, Obama is feeling pressure to beat her, The Atlantic reports.

The Democrats' Sore Loser Syndrome.  [Barack H. Obama], it turns out, is a sore winner.  He won the presidency twice, and that ought to be enough for anyone.  Now he can make millions of dollars on the lecture circuit, play golf to his heart's content, and smoke cigarettes behind Michelle's back.  But since leaving the White House he has been grumping and grousing and acting as a pain in the neck to the army of professional writers whom he has employed to write his books, his speeches, and his letters to the editor.  Truth be known, he is not a very good writer, though I can understand his bad mood.  Did you read the economic news Friday?  Donald Trump is stepping all over Barack's record on the economy.  All of his guff about a 2 percent growth rate being the new normal is nonsense.  Donald's economy is on its way to new records every quarter.

Obama Still Writing the Hate-U.S. Narrative at Netflix.  For eight long years former President Barack Obama got to spin a nauseating narrative from the comfort of the White House.  It was a narrative that branded America a "bigoted" and "racist" nation and one that sought to spread visceral hatred of the U.S.A. abroad.  The narrative, rudely interrupted when DNC presidential nominee Hillary Clinton failed to get Obama a third term in office, will now continue at Netflix Inc., the world's largest online video streaming service and domestic DVD-by-mail delivery service.

Netflix releases details of $65 million bribe to Obama.  Barack Obama will rake in about a billion bucks off his presidency.  The presidency already has cost Donald John Trump a billion.  So far, Netflix gave the biggest bribe: $65 million to produce seven films. [...] What a long way the Obamas have come since the University of Chicago Hospital bought the senator off with a part-time, $300,000 a year no-show job for his wife.

Obama and Clinton's Coup d'état Enters the 2020 Election Campaign.  The coup in which Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton used the FBI to try to overturn the 2016 election of Donald Trump lives on, and has moved full-bore into the 2020 presidential election campaign.  Making it a big deal that he is "not Obama endorsed", ex-vice president Joe Biden launched his presidential bid as the front runner who will fight off Trump for the "soul of America".  Behind all the hullabaloo, aside from spreading the Big Lie that Trump's a "racist", Biden is really only in the presidential race to keep a seat warm for Obama, who will install whomever he wants as the Democrat nominee, unfortunately perhaps including his overbearing wife, Michelle.  Having lost his last shot at a third term in office through the 2016 humiliating defeat of Hillary Clinton, the Big O's back in the presidential game, and this time he's playing for keeps.

Shadow Government?  Obama Meets In Private With Germany's Merkel.  The king of open borders USA met privately with the queen of mass migration Europe this week in what some are justifiably calling an example of shadow government in action.

Arrogant Obama Speaks in Berlin:  "Michelle Would Leave Me if I Ever Ran For Office Again".  Former President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin Friday [4/5/2019] to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel at her office in private.  On Saturday, the Obama Foundation held a town hall with young civic leaders in Berlin.  Obama went back to his roots as a community organizer and said, "You can't organize a community if you don't have a community."

Rashida Tlaib on Obama Meeting:  He Told Me 'I'm Proud of You'.  Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) revealed Thursday [3/28/2019] that former President Barack Obama said he was "proud" of her during a meeting this week with House Democrat freshmen in Washington, D.C.  "President Obama met with us new members of Congress and it was a thoughtful discussion.  The best part was when he looked straight at me and said, "I'm proud of you," Tlaib wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of her posing with the former president.

House Leaders Bring In Barack Obama To Help Rein In Freshmen Dems.  It Doesn't Work.  Leading House Democrats, apparently concerned that freshmen Dems, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), are making trouble for national candidates by proposing massive new funding plans that are expensive and unpopular, brought in former President Barack Obama for a sit-down talk.  The Washington Post reports that Obama sat down with legislators, including Ocasio-Cortez, to explain that high-price tag policies would hurt legislative success rates overall, and cautioned freshmen lawmakers to think "boldly" but logically about plans like the Green New Deal (though he didn't name any specific policies).

Obama and Pelosi Rally the Troops.  Nothing that happens with professional leftists is organic; everything is always planned, organized, astroturffed, constructed and schemed.  Club officials control everything; plan everything; organize everything; and then enlist specific groups of designed foot-soldiers.  This is what they do.  This is all they do.  This is all they know how to do.  It might seem subtle, but Team Trump has them off-balance.  How far off-balance?  Well, remember, they were planning for a sequence.  The current objective, an increasingly difficult challenge, is to solidify the launch platform for the chosen one.

Barack Obama Is Still Trying To Rewrite His Presidential Legacy.  Have you been following Obama's post-presidency career as a comedian?  Well, I have.  His most commonly used bit was the claim that he didn't have any scandals during his presidency.  Though his usual audience tends not to laugh but to cheer at this claim, it is easily debunked by anyone who paid attention during that time.  It appears that Obama is now testing out some new material.  In addition to his "I didn't have any scandals" bit, he's now working in a couple new ones: [...]

Justin is in Trouble and Look Who Pops Up in Canada, Again.  It does not appear accidental that each time Justin from Canada starts finding himself in trouble, serious trouble; the same person happens to show up.  In June 2017, Justin was being challenged with a new NAFTA trade agreement[,] and former President Obama showed up while delivering a speech to the Board of Trade in Montreal.  Fast forward to today:  March 2019 — the Canadian economy has halted; Justin from Canada is embroiled in a growing bribery, corruption and obstruction of justice scandal around SNC-Lavin; and immediately after he loses two cabinet ministers[,] former President Obama shows up to deliver a speech to the Board of Trade in Vancouver.

Obama: Hope Possible by Training a 'Million Baracks and Michelles'.  Former President Barack Obama said Monday [3/4/2019] that hope is possible for the future if the next generation of leaders is modeled after himself and former first lady Michelle Obama.  Speaking at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, Obama detailed plans for creating a "university for social change" aimed at developing the skills of young people from around the world who harbor cynicism towards "old institutions."

Suggested Exhibits for the Barack H. Obama Presidential Museum.  Obama's departure from longstanding precedent regarding presidential libraries has even managed to annoy historians and academics, who weren't impressed by his plans to create the "first digital archives for the first digital president."  But no one cares what they think!  An Obama museum is an intriguing concept.  It seems destined to become a mecca for woebegone millennial pilgrims seeking to recapture the magic of the 2008 election, and all the heartwarming memes that came after.  Parents will able to bring their children to behold the relics of the Obama era, in lieu of doing something fun.  We don't know exactly what kind of exhibits the museum will offer, but in the meantime, here are a few suggestions to consider...

Barack and Michelle Obama Beef Up Production Company After Netflix Deal.  Former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hired two new executives for their company Higher Ground Productions, according to a report Tuesday [2/26/2019].

CNN Publishes Obama Official's Civil War Conspiracy:  Calls for Military, State Rebellion If President Trump Refuses to Accept Defeat After 2020 Election.  CNN published an op-ed on Saturday by a former Obama administration official that calls for planning, including the military and a rebellion of states, should President Trump refuse to "peacefully" leave office if he loses his 2020 re-election bid and fails to accept the results.  While the Obama official does not use the phrase "civil war", it is the name for the rebellion of states and the military that he calls for if Trump will not "peacefully" hand over the reins of government on January 20, 2021 following an election defeat.  Curiously, the op-ed comes the day after a 2018 election for a Congressional seat in North Carolina was vacated due to fraud and a new election ordered to take place by the State Board of Elections.

Obama should not ditch physical documents at his presidential library.  Online or on paper?  That's one question at the heart of a debate over Obama's planned presidential library which would, unlike the those of his predecessors, contain no physical archives.  The yet-to-be-built library was thrust into the spotlight this week with the unexpected release of a legal agreement on the digitization of documents raising new questions about access and preservation.  Historians have rightly criticized the digital-only plan, arguing that it would limit research.  The new Obama institution would also likely lack a dedicated staff of librarians that make the document collections more than large-scale data dumps.

Barack Obama Lectures Minority Youth 'You Don't Need Eight Women Around You Twerking'.  On Tuesday, Barack Obama spoke at an event in Oakland, California to mark the 5th anniversary of the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, an organization that focuses on helping minority youth.  ["]The My Brother's Keeper Alliance is part of the Obama Foundation and was founded after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin that sparked protests across the nation,["] Newsweek reported.  Obama joined NBA star Stephen Curry to encourage young minority males to be good examples in their communities.  Obama's advice to the youth?  Don't wear 8-pound chains around your neck and surround yourselves with "twerking women."

Barack Obama discusses racism and toxic masculinity at event with NBA's Steph Curry.  Barack Obama has spoken about the dangers of toxic masculinity and what it really means to "be a man".  The former President attended a conference in Oakland for his My Brother's Keeper initiative alongside NBA star Steph Curry.  The foundation was launched by Obama in 2014 to "unlock the full potential of boys and young men of colour in America" through mentoring and educational programmes.

Barack Obama spends Presidents' Day dining at high-end San Francisco barbecue restaurant.  Barack Obama spent Presidents' Day dining in San Francisco with Steph and Ayesha Curry, as well as Hollywood A-listers Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.  The former president had dinner on Monday night at International Smoke — a high-end barbecue restaurant run by actress Ayesha and celebrity chef Michael Mina.  Obama was joined by Ayesha and her Golden State Warriors star husband.  Chef Mina later shared a photo on Instagram of him posing with Obama and the Currys.

Judge gives go-ahead to lawsuit aimed at stopping Chicago Obama library.  A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by an advocacy group hoping to halt construction of former President Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center on Chicago's South Side can proceed. [...] The proposed Jackson Park site is seven miles from downtown Chicago, is near low-income neighborhoods where Obama worked as a community organizer, and lies just blocks from the University of Chicago, where Obama was a law professor.  It is also close to the home where the Obamas lived until he won the presidency in 2008.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama was a lecturer, not a professor.

Obama's dream of a monument to himself in Chicago suffers a blow from a judge that he appointed.  Hopes for timely groundbreaking for the "Obama Presidential Center" in Chicago suffered a blow yesterday in a federal courtroom.  A federal judge appointed to the bench by Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit that will delay, and quite possibly end, the plan to build and operate the monument as a center for extolling the sheer wonderfulness of Barack and Michelle Obama.  The lawsuit, brought by Protect Our Parks, challenges the legality of handing over 20 acres of irreplaceable lakefront park land for 99 years to a private interest group, the Obama Foundation, which enjoys tax deductibility for donations to it but is unaccountable to any elected representatives of the people.

Judge gives go-ahead to lawsuit aimed at stopping Chicago Obama library.  A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by an advocacy group hoping to halt construction of former President Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center on Chicago's South Side can proceed.  U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey, who was nominated to the federal bench by Obama in 2014, ruled that Protect Our Parks has standing to sue the city because it represents taxpayers with concerns that providing land in Jackson Park to the Obama center violates their due process rights.  The judge indicated that he doesn't want the litigation to drag on, and that he'll limit any fact-gathering before the trial to 45 days.

Obama to play a role in new NBA-backed basketball league in Africa.  Former President Barack Obama is lending his support to one of his favorite pastimes by helping the NBA and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) launch a new league in Africa to grow the game across the continent.  "I've always loved basketball because it's about building a team that's equal to more than the sum of its parts.  Glad to see this expansion into Africa because for a rising continent, this can be about a lot more than what happens on the court," Mr. Obama tweeted Saturday.

Lawsuit threatens plans for $500 million Obama museum and library in Chicago.  Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama's $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago's lakeshore, but it's no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.

Is There A 10-Foot Wall Outside Obama's House?  We Went There To Find Out.  Here's what we know:  Obama purchased a mansion in the D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama for $8.1 million in 2017. Beefed up security features have certainly been added to the home, including a tall pilloried wall around the front of the home and a high-tech guard tower for Secret Service to control entry to the home.  However, no definitive accounts of the security features have been reported.  The Daily Caller traveled to Obama's D.C. neighborhood to find out if the "10-foot wall" existed.  What did we find?  Obama does not have one wall.  He has many.  He has barricades.  He has armed guards entirely blocking the suburban road where he lives.  Multiple cement and iron barricades block the road leading up to the Obama mansion.

Obama Gets A Rude Awakening When He Shows Back Up In America Strutting Around Like He's Still Pres.  Obama's presence in America is one that many could go without ever having to see again, but like a bad taste in your mouth, we just can't seem to brush him away from political podiums and the like.  When the former President isn't jetting around the globe he is busy working with his underground shadow government to overthrow the current administration by any means necessary, and when he wants to look a little less like a suspicious, tyrannical super-villain he is helping the Democrats at fundraisers and such.  At this point there isn't anywhere in America that Obama can go to attend an event without someone heckling him.  You would think that by now he would have gotten the point — to leave and stay gone.

Obama's Organizing for America joins forces with Eric Holder-run group on voter activism.  Former President Obama announced Thursday [12/20/2018] that his political operation, Organizing for America, would be joining forces with the group run by his former attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., in a striking pre-2020 partnership.  The two men announced the decision in emails to their respective supporters, saying it means Mr. Holder's National Democratic Redistricting Committee will now have access to Mr. Obama's powerful grassroots network.

Bail reform poster boy busted before meeting with Obama.  A darling of the RFK foundation's bailout effort was set to miss out on meeting former President Obama at its Manhattan gala Wednesday night — because he was busted during a traffic stop hours earlier.  Bail-reform poster child Pedro Hernandez, 19, was stopped while driving a BMW in The Bronx at about noon, cops said.  A computer check revealed the car's plates were stolen and Hernandez's driver's license was suspended.  He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and related charges, a law-enforcement source said.

Keyword: slush fund.
Obama Foundation Sees $232 Million Windfall in 2017.  Contributions to President Barack Obama's foundation skyrocketed last year as the group hauled in more than $230 million, its most recent tax forms show.  The drastic increase in funds also coincided with hefty pay raises for its executives, with one individual pulling in more than $800,000 in total compensation.  The Barack Obama Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit that was launched in 2014 and carries a primary goal of building the Obama presidential center in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago, reported $231,993,748 in contributions and grants in 2017.  This was an increase of more than $218 million from the $13 million in donations the foundation reported in 2016.  A majority of the foundation's money last year came from just 13 undisclosed donors.

At a certain point you've made enough money.  Right, Barry?
Super-Rich Obama Should Give Taxpayers Their Money Back.  By his own admission, Barack Obama is now fabulously rich.  So why are middle-class taxpayers paying him roughly a million dollars each year?

The Obamas Are on Their Way to Becoming a 'Billion Dollar Brand'.  Michelle Obama, wife of former president Barack Obama, is in the midst of a book tour to sell her autobiography Becoming.  It's a sure-fire best seller and the book tour itself will net her millions.  She also gets $225,000 a pop in speaking fees.  Combine that with the cash being raked in by her husband and a strong case can be made that the former first couple should be placed at the front of the line when the redistributionist policies they so fervently support become law.

Obama Foundation deal with Chicago calls for $10 fee on 99-year lease: reports.  The foundation behind the planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago has a tentative agreement with the city to pay just $10 to use 19.3 acres of city park space for 99 years, according to a report.  The accord is described in legislation that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration will send to the City Council on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.  If approved, the proposals will bring the estimated $350 million project closer to reality.

Obama loses again.  Consider, of the three competitive races that Obama re-emerged from (quasi) private life to try and whip, all three lost.  Andrew Gillum, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Stacey Abrams were all supposed to be in unbelievably tight races.  In the end, they all finished behind their Republican opponents (Abrams could still just barely make a runoff, but it doesn't look good) despite Obama taking the time to rally for them.  On the one hand, this may just reflect poor selection of candidates, though that demonstrates his efficacy as a whip as well.  But on the other, Obama fell into the trap of being Obama in the era of Trump.

Trump Gets 27,000 in 50° and Drizzle in a Cornfield; Obama Can't Fill a High School Gym at Room Temp.  Trump held a rally in Columbia, Missouri Thursday [11/1/2018].  The president campaigned for Republican Josh Hawley in his race against DC elitest Democrat Claire McCaskill.  It was 50° and drizzling in Columbia on Thursday!  The traffic to see President Trump was backed up for miles.

Obama's Netflix deal was about attacking Trump all along.  After going to great pains to assure his media allies that his unconventional Netflix deal was all about inspiring and telling uplifting stories, former president Obama got down to business with what he really had in mind:  Getting Trump.  Apparently, that's what passes for "uplifting" for the embittered ex-president.  When he said "uplifting," he meant uplifting himself.

The Obamas Are Planning An Anti-Trump Netflix Special.  Remember that multi-million dollar deal the Obamas signed with Netflix (after the Obama administration successfully pushed a pro-Netflix Internet streaming regulation just a few years earlier)?  Well, one of the first Obama projects is said to be an anti-Trump program intended to show the "chaos" of the Trump administration.  No former president has ever been so intent on sowing discord against his successor as has Barack Obama — and he's being rewarded with tens of millions of dollars to do so.

The Obamas might make a TV show about disorder in the Trump administration for Netflix.  Is former President Barack Obama about to unleash one long subtweet against his successor in the form of a Netflix show?  Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have acquired the rights to adapt Michael Lewis' book The Fifth Risk as part of their overall deal with Netflix, Deadline reported Wednesday [10/31/2018].  Lewis' book describes the disorder within the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and Department of Commerce that took place during the transition between the Obama administration to the Trump administration.  Many of the new president's appointees were completely unprepared for their jobs and some roles weren't filled at all, the book describes.  Deadline reports that the possible series adaptation would be intended to "help people better understand the inner workings of the government."

As Obama's monument to himself in Chicago is imperiled by lawsuits, Chicago Tribune implies poor blacks will be victimized.  Judging by this article in the Chicago Tribune, there must be serious worries that the planned giveaway (a 99 year lease at 10 cents a year) of 19.3 acres of precious, irreplaceable lakefront Chicago park land to a private monument to former President Obama is in trouble.  Starting with a picture of a pensive-looking black woman in shadows — worth a look here — the piece pulls out all the victimization stops, claiming, "anxiousness ... has swept over some residents and communities on the South Side as they brace for a possible long wait, a bitter fight or even another grand disappointment."  The article by Lolly Bowean and Jeff Coen features residents who regard the "Obama Presidential Center" as an unalloyed benefit to the poor communities that are nearby — "a new historical treasure to [the] already culturally rich African-American community.  [But] if the community is "already culturally rich," why does it need another cultural monument?  Oh, that's right:  "jobs and investment."

Obama Is 'Making Stuff Up' About The Trump Economic Boom.  Economists expect the third-quarter GDP number — to be released this Friday — to be a strong one, in the range of 3.4%.  Maybe that's why Barack Obama is running around this week trying to take credit for the economic boom.  And he says President Trump has trouble with facts?

Barack Obama's campaign appearance set for Friday at Milwaukee's North Division High School.  Democrats announced details for a campaign rally featuring former President Barack Obama.  The event will be held Friday [10/26/2018] at Milwaukee's North Division High School, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m.

As hurdles mount for Obama Presidential Center, worry and anxiety grow on South Side.  Paraisia Winston looks forward to having the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, 4 miles from her South Shore home, to add a new historical treasure to her already culturally rich African-American community.  She believes the center will spur investment and economic development in her South Side neighborhood — one that has long struggled to secure basic amenities like a major grocery or a recognizable clothing store.  But recently, as development of the Obama center has faced obstacles and groundbreaking has been pushed back, Winston and some of her neighbors have begun to worry about the project's fate.  It faces a legal challenge in federal court over the use of park space for the center, and its chief local backer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, recently announced he will not be seeking a third term as mayor.

Obama visits Coachella just days after tweeting that more people attend music festival than voted in key states.  Former President Barack Obama made a visit to California's Coachella Valley on Saturday [10/20/2018], just days after tweeting that the turnout for the area's annual music festival surpasses the combined number of votes in three states that turned the 2016 presidential election.  The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles, typically attracts a few hundred thousand people over two consecutive three-day weekends each April.  It wasn't clear why Obama was in the area, [...]

Democrats Fear Obama Is Going Soft for the Midterms.  With just three weeks to go before one of most critical midterm elections in modern American history, the most powerful figure in the Democratic Party has kept his distance.  Barack Obama's involvement in the 2018 cycle was always bound to be limited.  The former president has stressed his desire for the future generation of Democratic leaders to step up, along with a reverence for norms dictating that ex-presidents should not criticize current ones.  But with fear growing within the party that they may not win back either chamber of Congress, even members of Obama's alumni network are beginning to question whether the detachment is strategic at all.

Obama Foundation is raising big bucks but hiding the identities of its mega-donors.  The planned Obama presidential library "Presidential Center" that wants to grab priceless lakefront property from taxpayers for a vast campus that amounts to a cenotaph-like monument to the wonderfulness of the 44th president of the United States recently filed its required Form 990 for 2017 with the IRS.  It revealed three surprising facts.  One:  The Foundation's fundraising skyrocketed from $13.175 million in 2016 to an eye-popping $232.6 million in 2017, 17.6 times as much.  Would it be too cynical of me to notice that this coincided with the elimination of the self-imposed limit of $1 million per contributor? [...] Two:  The Obama Foundation decided to mask the identities of its mega-donors.

Obama Center is all about raising huge sums of money.  After reading Lynn Sweet's piece last Wednesday on the Obama Foundation's fundraising efforts ("Fundraising bonanza fuels Obama Foundation"), I feel that the foundation should consider renaming the Obama Center itself to The First National Bank of Obamaland, with branch offices in New York and Washington, D.C.  Let's face it, that's what all this is about:  raising huge sums of tax-free money.  (Mr. Obama must have learned that from the Clintons.)  All the prior political semantics about bringing jobs and opportunity to the communities (supposedly) involved is just a sop for the public.

Our Affectionate Uncle Barry.  Dear President Obama, Congratulations on the new book!  It's so great to see you back in print, comforting the afflicted in these dark times.  And my, what a pleasure cruise this must be for you:  To Obama, With Love, Joy, Anger, And Hope, by New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Marie Laskas — you didn't even have to lift your famous pen and phone to make it happen.  I had no idea you were such a profuse epistolarian.  Answering 10 letters a night during your eight years in office — that's no small feat.  It's fascinating reading them in a compilation and seeing how you took pains to correct those who disagreed with your vision, while offering encouragement to those who praised you to high heaven.  One of your detractors might call your dedication to letter writing a mixture of incompetence and neglect with regards to the more important areas of statecraft.  But I can't hold it against you.

Barack Obama in Philly.  In the Philly area alone, Democrats are gunning to unseat Republicans in four U.S. House districts and more than a dozen state legislative seats, per the Associated Press.  But Obama was stumping primarily for two incumbents on Friday [9/21/2018]:  U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Pa.  Gov. Wolf, both of whom face firebrand Republican challengers.

What's really behind Obama's stealth midterm campaign?  President Trump does not mind poking, aggravating and motivating opponents.  In fact, he seems to enjoy it.  As does his steadfast 40+ percent plurality of supporters.  Obama's course this fall is trickier.  Have you noticed him on all the network, cable and Sunday shows mocking Trump, pushing a minimum wage hike and all the other predictable progressive applause lines?  No, you haven't.  That's because Obama wants to sneak into carefully-selected districts like some in California's Orange County and rally Democrats without rousing Republicans.

Obama's monument to himself covertly grabbing $244 million of Illinois taxpayers' money for 'privately-funded' project.  Barack Obama announced that he would not have a federally funded presidential library, but instead would rely on private money paid to the Obama Foundation to build a "presidential center" that may or may not have any books (we still don't know, but there definitely will be basketball courts).  That's what Obama wants, so that's what Obama gets.  The entire project would be all his to control, a monument created by the person being honored.  Normally, that is the practice of dictators like Saddam Hussein, but Barack Hussein Obama was a president like no other.  And oddly enough, the building style chosen by the Obamas resembles nothing so much as a cenotaph, even though Obama is alive and kicking.

Obama Steals Away $244 Million in Tax Dollars from Bankrupt Illinois for His 'Private' Museum.  Barack Obama sold his fake presidential library as a "private" project that would not require any state tax money.  But now it appears that his facility has gotten $244 million in tax dollars already.  And who knows how much more will be thrown at his fake library in the near future?  First of all, Obama's presidential library is not a "library."  Unlike other presidential libraries where the president's papers, books, and records are stored in the facility bearing his name, the "Obama Center" will not have any of Obama's papers.  None.  So, Obama's "center" was a bait and switch on that level from the beginning.  Instead of housing his papers and serving as a place for scholars to study his presidency, the "Obama Center" will be an overgrown "community center" and gift shop.

Barack Obama's $50 Million Netflix Swamp Cash Deal Explained.  Want to know how the D.C. swamp works at the highest levels and how this one White House example is legion throughout the federal government?  It goes something like this:  As president, Barack Obama aggressively pushed for "Net Neutrality" which primarily built and then protected the platform for Netflix ISP dominance.  Netflix's value skyrocketed.  And what then happened in 2018?  Netflix turned around and gave the Obamas a $50 million dollar 'consulting and development' deal.

What on Earth is Obama doing?  In his post-presidency, Barack Obama has mostly tried to stay out of politics, spending a lot of time goofing off with billionaire friends, writing a book, creating TV shows, and collecting vast sums in buckraking speeches.  But he has finally started to dip his toes back into the political waters, recently releasing endorsements for the 2018 election and cutting his first ad spot of the election cycle for the billionaire Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.  What's been most striking about this political re-entry is its profound worthlessness.

Federal judge hands Obama Presidential Center opponents a win.  A federal judge will let groups suing the Obama Foundation over its plans for a presidential center on Chicago's South Side begin demanding information from the city of Chicago to determine how the site was selected for the project instead of other private properties.  In a hearing late Tuesday [8/14/2018], District Court Judge John Robert Blakey agreed to let the plaintiffs, led by Protect Our Parks, obtain information from the city of Chicago and Obama officials on how it selected the site.  The Barack Obama Presidential Center is being proposed on federal land that was deemed by the government in 2012 to be inappropriate for construction.

Obama's Latest Lie:  If You Like Your Century-Old Trees You Can Keep Them.  If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the exasperated groans of the good people of Illinois carrying on the wind, as former President Obama sticks it to them again.  The original purpose of the transfer of public parkland to the Foundation — a private non-government entity — was to house an official federal Obama Federal Library.  However, that purpose no longer exists.  Obama decided that "The Obama Center" will not include his official presidential library.  The federal National Records and Archives Administration will run it from someplace else.  One of his promises in selling the non-library-library project was the building, or the center wouldn't touch the trees in Jackson Park some of which were planted in preparation for the Chicago World's Fair which opened in 1893.

Barack Obama, Chicago mayor?  Early next year the first round of the Chicago mayoral election will be held, If no candidate achieves a majority, then the top two face each other in a runoff.  The two-term incumbent, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first chief of staff, is running, as are several other candidates, each with baggage, including former Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who Emanuel fired after the details of the shooting of Laquan McDonald became public, political gadfly and ex-Chicago Public Schools head Paul Vallas, and Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, whose office is under federal investigation.  There is a one person who could wipe the floor with Rahm and these other candidates and easily avoid a runoff.

Obama Center Breaks Pledge Not to Remove Trees in Jackson Park.  The Obama Presidential Center has already started destroying dozens of age-old trees in Chicago's Jackson Park, despite a pledge not to start removing trees until all legal paths are cleared.

Obama Foundation's monumental rip-off.  The Obama Presidential Center planned for Chicago is nothing more than a personal monument to Barack Obama and a center for political indoctrination in his radical views.  It serves no public purpose the way that a presidential library would.  Obama's presidential papers will not be housed there, and no scholars will be afforded the opportunity to explore the history of his presidency.  And, this is receiving vast public subsidies, despite assurances that it would be privately funded.  Barack and Michelle Obama have been playing a major role in its design, in a fashion reminiscent of a dictator putting up monuments to himself in some third world country.  As the revised design stands, it will look like a cenotaph bizarrely erected before the death and burial of its principal.

The Obama Center Can Afford More Than $1 Rent.  Now comes news that Illinois taxpayers will put up at least $174 million for roadway and transit reconfigurations needed to accommodate the Obama Center.  If you don't live in Illinois, you may be smirking — but you'll be footing the bill, too.  Eighty percent of such spending is generally reimbursed by the federal government, and Illinois officials confirmed to me that they expect to receive $139 million from Washington if they request it.  All that taxpayer money — and for what?  Originally, Chicagoans imagined they'd be getting a true presidential library, akin to those they might have visited for Ronald Reagan in California or John F. Kennedy in Boston.  But unlike those libraries, the Obama Center won't be run by the National Archives and Records Administration.  It won't even house Mr. Obama's records, artifacts and papers, which will be digitized and available online.  Instead the center will be owned and operated by the Obama Foundation.

Vacationers fawn over Barack and Michelle Obama on Martha's Vineyard: 'It's like the Beatles'.  In keeping with an old tradition, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have returned to their customary summer retreat.  The couple are visiting Martha's Vineyard and have been quietly enjoying themselves on the low-key and picturesque island — likely to stay until the end of August according to the Martha's Vineyard Times.  The local news organization has much to cover.

In political season, Democrats wonder, 'Where's Obama?'.  "Join me on Team '18," former President Barack Obama wrote in a recent fundraising email from his old political group, Organizing for America.  "Every election, every ballot measure, every conversation between now and November ... it all matters."  It wasn't much, but the email was one of Obama's few public, political, overtly partisan appeals as the Democratic Party approaches midterm elections that could stop President Trump's agenda and boost Democratic prospects going into 2020.  To have an ex-president who remains highly popular with his party sitting on the sidelines cannot be what Democrats hoped.

'Obama! Obama!': Barack Obama is back on Martha's Vineyard.  According to The Martha's Vineyard Times, Obama arrived on the island Saturday for a vacation that could last for much of August.  The former first family frequented Martha's Vineyard during summers of Obama's presidency, and visited again the first summer after Obama left office in 2017.

Jackson Park trees cut down near Obama Center site despite lawsuit, promises.  The city and Chicago Park District are cutting down trees in Jackson Park — in a project related to the Obama Presidential Center — despite a pending lawsuit, city and federal approvals still needed and a pledge from the Obama Foundation CEO to keep trees intact until the permitting process is complete.  The Chicago Park District is digging up baseball fields in Jackson Park south of the proposed Obama Center complex.  The reason?  The diamonds are being removed to make room for a track field displaced by the Obama Center, to be located on 19.3 acres carved out of Jackson Park.

Barack Obama likely to avoid direct combat with Trump as he dives back into campaign mode.  Barack Obama will significantly raise his profile in the coming months as he campaigns for Democrats in the November midterm elections but he is unlikely to take on President Donald Trump more directly, allies of the former president said.  The two-term Democratic president is planning to re-emerge as a regular fixture at fundraisers and on the campaign trail after Labor Day, but will continue to strive for an above-the-fray style, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss emerging strategy.

Report: Obama Wealth Grew 40-Fold Since Entering White House.  Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle entered the White House in 2008 with a net worth of $1.3 million, but in the 10 years since that time, that has grown to an estimated $40 million, and could earn as much as $242.5 million in the years ahead.  Obama made $20 million from the time he joined the U.S. Senate in 2005 through the end of his presidency, including money from his government salary, book royalties, investment income, and from Michelle Obama's income from the University of Chicago before she became first lady, reports Business Insider.

Obama's Endorsements Leave Out Every Woman Veteran.  Former President Barack Obama has endorsed 81 Democrats in 13 states around the country — yet snubbed women who are military veterans running in the 2018 midterm elections.  Five of the 15 military veterans on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) Red to Blue list are women, including former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill running in New Jersey's 11th congressional district.

Construction of Obama Presidential Library delayed (guess why).  As everybody knows, when Obama was president he and his administration had a tremendous love of government regulations: [...] But sometimes regulation-happy pols fall into their own traps.  Here's more proof that what goes around comes around.

Obama Foundation delays presidential center groundbreaking until next year.  The Obama Foundation has pushed back the groundbreaking date for the Obama Presidential Center after the federal review process was delayed for a second time this summer, officials confirmed Friday [7/27/2018].  Instead of starting construction later this year, the foundation is now saying they plan to break ground for the half-billion-dollar project sometime in 2019.  Officials avoided setting a specific date during the year.  They also would not say if this will change their timeline for building the center, which was once slated to open in 2021.

Obama's back, and he's more like Trump than you might think.  Neither Obama nor Trump has a limited opinion of himself.  Neither minds sharing his observations, whether you asked or not.  Neither is shy playing to his crowds.  Neither is immune to an affliction called tone-deaf.  And neither is capable of publicly apologizing.  Remember Obama speeches?  It seems like years already, doesn't it?  They're meticulously organized and chronological, almost like a lawyer wrote them.  Oh, wait.  He did.

Obama Attacks Wealthy For Big Houses Before Returning to His $8 Million Mansion.  At a recent speech in South Africa, former President Barack Obama criticized wealth inequality, saying those who have more money should share their earnings with the less fortunate.  "Right now, I'm actually surprised by how much money I got," Obama said of the more than $20 million he earned between 2005 and 2016.  Obama then chided wealthy individuals for excess, saying, "There's only so much you can eat.  There's only so big a house you can have.  There's only so many nice trips you can take.  I mean, it's enough."

Obama arrives in his father's native Kenya for low-key trip.  Former US president Barack Obama arrived in Kenya on Sunday, the country of his father's birth, his first visit to this East African country since leaving office.  Obama is in Kenya to help launch the sports and training center founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama, through her foundation Sauti Kuu.  In Nairobi, Barack met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official residence, according to Kenyatta's Twitter account.

Top Venture Capital Firm Tight Lipped About Barack Obama Visit.  Former President Barack Obama on Friday visited a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm.  Andrew Chen, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, posted a photo on Twitter of Obama posing Friday [6/29/2018] with a large group of people, including several venture capitalists at the firm based in Menlo Park, California.

Obama still backing Pelosi while other Democrats move on.  The list of Democrats expressing frustration with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been growing longer in recent weeks, but don't expect to see former President Barack Obama's name on it.  At a party fundraising event Friday afternoon [6/29/2018] in Northern California, Obama spoke highly of Pelosi — and even predicted that she will return to the job of House speaker after November's midterm elections.

The myth of Obama's 'disappearance'.  If you believe recent media accounts, the former Democratic president has suddenly transcended the political fray.  It's as if a newly "Zen-like" Barack Obama is content to just write his memoir and let Donald Trump and Republicans write the next chapter of history.  In a cover story asking "Where is Barack Obama?" for example, New York magazine concluded that the 44th president has "virtually disappeared" from the political scene and is sitting idly by as his legacy is dismantled piece by piece.  From an exclusive interview, the periodical concluded Obama was "modeling his political engagement out of office after George W. Bush's — that is, staying out of the rough-and-tumble of politics, maintaining distance from his former office and resigning himself to be an elder statesman fading into the sunset.  Don't buy it.  Obama is doing far more to shape the political landscape than is visible.

Ben Rhodes insults voters and then promises them More Obama.  [Scroll down]  Why do the Democrats have such a void of new leaders?  Well, because Obama pretty well sucked all the air out of the room for his fellow Democrats, as Rhodes seems to admit later on in the interview.  Democrats these days are ruled by gerontocrats redolent of the old gray men of the Kremlin because they're the only lizards who survived the Obama meteorite strike.  Now Obama's coming back, Rhodes assures, to reinforce the decline.  Seems the former president just can't stay out of the spotlight.

Where Is Barack Obama?  How did the most ubiquitous man in America for eight years virtually disappear?

It's Happening:  The Obama-Holder Progressive Left Counter-Offensive.  Former President Barack Obama and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have planned — and are leading — a massive counter-offensive to give the progressive left faction of the Democratic Party control of key state legislative bodies and state supreme courts in time for congressional redistricting after the 2020 census.  If they are successful, Democrats could well control the U.S. House of Representatives for the decade of the 20s and have in place a progressive left farm team from which to draw leftist national leaders for many years beyond.

Democrats Want Obama Back Because [There is] No One Else.  As the Democratic party struggles to find its footing, they look toward past leadership to guide them into the future.  After former President Bill Clinton's unapologetic remarks regarding Monica Lewinsky and the #MeToo movement — as well as the revelation that most voters see him as little more than a sexual predator — Democrats are stepping back from the Clinton family.  Instead, they are pushing for former President Barack Obama to return from the sidelines.

Obama Presidential Center to cost Illinois taxpayers nearly $200 million.  The state of Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation projects in Chicago's South Side neighborhood around the Obama Presidential Center site, $199 million of which will fall directly on the shoulders of Illinois taxpayers.  Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law the legislature's budget on June 4, which included $174 million for road work in and around Jackson Park — where the 235-foot-tall building would be located — and another $50 million to renovate an above-ground rail stop two miles away.

Barack Obama network takes aim at Texas' hottest congressional races.  Obama for America organizers are heading to Houston and San Antonio to help flip key congressional seats from Republicans to Democrats.  Former members of President Barack Obama's presidential campaign has announced it is sending representatives to Houston and San Antonio as part of a nationwide effort to mobilize voters in key congressional races.

Barack is the next Pelosi.  Obama is about to discover that he can only remind critics of what a lousy president he was, and remind many supporters of what a disappointment he was.  While it is true that he can rally those who believe he succeeded, the majority of Americans believe he had his chance and should go away.  Even if he limits himself to black and Hispanic neighborhoods, people will compare what he accomplished for them in eight years to what President Trump has done in less than two years and find Obama lacking.

Barack Obama to appear at DNC gala ahead of midterms.  Former President Barack Obama is set to help Democrats gear up for the 2018 midterm elections, which supporters hope could see the party take control of at least the House this year.  Obama will appear at a Democratic National Committee Gala Dinner in Los Angeles on June 28, organizers said in an emailed invitation.

Obama Encourages Gun Controllers to Stay Committed 'No Matter How Long It Takes'.  Former President Barack Obama encouraged gun control proponents on Friday to stay committed to securing new gun laws "no matter how long it takes." Friday was National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  Obama tweeted that gun control proponents must not only push for a change in laws, but also in "leadership" to secure the new laws.

Five Reasons for Conservatives to Boycott Netflix.  [Reason #3] Obama's "Higher Ground Productions" [...] You don't have to watch a single episode to know the former "lecturer-in-chief" is going to use to the platform to oppose Republicans and desperately try to maintain some sort of legacy while President Trump actively dismantles his administration's "signature achievements" and policies.

Haven't the Obamas Made Enough Money?  While the Mrs. is busy showing up angry on book tours, hubby will be pleasantly giving speeches at $400,000 a pop where he can pontificate about community organizing and commiserate with the problems poverty-stricken Americans suffer.  And while payroll is processing Barack's speaking stipend, the former president can continue to bide his time with extemporaneous musings about American prejudice, minority mistreatment, and how Trump-style capitalism is a global blight.  Just recently, the Obama $65-million+ pie expanded, receiving a fresh infusion of cash from internet entertainment company Netflix.  Netflix is perfect for the Obamas because the network's programming includes liberal topics that cover subjects such as sexual awareness in children and normalizing abortion.  It was a top Obama campaign contributor named Ted Sarandos that provided the Obamas the opportunity to community organize 125 million Netflix subscribers in 190 nations worldwide.  Sarandos is the chief content officer and manager of the $8 billion Netflix budget who brokered a deal that industry sources say could be worth more than $50 million for Mr. and Mrs. "You Didn't Build That."

How about Netflix pay Dinesh D'Souza to make some movies, too?  Netflix acts as though it's losing subscriptions and is obviously in damage control mode in the wake of its decision to give President Obama a contract to produce shows. [...] It shouldn't surprise anyone that subscribers may be fleeing.  Obama himself has botched things for the company by admitting that his idea is to shove more community organizing on the subscription service's offerings.  Customers are on to it, knowing exactly what that means, and rebelling at the politicization of more of their culture.

Netflix Exec:  Productions From the Obamas Will Not Have a 'Political Slant'.  Netflix has inked a multiyear deal with the Obamas for original programming — but the content from the former First Couple will not have any political bias, according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos.  "This is not The Obama Network," said Sarandos, speaking Tuesday at the Paley Center for Media in New York.  "There's no political slant to the programming."  Sarandos was interviewed journalist Ken Auletta at the event.  Noting that the Netflix exec is a Democrat, Auletta asked what he would say to Republicans about Netflix's seeming push to the political left — including the appointment of former Obama adviser Susan Rice to its board.

Netflix Invests in Obama's Celebrity.  President Obama's experience, talent and value are in front the camera, not behind it.  Unless Netflix is really just paying him off for his now-defunct net-neutrality rules, then this week's splashy production deal must rest on Netflix's belief that he's been hiding unsuspected gifts as an auteur.  Let's spend a moment on the payola theory, just for fun.  The Obama deal has been valued in the media at $65 million — almost exactly what Al Gore personally extracted from the cable industry for his Current TV carriage rights when he sold the unwatched cable channel to Al Jazeera in 2013.

Campaign contributor helped Obamas score Netflix deal.  Barack and Michelle Obama are raking in the cash, thanks to the influence of a former campaign supporter.  The couple last week signed a creative production deal with Netflix that one entertainment-industry source said could be valued at more than $50 million.  Ted Sarandos, a major campaign contributor for Obama and the streaming giant's creative-content chief who oversees an $8 billion budget, helped to broker the deal, the source told The [New York] Post.

Obama's Netflix deal was about community organizing all along.  Netflix's deal with former president Obama to produce content for its shows isn't going as well as its media toadies hailing the scheme thought it would.  They presented us with this and assumed we'd get excited about it. [...] What they've got now is a Netflix buyer boycott on the cards, for starters.  Turns out Netflix's customers aren't all in for more politicization of their entertainment.

Netflix Users Threaten Boycott Over Obama Content Deal.  Some Netflix users aren't too happy about the streaming provider's newly announced deal with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to produce original content on the service.  After the deal was announced on Monday [5/21/2018], a growing number of users have said they'll cancel their Netflix subscriptions and called on others to do the same.

Goodbye, Netflix.  After about thirteen years of being a loyal customer of Netflix, the time has come for me to say goodbye. [...] Given that I'm a conservative, one might be inclined to believe that my choice to leave Netflix is predicated upon the company's most recent decision to partner with Barack and Michelle Obama's new company, called "Higher Ground Productions," to produce loads of new content.  In a way, I guess that's correct.  But this choice by Netflix has not alone led me to this decision.  Rather, this was the straw that finally broke the camel's back — the latest in a series of indicators that the network has become little more than a propaganda arm for radical left-wing political actors.

We'll Never Be Rid of Them:  Obamas Sign a Deal With Netflix.  [Scroll down]  My biggest pet peeve is when highly paid politicians refer to their "public service."  Four hundred thousand dollars a year with a domestic staff that's on call 24/7 in your mansion, followed by over $200K a year for life and all funded by taxpayers is not service.  It's a sweet gig.  Building a house with Habitat for Humanity is service.  I am not quite sure how the Obamas were meeting these people from "all walks of life," as it seemed as if they were spending most of their free time with the extremely wealthy people in Bel Air.

President Obama, wife, sign multiyear deal with Netflix.  Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, the company announced on Monday, the latest high-profile hire by the streaming media giant.  The Obamas will produce a mix of content that includes the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features, which will be available to Netflix customers, the company, which boasts 125 million members in more than 190 countries, said.

Federal lawsuit accuses Obama Presidential Center of 'bait and switch' in land grab of park space.  Chicago is planning to hand over 19 acres of public parkland, occupying a prime lakefront site, to a private entity, for a nominal sum, in order to build a monument to Barack Hussein Obama.  Now a Chicago nonprofit, Protect Our Parks, filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court [...] The complaint cites an "institutional bait and switch" because the original plan was for a federal entity to take possession of the land and build an Obama Presidential Library, which would be publicly owned and controlled.  That was the bait used to obtain priceless open park land that would be taken away from the citizens of Chicago.  The switch came when the presidential library plan was sidelined, and in its place was instituted a "presidential center" that would be under the control of a private foundation, with Barack Obama himself in a position to shape the center's planning, mission, and operations toward whatever ends he desires.

Federal lawsuit filed to block Obama Center in Jackson Park.  A federal lawsuit seeking to block construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park was filed Monday by public parks activists against the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District.  The suit comes as the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday [5/10/2018] meets to consider applications for zoning and other approvals needed for the project submitted by the Obama Foundation, Chicago Park District and Chicago Department of Transportation.  The commission will also take up a resolution authorizing a long-term ground lease for 19.3 acres in Jackson Park from the city to the Barack Obama Foundation.

Federal lawsuit accuses Obama center organizers of pulling an 'institutional bait and switch'.  A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an "institutional bait and switch" by shifting the center's purpose away from being a true presidential library.  Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don't have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.

Obama Presidential Center museum to contain Oval Office replica.  The Obama Presidential Center museum will include a replica of former President Barack Obama's Oval Office, museum director Louise Bernard told the Chicago Sun-Times.  "We imagine that will be a real draw for people and for young people as well, to kind of see themselves in that space," Bernard said in an interview offering the first details of what will be in the museum.

Obamas Have Slammed Trump A Dozen Times Since Leaving The White House, Breaking With Precedent.  Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have bashed his successor, President Donald Trump, a dozen times since leaving the White House on Jan. 20, 2017.  In criticizing his successor — and doing so repeatedly — Obama has abandoned the precedent set by previous presidents.  He and his wife have slammed Trump a dozen times since leaving office.

Obama Whines About Trump's America — 'I Worry When Our Values Are Not Being Upheld'.  Former President Barack Obama had some barely veiled criticism for President Trump at a Monday talk in San Diego, implying that American values "are not being upheld."  "I've been trying to be careful about not editorializing too much.  When I get worried about our country, or the world, it is not around a particular issue," Obama said, according to NTK Network.  "I worry when our values are not being upheld," he said.  Obama added, "Our democracy, just like any organization, can't work if, for example, we don't insist on facts.  Like, facts are really useful.  We can't make good decisions if we don't at least agree on the facts."

The Editor says...
Oh, you mean we can agree on facts like, "If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance?"

Obama endorses Sen. Dianne Feinstein for re-election.  Former President Barack Obama on Friday [5/4/2018] endorsed Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein for re-election to her California seat, giving the veteran legislator another dose of big-name support as she tries to fend off an upstart challenger from her left.  Mr. Obama, who served with Ms. Feinstein in the Senate from 2005 to 2008 before taking the White House, said Ms. Feinstein has been one of the "most effective champions for progress" in the august body.  "She's always been an indispensable leader for California, and we became dear friends and partners in the fight to guarantee affordable health care and economic opportunity for everybody; to protect our planet from climate change, and our kids from gun violence," Mr. Obama said in a statement through the Feinstein campaign.

Obama jets off to legitimize South Africa's Zimbabwifying regime.  South Africa is busy Zimbabwifying itself, ready to expropriate white-owned farms without compensation.  At this point, it should be a pariah state.  But in goes President Obama, likely to egg them on.  The gushy New York Times piece about it pretty well calls Obama's planned trip to play community organizer abroad in South Africa a wonderful thing.

Barack Obama Urges on Anti-Gun Student Activists, Dreamers, and Black Lives Matter.  Former President Barack Obama urged on liberal student activist groups in a special essay published by Time magazine recognizing the top 100 most influential people in 2018.  Barack Obama reminded all Americans of a duty to make their country more equal for all races and ages.  "This generation — of Parkland, of Dreamers, of Black Lives Matter — embraces that duty," he wrote.  "If they make their elders uncomfortable, that's how it should be."

The Editor says...
Spoken like a true "community organizer" — which is another way of saying, "leftist troublemaker."

Obama Praises The Parkland Kids — Article Will Make Gun Owners' Heads Shake.  Former President Barack Obama wrote an article TIME Magazine's Most Influential People about the pro-gun control Parkland students.  It will make gun owners' shake their heads.  Obama wrote that students like Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, "have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom."  The former president took aim at the NRA and its supporters in the piece as well.

Barack Obama Gives Glowing Praise To David Hogg, Kyle Kashuv Destroys Every Word.  Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg, who was nowhere near where the actual shooting took place, has become as annoying as a canker sore, especially to Kyle Kashuv.  He is one of the students who has received the least attention because he supports the Constitutional right to bear arms. [...] On Thursday [4/19/2018], it was announced that David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Kyle Kasky and other anti-Second Amendment activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as a group, were named as one of Time Magazine's most influential people of 2018.  In a shocking twist of irony, their write up in the magazine was penned by none other than former President Barack Obama, the same president who helped run guns to Mexican drug cartels with former Attorney General Eric Holder in Operation Fast & Furious.  Kashuv thought it was ridiculous, and he destroyed it on Twitter.

The Editor says...
It would not surprise me to learn that someone other than Barack H. Obama wrote the article for Time Magazine, since Mr. Obama has apparently taken credit for other writer's work in the past.

Obamas 'building new swimming pool' at their $8.1 million mansion in exclusive Kalorama neighborhood of Washington DC.  Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are building a swimming pool at their home in an exclusive neighborhood of Washington DC.  The 44th president and his family purchased the the 8,200 sq ft mansion in the Kalorama area of the capital in 2017 for $8.1 million having initially rented the property.  Plans are now afoot for a new swimming pool in the grounds, according to TMZ, which says it has seen building permits.

Obama Aims to Train 'Next Generation' of Anti-Trump Activists.  Barack Obama picked an appearance at a town-hall meeting broadcast by ESPN to announce Michelle and his current project.  Some will see this as nothing more than good PR for Obama's foundation in Chicago, while it is more likely we are seeing his return to his community organizing days he learned from Saul Alinsky and his leftist disciples.  During the town hall[,] Obama said he wants to create a "platform" to train the next generation of activists and leaders.

Chicago officials caught short-circuiting required review of Obama Presidential Center.  The so-called "Obama Presidential Center" in Chicago is not a presidential library, and it is not part of the National Archives.  It will contain no collections of presidential papers and therefore will have little if any value to historians and scholars of his presidency.  It is a private building, financed by private donations.  Its function appears to be serving as a monument to the man himself, offering space for basketball courts and meeting rooms for "community organizing," among his favorite pursuits.

Barack Obama is set to earn $1.3million for a whistle-stop speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand.  Barack Obama is set to rake in $1.3 million for a whistle-stop speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand.  The former US President has already raked in thousands for an appearance at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.  After a one-day stop-over in Australia, Obama boarded a plane to New Zealand where he spent three days on engagements, meeting dignitaries and playing golf.  Next on his one-week tour is Japan and Singapore, and he is expected to earn seven figures for his work.

Obama Library infrastructure could total $175M.  The city's transportation department estimates that the cost of widening streets and building at least four new underpasses near the site in Jackson Park may total $175 million.

Barack and Michelle Obama go all in behind Parkland students' gun control campaign.  Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama penned a letter to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heralding them for their efforts to get new gun laws passed.

Never Say Goodbye.  We learned last week that Obama and his wife, Michelle, are in the final stages of negotiations with Netflix to produce one or more shows that will allow him to retain his influence on global affairs.  News reports indicated that the Obamas do not plan to use the Netflix shows to respond directly to the Trump administration but will instead use the new medium to highlight powerful stories. [...] But hold on.  The New York Times reports that the Obamas' media venture may not be the apolitical project we would prefer.  "In one possible show idea," the Times reports, "Mr. Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency — health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, climate change — and that have continued to divide a polarized American electorate during President Trump's time in office.  Another program could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House."  If we may be forgiven for saying so, these ideas don't sound like ratings sensations.

Why Won't Barack Obama Go Away?  Why do those who criticize Donald Trump for not being a "traditional" president fawn over President Obama not being a "traditional" post-presidential citizen?  I would say Michelle and Barack Obama are back in the news, but they've never left the news since the 22nd Amendment mercifully exiled them from the Oval Office last year. [...] Obama moved into a $5-million D.C. mansion — but only after the wall surrounding the 8,000-square-foot mansion was completely erected.  Oh, and Obama's former senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, moved in with the Obamas, which is just bizarrely weird.

Netflix Stock is Plummeting in Response To Obama Show.  Last week, Big League Politics exposed how former President Barack Obama is in advance negotiations with video streaming service Netflix to have his own show.  In response, Trump supporters across the country began boycotting Netflix by canceling their memberships.  Just days into the boycott Netflix is already feeling the heat.  Their stock has been steadily lowering in price since the boycott began.  Just today [3/13/2018] the stock has dropped nearly 3% in value.

With Netflix, Obama builds another monument to himself.  Concerned about his crumbling legacy and unable to bear life out of the spotlight, the former president is in talks with Netflix "to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House," as the New York Times, which got the scoop, put it.  Let that sink in.  The man is seeking to rewrite history, his own history, the better to influence the public to think he wasn't such a bad president after all, through a television series about himself where he controls all the content.  It shows how reluctant he is to let go of the reins of power and act the graceful role of retired president.

Obama in Talks to Provide Shows for Netflix.  Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, according to people familiar with the discussions.  Under terms of a proposed deal, which is not yet final, Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service, which has nearly 118 million subscribers around the world.  The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.  Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics, according to people familiar with discussions about the programming.  They said the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories.

The Editor says...
In other words, it will be another Democrat propaganda channel, with an endless stream of tear-jerker stories about innocent victims who can only be helped if the government gets bigger and spends more money.  Barack H. Obama is not going to produce or direct the show, and certainly won't write it.  All he will do is stand in front of a camera and read the teleprompter.

'Collusion' with Chicago officials and 13 other problems locals have with Obama Presidential Center.  A panel of national and local experts, comprised mostly of African-Americans, lambasted Chicago city officials in a meeting Wednesday night [3/7/2018] for how they have worked closely with the Obama Foundation to build the Obama Presidential Center on public land despite criticism and serious concerns from representatives of the South Side neighborhood. [...] University of Chicago professors, leaders in the black community, and experts on historic preservation and architecture repeatedly condemned former President Barack Obama and his organization for engaging in closed-door negotiations with the university and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama's first term chief of staff, and said the Democratic leader is ignoring the historic black community's needs.

Will Obama center hurt those it's supposed to help?  A commander in chief turned salesman in chief, Barack Obama painted a rosy picture Tuesday of his planned presidential center's urban impact.  He described a transformed neighborhood, with visitors checking out a restaurant or an art studio across Stony Island Avenue from the center.  Yet Obama also revealed his pragmatic side, promising the center would supercharge areas hit by decades of disinvestment, while acknowledging fears that such growth will force out low-income residents.  "You can't have one without the other," he said.

Obama makes pitch for his center in Jackson Park, says too much development' has not been the problem for South Side.  Former President Barack Obama came to Chicago on Tuesday to again make the case for building his presidential center in Jackson Park, telling hundreds of people gathered at McCormick Place that he believes his South Side complex will create more jobs, attract businesses and give more opportunities to local residents.  Obama downplayed concerns about increased housing costs and other issues that have been raised by residents who live near the center.  "A lot of times, people get nervous about gentrification and understandably so," he said.  "It is not my experience ... that the big problem on the South Side has been too much development, too much economic activity, too many people being displaced because all these folks from Lincoln Park are filling in to the South Side.  That's not what's happening.

'Uprising' Against Obama's Proposed Library Forming In Chicago.  Chicago residents have given anything but a warm welcome to the proposed location for the Obama Presidential Center.  Since the plans were announced in May 2017, the building of the library in Jackson Park has received criticism from different groups and former community organizer Barak Obama is facing a "minor uprising."

Ironic: Chicago Community Organizers Fighting Against Obama.  In what Politico acknowledges is the "ultimate irony," former community organizer-turned-President of the United States Barack Obama has found himself in an uncomfortable public feud with community organizers in his hometown Chicago, who are using the tactics he once used himself against the "establishment."  The feud centers around the building of the Obama library and demands by community organizations that Obama's foundation agree to a community benefits agreement which would require investments in or hiring from the community in which the structure will be built.

Non-stop vacation:
Former US President Barack Obama set to head Down Under for speaking tour.  Former United States president Barack Obama will visit Australia next month as part of a trip that will also see him speak in New Zealand.  The New Zealand United States Council announced on Sunday it would host Mr Obama at speaking events in Auckland and Sydney on March 22 and March 23 respectively.

Obama library's public cost estimated at $175M: report.  The planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago is being privately funded, but on Friday city officials estimated how much taxpayers will pay for roadwork and other construction around the center:  $175 million.  It was the first time city officials put a specific dollar figure on the expected cost to the public, the Chicago Tribune reported.  "These proposed investments are intended to make the (center) and surrounding Jackson Park a world-class destination on par with Chicago's Museum Campus," the city's Department of Transportation (CDOT) told the newspaper, in a statement accompanying the figures.

Obama Posts Chilling Message to Teens Marching and Organizing For Gun Control 'We've Been Waiting For You'.  Barack Obama posted a chilling message to his Twitter account Thursday [2/22/2018] to the teens marching and organizing for gun control. [...] Obama tweeted, "Young people have helped lead all our great movements.  How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be.  We've been waiting for you.  And we've got your backs."  Remake the world as it should be?  Chilling.

Obama Calls For Gun Control After Florida School Shooting.  Former President Barack Obama demanded unspecified "common-sense gun safety laws" after the Florida school shooting on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.  "We are grieving with Parkland.  But we are not powerless.  Caring for our kids is our first job.  And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change," Obama wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

Obama Calls For Gun Control After Florida Shooting — Twitter Responds.  Barack Obama just won't go away.  Apparently 8 years of destroying America wasn't good enough for him.  On Thursday afternoon [2/15/2018], Obama took to his Twitter account to call for long overdue 'common sense gun safety laws'.  Whatever that means.

Obama Presidential Center Denounced by Professors at U. Chicago.  It's amazing how many people on the left are objecting to Obama's presidential center.  Did anyone see this coming?

UChicago faculty denounce plans for Obama Presidential Center.  Faculty at the University of Chicago have joined a growing chorus of Chicagoans voicing alarm and anger over the planned Obama Presidential Center, set to be built in a sprawling historic park in the south side of the city.  Residents and environmentalists alike have signaled frustration and opposition to the plans to build the large, five-building mecca in the heart of the beloved, 140-year-old park flanking Lake Michigan — and many faculty at the private university located blocks away from the site agree.

Obama's presidential library ripped as 'ugly waste of taxpayer resources' by Chicagoans.  Chicagoans in droves are venting their displeasure with President Barack Obama's planned library, calling it an "ugly waste of taxpayer resources" and a "dangerous precedent" for the preservation of historic public parklands.  Recent letters to the editor published in the Chicago Tribune have overwhelmingly panned the Obama Presidential Center, which will take nearly 20 acres from historic Jackson Park and cost taxpayers $100 million in renovations to the surrounding area.  In a letter published on Jan. 26, John Deal of Dolton, Illinois, called the egg-shaped main tower and surrounding buildings "garish monstrosities that ruin the aesthetics of the surrounding parkland stolen from the taxpaying public."

Good news:  Obama plans to mess up Democrats' 2018 chances by campaigning for them.  Obama is upset that President Trump is revoking his executive orders, reducing tax rates, opening ANWR, appointing conservative judges, and eliminated the Obamacare individual mandate.  Trump has spurred the economy and the stock market.  Companies are giving raises, increasing the hiring rate, and giving employees bonuses because of the corporate tax cuts.  This is good for America but bad for the Obama legacy.  Obama cannot accept that his "legacy" of high taxes, Obamacare, and a flat economy is being shredded.  Obama wants to protect what he perceives as a good legacy.  Thus, in addition to criticizing President Trump at every opportunity, at home and abroad, Obama plans to actively campaign during the 2018 congressional and local elections to defeat candidates who support President Trump. [...] I welcome his campaigning in the 2018 elections.  He can only help Trump and Republicans.

Black activists shout 'Shame on you!', at Chicago aldermen supporting Obama Presidential Center.  Now that the huge monument to Barack Obama won't be a presidential library and is purely a private endeavor, the gift of precious park land belonging to the people of Chicago to a private group is questionable.  And federal permits are necessary for certain aspects of the planned center.  This isn't going to be simple or easy.  Plenty of people, black and of other races, are not thrilled with the impact the monument will have on their neighborhood, their parks, and their lives.

Vowing to 'rip' Trump 'a new one,' Obama's ex-presidency devolves into third-world coup plotting.  Far from content living his golden years on the $400,000 speech and lecture circuit of other former presidents, President Obama has been busy with clawing back his old power.  He's actually covertly plotting to oust his democratically elected successor, President Trump, vowing to his associates to "rip him a new one" in the 2018 midterm elections.  Seems he's not all that interested in watching his younger daughter grow up.  That's the word from DCWhispers, which reports that Obama's Kalorama mansion, in the heart of the capital's toniest district, is the center of significant comings and goings among the Obamatons, who, led by his consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, are busily raising funds for the project as Obama eggs them on.

Obama Center reps visit churches to spread the word.  Representatives of the Obama Foundation borrowed pulpits at churches on the South and West Sides Sunday to share this message:  If you support the Obama Presidential Center being built, then speak up, because it isn't a done deal.  "The main reason I am here is so that people know it's not a done deal," Brian Sleet, a spokesman for the Obama Foundation, told congregants during a service at the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Plans revised for 'Obama Presidential Center': taller, uglier and a little bit less white.  A faint odor of desperation accompanies the latest revised plans for the monument to the greatness of Barack Hussein Obama planned for Chicago.  You see, the City of Chicago and its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, have to approve the plans and the appropriation of park land designed by Frederick Law Olmstead — America's greatest landscape architect — to memorialize America's First Black President (unless you count Bill Clinton).  The effort to combine grandiosity with the appearance of community responsiveness is a tough challenge for anyone, it must be conceded.

Lavish Obama Center hits mounting opposition in Chicago as profs blast plans, 'socially regressive' ideas.  Plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago are coming under fire amid concerns about the cost and doubts about the benefits for the local area, with a group of professors from the school where Barack Obama once taught slamming one proposal as "socially regressive."  The former president said in a video statement released Tuesday [1/9/2018] that he had been "pretty hands-on" with the project and had high hopes for what it could do for the local area.

Obama Presidential Center Panned as 'Socially Regressive'.  The planned construction of the Obama Presidential Center near the University of Chicago has been criticized as "socially regressive" by over 150 faculty members.  In an open letter released Monday [1/8/2018], the professors and lecturers echoed the concerns of multiple community organizations regarding the center's current blueprint, which would saddle local taxpayers with an estimated $100 million tab, and commandeer large swaths of beloved historic public parks for private development.  "The Obama Center as currently planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhoods," wrote the lecturers.

Obama non-library 'presidential center' in Chicago devolving into a fiasco.  The first community organizer to become president has managed to anger community groups so much with his planned personal monument, aka a "presidential center," that part of the plan was just scrapped.

Obamas criticized for lavish library plans, including 'test kitchen'.  In their effort to break the mold, the planners of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago are taking heat for some less-than-lofty features in the sprawling complex.  Namely, a "test kitchen."  Reports first surfaced last fall that the monument to the first black president's legacy was taking on an activity-center vibe.  There would be a museum — but also a basketball court, possibly a room for yoga classes, and a test kitchen to teach visitors "about the full production cycle of nutritious food."

Landscape group warns Obama Center 'adverse effects' in Jackson Park.  The federal government has invited comments on "adverse effects" the Obama Presidential Center may have on Jackson Park and a leading landscape advocacy group has three big ones: the planned iconic high-rise tower; the proposed closing of Cornell Drive and not taking into account the historic Frederick Law Olmsted designs for the related Midway Plaisance and Washington Park.  The closing of Cornell has sparked an enormous community outcry.  Obama Center architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the Obama Foundation and City Hall are pushing strongly to get rid of the roadway.

Obama is the 'most admired man' in Gallup's poll for the 10th year in a row.  U.S. adults have chosen former President Barack Obama as the man they admire most worldwide for the tenth consecutive year, according to a new Gallup poll.  Seventeen percent picked Obama for 2017's most admired man in the survey released Wednesday [12/27/2017].  Obama snuck past President Trump, who placed second with 14 percent after his first year in the White House.  Pope Francis trailed a distant third at 3 percent, followed by a three-way tie for fourth place at 2 percent.

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them
  than to have them and not deserve them."
Mark Twain         

Obama's Presidential Library Is Change Chicagoans Can't Believe In.  Something fascinating is happening in Chicago.  When Barack Obama became president, the city was ebullient; he was, after all, a favorite son, and he'd promised to deliver the liberal policies beloved by Chicagoans.  But now, nearly nine years later, city residents find themselves at odds with Obama over the plans for his presidential library.  In its initial bid for the right to host the library, put forth on behalf of the city, the University of Chicago offered large tracts of idyllic land in Washington Park and Jackson Park as two potential sites.  Almost immediately, the people of those parks' districts began scratching their heads.  "Why not build it in one of the many blighted areas?" they asked.  "Why are you taking a huge chunk of our parks?" Obama's response was essentially an ultimatum:  If the library couldn't be built in a Chicago park, he'd take it to Honolulu or New York City.

Obama Center designers sticking with Midway Plaisance for garage site.  Despite some community concerns, the Obama Foundation is sticking to its proposal to build a garage on a patch of the historic Midway Plaisance, across from the future Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, officials told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday [12/20/2017].  But plans for a basketball court, BBQ grills and picnic tables on top of the structure have been dropped.

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 Obama documents in Obama library?  Historians puzzled by Chicago center plans.  The Obama Foundation is taking an unconventional approach to the presidential center and library being planned in Chicago.  It's opting to host a digital archive of President Barack Obama's records, but not keep his hard-copy manuscripts and letters and other documents onsite.  That means no thumbing through the ex-president's correspondence on the health care fight or first drafts of his State of the Union addresses.  The decision has historians scratching their heads.

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, Debbie Dingell of Michigan, 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.

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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:

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 fantasizes about being president again.  Barack Obama says if he was president again, he would "say hello" to the people serving him.  Appearing at the Oslo Business Forum, Obama was asked, "If you were president once more for a day, what would you have done and why?"  [Video clip]

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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