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Well, Kim Jong-un didn't wait long to test Donald Trump. NK threatens to cancel the nuclear summit. Hope we play a very hard ball game w NK.


Oh, he will! Lil Kim has no idea who he is messing with.


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Interesting times.




The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People again must learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. ~ Cicero 55 BC

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Well, Kim Jong-un didn't wait long to test Donald Trump. NK threatens to cancel the nuclear summit. Hope we play a very hard ball game w NK.


Let's hope he keeps this up. We need to battle test some of our weapons, and NK would be a perfect place to do it. The next dictator would then think very, very carefully about pushing his luck.


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Well, Kim Jong-un didn't wait long to test Donald Trump. NK threatens to cancel the nuclear summit. Hope we play a very hard ball game w NK.


Not my pay grade to judge what Pres. Trumps next move is, I'll leave it to him as he generally has good intuition. Smile
 
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The Senate confirmed four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees to federal appeals courts this week, bringing his total number of circuit court appointments to 21.

Two nominees to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Michael Scudder and Amy St. Eve, were confirmed on unanimous votes Monday, as they were selected in consultation with Illinois’ two U.S. senators, Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. Senators generally have special prerogatives for judicial vacancies arising in their states, and the 7th Circuit is based in Chicago.

“The unanimous, swift confirmations of Judges St. Eve and Scudder attest to the value of a collaborative selection process,” University of Richmond School of Law professor Carl Tobias told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “White House Counsel appeared to carefully consult home state Democratic Senators Durbin and Duckworth, who strongly supported the nominees.”

“Two experienced, mainstream individuals rapidly and smoothly joined the court and reduce its vacancies without the rancor and divisiveness that have attended other circuit nomination and confirmation processes,” he added.

Though neither nominee has a high profile in Washington, D.C., both are well thought of in conservative legal circles.

Scudder was a partner in the Chicago offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom concentrating in commercial litigation and white collar crime. He previously worked for the George W. Bush Justice Department, served as general counsel of the National Security Council, and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. St. Eve was a judge on the federal trial court in Chicago. She was a federal prosecutor and worked on the Whitewater investigation prior to her appointment to the bench in 2002.

Scudder and St. Eve are the president’s third and fourth appointments to the Chicago-based federal appeals court. The Senate confirmed Michael Brennan on May 10th and Amy Coney Barrett in November 2017. There are 11 judges on the 7th Circuit.

Senators confirmed another two nominees Tuesday. Joel Carson, a part-time federal magistrate and partner in the law practice of Carson Ryan LLC, was confirmed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 77-21 vote. The 10th Circuit is based in Denver and covers six states in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain west. The chamber also confirmed John Nalbandian to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 53-45 vote. Nalbandian spent most of his career in private practice at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Ohio and is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate has now confirmed 21 Trump nominees to the federal appellate courts. The 13 circuit courts issue final decisions in the overwhelming majority of federal cases.

There are currently 32 district court nominees and one circuit court nominee pending before the Senate.


http://dailycaller.com/2018/05...icial-confirmations/
 
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The Senate confirmed four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees to federal appeals courts this week, bringing his total number of circuit court appointments to 21.
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There are currently 32 district court nominees and one circuit court nominee pending before the Senate.


http://dailycaller.com/2018/05...icial-confirmations/


The Daily Caller description is misleading. There is now one Circuit Court nomination awaiting a vote, but there are a dozen or more nominated but bogged down in the process. One has pended for more than 240 days, Ryan Bound. Bound is opposed by his home state Senators, from Oregon, despite appearing on a list of proposed nominees prepared by those Senators’ selection panel.




Luckily, I have enough willpower to control the driving ambition that rages within me.

When you had the votes, we did things your way. Now, we have the votes and you will be doing things our way. This lesson in political reality from Lyndon B. Johnson

"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible." - Justice Janice Rogers Brown
 
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Because of the length of his speech, I am providing a link to both the video and transcript of President Trump’s address today (May 15) at the National Police Memorial ceremony.

https://www.conservativedailyn...rs-memorial-service/
 
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Article appears in today's edition of the Idaho State Journal, a small regional newspaper headquartered in Pocatello, Idaho: LINK

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Trump’s two presidencies
By Neal Larson May 14, 2018

If we have any confidence at all that history will be recorded with fairness and with good faith, it’s an interesting thought experiment to imagine how Donald Trump’s administration will be portrayed decades from now. And we’re barely more than a year into it.

Nobody really denies that the historic gravity is intense at the moment. The North Korean problem is being addressed with a rapidity that nobody, except maybe Trump himself, could have imagined. Over the course of the last year, ISIS has been decimated — including five of their top leaders captured in a US-Iraqi sting last week.

As promised, Trump destroyed the Iran deal that the rogue nation probably wasn’t honoring anyway. Furthermore, Trump has reconfigured the rules of global trade, demanding a renegotiation of NAFTA and eliminating sovereignty-eroding multinational agreements like the TPP and others.

Closer to home, the most impactful pro-business tax reform since the Reagan era is one of Trump’s biggest legislative accomplishments. Methodically, Trump has dismantled Barack Obama’s flimsy legacy based largely on self-important signatures on “agreements” that ignored the Constitutionally-required advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. For example, the Paris climate agreement, DACA, the above-mentioned Iran Deal — all were heavy on good intentions, but super light on actual results. But good intentions alone don’t survive reality all that well, and won’t likely be recorded favorably in history.

Despite the compelling racial historic narrative of Obama’s presidency, his inability to foresee that his path-of-least-resistance approach to creating a policy-based legacy could be summarily demolished with similar ease underscores the incompetence only a community organizer could bring to the Oval Office.

Donald Trump has taken his wrecking ball to Obama’s legacy, and America seems to love it. Just last week, 57 percent of Americans surveyed by CNN (of all outlets) feel the country is headed in the right direction. You have to leapfrog back in time to George W. Bush to find similar optimism.

There are more accomplishments, but it wasn’t my intention to supply a comprehensive list. So how has he done it? How has Trump managed to accomplish all of this in a little over a year in the stiff wind of a news media that portrays him negatively over 90 percent of the time, been the focus of a special counsel, and the target of hatred by nearly everyone in the entertainment realm?
I have a theory. I think Trump has two presidencies.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels has been on CNN 59 times in two months. (Maybe if he goes on a 60th time, America will suddenly care about consensual sex between adults 12 years ago and the money she gladly took to not say anything about it.) We hear murky reports about a new target in Mueller’s special counsel investigation, but nothing about it seems transparent. Trump wastes no time lambasting his political opponents via Twitter, sparking a predictable outrage. This side of Trump’s behavior and the media’s steadily negative characterization of it is the one we see most of the time.

Most politicians try to minimize and avoid the “spectacle” side of holding office. I’m beginning to think Trump actually uses it. On some days he fuels it. It may be deliberate, or it may just be street-fighter smarts. Either way, it’s pretty brilliant. The media is so busy obsessing over Stormy Daniels, they aren’t watching Trump installing solid conservative judges on the federal court system, renegotiating a better trade deal, nixing anti-business regulation, or working to strengthen border security.

Trump has a distraction presidency, and the media spend most of their time angrily hashing through it maniacally with their machetes of disdain. But he also has a substantive presidency that is arranging denuclearization talks with Kim Jong Un, and authorizing Mad Dog Mattis to obliterate geopolitical cancers like ISIS.
It’s like he’s burning down a shack over here, while building a granite mansion over there. The fire is exciting. The stonemason work is not, but it is what will endure. Newspapers are covering the fire today. History books will cover the mansion in the decades ahead.

Associated Press award-winning columnist Neal Larson of Idaho Falls writes at www.neallarson.com. He is also the author of “Living in Spin.” He is a conservative talk show host on KID Newsradio 106.3 and 92.1, and also at www.kidnewsradio.com. “The Neal Larson Show” can be heard weekday mornings from 8:00 to 10:00. His email address is neal@590kid.com.


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There are currently 32 district court nominees and one circuit court nominee pending before the Senate.



So why are there so many vacancies in the Federal Courts?
Did O-bummer not do anything??? Or did a bunch of those judges retire due to politics when Trump was elected?



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There are currently 32 district court nominees and one circuit court nominee pending before the Senate.



So why are there so many vacancies in the Federal Courts?
Did O-bummer not do anything??? Or did a bunch of those judges retire due to politics when Trump was elected?


I doubt judges retire due to politics. They are in for life during good behavior, a surprisingly low standard. If they do not die, they can take senior status, with a lower caseload at full pay.

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A judge must be at least 65 years of age and have served in federal courts for 15 years to qualify, with one less year of service required for each additional year of age. When that happens, they receive the full salary of a judge but have the option to take a reduced caseload, although many senior judges choose to continue to work full-time. Additionally, senior judges do not occupy seats; instead, their seats become vacant, and the President may appoint new full-time judges to fill their spots.


Some die, of course. A few retire, not even bother with senior status. I believe this is what former 9th Circuit judge Alex Kozinski did last year after a growing number of allegations of improper sexual conduct. More rarely, one gets caught taking a bribe and either resigns in disgrace or is impeached.




Luckily, I have enough willpower to control the driving ambition that rages within me.

When you had the votes, we did things your way. Now, we have the votes and you will be doing things our way. This lesson in political reality from Lyndon B. Johnson

"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible." - Justice Janice Rogers Brown
 
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Senate panel votes in favor of Haspel's nomination for CIA director

It's on to the floor for a full vote - several dems have announced their support meaning she should be confirmed.

Those opposed include Rand Paul, extremist democrats like Schumer and Warren, and terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.



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It's on to the floor for a full vote - several dems have announced their support meaning she should be confirmed.

Those opposed include Rand Paul, extremist democrats like Schumer and Warren, and terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

You left out McCain......at least until his impending appointment with the grim reaper.



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Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." -- George W. Bush

 
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BOLO for lengthy article in NYT about Operation Crossfire Hurricane, The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation, the counter intel op into the Trump campaign.

Lots of history, background, new stuff, maybe some of it actually true.

Link

My first read through suggests this story is more an FBI CYA than thorough analysis of relevant facts.




Luckily, I have enough willpower to control the driving ambition that rages within me.

When you had the votes, we did things your way. Now, we have the votes and you will be doing things our way. This lesson in political reality from Lyndon B. Johnson

"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible." - Justice Janice Rogers Brown
 
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JALLEN,

that NYT article is a real pile of lies and distortions. They tried to cover every attack line that Nunes has opened up, and it might be an attempt to deflect from the upcoming DoJ IG report.

They used a lot of not so helpful quotes from Marco Rubio. I have had big concerns about the Sen Intel Comm and their willingness to let this go on and on.
Someone took a long time to write that and weave the stories together.
 
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JALLEN,

that NYT article is a real pile of lies and distortions. They tried to cover every attack line that Nunes has opened up, and it might be an attempt to deflect from the upcoming DoJ IG report.

They used a lot of not so helpful quotes from Marco Rubio. I have had big concerns about the Sen Intel Comm and their willingness to let this go on and on.
Someone took a long time to write that and weave the stories together.


I agree. It looks like the Walt Disney version.

But the Senate Committee has done some important work, gotten in a number of good licks. I read Don, Jr. transcript earlier, and tried to read the written responses of the Russian lawyer..... no telling what all might be in that but it doesn’t seem to have any negative implications for the Trumps.




Luckily, I have enough willpower to control the driving ambition that rages within me.

When you had the votes, we did things your way. Now, we have the votes and you will be doing things our way. This lesson in political reality from Lyndon B. Johnson

"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible." - Justice Janice Rogers Brown
 
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an attempt to deflect from the upcoming DoJ IG report.

This is what I was wondering about? They know what they did and what's been found. So as it gets closer to release they should get more desperate. The report has to be devastating.


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coincidence ? (no it is not)

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has submitted the “Draft Report” of his OIG investigation to the principals involved. The IG investigation encompasses the FBI and DOJ conduct during the 2015/2016 Hillary Clinton investigation. The Draft Report encompasses the findings.

The Draft Report review is the last review phase prior to the Final report being released. The Draft Report review allows the principals to provide input on the facts identified and outlined within the draft.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

Responses from the principals about the facts outlined in the draft report are then reviewed, cleared for addition if appropriate, and included in the Final Report. The Draft Report is the first time the DOJ and FBI Principals (only those officials who remain inside the DOJ and FBI) get to see the underlying documentary evidenced gathered in the 17-month-long investigation.

It is critical to understand what happens when a U.S. Attorney joins with the OIG. The evidence flow only goes one-way. The IG is not participating in a criminal investigation. The IG is only looking at facts within his investigation and shares any pertinent investigative findings with the U.S. Attorney. The U.S. attorney does not provide the IG with findings from his criminal investigation.

IG Horowitz and U.S Attorney Huber might interview the same subjects. [In rare instances they might even interview the same subject simultaneously] However, Huber would not share his criminal investigative interview content/evidence with Horowitz. Therefore the content of a final IG report may contain outlines/evidence of criminal behavior, but there could be -likely is- much more evidence in addition to the IG report.

How the criminal prosecutions might proceed after the final IG report is released involves prosecutor strategy.

U.S. Attorney John Huber may wish to wait and see how the participants react to the facts outlined in the report; or he may use the IG report to expand his criminal investigation and conduct additional interviews of people who are outside government, and as a consequence outside of the IG investigative reach.
 
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Giuliani was told by Mueller that Trump will NOT be indicted! YES!

Foxnews
 
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President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller has told the president's legal team he will follow Justice Department guidance and not seek an indictment against Trump.

Giuliani, himself a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York City, also told Fox that Mueller's investigators have not responded to five information requests from the president's team. That has forced Trump's legal team to push off making a decision about whether the president will sit for an interview with the special counsel -- a decision they had hoped to reach by Thursday.

The precedent that federal prosecutors cannot indict a sitting president is laid out in a 1999 Justice Department memo. Giuliani told Fox News that Mueller has no choice but to follow its guidance.

"This case is essentially over," Giuliani said. "They're just in denial."

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Luckily, I have enough willpower to control the driving ambition that rages within me.

When you had the votes, we did things your way. Now, we have the votes and you will be doing things our way. This lesson in political reality from Lyndon B. Johnson

"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible." - Justice Janice Rogers Brown
 
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"This case is essentially over," Giuliani said. "They're just in denial."

Oh, ok, never stopped them before... Roll Eyes


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