The Political Year In Charts

It was one of the worst – if not the worst – years for hurricanes and wildfires in modern US history. The first year in office for perhaps the least traditional president the US has ever elected. The year Congressional Republicans surmounted their ideological differences and banded together to deliver the largest corporate-tax cut in US history. The year the Patriots staged the greatest comeback in Superbowl History….
…In its annual Year in Charts, the New York Times reviews the year in data, beginning with a topic that in many ways defined the year that was: US politics.
The worsening partisanship in the US has been a prominent theme, as Democratic lawmakers united in their opposition to President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sat, 12/30/2017.

Americans And Jeff Sessions Want ‘Open Season’ on Cops

No, this is not a call to do any such thing.
It is a recognition that this is exactly what is going to happen if there are not major changes made in public policy, right ****ing now, and the only way those will happen is if the people of this nation stand up and demand them, enforcing that demand with whatever actions are both necessary and possible.
Just the other day:
A 25-year-old California man was arrested in connection to an online quarrel between two ‘Call of Duty’ gamers that prompted a hoax call and led to a man being killed by police in Kansas.
Los Angeles police on Friday arrested Tyler Barriss, who law enforcement claimed is the ‘prankster’ who called 911 and made up a story about a kidnapping in Wichita, ABC 7 reported.
Barriss reportedly gave police the address he believed the other gamer lived.
In the audio of the 911 call, the caller claimed his father had been shot in the head and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint. The caller added that he poured gasoline inside the home and “might just set it on fire.”
Now let’s put context on this.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-12-30.

Russiagate Is Devolving Into An Effort To Stigmatize Dissent

An amicus brief to a lawsuit filed against Roger Stone and the Trump campaign raises troubling questions over the right to political speech.
Of all the various twists and turns of the year-and-a-half-long national drama known as #Russiagate, the effort to marginalize and stigmatize dissent from the consensus Russia-Trump narrative, particularly by former intelligence and national-security officials and operatives, is among the more alarming.
An invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, filed in July 2017 by a former DNC official and two Democratic donors, alleges that they suffered ‘significant distress and anxiety and will require lifelong vigilance and expense’ because their personal information was exposed as a result of the e-mail hack of the DNC, which, the suit claims, was part of a conspiracy between Roger Stone and the Trump campaign.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Fri, 12/29/2017 –.

‘Classified, Confidential, And Heavily Redacted’: 2,800 Huma Abedin Emails Found On Anthony Weiner’s Laptop Have Been Released

The State Department has released over 2,000 emails belonging to top Hillary Clinton operative Huma Abedin that were found on her disgraced former husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop and a number of the documents contained classified, confidential, and heavily redacted information.
Although media reports on the emails have so far varied, it has been confirmed that there were indeed classified documents on the laptop in question and that the FBI KNEW this fact but refused to charge Abedin or Clinton with any crime.
A CNN report on the emails attempted to downplay Abedin’s knowledge of the classified material but nonetheless confirmed that certain emails should not have been on the laptop in the first place.
The emails weren’t marked as classified, though the FBI later found classified information contained in some emails recovered from Weiner’s laptop.
CNN has previously reported it was likely that some of the emails stored on Weiner’s laptop contained classified information, and fired FBI Director Comey testified that there is no indication Abedin ‘had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law.’
The fact that Clinton and Abedin previously exchanged classified emails gave federal prosecutors probable cause to justify their review of Weiner’s laptop in fall 2015, according to a search warrant application released in December 2016.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 29th, 2017.

Deep State Takedown In Progress: Is Trump About To Start Arresting Top Democrats And Bringing Them To Justice?

When Donald Trump gets hit, he always hits back even harder. So when the deep state decided to conduct a legal witch hunt against President Trump and his family, they should have expected that Trump would return the favor. In recent days, there have been all sorts of rumblings about sealed indictments, pending arrests and a ‘deep state takedown’. Many believe that we are on the verge of seeing some of the most prominent Democrats in the entire nation being arrested and thrown in prison. We shall see how all of this plays out, but in this article I am going to focus on the things that have been confirmed so far.
First of all, let’s talk about the documents that are going to be released on Friday. According to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, the State Department is scheduled to release 2,800 government documents which were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop…
.@StateDept will publish releasable portions of 2800 government docs that @FBI found on Anthony Weiner laptop tomorrow (Dec. 29th). Again, thanks to @JudicialWatch lawsuits. Will @RealDonaldTrump DOJ finally take action on Clinton/Abedin misdeeds?
Remember, this is just a portion of the documents that were found on his laptop, and the really juicy stuff is almost certainly not going to be found in these government docs.
There are persistent rumors that the really juicy stuff on his laptop contains evidence of sexual misconduct by top Democrats that would far surpass anything that has come out about members of Congress so far. We are potentially talking about the type of stuff that could send people to prison for life, and we need to keep demanding for that material to be released to the public as soon as possible. I understand that there are ongoing investigations that cannot be compromised, but there is no excuse for things to drag on for this long.

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on December 28th, 2017.

Indiana Bill Would Force NFL Colts To Repay Angry Fans Offended By Anthem Protests

I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017

The political kneeling protest by NFL players has now reached the blowback phase. Angry football fans across the United States are demanding that NFL teams refund their tickets based on the player acts they deem offensive during the National Anthem. It’s a vicious trend coupled with a rating collapse that’s creating a toxic feedback loop for the NFL.
And now, the latest escalation comes from an Indiana lawmaker, who intends to file legislation that would require Indianapolis Colts to refund fans at home games if players kneel during the National Anthem.
Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, who is spearheading the movement said his bill would allow fans at home games who feel disrespected by kneeling to ask for a refund in the first quarter.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Fri, 12/29/2017 –.

SHOCK: UNSEALED COURT DOCS SHOW HOW PROSECUTORS TRIED TO RIG THE BUNDY TRIAL

Unsealed court documents detail how the team of prosecutors tasked with convicting Cliven Bundy and his sons of crimes relating to a 2014 armed standoff failed to turn over potential exculpatory evidence to the court, The Oregonian reports.
The Bundys’ case ended in a mistrial Dec. 20 after Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that prosecutors violated the civil rights of the defendants by withholding evidence supporting the Bundys’ case. Navarro is considering dismissing the case ‘with prejudice’ and blocking prosecutors from retrying the case. Her decision will come Jan. 8, according to The New York Times.
‘There were approximately 3,000 pages that were provided to us only after we started trial,’ Bundy lawyer Bret D. Whipple told TheNYT. ‘I personally have never seen anything like this, especially in a case of such importance.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 29, 2017.