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Germany intel officials issue warning of ‘highly radicalized’ ISIS wives and kids

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 09:58 AM PST

As a third of the 950 Germans who traveled to fight for the Islamic State (IS) have returned to Germany, the country’s domestic intelligence chief issues a serious warning about their wives and children.

During a Sunday interview with the Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA) news agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), warned that many of the wives and children of German IS fighters “identify deeply” with jihadism. Now, he believes they will pose a major security risk in Germany.

Of the 950 German jihadi-sympathizers who traveled to the Middle East to fight for the IS, around 20 percent are female. Approximately one-third of those fighters have since returned, and a majority of them are women and children. As the IS continues to lose ground amid pressure from the U.S. military and others, more German jihadis are expected to return home.

Maassen said that although a major wave of Germans with IS-ties have not returned home yet, security procedures are necessary.

“We haven’t seen any significant flows of male fighters returning home,” Maassen said, but he warned that the children that have and will be returning may pose a very serious threat.

“There are children who have been brainwashed and highly radicalized at ‘schools’ in IS-held areas,” Maassen continued. “It’s a problem for us because many of these kids and teenagers can sometimes be dangerous.”

The BfV chief further warned that many women coming back from IS-held areas “had become so radicalized and identify so deeply with IS-ideology that, by all accounts, they must also be identified as jihadis,” requiring authorities, Maassen said, to “keep them in our sights, ” although he said repatriated women may not care to carry out terror attacks on German soil.

The security chief’s remarks came after reports indicated the German government is looking into repatriating the children of German IS fighters.

Around 700 Islamists who pose a significant security risk are estimated to live in Germany. The risk, according to DW, is that the Islamists, including some women, are believed to be prepared to carry out a terrorist attack. The number of potential terrorists has risen, according to the Daily Caller, who reports that in February, the estimate was 600.

As for those still fighting, despite the fact the IS appears to be on the verge of defeat after losing most of the territories it had seized, Maassen said, “We assume that Westerners still fighting with IS, to this day, intend to stay there until the very end, and will only then seek to settle in Europe once again.”

With fewer fighters on the ground, IS is becoming a “global cyber caliphate,” Maassen warned, saying the war on radical Islam is not over.

“They are saying: ‘You don’t have to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight. You can carry out jihad at home, as well,'” Maassen told the DPA. “Therefore, many of those who had already packed their suitcases to travel to these jihadi territories decided to stay at home instead.”

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DML The Truth Dec 4

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 09:58 AM PST

Written by DML
We had a strong crowd today on The Truth — 4.2K throughout the show.  And it was a good show, if I may say so myself.

We opened with the topic that hangs over the White House…. DACA.

I discussed how dangerous it will be for President Trump to favor the Dreamers by issuing amnesty.   I explain in length why I fear this issue will be coming back to haunt the president, you, me, 2018 and 2020.

I then spoke about Trump being accused of obstruction of justice.  We debunk the claim by referring to a brilliant lawyer who is actually a Democrat.

From there we move on to discuss the NFL and the $89M they are giving to support the knee-taking players.  The money is allegedly coming from money reserved to help charities associated with finding a cure for breast cancer, and another one that helps veterans.

Then I hit the big topic that supports the background picture.  Hillary for jail. I explain how the DOJ may be hunting for Hillary through a backdoor channel.

I close out by explaining that tonight’s show (6pmEDT) will be on Facebook.com/FightingForTrump and showing a few pictures of the Lynch family using TEAM DML blankets.

Please give the show a watch and share.

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Report: University’s massive ‘diversity-training’ outreach soars

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 09:41 AM PST

A series called “Conversations on Diversity and Equity” (CODE) at Northern Illinois University (NIU) offered 70 workshops to train students about oppression and privilege, as more people attended the diversity training program than usual.

Run by the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI), CODE workshops were conducted for 191 student organizations, where “opportunities for coalition building for social justice causes” were discussed, according to NIU Today.

As described by the Washington Free Beacon, CODE workshops included:

“Situating the Self,” which defines diversity lingo; “Power Dynamics of Difference,” where students are taught “critical thinking skills and knowledge regarding how privilege and oppression shape their experiences and perspectives in relationship and communities”; and “Engaging Systems of Oppressions,” which “immerses dedicated individuals with the lifelong dedication necessary for social justice work.”

According to the CODE website, “The ultimate outcome of providing these experiences for students is to work towards an inclusive campus community where everyone respects the value and dignity of all of its members.”

In the Fall, 900 people, including faculty and staff members as well as students, participated in the diversity workshops. The number participating is up from last year when NIU Today reports only 782 individuals participated such training in the entire year. NIU’s population is approximately 22,000.

A two-day CODE Facilitator Training program will be presented by ADEI in January, which will teach participants about the various dimensions of social identity, help them understand and negotiate their own network of identities and how those forces influence their approach to social justice, and learn conflict intervention, according to the Beacon.

An NIU spokesperson says each CODE session costs the school $30.

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Trump slams FBI’s ‘double standard’ on Flynn vs. Clinton (video)

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 09:22 AM PST

In the moments before he departed the White House to make a speech in Utah on Monday, President Donald Trump pointed out to reporters the hypocrisy of the FBI.

"Well, I feel badly for Gen. Flynn,” Trump said in response to the way his former national security adviser has been treated after he admitted to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian officials during the presidential transition. “I feel very badly. He's led a very strong life."

He then went on to say that Clinton was given a pass for the many “misstatements” she made to federal agents regarding her email server. “I will say this, Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI. Nothing happened to her," he observed. "Flynn lied and they destroyed his life. I think it's a shame."

Then-FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress in July 2016 that the agency had “no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI,” despite his own testimony revealing that many of the claims she made about her private email server were patently false.

Flynn has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference.

Flynn is the first person who served in the Trump administration to face charges in Mueller's probe.

"After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters — worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness," Trump tweeted on Sunday.

He also called attention to a recent report about a top FBI agent who was removed from the Russia probe after Justice Department investigators found he sent text messages that were critical of the president.

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REPORT: FBI informant in Russian nuclear bribery case was left out of testimony

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 09:06 AM PST

New information about the Justice Department’s investigation into the FBI's Russian nuclear bribery case reveals that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — then Maryland's chief federal prosecutor — did not interview undercover informant William Campbell before filing criminal charges in 2014, according to a report in The Hill on Monday.

Justice Department officials began admitting in testimony to Congress last week that the FBI investigation proved that the Russian state-owned Rosatom Atomic Energy Corporation had been engaging in criminal activity through its top American executive since 2009, but Obama-era prosecutors failed to let the grand jury in the case hear Campbell testify, or review his extensive trove of documents, until months after handing down an indictment.

It turns out that the Obama administration made a series of favorable decisions benefiting the Russian nuclear giant.

It wasn’t until prosecutors conducted more extensive debriefings of Campbell in 2015 that they learned about the extent of his undercover activities and the transactions he engaged in while under the FBI's direction, officials told the press.

“The debriefings forced prosecutors to recast their entire criminal case against former Russian uranium industry executive Vadim Mikerinn,” according to the report, and Campbell was removed as a star witness and main victim for the prosecution.

Multiple House and Senate committees are looking into what Obama and his top aides knew about the Russian criminal activity, and they plan to interview Campbell soon.

This new information should open investigations into Rosenstein’s own role in the case, especially now that he’s supervising the Russian probe.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz was shocked to learn that prosecutors did not make use of the FBI informant as a witness, especially when they were portraying him as a victim.

"I've never heard of such a case unless the victim is dead. I've never heard of prosecutors making a major case and not talking to the victim before you made it, especially when he was available to them through the FBI," Dershowitz said, calling it a case of “negligence.”

“I'm sure there will be internal issues with the Justice Department and U.S. attorney for making such an obvious mistake," he said.

Officials told The Hill that prosecutors working for Rosenstein first interviewed Campbell after they had already filed a sealed criminal complaint against Mikerin in July 2014.

Despite being named "Victim One" in that indictment, Campbell was never brought before the grand jury that indicted the Russian figure in November 2014. Officials said that he only got one debriefing after the criminal charges were filed.

Campbell had been part of an FBI-authorized, controlled bribery scheme, which means he had permission to make payments to the Russians as kickbacks in U.S. efforts to further the investigation. So, it’s unusual that he would be called a “victim” in the extortion scheme.

Now stricken with leukemia, Campbell survived a previous cancer diagnosis while working undercover. To compensate for memory problems, he took extensive notes and documented details about Russia's nuclear activities throughout the world, including their efforts to corner the global uranium market, assist Iranian nuclear ambitions and criminally compromise a U.S. trucking firm that transported Russia's nuclear fuel, the report said. But that evidence was virtually ignored prior to 2015.

The November 2014 indictment, bearing Rosenstein's name, charged Mikerin with felony conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce through extortion.

Congress is now investigating the entire Russian nuclear bribery case after The Hill disclosed Campbell's work, demanding to know whether the FBI told the Obama administration about Mikerin's criminality prior to making decisions that rewarded Rosatom with billions of dollars in new American nuclear fuel contracts.

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ICE chief: Trump improving public safety more than 5 previous presidents (video)

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 08:23 AM PST

A high-ranking official from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that President Donald J. Trump has done more for public safety than the five men who served in the office before him.

Speaking to "Fox & Friends" on Monday (video below), ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan said by simply letting ICE do their job, the president has strengthened border security.

"This president has done more for border security and public safety than any of the six presidents I've worked for," he said. "Just since his leadership in January, border crossings are at a 45-year low. Now that’s not a coincidence. That’s because this president has let the men and women of Border Patrol and ICE do their job.”

Homan has served ICE for more than 30 years. Trump selected him to serve as acting director of the agency when he took office and nominated him to be the permanent director in November.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would strengthen border security by building a wall between Mexico and the United States, cracking down on illegal immigration and "sanctuary" cities, and hiring more Border Patrol and ICE agents.

Since Trump took office, there has also been a major crackdown on gang activity. In November, a collaboration between ICE and the Department of Justice – and led by federal, state and local enforcement – called Operation Raging Bull has led to 214 MS-13 arrests nationwide, according to Fox 9.

Homan said combating MS-13 is a priority while speaking at the Nov. 16 culmination of the 18-month investigation.

"This successful operation continues our efforts to attack MS-13 – both domestically and abroad – disrupting their financial networks. MS-13 terrorizes communities through violent crime and extortion in furtherance of its mission to rape, control and kill.”

Homan told the Washington Examiner that ICE will also crack down on undocumented immigrants by focusing resources and agents on sanctuary cities.

“In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law,” Homan reportedly said.

“We're going to enforce the laws on the books without apology, we'll continue to prioritize what we do," Homan continued. "But it's not OK to violate the laws of this country anymore, you're going to be held accountable."

Calls for crackdowns on sanctuary cities and demands for a border wall intensified after an illegal immigrant, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, was acquitted last week in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

Trump spoke often about the Steinle case when he was campaigning, using the killing as an example of the dangers of sanctuary cities. After the verdict was announced, the president tweeted: “A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions agrees with Trump's stance against illegal immigration. In his statement condemning the jury's verdict, he urged the leaders of the nation's communities to “consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens” with sanctuary policies.

The DOJ is reportedly considering bringing federal charges against Zarate.

 

 

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Economic expert: Trump tax cuts may solve stagnant wage growth (details)

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 07:39 AM PST

Tax reform could lead to around $4,000 in higher wages for the typical American family, effectively solving the problem of stagnant wage growth in the United States, according to Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

“The economy up until this year has been very much disappointing, and if you look at real wage growth, it’s been as bad as you’ve ever seen in the recovery,” Hassett said in a speech on Thursday at a Cato Institute event. “We found a really interesting disconnect that is this: Historically if profits go up then wages go up and if profits go down then wages go down. The correlation is really almost perfect, but the link between profit growth and wage growth has just disconnected.”

Hassett noted that during the last eight years, profit growth has increased by 11 percent per year, but real wage growth has been almost nonexistent.

“That disconnect is historically unprecedented,” he stated. “The clear explanation is this—typically what’s happened is that when we get profit growth, then firms say I’m doing well, I can expand my business, and I’m going to buy a bunch of capital, a bunch of new machines, or build some new buildings.”

Calling this practice “capital deepening,” Hassett said that it’s added about a percent per year to real wage growth since World War II. However, during the second half of the Obama administration, capital deepening’s contribution to wage growth was negative for the first time in American history.

“So, there was more depreciation of machines in a typical year than there was investment; so, workers’ productivity couldn’t go up because they are actually using worse machines and fewer machines for the first time in history,” Hassett explained.

The decline in capital deepening was made worse by the fact that profits have been going overseas instead of benefiting American workers, who haven’t seen an increase in wages as a result.

“If you dig deeper into the data you can see that’s what’s happened is that the profits are not in the U.S.,” said Hassett. “So, those profits that have been growing at 11 percent a year are in Ireland and pretty much every other country that has a lower rate than us. Those profits are not located in the U.S. so they are not creating capital in the U.S., they’re not creating jobs in the U.S., they’re not driving wages in the U.S., and this tax reform will address that, and it addresses it in a very significant way.”

Hassett said the noncompetitive tax code is the culprit. “While we’ve had the most disappointing capital deepening in U.S. history, we’ve had the most noncompetitive tax code in U.S. history, because other countries around the world have been cutting their rates,” he pointed out. “So, it’s not rocket science to link the two and say maybe if we didn’t have the worst tax code on earth than maybe we could help workers.”

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REPORT: Navy lacking resources to train Marines for combat

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 07:23 AM PST

When it comes to training Marine Corps for combat operations on amphibious warships, the U.S. Navy is falling short, according to testimony from Marine Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault on Friday.

Beaudreault, who serves as deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations, told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness that the Navy’s current fleet of 32 amphibious assault ships is not enough. He said the lack of ships hampers the ability of joint naval forces to train, particularly in large-scale formations, and this affects troop readiness.

The “core competency” of the Marine Corps and Navy is at risk, he warned.

“We can do some training…through virtual systems, but at some point, you have to put the ships to sea and go through a mission rehearsal,” testified Beaudreault, noting that they need at least 38 amphibious ships if they’re to meet operational demands. “The ability to generate the number of ships required to train at a Marine expeditionary brigade level just simply isn’t there, so we take it in bite-size chunks.”

Budget constraints are holding the Navy back, according to officials and a report released Friday by the Government Accountability Office, which identified the lack of enough amphibious ships as the biggest problem when it comes to training military personnel.

In 2016, for example, data collected from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, which operates in the Pacific, revealed the Navy was unable to fulfill more than 90 percent of requests for support training due to a lack of ships, according to a report in The Washington Free Beacon.

“These deficits can create a potential gap between the Marine Corps’ 'ready bench’ of units and, if called on, these units could be left scrambling to obtain last-minute training, risking their ability to be fully ready once deployed and underway,” testified Cary Russell, director of the defense capabilities and management team at GAO.

Beaudreault, along with Navy Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, the deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, testified to the accuracy of the GAO report and stated that Congress needs to take immediate action.

“The most important actions that Congress can take now is to immediately repeal the caps on defense spending under the Budget Control Act and provide a defense appropriation that provides a sufficient, consistent, predictable funding,” Beaudreault told lawmakers.

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Famed musical genius suspended for sexual misconduct

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 07:01 AM PST

Renowned symphony conductor James Levine, 74, has been suspended by New York's Metropolitan Opera after being accused of having sexually abused several teenage boys throughout his illustrious career.

After more than 40 years with the famous opera company, Levine was dismissed amid accusations of sexual misconduct that go back as far as 1968, according to Met general manager Peter Gelb. He noted that the Met plans to hire a former U.S. attorney to lead a "full and complete investigation."

The New York Times reported on Sunday that three men have come forward to reveal what the famous conductor did to them when they were just teens.

One accuser, Chris Brown, has been a musician with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for more than three decades. He came out publicly to say that when he was 17 years old, Levine — who was 25 at the time — masturbated him, then talked him into returning the favor, at the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan, according to the Times report.

James Lestock backed up Brown’s story, admitting that Levine did the same to him when he was a 17-year-old cello student.

The third accuser, Ashok Pai, said that he was 16 when he was sexually abused by Levine in the summer of 1986.

Pai contacted the police department in Lake Forest, Illinois, in October of 2016 to report that he'd had sexual contact with the conductor when he was under age 18, according to the report.

Met officials admitted to finding out about Pai’s police report last year.

"This first came to the Met's attention when the Illinois police investigation was opened in October 2016," the Met said in a statement Saturday. "At the time, Mr. Levine said that the charges were completely false, and we relied upon the further investigation of the police. We need to determine if these charges are true and, if they are, take appropriate action. We'll now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources."

Levine is the latest in a growing list of high-profile celebrities to face sexual misconduct charges since accusations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein were first reported in October.

Levine served as music director of the Met from 1976 to 2016 when he assumed the position of music director emeritus.

In recent years, Levine has struggled with health problems, including Parkinson's disease.

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Sessions and DOJ probing rap artist for political donations to Clinton Foundation

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:40 AM PST

Written by DML
On Sunday, I published an eye-opening lists of donors to the Clinton Foundation. Names included News Corp (Fox News), Mr. James Murdoch (Fox News), Newsmax, the founder of Lionsgate film productions, Google, Yahoo!, Reuters, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, and many other notables in the news and entertainment industry, thus, explaining why “crooked Hillary” always comes away smelling like a rose. You can see the list by clicking here.

My list followed a report from the Wall Street Journal, claiming that a black rap artist is reportedly under investigation by the Justice Department for receiving $20 million from a Malaysian fund just before he emerged as a major donor to groups supporting former President Barack Obama. He is also a Clinton Foundation donor.

The Washington Free Beacon broke the WSJ story down into easy-to-understand bites.

FROM THE FREE BEACON:

“The investigation into rapper Pras Michel, best known as a founding member of the Fugees, is centered on his relationship with Malaysian financier Jho Low, whom the DOJ believes is behind a $4.5 billion fraud scheme, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. Michel received $20 million in “gifts” from Low in 2012—about the same time that he gave nearly $1.3 million to a Super PAC supporting Obama’s reelection, gave $40,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, and gave $20,000 to become a founding member of Obama’s Organizing for Action advocacy group.

Michel’s money also flowed to the Clinton Foundation, which discloses on its website that it received between $50,001 and $100,000 from Michel.  

The Clinton Foundation doesn’t disclose when contributions were received, and did not respond to inquiries into the contribution from Michel. A legal representative for Michel also did not respond to inquiries into the time and reason for his contributions to the foundation.

The Clinton Foundation also received between $1 million and $5 million from Frank White, a top fundraiser for both Obama and Clinton who partnered with Michel to found DuSable Capital Management LLC, a firm that has done major business with the Malaysian fund targeted by DOJ.

A DOJ spokesperson declined to comment when asked whether the contributions to the Clinton Foundation were being looked at in the probe.

The Malaysian fund, 1Malaysian Development Bhd. (1MDB), was being used by Low, a close confidante of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, to gift large sums of money to friends and associates who would then spend the money on his behalf.”

There is much more to the story; you can read it by clicking the link below. But whether you do or do not read further, you have to wonder why Hillary remains a free bird.

For more on this story, visit the Free Beacon.

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REPORT: White House staffers fear of wiretaps

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:30 AM PST

Robert Mueller's Russia probe is reportedly causing White House staffers to worry that they’re being watched and recorded at work.

According to a Politico article published on Monday, the fear that current or former colleagues may now be playing for Mueller’s side comes after learning that former national security adviser Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with investigators as part of a plea deal.

A secret deal was also reached earlier this summer between Mueller and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, whose cooperation was kept quiet for months.

The article quotes an anonymous “person close to Trump's White House” saying, "Everyone is paranoid. Everyone thinks they're being recorded."

One of the reasons for this reported “paranoia” is the fact that last week's 10-page plea deal between Flynn and government prosecutors includes an agreement in which "participating in covert law enforcement activities" could shield the former national security adviser from the possibility of having to do time in prison.

The Politico piece points out that wiring cooperating witnesses is a routine law enforcement tactic.

It's done to obtain a record of other conspirators and witnesses talking about their conduct, which can be used as confirmation when pressing for indictments and as first-hand evidence to be introduced during trial. Mueller, a former FBI director, and the team of veteran Justice Department prosecutors he's surrounded himself with are schooled in the benefits of the wiring technique.

"I think they'd be derelict of duty if they didn't use it," said Solomon Wisenberg, a former deputy on Kenneth Starr's independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton.

Upon learning of Mueller's plea agreements with Papadopoulos and Flynn, lawyers of current and former Trump aides immediately asked their clients whether they'd had communications with any former colleagues who could have been secretly recording them.

"Even if you have the opportunity to speak to a major target, you have to look at the other considerations beyond 'Can I wire that guy up to go talk to him?'" Wisenberg explained. "In any significant case, you are likely dealing with very smart people. If they sense they are being taped, they can make exculpatory statements that can actually set you back."

White House attorney Ty Cobb told reporters he thinks it’s unlikely that Mueller used Papadopoulos or Flynn as witnesses to help his case, and he doesn’t think Mueller is wire-tapping anyone.

Several attorneys agreed with Cobb that they didn't think Mueller would wire witnesses like Papadopoulos or Flynn. By the time Papadopoulos was arrested in July, Mueller had already been appointed and many of the people who have been named as potential targets had already hired lawyers who would have flagged the concern about meeting with former colleagues wearing wires.

"Mueller is too good a professional and too good a prosecutor to tape represented individuals and he doesn't want his office or his important mission to be tainted," said Cobb, citing legal and ethical constraints. "I don't know anyone who feels that paranoia. To the uninformed and inexperienced, this may be enjoyable. But in reality, it is unhinged speculation with no foundation."

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Democrat lawyer defends Trump on Obstruction of Justice claims (video)

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:21 AM PST

Alan Dershowitz is a proud Democrat. He is also a Harvard Law School professor emeritus. Despite his political beliefs, Dershowitz told Fox News on Monday that he disagrees with claims made by Democratic lawmakers that there is an obstruction of justice case building against President Donald Trump.

Dershowitz told Fox News: “Senator Feinstein simply doesn’t know what she is talking about.” His comment was in reference to statements made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) during an appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press.”  Feinstein said that a Senate investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election had revealed possible obstruction.

“I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets. And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director Comey and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to 'lift the cloud' of the Russia investigation. That's obstruction of justice," Feinstein said.

In the video below, Dershowitz hits back by stating Trump had the “constitutional power” to fire FBI Director James Comey and to tell the Justice Department who to investigate and who not to investigate. “If Congress were ever to charge him with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, we’d have a constitutional crisis,” Dershowitz said.

He added that if Trump truly wanted to impede Mueller’s investigation, he could have pardoned Gen. Michael Flynn, to prevent him from cooperating.

“The president would have had the complete authority do so and Flynn never would have been indicted, never would have turned as a witness against him,” said Dershowitz, a lifelong Democrat.

Trump apparently enjoyed and appreciated the appearance by the law professor. He tweeted about it Monday morning, stating: “A must watch: Legal Scholar Alan Dershowitz was just on talking of what is going on with respect to the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. political history. Enjoy!”

Here is the appearance:

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Excerpt from book about Trump campaign sheds light on many things

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:14 AM PST

Written by DML
Get ready for this book written by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. It’s called “Let Trump Be Trump.”

I am not one to pitch books, especially when the book is written by people I don’t admire. Full disclosure: I cannot stand the sight of David Bossie. I think he is one of America’s biggest bullsh*t artists, with an ego the size of the Grand Canyon.

With that out of the way, there is a rather long excerpt in Politico this morning highlighting the new book written by the two men who were part of the Trump campaign.

Lewandowski played a significant role in getting Trump to where he needed to be before Bannon and Conway stepped in. Bossie, who is responsible for the Supreme Court ruling that allows special interest money to spoil the election process (see: Citizens United), was an insignificant player brought in towards the end. He did nothing more than get his mug on TV.

I think the book will be a best seller because it reveals an insider’s point of view. But make no mistake, it will be filled with half-baked stories that either put Trump in a “god-like” view or will include wild descriptions that make political campaigns seem fun, wild and sexy. They are anything but that!

Lewandowski and Bossie are both known for a willingness to toss people under the bus, and in this case, they push Manafort under a Greyhound. Not that I have any issues with such a thing due to my disdain for Manafort and his ilk. SIDE NOTE: Trump has a tendency of picking some shady people at times.

Below is one passage out of many printed in the Politico article. You will need to go to Politico to read the full article (see link below).

The excerpt below is about the time when Paul Manafort told Hope Hicks not to book Trump on the Sunday shows.

FROM “LET TRUMP BE TRUMP”

"Yes, sir," Hope said, "Paul said he doesn't want you on TV."

Trump went fucking ballistic. We were still over the New York metropolitan area, where you can get cell service if you fly at a low altitude.

"Lower it!" Trump yelled to the pilot. "I have to make a call."

He got Manafort on the phone, "Did you say I shouldn't be on TV on Sunday??" Manafort could barely hear him because of the helicopter motor. But Trump said, "I'll go on TV anytime I goddamn fucking want and you won't say another fucking word about me! Tone it down? I wanna turn it up! I don't wanna tone anything down! I played along with your delegate charts, but I have had enough."

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Discredited Billy Bush attacks Trump over bus tape

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:46 AM PST

Billy Bush confirmed that it was, indeed, Donald Trump who was caught on a “hot mic” with him in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape, talking about the things women will let famous men do to them.

"Of course he said it," writes Bush in an op-ed published Sunday in The New York Times.

The video shows Trump, then the star of "The Apprentice," riding on an "Access Hollywood" bus with Bush, talking about women letting him kiss and grab them because of his fame.

"When you're a star, they let you do it," Trump says to Bush. "You can do anything."

"Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass stand-up act,” recalls Bush, who used to host "Access Hollywood" and the "Today" show. “He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better.”

The tape of that conversation between Bush and Trump was released during the 2016 presidential campaign in an effort to discredit Trump, who brushed it off as merely “locker room talk.” After that, several women came forward to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years. He denied everything.

Bush says he believes the women. His op-ed comes after Trump privately suggested that the "Access Hollywood" tape was not authentic.

"I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him and did not receive enough attention," Bush writes. "This country is currently trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse and sexual misconduct. Its leader is wantonly poking the bear."

Bush lost his job as a co-host on the "Today" show as a result of the taped conversation. He said he has since gone through a lot of soul-searching.

"None of us were guilty of knowingly enabling our future president," he wrote. "But all of us were guilty of sacrificing a bit of ourselves in the name of success."

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Mother turns in teen son who molested as many as 50 children

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:31 AM PST

CALIFORNIA — Despite being just 18-years-old, Joseph Hayden Boston has been molesting children for a long time. When his mother learned of this, she turned him in to authorities.

Boston confessed to molesting upwards of 50 young children after he told his mother he sexually assaulted two young boys. His mother turned him in to police Saturday, after which he was charged with assaulting the two young boys, ages 4 and 8, at a motel in Riverside.

"He also admitted to molesting upward of 50 children, since he was 10 years old, in different cities where he lived," police said.

The parents of the alleged victims, who were staying at the same motel as Boston, allowed them to go to his room, police said. The two boys were turned over to the Riverside County Child Protective Services.

Boston checked into the motel last month, after living in Lakewood and Buena Park. He is being held on a $1 million bail after being booked on sexual assault charges. Police are now searching for the other 50 victims.

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POLL: Are you outraged over the NFL pulling money from charities to support the flag-kneelers?

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:21 AM PST

It’s almost impossible to comprehend. The NFL is allegedly pulling money away from charities that support veterans and finding a cure for breast cancer to fund the “social injustice” efforts of players who take a knee during the national anthem.

DML News reported Sunday about an interview given to Slate.com by San Francisco 49ers player Eric Reid.

In the piece, Reid explains that the $89,000,000 put up by the NFL owners, to help fund the whims of Colin Kaepernick and his fellow knee-takers, is in part being pulled from funds set aside to help worthy charities.

You can read the short article by clicking here.

Are you outraged over this decision made by the NFL? That’s our Monday morning poll question.

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DML: I Respond to 4 Interesting Emails You Sent Me

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:11 AM PST

Each day, our amazing readers and viewers send messages to me. Today, I respond to four of those messages.

To send a message, use the submit news button. To send a photo — and it can be about anything in your life — use the email address: WeTrustDML@gmail.com

FROM JULIE:
Hi DML, I have written you emails before. Many are longer than this. This email is short and sweet. Your email to President Trump. SPOT ON. THANK YOU for keeping your word and speaking the TRUTH and all the words that we, the small body AMERICANS want to say. Keep it up.  – Julie from Michigan.

DML: I respect the president, and I will fight for him, thus, the title of my upcoming book, “Fighting For Trump” (Summer 2018). But my first responsibilities are to my country, my family, and the American people (you). I will not hold back from defending those three things. Amnesty is not an option.

FROM COLLEEN:
Hi DML, I’ve attached some of what my silly liberal teacher friends are frothing at the mouth over. There is SO much bogus stuff out there. They eat up every word. How can we best rebuff this crap?
I feel like Trump’s plan for this country is the dessert but too many people can’t (won’t) see past the green beans to get to the dessert! The education community is especially blinded. Love the new studio and format. Especially enjoyed Saturday’s W&T You are so real and your barber is hilarious!  God bless you and your beautiful family. Most sincerely, Colleen. PS ordered my red blanket just now!
https://www.facebook.com/nancy.wegnergilson/posts/10214083046767317
From a FB site The Resistance and authored by a Ben Wikler @benwikler

DML: I did not go to the link you offered, and the truth, is I do not need to. I know what these folks say on a daily basis. The way to fight back against such foolish people is to ask the one question nobody can ever answer: “What has Trump done so far in his presidency that has caused you physical pain, financial hardship, or restrictions of any kind?” Case closed when they start crying about his tweets. Thanks for ordering a blanket!

FROM RYAN:
Your letter to President Trump. I totally agree. I knew this was the catch as soon as McCain said he would support the tax bill. I worry that with the promise of job creation from these tax cuts, that Trump thinks we’ll be so grateful and hopeful to have jobs again that we won’t even notice our sovereignty being given away. Let’s be honest, most of these tax savings will probably find their way back into cheap labor, C-suite salaries, etc. To complicate matters, this really might be the case if we go to war with North Korea. Maybe people really would be too pre-occupied to worry about DACA if something were to happen on U.S. soil.

I haven’t had time to really dig into the tax bill, but it seems just kinda whatever. If Trump’s ego needs a win, so be it, just so long as he doesn’t give away the farm to get it.

DML: The tax bill is like making a $10,000 investment and getting back $10,050. It’s like, “cool,” but you expected and hoped for more unless you’re a corporation. Businesses, especially big businesses, are thrilled. This entire plan is based on the notion that a 20% corp tax rate will spur job growth. That growth is expected to lift the middle class, assuming the extra money is handed down to them in salaries and pay raises. Don’t hold your breath on that one. It certainly is not the “once in a generation” opportunity they tout it to be. This country needs a flat tax. As for your other points, I concur.

FROM AIMY:
I absolutely loved the photos of your family and pup. Thank you for posting.

DML: They are super cool! Thanks.

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TRUMP Tweet: Shows support for Moore in Alabama

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 04:45 AM PST

After he spent the weekend sending out tweets about the Russia investigation, and then another set of tweets that started a war of words between himself, James Comey, the FBI and former AG Eric Holder, the president returned to Twitter Monday morning with a tweet that is sure to spark headlines across social media, especially with liberals.

President Trump has made it official. He is throwing his full support behind Republican Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race.

Trump tweeted early Monday:
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

He then blasted out a second tweet: “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more. Look at your 401-k's since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!”

It was Trump's biggest endorsement of Moore to date. Moore has lost the backing of many top Republicans since he was hit with allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago.

For weeks, Trump had remained mostly silent after the allegations against Judge Moore surfaced, and the White House said he had no plans to make campaign appearances before the Dec. 12 election.

But, in recent days, the president has raised doubts about the allegations against Moore and agreed to headline a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida, — less than 20 miles from the Alabama border — just four days before the Alabama election.

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