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Simplicity itself…

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare:

This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act.

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

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Zito: “Because in American politics, geography is everything.”

Back before the November election Selena Zito did what most all the political journalists and even the politicians did not do, she hit the ground in the much maligned and chuckled about segment of voters in the western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio areas. Zito noted the pro-Trump signs in the rural and suburb sections of the long ago buckle of the nation’s “rust belt”. She also made astute notice of the MSM and the political hacks taking this part of the country for granted to the point of ignoring us. But Selena knew full well that her observations were an indication of other such voter enclaves across the nation that were fed up with politics as usual being picked by east and west coast liberal strangleholds. She knew there was a major movement afoot in the November election that would shake the status quo like a 9.0 quake. As we have come to discover none of these establishment entities never ever believed Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton … Yet, that is another reason why she did indeed lose. The dems/libs/left/MSM are so set on ‘low-expectations’ of everybody not like them that they bet the damn farm and lost, and since then have been trying desperately to close the barn door in a massive state of denial as to why and how.

So, roughly two months into his administration Pres. Trump has hit some potholes in policy plans, but nothing a couple deep breaths and another roll of the sleeves won’t fix. But amid the floundering MSM web-spin of a fake news story of Trump collusion with the Russians, the same MSM reaches out to its own loyal followers to take the pulse of the Trump presidency. However, Selena Zito breaks is down where they once again are getting it wrong…

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — While pundits breathlessly reported this week that President Trump’s Gallup approval rating has plummeted to a historic low (dipping to 37 points), not all approval ratings are created equal.

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Live in an urban, minority or college setting, and Donald J. Trump is underwater in the polls in a big way; he gets a frosty 29 percent approval rating in the cities, 35 percent approval in the urban suburbs, in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey.

But, live in the second ring of suburbs outside the cities, or the exurbs or the third and fourth rings that comprise rural America, and the president gets a 53 percent to 59 percent job approval rating in the same poll.

For the most part, the people who live in those regions are pretty much happy with him.

That’s a puzzling notion that has befuddled many journalists, members of the permanent establishment and pundits on both sides of the aisle since the day Trump was inaugurated.

And, in all likelihood, that effervescent support will continue for a very long time. Why? Because the people who live in those outer rings of cities aren’t just separated by geography; they’re separated by culture, traditions and aspirations that differ from those of their city cousins.

They also are so tired of being ridiculed by the political class over the notion they’re digging in for Trump, more so than they normally would. Especially when they read (yes, they do read) columns in New York Magazine by former theater critic Frank Rich who takes a deep swipe at Trump’s base, writing: “While you can’t blame our new president for loving ‘the poorly educated’ who gave him that blank check, the rest of us are entitled to abstain. If we are free to loathe Trump, we are free to loathe his most loyal voters, who have put the rest of us at risk.”

Such broad swipes at their lives, their beliefs and their intellects — which they imagine Rich and his ilk chuckling over while sipping chardonnay — are what pushed them away from an increasingly elitist Democratic Party in the first place.

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In addition to cultural attitudes, Brick also represents the issue of geography. He is from one of the Democratic counties in Pennsylvania — Westmoreland — that went big for Trump.
In 2012, Mitt Romney won Westmoreland by 40,000 votes, but Trump upped that significantly, handing Clinton a 57,000-vote defeat there.

If you’re looking toward the midterms in 2018 and hoping Trump will be a drag on a House congressional seat, it’s more important to know how folks see the president in northeast Ohio or Scranton, Pa., than in Boston or Baltimore or Philadelphia.

Why? Because here in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, there was a 21-point shift in support from Barack Obama toward Trump in the 13th Congressional District held by Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan. Ryan didn’t lose, but a once-solid Democratic seat is now vulnerable in the 2018 midterms.

And, in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, where Scranton sits, Trump turned Mitt Romney’s 12-point shortfall in 2012 into a 10-point victory over Hillary Clinton. That’s a net 22-point change in support away from Democrats. While Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright managed to hold his seat in that district, his win was tepid, even though his opponent was a completely unfunded, untested, unknown Republican.

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Simply put, it’s misguided to focus on the big national numbers that don’t capture the voters’ anti-establishment sentiment where it counts — in working-class America, much of which is historically part of the Democratic base. It is a base so soured on its own party, for not listening to its concerns for nearly an entire generation, despite voting for the party time and time again, that it made a clean break and threw its weight behind Trump.

And despite all of the damage Trump is suffering in Washington — some of it self-inflicted — these voters have yet to give up on him.

Given all his troubles of the past 60 days, pundits may shake their heads at this notion. They only see Trump collapsing. But they need to take a drive out of their own regions and listen to what other kinds of voters are saying. So far, their support for Trump has not changed since Election Day — and that could bode poorly for Democrats next year.

Yep.

And at the rate the democrats are going with their childish rhetoric and obstructionism 2018 will be a sour run for them. Right now the GOP had better get its shit together and take full advantage of the majority control they have and do what Trump, and they, were sent by these people to do.

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TWD: “We Are Not The Monsters…”

Newt: My mommy always said there were no monsters – no real ones – but there are.
Ripley: Yes, there are, aren’t there?
Newt: Why do they tell little kids that?
Ripley: Most of the time it’s true.
– ALIENS

In this post-apocalyptic world, where laws and civilization have gone the way of pre-Noah flood, we are expected to ponder exactly who are the civilized and who are the monsters.

As I’ve stated before, the walkers are nothing more than a new species of wild beasts, no longer worthy of human consideration, or at this point the worst danger to the living. It is the living who have decided they will make the new world order to their own self-serving oppressive utopia, like Negan, or a neo-commune/co-op society with leadership and joined effort to rebuild for everyone.

S7E14 Recap:

Last week’s The Walking Dead S7E14 “The Other Side” continued with Rick’s preparation for war with Negan and the Saviors. Training new people from the various outside groups whose members are not as experienced in post-apocalyptic combat, with walkers and with the living. The search for more weapons and ammo continued, while the groups struggled to meet Negan’s weekly tribute of few and far between supplies.

Negan’s designated henchman Simon shows up at The Hilltop and takes their doctor to replace the one Negan toasted like a marshmallow. This sets Gregory in an even more annoyed state as he complains to Maggie, “Why are you still here?” now that the doctor she relied on for her pregnancy is gone. He can feel his power, influence and control over the Hilltoppers dwindling away as they join allegiance with Maggie. Last night’s episode S7E15 “Something They Need” showed Gregory for the coward and phony he really is. He followed Maggie outside the security of the Hilltop gates.

At one point he looked as if he would stab her in the back while she was digging up a blueberry bush to transplant inside. Then there came the random walker stumbling and bumbling out of the nearby woods. The two debated who should deal with the bag of rot. Gregory went forward but chickened out, leaving Maggie to deal with it as he looked on, probably hoping she’d become its next meal. Then a walker flanked him where he stood and Gregory found himself wrestling on the ground and screaming like a caught rabbit for Maggie to rescue him, which she did. Just then a small group of Hilltoppers came up the road. Maggie explained to them the importance of having experience with killing walkers. Gregory was visibly shaken to his pride. We next see him downing tequila in his office and pouring over a map. He is planning on traveling somewhere with his aide, but to where? The Negan compound to rat-out Maggie and Rick and the battle plan? Whatever Gregory’s got up his ridiculously suited sleeve it is going to be nothing but a dick move.

Last week Rosita and Sasha snuck out of the Hilltop as Simon and the Saviors arrived to collect Dr. Carson. They set out on their quest to takedown Negan at his enclave. The two former loves of the now liquefied Abraham spent the trek pissed at each other. By the time they’d reached Negan’s they had come to a truce. They saw Eugene at the gate they were looking to get through and tried to convince him to escape with them. He refused, explaining he’s made his choice to be Negan’s new bitch. Sasha gets the gate open but locks out Rosita, telling her she knew it was a suicide mission and disappears inside the building where Eugene had went.

Meanwhile, Maggie reaches out to the still guilt-devastated Daryl and stresses how Glenn’s death was not his fault. They have to hide together during Simon’s latest visit to the Hilltop, Daryl a ‘fugitive’ escapee from Negan and Maggie thought to be dead since Glenn’s murder.

Back at Negan’s compound Rosita is looking for another way inside to rejoin Sasha but discovers somebody with a crossbow watching her from the shadows outside the fence and thinks it’s Daryl…

S7E15 Recap:

After episodes that left most fighting back yawns, a palatable tension is finally growing in “Something They Need”.

Rick and some of the tougher Alexandria group head to Tara’s secret seaside group to take their arsenal and try to recruit them in the fight … but mostly to take their arsenal. Aaron’s other half comes along, and Fr. Gabe is starting to look like a badass priest with a gun.

With Michonne at sniper point up in the trees the group sets off tactical explosions to drive the seaside’s women and children in one direction and away from the weapons storage shed. Tara had gone to the seaside leader Natania to plead with her to join them in fighting and defeating Negan, but she refuses and manages to take the ‘unloaded’ Tara…

Natalia will not agree or cooperate with Rick. He informs her he means them no harm and just needs their weapons for the fight, and would love for them to fight beside them to finally defeat Negan. She adamantly refuses. Her granddaughter knocks her down just as a herd of barnacle-coated and slimy seaweed-draped walkers come through the woods in search of the source of the explosions.

Rick’a and Natalia’s groups must deal with them. Even some of the seaside children look to be able to hold their own…

In the end, Rick and the group take the weapons, leaving behind the beachcombers, even the ones who told Rick they would join him and the fight.

Meanwhile, back at Negan’s compound Sasha sits in Daryl’s old dark cell, having been captured. Negan thug “Dave” tries to bargain with her to exchange sex for a drink of water. When she refuses he makes it clear he will be ‘getting some’ either way, so, she headbutts him. Just then Negan strolls in and evaluates the situation. If there is one thing Negan will not allow or tolerate it is “rape”. Though I’ve come to conclude Negan has emasculated all men inside his compound and nobody’s really permitted to have sex. Anyhow, Negan does not accept Dave’s regrets for the attempted assault on Sasha and stabs him in the neck replying “We are not the monsters”…

Dave falls to the cell floor and Negan squats down beside Sasha…

“You’ve got some beachball-sized lady nuts…”

He realizes where he had seen her before and asks if Rick had sent her to kill him. He mentions he has heard some talk Rick is planning something. Sasha scoffs back, “Rick? Your bitch?” I believe Sasha did not mean this as her opinion of Rick, but said this to deflect Negan and make him believe she acted as a lone wolf, detaching herself from Rick and the rest of her group. He leaves his bloody knife with her, noting Dave will soon be turning. He said she had three choices: Kill herself, bury the blade in Dave’s head, or let Dave turn and chew her up in the dark. Later he returns to see the knife in Dave’s head. He collects it and gives Sasha the sales pitch that goes along with joining him and the Saviors.

Later Eugene shows up with some basic “creature comforts” (pillow, blanket, light) and tried to reason with Sasha about his decision to join Negan, and how she should strongly consider it. That their lost loved ones would want them to. A moment later he realizes that’s a lie. But Eugene’s a classic coward and he’s not ashamed of that, even in Sasha’s eyes now. He leaves but returns later and talks through the door with Sasha. She tearfully pleads with Eugene to bring her something so she can end her life before Negan uses her against Rick and the others … a knife, a gun, a piece of glass … something…

He returns with the poison pill he had made for Negan’s wives to use but held onto.

He tells her through the door it will take 20 painful minutes to kill her. Sasha is disappointed, to say the least. Now, instead of her ploy to get a weapon from gullible Eugene in order to have another go at Negan, the fickle finger of fate appears to have handed her a suicide. In the TV series vs the comic book version speculation Sasha might meet the fate the books had given to another female character, who has since died another way. What will happen to Sasha now? Chances are we may be seeing the last of the brave self-taught warrior as I came across this on actress Sonequa Martin-Green’s IMDb page:

Star Trek: Discovery (TV Series) (pre-production)
Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.9 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.8 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.7 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.6 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.5 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.4 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.3 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.2 (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Pilot (2017) … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.13 … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.12 … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.11 … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford
– Episode #1.10 … Lt. Cmdr Rainsford

As they say, “Dead give away” … Yeah.

Rick and the others return to Alexandria to find Rosita there. She leads them to the jail cell Morgan had built in the basement. It was Negan henchman Dwight that was standing in the night shadows outside the Savior compound, not Daryl. He informs Rick he wants to help kill Negan. Not sure if it was his wife running out on Negan or watching and smelling the first Doc Carson getting fried alive inside Negan’s furnace that has Dwight turning a corner, or if he has been sent by Negan to spy on the Grimes gang for intel. Rick tells Dwight, “Get on your knees”…

Either way, in next week’s TWD S7E16 extended season finale “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”, we can pretty much conclude somebody(s) we care a whole Hell of a lot about is/are going to not make it to S8E1 alive.

But one thing’s for sure, they’ve got a tiger in their tank…

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A Collection of Incidentals

I’ve come to expect and accept that FOX News Channel’s Shep Smith approaches every one of his broadcasts as a possible CNN/MSNBC audition tape…

James Rosen 2 FOX News (who … and his family … incidentally, were spied on by Obama): Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Democrat pollster and political analystPat Caddell on Franken: ‘If Caligula Can Put a Horse in the Roman Senate,’ Minnesota Voters ‘Have Every Right to Put a Horse’s Ass’ in Senate

MSM Malpractice: Major Networks Ignore Illegal Alien Rape at High School: Watchdog finds ABC, CBS, NBC avoided national story on horrific attack

Trump Hotel In Washington Does Not Violate Conflict Of interest Rules

Party-Poopers: Illinois House rejects making Obama’s birthday a state holiday

Double Standards and Practices of the MSM: By the NYT’s Own Standards, Paper Should Hold Obama Responsible for Spying

Federal Law Enforcement Resources Overwhelmingly Spent on Immigration Crime: Half of federal law enforcement arrests in 2014 were immigration-related crimes

Exclusive: Saudi exports to U.S. to fall by 300,000 barrels per day in March – official

Canada Would Rather You Didn’t Criticize Islam, Eh?

‘Stupid & infuriating’: Journo’s ‘magnificent’ spin on #LondonAttack sends heads to desks

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Tweets of The Day: Ruh-Roh-h-h-h-h

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The Obama/Lynch Banana Republic – UPDATED

Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know

1. Yes, Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping

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2. “Incidental,” My Aunt Fanny

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3. Obama’s Creepy History of Manipulating the FISA System

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4. This Was Political Spying; This Was a Successful Watergate Bugging

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5. The National Media Knew All of This and Covered It Up

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6. Devin Nunes Handled This Exactly Right

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7. CNN Is a Deep State Propaganda Arm

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8. The F.B.I. Investigation Into RussiaGate Is Now Tainted

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And why is the Obama/Lynch last minute surveillance powers and expansive sharing of unfiltered NSA intelligence rarely brought up in all of this?

Mollie Hemingway:

Many of the reporters present didn’t seem to grasp the significance of what Nunes revealed. You can — and should — watch that press conference…

He then dropped the bombshell: “First, I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. Second, details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting. Third, I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked. Fourth and finally, I want to be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.” Again:

1) Information was collected on the Trump team by Obama administration agencies.
2) This information had no reason to be shared in intelligence reports to Obama officials.
3) Obama officials may have flouted legally required attempts to minimize and mask personal identifying information.
4) This had nothing to do with Russia.

He later explained that these reports were related to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act-permitted information collections. Such collections of information on foreign sources require hiding and protecting information about U.S. citizens incidentally picked up during the process when disseminating reports on information gleaned. He even referenced how this reminded him of the trouble the spy agencies got in when failing to mask members of Congress they routinely picked up while spying on Israel. So his concern is not just that the personal identifying information was not masked, but that there appeared to be little or no foreign intelligence value in the spreading of information regarding the political opponents of the previous administration.

Nunes said he wants to know who was aware of this behavior, why it was not disclosed to Congress, who requested and authorized the additional unmasking, whether anyone directed the intelligence community to focus on Trump associates, and whether any laws and regulations or procedures were violated.

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When an administration is spreading around reports of political and personal discussions, failing to mask that information, and the information itself isn’t of foreign intelligence value, you have the makings of a huge scandal.

Many of the reporters at the press conference didn’t seem to know the significance of what they were being told, with many asking questions about Russia or the physical wire-tapping of Trump Tower, two issues Nunes had already specifically ruled out. Finally, a reporter asked whether Trump and his team were being spied on by the intelligence community.

The response from Nunes is something: “Well, I guess it all depends on one’s definition of spying. Clearly it bothers me enough, I’m not comfortable with it, and I want to make sure the White House understands it and that’s why I briefed the speaker this morning.”

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If the laws and regulations guiding the collection of information by spy agencies were violated by the party in power to hurt the opposing party, that’s banana republic stuff. It matters not whether the Trump team were officially the targets, whether the targets were designed to obscure the real targets, or whether it truly was incidental collection. The effect was that members of the Trump team had their privacy invaded, and that the information gathered was disseminated and even leaked to the public by the Obama-led bureaucracy.

While the media might be laser-focused on whether Obama personally wiretapped Trump, as Trump seemed to claim in his tweets a few weeks ago, the American public is not keen on the idea that other techniques or forms of electronic surveillance were used on Obama’s political opponents. Further, the media attempts to deflect and downplay and run interference for Obama officials and other Democrats regarding this significant information reveal a journalistic complex seeking not truth nor protection of civil liberties, but partisan point scoring.

Nunes ‘Unmasking’ Report Vindicates Trump Claims on Surveillance

Time to Investigate Obama, not Just Trump

NUNES: FBI IS NOT COOPERATING WITH OUR INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP CAMP SURVEILLANCE

The real detail of this whole thing is never put into proper context with this whole Trump-Russia bullshit. The fact that Hillary Clinton’s case of guilt was laid out on live TV by FBI director for nearly 15 minutes before announcing he would not be recommending AG Lynch indict her …. Lynch, who had days before met with Bill Clinton on a hot Arizona tarmac, and short days later Comey’s FBI agents ‘questioned’ Hillary without recording or transcripting the interview.

These people seriously believed Hillary was simply going to walk away with the election in November. And it continues to reveal just how insignificant we Americans are to these people. This is why Trump won. The American people are beyond sick and tired of being ignored and taken for granted as some brainwashed monolith to be manipulated by crooked politicians and the rabid MSM. They cannot accept that they lost more than the 2016 POTUS election. They lost on so many levels.

In addition, this Trump-Russia smoke and mirrors bullshit is meant to deflect attention from the real Russia colluded players, Podesta and Hillary.

EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Was Board Member Of Firms Linked To Russian Investors

Both Hillary Clinton And John Podesta Made Millions From Russia & Putin

Spicer: There’s ‘Probably More Evidence’ CNN Colluded with Clinton Than Trump Colluded with Russia

Anderson Cooper’s ‘Maddow Moment’: Tries To Deflect Nunes Revelation With “New Details” Of Russia Collusion

UPDATES:

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Yep, Obama Administration Spied on Trump Transition Team

MORE:

House Intel Chair Confirms Obama Admin Surveilled Trump Transition

Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says

Is there any doubt the Obama machine had all intentions and purposes of derailing and sabotaging the Trump presidency?

Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Insiders Sabotage Trump White House: Former admin planted series of landmines to subvert Trump team

The Obama administration worked in its final weeks in office to undermine the incoming Trump White and continues to do so, according to multiple sources both in and out of the White House.

Behind the effort, these sources say, are senior government officials who previously worked under President Obama and remain loyal to his agenda. These individuals leak negative information about the Trump White House and its senior staff to a network of former Obama administration officials who then plant this information in key media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times.

Meanwhile, holdovers from the Obama administration are working to undermine the Trump administration’s agenda through efforts to alter official communications, a number of administration officials confirmed in conversations with the Washington Free Beacon.

Multiple sources expressed concern over what they described as an unprecedented effort by the former administration to subvert President Donald Trump’s team. These sources would only speak on background because they were not officially authorized to publicly discuss the situation, which is said to have fostered a level of discomfort and distrust in the West Wing.

The Free Beacon first reported on several portions of this effort earlier this year, including separate campaigns to undermine current CIA Director Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, both of whom were subjected to leaks aimed at undermining their credibility…

Ace @ AoSHQ: Rep. Nunes: Trump Transition Team Members, Possibly Including Trump Himself, Were “Under Surveillance” After November ElectionsUpdate: Nunez Says He’s Seen “Dozens” Of Intelligence Reports That Indicate Some Kind of Surveillance

Two points:

One, Nunes has been one of the guys pushing hardest to uncover the spying-on-Trump mystery.

Two, I can easily conceive of many scenarios in which one can honestly say “It depends on what you mean by spying.”

Let me offer a few scenarios.

Scenario A: An intel group purposefully targets Trump personnel for data interception. Everyone would say this is spying. Though if it were done pursuant to a legal warrant, we wouldn’t necessarily say that. We’d say they were lawfully surveilled. (Though we might also say they were surveilled by a warrent obtained for political purposes.) Even in this easiest-case scenario, there are arguments.

Scenario B: An intel group targets Russian officials, incidentally picks up Flynn conversations, then reviews its intercepts later specifically looking for Trump associates in the collected information. This seems like spying, but one can argue about it: the capture of Flynn’s conversations was incidental, but the determined effort to sift through captured conversations specifically searching for Flynn’s voice is deliberate. Is this spying? It’s not before-the-fact spying, but it sure looks like after-the-fact spying.

Scenario C: Let’s say Trump’s team did not take the threat of Obama loyalists seriously enough for a while. Let’s say that certain well-placed Obama holdovers could overhear Trump communications. Let’s say the loyalists then collected the communications they had overheard to and began using them for purposes of Opposition Research.

Is this “spying”? In this scenario, the communications were not illegally intercepted. They’re being used after-the-fact for purposes not intended by Trump, but they were not exactly “captured.”

Anyway, Nunes seems like a pretty stand-up guy and I would not knock him for his statement. I would believe him when he says it’s a bit complicated.

I mean, to me, this is “spying” at least in the broad, sloppy sense Trump intended, and vindicates Trump well enough….

And this: Kredo: DOJ Found Malware in Trump Tower Servers ‘Mimicking’ Contacts to Russian Entities

Meanwhile, being a democrat as opposed to a republican has its perks, I guess…

The DC EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Was Board Member Of Firms Linked To Russian Investors

Secret Service Removed Alarm Sensors From Fence Intruder Climbed Over

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