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January 17, 1998

Twenty years ago today, the Internet, the media, and American politics), changed forever…

Web Posted: 01/17/98 23:32:47 PST -- NEWSWEEK KILLS STORY ON WHITE HOUSE INTERN

BLOCKBUSTER REPORT: 23-YEAR OLD, FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, SEX RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT

**World Exclusive**
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**

At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, NEWSWEEK magazine killed a story that was destined to shake official Washington to its foundation: A White House intern carried on a sexual affair with the President of the United States!

The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that reporter Michael Isikoff developed the story of his career, only to have it spiked by top NEWSWEEK suits hours before publication. A young woman, 23, sexually involved with the love of her life, the President of the United States, since she was a 21-year-old intern at the White House. She was a frequent visitor to a small study just off the Oval Office where she claims to have indulged the president’s sexual preference. Reports of the relationship spread in White House quarters and she was moved to a job at the Pentagon, where she worked until last month.

The young intern wrote long love letters to President Clinton, which she delivered through a delivery service. She was a frequent visitor at the White House after midnight, where she checked in the WAVE logs as visiting a secretary named Betty Curry, 57.

The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that tapes of intimate phone conversations exist.

The relationship between the president and the young woman become strained when the president believed that the young woman was bragging about the affair to others.

NEWSWEEK and Isikoff were planning to name the woman. Word of the story’s impeding release caused blind chaos in media circles; TIME magazine spent Saturday scrambling for its own version of the story, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. The NEW YORK POST on Sunday was set to front the young intern’s affair, but was forced to fall back on the dated ABC NEWS Kathleen Willey break.

The story was set to break just hours after President Clinton testified in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

Ironically, several years ago, it was Isikoff that found himself in a shouting match with editors who were refusing to publish even a portion of his meticulously researched investigative report that was to break Paula Jones. Isikoff worked for the WASHINGTON POST at the time, and left shortly after the incident to build them for the paper’s sister magazine, NEWSWEEK.

Michael Isikoff was not available for comment late Saturday. NEWSWEEK was on voice mail.

The White House was busy checking the DRUDGE REPORT for details.

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As The World Turns Under the Darkness Above…

It really is too bad NASA has been so busy with “Muslim Outreach” and pushing ‘global warming/ climate change’, and has not been able to research and develop any real planetary defense system to try to protect us from such things…

‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid the size of the Burj Khalifa is heading towards Earth at 67,000mph

The asteroid is around 0.7 miles (1.1km) wide – making it longer than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 0.5 miles high (0.8km). It is set to pass by our planet on the 4th February at a distance of around 2,615,128 miles (4,208,641km) away – which is relatively close in space terms. For reference, the distance between the Earth and the moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

Nasa describes asteroids as ‘hazardous’ if they come within 4,600,000 miles (7,403,00km) of our planet. It is the largest space rock to brush past our planet this year and previous research has found a rock of this size could plunge Earth into a mini-ice age if it hit.
The impact would cause average temperatures around the world to fall by as much as 8°C, according to a 2016 study on the effects of a collision with a 0.6-mile-wide (1km) asteroid.
Scientists warned the ‘very severe global impact’ would last several years, causing the world to become a much darker, colder and drier place.

In the ‘worst case scenario’, soot would remain in the atmosphere for around 10 years, while dust take six years to settle back on Earth. Fortunately Nasa does not think this asteroid will collide with Earth.

PLANETARY DEFENCE

Anything that flies closer than six million miles of our planet is a near earth asteroid and could cause severe damage were it ever to crash into Earth.

Deflecting an asteroid that is on an impact course with Earth requires changing the velocity of the object by less than an inch per second years in advance of the predicted impact.

Nasa is currently moving forward with a refrigerator-sized spacecraft capable of preventing asteroids from colliding with Earth. A test with a small, nonthreatening asteroid is planned for 2024.

This is the first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defence.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) would use what is known as a kinetic impactor technique—striking the asteroid to shift its orbit.

Currently Nasa would not be able to deflect an asteroid if it were heading for Earth but it could mitigate the impact and take measures that would protect lives and property. This would include evacuating the impact area and moving key infrastructure…

Meanwhile: Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast Michigan residents awestruck

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Two important issues that need addressed before a lunar colony is built:

1) a source of water
2) underground protection for colony facilities from the massive radiation (hence underground lava tubes)

Scientists Think They’ve Discovered Lava Tubes Leading to The Moon’s Polar Ice – This could solve a massive problem.

Mystery Radio Bursts From Space Just Got Even Weirder: Astronomers are transfixed by twisted waves seen coming from an odd object three billion light-years away.

Why Stars Sound Like Ringing Bells: Although we can’t hear it, we can see it.

Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System: The mysterious Egyptian rock contains micro-mineral compounds not found on Earth, in any meteorite or comet, or elsewhere in the solar system.

Virgin Galactic Is Months Away From Bringing Tourists to Space

SpaceX and Boeing Slated for Manned Space Missions By Year’s End

Skycorp planning to make space industries

YouTube: A Hundred Million Stars in 3 Minutes

In January 2015, NASA released the largest image ever of the Andromeda galaxy, taken by the Hubble telescope. Totaling 1.5 billion pixels and requiring 4.3 gigabytes of disk space, this photo provides a detailed glimpse at the sheer scale of our nearest galactic neighbor. By zooming into the incredible shot, filmmaker Dave Achtemichuk creates an unforgettable interactive experience.

Space is so friggin’ cool and the Creator awesome!

The galaxy Hercules A in the constellation Hercules with its massive colorful plasma jets nearly one million light years long (Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope”)

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Fallout from Hawaii’s Terrifying False Alarm

Some related links of interest after last weekend’s errant incoming missile alarm…

Strategy Page: Learning From Hawaii’s False Missile Attack Fiasco

PM: Someone Could Definitely Hack the Emergency Warning System. Here’s Why They’d Do It.

Glenn Reynolds: After Hawaii false alarm, get serious about preparing for nuclear attack

For 38 Terrifying Minutes, Hawaii Experienced Israeli Life under Rocket Threat

Stars and Stripes: New SM-3 Block IIA missile set for testing on Kauai might lend better defense

Meanwhile:

Perhaps not a missile, but a torpedo…

PM: Pentagon Document Confirms Existence of Russian Doomsday Torpedo: Kanyon is designed to wipe out the enemy’s coastlines and make them unlivable for generations.

Kanyon is reportedly a very long range autonomous underwater vehicle that has a range 6,200 miles, a maximum depth of 3,280 feet, and a speed of 100 knots according to claims in leaked Russian documents.

But what really makes Kanyon nightmare fuel is the drone torpedo’s payload: a 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon. By way of comparison, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 16 kilotons, or the equivalent of 16,000 tons of TNT. Kanyon’s nuke would be the equivalent of 100,000,000 tons of TNT. That’s twice as powerful as Tsar Bomba, the most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever tested. Dropped on New York City, a 100-megaton bomb would kill 8 million people outright and injure 6 million more.

Kanyon is designed to attack coastal areas, destroying cities, naval bases, and ports. The mega-bomb would also generate an artificial tsunami that would surge inland, spreading radioactive contamination with the advancing water. To make matters worse there are reports the warhead is “salted” with the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Contaminated areas would be off-limits to humanity for up to 100 years.

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“Shithole” or “BJ”? … Which Would You Rather Explain to Your Child?

Not a trick question, you know. Especially given CNN and the rest of the rabid MSM’s repeatedly repeating “shithole” over these last several days…

Joseph Curl @ Washington Times: S–hole? Clinton made us explain far worse to our children

Mainstream news outlet CNN reveled in the toilet. “NewsBusters staff combed through CNN transcripts on Nexis for the S-hole word in the 24 hours of January 12 — the first full day after The Washington Post reported the controversy — and found CNN staffers and CNN guests uncorked the profanity 195 times in one day,” Newsbusters wrote.

The network flashed it on the screen — with no censoring — and morning host Chris Cuomo wrote it on a white board (“this is who he is: s–hole” he wrote, without the dashes). The morning show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. used the word 33 times.

[…]

But here’s the thing: Parents had to explain a lot more to their children — and literally cover their ears (I did) — when there was another guy in the White House: Bill Clinton.

Every night for a year or more came reports of Bubba’s sexual escapades with a White House intern young enough to be his daughter. The Starr Report, compiled by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, was filled with all kinds of words not exactly appropriate for children or young teenagers. “Oral sex,” “ejaculation” and “masturbation” were bandied about often, as were other much cruder terms and far more graphic practices (one involving a cigar in the Oval Office).

That fiasco, though, was nothing to liberals or the MSM. They contended that the whole scandal was merely about sex (it wasn’t; Mr. Clinton would be impeached and disbarred for committing perjury). And they scoffed at the notion that parents should be offended by the new words their children were learning, thanks to the President of the United States.

Liberals and their friends in the media gave Mr. Clinton a pass on everything, accepting even the most skeevy behavior by the accused serial sex-abuser, because they agreed with his policies…

Yep!

Dennis Prager @ RCP: 10 Thoughts on the President and the ‘S—hole Countries’

As Guatemalan columnist Claudia Nunez wrote on Trump in the Guatemalan newspaper Siglio 21: “The epithets he uses to describe certain groups are unfortunate and exemplify the decadence of the current political scene. But he has also said things that are true, for example, that it is we citizens of migration countries who have accommodated ourselves to the need to export people, as we have calmly allowed excessive levels of corruption to grow for decades.”

Though many wonderful immigrants come from the world’s worst places, there is some connection between the moral state of an immigrant’s country and the immigrant’s contribution to America. According to data from the Center for Immigration Studies, 73 percent of households headed by Central American and Mexican immigrants use one or more welfare programs, as do 51 percent of Caribbean immigrants and 48 percent of African immigrants. Contrast that with 32 percent of East Asians and 26 percent of Europeans.

Jonah Goldberg: What if diversity isn’t America’s strength?

I once heard Jesse Jackson explain that racial integration of the NBA made it stronger and better. He was right. But would gender integration of the NBA have the same effect? Would diversifying professional basketball by height? Probably not.

All of these analogies can take you only so far. Thomas Sowell once said, “The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”

There’s a growing body of evidence that even if diversity— the kind that results from immigration — once made America stronger, it may not be doing so anymore. Robert Putnam, a liberal sociologist at Harvard, found that increased diversity corrodes civil society by eroding shared values, customs and institutions. People tend to “hunker down” and retreat from civil society, at least in the short and medium term.

I think the real culprit here isn’t immigration or diversity in general, but the rising stigma against assimilation. Particularly on college campuses, but also in large swaths of mainstream journalism and in the louder corners of the fever swamp right, the idea that people of all backgrounds should embrace a single conception of “Americanism” is increasingly taboo.

Anyone of any race or national origin can be an American, but it requires effort and desire from both the individual and the larger society. There’s a shortage of both these days.

“Shithole” is such a general term. We need specifics here…

Bruce Bawer @ PJM: An Open Letter to President Trump

Dear Mr. President,

Attentive as I am to current events, I could not help noticing that you were criticized in some circles the other day for your alleged utterance of a certain two-syllable noun in a private White House meeting. You were said to have used this noun to describe certain nations from which the U.S. currently accepts immigrants. The noun in question was widely viewed as being a tad vulgar and your application of it to these countries was regarded by some as being a mite insensitive.

After pondering the matter for a couple of days, I have come to the conclusion that, indeed, it might not be advisable hereafter for you to use this word again…

[…]

With this in mind, I have prepared a world map on which I have proposed descriptive labels for about two dozen specific countries … I hope you will find it helpful and will consider making use of my suggestions in your future conversations…

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The MSM has a Fever and the Only Cure is More TDS Cowbell

The MSM, most especially Clinton News Network (CNN) 3.0, is not only leading the media’s obsessive compulsive attack after yesterday’s nearly an hour of interrogating the Navy veteran doctor who not only fully examined Pres. Trump but was the presidential doctor for Barack Obama and Pres. George W. Bush before him … but now CNN 3.0 is counter diagnosing Trump without personally examining him, and mostly without benefit of medical licenses. And in doing so are side-handedly calling the doctor a liar…

FOX News: Liberal media embarrass themselves over Trump’s clean bill of health, insinuate he’s mentally ill

Twitchy: CNN’s Sanjay Gupta gets told it’s an apple but keeps reporting it’s a banana

CNN’s Dr. Gupta was strategically placed in the press gathering by the network so they could claim gravitas in this latest unprofessional and unethical ‘remote’ diagnosing…

Hey-hell! I’m old enough to remember when the MSM didn’t care about Bill Clinton’s McDonald’s diet svelte figure and personally delivered pizzas late nights in the Oval Office, his ‘coke’ habit, alcohol-revealing ‘blossom nose’, his cigar usage, his cognitive inability to define “is” and identify sex acts.

WFB: Examination: The Mental Fitness of the White House Press Corps – White House doctor takes nearly 50 minutes of questions on Trump’s health

Meanwhile, let’s not talk about this real medical problems:

Obamacare a contributing factor to opioid epidemic: GOP report

“I’m not saying this is a primary cause,” Johnson, R-Wis., said in a hearing on the topic Wednesday. “I think what we are certainly saying is this is an unintended consequence. It’s certainly a contributing factor. It maybe enables something that shouldn’t be enabled. It’s a very serious problem that has to be taken a look at.”

Johnson has been raising questions about the way Medicaid contributed to the opioid epidemic since last year. His report indicates that at least 1,072 people have been convicted or charged nationwide since 2010 for improperly using Medicaid to obtain prescription opioids, some of which were then resold illegally.

After Four Years of Obamacare Implementation, Uninsured Rate Hits 12.2%: Uninsured rate highest for Americans ages 26 to 34 at 20.1 percent

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Flying Colors: There Goes THAT MSM False Narrative…

Pres. Trump had his annual physical (by a doctor Obama originally appointed to the position), and…

NYT: Doctor Declares Trump’s Health Excellent, With Perfect Score on Cognitive Test

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s physician said Tuesday that the president received a perfect score on a cognitive test designed to screen for neurological impairment, which the military doctor said was evidence that Mr. Trump does not suffer from mental issues that prevent him from functioning in office.

“There’s no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues,” Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy and the White House physician, told reporters on Tuesday. “I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes.”

Dr. Jackson said that a cognitive test was not indicated for Mr. Trump when the president underwent his annual physical on Friday, but that he conducted one anyway because the president requested it after questions from critics about his mental abilities. He said Mr. Trump received a score of 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a well-known test used by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other hospitals.

The president’s doctor said Mr. Trump’s overall health was “excellent,” with mostly normal results on a battery of tests and examinations. He said Mr. Trump, who is almost 72, has remarkably good cardiac health, probably because he does not smoke or drink alcohol.

Doctor added POTUS should lose some weight and get more exercise, and has increased his cholesterol medicine. POTUS, needs to kick the fast food habit. He has a fantastic crew of White House chefs that can make him better leaner burgers and fries.

Examination: The Mental Fitness of the White House Press Corps – White House doctor takes nearly 50 minutes of questions on Trump’s health

Mollie’s not wrong. The MSM needs cognitive evaluation.

Via Twitchy:

Skeptical NBC News reporter wonders if Trump would step on a scale in public to prove his weight

UH-OH! Donald Trump’s good health threatens to send CNN’s Brian Stelter to the nuthouse

‘You’re SH*TTING me’! Reporter’s question at Trump health presser is BEYOND PARODY

Ace: In Aftermath of Trump’s Clean Bill of Cognitive Health, The “Experts” of the Media Have a New Mantra: Ignore What The Experts Tell You

I’m gonna need Anderson Cooper, Jim Acosta, Don Lemon, and Brian Stelter to all submit to a cognitive and psychological wellness examination, the results to be disclosed publicly, before I listen to another word out of these hysterical pussies.

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“Collusion” 2016: Chipping Away at the Real Scandals and Cover-Ups

This would only have been successful if Hillary had won the 2016 election. It all then would have been completely buried by the federal agencies and departments under her dictatorship, and never sniffed out by the compliant lapdog MSM…

Byron York: Trump dossier probes now include possible State Department involvement

In addition to having contacts in the Obama Justice Department and FBI, that former spy, Christopher Steele, was also well-connected with the Obama State Department. A book published in November by a correspondent at the Guardian, “Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win,” noted that Steele’s 2010 work on the World Cup soccer corruption investigation won him the trust not only of the FBI, but the State Department as well. From author Luke Harding:

The [soccer] episode burnished Steele’s reputation inside the U.S. intelligence community and the FBI. Here was a pro, a well-connected Brit, who understood Russian espionage and its subterranean tricks. Steele was regarded as credible. Between 2014 and 2016, Steele authored more than a hundred reports on Russia and Ukraine. These were written for a private client but shared widely within the State Department and sent up to Secretary of State John Kerry and to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who was in charge of the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis. Many of Steele’s secret sources were the same sources who would supply information on Trump. One former State Department envoy during the Obama administration said he read dozens of Steele’s reports on Russia. The envoy said that on Russia, Steele was “as good as the CIA or anyone.” Steele’s professional reputation inside U.S. agencies would prove important the next time he discovered alarming material, and lit the fuse again.

That fuse, of course, was the Trump dossier…

PJM: Uranium Indictment in Maryland Not ‘Coincidental,’ Tom Fitton Says

The charges come after reports released in late December revealed that the Justice Department was taking a fresh look at the Uranium One deal that gave a Russian company control of 20 percent of the U.S. uranium industry while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Fitton couldn’t say for sure if the fresh scrutiny led to the indictment, but added, “It’s, I don’t think, coincidental, a few months after it’s reported about the fact that the Justice Department under Obama was hiding this [Uranium One scandal] in plain sight from the American people, and certainly hiding key information from Congress, and then the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions responds, ‘Hey, we’re going to take another look at this.'”

He added, “This is about, in the end, what steps they’re going to take about what happened with Hillary Clinton.”

Mark Lambert is facing 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for allegedly bribing a Russian official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corp. in order to win contracts to transport uranium.

The New York Post is reporting that the investigation “grew from charges that the Obama administration covered up an FBI probe of the uranium business.”

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reportedly told Congress in 2010 that uranium purchased by the Russian company could not be exported, yet as The Hill reported in November, some of the uranium mined after the deal ended up as far away as Europe.

[…]

“It now appears that despite pledges to the contrary, U.S. uranium made its way overseas as a part of the Uranium One deal,” Grassley said. “What’s more disturbing, those transactions were apparently made possible by various Obama Administration agencies while the Democrat-controlled Congress turned a blind eye.”

MORE:

Andrew McCarthy: Anatomy of a Farce: Fusion GPS founder’s testimony shows how we got the collusion narrative . . . and why it won’t go away.

Sara Carter: Was the DNC/Clinton campaign-funded dossier used to obtain warrants on Trump team from the secret court?

Did Glenn Simpson Lie to Congress?

Glenn Reynolds: NOW ALL THE OTHER WITNESSES KNOW WHAT TO SAY WITHOUT BEING TOLD DIRECTLY: Feinstein posts testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder.

KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: The Dossier Rehab Campaign: Congress should work quickly to declassify documents and let the public decide.

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