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from Conservative Intelligence Briefing

A Bureau in Shambles: Comey Hypocrisy, Strzok-Page Texts, and Inappropriate Media Contacts
“The Justice Department inspector general on Thursday castigated former FBI Director James B. Comey for his actions during the Hillary Clinton email investigation and found that other senior bureau officials showed a ‘willingness to take official action’ to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.”


from The Daily Caller

An FBI attorney who worked on the special counsel’s Russia investigation until earlier this year sent anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, including one exclaiming: “Viva le Resistance.” The attorney’s comments are revealed in a Justice Department inspector general’s report released on Thursday.


from Economic Collapse News
News & Media Website

Trump’s Lumber Tariffs To Cause Job Losses, Higher Home Prices
Last year, President Trump slapped a 20 percent tariff on Canadian softwood lumber. Because of the protectionist measure, the cost of lumber is spiking. This will inevitably lead to 9,000 job losses and the typical new home price to rise $6,000.


from The Federalist
RIGHT BIAS, HIGH, online magazine

3 Takeaways From The IG Report That Seriously Undermine The FBI’s Credibility
There are so many storylines in the Justice Department’s highly anticipated inspector general report that’s it’s going to take a long time to sift through them all. Yet most major headlines Thursday about the IG’s investigation went something along the lines of, “DOJ watchdog report finds no proof bias affected FBI’s Clinton probe.” While this may be technically true, the report itself is a damning indictment of the professionalism and bias of the FBI.


from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

The Internet Sales Taxes Will Hurt Small Businesses and Make Online Shopping More Expensive
An Internet Sales Tax would disproportionately harm small business and startups, stifling innovation and the economy.

Starbucks’ 'Open-Access' Policy May Cost Taxpayers
In opening its doors and Wi-Fi networks to non-customers, Starbucks gets to two-for-one bump of positive public perception and the possibility of tax-funded subsidies.

Why the Intellectual Dark Web Had to Go Dark
In a culture that values emotional security over truth, its pursuit has been driven underground. Recently, The New York Times ran an exposé on the “Intellectual Dark Web.” The piece profiles all the heavy hitters of the movement: Jordan B. Peterson, Bret Weinstein, Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin, and Sam Harris. The author, Bari Weiss, describes in detail how each thinker was alienated from their professional community before building a new network and audience on the internet. The piece characterizes the Intellectual Dark Web as a shadowy underground of renegade iconoclasts who dare to challenge the orthodoxies of academia and the media. While this characterization is not far off, the article glosses over the reason why these thinkers have been ostracized. The political climate is not hospitable to truth-seekers. The only reason the Intellectual Dark Web is “dark” is because it is controversial to be an open inquirer.


from Foreign Affairs
Council on Foreign Relations

Russia as It Is
A Grand Strategy for Confronting Putin
Washington must accept that Putin is here to stay and won’t end his assault on Western democracy and multilateral institutions anytime soon. To deal with the threat, the United States desperately needs a new bipartisan grand strategy. It must find ways to contain the Kremlin’s economic, military, and political influence and to strengthen democratic allies, and it must work with the Kremlin when doing so is truly necessary and freeze it out when it is not. But above all, Washington must be patient. As long as Putin remains in power, changing Russia will be close to impossible. The best Washington can hope for in most cases is to successfully restrain Moscow’s actions abroad while waiting for Russia to change from within.


from Gatestone Institute

The Final Nail in the ACLU's Coffin
The director of the American Civil Liberties Union has now acknowledged what should have been obvious to everybody over the past several years: that the ACLU is no longer a neutral defender of everyone's civil liberties; it has morphed into a hyper-partisan, hard-left political advocacy group. The final nail in its coffin was the announcement that for the first time in its history the ACLU would become involved in partisan electoral politics, supporting candidates, referenda and other agenda-driven political goals. The headline in the June 8, 2018 edition of The New Yorker tells it all: "The ACLU is getting involved in elections – and reinventing itself for the Trump Era."


from The Guardian (UK)
LEFT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, daily newspaper

Inscribed seventh-century window ledge unearthed at Tintagel
A seventh-century slate window ledge inscribed with an intriguing mix of Latin, Greek and Celtic words, names and symbols has been unearthed at Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall. The discovery adds weight to the view that the rugged coastal site, which is most often associated with the legend of King Arthur, was home in the early middle ages to a sophisticated and multicultural port community.


from National Review

This Is A Very Bad Report For The FBI
This is why you don’t want to rush a response to a 500-page inspector-general report. Former FBI Director James Comey, writing on the New York Times op-ed page, posted just a short time ago: "First, the inspector general’s team went through the F.B.I.’s work with a microscope and found no evidence that bias or improper motivation affected the investigation, which I know was done competently, honestly and independently." That’s not quite accurate.

Silly Attacks on Trump’s Singapore Summit
Nobody cared about the flags behind Cuban tyrant Raul Castro and Obama when they huddled. The mere presence of Obama made this matter unremarkable, just as the mere presence of Trump makes the identical detail scandalous and reprehensible.


from The New American Magazine
RIGHT BIAS: John Birch Society

In Threat to Globalism, NAFTA Talks Shifting to Bilateral
Amid the imposition of tariffs and a high-profile spat with far-left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, White House officials have been publicly pledging that negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are ongoing — sort of.


from RealClearPolitics
Media/News Company

The Silencing of the Inspectors General
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators. McCabe and at least a half-dozen other FBI employees quit, retired, were fired or were reassigned as a result of fallout from the politicization of the FBI. Yet, as Barack Obama left office, his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, strangely boasted that the Obama administration "has been historically free of scandal." Obama himself recently concluded of his eight-year tenure, "I didn't have scandals."


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Landmarks: Old red barn in Liberty Lake captured the hearts of the new owners
The big, red, Gothic-style barn on a hill near the Idaho border has attracted high school students to use it as a background for their senior class pictures, and it even showed up in a painting commissioned by some neighbors living farther down the valley, which captured it in the artwork depicting the view from their property. The 50-by-120-foot barn at 525 N. Idaho Road in Liberty Lake, built around 1916, once housed an operating dairy. The original feeding stations, mangers and stanchions are still in place.


from Sputnik
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED, Broadcasting & Media Production Company out of Moscow, Russia

Radioactive Dust Found in Homes of Workers at Major US Nuclear Weapons Facility
Radioactive microparticles were detected in the homes of six workers in central Washington state’s Tri-City area who are associated with the Hanford nuclear site, a major Cold War-era plutonium manufacturing facility, scientists have reported. The same study also found radioactive particles in the homes of nuclear workers associated with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado. All three sites are heavily associated with nuclear weapons production.

Empire Expansion: George Soros Buys Shares in New York Times Newspaper
Billionaire globalist George Soros has often been accused of attempting to meddle in the internal affairs, including elections and other democratic processes, of sovereign nations to suit his own political agenda. Soros’ investment firm, Soros Fund Management LLC, has purchased over $3 million worth of shares in the New York Times, according to recent filings to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, described the move as a “big step” up from his previous endeavors in journalism and the media.


from UPI News Agency - United Press International

Inspector general says Comey broke protocol in Clinton probe
Former FBI Director James Comey broke from usual procedures in his handling of an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, but his actions weren't politically motivated, the Justice Department's Inspector General said in a long-awaited report Thursday. The 500-page report details ways in which Comey broke with protocol in the Clinton investigation and messages from FBI personnel opposed to President Donald Trump. IG Michael Horowitz expanded his probe to include non-Clinton-related moves within the Justice Department in the lead-up to the 2016 election, including decisions made by Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.


from Zero Hedge
CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE,  MIXED,  financial blog with aggregated news and opinion

Great News: The Fewest Americans In 8 Years Are Dependent On Government For Food
Food Stamp usage in America has fallen 7.8% since President Trump's election - the fastest such drop in Americans' dependence on the state for sustenance ever. Even better news, at 40.08 million people, this is the fewest Americans to rely on government food handouts since February 2010.


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