James Woods Blasts Trump, ‘RINO Wimps’ Over Omnibus Budget Surrender

Two-time Oscar nominee James Woods blasted congressional Republicans as “RINO wimps” over the just-passed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.

“I never imagined I could loathe the @GOP more than the I loathe @TheDemocrats, but they got me with this suck-ass budget,” Woods tweeted to his 1.36 million followers, adding that he hopes “they get what they asked for in November. When will these RINO wimps stop sticking their asses in the air for the Democrats to violate?”

This massive omnibus bill, which only funds the government for six months, is widely seen as a total capitulation to Democrats. Although Americans put Republicans in charge of all three branches of government, Planned Parenthood remains fully funded, while there is virtually no funding for President Trump’s wall or border security. The bill is expected to add another trillion dollars to a national debt that is already over $20 trillion.

In other tweets, Woods also hammered Trump over his broken promise to build a border wall:

Although Trump at first signaled that he would sign the massive and massively unpopular bill, the growing fury in his own political base appears to have changed his mind. The president is now threatening a veto.

Woods’ frustration speaks for many — not in far-left Hollywood but in Middle America, who time and again see the GOP rolling over, even though they are completely in charge of the government. Moreover, all the wasteful spending on utter nonsense continues while priorities like border security remain under-funded.

On his nationally-syndicated radio show Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh said that he believes Trump signing this omnibus bill could be the kind of act that at long last creates a rift between the president and his loyal base of support.

“I predict this is going to be the first phase of Trump voters beginning to go wobbly. This is the swamp on steroids. This was not supposed to be happening anymore, this kind of thing,” he said.

“My fear is that this could be the issue, the item that begins to cause Trump voters to go wobbly, ’cause this was not… Let me put it another way.  This is the kind of thing that was going to stop — specifically under that umbrella, definition, ‘draining the swamp.’ My sense is that this is going to cause a massive amount of anger and opposition,” Limbaugh warned.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Obama Tweets: ‘Michelle and I Are So Inspired by All the Young People’ Marching

Former President Barack Obama tweeted a message to the anti-Second Amendment activists marching all around the country, saying that he and Michelle are “so inspired” and that “nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.”

“Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today’s marches happen,” Obama tweeted. “Keep at it. You’re leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change”:

https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/977592827348742146

During Obama’s first term in office, Democrats held the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. The former president and the Democrats could have passed any legislation they wanted. They did nothing about guns.

It was only during his second term, when Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress, that Obama began to demand gun control.

On several occasions, both he and Hillary Clinton have praised the idea of national gun confiscation by pointing to Australia’s continent-wide forced gun buyback program as an ideal. Mainstream media fact checkers, like the far-left Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, continue to try and cover this fact up.

In June of 2014, Obama said:

Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since. Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this.

In October of 2015, while running for president, Hillary Clinton said:

You know, Australia’s a good example, Canada’s a good example, [and] the UK’s a good example. Why? Because each of them had mass killings, Australia had a huge mass killing about 20 or 25 years ago. Canada did as well, so did the UK. In reaction, they passed much stricter gun laws. In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program. The Australian government as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of … weapons offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns and basically clamped down going forward, in terms of having more of a background check approach – more of a permitting approach.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Roseanne Barr to Jimmy Kimmel: ‘We Don’t Want to See Our President Fail, so Zip that F***ing Lip’

 

Actress Roseanne Barr appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday and demanded that the late-night host, who routinelybashes President Donald Trump, “zip that fucking lip.”

While debating about Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy, Kimmel said to Barr, “Listen, never mind her foreign policy, how about captain wacko we got running the country here? I mean, some foreign policy.”

“I’m shocked because I know you are a very socially liberal person in general,” Kimmel said to Barr, who’s openly supportive of President Trump.

“I’m still the same, you all moved,” Barr responded, referring to liberals and Democrats. “You all moved so f–ing far out you lost everybody.”

“A lot of your audience and including me, I just want to say this, Jimmy,” said Barr, sitting beside co-star John Goodman, “a lot of us, you know, no matter who we voted for, we don’t want to see our president fail. Because we don’t want Pence.”

Kimmel said he doesn’t want to Vice President Pence as president, to which Barr instructed that he “zip that fucking lip.”

The ABC Roseanne revival — the original show, which quickly became a working-class cult classic comedy series in its nine-season run between 1988 to 1997 — brings back much of the original cast members, who are deeply divided over politics but are united by their love for each other.

“Here’s my two cents, damn it,” Barr said at one point. “It’s up to us to make this government work, no matter who’s president. It’s up to us to do our job as citizens and if we don’t like something, let ’em know you don’t like it, and then you’ve got another election in two years. Get out there and vote. Change it if you don’t like it.”

After a 20-year hiatus, the first of nine episodes of Roseanne airs on ABC on March 27.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Nine Major Problems with James Comey’s Involvement with the Trump Hoax Dossier

NEW YORK — James Comey took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to an earlier tweet by President Donald Trump about the Russia probe, with the former FBI director exclaiming that the “American people will hear my story very soon.”

“And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” Comey added.

Comey was responding to Trump’s charge that the ex-FBI chief was aware of illicit activity at the FBI regarding the probe into unsubstantiated claims of Russian collusion.

Below, in no particular order, are nine major problems with Comey’s actions in the Russia probe.  This while he tweets about determining who is “honorable.”

1 – Comey signed FISA applications that cited the largely discredited anti-Trump dossier as purported evidence to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, who briefly served as a volunteer campaign foreign policy adviser.

The previously released four-page House Intelligence Committee memo alleging abuse of surveillance authority documents that on October 21, 2016, the FBI and Justice Department sought and received the FISA order against Page, and that the agencies sought the renewal of the order every 90 days in accordance with court requirements. Renewals require separate finding of probable cause each time, the memo relates.

According to the memo, Comey “signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one.” The memo relates that the FBI utilized the anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele as evidence against Page in order to obtain the FISA warrant.

The controversial Fusion GPS hired Steele’s company, Orbis Business Intelligence, to do the anti-Trump work that resulted in the compilation of the infamous dossier.  Fusion GPS was paid for its anti-Trump work by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee via the Perkins Coie law firm.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee last month released a purported rebuttal to the House GOP memo, but the Democrats’ document actually confirmed that Comey’s FISA applications did indeed cite the Steele dossier.

2 – Comey reportedly did not tell the FISA court that Steele’s dossier was funded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

After reviewing all FISA warrant applications on the matter, the Republican memo confirms the FISA court was never informed that Steele was working on behalf of Perkin Coie, the DNC or Hillary’s campaign.  Still, Comey cited Steele’s work to sign FISA applications to monitor an American citizen.

In an attempt to rebut the Republican argument that the FISA court was not informed about the dossier’s specific origins, the Democratic memo quotes from an explanation to the court that Steele:

was approached by an identified U.S. person who indicated to Source #1 [Steele] that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1’s ties to Russia. (The identified U.S. person and Source #1 have a long-standing business relationship.) The identified U.S. person hired Source #1 to conduct this research. The identified U.S. person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into candidate #1’s ties to Russia.  The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1’s campaign.

Contrary to the rebuttal’s characterization, this paragraph is a far cry from informing the court that the dossier utilized in the FISA warrant was paid for by Trump’s primary political opponents, namely Clinton and the DNC.  Also, the general mention of  “a U.S.-based law firm” does not identify to the FISA court the actual firm, Perkins Coie, which is known for its representation of Clinton and the DNC. Further, informing the FISA court about “an identified U.S. person” who hired Steele fails to actually identify that U.S. person as Glenn Simpson, founder of the controversial Fusion GPS.

The Democrats claim that the above-referenced paragraph proves the Obama-era agencies informed the FISA court about the “political” origins of the dossier. However, the Republican memo specifically and apparently correctly charged that “neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts.”  The Democratic memo fails to dispute that charge.

3 – Comey’s FISA application reportedly did not inform the court that Steele had been hired by Fusion GPS.

The GOP memo relates that the initial FISA application notes Steele worked for a “named U.S. person,” but does not name Fusion GPS or its founder Simpson. The Democrats’ rebuttal contains no evidence that Comey informed the FISA court about the involvement of Fusion GPS. Breitbart News has released a series of articles documenting credibility issues faced by Fusion GPS and its leadership.

4 – Comey’s FISA application is accused of incorrectly assessing that Steele did not provide information to Yahoo News.

A Yahoo News article about an alleged trip by Page to Moscow was cited as purported evidence against Page in the FISA warrant, according to the House GOP memo. However, the memo relates that the Page FISA application “incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News.”

The memo continued:

Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News and several other outlets in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington DC in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.

5 – Comey cited the dossier in the FISA applications to monitor Page even though he personally called the information contained in Steele’s dossier “salacious and unverified” months later.

Comey first filed the FISA application citing the dossier on October 21, 2016, according to the GOP memo. Yet during his June 8, 2017 prepared remarks before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey referred to the anti-Trump dossier as containing “salacious and unverified” material.

6 – Comey cited the Steele dossier in the applications to monitor Page even though his own FBI determined the document was “only minimally corroborated.”

The GOP memo relates that after dossier author Christopher Steele was terminated months earlier as an FBI source a “source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated.” Still, Comey saw fit, according to the Republican and Democrat memos, to utilize the dossier in the FISA documents. He also briefed Trump and then-President Barack Obama on the dossier contents.

7 – Comey admitted to pushing back against a request from Trump to possibly investigate the origins of claims made inside the dossier. 

According to the GOP memo, senior officials at the FBI were aware that Clinton and the DNC partially financed Steele’s work when they applied for the FISA warrant on October 21, 2016. That disclosure raises questions about Comey’s June 2017 prepared remarks for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in which he related that he pushed back against a suggestion from Trump to investigate the origins of the dossier claims.

The former FBI chief stated that following a January 6 Oval Office meeting with Intelligence Community leaders, Comey “remained alone with the President Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.”

It is clear Comey was referring to the dossier since he writes that the “salacious and unverified” material was about to be publically reported by the news media. Four days after that briefing, the dossier was published by BuzzFeed.

In his statement summarizing his conversation with Trump, Comey refers to Russian prostitutes, a key component of the dossier:

He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia.

In a private White House dinner with Trump on January 27, Comey says the topic of the “salacious material” again came up and he reveals that Trump was considering asking the FBI to investigate the origins of the claims. Comey pushed back against that idea.

Comey writes:

During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.

However, according to the GOP memo, senior FBI officials already knew the political origins of the dossier months before Comey met with Trump.

8 – Comey briefed Trump and Obama on the contents of the dossier in an official, formal classified briefing even though he knew the document’s political origins, his own FBI determined the document to be “only minimally corroborated”, and Comey himself later referred to the dossier as “unverified.” The briefing was subsequently leaked to the news media and started a flurry of publicity about the wild accusations inside the dossier.

As Breitbart News documented, the leak about Comey’s dossier briefing to Trump set in motion a barrage of news media attention on the dossier, including the release of the document to the public. The briefing also may have provided the veneer of respectability to a document circulated within the news media but widely considered too unverified to publicize.

The GOP memo relates that in early January 2017, prior to Trump’s inauguration, Comey briefed Trump and Obama on the dossier even though months later Comey would label the dossier as containing “salacious and unverified” material.

On January 10, CNN was first to report the leaked information that the controversial contents of the dossier were presented during classified briefings inside classified documents presented one week earlier to Obama and Trump.

The news network cited “multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings” – in other words, officials leaking information about classified briefings – revealing the dossier contents were included in a two-page synopsis that served as an addendum to a larger report on Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Prior to CNN’s report leaking the Comey briefing to Trump, which was picked up by news agencies worldwide, the contents of the dossier had been circulating among news media outlets, but the sensational claims were largely considered too risky to publish.

All that changed when the dossier contents were presented to Obama and Trump during the classified briefings. In other words, Comey’s briefings themselves and the subsequent leak to CNN about those briefings by “multiple US officials with direct knowledge,” seem to have given the news media the opening to report on the dossier’s existence as well as allude to the document’s unproven claims.

CNN, for example, reported the documents state that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump” and contain “allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.”

9 – Comey’s FBI may have utilized a second dossier authored by Cody Shearer, a shadowy former tabloid journalist who has long been closely associated with various Clinton scandals.

The Democrats’ rebuttal states that the DOJ provided the FISA court with “additional information obtained through multiple independent sources that corroborate Steele’s reporting.” The rebuttal does not mention the names of the other “independent sources.”

Shearer reemerged in the news cycle in recent weeks when the Guardian newspaper reported that the FBI has been utilizing a second dossier authored by Shearer as part of its probe into Trump and alleged Russian collusion.

The Guardian reported the so-called Shearer memo was given to the FBI by Steele in October 2016 to back up some of his claims.

According to the Guardian report, the FBI was still assessing portions of the Shearer memo at the time the Guardian article was released. The newspaper reported that, like Steele’s dossier, Shearer’s memo cites an “unnamed source within Russia’s FSB” alleging that Trump was compromised by Russian intelligence during a 2013 trip to Moscow in which the future president purportedly engaged in “lewd acts in a five-star hotel.”

Shearer’s name was reportedly associated with a criminal referral of Steele by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). That referral contains partially redacted sentences that Steele received information from someone in the State Department, who in turn had been in contact with a “foreign sub-source” who was in touch with a redacted name described as a “friend of the Clintons.”

Numerous media reports have since stated that the second dossier author mentioned in the Grassley-Graham memo was Shearer, an associate of longtime Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal.

According to sources who spoke to CNN, Shearer’s information was passed from Blumenthal to Jonathan Winer, who at the time was a special State Department envoy for Libya working under then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

Citing the same source, CNN reported that Shearer’s dossier is “actually a set of notes based on conversations with reporters and other sources.” CNN reported that Shearer had “circulated those notes to assorted journalists, as well as to Blumenthal.”

Winer subsequently penned a Washington Post oped in which he conceded that while he was working at the State Department, he exchanged documents and information with Steele and that some of the information passed to Steele originated with Shearer. Winer acknowledged that he shared anti-Trump material with Steele passed to him by Sidney Blumenthal.

National Review previously dubbed Shearer a “Creepy Clinton Confidante” and “The Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.”

Source: www.breitbart.com

Trump 2020 Manager Brad Parscale Warns Big Tech: ‘We Are Watching’

In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Brad Parscale arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Parscale, President Donald Trump’s campaign data and digital director says he will speak with the House intelligence committee later this month as part of its Russia probe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Brad Parscale, who was recently appointed as campaign manager for Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid, has warned Google, Facebook, and Twitter to maintain a “level playing field,” following a month of high-profile revelations of bias at big tech.

Brad Parscale’s comment came on the same day as the results of primaries for the Texas senatorial race in November were released. Google and Facebook both have the ability to significantly influence elections. Facebook has previously boosted voter registration and turnout by significant margins, while research on search engine manipulation shows that services like Google Search have the potential to change the preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more.

Brad Parscale, current campaign manager for the president’s 2020 re-election bid, previously managed Trump’s digital campaign in 2016. In public interviews, Parscale has argued that social media, not traditional media, was the key to Trump’s victory in 2016, and identified Facebook as particularly critical to the president’s success. His selection suggests that the digital campaigning will be given even greater emphasis in 2020.

His comment follows weeks of high-profile revelations about Silicon Valley openly limiting the reach of conservatives. Last week, we reported that algorithm changes at Facebook have caused the President’s engagement on the platform to fall by 45 percent. The same change has hit engagement on the pages of conservative news websites, while leaving the mainstream media’s pages virtually unchanged.

During the same week, YouTube launched a massive crackdown against conservatives and alternative media channels, taking down videos and banning channels. The channel for Alex Jones’ InfoWars, which interviewed the President during his 2016 election campaign, is now one strike away from a permanent ban on the platform.

Twitter also continues to be caught up in bias scandals: we recently reported that the platform is hiding tweets from President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. The platform also conducted a recent mass-lockout of Trump supporters, and has refused to apply their terms of service evenly, allowing a campaign of harassment against Pamela Geller’s daughters while banning right-wingers for stating facts.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Report: Iran Has 10 Military Bases in Syria, Two Near Israeli Border, Training 20,000 Fighters

IAEA

TEL AVIV – There are 10 Iranian military bases in Syria, two of which are close to the border with Israel, that are training militias from the Bashar al-Assad regime for a future war with the Jewish state, an analyst for an American think tank contended in an article published Monday.

As many as 20,000 fighters in Syria have been trained by Iranian military personnel, giving Iran its “true muscle” in Syria, according to the Monday report in the New York Times. About 6,000 of them are Hezbollah members, with the rest coming from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. Most of them view the conflict in religious terms, the report said.

For years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Iran is seeking regional hegemony by entrenching itself in Syria, from where it can arm its Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah and train other Shiite militias to fight against Israel.

In November, Israel released satellite photos of an Iranian military base only 30 miles from the border with Syria.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denied the presence of any military bases in the war-torn country.

At least two Iraqi militia leaders have visited the Lebanon-Israel border with Hezbollah recently, the Times said, with militia members saying the visits were intended to formulate plans for how they might collaborate in a future conflict.

The combatants have switched their focus from the Sunni Islamic State terror group to Israel, Ali Alfoneh, a researcher at the U.S.-based Atlantic Council told the Times.

“Iran has realized that it is actually possible to maintain a front against Israel where there is no war, but also no peace,” Alfoneh said.

Last week, in response to an incursion by an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace, Israel launched airstrikes on 12 Syrian and Iranian targets, including three air-defense batteries and four Iranian targets, one of them the control center that launched the drone.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Israel will not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose of terror around our neck” and added that his country would do everything to defend itself.

“We will act if necessary, not just against Iran’s proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself,” the prime minister said at the Munich Security Conference, which was also attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

He also brandished a fragment of the downed Iranian drone and asked, “Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should, it’s yours. You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran — do not test Israel’s resolve!”

Zarif later responded on the same stage, calling Netanyahu’s fiery speech a “cartoonish circus.”

Source: www.breitbart.com

Trump: ‘Main Street Is Booming Thanks to Our Incredible Tax Cut and Reform Law’

Charming downtown Bristol Main Street.. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that thanks to tax reform, “Main Street is BOOMING,” noting that small-business confidence has reached new heights.

President Trump wrote, “Main Street is BOOMING thanks to our incredible TAX CUT and Reform law. ‘This shows small-business owners are more than just optimistic, they are ready to grow their businesses’”:

Small-business confidence rose to 62 percent from 57 percent, which marks the largest jump since CNBC started measuring small-business confidence last year. This poll marks the first time CNBC was able to measure small-business confidence after President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law in December.

Forty-six percent of those surveyed believe that tax reform will positively impact their business, while only 23 percent of small businesses contend that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will negatively impact their business.

Roughly half of small businesses believe they will see a tax cut in 2018.

Confidence rose among almost every demographic surveyed. The largest increases came from small businesses with five to nine employees as well as small-business owners aged 35-44 and 55-64.

Juanita Duggan, president of the National Federation of Independent Business, told CNBC, “These numbers are historically high. This shows small-business owners are more than just optimistic, they are ready to grow their business.”

Molly Day, vice president of the National Small Business Association, argued, “I think the jump in optimism isn’t just due to tax reform, but largely due to the economy doing better. Certainly, the tax-reform piece is helpful, but in reality I think small businesses are just now starting to digest what it means for their business.”

Thirty percent of small-business owners also suggested in the CNBC poll that they want Congress to address health care, with 20 percent of business owners arguing that the cost of employee health insurance is the most pressing issue facing their business.

“I think that because of the cost of health care, hiring among the smallest businesses won’t be changed significantly,” Day contended.

Source: www.breitbart.com