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Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 19, 2018 4:31 am
Last Updated:Apr 19, 2018 11:38 am

A little Perry Mason question.

Who played the judge in the final televised episode "The Case of the Final Fadeout"?
Ronald Reagan
Burt Reynolds
Gail Patrick
Erle Stanley Gardner
I don't know
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Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Apr 19, 2018 4:25 am
Last Updated:Apr 19, 2018 4:27 am

The United States Secret Service uses code names for U.S. presidents, first ladies, and other prominent persons and locations. They aren’t exactly meant to be secrets, but simply a way to make communicating over radios easier. The Secret Service code name for George H. W. Bush was Timberwolf. Barbara Bush’s Secret Service code name was Tranquility.
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Comey, Clinton, McCabe and Lynch Officially Referred For Criminal Investigation
Posted:Apr 18, 2018 7:49 pm
Last Updated:Apr 19, 2018 11:38 am

Eleven House Republicans have sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray officially referring Hillary Clinton, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for criminal investigation. FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were caught sending hundreds of anti-Trump text messages during the Clinton investigation, have also been referred for criminal investigation. U.S. Attorney John Huber, who was tapped by Sessions a few weeks ago to investigate the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, was copied on the request.

“Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately,” lawmakers wrote.

As the letter outlines, Comey is under fire for allegedly giving false testimony to Congress last summer about the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's repeated mishandling of classified information. Specifiy, lawmakers cite Comey's decision to draft an exration memo of Clinton months before FBI agents were d with their work and before Clinton and key staffers were interviewed for the probe. They're also going after him for leaking classified information to a friend, which Comey admitted to under oath.

"It would appear that former Director Comey leaked classified information when sharing these memos with Professor Richman. Accordingly, we refer James Comey to DOJ for potential violation(s) if: 18 U 641, 18 U 793, and 18U 1924 (a)," the letter states.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is being referred for allegedly "threatening with reprisal the former FBI informant who tried to come forward in 2016 with insight into the Uranium deal."

"With regard to top counterintelligence FBI agent, Peter Strzok, and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, we raise concerns regarding their interference in the Hillary Clinton investigation regarding her use of a personal email server," the letter states.

McCabe has been referred for perceived violation of different codes after a DOJ inspector general report released last week showed he lied under oath multiple times to FBI and OIG investigators.

As far as Clinton's referral, lawmakers argue she should be held accountable for "disguising payments to Fusion GPS on mandatory dilosures to the Federal Election Commission."

Article by Katie Pavlich

Advice to James Comey, you better clam up.
Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 18, 2018 6:25 am
Last Updated:Apr 19, 2018 4:26 am

A question about our 43rd President and his bride of 73 .

What were the Secret code names for Barbara and George H. W. Bush?
Renaissance and Renegade
Lace and Lancer
Rainbow and Rawhide
Tranquility and Timberwolf
I don't know
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Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Apr 18, 2018 6:17 am
Last Updated:Apr 18, 2018 6:19 am

It’s Tax Day folks! of the most famous quotations by Benjamin Franklin is: “Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing can be certain except death and taxes.”
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Will the FBI Apply the Same Rules to McCabe That It Applies to All of Us?
Posted:Apr 17, 2018 7:06 am
Last Updated:Apr 17, 2018 11:08 am

It’s official: Andrew McCabe lied. The inspector general has completed his work. The question now is, will the Justice Department prosecute McCabe? Or, put another way: Will the FBI and the Justice Department follow the same rules they apply to members of the public who lie to a federal agent.

The report from the Justice Department inspector general concludes that McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, lied to then-FBI Director James Comey, to other FBI agents, and to officials of the Office of the Inspector General. Some of those lies came when McCabe was under oath.

What did he lie about? Unauthorized dilosures about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation. The information was leaked to a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Remember, the only charge brought against Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, was lying to the FBI, a felony. And Flynn wasn’t even under oath when he supposedly lied to the FBI.

Given that recent history, failure to prosecute McCabe would tell the American people that officers of the Justice Department and the FBI think they are above the law.

Article by Hans von Spakovsky

According to the inspector general’s report, “law enforcement sensitive information” appeared in an Oct. 30, 2016, Wall Street Journal article titled “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.” Until that time, the FBI had publicly refused to confirm that an investigation into the Clinton Foundation was underway.

Despite that official stance, the inspector general determined, McCabe told his special counsel and an assistant director in the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs that they could give information about the probe to Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett.

In particular, McCabe told them to dilose a ph call he had received in August from the Justice Department’s principal associate deputy attorney general. The report does not identify the person by name, but the principal associate deputy attorney general at the time was apparently Matthew Axelrod.

McCabe claims that the official called him and “expressed concerns about the FBI agents taking overt steps in the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation during the presidential campaign.” According to McCabe, he pushed back, asking, “Are you telling me to shut down a validly predicated investigation?”

McCabe told the inspector general the conversation was “very dramatic” and that he had never had a similar confrontation with a high-level Justice Department official “in his entire FBI career.”

The way The Wall Street Journal reported this was that a “senior Justice Department official” called McCabe “to voice his displeasure” that the FBI was “still openly pursuing the Clinton Foundation probe during the election season.” The “Justice Department official was ‘very pissed off,’ according to person close to McCabe, and pressed him to explain why the FBI was still chasing a matter the department considered dormant.”

What spurred McCabe’s dilosure, according to the inspector general, was a prior Wall Street Journal story “that questid McCabe’s impartiality in overseeing FBI investigations involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” This was due, according to that Oct. 23 story, to the fact that a PAC run by longtime Clinton friend and associate Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., had donated nearly $675,000 to the unsuccessful 2015 state Senate campaign of McCabe’s wife.

Friday’s report from the inspector general presents a series of findings. It concludes that McCabe lied when he told Comey that he had not authorized the dilosures to The Wall Street Journal and did not know who did. He repeated that lie when questid by agents from the FBI’s Inspection Division and again when questid by the Office of the Inspector General.

Only in a second round of questioning by the inspector general did McCabe finally acknowledge that “he had authorized the dilosure to [The Wall Street Journal].”

The inspector general notes that McCabe could have authorized the dilosure of the existence of the Clinton Foundation investigation if it were in the “public interest.” However, the report concludes, that was not his motivation.

Instead, it finds, McCabe violated FBI policy because the dilosure was “designed to advance his personal interest at the expense of department leadership.” Therefore, what he did “constituted mionduct.”

The inspector general cannot prosecute. All he can do is provide his office’s report to the FBI “for such action as it deems appropriate.” And so we wait to see what, if anything, is next.

Flynn was charged with lying to FBI agents about conversations with the Russian ambassador. Lying to a federal agent is a felony, even if—like Flynn—you are not under oath at the time. It is clear from the inspector general’s report that McCabe lied to federal agents multiple times, including while under oath.

Will he be prosecuted as Flynn was? It seems as if the FBI and the Justice Department have no choice—unless they believe that their colleagues are somehow above the law.

And if the Department of Justice no longer believes in the rule of law, the whole notion of America is turned on its head.
Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 17, 2018 6:06 am
Last Updated:Apr 18, 2018 6:18 am

Who said, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes"?
Henry Ford
Albert Einstein
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Edison
I don't know
5 Comments , 7 votes
Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Apr 17, 2018 6:03 am
Last Updated:Apr 17, 2018 6:04 am

It Takes a Thief

Wagner portrayed Alexander Mundy, who agreed to steal for the government instead of going to prison. His father, Alistair Mundy, was played by Hollywood legend Fred Astaire.
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Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 16, 2018 5:15 am
Last Updated:Apr 17, 2018 6:03 am

1968 was not a very good year. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King died from assassins' bullets, the Chicago 7 incited riots at the Democratic Convention and a U.S. Navy ship was seized by North Korea. There were however a few bright spots on the tube.

On what series did Robert Wagner play a super-cool cat burglar who stole for the U.S. Government?
It Takes a Thief
T.H.E. Cat
To Catch a Thief
Once a Thief
I don't know
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Trump Gets Handed a Big Win at the UN, Russia Gets Slapped Down
Posted:Apr 15, 2018 2:29 pm
Last Updated:Apr 16, 2018 7:02 pm

A Russian draft resolution to condemn the United States and its allies over the Syria airstrike on Saturday failed in the United Nations Security Council after just two countries voted in favor of it.

The resolution, which would have condemned America along with France and the United Kingdom for striking alleged chemical weapons facilities one week after the Assad regime allegedly perpetrated a chemical attack against its own citizens, failed in spectacular fashion when only China and Bolivia expressed support for it, Reuters reported.

Meeting hours after 105 missiles were fired at the facilities from naval vessels and airplanes, the 15-member Security Council dealt a resounding defeat to Russia’s diplomatic efforts to condemn the United States and its allies for the attack.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, meanwhile, warned both the Syrians and the Russians that further chemical attacks by the Assad regime would meet with a similar response.

“We are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program. We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will,” Haley said. “If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded,” she continued.

During Haley’s speech, she also took a jab at the former administration: “When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line.”

Russia’s performance before the Security Council seemed particularly pathetic, especially given the fact that Russia seemed to cast doubt upon the fact that Assad had even perpetrated the attack and that the West merely fabricated the incident because they really wanted to fire a bunch of missiles at Syrian targets or something — a typically Infowars-y move from the Kremlin’s apparatchik to the United Nations.

Haley dismissed this kind of talk out of hand.

“A large body of information indicates that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons,” Haley said. “The pictures of dead children are not fake news.”

Article by Cillian Zeal

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