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Peter Thiel on ‘Totalitarian Place’ Silicon Valley: ‘Somehow We’ve Gotten to a Point Where Perhaps the Negatives Are Greater Than the Positives’

Friday in an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” PayPal co-founder and Founders Fund venture capitalist Peter Thiel explained his decision to relocate his business from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles. Thiel attributed the decision to the groupthink phenomenon that plagues Silicon Valley and described it as “totalitarian.” Partial transcript as follows: BARTIROMO: You spent almost your entire life in Silicon Valley, and you’ve decided recently to leave Silicon Valley — take your investment firm as well, and open up shop in Los Angeles. Why is this? What caused this? THIEL: Well, it’s a decision that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. On the technology side, I think that Silicon Valley will continue producing great companies, but perhaps not quite as many. You know for the last 20 years, you had this strange dynamic where Silicon Valley was the only place for innovation in the United States really happened. Even though the Internet was supposed to eliminate the tyranny of place, you somehow had all the internet companies happening in one particular place. I think my judgment is that this will be much more distributed in the future, much more outside of Silicon Valley. There are certain pluses

GOP Rep Nunes: ‘No Reason’ to Continue Russia Probe — ‘No Evidence of Collusion; We’ve Turned Up Nothing’

Thursday on “Fox News @ Night,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) explained his committee’s decision to end the probe regarding possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Partial transcript as follows: HENRY: Why are you ending your Russia probe? NUNES: We’re ending the beginning of our probe, right? So, the four corners agreement which was made early on, about 14 months ago, looking at collusion. And the reason why is that there is no more left to look at. HENRY: Adam Schiff says that’s not true. NUNE: We have interviewed 70-something people. There’s badgering of witnesses that are occurring. Our members have had enough of it. Continual leaks, the Democratic witnesses, the people who they want in the middle of the testimony, there’s leaks. HENRY: From Democrat Adam Schiff, right? NUNES: We don’t know, but they sure don’t come from us. There’s no reason to continue this. We have no evidence of collusion. We have turned up nothing. HENRY: So Schiff says that’s not true. He says there is significant evidence of collusion. He talks about George Papadopoulos. He talks about the secret meeting at Trump Tower. Is he wrong?

Turley: ‘Real Strange Thing’ McCabe ‘Worried More About Pensions Than Prison’

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told host Martha MacCallum it was a “real strange thing” for embattled FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to be worried about his pension given the potential penalties that could be facing him given the reported conclusion of an inspector general’s report. “The real strange thing about all this is that McCabe, so far, has been worried more about pensions than prison,” Turley said. “That’s not the choice that was given to Michael Flynn. Michael Flynn, you’ll recall, was charged with false statements even though Comey’s investigators reportedly believed that Flynn didn’t intend to mislead them. That’s apparently not the conclusion of the inspector general with regard to McCabe.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

MSNBC’s Ruhle Questions Larry Kudlow’s Trust of ‘God’s Will’ as Presidential Economic Adviser

Thursday during the 11 a.m. ET hour on MSNBC, co-host Stephanie Ruhle took a veiled shot at recently appointed Trump National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow for his faith in “God’s will.” Ruhle referenced a tweet by CNBC’s Eamon Javers raising Kudlow’s reference as an issue. Did anyone else key on this comment from Larry Kudlow yesterday as he heads into the tumultuous Trump administration? “However this thing works out, it will be God’s will.” — Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) March 15, 2018 “Eamon Javers pointed it out on Twitter just a few moments ago,” she said. “If you noticed when Larry Kudlow spoke on CNBC yesterday, he ended by saying, ‘However things work out, it will be God’s will.’ That’s an interesting way to talk about being the national economic adviser to the president. ‘God’s will?'” Later in that hour’s broadcast, Ruhle said Kudlow would face a challenge representing “real data” in his role. She then reiterated “This will be the challenge for Larry Kudlow because the position he’s in now, he has to stand there and represent real data,” she said, with Velshi adding the fear being Kudlow may stand there and “represent the president in the face of

Laura Ingraham: Student Walkout ‘Nothing But a Left-Wing Anti-Trump Diatribe,’ ‘Could Have Been Written’ by

Wednesday on her Fox News Channel program, host Laura Ingraham labeled the school walkouts around the country earlier in the day as a “left-wing anti-Trump diatribe.” “The Ingraham Angle” host played a clip of attacks on President Donald Trump from the protesters and noted the partisan tone. “Oh my goodness, so much for honoring the victims,” she said. “This was nothing but a left-wing anti-Trump diatribe. You peel it all back, and it could have been written by anyone at” Ingraham referred viewers to callers of her radio show that offered alternatives to the student walkout. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Mark Levin: Adam Schiff a ‘Shill for the Russia Gov’t’ — Calls on Him to Take Lie Detector Test for House Intel Leaks

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” syndicated radio talker and CRTV host Mark Levin slammed ranking House Intelligence Committee Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for the criticism he leveled against his Republican-controlled committee’s handling of an investigation into alleged collusion in the 2016 presidential election. According to Levin, given Schiff’s focus on President Donald Trump and his associates and not those of Hillary Clinton that had reported dealings with Russia showed he was the “shill for Russia.” “Mr. Schiff is a shill for the Russian government,” he said. “And I’m going to tell you why it is Schiff who is a propagandist for the Russian government despite his spending unreleased left-wing TV shows. He put out a list of 30 more interviews he wants to do, even though the Republicans on the committee so there’s no collusion. And he mentions Reince Priebus, Stephen Miller, K. T. McFarland, Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, a bunch of consultants, people with the Trump organization. Some of Trump’s lawyers, somebody that runs a group, Christian right activists. Of course, he wants Donald Trump, Jr. to kick around. He wants Jared Kushner to kick around, family members — on and on and on.” Levin went on

NYU Professor: ‘Too Much Power’ in Hands of 4 Major Tech Companies — ‘At Some Point Referees Need to Step in, Throw a Yellow Flag’

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway followed up on his Esquire magazine piece calling on the break-up of the four major tech companies: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Galloway explained to host Tucker Carlson that although those companies had done nothing wrong, the tech economy needed to be “oxygenated” given the difficulties small companies have for growth and big companies being “euthanized” with the current structure. Galloway said while these companies offer a net benefit to the consumer, they may not be providing the maximum possible benefit. “In the case of Facebook, you have two companies that control almost all traffic and all e-commerce and your presence on the web. And so, if it’s not a monopoly, it’s a monopsony, and advertisers have no choice. So there’s too much power in the hands of these companies. I don’t think they’re evil. I don’t think they have done anything wrong. I think they do what companies are supposed to do. They’re growing their earnings. But I think at some point, referees need to step in, throw a yellow flag. And I believe these companies would be better for the economy — a broader tax

Trump: Chuck Todd a ‘Sleeping Son of a Bitch’

Saturday during his rally speech in Moon Township, PA, President Donald Trump took a shot at NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd. Trump was making a point about North Korea being a threat in the late 1990s and about a point he had made on the show currently hosted by Todd. “It’s 1999, I’m on ‘Meet the Press,’ a show now headed by ‘sleepy eyes Chuck Todd.’ He’s a sleeping son of a bitch, I’ll tell you,” Trump said. “They showed it this morning — 1999, and I’m talking about North Korea, you’ve got to take them out now.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Laura Ingraham: ‘California Is Almost Acting Like It’s a Separate Country’

Earlier this week on Fox News Channel's "The Ingraham Angle," host Laura Ingraham slammed California and its leaders for its sanctuary city policies and its open defiance of the federal government seeking to uphold existing immigration law.

Laura Ingraham: ‘California Is Almost Acting Like It’s a Separate Country’

Earlier this week on Fox News Channel's "The Ingraham Angle," host Laura Ingraham slammed California and its leaders for its sanctuary city policies and its open defiance of the federal government seeking to uphold existing immigration law.

CNN’s Burnett: If Trump Solves North Korea Problem, He Will Go Down as a ‘Great President’

Thursday on CNN’s “Outfront,” host Erin Burnett acknowledged in the wake of the announcement President Donald Trump would meet with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un that if Trump were to defuse the North Korea nuclear situation, he would go down as a “great president.” “Just an extraordinary evening and, of course, opening the door to the big question — if President Trump could truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great president. There is no way around that. That is the reality here.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Trump: Oakland Mayor Warning to Illegals of Pending Immigration Raid a ‘Disgrace’

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump ripped Oakland, CA Mayor Libby Schaaf for publicizing pending immigration action by the federal government. Trump called it a “disgrace” and said his administration was looking at Schaaf’s actions “very carefully.” “What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace,” Trump said to reporters before convening a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “Where they had close to 1,000 people ready to be gotten, ready to be taken off the streets. And the mayor of Oakland went out, and she warned them all: ‘Scatter.'” “We’re looking at that situation very carefully,” he added. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Scarborough: ‘Reports About a Big Blue Wave Coming in Texas — Once Again, Overhyped’

Wednesday on his MSNBC program, “Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough downplayed the pending “blue wave” purported to be coming in the state of Texas in future elections. Scarborough made comments while reacting to a report from MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, who showed an unopposed incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received more votes than all of the Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls combined in their primary contest. “It looks like reports that we’ve been hearing leading in talking about registration and early voting Democrats up 105 percent, Republicans up 10 percent —  looks like a lot of those reports about a big blue wave coming in Texas once again overhyped and I say once again because we’ve been hearing about of the coming blue wave in Texas now for about as long as we heard about the coming red wave in Pennsylvania up until Donald Trump’s win,” he said. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

GOP Rep Gowdy: Special Counsel ‘Only Entity’ to Investigate Potential Wrongdoing at DOJ ‘Effectively’

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told host Bill Hemmer he saw the appointment of a special counsel to investigate potential wrongdoing at the Department of Justice as the only means to possible given the conflicts of interest. Gowdy argued the inspector general was incapable of interviewing witnesses beyond the employment of the Justice Department. “The Department of Justice has a conflict, so they should not conduct the investigation,” Gowdy said. “Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, does not have access to non-DOJ employees, or those that have left the department or the FBI. So, he can’t do it. It needs to be done. It needs to be done by somebody your viewers have confidence in. I’ve been reluctant in the past to call for a special counsel, Bill. But this is a unique fact pattern, and I think special counsel is the only entity that can do this effectively.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Farage Slams EU’s ‘Deep Hypocrisy’ on Tariffs: ‘All That Trump Has Done Are the Same Things That You Yourself Has Done’

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage took on criticism President Donald Trump has received from inside the European Union for his trade policy that imposes tariffs on steel and aluminum. Farage called the EU hypocritical for those attacks because it has similar policies on trade. “The European Union is a club run by unelected bureaucrats, bullies — and they’re used to getting their own way,” Farage said. “And this story at the moment is being portrayed as Trump is the bad guy, the European Union is the good guys. Trump is the protectionist. The European Union are the free traders. It is deep hypocrisy for the EU to be doing this. They have already put tariffs on aluminum and steel. And the fact that Trump does it — so it’s OK for the European Union to do it, but it’s not OK for Trump to do it.” “So it’s absolutely ridiculous, and if the European Union want to retaliate by putting further tariffs on Tennessee bourbon or Levi’s jeans or Harley Davidsons, they will find a tit-for-tat with German motorcars,” he continued. “So, I would say to the EU: All that Trump

GOP Rep. Gaetz: ‘If Jeff Sessions Does Not Appoint a Second Special Counsel, Then We Need a New Attorney General’

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Friday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told fill-in host Jeanine Pirro that if Attorney General Jeff Sessions declines to appoint a second special counsel to investigate wrongdoing within his Department of Justice, then he should be removed from that post.

Condi Rice on Russia: ‘I Think the American People Are Ready to Move On’

Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she believed the public was ready to move on from the investigation into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Rice said she told Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, that his focus should be on ensuring it did not happen again. “I think the American people are ready to move on,” she said. “Everybody wants to know what happened. But as I also said to Congressman Schiff, the Intel Committees also need to focus on what the Russians did, how they did it because the first time, shame on them. The next time, shame on us if they can do it again. I think there’s too little attention [given] to what they did and how we’re going to deal with it.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Dismisses Claims of White House ‘Chaos,’ Says McMaster ‘Is Not Going Anywhere’

Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed a report that National Security Advisor HR McMaster would be leaving the Trump administration “as early as next month.” Sanders said President Donald Trump confirmed it yesterday in remarks from the Oval Office. “General McMaster is not going anywhere, as the president said yesterday in the Oval Office to a number of people,” she said. “He thinks he is doing a great job and is glad he is here.” She also downplayed claims the White House was in a state of “chaos” because of the number of senior staffers coming and going. “The bottom line is if this is chaos, I think the American people are glad for it because we just passed the biggest tax cuts in history,” she added. “ISIS is on the run. We’re rebuilding our military. We’re rebuilding the judiciary — remaking what that looks like. The economy is strong. We have a lot of positive things happening within this country, and that’s happening under the direction and the leadership of President Trump, and we’re going to continue to big and great things over the next year under his leadership. If they want to call

Karl Rove on Hope Hicks: ‘Average Tenure of a Senior WH Aide Is About 18 Months,’ ‘Not Unusual to Be Losing People’

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” former Bush White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove said while the pace of departures within the Trump administration was “extraordinary,” he noted it was not unusual for senior aides to leave after a year and a half. Rove called the White House a “tough place to work,” even without the internal turmoil some have suggested exists within the Trump White House. “The average tenure of a senior White House aide is about 18 months,” Rove said. “So, it’s not unusual to be losing people. This administration has lost a lot more people a lot more quickly. The pace is extraordinary. But you’re right, even on a good day in a good administration where people are not knifing each other in the back, it’s a tough place to work. When I was there, I had hair, and it wasn’t gray. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Student: The NRA Is ‘Basically Killing Kids’

On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alfonso Calderon condemned the National Rifle Association for what he deemed to be a “toxic” and “vile” organization that was “basically killing kids.” Calderon was asked by host Wolf Blitzer about Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to raise the minimum age for firearm purchases and stop selling what it deemed to assault-style weapons. Calderon praised Dick’s but slammed the NRA in his response. “I know I just talked about some very depressing issues, but I want to say that is the most uplifting news I have heard in a while,” Calderon said. “It’s been very tough going to my state capitol in Tallahassee and being told that I won’t be able to do anything or the Hill in Washington, D.C., and facing some trouble. But I’m glad to see that companies are finally hearing not only the children’s outcry but everybody in this country who is sick and tired of the dysfunctional laws and system we have set in place. I’m glad that Dick’s Sporting Goods supports common-sense gun laws, such an as 18-year-old should not be able to buy a shotgun or AR-15. That’s just not sensible.” “And I’m

Walter Williams: ‘We Have Betrayed the Founding Fathers’

In an interview that aired on the debut of Mark Levin’s Fox News Channel show “Life, Liberty & Levin,” George Mason University economics professor Walter Williams responded to a question about the expanding power of the federal government, which in turn was leading to the erosion of the freedoms of private citizens. Levin asked what would happen to the country as this process continues, to which Williams described a betrayal of the nation’s founding fathers. “Well, people will say, ‘Well, what can we do?’ And I ask, ‘Are the American people, as human beings, are we any different from the Spanish, the Portuguese, the French, the British, great empires of the past who went down the tubes for doing roughly what we’re doing, bread and services?’” he replied. “And I say, ‘Well, maybe we’re not that different, and maybe we’re going to share the same future as those other great empires of the past.’ Keep in mind, we have betrayed the founding fathers of our country.” “I mean, if you look at Federalist Paper 45, when James Madison is writing Federalist Paper 45, he was trying to convince the citizens of New York to ratify the Constitution, and they were afraid to ratify the Constitution,” Williams continued. “And he said, the powers that we delegated to the federal government are few and well-defined, and

Ivanka Trump Rips NBC’s Peter Alexander for Question About Father’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct

In an interview that aired Monday on NBC’s “Today,” first daughter Ivanka Trump was asked by the network’s Peter Alexander about her father President Donald Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct “Do you believe your father’s accusers?” Alexander asked. Trump said it was her privilege as a daughter to believe her father over his accusers. “I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it,” she replied. “I don’t think that’s a question you would ask many other daughters. I believe my father. I know my father. So, I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my father.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

FL House Speaker Richard Corcoran: Suspend Broward Co Sheriff Scott Israel for Incompetence, Dereliction of Duty

Sunday, Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran announced in a post on his Twitter account he was calling on Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) to suspend Broward County, FL Sheriff Scott Israel for “incompetence and dereliction of duty.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Colton Haab Explains CNN ‘Script’ Claim, Decision Not to Participate in Town Hall

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Colton Haab, a student at Parkland, FL’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting took place last week, elaborated on his claim CNN had instructed him to stick to a script in the network’s town hall that featured other students and lawmakers. Haab laid how he initially submitted an essay, then was asked to offer questions instead, before being told to stick to the script and deciding not to participate. “They had taken what I had wrote and what I had briefed on and talked about, and they actually wrote the question for me,” he said. Following the segment on Fox News, President Donald Trump reacted with a tweet. “School shooting survivor says he quit @CNN Town Hall after refusing scripted question.” @TuckerCarlson. Just like so much of CNN, Fake News. That’s why their ratings are so bad! MSNBC may be worse. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2018 Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Mike Huckabee: Billy Graham Death ‘Fake News’ — ‘He’s More Alive Right Now Than He’s Ever Been’

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) reacted to Christian evangelist Billy Graham’s passing early today. According to Huckabee, Graham’s “death” was “fake news” given the belief his life extends beyond his earthly one. “When I heard this morning that Billy Graham had died, I said, ‘That’s fake news. Billy Graham’s not dead. He’s more alive right now than he’s ever been,'” Huckabee said. “And the fact is, that’s what he preached — is that there is life beyond this one because of Jesus Christ. His message never wavered from that. If somehow Billy Graham did not inherit eternal life, and if he’s not alive right now in a life that will never end, then he stood for, everything he said is null and void. I don’t believe that’s so.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

GOP Rep Nunes on House Intel Committee Probe: ‘The Facts Are Not Bearing Out to What the Democrats Wanted It to Be’

Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, discussed the difficulties his committee was having getting cooperation from the various agencies regarding its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes explained that as the process has progressed, the facts were showing collusion between Democrats and the Russians. It has been a challenge,” Nunes replied. “As you know the whole time, we have had to subpoena, we’ve had to threatened contempt, but this is kind of — we are having a showdown between the legislative branch and to the executive branch. And just going to what you talked about to open up the segment, the facts are not bearing out to what the Democrats wanted it to be because we have found collusion. We have found collusion between the Democrats, specifically the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and the Russians.” “However, it does not seem to be — nobody is interested in that collusion,” he continued. “We have also found felony leaks. Nobody seems to be interested in getting to the bottom of the felony leaks. So, it is part of what the House Intelligence Committee, led

Leon County, FL Public Schools Excuse Absences, Offers School Buses for ‘Rally for Gun Control’ at State Capitol

Tuesday, Leon County, FL School Superintendent Rocky Hanna announced his district will offer excused absences and bus transportation to what is described as a “rally for gun control” at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. “What better lesson for them to learn firsthand than for them to exercise their freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech,” Hanna said according to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat’s Ryan Dailey. The rally, part of a series of events set for Wednesday, will include high school students from Parkland, FL’s Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of last week’s mass shooting. Leon County Schools will excuse absences of students wishing to participate in events occurring at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. — Leon County Schools (@LeonSchools) February 19, 2018 The Leon County Republican Party has pushed back against Hanna’s decision. In an open letter party chairman Evan Power asked if Hanna would extend this benefit to students seeking to attend rallies for conservative causes. “I write to you today to ask some questions about your decision to excuse students from classes and to use school resources to transport students to a political rally,” Power wrote. “I appreciate your newfound respect

CBS’s Nancy Cordes to John Podesta: How Is It That These Russian Operatives Knew to Focus on Purple States and Your Campaign Didn’t?

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” fill-in host Nancy Cordes pressed 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta on his campaign’s election strategy. Cordes asked Podesta why Russian operatives that allegedly interfered in that election knew to target so-called “purple states” like Michigan and Wisconsin, while they were ignored by the Clinton campaign. Partial transcript as follows: CORDES: But it does beg the question, how is it that these Russian operatives knew to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin and your campaign didn’t? PODESTA: Well, of course, we spent a lot of time and energy and effort in all those states. CORDES: Hillary Clinton herself did not spend much time in those states. PODESTA: We — you know, we had — Tim Kaine was there. Barack Obama was in — and she spent enormous time in Pennsylvania and Michigan. CORDES: Sure. PODESTA: And — and we spent a lot of effort. We had more staff in Wisconsin that even President Obama had in 2012. But — but I think that begs the question. I think we — we focused on the places we thought were — that were, you know, in a contest. And — and at the end

AG Jeff Sessions: Michael Flynn Leak Being Investigated ‘Aggressively’

Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked what, if any, action was being taken on leaks within the Department of Justice. Sessions told host Maria Bartiromo the leak regarding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and others were being pursued “aggressively.” “That is a violation of the law — to leak classified documents and it is being investigated,” Sessions said. “I will say this — there are — last two years before I became Attorney General, there were each year there were three open investigations of classified leaks. Now we have 27. We’re going after this aggressively. I have directed it personally. Some of the matters involve this matter, and some of it is a matter I am not recused on, and we’re pursuing it aggressively.” (h/t RCP Video) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

FL AG Pam Bondi: I Think FBI Director Christopher Wray Has a Lot of Explaining to Do

Friday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was asked if she agreed with Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) on his call for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign. Bondi said he had a lot of explaining to do and that this shouldn’t discourage others from reporting potential threats. “I think [Wray] has a lot of explaining to do,” Bondi replied. “You know, the men and women of the FBI report to him, and we need to find out exactly what happened that could have saved 17 lives and many, many injuries, and thousands of kids who will be traumatized for the rest of their lives. And I don’t want that, though, to impact what’s happening next, that kids need to tell their parents about Snapchat. Again, I dealt with it last night, because people are online and it’s a sick world in which we live in now, but we have so many good kids and good parents. And even if you think it’s a hoax, call it in. I’d rather you be wrong 100 percent of the time and call it in and let us save some lives. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Laura Ingraham: Time for Mueller to Interview Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes and Maybe Even Barack Obama

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Friday on Fox News Channel's "The Ingraham Angle," host Laura Ingraham gave her take on the indictments handed down by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe regarding interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Evolution of Joe Scarborough — From Gun Nut to Gun Grabber

In the two days following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough has taken up an outspoken role in advocating for more regulation of firearms and has been very critical of the National Rifle Association and politicians that resist more gun control measure. On Friday, conservative journalist Jay Cost took to Twitter to remind his followers how Scarborough as the congressman for Florida’s first congressional district was once one of those politicians that opposed more gun control. Cost offers citations from two volumes of Michael Barone and Grant Ujifusa’s The Almanac of American Politics to back up this claim. Hi, @JoeNBC! Apropos of nothing, are you a fan of the Almanac of American Politics? I am. Big time. I've bought used versions going back to the 1970s. I just grabbed two at random from my shelf. See –> — Jay Cost (@JayCostTWS) February 16, 2018 Let's open to a random page, ok @JoeNBC? Why look … it's you! How fun! I bet being a congressman was awesome! — Jay Cost (@JayCostTWS) February 16, 2018 And, @JoeNBC, one of the cool things about the Almanac was that Michael Barone recorded key votes to give you a

Tucker Carlson: ‘They Call It Gun Control But It’s Not — It’s People Control’

Thursday, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson responded to calls from the left for gun control in the wake of Wednesday's mass shooting in Parkland, FL.

Limbaugh on Warning About FL Shooter: FBI ‘Really Busy’ Tracking the Entire Trump Administration Looking for Additional Sexual Harassers

Thursday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh took a shot at the FBI after it was revealed the agency was alerted to suspected Florida shooter as a possible threat. Limbaugh said the FBI was “busy” tracking members of the Trump administration seeking sexual harassers and therefore had its resources spread thin. “So he gave them the actual name of the guy who posted the comment — the promise, the threat — to do this, Nikolas Cruz, white Hispanic. And the FBI didn’t do anything with it,” he said. “So Bennight here, the guy you heard on the audio, said, ‘I don’t know what the FBI has to do to track down real identities. First, they’d call YouTube, and then YouTube would have to divulge the privacy of whoever sent the alerted and all of this,’ but they still had the real name to go on. But, folks, we need to back off the FBI here just a little bit.” “The FBI is really busy right now,” Limbaugh continued. “They’re busy, I’m sure, tracking the entire Trump administration looking for additional sexual harassers. I mean, there may be as many as 4,000 of ’em in there they

Tucker Carlson: Obama Viewed Trump ‘as a Traitor and a Russian Spy’

Tucker Carlson opened his Tuesday Fox News Channel program by offering his theory on why former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent herself an email with the White House system to herself regarding the incoming Trump administration and had some elements possibly compromised by Russia. According to Carlson, Rice’s email revealed former President Barack Obama’s perception of his successor, which was a “traitor” and a “Russian spy.” Partial transcript as follows: Tonight, we have more on the ongoing saga of the Trump dossier. Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham have launched a probe into former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In the very final minutes of the Obama administration, just afternoon on inauguration day 2017, Rice sent herself an email on the White House computer system. In it, she described a meeting she had attended just two weeks before on January 5. At that meeting were President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director Jim Comey, Deputy AG Sally Yates and Susan Rice herself. According to Rice in this email, Obama instructed the officials in the room to consider withholding national intelligence from the incoming Trump administration in case they were compromised by Russia. In other words, almost two months after

Whoopi Goldberg Rips Mike Pence for Not Showing ‘Respect’ to North Korea

Monday on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg criticized Vice President Mike Pence for what she deemed to be a show of a lack of respect for North Korea by not standing for the entrance of the country’s Olympic athletes. Partial transcript as follows: HOSTIN: I thought that Mike Pence said that it was inappropriate to make political statements at sporting events? Wasn’t he that guy who walked out of the football game because people were kneeling and not standing? JOY BEHAR: Well he would say that’s in their own country is what he would say to that HOSTIN: But he’s representing the United States of America isn’t he? GOLDBERG: We have to be respectful because what we do know about politicians is they end up sitting with people that you and I say well, why are they sitting with them? So if you’re in Korea, you need to stand up. You need to stand up and show respect. (h/t Newsbusters) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

GOP Rep Nunes: Dems Preventing Release of Schiff Memo by Packing It Full of Sources, Methods

On this weekend’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, offered an explanation as to why the Trump administration was not allowing the release of a memo authored by committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Nunes told host Maria Bartiromo that the Democrat memo contained sensitive information, and it was done so intentionally. Partial transcript as follows: BARTIROMO: So let me — let me kick it off with that and the fact that the White House has denied the request to release Adam Schiff’s memo. What can you tell us about that memo? You’ve seen it. What do we need to understand about this? NUNES: Well first off, this was not a surprise. So this was after they had accused the Republicans of putting sources and methods into our memo, we actually did not, we just put in what the thought the American people needed to know. It was clear from the development of the Democratic memo from the very beginning that they packed it full of sources and methods. Now, for the viewers out there, what are sources and methods? We don’t want to give up

Dem Rep Nadler: Trump Impeachment Would Have to Be Bipartisan

Sunday on MSNBC’s “KasieDC,” host Kasie Hunt asked Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) about the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump and if there were any preparations underway for such an event. Nadler dismissed that as a possibility and argued for impeachment proceedings to get underway, there would have to be bipartisan support. “It’s way too early for that,” Nadler said. “We would have to see what the Mueller [investigation] comes up with and whether there’s good evidence from Mueller or from other sources of impeachable offenses before you would begin to consider that. There’s one other thing which I should make really clear — if you’re serious about impeaching a president, it cannot and should not be done on a partisan basis. You would have to have, at least by the end of the process, buy-in from the Republicans, or at least a good number of the Republicans, for two reasons: number one for the arithmetic, you can impeach a president on a majority vote, which means you need votes from the Republicans.” “But secondly, more importantly, if you’re really serious about removing a president from office for high crimes and misdemeanors, you shouldn’t do that unless you get at

Trump Calls on Congress to Close Immigration ‘Loophole’ Exploited by ‘Savage Gang’ MS-13

In his weekly address, President Donald Trump called on Congress to close what he called an immigration loophole that allows “unaccompanied alien minors” to be released, which Trump said was being exploited by MS-13. Transcript as follows: My fellow Americans, this week, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, homeland security officials, and lawmakers joined me at the White House to address a very vicious threat to our communities—the savage gang, MS-13. Glaring loopholes in our laws have allowed criminals and gang members to break into our country. For example, under current law, unaccompanied alien minors at the border are released into American communities no matter where, no matter how, it is so easy for them because the laws are bad and they have to be changed. This loophole is easily exploited by MS-13, which now operates in at least 40 states. In addition to MS-13, many other gangs are breaking into our country routinely because our laws are so weak, so sad, so pathetic. At this week’s roundtable, we learned the story of one family right here in Washington, D.C. that hosted a person in their home, who then began to recruit their young son to MS-13. When the boy’s mother tried

GOP Rep Gaetz Calls for Appointment of Second Special Counsel — FBI, DoJ ‘Cannot Investigate Themselves’

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Watters’ World,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called for a second special counsel to investigate abuse at the Department of Justice and the FBI. According to Gaetz, those agencies cannot investigate themselves. “My expectation is the people of America will win through the appointment of a second special counsel,” he said. “But that is going to require Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do his job. The FBI and the Department of Justice cannot investigate themselves. And the evidence we’ve uncovered shows wrongdoing at the highest levels of those agencies.” Watters then asked Gaetz if given Sessions’ recusal he had the authority to appoint such a special counsel. “Of course, he does,” Gaetz replied. “There was no legal obligation for that recusal, and frankly, I don’t even know what the four corners of that recusal are. Here, the accusation is not against Russia. It is against the very agency that Jeff Sessions leads, the Department of Justice, and then some of the senior politicized leadership at the FBI. So he could appoint that special counsel. More than two dozen Republicans have joined me in calling for it, and it is darn time that it happened. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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