November 30, 2016

Steven Mnuchin Expected To Be Named Treasury Secretary

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s national finance chairman during the election, is expected to be named secretary of the treasury, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Mnuchin has a long history in banking, having served as chairman of Dune Capital Management, a hedge fund he founded in 2002. He spent 17 years working at Goldman Sachs, in addition to working at Soros Fund Management and co-founding OneWest Bank Group.

In addition to working on Wall Street, he also has a history in Hollywood, financing major blockbusters like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “X-Men.”

The job offer likely won’t come much as a surprise, as he’s previously hinted he would likely work in the administration.

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November 29, 2016

Dems INSTANTLY Turned The OSU Knife Attack Into A Gun Control Debate

It didn’t take long for the Monday knife attack at Ohio State University to turn into a gun control rallying cry.

First reports and reports throughout the duration of the attack described it as a shooting. Authorities later clarified it was a knife attack. Minutes after news broke that there was an alleged active shooter, Twitter users called for stronger gun control and blamed the attack on lackluster laws.

The school is a “gun free zone,” and instructed students to “run hide fight” and stay in place.

At least eight people have been taken to the hospital, with one critical and another seven stable, according to the fire department. There are also reports at least one person was attacked with a machete.

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November 28, 2016

Trump’s Brutally Honest Castro Statement Proves He’s No Obama

President-elect Donald Trump called now deceased former Cuban president Fidel Castro a “brutal dictator” whose legacy represents decades of death and oppression.

That’s a stark contrast from President Barack Obama’s statement on the passing of the long-time Cuban overlord.

“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” Trump said in a statement released on the news of Castro’s death Saturday.

“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” Trump said.

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November 25, 2016

Brexit Backer Instructs Lawyers After WaPo’s Josh Rogin Implies Kremlin Connections on CNN

CNN has been thrust into another furious row over the accuracy of its coverage after contributor Josh Rogin, also of the Washington Post, implied live on air that Brexit financier Arron Banks was linked to the Russian government.

Speaking on Carol Costello’s show just moments after UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage this morning, Mr. Rogin said:

“What we are seeing is a not-so-covert effort to re-align American foreign policy with all these parties who are engaged in an anti-European project. Probably funded with Russian money. That’s a real thing.

Challenged by fellow panelist Ben Ferguson — who himself poured scorn on the idea of Mr. Farage as UK Ambassador to the United States — Mr Rogin added: “It’s in the Panama Papers. Check it out. Google it. It’s in there. Arron Banks.”

Challenged by an incredulous Mr. Ferguson again Mr. Rogin continued: “I love watching you come to the realization of the truth of the situation,” before adding: ‘I encourage viewers to Google it. Arron Banks, the guy who comes with Nigel Farage to all the meetings with Trump, who we never talk about, look into his Panama Papers. Look into his finances”.

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November 24, 2016

No Hate Crime Charges Against Anti-Trump Attackers in Chicago

Four black individuals have now been charged in the brutal beating of a Chicago man, all while clearly shouting “white boy” and “he voted Trump,” yet none of them will be charged with hate crimes.

In a shocking video of the attack that went viral in the week after Trump’s election, a group of young black males brutally attack David Wilcox, an older white male, screaming “Why would you vote Trump, damn it?” and “You voted Trump?! Damn, he voted Trump.”

By Wilcox’s own account, after a small car accident, he stepped out of the car to exchange insurance information but was then approached by a black male who said “yeah that’s one of those white boy Trump supporters.”

“The next thing I know, the guy said, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’re going to beat his ass.’ And then punches were thrown and the next thing I know, I have five people on me and I fell to the ground. I was kicked in the head. They were in my car, stealing all my stuff.” Wilcox said.

He did actually vote for Trump, but the attackers didn’t know that at the time, just assuming he did because he was white, according to Wilcox.

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November 23, 2016

HUD Has No Answer For Why Its Financial Books Are Worthless

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials refuse to explain why they haven’t fixed poor accounting practices and useless financial books their inspector general (IG) has been exposing for four years.

It’s not clear whether HUD officials understand what they’re doing is wrong because, their spokesman, Brian Sullivan, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group that “HUD does apply generally accepted accounting standards.”

Not so, said the IG, whose most recent audit found 11 “material weaknesses,” seven “significant deficiencies” in internal controls, and five instances of “noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.”

The laundry list of accounting failures, “were due to an inability to establish a compliant control environment, implement adequate financial accounting systems, retain key financial management staff, and identify appropriate accounting principles and policies,” the IG said.

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November 22, 2016

Ron Paul Warns Of False Flags And A ‘Shadow Government’

Former Republican Texas Congressman Ron Paul warned that a “false flag” event could get President-elect Donald Trump in a foreign entanglement and said a “shadow government” undermined President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller Monday.

During Trump’s campaign for the presidency, he railed against the Iraq war. “The War in Iraq we spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, we don’t even have it. Iran is taking over Iraq with the second largest oil reserves in the world, obviously it was a mistake. George Bush made a mistake,” the president-elect said during a February debate.

Paul has made a career partly out of attacking policies that championed the Iraq war, but the libertarian does not think that Trump’s victory marked a defeat for neoconservatives. “He’s very friendly with a lot of them right now, he’s talking to them,” Paul said. “We don’t have a final answer, we have to wait to see who get’s appointed.”

He added, “He doesn’t talk about blowback and coming out of these countries. He has a better policy with Russia but I think he still is talking with the neoconservatives.”

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November 21, 2016

Director Of The NSA Goes ROGUE, Travels To Meet Trump Amid Calls For His Ousting

A top U.S. intelligence official is being considered to take over for the very man who recommended his removal from office for administrative failures.

Admiral Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, is expected to become the Director of National Intelligence under the next administration, the Wall Street Journal revealed. In an unprecedented move, Rogers met with President-elect Donald Trump Thursday at Trump Tower without first notifying his superiors, reports the Washington Post. Rogers’ actions reportedly agitated senior administration officials already displeased with his performance and leadership.

Current Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter recommended last month that the White House relieve Rogers of his duties as head of the NSA and Cyber Command, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Clapper and Carter have criticized Rogers’ performance in the past, citing serious security breaches as well as a failure to react to the online activities of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Rogers took control of the NSA and Cyber Command in 2014 in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks, a glaring embarrassment to the agency that cost hundreds of millions of dollars and required major operational adjustments. Rogers was tasked with preventing follow-up incidents but was unsuccessful.

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November 18, 2016

The Media Is Consolidating Power After A Disastrous Election

The modern American media may have just had their worst year yet, and for their efforts, they have announced they’d like to reward themselves more power than they have held in decades.

The past year has seen a declining trust in the media that is fully deserved. Debate moderators have been exposed as shills; network employees have been busted tipping the scales for their candidates (something this “senior media reporter” is sympathetic toward); political reporters have been caught running stories by their sources; “fact-checkers” have bent over backwards for Hillary Clinton; and major newspapers have openly cast objectivity aside — all in the name of a political candidate the media were so eager to elect, one legacy magazine shipped covers celebrating her victory before the votes were even counted.

After Donald Trump won the election, “renegade Facebook employees” reportedly formed a “task force” to crack down on the “fake news” they blame for Clinton’s sizable electoral defeat, aiming to purge social media of what someone, somewhere deems inaccurate. In a landscape where the “fact-checkers” at “PolitiFact” said Clinton wasn’t laughing at a rape victim, just laughing at getting the rapist off the hook, this should concern Americans.

A 2016 study from Pew Research found that the most popular social media service is Facebook, which reaches 67 percent of adults, two thirds of whom get news on Facebook. So, Pew reports, “the two-thirds of Facebook users who get news there, then, amount to 44 percent of the general population.” No doubt, that incredible reach comes with great responsibility.

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November 17, 2016

House Conservatives: It’s Time For Congress To Get Tough On Oversight

Conservatives in Congress say it’s time to restore the legislative branch’s oversight authority by protesting far-reaching executive orders and not abdicating lawmaking to the executive branch, no matter who is in the White House.

“If you truly want to make America great again, you want a strong legislative branch,” Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador told reporters Wednesday in a news conference with a handful of House Freedom Caucus members.

Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon said approving the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any new regulations agencies create to return to Congress for an up-or-down vote, is a great first step towards curbing executive overreach.

President Barack Obama’s administration created more than 20,600 new regulations over the last eight years, according to a Heritage Foundation study earlier this year.

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November 16, 2016

DNC Chair Favorite Keith Ellison Supports Bill To ‘Study Reparation Proposals’

Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is making headlines after announcing his bid for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Ellison already has strong support from Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid. Some have said Ellison’s own identity as an African-American and a Muslim would be a strong statement for the Democratic Party under the upcoming Donald Trump administration.

He previously advocated for, and is reportedly a “passionate supporter” of H.R. 40: Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, co-sponsored by Michigan Rep. John Coyners Jr.

The bill describes its intent:

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November 15, 2016

Associated Press Exclusive: Marlow Says Breitbart News Plans to Be ‘Best Place for News on Trump White House’

Following the installation of Breitbart’s chief executive to a top job in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, the news organization in its infancy when Barack Obama took office has big expansion plans and the goal of being the best source of news on the new administration.

That scares its critics, which consider Breitbart News the home of cheerleaders rather than journalists — and often offensive ones at that.

Despite the opponents, Breitbart is unquestionably on a high following the surprise election of Trump, whose candidacy the web site unceasingly backed both before and after its leader, Stephen K. Bannon, was brought in to run the general election campaign. Trump on Sunday named Bannon chief strategist and senior counselor for his administration.

Breitbart is planning a move into more spacious Washington offices, looking to add reporters in Germany, France, the Middle East and Asia, wants to add coverage of the media and technology to its conservative-framed news and hopes to produce more video, said Alexander Marlow, the site’s editor in chief, on Monday. Its own cable network is a dream, but unlikely now, he said.

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November 14, 2016

Liberals Will Only Fight Harder To Abolish The Electoral College Under Trump, Says Prof

Republican nominee Donald Trump’s surprising electoral college victory is likely to trigger renewed interest in a plan by left wing states to abolish the institution, according to professor John Gilmour of the College of William and Mary.

Democratic-leaning states back the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact [NPVIC] to effectively repeal the electoral college. The compact would require any state that signs onto it to give their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

“The Democrats will go for it and already have,” Gilmour, who teaches government, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “For the interstate compact to succeed, what must happen is for the GOP to be robbed of its victory by the electoral college. The Dems have now been robbed twice in four elections, unprecedented in US history, I believe. They are naturally pissed as hell.”

Gilmour noted that after former President George W. Bush won the electoral vote, but lost the popular vote in the 2000 election, there was a wave of interest in NPVIC. Washington, Oregon and California quickly adopted the compact.

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November 11, 2016

Here Is A List Of People Donald Trump Is Considering For Senior White House Jobs

Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

Keith Kellogg, Mike Rogers

Assistant to the President and Press Secretary.

Jason Miller, Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway

Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning.
Corey Lewandowski, Katie Walsh

Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.
Stephen Miller, Sam Clovis

Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor.Michael T. Flynn, Mike Rogers, Stephen Hadley

Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting. Stephen Miller, Cliff Sims

Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.

None listed

Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

David Bossie, Katie Walsh

Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor.

Clare Lopez, Walid Phares, Andy Keiser

Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Stephen Miller

Assistant to the President and Director, Office of Legislative Affairs.

Rick Dearborn

Assistant to the President and Director of Communications.

Jason Miller, Stephen Miller, Cliff Sims

Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Kellyanne Conway, Corey Lewandowski

Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council.

Dan Dimicco, David Malpass

White House Counsel

Don McGahn, Alan Garten

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November 10, 2016

Experts Question If Clinton Foundation Will Survive

Clinton Foundation officials now face a potentially devastating barrage of investigations by Congress, federal regulatory agencies, state attorneys general and perhaps a probe by a special prosecutor, according federal law enforcement and philanthropy regulation experts.

The months ahead could determine what kind of future, if any, the Clinton Foundation can have as Congress and the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump take what is certain to be a tough look the ethical and legal issues that have swirled for years around the troubled charity.

Former President Bill and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, have been accused repeatedly of turning the foundation into a tool for personal enrichment by using it to market official government favors, access and influence to wealthy individuals, corporations and foreign governments.

Little is expected to happen until the Trump administration takes over Jan. 20, 2017.

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November 9, 2016

Donald Trump Defeats Hillary Clinton, Wins Presidential Election

Donald Trump, an outsider businessman who has never served in public office before, has defeated Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, shocking the political and media establishment who all but predicted he would lose the contest.

Left for dead multiple times during the campaign, the Republican won crucial battleground states like North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa, defying the predictions of many polls. Clinton, meanwhile, could not replicate the energy among Democratic voters that President Barack Obama generated in 2008 and 2012.

As of 2:42 a.m. Wednesday, Trump topped Clinton — 276 electoral votes to 218 electoral votes.

The mood at Trump’s election night party was jubilant in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as votes were still being tallied and people wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats roamed the crowd.

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November 8, 2016

The 44 Most Damning Stories From WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has published tens of thousands of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails. This is what The Daily Caller believes are the most important findings from them.
They expose a corrupt press, Clinton Foundation play for play, cronyism, and the Clintons’ real thoughts on the issues.
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November 7, 2016

Kellyanne Conway EXPLODES On Jake Tapper — Accuses CNN Of…

Things got heated during Kellyanne Conway’s interview on CNN’s Sunday morning broadcast of “State of the Union.”

Host Jake Tapper first broached the subject of the Saturday Donald Trump rally, during which the Republican nominee was ushered off stage by his Secret Service detail.

Tapper stated that Donald Trump Jr. and social media director Dan Scavino had retweeted since debunked rumors that the incident was a failed assassination attempt before asking Conway, “why is your campaign spreading that it was?”

“How do you — first of all, that’s really remarkable, I have to say, that that’s what the story line is here,” Conway shot back at Tapper. “Thank you for reminding everybody that the rain chased her away. There weren’t a lot of people there at her rally to begin with, and the rain left them running for cover.

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November 4, 2016

Senior Gov. Official Says Obama Made Quid Pro Quo Deal With FEC Commissioner

Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel wished to step down until she met with President Barack Obama in early 2016, who persuaded her to stay on board through the November election in return for two favors, a senior federal government official has told The Daily Caller.

Ravel, a Democrat, told the senior government official about the arrangement in private and even showed the official pictures of her and Obama in The White House. The official told TheDC Ravel had wished to step down and move back to California before the Jan. 28 White House meeting. Obama told Ravel she could move back and do most of her work from California and that she would be supported in her effort to replace California Attorney General Kamala Harris as Attorney General if Harris were to win her Senate election.

The government official said that Ravel didn’t say that the support would necessarily come directly from President Obama but from senior Democratic officials. It was recently reported by the Washington Examiner that Ravel is a top contender to be appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown if Harris were to be elected senator.

Ravel told TheDC that she did not discuss becoming California attorney general with President Obama and that she has not “moved” to California as her family has always had a home there. Ravel said that her decision to stay on board as FEC commissioner was made before the meeting. The White House has not returned a Daily Caller request for comment.

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November 2, 2016

Clinton Campaign Questions Release Of FBI's Marc Rich Pardon Records

As reported moments ago, in what appears to have been a surprise release, the FBI's Vault twitter account released 129 pages of files related to the FBI's 2001 prove into Bill Clinton's 2001 pardon of Marc Rich. And while NBC reported that the files were releases as part of a normal subpoena, the increasingly paranoid (not without reason) Clinton campaign immediately had questions. According to Politico, "Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign raised questions about the timing of the FBI’s release Tuesday of records on a 15-year-old investigation into President Bill Clinton’s pardon to fugitive financier Marc Rich."

The FBI posted the 129 pages of records in its online Freedom of Information Act reading room in apparent response to a FOIA request seeking information on FBI inquiries into the Clinton Foundation. On the website, the release was dated Monday, but an FBI Twitter account flagged the new posting at noon on Tuesday.

As Politico adds, the Clinton campaign, which is already at odds with FBI Director James Comey over his disclosure of new evidence in the Clinton email probe, immediately questioned why Clinton-related records were being released just a week before the election.

“Absent a FOIA litigation deadline, this is odd. Will FBI be posting docs on Trump’s housing discrimination in ’70s?” Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon asked on Twitter.

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November 1, 2016

John Podesta's Best Friend At The DOJ Will Be In Charge Of The DOJ's Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails

In other words, the best friend of John Podesta, Clinton's Campaign char, at the DOJ will be in charge of a probe that could potentially sink Hillary Clinton.

For those who missed it, this is what we reported previously:

The day after Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, John Podesta, Hillary's campaign chairman met for dinner with a small group of well-connected friends, including Peter Kadzik, who is currently a top official at the US Justice Department serving as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.

The post-Benghazi dinner was attended by Podesta, Kadzik, superlobbyist Vincent Roberti and other well-placed Beltway fixtures. The first mention of personal contact between Podesta and Kadzik in the Wikileaks dump is in an Oct. 23, 2015 email sent out by Vincent Roberti, a lobbyist who is close to Podesta and his superlobbyist brother, Tony Podesta. In it, Roberti refers to a dinner reservation at Posto, a Washington D.C. restaurant.  The dinner was set for 7:30 that evening, just one day after Clinton gave 11 hours of testimony to the Benghazi Committee.

Podesta and Kadzik met several months later for dinner at Podesta’s home, another email shows. Another email sent on May 5, 2015, Kadzik’s son asked Podesta for a job on the Clinton campaign.

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