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GOP Candidate in Montana race said to have ‘body-slammed’ reporter…Police Called…

The House Special Election is tomorrow….

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana’s special congressional election, was accused Wednesday night of assaulting a reporter for the Guardian who had been trying to ask him a question. Gianforte, who is seen as the slight favorite in an election that ends Thursday, left what was supposed to be a final campaign rally, at his Bozeman headquarters, without giving a speech.

The Gallatin County sheriff’s office said Wednesday evening that it was “currently investigating allegations of an assault involving Greg Gianforte.”

In an audio recording published by the Guardian, Ben Jacobs can be heard asking Gianforte to respond to the fresh Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act, a bill Gianforte has said he was glad to see the House of Representatives approve. According to Alexis Levinson, a reporter for BuzzFeed, Jacobs had followed the candidate into a room where a camera was set up for an interview, before the event began.

“We’ll talk to you about that later,” Gianforte says in the audio.

“Yeah, but there’s not going to be time,” says Jacobs. “I’m just curious about it right now.”

After Gianforte tells Jacobs to direct the question to his spokesman, Shane Scanlon, there is the sound of an altercation, and Gianforte begins to scream.

“I’m sick and tired of you guys!” Gianforte says. “The last guy that came in here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here! Get the hell out of here! The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian?”

“Yes, and you just broke my glasses,” Jacobs says.

“The last guy did the same damn thing,” Gianforte says.

“You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs says.

“Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte says….

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19 DOA @ at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England due to an explosion…

Panic and mayhem seized the crowd at the Manchester Arena as the blast reverberated through the building, just as the show was ending and pink balloons were dropping from the rafters in a signature flourish by Ms. Grande, a 23-year-old pop star on an international tour.

Traumatized concertgoers — including children separated from parents — screamed and fled in what appeared to be the deadliest episode of terrorism in Britain since the 2005 London subway bombings.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with the victims and their families in “what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

There was no immediate word from the police on the precise cause of the blast but unconfirmed reports said it was possibly a suicide bomber who had detonated a nail-filled explosive device.

The scene immediately evoked the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, which included a deadly assault inside the Bataclan concert arena where the Eagles of Death Metal had been playing. But unlike the Bataclan victims, the Manchester concert was filled with young teenagers….

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Armed police (left) at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande concert.

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The How’s and Why’s of Impeachment explained by FiveThirtyEight….

While the term is throw around quite liberally?

The actual REMOVAL of an American President against his will is a complicated endeavor ….An Political in nature…

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After a cacophonous two weeks of political news, a new sound has begun to emerge from Washington: the word “impeachment.” Following the news that President Trump may have tried to bully FBI director James Comey out of investigating Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent, told CNN that recent allegations, if true, are already making impeachment hearings more likely. Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, became the first congressman to call for Trump’s impeachment from the House floor. And even some Republicans in blue-leaning districts, such as Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, have begun to entertain impeachment as a possibility.

This might all seem like a liberal fantasy: No president has ever been booted out of the job, and only Richard Nixon resigned under the pressure of the impeachment process.

But people putting money on the line are taking impeachment seriously. According to the prediction market Betfair, the chance that Trump will fail to serve out his four-year term is about 50 percent (!). There’s even a 20 to 25 percent probability (!!) that Trump doesn’t finish out 2017 in office, these bettors reckon.

Are those numbers within the realm of reason? It isn’t easy to forecast Trump’s odds of impeachment, or of his removal from office. There isn’t enough data to build a statistical model of it, in the way we would for an election. But we can say that there are two opposite forces tugging strongly on the impeachment rope:

  • On the one side, there’s Trump’s escalating pattern of (alleged) misconduct, which increasingly reflects behavior that has been used as grounds for impeachment in the past.
  • On the other side, there’s the intense partisan loyalty of Republicans, both among GOP members of Congress and among voters in the states and districts they represent.

So long as these sides are pulling with roughly equal force, Trump isn’t going to be removed from office, which would require a two-thirds majority in the Senate. But if something snaps — if Republicans have reason to think Trump has become a liability even in red states — look out. History suggests Trump could be vulnerable under such circumstances, despite the historical rarity of impeachment. Here’s how to think about the chances…..

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‘Fake News’ for Conservatives

Is this how far Trump supporters will go? They’re so willing to divert attention from President Trump’s problems that they spread conspiracy theories?

Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich are not low profile Republicans and two of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters. They’re covering the Seth Rich/Wikileaks conspiracy without any regard for Rich’s parents who have disavowed the “reports” and asked people to stop.

Dave Weigel at The Washington Post has an excellent piece detailing the story and how it turned into a yarn that should only reside on nutter sites like InfoWars:

On July 10, at 4:19 a.m., gunfire was detected in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Not five minutes later, police found Seth Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer, lying on the ground, dying from a bullet wound to his back. A conscious Rich was transported to the hospital; by daybreak, he was dead.

Nearly one year later, Rich’s death remains one of America’s thousands of unsolved murders — and the focus of endless conspiracy theories, spread this past week by Fox News, alt-right social media, a local D.C. news station and the Russian embassy in Britain. The reemergence of the conspiracy theory this week, which did not lack for real news, revealed plenty about the fake news ecosystem (or to use BuzzFeed’s useful phrase, “the upside-down media”) in the Trump era. It also happened to cause untold pain for the Rich family, which has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the so-called private investigator who led this dive back into the fever swamp.

Here’s what we learned.

TV news can be an easy mark. This iteration of the Seth Rich story started when the District’s own Fox 5 ran a Monday night “exclusive,” citing one source — a Fox New legal commentator, Rod Wheeler — for a “big break in the investigation.” Reporter Marina Marraco reported that “conspiracy theories” could “be proven right,” as Wheeler was saying what had been rumored since last year: Rich might have leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks, making him the target of an assassination.

“You have information that could link Seth Rich to WikiLeaks?” asked Marraco.

“Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed,” said Wheeler, who Fox 5 identified as the Rich family’s investigator.

Within 24 hours, reporters at NBC News, CNN and The Washington Post had debunked the story. First, Rich’s family quickly corrected the idea that Wheeler was on their payroll; he was hired by Ed Butowsky, a Texas businessman who had grown interested in the case. Next, Wheeler told CNN he hadn’t actually obtained information linking Rich to WikiLeaks — Fox 5, he insisted, had told him to say so.

Marraco did not cite any sources except Wheeler — not the Rich family, not D.C. police, not the mayor’s office, not the DNC. Wheeler, a very occasional TV pundit, was noticeably skimpy on details, suggesting he had a source who’d told him eyeball-to-eyeball that Rich’s computer was in lock-up and that it had evidence of WikiLeaks contact. But he was murky on whether D.C. police or the FBI allegedly had the laptop, and the family quickly reported that neither did.

It is worth reading the article in its entirety since Weigel does a great job in detailing all of it and how “fake news” is still a problem among conservatives…..

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Mueller’s Trump & Co. investigation will be a criminal one…

Several of Trump’s buddies are gonna need lawyers….

Mueller, who led the FBI for Bush II and And Obama,  can also go after Trump if that’s where the trail goes…

FBI staff are said to be VERY happy with Mueller coming on board and the investigation moving OUT of the Depot. Of Justice’s supervision….

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dropped two bombshells during a hotly-anticipated appearance before the Senate on Thursday, less than 24 hours after he announced the appointment of a special prosecutor in the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling.

According to lawmakers, Rosenstein confirmed that the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the election is no longer strictly a counterintelligence investigation — a kind of probe that does not normally result in charges — but also a criminal one.

He also said he was aware President Trump intended to fire Comey prior to penning a memo that the White House later used as its justification for the dismissal.

Lawmakers emerged from the closed-door meeting painting a sober picture of the briefing. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) described the mood in the room as serious and thoughtful….

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AG Sessions gets a Trump fine print ok to go after Marijuana?….

US Atty Gen Sessions has just told his US Attorney’s to go hard after ‘Drugs’…..

His boss Donald Trump has objected to ‘ a provision that prohibits his administration from interfering with state-run medical marijuana programs.’….in the current stop gap budget law from Congress….

Hmmmm?

“It just creates a lot of uncertainty, and that uncertainty is deeply concerning for patients and providers,” said Michael Collins, deputy director of the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization that has sought to roll back the nation’s war on drugs. “We had thought medical marijuana wasn’t really in play in terms of a crackdown.”

Such concerns are being voiced more broadly about the direction of marijuana policy under the new leadership at the Justice Department.

Sessions last week directed federal prosecutors to get significantly tougher on drug defendants than under the Obama administration. And a task force launched by Sessions is looking at changes in enforcement particularly regarding marijuana, a drug that remains illegal on the federal level despite significant movement in numerous states in recent years to loosen restrictions.

The eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use could be at greater risk for federal intervention than those that have only approved dispensing medical cannabis or cannabis-infused products to patients with a doctor’s recommendation….

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Trump wiring his White House Oval office raises serious legal question’s…

The NY Times, one of the media outlets that pursued the Watergate/Nixon story back then deletes into the implications of Donald Trump threatening James Comey about conversations he THOUGHT where private….

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Allies and former employees of Mr. Trump have long said that he taped some of his own phone calls, as well as meetings in Trump Tower. During the campaign, Mr. Trump’s aides told reporters that they feared their offices were bugged and that they were careful about what they said.

But the implicit threat to Mr. Comey was ripped from a familiar playbook that Mr. Trump relied on during the campaign to silence critics or dissent.

He threatened on Twitter to tell stories about Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, after they criticized him. He threatened to air unspecified dirty laundry about the wealthy Ricketts family as it financed efforts against him. And competing with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for the Republican nomination, he threatened to “spill the beans on your wife!”

 

“If this were an actual criminal investigation — in other words, if there were a prosecutor and a defense lawyer in the picture — this would draw a severe phone call to counsel warning that the defendant is at serious risk of indictment if he continues to speak to witnesses,” Mr. Buell said. “Thus, this is also definitive evidence that Trump is not listening to counsel and perhaps not even talking to counsel. Unprecedented in the modern presidency.”

Mr. Trump’s mention of tapes did nothing to dispel the echoes of Watergate heard in Washington this week. The dismissal of Mr. Comey in the midst of an investigation into Mr. Trump’s associates struck many as similar to Nixon’s decision in October 1973 to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor who demanded secret White House tapes, in an episode that came to be known as the Saturday Night Massacre.

The difference, according to Luke A. Nichter, a historian at Texas A&M University who has specialized in the tapes, is that “Nixon’s rantings were done in private,” and he did not cancel news briefings. “The reason I have a hard time with the label Nixonian is that we’ve surpassed it,” Mr. Nichter said. “To be Trumpian is something of a greater magnitude than simply being Nixonian.”….

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Trump accuses Obama of having ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower

President Trump lashed out at his predecessor on Twitter early Saturday, claiming former President Barack Obama ordered electronic surveillance at Trump Tower during the election campaign.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” Trump tweeted at 6:35 a.m. as part of a flurry of early-morning tweets. “Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

The six-message tweetstorm intensified the controversy over his administration’s ties to Russia, fed by a torrent of leaks from opponents within the government.

An Obama spokesman denied the charges Saturday afternoon.

Ny Post…March 4, 2017

(Maybe ALL the above is why the guy has NOT returned to his office/home in Trump Tower but for a brief visit?)

A past post here….

EVEN TRUMP’S OWN LAWYER’S DON’T TRUST HIS MEMORY ….

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Former Trump campaign manager Manafort under investigation by Feds and NY State AG…

While all the media noise is being generated by Donald Trump and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey…..The  probes of Trump and his supporters move along …

If Donald Trump thought Comey was his only issue?

He was sadly mistaken…

The Justice Department requested bank records of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort as part of the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department requested Manafort’s bank records from Citizen Financial Group Inc. in April. It’s unclear whether that was the only bank that was asked to turn over records, according to the report.

Manafort has come under intense scrutiny for his financial transactions. In March, the Treasury Department obtained financial records from Cyprus as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into Manafort’s past work in eastern Europe.

Those Cyprus accounts were investigated for money laundering, NBC News later reported.

Manafort also came under scrutiny for financial dealings immediately after he stepped down as Trump’s campaign chairman last year….

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Update  on Mike Flynn…..

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

The committee, led by Sens. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said it requested documents that members believe to be relevant to its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The committee initially requested the documents from Flynn in a letter on April 28, but he declined to comply if he wasn’t offered immunity. The Intelligence Committee declined the deal and has now followed up with an official subpoena….

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…And there is more….

A Treasury Department unit that specializes in combating money-laundering will share financial records with an expanding Senate probe into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Senate Intelligence Committee requested the records from Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, late last month, these people said. The people familiar with the matter didn’t specify the nature of those records. One person said…

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Did Comey tell a worried Trump he was NOT under investigation THREE TIMES?

Did ya catch that one?

Donald Trump has been going around telling anyone who will listen that the guy who he fired as FBI Director told him THREE time he wasn’t under investigation in the Russian Connections probes…

For a day everyone took that on face value….

But now some Comey people are throwing doubt on Trump’s recollections ….

And we KNOW Donald Trump sometimes makes stuff up that ain’t quite true….

President Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey three times if he was under investigation, according to a new interview with the president.

Trump claims in an interview with “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt that he asked Comey whether he was the target of an investigation once during dinner and twice during phone calls.

Trump’s new statement in the interview echoes his claim, made in a Tuesday letter firing Comey, that the FBI director had assured him three times that he wasn’t under investigation amid the FBI’s probe into Russian interference in the presidential election and whether there are possibly links between members of Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

But associates of the former FBI director have denied Trump’s claim that Comey told him he wasn’t under investigation, saying that doing so would violate policies on criminal investigations, according to The Wall Street Journal…..

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Comey wanted to expand his Russian Connections probe…

One could guess that the request ain’t going anywhere now?

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Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly requested more money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election days before he was fired by President Trump.

Comey made the request during a meeting last week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the Justice Department memo used to justify Comey’s firing, The New York Times first reported Wednesday.

The FBI director then briefed members of Congress about the meeting, according to the Times. CNN, the Washington Post and the Associated Press have reported confirming Comey’s request for more resources, as have other media outlets.

The Justice Department’s top spokeswoman denied the reports that Comey had requested more money. Sarah Isgur Flores toldHuffPost the reports were “totally false.”….

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Grand jury subpoenas go out for Mike Flynn’s business records…

While ALL the media focus was on FBI Director Comey getting fired?

A Grand Jury has been impaneled to see if criminal charges should be brought against ex-Obama Defense Intel Agency head and Trump 20 day National Sec Advisor Mike Flynn…..

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas as part of the ongoing probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report.

The subpoenas to associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are seeking business records, CNN said Tuesday.

CNN confirmed with people familiar with the matter that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Va., issued the subpoenas in recent weeks.

The subpoenas are a significant escalation of the FBI’s broader investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

The news of subpoenas comes on the same night President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

The White House said Comey was fired at the recommendation of the Justice Department, but critics of the administration are questioning whether the action is related to the FBI’s probe of Russian election interference and any possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

Sources told CNN that the subpoenas went to associates who worked with Flynn on contracts following his firing as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014…..

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Breaking! Trump has Fired FBI DIR COMEY….

The White  House has announced that Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey….

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The reasoning for the action should be forthcoming

This is developing story that is sure to be YUGE…

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The Democratic view ….

Democrats think now-fired FBI Director James Comey cost them the presidential election. But hardly any Democrats in Congress are celebrating the fact that he’s gone.

Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia to try to help Trump win the election in 2016. For all of Comey’s sins in the eyes of Democrats — re-upping Hillary Clinton’s emails 11 days before the presidential election, not announcing the FBI’s investigation into Trump earlier — he was the best FBI director they were going to get in the Trump administration.

And by “best,” we mean most apolitical. As my colleague Aaron Blake wrote this week, Comey had a reputation as an aggressively apolitical public servant who, yes, sometimes made mistakes that upset the politicians (and potentially had massive political repercussions).

Lawmakers react after President Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9.(Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

That reputation was fraying during the campaign, but it got absolutely shredded Tuesday when we learned that Comey told Congress it found “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton emails on the computer of disgraced sexting congressman (and ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin) Anthony Weiner. Turns out there were just several.

It was the excuse Trump was looking for to fire Comey. And Democrats, as much as they probably would have liked to fire Comey, too, know they just lost one of their best chances for an apolitical investigation into Trump-Russia connections. Whomever Trump nominates only has to clear a majority vote in the Senate (as opposed to a 60-vote filibuster that until 2013 was the norm for these kinds of positions). Republicans have a slim majority and could conceivably approve a Trump nominee over every single Senate Democrat’s objections…..

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….from Chris  Clizza

Citing the Comey July 6 Clinton presser to explain the firing is something no novelist could write

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“This is an investigator investigating the White House and he has just been fired by the White House” @JeffreyToobin just now #COMEY

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Schumer…

Schumer: Only way American people can have faith in investigation is if it’s led by independent special prosecutor

Jim Sciutto

Just in: Comey learned he was fired from TV news as he was addressing workforce at LA FBI field office -@PamelaBrownCNN & @Rene_MarshCNN

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Deportations under Trump are actually lower than Obama”s…

In another example of Trump making noise , but actually having something different occur….

He has scared down the number of people illegally entering the US from Mexico in a continuance of a trend that began during the Obama Admin….

While it isn’t reported…

Under Obama ?

Deportations  rose….

The number of arrests of illegals in country has gone up…

Why is the man trolling for a ‘Wall’ and more money for immigration enforcement?

President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his administration — but so far his administration is deporting fewer people than his predecessor.

According to statistics from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) given to CNN, the pace of removals under Trump in his first three months lags behind even the last two years of his predecessor, when then-President Barack Obama ordered his agencies to use more discretion when it came to deporting undocumented immigrants, focusing specifically on criminals.
The numbers also stand against other recently released statistics that showed an uptick in the number of arrests made by ICE in the first two months of Trump’s administration, especially of non-criminal immigrants.
From Inauguration Day until this week, ICE removed 54,564 individuals, including 30,667 convicted criminals and 23,897 non-criminals, according to the data shared with CNN.
Thus far, those numbers track slightly behind the pace of removals during the same time period during the past two years of the Obama administration — and greatly lag behind the rate of deportations before Obama ordered greater discretion.
From January 20, 2016, to April 24, 2016, ICE removed 62,062 individuals, including 24,953 non-criminals. The same time period in 2015 saw 59,938 removals, including 23,571 non-criminals.
During the year that led to Obama hearing the nickname “deporter in chief” from pro-immigrant advocacy groups, the same time period in 2014 saw 87,690 removals, including 38,471 non-criminals.
In contrast with deportations, arrests of undocumented immigrants has risen in the first few months of the Trump administration. In the first two months since the inauguration, ICE arrested roughly one-third more people than in the previous year, and more than double the number of non-criminal immigrants than the previous year….
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The number of non-criminal illegals detained though HAS gone up…
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Ford replaces the Crown Vic Police Cars with Explorer SUV’s…

For a long time your local, state and fed police cruiser and undercover  cars where almost exclusively Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor equipped  cars….

But the car started getting dangerous because of the location of the gas tanks if the car was rear ended …..

So after a dance with Dodge Challenger police packaged cruiser’s?

Police Department’s around the country went back to Ford…

The relation between Ford and law enforcement has been lasting for decades. The newest car in their portfolio is the 2016 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility and, as Ford sold more SUVs than Police Tauruses in a few last years, the newest Explorer in the police livery is possibly the best thing that happened to the police since the Crown Victoria. Even though the Explorer is still a soccer mom car, the newest one, with the fairly aggressive face and exceptional roomy interior, might be one of the coolest and most usable cars the police ever had. The 2016 Ford Explorer is built on the same platform as the Ford Taurus, which is, coincidentally (we think not), built on the same platform. As clever guys from Jalopnik pointed out, the Ford Taurus is also a police car, so the majority of the parts used for the Taurus can probably fit the 2016 Explorer. This way, Ford services police cars more efficiently and the police doesn’t have to spend that much money to acquire and to run SUVs which are, obviously needed in the US.

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For the 2016 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility received some important modifications in comparison with the car you could buy. First of all, the suspension and the tires are just a tiny bit beefier so the car can withstand dangerous maneuvers made while the police is on the go. So, Ford prepped the car for action, but clever engineers thought about the “waiting process” too. The 2016 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility engine received a larger cooling system which ensured that the engine can withstand long idling hours which are common during police business…

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Federal Judge tell’s Trump Admin they can’t hold money from Sanctuary Cities and California…

This wasn’t a stretch….

Attorney General Sessiosn threats had be met by strong rebuttal by most of the major American citizens and the entire state of California….

As with some of the othere major mmigration efforts by the Trump Admin?

There OWN words where held against them in the judges ruling…

It’s been almost 100 days of Trump and he his staff do NOT ‘get it’….

Specificis is the way the law works…

And acting like the King in America is sure to get you NOWHERE since power in this country is actually checked by different branches of the government to make sure you CANNOT act as the King…

A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding from cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick imposed a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions and said lawsuits by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County challenging the order were likely to succeed.

Orrick pointed to discrepancies in the administration’s interpretation of the executive order, which authorized the attorney general to withhold grant money from jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with immigration officials on deportations and other enforcement actions.

In court, the government’s lawyers suggested cities and towns were overreacting to the order because federal officials have not yet defined sanctuary cities or moved to withhold funding from them. But on television and in news conferences, the judge pointed out, the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have threatened to sanction such jurisdictions.

“The result of this schizophrenic approach to the Order is that the Counties’ worst fears are not allayed and the Counties reasonably fear enforcement under the Order,” the judge wrote. “The threat of the Order and the uncertainty it is causing impermissibly interferes with the Counties’ ability to operate, to provide key services, to plan for the future, and to budget.”….

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The judges orderdoes NOT stop the Fed’s from  holding money from local governemnt ‘immigration related’ efforts….

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Senate Trump Russian Connection probe to start running…Mike Flynn being held back…

Hearings on Trump’s aides and friemds connections to Russian approaches has gone silent for the past month or so….

Starting next week it will come full center ….

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Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, fired from President Donald Trump’s Justice Department in January, and former director of national intelligence James Clapper are set to testify on Russian meddling in the 2016 election at a May 8 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Yates and Clapper testimony, announced Tuesday morning, comes as the House intelligence committee continues to work on rescheduling previously slated testimony from the duo that its chairman, California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, canceled before announcing he would cede control of the panel’s probe of Russian intervention in the 2016 election. Yates and Clapper are expected to appear in an open House intelligence panel hearing sometime after May 2, the date that the committee is set to hear from FBI Director James Comey in a closed session.

The Senate intelligence committee has held one open hearing on Russian involvement in American elections during the Trump administration, featuring outside experts, but has yet to schedule testimony from the key players in its investigation of Russia’s electoral disruption. Democrats on the panel are starting to publicly air their frustration with that slow pace….

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Mike Flynn is having more problems….

Both Rep Chafeetz and Cummings are looking for info…

And Flynn may end up having him defending himself in court….

This is the same Flynn that during the campaign was saying ‘Lock her up’  about Hillary Clinton….

The Trump administration has denied a request from the House Oversight Committee for more information on payments that former national security adviser Michael Flynn received from foreign governments, including from the Kremlin-backed television station RT and other Russian firms….

Flynn did not list the payments from Russian companies in his original financial disclosure forms submitted in February. He filed an amended disclosure last month reporting payments for speeches from three Russian-linked companies, including RT, but the move has remained under scrutiny amidst the FBI’s ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election….

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