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John Boehner doesn’t miss being Speaker of the House…

Boehner got out when the getting was good because they wanted him gone…

He’s Happy they sent him packing…

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His a lobbyist for a tobacco company now ….Probably making a WHOLE lot MORE money and having a lot less stress than Paul Ryan the guy who has his old job….

Former House Speaker John Boehner engaged in some schadenfreude Wednesday at the setbacks experienced by the Trump administration.

Boehner resigned the speakership in 2015 and promptly joined the board of Reynolds American Inc., the tobacco company, and lobbying giant Squire Patton Boggs as a strategic adviser.

In an interview at the KPMG Global Energy Conference reported by industry publication Rigzone, Boehner expressed a familiar relief at trading government for corporate work.

“I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,” he said.

“Everything else he’s done [in office] has been a complete disaster,” Boehner said, referring to President Donald Trump. “He’s still learning how to be president.”

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Suit against Hillary Clinton over Benghazi deaths and emails is dismissed

The judge ruled that Clinton’s communicating with her staff was official business and the email server issue was irrelevant in connection with the suit against her…

A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton’s lax security surrounding her emails led to the deaths of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson tossed out the wrongful death claims as well as allegations that Clinton essentially slandered the parents of the deceased by contracting accounts the parents gave of their children’s deaths.

The suit was filed last August by Patricia Smith, the mother of State Department information officer Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of CIA operative Tyrone Woods. The case was brought weeks after Patricia Smith took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and delivered an emotional speech blasting the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and for failing to save the four Americans who died in the Benghazi attack while she was secretary of state: Smith, Woods, CIA operative Glen Doherty and U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

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The NSA may have the ‘proof’ that the Trump Campaign worked with the Russian’s…

NSA  Admiral Mike Rogers is reported to have admitted ‘in-house’ that his agency has intercepts that prove the Trump campaign people WERE communicating with Russian assets about coordinating efforts against the Clinton campaign…

What or how that information is used is gonna be the question…

In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.

Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.

NSA employees walked out of the town hall impressed by the director’s forthright discussion of his interactions with the Trump administration, particularly with how Rogers insisted that he had no desire to “politicize” the situation beyond what the president has already done. America’s spies are unaccustomed to playing partisan politics as Trump has apparently asked them to do, and it appears that the White House’s ham-fisted effort to get NSA to attack the FBI and its credibility was a serious

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New Puerto Rican Governor pushes for Statehood to a wary GOP Congress…

The effort has little chance of success since adding a 51st State that would most assuredly vote Democratic isn’t what the Republican majority Congress would want to have…

Add an economy in deep trouble and the two things are giant roadblocks in the way of Congressional action…

The Commonwealth wants to have a non-binding vote on the issue, but the Dept. of Justice must approve the wording of the vote and they have NOT moved on the request….

The Justice Department must approve ballot language for the vote on whether to keep Puerto Rico’s political status, which at first only included two options: statehood or independence.

[ Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo] Rosselló, joined by the commonwealth’s nonvoting member of Congress Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez, and Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, told reporters and congressional staff assembled on Capitol Hill that the ballot would be consistent with language the Justice Department had required.

“This is a mandate that Congress did,” Gonzalez said, referring to a broader 2014 government funding law passed by Congress that provides $2.5 million for a referendum.

While the bill didn’t actually mandate a vote, it did require the Justice Department to certify language at least 45 days before ballots were cast and allowed that some of the money could also be used for educational materials if Puerto Rico opted for the referendum.

Even if the Justice Department were to approve ballot language, Congress has shown little interest in adding a new state. Republicans worry that Puerto Rico would consistently send Democrats to the House and Senate. And the commonwealth would bring the baggage of a massive debt crisis and sky-high unemployment….

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Huh?…Trump wishes Muslims ‘a joyful Ramadan’?

Who ACTUALLY told this guy to say this?

President Trump on Friday wished Muslims a “joyful Ramadan” in a statement, talking up the fight against terrorism and avoiding his campaign rhetoric on Islam.

Trump targeted recent terror attacks in England and Egypt, calling them “acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan.”

“Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat terrorists and their perverted ideology,” he said.

Trump mentioned his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, during which he decried terrorism but avoided controversial terms like “radical Islamic terror.” Trump frequently argued during his campaign that politicians can’t be afraid to use that term.

“I reiterate my message delivered in Riyadh: America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it,” Trump said Friday.

“During this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure so that we may ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to worship and commune in peace.”

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Let’s see if my motto of watch what he DOES …NOT what he says applies to this ?

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Hillary Clinton zings Trump….

Hillary Clinton is talking to her alma mater at Wellesley….

The lady is attacking Trumpism…

She SURE sounds like she is BACK on the campaign trail…..

And she HAS the audience in her hands …something she struggled for last year…

….this is 47 years after she did the same address as the President of the student body….

Hillary Clinton at the Wellesley College commencement Friday.

She also tries to correct something that cost her votes…

She asks that we listen to those who do NOT agree with us…

She pushes ‘service’ as apposed to just enriching one’s self….

She pushes registering to vote…Not just Presidential’s…

Get involved…

Don’t sit on the sideline…

Run for office…

Her comments are so different form Trump’s…

More looking inward…

More emotionally reaching….

She did NOT have this before because she was more guarded in her public persona…

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As her speech unfolded, it became increasingly critical of the administration of the man who defeated her in November, without ever naming him.

She drew parallels between the year she graduated and the current year, noting that the president who was elected back then had ultimately been forced to resign while facing accusations of obstruction of justice. And she lacerated the atmosphere of “alternative facts,” warning that this can lead to the beginning of the end of a free society.

She spoke under an enormous white tent as a persistent drizzle coated the lush campus, where the top of Galen Stone Tower and its 32-bell carillon poked above the trees.

It is hard to imagine a more fitting place than Wellesley for Mrs. Clinton, 69, to reflect on her life’s trajectory. The college’s commencement has served as her platform twice before, at major turning points in her life…

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US Senate Democratic anti-Trump hardliners…

Politico names 6 Democratic ‘Hell No’ US Senators thats seem to be in the running to possibly run for the 2020 Democratic nomination by swinging against Donald Trump’s picks for his administration ….

Among Senate Democrats’ broad opposition to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, six stand out in having voted against nearly all of his nominees — and each senator just happens to be a potential Trump challenger in 2020.

The Democrats’ latest hell-no caucus includes Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, according to a POLITICO analysis of votes on 35 Trump nominees confirmed this year.

With the Senate having taken up virtually no major legislation as it nears its sixth month in session, these votes offer the best clue to who are positioning themselves as leaders of a party eager to take the fight to Trump.

How the hell-no caucus voted

Among Senate Democrats, Gillibrand has taken the most aggressive stance toward Trump’s nominees, only voting for only a single one — though other potential 2020 contenders weren’t far behind.

% OF DEMS
WHO VOTED AGAINST
THE NOMINEE
GILLIBRAND
(D-NY)
WARREN
(D-MA)
BOOKER
(D-NJ)
HARRIS
(D-CA)
SANDERS
(I-VT)
MERKLEY
(D-OR)
# OF TRUMP NOMINEES THE HELL-NO CAUCUS BACKED 1 2 3 3 3 6
 The hell-no Democrats brush off suggestions that future political prospects play into their decision to resist even lower-level Trump picks, including Rod Rosenstein as the second-ranking official at the Justice Department and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China.
But all six senators are often on the party’s short lists to challenge Trump in 2020, and they’ve all cemented their following among the liberal grass roots by mounting such a fierce opposition to his nominees….

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My money iOS on Cory Booker right now…

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat even if he hangs with them…

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Trump Pentagon signals support for the A-10 Warhog…

Proper!

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Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration’s view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets.

In the 2018 Pentagon budget plan sent to Congress this week, the Air Force proposed to keep all 283 A-10s flying for the foreseeable future.

Three years ago, the Pentagon proposed scrapping the fleet for what it estimated would be $3.5 billion in savings over five years. Congress said no.

The following year, the military tried again but said the retirement would not be final until 2019. Congress again said no.

Last year, officials backed away a bit further, indicating retirement was still the best option but that it could be put off until 2022.

Now the retirement push is over, and the Warthog’s future appears secure.

“The world has changed,” said Maj. Gen. James F. Martin Jr., the Air Force budget deputy, in explaining decisions to keep aircraft once deemed expendable….

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Barack Obama gets in his punches…

The media call this morning is the Donald Trump has made his first Foreign Trip a ‘Disaster ‘ and it isn’t even finished....

The last  American that had the word President in front of his name is in Europe….

His visit has attracted LARGE crowds and  he , unlike the current American leader, he is warmly embraced…

Barack Obama is making HIS disagreement with the Trump’s style and  views on how things should be….It is as if he is reminding others that Trump is just a temporary aberration in America….

Oh, by the way?

Obama ‘s hanging out WILL help German Merkel….

Trump’s dissing her actually will also ….

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When they realized former President Barack Obama was going to be in Berlin the same day President Donald Trump was going to be in Brussels, Angela Merkel was the one who called the White House to break the news.

The German chancellor invited Obama to the event in front of the Brandenburg Gate last year, before the election. Officially part of a multi-day gathering sponsored by the Protestant church in Germany, focused on youth and highlighting an exchange program between Berlin and Chicago, it was really about letting Obama boost his friend ahead of her fall reelection campaign and begin the international phase of his own post-presidency.

But, as soon as he accepted earlier this year, it also became an integral piece of Obama’s approach to Trump: present the contrast by continuing to pop up, push back on the sense that Trump’s winning while barely saying a word explicitly about Trump.

The only request the former president’s aides made of the organizers of the Berlin event was it not be structured as an Obama versus Trump debate. Other than that, they said, “the conversation can go where it will.”

“In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” Obama said Thursday, in the closest he came to directly taking on his successor.

Obama is aware how much people are searching for Trump attacks in every word he says. He’s just as opposed to Trump’s presidency as he was on the morning of Election Day. How he’s doing this is deliberate.

“Obama has a clear view on how countries, including the U.S., should confront the challenges we all face. He didn’t shy away from making that case as president and he’s not going to now,” said one person close to him. “But not everything needs to be said to be understood — as Woody Allen famously put it, 80 percent is just showing up.”

With his early post-presidency focused on inspiring more young people to get involved civically, he said Thursday of the kind of burn-down-the-establishment that propelled Trump, those who believe “politicians are all corrupt, and institutions are all corrupt … if that’s your attitude, then yes, things will get worse. But it’ll get worse because you did not make the commitment to live out the values and the things you believe in most.”

Obama talked health care and immigration policy. He defended his cautious use of drones in response to a question from a German college student. He urged against militarism and the kind of bigger military budget that Trump has touted — “the national security budget shouldn’t just be seen as military hardware, it should be seen as development, it should be seen as diplomacy,” he said.

While Trump was meeting with European leaders, Obama was cautioning against absolutism and self-assurance….

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When losing IS making Progress….2017 Democrats…

Last night someone here at the PDog said that Gianforte’s win was a ‘blow-out’….

It wasn’t….

It was a 6% win in state that SHOULD have a Republican flexing winning by MORE….

After reading in this morning I found a piece in Axios that should give Democrats a smile….Yes, a Smile….

In the last few Special Elections the Grand Ole party HAS scored wins…But?

Those wins have been consistently by LOWER margins…

Ya gotta crawl before ya walk…

There have been three special elections in the Trump era, and although Democrats have yet to flip a seat, they’ve gained considerable ground in each compared to results in the general.

Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it matters: These are tangible signs of progress for Democrats and indicators that the House could be in play in 2018. Princeton electoral politics statistician Sam Wang, citing a 12-point GOP underperformance in the Kansas race and a 7-point underperformance in Georgia, emails Axios that “even a 5-point underperformance in November 2018 would be enough to put House control within reach for Democrats.”

We’ve seen this before: A similar situation unfolded in 2009 when three blue-state seats opened up following Obama’s win. The GOP gained ground in each of those special elections (without winning), foreshadowing the 2010 midterms when Republicans picked up 63 seats and took control of the House….

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Mueller’s FBI probing the President’s son-in-law’s contacts ….

…drip..Drip….DRIP….

It reaches closer and CLOSER…..

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.

Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.

The FBI’s scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau’s sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but in the Trump family circle. The Washington Post first reported last week that a senior White House official close to Trump was a “person of interest,” but did not name the person. The term “person of interest” has no legal meaning.

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Jared Kushner departs the White House with President Donald Trump on March 15. Win McNamee / Getty Images

The officials said Kushner is in a different category from former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, who are formally considered subjects of the investigation. Records of both Manafort and Flynn have been demanded by grand jury subpoenas, NBC News has reported.

It is not known whether Kushner has received any records requests from federal investigators.

Also unclear is what precisely about Kushner’s activities has drawn the FBI’s interest as it investigates whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russian campaign to interfere in the election. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is now leading the probe as a special counsel….

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Breaking…Federal Appeals Court Keeps Trump Muslin Ban 2.0 on HOLD…

Trump KEEPS striking out on this attempted  action…

President Donald Trump’s executive order barring U.S. entry from six mostly Muslim countries was put on continued hold by a federal appeals court Thursday.

The Richmond, Virginia-based panel said Trump’s prior calls for a ”Muslim ban” could be considered in weighing the legality of the March 6 executive order.

A forerunner of the executive order incited chaos and condemnation when it was rolled out without warning in January. Federal courts soon blocked its enforcement, prompting a re-do. Subsequent controversies have distracted from Trump’s agenda, some by his own doing, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau’s investigation into potential campaign ties to Russia.

Thursday’s ruling is the first of two federal appeals court decisions expected to decide whether the revised travel ban, dubbed, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” is lawful. An appeals panel in Seattle heard argument on May 15. A contradictory ruling would virtually ensure review by the U.S. Supreme Court….

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Trump to NATO Maybe…Depends on if you guys bring the check….

While White House aides peddled the line that President Trump would echo the pledge of EVERY President since the North American Treaty Organization was born ….To back the organization regardless….

Donald Trump has gone back on his campaign feeling that the America wants the countries to shoulder more of the money ….(At least 2% of their GDP which would give the organization more than $100 Billion more in spending)

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Several countries  have spent more…Most have not…

Trump’s failure to strongly back NATO can only be looked at with smiles by the Russians and worry by the Europeans who are NOT happy with Trump’s position…

Mr. Trump’s refusal to say he supports NATO’s common defense provision, known as Article 5, left European diplomats dismayed. Mr. Trump spoke Thursday at the dedication of a NATO memorial devoted to Article 5. He previously raised questions about the U.S. commitment to the provision during his campaign.

Mr. Trump Thursday said allies “owed massive amounts of money” for past years and they have failed to live up to the alliance spending guideline of 2% of gross domestic product.

“We have to make up for many years lost,” Mr. Trump said. ”If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today.”

Had all NATO members spent 2% on defense last year, the alliance would have another $119 billion…..

While European allies regard the NATO guideline as a rough goal to move toward, the U.S. under Mr. Trump has considered it a much firmer requirement.

“2% is the bare minimum for confronting today’s very real and very vicious threats,” Mr. Trump said.

He said 23 of NATO’s 28 members are below the 2% level.

While Mr. Trump didn’t voice unequivocal support for NATO’s common defense provision, he did say the U.S. wouldn’t forsake its allies….

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The Senate gets nervous about Trump’s possible going back to war in the Middle East…

The Generals running Trump’s Defense side have presented a more muscular America in the Middle East…

That would be a ramping up of American men and women going BACK to Iraq, Afghanistan and other place’s like Africa…

Lawmakers aren’t happy to give a President who doesn’t sweat the details unlimited power in military action and will try to set some limits on his actions until comes to them…(And cost the country Billions)

Such votes tend have HUGE political ramifications for US Senators futures….

As President Donald Trump increasingly flexes the might of the military he now controls, the Senate is reviving efforts to claw back some of that authority from the White House.

Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State and other terror groups, aiming to assert more congressional power over the post-9/11 war on terror. Elsewhere in the Capitol, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are unveiling legislation Thursday that would halt some of the arms sales to Saudi Arabia in what Trump’s White House has touted as a $110 billion deal.

The bipartisan efforts aren’t new. Flake and Kaine pushed for an AUMF debate two years ago after President Barack Obama sent lawmakers his own draft of military authorization amid the conflict in Syria. And last fall, Paul forced a vote on a separate arms sale to the Saudis in Obama’s final months in office.

But the renewed efforts show real appetite among Democrats and Republicans to rein in some of the new president’s authority on matters of war, which came into focus with Trump’s missile strikes in Syria last month after a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens, including children.

Trump earned broad praise for the strikes from Capitol Hill, but lawmakers also warned against escalating military action abroad without first getting the approval of Congress. The White House has operated under war resolutions passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002….

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A Conservative questions where should he sign up these days?

RedState runs a piece from a Conservative that is questioning  faith in the  Grand Ole Party and explores other political choices….

Some Conservatives ARE NOT going along with Trump’s Republican Party….

Yesterday’s news that a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from Montana body-slammed a reporter has me pensive once again about where I and other conservatives like me belong.

Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for lifting The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs by the neck and slamming him to the ground hard enough to break his glasses, all because Jacobs asked for a response from the candidate regarding the CBO’s scoring of the American Health Care Act. Newspapers have pulled endorsements in what will hopefully not be the last of the repercussions for Gianforte’s conduct. (Hat tip to Andrea Ruth for such a fantastic job following this story.)

One congressional candidate, who is already facing swift and harsh backlash — some social media defenders notwithstanding — is only one straw, but it’s just the latest in a series that has made it harder and harder to take the Republican Party seriously anymore. Founder of the Gianforte Family Foundation, whose mission it is to “support the work of faith-based organizations engaged in outreach work, strengthening families, and helping the needy,” Gianforte also has worked with Focus on the Family and donated over a million dollars to a creationist museum. He is a poster child for political engagement by a conservative Christian entrepreneur.

And this becomes his witness.

Liberals punch people and set fire to tires in order not to provide a platform to views they don’t like too, so violence as a solutionto ideological challenges is largely the order of the day in American politics. Without a doubt, it is a pervasive problem across the spectrum.

Yet in spite of the if-it-bleeds-it-leads bias toward reporting the outrageous, I argue that the biggest problem in the American political system is that there is an overwhelming lack of seriousness. It infects the GOP at least as much as any other party, and when it sufficiently debilitates its host, the host sees only escalating absurdity as the way forward.

I remain a registered Republican. Certainly I approve of a greater number of GOP politicians — Ben Sasse, Mike Lee, my own state of Michigan’s lieutenant governor, Brian Calley, for example — than of any other party, but that is mostly due to the fact that the only rival to the Republican Party in size is the Democratic Party. Before I’m a Republican, I’m a conservative, but the movement and its party manifestations over the past five, but especially two, years have threatened to return it to the laughable status it maintained prior to the work Bill Buckley and so many others did to make it intellectually respectable — and elect Ronald Reagan.

Kristen Soltis Anderson at The Washington Examiner recently highlighted the fact that young people are abandoning the GOP ship like it just hit an iceberg. In 18 months, 23 percent of those 18-29 defected from the party and have not returned. As no course correction appears forthcoming, there’s no reason to expect that to change any time soon.

From personal experience, I can attest to the fact that Christians under forty are marching out of the Republican tent, because they are finding it difficult to reconcile their faith with a party whose titular head shows a callous disregard for the very minorities and vulnerable people we conservatives told ourselves our policies best served….

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Manchester bombing case American Media leaks cause problems for Trump…

The American media has publicized the crime scene images from the Manchester concert bombing…

The cops there are NOT happy…

The British have declined to provide more info on the case , the media is reporting (I seriously doubt this is actually true ion the intel level)….

Trump has just ordered a probe into how the name got to the American media…

Leaks have been trouble for Trump recently….

President Trump on Thursday condemned “leaks of sensitive information,” responding to a complaint by Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, over disclosures of details from the investigation into Britain’s deadliest terrorist attack since 2005.

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “These leaks have been going on for a long time, and my administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.”

He added: “I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and, if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Unauthorized disclosures have dogged Mr. Trump, who has regularly and angrily criticized leaks from his government. In his first month in office, he called for a Justice Department investigation into what he said were “criminal leaks.” But two dimensions of the latest controversy are new: The disclosures in this case are about a terrorism investigation led by a foreign ally, and the British government has brought its complaints to a receptive audience.

In a statement, Mrs. May’s office said she would bring up the matter at a NATO gathering in Brussels on Thursday evening and would “make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure.”….

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