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Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68

Remembering the legendary Charles Krauthammer Fox News political commentator, Pulitzer Prize winning writer and New York Times bestselling author just scrape the surface in describing the life and career of Charles Krauthammer. A look back at the life and career of the prolific political legend. Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, died Thursday. He was 68. His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you n...

‘Extraordinary’ Strzok removal shows FBI agents in crosshairs from IG probe

Peter Strzok’s abrupt removal from his FBI office this week signaled that the Justice Department inspector general’s work already is leading to consequences for bureau officials ensnared in various probes — with potentially more repercussions to come.  Strzok, who worked on both the Clinton email and Russia probes, was escorted from the FBI on Tuesday, following a referral for further investigation from DOJ IG Michael Horowitz. The watchdog, as part of his Clinton case review, found that Strzok and four other FBI employees sent “hostile” anti-Trump messages on bureau devices. The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility is expected to further investigate the findings against the five FBI employees. “A referral certainly is very serious and they will investigate the accusatio...

DOJ employee among those heckling DHS boss Nielsen, report says

Allison Hrabar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who attended the protest against Nielsen over the controversial border law enforcement, was revealed to be a paralegal specialist at the DOJ.  (Twitter) One of the socialist protesters who accosted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday at a Mexican restaurant has been exposed as a Department of Justice employee. Allison Hrabar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who attended the protest against Nielsen over the controversial border law enforcement, was revealed to be a paralegal specialist at the DOJ, the Washington Examiner reported. “It feels really good to confront people who are actually responsible, which is what we have a unique opportunity to do in D.C.,” the DOJ worker told the outlet. ...

Immigration fight is no picnic: Reps brawl, Dems jeer and cops search for Trump-accosting intern

President Trump issued a big executive order Wednesday. He canceled the congressional picnic. Considering the contretemps on Capitol Hill the past few days, it’s no surprise Trump nixed the fete scheduled for the South Lawn of the White House tonight. “It didn’t feel exactly right to me,” said the president. The decision comes amid the firestorm over separating migrant children from their parents. Trump noted that lawmakers were struggling with immigration legislation on Capitol Hill. “We’ll make it another time when things are going extremely well,” said the president. Trump’s decision to postpone the picnic disappointed lawmakers. The picnic is always a bipartisan affair where lawmakers of both parties flock to the White House with their families. The administration transforms the ...

Democrat ‘welcomes’ VP Pence to Philadelphia with one-finger salute

A Philadelphia legislator stirred controversy for a social media post of him flipping off Vice President Mike Pence.  (Facebook) A Pennsylvania state lawmaker posted a mocking “welcome” to Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, accompanied by a stiff middle-finger salute. The post by state Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat from Philadelphia, came as Pence was in town for a fundraising event for the Republican Governors Association, PhillyVoice reported. The event drew scores of protesters.  Sims, 39, who is Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state legislator, apparently saw an opportunity to please his base of supporters.  “OFFICIAL WELCOME: @MikePenceVP let me be the first to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love and to my District!” Sims’ Facebook and Twitter post read. “We’re...

Democrats slam Trump’s executive order for detaining families ‘indefinitely’

Democrats expressed concerns Wednesday about President Trump’s executive order, which will allow parents who have crossed the U.S. border illegally to remain with their children. The move, some Democrats argued, simply detains illegal immigrants “indefinitely.” The order Trump signed allows children to stay in detention with their parents for an extended period of time. It does not, however, end the “zero-tolerance” policy that criminally prosecutes adults entering the country without proper documentation. TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO STOP FAMILY SEPARATIONS AT BORDER Trump’s order came after he and other officials repeatedly said only Congress had the power to stop children and their parents from being separated. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted We...

Seattle City Hall expanding to house homeless after ‘head tax’ flop

Seattle lawmakers, after being pressured by business leaders to repeal a controversial tax meant to address the city’s homeless problem, have a brand new plan — turn City Hall’s lobby into a homeless shelter. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a plan expanding the number of housing and shelter units by 25 percent. That includes an extra 100 spaces at City Hall. “When people have access to shelter, they’re more likely to take advantage of services like behavioral health, hygiene services, and employment support, and then move to permanent housing,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. “We all have to contribute to solutions to this crisis, which is why we’re opening City Hall [to] more people each night.” KOMO News reports that the ...

Comey hits back at Clinton, won’t apologize to her over email probe

James Comey fired back this week at Hillary Clinton after the former secretary of state cited the Justice Department inspector general report on her email case to challenge the premise of the investigation itself.  Clinton did so in a terse, snarky tweet following the release of the nearly 600-page report, which accused the former FBI director of defying the chain of command during the email probe. It also said he, too, used a personal email account for some government business.  “But my emails,” Clinton tweeted, in response to a reporter tweet about Comey’s use of a “gmail” account — a slap at the outrage over her private email server and the FBI probe itself.  But during an interview in Berlin this week, Comey was asked whether he would apologize to Clinton — and refused. He ...

Marsha Blackburn says liberals, liberal judges to blame for US-Mexico border mess

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn pointed the finger Tuesday at “liberals” and “liberal judges,” blaming them for the family separations underway at the U.S.-Mexico border. “As a mother,” the Tennessee Republican said in a statement released by her office, “my heart breaks for the families who are separated at the border, but we are in this position because liberals would not pay to enforce our immigration laws or build appropriate facilities for asylum-seekers.” “As a mother, my heart breaks for the families who are separated at the border, but we are in this position because liberals would not pay to enforce our immigration laws or build appropriate facilities for asylum-seekers.” – U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. Blackburn, who’s running for a U.S. Senate seat this year, implie...

FBI may have modified witness reports, misled DOJ watchdog with ‘false information,’ GOP Rep says

The FBI may have “edited and changed” key witness reports in the Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations, a top House Republican charged in a hearing into FBI and Justice Department misconduct Tuesday. Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, also raised the possibility that the FBI misled the DOJ watchdog in an attempt to hide the identities of FBI employees who were caught sending anti-Trump messages. The House Judiciary and Oversight committees were questioning Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz over his bombshell report into FBI and DOJ misconduct during the Hillary Clinton email probe. “The other thing that I would ask you to look into, there is growing evidence that 302s were edited and changed,” Meadows told Horowitz. “Those 302s, it is s...

Federal judge tosses Kansas voter ID law, orders state’s top prosecutor to undergo legal training

Voter fraud in Kansas State announces first conviction by a non-US citizen; ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ with the latest A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications. In an extraordinary rebuke, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson also ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to complete an additional six hours of legal education on top of other requirements before he can renew his law license for the upcoming year. She imposed the sanction for his numerous disclosure violations. The 118-page decision came in two consolidated cases challenging a Kansas voter registration law requiring people to provide documen...

FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘escorted’ from FBI building, lawyer confirms

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent under fire over a series of anti-Trump text messages, was “escorted” from the FBI building, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday. Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, argued that even though his client has “played by the rules,” he has been targeted by “unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks.” “All of this seriously calls into question the impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence,” a statement from Goelman said. He said that Strzok “has complied with every FBI procedure, including being escorted from the building as part of the ongoing internal proceedings.” The attorney did not say exactly when Strzok was...