Treasury employee charged with leaking financial info on Trump team was arrested with flash drive in hand

Comment by Jim Campbell

November 14thm 2018

Finally the Trump Administration is lowering the boom on those who leak information damaging to the country.

Yes my recommended dealing with this woman and others is a bit harsh according to the U.S. Constitution, but members in the Administration of “No Justice,” could say they forgot.

Seem’s to work from the Democrats all of the time.

It would not be the first time.

 

 

I see no problem for setting an example with this woman, obviously a Democrat with the hope that would deter others who might want to take part in such a unAmerican  act.

This is treason pure and simple.

Under Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them Aid and Comfort has committed treason within the meaning of the Constitution.

The term aid and comfort refers to any act that manifests a betrayal of allegiance to the United States, such as furnishing enemies with arms, troops, transportation, shelter, or classified information.

If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given. (Source)

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards  has been caught crossing a very dangerous line, one that may well land her in prison for a long time along with substantial fines.

 

 

The top Treasury Department employee who was charged Wednesday with leaking confidential financial documents pertaining to former Trump officials was apprehended the previous evening with a flash drive containing the allegedly pilfered information in her hand, prosecutors said in court papers.

The dramatic arrest late Tuesday came on the heels of other high-profile, leak-related prosecutions under the Trump administration, which has pledged to go on the offensive against leakers that the president has called “traitors and cowards.”

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, a senior official at the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), is accused of illegally giving a reporter bank reports documenting several suspicious financial transactions, known as Suspicious Activity Reports(“SARs”), from October 2017 to the present.

The financial transactions involved Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, campaign official Richard Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and the Russian Embassy, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official at the department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as FinCEN, is accused of leaking several confidential suspicious activity reports to a journalist. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office)

 

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official at the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as Fin CEN, is accused of leaking several confidential suspicious activity reports to a journalist. (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office)

An unidentified, higher-ranking Treasury colleague was cited in court papers as a co-conspirator with Edwards, but was not charged.

That person, identified only as an “associate director” at Fin CEN to whom Edwards reported, exchanged more than 300 messages with a reporter via an encrypted messaging application.

Edwards saved thousands of SARs, “along with thousands of other files containing sensitive government information,” to a government-provided flash drive, prosecutors said.

She transmitted the SARs to the reporter by “taking photographs of them and texting the photographs” using an encrypted application, according to charging documents, which said Edwards eventually confessed to doing so.

 FBI agents obtained a pen register and trap and trace order for Edwards’ cellphone during their investigation.

The files were allegedly saved to a folder on the flash drive with the file path “Debacle\Emails\Asshat.”

“Edwards is not known to be involved in any official Fin CEN project or task bearing these file titles or code names,” federal authorities said.

The flash drive contained not only SARs, but also “highly sensitive material relating to Russia, Iran, and the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” prosecutors said.

During her interviews with FBI agents, Edwards initially denied any contact with the news media, and called herself a “whistleblower” who saved the SARs for “record-keeping,” according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors said Edwards had previously filed an unrelated whistleblower complaint, and had been in touch with congressional staffers regarding that complaint.

The journalist’s name Edwards allegedly spoke with was not disclosed in court papers.

But the documents list about a dozen stories published by Buzzfeed News over the past year-and-a half, including an article headlined, “GOP Operative Made ‘Suspicious’ Cash Withdrawals During Pursuit of Clinton Emails.” 

Another article was titled, “These 13 Wire Transfers Are A Focus of the FBI Probe Into Paul Manafort.”

The most recent Buzzfeed article cited in the charging documents was published on Monday.

“A review to date, pursuant to a judicially-authorized search warrant executed today, of Edwards’ personal cellphone has revealed that the cellphone contains the substance of many of these communications, including … communications in which Edwards transmitted or described” SARs to a reporter, FBI Special Agent Emily Eckstut wrote in an arrest warrant application submitted Tuesday.

“At the time she was questioned, Edwards was also in possession of a flash drive that appeared to be the same drive on which she saved the SARs,” Eckstut added.

A spokesman for Buzzfeed declined to comment.

The case is apparently the first criminal prosecution arising from leaks about individuals targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the course of its Russia investigation.

Manafort was found guilty earlier this year of various bank and tax crimes; his associate, Gates, pleaded guilty.

In a hearing Wednesday afternoon, federal magistrate judge Theresa Buchanan released Edwards, subject to the custody of her parents.

She and her parents also signed a $100,000 bond as part of her release.

 

Edwards, who appeared in court wearing street clothes, faces two charges (one for unlawful disclosure and one for conspiring to unlawfully disclose), each one carrying a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine.

She is due back in court Nov. 2.

Edwards is currently on administrative leave at Treasury, Fin Cen spokesman Steve Hudak said.

Banks must file the suspicious activity reports with the Treasury Department when they spot transactions that raise questions about possible financial misconduct such as money laundering, but federal law strictly limits their disclosure.

“Today’s action demonstrates that those who fail to protect the integrity of government information will be rightfully held accountable.”

 

— FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr.

Over the summer, senators flagged an apparent leaking problem at the Treasury Department that they said raised “serious” concerns.

In a letter sent in June, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, requested that Treasury Department Inspector General Eric Thorson investigate the apparent leak of a confidential request for SARs that Senate investigators had made to the Treasury Department as part of their probe into election interference.

The Senate Judiciary Committee made the confidential request in a letter in September 2017, and the letter was described publicly in media reports the next month.

“If an official at the Treasury Department leaked the letter in an attempt to obstruct a Congressional investigation, that would be a serious matter,” Grassley wrote.

“There is some indication this may be a recurring problem.

While I do not know if there is any connection, I note that there have been other stories relying on Treasury officials who were unauthorized to speak to the media and detailing another Committee’s requests for SARs relating to its Russia investigation.

I also understand that your office has opened an investigation into the apparent leak of SARs related to Michael Cohen to Michael Avenatti.”

Edwards has not been charged in that apparent leak, and there are no indications that she or her unidentified alleged co-conspirator at the Treasury Department were involved in it.

“In her position, Edwards was entrusted with sensitive government information.  

As we allege here today, Edwards violated that trust when she made several unauthorized disclosures to the media,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.

“Today’s action demonstrates that those who fail to protect the integrity of government information will be rightfully held accountable for their behavior.”

SENATE INTELLIGENCE STAFFER WHO DATED NYT REPORTER PLEADS GUILTY TO LYING TO FBI IN LEAK INVESTIGATION

 

 

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, where the criminal complaint was filed, said Edwards “betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information.”

Edwards also sent the reporter internal Treasury Department emails, investigative memos and intelligence assessments, prosecutors allege.

U.S. v. Natalie Edwards Complaint by Fox News on Scribd

 

According to court papers, federal investigators obtained a court order to monitor the calls to and from the cellphone of the unnamed associate director who allegedly conspired with Edwards.

That monitoring captured the frequency of contacts with the reporter via the encrypted messaging application.

Court papers do not detail the contents of those messages.

 

“Protecting sensitive information is one of our most critical responsibilities, and it is a role that we take very seriously,” said Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

STRZOK-PAGE TEXTS REVEAL FBI’S  ‘MEDIA LEAK STRATEGY’

 

 

The prosecution is the latest in a series of leak-related prosecutions brought by the Trump administration, which has vowed to combat unauthorized disclosures.

Strzok, McCabe FACING 10 YEARS!! Rep. Gohmert Just confirmed their worst nightmare.

 

 

Earlier this year, President Trump said that “leakers are traitors and cowards,” and he vowed that “we will find out who they are!”

Edwards’ arrest comes after a former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee pleaded guilty to one count of giving a false statement to FBI agents looking into leaks of national security information to several reporters — including one now at the New York Times whom he dated before she joined the paper.

James Wolfe, who served as the Senate panel’s security director, lied to the FBI in December 2017 about contacts he had with three reporters, according to a statement of offense released Monday as part of his guilty plea.

 He also allegedly lied about giving two reporters non-public information about committee matters.

His guilty plea on Monday to one count means that the other two counts against him will be dismissed.

And, just weeks ago, once-secret text messages revealed that anti-Trump ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had discussed a “media leak strategy” amid the Russia probe.

Strzok and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe were both fired for their conduct during that probe.

“I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go,” Strzok texted Page on April 10, 2017, according to Meadows, who cited newly produced documents from the Justice Department.

On April 22, Strzok wrote, “article is out! Well done, Page,” and on April 12 he told her that two negative articles about Page’s “namesake” would soon come out, according to Meadows.

That was an apparent reference to Carter Page, the former Trump adviser whom the FBI surveilled for months after obtaining a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

Republicans have charged that the FBI provided misleading or inaccurate information to the FISA court to obtain the warrant.

In particular, the FBI incorrectly suggested to the FISA court that a Yahoo News article provided an independent basis to monitor Page, when that article relied on the same source the FBI had cited earlier: ex-spy Christopher Steele, who worked for a firm hired by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Page, on Monday announced he was suing the DNC and other entities for allegedly spreading false and defamatory reports about his supposed dealings with Russians.

“There have been so many lies, and look at the damage it did to our democratic systems and our institutions of government back in 2016,” Page told Fox News’ “Hannity” this week. “And I’m just trying to get some justice.”

Well that didn’t seem to work out for her too well did it?

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Trial of ‘El Chapo’ Poses Unprecedented Challenges

Comment by Jim Campbell

November 13, 2018

Seriously, who’s going to miss this guy, his wife?

 

 The former Emma Coronel Aispuro

Of course he married Miss Sinaloa the pageant beauty queen.

She will be content to live with the pool boy with the billions in drug money he has stashed away.

What is the United States Justice Department trying to prove?

With all those at risk this ruthless drug dealing murderer would get a fair and safe trial at GITMO.

Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo,” is head of the Sinaloa cartel, the world’s most powerful drug-trafficking organization.

Why not try him at GITMO?

It would save a great deal of time and money.

Sentencing him there  for life and a day would be an excellent touch.

Of course his gang would try to break him out, no problem, just more target practice on inhuman reprobates who should have died long ago.

Who Is ‘El Chapo?’

Born in Mexico, Joaquín Guzmán Loera entered the drug trade as a teenager. Nicknamed “El Chapo” (or “Shorty” for his 5’6″ height) he founded the Sinaloa cartel in 1989, over time building it into an immensely profitable global drug-trafficking operation.

Known for his violent actions and powerful influence, Guzmán has successfully orchestrated daring escapes from maximum-security prisons in his home country.

 

 

 

One such escape came in July 2015, although he was recaptured the following January in the Mexican city of Los Mochis.

From closing down the Brooklyn Bridge to protecting jurors, New York City braces for its most high-risk trial in years.

 

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

By Nicole Hong and Zolan Kanno-Youngs

New York City is no stranger to high-profile criminal trials, but few defendants have presented the challenges posed by Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, one of the most infamous criminals in modern history.

Opening statements in Mr. Guzmán’s trial will begin today, Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., an undertaking that will require a virtually unprecedented law-enforcement effort to ensure the safety of government witnesses, jurors, other New Yorkers and Mr. Guzmán himself.

A 17-count indictment, which spans nearly three decades of alleged criminal activity, accuses Mr. Guzmán of building a multibillion-dollar international narcotics empire, through murder and violence, as the leader of the Sinaloa cartel. Mr. Guzmán, 61 years old, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Before his extradition last year to New York, Mr. Guzmán escaped twice from maximum-security prisons in Mexico, including in 2015 when he crawled through a tunnel prison workers had dug into the shower of his cell.

Law-enforcement officials say this potentially is the most high-risk trial New York City has handled since the terrorism trials two decades ago of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

 

 

A motorcade escorting Mr. Guzmán back to jail in Manhattan after a court appearance last month in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. Photo: timothy a. clary/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

“In some ways, this case is unprecedented,” wrote U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan, who is overseeing Mr. Guzmán’s trial, in a recent ruling. “The amount of public attention has been extraordinary.”

The trial is expected to last three to four months.

Last week, the judge denied Mr. Guzmán’s request to briefly hug his wife, former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro, on the first day of trial.

Although the judge said he was sympathetic and noted Mr. Guzmán “has displayed considerable grace under pressure,” he also said Mr. Guzmán’s motivation to escape might be particularly strong right before trial.

Under Watch

Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will be subject to a high level of security when his trial begins.

Metropolitan Correctional Center

Living in solitary confinement

MANHATTAN

1,000 feet

East River

Closed to transport

He’ll be taken by armored vehicle flanked by police escorts on Mondays, returning on Fridays.

BROOKLYN

Brooklyn courthouse

Trial to be conducted here

Police escort

Snipers will be stationed on rooftops along the 2-mile route, and New York Police Department helicopters will occasionally follow the escort.

Somewhere in Brooklyn

During the week, he is expected to stay at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn.

Note: Timing and route could change as new circumstances arise.

Source: Law enforcement officials

A major logistical hurdle concerns transporting Mr. Guzmán to the courthouse.

Since his extradition in January 2017, he has been living in solitary confinement at Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, widely regarded as the most secure pretrial facility in the U.S.

Mr. Guzmán will travel in an armored vehicle flanked by police escorts to his Brooklyn trial on Mondays and return on Fridays, a law-enforcement official said. During the week, he is expected to stay at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn.

Snipers will be stationed on rooftops along the 2-mile route, and New York Police Department helicopters will occasionally follow the escort, officials say.

Police have closed the entire Brooklyn Bridge whenever Mr. Guzmán needed to be transported to pretrial hearings in Brooklyn over the past year.

Officials said the timing and route could change as new circumstances arise.

Although there are no credible threats against New York City, officials are concerned about the possibility of an assassination attempt against Mr. Guzmán, and the NYPD’s intelligence division has been communicating with confidential cartel sources to monitor any threats, according to a law-enforcement official.

A 12-person jury was selected last week; most of the jurors said they recognized “El Chapo” from news reports or crime television shows.

The jury is anonymous, meaning jurors’ names and other personal details won’t be publicly released.

Each day, federal marshals will transport them to and from the courthouse.

One prospective juror was dismissed after he tried to get Mr. Guzmán’s autograph, while another was let go because his job as a Michael Jackson impersonator potentially made him too identifiable.

Another had a panic attack in the jury room and was taken to the hospital.

The Mexican government released body camera video worn by Marines during the raid that led to the capture and arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The Mexican drug lord was captured after a shootout on Jan. 8, 2016 in Los Mochis, Mexico. AP (Originally published Jan. 11, 2016)

The judge said one woman, after being picked for the jury, cried to the judge, expressing fears about her identity being revealed.

She remains on the jury.

Prosecutors presented credible reasons to believe the jury needs protection, the judge wrote in an order.

The government said a group of prisoners in California released a video after Mr. Guzmán’s extradition pledging to be “hitmen who are going to take care of” him.

Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers said there is no evidence Mr. Guzmán has the “actual current ability to harm jurors.”

The indictment alleges Mr. Guzmán employed “sicarios,” or hit men, who carried out murders, kidnappings and other acts of violence to discipline cartel members and silence cooperating witnesses.

Some government witnesses who will testify at trial “live in hiding at locations that the government and the witnesses have taken measures to keep secret from the cartel,” according to court filings.

 

 

Members of the defense team arriving for the start of jury selection on Nov. 5. Photo: eduardo munoz/Reuters

Whatever happened to black chauffeur driven limos?

Following Mr. Guzmán’s recapture in 2016, Mexico agreed to extradite him to New York.

His two escapes had tarnished public perceptions of the Mexican government’s law-enforcement capacities.

The U.S. promised not to seek the death penalty against him.

Mr. Guzmán’s defense team, led by A. Eduardo Balarezo, is experienced in drug-trafficking and mob cases.

One of his attorneys is Jeffrey Lichtman, who secured an acquittal for John A. Gotti, son of the notorious Mafia boss.

One defense strategy may be to prolong the trial, legal experts say, increasing the possibility of jurors becoming confused by the government’s narrative.

Prosecutors have said the trial will take months because the defense has refused to agree to the authenticity of certain evidence, such as AK-47 rifles, forcing the government to call extra witnesses.

Mr. Guzmán’s defense team also is expected to challenge the reliability of cooperating witnesses by highlighting their criminal pasts.

Mr. Guzmán has argued repeatedly since extradition that his strict conditions of confinement are causing physical and mental deterioration, preventing him from properly assisting his lawyers with his defense.

His legal team has cited frigid cell temperature, lack of clean blankets, isolation from other inmates—and the fact that his only reading materials are trial evidence.

Prosecutors say they have accommodated some of his requests.

For instance, after he said the jail’s tap water was irritating his throat, the Bureau of Prisons allowed him to buy bottled water from the commissary.

 

 

Mr. Guzmán’s twin daughters and wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, right, walking to the courthouse in Brooklyn last February. Photo: brendan mcdermid/Reuters

Soon after Mr. Guzmán’s extradition, his lawyers complained that he hadn’t been allowed to watch television in the exercise room because the jail was still looking for “suitable programming, such as videos from the National Geographic Channel.”

His twin 7-year-old daughters have visited him under government monitoring.

During one visit, the agent interrupted to say Mr. Guzmán couldn’t tell his daughters to give his greetings to their mother, the defense said.

Among the only human physical contact Mr. Guzmán has had since his extradition, his lawyers said, is when jail personnel touch his shackles.

 

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Forget the Sweet Talk–Both Parties Will Go to the Mat: The War is On

Comment by Jim Campbell

November 13th, 2018

Did anyone seriously believe it could or would be any other way?

Nancy Pelosi’s word is as useful as a week old diaper worn by the same baby.

 

 

Does anyone who understands U.S. politics believe President Trump would roll over for the vapid one?

Her party has no platform.

If they did they would be talking about it to their constituents who for the most part wouldn’t care or understand as long as the free stuff that isn’t free keeps rolling in. 

The war is on for 2020.

 

 

How many times did she contradict herself in the video above?

Does this senile old blister have  a clue what she is talking about?

Does she seriously believe that the house can have a significant impact on pharmaceutical pricing?

 

 

A conciliatory President Trump is dancing on very thin ice if he continues to harass the nations pharmaceutical industry on their pricing.

(Source)

Sadly for those of us who enjoy the entertainment, Pelosi and her junta is about to lead what is relevantly left in her party into the abyss.

 

Real Clear Politics

Charles Lipson

November 13, 2018

“We have two years to show we can make things work,” Republican Mike Braun told Indiana voters in his Senate victory speech.

He is wildly optimistic.

Both parties are already on war footing, and, barring divine intervention, they will remain that way until 2020.

Their only bipartisanship is a shared commitment to push hard positions favored by their activist bases and enraged donors.

President Trump’s unprecedented fight with the legacy media deepens the division.

He attacks with ferocity; they take the bait, fill the airwaves with unremitting criticism, and crush underfoot the wall between hard-news reporting and opinion.

Calls for compromise ring hollow from the politicians who make them.

In the same speech, they often issue a call-to-arms, as Nancy Pelosi did in claiming victory.

 

Please see the entire article below.

 

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Would you sentence these teen age boys to twenty years of hard labor?

By Jim Campbell

November 12, 2018

Yes, these teen age kids deserve some serious punishment.

They need the discipline afforded by The United States Marine Corps or the U.S. Army.

 

 

Sending to prison is inappropriate and overkill.

 

 

 Absolutely the kids are juvenile delinquents.

Should they be sentenced to life in prison for being and acting stupidly?

It’s your choice please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks, J.C.

 

 

They rolled on their friend to avoid the charge of second degree murder to manslaughter which will all them to return, hopefully, productively to society.

Yes, this is the social liberal in me creeping out.

It causes the taxpayers likely less to have the military deal with them than to keep them in prison.

 

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Tell US Again Who They Are?

Comment by Jim Campbell

November 13, 2018

It’s bad enough we have to witness the Democrats attempt with no shame what-so-ever to dismantle the sacred idea of America, pretending all the while, in the name of free and fair elections to proceed making a mockery of our system by stealing elections right in front of our eyes.

 

Well, that’s likely to be a long time.

So-called “Everyday Americans,” see no need to follow your deviancy from the norm downward.

 

 

The same Americans proclaim their liberal tolerance as their followers Brown shirt and Jack boot their way through our culture.

These same fools are against the death penalty but pro-abortion which of course is legal under the U.S. Constitution.

These same people support without hesitation the grand scheme portending the rapidly advancing death of mother earth by academic grant money fueled pseudoscience and dystopian Sci-Fi novel fear mongering, some even claiming man-made global warming deniers should be punished for their thought crimes.
And let’s not forget their “race is just a social construct.”
But who are really the deniers of true proven science? The Deniers of Genetics and Biology.
Democrats: ‘Cruel and Unscientific’ to Define Legal Sex by Biology.
Breitbart

It is “cruel and unscientific” to define a person’s legal sex by their biology, says a pro-transgender complaint signed by 98 Democratic House legislators.

Seriously?

I would have bet many of them are going through the process !

The Democrats’ statement was sent to President Donald Trump’s administration after the New York Times reported that the administration will formally clarify that the sex of people involved in sex-discrimination legal fights will be based on their male or female body.

Trump’s biology-determines-sex policy “makes it clear that members of this administration are willing to … solidify an archaic, dogmatic, and alarming view of the world,” the Democrats complain their letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Democrats and transgender advocates want government agencies to let people define their legal sex by declaring their internal feeling of male or female “gender identity,” regardless of their male or female body and biology.

Yet there is no scientific or legal measure of “gender identity.”

And these hair balls just took over the United States House of Representatives with voters who are equally dense.

This identity-beats-biology change would erase any recognition of biological women and biological men from the law.

Trump’s biology-determines-sex policy would preserve the nation’s existing law and culture that accepts the near-universal view that that women and men are legally equal but also different and complementary.

The letter also gaslights Americans by pretending that the law already defines sex by “gender identity.”

This pretense allows the Democrats to claim that Trump’s “re-defining [sex] raises countless practical, legal, and medical questions.

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Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientists

Comment by Jim Campbell

November 13, 2018

Here we go again, follow the money.

I make it appoint to stay away from this concept because it is in no way scientifically sound.

 

 

I’ve made the exception here as it lays down excellent evidences showing so-called, “Man Caused Global Warming,” a fraud.

“It could happen in a matter of months,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Whoever pays for the research gets the results they are paying for.

More from NOAA (Source)

“The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age,” wrote Dr Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on 27 Sep 2018.

Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding, says Phillips, editor of spaceweather.com.

Data from NASA’s TIMED satellite show that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere.

To help track the latest developments, Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center and his colleagues recently introduced the “Thermosphere Climate Index.”

The Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI) tells how much heat nitric oxide (NO) molecules are dumping into space. During Solar Maximum, TCI is high (meaning “Hot”); during Solar Minimum, it is low (meaning “Cold”).

“Right now, it is very low indeed … 10 times smaller than we see during more active phases of the solar cycle,” says Mlynczak

 

The Thermosphere Climate Index by Mlynczak and colleagues.
Displays times of Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, and Hot since 1940.

Record cold in a matter of months

“If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold,” says Mlynczak.

“We’re not there quite yet, but it could happen in a matter of months.”

 

The TIMED satellite monitoring the temperature of the upper atmosphere

 

 

This is all pseudoscience and should no be taken seriously.

With all the fake news we are exposed to daily, there are just a few things I certain of.

 

Barrack Obama, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton should be in Prison for the rest of their lives.

Of course, Hillary has other plans.

 

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President Trump will remove Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Comment by Jim Campbell

November 12, 2018

According to sources who spoke with the Breitbart News Trump has told his closest advisers that he will remove Nielsen from DHS, canceling a border trip scheduled for this week with the former George W. Bush official.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 08:(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

 

The Divisions repeated failures to detect potential items that could bring an airliner even when they knew they were being inspected has been woeful. (Source)

Replace them with returning veterans who would act intelligently and politely.

They understand the meaning of the words Homeland Security.

President Trump is planning to remove Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, potentially in the coming weeks, a new report claims.

“The announcement could come as soon as this week, three of these officials said,” the Breitbart alleges alleges.

Chief of Staff John Kelly

Breitbart News Service

John Binder

November 12, 2018

 

Attempting to thwart Nielsen’s removal from the DHS position is Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, who successfully lobbied for Nielsen’s appointment to the agency last year despite her having no experience dealing with the issue of immigration.

Nielsen has also failed to implement Trump’s “America First” agenda, allowing the business lobby to import more low-skilled foreign workers to take blue-collar U.S. jobs.

Trump’s allies in the administration have blasted Nielsen in the past as a “Never Trumper” who does not support the president’s nationalist-populist immigration agenda.

Perhaps the only time in his political career, Senator Dick Turbin, leftist from Il. has made any sense at all may be seen in the video below.

He’s 74 years-old and has fed off our tax dollars since 1983.

 

 

Seriously, it’s time to get the hook for Durbin !

Sources have previously told Breitbart News that they believe Nielsen’s firing could lead to Kelly’s resignation, noting that the two are each other’s closest allies in the White House.

As Breitbart News has chronicled, Nielsen has failed to deter illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and has had to deal with a string of migrant caravans from Central America arriving at the southern border.

Reforms at the border, specifically with asylum rules, have been dealt with by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions while Nielsen has said repeatedly that there is only so much her agency can do as far as building Trump’s proposed border wall and stopping caravans of migrants.

 

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Justice Department Poised to Issue Favorable Legal Opinion Supporting Whitaker Appointment

Comment by Jim Campbell

November 13, 2018

You may remember from a previous posting that Matt Whitaker said he would prosecute Hillary Clinton. (Source)

There are soft ball interviews and there are softball interviews.

This is not one of them, Chris Wallace grills Kellyanne  Conway.

Can the reader see CNN, CNBC, MSNB airing a video and story like this?

Of course not, if we want a shot at honest reporting, look to FOX News.

 

 

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker greeted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday after Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. 

The Wall Street Journal

By Sadie Gurman and Byron Tau

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is expected to publish a legal opinion in support of Matthew Whitaker’s installation as acting attorney general as early as Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter said, following questions about whether he can legally serve in the role.

The department’s Office of Legal Counsel is expected to say that President Trump had the ability to appoint Mr. Whitaker, the person said.

Mr. Whitaker took over last week as an interim successor to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions when Mr. Sessions was ousted by Mr. Trump.

 

 

The opinion is expected to support the Trump administration’s position that the president’s authority to tap Mr. Whitaker is affirmed by guidance the office issued in 2003.

At that time, the office concluded that President George W. Bush could name a non-confirmed employee of the Office of Management and Budget as the agency’s acting director.

The OMB director, like the attorney general, is a principal officer of the federal government.

The 2003 opinion avoided that problem by defining an acting director as an “inferior officer,” who under Supreme Court precedent doesn’t require Senate approval to be appointed.

Critics from across the ideological spectrum have said Mr. Whitaker’s appointment is a potentially invalid end-run around the Senate’s power to provide “advice and consent” on senior executive-branch nominations.

Others have said Mr. Whitaker’s appointment was lawful under a statute called the Vacancies Reform Act.

In addition, others say Mr. Whitaker’s ties to a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and his history of critical comments about that inquiry raise questions about his impartiality and his ability to supervise it.

The special counsel is designed to be insulated from political considerations.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Mr. Whitaker would follow “all appropriate processes and procedures,” including consulting with senior ethics officials on “his oversight responsibilities and matters that may warrant recusal.”

The Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion is unlikely to quell the debate over Mr. Whitaker’s leadership.

The appointment could still face a legal challenge that, if successful, could invalidate actions Mr. Whitaker takes as acting attorney general.

Officials in acting capacities are often viewed as placeholders who don’t pursue policy initiatives until a permanent official is confirmed by the Senate.

Even if short-lived, the appointment of Mr. Whitaker, who was Mr. Sessions’ chief of staff, could have far-reaching consequences, including for the Mueller investigation.

Congressional Democrats on Monday asked the Justice Department to detail any ethics advice Mr. Whitaker has sought or received since taking office, including questions about his supervision of the Russia probe.

“The official supervising the Special Counsel investigation must be—in both fact and appearance—independent and impartial.

Regrettably, Mr. Whitaker’s statements indicate a clear bias against the investigation that would cause a reasonable person to question his impartiality,” the Democrats wrote.

Of course he would !

The Justice Department didn’t respond to requests for comment on the letter.

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The Greatest Budweiser Commercial Ever

By Jim Campbell

November 12th, 2018

 

 

Are words really necessary?

 

 

Perhaps not!

 

THE END

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The Best Divorce Letter Ever Written

Well, all I can say is mine was a little bit better, it still cost me an arm and a leg, o.k. two legs, but it was worth it.

I ended up with a great daughter and three grandchildren.

Life is fine, I’m just a we bit light in the wallet.

 

 

Don’t look back, Shoeless Joe Jackson accused of throwing the World Series when he played on the Chicago White Sox, to be called the Black Socks.

Jackson, who was illiterate and posted superb numbers in the series, hitting .375 with the only home run.

He was jobbed.

 

 


Then I married lovely Dana, still the love of my life, she has moved on to North Carolina with her new boyfriend.

Not to worry, “She’ll be back.”

We are still great friends.

December, 2018

Dear Wife, I am writing this letter to let you know that I am leaving you forever.

The truth is that I have been a good husband to you in our seven years of marriage, and I have absolutely nothing from that.

These last couple weeks have been really hard for me. Your boss told me that you left your job just today and that, well that was the final straw.

Two weeks ago, when you came home after work, you didn’t even notice that I had cooked your favorite dish, that I had a brand new haircut or that I had a new pair of boxers.

Either you don’t love me anymore, or you are cheating on me, whatever the case, I have to say it is over and I’m leaving.

You just ate for a couple of minutes, you watched all of your soaps and went straight to bed.

The truth is that you don’t want to be intimate with me, and you don’t show your love in any way.

 

Your Ex-husband

P.S. Please, do not try to find me. Your sister Carla and I are moving to West Virginia together!

Wish you the best and I hope you have a great life!

 

 

Dear Ex-Husband,

Believe me one thing; getting your letter really made my day.

Yes, it is true that we have been married for seven years, but a good husband is completely different from what you have been.

Yes, I watch TV shows, but I do it because the soaps drown out your nonstop griping and whining, but this doesn’t seem to work.

And yes, I noticed your brand new haircut, but the first thing that I thought was that you look like a girl.

And you know I was raised not to say anything in case I cannot say something nice.

For that reason, I decided not to speak about it or comment your haircut.

When you made my favorite dish, you must have gotten me mixed with my lovely sister, since I stopped consuming pork seven years ago.

Apparently you have forgotten I converted to Islam?

When it comes to your new boxers, I didn’t comment since you still had the $49.80 price tag on them and I hoped that it was a coincidence that my lovely sister Carla had borrowed $50 from me the same day.

 

 

But even after all, I still cared about you and loved you, and I believed that we might make this work.

So, when I got lotto for 15 million dollars, what I did was quit my job and bought us two tickets to Hawaii.

But, by the time I got home you were already gone.

I guess there is a reason for everything.

I genuinely hope that you will have the life you always desired.

Moreover, according to my lawyer the letter you sent me ensures that you won’t get a dime from what I got now.

So, there is nothing more to say but take care.

Your Ex-Wife, Free and Filthy Rich.

P.S. I believe I haven’t told you this, but my lovely sister Cate was actually born as Bruce and has changed the name to Caitlyn.

I hope that is no issue for you.

 

THE END

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