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Beleaguered CNN returns to their comfort zone to regroup

6 hours 22 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

While CNN is reeling after being busted peddling “fake news” about collusion between the Trump team and Russia, here’s one way they’re pushing back against accusations of bias:

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CNN execs responding to all the controversy: “Back to our wheelhouse, everybody!”

**Written by Doug Powers

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The brutal battle against medical kidnappers

19 hours 55 min ago

The brutal battle against medical kidnappers
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

BOSTON — On the day Boston Children’s Hospital celebrated being named “the number one pediatric hospital in the nation” by U.S. News & World Report, I was interviewing Dana Gottesfeld in nearby Somerville, Massachusetts. Dana is the young wife of Martin “Marty G” Gottesfeld, an imprisoned technology engineer/activist who used his skills to fight against medical child abuse committed at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

“That is so Boston,” Dana observed Tuesday in response to the new ranking — which is already splashed in multiple gold medallions across the hospital’s website.

It’s all about power, prestige and pull in the top echelons of the Bay State’s medical community, many New Englanders have informed me. BCH’s teaching affiliate is Harvard Medical School. The ties between and among influential and wealthy alumni in the realms of health care, politics and the courts are innumerable.

It’s a network that’s “practically untouchable,” Dana explained.

And like the third rail, those who dare challenge these renowned institutions risk great danger to their freedom and their lives.

Dana’s husband, Marty, faces felony charges of computer hacking and conspiracy related to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in April 2014 against Boston Children’s and the nearby Wayside Youth and Family Support Network residential treatment. Marty had organized a social media army to knock the computer networks of both institutions offline to protest the medical kidnapping of then-15-year-old Justina Pelletier. Hackers from the loose-knit collective, Anonymous, allegedly participated in the campaign.

Justina’s plight had become international news in Marty’s backyard. One fateful winter day in February 2013, Justina traveled with her mom to BCH from her West Hartford, Connecticut, home, seeking relief from a severe case of the flu. Ordinary sickness compounded Justina’s rare medical conditions, including mitochondrial disease and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. But those illnesses hadn’t stopped her from participating in school, competitive ice skating and an active family life.

Instead of receiving top-notch care and attention at BCH, however, Justina was snatched from her parents and recklessly re-diagnosed with a psychological condition, “somatoform disorder.” She was dragged from BCH’s neurology department to its infamous psych ward, where she was reprimanded for being unable to move her bowels or walk unassisted in her weakened state. At Wayside, she was harassed by a staffer while taking a shower. The physical and mental torture lasted 16 months.

The family is now suing the gold medallion-adorned, scandal-plagued Boston Children’s Hospital.

“They tried to break us all,” Justina’s dad, Lou, told me at his West Hartford home, where Justina fights to recover from post-traumatic stress and physical deterioration suffered while she was held hostage.

But the arrogant, tunnel-visioned torturers failed. Thanks to an aggressive awareness-raising campaign by an eclectic coalition including Justina’s family, the Christian Defense Coalition’s Rev. Pat Mahoney, conservative media personalities and left-leaning critics of the Massachusetts child welfare bureaucracy, Justina was eventually freed and reunited with her parents.

Marty G’s DDoS attacks were an instrumental catalyst at a time when Justina’s family faced a gag order for speaking out.

“I never imagined a renowned hospital would be capable of such brutality and no amount of other good work could justify torturing Justina,” Marty wrote in a recent online explanation of why he intervened.

“BCH calls what it did to her a ‘parentectomy,’ and there had been others over at least the past 20 years. I knew that BCH’s big donation day was coming up, and that most donors give online. I felt that to have sufficient influence to save Justina from grievous bodily harm and possible death, as well as dissuade BCH from continuing its well established pattern of such harmful ‘parentectomies,’ I’d have to hit BCH where they appear to care the most, the pocket book and reputation.”

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Boston finally set a court date in Martin “Marty” Gottesfeld’s case. After more than a year behind bars without bail (including about 80 days in solitary confinement and a stint in the same detention center as Mexico’s notorious drug cartel kingpin “El Chapo”), Marty now faces trial in January 2018. He was barred from attending his beloved adoptive father’s funeral in April.

“It was the right thing to do,” Dana told me through tears as she cradled a Homeland Security storage bag with Marty’s wedding ring. She recently lost her job as a result of her advocacy for Marty. But the couple, who have never met Justina or her family, will keep fighting medical kidnappings. Relentless as ever, Marty stressed in a brief phone conservation with me the need for state and federal “Justina’s Laws” to protect wards of the state from being used as research guinea pigs by prestigious medical institutions.

Both the supporters of Justina and Marty remain aghast at the brutal treatment of their loved ones while the real menaces breathe free.

Marty’s message from prison in Massachusetts: “Human rights abuses aren’t just happening in North Korea. They’re here.”

Justina’s message from her wheelchair in Connecticut: She hopes her torturers “get what they deserve.”

Is anyone in Washington listening?

CNN’s doing yeoman’s work for Planned Parenthood here

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:10

**Written by Doug Powers

Rumor has it that Planned Parenthood’s considering this CNN tweet for a Margaret Sanger Award:

If the Republican alternative to Obamacare becomes law, this mom says she'll drive to Mexico for birth control https://t.co/zQ6YczQfvW pic.twitter.com/lfmFSu4Qi0

— CNN (@CNN) June 26, 2017

“News” story or ad for Planned Parenthood?

But the California couple says that if the Republican alternative to Obamacare becomes law, they’ll be driving over the border to Mexico to get it.

It’s not that the Gonzalezes don’t have insurance; they have very good insurance through Ariana’s job as a high school teacher.

The problem is that “Trumpcare,” as Ariana calls it, would probably run her health clinic out of town. It’s Planned Parenthood, which the Republican health care proposal defunds because it performs abortions.

The Gonzalezes live in the Imperial Valley, an agricultural area two hours east of San Diego, with a severe doctor shortage. On average in California, there’s one primary care physician for every 1,341 people. In the Imperial Valley, there’s one physician for every 4,170 people, according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

For Ariana, that means it takes well over a month to get an appointment with her gynecologist and then four or five hours in the waiting room to see him, which means she has to take the day off work. At Planned Parenthood, she gets an appointment the next day and is in and out in about 30 minutes.

This segment should have been required by McCain–Feingold to have “I’m Cecile Richards and I approve this message” tagged at the end:

**Written by Doug Powers

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Study from Captain Obvious about min. wage law effect will baffle progressive economists

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:37

**Written by Doug Powers

Today in stories that will come as a total shock to progressive economists gives us this study just released by Captain Obvious:

When Seattle officials voted three years ago to incrementally boost the city’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour, they’d hoped to improve the lives of low-income workers. Yet according to a major new study that could force economists to reassess past research on the issue, the hike has had the opposite effect.

The city is gradually increasing the hourly minimum to $15 over several years. Already, though, some employers have not been able to afford the increased minimums. They’ve cut their payrolls, putting off new hiring, reducing hours or letting their workers go, the study found.

The costs to low-wage workers in Seattle outweighed the benefits by a ratio of three to one, according to the study, conducted by a group of economists at the University of Washington who were commissioned by the city. T
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On the whole, the study estimates, the average low-wage worker in the city lost $125 a month because of the hike in the minimum.

The fact that the city needed to shell out taxpayer money to commission a study about that speaks volumes. You just know the city’s response to the study will to raise the minimum wage even more to try and make up the difference.

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**Written by Doug Powers

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‘Trump/Russia collusion’ bombshell topples several of those involved

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:34

**Written by Doug Powers

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Will The Resistance be thrilled to know the media’s incessant anonymously sourced reporting about Trump/Russia collusion has finally claimed some scalps? Probably not, since the first people who have been held accountable are all CNN employees:

Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted.

Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a spokesman said Monday evening.

An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said.

The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” cited a single anonymous source.

The Resistance probably envisioned this going a little differently, but we now see what happens when a “media” outlet attempts to force reality to match a political party’s talking points memo.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Something go wrong? NOW Michael Bloomberg wants federal gov’t out of local politics

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:10

**Written by Doug Powers

I’m going to go ahead and assume Bloomberg and the progressive mayors who will take him up on his offer won’t be able to grasp the multiple levels of irony:

Entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) plans to launch a $17 million contest to incentivize U.S. cities to bypass policymaking in Washington under the Trump administration, according to The Associated Press.

Thirty-five cities will win $100,000, while four other cities will get $1 million. The grand prize is $5 million for one city.

The contest, which will be publicly unveiled on Monday, is aimed at pushing mayors across the country to tackle issues on their own, without federal help.

Alternate headline: “Former NYC Mayor to Pay US City Leaders to Ignore Federal Laws.”

Defy Trump, win cash! Maybe mayors who ignore federal laws can use Bloomberg’s prize for bail money.

But at least one consequence of Trump’s election has been to get those who have until Jan. 20th been proponents of a gigantic and over-reaching central government suddenly concerned about being squashed by their own creation.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Bernie Sanders & wife share the wealth (with defense attorneys) – open thread

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 11:45

**Written by Doug Powers

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Another Sunday cavalcade of odds and ends is here. We’ll kick it off with the story of how one of America’s highest profile socialists and his wife are sharing their wealth… with defense lawyers:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) wife Jane Sanders has booked top notch lawyers to defend her against allegations of bank fraud.

The FBI launched an investigation into loans Sanders applied for when she was president of Burlington College, alleging that she lied to qualify for them.

A January 2016 complaint filed by Donald Trump’s Vermont campaign chair, lawyer Brady Toensing, originally requested the investigation.

The complaint alleged that Mrs. Sanders lied on a 2010 loan application from People’s United Bank for $10 million to expand Burlington’s campus.

Any good socialist critic of capitalism knows that owning multiple homes is worth the allegations of hypocrisy because you never know when you’re going to need a s***load of collateral for a legal retainer.

However, Bernie might want to rethink his rule that the mere existence of an investigation is enough to assume the allegations are true:

Bank Fraud: http://t.co/5VCvlnNAR7 #JPM $JPM

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 6, 2013

Feel the Bern!

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The effort to establish health care utopia in California has stalled. At this point only one thing is holding back progressive legislators in the state: Reality:

A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.
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“SB 562 was sent to the Assembly woefully incomplete,” Rendon said in a statement. “Even senators who voted for SB 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Trump administration and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation.”

Under the measure, California would have paid the healthcare costs for all residents, eliminating premiums, copays and deductibles that are common fixtures in the current healthcare system.

Several key details were unresolved in the measure — most significantly how to pay for it. The program, which carried an estimated price tag of $330 billion to $400 billion, would have required new taxes to pay for it, but no sources of tax revenue were specified in the legislation.

The current challenge is finding a way to make nearly a half trillion dollar state expenditure sound “free,” but I’m sure they’ll come up with something.

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Keeping the focus on California for the moment, the state’s attorney general is vehemently opposed to “travel bans” — unless he isn’t:

California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.

Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list.

California taxpayers’ money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” Becerra said.

But no problem with millions of state taxpayer dollars spent on abortions, naturally.

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Trump saying he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement has provided some high profile alarmists with the opportunity to reinvent themselves as “let’s save the planet together” superheroes:

French President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president’s policy on climate change – this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In a video on social media, Mr Macron is joined by the Terminator star as he vows to “make the planet great again”.

The video lecturing/mocking Trump for not taking emissions seriously enough would have made a much better statement if they’d have filmed it aboard Arnold’s private jet:

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Hillary Clinton leads by example like no other:

Your operating system vs. the operating system your programmers told you not to worry about. pic.twitter.com/18SyLfAgGp

— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) June 23, 2017

Her basket of deplorables overfloweth.

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Oh no, he’s running in 2020, isn’t he?

Mark Zuckerberg is in Iowa. "Iowa is my kind of place." pic.twitter.com/75IDG3mKrV

— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 24, 2017

Saved for possible filing under “I’m just chillin’ in Cedar Rapids, v2.0.”

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Good luck! Obama’s returning to ‘help’ Dems some more

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:05

**Written by Doug Powers

Obama’s previous pledge to try and remain on the sidelines like his predecessors had all the promissory integrity of “if you like your plan you can keep it,” and the ex-prez will start hitting the road soon on behalf of Dems seeking office, starting in Virginia:

Former President Obama plans to return to the political spotlight this fall by hitting the campaign trail for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee running for Virginia governor.

This will be Obama’s first time campaigning since he left the White House and stumped for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, Obama and Northam’s offices confirmed to the Huffington Post.

Hey, if Obama wants to continue to lead the Democratic Party, who are Republicans to argue?

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The GOP might welcome Obama’s involvement in upcoming elections as much as they’re encouraging Nancy Pelosi to stay involved.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Clinton, Sanders & Warren don’t want to cause a panic, but you’re about to die because of Republicans

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:33

**Written by Doug Powers

Alarmist rhetoric is like penicillin — the more you use the stuff when it isn’t necessary the less effective it becomes — and Dems are now trying to inject everybody with it by the gallon. After taking the obligatory 1/2 hour off from accusing the other side of murder after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, they were back at it about a potential “repeal and replace” of Obamacare.

Leading off we have Hillary Clinton, who has stumbled across a great anti-death line she can use the next time she’s accepting another Margaret Sanger “Golden Forceps Award” from Planned Parenthood:

Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017

Judging from the electoral map combined with other national, state and local election results, the Democrats are the “death party” based on their somewhat self-inflicted demise. Hillary proved they learned nothing.

Bernie Sanders is also among the many Democrats sounding the death siren by sounding like a socialist Grim Reaper:

Let us be clear and this is not trying to be overly dramatic: Thousands of people will die if the Republican health care bill becomes law.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 23, 2017

Bernie and his wife might be hoping that their legal defense team aren’t among those slayed by the Republican plan.

Elizabeth Warren, aka Dances With Identity Fraud, also had some arrows to sling at the GOP, accusing them of “paying for tax cuts” by repealing the only thing that’s kept people alive since 2010: Obamacare:

I’ve read the Republican “health care” bill. This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives. pic.twitter.com/298DLguNiM

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 22, 2017

I hope all the “you’re about to die” Dems are paying royalties to Alan Grayson, who pioneered the technique before Obamacare even became law:

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How in the world did Americans survive before the Democrats came along and passed a law they knew so many people would like that they had to make it mandatory?

Update:

If Dems want to start a panic about a health care law, they should start with the one that’s currently the law.

Aetna/Coventry quits Obamacare in AR, AZ, CT, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, MO, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, and WV for 2018. #ItsWorking pic.twitter.com/Nlr5LhRvcG

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 22, 2017

**Written by Doug Powers

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Planned Parenthood won’t let a woman defeating Jon Ossoff deter their ‘fight for women’

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:17

**Written by Doug Powers

A woman defeated a man in Georgia’s 6th District this week, which Planned Parenthood considers a loss for women (and you know why):

Jon @Ossoff came within 5% in a district that elected @SecPriceMD by 23% 7 months ago. We won't stop fighting for women. #GA06

— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) June 21, 2017

Apparently women aren’t women until they become lock-step fellow travelers. Whenever you read anything from Planned Parenthood, substitute “women” with “abortion” because that’s what they really mean.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Unity: GOP supports Nancy Pelosi in her fight to remain a Dem leader

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:05

**Written by Doug Powers

Nancy Pelosi’s pushing back against a few Democrats who seem to be recognizing that doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result might not be a good long-term strategy:

Nancy Pelosi is shrugging off the calls from within her own party that she step down as House Minority Leader.

Ever since Jon Ossoff‘s failed effort to win the special election in Georgia, Pelosi has taken fire from colleagues who say that her leadership has led to too many Democratic Party setbacks. During a press conference today, Pelosi said she was “proud of the unity” within the party, and that her colleagues were welcome to “have [their] fun,” and say what they will whenever they discuss her in TV interviews.

“I love the arena. I thrive on competition and I welcome the discussion, but I am honored by this,” Pelosi said.

When Pelosi was asked if it was time for new House Democratic caucus leadership, she said she was “very confident” with her levels of support, and that “my timing is not about” her critics.

“We are paving a way for a new generation of leadership,” Pelosi said. “Again, I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them.”

At a press conference, Pelosi was asked to compliment herself and she ran with it:

The video cut off, but she’s still in the process of praising herself.

The Republicans are standing by Pelosi, for obvious reasons:

Few have done more to elect Republicans than @NancyPelosi. Thank you! #StandWithNancy https://t.co/do8Pw01uid

— NRCC (@NRCC) June 22, 2017

“Bipartisanship” at last!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Trey Gowdy helps former DHS director pop Dem 2016 narratives

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:48

**Written by Doug Powers

I’ve written before that if Hillary Clinton had won the election last November the whole Russia thing would have completely fallen off the radar and gone away. Even before the election, Ex-DHS chief Jeh Johnson confirmed yesterday that Democrats didn’t seem very alarmed by Russian intrusions back when they were certain Hillary was going to win:

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee last year turned down his agency’s offer to help protect its network despite being warned about a hack.

He also confirmed that while Russia, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, orchestrated cyberattacks on the United States to influence the 2016 presidential election, Moscow was unable to actually alter ballots.

“To my current knowledge, the Russian government did not through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results,” Johnson said during his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee.
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“Sometime in 2016, I became aware of a hack into systems of the Democratic National Committee,” Johnson said. “… I pressed my staff to know whether DHS was sufficiently proactive, and on the scene helping the DNC identify the intruders and patch vulnerabilities. The answer, to the best of my recollection, was not reassuring: the FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the DNC did not feel it needed DHS’s assistance at that time.”

The FBI reportedly faced a similar rejection.

So many Dem narratives are being popped here that it sounds like an early 4th of July fireworks show:

And who was president in 2016, anyway?

How do we know Jeh Johnson’s statements about the DNC were truthful? Because Donna Brazile said he(r) was lying:

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Yep, the Dems took allegations of outside influence on the election so seriously that a couple of weeks before the vote Hillary Clinton said this:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Trey Gowdy helps former DHS director pop Dem 2016 narratives

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:48

**Written by Doug Powers

I’ve written before that if Hillary Clinton had won the election last November the whole Russia thing would have completely fallen off the radar and gone away. Even before the election, Ex-DHS chief Jeh Johnson confirmed yesterday that Democrats didn’t seem very alarmed by Russian intrusions back when they were certain Hillary was going to win:

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee last year turned down his agency’s offer to help protect its network despite being warned about a hack.

He also confirmed that while Russia, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, orchestrated cyberattacks on the United States to influence the 2016 presidential election, Moscow was unable to actually alter ballots.

“To my current knowledge, the Russian government did not through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results,” Johnson said during his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee.
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“Sometime in 2016, I became aware of a hack into systems of the Democratic National Committee,” Johnson said. “… I pressed my staff to know whether DHS was sufficiently proactive, and on the scene helping the DNC identify the intruders and patch vulnerabilities. The answer, to the best of my recollection, was not reassuring: the FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the DNC did not feel it needed DHS’s assistance at that time.”

The FBI reportedly faced a similar rejection.

So many Dem narratives are being popped here that it sounded like an early 4th of July fireworks show:

And who was president in 2016, anyway?

How do we know Jeh Johnson’s statements about the DNC were truthful? Because Donna Brazile said he(r) was lying:

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Yep, the Dems took allegations of outside influence on the election so seriously that a couple of weeks before the vote Hillary Clinton said this:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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