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Trump team’s inquiry has some at the Dept. of Energy sweating carbon-neutral, eco-friendly, taxpayer-funded buckets

2 hours 49 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

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Is there anything more nauseating that the stench of entitlement that emerges from an entrenched bureaucracy that feels threatened?

Donald Trump’s transition team wants the Energy Department to provide the names of any employees who have worked on President Barack Obama’s climate initiatives — a request that has current and former staffers fearing an oncoming “witch hunt.”

The president-elect’s team sought the information as part of a 74-point questionnaire that also asked for details about how DOE’s statistical arm, the Energy Information Administration, does the math on issues such as the cost-effectiveness of wind and solar power versus fossil fuels. POLITICO obtained the document Friday, after Trump’s advisers sent it to the department earlier in the week.

The questions are just the latest sign that Trump is feeling out ways to undo Obama’s environmental agenda, in which DOE has played a major role through actions such as issuing billions of dollars in loan guarantees to green-energy projects backed by companies such as Google and Tesla.
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“Sounds like a freaking witch hunt,” one former DOE staffer wrote in an email.

The climate change alarmist mindset is a thing to behold. Don’t believe there should be sequels to Solyndra? You’re a dangerous “denier” who, according to some, should be sent to prison in the name of saving the planet. But try to make sure tax dollars are being spent wisely and not wasted on crony-capitalist eco-shams, and it’s a “WITCH HUNT!”

When Trump’s people show up to question EPA and DoE workers, this’ll be the scene:

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Obama sure did a quick about-face on accusations of election shenanigans (something not go as planned?)

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 16:08

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s been a year of interesting and sudden about-faces. Case-in-point…

Obama in October when the polls showed Hillary Clinton would probably cruise to an easy election victory:

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Then Hillary lost…

Obama today:

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By Hillary’s pre-election definition, that was a threat to democracy. By Hillary’s (and Obama’s) post-election definition, it must be done to preserve election integrity. Well, at least they’re super transparent.

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Perfect: World’s foremost ‘fake news’ content provider says something needs to be done about spread of ‘fake news’

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 23:17

**Written by Doug Powers

On Thursday Hillary Clinton warned against the spread of “fake news,” which is a little like Bill issuing a BOLO for cheating husbands.

Bonus points: Hillary said this during a tribute to fellow “fake news” content provider, Harry “Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years” Reid:

Hillary Clinton said Thursday on Capitol Hill that the epidemic of “fake news” represents a “danger” that must be “addressed quickly.”

“Let me just mention briefly one threat in particular that should concern all Americans,” Clinton said at an event honoring outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. “Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike — especially those who serve in our Congress.”

Clinton said it was now clear the “epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda” could have “real-world consequences.”
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The former Democratic presidential nominee’s comments came just days after police said an armed man showed up to a Washington, DC, pizzeria after he read online that it was tied to a child sex ring linked to the Clintons.

Since Clinton lost the election last month, some observers, particularly in the media, have suggested so-called “fake news” could have swayed certain voters who cast their ballots for President-elect Donald Trump.

She lost the election but not her shamelessness:

In that case, Hillary should be thrilled, because the result of last month’s election was a big step towards slowing the spread of “fake news” for public dissemination:

(h/t Ace of Spades)

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Dems worried Trump’s pick to head EPA could spell end of life as we know it (a bigger threat than air conditioners!)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:31

**Written by Doug Powers

Climate change alarmist lefties were encouraged by this news on Monday:

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The progressive celebrations in honor of Mother Gaia being taken off life support didn’t last long though:

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It’s the end of the world! Literally:

The news of the expected nomination drew sharp criticism from green groups and environmental advocates in Congress, including former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who said he would oppose the “sad and dangerous” move.

“Mr. Pruitt’s record is not only that of being a climate change denier, but also someone who has worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to make this country more dependent, not less, on fossil fuels,” the Vermont senator said in a statement. “The American people must demand leaders who are willing to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.”

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz also said he would fight Pruitt’s nomination. “The health of our planet and our people is too important to leave in the hands of someone who does not believe in scientific facts or the basic mission of the EPA,” he said in a statement.

Dan Pfeiffer, a former top Obama adviser put it more succinctly, tweeting, “At the risk of being dramatic. Scott Pruitt at EPA is an existential threat to the planet.”

That collection of idiocy is an existential threat to common sense, but just in case, we better shut down the EPA so Trump’s pick to head up the agency can’t destroy the world (as if the EPA’s done such a bang-up job up to now).

Yesterday Trump met with fellow private jet enthusiast Leonardo DiCaprio to hear the eco-hypocrite actor’s pitch about how “green jobs” can boost the economy — just apparently not enough to make DiCaprio want to invest all of his own money into another proposed round of Solyndras.

Maybe DiCaprio & Gore should produce an apocalyptic film about Trump’s EPA pick: “Invasion of the Regulation Snatchers” could be a hit.

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Well done! Donors to Jill Stein have paid $3.5 million to help widen Trump’s margin of victory in Wisconsin

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:51

**Written by Doug Powers

The possibility this could happen is why Stein and the Green Party had “no refunds no exchanges” fine print on their recount donation agreement:

With the Wisconsin Election Commission working since last Thursday – when Stein paid $3.5 million for the recount after alleging reports of fraud – there has been little change so far to the unofficial results reported on Election Day. Trump won the state by 22,000 votes over Clinton.

In a twist, Trump is gaining.

By Wednesday morning, Trump had widened his victory margin over Clinton in Wisconsin by 146 votes, with 23 of the state’s 72 counties having finished their recounts as of Tuesday. In those counties, Trump gained 105 votes and Clinton dropped 41 votes.

In other words, those who donated to Stein’s effort in Wisconsin have shelled out almost $24,000 per extra Trump vote found — a total of $3.5 million to pad his lead over Clinton in the state. Backfire rating: Hilariously catastrophic.

Hillary weighs in:

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Update:

Stein’s attempt to get a recount in Michigan had an unintended consequence. The year just keeps getting better.

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Allow Obama to describe how his admin’s denial about terrorists’ motivations has kept US homeland safe

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:36

**Written by Doug Powers

In Tampa yesterday, President Obama pointed out how his administration’s strategy of denial, extreme parsing and “shock & awe” levels of motive-dodging have left him with an impeccable domestic counterterrorism legacy:

Obama’s defense of his record is largely built around the crises he avoided, the large number of troops he brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the terrorist attacks that did not happen on his watch.

“No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland, and it is not because they didn’t try,” Obama said.

That’s such a stretch that the White House made this tweet out of bungee cord and Lycra and it still snapped:

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It depends on what your definition of “organization” is.

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Obama went on to say that many of the attacks in the U.S. that he’s still trying to sort out the motives for were by domestic lone wolves radicalized online. In other words, the Obama White House isn’t going to consider a “foreign terrorist organization” to be responsible for an attack in the U.S. unless the terrorist is apprehended carrying an ISIS membership card and was spotted going to meetings in Raqqa — and even then it still could be the NRA’s fault.

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She’s used to it: Hillary Clinton finishes 2nd behind Donald Trump for Time’s Person of the Year

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:23

**Written by Doug Powers

In 2008, Time said they chose Barack Obama as their Person of the Year because he was full up “hope” to bring America together. Eight years later, Time calls the country the “Divided States of America,” but they make it sound like the fault of somebody who hasn’t even taken office yet:

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Who came in second? You guessed it:

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Always a bridesmaid!

To ease the pain, Hillary’s going to go around the country thanking some of the average people who supported her have a party with wealthy donors:

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are planning a thank-you party next week for those who donated millions to their presidential campaign.

The party at the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on Dec. 15 is expected to feature fashion icon Anna Wintour, investor Alan Patricof, hedge fund manager Marc Lasry and more, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.

2020, here she comes! And if that happens, Hillary might already have some competition.

Update: As for Time’s Trump-induced “Divided States of America” nonsense:

One of these maps is 2016, one is 2008 – Tell me again who was elected as president of “Divided States Of America”? pic.twitter.com/E49PFghoS3

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 7, 2016

**Written by Doug Powers

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The Messy Truth about Race-Baiting Radical Demagogue Van Jones

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 22:55

The Messy Truth about Race-Baiting Radical Demagogue Van Jones
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

They never learn.

The grand journalism pooh-bahs at CNN were humiliated this election cycle when WikiLeaks revealed that former CNN contributor and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile had shared a question with the Hillary Clinton campaign in advance of a March Democratic primary town hall debate. According to CNN, “activist anchor” Roland Martin and his production team at CNN’s debate partner and identity politics network TV One were responsible for the leak. CNN host Jake Tapper called the episode “very, very troubling” and condemned the breach:

“Journalistically, it’s horrifying,” he told WMAL radio.

CNN president Jeff Zucker declared after an internal investigation that the network “would not partner ever again” with TV One.

But instead of weeding out left-wing partisans masquerading as mainstream political analysts from their lineup, CNN is doubling down. This week, the network debuted a news special called “The Messy Truth” hosted by “political commentator” Van Jones.

Yeah, that guy.

Before he was pontificating on CNN airwaves, he was a top environmental official of the Obama administration. The special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality held a special place in Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett’s heart. The Chicago power broker took full credit at a fringe Daily Kos blogger conference for recruiting him and closely following his career.

“You guys know Van Jones?” she asked to roaring applause.

“Ooh. Van Jones, all right!” she cooed. “So, Van Jones. We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him, uh, really, he’s not that old, for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that. And we have all that energy in the White House.”

One of Jones’s more “creative ideas” was signing a petition in 2004 calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York attorney general into “evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.”

That’s right. Valerie Jarrett took credit for recruiting a 9/11 truther who endorsed a petition peddling the crackpot theory that President George W. Bush “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”

Under fire, Jones disavowed the statement he had attached his name to — and decried those who dared to hold him responsible for his “creative ideas.” It was conservative bloggers, not “real journalists,” who exposed Jones’s long record of radicalism to the public — leading to his resignation in September 2009.

Van Jones did not just accidentally slip through the cracks of the Obama vetters. They knew what he espoused before they installed him. So did his bosses at CNN who hired him in 2013.

It wasn’t his expertise in political science, political history, electoral trends or journalism that got him the job. It was his social justice resume. He rose to public prominence as a race-baiting agitator at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, funded by the George Soros-supported Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the liberal Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He became a public fixture in the Bay Area after crusading to free convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal for a Marxist organization and lambasting moderate civil rights leaders for objecting to politicizing the classrooms.

In 2011, the late great Andrew Breitbart pulled no punches in describing Jones as a “commie punk” and a “cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak.” Jones had employed classic, radical Saul Alinsky-inspired campaign tactics to have Breitbart banned from a website he helped create — the left-wing Huffington Post — simply for writing articles providing alternative views of the tea party and for reporting on the Obama administration’s transparency-stifling measures.

Bending to the censorious mob, HuffPo assailed Breitbart’s “ad hominem” attack on Jones, which violated “the tenets of debate and civil discourse we have strived for since the day we launched.”

The progressives had nothing to say, of course, about Van Jones’s own ad hominem attacks when he obscenely and publicly assailed Republicans as “a—holes” — and when he financed, produced and participated in cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal’s rap album, which railed against “imperialist” America and white “mother———s” as the “true terrorists.”

Now, Jones — who most recently race-baited Donald Trump supporters by blaming them for a “whitelash” — has reinvented himself as a roving correspondent traveling the nation to analyze the election results and to lecture others to “be passionate. But be compassionate, too” with fellow citizens who hold different political viewpoints.

This is CNN: Enabling a lifelong, extremist demagogue — who has actively stifled and smeared conservatives, law enforcement and honorable public servants — to pose as a reasonable news personality Van-splainin’ the world.

This goes beyond the sin of “fake news.” It’s gross media malpractice of the highest order.

AWW: Manhattan PR firm cancels holiday party because Hillary lost

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 14:10

**Written by Doug Powers

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Twas the night before the election, and all through the firm
progressives were giddy, especially Liam the intern
The pantsuit was hung by the chimney with care
in the hope that President Hillary soon would be there…

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Instead of continuing with a holiday party in the throes of post-election depression, one company will instead remain in their designated safe spaces until further notice:

Manhattan fashion p.r. company LaForce — which reps Target, Banana Republic and Williams-Sonoma, to name a few — has canceled its holiday party because of Trump’s victory.

James LaForce and his husband, Stephen Henderson, had booked Irving Plaza for a thousand guests on Dec. 19 and designed an invite showing Hillary Clinton as an American flag-waving Santa with the words, “Make America Merry Again.”

LaForce had bought thousands of feet of red, white and blue bunting, and male models were lined up to pose in nothing but stars-and-stripes body paint.

Instead, LaForce sent out a letter stating, “We envisioned an extra-cheerful celebration of Hillary Clinton’s presidency . . . Alas, Election Day did not go as we’d hoped. So it’s with deep regret that we are canceling this year’s party.”

I never canceled any Christmas parties after Obama won, but then again I never considered the two events to be related in any way.

Page Six writes that in lieu of a party, the firm’s sending part of the money they were going to spend to Planned Parenthood (if helping pay for abortions doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit nothing will). Yet another reason PP doesn’t need federal funding.

(h/t @Bulliegirl2513)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Schadenfreude overload: Senate Dems lament fact Harry Reid’s leaving them powerless to stop Trump nominees

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 13:08

**Written by Doug Powers

Harry Reid will try to pin the blame for this epic backfire on the Koch brothers, but he can’t hide from his real legacy, or its entertainment value:

Senate Democrats are eager to make Donald Trump pay a political price for nominating staunch conservatives to fill out his Cabinet, hoping to exact revenge for the GOP’s stubborn opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominees. But there is little they can do about it — and some top Democrats are now coming to regret it.

That’s because Senate Democrats muscled through an unprecedented rules change in 2013 to weaken the power of the minority party to filibuster Cabinet-level appointees and most judicial nominees, now setting the threshold at 51 votes — rather than 60 — to overcome tactics aimed at derailing nominations.
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“I do regret that,” said Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat who voted for the rules change three years ago. “I frankly think many of us will regret that in this Congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break, to have in our system to slow down nominees.”
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Some Democrats realize they’ve made life harder for themselves.

“In specific circumstances, we may regret that we can’t block a nomination,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut.
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One person who seems to be having buyer’s remorse over the change in filibuster rules: Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Democratic leader. Schumer told The Washington Post last month that he privately lobbied Senate Democrats in 2013 to maintain the 60-vote threshold for Cabinet-level nominees, but: “I didn’t prevail.”

Reid’s 2013 “nuclear option” has turned out to be the sequel to his exercise band accident, except this one’s knocked out the entire Democratic Party. Dingy Harry bragged about it three years ago:

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This is the sound Senate Dems will hear as Harry Reid walks out the door for the final time:

I don’t know why Senate Dems would be upset that they can’t slow down or block any Trump nominees, because they think that “obstruction” is unpatriotic. Oh wait, that’s only when the president is a Democrat.

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Nancy Pelosi, who’s totally qualified to dabble in health care, calls Ben Carson ‘disturbingly unqualified’ for HUD post

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 22:18

**Written by Doug Powers

If the party designations were reversed, the MSM lede here might be “wealthy white career politician who knew enough about health care to spearhead disastrous system overhaul calls black neurosurgeon raised in housing projects incapable of handling HUD”:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned Monday that Ben Carson isn’t qualified to run the Department of Housing and Development.

“Dr. Ben Carson is a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice to lead a department as complex and consequential as Housing and Urban Development,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“Our country deserves a HUD Secretary with the relevant experience to protect the rights of homeowners and renters, particularly in low income and minority communities, and to ensure that everyone in our country can have access to safe and affordable housing without facing discrimination or homelessness,” she added.

Arguments about who is and isn’t “qualified” for high political office can seem valid and compelling… until I remember where the “qualified” people have brought us:

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Last but not least: If Pelosi’s so eager to talk about HUD secretary “qualifications,” lets start with the current one:

"Qualifications" of Obama's last HUD secretary:
Misusing HUD funds.https://t.co/aJinyLnphi

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) December 5, 2016

**Written by Doug Powers

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The metaphor gods were smiling upon Fidel Castro’s funeral procession

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 07:28

**Written by Doug Powers

Fidel Castro’s supporters are sure to praise his funeral procession for doing its part to limit emissions in order to fight global warming:

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s ashes were interred in a private ceremony Sunday morning, ending nine days of official mourning.

The Russian-made jeep ferrying Castro’s ashes broke down and needed to be pushed on Saturday en route to the late leader’s final resting place.

The breakdown of the jeep in the midst of adoring crowds chanting “Long live Fidel!” was symbolic of the dual nature of Castro’s Cuba. While his legacy inspires fierce adulation by many of the nation’s citizens, others continue to grumble about Cuba’s autocratic government, inefficient bureaucracy and stagnant economy.

Proof-positive: Communist dictators, even after they’re gone, walk the walk when it comes to combating man-made climate change:

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A John Kerry statement saying the procession’s small carbon footprint was emblematic of the late dictator’s commitment to fighting global warming coming in 3… 2… 1…

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Trump’s chat with Taiwan leader poses threat, says admin that shipped $1.7 billion in cash to world’s #1 sponsor of terror (Sunday open thread)

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:52

**Written by Doug Powers

All hands on deck for another Sunday open thread & news recount. A few things to kick it off…

Is there anything funnier than watching the people who applauded the Iran deal, approved sending almost $2 billion in cash to the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism and powder-puffed the life of a brutal communist dictator freak out over Trump accepting a phone call from the president of Taiwan?

Over the past two decades, Taiwan has slipped from its position atop the list of flash points in the complex relationship between the United States and China. In meetings between President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China, it has typically come up after half a dozen more pressing issues, like trade, cyberattacks and Beijing’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Now, though, in a single protocol-shattering phone call with the president of Taiwan, President-elect Donald J. Trump has thrust it back on the table. Not since President Richard M. Nixon met with Mao Zedong in 1972 — when the two issued the Shanghai Communiqué clarifying the status of Taiwan — has an American leader so shaken up the diplomatic status quo on the issue.
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In the short run, Mr. Trump has rattled the entire region. Representatives of several Asian countries contacted the White House on Saturday to express concern, according to a senior administration official.

The DNC said Trump’s Taiwan call threatens national security, and Josh Earnest urged Trump to first seek advice from the State Department that thinks the Iran deal and normalizing relations with communist Cuba is a good idea before acting so rashly again:

“Donald Trump is either too incompetent to understand that his foolish phone call threatens our national security, or he’s doing it deliberately because he reportedly wants to build hotels in Taiwan to pad his own pockets,” said DNC spokesman Eric Walker.
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest urged Trump to take advantage of diplomatic know-how as he contacts foreign leaders ahead of his inauguration in January.

“I’m confident that as President-elect Trump takes office, those same State Department employees will stand ready to offer him advice as he conducts the business of the United States overseas,” Earnest said. “Hopefully he’ll take it.”

Trump’s call with Taiwan also had the Hollywood Left sweating all over their Che t-shirts and Hugo Chavez signature bed sheets in fear that Trump’s talk might have ticked off some communist China leaders.

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If Trump really wants to send some people over the edge, his next conversation will be a call to some national figures with a huge following who are now accused of being a threat to human rights everywhere. I’m referring of course to HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. Buzzfeed had quite the scoop earlier in the week:

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If the Gaines’ pastor ever called the president of Taiwan the headquarters of Buzzfeed would collapse. Come to think of it, would make for the funniest “Fixer Upper” episode ever.

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Jill Stein’s finally raised enough money and padded her 2020 email list for the Green Party under the guise of attempting to ensure “election integrity” that she’s ready to accept the results and move on. JUST KIDDING:

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If this pace keeps up each extra Hillary vote discovered in the recount will cost about a million bucks each.

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Jennifer Granholm has helpfully pointed out how even Democrats in Michigan didn’t like Hillary, though that’s probably not what she had in mind:

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Granholm doesn’t give herself nearly enough credit for creating a lot of disenchanted Michigan voters as she should.

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Nancy Pelosi, who House Dems elected as their leader again, was on Face the Nation this morning discussing the future of the Democratic Party.

If what the Democrats have done the last several years were a stage play, the following announcement would be heard before each performance: “Due to an illness in the cast of ‘DNC: A Night To Remember,’ Rep. Pelosi will be playing the roles of Titanic AND Iceberg this evening.”

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It sounds like Anthony Weiner’s having financial trouble, but at least now he has his phone back:

Anthony Weiner is apparently so broke that he had to cut short his rehabilitation for sexting addiction at a Tennessee ranch.

“His family wanted him to stay 90 days, but he had to leave because he ran out of money,” one source told me.

It is believed Weiner — known as Carlos Danger by some crotch-shot recipients — was billed $25,000 for the 35-day program at the Recovery Ranch.

“His parents took out a mortgage on their house to pay for his rehab,” my source said.

What are the odds that Hillary will loan him some money?

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Meanwhile, the NY Times is breaking the stories that matter:

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The Hunt for Hill:

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Need a good Christmas gift idea? Keep looking:

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The scent is a rich mixture of chai tea, maple and a hint of Castro’s Cohiba.

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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