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Trump’s weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago cost taxpayers millions

From CBS News: Budget watchdogs are criticizing the cost of President Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. He has been there the past three weekends or 11 days of his 33 days in office. The travel has an estimated price tag of $10 million.

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Judicial Watch president on Trump’s new travel ban

From Fox Business: Feb. 20, 2017 – 5:16 – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on the legal hurdles President Trump’s new travel ban may face.

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Finding the Flynn leak

From The Washington Times: As WikiLeaks dumps of Clinton campaign and Democratic Party emails roiled the election campaign and put the suspicion on the Russians, the Obama Justice Department, it turns out, sought and obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court permission in October to conduct surveillance on former advisers to Mr.…

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About Trump’s ‘Lavish Lifestyle,’ A Small Reminder on How Much Obama Vacays Cost Taxpayers

From the Independent Review Journal: Reporters covering the Trump administration have revealed newfound curiosity about presidential travel expenses with stories of concern about the Trump family’s “elaborate lifestyle … at taxpayer expense.” The Washington Post, ABC News, CNBC, The Atlantic, and The Hill have all run reports on how the Trumps’

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Judicial Watch Planning to Sue FBI, NSA, CIA for Flynn Records

Conservative foundation Judicial Watch is planning to sue several government agencies if they do not hand over records related to the wiretapping of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The group filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the records weeks ago but are planning to sue by next week for the records if they do not receive anything

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Here’s Why State Election Officials Think Voter Fraud Is a Serious Problem

From The Daily Signal: The panel discussed the pending voter fraud commission that President Donald Trump has said he would appoint, to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence. Trump has alleged that 3 million to 5 million illegal votes could have been cast in the November 2016 election, which…

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Encrypted apps spark new questions for Trump-era workers

From The Hill: Conservatives have expressed alarm over the reports that new technologies might be used to evade records. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that if the reports turned out to be true, he believes that White House staff using Confide to cover up leaks would be illegal and…

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House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz refers Bryan Pagliano to DOJ for charges

From Hot Air: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today asking Sessions to consider convening a grand jury or bringing charges against Hillary Clinton’s former IT guy, Bryan Pagliano. Pagliano was subpoenaed to testify before the committee last year…

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U.S. Army depicted Hillary Clinton as insider threat in cyber security training

From The Washington Times: The U.S. Army depicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an insider threat in a Powerpoint presentation to soldiers on cyber security. A photograph of Mrs. Clinton, who lost the Nov. 8 presidential race, is depicted along with two murderers, two leakers of classified information…

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Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats

From The Washington Times: The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts. President Trump voiced his displeasure in a…

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Report: It’s week 4, and the ‘soft coup’ against Trump administration is in progress

From the World Tribune: Taken from the French phrase “coup d’état,” which translates to a strike at the State — a coup may be violent or not. In the latter case, it is a “soft coup.” Traditionally, soft coups are the stuff of Latin American political conspiracy theories and paperback…

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Are we going to need a tougher rule on feds’ private email use?

From the Washington Examiner: Kerry Picket has an interesting piece over at the Daily Caller on yet another Obama administration official who used a private, unsecured email account (although not a server in his own home) to send sensitive information and communicate with foreign governments.

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The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn

From Bloomberg: If we are to believe the Trump White House, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn just resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the vice president. As White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC’s “Today Show” on Tuesday: “Misleading the vice president really was…

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Conservatives demanding details on federal workers’ encryption use

From Politico: Republicans in Congress and their conservative allies are demanding details about federal workers’ use of encrypted messaging apps, part of a broader counterattack on employees suspected of opposing President Donald Trump’s agenda. Congressional Republicans are also pondering changes to longstanding laws that protect government workers,

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Obama’s Homeland Security Chief Used Private, Unsecured Email for Official Business

From Breitbart: Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and three other top DHS officials used private, unsecured email to conduct official business and discuss sensitive matters, according to 216 pages of documents obtained by Judicial Watch. The three top officials were Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Chief of Staff…

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Former DHS Sec Used Unsecure Email To Share Sensitive Information With Foreign Officials

From The Daily Caller: The private email used in work instances by former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was not only unsecure, it was used to exchange sensitive information with foreign officials. As a result of obtaining 216 pages of documents filed by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information…

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Judicial Watch: ‘Unlawful’ State Dept ‘Stonewalled’ Request for Refugee Travel Loan, Taxpayer Loss Info

From CNS News: Judicial Watch announced on Feb. 7 that it filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State after it “stonewalled” their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information regarding Refugee Travel Loans and associated taxpayer losses, an “unlawful delay that screams ‘cover up,’” according to Judicial…

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SOROS PLANS ENDLESS, ORCHESTRATED ANTI-DEPORTATION PROTESTS

From WND: Donald Trump, with his attorney general now in place, began following through on another campaign promise – deport criminal illegal aliens. And the left’s first attempt to block a deportation has failed. A 36-year-old mother of two, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, was arrested Wednesday during her annual immigration…

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Tom Fitton on President Trumps Executive Order on ‘Extreme Vetting’ of Refugees

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was interviewed on “New Day” on CNN on Friday, February 10, 2017, to discuss President Trump’s executive order on “extreme vetting” of refugees. Video interview below: http://snpy.tv/2lIZJF9 http://snpy.tv/2lNViWe

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U.S. appeals court upholds suspension of Trump travel ban

From Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump suffered a legal blow on Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to reinstate a temporary travel ban he had ordered on people from seven Muslim-majority countries. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the Trump administration…