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Video: Opinion Journal – De-Trumping the Trump Business

From the Wall Street Journal: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton evaluates the president-elect’s plan to avoid conflicts of interest.

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Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter had converted to Islam before joining the Army

From the World Tribune: The newly uncovered information linking the shooter to radical Islam flies in the face of the official story from authorities that he is a mentally ill Army veteran who became unhinged after a tour of duty in Iraq.

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Report: Latin American intel no match for terror groups planning attacks in U.S.

From the World Tribune: Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Hizbullah and other terror organizations are operating freely in Latin America and have entered into a “marriage of convenience” with drug cartels to raise huge amounts of cash for terror attacks in the United States, Spain’s Defense Ministry reported.

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As Republicans float further Clinton probes, Sessions said he would recuse himself

From The Washington Post: The Select Committee on Benghazi has closed up shop. The FBI has found no new emails to change its conclusion that there was not a winnable case against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private server. Clinton herself, having become the fourth American to win…

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Islamic terror cells shift from Mideast to U.S.-Mexican border

From WND: According to the JW report, cartel informants have told law enforcement that “they are only waiting for the order and the times to carry out a simultaneous attack in the different ports of entry or cities of the United States of America.” Drug cartels have a working “agreement”…

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Judicial Watch Goes After ‘Another Corrupt Politician — Eric Holder’

From The Daily Caller: Judicial Watch’s filing targets “all contracts between the California Legislature and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling,” in addition to “all communications between the California Legislature and former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling about the…

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New Hawaiian Affairs trustee foiled Native Hawaiian election

From the Associated Press: Kelii Akina was elected in November as an at-large Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee, unseating Haunani Apoliona, who was a trustee since 1996. Akina’s win came as a shock to some in the Native Hawaiian community who wonder if his views are consistent with the office’s…

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Fight still looms over House ethics watchdog

From USA Today: Republican leaders have pledged to hash out a bipartisan agreement by August to address lawmakers’ concerns about the activities of the Office of Congressional Ethics. The House Ethics Committee, which has an equal number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, will oversee the plan.

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A brief history of the House GOP’s failed ethics ploy

From CNN: On the eve of the 115th Congress, as Republicans prepared for the first time in a decade to assume almost unfettered control of the federal government, the House GOP voted in a closed-door meeting to decimate the chamber’s independent nonpartisan oversight office.

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Obama’s Travel Cost Taxpayers More Than $96 Million

From The Washington Free Beacon: Michelle Obama took her daughters to ski in Aspen in February 2016, spending $222,875.58 in travel costs alone. This did not include costs for accommodations, meals, rental cars, ski lift tickets, or attendant costs for U.S. Secret Service personnel. The First Lady also took her daughters to Morocco,…

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House Republicans Humiliated; Reverse Plans to Gut House Ethics Oversight

From Breitbart: “The American people will see this latest push to undermine congressional ethics enforcement as shady and corrupt,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The full House should seriously consider whether it wants to bear the brunt of public outrage and go through with the rule…

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The Latest: House adopts new rules package along party lines

From the Associated Press: The Republican-led House has adopted, largely along party lines, its rules package for the 115th Congress, with Democrats protesting a provision that includes fines for members who use electronic devices to take pictures or video from the House floor.

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House Fires at Ethics and Shoots Self

From The New York Times: The public protests over the House move to weaken the office were heartening. Even the conservative group Judicial Watch paused in its pursuit of Hillary Clinton to decry the Goodlatte proposal as a “poor way to begin draining the swamp.” The O.C.E. proposal has now…

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House Republicans cancel plan to dismantle ethics watchdog after backlash, opposition from Trump

From the New York Daily News: The sudden reversal came just hours after President-elect Donald Trump attacked House Republicans, questioning whether they should have prioritized gutting the independent, nonpartisan watchdog charged with keeping tabs on congressional ethics, and after severe blowback in the media that triggered heavy constituent calls

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Video: Obama’s closest adviser says president has been scandal-free

From Fox News: Jan. 03, 2017 – 3:58 – President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton takes on Valerie Jarrett’s claim

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With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

From The New York Times: House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.

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Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Clinton Email Lawsuits

From Breitbart: When Secretary of State John Kerry refused to take all lawful measures mandated by federal law to recover Clinton’s emails, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action brought separate lawsuits seeking to force Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch a Justice Department investigation, a request that federal law says…

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Obama’s closest adviser says president has been scandal-free

From the New York Post: “The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself,” Jarrett said in an interview broadcast on CNN Sunday. The aide, also a close friend of Obama and his wife, Michelle, credited the…

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Behind Trump Foundation scandals are greater concerns over conflicts of interes

Based on what is publicly known about the Trump Foundation scandals, Fitton says they “do not rise to the level” of the what his group helped uncover with the Clinton Foundation. “In the greater scheme of things, they are relatively small potatoes,” he added.

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De Blasio: Music Video Touting 2016 Accomplishments Is Not Campaign Ad

But should taxpayer dollars be used to make such a video? CBS2 asked Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan government watchdog group. “This video, a little less than a year before the next election, is an indication that taxpayers are going to be subsidizing the mayor’s re-election campaign,” Fitton…