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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…

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Hillary Email Law Suit Gets New Life

From Legal Insurrection: Politics aside, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals holds the Archivist is required, under the Federal Records Act, to “take enforcement action through the Attorney General” within a reasonable period of time if attempts to make the archive whole were unsuccessful.

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Final tally: President sticks taxpayers with $100M vacation tab

From WND: As a candidate in 2008, then Sen. Barack Obama, R-Ill., vowed he would give up vacations if elected president, in order to completely focus on his job. Fast-forward to the present, and it is now projected Obama will have spent more than $100 million taxpayer dollars on vacations…

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Trump gets green light to go after Hillary’s emails

From WND: A federal appeals court has opened the door for Donald Trump’s U.S. attorney general, which will be Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., if confirmed, to intervene in the case of Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured, private computer server in her home for classified information.

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Video: Opinion Journal: A New Clinton Email Probe?

From the Wall Street Journal: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on a federal appeals court ruling against the State Department. Photo credit: Getty Images.

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Report: Latin America Offers A Haven For Jihadis

From the Daily Caller: Translated by watchdog group Judicial Watch on Wednesday, the document states, “Latin America represents an important region for Islamic radicalism because conditions enable the free, almost undetectable, movement of their members throughout the region.”

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Clinton Email Case Back On; Court Says More Could Have Been Done to Turn Over Messages

From LawNewz: Just when you thought that the Hillary Clintonemail saga was over, a new development surfaced on Tuesday by way of a federal appellate judge’s ruling. Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of conservative groups Judicial Watch and Cause of Action in their lawsuits against…

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Appeals court revives suits over Hillary Clinton emails

From Politico: A federal appeals court has revived a pair of lawsuits seeking to force the federal government to sue former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a quest to try to recover more emails from the private server she used while secretary of state.

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When a president runs a tab

From The Washington Times: Only this same churl would expect President Obama and his family to spend their Christmas holidays at Disneyland, shoot miniature golf and sup at Cracker Barrel, but the Obamas have really put on the dog over the eight years of the Obama era. Our Dave Boyer…

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Sanctuary Cities Raise Legal Defense Funds For Illegal Immigrants

From The Daily Caller: The Chicago City Council approved a $1.3 million legal defense fund to aid illegal immigrants facing deportation last Tuesday. Less than a week later, Los Angeles city officials revealed Wednesday their fund has more than seven times the money of Chicago.

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Conservative group sues city, de Blasio over the mayor’s interactions with South Africa ambassador

From New York Daily News: Judicial Watch Inc. said it filed a formal request for “any and all records of communications” between the two men in June after the mayor said Gaspard was “an agent of the city” along with four other men who act as de Blasio’s informal kitchen…

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Mills, State Department oppose video release in Judicial Watch Clinton email case

Lawyers for the State Department and former Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills are opposing a conservative group’s move to unseal videos of depositions taken in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit relating to Clinton’s use of a private email account.

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‘People Don’t Understand How Hard This Is’

From LifeZette: That was the case with Michelle Obama’s appearance on Oprah’s CBS prime-time special Monday night. The nation’s outgoing first lady confirmed she has no plans to run for office — although the Left crowned her its most effective surrogate during Hillary Clinton’s disastrous White House bid.

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Judicial Watch Wants Sessions to Root Evil Out of DOJ

From The Daily Beast: The group, Judicial Watch, caused rolling problems for Hillary Clinton’s campaign because it was—in the view of Clinton allies—simultaneously incredibly fringy and incredibly effective. But they don’t think Clinton’s loss is necessarily a win for good governance.