HUGE: 9/11 Benghazi Terrorist Leader Captured

Today, while most of America has been fixated on the Mueller indictment, a gigantic news story has nearly slipped through the cracks.

At around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, U.S. Officials with knowledge of the situation announced that an American special ops team working with Libyan forces had captured a key leader in the September 11, 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stephens along with 3 other Americans.

As the afternoon progressed, more details emerged which revealed that Mustafa al-Imam is currently in U.S. custody on-board an American naval ship, and is en-route to the United States to be brought to justice for his suspected role in the attack.

President Trump, who ordered the mission to apprehend al-Imam, stated that this capture proves that America’s “memory is deep, and our reach is long.”

On a day when we as a Nation are being bombarded with euphoric media coverage of craven political hacks who colluded with our enemies to enrich themselves, it is good to be reminded that thanks to the patriots in our armed services and intelligence agencies, we are still the good guys, and that the good guys are still making the bad guys pay.

Papadopolous Guilty Plea Is Bad News For Trump

With all the attention on Paul Manafort, the guilty plea of former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopolous has largely escaped notice, but it is Papadopolous that may prove to be a bigger threat to Donald Trump. The Papadopolous indictment, especially taken together with previous revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney, seems to indicate that at least some elements of the Trump campaign were actively seeking assistance from the Russians.

The indictment against Papadopolous alleges that the campaign advisor met with two Russian agents, the “Professor” and a Russian woman who Papadopolous believed to be Vladimir Putin’s niece. Per the indictment, Papadopolous had numerous contacts with the Russians and kept the campaign up to date with his outreach. In April 2016, the Professor told Papadopolous that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the firm of “thousands of emails.” This information was apparently passed along to the Trump campaign.

Many of the contacts involved a potential meeting between Donald Trump and the Russian government. The Trump campaign supervisor encouraged Papadopolous to make an unofficial visit to Russia, but the trip never took place.

The information in the indictment is not incriminating in and of itself. It isn’t illegal or unusual for a presidential campaign to be in contact with a foreign government. What is unusual and incriminating is for a member of a campaign to lie to FBI agents about such contacts. Yet, in the Trump Administration, there seems to have been mass amnesia about contacts with members of the Russian government.

Aside from the trail pointing toward the Trump campaign, Papadopolous’ guilty plea also indicates that he may have struck a deal with Robert Mueller. The bigger danger to Trump campaign officials is that Papadopolous may be providing information to Mueller’s team that will lead to more high-level indictments.

To be fair, the Russia amnesia seems to have spread across party lines. The Clinton campaign apparently paid for the infamous Trump dossier, at least part of which seemed to stem from Russian informants. At this point, it seems likely that both campaigns were attempting to to collude with the Russians with varying degrees of success.

For their part, the Russians seemed to be playing both sides. By summer of 2016, however, it was apparent that they were working against the Clinton campaign as emails stolen by Russian hackers were dumped online. It is possible that these emails were the same ones that the Professor offered to Papadopolous. With attempts made by Papadopolous, Donald Trump, Jr. and the candidate himself to get access to the stolen emails, if the Trump campaign did not collude with the Russian government, it was not for lack of trying.

Whether the collusion was successful and whether it rose to the level of criminality remains to be seen, but the smart bet is that Mueller has cards left to play. The arrests of Manafort, Gage and Papadopolous are likely only the beginning.

Hollywood and Weinstein

DR Radio: Harvey, Hefner, and Las Vegas

In this edition of DR Radio, Jay, Brian, and Hadley look at the moral “superiority” of Hollywood and the Weinstein fiasco, the latest Trump controversies, and what the Las Vegas shooting means.

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The Erick Erickson Show 10-30-17 Shady Behavior

Tonight on the show Erick goes over all the news surrounding the indictment of Paul Manafort, the plea deal of George Papadopoulos, Kevin Spacey uses being gay to excuse his potential sexual assault and tax reform.

Beer | Crafted: Beer+Faith+Community

The pastor of a small church plant in Missoula, Montana discovered small, unmet needs in the community around him; shoveling snow for those homebound, helping relocate those caught in an abusive relationship, being community for those without community. But the work needed support to continue. What better way to raise support than by brewing a specialty beer? A beer for the common man. A beer fit for community involvement.

This is the story of a beer that brought a community together. (2013)

BREAKING: “House of Cards” Officially Cancelled

The blockbuster Netflix series, “House of Cards” is officially coming to an end.  In the wake of star actor Kevin Spacey’s homosexual pedophilia scandal, it was announced that the show will end after its sixth season.

Netflix’s hit series “House of Cards” is going to end with its sixth and final season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series began production on its now-final season only a few weeks ago.

Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey,” a joint statement from both companies released Monday read. “In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”

This follows actor Anthony Rapp’s shocking interview with BuzzFeed News yesterday, accusing Spacey of trying to have sex with him when Rapp was only a 14 year old boy.  Spacey invited him to his apartment and got him into bed – even climbing on top of him before Rapp could squirm away and escape.  Rapp says he was compelled to come forward now in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein accusations.  To his credit, Rapp is naming names and not simply making vague, blanket accusations against the whole of a corrupt Hollywood system.  Unless predators are confronted and stopped, nothing will ever change.

Spacey responded with a statement, apologizing to Rapp but claiming to have no memory of the incident.  He writes it off to “drunk behavior”.  Needless to say, his statement was not received well.

The final season of “House of Cards” will be 13 episodes long and air in 2018.

Here’s My Crazy Conspiracy Theory For the Day

Most of the major leak stories out about the Trump team have come from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc. In other words, they have come from mainstream outlets and a number of them have been retracted. In fact, some pretty significant ones have been retracted. But one of the common things is that many of the leaks have come from partisan sources opposed to Trump.

So this past week we get two big things. First, we get a coordinated attack on Robert Mueller. There is no doubt in my mind that this was coming from the Trump team and I think it is very striking to see a lot of people in the conservative mediasphere all leveling the same attacks on Mueller at the same time. Sometimes this is the sign of a herd mentality and there is no coordination. Sometimes there is coordination. But the attacks to discredit Mueller in the run up to the indictment coming seems to be coordinated.

There’s another big story that came out though.

This one is that the Clinton campaign paid for the Fusion GPS dossier on Trump and is tied to the Washington Free Beacon having retained Fusion GPS to build an opposition file on various Republicans. To be clear, the Free Beacon has absolutely nothing to do with Christopher Steele and his Trump dossier. That was all the handiwork of the Clintons and Democrats. But the dossier story popped along with the Mueller stuff.

While I’m perfect comfortable believing that the Mueller attacks came from Trump allies and possibly the White House, part of me really thinks the Clinton-Fusion GPS story came from the Democrats.

There’s no better way to bury that story that to get it out right before the Manafort indictment. It allows the media to claim they’ve already covered it so it can be discarded as old news. And it gets pushed aside because of Manafort. So yeah, call me crazy, but I’m thinking the Democrats pushed out the Fusion GPS links knowing what was coming.

“BUT BUT BUT,” you say, “how’d the Democrats know about the coming indictment?”

“Podesta,” I reply.

You Can’t Complain About Liberal Media Bias Again, Ever

Without fail, every day I post about the Russian government’s propaganda campaign to influence voters, I am told:

“There’s no evidence of a single changed vote.”

When I clarify I never claimed a vote was physically altered, they counter:

“There’s no proof of a single voter changing their vote because of it.”

If propaganda and misleading information have no effect on voters, then all political campaigns, dishonest advertising, and even the “liberal media bias” has no effect whatsoever, on anyone. This also means that logically-speaking, all campaign finance laws are moot, since they needlessly try to avoid something that has no effect on voters.

Right?

The featured photo above is beyond ironic, in that case.

So, don’t ever complain about bias again, ever. If you do, I’m going to ask you:

“Is there evidence of a single changed vote?”

When you object to the question, I’m going to clarify:

“There’s no proof of a single voter changing their vote because of ‘fake news.'”

If this is true, what are you worried about then?