Andrew McCabe -- who was fired as FBI deputy director last month -- hit back at former FBI Director James Comey, saying he was not telling the truth in an interview earlier Wednesday. "Comey has relied on the accuracy and the soundness of the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) conclusions in their report on Mr. McCabe. In fact, the report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with the Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication," said Michael Bromwich, counsel for McCabe. In an appearance on ABC's "The View" earlier Wednesday, Comey said he ordered the probe that eventually led to McCabe's firing, and believes McCabe lied about his conversations with the media. read more
I recently heard on cable news that special counsel Robert Mueller wanted to interview some "Russian oligarchs" about their supposed influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Liberal talking heads at such organizations as MSNBC and CNN keep warning that nothing has been done yet to protect the integrity of our voting process against "Russian interference" as the 2018 midterm elections loom ever closer on the nation's horizon. What about the American oligarchs, I wondered, people like businessman Richard Uihlein, who regularly distort U.S. elections at every level -- local, state and federal? Who will protect our "democracy" from the plutocratic "wealth primary" power of the American oligarchy? read more
U.S. troops could continue fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda and would be given explicit new permission to battle the Islamic State -- but would not be authorized to attack the capabilities of any nation state, such as Syria -- under updated rules of war proposed by a bipartisan group of senators Monday. Led by Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, the new Authorization for the Use of Military Force would replace 2001 and 2002 AUMFs that started the war on terror and paved the way for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The commander in chief -- in this case President Trump -- would be authorized to keep up the fight against a long list of international terrorist organizations that were either affiliated with or spun off of al Qaeda, including the Haqqani Network, al-Shabab and the Al Nusrah Front. But Congress would be granted more oversight powers, including having to reauthorize the war powers every four years.
A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling prayed and braced for impact. National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said one person was killed. It was the first passenger fatality in a U.S. airline accident since 2009, Sumwalt said.
In recent days, The New Yorker has made some downright scurrilous accusations about Chick-fil-A, the unofficial chicken of our Lord. The magazine warned that the beloved fast food restaurant was waging a "guerrilla insurgency" upon Gotham's citizenry plotting to evangelize the city by luring the masses with plump, juicy chicken breasts tucked between hot, buttered buns. "The brand's arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism," lamented Dan Piepenbring in an essay titled "Chick-fil-A's Creepy Infiltration of New York City." Piepenbring seemed terribly disturbed by the news that a fourth outpost of the family-owned chain had recently opened as if the Chick-fil-A Cows were about to stampede through the East Village. read more