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Sheriff David Clarke, outspoken Trump backer, resigns

(London Guardian) David Clarke, the outspoken Milwaukee County sheriff who built a following among conservatives nationally with his provocative social media presence and strong support of Donald Trump, has resigned.

The Milwaukee County clerk, George Christenson, said he had received a resignation letter from Clarke, but the letter did not say why the sheriff was leaving office more than a year before his term is up.

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Clarke’s office referred questions to an email address that he had provided. He did not immediately respond to an email seeking his reasons for leaving or what he planned to do next.

Clarke’s most recent Twitter post, from Thursday afternoon, showed him posing with law enforcement officers at the National Fraternal Order of Police convention in Nashville.

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GOP senators: Comey began clearing Clinton before FBI interview

(Axios) Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham have written to FBI Director Christopher Wray claiming James Comey, Wray’s predecessor, began drafting a statement clearing Hillary Clinton of criminal charges two months before she was interviewed by the FBI, per Politico.

The source: The senators have obtained transcripts of interviews from the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC), a government watchdog, that was investigating Comey’s actions and whether they violated a law preventing government employees from engaging in political activity on duty.

In a hearing last September on Capitol Hill, Comey denied a decision had been made on Clinton’s status before the July 2 interview.

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L.A. city council changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

(Breitbart) The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to remove Columbus Day from the city calendar and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day.

L.A. follows Seattle, Albuquerque, Denver, and other cities, in making this move.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, “a member of the Wyandotte Nation tribe in Oklahoma,” argued that the change to Indigenous People’s Day was part of a move toward “restorative justice.” He said, “We are not creating a racial conflict, we are ending one.”

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Trump plays the Russia game

The Trump administration on Thursday ordered Russia to close down a consulate in San Francisco in addition to diplomatic annexes in Washington and New York, citing the move as a response to an earlier Russian call for the U.S. to reduce embassy staff in Moscow by 755 State Department employees.

The move is being billed as “retaliation” by much of the mainstream media. The Trump State Department’s choice of phrasing, however, was that the order came “in the spirit of parity.”

Either way, Russia is ordered to get out of the facilities by Saturday.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the U.S. expects full and timely cooperation.

“The United States has fully implemented the decision by the Government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia,” she said. “We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries.”

The Cold War throwback of a diplomatic diss signals that President Trump may be losing his argument that the U.S. should make a priority of improving relations with Russia.

As recently as Monday, the president expressed a desire for a more productive relationship: “I hope that we do have good relations with Russia. I say it loud and clear, I have been saying it for years. I think it’s a good thing if we have great relationships, or at least good relationships, with Russia. I believe someday that will happen.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order for U.S. diplomatic reductions in Moscow came amid shrieks from the U.S. intelligence and media establishment regarding still unproven claims that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Even with Trump’s apparent move to acquiesce anti-Russia members of the U.S. establishment with the diplomatic closures, some are arguing that the administration hasn’t gone far enough.

From The New York Times: 

Francisco is the oldest and most established consulate in the United States, according to administration officials, consisting of an office building and a residence. The two annexes housed Russian trade missions.

But the State Department’s response seemed calculated to avoid deepening the rift with Russia. The administration is not expelling any Russian diplomatic personnel from the United States, nor did it touch the staff at Russia’s main embassy in Washington.

“It is an important and needed response, but it is not proportionate,” said Michael A. McFaul, who served as ambassador to Moscow during the Obama administration. “The dismissal of 755 employees has a much greater impact on our diplomatic operations in Russia than this action has on Russian operations in the United States.”

The Trump administration’s announcement of the action also bore little resemblance to Russia’s move, which was announced by President Vladimir V. Putin himself in an interview with stare-run Russian television.

In other words, the political class that’s been jockeying for a Cold War revival since long before Trump took the White House (a revival that was all but promised given a Hillary Clinton victory) is dying to hear talk of “firte and fury” from the president on Russia. Hopefully that isn’t going to happen. But as Trump’s inner circle in the White House continues to change– and look more Washington-approved– it isn’t a stretch to believe Clinton-style foreign policy is about to become Trump’s newest international brand.

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Harvey and coming storms should get you in the prepper mindset… right now

The current disaster unfolding along the Gulf Coast is a jolting reminder that survival preparedness is something you should never put off. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll stock up on non-perishable food items, water and other basic necessities when you have the time and extra money sitting around– but for far too many Americans, too late comes too soon.

Harvey is winding down, leaving Texas residents to pick up the pieces. But this is only the beginning of what looks to be an extremely active hurricane season. Worse yet, while the national media shifted 24-7 focus to hurricane coverage (as it will certainly be forced to again in coming weeks), international stability has continued to quietly deteriorate.

The potential for danger to your life, financial security and family’s well-being is everywhere. That reality, of course, shouldn’t consume you… what a miserable life that would create.

But would it hurt to take some small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones against uncertainty? Of course not. The thought of the alternative– facing a real natural or man-made disaster totally unprepared– should cause much more heartburn than the idea of spending a few hours and a few dollars on a self-made insurance policy that could mean the difference between life and death.

Here are a few extremely valuable resources to help you get started today. The best part is that much of what you need, you probably already have on hand– it’s just a matter of situating your survival cache for quick access in the event of emergency. Other things can be picked up relatively cheaply. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Are You Prepared For Basic Survival?

You owe it to yourself to prepare for a hurricane or flooding

How to survive a hurricane

Survival plan should include finances, experts say

Investing In Survival

The big list of survival and homesteading tools

Finally, a printed copy of Bob Livingston’s How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization should have a place in every survival toolkit. It provides a compendium of the information above and a boatload of additional practical, actionable survival advice for all manner of disaster scenarios. Having the information in one place, in printed form is vital– because if you’ve ever had the misfortune of being involved in a mass disaster, you know that internet and cell phone connections will become overloaded or go offline altogether early on.

Get your copy of How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization at this link right now.

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SPLC sends millions in cash overseas

(Free Beacon) – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its “hate group” designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.

Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of “fighting hate and bigotry” using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is perhaps best known for its “hate map,” a collection of organizations the nonprofit deems “domestic hate groups” that lists mainstream conservative organizations alongside racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and is often referenced in the media. A gunman opened fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the conservative Family Research Council in 2012 after seeing it listed as an “anti-gay” group on SPLC’s website.

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Leftists call for removal of 3 Army bases

(Daily Caller) — The Southern Poverty Law Center has declared three of America’s largest Army bases Confederate monuments “with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed” if activists don’t “take down” the Army bases.

The SPLC included Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in Georgia on a list of 1,500 “Confederate monuments” that the SPLC claims could inspire more violence like what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. All three bases are named after Confederate military leaders.

The list makes no mention of renaming namesakes of Confederate monuments; taking the monuments down is presented as the only option. The recent leftist campaign against Confederate namesakes and monuments has included a willingness among some far-left actors to destroy government property to accomplish their goals.

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