Air Force failed to share murder's criminal record with FBI for NICS
Even under the unversal background checks demanded by gun control proponents, even if you discount criminals selling guns to each other outside the law, mass shootings would still happen, because people screw up the background check process.
Two of the major revelations from Bruce Ohr's testimony about SpyGate, as recently leaked: Bruce Ohr was working with Steele not just after he had been fired, but months before the 2016 election, and very early in the process, Ohr says he informed the FBI officials he was working with of both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson's significant antiTrump bias and the nature of their work as paid opposition researchers.
In other words, the FBI knew from the beginning -- the very first FISA request -- that Steele's dossier (which, remember, was the basis of the FISA and without it, no FISA would have been issued) was paid opposition research by extremely biased individuals with financial motives to simply make stuff up.
The FBI did not pass on any of these warnings to the FISC court reviewing their application to spy on an opposition Presidential campaign.
And, as a bonus, Democrat House member Adam Schiff lied about the timing. He's one of the few people with access to the original (unredacted) documents in this case.
The Transportation Security Agency is an agency everyone hates, with good reason. Privatizing airport security would improve efficiency, customer service, and effectiveness. And all Trump needs to do to create thousands of new airport security jobs in the private sector is to declare the entire southern border an airport and put TSA in charge of security screening. They could build massive walls to channel people to TSA screening points.
That would satisfy both camps: we would have a wall protecting our southern border AND completely open borders!
I remember when the New World Order was a conspiracy theory...
They are now making these demands openly. It's an effective conquest by legal and diplomatic means rather than military means. If this continues to escalate, the EU will disintegrate into individual nations again. At this point, that would probably be for the best.
Details here. This one has a single feature test, meaning it will ban any AR-15 type rifle, or anything else with that accepts a magazine and has a pistol grip. And with Maxine Waters running the Commerce Committee, look for financial targeting to get a lot worse.
NYTimes admits FBI opened investigation into Trump personally
The FBI is frantically trying to spin their coup attempt into something that is less criminal. As Mollie Hemingway points out in the quoted section above, it's a pretty flimsy set of reasons for opening up an investigation. Bongino believes they are trying to hide the international element of the anti-Trump investigation, which is probably part of it -- at a minimum, the UK and other foreign governments were involved in trying to prevent his election and possibly sabotage his administration after the election. Both perspectives have validity, but I think there's a subtle element they are missing here. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first admission by the FBI that they actually opened a counterintelligence investigation into the sitting President. For a long time, they were talking about an investigation into Trump's campaign, but after Comey's firing as they have now admitted, they opened a formal investigation into the President personally.
I think that's going to be one of the facts that hangs them.
This is scorched-earth, destroy-your-enemies-with-the-state, third-world shithole stuff. Investigating a person (and his family!) to find a crime, rather than investigating a crime to find out who committed it.
Khashoggi was a foreign propaganda operative working for the Washington Post for years. That doesn't mean he should have been killed, but it certainly undercuts the idea that he was an innocent journalist targeted for no reason.
You don't have to like the President, even if you work for the DOJ or FBI. You do have to respect the office and follow his orders in your professional life, unless you choose to resign your position. You don't have a license to spy on him, investigate him, or try to get him impeached.
His speech at sentencing was made for a news audience. He was ordered to pay nearly $2 million and his admission of guilt mentioned the President repeatedly. But, of that two million, only $100K was for anything related to Trump -- the Meuller lying to Congress charges amounted to $50K and the SDNY campaign finance charges another $50K. The other $1.9M was for his own tax and taxi issues, as far as I can tell.
Mueller has massive leverage on Cohen after raiding his office and violating attorney-client privilege to get to Trump, but still came away with pretty much nothing.
Any one of those measures, applied nationwide, would probably be sufficient to ensure Republicans never win a national or statewide election again. All of them together? Game over. Democrats know that and they are determined that the moment they regain power, Trump will never, ever be allowed to happen again.
Read the whole thing for even more, and even worse, examples.
Given those answers -- especially Barr's long-standing personal and professional relationship with Mueller -- I cannot see how Barr can be expected to provide the restraint Mueller's special counsel role has so far been lacking.
I wonder if Trump knew that when he nominated Barr? Somehow, I doubt it.
Someone should tell him before Barr is confirmed, in case he wants to nominate someone without such conflicted personal relationship.
Feinstein introduces a new Assault Weapons Ban, and it's awful
So what are the big things here? Bans two hundred firearm models by name. That's a lot.
Bans any firearm that accepts a detachable magazine and has "one or more [evil scary features]". It only takes one. A pistol grip counts. Or any other grip. Or anything around the barrel so you don't burn yourself. Or anything you put on the barrel. Or any stock that you can adjust to fit your body size. Put all of those features together and you can pretty much ban all semiautomatic firearms, period, end.
Also bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds, which hardly matters since there will be no firearms left to take those magazines.
Oh, and about that "owners may keep existing [weapons or magazines]"? Can you prove you bought your rifle before the ban? What about your magazines? How? Your firearm has a serial number but will the company still be in business to verify when they made it? Your magazine likely doesn't have a serial number.
Oh, look, bans private sales of "assault weapons" even if you are otherwise allowed to have it. Also gifts and trades. And you better be storing it in a government approved manner, or they will charge you with a crime when someone else steals it. And prohibits ALL transfer of magazines, so you'll have to destroy yours before you die or your heirs will be in deep shit.
And the bump-fire stock ban is tossed in as an afterthought.
Basically, this ban is going after any semiautomatic firearm. (Remember, practically by definition, a pistol has a pistol grip; I don't see any language in this summary that would exclude pistols, and several indications that they are included).