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  • The federal government is on course to run a nearly $1 trillion deficit this fiscal year.

  • An Amtrak train on the wrong track collided with a parked freight train in South Carolina, killing two Amtrak crew members and injuring 116 people. There have been three fatal Amtrak accidents in the past three months.

  • The second Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Michael Monsoor, passed its sea trials.

  • Andrew Klavan writes that the FBI/FISA court scandal points to a bigger scandal — the mainstream media’s efforts to squash public interest in something they should be actively investigating:

    In short, a press that should on principle raven for every piece of information that might be damning to the powerful of every stripe—a press that has shown itself willing to publish anonymous anti-Trump leaks that sometimes turned out to be false—has made it clear that they do not want you to know what they do not want to know themselves.

    The truth is both the memo itself and the press’s unforgivable lack of curiosity and outrage about the memo are part of a much bigger scandal that has gone further to damage our republic than anything Trump has done or said. The memo represents just one more jigsaw piece in a picture of the Obama administration as a Chicago-style Democratic machine rife with cronyism and abuse of power, a machine to which the media closed its eyes.

    We know this. It’s not conjecture. We know that Obama’s IRS made successful efforts to silence conservative voices during the president’s reelection campaign. After a settlement agreement in Z Street’s lawsuit against them, we know that the IRS also targeted Jewish groups that supported Israel. We know that Obama appointed one attorney general who styled himself the president’s “wing-man … there with my boy” (imagine Jeff Sessions saying that), and another who held a secret meeting with Bill Clinton while Hillary Clinton was under investigation. And now we begin to learn that the Obama Justice Department may have colluded with a Democrat’s campaign to spy on a Republican’s. Obama misled us about much of this and more: about the IRS; about when he himself gained knowledge of Hillary’s secret email server, a server he used under a pseudonym; about his secret dealings with Iran; and about the effects of his signature health-care bill.

    All this—really a steady stream of deceptions and abuses of power—while journalists kowtowed to, flattered, and ultimately raved about the administration being “scandal-free.” The press sacrificed its credibility with eight years of willful blindness. Those who asked with the ancient Roman poet Juvenal, “Who will guard the guardians?” were answered by the self-styled heroes of journalistic truth-telling: “Not us.”

    That’s the real scandal here, and it’s beginning to come out.

  • Afghanistan’s already-delayed parliamentary and local council elections have been postponed again — now they’re scheduled for October. There was a presidential election in 2014 that featured massive voter fraud, and Afghanistan is struggling to clean up its electoral act and make certain voters will be safe.

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  • On Thursday the head of U.S. Central Command told Congress that the U.S. agreed to bomb ISIS targets in Tikrit on the condition that Shiite militias would not be participating in the final assault on the city. A Pentagon spokesman later clarified that most of the Shiite militias had withdrawn from Tikrit. One of the Shiite militias that remained – and therefore benefitted from the American airstrikes – was the Popular Mobilization Committee, which is not a nice bunch:

    The leadership of the Popular Mobilization Committee is closely tied to Iran and its commander is a designated terrorist. The unit, which was established in June 2014 after the Iraqi Army and police collapsed as the Islamic State advanced in multiple provinces the overarching command for all of the Shiite militias.

    The Popular Mobilization Committee is led by Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, a former commander in the Badr Organization who was listed by the US government as Specially Designated Global Terrorist in July 2009. The US government described Muhandis, whose real name is Jamal Jaafar Mohammed, as “an advisor to Qassem Soleimani,” the commander of the Qods Force, the external operations wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

  • It’s difficult to know exactly when Hillary Clinton deleted all of the email from her personal server, but it appears she did it after her email had been subpoenaed. That sort of action would get a prole into big trouble, but a Clinton…

  • ProPublica and Gawker went back through Sidney Blumenthal’s email (his account was hacked in 2013 and his emails were released) and it appears that Blumenthal was running an intelligence acquisition and analysis operation for Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State. The reports issued by the operation were written by Tyler Drumheller, a former high-level CIA employee. Among the reports were accounts of the deteriorating situation in Libya, reports that were delivered to Clinton before the Benghazi attack.

  • The Arcus Foundation and the Ford Foundation have spent more than $3 million since 2013 on campaigns opposing religious freedom exemptions.

  • A coalition of jihadist groups claims they’ve gained control of Idlib, Syria. It was formerly controlled by Bashar al Assad’s government.

  • Al Shabaab attacked a hotel in Mogadishu that’s popular with government officials and foreigners. Somali special forces eventually killed the six attackers, but 18 people were killed and at least 28 were wounded.

  • Andrew Klavan’s “50 Shades of Barack Obama”:

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