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  • Three brothers who provide IT services to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence were fired for accessing congressional computer networks without permission and stealing equipment. Other House members, including members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, also employed the brothers. 

  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter ruled that Google must turn over to the FBI data that’s stored in an overseas data center. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came to the opposite conclusion regarding a demand for data that was stored in an overseas Microsoft data center, so it’s not clear what’s going on with this judge.

  • Andrew McCarthy argues that we should be prosecuting left wing rioters, not lionizing them:

    The message could not be clearer: For the political Left in this country, violence in the pursuit of “social justice” is not to be condemned, it is to be understood. There is the occasional winking rebuke of the forcible methods, but the underlying “progressive” cause is always endorsed, and the seditionist vanguard is the object of adulation.

    It is a huge problem in our country.

    What is being championed is not dissent. It is the destruction of the right to dissent. It is the suspension of the rule of law, without which a free society protective of life, liberty, and property is impossible.

    Later:

    For too long, our elites have portrayed transgressive behavior (very much including its allegedly artistic expression) as virtue. The constant undercurrent is that our country, our principles, and our norms are not worth having — much less admiring or defending. We are perversely taught to loathe ourselves, and thus to excuse and even revere those who raise the loathing into intimidation, aggression, and violence. Much of this phenomenon is cultural, which means government cannot fix it. But government is duty-bound to uphold the rule of law, and thus to ensure that our problems can be addressed peacefully.

    Sedition and its related pathologies must be prosecuted. Equally important, they must be condemned. Without that, there cannot be a pluralistic, flourishing society.

  • The Home School Legal Defense Association is suing New York City’s public schools for reporting homeschool families to Child Protective Services.

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  • Congressman Justin Amash explained this week’s budget resolution vote in a series of tweets:













  • Andrew McCarthy writes on the politicization of the Obama Justice Department:

    So, in a nutshell: A vague and apparently unsubstantiated suspicion of criminality connected to the Republican presidential candidate, based on potential involvement of Russia, prompts the Obama Justice Department to continue investigating under FISA and to approach the court twice — the latter time, very shortly before Election Day — for surveillance warrants.

    In stark contrast, concrete and substantiated suspicions of wrongdoing by the Democratic presidential candidate prompt a refusal by the Obama Justice Department to assist the FBI investigation (except to immunize the wrongdoers). Moreover, despite what the intelligence community maintains is confirmed evidence of Russian cyberespionage, the Obama Justice Department — far from seeking court warrants — refuses to compel production of Democratic communication devices.

    You’d almost think the Obama Justice Department makes enforcement decisions based on partisan politics.

  • The inspector general for the Department of Agriculture sifted through billions of food stamp transactions and found 3,394 stores that accept food stamps have owners who are dead, at least according to Social Security records. Normally we think of food stamp fraud as something committed by people who fraudulently obtain and spend food stamps, but the retailing side of the program isn’t policed well, either.

  • The corporate PACs of Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Amazon collectively spent slightly more money on Republican Congressional candidates than they did on Democratic candidates in 2016. The PACs did not contribute to presidential campaigns. The contributions of these companies’ employees is still tilted strongly to Democrats.

  • The former head of Ukraine’s top intelligence agency, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, is now campaigning to root out the country’s endemic corruption.

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