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  • Donald Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, used Twitter to threaten Congressman Justin Amash with a primary challenge. Amash is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. The GOP establishment has tried to take down Amash before, which puts Trump in the company of the people he claims to oppose. Allahpundit writes: “Sounds like the president’s planning to fight a two-front war against the left and right in 2018. Just what you’d expect a man with the massive political capital that comes with a 41 percent job approval rating to do.” You can contribute to Amash’s re-election campaign here.

  • Andrew McCarthy writes that it was sensible of Michael Flynn to seek immunity from prosecution before testifying about Russian involvement in the 2016 election given the political environment:

    The object of the Left’s game is to nullify Trump’s presidency, whether by impeachment or withering rebuke. The best way to get there is to demonize his associates, such that they are criminals and their crimes are his crimes. On that list, it doesn’t get higher than Mike Flynn.

    Later:

    Like Trump, moreover, Flynn – brash, unpolished, and erratic – has a knack for making enemies on all sides, such that Washington is now full of two kinds of people: those out to get Flynn and those who whisper that he had it coming.

  • Iraq’s air force claims it killed ISIS’ second-in-command, Ayad al-Jumaili, in an air strike near the Syrian border.

  • Russia is reportedly nearing production of its 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile, which has a 250 mile range and can travel at up to 4,600 miles per hour.

  • Protesters started fires in Paraguay’s Congress after the country’s Senate held a secret vote to amend the constitution and enable President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election. Paraguay’s constitution, adopted in 1992, only allowed a single term for the president.

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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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