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  • The Department of Justice Inspector General report on former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe details how the Obama administration worked to shut down the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation:

    The report, authored by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, an Obama appointee, chronicles the Justice Department’s effort to shut down the FBI’s investigation Aug. 12, 2016. The pressure allegedly came in the form of a phone call to McCabe from a Justice Department principal associate deputy attorney general (PADAG) who pressed McCabe on the continuing investigation. The IG did not identify which PADAG made the call.

    Later:

    The August phone call between McCabe and the senior Justice Department official was acrimonious, the IG reported. “McCabe acknowledged that the PADAG call was a very memorable event in McCabe’s career. It involved a dramatic confrontation between McCabe and the principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, one of the highest ranking officials in the Department. McCabe told the OIG that, despite his long career in the FBI, he had never had a conversation ‘like this one’ with a high level Department of Justice official before or since August 12, 2016,” the IG wrote.

  • The Department of Justice Inspector General report on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server will be released next month.

  • Neil Gorsuch sided with the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberals in a case involving the deportation of a legal immigrant who committed multiple burglaries. Federal law says an immigrant who commits a “crime of violence” can be deported, and both the Obama and Trump administrations argued that an “ordinary case” of burglary can involve violence; a 5–4 majority of the Supreme Court disagreed.

  • Law students at the City University of New York tried to de-platform Josh Blackman. The subject of Blackman’s speech was the importance of the First Amendment on campus. The administrators at CUNY’s law school refused to punish the students.

  • Joy Pullmann uses text from a new Advanced Placement history textbook to demonstrate the stupidity of sending your children to indoctrination camps posing as schools:

    Many parents wouldn’t let their kids physically ingest even trace chemicals that haven’t been conclusively proven to hurt anyone, yet they send their kids to mental cafeterias that plentifully serve ideas proven to cause human misery and slavery. This is madness. For lawmakers from the Right to allow their political antagonists to maintain monopolies on instructing future voters, it’s suicidal.

    Citing statistics that 66% of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz was, Pullmann writes:

    Surveys and studies have been finding for decades now that the U.S. education system graduates students of this caliber. You don’t need studies to prove this. Just look at what passes for public discourse. Look at the decisions your fellow citizens keep making through our political process. Look at their capabilities of creating and sustaining healthy, happy families and communities. Do Americans seem generally well-informed, thoughtful, and constructively engaged? In other words, are we still as a people good at governing ourselves, at running our own lives?

    If you think not, then it’s time to confront the truth that this is happening in your state, your town, your schools, and to your kids. You might not be interested in politicized and dumbed-down curriculum, but it’s interested in your kids. Passivity enables its strengthening dominance.

  • Israel hinted that it may attack Iranian planes in Syria, including civilian planes transporting weapons.

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  • Nikki Haley said the Trump administration will impose new sanctions on Russia tomorrow, targeting companies that supplied the Syrian government with equipment used to produce chemical weapons.

  • Donald Trump tried to block Mike Pence from hiring Jon Lerner as his national security advisor because Trump believes Lerner is a never-Trumper.

  • Paul Bonicelli writes that last week’s missile strikes against Syria amounted to a reset of Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy:

    President Obama’s greatest error was not simply drawing red lines regarding Syrian chemical weapons use then failing to enforce them. Rather, his greatest failure was failing to appreciate that Russia and Iran have been angling for years to control the fate of the Middle East. He blew it, and they took advantage of his fecklessness by acting contrary to U.S. interests and those of our allies in the region.

    They now have unacceptable leverage over the region. Russia isn’t enamored of Assad, and neither is Iran. Assad is a loser who can’t hold his country together without outside support. He is nothing more than an opportunity for them.

    But holding Assad in contempt doesn’t mean these regimes can’t recognize a bird’s nest on the ground when they see it. When Obama failed to act in time to stop the Islamic State’s rise, drew red lines and didn’t enforce them, and foolishly turned over to Russia the task of curbing the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability, he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei a gift: massive leverage in the Middle East.

  • A tiny agency funded by the federal government, Polygraph, is working to push back against Russian disinformation.

  • Israel says it destroyed the longest, deepest tunnel yet discovered between the Gaza Strip and its territory.

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