New Texts From Anti-Trump FBI Agents Mention A ‘SECRET SOCIETY’

By Daily Wire. New text messages from anti-Trump FBI agents reviewed by investigators reportedly make reference to a “secret society,” in what could be the nail in the coffin for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Investigators have reviewed 50,000 text messages on FBI servers looking for all exchanges between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the 2016 election, Fox News reported. The revelation comes as investigators are seeking the whereabouts of approximately five months’ worth of text messages between Page and Strzok.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy told Fox News on Monday that one of the newly-revealed text messages spoke of a “secret society.”

“The day after the election, the day after what they really, really didn’t want to have happen, there’s a text exchange between [Strzok and Page] … saying, ‘Perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society,'” Gowdy said. “So, of course I’m going to want to know: What ‘secret society’ are you talking about?”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice is doing everything in its power to retrieve the missing text messages and to get to the bottom of what happened.

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New Texts from FBI Official Removed from Mueller Probe Delivered to Congress

By Laura Jarrett. A new cache of text messages exchanged between two top FBI officials that have come under fire for criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump were delivered to lawmakers on Capitol Hill Friday evening, according to a letter from Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

The delivery of nearly 400 pages of new text messages sent by FBI officials who were briefly on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team sets up a new chapter in the political swirl of accusations that some members of the FBI working on the Russia probe are biased against Trump.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Saturday, Johnson — the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee — described several of the texts that appear to involve the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, a subject of investigation for the committee.

In one February 2016 exchange, FBI lawyer Lisa Page calls it “unbelievable” that the 2016 presidential race would come down to Clinton versus Trump. Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of the Clinton email server as the No. 2 official in the FBI’s counterintelligence division, responds, “Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE . . . ,” an apparent reference to “Midyear Exam” — the FBI’s internal case name for the Clinton investigation. (Read more from “New Texts from FBI Official Removed from Mueller Probe Delivered to Congress” HERE)

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Trump Lauds ‘Big Win’ After Dems ‘Cave’ on Shutdown, Schumer Criticized

President Trump struck an optimistic tone on Twitter after he signed a bill to reopen the government late Monday night after a 69-hour federal government shutdown that led to Senate Democrats backing off their opposition.

Earlier in the day, Congress agreed on a measure that will fund the government for three weeks. The agreement will keep the government funded until Feb. 8.

“Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown,” Trump tweeted, after he kept a low profile during the weekend. “Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security. Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table.”

Some items on the top of the agenda are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and border security. Trump has said he wants a deal in place to legalize the country’s 700,000 Dreamers.

Despite getting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., to allow debate on the immigration issue, Democrats faced immediate backlash within their own ranks for not pushing harder on the immigration law. (Read more from “Trump Lauds ‘Big Win’ After Dems ‘Cave’ on Shutdown, Schumer Criticized” HERE)

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Oxford University Extended Exam Times for Women to Improve Their Grades: Report

Prestigious Oxford University in Britain extended exam times exclusively to women in a bid to improve their scores, reports on Monday said.

Female students taking math and computer science tests in the summer of 2017 were given an additional 15 minutes to finish, according to the documents obtained by the London Times.

No changes were made to the difficulty or length of questions. The university reportedly said women performed better as a result of the extension.

The move came after university officials deemed female candidates more likely to suffer from “the undue effects of time pressure” and thought the time extension could “mitigate the … gender gap that has arisen in recent years.”

The officials also said they believed the exam “should be a demonstration of mathematical understanding and not a time trial.” (Read more from “Oxford University Extended Exam Times for Women to Improve Their Grades: Report” HERE)

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Watch: Reporter Asks Women’s Marchers What They’re Protesting. Things Go Exactly How You’d Expect.

Turns out, the Women’s March has very little to do with actual women’s rights and women’s issues and everything to do with an irrational hatred for President Donald Trump (and, more generally, conservatives).

Street reporter Austen Fletcher, who goes by “Fleccas,” attended the LA Women’s March on Saturday to let the fine folks in genitalia hats explain why they were out protesting. The women and their male “allies” had no clear message, as you might expect, though there was talk of white guilt, a women’s “right” to kill an unborn child up until birth, the widely debunked “gender pay gap,” hatred for President Trump (he’s unqualified because he’s “never been president before”), and signs calling for the murder of Trump and Vice President Pence.

Missing from these “empowered” women’s mouths were any words about the women currently suffering at the hands of oppressive regimes. One woman, who was holding a sign boasting the famous image of a Muslim woman in an American flag hijab, went as far as to explicitly state that she was not out protesting in solidarity with the women of Iran.

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Trump Administration Clears the Way for States to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

States who manage Medicaid in concert with the federal government will now be able to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics and other abortion providers, thanks to the Trump Administration.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Trump Administration has issued an order rescinding an Obama-era directive from April 2016, warning states that “restricting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood could violate federal law.”

The Obama directive was issued as a rebuke to mostly Republican state legislators who floated the idea of blocking Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicare payments — a key part of Planned Parenthood’s funding — after several Planned Parenthood clinics were caught on video offering to sell fetal tissue and other aborted baby parts for medical research.

The Department of Justice opened its own investigation into Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue sales in December, and an assistant attorney general requested complete copies of redacted documents obtained during a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into the gruesome practice.

It is against the law to profit from the sale of any human organ or tissue. (Read more from “Trump Administration Clears the Way for States to De-Fund Planned Parenthood” HERE)

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Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Native American Problem’ Keeps Getting Worse

With midterm elections still months down the road, pundits have already started speculating about the possible lineup of Democrats running for president in 2020.

At or near the top of most such lists is U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat has already demonstrated her fundraising and grassroots-organizing abilities, leading more than a few observers to suggest she is gearing up for a White House bid.

“I think Elizabeth is laying the groundwork for a run,” said San Francisco attorney Guy Saperstein in an interview last year. “She won’t admit it, but it looks like that.”

The investor pledged a $1 million contribution to a pro-Warren super PAC ahead of the 2016 election if she had entered the race.

Though she remains largely popular among her party’s growing left wing, the senator has what many fellow Democrats have identified as an easily exploitable flaw.

President Donald Trump has already made several references to claims that Warren incorrectly identified herself as a Native American on a college form in what critics allege was an attempt to fraudulently advance her academic career.

While Trump has been widely admonished for using the derisive nickname “Pocahontas” in reference to Warren, the backlash for Warren has hardly been contained to the Republican Party.

As the Boston Globe reported last week in a front-page article, Warren faces an uphill battle in explaining her actions to many of her would-be supporters in a presidential election.

“And, more telling, there’s also discomfort on the left and among some tribal leaders and activists that Warren has a political blind spot when it comes to the murkiness surrounding her story of her heritage, which blew up as an issue in her victorious 2012 Massachusetts Senate race,” the article read.

Among several examples of such backlash was a recent segment of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

Though host Trevor Noah spent much of the monologue building an argument against Trump, he acknowledged there was a legitimate point behind the “Pocahontas” pejorative.

“He’s hitting Elizabeth Warren for saying she was Native American when she wasn’t — something she’s never apologized for or owned up to,” he said.

ThinkProgress surprised some readers when it published an op-ed written by a Cherokee woman deeply critical of Warren.

The piece was published in November, shortly after Trump’s most recent use of the controversial nickname.

“As a young Cherokee woman, one would assume that I would take Warren’s side in standing up against Trump’s racist remark,” Rebecca Nagle wrote.

Instead, she called on Warren to apologize.

Nagle ended the editorial by giving the senator permission to use a draft apology stating in part that she is “deeply sorry to the Native American people who have been greatly harmed” by her “misappropriation of Cherokee identity.”

The Globe article also noted that a number of tribal leaders have called on Warren to address the controversy and apologize.

In addition to an apology, the newspaper wrote that another “path” toward making amends “includes pursuing stronger outreach to the tribes with whom she claims to share kinship, a strategy that she’s begun to employ.”

Even taking this approach, however, has been seen by some in the Native American community as insincere and unconvincing.

Cherokee Nation leader Chad Smith said Warren is “not part of the Cherokee community” and “hasn’t reached out” to his people.

“She hasn’t come here and participated much,” he said. (For more from the author of “Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Native American Problem’ Keeps Getting Worse” please click HERE)

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Major Bank Is Charging Customers for ‘Free’ Accounts

Bank of America is facing backlash over what many are calling a slight against dedicated customers.

The Charlotte-based bank announced that they would be eliminating free checking account options for eBanking customers, charging them a monthly fee of $12 unless they met certain standards.

The quota that customers must meet in order not to be charged is a minimum daily account balance of $1,500 or if the account holder has a direct deposit of $250 or more, according to the Charlotte Observer.

It was back in 2010 that the widespread bank introduced their eBanking accounts in an attempt to promote online banking, as it was a time when new federal regulations were expected to limit certain fees the industry had been charging.

The company promised customers no monthly fee in return for the account holder handling all transactions and statements online.

However, the bank eventually stopped offering new customers that same service as it began transitioning into digital banking, though existing customers were permitted to keep their original eBanking accounts.

This month has marked that years-long phaseout of the accounts, which started in 2015 — a move that has continued to anger customers who have even gone so far as to set up a Change.org petition against the company.

By Monday afternoon, more than 45,000 signatures had been added to the petition.

“I currently use eBanking and have had no need to use a teller,” one commenter stated on Change.org. “BofA, keep this feature available for the low-income people that don’t even go inside your banks.”

Others have decided to leave the bank behind completely, as one commenter wrote, “I am in the process of switching banks because of this.”

Yet many can’t understand why the bank has seemingly undermined those with low-incomes, as they are the group who may need the fee waived the most.

But the bank has countered that it hasn’t offered the account — which did not require a minimum balance before — for nearly five years, and has been transferring eBanking customers to the bank’s “Core Checking” account — where they must meet the $1,500 or $250 quota.

Bank of America spokeswoman Betty Riess explained that the direct deposit of $250 required is one of the lowest requirements in the industry, adding that the former program was established in a different banking environment than what company’s see today.

“Over the years we’ve been simplifying and streamlining our products,” Reiss stated. “Our core checking account provides full access to all our financial centers, ATMs, mobile and online banking.

As reported by the Charlotte Business Journal, Reiss added that the new program “offers several ways to avoid a monthly fee, including a monthly direct deposit of $250, which equates to $3,000 annually.”

For example, the bank stated that students under the age of 24 are eligible to have the $12 fee waived, so long as they are enrolled in high school, college or some other vocational program.

The recent change is suggested to be one of many, as chief executive Brian Moynihan continues to streamline the company by shedding “non-core” products and securing business with those who have strong credit scores, which the company labels as “prime” and “super prime” borrowers. (For more from the author of “Major Bank Is Charging Customers for ‘Free’ Accounts” please click HERE)

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Image Consultant Says What Melania Won’t, Reveals a Message First Lady Is Sending with Wardrobe

First lady Melania Trump is carrying her fashion industry background into the White House.

“Melania Trump portrays this image of a calm, cool and collected woman,” said personal stylist Corey Roche, during a statement to the The New York Post.

“And she does that through her wardrobe.”

Roche, whose clientele reportedly includes celebrities and D.C. politicians, explained that Melania is intentional in how she presents herself to the public, making a point to always appear not only put together, but calm and collected as well. Balancing her husband’s often aggressive portrayal in the media.

Her feminine appearance, often choosing bold pinks or muted white and cream ensembles are a stark contrast to the business wear often sported by other first ladies in recent years.

Roche compared Trump’s style to that of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, whose style remains legendary several decades after her time as the first lady.

“I think she went back in time and pulled out some pieces from the Jackie O style of dressing,” Roche told The Post.

“Her style is pretty and muted, but doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Fashion experts agree that first ladies use their wardrobe to promote themselves in different ways, often using clothing as a way to communicate the role they wish to play in the White House.

Former first lady Michelle Obama was often photographed wearing modern business attire, which made sense for the lawyer. Obama took a notable role as not only the wife of the president but someone who promoted causes of interest to her — notably healthy eating and exercise for children.

Likewise, Hillary Clinton, infamous for her brightly colored pantsuits, would go on to launch a political career of her own.

Nancy Reagan, a former actress, was also noted for her fashion choices during her time as the first lady. The assertive wife of former President Ronald Reagan was known for wearing red.

Other stylists assert that Trump’s fashion choices indicate that the First Lady wishes to remain in a more traditional role within the White House.

The former model is said to use traditional and feminine style to show that she desires to remain the supportive wife of the president, and is less interested in catapulting herself into the political arena.

“It’s very feminine, but the clothes are not the clothes of working women,” said Christina Logothetis, a Washington D.C.-based image consultant. “Part of what she’s conveying is that she’s not in office, she is the wife and very specifically playing that role and only that role. And that is definitely in contrast to her immediate predecessors.”

Fascination with the first lady is nothing new for the American public.

According to the Post, the interest in first lady fashion goes as far back as Dolly Madison, who wore a feathered turban to the inauguration in 1809. Mary Todd Lincoln’s fashion choices and spending are also said to have caused a “crisis” during the Civil War. (For more from the author of “Image Consultant Says What Melania Won’t, Reveals a Message First Lady Is Sending with Wardrobe” please click HERE)

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Doctor Who’s Lived in U.S. Since 5 Years Old Faces Deportation

A Polish doctor in Michigan, who fled to the US with his family nearly 40 years ago, faces deportation to his birth country after he was arrested at his home by ICE agents and thrown in jail.

Lukasz Niec, who has a permanent green card, was home with his two daughters Tuesday morning when three Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up, placed him in handcuffs and took him to jail.

The 43-year-old internal medicine physician at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital has spent the past several days at the Calhoun County jail awaiting his fate.

Niec’s family told WOOD TV that there’s a chance the doctor could be deported to Poland, a country he left with his parents and sister nearly 40 years ago.

Iwona Niec-Villaire said her brother is ‘shell-shocked’ about being arrested and the possibility he may be deported. (Read more from “Doctor Who’s Lived in U.S. Since 5 Years Old Faces Deportation” HERE)

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ISIS Calling Again for Assassinations, Ambushes

Islamic State is far from defeated in Iraq and Syria, actively sending out messages to its extremists to revert to the terrorist group’s tactics of assassinations, bombs and ambushes.

The Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors jihadi chatter, reports that the orders have gone out in online publications and social media for a new way of fighting after the loss of the territory that protected the caliphate.

Other analysts are saying that, while the Iraqi government declared full liberation of all territories last month, Islamic remains adaptable and deadly.

“The end of the physical caliphate does not equal an end of the war or an end to their strategic goals,” retired Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, who led troops in Iraq, told The Washington Times.

Islamic State is the remnant of a semiconventional army of over 40,000 terrorists who rose up in Syria and invaded Iraq in 2014. But the organization still claims hundreds of fiercely committed fighters and thousands of loyalists in those two countries. (Read more from “ISIS Calling Again for Assassinations, Ambushes” HERE)

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