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WASHINGTON — Federal authorities on Thursday arrested an analyst who in 2016 gathered leads about possible links between Donald J. Trump and Russia for what turned out to be Democratic-funded opposition research, according to people familiar with the matter.

The arrest of the analyst, Igor Danchenko, is part of the special counsel inquiry led by John H. Durham, who was appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation for any wrongdoing, the people said.

Mr. Danchenko, was the primary researcher of the so-called Steele dossier, a compendium of rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Mr. Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised by and conspiring with Russian intelligence officials in Moscow’s covert operation to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. […]

A 2019 investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general sharply criticized the F.B.I. for continuing to cite material from the dossier after the bureau interviewed Mr. Danchenko without alerting judges that some of what he said had cast doubt on the contents of the dossier.

The inspector general report also said that a decade earlier, when Mr. Danchenko worked for the Brookings Institution, a prominent Washington think-tank, he had been the subject of a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was a Russian agent.


BIDEN ADMIN DELAYS LARGE-EMPLOYER VACCINE MANDATE UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS… CNN: Vaccine rule for larger employers, federal contractors and certain health care workers to take effect January 4

The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect January 4.

The rules stipulate that employees that fall into those groups will need to have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated, either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, by January 4.

Eighty-four million employees working at large employers and 17 million health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid will be covered by the rules implemented by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Together the OSHA and CMS rules, along with the other policies the administration has previously implemented means that over two thirds of all workers in the United States are now covered by vaccination policies,” a senior administration official said, discussing the new rules.

“Higher vaccination rates protect our workers, reduce hospitalizations and deaths. It’s good for workers and importantly, this is good for the economy,” the official continued.

The January 4 deadline also means that the deadline for the federal contractor vaccine requirement is getting pushed back. It had previously been scheduled to take effect on December 8.


WASN’T ME… Biden Deflects Blame For McAuliffe Loss, Says He Can’t Stop Republican Turnout(VIDEO)

President Joe Biden deflected blame for Terry McAuliffe’s loss in the Virginia gubernatorial race Wednesday, saying he is “not sure” that he would have been capable of changing the high voter turnout among Republicans. Younkin’s campaign focused heavily on education, particularly the spread of critical race theory (CRT) in school curriculums.

Biden’s Wednesday statement comes less than a day after McAuliffe’s stunning loss to Republican first-time candidate Glenn Younkin. McAuliffe had been heavily favored in the race, leading Younkin in polls by double digits in the early days of campaigning.

“Mr. President, do you take some responsibility, and do you think Terry McAuliffe would have won if your agenda had passed before Election Day?” a reporter asked Wednesday.

“Well, I think it should have passed before Election Day,” Biden responded. “But I’m not sure that I would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out in the red districts who were Trump voters, but maybe. Maybe.”

“You won the state by 10 points,” the reporter pressed.

“I know we did, but also I was running against Donald Trump,” Biden said.

Biden went on to say that Democrats need to start getting results to maintain control of Congress in 2022. He argued that voters were turning to Republicans because they are “upset and uncertain” about the economy and COVID-19.




CHRISSY CLARK: Left-Wing Media Blames White Supremacy For Virginia Election That Resulted In First Black Female Lieutenant Gov.

Members of the left-wing media are blaming white supremacy for the Republican victory in Virginia that resulted in the election of the state’s first black female lieutenant governor.

White women in Virginia swung 15 points in favor of the GOP between the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 gubernatorial race, according to NBC exit polls. Those numbers, coupled with Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s message of removing critical race theory from public schools, sent some commentators into a frenzy. Some went as far as to call the Republican win a form of white supremacy.

MSNBC host Joy Reid said that the phrase “education” is “code for ‘white parents don’t like the idea about teaching about race.’” She went on to claim that racism is the most powerful tool in the Republican tool belt.


NEW VA LG CALLS OUT MSNBC HOST JOY REID… ‘If She Is Woman Enough’: New VA Lt. Gov Challenges Joy Reid To Interview Her On MSNBC(VIDEO)

MacCallum then pivoted to Reid’s comments, sharing a short clip of the MSNBC host’s reaction to election returns.

“You have to be willing to vocalize that these Republicans are dangerous. That this is not a party that is just another political party that disagrees with us on tax policy. They are dangerous to our national security,” Reid said, arguing that Republicans were “stoking white nationalism.”

“Your reaction?” MacCallum turned back to Sears.

“I wish Joy Reid would invite me on her show. Let’s see if she is woman enough to do that. I would go in a heartbeat and we will have a real discussion without Joy speaking about me behind my back,” Sears challenged. “I mean, come on, Joy, get your facts straight and then come talk to me.”


‘This Benefits Us All’: Tulsi Gabbard Cheers McAuliffe’s Loss As A ‘Victory For All Americans’

Former Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Wednesday that it was a “victory for all Americans” when Democrat Terry McAuliffe lost his bid for governor.

“McAuliffe’s loss is a victory for all Americans. Why? Because it was a resounding rejection of efforts to divide us by race, the stripping of parental rights, and arrogant, deaf leaders. This benefits us all,” Gabbard tweeted.


PELOSI LETS LOOSE… ED MORRISSEY: “What the heck is all this other stuff”: Dems revolting on reconciliation?

Nancy Pelosi remains committed to passing a reconciliation bill in the House … whatever it might be. After Tuesday’s red wave, her moderate caucus members apparently no longer share her enthusiasm, especially after watching Pelosi stuff the proposal with previously excised components that Joe Manchin refuses to support.

They’re beginning to wonder why Pelosi will force them to vote on proposals that will leave them vulnerable while having zero chance of passing in the Senate […]

It most certainly can’t pass the Senate, but that’s no longer a priority for Pelosi. The Hill reports that she wants to re-stuff reconciliation with progressive priorities regardless of whether Manchin will vote for it. Pelosi now refuses to even wait for a CBO score to determine whether the package will even qualify under reconciliation, another sticking point for Manchin and several House moderates.



President Joe Biden denied reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering settling lawsuits with illegal immigrants separated from their families under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

Settlement payments of $450,000 to illegal immigrants separated from their families are “not going to happen,” Biden told Fox News’ Peter Doocy during a Wednesday press conference. The president called the initial report from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) “garbage,” agreeing that the media’s reporting “might incentivize more people to come over illegally.”

More than 940 illegal immigrant families have filed lawsuits against the U.S. government, alleging that the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from adults with whom they crossed the border caused psychological distress. They are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose lead negotiator argued that the illegal immigrants must receive “not only meaningful monetary compensation, but a pathway to remain in the country.”

The average requested payout is $3.4 million per family, according to WSJ.



WASHINGTON — In response to a question posed to President Biden about family separation lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other lawyers, the president said a $450,000 settlement amount per child “is not going to happen.”

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero had the following response:

“President Biden may not have been fully briefed about the actions of his very own Justice Department as it carefully deliberated and considered the crimes committed against thousands of families separated from their children as an intentional governmental policy. But if he follows through on what he said, the president is abandoning a core campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of separated families. We respectfully remind President Biden that he called these actions ‘criminal’ in a debate with then-President Trump, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration. We call on President Biden to right the wrongs of this national tragedy.”


UPDATE FROM THE GARDEN STATE… Murphy Narrowly Wins Re-Election In Nail-Biter New Jersey Governor’s Race

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy won a second term in New Jersey nearly a day after votes began to be tallied, narrowly beating Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli after his surprisingly strong showing.

Murphy and Ciattarelli repeatedly took the lead as results came in only to fall back into second. But Murphy inched ahead for good Wednesday afternoon as votes from late-reporting, urban areas were counted, holding a lead of just under 20,000 votes out of over 2.4 million casted when the race was finally called.

“When every vote is counted, and every vote will be counted, we hope to have a celebration,” Murphy said early Wednesday.

He won by a far narrower margin than his 14-point win in 2017 and President Joe Biden’s 16-point win just a year ago.

Murphy’s victory makes him the first Democrat to win consecutive terms since former Gov. Brendan Byrne in 1977. The unexpectedly close race comes in a state where registered Democrats outnumber their Republican counterparts by around 1.1 million people.


TRUCK DRIVER HAULS AWAY NJ’S TOP DEMOCRAT IN STATE SENATE… Top Democrat In New Jersey State Senate Set To Lose His Seat To Republican Truck Driver Who Spent $153 On The Race (VIDEO)

New Jersey Senate president Steve Sweeney may lose his seat to a conservative truck driver who reportedly spent $153 on his campaign.

Edward Durr was leading by over 2,000 votes as of Wednesday morning, the New Jersey Globe reported. A defeat of Sweeney, the longest serving legislative leader in the state’s history, would cause a major rearrangement of New Jersey politics, according to the Globe.

Durr describes himself as “blue collar with a strong conservative belief.” He favors lowering taxes and increasing fiscal responsibility, according to his Facebook page.

The conservative challenger said he encountered Sweeney and challenged him to a debate in October, but Sweeney reportedly declined.


DURR DOES A FOX INTERVIEW… NORMAL DUDE WHO DRESSES LIKE A GUY WHO ONLY WEARS TIES TO FUNERALS… ‘I Got A Big Mouth’: Truck Driver Who Is Slated To Unseat Top Democrat With $153 Says What He Will Do First Thing In Office (VIDEO)

The New Jersey truck driver who is poised to unseat the state’s Senate President Steve Sweeney reportedly using just $153 gave told Fox News he’s ready to try his best should he take office.

Conservative truck driver Edward Durr who leads Sweeney in the race told Fox News that should he officially be declared the winner, he’s not really sure what he will do.

“Ed, what’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get to the capitol in Trenton?” Fox host Rachel Campos Duffy asked.

“I really don’t know. That’s the key factor. I don’t know what I don’t know. So, I will learn what I need to know,” Durr said. “I’m going to guarantee you one thing, I will be the voice and people will hear me because if there’s one thing people will learn about me I got a big mouth and I don’t shut up when I want to be heard.”



Two subordinates of Dr. Anthony Fauci raised concerns in May 2016 that a taxpayer-funded grant may include gain-of-function experiments on bat coronaviruses at a Wuhan lab, but dropped the issue after nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance downplayed the concerns, documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show.

National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Disease staffers Jenny Greer and Erik Stemmy told EcoHealth in a May 28, 2016, letter that a proposed grant “may include” gain of function research, according to documents obtained through a White Coat Waste Project information request.

The letter requested EcoHealth provide its own “determination” as to whether its proposed experiments in Wuhan included gain of function research.

EcoHealth President Peter Daszak submitted his “determination” to the NIAID in a June 8, 2016 letter that downplayed potential risks associated with his group’s proposed research in Wuhan, which involved the creation of lab-made chimeric coronavirus, and denied it involved gain of function.

The NIAID then gave Daszak the opportunity to submit an amended version of his letter on June 27, 2016, after discovering a factual error in the initial filing, emails show. The agency then used Daszak’s revised letter, which kept the original June 8 filing date, as the basis of its own determination on July 7 that EcoHealth’s research did not involve gain of function.

Rutgers University Professor Richard Ebright told the DCNF that the NIAID’s May 28, 2016, letter to EcoHealth proves that Fauci was “untruthful in his testimony to Congress” that NIH staff concluded up and down the line that the EcoHealth grant did not include gain of function research.




WAPO CLOSES RANKS AROUND FAUCI … GLENN GREENWALD: To Protect Fauci, The Washington Post is Preparing a Hit Piece on the Group Denouncing Gruesome Dog Experimentations

More than any other group, it is White Coat [Waste Project] that has elevated the cause of stopping these horrific government experimentations on dogs and puppies into the mainstream political conversation. And numerous media outlets — led by The Washington Post — have spent years publishing flattering profiles on this group and its innovative bipartisan strategies. In November, 2016, for instance, The Post published reporting about White Coat’s activities — under the headline: “Should dogs be guinea pigs in government research? A bipartisan group says no” — which heralded the group and its activists for being one of those rare Washington success stories that unites both left and right around a common cause […]

Now everything has changed. The government official who oversees the agencies conducting most of these gruesome experiments has become a liberal icon and one of the most sacred and protected figures in modern American political history: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and President Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor. Many of the most horrific experiments, including the ones on dogs and puppies now in the news as a result of White Coat’s activism, are conducted by agencies under Fauci’s command and are funded by budgets he controls.

In other words, White Coat’s activism, which had long generated bipartisan support and favorable media coverage, now reflects poorly on Dr. Fauci. And as a result, The Washington Post has decided to amass a team of reporters to attack the group — the same one the paper repeatedly praised prior to the COVID pandemic — in order to falsely smear it as a right-wing extremist group motivated not by a genuine concern for the welfare of animals or wasteful government spending, but rather due to a partisan desire, based in MAGA ideology, to attack Fauci.


Judge In Rittenhouse Trial Slams Media For ‘Totally Bizarre’ Statements About Case

The judge presiding over the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse criticized the media’s “totally bizarre” coverage of the case on Wednesday.

Judge Bruce Schroeder made the comments as prosecutors attempted to play video footage from the night Rittenhouse allegedly shot three people, killing two of them, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter riot.

The defense argued that the footage, which featured narration from the person filming, included “editorial comments,” but prosecutors said that the commentary helped describe the scene and showed Rittenhouse’s “state of mind.”

“That’s hearsay,” the judge told the prosecution. “If it’s not for the truth of the matter asserted, it’s irrelevant.”

Schroeder then asked the jury to leave the courtroom to have a sidebar with the prosecution and defense. During the sidebar, Schroeder criticized the media for how it has talked about the trial.

“There are people on the media, on reputable sites, that are saying things that are totally bizarre,” he said. He appeared to reference media criticism of himself after ruling that prosecutors cannot refer to the three men Rittenhouse allegedly shot as “victims.”

“This was on CNN — Jeffrey Toobin and another attorney there — and a comment was made that the ruling was incomprehensible, and I think they obviously are not familiar with this rule,” he said.


CALLING ALL PATRIOTS: Glenn Youngkin beat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday. What do you think was the biggest factor leading up to his win? Let us know in the form.