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Larry O'Connor was a columnist for The Washington Times.

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Carter Page says false charges in a Democrat-financed dossier brought him "irreparable damage" and subjected him to death threats. (Associated Press)

The sliming of Carter Page

Pundits and defenders of the Obama Justice Department took to social media and the airwaves over the weekend to inform the world that Carter Page was the target of a FBI Russian espionage investigation in 2014, but he wasn't. In fact, it appears as though Page was an FBI informant in that case. He helped the federal government put Russian spies in jail. Published February 5, 2018

James Comey (Associated Press) **FILE**

On the dossier, did FBI have lower standards than the media?

One of the more disconcerting revelations from the long-anticipated FISA memo released by the House Intelligence Committee Friday was that the FBI had barely begun a verification process of the Russian dossier when they used it to justify a FISA surveillance warrant on Carter Paige. Meanwhile the media refused to publish the dossier allegations because they could not be verified. Published February 5, 2018

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, has not been ruled out for a pardon from President Trump. (Associated Press/File)

Why was Judge recused from Mueller/Flynn case?

In early December 2017, Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused from the criminal case involving Gen. Michael Flynn who had pleaded guilty in an arrangement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Published January 31, 2018

Pat Thompson displayed a sign supporting Roe v. Wade at a rally, held by Planned Parenthood, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision at the Capitol Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The 1973 landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court affirmed a woman's right to have an abortion. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Clergy gather to bless DC area late-term abortion clinic

On the same day the United States Senate took up a bill that would have banned abortions for unborn infants who had reached the 20th week of development, a group of clergy gathered to pray for and bless the work of an abortion clinic in the DC area. Published January 30, 2018

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., applaud. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

Trump should ignore TV audience and speak directly to Congress in SOTU

As viewers watch cable news this evening before and after the speech they're going to hear a lot of cliches thrown around. That's what pundits do on nights like this. And here's the cliche that's most annoying... "The audience for this speech isn't really the Congressman and Senators sitting in the chamber, the audience is the American people watching at home." Published January 30, 2018

"Good for the US, Bad for the World, America's oil boom is disrupting the geopolitical order and destroying the planet."

Bloomberg Businessweek cover art, January 25, 2018.

It's official: Bloomberg hates America

The latest cover story for Bloomberg Businessweek focuses on the incredible resurgence of the American oil and gas industries. The idea of the United States surpassing Saudi Arabia and other foreign oil-producing nations as the dominant producer of fossil fuels in the world was once mocked as a fantasy. The fact that America can soon claim that title and flex our energy independence should be something to celebrate, but not at Bloomberg. Published January 25, 2018

Make the Trump tax cuts permanent now

In blackjack it's smart to double down (double your original bet halfway through playing your hand) when you have a likely winning hand and it appears the dealer has a potential losing hand. A good double down is smart betting and can maximize your winnings when executed at times when the odds are in your favor and your potential for loss is minimized. Published January 25, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey, FBI special agent Peter Strzok and special counsel Robert Mueller are shown here, left to right. On  Jan. 18, 2018, the House House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to release a FISA abuse memo, which, according to sources close to the committee, addresses text messages between FBI agent Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page which prove the so-called Steele dossier was used to justify FISA warrants.

Next time you're audited by the IRS, try the FBI's excuse

If one positive development can be gleaned form the constitutional crisis developing in the "Dossier-FISA-FBI-Secret-Society-Insurance-Plan" scandal from the Obama Justice Department (let's call it Obama-Gate, ok?) it's that lame, pathetic and totally unbelievable excuses for circumventing the law are completely and totally acceptable as far as the federal government is concerned. Published January 24, 2018