Pete's Prep: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

This seems important

As of 12:25 p.m., The Hill is the only legacy media outlet reporting the FOX News story:

Lisa Page, the FBI official accused of harboring an anti-Trump bias,  sent a text message in September 2016 saying that then-President Obama  wanted "to know everything" about the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

The  text message exchange with Peter Strzok, another FBI official with whom  she was having an affair, contains a message from Page about preparing  talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to Obama. 

This runs contrary to what Obama administration officials were saying at the time. Although, the Washington Times notes a possible explanation in it's piece:

In the fall of 2016, Mr. Obama’s spokesmen at the White House were stating repeatedly that the president didn’t know details of the probe, and didn’t want to know.

“The White House is going to be scrupulous about avoiding even the appearance of political interference in prosecutorial or investigative decisions,” said then-press secretary Josh Earnest on Oct. 31, 2016.

Two days earlier, Obama deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters that the White House had been caught by surprise when Mr. Comey announced that the FBI had uncovered more Clinton emails.

“We saw it in the media. That was the first we learned of it,” Mr. Schultz said.

Mr. Schultz, who is still serving as a spokesman for Mr. Obama, had no immediate comment on the disclosure about the FBI agents.

A few days before Election Day in 2016, Mr. Obama, who campaigned vigorously for Mrs. Clinton, criticized Mr. Comey for the announcement that the FBI was essentially reopening the email investigation.

“We don’t operate on incomplete information,” Mr. Obama said, without mentioning Mr. Comey’s name. “We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”

Some in the Obama camp are saying privately that the agent’s message more likely pertained to the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

There was also this exchange FOX News mentioned in it's story:

Among the newly disclosed texts, Strzok also calls Virginians who  voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife for a state  Senate seat "ignorant hillbillys." (sic)

That text came from Strzok to Page on Nov. 4, 2015, the  day after Jill McCabe lost a hotly contested Virginia state Senate  election. Strzok said of the result, "Disappointing, but look at the  district map. Loudon is being gentrified, but it's still largely  ignorant hillbillys. Good for her for running, but curious if she's  energized or never again."

Trump wants a big parade of tanks and military stuff

From the Washington Post:

President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.

Meanwhile, we finally got a look under the "hair illusion" that President Trump employs to mask his baldness.


Are NC progressives breaking campaign finance law?

From the News & Observer:

An organization aiming to help Democrats gain influence in North Carolina government faces allegations that it has violated campaign laws.

A complaint filed with the state Board of Elections on Tuesday alleges that Indivisible - Flip NC has been raising money and improperly coordinating efforts with the state Democratic Party without filing paperwork with the elections board and disclosing its donors. The complaint was filed by Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party.

A slew of groups supporting Democrats, many using the Indivisible name, have sprung up since the 2016 presidential election.

Remember when the GOP pretended to care about fiscal restraint?

Ed Morrissey at

Budget woes got you down? Shutdown threats making you blue? Just  remember this: in Washington, no conflict is so intractable that  throwing money at everyone won’t solve it.

The Washington Post reports this morning  that Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell may have unlocked the solution  to the budget standoff, not just for FY2018 but also for FY2019 as well.  All it will take is blowing through the budget caps and running up even  higher deficits

Shut up, Justin

Few things better encapsulate the stupidity of progressivism than the Prime Minister of Canada correcting a student's use of the word "mankind."

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The exchange happened last Thursday when Trudeau was fielding questions  from the audience in Edmonton, Alberta. The woman, who said she was with  the World Mission Society Church of God, first thanked Trudeau, a  self-proclaimed feminist, for filling his Cabinet seats with women and  recognising the "ability and power that women actually possess". She  went on to talk about concepts such as "maternal love" and "God the  Mother" and said the world needs more female leaders who possess such  love.

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