Houston dominates the news ….

The news has been dominated, and rightly so, by the devastation in Houston. Thus far the performance of the Governor and the people of Texas has been outstanding. The coordination with the federal government is flawless and people are getting the help they need. Let’s hope and pray it continues.

The news dominance and coordination has made it tough to attack the President. But the MSM did find a way yesterday. They created a story about Melania wearing high heal shoes to board Air Force One to travel to Houston. Think about that. She changed on the plane to sneakers and wear for the area, but the left covered this like she committed a crime. This AM the NYT has this story and headline:
Melania Trump, Off to Texas, Finds Herself on Thin Heels.
 Can you believe that?
I guess if the best they can get you on this week is the shoes your wife wore to board a helicopter, you are having a good week.

The Russian Probe:

From an interview on Newsmax TV:
Eric Trump slammed the Russia collusion investigation as “a total hoax” — telling 
that the media was keeping it alive only because no matter what President Donald Trump does, “he’s going to get hit.”

“They tried really hard,” the Trump, 33, told “The Joe Pags Show” in an exclusive interview of the Russia probe. “They tried really hard, but it didn’t fly. And everybody realizes the whole thing was a total hoax and a spoof and that there was nothing there. I’m proud of him. Listen, no matter what we do, we’re going to get hit.”

We’ll see what Mueller comes up with but the family is adamant there is no there, there.

Now on Hillary and the Emails:

This story is so incredible that I will include the link to it as well as reprint it below.
Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury”.
WHAT?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/29/fbi-lack-public-interest-emails-justifies-withhold/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpSaE56ZzJaalEyTkdGayIsInQiOiJJZWFlbWZycUVqbStZRTdzKytnSFZCUjg4OU1NN1BcL0dVVjlqSGlJS1dnVmNjUndSU2xcLzhIT215Z0UzSjVcL01qRDVseVRZb3E1MU1SRHI4VU55dXptcFlDMndLa0tZZG1pXC9DT2JQa3FjRmJ0clBwS0ZlZjJWMlwvV1p3SnBrOFRDIn0%3D

A Major Day for the Trump Presidency:

The President will be in Missouri today to discuss his tax plans. He needs a victory here when congress returns in September.
No matter what he proposes the left will be against it. Get ready for the tax savings for the rich and nothing for those who need it, from them. That of course ignores the fact you have to pay taxes to get a reduction.

The Uncovered Dismantling of Obama Era Executive Orders:

This dismantling continues with two orders this week.
The first reversed the sale of surplus of military equipment to police departments. You may recall the previous administration stopped it after the false narrative of Ferguson resulted in riots and police brought in equipment.

The second will halt a rule that would have required businesses to begin collecting data about how much they pay workers of different genders, races and ethnic groups, saying it posed a burden to employers. It was scheduled to take place next spring.

There are so many reversals that have occurred and continue that change so much. Most of it goes unreported by the MSM. But wait until he reverses one that could be popular.

NORTH KOREA:

Kim Jong-un was back at it this week and the drum beat is getting louder. There is no easy answer here. Twenty plus years of passing the buck and appeasing them has created a dangerous situation. We expect Trump to up his language and Jong-un to do the same. Buckle up.
And don’t forget we are doing this again with Iran.

The Ratings:

Driven by hurricane coverage the daily numbers are up for all the cable news stations. Below are numbers for Monday and the top five cable stations for August.

Total Viewers  MONDAY. Everyone up, Fox wins the day and night. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.892 | CNN: 1.179 | MSNBC: 1.356 | HLN: 227
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.733 | CNN: 1.610 | MSNBC: 2.540 | HLN: 196
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.970
Specialists:
1.779
Baier:
2.318
MacCallum:
2.342
Carlson:
2.863
Five:
2.664
Hannity:
2.672
Harvey:
1.560
CNN Tapper:
1.422
Blitzer:
1.504
Blitzer:
1.370
Burnett:
1.420
Cooper:
1.823
Cuomo:
1.528
Lemon:
1.477
Lemon:
1.195
MSNBC Wallace:
1.058
MTPDaily:
1.248
Melber:
1.469
Matthews:
1.831
Hayes:
1.984
Maddow:
3.101
O’Donnell:
2.530
Wlms:
1.743
HLN MichaeLA:
94
Files:
110
Files:
189
S.E.Cupp:
106
Banfield:
208
Hunt:
182
KillingMe:
199
Files:
335

Top 5 Basic Cable Networks of August 2017 (Prime Time)

  1. Fox News (2,206,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,835,000)
  3. USA (1,499,000)
  4. HGTV (1,429,000)
  5. TBS (1,258,000)

Top 5 Basic Cable Networks: August 2017 (Total Day)

  1. Fox News (1,345,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,165,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,002,000)
  4. CNN (832,000)
  5. Adult Swim (809,000)
CLINTON/FBI STORY
– The Washington Times – 

Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.

Ty Clevenger has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state. He’s met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI’s files has been shot down.

“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy told Mr. Clevenger in a letter Monday.

“It is incumbent upon the requester to provide documentation regarding the public’s interest in the operations and activities of the government before records can be processed pursuant to the FOIA,” Mr. Hardy wrote.

Mrs. Clinton, is the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, former chief diplomat, former U.S. senator, and former first lady of both the U.S. and Arkansas.

Her use of a secret email account to conduct government business while leading the State Department was front-page news for much of 2015 and 2016, and was so striking that the then-FBI director broke with procedure and made both a public statement and appearances before Congress to talk about the bureau’s probe.

In the end, the FBI didn’t recommend charges against Mrs. Clinton, concluding that while she risked national security, she was too technologically inept to know the dangers she was running, so no case could be made against her.

The FBI says it will only release records from its files if a subject consents, is dead, or is of such public interest that it overrides privacy concerns.

Mr. Clevenger said he thought it would have been clear why Mrs. Clinton’s case was of public interest, but he sent documentation anyway, pointing to a request by members of Congress for an investigation into whether Mrs. Clintonperjured herself in testimony to Capitol Hill.“I’m just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Mrs. Clinton won the election, but she didn’t. It looks like the Obama administration is still running the FBI,” Mr. Clevenger told The Washington Tim  “How can a story receive national news coverage and not be a matter of public interest? If this is the new standard, then there’s no such thing as a public interest exception,” he said.

The FBI didn’t provide comment Tuesday when asked how it balances public interest versus privacy in open-records requests.

Seeking to clear up any confusion over the level of public interest, one person forwarded to The Washington Times a petition started on the White House website to demand release of the documents.

“The assumption made by Mr. Hardy that such a release is not in the public interest is invalid and the FBI should immediately release these documents,” said the petition, started by user “C.S.”

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