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Feds Fund Huge Study on Contraception for Lesbians

This week’s Non Compos Mentis Award goes jointly to the Department of Health & Human Services (where plenty of Obama holdovers still have jobs) and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

HHS is funding a new study at UW to the tune of 350 grand to study contraception for lesbians.

Yep, according to the Washington Free Beacon, professor Jenny Higgins (who claims 20% of women in the US are lesbians) is examining whether “lesbians and bisexuals have ‘barriers’ to ‘adequate contraceptive care’.”

Meanwhile, we’d like to announce that we’re applying for a federal grant to study why federal bureaucrats are statistically likely to waste taxpayer dollars on useless ‘studies’.

We’ll keep you posted on whether we’re approved.

Here’s more from Hotair…

In today’s Taxpayer News You Can Use segment, we bring you a new study coming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which truly seems to be breaking new scientific ground. I ran across this information at the Free Beacon and at first thought it might be some sort of typo. But it wasn’t. The NIH is spending nearly $350K on a study to follow the habits of a number of women (in various categories) to find out what methods of contraception are “sexually acceptable” to them. That’s not really the startling part. Apparently, there are reports of significant numbers of women who are switching or even discontinuing the use of birth control because they find it to be unsatisfying in some fashion. If that’s the case you’d clearly want to correct that I suppose. Having birth control pills you don’t take seems to be on par with keeping an unloaded gun in your house.

The leading researcher on the project is Jenny Higgins, an associate professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Higgins specializes in “mixed-methods research on sexuality, gender, and reproductive health—especially people’s use of condoms and other contraceptive methods.”

Higgins is also currently involved with research into sexual minority women, or “people who identify as lesbian, bisexual and queer (among many other things).” She claims 20 percent of the female population in the United States are lesbians or bisexual.

“The overwhelming majority of SMW [sexual minority women] will engage penile-vaginal intercourse at least occasionally,” according to the researcher’s website. “New research suggests that SMW women have an increased risk of unintended pregnancy compared to their heterosexual peers.”

The study is examining “unique barriers” lesbians and bisexuals have to “adequate contraceptive care.”

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Andrew McCabe Requests Immunity Before Testifying

We’ve reported previously on how critical an impact Inspector General Horowitz’s report would be in the ongoing investigation into the FBI’s collusion in the presidential election.

And now we’re beginning to get a glimpse of how big that impact may be.

Responding to demands from Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Judiciary Committee concerning its own investigation, the ousted former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe has offered to testify on his role in leaking details of the Hillary investigation to the media.

But before he testifies, says a letter from his attorney, he wants immunity. Um…set aside the 5th Amendment for a second.

That’s pretty darn close to an admission of guilt.

What’s more, if he testifies, that could mean he’ll bring the hammer down on James Comey. This could get interesting.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony related to the Hillary Clinton email probe, something Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said is “very, very unusual.”

An attorney representing McCabe on Tuesday sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) requesting that McCabe be granted immunity in exchange for testimony surrounding the inspector general’s report that he leaked information about the Clinton investigation to the press and lied about it to former FBI Director James Comey.

“I have to tell you, it’s unheard of for the number two person at the FBI saying, ‘You want me to testify? Give me immunity,'” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday.

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Oops: FBI Agent Shoots Bar Patron While Dancing

These last twelve months have been a season of discontent for the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

After rolling revelations of obfuscation, obstruction, collusion and general incompetence at the highest levels of the bureau, this weekend demonstrated things aren’t any better at the bottom of the totem pole.

While ‘getting jiggy with it’ at a local bar in Denver over the weekend, a yet-to-be-named undercover FBI agent lost his weapon while performing a backflip.

That was bad enough. Then, whilst attempting to retrieve said weapon from the dance floor, Agent X managed to grab it by the trigger and discharge it.

Rookie mistake.

Luckily the bullet hit only one patron in the leg who was pronounced perfectly fine at the hospital.

Foreheads at agency headquarters are red from all the facepalming lately.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

An off-duty FBI agent allegedly discharged his firearm in a crowded Denver bar early Saturday, shortly after losing the weapon while crushing a solo routine on the dance floor.

Eyewitness video of the incident — obtained by local ABC affiliate Denver7 — shows a man alleged to be an FBI agent busting out a series of slick freestyle dance moves inside a circle of cheering bar patrons at Mile High Spirits in central Denver.

For a finale, the man crouches into a squat and launches into an awkward backflip, rotating about 180 degrees before landing on his hands and slamming his feet on to the floor. The force of his acrobatics jars loose the pistol tucked into his pants at the small of his back, and it tumbles harmlessly to the floor.

That’s when things go downhill in the blink of an eye.

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Bombshell: Report Proves Obama Intervened on Russia Investigation

The Hill’s investigative reporter John Solomon is out with a bombshell report late this week which corroborates the claim that the FBI and the Obama White House were in cahoots on the effort to investigate and surveil the Trump campaign in the months ahead of the election.

According to Solomon, the FBI began spying on the Trump campaign weeks before they had a cause to initiate a formal investigation.

In short, agents were hunting for a reason to justify an investigation.

What’s worse, reveals Solomon, is that the White House was clearly directing the efforts by McCabe and Comey in running the surveillance operation.

He points out that the phrase ‘the White House is running this’ is plainly in the text messages between Strzok and Page.

This is plainly criminal activity at the hands of the highest law enforcement agency in the land.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

The Obama administration tried to take over the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign, The Hill’s John Solomon reported on Fox News Thursday night. And according to Solomon, the FBI began spying on members of the Trump campaign to gather the intelligence that ultimately justified the collusion investigation, weeks or even months before the FBI had a formal predicate.

“That’s very important. The rules say you can’t use sources until you have a predicated investigation. The predication is July 31, 2016,” Solomon told Fox host Sean Hannity. The investigative reporter said he had sources and documents backing up his claim that he would be making public in his report in The Hill on Friday.

He stressed that informants were making contacts with the Trump officials and providing information to the FBI “much, much earlier than July 31.”

The second part of his bombshell report, Solomon explained, deals with internal FBI communications between former counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, his mistress Lisa Page, and others discussing how the Obama White House was trying to take over the investigation.

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Trump Just Made It Easier to Fire Federal Bureaucrats

One of the most pervasively corrosive aspects of federal bureaucracy — in addition to wasted taxpayer dollars and gross inefficiency — is the near impossibility of firing unionized federal employees.

But that is about to change after President Trump signed three separate executive orders making it easier to ax do-nothing bureaucrats.

Among the orders is a recommitment to merit-based employment which means people will be terminated more quickly for non-performance.

Another order puts restrictions on the union-related business bureaucrats can conduct.

And the last order cuts salaries for negotiators whose sole job is to drag out long and costly contract negotiations with federal unions.

In short: American taxpayers should get what they pay for, and now that’s closer to becoming a reality.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

President Donald Trump issued three executive orders Friday to prevent unions from protecting government employees who don’t perform in their jobs.

Critics say Trump is stripping unions of their power by changing how federal agencies approach collective bargaining agreements, but the administration says the goal is to protect taxpayers from overspending on labor.

“By holding poor performers accountable, reforming the use of taxpayer-funded union time, and focusing negotiations on issues that matter, we are advancing our efforts to elevate the federal workforce,” Jeff T.H. Pon, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, said.

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McCabe Bought Outrageous Conference Table, FBI Hides

A few days ago we reported that Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a demand to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to turn over the full transcript of the 300-plus text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

The original copies sent to the Senate by the FBI were heavily redacted, so much so that very little of the content was discernible.

Among those redactions were details not materially related to the investigation by Congress of potential collusion and obstruction by the FBI.

And now we know that one of those redactions was the cost of a new conference table ordered by Mr. Honesty himself, recently fired Andrew McCabe.

We now also know he misled Congress by attempting to hide the fact that he spent 70 grand…on a table!

So, while he was presiding over efforts by the bureau to aid Hillary’s election, he was living high on the taxpayers’ dime.

Typical.

Here’s more from BizPacReview…

Disgraced former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, an Obama holdover who was fired for lying to the FBI, used taxpayer money to buy a $70,000 conference table and then tried to hide it from Congress.

McCabe’s cronies in the FBI redacted the table’s outrageous price tag when they turned over documents that the Senate Judiciary Committee had requested for months. The redactions caused a delay in the FBI handing over the documents to the committee, which oversees the agency.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 24, Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged the FBI to stop slow-walking document requests in an attempt to redact out embarrassing information.

Grassley said there is no national-security reason to edit out the cost of office furniture and cause unnecessary delays in document production. The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the DOJ’s dubious role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s fruitless investigation of Trump-Russia collusion.

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Senate Demands FBI Release All of Strzok-Page Texts

With as much egg on its face as the Federal Bureau of Investigation already has, one might think agency heads would be playing nice with Congress.

Not so. Despite that the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were recovered after being ‘lost’, the FBI sent over nearly 50 pages of heavily redacted transcripts to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

And it’s plainly obvious many of those redacted texts have nothing to do with national security.

So what is the FBI hiding?

We may soon find out after Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein this week demanding he turn over full transcripts to Congress within two weeks…or else.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley called Wednesday for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release unredacted copies of the texts between two former FBI employees who were highly critical of President Donald Trump.

“Please provide unredacted copies of all text messages produced to the Committee no later than June, 6, 2018,” Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, wrote in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “Should the Department continue to refuse to provide fully unreacted copies to Congress, please provide a privilege log describing the legal basis for withholding that information from Congress.”

The chairman claims one redaction covered the costs of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s $70,000 conference table. He also points to one text exchange wherein an official’s name is redacted in reference to the “Obama White House ‘running’ an investigation,” making it unclear what investigation the FBI employees were referencing.

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Clinton Pollster: Mueller Probe ‘Must Now Be Stopped’

So the fellow responsible for polling in both the Bill Clinton and Hillary campaigns appears to have just eaten his own young this week.

In an op-ed for The Hill, Mark Penn blasted the FBI (the Obama FBI, that is) for running a pseudo-investigation under Robert Mueller which in all truth was merely an opposition research operation gone awry.

With the revelation that the FBI inserted a mole into the Trump campaign for the express purpose of digging up dirt to justify a warrant and investigation, whatever shred of credibility the agency had left is now gone.

Penn is calling for an immediate end to the Mueller witch hunt, which is the best sign so far that this whole FBI charade is beginning to implode.

And ironically it may be the very thing that propels Trump to reelection in 2020…and the Democrats to defeat in November.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn blasted Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation on Monday, warning the special counsel’s team of a looming “reckoning” and calling for the probe to end.

Penn — who served as a pollster and adviser to former President Bill Clinton and a chief political strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign — said “this process must now be stopped, preferably before a vote in the Senate.”

“Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again,” Penn wrote in an op-ed for The Hill.

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Confirmed: FBI Inserted Mole Into Trump Campaign

Multiple media outlets, including the New York Times, have confirmed that the FBI inserted a mole into the Trump campaign for the purpose of building justification for the investigation that was supposed to have destroyed him before the election.

And all the obfuscation and foot-dragging by multiple heads of the bureau weren’t enough to prevent the truth from coming out.

So, just to put a finer point on it, the FBI used a fake dossier — paid for by the DNC and Hillary’s campaign — in order to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil and investigate the campaign.

And much of the intel that led to that dossier was provided by the mole, which we now know to be former CIA operative Stefan Halper.

The ‘crazy’ tweets by Trump about a witch-hunt have turned out to be true.

And the FBI has no alibi.

Here’s more from Western Journal…

The political scandal of the decade is brewing in Washington, D.C., and it may leave President Donald Trump in a very different position than his enemies wish: Not destroyed, but largely vindicated.

Details have finally started to emerge about an establishment-led effort to plant a “mole” within the Trump campaign, and evidence is beginning to mount that its goal was to undermine and derail his run for office.

The facts are suggesting something chillingly sinister: A government operative directed by the Obama-run FBI purposely infiltrated the campaign of a candidate with the training and background needed to destabilize elections.

In a detailed piece published by The Intercept, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald summarized the scandal and gave a blow-by-blow account of how its beginning to unravel.

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Govt Paid Half A Billion In Disability to People Who Had Jobs

According to a recent Inspector General’s report, the Social Security Administration has been caught with more gross incompetence and inefficiency, which are hallmarks of federal bureaucracy (yes, we recognize how redundant that is).

The report detailed that over a half billion in taxpayer dollars were paid out to people for disability benefits who had already returned to work and/or had failed to report the fact that they were working again.

Much of the benefits paid out were due to the “administration’s slow processing.”

So, don’t be surprised when the reply from SSA head bureaucrats is that they need more staffers to prevent the errors.

Translation: give us more taxpayer dollars so we can stop wasting taxpayer dollars. Got that?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The Social Security Administration improperly disbursed an estimated $571 million in disability benefits to people who had already returned to work, according to a government audit report.

Of the half a billion estimated overpayments, nearly $201 million of the improperly disbursed benefits checks were due to the administration’s slow processing, and the almost $371 million was the fault of the beneficiaries who didn’t complete paperwork on time, the Office of the Inspector General (IG) wrote in a report released Tuesday.

Analyzing a sample of disability cases from 2012, the IG found a total of $1.3 million in overpayments, $446,000 of which were made as a result of administrative errors, as well as $823,000 due to individuals failing to report wages that would disqualify them from benefits.

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