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Well lookie what we have here.

That smarmy weasel -- the Eddie Haskell of American politics -- Evan "Egg" McCullin is the prime suspect in the taping of his colleagues' private conversations and leaking the info.

Via The Hill:

House GOP leaders have launched an internal review into how someone secretly recorded and leaked audio of a private 2016 leadership meeting in which Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) jokes about how Russia is paying off President Trump.

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Leadership sources suspect the leaker is former CIA officer Evan McMullin, who attended the June 15 meeting in the Capitol in his capacity as a top policy aide to GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). Two months later, McMullin launched a long-shot, independent run for president — an ultimately unsuccessful bid to deny Trump the White House.

McMullin, who has continued to badger Trump on Twitter and during TV interviews, did not respond to a request for comment.

What a mar-ooooon.

 

Sarah Hoyt, science fiction writer, Prometheus Award winner, and returning PJ Media contributor was interviewed by HollywoodInToto about her new book Darkship Revenge.

AUTHOR SARAH HOYT HAS TIME FOR FANS, NOT VICTIMHOOD

Author Sarah A. Hoyt’s otherworldly heroine may be the baddest mother in science fiction.

Saving the day is one thing. Doing it with a newborn child in your care? That’s something even Ripley from the “Alien” franchise might not pull off.

“Darkship Revenge,” the latest sci-fi saga from the prolific author, reunites us with the strong-willed Athena. This time around, she’s given birth to a baby girl but has no time for mother-daughter bonding. Athena must rescue her kidnapped husband Kit while dealing with a bio-engineered plague … and worse.

HiT checked in with Hoyt to talk about “Darkship’s” roots, the pitfalls of victimhood and how she gave in to the populist cry of the sequel.

Read the whole thing.

Here's a link to my appearance on the Dennis Prager Show yesterday. Enjoy (or not, as the case may be). Not for the squeamish:

Conservatives got rid of this guy for a reason:

Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that plans for massive tax reform initiated by President Trump and House Republicans are “just a bunch of happy talk.” Boehner gave a keynote address at financial services giant KPMG’s annual Global Energy Conference, where he said his faith in the passage of a tax code overhaul is fading.

“I was a little more optimistic about it early in the year; now my odds are 60/40,” Boehner said, according to energy-sector news publication RigZone. “The border adjustment tax is deader than a doornail. Tax reform is just a bunch of happy talk.”

Boehner said he “never envisioned” Trump in the Oval Office, and while he said Trump “did what he could” with healthcare, his presidency still faces big problems. “Everything else he’s done has been a complete disaster,” Boehner said. “He’s still learning how to be president.”

As the Brits say: naff off.

Really, enough of this, Not only is it a cliche but an offensive one to men of the West.

Put some lead in your pencils, lads, and go out and fight.

 

And now, some much-needed levity.

What happens when you allow an artificial intelligence to name paint colors?

Hilarity ensues, of course, with names like "Clardic Fug," "Bunflow," and my personal favorite, "Turdly."

Full story here.

President Trump's statement on the terrorist attack in Egypt has ruffled some media feathers because he uses "gauche" terms like "thuggish ideology," and "bloodletting of Christians."

I for one, appreciate his frankness.

His statement on Ramadan has them even more peeved:

Que sera sera.

 

On Thursday morning, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released the latest Planned Parenthood sting video. Less than 24 hours after it dropped, the video was removed from YouTube. National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis has the story:

Yesterday evening, the Center for Medical Progress undercover footage — recorded at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation conventions — was removed from YouTube, supposedly for a violation of the site’s Terms of Service agreement. (A copy of the video can be found here. More detailed footage giving context for some of the clips is available hereand here.)

A few hours later, news emergedthat Judge William Orrick — the California district judge who granted NAF and Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the release of this video footage — had ordered the CMP’s lead investigator David Daleiden and his attorneys to appear at a June 14 hearing to consider holding them in contempt for releasing the footage yesterday morning.

According to the attorneys defending CMP — Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira — they had the ability to release the footage in conjunction with California’s prosecution of Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt, both of whom are facing 14 felony charges in the state for recording “confidential communications.”

Get ready for a legal battle. Here's PJ Media's report about the video, along with extensive quotes.

If you think the first few months of the Trump administration was bloody, buckle up.  Fox is reporting  that "Bannon's Back" (did he ever really leave?) to head up a team of fancy litigators to battle against the Trump-Russia onslaught.  This is undoubtedly smart even if, as seems likely, there's little or no there there.   My friend Eli's article today points that out.  No one, to date, has anything specific, even against the supposedly evil Flynn, except that we're told he lied to the vice president.  But what was it about?  That too is opaque.  You will excuse me if I am skeptical it is anything that serious.  We are in a proxy civil war being fought, at least for now, without guns. I'm worried about the future.  How will the liberals and progressives (how can we still use those Orwellian terms?) react if nothing ever comes up?  Like wasps in a stabbed hive?