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Breaking: Julian Assange arrested.

“Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador,” police said.

Developing...

Today's must read: Why Last Year's Trump-Russia Pulitzer Was No Prize

There was spying on the Trump campaign. FULL STOP.

Yesterday, an exchange between Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and AG William Barr during a Senate Appropriations hearing tore the space-time continuum for the institutional left. What appeared to careful observers of the Trump-RUSSIA collusion fable as a simple statement of fact, was an earth-shattering, scandalous, shocking blasphemy to those invested and implicated in the greatest political scandal in American history.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal," Barr said in a congressional hearing, deliberately or not, playing into claims that Trump's campaign was unfairly targeted by the FBI. "I think spying did occur."

Barr's statement is a fact. A FACT. There is no "claim" to be made about spying because it's demonstrably true.

The redacted FISA warrant, along with copies of three additional renewals of the warrant, used to SPY on Carter Page are public. The purpose of the warrant is to get the authority to SPY on Carter Page's communications. The warrant granted the government the ability to SPY not only on Page's future communications but on Page's past communications including his time as a volunteer on the Trump team. It also included the authority to obtain the communications of anyone with whom Page communicated. That would probably be folks on the Trump campaign, ergo, SPYING on the Trump camp.

The FISA warrants assert that Page is an agent of a foreign power.

Last night on Twitter, I raised this question:

What "evidence" did the feds have to claim Page was a foreign asset? A special counsel investigation that involved 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents yielded nothing. I don't know what was redacted from the memos but Mueller's team certainly does. Page is a free man; presumably, he's not a RUSSIAN spy.

And that's just the FISA spying. There were human assets, Mifsud and Halper, deployed overseas by the ringleader of this operation, CIA's John Brennan. There were national security letters. This information is all public, so why are the media and the Democrats so shocked?

The narrative now coming from crazy conspiracy theorists who peddled the evidence-less collusion hoax for years is that Barr is simply regurgitating a conspiracy theory himself. The fact that the media and Democrats are melting down is merely a sign that Barr is correct to begin an investigation.

Related:

Democrats furious over Barr's 'spying' comments

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Cooper: AG should serve country, not president

Will his house be raided in the dark of night? Lawyers for Greg Craig, ex-Obama White House counsel, say they expect him to be charged with foreign lobbying violations

READ THE REST OF THE MORNING BRIEFING HERE.

Don't hold your breath waiting for this because... you know... it's true.

Here's a garbage story from The New York Times titled "Justice Dept. Watchdog’s Review of Russia Inquiry Is Nearly Done, Barr Says" from April 9th.

This is why the media has a crap reputation.

SHOT:

Agents involved in the Russia investigation asked Mr. Halper, an American academic who teaches in Britain, to gather information on Mr. Page and George Papadopoulos, another former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

CHASER:

Mr. Halper’s contacts have prompted Republicans and the president to incorrectly accuse the F.B.I. of spying on the campaign.

Wait, what? Halper was asked to "gather information" on Page and Papadopoulos by the FBI and yet the accusation of spying is incorrect? That's what "gather information on" means.

Lordy!

Oh knock it off, you crybaby!

Trump is reportedly already talking about his post-presidency memoir. Instead of allowing one of these SJW-packed publishers to make a fortune off of it, he should donate it to a smaller publishing house that doesn't hate conservatives -- maybe Regnery? Why not, right?

Bernie Sanders's Medicare for All gets more extreme...

Philip Klein at The Washington Examiner has the story:

The 2020 Democratic presidential nomination fight has barely gotten started, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has already managed to accomplish an incredible feat: He has come up with a new healthcare plan even more absurd than his old one.

Sanders' new version of the plan, which he brands as “Medicare for all” because it polls better than socialized healthcare, maintains the central structure of the version of the plan that has been estimated to cost a whopping $32 trillion, but then makes promised benefits even more generous. Yet it has been endorsed by several rivals for the Democratic nomination: Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Under the proposal, Sanders would transition the entire population to a new healthcare plan within four years. This is one reason why the term “Medicare for all” is a bit of a misnomer. The legislation doesn’t simply make the current Medicare program available to everybody, but it moves all Medicare beneficiaries out of the current program into the new government-run plan.

Oh, and it would eliminate private insurance. But you knew that already...

HUGE KUDOS (is there such a thing as mega-kudos?) are due our friend and  frequent PJM contributor -- plus at least a dozen other entities from the Wall Street Journal to American Spectator, plus publisher of Encounter Books and the New Criterion, plus plus -- Roger Kimball who has won this year's Bradley Prize.

From the press release: "The honor recognizes individuals whose outstanding achievements reflect The Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism. Kimball will receive the award at the 16th annual Bradley Prizes ceremony on Tuesday, May 7th at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. "

Well deserved, Roger! I plan on being there to celebrate.

 

Endorsed:

The progressive lust for punishing success continues unabated:

This follows Warren's policy proposal to increase taxes for American individuals who have a high net worth. Taxation without consequences is one of the many progressive leaps of illogic that they can never adequately defend. They're all of the opinion that the "revenue" pool is infinite. It's also the kind of thing you can be sure that none of our brave "journalists" will be pressing her on as she seeks to become the most powerful woman on Earth.

This is gonna leave a mark:

Julian Assange helped Chelsea Manning...

The Justice Department has accused Julian Assange of helping Chelsea Manning.

Something to keep in mind: