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Special counsel Robert Mueller is apparently off to a fast start to get to the bottom of the "Russia" mess:

Robert Mueller quickly got to work as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election: building a team, designing a budget and forcing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to withhold from Congress documents he may be interested in—all in his first full week on the job.

Mr. Mueller’s team has been assigned office space in a nondescript building in downtown Washington that is home to the Justice Department’s civil rights and environment and natural resources divisions. Mr. Mueller and his colleagues have been spotted using their badges to enter the office, conspicuous for their formal attire amid the other Department employees, who adhere to a more casual dress code.

Under regulations that govern a special counsel appointment, Mr. Mueller has 60 days from his appointment to develop a proposed budget, to be approved by Mr. Rosenstein. His office is working on that task, according to Justice Department officials.


Kurt Schlichter's new novel, INDIAN COUNTRY, is out today. You know the colonel's work from his twice-weekly column at Town Hall, and from his first novel, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC: "America’s growing political and cultural divisions have finally split the United States apart. Now, as the former blue states begin to collapse under the dead weight of their politically correct tyranny, a lethal operative haunted by his violent past undertakes one last mission to infiltrate and take out his target in the nightmarish city of Los Angeles, deep in the heart of the People’s Republic of North America."

And he says it's fiction!

So get ready for the "prequel," available today on Amazon: "'Indian Country' finds Turnbull sent back into the blue states to help those trapped inside resist a politically correct police state. As the progressive government ratchets up the violence, Turnbull must mold regular Americans into a fighting force capable of resisting the People’s Republic Army, led by his former US Army Special Forces mentor."

You know you want to, so just do it.

He persisted.

HeatStreet contributor Stephen Miller got a ticket to a "women-only" Wonder Woman (2017) screening. People are chastising him for "invading" a space. Here's his response.

You can't discriminate on the basis of sex when giving out movie tickets. The law is the law. People told Miller to butt out, but he persisted.

No, seriously; Vox actually ran this story:

Marine leaders are trying to change the culture with measures like a new rule that says Marines can be forced out of the service if they share nude pictures online without consent.

That change comes at a vital time. Marines already have been asked to fight overseas during the Trump administration, and if men and women in the service distrust one another, it’s going to make their high-stakes deployments even harder. (Right now, Marines are firing weaponry at ISIS in Syria and deploying into “hot spots” in Iraq.)

So before the Marine Corps can most effectively help maintain order in the world, it needs to maintain order among its own ranks. Perhaps more fundamentally, the Marine Corps needs to find its identity in an age when the Pentagon’s top civilian and military officials say women should be treated the same as men across the services.

"I think this whole thing, as disturbing and as difficult as it has been, has actually been a benefit," said Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, during a Senate hearing on Wednesday. "I think it's brought up a very simple point — it's really not about social media, it's about how we view women in our Marine Corps."

First, there shouldn't be any women on the front lines of the Marine Corps, but thanks to the Obama administration. Second, the Marine Corps already has its identity, from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. And third, Vox is a joke:


The original headline on the Vox story link was: "The Marine Corps has a "toxic masculinity" problem." Oops.


On Memorial Day.

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Executive Director Mark Lucas remembers those who died for our country.

Today and every day, we remember each man and woman in uniform who gave their lives in service to our great nation and in defense of our freedoms. We also honor the loved ones of those brave soldiers, and we hope they have found the peace and comfort they deserve. We are deeply, eternally grateful to our fallen heroes and we commemorate the spirit of their sacrifice by carrying the torch of American freedom.

Even so, scandals continue at the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). Most recently, a report revealed that cockroaches were found on food trays at an Illinois VA hospital. The VA is badly in need of reform, especially after a federal appeals court ruled unconstitutional the firing of one of the most notorious ringleaders in the VA scandal — who herself is a convicted felon. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has the most up-to-date bill, and the Senate needs to pass it.

Do we want to live forever, or enjoy life while we have it?

The greatest golfer of our time is heading toward a Greek tragedy ending:

Legendary golfer Tiger Woods was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Florida on Memorial Day, police said. Woods, a Jupiter resident, was taken into custody at 3 a.m. Monday, according to WPTV. The golfer was booked into a county jail under his birth name Eldrick Woods, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's website.

Woods, 41, was charged with DUI and released on his own recognizance about 10:50 a.m. It's unclear if Woods was tested for drugs or alcohol.

Woods has won 14 major tournaments. In 1997, everyone on the golf course couldn't take their eyes off Woods. He shot 40 on his opening nine in his first major championship as a pro and still won by 12 strokes. He averaged 25 yards longer off the tee than the next closest player, blowing by bunkers and firing darts into the roly-poly greens with shorter irons and from angles no one else had even considered. He made everything inside 8 feet.

His attempts to jump-start his career again after being derailed by chronic injuries has been unsuccessful. In February, he was walked off the course at the Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms. He hasn't won a major since 2008.

He's never been the same since the infamous 2009 car crash. Unfortunately, we've all seen this movie before, and know how it ends. Let's hope he gets his life together.

Number of lone wolves increases to 16:

Tiger Woods just got arrested for a DUI, in Florida, according to police.

President Trump will travel to Arlington Cemetery this morning to pay respects to veterans.

Here is a list of the motivations of American soldiers in 13 great wars throughout U.S. history.