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Matthew Vadum, Bombthrowers, and matthewvadum.blogspot.com, is an investigative reporter at a watchdog group in Washington, D.C.

His new book Subversion Inc. can be bought at Amazon.com (US), Amazon.ca (Canada), and as an e-book at Kobo (Canada).

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Most Recent Articles by Matthew Vadum:

CIA’s Brennan Conspired with Foreign Spies

Apr 21, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

FrontPage Mag
Although Russian
s may have aspired to influence the November election, the real election meddlers were Democrats in the Obama administration who conspired with foreign intelligence agencies against Donald Trump’s campaign, new media reports suggest.

The key player, we are learning, is the already infamous John O. Brennan but FBI Director James Comey also played a role. From January 2009 to March 2013, Brennan was Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013 until Obama’s last day as president.

Breaking: Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News Channel

Apr 19, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

Apparently, the extended “vacation” Bill O’Reilly had been taking from his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” was a cover story.

Off-camera unseen forces raged against him, culminating in Fox News Channel’s admission today that O’Reilly is getting the boot.

As Fox’s Howard Kurtz is reporting:

Authorities stumped after white-hating Muslim murders 3 whites in cold blood, shouts “Allahu A

Apr 19, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

Kori Ali Muhammad, a Muslim, used a gun today to murder three white people in cold blood in Fresno, California and shouted “Allahu Akbar”* (“Allah is greatest” in Arabic) while being taken into custody. “Allahu Akbar” is what jihadists scream before they kill their victims.

Muhammad’s social media posts reportedly demonstrate a hatred of white people, along with anti-government feelings.

But hey now you bigoted Islamophobes!

Let’s not go jumping to conclusions prematurely, says Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer.

It’s too early to ascertain if the mass-casualty event was related to Islamic terrorism, Dyer said.

Yes, he said that.

*A police spokesman had said the man shouted “Ali Akbar.” This makes no sense. Ali Akbar is a person’s name. In fact, I know a guy named Ali Akbar and he’s not even a Muslim. The officer probably misspoke. Most Americans don’t have an ear for Arabic.

Campus Fascism Rising

Apr 19, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

Front Page Magazine

Acts of violence and physical intimidation aimed at conservatives on American campuses are growing – and college administrators, who sympathize with the progressive fascist lynch mobs doing the misdeeds, are generally fine with the mayhem.

Although universities and colleges are supposed to be places where ideas are exchanged and challenged, they are easily the most reactionary institutions in modern American society. Confronting the established wisdom there is a career-ender. Free speech exists in theory but only within the narrowest of prescribed limits. Speakers who violate the politically correct canon are shouted down, demonized, and assaulted. Truly new ideas are anathema in the academy, at least in the humanities and social sciences.

Speech codes are in decline but…

Apr 19, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

Campus speech codes appear to be in decline, according to Adam Goldstein, a Justice Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

“The good news is that in our most recent report we’ve seen the lowest number of unconstitutional speech codes that we’ve ever seen,” says Goldstein.

FIRE conducted a survey of 449 schools for this report and found that 39.6 percent maintain severely restrictive, “red light” speech codes that according to FIRE’s established criteria substantially prohibit constitutionally protected speech. This is the ninth year in a row that the percentage of schools maintaining such policies has declined, and this year’s drop was almost 10 percentage points. (Last year, 49.3 percent of schools garnered a red light rating.)

More Anti-Trump Rioting at Berkeley

Apr 17, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

FrontPage Mag
Left-wingers violently attacked Trump supporters at a UC Berkeley rally for at least the third time in recent months, according to media reports.

The riot at Berkeley on Saturday occurred as “Tax Marches” took place in cities across the nation aimed at pressing President Donald Trump to release his personal income tax returns, something the law does not require.

The unrest came days after Berkeley campus Republicans withdrew an April 12 speaking invitation for David Horowitz, saying that the college administration had gone out of its way to make the planned event untenable by placing burdensome, Kafkaesque restrictions on it.

Trump Flattens ISIS Terror Complex

Apr 14, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

The United States dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal yesterday on an Islamic State complex in the mountains of Afghanistan, a powerful indication that the Trump administration takes its responsibilities in the war against Muslim terrorism seriously.

This successful mission is part of President Trump making good on a campaign promise made in late 2015 to “bomb the # out of” Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh). Yesterday the president referred to the military operation as “another successful job,” after acknowledging he trusted his generals in the field enough to delegate strike authority to them.

Criminal charges for IRS targeting conspiracy ringleader Lois Lerner?

Apr 13, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

Senior Republicans on Capitol Hill are pressing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pursue criminal charges against former IRS nonprofits chief Lois Lerner.

Lerner, whose title was IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director, orchestrated an unprecedented crackdown on Tea Party and conservative groups and then attempted to scapegoat those nonprofits, blaming them for the harsh treatment they received at her instigation.

Reps. Peter J. Roskam, chairman of the Ways & Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Kevin Brady, chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, wrote to Sessions this week urging him to have the Department of Justice review the evidence that Lerner violated federal law by targeting Americans based on their political beliefs. The Obama administration had the evidence but chose to do nothing, letting Lerner get away clean.

Sessions Gets Serious About Border Enforcement

Apr 13, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

The Obama administration’s hands-off approach to border security is a thing of the past, Attorney General Jeff Sessions dramatically declared at a border crossing as he vowed to bring felony charges against those who unlawfully enter the U.S. multiple times.

Enforcement action against criminal aliens will now be given the highest priority. President Obama said much the same thing over his years in office, promising to deport the worst members of the illegal alien community. He did little to carry out his pledge.

The announcement by Sessions comes two weeks after he said the Trump administration was moving forward with cutting off federal law enforcement grants to local governments that shield illegal aliens, especially violent felons, from federal immigration authorities. 

Paul Ryan doesn’t care about border security

Apr 12, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

The promise by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to get tough on illegals comes as the reliably squishy Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), whose calculations recently helped to prevent Obamacare from being repealed, continued to undermine President Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful” wall on the border with Mexico.

Last month the White House asked Congress to appropriate $1.4 billion for wall construction by April 28 in a must-pass spending measure needed to keep the government fully open for business. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has promised to keep the borders wide open for Muslim terrorists and illegal aliens by refusing to approve such funding. Democrats have even promised to shut down the government over the issue, if necessary.

BO gal pal Val gives up the vig

Apr 12, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

BombThrowers: President Obama’s longtime Chicagoland gal pal Valerie Jarrett threw a temper tantrum when the angry little people of flyover country demanded she give up a $30,000 speaking fee from a cash-strapped government-run institution of higher learning.* (Okay, I made up the temper tantrum but for all we know it could have happened.)

According to Politico, the scheming Iranian-born fixer from the land of Al Capone and Saul Alinsky, “has ended up in the middle of a politicized budget storm in Illinois — unwittingly, she says — following news that she was scheduled to take a $30,000 speaking fee from a cash-strapped university.”

The article continues:

Baltimore Anti-Cop Consent Decree Imposed

Apr 11, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

FrontPageMag
An Obama-appointed judge is moving forward with a federal takeover of the Baltimore, Md. police department that critics  say will boost crime there by handcuffing police officers in the increasingly violent city.

The pleas of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fell on deaf ears as U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar, appointed by President Obama in 2010, denied a request from Sessions to hold off on enforcing the consent decree drafted by cop-haters for at least 30 days so the new Trump administration could assess the underlying settlement.

“The time for negotiating the agreement is over,” Bredar wrote this past Friday, April 7. “The only question now is whether the Court needs more time to consider the proposed decree. It does not.”

Was Muhammad okay with scabs?

Apr 11, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

BombThrowers:  It’s always entertaining when one faction representing a leftist value goes to war with another faction committed to a different leftist value. The most common example I can think of is when greens fight the construction of a pipeline on the grounds it will somehow hurt the environment, while the labor movement, excited at the prospect of new jobs being created, will eagerly throw its no-growth brethren under the bus.

But the example of left-wing infighting brought to us today by Sean Higgins in the Washington Examiner is especially delicious. He reports

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s most prominent Muslim civil rights group [sic], is resisting an effort by the Service Employees International Union to organize its staff

FBI sued over Andrew Breitbart’s records

Apr 9, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

BombThrowers: It’s about time somebody did it, even if it’s the goofy cat-video website Buzzfeed.

I’m talking about suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is apparently violating federal law by failing to process Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests in a timely manner. In this case Buzzfeed wants the FBI file for the late Andrew Breitbart and hasn’t been getting it.

According to The Wrap:

Trump’s wiretap claim is anything but “baseless”

Apr 8, 2017 — Matthew Vadum

BombThrowers: The pernicious lie that President Trump’s claim he was wiretapped by President Obama is “baseless” is being regurgitated in the mainstream media virtually nonstop in the 24/7 news cycle.

These people are so desperate to hang Trump that they embraced the ridiculous “piss-gate” dossier promoted by political hack Ben Smith’s cat-video website Buzzfeed.

At the same time as we are assured by Never Trumpers that Trump is making things up, the so-called evidence of Team Trump’s allegedly nefarious connections and collusion with the Russian government to subvert the American electoral process is treated as Holy Writ.  The Left and the mainstream media – but I repeat myself – gravitate to the evidence that hurts Trump, ignoring the rest.

It’s that simple.  And there is an impressive evidentiary double-standard at work in the weighing of evidence, much of which apparently has been politicized.