Sunday, January 21, 2018

Michael McGarrity Named Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division

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FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of Michael McGarrity as the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. McGarrity most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office.

Mr. McGarrity joined the FBI in 1996 and began his career in the New York Field Office, where he investigated violent gangs, Colombian drug trafficking organizations, and international money laundering networks. After the terror attacks on September 11, 2011, Mr. McGarrity transferred to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he investigated international terrorism matters.
Throughout his career, Mr. McGarrity has held leadership positions as the FBI detailee assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, as the supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial investigation squad in the Washington Field Office, as the director for Counterterrorism on the White House National Security Staff, as the FBI’s legal attaché in Switzerland, and as the first director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, where he led national efforts to secure the safe recovery of U.S. nationals held hostage abroad.

Before joining the FBI, Mr. McGarrity was a prosecutor in New York City and an economist for the U.S. Department of Energy. He obtained his law degree magna cum laude and undergraduate degree in economics from The Catholic University of America. He also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in National Security program.

Mr. McGarrity will report to Washington, D.C. in February.

Judicial Watch - New Clinton Email Smoking Guns!

(Weekly Update: Live with Tom Fitton)
More Smoking Gun Classified Clinton Emails
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One of the myths perpetrated by Hillary Clinton and her lieutenants is that she was mostly helpless when it came to using email and that she knew nothing about keeping it secure. It has been repeated so often that it has been accepted as true, even though it defies common sense.

Now there is even more evidence to debunk this myth.

This week we released 78 pages of new documents from the U.S. Department of State containing emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received over her unsecure, non-“” email system. Three of the email exchanges include classified information. The emails also reveal that Clinton had detailed knowledge about the security issues with in her non-State Department email system.

On March 8, 2011, Hillary Clinton sent classified information regarding Bahrain to Justin Cooper, who reportedly had no security clearance, with instructions to show it to Bill Clinton. Cooper was the Bill Clinton aide, who asked State Department IT specialist Bryan Pagliano to build a server for Mrs. Clinton in early 2009 as she started her new job as Secretary of State.

On August 24, 2010, Clinton emailed Cooper additional classified information to print, including the secretary's call sheet for Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Extenuate

January 21, 2018
extenuate Audio pronunciation
verb | ik-STEN-yuh-wayt  
to lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses : mitigate
to lessen the strength or effect of
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You have probably encountered the phrase "extenuating circumstances," which is one of the more common ways that this word turns up in modern times. Extenuate was borrowed into English in the late Middle Ages from Latin extenuatus, the past participle of the verb extenuare, which was itself formed by combining ex- and the verb tenuare, meaning "to make thin." In addition to the surviving senses, extenuate once meant "to make light of" and "to make thin or emaciated"; although those senses are now obsolete, the connection to tenuare can be traced somewhat more clearly through them. Extenuate is today mostly at home in technical and legal contexts, but it occasionally

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The White House - 1600 Daily: The 45th March for Life

President Donald J. Trump at the Pentagon | January 18, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The 45th March for Life
Thirty-eight years ago, Nellie Gray left her job as a Labor Department attorney to start a small nonprofit organization. Today, that group—the March for Life Education and Defense Fund—is responsible for organizing the largest annual pro-life rally in the world.

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will join the event via video satellite from the White House Rose Garden this afternoon. 

Last year, an estimated 500,000 people attended the march to support a cause that has grown immensely since the first event in 1974. The annual trek along the National Mall to the U.S. Capitol is the most visible symbol of March for Life's vision: "a world where every human life is valued and protected."
Watch live at 12:15 p.m. ET.

A month after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22. Yesterday, he traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to talk about the impact the legislation has had in just a few short weeks. 

The stories keep rolling in. More than 2 million American workers have gotten a “Trump bonus” or “Trump pay raise.” The net tax burden on American families has fallen by $3.2 trillion. Chrysler has announced that it will move truck production from Mexico back to the United States.

Lumaj Gaining Momentum! Releases CTGOP Endorsements...

Gubernatorial candidate Peter Lumaj
Press Release - Southington, Connecticut, Thursday January 18th, 2018

Lumaj For CT is proud to announce the endorsements of three prominent Connecticut Republican Party leaders today. Lumaj gained the endorsements of Dennis Cleary, Cathleen Paskus and Scott Veley. All are current members of the Connecticut Republican Party State Central Committee. The Connecticut Republican Party State Central Committee is comprised of party leaders, two elected from each state senatorial district, and charged with overseeing the operations of the Connecticut Republican Party. Team Lumaj is honored to have them on board and we look forward to working with them as we work to create a #FreshStart4CT in 2018!

Dennis Cleary, CTGOP State Central Committeeman, 16th District

“Connecticut’s Republican party needs Peter Lumaj as governor. His principled leadership will help grow our party and capture the state legislature in 2018. You should be as tired as I am of squishy candidates who can’t back up their Republican principals. With Peter we will have a true conservative who understands conservative principals because he actually believes and lives them.” - Dennis Cleary

Cathleen Paskus, CTGOP State Central Committeewoman, 31st District

"I am proudly supporting Peter Lumaj for Governor of

Senators Suzio and Hwang - Good News/Bad News

Sen. Suzio
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed the bipartisan bill that restores funding for a program that helps more than 100,000 seniors and disabled residents pay for Medicare-related expenses and stay in their homes.

That’s the bad news.

What’s the good news?

The good news is that we have the power do what is right for thousands of Connecticut seniors and disabled residents.

Sen. Hwang

We will continue to keep you updated on this developing situation.


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Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Bespoke

January 20, 2018
bespoke Audio pronunciation
adjective | bih-SPOHK  
dealing in or producing custom-made articles
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In the English language of yore, the verb bespeak had various meanings, including "to speak," "to accuse," and "to complain." In the 16th century, bespeak acquired another meaning—"to order or arrange in advance." It is from that sense that we get the adjective bespoke, referring to clothes and other things that are ordered before they are made. You are most likely to encounter this adjective in British contexts, such as the 2008 Reuters news

KeyBank Workshop on the 2018 Business Tax Law Update to be presented on February 13

(Middletown, CT) The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced that the chamber’s KeyBank Workshop Series will continue in February with a “2018 Business Tax Law Update,” workshop. The two-hour presentation covering the federal tax changes will be held on February 13, 2018, at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, 393 Main Street, Middletown at 8 a.m. and will last until 10 a.m.

Are you ready for the new tax changes? Businesses large and small will both be impacted. Join tax expert Rick Morin, CPA of Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski for a comprehensive, informative business tax update. This seminar will provide you with the latest relevant, accurate tax information while providing you with expertise and practical tips.

Morin has over 30 years of experience in public accounting, including over 15 years with the largest regional accounting and business consulting firm in Connecticut. He has a wide range of experience in tax planning, compliance and consulting for individuals and small businesses. He also has extensive experience in estate, trust and succession planning, as well as probate filings and estate settlement services. He has helped to raise awareness of charitable planned giving and legacy planning opportunities in Middlesex County. Morin has spoken about taxation issues for various professional organizations. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University in 1986 and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1988.

Morin is a member of several professional organizations including the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Central Connecticut Business and Estate Planning Council (CCBEPC).

Morin is also an active member of the greater Middletown community. He is on the Executive Board and serves as Chairman of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc. In addition, Morin is a member of Middlesex County Leave a Legacy Advisors and the Middlesex County United Way Audit Committee.

There will also be plenty of time for questions. Registration cost $30 for chamber members and $40 for non-chamber members and is available at

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