Friday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: U.S. taxpayers are already saving, as administration confirms decision to defund UN Human Rights Office (CNS News)

Bruce Ohr bypassed DOJ superiors to feed FBI info from Trump dossier author (Washington Examiner)

Rep. Duncan Hunter pleads not guilty to misusing $250k in campaign funds (National Review)

Senate rejects Paul’s effort to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding (The Hill)

Mick Mulvaney’s CFPB reforms pave the way for his successor (Washington Examiner)

dummycrats-DNC announces “sophisticated” hack was actually just an unauthorized security test (National Review)

Anti-Trump NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to more than five years (Fox News)

Chinese military joining Russians for nuclear war games (The Washington Free Beacon)

Study says Russian bots are stirring up anti-vaccination online (The Daily Wire)

Australia ousts another prime minister as ruling party shifts right (The Wall Street Journal)

Amazon bans gun book (The Washington Free Beacon)

Visa, Mastercard block donations to David Horowitz Freedom Center after SPLC labels it a hate group (The Daily Wire)

Facebook censors conservative articles, saying they “look like spam” (PJ Media)

Pew: Parents worse than teens with cellphone distractions (Washington Examiner)

Humor: Students excited to see slate of notable speakers who will be disinvited to campus this year (The Onion)

Policy: The California wildfire and net neutrality: The conversation we should really have (American Enterprise Institute)

Policy: Millennials may love socialism, but socialism won’t love them back (Investor’s Business Daily)

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https://patriotpost.us/articles/57853?mailing_id=3697&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.3697&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body

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$675 billion Pentagon spending bill approved by the Senate

by Travis J. Tritten

{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ The Senate passed its version of a $675 billion appropriations bill Thursday to fund the Pentagon in fiscal 2019… setting up negotiations with the House on a final spending plan. The proposal represents the biggest hike in defense funding in about 15 years, but now must be reconciled by a conference committee with a similar $675 billion bill passed by the House in June. The Senate bill was passed as part of a minibus appropriations bill that included the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. Congress has about a month to negotiate a final compromise on appropriations, vote on it and send it to President Trump for his signature before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Otherwise, lawmakers may be faced with passing another stopgap budget measure, which are loathed by Pentagon planners and have been used repeatedly in past years due to partisan impasses. “We would like to go to conference as soon as we can with the House on the bills coupled together,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the Senate Appropriations chairman. “We need the House to get back here.”... https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/675-billion-pentagon-spending-bill-approved-by-the-senate?utm_source=WEX_Breaking%20News%20Alert_08/23/2018&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_Breaking%20News

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Trump Turns the Screws on the Mullahs

by Joseph Puder

{ frontpagemag.com } ~ The Trump administration has recently demonstrated America’s economic prowess by placing sanctions on three dictatorships led by, what Italians would describe, as Bruta Figuras…or brutal figures: Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin, and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. U.S. sanctions on Russia and Turkey may prove to be temporary, but the Iran sanctions are more far-reaching and permanent. As the U.S. imposed sanctions and doubles tariffs on Turkey’s steel and aluminum imports, the Turkish currency, the Lira, has dropped 45% in value. The U.S. action was in response to the house arrest of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, on concocted charges of terrorism by the Turkish authorities. The megalomaniac Erdogan has imprisoned Pastor Brunson in retaliation for the U.S. refusal to extradite Pennsylvania-based Mohammed Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish religious figure, imam, and writer, who is the founder of the worldwide Gulen Hizmet movement. Erdogan blames his now bitter rival Fethullah Gulen of instigating the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey. Also, the administration imposed export restrictions against Russia in response to Moscow’s use of a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain, sending the Russian currency, the Ruble, tumbling to a two-year low. But the Islamic Republic of Iran poses the most potent threat to American interests, and to the security of U.S. allies in the Middle East – and Trump knows it. He signed an executive order on August 6th, 2018, to re-impose a first round of sanctions on Iran, which were lifted by the scumbag/liar-nObama administration under the nuclear deal signed in 2015…  https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/271082/trump-turns-screws-mullahs-joseph-puder

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Somali Refugees Busted in Tucson

by Michael Cutler

{ frontpagemag.com } ~ Once again, immigration fraud has compromised U.S. national security… Fortunately, this time, the discovery was made before a deadly terror attack. The issue of immigration fraud was the focus of both an extensive article and a booklet I wrote on the topic, Immigration Fraud, Lies That Kill. This time an alien couple stands accused of fraud when they entered the United States as refugees, and then applied for legal immigrant status, but they hid their ties to Al-Shabab, an Islamic militant group operating primarily in Somalia who itself has links to al-Qaeda. The case we will examine today, less than one month before the 17th anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11, was brought to fruition by the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) as a result of the diligent work of the FBI and a division of ICE known as HSI (Homeland Security Investigations). As you read my commentary think about the globalists – particularly the leaders of the dummycrats-Democratic Party who refuse to work with ICE, creating “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” and are now demanding that ICE be utterly and totally dismantled…  https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/271095/somali-refugees-busted-tucson-michael-cutler

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Cohen’s plea deal is prosecutor’s attempt to set up Trump

by MARK PENN

{ thehill.com } ~ Here we go, from Russia with love, to campaign finance with love. Why was Michael Cohen investigated?… Because the “Steele dossier” had him making secret trips to meet with Russians that never happened, so his business dealings got a thorough scrubbing and, in the process, he fell into the Paul Manafort bin reserved by the special counsel for squeezing until the juice comes out. We are back to 1998 all over again, with presidents and candidates covering up their alleged marital misdeeds and prosecutors trying to turn legal acts into illegal ones by inventing new crimes. The plot to get President Trump out of office thickens, as Cohen obviously was his own mini crime syndicate and decided that his betrayals meant he would be better served turning on his old boss to cut the best deal with prosecutors he could rather than holding out and getting the full Manafort treatment. That was clear the minute he hired attorney Lanny Davis, who does not try cases and did past work for liar-Hillary Clinton. Cohen had recorded his client, trying to entrap him, sold information about Trump to corporations for millions of dollars while acting as his lawyer, and did not pay taxes on millions. The sweetener for the prosecutors, of course, was getting Cohen to plead guilty to campaign violations that were not campaign violations. Money paid to people who come out of the woodwork and shake down people under threat of revealing bad sexual stories are not legitimate campaign expenditures. They are personal expenditures. That is true for both candidates we like and candidates we do not. Just imagine if candidates used campaign funds instead of their own money to pay folks like Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about affairs. They would get indicted for misuse of campaign funds for personal purposes and for tax evasion. Paying for nondisclosure agreements for perfectly legal activities is not a crime, not a campaign contribution as commonly understood or ruled upon by the Federal Election Commission. Squeezing guilty pleas out of vulnerable witnesses does nothing to change those facts…  http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/402959-cohens-plea-deal-is-prosecutors-attempt-to-set-up-trump

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Morning Joe Panelists Overlook the Constitution in Talking to scumbag-Dick Durbin

by Carrie Sheffield

{ aim.org } ~ None of the panelists during a Morning Joe conversation on MSNBC with Sen. scumbag-Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) seemed to understand the Constitution in questioning scumbag- Durbin… about his meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Nor did they understand why scumbag- Durbin would prefer to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings until after the November elections. Rather than asking about the Constitutional basis for delaying the confirmation, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asked a much more subjective question: “Do you think that’s fair?” The MSNBC panel let scumbag-Durbin say that “we are on the threshold of a constitutional crisis.” But there has been no indictment, subpoena, impeachment or vote for removal of President Trump. The panel didn’t ask whether scumbag- Durbin is more interested in Kavanaugh’s confirmation than supporting the Constitution’s explicit powers of the presidency under Article II of the Constitution granted to Trump…  https://www.aim.org/aim-column/morning-joe-durbin-kavanaugh/?utm_source=AIM+-+Daily+Email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Email%20Aug-23-2018&utm_medium=email

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Identity politics: It’s all today’s Democrats have

by DAVID LIMBAUGH

{ wnd.com } ~ No offense, my dummycrats-Democratic friends, but only in the modern dummycrats-Democratic Party could a dummycrats-Democratic icon such as Andrew Cuomo fearlessly and publicly claim that America “was never that great.” Just two decades ago, fewdummycrats-Democrats would dare make that statement.

Lest you fall for the lie that this was merely a one-off hyperbole, notice the full range of Cuomo’s intentional remarks.

“We’re not going to make America great again,” said the New York governor. “It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged. We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution.”

Later, realizing that Cuomo had stepped in it, his press secretary, Dani Lever, scrambled to salvage his disastrous utterance. “The governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality,” she said in a statement. “America has not yet reached its maximum potential.” Lever continued: “When the president speaks about making America great again – going back in time – he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions. The governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness.”

Notice that Lever admitted that Cuomo was responding directly to the Trump slogan, “Make America Great Again.” This slogan inherently recognizes that America has been great and Trump wants to restore all of its greatness. Cuomo intended to contradict that assumption, which is why he said America has never been that great. He didn’t say or mean, as Lever insisted, that America used to be great but has fallen and that we need to restore it. If that were the case, he wouldn’t have chosen Trump’s slogan as a point of attack, because he would have agreed with it. No, Cuomo was quite clear. In his view and that of so many on the left, America has never been that great.

Sadly, in the leftist worldview, it will never be that great. No matter how many reforms are implemented, no matter how much blood is spilled, no matter how many constitutional amendments are ratified to extend legal equality and equal opportunity to all Americans, it will never be enough for the left, because accusing conservatives of hatred, intolerance, bigotry and heartlessness is about all they have. But it’s not all they believe and all they stand for.

Yes, many conservative analysts are correct that over the past two decades, identity politics has become dominant in the dummycrats-Democratic Party, but identity politics is not what really animates its leftist leaders. Their divisive rhetoric is more a calculated electoral tactic to agitate minorities against Republicans than a deeply held belief.

You can’t convince me that dummycrats-Democratic Party leaders truly believe that half the nation – the half that disagrees with them politically – is racist, bigoted, sexist, homophobic and the rest of the poisonous adjectival litany with which they routinely smear us. But it certainly keeps them competitive when their policies don’t.

They say they champion women and African-Americans, but do they really respect them? Do they really treat them all with equal dignity? Just watch what happens when a member of either group dissents from their leftist orthodoxy. The person is treated, not just by black and female liberals but by preening white heterosexual liberals, as inauthentic – as an Uncle Tom or a traitors to his or her race or gender. They ostracize the person as a subhuman heretic whose race or gender counts for nothing if he or she defies the leftist cause.

It is easy for Cuomo to say America “was never that great,” because he and his leftist soul mates believe it. It rolls off their tongues because they reject so much of the American idea. That is why candidate Barack scumbag/liar-nObama could proudly declare his intention to fundamentally transform America. That is why Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama, witnessing her husband’s electoral success, could say, “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.”

For Cuomo and the left, the discontentment about America isn’t just or even mostly about the plight of minorities. It is about America’s founding principles.

Liberals don’t embrace the Constitution and the rule of law in the same way conservatives do. They pay lip service to the separation of powers and pretend that Donald Trump is usurping authority when he makes derogatory comments about members of the media whose sole reason for existence is to attack him. But they cheered Presidentscumbag/liar-nObama’s lawless executive power grabs, and they support appellate judges who arrogate to themselves the prerogatives of super-legislators. They treat the cherished principles of federalism and states’ rights as historical mistakes or fictions.

And despite their denials, the dummycrats-Democratic Party has come to fully embrace socialism. Unsurprisingly, a decisive majority of dummycrats-Democrats prefer socialism over capitalism, according to a recent Gallup poll.

When Cuomo’s defenders claim he was only referring to gender discrimination and other forms of bigotry when he proudly denied America’s historical greatness, they’re dissembling. The dummycrats-Democratic Party and many of its grass-roots supporters reject the American idea itself; it’s not just that it was originally tainted by the sin and stain of slavery. That’s why they favor open borders and amnesty for the millions of immigrants who are here illegally. If they believed America is unique, they would believe its uniqueness is worth preserving and support legal and controlled immigration and assimilation of immigrants into the unique American fabric.

But even with the damaging revelation that the majority ofdummycrats-Democratic voters heart socialism, the party honchos still won’t be able to openly embrace it – because this is anathema to a majority of Americans.

In view of its historical track record of abject failure, there is no way dummycrats-Democrats can defend socialism on the merits, which is why they will continue to defame their political opponents as being racist, sexist and multi-phobic. It’s what modern dummycrats-Democrats are; it’s what they do; it’s all they’ve got.

https://www.wnd.com/2018/08/identity-politics-its-all-todays-democrats-have/

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