Friday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: SOUR JOBS REPORT: “Job creation decelerated strongly in May, with nonfarm payrolls up by just 75,000 even as the unemployment rate remained at a 50-year low, the Labor Department reported Friday. … In addition to the weak total for May, the previous two months’ reports saw substantial downward revisions.” (CNBC)

MEXICO YIELDING? “Mexico’s negotiators with Washington have offered to immediately deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the border with Guatemala. Additionally, Mexico has reportedly agreed to a major overhaul of reasonable asylum protocols, which would require asylum applicants to seek permanent refuge in the first country they arrive in after fleeing their home countries.” (Fox News)

TSA MALFEASANCE: “The federal agency tasked with overseeing security at transportation hubs has been violating its own policy by allowing migrants who have been released from federal custody onto flights despite not having required documents, according to several Department of Homeland Security officials.” (Washington Examiner)

ISIS TARGETS BORDER: “A chilling confession from a captured ISIS fighter has shed light on how the terrorist group intended to exploit the vulnerabilities of the U.S. border with Mexico, using English speakers and westerners to take advantage of smuggling routes and target financial institutions.” (Fox News)

IRAN THREAT: “The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says he believes the Iranians or their proxies may orchestrate an attack at any moment.” (NBC News)

worthless-OMAR’S IMPROPRIETY: “Rep. worthless-Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., repeatedly violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel as well as help on her tax returns and must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled Thursday.” (Fox News)

SUCCUMBING TO ABORTION MAFIA: “After two days of intense criticism, Joseph R. loose lips liar-Biden Jr. reversed himself Thursday night on one of the issues most important to Democratic voters, saying he no longer supports a measure that bans federal funding for most abortions.” (The New York Times)

RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM ATTACK: “Religious freedom suffered another setback this week when the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against a Christian florist who refused to service a same-sex wedding on religious grounds.” (The Daily Wire)

SCHOOL SAFETY IN TEXAS: “Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law Thursday allowing more teachers to carry firearms and expands mental health services for students in the wake of the mass shooting last year at a high school near Houston.” (National Review)

GOOD CALL: “Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.” (The Associated Press)

POLICY: Trump’s UK visit was a glowing success (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: The no-nuke ‘80s creep back (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: “A new 2020 election poll is out and it shows that 87 percent of people polled feel that polling people this early in the election process is meaningless and 17 percent say if the pollster doesn’t leave them alone they are going to bounce him down the street like a basketball.” (The Daily Wire)

~The Patriot Post


House unveils resolution citing Barr and McGahn with contempt of Congress

by Susan Ferrechio

{ } ~ House Democrats unveiled a resolution they plan to vote on Tuesday that would cite Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn with contempt of Congress… The measure, certain to pass, will provide the authority for House committees to pursue in federal court witness testimony and materials they have been unable to get from Barr and McGahn. Democrats will not vote to hold either man in criminal contempt. That resolution would have ended up at Barr’s Justice Department, which would have very likely rejected it, as it has in most recent past cases. Democrats also backed down on a threat to find either man in inherent contempt, which would have authorized Congress to levy fines and even enforce jail time. House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., described the move to send the case to court as “the efficient approach to civil enforcement.” Democrats, many of them pushing for an impeachment inquiry, are eager to make their case against Trump on the House floor Tuesday and the resolution will provide that chance. “We will not allow this president and his administration to turn a blind eye to the rule of law,” said McGovern, who authored the resolution, said in a statement Thursday. McGovern noted in his statement the contempt resolution leaves the House floor open for legislation, unlike an impeachment inquiry, which could consume the calendar for weeks… The House and McGovern needs to read up on the rule of law. They got it wrong.


A Mark That Misses the Mark: House Democrats and the National Defense Authorization Act

by Michaela Dodge

{ } ~ The Democrat-controlled House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces is advancing policies on nuclear weapons and missile defense that would make the U.S. and its allies less safe… This is evident in the markup or the subcommittee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which it released Tuesday. For example, the markup prohibits funding for deployment of the W76-2 low-yield nuclear warhead despite a strong endorsement from Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, who is charged with executing the deterrence mission. The action comes on the heels of a letter Monday to leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees from 26 national security experts, calling for such a step as well as for an extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, a bad idea of its own. Not deploying the W76-2 would be a mistake. The low-yield version of the W76 warhead is a “supplemental capability” endorsed in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. A limited number of warheads already are modified, meaning no additional action is required. Which is why the House subcommittee’s “mark” of the National Defense Authorization Act focuses on prohibiting funding for deployment of a weapon, rather than development. The weapon itself is not a new capability or a new nuclear weapon, as some try to claim. Rather, it’s a necessary response to developments in Russia’s nuclear forces developments… House Armed Services subcommittee need to wake up and not be jerks.


To Avoid Tariffs Mexico Pledges Troops to Border, Trump Response: ‘Results First’ – Tariffs Will Commence

by Nick Miroff ,David J. Lynch and Kevin Sieff

{} ~ Faced with Trump’s threat to impose escalating tariffs on Mexican goods beginning Monday, Mexican officials have pledged to deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to the country’s border region with Guatemala… a show of force they say will make immediate reductions in the number of Central Americans heading north toward the U.S. border. The Mexican official and the U.S. official said the countries are negotiating a sweeping plan to overhaul asylum rules across the region, a move that would require Central Americans to seek refuge in the first foreign country they set foot upon after fleeing their homeland. Under such a plan, the United States would swiftly deport Guatemalan asylum seekers who set foot on U.S. soil to Mexico. And the United States would send Honduran and Salvadoran asylum applicants to Guatemala, whose government held talks with acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan last week. Central American migrants who express a fear of death or torture if sent back to their home countries would be interviewed by a U.S. asylum officer to determine if the chances of such harm were more likely than not — a higher screening standard with a greater likelihood of rejection than current procedures. Mexico has repeatedly said it will not accept the kind of “Safe Third Country” agreement that the U.S. has with Canada, a pact that requires asylum seekers to apply for refuge in whichever country they arrive in first, as each are considered safe havens. But the Mexican official said the government is willing to make asylum changes for the sake of a coordinated regional approach. Mexican negotiators also have made clear that they will pull their offers from the table if Trump imposes the tariffs, telling the U.S. that the economic damage would undermine Mexico’s ability to afford tougher enforcement…


Demos Are Indeed Removing ‘So Help Me God’ From House Committee Oaths

by Rusty

{} ~ Several months after claiming it was a mistake, multiple outlets have reported that Democrats have indeed removed the phrase “so help me God” from the oath administered… to witnesses testifying before congressional committees. The New York Times celebrated the omission, noting that Democrat victory in the 2018 midterms means “to the winner go the spoils” and as such, they “have deemed no such entreaty a reference to God is necessary.”According to the Daily Wire, the changes to the oath have been slowly implemented over the last several months, in spite of the fact that lawmakers backpedaled when the idea was first broached. Rep. Steve Cohen told the Times that God doesn’t belong in Congress, even when it comes to alluding to a higher power in an effort to encourage witnesses to be truthful. “I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” Cohen (D-KFC) said. He accused Republicans of “using God” in wanting to keep the four-word phrase in the oath, “and God doesn’t want to be used.”Graves is right – we could use a little more God. Especially a Democrat party that currently endroses a belief that babies should be aborted up to or even after birth… They will pay dearly for removal of ‘So Help Me God”


VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

by The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched its new and improved community care program… implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (the MISSION Act), which both ends the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community Care Program. The MISSION Act strengthens the nationwide VA Health Care System by empowering Veterans to have more options in their health care decisions. Under the new and improved Veterans Community Care Program, Veterans can now work with their VA health care provider or other VA staff to see if they are eligible to receive community care. Eligibility for community care does not require a Veteran to receive that care in the community; Veterans can still choose to have VA provide their care. Veterans are eligible to choose to receive care in the community if they meet any of the following six eligibility criteria: 1. A Veteran needs a service not available at any VA medical facility. 2. A Veteran lives in a U.S. state or territory without a full-service VA medical facility. Specifically, this would apply to Veterans living in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 3. A Veteran qualifies under the “grandfather” provision related to distance eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program. 4. VA cannot furnish care in a manner that complies within certain designated access standards. The specific access standards are described below. 5. The Veteran and the referring clinician agree it is in the best medical interest of the Veteran to receive community care based on defined factors. 6. VA has determined that a VA medical service line is not providing care in a manner that complies with VA’s standards for quality. “We are honored to reaffirm our commitment to America’s Veterans,” said Tracy Skala, acting director of the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. “Our staff is steadfast in providing health care that meets the needs of our Veterans at the right time and place.”…


D-Day’s ‘Forgotten’ Woman

Cal Thomas

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes.

One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the French Resistance. Without her daring and heroism, the war would most assuredly have been prolonged and many more lives would have been lost.

Her name was Virginia Hall and her story is told in a new book by Sonia Purnell titled “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II.” The title does not exaggerate Virginia’s contributions to the Allied victory.

Saying that one can’t put down a book has become a cliche, but Purnell’s work, pieced together from meticulous research and bridging lost or destroyed records, exceeds in drama any spy novel you have ever read.

Virginia was from a family of Baltimore socialites. Her mother expected her to do what most women in that class did in the ‘20s and ’30s — get married, have children and attend parties. Encouraged by her father, who discovered she had other goals, Virginia talked her way into the Special Operations Executive (SOE), the British spy organization Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.”

She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and this with a prosthetic leg she was forced to wear after a hunting accident. She had her gender (sexism was rife in intelligence services and the military in those days), as well as her “handicap” working against her and yet she helped ignite the French Resistance and revolutionized modern secret warfare.

Through incredible trials, which included the Gestapo’s unrelenting pursuit, her use of disguises, proficiency in French, recruitment of assets — and betrayal by some of them — and the deprivation of virtually every physical comfort one can imagine, Virginia pursued her goal of liberating France, a country with which she had fallen in love.

As Purnell notes in the final chapter, “Valor rarely reaps the dividends it should.” It was not until after her death in 1982 that the CIA (the successor of OSS) recognized her contributions to the war. Purnell writes: “Today Virginia is officially recognized by the CIA as an unqualified heroine of the war, whose career at the agency was held back by ‘frustrations with superiors who did not use her talents well.’” That’s an understatement.

A brief summary of her work is contained on the book jacket, but the book must be read in its entirety to appreciate what she accomplished by bravery and sheer force of will: “Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.”

Never have I read anything like it. Every page is compelling and demands not just to be read, but absorbed. Every act reflects incredible bravery. This is what heroism looks like. Virginia’s actions, along with the men who gave their lives for the freedoms that France, the rest of Europe and America enjoy today, should never be forgotten.

Sonia Purnell has ensured Virginia Hall’s place in that great pantheon. ~The Patriot Post  


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