Friday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: INCOHERENT ON DEBT: “Speaker liar-Nancy Pulosi said Thursday that the Democratic-controlled House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic program,” reports the Associated Press. So Democrats won’t agree to incur more debt until they can spend a ton more money?

PUNCHING BACK: “A defiant President Trump pushed back Thursday against the outrage over his comments that he would be open to accepting opposition research from individuals from foreign countries, arguing he should have no obligation to call the FBI in certain cases while trying to turn the tables on Democratic lawmakers over their own foreign contacts,” Fox News reports. Meanwhile, according to CBS News, “The chair of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) tweeted a statement Thursday to be ‘100% clear’ that ‘it is illegal to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.’”

SARAH SANDERS EXITS: “White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving the Trump administration at the end of June, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Sanders became the administration’s deputy press secretary after Trump took office in 2017 and was later promoted to press secretary after Sean Spicer left the role.” (The Daily Caller)

TRUMP WON’T FIRE CONWAY: “President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has no plans to fire top aide Kellyanne Conway after … the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a report to Trump on Thursday that said Conway repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by criticizing Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity.” (Politico)

liar-PULOSI WHINES ABOUT MCCONNELL: “House Speaker liar-Nancy Pulosi (D., Calif.) presented a visual representation of the Senate’s “legislative graveyard” at a press conference Thursday morning. She ripped Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) refusal to put several Democratic initiatives up for a vote in the legislative chamber.“FACEBOOK PRIVACY: “Facebook is “worried” about emails which might link company founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the company’s “questionable” privacy practices,“ PJ Media’s Stephen Green notes. Remember all the way back in March when Zuckerberg promised to make Facebook “a privacy-focused communications platform”? Good times…

FREE SPEECH: “Author and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson confirmed the beta testing of an upcoming free speech-friendly platform he’s created called Thinkspot, which he teased during a podcast last week.” (The Daily Wire)

A DIFFERENT SANCTUARY: “A Texas border city with a population of about 2,200 has declared itself a sanctuary for the unborn and has banned abortion.” (Fox News)

TIFF WITH IRAN: “Iran on Friday dismissed U.S. claims that its forces attacked two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, calling the allegations ‘alarming’ just hours after the U.S. Central Command released a video it said showed Iranian vessels retrieving an unexploded mine from one of the damaged ships.” (The Washington Post)

NEW ZEALAND MASSACRE TRIAL: “An Australian man pleaded not guilty Friday to 92 charges stemming from a massacre in two mosques in Christchurch three months ago and will stand trial next May.” (NBC News)

DEMO 2020 CLOWN CAR UPDATE: “The Democratic National Committee has announced that 20 candidates have qualified for the party’s first presidential debates later this month.” (Associated Press)

POLICE UNDER FIRE: “There was a riot in Frayser, Tennessee, a suburb just north of Memphis, on Wednesday night in which 36 officers and deputies were injured,” Hot Air notes. “It all started with an officer-involved shooting of a 20-year-old man named Brandon Webber.”

POLICY: A plausible blueprint for fiscal sustainability (Manhattan Institute)

POLICY: U.S. economy produces more jobs and higher wages, somehow capitalism stays broken (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: Covert Navy SEAL team really starting to regret wearing these pride month uniforms (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post


Gaza Rockets Strike South as IDF Braces for Violence on Gaza Border

by Anna Ahronheim

{} ~ The IDF is gearing up for violent protests along the Gaza Strip border on Friday, one day after Israel struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip following the launching of a rocket towards border communities… Rocket sirens wailed and explosions were heard in Sderot on Thursday night and in the other areas around the Gaza border, but no injuries were reported. Like every Friday since March 2018, thousands of Gazans are expected to protest and riot along the border fence, burning tires, hurling stones and marbles, and throwing grenades and improvised explosive devices some military grade towards troops. The Great March of Return border protests have seen more than 500,000 people violently demonstrating along the security fence demanding an end to the 12-year long blockade. Every Friday the rioters, ranging between several thousand to 45,000, assemble at various points along the border. The last few Fridays have been relatively calm with a significant decrease in the number of protesters clashing with troops along the fence. But tensions have risen once again following the launching of incendiary and explosive balloons towards Israeli territory, causing the IDF to impose a rare full closure of the Gaza Strip fishing zone. That in turn led to terrorist groups in the Strip to fire a rocket towards southern communities. At least eight fires raged across southern Israel on Wednesday, while two explosive balloons exploded over greenhouses in the area. The rocket, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, triggered sirens in Kibbutz Nirim in the Eshkol regional council at around 12.15 a.m. Early Thursday morning, the IDF said fighter jets “attacked an underground terror infrastructure on a military compound belonging to the Hamas terror group in the southern Gaza Strip. The attack was carried out in response to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip earlier in the night.” According to Palestinian media reports, the strike targeted sites in the neighborhood of al-Rayyan east of Rafah and al-Zaytoun in Gaza City. “The IDF will continue to act against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and considers the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for everything that is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip,” the IDF statement added…


US government office finds Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act and recommends her removal

by Daniel Chaitin

{ } ~ White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on “numerous occasions” and should be removed from the government, a United States federal office announced Thursday… The recommendation was made by Henry Kerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, in a letter and report sent to President Trump recommending she be removed from federal service. Federal employees are prohibited by the Hatch Act from using their jobs to campaign for or against political candidates. The president and vice president are exempt from the Hatch Act, but employees of the White House are not. The Office of Special Counsel, led by Kerner, whom Trump nominated to the post, is charged with enforcing the Hatch Act and is not connected to now-former special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s Russia investigation. Conway, 52, a longtime Republican pollster before joining Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was described as a “repeat offender” by Kerner for disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media. “Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law,” the letter said. “The Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process,” White House spokesman Steven Groves said in a statement. “Others, of all political views, have objected to the OSC’s unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees. Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations — and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”… Kerner needs to check reps of congress and the media on how they are reacting towards Trumps followers and the president.


Qatar on Our Campuses

by Ryan Mauro and Alex VanNess

{ } ~ For years the government of Qatar has engaged in an extensive influence operation on American campuses… At the same time that the government of Qatar has supplied aid and support to al-Qaeda, the Iranian regime and Hamas, it has attempted to sway political opinion in the U.S. by spending millions of dollars each year on a vast network of lobbyists, think tanks and media outlets. As part of the same effort , it has also thrown enormous sums of money at American universities. The ties between Qatar and U.S. universities are extensive. U.S. law requires universities to disclose information about foreign gifts, as well as “any ownership interests in or control over the institution by a foreign entity.” Since 2012 the Department of Education (DOE) reports that Qatar has given close to $1.5 billion $1,478,676,069 to be exact to U.S. universities in the form of monetary gifts and contracts. These university gifts and contracts have been sent by multiple Qatari entities either owned by the government or closely connected to the Qatar royal family. They include, for example, RasGas Company Limited; Qatar Petroleum; Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) which is member of the Qatar Foundation. Qatar Petroleum is a state-owned public corporation established in 1974. It is responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in the state of Qatar. RasGas Company Limited was a liquefied natural gas (LNG) producing company that merged with QatarGas in January 2018. QatarGas is the world’s largest LNG company. Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani is the CEO of QatarGas and Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi serves as chairman of the board of directors. Saad Sherida al-Kaabi is Qatar’s current Minister of State for Energy Affairs. QNRF and its parent organization, the Qatar Foundation, are listed as two primary Qatar gift givers to American universities. The Qatar Foundation is an arm of the Qatari government, founded and led by top Qatari officials. The Qatar Foundation covers the expenses for six U.S. universities to have campuses in the country: Texas A&M (TAMU), Virginia Commonwealth, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and Georgetown. The cost is nearly $405 million…


Mass Homelessness Exposes California’s Political Dysfunction

by Jarrett Stepman

{ } ~ California’s great wealth only masks its increasing dysfunction. Nothing highlights this quite like the explosion of homelessness in the Golden State… By any measure, California’s homelessness crisis is reaching epic proportions. There are now nearly 60,000 homeless people living in Los Angeles County, a 12% increase from the previous year, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Los Angeles is hardly an outlier. “Other localities in California saw substantial increases compared with 2017, when they last conducted a count,” according to The Wall Street Journal. “In San Francisco, the number rose 17% while Alameda County, which includes Oakland, saw a 43% increase. Homelessness grew 42% in San Jose over the past two years and 31% in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley.” San Francisco, for all of its radical politics, is a beautiful city by the bay. Yet it’s evolving into a dysfunctional, filthy mess. “Even in the good old days there was a Skid Row. Now the beggars, drug addicts, and lost souls are all over the city,” wrote San Francisco columnist Carl Nolte. How bad has it become? Nolte wrote: The city is out of control. Traffic is a mess, but it’s rare to see a traffic control officer. Trucks are double-parked everywhere. The city is dirty—a friend just back from Mexico City was astounded to find the streets there far cleaner than the ones in her native city. There is so much human waste on the streets of San Francisco the city formed a ‘poop patrol’ where workers are paid $71,000 a year, about same as the average school teacher… The hell with homeless lets help the illegals says the Gov. of Calif.


loose lips liar-Joe Biden: A ‘Good Guy’ Without Principle or Backbone

by Doug Bandow

{ } ~ loose lips liar-Joe Biden, the crazy uncle that many people try to hide in the attic, so to speak, is a “good guy,” even if he didn’t have enough backbone… to defend his use of that phrase to describe Vice President Mike Pence. When the left-wing mobs came calling, Uncle loose lips liar-Joe scurried for the exit. Of course, the former senator already had run from his record in the Anita Hill hearings, during which he apparently privately acknowledged the inconsistencies of her story. Now, seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in an era when truth and consequences are of no account, he apologized for not arming the anti-Clarence Thomas mob with pitchforks and torches. His latest craven surrender is on abortion funding. Uncle loose lips liar-Joe’s principle strength is his longevity. He comes from an era before the Democratic Party had turned into a left-wing hothouse. The party always included a lot of big spenders, but on culture and foreign policy many Democrats were to the right of many Republicans. Across America’s heartland many Democrats supported gun rights and opposed abortion. Indeed, the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits public funding of abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger and in cases of rape and incest, was first passed in 1976 by a Democratic House and Senate. Democratic President Jimmy Carter, elected in that year, defending the prohibition. Belief in the eternal value of the human person was not limited to the right. In 1980 Democrats purported to be the party of diversity and tolerance when they attacked the Reagan campaign for creating an abortion “litmus test” for judicial nominees. To be sure, most Dems backed the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, but they said they would never, ever impose that belief on judicial nominees. By the late 1980s and 1990s fealty to the principle of unlimited abortion was becoming a requirement for Democratic presidential nominees — which was a problem because so many leading Democrats had unclean hands, from the Left’s perspective. As a result, Richard Gephardt, scumbag-Al Gore, and scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton all tossed aside measured records on the issue in their campaign for the top political prize. Still, the latter felt the need to claim he wanted the procedure to be “rare” as well as safe and legal. Scores of congressional Democrats continued to vote pro-life…


Caution: ATF Nominee Needs Scrutiny

Nate Jackson: President Donald Trump has nominated Chuck Canterbury to be the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) since 2015. Canterbury has been a police officer since 1978 and has served as president of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) since 2003. His nomination heads to the Senate, where there is not yet a time frame for hearings.

Trump has had a good relationship with the FOP, and Canterbury in particular advised the president on criminal-justice reform last year. Nominating him for the ATF post solidifies that relationship.

But what Second Amendment defenders want to know is where Canterbury will stand on those rights.

“I want no mistake to be made,” Canterbury testified to the Senate in 2009, “I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment.” But the context provides a troubling clue — he was testifying in support of Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. “In fact,” he continued, “if I thought that Judge Sotomayor’s presence on the Court posed a threat to my Second Amendment right, I would not be supporting her here today.” Earlier in 2009, Canterbury also testified in support of scumbag-Eric Holder’s nomination as attorney general.

Sotomayor’s view of the Second Amendment? In 2004, she argued, “The right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right.” And in 2010 she was on the wrong side in McDonald v. Chicago. We also know scumbag-Holder’s record is not only anti-Second Amendment but practically criminally so through the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme.

For that reason and Canterbury’s other policy positions (via the FOP opposing national concealed carry reciprocity and supporting “universal” background checks), both Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights oppose Canterbury’s nomination.

On the other hand, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox interviewed Canterbury in 2011, and the two shared a rapport about law enforcement and gun rights. The NRA has yet to make a statement one way or another on Canterbury’s nomination to head the ATF.

Notably, it was in that 2011 interview that Canterbury made an important point about the FOP’s sometimes incongruous opinions on the Second Amendment: “Many [police] department chiefs are political, and they go with the anti-gun line, especially in the big cities. But our members in the rank and file know the reality on the streets.” Indeed, police chiefs serve at the pleasure of mayors, which in big cities are most often Democrats. That skews a chief’s views far afield from rank-and-file officers, who by and large support the rights of law-abiding citizens. Perhaps Canterbury was taking the positions he thought he needed to take at the time, and he’ll be most trustworthy serving under a Republican president.

But Trump, who often shoots from the hip, last year declared, “Take the guns first, go through due process second.” He directed the ATF to ban bump stocks without Congress, and he recently expressed opposition to suppressors. So forgive us if we won’t just take on faith his nomination of anyone for the ATF. Canterbury’s nomination in particular bears watching with caution. We’d encourage Republican senators to probe for his true views on our first civil right and just maybe withhold that rubber stamp. ~The Patriot Post  


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