Friday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

IMPEACH THE JOB CREATOR! Jobs growth soars in November as payrolls surge by 266,000 (CNBC)

MEANWHILE… Trump’s tax cuts reduce U.S. burden to one of the lowest in the world (Fox Business)

Government & Politics

WHERE IMPEACHMENT STANDS: House sets up Monday hearing to glean evidence on Trump impeachment (The Hill)

STRATEGY: How House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his team tamed impeachment (Washington Examiner)

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Mueller witness bragged about access to scumbag/liar-Clintons secured with illegal campaign cash, says Justice Department (Yahoo News)

TAKING UP socialist-BETO’S MANTLE: Michael Bloomberg unveils radical anti-freedom plan attacking Second Amendment rights (The Daily Wire)

MOVING TO THE LEFT: A sign of just how far left Democrats have moved under Trump: “Moderate” loose lips liar-Joe Biden wants tax hikes twice as big as what scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton proposed in 2016 (Reason)

FOX LAWSUIT: Playboy model Karen McDougal sues Fox News for defamation over alleged Trump affair (NBC News)

National Security

SEEKING COMMITMENTS: Texas Democrats urge liar-Pelosi to press for border security as part of USMCA deal (National Review)

UPRISING: State Department Iran envoy calls protests “the worst political crisis the regime has faced in its 40 years” (National Review)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: We do not need to expand Social Security (National Review)

POLICY: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program changes promote work (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: Get 100 “Epstein” lights that don’t hang themselves for $19.99 (Genesius Times)  ~The Patriot Post      

McConnell threatens to pass ‘partisan’ impeachment rules if he can’t get scumbag-Schumer to be reasonable

by ~ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to be expecting the very partisan Democrat-run House will formally return articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, so he’s already gearing up for a trial… The thing is, he obviously knows this is all a scam and that the Garbage Party has been plotting the president’s demise since the night he beat scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. As such, the Kentucky Republican doesn’t appear to be in any mood for more Democrat nonsense. He said on Tuesday that he’ll go to the GOP majority to settle on rules for a Senate trial if he can’t get any reasonable recommendations from Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer (D-N.Y.). “It would depend on what we could agree to,” McConnell said in reference to a bipartisan deal, according to The Hill. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘OK, can 51 of us agree on how we’re going to handle this?’”’ And failing that, TownHall noted: Here’s where things get messy: the trial could last five to six weeks, depending on how much time the Senate gives House impeachment managers to make their case and the president’s defense team to provide a rebuttal. But if McConnell and scumbag-Schumer cannot come to a deal and the Majority Leader cannot find 51 Republicans in the conference to agree on a set of rules, a series votes on individual motions – from floor time to summoning witnesses – would take place. “My assumption is once you heard the arguments on both sides, motions would be made. My suspicion is the chief justice would not want to rule on those,” McConnell said, referencing Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who would sit as the Judiciary head of any impeachment trial. “He would submit them to the Senate, and 51 of us would decide on a case-by-case basis how to go forward.” McConnell appears to be acutely aware of the hyper-partisan nature of this impeachment sham and thus figures that Democrats aren’t going to be reasonable because why would they — they haven’t been thus far. By comparison, when scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton was impeached in the late 1990s, the Senate voted quickly 100-0 on a bipartisan set of rules. My, how times have changed.    

Jonathan Turley Getting Death Threats After Testifying At Impeachment Hearing And Smashing Libs

by Dean James{ } ~ If the Left-wing lunatics who populate the country’s top institutions of higher learning have anything down pat, it’s being triggered by anything politically favorable to President Donald Trump… Though all four law school professors bought in to perpetuate the Garbage Party’s impeachment sham against the president were Marxist-Leftists, only one of them — Prof. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University — played it straight. He told the House Judiciary Committee two things in no uncertain terms: President Trump has not committed any impeachable offenses; and anger at losing an election does not meet the constitutional requirement of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Oh, and he specifically said that he’s not a supporter of the president and did not vote for him. But none of that latter stuff registered with the Triggered GWU Left: On Thursday, less than 24 hours after his testimony, Turley said he has been “inundated” with calls for his ouster and death threats. Yes, threats of death — which is why we continue to shake our heads in disbelief when Democrats and their sycophantic supporters claim Trump is the Nazi authoritarian. At least the president doesn’t threaten to kill anyone or call for them to be fired if they disagree with him. “I’ll say it one more time. If you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing exactly what you’re criticizing the president of doing,” the professor said. Makes perfect sense to us, but you can’t speak truth to power when it comes to dealing with the Left and their Democrat Party enablers…   

Trump’s tax cuts reduce US burden to one of lowest in the world

By Megan Henney { } ~ President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts pushed the U.S. tax burden to one of the lowest in the world among major economies… according to a report released Thursday. In 2018, U.S. tax burdens plummeted as a result of the Republican-passed $1.5 trillion tax cuts, sending U.S. revenue lower than all but three countries in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, the intergovernmental agency said in the report. Driven by the major tax reforms that Trump signed into law at the end of 2017 —  the law slashed the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent and temporarily reduced individual taxes — U.S. taxes at all levels of government fell to 24.3 percent of GDP last year, compared to 26.8 percent in 2017, 25.9 percent in 2016 and 23.5 percent in 2010. The 2.5 percentage point drop was the largest among all OECD countries, though 15 other countries experienced a decrease in taxes. Only Ireland, Chile and Mexico had a lower tax burden than the U.S., which was exactly 10 percentage points lower than the OECD average. A majority of countries recorded a tax burden of somewhere between 30 percent to 40 percent of their total GDP. Four countries — France, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden — had tax-to-GDP ratios above 43 percent, while four more, Finland, Austria, Italy and Luxembourg, saw their tax burden hovering above 40 percent. Taxes in France, which were the highest among OECD countries at 46.1 percent, and Denmark, at 44.9 percent, are nearly twice what they are in the U.S. Still, a previous OECD report found that the U.S. spends significantly less on public social programs than some European countries, including Finland, France, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. Overall, tax revenues were little changed since 2017, the report found, ending a trend of annual increases in the tax-to-GDP ratio that began in the wake of the financial crisis. The report analyzed federal, state and local taxes, as well as contributions toward Social Security funds.   


Dem star witness’ obsession with impeachment exposed

by ~ In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman declared under oath that he was an “impeachment skeptic”… until the July 25 call between President Trump and the Ukraine president at the center of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.  However, in a Vice magazine article in May 2017, noted Charlie Kirk in a tweet, Feldman said that Trump had committed impeachable acts. And the professor wrote a piece for Bloomberg  in March 2017 in which he claimed Trump risked impeachment over tweets he posted accusing President scumbag/liar-nObama of tapping his phones. On Wednesday, Feldman confirmed to the Democrats’ counsel, Norm Eisen, that he had been “somewhat of an impeachment skeptic” at the time of the release of the special counsel report by Robert Mueller in April. “What’s changed for you, sir?” the attorney asked. Feldman replied that it was the July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to “look into” possible corruption in Hunter Biden’s receipt of more than $3 million from a Ukrainian gas firm while his father spearheaded Ukraine policy. In a Q&A in the 2017 Vice article, Feldman was asked if the president committed a crime in his White House conversation with then-FBI Director scumbag-Jim Comey. “What the president did is an outrage. It’s impeachable, and obstruction of justice in the sense of being a ‘high crime and misdemeanor,'” he said. During the hearing Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., challenged Feldman’s description of himself as an “impeachment skeptic” prior to the Ukraine phone call. Gaetz cited Feldman’s contention that “wiretap tweets” by Trump were impeachable along with a “Mar-a-Lago” ad and the president’s accusations of “fake news.” The congressman also noted that Feldman wrote in an article in May titled “It’s hard to take impeachment seriously now.” In it, pointed out Gaetz, Feldman said that since the 2018 midterm election, House Democrats “have made it painfully clear that discussing impeachment is primarily or even exclusively a tool to weaken President Trump’s chances in 2020.” Feldman then reiterated to Gaetz: “Until this call on July 25th, I was an impeachment skeptic. The call changed my mind, sir. And for good reason.”…   

Pentagon mulls sending up to 7,000 additional forces to Middle East, officials say

By Lucas Tomlinson { } ~ The Pentagon is considering a plan to add up to 7,000 additional forces to the Middle East to counter what it sees as an increasing threat from Iran… two U.S. defense officials tell Fox News, but Defense Secretary Mark Esper has “not made any decision,” according to the Pentagon’s top policy adviser. “We’re watching this situation where the Iranians both have conducted attacks in recent months, and we are concerned about the threat stream that we are seeing,” John Rood, the undersecretary of defense for policy, said during Senate Armed Services Committee testimony Thursday when asked about the Iranian threat. Rood replied, “yes,” when asked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., if the Pentagon was considering deploying more forces to the Middle East, without being more specific. Rood added that the U.S. military constantly was considering options for moving troops around, not only to the Middle East, but to and from elsewhere in the world.The additional American forces being considered are not Army or Marine infantry units, but air and missile defense units, as well as additional warships, officials said. These forces would be similar to the types of reinforcements announced in May. One of a group of a Patriot anti-missile batteries was held in reserve at the time of the announcement last spring. The aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, delayed for months following an electrical problem this fall, finally went out to sea. It’s currently outside the Mediterranean and is expected to make its way eventually to the Middle East to relieve the USS Abraham Lincoln, who has been at sea in and around the Persian Gulf since May. Late last month, Lincoln entered the gulf for the first time in the past six months. Both nuclear-powered aircraft carriers Truman and Lincoln could steam together for a “show of force” to Iran a few days before Lincoln leaves for San Diego, Calif., as part of a long-scheduled port shift. Truman alone was bringing over 5,000 additional sailors and a full air wing of roughly 80 aircraft, including dozens of F/A-18 Super Hornet attack and fighter jets. Since May, the Pentagon has deployed over 14,000 additional forces — half aboard warships — to the Middle East to join over 60,000 American troops currently deployed in the region known inside the Pentagon as Central Command, an area stretching from Egypt through Afghanistan…    

Nunes Shreds scumbag/liar-Schiff Over Violation Of Civil Rights

by ~ California Republican Devin Nunes spoke out against his Democratic counterpart, scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, during an interview Wednesday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”… by calling what scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff has done a violation of his “civil rights.” Nunes laid into scumbag/liar-Schiff over his phone record subpoena of the GOP representative, adding that scumbag/liar-Schiff was setting a “dangerous precedent.” scumbag/liar-Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, released his committee’s impeachment inquiry report Tuesday, which revealed the acquisition of several personal phone records of conversations involving Nunes, investigative reporter John Solomon, and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. “He has subpoena power,” Nunes said to Fox News host Tucker Carlson when asked how it happened. “So when the Democrats gained control, they have subpoena power. We knew he had issued – he notified us that he had subpoenaed some phone numbers. We didn’t know who those numbers were. And, of course, because it’s … classified, we can’t talk about it.”  Tucker then asked, “subpoenaed from who?” Nunes then responded, “He subpoenaed from AT&T phone records.” “Why would AT&T give this up? Why wouldn’t AT&T say buzz off, take it to court?” Nunes answered, “That’s a very good question…AT&T should have at least went to court to see if what they were going to do was the right thing.” “Could they do that for my phone records and your phone records?” Tucker asked. “It appears like they could,” said Nunes. “If scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff now wants to go out and subpoena, they have now set a precedent where scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff can go and get any phone number he has, send it to AT&T and AT&T is going to comply.” Nunes told Carlson that he was unaware of “any previous time” where the House Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed phone numbers. “And because I had talked to Rudy Giuliani and somehow that’s now a crime, and then I make it into his report,” said Nunes. “We spent the last three years, if any Republican ever talked to any Russian at any time, even if you are Russian-American, that was a no-no. Then we were criticized. We switched to Ukraine. If you talk to any Ukrainian that’s now a crime. Now I can’t even talk to Rudy Giuliani, who I have known for 10 years. That’s supposedly a crime.” “And I’m in his report for supposedly doing something wrong. So this is — this is wrong. And what is happening, whatever is happening in this town is wrong and look, I’m going to look at whatever legal remedies I have. Because I actually have some civil rights here too.” “If they can do it to you, then what protection do we have?” asked Carlson. “They can do it to you,” Nunes said.  

Impeachment Inquisition: Prof. Turley Hammers Dems

Thomas Gallatin:  The Democrats’ impeachment charade continued Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by New York Democrat scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler, as four constitutional scholars opined over whether President Donald Trump deserves to be impeached. Three of the professors were called by the Democrats and, predictably, argued that Trump’s “crimes” are indeed impeachable. But the fourth actually got it right — this whole fiasco is insane.

House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi at least waited until Thursday morning to instruct the Judiciary Committee to proceed with drawing up articles of impeachment. President Trump “abused his power for his own personal political benefit,” she declared, which “strikes at the very heart of our Constitution.” To hear such melodrama from a Democrat is as amusing as it is pathetically hypocritical. But they have a Christmas deadline to keep.So, back to the hearings. Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman claimed that the Founding Fathers “would identify President Trump’s conduct as exactly the kind of abuse of office, high crimes and misdemeanors that they were worried about. And they would want the House of Representatives to take appropriate action and to impeach.” Please. In any case, Feldman is hardly a source for unbiased analysis — he’s been calling for Trump’s impeachment for the past three years. A mere two months after Trump’s inauguration, Feldman was demanding his impeachment because he disliked one of Trump’s social-media messages. He also claimed Trump should be impeached over his use of the constitutional pardon power.Leftist professor Pamela Karlan, who also has a history of repeatedly clamoring for Trump’s impeachment even prior to his taking office, demonstrated her profound anti-Trump bias by claiming that the president sees himself as a king as the setup for a lame and rehearsed joke about why he named his son Baron.However, the one witness who turned the hearing on its head was the only one called by Republicans — George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley. A Clinton supporter and a Democrat, Turley reiterated that he’s not a Trump backer while he presented the most reasoned, non-biased opinion regarding this impeachment fiasco. He challenged the Democrats’ entire rationale for impeachment, noting that, unlike all prior impeachment proceedings in U.S. history, no case for an actual crime has been established.“If the House proceeds solely on the Ukrainian allegations, this impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president,” Turley argued. He then observed, “We are all mad. Where has that taken us? Will a slipshod impeachment make us less mad or will it only give an invitation for the madness to follow in every future administration? That is why this is wrong.”Turley also blasted Democrats for abusing their power, the very thing they’ve charged Trump with doing: “President Trump has gone … to the courts. He’s allowed to do that — we have three branches, not two. If you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You are doing precisely what you’re criticizing the president for doing.”In their desperation to remove Trump from office with this ridiculous impeachment gambit, Democrats are doing grievous damage to themselves and our governmental institutions. No wonder they have lost the attention and concern of the majority of Americans, as demonstrated by the fact that more Americans are doing online searches for a “controversial” commercial for an exercise bike than for impeachment testimony. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed four more of Trump’s court nominees Wednesday, so at least something worthwhile was taking place on Capitol Hill.  ~The Patriot Post  


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