Friday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

POLITICAL OPTICS: Judiciary Committee votes to advance articles of impeachment against Trump to the full House — after scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler delayed it for a daytime audience (CNBC)

“BIGGEST MAJORITY SINCE MARGARET THATCHER’S WIN IN 1987”: British voters delivered a stunning victory to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in Thursday’s general election, giving the Brexit backer a large majority in the House of Commons (NPR)

Government & Politics

TRADE PROGRESS: U.S., China agree to limited trade deal; new tariffs avoided (ABC News)

PERPETUAL DEBT: Even in impeachment-crazed DC, it’s always a good time to borrow and spend! Donald Trump, Democrats, and Republicans agree on trillion-dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see (Reason)

“DEADER THAN A DOORNAIL” IN THE SENATE:  House Democrats pass bill to give government more control over drug prices (National Review)

WHO NEEDS FACTS? worthless-Rashida Tlaib deletes tweet blaming “white supremacy” for New Jersey shooting — because the assailants were actually black supremacists (The Washington Times)

National Security

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: U.S. envoy to Afghanistan announces “pause” in Taliban peace talks after attack on airbase (NBC News)

UNANIMOUS DECISION — TO ERDOGAN’S CHAGRIN: Senate passes bill to recognize Armenian genocide (New York Post)

Around the Nation

“THERE ARE GOING TO BE CONSEQUENCES”:  Virginia governor offers “veiled threat” against state’s Second Amendment sanctuary cities (The Daily Wire)

THE SWAMP: Nine of 20 richest counties are DC suburbs; Virginia suburbs beat Silicon Valley (CNSNews.com)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: How two years of tax cuts have supported our strong economy (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: Can we avoid collateral damage in the 5G battle with China? (Hudson Institute)

HUMOR: Poll finds most people would rather be annihilated by giant tidal wave than continue to be lectured by climate-change activists (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post

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Republicans erupt as scumbag liar-Nadler suddenly postpones impeachment vote near midnight

By Gregg Re{foxnews.com } ~ Gobsmacked Republicans made known their fury and frustration late Thursday as House Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly  wrapped up an all-day marathon hearing… on the adoption of two articles of impeachment against President Trump by delaying planned votes on the matter until Friday morning. “It is now very late at night,” scumbag liar-Nadler said shortly before midnight in D.C. “I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast their final votes. Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up-or-down votes on each of the articles of impeachment, and let history be our judge.” Ranking Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., raised an immediate objection as scumbag liar-Nadler began leaving, saying it was “the most bush-league stunt” he had ever seen. “Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow — you just blew up schedules for everyone?” Collins asked incredulously. “You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we’re talking about. Not even consult? Not even consult? 10 a.m. tomorrow?” He later told reporters: “This is why people don’t like us. This crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress. What Chairman scumbag liar-Nadler just did, and his staff, and the rest of the majority who sat there quietly and said nothing, this is why they don’t like us. They know it’s all about games. It’s all about the TV screens. They want the primetime hit. This is Speaker liar-Pelosi and scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff and the others directing this committee. I don’t have a chairman anymore. I guess I need to just go straight to Ms. liar-Pelosi and say, what TV hit does this committee need to do? This committee has lost all relevance. I’ll see y’all tomorrow.” Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert called out the tactic as “Stalinesque,” and other Republicans essentially heckled scumbag liar-Nadler’s conduct as unbelievable and “outrageous.” Gohmert also openly suggested that Democrats wanted to have the vote when more people would be watching on television, and that they wanted to be able to say they had a “three-day trial” in the Judiciary Committee, even if they called no fact witnesses to appear before the panel…  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-judiciary-committee-impeachment-vote-sparring  

VIDEO:  https://video.foxnews.com/v/6115540156001#sp=show-clips

Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote

By OLIVIA BEAVERS and MIKE LILLIS{thehill.com } ~ Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment Friday that charge President Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors… setting up a historic House vote next week that all but guarantees Trump will be just the third president to be impeached in U.S. history. The articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, were passed out of the committee along strict party lines, with 23 Democrats voting to send the measures to the full House, which is expected to approve them next week. One Democrat, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), was absent after undergoing an unexpected medical procedure earlier in the week. All 17 panel Republicans, meanwhile, united against both articles, arguing that the charges rested on thin evidence and that Democrats proceeding with their rapid impeachment push will set a dangerous precedent in the years ahead. The votes come two days after the panel began its debate and the morning after Democrats enraged Republicans by abruptly canceling an expected vote that would have taken place very late Thursday night or early Friday morning. “That was the most egregious violation of trust between a committee chairman and ranking member I think I’ve ever seen,” said Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the top Republican on Judiciary, who said “there was no discussion” about the change of plans. “We thought we were going to do votes tonight,” said Collins, who called the impeachment markups a “kangaroo court” and argued that Democrats wanted more television time for the proceedings. Democrats signaled that they wanted to prevent Republicans from arguing they had approved the articles of impeachment in the dead of night and when no Americans were watching…  https://thehill.com/homenews/house/474358-democrats-approve-two-articles-of-impeachment-against-trump-in-judiciary-vote  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Outlines Upcoming Impeachment Trial and Process

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears on Fox News to discuss the upcoming impeachment trial and the processes within the Senate that will be followed… McConnell states he will be working closely with White House counsel and the President’s lawyers. The Senate Leader said “there’s no chance the President is removed from office”.Sidebar (somewhat): I find it to be interesting timing for this interview…U.S-China trade agreement, phase-one, announced today and Senator McConnell comes out in full-throated defense of presidency. Perhaps just a coincidence.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/12/senate-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-outlines-upcoming-impeachment-trial-and-process/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ-qnp9QLV8&feature=emb_title

Carter Page Discusses the IG Report and His Probable Lawsuit Against DOJ and FBI

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page discusses the details of the IG report, allegations of FISA court abuse and his future plans to sue the DOJ and FBI:  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/12/carter-page-discusses-the-ig-report-and-his-probable-lawsuit-against-doj-and-fbi/

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bui45pQcy6E&feature=emb_title

U.S. Pursues Mystery Buyer of Contested Iranian Nuclear Materials

by Adam Kredo {freebeacon.com } ~ The Trump administration is considering sanctions on an unidentified international purchaser of Iranian nuclear materials… to prevent Tehran from exporting materials that could power an atomic weapon, administration officials tell the Washington Free Beacon. Iran has moved in recent months to increase its stockpile of heavy water, which is used during nuclear operations to create high quality plutonium and can be used to achieve a plutonium-based pathway to a nuclear weapon. While the Trump administration has tightened restrictions on Iranian exports of heavy water, international nuclear inspectors recently determined that Tehran sold the material to an undisclosed international buyer at least four times since May. The revelation has amplified concerns among nuclear experts and administration officials that additional sanctions may be necessary to ensure Iran does not become an international seller of heavy water, which could net the financially ailing regime millions in cash. A senior Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Free Beacon U.S. officials are concerned by reports of Iran’s nuclear dealings and will move to hold any sanctions violators accountable. A State Department official, also speaking only on background, said those purchasing Iranian nuclear materials could be subject to sanctions. “We have seen reports that Iran continues to sell heavy water to international buyers. We have made clear that such transactions are potentially sanctionable,” the official told the Free Beacon. “Iran has no credible reason to continue its heavy water production activities. The Iranian regime uses its nuclear program to extort the international community and threaten regional security. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has underscored that nuclear escalation will not strengthen Iran’s position, but instead lead to further isolation and pressure.”Neither the White House nor the State Department identified the party that made the purchases…  https://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-pursues-mystery-buyer-of-contested-iranian-nuclear-materials/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=39299f7db3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_12_06_55_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-39299f7db3-45611665  

Border Crisis Left Criminals on the Streets, ICE Says

by Charles Fain Lehman{freebeacon.com } ~ Forced to divert resources to address the border crisis, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 13,000 fewer criminal aliens in 2019 than in 2018… ICE’s Fiscal Year 2019 Enforcement and Removal Operations report, released Wednesday, showed an agency still struggling with the aftereffects of the nearly one million people who were apprehended illegally crossing the border in the last fiscal year. While criminals still made up 86 percent of those ICE arrested, the overall drop left thousands of criminal illegal immigrants on the streets.  “There is no doubt that the border crisis, coupled with the unwillingness of some local jurisdictions that choose to put politics over public safety, has made it more difficult for ICE to carry out its congressionally mandated interior enforcement mission,” ICE acting director Matthew Albence said. “No matter where you live in the U.S., your safety is impacted by criminal aliens who came to this country illegally and now live in your neighborhoods.” The report’s findings indicate that the border crisis, and Congress’s inability to address its underlying causes, continues to have an effect on American communities even as it shows signs of abating. According to its own figures, ICE deported more than 267,000 people with final orders of removal in 2019, an increase of about 10,000 from the previous fiscal year. At the same time, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations unit arrested 143,000 people, a 10 percent drop-off. Arrests of criminals dropped 14 percent, a reduction of 13,000. Among those that ICE did arrest, more than 120,000 were either convicted of a criminal offense or had been arrested pending criminal charges. Those included 1,900 homicide offenders; 1,800 kidnappers; over 11,000 sex offenders, including 5,000 who had been charged with sexual assault; 45,000 assaulters; 67,000 drug offenders; and 10,000 weapon offenders…  https://freebeacon.com/issues/border-crisis-left-criminals-on-the-streets-ice-says/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=39299f7db3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_12_06_55_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-39299f7db3-45611665   

.Barr Hammers FBI scumbag/liar-Clinton Cadre’s ‘Gross Abuses’

Nate Jackson:  Two days after dropping his lengthy report on FBI malfeasance and incompetence in its efforts to surveil and investigate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.

Meanwhile, Democrats chose yesterday to unveil their underwhelming two articles of impeachment against Trump, and the House Judiciary Committee will vote today to advance them. It’s quite the juxtaposition, given that it reveals one thing: The swamp has been out to get Trump for a long time.Some of Horowitz’s testimony will no doubt focus on the fact that Attorney General William Barr challenged Horowitz’s assessment that there was no evidence of political bias at play in the FBI’s myriad mistakes. “No evidence” … other than the inconvenient fact that every single “mistake” the FBI made worked against the opposition candidate (Trump) and for the party in power.Barr called the FBI’s Trump probe a “travesty” that relied on “rubbish” and for which there’s a possibility of “bad faith.” He argued, “I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press. And I think that there were gross abuses of FISA and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”The attorney general noted that the Trump campaign was “clearly spied upon” and that it marked “the first time in history that this has been done to a presidential campaign.” Moreover, the investigation and spying continued into Trump’s presidency. The fundamental question Barr asks is this: “What was the agenda after the election that kept [FBI agents] pressing ahead after their case collapsed? This is the president of the United States.”As for establishing evidence of political bias, Barr said, “That’s why we have Durham.” He’s referencing the more important and wider-ranging probe led by federal prosecutor John Durham, who is looking into the origins of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence probe into Trump (the one former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey lied to Congress about having started). Durham’s probe has become a criminal investigation, but Barr says Durham’s report is not due until “late spring, early summer” of 2020. Durham, too, publicly disagreed with Horowitz, and Barr rightly notes that’s because “he will have a broader appreciation of all the facts and a determination [on bias] can be made.” Until that report is out, Barr cautioned, “It would be premature to make any judgment, one way or the other.”  ~The Patriot Post

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRKFo0JmuBc&feature=emb_title  

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