Friday News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

ANOTHER TRADE VICTORY: USMCA passes in the Senate, despite scumbag-Schumer and 2020 Dems voting “No”; the 89-10 vote is interesting in that it occurred on the same day the impeachment trial started (Townhall)

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD: Trump updates school prayer guidance on National Religious Freedom Day: “We will uphold religious liberty” (Fox News)

Government & Politics

TRUMP DEFENSE: Trump impeachment defense team will include scumbag/liar-Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr and Democrat constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz (CNBC)

AND YET THE TIMES SUGGESTS THE TIMING IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED: Justice Department investigating years-old leaks and appears focused on scumbag-James Comey (The New York Times)

FOR THE RECORD: No evidence ties Trump to troubling surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch (Washington Examiner)

MARITAL FRAUD: Investigators with ICE, FBI reviewing criminal allegations against worthless-Ilhan Omar (The Daily Wire)

National Security

NOT COMPLETELY UNSCATHED: Eleven U.S. troops were injured in January 8 Iran missile strike (Defense One)

RECIPROCATION: Army may send missile-defense systems to Middle East to counter future Iran strikes (Military.com)

Culture & Heartland

AN ASSAULT ON COMMON SENSE: Thirteen states, DC, and New York City sue Trump administration over food-stamp work requirements (National Review)

AN “ASSAULT ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT”:  Virginia Senate passes three gun-control bills (Washington Examiner)RAINBOW MAFIA: Media label Tennessee religious liberty bill as “anti-gay” (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: A fracking ban would trigger a global recession (Manhattan Institute)

POLICY: Why it’s not simple to just raise the corporate income tax (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: “We’ll take good care of these,” says Mitch McConnell while placing impeachment articles in special rectangular filing bin (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67977?mailing_id=4807&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.4807&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body     

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Constitutional Prayer in School 

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Earlier today President Trump held an oval office event focused on protecting every student’s constitutional right to pray in school… The president is updating Federal guidance regarding protected prayer and religious expression in public schools not updated since 2003. The new guidance makes clear that students can read religious texts or pray during recess and other non-instructional periods, organize prayer groups, and express their religious beliefs in their assignments. The president also answered questions from the attending press pool…https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/01/16/president-trump-delivers-remarks-on-constitutional-prayer-in-school-w-presser-video-and-transcript/  

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQljGO3wPdY&feature=emb_title

Pompeo & The Mafia Hit Strategy

by Kurt Nimmo{thewashingtonstandard.com } ~ The USG Mafia hit on Qassem Soleimani is part of a larger murder campaign, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo… For the former tank commander, murder—not simply double-tapping the target with a firearm, but blowing him into meaty chunks with a Hellfire missile—is “real deterrence.”  Pompeo said during a speech at Stanford University’s Hoover  Institute “there was ‘a bigger strategy’ behind the killing of Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, Iran’s elite foreign espionage and paramilitary force.“President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ‒ against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said. “Your adversary must understand not only that you have the capacity to impose cost but that you’re in fact willing to do so,” Pompeo said, adding that the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal from which Trump withdrew in 2018 had emboldened Tehran. The USG Mafia Hit Strategy on steroids is not confined to threatening Iran, however. Pompeo eluded to Russia and China’s leaders being assassinated. “The importance of deterrence isn’t confined to Iran,” Pompeo said. “In all cases, we must deter foes to defend freedom. That’s the whole point of President Trump’s work to make our military the strongest it’s ever been.” He cited the resumption of lethal military aid to Ukraine for defense against Russia-backed separatists, Trump’s withdrawal from an arms control accord with Moscow and tests of a new U.S. intermediate-range cruise missile. Pompeo also pointed to increased U.S. naval exercises in the South China Sea in response to China’s militarization of disputed islands and Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports as aspects of the administration’s deterrence strategy.  “We’re restoring credibility to deterrence,” he said…  https://thewashingtonstandard.com/pompeo-the-mafia-hit-strategy/  

scumbag/commie-John Brennan Gets Caught Making False Claim Trump Wrote Note About Zelensky Investigation, Gets Leveled by Brit Hume

by Nick Arama{redstate.com } ~ By now, you may be aware that Democrats coincidentally on the eve of the impeachment trial claiming they have new evidence and pointing to claims by Lev Parnas made on Wednesday night on Rachel Maddow’s show… Of course, as we reported earlier, those claims already seem to be falling apart and have been called into question from multiple sources. But that isn’t stopping Democrats, like former scumbag/liar-nObama CIA head scumbag/commie-John Brennan, from spreading them. But not only did he spread questionable claims, he added a little falsehood of his own on top of it all. One of the alleged pieces of evidence from Parnas is a unsigned, undated note allegedly written by Parnas, talking about getting President Zelensky to announce an investigation on the stationary of the Ritz Carlton. On its face, it’s ridiculous and anyone could have written it yesterday. But scumbag/commie-John Brennan appeared on MSNBC and claimed that President Donald Trump had written the note. He later admitted it on Twitter, saying he “mistakenly” did it. But no apology. Does anyone really believe this? He “mistakenly” did it, just like House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi “mistakenly” falsely characterized the Ukraine call transcript. Plus, scumbag/commie-Brennan can’t even get the guy’s name right. It’s Lev, not Les. He had to correct that too.  https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/01/16/766920/?utm_source=rsafternoonbriefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&bcid=7220442bc3498cb5e2d68f3cb4d11680  .

Lev Parnas’s Comments To New York Times Conflict With CNN Report About ‘Secret Mission’ For Trump

by CHUCK ROSS{dailycaller.com } ~ Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman linked to Rudy Giuliani, told The New York Times on Wednesday that he did not speak directly with President Donald Trump about his Ukraine-related efforts… a claim that appears to conflict with a CNN report published in November. The Times reported that “Mr. Parnas said that although he did not speak with Mr. Trump directly about the efforts, he met with the president on several occasions and was told by Mr. Giuliani that Mr. Trump was kept in the loop.”Those remarks appear inconsistent with what CNN reported on Nov. 16, 2019. According to the network, Parnas told associates after a White House Hanukkah party in 2018 that Trump personally sent him on a “James Bond mission” related to Ukraine. Parnas said that he and another associate, Igor Fruman, had a private meeting with Trump and Giuliani on the sidelines of the event. “Eventually, according to what Parnas told his confidants, the topic turned to Ukraine that night. According to those two confidants, Parnas said that ‘the big guy,’ as he sometimes referred to the President in conversation, talked about tasking him and Fruman with what Parnas described as ‘a secret mission’ to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate loose lips liar-Joe Biden and his son Hunter.” Parnas spoke to The Times and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday, his first public remarks since he was indicted on Oct. 10 on campaign finance charges…  https://dailycaller.com/2020/01/16/lev-parnas-cnn-nyt/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11648  

Trump Signs The Caesar Act Into Law

By Denise Simon{noisyroom.net } ~ America has a short memory yet war atrocities continue in Syria. For those that were very skeptical about the use of chemical weapons used in Syria by the Assad regime, here is the truth. ( https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/14/caesar-act-honors-syrian-photographer-without-a-na/ ) … Meanwhile. the Assad regime remains in power due to assistance from Russia and Qassim Soleimani was the wartime, military advisor to Assad. He was once a military photographer in Syria. For two years, he took pictures of the emaciated and mangled corpses left behind by Bashar al Assad’s interrogators. Then he fled to Europe with 55,000 digital images on flash drives hidden in his shoes. Even members of Congress know him only as Caesar. When he spoke to them for the first time in 2014, he wore sunglasses and a bright blue windbreaker with the hood pulled over his head. No one recorded his voice or took pictures of his face. The Assad regime would assassinate him if it could. Two days after Christmas, President Trump signed into law the Caesar Act, a tribute to the man whose photographs have proven the war crimes of the Assad regime beyond the shadow of a doubt. When the FBI’s Digital Evidence Laboratory examined Caesar’s work, it found no signs of manipulation. The bodies in Caesar’s images bear a striking resemblance to the ones in photographs of concentration camps liberated from the Nazis. Fittingly, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has had a selection of Caesar’s images on display since 2015. The purpose of the Caesar Act is to put unprecedented economic pressure on the Assad regime. The United States and European Union put some tough sanctions on Mr. Assad and his henchmen in the early days of the war in Syria, but enforcement has been partial. Whereas existing U.S. sanctions prohibit Americans from doing business with the Assad regime, the Caesar Act authorizes sanctions on the citizens of any country who work with Mr. Assad. The act specifically targets the Iranian militias and Russian mercenaries that have kept the Syrian dictator in power. Although Moscow and Tehran have secured Mr. Assad’s grip on Damascus and other major cities, the war in Syria is far from over. An estimated 3 million Syrians are now crowded into the northwestern province of Idlib, which remains under the control of a variety of rebel forces, including extremists with ties to al Qaeda. As usual, Mr. Assad and his allies are targeting civilians, not terrorists. Hospitals are especially popular targets. Thus, the Caesar Act still serves a pressing need. Economic pressure is one of the few means of holding war criminals to account for their actions. Sanctions alone will not bring down the Assad regime, but in concert with diplomatic and military pressure they should be part of any sound strategy…  http://noisyroom.net/blog/2020/01/16/trump-signs-the-caesar-act-into-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Noisyroomnet+%28NoisyRoom.net%29    

“Atoms For Peace”: When It Comes To A Nuclear Iran, Was The US Responsible For Giving Them Nuclear Technology?

by Tim Brown{thewashingtonstandard.com } ~ Just as in most things in the Middle East that the US tends to involve itself in, the reality is that we usually are the ones that provide the very things when siding with a country that we later accuse them of using in order to invade them… For instance, the US provided chemical weapons to Iraq to use against Iran and later claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction for which we invaded them. Is the same true concerning the issue of Iran’s nuclear program?  The evidence suggests that we just may have provided them with that foundation for nuclear technology via President Dwight Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace.” In looking up some information on the history of Iran and the US, along with the issue of nuclear technology, I ran across an article that spoke about what I mentioned above. This actually came from  History.comhttps://www.history.com/news/iran-nuclear-weapons-eisenhower-atoms-for-peace ) . For several decades, the U.S. has sought to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons. But ironically, the reason Iran has the technology to build these weapons in the first place is because the U.S. gave it to Iran between 1957 and 1979. This nuclear assistance was part of a Cold War strategy known as “Atoms for Peace.” The strategy’s name comes from Dwight Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech, given before the United Nations General Assembly in 1953. In it, he suggested that promoting the non-military use of nuclear technology could discourage countries from using it to create nuclear weapons, or “Atoms for War.” The speech came only eight years after the invention of the atomic bomb, at a time when the U.S. was anxious to keep these new and frightening weapons from proliferating around the world. Strange as it sounds, President Eisenhower viewed his “Atoms for Peace” strategy partly as a form of arms control…  https://thewashingtonstandard.com/atoms-for-peace-when-it-comes-to-a-nuclear-iran-was-the-us-responsible-for-giving-them-nuclear-technology/  VIDEO 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg-jvHynP9Y&feature=emb_title  VIDEO 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B8R-umE0s0&feature=emb_title  

Left Claims ‘Russian Meddling’ to Protect loose lips liar-Bidens

Political Editors:  As America enters another election year, the Leftmedia and Democrats hope to resurrect their 2016 narrative about Russian interference in their ongoing effort to paint President Donald Trump as illegitimate. On Monday, many Leftmedia news outlets “soberly” covered a report released by Area 1, a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity firm, that alleged Russia had successfully hacked into Burisma, the Ukraine gas company that infamously employed loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden on its board of directors.

The report’s authors sought to elevate the political relevance of their findings, writing, “Our report is not noteworthy because we identify the GRU [a Russian military intelligence unit] launching a phishing campaign, nor is the targeting of a Ukrainian company particularly novel. It is significant because Burisma Holdings is publically [sic] entangled in U.S. foreign and domestic politics.” The authors also add, “The timing of the GRU’s campaign in relation to the 2020 U.S. elections raises the spectre that this is an early warning of what we have anticipated since the successful cyberattacks undertaken during the 2016 U.S. elections.”Just what the Russians where after or what information they may have collected is not known, but that hasn’t stopped the Leftmedia and Democrats from seeking to establish an absolutely unsubstantiated narrative. You see, this is all part of a grand conspiracy by Russia to aid Trump once again by working to discredit loose lips liar-Joe Biden, who would be a shoo-in to win the election just like scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton was if it hadn’t been for Russian meddling.As Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates ridiculously asserted, “This proves that both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin understand the true stakes of this election. loose lips liar-Joe Biden is running to bring our country together and restore American leadership in the world — repairing the damage Donald Trump has done to our national security and alliances. Donald Trump tried to coerce to Ukraine into lying about loose lips liar-Joe Biden and a major bipartisan, international anti-corruption victory because he recognized that he can’t beat the vice president.”The question is, if loose lips liar-Joe Biden had nothing to hide and had no concerns over his son Hunter’s dealings with Burisma, then why even give this story the time of day? If there’s nothing damning in Burisma’s records, then Russia has nothing on loose lips liar-Biden. In reality, this story is designed as a setup to write off any damaging information that might emerge regarding the loose lips liar-Bidens and Burisma as merely “Russian meddling” and then spin the blame onto Trump for allegedly encouraging this meddling. The bigger questions remain unanswered, and those have to do with the loose lips liar-Bidens, Burisma, and Ukraine.   ~The Patriot Post

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