Friday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Headline unemployment drops to 3.9%, lowest in 18 years (CNBC)

Rudy Giuliani’s media blitz provides ammunition for Trump foes, but there’s a strategy (The Washington Times)

Trump blasts NBC over botched Cohen report: “wrong again!” (Fox News)

McConnell: Confirming judicial picks is a top priority in Senate (The Washington Free Beacon)

In a reversal, Speaker Ryan says the House chaplain will remain in his post (The Washington Post)

Trump initiative protects religious rights, faith groups’ equal access to federal dollars (The Daily Signal)

Opposite liar-nObama, Trump refugee policy favors Christians over Muslims, 3-1 (Washington Examiner)

Dozens more caravan asylum seekers let in to U.S. from Mexico (Reuters)

Pentagon confirms Chinese fired lasers at U.S. pilots (The Washington Free Beacon)

U.S.-China trade talks end with key differences still unresolved (Bloomberg)

Planned Parenthood sues Trump administration for favoring abstinence programs over family planning with Title X grants (CNS News)

Amazon boots Christian nonprofit from donations program because of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate list” (The Federalist)

America is minting more millionaire retirees than ever (Bloomberg)

Policy: The consequences of historical ignorance (The Daily Signal)

Policy: Keep the Electoral College, because states matter (National Review) ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/55773

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Chaffetz Blasts Arrongant Elitist Crook Rosenstein – DOJ Not Above the Constitution

by rickwells.us

{ rickwells.us } ~ Jason Chaffetz has a response to the totalitarian arguments of Deputy Attorney General and the de facto AG, Rod Rosenstein… in which he declared that the DOJ was beyond Congressional oversight and labeled attempts to do so as extortion by Congressmen investigating and attempting to function in that constitutional capacity. He says, “You can tell why we’re having a problem, because Rod Rosenstein doesn’t understand the Constitution and doesn’t understand his role. In the Constitution you can impeach a civil officer. That’s embedded in the Constitution. For him to say that Congress is going to extort him by exercising their constitutional responsibility means to me he needs to go brush up on the Constitution.” Chaffetz continues, “They don’t want to provide the documents. This deep state doesn’t want to be exposed. They don’t want to turn over the documents. The Oversight Committee was founded in 1814. There is case law throughout that says yes they will provide those documents. Congress created the Department of Justice, Congress funds the Department of Justice, Congress represents the American people.”… https://rickwells.us/chaffetz-rosenstein-doj-constitution/#prettyPhoto

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOTK8-s30No

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The First Person Pompeo Thanked After Being Sworn In Shows How Different He Is From liar-Hillary, hanoi-Kerry

by BENNY JOHNSON

{ dailycaller.com } ~ Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was sworn in Wednesday morning at the State Department… One of the first things Pompeo did demonstrated a stark departure from his predecessors in the liar-nObama administration. Pompeo thanked God in his speech and highlighted the “blessings” God has given him. “I want to first thank God for this opportunity. For the many blessings he has granted to me in my life,” Pompeo told the president, vice-president and room of diplomats… http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/02/the-first-person-pompeo-thanked-after-being-sworn-in-shows-how-different-he-is-from-hillary-kerry/?utm_medium=email

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Trump has no obligation to honor a subpoena

by Bryan Fischer

{ onenewsnow.com } ~ Bob Mueller has threatened President Trump and his legal team with a subpoena… if he will not voluntarily submit to an interview. But a subpoena is constitutionally unenforceable against a sitting president. This is clear from the section of the Constitution which discusses impeachment. The power of impeachment to hold federal officials accountable in between elections is vested in Congress. The Founders’ Constitution makes it clear that no official of the central government is unaccountable, ever. A renegade president, for example, may be brought to heel through impeachment. He can be impeached by the House, the political equivalent of an indictment, and then may be convicted by the Senate, which acts as the jury, and, if found guilty, removed from office. The president may be impeached for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”… https://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/bryan-fischer/2018/05/03/trump-has-no-obligation-to-honor-a-subpoena?utm_source=OneNewsNow&utm_medium=email&utm_term=16790172&utm_content=565493864984&utm_campaign=33795

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Turkey: Erdoğan’s World of Terrorists Includes Everyone but Terrorists

by Burak Bekdil

{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ Many Middle East despots have historically accused the free world of being terrorists… For Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, for instance, the entire Western civilization is a terrorist machine programmed to spill Muslim blood. Turkey’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is no exception. In an April speech Erdoğan, evidently overcome with amnesia regarding Turkey’s invasions of Northern Cyprus and, a few weeks ago, Syria’s Afrin, called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist.” Erdoğan told party loyalists: “We don’t have the shame of invading on us, Netanyahu. You are an invader and right now are present in those lands as an invader. At the same time, you are a terrorist.”…   https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12241/turkey-erdogan-terrorists

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Netanyahu’s Intelligence Bombshell Should Spell End of Iran Deal

by RICHARD GOLDBERG

{ nationalreview.com } ~ It’s time to reinstate sanctions and ramp up the pressure on Tehran… Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu dropped an intelligence bombshell on the world Monday and, with it, may have signed the death warrant for the 2015 Iran nuclear accord: Thousands of files seized from inside Iran definitively prove that the Islamic Republic has been deceiving the international community all along. The regime lied to the International Atomic Energy Agency about the existence of a nuclear-weapons program, and, in direct violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), hid its massive archive of nuclear know how. The response from President Donald Trump should be no different than his response to North Korea: maximum pressure until the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure… https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/iran-nuclear-deal-israeli-intelligence-report-reinstate-sanctions/

VIDEO: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/iran-nuclear-deal-israeli-intelligence-report-reinstate-sanctions/

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Yes, liar-nObama’s Iran Nuke Deal Really Was the Sum of All Lies

by Nate Jackson: Just yesterday, we wrote about the upcoming negotiations and policy considerations surrounding Barack liar-nObama’s 2015 Iran nuclear deal — how President Donald Trump was facing pressure from European allies to once again waive sanctions and continue pretending everything is all well and good. Soon after we published, along came Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to effectively nuke the idea that Iran has ever done anything but lie about its nuclear program.

Israeli intelligence collected a massive amount of intelligence — literally half a ton of materials — proving that Iran hid its nuclear weapons program for two decades. And the U.S. has verified it. “I am here to tell you one thing: Iran lied,” Netanyahu said. “After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files.” He continued, “We’ve known for years that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program called Project Amad. We can now prove that Project Amad was a comprehensive program to design, build and test nuclear weapons. We can also prove that Iran is secretly storing Project Amad material to use at a time of its choice to develop nuclear weapons.” Those weapons include a goal of five 10-kiloton nuclear warheads, all to go with its ballistic missile program that Obama allowed to continue.

As part of the ruse, Iran ensured that some of its program was dual-use — nuclear energy, not weapons. But it continued covert work on nuclear weapons, particularly at its Fordow facility, and lied to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about that work and Project Amad. So much for what it insisted were “peaceful purposes.”

liar-nObama’s nuclear deal was built on lies, just as we said from the beginning. The worst part is that liar-nObama and his secretary of state, hanoi-John Kerry, weren’t duped — they were part of the con, all in search of a legacy for liar-nObama. And what a horrible legacy it was, too.

Bloomberg’s Eli Lake observes, “Advocating for a pact in 2015, hanoi-John Kerry said American agencies had ‘absolute knowledge’ about the regime’s past nuclear efforts. Oops.” Except it wasn’t an “oops.” Team liar-nObama deliberately looked the other way and deceived the world. Now, Lake says, “Beyond the fate of the nuclear deal, the Israeli intelligence also presents a crisis for the [1970] Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, to which Iran is a member. If verified, it shows that Iran has systematically lied to weapons inspectors for nearly 20 years. If Iran doesn’t pay a price for its deception, then what is to stop future rogues from following the Iran model?”

Even if Trump now pulls out of the deal, however, Europe may stand by it. The Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan argues, “Yet while Israel’s intelligence community, the Mossad in particular, deserves immense credit for successfully seizing and extricating this material from an Iranian stronghold, it is unlikely to persuade Europe’s big three (Britain, France and Germany) to join Trump in withdrawing from the deal. To persuade those leaders to do so, Netanyahu would have needed to show evidence of continuing, covert Iranian efforts either to construct a nuclear weapon or to secretly enrich uranium beyond the low-level cap the current agreement allows for medical research. That was not on display [Monday].”

Time will soon tell what Trump does, but in discussing Netanyahu’s report in a Monday press conference, he made another important strategic point: Pulling out of the Iran deal would send “the right message” to North Korea. 

 ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/55683-yes-obamas-iran-nuke-deal-really-was-the-sum-of-all-lies

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