Friday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler:  Above the Fold

“NECESSARY IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST”: Trump administration diverts $3.8 billion in Pentagon funding to border wall (NPR)

APPEASING THE MULLAHS: Senate votes to limit Trump’s power on Iran (The Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

DEMOCRAT MEDIA COMPLEX: YouTube nixes video of Rand Paul mentioning alleged whistleblower’s name during impeachment trial (The Daily Caller)

BUDGET IMBALANCE: Federal taxes and spending set records through January (CNSNews)

FAMILIAR FACE RETURNS: Hope Hicks returning to Trump White House as senior adviser (ABC News)ON TOP OF FRAUD, IP THEFT: Huawei charged with racketeering and defying U.S. sanctions in business with Iran and North Korea (National Review)

UNDERSTANDABLE COMPLAINT: Attorney General William Barr warns Trump over tweeting on Roger Stone case: “Cannot do my job” with “constant background commentary that undercuts me” (The Daily Wire)

ON THE OTHER HAND: Lead juror in Roger Stone case ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012 (The Daily Caller)

Other Notables

CHANGING TIMES: McClatchy, publisher of dozens of U.S. newspapers, files for bankruptcy protection (NBC News)

WHO’S REALLY DIVIDING US? Man arrested for attacking 15-year-old Trump supporter in New Hampshire (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Skills development, not education, is key to workforce transformation (Issues & Insights)

POLICY: Solve the Kosovo dispute to counter Chinese and Russian influence in Europe (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: Elizabeth dinky/liar-Warren hopes to pick up crucial dog-faced pony soldier vote with facial reconstruction surgery (Genesius Times)  ~The Patriot Post     

Sarah Sanders: I don’t buy head-to-head polls that show Trump losing to 2020 Dems

By Julia Musto{ } ~ Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that she “doesn’t buy” any head-to-head polls… that show 2020 Democratic candidates  beating President Trump in the November general  election. Sanders told “Outnumbered: Overtime” host Harris Faulkner that if the New Hampshire primary did anything, it showed who the frontrunner is for the  Democratic nomination. “That’s commie-Bernie Sanders,” she told Faulkner. Sanders pointed out that Trump has the highest approval rating ever and referenced a new Gallup poll in which 61 percent of Americans said they are in decidedly better shape than they were shortly after the president took office in 2017 — numbers which should  bolster the incumbent’s 2020 campaign platform, which is centered around a robust and thriving economy. In contrast, Sarah Sanders said that even with commie-Bernie Sanders in the lead of the Democratic race, America is not behind his democratic socialist ideology. Another new Gallup poll — conducted from Jan. 16-29 among 1,033 adults — found that 53 percent of respondents said that they would not vote for their party nominee if they were a, “generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be socialist.” commie-Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 25.7  percent of the vote, followed closely by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor socialist-Pete Buttigieg in second-place with 24.4 percent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota  came in a strong third with 19.8 percent, while Sen. Elizabeth dinky/liar-Warren of Massachusetts trailed at a distant fourth with 9.2 percent. Former vice president loose lips liar-Joe Biden was in fifth place with 8.4  percent. No other candidate managed to reach even four percent of the vote. “I like that match-up,” Sanders remarked. “America is not a socialist country. Not now, not ever.” “And, I think as long as support continues to consolidate under commie-Bernie Sanders for Democrats and gets divided up against the non-commie-Bernie candidates, then I think President Trump is in a great place and it’s a great match-up for him no matter who the candidate ends up being,” she concluded.  


Congress threatens inspector general: Must deliver ‘whistleblower’ evidence

by ~ The inspector general for the nation’s intelligence community must deliver “documentary evidence” about the “whistleblower”… whose hearsay evidence was used as the basis for the Democrats’ impeachment campaign against the president.  Or he might get reported to the Department of Justice himself. It is U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a leading investigator of the origins of scum bag/liar-nObama’s probe of the Trump campaign, who issued the threat,  the Washington Examiner reported. He wants access to the “documentary evidence” regarding the whistleblower, reported to be CIA analyst and scumbag/liar-nObama administration holdover Eric Ciaramella. Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, says he’s given Inspector General Michael Atkinson until Friday to come up with the information. The Examiner said it obtained a letter asking for more information about the timeline and procedural protocol “used to vet the whistleblower complaint that centered on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.” Nunes said there were a number of indicators of “unusual handling” of the complaint. For one thing, the form used by whistleblowers to file complaints was altered to allow second-hand evidence just in time for Ciaramella’s complaint, which was hearsay. The Examiner reported House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, first raised concerns along with Nunes about the process in a Sept. 30 letter to Atkinson. The Republicans found Atkinson’s response “incomplete, vague, and/or evasive. Nunes sent another letter to the IGIC office on Jan. 11 and again found the IG’s answers “equally unsatisfactory.” Atkinson previously has claimed that the change in the form to allow hearsay information had no connection to the timing of the whistleblower complaint against the president.  

DOJ Investigating If scumbag/liar-nObama Admin Hid, Manipulated Info On Russian Meddling

By  Ryan Saavedra{ } ~ U.S. Attorney John Durham is reportedly investigating if scumbag/liar-nObama administration officials hid or manipulated evidence about what they knew about Russia’s election interference in the 2016 U.S. elections… Questions asked by Mr. Durham, who was assigned by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize the early actions of law enforcement and intelligence officials struggling to understand the scope of Russia’s scheme, suggest that Mr. Durham may have come to view with suspicion several clashes between analysts at different intelligence agencies over who could see each other’s highly sensitive secrets. Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. scumbag/commie-Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result — and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal. The Times noted that while some are skeptical of Durham’s investigation, others are not because he has a long track record of investigating law enforcement and intelligence agencies under both Democrat and Republican administrations. The Times further noted that one of the things that Durham is looking at is how the intelligence community came up with its “analytical judgments — including its assessment that Russia was not merely sowing discord, but specifically sought to help Mr. Trump defeat scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. ”The Times reported that the investigation is looking at multiple communications between different intelligence agencies that involve several different incidents that happened. Buried deep in the report, the Times revealed that officials had fought over access to emails that the Russian government had previously hacked, which included emails from former President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama…   . 

McConnell Agrees With Bill Barr – President Trump Not Using Political Filter Enough With His Tweeting – Too Much Honesty

by sundance{ } ~ Senator Mitch McConnell appears on Fox News to discuss his view on AG Bill Barr’s frustration with President Trump’s honest tweeting of opinion… Leader McConnell agrees with AG Barr that President Trump is not being political enough with his communication. President Trump is delivering too much honest information and direct opinion in a DC system that relies upon a purely political filter. The absence of that political filter is creating a problem for all operational systems in Washington DC. McConnell says the President “should listen to the Attorney General” and ignore the expectations of the American people who hired President Trump to be brutally honest as an anti-politician and disruptive influence in DC. DC-Based Brett Baier guides the conversation to stay focused on attacking President Trump for not being political enough.  


U.S. and U.K. Intelligence Agencies Worry About John Durham – Scrutiny of CIA Draws Media Apoplexy

by sundance{ } ~ There was once a time, not that long ago, when the mainstream left was highly critical of the CIA, and scrutiny of dubious claims by U.S. intelligence was a common occurrence… Of course all of that changed when those same intelligence agencies were weaponized to target a political enemy that was also the enemy of the left, namely Donald Trump. Now, in the era of modern political narratives, no intelligence claim against the Trump administration is too outlandish. Regardless of dubious sourcing, it’s all pushed as fact so long as the target of the claim is President Donald Trump. As a result it is not a surprise how targeted weaponization became the cornerstone of the Russian narrative, and sketchy intelligence claims of Russian involvement in elections became the mortar that binds the bricks. The end product is tenuous at best; and if anyone starts to scrutinize the instability of the construct they too become a target. Last year U.S. Attorney John Durham and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr were reported to be spending time on a narrowed focus looking carefully at CIA activity in the 2016 presidential election. That CIA activity is directly related to the construction of the December 2016 Joint Analysis Report (JAR), and January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA). Both constructs are so critical to the Russia narrative that anyone who dare question the information becomes an immediate risk and target…  

Democrats Pass Bill Rigging 2020 Election (Censored)

by Nate Church{ } ~ The Virginia House of Delegates has passed legislation seeking to award its electoral votes to whomever the wins the popular vote… House Bill 177 passed with a 51-46 vote in the Democrat-majority House after being handed off by the Privileges and Elections Committee last week. Should the Senate also approve, Virginia will officially become part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. “Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” a bill summary states. Further: The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact. A state may withdraw from the compact; however, a withdrawal occurring within six months of the end of a President’s term shall not become effective until a President or Vice President has qualified to serve the next term. So far, 15 states, along with Washington D.C., have joined. The idea gained momentum as an answer to President Donald Trump’s electoral college victory over scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton in 2016, despite her approximately three million popular vote lead. Breitbart News Senior-Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak explained why many critics feel the popular vote could disenfranchise voters outside of major population centers, especially in a close election…    

.Inmates Running the Asylum

 Burt Prelutsky

God knows I’d be the last person on earth who’d wish to be judged on the basis of his son. But, at least I didn’t aid and abet my son Max in his criminal activities, which included theft, illegal gambling and kiting checks, in his early 20s.On the other hand, loose lips liar-Joe Biden has covered for his 50 year old son Hunter and done everything in his power to encourage him to be the nogootnik he clearly is and always was.For the first 39 years of Hunter Biden’s life, he was best known as a drunk and a cocaine addict. Suddenly, in 2009, he co-founded Rosemont Seneca Partners, which, coincidentally, was the year his old man became the Vice President of the United States.In 2014, he was given a place on the board of Burisma Holdings, which, again coincidentally, was the same year that President scumbag/liar-nObama made his Vice President his go-to guy on all things involving Ukraine. Being a board member for an energy company earned him $84,000-a-month. One can only imagine how much he would have been paid if he knew anything about energy or could speak Ukrainian.In October, 2019, Hunter resigned from the Board of a Chinese private investment firm because, as he explained, he wanted to avoid “even the appearance of a conflict of interest” while his father was running for president.There’s still more on the guy’s resumé. In 2013, Hunter applied for a position in the U.S. Navy Reserve and, not too surprisingly, the son of the Vice President received it even though he had a record of having been a cocaine addict. His proud father administered his commissioning oath at the White House.The very next month, a random urinalysis found cocaine in loose lips liar-Biden’s system, and he was booted out of the Navy. With his customary inability to accept responsibility for his own actions, the schmuck blamed others for giving him cigarettes laced with coke.And, finally, he divorced the mother of his three children in 2017 after having taken up with the widow of his late brother in 2016. He has since married a South African filmmaker but is currently involved in a paternity suit over a baby he sired with yet another woman in 2018.Ronald Reagan once said he didn’t leave the Democratic Party, that, rather, it left him.The reverse has been the experience of commie-Bernie Sanders. Although he now calls himself an Independent, he used to more honestly identify as a Socialist.These days, he no longer has to because his party has joined him on the far left. That is why there’s not an iota of actual difference among those vying for the nomination.Some believe loose lips liar-Biden will be the eventual nominee because black voters connect him to Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, even though the ex-president has refused to endorse him.Others believe commie-Sanders will garner the nomination because he’s the most authentic candidate, meaning he’s been pushing the Communist line even long before commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born.So far as normal, sane, people are concerned, that’s the equivalent of saying that loose lips liar-Joe Biden has over 40 years of experience in foreign relations while ignoring the fact that he’s been wrong on every foreign policy issue for over 40 years.When one of my readers suggested that drugs are the reason that so many youngsters rally around commie-Bernie, I disagreed. “I’m sure that some of them smoke pot, but, for the most part, Sanders owes his following to the fact that they’re a bunch of pampered snowflakes who like the idea of getting free stuff without having to work. To them, the old bastard is a combination Pied Piper and Santa Claus.”On the other hand, liar-Nancy Pelosi can’t even claim, as commie-Bernie Sanders can, that she has principles from which she refuses to waver.Unlike commie-Sanders, who makes no secret of the fact that he would love to see America become the latter day version of the Soviet Union, all that liar-Nancy Pelosi wants is to retain the speakership of the House. If it came down to whether she remains the Speaker or Donald Trump is evicted from the Oval Office, she wouldn’t hesitate to cast her vote for him next November.Although she opposed for strictly pragmatic reasons the move to impeach the President, she eventually caved in and made it appear she was even more eager than Maxine Waters to oust #45.She did it for the same reason that she gave the odious freshman members of the House, including worthless-Ilhan Omar, A O-C, worthless-Rashida Tlaib and worthless-Ayanna Pressley, important committee assignments. She needed their votes to win the speakership in 2018. She will continue to need their support in 2020 if the Democrats manage to hang on to the House.Judging by my email, I struck a nerve when I wrote about how much I hated reading Herman Melville. I’ll mention that I found Henry David Thoreau nearly as tedious. In fact, the only reason that “Moby Dick” is even more boring than “Walden” is because it’s more than twice as long (116,000 words compared to 49,000).Thoreau was born in 1817, Melville in 1819, and although the former was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and the latter in New York City, they had a lot in common. Neither could write a decent sentence, neither had even a hint of humor and both seemed to take an unnatural interest in the cost of things. Having slogged through all 165,000 words of their two most famous works, what I remember best were entire chapters devoted to the cost of nails, boards, tarps and other materials required for building cabins or hunting whales. That sort of thing can put you to sleep even quicker than Brahms’ “Lullaby.”It made me realize that, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, the two writers knew the price of everything but not the value of moving things along.I heard from a lot of people who shared my proofreading problems, but it also served to remind me of yet another of my typing land mines.As if it’s not bad enough that I think faster than my fingers move, so that I often leave out entire words, my brain occasionally goes on automatic pilot and anticipates the word I intend to type. The result is that if I start out with “ev-,” my fingers will wind up typing “even” or “ever” when I actually had “event” or “everything” in mind.The latest Gallup poll asked Americans how they feel about five major issues and compared the results to a poll taken when Trump assumed the presidency in January, 2017.On the state of the economy, 68% have a positive response today; it was 46% three years ago.When it comes to feeling secure from terrorism, the margin is a similar 68% to 50%.Military preparedness: 81% to 66%; as for policies to reduce crime, 47% to 38%; and even when it comes to the state of race relations under Trump compared to Obama, the score is 36% to 22%.The House and Senate Democrats must have looked at those numbers, gulped, and asked themselves why in the hell they ever allowed liar-Nancy Pelosi, scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff and scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler, to lead them down the rabbit hole of impeachment.I confess I was never in favor of making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday, especially not when George Washington has to share his with more than 40 other guys. But doesn’t it seem odd that the man who urged us to judge others not by the color of their skin but by their character was himself a serial adulterer?But I suppose if you’re the person saying it, you get to be the exception to the rule, sort of like the Democrats who constantly accuse Donald Trump of ignoring the U.S. Constitution.  ~The Patriot Post  


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