Monday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Trump attacks U.S. “foolishness” heading into Putin showdown (Agence France Presse)

“I think the European Union is a foe,” Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki (CBS News)

12 Russians indicted for meddling in 2016 U.S. election (Associated Press)

Trump: liar-nObama blew off Russia threat because “liar-Hillary was going to win” (Washington Examiner)

Rep. Devin Nunes: Why is Russian targeting of Republicans omitted from DOJ indictment? (CNS News)

House conservatives prep push to impeach Rosenstein (Politico)

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page gets closed-door grilling from House Republicans (The Hill)

Internal FBI employee surey shows plummeting faith in bureau leadership (Washington Examiner)

China files WTO challenge to Trump’s $200 billion tariff plan (Los Angeles Times)

McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 (The Hill)

Feds collect record individual income taxes through June; still run $607B deficit (CNS News)

Cali dummycrats-Demo Cartel endorses Fein-stein opponent (The Western Journal)

State Department gives up case against 3D printed gun pioneer (The Washington Free Beacon)

Baltimore cops “stopped noticing crime” after Freddie Gray incident (The Daily Wire)

Policy: Trump must be strong, clear and consistent with Putin (The Heritage Foundation)

Policy: U.S. CO2 levels drop again — so why aren’t green groups rejoicing? (Investor’s Business Daily)

~The Patriot Post

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Maria Bartiromo Interviews Chairman Devin Nunes

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes appears on Sunday Morning with Maria Bartiromo… to discuss ongoing aspects of ‘Spygate’, ‘FISAgate’, and the Mueller maneuvers to protect the DOJ and FBI institutions. Bartiromo asks Nunes if he thinks Mueller will ever wrap-up; Nunes responds no. CTH agrees. The Mueller investigation could likely continue for at least four years, perhaps eight years; because only while the political investigation exists can all of the corrupt political entities hide behind it. As soon as Mueller finishes, all of the corrupt DOJ, FBI, IC and liar-nObama administration officials lose their ability to hide behind ‘an ongoing investigation‘… https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/15/sunday-talks-maria-bartiromo-interviews-chairman-devin-nunes/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_em8SnJAxcg

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Israelis Angered by Gaza Ceasefire After 174 Mortars and Rockets Hit Negev

by Ryan Jones

{ israeltoday.co.il } ~ Many Israelis have characterized the government’s response to ongoing “terror kite” attacks from Gaza as flaccid, at best… So, when Hamas and its allies upped the ante by lobbing no fewer than 174 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel at the weekend, there was some hope that the Israeli army would finally get a green light to take real action. The Israel Air Force did bomb a number of Hamas and Islamic Jihad installations, but it’s the kind of damage from which the terror groups quickly recover. Israelis want the threat eliminated completely, and see the ceasefire agreed to by the government on Saturday evening as a bandaid on a festering wound. The constant fear of having to run for bomb shelters at any moment “is ruining our lives,” a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza told Israel’s Mako news portal…  http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/34411/Default.aspx

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The Racist Left

by E.W. Jackson

{ americanthinker.com } ~ Leftist ideologues live in an alternate universe, a product of their hallucinations of an America that does not exist except in their own demented thinking… The latest manifestation of this delusional perception is Eugene Robinson’s opinion piece in the Washington Post on July 5. Here is some of what he said: Racism is a feature of the Trump administration, not a bug[.] …We have not seen such overt racism from a president since Woodrow Wilson imposed Jim Crow segregation in Washington and approvingly showed “The Birth of a Nation,” director D.W. Griffith’s epic celebration of the Ku Klux Klan, at the White House. As an American whose ancestors were African slaves, I hate racism. Yet I can say without apology, I love President Trump and the direction he has set for our country. I am convinced that the president and most Americans who voted for him also hate racism….  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/07/the_racist_left.html

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Sanctuary City Continues To Plummet, Citizens Warned To Watch-Out in Full Page Ad

by ERIC LIEBERMAN

{ westernjournal.com } ~ Someone in San Francisco purchased a full-page ad Friday telling city residents to “Watch your backs — nobody else is.”… “As if stepping over used syringes and filth in Maiden Lane wasn’t bad enough,” reads the ad, which is paid for by the Fed Up Populace Campaign. The ad was first spotted by Business Insider. The notice details an alleged incident in which the anonymous ad purchaser went into an eatery to get a sandwich and was being stalked by a scissor-wielding “youngish homeless man.” “Horrified, I yelled to the waitress and hurried to the other side of the restaurant,” the story continued. “While waiting for security, this psychotic homeless person took a glass of water and walked out of the door onto Geary St. wielding the scissors.”… https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/sanctuary-city-continues-to-plummet-citizens-warned-to-watch-out-in-full-page-ad/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=conservativebyte&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance

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Twenty-First-Century Immigration Policy for the USA

by Jeffrey L. Scribner

{ americanthinker.com } ~ We hear the saying “we are a nation of immigrants” often. Historically, this was true up to the 20th century… It was to our advantage to import many people from several different countries and various parts of the world to serve our need to grow and become economically stronger. Up to the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the main criterion for admission of immigrants was health, or at least those with obvious disease were ruled out. During the last half of the 20th century, an effort was made to increase diversity in immigrants, but the diversity was entirely racial and religious and was not focused on accomplished or trained versus uneducated and unaccomplished. Now we have entered the 21st century, and we have 330 million-plus people in our current population, most of whom are citizens. Do we really need more immigration? If so, should we accept unaccomplished and uneducated immigrants, or should we insist that every new immigrant bring accomplishment and skill to us? Should we devise a better controlled guest worker program to allow agricultural and other laborers to enter the country to serve a certain and limited-time need and then leave? How many “refugees” should we accept – especially from the Americas? A request for asylum does not require an automatic acceptance and a road to citizenship. Should we even recognize or consider an asylum request from someone who has entered or tried to enter our country illegally?…  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/07/twentyfirst_century_immigration_policy_for_the_usa.html

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Trump Isn’t Attacking NATO. He’s Strengthening It.

by Marc A. Thiessen

As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany’s defense. “President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. clown-Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement.

Sorry, Trump is right. The real embarrassment is that Germany, one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, spends just 1.24% of its gross domestic product on defense — in the bottom half of NATO allies. (The U.S. spends 3.5% of GDP on its military.) A study by McKinsey & Co. notes that about 60% of Germany’s Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets and about 80% of its Sea Lynx helicopters are unusable. According to Deutsche Welle, a German parliamentary investigation found that “at the end of 2017, no submarines and none of the air force’s 14 large transport planes were available for deployment due to repairs,” and “a Defense Ministry paper revealed German soldiers did not have enough protective vests, winter clothing or tents to adequately take part in a major NATO mission.” Not enough tents?

To meet its promised NATO commitments, Germany needs to spend $28 billion more on defense annually. Apparently, Germany can’t come up with the money, but it can send billions of dollars to Russia — the country NATO was created to protect against — for natural gas and support a new pipeline that will make Germany and Eastern European allies even more vulnerable to Moscow.

Sadly, Germany is not alone. Belgium, where NATO is headquartered, spends just 0.9% of GDP on defense — and fully one-third of its meager defense budget is spent on pensions. European NATO allies have about 1.8 million troops, but less than a third are deployable and just 6% for any sustained period.

When Trump says NATO is “obsolete,” he is correct — literally.

This is not a new problem. I was in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and vividly recall how, when it came time to take military action in Afghanistan, only a handful of allies had any useful war-fighting capabilities they could contribute during the critical early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom. At NATO’s 2002 Prague summit, allies pledged to address these deficiencies by spending at least 2% of GDP on defense and investing that money in more usable capabilities. Instead, defense investments by European allies declined from 1.9% of GDP in 2000-2004 to 1.7% five years later, dropping further to 1.4% by 2015.

Little surprise that when NATO intervened in Libya a decade after 9/11, the Post reported, “Less than a month into the Libyan conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs, highlighting the limitations of Britain, France and other European countries in sustaining even a relatively small military action over an extended period of time.” An alliance whose founding purpose is to deter Russian aggression could not sustain a limited bombing campaign against a far weaker adversary.

President Barack liar-nObama called NATO allies “free riders,” and President George W. Bush urged allies to “increase their defense investments,” both to little effect. But when Trump refused to immediately affirm that the United States would meet its Article 5 commitment to defend a NATO ally, NATO allies agreed to boost spending by $12 billion last year. That is a drop in the bucket: McKinsey calculated that allies need to spend $107 billion more each year to meet their commitments. Since polite pressure by his predecessors did not work, Trump is digging in on a harder line: On Thursday he suggested NATO members double their defense spending targets to 4% of GDP.

This is not a gift to Russia, as his critics have alleged. The last thing Putin wants is for Trump to succeed in getting NATO to spend more on defense. And if allies are concerned about getting tough with Russia, there is an easy way to do so: invest in the capabilities NATO needs to deter and defend against Russian aggression.

Trump’s hard line also does not signal that he considers NATO irrelevant. If Trump thought NATO was useless, he would not waste his time on it. But if allies don’t invest in real, usable military capabilities, NATO will become irrelevant. An alliance that cannot effectively join the fight when one of its members comes under attack or runs out of munitions in the middle of a military intervention is, by definition, irrelevant.

NATO needs some tough love, and Trump is delivering it. Thanks to him, the alliance will be stronger as a result.

~The Patriot Post

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