Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: ANOTHER SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING: “A woman has died and a rabbi was injured after shots were fired inside a Poway, California synagogue filled with people celebrating the last day of Passover. A suspect was taken into custody approximately two miles away from the synagogue while three patients were rushed to a nearby hospital. … As the suspect fled the scene, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who was in the synagogue at the time of the shooting opened fire on the suspect, missing the man but striking his vehicle.” (NBC San Diego)

UN ARMS TREATY WITHDRAWAL: “President Trump announced Friday that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms. … Former President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama signed the treaty in 2013 and sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification. [On] Friday, Trump signed a notice to the Senate asking it to stop the ratification process and return the treaty to the White House, ‘where I will dispose of it.’” (Fox News)

NRA SQUABBLE: “Oliver North announced Saturday that he would not serve a second term as National Rifle Association president, making it clear he had been forced out by the gun lobby’s leadership after his own failed attempt to remove the NRA’s longtime CEO [Wayne LaPierre] in a burgeoning divide over the group’s finances and media operations.” (Associated Press)

BARR BACKING OUT? “The Justice Department has informed the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr may skip a Thursday hearing on special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s report if committee lawyers seek to question him. The Democratic-run committee plans to allow counsels from both sides to ask Barr about the Russia probe after the traditional round of questioning by lawmakers. … Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and the House panel on Thursday. The GOP-led Senate committee is expected to have normal rounds of member questioning.” (Associated Press)

FORD’S DIRTY EMISSIONS SCHEME: “The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Ford Motor Co.‘s emissions certification process. Ford said in February that it had begun an internal investigation into whether its vehicles have worse gas mileage and emit more pollutants than car, truck and SUV labels actually reveal, going back to 2017 models. … An anonymous employee reporting system at Ford raised the issue in September 2018, the company disclosed in February.” (USA Today)

DEVIOUS ATTORNEY KIM FOXX SUBPOENAED: “Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, has been subpoenaed Friday over her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, according to The Chicago-Sun Times. Foxx, Cook County’s state’s attorney, will have to appear in court after a retired appellate judge, Sheila O’Brien, filed a petition last week for a special prosecutor to probe the Smollett case, in which a 16-count indictment against the ‘Empire’ actor was dropped last month. Foxx’s top deputy, Joseph Magats, was also subpoenaed, and another document requested that Smollett appear at the hearing.” (Fox News)

CONGRESSIONAL PRAYER CONSTITUTIONAL: “The D.C. Circuit unanimously upheld religious prayer in Congress last week, following a lawsuit that attempted to halt the tradition of opening House meetings with invocations to God. While the lawsuit is unsurprising, it’s still good to see federal judges maintain the authority of the First Amendment, specifically the much-contested establishment clause.” (Washington Examiner)

MIGRANTS FLOOD TUCSON: “Border Patrol officials have begun releasing migrant families in Tucson because they lack the space to detain them and immigration officials are unable to take them into custody. The practice has been going on for about a month, according to the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, which covers most of Arizona’s border with Mexico. … Border Patrol has not disclosed how many migrants it has released directly into Tucson in the past month since it began the practice. … Pima County officials estimate that ICE has released about 7,000 migrants in Tucson in the past eight months.” (Arizona Republic)

POPE INTERVENES IN MIGRANT CRISIS: “Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds … will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants. … In particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018, in six migrant caravans.” (Vatican News)

MORE PREDATOR PRIESTS UNVEILED: “At least 120 priests accused of sexually abusing a child or having child pornography have worked in the Archdiocese of New York, the archdiocese said Friday in releasing a list of names that includes bishops, high school teachers, a scouting chaplain and a notorious cardinal. The release, from the nation’s second-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, follows more than 120 such disclosures from other dioceses around the country as the church reckons with demands for transparency about sex abuse by clergy.” (Associated Press)

HUMOR: loose lips-Biden vows to return nation to era when press didn’t bother reporting on president’s scandals (The Babylon Bee)

POLICY: What immigration reform should look like (The Heritage Foundation)

POLICY: Huawei poses a 5G threat, but nationalization is not the answer (National Review)

~The Patriot Post


Feds Indict Sanctuary City Judge for Helping Illegal Alien Escape Arrest

by Neil Munro

{} ~The federal government is charging a Massachusetts judge and a courtroom officer with obstruction of justice after the pair allegedly helped a twice-deported illegal alien escape… out the back door while an immigration enforcement officer was kept outside the front door. District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and Trial Court Officer Wesley MacGregor face severe penalties: “charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding – aiding and abetting provide for sentences of no greater than 20 and five years in prison, respectively; five and three years of supervised release, respectively; and a fine of $250,000,” said a press statement from the Department of Justice.The illegal alien was arrested in March 2018 for narcotics possession. An agent from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was sent to the courthouse to arrest and deport the alien, who “had twice been deported from the United States – in 2003 and 2007, and … a federal order had been issued prohibiting the defendant from entering the U.S. until 2027,” the statement said, adding:The Officer announced his presence to Courthouse personnel, including Joseph, upon arrival. Prior to the afternoon session, the courtroom clerk – at Joseph’s direction – allegedly instructed the ICE Officer to leave the courtroom and wait outside in the lobby, stating that in the event that the defendant was released, it would be through the courtroom and into the lobby. At 2:48 p.m. the case was called and the proceedings were captured on the courtroom’s audio recorder, as prescribed under the rules for all State District Courts. The audio recording captured Joseph, the defense attorney and the ADA speaking at side bar about the defendant and the ICE detainer. Joseph then allegedly ordered the courtroom clerk to “go off the record for a moment.” For the next 52 seconds, the courtroom audio recorder was turned off, in violation of the District Court rules. At 2:51 p.m., the recorder was turned back on, and Joseph indicated her intent to release the defendant. According to the charging documents, the defense attorney asked to speak with the defendant downstairs and Joseph responded, “That’s fine. Of course.” When reminded by the clerk that an ICE Officer was in the courthouse, Joseph stated, “That’s fine. I’m not gonna allow them to come in here. But he’s been released on this.” Immediately following the proceeding, MacGregor allegedly escorted the defendant, his attorney and an interpreter downstairs to the lockup and used his security access card to open the rear sally-port exit and release the defendant at 3:01 p.m…


Trey Gowdy: ‘President scumbag-Eric Swalwell, that ought to scare the ever-living hell out of you’

by Vivek Saxena

{ } ~ Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy took a brutal shot at Democrat presidential candidate scumbag-Eric Swalwell on Friday… telling Fox News host Martha MacCallum that the thought of him winning the election and becoming president should “scare the ever-living hell out of you.” “President scumbag-Eric Swalwell, that ought to scare the ever-living hell out of you,” he bluntly said on FNC’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum” after the host played a clip of scumbag-Swalwell speaking on MSNBC about the otherwise debunked Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory. During an appearance on the left-wing network earlier in the week, the 2020 contender had doubled down on his unsubstantiated belief that President Donald Trump essentially works for Russia. That discussion had begun with host Ari Melber asking scumbag-Swalwell whether he accepts “the findings in the dirty cop-Mueller report that do not support” his collusion delusion conspiracy theory…


Trump debates waiving Jones Act to ship natural gas to New England and Puerto Rico

by Josh Siegel

{ } ~ President Trump is considering granting waivers to bypass the Jones Act, a century-old law law regulating domestic maritime commerce, to ease the transport of natural gas to the Northeast and Puerto Rico… Enacted in 1920, the Jones Act prohibits tankers from hauling goods and commodities, such as oil or natural gas, between U.S. ports unless the ships are American made, owned, and crewed. The Jones Act was designed to protect American maritime interests and shipbuilders, and the industry has repeatedly fended off attempts in Congress to repeal it, with coastal lawmakers stepping in to save it. Jones Act boosters warn waivers would harm American jobs. But some oil and gas industry officials argue the law is hampering Trump’s “energy dominance agenda” by effectively prohibiting areas of the country that lack energy resources, and suffer from high prices, from receiving U.S.-produced natural gas. “Jones Act waivers are a commonsense solution to meet the energy needs of Americans in Northeast and Puerto Rico,” said Dan Eberhart, CEO of the oil services firm Canary and a Trump donor. “There’s no good argument for not granting waivers, except for the protests of special interest, which often win out in swampy D.C.” For Trump, who has not decided what to do, the debate over the Jones Act presents a conflict between his instinct to loosen restrictions on infrastructure and energy development and his promise to support American jobs and traditional U.S. industries. The problem with the current situation is twofold, according to supporters of waivers for natural gas…


New York Times Columnist Visits Border, Determines ‘Solution Is A High Wall’

by Ryan Saavedra

{ } ~ “The whole day left me more certain than ever that we have a real immigration crisis and that the solution is a high wall with a big gate — but a smart gate,” Friedman wrote… Friedman echoed those sentiments while appearing on CNN Wednesday night when pressed by Wolf Blitzer. “Wolf, I’m as radically pro-immigration as they come,” Friedman said. “But it’s pretty clear to me that unless we can assure a significant number of Americans that we can control our border, we’re never going to have the proper immigration flow I think we need, we desire, and that we have actually a moral responsibility — given our history as a nation of immigrants, and a refuge for people fleeing persecution.” “We have a president who actually, when you think about it, Wolf, he has the chops with his base,” Friedman continued. “If he were to sit down, call Nancy Pelosi up, say, ‘We’re going up to Camp David. You bring your immigration team, I’ll bring mine. I’ll leave Stephen Miller at home, and we will actually sort out a compromise here.’ … Democrats were ready to fund more border security, but at the same time we’re going to create a legal pathway for people here, limits the number of ICE arrests and we’re going to have a rational inflow of people.”…



Trump withdraws from UN arms treaty as NRA crowd cheers in delight

by Donald Trump has announced that the US will withdraw its support for a United Nations treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade… Addressing the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Indianapolis, the president said he would revoke America’s status as a signatory of the arms trade treaty regulating conventional weapons including small arms, battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships. “My administration will never ratify the UN arms trade treaty,” Trump said. “We’re taking our signature back. The United Nations will soon receive a formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty.” Trump added: “Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your second amendment freedom. I’m officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided treaty.” The US signed the treaty in 2013 but never ratified it. The NRA has long claimed the treaty poses a threat to the second amendment. On Friday its members stood, applauded and chanted “USA! USA!” as Trump signed a letter to Congress halting the ratification process, then tossed his pen into the crowd. A delighted Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said: “Barack scumbag/liar-nObama and hanoi- John Kerry tried to force us to accept international gun control under the power of the UN, but Donald Trump has said: ‘Not on my watch.’”…


NRA Sues LA Over Free-Speech Violation

Thomas Gallatin: The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles this week for a recent ordinance the city council unanimously passed. The ordinance, introduced by councilman Mitch O’Farrell, requires any city contractor to fully disclose any sponsorship of or contact with the NRA. O’Farrell, along with fellow anti-gun zealot Councilman Paul Krekorian, claimed that the law was needed to combat the NRA, which Krekorian described as “one of the most significant roadblocks to sensible gun safety reform at every level of government across the nation.”

NRA attorney Chuck Michel argued that “politicians are free to disagree with the NRA’s pro-freedom, firearm safety, and self-reliance message, but they aren’t free to censor it — as this would do when NRA supporters drop their NRA affiliations for fear of losing work from the city because they get put on a blacklist.” The lawsuit charges that the city’s anti-NRA ordinance is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and association as well as the 14th Amendment’s right to equal protection under the law.

Speaking of the NRA, its annual convention is currently underway in Indianapolis, where President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to speak today. This will be the third consecutive year Trump has addressed the assembly. The executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, Chris Cox, welcomed the president and his support, stating, “Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes. President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments ensure that the Second Amendment will be respected for generations to come. Our members are excited to hear him speak and thank him for his support for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.” ~The Patriot Post  


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