Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: CHINA’S PUNITIVE TARIFFS: “China will raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for the U.S. decision to hike duties on Chinese goods, the Chinese Finance Ministry said Monday. Beijing will increase tariffs on more than 5,000 products to as high as 25%. Duties on some other goods will increase to 20%. Those rates will rise from either 10% or 5% previously.” (CNBC)

RUMBLINGS IN THE GULF: “Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were damaged in ‘sabotage attacks’ in the Gulf as tensions soared in a region already shaken by a standoff between the United States and Iran.” (Agence France-Presse)

BARRIER REINFORCEMENTS: “The Pentagon has approved a plan to spend an additional $1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border… Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the re-allocation of funds, which were originally earmarked for support of Afghan security forces and other projects, to help pay for the wall along the southern border.” (Fox News)

GOOGLE PROPELS LEFTMEDIA: “A new study from the Computational Journalism Lab at Northwestern found that many of Google’s top hits for news searches came from just a handful of left-leaning sources. … Their data showed that 86% of Google’s Top Stories came from only 20 news sources. Just three dominated the coverage, with 23% of all impressions counted — CNN with 10.9%, The New York Times with 6.5% and The Washington Post with 5.6%.” (The Washington Times)

BROWARD REMAINS DEFIANT: “Broward County, Fla., where 17 people were killed last year in a shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, will not allow its public schools to arm their teachers despite a law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis this week that allows teachers trained to carry firearms to do so.” (National Review)

BIOLOGY PREVAILS: “Male-to-female transgender powerlifter Mary Gregory has been stripped of several women’s championship titles after the Powerlifting Federation determined that Gregory was not eligible to compete as a female.” (The Daily Wire)

USPS RED INK: “The U.S. Postal Service lost more than $2 billion during the second quarter of the fiscal year, putting it on track to finish the current year more than $7 billion in the red — way worse than the nearly $4 billion in losses it posted last year.” (Reason)

STATES CONTEST BRIGHT DEREGULATORY IDEA: “The Department of Energy has proposed new regulations for lightbulbs that would eliminate efficiency standards for half the bulbs on the market. … Washington and Colorado passed bills this month designed to backstop the scumbag/liar-nObama-era standards if the Energy Department proceeds to roll them back, and half a dozen other states are considering similar legislation. Vermont passed such a law as soon as President Trump was elected.” (The Hill)

VA’S ONGOING WATERLOO: “After two years in the White House, the Trump administration has decided to execute a plan to purge 200,000 applications for VA healthcare caused by known administrative errors within VA’s enrollment process and enrollment system — problems that had already been documented by the Office of the Inspector General in 2015 and 2017.” (Washington Examiner)

PRO-LIFE MOMENTUM: “State governments are on a course to virtually eliminate abortion access in large chunks of the Deep South and Midwest. Ohio and Kentucky also have passed heartbeat laws; Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature is considering one. Their hope is that a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court will approve, spelling the end of the constitutional right to abortion.” (NBC San Diego)

HUMOR: Liberals clarify: ‘Alt right’ means everyone to the right of Stalin (The Babylon Bee)

POLICY: Why aren’t automation and Baby Boomer retirements driving consumer prices down? (Foundation for Economic Education)

POLICY: How to fix student debt without raiding taxpayers (The Daily Signal)

~The Patriot Post


McGahn, Mnuchin, dirty cop-Mueller: House Democrats target more administration members for contempt

by Susan Ferrechio

{ } ~ House Democrats are ramping up plans to hold more members of the Trump administration in contempt of Congress… Instead of taking up a newly passed Judiciary Committee resolution holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt, Democratic leaders signaled they’ll hold off on a vote to give other administration officials time to comply with subpoenas House lawmakers issued as part of a sweeping investigation into Trump’s business dealings and political activities. “There may be some other contempt of Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time,” Speaker Nancy Pulosi, D-Calif., said Thursday when asked about the timing of a House vote on the Barr contempt citation. She suggested the House vote on contempt would address “a cumulative effect of obstruction that the administration is engaged in,” in the face of broad inquiries by House committees led by Democrats. The contempt list could grow to include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and even special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller, whom Democrats had widely praised for his handling of a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Democrats are also after Don McGahn, Trump’s former White House counsel, who has refused a subpoena to testify before the judiciary panel… This is bull, the dems need to act upon their duties as helping the people not their hate for this president.


Judge Napolitano: DOJ made ‘mistake’ by not fighting dirty cop-Mueller report subpoena

by Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano took the increasingly rare step of siding with the Trump administration Thursday in its refusal to release a full… unredacted version of Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s Russia report. In fact, Napolitano — who recently called the president “immoral, criminal, defenseless, and condemnable” — announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) made a “mistake” by not fighting the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena for a full, unredacted copy of the dirty cop-Mueller report in court. The Democratic-led committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to hand over the unredacted report. Barr is invested with broad authority under DOJ policy to redact portions of the special counsel report, and he is obligated to protect grand jury testimony and intelligence gathering secrets contained within the document. Also on Wednesday, the White House asserted executive authority over the entire dirty cop-Mueller report and its underlying documents. This set off a firestorm of accusations from House Democrats, who hysterically labeled Trump a “dictator with authoritarian tendencies.” During an appearance on Fox and Friends, Napolitano disputed Democratic claims that the attorney general initiated a “constitutional crisis” by refusing to comply with their subpoena. He thinks Barr “did the right thing” by not releasing the redacted material. However, Napolitano argued the DOJ should have taken a harder line with the Judiciary Committee. “When you get a subpoena — which is presumed valid even if it’s politically motivated, it’s a legal instrument — you can’t sit on it. If you can’t comply with it, you file a motion before the appropriate judge to quash it,” he said, explaining that the courts would decide how to deal with the subpoena…



Idaho Repeals Its Regulatory Code

by James Broughel

{ } ~ Something rather remarkable just happened in Idaho. The state legislature opted to—in essence—repeal the entire state regulatory code… The cause may have been dysfunction across legislative chambers, but the result is serendipitous. A new governor is presented with an unprecedented opportunity to repeal an outdated and burdensome regulatory code and replace it with a more streamlined and sensible set of rules. Other states should be paying close attention. The situation came about due to the somewhat unconventional nature of Idaho’s regulatory process. Each year, the state’s entire existing body of regulations expires unless reauthorized for an additional year by the legislature. In most years, reauthorization happens smoothly, but not this year. Instead, the legislature wrapped up an acrimonious session in April without passing a rule-reauthorization bill. As a result, come July 1, some 8,200 pages of regulations containing 736 chapters of state rules will expire. Any rules the governor opts to keep will have to be implemented as emergency regulations, and the legislature will consider them anew when it returns next January. Governor Brad Little, sworn into office in January, already had a nascent red tape cutting effort underway, but the impending regulatory cliff creates some new dynamics. Previously, each rule the governor wanted cut would have had to be justified as a new rule making action; now, every regulation that agencies want to keep has to be justified. The burden of proof has switched.The new scenario creates multiple touch points when rules could end up on the cutting room floor. First, when regulations expire on July 1, many will not be refiled. Second, the public will have the opportunity to comment on regulations that are resubmitted. In some cases, public hearings are likely to take place, presenting another opportunity to reshape, and cut, some regulations. Finally, when the legislature returns next year, it will need to pass a reauthorization bill for those regulations Governor Little’s administration wants kept. Even more red tape can be trimmed then…


commie-Bernie and commie-AOC get very bad news day after proposal to turn US Post Office into a bank for the poor

by Frieda Powers

{} ~ The timing couldn’t have been worse for Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders and Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… The U.S. Postal Service delivered a crushing reality check on the two lawmakers just one day after they proposed a “not-for-profit public option for basic banking services” that would be modeled after the post office. “We should have a not-for-profit public option for basic banking services, and we should be piloting these projects through the U.S. Postal Service or any other number of ways,” the New York Democrat suggested. The idea of the inefficient U.S. Postal Service operating checking and savings accounts was met with deserved mockery, even as commie-Sanders touted providing services to the “unbanked” and “underbanked.” Before the details of such a plan could even be hashed out, the USPS released its quarterly fiscal report which revealed losses of $2.1 billion in just three months. Current revenue is “essentially flat” with a decrease of $8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the report indicated. “The net loss for the quarter totaled nearly $2.1 billion, an increase of $747 million, compared to a net loss of $1.3 billion for the same quarter last year,” the report said, with numbers indicating that the USPS is on track to finish the current year with a loss of more than $7 billion… This socialist commies are not experts for sure.


FBI’s Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA

by John Solomon

{ } ~ The FBI’s sworn story to a federal court about its asset, Christopher Steele, is fraying faster than a $5 souvenir T-shirt bought at a tourist trap… Newly unearthed memos show a high-ranking government official who met with Steele in October 2016 determined some of the Donald Trump dirt that Steele was simultaneously digging up for the FBI and for scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s campaign was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the media. The concerns were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016. Her observations were recorded exactly 10 days before the FBI used Steele and his infamous dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s contacts with Russia in search of a now debunked collusion theory. It is important to note that the FBI swore on Oct. 21, 2016, to the FISA judges that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and the FBI has determined him to be “reliable” and was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining” to their informant, who simultaneously worked for Fusion GPS, the firm paid by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign to find Russian dirt on Trump. That’s a pretty remarkable declaration in Footnote 5 on Page 15 of the FISA application, since Kavalec apparently needed just a single encounter with Steele at State to find one of his key claims about Trump-Russia collusion was blatantly false… Why can’t scumbag liar-Nadler and scumbag-Schiff know this. They just look the other way to bring down Trump.


A Solution to College Debt

Cal Thomas

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in such professions. The Wall Street Journal reports the program is now in “disarray.” Although 73,000 people have applied for debt forgiveness as of March 31, reports the Journal, citing Education Department figures, just 864 have had their loans erased.

While models are constantly changing — from cars, to clothes — only the education model remains the same, except for rising costs. That model says a college education is mandatory in order to obtain a good job and become self-sufficient. What if it isn’t? What if massive college debt might be unnecessary?

A new study by Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce has found that by next year, “65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school.” That means 35 percent of available jobs will not require a college degree.

The findings are significant because they offer a guide into the type of specialized education and acquired skills students will need to qualify for these jobs. In the past, a general liberal arts education was enough to find employment in many fields. As new industries emerge and existing ones expand, the jobs of the near future will require an education and training to fit employer requirements.

The implications are obvious. For many jobs and careers it will no longer be necessary to attend a four-year college, pay high tuition, along with room and board, and graduate with crushing debt that will take years, perhaps decades, to pay off.

Some other findings from Georgetown’s research that will be helpful as young people seek an education tailored to job requirements include: “Job openings in health care, community services and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) will grow the fastest among occupational clusters. Judgment/decision-making, communications, analysis and administration will be the four most in-demand competencies in the labor market.

The demand for physical skills has continued to decline over time, “except for ‘near vision,’ which is necessary to read computer screens and other types of documentation.”

Even those who choose to pursue college degrees will benefit from knowing the types of jobs they can expect to get and design their education to fit those necessities.

The flip side, says the study, is that at the current rate of college graduates, the U.S. will lack 5 million workers with post-secondary education by next year. A combination of jobs opening up because of baby boomer retirements and the creation of new positions in existing and new industries means a total of 55 million job openings by next year. This is nothing short of phenomenal and is a contributing factor to the influx of immigration, both legal and otherwise. How many of those entering our country illegally have high skill levels?

Skills that are most valued, says the study, include “leadership, communications and analysis.” Taking into consideration all occupations, “96 percent require critical thinking and active listening to be either very important or extremely important to success.”

Parents and students should keep these findings in mind to spare themselves frustration and debt when deciding the right path to a meaningful and well-paying job in the new and ever-expanding economy. Otherwise, the jobs one is hoping to get after graduation may not be there and the parental basement could be the only alternative. ~The Patriot Post  


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