Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:

Around the World

HISTORY: “Taking an unprecedented step onto North Korean soil, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. … Side-by-side with Kim in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea.” (NBC News)

ROUGH START: “Stephanie Grisham replaced Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary only recently, but Grisham reportedly has already been injured on the job. Grisham suffered bruises when a scuffle broke out Sunday between North Korean security guards and members of the media trying to get close to President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.” (Fox News)

HONG KONG UNREST: “Police clashed with protesters trying to storm Hong Kong’s legislature on Monday, the anniversary of the semiautonomous territory’s return to China, prompting authorities to issue an unprecedented ‘red alert’ and deepening a crisis that is testing Beijing’s grip.” (The Washington Post)

IRAN FLOUTS DEAL: “Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its nuclear program, effectively declaring that it would no longer respect an agreement that President Trump abandoned more than a year ago, state media reported on Monday.” (The New York Times)

Around the Nation

BARRIER BAN EXPANDED: “A federal judge on Friday expanded a ban on construction of President Trump’s signature southern border wall that would have used money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but that Congress never approved for the purpose. … In his order granting a permanent halt on the construction, Gilliam also cleared the path for an immediate appeal.” (The Washington Post)

FELON-VOTE LIMITATIONS: “The historic effort to allow more than a million felons in Florida to vote hit a roadblock Friday when Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill limiting which can register.” (The Washington Post)

ANTIFA ATTACK: “Andy Ngo, a photojournalist and editor at Quillette, landed in the emergency room after a mob of antifa activists attacked him on the streets of Portland during a Saturday afternoon demonstration,” Reason reports. The Daily Wire adds that three antifa fascists were arrested, though it’s unknown “if any of the arrests were made in connection with the attack on Mr. Ngo.”

PREPARING FOR GUN CONTROL: “The bustle inside LAX Ammunition on the Friday before Father’s Day betrayed the gloom of the outside sky. Employees inside the Los Angeles-area gun shop had their hands full chatting with customers who were looking to replenish their ammo supply before July 1, with some customers spending hundreds of dollars in the process. Why the hurry? That’s the day a new state law will require almost all buyers to go through background checks before being able to buy bullets, potentially increasing the amount of time and money it takes to make purchases.” (USA Today)

Business & Economy

‘BACK ON TRACK’: “President Trump said the U.S. would resume trade talks with Beijing and would hold off on imposing new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The announcement followed a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Osaka, Japan, during the G-20 summit with world economic leaders.” (Washington Examiner)

OIL MILESTONE: “U.S. crude output soared to new heights in April, highlighting OPEC’s dilemma just days before the producer group meets amid growing geopolitical threats. A government report on Friday showed U.S. production grew 2.1% in April to 12.16 million barrels a day. Booming shale production from places like the Permian basin of West Texas have enabled U.S. oil output to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia.” (Bloomberg)

RAMIFICATIONS ON OPEC: “Global oil supplies will increase far more than demand next year with the start of a host of new projects, putting further pressure on the OPEC cartel, the International Energy Agency said. Even though growth in world oil demand will accelerate to 1.4 million barrels a day in 2020, it will be eclipsed by a 2.3 million barrel-a-day surge in output, as the ongoing boom in U.S. shale is augmented by new fields in Brazil, Norway and Canada.” (Houston Chronicle)

STOCK MARKET SOARS: Stocks rise to close out Dow’s biggest June gain since 1938; S&P 500’s best first half in two decades (CNBC)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: For regime change in Iran (National Review)

POLICY: Inconvenient energy realities (E21)

HUMOR: lowlife-Kamala Harris claimed Americans don’t want to see a food fight. Fact check: FALSE. (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post


President Trump Tweets Details of U.S. -vs- China Status – Talks Resume, Tariffs Remain, Ag Purchases and Non-NatSec Tech

by sundance

{ } ~ President Trump has tweeted the high-level status of the negotiation restart. Essentially the outcome is as we expected.From this summation it would appear President Trump has created an exit ramp for Chairman Xi Jinping that allows him to save face… However, obviously with retention of the recent tariff increases the benefits beyond optics all favor President Trump. We are assuming the high visibility of Vice-Premier Liu He at the G20; and the fact that Liu He was directly engaged with U.S.T.R. Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during the G20 sideline meetings; to mean the prior negotiated place of agreement is the starting point for renewed talks. If the assumption is accurate, this indicates a significant retreat by Beijing. If Beijing was not going to accept the closed chapters of the prior negotiation; a position they previously rebuked; then there would be no starting point between the Chinese and U.S. teams. We don’t like to make too many assumptions, but common sense would indicate the agreements between all parties, prior to the collapse, is now the agreed starting point. If accurate obviously details to be identified later this would indicate that the hawks in Beijing, those who formerly balked, have now retreated from their antagonistic position toward the agreement negotiated by Liu He. It is likely they saw growing ramifications and consequences over the past 30+ days. In essence, after getting a taste of what was coming, Beijing saw a cycle of continual collapse as their future; they had no option but to try and stop the downward spiral. This internal outlook, overlaying their historic zero-sum perspective, would make sense given the latest developments; party because the reality of an increasingly losing position was their new baseline. A cessation of further damage was their best scenario. Trump forced Beijing to see less-loss as the better loss…


White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham roughed up by North Korean security guards

By Dom Calicchio

{ } ~ Stephanie Grisham replaced Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary only recently, but Grisham reportedly has already been injured on the job… Grisham suffered bruises when a scuffle broke out Sunday between North Korean security guards and members of the media trying to get close to President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they shook hands at the Demilitarized Zone, the Associated Press reported. The new press secretary was reportedly pushing back against the guards, trying to help members of the White House press corps position themselves to cover the historic moment between Trump and Kim. Several reporters tweeted about the clash between the guards and the media. It was not immediately clear if Grisham required medical attention or if anyone else was injured or detained by the guards. Grisham, 42, had been a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump before being named last week as the successor to Sarah Sanders, whose last day at the White House was Friday.



Drudge Poll: Tulsi Gabbard Is Shock Winner Of First Democratic Debate

By Joseph Curl

{ } ~ You may not have known her name before Wednesday’s first Democratic presidential nomination debate… but you’re going to hear it a lot more in the coming days. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, the photogenic Army major who twice served overseas, had a very good night, judging from one poll that most often grabs the buzziest candidate and hoists them up. Gabbard sits atop the unscientific Drudge Report poll, with nearly 46% of the 126,005 respondents deeming her the “winner” as of about 9 a.m. EDT. That tally gave her a 35-point margin over the next contender, Sen. Elizabeth dinky-Warren, who came in at just 11%. Former Rep. socialist-Robert “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas and Sen. scumbag-Cory Booker of New Jersey were the big losers of the night, coming in at 4% and 3.4% respectively. While the Drudge poll isn’t scientific — anybody can vote as often as they want, and usually do — it has served as a barometer for years on where candidates stand in the campaign. Matt Drudge runs the poll after big events, such as debates. At just 38 years old she qualifies to run for president by just three years, Gabbard already has an impressive resume. When she was elected in 2012, she became the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the U.S. Congress. Gabbard also served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in a combat zone in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. In 2015, Gabbard was promoted from captain to major at a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. At one point during Wednesday’s debate, Gabbard got into a heated exchange with Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio. When asked whether U.S. troops should stay in Afghanistan, Ryan said they should because withdrawing would run the risk of the Taliban carrying out “bigger, bolder terrorist acts.” Gabbard quickly corrected Ryan, saying that it was al Qaeda, not the Taliban, that carried out the terrorist attacks of September 11. “When we weren’t in there, they started flying planes into our buildings,” Ryan said. “The Taliban didn’t attack us on 9/11,” Gabbard said. “Al-Qaeda did. That’s why I and other people joined the military — to go after Al Qaeda. Not the Taliban.”…


Hours After loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s Debate Performance, His 2020 Chances Take a Left Turn

By Adam Casalino

{} ~ loose lips liar-Biden is “on fire” – but not the way he wants to be. Did you catch loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s performance during last night’s debate? No? I don’t blame you… There are better ways to spend your evenings. Like getting your teeth drilled. Then you can come read Patriot Journal not the liberal media and find out what really happened. loose lips liar-Biden stumbled over his words and cut himself off. He even let a light-weight like lowlife-Kamala Harris eat his lunch. He didn’t even look like he wanted to be up there. Turns out, this debate is hurting him more than he knows. Woah. After loose lips liar-Biden’s disastrous performance last night, his chances—according to those who bet on such things—has taken a nose dive. In fact, lowlife-Kalama Harris actually overtook him. A woman with no accomplishments or credits to her name is doing better than the former vice president. That’s pretty sad! He’s losing, not just because of last night’s performance. Many Democrats think of him as part of the “old guard.” Anyone left voting for Democrats are lurching more and more left. They should remain the party “Socialist R Us.” loose lips liar-Biden came from a time when liberals actually liked capitalism. Plus, he’s an old white man. Not something modern social justice warriors respect. He’s ignoring the advice of his handlers – they are saying he won’t listen to his debate preparation. I guess he knows better. And when he does try to change and become more relatable, he just lurches too far to the left. That makes him look wishy-washy and lacking in integrity…


Christians in Africa: “You have three days to go or you will be killed!”

by Giulio Meotti

{ } ~ Persecution of Christians in the Middle East is now close to “genocide”, a UK-commissioned report just revealed. The same threat has also become critical for Christian communities in Africa… Some say it began in Algeria in the 1990s, when 19 monks, bishops, nuns and other Catholics were killed during the civil war. Since then, in Nigeria, Christian faithful have been massacred in their churches; in Kenya, Christians have been killed in universities; in Libya, Christians have been beheaded on beaches; in Yemen, nuns have been assassinated and in Egypt, massive anti-Christian violence is prompting an exodus. It is the new African archipelago of persecution. Distressingly, these Christians have been finding themselves in the blind spot of the West: they are “too Christian” to get the Left’s attention, but too far away for the Right. Africa’s Christians are orphans. They have no “allies”, John O’Sullivan writes. Christian families recently fled the city of Diffa, in Niger, after Boko Haram delivered the message: “You have three days to go or you will be killed!”. “There is no Christian anymore in this town”, someone reported to the non-governmental organization, the Barnabas Fund. The town, Arbinda, is in Burkina Faso. Numbers are telling: 82 pastors, 1,145 Christians and 151 households have fled from violence in the Muslim-majority nation. Just in the last few weeks, several of the Christian faithful and clergy have been murdered. Jihadists killed six Christians in a Catholic church in the town of Dablo. A pastor was murdered in an attack in Silgadji, Catholic parades have been targeted. Jihadists apparently want to “cleanse” these areas of Christians — and they are succeeding. In Nigeria, attacks on Christians never stop. The country has become a “war zone for Christians”. “The attacks on Christians are growing more flagrant and more aggressive.”… Why can’t or will or where are the leaders of Africa to stop this.


Bribing the Palestinians Won’t Work

Cal Thomas

The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un by dangling promises of prosperity in front of him if he agrees to change his ways is the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula. So far there have been no agreements to build a Trump resort and Kim has made no effort to adopt any other form of capitalistic behavior.

Undeterred, the administration’s front man for Middle East peace, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has revealed part of his plan (the rest he says will come after Israeli elections this fall) to settle the multi-decade conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kushner told Reuters the plan includes $50 billion in economic incentives, if the Palestinian leadership will simply recognize Israel’s right to exist, promise not to engage in terrorist actions and seek a peace agreement with the Jewish State.

One critical element is being left out of what we know so far about the proposal and that is religion. Kushner, who is Jewish, should have some particular insight into the conflict that eludes secularists. The Palestinians and Muslims in some neighboring countries believe they have a religious mandate to wipe out Israel, killing as many Jews as possible, because Israel is an illegal occupier of “their” land and Allah has ordered it.

Evidence that Kushner’s plan is likely to experience the same fate as those that have gone before is contained in a study of textbooks used by Palestinian schoolchildren.

The study, conducted by Eldad J. Pardo of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and published in April 2017, found the latest textbooks and curricula for grades one through four are “significantly more radical than previous (publications).” Pardo says the latest texts “(teach) students to be martyrs, demonizes and denies the existence of Israel and focuses on a ‘return’ to an exclusively Palestinian homeland.”

Even math books use martyrs to teach arithmetic.

In upper grades, writes Pardo, “The strategy of violence and pressure (in place of negotiations) is advocated as the most effective action to achieve Palestinian goals. … And in these upper-grade textbooks, the concept of ‘eternal war’ is instigated through the abuse of Islamic terminology.”

Real history is replaced with Palestinian and Islamic reinterpretations and even reinventions of history. One example: Pardo says Palestinians are being taught that they have always occupied the land. In fact, even their name — Palestinians — is a modern invention. As noted on the Jewish Virtual Library website, “Leading up to Israel’s independence in 1948, it was common for the international press to label Jews, not Arabs, living in the mandate as Palestinians. It was not until years after Israeli independence that the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were called Palestinians.”

There is much more from the study. “The Palestinian national anthem is taught in third-grade,” writes Pardo, and “instills the spirit of fighting, revenge and sacrifice.” And then there’s this from the same third-grade text: “Jerusalem is a Palestinian city and capital of the State of Palestine. The Palestinian flag will be hoisted on the city’s walls after the liberation from Israeli occupation, God willing.”

Add these incitements to the sermons from Palestinian mosques and media in which Israel and the Jewish people are degraded and their enemies are encouraged to destroy their state and evict or murder their people.

How does a Jewish-American who will be doubly hated for his citizenship and his religion bribe Palestinian leaders into reversing their religious mandate and political goals? If that strategy is not revealed in the rest of Kushner’s peace plan, and if the Palestinians refuse to take the bribe, the plan will fail.

In the mind of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas it already has. At a news conference last Sunday, Abbas appeared to reject Kushner’s plan, saying, “We will not be slaves or servants.”

The Kushner plan is a miscalculation similar to those made by previous administrations. Aside from abandoning the land-for-peace formula, which never worked, this plan appears to differ only in the amount of money being offered. 

  ~The Patriot Post  


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