Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

HISTORIC DEBT: Federal government debt surpasses $23 trillion for first time as annual deficits once again near $1 trillion (The Hill)

AND YOU THINK THE DEBT’S BAD NOW… In empty warning, liar-Nancy Pelosi claims she’s worried 2020 candidates are on wrong track with healthcare and wealth-tax rackets (Bloomberg)

Government & Politics

GUN-CONFISCATION SPOILER EXITS: Anti-Second Amendment crusader R. Francis socialist-O’Rourke drops out of the presidential race (The New York Times)

THE PROBE THAT NEVER ENDS: First batch of Mueller-probe interview notes involving Rick Gates, Steve Bannon, and Michael Cohen have been released (The Daily Caller) 

RUSE SHUT DOWN: Rep. Jim Jordan rejects whistleblower’s offer to provide written answers to GOP questions (Fox News)

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM: scumbag/liar-nObama-appointed judge blocks healthcare rule for immigrants (The Daily Caller)

DEREGULATION: EPA rolling back scumbag/liar-nObama-era anti-coal regulation (The Daily Signal)

National Security

DHS CHIEF: Trump names Chad Wolf acting DHS secretary (Townhall)

PUBLIC DEFIANCE: Iran announces new nuke-deal violations during commemoration of 1979 U.S. embassy seizure (Fox News)

SEPARATING WHEAT FROM CHAFF: Thousands of migrants sent back to Mexico under Trump policy have given up their asylum claims (Fox News)

NO PERMANENT FIX: Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall (The Washington Post)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: The dinky/liar-Warren plan to paper over the costs of Medicare for All (E21)

POLICY: How the Left is weaponizing cancel culture to politicize children’s books (The Federalist)

HUMOR: socialist-Beto drops out of race to spend more time taking guns from his family (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post      

Steve Bannon -vs- Maria Bartiromo

by sundance{ } ~ Steve Bannon appears on Fox News to discuss the ongoing impeachment issues with Maria Bartiromo… Within the discussion Bannon highlights the larger position about how Trump’ America-First foreign policy is antithetical to the one-way interventionist model that ultimately provides U.S. politicians with a process to sell their office to the benefit of foreign governments. The loode lips liar-Biden-Ukraine issue is a direct example of that process. Everything about POTUS Trump’s policy is against the business model that allows DC politicians to trade U.S. foreign policy for their own financial benefit. Trillions at stake. Bannon correctly points out that only public pressure is going to force change upon the swamp. President Trump is a vessel for a process to stop DC corruption; but the DC politicians themselves will never vote to diminish their own interests. That’s the issue with the republicans in the Senate during an impeachment trial. On the Democrat race I agree with Bannon on 90% of his presentation, except I would replace “centrist” with Wall St multinationals and Hollywood. The Dem party is fueled by multinational interests and Hollywood support that is aligned with China and multinationals et al. With loose lips liar-Biden falling they are trying Buttigieg; if that doesn’t work, they’ll need someone to hold/protect their interests.  


Trump’s Russia ambassador pick breaks with him over Ukraine phone call

By NAHAL TOOSI { } ~ Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan implicitly broke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that it would not be “in accord with our values”… for a president to ask a foreign government to investigate a political rival. Sullivan was speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is vetting his nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. His appearance has offered Senate Democrats a rare chance to quiz a top Trump administration official on issues related to the House-led impeachment inquiry into Trump — and they took full advantage. Sullivan was grilled in particular by New Jersey Sen. scumbag-Robert Menendez, the committee’s ranking Democrat, on impeachment-related topics, including the propriety of what Trump is accused of doing: pressuring Ukraine’s government to investigate a political rival, former vice president loose lips liar-Joe Biden. On that aspect, Sullivan was fairly direct. “Soliciting investigations into a domestic political opponent — I don’t think that would be in accord with our values,” he said. But at certain points, Sullivan also said that his understanding of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president, in which Trump repeatedly asked Ukraine to investigate loose lips liar-Biden, was that it was part of broader U.S. concerns about ending corruption in Ukraine. The president has “denied that there was any quid pro quo,” Sullivan noted. Throughout his testimony, Sullivan frequently reverted to what scumbag-Menendez criticized as a “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil” approach, basically stating that he was unaware of much of what was happening involving Ukraine policy…   

Brit Hume exposes ‘huge fallacy’ in Alexander Vindman’s testimony to House impeachment panel  

by Chris Enloe{ } ~ Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was “deeply troubled” by what he believed were President Donald Trump’s attempts to “subvert U.S. foreign policy,”… the Washington Post reported Friday, citing Vindman’s testimony given to the Democrat-led House impeachment inquiry last week.   [Vindman] told lawmakers that he was deeply troubled by what he interpreted as an attempt by the president to subvert U.S. foreign policy and an improper attempt to coerce a foreign government into investigating a U.S. citizen.  Vindman’s testimony received widespread attention because it furthered the narrative that Trump is a rogue president determined to act out of self-interest, rather than in the interest of the American people. But according to Fox News’ Brit Hume, there is a “huge fallacy” in Vindman’s line-of-thinking. That fallacy, Hume went on to explain, is that Trump cannot “subvert” U.S. foreign policy precisely because he is the “constitutional author of foreign policy.”  “Actually, it’s the fact that the president is the constitutional author of foreign policy, so the idea he is ‘subverting’ it is illogical,” Hume explained. Indeed, as the Constitutional Rights Foundation explains, the executive branch has the most significant role in crafting U.S. foreign policy, and because the president is the head of the executive branch, the president essentially determines the direction of U.S. foreign policy while in office.  


Liz Cheney Demands liar-Pelosi Immediately Publish Impeachment Transcripts -NOW!

by Jeff Dunetz{ } ~ The GOP is sick and tired of the Congressional Democrats’ games.  The entire process has legitimately been described as a “sham,” a “hoax,” and a “witch hunt,”… thanks to the secretive and clandestine nature of the Democrats’ work. Now, that the non-impeachment impeachment “resolution” has passed the House on a partisan basis,  the #3 person in the Republican caucus, Liz Cheney demanded that transcripts of all previous witness interviews be made public unredacted right now! On Friday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) sent a letter to House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi demanding that she release the full transcripts of all depositions in the Trump impeachment inquiry and demanded the end to the selective leaking of documents to the media. But Liz, scumbag-Adam Schiff needs to leak like humans need to breathe air. Cheney wrote in a letter to liar-Pelosi.  “Despite the vote in the House on October 31, House Democrats continue to conduct the partisan effort to impeach the President in secret.  Your duty to the Constitution and the American people, as well as fundamental fairness, requires that you immediately release the full transcripts of all depositions taken since you pronounced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry on September 24, 2019,” “The selective leaking in which the House Intelligence Committee has been engaged must end immediately and the full and complete record must be provided for the American people to see.” “In addition, to the extent that you make any redactions in any of the transcripts, all Members of the House must be supplied copies of the full and unredacted transcripts,”…    

scumbag/’liar-nObama-Appointed Judge Blocks Trump’s Health Care Rule For Immigrants

by JASON HOPKINS{ } ~ A federal judge has, at least temporarily, blocked the Trump administration from implementing a rule that would require immigrants prove… that they have health insurance or can afford to pay for it. Judge Michael Simon of the federal district court in Portland, Oregon, issued a nationwide temporary restraining order Saturday, barring President Donald Trump from implementing his health care requirement for foreign nationals applying for legal permanent status. Trump issued a presidential proclamation in early October that called on immigrants applying for green cards to be able to prove that they can obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or otherwise demonstrate that they can afford their own medical care. The order was intended to be the administration’s latest effort to bar migration from low-income aliens and further transition the government to a more merit-based immigration system. “Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs,” the presidential proclamation read.  “Continuing to allow entry into the United States of certain immigrants who lack health insurance or the demonstrated ability to pay for their healthcare would be detrimental to these interests.” The proclamation, which was supposed to go into effect Sunday, would have applied to visa applicants living abroad — not immigrants already living stateside. It also would not have affected refugees, asylum-seekers or children. Health care obtained under scumbag/liar-nObamacare does not reach the threshold of the order. If implemented, the new policy is expected to dramatically cut the number of green card applications seen every year. A Migration Policy Institute study found that 57% of U.S. immigrants had private health insurance in 2017, according to The Associated Press, and 30% were covered under public health insurance…    

Depoliticize and disinfect federal judges  By Larry Klayman

{ } ~ The chief justice of the Supreme Court, the ever leftist-oriented John Roberts, many months ago strongly criticized President Trump for speaking plainly about the biases and political inclinations of federal judges… The president’s criticism came in response to a ruling by the Honorable Jon Tigar, an scumbag/liar-nObama appointee on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, perhaps the most openly leftist of all district courts in the United States – and that says a lot given the makeup of most lower federal courts, particularly in the District of Columbia. Judge Tigar, who is the son of far-left activist attorney Michael Tigar, who not coincidentally intervened in the 9th Circuit case involving my client Sheriff Joe Arpaio, arguing that the sheriff’s pardon should be nullified, had just issued injunctive relief thwarting the administration’s asylum policy to limit rampant illegal immigration. After Trump simply pointed out that another scumbag/liar-nObama judge had ruled against him, Chief Justice Roberts issued this pubic statement: “We do not have scumbag/liar-nObama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or scumbag/liar-Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.” Adam Liptak, “Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘scumbag/liar-nObama Judge,'” New York Times, Nov. 21, 2018. Roberts’ ridiculous defense of the political and other biases inherent in the federal judiciary is dishonest, and it is why conservatives and many others have lost confidence in the chief justice, who might just as well be head of the Supreme Court on Pluto. Even the left and its Fake News Media know that federal court rulings in cases that involve or even touch on politics, or social issues like abortion, usually go along partisan lines. That is why the media of all political bents generally make reference to which president, Democrat or Republican, appointed a federal judge to the bench. I have said many times, including in my autobiography, “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment!” that one can predict with great certainty how a federal judge is likely to rule based on the political party of the president who appointed him or her. There are exceptions, but not many, and when there is an exception, its usually for other reasons, such as a judge not wanting to rule in favor of a party that is controversial, such as with many of my clients. Here, a federal judge may not want to be seen siding with a party who has been smeared heavily by the media or elsewhere, lest he or she also then be smeared for ruling in that party’s favor. Again, there are exceptions, but very few. Yesterday, two rulings came down from the most politicized federal district court in the United States, short of Judge Jon Tigar’s one in San Francisco, ruling against my clients Dr. Jerome Corsi and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two rulings, dismissing their cases, were largely the result of these extra-judicial currents and forces…  

Why the Economic Slowdown?

Nate Jackson:  The economy may be slowing a bit, according to the latest GDP numbers showing growth of just 1.9% in the third quarter. Yesterday’s White House announcement says it’s good news, though notably without using the number 1.9: “The current economic expansion, which began roughly a decade ago, became the longest in U.S. history on July 1, 2019, beating the previous record that lasted from March 1991 through March 2001. As today’s advance Gross Domestic Product (GDP) release confirms, economic growth continued in the third quarter of 2019, beating market expectations and adding to the expansion’s record length. The release also confirms that the Trump Administration’s policies support sustained economic growth and lead to higher incomes for American families. … Furthermore, under President scumbag/liar-nObama’s expansion period, real GDP grew at only a 2.2 percent annual rate compared to the Trump Administration’s 2.6 percent rate.”

There’s a lot to unpack in that statement. While it’s important to note that no president truly controls the economy or is solely responsible for its growth or stagnation, Barack scumbag/liar-nObama oversaw the slowest recovery in history. It was slow because of his Big Government “stimulus” and massive regulation, all of which very nearly brought another recession in 2015 and 2016. By the way, the whole reason for the recession that began under George W. Bush was Democrat housing policies put it place a decade prior.Candidate Trump talked a big game about the economy, and as president he has in many ways delivered. Record-low unemployment and solid wage gains for workers are in part spurred by his significant deregulation and across-the-board tax cuts, as is GDP that finally reached 3% for the first time in a decade.So, why the lackluster GDP growth lately? For one thing, full employment is great for workers, but it’s harder to grow a business when there aren’t many workers to add and retaining the ones you have costs more money. (Tomorrow’s unemployment report will reveal more.)And then there’s the elephant in the room. As National Review notes, “The lackluster numbers come amid concerns that the economy is slowing down as trade battles with China and other countries continue to burden American companies and consumers.”The Wall Street Journal also blames the slowdown on Trump’s tariffs. “The strong evidence is that trade policy is the main growth culprit. U.S. manufacturing has slumped, which is related to slowing exports. Slower growth in China from the trade war has reduced the exports of U.S. farm, industrial and construction equipment,” says the Journal. (Manufacturing is now the smallest share of the economy in 72 years.) “A study by Federal Reserve economists this year looked at two waves of trade policy ‘shock,’ first in 2018 and then in the first half of 2019, and estimated the impact reduced GDP growth by about one percentage point.”While not arguing for Trump’s tariffs, we have endeavored to explain his strategy in a trade war that he did not start. In short, he’s using a strong economy as leverage to correct a lot of long-term trade abuse by other nations, and we think Rust Belt voters are among those who are grateful that someone is finally fighting for the U.S. instead of for the globalists. Whether Trump’s strategy pays off is yet to be determined.Are there economic warning signs? Yes, but caveat emptor: Democrats and the Leftmedia would love to undermine consumer confidence by playing up those signs. Maintaining perspective is incredibly important.  ~The Patriot Post  


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