Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

BILLIONAIRE GOES ALL IN: Michael Bloomberg — one of the world’s richest men — launches Democrat presidential bid (Associated Press)

NAVY SECRETARY OUSTED: Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer forced out by Pentagon chief over handling of Navy SEAL’s war-crimes case (The Washington Post)

Government & Politics

CONSUMER FAITH: Confidence in Trump economy at record high, with no hit from impeachment (Washington Examiner)

EXPOSING CHICANERY: Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson demand materials from FBI on Ukrainian DNC contractor in 2016 (The Federalist)

HOODWINKED: In less than a year, three-fourths of “The Squad” is under financial investigation (The Daily Caller)FAKE NEWS: Devin Nunes taking swift legal action against CNN for “demonstrably false” story (The Daily Wire)

National Security

REASSURANCE: On Iraq visit, Mike Pence reassures Kurds and discusses protests with prime minister (Reuters)

SUCCESSFUL PROCEDURE: U.S. begins deporting asylum seekers back to Guatemala under new policy (Hot Air)


“POLITICAL ANNIHILATION”: Hong Kong elections seen as win for pro-democracy candidates after massive turnout (Fox News)

RAPE, BRAINWASHING, AND TORTURE: Secret documents reveal how China mass detention camps work (Associated Press)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Why Big Business loves global warming (Capital Research Center)

POLICY: Modernized missile defense is vital to counter Iran, North Korea threats (Issues & Insights)

HUMOR: BREAKING: White House involved in stunning plot of murder and bribery — UPDATE: Never mind. It was during the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. Deleting. (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post      

Senators demand details of scumbag/liar-nObama-Ukraine meetings ~ Two Republican senators are asking the national archivist to provide copies of records of meetings in 2016 between the scumbag/liar-nObama administration, the Ukrainian government and Democratic National Committee officials… U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, addressed the letter to Archivist David Ferriero. In January 2016, Ukrainian governmental officials and corruption investigators met with members of scumbag/liar-nObama’s National Security Council, the FBI, the DOJ and others, including DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa, who has been suspected of working with Ukrainian officials to undermine the Trump campaign, the senators say. “According to Andrii Telizhenko, a political officer in the Ukraine Embassy in Washington, D.C., who participated in a January 2016 meeting, ‘U.S. officials volunteered … that they had an interest in reviving a closed investigation into payments to U.S. figures from Ukraine’s Russia-backed Party of Regions,’ which refers to the investigation that involved Paul Manafort,” the senators write. Telizhenko “recalled DOJ officials asking investigators from Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) if they could help locate new evidence about the Party of Regions’ payments and its dealings with Americans.” The senators say that during the same meeting, U.S. officials “also reportedly brought up investigations relating to Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company that had hired then-Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, to serve as a board member. “According to Telizhenko, “U.S. officials told the Ukrainians they would prefer that Kiev drop the Burisma probe and allow the FBI to take it over.” Further, the lawmakers said, White House meeting records “show that Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American operative ‘who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee’ during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, attended numerous meetings at the White House, including one event with President scumbag/liar-nObama.” The senators say Chalupa “reportedly worked to get dirt on Trump from the Ukrainians.” “For example, in March 2016, Chalupa reportedly met with Valeriy Chaly, Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., and Oksana Shulyar, a top aid to the Ukrainian ambassador, to share her alleged concerns about Manafort. Reports state that the purpose of that initial meeting was to ‘organize a June reception at the embassy to promote Ukraine.’ However, Ukrainian embassy official Andrii Telizhenko told Politico that Shulyar instructed him to assist Chalupa with research to connect Trump, Manafort, and the Russians.” The senators are asking for records relating to at least five White House meetings and “all records relating to meetings between and among White House officials, Andrii Telizhenko, Nazar Kholodnytskyy, Oksana Shulyar and Valeriy Chaly.  

liar-Nancy Pelosi Puts Impeachment Ahead of USMCA, Delays Vote

by SEAN MORAN{ } ~ House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said during a press conference Thursday that she remains skeptical about the House passing the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year… as Congress’s lower chamber continues to focus on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Speaker liar-Pelosi cast doubt during the presser that Congress has enough time to pass the USMCA in 2019. “I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today that it would be enough time to finish this year, but just depends on how much agreement we come to,” liar-Pelosi said. Last week, she said that a deal on USMCA was “imminent.” “I’m eager to get this done,” the California Democrat said. The USMCA’s delayed passage through the House arises as liar-Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee chairman scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff (D-CA) have launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Speaker liar-Pelosi and House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) will meet with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer to discuss the Democrats’ remaining concerns surrounding the USMCA. liar-Pelosi has faced increasing pressure from moderate Democrats, especially those from districts President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, to finalize the USMCA negotiations with Lighthizer. The moderate Democrats have become frustrated with the USMCA’s slow movement through the House as they face criticism from their constituents over their backing of the impeachment inquiry. “I keep telling the freshman class: ‘This is about legislation. It takes time,’” liar-Pelosi said, attempting to reassure frustrated Democrats. liar-Pelosi’s comments follow the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus’s call for the speaker to hold a “timely vote” on the USMCA. The caucus represents 48 House Republicans and Democrats…  

AG Bill Barr Informs The Senate – The Date Is Set

by Martin Walsh{ } ~ Attorney General William Barr has arguably been the most effective official President Donald Trump has nominated since taking office… Democrats loathe him because he has been fighting back against corrupt actors in the D.C. swamp who are determined to thwart the president’s agenda. But the AG just kicked things up a notch and informed the U.S. Senate that the long-awaited inspector general report on possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is finally on the way.Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will release his official report on Dec. 9. The fact that this report is causing so much buzz should be a signal for Democrats to go into panic mode. They are literally being warned to brace for bad news. This is massive news and will be extremely bad for Democrats, especially if their sham impeachment circus is still going. Barr has been very busy lately going after the Deep State. Barr and the prosecutor running the investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, John H. Durham, just shifted into a criminal inquiry. That means corrupt scumbag/liar-nObama-era officials could be held accountable. We also just learned that Barr and Durham flipped former FBI general counsel James Baker, who is now working with the DOJ and assisting in the probe. Baker is important to this whole investigation because he was the one who initially leaked the information that led to the probe against then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Before that, the DOJ announced that an administrative review of the Russia investigation has shifted into a criminal inquiry. This means that Barr and Durham now have the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to convene a grand jury, and to file criminal charges. It certainly appears that Barr and Durham have already found evidence of criminal wrongdoing regarding the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.They wouldn’t have turned their investigation into criminal inquiry if there wasn’t evidence of Obama officials potentially breaking the law. Democrats have had a long run lying about Trump and pushing their various hoaxes. Now, the facts are going to come out and the Left is terrified. The president has turned the tables, and the American people will soon learn of the corrupt actions taken by scumbag/liar-nObama and his allies to take down Trump. And Barr has played a huge role in all of this, which is why Trump, Republicans, and so many Americans a thankful that he’s leading the DOJ.  

China’s Xi calls for ‘consultation and cooperation’ to resolve international disputes

by Evelyn Cheng{ } ~ Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that global frictions should be resolved through discussions, and encouraged cooperation rather than separation…  Xi spoke at the China International Import Expo, which was first launched last November in a bid to promote the country as a buyer of the world’s goods. However, the European Chamber of Commerce in China this week expressed skepticism about last year’s expo, and only a minority of members from the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai said they were planning to participate in this year’s CIIE. Xi’s remarks at the opening ceremony of the expo on Tuesday did not specifically mention the U.S., with which China is engaged in a trade dispute. But the Chinese leader highlighted efforts to reach free trade agreements with the EU, Japan, South Korea and other international bodies. “Distances between countries are getting shorter, and interactions among countries are growing, hence the possibility of differences and frictions,” Xi said, according to an official translation of his Mandarin-language remarks. “The right solution lies in consultation and cooperation. All problems would be settled in the spirit of equality, mutual understanding and accommodation,” he said…  

loose lips liar-Biden’s ‘mafia’ attempt to silence Lindsey Graham: ‘Now, a threat to a US Senator …’

by Samantha Chang{ } ~ Former U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani — who has prosecuted numerous cases against the Mafia — says Democrat loose lips liar-Joe Biden sounds like a Mafia thug with his veiled threat against Senator Lindsey Graham… Giuliani referenced loose lips liar-Biden’s chilling warning that Graham “will regret his whole life” because he requested documents from the State Department related to contacts between loose lips liar-Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Giuliani tweeted:  “This reminds me of loose lips liar-Biden’s decree to the media to silence me on September 29th. Now, a threat to a US Senator. This is getting to be more and more like my old Mafia cases. They sure do sound like crooks.” On Nov. 21, Graham — the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release documents related to contacts between loose lips liar-Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. An angry loose lips liar-Biden reacted by telling CNN that “Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think he’s going to regret his whole life.” loose lips liar-Biden told left-wing opinion host Don Lemon: “I am disappointed and angered. He knows me. He knows my son. He knows there’s nothing to this. Trump is now essentially holding power over him that even the Ukrainians wouldn’t yield to.” loose lips liar-Biden then admitted that the Ukrainians never launched an investigation into his alleged self-dealings as scumbag/liar-nObama’s vice president. Keep in mind that Democrats claim that President Trump had pressured Ukraine to investigate loose lips liar-Biden during a July phone call. Both the Ukrainian president and its foreign minister denied that Trump pressured them to do anything. loose lips liar-Biden said: “The Ukrainians would not yield to ‘investigate loose lips liar-Biden.’ There’s nothing to investigate about loose lips liar-Biden or his son. Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think he’s going to regret his whole life.”… What is loose lips afraid of.  


FBI Agent Under Investigation for Falsifying Carter Page FISA Application

By Joe DePaolo{ } ~ CNN is reporting that an FBI official is under criminal investigation for allegedly falsifying a document pertaining to the surveillance of former Donald Trump campaign official Carter Page in 2016… According to a story from the network’s Evan Perez and Katelyn Polantz, this finding will appear in a report released next month by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Perez and Polantz write that this revelation is “likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.” “This is exactly what people close to the president have been saying, that the FBI committed wrongdoing in starting this investigation,” Perez said, appearing on CNN’s The Situation Room Thursday to share his reporting. “The question now obviously is, what are the details are going to be part of the Horowitz report released that’s going to be released on December 9th, and how much political hay the president’s allies are going make about this.” Sources told CNN that the changes made to the document in question were “significant enough to have shifted the document’s meaning.” The report does not, however, make clear whether the FISA warrant would have been approved without this document.  

New York’s Burgeoning Electricity Crisis

Arnold Ahlert:  What happens when the irresistible force meets the immovable object? When both are personified by Democrat New York Gov. scumbag-Andrew Cuomo, one gets an eco-radical whose “carbon neutral” policies may end up leaving thousands of business owners, residents, and builders in Brooklyn, Queens, and on Long Island without reliable energy service.

“scumbag-Cuomo is a proud opponent of fossil fuels,” the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board explains. “But now that the consequences of his policies are harming people in the real world — those who can’t afford to escape to Florida — the Governor is blaming others.”Because the governor has blocked shale fracking upstate, as well as several pipelines that would deliver natural gas from Pennsylvania, upstate New Yorkers are paying some of the highest electric bills in the country — as in 40% more for electricity than the people of Pennsylvania, and 15% more than those in in New Jersey. Moreover, 25% of them still use heating oil, which costs about $1,000 more per year than natural gas — and emits 40% more CO2, the “greenhouse gas” that is the bane of those who believe mankind is the ultimate culprit on a planet headed for extinction, unless we kowtow to the will of our internationalist overlords.Overlords whose own commitment to eco-purity is overshadowed by a deeper commitment to mansions, limousines, private jets.Last March, as a result of the aforementioned pipeline constraint championed by the governor, New York utility Con Edison halted natural-gas connections north of New York City. Last May, another power provider, the British-owned National Grid, announced a moratorium on new gas hook-ups following a decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to nix a proposed pipeline known as the Northeast Supply Enhancement project.National Grid insisted its gas capacity is maxed out, and without construction of the pipeline, it couldn’t guarantee uninterrupted service to existing customers. By contrast, scumbag-Cuomo, other elected officials, and eco-advocates insist the utility company is holding its customers hostage to its demands for approval of the pipeline, and that the company never seriously investigated alternative methods of delivering energy.Last month, scumbag-Cuomo played both ends against the middle in an effort to escape the consequences of his policies. Earlier in the month, his administration ordered  National Grid to provide electricity to 1,157 customers who had been denied service because of the moratorium on new hookups. The Public Service Commission (PSC), which licenses and oversees public utility companies, warned National Grid that a failure to do so would precipitate “millions of dollars in penalties.”National Grid pledged to deliver the gas, but once again explained the obvious problem of meeting demand when supply is artificially constrained. “We stand by our analysis and there are very real gas supply constraints in the northeast,” stated said National Grid spokeswoman Karen Young in an email.A little less than two weeks later, in the midst of further attacks on National Grid, scumbag-Cuomo directed his animus at the PSC, despite the reality that the PSC is, as Politico put it, “a quasi-independent commission he effectively controls.” The governor wrote a letter to PSC Chairman John Rhodes in which he admitted that National Grid’s assertion of supply issues “was not a startling insight.” He excoriated Rhodes and his agency’s failure “to adequately anticipate, respond, or prevent this harm which was your regulatory duty.”scumbag-Cuomo persisted. “I also want to know when and how we eliminate an abusive utility from the state to protect consumers,” he added. “To that end, I want the specific explanation of potential grounds for revocation of National Grid’s license and its liability for the damage that has already been incurred and future damages which will be incurred over the following 12 to 18 months as development is delayed for additional projects is needed.”On Nov. 12, scumbag-Cuomo sent a letter to National Grid, giving the utility 14 days notice “of my intention to revoke National Grid’s certificate to operate its downstate gas franchise.” He also ordered the utility to explore “short-term options” he alleged the utility “either deliberately, negligently or incompetently refused to secure” to increase supply. They included transporting natural gas by tanker or truck, the proposal of other infrastructure, and the installation of additional unloading facilities, which he considered viable alternatives, courtesy of a company that he finds “grossly negligent” or one that “deliberately defrauded” the people of New York.Yet as the Journal notes, several inconvenient realities intrude. “Building barges would require environmental permitting and is opposed by green groups in any case. National Grid already plans to deliver compressed natural gas by truck during the winter, but what if a snow storm closes roads?” The Journal’s editorial board further notes the irony of scumbag-Cuomo’s pipeline veto below New York Harbor that “could reduce annual CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 500,000 cars on the road,” as opposed to his embargo, which “is raising state emissions.”“National Grid is in receipt of the letter from Governor scumbag-Cuomo and will review and respond accordingly within the timeframe outlined in the letter,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. “We continue to work with all parties on these critical natural gas supply issues on behalf of all our customers in downstate New York.”In the meantime, scumbag-Cuomo boasted about his leverage: “This would be one of the most lucrative franchises in the country.”Perhaps, but one might think if the governor makes good on his promise to end National Grid’s franchise, getting another utility willing to be browbeaten by the governor, hamstrung by the PSC, and very likely sued by a number of the state’s eco-warriors for any attempt to provide power that doesn’t comport with the state’s agenda to be “carbon neutral” by 2050, might prove problematic.It is worth remembering that New York also sued energy giant Exxon for alleged securities fraud related to global warming. “Additionally, more than a dozen ‘public nuisance’ lawsuits seek to hold energy companies responsible for billions of taxpayer dollars spent on acclimating to a warming world, or picking up the pieces following unprecedented hurricanes, floods and wildfires,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Rhode Island filed such a complaint last year, while a dozen city governments from California, Washington, Colorado, Maryland and New York have also sued.”What they haven’t done? They haven’t given up using fossil fuels. Gas stations are still open, homes are still being heated and cooled, and the numerous products — many of which are critical to maintaining a modern society — are still being sold.In other words, eco-talk is cheap. Moreover, what is happening in New York is a great harbinger in miniature of the devastating real-world consequences that the Democrat Party’s Green New Deal would engender.Everyone wants a clean planet. But magic solutions, whereby reliance on fossil fuels can simply be mandated away by eco-warriors — many of whom will buy “carbon offsets” in a self-serving effort to preserve their own greenhouse gas-spewing lifestyles — and their overwhelming hypocrisy — aren’t part of the equation.  ~The Patriot Post  


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