Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: Above the Fold

AT LONG LAST: Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report being released today as Democrats prep impeachment hearing (Fox News)

PREMISE: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining impeachable offenses before today’s hearing (The Daily Caller)

VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION? Trump heads to court in fight over emoluments clauses (The Hill)

National Security

AN OVERLY OPTIMISTIC PICTURE: U.S. officials misled public about progress in Afghanistan: “The American people have constantly been lied to” (National Review)

POSSIBLE ACT OF TERRORISM: Authorities identify Pensacola naval base shooter as Saudi national (National Review)

NARRATIVE BUSTER: Border Patrol agent debunks viral video showing illegal immigrant scaling Trump wall (The Daily Wire)

Heartland & Economy

UNFORTUNATELY, THE CASE IS STILL PROCEEDING TO TRIAL: A biased California judge dropped six of the 15 bogus charges filed against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt related to their undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood (LifeNews,com)

SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION: Bankrupt PG&E reaches $13.5 billion settlement with California wildfire victims (Reuters)

SEVERE DISRUPTION: Tighter government climate regulations by 2025 could wipe up to $2.3 trillion off the value of companies in industries ranging from fossil fuel producers to agriculture and car makers (Reuters)

FACING UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL: First person charged under Florida “red flag” law found guilty (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Study confirms the healthcare dangers of a public option (Washington Examiner)

POLICY: “Free” college is a terrible idea. Here’s a better one. (National Review)

HUMOR: World’s high-school dropouts reveal they’ve actually been protesting climate change this whole time (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67248?mailing_id=4721&utm_mediu…

House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearing

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ The House Judiciary Committee holds their second impeachment inquiry hearing at 9:00am ET. Presentations from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and House Judiciary Committee… Lawfare Counsel Barry Berke representing the majority and Republican Counsel Stephen Castor representing the minority will make opening arguments to the House Judiciary Committee. Lawfare Counsel Daniel Goldman & Lawfare Counsel Barry Berke will then present the evidence for impeachment. House judiciary member questioning will likely follow last week’s questioning of academic impeachment experts.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/09/house-judiciary-com…

VIDEO 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixLKVjYajMQ&feature=emb_title

VIDEO 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXFtk0a2vc0&feature=emb_title

VIDEO 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_qT2D5-lcE&feature=emb_title

Devin Nunes just accused scumbag/liar-Schiff of a crime that could put him behind bars

by renewedright.com ~ There is nobody fighting against the Deep State quite like Rep. Devin Nunes. He isn’t afraid to go at them head-on. And Nunes just accused scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff of a crime that could put him behind bars… scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff’s impeachment report did nothing to justify impeaching President Trump. But scumbag/liar-Schiff did his best, and even snooped into private phone records of journalists and elected officials in the GOP, without giving any notification. Rep. Nunes is one of those who scumbag/liar-Schiff spied on, and Nunes claims his civil liberties were violated, and that he’s weighing all legal options to fight back. “Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said Wednesday that House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff (D-CA) violated his civil liberties by snooping in his phone records and publishing them in his impeachment report. scumbag/liar-Schiff’s Democratic majority released a 300-page report on Tuesday, on the eve of the first impeachment hearings in the House Judiciary Committee, summarizing the testimony in its own inquiry. Republicans released a dissenting report on Monday. None of the information in scumbag/liar-Schiff’s report was new — except for the inclusion of phone records, which the report suggested showed coordination between Nunes and President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, ostensibly to smear Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch or “dig up dirt” on former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden. In a press conference Tuesday, scumbag/liar-Schiff declined to say when, or how, he had obtained the phone records. But Nunes told conservative talk radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday evening that scumbag/liar-Schiff issued a subpoena Sep. 30 to AT&T for several phone numbers, none of which Nunes or the committee’s Republicans had recognized at the time.” To obtain phone records, officials must obtain a warrant. It seems as though scumbag/liar-Schiff believes he’s above the law when it comes to his impeachment push against Trump. If scumbag/liar-Schiff did abuse his power and obtain the records without a warrant, he could very well face big problems, perhaps even criminal charges. And if there is anybody who will fight to make sure that happens, it’s Nunes. https://renewedright.com/devin-nunes-just-accused-schiff-of-a-crime…

Ken Starr Pulls Back Curtain On liar-Nancy Pelosi Says Her Abuse Of Power Could Abruptly End Democrat Impeachment

By Adam Casalino

{ gopdailybrief.com } ~ liar-Nancy thought Ken wouldn’t notice – but he caught her! liar-Pelosi’s been pushing hard for impeachment, even without clear evidence or bipartisan support… All past impeachments have come after serious crimes were brought to light. Then, both Democrats and Republicans had no choice but to impeach. We haven’t seen that this time around. All we’ve seen are hugely partisan Democrats—who have been demanding impeachment for years—pushing it over a single phone call. Hardly an ironclad reason to upset our democracy and plunge our nation into chaos, huh? And Ken Starr is warning liar-Pelosi that she may have just ruined her case more than she could know. Congressional Democrats have pushed too hard on President Trump’s impeachment hearings and may force Republican senators to dismiss the case altogether, said former special prosecutor Ken Starr on Thursday…“It’s an outrage to seize control of the deliberate process of a committee — it simply compounds a series of very, very terrible abuses,” he said…“Where did she get this power?” Starr asked… “It is an abuse of power. Wow, this is pretty serious. Ken Starr, who knows a thing or two about impeachment, says liar-Nancy Pelosi is abusing her power. It started when she unilaterally announced an “impeachment inquiry” without debate or a formal vote in the House. The inquiry went on behind closed doors without any input from Republicans. Now, she is ordering her party to draft articles of impeachment, again without support or backing of Republicans or much of America… https://gopdailybrief.com/starr-curtain-pelosi-abuse-power/?utm_med…

Dem Rep Warns Against Letting American People Decide if Trump Should Be President

By Andrew J. Sciascia

{ westernjournal.com } ~ House Democrats have grown increasingly transparent in recent weeks with regard to their unwillingness to pump the brakes on impeachment and employ a more scrutinizing approach… But Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas took things a step further in a Thursday interview with CNN, warning against allowing the American people to review the facts of the Ukraine matter and decide for themselves — at the ballot box — whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office. In other words, Escobar outright admitted the pedal had to be kept to the medal on impeachment because D.C. Democrats like herself are not confident the 2020 presidential election will see the Trump administration discontinued — something they’ve been desperately hoping for since Jan. 20, 2017.“If you have a corrupt executive, who is willing to maintain power by corrupting our election, there is an urgency there,” Escobar told anchor Jake Tapper. “We have already seen that the president has done everything possible to prevent us from getting access to all of the documents, all of the witnesses that we need to.” “If we wait for the courts, if we wait for an election to settle this, then we will have waited too long,” Escobar said.“I am worried in general about 2020,” Escobar later added. “I believe that we are on a precipice, a very dangerous precipice, as a country in so many ways.” And Escobar is not the first Democratic congressman to express such dangerously hasty views on the impeachment proceedings that are currently underway. In fact, Escobar seems to be taking her lead from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, who claimed Tuesday there was a danger in waiting to review “every last fact” when asked in a news conference earlier this week why the unpopular political procedure at hand was being pursued at breakneck pace. “There is,” scumbag/liar-Schiff said, as CNN reported, “grave risk to the country with waiting until we have every last fact, when we already know enough about the president’s misconduct to make a responsible judgement about whether we think that’s compatible with the office of the president.”… What country does stupid Escobar thinks she lives in? We the people have selected president since this country was founded. https://www.westernjournal.com/dem-rep-warns-letting-american-peopl…

Devin Nunes on phone record release We’re definitely going to take legal action’

By Julia Musto

{ foxnews.com } ~ House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Saturday that he would be pursuing legal action after his phone records were exposed in the release of the Committee’s impeachment inquiry report… On Tuesday, the Committee voted to adopt and issue the 300-page report on the findings from the panel’s impeachment inquiry, accusing President Trump of misusing his office to seek foreign help in the 2020 presidential race. The report included records of calls from Nunes, presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Giuliani connection Lev Parnas, and other White House associates. Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Pete Hegseth, Lisa Boothe, and Ed Henry, Nunes said he’s been under fire for three years because Republicans “continue to expose corruption,” citing Democrats “unmasking Trump transition officials” and “funding the dossier” to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page.” And then, of course, over the two weeks before Thanksgiving, I think they were embarrassed by their lack of evidence they were able to present through the hearings,” he said. “So, what happened is, the Friday before Thanksgiving, this fake news story drops about me supposedly being in Vienna. And then we get back from Thanksgiving and then — lo and behold — my name along with one of my current staff people…and a former staff person, all of a sudden our civil liberties are violated because our phone records show up in this report. “The Congressman is currently suing CNN for defamation after the network published reporting alleging that he met with Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin last year in Vienna in order to dig up “dirt” on former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden was “demonstrably false.” Nunes told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts that, upon review, his phone records do not match what Committee Chairman scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Democrats put in the report. “So, you did not talk to Lev Parnas, for example, as many times as they’re alleging?” asked Henry. “Well, let me tell you what I have. I can tell you that, it doesn’t match. Okay?” Nunes replied. “So, I have one call with Rudy Giuliani in April, one in May. Substantive calls…The rest of the calls are where either somebody didn’t connect or it was a voicemail, right?”… https://www.foxnews.com/media/devin-nunes-phone-records-adam-schiff…

VIDEO: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6113907168001#sp=show-clips

scumbag/liar-Schiff Getting Subpoenaed…His Phone Records Could Be The End

by Chuck Ross

{ wethepeopledaily.com } ~ Indiana Rep. Jim Banks is calling on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to subpoena phone records for Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, a lawyer for the Trump whistleblower, and loose lips liar-Joe and Hunter Biden… Banks cited in a letter to Graham Wednesday House Democrats’ impeachment report from Tuesday that revealed Democrats obtained AT&T phone records that showed phone calls involving GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of California, Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, and a former associate of Giuliani named Lev Parnas. scumbag/liar-Schiff, a California Democrat, and his fellow House Democrats said the phone records show the call participants were working to dig up dirt on loose lips liar-Joe and Hunter Biden related to Ukraine. Parnas worked closely with Giuliani and Solomon to investigate the loose lips liar-Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine. Conservatives blasted scumbag/liar-Schiff for releasing the phone records of a journalist and a sitting member of Congress who are not accused of wrongdoing.Banks, a Republican, called on Graham to subpoena Schiff’s phone records, along with those of Mark Zaid, a lawyer for the CIA analyst whose whistleblower complaint led to the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Banks also urged Graham to subpoena phone records for former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. “The public has a right to know with whom Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff has coordinated his impeachment effort and if America’s national security is at risk in any way as a result of Rep. scumbag/liar-Schiff’s actions,” Banks wrote in the letter. “This quixotic impeachment inquiry must be shelved, Mr. Chairman. And Rep. scumbagt/liar-Adam Schiff should be held to the same standard to which he holds others. It is time to see his phone records,” Banks added. “Chairman Graham looks forward to reviewing Congressman Banks’ letter,” Kevin Bishop, the communication director for Graham, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Senate rules make it unlikely that the South Carolina Republican will be able to issue a subpoena even if he wanted. House committees can issue subpoenas with the support of just the majority party; however, Senate committees require bipartisan support for subpoenas. https://{/2019/12/06/schiff-getting-subpoenaed-his-phone-records-co…

INTERPOL warns Europe threatened by ISIS 2.0

by wnd.com ~ The secretary general of INTERPOL, the international police organization, has warned that Europe is being threatened by what he called ISIS 2.0, a new wave of Islamic jihadists… “We could soon be facing a second wave of other Islamic State linked or radicalized individuals that you might call ISIS 2.0,” said Jurgen Stock. “A lot of these are suspected terrorists or those who are linked to terrorist groups as supporters who are facing maybe two to five years in jail.” Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, confirmed there are hundreds of terrorist suspects in Austria, France, Germany and other European countries. Stock said that because they “were not convicted of a concrete terrorist attack but only support for terrorist activities, their sentences are perhaps not so heavy.” “In many parts of the world, in Europe but also Asia, this generation of early supporters will be released in the next couple of years, and they may again be part of a terrorist group or those supporting terrorist activities,” he said. Kern listed the known threats country by country. In Austria, for example, some 320 people are known to have gone to war in Syria and Iraq, with about 100 known to have returned. “On October 18, a court in Graz sentenced four Turkish jihadis to prison terms ranging from five months to seven years for recruiting for the Islamic State,” he wrote. “The men were all members of a mosque in Linz. Prosecutors explained how mosques across Austria are working together in their support for the Islamic State. ‘We must stop with false tolerance,’ said the Graz prosecutor. ‘Islamism supplants the rule of law if we are not careful. Do not be afraid to impose severe punishments.'” In Denmark, authorities are trying to strip Danish citizenship from at least 158 people who joined jihadist organizations. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian recently traveled to Iraq to convince the government in Baghdad to prosecute French jihadis but was rejected. That means at least some of the 200 adults in custody for possible terror-related activities may be returning to France. One anti-terror judge in France wants them returned rather than left “in the wilderness.” “How can we protect ourselves if we do not have them in custody? The best method is to judge and control them,” wrote Judge David De Pas. “If in 15, 20, 30 years, these people still pose a threat when leaving prison, they will remain under the control of the intelligence and justice services,” he said. “If they are tried in Iraq, we will not be able to monitor them when they leave prison.”… https://www.wnd.com/2019/12/interpol-warns-europe-threatened-isis-2…

The Fate of Christians in the Current World

by Denis MacEoin

{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ A recognition of the religious freedoms offered by secular non-coercive states should be of particular importance to Muslims worldwide… It is a serious criticism of Islamic practice both historically and in the modern era that many Muslim countries seem to remain deeply intolerant towards the followers of other religions or the followers of differing branches of their own religion; toward people they regard as having left Islam, or even whom they perceive as having “offended” its followers, whether inadvertently or not. Persecution of religious minorities, and other Muslims seems common in many Muslim countries — from the highly restrictive Saudi Arabia to the more liberal Indonesia, and especially in countries where the religion is closely allied to the state. This situation needs to be discussed. Discussion could explore the disparity between European societies, where there is a separation between religion and the state — above all France — and the many home cultures where that separation does not exist, and from which so many Muslim immigrants arrive. The disparity between these two political climates is marked when it comes to religious freedom and the rights of different religious entities to live unmolested within differing nations and their differing state institutions, such as the judiciary. It is not hard to see how secular laws and values offer Muslims earthly protections well above those available to non-Muslims in Islamic states. However, there are individuals such as the British political scientist Jim Wolfreys, who condemn strong secularism and claim that it is a principal cause of ill will toward Muslims. Why should it be anti-Muslim or “Islamophobic” to write about the effects of jihad or the conservative Muslim treatment of unbelievers? The facts are well established within international bodies, NGOs, national commissions, and verifiable journalistic reports. Reformist Muslims themselves are highly critical of the discriminatory laws and behaviours in countries from which they or their forebearers originated. Indeed, it is precisely Muslims of a reformist and liberal bent who are most vocal about radical restrictions on values that other Muslims claim are universal. Let us be clear. No doubt, there will probably always be people, call them the real “Islamophobes”, who will use problems within Muslim states or communities to try to tar Islam or Muslims as a whole. But these and other issues still need to be faced as authentic human rights concerns…  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15047/fate-of-christians

Bloomberg and Second Amendment Battle Lines

Nate Jackson: Among the many issues on which the political divide seems to be growing is the Second Amendment. We’ve written at great length about “the palladium of liberties,” including just this week on both the Supreme Court’s conundrum over a New York City law and Virginia Democrats’ renewed effort to pass gun-grabbing legislation — as well as the growing “sanctuary city/county” movement in the state to reject those unconstitutional laws.

We truly hope the Supreme Court doesn’t sidestep the New York issue because of the city’s transparently phony effort to “moot” the lawsuit. The Second Amendment, unlike our other rights protected in the Bill of Rights, is sorely lacking in judicial clarity. As David French writes, “States can (and do) set high ceilings, but under current Second Amendment jurisprudence, it seems that they may be able to set very, very low floors — so low that that many jurisdictions take the position that the only clearly protected Second Amendment right is the right to possess a handgun in my own home for self-defense. A core individual liberty protected by the Bill of Rights should not be so poorly defined.”

As if on cue, Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has come along with proposed gun control that does nothing but violate the Second Amendment. The billionaire former mayor of New York City already funds Everytown for Gun Safety, one of the nation’s leading anti-Second Amendment activist groups, and is on record saying that anyone who has a gun in their home is “pretty stupid.” He also recently had favorable things to say about the Communist Chinese, who he says have to “listen to the public” because “no government survives without the will of the majority of its people.” Actually, the ChiComs long ago secured their tyrannical rule by murdering tens of millions of unarmed people.

So, what does Bloomberg want? Despite having previously displayed his baffling ignorance on firearms, Bloomberg went to Aurora, Colorado — scene of the movie-theater mass shooting in 2012 — to pitch a slew of bad policies to regulate tools he knows nothing about. Bloomberg’s wishlist includes a renewed ban on so-called “assault weapons” as well as a federal ban on standard-capacity magazines, “universal” background checks via a de facto national firearm registry and permit system, a federal “red flag” law, waiting periods, increased purchase age, banning 3D-printed guns, banning guns from all school campuses, and eliminating laws that protect firearm manufacturers from frivolous liability lawsuits.

Somebody has to fill the gap after socialist-Beto “Hell Yes, We’re Going To Take Your AR-15” socialist-O’Rourke dropped out of the race.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” reads the Second Amendment. Bloomberg and his ilk are doing their best to infringe at every turn. ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67206?mailing_id=4715&utm_mediu…  

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