Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: Above the Fold

PIVOTAL END-OF-YEAR VOTES: Congress faces high-stakes week with impeachment, trade, and funding votes ahead (CNBC)

MAGA ACHIEVEMENTS: While the media and his critics focused on the bitterly divided House impeachment hearings, President Trump last week collected the most agenda wins yet (Washington Examiner)

Government, Politics, & Economy

SETTLING THE MATTER ONCE AND FOR ALL:  Supreme Court justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records, with a decision expected in June (Associated Press)

“THERE IS NOTHING NEW AND UNUSUAL”:  Freshman Democrat Jeff Van Drew to switch parties over nothing-burger impeachment (National Review)

OR MAYBE THE FEARS WERE UNFOUNDED TO BEGIN WITH? U.S. economy shakes free of recession fears in striking turnaround since August (The Washington Post)

Heartland & Culture

LEFT-WING VIOLENCE: Antifa’s deadly year shows the extremism on the far Left (Newsweek)

SURRENDERING TO THE RAINBOW MAFIA: In reversal, Hallmark throws conservatives under the bus by reinstating same-sex marriage ads (Associated Press)

STILL A BRIDGE TOO FAR: Virginia Democrats are proposing a mandatory state gun registration measure after widespread public outrage forced them to back off a more aggressive plan to confiscate so-called assault weapons (The Epoch Times)

BLUE LIVES MATTER: Arkansas police officer “executed” in car was shot 10 times in the head, investigators say as video emerges (Fox News)

National Security

COMMUNIST SPIES: Two Chinese diplomats expelled from U.S. after entering military base (New York Post)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: How to turn the reviving North Korea crisis into a triumph (The Federalist)

POLICY: The Chinese economic miracle: How much is real, and how much is a mirage? (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: It’s time to admit that “Orange Man Bad” is the only legitimate reason for impeachment (NPC Daily)  

~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67398?mailing_id=4737&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.4737&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body      

U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer Explains “Phase One” of U.S-China Trade Deal

by sundance{/theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ USTR Robert Lighthizer made a rare appearance in the media to discuss the “big picture”, and some specifics, around the U.S-China phase-one agreement… Ambassador Lighthizer notes the principle challenge is generating an enforceable set of standards -within a written agreement- between a totally controlled communist economic system China and a free-market system USA. No other nation has ever tried, and there is no preexisting trade agreement to facilitate a mapping. What Lighthizer is constructing will be what all nations will start to use going forward. This is historic stuff. Arguably, next to President Trump, USTR Lighthizer is one of the most consequential members of the administration. What he is constructing, with the guidance of President Trump, is going to influence generations of Americans…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/15/rare-interview-u-s-trade-ambassador-robert-lighthizer-explains-phase-one-of-u-s-china-trade-deal/  

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74kg8OP1C3A&feature=emb_title

Gowdy and Strassel Respond to scumbag-James Comey Interview

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com } ~ Former Congressman and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy and the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel react to scumbag-Jim Comey’s wounded tender sensibilities during Fox News Sunday “interview” with Chris Wallace.  https://theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/gowdy-bartiromo-and-wsj.jpg?w=640&h=336

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvcCd9ku8k&feature=emb_title

John Ratcliffe Explains Why Corrupt Senators on SSCI Would Never Allow His Nomination – And Why a Senate Impeachment Trial is A Risk

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Representative John Ratcliffe is one of only three republican members of congress the only one remaining Gowdy, Goodlate gone who has seen all of the classified material evidence behind the FISA application and the intelligence abuses in 2016… In this interview Ratcliffe outlines the scale and scope of the abuses as well as what they mean in the context of corrupt and illegal DOJ and FBI activity. The takeaway from this interview with Bartiromo is exactly why senators who participated with the intelligence operation to remove and eliminate President Trump blocked Ratcliffe’s nomination to the position of Director of National Intelligence. The SSCI controls who is allowed to be CIA Director, NSA Director and Director of National Intelligence.  The nominees must pass through this committee. Senator Burr and Senator Warner are the Chairman and Vice-Chair respectively. Both blocked Ratcliffe…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/15/john-ratcliffe-explains-why-corrupt-senators-on-ssci-would-never-allow-his-nomination-and-why-a-senate-impeachment-trial-is-a-risk/  

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIIAvGZR5BY&feature=emb_title

WFB Editor in Chief Makes the Case Against Impeachment

by freebeacon.com ~ Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Eliana Johnson on Sunday outlined the case against impeaching President Donald Trump… “The American people voted, and they should have the final say on whether President Trump is reelected,” Johnson said during CBS Sunday Morning‘s “Point, Counterpoint” segment. “The Democrats say the president tried to undermine the election process. But they have worked to delegitimize this president since before he was sworn into office.”  Johnson said that House Democrats rushed to investigate Trump, refusing to hear from key witnesses like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former secretary of energy Rick Perry for fear of a lengthy court battle. She added that the pro-impeachment side has changed its argument over the course of the debate.”Their arguments in favor of impeachment have morphed from ‘quid pro quo’ to bribery, and now to election meddling. The Democrats are right: It was wrong for Donald Trump to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to announce an investigation into a political opponent. But the system worked,” Johnson said. “Unlike Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, this president delivered lethal aid to our Ukrainian allies in their fight against Putin’s Russia.” “The Democrats have not made a convincing case for impeachment. That’s why, heading into the House vote, the question is not how many Republicans will join their Democratic colleagues and vote to impeach the president, but how many Democrats will oppose the measure,” Johnson said. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman made the counterpoint, saying that Trump must be impeached.  https://freebeacon.com/politics/wfb-editor-in-chief-makes-the-case-against-impeachment/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=5a5a7f3871-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_16_03_04_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-5a5a7f3871-45611665  

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lbt2Y4xX-8&feature=emb_title

Meet the Organization Naming and Shaming Iran’s International Business Allies

by Adam Kredo {freebeacon.com } ~ When international companies seek to do business with Iran, one organization is standing ready to name and shame them… United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a U.S.-based advocacy organization, has been quietly waging a campaign to infiltrate business expos held in Iran and tell the world which companies continue to do business with Tehran at a time when the Trump administration is crippling the country’s economy with sanctions. UANI’s efforts have borne fruit. In the last several years, dozens of companies have pulled out of Iranian business fairs and declined to continue doing commerce with Tehran out of fear their ties to the leading state sponsor of terrorism will be made public. The group has successfully petitioned Bermuda-based PartnerRe, an insurance group; the Santander Group, a multinational bank based in Spain; South Korea’s Daelim Industrial Co., Ltd., a major petrochemical company; the Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., a shipping firm based in Taiwan; and CMA CGM Group, a French shipping container corporation.The advocacy group’s efforts have helped deny the Iranian regime potentially millions in cash windfalls and bolstered the Trump administration’s tough sanctions regime. The most recent estimates from senior U.S. officials indicate Iran has access to just $10 billion in foreign currency, a drastic drop from the tens of billions freed up under the scumbag/liar-nObama administration’s landmark nuclear deal. UANI’s efforts on the business front, which are unique for a non-proliferation group, have been chilling. It has accomplished this by doing what no other advocacy group has endeavored to in recent years: sending covert operatives into Iran and Europe to penetrate the Islamic Republic’s often secretive business fairs. These agents have been able to track companies still willing to work covertly with the rogue regime…  https://freebeacon.com/national-security/meet-the-organization-naming-and-shaming-irans-international-business-allies/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=5a5a7f3871-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_16_03_04_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-5a5a7f3871-45611665   

Austrian Parliament to Declare BDS Movement as Anti-Semitic

by Soeren Kern{gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ All of the major parties represented in the Austrian Parliament have agreed to support a resolution condemning the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic… The measure calls on Austria’s federal government to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and to withhold any form of financial and other state support from anti-Semitic organizations and advocates of BDS principles. The resolution will be submitted to the lower house of Parliament, the National Council, in January 2020. It is expected to be passed with an overwhelming majority. While anti-BDS laws have been passed in Vienna and Graz, the largest and second-largest cities in Austria, this would be the first time that such a measure is enacted at the federal level. On December 11, legislators from all five major parties — including the left-leaning Greens and the right-leaning Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) — formally agreed to co-sponsor the resolution, which is being spearheaded by Sebastian Kurz, a former and most likely the next chancellor of Austria who also leads the center-right Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP). The resolution states: “Anti-Semitism has existed since antiquity, although the term itself was not used until the 19th century. The core, however, was always the same: it was — and is — the fomenting of prejudices and hatred in word and deed against Jews. Throughout history they have been victims of violence and exclusion, which reached a devastating climax in the murderous cruelty of National Socialism and the declared goal of the systematic destruction of Jewry by the Nazi regime…  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15289/austria-bds-antisemitism 

.commie-Bernie Sanders Wants to Nationalize the Internet

Political Editors:  It should come as no surprise that commie-Bernie Sanders wants the government to control … well, just about everything — including the Internet. Yes, the socialist senator from Vermont has a plan dubiously entitled “High-Speed Internet for All.” Too many Americans lack access to high-speed Internet, commie-Sanders says, which is unacceptable for something he considers “a basic human right.” (“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Netflix”?) commie-Sanders’s plan would solve this “crisis” by classifying the Internet as a public utility, effectively giving Washington total control of a “publicly owned and democratically controlled, co-operative, or open access broadband network.”

So, how bad is this high-speed Internet crisis? Well, currently only 94% of people living in the U.S. have access to broadband. That might explain why the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t see it as a crisis at all. Last year, the FCC concluded that “broadband services are now being deployed to all Americans on a reasonable and timely basis.” Furthermore, rapid expanse of broadband services has come about almost entirely via private enterprise. Got that, commie-Bernie?In fact, far from quickly delivering broadband access to that remaining 6%, nationalizing the Internet would only serve to slow it down. As the Washington Examiner notes, “The unnecessary scumbag/liar-nObama-era internet regulation misleadingly dubbed ‘net neutrality’ led to a massive decline in private sector broadband investment during the brief period while it was in place. According to the FCC, ‘In the following two years, after [net neutrality] was adopted, new developments dropped 55 percent.’ But after its repeal, investment has ticked back up by a whopping $1.5 billion.”Leave it to socialists like commie-Sanders to conjure up crises for which Big Government is the only solution.  ~The Patriot Post https://patriotpost.us/articles/67338?mailing_id=4734&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.4734&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body  

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