Monday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler:  Above the Fold

INEVITABLE OUTCOME: Impeachment witness Alexander Vindman, who is suspected of releasing classified information, is fired and escorted out of White House after Trump acquittal (Fox News)

SECOND IMPEACHMENT WITNESS SACKED: Trump recalls Ambassador Gordon Sondland (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

SIGNALING PRIORITIES: Trump budget would cut $4.4 trillion in spending, boosting defense while slashing safety nets and foreign aid (Fox News)

BUTTIGIEG PREVAILS: Iowa Democrat Party awards Pete Buttigieg 14 delegates, commie-Bernie Sanders 12 after caucus meltdown (Fox News)

IF NOT FOR DOUBLE STANDARDS… Buttigieg argues for end of Electoral College after Iowa “victory” without popular vote (Breitbart)

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Buttigieg high-school essay praised “Profile in Courage” commie-Bernie Sanders (The Daily Caller)BRAVO: Actor Gary Sinise recognized with Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Patriot Award for supporting veterans (Washington Examiner)

Culture & Heartland

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE… scumbag/liar-nObama-produced film wins Oscar; producer quotes Communist Manifesto in acceptance speech (The Daily Wire)

COPS ATTACKED: Two New York officers shot in assassination attempts; Trump rips Mayor Bill de Blasio (USA Today)

REPUBLICANS ATTACKED: Man deliberately rams vehicle into GOP tent full of volunteers (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: China’s stranglehold on pharmaceuticals threatens Americans’ health and national security (Issues & Insights)

POLICY: Unlike in Europe, the U.S. approach to climate change is actually working (Washington Examiner)

HUMOR: scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff wins Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in a Fictional Impeachment (Genesius Times)  ~The Patriot Post      

‘Boy, did he fool us’: Laura Ingraham teases Senate bid against rino-Romney

by Spencer Neale{ } ~ Fox News host Laura Ingraham said she might move to Utah and run against Sen. rino-Mitt Romney if no one else does after the Republican voted to convict President Trump on one article of impeachment on Wednesday… “At the end of the day, one man was trying to impress the elites in Washington today, and the guy in the oval office was not,” Ingraham said. “rino-Romney, I hope, enjoys his brief moment in the sun while he’s lauded by the very people who spent the last 20 years attacking him. Because in a few weeks, the phone will stop ringing. He’ll be lucky to get booked on Chris Cuomo’s show.” rino-Romney, 72, interviewed to be Trump’s secretary of state but joked in October that he was happy not to be selected after the president fired Rex Tillerson from the position as a rift grew between the two. “He’s the ultimate selfish, preening, self-centered politician,” Ingraham said. “He wanted desperately to be Trump’s secretary of state, and then, he casts this futile, pointless vote to convict him in order to show that he’s a man of principle, unlike all these other Republicans. It’s called payback.” During a speech to celebrate his acquittal, Trump asked GOP Utah Sen. Mike Lee to apologize to his constituents after rino-Romney voted out of step with his Republican Senate colleagues. “We won’t ever forget. Utah should never forget. And if I have to move there to run against him in four-and-a-half years, I will,” Ingraham said. rino-Romney was the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, losing to President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama. A Utah Policy survey showed that Trump is now more popular than rino-Romney in the state of Utah. “For a few brief, shining moments in 2008 and 2012, some of us thought that rino-Romney had a solid core,” added Ingraham. “Boy, did he fool us.”  

US Trade Deficit Drops for First Time in 6 Years

by ~ The U.S. trade deficit fell for the first time in six years in 2019 as President Donald Trump hammered China with import taxes… The Commerce Department said on Feb. 5 that the gap between what the United States sells and what it buys abroad fell 1.7 percent last year to $616.8 billion. U.S. exports fell 0.1 percent to $2.5 trillion. But imports fell more, slipping 0.4 percent to $3.1 trillion. Imports of crude oil plunged 19.3 percent to $126.6 billion. The deficit in the trade of goods with China narrowed last year by 17.6 percent to $345.6 billion. Trump has imposed tariffs on $360 billion worth of Chinese imports in a battle over Beijing’s aggressive drive to challenge American technological dominance. The world’s two biggest economies reached an interim trade deal last month, and Trump dropped plans to extend the tariffs to another $160 billion in Chinese goods. But goods trade gap with Mexico rose 26.2 percent last year to a record $101.8 billion. The goods deficit with the European Union also hit a record, $177.9 billion—up 5.5 percent from 2018. Overall, the United States posted a $866 billion deficit in the trade of goods such as cars and appliances, down from $887.3 billion in 2018. But it ran a $249.2 billion surplus in the trade of services such as tourism and banking, down from $260 billion in 2018. Trump campaigned on a promise to reduce America’s massive and persistent trade deficits, which he sees as a sign of economic weakness and the result of lopsided trade deals that put U.S. exporters at a disadvantage. He has negotiated a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that he says will bring more balance to trade in North America. In December, the overall trade gap widened 11.9 percent to $48.9 billion as exports rose 0.8 percent to $209.6 billion and imports climbed 2.7 percent to $258.5 billion.  

Immediately After Impeachment Acquittal Files Cloture On More Judges To Remake Judiciary

By  Hank Berrien{ } ~ On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time after the Senate acquitted President Trump in his impeachment trail… immediately filing cloture on a number of judges as he continued his relentless march toward remaking America’s judiciary with a conservative bent. The  judges included Andrew Lynn Brasher to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, Joshua M. Kindred to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Alaska, Matthew Thomas Schelp to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, John Fitzgerald Kness to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and Philip M. Halpern to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  In March 2019, Politico reported that McConnell was intent on moving as quickly as he could to get conservative judges confirmed: The Senate is on track to confirm the 34th Circuit Court judge of Trump’s presidency in the next week and the GOP has three more ready for floor action; that would give Trump roughly 20 percent of the Circuit Court seats in the country after just two years in office. At this rate, McConnell and Trump could leave few, if any, vacancies there for a potential Democratic president in 2021. Even more alarming for Democrats, the GOP is also preparing to pull the trigger on the “nuclear option” and change Senate rules once again with a simple majority to allow much quicker confirmation of lower court judges in the coming months. …Trump currently has 128 District Court vacancies to fill, and each one can take multiple days under current rules if any senator demands a delay; if Republicans change the rules, Trump could conceivably fill most of those over the next 20 months…  

Jewish Democrats spearhead letter to Trump blasting peace plan

By RON KAMPEAS{ } ~ Two Jewish lawmakers spearheaded a letter to US President Donald Trump signed by 107 Democratic members of the House expressing “strong disapproval” of his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan… “Our concern is both with the substance of your plan, which will exacerbate and entrench conflict rather than resolve it, and with the timing of its release,” said the letter, initiated by Andy Levin of Michigan and Alan Lowenthal of California. Another seven Jewish Democrats also signed. Democrats at first were cautious to criticize the plan, crafted by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and released last week, in part because it restored the terminology of “two states.” But a number of Democrats have now expressed concern at the fractured, multi-enclave Palestinian entity that is at the heart of the plan’s proposal, and at its green light to Israel to annex about 30 percent of the West Bank. “While your proposal uses the language of statehood for Palestinians, it provides far less than an actual, viable state,” said the letter sent Thursday and first reported by Jewish Insider. The letter also faults the peace team for not consulting with Palestinians, and for releasing the plan just ahead of Israeli elections next month, in what they suggested was a bid to boost the prospects of Trump ally Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Releasing the plan now appears to be an inappropriate intervention in a foreign election,” the letter says. Notably, the letter includes progressive Democrats like Levin, and moderate Democrats, like his fellow Jewish Michigander, Elissa Slotkin.   

Impeachment 2.0? Democrats line up possible new charges against Trump

By Rowan Scarborough { } ~ Democrats already have lined up possible charges if they choose to pursue impeachment 2.0. Still pending is a wide-open probe launched by Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat… Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff has been investigating President Trump, his family and businesses, the Trump Organization, over the congressman’s suspicions of blackmail, money laundering and bribery. Republican staffers say the inquiry was put on hold last fall pending the Ukraine  impeachment proceedings led by Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff. But there is no sign Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff has given up trying to prove Mr. Trump is corrupt, and if the president is impeached again, the charges would likely come from this probe, informed sources said.Mr. Trump alluded to a new impeachment push Thursday. “So we will probably have to do it again, because these people have gone stone-cold crazy, but I have beaten him all my life and I will beat him again if I have to,” Mr. Trump said at a post-Senate  acquittal celebration at the White House. “But what they are doing is very unfair.” House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Thursday that Trump investigations will go on. Meanwhile, House Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerrold Nadler of New York said after Wednesday’s Senate  acquittal that it’s “likely” the Ukraine probe will go on. His committee also has been investigating any Trump-Russia election conspiracy. Mr. Trump said of Mr. scumbag liar-Nadler: “I always beat him, and I had to beat him another time and I will probably have to beat him again because if they find that I happen to walk across the street and maybe go against the light or something, let’s impeach him.” “Of course, they’re going to try again,” said Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general and member of the president’s Senate trial defense team, on Fox News…    

Federal judge blocks another Trump administration immigration policy regarding ‘unlawful presence’

by ~ A federal judge appointed by President Barrack scumbag/liar-nObama issued a nationwide injunction on Friday against another Trump administration immigration policy… this time dealing with a provision in law known as “unlawful presence.” U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs granted a permanent nationwide injunction on Thursday against a 2018 policy that altered how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can determine unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors. The policy is titled “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants.” Biggs had previously granted a preliminary injunction in May 2019 to block the policy from going into effect. Congress introduced the concept of “unlawful presence” in 1996 into the Immigration and Nationality Act, determining that a non-immigrant would be deemed in the country unlawfully if he or she is “present in the United States after the expiration of the period of stay authorized by the Attorney General.” Staying past the authorized date could result in fines and three-year bans from reentering the U.S. Generally, the “unlawful” period begins when a visa expires, but some non-immigrant visa holders aren’t given a precise date. In those cases, visas are deemed valid for “duration of status,” like when an international student is studying at an American university. “In 2018, the USCIS announced that it had changed its policy on ‘unlawful presence,’ issued in a policy memorandum, stating that foreigners begin accruing unlawful presence time from the time the Department of Homeland Security denies a request for an immigration benefit because the individual had violated his or her non-immigration status, the day after an I-94 visa has expired, or the day when an immigration judge orders the foreigner to be ‘excluded, deported, or removed,’” The Epoch Times reported. A number of U.S. colleges and two individuals brought a lawsuit against the administration in order to halt the policy…  

Sandbagging Sanders

Arnold Ahlert:  When are “coincidences” no longer believable — and a Democrat Party civil war seemingly inevitable?

On February 1, the Des Moines Register informed its readers why it decided not to release the final installment of the CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll, indicating where the Democrat presidential candidates stood heading into Monday’s first-in-the-nation primary (caucus) vote. According to the paper, “A candidate’s name was omitted in at least one interview in which the respondent was asked to name their preferred candidate.” And despite the fact that it appeared to be a single instance, the paper decided not to publish the same poll it has conducted and published for 76 years “out of an abundance of caution.”Perhaps. Or perhaps, as a tweet by reporter/conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich indicated, commie-Bernie Sanders finished first and loose lips liar-Joe Biden finished last. For the less conspiratorial, political analysis website FiveThirtyEight’s final poll on February 3 had loose lips liar-Biden in second place, but commie-Sanders still maintained the top spot.After Monday night, none of it was supposed to matter because the Iowa caucuses would remove all doubt as to which candidate the voters preferred.Except that they didn’t. Although denied by party officials, a disastrous new smartphone app created for caucus organizers by Shadow, a tech firm run by veterans of scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, failed to properly tally the votes. The chaos continued into  Wednesday evening. While results remained officially unfinished, three things became clear: loose lips liar-Biden’s media-anointed status as the frontrunner is a sham, commie-Sanders remains a potent force, and a Democrat Party that wants to run the country is composed of embarrassing incompetents bedazzled by dubious technology.Regardless, that’s two coincidences. Yet for commie-Sanders supporters, two other developments also seemed destined to undercut their candidate. One is the reality that the DNC has changed the debate rules — candidates no longer need to meet a minimum number of donations to appear on the debate stage in Nevada on February 19. This paves the way for the appearance of billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who is not soliciting any campaign donations. Again, it is undoubtedly sheer coincidence that Bloomberg is the only Democrat candidate who has personally donated money to the DNC, to the tune of $300,000.Two, commie-Sanders supporters believe House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi’s delay in sending articles of impeachment to the Senate was designed to keep commie-Sanders off the campaign trail, while loose lips liar-Biden remained unimpeded by the subsequent trial. This particular manipulation was seen as a reprise of the DNC’s effort to undermine commie-Sanders in favor of scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton in 2016.Democrats are facing a “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” conundrum. If commie-Sanders wins the nomination, the man who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, praised Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba and the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, and advocates for free college, free healthcare (even for illegal aliens), a moratorium on deportations, and just about every other big-government, redistributionist, national-debt-exploding scheme imaginable would likely get crushed in the general election.On the other hand, if commie-Bernie loses the nomination and his supporters believe it’s due to DNC malfeasance or subterfuge, they will likely stay home, or possibly vote third party, also enabling Trump to prevail.A brokered convention? According to Politico, a handful of Democrat insiders have “discussed the possibility of a policy reversal to ensure that so-called superdelegates can vote on the first ballot at the party’s national convention.” This is viewed as a way to “potentially weaken commie-Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and head off a brokered convention.”In 2016, superdelegates were allowed to vote on the first ballot, and they overwhelmingly sided with scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. The rule was changed to placate the party’s increasingly leftist members, who viewed it as an integral part of the effort to sandbag commie-Sanders. His supporters would undoubtedly be enraged by any reversal of the reversal.Yet if a brokered convention occurs and a possibly front-running Sanders is still sandbagged by party insiders? At the 1968 Democrat Convention, there was rioting in the streets outside the International Amphitheatre in Chicago. This time there might be rioting on the convention floor itself at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, especially when one considers some of the revealed comments made by a commie-Sanders campaign operative. “If commie-Bernie doesn’t get the nomination or if it goes to a second round at the DNC convention, f—ing Milwaukee will burn,” said campaign staffer Kyle Jurek. “It’ll start in Milwaukee. And when the police push back on that, other cities will just explode.”As for commie-Sanders himself, The Washington Post  reports that, if elected, he would issue a series of executive orders “he could unilaterally enact.” They include a halt of border-wall construction, a reversal of Trump’s immigration policy, the reinstatement of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration policy granting legal status to illegal aliens, declaring climate change a national emergency (and thus halting the exportation of oil), and the cancellation of federal contracts for businesses paying workers less than $15 an hour.For Democrats who don’t “feel the Bern,” such policies are untenable. “Democratic donors and party insiders are warning that large swaths of their voters could stay home — or even defect to Trump — if Vermont Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders snags the nomination,” the New York Post reports. Michael Kempner, a longtime Democrat donor who has given money to loose lips liar-Biden and Pete Buttigieg, sees the proverbial writing on the wall. “For Democrats to win,” he warns, “the election must be a referendum on Trump and not a debate about socialism.”By contrast, columnist Roger L. Simon believes that debate is exactly what America needs. “This wouldn’t be a so-called ‘uni-party’ election resulting in minor differences in the tax code, as it usually does,” he explains. “Trump versus Sanders would be capitalism versus socialism!”Undoubtedly. Moreover, there is a searing irony attached to this ongoing debacle: A Democrat Party that has long cultivated an increasingly radical-leftist, power-consolidating agenda now has a genuinely radical-leftist candidate with the backing of equally radical supporters — but the party establishment is terrified.Why? Because unlike other Democrats, commie-Sanders has upended the party tradition of obscuring its radicalism until after the election. In short, commie-Sanders won’t make phony centrist appeals that conflict with his agenda just to win votes. He is, as they say, “all in.”The Democrat establishment? It will go all out to stop him. “Hell hath no fury like commie-Bernie’s millennials if they are thwarted,” warns columnist Miranda Devine.Thwarted? Betrayed is the far more likely scenario. And it won’t be even slightly coincidental.  ~The Patriot Post  


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