Monday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler:  Above the Fold

DEEP STATE: FBI reportedly handed over classified information to spy Christopher Steele (The Federalist)

“ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS”? Federal court strikes down Trump administration’s commonsense Medicaid work requirements (NBC News)

Government & Politics

“WE CONSIDER THE MATTER CLOSED”: Former FBI official and political hack Andrew McCabe won’t face charges (NPR)HUSH MONEY: New details emerge in Rep. worthless-Ilhan Omar’s marriage scandal (The Daily Wire)

DEMS’ CREEPY PORN LAWYER AND PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECT GUILTY: Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion trial (CNBC)

SNUBBING BLOOMBERG, THE $400 MILLION AD SPENDER: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio endorses commie-Bernie Sanders for president (AP)

SPEAKING OF commie-SANDERS: Socialist proposes $4.35 trillion tax increase on “wealth” (CNSNews.com)TIP OF THE ICEBERG: loose lips liar-Joe and Hunter Biden’s China connections under even closer scrutiny (Hot Air)

Coronavirus 

AND 1,700 DEATHS: China cases pass 70,000 as WHO mission gets underway (Deutsche Welle)

“THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED”: Xi Jinping shifts blame as Beijing boasts of coronavirus crackdown (Washington Examiner)

DOMESTIC THREAT: Top health official warns of “global pandemic” as 40 Americans test positive on cruise ship (Washington Examiner)(See Mark Alexander’s analysis, “COVID-19 Perspective and Preparedness.”)

Other Notables

GOOD NEWS: Virginia lawmakers reject “assault weapon” ban (AP)

INADEQUATE RESOURCES & LEGAL ROADBLOCKS: Feds released 375,000 illegal immigrants who entered with family members in FY2019 (Washington Examiner)

TONE DEAF: Justin Trudeau faces backlash after shaking hands with and bowing to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, whose country downed plane with 57 Canadians aboard (The Daily Wire)

WHAT COULD POSSIBLE GO WRONG? Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg requests government rules on “what discourse should be allowed” (Washington Examiner)THE SAGA CONTINUES: Kate Steinle’s killer found incompetent to stand trial on gun charges (Hot Air)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Why we should celebrate Washington’s birthday, not Presidents’ Day (The Heritage Foundation)

POLICY: Pakistan will threaten any Afghan peace deal (Washington Examiner)HUMOR: Struggling loose lips liar-Biden campaign now offering one month of free AOL for rally attendance (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post

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The Fork in The Road Few Noticed  What Bill Barr Needs to Explain to Everyone

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Foolishness and betrayal of our country have served to reveal dangers within our present condition. Misplaced corrective action, regardless of intent, is neither safe nor wise… The intelligence apparatus was weaponized against our candidate by those who controlled the levers of government. This is what AG Bill Barr needs to explain to the nation.The position of Bill Barr today is a direct result of decisions made by the DOJ in the Fall of 2017 & Summer of 2018. The events surrounding the leaking of the FISA warrant used against U.S. person Carter Page, and the 2018 DOJ decision not to prosecute SSCI Security Director James Wolfe for those leaks, was the fork in the road moment for the DOJ. Attorney General Jeff Session was recused, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein was in charge and the Mueller investigation was ongoing. That was when the DOJ made a decision not to prosecute Wolfe for leaking classified information. DC U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu signed-off on a plea deal where Wolfe plead guilty to only a single count of lying to the FBI. If the DOJ had pursued the case against Wolfe for leaking the FISA application, everything would have been different. The American electorate would have seen evidence of what was taking place in the background effort to remove President Trump. We would be in an entirely different place today if that prosecution or trial had taken place… https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/16/doj-corruption-the-fork-in-the-road-few-noticed-what-bill-barr-needs-to-explain-to-everyone/  

Trey Gowdy Discusses McCabe Non-Indictment and Ongoing Durham Investigation

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Former congressman Trey Gowdy appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the issues surrounding the non-indictment of Andrew McCabe for lying to DOJ-OIG investigators about his leaks to the media… Gowdy breaks out the narrow issue surrounding the internal McCabe investigation as compared to potential criminal conduct that may exist outside that narrow window. Additionally, Gowdy notes John Durham is looking at specific issues related to former CIA Director scumbag/commie-John Brennan and activity within the intelligence community that took place prior to the official opening of Crossfire Hurricane on July 31st, 2016. Included in that Durham review are documents that show CIA activity…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/16/sunday-talks-trey-gowdy-discusses-mccabe-non-indictment-and-ongoing-durham-investigation/ VIDEO:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COu5Z1ujgcc&feature=emb_title  

Steve Bannon Discusses Story of Bloomberg/scumbag/liar-Clinton Ticket

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Steve Bannon appears on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the recent story about billionaire Michael Bloomberg considering scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton as vice-president on a 2020 ticket… Bannon says there is validity to the Drudge story that initiated a great deal of media discussion, I disagree. Bloomberg is good at playing media for his interests and this story lines up more with a Bloomberg operation to advance a nomination narrative. I strongly sense this story is a psychological game initiated by Bloomberg, and Bannon fell for it. Notice how the story, by itself, positions Bloomberg as the presumptive nominee. Discussion of Bloomberg’s VP selection inherently implants a narrative that Bloomberg will be the nominee. Thus this is more likely the real motive for the story, and not the details within the story itself…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/16/sunday-talks-steve-bannon-discusses-story-of-bloomberg-clinton-ticket/VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKFKz1c11SU&feature=emb_title

lowlife-Linda Sarsour Uses Nazi Tactic to Dehumanize Israelis

By Meira Svirsky{clarionproject.org } ~ Sharia-activist loslife-Linda Sarsour used a classic Nazi tactic employed against Jews when she urged her followers not to fall into the trap of “humanizing” Israelis… Dehumanization was a classic Nazi tactic used against Jews during World War II. lowlife-Sarsour made the comments while endorsing the many different anti-Israel strategies employed by activists. But the bottom line, she said, was, “If you are on the side of the oppressor, or you are defending the oppressor or you are actually trying to humanize the oppressor, then that’s a problem, sisters and brothers, and we gotta be able to say that is not the position of the Muslim-American community.” As noted in the tweet, British journalist Mehdi Hasan “nods along as lowlife-Linda Sarsour warns against ‘humanizing’ Israelis.” In addition, the tweeter, Stephen Knight, rightly comments, “The dehumanization of opponents is a bright red flag for anyone knowledgeable on extremism and fascism.” Dehumanization was  a classic Nazi tactic used during World War II to turn the German people against the Jews, who were referred to as rats and vermin. Psychologists warn that the first step in mass murder is to dehumanize the victim. In a talk titled “’Less Than Human’: The Psychology of Cruelty,” David Livingstone Smith, co-founder and director of the Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of New England, notes, “For the Nazis, Jews were untermenschen — subhumans — and as such were excluded from the system of moral rights and obligations that bind humankind together. It’s wrong to kill a person, but permissible to exterminate a rat.” lowlife-Sarsour’s comments came just before the United Nations published a blacklist of Israeli businesses that operate in Jewish areas located beyond the 1967 lines in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights… USA should kick her out.   https://clarionproject.org/linda-sarsour-uses-nazi-tactic-to-dehumanize-israelis/?utm_source=Clarion+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e31b437456-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_16_02_35&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_60abb35148-e31b437456-6442509&mc_cid=e31b437456&mc_eid=b83b13a9b5 

Attorney General Announces New Sanctions Against Sanctuary Locations

by wiredconservative.com ~ On Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr announced that he was significantly escalating new sanctions against far-left wing local and state governments… At the National Sheriff’s Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, DC, Barr said that sanctuary cities are protecting illegal immigrants, jeopardizing domestic security, and obstructing the “lawful function of our nation’s immigration system.” As a result, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed numerous lawsuits against sanctuary cities, counties, and states for interfering with federal immigration enforcement. Barr further stated that these actions were not about those who come to the United States illegally and are peaceful, productive members of society. He said that sanctuary cities intentionally give criminal aliens protection from deportation. In many instances, local law enforcement has arrested criminal illegal aliens for multiple crimes. “This is neither lawful nor sensible,” Barr said. On Monday, the DOJ filed a civil complaint against the State of New Jersey asking for “declaratory and injunctive relief.” The suit claims that “New Jersey has no authority to enforce laws and policies that obstruct or otherwise conflict with federal immigration enforcement efforts.” The complaint seeks to force New Jersey to provide information it has about criminal aliens and to enforce its cooperation with federal immigration laws…  https://wiredconservative.com/united-voice/attorney-general-announces-new-sanctions-against-sanctuary-cities/?aff_id=1262&utm_placement=cflg-tap . 

DC Law

By Clarice Feldman{americanthinker.com } ~ So many of this week’s top news stories involve legal matters in Washington, D.C. that I’m making it the focus of this week’s column. There’s the Roger Stone case, the decision to close the investigation into Andrew McCabe over the Horowitz referral… that indicated that he had lied to the FBI about the scumbag/liar-Clinton email leak, and Congressman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler’s calling Attorney General William Barr as a witness in an upcoming hearing. (a)  The Problem with DC juries  Washington, D.C. has a relatively small population from which jurors must be found for the federal and local grand juries, petit juries, and civil juries. People who serve on these juries must be citizens with no felony convictions, people with no connection to the attorneys or parties, and must have no bias respecting the matter tried. Since almost 80% of the city are Democratic voters, often employed by the government or are connected to law enforcement or have family members who are, the ability to expeditiously find panels in criminal cases is limited. Worse yet, the chance of an unbiased panel in a case involving Republican figures is minimal. If you think this puts Republican figures at far greater risk than Democrats, you are certainly not wrong. Recall if you will the prosecutor who publicly stated the Starr special counsel’s office believed scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton had lied to the grand jury, but because ethical prosecutors are not to bring cases they have no reasonable likelihood of winning and no D.C. jury would convict her, they were declining to prosecute her. Potential jurors are given questionnaires to fill out under oath, on penalty of perjury, in an effort to determine any biases. After which they may be called still under oath in a process called voir dire to answer further questions from the judge and lawyers to determine if they should be excused or empaneled to sit on the jury. Prosecutors get to strike peremptorily six people from the jury and the defense gets to strike 10. In addition, on its own initiative, the court can strike any for cause. The questionnaires in the Roger Stone case are still under seal, but the transcript of the voir dire is public. Juror names are not publicly disclosed to protect them and insulate them from outside influence. After trial they are free to self-disclose and speak about the trial publicly… https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/02/dc_law.html  

The Real Meaning Behind the Fight Over War Powers

Nate Jackson:  The Senate voted Thursday to prevent President Donald Trump from taking military action against Iran without congressional consent. Democrats were joined by eight Republicans — Lamar Alexander (TN), Bill Cassidy (LA), rino-Susan Collins (ME), Mike Lee (UT), Jerry Moran (KS), rino-Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rand Paul (KY), and Todd Young (IN). That follows the House vote last month. It is certain, however, that Trump will veto Congress’s largely symbolic fist-shaking effort.

As we’ve said before, there are legitimate arguments about presidential and congressional war powers, which is the main reason for the votes of those eight Republicans. The problem is primarily because Congress has become content with leaving those decisions to the president. The president wants the freedom to move troops without the partisan and political squabbling inherent in going before Congress. Members of Congress want all of the political benefit from criticizing the president with none of the responsibility for the policy. No one seems to remember the Constitution’s general prescription for war.In the case of Iran, however, this resolution is particularly interesting coming on the heels of the successful mission to terminate Gen. Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s elite terrorist Corps-Quds forces and murderer of hundreds of American soldiers. It was a legitimate operation against an enemy of the United States, undertaken in an authorized theater of American military operation.When Barack scumbag/liar-nObama ordered the mission to terminate Osama bin Laden — not in a theater of American operation, by the way — Mitch McConnell wrote letters of credit and appreciation. Democrats showed no such magnanimity after Trump’s strike against Soleimani. Yet we all know that if scumbag/liar-nObama had killed Soleimani, there would not be a Democrat on the planet complaining about it.Speaking of scumbag/liar-nObama, most of the Democrat consternation over Trump and Iran stems from Trump keeping his campaign promise to exit the sham nuclear deal. Whereas scumbag/liar-nObama gave Tehran’s mullahs everything they wanted in terms of nuclear development and sent them pallets of cash as ransom for hostages, Trump is having none of it, exiting that deal, increasing sanctions pressure, and killing Iranian terrorists. Democrats can’t stand it and thus are left with toothless resolutions to undermine American foreign policy and national security.  ~The Patriot Post

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