Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: The Democrat Party’s ability to obstruct President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees was reined in yesterday thanks to the GOP’s implementation of the “nuclear option.” According to The Hill, “In back-to-back votes, Republicans changed the rules for the amount of time it takes to confirm most executive nominees and district judge.” What formerly could be up to 30 hours of debate per nominee is now just two hours, though Supreme Court picks, appeals-court judges, and Cabinet nominees are exempt. This move will allow Republicans to make significant inroads toward reducing the judicial backlog.

With the dirty cop-Robert Mueller report proving to be underwhelming, House Democrats are doubling down on Trump’s tax returns. ABC News says that Democrats in the lower chamber “have sent their long-anticipated request for six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service, the opening salvo in what could prove an explosive battle between Democrats and the Trump administration over the president’s personal finances that is expected to wind up in the courts.” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal laughably asserted, “This request is about policy, not politics.” It’s about getting Trump out of the White House by any means necessary.

loose lips-Joe Biden, a possible 2020 contender who is suddenly being castigated by his own party for being handsy, responded to his critics and accusers in a video in which he vowed, “I will be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space.” He added, “Social norms have begun to change, they’ve shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. I get it. I get it. I hear what they’re saying.” But as Politico points out, “loose lips-Biden notably did not apologize for his actions in the video posted Wednesday.”

CVE Technology Group Inc. in Allen, Texas, was raided this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which apprehended more than 280 illegal-immigrant employees. Special Agent Katrina W. Berger revealed, “As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years.” According to an ICE news release, “All of the immigration status violators … will be interviewed by ICE staff to record any medical, sole-caregiver or other humanitarian situations. Based on these interviews, ICE will determine if those arrested remain in custody or are considered for humanitarian release. In all cases, all illegal aliens encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal from the United States.”

After reviewing the circumstances behind the recent Boeing 737 Max crash, Ethiopia says that the pilots acted appropriately. As Bloomberg reports, “Pilots on a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight followed proper procedures and still couldn’t bring the 737 Max out of a dive, Ethiopia’s transport minister said, pressing manufacturer Boeing Co. to fix flight controls to avoid further disasters.” Market analyst Michael Hewson suggests, “They’re saying that the pilots were not to blame. It places much more scrutiny on Boeing’s processes.”

Thousands of Amazon workers will be pulled out of Seattle over the coming years as a consequence of the animus that developed between the corporation and the city. The transferees will be moved to Bellevue. The foundation for the exodus was laid in 2018, when a city councilwoman sought to impose a hefty “head tax” on large corporations. The idea was eventually quashed, but the damage was done. Amazon’s expansion plans were suspended — a decision that prompted the pugnacious councilwoman to further criticize Amazon. Jeff Bezos evidently decided not to put up with it anymore.

Good news from the heartland: “In Tuesday’s Wisconsin supreme-court election, conservatives appear to have scored a shocking upset victory. With only a handful of precincts left to report, conservative-backed Brian Hagedorn leads liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer by nearly 6,000 votes out of 1.2 million cast, according to unofficial results. … If Hagedorn’s lead holds, he will replace retiring liberal justice Shirley Abrahamson, increasing the Wisconsin supreme court’s conservative majority from 4–3 to 5–2. In Wisconsin, justices are elected to ten-year terms, so a Hagedorn victory could solidify that majority for years to come.” (National Review)

Nanny-state news from the heartland: “Two [New York City] council members have announced plans for legislation to place a fee on paper shopping bags. The proposal follows the state banning most single-use plastic bags beginning next March. Under the new law, each municipality has the option of imposing a 5-cent fee on paper bags. The goal of the fee is to encouraging people to shift to re-usable bags.” (CBS New York)

For the record: “The FBI on Tuesday rejected an open records request … for any and all emails sent to or from CNN the day of the pre-dawn raid at the home of Roger Stone. … CNN was the only network present at the Fort Lauderdale home of Roger Stone, a former Trump associate who was indicted by Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller, prior to the arrival of FBI agents dispatched to arrest the bombastic former Nixon aide. The pre-dawn arrival of CNN at what was supposed to be a surprise raid of Stone’s home raised questions about whether the network had been tipped off about the impending FBI arrest of Stone.” (The Federalist)

Update from across the pond: “MPs have narrowly approved a bill which compels Theresa May to seek a further extension of Article 50 to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 12 April. The bill … requires the government to bring a legally binding vote to the Commons, seeking an extension to Article 50, where MPs will be able to determine the length of the extension. … However, this does not bind the European Union to the decision, who could reject the outcome of the vote and not offer an extension.” (Sky News)

Humor: Monkey with typewriter produces reasonable alternative to Green New Deal (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: “Equal Pay Day” is misleading and counterproductive (Independent Women’s Forum)

Policy: The Supreme Court’s absurd death-penalty debate (National Review)

~The Patriot Post


Expectations Dashed, Frustrations Stoked


{} ~ The dirty cop-Mueller report gave Democrats their worst possible outcome at the worst possible time… Trump’s effective exoneration dashed Democrats’ two-year expectation that their animosity against this president would be publicly justified. Stoking their frustrations now only reinforces their rush into a congressional strategy America opposes, and sets them up to take an even harder left turn going into 2020’s presidential contest. Democrats must scour the dirty cop-Mueller report to find something — anything — that will let them cling to their belief that Trump stole the 2016 election. They will, because it is more palatable than admitting that they lost it. But even more, they will because liberals will not let them relinquish that narrative. Liberals are too invested in their belief that Trump should be impeached to change it, despite the dirty cop-Mueller report’s outcome. So they must find something that allows them to cling to it. They will therefore task the Democrats with finding it. Now. This pushes Democrats into two errors leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the latter likely proving fatal to their hope of beating Trump in 2020. The first mistake will be Democrats’ continuation of their hearing and investigation strategy. The dirty cop-Mueller probe gave impetus to this. The implication that this presidency was tainted allowed Democrats to pursue multiple inquiries, but it was the Russian collusion accusations’ underlying taint that made everything seem fair game. Now in a flash, they have gone from taint to “t’ain’t nothing there,” and with it is gone their cover. Democrats find themselves stuck with a failed strategy; however, their base demands they not simply continue the current course, but expand it, picking up where dirty cop-Mueller left off. America disagrees. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Americans oppose such action…


Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes Discuss Politicization of dirty cop-Mueller Report

by sundance

{ } ~ Ranking members Devin Nunes (House Intelligence) and Jim Jordan (House Oversight) appear on Fox News with Sean Hannity to discuss the latest developments with AG William Barr preparing the release of the dirty cop-Robert Mueller report.



The Looming Danger for Dissident Professors

by Samuel J. Abrams

{} ~ Dissenting from the powerful progressive currents on our nation’s campuses can be very dangerous… Those who challenge the orthodox norms find little support among faculty, students, and administrators and can be severely punished socially and professionally. As I wrote here last week, students know that asking certain questions or holding particular public views can result in being bullied; many students across the ideological spectrum live in fear of being on the wrong side of a liberal mob. Students are not alone here. It is also the case the professors – even those with tenure – are deeply concerned with being labeled a dissident as viewpoints that are not part of the progressive wave or do not publicly comply with liberal norms that dominate the discourse are not welcome. As such, many professors are now afraid to speak their minds as the professional and personal consequences to them can be severe. In 2017, I asked a national sample of faculty and administrators, “How often, if at all, have you avoided expressing a particular point of view on an issue because you expected a negative reaction from other students or faculty?’ Two-thirds of conservative professors stated that they simply avoided sharing their opinions because of fear of negative reactions compared to just one-third of liberals. This significant difference is strong evidence that viewpoint diversity is being silenced. Conservative professors – an endangered minority on campus – are well aware of the possible ramifications of sharing their views and fear professional repercussions for disagreeing with their liberal faculty and administrative colleagues…


Colorado Democrats Pass Bill To Crack Down On A Pillar Of State’s Economy — Oil And Gas Drilling

by Michael Bastasch

{ } ~ Legislation is headed to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’s desk that would completely overhaul state permitting of oil and gas wells… that’s got Republicans and the industry worried. The bill, which passed out of the state Senate on Wednesday in a party-line vote, changes the make-up and mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state’s drilling regulatory body. Once signed into law, officials will begin crafting a slew of new rules and regulations that critics fear could end up being a de facto ban on drilling in much of the state. Polis, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill this week. “While a few critical amendments were added that begin to address some of industry’s concerns and provide a degree of certainty to our member companies, our industry remains firmly opposed to this bill because it threatens one of the pillars of Colorado’s economy,” Colorado Oil and Gas Association President Dan Haley and Colorado Petroleum Council communication director Ben Marter said in a statement. Republicans see the bill as a radical shift in Colorado’s energy policy that was largely supported by past Colorado governors, including 2020 presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper… What is wrong with these dem leaders in these states. Don’t they knows its wrong in what they are doing.


ICE arrests hundreds of illegal immigrant workers in massive raid of north Texas company

by Aaron Coln

{ } ~ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested nearly 300 illegal immigrants who were unlawfully employed… by a north Texas company, according to an ICE press release. ICE had received numerous tips that the company, CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, was intentionally hiring illegal immigrants who were using fake identification papers. So, ICE audited CVE’s employment documentation, and found “numerous hiring irregularities. More than 280 employees were arrested on administrative immigration violations. Everyone who was arrested will be interviewed by ICE to determine their specific situation, such as whether they are the sole caregiver to someone or if they have any unique medical circumstances. Those interviews will determine whether they are detained or released. All of them will be processed for deportation. The ICE press release did not address specific potential consequences for CVE Technology, but Dallas HSI special agent Katrina Berger pointed out how damaging their hiring practices are…


Singer Gathers 12,000 Letters to Medal of Honor Recipients

Culture Beat: “Singer and motivational speaker Janine Stange last month asked Americans to write letters to the 72 living Medal of Honor recipients. They delivered.”

“‘The outpouring was incredible,’ Stange, known as ‘National Anthem Girl,’ said in a press release sent to The Daily Signal.”

“She said letters came from elementary school students, senior citizens, veterans groups, corporations, hospice centers, police departments, and ‘those who served alongside our recipients.’”

Read more at The Daily Signal. ~The Patriot Post  


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