Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: loose lips-BIDEN DIVES IN: “Former Vice President loose lips-Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the ‘soul of this nation’ at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. … The 76-year-old Biden becomes an instant front-runner alongside Vermont Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders, who is leading many polls and has proved to be a successful fundraiser. Biden has legislative and international experience that is unmatched in the Democratic field, and he is among the best-known faces in U.S. politics.” (Associated Press)

SWAMP OVERFLOW: “The Democratic field contesting the right to challenge President Trump for the White House next year will be a record 20. Hundreds file each cycle, but only a sliver receive sustained media attention, raise significant amounts of money and are included in televised debates. For the 2020 Democratic presidential nod, 20 people can be listed as viable contenders.” (Washington Examiner)

BARR IN THE HOT SEAT: “Attorney General William Barr will testify next week on Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer questions about special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s final report, released last week. Barr will appear at 10am on May 1 before the Senate committee, chaired by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a press release from the committee. He is expected to testify to the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee the next day.” (National Review)

MEASLES WATERSHED: According to Reuters, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has confirmed 695 measles cases so far this year, the highest level since the country declared it had eliminated the virus in 2000. The resurgence, which public health officials blamed in part on the spread of misinformation about the safety of vaccines, has been concentrated mainly in Washington state and New York with outbreaks that began late last year.” Reuters also reports that “New York City has issued civil summonses to 12 people it said were not complying with a mandatory measles vaccination order as the number of recorded cases in the city’s worst outbreak since 1991 rose to 390.”

NEW BORDER ULTIMATUM: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday again threatened to close part of the southern border and send more ‘armed soldiers’ to defend it if Mexico did not block a new caravan of migrants traveling toward the United States. … U.S. officials … said they are expecting a request from the Department of Homeland Security in the coming days for additional troops, although that number is expected to be in the low hundreds. About 5,000 active duty and National Guard troops already are at the border.” (Reuters)

PHONE SURVEILLANCE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK? “The National Security Agency has recommended the White House drop the controversial phone surveillance program that was secretly launched during the George W. Bush administration following the 9/11 attacks… The program, which collects metadata on U.S. phone calls and text messages, was started without a court order, and its existence wasn’t known until former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked information to journalists about it in 2013. … If the White House follows the NSA’s recommendation, the program’s legal authority will expire in December.” (The Week)

HISPANICS BENEFIT FROM TRUMP ECONOMY: “Latinos are finding their economic legs under the Trump administration, leading the surge in home ownership and income growth and record low poverty rates, according to two comprehensive new surveys. While they remain far behind whites in income, they have seen their third consecutive year of income growth and have a higher workplace participation rate, according to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Hispanic Wealth Project.” (Washington Examiner)

FACEBOOK PAYS BIG FROM PRIVACY DISLIKE: “Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies. … Facebook has been in negotiations with the regulator for months over a financial penalty for claims that the company violated a 2011 privacy consent decree. That year, the social network promised a series of measures to protect its users’ privacy after an investigation found that its handling of data had harmed consumers.” (The New York Times)

LEGAL TROUBLE FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR: “In a state known for its history of political scandals and corruption, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is the latest official reportedly under federal investigation. The 54-year-old Democratic governor, his wife, and his brother in law are all being investigated … over a tax break appeal. Pritzker and his wife advocated for a property tax break after they purchased a 126-year-old mansion. According to a Cook County inspector general’s report, first lady M.K. Pritzker told workers at the home to remove toilets in the residence in order to declare it ‘uninhabitable’ so that they could get a substantial tax break. The inspector general’s report says Pritzker’s brother-in-law Thomas Muenster and M.K. Pritzker’s personal assistant were involved and the alleged scheme cost taxpayers more than $330,000.” (Washington Examiner)

MORE IRS BUNK: “The Satanic Temple has been officially recognized as a church by the Internal Revenue Service, three months after taking Sundance by storm as the subject of the documentary ‘Hail Satan?’ According to an announcement from ‘Hail Satan?’ distributor Magnolia Pictures, the temple is now eligible for the tax-exempt status given to other religious institutions.” (The Wrap)

HUMOR: Liberal makes it through entire day without being offended (IMAO)

POLICY: After 20 years of reform, are America’s schools better off? (National Review)

POLICY: Banning fetal-tissue research isn’t bad for science. It’s an opportunity. (The Daily Signal)

~The Patriot Post


Strong Panel Segment With Joe diGenova Discussing Origin of FISA Abuse

by sundance

{ } ~ A great panel segment delivered by Mike Huckabee tonight as Rudy Giuliani, Robert Ray and particularly Joe diGenova discuss the origin of the 2016 Russia conspiracy narrative… the FISA court and specifically the abuses of the NSA database. Mr. diGenova outlines the nature of how the FISA-702(16)(17) database searches were weaponized for political spy operations. Quite good:



Barr to testify about Mueller report

by Caitlin Yilek

{ } ~ Attorney General William Barr will testify before Congress on May 1 about the recently concluded federal Russia investigation… The Senate Judiciary Committee put out a press release Wednesday that listed him as a witness for a hearing titled “The Department of Justice’s Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election.” Barr’s testimony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Barr will answer senators’ questions on special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Justice Department released a redacted version of dirty cop-Mueller’s nearly 450-page report Thursday, which said President Trump’s campaign had “numerous links” to the Russians but “the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges.” The special counsel also described several instances of possible obstruction of justice but did not make a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed the investigation. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instead made the conclusion, determining the president did not obstruct justice. The attorney general was criticized last week for holding a news conference before the release of dirty cop-Mueller’s report. Barr defended Trump’s actions during the investigation, saying the president was “frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks” to the media. Barr testified earlier this month after he sent out a summary on the dirty cop-Mueller report but before its redacted release last week. He appeared before two appropriations panels about the Justice Department budget, but was asked questions about the dirty cop-Mueller report and said “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign.


After 20 years of reform, are America’s schools better off?

by Frederick M. Hess and RJ Martin

{ } ~ Twenty years ago this spring, George W. Bush announced that he was forming an exploratory committee as a precursor to his first run for the presidency… In the announcement, he pledged to improve America’s schools, “set high standards, and insist on results” so as to “make sure that not one single child gets left behind.” An era of ambitious education reform had begun. Two decades later, after sweeping efforts that included No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the Common Core, are our schools better off? The answer is less reassuring than one would hope. On the whole, it’s certainly possible to find some evidence of improvement — but progress is easiest to find in the metrics most amenable to manipulation. State tests in reading and math do appear to demonstrate that schools have significantly improved over the last 20 years. Between 2005 and 2009, as No Child Left Behind took full effect, the share of students who proved to be proficient in state tests rose by 1 to 2 percent per year. Over the next six years, state assessments were too varied to allow for meaningful comparison. But the same trend — with the share of proficient students increasing by 1 to 2 percent each year — did reemerge after 2015, when standardized Common Core tests became widely used. And high-school-graduation rates also skyrocketed, from 71 percent in 1997 to 85 percent in 2017. Good news, right? Not exactly. The politicos and state education officials claiming credit for these gains are the same ones who choose state tests, define what qualifies as “proficient,” and monitor graduation rates to guard against funny business. The results are tied into state accountability systems, where lousy results can produce practical and political headaches. Thus, policymakers have both the means and the incentive to inflate the numbers any way they can…


The Past Is Imperfect

by Ed Morrow

{ } ~ I remember listening to Kate Smith with my parents. I think it was on the Ed Sullivan show. You could tell, even with our TV’s tinny speaker, that her fulsome voice could reach the far seats of the largest venue and rattle the teeth there like castanets… Her big voice was matched by a big body. I’m certain I wasn’t the only wise guy kid who, when she sang the signature line of her hit, “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain,” imagined the next line should be, “Kate Smith will hide it from view.” Another Smith standard became a fixture at Yankee Stadium till just a few days ago — “God Bless America.” If the wokelings among us have their way, it will be banished forever from the ears of Yankee fans and, indeed, from any other public performance. Smith, they say, was a racist. All around us the oh-so-woke guard the less enlightened from damaging things like statues of guys who died a century and a half ago or Founding Fathers who weren’t Democratic Socialists before Democratic Socialism was conjured up. Thomas Jefferson, for example, was key to creating the first nation to put things like freedom of religion and freedom of speech into a constitution that guaranteed them as fundamental rights. He would have been hanged by the neck, if George Washington had caught a bullet on one of his many battlefields. Tom, however, owned slaves, so anything associated with him should have his name removed and his every sin should be trumpeted. That was the practice employed by Joseph Stalin back in the days of Communist Russia. When some official who’d been dutifully executing state enemies by the bushel fell foul of Uncle Joe and was himself executed, it was embarrassing for the boss to have photos of the dead guy standing side-by-side with him smiling in official documents or books. The solution was to blot out the fellow from all those images, not a small task in the days before Photoshop. The now-despised was also cut out of all records as anything other than a louse. It may be more difficult to expunge and revise Thomas Jefferson but don’t count out the know-best horde. They dream big politically correct dreams. Meanwhile, Kate Smith makes an easier target. In the 1930s, Smith recorded two songs with racist lyrics and was drawn accepting a “mammy” doll from a fan in a racist cartoon ad for the baking powder company that sponsored her radio show. Smith probably had little or nothing to do with creating the ad, but she did sing the songs. One was “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she sang in the 1933 film Hello Everybody to African-American children playing orphans. The song, which is dated to at least 1918, described a happy afterlife featuring such offensively stereotypical rewards for the children as gigantic watermelons. A second song was her 1931 version of “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which came from the Broadway revue George White’s Scandals and included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton.… That’s why darkies were born.” This song has been described as a satire on racist attitudes toward African-Americans, for it emphasized the unfair burden they carried in life. There’s reason to believe this is true, as it was also recorded in the same year by the African-American artist Paul Robeson, best known for his role in the musical Showboat. He was hardly anyone’s Uncle Tom. Robeson was an advocate for civil rights and so liberal that he was a supporter of the Soviet Union, even when the above-mentioned Uncle Joe was killing all those enemies, including some Robeson knew personally. Smith was born in 1907, just 42 years after the Civil War. Stereotypical representations of African-Americans were routine in song, literature, theater, radio, and film during the early years of her career. While African-Americans got the worse of it by far, many other ethnic groups also got rough treatment. It would be decades before such crude entertainment was no longer tolerated. An examination of the biography of any entertainer of that time, including many African-American performers, is likely to reveal something that can be called racist. Does this make racist claptrap from the past okay? Not at all. Smith, however, died in 1986 and isn’t around to defend herself or apologize. No other evidence of racism in her life has become public. Others, for whom there is abundant evidence, have received better treatment…


Canadian Mayor Wants Sarsour

Removed From Panel

by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman wants to stop anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour from participating in an event hosted in the Canadian city on Friday, CBC reports… Sarsour is set to speak at an event entitled, “Sorry Not Sorry: Unapologetically Working for Social Justice,” hosted by the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. “Mayor Bowman does not feel it is appropriate to provide this individual a public platform to further propagate anti-Semitic views and hate,” Bowman’s office said in a statement. During a city hall event on Tuesday, Bowman accused Sarsour of stoking “racialized identity politics” and said that “she has continually attacked the foundation of the state of Israel’s right to exist.” “It’s less about the speaker than the social planning council providing that platform and the message it sends to the Jewish community and the community as a whole,” Bowman added. The mayor’s comments were supported by several Winnipeg organizations including the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and B’nai Brith Canada – a national advocacy organization on behalf of Canadian Jewry. B’nai Brith Canada originally called on the event organizers to retract Sarsour’s invitation. “She’s used her platform to promulgate views that are highly problematic, including charges of dual loyalty to Jews who are considered sufficiently too supportive of the state of Israel,” Ran Ukashi, a national director at B’nai Brith Canada, said last month…


That Eight-Year-Old commie-Ocasio-Cortez Impersonator

Political Editors: Sometimes, we can sum up the American Spirit with humor. We Americans love to laugh, and that may be especially true when laughing at our politicians. Eight-year-old Ava Martinez so perfectly imitates commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s speaking patterns and mannerisms, including her repeated use of the word “like” and her apparent inability to do math related to the $93 trillion Green New Deal.

“Like, I’m commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka commie-AOC and like I want to talk about like, climate change. Because, like, there’s no doubt cow farts are making the climate change.”

“Like, in July, the climate was 96 degrees and in February the climate was 36 degrees. OMG, like that’s a huge change in the climate in only four months.”

“Like, at this rate the world is going to end in exactly 12 years, and, like, I’m only 29-years-old now so the world will be over when I’m only 37-years-old.”

“Like, I also want to talk about socialism because socialism is so amazing. Like, socialism is actually short for social media, did you know that? Like, I do social media so I’m a socialist and, like, three of the most successful countries in the world are socialist too — Venezuela, Facebook, and Twitter are all very successful socialist countries. I have a lot of friends that moved to America from Facebook.” ~The Patriot Post



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