Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: BARR SAYS NO THANKS: “Attorney General William Barr will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee [today] to answer questions about special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s investigation as previously planned, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday evening. Citing the ‘unprecedented and unnecessary’ conditions placed on Barr’s planned testimony by Congressional Democrats, a Department of Justice spokeswoman announced the attorney general would not return to Capitol Hill on Thursday to further explain his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings.” (National Review)

dirty cop-MUELLER TO TAKE THE STAND: “The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday an agreement had been reached to have Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller testify to Congress on his probe into Russian election interference and possible attempts by the President Donald Trump to impede the probe. Representative scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler told reporters the agreement was for dirty cop-Mueller to testify sometime in May, but that a specific date had yet to be agreed upon.” (Reuters)

GENDER IDENTITY HEADS TO COURT: “In 2013, several years after he was first hired, a male employee told his employer, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, he wanted to dress as a woman at work. The funeral home owner, Thomas Rost, refused to comply with this wish, insisting it was not ‘in the best interest of grieving families.’ … The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that the federal government can force R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes and its owner to allow a male employee who identifies as female to dress in women’s clothing at work. This essentially redefines ‘sex’ as referred to in Title VII in a way that is different than when it was interpreted when enacted in 1964. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case and see if the EEOC and federal judges have the power to bypass Congress and redefine ‘sex.’” (Washington Examiner)

GOP TAKES BUDGET LEAD: “Weeks after Democratic leadership decided to shelve their budget resolution for fiscal year 2020, a group of House Republicans has released a detailed budget it hopes will serve as a ‘playbook’ for how to govern should they regain the majority. The Republican Study Committee, chaired by Rep. Mike Johnson (R., La.), called it an abdication of responsibility by Democrats to fail to present a budget, but said it was ‘ready and willing to fill that vacuum of leadership’ with its own budget.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

TRUMP SOLICITS EMERGENCY BORDER FUNDS: “The White House sent Congress a $4.5 billion emergency spending request on Wednesday, citing an unfolding ‘humanitarian and security crisis’ at the U.S.-Mexico border as record numbers of Central American families and children seek entrance to the United States. The request includes $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance and $1.1 billion for border operations.” (The Washington Post)

HISTORIC MIGRANT BUST: “U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents arrested 424 migrants attempting to cross the southern border on Tuesday in the ‘largest’ collective arrest in the agency’s history. CBP agents encountered and ultimately apprehended ‘a group of what seemed to be over 400 illegal aliens’ early Tuesday morning near the border town of Sunland Park, N.M., according to an agency press release.” (National Review)

NANNY STATE UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, “Maine has banned single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, becoming the first state to do so. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday.” On the flip side, Fox News reports that “Florida lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill stating local governments could not enforce plastic straw bans over the next five years.”

GILLIBRAND’S TERRIBLE, NO-GOOD IDEA: “In her first major policy proposal of the 2020 presidential election, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY) — a long shot candidate for the Democratic nomination — is suggesting that every voter be given $600 to donate to federal election campaigns. Affectionately named ‘Democracy Dollars,’ she says the taxpayer-funded venture will clean up elections and “attack the corrupting influence of money at its core.” (Reason)

SANDMANN MARCHES ON: “On Wednesday, attorneys for Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who was targeted by the media after his encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, announced they are filing a $275 million lawsuit against NBCUniversal, alleging ‘NBCUniversal created a false narrative by portraying the “confrontation” as a “hate crime” committed by Nicholas.’ … Sandmann’s attorneys have already filed a $250 million suit against the Washington Post and another suit against CNN for $275 million.“ (The Daily Wire)

TRADE-DEAL WINDFALL: “The European Union announced Thursday that its imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas have climbed 272% since 2016, with the steepest increases occurring after President Trump met last July with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to hash out a trade deal. … The EU said it recorded its highest level of EU-U.S. natural gas trade in March with more than 1.4 billion cubic meters of LNG imports.” (Washington Examiner)

HUMOR: Democrats call for “infinite” investigation into Trump (NPC Daily)

POLICY: Military intervention in Venezuela? It’s not that easy (Washington Examiner)

POLICY: California’s high-speed train makes Solyndra look like a bargain (Foundation for Economic Education)

~The Patriot Post


Da Nang Dick & Crazy Mazie Unhinged! Barr Squashes Stolen Valor Dick

by Stolen Valor Da Nang scumbag-Dick Blumenthal called Bill Barr a liar. He accused him of lying under oath in his previous testimony… since he already had the dirty cop-Mueller letter and allegedly claimed he didn’t know how dirty cop-Mueller felt. The fact is the ‘lie’ was not a lie. It was a truthful response Bill Barr gave under oath in relation to a different question than that which was addressed in the dirty cop-Mueller letter. Bill Barr answered it literally and he answered truthfully. That conclusion was not related to the findings in the letter, it was related to the findings on obstruction. The fact that the Democrat didn’t ask the question correctly is not Bill Barr’s problem. He is allowed to directly answer the question asked of him.The Democrats are accusing Barr of lying, knowing he didn’t. Rep. David N. Cicilline, chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, accused him of lying and scumbag liar-Nadler said he testified untruthfully. Crazy scumbag-Adam Schiff is demanding Barr resign. Wouldn’t he love that? All I have gotten out of the hearings so far is Democrats lie and want to destroy Bill Barr. Democrats are a broken record and no matter what evidence he presents, they accuse him of lying and misrepresenting the dirty cop-Mueller report…



‘Russia’ collusion? Now Democrats to be investigated

by The Russia investigation begun by the Barack scumbag/liar-nObama administration focused on claims now debunked by the dirty cop-Mueller report that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia… At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Republican senators asked Attorney General William Barr if he is investigating whether or not it was Democrats who were colluding with Russia. “How do we know the Steele dossier is not itself evidence of Russian disinformation?” asked Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. He was referring to the anti-Trump, opposition-research document funded by the scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It was used by the scumbag/liar-nObama administration as evidence to obtain permission to spy on the Trump campaign. The chairman of the committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he hopes to deal with the Russian interference issue in a bipartisan manner. “But when the dirty cop-Mueller report is put to bed and it soon will be, this committee is going to look long and hard on how this all started,” he said. “We’re going to look at the FISA warrant process. Did Russia provide Christopher Steele with information about Trump that turned out to be garbage, that was used to get a warrant on an American citizen? And if so, how did the system fail?” Barr, who previously told Congress he believes the scumbag/liar-nObama administration spied on the Trump campaign, said he could not “state with confidence” that the Steele dossier was not a Russian disinformation effort…


Amid good news, can Democrats talk down the economy?

by Byron York

{ } ~ “The recession talk in late 2018 got way, way out of hand,” the New York Times economic reporter Neil Irwin tweeted a few days ago. Indeed it did… Irwin’s tweet came shortly after the government released figures showing the economy grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the first three months of this year. The number was good by anyone’s measure, significantly outpacing predictions. And it raised a question: What about all that recession talk of the last few months? What was going on? Certainly there were some economists who looked at various indicators — housing, energy, the international economy — and feared an economic slowdown was on the way. But in the popular conversation, the world of columnists and cable TV talkers, much of the economic chatter was really about President Trump. A worsening economy, some said, would show how wrong the president’s policies have been and would be the worst possible news for his 2020 re-election bid.”A recession is coming. Trump will make it so much worse,” announced the Washington Post on Dec. 23 of last year. A slowdown is “overdue,” columnist Catherine Rampell wrote, “and the eventual collapse may bear Trump’s fingerprints.” “Trump and the slowing economy: A wounded tiger is a dangerous tiger,” read the headline of a column, also in the Post, by former scumbag/liar-nObama economic adviser Jared Bernstein on Nov. 21, 2018. “Wall Street economists, and in fact economists across the board are calling for a recession,” financial reporter Linette Lopez said on CNN on Dec. 30. “They see that a recession is coming in 2019 and 2020 … It’s sad that we can’t trust the president to be able to control himself in the face of a slowing economy.”…


It’s Getting Difficult To Tell The Difference Between The New York Times And Al Jazeera

by David Harsanyi

{ } ~ It’s hard not to laugh reading The New York Times coverage of the Trump administration’s efforts to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization… The three-person-bylined article kicks off by describing the group as a “storied and influential Islamist political movement with millions of members across the Middle East.” Sounds like a global social club! Just some folks batting around ideas. The authors didn’t even have the decency to throw in a superficial adjective like “controversial” to create a veneer of balance. Whether the Muslim Brotherhood’s many disparate groups and organizations meet the criteria of a single terror organization under U.S. law is debatable, but what isn’t debatable is that a large faction of the Muslim Brotherhood leads a Sunni movement that aims to implement sharia law under a global caliphate. Its deep network of “charitable” institutions and political parties form an infrastructure for extremist causes. One could, if not a New York Times writer, describe its philosophy as dogmatic, illiberal, theocratic, and violent; and its “storied” history a long-term threat to secularism, Muslim reformers, liberalism, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East. These days, members of the Muslim Brotherhood advocate for child suicide bombings, political assassinations, mass murder of minorities, violent mobs—basically the entire deadly menu of jihadist activities. This is context that Times readers would not learn. Nor would they learn that the Muslim Brotherhood helped birth modern Islamic extremism, first to undermine nationalistic Arabic governments, but later moving onto bigger goals. Readers would not learn that Muslim Brotherhood’s spurred the creation of al-Qaeda or that its intellectual founder, Sayyid Qutb, was an inspiration to Osama bin Laden. Zachary Laub of the Council on Foreign Relations once noted that Qutb’s writings “provided the intellectual and theological underpinnings for many militant Sunni Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hamas.” It would have been easy to include such a quote…


Graham Reads Profane Anti-Trump Strzok Text to Highlight Possible FBI Bias: ‘Sorry for the Kids Out There’

by Houston Keene

{ } ~ Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) read off a 2016 text message from former FBI Agent Peter Strzok… which criticized President Donald Trump, as an example of potential bias by the FBI during the probe into the Trump presidential campaign. While giving remarks during Attorney General William Barr’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Graham — the senior senator from South Carolina — read off a profane text message by Strzok from October 2016 calling the president “‘a f**king idiot.’” Following the reading of the text, Graham — in true Southern gentleman style — apologized to the children watching the Senate committee hearing.Graham continued on to blast Strzok and the other members on the team that “made a decision” that former Secretary of State scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton “didn’t do anything wrong and that the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign was warranted.” “We’re gonna — in a bipartisan way, I hope — deal with Russia,” added the South Carolina senator.Graham’s comments come as Barr’s testimony regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee ramps up. As IJR Red previously reported, the South Carolina senator said last month that he believes Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference was a “vindication of President Trump” but still anticipates the Democrats will “stampede to impeach” the president…


The Pulosi Preakness

by Frank Friday

{ } ~ This coming week features Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, the biggest event in the world for horse racing. There’s been a worrisome uptick in the rate of thoroughbred fatal injuries this year… Still, I much prefer the Sport of Kings; given the way so many sports leagues are mired in political correctness, who knew Kate Smith was a Confederate general? and the evermore corrupt nature of college sports, from AdmissionsGate to ShoeGate. The people who run racing have also made some good decisions the last two decades. Firstly, they took advantage of their legal position to get the sport well positioned on the internet, and teamed up with state lotteries and casinos, leading to better purses. And most importantly, they have consolidated the sport at fewer but much nicer and renovated venues, even if it has meant the end of some famous tracks, like Hollywood. The people who run Maryland racing would like to do the same thing there — consolidate at a newly renovated and expanded Laurel Race Track, a nice suburban place that even has a train station on the Eastern Corridor. Historic but hopelessly rundown Pimlico, stuck in an awful inner-city neighborhood, would close and the Preakness, the state’s famous race, would be run at Laurel, starting in 2021. Standing in the way: the crooked Democrats who run Baltimore. The current mayor, Catherine Pugh, is about to be indicted, but her backers are asserting that she is in such bad health she may lack the lucidity to resign or even stand trial, perhaps taking a page from mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante. Before her legal troubles, Mayor Pugh was in court with a ridiculous eminent domain suit to seize Pimlico and the Preakness. But no one has any idea how Baltimore, were it even to win, would get the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to keep the place running and in good repair. It was just announced that the grandstands of the Pimlico facility are permanently closed due to structural problems. Rather than bow to the inevitable and negotiate an intelligent repurposing of the Pimlico property, the Baltimore Democrats, I expect, will do what they always do — act like spoiled children, call anyone who opposes them racists, and waste years of time and money fighting another worthless cause rather than deal in reality…


Grassley to Trump: Drop Tariffs or the Trade Deal Gets It

Nate Jackson: Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has a way with ultimatums. In the last two years, Mr. King Corn himself has threatened any and all of President Donald Trump’s nominees if action is taken to do anything but increase the ethanol mandate. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, Grassley could have made good on that threat. Thus, Americans will, for the foreseeable future, be forced to continue pumping corrosive corn into our gas tanks solely to placate the corn lobby.

Now, as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Grassley has a new target: Tariffs. His rationale is largely still saving Iowa corn (and hog) farmers, though, unlike with ethanol, he’s actually onto something about tariffs. In a Wall Street Journal op-edtitled “Trump’s Tariffs End or His Trade Deal Dies,” Grassley vigorously argues that Trump must rescind his tariffs or risk the future of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace NAFTA:

I’ve met with congressional colleagues, as well as U.S., Canadian and Mexican trade officials, to discuss how our nations will secure legislative approval of USMCA. A significant roadblock is the administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum and retaliatory Canadian and Mexican tariffs on U.S. products. These levies are a tax on Americans, and they jeopardize USMCA’s prospects of passage in the Mexican Congress, Canadian Parliament and U.S. Congress. Canadian and Mexican trade officials may be more delicate in their language, but they’re diplomats. I’m not. If these tariffs aren’t lifted, USMCA is dead. There is no appetite in Congress to debate USMCA with these tariffs in place.

Grassley is exactly right that tariffs are “a tax on Americans.” In fact, Trump’s 20% tariff on imported washing machines ended up adding roughly $90 to each appliance consumers buy. As NBC News reported just yesterday, “Collectively, Americans are paying more than $1.5 billion extra every year from this tariff alone.” But the overall toll is far higher: “Another recent study by a trio of economists from Princeton and Columbia universities and the New York Fed found that the combined impact of all the Trump administration’s trade sanctions costs Americans $1.4 billion each month.”

Now, as we’ve written numerous times, Trump has a strategy with tariffs, and that involves absorbing some pain for longterm gain. But, arguably, when it comes to Canada and Mexico, it’s time for relief as the three nations work toward a deal. Trump’s more justifiable beef is with China. So we’ll see what comes of Grassley’s threat. Trump didn’t even put up a fight over ethanol, but he was never interested in really cutting that mandate. Trade has been one of his biggest issues, and Grassley is challenging him head on. ~The Patriot Post


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