Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: “President Trump on Wednesday demanded Democrats end what he called their ‘phony investigations’ before he’ll negotiate with them on issues like infrastructure, as he delivered a fiery statement from the Rose Garden after cutting a meeting short with House Speaker Nancy Pulosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer.” (Fox News)

LEFTIST PRIORITIES: “New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump’s state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president’s federal filings.” (Associated Press)

TERRORIST WALKS: “John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, was released early from federal prison on Thursday… Lindh, who was 20 years old when he was captured, left prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on probation after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence.” (Reuters)

TERRORIST THWARTED: “A 20-year-old New Jersey man who allegedly sent money abroad to Hamas militants in an effort to support the terror group also spoke of bombing Trump Tower and attacking the Israeli Consulate in New York, authorities say. He also spewed hatred against Jewish people, allegedly vowing in an Instagram Live video that he would go to a pro-Israel march and ‘shoot everybody.’” (NBC New York)

MIDDLE EAST STRATEGY: “The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats.” (Associated Press)

AIR FORCE NOMINEE: “President Trump on Tuesday announced that he plans to nominate Barbara Barrett, a former chairwoman of the nonprofit Aerospace Corporation, to be the next secretary of the Air Force.” (Air Force Times)

MIGRANT ANARCHY: “Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed legislation Wednesday that turns the Evergreen State into a sanctuary state. Under the new measure, state and local authorities will be barred from questioning individuals about their immigration status except in limited cases.” (Townhall)

A SUCKY DECISION: “This could be the last straw for Whole Foods customers. The supermarket chain announced on Monday that it’s eliminating plastic straws from all stores in the US, Canada and the UK beginning in July.” (New York Post)

TUBMAN DELAYED: “Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, ‘conductor’ on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.” (The New York Times)

BLUE-CITY EXODUS: “America’s largest cities are shrinking but a few in the Southwest are continuing to boom. … Besides Fort Worth, the fifteen most populous cities were largely unchanged from the prior year. However, the three largest U.S. cities, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, shrank last year.” (Bloomberg)

POLICY: Australia’s election shock shows the perils of moralizing climate change (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: Why forgiving student debt would solve nothing (Foundation for Economic Education)

HUMOR: In move to ban charter schools, commie-Bernie Sanders introduces No Child Left Ahead Act (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post

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Reaching Debt Limit Should Be Wake-Up Call for Lawmakers

by Justin Bogie

{ cnsnews.com } ~ Two major issues that Congress will be forced to confront in the coming weeks and months are the debt limit and the future of the Budget Control Act discretionary spending caps… A report from The Hill indicates that negotiations are underway between Congress and the Trump administration to combine a two-year budget caps deal with an increase or suspension of the debt limit. Taxpayers have seen this failed approach before. For lawmakers, pairing an unpopular action, like raising the debt limit, with massive spending increases sweetens the deal. The total national debt is more than $22 trillion. An unpaid for budget deal could add at least another $2 trillion. Congress should debate the debt limit and new spending thoroughly and separately. Importantly, lawmakers must not make the fiscal situation any worse. As of May 17, the debt subject to the limit was $21.9 trillion and just $25 million short of eclipsing the limit. In total, the Treasury estimates that the national debt has increased by more half a billion dollars since Oct. 1. For the time being there is no immediate risk that the federal government will have to stop making payments or providing services. The Treasury is permitted to take “extraordinary measures” to continue meeting existing federal obligations so long as no new debt is issued. An influx of April tax receipts also offered temporary relief. However, extraordinary measures will last only so long. The Congressional Budget Office estimates by fall the federal government will no longer be able to cover its obligations. Due to Congress’ dysfunctional budget process, fiscal year 2020 appropriations and the status of the Budget Control Act spending caps could also come to a head at the same time…  https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/justin-bogie/reaching-debt-limit-should-be-wake-call-lawmakers?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1RNE1EYzRPR0ptTURObCIsInQiOiJiRFNpOEFvN1hsSjg5UE9YcGVLQlI0ZUpvMTZmU2Z0UVwvdFNuYk9kclR5RmFtMERvcytjMHk1ZFI0UGRwXC9qOUU3Mm1nSTJQTXU1T1ozZHlhRjhiWGoySkN6TEJTNmZUUDRSeVFlZFFsdEliM3lKMmFtczZveU0wb09rTHNDd0VOIn0%3D

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Illegals Fueling Public Housing Shortage

by Betsy McCaughey

{ spectator.org } ~ Housing shortages are plunging New York City and Los Angeles into crisis. Affordable rents are scarce, families are doubling up, shelters are jam packed, and over one hundred thousand people are sleeping sprawled on the streets of these two cities… The waitlist for public housing is over four years long in L.A., and a staggering ten years here in NewYork. These lists would be even longer if public officials hadn’t just closed them to any new applicants. Nationwide some 32,000 public apartments are being taken up by illegal immigrants. It’s a powerful reason why the Trump administration is giving illegals eighteen months to get out of taxpayer subsidized public housing. “There is an affordable housing crisis in this country, and we need to make certain our scarce public resources help those who are legally entitled to it,” explains Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Mayor scumbag-Bill de Blasio is slamming the proposal, saying “this is what cruelty looks like.” Wrong, Mr. Mayor. Playing political games with people lives is what’s cruel. Only one out of every four Americans who qualifies for public housing is able to get it, Carson says. “Fairness requires that we devote ourselves to legal residents who have been waiting, some for many years.”But the Dems would rather pander to the pro-immigrant vote than look out for their own constituents. Democrats representing New York in Congress signed a letter opposing HUD’s action to free up housing units for legal residents. Rep. Nydia Velazquez calls the policy “sickeningly cruel.” These Congress members are double-crossing taxpayers and law-abiding families in their own districts who are struggling to make it. In New York and other urban areas, millennials are putting off starting families because housing costs too much. It’s a major reason the birthrate is dropping. But for illegals, having a baby here is their E-Z pass into taxpayer-funded public housing. That’s because twenty years ago, President scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton issued an informal “field” recommendation to loosen eligibility for welfare benefits without getting Congress’s approval. scumbag/liar-Clinton dubbed illegal immigrants who have a baby born in the U.S. “mixed immigration status families” and made them eligible for public housing. As if the baby’s the one signing the lease. The Trump administration is putting an end to this farce… Take care of the homeless first and maybe the illegals last. https://spectator.org/illegals-fueling-public-housing-shortage/?utm_source=American%20Spectator%20Emails&utm_campaign=904389103e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_22_04_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_797a38d487-904389103e-104608113

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Lawsuit Seeks Chart of The Statutory Violations by scumbag/liar-Hillary

by wnd.com: Washington watchdog Judicial Watch, which has obtained thousands of government documents exposed scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information… now is going to court to obtain a copy of the FBI’s list of possible “statutory violations” by the former secretary of state. “Judicial Watch will continue to press for the chart the FBI has been hiding which details possible violations of law by scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Tuesday. Fitton said that now that the dirty cop-Mueller investigation has ended, “the FBI has the time and manpower to focus on an investigation of scumbag/liar-Clinton unencumbered” by former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey, former Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former lead FBI investigator Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page “and their anti-Trump colleagues.” Judicial Watch said it has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department for “draft copies of FBI charts containing information on potential ‘statutory violations’ committed by scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton in the former secretary of state’s use of a non-secure, non-government email server to conduct government business.” scumbag/liar-Clinton ran state secrets through the private email service she used for official government business while she ran the State Department. “Judicial Watch is also suing for draft copies of talking points prepared by the FBI for its officials to use following then-Director scumbag-James Comey’s July 2016 press conference during which he recommended against prosecuting scumbag/liar-Clinton for mishandling classified information,” Judicial Watch said. scumbag-Comey took the unusual step of explaining to the public why the FBI declined to refer criminal charges to the Justice Department… https://www.wnd.com/2019/05/lawsuit-seeks-chart-of-the-statutory-violations-by-hillary-clinton/

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Republicans seek release of secret Papadopoulos transcripts

by Byron York

{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ Former Rep. Trey Gowdy stunned House investigators recently by all but announcing the existence of secret FBI recordings of Trump campaign foreign policy volunteer adviser George Papadopoulos… made in the summer of 2016 by an undercover FBI operation. Gowdy made the revelation in an interview Sunday with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “There are a lot of serious questions that need to be asked” during Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, Gowdy said. Among them: “Where are the transcripts, if any exist, between the informants and the telephone calls to George Papadopoulos? “Papadopoulos, an energy consultant, was approached by at least two FBI informants in London in 2016. One was an academic, Stefan Halper, who had a long relationship with the FBI, and the other was an undercover investigator who went by the alias “Azra Turk.” The reason Papadopoulos’ experience is so important is because the FBI has cited it as the reason the bureau officially began the Trump-Russia investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, on July 31, 2016. The FBI said that Australian diplomats, who talked with Papadopoulos in London, told U.S. government officials that Papadopoulos said Russia had damaging information about scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. After that, the FBI reportedly sent “Azra Turk” to London and also used other resources to find out what was going on with Papadopoulos. They created a record of their work, according to Gowdy. “If the bureau is going to send an informant in, the informant is going to be wired,” Gowdy said. “And if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that.”… https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/byron-york-republicans-seek-release-of-secret-papadopoulos-transcripts?utm_source=breaking_push&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=push_notifications&utm_source=WEX_News%20Brief_05/21/2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_News%20Brief&rid=5261

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Wife of accused Green Beret in line for Trump pardon says Army ‘riddled with corruption at the highest levels’

by Russ Read

{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ The wife of Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, the former Green Beret accused of the 2010 murder of a Taliban bomb-maker, said that a pardon from President Trump “would end the eight year long nightmare”… her husband has been living since being investigated. Julie Golsteyn was speaking to the Washington Examiner after reports Trump is reviewing several high-profile military criminal cases for potential pardons on Memorial Day. The Army announced last week it would take Golsteyn’s case to trial by court-martial on charges of premeditated murder. “I was disappointed, but not surprised,” she said. “The people in charge have shown zero ability to make a sensible decision in Matt’s case eight years ago. We didn’t expect them to start now or ever — it is win at all costs for them. We can only expect lies and subterfuge at every step. “She slammed the Army for pursuing charges against Golsteyn, 38, after he spoke about the incident during a 2011 job interview with the CIA. Golsteyn had been awarded a Silver Star for his bravery in 2010 but was stripped of it, along with a Special Forces tab, in 2015. “We haven’t heard anything from the White House, but we would be very pleased,” Julie Golsteyn said and expressed the need for civilian intervention. “That is the only way Matt will get justice. My husband is heartbroken that the stewardship of the institution that he loves and has given so much to service has become riddled with corruption at the highest levels,” she said…  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/wife-of-accused-green-beret-in-line-for-trump-pardon-says-army-riddled-with-corruption-at-the-highest-levels?utm_source=breaking_push&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=push_notifications&utm_source=WEX_News%20Brief_05/22/2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_News%20Brief&rid=5261

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scumbag/liar-nObama Judge Backs Democrat Subpoena Showdown

Thomas Gallatin: House Democrats have made no secret of their obsession with seeing President Donald Trump removed from office. Even after dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation came up empty, Democrat cries for impeachment have only gotten louder. Rejecting Mueller’s findings, Democrats led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler have only upped their partisan zeal against Trump’s presidency, issuing subpoenas for a slew of Trump’s personal financial documents dating back to 2011. Trump has refused to comply, calling the move what it is — a politically motivated witch hunt and not legitimate oversight.

Indeed, what actual crime or criminal behavior are the Democrats seeking to investigate? It would seem the only real answer is the “crime” of defeating scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. But the Democrats bloviate about Congress’s oversight authority, as if this grants them carte blanche authority over the executive branch.

However, the Democrats’ vacuous justifications for targeting Trump have been rewarded by Judge Amit Mehta, appointed by Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, to whom Mehta also donated. The scumbag/liar-nObama judge ruled against Trump’s refusal to submit to the Democrats’ subpoena, writing, “Congress plainly views itself as having sweeping authority to investigate illegal conduct of a President, before and after taking office. This court is not prepared to roll back the tide of history.”

Mehta further argued, “It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry.” But the question remains, what criminal behavior or unlawful conduct is alleged? There needs to be the existence of an actual crime before one can be accused of being a criminal.

But House Democrats, who have labeled Trump a criminal, lack any evidence to support their fallacious narrative, and so they point to his refusal to go along with their fishing expedition as proof of his guilt. Rep. Jim Jordan observed that the subpoenas are “an unprecedented abuse of the Committee’s subpoena authority to target and expose the private financial information of the President of the United States.” Indeed, it could not be more clear what the Democrats’ motives are. 

  ~The Patriot Post

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