Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: Government & Politics

MEDIA THRASHING: “Media members thrashed Robert Mueller’s anticipated appearance Wednesday on Capitol Hill, calling the hearing a ‘disaster’ for Democrats and saying the former special counsel was ‘boring’ and didn’t defend his work forcefully,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. Meanwhile, Fox News provides five key takeaways.

NO PROSECUTION FOR BARR: “The Justice Department said Wednesday it will not prosecute Attorney General William P. Barr for contempt of Congress, rejecting House Democrats’ attempt last week to punish Mr. Barr in a spat over the 2020 census. The move is in keeping with longstanding department policy, and follows the lead of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration, which likewise refused to prosecute then-Attorney General scumbag-Eric H. Holder Jr. after he was held in criminal contempt.” (The Washington Times)

ASYLUM BAN BLOCKED: “Delivering a painful defeat to the Trump administration’s most sweeping effort to single-handedly overhaul the asylum system without Congress, a federal judge on Wednesday blocked a rule that made most migrants from Central America and other countries ineligible for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. … Earlier on Wednesday, a federal judge in Washington declined to block the policy as requested by plaintiffs in a second court challenge to the controversial policy.” (CBS News)

FEDERAL EXECUTIONS RESUME: “The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. Attorney General William Barr has directed that executions for five death-row inmates be scheduled. If carried out, they will be the first federal executions since 2003.” (The Hill)


WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? “The House voted 264-169 on Wednesday to pass legislation that would create a new Treasury Department agency to provide taxpayer-backed loans to endangered multiemployer pension plans and some other types of endangered plans.” (Washington Examiner)

A BROKEN BLOCK IS RIGHT TWICE A DAY: “On Wednesday, in a lopsided 429-3 vote, the House passed a bill that will stop bad robocalls.” (The Daily Wire)

TRUMP VETO: “President Trump has vetoed three congressional resolutions that would block his emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). … Congress is not expected to have the two-thirds majority needed to override Trump’s vetoes.” (The Hill)

National Security

NOKO PROVOKES: “North Korea test-fired two new short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its first missile test since its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to revive denuclearisation talks last month. … Firing a ballistic missile would be a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that ban the North from the use of such technology.” (Reuters)

CHINA RANCOR: “China sharpened its hostility toward the United States and Taiwan in a new high-level report on its future military strategy that accused Washington and its allies of undermining global stability. Releasing the document on Wednesday, officials of the People’s Liberation Army repeatedly warned that Beijing would be willing to deploy military force to assert its claims over Taiwan.” (The Washington Post)

Around the Nation

PUERTO RICO GOV. RESIGNS: “Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation Wednesday days after demonstrators at the island’s largest protest in recent history called for his ouster over a scandal involving leaked private chats as well as corruption investigations and arrests. His resignation, effective Aug. 2, came late Wednesday night on a recorded video published on Facebook.” (NBC News)

EPSTEIN INJURED: “Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly found injured in a New York City jail cell on Tuesday after a possible suicide attempt. Epstein, 66, was discovered at the Metropolitan Correctional Center nearly unconscious and with wounds to his neck.” (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Proposed rule change would increase SNAP integrity (American Enterprise Institute)

POLICY: How to make student debt affordable and equitable (Manhattan Institute)

HUMOR: “I’m still sharp as a tack,” insists Mueller moments before taking phone call on a banana (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post



House Democrats hit back at Trump after Mueller hearings, cite ex-special counsel’s ‘powerful words’

By Frank Miles

{ } ~ Top House Democrats hit back Wednesday at President Trump after the Robert Mueller hearings saw the former special counsel largely rehash the findings of his report on the Russia investigation… “We are so getting used to normal,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman scumbag-Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about the Trump administration. “We refuse to accept it. … We have got to guard this moment, this is our watch.” He reiterated the Democrats’ goal is accountability not a witch hunt. “It’s about loving democracy. It’s about loving our country,” he said. “I am begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman scumbag-Adam Schiff, D-Calif., claimed Mueller’s “powerful words” shed light on the Trump administration’s actions. House Speaker liar-Nancy Pulosi, D-Calif., said the testimony was an “indictment” of Republicans’ “cone of silence.” liar-Pulosi said about the impeachment of Trump: “If we should go down that path, we need to be in the strongest possible position.” She said impeachment would be about facts and the laws, a patriotic act to preserve democracy, not politics. House Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said his panel will file lawsuits this week to obtain more information about Mueller’s report and to enforce a subpoena against former White House counsel Donald McGahn… These people are sick and won’t see the truth.



Jim Jordan nails Mueller on instigator of Russia probe


{ } ~ Democrats focused their questioning Wednesday of Robert Mueller on whether or not President Trump tried to obstruct the special counsel investigation… but Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wanted to know why the person who appears to have launched the whole matter was let off the hook. The FBI opened its investigation after Australian diplomat Alexander Downer reported to the bureau that he was told by Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that “the Russians have dirt on scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton,” Jordan pointed out. “What I’m wondering is, who told Papadopoulos?” the congressman asked Mueller. How did he find out?” I can’t get into the evidentiary findings,” Mueller replied. “Yes you can,” Jordan shot back. “You wrote about it. You gave us the answer. On page 192 of the report you tell us who told him: Josef Mifsud.”Jordan described Mifsud at “the mysterious professor who lives in Rome and London, works and teaches at two universities.” “This is the guy who told Papadopoulos. This is the guy who starts it all,” the Ohio Republican said.“And when the FBI interviews him, he lies three times, and yet you don’t charge him with a crime.” Jordan pointed out that Mueller charged several figures with making false statements, including one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. “But the guy who puts the whole country through this saga, starts it all — for three years we’ve live through this now — he lies, and you guys don’t charge him,” Jordan said. “And I’m curious as to why.” Mueller replied: “Well, we can’t get into it, and it’s obvious, I think, that we can’t get into charging decisions…



Rep. John Ratcliffe Exposes Weissmann and Mueller’s Twisted Interpretation of DOJ Rules

by sundance

{ } ~ Representative John Ratcliffe questions how Robert Mueller presented an investigative finding with no evidence of guilt… yet simultaneously states the investigation “would not exonerate” the President. Ratcliffe crushed the construct of Mueller and left the biased special counsel speechless and jaw-agape. “Donald Trump is not above the law, but he damned sure also shouldn’t be below the law”…



‘Dazed and confused’: Mueller undermines own credibility

by ~ Democrats called former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress Wednesday on his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election… with the hope of finding grounds to impeach President Trump. What they got was halting and sometimes contradictory responses that indicated he was not familiar with his report. Many Twitter users noted it became clear during the hearing that it was Mueller’s staff of mostly scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton supporters that drove the investigation and the report. “His reputation gave credibility to an attempted coup d’etat,” wrote Larry Edington. “He clearly does not have the mental capacity to have been the driving force behind this report.” Mueller’s team found no evidence for Democratic claims the Trump 2016 campaign colluded with Russia and decided not to refer obstruction charges. Fox News analyst Brit Hume wrote on Twitter: “Mueller is still struggling to answer questions even after questions are repeated and he’s had a chance to look up relevant portions of report.”Grabien reported Mueller “frequently appeared confused during his much-anticipated Capitol Hill testimony.” “Mueller, who is often celebrated in the media for laser-like thinking, had to ask lawmakers to regularly repeat their questions, seemingly struggling to pay attention,” the report said…


Representative Steube Masterfully Exposes Mueller’s Bias Intent Through What He Would NOT Discuss

by sundance

{ } ~ Rep. W. Steube, R-Fla., did a masterful job of exposing Mueller’s intentional bias and political scheme through a series of questions that former special counsel Robert Mueller refused to answer.



Massive Drop in Global Poverty Due to Free Market

Political Editors: The United Nations recently sought to celebrate the significant drop in global poverty seen over the past two decades. The UN noted, “Poverty has declined globally, from 1.7 billion people in 1999 to 767 million in 2013, a drop in the global poverty rate from 28 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2013. The most significant progress was seen in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, where the rate declined from 35 per cent in 1999 to 3 per cent in 2013.”

This is indeed good news, though the UN then erroneously tried to give credit where no credit is due: top-down government programs. The UN’s report highlights an example of a country that has “taken action to end poverty.” “The Government of Tanzania, for example, started a massive overhaul of its current national programme, the Tanzania Productive Social Safety Nets, to reach people living below the food poverty line.” Come again?

The UN would have people believe that Tanzania has seen its way out of abject poverty because of government programs. Have these UN eggheads not been watching Venezuela? The actual cause of declining poverty in Tanzania, as Chelsea Follett explains for Human Progress, is the free market. “The real cause of that reduction is pretty straightforward: economic freedom,” Follett writes. “Tanzania has gradually dismantled the socialist or ‘ujamaa’ economic policies enacted by the dictator Julius Nyerere, since he stepped down in 1985. Nyerere was widely praised by leftist intellectuals in developed countries for his sincere belief in socialism, relatively low level of corruption, and not intentionally slaughtering his own people like so many other dictators.”

The fact of the matter is that greater individual freedom coupled with a free-market economy is the greatest factor in diminishing poverty, not socialist, government-controlled economies. The individual will always have a greater interest in taking care of himself than will any government bureaucrat. When people are free to enjoy the fruits of their own labor, they are more apt to work harder and with more innovation than will those who find themselves and their labor owned and controlled by the state. ~The Patriot Post  


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