Thursday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Boy Scouts are dropping the “Boy” in their name after 108 years as girls join group (Associated Press)

North Korea releases U.S. detainees, bows to another Trump demand (The Washington Times)

Trump has all but decided to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal (Reuters)

18 House members nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize (The Daily Signal)

Donald Trump acknowledges Stormy Daniels payment, denies affair or use of campaign money (USA Today)

Rudy Giuliani clocks in for clean-up duty after dropping Stormy Daniels bombshell (Washington Examiner)

Trump hires liar-Clinton impeachment lawyer to handle Mueller probe (NBC News)

Belly laugh of the week: liar-Hillary Clinton says being a capitalist likely hurt her among socialist Dems (Fox News)

Texas wins dogged fight for voter ID (National Review)

Backlog of illegal immigration court cases over million, delayed deportations 684,000 (Washington Examiner)

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau: Our illegal immigration problem is America’s fault (The Daily Wire)

Las Vegas police release some body camera footage from massacre (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Pro-Second Amendment students hold nationwide school walkout (Fox News)

American University orders students to agree women can revoke consent after sex (The College Fix)

Humor: Bigoted Boy Scouts welcome girls but still exclude all 49,247 other genders (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Gender and race shouldn’t define your politics (Independent Women’s Forum)

Policy: Can we make American education great again? Not with teacher walkouts (Investor’s Business Daily)

~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/55744

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DiGenova Destroys Rosenstein Crony Defending Cou[ Activities

by rickwells.us

{ rickwells.us } ~ Joe diGenova isn’t in the mood for any duplicity or dishonesty… particularly on the part of his counterpart in the segment, attorney Solomon Wisenberg. The conversation begins with the topic of the leaking of a list of questions that Robert Mueller supposedly wants to ask President Trump. DiGenova says that they “are clearly the types of questions that have been discussed between the Presidents team and Mr. Mueller. And the question is what do these questions say? They say that the investigation is now lurching into territory protected by the Constitutional privileges of the President of the United States.” He goes on to lay out the likely series of events that lead us to a Constitutional crisis. DiGenova says President Trump is not going to answer those questions under any circumstances. He cites a couple of examples of the most ridiculous questions in the list, one dealing with “what were you thinking when fired Comey and another similarly asking for Trump’s thoughts when he fired Michael Flynn…   https://rickwells.us/digenova-destroys-rosenstein-crony/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTDAy_yv4nA

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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Requests Review of DOJ Influence Upon Clinton Investigation

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte sends a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting an investigative review… of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the potential interference/influence by Principal Asst. Deputy Attorney General (PADAG) Matthew Axelrod. In the letter Chairman Goodlatte references the previous Inspector General report which outlined an October 26th, 2016, conversation between Main Justice and the FBI about the investigation of the liar-Clinton Foundation. The concern is undue influence by the DOJ over the investigation; potentially leading to a compromise of the investigation itself…   https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/05/01/house-judiciary-chairman-bob-goodlatte-requests-review-of-doj-influence-upon-clinton-investigation/

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Congress Seeks Showdown On Ending U.S. Aid to Palestinians

by Adam Kredo

{ freebeacon.com } ~ A delegation of leading Republican members of Congress are urging newly installed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cut all U.S. taxpayer funding… to the Palestinian government over its continued use of American dollars to pay the salaries of terrorists and their families, according to communications between these lawmakers and the State Department. A group of 14 lawmakers formally petitioned Pompeo this week to “immediately suspend all aid payments to the Palestinian Authority” due to recent reports these funds continue to be used to pay convicted terrorists and their families, a material breach of newly passed laws barring American aid money being used for such purposes. The lawmakers seek a public showdown with the Trump administration over the future of U.S. aid to the Palestinian government, which has publicly refused to comply with new U.S. laws mandating the terror payment program known as “pay to slay” be stopped…   http://freebeacon.com/national-security/congress-seeks-showdown-ending-u-s-aid-palestinians/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=ec2896b3a3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-ec2896b3a3-45611665

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Netanyahu: Abbas peddles the ‘most contemptible anti-Semitic slogans’

by MICHAEL BACHNER and TOI STAFF

{ timesofisrael.com } ~ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas… on Wednesday as an anti-Semite for a speech in which he suggested that the Holocaust was caused by the “social behavior” of European Jews. Abbas “made another anti-Semitic speech,” Netanyahu said in a statement, accusing the PA leader of recycling “the most contemptible anti-Semitic slogans. “Apparently a Holocaust-denier remains a Holocaust-denier,” Netanyahu said, alluding to Abbas’s 1982 doctoral dissertation, and called on the international community to condemn the speech and its expression of an anti-Semitism “whose time has come to disappear off the face of the earth.”… https://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-drenched-in-anti-semitism-minister-says-after-jew-bashing-speech/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=32a12957be-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-32a12957be-54638825

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U.S.T.R. Lighthizer Tells U.S. Chamber of Commerce NAFTA “On Thin Ice”

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Tuesday that if a deal to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement… cannot be reached with Canada and Mexico in about three weeks, its approval by the U.S. Congress could be in jeopardy. Lighthizer said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event that a deal to update NAFTA was needed quickly because of the lengthy notification process for congressional approval of trade deals. If a deal takes too long, he said approval by the current Republican-controlled Congress may be on “thin ice” without sufficient time for a vote before November elections put a new Congress in control in January 2019. Lighthizer is traveling to Beijing for trade talks with Chinese officials on Thursday and Friday, but will resume intensive negotiations with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo on May 7… https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/05/01/u-s-t-r-lighthizer-tells-u-s-chamber-of-commerce-nafta-on-thin-ice/

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Mueller’s Leaky Investigation Getting Desperate?

by Thomas Gallatin: Someone within Robert Mueller’s special investigation leaked to The New York Times more than four dozen questions on a range of topics that Mueller presented to President Donald Trump’s lawyers in his pursuit of an interview. The Times does not state how it received the information, but the paper reports:

The open-ended queries appear to be an attempt to penetrate the president’s thinking, to get at the motivation behind some of his most combative Twitter posts and to examine his relationships with his family and his closest advisers. They deal chiefly with the president’s high-profile firings of the F.B.I. director and his first national security adviser, his treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign officials and Russians offering dirt on liar-Hillary Clinton.

Trump responded to the news by slamming the leaks, while noting that the questions did not directly ask about any attempt at Russian collusion. Trump declared, “So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were ‘leaked’ to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see…you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!” He added, “It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened! Witch Hunt!”

This is now the second time the Mueller team has leaked significant information to the press. Back in October, the special investigation leaked that it had raised charges against several individuals. At the time, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, blasted the Mueller investigation for the leak, stating, “In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, I stressed to him the importance of cutting out the leaks. It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and the violations of the law would violate the law.” And Gowdy has been one of the few Republicans defending the Mueller investigation.

As for the questions themselves, they make even more clear that Mueller has given up the Russian collusion angle, instead honing in on a case of obstruction. The number of questions dealing with Trump’s past public statements surrounding his firing of former FBI Director James Comey, for example, indicate that Mueller is looking for inconsistencies to exploit. And Trump, who so often shoots from the hip when publicly commenting on his decisions, could easily become entangled in a legal trap. He would be wise to avoid giving Mueller the opportunity.

That may explain the motivation behind Mueller’s leak. Is it a gambit designed to keep the negative news spotlight on Trump, thus building public pressure to force Trump into an interview? Could it also be an attempt to justify to the public the “need” to keep the investigation going by implying that the answers to these questions are the only way to determine whether a crime was committed? Whatever the motivation, Gowdy’s observation back in October bears repeating: “People charged with investigating the law and violations of the law” should not themselves be violating the law. ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/55684-muellers-leaky-investigation-getting-desperate

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