Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Political Editors: The installment of an “immigration czar” is among the options being explored by the White House to coordinate illegal-immigration matters. The czar front-runners are former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The details are scare, but the Associated Press notes that “Trump’s focus on immigration had touched on numerous government agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Defense and Justice. And not all of those departments are always on the same page.” The czar would presumably help cultivate better camaraderie.

Meanwhile, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen yesterday announced, “We will not stand idly by while Congress fails to act yet again, so all options are on the table. We will immediately redeploy hundreds of CBP personnel to the border to respond to this emergency. We will urgently pursue additional reinforcements from within DHS and the interagency. And we will require those seeking to enter the United States to wait in Mexico until an immigration court has reviewed their claims.”

Late yesterday, President Donald Trump stated, “The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than scumbag/liar-nObamaCare. In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than scumbag/liar-nObamaCare.” He then revealed, “Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House.” This political calculation has both pros and cons. It’s true that the Democrat-controlled House would never vote in favor of a Republican proposal. On the other hand, the GOP failed to pass health-care reform even when it controlled both chambers.

According to Reuters, “The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a prisoner sentenced to capital punishment ‘a painless death,’ a divided Supreme Court said on Monday, paving the way for the execution of a convicted murderer who sought to die by lethal gas rather than lethal injection because of a rare medical condition.” If anything, this ruling provides additional fodder to those who want to abolish capital punishment.

Witch hunt continued: “The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Monday that the Committee is preparing to subpoena Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s full report on his Russia investigation on Wednesday and the evidence he used to write it. Representative scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler said that he was ‘disturbed’ by Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to release the full report right away, and that the Committee would vote on the subpoenas if the Justice Department fails to deliver the report by the end of the day Tuesday.” (National Review)

In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress put Planned Parenthood under immense scrutiny by revealing incriminating evidence discovered via undercover videos, which included the harvesting of baby body parts. Planned Parenthood retaliated with a lawsuit against CMP. Unfortunately, an appeal to the Supreme Court to have the lawsuit dismissed proved ineffective this week. The Washington Examiner says, “Because the Supreme Court will not take up the case, the ruling from the 9th Circuit permitting the lawsuit to proceed remains in place.”

Colorado is set to join the list of states enacting “red flag” legislation — which grants carte blanche to confiscate firearms if a person manifests threatening behavior — following Monday’s approval by the state legislature and Gov. Jared Polis’s impending signature. According to ABC News, “The bill places the burden of proof on the gun owner to get the firearms back by showing that he or she no longer poses a risk. Republicans repeatedly sought to shift that burden of proof to those seeking the protective order. They argued the legislation offers no due process to gun owners. Republicans also say it violates constitutional rights and could lead to violent confrontations if a judge orders police to confiscate firearms from a resistant owner.”

“U.S. health officials report that the number of measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018. There have been 387 cases through March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. There were 372 last year. It’s the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. This year’s numbers have been driven by outbreaks in several states, including New York, California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington. Most people who get measles have not been vaccinated. Measles is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and it is extremely contagious.” (AP)

Underscoring the problem with too many factions: “Britain’s Parliament on Monday failed to reach a majority on any one of four new proposals for the country’s exit from the European Union, worsening the disarray over Brexit less than two weeks before the deadline to depart. … The failure to agree on any of them means Britain is facing the deadline with nothing resolved and all the options remaining on the table. It also underscores the stalemate in Parliament where different factions appear unable to compromise enough to swing behind any one vision for Brexit.” (The New York Times)

“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a 30-day plan to ration electricity as nationwide power cuts continue to inflict misery on millions of people,” the AP reports. At the same time, AFP reveals that “Venezuela’s Supreme Court called Monday for Juan Guaido to be stripped of his legislative immunity, tightening the noose on the opposition chief just days after authorities announced a ban on him holding public office.”

Humor: CNN publishes real news story for April Fools’ Day (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: At National Review, Manhattan Institute senior fellow Robert Bryce writes, “Renewable energy may get the headlines, but … natural gas — and in particular, low-cost natural gas from the U.S. — is playing an increasingly important role in fueling that growth.”

Policy: Economist Daniel J. Mitchell says, “Iceland is a tiny little country with just 338,000 people (about the population of Santa Ana, CA), but that doesn’t mean it can’t teach us lessons about public policy.” See why that’s the case at the Foundation for Economic Education.

~The Patriot Post

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Hold scumbag/liar-Hillary Accountable for Russiagate Hoax

by Daniel Greenfield

{ frontpagemag.com } ~ After the dirty cop-Mueller report plopped with a wet thud on the media, everyone is blaming everyone else. MSNBC and CNN are blaming the fake experts they invited on and interviewed night after night… urging them to make outlandish predictions that dirty cop-Mueller would soon have Trump locked up for treason. Like Inspector Renault, they’re shocked that the baseless claims they had been repeating were nonsense. And a few of the experts who turned it up to 11 will no longer be invited into media green rooms. Meanwhile the politicians are blaming the media, even though Rep. scumbag-Adam Schiff, Rep. scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters, Rep. scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler, Rep Ted Lieu, and many other political reps were every bit as bad as the ‘experts’. Some, like scumbag-Schiff, are doubling down and will go on investigating Russian collusion until the media stops inviting them on morning shows to discuss the nothing that they found last week and the week before. Oddly, no one is blaming the political arsonist who started the dumpster fire that is Russiagate. The Russian conspiracy theory was invented by the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign. It was used as a pretext for spying on Trump associates. And then became an argument for invalidating the results of the 2016 election. And while the Republicans and Democrats tore each other apart over Russiagate, scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton sipped her chardonnays and spent the evenings cackling madly at the TV while watching Washington D.C. burn…  https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273299/hold-hillary-accountable-russiagate-hoax-daniel-greenfield

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Russia Flies Jets Over U.S. Military Bases After Threats From Trump; Bolton To Get Out of Venezuela; NATO Drills In Europe

by Aaron Kesel

{ activistpost.com } ~ U.S. and Russian tensions are picking up, and several geopolitical moves have been made in the past week with much of the press mum on what’s happening… between the U.S. and Russia over Venezuela and Ukraine. Last week, the Russians sent troops into Venezuela with the speculatory number being a total of 100 soldiers deployed. Auspiciously, immediately after this, the U.S. Air Force deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe to send a “message to Russia,” Real Clear Defense reported. The U.S. Air Force is carrying out “theater integration and flight training” out of London’s RAF Fairford station, which will help prepare airmen to use the base as their forward operating location for bombers in Europe, the Air Force said last week. “Training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges,” the Air Force said. Meanwhile, simultaneously the U.S. Air Forces Pacific also launched B-52 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Air Force Times reported. The Kremlin accused the U.S. of escalating tensions by flying its B-52 bombers near its border. Russia’s Defense Ministry further claimed it prepared two Sukhoi SU-27 fighter jets to intercept a U.S. aircraft before it changed its direction, Reuters reported…  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/path-ww3-russia-flies-jets-over-u-s-military-bases-after-threats-from-trump-bolton-out-venezuela-nato-drills-europe.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8fd5423201-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-8fd5423201-387888649

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Fein-stein Isn’t Happy About Trump’s Nominees to Ninth Circuit, Calls His Actions a ‘Mistake’

by Gregg Re

{ lifezette.com } ~ The Senate is poised this week to consider two more conservative nominees selected by President Donald Trump to sit on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals… and the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee isn’t happy about it. That’s because the nominees, Ken Lee and Dan Collins, were picked without any input from either Dianne Fein-stein or lowlife-Kamala Harris, California’s two Democrat senators. Traditionally, the White House seeks to obtain a so-called “blue slip,” or approval, from a judicial nominee’s two home-state senators before pressing on with their nominations. But the Trump administration, which has successfully nominated several conservative judges to the 9th Circuit already, has pointedly disregarded that process as it continues its push to transform the appellate court that the president repeatedly has derided as hopelessly biased and “disgraceful.” “I take it that without notice or discussion, the blue slip is essentially dead,” Fein-stein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in televised remarks on Thursday. “This change in practice not only harms the Senate, it harms the federal judiciary. And I wish we could’ve had an opportunity to discuss it. I really believe it’s a mistake.”…  https://www.lifezette.com/2019/04/feinstein-isnt-happy-trumps-nominees-to-ninth-circuit-mistake/?utm_source=activeengage&utm_medium=email

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Ilhan Omar: “To Me, the Hijab Means Power, Liberation, Beauty, and Resistance”

by Robert Spencer

{ frontpagemag.com } ~ Vogue Arabia on Thursday published a glowing puff piece fawning over Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has, said Vogue, “made history in her adopted country,” apparently while hating every minute of it… Life in Trump’s America, she said, is “an everyday assault”; she did not, however, say anything about moving back to that paradise of multiculturalism, her native Somalia. Instead, she is bringing it here, at least in one aspect of Sharia observance: “To me,” she said, “the hijab means power, liberation, beauty, and resistance.” What would the innumerable victims of the hijab say to that? Omar said nothing about them. Instead, she painted the hijab as if it were entirely a matter of each woman’s free choice: “For me, that is how I raise my kids. I work to remove obstacles so they can live at their best and happiest selves. If that translates to adapting the hijab, that’s fine. If they don’t, that’s also fine. They have freedom of choice. Society tends to place lots of limitations, depending on what gender you are. I want my kids to be free. Walk in your own path. We are as much worthy of joy, power, and pleasure as the next human. We are deserving and we don’t need permission or an invitation to exist and to step into our power.” Maybe she doesn’t. But what does Ilhan Omar think about Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it? Or Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab? Has she shown any concern for the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; or for Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; or for Amira Osman Hamid, who faced whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; or for the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized by her family for refusing to wear the hijab; or for the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told they had to wear the hijab or be fired; or for the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; or for the other women in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; or for the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; or for the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; or for the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; or for the women in Iran who protested against the regime, even before the recent uprising, by daring to take off their hijabs; or for the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; or for the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents; or for the fifteen girls in Saudi Arabia who were killed when the religious police wouldn’t let them leave their burning school building because they had taken off their hijabs in their all-female environment; or for the girl in Italy whose mother shaved her head for not wearing hijab; or for all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab?… https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273337/ilhan-omar-me-hijab-means-power-liberation-beauty-robert-spencer

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The Chicago Fire: America at Its Best

by Lee Habeeb

{prageru.com} ~ The most famous fire in American history happened in Chicago on October 8, 1871. But it’s not the fire that was so remarkable; it’s what happened afterwards. Talk radio host and columnist Lee Habeeb elaborateshttps://www.prageru.com/video/the-chicago-fire-america-at-its-best/

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Blacklisting Chick-fil-A

Mark Pulliam

{city-journal.org} ~ No one is surprised when cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Seattle enact policies driven by the latest progressive imperatives. In Texas, where I live, observers have long believed that a statewide Republican majority would insulate the Lone Star State from such pressure. Capital city Austin’s traditionally liberal politics—its unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird”—have usually seemed like an exception to the statewide rule. But now it appears that San Antonio, the state’s second-biggest city and seventh-largest in the U.S., has gotten “woke,” too, blacklisting a well-respected business because of its owners’ political contributions and religious beliefs.

San Antonio’s left-leaning city council, backed by mayor Ron Nirenberg, recently banned Chick-fil-A from becoming a concessionaire at the city-operated international airport. City officials reportedly cited Chick-fil-A’s political positions as justification for its boycott of the company: “With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” said councilman Roberto Treviño. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

The city is targeting a company that is about as mainstream American as it gets. Chick-fil-A is wildly successful because it offers appealing fast food and courteous service at reasonable prices. The privately owned fast-food chain, based in Georgia, operates more than 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and the District of Columbia including 32 outlets in the San Antonio area, employing more than 2,000 people. Founded in 1946 by a devout Christian, family-owned Chick-fil-A is famously closed on Sundays. Yet despite operating only six days a week, Chick-fil-A leads the fast-food industry in average sales per restaurant. The company has rapidly expanded, becoming the nation’s third-largest fast food chain, behind McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

The charge that Chick-fil-A is “anti-LGBTQ” is based on its owners’ private contributions made through the WinShape Foundation and statements in support of traditional marriage. The city does not claim that the company’s employment practices or business policies are illegal; Chick-fil-A’s personnel policies conform to federal employment law, and the company has issued a statement of respect for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, in an internal document called “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.” Nonetheless, LGBT activists have targeted Chick-fil-A for years. In 2012, when LGBT groups organized a national campaign to boycott the chain for its owners’ opposition to same-sex marriage, a backlash by the company’s devoted customers—led by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee—resulted in record-breaking sales. The public has demonstrated that it does not object to the owners’ allegedly objectionable positions. Yet the activists persist.

San Antonio’s airport boycott may have been influenced by a recent Think Progress report criticizing the company’s corporate donations to charitable groups described as “anti-LGBTQ,” including the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and—prior to 2017—a program for at-risk young men called the Paul Anderson Youth Homes. What these organizations have in common is adherence to traditional Christian beliefs. The city’s blacklisting of Chick-fil-A seeks to punish the company for espousing mainstream beliefs shared by millions of Americans and an overwhelming majority of San Antonio’s residents, many of them Catholic. Prior to the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in the Obergefell case, Texas did not recognize same-sex marriage, so opposition to it was hardly extreme or improper—and in any case, maintaining that opposition does not amount to discrimination against LGBT employees or customers.

The San Antonio city council, as a government entity, cannot selectively punish constitutionally protected speech based on its content. Google fired engineer James Damore for expressing opinions deviating from progressive orthodoxy, and Mozilla sacked its CEO, Brendan Eich, in 2014 for having contributed $1,000 years earlier to California’s initiative in support of traditional marriage. But Google and Mozilla are not subject to the First Amendment, as a city government is. Government contracts cannot be withheld or withdrawn based on potential vendors’ political or religious views. A similar case arose in New York City, where officials unsuccessfully tried to cancel contracts with Donald Trump, whose company manages a municipal golf course and other franchises; the city backed down when the constitutional violation was demonstrated.

Like many progressive crusades, San Antonio’s campaign against Chick-fil-A is largely symbolic—but important for precisely that reason. When politics become a weapon in the culture war, the stakes quickly escalate. Winning emboldens bullies to become still more aggressive. A lawsuit by Chick-fil-A is almost certain; San Antonio taxpayers will foot the bill for their city council’s vindictive foolishness.

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