Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: CHINA SENDS IN THE BIG GUN: “China said Tuesday its top trade negotiator will visit the United States for talks with American counterparts this week even as Washington stepped up pressure with plans to hike tariffs and complaints that Beijing was backtracking on its commitments.” (Agence France-Presse)

CHINA HARNESSES NSA TECH: “A leading cybersecurity firm found evidence Chinese intelligence operatives repurposed National Security Agency (NSA) hacking technology in 2016 to attack American allies and private firms in Europe and Asia.” (The Hill)

TREASURY REBUFFS DEMOCRATS: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a letter Monday, denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s request for President Trump’s tax returns, saying the request lacked a ‘legitimate legislative purpose.’” (Fox News)

WITCH HUNTERS PURSUE CONTEMPT CHARGE: “The House Judiciary Committee will proceed with a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) confirmed late Monday, as the Justice Department attempts to fend off the effort ahead of a negotiating session with the Democratic-led committee on Tuesday.” (Politico)

scumbag-BOOKER’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUN PROPOSAL: “New Jersey senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate scumbag-Cory Booker released a sweeping gun control plan [yesterday]. Its most noteworthy aspect is a proposal that all prospective gun owners be required to obtain a federal license, which they’d have to renew every five years.” (Reason)

SOLDIER PARDONED: “Trump signed an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, for former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, of Oklahoma… Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al Qaeda terrorist in Iraq. He was paroled in 2014 and had been scheduled to remain on parole until 2024.” (CBS News)

WATERMARK PRO-LIFE WIN IN GEORGIA: “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law the state’s [‘Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act,’] a piece of legislation that would prohibit abortion after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo. That is something that usually happens between five and six weeks into a women’s pregnancy. … At the bill signing, Governor Kemp recognized that the bill will likely be ‘challenged in the court of law’ but that Georgia will ‘always continue to fight for life.’” (CBS News)

A REPUBLIC — IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: “A majority of voters now support eliminating the Electoral College in favor of electing presidents by popular vote, according to a new poll. About 53 percent of voters would scrap the Electoral College system in favor of the popular vote, while 43 percent prefer the status quo, according to the NBC News-Wall Street Journal survey released Monday.” (National Review)

CLIMATE ALARMISM: “A sweeping report assessing the state of the natural world found that humans are having an ‘unprecedented’ and devastating effect on global biodiversity, with about 1 million animal and plant species now threatened with extinction.” (NBC News)

HUMOR: Facebook SWAT team arrests man for illegal possession of conservative views (The Babylon Bee)

POLICY: Poorest Americans are benefiting most from strong economy (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: No, U.S. sanctions are not killing Venezuela. Maduro is. (Forbes)

~The Patriot Post

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Chinese Laser Attack on U.S. Aircraft Left Out of Pentagon Report

by Bill Gertz

{ freebeacon.com } ~ The Pentagon’s latest report on the Chinese military fails to mention a laser attack that damaged the eyes of American military aircrews near a Chinese military base in Africa last year… in an apparent bid to preserve the controversial military exchange program with Beijing. The annual report to Congress on military and security developments regarding China mentions a few provocative Chinese military actions, such as a Chinese warship’s near-collision with the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur in the South China Sea last year that defense officials said appeared designed as a PLA navy ramming operation. The report also notes the decision by the Pentagon to disinvite the PLA from sending naval forces to the Rim of the Pacific international naval exercises in response to China’s continued militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea. However, there was no mention of the more serious incident involving injury to U.S. military personnel. The laser attacks took place in late April 2018 and caused eye damage to air crews flying in military aircraft near the PLA’s first overseas military base located in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. The incident was not disclosed at the time by the Pentagon. Instead the Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice to airmen on April 14, 2018, warning about “multiple lazing events involving a high power laser” near the Chinese base. “Use extreme caution when transiting near this area,” the notice stated…  https://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinese-laser-attack-on-u-s-aircraft-left-out-of-pentagon-report/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=0af9d2d776-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_05_08_19_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-0af9d2d776-45611665

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo -vs- Margaret Brennan

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins a breathless and dramatic Margaret Brennan… to discuss issues related to the recent North Korean missile test; China putting Muslims in “concentration camps”, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/05/05/sunday-talks-secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-vs-margaret-brennan-2/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf5VJ8HNmVM

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Trump Heading to Tokyo to Talk Cybersecurity, Regional Threats

by John Grady

{ news.usni.org } ~ President Donald Trump will head to Tokyo later this month to discuss how to resume stalled denuclearization talks with North Korea, work more jointly on cybersecurity with the Japanese… and build upon his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in resolving trade issues between the two nations. Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., last week, U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty said Kim Jong Un’s decision to meet for the first time with Russian President Vladimir Putin “shows sanctions are working.” He added the North Korean leader is reaching out to other countries to help in easing their impact. Without any movement on the denuclearization front, the security threat from Pyongyang remains real in Japan. Hagerty said when he took up the ambassadorial post two years ago Japanese school children were drilling in how to respond to attacks from the Korean Peninsula. North Korea had just test-fired missiles over Hokkaido and conducted nuclear tests. The reaction from the Japanese people to the American military presence then was, “thank goodness we were there.” It was the same feeling they expressed when the U.S. military helped respond to the Fukishima nuclear power plant disaster earlier. He said several times during the session at the think tank “there is little to zero daylight” between America and Japan when it comes to the range of security issues in the region that includes China. In June, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will host Chinese President Xi Jinping in his first visit to Tokyo before the opening of the G-20 economic talks in Osaka, Japan. China has invited Japan to join in its One Belt/One Road infrastructure development initiative in Asia and Africa, but Japan has not accepted. Trump is also expected to attend the economic meeting in Osaka…  https://news.usni.org/2019/05/03/trump-heading-to-tokyo-to-talk-cybersecurity-regional-threats?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=aa35dfd8b7-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-aa35dfd8b7-231491269&mc_cid=aa35dfd8b7&mc_eid=3999f18767

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U.S. Moves Carrier Group into Region Amid Escalating Hamas Rocket Attacks Against Israel

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ More than 600 Iranian-funded Hamas terror missiles have been fired into Israel from Gaza. Four Israeli civilians have been killed. In retaliation, Israel has carried out military strikes against Hamas leaders in Gaza… President Trump tweets support for Israel.Rockets and missiles from Gaza killed four civilians in Israel while Israeli strikes killed 14 Palestinians, most of them militants, in surging cross-border fighting on Sunday, according to Gazan officials and the Israeli military. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he ordered the military to continue “massive strikes” against Gaza’s ruling Hamas group and Islamic Jihad in the most serious border clashes since a spate of fighting in November. Israel’s military said that more than 600 rockets and other projectiles – over 150 of them intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile system – have been fired at southern Israeli cities and villages since Friday. It said it attacked more than 260 targets belonging to Gaza militant groups. Gaza officials said Israeli air strikes and artillery fire killed 22 people, including 10 civilians, since Friday… https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/05/05/u-s-moves-carrier-group-into-region-amid-escalating-hamas-rocket-attacks-against-israel/

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Dark Money Org Created Fake Facebook News Groups to Reach Nevada Voters

by Todd Shepherd

{ freebeacon.com } ~ A group promoting progressive health care policies in Nevada paid for Facebook advertisements in which the source of the content appeared to originate from a pair of local, state-based news organizations… news organizations that did not exist in any meaningful sense. While the ads in question rolled out in 2018, the tactics of Health Care Voters for Nevada have contemporary importance as recent reporting has revealed the scope and influence of the organization’s dark-money parent group, the Sixteen Thirty Fund. “Trump’s new tax law will hurt Latinos the most,” one such ad reads, which appears to emanate from a posting by “Nevada News Now.” However, there is no world wide web URL for Nevada News Now, and if it was a Facebook group, it has since been deleted. Similar ads also appear from a group called “Silver State Sentinel” but little proof such an organization is real exists. Facebook did not respond to requests about whether Nevada News Now or Silver State Sentinel was ever a Facebook group, but parts of the content suggest they both were. Many of the ads were short videos between 20 to 40 seconds with brief on-screen claims about health care policy. However, those ads would often end with a graphic inviting the viewer to “Tell us what you think in the comments” followed by a professional looking graphic for the so-called news outlets. The posts by Nevada News Now and Silver State Sentinel stopped just three weeks after the Facebook archiving tool was begun. Given that the archive did not start until May 24 of that year, it is impossible to know how many similar ads were run prior to that date…  https://freebeacon.com/politics/dark-money-org-created-fake-facebook-news-groups-to-reach-nevada-voters/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=0af9d2d776-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_05_08_19_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-0af9d2d776-45611665

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The Worm Has Turned on the Democrats

David Limbaugh

The Democrats and their media colluders are belching last gasps of impotent protest as their dreams of interfering with the 2016 presidential election come to a screeching halt.

Through forlorn partisan lenses, they have watched the dirty cop-Mueller report, their joyride vehicle on the glorious highway to impeachment, spring four flat tires, all because of nails they placed on the road themselves.

As we watch the mainstream media grow hysterically strident, and the insolent Senate Democrats lash out at Attorney General William Barr for refusing to validate their malicious witch hunt, we realize we are witnessing their gobsmacked reaction to justice served cold.

For three years, they have bombarded us with the damnable lie that Trump conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they have borne false witness against the president. And now, instead of crossing the finish line and breaking the victory tape, they have run into the brick wall of justice. To quote my son, “That’s gotta hurt.”

What they should be doing is eating crow — for dragging the America people along on their joyless journey of deceit. Instead, they are reacting like sore losers, doubling down on their subterfuge and transferring their unquenched antipathy to Barr.

Shame on these sanctimonious senators — Blumenthal, lowlife-Harris,scumbag- Booker, scumbag-Hirono, etc. — for vilifying Barr to salvage their dying credibility and regain the upper hand. Shame on the media, who, in synchronized chorus, called Barr Trump’s “handpicked” attorney general — as if every attorney general in history hasn’t been handpicked by the president. Shame on the lot of them.

What a spectacle to behold — the Democrats and the media feigning outrage at the attorney general for merely formalizing what special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller found on the “collusion” charge, and for finishing what dirty cop-Mueller didn’t have the courage to finish on the obstruction charge.

As the facts and law are both against them, Democrats are again pounding the table — going on the offensive to distract from their excesses; shouting epithets and leveling slanders against Barr to obfuscate dirty cop-Mueller’s actual findings; playing semantic word games with the term “collusion”; and manufacturing a bogus complaint that Barr withheld the special counsel’s 19-page summary despite the subsequent release of that summary showing there’s still no “there” there.

The raw truth is that dirty cop-Mueller found no evidence that Trump colluded (non-legal term) or coordinated (legal term) with Russia to interfere with the election. After having used the term “collusion” for three years, Democrats are in a faux outrage that Republicans are throwing it back in their faces, saying there was none. They claim Republicans are trying to distort dirty cop-Mueller’s findings. They know better. dirty cop-Mueller explicitly found no actionable coordination either.

Then, dirty cop-Mueller got in a snit over Barr’s four-page summary, and Democrats brayed that Barr was misrepresenting dirty cop-Mueller’s 19-page summary and the full report. But when Barr followed up with dirty cop-Mueller on his quibbles, dirty cop-Mueller assured him he was emphatically not suggesting that Barr had misrepresented his findings. He just didn’t like the contextual presentation, which he thought led to an unflattering media narrative against him and his work. Herein lies the rub. The pristine and unflappable dirty cop-Mueller turns out not to be so unflappable after all. He just couldn’t abide the media blowback after enjoying two years of high praise as the Saint of Pre-Impeachment. dirty cop-Mueller’s apparently thin skin might give us insight into why he didn’t have the courage to issue a concrete finding that there was no actionable obstruction claim. Barr was obviously surprised and disappointed with the fecklessness of his lukewarm old friend. Probably fearful that he would go from hero to villain overnight upon the release of his lackluster report, dirty cop-Mueller hedged on the obstruction charge, which is appalling, especially considering that the chief executive has every right to cashier his FBI chief for any reason.

Democrats are as nervous as a criminal defendant at his sentencing, knowing the other shoe might be about to drop. Never did they imagine that their own conspiracy to hatch a false conspiracy against President Trump would not only yield them no fruit but also backfire in their smug faces. For Barr not only sealed shut their farcical investigation; he is signaling that the real investigation against the conspiracy conspirators is afoot.

Multiple criminal leak probes are underway, as well as an inquiry into whether the Steele dossier was part of a Russian disinformation campaign and whether the Democrats, not Trump, were coordinating with the Russians to interfere with the election. Further, Barr could be investigating whether a proper predicate existed for the scumbag/liar-nObama administration to investigate and spy on Trump and his campaign. Popcorn. ~The Patriot Post

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