Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: BARR LEAVING NO STONE UNTURNED: “Attorney General Bill Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation and to determine if the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016 was legal.” (The Daily Wire)

HOUSE TRADITIONS GO AWRY: “The witness rose from her seat, raised her right hand and swore to tell the truth before Congress. But four words were missing: ‘So help me God.’ In the House of Representatives, to the winner go the spoils, and Democrats, the new decision makers, control everything, including what legislation gets a vote and the minutiae of procedural choices, such as whether witnesses must utter the traditional plea for divine aid. Democratic chairmen and chairwomen of several key committees have deemed no such entreaty is necessary.” (The New York Times)

TARIFF BATTLE: “U.S. officials listed $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes while Beijing vowed Tuesday to ‘fight to the finish’ in an escalating trade battle that is fueling fears about damage to global economic growth.” (Associated Press)

TARIFF RELIEF: “President Donald Trump said on Monday that his administration was planning to provide about $15 billion in aid to help U.S. farmers whose products may be targeted with tariffs by China in a deepening trade war.” (Reuters)

FEDERAL IMMIGRATION CRIMES NOW A PLURALITY: “Immigration offenses became the biggest category of federal crime in fiscal year 2018, surpassing the number of drug offenses. Crimes relating to immigration comprised 34.4 percent of all federal sentencing cases, an increase from last year’s 30 percent, according to the United States Sentencing Commission’s annual report.” (National Review)

VOTERS BACK VISA ENFORCEMENT: “As recently as 2017, over 600,000 of those who entered the United States on legal visas overstayed, and a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government should find these individuals and make them go home.” (Rasmussen Reports)

“WE ARE ALL TIMES READY FOR WAR”: “At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.” (The New York Times)

‘EMPIRE’ MISFIRE: “A few weeks after several of the stars of Fox’s hit television series ‘Empire’ wrote a letter to executives and producers demanding the return of embattled actor Jussie Smollett, Fox Entertainment announced that this upcoming season will be the scandal-damaged show’s last.” (The Daily Wire)

APPLE ANTITRUST FOREWARNING: “The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 against Apple, saying iPhone users can pursue their antitrust lawsuit involving the tech giant’s signature electronic marketplace, the App Store. … The iPhone users argued that Apple’s 30% commission on sales through the App Store is an unfair use of monopoly power that results in inflated prices passed on to consumers.” (CNBC)

POLICY: Why VW workers have more to lose than gain from unionizing (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: Sharpening the U.S.-China trade debate (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: Alyssa Milano launches line of purity rings (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post

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Constitutional expert on ‘Life, Liberty & Levin’ says Democrats undermining the idea of democracy and justice

by Victor Garcia

{ foxnews.com } ~ In an interview that aired Sunday night on “Life, Liberty & Levin,” constitutional expert John Eastman said… the actions taken by Democrats in office actually have undermined not only President Trump but democracy and justice in the United States. “The purpose of government is to secure those rights against any tyranny that would take them away whether again of one or many or what have you. We’ve now got a significant portion of our population that thinks the purpose of government is otherwise to redistribute rights to take from some and give to others. The founders understood that to be the very definition of injustice or an unjust law,” said Eastman, who is the Henry Salvatori professor of law & community service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. Eastman also said the dirty cop-Mueller investigation, the House Judiciary Committee’s actions, and politically motivated judges were challenging not only the results of the 2016 election but the “very notion we govern ourselves.” “And then this election and what we’re seeing here not just with this investigation but with the broader investigations and the use of subpoenas and federal judges that had been nominated and confirmed by President scumbag/liar-nObama appointed by President scumbag/liar-nObama blocking this President’s actions perfectly legitimate actions,” Eastman told Levin. “So this is really a challenge to the results of the last election which means it’s a challenge to the American people and the very notion that we govern ourselves.” On Wednesday, House Judiciary Chairman scumbag liar-Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., declared a “constitutional crisis” after his committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena for Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s unredacted Russia report and underlying documents. Since the dirty cop-Mueller report was released, Democrats and Republicans have clashed over whether or not Trump obstructed justice and Barr’s summary interpretation. Eastman criticized dirty cop-Mueller for not delivering a decisive conclusion, saying his report “presumes guilt” and is altering America’s concept of “justice.”… https://www.foxnews.com/politics/constitutional-expert-life-liberty-levin-democrats-justice?fbclid=IwAR3D_LHNZ8gzifWoHSl0yWQ9PQpNS2XTu96B2XW4iEobB6ES-FkHfrsYJqg

VIDEO: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6035847903001/

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scumbag/liar-nObama White House Tracked FOIA Request For scumbag/liar-Hillary Emails That Was Improperly Denied

by Chuck Ross

{ dailycaller.com } ~ The scumbag/liar-nObama White House kept tabs on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information on former Secretary of State scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s email accounts… that the State Department improperly denied, according to newly released emails. The emails, which were provided to Judicial Watch, show for the first time that the scumbag/liar-nObama White House was aware of the scumbag/liar-Clinton-related FOIA request, which the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) submitted to the State Department in December 2012. The State Department denied the request in May 2013, claiming that no responsive records existed. That despite officials at the State Department, the White House and even President scumbag/liar-nObama himself knowing that scumbag/liar-Clinton used a personal email account for government business. The State Department’s inspector general determined in a report released on Jan. 7, 2016 that the State Department’s denial of the CREW request was “inaccurate and incomplete.” It is not clear from the emails why the White House was interested in the request. But Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton has a theory. “These documents suggest the scumbag/liar-nObama White House knew about the scumbag/liar-Clinton email lies being told to the public at least as early as December 2012,” he said in a statement.“The scumbag/liar-nObama White House orchestrated the scumbag/liar-Clinton email cover-up,” he added. Several FOIA requests were filed for information on scumbag/liar-Clinton’s email accounts during her tenure at the State Department, which ended Feb. 1, 2013. The most specific request was the one from CREW, which was submitted on Dec. 6, 2012…  https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/12/obama-white-house-hillary-clinton-emails-foia/?utm_medium=email

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Judge Puts Fight For Trump Financial Records On The Fast Track

by Kevin Daley

{ dailycaller.com } ~ A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is speeding up a dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump over a subpoena for records… from the president’s accounting firm, Mazars USA. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said in a new order that he will decide the case after a May 14 hearing, far earlier than initially anticipated. The accelerated pace could give the House Committee on Oversight and Reform access to Trump’s accounting records sooner than they had hoped, should Mehta rule in their favor. “The sole question before the court — is the House Oversight Committee’s issuance of a subpoena to Mazars USA LLP for financial records of President Trump and various associated entities a valid exercise of legislative power? — is fully briefed, and the court can discern no benefit from an additional round of legal arguments,” Mehta wrote. “Nor is there an obvious need to delay ruling on the merits to allow for development of the factual record.” Mehta’s order gives all sides until Monday afternoon to object to his decision to put the case on the fast track. The Oversight Committee issued a subpoena to Mazars on April 15 after hearing testimony from Michael Cohen, a onetime Trump confidant. Cohen told the panel that the president and his accountants inflated his assets or omitted liabilities to meet his current needs, like acquiring a new entity or dodging real estate taxes. In turn, the president sued Mazars and top Democrats on the Oversight Committee to prevent disclosure of the records. Trump and his attorneys say Democrats are pursuing the accounting records as part of a partisan fishing expedition, making the subpoena illegitimate. Congressional subpoenas must be connected to a “legitimate legislative purpose.”… Why are they wasting taxpayer money to go after something that has nothing to do with governing for the people.  https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/12/trump-financial-records-case/?utm_medium=email

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Don’t You Know It’s the End of the World?

by Jeffrey Folks

{ americanthinker.com } ~ The annual United Nations Global Environment Outlook is just out, and it goes way beyond anything previously “reported.” Environmentalists are desperate to eliminate fossil fuels and shift energy production to their favored industries… so they’ve discovered that the climate is not just worsening. Rather, it’s the end of the world. The report was the product of an organization that calls itself “the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda.” I thought individual countries set their own agendas, not a bunch of bureaucrats with headquarters in Nairobi, but the U.N. begs to differ. As headlined in the Washington Post, the report stresses that one million species face extinction. According to the climate experts — mostly professors whose research funding depends on pushing the climate crisis agenda — climate change is threatening “the foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health, and quality of life worldwide.” Not much left out there. In sum, a global catastrophe. But is it, really? Ten Americans died in tornadoes in 2018, the lowest number on record despite annual predictions of mega-storms resulting from climate change. The problem, according to the U.N. report, is that the world’s population has tripled since 1950, and as that population becomes more affluent, it is consuming more resources and causing more pollution. Total world GDP in 1950 was $9.25 trillion; by 2015, it had grown to $108 trillion. In other words, the world’s population was nearly 12 times as well off in 2015(and more so today as in 1950. So let’s get back to 1950. The report conveniently fails to note that in 1950, the global standard of living was much, much lower and that tens of millions of humans were starving. That doesn’t sound like much worth going back to. It’s interesting that this year’s U.N. environment report got much bleaker just as the U.S. entered its presidential election season. We’re led to believe that in one year, we’ve gone from “bad” to “catastrophe” just as President Trump comes up for re-election. Interesting coincidence. Environmentalists aren’t the only ones with “end of the world” scenarios. loose lips-Joe Biden claims to support the New Green Deal, but for now he’s focusing on income inequality. He says we’re “losing” the middle class — don’t know where they’re going, but for the middle class, it’s the end of the world. This despite a report from the Washington Post that middle-class income rose above $61,000 for the first time in 2017. Those incomes have continued growing in 2018 and 2019, along with 401k accumulations and other retirement savings. So where have all the flowers gone?…  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/dont_you_know_its_the_end_of_the_world.html

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This Overwhelmed Mexican Immigration Detention Center Has Had Six Mass Escapes In Six Weeks

by Peter Hasson

{ dailycaller.com } ~ Illegal immigrants have staged six mass escapes at a Mexican immigration detention center on the country’s southern border in under six weeks… Roughly two dozen Cuban immigrants escaped after rushing the gates and overwhelming the guards at the Siglo XXI station in Tapachula, Chiapas, on Sunday, Mexican media outlets reported. A Reuters photographer on scene captured the mass escape as well. One photo shows a federal police officer standing and watching as migrants run past her. Tapachula sits near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, making it a pressure point in the ongoing immigration crisis. The detention center has been the site of ongoing protests and riots from detainees and activists over deportations, alleged mistreatment and poor living conditions. Sunday’s revolt marked the sixth mass escape at the center since April, Mexican media outlets reported. Roughly 100 Cuban immigrants escaped the detention center on May 7 and another 90 Cuban immigrants fled on May 4, according to Mexican media and officials. Those mass escapes pale in comparison to the one on April 25, when roughly 1,300 immigrants bolted from the detention center. Riots have become common at the Siglo XXI center as well. Cuban and African immigrants staged a riot on April 10 to prevent authorities from carrying out deportations…  https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/12/mexico-immigrants-mass-escapes/?utm_medium=email

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK9-O73p8Wk

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China ‘Broke’ Deal on U.S. Trade Talks

Political Editors: Effective at 12:01 ET this morning, President Donald Trump raised tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion in Chinese imports — a move that surprised many who had assumed a new trade agreement was close at hand. “They broke the deal,” Trump asserted, adding, “so they’re flying in, the vice premier … is flying in — good man — but they broke the deal. They can’t do that, so they’ll be paying.”

Reuters reports that upon receiving a diplomatic cable from Beijing late last Friday of the nearly 150-page draft agreement, it became apparent to the Trump administration that “systematic edits” had been made and “the document was riddled with reversals by China that undermined core U.S. demands.”

Reuters further reports, “In each of the seven chapters of the draft trade deal, China had deleted its commitments to change laws to resolve core complaints that caused the United States to launch a trade war: Theft of U.S. intellectual property and trade secrets; forced technology transfers; competition policy; access to financial services; and currency manipulation.”

To put it simply, the Chinese are not negotiating in good faith, and Trump believes he knows why. “The reason for the China pullback & attempted renegotiation of the Trade Deal is the sincere HOPE that they will be able to ‘negotiate’ with loose lips-Joe Biden or one of the very weak Democrats, and thereby continue to ripoff the United States ($500 Billion a year) for years to come.” That said, Trump has still left the door open for further negotiations, noting that Chinese Vice Premier Liu was “now coming to the U.S. to make a deal.” Maybe Beijing will take the president more seriously now. ~The Patriot Post

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