Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: News From the Swamp

POLITICS AND MONEY: “The Trump administration and congressional leaders, including Democrats, have reached a critical debt and budget agreement that all but eliminates the risk of another government shut down this fall — but that has already drawn fierce blowback from fiscal conservatives worried about overspending, as well as progressives unhappy with where the money could go,” Fox News reports. Assuming Congress passes the budget agreement, spending caps will climb by $320 billion and the debt ceiling will be shelved through July 31, 2021. From Sen. Rand Paul’s point of view, “It scraps the sequester, which is a huge mistake. It would be a huge mistake if the Republican leadership agrees to this.”

MASSIVE DEREGULATION: Conversely, there’s an interesting juxtaposition between the budget agreement and the Trump administration’s deregulation enterprise. According to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, “When Donald Trump in 2016 pledged to kill two scumbag/liar-nObama-era regulations for every new one, crowds went wild. … And now as he opens his reelection campaign, Russ Vought, acting budget office director, has delivered the results sure to win even more rally cheers. ‘We’ve hit 13 to 1,’ he told a Heritage Foundation conference on federalism. And cutting so many regulations, he added, has saved taxpayers $33 billion.” John Hinderaker observes, “Lower taxes are good, definitely, but over-regulation is just as important a problem. … Cutting regulations is one area where the Trump administration has succeeded beyond any reasonable expectation.”

scumbag-COMEY’S COVERT OPERATION: “According to RealClearInvestigations, a soon-to-be-filed report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz alleges that former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey ‘was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.’ … [Paul] Sperry cites two U.S. officials briefed on the IG’s investigation into possible FBI misconduct who say the former director was effectively ‘running a covert operation against’ Trump, which started with a ‘defenseive briefing’ he privately gave Trump a few weeks before his inauguration.” (The Daily Wire)

FOOD-STAMP REFORM: “The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed a rule to tighten food stamp eligibility that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said.” (Reuters)

On the Immigration Front

THE GOOD… “Homeland Security announced an aggressive new policy Monday to fast-track deportations of recent immigrants caught in the living in the U.S. illegally, looking to expand a tool that’s been used successfully at the border for years. Expedited removal allows immigration officers to order a deportation without the extensive immigration court proceedings and appeals that accompany other removals.” (The Washington Times)

THE BAD… “The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against the Trump administration’s policy allowing for the indefinite detention of certain asylum-seekers, saying a lower court ruling temporarily blocking it can remain in place.” (The Hill)

AND THE UGLY: “As of April 16, 2019, nine states including California, Illinois, and New Jersey claim to be Sanctuary States, while numerous counties and cities in other states also say they will protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Monday, Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest county, officially joins the list. County Executive Marc Elrich will sign an executive order … that will keep the area from cooperating with ICE, even though the policy has been unofficially on the books for some time.” (The Daily Wire)

Polling

TRUMP APPROVAL IMPROVES: “Trump’s approval rating hit 44 percent in the new NPR/NewsHour/Marist poll, the highest level at which it’s been recorded in any mainstream opinion poll with the exception of a July 7 Washington Post poll that recorded 47 percent approval.” (National Review)

OPEN-BORDERS BUZZKILL: Even most Democrats don’t support decriminalizing border crossings, poll finds (The Week)

Other Notables

JOHNSON WINS: “Britain’s next Prime Minister will be Boris Johnson after he won a ballot vote of Conservative Party members against Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, it was announced Tuesday. … He will replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday after she announced her resignation last month amid failure to lead the nation out of the European Union.” (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: New budget deal puts final nail in the Tea Party coffin (National Review)

POLICY: Contrary to the popular narrative, most American prisoners belong behind bars (City Journal)

SATIRE: New York Times praises Soviet Union for unprecedented gender equality in labor camps (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/64460?mailing_id=4436&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.4436&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body

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There’s A Full-Fledged Fight Over The Wall Going On In The Supreme Court

by KEVIN DALEY

{ dailycaller.com } ~ Environmental groups and House Democrats urged the Supreme Court not to disturb a lower court order blocking the reallocation of military funds for border wall projects… The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to put that ruling on hold while litigation continues July 12. Granting that request — called a stay — would give the government an irreversible victory, a coalition of environmentalists led by the Sierra Club warned. “If a stay is granted and wall construction begins, there will be no turning back,” the green groups told the justices in court papers. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam barred the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for border wall construction. The trial court’s injunctions stalled border barrier construction projects in Arizona and New Mexico. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the administration’s request to stay Gilliam’s ruling while litigation continued by a 2-1 vote July 3. The government filed a stay application with the Supreme Court on July 12. Stays are supposed to preserve the status quo among litigants while a lawsuit proceeds through court. If the justices grant the administration’s request, the government can begin construction on several border wall projects the courts may never be able to undo. That is exactly the sort of outcome stays mean to prevent, the Sierra Club said. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) represents the Sierra Club before the high court. “By essentially handing defendants an irrevocable victory, a stay would accomplish the opposite of a stay’s proper purpose: providing interim relief to allow for considered review,” the green groups wrote…  https://dailycaller.com/2019/07/21/sierra-club-wall-supreme-court/?utm_medium=email

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Maine and Nevada Show Why the Electoral College Helps Small States, Not Red States

by Hans von Spakovsky

{ dailysignal.com } ~ Last month, both Maine and Nevada did what was in the best interests of their states… They rejected bills that would have enrolled their states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an unwise effort to override the Electoral College. In Maine, it was killed by legislators in the state House after it passed Maine’s Senate. In Nevada, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak vetoed the bill that had been passed by members of his own party in the Legislature. The National Popular Vote compact, which is an agreement between states, requires a participating state to award all of its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes across the nation, not to the candidate who actually won the vote in that state. In other words, states are agreeing to ignore what the majority of voters in their state decides when it comes to who they believe should be president. This interstate compact has been sold to state governments as a means to abolish what supporters wrongly claim is the “outmoded, undemocratic Electoral College.” What is “undemocratic” is an agreement that means that even if every single voter in a state voted against a presidential candidate who won the national popular vote, the state would still have to give all its electoral votes to that candidate…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/07/19/maine-and-nevada-show-why-the-electoral-college-helps-small-states-not-red-states/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maine-and-nevada-show-why-the-electoral-college-helps-small-states-not-red-states&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTnpVNFpHWXhabVUwTURrMyIsInQiOiJVMDZjdlRIbDZqSW1XNmI4RXF0N2ljQzdWQTNacmJNSzFic29WK3JTM3BySHdxMWZHNk41THZRVzR3YnJWQjVHWUZHWHpMQVl6OGpFc2JVc2tSdXg0TjIzTVRWV0RueDVaNmh6MUxEWld1TnA0OW1yeXYzTlhhXC9wOUFJbEFvbHgifQ%3D%3D#dear_reader

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The Hamas-Iran Plan to Eliminate Israel

by Bassam Tawil

{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ Has Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, finally accepted the two-state solution and abandoned its objective to destroy Israel?.. The headlines in some Arab media outlets on July 20 created the impression that Hamas has changed its policy and is no longer seeking the annihilation of Israel. More remarkably, the headlines made it seem as if Hamas were presenting a new plan for peace with Israel. Quoting statements by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, several Arab media organizations ran headlines implying that the terror group now favors the two-state solution. “Hamas does not oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” the headlines shouted. Haniyeh reportedly made his statements during a video conference interview with Turkish journalists in Istanbul. The interview was organized by a group called the Palestinian Forum for Communication and Media, which describes itself as an “independent media organization aiming to enhance coordination between Arab and international media organizations to support the Palestinian cause.” Although the initial impression created by Haniyeh’s statements suggest a dramatic shift in Hamas’s policy – from seeking the destruction of Israel to accepting the two-state solution – it quickly becomes clear from reading the rest of his remarks that there is no change in the terror group’s strategy or ideology. Haniyeh carefully clarified that accepting a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 “borders” does not mean that Hamas would recognize Israel’s right to exist. “Hamas is not opposed to the establishment of a state on the 1967 borders, but insists on not recognizing the Israeli occupation of the rest of the Palestinian territories,” the Hamas leader is quoted as telling the Turkish journalists. Haniyeh, to his credit, was more honest that the editors who chose the misleading headlines suggesting that Hamas has accepted the two-state solution… https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14575/hamas-iran-eliminate-israel

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Socialism 101: Myths and Realities

by Rob Bluey

{ dailysignal.com } ~ Young people across America are increasingly embracing socialism. A cloud of misinformation has led many Americans to think socialism is something it is not—a good system of government… The Daily Signal recently interviewed Chris Wright, founder and president of the Anticommunism Action Team, to debunk the myths about socialism. The full audio is below along with a lightly edited transcript. Rob Bluey: Chris, you joined us a few weeks ago, along with Jennifer Zeng and Darian Diachok, and we discussed their personal stories about growing up under communist and socialist regimes and their own experiences. It was truly captivating to hear their personal stories. But we wanted to have you back to talk more about the work that you’re doing, specifically the Anticommunism Action Team. Can you tell us about the organization, why you founded it and what it is you do? Chris Wright: In 2013, my Alexandria Tea Party had a big program and we had survivors of communism from various countries, along with Dr. Lee Edwards from The Heritage Foundation. We had a couple hundred people in attendance and from there, I went on to found the Anticommunism Action Team in 2014 to formalize the activity. In 2016, we added the speakers bureau, which Jennifer and Darian are part of. We have other speakers from Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, other countries, Vietnam. And this year I’ve added a conference call. I’ve gathered together the best fighters against socialism in the country I could find, so I now have subject matter experts who are joining me in some of our presentations…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/07/22/socialism-101-myths-and-realities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=socialism-101-myths-and-realities&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTnpVNFpHWXhabVUwTURrMyIsInQiOiJVMDZjdlRIbDZqSW1XNmI4RXF0N2ljQzdWQTNacmJNSzFic29WK3JTM3BySHdxMWZHNk41THZRVzR3YnJWQjVHWUZHWHpMQVl6OGpFc2JVc2tSdXg0TjIzTVRWV0RueDVaNmh6MUxEWld1TnA0OW1yeXYzTlhhXC9wOUFJbEFvbHgifQ%3D%3D

VOICE VIDEO: https://soundcloud.com/dailysignal

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Mueller investigation witness George Nader indicted on sex trafficking charges

By JESSICA CAMPISI

{ thehill.com } ~ George Nader, a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation with links to associates of President Trump… has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, according to multiple reports. The three-count indictment, unsealed on Friday in the Eastern District of Virginia, accuses the Lebanese American businessman of transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe for sexual activity, The Washington Post reports. Nader, 60, has pleaded not guilty and is set to stand trial Sept. 30, the Post reported. Prosecutors allege that Nader brought the boy to the U.S. through Dulles International Airport and to his Washington home for sexual activity, the Post reported. He was denied bail by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, who cited “the nature of the charges and his extensive overseas connections,” according to the newspaper. In initial charges filed earlier this year, authorities accused Nader of possessing child pornography when he arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport from Dubai in January 2018. The Justice Department said at the time that Nader pleaded guilty in 1991 to the same charge of transporting explicit images of minors…  https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/453933-george-nader-indicted-on-new-sex-trafficking-charges

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Defund Lutherans for Open Borders Now!

Michelle Malkin

If you were shocked by the images of the Mexican flag flying over an Aurora, Colorado, immigration detention center this weekend, you’ll be appalled at an even more disgusting spectacle:

One of the top promoters of the so-called Lights for Liberty nationwide protests by Trump-hating, ICE-bashing radicals was a nonprofit religious organization known as the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. As a designated “host,” LIRS played a key role in publicizing, organizing and participating in demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s deportation enforcement actions targeting some 2,000 illegal immigrants and their families who have ignored removal orders or skipped out on court hearings.

Brazen hatred of cops, Border Patrol and ICE agents were on full display at the open borders protests fronted by LIRS and other left-wing groups, including Code Pink, CASA and CAIR. Marchers echoed the “Close the Concentration Camps” rhetoric of Congressional Brat Pack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). They carried signs declaring “ICE=Gestapo” and “Free the People, Burn the Camps.” It’s not just idle rhetoric. Antifa thug Willem Van Spronsen, armed with a rifle and incendiary devices, attempted to set a Tacoma ICE facility on fire on Saturday before being shot dead. He has been hailed as a “hero” and a “martyr” by fellow “progressive” travelers, while sympathetic mainstream reporters and activists look the other way.

The president and CEO of LIRS, Krishanti Vignarajah, is a Sri Lankan refugee and former Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama policy director who led the Lights for Liberty event in Washington, D.C. She argues that Americans are obligated to open the floodgates at the southern border (since she turned out so great) and vehemently opposes what she calls “militant border enforcement.” To these border-sabotaging radicals, of course, any border enforcement is “militant.”

LIRS sounds like just the kind of extremist group you’d expect to be kept afloat by billionaire scumbag-George Soros’ big bucks. But hold on to your wallets and your American flags, folks: In 2016, LIRS relied on $64.7 million in government subsidies from taxpayers — that’s you and me — to fund a whopping 96.2% of its budget.

LIRS is one of nine agencies that receives tens of millions of dollars to resettle refugees from around the world. The organization brags that it is “a vital arm of the United States refugee admissions program” that has worked with the State Department to import “over 500,000 refugees” to our country. One of LIRS’ most famous clients? Somalian-born Minnesota Democratic Rep. worthless-Ilhan Omar, whose immigration, marriage and tax fraud problems I reported on in my column last month.

If only a fraction of LIRS clients share worthless-Omar’s contempt for our security and self-governance, you can see the trouble we’re in. And that’s just the caseload of one of the nine resettlement giants that together rake in an estimated $1 billion a year.

In addition, the Lutheran nonprofit is one of two specially designated groups (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the other) that is contracted by the government to provide social services and benefits (including “psycho-educational support” and “low-cost or pro bono immigration legal assistance”) to sponsor families hosting illegal immigrant children.

Disguised as compassion and Christian morality, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s activism is a profit-seeking machine — even as the agency has been plagued by allegations of mismanagement that prompted an external probe two years ago. Last week, the group unveiled yet another initiative: “United Sanctuaries of America.” You should know, especially if you are a citizen of faith who believes in the sovereignty of our country, that the following organizations are partnering with LIRS, possibly to erase our borders:

–New Sanctuary Coalition

–Hispanic Heritage Foundation

–League of United Latin American Citizens

–Washington Office on Latin America

–Mary’s Center and Hispanic Federation

–Gethsemane Lutheran Church

–Good Shepherd Lutheran

–Church of the Reformation

–Christ Lutheran

–Christ the Servant Lutheran

–Our Savior Lutheran

Bottom line: Open borders equals cash flow: more aliens, more grants, bigger paychecks.

Exit question: Will a single American elected official please stand up and challenge the continued public funding of this subversive religious racket bent on hoisting foreign flags and alien interests above our own? ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/opinion/64318?mailing_id=4425&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.4425&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body 

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