Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

AG LEERY: William Barr reportedly doubts inspector general’s finding on Russia inquiry (The New York Times) But Sen. Lindsey Graham says to “be wary” of Leftmedia rumors.

DIGITAL-TAX FALLOUT: Trump administration proposes tariffs on $2.4 billion in French goods (The Hill)

Government & Politics

OPEN-ENDED WITCH HUNT: Democrats quietly debate expanding impeachment articles beyond Ukraine (The Washington Post)

PASSING THE BATON: Senate confirms Dan Brouillette as Trump’s pick to replace Energy Secretary Rick Perry (Fox News)PAYBACK: Trump campaign bans Bloomberg News from events over “troubling and wrong” decision to investigate Trump but not his political opponents (Fox News)

“ETHICAL LAPSES”: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson fired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot a few weeks before his planned retirement (Fox News)

GUILTY: California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will plead guilty to corruption charges (The Mercury News)

Other Notables

TROUBLE BREWING? The Supreme Court heard its first gun-rights case in years. It might be a misfire. (The Daily Caller)

DRAINING THE SWAMP: Betsy DeVos has cut 600 staff positions at the Department of Education (Washington Examiner)

NO DENYING IT: Iran admits to murdering protesters in cities across the country (Townhall)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: The London terrorist attack shows rehabilitative justice doesn’t work (The Federalist)

POLICY: An agenda for the intangible economy (City Journal)

“HUMOR”: Democrats fly dozens to Spain to learn about how to pollute less (Genesius Times)  ~The Patriot Post

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WaPo Leads Conflation Effort Claiming Divergence Between Barr and Horowitz on Origin of Trump Investigation

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ A Washington Post spin article attempts to defend the DOJ/FBI “small group” 2016 campaign effort by claiming vindication from IG Horowitz and U.S. AG Barr not accepting the finding. But not so fast… Before getting to the WaPo narrative construction a little background review is worthwhile; starting with the original investigative purpose of the IG review. The Horowitz review was initiated to look into how the DOJ and FBI secured a Title-1 FISA surveillance warrant against U.S. person Carter Page: IG Horowitz was never investigating the predicate claims that initiated the CIA/FBI operation known as “Crossfire Hurricane”.  So how exactly would AG Barr and IG Horowitz be diverging on an aspect to a predicate that Horowitz was never reviewing.  Additionally, IG Horowitz was never tasked or empowered to interview CIA officers who are known to have been at the heart of the pre-July 2016 operation. Horowitz was/is focused on the DOJ and FBI compliance with legal requirements for the FISA application that was assembled for use in October 2016, and renewed throughout 2017. So what we are seeing in the  Washington Post framework is the intentional use of a narrow IG review to obfuscate, provide cover, and conflate a larger investigation undertaken by U.S. Attorney Durham. The media attempt to conflate two narratives is not accidental… https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/02/wapo-leads-conflation-effort-claiming-divergence-between-barr-and-horowitz-on-origin-of-trump-investigation/  

House Republicans Defend Trump in New 123-Page Impeachment Report

By TOBIAS HOONHOUT{nationalreview.com } ~ House Republicans continued to hold firm in their defense of President Trump in a new 123-page report, which is designed to preempt the House Intelligence Committee’s report… which will be released Tuesday and will lay out conduct that could serve as the basis for articles of impeachment. “The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor,” the report reads. The report centers around the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and objects to the allegation that Trump pressured Ukraine into investigating the loose lips liar-Bidens in exchange for the release of $391 million in aid that had been placed on hold. “The summary of their July 25, 2019, telephone conversation shows no quid pro quo or indication of conditionality, threats, or pressure—much less evidence of bribery or extortion. The summary reflects laughter, pleasantries, and cordiality,” the report says. “President Zelensky has said publicly and repeatedly that he felt no pressure. President Trump has said publicly and repeatedly that he exerted no pressure.”  House Republicans argue that the loose lips liar-Bidens were only mentioned “in passing” on the call and claim that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani acted legitimately in Ukraine “because the Ukrainians knew that he was a conduit to convince President Trump that President Zelensky was serious about reform.” “President Trump has a deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption,” the report states. Giuliani has come under fire for working with two foreign-born Americans, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are accused of attempting to dig up dirt on the loose lips liar-Bidens in Ukraine and helping to oust former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch over business interests. Appearing in court on Monday on charges of campaign finance violations, Parnas’s lawyer said the Ukrainian-American can’t cooperate in the impeachment inquiry because federal authorities seized “the lion’s share” of information requested in a House subpoena. Republicans end the report by arguing that the Ukraine affair represents a foreign-policy disagreement between career foreign officials and the White House, not corrupt conduct or an impeachable offense. “The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry paints a picture of unelected bureaucrats within the foreign policy and national security apparatus who fundamentally disagreed with President Trump’s style, world view, and decisions. Their disagreements with President Trump’s policies and their discomfort with President Trump’s actions set in motion the anonymous, secondhand whistleblower complaint,” the report concludes. “Democrats seized on the whistleblower complaint to fulfill their years-old obsession with removing President Trump from office.”Late Tuesday afternoon, President Trump tweeted his support of the report after landing in London for NATO talks set for tomorrow.  https://www.nationalreview.com/news/trump-impeachment-inquiry-house-republicans-defend-trump-123-page-report/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=breaking&utm_campaign=newstrack&utm_term=18785437  

Iranian Protests Were Not about the Price of Gas

by A.J. Caschetta{meforum.org } ~ Anyone who thinks that the recent protests in 100 cities throughout Iran were about gas prices did not pay attention to what the protesters were saying… The immediate spark that led to the Arab Spring was the 2010 self-immolation of a Tunisian fruit vendor, but the Arab Spring revolution was not about Tunisian citizens’ ability to obtain permits to sell fruit. Likewise, this unrest in Iran was not about the price of gas. Iranian protesters and rioters chanting “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon!” “Leave Syria and think of us,” and even “Death to Palestine!” indicates that something much larger than the price of gas drove their outrage. Forty years after the Islamic Revolution, substantial numbers of Iranians are finally rejecting the priorities of their masters. When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini consolidated power in Iran for himself in 1979, he risked being accused of a sin that Islamists of all stripes object to in any non-Sharia government — “making partners with Allah,” something specifically prohibited by the Koran (see 3:64, 12:40 and 42:41, for example). This accusation is especially relevant to democracies. As Abu al-Ali al-Mawdudi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the first Islamist organizations, put it: “Democracy is the deification of man.” Or, as current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri put it: “Democracies raise up gods, establish masters and assign partners to Allah Most High.” So Khomeini established the velayat-e-faqih governance of the jurist, which allowed him to pretend that Iran was controlled by divine, rather than human, laws. The premise is that Khomeini’s hand-picked jurors the mullahs, under the watchful eye of rahbar mo’azzam Supreme Leader Khomeini, were simply guiding the country until the 12th imam comes out of hiding to usher in the end of times. In the meantime, to placate the people’s clamoring for freedom, Khomeini established a parliament and president. There would be elections and the guise of competition, but no one would be permitted to run for office without approval from the mullahs. This arrangement created the illusion of democracy while maintaining clerical control… https://www.meforum.org/60015/iranian-protests-were-not-about-the-price-of-gas?utm_source=Middle+East+Forum&utm_campaign=2b5e166e0e-MEF_caschetta_2019_12_03_01_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_086cfd423c-2b5e166e0e-33703665&goal=0_086cfd423c-2b5e166e0e-33703665&mc_cid=2b5e166e0e&mc_eid=f33b9e6c12  

scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler Announces HJC Witnesses for Impeachment “Groundwork” Hearing

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ House Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler has announced the four selected representatives for the committee “groundwork” hearing on political impeachment… The hearing takes place Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00am EST and includes: Noah Feldman – Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, Harvard Law School… Pamela S. Karlan – Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School… Michael Gerhardt – Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, The University of North Carolina School of Law Jonathan Turley – J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, The George Washington University Law School. All liberal professors.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/02/jerry-nadler-announces-hjc-witnesses-for-impeachment-groundwork-hearing/  

Sacrebleu! – USTR Lighthizer Announces 100% Countervailing Duties on $2.4 Billion of French Products

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ The synergy, flow and timing of the U.S. trade and economic team is just a marvel; a brilliant assembly of perfectly in-tune economic and trade professionals… As President Trump touched down in the U.K. to attend the two-day NATO summit, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announces the completion of a Section 301 review of France’s Digital Services Tax (DST). After determining the value of the French tax on U.S. internet services at $2.4 billion; Lighthizer announces a 100%  countervailing duty on a carefully selected $2.4 billion in French imports. Obviously the agenda for the bilateral NATO meeting between U.S. President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron just changed.  LOL, you have to love Team USA. Oh, but wait, wait… it gets better….We have to remember, THIS $2.4 billion U.S. tariff against France would be on top of the $7.5 billion per year countervailing duty recently won from the Airbus subsidy case in the WTO…. and by law France cannot retaliate…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/02/sacrebleu-ustr-lighthizer-announces-100-countervailing-duties-on-2-4-billion-of-french-products/  

.A ‘Sanctuary’ Nation Is No Nation at All

Arnold Ahlert:  “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.” —Article VI, U.S. Constitution

“Setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility. Seeking to address the issue through a patchwork of state laws will only create more problems than it solves.” —former U.S. Attorney General scumbag-Eric Holder regarding the scumbag/liar-nObama administration’s decision to sue Arizona in 2010, after that state passed laws barring illegal immigration“The National Government has significant power to regulate immigration. Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.” —former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing  for the 5-3 majority that struck down key provisions of the Arizona law precipitating the scumbag/liar-nObama administration’s lawsuitDespite all of the above, the more than five hundred  states and municipalities that embrace sanctuary polices for illegal aliens have determined that some supremacy is “more equal” than others. Moreover, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the number of states and municipalities that refuse some level of cooperation with federal immigration authorities has jumped by more than 200 since Donald Trump took office.“This is just an astounding and a dramatic surge of sanctuary jurisdictions,” Bob Dane, FAIR’s executive director, stated in 2018. “They’ve doubled in just two years, and if you game that out, if the exponential growth continues, it’s not going to be long before it’s accurate to say the U.S. is a sanctuary country.”Or, one could simply say that of all the efforts by the American Left to undo the 2016 election, this is by far the most blatant.It’s not that Trump hasn’t tried to address the issue. When he entered office he signed an executive order discouraging the practice of protecting illegal aliens from deportation. The aforementioned states and municipalities ignored him. Then Trump signed an executive order attempting to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities. In response, San Francisco U.S. District Judge William Orrick, an scumbag/liar-nObama appointee, ruled that Trump’s “coercive” order was unconstitutional. Moreover, he asserted his ruling covered the entire country.The following year, a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of Orrick’s determination, but said he went too far in imposing his decision on the entire nation. Thus the panel narrowed the injunction’s scope to California alone.Trump’s DOJ then sued California, alleging three new state laws, designed to protect certain illegals from deportation by the federal government, were unconstitutional. Once again in April 2019, another three-judge panel from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously blocked the administration. More egregiously, the panel further determined two state laws restricting local law enforcement from notifying federal immigration authorities of the release dates of immigrant inmates, and requiring employers to alert employees (read: possible illegal-alien employees) before federal immigration inspections, were also OK.Constitutional supremacy? Apparently it only applies when one is trying to oppose illegal immigration. When one supports wholesale law-breaking that engenders as many as 20 million illegals living here, working here — and even committing additional and often felonious crimes here?Federal control of immigration laws is apparently irrelevant.Americans are paying the price, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is making sure they know the details. On Nov. 22, the agency released  examples of foreign nationals with active ICE detainers who have been detained for serious criminal offenses in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, but who were shielded from ICE.They included individuals charged with sexual abuse against minors, assault, rape, and attempted murder.Regardless, these counties will be releasing these people back onto the streets. “The county leadership has chosen misguided politics over public safety,” Baltimore, Maryland, ICE official Francisco Madrigal said in a statement.Not misguided. Utterly contemptuous, and insanely dangerous. That’s especially true when one considers the reality that ICE was forced to arrest two teenagers for a second time after they were arrested the first time in Prince George County — and charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted robbery, and other related charges by Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD).Despite those charges, and despite a detainer request issued by ICE, both men were released on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE. When they were rearrested they were charged with first-degree murder. Their latest victim? A teenage girl. One who would still be alive were it not for the utter bankruptcy of progressive ideology.How have we come to a place where elected officials and law-enforcement officers can essentially choose which laws they will and won’t enforce? Columnist Michael Cutler nails it. “The biggest issue is that for the wealthy and powerful, the immigration system is not broken,” he explains. “For them immigration has become a delivery system that delivers an unlimited supply of cheap and easily exploited labor, an unlimited supply of foreign tourists, and nearly unlimited supply of foreign students and finally, and of extreme significance considering that both political parties have members in key positions who are attorneys, an unlimited supply of clients for immigration law firms.”Underscoring that assessment is the reality that both parties have had complete control of the federal government for two years each, Democrats from 2008-2010, and Republicans from 2016-2018 — and neither of them made the slightest effort to reverse the anarchist status quo.Moreover, it is impossible to square countless calls for “comprehensive immigration reform,” with the reality that such calls ignore the fact that we already reformed  immigration in 1986 when 2.7 million illegals were granted unambiguous amnesty, ostensibly in exchange for securing the border and cracking down on employers who hire illegals. Because the last two provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 have been routinely and conspicuously ignored, the influx of illegals accelerated exponentially, ultimately precipitating the “Dreamers,” a propagandist term of the first order. Moreover, the Dreamer agenda is even worse: because the Rule of Law has been ignored for 33 years, Americans are expected to abide another round of legalization for a specific cohort of illegals because they’ve spent their entire lives here. And just for good measure, progressive-promulgated “compassion” demands we abide their extended families as well.Anyone who disagrees? Heartless, bigoted — or both.In 2017, President Trump stated that “a nation without borders is not a nation.” What Americans must understand is that the elimination of the nation state per se is the ultimate ambition of the globalist agenda. In that context, everything that abets illegal aliens — from drivers’ licenses and in-state college tuition to health insurance, voting in municipal elections, and sanctuary cities — makes perfect sense.Utterly damnable, and wholly lawless, perfect sense.  ~The Patriot Post

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