Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

UGLIER THAN A CHRISTMAS SWEATER: Congress finalizes 2020 budget bill ahead of impending shutdown; bill includes federal research into “gun violence” and raising the tobacco buying age to 21 (National Review)

TONE DEAF: Chuck scumbag-Schumer issues list of Democrat demands for Senate impeachment trial, gets wrecked for hypocrisy related to scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial (The Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

NEVER-ENDING WITCH HUNT: House vows to continue impeachment probes regardless of Senate outcome (Politico)

THE INSTIGATOR SPEAKS: Dossier author Christopher Steele breaks silence with IG report rebuttal (The Washington Times)

BOMBSHELL OR BLUSTER? Giuliani says he has new proof of massive corruption in Ukraine involving loose lips liar-Bidens (The Washington Times)

SKIPPING THE 2020 DEBATES? Trump slams debate commission, raising questions about his participation (The Hill)

BARACK scumbag/liar-nOBAMA, HYPOCRITE-IN-CHIEF: Women “indisputably” better than men, says dude who prevented female from becoming president (The Washington Free Beacon)

Other Notables

A TINY FRACTION OF THE 47,000 INDIVIDUALS: Just 11 migrants have qualified for asylum under Remain in Mexico program (The Daily Caller)

THERE ALMOST SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN HERE: Starbucks again apologizes after employees allegedly treat law enforcement with disrespect (The Daily Wire)

THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN JEOPARDY: Boeing will halt 737 Max production in January as FAA reviews software fix (The Washington Post)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Eleven more examples of how firearms save gun owners’ lives and property (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: Congress should promptly scrap the medical device tax, once and for all (RealClearMarkets)

HUMOR: Santa Claus accused of quid pro quo for giving children gifts in exchange for good behavior (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post


Judge Sullivan Denies Flynn Motion for Brady Material, Schedules Sentencing for January 28th

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ In an order released moments ago, Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan has denied all of the Brady requests by the Flynn defense lawyer and summarily rejected the position of defense counsel… Flynn sentencing is scheduled for January 28th, 2020. Judge Sullivan relies heavily on the Mueller report and finds: the case was adequately predicated and authorized by Rod Rosenstein; the original guilty plea to Judge Contreras was appropriately informed; the government followed all appropriate notifications for brady material; the evidence of Flynn’s guilt is accurately demonstrable to the guilty plea Mr. Flynn accepted; and there was no prosecutorial misconduct. It is somewhat interesting how the list of material for declassification is a portion of the brady material. By withholding the classification material particularly the liar-Susan Rice memo to file Attorney General William Barr has built the gallows upon which Flynn will hang….  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/16/judge-sullivan-denies-flynn-motion-for-brady-material-schedules-sentencing-for-january-28th/  

AG Bill Barr Chooses to Protect Rosenstein Over Full Disclosure in Flynn Case

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Regardless of whether you would support or not support the vigorous defense of Michael Flynn, I would hope we would all agree a fulsome discovery of all relevant background material is a cornerstone of justice appropriately applied… With that in mind it is concerning how Attorney General Bill Barr would prefer to keep DOJ conduct against Flynn hidden from public review.  Consider…♦Would it be valuable for Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan to know the FBI was discussing how to “lock in” charges against Flynn in a “formal chargeable way”? ♦Would it be valuable for Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan to consider how Special Counsel Robert Mueller requested DAG Rod Rosenstein to provide leverage against Mike Flynn Jr to coerce a plea against Michael Flynn in the second scope memo? ♦Would it be relevant for the purposes of Judge Emmet Sullivan to consider how former National Security Advisor liar-Susan Rice was portraying Lt. General Flynn, as a target for intelligence community concern, prior to President Trump taking office? ♦ Would it be important for Flynn’s defense to have the full and unredacted text messages of the investigators and accusers against Michael Flynn as they plotted their strategy? ♦ Would it be important to know what “classified briefing material” would be “in the interests of fairness” to Lt. Gen Michael Flynn?…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/16/ag-bill-barr-chooses-to-protect-rosenstein-over-full-disclosure-in-flynn-case/    

Some Trump Defenders Seek Senate Testimony From Hunter Biden, scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff

by Fred Lucas{dailysignal.com } ~ House Republicans sought to get a minority hearing to call their own witnesses during the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, as was done in previous such processes… House Democrats, in the majority, rejected the proposal. That’s among the reasons many in the GOP were disappointed when Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News Channel that the Senate impeachment trial—if there is one—should be short and not include witnesses. Graham said Thursday that he doesn’t “want to give it legitimacy” because Democrats’ case against Trump is “a crock.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night: “My hope is that it will be a shorter process rather than a lengthy process.” House Republicans said they wanted to hear testimony from potential witnesses such as Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden; Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic operative with reported Ukraine ties; and the whistleblower whose complaint set in motion the impeachment investigation over Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  According to an official White House transcript, Trump and Zelenskyy briefly discussed Trump’s interest in Ukraine’s investigating its own possible interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the younger Biden’s lucrative employment by a Ukraine energy company while his father was President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s point man on Ukraine policy…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/12/13/some-trump-defenders-seek-senate-testimony-from-hunter-biden-adam-schiff/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=some-trump-defenders-seek-senate-testimony-from-hunter-biden-adam-schiff?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWlRFeVpUTTFaVEkwTW1ZeiIsInQiOiJ5MHZiTElPOXNOR0x5U2hcL2NvU0ZxS3ZRWWpnVTFiUDg4OENBN1RKZHE0MnJDWkV2NnZheWdoUWdwbTUzVzRUMHY4R1c5U1dXUVFqck1OSnhqWllOMkU2XC8zVXFrRU90bmRoOW5VS3pNbWtMY3BNYWlQMUdvSWhkRzNqSk9KS0FlIn0%3D  

Trump might withdraw from the UN after they issued this unbelievable threat to every American

by patriotpulse.net ~ For decades, the United Nations walked all over American sovereignty, while operating its headquarters on American soil. President Trump made clear he opposes their globalist agenda from Day One… And now he may withdraw from the UN after they issued this unbelievable threat to every American. Earlier this year, President Trump made clear he isn’t afraid to confront the UN when he withdrew the U.S. from the infamous anti-gun Small Arms Treaty. Now the UN is again threatening the U.S. by warning that Trump must spend American tax dollars to support its radical environmental plans to fight back against climate change. The United States was warned Wednesday by the United Nations it cannot avoid compensating poorer nations hit by climate change, despite Donald Trump honoring his election promise of leaving the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Delegates and observers at the COP25 negotiations in Madrid told AFP that Washington seeks a change to the UN climate convention that could release it from punitive “loss and damage” funding for developing nations which is predicted to run into the billions of dollars. Under the bedrock UN climate treaty, adopted in 1992, rich nations agreed to help developing countries prepare for unavoidable future climate impacts — the twin pillars of “mitigation” and “adaptation”. But there was no provision for helping countries and small island states now calling for compensation. A new mechanism was established in 2013, but with damage estimates climbing, there is no agreement on where the money might come from or even if it should be paid, although the U.S. is constantly the target of calls for financial reparations because it is rich, successful and a dominant world economic force.  Fighting so-called “man-made climate change” is the number one goal of globalists inside the United Nations. They are taking orders from people like Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish girl who is skipping school until they do what she wants. Thunberg has become their hero, with TIME Magazine even listing her as her person of the year.  Better yet kick the UN out of the USA.  https://patriotpulse.net/trump-might-withdraw-from-the-un-after-they-issued-this-unbelievable-threat-to-every-american/    

GOP Aims to Retake House After Impeachment by Turning Out 8.5 Million Trump Voters who Stayed Home in 2018

by MATTHEW BOYLE{breitbart.com } ~ House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively that Republicans think they can retake the House majority in 2020 by turning out millions of voters who backed President Donald Trump in 2016… but stayed home in the 2018 midterm elections. In fact, in his latest exclusive interview on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, McCarthy explained that Republicans would currently be in the House majority had these voters turned out in 2018—and that the GOP would have held at least 28 more seats than the party currently has. “There were 8.5 million Trump voters who voted in 2016 who did not turn out in 2018,” McCarthy said. They’re identified. If they turned out in 2018, and we know exactly where they live, we’d still be in the majority. We would have won 28 seats that we currently don’t have.” Having the president atop the ticket in 2020, McCarthy said, will help the GOP turn those nearly nine million voters out who didn’t vote in 2018 but did in 2016. “The one thing I’ve seen in intensity level and others, is they will show for the president,” McCarthy said. “They just don’t cross over to show up in the off years. It’s a challenge that President scumbag/liar-nObama, something that he had. But what I think and see is they’re going to show up for this president and there’s going to be even more who show up. If you look at the rallies and who shows up at the rallies, the number of first-time voters and the number of minorities inside those rallies and others, proportionally much higher than showed up for the president the first time in his campaign in 2016. So I think the turnout is potentially even going to be greater.”…  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/14/exclusive-kevin-mccarthy-gop-aims-to-retake-house-after-impeachment-by-turning-out-8-5-million-trump-voters-who-stayed-home-in-2018/    

The Problem of Nationalism

by Kim Holmes{dailysignal.com } ~ At first glance, the new nationalism of conservatives will seem benign and even uncontroversial. In his book “The Case for Nationalism,” Rich Lowry defines nationalism as flowing from a people’s “natural devotion to their home and to their country.”… Yoram Hazony, in his book “The Virtue of Nationalism,” also has a rather anodyne definition of nationalism. It means “that the world is governed best when nations agree to cultivate their own traditions, free from interference by other nations.” There is nothing particularly controversial at all about these statements. Defined in these terms, it sounds like little more than simply defending nationality or national sovereignty, which is why Lowry, Hazony, and others insist their definition of nationalism has nothing to do with the most virulent forms involving ethnicity, race, militarism, or fascism. Here’s the problem. I suppose any of us can take any tradition that has a definite history and simply redefine it to our liking. We could then give ourselves permission to castigate anyone who doesn’t agree with us as “misunderstanding” or even libeling us. But who actually is responsible for the misunderstanding here? The people who are trying to redefine the term, or the people who remind us of nationalism’s real history and what nationalism actually has been in history? Which raises an even bigger question: Why go down this road at all? If you have to spend half of your time explaining, “Oh, I don’t mean that kind of nationalism,” why would you want to associate a venerable tradition of American civic patriotism, national pride, and American exceptionalism at all with the various nationalisms that have occurred in the world? After all, American conservatives have argued that one of the great things about America was that it was different from all other countries. Different from all other nationalisms…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/12/15/the-problem-of-nationalism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-problem-of-nationalism&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTW1VM056TTFORFF3WkRNeiIsInQiOiJJaHkxOTZFRGV6dmNiYjNodnRvYlFSd0RiWXZLeFFtSVBoZTNmb1Y1MFhEdEtPODc1NUR3VHg2QWtxQWlYUFNcL1ZFY25HSGE1WVA2TXJWR2ZFeGZudEtDNk0wZUhwT0Z3OHZcL29pMzVMYWNKTE01ZzNUQjR3dnJ6MVlKQmdWd2pcLyJ9

Who Can Beat Trump?

 Peggy Noonan

The famous caucuses are Feb. 3. Christmas is coming, the calendar tightening, and candidates zooming through the broad expanse in tinted-window SUVs.A surprise is there’s little surprise. Reporters say interest in impeachment is minimal, and it’s true: in three days not a single question from the floor, not a stray comment from a voter in a forum. The candidates seem bored with the subject and don’t bother to fake passion if you ask. Impeachment is a reality show going on in Washington, and everyone knows the outcome, so it’s not even interesting. On my way to Waterloo I realized: We’re about to have the third impeachment of a president in American history, and the day it happens it’s not going to be Topic A in America. It will barely be mentioned at the dinner table. It is a coastal elite story, not a mainland story.The Democratic race is as fluid as it looks. No one, even bright party professionals speaking off the record, knows what to expect. Biden was inevitable, then maybe Elizabeth, maybe Pete’s inevitable, but Bernie may be inevitable, and don’t write off Joe.But “Beat Trump” is back. When 2019 began Democrats were thinking that was priority No. 1. Then other things became more important — Medicare for All, climate change, policy. But it feels like Democrats here are circling back to their original desire. “Who can beat Trump?” is again the most important question. They don’t know the answer. They’re trying to figure it out.You can hear this in what the candidates say.At a Teamsters forum in Cedar Rapids Saturday, Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders was burly in his aggression. “This is a president who is a fraud,” “a pathological liar,” “a homophobe,” “a bigot.” Mr. commie-Sanders said his campaign is about “telling the billionaire class that their greed is unacceptable.” He got a standing ovation.Sen. Amy Klobuchar the day before, in Grinnell, spoke to about 150 people at the Iowa Farmer’s Union: “We’re not gonna let this Gilded Age roll right over us.” Donald Trump made promises he didn’t keep. After his tax cut passed, “he went to Mar-a-Lago and told his rich friends, ‘I just made you all a lot richer.’ And I can tell you none of them were farmer’s union members.”“He thinks the Midwest is flyover country.”Leaders are making decisions for seven generations, she said: “He can’t keep his decision seven minutes from now.”Pete Buttigieg, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, told a crowd of more than 1,000 — lots of students but others too, many of them prosperous and middle-aged: Don’t just watch “the Trump show — help me pick up the remote and change the channel.”Before he spoke, a handsome, gray-haired psychotherapist from Iowa City told me why she supports him: “I think he has empathy. His orientation, what he’s been through. Yet also the military and a Rhodes scholar.” She liked his liberal Christianity: “He hasn’t let anyone else co-opt his spiritual life.”Mr. Buttigieg used to say his name was pronounced “Buddha judge.” When he went national he changed it to what his crowds now chant: “boot edge edge.” I suspect he did this because America wears boots and likes edginess, but no one wants to be judged by the Buddha. I mention this because Mr. Buttigieg has the air of someone who thinks through even the smallest questions of presentation.In person he seems like the smart young communications director for a Democratic presidential candidate, not the candidate himself. Yet he gets a particular respect because people think whatever happens this year, he’s going to be president some day. The local congressman who introduced him said as much: “No matter who comes out of this … Pete Buttigieg is the future of the party.”He is personable in an old-fashioned sense; he reminds me of Michael Kinsley’s description of scumbag-Al Gore when he was 38: “an old person’s idea of a young person.”Mr. Buttigieg is often painted as a moderate. After he spoke I asked about something I’m interested in, how people develop their political views, where they get them. Do most inherit them, swallow them whole? His father was a Marxist-oriented academic at Notre Dame; he himself, I said, is a man of the left. Had he ever kicked away from family assumptions? Did he ever feel drawn to conservatism, to Burke or Kirk? He had not, though “I will say this: I came to respect the ways in which, right around the time of Russell Kirk, conservatives came to be very much in touch with the relationship between their ideas and their politics and politicians. I think it was born out of a period when the left had universities already, and the right needed to construct a structure of think tanks and so forth.”When he was an intern on Capitol Hill, every young Republican staffer had a copy of Hayek on his desk. “On our side, the academic left, particularly in the humanities, had gotten into really abstruse things around postmodernism and poststructuralism. There was, ironically, contrary to our self-image, I think less of a clear relationship between ideas and politicians on the left. We had our policy intellectuals, but there was less of a connection between our politicians and our political theorists.”He came to respect “the organizing efforts of conservatives.” I asked if this was around the time Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Of a sudden the Republican Party is the party of ideas.” He smiled and shrugged: “Just a hair before my time.”Ms. Klobuchar’s polls have been going up, from 1% in the Emerson College poll in October to 10% now. Her audiences are bigger. It has broken through that she’s a moderate, a senator, a Midwesterner: “I’m from Minnesota and I can see Iowa from my porch!” She has wit. She knows she has to prove that she’s tough, that she can go toe to toe with Donald Trump.She’s had strong debates. In the last one, social media went crazy because her hair shook. Not her face or voice, her hair. She later joked on Twitter: “I’ll plaster my runaway bangs down for the next NBC debate.”What happened? She told me the debate hall had been reconfigured, overly air-conditioned, and unknown to her, a nearby air vent was blasting at the top of her head. She didn’t know there was a problem until the break, when a tech came by and said he was sorry.“Now I guess hair spray,” she laughed as she told the story.How difficult will it be to beat Mr. Trump? While I was in Iowa the new jobs numbers came out. America has functional full employment. It is a marvelous thing. We’re not in any new wars. With peace and prosperity, how can the incumbent lose?The counterargument is that his approval is stuck in the low 40s with peace and prosperity, which tells you everything — he is vulnerable, more than half the country rejects him in what are for him ideal circumstances. This in turn brings back the familiar 2016 theme of shy Trump voters, people who don’t tell pollsters they’re going to vote for him, or even tell themselves.Maybe the real story is that it’s all fluid.  ~The Patriot Post



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