Tuesday News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

AT LONG LAST: House prepares to vote Wednesday to transmit Trump impeachment articles to the Senate, where it will be disposed of (CNBC)

376 MILES OF NEW FENCING: Trump planning to divert additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for border barriers (The Washington Post)

Business & Economy

BROKERING: U.S. drops designation of China as currency manipulator ahead of trade agreement (National Review)

THE TRUTH ABOUT POVERTY: Child poverty in the U.S. is at an all-time low, and saying otherwise does not help American families (Institute for Family Studies)

DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT: Stocks are up 495% in the past decade — here’s why you probably aren’t (MarketWatch)

National Security

TERRORISM IN THE HOMELAND: NAS Pensacola shooting was an “act of terrorism,” Attorney General William Barr says; U.S. to expel 21 Saudi nationals in training program (Fox News)SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: According to Fox News, “Barr says DOJ was consulted before Soleimani strike as Trump goes on defensive.” The Leftmedia spin regarding Trump’s comments is a distinction without a difference, and it’s meant to make it look like this was a conspiracy to kill some innocent Iranian without justification.Government & Politics

PREEMPTION: Here’s a setup story from The New York Times to undermine anything about the loose lips liar-Bidens and Burisma so that if something emerges on loose lips liar-Joe, it can be written off as “Russian meddling”: “Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment.”

DEZINFORMATSIYA: TV’s Trump news: three-fourths impeachment and 93% negative (NewsBusters)

FOR THE RECORD: scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton vindicated on corruption charges? Hardly. (Issues & Insights)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: scumbag/liar-nObama’s midnight regulations, lawsuits still hamper the U.S. economy (Issues & Insights)

POLICY: The why and how of market-driven medical care (RealClearPolicy)

HUMOR: Mitch McConnell sends liar-Pelosi shirt reading “I impeached the president and all I got was this lousy T-shirt” (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post


Dems conflicted over best way to violate the Constitution with War Powers Act

By M. Dowling{independentsentinel.com } ~ Limiting the President’s powers to take military action would alter the Constitution without an amendment, according to some experts… Nevertheless, that is what the Democrats  are trying to do. They are conflicted over the best way to do it. Senate Democrats are debating among themselves whether to take up a concurrent resolution passed by the House on Thursday limiting Trump’s war powers or to stick with a proposal sponsored by Sens. scumbag-Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and scumbag-Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), according to The Hill. The concurrent resolution is a toothless concoction that doesn’t require the President’s signature. liar-Pelosi insists it has the power of law as she obviously tries to evade the law. liar-Pelosi might choose to go to the Supreme Court for a decision, which will likely be to strike it down. The Senate bill would have the force of law, and it would be significant if approved by the GOP-controlled chamber. The President will veto it. liar-Pelosi is pushing her proposal. “We’re taking this path because it does not require a signature of the president of the United States,” she added. “This is a statement of the Congress of the United States and I will not have that statement be diminished by whether the president will veto it or not.” scumbag-Kaine’s, which has the support of Mike Lee and Rand Paul, can be brought up quickly and can be passed on a majority vote. If the impeachment trial begins, this might have to wait. scumbag-Kaine acknowledged Trump may well veto his war powers resolution but argued that the act of putting it on the president’s desk will send a more powerful message than the concurrent resolution…  https://www.independentsentinel.com/dems-conflicted-over-best-way-to-violate-the-constitution-with-war-powers-act/   

China Is Destroying Multilateralism; Trump Is Creating a New Order

by Gordon G. Chang{gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ China, the world’s leading cyberattacker and master intellectual property thief, in November nominated one of its nationals to head the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization… If Wang Binyang is selected in March, she will be able to bend international rules to favor her country’s assault on others’ technology. In any event, her nomination reveals Beijing’s brazen ambition to dominate multilateral institutions. Beijing’s placement of officials inside multilateral institutions has greatly facilitated its malign activities. Take the case of Fang Liu, the secretary general of the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Last February, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)  reported that she hindered the investigation of a November 2016 cyberattack, called the “most serious” in that institution’s history. Emissary Panda, a hacker group with ties to the Chinese government, was thought to be behind assaults on the ICAO’s network. Dr. Liu came to the UN’s ICAO from China’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Liu protected, among others, James Wan, the ICAO’s deputy director and head of information and communication technology, who repeatedly undermined the probe into the cyberattacks. Wan has current links to two institutions associated with a known hacker, China’s People’s Liberation Army. China was not always so confident. Once, when it had withdrawn from the world, it shunned multilateral institutions. From 1967 to 1969, Beijing had only one ambassador abroad — in Egypt — and even he was almost recalled. After border skirmishes with Moscow’s troops in 1969, however, Mao Zedong began to build contacts with foreigners. China, for example, joined the United Nations in 1971 by taking Taiwan’s seat and began cooperating with the Nixon administration. Deng Xiaoping, Mao’s successor, reoriented the country by establishing relations with other nations, such as the United States in 1979, and joining multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund…https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15439/china-destroying-multilateralism  

King Abdullah: Annexation talk, absence of gov’t harm Israel-Jordan ties

By RACHEL WOLF and TOVAH LAZAROFF{jpost.com } ~Israeli annexation plans and its absence of a government are harming Jordan’s relations with the Jewish state… King Abdullah told France 24 in an interview published on Monday. Regarding the possibility that US President Donald Trump’s peace plan would soon be unveiled, he told the French television station on the eve of a visit this week to Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris: “We keep hearing that sometime soon the plan would be presented.”  Abdullah plans to hold talks with the Europeans on Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While in Strasbourg, he will deliver a special address to the European Parliament on Wednesday. Jordan and the European Union believe the resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines, with east Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. The Trump administration has hinted that its plan is unlikely to include this scenario and has been quiet with regard to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election pledges to annex West Bank settlements, beginning with the Jordan Valley. Both the EU and Jordan have opposed that move, with Abdullah warning it would harm ties with Israel. They have already been weakened by the prolonged election cycle in Israel, which has lasted for over a year. “There is a certain rhetoric annexation talk coming out of Israel because of the election politics, which is creating tremendous concern to all of us in the region,” Abdullah said. “They Israel are moving way off into a direction that is completely uncharted territory for all of us.” The annexation pledges “can only create more instability and miscommunication,” he said…  https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/King-of-Jordan-I-believe-the-Deal-of-the-Century-will-be-released-soon-614031  

Why Iran’s Cruise Missiles Are a Serious Threat

by Peter Brookes{dailysignal.com } ~ This week, Iran responded to the killing of Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander, by raining ballistic missiles upon bases used by U.S. forces in Iraq… The strikes were largely seen as militarily ineffective. Possible reasons for that range from poorly performing missiles to an early warning from U.S. intelligence to the defensive measures taken by U.S. and Coalition troops, among others. In any case, we’re grateful there were no casualties. While the Iranian regime insists that its efforts to wreak “revenge” for Suleimani’s death have been achieved, that may not actually be the case. A follow-on Iranian attack could come—and may be very different. Next time, Iran could use its combat-tested and -capable cruise missiles. Iran has the largest missile arsenal in the Middle East. It has diversified its missile force beyond ballistic missiles to include land attack cruise missiles (LACMs) and anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) that can be launched from the land, sea, or air. Just last year, Iran reportedly introduced at least two new ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs) and one sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM), pushing its cruise missile inventory to at least 10 different models. While it is unclear whether these new missiles are operational, Iran seems committed to fielding a formidable cruise missile force. And understandably so…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/01/13/why-irans-cruise-missiles-are-a-serious-threat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-irans-cruise-missiles-are-a-serious-threat&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWmpNMllqWTNNREE0TmpSbCIsInQiOiIrQ1RGQjlaUjBNVXY1bUk2UjRMQUN1aWNoclFKSlpLT3lxUnE4MlBRY2xjbGl4dWl5citEU3BkZU1zbUdZOWtZaGk2VHBZVFBvXC94bUhcL3RWZzNtZjZWekYwZGwxcHVYQVh6emFDTzlBOXdFc0Y1d3Z5XC9iSjRtVk5JdDJFbEIxUCJ9   

Leftists Are Wrong: US Killing of Iran’s Suleimani a Legal Action

by Hans von Spakovsky{dailysignal.com } ~ The War Powers Resolution passed Thursday by the House in an effort to restrict President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action to defend America against attack from Iran… is a meaningless political document designed only to embarrass the president. The nonbinding resolution criticizes the president for not “consulting” with Congress and receiving its “authorization” before ordering the killing of Iranian general and terrorist mastermind Qassim Suleimani. The resolution also orders Trump to stop using military force against Iran until he gets congressional approval. Trump acted fully within his constitutional authority when he ordered the drone strike against Suleimani, a mass murderer responsible for thousands of deaths—including over 600 Americans—who was engaged in planning additional imminent and ongoing deadly attacks. Trump told Fox NewsChannel’s Laura Ingraham in an exclusive interview Friday that Suleimani was planning attacks on four U.S. embassies. Nine other terrorists traveling with Suleimani were also killed in the U.S. drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq last week. Imagine how much better off we would be if U.S. forces had been able to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and nine of his fellow terrorist leaders while they were planning the horrific Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. Can anyone seriously argue that preventing those tragic deaths would not have been the right thing to do if a past president had the opportunity?…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/01/13/leftists-are-wrong-us-killing-of-irans-suleimani-a-legal-action/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leftists-are-wrong-us-killing-of-irans-suleimani-a-legal-action&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWmpNMllqWTNNREE0TmpSbCIsInQiOiIrQ1RGQjlaUjBNVXY1bUk2UjRMQUN1aWNoclFKSlpLT3lxUnE4MlBRY2xjbGl4dWl5citEU3BkZU1zbUdZOWtZaGk2VHBZVFBvXC94bUhcL3RWZzNtZjZWekYwZGwxcHVYQVh6emFDTzlBOXdFc0Y1d3Z5XC9iSjRtVk5JdDJFbEIxUCJ9  

Canadian Government Urged to Blacklist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terror Group

by Benjamin Kerstein{algemeiner.com } ~ Leaders from Canada’s Iranian and Jewish communities demanded on Monday that the federal government in Ottawa officially blacklist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization… In June 2018, the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion that called on the government to “immediately designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code of Canada” and condemned Iran “for its ongoing sponsorship of terrorism around the world.” Thus far, the government has not complied. Since 2012, Canada has listed the Quds Force, the IRGC unit that runs Iran’s global terror operations, as a terror group. Activists have long advocated for designating the IRGC in its entirety as such, like the US did last April. At a press conference on Monday, the Council of Iranian Canadians, the Justice 88 Campaign and B’nai Brith Canada urged the government finally implement the 2018 motion within 30 days. Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada, said, “Unfathomably, more than a year and a half has elapsed since the motion passed. Why has this designation not yet occurred when it is the clearly expressed will of parliament?” David Matas, national senior legal counsel for B’nai Brith Canada, stated, “There is no basis in law or in policy for banning the Quds Force while failing to do so for the entire IRGC.” “Canada has rightly rejected that approach when it comes to other terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas,” he noted. Avideh Motmaen-Far, president of the Council of Iranian Canadians, asserted, “The designation of the IRGC as a terrorist entity is an urgent matter.” “Today, as the Islamist regime schemes to avenge slain IRGC General Qassem Soleimani, the IRGC poses a greater risk than ever before to Canada’s Iranian and Jewish communities,” he said…  https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/01/13/canadian-government-urged-to-blacklist-irans-islamic-revolutionary-guard-corps-as-terror-group/    

Trump Stands in Solidarity With Iranian Freedom Movement

Thomas Gallatin:  Over the weekend, protests erupted throughout Iran following the government’s acknowledgment that its military was responsible for unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian airliner, which killed 176 people. Chants of “Death to the dictator” were shouted by protesters directing their ire toward the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. One banner read “Apologize and Resign,” while a group of protesters was caught in a video clip saying, “They are lying that our enemy is America; our enemy is right here.”

This latest uprising is reminiscent of the massive anti-government protests that erupted across Iran in late 2009. That was known as the Green Movement, and the anger was over rigged elections. It was recognized by many at the time as the first substantial populous uprising against the Islamic Republic and its facade of a democracy since the mullahs took power after overthrowing the Shah in 1979. As in 2009, Iranians are again calling for freedom and the removal of a tyrannical and murderous government.However, what’s different about these 2020 protests compared to those in 2009 is the U.S. president’s response. Back in 2009, Barack scumbag/liar-nObama issued a tepid condemnation of violence against the protesters, stating that it was “not how governments should interact with their people.” Beyond that, however, scumbag/liar-nObama ignored the protests. He even ridiculously asserted that he wanted to avoid providing then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad any U.S. statements that could be used as a “political football.” Then, years later via his terrible Iran nuclear deal, scumbag/liar-nObama effectively threw the terror-funding Iranian regime a lifeline.Fast-forward to this past weekend when President Donald Trump issued unequivocal statements in support of the protest movement. “To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” he told protesters. On the other hand, Trump also had a message for the Iranian regime: “To the leaders of Iran — DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!” Trump’s messages were also broadcast on social media in Farsi, Iran’s native language.To recap, Trump reversed scumbag/liar-nObama’s Iranian appeasement policy by pulling out of the nuclear deal, and he’s ratcheted up pressure on the terror-funding tyrannical regime via sanctions while decisively responding to Iran’s coordinated attack against the American embassy in Baghdad by green-lighting U.S. military action to take out top terrorist Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Furthermore, unlike scumbag/liar-nObama, Trump recognizes that the main problem with Iran is the elitist authoritarians running the country. scumbag/liar-nObama turned a cold shoulder to protesters and funded the terrorist regime, while Trump openly embraces the spirit of Liberty.  ~The Patriot Post



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