Wednesday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Job openings started exceeding job seekers in March (National Review)

McConnell cancels August recess over Democrat obstruction (National Review)

From the Left: Five takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections in eight states (New York Times)

McCabe asks for immunity ahead of congressional hearing on handling of liar-Clinton case (Fox News)

Demoted FBI agent Peter Strzok had larger role in liar-Clinton, Russia probes than previously disclosed (Fox News)

Pardoned sailor files lawsuit against liar-nObama, Comey for unequal prosecution of liar-Clinton email case (The Washington Free Beacon)

Social Security now running a deficit; insolvency set at 2034 (Washington Times)

liar-nObama hid efforts to aid Iran’s windfall (The Washington Times)

Eagles cancel events for DC-area kids because they’re not going to the White House (Washington Examiner)

At White House celebration without Philadelphia Eagles, man takes knee for anthem (CNS News)

Facebook gave data access to Huawei, Chinese company U.S. deemed a security risk (CBS News)

San Francisco voters reject Prop. D’s 500% tax increase, instead choosing Prop. C’s 1,000% tax increase (San Francisco Chronicle)

Minimum wage for the win: McDonald’s to add self-order kiosks to 1,000 stores each quarter (CNBC)

School safety commission won’t look at guns, Betsy DeVos says (The Wall Street Journal)

Video: FBI agent demonstrates negligent gun discharge on club dance floor (YouTube)

Humor: liar-Bill Clinton: “I thought #MeToo was a Pokemon” (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: The future of America’s entitlements: What you need to know about the Medicare and Social Security Trustees reports (American Action Forum)

Policy: Social investing drives pensions into a ditch (E21) ~The Patriot Post


Palestinians: A Story You Have Not Heard in the West

by Bassam Tawil

{ } ~ A Palestinian mother of five just spent 23 days in prison. During her incarceration… she was held in unspeakable conditions and denied family visitations. She was also prohibited from consulting a lawyer. This is a story that no one has heard in the West. Why? Because the Palestinian woman, Samah Abu Ghayyath, was detained not by Israel, but by Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that rules the Gaza Strip. Abu Ghayyath would have been “fortunate” if she had been arrested by Israel. Then, the case would have reached the pages of major media outlets around the world and “pro-Palestinian” activists would have staged demonstrations and online campaigns to support her and denounce Israel. By contrast, for instance, consider the example of Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenage girl from a village near Ramallah in the West Bank. In December 2017, Tamimi was detained by Israeli authorities for physically assaulting an Israeli soldier. After agreeing to a plea bargain, she was sentenced to 8 months in prison…


Trump Again Bemoans Picking Jeff Sessions for AG


{ } ~ President Donald Trump is blaming his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for allowing the Russia investigation to continue… Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he would have “picked someone else” for the top job at the Justice Department had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the probe. It’s the latest salvo from Trump in his bid to discredit the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is investigating Russia’s attempts to sway voters in the 2016 election and whether Trump associates provided any help. He’s also investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by taking steps to shut down the probe…


Senate Democrats List Demands for North Korea Deal


{ } ~ Senate Democrats have threatened to block any deal will North Korea that does not meet their list of demands… “Any deal that explicitly or implicitly gives North Korea sanctions relief for anything other than the verifiable performance of its obligations to dismantle its nuclear and missile arsenal is a bad deal,” seven prominent Democrat senators wrote Monday in a letter to President Trump. The senators outlined five specific requirements a deal with the dictatorship must meet in order to gain their support, and promised to use congressional power to block any deal that does not meet those requirements…These dems must think that Trump is not capable of dealing with NK. What a bunch of jerks.


McConnell Cancels August Recess

by sundance

{ } ~ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cancelled the August recess… U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement Tuesday regarding the cancellation of August recess: “Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled. Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.” It is expected that Senators will have a state work period during the first full week in August before returning for the rest of the month.


Mark Levin: ‘Where the Hell Is the United States Congress?’

by Susan Jones

{ } ~ I would say this, and I’ve said it before. Where the hell is the United States Congress?… The Republicans control it. They need to hold hearings. They need to ask Mr. Rosenstein why he didn’t recuse himself since he recommended that Comey be fired. They need to ask Mr. Mueller about those memos out of Justice Department; they need to ask Mr. Mueller what authority he has to drag a president in front of a federal grand jury or subpoena him. What authority does he have to even contemplate indicting a president? And how is it that he hasn’t violated the appointments clause of the Constitution? Congress has a role, for crying out loud. They’re Article I, they were created first in the Constitution! They don’t have to sit back and watch all this! They need to get involved in it…


Different Standards for the Left

by Cal Thomas

{ } ~ We’ve come a long way from harmless playground jibes like “your mother wears combat boots,” to those of today from the likes of Samantha Bee and other leftist “entertainers” who say things about President Trump and his family that are so vulgar they can’t be printed in a newspaper or quoted on television.

Some of President Trump’s critics blame his harsh rhetoric for the language they use to attack him. Perhaps he bears some responsibility, but that is poor justification for bad behavior from others who might set a better example. People of a certain age may recall what their mothers told them: “If Johnny’s mother told you to jump off a building, would you do it?”

While setting a good example would be a better way to go, some liberals appear to feel so threatened that their failed ideology is being exposed, that all they can do in response to the president is haul out hateful retorts. When you are losing on issues, the last stop is name-calling.

The right is not immune to this horrendous behavior either, as evidenced by the crass, sexist, violent vitriol Trump supporters hurled at liar-Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. It has to stop.

Does anyone seriously believe any Republican president, including one who used the King’s English in ways acceptable to polite company, would be free of harsh rhetoric from the left? Remember “Death of a President,” a movie about the imagined assassination of President George W. Bush? Bush endured many pointed slurs during his presidency. Ditto Ronald Reagan.

The double standard applied to entertainers who insult the president and those who support him became glaringly evident in the differing responses to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about former liar-nObama aide Valerie Jarrett and Bee’s vulgarity against Ivanka Trump, for which she was eventually forced to tender an apology. As New York Times reporter John Koblin wrote: “The different consequences for the two politically minded entertainers — Ms. Barr is an outspoken supporter of the president, while Ms. Bee is a full-throated opponent of the Trump administration — provided conservatives with a fresh opportunity to accuse the media industry of having a liberal bias.”

The president says he is still waiting for an apology from Disney CEO Bob Iger for insults directed at him by people on various ABC programs, insults that mocked Christianity and accused the White House of supporting white supremacists, among other slurs.

Trump shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for that apology.

Among other examples of disgusting labeling and rhetoric is one from Google, which listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party. That posting came less than a week before the California primary. Google later told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it happened because sometimes “people vandalize public information sources, like Wikipedia, which can impact the information that appears in search.”

Two White House statements summed up the outrage over the increasing number of insults from the left. This from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, herself the target of recent attacks by supposed feminists about her personal appearance: “The language used by Samantha Bee … is vile and vicious. The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”

Stephanie Grisham, spokesperson for first lady Melania Trump, said: “The double standard is truly astounding. Time and again the Trump family and members of this administration are subjected to false reporting, hateful rhetoric and outrageous lies all in the name of freedom of speech or comedy, yet the mainstream media stays silent.”

As talk radio host Chris Plante is fond of saying, “If the left did not have double standards they would have no standards at all.”


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