Wednesday Top Headline Summary

Media Editors: According to Reuters, “British lawmakers crushed Prime Minister Theresa May’s European Union divorce deal on Tuesday, thrusting Britain deeper into crisis and forcing parliament to decide within days whether to back a no-deal Brexit or seek a last-minute delay.” The vote was 391-242 and represented the second such rebuke, though the margin this time around was more respectable. Reuters adds, “The vote puts the world’s fifth largest economy in uncharted territory with no obvious way forward; exiting the EU without a deal, delaying the March 29 divorce date, a snap election or even another referendum are all now possible. May might even try a third time to get parliamentary support.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California, sparing the lives of more than 700 death-row inmates,” The Sacramento Bee reports. An effort to repeal the death penalty was thwarted by voters three years ago, but Newsom is issuing an executive order to circumvent and defy that reproach. As the Bee notes, “While campaigning for a measure to repeal the death penalty in 2016, he told The Modesto Bee editorial board he would ‘be accountable to the will of the voters,’ if he were elected governor. ‘I would not get my personal opinions in the way of the public’s right to make a determination of where they want to take us’ on the death penalty, he said.”

“Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted under questioning from Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe last summer that ‘the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary scumbag/liar-Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information,’ the congressman alleged … Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page’s closed-door testimony. … Page’s testimony was perhaps the most salient evidence yet that the Justice Department improperly interfered with the FBI’s supposedly independent conclusions on scumbag/liar-Clinton’s criminal culpability, Ratcliffe alleged.” (Fox News)

Higher-ed corruption: “Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among 50 people charged in a $25 million college entrance exam cheating scheme, according to court documents unsealed in Boston on Tuesday. The alleged scam focused on getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams, according to the indictment.” (NBC News)“A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled Baltimore City Schools ‘knowingly and willfully’ violated the law,” FOX45 reports, dding: “In December 2017, FOX45 sued Baltimore City Public Schools on behalf of parents and taxpayers who say children are being pushed through the system without the education they need. But City Schools has refused to release important documents about how some students are graduating. Now, a judge is making them.” This is an important case because it’s happening to some extent in every inner city across the nation.

“The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender,” according to the Associated Press. “It falls short of the all-out transgender ban that was initially ordered by President Donald Trump. But it will likely force the military to eventually discharge transgender individuals who need hormone treatments or surgery and can’t or won’t serve in their birth gender. The order says the military services must implement the new policy in 30 days, giving some individuals a short window of time to qualify for gender transition if needed. And it allows service secretaries to waive the policy on a case-by-case basis.” Of course, gender transition is never “needed.”

“More than a dozen Republican senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for Congress to terminate future national emergency declarations, days before the chamber will vote on President Trump’s. The legislation, spearheaded by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), would require that Congress pass a resolution extending an emergency declaration after 30 days for it to continue; otherwise the declaration would be terminated. … Lee’s legislation would not impact Trump’s current emergency declaration on the wall but, if passed, would impact any future emergency declarations.” (The Hill)

“North Korea is covertly developing and testing nuclear arms and ballistic missiles at civilian facilities in a bid to prevent a ‘decapitation’ military strike against its weapons plants and storage depots, according to a report by a UN panel of experts. Additionally, the Security Council panel stated in the experts’ latest report that North Korea engaged in ‘massive’ illegal transfers of oil and coal in violation of sanctions designed to punish Pyongyang for nuclear and missile development. … National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday said the Trump administration is taking a wait and see approach to the activities.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

“A federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of Ohio’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood Tuesday. The 2016 law bars state funding to any healthcare organization that performs or promotes abortions. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, had sued over the law claiming that it violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 11-6 Tuesday to overturn a previous decision by a three-judge panel in the same appeals court that said the law was unconstitutional.” (Townhall)

Humor: Elizabeth dinky-Warren leaves brutal 1-star review for (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Daniel J. Mitchell says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “not only reduce long-run growth by distorting the allocation of capital, they also bear considerable responsibility for last decade’s financial crisis since they played a major role in fueling the housing bubble.” As such, they should be shuttered. Read more at the Foundation for Economic Education.

Policy: In light of the college admissions scandal, The Heritage Foundation’s Mary Clare Amselem advises “all Americans to rethink the system they are paying into. Celebrities such as Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were able to cheat the system because of their elite celebrity status and high financial capital.”

~The Patriot Post


Financial Crisis Looming for NYC as It Teeters on the Edge of Bankruptcy

by James Murphy

{} ~ According to some financial experts, New York City is currently facing the worst financial situation since February of 1975 when the city… under Democrat Mayor Abraham Beame, literally ran out of money to pay for its operating expenses and was on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. The federal government, under President Gerald Ford, eventually bailed the city out with federal loans of $2.3 billion. This time, however, the crisis may be worse as individual taxpayers and businesses, overstressed by the city’s high tax rates, are leaving the city en masse in an attempt to keep more of their own money. “The city is running a deficit and could be in real trouble if we had a recession, or a further flight of individuals because of tax reform,” said Milton Ezrati, the chief economist of Vested, a financial communications agency. “New York is already in a difficult financial spot, but it would be in an impossible situation if we had any kind of set-back.” Both New York City and New York State are ranked number one in local and state tax burden in the United States. Currently, the top one percent of earners in the city shoulder 50 percent of the tax burden. And property taxes — close to half the city’s revenue — are going up more quickly than any other revenue sources. The unwieldy taxation is prompting citizens to leave New York to escape the high taxes. Even the mother of commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — who wants to raise the tax rate to 70 percent on some earners — has moved to Florida to escape the Big Apple’s property taxes. “I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north in New York City,” Bianca Ocasio-Cortez told the UK Daily Mail. “I’m paying $600 a year in Florida. It’s stress-free down here.”…


North Korea Covertly Building Missiles, Nuclear Arms at Civilian Sites

by Bill Gertz

{} ~ North Korea is covertly developing and testing nuclear arms and ballistic missiles at civilian facilities in a bid to prevent a “decapitation” military strike against its weapons plants and storage depots… according to a report by a UN panel of experts. Additionally, the Security Council panel stated in the experts’ latest report that North Korea engaged in “massive” illegal transfers of oil and coal in violation of sanctions designed to punish Pyongyang for nuclear and missile development. “The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of North Korea remain intact and the country continues to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and coal,” the report, made public this week, said.According to the report, the UN learned from a member state in April 2018 that North Korea repeatedly used civilian factories and non-military facilities as nuclear and missile assembly and manufacturing sites. The deception was aimed at avoiding a potential “decapitation” of its weapons and missile sites by precision guided attacks on known military sites. Additionally, North Korea purchased centrifuges for its nuclear program last year, the report said. Disclosure of the report on Tuesday comes amid new reports of increasing North Korean missile and nuclear activities…


loose lips-Biden Knocks Trump On Medicare Cuts, Forgets He Proposed The Same

by Saagar Enjeti

{} ~ Former Vice President and possible 2020 hopeful loose lips-Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed 2020 budget… for doing what his own administration asked for in their time at the White House. loose lips-Biden decried the budget, saying, “Did you see the budget that was just introduced? . . . Almost a trillion dollar cut in Medicare.” “Why?” he continued. “Because of a tax cut for the super wealthy that created a deficit of $1.9 trillion, and now they gotta go make somebody pay for it.” A White House source argued to The Daily Caller that “either loose lips-Biden never read his own administration budgets, he’s losing his memory, or he’s already bailing on scumbag/liar-nObama to appeal to the new socialists in his party.” The staffer noted that the proposed reductions to Medicare exactly mirror the same mechanism proposed by the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. The reductions are baked-in expectations of Medicare payment savings based on reduced payments to hospitals and in expected reductions for the price of prescription drugs…


commie-Ocasio-Cortez Tries to Correct Inaccurate Tweet With Another Inaccurate Tweet

by Alex Griswold

{} ~ Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) sent a false tweet Monday when attempting to correct a tweet that was also false… A conservative nonprofit recently filed an FEC complaint against commie-Ocasio-Cortez, arguing that the candidate violated campaign laws in her relationship with a PAC and business operated by her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti. Luke Thompson, vice president of the Republican analytics firm Applecart, was the first to call attention to Chakrabarti’s role as architect of the opaque fundraising scheme. Left-wing Intercept reporter Jon Schwarz noted in response that Thompson had once worked at Right to Rise, a 2016 pro-Jeb Bush super PAC that was recently fined by the FEC for accepting foreign donations. commie-Ocasio-Cortez quote-tweeted his tweet and crowed that “the creepy org filing bogus ethics complaints against me just *actually* got hit with one of the biggest fines in FEC history.” But as Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale and others immediately pointed out, commie-Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet is incorrect. The National Legal and Policy Center filed the FEC complaint against her, not Right to Rise. commie-Ocasio-Cortez tacked on a correction tweet, clarifying that she was talking about the “same guy who operated at the org,” and not Right to Rise itself. But even that correction was wrong. Thompson has no affiliation with any of the organizations filing the FEC complaint. Thompson for his part took the false allegations in stride…


Senate Panel Seeks Reset of Policies Toward China

by Bill Gertz

{} ~ The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is examining new policies aimed at dealing with the growing challenge from China, the committee’s chairman said Tuesday… Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) will preside over a hearing of the committee set for Wednesday that will examine how to adjust American foreign policies to address contentious issues toward China. They include Beijing’s military expansion in the South China Sea, China’s global Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure initiative, and its plan to corner key technology markets through the Made in China 2025 program. “One of the things is to properly calibrate or re-calibrate where we are in this relationship,” Risch said in an interview. “It’s good to take stock in something like that more often.” The hearing will hear testimony from former senator James Talent, a member of the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and Oriana Skylar Mastro, a China expert and professor of security studies at Georgetown University…


Carlson and ‘The Outrage Machine’

Nate Jackson: So it turns out that, more than a decade ago, Tucker Carlson said some insensitive, rude, and vile things … while he was talking with a shock jock. Shocking, we know. But leftists are on it.

While conversing with “Bubba The Love Sponge,” Carlson used salty, misogynistic, racist, and degrading language about women, blacks, Iraqis, and others. It was indeed objectionable. He also made comments defending white men for “creating civilization and stuff.” That’s an arguable point, regardless of the race-baiters’ “outrage.” In any case, the muckrakers at Media Matters — try not to laugh, but it’s a leftist website dedicated to finding conservative bias in the media — dug up those comments, fomenting hysteria and calls for boycotting and firing Carlson from the Fox News show he’s been hosting only since 2016.

Now, we’re not going to defend everything Carlson said. In fact, we’d likewise condemn a lot of it. But context matters, as does a simple question: Did Carlson’s comments reflect his actual beliefs? Leftists aren’t concerned with that. They’re too busy trying to get his scalp.

Carlson addressed the controversy in his monologue last night:

As anyone who’s ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing. One day you’re having dinner with your family, imagining everything is fine. The next, your phone is exploding with calls from reporters. They read you snippets from a press release written by Democratic Party operatives. They demand to know how you could possibly have said something so awful and offensive. “Do you have a statement on how immoral you are?” It’s a bewildering moment, especially when the quotes in question are more than a decade old.

There’s really not that much you can do to respond. It’s pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country. None of that matters. Nobody cares. You know the role you’re required to play: You are a sinner, begging the forgiveness of Twitter. So you issue a statement of deep contrition. You apologize profusely for your transgressions. You promise to be a better person going forward. With the guidance of your contrition consultants, you send money to whatever organization claims to represent the people you supposedly offended. Then you sit back and brace for a wave of stories about your apology, all of which are simply pretexts for attacking you again.

Not just attacking you — attacking the very culture of First Amendment-protected free speech that helped make American great in the first place.. ~The Patriot Post


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