Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Trump administration a victory in its battle to clamp down on illegal immigration by making it easier to detain immigrants with criminal records,” Fox News reports. Unfortunately, though, the border situation worsening. According to The Washington Times, “The government is on track to catch nearly 100,000 immigrants crossing the border illegally this month,” which explains the government’s decision to, per The Hill, “stop detaining some migrant families who illegally cross the border in Texas as it copes with overcrowding in detention facilities.” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week stated, “The situation at our Southern border has gone from a crisis, to a national emergency, to a near system wide meltdown.” On the upside, the Washington Examiner reveals, “The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump’s call for a border wall.”

According to The Daily Caller, “Law enforcement officials are confiscating substantially larger amounts of methamphetamine as Mexican drug cartels increasingly push the drug into U.S. markets. A drug-tracking system from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indicates that a total of 347,807 law enforcement meth seizures were submitted to various labs across the country in 2017, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The number is a 118 percent hike from 2010 submissions. U.S. meth-related deaths hit 6,762 in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is approximately 3.5 times the amount in 2011.” Yet Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this week had the audacity to suggest, “Immigration is not a security issue.”

Stabbing Trump in the back? “The United States is bristling at the suggestion Germany might miss its own defense spending target, which is already short of the NATO goal. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz’s budget plan … foresees Germany’s defense spending rising to 1.37 percent of national income in 2020, but decline to 1.25 by 2023… NATO countries have pledged to move toward spending 2 percent of GDP on defense and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government had pledged to increase spending to 1.5 percent by 2024.” (Associated Press)

“On Tuesday, CNN trumpeted that the network had won the Walter Cronkite Award, administered by USC’s Norman Lear Center and announced by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, for the Parkland Townhall in which NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch was booed and even called a ‘murderer,’” according to The Daily Wire. Norman Lear Center director Marty Kaplan groused, “If the press is the ‘enemy of the people,’ then being on this ‘enemies’ list is a badge of honor for these exceptional journalists.” Yet the joke’s on her: The accompanying press release ironically declared, “Cronkite Award Proves That Facts Matter.” The award is as worthless as CNN.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, “Days after it fired co-founder Morris Dees for undisclosed misconduct issues, the Southern Poverty Law Center hired a Chicago-based lawyer well-versed in gender and racial equity issues to review its workplace environment and policies.” But not just any Chicago lawyer: “Tina Tchen previously worked as chief of staff to then-first lady Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama.” The latter, you’ll recall, revealed her anti-America epithet in 2008 by bellowing, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.” Birds of a feather…

“Hundreds of pages of court records made public Tuesday revealed that special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller quickly zeroed in on Michael Cohen … in the early stages of his Russia probe,” the Associated Press reports. “The heavily blacked-out records … show that dirty cop-Mueller was investigating Cohen by July 2017 — much earlier than previously known. That was two months after dirty cop-Mueller was appointed to investigate Moscow’s election interference and practically a year before an FBI raid on Cohen’s home and office.” Meanwhile, USA Today says that “trust in dirty cop-Mueller has eroded and half of Americans agree with President Donald Trump’s contention that he has been the victim of a ‘witch hunt.’”

For the record: “Trump’s judicial nominees are being treated very differently than those of previous presidents. Those 91 judges, for example, have received a total of 1,824 votes against their confirmation in 782 days. When Barack scumbag/liar-nObama was president, it took 2,123 days to rack up this many negative votes, and he had to appoint 282 judges to do it. Trump’s 91 judges have received more negative confirmation votes than the 2,653 judges confirmed to the same courts during the entire 20th century combined.” (Thomas Jipping, The Heritage Foundation)

Trouble incoming: “An Islamic State spokesman on Monday called on the group’s followers to violently retaliate against non-believers in response to the massacre of 50 people at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch last week. ‘The scenes of the massacres in the two mosques should wake up those who were fooled, and should incite the supporters of the caliphate to avenge their religion,’ Abu Hassan al-Muhajir said in a 44-minute audio recording.” (National Review)

The BBC reports, “People don’t become fully ‘adult’ until they’re in their 30s, according to brain scientists. … Research suggests people aged 18 are still going through changes in the brain which can affect behaviour and make them more likely to develop mental health disorders.” But Nancy Pulosi wants to lower the voting age to 16.

Humor … but true: Cow runs away from Indiana police, blocks traffic, and goes to Chick-fil-A (KUTV)

Policy: The Resurgent’s Merrie Soltis tackles the complex question of “How Do We Make College More Affordable?”

Policy: “As the need for electricity to power the nation’s digital economy grows, coal is no longer playing a primary role, and that’s problematic, because it undergirds the electric grid and is the most reliable source of energy,” writes Mark J. Perry in the Washington Examiner. Catch the lowdown here.

~The Patriot Post


Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for Trump’s border wall

by Pete Kasperowicz

{} ~ The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump’s call for a border wall… Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., released the 20-page spreadsheet on Twitter Monday night. Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, and said he wants to use $3.6 billion for border wall projects. The Pentagon’s list said it has found possible funding sources that are “in excess of the amount needed.” But it’s not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven’t been spent could see a hit. California, for example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used. Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used. More than $200 million in similar funding allocated for Hawaii, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba are also on the list…


UN Summit Seeks “New World Order” to “Transform the Way We Live”

by Alex Newman

{} ~ Under the guise of saving the planet from supposedly dangerous humans, plastics, and free markets, governments and dictators attending the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya… adopted declarations to hijack control of the global economy and “transform the way we live.” Among the key goals of the UN’s “bold blueprint for change,” as the agreement was described, is a “new world order” that makes consumption and production “sustainable.” But in reality, as this magazine has documented extensively, the UN-backed ideology of “sustainable development” has less to do with protecting the environment and more to do with restricting the freedom of human beings. This global “green” new deal makes that clear, too. While UN globalists typically use opaque language to disguise the real agenda, in this case, UN bosses celebrated the emergence of a “new world order” in which the UN’s ideology of “sustainability” will reign supreme. “We are delighted that the world has responded here in Nairobi with firm commitments to build a future where sustainability will be the overarching objective in everything we do,” said UN Environment’s Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya. “If countries deliver on all that was agreed here and implement the resolutions, we could take a big step towards a new world order where we no longer grow at the expense of nature but instead see people and planet thrive together.”The latest conference, held last week under the guidance of the UN, was based on the claim that the planet is in danger due to human activities. In particular, the summit revolved around a new report — conveniently produced by the same UN “environmental” agency hosting the gathering — claiming that environment is doomed unless humanity submits to global controls and regulation. All sorts of discredited hysteria and boogeymen such as predictions of “sea-level rise,” plastic pollution, and “climate crisis” were touted to justify the radical policies being advanced by governments and tyrants at the summit. Leaders of the UN conference were hardly shy about revealing the scope of what is being proposed. “The world is at a crossroads but today we have chosen the way forward,” gushed Siim Kiisler, president of the Fourth UN Environment Assembly and the Estonian government’s top environmental official. “We have decided to do things differently. From reducing our dependence on single-use plastics to placing sustainability at the heart of all future development, we will transform the way we live. We have the innovative solutions we need. Now we must adopt the policies that allow us to implement them.”…


Closing So-Called ‘Carried Interest Loophole’ Would Hurt the Economy

by Adam Michel

{} ~ Increasing taxes on investment is always a bad idea, and that’s exactly what a new bill in Congress aims to do. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., R-N.J., want to increase taxes on investments… that support businesses and jobs all across in America. The Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2019 is simply the regurgitation of a talking point that has been around for more than a decade: Hedge fund billionaires are gaming the system to screw the little guy. This year, we can simply add it to the pile of proposals to further increase taxes on the “rich,” those who already pay the lion’s share of income taxes.Closing the so-called carried interest loophole means increasing taxes on investment managers, real estate developers, and other investment partnerships. The overheated rhetoric used by reformers claims the lower tax rate is “one of the most egregious loopholes in the federal tax code.” Like most things in tax policy, they dramatically overstate and oversimplify the issue. Carried interest ultimately boils down to how the tax code defines labor income and investment income. The U.S. tax system taxes income from saving and investment twice: once when you earn it as wages, and a second time when your investments grow and you choose to save and invest these earnings. This system makes it more expensive to invest in the future instead of spending your money today, which reduces overall investment and economic growth…


dirty cop-Robert Mueller pursues new Trump-Russia collusion leads despite talk of probe winding down

by Rowan Scarborough

{} ~ Special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller has been pursuing several Russia collusion leads even as a number of media outlets say his final report is due soon… according to court filings and sources. Former acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker said in January that he had been read-in on the nearly two-year probe and concluded it was “close to being completed.” But there are signs that Russia issues remain: • Court filings in the prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort show that Mr. dirty cop-Mueller is still investigating a fall 2016 meeting at a Manhattan cigar bar where the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Russia was discussed. • Mr. dirty cop-Mueller still has questions about the Ukraine amendment to the 2016 Republican Party platform. • The indictment of Trump political adviser Roger Stone for allegedly lying to Congress sets up the possibility of a plea bargain. Mr. Stone has denied wrongdoing and has said he will never betray President Trump. But he has added that he is willing to cooperate… https://www.


Nancy Pulosi Faces Sit-In for Inaction on Anti-Semitism

by Courtney Joyner

{} ~ House Speaker Nancy Pulosi’s Washington, D.C., office was packed with protesters joined together Thursday for a “sit-in” against anti-Semitism in Congress… “We have come today to your office to communicate our severe displeasure and wonderment over your refusal to specifically condemn the anti-Semitic remarks of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar,” Rabia Kazan, president and founder of the Middle Eastern Women’s Coalition, said in a public statement at the protest. Pulosi, D-Calif., appointed Omar to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Since her appointment, Omar has made multiple statements questioning U.S. support for and ties to Israel. Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., was held up as an example in the alert for protest, organized by the Zionist Organization of America, the “oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States,” and the National Conference of Jewish Affairs…


Colleges or Ruling-Class Collaborators?

Arnold Ahlert: “Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits.” —Angelo Codevilla, “America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution,” 2010

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.” —scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton, 2016

“In the largest known college admissions scandal in U.S. history, federal prosecutors on Tuesday said a California company made about $25 million by charging parents to secure spots for their children in elite schools, including Georgetown, Stanford and Yale, by cheating the admissions process.” —Reuters, March 14, 2019

Two words in Reuters’ description of the Operation Varsity Blues criminal probe stand out: “known” and “scandal.” Americans have long known that virtually the entire college admissions process is a sham. There have always been positions reserved for children of previous graduates, those who shower their alma maters with generous donations, the athletically gifted who also generate millions of dollars in revenue, and a number of other less-qualified students whose racial or sexual orientation is trumpeted as a university’s commitment to “diversity.” What makes this current endeavor undertaken by CEOs, Hollywood stars, and Wall Street millionaires a scandal is the likelihood that these ruling-class mandarins are as upset with being singled out as they are with being caught.

After all, as columnist (and Yale graduate) Kyle Smith asserts, “Let’s not think of Felicity Huffman et al. as unusual. Everybody with the means to steer their kids into top-drawer colleges is thinking about how to game the system. This is because an elite-college degree isn’t an instrument or a tool; it doesn’t have to lead to anything. It’s a status symbol in itself. Yale is Louis Vuitton is Piaget is Mercedes.”

No, Mr. Smith, not everyone with means is trying to game the system. There are millions of decent Americans who play by the rules, and don’t succumb to the siren song of ill-gotten status symbols.

Moreover, the biggest takeaway from this exposé isn’t that ruling-class members have been revealed for the status-mongers they’ve always been. It’s that those who run America’s universities — universities teeming with grade inflation, worthless majors, and tuition costs that have skyrocketed to the point where student loan debt is now $1.56 trillion — have been exposed for who they truly are: morally bankrupt elitists, enabling a morally bankrupt, self-perpetuating elitist system.

“These institutions of higher learning have spent the last several decades promulgating complicated and specious theories about inherited guilt and privilege on the basis of immutable characteristics such as gender and ethnicity, all the while fueling themselves on the real privilege of wealth and celebrity,” writes columnist Ed Morrissey. “If that’s not a blatant corruption of their core mission to educate, then nothing can be called corrupt.”

Is education still their core mission? “Since the 1970s, it has been virtually impossible to flunk out of American colleges,” Codevilla explains. “And it is an open secret that ‘the best’ colleges require the least work and give out the highest grade point averages. No, our ruling class recruits and renews itself not through meritocracy but rather by taking into itself people whose most prominent feature is their commitment to fit in.”

Genuine education is about the dissemination of core principles vital to the understanding and preservation of our constitutional republic, the free and open exchange of competing ideas, and learning how, not what, to think.

Fitting in is all about kowtowing to the prevailing ideology. Since the 1970s, the number of college administrators has soared by 369%, and if Americans don’t quite understand the implications, a story about Harvard Business School is indicative: They’ve hired an Associate Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging “to improve the environment surrounding equity and inclusion at the school,” according to the Harvard Crimson.

Equity and inclusion? Ideological enforcement is more like it.

Besides, given that particular school’s record with Asian students, that position isn’t working as advertised.

Such contemptible nonsense is only part of the picture. In 2013, the Obama administration proposed a ratings system whereby colleges would be required to reveal student graduation rates, the level of debt they’ve accumulated and what they earn after graduating. The idea was aimed at finding out if colleges — some with costs exceeding $60,000 per year — were worth the money. “The college presidents were appalled,” The New York Times reported, citing a number of college officials who believed the effort was “uncharacteristically clueless,” “quite wrongheaded,” or “oversimplified to the point that it actually misleads.”

Many things are misleading. Transparency and accountability are not.

Columnist Heather Mac Donald also champions transparency, asserting that universities “should adopt a transparent, purely merit-based admissions system based on quantified tests of academic preparedness.”

Unfortunately, it may be little more than rearranging Titanic deck chairs.

That’s because the real problem is that while universities perpetuate an odious ruling class status quo utterly inimical to millions of Americans, those same Americans have been thoroughly conditioned to believe their children are doomed without a college degree, because college graduates earn more than those with a high-school education.

Yet where do the proverbial lines cross? Higher earnings require specific majors and often more advanced degrees — which feed the massive student debt load that seriously impedes graduates’ ability to own homes and start a business and/or family. Non-graduates? Approximately 40% of students do not graduate within six years — and have the debt without the higher wages to mitigate it.

In the meantime, colleges can raise costs with impunity, because all student-loan defaults are ultimately borne by taxpayers. Thus, the contemptible status quo perseveres. One in which ordinary American are viewed by the self-professed “best and brightest” as “retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained,” as Codevilla puts it.

In 2016, “unconstrained,” “deplorable” Americans elected a non-politician to the Oval Office. The elitist backlash has been tremendous, led by the very same ruling class as desperate to preserve their political status quo as the educational one that perpetuates it.

And why not? The Left has always sought power by any means necessary. But the American Right enabled them when they unconditionally surrendered America’s entire education system to the leftist/elitist agenda. And now, 50 years later, legions of socialist/Marxist foot soldiers produced by that surrender sense their Liberty-crushing “moment” is at hand.

Fix colleges? Better to render them as irrelevant as possible. Compete against them with wholly accountable institutions for millions of students who prefer developing skill sets to polishing social justice warrior résumés. Less expensive institutions, unburdened by the administrative dead weight colleges have embraced.

A heavy lift? Undoubtedly. But the status quo of ongoing cultural degradation, crushing debt, and contempt for national sovereignty that defines the elitist agenda — along with the cultivated polarization used to maintain it — is unsustainable.

Education is the ultimate battleground for the nation’s soul. And it’s time the American Right deprived the leftist-dominated elitist class of their ideological fiefdoms, disguised as institutions of higher learning.

The nation’s survival depends on it. ~The Patriot Post


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