Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: NETANYAHU PERSEVERES: “Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in parliament. The outcome affirmed Israel’s continued tilt to the right and further dimmed hopes of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Re-election will also give Netanyahu an important boost as he braces for the likelihood of criminal charges in a series of corruption scandals.” (Fox News)

BORDER CROSSINGS EXPECTEDLY SURGE: “U.S. officials encountered more than 103,000 undocumented immigrants crossing the country’s southwest border in March, Homeland Security officials said Tuesday,” reports NBC News. “The number makes last month a record for March for border crossings since 2007, when more than 115,000 immigrants were stopped at the border. The officials said crossings by families were at record highs. More than 53,000 people traveling as part of families were apprehended, up from just more than 36,000 in February.” Meanwhile, according to the Washington Examiner, “A northern Texas sheriff says his county has seen a big uptick in methamphetamine and heroin seizures since October, saying Mexican drug smugglers are using large groups of migrants to divert Border Patrol’s attention while they run narcotics over the border in nearby areas.”

DHS DEPUTY OUT: According to The Hill, “Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), offered President Trump her resignation Tuesday,” which “comes after DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Sunday she was leaving her post.” As critics of unconfirmed appointments have pointed out, the secretary role by law should have been filled by Grady unless her employment was terminated. Trump evidently got the memo, and Grady was invited to leave.

dirty cop-MUELLER-REPORT COUNTDOWN: “The long-awaited report from Special Counsel cirty cop-Robert Mueller should be released ‘within a week,’ according to Attorney General William Barr. Barr … said that the process to redact sensitive and classified information was going ‘very well,’ and he would be able to release the report according to the schedule he had previously suggested.” (The Daily Wire)FBI UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: “Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday he is ‘reviewing the conduct’ of the FBI’s initial investigation into the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016. During a House Appropriations panel hearing, Barr also said he is open to reviewing criminal referrals from House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., targeting eight people tied to the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.” (Washington Examiner)

MEDICARE SCAM: “The Justice Department announced charges on Tuesday against 24 individuals allegedly involved in a $1.2 billion Medicare scam. … All told, 130 medical-equipment companies involved in the scheme are said to have charged Medicare $1.7 billion, of which $900 million was paid out.” (National Review)

ANNALS OF SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE: “Thousands of elderly people in Britain are left to go blind because of rationing of eye surgery in the National Health Service (NHS)… A survey by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) found tens of thousands of elderly people are left struggling to see because of an NHS cost-cutting drive that relies on them dying before they can qualify for cataract surgery. The survey has found that the NHS has ignored instructions to end cataract treatment rationing in defiance of official guidance two years ago.” (The Straits Times)

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION TAKES A HIT: “Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has agreed to stop using race when considering applicants to its medical school, bowing to pressure as the Trump administration campaigns to curtail the use of affirmative action in education. The action is the first of its kind under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and signals the approach her agency plans to take with other schools. … Last year, DeVos revoked xscumbag/liar-nObama-era guidance that offered schools a road map on how they could legally consider race in the interest of promoting diversity.” (The Washington Post)

ANTI-VACCINATION FALLOUT: “A measles outbreak in Brooklyn, primarily among Orthodox Jewish children, prompted New York City on Tuesday to declare a public health emergency, requiring unvaccinated people in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines,” Reuters reports. “The Brooklyn outbreak has been traced to an unvaccinated child who became infected on a visit to Israel, which is also grappling with an outbreak, according to New York City’s Department of Health.” Unfortunately, the erroneous anti-vaccination campaign is a two-edged sword. It spreads diseases while also creating a vacuum for statists to fill with mandates.

NEW ZEALAND FIREARMS CRACKDOWN: “Lawmakers in New Zealand voted almost unanimously on Wednesday to change gun laws, less than a month after its worst peacetime mass shooting, in which 50 people were killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. … The new curbs bar the circulation and use of most semi-automatic firearms, parts that convert firearms into semi-automatic firearms, magazines over a certain capacity, and some shotguns. … The bill grants an amnesty until Sept. 30 for people to surrender prohibited items.” (Reuters)

HUMOR: Nation’s progressives issue friendly reminder that if you don’t agree with them on everything, they will destroy you (The Babylon Bee)

POLICY: Top 10 anti-vaccine falsehoods and the truth about each (The Federalist)

POLICY: National School Lunch Program has morphed into massive, wasteful entitlement program (The Daily Signal)

~The Patriot Post


Barr assembles ‘team’ to look into counterintelligence investigation on Trump campaign in 2016, official says

by Gregg Re and Jake Gibson

{ } ~ Attorney General William Barr has assembled a “team” to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign… an administration official briefed on the situation told Fox News on Tuesday. Republicans repeatedly have called for a thorough investigation of the FBI’s intelligence practices and the basis of the since-discredited Russian collusion narrative following the conclusion of Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s probe — and they now appear to have assurances that a comprehensive review was underway. The FBI’s July 2016 counterintelligence investigation was formally opened by anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok. Ex-FBI counsel Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was romantically involved, revealed during a closed-door congressional interview that the FBI “knew so little” about whether allegations against the Trump campaign were “true or not true” at the time they opened the probe, noting they had just “a paucity of evidence because we are just starting down the path” of vetting the allegations. Page later said that it was “entirely common” that the FBI would begin a counterintelligence investigation with just a “small amount of evidence.” Former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey would testify later that when agency initiated its counterintelligence probe into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government, investigators “didn’t know whether we had anything” and that “in fact, when I was fired as director in May 2017, I still didn’t know whether there was anything to it.”…



Former CBS News Reporter Lara Logan Will Join Sinclair

by Mike Brest

{} ~ Former CBS News Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan she has agreed to join Sinclair for a three-month period to cover the U.S.-Mexico border… The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday. “There’s no interference whatsoever,” Logan told THR. “The mandate is to just go down there and come back with great stories. That’s it. … I never expected that, at this point in my career, after all these years, I would have that kind of freedom. ”She added, “I’m not looking for the big contract and the big pedestal from which they can knock me down.” “We’ve had conversations on and off for probably more than a year,” Sinclair’s vice president of news, Scott Livingston told THR. “We’re thrilled to have her on our team. I think she’s a great fit. She’s smart, dynamic, resilient and tough as nails. She’s an incredible journalist. … To be able to add an elite reporter to our team is an incredible opportunity for us.”…


CAIR Planning Huge Push in SoCal

by Matthew Vadum

{ } ~ The terrorist-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations announced plans to “mobilize the Muslim community” in 80 mosques in Southern California… in order to push its Islamist, anti-American agenda. CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in 2007 in an alleged criminal conspiracy to support both HAMAS and the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. In 2014 the United Arab Emirates designated CAIR a terrorist organization. In remarks largely ignored by the mainstream media, CAIR-Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush unveiled the plans at CAIR’s 4th Annual Dinner in Woodlands Hills, California on March 23, as Gateway Pundit reported. “California is home to the largest Muslim community in the country,” Ayloush said. “One million Muslims reside in California.” “Through organizing the community here we can uplift the rest of the country, not just the state. Imagine the leverage we make here.” CAIR will mobilize mosques in Santa Barbara and across the state, Ayloush said. “We expanded the reach of our organization into the San Fernando valley. And we are planning to extend into Bakersfield, into Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. We just expanded in Fresno.” CAIR will focus on three specific areas, he said. “Education of the public about Islam to challenge Islamophobia in all its forms,” is one of the areas, he said. The second area is to “mobilize the Muslim community to ensure it is fully engaged.”…Why is CAIR still in the USA.


Republican releases transcript of top FBI lawyer during scumbag/liar-Clinton, Trump-Russia investigations

by Jerry Dunleavy

{ } ~ Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., released the transcript of former FBI General Counsel James Baker on Tuesday, the latest in a series of such disclosures by the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee… The 152-page transcript is from a closed-door interview that Baker gave on Oct. 3, 2018 in front of a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. “The Americans deserve transparency and they deserve to know what transpired at the highest levels of the FBI and at the origin of the probe into President Trump’s campaign,” Collins said. Baker was the FBI’s top lawyer from 2014 to 2018, and he held that key role during two high-profile investigations — the scumbag/liar-Clinton investigation and the Trump-Russia investigation. The FBI’s investigation of scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s private email server and her mishandling of classified information, dubbed Midyear Exam, ended with no charges ultimately being filed. During his testimony, Baker described scumbag/liar-Clinton’s behavior as “alarming” and “appalling.” Baker said he “argued with others about why they thought she shouldn’t be charged” although he ultimately agreed with the decision not to charge her. Baker also admitted that, upon seeing some of the texts exchanged between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, he was “quite alarmed” and “concerned about is whether any decisions had been taken — or not taken — in the Midyear case that were driven by political bias of any sort.”… Baker is covering up scumbag/liar-Hillary over his decision not to charges to her.


Top House Republican Calls for dirty cop-Mueller To Testify ‘Immediately’

by Chuck Ross

{ } ~ The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is calling on the panel’s chairman, New York Rep. scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler, to “immediately” invite special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller to testify… before Congress. “If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the special counsel’s investigation, public testimony from dirty cop-Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins wrote in a letter to scumbag liar-Nadler. “I urge you to do the right thing, follow the law, and invite the Special Counsel to testify before the Committee immediately.” Attorney General William Barr is planning to release a version of dirty cop-Mueller’s report of the Russia investigation to Congress by the middle of this month. He said in a letter to lawmakers on March 24 that he will redact grand jury and classified information from the report, as required under federal law. He also summarized dirty cop-Mueller’s findings that investigators were unable to establish that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. scumbag liar-Nadler and other Democrats have expressed dissatisfaction with Barr’s determination on the question of obstruction of justice. According to Barr’s letter, dirty cop-Mueller deferred to the Justice Department on whether to charge Trump in an obstruction case…


Lower Tax Bills Also Yield Lower Refunds

Nate Jackson: “Lower refunds don’t mean Americans paid more taxes — quite the opposite,” says CBS News. “Most workers paid less in taxes last year and saw higher take-home pay week in and week out. But for many Americans, a slightly higher paycheck doesn’t quite have the same visibility as a single $3,000 check in March or April.”

That “visibility” — the satisfying payoff of receiving a big check — is exactly why CBS headlined its story “Tax refunds so far this year are down by $6 billion from 2018.”

CBS did accurately report the numbers, but if all you read is the headline, or if you didn’t make it past the first three paragraphs, you were grossly misled.

With the tax-filing deadline just days away, Americans will start to see many more stories like this. It’s been a theme since the IRS began accepting returns this year, as the Leftmedia spins bigger paychecks as a bad thing.

Far too many Americans treat their tax refunds as a forced savings account for big purchases. CBS notes that “while the average refund, at $2,873, is only $20 less than it was last year, about 1.6 million fewer people are getting refunds.” That means a dip in retail sales for items like appliances or furniture.

Of course, just sticking your money in a low-yield savings account at the bank will earn a far better return than an interest-free loan to the federal government. Yet that’s the insidious nature of withholding from paychecks — people tend to overlook it. When the government has first dibs on your hard-earned money, it changes your behavior. And getting the withholding to match your actual tax obligation is really tough, so why bother? Just wait for the refund.

As our own Louis DeBroux concluded in February, “While the GOP/Trump tax cuts (which not a single Democrat voted for) have been a massive jumpstart to the economy, neither Trump nor Republicans can depend on a hostile press to really admit the truth. They’ll have to take this good news directly to the American people.” 

 ~The Patriot Post  


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