Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: Government & Politics

MUELLER TESTIFIES: “Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was frequently tripped up and forced to ask lawmakers to repeat their questions during his rapid-fire questioning on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, though he reportedly prepared at length for the hearings. At one point, he even said he wasn’t familiar with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the controversial anti-Trump dossier.” (Fox News)

ESPER CONFIRMED: “The Senate voted to confirm President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Defense, Mark Esper. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 90-8 to confirm him. … The Pentagon has been without a Senate-confirmed leader since December, when former Secretary James Mattis stepped down following Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria.” (CBS News)

BIG TECH PROBE: “The Department of Justice is opening a sweeping anti-trust review to determine whether the country’s leading technology firms are stifling competition in violation of federal law.” (National Review)

ISRAEL BOYCOTT REPUDIATED: “The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan resolution Tuesday opposing an international effort to boycott Israel as Democrats try to tamp down increasingly heated political rhetoric over differences with the longtime U.S. ally. The resolution passed on a vote of 398-17. Reps. worthless-Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., worthless-Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., were among the 16 Democrats who voted against the resolution.” (Fox News)

TRUMP’S RETURN FIRE: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining his state tax returns through a newly passed New York law. The president’s lawyers said the state law was nothing more than an effort to get information about his personal finances to embarrass him politically.” (NBC News)

commie-SANDERS FLAK: “Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign has been hit with an unfair labor practice complaint alleging illegal employee interrogation and retaliation against staffers. The July 19 complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, filed by an unnamed individual in Indiana, was posted to the agency’s website late July 22. It comes as tense negotiations between the commie-Sanders campaign and the union representing staffers recently boiled over publicly.” (Bloomberg Law)

worthless-OMAR FLAK: “Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a complaint with the House of Representatives’ ethics office asking for an investigation into possible crimes committed by Minnesota Democratic Rep. worthless-Ilhan Omar. The possible crimes include ‘perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud,’ according to the complaint filed Tuesday by Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton.” (The Daily Caller News Foundation)

Legislation & Manifestos

9/11 VICTIM FUND: “The Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a bill ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.” (Associated Press)

STUDENT-LOAN HANDOUT: “Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth dinky-Warren on Tuesday released details about her plan to cancel approximately $640 million in student loan debt for millions of Americans. First unveiled in April, the Student Loan Debt Relief Act … would cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every household with a gross income less than $100,000, roughly 42 million Americans, or about three out of four borrowers.” (Fox News)

loose lips liar-BIDEN PANDERS: “Former vice president loose lips liar-Joe Biden on Tuesday released a sweeping plan to reform the U.S. criminal-justice system, in an effort to quiet criticisms of his role in tightening crime laws decades ago as a senator, which critics say contributed to mass incarceration,” reports National Review. “loose lips liar-Biden’s plan involves reducing incarceration, eliminating race-, gender-, and income-based disparities in the justice system, and refocusing the system on ‘redemption and rehabilitation.’” Or, as Reason puts it, “loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s New Criminal Justice Platform Calls for Eliminating Harsh Policies Sponsored by loose lips liar-Joe Biden.”

Polling

IMMIGRATION: “After hitting a new high last month, mentions of immigration as the most important problem facing the U.S. increased further to 27% in July. Since Gallup began regularly recording mentions of the issue in 1993, immigration has been cited by an average of 6% of Americans, though it has been higher in recent years.” (Gallup)

‘THE SQUAD’ WHO? “Though many Americans have never heard of [Reps. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, worthless-Ilhan Omar, worthless-Ayanna Pressley, and worthless-Rashida Tlaib], a CBS News poll released this week shows that those who are familiar with them don’t tend to view them favorably. commie-Ocasio-Cortez has the highest favorable rating at 23%, followed by worthless-Omar at 19%, worthless-Tlaib at 18% and worthless-Pressley at 17%.” (USA Today)

Other Notables

MORE BARK THAN BITE: “More than 2,000 migrants who were in the United States illegally were targeted in widely publicized raids that unfolded across the country last week. But figures the government provided to The New York Times on Monday show that just 35 people were detained in the operation.” (The New York Times)

MEXICO HOMICIDE RECORD: “Mexico set a new record for homicides in the first half of the year as the number of murders grew by 5.3% compared to the same period of 2018, fueled partly by cartel and gang violence in several states. Mexico saw 3,080 killings in June, an increase of over 8% from the same month a year ago, according to official figures. The country of almost 125 million now sees as many as 100 killings per day nationwide. The 17,608 killings in the first half of 2019 is the most since comparable records began being kept in 1997, including the peak year of Mexico’s drug war in 2011.” (Associated Press)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Libra rising: The risk of a new international shadow bank (American Enterprise Institute)

POLICY: Empowering America’s small businesses to confront China (Marco Rubio)

HUMOR: commie-Sanders campaign raises pay to $700 per hour by laying off everyone except commie-Bernie (The Babylon Bee)

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Jim Jordan Discusses Last Minute Addition of Zebley, and Mueller Expectations

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Representative Jim Jordan discusses his perspective on the last minute addition of Aaron Zebley to protect the collective interests of the DOJ/FBI small group and coup-plotters… It’s worth noting how the DOJ quickly promoted Aaron Zebley to the position of “Deputy Special Counsel” just yesterday to afford: (1) increased justification; and (2) enhanced credibility, for their narrative.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/07/24/jim-jordan-discusses-last-minute-addition-of-zebley-and-mueller-expectations/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YovjvZX9Nqg

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9/11 victims’ fund bill passes Senate, ending months of doubts for ‘ecstatic’ first responders

By Gregg Re

{ foxnews.com } ~ The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money… fulfilling a pledge made by President Trump and ending years of uncertainty as the fund rapidly depleted. Lawmakers sent the bill to President Trump’s desk after a 97-2 vote in favor of the legislation. Only two Republicans, Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee, voted no. “While I support our heroic first responders, I can’t in good conscience vote for legislation which to my dismay remains unfunded,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “We have a nearly trillion dollar deficit and $22 trillion in debt. Spending is out of control.” He added: “As I have done on countless issues, including disaster relief and wall funding, I will always take a stand against borrowing more money to pay for programs rather than setting priorities and cutting waste.” September 11th first responder John Feal had told Fox News that Trump contacted him by phone on Tuesday and told him the 9/11 victims’ compensation fund bill would be passed by the Senate that day, and signed into law on Friday. The White House called me this morning — for the men and women that I keep bringing down here after 15 years, and I’m just so ecstatic for them” Feal said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday. The vote came after New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck scumbag-Schumer, both Democrats, reached an agreement with Lee and Paul to bring up the bill with two amendments sponsored by the GOP senators…  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/9-11-victims-fund-bill-passes-senate-first-responders

VIDEO: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6055629626001/#sp=show-clips

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U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr Successfully Convicts Flynn Intel Group – Sentencing October 18th

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ The U.S. DOJ led by Attorney General Bill Barr celebrates the conviction of Bijan Rafiekian, 67, of San Juan Capistrano, CA, along with his co-conspirator, Kamil Ekim Alptekin, 42, of Istanbul, Turkey & the Michael Flynn Intelligence Group for… “conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government, conspiring to make false statements and willful omissions in a FARA filing, and acting as an agent of a foreign government. ”Despite the incredibly sketchy nature of the case; and despite a possibility any conviction will be dismissed by presiding judge Anthony J. Trenga; a jury has convicted Rafiekian, Alptekin and the Flynn Intel Group of not filing the correct FARA paperwork and therefore evidencing a conspiratorial intention to falsify documents. DOJ Press Announcement – After three hours of deliberations a federal jury convicted a California man today on charges of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government, conspiring to make false statements and willful omissions in a FARA filing, and acting as an agent of a foreign government. John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John P. Selleck, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga accepted the verdict…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/07/23/u-s-attorney-general-bill-barr-successfully-convicts-flynn-intel-group-sentencing-october-18th/

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Government Violates Judge’s Order in Michael Flynn Case Despite General’s 2 Years of Cooperation

by WARNER TODD HUSTON

{ godfatherpolitics.com } ~ One of the cases involved in the prosecution of General Michael Flynn has returned a verdict of guilty on Tuesday… but in so doing the government violated Judge Emmet Sullivan’s orders for Gen. Flynn’s cooperation despite that he has fully cooperated for two years. Federal prosecutors seem to have suddenly decided that Flynn’s testimony ordered by Judge Sullivan would not be beneficial to their case which prevented Flynn from bringing the truth to the court of law as planned. Apparently, the government did not want to use Flynn’s testimony effectively defecating all over judge Sullivan’s order that they do so. On Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Bijan Rafiekian, Gen. Flynn’s former business partner, on a pair of foreign-agent felony charges connected to work the two did for Turkey during the tail of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president. Flynn would later go on to serve as President Trump’s national security adviser. The 67-year-old Rafiekian was convicted for being an unregistered foreign agent in the U.S., and conspiracy to violate the law. He was also charged with making false statements to the Department of Justice. Rafiekian was convicted despite the fact government prosecutors could not prove that Turkey funded the project at the center of the government’s case, according to the Washington Post. Rafiekian faces up to a 15-year prison sentence on two felony counts. But the decision in the Alexandria courtroom shocked Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell. On Tuesday afternoon, Powell uncharacteristically took to Twitter to voice her concerns over the actions of the government in the Rafiekian case. “A jury in Alexandria just returned verdicts of guilty against Mr. Rafiekian for ‘conspiracy & acting as an unregistered agent of Turkey,’” Powell tweeted. “We note: General Flynn has cooperated with the government for two years. Obviously, they did not need his testimony to get a conviction.”…  https://godfatherpolitics.com/government-violates-judges-order-in-michael-flynn-case-despite-generals-2-years-of-cooperation/

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Border Patrol Now Arrested Over 1,000 African Migrants At Southern Border

by ALICIA LUKE

{ freedomoutpost.com } ~ The border patrol says they have now arrested over 1,000 African migrants at our southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol revealed in a press release… “U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have arrested over 1,100 people from countries in Africa since May 30.” Would someone explain how African migrants ended up in Mexico and at our Southern border? U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) provided an update on its recent apprehensions at the southern border, which include over 1,000 migrants from various African countries in less than two months — and that is in just one sector. “U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have arrested over 1,100 people from countries in Africa since May 30,” CBP revealed in a press release Friday. “The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz said in a statement included in the release. “Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa.”… https://freedomoutpost.com/border-patrol-now-arrested-over-1000-african-migrants-at-southern-border/

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Trump sues House Ways and Means panel to block disclosure of his tax returns

by Kevin Breuninger

{ cnbc.com } ~ President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee, as well as New York state’s attorney general and its tax chief… to block the disclosure of years of his tax returns. The president’s lawsuit, which was filed “in his capacity as a private citizen,” came less than a month after the Ways and Means Committee sued the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service to obtain Trump’s federal returns. Trump’s new legal action intervenes in that suit, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Trump’s lawyers argue that the House panel “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” to use a recently passed New York state law to get Trump’s returns. They also claim that state law violated the president’s First Amendment rights, because it was enacted to “discriminate and retaliate against President Trump for his speech and politics.” “We have filed a lawsuit today in our ongoing efforts to end Presidential harassment,” said Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, in a statement. “The actions taken by the House and New York officials are nothing more than political retribution.” Trump has refused to show his tax documents before or after winning the 2016 presidential election, despite a longstanding tradition among modern presidential candidates to disclose their returns…  https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/23/trump-sues-house-ways-and-means-panel-to-block-disclosure-of-his-tax-returns.html

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commie-Sanders Campaign Collides With Economic Reality

Thomas Gallatin: News leaked last week that staffers working for Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign were frustrated and complaining about receiving “poverty wages.” The irony is rich: Sanders the millionaire socialist has long railed against corporations for paying “starvation wages” as he stumps for a $15 minimum wage, but he was exposed as a hypocritical political hack.

In response to the embarrassing news, commie-Sanders insisted over the weekend that his staffers would now be paid the promised $15 minimum wage, though this announcement came with a significant caveat: staffers’ hours would be cut to pay for it. As commie-Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir explained, “We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the integrity of these efforts before they were concluded. As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.” Welcome to real-world economics. Yet Shakir and his boss threw those complaining staffers under the bus for the sin of naively believing that commie-Sanders actually meant what he so loudly preaches.

commie-Sanders himself expressed anger at his complaining staffers, stating, “It does bother me that people are going outside the process and going to the media. That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.” Spoken like any good socialist dictator, “Your time is my time.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) quipped, “So does this fall under the category of hypocrisy, irony, or poetic justice? All three? Can’t make this stuff up.”

The Blaze’s Aaron Colen noted the obvious economic problems associated with artificially raising the minimum wage, stating, “This situation is an instructive example of the downside of more than doubling the minimum wage. Companies don’t just suddenly get more money to pay employees. They have to make tough decisions; usually either cutting hours, or worse, cutting staff.”

What will the greater impact of this be upon the rest of the Democrat primary field? Clearly, Sanders would love to force the rest of his opponents into spending their campaign cash to match his expensive virtue signal. Nevertheless, we fully expect Democrats will continue to ignore the Congressional Budget Office’s recent reportwarning that a $15 minimum wage would cost at least 1.3 million jobs, while at the same time raising the cost of living for millions more. Socialism is only for the true believers. ~The Patriot Post

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