Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

PUBLICITY: As impeachment hearings go live on TV, here are four things to expect, courtesy of The Daily Signal.


FELONIOUS WHISTLEBLOWER? ICIG complaint alleges Trump-Ukraine “whistleblower” may be soliciting illicit donations (Fox News)

Government & Politics

WHO? Republican Mark Sanford abandons presidential primary run (National Review)

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM? scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton continues to fuel speculation that she will run in 2020 — or perhaps it’s the many, many, many voices in her head urging it (The Daily Wire)

DEATH BY DEFICIT: Study: Elizabeth dinky/liar-Warren plan would hike deficit $15 trillion, create “soaring demand” for healthcare (The Washington Free Beacon)

National Security

BORDER ARRESTS SHRINK: Border arrests fall again in October, down almost 75% since May (The Daily Wire)

WARRANT REQUIRED: U.S. court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops of international travelers (NBC News)


HATE CRIME STATS: Overall hate crimes decreased in 2018 while violence ticked up, according to new FBI report (National Review)

FOR THE RECORD: Man who slashed “Baby Trump” balloon: “First time” leftists are “mad about chopping up a baby” (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Three major reforms NATO needs to keep from collapsing (The Federalist)

POLICY: Smart government focuses on essentials: reviving family and business formation (Issues & Insights)

HUMOR: Epstein island sold to wealthy Middle Eastern businessman Haadid Nahkil Muhssef (Genesius Times) 

~The Patriot Post      

Officials testify in first public hearing of impeachment investigation

by ~ The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first public testimony in regards to the impeachment investigation into President Trump on Wednesday at 10 a.m… William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, will testify on Wednesday. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify Friday morning.  VIDEO:

scumbag-Adam Schiff froze dead in his tracks when he saw the results of this impeachment poll

by ~ scumbag-Adam Schiff and liar-Nancy Pelosi are wondering what they got themselves into. The Democrats launched their impeachment witch hunt because they bought into the Fake News Media hype… that removing President Trump from office was wildly popular with the American people. But scumbag-Adam Schiff froze dead in his tracks when he saw the results of this impeachment poll. When the initial news about the so-called “whistleblower” complaint kicked off phony scandal about military aid to Ukraine, polls showed a bump in support for impeachment. So-called “journalists” cheered this development as they believed Trump was just weeks away from being thrown out of office. But the latest polling data shows the Democrats’ strategy is a bust. A brand new USA Today/Suffolk poll found just 37 percent of Americans supported impeaching and removing the President from office. A newly-released poll found less than 40 percent of registered voters believe House Democrats should vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Democrats totally overplayed their hand. Their lunatic base and allies in the Fake News Media will never forgive the Democrats if they don’t impeach Trump. If Democrats do impeach Trump they are running into political headwinds that could wipe them out in 2020.    

‘Saw everything’: Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella had extensive access in Trump White House

by Kerry Picket{ } ~ Eric Ciaramella, the alleged Ukraine whistleblower, was long suspected of deliberately attempting to damage President Trump’s foreign policy from the inside and had access to policy information far beyond his regional expertise… according to former National Security Council officials. Ciaramella, 33, a career CIA analyst, was Ukraine director on the NSC toward the end of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration and stayed there during the first few months of the Trump administration, when he was acting senior director for European and Russian affairs and then special assistant to Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who was Trump’s national security adviser, until he left the White House in summer 2017. Now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council, Ciaramella is suspected of being the official who filed a complaint  about a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats are pursuing the impeachment of Trump, accusing him of linking Ukrainian military aid to investigating corruption related to business dealings by former vice president loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. “The person that I always felt extremely uncomfortable around was Eric Ciaramella. He was one of the few guys around who seemed to know where the filing cabinets were, so to speak,” one former official told the Washington Examiner, adding that Ciaramella was antagonistic at an early Trump administration gathering when it was said that the goal was to turn Trump’s campaign promises and platform into policy. When the issue of Ukraine was brought up at a policy meeting, Ciaramella mentioned aid to Ukraine. He became visibly upset, the official recounted, when he was told that Trump would review Ukraine policy and that it would likely not be the same as President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s. “He kind of rolled his eyes and went, ‘Hmph!’ He didn’t leave the room, but it was pretty clear that he thought that we were wrong and he was right. … I never trusted him with anything after that.” “Body language to me was all that this guy was about, you know. He was not happy about the Trump administration. He wasn’t on board with the Trump policy. So, I always assumed that he was leaker number one and not to be trusted.”…    

scumbag-Schiff warns of consequences if GOP talks about ‘whistleblower’ during impeachment hearings

by Tom Tillison{ } ~ Rep. scumbag-Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and lead Democrat in the effort to take out President Trump… has ordered Republicans to not talk about the whistleblower who prompted the partisan impeachment inquisition.  With the Democratic Party taking their secret impeachment inquisition from behind closed doors in the basement of the U.S. Capitol and going before cameras this week, scumbag-Schiff released a statement essentially threatening those who fail to comply with an ethics investigation. Byron York, the chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor, shared the statement online. “Whistleblower started Trump-Ukraine matter, framed issue in way House Dems have adopted for impeachment,” York tweeted. “Now Chairman scumbag-Schiff orders GOP: Do not talk about whistleblower in impeachment hearings. If you do, you’ll hear from Ethics Committee.” A timely directive in the face of a Fox News exclusive report of a complaint being filed with the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleging the Ukraine-Trump whistleblower may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting over a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via GoFundMe. The complaint only adds to a list of concerns about the whistleblower, beginning with the fact that he contacted scumbag-Schiff’s staff on the House Intel Committee before filing his complaint — a decision that could subject this individual tofelony false statement charges for not disclosing that he had contacted scumbag-Schiff… What gives scumbag-Schiff the right to threaten the GOP. 

REAL ID Soon: Inescapable Extension of the Federal Surveillance State

by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.{ } ~ “Your papers, please.” What image just came into your head? Something straight out of Casablanca? A jack-booted, uniform-clad, Nazi stopping someone on the street?… Well, a similar scene is about to be played out in the airports of the United States of America. What will bring this dystopian drama to life? REAL ID. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a notice to all travelers that “beginning October 1, 2020 not only must all states be issuing Real ID-compliant licenses or IDs, but individuals must also have visited their state’s driver’s licensing agency and obtained a REAL ID compliant card, or acceptable alternative such as a U.S. passport, if they wish to fly on commercial aircrafts or access federal facilities.” What happens on that fateful date of October 1, 2020? Again, from DHS: Federal agencies, including DHS and TSA, may only accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards as identification for purposes of accessing federal facilities — including TSA airport security checkpoints — if the license or card was issued by a REAL ID compliant state in accordance with the REAL ID security standards meaning the license or card must include the REAL ID compliant star marking.  Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL) issued by Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont are considered acceptable alternatives to REAL ID-compliant cards and will also be accepted for official REAL ID purposes. Most EDLs do not contain the star marking and this is acceptable. For those of you who’ve forgotten what REAL ID is, here’s DHS’s definition: Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. Constitutionalists will immediately recognize the real problems with REAL ID…  

Netanyahu and Gantz meet for security update as Gaza violence rages

By RAOUL WOOTLIFF{ } ~ MK Benny Gantz received a security update Tuesday from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hours after the Blue and White leader said the escalation of hostilities in Gaza… would not affect his ongoing negotiations to form a coalition. “This action will have no effect on the political processes taking place,” Gantz said in a statement supporting Israel’s early-morning airstrike killing a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander in the Gaza Strip. “The terrorist Abu Al-Ata who was killed tonight was destined for death. Just like Hamas chief of staff Ahmed Jabari, just like any terrorist who commits murderous acts against Israeli citizens,” Gantz said. In 2012, while IDF chief of staff, Gantz ordered a strike targeting  Ahmed Jabari, the acting head of Hamas’s military wing and mastermind of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit’s kidnapping in 2006. As the army chief of staff, Gantz also commanded the 2014 Gaza war under Netanyahu. “For the sake of Israel’s security, the political and security echelons often have to make tough decisions, while assessing their price. Such was the decision on the night’s operation, on which I was updated in advance. This is an operational and policy decision,” Gantz said, apparently dismissing claims the strike was politically motivated.“I would like to emphasize: Blue and White, headed by me, will always put citizens’ safety before anything else,” he said. A meeting between Gantz and Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman set for Tuesday to discuss ongoing coalition negotiations was postponed until Wednesday “due to the security situation,” Blue and White said…  

Young People Ignorant of History

By Walter E. Williams{ } ~ A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm… found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “favorable.” Let examine this tragic vision in light of the Fraser Institute’s recently released annual study “Economic Freedom of the World,” prepared by Professors James Gwartney, Florida State University; Robert A. Lawson and Ryan Murphy of Southern Methodist University; and Joshua Hall, West Virginia University, in cooperation with the Economic Freedom Network. Hong Kong and Singapore maintained their lead as the world’s most economically free countries — although China’s heavy hand threatens Hong Kong’s top ranking. Rounding out the top 10 are New Zealand, Switzerland, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Mauritius. By the way, after having fallen to 16th in 2016, the U.S. has staged a comeback to being in the top five economically free countries in the world. What statistics go into the Fraser Institute’s calculation of economic freedom? The report measures the ability of individuals to make their own economic decisions by analyzing the policies and institutions of 162 countries and territories. These include regulation, freedom to trade internationally, size of government, sound legal system, private property rights and government spending and taxation. Fraser Institute scholar Fred McMahon says, “Where people are free to pursue their own opportunities and make their own choices, they lead more prosperous, happier and healthier lives.” The evidence for his assessment is: Countries in the top quartile of economic freedom had an average per-capita GDP of $36,770 in 2017 compared with $6,140 for bottom quartile countries. Poverty rates are lower. In the top quartile, 1.8% of the population experienced extreme poverty ($1.90 a day) compared with 27.2% in the lowest quartile. Life expectancy is 79.5 years in the top quartile of economically free countries compared with 64.4 years in the bottom quartile…   . 

Coup Has Started’

 Gary Bauer

Mark Zaid is not a household name. Not yet at least. But you’re probably going to hear a lot about him in the days ahead. Zaid is one of the lawyers representing the CIA leaker who colluded with scumbag-Adam Schiff’s staffers on the House Intelligence Committee to trigger the impeachment of President Trump.As we noted in yesterday’s report, Donald Trump Jr. named the alleged “whistleblower” in a tweet — Eric Ciaramella. But I want to focus on Mr. Zaid.Fox News has examined Zaid’s social-media accounts and discovered a startling degree of hostility toward the president that began from the very beginning of Trump’s administration. Consider these few examples:On Jan. 30, 2017, reacting to news that President Trump had fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an scumbag/liar-nObama holdover, Zaid tweeted this: “#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately.”Zaid repeated his threat of a coup the same day in response to Trump naming liar-Yates’ replacement, tweeting: “#coup has started. As one falls, two more will take their place. #rebellion #impeachment.”In May, Zaid tweeted about past presidential impeachments: “Johnson (1868), Nixon (1973), scumbag/liar-Clinton (1998) impeachment hearings. Next up @realDonaldTrump (2017).”A few weeks later, he commented on Watergate, tweeting: “45 years from now we might be recalling stories regarding the impeachment of @realDonaldTrump. I’ll be old, but will be worth the wait.”On July 1, 2017, Zaid wrote that he’d rather be in Canada: “Since Jan 20th, I would much rather be in Canada. What a great country! We’ll be great again when @realDonaldTrump leaves.”Responding the same day to another anti-Trump progressive, Zaid tweeted: “It’s very scary. We will get rid of [Trump], and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters. We have to.”A few days later, on July 4th, Zaid tweeted: “I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president.”Notice how Zaid’s contempt extends beyond Donald Trump and includes “his supporters.” You know, those 63 million “deplorable and irredeemable” Americans.Fox News adds that Zaid shamelessly pitched his anti-Trump efforts to left-wing Hollywood celebrities, including Cher, Debra Messing, and sicko-Rob Reiner. He even attempted to offer his services to — wait for it — Michael Avenatti of Julie Swetnick fame. As you may recall, Avenatti is currently facing trial for defrauding his clients and attempting to extort Nike. I think that speaks volumes about Zaid’s credibility.Zaid’s call for a “coup” and “rebellion” should not be dismissed. This should be a huge story. It should be reported as such, but I’m not holding my breath.Zaid should be investigated, and the Deep State leaker should be investigated. It is likely that the alleged “whistleblower” broke the law by failing to disclose his contacts with scumbag-Adam Schiff’s staff.Order in the Courts!I was honored to join dozens of conservative leaders at the White House on Wednesday for a ceremony celebrating President Trump’s record number of judicial appointments. So far, the president has nominated and the Republican Senate has confirmed more than 150 judges, including two Supreme Court justices, in less than three years! And there will be more in the weeks and months ahead.The president is ecstatic over these opportunities, and conservatives who care about the Constitution, the rule of law, religious liberty, and the right to life should be grateful. When it comes to defending the values of faith, family, and freedom, appointing the right judges is perhaps the most important thing any president can do.But there is a long way to go. You can’t undo eight years of scumbag/liar-nObama appointments in just three or four years. To fundamentally reform the federal courts and fully restore balance to the judiciary, President Trump needs a second term. And if he gets it, we have a tremendous opportunity.Two of the Supreme Court’s liberal justices are 81 and 86 years old. If President Trump gets four more years, we could have a 7 to 2 conservative majority! Misplaced PrioritiesColumnist Terry Jeffrey notes that we could be headed for a government shutdown due to the misplaced priorities of Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats.  President Trump is asking Congress for $5 billion in border-security funding. But House Democrats have approved only $1.3 billion. And there’s a huge catch: The funds are specifically designated for enhancing “the border security of nations adjacent to conflict areas including Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia resulting from actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”In other words, Democrats will spend your money to secure the borders of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia, but not the borders of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.Senate Republicans are offering the president the full $5 billion he requested to secure the southern border. Whether liar-Pelosi and her squad of socialists are willing to compromise remains to be seen.   ~The Patriot Post  


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