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Thursday Top News Executive Summary
Media Editors:  RUMINATING ON IMPEACHMENT:  “House Speaker Nancy Pulosi says ‘nothing is off the table,’ including potential impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Pulosi spoke in California after special counsel Robert Mueller indicated Wednesday that it’s up to Congress to decide what to do next with his findings.” (Associated Press)
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scymbag/liar-nOBAMA OVERREACH NULLIFIED:  “[Wednesday] night, in Texas v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a federal district court in Texas held that the scumbag/liar-nObama Administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it adopted a revised definition of ‘waters of the United States’ in 2015, and remanded the so-called WOTUS rule back to the federal agencies from whence it came.” (The Volokh Conspiracy)
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COCHRAN, RIP: “Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican who brought Southern gentility to Washington and Washington largesse to the South over nearly four decades in the U.S. Senate, where he was a past chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, died May 30 in Oxford, Miss. He was 81.” (The Washington Post)
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LOUISIANA ABORTION BAN: “The Louisiana House of Representatives passed an abortion ban on a 79-23 vote Wednesday that would prohibit women from terminating a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has indicated he will break with his party and sign the ban if it crosses his desk.” (NBC News)
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GEORGIA FALLOUT: “Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos vowed to ‘rethink’ the company’s investments in Georgia if the state’s recently passed ban on abortions past the point where a fetal heartbeat can be detected is not ultimately struck down by the courts,” National reviews reports. Similarly, according to Reuters, “Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger … [said] it would be ‘very difficult’ for the media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect because many people will not want to work in the U.S. state.”
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CONVERSION THERAPY BAN: “Maine banned gay conversion therapy for minors on Wednesday, joining more than a dozen other states that have outlawed the controversial practice.” (The Associated Press)
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POPE FRANCIS WASHES HIS HANDS: “After nearly a yearlong silence, Pope Francis has officially addressed allegations that he knew about the sexually abusive Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and lifted sanctions that were imposed on him by Pope Benedict XVI. … ‘I have said it many times, I knew nothing, no idea,’ he said.” (The Daily Wire)
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TROUBLE IN ISRAEL: “Exactly one month after the 21st Knesset was sworn in, a majority of the Knesset voted late Wednesday night to disperse and initiate an unprecedented repeat election on September 17. It was the first time in Israeli history that a candidate for prime minister failed to form a coalition after being given the task by the president after an election.” (The Jerusalem Post)
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POLICY: $19.1 billion “emergency” relief bill is a disaster of waste (Issues & Insights)
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POLICY: Mueller’s final statement turns jurisprudence on its head (Issues & Insights)
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HUMOR: Robert Mueller assures leftists he will one day return to judge Donald Trump before being taken up into Heaven (The Babylon Bee)  
 
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Why They REALLY Want to 
Abolish the Electoral College
by patrioticviralnews.com:  Is anyone else tired of explaining simple concepts to liberals? They sincerely have no understanding of the concept of freedom... Why is the 2nd Amendment important? It gives everyone an equal chance to defend themselves. Why are lower taxes and smaller government good? They enable citizens to have more choice in how they live their lives. This isn’t rocket science. Under the false banner of compassion, empathy and morality, the modern left is working tirelessly to annihilate freedom in this country. They truly hate it. They seem to think that the freedom to damage your lungs by smoking cigarettes or put yourself into poverty with bad money decisions is something that must be eliminated. They would rather rule over people in tyranny than tolerate the consequences of freedom. That’s why we have to keep explaining to them why this country was built the way it was. The founding fathers went to a lot of effort to prevent the United States from being a democracy. They flat-out feared the tyranny of the majority. Now, the left believes that they have an unshakeable majority in this country, so they love the idea of tyrannical democracy. Once again, we have to explain simple concepts to them. This video will explain why we have an Electoral College. Here’s a hint: it’s the same reason Congress is split into the House and the Senate. Regardless, the liberals in this country need this lesson, so enjoy the video and make sure the liberals in your life get a chance to see it too.
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U.S., UAE Announce New Defense Pact
by Adam Kredo  
freebeacon.com } ~ The United States and United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday afternoon the start of a new defense pact that will see the Trump administration bolster military coordination... between the two countries at a time when many Arab nations are seeking help to combat a rising threat from Iran. White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has been in the UAE for high-level talks, has brought the UAE into a Defense Cooperation Act to help it battle regional militants and other terror forces seeking to foment instability in the region. "The DCA will enhance military coordination between the United States and the United Arab Emirates, further advancing an already robust military, political, and economic partnership at a critical time," the White House said in a joint statement with the UAE. "The United States and the United Arab Emirates share a deep interest in promoting prosperity and stability in the region. The DCA will advance that interest by fostering closer collaboration on defense and security matters and supporting efforts by both nations to maintain security in the Gulf region." The Trump administration has been seeking to boost its regional partnerships with countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia who view Iran as a threat and are seeking to work with the United States to counter its malevolent activities.
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Mueller Refuses to Give Further Comment 
on Probe: ‘The Report Is My Testimony’
by Paul Crookston  
freebeacon.com } ~ Robert Mueller announced his resignation from the office of special counsel Wednesday, explaining why he did not accuse President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice... and saying he will not speak further about the investigation since his full report has been released. "The report is my testimony," he said. "I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress." He said he appreciated Attorney General Bill Barr's decision to make the report largely public, which was not required under statute, adding he did not doubt Barr's good faith in his decision to release the report all at once, even though he'd recommended releasing "certain portions" beforehand. He threw cold water on calls that he should go further than the report does in judging Trump's actions related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter," he said. "There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself."After explaining the principles of how the investigation went forward, including the necessity of following Justice Department policy not to decide whether to recommend prosecution of the president, he said he would not comment on hypotheticals or offer commentary. "We concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office's final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president," he said. "We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations."...
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Cornel West tells loose lips-Biden to get off 
'symbolic crack pipe' over crime law or 
lose blacks to Trump
by Steven Nelson
washingtonexaminer.com } ~  Harvard University philosopher Cornel West says Democratic front-runner loose lips-Joe Biden will lose black voters to President Trump if he doesn't "get off his symbolic crack pipe"... and stop defending the 1994 crime law that he authored. West, a prominent left-wing activist, spoke with the Washington Examiner after Trump tweeted Monday that blacks "will not be able to vote" for politicians associated with the law, which loose lips-Biden defended this month by saying it "did not generate mass incarceration." "I hope and pray he is unable to do it. But if Trump comes out strong on criminal justice reform, he is going to get a slice of the black vote, because this is life or death," West said. "I think loose lips-Biden is going to have to take responsibility and acknowledge the contribution he made to something that was not a force for good. We all make mistakes, but this was a major, major bad judgment. And we have to tell the truth."That loose lips-Joe Biden was one of the architects, or core architects, is going to haunt him in a very serious way," West said. "When he says it didn't contribute to mass incarceration, I tell him he has to get off his symbolic crack pipe." The 1994 law introduced mandatory life sentences for three-time federal felons and had a ripple effect of increasing state prison populations by granting $12.5 billion for prison construction to states that passed "truth-in-sentencing" laws forcing inmates to serve 85% of sentences. In his Twitter assault, Trump wrote that the First Step Act he signed in December — lessening the three-strikes penalty to 25 years, among other reductions — "helped fix the bad 1994 Bill" and noted that then-first lady scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton used the term "super predator" to describe black youth targeted by the measure... He is going to lose big time anyway.   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/cornel-west-tel...  
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IDF destroys Hezbollah's last, largest, 
20-story cross-border attack tunnel  
by Anna Ahronheim
{jpost.com} ~ Six months after the Israeli military declared an end to Operation Northern Shield, the IDF has begun destroying the final and largest cross-border tunnel dug by Hezbollah into Israeli territory... The tunnel began in the Lebanese village of Ramiyeh and stretched one kilometer before infiltrating several meters into northern Israel, close to the communities of Zarit and Shtula.  It was the last one discovered by the IDF in early January, the largest and most strategic of the six cross-border tunnels dug by the Lebanese Shi’ite group. Hezbollah had planned to have dozens of armed terrorists attack the nearby communities in the next war with Israel. Unlike the tunnels dug by terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, each tunnel found by the military on the Lebanese border had different characteristics, with some strengthened by concrete while others were burrowed straight into the rock. The Ramiyeh tunnel had been dug at a depth of 80 meters and had 20 flights of stairs. The tunnel, which took Hezbollah several years to dig, also contained railroads to transport equipment and garbage, and was equipped with lighting equipment, air-conditioning and ladders. The IDF declared the end of the operation in mid-January, saying that it had “deprived Hezbollah of the unique offensive abilities it had built for years as part of its planned attack on Israeli territory,” and strengthened security along the northern border. During the operation, the Northern Command had been in high readiness, reinforced by a variety of capabilities including twice the number of tanks and artillery batteries stationed in the area, in the event Hezbollah attacked troops during the operation...  https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/IDF-destroys-Hezbollahs-last-larg...   
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Once a Terrorist Always a Terrorist

Cal Thomas
 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the release of self-admitted “American Taliban” member John Walker Lindh “unexplainable and unconscionable.”

Lindh, who was paroled last Thursday from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for illegally aiding Taliban forces. Lindh had joined the terrorist organization before September 11, 2001. He was in Afghanistan at the time and was also there when a group of Taliban prisoners murdered CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann.

Spann’s daughter, who was 9 when her father died, called Lindh’s early release “a slap in the face” to everyone who died on 9-11. After his capture and return to the U.S., Lindh struck a plea bargain, admitting to illegally providing help to the Taliban, but denying any role in Spann’s death.

Lindh is barred from traveling and using a cellphone or the internet. He could still borrow a phone and possibly use someone else’s computer and sign-in information, so it is difficult to see how those limitations will be enforced.

Lindh stated he would not have joined the Taliban if he had known what it was about, but that doesn’t stand up given his statements after he was sent to prison.

Foreignpolicy.com, a site that focuses on global affairs, current events and domestic and international policy, obtained a report from the National Counterterrorism Center that stated in early 2017 that Lindh “continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts.”

The document cites Federal Bureau of Prisons “intelligence summaries,” which claim that in March 2016, Lindh “told a television news producer that he would continue to spread violent extremist Islam upon his release.”

The document does not identify the news reporter and Foreign Policy says there is no “public record” of Lindh participating in media interviews. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but if the interview exists now would be a good time to see it.

Homegrown violent extremists have long been considered the most difficult to detect and monitor. Lindh’s release is likely to give aid and comfort to potential terrorists already in the country and others seeking to enter the U.S.

There is no indication Lindh has repented of his actions, much less changed his ideology, or brand of Islamic extremism.

“Treason” is a word that should be used only in cases where an American citizen betrays his country and goes over to the enemy’s side. Lindh fits that description.

In past American wars, some of those found guilty of treason have been executed. Lindh is a traitor and should have received the death penalty, but because of the plea deal he is now free and is likely to return to his old ways. He will be able to associate with people of his persuasion and encourage their radical beliefs and extreme behavior.

Government officials say he will be “closely monitored” by parole officers and others during the three years remaining of his sentence. What happens after that? Suppose he engages in actions that directly or indirectly result in the deaths of more Americans? Sure, he can be returned to prison and possibly even executed, but the blood of future victims will be on the heads of those who let him out.

An ideology driven by extreme religious views is difficult to combat, much less reverse. Given the ancient history of Islam and the radical behavior of those claiming to conduct terrorist activities in its name, it is not a stretch to say once one has become a terrorist, it is likely he will remain one.  ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/opinion/63249?mailing_id=4298&utm_medium...  

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Angry Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’: Pam Karlan Donated Thousands To Hillary And Was On Clinton’s List For Potential SCOTUS Nomination

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, kicked off its first impeachment circus Wednesday morning.

The four ‘witnesses’ testifying have never actually witnessed any of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine firsthand — the four witnesses are law professors offering legal analysis.

One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

No wonder why this unhinged, dowdy woman is so pissed off!

“Professor Pam Karlan donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. So she certainly has no vendetta against President Trump,” GOP Rep. Mark Walker said.

Congressman Walker also pointed out that Noah Feldman, the Dems first partisan witness in Wednesday’s hearing tweeted about impeaching Trump right after he was sworn in.

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

Meet Noah Feldman, House Democrats first partisan witness.

Look at the date of this tweet. He has been trying to get @realDonaldTrump impeached since 46 days into his presidency.

His reason? Trump criticized President Obama.

This is a sham impeachment with sham witnesses. https://twitter.com/NoahRFeldman/status/839185127494254592 

Noah Feldman @NoahRFeldman

Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment http://bv.ms/2mY1ueX  via @BV

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker
 

The next witness, Karlan, has donated thousands to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

So she certainly has no vendetta against @realDonaldTrump.

These witnesses are as serious as House Democrats impeachment case: not at all.

The entire sham show trial is stacked with partisan hacks who have wanted to impeach Trump from the moment he won in November of 2016.

Norm Eisen, the Democrats’ counsel who is blasting Trump and questioning witnesses in Wednesday’s show trial, tweeted about impeaching Trump before Donald Trump was even sworn into office!

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