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Once a Terrorist Always a Terrorist
Cal Thomas

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)
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)
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)
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)
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.”
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)
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)
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)
POLICY: $19.1 billion “emergency” relief bill is a disaster of waste (Issues & Insights)
POLICY: Mueller’s final statement turns jurisprudence on its head (Issues & Insights)
HUMOR: Robert Mueller assures leftists he will one day return to judge Donald Trump before being taken up into Heaven (The Babylon Bee)  
~The Patriot Post
Why They REALLY Want to 
Abolish the Electoral College
by  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.
U.S., UAE Announce New Defense Pact
by Adam Kredo } ~ 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.
Mueller Refuses to Give Further Comment 
on Probe: ‘The Report Is My Testimony’
by Paul Crookston } ~ 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."...
Cornel West tells loose lips-Biden to get off 
'symbolic crack pipe' over crime law or 
lose blacks to Trump
by Steven Nelson } ~  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.  
IDF destroys Hezbollah's last, largest, 
20-story cross-border attack tunnel  
by Anna Ahronheim
{} ~ 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...   
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., 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  

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Trump National Diversity Coalition's Bruce LeVell: President’s Support Among Blacks, Hispanics Will ‘More Than Double’ In 2020

Bruce LeVell, the National Diversity Coalition for Trump executive director, said on Sunday evening he predicts President Donald Trump will win even higher levels of support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020 than he did in 2016.

“Pastor Darrell Scott is the CEO, we started this back in 2015,” LeVell said on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Sunday evening about the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “It is the largest diversity coalition platform in history for a Republican candidate, not to mention a sitting president, and there are millions of guests that sign on and sign up that are part of this. If you look on the website, you see African Americans for Trump, Haitian Americans for Trump, Korean Americans for Trump, Chinese Americans for Trump, Hispanic Americans for Trump–all very large. They all stand in one agreement that they believe in this great president and that he is here for all and wants everyone to be successful. It’s pretty flattering, honestly, to be a part of this. It just totally debunks everything that they try to make him out to be–a racist, which he’s not. The numbers prove that he’s not. You can see where he’s rising in terms of the Hispanic vote, and the African American vote. It’s just really going to be mind-boggling on the next go-around. I guarantee it. It’s going to more than double because people are happy; they’re working.”

LeVell, when asked for his rationale on why he thinks Trump’s support in 2020 among blacks and Hispanics will more than double, attributed it to the results President Trump has gotten for those communities.

“Sometimes you have to speak things into existence,” LeVell said. “The president said, ‘What do you have to lose?’ That challenge, especially in the underserved communities, well, yeah, what do we have to lose? We tried it this way for 30 or 40 years. Some of these cities and municipalities were under Democrat rule, as you might say, for many years, and then you say, ‘You know what? Let’s make the ask.’ You know, the president made the ask. Sometimes, you just have to ask, ‘Hey, what do you got to lose? Try this.’ Let’s try one of the biggest, strongest bills that he’s signed, that was so beneficial, called the Opportunity Zones. This bill right here alone is bringing a lifeline to some of these underserved communities and is projected to bring in over hundreds of billions of dollars in these underserved communities, which are predominantly African American communities. For example, in Atlanta, there are minority business contractors teaming up with other business contractors building a hotel in an Opportunity Zone. This community has just been blighted for God knows how long. These are the things that people are starting to see–the light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s a businessman that understands what I call a balance sheet, a P & L sheet of profit and loss. The president wants to see the country profitable, not losses. So that’s what he does. He says, ‘Okay, where can we improve? What can we do?’”

He continued, “Like I said earlier, I think the Opportunity Zones is a sleeper; it has so many moving parts to it where you can sell a piece of property for $2 million and instead of paying that very high capital gains [tax] you can identify those funds over the zone, and then, you can build another little hotel or a shopping center for economic empowerment for that community. So there’s so many initiatives out there for people of color, like myself, who see opportunities. You know, how about this? You live in a black community under the Trump administration, you walk down the street and say, ‘Wow, 98 percent who live in the community are African American,’ and you say, ‘Why don’t you build that grocery store? Why don’t you build that gas station?’ Wow, you’re right. I can. The programs that are out there, like in the Small Business Administration, you get as little as five or ten percent down, and they can maturize it to 30 years, and if you’re a veteran, they waive the fees. There are so many tools out there, and you saw the president when he adjusted Dodd-Frank last year; that was a terrible, terrible deal they did in 2009 and 2010 that literally almost just choked and killed the business community because of the Dodd-Frank, going in there and regulating these small community banks, which were life support for these small communities especially in the African American community, where he readjusted that last year and made it work. These are the things this president understands that as a businessman he can bring his lifelong talents to the White House and can help America. The biggest thing about this is, remember, the president is not beholden to any special interest group; this is a very key part of this conversation right here because he can go in there and govern without having to worry about paying back favors.”

According to NBC News analysis in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, Trump actually outperformed now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)–then the former governor of Massachusetts–in the 2012 election when it came to both the black and Hispanic communities.

“Trump claimed 29 percent of the Hispanic vote on Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 27 percent in 2012,” NBC News wrote. “With blacks, exit polls show Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote to the previous Republican nominee’s 6 percent.”

If Trump is able to double support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020, as LeVell predicts he will, no Democrat will stand even close to a chance of defeating him; the margins they would need for victories in a number of states would be significantly eroded. Perhaps that is why the Democrats are now attempting to paint Trump as a racist amid his battle with the so-called “Squad” of socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasi0-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). The new faces of the Democrat Party, the “Squad,” in other words, is worried they may lose the election in 2020 if LeVell and other Trump backers are right. But the scurrilous accusations of racism for quick political gains, which have also been leveled at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden in recent weeks, LeVell warns, may undermine the ability to stand up to actual racism where it exists.

“At first, it was kind of bizarre,” LeVell, who knows Trump well and has known him prior to his run for president, said of the false racism accusations. “Now, it’s just plainly un-American. It’s so anti-patriotic. You know, the interesting thing about it for me as a black conservative or Republican–I like to define myself as a Frederick Douglass Republican–most of the name-calling comes from people who actually look like me, 90 percent of it. It’s bizarre, and it’s because our thinking process is not lining up with theirs. It’s the only playbook they have, like I said earlier, which is, ‘Let’s just use the race card.’

LeVell went on to say, “Getting back to the president, I’ve been around him–I was just with him at the rally–in very intimate settings, behind the scenes at the rally, and you’re right: I’ve traveled with him, been on the plane with him. I’ve been in private meetings with him. I’ve talked with him, and you know–let me tell you something: I’m 55 years old, I’ve lived my whole life in the South, and I’m world-traveled. Let me tell you: I know racism when I see it. This man is nowhere near being a racist. It’s so sad because it does such a disservice to this great nation that they would throw that name and throw those words around. I mean, you have people calling Biden racist. They’re calling Pelosi racist. They’re calling the dog-catcher racist because he impounded the black dog instead of the white dog. Come on. What’s next? You know, it’s kind of sad because it’s pretty much watered down things that are legitimate, to where people are just going to get so numb with it, and people are just being like, ‘Wow, are you serious?’”

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