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Trump Refocuses on Immigration Overhaul
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Tuesday Top News Executive Summary
Media Editors:  DEMS BANK ON JUDICIAL ACTIVISM: “A Washington, D.C.-based federal judge has sided with House Oversight Committee Democrats seeking to enforce their subpoena of Trump accounting firm Mazars USA, in a major ruling that breathes new life into Democrats’ ongoing efforts to probe the president’s financial dealings.” (Fox News)
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EX-WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL SIDELINED: “President Donald Trump has directed former White House counsel Donald McGahn to not testify on Tuesday before Congress about events relating to special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s investigation.” (ABC News)
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POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP: “Democrats are growing skeptical about working with President Trump on an infrastructure deal, fearing it would help him score political points as he campaigns for reelection.” (The Hill)
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REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN REBUKED: “The conservative House Freedom Caucus condemned Rep. Justin Amash, one of its founding members, on Monday for saying President Trump committed impeachable offenses.” (Washington Examiner)
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ESPN FINALLY GETS THE MEMO: “The Los Angeles Times released an extensive profile of new ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro over the weekend, cataloging Pitaro’s rise to the top of the sports-focused network and his plans to make big changes to ESPN’s coverage. … Pitaro says he recognizes that ESPN viewers want sports coverage, not political commentary.” (The Daily Wire)
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CENSUS IN THE CROSSHAIRS: “The U.S. Census Bureau is concerned the Russian government could hack into data collected in the 2020 Census, in a similar way to how it interfered in the 2016 presidential election, a top bureau official said.” (Bloomberg)
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DEEP-STATE COLLUSION: “Judicial Watch released three emails exchanged between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, a scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton donor, and Bruce Ohr. … They are all dated November 21, 2016, just 13 days after the presidential election. But it is significant that the emails post-date the election. These Democratic Party bureaucrats were no longer trying to help scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton win the election; rather, they were trying to undermine the President-Elect.” (Power Line)
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IRAN ENRICHES ITS NUKE INITIATIVE: “Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program. … Tehran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to set new terms for the [nuclear] deal, or it will enrich closer to weapons-grade levels in a Middle East already on edge.” (Associated Press)
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AMERICAN TALIBAN’S PECULIAR RELEASE: “A bipartisan team of senators is asking the Trump administration why the convicted terrorist who became known as the ‘American Taliban’ is about to get early release from federal prison.” (Roll Call)
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VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: “A new report has revealed that support of the First Amendment among college students seems to be decreasing, as nearly half of students believe that hate speech should not be protected. Conducted by the Knight Foundation, the survey reveals that 41 percent of college students believe hate speech should not be protected under the First Amendment, while 58 percent believe that it should be protected.” (Campus Reform)
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POLICY: How charter schools empower inner-city children to escape failing public schools (The Daily Signal)
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POLICY: Blueprint for balance: A federal budget for fiscal year 2020 (The Heritage Foundation)
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HUMOR: commie-Bernie Sanders criticizes billionaire for giving money to students instead of the needy federal government (The Babylon Bee)  
 
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Showdown in the Arabian Gulf
by Ari Lieberman
frontpagemag.com } ~ During his presidential run, Donald Trump argued that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as the Iran deal, was among the worst deals ever negotiated by the United States... with a foreign power and promised to withdraw from the JCPOA if elected. In May 2018, Trump kept his word but granted waivers to eight countries to continue purchasing Iranian oil. In May 2019 those waivers expired, further constricting Iran’s ability to export oil. Sanctions instantly affected all aspects of the Iranian economy including its banking sector. The U.S. Treasury Department succeeded in disconnecting Iran’s banking industry from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). SWIFT enables banks to communicate with each other and facilitates international transactions. Even if rogue nations, like Turkey, attempted to skirt sanctions and purchase Iranian contraband, it would be nearly impossible for Iran to receive payment given its cutoff from SWIFT. Iran’s economy is contracting and its currency is in freefall. It is estimated that the ban on oil exports alone is costing the regime some $35 billion a year and that’s before the expiration of the waivers. In April, the U.S. declared the IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and this past week, the U.S. Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Iran’s industrial metals industry. While the Europeans are technically still signatories to the JCPOA, European nations are fleeing Iran like rats from a sinking ship, opting to forgo business in the Islamic Republic rather than face the wrath of U.S. sanctions. Contrary to Democrats’ assertions, the economic pressures imposed by the Trump administration are not meant to effectuate regime change. Rather, they are designed to modify malign Iranian behavior and bring them back to the negotiating table for the purpose of modifying and altering certain deleterious provisions of the JCPOA, including absurd sunset clauses that allow Iran to enrich uranium 10 years post the signing of the JCPOA. The administration would also like curb Iranian ballistic missile development, something the scumbag/liar-nObama administration failed to adequately address. Trump has made diplomatic overtures to the Iranians making clear to them that the U.S. does not seek confrontation and is willing to deal but Iran has adopted an inflexible, hostile-like posture. Last week, four commercial ships – two Saudi, one Norwegian and one United Arab Emirate flagged ship – were sabotaged near the Emirate port of Fujairah, which is located near the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz prompting a 2% spike in the price of crude oil. Twenty percent of the world’s traded oil transits the Strait of Hormuz. No one is saying who carried out the sabotage but many are suggesting an Iranian fingerprint...
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Hamas denies Israeli media reports 
of six-months ceasefire agreement  
by Hagay Havohen
jpost.com } ~ Israel and Hamas agreed to a 6-month ceasefire understanding effective immediately, Channel 12 news reported on Monday evening... Hamas spokesperson Fauzi Barhom responded to the news by denying what Israeli media reported, saying that " the ceasefire between the resistance Hamas and the occupation Israel is in exchange for Israeli commitment to implement all the agreements reached."  Channel 12 said that Hamas agreed to end clashes with IDF forces near the Gaza Security fence and to keep a 300 meter distance from it.   The terrorist organization also purportedly agreed to end night raids meant to engage IDF units stationed along the border and end Hamas boats traveling near the Gaza shore. Israel in turn agreed to widen the Gazan fishing zone Gaza to 15 nautical miles and ensure the transfer of medicines and other forms of civic aid to Gaza residents, the report said. Israel will begin a negotiation process with Hamas to deal with electric power, health, funds, and border crossings. In addition, Israel will promote UN programs that aim to employ Palestinians who reside in the Gaza Strip. Shortly after the report, reactions from all sides started to pile in. The Arranging Committee of the Gaza strip March of Return protests responded to the announced  by saying that  "we will continue with the Friday marches until the siege is removed and the rights of our people restored." Representatives of the Eshkol Regional Council in turn said that from their perspective, a ceasefire includes a complete cessation of incendiary balloons, terror attacks on the security fence, and the sporadic fire they are subjected to. MK Amir Peretz from the Labor party said that a deal with Hamas that does not include the return of the remains of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, so they can be buried in Israel, and living Israelis held captive by the terror group is an ongoing assault on “IDF values and the alliance the state has with families.”...
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US Deploys Missiles That Can Wipe Out Enemy Military… And They Wouldn’t Even Hear a Boom
by Jared Harris
westernjournal.com } ~ Modern warfare calls for modern solutions. Gone are the days of the Cold War, when whoever could make the biggest bomb was considered the biggest kid on the block... Now, it’s all about fighting smarter. Enter the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project — or CHAMP for short. According to the Daily Mail, the missiles were tested back in 2012 before being adopted by the United States Air Force. Reportedly, 20 of these missiles have now been deployed.The weapons are loaded on B-52 bombers, and function like a cruise missile — but without the explosion. Instead, the CHAMP missile flies over a target and fires its electromagnetic pulse cannon, sending a wave to the ground. For electronics in the effective radius, it’s a death sentence. Surveillance systems, computers, cameras, and other electronics wouldn’t just be offline after this EMP blast — they would be completely destroyed. Surge protectors are too slow to stop it, and it’s doubtful that any primitive shielding technique in Iran or North Korea would keep their equipment safe. The energy in this wave is completely harmless to humans. With a few well-placed missiles, entire anti-air batteries can be taken offline. Artillery, which relies heavily on a communications network, would be forced to fire blind. With either of these systems down, a lightning amphibious invasion would be disastrous for the enemy...
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Donald Trump, Jr. with Mark Levin on Green 
New Deal: ‘It’s Insanity,’ ‘Outright Stupidity’
by Michael Morris
cnsnews.com } ~ On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday, host Mark Levin had on his program Donald Trump, Jr... who said that the Green New Deal is “insanity” and “outright stupidity.” “It’s insanity,” Donald Trump, Jr. said about the Green New Deal proposal. “It’s literally, just outright stupidity. But what’s scary about it, Mark, is that the leading Democratic contenders for the presidency of the United States are all like, ‘Oh, this is wonderful. We have to get onboard.’” Mark Levin: “Let me ask you one more question. commie-Bernie Sanders, commie-AOC and these folks are pushing this socialist agenda, this Green New Deal. You think the American people are going to support this?” Donald Trump, Jr.: “Well, listen. Hey, you know what? Like all things, Democrats are good at one thing. They’re good at marketing, okay? Not so good with fact, not so good with numbers, and the reality— I’ve rallied about the Green New Deal because it sounds so wonderful. You know, the only problem is, Mark, it cost $93 trillion, okay? The U.S. government takes in, revenue, six point – you know, six and change trillion dollars a year. So, let’s just round it up and say, in 15 years, if we did nothing other than eliminate farting cows and come up with some miracle transportation that somehow doesn’t use energy to get to Hawaii – because we’re eliminating all air travel – in 15 years we will have paid for the Green New Deal. Now, they say it will somehow pay for itself. But they won’t show any facts how that happens. “So, it’s insanity...   https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-morris/donald-trump-jr-mark-le...  
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Discipline = Freedom
by  Navy Seal (Ret.) Jocko Willink  
prageru.com } ~ In this year’s 2019 PragerU Commencement Address, Navy Seal (Ret.) and best-selling author, Jocko Willink, offers some hard-learned, practical advice. It all starts with Discipline. That’s what will get you on the road to personal fulfillment and success — and keep you there. 
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Trump Refocuses on Immigration Overhaul
Political Editors:  Immigration was arguably the biggest campaign issue that propelled President Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016. Now, as 23 (and counting!) Democrat hopefuls jockey for their party’s nomination to challenge him in 2020, Trump is looking to refocus attention on the issue that, despite all his rhetoric, he’s had little success in tackling — albeit largely because he’s been thwarted by Congress and an activist judiciary. On Thursday, he rolled out a new merit-based points system for immigration.

Introducing his plan, Trump stated, “We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages, and safety of American workers first. Our proposal is pro-America, pro-immigrant and pro-worker. It’s just common sense.”

The Washington Examiner reports, “Under the Trump plan, the share of legal immigrants permitted entry based on job skills would rise from 12% to 57%. Family bonds as a justification for legal entry would fall from 66% to 33%. Asylum and diversity admissions would fall from 22% to 10%.” Trump also noted, “Future immigrants will be required to learn English and to pass a civics exam prior to admission. Through these steps we will deliver an immigration system that respects and even strengthens our future, our traditions, and our values.”

A senior administration official offered an olive branch: “[The plan] can be what [Democrats] want it to be. If [Democrats] don’t want to engage, then it will be part of the election. If they want to engage, then it could be part of a negotiation. That’s going to be up to them.” Trump hopes his proposal will help to unite congressional Republicans and in so doing pressure Democrats into serious policy engagement.

And make no mistake, “This is his proposal,” the official added. “[President Trump has] been intimately involved in crafting it. We’ve shown him kind of where some of the criticism might come from on the Right, and his response is, ‘I’m happy to talk to them and I’ll convince them of why this is the right thing.’”

Predictably, House Speaker Nancy Pulosi declared Trump’s plan to be “dead-on-arrival” because … it’s Trump’s. In a complete about-face from her own advocacy for a merit-based immigration system back in 2013, Pulosi fallaciously blasted Trump’s plan as “greenlighting the Administration’s barbaric family detention policies, reviving the President’s ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers and gutting our asylum and refugee protections, which the evangelical community has called the ‘crown jewel of American humanitarianism.’” Pelosi then sought to spin her own past support for merit-based immigration, insisting, “To say that this plan’s application criteria are ‘merit-based’ is the height of condescension.”

Clearly, Democrats have no intention of taking up the issue, as they’d rather divide Americans with their “Hate Trump” agenda. That’s why this is effectively Trump setting up a prominent issue on which to campaign in 2020.  ~The Patriot Post

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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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