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Eight Debate Questions loose lips liar-Joe Biden
Should Be Required to Answer
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Rick Perry resigns as energy secretary 
amid Ukraine investigation
by Josh Siegel
{ } ~ Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told President Trump he is resigning amid scrutiny related to his role in the Trump administration’s diplomacy in Ukraine... the Washington Examiner has confirmed from sources with knowledge of the situation. His resignation ends his tenure as the last original Cabinet head from the core energy and environment agencies, after the EPA’s Scott Pruitt and Interior’s Ryan Zinke quit while facing investigations over their ethics. Perry, the former Texas governor and presidential candidate, had been more politically savvy than his counterparts, reveling in his job as chief pitchman for American "energy dominance." It was a stark turn for Perry, who as a presidential candidate pledged to abolish the Energy Department. But he became a central character in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of Trump. Democrats issued a subpoena to Perry on Oct. 10 seeking documents related to Perry's knowledge of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump pushed his counterpart to investigate Democratic rival loose lips liar-Joe Biden. Perry confirmed he asked Trump to hold a phone call with Zelensky but said he sought the conversations as part of efforts to curb corruption in Ukraine’s energy sector and encourage energy investment opportunities. He has denied discussing the loose lips liar-Biden family with Ukrainian officials. It remains unclear how much the Ukraine investigation played into Perry’s decision to resign. He has long been rumored to quit for work in the private sector...   
Epic Mick Mulvaney White House Press Conference  Announces 2020 G7 To Be
Held in Trump Doral
by sundance
{ } ~ Oh man, almost too much winning. President Trump Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvaney brings the cold-fish slapper to a White House presser and pummels the narrative engineers... Cold-Fish Slapping is like whac-a-mole, only instead of a hammer you use a slightly unfrozen fish; and instead of mole-heads popping up, you get reporters stupid questions. First, Mr. Mulvaney announces the 2020 G7 will be held at Trump Doral Resort in Miami Florida, June 10th – 12th 2020. The pearl-clutching media begin to quiver uncontrollably. Slap. Slap. Slap. More spontaneous ‘splodey heads…. more cold-fish-slapping. Repeat.  Then Mulvaney takes questions on Muh Ukraine and Muh Impeach-We-Much, and it becomes necessary for double-handed cold-fish-slapping. This is really good. The White House using Trump Doral-Miami for the G7, just because it is the best place to host the G7 is epic Trump. The media go bonkers… Trump shrugs and says: when you’re done with that, fetch me a Diet Coke. LOL.
Path to Israeli Unity Government May Be 
Opening, With Gantz Indicating a Willingness 
to Sit With Netanyahu
by Benjamin Kerstein
{ } ~ Despite the current impasse in the Israeli coalition talks, signs emerged on Wednesday that a path to a unity government might be opening... with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz reportedly expressing a positive attitude toward such an arrangement. The Sept. 17 Knesset elections ended in a stalemate, with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party nor Gantz’s centrist Blue and White able to form a majority coalition. Despite pressure to form a unity government, negotiations have thus far failed. The Israeli news Mako reported on Wednesday, however, that sources close to Gantz were saying the former IDF chief of staff was leaning toward a unity government along lines recommended by President Reuven Rivlin. “We will hold our noses,” Gantz was quoted as saying, “but Netanyahu will have an expiration date.” Under Rivlin’s plan, Gantz and Netanyahu would both be designated prime ministers in a rotation government. However, Netanyahu would be allowed to go on “recess” to deal with his legal issues stemming from corruption charges. Depending on the outcome of the legal process, Netanyahu would then be allowed to return to government. However, it remains unclear precisely when in the legal process Netanyahu would have to step down. According to Mako, Gantz referred to sitting under Netanyahu “for a few months.” Another possibility is a minority government composed of Blue and White and the left-wing Labor and Democratic Union parties. Such a move would require support — or at least a lack of opposition — from the largely-Arab Joint List and Avigdor Lieberman’s secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party. Lieberman has pledged that he would only support a government composed of Yisrael Beiteinu, Likud and Blue and White.   
Trump Nominates Sarah Sanders 
To Join The Fulbright Scholars Board
By Jim Hayek
{ } ~ President Donald Trump nominated former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to join the Fulbright Scholarship Board on Wednesday... Sanders, who stepped down from her White House position at the end of June, currently works as a Fox News contributor. Sanders served as press secretary for nearly two years, making her one of the longest serving officials in the Trump administration, and was widely adored by Trump’s supporters. The White House announced Wednesday evening that Sanders would be returning to public service in some form, as the president nominated her to a three-year term on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Sanders thanked Trump for the nomination on Twitter, writing, “Grateful to @realDonaldTrump to be named to the @fulbrightboard – established by the late U.S. Senator from my home state of Arkansas.”Sanders is also rumored to be considering a run for governor of Arkansas. Also currently serving on the Fulbright board is another former Trump administration official: Heather Nauert, who served as the State Department spokesperson and was later nominated for ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert withdrew from consideration before being confirmed.
Volker Testimony Destroys Narrative
Of Diplomatic Turmoil Following
Ukraine Phone Call
By Mollie Hemingway
{ } ~ The United States’ former envoy to Ukraine told congressional investigators neither country’s officials were concerned about anything in the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky... until a campaign of leaks alleging abuse of power began surfacing in late August. Far from the media-fed narrative of officials being physically shaken by the call, Kurt Volker told lawmakers no one had expressed any concern to him about it, or about later allegations that requests for Ukraine’s help in corruption investigations was improper. While Volker was tasked with managing the relationship between the Trump administration and the new government in Ukraine, he only heard that the loose lips liar-Biden family had been mentioned in the phone call when anti-Trump bureaucrats began leaking classified details of the phone conversation to media outlets in late August. Volker testified October 3 for nearly 10 hours behind closed doors after resigning his unpaid post as the State Department’s special envoy to Ukraine. Democratic lawmakers leaked portions of his testimony and text messages to paint a misleading narrative that he had confirmed an alleged quid pro quo of military aid for investigation of Ukrainian corruption. Instead, Volker told lawmakers under oath that he was never asked to do anything wrong by any member of the administration, including President Trump. He further described the relationship with Ukraine as extremely positive and as good as anyone could hope for given the tumult in the region. The special envoy confirmed that interactions between President Trump’s attorney Rudy Guiliani and the Ukrainian government were made at his behest, in part to improve that relationship and to assuage concerns that the incoming government was as corrupt as previous governments. Volker said he believed that Guiliani had been giving information to Trump that was unduly negative about the current relationship between the two countries and hoped that increased interactions would help Guiliani’s opinion of the new government improve. While Volker didn’t believe Guiliani should trust the word of former prosecutor general Yuri Lutsenko, whom he viewed as self-serving and prone to deception, he did concede that Ukraine’s 2016 election meddling was “plausible.” He further noted that corruption in the country was a legitimate concern given the country’s recent history, adding that when corruption is so widespread, decisions about who to prosecute are inherently political. He was referring to Ukraine, not the United States. Volker confirmed the massive corruption of Burisma, the energy concern that paid Hunter Biden hundreds of thousands of dollars to sit on its board despite completely lacking experience or expertise in the industry. He said that Burisma had a long-standing reputation as a corrupt company accused of money laundering. Biden resigned in 2019 shortly before his father loose lips liar-Joe Biden announced his 2020 presidential candidacy...
scumbag-Newsom’s Gas-Tax Switcheroo
{ } ~ “Never give the bastards more money,” a friend always says when discussing proposed tax increases.“They’ll only squander it.”... That also epitomizes my philosophy over decades of voting and writing about ballot initiatives and bonds. I always recommend a “no” vote, even if the proposal would fund legitimate and badly needed infrastructure projects — and especially if tax supporters hysterically predict the end of civilization if the measure fails. California voters almost always ignore such advice. Few people track the spending priorities of government officials after voters grant them the cash. After the Santa Ana Unified School District convinced residents to pass a bond to upgrade its overcrowded schools, the board immediately approved a “project labor agreement” that gave union contractors a monopoly over construction. That squandered 10 percent to 20 percent of the budget for nothing other than winning union favor, and the district could only upgrade five of the 13 promised schools. It’s sadly typical. My favorite local example involved the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District, which scared the heck out of residents about West Nile virus and an encroaching menace: the red imported fire ant. Such pests could be handled by, say, calling an exterminator if you found a nest in your backyard. Instead, voters gave the district more money. Its main priority after the increase was to increase its workers’ pensions by 62 percent. A few years later, the agency tried to spend from $1 million to $10 million hatching a mosquito museum. It’s even worse at the state level, of course. In 2017, California lawmakers decided to finally do something about the state’s overburdened infrastructure of roads, freeways, and bridges. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown muscled the Legislature into passing increases in gas and diesel taxes and a significant boost in vehicle-license fees. Brown had a nasty habit of holding transportation funding hostage during budget negotiations. To most of us, roads should be at the top of a state’s funding priorities, but instead Democratic officials prefer to ignore them — and then claim that there wasn’t enough money to expand capacity without a tax hike. The Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 to boost taxes to pay for such funding, as poor road conditions had been stirring up a public furor. Frustrated conservatives warned that there was plenty of money in the state’s record-setting budget to finance infrastructure projects without new taxes. They qualified a referendum, Proposition 6, on the November ballot to try to overturn the law. The state’s political establishment, labor unions, and business groups went ballistic...
How California and Foreign
Carmakers Got in Bed to Keep Crony,
scumbag/liar-nObama-Era Rules
by Steve Milloy
{ } ~ I’m old enough to remember when businesses fought overregulation because it was bad for their bottom lines. That has changed. Now, overregulation is a profit center... There is no better example of this than the ongoing effort to stop the Trump administration from rolling back the ridiculous automobile fuel economy standards issued by the scumbag/liar-nObama administration in 2012. The scumbag/liar-nObama standards require that carmakers achieve an average fleet fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—up from about 27 miles per gallon in 2012 and about 35 miles per gallon now. Carmakers had originally rolled over for the scumbag/liar-nObama administration on the stiff standards because, well, 2025 was a long way off and the government had just bailed them out as a result of the financial crisis of 10 years ago. The scumbag/liar-nObama standards are impossible to achieve through any existing or foreseeable and affordable technology. The only way automakers can meet these standards is to sell a much greater number of electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles—i.e., smaller, more inconvenient, and less powerful cars with limited consumer appeal and demand. The Trump administration is now in the process of rolling back the so-called corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards issued by the scumbag/liar-nObama administration in favor of essentially a freeze on the standards at current fuel economy levels about 35 miles per gallon. The rollback is estimated to reduce car prices by an average of about $2,300 and reduce traffic accidents and injuries. After all, newer cars are safer cars, and the average age of a car on U.S. roads is about 12 years. You would think that carmakers would applaud such a move since it would allow them to sell more of the highly profitable SUV and crossover vehicles that consumers want...   
Eight Debate Questions
loose lips liar-Joe Biden Should Be Required to Answer
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When loose lips liar-Joe Biden was asked during a recent news conference whether he had a conflict of interest leading Ukraine policy while his son was working for a Ukrainian oligarch, he said “I’m not going to respond to that” and told reporters to focus on President Trump. If he’s allowed to get away with that at Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, it will be a travesty.

The debate moderators — CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and New York Times national editor Marc Lacey — have a responsibility to press loose lips liar-Biden to address his conflicts. Worryingly, Burnett recently said “There is no evidence of loose lips liar-Joe Biden doing anything wrong” and that “what we need to talk about right now is what did the president … do or not do.” That’s exactly what loose lips liar-Biden is hoping for Tuesday night.

Here are eight questions loose lips liar-Biden should be required to answer during the course of the debate:

(1) Your son Hunter took a position with a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma, just before you visited Kiev and urged Ukraine to increase its natural gas production. He was paid as much as $50,000 a month despite having no experience in Ukraine or the natural gas industry. Why do you think Burisma hired your son and paid him such massive sums?

(2) You say that you pressured Ukraine to fire its chief prosecutor because it was universally believed that he was not investigating corruption. Let’s accept that. The Code of Federal Regulations states that when a federal official takes action that will affect “a relative with whom the employee has a close personal relationship” and “the circumstances would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question his impartiality in the matter, the employee should not participate in the matter.” Even if the prosecutor deserved to be fired, you clearly had a conflict of interest because a reasonable person could question your impartiality. Why was it appropriate for you to be the one to deliver the ultimatum?

(3) Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s stepson, Chris Heinz, was your son’s business partner and warned him and Devon Archer not to get involved with Burisma. Why couldn’t hanoi-Kerry, who had no conflict, take the lead on Ukraine?

(4) You recently said that you have “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” But your son told the New Yorker that you did. Why did you say you never discussed it with him when you had? And why would you say to him “I hope you know what you are doing” if he was doing nothing wrong?

(5) The same New Yorker story reports that in December 2015, “Amos Hochstein, the scumbag/liar-nObama Administration’s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter [of Hunter’s relationship with Burisma] with loose lips liar-Biden.” Hochstein may be called to testify under oath in the Senate about that conversation. What did he say to you?

(6) In December 2013, your son flew with you to Beijing aboard Air Force Two. Less than two weeks later, his firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, closed a deal to open a fund whose largest shareholder was the Bank of China. Would you have a problem if Donald Trump Jr. traveled to Beijing on Air Force One and then a few weeks later struck a major new commercial deal with the Chinese government? If so, why was it not a problem for your son Hunter to do this?

(7) Your son announced this week that if you are elected, he will not work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies and will comply with all regulations “to address purported conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts.” If his foreign work would be a conflict if you were president, why was it not a conflict when you were vice president?

(8) Many Americans are deeply concerned about Trump’s attacks on the news media. But in recent weeks, your campaign has written to the major television networks to “demand” that they not invite the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to appear on their programs, and has accused The New York Times of “active participation in [a] smear campaign” against you for publishing an opinion piece that criticized you. Why is this appropriate? And as president will you use the power of your office to coerce news organizations to silence those critical of your administration?

loose lips liar-Biden is trying to intimidate the media into not asking tough questions about his conflicts of interest in Ukraine and China. Will CNN and The New York Times give in to his demands? We’ll find out Tuesday night.   ~The Patriot Post  

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