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Millennials Stuck in 
Their Lifestyle-Choices Rut
Louis DeBroux  
Retrospective: Mueller and the 
fatal flaw of the Trump-Russia affair
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Robert Mueller's public statement was 'not good news' for President Trump: Judge Napolitano    
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{} ~Special Counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statements since the release of his investigative report, and Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said it was "not good news" for President Trump... In an interview with "Outnumbered" Wednesday  after Mueller's remarks, Napolitano said that Mueller's interpretation of the Department of Justice's inability to indict a sitting president isn't entirely accurate. In his statement, Robert Mueller announced that he would be closing the special counsel's office, retiring from the DOJ, and would not testify further in regard to his Russia investigation. He also said that the report, of which a redacted full version was released in April, was clear in its language that his office could not determine that the president did not commit a crime. However, given the limitations of the special counsel's office within the Department of Justice, it was "not an option" to indict President Trump on an obstruction charge, Mueller said. Judge Napolitano said these rules, however, are up for interpretation. According to the judicial analyst, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) ruled in October 2000 that a sitting president should not, "not cannot," be indicted while still in office "because of material disruption to his constitutional duties." He said the guidelines are "advisory only, not mandatory" Napolitano said there is "no way to reconcile" what Mueller said today with Attorney General Bill Barr's previous assertion that the OLC guidelines were not the reason Mueller declined to recommend an obstruction charge. Furthermore, Napolitano added that he could not say exactly why Mueller decided to speak publicly, but the result would not be good for President Trump. "He has ginned up all the Democrats to believe there must be a there there, and it was a parting shot at his soon-to-be former boss, Bill Barr, who basically whitewashed what Mueller said in the four-page summary he distributed back in March," he continued. Several Democrats even one Republican have come out in the months since Mueller's report was released, advocating for impeachment. The impeachment push ramped up Wednesday after Mueller's rare public statement, with several Democratic senators supporting the move.
Why Are Top scumbag/liar-nObama Officials 
Working Cushy Jobs for Chinese Company 
We Now Consider a Threat?
by Ryan Ledendecker } ~ As many Americans know and appreciate, the foundation for President Donald Trump’s  foreign policy is the protection of Americans... It’s one of the reasons his supporters voted for him and, quite frankly, it’s what Americans should be able to expect of any president. Since taking office in 2017, Trump hasn’t backed down from taking on what he considers foreign and domestic threats, but former officials from President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s administration might be in a position to hinder Trump’s ability to keep one major international rival at bay. According to a report by the Washington Examiner, Samir Jain — a former senior director for cybersecurity policy under scumbag/liar-nObama’s National Security Council and now a partner with the international law firm Jones Day — was recently hired by the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as a lobbyist. Jain works alongside James Cole, who was scumbag/liar-nObama’s deputy attorney general from 2011 to 2015. Huawei hired Cole for legal representation in 2017, the Examiner reported. So, what’s the big deal, right? According to the Examiner, the U.S. government suspects that Huawei may be working directly with the Chinese government in an attempt to access data flowing through 5G cellular networks across the world, ultimately posing a major cybersecurity threat for Americans. In an effort to defend against these threats, as The Associated Press  reported, Trump recently signed an executive order that calls out foreign adversaries for exploiting vulnerabilities within communications technology, ultimately declaring a national emergency and demanding action be taken against such companies. But that raises the question: What are these former high-ranking scumbag/liar-nObama officials doing at Huawei?...
Hamas Leader Sinwar Threatens 
to Attack Tel Aviv with Double Force
by Uri Bollag } ~ Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Thursday threatened Israel ahead of Jerusalem Day and used the opportunity to reject US President Donald Trump's peace plan and the Bahrain summit... "Trump wants to sell Jerusalem to the Zionists without paying a price," Sinwar said, according to Channel 12 News. "I call him from here and say that I and the Palestinian people will be demonstrating along the Gaza fence in light of of Jerusalem Day in numbers that have not been seen before."  Sinwar threatened to attack Tel Aviv and other cities with double the force if "the enemy dares to attack once again." He claimed that Hamas improved its technology since the self-made rockets they shot at Tel Aviv in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. "We developed our capabilities, and we also received financial and military support from Iran," Sinwar said. "We will only continue and improve our capabilities. If Iran had not supported us in recent years, we would not have achieved what we achieved." He further claimed that Hamas launched over 1,000 rockets "at the enemy" in the confrontation before the last, including Iranian-produced grad missiles. The Hamas leader also flatly rejected any peace initiative coming from the US president - saying that "all transactions aimed at eliminating the Palestinian issue will fail," - and called on the Arab world to do the same. "Anyone who deals with the issue of Jerusalem is an enemy to us, and we have no dialogue with him. I call upon the leaders of the Arab countries - if you want to keep your seats, you have no choice but to choose our option, the option of liberating Palestine," he insisted. Sinwar promised to continue to imbue the Palestinian people with the rejection of the Jewish state. "Generation after generation we will continue to bring to our hearts the concept of struggle... until the end of the occupation," he stated.  Referring to the Bahrain "economic workshop," scheduled to take place at the end of June, he urged Arab representatives who announced their participation that  "when the time comes, do not leave the houses."...  
Conservative Lawmakers Fight the Swamp
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Millennials Stuck in Their Lifestyle-Choices Rut
Louis DeBroux:  A recent article in The Wall Street Journal paints a very bleak picture for the long-term future of Millennials. Entitled “Millennials Near Middle Age in Crisis,” the article claims the Millennial generation is “in worse financial shape than every living generation ahead of them, lagging behind baby boomers and Generation X despite a decade of economic growth and falling unemployment.”

To prove this thesis, the article outlines a litany of demographic data, showing this generation has less accumulated wealth and property, lower marriage rates, and fewer children than previous generations, despite being the most educated (some may say indoctrinated) generation in American history. This is especially frightening as the social safety-net programs hurtle toward insolvency.

So why the disconnect?

According to Federal Reserve economist Christopher Kurz, Millennials had an average net worth of $92,000 in 2016, which, adjusted for inflation, is about 40% less at the same point in their adulthood than Gen X-ers, and 20% less than Baby Boomers. Millennial men who are heads of households also have wage rates 18% lower than Generation X, and 27% less than Baby Boomers.

Part of this discrepancy, according to the article, is that Millennials were entering the workforce during the 2007-2009 recession, and historically, workers entering the workforce during economic downtimes have lower lifetime earnings.

Other factors included high student-loan balances, impacting their ability to purchase homes, contribute to retirement savings, etc. At a time when the stock market continues to perform at historic highs, and the housing market is booming, this is devastating.

Yet even this does not tell the whole story.

Tugging at our heart-strings to underline the desperate situation of Millennials, the WSJ tells the story of Joseph Cochran, a real-estate manager, and Tasha Brown (age 36), a consumer-finance attorney, who decided to delay marriage because their combined salaries as a married couple would drive up the payments on the eye-popping $377,000 they owe in student loans. Instead, though not legally married, they are living together, wear wedding rings, and she has changed her last name to Cochran.

We then learn the Cochrans, having struggled to get pregnant, chose to move from Philadelphia to Maryland, because Maryland’s state health insurance mandates include coverage for in vitro fertilization. As a result, they now have a three-year-old son.

In this case, the Cochrans moved to another state specifically so they could get someone else to pay for the cost of their fertility treatments. The story also notes that Tasha has a 17-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, implying that she had the child out of wedlock as a teenager herself. And though there are many community and state colleges that provide more affordable education, the $377,000 in student-loan debt seems to indicate that the Cochrans chose to attend elite schools that carry an elite price tag, and now they are struggling to repay the debt. Each of these decisions came with a price.

A Gallup poll last year found that Millennials are the only generation favoring socialism over capitalism, an economic model that ignores the truism of French economist Frederic Bastiat, who warned, “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

And therein lies the real story.

The problem for Millennials is not that their circumstances are more dire than previous generations. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to convince the generation that endured the Great Depression only to be catapulted into World War II that they struggled less than a generation that can call up an Uber on their iPhone to take them to the local Starbucks, where they sip on a $7 latte while tweeting their call for a socialist revolution to end their “oppression.”

No, more than anything, Millennials are suffering from the consequences of their own decisions.

The predicament Millennials find themselves in is the cumulative result of a series of questionable decisions. They have racked up enormous student-loan balances to pay for degrees that don’t produce salaries to justify the cost. They have shunned previous generations’ accumulation of “things” (i.e., property, wealth, hard assets) in favor of financing “experiences.” They rent high-priced apartments in upscale cities, rather than buying a home in the suburbs.

Though studies show that a married couple’s wealth is four times higher than a single person’s of the same age, Millennials significantly delay marriage far beyond previous generations, or do not marry at all. Millennials are also delaying, or foregoing, having children, and birth rates have fallen to the lowest point in 32 years, meaning fewer workers in coming decades to contribute to Social Security and other safety-net programs.

At the end of the day, Millennials are perfectly free to make these choices, but the choices come with a cost. It is disingenuous to spend years indulging your desires and seeking immediate gratification only to then lament the lost opportunities that smarter decisions, delayed gratification, and sacrifices would have brought.

With Baby Boomers retiring just as Millennials are entering their prime working years, there will be greater demand for their skills and services, driving up earnings. There are enormous opportunities to be had, but Millennials will have to shift their priorities and mindset if they are to take long-term advantage and secure their futures.  ~The Patriot Post  

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