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August 18: Yahoo News: Hong Kong protesters flood city streets; largest peaceful rally in weeks
A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong Sunday under torrential rains in a peaceful demonstration to city leaders that their movement still draws wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.  An estimated 1.7 million of umbrella-carrying protesters poured across the heart of Hong Kong island, defying both the downpour and a police order not to march from a park where they had gathered earlier for a rally.

August 18: Fox News: Senator Graham: IG’s report on Russia probe will be
“ugly and damning”
for DOJ
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham (R-SC) is adamant about revealing what went on behind the scenes of the Russia investigation and is looking forward to the American people learning about what happened.  "I believe the Horowitz [Inspector General] report will be ugly and damning," Graham said.  The report which keeps getting delayed is expected in the coming weeks.  "Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive" into the FBI's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to acquire a warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Graham said.

August 17: Fox News: Europe and Germany in crisis mode
The health of  Europe's largest economy is in trouble as Germany teeters on the edge of a recession.  A decline in exports dampened the German economy, which shrunk by 0.1 percent in the second quarter of 2019.  Germany is in terrible shape with negative GDP this week and with their expectations looking for another negative GDP in the third quarter

August 17: USA Today: US issues warrant to seize Iran oil tanker after Gibraltar
judge orders its release
The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker detained in Gibraltar, a day after a judge in the British overseas territory ordered its release. The U.S. move late Friday deepens a weeks-long diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Washington.  The tanker  was seized last month in a British Royal Navy operation off the coast of Gibraltar. Authorities suspected it of violating European Union sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Its seizure aggravated fears of a conflict in the Persian Gulf, where Iran claims control of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments. 

August 16:
Fox News: How Trump can help save Hong Kong
Trump has warned China that it must respond “humanely” to the protests in Hong Kong if it wants a trade deal, for the first time suggesting that the United States would impose costs on Beijing if it launched a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on the city. China is in a much weaker position in Hong Kong than many realize. If it could easily crush the protesters, at a cost acceptable to Beijing, it would have done so by now. Trump should warn Xi that if he launches a crackdown in Hong Kong, then the United States will repeal the Hong Kong Policy Act, under which we treat Hong Kong separately from China and give it better terms.  The economic impact alone will make China think twice before acting.

August 16: The Hill: Israel approves Tlaib request to visit West Bank grandma on
humanitarian grounds, then she
decides not to go!
Israel's interior minister, Aryeh Deri, on Friday announced he would approve a request from U.S. Congresswoman Tlaib (D-MI) to enter Israel to visit her Palestinian relatives in the West Bank,.  The move comes a day after Israel had announced it would deny entry to Tlaib and fellow congresswoman Rep. Omar (D-MN) for a scheduled trip, citing the lawmakers' past criticism of the country.  Tlaib then decides not to go after all.

August 16: The Daily Caller: Clinton aide who defied subpoena says he created an gmail
account and sent it nearly all of Hillary’s emails
Virtually every single one of Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent, potentially secretly, to a cryptically named Gmail address, according to a new Senate report.  The finding, which has not been previously reported, means that Clinton’s emails, including classified ones and ones which were later deleted, likely existed on Google’s U.S.-based servers. The FBI said in the report that it knew this — and of the suspicious explanation for it — but did not alert other intelligence agencies or the public, according to the report.

August 16: The Hill: The Log Cabin Republicans endorse Trump
The Log Cabin Republicans endorsed  President Trump's 2020 reelection bid on Friday, nearly four years after the conservative LGBT organization declined to endorse then-candidate Trump in 2016.  The group said its national board of directors voted to endorse Trump after consulting with its chapters across the country. 

August 16: The Wall Street Journal: Chinese | Russians test US | South Korean defenses
Chinese and Russian warplanes have increasingly nosed around and veered into South Korea’s airspace, conducting close patrols that allow Beijing and Moscow to test the air defenses of the U.S. and its allies in the region.  The aerial campaigns come as Beijing vows to strengthen its military alliance with Moscow, heightening tensions across the Asia-Pacific region as the U.S. and China jockey for power.

August 15:
The Hill: New evidence shows why Steele, Ohr, and TSA workers
never should have become DOJ sources
One of the inevitable outcomes of the Russia case will be that the Department of Justice (DOJ) almost certainly will need internal reforms.  The first reform is the most obvious, given the unraveling of the Russia collusion narrative: a new set of rules governing when the FBI can investigate or spy on a First Amendment-protected political campaign during an election. The FBI never should have been allowed to sustain a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump’s campaign  based upon hearsay.

August 14: The Wall Street Journal: Trump to China: If you want to have a trade deal,
treat the people in Hong Kong humanely
President Trump suggested a “personal meeting” with China’s President Xi Jinping to discuss the escalating crisis in Hong Kong and warned China it must respond “humanely” to the protests if it wants to strike a trade deal.

August 14: The Daily Caller: FBI: Attack on ICE office in San Antonio was
definitely a targeted attack

The FBI determined a shooting early Tuesday morning in San Antonio was a coordinated attack against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.  “These shootings were cowardly, brazen, violent acts, absolutely without justification and a threat to our entire community,” Christopher Combs, the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge in San Antonio, said in a statement Tuesday provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

August 14: CBS Philadelphia: Six officers shot in standoff
At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot during a gun battle in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. CBS News reports two officers are inside the second floor of the home with other possible hostages, while the gunman remains on the first floor.

August 14: Fox News: Federal Judge rules against House Judiciary subpoena
A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday shot down an attempt by House Judiciary Committee Democrats to link their subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn to a separate request for secret grand jury information from the Russia investigation after the Justice Department accused them of trying to "game the system."

August 13:
Reuter: Clashes at Hong Kong Airport
Protesters clashed with police at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil.  The scuffles broke out in the evening between police and protesters, after an injured person was taken out of the main terminal by medics. 

August 13: This Week: Hong Kong protestors wave American Flag
Hong Kong seem to be heading to a Tianenmen-like situation with thousands of protesters thronging the streets. Chinese media had already warned of potential terrorism rising in the country and even accused the US of supporting the riots. A video posted on twitter shows pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong waving the American flag adding to the fury of the Beijing-backed government. 

August 13: Fox News: Hong Kong Commentary: 
What happened to the agreement guaranteeing Hong Kong economic and political freedom? 
What does the conflict say about what China has in mind for the rest of the world?

The outside world can do little to assure the future of freedom in Hong Kong beyond making the case that preserving the principles of liberty are at stake. Nevertheless, the plight of that territory’s more than 7 million souls can teach us an important lesson about what China has in mind for the rest of the world. It is not good.

August 12: Fox News: Administration issues rule to allow denial of green cards to
immigrants relying upon welfare programs

The Trump administration on Monday issued a long-awaited rule strengthening the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid.  “The principle driving it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said. “It’s a core principle -- the American Dream itself -- and it’s one of the things that distinguishes us, and it's central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s.”

August 12: Reuters: Guatemala election winner sets sights on changing migration deal with the U.S.

Guatemalan conservative Alejandro Giammattei secured a crushing victory in a presidential election on Sunday, and promised to seek better terms for his country from an unpopular migration deal agreed with Washington last month.  Giammattei will not take office until January, by which time Guatemala may be under severe pressure from the deal, which effectively turns the country into a buffer zone, by forcing migrants to seek refuge there rather than in the United States.

August 11: Fox News: Ohio Governor: Gun proposal would safeguard due process
Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH), said his state's new proposed gun-control measures have been crafted by Second Amendment supporters and will respect due process.  A person’s gun(s) could  not be taken away unless they have gone to court first. "The previous governor tried what they called a red-flag law. It did not have the procedure. It did not have the due process," DeWine said.  DeWine also addressed calls for better emotional counseling in schools for young adults and cheered the Ohio state assembly for allocating funds to arm schools and boost mental health options.

August 11: The Associated Press: Muslims clash with Israeli police at the temple mount
Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed Sunday at the Temple Mount during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.  Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police. Police said at least four officers were wounded. Witnesses said at least two people were arrested. Clouds of tear gas swirled and stun grenades thundered across the stone-paved esplanade as masses of worshippers skirmished with police in the worst bout of fighting at the contested holy site in months.

August 11: The Daily Caller: Bill Clinton wanted to appoint lawmaker mentioned in the
Epstein scandal to the U.S. Supreme Court
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME) -- whom former President Bill Clinton asked to succeed Justice Harry Blackmun in 1994 -- is one of the high profile people accused by alleged Jeffrey Epstein “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre of being the recipient of erotic massages and intercourse that she was forced to perform.  The former Senator denied any wrongdoing. 

August 10: Fox NewsChina expert praises Trump’s tariffs saying the
things China is doing “smell desperate”

China is in a weaker position economically because of President Trump’s tariffs which the Chinese are ultimately paying for, Gordon Chang, an expert on the Asian powerhouse, said.  "I think you can say the U.S. is winning because the Chinese are now doing things which smell desperate," he added before noting how China depreciated its currency. By devaluing their currency, Chang argued, the Chinese made their products cheaper for U.S. consumers. "So, effectively they're bearing President Trump's additional tariffs.  So, when Trump says the American consumer is not going to pay, he's correct on that," Chang said.

August 10: Breitbart News: Former DNC Chair: Trump had nothing to do with the
mass shootings in Ohio and Texas

Former Democrat National Committee (DNC)  chairwomen Donna Brazile said in a conversation with Fox News contributor Guy Benson that President Trump “had nothing to do” with the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.  Brazile, a black lady herself,  said she was “profoundly saddened” by the rhetoric on race surrounding the shootings.  She said she was “profoundly saddened” by the rhetoric.  “The President of United States, you know, should not be blamed for you know these individual killers,” she contended.  She urged Americans to “set a tone for our kids” so they are clear on what values we share as Americans.

August 10: The Washington Free Beacon: Europe poised to put warning on Jewish-made products
The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a "Pandora's box" of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute.  The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from "settlements" and "Israeli colonies."  With the EU court's 15 judge panel now poised to issue its own binding judgment in the case, the decision could trigger U.S. anti-boycott laws meant to stop Israeli-made goods from being singled out for unfair treatment on the international market.

August 9: The UK Daily News: Is Putin covering up a nuclear disaster?
Ambulances covered in protective film transport six Russians who suffered severe radiation poisoning in a mystery explosion during “test of new hypersonic missile” indicating that perhaps that the test went awry.  Alarming footage also shows men in protective clothing loading casualties into the vehicles in the wake of a blast at the Nyonoksa weapons testing site in the sub-Arctic Arkhangelsk region yesterday. Earlier the clothes of the victims and the medics who first treated them were destroyed, it was reported, before causalities were transferred for treatment at the Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Centre in Moscow.  Moscow has thrown a veil of secrecy over the explosion, which killed two and left six injured on Thursday. 

August 8: The New York Post: Biden: Poor kids are just as bright as white kids
Gaffe-prone presidential hopeful Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth during an Iowa campaign stop on Thursday when he told a group of predominately Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”  Biden committed the stunning blunder while speaking about education at a town hall with the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, where he’s campaigning and fundraising for the 2020 Democratic primary.

August 8: The Daily Caller: 4th grader escorted to school by deputies after
his dad died in the line of duty

A nine-year-old boy was escorted to his first day of fourth grade Wednesday by deputies from Hall County, Georgia after his dad was killed in the line of duty in early July.  Nicolas Dixon, 28, was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle when he was shot and killed by a teenage suspect.   Deputies from the Hall County Sheriff’s Department wanted to give some “extra support and encouragement on this first day of class,” so they escorted the young boy to school, an official Facebook post says.

August 8:
The Hill: Biden opposed sanctuary cities in 2007, unclear where he now stands
After calling for a ban on sanctuary cities in 2007, Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s current position is unclear, as the Obama administration’s legacy on immigration becomes a pressure point for the former vice president in the Democratic presidential primary.  When Biden was running to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2007, he was unequivocal when asked at a debate about whether he would allow sanctuary cities to ignore federal law. “No,” he responded. But more recently he has opposed Trump’s consideration of withholding federal funds for sanctuary cities that  refuse to work with federal law enforcement agencies.

August 8: The Clarion Ledger: ICE releases 300 of 680 arrested in Mississippi
bout 300 of the 680 people detained in Wednesday's federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid were released the same day, officials said.  Approximately 30 people detained Wednesday were released at the same site they were detained on  “humanitarian grounds” according to a press release issued Thursday by Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, and ICE.  Another 270 were released after being processed by Homeland Security Investigations on Wednesday. Those 270 were taken back to where they were initially detained, the release stated. 

August 7: Fox News: Well Dah!  Trump faces Dems delaying tactics on judicial nominees
Trump’s judicial nominees have faced unprecedented opposition from the Senate in his first two-and-a-half years in office, records show, with Democratic senators voting against the nominees in higher numbers than at any point in American history.  Trump’s nominees for the lower courts that feed cases to the Supreme Court contend with far more ‘no’ votes and delay tactics than any past president’s, according to numbers compiled by the Heritage Foundation. Last week when 13 nominees were confirmed Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  blasted Democrats for delaying routine appointments.

August 7: Associated Press: Venezuela talks in the balance
For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados trying to agree on a common path out of the country’s prolonged political standoff.  The meetings have been slow-going and shrouded in mystery, with neither side disclosing details. But now Maduro’s supporters are accusing the U.S. of trying to blow up the fragile process by imposing sweeping new sanctions that freeze all of the Maduro government’s assets in the U.S. and even threaten to punish companies from third party countries that keep doing business with his socialist administration.

August 7: The Wall Street Journal: Hong Kong protesters prepared to die
Hong Kong’s protests against the mainland government’s increasing reach are emerging as bigger, more frequent and more violent than previous pro-democracy movements. In a contrast to 2014, when demonstrations were largely led by students, the current action has been embraced by a broader cross-section of Hong Kong society—including civil servants, pop stars, doctors, shopkeepers and people of all ages. And those taking part in more radical acts of civil disobedience are finding wider support.

August 6: Fox News: Gowdy:  Strzok has nobody to blame but himself
Former congressman Trey Gowdy weighed in on ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok suing the FBI and the Department of Justice, saying he has no one to blame but himself. 

August 6: Reuters: China warns of impending chaos in the financial markets
President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed concerns over a protracted trade war with China despite a warning from Beijing that Washington’s decision to label it a currency manipulator would lead to chaos in financial markets.  He also pledged to stand with American farmers in the face of Chinese retaliation. China has halted U.S. agricultural purchases and raised the specter of additional tariffs on U.S. farm products.  

Meanwhile CNN reports the DOW closes higher as “China Blinks!”   The Dow and the broader US stock market rebounded Tuesday, driven by optimism that currency tensions between the United States and China would ease.  For the S&P and the Nasdaq it is their first positive performance in seven days. The Dow is in the black for the first time in six days.   Markets recovered from a terrible day on Monday, when Chinese government officials said they would take steps to keep its currency from falling too far.

August 5: Vice.com: Amazon coaching Police on how to get video footage without a warrant
When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners.   Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that people aren’t always willing to provide police with their Ring camera footage. However, Ring works with law enforcement and gives them advice on how to persuade people to give them footage.

August 5: The Daily News: Dayton shooter’s twitter appears to have had pro-Antifa
and Pro-Gun Control comments

The shooter identified in Sunday’s Dayton, Ohio, attack appears to have had a now-suspended Twitter account filled with far-left rhetoric and comments about guns.  Connor Betts, 24, opened fire in downtown Dayton early Sunday morning. He killed nine people, including his sister, and injured 27 others. This attack came 14 hours after 21-year-old Patrick Crusius allegedly murdered 22 people and injured over two dozen others in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area Saturday.

August 5: Fox News: California sued over law blocking Trump from ballot unless
he releases tax returns
Four voters in California, along with the conservative transparency group Judicial Watch, announced Monday they have filed a federal lawsuit against the left-wing state, alleging its new law aimed at strong-arming President Trump into releasing his income tax returns is patently unconstitutional.  Democratic Gov. Newsom signed the law known as the "Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act" last week. It would require Trump and other presidential primary candidates to file their tax returns for the most recent five years to the California secretary of state by November 26 or be excluded from the March 3, 2020 presidential primary ballot.

August 5: Politico: Treasury designates China as a currency manipulator
The United States took the rare step on Monday of formally labeling China a currency manipulator, as trade relations between the two countries continued to spiral downward after President Donald Trump's decision last week to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods.  "In recent days, China has taken concrete steps to devalue its currency, while maintaining substantial foreign exchange reserves despite active use of such tools in the past," the Treasury Department said in a statement that followed the People's Bank of China's decision to let its currency, the renminbi, fall to the lowest level in more than a decade.  Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will now "engage with the International Monetary Fund to eliminate the unfair competitive advantage created by China’s latest actions."

August 4: The Washington TimesRetribution by Obama officials keeps courageous
Congressman in prison

Former Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX), did more as an elected official than perhaps any other to alert the nation to the fact that Lois Lerner, the now-disgraced IRS official, was using her powerful position to target conservatives.  He boldly led the charge that eventually resulted in Lerner admitting her abuse of power, being held in contempt of Congress and being ousted her from her post. But while Lerner now lives as a free woman, even though she and her crooked government buddies enacted revenge on Stockman, who now is languishing in a federal prison under a 10-year sentence.

August 4: Fox News: Dayton, OH shooter shot by police in under a minute
Nine people were killed and dozens injured when a suspect wearing body armor opened fire outside a bar in Dayton, OH, early Sunday before responding officers shot the armed assailant to death less than a minute into the rampage.  It was the nation's second mass shooting in less than 24 hours after at least 20 people were slain in El Paso, TX.

August 3: The Daily Caller: Soldier acts to save children from El Paso shooter
 
U. S. Army Private First Class Glendon Oakley carried kids out of harm’s way with no regard for his own safety as shots rang out Saturday at an El Paso mall.  A licensed concealed carry holder he drew his gun and went to help.  On the way he saw kids who were scared and separated from their parents, and it never occurred to him not to stop and help them too.  He credited the Army with instilling in him the values that drove him to respond in the way that he had. The Army core values, drilled by every soldier-in-training until they are second nature, are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.

August 3: The New York Post: Feds probing AOC aide after sudden resignation
The Feds are looking into possible campaign finance misdeeds by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff who suddenly resigned Friday.  The inquiry centers on two political action committees founded by Saikat Chakrabarti, the top aide who quit along with OAC spokesman Corbin Trent. Trent left to join the congresswoman’s 2020 re-election campaign.  The brash Chakrabarti, who masterminded OAC’s campaign and steered her proposed Green New Deal, had caused uproar in the halls of Congress with a series of combative tweets that contributed to a rift between OAC and Speaker Pelosi.

August 3: The Wall Street Journal: Hundreds arrested in Moscow over anti-Putin protest
Police detained 600 people at an unauthorized protest in the Russian capital demanding fair elections, as a recent wave of public discontent in Russia showed few signs of abating. The rallies, protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from local elections, came a week after more than 1,300 people were detained and dozens injured in similar demonstrations.  The mass protests, which began in Moscow in mid-July, are some of the most significant displays of public dissatisfaction in Russia since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012. The rallies, which follow demonstrations on various issues across the country in the past year, come as Mr. Putin’s approval rating has fallen to multiyear lows.

August 3: MSN.com: USAF to deploy ground based laser weapon
The Air Force announced Friday it will soon deploy two ground-based laser weapons to an undisclosed location to test how they can be used against small drones, the service’s first “operational field test” of an experimental “directed energy” weapon.  

August 2: The Daily Signal: 113 year old statute hurting U.S. Ports
The Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 prohibits any foreign-built or chartered ships from dredging in the U.S. The result is to exclude the world’s largest dredging companies that could provide better and cheaper service for dredging projects at the behest of a few politically connected companies.  This is adversely impacting the port of Houston.


August 2: The Daily Caller: Federal judge blocks release of Trump’s NY tax returns
On Thursday a federal judge blocked New York state from turning over President greement to a proposal from the state that would allow it to challenge Nichols’ juriDonald Trump’s tax returns to Congress.  The order from Judge Carl Nichols came in asdiction over the issue.  The order will block any House Ways and Means Committee requests for the tax returns via the New York law until the jurisdictional dispute is resolved.

August 2: The Daily Caller: Graham moves Secure and Protect Act through Senate
In one of the last days leading up the six week August recess, the Senate Judiciary Committee got into a heated clash over a controversial asylum bill. Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, refused to delay the bill any longer, after accusing Democrats of withholding a vote for 7-weeks.  The bill, known as the Secure and Protect Act, requires that asylum seekers from Central America apply for asylum outside of the United States before applying here. Graham’s bill also extended the time that migrant families must be kept in detention centers from 20 days to 100 days, in order to help avoid immigration fraud.

August 2: CNS News: Record 157,288,000 employed in July
The number of people employed in the United States hit a record 157,288,000 in July, according to the employment report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was up 283,000 from the 157,005,000 employed in June. The unemployment rate held steady in July at 3.7 percent, the same as it was in June.

August 1: NBC News: Senate passed massive budget bill
The Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a budget agreement approved by the House last week that would raise spending limits that would otherwise take effect and suspending the debt ceiling through mid-2021.  President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure, which passed the Senate 67-28. The House passed the legislation 284-149 last week, with most Republicans voting against it.

July 31: CNBC News: Fed rate cut only quarter point
The Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark rate by a quarter point Wednesday as an insurance policy not against what’s wrong with the economy now, but what could go wrong in the future. It was the first rate cut by the central bank in more than a decade.  Meanwhile Reuters reports Donald Trump’s repeated calls for easier monetary policy may not be what’s driving the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates on Wednesday.   But Trump’s policies have set the table for it.

July 31: The Washington Free Beacon: Analysis: Dem candidates call for $200 Trillion in spending
Democratic candidates for the 2020 nomination have promised more than $210 trillion in new spending across the field, analysis shows.  Of the 26 declared candidates—including Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) who dropped out earlier this month—most have put enormous new government programs front and center in their campaigns. Totaling up these proposals gives taxpaying voters a sense of the budget priorities of the average Democratic candidate.

July 31:
The Hill: Two year budget deal delayed in Senate after some Republicans raise questions
The Senate has kicked the vote on a two-year budget and debt ceiling deal to Thursday amid lingering questions about whether a majority of Republicans will back the agreement.   GOP senators emerged from a closed-door lunch on Wednesday saying they expected the budget vote would take place on Thursday around noon. Asked if senators would have the votes to pass the budget deal, Sen. Thune (R-SD) said "We'll find out tomorrow. But we've been working it as you know and the Democrats and the Republicans are both going to have to deliver votes for this, but I would say failure is not an option."

July 31: The Wall Street Journal: California: You want to be on the primary ballot?  Hand over your tax returns!
California will require presidential candidates to hand over their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary-election ballot, setting up a likely legal conflict with President Trump over his continued refusal to disclose any tax documents.  Under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, candidates must turn over five years of tax returns at least 98 days before the March 3 primary. The state would then release a redacted version of the documents.

July 31: The Daily Caller: Chairman Cummings: Circa 1999; Baltimore is a “Drug-Infested Area”
A video has been uncovered from 1999 in which African American Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) called his district a “drug-infested area.”  The resurfaced video comes as President Trump has been accused of racism for referring to Baltimore as “rodent infested” and a place that no human would want to live. Trump partially blamed  Cummings, who has represented part of Baltimore for over 20 years, for the conditions in the major Maryland city.  Cummings was invited to tour a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) facility in Baltimore on Wednesday with HUD Sec. Ben Carson, but declined the offer.

July 30: Yahoo News: Fed expected to lower interest rates midst political pressure
The Federal Reserve is set to "vaccinate" the US economy against a slowdown with the first interest rate cut in a decade.  President Trump has been calling upon the Fed to reduce interest rates saying in a Tweet "The E.U. and China will further lower interest rates and pump money into their systems, making it much easier for their manufacturers to sell product… …In the meantime, and with very low inflation, our Fed does nothing - and probably will do very little by comparison.” 

July 30: The Daily CallerPresident’s characterization of Baltimore; true or false? President Donald Trump described Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’s Baltimore district as a place where “no human being would want to live,” as a “very dangerous & filthy place” and as a “rat and rodent infested mess.”  The President’s characterization sparked energetic media backlash coming to the defense of Baltimore and its Democrat mayor. The Daily Caller went to Baltimore to see if the President’s characterization of true.  They found the streets appeared just as Trump said: crumbling, dirty and downtrodden. 

July 30: Breitbart News: Big shake up at the Democrat Congressional Committee
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has been under intense pressure amid growing concerns over diversity that saw top staffers resign on Monday after the conflict boiled over into the public arena.  The high tensions within the DCCC mirror the bigger power struggle between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the far-left members of the “Squad” who aim to move the Democrat Party farther left in terms of ideology and self-imposed racial-based quotas. However, moderate Democrats worry that the extreme left-wing flank will alienate moderate voters and cost them crucial elections.

July 30: Conservative-Daily: Senator Wyden (D-OR) breaks law, brings
pregnant illegal alien into the U.S.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), instead of returning home to meet with his constituents during the August Congressional recess went to Mexico, found migrant woman who was 8.5 months pregnant, and then used his position as a Senator to force Border Patrol to allow him to smuggle her into the country.  Not only did this happen, but Senator Wyden is bragging about it.  Any health complications that this woman had could certainly have been taken care of in a hospital in Mexico.. But this Senator forced Border Patrol agents to let her into the United States to be treated so her child would become an “anchor baby?”

July 29: The Wall Street Journal: Treasury to borrow over $1 trillion for second year in a row
The U.S. government expects to borrow more than $1 trillion in 2019 for the second year in a row, though slightly less than it borrowed the previous year, the Treasury Department said Monday.  The Treasury said it expects net marketable debt to total $433 billion in the third quarter and $381 billion in the fourth quarter, which would bring total debt issuance for the calendar year to $1.23 trillion. That total would mark a slight decline from borrowing in 2018, when the Treasury issued $1.34 trillion in debt, more than twice as much as the $546 billion issued in 2017.

July 29: The Daily Caller: Black Pastor: It’s hard to believe Trump is a racist
Reverend Bill Owens said Monday that he finds it “hard to believe” that President Donald Trump is racist after attending a meeting at the White House with other “inner city pastors.”  Owens pushed back on the characterization of Trump’s comments about Baltimore as racist. Owens, who is 80-years-old and the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said “I know[s] [racism] when I see it.”

U.S. & Israel launch ICBM intercept test rocketJuly 29:
The Times of Israel: Israel/US successfully
test ICBM intercepts

Israel and the United States completed a series of successful tests (shown right) of their advanced Arrow 3 missile defense system in Alaska, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday.  The weapon system successfully demonstrated hit-to-kill interceptions of ballistic targets in space, according to the ministry, which added that the operation was conducted in Alaska [see image left] in order to test capabilities that cannot be tested in Israel. The system also proved capable of simultaneously intercepting multiple targets.

July 29: The Daily Caller: Trump grants pardons to
non-violent offenders

President Donald Trump granted full pardons Monday to five individuals previously involved in offenses like transporting marijuana and drug-trafficking. The president decided John Richard Bubala, Roy Wayne McKeever, Rodney Takumi, Michael Tedesco and Chalmer Lee Williams were worthy of Executive Grants of Clemency after “a careful review of the files” of each individual

July 28: Fox News: AG Meese concerned that Mueller was
not familiar with his own report

Former Attorney General Edwin Meese claimed in an interview airing Sunday on "Life, Liberty and Levin" that the Mueller report seemed "foreign" to the man credited with authoring it.  "I was concerned by his [Mueller’s] testimony," Meese said. "I was concerned by the fact that so much of the report seemed to be foreign to him, or at least he was not familiar with it. And I've since reflected the views of a lot of people who were watching and that was that he was not familiar with the report because it looked like someone else had written it."

July 28: South China Morning Post: 6KM long march in Hong Kong ends in clashes
Police made at least a dozen arrests while tear gas was fired at various locations on Hong Kong Island. Protesters marched unauthorised for the second night running, after an illegal demonstration ended in bloody clashes at Yuen Long MTR station on Saturday.  The violence continued until the protesters dispersed at midnight, while earlier in the day the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Beijing's top policy body for the two cities, announced it would "declare its stance" on Hong Kong on Monday. 

July 28: Fox News: Coats to resign and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to replace him
as the Director of National Security
President Trump announced Sunday that John Ratcliffe (R-TX), will replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence (DNI).  A source close to the matter told Fox News that Coats never saw his 2017 appointment as a long-term proposition. Ratcliffe has been well-versed in the intelligence community after driving key sections of ongoing Republican-led probes into apparent Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the FBI and Justice Department, Fox News is told.  In Coats’ letter of resignation he said "The Intelligence Community is stronger than ever and …  …As we have previously discussed, I believe it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life."

July 27: Associated Press: Supremes: Trump can proceed to build the border wall using Pentagon funds
The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico.  In a 5 to 4 decision the court gave the administration a green light to begin on four contracts to build the wall.  The decision, once again, overturns a decision made by the 9th Circuit in San Francisco and allows the use of  approximately $2.5 billion in Defense Department money to replace existing sections of barrier in Arizona, California and New Mexico with more robust fencing.

July 27: The Daily Caller: So much for freedom as 1,000+ pro-democracy protesters
clash with Moscow authorities
More than 1,000 protesters and several opposition leaders were arrested in Moscow Saturday amid sweeping protests over local elections.  Protesters assembled outside Moscow’s  mayoral office Saturday to protest the decision to exclude opposition candidates from city council elections set to take place September 8th.  The protest was organized by prominent opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, who was arrested Wednesday for calling the protest.

July 25: The Hill: House passes sweeping budget bill
The House passed a two-year budget deal Thursday that lifts the debt ceiling and boosts government spending by $320 billion.  The legislation would suspend the debt limit through July 2021 and increase spending caps for the next two years, putting the U.S. on track to add an estimated $1.7 trillion to the deficit over the next decade when compared with the billions in automatic spending cuts that would otherwise kick in.  Lawmakers passed the package in a 284-149 vote. Sixty-five Republicans voted for the measure, and 16 Democrats voted against it.

Her Majesty's Ship MontroseJuly 25:
LMT Online: Royal Navy becomes first to escort British tankers through Gulf strait
The British navy has begun escorting vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian forces seized a British-flagged tanker.  In a statement Thursday, Britain's Defense Ministry said that "the Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage."  The HMS Montrose [shown left], a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, became the first navy ship to offer an escort in the narrow waterway, Sky News reported Thursday, citing shipping industry sources.

July 24:
Breitbart News: Communist Cuba’s healthcare system is running out of medicines
Healthcare authorities in Cuba blamed a “complex situation” Tuesday for crowing shortages of basic medicines that many of the country need to stay alive, stating that as many as 44 key medications will remain elusive nationwide throughout August.   The drugs listed as at risk for the greatest shortages include beta blockers for high blood pressure, hypertension medications, and antipsychotics. 

July 24: The Los Angeles Times: China raises the possibility of military intervention in Hong Kong
The latest protests in Hong Kong appear to have touched a nerve in Beijing, where officials and state media have escalated rhetoric against the pro-democracy movement, accusing the United States of interference and ominously affirming the People’s Liberation Army’s ability to intervene at the Hong Kong government’s request.

July 24: Yahoo News:  Chris Wallace: Hearing a disaster for Mueller’s reputation
During the first break in Wednesday’s House testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace claimed the hearing had thus far been a “disaster” for both House Democrats and Mueller himself.  Fox News’ special coverage team of Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum immediately noted at the break that the special counsel struggled to answer questions, saying the hearing had been “halting.”  “I think you both have been very kind,” Wallace responded. “This has been a disaster for the Democrats, and I think it’s been a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.”

July 24: Fox News: Jim Jordan and Mueller at House Judiciary Hearing:
If you are only going to look at one exchange from the hearing, this is the one it should be!
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), grilled former special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill Wednesday, accusing him of selective prosecution methods and promising Attorney General Bill Barr would get to the truth.

July 24: The Daily Caller: Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) exchange with Mueller
“Mr. Mueller, rather than purely relying on the evidence provided by witnesses and documents, I think you relied a lot on media. … how many times you cited The Washington Post in your report,” Lesko asked.  Mueller was unsure how many times.  Lesko noted that she had counted 60 times that the Washington Post was cited in the report and also 75 times that Mueller cited the New York Times.  “I’ve got to say, it looks like Volume II is mostly regurgitated press stories,” Lesko concluded. “Honestly, there’s almost nothing in Volume II that I couldn’t already hear or know simply by having a $50 cable news subscription. However, your investigation cost the American taxpayers $25 million.”

July 24: Fox News: Mueller issues clarification
“I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning [at the House Judiciary Committee hearing]," Mueller said. "I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the President because of the OLC opinion. That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime [of obstruction].”  Mueller made it clear that he did not intend to support Lieu’s implication that Mueller would have indicted Trump if not for the OLC opinion. That would have meant that Mueller determined that Trump committed a crime, but could not do anything about it.

July 23: The Hill: White House officials defend budget deal after conservative backlash
White House officials on Tuesday defended President Trump's support for a two-year budget deal negotiated with Congress, as backlash swelled among conservatives.  The deal would raise federal spending above the 2011 budget sequestration budget caps by $320 billion, and includes $77 billion in cuts or revenue-raisers to help pay for the agreement.   It includes $738 billion in FY 2020 and $740 billion in FY 2021 for funding the military and $632 billion in FY 2020 and $634 billion in FY 2021 for domestic programs.

July 23: The Daily Caller: Nigel Farage warns world leaders; 2016 was just the beginning
Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage doesn’t believe 2016 was a blip on the radar, but rather a harbinger of things to come.  2016 was the year that the U.K. voted to leave the European Union and the U.S. elected Donald Trump president, and both of those events have been seen as major victories for a rising populist movement in the West.

July 23: The Miami Herald: U.S. willing to leave Maduro alone if he leaves Venezuela
With no resolution in sight for Venezuela’s leadership six months after the leader of the national assembly declared himself president, the Trump administration appears willing to offer guarantees to Nicolas Maduro that the U.S. will leave him alone if he leaves Venezuela.  A senior Trump administration official suggested that the U.S. would consider not indicting Maduro if he leaves power.

July 23: Breitbart News: IMF raises U.S. and U.K. GDP forecasts, cuts global growth protection
The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday the U.S. economic growth will be better than projected earlier this year while trade tensions will weigh on the global economy more than expected.  The IMF said it expects the U.S. economy to grow 2.6 percent in 2019, up from the 2.3 percent growth forecast in April’s World Economic Outlook. The revision reflects stronger-than-expected first quarter performance, the IMF said.  But a sharp slowdown in the growth of global trade is weighing on the global economy more than expected.

July 23: Fox News: Barr says Mueller asked for DOJ letter limiting testimony
AG Bill Barr told Fox News on Tuesday that it was former Special Counsel Mueller’s team who asked the Justice Department to send Mueller a letter telling him to keep his upcoming testimony to House lawmakers "within the boundaries" of the public version of his Russia probe report.  The letter provoked criticism from Democrats ahead of Wednesday’s highly anticipated hearing, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler calling it “incredibly arrogant.”  Barr said Mueller’s staff asked the department for guidance ahead of the hearing.

July 22:
Yahoo News: Dems and Trump reach 2 year budget
deal, raises the debt ceiling
President Trump said Monday that a "compromise" bipartisan budget agreement has been reached that will boost federal spending by $320 billion and suspend the debt limit beyond the next presidential election.  The deal, should it pass Congress as expected, would allow the federal government to borrow more money and avoid a disastrous default in the coming months, while significantly raising budget caps on defense and domestic outlays.  Trump tweeted that the deal is a two-year Budget and Debt Ceiling with no poison pills," which could have otherwise derailed the legislation.

July 22: Reuters: Widespread blackout hits Venezuela
More than half of Venezuela's 23 states lost power on Monday, according to Reuters witnesses and reports on social media, a blackout the government blamed on an "electromagnetic attack."  It was the first blackout to include the capital, Caracas, since March, when the government blamed the opposition and United States for a series of power outages that left millions of people without running water and telecommunications. The blackouts exacerbated an economic crisis that has halved the size of the economy.

July 22: Associated Press: European-led mission will protect shipping in the Gulf
Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the waterway last week.  Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of “an act of state piracy” that must be met with a coordinated international reaction.  Hunt said Britain’s European allies will play a major role in keeping shipping lanes open. One-fifth of all global crude exports pass through the narrow strait between Iran and Oman. The secretary said Iran must understand that its actions will only lead to a bigger Western military footprint in the region.

Navy EP-3E recon aircraft in international watersJuly 21: Fox News: SOUTHCOM reports Russian built Venezuelan fighter jet aggressively shadows  Navy aircraft in Caribbean waters
A U.S. Navy intelligence aircraft was "aggressively shadowed" by a Venezuelan fighter jet over the Caribbean on Friday in a move that U.S. officials are calling "unprofessional" and endangered the safety of those on board.   According to U.S. SOUTHCOM  a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II aircraft was flying a mission in international airspace when it was approached "in an unprofessional manner" by the Russian built Venezuelan SU-30 Flanker fighter plane. 

July 21: Stars and Stripes: ISIS is still alive, this time in Iraq
Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-described caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency the group is now waging across the central and northern part of the country, according to security officials.  About 1,000 fighters have crossed into Iraq during the past eight months, most of them in the aftermath of the caliphate’s collapse in March, said Hisham al-Hashimi, a security analyst who advises Iraq’s government and foreign aid agencies.

July 21: The Associated Press: Protests in Hong Kong grow violent
Clashes involving Hong Kong’s protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn’t disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. The march had been peaceful when it reached its police-designated end point in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district in the late afternoon, but thousands continued onward, at various points occupying key government and business districts. They then headed for the Liaison Office, which represents China’s Communist Party-led central government within the city.

Fox News interviews Buzz Aldrin and Vice President Mike Pence
July 20: Fox News: 50 years later;
Going back to the moon and beyond
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin-- the second man to walk on the moon -- predicted that President Trump's “Artemis” program would bring decades of progress like the United States saw with the Apollo program that launched him into space. The interview, which aired on Saturday's "America's News HQ," came as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Aldrin and Neil Armstrong making the first lunar landing on the Apollo 11 mission.  Check out the video in which Buzz Aldrin and Vice President Pence were interviewed.

July 20: The Daily Caller: Supreme Court to look at precedent of deferring to agency’s interpretations
Late Justice John Paul Stevens left a far-reaching legal legacy in his 34 years on the Supreme Court including a decision that defer to a federal agcncy’s interpretation of an ambiguous law which it administers. Yet the endurance of his legacy might be an open question as the  signaled it might overturn it -- one of his most significant opinions.  The Chevron case initially seemed like an arcane agency issue of little consequence.  However, under Chevron, the courts would defer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s reading of an unclear provision in the Clear Air Act. If the Supreme Court revisits the issue, this approach could change.
July 20: The Japanese Times: Top Gun sequel coproduced by Chinese firm appears to
have removed Japanese and Taiwanese flags
Eagle-eyed viewers have spotted a curious discrepancy in the first trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to the beloved ’80s classic “Top Gun,” which Paramount debuted Thursday — the patches on the iconic leather jacket worn by star Tom Cruise no longer bear the Taiwanese and Japanese flags.  One possible reason for the difference could be that “Top Gun: Maverick” is being produced, in part, by Tencent Pictures, a Chinese film distributor and production company.

July 19: The Stamford Advocate: Trump tells advisors he plans to drastically cut spending in second term
President Donald Trump has instructed aides to prepare for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term in the White House, five people briefed on the discussions said, a move that would dramatically reverse the big-spending approach he adopted during his first 30 months in office.  Trump's advisers say he will be better positioned to crack down on spending and shrink or eliminate certain agencies after next year, particularly if Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives.

July 19: The UK Sun: Iran seizes two British oil tankers in the Gulf
All British ships have been told to steer clear of the Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized two oil tankers with dozens of crew on board less than an hour apart.  Troops in speedboats and helicopters boarded the Stena Impero and Mesdar tankers on Friday as they sailed through the busy shipping lane towards Saudi Arabia.  The raids came just over two weeks after Royal Marines boarded a supertanker off Gibraltar suspected of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria - prompting Tehran to threaten "retaliation"

July 19: Breitbart NewsIranian ships stranded in Brazil without fuel
Two Iranian ships are stranded in Brazil because Brazil’s state-owned oil company refuses to sell them the fuel they need to return to Iran due to sanctions imposed against Iran by the U.S. 

July 18: The Daily Caller: House votes to raise the minimum wage
Regardless of the possible impact of reducing the number of low wage and entry level positions, the House  passed a measure raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour.  The vote was 231-199 with three Republicans supporting it and six Democrats voting against the measure.  Meanwhile KTRH Radio reports a Seattle, WA restaurant company filed for bankruptcy because it is unable to maintain reasonable prices and pay their employees these wages ($15 p/hr), so they are forced to close or file for bankruptcy.

July 18: The Wall Street Journal: Navy shoots down Iranian drone
President Trump said the U.S. Navy downed an Iranian drone that was flying too close to a U.S. warship in the Strait of Hormuz, hours after Iranian forces said they had seized a foreign tanker, the latest in a series of incidents that have ratcheted up tensions in a vital oil shipping route. Mr. Trump said the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, took defensive action against the drone, which he said was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew” in the Strait of Hormuz. 

July 17: Real Clear Politics:  MAGA rally crowd chants “Send her back”
Attendees at a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C. chanted "send her back" after President Trump talked about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), claiming she is not proud of America and that she wouldn't disavow al Qaeda in an interview. In an interview  Ocasio-Cortez told CBS News correspondent Gayle King that she doesn’t regret her controversial remarks about Israel.  Meanwhile Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) called OAC one of the “four horsewomen of the apocalypse” in an interview and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said the immigrant-turned-Congresswoman ought to be “grateful” that she lives in a country which protects her rights.

July 17: NBC News: House holds AG and Commerce Secretary in contempt of Congress
The House voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for obstructing a probe into the administration's failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The criminal contempt resolution passed by a vote of 230 to 198. It passed along party lines — no Republicans voted in favor. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, now an independent after leaving the GOP earlier this month, voted in favor of the move. Four Democrats voted against the measure.

July 17: NBC News: Meanwhile, by a landslide, the House defeats measure to impeach Trump
The House also voted on Wednesday to table a resolution from Rep. Al Green, (D-TX) to impeach President Trump over so called “racist comments” he made about four Democratic congresswomen of color, effectively killing the measure.  The vote, 332 to 95, marked the first time the Democratic-controlled chamber had weighed in on impeachment, an issue that has created a widening schism within the party. Progressive newcomers and several 2020 candidates have pushed for impeachment proceedings, but the House leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been resistant.

Apollo 11 Launches into space 50 years ago!
July 16:
Associated Press: Back on the launch pad 50 years later
Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he and two other astronauts flew to the moon 50 years ago.   At NASA’s invitation, Michael Collins spent the golden anniversary at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida. He marked the precise moment — 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity’s first moon landing. Buzz Aldrin did not attend. Mission commander Neil Armstrong — who took the first lunar footsteps — died in 2012.  Collins said he wished Aldrin and Armstrong could have shared the moment at the pad.

July 16: The Daily Caller: Administration acts on federal funding and abortion referrals
The administration directed Monday that taxpayer-funded clinics must stop referring women for abortions effective immediately.  Family planning clinics that refer women for abortions will be stripped of their Title X funding.   The rules now require that organizations that perform abortions and make abortion referrals will have to do so in separate buildings from those that receive Title X federal funds – a move could reportedly cost Planned Parenthood “tens of millions of federal family planning dollars.”

July 16: Fox News: Pelosi’s comments ruled out of order
Escalating tensions on Capitol Hill erupted into a floor fight in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, as Speaker Pelosi spoke in favor of a proposed resolution condemning "racist" comments by President Trump -- and Pelosi's words were eventually ruled out of order by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat.   "The words used by the gentlewoman from California contained an accusation of racist behavior on the part of the President,” Hoyer said, That technically banned Pelosi from speaking on the House floor for the rest of the day.

July 16: Market Watch: Beware: The IRS is eyeing you money
One of the perils of being well-off is the constant risk that the federal government and/or your friendly state and local tax collectors will figure out new and different ways to snatch more of your wealth. Especially wealth that you earned the old-fashioned way: by inheriting it. To raise your paranoia to the appropriate level, here are two new things to worry about.

July 15: The UK SunElection debate in UK as voting approaches
BORIS Johnson and Jeremy Hunt went toe-to-toe in their final debate of the Tory leadership contest night.  Both teams appeared much more relaxed this time around compared to last week's ITV debate. They both attacked Donald Trump over his comments about democratic congresswomen, but refused to call him a racist.  In just a week’s time we will know which of these two men will be the next Prime Minister.

July 15: The Washington Free Beacon: Sound familiar? If  you like your plan you can keep your plan
Former Vice President Joe Biden repeated one of his old boss's most infamous pledges on Monday, saying under his proposal, "if you like your health care plan … you can keep it."  The 2020 Democratic frontrunner released a health care plan Monday that would seek to build upon Obamacare. It which included subsidies to lower prices on the exchanges and also allowing for a "public option" his campaign called similar to Medicare.

July 14:
Fox News: Is there a debt limit increase issue?
House Speaker Pelosi doesn’t talk with the Treasury Secretary on a Saturday night, then send him a letter, and, then blast out a press release, unless it’s urgent but that’s exactly what happened on Saturday night!  The issue is the ability to fund the government which will come in less than two months. The problem is that a vote to increase the debt limit is one of the most onerous ballots lawmakers can cast. It’s that no one wants to vote to authorize more debt but Congress must lift the debt threshold soon or risk a downgrade in the nation’s credit rating, rattle the stock market or send a shock through the bond market. Secretary Mnuchin is imploring Congress to raise the debt ceiling before lawmakers abandon Washington for most of August and the traditional summer recess. All of this finds its roots in the inability of Congress – under both Republican and Democrat leadership – to live within its means.

July 14: ZDNet: European Union’s GPS satellites down for over 100 hours
Galileo, the EU's global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing.  The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the organization in charge of Galileo, warned that the Galileo system "should be employed at users' own risk."  The downtime also comes after widespread GPS outages were reported at the end of June in Israel, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.  Israeli media have blamed  Russian interference, rather than a technical problem.

July 13: Associate Press: New election systems may use vulnerable software
Last April Pennsylvania told its counties to update their election systems.  But there’s a problem: Many of these new systems still run on old software (Windows 7) with as of January 14 reaches its “end of life” and will no longer be supported by Microsoft (although they have promised to support security updates through 2023).  Here in Texas those counties using the Hart Intercivic equipment (Galveston, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Jefferson counties and others) are not on any networks and shouldn’t be vulnerable to hacking.

July 13: The Daily Caller: NYPD union to members: Stand by ICE during raids
he New York City Police Department Sergeants Benevolent Association released a letter Friday calling on its union members to stand by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents should their agency need any assistance to uphold the rule of law this weekend during any ICE raids.  “We, the members of law enforcement, do not write these laws, nor do we engage in the politics and or opinions of the laws under the United States Code, New York State Penal Law or City Code. Our job is to simply enforce all laws equally upon all individuals so that each person receives equal justice under the law,” Ed Mullins, SBA president, wrote to his union members.

July 12:
Fox News: Former Acting ICE Director takes on House Committee
Former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan ripped into the agency’s Congressional critics in a fiery defense of border agents during a House Oversight Committee hearing, saying they should be “ashamed” of their conduct.  "If you don't like this, do your job. Fix it," he said recalling in graphic detail his own experiences on the job seeing dead bodies in tractor-trailers as he underscored the severity of the border crisis.  He said agents, amid this crisis, have been subject to “unprecedented attack and vilification” and “those men and women who chose a life of service to this nation deserve better, not only from the media but those in this committee and other members of Congress.”

July 12: Breitbart News: Chicago bars ICE from access to police database
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said that the Windy City has made moves to bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from accessing its police databases amid reports of possible raids on illegal immigrants who have already been through the justice system and issued deportation orders. 

July 12: MSN News: Facebook to pay $5 billion settlement
The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook that could end an investigation into its privacy practices, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak on the record, a deal that could result in unprecedented government oversight of the company. The settlement -- adopted with the FTC’s three Republicans supporting it and two Democrats against it -- could end a wide-ranging probe into Facebook’s mishandling of users’ personal information that began more than a year ago.

July 11: The Hill: White House social media summit
President Trump on Thursday denounced the world’s top social media companies as being biased against him and his supporters and pledged that his administration will be exploring “regulatory and legislative solutions” to protect free speech online.  “We have terrible bias, we have censorship like nobody has any understanding or nobody can believe,” he said.

July 11:
The Daily Caller: AOC’s green new deal about overhauling the economy not climate change
Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” is more about drastically overhauling the American economy than it is about combatting climate change, her top aide admitted.  Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, made the revealing admission in a meeting with Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate director.

July 11: The Daily Caller: Trump to get citizenship data by other means
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will drop a fight to put a citizenship question on the U.S. Census and instead signed an executive order directing the Department of Commerce to obtain the information through other means.

July 11:
CNSNews: Federal spending explodes
The federal government spent a record $3,355,970,000,000 in the first nine months of fiscal 2019

July 10:
The Hill: High anxiety hits Senate over raising the debt ceiling
Senators are growing anxious that they might have to vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in a matter of weeks given new estimates that the government could hit its borrowing limit earlier than expected.  The Treasury Department is now taking steps known as “extraordinary measures” to prevent the government from going over its borrowing limit.  Lawmakers had hoped they would be able to avoid the politically painful vote to raise the debt ceiling until the fall and that it could be packaged with other legislation to fund the government and set budget caps on spending.

July 10
: Breitbart News: MN city meeting erupts in “USA” after Pledge of Allegiance canceled
Saint Louis Park’s city council meeting erupted inn displays of the U.S. flag and chants of “USA, USA” after officials canceled the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to kick off its meetings.  The announcement did not sit well with many citizens of the Minneapolis suburb.  The latest council meeting held on Monday featured a large number of citizens carrying American flags and chanting patriotic slogans.  Council member Anne Mavity, who pushed the ban on the Pledge, said that reciting the Pledge may make non-citizens that deal with the city uncomfortable.

July 10: The UK Daily Mail: Trump wins victory in court
Donald Trump won a rare unanimous judicial victory Wednesday after a three-judge panel in the 4th circuit tossed out a Democrat-led lawsuit accusing him of corruption by accepting foreign government business at his Washington, D.C. hotel.  The U.S. Constitution makes such dealings impermissible, although the Trump Organization writes am annual check to the Treasury to offload its profits from all such transactions it can identify.

July 9: The Daily Caller: House Intel witness accuses Fusion GPS founder of perjury
A House Intelligence Committee witness accused the founder of Fusion GPS -- the firm behind the Steele dossier -- of committing perjury during a Senate interview in 2017.  Felix Sater, who has worked with the Trump Organization, discussed the Fusion GPS founder, Glenn Simpson, while taking a break from a closed-door interview with the House panel.  Democrats sought an interview with Sater to discuss whether the Kremlin could have any leverage over President Donald Trump due to his business dealings in Russia.

July 9: Politico: Brit ambassador to U.S. resigns amid leaks
Reports that British Ambassador Darroch privately dissed Trump’s team as “dysfunctional” and “inept” in leaked cables back to the British foreign ministry have set off a diplomatic spat and soured Trump on the diplomat.  The fracas started Sunday, when the Daily Mail published a story detailing the contents of secret cables that Darroch had sent to London offering his analysis and views on the Trump administration starting in 2017. According to the British news outlet, Darroch described internal divisions in the White House as “knife fights,”

July 9: Kansas City Star: Woman starts shooting because of long lines at DVM
A woman upset that the line wasn’t moving fast enough at a DMV licensing office in Kansas City’s Northland allegedly pulled out a gun and fired shots outside, police and witnesses said.  Law enforcement rushed to the scene after receiving reports of shots being fired by woman armed with a gun. The officers took the woman into custody as she was getting into her car in the parking lot.  Nobody was injured in the incident.

July 5: CNBC News: Strong job growth is back; payrolls jump in June as well
Payroll growth rebounded sharply in June as the U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs, the best gain since January and running contrary to worries that both the employment picture and overall growth picture were beginning to weaken. The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7% as labor force participation rose, according to the Labor Department.

July 5: Associated Press: Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings
The Utah school psychologist weaved through a maze of dusty halls before spotting him in the corner of a classroom, holding a gun to a student’s head. She took a deep breath and fired three shots, the first time she’s ever used a gun. “Nice work,” a police officer told her.   Miramontes recently joined 30 other Utah teachers at a series of trainings where police instructed them on how to respond to an active shooter. Teachers went through the shooting drill inside a warehouse set up to look like a school, then moved outside to a shooting range.

July 5: CBC News: DOJ signals it is still fighting for citizenship question
The Justice Department signaled to a federal judge in Maryland Friday they're still fighting to place the citizenship question on the census, something Mr. Trump insists he wants.   U.S. District Judge George Hazel had given the Justice Department until 2 p.m. to explain what the administration intends to do

July 4: Yahoo News: Trump celebrates U.S. might, avoids politics in speech
President Donald Trump sang the praises of the US military and American heroes of the past two and a half centuries Thursday, skirting politics in a rousing Independence Day speech in Washington.  "What a great country," Trump exclaimed in an address saturated with patriotism and exceptionalism, after critics accused him of hijacking the annual celebration. 

80+ mural in San Francisco to be painted over because of political correctness!July 4:
Associated Press: San Francisco to paint over
historic George Washington mural
San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.  The “Life of Washington” was painted by Victor Arnautoff, one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Depression. The San Francisco School Board’s decision to paint over the 83-year-old mural is prompting some to worry that other artwork from the so-called New Deal era could face a similar fate because of changing sensitivities.

July 3: Breitbart NewsTrade figures show China tariffs are working and helping U.S. allies
A small rise in the trade deficit with China in May masks a much larger shift in U.S. trade away from the world’s second largest economy.  The most revealing figure in the May data, however, is the annual decline in trade and the trade gap between the U.S. and China. In the first five months of the year, imports have fallen by almost 12%. This suggests the trade dispute is hurting China’s sales to the U.S.  The economic damage from the trade war is very specific to China. The U.S. appetite for imported goods has not diminished.  But the sources of imports have shifted away from China with one big beneficiary being Taiwan.

July 3: Fox News: Who’s to believe;  Two Hispanic pastors or a Congresswoman?
Two pastors stood their ground after Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) seemed to dispute their claims that conditions at immigration facilities they toured were “drastically different” from what she saw.  Rev. Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, got permission to take a group of pastors to see for themselves the reported deplorable and inhumane conditions for illegal immigrants at an El Paso County, Texas migrant detention center.  He said what they saw was vastly different than what the congresswoman described was occurring there.

July 3: The Daily Caller: California City becomes as 2nd Amendment sanctuary city
Needles, California, has declared itself a sanctuary city for the Second Amendment and plans to resist some of California’s restrictive gun laws, which they say infringe on their right to keep and bear arms.  Needles’ city council voted unanimously to make the declaration.   The city attorneys are drafting legislation to allow those with out-of-state concealed weapons  permits to be able to carry within the city.

July 2: The Orlando Sentinel: NASA astronaut crew capsule endures intense test
Taking off from Canaveral the capsule was launched. Its mission: To test abort systems, proving the craft can save its human inhabitants in the case of an emergency mid-flight, though there were no astronauts on board for this flight.  Traveling at about 800 mph, the 93-foot stack consisting of a Northrop Grumman booster and Lockheed Martin-built crew module and launch abort system climbed to about 31,000 feet in 50 seconds. Just then, a roar crashed over the surf as the capsule initiated its abort. 

July 2: The UK Daily Mail: Court Martial: Gallagher found not guilty
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has been found not guilty of murder and attempted murder after a two week war crimes trial. The jury took less than a day to reach a verdict. Gallager, 40, was convicted of posing with the ISIS fighter's corpse but is expected to walk free from court on Tuesday.  The maximum sentence for the crime is four months and he spent longer than that in confinement awaiting trial before being freed by President Trump in March.  

July 2: The UK Sun: Red Alert: Sailors die in submarine fire
The seaman were poisoned by fumes when the vessel caught fire while taking biometric measurements yesterday, the defence ministry said.  Russian Defense Ministry reported. "On July 1, a fire broke out in Russian territorial waters on a research deep-water apparatus designed to study the bottom space and the bottom of the World Ocean in the interests of the Russian Navy.

July 2: Breitbart News
: 2/3rds of Americans favor asking the citizenship question on the census
Sixty-seven percent of voters said that the government should include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to a poll released Tuesday.  The poll arises as the Supreme Court decided last week to block a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  Eighty-eight percent of Republicans, 52 percent of Democrats, and sixty-three percent of independents said that they support a citizenship question on the United States census. 

July 1: The Washington Times: Independence Day in DC a new kind of celebration
President Trump is advocating that tanks be included in the July 4th celebration, the “Salute to America” festival.  The festivities will include a military jet flyover, a 35-minute fireworks display, a parade and a scheduled speech by Mr. Trump on the Lincoln Memorial.

July 1: The UK Express: Will Israel attack Iran as Nuke red line is crossed?
Iran has breached the limit on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, according to sources. The breach comes less than a day after senior US allies of the White House had warned that Israel would strike Tehran as soon as the uranium limit was breached There is growing concern that now Iran had crossed the uranium red line, Israel could soon step up its military confrontation with a strike on Iran.

July 1: Breitbart News: Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protestors storm government offices
Police in Hong Kong clashed with thousands of protesters on Monday morning as events marking the anniversary of its handover from the UK to Chinese Communist rule spun out of control.  In chaotic scenes, police used pepper spray and batons to contain protesters outside a venue hosting an annual flag-raising ceremony as others fought to smash their way into the government building.

July 1: Defense News: Navy looking at adding hypersonic weapons to destroyers’ arsenal
With bigger, faster missiles in development and bound for the fleet, the U.S. Navy’s engineers are considering installing upgraded launchers on the stalwart Arleigh Burke class destroyers.  “Vertical launch system has been a real game changer for us. We can shoot any number of things out of those launchers,” Vice Admiral Moore said. “We’ll probably change those out and upgrade them for prompt strike weapons down the road.”

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