Media Editors / April 3, 2019

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Mueller report subpoena, “child recycling” rings, new Chicago mayor, Bernie Sanders’s war chest, gun control, and more.

  • “The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to authorize a subpoena for the full, unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the U.S election and alleged obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump,” NBC reports. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler asserted, “The Constitution charges Congress with holding the president accountable for alleged official misconduct. That job requires us to evaluate the evidence for ourselves — not the attorney general’s summary, not a substantially redacted synopsis, but the full report and the underlying evidence.” In truth, this subpoena is for the sole purpose of continuing the Democrats’ fishing expedition.

  • According to Fox News, “A group of Democratic senators on Tuesday introduced a measure to do away with the Electoral College, picking up on a talking point that has caught fire in the 2020 Democratic presidential field.” MNSBC’s Hallie Jackson is right: The scheme has “a percent chance” of success. But Democrats know that, just like they know there’s nothing “there there” when it comes to alleged Russian collusion. The point is to fire up and enrage the base.

  • In February at the southwest border, 36,174 apprehensions and 4,211 inadmissibles involved family units. This figure has been steadily rising for a sinister reason. According to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, “We’ve broken up so-called ‘child recycling’ rings, if you can believe it, in the last couple of months, which is where smugglers kidnap a child. They give it to an adult to cross the border, present themselves as a family. Once they get in — because, as you know, we can only hold families for 20 days — they send the child back and bring the child back with another family — another fake family, another adult.” This, in turn, has resulted in a chain reaction. As the Associated Press reports, “The surge of migrant families arriving at the southern border has led the Trump administration to dramatically expand a practice President Donald Trump has long mocked as ‘catch and release.’”

  • House Democrats have been tirelessly blocking the infanticide-barring Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act. In fact, they’ve obstructed a vote more than two dozen times. But Townhall reports that the GOP “made an effort to bypass their Democratic colleagues Tuesday by bringing a discharge petition to the floor in order to get a vote.” A total of 218 votes — 21 coming from Democrats — will be required. And while it’ll undoubtedly be a hard sell, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins notes, “For at least three Democrats, there’s no question. To the relief of their constituents, Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) not only support the GOP’s crusade, they’re cosponsors of it.” Let’s hope more join.

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s successor will be former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot. According to Fox News, she “easily won the Chicago mayor’s race Tuesday, earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider and become the first black woman and openly gay person to lead the nation’s third-largest city.” Lightfood stated, “We can and we will break this city’s endless cycle of corruption.” If she’s serious, she can start by pursuing justice in Jussie Smollett’s hate-hoax case.

  • The war chest grows: “Sen. Bernie Sanders, considered to be one of the frontrunners early in the Democratic presidential primary race, raised $18.2 million in campaign donations in the first quarter Tuesday. According to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, this $18.2 million was raised with almost 900,000 individual donations, from 525,000 contributors. The average donation was $20, and 99.5% of the donations were $100 or less. Shakir said that a majority of the donors are under 39 years old. Shakir said that the Sanders has campaign has $28 million in cash on hand.” (CBS News) The runner up? Kamala Harris with $12 million.

  • “New Zealand lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a bill Tuesday that would ban the weapons used to kill 50 people in mosque shootings last month,” reports USA Today. “Just one of Parliament’s 120 members opposed the bill in the vote, the first of three needed as lawmakers plan to fast-track the bill into law.” Police Minister Stuart Nash exemplified New Zealand’s callous attitude toward God-given Liberty by stating, “Owning a firearm is a privilege, not a right.” America’s Democrats would fit right in.

  • Meanwhile, closer to home: “The Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday passed a series of gun-control bills that were introduced in response to the mass shooting that claimed eleven lives at the city’s Tree of Life Synagogue last year. The legislative package, which passed 6–3, prohibits the public use of assault-style rifles like the AR-15 used in the synagogue shooting, bans the use of armor-piercing ammunition and high-capacity magazines, and allows the authorities to temporarily seize the firearms of anyone determined to be dangerous.” (National Review)

  • It’s about time: “Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) is seeking an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)… Cotton sent the letter to the IRS April 2 and urges an investigation into whether the SPLC ‘should retain its classification as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization’ amid news reports that have verified the ‘long-established fact that the SPLC regularly engages in defamation of its political opponents.’” (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Humor: Democrats now have enough candidates to seize White House by force (The Daily Wire)

  • Policy: On the issue of Trump’s directive to cease foreign aid to Central America, Heritage Foundation analyst Ana Quintana says, “Foreign aid should never amount to philanthropic handouts or aimless feel-good programs. Funds should be strategically allocated to further U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.” Read more about how the U.S. can leverage this policy shift.

  • Policy: New York’s decision to join the cabal of states outlawing plastic bags in grocery stores is a futile decision, writes Hans Bader at the Foundation for Economic Freedom. “Plastic bags are less than one percent of all litter. Moreover, alternatives like cloth and paper bags are in many cases worse for the environment than plastic bags, and far worse for public health.”

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