Friday Top News Executive Summary
Acosta resigns, new census game plan, Pelosi forewarns illegals, witch-hunt subpoenas, and more.
Government & Politics
ACOSTA RESIGNS: “Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned Friday amid growing backlash over his handling of the 2008 sex abuse prosecution of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein,” according to National Review. Because the whole power of the Leftmedia propagandists is focused on the Trump administration, there has to be a lot of “falling on swords.”
NEW CENSUS GAME PLAN: “President Donald Trump announced Thursday he is backing down from his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to obtain an estimate of U.S. citizenship through other means.” (ABC News)
CANARIES IN A COAL MINE: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday offered advice to illegal immigrants seeking to avoid arrest and deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers,” reports National Review. This is akin to Sen. Cory Booker illicitly escorting migrant women across the border.
CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG: “The chief of staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated that her signature Green New Deal was not really about saving the planet after all,” reveals the Washington Examiner. “In a report by the Washington Post, Saikat Chakrabarti revealed that ‘it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all … we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.’” Of course, we at The Patriot Post have long made that case.
WITCH-HUNT SUBPOENAS: “The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from a dozen current and former Trump administration officials and associates related to the panel’s investigation into alleged obstruction of justice by President Trump. The committee also voted to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony related to the Trump administration’s immigration policies, amid massive outrage by Democrats over conditions in detention facilities at the southern border.” (The Hill)
AN UGLY MILESTONE: “The federal government spent a record $3,355,970,000,000 in the first nine months of fiscal 2019 (October through June), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Prior to this fiscal year, the most the federal government had ever spent in the October-through-June period was in fiscal 2018, when the Treasury doled out $3,199,795,700,000 in constant June 2019 dollars.” (CNSNews.com)
NO BACKBONE AFTER ALL: As reported by The Hill, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made a u-turn yesterday “a little more than a week after pulling state incentives from Nike following its decision to pull its Betsy Ross Flag shoes after former NFL star Colin Kaepernick raised issues around them.” Ducey remarked that “Arizona is open for business, and we welcome @Nike to our state.” We suppose money talks.
LOUISIANA PREPARES: “Wind and rain started to lash Louisiana’s Gulf Coast early Friday as residents prepare for what’s expected to be the area’s first hurricane of the season. … The storm’s rains are expected to pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses. Barry is forecast to bring more than a foot and a half of rain to parts of the state as it moves slowly inland. National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said pockets of Louisiana could have as much as 25 inches of rain.” (Fox News)
MUELLER DELAYED: “A House Judiciary Committee hearing with former special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, has been delayed by a week until July 24, according to a person familiar with the matter. … The two hours of time originally allotted for questioning had become a point of contention within the Democratic caucus because it risked preventing some Democratic members from asking questions.” (The Wall Street Journal)
TURKEY FLOUTS WARNING: “A shipment of a Russian-made missile system arrived in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday, which could cause tensions with the U.S. after the Defense Department said that sanctions could be issued if they accepted the weapons shipment.” (The Hill)
POLICY: Collective guilt for slavery doesn’t heal, it divides (Washington Examiner)
POLICY: The “blue dog” solution to the debt crisis (The Heartland Institute)
HUMOR: It’s time to admit that climate change is solely caused by Trump’s tax cuts for the super wealthy (NPC Daily)
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