Monday Top News Executive Summary

Omar and Tlaib's anti-Semitic sponsors, judicial activism quashed, race bait, ISIS attack, and more.

Media Editors · Aug. 19, 2019

Government & Politics

ANTI-SEMITIC SPONSORS: National Review’s David French highlights more nefariousness behind the banning of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from Israel: “The most important element of the story is the fact that two American congresswomen shunned a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel to go on an independent trip to Israel sponsored by vicious anti-Semites. Another important element of the story is that, as of today, the mainstream media have whitewashed Omar and Tlaib’s vile associations.”

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM QUASHED: Fox News reports: “A federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration on Friday in the legal battle over its efforts to limit asylum claims from Central America — blocking, for now, a nationwide injunction that blocked the implementation of the rule. … The San Francisco federal appeals court for the 9th Circuit on Friday ruled that the injunction imposed by the California federal judge can only apply in states within the court’s jurisdiction in the western U.S.” Our own Arnold Ahlert explains why nationwide injunctions are tyrannical.

SANDERS RACE BAITS: “Declaring the criminal justice system ruined by pervasive racism and ‘corporate profiteering,’ Sen. Bernard Sanders proposed a massive overhaul Sunday that would free many drug convicts, abolish the death penalty and solitary confinement, and promote an unarmed ‘civilian corps’ to replace the police for lower-level calls.” (The Washington Times)

FAUXCAHONTAS PANDERS: “Presumably as a way to deflect from criticism over her checkered past of claiming Native American ancestry, [Elizabeth] Warren posted a lengthy proposal on Medium Friday morning in which she vowed to fix some of the problems pertaining to tribal nations,” according to The Daily Wire. “Throughout her lengthy post, Warren makes several proposals, from making Native Americans a national concern, to affordable housing, to economic opportunities for tribal people, and to respect for native veterans.” Meanwhile, The Washington Times reveals that Warren’s binge spending “total[s] more than $5 trillion over a decade. That sum does not include other high-priced items on the liberal wish list such as … government-run health care.”

Culture & Heartland

NAZI SYMPATHIZERS: “A group of high-school students in Southern California gave a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi song during an awards ceremony last year, according to video reviewed by The Daily Beast. The video shows about 10 members of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, throwing the salute once used to greet Adolf Hitler while singing a Nazi marching song played for German troops during World War II. It’s the second such incident in the region in the year.” (The Daily Beast)

ANTI-JEW ATTACK THWARTED: “An Ohio man has been arrested for making threats toward a local Jewish community center in New Middletown. … On Friday, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force raided [the man’s] house and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition, including dozens of round[s] of ammo, multiple semi-automatic weapons, a gas mask and bulletproof armor. … [The suspect] is an avowed anti-Semite and white nationalist and attended the deadly ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017… During the raid on his house on Friday police also discovered anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda.” (ABC News)

Around the World

FRACTURED BUT NOT BROKEN: According to the Associated Press, an Islamic State jihadi bombed a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend, killing 63 and wounding 182. “The emergence of the Islamic State affiliate in recent years might be the greatest threat to Afghan civilians as the U.S. and Taliban seek an agreement to end nearly 18 years of fighting,” the AP reports. “While the U.S. wants Taliban assurances that Afghanistan will no longer be used as a launch pad for global terror attacks, there appear to be no guarantees of protection for Afghan civilians.”

BURGEONING SPECTACLE: “Hong Kong protest organizer Civil Human Rights Front estimates more than 1.7 million people gathered in the rain Sunday for the city’s 11th consecutive week of demonstrations. … What started as peaceful protests in June, including a June 9 demonstration that drew an estimated 1 million people, has since escalated, raising concern of potential Chinese military intervention.” (The Daily Caller)

THE SUSPENSE GROWS: “Two Russian nuclear monitoring stations — specifically designed to detect radiation — ‘went silent’ in the days following an explosion of what many believe was a nuclear-powered missile earlier this month during tests at a remote base, a nuclear official said in an email Sunday. … The Guardian reported that radiation levels in Severodvinsk, a nearby city, increased 20 times above normal for about a half hour after the explosion. It has been reported that residents in the area have been stocking up on iodine, which helps reduce the effects of radiation exposure.” (Fox News)

IRANIAN MALFEASANCE: “An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization has left Gibraltar and was heading Monday east into the Mediterranean Sea, with its next destination reported to be Greece. … The vessel left Gibraltar late on Sunday after having been detained for a month in the British overseas territory for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. Gibraltar authorities rejected attempts by the U.S. to seize the oil tanker again, arguing that EU regulations are less strict than U.S. sanctions on Iran. And Tehran on Monday warned Washington against any effort to grab the vessel again.” (CBS News)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Greenland deserves the attention Trump is giving it (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: How the government creates wealth inequality (National Review)

HUMOR: #ClintonBodyCount trending on Twitter even though the Clintons never did anything wrong (NPC Daily)

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