Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 4, 2019

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“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” —Fourth Amendment

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Tech Monopolies Under Scrutiny

A vengeful “reporter” doxxed a private citizen, and he apparently had help from Facebook. Over the weekend, The Daily Beast published a story wherein one of the leftist rag’s “journalists,” Kevin Poulsen, engaged in an effort to expose the individual responsible for sharing a viral video depicting Nancy Pelosi appearing to slur her words as if drunk. Poulsen contacted Facebook and requested the user’s personal information, and, according to his story, Facebook actually obliged. The Daily Beast then published the man’s personal details, including his criminal history — and the man claims the Beast outed the wrong guy. Poulsen defended his actions as merely exposing a promulgator of fake news, but in reality this was a hit job intended to destroy the life of a private citizen with whom he disagreed politically.

As National Review’s David French observes, “The real story here is darker. It’s the story of how powerful media will combine with big tech to expose a vulnerable man to public ridicule in an era of vicious intolerance.” Similarly, The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh notes, “This is a stunning breach of privacy by a company that claims to value its users’ privacy above all else. … This transcends politics. Anyone who claims to value privacy ought to be up in arms. … If [Facebook] can do this to some random meme-maker in the Bronx, they can do it to you.”

This episode is just one reminder of why the Big Tech monopoly is so alarming. In fact, as this was playing out, the Justice Department announced that it would take the lead on any antitrust investigations into Google. There have been growing rumblings of a coming antitrust investigation, and this latest announcement apparently signals that it is immanent.

But Google isn’t the only tech company in the government’s crosshairs. The Federal Trade Commission recently secured the rights to investigate Facebook over whether the social-media giant has engaged in unlawful monopolistic practices, which expands the FTC’s current investigation into Facebook’s privacy-related issues. Also, on Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced its own sweeping antitrust probe that would be “a top-to-bottom review of market power held by giant tech platforms.”

Given these tech giants’ unilateral rule changes and wildly inconsistent application — not to mention now outing private citizens — it’s putting it mildly to say a commitment to fair play has not been a featured priority.

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Desperate Dems Turn to Watergate Figure

At this point, the vast majority of Americans are sick and tired of rehashing the news from 2016. Well, Democrats — the “progressives” always yammering about being on “the right side of history” — are about to ensure that we rehash the news of 1972.

In hearings set for Monday, June 10, House Democrats plan to make quite the spectacle of beginning to review Robert Mueller’s report by calling as their first witness John Dean, the former White House counsel … to President Richard Nixon. As National Review notes, “Dean served as the star witness in the Watergate impeachment trial and ultimately pled guilty to obstruction of justice in 1973.”

Why are Democrats pulling what appears to be a totally irrelevant stunt? Because they clearly want to draw parallels between the drive to impeach President Donald Trump and the scandal that eventually forced Nixon’s resignation. “This is Trump’s Watergate,” they tell us. Dean himself called the Mueller report “more damning” than anything produced by the Senate in the ‘70s on Nixon, and he insisted regarding Trump’s actions that “this is clear obstruction.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler declared, “While the White House continues to cover up and stonewall, and to prevent the American people from knowing the truth, we will continue to move forward with our investigation.”

The truth is, what Democrats in concert with Barack Obama’s “Justice” Department did with the fake dossier is much more significant and a much greater assault on freedom and free elections than anything Nixon ever did.

Even The Washington Post’s Watergate-era liberal, Bob Woodward, has called for an investigation into the FBI and CIA’s reliance on the Christopher Steele dossier. “I think it was the CIA pushing this,” he said. “Real intelligence experts looked at this and said, 'No, this is not intelligence; this is garbage,’ and they took it out. … The idea that they would include something like that in one of the great stellar intelligence assessments, as Mueller also found out, is highly questionable.”

Nevertheless, Mueller may be done, but the Democrats’ MAGA obstruction continues and will continue through at least November 2020.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • BORDER LAWSUIT TOSSED: “Washington, D.C., district court Judge Trevor McFadden threw out House Democrats’ lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Trump’s emergency border wall funding reallocation, saying that the matter is fundamentally a political dispute and that the politicians lack standing to make a legal case.” (Fox News)
  • ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION’S WIDE NET: “U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station apprehended a large group of 116 individuals Thursday. … This is the first large group apprehended in the Del Rio Sector and the first large group of people from Africa — including nationals from Angola, Cameroon and Congo — apprehended on the Southwest border this year.” (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
  • BIDEN’S GREEN SCAM: “Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a $1.7-trillion, 10-year plan to combat climate change, the latest entry in a spate of proposals from Democratic White House hopefuls to address a global environmental issue that was rarely addressed in past presidential campaigns.” (Los Angeles Times)
  • DISASTER AID: “The House passed a long-delayed aid bill on Monday that will send $19.1 billion to states and territories hit by flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters in recent months. The legislation … now goes to President Trump. The president has described the bill as ‘great’ and is expected to sign it.” (The Washington Post)
  • ECONOMIC HARBINGER? “The U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell by more than two-points to 50.5 in May, the lowest level since Sept. 2009, according to IHS Markit. New orders contracted for the first time since August 2009. The overall index has fallen by almost six points over the last year.” (Bloomberg)
  • CENSUS RACE BAIT: “More than 4 million people — including a significant portion of black and Latino Americans — could be left out of the 2020 census, according to a study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute.” (NBC News)
  • ELECTORAL SECURITY THREAT: “Silicon Valley investors are nudging election officials toward an innovation that prominent coders and cryptographers warn is downright dangerous for democracy. Voting by phone could be coming soon to an election near you.” (Los Angeles Times)
  • POLICY: Three things to know about a disaster spending bill conservatives couldn’t stop (The Daily Signal)
  • POLICY: The Tiananmen Square massacre still matters (The Daily Signal)
  • HUMOR: Left vows to topple patriarchy by allowing biological males to dominate women’s sports (The Babylon Bee)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Dennis Prager: “Given the same ubiquity of guns, wouldn’t the most productive question be what, if anything, has changed since the 1960s and ‘70s? Of course it would. And a great deal has changed. America is much more ethnically diverse, much less religious. Boys have far fewer male role models in their lives. Fewer men marry, and normal boy behavior is largely held in contempt by their feminist teachers, principals and therapists. Do any or all of those factors matter more than the availability of guns? … Whereas in the past people generally understood that life is hard and/or they have to work on themselves to improve their lives, for half a century, the left has drummed into Americans’ minds the belief that their difficulties are caused by American society — in particular, its sexism, racism and patriarchy. And the more aggrieved people are the more dulled their consciences. When you don’t ask intelligent questions, you cannot come up with intelligent answers. So, then, with regard to murder in America, until Americans stop allowing the left to ask the questions, we will have no intelligent answers.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.” —William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

Annals of the absurd: “If this country wasn’t racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor.” —Rep. Seth Moulton

Non compos mentis: “The president hasn’t just refused to condemn a foreign power that attacked our democracy. He’s also failed to protect the country’s voting systems against future attacks. He betrays his oath every day.” —Hillary Clinton, who colluded with a foreign power

Fearmongering: “If [the Georgia fetal heartbeat] law goes into effect … CNN might have to move. There’s a lot of young women who work at CNN who’ll be affected.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell

Braying Jenny: “I think the NRA is the worst organization in this country… They care more about their profits than the American people. They care more about selling guns to someone on the terror watch list or someone with grave mental illness or someone who has a violent criminal background.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who supports Planned Parenthood

The BIG Lie: “Today our rate of childhood poverty is among the highest of any developed country in the world.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

Intraparty fighting: “I fear that you would have a campaign without a lot of energy and excitement. Could Joe [Biden] beat Trump? Yeah, I think he could. I’m not saying he can’t. But I think we don’t want to make the same mistake that we made last time.” —Bernie Sanders

Socialist fantasies: “What we have been taught and what we have been conditioned [to believe] is that basic rights are a luxury and a privilege when they are not.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And last… “I really don’t have a lot of stress. I cause stress.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

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