Friday, July 26, 2019

By AP News, July 25, 2019

From October through the end of June, the Border Patrol apprehended more than 688,000 people, over half of them families and unaccompanied children. Although people from all over the world enter the United States via the Mexican border, the vast majority come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, three Central American countries where violence and poverty have gripped many lives.

By Marine Corps Times, July 25, 2019

Naval Criminal Investigative Service carried out a mass arrest of 16 Marines Thursday morning during a battalion formation aboard Camp Pendleton, California, according to Marine Corps officials.

The Marines were arrested for allegations related to “various illegal activities” from human smuggling to drugs, the Marine Corps said in a press release.

By The Gateway Pundit, July 23, 2019

Rep. Omar acted deeply offended by the “appalling question,” claiming that other lawmakers who aren’t Muslim aren’t asked about these topics. The person asking the question was a fellow Muslim, however — and it was at an event specifically about the religion.

By The Gateway Pundit, July 23, 2019

It’s almost as if being offended about the phrase is a sham.

For days the media have been clutching their pearls about Trump’s tweet about Reps. Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, , and Ayanna Pressley, in which he said they should “go back” where they came from, fix things and “show us how it’s done.” The tweet sparked accusations of “racism” from nearly every major mainstream media outlet and Democratic politician.

By AP News, July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller paused. He refused to speculate. He made constant references to his report — but wasn’t sure of a number of things in it.

The former special counsel’s long-awaited, heavily-negotiated testimony Wednesday was just what he’d promised: relentlessly focused on the report he issued in April on President Donald Trump, obstruction and Russian meddling in the 2016 election. As members of the House Judiciary Committee strained to hear what he had to say, it became clear that the famously apolitical Mueller was not going to play their made-for-TV games.

By Investigative Project, July 25, 2019

Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah recently issued a new threat to Israel's cities and sensitive sites, boasting of his terror organization's ability to hit targets deep inside the country.

The threats came in a televised speech, serving as a reminder of the ambitious arms race that the Shi'ite terror army is engaged in, with the massive assistance of its state sponsor, Iran.

By The Hill, July 17, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden made clear Wednesday that he does not need former President Obama as “a crutch” to aid his 2020 presidential candidacy.

Speaking at an NAACP forum in Detroit, Biden defended his record on civil rights and for one of the first times on the campaign trail, set himself apart from Obama.

By The Hill, July 24, 2019

President Trump's immigration policies are getting hit with wave after wave of lawsuits.

In just the past few weeks, the Trump administration has faced a series of legal setbacks on a range of efforts to overhaul immigration, from using military funds for a border wall to detaining asylum-seekers.

By Biz Pac Review, July 24, 2019

Ah, the joys of social media when it comes to exposing the hypocrisy of the left.

Twitter serves as a sort of way-back machine to further discredit the “Fraud Squad,” as one social media user characterized the four radical freshman Democrats whose “mouths outpace their brains.”

By CNN, July 25, 2019

(CNN) After being built up for months, former special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated testimony Wednesday does not appear to be the turning point that will take Democrats -- and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- down a path toward impeachment.

That doesn't mean impeachment is off the table. House Democrats are now pivoting to their court cases in an effort to obtain the special counsel's grand jury evidence and force Mueller's key witnesses to testify, which they say will give them the information they need to make a decision on impeachment.

By Buzz Feed News, July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — The day finally arrived: DC bars opened early, interns who had camped out in the Capitol overnight filled the room, and dozens of cameras were set. All eyes were on former special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday as he appeared before two House committees.

It’s a day Democrats had been eagerly awaiting for weeks. Mueller, finally, would sit before them and, under oath, discuss the findings of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. It was, many pundits speculated, the thing that would finally break the dam, forcing the House to open an impeachment inquiry.

By PJ Media, July 24, 2019

During former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday, Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) took Mueller to task over the personal relationships between the special counsel's team and the political opponent of the candidate under investigation. He asked about the Mueller team members who attended Hillary Clinton's campaign parties, represented her and her staff in court, and contributed heavily to her campaign.

By WND, July 24, 2019

A mother whose juvenile son was assisted in sex-change procedures by authorities in Minnesota against her wishes is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case.

The Thomas More Society on Wednesday asked the high court to review the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling affirming the decision by county officials to shepherd the boy through a sex change.

By Washington Examiner, July 24, 2019

It took just minutes for Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee to turn into a painful exercise when it became clear the 74 year-old special counsel had difficulty handling the questions posed to him about his long, complex investigation into the Trump-Russia affair.

Mueller was slow to react to questions. He frequently asked for questions to be repeated. He sometimes appeared confused. He did not appear to be conversant with some issues in the investigation. He did not, or could not, put together detailed answers even to those questions he agreed to address.

By The Federalist, July 24, 2019

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace called Robert Mueller’s hearing Wednesday “a disaster for the Democrats and a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.”

Former special counsel Mueller appeared in front of the House Judiciary Committee on July 24 to testify on his finalized report and the Trump administration’s alleged collusion with Russia. Throughout his testimony, many pundits pointed to the 74-year-old’s lack of ability to answer questions concisely or even accurately.

By Morning Consult, July 24, 2019

When National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) recently sat down with reporters in Washington to discuss the lay of the land for taking back the House, he framed the 2020 election as a “choice between socialism and freedom,” and dubbed House Democrats as the “new Red Army of socialists.”

By The Gateway Pundit, July 25, 2019

A tourist was savagely beaten, stomped and spit on by a gang of over a dozen youths at the entrance to the Washington Hilton Hotel around 1 a.m. on July 14, according to Washington, D.C. police who released hotel surveillance video showing the brutal unprovoked attack. 

By Washington Examiner, July 25, 2019

A record 61,000 unaccompanied migrant children have surged over the U.S.-Mexico border and been handed to federal care facilities since October, and there are still over two months left in the fiscal year, according to immigration officials.

The number tops the total for fiscal year 2016, at 59,170 turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services.

By Washington Times, July 25, 2019

Republicans had expected former special counsel Robert Mueller’s feeble testimony and some even strategized around it as they prepared their questions, Rep. Matt Gaetz said Thursday.

A day after Mr. Mueller’s appearance before Congress, described by some as “befuddled” and by others as a “disaster” for Democrats, the Florida Republican said the 74-year-old prosecutor’s health was a hot topic in prep sessions.

By Fox News, July 25, 2019

A white professor at a historically black university in Alabama has filed a federal lawsuit against the school Friday for age and racial discrimination after he claims they have denied him the salary he deserves, despite his tenure.

Marshall Burns, a 73-year-old physics professor at Tuskegee University, alleges the school pays younger employees at least $18,000 to $30,000 more than him, although his professorship spans over four decades.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

By National Review, July 24, 2019

Robert Mueller’s much anticipated congressional testimony wasn’t the end of the beginning as Democrats had hoped — the start of a new, more serious phase in the fight to impeach Trump — but very likely the beginning of the end.

Impeachment has struggled to get the support of Democratic members of Congress, it doesn’t rate in public opinion polls, and Robert Mueller did nothing to give it a jump-start with his testimony on Wednesday.

By National Review, July 23, 2019

Over at CNN, national-security analyst Josh Campbell predicts that Robert Mueller “will frustrate the hell out of Congress” when he testifies tomorrow before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

I suspect we’ll begin to see signs of frustration by Democrats before we even hit the half-hour mark,” writes Campbell, who helped prepare Mueller for public appearances during his 12 years at the FBI. “Progressive members of the committees will almost certainly find themselves angered by a witness refusing to give them what they want.

By The American Mirror, July 23, 2019

Illegal aliens are growing more brazen on the border, and new video from the Mexican side shows migrants clashing with CBP agents late last week.

The chaotic, shaky video shows migrants fighting with border agents around a concrete barrier topped with concertina wire.

By CBS News, July 23, 2019

Kabul, Afghanistan -- The Afghan government asked Tuesday for clarification of President Donald Trump's statement that the U.S. military could end the war in Afghanistan in 10 days, but that the country would be wiped out in the process. Mr. Trump suggested on Monday, in a seemingly off-hand remark, that he could order such a military intervention in lieu of a peaceful resolution to the 18-year-war that began with the U.S.-led invasion to topple the Taliban.018, 841 reported assisted deaths in 2017 and 189 reported assisted deaths in 2016.

By Fox News, July 24, 2019

When Robert Mueller testifies Wednesday about what we now know are false allegations of Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign, House members should ask him why he failed to investigate the real collusion that took place between Russia and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

By Politico, July 23, 2019

We’ve got a budget deal, it seems, and conservatives are in their usual state of incredulousness that a Republican president and Senate have been squeezed by Democrats to concede spending increases. But this time, progressives are having the vapors as well. The left is still traumatized by how Republicans took the debt limit “hostage” during hardball negotiations with the Obama White House, and they are not soothed by a two-year suspension of the debt limit until after the next presidential inauguration, as negotiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

By National Review, July 23, 2019

FBI director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday that the majority of domestic-terrorism arrests since last October have been linked to white supremacy.

“I will say that a majority of the domestic-terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white-supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well,” the FBI chief said in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

By National Review, July 23, 2019

Over at CNN, national-security analyst Josh Campbell predicts that Robert Mueller “will frustrate the hell out of Congress” when he testifies tomorrow before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

I suspect we’ll begin to see signs of frustration by Democrats before we even hit the half-hour mark,” writes Campbell, who helped prepare Mueller for public appearances during his 12 years at the FBI. “Progressive members of the committees will almost certainly find themselves angered by a witness refusing to give them what they want.

By WND, July 24, 2019

Democrats focused their questioning Wednesday of Robert Mueller on whether or not President Trump tried to obstruct the special counsel investigation, but Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wanted to know why the person who appears to have launched the whole matter was let off the hook.

By WND, July 23, 2019

Democrats called former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress Wednesday on his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election with the hope of finding grounds to impeach President Trump.

What they got was halting and sometimes contradictory responses that indicated he was not familiar with his report.

By Grabien, July 24, 2019

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller frequently appeared confused during his much-anticipated Capitol Hill testimony Wednesday.

Mueller, who is often celebrated in the media for laser-like thinking, had to ask lawmakers to regularly repeat their questions, seemingly struggling to pay attention.

By Mediaite, July 24, 2019

A number of pundits this morning have been questioning former special counsel Robert Mueller’s performance at the hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

Fox Business host Stuart Varney spoke with Judge Andrew Napolitano as the Mueller hearing got underway Wednesday. Napolitano said so far it shows Mueller “is a good Marine and he’s gonna follow the instructions from the Department of Justice and basically not talk about ongoing cases, not talk about the deliberations that led to the report, and not talk about anything outside the report.”

By NY Post, July 21, 2019

Bernie Sanders, of all people, has union trouble — and it just goes to show how nasty organized labor can be.

The Vermont socialist senator made history by agreeing that his paid 2020 presidential campaign workers would be repped by a union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, with all earning $15 an hour. But now the union complains some employees are getting less.

By NY Post, July 24, 2019

Among his talents, Donald Trump has a special gift for driving his detractors so crazy that they do really stupid stuff. The decision by Democrats to force Robert Mueller to testify before Congress is Exhibit A.

Bumblin’ Bob was a train wreck of epic proportions. The fallout is immediate, starting with this: Impeachment is no longer an option.

By NBC News, July 24, 2019

All eyes and ears are on former special counsel Robert Mueller today. Republicans hope to highlight what they see as a faulty premise for the Mueller probe. Democrats hope he'll say something to incriminate President Donald Trump, or at least bring more Americans to understand what they see as the president’s wrongdoings. But how many times will Mueller refuse to say much at all? How many times will Mueller declare an answer "outside of my purview"?

By The Hill, July 24, 2019

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday pressed former special counsel Robert Mueller on why he did not subpoena President Trump for an interview during his investigation into Russian election interference.

The lawmaker during a House Intelligence Committee hearing pressed Mueller on why his team did not pursue the president with a subpoena after Trump declined to sit for an interview voluntarily. 

By The Hill, July 24, 2019

Former GOP lawmaker and current “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough tweeted during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Wednesday testimony and asked to be forgiven for his previous party affiliation.

"Jesus, forgive me for ever being a Republican,” the former four-term Florida congressman said.

By The Hill, July 24, 2019

House GOP lawmakers expressed confidence Republicans prevailed during the Mueller hearings on Wednesday and argued it’s time for Democrats to “turn the page” and move on from the investigation.

Following former special counsel Robert Mueller's roughly six hours of testimony on Capitol Hill, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — joined by House Intel Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), House Oversight Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) — said he doesn’t believe the president has done anything wrong. 

By Larry Elder, July 25, 2019

President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, offered four freshman Democratic congresswomen a suggestion. Given their complaints about America and about Israel, tweeted Trump, the four, aka "the Squad" should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Of the four, only Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is foreign-born. How dare Trump, critics cried, tell these American-born citizens, all of whom are "people of color," to go back to where they came from! Racism! Never mind that in 2015, one of the four, then-citizen and now Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., angrily tweeted about candidate Trump's criticism of immigration from Muslim countries. She wrote: "Deport this a—hole!" Did Tlaib tell an American, born in New York, to go back home?

Still, Trump's "racist" tweets provided Democrats their latest opportunity to pronounce Trump "racist" and to again urge a "restoration of civility." After all, Democrats and "civility" go hand in hand:

"The stench of fascism is in the air." — California Democratic Gov. Pat Brown, 1964, when Barry Goldwater accepted the Republican nomination.

"I am scared that if Ronald Reagan gets into office, we are going to see more of the Ku Klux Klan and a resurgence of the Nazi Party." — Coretta Scott King, 1980.

Ronald Reagan is "trying to replace the Bill of Rights with fascist precepts lifted verbatim from 'Mein Kampf.'" — Rep. William Clay Sr., D-Mo., 1983.

"I believe (George H.W. Bush) is a racist for many, many reasons. ... (He's) a mean-spirited man who has no care or concern about what happens to the African American community. ... I truly believe that." — Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., 1992.

"It's not 'spic' or 'n——-' anymore. (Republicans) say, 'Let's cut taxes.'" — Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., 1994.

The new Republican-controlled House is like "the Duma and the Reichstag," (referring to the legislature set up by Czar Nicholas II of Russia and the parliament of the German Weimar Republic that brought Hitler to power). — Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., 1995.

The GOP is "coming for our children. They're coming for the poor ... for the sick, the elderly and the disabled." — Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., 1995.

The GOP has a "white boy attitude, (which means) 'I must exclude, denigrate and leave behind.' They don't see it or think about it. It's a culture." — Donna Brazile, Al Gore's presidential campaign manager, 1999.

"The Republicans bring out Colin Powell and J.C. Watts because they have no program, no policy. ... They'd rather take pictures with black children than feed them." — Brazile, 2000.

"We are in danger. The extreme right wing has seized the government. ... So look out. ... The right-wing media, the FBI — they are targeting our leadership." — Rev. Jesse Jackson, 2001.

"You mean Uncle Tom-types." — Gloria Allred, on radio, referring to Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, 2001.

"What we are dealing with right now in this country is whether we are having a kind of bloodless, silent coup. ... President (George W. Bush) is trying to bring to himself all the power to become an emperor — to create Empire America." — Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., 2002.

"George (W.) Bush is our Bull Connor." — Rep. Rangel, referring to the Birmingham, Alabama, Democrat segregationist superintendent of public safety who sicced dogs and turned firehouses on civil rights workers, 2005.

"Every day, (those in George W. Bush's administration) unleash squadrons of digital brownshirts to harass and hector any journalist who is critical of the President." — Al Gore, 2005.

Democrats vs. Republicans is "a struggle between good and evil. And we're the good." — Gov. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, 2005.

George W. Bush has "improve(d) on the techniques used by the Nazi and communist propaganda machines." — George Soros, 2006.

George W. Bush "let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black." — Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., 2006.

George W. Bush's administration engaged in "ethnic cleansing by inaction. ... So by simply not doing anything to alleviate this ... they let the hurricane do the ethnic cleansing, and their hands are clean." — Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., about Bush's allegedly sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina's destruction in New Orleans, 2006.

"The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side." — Julian Bond, NAACP, 2006.

"The House of Representatives ... has been run like a plantation." — Hillary Clinton, 2006.

The GOP is "the white party." — Howard Dean, DNC chair, 2008.

"Republicans ... want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC chair, 2011.

Mitt Romney's "gonna put y'all back in chains." — Vice President Joe Biden to a predominately black audience, 2012.

"Some (Republicans) believe that slavery isn't over, and they think they won the Civil War." — Rep. Rangel, 2014.

So, as to Democrats' demand for a restoration of "civility," a simple question: When have they practiced it?

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By NBC News, July 24, 2019

Accused pedophile and wealthy Manhattan financier Jeffrey Epstein was found injured and in a fetal position inside his cell at a New York City jail, according to sources close to the investigation.

Epstein, who is being held in Metropolitan Correctional Center during his trial for conspiracy and sex trafficking, was found semi-conscious with marks on his neck, two sources told News 4. Investigators are trying to piece together exactly what happened, saying details remain murky.