Tuesday, July 23, 2019

By Daily Wire, July 21, 2019

In a surprise display of a politician departing from his party's line, a Democratic mayor in Reading, Pennsylvania has refused to raise the LGBT rainbow pride flag over city hall, arguing that it sends a non-impartial political message.

"The flag was originally slated to fly on Monday in recognition of Reading’s Pride Celebration and stay up through the following Sunday," reports LifeSiteNews. "However, the Reading Eagle reports that Mayor Wally Scott blocked it just minutes before it was set to go up. He objected not to the LGBT lobby’s causes, but to the prospect of flying anything representing a live political cause."

By Newsweek, July 21, 2019

A Nashville radio host revealed this weekend that his employer, Cumulus Media, blocked him from airing a recorded interview with 2020 candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Blair Garner, who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program titled The Blair Garner Show, interviewed Buttigieg for roughly 20-minutes on Wednesday during the 2020 candidate's Nashville, Tennessee campaign stop. But now, the interview will not be aired.

By NewsBusters, July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have announced a critical debt and budget agreement that’s an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid political and economic tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first federal default.

The deal, announced Monday by Trump on Twitter and in a statement by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, will restore the government’s ability to borrow to pay its bills past next year’s elections and build upon recent large budget gains for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

By Denver Post, July 22, 2019

Ivanka Trump, adviser to the president, holds a training circuit board during a tour of Lockheed Martin in Littleton on July 22, 2019 . Senior White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump visited Lockheed Martin in Littleton Monday as part of a nationwide tour promoting workforce development.

By Yahoo, July 22, 2019

Washington (AFP) - Americans distrust the news media, but see government and political leaders as even more untrustworthy, a survey showed Monday.

The Pew Research Center found 69 percent of Americans say the federal government intentionally withholds important information from the public, while 61 percent say the news media intentionally ignores important stories.

By Washington Times, July 22, 2019

The Justice Department warned former special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday not to stray beyond the four corners of his already-released report when he comes to Capitol Hill this week to testify.

Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer, in a letter to Mr. Mueller, said that means any decisions Mr. Mueller made, or information he uncovered, that he didn’t include in his report will be out of bounds for the hearing.

By NBC News, July 22, 2019

A Louisiana police officer was fired on Monday over a Facebook post he made last week suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., be shot.

The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the Gretna, Louisiana, police force, called Ocasio-Cortez a "vile idiot" who "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve," referring to her past job as a bartender, according to a screenshot posted by nola.com, the website for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. According to the news outlet, his comment was a reaction to a fake quote attributed to the congresswoman claiming that "we pay soldiers too much." Both his post and Facebook account have since been taken down.

By Daily Mail, July 22, 2019

An Iranian media outlet has released photographs of some of the 17 'CIA spies' its government claims to have captured. 

Photographs of some of the men were shared on Twitter on Monday by the Tasnim News Agency along with 'details' of their apparent work for the US. 

By AP News, July 23, 2019

Venezuela’s socialist government is blaming a nationwide blackout on an “electromagnetic attack” against the nation’s hydroelectric system.

Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez read a statement broadcast on social media Monday in which he said authorities were working to restore service as quickly as possible. He appealed for calm and said contingency plans had been activated so that medical facilities would not be affected. He said security forces were also being deployed to guarantee peoples’ safety.

By AP News, July 22, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MJ Hegar, the leading U.S. Senate challenger in Texas, rides a Harley-Davidson in viral videos and has called herself “an ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding Texas Democrat.”

She is not a Democrat who promotes “Medicare for All.” She mentions that during a narrow loss for a House seat last year, her campaign signs appeared in front yards that also had ones for Republicans. And she sees unintended consequences with White House candidates who say they’ll decriminalize border crossings.

The concern, Hegar says, is “tying the hands of law enforcement.”

By Zero Hedge, July 22, 2019

The U.S. military is following many of the exact same patterns that we witnessed during our previous wars in the Middle East, and that even includes setting up shop at a key military base deep in the heart of the Arabian peninsula.  After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. military abandoned Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, but now they are back.  Hundreds of U.S. troops are already there working hard to get the base operational, and as you will see below, a tremendous amount of new construction is planned.  The base covers “well over a hundred square miles”, and so it has more than enough room to serve as a central hub for a new Middle East war. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

By NewsBusters, July 20, 2019

Former President Barack Obama still inspires many a journalist. Karen Tumulty, a longtime correspondent for Time magazine and, until last year, a national political correspondent for the Washington Post, pleaded in a Tuesday column this past week for Obama to save the nation from President Donald Trump.

“Speak up, President Obama,” read the July 16 Washington Post print headline. Online: “We need someone who can lift us up again. Enter President Obama.”

Tumulty offered “an open letter to Barack Obama,” which she began: “Mr. President, it is time. You must speak. Your country needs you.”

By The Daily Beast, July 21, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden has used Barack Obama’s beloved status among Democratic voters to insulate him from criticism from the massive field of candidates jockeying to be the next president.

But in recent weeks, the Democratic frontrunner has had that legacy used against him, with his competitors pointing the to shortcomings of the last Democratic administration as evidence that Biden’s not up to the task of leading the next one. 

By NBC News, July 20, 2019

President Donald Trump's approval ratings in the South have ticked upward, with 54 percent of voters giving a thumbs-up to the way he's handling his job, according to a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll.

The survey of voters in 11 southern states found 38 percent said they "strongly approve" of the way Trump's handling his job, and 16 percent who said they "somewhat approve." That's up slightly from a poll in September of last year, which put his total approval at 52 percent.

By The Daily Beast, July 17, 2019

If you’re wondering why Donald Trump has been trying to keep his racist tweets in the headlines for days on end, here’s the likely answer. A Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows support for Trump increased among Republican voters after he urged four minority Democratic congresswomen to go back to their countries of origin, even though three of them were born in the U.S. The survey, conducted Monday and Tuesday, showed his net approval among Republicans rose by 5 percentage points on a poll last week to 72 percent. However, his approval rating among independents and Democrats dropped. Overall, just 41 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Trump’s performance in office, while 55 percent say they disapproved. Meanwhile, a separate poll showed that more than two-thirds of Americans—68 percent—aware of the controversy thought Trump’s tweets were offensive. However, among Republicans, 57 percent said they agreed with him.

By YouTube, July 19, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. is now being called racist for retweeting a criticism of Kamala Harris by a black conservative. Accusations of a new birtherism movement against Harris are now being lobbed at her critics for questioning her ability to be the right person to represent Black Americans, since her father was Jamaican and her mother was Indian. Larry goes through these criticisms, showing that it's not just conservatives questioning her ability to represent the black community, leading to a highly confusing (and, yes, funny) situation!

By France 24, July 20, 2019

The United States is deploying troops in Saudi Arabia as tensions soar with its arch-rival Iran raising concerns over navigation in the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz.

It will be the first deployment of its kind since 2003, when American forces withdrew from the kingdom after a 12-year presence and two US-led wars with Iraq that culminated with the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein.

By Stripes, July 21, 2019

QAIM, Iraq — Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-described caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency the group is now waging across the central and northern part of the country, according to security officials.

About 1,000 fighters have crossed into Iraq during the past eight months, most of them in the aftermath of the caliphate’s collapse in March, said Hisham al-Hashimi, a security analyst who advises Iraq’s government and foreign aid agencies.

By Stamford Advocate, July 19, 2019

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has instructed aides to prepare for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term in the White House, five people briefed on the discussions said, a move that would dramatically reverse the big-spending approach he adopted during his first 30 months in office.

Trump's advisers say he will be better positioned to crack down on spending and shrink or eliminate certain agencies after next year, particularly if Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives.

By Yahoo, July 19, 2019

(Bloomberg) -- If Venezuelan politics weren’t convoluted enough, they just got a bit more complicated this week.

The opposition-aligned Progressive Advance party hired Ari Ben-Menashe, a Montreal-based lobbyist, to “pursue Henri Falcon’s election as President of Venezuela,” according to a contract filed with the U.S. Justice Department.

By Washington Examiner, July 21, 2019

Anti-Semitic graffiti defaced a portion of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem's Muslim quarter on Saturday, according to local reports.

"Slaughter the Jews" was spray-painted in Arabic on a portion of the Kotel HaKatan, or "Little Wailing Wall," which is sacred to Jewish people as the second-closest place to where God's presence manifested in the Temple.

By Las Vegas Sun, July 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week's hearing with Robert Mueller will air "very substantial evidence" of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they see as a "one-sided" Russia investigation.

Days before back-to-back hearings Wednesday, both sides seemed to agree that Mueller's testimony could be pivotal in shifting public opinion on the question of "holding the president accountable."

By AP News, July 21, 2019

LONDON (AP) — The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The audio released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global shows that a British frigate was too far away from the targeted tanker to keep it from being diverted into an Iranian port despite U.K. efforts to keep it from being boarded.

By The Hill, July 21, 2019

Former U.S Attorney Joyce Vance apologized after deleting a tweet falsely claiming that Fox News would not air former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming House hearing. 

Vance, who served under former President Obama, said the tweet was meant to be ironic, but deleted it to limit any confusion. 

By The Hill, July 21, 2019

Aides to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) say the congressman has privately voiced support for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, The Washington Post reported Sunday. 

Nadler has not publicly come forward with supporting impeachment inquiries into Trump, despite mounting pressure from within his own party. 

By Washington Times, July 21, 2019

LAS VEGAS — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that it’s a myth that the young people Democrats need to turn out in the 2020 presidential election are looking for “something radically different” in politics.

“This is not a hit on Bernie,” Biden said. “But this is not a generation of socialists.”

By NBC News, July 21, 2019

A Venezuelan fighter jet “aggressively shadowed” an American reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Caribbean last week, military officials said Sunday.

The Russian-made SU-30 Flanker approached the U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II on Friday at an “unsafe distance” and in an “unprofessional manner” while the aircraft was flying in approved international airspace, the United States Southern Command said in a statement.

By Daily Caller, July 18, 2019

The “Promises Kept” section on President Donald Trump’s reelection website makes no mention of the national debt.

The candidates aren’t the only ones ignoring the issue, either. None of the moderators for the first two Democratic presidential debates asked any questions about the national debt.

By Haaretz, July 21, 2019

Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Sunday morning that "Israel is the only country in the world that has been killing Iranians for two years now." 

By Haaretz, July 22, 2019

Iran is working to transfer weaponry to Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon by sea, to avoid assaults that have targeted arms shipments, Israeli officials believe.

By KTLA, July 19, 2019

The Los Angeles Police Department ordered a confidential informant to monitor and record meetings held by a political group that staged protests against President Trump in 2017, a move that has drawn concern and consternation from civil rights advocates.

On four separate occasions in October 2017, the informant entered Echo Park United Methodist Church with a hidden recorder and captured audio of meetings held by the Los Angeles chapter of Refuse Fascism, a group which has organized a number of large-scale demonstrations against the Trump administration in major U.S. cities, according to court records reviewed by The Times.

By YouTube, July 15, 2019

After an appearance on Fox and Friends stating that Republicans never owned slaves, that Democrats founded the KKK and that Democrats were opposed to the 13th Amendment, Larry was “fact-checked” by Politifact who claimed that his statements were false. Larry takes the opportunity to explain to the fact checkers why their ‘false’ rating of him was incorrect and goes into some fact checking of his own.

By WND, July 20, 2019

Officials of the Miss World America pageant removed Miss Michigan’s title because she refused to allow a Muslim woman to “forcibly” put a hijab on her head and then reported the incident on social media.

“I suggest you all fully review what you stand for and what you condemn,” wrote Miss Michigan Kathy Zhu to pageant officials after they ordered her title removed.

By WND, July 20, 2019

The local daily newspaper that has provided enthusiastic coverage of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over the past several years says the Muslim congresswoman has been uncooperative with attempts to resolve the accusation that she committed immigration fraud by marrying her brother.

By CBS News, July 19, 2019

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Five people were arrested for disorderly conduct in a protest involving the death of Eric Garner.

Crowds gathered at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side, two days after it was announced no federal charges would be filed against the NYPD officer accused of using a chokehold on Garner – allegedly leading to his death.

By CNN, July 21, 2019

(CNN) Steadily increasing its bets in an international game of bluff, Iran has gone almost all in with a gamble that its hard liners must believe is worth the punt -- but which will certainly end their credit lines even among friends.

In seizing a foreign tanker which it accuses of "violating international regulations," Tehran has resorted to a form of piracy in international waters.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

By Politico, July 19, 2019

Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, both outspoken critics of Israel and its occupation of the West Bank, will be allowed into the country during a trip there in a few weeks, the Israeli ambassador said Friday, potentially heading off a diplomatic spat.

“Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” said Ron Dermer, Israel’s envoy to the United States.

By Washington Times, July 19, 2019

Tunisia has made dramatic strides — with U.S. support — against the threat posed by jihadist terrorists since being labeled just a few years ago as the top source for foreign fighters who’d traveled to join the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

But there’s still a long way to go, and American officials should remain vigilant of extremists’ determination to undermine the tiny North African nation’s fragile democracy, particularly as it heads toward a pivotal election this fall.

By Fox News, July 20, 2019

A Liberian soccer player’s attempt to trick U.S. immigration authorities into giving him a green card backfired after an agent in Rhode Island viewing the phone of the woman claiming to be his wife saw an incoming message from another person thanking her for the “best sex ever,” prosecutors say.

Prince Mark Boley, 30, is now facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after being convicted by a federal court this week of lying to immigration officials and providing false information on immigration documents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Rhode Island announced.

By Detroit News, July 19, 2019

LA’s law against sleeping in cars on residential streets expired at the end of June, and Los Angeles Police Department officers have been instructed not to cite people until the ordinance is reapproved, NBC reports.

According to the TV station, LAPD Chief Michael Moore sent a memo last week telling officers to hold off on writing tickets for sleeping in cars until the new ordinance is approved by the Los Angeles City Council.