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Trump ties Democrat politicians to Squad group at rally in North Carolina

The Hill:

President Trump used a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday to stoke his supporters’ anger over a group of four minority, progressive Democratic congresswomen, drawing boos and chants of “send her back” when he ramped up his attacks.

The scene laid bare Trump’s effort to use the group to frame Democrats as extreme ahead of the 2020 election, but also fueled the notion that he is seeking to exploit the nation’s racial divisions for political gain.

“The leading voices of the Democrat Party are left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for,” Trump told the crowd in Greenville, N.C. “These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil.”

The president then mentioned each of the four Democratic lawmakers by name, running through a laundry list of quotes he said proved they are out of the mainstream. When Trump was in the middle of a diatribe against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the crowd broke into chants of “send her back.”

The president continu…

Chinese Americans rebel against Democrat discriminatory policies

Rong Xiaoqing:
The Rise of the Chinese-American Right They are upset with Democrat politicians who discriminate against their children because they are good students.  I think they are right to feel that way.  Instead of discriminating against these kids to advance other minorities they should institute programs to give other minority students the same work ethic as the Asian kids.  That would do more to lift up all students.

The Squad's response to Trump Tweets does not play well and tends to prove his points

Victory Girls:
The Squad Press Conference Backfires Spectacularly The piece has a video of the press conference and comments.
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Ilhan STILL won’t answer about all the documentation that has been found regarding her two marriages, and she STILL won’t answer questions regarding her dubious use of campaign money. But sure! Let’s accuse Trump of crimes and trot out that damned collusion thing once more.

Ilhan also refused to answer this question during the presser.
... Omar is a low functioning bigot.  She has one of the lowest approval rating in Congress followed closely by AOC.  The other two don't get as much attention but they are equally low functioning.

Ted Cruz critical of Googles use of its monopoly power

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Google has gotten unwanted attention because of its censoring of conservative material.  Ted Cruz is telling them to stop doing it or Congress will remove their exemption from libel laws.  Many on the left are also unhappy with Google these days.

The dirty dossier does not survive FBI scrutiny

John Solomon:
FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier

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There is evidence Steele told the DOJ in July, and the State Department in October, about all of these flaws in his work, and that State officials even detected blatant inaccuracies in his intelligence. If so, all of that information should have been flagged by the FBI as potentially derogatory information weighing against Steele’s use as a source for the FISA warrant.

But lest anyone be tempted to think Steele’s 2016 dossier is about to be mysteriously revived as credible, consider this: Over months of work, FBI agents painstakingly researched every claim Steele made about Trump’s possible collusion with Russia, and assembled their findings into a spreadsheet-like document.

The over-under isn’t flattering to Steele.

Multiple sources familiar with the FBI spreadsheet tell me the vast majority of Steele’s claims were deemed to be wrong, or could not be corroborated even with the most awesome t…

The Squad keeps doing things that gives Americans an incentive to vote against Democrats

Brandon Morse:
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These women seem to be good with our enemies, and consistently denounce America and its allies. In fact, Omar retweeted an article on Monday that blanket labeled Trump supporters as racist. At a time when radical leftists are looking for reasons to become violent with “they’re racist” being on the list, this kind of communication from an elected official is irresponsible.

Between the pipe dream level legislation like the Green New Deal, to infantile attacks on a daily basis, to the fact that these women celebrate whenever they prevent people from getting jobs, they are not exactly a voter’s best friend. Failing to condemn terrorist attacks or terrorist organizations, including those that caused the death of 3,000 people on 9/11, isn’t going to win you too many American fans.

As Erick Erickson put it, while Trump isn’t perfect, he’s far and away more of a trustworthy and proven individual than “The Squad”:

Many, many of the concerns I had about President Trump in 201…

US set to become largest LNG exporter, while China becomes largest importer

Reuters:
The United States and China will become the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters and importers, respectively, in five years, according to projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

U.S. LNG exports are expected to rocket to over 100 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2024, dislodging current market leaders Australia and Qatar, Jean-Baptiste Dubreuil, senior natural gas analyst at IEA, said on Tuesday.
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China’s LNG imports, meanwhile, are expected to surge to over 100 bcm in 2024, topping those of current world leader Japan.

Japan’s LNG imports have mostly declined since peaking in 2014 as utilities restart some nuclear plants shut for mandatory safety inspections and testing after an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011.

IEA said it expects world LNG demand to grow about 4% a year through 2024. To meet that demand, developers made final investment decisions in 2018 to add about 29 bcm of new export capacity and have doub…

Mexicans getting fed up with migrants too

Washington Post:

Majority of Mexicans say immigrants are a burden on their country, poll finds

A Washington Post-Reforma poll shows most Mexicans favor deporting Central American migrants to their home countries. Hispanics on the border are also getting fed up with migrant influx which is costing money for the border cities to feed and house them after they are released from border control detention centers because of a ridiculous court decision stemming from the Clinton administration.  It is causing these mostly Hispanic cities on the border to spend on on immigrants instead of taking care of normal civil functions like taking care of the streets and taking care of the water supply.  The Democrats' open borders policy is alienating their main constituents in Texas.

How many of these guys were in California because of their sanctuary cities policies?

NY Times:
MS-13 Gang Members Charged With Brutal Murders in Los Angeles A sweeping indictment of 22 members of the transnational criminal gang’s “Fulton Clique” lists a host of crimes ranging from racketeering to gruesome killings. The idiotic sanctuary cities policy in LA and elsewhere in California ensures that criminal members of M-13 are more difficult to remove under an ICE detainer for deportation.  It is a policy that endangers the community and helps criminals.  Democrat opposition to ICE raids also endangers the innocent.

Labeling the Democrat politicians as radical is a easy lift for Trump and GOP

NY Times:
Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here The president boasted of “marrying” Pelosi to “the Squad,” betting that he can cast the entire Democratic Party as radical. Democrat politicians from the "Squad" to its leadership have labeled themselves as radicals from their absurd Russian collusion hoax narrative to their destructive immigration policies, to their embrace of politicians on their side that are against Israel.  I will through in their cheapening of the charge of racism by labeling everyone who disagrees with them as a racist.

The Democrats and media frenzy over the phantom of 'white supremacy'

Roger Kimball:
Well la-dee-dah. The House votes to condemn “President Trump for his ‘racist comments’ about four Democratic congresswomen of color.”

First, I am glad that “racist comments” was in scare quotes. Why? Because there was nothing racist about the President’s tweets inviting creeps like Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar to leave the United States if she doesn’t like it here.

Second, I wish people would give the phrase “people of color” a rest. Everyone is a color—even, I suppose, Albinos (is that “racist” now, too?). I, for example, am a pleasing pink.

But the fact that someone is dark-skinned imparts to him no special virtue, just as the fact that someone is Caucasian saddles him with no special liability.

Except, alas, that it does. At least in the racist court of identity politics.

Please note the absence of scare quotes around “racist” this time. It is one of the signal moral and intellectual deformations of our time that many people strain every action through the siev…

Democrat open borders policy a boon for drug cartels

Washington Examiner:
Drugs pour in from Mexico as Border Patrol forced to focus on migrants The Democrat politicians policy on immigration is causing great harm to this country and its people.  It is literally helping the drug cartels kill people.  Those same cartels are also exploiting the refugees the Democrat policy is encouraging to come here.

Race card wearing thin for AOC even among Democrats

Randy Weiss and Jeff Dunetz:
Rep. William Lacy Clay leveled Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad’ for resorting to using the race card in their feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Clay (D-MO), who has served in the House for nearly two decades, slammed her comments as “inappropriate” and “weak.” He also noted making such arguments shows a certain level of ignorance for this nation’s past when it comes to real racism.

“It was such a weak argument to say she was being picked on and that four women of color were being picked on by the speaker,” he said. “It tells you the level of ignorance to American history on their part as to what we are as the Democratic Caucus.”

Trending: Does Ilhan Omar Speak The Words Of A Patriot Who Loves America? (Video)

Clay’s bold comments show a Democrat party that’s further fracturing thanks to Ocasio-Cortez’ willingness to attack everyone in her party with petulant temper tantrums when she doesn’t get her way.
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It’s become quite clear that establis…

Did Iran hijack an oil tanker?

Washington Post:
UAE-based oil tanker disappears in Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz

The vessel stopped and then switched off its transponder amid heightened tensions along the waterway. Iran must be called on to say what it knows about the whereabouts of this ship.  It looks like a potential case of piracy for political purposes.  It would be typical of Iranian indirect approach to attacking others.

The left and their media cohorts have an expansive and unrealistic concept of racism

Chriss Cillizza:
It's Beyond Debate That Trump's Sunday Tweets Were Racist This is an absurd conclusion.

To be racist you generally have to identify the ethnicity of the person you are talking about or use a racial slur.  Trump did neither.

What the media and the left are doing is empowering racists by allowing them to appropriate common symbols and phrases.  They have done it with an innocent OK hand sign and now they are doing it with a phrase about returning to your country of origin if you don't like it here.  It is as ridiculous as saying no one should eat hamburgers because racist eat them too.

The left in this country has decided that accusing people of racism is a way to end a debate and cause others to hate the person they are arguing with.  That is what people like Cillizza are trying to do.

What the Democrats are really angry about is that Trump has made it difficult for them to separate themselves from some unpopular Democrats who have very unpopular opinions an…

Omar struggles to avoid question about some people who did something in New York killing thousands

PJ Media:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said on Monday that Muslims shouldn't be asked to "condemn terrorists"

In defense of his tweets over the weekend about a group of freshman lawmakers, President Trump criticized Omar specifically on Monday.

“I look at Omar, I don’t know, I’ve never met her. I hear the way she’s talked about al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda has killed many Americans, she said you could ‘hold your chest out,'” Trump said at the White House after a Made in America Product Showcase. “When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, ‘some people,’ you remember, the famous ‘some people.’ These are people who in my opinion hate our country.”
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Omar said she doesn't expect white Americans to condemn white people who commit crimes such as mass shootings.

"So I think it's beyond time, it's beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists. We are no longer going to allow the dignification of such a ridiculous, ridiculous statement," s…

Democrats struggle to find campaign funding

Politico:
Months of bleak polling couldn’t stop the parade of lower-level Democrats crowding into the presidential primary.

But bankruptcy might.

Eleven Democratic presidential candidates — nearly half of the sprawling field — spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year, according to new financial disclosures filed Monday. Eight contenders active in the spring limped forward with less than $1 million in cash on hand, and several top-tier contenders were already spending multiples of what their lower-profile competitors raised.

The financial squeeze is set to drastically shrink the lineup of Democratic contenders in the coming months, barring major shifts in momentum, as candidates grapple with the doldrums of summer fundraising and the high costs of staffing national campaigns and building donor lists big enough to qualify for future Democratic National Committee debates. The numbers also reveal the tremendous pressure on lesser-known candidates to make…

Trump made it harder for Democrats to distance themselves from their leftist fringe

Jonathon Allen:
How Trump flipped the script on Pelosi and The Squad


Analysis: Trump wants the Democratic Party stuck to its progressive fringe. Thanks to him, now they are. The Squad is made up of four people with the lowest approval rating in the country.  Omar's rating is below 10 percent.  Trump has effectively gotten the Democrats to embrace those who are the greatest danger to their electability.  That is why they are pushing the false racist narrative.

This is a pretty good explanation about why these four are so unpopular:
The RNC Just Torched Ocasio-Cortez And Her 'Squad's' Presser By Rehashing All The Things That Back Up What Trump Said About Them

The hate America left

Rich Lowry:
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America has two assimilation problems. One is immigrants feeling only a tenuous connection to America and getting isolated in ethnic enclaves. The other is immigrants like Omar — and some of her second-generation colleagues — assimilating into the America of identity politics and grievance.

They have learned to speak not just English but the language of oppression. They understand our system — at least no less than the average officeholder — but hold it in low regard. They know our history, as taught by an instructor cribbing from Howard Zinn.

They may be citizens, but they are certainly outraged victims.

According to a profile in The Washington Post, Omar felt betrayal immediately upon getting to America.

“I arrived at the age of 12 and learned that I was the extreme other,” she explained, noting bullying when she was in school in Arlington, Va., an affluent Washington, DC, suburb. “I was black. I was Muslim. I also learned I was ­extremely poor and that the classless…

Democrat politicians pushing higher minimum wage are killing jobs and bankrupting businesses

Thomas Lifson:
Citing higher minimum wages in Seattle, Portland, and SF, West Coast restaurant chain files for bankruptcy They are doing workers no favors.  The best way to increase wages is by expanding the economy.  In West Texas where the shale boom is taking place so many people were leaving the wait staffs to take jobs in the oil fields that wages increased dramatically and the businesses could afford it because the oil workers were flooding their establishments.

Google's ties to China under attack

Washington Free Beacon:
President Donald Trump’s top supporter in Silicon Valley said Sunday the United States needs to investigate Google's "seemingly treasonous" work with the Chinese military.

In a speech at the National Conservatism Conference, tech billionaire Peter Thiel addressed China's ties to Google, Axios reports. He asked whether Google's artifical intelligence initiatives have been infiltrated by foreign intelligence agencies.

"Does Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?" Thiel said.

"Is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military… because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn't go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?" Thiel also ask…

Media and Democrats want US to ignore illegal voting which disenfranchises legal voters

Investors Business Daily:
Trump Is Right — Millions Of Illegals Probably Did Vote In 2016 In California, they were probably harvesting votes of illegals to steal House seats in 2018.

Energy companies donate funds for charter school in Permian Basin

Reuters:
Twenty top U.S. energy companies agreed to contribute $16.5 million to open new schools in West Texas, where an influx of oil and gas workers have strained schools, roads and other civic services.

This is the first initiative by the Permian Strategic Partnership, a consortium of shale producers which has pledged to raise $100 million to address civic strains, a spokesman for the group said. The companies all operate in the Permian Basin, the top U.S. shale field.

Another $22 million will be donated by local foundations and philanthropists. The funds are earmarked to bring IDEA Public Schools, a national tuition-free charter school, to the region, the group said.
... This is another example of how the shale boom is benefiting West Texas.  Contrast that with the alternative energy business which sucks money out of the government in order to build their inefficient projects.

How the media distorted the President's words to give the implication of racism

Jeff Dunetz:
Why can’t the media read? Yesterday morning President Trump sent out a series of tweets that the Democrats and the MSM are calling racist The problem is, they have picked out and transmitted only one phrase within those tweets to give his words the appearance of being racist.

According to their reports, the president said, why don’t they go back to the countries they came from.

What he really said is you think you can do it? Go back to where you came from and fix their problems and come back and teach us what you did.
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Some of the media adds the phrase “you can’t leave fast enough” to their cherry-picked reports, ignoring the full sentence, These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough

It has become too easy for people to use terms such as racism, Nazi, apartheid, and others in today’s America. Last week AOC was calling Nancy Pelosi racist, the week before it was Joe Biden who was a racist. this past weekend. Alyssa Milano compared VP Pence to Heinrich…

I will be pleased to answer the citizenship question as I have in the past

Washington Post:
Trump abandoned the citizenship census question, yet thousands still have to answer it

The Census Bureau sent a test questionnaire that includes the query to nearly a quarter of a million households. The main reason some Democrat politicians are opposed to the question is that it will hurt their effort to steal House seats they are not entitled to.  Right now California has stolen three seats other states would be entitled to by counting illegal immigrants as if they were citizens.  It is about Democrats stealing seats to get power in Congress they should not have.

The media's expansive definition of 'racism' losing its punch under Trump presidency

Washington Post:

Trump’s rhetoric is met with fading resistance from Republicans and corporate leaders

A few GOP lawmakers called the president’s tweet racist, but most stayed quiet or tried to soften their admonishment by mixing it with criticism of the women he attacked. What has happened is not so much Trump's influence over the debate as the weakening of the media's ability to label its political opponents racist when they are not.  Usually, when one is being racist they are denigrating a race of people. 

In this case, Trump was being critical of the political views of the four Democrat liberal extremists.  He is no more a racist for doing that than Nancy Pelosi was in pushing back against their wacky ideas.  While his rhetoric may have been imprecise within the confines of Twitter, I do not believe it was intended as racists. 

These people should not be given a pass for their outrageous positions because of their ethnicity.  It looks like the media just sized on this as an…

Most migrants at Mexican border were never eligible for asylum before Trump's new rule

NY Times:
Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule The rule, which goes into effect Tuesday, denies protections to migrants who failed to apply for asylum in the first country they passed through on their way to the United States’ southwestern border. What the rule does is stop the ineligible asylum seekers from exploiting the US system by getting into the country and merging with the population.   Over 90 percent of those applying for asylum never met the requirements for asylum.  Democrat politicians wanted them to get in anyway and that is why they oppose the new rule.  Those trying to destroy the immigration system have been pushing the asylum scam in recent years.

Polling shows just how unpopular "the Squad" is as well as their agenda

Axios:
Exclusive poll: AOC defining Dems in swing states

Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House's most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters.

Why it matters: These Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism, warning it could cost them the House and the presidency. The poll is making the rounds of some of the most influential Democrats in America.

"If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," said a top Democrat who is involved in 2020 congressional races. "[S]he's getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races."
The poll — taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi's latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as "The Squad" — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college ed…

Democrat candidates on the wrong side of voters on issue of making DC a state

Politico:
Every Democrat running for president in 2020 has come out in favor of making Washington, D.C., the nation’s 51st state. But a new Gallup poll found support for granting full statehood to D.C. as low as ever — across the political spectrum.

The Gallup survey, the firm’s first national poll on the issue, found 29 percent of adults polled in June support statehood, and 64 percent oppose it. While support was slightly higher among women, nonwhite voters and self-identified Democrats, no group had even close to a majority of respondents in favor.

“People just don’t see the reason why D.C. should be a state,” Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones told POLITICO. “They're comfortable with the status quo.”

That's not the case in the Democratic political class: Pete Buttigieg has made it a plank of his racial justice platform. Michael Bennet included D.C. statehood in his sweeping political reform plan. A record 216 House members have co-sponsored a bill to put the District on equal…

Former UK ambassador accused of leaking US intelligence

Tom Rogan:
Leaked U.K. diplomatic cables critical of President Trump have led Britain’s ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, to announce his departure from Washington earlier than expected. But the story is not yet concluded.

According to one current and one former U.S. government official speaking on the condition of anonymity, Darroch repeatedly leaked classified U.S. intelligence information, including highly classified information, to a journalist for a U.S.-based media outlet. The sources are consolidated by the reaction my related inquiries have received from other government officials.

These leaks are unrelated to the diplomatic cables which sparked Trump's anger and Darroch's departure.

Still, one source says that the U.S. government was so alarmed by Darroch's leaks that it launched an official investigation to find the source of the information. That source described the leaked intelligence as “very sensitive,” and suggested that exigent U.S. security concerns motivated …

New rule on asylum would eliminate most of the bogus claims

NY Times:
Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule The rule, which goes into effect on Tuesday, denies protections to migrants who failed to apply for asylum in the first country they passed through on their way to the United States’ southwest border. That happens to be the procedure required for asylum.  It would limit the scam currently used by economic migrants.

Media turns to bogus claims of racism to defend anti-American Congresswomen

CNN:
Frightened GOP won't make Trump pay a price for his racist tweet The GOP is not frightened.  They recognize that the Congresswomen in question are polarizing figures that are rejected by American for their views and not their race.  It is typical of the leftist in and out of media to defend these people with bogus claims of racism and CNN is not the only media outlet making these bogus claims.   It seems to be a reflexive and not thinking response to things Trump says about leftist that sends the media into spinning lies about racism.

The believe all women nonsense is beginning to backfire

Karol Markowitz:
‘Believe all women’ makes the ‘Pence rule’ just common sense It is harming women's access to normal business relationships.

Antifa terroristm tied to immigration enforcement in recent attacks

Monica Showalter:
Attack at Tacoma migrant jails signals antifa has descended into bona fide terrorism

That's three. Three violent assaults in less than a month, all from antifa, all over President Trump's enforcement of the law of the land on immigration. The latest, from Tacoma: On Saturday, a man armed with a rifle and Molotov cocktails or flares, according to reports, and angered by "factually inaccurate portrayal" of the facility, according to the company operating the facility, attempted to set fire to an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington. In a subsequent confrontation with police, the Antifa activist was killed. And some of his fellow activists called him a martyr for it. Nevertheless, the media has not reported any connection with Antifa, nor are they speculating about what may have motivated this man, who made the attempt to set fire to the building amid protests against the building. The Blaze reports that it was a suicide attack, complete with antifa acti…

Austin's irresponsible leadership promotes homelessness

Thomas Lifson:
I think that it is no coincidence that the cities with the farthest left political cultures – San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, for example – seem to have the largest number of homeless people living on their sidewalks, in their parks, and under their freeway overpasses. The mainstream media have no curiosity whatsoever as to why this might be the case, or even bother to make a connection. It may come down to something as simple as the eternal truth that whenever you subsidize something, you get more of it. But along the way, there are many other aspects of the progressive ideology that contribute to the tens of thousands of individual decisions that result on people living on the streets instead of providing for their own housing, from the artificially high price of housing dues to land use restrictions and zoning in deep blue cities, to the refusal to hold people responsible for their own actions. An experiment of sorts in underway in Austi…

People in sanctuary cities are paying a high price for refusal to cooperate with ICE

Fox News:
ICE releases report of illegal immigrants who allegedly committed crimes after cops ignored detention requests In one such case in San Francisco, a criminal illegal alien was arrested 10 different times for burglaries and auto thefts after refusing to honor ICE detainers.

The rich are paying for most of government largess

Mark Perry:
New CBO study shows that ‘the rich’ don’t just pay their ‘fair share,’ they pay almost everybody’s share

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... the CBO study shows that the bottom three income quintiles representing 60% of US households are “net recipients” (they receive more in transfer payments than they pay in federal taxes), the second-highest income quintile pays just slightly more in federal taxes ($14,800) than it receives in government transfer payments ($14,100), while the top 20% of American “net payer” households finance 100% of the transfer payments to the bottom 60%, as well as almost 100% of the tax revenue collected to run the federal government. Here are the details of that analysis.
... There is much more.

This study undercuts most of the talking points of Democrat politicians when it comes to the tax code.

Time is running out for Palestinian radicalism

David Goldman:
The Palestinian Problem Is Dying of Natural Causes

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It turns out that time is on Israel's side, as Ambassador Yoram Ettinger and other Israeli analysts have argued for years. The Arab "demographic time bomb" turned out to be a dud, as fertility rates plunge across the Muslim world, a phenomenon I discussed in my 2011 book How Civilizations Die. In a 2011 analysis for Asia Times, I counseled Israel not to attempt to make peace with a Palestinian population heavily tilted towards hot-headed youngsters, and to wait until the declining Palestinian fertility rate had raised the average age of the West Bank population. Like Northern Ireland, the militants would find themselves married with mortgages (at least those who survived). Prime Minister Netanyahu generously commented on the article when it was published.

Although the aging kleptocrats who still run the Palestine Authority out of Ramallah won't admit it, the time is ripe for the kind of peace plan t…

Trump helped plaintiff lawyer in case against Epstein

J.E. Dyer and Jeff Dunetz:
After Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and charged in federal court with underage sex trafficking this past week, the mainstream media began a predictable campaign to tie Epstein to Trump.

Just as predictable the mainstream media is ignoring facts and articles pointing out Epstein’s closer relationship with Bill Clinton, which reportedly included activities with the Clinton Foundation. In 2016, FoxNews.com reported Former POTUS Bubba Clinton “was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com.”
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Bradley Edwards represented plaintiffs in 2009 who filed suit to obtain a judgment against Epstein when it became clear he would not have to meet even the startlingly lenient terms of that pl…

Brit ambassador defended author of fraudulent dirty dossier

Washington Examiner:
British ambassador who resigned called Christopher Steele 'absolutely' legit, leaked cables show This could be why he made so many mistakes in his judgment of President Trump.  He was trying to legitimize a treasonous coup attempt aided and abetted by Steele.

China's economy takes a hit in its trade war with Trump

Washington Post:
China posts slowest economic growth in decades amid trade war with U.S.

Beijing’s economy decelerated to its slowest growth rate in 27 years, partly due to a slump in exports. They are paying the price for past abuses and their failure to reach an agreement with President Trump on a fair trade deal.

Trump criticism of Democrat radicals is not about race but their anti-Americanism

Peter Baker:
Trump Fans the Flames of a Racial Fire While other presidents have found ways to appeal to the resentments of white Americans with subtle and not-so-subtle appeals, none of them in modern times have done so as overtly as this one. One of the really disgusting aspects of modern liberalism is that they try to defend the irresponsible rhetoric of other liberals by playing the race card.  What Trump said was an obvious criticism of the Congresswomen's anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric.  These women are also anti-Semitic bigots.  The left seems willing to overlook this aspect of their conduct because it likes their anti-Trump rhetoric.  The media seems also willing to overlook this group's false charges of racism about Nancy Pelosi when she responds to the group's nutty behavior.  It is the media and the left that is trying to stir a racial fire when it is not appropriate.

The left in this country has played the race card so much lately that they are like the l…

Left and their media cohorts invest fake racism

John Nolte:
The “Hoaxtroversy” is our corrupt establishment media’s latest way to pretend bigotry is still a major problem in America. Which means that the media’s need to manufacture a hoaxtroversy (a controversy that proves to be a hoax) actually serves as yet one more slice of proof of just how little racism, sexism, and homophobia exists in this country.
What I mean is this…

If racism in America was anywhere as serious as the fake news media claims, would they have had to fabricate all these massive lies over the past few years? The media told us the Hispanic George Zimmerman was white. They hoaxed us with the KKKids from KKKovington High School, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” and Duke lacrosse.

Each one of those phony hysterias blew up in the media’s lying face, so now they have changed tactics. Rather than invent massive national hoaxes to smear America and Americans as small-minded bigots, they have turned to the “Hoaxtroversy,” they have begun to fabricate meme-like controversies, …

Former Brit diplomat did not understand how unpopular Obama's bad deal with Iran was

BBC:
Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK's former ambassador in the US.

Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of "diplomatic vandalism", according to the Mail on Sunday.

The paper says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the US in 2018 to stick with the deal.

The latest leak came despite the Met Police warning against publication.

The first memos criticising President Trump's administration, which emerged a week ago, prompted a furious reaction from the US president and resulted in Sir Kim resigning from his role.

The Mail on Sunday reports that Sir Kim wrote to Mr Johnson informing him Republican President Trump appeared to be abandoning the nuclear deal for "personality reasons" - because the pact had been agreed by his Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama.

Under the 2015 deal backed by the US and five other nations, Iran agreed to …

China is not changing the vote of farmers

Salena Zito:
Why America’s tariff-hit farmers still support Trump

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Dwyer voted for Trump and despite the uncertain climate, she says she’d vote for him again. Agriculture, she admits, has become “an easy target for retaliation. China knows that this is a big industry and commodity for the US, and so it’s an easy push button back. And it’s unfortunate. But I also don’t feel like I’m blaming the president for my situation,” she said.

“I mean, farmers, it’s just in our nature to give it everything you’ve got, and you feel like you can’t stop until you’ve tried everything, even if it’s at a loss,” she added.

Mississippi has been slammed with wet weather since last fall and William Tabb and his wife, Cala, have certainly felt the brunt of it on the 3,000 acres they farm. Six-hundred of those acres — whose crops include corn, cotton, peanuts, watermelon and pumpkins — are now unusable.

Like the other farmers interviewed for this story, Tabb doesn’t beat his chest and blame climate change.…

Never Trump crowd having second thoughts?

Washington Post:

After signing ‘never Trump’ letters in 2016, some Republicans have second thoughts

National security establishment figures who tried to block him are wrestling with whether to maintain opposition or find a way to support him. It should be easy to find a way to support Trump.  His economic and foreign policy moves have been largely successful.  His has reversed the absolute idiocy of Obama's Iran deal.  He has forced Europe to meet their obligations under NATO and thereby strengthened the alliance.  He has forced China to stop most of their abusive trade practices.  He has done all of this while resisting a Democrat and media based coup attempt.

Trump's support of Pelosi in fight with AOC

Thomas Lifson:
For a guy who is purportedly stupid and lacking in nuance, President Trump yesterday masterfully trolled Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party while superficially supporting her. In just a few sentences, speaking to reporters prior to boarding Marine One, he took the high road, affirming that Nancy Pelosi is not a racist, gaining points as a healer. But at the same time, he aggravated existing tensions in the opposition party and pushed the ranks of Democrats into a circular firing squad formation, where their anger can be directed against each other....
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Now, what does Pelosi do? Does she express gratitude for Trump's words of praise? That would make her problems with the radical faction of her party worse. But Pelosi is a woman of many years' experience in politics (since childhood as daughter of Baltimore's political boss, Tommy d'Alessandro), where reciprocity is the very essence of politics. Psychologically, she owes Trump one for this, yet…

Liberals tech and media lie about their biases

CDN:
Trump Social Media summit reveals the liberal bias of old media – big tech

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... both old media and big tech dismissed last Thursday’s White House Social Media Summit as a conclave of online, conservative “conspiracy theorists.” The New York Times described summit attendee and Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe as a man that “captures videos under false pretenses to embarrass liberals and journalists.”

It never occurs to the Times that there would be nothing embarrassing to capture on video if the biases of liberals and journalists – but I repeat myself – did not prompt them to act in embarrassing ways.

And, as we all know by now, the cause for all the embarrassing, leftist insanity is the derangement triggered by the election of Donald Trump as president.
... It is Trump's pushback against their bias that sends liberals in tech and in the media over the top.  They really can't comprehend why anyone would could honestly reject their point of view.

Identity politics comes home to roost in the Democrat party internal disputes

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I think identity politics is a mistake and it is interesting to see Democrats now using it against each other.  It becomes inherently racist to accuse your political opponent of racism because they are being critical of your policies.

Los Angeles loses federal grants because of its sanctuary cities policy

streiff:
Will wonders never cease.
One of the most dysfunctional elements in our notoriously dysfunctional immigration system is the ability of municipalities to declare themselves “sanctuary cities.” In essence, this means that cities refuse to cooperate with efforts by ICE to apprehend and deport illegal aliens, even criminals, because OrangeManBad. While I think that this is patently illegal and folks should be indicted for this–name another federal law enforcement issue where anyone puts up with this bullsh**, is there a sanctuary city for automatic weapons?–my bottom line opinion is that if the citizens of those cities want to live in a Third World sh** hole overrun by a criminal population, then they should be allowed to vote to make that happen. Where my line is drawn is when these goons demand that the federal government take my money to support their effort. That was the issue in a case called City of Los Angeles vs. William Barr that was decided yesterday in the Ninth Circui…

The inefficiency of Europe's control freak economies

Clarice Feldman:
Fascism, Communism, Nazism -- all gifts to the world from Europe. Now it's nonsensical worries about climate change resulting in deliberately built-in inefficiencies in everything from household appliances to transportation methods.

Compared to the U.S., Europe’s love of control-down economics leaves it in the dust:

“The US GDP is five times that of Germany, seven times that of France and UK, 10 times of that of Italy, and 14 times of that of Spain in 2018.” And when the UK leaves the EU as I predict it will, the gap will be much larger.

Still, the control freaks of the left are determined to copy the European model and hamstring us in ways that make us easier to control.

I’ve spent a great deal more time overseas than juniors on their semester abroad in Avignon have, and I can tell you that everything from working mothers to GDP are beset by control economies. It takes forever to do the laundry in Europe. The machines may save energy and water but it leaves housewive…

Most of the media ignored the Epstein story for years

Guardian:
Jeffrey Epstein: how US media – with one star exception – whitewashed the story

When Julie K Brown of the Miami Herald approached a former police chief of Palm Beach, Florida, in 2017, hoping to get him to open up about his investigation of the child sex crimes for which the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein had been fleetingly jailed a decade earlier, she was surprised by how unresponsive he was.

Michael Reiter told Brown he had been down this road many times and was sick of it. As Brown recalled in a WNYC interview last month, Reiter said he had talked to many reporters and told them precisely where to find damning evidence against Epstein. But nothing ever came of it.

“He was convinced that a lot of media had squashed the story and he was fed up,” she said.

Reiter warned Brown what would happen were she to continue digging: “Somebody’s going to call your publisher and the next thing you know you are going to be assigned to the obituaries department.”

Brown did not heed his…

Why were Texas voters ever enamored with Beto O'Rourke?

Washington Post:
They used to be Beto O’Rourke fans. But Texans’ allegiance to him has vanished as quickly as ‘Beto-mania.’

Many Democrats, despite powering the former congressman's Senate run, aren't feeling the magic as O'Rourke aims for the White House. I think the original mania was not based on his accomplishments or agenda.  His current agenda also appears to be misplaced.  Hispanics on the border are getting as fed up with illegal immigrants flooding their towns as is Trump.  The Democrat open borders agenda is not popular on the border.

Kamala Harris's attempt to avoid giving a straight answer

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Timothy Meads:
Sen. Kamala Harris is often heard on the campaign trail saying, "That's definitely a conversation I'd like to have," or some variation of it right before completely not answering whatever question she was asked. The 2020 Democratic candidate does it so much that the good folks over at the Washington Free Beacon were able to craft a supercut of her infamous catchphrase as early as April of this year. Perhaps, however, the reason Sen. Harris says she "would" like to have a conversation is that she literally does not know what she is speaking about, and therefore cannot actually properly discuss ideas. Maybe it is not a political tactic done simply to flounder out of a controversial debate, but a genuine plea for help.

This latest evidence for this occurred Friday on The View after Meghan McCain asked her to clarify her stance on whether or not illegal border crossing should remain a crime. The California senator flummoxed, stuttered, and flip-…

Democrat politicians do not seem to care about Americans to many in the midwest

David Marcus:
Last week I drove a 20-foot box from Brooklyn to Arkansas and back. Ostensibly, the purpose was to move a couple to Fayetteville for a fee. But this was a chance to take the temperature of that strange terrain we call Middle America.

Each day, after hours of driving, I’d tuck into a bar in some town and talk to the people. They had a lot to say.

First stop: Wheeling, W. Va. At a little sports bar called T.J.’s, I met Chuck, a Vietnam-era Navy vet who is concerned about American foreign policy but generally confident in President Trump. “If you’re a Democrat, he’s the worst thing since Stalin,” he told me. “If you’re a Republican, he’s Jesus.”

On Venezuela, Chuck wanted more aggressive policies; on the Middle East, less. But when I asked him about the Democrats running for president, he struck a note I’d hear over and over: He wasn’t sure how much they cared about average Americans.

Chuck was especially dumbfounded that all the wannabes at the second debate agreed illegal…

Black Democrats upset with AOC group

The Hill:
Congressional Black Caucus members are furious at Justice Democrats, accusing the outside progressive group aligned with firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of trying to oust lawmakers of color, specifically African American lawmakers.

Justice Democrats is backing primary challengers to eight-term Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a Hispanic Caucus member, and 10-term Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The insurgent group also made noise this year about challenging Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a CBC member seen as the heir apparent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

And CBC leaders are fretting that Justice Democrats may target other black lawmakers in the coming weeks and months, including Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.). Brown said the group has been making calls in his district, actively trying to recruit a challenger to run …