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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Highlights of the News

Today is the third anniversary of the greatest tweet in history.

ITEM 1: The Washington Examiner reported, "President Trump has ratcheted up his claim that the Obama White House spied on his 2016 campaign, charging in a new book that it was a 'treasonous' act by the former Democratic president.

"'What they did was treasonous, OK? It was treasonous,' he told author Doug Wead for his upcoming book, Inside Trump's White House: The Real Story of His Presidency.

"'The interesting thing out of all of this is that we caught them spying on the election. They were spying on my campaign. So you know? What is that all about?' said Trump.

"'I have never ever said this, but truth is, they got caught spying. They were spying,' said Trump who then added, 'Obama.'"

Trump exaggerates but he never lies.

And he never goes to battle without winning it first.

ITEM 2: Fox News reported, "Clinton family associate Sidney Blumenthal has made legal threats to the publisher of a forthcoming book featuring allegations against Democrats in connection with the Russia investigation in an attempt to stop publication, Fox News has learned.

"A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that Blumenthal claimed the book – The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History by Lee Smith – was defamatory."

The story also said, "The book, which is scheduled for release Oct. 29, includes allegations about the origin of the Russia probe and the involvement of Democratic operatives with the unverified anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The source said that the publisher’s legal team found Blumenthal’s legal claim meritless, and they intend to release the book as planned."

The cries of the swamp critters fill the night.

ITEM 3: Business Insider reported, "The Trump Organization is exploring selling the rights to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Eric Trump, the president's son and an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, told The Wall Street Journal in a Friday report.

"'Since we opened our doors, we have received tremendous interest in this hotel and as real-estate developers, we are always willing to explore our options,' the younger Trump told The Journal in a statement.

"The company leased the historic Old Post Office building in DC, which houses the hotel, for 60 years beginning in 2013. The Trump Organization is reportedly looking to sell the rights for about $500 million — an extraordinarily large sum by hotel industry standards. The Journal reported that if the rights are sold for that amount it would make the deal one of the most lucrative in the industry's history."

Why not?

ITEM 4: The Kansas City Star reported, "If Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, then he should quit his rather important day job and do that.

"Or if, as he told the Star and the Wichita Eagle in a testy, credulity-straining interview on Thursday, he isn’t even thinking about it, then he should by all means focus on U.S. diplomacy — remember diplomacy? — and stop hanging out here every chance he gets.

"If it’s the first, Mr. Secretary, then you are also going to have to drop the put-upon posture and answer the many valid questions that a Senate run would require with less attitude and more truthfulness."

I wrote editorials for 26 years. This is a terrible editorial for 2 reasons. 1. Pompeo is doing his job. 8 days ago, he flew to Turkey with Vice President Pence and worked out a permanent cease-fire along the Turk-Syrian border.

2. The editorial changes voices. It begins as an editorial to readers, then it switches to a letter to Pompeo.

Poor premise, poor execution. Sadly, that is all too common in newspapers in the 21st century.

ITEM 5: CNBC reported, "Stocks rose on Friday as investors cheered strong quarterly earnings from Intel along with apparent progress on the U.S.-China trade front.

"The S and P 500 climbed 0.4% to 3,022.53 and briefly traded above its record closing high. The broad index also came within inches of its intraday all-time high. The tech sector closed at a record high, rising more than 1% on Friday."

No one wins a trade war.

Except Donald Trump.

ITEM 6: Breitbart News reported, "Hillary Clinton delivered a veiled shot at the Trumps during Rep. Elijah Cummings’ eulogy Friday, likening the lawmaker to the Old Testament prophet who 'stood against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel,' spurring both praise and disgust from users on social media."

A former first lady takes a shot at a younger, more attractive, and far smarter successor.

I expected this. Wellstone, McCain, now Cummings. Democrats cannot give a man a decent burial without attacking Republicans.


ITEM 7The Hill reported, "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Friday that all but three GOP senators had signed onto his resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry.

"GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have not yet signed onto the resolution, according to an updated list of co-sponsors shared by Graham the day after he introduced the measure."

Maybe it is time to kick all Democrats out of the caucus.

ITEM 8: The Associated Press reported, "A group of 30 fans at the Houston Rockets' season opener against Milwaukee held signs and wore shirts in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday night.

"Houston general manager Daryl Morey angered China with a since-deleted tweet in support of the protesters earlier this month.

"Wednesday's opening-night games were not televised in China in the wake of Morey's tweet that caused tension between the NBA and Chinese officials.

"Many in the group wore black T-shirts with white letters that read: 'Fight for Freedom.'

"The majority of the group was from Houston's Vietnamese community, but it also included people from Hong Kong."

The NBA stepped on the rake. Hard. Protesting Hong Kong is the new wave.

However, with $4 billion from Red China, the NBA cries all the way to Liberace's bank.

ITEM 9: Sputnik News reported, "A skewed gender balance among animals which have been stuffed and placed in museums can lead a distorted picture about the species, Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden's largest dailies has warned, its journalistic focus sparking netizens' wide disbelief.

"According to a study cited by Dagens Nyheter, there is a disturbing 'male' majority among museum taxidermy. This is especially true of birds, where the share of females is 'merely' 40 percent."

The story also said, "The unequal gender distribution is likely based on hunters' preferences rather than the curators' selection. Hunters tend to hunt males for several reasons: males are often regarded as more 'impressive' due to their larger size and more colourful appearance, complete with prized trophies such as antlers. The imbalance may also be due to hunters avoiding females with young offspring due to legislation or ethical considerations."

Modern feminism requires us to kill more females.

ITEM 10: Daniel Greenfield wrote, "Verizon is looking to dump the Huffington Post. It’s the latest bad news for the industry in a year that has already seen over 7,200 job cuts across the media spectrum from digital to old-fashioned print.

"Why should the rest of the country care about what’s happening to the media industry?"

Without the media, how will we get the Democrat talking points?

Reminds me of the old joke: what do you call 7,200 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

A start.

ITEM 11: Fox News reported, "Construction on a new border wall in Texas where none previously existed has begun along the Rio Grande river, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed to Fox News on Friday.

"While 75 miles of wall has already been built under the Trump administration, until now all of those structures replaced existing ones such as vehicle barriers or dilapidated fences, which were ineffective before being replaced, according to the agency.

"The brand-new wall is under construction southeast of McAllen in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley sector, which sees the most illegal crossings of any border sector, with more than 325,000 people apprehended there through August this year, according to CBP."

Walls work. Can't have a home without a wall.

ITEM 12:
He knew this all along.

ITEM 13:
Hmm. No excitement without an indictment.

ITEM 14:
They're gonna party like it's 19-33.

ITEM 15: The Associated Press reported, "Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is pulling out of a South Carolina criminal justice forum over organizers’ handling of President Donald Trump’s appearance."

The story also said, "Harris’ campaign said she would skip the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center event Saturday in objection to the group’s decision to give Trump its Bipartisan Justice Award, which she received award in 2016."

And the story said, "Trump received the award Friday for his work on criminal justice reform with the First Step Act, which has allowed thousands of nonviolent offenders to gain early release from federal prison."

As attorney general of California, Harris put thousands of black men in prison for petty crimes.

As president, Donald Trump is releasing thousands of black men from prison for petty crimes.

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