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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Reuters reported, "U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan and restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq, a move critics have said would undermine military justice and send a message that battlefield atrocities will be tolerated.

"The White House said in a statement Trump granted full pardons to First Lieutenant Clint Lorance and Major Mathew Golsteyn, and ordered that the rank Edward Gallagher held before he was convicted in a military trial this year be restored."

Funny how the same liberals who rail against the execution of cop killers are appalled that President Trump would pardon men who killed terrorists.

ITEM 2: Newsmax reported, "New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.

"The sweeping changes face stiff pushback from the health care industry and could be challenged in court. Even in an ideal world where information flows freely, patients and their families would have to deal with a learning curve to become comfortable with the intricacies of health care billing."

The story also said, "A final rule would apply to hospitals and a proposed regulation would apply to insurance plans. Disclosure requirements for hospitals would not take effect until 2021; for insurers, the timing is unclear. The requirements do not directly affect doctors."

This information will lead to price wars that will bring health care costs down, which would mean cutting the administrative staff. Oh no! I can hear the hospital administrators throughout the land calling for Democrats to save them.

Washingtonians think they are the best in the world and therefore entitled to their jobs.

Donald John Trump accomplished more than any of them by saving Manhattan. Then he turned 40. Him, I trust.

Fire them all.

No one will protest this blow to undercover reporting. Journalists in America only fight for freedom when it advances the Marxist cause.

ITEM 5: NBC reported, "Republican operative Roger Stone was found guilty Friday of all seven counts against him, including witness tampering and making false statements.

Prosecutors portrayed Stone, 67, as a serial liar who tried to bully witnesses into not cooperating with authorities. They charged Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, with making false statements, obstruction and witness tampering in a case that was an offshoot of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation."

Stone is in prison and Hillary is not?

Pardon him.

ITEM 6: CNBC reported, "The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied to record levels on Friday, reaching 28,000 for the first time ever, after White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said China and the U.S. were getting close to reaching a trade deal.

"The 30-stock average closed 222.93 points higher, or 0.7% at 28,004.89. It took the Dow just over four months to go from 27,000 for the first time to 28,000.

"Apple is the best-performing stock in the Dow since July 11, when the index first reached 27,000. In that time, Apple shares are up more than 30%. Intel, J.P. Morgan, United Technologies and Home Depot are some of the stocks that have also rallied more than 10% since July 11.

"The S and P 500 and Nasdaq Composite made new all-time highs as well, climbing 0.8% to 3,120.46 and 0.7% to 8,540.83, respectively."

President Trump's trade war with Red China really killed the stock market, didn't it?

ITEM 7: Media-ite reported, "The dramatic moment during Friday’s House Impeachment hearing in which Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) read out President Donald Trump’s tweet blasting former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in real time — with Yovanovitch saying she finds the tweet very intimidating — may have amounted to an on-the-spot article of impeachment, according to one Fox News anchor.

"Weighing in immediately after the hearing went to recess, Fox anchor Bret Baier said that the president gave Schiff ammunition in real time on Friday morning with the attack.

"'That enabled Schiff to then characterize that tweet as intimidating the witness, or tampering with the witness, which is a crime, adding essentially an article of impeachment in real-time as this hearing is going on,' Baier said."

Fox News killed itself.

Unlike Jeff Epstein.

Anyone who is intimidated by a tweet should not be allowed to leave their house without an adult to accompany her.

ITEM 8: Al Perrotta boiled the Vitch's testimony to this:
Rep. Jim Jordan: Who decides American foreign policy?
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: We do.
Jordan: I mean, under the U.S. Constitution, who decides American foreign policy?
Yovanovitch: The president.
Jordan: Who gets to decide who carries out the president’s foreign policy?
Yovanovitch: We do.
Jordan: I mean, under the U.S. Constitution, who decides who gets to carry out the president’s foreign policy?
Yovanovitch: The president.
Jordan: Then why the heck are we here? 
It was satire.

Or was it?

ITEM 9: The Daily Caller reported, "The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified Friday about President Donald Trump firing her amid an alleged smear campaign, but firing ambassadors appointed by former presidents is commonplace.

"Former President Barack Obama fired all ambassadors appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2008, The Washington Post previously reported. Yovanovitch testified Friday that the Trump administration, including the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, kneecapped her. She said State Department leaders did not support her after being recalled in May."

The State Department leader is Mike Pompeo, not a bunch of pencil pushers.

UPDATE: Just to be clear, Obama removed the donor ambassadors, not the careerists in the foreign service like Yovanovitch. From her testimony, why would he?

ITEM 10: Buzz Feed News reported, "The phrase 'I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch' trended on Twitter on Friday morning as Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine, testified in front of the impeachment inquiry held by the House Intelligence Committee. And while it may have seemed like a spontaneous outcry from the president's supporters, the phrase has spread at a rate consistent with the coordinated inauthentic behavior expected from a network of bots or sock puppet accounts.

"To be sure, many human users are sharing the phrase, including Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted a version of the phrase an hour after the first tweet surfaced: 'America hired Donald Trump to fire people like the first three witnesses we’ve seen. Career government bureaucrats and nothing more.'

"The way the phrase has spread does not appear to be completely authentic. At least 7,320 tweets (including retweets) were posted that included the words posted in the first 45 minutes, according to an analysis conducted by BuzzFeed News. Within that time period, 83 accounts tweeted or retweeted the phrase over 10 times each."

It is not Twitter's job to police Twitter. Just sell the ads and count the money.

ITEM 11: The Hill reported, "Andrew Weissmann, a former member of Robert Mueller's Special Counsel that investigated Russia interference in the 2016 election, has signed with NBC and MSNBC as a legal analyst, The Hill confirmed with the networks on Friday.

"Weissmann, who was dubbed a pitbull in a New York Times 2015 profile for his time in the Justice Department regarding tough tactics in prosecuting cases, made his debut on Wednesday when publicly televised impeachment proceedings kicked off.

"'The key thing that the Democrats have to think about is, where are you going to be at the end? What is it that you’re going to be asking people to really care about? And you need to find out — and make the case for — why should there be impeachment where people vote to convict as opposed to acquit now, and not sort of let it go to the election?' Weissmann said on MSNBC.

"The 61-year-old also advised that the Democrat Party 'needed to focus on that this was about election interference in our election' while urging connecting President Trump's impeachment process back to Watergate proceedings that ultimately led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974."

Election interference in our election?

It was a phone call to congratulate a new president of a NATO ally.

Weissmann is a pitbull in that he has the intelligence of one.

ITEM 12: The Wall Street Journal reported, "Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled sweeping tax proposals that would push federal tax rates on some billionaires and multimillionaires above 100%."

The income tax plus a 2% tax on all assets, minus a $50 million deductible.

The Journal said,"Consider a billionaire with a $1,000 investment who earns a 6% return, or $60, received as a capital gain, dividend or interest. If all of Ms. Warren’s taxes are implemented, he could owe 58.2% of that, or $35 in federal tax. Plus, his entire investment would incur a 6% wealth tax, i.e., at least $60. The result: taxes as high as $95 on income of $60 for a combined tax rate of 158%.

"The rate would vary according to the investor’s circumstances, any state taxes, the profitability of his investments and as-yet-unspecified policy details, but tax rates of over 100% on investment income would be typical, especially for billionaires."

This is the world Jeff Bezos, Carlos Slim, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Bill Gates, and the rest of the SJW billionaires have lobbied for. It is a VST -- virtue signaling tax.

Sadly businesses will suffer, too, and unemployment will at least double.

ITEM 13: The New York Post reported, "At this library, it’s the patrons that get browsed. The sleek new library at Cornell University has a design flaw that allows people to see up the skirts of anyone browsing for books, students and reports say.

"The state-of-the-art building — which took more than $21 million to build over five years — features elevated platforms with see-through grated floors that put visitors on full view as people pass below, the students say.

"'I wore a dress and felt bad about it, discriminated against, like the space wasn’t meant for me,' student Nicole Nomura, 28, told The Post."

Dress discrimination.

Corporal Klinger feels her pain.

The architect is an idiot. The committee that approved this is a flock of idiots.

ITEM 14: The Daily Mail reported, "Donald Trump is returning to Britain in less than three weeks' time for his third visit to the UK in just over a year, the White House revealed today.

"The US President and his First Lady Melania -- as well as their huge security entourage -- will land on December 2 and stay until December 4 for a NATO meeting near London.

"He will be received by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, having lavished praised on the monarch after previous meetings, calling her an 'incredible, sharp and beautiful' woman."

The leaders from 29 countries will be there for the 70th anniversary of NATO. He is the only one named in the story. Let's stop pretending our NATO allies are our equals.

ITEM 15: The Daily Caller reported, "Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti was a Jeopardy! question Thursday — and none of the three contestants could come up with the answer.

"The $800 clue, in a category labeled 'Lawyers, Law, and Legality,' read, 'This lawyer’s star rose while repping Stormy Daniels but fell after he was accused of trying to extort millions from Nike in 2019.'

"None of the three contestants were able to come up with Avenatti’s name, prompting host Alex Trebek to say, 'His name, quickly forgotten obviously, Michael Avenatti.'"

To be fair, he appeared on CNN 126 times and only twice on Fox News, so no one saw him.

I wonder if they would have accepted "Who is the Creepy Porn Lawyer?"

ITEM 16: The Christian Post reported, "An appeals court has reversed a decision against a Christian school that was banned from praying before a high school football game overseen by a public athletic association.

"Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Florida, was ordered not to pray over a loudspeaker system at the start of its game against University Christian School of Jacksonville in 2015.

"The Christian school subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Florida High School Athletic Association."

The First Amendment lives.

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