Today is July 8 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1- Omar under fire for questionable practices
When U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar got remarried in March following her divorce, the Minnesota Democrat tied the knot with a man who was a member of her political consulting team. Now, campaign data show Omar has paid Tim Mynett’s consulting firm a total of more than $878,000 since 2018 – including $189,000 just weeks after the couple announced they were husband and wife, the New York Post reported.
In the first quarter of this year, Mynett’s E Street Group has received more than $292,000 from Omar’s campaign for digital advertising, fundraising consulting and research services, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported in April, citing data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Payments for 2019 totaled more than $500,000, the Star Tribune reported. Omar’s campaign is her husband’s firm’s biggest client by far, Open Secrets data suggest – with E Street Group receiving about one-third of all the Democrat’s campaign cash, the Washington Examiner reported.
DML: I have said it time and again, this woman is the devil. There is ZERO question in my mind she is an operative for the Muslim Brotherhood.
2- Home buying skyrockets
From CNBC: After a brief pullback at the end of June, homebuyers rushed back into the mortgage market last week, taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose 5% for the week and were a remarkable 33% higher than a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s index, which was seasonally adjusted, including for the Fourth of July holiday.
Buyer demand has been incredibly strong since mid-May, after the coronavirus shut down most housing activity in April. The only thing standing in the way of more sales is the record low supply of homes for sale.
Home prices gains continue to accelerate, so low mortgage rates are giving buyers much-needed help. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of up to $510,400 dropped to 3.26% from 3.29%. Points, including the origination fee, for loans with a 20% down payment decreased to 0.35 from 0.36.
DML: This is super good news for Trump as he heads into the election. Although one thing to recognize is the rates are not the only factor. People have been fleeing from cities after the riots.
3- Trump to meet with Mexico’s president
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meets with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, for the first time on Wednesday, in a potentially awkward encounter that has drawn flak from some U.S. Democrats unhappy it is coming so close to the presidential election.
The leftist leader has brushed off criticism at home to push ahead with plans to meet Trump, a Republican widely disliked in Mexico because of his incendiary remarks about its people.
The meeting is ostensibly meant to celebrate a new North American trade deal, but friction over illegal immigration and energy investment in Mexico could surface as the two men get together on Wednesday afternoon.
Wall is moving fast in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California. Great numbers at the Southern Border. Dems want people to just flow in. They want very dangerous open Borders! https://t.co/gGuYzpTa9t
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2020
DML: Mexico is a terrible neighbor. Put in an executive order for mandatory e-verify, and put tariffs on Mexico if they don’t stop people from coming in. I have to push back on Trump’s rhetoric, the numbers at the border suck.
4- Justice Roberts hit his head, was hospitalized
FOX NEWS reports that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts spent a night in a hospital last month after injuring his forehead in a fall near his home. After the injury, Roberts’s head was covered in blood, a source told The Washington Post, which first broke the story.
Roberts fell while taking a walk at a Maryland country club, the report said. The chief justice, 65, has a history of seizures, having suffered such health events in 1993 and 2007, but doctors determined that last month’s fall did not result from a seizure, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg told the Post.
DML: I wish I could say hitting his head is why he has sided with liberals time and again, but that would be too easy of an excuse for his inexcusable actions from the bench.
The biggest cases of the Supreme Court term so far have a surprising common thread. Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative nominated by President George W. Bush, has joined his liberal colleagues in all three.https://t.co/ACjzai7EHI
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 29, 2020
5- NY Times and CNN try to scare the nation over Covid-19 cases
On Wednesday, The New York Times writes: “As the total number of coronavirus cases in the United States topped three million on Tuesday, threatening to overwhelm health care systems in some regions, President Trump and other senior administration officials kicked off a concerted campaign to assure the public that schools across the country would physically reopen in the fall.
The push to return to classrooms, rather than limiting instruction to online sessions, is vital to the administration’s efforts to reinstate a sense of normalcy even as the virus has surged during the country’s halting attempts to emerge from lockdowns. Mr. Trump has been pressing more businesses to reopen, but it will be difficult for many parents to work if schools do not reopen and the families have no other access to child care.
The campaign involved a daylong series of conference calls and public events at the White House, during which governors, mayors and other local officials — who actually control the schools — were pressed to find ways to safely resume classes in person.
Meanwhile, over at CNN, they interviewed a teacher who said opening schools in Florida could end up being deadly! In the article they state that teachers are now searching for how to get a living will!
DML: The media wants Trump out of office, and if schools don’t open parents will freak out — many losing their jobs. Don’t buy the hype! There is no evidence that kids returning to school will be “deadly”, unless of course there is a school shooter. Imagine if CNN was as focused reporting on the lack of school safety as they are about COVID-19.
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