For today, April 17, these are the stories I am watching.
From the RIGHT:
Fox News reports: CRIMINAL REFERRALS TIED TO MUELLER PROBE COULD HAVE WIDE REACH: As many as two dozen individuals may be implicated in House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes’ criminal referrals to the Justice Department arising out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recently concluded Russia probe, sources have confirmed to Fox News …The sources confirmed that the referrals related in part to the anti-Trump dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, and his work for the Clinton camp and the Democratic National Committee-funded firm Fusion GPS.
Meanwhile, three top Republican Senate committee chairmen said Tuesday that the DOJ has 10 days to explain itself as to why FBI investigators looking into Hillary Clinton’s email use in 2016 sought access to “highly classified information” they said was “necessary” to complete their probe, but later withdrew the request and cleared Clinton of wrongdoing. Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of the Mueller report to the public on Thursday.
MY TAKE: I remain in place. This is part 2 of a 4 part process to be taken by the Left to derail Trump 2020.
NEXT: TRUMP MOVES TO DENY BAIL TO SOME ASYLUM SEEKERS – Amid a surge of Central American migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration on Tuesday reportedly moved to deny bail to some asylum seekers … According to the Wall Street Journal, if the ruling issued by Attorney General William Barr takes effect, it could mean that asylum seekers could spend more time in jail while their cases are decided. The ruling is due to be implemented in 90 days.
MY TAKE: In 90 days from now there will be 350,000 more illegal aliens to have come through the border. That tally is half the population of Vermont. Therefore, send them all to Bernie and see how he likes it. As for the Trump administration, until POTUS cuts off the jobs with an executive order for mandatory e-Verify, this invasion will not stop.
FROM THE LEFT:
AXIOS reports that Trump veto signals Trump nadir with Senate GOP.
In the second veto of his presidency, President Trump last evening vetoed a resolution passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Congress lacks the votes to override the veto, AP reports.
The resolution, which invoked the War Powers Act, “was a rebuke of Mr. Trump’s support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” per the N.Y. Times.
Axios claims that Trump’s relationship with the Senate is at an all-time low in his presidency. It frayed amid the shutdown (which never had an endgame), followed by the border emergency declaration, which divided the Republican conference.
That followed Trump’s order of a withdrawal from Syria, which delighted Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) but infuriated mainstream Republicans.
Axios concludes: Trump has a hold over the party and remains popular with Republican voters, so lawmakers will still side with him when it counts. But acts of defiance are becoming more frequent, and should worry the White House.
MY TAKE: Acts of defiance have been taking place since the day Trump took the Oval Office. And sure, Trump has a relationship with Saudi Arabia, but one must question is it’s as dangerous as the one Obama had with Iran. I don’t recall the left complaining about billions sent to Iran on pallets.
Joe Biden was recently spotted at his childhood home in Scranton, Pa., obviously taping a commercial for a campaign launch that’s expected after Easter.
ALSO: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) was taping for a presidential announcement that’s expected within a week, according to a source close to Moulton. Moulton’s key issues will be foreign policy, national security and defense. Moulton was also spotted taping recently in Vegas (photo below), where he held three meetings with veterans. Moulton, 40, ran on “bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington.”
MY TAKE: Biden is a real candidate to watch, this other dude is wasting his time.
FROM THE MIDDLE
The Wall Street Journal reports: Netflix subscriber count rises, but growth slows at home. The streaming giant is adding fewer customers in its home market, as it gears up to face increased competition from Disney, Apple and AT&T, which owns HBO. Investors are scrutinizing whether Netflix can maintain its rapid growth.
MY TAKE: The digital market will become so saturated there will be no choice but a massive consolidation, or the on demand world will become as “clicky” as the world wide web itself, meaning there will be no end — content choices will be massive and most everything will suck. “Hunny, there’s nothing on TV again.”