Today is April 18, here is what is hot.
FROM THE RIGHT:
FOX NEWS REPORTS: OUTRAGE BREWS OVER MUELLER REPORT BREWS BEFORE ITS RELEASE: Amid high anticipation, the Justice Department on Thursday is expected to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and Democrats have already cried foul … Attorney General William Barr is set to hold a 9:30 a.m. ET news conference, accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller investigation after the special counsel’s appointment in May 2017. Neither Mueller nor other members of his team will attend, according to special counsel spokesman Peter Carr.
Congressional Democrats have criticized the timing of the news conference, accusing Barr of trying to spin the report and conducting a media campaign on behalf of Trump before Congress and the public see it. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the panel was expected to receive a copy of the report between 11 a.m. and noon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted that Barr “has thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect @realDonaldTrump above all else. The American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin.”
MY TAKE: I’ll be in DC today, I better role up my armored windows.
ALSO: DEMS AVOIDING REP. OMAR? – It appears some Democrats may already perceive controversial freshman lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., as potentially toxic to their careers … At least two Democrats have reimbursed the campaign contributions made by Omar, who has been at the center of numerous controversies since she was sworn in last January. North Carolina’s 9th congressional district candidate Dan McCready refunded $2,000 to Omar in March after she donated to his campaign last November ahead of the 2018 midterms, WSOC reported Wednesday. A spokesman for McCready told the news station he’d refunded Omar’s contribution because “he believes there is no place for divisiveness in politics, and McCready did not feel it is appropriate to accept the donation.” A winner still has not been declared in the 9th congressional district race, which became ensnared in accusations of absentee ballot fraud after Election Day. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., also rejected Omar’s $2,000 donation that was made March 27.
MY TAKE: She needs to be deported from congress.
FROM THE LEFT:
AXIOS REPORTS that Gallup says the percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, AP’s David Crary reports. The biggest drops were recorded among Democrats and Hispanics.
Gallup said church membership was 70% in 1999 — and higher than that for most of the 20th century.
Since 1999, the figure has fallen steadily, while the percentage of U.S. adults with no religious affiliation has jumped from 8% to 19%.
Church membership among Democrats fell from 71% to 48% over 20 years, compared to a drop from 77% to 69% among Republicans.
MY TAKE: The Left is planning a new religion called the Church of Obama paid for by the MAGA people.
ALSO: Electric scooters have overtaken station-based bicycles as America’s most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars, per AP. Riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018, eclipsing the 36.5 million trips on shared, docked bicycles, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
MY TAKE: And we wonder why our nation is fatter than ever.
FROM THE MIDDLE:
THE WALL ST. JOURNAL reports:North Korea test-fires tactical weapon. Pyongyang launched a new type of tactical guided weapon at different targets, according to the country’s state media. It was the first time the regime has fired a missile since November 2017. The weapons test is “a low-level provocation tactic of raising the stakes and playing hard to get for short-term gains,” one Korea expert said.
PLUS: Nestlé and Unilever reported earnings overnight. Both consumer-goods giants saw first-quarter improvements. Unilever said its underlying sales grew 3.1%. Nestlé’s sales rose 3.4% on an organic basis following a pickup in North America resulting from price increases and pet care. The earnings parade continues today with Honeywell and American Express among the companies reporting earnings before the bell.
FINALLY: Dozens charged in opioid crackdown. Federal prosecutors charged scores of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals with scheming to distribute more than 32 million powerful and addictive pain pills, including one who traded opioid prescriptions for sex and another who prescribed drugs to Facebook friends.
MY TAKE: NK can’t be trusted, don’t trust stocks but invest in CBD oil, and kiss your kids more often.