Encore of Revival: America, July 15, 2019

Justice Roberts doesn’t believe that the citizenship question in the upcoming census is about voting rights. He’s right, it probably isn’t. A more believable reason might have been to confirm the accuracy of immigrant statistics from other Federal reports. A better census question would have been multiple choice: citizen, green card, other visa, and entry not requiring visa—nothing incriminating about that. Putting the question on a separate form from the rest of the census form would skew the data to protect privacy. But, SCOTUS wouldn’t allow the question as presented for the reason as defended.

We have two big issues with this ruling. First, if census questions are too invasive, people won’t answer them, then the data is less accurate. Second, remember: The Supreme Court always votes in favor of the Court, more than Right or Left politics, more than constitutionalism or idealism. And, as we should expect from hard-working law school grads, supreme justices love to penalize sloppy homework.

If we wanted to know Roberts’s politics, the defense should have provided a better defense. Trump shouldn’t have let his lawyers give lame reasons for relevant questions because the true reasons are good enough: The government wants to know the accuracy of other reports. Now, those other reports will be collected, collaborated, and cross-referenced instead, which might have been a better rout in the first place.

The Democrats enjoyed the younger generation of voters accusing anything and everything of being about racism, even when it wasn’t. It came in handy as a wild carded, one-shot-for-all silver bullet for rebutting opposition to Obama. It helped them get elected under the auspices of fighting a never-ending battle that had to continue. But, when one such young person got elected, it messed with the non-democratic rank-and-file culture of the so-called Democratic party. Now, Pelosi and AOC are in a cat fight. The problem is that people care. It’s not news, it’s just politics as usual. Maybe it’s a nice wake-up call to what is usual in Washington.

Just as usual is the scandalous underbelly of Washington, including Epstein. When he was caught up in scandals with Democrats, he didn’t matter. Now that they can’t keep their underage pimp afloat, the salvage operation in the Washington spin-control department wants to tie Epstein to Trump to at least get some return for their great loss. They’ll have to find someone to replace him now. And, they’d at least like to say the same for Trump, but they can’t.


‘They forgot the people who got them there’: Trump ramps up his criticism of Fox // Sydney Morning Herald

In losing legal battles over census, Trump may win political war // Yahoo News


Trump abandons fight to put citizenship question on census // CNBC

US census 2020: Trump retreats on citizenship question // BBC News

Trump orders agencies to hand over citizenship data to Commerce // CNN

Ted Cruz tells Trump administration to ‘follow the damn law’ on foreign arms sales // CNN

2020 census questionnaires go to printer without citizenship question – but government says it will continue to look for ‘path forward’ (UPDATED) // SCOTUSblog

Chief Justice Roberts’ Supreme Court Long Game Is Feared And Loathed // NPR

American Patriotism

Decision to nix Pledge of Allegiance spurs ‘USA!’ chant at Minnesota city council meeting // Fox News

Washington as Usual


Trey Gowdy: DOJ inspector general interviewed ‘seminal’ witness in FISA abuse investigation // WA Examiner

Confusion hangs over Mueller testimony, as Dems plan marathon hearings // Fox News

Jason Chaffetz: Battle looming over FBI surveillance abuse – Will IG report become classification cover-up? // Fox News

Inspector General Reaches ‘Breakthrough’ With Key Witness In FISA Abuse Probe // Daily Wire

News Media & Journalism

The Problem at Fox News Is Not Just Tucker Carlson — It’s the Murdoch Family That Owns and Controls the Network // static.theintercept.com

One day encapsulated everything that’s wrong with Fox News // Vox


AOC sued over blocking Twitter users, following appeals court ruling on Trump // Fox News


Protesters Remove U.S. Flag, Replace It With Mexican Flag Outside ICE Facility In Aurora // CBS Denver

Video: Texas Reporter Watches 300 Migrants Cross Border in Six Hours // Breitbart

Banning Firearm Sound Suppressors Will Have No Effect On Homicide Rates // Zero Hedge

House Dems use Obama-era photos to promote ‘kids in cages’ hearing // Fox News

Big Government and Big Tech Are Partnering to Track Us Everywhere // Red State

ICE is ready to deport 1M illegals says top immigration official // YouTube @ Fox Business

Econ & Tech

Facebook shares rise on report of $5B settlement with FTC // NY Post

FB: 205.29 0.42 (+0.205%) // CNBC

FTC votes to approve $5 billion settlement with Facebook in privacy probe // MSN News

France passes tax on tech giants despite US threats // BBC News

US ‘concern’ over French plan to tax tech giants // BBC News

Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’ // AP

Make America’s deficits great again // The Hill

US Customs just seized a ship owned by JPMorgan after authorities found $1 billion worth of drugs on it // Markets Insider


Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89 // dallasnews.com

The Isles

Trump says he will ‘no longer deal with’ UK’s ambassador to US // The Hill

Trump hits back at UK envoy who called White House ‘inept’ // Aljazeera

Mid East

Iran Threatens to Enrich Uranium to 20% Purity as Tensions Rise // Yahoo News

NATO Focus

Bad News: Russia Warns It Can and Will Detect Any F-35 in Its Airspace // National Interest