This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

DONALD TRUMP: MEDIA WHIPPING BOY

Last week I covered what was apparently the beginning of a media campaign to build up GOP contender Donald Trump as straw man candidate in order to disparage all the issues he brings to the fore. This week it is escalating. The typical media tactic for a conservative who they want to marginalize is to refuse to give them any publicity at all. With trump, it’s just the opposite. The establishment is having a field day criticizing and lampooning the straight talking real estate billionaire. Trump gets front page headlines that Ted Cruz and Rand Paul could only dream of—but it is all for ulterior motives. Trump’s straight-talking, tell-it-like-it-is style may please the Tea Party audience he targets, but his message, although generally true, is imprecise and unnecessarily provocative and filled with little errors which invite derisive attacks by the establishment media. Let’s look at the most important issues and where the truth really lies. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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Beijing ecstatic for winning 2022 Winter Olympics bid

posted by askousen - Friday, July 31 2015
...Li Jingsheng, a 76-year-old retiree, joined nearly ten thousand expecting people who swarmed before a big TV screen erected in the central square of the Beijing Olympic Park. When Bach was to make the annoucement, a forest of smart phones were held to record this unforgettable moment. [War postponed until after 2022?] — Xinhua

Hillary's inconceivably stupid capital-gains tax scheme

posted by askousen - Friday, July 31 2015
The worst sectors of the worst recovery since World War II are business investment in new plants and equipment and new business start-ups. These are the biggest job creators, and their slump is a key reason for the sub-par labor recovery, with low participation rates and high involuntary part-time workers. So if investment is the problem, what does Hillary Clinton go out and do? She proposes jacking up the tax on investment. It's almost inconceivably stupid. — CNBC

Brutal abortion reality key to debate: Column

posted by askousen - Friday, July 31 2015
...In the newest video, former procurement technician Holly O'Donnell relates something that we have heard from others who worked at abortion clinics: she fainted on her first day on the job when she saw the remains of the aborted babies. Abortion practitioners publicly admit an emotional stress on the clinic workers who have to deal with the body parts of aborted babies. In the book Second Trimester Abortion: Perspectives After a Decade of Experience, in a chapter titled "Psychological Impact on Patients and Staff," the authors acknowledge that when voluntary abortion became legal, some authorities "observed an unanticipated, strong emotional reaction by the staff." Today, abortionists often leave to the nurses and the assistants the grim task of disposing of body parts, with predictable results. "Nurses found physical contact with the fetus particularly difficult," they authors continued. "It reminded them of the 'preemies' just down the hall and made them uncomfortable as they thought about their own potential future pregnancies." — Frank Pavone (editorial)/USA Today

China, Russia to hold joint naval, air drills

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 30 2015
...A key purpose of the drills was to "further enhance their capabilities of jointly coping with maritime security threats", Yang said, adding they will include training in air defence, anti-submarine and surface warfare, and landings. China will send seven naval ships including a destroyer and a frigate, along with fighter jets and other aircraft, Yang said. Russia's contingent will include surface vessels, submarines and fixed wing aircraft, he said, adding that both sides will .. — India Times

New California: Mass Immigration Turning Virginia Blue

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 30 2015
...The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson—and once one of the most reliably-red of red states—is being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold. These changes are not the result of an inside agency, or a natural evolution in political thinking, but rather the result of one of the most impactful yet least-discussed policies of the federal government. Each year the federal government prints millions of visas and distributes these admission tickets to the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. [The real purpose of lax immigration standards and non-enforcement.] — Breitbart

Ex-Im Bank fight translates into K Street cash

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 30 2015
...Hensarling's committee has authority over the Export-Import Bank, the 81-year old credit agency that underwrites loans to foreign entities to buy U.S. exports, and the Texas Republican has been pushing to let the its charter expire, arguing it promotes "crony capitalism." But doing away with Ex-Im, Dempsey says, would hurt the thousands of NAM companies that rely on Ex-Im loans to sell their products overseas....[it's not "crony capitalism" it is corporate welfare:] The Club for Growth, the Koch-backed Freedom Partners and Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation, oppose the agency because they argue it is corporate welfare that distorts the marketplace, and point out that the biggest recipients of Ex-Im financing include Boeing, General Electric and Caterpillar. — Washington Post

As Ex-Im Bank languishes, Boeing considers moving part of its operations overseas

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 30 2015
[These are just threats to drive Congress toward approving the stand-alone bill for Ex-Im]...During the first quarter of the year, Boeing had 36 lobbyists on contract who spent at least part of their time lobbying on Ex-Im, including former top aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). — Washington Post

Human Trafficking: A Crime Hard to Track Proves Harder to Fight

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 30 2015
...Another challenge, say victims rights advocates, is a lack of sufficient screening procedures within federal agencies to identify immigrants who have been trafficked. This gap, they say, can leave victims who would be otherwise eligible for federal protections instead open to deportation. A 2014 study from the Urban Institute, for example, found instances where human trafficking victims were placed into deportation proceedings, threatened by immigration officials or arrested and then placed into a detention center for being unauthorized. Of the victims in the study's case data, 14 percent were jailed or put through the deportation process instead of being identified as someone who had been illegally trafficked. [Corruption among law enforcement?] — PBS

Rally calls for end to state funding for Planned Parenthood

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 30 2015
Calling for the end of public funding for Planned Parenthood at a rally Tuesday, former House Speaker Bill O'Brien said the organization is no different than the Nazis in 1940s Germany. "How much indeed have we paid for their journey to hell," said O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, "that kills 4,000 children each day." — NH Union Leader

House Republicans move to put down one-man insurgency

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 30 2015
On Tuesday evening, shortly after making the first proposal in 105 years to depose a sitting House Speaker, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he wanted to start a "family conversation" about Republican leadership. By Wednesday, it was clear that such a conversation would not be taking place on Meadows's terms. — Washington Post

Republican seeks to oust Boehner

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 29 2015
Conservative Rep. Mark Meadows on Tuesday introduced a resolution to oust John Boehner as Speaker, ushering in the most direct challenge yet to the Ohio Republican's hold on the gavel. GOP leadership aides quickly downplayed the move, noting that the North Carolina Republican's motion is headed to the Rules Committee, where Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), a Boehner ally, could simply ignore it. But the motion to "vacate the chair" represents a dramatic escalation of the feud between House conservatives and Boehner that flared up again this summer after moves by leadership to punish dissenters. [Unfortunately it won't happen] — The Hill

Ohio murder suspect in country illegally; ordered not to be detained in earlier traffic stop

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 29 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told Ohio sheriff's deputies weeks ago not to detain a man who is in the U.S. illegally and now suspected of killing a woman and wounding another during a crime spree, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Lake County sheriff's deputies questioned 35-year-old Juan Emmanuel Razo on July 7 after finding him alone in a car in Painesville, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. Unsure of Razo's status, the deputies contacted Border Protection officials and were told he is from Mexico and in the U.S. illegally but they didn't want him detained. Lake County Sheriff Dan Dunlap said at a news conference Tuesday that deputies released Razo because he hadn't committed a crime at that point. — Fox News

Lake County murder case brings Obama's immigration policy to the fore

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 29 2015
...Details of Monday's events are still emerging, but police say that Razo, 35, of Painesville, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, fatally shot a woman at her home, wounded another woman nearby by shooting her in the arm, and attempted to rape a 14-year-old girl. Police, who arrested Razo Monday and held him on a charge of attempted murder while they investigated the events, said that officers met him at least once before. It was on July 7, in response to a report of suspicious activity, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Frank Leonbruno said Razo was "in an area he had no permission to be on." He said deputies called the "border patrol," who said there was no reason to hold Razo. — Cleveland.com

Immigration 'surge' continues, 30,000 expected, U.N. demands 'empathy' over 'enforcement'

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 29 2015
This year's "surge" of illegal immigrant children and teens is continuing at last year's historic pace, with about 30,000 expected to reach the United States, according to humanitarian groups...."We've seen no change in the numbers," added Alaide Vilchis Ibarra of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the U.S. "They just aren't making it here," she said. Different this year: Many more are being stopped in Mexico as they flee Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, cutting the number making the dangerous trek through Mexico to the U.S. border in half. — Washington Examiner

Two weeks to go: Republicans scramble to make debate stage

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 29 2015
With the highly-anticipated showdown less than two weeks away, candidates with low polling numbers are in a high-stakes scramble to qualify for an event that represents their best shot at breaking out. Fox News is capping the Aug. 6 debate in Cleveland at 10 candidates based on five as-of-yet unspecified national polls released by 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. — The Hill

Israel's Choice: Conventional War Now, or Nuclear War Later

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 29 2015
...Since I too consider Mr. Obama's deal a calamity, I would be happy to add my voice to the critical chorus. Indeed, I agree wholeheartedly with the critics that, far from "cutting off any pathway Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon," as he claims, the deal actually offers Tehran not one but two paths to acquiring the bomb. Iran can either cheat or simply wait for the sunset clause to kick in, while proceeding more or less legally to prepare for that glorious day. [Also two paths for going to war with Iran.] — Norman Podhoretz/WSJ

L.A. Closes State Ammo Loophole, Bans Large-Capacity Magazines

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 29 2015
Before Tuesday, people in Los Angeles were barred by California law from manufacturing, selling, distributing or bringing into the state the kind of large-capacity gun magazines used in recent mass shootings. But they could possess them.... "Whereas the civilian defender rarely will exhaust the up-to-ten magazine [says who?], the mass murderer has every intention of firing every round possible and will exhaust the largest magazine available to him. On balance, more innocent lives will be saved by limiting the capacity of magazines than by allowing the previous regime of no limitation to continue." [Another law aimed at criminals who, by definition, don't care about laws.] Not anymore. The city council voted 12-0 to join San Francisco and Sunnyvale and close the loophole. — All Gov.com

U.S. marshals raid Sheriff Joe's office

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
A judge on Friday ordered the seizure of identification documents and computer hard drives from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office, and chastised his attorneys for failing to turn over the evidence, requested months ago in a racial-profiling case against the Arizona lawman. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ordered the seizure after a court-ordered monitor reported the sheriff's office failed to hand over more than 1,400 identification documents – driver's licenses, passports and identification cards - as part of a misconduct investigation involving the sheriff's office. Snow also ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to seize 50 hard drives from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office — WND

Planned Parenthood Investigation Reportedly Shows Doctors Discussing How to Maximize Revenue from Sa

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
...Concerning Planned Parenthood's repeated denials that they make any money from the exchange of body parts for cash, something that would be illegal under federal law, O'Donnell said, "For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated." The new video also shows undercover footage of Dr. Savita Ginde, vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, who operates abortion clinics in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada. — Breitbart

Tech: NSA to purge phone records cache; Planned Parenthood site under attack

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
The Obama administration announced that the National Security Agency will purge phone records collected under its expiring bulk surveillance program by the beginning of next year. "The decision comes as a victory for privacy advocates, who worried that the winding down of the mass surveillance program under a reform law enacted earlier this year could have allowed the NSA to continue to access phone records it already had collected," National Journal's Dustin Volz reported. "The phone dragnet was the first and most controversial program exposed by Edward Snowden two years ago ... It is unclear if there may be any exceptions to the data purging, or if any records could potentially be preserved in another government agency." [Who really knows if it will be deleted? There's no independent oversight.] — Washington Post

Obama Draws Criticism for Saying Ethiopia Is Democratic

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
Some African activists have greeted President Barack Obama's remarks that Ethiopia has a democratically elected government with scorn and concern.... Obama's comment illustrates how the U.S. is becoming "out of touch with African realities," such as the seemingly inevitable electoral victories of ruling parties whose power is entrenched, said Angelo Izama, a Ugandan analyst who runs a policy and security research center called Fanaka Kwawote. "It was kind of ironic that Obama was singing the praises of democracy in Ethiopia while ignoring its flaws there," Izama said. — ABC News

Pro-Second Amendment Pastor Shoots Church Intruder

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
...Pastor Benny Holmes was sleeping in his office when he woke up to the sound of someone attempting to break into the church. Holmes then armed himself and shot the burglary suspect in the right shoulder, according to ABC 13 Eyewitness News in Houston. The alleged intruder, identified as Lee Marvin Blue, was immediately taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and is now in stable condition. Police described Blue as having an extensive criminal history. — The Daily Caller

Senate's ObamaCare repeal effort falls short

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
...Several Republican senators blasted it as a “show vote” that was intended to appease conservatives angry about a planned vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had set up the vote last week as a tradeoff for some in his party who condemned the planned vote to revive the bank, part of the leadership's deal with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). [McConnell acts more against than for conservative ideals.] — The Hill

Senate's ObamaCare repeal effort falls short

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
...Several Republican senators blasted it as a “show vote” that was intended to appease conservatives angry about a planned vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had set up the vote last week as a tradeoff for some in his party who condemned the planned vote to revive the bank, part of the leadership's deal with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). [McConnell acts more against than for conservative ideals.] — The Hill

House GOP ignores Senate, plans to pass its highway bill Wednesday

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 28 2015
...Complicating the debate is an effort to revive the Export-Import Bank, the 80-year-old credit agency that gives out loans to companies to promote U.S. exports. The bank's charter expired last month, but the Senate is adding an amendment to the highway measure that renews the authority for the bank. McCarthy and the bulk of House Republicans, however, want the bank to stay dormant. Conservatives cite the Export-Import Bank as an example of corporate welfare, and maintain companies should be getting financing through the private sector, not through government-backed loans. [Yes, the Ex-Im Bank should be cut. Boehner added it to the bill but ignored defunding Planned Parenthood---as directed by the globalists he works for.] — CNN

Background check didn't stop gun purchase by movie theatre shooter, despite mental problems

posted by askousen - Monday, July 27 2015
...Court records reviewed by The Associated Press strongly suggest Houser should have been reported to the state and federal databases used to keep people with serious mental illnesses from buying firearms, legal experts said. "It sure does seem like something failed," said Judge Susan Tate, who presides over a probate court in Georgia and has studied issues relating to weapons and the mentally ill. "I have no idea how he was able to get a firearm." Houser never should have been able to buy a gun, said Sheriff Heath Taylor in Russell County, Alabama, whose office denied him a concealed weapons permit in 2006 based on arson and domestic violence allegations, even though the victims declined to pursue charges. — Calgary Herald

Senators defeat Obamacare repeal before highway funding debate

posted by askousen - Monday, July 27 2015
Senators, meeting in a rare Sunday session, defeated another Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and approved reviving the Export-Import Bank as it scrambled to renew the federal Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of money Friday — USA Today

McConnell Angers Conservatives By Blocking Defunding Planned Parenthood, Kate's Law

posted by askousen - Monday, July 27 2015
...McConnell used a tactic called "filling the tree," made popular by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid when he was majority leader to block Republicans from being able to offer amendments to Democratic bills. "Filling the Tree" is when the allotted time for amendments is loaded by the leader, generally with small, insignificant measures favored by the majority leader, who controls the process, crowding out everyone else. "Filling the tree" was roundly decried by Republicans when Democrats controlled the Senate because it blocked their ability to offer any amendments, popular on a bipartisan basis or not, to any legislation the Senate was considering. McConnell ran and was reelected to his Senate seat on returning the Senate to "regular order" after years of tight control and power consolidation under the Democrats. Now he is using the same tactic against his own party. — The Daily Caller

Hatch, other Republicans hit back at Cruz for accusing McConnell of lying

posted by askousen - Monday, July 27 2015
...Although he studiously avoided using the word "lie," Cruz reiterated his accusation that behind closed doors McConnell had assured Republicans that there was no deal with Democratic supporters of the Ex-Im Bank. In making that assurance, Cruz said Sunday, McConnell said that any senator would have a chance to offer amendments to the highway bill. On Friday, McConnell closed off the amendment process on the highway bill, but for a symbolic vote on Obama's health-care law and one that extends the loan agency's authorization. In Cruz's telling, those actions paved the way for Sunday's 67-to-31 vote that extended Ex-Im's charter and, therefore, proved that McConnell had made such a deal with Democrats. — Washington Post

NSA has paid Utah $1 million to police entrance on Redwood Road

posted by askousen - Monday, July 27 2015
...The Utah Data Center is a massive storage facility for digital information collected by the NSA. The agency had said it would be operational in fall 2013, but has refused to provide any updates on its status....Lorina Potter, a representative of Restore the Fourth, said she has never noticed any state troopers at the data center. Restore the Fourth - whose name is a reference to the Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches - picked up trash on Redwood Road on Independence Day and did not encounter any troopers. Potter questioned why the NSA needs to spend the money on the troopers. — Salt Lake Tribune