BREAKING OVERNIGHT… ASSASSIN GUNS DOWN JAPAN’S SHINZO ABE… Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Shot Dead During Speech
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reportedly shot Friday during a campaign speech for a Japanese liberal Democratic Party candidate in the city of Nara. He later died from the injuries, according to multiple reports.
Shinzo, 67, collapsed at around 11:30 a.m. and was immediately transported to the hospital, where he went into cardiopulmonary arrest, NHK World-Japan reported. The hospital announced his death at around 5:00 a.m. (eastern time), according to NBC News.
He died from excessive bleeding at the Nara Medical University after a team of 20 medical professionals were unable to save his life, police said a news conference Friday, according to CNN. The bullet was borrowed deep enough to reach to his heart.
Dr. Hidetada Fukushima, an professor of emergency medicine, said Abe suffered from two gunshot wounds and showed no vital signs upon arrival, NBC News reported. The former prime minister was pronounced dead at 4:03 a.m. (eastern time).
This is the clunky homemade weapon used to assassinate former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe Friday in a country that has some of the strictest gun laws in the world.
Pictures from the shocking attack appear to show the killer — identified as 41-year-old military veteran Tetsuya Yamagami — tossing the crude, black tape-covered firearm moments after gunning down the ex-prime minister.
It remained near the assassin’s feet as security tackled him to the ground — while others started doomed attempts to save Abe, 67, who bled to death from two deep gunshot wounds, including one in the neck.
The images show what appears to be a rudimentary double-barrelled shotgun, with two tubes taped together atop a wooden body and a black handle.
BIDEN ADMIN CLINGS DESPERATELY TO DEBUNKED SLANDER OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS… ANOTHER DAILY CALLER EXCLUSIVE: Here Are The Biden Admin‘s Proposed Charges Against Border Agents Accused Of ‘Whipping’ Migrants
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has proposed two charges against the Border Patrol agents involved in the alleged “whipping” of migrants in Del Rio, Texas, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The first charge is for “poor judgment” for instructing noncitizens “to go back to Mexico, or words to that effect,” while the second is for “unsafe conduct” for maneuvering the agent’s horse “in a way that caused a noncitizen to fall backward into the Rio Grande River … thereby compromising the safety of the noncitizen, yourself, and your horse.”
These proposals are not yet final, and CBP is expected to announce the results of its investigation into the agents as soon as Friday, according to people familiar with the matter not authorized to speak publicly. It’s unclear how many agents will be charged.
“You knew or should have known that using your horse to block a noncitizen from exiting the water at the boat ramp created an unsafe situation, particularly for the noncitizen, but also for you and your horse,” the charges read.
SEP 21, 2021… SUPERCUT OF MEDIA OUTLETS CLAIMING BORDER PATROL AGENTS USED ‘WHIPS’ TO BEAT ILLEGALS… NEWS ANCHORS AND TV GUESTS SAY IMAGES EVOKE ‘SLAVERY’ … FOX: Mainstream media slammed for claim about Border Patrol agents’ ‘whips’ (VIDEO, SUPERCUT STARTS AT 0:28)
SEP 22, 2021… KAMALA INSTANTLY CONDEMNED BORDER AGENTS… ‘WHAT I SAW DEPICTED… IS HORRIBLE’ … ‘HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD NEVER BE TREATED THAT WAY’ … BLOOMBERG: Harris ‘Troubled’ by Treatment of Haitian Migrants at Southern Border(VIDEO)
SEP 23, 2021… JEN PSAKI SAYS BIDEN ADMIN TOLD ‘CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS… THAT WE WOULD NO LONGER BE USING HORSES IN DEL RIO’ … GUARDIAN: Border patrol will no longer use horses in Del Rio, says Psaki (VIDEO)
SEP 26, 2021… MAYORKAS SAID AMERICANS WERE ‘CORRECTLY … HORRIFIED BY WHAT THE IMAGES SUGGESTED’ … ‘THEY CONJURED UP SUCH A DARK PAST’ … WAPO: Mayorkas: Images of border patrol on horseback ‘conjured up such a dark past’(VIDEO)
MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS… NYT: Texas Governor Orders State Police to Return Migrants to Border
HOUSTON — Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered the Texas National Guard and the state police to begin apprehending migrants who illegally cross the border from Mexico and taking them back to ports of entry, a move that could put the state into direct conflict with the federal government over immigration.
Mr. Abbott, in a statement, said the goal was to return “illegal immigrants to the border to stop this criminal enterprise endangering our communities.”
The order, which significantly expanded the potential activity of Guard troops and state police personnel along the border, came amid mounting pressure on Mr. Abbott from conservatives and Republicans to take even more drastic action to address the record number of arrivals from Mexico. Federal agents recorded 240,000 crossings in May, the majority of those in Texas, though recently the daily numbers have gone down slightly, an official said, citing internal data.
This week, Texas officials from counties at or near the border have called on the governor to act, and the lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, has urged Mr. Abbott to have state law enforcement personnel “put hands on people and send them back,” likening the numbers of migrants arriving in Mexico to the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II.
‘THIS IS STILL CATCH AND RELEASE’ … CENTER FOR RENEWING AMERICA: BREAKING: Statement just released by @russvought and @KenCuccinelli on @GovAbbott’s new border Executive Order. No significant changes to current policy. This is still catch and release. (STATEMENT)
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy pressed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on an overwhelming majority of Americans believing the country is heading down the “wrong track.”
“Why do you think it is that 88% of people in this country polled by Monmouth believe the country is on the wrong track?” Doocy asked at a Thursday press briefing.
“I’ll say this, the president understands what the American people are going through,” Jean-Pierre responded. “He understands that gas prices are high because of Putin’s tax hike, because of the brutal war that Putin has taken on in Ukraine and their brave fight to fight for their democracy. That’s what we’re seeing here. And also the food security, the food cost has skyrocketed.” […]
“I don’t think it’s that our plan is unpopular with the American people,” she replied. “We know that the American people are feeling the high costs. We understand what they are feeling because when you look at inflation, when you look at where we are economically and we are stronger economically than we have been in history, when you look at the unemployment numbers at 3.6%, when you look at the jobs numbers, more than 8.7 million new jobs created. That is important.”
White House economic adviser Heather Boushey was grilled Thursday about President Joe Biden’s plans to bring down prices at the pump while on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”
Boushey was discussing rising gas prices when co-host Jonathan Ferro asked about the White House’s messaging on gas companies.
“The president over the weekend said this: ‘my message to the company is running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple, this is a time of war and global peril, bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you are paying for the product and do it now,’” Ferro said.
“Jeff Bezos came out and tweeted the following, I’m sure you’ve read it, ‘inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this. It’s either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics.’ I’m not going to accuse you of the latter, I want to talk about the former. Where is that messaging coming from?” Ferro asked.
“The president has made clear that his number one goal is delivering for the American people,” Boushey said. “We are in a time of crisis, we are in a time of war where the president and our allies, we are supporting the Ukrainian people. Congress has engaged in this effort, both sides of the aisle, to say this is an important priority. One of the consequences is this high price of oil because of global trends.”
“You didn’t answer his important question. Everyone in the nation wants to know the answer to the question he asked you. Who is advising the president on shockingly naive price theory over a gallon of gas?” co-host Tom Keene pushed.
“The president is not shockingly naive. We are in this moment of global crisis in terms of energy. He is using the tools at his disposal to make sure that the prices people pay at the pump are fair. In oil prices, the prices can rise very quickly. It can take a long time for prices to recalibrate and come back down. He’s saying do that faster, you have the capacity to do so, you are making profit. He’s using the tools at his disposal given this very challenging situation.”
BIDEN SELLS NEARLY A MILLION BARRELS OF OUR EMERGENCY OIL RESERVES TO CHINESE COMPANY LINKED TO HUNTER BIDEN… FREE BEACON: Biden Sold a Million Barrels From US Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China-Owned Gas Giant
The Biden administration sold roughly one million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to a Chinese state-controlled gas giant that continues to purchase Russian oil, a move the Energy Department said would “support American consumers” and combat “Putin’s price hike.”
Biden’s Energy Department in April announced the sale of 950,000 Strategic Petroleum Reserve barrels to Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation. That company, which is commonly known as Sinopec, is wholly owned by the Chinese government. The Biden administration claimed the move would “address the pain Americans are feeling at the pump” and “help lower energy costs.” More than five million barrels of oil released from the U.S. emergency reserves, however, were sent overseas last month, according to a Wednesday Reuters report. At least one shipment of American crude went to China, the report said. […]
[Daniel] Turner also said the decision highlights the Biden family’s “relationship with China.” Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is tied to Sinopec. In 2015, a private equity firm he cofounded bought a $1.7 billion stake in Sinopec Marketing. Sinopec went on to enter negotiations to purchase Gazprom in March, one month after the Biden administration sanctioned the Russian gas giant.
HOUSE DEM CONFUSED… TOWNHALL: Ro Khanna (D-CA) blasts Biden for exporting American oil to foreign countries while gas prices soar: “I don’t understand why we aren’t having a ban on exports…people in my district, they’re talking to me about gas prices, about higher food prices…airlines getting cancelled.” (VIDEO)
BIDEN ADMIN HIDES DOCS FROM LAWMAKERS… REPUBLICANS SUSPECT HUNTER BIDEN COVERUP… Republicans Rail Against Treasury Dept For Allegedly Adding Rule To Cover For Hunter Biden
Republican Kentucky Rep. and Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee Jame Comer railed against the Treasury Department on Wednesday, claiming their new rule for Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) was added to protect Hunter Biden’s alleged scheming.
“The Biden Administration is restricting Congress’ access to SARs, and Committee Republicans are investigating whether this change in longstanding policy is motivated by efforts to shield Hunter Biden and potentially President Biden from scrutiny,” he wrote to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. “Though the Committee requested documents and information ‘no later than June 8, 2022,’ the Department of the Treasury has provided no documents or information.”
Comer wrote in the letter that he was told in a June 13 phone call with Treasury officials that Committee Republican staff will not receive SARs unless Democrats join the request, despite claims from the Treasury Department that the reports were provided regardless of party.
THIS AM… THE ROLLER COASTER ECONOMY ADDS JOBS… US Economy Beats Jobs Projections Despite Signs Of Recession
The U.S. economy added 372,000 jobs in June while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%, according to Department of Labor data released Friday, far outpacing economists’ projections of 250,000 new jobs.
The job growth is good news on paper, but may cause the Federal Reserve to aggressively raise interest rates, thereby creating a higher risk of recession later in the year, tweeted economist Howard Forman. The total number of unemployed people remained essentially unchanged at 5.9 million, the report found.
“The CPI has gotten all the attention for the past 18 months, but with the U.S. on recession watch, the jobs report is back as the most important data every month,” president of the American Action Forum Doug Holtz-Eakin told Axios.
FIRST TAKE FROM EJ ANTONI, HERITAGE FOUNDATION ECONOMIST…
Here is something very interesting: The household survey, which was negative for June, showed that the number of people with multiple jobs increased by 239,000. Those people, assuming they are not agricultural workers, are effectively double counted in the establishment survey. Additionally, the revisions from the previous two months were 74,000 down. That’s a total of 313,000 between those two data points and the headline number was only 372,000, just 59,000 more. That does not exactly sound like a vigorous labor market.
ABORTION… BIDEN TRIES TO CALM HIS LEFTWARD FLANK… Biden Signs Executive Order Aimed At Protecting Access To Abortion, Contraception
President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Friday aimed at “protecting access to reproductive health,” the White House announced.
The “Executive Order Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services” is the Biden administration’s latest response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. That decision, decried by Biden as a “tragic error,” has reportedly caused friction within the Democratic Party and the president, with some members quietly questioning the administration’s response.
Only Congress has the ability to codify abortion rights, so Biden’s executive order is designed to build “on the actions his Administration has already taken to defend reproductive rights,” according to the White House.
FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME, YES, THE BIDEN ADMIN HAS BEEN FUNDING CRACK PIPE DISTRIBUTORS… ANOTHER DAILY CALLER EXCLUSIVE: Clinic Funded By Biden Administration Distributes Crack Pipes To Addicts Outside A ‘School’
A “harm reduction” clinic that received grant funding from President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is distributing crack pipes to addicts in New York City, the Daily Caller confirmed Wednesday.
New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE), a part of OnPointNYC, was awarded nearly $400,000 in grant money from the Biden administration in May to further its services for drug addicts, government records show. Biden officials denied reports that the grant money could fund distribution of crack pipes, but a visit to NYHRE’s office revealed that the organization still offers the smoking paraphernalia to addicts.
OnPointNYC operates two drug use sites, one of which NYHRE runs in East Harlem. After spending about 10 minutes on paperwork with basic information Wednesday evening, staff at the facility provided a Daily Caller reporter a smoking kit containing a crack pipe, condoms and lubricant.
A second Caller reporter returned Thursday and yet again, within minutes, staff provided another crack pipe. A staffer directed the reporter to back rooms for addicts to use drugs under supervision, where the reporter witnessed individuals smoking and injecting various substances.
PRIMARY CONCERNS… PETER NAVARRO WANTS TRUMP TO TAKE A RUNNING MATE RIGHT AWAY… PETER NAVARRO: A Sizzling Hot Trump VEEP Sweepstakes
Pick your VP early boss! That’s a key piece of advice for President Trump from my new book “Taking Back Trump’s America,” and the stakes in this decision are particularly high.
A feckless Joe Biden has placed this nation on a collision course with everything from an unprecedented stagflation crisis and collateral financial market meltdown to a border invasion and possible nuclear confrontations with China or Russia. Only Trump-style leadership and policies can save us from what may become an irreversible American decline, and the November 2024 election can’t come soon enough.
Accordingly, the Republican Party must avoid at all costs any of the internecine warfare that often populates presidential primaries – and wounds standard bearers for the general election. An uncontested primary would eliminate such bloodshed; and the best guarantee of that is an unassailable – and invincible – Trump ticket.
First, and foremost, Trump’s VP must be not just MAGA-sympatico but a true populist economic nationalist cut from the same cloth as Trump. Two who should lead a list of prospective VP picks are former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Pompeo weighs in with a heavy foreign policy advantage and clearly understands the existential threat that Communist China poses. DeSantis has shown courage and intelligence under pandemic fire. Of the two, DeSantis clearly wins the popularity contest with voters.
In the VP discussion, there is also talk of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. With no foreign policy experience, she might be far better suited at this stage in her career for a high-ranking cabinet secretary position.
CALLING ALL PATRIOTS: Hollywood legend James Caan died on Thursday at the age of 82. Over a more than 60-year career, Caan was nominated for four Golden Globes, one Oscar, and one Emmy. What is your favorite James Caan movie? Let us know in the form.