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October 14, 2019

ISIS Could ‘Resurge’… Hunter Biden Steps Down from Chinese Firm…

This Day in History | 1964

Martin Luther King, Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize 


Good morning Middle Americans!

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis says ISIS could “resurge” after President Trump’s decision to pull US troops from Northern Syria. What’s followed is a Turkish invasion of the area, and reports of civilians and Kurdish troops being slaughtered by the Turkish military. It’s a very sticky situation. It could also have profound effect on the President’s Trump’s support among his GOP colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile Hunter Biden is stepping down from his well-paid position with a Chinese company. If he’s not doing anything wrong, then why stop down? As for the whistleblower, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says he may never testify.  Can we trust a whistleblower, if we never learn the person’s identity. 

Also today, Bernie Sanders is trying to differentiate himself from Elizabeth Warren, by saying she is a capitalist, and he is not.  Both 2020 candidates have plans to levy wealth taxes. They both sound like socialist to Middle America News. 

Finally, if you’ve seen President Trump’s last two rallies, you may have heard his compliments of Fox hosts. We’re now learning from the New York Times that President Trump has been ‘working the refs’ by calling the network’s CEO to get favorable coverage.  Trump is a lot of things, including a master of the media universe. 

Read all about it below!

– Fraser Dixon 

Former Defense Secretary Mattis: ISIS Could Resurge

(NBC News) – Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led the Pentagon through the first two years of the Trump administration, warned during an exclusive interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the president’s decision to pull troops from Syria’s border in advance of a Turkish incursion could have dire consequences and lead to ISIS’s resurgence.

“We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover,” Mattis said in response to “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd’s question on whether the United States would regret Trump’s decision.

See Gen. Mattis’s interview with Meet the Press here

Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese-Backed Firm, Will Forgo Foreign Business If Dad is Elected

(NBC News) – Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden will step down from a Chinese-backed private equity firm, his lawyer said in a statement posted to Medium defending the former vice president’s son’s work abroad for the first time since it has become a major issue in the 2020 presidential cycle.

Through his attorney George Mesires, the younger Biden defended his past relationships with foreign businesses while pledging to avoid any future work that might pose conflicts of interest should his father win the White House. 

Learn more from NBC News here

The Whistleblower May Not Testify In Impeachment Probe

(Politico) – House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff indicated Sunday that the whistleblower at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump might not testify over concerns about the person’s safety.

Schiff’s remarks come after Trump dramatically escalated his attacks on the whistleblower and as he repeatedly calls for the official to be unmasked. Trump’s unrelenting barrage has spurred worries from Democrats that congressional Republicans might try to reveal that person’s identity — conceivably endangering his or her safety — at the behest of the president.

Read more from Politico here

Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren for Being a Capitalist 

(ABC News) – With Sen. Elizabeth Warren continuing to climb in Democratic presidential primary polls, in part, at the expense of his own campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders explicitly highlighted a key difference in their core economic philosophies in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”

Watch the Interview with from ABC News here

Trump Phoned Fox CEO About ‘Unfair’ Coverage

(The New York Times) – Fed up with the coverage on his favorite cable news station, President Trump decided late this summer that a direct intervention was needed. So he telephoned the chief executive of Fox News, Suzanne Scott, and let loose.

In a lengthy conversation, Mr. Trump complained that Fox News was not covering him fairly, according to three people with knowledge of the call. Ms. Scott, who has led the cable network since last year, responded by urging Mr. Trump to sit for an interview with Bret Baier, the channel’s chief political anchor, the people said.

Read more from the News York Times here


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