JULY 18, 2019 DOCUMENT: Team Trump Panicked Over Stormy Daniels Claims

 

JULY 18–In the days after the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced, Donald Trump, Hope Hicks, and Michael Cohen discussed “the need to prevent” porn star Stormy Daniels from going public with her account of an extramarital affair with the presidential candidate, according to court records unsealed this morning.

In a series of search warrant applicationstargeting Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, the FBI and federal prosecutors detail the frantic efforts to arrange a hush-money payment to Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) in advance of the 2016 presidential election. Additionally, assorted Trump loyalists discussed how to justify a similar hush payment to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims to have had a months-long extramarital affair with Trump.

After The Wall Street Journal published a story about the McDougal payment days before the November 8 election, Cohen and Hicks were concerned about the story spreading to other media outlets. When that did not occur, Cohen texted Hicks, “So far I see only 6 stories. Getting little to no traction.” Hicks replied, “Same. Keep praying!! It’s working!”

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iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock

According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.

A new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.

According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.

A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.

5G’s Mortal Enemy: The Sun

No, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.

Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.

SOURCE: Extreme Tech

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How Ilhan Omar Tried To Shut Down Accusations Of Bigamy, Fraud And Claims She Was Married To Her Brother

What a tangled web to weave…

Via Daily Mail:

I’m not legally married to two people, but I am legally married to one and culturally married to another.’ That’s how Ilhan Omar’s campaign spokesman Ben Goldfarb summarized Omar’s conjugal arrangements in an email in August 2016, when Omar was running for Congress and her advisers were trying to stifle allegations of double marriage — with a man alleged to be her brother.

Omar supplied this email to the Minnesota Campaign and Public Disclosure Board’s investigation into her campaign financing. That investigation concluded on June 6 by ordering Omar to refund $3,500 in misused campaign funds, and to pay a $500 fine. It also revealed that in 2014 and 2015, Omar may have broken federal and state law by filing a joint tax return with her husband Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi — when she was married to another man.

When conservative journalists in Minnesota raised the bigamy allegations in 2016, Omar issued a statement calling the allegations ‘baseless, absurd rumors’ and issued a statement accusing the journalists of ‘Islamophobia’. Her statement was taken verbatim from Goldfarb’s email. That same email appears to admit that the allegations are not without basis. Goldfarb describes how he tried to construct a denial based on ‘real
background information’, but found it ‘impossible’:

‘…we are probably in a position where giving real background information is helpful in tying this up. That said, having no tried to write a statement multiple times that says, ‘I’m not legally married to two people but I am legally married to one and culturally married to another’, I think it’s impossible without making it even more confusing.’

Here’s the real background information about Omar’s ‘confusing’ marital history, in her own words. In 2016, Omar told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that she had married Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi (Husband 1) in their Muslim ‘faith tradition’ in 2002, and that after having two children, they divorced in their ‘faith tradition’ in 2008. No marriage certificate was issued, and there is no documentary evidence for the divorce.

In 2009, Omar married a Somali immigrant to Britain named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi (Husband 2) in a wedding in an unglamorous suburban state registry. The officiator was a Christian minister named Wilecia Harris, now a pastor at the Great and Mighty Works Ministries in Richfield, Minn.

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JUST IN: Federal Judge Denies Jeffrey Epstein Bail – Cites Flight Risk, Danger to Public

 

 

A federal judge on Thursday denied bail to wealthy sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein who sought to be released from custody on a $100 million bond.

Epstein’s lawyers asked that he be kept in his $77 million Manhattan mansion with an electronic trafficking device as he awaited his trial.

Epstein was arrested two weeks ago and indicted on one count of conspiring to commit sex trafficking.

Judge Richard Berman, a Clinton appointee said on Thursday that Epstein is a flight risk and a potential danger to the public so he denied him bail.

Federal prosecutors argued on Monday during the bail hearing that Epstein was a flight risk.

Federal prosecutors said on Monday that a fake passport listing Saudi Arabia as a residence along with “piles of cash” and “dozens of diamonds” were found in Epstein’s home safe along with a trove of lewd photos of women. One of the girls in the trove of photos was found to be a minority at the time the photo was taken.

Prosecutors not only argued Epstein is a flight risk, they worry he will also try to influence witnesses if he is not held in jail as he awaits trial.

The fake news media is desperately trying to tie pedophile Epstein to Donald Trump when in fact it was Bill Clinton who took more than 2 dozen trips on the infamous “Lolita Express.”

In fact, pilot logs reveal almost every time Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s “Lolita Express,” underage girls were on the airplane!

Colorado State: ‘Avoid’ Using ‘Americans,’ ‘America’

WHAT A SICK FREAKING COUNTRY WE LIVE IN!! I FEEL SO SORRY FOR MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN!!………Papa Mike

And people wonder why people are upset with Democrats and people like Ilhan Omar?

Via Campus Reform:

Colorado State University claims that “American” is a non-inclusive word that should be avoided.

CSU’s online Inclusive Language Guide, compiled by the school’s Inclusive Communications Task Force, lists certain words and phrases to avoid while providing replacements in an effort to help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.” The school’s Women and Gender Collaborative website directly links to the document.

CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the U.S. By referring to the U.S. as America, the guide claims that one “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The school suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” as substitutes.

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Scary & Stupid!! Check out the dogs lower teeth they are on Lisa’s Carotid artery and just a bit more pressure from that dog and she would “bleed-out” in seconds!!

We used to drive Lisa insane when he was younger. We’d get to roughhousing and he’d start growling, snarling and snapping, his eyes would get hard, then I’d pry his jaws apart and stick my neck between them. As soon as I did that he’d calm right down but Lisa would freak out every damned time.


I love that dog – and I’m glad as hell he loved me.

New Documents Revisit Questions About Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Marriage History

New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws.

Omar has denied the allegations in the past, dismissing them as “baseless rumors” first raised in an online Somali politics forum and championed by conservative bloggers during her 2016 campaign for the Minnesota House. But she said little then or since about Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, the former husband who swept into her life in 2009 before a 2011 separation.


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Republican Support For Trump Rises After Racially Charged Tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen, a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows.

The national survey, conducted on Monday and Tuesday after Trump told the lawmakers they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” showed his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72%, compared with a similar poll that ran last week.

Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has lost support, however, with Democrats and independents since the Sunday tweetstorm.

Among independents, about three out of 10 said they approved of Trump, down from four out of 10 a week ago. His net approval – the percentage who approve minus the percentage who disapprove – dropped by 2 points among Democrats in the poll.

Trump’s overall approval remained unchanged over the past week. According to the poll, 41% of the U.S. public said they approved of his performance in office, while 55% disapproved.

SOURCE: Reuters 

House Majority Leader Hoyer Scolds Pelosi – Then House Votes in Favor of Restoring Pelosi’s Speaking Privileges Even Though She Violated Rules (VIDEO)

The House ruled on Tuesday that Pelosi’s accusations of racism against President Trump violated the House Chamber’s rules.

“The words used by the gentlewoman from California contained an accusation of racist behavior on the part of the President,” Hoyer said. “The words should not be used in debate.”

“There’s no excuse for any response to those words but a swift and strong unified condemnation. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values, and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people. I urge a unanimous vote, and yield back the balance of my time,” Pelosi said earlier Tuesday.

Rep. Collins demanded that Pelosi’s remarks be “taken down,” in an extraordinary rebuke of the House Speaker Tuesday afternoon.

The House voted to strike Pelosi’s comments on Trump from the record and voted against Rep. Collins and in favorof Pelosi, 232-190 on party line.

Normally when a person breaks House rules and their language is ruled ‘out of order,’ they are barred from speaking, however the House voted again and allowed Pelosi to “proceed in order” as if nothing happened!

PERGRAM: House votes to allow Pelosi to “proceed in order” as though nothing happened, even though it was ruled earlier she broke House rules when it came to decorum. Vote was 231-190. Party line vote. Had the House not voted, the House would have barred Pelosi from speaking the rest of the day.Watch Hoyer scold Pelosi then do nothing about her violating House rules:

VIDEO HERE

House votes to restore Pelosi’s speaking privileges for the rest of today.

Biden: No President Has Been As ‘Openly Racist And Divisive’ As Trump

 

BIDEN VIDEO HERE

Barack Obama unavailable for comment.

BIDEN: “Look, there has never been a president in American history who has been so openly racist and divisive as this man. Imagine what it says around the world. I mean, I really mean it. The United States has always led by the example of our power. And for this President, after what happened in Charlottesville, continuing through — where does he want them to go home, in Brooklyn? Go home to Michigan? Go home to your countries. It’s sickening. It’s embarrassing.”

SOURCE: WEASEL ZIPPERS 

 

Which GOP Lawmakers Have Condemned Trump’s Tweet

 

(CNN)Lawmakers are returning to Congress on Monday following a racist series of tweets from President Donald Trump aimed at four Democratic lawmakers, and Republican leaders as well as rank-and-file members are feeling the pressure to weigh in on the President’s comments.

But many leaders in the party are so far not weighing in publicly — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “If he issues a statement on this we’ll be sure to forward,” said McConnell spokesman David Popp in response to a question from CNN.
While many Republican leaders in Congress have thus far not spoken out, some GOP members are weighing in publicly to condemn his comments. Here’s what some of those Republican senators and representatives have said so far:

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas

“I think what the President said was a mistake and an unforced error and that’s about the total of my thoughts,” Cornyn told CNN, adding later, “I don’t think you are going to change somebody at this point in his life but hopefully he will, like all of us when we make a mistake, he’ll learn from it.”

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah

Romney, who was the 2012 Republican nominee for president, told reporters the President “failed badly” with his tweets.
When asked if they were racist, Romney responded, “You know, a lot of people have been using the word and my own view is that what was said, and what was tweeted, was destructive, was demeaning, was dis-unifying, and frankly, was very wrong.”

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri

Blunt, who is a member of Senate GOP leadership, suggested in a statement that Trump used “unacceptable tactics” similar to the Democrats he wanted to criticize.
“Just because the so-called squad constantly insults and attacks the president isn’t a reason to adopt their unacceptable tactics,” Blunt said in a statement. “There is plenty to say about how destructive House Democrats’ policies would be for our economy, our health care system, and our security. I think that’s where the focus should be.”

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina

Scott, one of two black Republican members serving in Congress, said in a statement that Trump’s comments used “racially offensive language.”
“Instead of sharing how the Democratic Party’s far-left, pro-socialist policies — not to mention the hateful language some of their members have used towards law enforcement and Jews — are wrong for the future of our nation, the President interjected with unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language,” Scott said in his statement. “No matter our political disagreements, aiming for the lowest common denominator will only divide our nation further.”

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine

Collins, who’s up for reelection next year, said Trump should take down his tweet.
“I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus — especially when it comes to their views on socialism, their anti-Semitic rhetoric, and their negative comments about law enforcement — but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Monday.

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Last Will And Testament…

Doctor On Home Visit Discussing Health Of Senior Male Patient With Wife

His nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons, are with him.

He asks for two witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes.

When all is ready he begins to speak.

“My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Ocean Reef houses.”

“My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments between mile markers 100 and Tavernier.”

“My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the Marathon Government Center.”

“Sarah,  my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the bay side on Blackwater Sound.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says: “Mrs. Pender, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property.

The wife replies, “The a$$hole has a paper route”…

Rumors Swirling that One of Epstein’s Underage Prostitutes Has Provided Damaging Information On Epstein’s Friends And Accomplices!

No Doubt There Is a Lot Of Evidence Tying Ms. Chandler To Epstein And The Rich And Famous.  If She Is A Witness For The Government, Epstein, Clinton And Others May Be In A Lot Of Trouble!

 

(In The Cover Picture Above, A VERY Young Rachel Chandler Is Reportedly On One Of Jeffrey Epstein’s Flights With Former President Bill Clinton.)

The Internet is on fire!  Rumors are swirling that a girl who was once an underage prostitute for Jeffrey Epstein is now a government informant who is outing Epstein’s sick friends and accomplices.  Yes, this includes Bill Clinton.

 

A girl by the name of Rachel Chandler is suspected of being a witness to Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes on his “Orgy Island” with this sick friends.  The young lady may have devastating information that has been handed over to the government.

The story goes that the young Chandler was recruited by Jeffrey Epstein’s friend or madam as some refer to her, Ghislaine Maxwell.  Maxwell supposedly recruited young girls who then flew on Epstein’s airplanes with the rich and famous who in turn used and abused these young women.

Maxwell is reportedly in the background in the picture below with a young Ms. Virginia Roberts and UK’s Prince Andrew –

Chandler and Roberts were both reportedly young under age women recruited by Jeffrey Epstein to prostitute themselves for Epstein’s rich and famous friends.

Chandler has shared pictures of herself with many celebrities and politicians.

 

Here she is with Eminem –

Here she is with

Paris Hilton –

 

Here she is with Prince Andrew (yes, the same Prince Andrew as above.) –

One post of Chandlers has led to more questions than the others.  Some speculate that the picture below is a picture of Epstein’s island security cam –

No doubt there is a lot of evidence tying Ms. Chandler to Epstein and the rich and famous.  If she is a witness for the government, Epstein, Clinton and others may be in a lot of trouble!

 

SOURCE: THE GATEWAY PUNDIT

Appeals Court Allows Trump Administration Abortion Funding Ban To Go Into Effect

Trump has now appointed 7 justices to the 9th Circuit and it sounds like it’s having an effect.

Via Free Beacon:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow a Trump administration ban on Title X funding for abortion providers to go into effect on Thursday after abortion advocates and a group of states sought an emergency stay for the policy. The administration’s policy would prevent abortion providers from obtaining federal funding.

Last month, a three judge panel temporarily allowed the policy to go into effect pending the outcome of an appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The panel’s decision came a few months after an Oregon judge issued a nation-wide preliminary injunction preventing the ban from taking place. A Washington state judge followed suit.

The decision requires health care clinics to be physically and financially separate from abortion clinics and forbids clinics that receive federal funding from recommending patients pursue abortions.

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Former ICE Head Tom Homan Eviscerates AOC And Dems During Hearing: “Do Your Job!”

 

 

AOC was not prepared for Former ICE Director Thomas Homan 2.0, “If you want to seek asylum you go through the port of entry. You do it the legal way.” #BorderCrisis

HE COMPLETELY BLOWS UP HER SILLINESS!!

Via Fox News:

Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan delivered a fiery defense of border agents during a House hearing where Democratic lawmakers just hours earlier had decried conditions at migrant detention centers — as he ripped into the agency’s congressional critics and said they should be “ashamed” of their conduct.

Homan said,“If you don’t like this, do your job. Fix it,” Homan testified before the House Oversight Committee, recalling in graphic detail his own experiences on the job seeing dead bodies in tractor-trailers as he underscored the severity of the border crisis.

He said agents, amid this crisis, have been subject to “unprecedented attack and vilification” and “those men and women who chose a life of service to this nation deserve better, not only from the media but those in this committee and other members of Congress.”

“As a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, it is shocking, shocking to see constant attacks against those that leave the safety and security of their homes every day, put on a Kevlar vest and put a gun on their hip and risk their own safety to defend this nation,” he said, at times appearing to get choked up as he defended his former colleagues.

He appeared to be in part referring to accusations by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others who have made a host of allegations against agents, including that migrants were made to drink from toilet bowls. Ocasio-Cortez blasted the Trump administration’s immigration policies and stood by her accounts from the border during testimony earlier Friday, alongside colleagues Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

“Those that attack the professional integrity of those that serve and blatantly throw unsubstantiated allegations against these men and women with zero evidence of guilt are wrong and should be ashamed,” Homan shot back.

VIDEO HERE 

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Trump’s Social Media Summit Nearly Descends Into Brawl In Rose Garden

In a brief interview before the scuffle, Gorka referred to reporters as “asshats.”

It was a fracas at the White House!

President Trump’s Social Media Summit on Thursday almost descended into a brawl when Sebastian Gorka got into a brief shouting match with a White House reporter in the Rose Garden.

Gorka, a former adviser to Trump, was sitting near the front row with several social media provocateurs during Trump’s announcement about the census while the White House press corps was forced to the back of the garden.

After Trump’s speech, one of the attendees sarcastically told Playboy correspondent Brian Karem, who was with the White House press corps, “don’t be sad.”

Karem responded, telling the attendees of the Social Media Summit that they are people “eager for demonic possession,” video of the incident shows.

Gorka then shouted at Karem: “And you’re a journalist, right?”

“Come on over here and talk to me, brother. Or we can go outside and have a long conversation,” Karem responded, the video shows.

Gorka then walked up to Karem and shouted at him, “You’re not a journalist. You’re a punk!” the video shows.

Gorka walked away after the brief dust up, the video shows.

Several of the attendees, including Joy Villa, repeatedly chanted “Gorka!” as he left.

The person filming the scuffle then shouted at Karem: “Hey just for the record, he’d kick your punk a–.”

Another attendee of the social media summit, Mark Dice, a right-wing pundit, also shouted at CNN’s Jim Acosta as he walked by the press corps.

 

$3,355,970,000,000: Federal Spending Sets Record Through June; Deficit Hits $747,115,000,000

By Terence P. Jeffrey | July 11, 2019

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government spent a record $3,355,970,000,000 in the first nine months of fiscal 2019 (October through June), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Prior to this fiscal year, the most the federal government had ever spent in the October-through-June period was in fiscal 2018, when the Treasury doled out $3,199,795,700,000 in constant June 2019 dollars. Before last year, the most the federal government had ever spent in the first nine months of the fiscal year was in fiscal 2009, when it spent $3,176,577,910,000.

Fiscal 2009 was the year that President George W. Bush signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program legislation to bailout failing banks and President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, his economic stimulus plan.

Total federal tax revenues in the first nine months of fiscal 2019 hit $2,608,855,000,000. That was more than the $2,582,688,760,000 in total tax revenue (in constant June 2019 dollars) that the Treasury collected in the first nine months of fiscal 2018, but less than the record $2,626,410,840,000 (in constant June 2019 dollars) that the Treasury collected in total tax revenues in the first nine months of fiscal 2015.

The difference between the $2,608,855,000,000 in total taxes collected in the first nine months of this fiscal year and the record spending of $3,355,970,000,000 left the government with a deficit of $747,115,000,000.

Table 3 of the Monthly Treasury Statement, which summarizes federal receipts and outlays for the current fiscal year to date, indicated the Department of Health and Human Services cost the most money, accounting for $901,867,000,000 in federal spending in the first nine months of the fiscal year. The Social Security Administration cost the second most, accounting for $822,993,000,000 in federal spending during the period.

The Department of Defense and military programs were third, accounting for $487,770,000,000 in federal spending.

The combined $1,724,860,000,000 the federal government spent on HHS and the Social Security Administration during the first eight months of the fiscal year equaled 51.4 percent of the record total of $3,355,970,000 in federal spending during the period.

 

Dow Rallies 200 Points To Close Above 27,000 For The First Time EVER!

 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied to a record high on Thursday, led by UnitedHealth shares, after testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell this week that signaled easier monetary policy could be implemented later this month.

The 30-stock average broke above 27,000 for the first time in its history, rising 227.88 points, or 0.9% to 27,088.08. The Dow first closed above 26,000 in January of 2018, so it’s been a little more than a year-and-half trek between 1,000 point moves. The gains were largely driven by expectations the Fed will cut rates, insulating the market from a slowing economy and a trade battle with China.

Microsoft has been the best-performing Dow stock since the index’s first close above 26,000, surging around 50% in that time. Visa, Cisco Systems and Nike are also up sharply since then.

“This week solidified the fact that the market doesn’t need, it doesn’t want, it’s demanding a rate cut from Powell,” said Jeff Kilburg, CEO of KKM Financial. “I do have a little bit of caution going into the earnings season because we have some forward-guidance uncertainty with the trade tensions, but the wind in the sails continues to be that dovish stance from Powell.”

The S&P 500 also posted a record close, rising 0.2% to 2,999.91. The S&P 500 made its own milestone on Wednesday when it traded above 3,000 for the first time ever. The  Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.1% to 8,196.04.

UnitedHealth shares surged more than 5% after the White House dropped a proposal to eliminate drug rebates. CVS Health and Cigna also jumped on the news, gaining 4.7% and 9.2%, respectively.

Delta Air Lines rose 1.1% on better-than-expected earnings.

In testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, Powell said business investments across the U.S. have slowed “notably” recently as uncertainties over the economic outlook linger. As a result, expectations of an upcoming rate cut grew.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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“Crosscurrents have reemerged,” Powell said. “Many FOMC participants saw that the case for a somewhat more accommodative monetary policy had strengthened. Since then, based on incoming data and other developments, it appears that uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.”

Powell reiterated that testimony on Thursday. Market expectations for a rate cut later this month are at 100%, according to the CME Group’s FedWatch tool.

Thursday’s milestone was only the latest in the longest bull market in history. The bull run started in March of 2009 after the financial crisis. Back then, the Dow was trading around 6,600 points while the S&P 500 hovered below 1,000 points.

“Sure, 27,000 is just a number and in the whole scope of things isn’t meaningful,” said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial. “What it is though, is a reminder for all investors that this bull market has ignored all the scary headlines for years and the dual benefit of fiscal and monetary policy could mean it has a lot longer to go than most expect.”

In economic news, the U.S. consumer price index — a widely followed measure of inflation — rose more than expected last month, with the core CPI posting its biggest gain in 1½ years. But that failed to dent investors’ expectations that the Fed will deliver a rate cut.

SOURCE: CNBC