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Uh oh: Russian ambassador told Moscow he discussed Trump campaign matters with Sessions

HotAir - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 20:01

“I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign,” said Sessions in March when it was first revealed that he’d met with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, last year. Those meetings were in my capacity as a senator, Sessions insisted, not as a campaign staffer for Donald Trump. The most he would admit to was that he didn’t recall ever discussing the campaign with any ambassador but that diplomats do tend to be “gossipy” about American politics. Uh huh.

And now here we are, with a bombshell leak to end the week. Question: Who ordered the Code Red on Jeff Sessions?

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of the April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration…

A former U.S. official who read the Kislyak reports said that the Russian ambassador reported speaking with Sessions about issues that were central to the campaign, including Trump’s positions on key policy matters of significance to Moscow.

Democrats have been flaying Sessions for months for supposedly perjuring himself by not disclosing his meetings with Kislayk. Now they’ve got larger caliber ammo, evidence that Sessions lied outright about what he and Kislyak discussed. Sessions is besieged on all sides — the left hates him, Trump admittedly regrets hiring him, and his own deputies at the DOJ will be left wondering if their boss lied to Congress under oath about the extent of his dialogue with Putin’s top lackey in the U.S. How does he stay in the job?

This is now the third Kislyak-related bombshell to burst over a top Trump official’s head. The first, most famous detonation took out Mike Flynn, who was overheard by U.S. intelligence chatting about sanctions with Kislyak in December. The second was Jared Kushner, who supposedly told Kislyak he wanted to open a back channel to Moscow via the Russian embassy, where American intercepts wouldn’t pick up the conversation. The big difference between Flynn and Kushner is that Kushner wasn’t overheard saying this; it was Kislyak who was overheard relaying Kushner’s request to his superiors in Russia, raising a crucial question of whether Kislyak might have been lying in order to damage Kushner, knowing that Americans were listening in on his conversation. That’s the same scenario we have here — to believe that Sessions perjured himself you need to believe that Kislyak told his Russian colleagues the truth about his chats with Sessions. U.S. officials told WaPo that Kislyak “has a reputation for accurately relaying details about his interactions with officials in Washington,” but that and a dollar will get you a bag of chips.

Back to the key question: Who ordered the Code Red on Sessions by leaking this to the Post? One obvious suspect in light of everything that’s happened this week is — ta da — the president himself, or intelligence people loyal to him. The obvious flaw in that theory is that Trump would look even more suspect on Russiagate is if his soon-to-be AG was wheeling and dealing with Russia on policy during the campaign, but Trump’s never let a small matter like basic self-interest stand in his way when there’s revenge to be taken. If he wants Sessions out and he’d prefer that he resign rather than be fired, a leak like this is a nifty way to do it. Is Trump crafty enough to do that, though? And are there any intelligence people loyal sufficiently loyal to him that they’d be willing to whisper to the Post to take Sessions out? I guess if there were intel staffers willing to lead Devin Nunes to evidence of dubious unmasking, there are intel staffers willing to execute a political hit on the AG.

If the culprit’s not Trump or someone who’s pro-Trump, then whodunnit? Democrats who have it in for Sessions surely would have leaked this sooner, around the time that they were accusing him of perjury for concealing his Kislyak meeting, in order to take him out as quickly as possible. Why save the dirt and give Sessions many extra months as AG to implement policies they oppose?

Two other points in closing. One: When exactly did Kislyak relay this information to Moscow about what he and Sessions discussed? Presumably it was last year sometime, to update them on comtemporaneous conversations he’d had with the campaign. If it was more recent, though, then the information looks more suspect. Why would he have kept it a secret from his boss for so long if he’s telling the truth about what he and Sessions discussed? The more recently Kislyak was overheard saying this, the more likely it is to be a frame-up. Two: Guy Benson’s right. For all the whining Trump’s done lately about Sessions having recused himself from Russiagate, this revelation makes it a cinch that he would have had to recuse himself eventually. You can’t have him overseeing an investigation into whether there were quid pro quos between the Trump campaign and Russia if he was chatting with the Russian ambassador about what Russia policy might look like in a Trump administration.

In fact, think back to James Comey’s testimony before Congress last month and you may remember a curious moment when Comey suggested that the FBI knew something that the public didn’t that led them to believe Sessions would eventually have to recuse himself. Was that a reference to these intercepts? If so, the fact that the feds saw his recusal coming months ago suggests that Kislyak’s conversations with Moscow about Sessions weren’t recent after all. Also, remember when Sessions testified and got mad at the “innuendo” suggested by Comey? Hmmm.


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Female MSNBC host says Trump wants ‘better-looking’ men in the White House

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:45

MSNBC political analyst Nicole Wallace claimed on Friday that President Donald Trump’s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci is more about wanting better-looking men on the White House Communications Team than anything else.

Friday saw former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s resignation, which was alleged to be due to taking issue with Trump’s pick for communications director, Scaramucci.

Shortly after Scaramucci accepted Trump’s offer, Spicer resigned.

The New York Times reported that Trump offered the job of White House communications director to New York financier Anthony Scaramucci, a vehement supporter of the president who often defends Trump on cable news. Trump reportedly requested that Spicer remain on White House staff, but Spicer evidently held onto his alleged belief that Scaramucci was the wrong appointee for the commnications director position.

Wallace, who previously served as former President George W. Bush’s own communications chief, called into MSNBC and blasted the president over the notion that he wanted “better-looking men” to face the media.

“This is about someone who took some skin out of one of Donald Trump’s archenemies and that’s the cable news network CNN,” Wallace said about Scaramucci. “So, I wish this were a story about a really important job inside the White House, a post that speaks for the country and the president around the world, but this is about Donald Trump wanting better looking men spreading his message.”

Spicer was replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House Press Secretary.

See Wallace’s segment on MSNBC in the video below.

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Democrats announce their new slogan, and it sounds a lot like this pizza motto

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:26

The Democratic party has been trying to rebrand itself after the disastrous 2016 election that saw both the executive and legislative branches fall to Republicans, but their progress might be stymied by a very familiar slogan they just chose.

Vox’s congressional reporter Jeff Stein first tweeted out their decision.

I shouldve corrected this immediately; I've deleted original tweet. Full slogan is "A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages"

— Jeff Stein (@JStein_Vox) July 20, 2017

“A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages” clearly intends to hearken back to the New Deal, a Democratic set of policies meant to grow the power of the government in response to the Great Depression.

But others saw a more recent inspiration for the motto, one not quite as political.

“This is the Papa Johns slogan,” tweeted conservative lawyer Gabriel Malor. “Also, this is an odd choice, given that the Democrats just got finished exclaiming over the resurgent Obama economy.”

The Papa John’s pizza delivery motto is very similar: “Papa John’s. Better ingredients. Better pizza.”

This began a flurry of mockery from snarky social media critics only too eager to mock the beleaguered Democratic attempt to polish its fallen and beaten brand.

Papa Johns wants royalties https://t.co/ekVWAcbIdZ

— Sam Stein (@samstein) July 20, 2017

The Papa John's Party. https://t.co/pdPF5sZWRT

— Mark Primiano (@BPSS_UGod) July 20, 2017

New Democrat Logo

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Anti-capitalist ‘Museum of Capitalism’ opens in Oakland

HotAir - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:21

An unused food hall is being turned in to an anti-capitalist museum in the city of Oakland. It’s only open for a limited time (until August 20) so you’ll need to hurry if you want to catch it.

The Daily Californian reports the museum is broken into three parts. The first section is devoted to “historically detrimental effects of capitalism.” The next section, featuring TV’s with looped commentary from people describing alternate economic systems from “anarchist feminism to caring economics to indigenous Polynesian communism.” The third area invites viewers to look back on capitalism as if from a future time when it no longer exists:

In the third area, the focus shifts to a post-capitalist, almost clinically futuristic space. Peppered with display cases of old capitalist artifacts serving as displays of phallic representations of command and power — such as wands, vibrators and remotes — the space allows for a retrospective view of capitalism, distancing viewers from their daily reality enough for them to properly examine the smaller elements of their lives.

This is the central conceit of the entire effort, i.e. envisioning a future where capitalism actually needs a museum. As Art in America puts it, “the Museum of Capitalism asks us to radically deny—in our imagination—conditions that can be witnessed right outside its doors.” And not only outside its doors but inside them as well. Art in America notes the anti-capitalist museum has a gift shop, though it strives to make it part of the anti-capitalist experience:

There’s a gift shop that sells standard museum trinkets, like tote bags and T-shirts. It also sells ordinary items like pieces of coal and minor luxury products such as dried porcinis, with tags explaining that these were once the happy objects of tragically exploited labor and expensive consumer desire. This furthers the Museum’s central, imaginary conceit: that capitalism is a thing of the past. Finally, like almost every other art institution, the Museum’s programming is supported by the philanthropy of wealthy patrons. In this case, it’s the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, named for a woman whose family owned sheet metal factories that funded her passion for collecting art.

Semi-serious question: If someone were to decide to expropriate one of the exhibits in the Museum or simply take a tote bag from the gift shop, would the creators of this space pat you on the back or call the police? To be clear: I’m not recommending anyone steal anything. Stealing is wrong and illegal. I just wonder where the creators of the museum draw the line between fantasy anti-capitalism and “Hey, that’s my stuff!”

One thing missing from the exhibit according to Art in America: A history explaining how the world got from the capitalist reality we’re familiar with to the imaginary future of the museum. Perhaps that step is missing because previous efforts to eradicate capitalism, in Russia and China, for instance, have come with a loss of human rights and a significant body count. Now there’s a subject fit for a museum.

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Commentary: Liberal feminists destroy their own cause by diminishing Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ success

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:55

With Friday’s appointment of Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the new White House press secretary, it’s never been more evident that liberal feminists are selecting their Joan of Arcs based on their political slant rather than on the fact that they are women.

If you’re sitting there, scratching your head, wondering why a self-proclaimed feminist would attempt to diminish another woman’s successes, you’re not the only one, and there is an answer.

It’s called “selective feminism,” and the concept is exactly what it sounds like: Women who support other women … so long as they fit into the mold of what they consider acceptable “feminist” standards.

From the very moment that Sanders was revealed to be the latest White House press secretary for the Trump administration, she faced attacks on her education, her qualifications, and — perhaps, worst of all — her appearance.

See some choice tweets targeting Sanders for shattering her own glass ceiling.

I feel like Sarah Huckabee Sanders left and right eye switched places or something.

— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) July 21, 2017

Sarah Huckabee Sanders looks like every woman eating lobster on a cruise ship.

— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) July 11, 2017

Countdown til the White House starts spinning the appointment of Sarah Huckabee Sanders as some kind of feminist milestone #NOPE

— Natalia M. Petrzela (@nataliapetrzela) July 21, 2017

Even an article written by a Mediaite author decried Sanders’ success, and chalked it up to … well, not much at all.

An excerpt from the article — titled “How Sarah Sanders and the Women of Trumpland Hurt Women” reads:

“With the decision to promote Sanders, expect the topic of gender and the Trump administration to surface once again, and with this discussion, expect plenty of tokenism. Expect Sarah Huckabee Sanders to respond to every question about imminent future questions about Trump sexism by lavishing praise on the obviously open-minded, pro-woman boss who entrusted her with this high-level position. And expect Kellyanne [Conway] to bring up something about how women don’t care about casual sexism from their president because ISIS and violent crime and jobs, but in either case, expect valid criticisms of Trump’s sexism problem to be wholly tuned out.”

Dee Dee Myers and Dana Perino — two previous White House press secretaries who also happened to be female, and maybe … just maybe got the jobs because they are qualified — were celebrated, lauded for their groundbreaking work in a “man’s world.”

Sanders, however, seems to have gotten the rougher end of the stick, and because she had the audacity to accept a position that many women in the political arena would give their life for no matter what their political affiliation, she’s automatically forced to turn in her feminism card — if she even cared to carry one at all.

If conservatives or Republicans said even half of the things about prolific liberal Democrats in power that liberals have said about Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, and now Sanders over the last six months and more, you’d have a liberal lynch mob on your hands.

Feminism isn’t selective. Feminism is all-encompassing. It’s about supporting all women – because if it’s about supporting all women, it’s about supporting zero women. Picking and choosing which women should be supported because of their race, age, experience, physical appearance, or political affiliation shouldn’t fly with die-hard feminists because that boils down to sexism, elitism, racism, and xenophobia … all of the important tenets that the most vocal of feminisms claim to be against.

Is Sanders the best choice for White House press secretary?

Only time will tell, and if she’s not, it’s certainly not because she’s a woman. But liberals will likely tell you that — they’ll tell you that should Sanders be forced out of or resign her post, it was because she’s a woman, and in Trump’s “sexist” administration, women can never thrive.

But the excoriation of Sanders based on the fact that she is a conservative, Republican woman in power is worse than liberal feminism at its worst — because it’s not feminism at all.

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Pompeo: Russia interfered in 2016 election — and 2012, 2008, 1976 …

HotAir - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:41

Not only should this not be controversial, it’s also not new. CIA director Mike Pompeo told an audience in Aspen yesterday that he believes Russia conducted a large-scale campaign to influence the 2016 election, as his agency concluded late last year. Russia has a long track record of such attempts, going back to the Cold War, and it remains an ongoing threat to which American counterintelligence has to remain vigilant:

At the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Pompeo was asked whether he supports the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“Of course,” he replied. “And the one before that, and the one before that.”

Later in the question-and-answer session with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, Pompeo was asked whether he was downplaying Russia’s meddling in 2016 by also mentioning the Kremlin’s behavior in previous years.

“I am confident that the Russians meddled in this election, as is the entire intelligence community,” Pompeo said, appearing agitated at the skepticism towards his previous answer. “I hope I didn’t stop at 2008 [for when he says Russian began interfering in U.S. elections]. You can go back to the 70s. My point was simply this: This threat is real. The U.S. government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, has to figure out a way to fight back against it and defeat it. And we’re intent upon doing that.”

For some reason, this provoked the ire of Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee that Pompeo used to chair:

Disturbed to see CIA Director trivialize Russian interference in our election. 2016 not comparable to anything in the past. He knows better. https://t.co/ZbbSstGE1B

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 21, 2017

Perhaps Schiff hasn’t paid much attention. Pompeo has actually argued this consistently. In an appearance last week at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership Dinner in McLean, Virginia, Pompeo said almost exactly the same thing without a peep from Schiff:

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Tuesday night that Russian “clearly” meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

But Russian interference in U.S. elections is nothing new, Pompeo told an audience at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance dinner. Russians also intervened in the 2012 election and previous election cycles, he said.

“They’ve been at this a hell of a long time,” the former Kansas congressman said.

In fact, until very very recently, Republicans had been remarkably consistent on the threat Russia poses to the US, both militarily and politically. Democrats widely mocked Mitt Romney for his presidential debate position that Russia was our most dangerous geopolitical foe, but Romney consistently held that position throughout the campaign. In June 2012, Romney sharply criticized Barack Obama for failing to recognize Russia as such, and offering concessions rather than demonstrating strength in regard to Vladimir Putin:

“The nation which consistently opposes our actions at the United Nations has been Russia,” Romney said. “We’re of course not enemies. We’re not fighting each other. There’s no Cold War, but Russia is a geopolitical foe in that regard.”

Romney’s remarks came as President Obama has been meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at Mexico’s G-20 summit to try to seek common ground over how to deal with Syria, one of Russia’s allies. Romney blasted Obama for what he called an ill-advised concession on withdrawing missile-defense sites from Eastern Europe, which he called Putin’s “number one foreign-policy objective.”

“I think it was an enormous mistake to give them that and what he got in return shows the extraordinary naiveté of a presidency that does not understand the power of resolve and strength,” he said.

Asked if he thinks Putin respects Obama, Romney replied: “I believe that people around the world tend to act on their own self-interests as they perceive it. I do not believe that they respond to magnetic personalities and pleasantries, and believe that the best way to shape the course of American foreign policy is show strength — strength in our homes and our economy and our military. And to have a president who shows resolve and locks arms with our allies, as opposed to attacking our allies and trying to control our geopolitical foes.”

Republicans with few exceptions lined up behind that view, and continued to warn of the challenges from Russia and of the dangers of underestimating them, militarily and politically. Democrats magically appear to have discovered this threat on November 9th, 2016.

Pompeo’s statements are unremarkable, and consistent. Pompeo’s statements also do not argue against a potential conclusion that Russia might have been a lot more successful in 2016 than in past election cycles, as Schiff appears to suggest, but just that the threat has existed for a long time before Democrats acknowledged it. And maaaayyyybeee that Russian success in 2016 flows from a national policy under Obama of not taking the threat seriously, as Romney and most Republicans warned in 2008 and 2012, and consistently through the “reset button” and “more flexibility” embarrassments.

Maybe Rep. Schiff needs to pay more attention to what Pompeo says, and less time on television.

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5-year-old girl sets up lemonade stand — you won’t believe the legal trouble she had because of it

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:35

A 5-year-old London girl was fined approximately $195 (£150) for selling lemonade at a homemade lemonade stand without proper permits, according to The Telegraph.

The child was selling lemonade on a street near her home in eastern London when local law enforcement “stormed up to her little table” and read the girl and her father, Andre Spicer, the laundry list of the town’s legal codes before issuing the fine.

“But don’t worry,” the officer said. “It is only £90 if it’s paid quickly.”

Spicer told The Telegraph that his daughter was naturally upset because of the legal interference, and burst into tears as a result. The little girl asked her father, “Have I done something bad?”

After Spicer assured his daughter that they’d pay the fine and appropriate the proper permits going forward, they would open another lemonade stand — this time “legally.”

The 5-year-old, however, refused, and cited reasons that it was “too scary” to do it again.

Spicer, in a column for The Telegraph, wrote:

“That weekend, after 30 minutes of laboring over the blender, we had four jugs of lemonade. My daughter drew a sign with some beautiful bright yellow lemons on it. I added the prices: 50p for a small cup; £1 for a large one. After cleaning off an old table, we packed up our things and walked to the end of the street. A music festival was taking place in a nearby park, so dozens of people streamed by every minute. My daughter stood proudly in front of the table. ‘Who wants lemonade?’ she called out. Within a minute, she had her first customer.

The lemonade quickly disappeared and her little money tin filled up. A happy scene. And then, after about 30 minutes, four local council enforcement officers stormed up to her little table.

‘Excuse me,’ one officer said as he switched on a portable camera attached to his vest. He then read a lengthy legal statement – the gist of which was that because my daughter didn’t have a trading permit, she would be fined £150. ‘But don’t worry, it is only £90 if it’s paid quickly,’ the officer added.”

Spicer admitted that after they packed up their wares, his daughter cried the whole way home.

According to British network ITV, the township cancelled the fine after it was brought to the attention of the media, and publicly apologized to the little girl and her family.

“We are very sorry that this has happened,” a spokesman for the town told ITV News. “We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense, and to use their powers sensibly. This clearly did not happen. The fine will be canceled immediately and we have contacted Professor Spicer and his daughter to apologize.”

Spicer told ITV that children are under far too much pressure these days and that he believes a greater issue is that children are discouraged from having a “go at things, whether it’s starting a small business or putting on a play, or whatever they want to do.”

In his write-up for The Telegraph, Spicer warned of the dangers of not allowing children to express their entrepreneurship and individuality, issuing a warning that childhood is changing at large, and for the worse.

“The world my children are growing up in is radically different. Today, kids are watched by parents around the clock. Most are not allowed beyond the front gate of their house. Everything children do today is carefully regulated by officials, inspectors and their own parents. There are good intentions behind all this obsessive monitoring. But these good intentions can quickly sour.

At the same time as we supervise the joy out of childhood, many of the things which actually help our children thrive are disappearing. Councils have closed youth clubs and young people’s services. Teachers spend more time ticking bureaucratic boxes than teaching kids. Parents are more interested in monitoring their social media feed than playing with their kids. Meanwhile, the number of children being prescribed anti-depressants has gone up 50pc in five years.

Now, after Lemonadegate, as I contemplate the long school holidays which lay ahead, I’m even more confused about how to entertain our children. Setting up a lemonade stand is obviously far too risky. Perhaps I should just rely on that good old fashioned parenting technique – handing my daughter an iPad so she can spend hours watching a creepy guy opening up toys he has just bought.”

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‘Furious’ New York Times writer blasts white women in scathing essay

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:20

He’s walked through New York City for just shy of a decade and has had no problems — except when he encounters white women, New York Times reporter Greg Howard, who is black, recently wrote in a scathing essay.

Howard decided to single out white women in a Wednesday column for the Times’ “Race/Related” newsletter. He wrote that, in his seven years in the Big Apple, “most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not.”

The @nytimes was OK with one of their reporters publishing this diatribe about "white women"… https://t.co/kDGmXAb30V pic.twitter.com/G7IgNgCbuX

— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) July 20, 2017

The Times reporter made far reaching generalizations, accusing white women as a whole of choosing — either consciously or subconsciously — to ignore him.

“Often, they’re looking ahead, through me, if not quite at me. When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course,” wrote Howard, who has had white friends and lovers. “This happens several times a day; and a couple of times a week, white women force me off the sidewalk completely.”

This perceived behavior, which Howard clearly interprets as racially motivated, turns the Gray Lady reporter “furious” because it makes him “feel small.”

“Why only and specifically white women? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because they’ve been taught that they should fear black men, and that any acknowledgment of black men can invite danger?” Howard pondered. “Do they refuse to acknowledge me because to alter their route would be to show their fear? Do they not see me? Can they not see me?”

Howard then questioned himself, reflectively asking, “Why haven’t I ever just walked headlong into a rude white woman? … Because explicit in every white woman’s decision not to get out of my way is the expectation that I’ll get out of theirs.”

Dan Gainer, vice president for business and culture for the right-leaning Media Research Center, ripped Howard for his racially tinged op-ed.

“Can you imagine The New York Times running an essay where a white woman complains about how African-American men are rude and then blames it on race? The paper and the author would be skewered,” Gainer told Fox News. “The left’s new default is that white people are doing wrong at every turn — even walking down the street.”

But that’s just par for the course, according to Gainer.  “The Times promotes the typical liberal standard. Everything left is right and everything right is wrong,” he said.

As for Howard, to those who have called him out on Twitter, he simply wrote: “They’ve found me.”

they’ve found me https://t.co/kSMW9zvwUd

— Greg Howard (@greghoward88) July 20, 2017

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GOP Senate Intel chief Richard Burr on Susan Rice: “The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes”

HotAir - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:01

Did he mean this the way it came out? Because it sounds like he suspects his counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee falsely accused the Obama administration of improperly unmasking Trump associates.

Susan Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, quietly met behind closed doors Friday with Senate intelligence committee investigators probing Russian meddling in the elections, according to an official familiar with the matter…

[Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard] Burr did not raise concerns about allegations that Rice improperly unmasked any US individuals, an issue first raised by House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes.

“The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes, and I’ll wait to go through our full evaluation to see if there was anything improper that happened,” Burr said. “But clearly there were individuals unmasked. Some of that became public which it’s not supposed to, and our business is to understand that, and explain it.”

He’s not drawing any firm conclusions yet about whether the unmasking was proper but the phrase “created by” smells a lot like “manufactured,” which was what Democrats accused Nunes of when he first complained about unmasking earlier this year. The Dem theory was that Nunes was hyping perfectly proper natsec procedures followed by the Obama White House to manufacture a counter-scandal that Republicans could use to try to change the subject from Russiagate, likely at the White House’s behest. Nunes, remember, had been directed by contacts in the White House to raw intelligence reports compiled during the Obama administration that referenced American citizens associated with the Trump campaign. Supposedly Nunes had seen evidence that Obama officials had “unmasked” the identities of those Trump associates; while he didn’t claim that the unmasking had been done unlawfully, he implied that the motives behind it were improper/political and further that the information had been improperly shared with people who shouldn’t have had access to it. Burr backs him up on the latter point — some of the unmasked intelligence leaked — but on the former point, that the unmasking had been improper to begin with, he sounds skeptical.

As far as I know, Nunes himself never publicly named Susan Rice as a culprit in the unmasking. Her name was leaked to reporters by White House sources, and then Trump himself rashly accused her of probably having committed a crime when he was asked about it, but Nunes has always been cautious about pointing his finger at specific Obama personnel. One possible reason why: It may not be Rice who’s the central figure in Obama-era unmasking improprieties. Per this Free Beacon report from a few days ago, the central figure may be Samantha Power:

Power appears to be central to efforts by top Obama administration officials to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources…

“Unmasking is not a regular occurrence—absolutely not a weekly habit. It is rare, even at the National Security Council, and ought to be rarer still for a U.N. ambassador,” according to one former senior U.S. official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon…

“The subpoena for Power suggests just how pervasive the Obama administration’s spying on Americans actually was,” said one veteran GOP political operative who has been briefed on the matter by senior Congressional intelligence officials. “The U.N. ambassador has absolutely no business calling for the quantity and quality of the intelligence that Power seems to have been asking for.”

Those points were all made back in early June when Power was first named as the target of a subpoena by Nunes’s House Intelligence Committee. Why was someone who didn’t work in natsec for Obama of interest to an investigation into improper intelligence unmasking? Was Samantha Power unmasking Trump campaign staffers in intel reports for raw partisan reasons?

The wrinkle in that theory is that unmasking is a discretionary practice by the FBI and NSA. An administration official like Power can request that an American citizen mentioned in an intel report be unmasked but the agency can deny that request if it deems the request to be for an improper (i.e. non-natsec) purpose. Either Obama’s FBI and/or NSA were complicit in improper protocols, in which case it’s hard to see why Burr would accuse Nunes of “creating” this controversy, or Power’s role doesn’t have to do with unmasking. If in fact she’s being looked at for impropriety here, it seems more likely that she’s suspected of leaking unmasked intelligence that was shared with her, either properly or improperly. The “unmasking” scandal is probably really a leak scandal, assuming there’s a scandal at all. Remember, Burr’s comments aren’t the first time that sources in Congress have claimed that Nunes was hyping improprieties where none exist, although I believe it is the first time that someone’s implied that on the record.

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Steve Bannon had a bizarre reaction to Trump’s new communications director

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:55

Top Trump aide Steve Bannon had a bizarre reaction to Wall Street entrepreneur Anthony Scaramucci being floated as the new communications director for the White House, according to a report Friday from NBC reporter Katy Tur.

Bannon said to Scaramucci, “over my dead body will you get this job,” according to Tur, who said two sources confirmed it to her and fellow NBC reporter Stephanie Ruhle.

Scaramucci was hired Friday as the new communications director despite Bannon’s reported protestations.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned over the hiring Friday, which cleared the way for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to assume the position Friday.

“I just confirmed with someone inside the White House this morning,” Ruhle said on MSNBC, “Steve Bannon, and remember this press office has basically been run by the Reince Priebus-Steve Bannon side of the world, said to Anthony Scaramucci, to his face, ‘over my dead body will you get this job.'”

“Well, here we are three hours [later], and I’m pretty sure there are no ambulances outside the White House with any dead bodies but Anthony Scaramucci will be joining this administration,” Ruhle concluded.

WH insider tells @SRuhle that Bannon told Scaramucci, ‘Over my dead body will you get this job!’ https://t.co/TbCo1tdZf5

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 21, 2017

Jon Karl of ABC News said he tried to get a comment from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about the hiring of Scaramucci, and Priebus slammed a door in his face.

Scaramucci, 53, spoke to the media during the White House press briefing Friday, and said he was confident the president would be able to get Congress to pass a health care bill and tax reform.

“So here’s one problem with the way our society is working,” Scaramucci said. “Right now, we are micromanaging the seconds of the news cycle. I predict that the president will get a win in health care. That’s my honest prediction just because I’ve seen him in operation over the last 20-plus years.”

“The president has really good Karma and the world turns back to him,” he added.

“He’s a genuinely wonderful human being and I think as the members of Congress get to know him better and get comfortable with him they’re going to let him lead them to the right things for the American people, so I think we’re going to get the health care done.”

“I also think we’re going to get tax reform done. And whatever else is on the president’s agenda, we’re going to work very very hard very studiously to make it happen.”

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New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci donated to Obama campaign in 2008

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:40

Anthony Scaramucci, who was named White House communications director on Friday, donated to former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, federal records show.

President Donald Trump’s job offer to Scaramucci — a financier and a former Fox Business Network host — reportedly led to the resignation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

According to data from the Federal Election Commission, Scaramucci donated $2,300 to Obama for America in May 2008.

FEC records show @Scaramucci donated federal maximum to Obama in 2008.https://t.co/AxGBjSVqca pic.twitter.com/ryfz1hD8Vw

— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) July 21, 2017

Scaramucci, 53, additionally donated $28,500 to the Democratic National Committee in October 2008, as well as another $28,500 to the Obama Victory Fund.

CBS News reported that Scaramucci, a Long Island, New York, native, worked for Goldman Sachs before founding the investment firm SkyBridge Capital, which he later sold to a Chinese company. He was most recently the chief strategy officer and senior vice president at the Ex-Im Bank.

According to the Washington Post, Scaramucci later served as a national finance co-chair for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. In 2016, he was a co-chair for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2016 campaign. After Walker ended his campaign, Scaramucci joined former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s national finance committee. He later joined Trump’s campaign.

Despite his work for Republicans, a search of Scaramucci’s Twitter account revealed tweets in which the new White House communications director took atypical Republican positions. Scaramucci has previously called himself pro-choice, advocated gun control, and appeared to take aim at Trump’s characterization of climate change as a “hoax.”

@JockRothko I am pro choice. support a muscular defense, the world is unsafe and USA creates peace through its strength, prosperty follows.

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) September 15, 2012

@cda0519 I am not a partisan. For Gay Marriage, against the death penalty, and Pro Choice. I am for social inclusion, fiscal responsibility

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 8, 2012

@laurasgoldman I don't support that legislation, never had, I have always been for strong gun control laws.

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) December 15, 2012

You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy. The fact many people still believe CC is a hoax is disheartening

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) March 11, 2016

Scaramucci also appeared to criticize Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border:

Walls don't work. Never have never will. The Berlin Wall 1961-1989 don't fall for it. pic.twitter.com/urKlDWAhdt

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) December 1, 2015

A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.

Trump has also donated to Democrats, including his former rival Hillary Clinton.

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Two black men allegedly rape woman to teach her ‘white women don’t mean s**t’

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:25

A Clermont, Florida, woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two black men who said they did it to teach her a lesson about dating black men, and that white women “don’t mean s**t in this town.”

According to the Orlando Sentinel, on June 22, Clermont Police said an unnamed woman was “just hanging out with friends” in the early morning in the 1000 block of Disston Avenue. Police spokesman Sgt. Shane Strickland said Rodney “Coop” Cooper, 32, pushed the woman inside a bedroom, locked the door, and stood guard.

From there, the police report said 27-year-old Justin Akeen Fedrick, and 26-year-old Keon Dellshai Gordon began to sexually assault the woman who “attempted to fight them, but they were too strong.”

According to the police report, the men told the woman “we’re going to teach you a lesson about dating a black man and white [women] don’t mean [expletive] in this town.” When they were finished, the report said, they told the woman they would “make it ten times worse next time” if she went to the police.

The police report said the woman ran from the home, cutting through backyards “because she was afraid they would come after her.” The victim’s boyfriend called the police after he received a text close to 3 a.m. from his girlfriend saying that she’s “bleeding and limping somewhere in the neighborhood.”

Deputies found her in the 900 block of Disston Avenue.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that “Coop,” the man who had pushed her into the room and guarded the door has been arrested for his role in the rape, and is currently in Lake County Jail with a $50,000 bond. Fedrick and Gordon, however, are still on the loose.

The Orlando Sentinel posted the description given by police, and a number to call should Gordon or Fredrick be spotted:

Fedrick is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds with dark hair and eyes. Gordon is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds with dark hair and eyes. They are known to frequent Davenport, southern Lake County and western Orange County, Strickland said.

Those with information about their whereabouts should call Crimeline at 800-423-8477. Tips to Crimeline can be made anonymously and those with information leading to arrests could be eligible for cash rewards.

 

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Iowa utilities board denies environmentalist attempts to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

HotAir - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:21

The Dakota Access Pipeline is finished and delivering thousands of barrels of oil, but the legal battle to stop it continues. Today, the Iowa Utilities Board denied a request by two environmental groups to stop the flow of oil by revoking the pipeline’s permit. From the Des Moines Register:

Iowa regulators have rejected a request by two environmental groups to revoke a state permit and shut down oil shipments on the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

The Iowa Utilities Board said Friday it was clear a federal court has not withdrawn the pipeline’s authority to operate and the groups’ motion was based on an incorrect premise. The decision was signed by Chairwoman Geri Huser and board member Nick Wagner.

Last month the Sierra Club of Iowa and the Science and Environmental Health Network filed a motion demanding the permit be revoked after a U.S. District Judge ruled the Army Corps of Engineers would need to reconsider its environmental review. The Des Moines Register reported at the time:

The two groups contend that [Judge] Boasberg’s ruling invalidates the Iowa permit, which was conditioned on Dakota Access obtaining all necessary state and federal authorizations for the pipeline…

“The house of cards built by Dakota Access has come tumbling down,” Raffensperger said in a prepared statement. “The Iowa Utilities Board granted a permit to Dakota Access on the condition that it obtain all of the necessary permits, chief among them the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There is no federal permit. The IUB must shut this pipeline down.”

Lawyers for the pipeline developers reacted strongly to those claims, suggesting lawyers for the environmental groups should be sanctioned:

Dakota Access, LLC, filed a resistance with the Iowa Utilities Board this week which accused lawyers for anti-pipeline groups of making statements so “shockingly dishonest” that  the board should consider whether it can sanction attorneys who misrepresent facts to state regulators.

“The activist groups can engage in whatever wishful thinking they like when they are trying to rally their supporters, but in a legal proceeding words have actual meanings,” Dakota Access said.

So this attempt to shut down the pipeline has failed. Judge Boasberg is expected to decide in September whether the pipeline can continue to operate while the Army Corps performs a new environmental review. Yesterday Judge Boasberg announced that state trade groups, i.e. groups supporting the pipeline, could weigh in on his decision. National groups on both sides of the issue may be allowed to have a say as well, though that hasn’t been decided yet.

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Ward to McCain: Step down so I can be appointed to replace you

HotAir - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:41

Washington DC is a place for grand ambition, a place that no one gets without having something of a killer instinct. Usually it’s disguised a little better than in this WOWO interview with Kelli Ward, the woman who challenged John McCain in the 2016 primary, picked up here by CNN. Ward, a physician by trade, tells the Indiana station that the prospects for McCain’s health are “low,” and that he should get out of the way immediately in order to open up the seat for … Kelli Ward:

“I hope that Senator McCain is going to look long and hard at this, that his family and his advisers are going to look at this, and they’re going to advise him to step away as quickly as possible,” she said on Indiana radio WOWO 1190 AM. “So that the business of the country and the business of Arizona being represented at the federal level can move forward.” …

“I would never presume to say what someone’s prognosis is without having exams,” she said. “As a Christian, I know there can always be miracles. But the likelihood that John McCain is going to come back to the Senate and be at full force for the people of our state and the people of the United States is low. That likelihood is low. So in our state, we don’t have a quick special election or anything if someone retires or resigns or steps away from their position.”

In one sentence, Ward says she’d never offer a prognosis without doing an exam. Two sentences later, Ward does exactly that, a trick she tried on occasion during her primary fight, too. She may not be incorrect, and in fact might be likely to be proven correct, but Doctor Ward is still offering prognoses without any access to the patient’s information.

Besides, what’s the rush? Ward emphasizes that the issue is pressing because of the head count in the Senate, which Ward manages to botch. “You probably realize,” Ward tells the radio host, “that with John McCain out of commission, we don’t have 51 votes on the Republican side.” Actually, as her home-state newspaper Arizona Republic pointed out, we do have 51 votes without McCain, because there are 52 Republicans in the Senate. As Casey Stengel once said, “You can look it up.” Assuming that the entire Republican caucus votes together, McCain’s temporary absence would not be a problem. The issue is that the caucus can’t even pull together 50 votes for ObamaCare repeal, but McConnell can’t pull together 49 either, so again, McCain’s absence isn’t as pressing, at least at the moment.

The reason Ward wants to treat this as an emergency is rather transparent:

She added that if McCain steps down she hopes Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey considers appointing her to his seat until an election takes place in 2018 to decide who would fill it for the remainder of his term.

“Well, you know, I certainly hope so,” she said. “Because I have a proven track record of years in the state senate of being extremely effective and of listening to the voice of the people that I represent.”

Ahem. If Doug Ducey had any inclination to fill a hypothetically open Senate seat by appointing Ward, the naked ambition in this attempt to shove McCain in a ditch just a couple of days after announcing his cancer diagnosis would chill it at least a little. It doesn’t help that Ward goes after Jeff Flake in the same interview, and then suggests that Ducey could do a solid for Flake by letting her take the other Senate seat. “I am beating the pants off of Jeff Flake already,” Ward tells WOWO, and that “some people told me” that Flake should get Ducey to appoint Ward just to “take the pressure off of him.”

Flake’s not rushing to take Ward up on that offer, as he tells CNN:

“John McCain is a fighter and an American hero. I fully expect to see him back in the senate soon. I’m dumbstruck by Kelli Ward’s comments.”

Regardless of how one views John McCain’s policy positions and votes, the people of Arizona elected him to this term in office, and he should be given more than 48 hours to absorb the impact of his diagnosis before deciding on whether to resign. Instead, Ward wants to push him out in order to get the seat she couldn’t win in the election. My guess is that McCain will be more determined than ever not to give Ward that opportunity, and that Flake will have a clip to share with Arizona voters repeatedly between now and the 2018 primary.

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China bans Justin Bieber to ‘purify’ Chinese environment

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:40

China has officially banned controversial Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber from the country in order to “purify the Chinese performance environment” according to the Telegraph.

Bieber has developed something of a bad name for himself after a few incidents caused the public to question his character, including an arrest for drunk driving in 2014. He also faced charges for vandalism in Brazil, peeing in a mop bucket before flipping the bird to a picture of Bill Clinton, being caught with marijuana, and being investigated for battery; all in 2013.

He reportedly also forced his bodyguards to carry him around the Great Wall of China on their shoulders, and skateboarded through the streets of Beijing while forcing his bodyguards to run to keep up with him.

A young female fan contacted the Chinese Municipal Bureau of Culture asking why Bieber, with all his musical accolades and talent, was not appearing in China.

The bureau wrote the girl back, and said that Bieber’s behavior is not fit as a role model for Chinese people, and that the government had banned Bieber until such a time as he’s cleaned up his act.

“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” the bureau told the fan. “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.

“We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public,” the bureau said.

Bieber joins other artists banned from China such as Lady Gaga, who was banned after a meeting with the Dalai Lama, whom the Chinese government calls a “wolf in monk’s robes,” and a separatist attempting to divide China’s Himalayan region.

According to the Telegraph, the British band Oasis — creators of the song “Wonderwall” — is also banned from China after it was discovered that member Noel Gallagher took part in a “Free Tibet” benefit concert.

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‘We not gonna help your a**!’: No charges for teens who taunted disabled man while filming him drown

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:15

UPDATE 7:16 p.m.: The teens who videotaped the drowning of a disabled man in a Florida pond — while taunting him and never making an attempt to assist him — will now face charges, Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe told WKMG-TV Friday.

Police will file a misdemeanor charge under Florida Statute 406.12 which requires anyone who “becomes aware of the death of any person” to report it to authorities, the station said, adding that whether the charges stick or not will be up to the state attorney’s office.

Cantaloupe also told WKMG he plans to meet with legislators to get a law passed that requires bystanders to try to help those in distress.

“I want to think that’s a natural instinct for any of us, that if we saw somebody in trouble or somebody having an issue, that we would at least try to get them help,” Cantaloupe told the station.

Original story below

Police said five teenagers not only did nothing to assist a disabled man who was crying for help in a Florida pond earlier this month, but they actually videotaped him drown and taunted and laughed at him in the process, Florida Today reported.

What’s more, authorities can’t bring any charges against the teens, who range in age from 14 to 16, the paper said.

The Brevard County State Attorney’s Office called the July 9 incident in Cocoa, Florida, a “tragedy” and said the teens’ lack of action had “no moral justification” but added it appears they didn’t violate any laws, Florida Today said.

On the clip the teens — who’ve been interviewed by police but haven’t been identified — can be heard giggling and taunting 32-year-old Jamel Dunn who struggled to keep his head above water.

Here’s some of what they yelled at Dunn:

“You a f***in’ junkie!”

“Get out the water, you gonna die!”

“We not gonna help your ass!”

“Ain’t nobody’s gonna to help you, you dumb bitch! You shouldn’t of got in there!”

At one point Dunn was clearly heard crying out before his head went under the water — and that was the moment the teens seemed to enjoy most, as they responded with laughter and more mocking commentary.

“He just died!” one said amid cackling.

“This man ain’t getting back up,” one said soon after.

“Yeah, he dead, but he gone,” another noted. “RIP.”

The teens then left the area without alerting authorities, Florida Today said.

Dunn’s fiancée filed a missing person report after he didn’t come home in Cocoa, the paper said. But after his badly decomposed body was found July 12, Florida Today said a family friend saw the video on social media and turned it over to authorities.

Jamel Dunn (Image source: CBS News video screenshot)

“They didn’t call the police,” Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department, told the paper. “They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming … for someone to help him.”

But since the teens weren’t directly involved in Dunn’s death and there aren’t Good Samaritan laws that apply in this case, police told Florida Today nothing can be done to them.

So was there even a hint of remorse, even after authorities exposed the teens?

Hardly any, police told the paper.

Detectives said one of the teens just stared ahead during the questioning, Florida Today reported.

“There was no remorse, only a smirk,” Martinez told the paper, adding that the teen’s mother sat next to him and broke down in tears over the situation.

There also are concerns over the teens’ safety as word spreads about the incident, Florida Today said.

Simone Scott, who identified herself as Dunn’s sister, noted on social media she’s upset over how her brother died.

“I agree they don’t have to help, but they should have called 9-1-1,” Scott posted, the paper reported, adding that she wrote “my brother is disabled and walks with a cane … please make it make sense to me.”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

A family friend said Dunn was the father of two young daughters and was known to be giving to others, Florida Today added. His family posted a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses.

Police told the paper that Dunn arrived at the pond after an argument with his fiancée.

“The kids were at the park that day smoking marijuana and apparently saw him walk into the water,” Martinez told Florida Today. “He walked in on his own. They were watching him.”

Dunn’s fiancée, Rondanielle Williams, asked WESH-TV, “How could nothing in your heart tell you not to do anything when someone’s crying out for help, and you’re telling them that you’re not gonna help them?”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“They just started recording what happened and watched until he died,” she said. “Everybody is just horrified by this.”

This story has been updated.

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Poll: 62% now say it’s the federal government’s responsibility to make sure everyone has health coverage

HotAir - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:01

The two parties will continue to battle over health-care policy for years to come but there’s no question which one holds the ideological high ground. The left’s victory on this subject is assured. The only mystery is how long it’ll take.

It’s tempting to conclude that ObamaCare has transformed popular opinion on the urgency of universal coverage. That may be true, but I wouldn’t bank on it.

A new poll suggests the country may be shifting left on this core issue, with 62 percent saying it’s the federal government’s responsibility to make sure that all Americans have health care coverage, while 37 percent say it is not…

As recently as March, the AP-NORC poll had found Americans more ambivalent about the federal government’s role, with a slim 52 percent majority saying health coverage is a federal responsibility, and 47 percent saying it is not…

The latest AP-NORC poll found a familiar partisan split: more than 8 in 10 Democrats said health care is a federal responsibility, compared with 3 in 10 Republicans. Political independents were more closely divided, with 54 percent saying coverage is a federal responsibility and 44 percent saying it is not.

That’s a big partisan gap, sure, but 30 percent of Republicans isn’t insignificant. And the AP’s poll isn’t the only one this year to show it. Back in January, three days before Trump was sworn in, Pew released its own poll gauging changes to public opinion on universal coverage as a key priority in health-care reform. Result: 32 percent of Republicans agreed that the feds have a responsibility to ensure coverage for all Americans, right in line with today’s result. (The topline number of 60 percent overall also closely matches the AP.)

As I say, though, it’s not clear if ObamaCare has shaped expectations over the last few years or if this has traditionally been a quiet expectation among Americans with a brief interruption recently due to a backlash to ObamaCare. Here’s Pew’s trendline dating back to 2000:

The share of Americans who viewed universal coverage as a federal responsibility was higher in Clinton’s final year in office than it is now, but that fact in isolation would be misleading. The number who feel that way tanked during the Obama years, only to come roaring back as Americans have gotten more comfortable with ObamaCare and grown more anxious about what GOP plan might replace it. The trendlines are back in the left’s favor. In fact, feast your eyes on the numbers when the AP asked people to estimate whether the Republican proposals are likely to make certain groups better off or worse off if they become law:

Better off/worse off for lower-income families: 18/59. Better off/worse off for Americans with serious illness: 16/64. Those are gruesome splits, and they’re not the only ones. The AP tested various component parts of the GOP plan and got similarly lopsided results. Americans oppose reducing federal funding for Medicaid by a 21/64 margin and oppose letting insurers charge some people higher premiums based on their medical history (a basic component of traditional insurance) by a 15/73 spread. Overall, 59 percent now favor keeping ObamaCare, up six points since January. You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind’s blowing.

Exit question via another health-care poll that dropped within the last few days: Why are a majority of Americans okay with charging smokers higher rates for insurance but not very obese people? Is it because there are more obese Americans than smokers now? Is it because smoking’s been a public health crisis for so much longer than obesity has, giving smokers ample notice of the risk they’ve assumed? Or is it because treating the chief health risk of smoking, cancer, is known to be extremely expensive?

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Bill O’Reilly: Trump won’t make it four years if he can’t get this done

The Blaze - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:59

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Friday that President Donald Trump won’t last four years in the White House if he doesn’t get the ball rolling on tax reform.

“I think the president has got to stop everything and just, you know, get into the tax cut business and get in fast,” O’Reilly said, adding that Trump won’t “have any power” if he doesn’t, because the Republican Party “is turning on him.”

O’Reilly’s bold prediction prompted Beck to ask if that means he believes Trump will be impeached. The former Fox host said that, once the president loses support from his base, “they walk away.”

“Then the bad guys come in, and they’re going to throw everything at him.  They’ll trump up stuff, they’ll make up stuff,” he asserted. “[I]f he loses his support, and he hasn’t so far. His people are staying with him.”

Beck agreed, but noted many of the president’s supporters “are softening” on their unshakable defense of Trump.

In late April, the White House unveiled a one-page summary of the Trump administration’s tax reform plans. Speaking to reporters at the time, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn described the proposal as the “biggest tax cut” in American history.

The plan cuts the number of income tax brackets from seven to three, with the top rate being 35 percent, the median rate being 25 percent, and the lowest 10 percent. And perhaps the most eye-popping cut is the White House suggestion to slash the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.

It should be noted that administration officials believe it would be difficult to get the corporate rate as low as Trump’s promised 15 percent. Instead, the White House is aiming for right around 20 percent — a rate House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday is “very realistic.”

Vice President Mike Pence, trying to sell retailers on Trump’s tax plan, said Tuesday that the president “is going to work with this Congress this year, and we’re going pass the largest tax cut since the days of Ronald Reagan.”

“When it comes to your businesses, our tax plan is going to put American companies, including our retailers, back on a path to jobs and growth and better competitiveness,” Pence said during an event hosted by the National Retail Federation, The Hill reported.

But despite all the talk about tax reform, little has been done to advance the issue. To date, Congress and the White House have been trapped in a so far unsuccessful fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

As for O’Reilly’s prediction about Trump’s tenure in office, Beck said later in his show that he felt his guest “made news” with his claims.

“If Congress doesn’t pass tax cuts, [Trump’s] base will erode, and then the wolves will eat,” Beck warned.  “And I think [O’Reilly’s] exactly right.”

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In the Netherlands, the Doctor Will Kill You Now

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:49
Kees van der Staaij, Wall St. Journal
In 2002 the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for those suffering deadly diseases or in the last stages of life.
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The Living and the Dead

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:48
James Verini, New York Times Magazine
In October, Iraqi forces set out to retake Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities and ISIS's biggest stronghold in the country. It would take them nine months and cost thousands of lives.
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