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Obama Ethics Lawyer: Trump Alluding To Taped Conversations Was Witness Intimidation Against Comey

Townhall.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:57
Comey? The guy who was so intimidated that he leaked memos to the NYT
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The battle for the rubble of Raqqa is underway

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:51

Three weeks into the allied assault on the ISIS capital of Raqqa, operations to surround the northern Syrian city are complete and street-by-street fighting has begun in the outskirts.

The struggle to deny terrorists the symbolic capital of their self-proclaimed caliphate is likely to be hard-fought, bloody and prolonged. It pits an unknown number of fighters from Arab militias, Syrian Democratic Forces and an anti-ISIS coalition of mainly Kurdish soldiers newly-armed and advised by U.S. Special Operations troops.

They face entrenched ISIS fighters estimated as at least 2,500 by the Institute for the Study of War.   

For months the city’s urban core has been the target of artillery and aerial bombardments by Russian, Syrian and allied forces with hardships inflicted on the remaining civilian population of between 50,000 to 100,000 held hostage by ISIS. While thousands have fled, those captured by ISIS are often executed or used as human shields.

Despite air attacks, ISIS forces are believed to have evacuated across the Euphrates River to the south its senior leadership and considerable equipment and supplies, including its elaborate media operations and chemical weapons.

As it has in the ongoing and unexpectedly prolonged battle for Mosul in Iraq, ISIS is defending with a combination of earthen works, tunnels, homicide bombers, intermittent attacks by cells left among civilians and has laced the ruins and ancient narrow streets with IEDs.

The struggle is further complicated by the nearby presence of Syrian forces loyal to the regime of President Bashir al-Assad and large numbers of Iranian militia and troops using the Syrian civil war as a real-life tactical training ground for future regional adventures under the tutelage of Russian advisers.

The anti-ISIS alliance has its own internal challenges. It includes Turkey, for instance, which regards its Kurdish allies as terrorists. The coalition itself is also riven with other bitter ethnic, political and centuries-old religious rifts that make any future governance problematic, even if the most basic power and sanitary infrastructures had not been destroyed in the struggle to save the city.

Experts expect the Raqqa battle to last longer than currently expected and the aftermath to still involve ISIS raids and suicide attacks from isolated havens. “The fall of Raqqa City,” wrote the Institute, “will be symbolic. But it will not be decisive.”

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Liz Warren slammed for incendiary tweet after GOP baseball shooting

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:50

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) didn’t appear to let her foot off the gas on the heated political rhetoric even after the heinous, politically motivated shooting that targeted Republicans at a congressional baseball practice last week in Alexandria, Va. She was immediately slammed on social media for her insensitivity.

She posted a video slamming Republicans for the Senate health care bill, but it was her use of the term “blood money” that incensed many.

I’ve read the Republican “health care” bill. This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives. pic.twitter.com/298DLguNiM

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 22, 2017

“I’ve read the Republican ‘health care’ bill,” she tweeted. “This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives.”

This wasn’t the first time Thursday that Warren had used the term. She also said it on the floor of the Senate when she declared, “These cuts are blood money. People will die. Let’s be very clear: Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives.”

Warren accused Republicans of pushing for health care reform merely because they were being paid by interest groups that wanted to profit off the preventable deaths of Americans.

Many criticized the tone-deaf tweet on social media. Townhall.com political editor Guy Benson called Warren a “disgusting demagogue” over the tweet.

"Blood money." What a disgusting demagogue. Also, the law she's slandering her opponents to protect is failing & actively harming millions. https://t.co/21n0FbREAq

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 23, 2017

She was, minutes before, defending the abortion industry, which funds her campaign. https://t.co/XsBu8u3AMv

— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) June 23, 2017

I'm fine w/ rhetoric, but if GOP member of congress called the Democrats killers the week after assassination attempt, media would LOSE IT. https://t.co/dqqL0R8Dz2

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 22, 2017

Heath care bill is "blood money"..they're paying for tax cuts w/ "American lives". This is a dog whistle by Warren for those like Hodgkinson https://t.co/jjqCNNT1Mj

— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 22, 2017

Here is Elizabeth Warren inspiring future Hodgkinsons https://t.co/kri0wmFNMu

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 22, 2017

Really hope no one is radicalized by this kind of incendiary speech https://t.co/WlpuaSSX9r

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 23, 2017

Senate Republicans revealed their health care bill Thursday after weeks of being criticized for the secretive process they used to craft the legislation. Some more conservative GOP senators have said they do not support the bill, but President Trump said Friday that they would work together to improve the legislation and gain their backing.

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GOP Bill Will Transform American Health Care - for the Better

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:48
Avik Roy, Forbes
The hotly-anticipated Senate Republican health care bill came out on Thursday morning. The airwaves quickly filled up with predictable talking points from both sides. But once the dust settles, it will emerge that the Senate bill will have far-reaching effects on American health care: for the better.
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At least four Republican senators stand in the way of GOP healthcare bill’s passage

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:30

Four Senate conservatives have voiced opposition to the new GOP Obamacare replacement bill in a joint statement.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a statement from their senatorial websites on Thursday shortly after the release of the GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.

“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor,” read the statement. “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”

Paul also took to Twitter and reaffirmed his opposition, but reiterating that he is open to negotiations on the bill.

I will oppose the #healthcarebill coming to the floor in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations.

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 22, 2017

In its current form, the new GOP health care bill continues to provide subsidies for Obamacare enrollees, as well as continues the Medicaid expansion funding for another three years. For the four senators, the bill’s decision to keep these entitlements does not sit well.

According to NBC News, Paul told reporters that “the idea that we’re going to allow the death spiral of Obamacare to continue, but we’re going to subsidize it, is just not a very Republican notion.”

Reporters asked Paul if this decision to unite the four senators is designed as a ploy to take down the bill, but Paul rejected this notion.

“The intention is not to take down the bill, but to make the bill better,” Paul said. “And I believe the leverage on account of four people is enough that hopefully those who wrote the bill will say ‘we want some, or all, of their votes, and therefore we’ll try to make the bill look more like a repeal bill, and less like a reiteration of Obamacare bill.'”

“As currently drafted, this bill draft does not do nearly enough to lower premiums,” Cruz said in a separate statement to reporters. “That should be the central issue for Republicans — repealing Obamacare and making health care more affordable. Because of this, I cannot support it as currently drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate.”

Cruz believes as Paul does that the bill can be improved, however, adding “We can get this done. We can get to ‘yes.'”

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is hoping to push a vote on the bill before July 4. In order for the bill to pass, McConnell will need 50 votes, but without Paul, Cruz, Johnson, and Lee this will be nearly impossible to achieve. McConnell will need to turn at least two Democrats to vote in favor of the bill, but this is highly unlikely with Democrats vowing not to support the bill at all.

 

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NBC's Megyn Kelly Problem

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:18
Sonya Saraiya, Variety
It's still months before Megyn Kelly's new NBC daytime show is set to premiere, but it already feels like the former Fox News anchor has overstayed her welcome. Only three weeks into her Sunday-nigâ?¦
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Trump's Tape Bluff: Perfectly Legal

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:17
Alan Dershowitz, The Hill
OPINION We must declare an armistice against using our criminal justice system as a political weapon in what has become a zero-sum bloodsport
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No Tapes? Trump Has Us Through the Looking Glass

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:17
Michael D'Antonio, CNN
Given his own tendency to underestimate opponents and Comey's track record of integrity, Donald Trump should have known better than to bluff about the existence of tapes.
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Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:16
 Petraeus & O'Hanlon, Wall Street Journal
Can the U.S. succeed in Afghanistan?
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America Stumbling Into Another Decade of War

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:16
Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post
While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in U.S. foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling into another decade of war in the greater Middle East. And this next decade of conflict might prove to be even more destabilizing than the last one.
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Can Heitkamp Win Again in Red North Dakota?

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:15
David Byler, RealClearPolitics
If you were to ask nearly any political analyst or forecaster which Democratic senators are most vulnerable in 2018, Heidi Heitkamp would almost certainly be on their lists. The North Dakota lawmaker, elected by a narrow margin in 2012, has been performing a delicate balancing act: trying to work well with her co-partisans while keeping the electorate of her heavily Republican home state happy. So it’s worth asking -- when we talk about vulnerable Senate incumbents, why does Heitkamp’s name keep coming up?
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FBI's Utterly Bizarre Briefing on the Baseball Shooting

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:15
Mollie Hemingway, Federalist
The FBI gave an utterly bizarre update on its investigation into an attempt to assassinate Republican members of Congress. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) remains in the hospital from the attempt on his life in which two police officers and a congressional staffer were also shot. The hospital upgraded his condition to “fair” and said he faces a long recovery.
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Where Are All the Missing Leftist Voters?

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:14
Damon Linker, The Week
Maybe they're not voters at all
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The Passing of the Pelosi Era

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:14
Pat Buchanan, The American Conservative
In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia's Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel.
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Why Democrats Can't Quit Nancy Pelosi

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:14
Eric Bradner & Deirdre Walsh, CNN
Nancy Pelosi is sending a defiant message to House Democrats who are grumbling about her leadership: Come at me.
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To Win, Dems Will Do Anything Except Lay Off the Culture War

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:13
Rich Lowry, NY Post
How much do Democrats really want to defeat President Trump? There's no doubt that Democrats want to watch TV programs that excoriate the president. They want to give money to candidates opposing hâ?¦
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There's Actually Good News Buried in Dems' 4 Losses

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:13
Norm Ornstein, NY Daily News
Ronald Reagan’s favorite joke was about two young twin boys, one a congenital pessimist, the other a congenital optimist. Trying to cure them both, the father first took the pessimist into a room filled with every imaginable toy and game. The boy burst into tears: “I know you will take them all away from me, or they will break!” He then took the optimist to a room filled with horse manure and a shovel. The boy jumped on the manure and started to shovel away happily. The stunned father asked why. His son said, “There must be a pony in here somewhere!”
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Trump Hatred Doesn't Deliver Democrats Any Victories

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:12
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard
In April, Democrat Jon Ossoff got 48 percent of the vote in the special election to pick the new House member from Georgia's Sixth Congressional District outside Atlanta. He came in first but was forced into a runoff with Republican Karen Handel, who got 20 percent to finish second. In the runoff, Ossoff got 48 percent again and lost.How this happened is pretty simple. Ossoff needed to attract Republican voters to win. And there was a theory behind where he'd find them. Thousands of Republicans who loathe President Donald Trump would penalize their own party's candidate and defect to Ossoff....
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Blood Money: GOP Bill Pays for Tax Cuts w/American Lives

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:11
Senator Elizabeth Warren
I've read the Republican health care bill. This is blood money. They're paying for tax cuts with American lives. https://t.co/298DLguNiM
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