Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Tour boat capsizes in China, hundreds of lives likely lost; Obamacare fomenting double digit rate increases; Iran nuclear stockpile grows as talks drag on; Jeb wants to tackle entitlements; murder rate rises in New York, explodes in Baltimore; and all is not well for Jews in America.
Have a good day.
Hundreds likely perish in China tour boat disaster . . . Rescuers fought bad weather on Tuesday as they searched for more than 400 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, missing after a cruise boat was buffeted by a freak tornado and capsized on the Yangtze River. The accident on Monday night is likely to end up as China’s worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years. Reuters
Survivors scream for help . . . Rescuers pulled six survivors to safety after hearing cries for help Tuesday from inside a capsized cruise ship that went down overnight in a storm on China’s Yangtze River with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly, state broadcaster CCTV said. Associated Press
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Obamacare sticker shock: Insurers seek huge rate hikes . . . Health insurers are proposing to raise Obamacare rates more than in the past — some by more than 70 percent — now that they are finally equipped with all the information they need to price those plans. Washington Examiner
You might be able to see of your rates are going up by going to ratereview.healthcare.gov.
New York Times to slam administration over FOIA delays . . . A top attorney for The Times will tell Congress there’s a “culture of unresponsiveness” when it comes to FOIA. National Journal
Schieffer: “Maybe we were not skeptical enough” of Obama . . . Exiting CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer admitted to Fox News’ Howard Kurtz in an interview broadcast Sunday that just maybe perhaps the media went a little too easy on Barack Obama in 2008. White House Dossier
You’re six and a half years late, Bob . . .
Obama rallies the troops against – climate change? . . . President Obama is less than stalwart in the fight against ISIS and doesn’t seem overly concerned about Vladimir Putin’s predation in Ukraine or China’s aggression in the South China Sea. It is the fight against climate change, an allegedly dire threat to the nation’s security, that brings out his inner Churchill. Rich Lowry
Acting TSA head reassigned . . . The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned late Monday after a watchdog report revealed undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through checkpoints as part of an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America’s airports. Fox News
Obama to sweat through climate plan announcement . . . what better time and place to announce a climate change initiative than in Washington during the soupy summer month of August. White House Dossier
Iran’s nuclear stockpile grows . . . With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period. New York Times
The Iranians are running circles around Obama and his team. It would be laughable – if the fate of the world was not perhaps in the mix.
U.S. insists Kerry broken leg won’t hinder Iran talks . . . Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Boston Monday for surgery on his broken leg, as U.S. officials insisted his injury would not hinder his participation in nuclear negotiations with Iran. With an end-of-June deadline for an Iranian deal fast approaching, the 71-year-old Kerry left Geneva aboard a U.S. military plane accompanied by his orthopedic surgeon, Dennis Burke, and additional medical personnel. Officials said Burke is expected in the coming days to perform surgery on Kerry’s right femur. AP’s Matt Lee
Yeah, well, have any of you ever broken your leg and had surgery? It ain’t gonna be business as usual. They ought to pass this off to someone else, preferably with negotiating skills, which would be a refreshing change.
Some help for the Iraqi troops . . . Maybe what the Iraqi troops need is not more weapons, not new generals, but counseling. Perhaps even a team of motivational speakers. White House Dossier
NSA will stop collecting phone records . . . he Senate now will decide the fate of a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. But whatever the outcome of a scheduled Tuesday vote, the last two days in Congress have made this much clear: The NSA will ultimately be out of the business of collecting and storing American calling records. Associated Press
White House won’t say America less safe . . . White House press secretary Josh Earnest ripped the Senate for allowing the Patriot Act to lapse, but dodged three times on the question of whether America is less safe. The Blaze
Giuliani: Paul “living in Never Never Land” . . . Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, is “extremely reckless” in his fight against the Obama administration and Senate Republicans in renewing certain parts of the Patriot Act. Washington Examiner
Jeb would consider means-testing Social Security . . . Jeb Bush says he would considering pushing back the Social Security retirement age by as many as five years and scaling back benefits for Americans who paid into the system but who also have accumulated wealth. CNS News
Nice to see a GOP candidate addressing the looming entitlement meltdown.
Jeb can start here: Social Security has paid $20 million to Nazis over the years.
Lindsey Graham announces, gets personal . . . It’s the tale of a son of pool-hall owners, who grew up near-impoverished in the back room of his parents’ bar. As a college student, he raised, and eventually adopted, his little sister after their parents died, before going on to have a career as an Air Force lawyer and then rising to become South Carolina’s senior senator. Politico
Journos meet to discuss lack of access to Hillary . . . Journalists covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign met for nearly two hours in Washington on Monday to discuss concerns about what they believe is inadequate access to cover the Democratic front-runner, according to people who attended. Huffington PostHillary will officially announce June 13 in New York City.
Clinton girls-only fundraiser opened to men as sales fizzle . . . Hillary Clinton had trouble attracting high-powered women to a New York talk hosted by Silda Wall Spitzer two weeks before her campaign officially kicks off. Sources said that after ticket sales fizzled for an intimate $2,700-per-person, “just for women” meeting on Monday, the event was thrown open to men at the 11th hour, and the deadline extended to buy tickets. New York Post
Warren is definitely out . . . After a half year of circulating petitions, staging rallies, opening offices in states with early presidential contests, and gathering 365,000 signatures, Run Warren Run is acknowledging what’s been clear to others for a while: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. And now, it’s closing up shop. Politico
Did the Clinton’s promise to give her a job with the Foundation?
Israeli bank chief: Arab population threatens to overwhelm . . . Israel’s central bank chief says demographic changes such as aging and the growth of Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations are threatening the country’s long-term growth prospects. Associated Press
UN awards anti-Israeli group with key designation. . . A pro-Palestinian group that denies Israel’s right to exist and which critics say is a front for Hamas won key status from a UN panel, Israel said Monday, prompting angry diplomats from the Jewish state to lash out at nations that voted for the measure, including several with dubious human rights records. Fox News
ISIS recruits with vision of Muslim utopia . . . The Islamic State is building a terrorist society complete with medical centers, central kitchens, weapons factories, oil companies and schools, according to an analysis of the group’s copious social media dispatches. And it is waging a slick media campaign to staff those institutions. Washington Times
All is not as it was for Jews in America . . . If you go online and read the comments on any story about Israel or George Soros or search certain terms on Twitter, you begin to feel the golden age of the American Jews was just a moment in time. Perhaps the old paranoia stirs in me, but I see ominous signs everywhere. Rich Cohen
Supremes rule for Muslim woman denied job . . . By an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who sued after being denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. Reuters
Gunplay rises in New York . . . Shootings in New York City have been rising for two straight years, the first time that has happened since the end of the 1990s, when the city was still in the early years of a remarkable downturn in crime. New York Times
Giuliani saved my city. DeBlasio will send it straight back to the 70s.
Baltimore posts worst monthly murder toll since 1972 . . . Baltimore recorded 43 murders in May, police said on Monday, the deadliest month in more than 40 years for a city already shaken by the death of a black man from injuries in police custody. Reuters
By focusing on the real but relatively minor problem of police racism, Obama and his allies have forced the police to retreat and allowed murder and mayhem – the real problems of the inner city – to explode.
Second Amendment saves the day . . . On May 31, an armed citizen pulled his own gun and opened fire on an alleged attacker inside a Georgia liquor store, thereby ending a would-be mass shooting. Breitbart
Transgenders get OSHA bathroom backing . . . The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidelines Monday suggesting that employers allow transgender employees access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Washington Times
Introducing Caitlyn Jenner . . . Jenner says: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.” Vanity Fair
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