Thursday, June 4, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: DHS is releasing thousands of potentially dangerous illegal immigrants; ISIS hopes to smuggle a nuke across the Mexican border; Rubio snatching Bush donors; Mosby blocks Freddie Gray autopsy release; and Gallup finds verboten behaviors becoming more acceptable.
Have a great day.
DHS released 3,700 “Threat Level 1” criminal illegals . . . Most of the illegal immigrant criminals Homeland Security officials released from custody last year were discretionary, meaning the department could have kept them in detention but chose instead to let them onto the streets as their deportation cases moved through the system, according to new numbers from Congress. Washington Times
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Obama: Iran deal now good for 20 years, perhaps . . . President Obama informed Israel Tuesday that “the deal that we’re negotiating potentially takes a nuclear weapon off the table for 20 years.” He’d previously indicated 13-15 years. White House Dossier
Administration body count claim backfires . . . A new claim that American-led airstrikes have killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria in nine months is backfiring on the administration, as officials had said months earlier that body counts are not the way to gauge success, and because officials had few other details to back up the claim. Washington Examiner
ISIS vows to smuggle nuke across Mexican border . . . The Islamic State (ISIS) claims it has plans to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and smuggle it into the U.S., using drug and human smuggling routes already in use by Mexican and South American drug cartels. Newsmax
Man shot in Boston plotted to behead Pamela Gellar . . . Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday. But Rahim, a 26-year-old security guard who officials believe was radicalized by ISIS and other extremists, decided instead to target the “boys in blue,” a reference to police, according to court documents. CNN
Losers in the GOP debate cut sweepstakes . . . If the debates were held right now, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry would be the lucky 10th person — though just by the skin of his teeth. Perry’s average showing across the most recent five nationwide polls, excluding one from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, is 2.4 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich both average 1.6 percent and would be forced to sit out the debates. Carly Fiorina would also miss the cut as things stand, with her average of 1.4 percent support. The Hill
The RNC better figure out a way to get the GOP’s only female candidate on the stage or Republicans will face a world of hurt.
Rubio winning Bush donors . . . Marco Rubio is benefiting from pockets of discontent in Jeb Bush’s sprawling money network, winning over donors who believe the 44-year-old freshman senator from Florida offers a more compelling persona and sharper generational contrast against Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Washington Post
Rubio will make a rare appearance in New Hampshire June 25, traveling to Exeter for a “Veterans and Military Town Hall” sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America.
Carly Fiorina reveals that she and her husband have net worth of $59 million.
Cruz apologizes for Biden joke . . . It was a mistake to use an old joke about Vice President Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize,” Cruz, a Texas senator seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, wrote on Facebook. Reuters
When Rand Paul steps in it . . . The 2016 contender says he’s no programmed pol. But straight talk can be a dangerous thing. Politico
Lincoln Chafee announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic nomination. Nobody could explain exactly why.
UK student union votes Israel boycott . . . The executive board for the largest student union in the United Kingdom is under fire for joining the boycott campaign against Israel, after the council voted down a previous measure to condemn the Islamic State late last year. Washington Free Beacon
IRS confirms illegals can get credits for illegal work . . . Illegal immigrants granted executive amnesty can claim back tax credits for work they performed illegally, even if they never filed a tax return during those years, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed. Breitbart
Mosby block release of Freddie Gray autopsy . . . Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report and other “sensitive” documents as she prosecutes the six police officers involved in his arrest. Mosby told The Baltimore Sun that prosecutors “have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved.” But an attorney for one of the officers said the effort shows that “there is something in that autopsy report that they are trying to hide.” Baltimore Sun
Poll: Americans want to reduce “income gap” . . . The poll found that a strong majority say that wealth should be more evenly divided and that it is a problem that should be addressed urgently. Nearly six in 10 Americans said government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, but they split sharply along partisan lines. Only one-third of Republicans supported a more active government role, versus eight in 10 of Democrats. New York Times
Gallup: Some behaviors more acceptable . . . In contrast to the continued, nearly universal condemnation of adultery, other topics regarding marriage and who should be having sex with whom have changed remarkably: divorce, sex between an unmarried heterosexual couple, and gay/lesbian relations have all seen double-digit increases in the percentage saying they are morally acceptable. Gallup
Josh Duggar molested four sisters and a babysitter . . . Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said Wednesday that there was nothing that could have prepared them for the trauma of learning years ago that their oldest son, Josh, had “improperly touched some of our daughters.” Washington Post
Campus PC police devour one of their own . . . Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis didn’t set out to become a martyr to free speech when she wrote a spirited essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education pushing back against “sexual paranoia” on college campuses. Politico
Nevada adopts far-reaching school choice . . . Parents can either keep their children in public school or pull them out and the state will hand them about $5,000 per child to attend the private school of their choosing — including religious institutions — and pay for tutoring. They could even opt for homeschooling. Reno Gazette-Journal
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