Monday, June 8, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Court rulings put a halt to the Obama amnesty; Obama to unilaterally raise overtime pay; Americans give Israel the green light to bomb Iran; Perry’s Texas created jobs at four times the national rate; Turkey’s Erdogan’s Islam-leaning rule rebuffed; and your kids or grandkids may already be reading stories about transgenders.
Have a great day.
Obama immigration plan halted . . . A series of legal setbacks have halted the government’s intensive preparations to move forward with President Obama’s executive actions shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, even as community organizations continue a rapid push to get ready for the programs, according to U.S. officials and immigrant advocacy groups.
Since a federal judge first blocked the new programs in February, the Department of Homeland Security has suspended plans to hire up to 3,100 new employees, most of whom would be housed in an 11-story building the government has leased for $7.8 million a year in Arlington, Va. That building, in the Crystal City area, is now sitting mostly unused, DHS employees say. Washington Post
At least Obama is obeying the judicial branch, for now.
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Obama to force massive wage hike . . . The Obama administration is on the verge of possibly doubling the salary levels that would require employers to pay overtime in the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade. And it doesn’t need Congress’s permission. As early as this week, the Labor Department could propose a rule that would raise the current overtime threshold — $23,660 – to as much as $52,000, extending time and a half overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule has already come under fire from business and Republican opponents who say it will kill jobs and force employers to cut hours for salaried employees. Politico
I mean he has a right to, doesn’t he? Because you didn’t build that business. He did. Maybe he’ll start declaring casual Fridays for companies too.
Americans want Israel to bomb Iran . . . By a factor of 2 to 1 American voters support the allowing Israel to strike – 45 percent to 23 percent, with 32 percent not sure. Zogby
I think this may be less a case of wanting Israel to do the dirty work than it is a recognition that Israel is most threatened and should be permitted to take care of its national security.
Strassel: The Clinton-operative employment foundation . . . The Clinton Foundation charity operated acted as a de facto employment assistance program for Hillary Clinton’s once and future political advisors and should be investigated by the IRS for potentially violating charitable organization rules, according to a piece by Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel. White House Dossier
This may be starting to work to the Clintons’ advantage. One scandal is a tragedy. One million scandals is a statistic.
Clinton gave $100K to NY Times group as paper endorsed . . . A little-known private foundation controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the New York Times’ charitable fund in 2008, the same year the newspaper’s editorial page endorsed Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, according to tax documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon
Paul demands trade deal release . . . In an interview on Saturday morning, when asked about the revelation that Rubio and others in the Republican Party voted to fast-track the TPP in the Senate—and many in the House GOP leadership have been pushing it—without reading the text of the TPP in the secret room inside the Capitol, Paul went ballistic. Breitbart
Walker won’t rule out Iraq reinvasion . . . Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker refused in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” Sunday to rule out a possible re-invasion of Iraq in order to defeat ISIS. Daily Caller
Graham embraces Caitlyn Jenner . . . “If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, vote for me,” Mr. Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about sex change by Olympics hero Bruce Jenner. Graham said he wanted to grow the Republican Party and therefore welcomed transgender Americans into the fold. “I have not walked in her shoes,” he said. “I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life. I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through.” Washington Times
Maybe the headline above isn’t perfect . . .
Erdogan rebuffed . . . Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of assuming greater powers suffered a major setback on Sunday when the ruling AK Party he founded failed to win an outright majority in a parliamentary election for the first time. Reuters
Asian century? Not so fast . . . Asia watchers have known for years that Japan has been largely stagnant economically and rapidly aging, but so are South Korea and Taiwan. Then there are China’s troubles. While economists have accepted that China is perhaps heading toward long-term stagnation, the foreign policy community is stubbornly resisting the new reality: A Chinese slowdown is becoming a defining fact of Asian geopolitics. Washington Examiner
Japan was supposed to be ruling the world economy by now . . .
MERS cases surge in South Korea . . . With a surge in the number of cases to 87 from 44 the previous day, South Korea has the second highest number of infections after Saudi Arabia. An 80-year-old man became South Korea’s sixth fatality of a disease that first appeared in the Middle East in 2012. Reuters
U.S. embassy in Indonesia marks July 4 to avoid Ramadan . . . The American Embassy in Indonesia celebrated the founding of America one month early to avoid conflict with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Thomas Lifson of The American Thinker called the move “a mind-boggling gesture of official U.S. Government dhimmitude,” a reference to non-Muslims living a second-class status in Islamic countries. Newsmax
Abortions decline . . . Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds.
Transgender children’s books gain popularity . . . “As our culture is starting to acknowledge transgender people and acknowledge that they are part of the fabric of who we are, literature is reflecting that,” Scholastic Press’ David Levithan said. Newsmax
Social Security vastly overpaying benefits . . . Social Security overpaid nearly half the people receiving disability benefits over the past decade, according to a government watchdog, raising questions about the management of the cash-strapped program. CNS News
Police battle New Jersey concert crowd . . . Rowdy crowds and state troopers exchanged beer bottles and tear gas Sunday night outside MetLife Stadium as the annual Summer Jam concert played on inside. State Police said Sunday night the incident began when crowds tried to illegally enter the sold-out show, hopping over fences or pushing their way past security. New Jersey Star-Ledger
Texas officer accused of racist response to teens . . . A Texas police officer who drew his gun on unarmed teenagers while responding to a disturbance near a pool and threw a 15-year-old girl in a bathing suit to the ground has been placed on administrative leave, officials said Sunday. Yahoo News
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