Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Sinking in the polls, Jeb makes some major changes to his outfit; Obama bullies SCOTUS; Sanders nearly beats Clinton in Wisconsin test; ISIS kidnaps Eritrean Christians; and the love letters of George and Barbara Bush.
Have a great day.
Jeb shakes up his campaign team . . . Struggling to establish his own brand and regain his footing in the early voting states where he lost ground, Jeb Bush shuffled his political team Monday just one week ahead of his expected official campaign announcement. The former Florida Republican governor announced that Danny Diaz, a 39-year-old consultant known for his aggressive style, would serve as his campaign manager in place of Dave Kochel, an operative with deep experience in Iowa politics who had been brought aboard earlier this year and was widely expected to serve as in that capacity. Politico
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Obama tries to bully Court into ruling for Obamacare . . . I’ve seen some headlines about Obama’s frustration boiling over and so forth. This has nothing to do with frustration. It’s a considered tactic designed to try to intimidate the Court into doing what the president wants. Note how he specifically targets not just the merits of the case, but goes straight after the Court, questioning why it even took the case and warning it to do the right thing, see? – thug style. White House Dossier
Lew booed at Jerusalem Post conference . . . Clearly, those in attendance understand the enormous peril posed by the Obama administration’s appeasement of Iran. And so, naturally, they reacted with anger as Lew artlessly read the administration’s propaganda off his teleprompter, no doubt assuming that a rote recitation of the White House nonsense on Iran would suffice. White House Dossier
Obama: No “complete strategy” yet to train Iraqis . . . Obama admitted that Iraqi forces have to be trained more quickly, and that some “haven’t” been sufficiently brought up to speed. He suggested the Iraqis were moving too slowly. White House Dossier
Video || Iraqi PM can’t get word in edgewise with Obama . . . President Obama thinks Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi isn’t doing enough to reach out to Iraq’s Sunni Muslims. And so he isn’t able to reach out to Obama either. I love Abadi’s look – What am I, chopped liver? White House Dossier
Labor Department: Let transgenders use the ladies room . . . The Department of Labor issued instructions for how private businesses should address a transgender individual who wants to use a different bathroom, arguing that allowing transwomen to use the ladies bathroom is a matter of “health and safety.” Washington Free Beacon
Court backs Obama on Jerusalem . . . The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that would let American citizens born in Jerusalem have Israel listed in passports as their country of birth, saying it encroached on the president’s exclusive power to recognize foreign governments. Reuters
Temperament counts . . . Not only does Obama never learn from mistakes, he doesn’t think that he makes them, and he denies that they even exist. Any regrets for the way he passed healthcare? Not that you’d notice. Any regrets about leaving Iraq? Nope — he still thinks he “ended two wars,” which the other side keeps on fighting. Noemie Emery
TSA failed to ID 73 airport workers linked to terrorism . . . On the heels of Transportation Security Administration workers flunking a security test at airport checkpoints, the results of a new audit show that — while the agency keeps a robust system for screening commercial airport workers — it still failed to flag 73 airport workers “linked to terrorism.” Fox News
U.S. commandos hit ISIS intel jackpot . . . A raid last month by American commandos on the home of an ISIS leader in Syria turned up a trove of valuable information, reportedly including the role played by the leaders’ wives, who sometimes acted as couriers in delivering information. Fox News
Live anthrax shipped to 19 states . . . The number of labs that received live anthrax samples from a U.S. military base in Utah has risen to 66 in 19 states, Washington and three foreign countries. Reuters
Hillary officials cut criticisms out of State Dept. reports . . . State Department Inspector General officials edited out passages of a high-profile report in 2013 that could have embarrassed Hillary Clinton just days before she quit President Obama’s Cabinet. The officials excised details of a cover up of misconduct by Clinton’s security team. Washington Examiner
Hillary’s project accepted $5M from sexual abuser . . . Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “No Ceilings” women’s empowerment project at the Clinton Foundation accepted a $5 million commitment last December from a Swiss billionaire even as his lawyers were fighting in federal court to hide his darkest secret — a long record of sexually abusing women. Daily Caller
Clinton beats Sanders narrowly in Wisconsin . . . Hillary Clinton is crushing the rest of the Democratic presidential field in national polls, but over the weekend, in a Wisconsin straw poll, there was reason to give the Clinton camp pause and the Bernie Sanders camp hope — Sanders scored a strong second-place finish with 41 percent of the vote, to Clinton’s 49 percent. Politico
Struggles with finances track Rubio’s career . . . For years, Senator Marco Rubio struggled under the weight of student debt, mortgages and an extra loan against the value of his home totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. But in 2012, financial salvation seemed to have arrived: A publisher paid him $800,000 to write a book about growing up as the son of Cuban immigrants. New York Times
One voter shows up for Santorum event . . . Just one Iowan showed up at 2 p.m. campaign stop Monday at a restaurant in the unincorporated community of Hamlin — Peggy Toft, an insurance agent who chairs the county’s Republican Party. Eventually, there were four Iowans gathered at Santorum’s table (not counting photographers and campaign aides), where the 2016 hopeful lunched on a breaded tenderloin with a side of onion rings. Politico
Hastert due in court today on charges of trying to hide cash withdrawals and lying to the FBI about it.
W quietly amassing a fortune on the speaking circuit . . . Since 2009, the George W. Bush has given at least 200 paid speeches, typically pocketing $100,000 to $175,000 per appearance. Politico
ISIS kidnaps Eritrean Christians . . . The ISIS terror group kidnapped 88 Eritrean Christians from a people-smugglers’ caravan in Libya last week, a U.S. defense official confirmed Monday. Fox News
Israel defense chief: No Palestine peace in my lifetime . . . Israel’s defense minister said on Tuesday he did not believe a stable peace agreement could be reached with the Palestinians in his lifetime – one of the bleakest assessments from a top-level cabinet member since talks collapsed last year. Reuters
New drugs could save many from heart attack, stroke . . . The highly-anticipated new drugs have been shown in clinical trials to sharply reduce levels of bad, or LDL cholesterol, representing the first major advance in the area since widely used statin drugs hit the market in the late 1980s. Washington Post
Protests over video of officer drawing gun on black teens . . . Hundreds of demonstrators marched Monday night to the pool where a white police officer pinned a black teenage girl to the ground and pulled a gun on others over the weekend. The protesters carried signs that included the phrases, “My skin color is not a crime” and “Fire Eric Casebolt.” Associated Press
South Carolina officer indicted in shooting of unarmed man . . . A former North Charleston police officer was indicted on a murder charge Monday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who was running away from the officer after a traffic stop. Fox News
Republican pledges $175M to make GOP accept warming . . . A North Carolina executive is pouring his own money into trying to sway people in the GOP to take global warming seriously. Politico
The love letters of George H.W. and Barbara Bush . . . “My Darling Bar . . . I love you, precious; with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you.” IJ Review
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