Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: U.S. ignoring Iran nuclear violations as it hopes for a deal; Obama to send up to 500 troops to Iraq; Rubio helped by Times stories; Netanyahu says the Arabs don’t like the Iran deal either; prison escapees has inside help; and the trade bill will hit the House floor Friday.
Have a great day.
U.S. ignoring Iran violations . . . United Nations monitors said governments reported no new incidents of Iran violating Security Council sanctions against its nuclear program, even though some have unfolded in plain sight. “The current situation with reporting could reflect a general reduction of procurement activities by the Iranian side or a political decision by some member states to refrain from reporting to avoid a possible negative impact on ongoing negotiations” between Iran and six world powers, said a panel of experts for the UN committee on Iran sanctions in its latest report, dated June 1 and made public Tuesday. Bloomberg
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Obama to send 500 more troops to Iraq . . . Mission creep continues. Fighting war the way liberals love to fight them, President Obama is adding bits and pieces of brigades at a time, adding an additional 500 troops after ISIS swamped Ramadi. White House Dossier
Kerry tweets out photo of himself in hospital . . . Which begs the question, why is Kerry still in the hospital? A week is a long time these days. He clearly had major surgery for a very serious injury that the administration sought to minimize. And his “work” has to have been affected. White House Dossier
Obama EPA regs 46 times length of Bible . . . Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the EPA has issued 3,373 new final regulations, equaling 29,770 pages in the Federal Register and totaling approximately 29,770,000 words, according to a count of the regulations published in the Federal Register. CNS News
Government study tries to show earth warmed recently . . . “While I’m sure this latest analysis from NOAA will be regarded as politically useful for the Obama administration, I don’t regard it as a particularly useful contribution to our scientific understanding of what is going on,” Judith Curry, a climate science professor at Georgia Tech, wrote in a response to the study. Fox News
Obama actually had his German beer at 5 am . . . I just wanted to make sure this was clear. You know I’m always looking out for you. White House Dossier
GOP: Dems holding defense spending hostage . . . The House on Wednesday is considering a fiscal 2016 defense appropriations bill under the threat of a White House veto and near-certain opposition from Democrats objecting to plans to shift some $37 billion in operations and maintenance spending into a war funding account. Republicans, meanwhile, are lashing out against the veto threat, saying President Obama and Democrats supporting him are holding defense spending “hostage” in order to force the GOP to accept higher spending on domestic programs. Washington Examiner
Americans: Don’t sacrifice civil liberties to terrorism . . . The federal government’s recent actions to limit the scope of what it can do to prevent terrorism are consistent with Americans’ preference to prioritize civil liberties over anti-terrorism efforts when the two come into conflict. Sixty-five percent of Americans say the government should take steps to prevent terrorism but not violate civil liberties, while 30% think any steps to prevent terrorism are justified, even if they violate liberties. Gallup
Meet Jeb’s steely enforcer . . . With a gentle drawl and a penchant for perfection, Sally Bradshaw’s warm demeanor masks a steely and ruthless efficiency. It was Bradshaw who ultimately made the call to install a relatively young political operative, Danny Diaz, as campaign manager, instead of the more seasoned David Kochel, who was widely expected to get the job. Politico
Rubio “luxury speedboat” is an average fishing boat . . . In an effort to showcase Sen. Marco Rubio’s history of financial struggles, The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Florida Republican had spent “$80,000 for a luxury speedboat” even as he faced outstanding debts. But while Rubio did indeed spend $80,000 on a boat, the vessel in question is not the glamorous “luxury speedboat” the Times article portrayed. It is, in fact, an offshore fishing boat. Politico
Rubio revels in “media attacks” . . . Republican strategists argue that attacks from the mainstream media, and the Times in particular, could help galvanize conservatives behind Rubio’s candidacy. The Hill
Reporters use info from campaigns all the time . . . “It’s completely standard,” said Rebecca Berg, a politics reporter for RealClearPolitics. “Every journalist I know is being pitched opposition research from both sides — some useful, some not. The best reporters take such information under consideration, like they would any tip, but then confirm and report out the story on their own.” Washington Examiner
Cruz invests in later states . . . He’s stuck in the middle of the pack in Iowa, lags in polls, and much of the GOP donor class views him with disdain. But Ted Cruz is embracing a novel strategy for winning the nomination: He’s lowering expectations in the early states while investing in later-voting states that hardly see a candidate before March. Politico
Palin resurfaces to take up Duggar cause . . . For the former Alaska governor and one-time Republican vice presidential candidate, however, media has behaved recklessly with the story. By interviewing two of Josh’s known victims, Jill and Jessa Duggar, media has “re-victimized” the two women all over again, she said. Washington Examiner
Huckabee’s perilous Duggar defense . . . Political observers and even Huckabee supporters have been puzzled by why the former Arkansas governor has inserted himself into a molestation controversy involving the reality TV show family in the middle of his 2016 presidential campaign. Washington Examiner
Bachelor Lindsey Graham’s first lady solution . . . Thinking it over, the Republican senator said: “Well, I’ve got a sister, she could play that role if necessary.” Chuckling, he added: “I’ve got a lot of friends. We’ll have a rotating first lady.” Daily Mail
Netanyahu: Nobody in region believes in Iran deal . . . Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that while he is characterized as a “nuclear party pooper” for criticizing the Iran talks, Arab leaders in the region agree with him that the emerging agreement will not prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. CNS News
China conducts drills near Taiwan, Philippines . . . Chinese warships and aircraft on Wednesday passed through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines to hold routine planned exercises in the Western Pacific, China’s Defense Ministry said. Wednesday’s drills could cause alarm because of their location. Reuters
One year later, Mosul safely under ISIS control . . . Iraq’s second-largest city — fell to Islamic State control exactly one year ago Wednesday and, because of weaknesses among Iraqi forces and the unexpected strength of terrorist fighters, analysts predict the Iraqis aren’t even close to reclaiming it, despite U.S. assurances that a major offensive would be underway by summertime. Washington Times
Europeans don’t want to defend their allies . . . As NATO faces a resurgent Russian military, a substantial number of Europeans do not believe that their own countries should rush to defend an ally against attack, according to a comprehensive survey to be made public on Wednesday. The survey is likely to send an unsettling message to Baltic members of the alliance, which have been looking for more assurances from NATO that it will protect them from Russian meddling. New York Times
Of course not. They’d rather we just do it so they can go back to sipping cappuccinos and Reisling.
Escapees had inside help . . . A female prison work supervisor gave two inmates the power tools to escape from a maximum-security prison Friday in upstate New York and had planned to provide a getaway car but got cold feet, high level sources close to the case told Fox News. Fox News
Trade bill to roll Friday . . . House leaders, confident but not yet certain they have the support to pass sweeping trade legislation, are aiming to bring the package to a floor vote by the end of this week — even as they rush to resolve a last-minute hangup over how to pay for aid to displaced workers. Politico
Hastert pleads not guilty . . . After more than a week in seclusion, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two criminal charges that he violated federal banking law and lied to FBI agents as they investigated his alleged agreement to pay $3.5 million in hush money to cover up a past transgression. Politico
Hundreds of Cuban criminals released in U.S. . . . Hundreds of Cuban criminals are released onto the streets of the U.S. every year because that nation won’t take them back — even though the Obama administration is trying to broker a more open relationship with the communist island nation. Washington Times
Texas police officer quits . . . The police officer filmed wrestling a teen to the ground at a Texas pool party resigned Tuesday, and the city’s police chief blasted his actions as “indefensible.” McKinney, Texas Chief Greg Conley told reporters at an evening briefing that Officer David Eric Casebolt, 41, was “out of control.” Casebolt resigned from the force earlier in the day, the chief confirmed. Fox News
Service dog tries to save blind owner . . . A service dog threw himself in front of a mini school bus to try to protect his blind owner and stayed by her side as emergency responders tended to the injured pair, authorities said. Fox News
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