Friday, June 26, 2015
Good morning! You can find a separate article in White House Dossier on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision guaranteeing a right to same-sex marriage. In the other news: Terrorism breaks out in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait; Hillary withheld emails; Sanders down by only 8 in New Hampshire; Trump terrifies GOP insiders; Obamacare still faces a difficult road; and a Christian family farm is fined for refusing to stage a gay wedding.
Have a nice weekend, if possible.
Terror breaks out around the world . . . Gunmen killed at least 27 people at a beachfront Tunisian hotel on Friday, the same day a terrorist lashed out brutally in France and a mosque in Kuwait was bombed. Tunisia’s interior minister reported the casualties from the attack the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba in Sousse, according to the state-run TAP news agency. At least one gunman has also reportedly been killed.
One person was beheaded and two injured at a gas factory near Lyon in southeastern France, according to French President Francois Hollande. And ISIS has claimed responsibility for an apparent bomb blast at the Shiite-affiliated Al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait’s capital during Friday prayers, leading to a number of death and injuries. CNN
Are we next? Today?
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Hillary appears to have withheld emails . . . Hillary Clinton did not hand over at least 15 emails from her time as secretary of state, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, undercutting her claim that the 30,000 work emails she provided from her personal server were a complete record. Reuters
Fifteen is just the ones we found out about. Likely the tip of the iceberg.
Trump bump terrifies GOP . . . Insiders worry that the loud-mouthed mogul is more than just a minor comedic nuisance on cable news; they fret that he’s a loose cannon whose rants about Mexicans and scorched-earth attacks on his rivals will damage the eventual nominee and hurt a party struggling to connect with women and minorities and desperate to win. Politico
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Cruz: 2016 to be referendum on Obamacare . . . Sen. Ted Cruz delivered a full-throated critique Thursday of the Supreme Court, saying that it is clear that the “rogue justices” that ruled in favor of Obamacare subsidies are “lawless” political foot soldiers that have joined forces with the Obama administration. Washington Times
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will announce the week of July 13. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to make his intentions known Tuesday.
Sanders down by just 8 in New Hampshire . . . Hillary Clinton’s once vast advantage over independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has shrunk to single digits in New Hampshire, according to the latest CNN/WMUR Granite State Poll released Thursday evening. Politico
Clinton allies go after Sanders . . . Hillary Clinton’s supporters are attacking liberal rival Bernie Sanders more forcefully than ever before. But it’s a tactic that has some Democrats shaking their heads while allies of Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, cite it as evidence that their candidate is gaining traction. The Hill
GOP leaders back off punishing conservatives . . . House GOP leaders and their allies retreated on Thursday, backing off efforts to punish conservative rebels who had bucked leadership on a trade vote. Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he was reinstating Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) as a subcommittee chairman. The Hill
Republicans plot Obamacare repeal strategy . . . Republicans in Congress are moving toward a plan to use a special budgetary process to repeal ObamaCare, after the Supreme Court ruled for a second time to uphold the controversial law. Since last year’s elections, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has proposed using budget reconciliation to repeal large chunks of the law. The Hill
Court upholds Obamacare federal exchange . . . By a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court Thursday announced a decision upholding the Obamacare law, ruling that those who get health insurance through federal exchanges are eligible for tax subsidies. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the Court, affirming the decision of the Fourth Circuit court of appeals in the case of King v. Burwell. White House Dossier
Obama celebrates defeat of “partisan” challenge . . . Obamacare will usher in the gradual destruction of health care for average Americans, raising their costs and their taxes, depleting the quality of care, and leading to health care rationing. There were other ways to provide greater access to health insurance without mandating coverage and having the government set the rules. White House Dossier
Roberts to teach creative writing class . . . Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will begin teaching creative writing at Accidental University in California beginning July 15th, according to a statement released Thursday by his office. The statement actually said Roberts would start “July 14th,” but the chief justice’s office subsequently put out a clarification that the intent was to say “July 15th.” White House Dossier
Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution . . . Roberts says “[A] fair reading of legislation demands a fair understanding of the legislative plan.” However, he goes beyond “understanding” the plan; he adopts a legislator’s role in order to rescue the legislature’s plan from the consequences of the legislature’s dubious decisions. By blurring, to the point of erasure, constitutional boundaries, he damages all institutions, not least his court. George Will
Conservatives steamed at Roberts . . . They begrudgingly gave him a pass for the first Obamacare ruling. Not this time. Politico
Still no easy road for Obamacare . . . The law is still highly unpopular, and significant structural issues remain: Health insurance rates are rising, many people don’t have as much choice of doctors and hospitals as they’d like, some states continue to struggle with their exchanges, and 21 states still haven’t backed Medicaid expansion. Politico
Oren surprised Obama book not positive about U.S. . . . As Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren said he tried to understand President Obama’s worldview by reading, among other things, the president’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father.” Oren said he was surprised to discover Obama didn’t “have any positive things to say about America.” Daily Caller
Obama to deliver eulogy in South Carolina . . . South Carolina will take a step forward in healing the wounds of last week’s mass shooting when President Barack Obama arrives on Friday to deliver the eulogy for the pastor of the historic church where the attack took place. Reuters
Vatican officially recognizes Palestine . . . The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, calling for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backing a two-state solution. The treaty, which made official the Vatican’s de facto recognition of Palestine since 2012, angered Israel, which called it “a hasty step (that) damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement”. Israel also said it could have implications on its future diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Reuters
Israeli model pics sending cars off the road in Tel Aviv . . . A new study has found that ever since massive billboards featuring models such as Israeli Bar Refaeli were put up, the number of car accidents have increased on the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv, Israel. Washington Free Beacon
Christian farm fined $13K for refusing to host gay wedding . . . The owners of a small family farm in upstate New York fined $13,000 for discriminating against a same-sex couple for refusing to host a wedding on their property are fighting back. Daily Signal
O’Reilly: No epidemic of racism . . . “You’re always going to have terrible incidents like Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston. But every stat and poll says the same thing: There is not an epidemic of racism in the United States of America,” he said. “That’s the truth and the liars who distort the record are on notice; you will be held to account.” Washington Examiner
Apple pulls civil war game showing Confederate flag . . . Apple appears to have joined the growing list of companies removing merchandise depicting the Confederate battle flag, pulling a number of Civil War games from its App Store. Fox News
How does one play a Civil War game without the Confederate flag?
Fox News, Bob Beckel in bitter breakup . . . Fox News executive VP of programming Bill Shine said: “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues. He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.” Mediaite
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