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REDLINE || Monday, June 29, 2015

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Monday, June 29, 2015​

Good morning! In the news today: The battleground over gay marriage moves to the arena of religious freedom; Rand Paul’s libertarian instincts move him to back same-sex weddings; Huckabee raises civil disobedience; Kasich to announce July 21; Iran talks to miss June 30 deadline; and Greece shuts its banks.

Have a great day.

Keith

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Religious leaders reject gay marriage ruling . . . In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right, the battleground is shifting to religious freedom and whether religious people and/or churches can be compelled to sanction behavior contrary to their religious beliefs.The court’s 5-4 ruling on Friday directs states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but doesn’t address the actions of churches or other private groups. Conservatives and religious leaders say the decision is certain to embolden liberal activists and accelerate legal clashes between supporters of gay marriage and religious groups who don’t accept same-sex marriage. Washington Times

Rand Paul backs gay marriage . . . I acknowledge the right to contract in all economic and personal spheres, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a danger that a government that involves itself in every nook and cranny of our lives won’t now enforce definitions that conflict with sincerely felt religious convictions of others. Some have argued that the Supreme Court’s ruling will now involve the police power of the state in churches, church schools, church hospitals. Rand Paul in Time

GOP Congress reluctant on gay marriage fight . . . Leading Republicans issued restrained responses to the historic Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, an indication that the issue is unlikely to be a priority for the GOP-led Congress. Politico

Huckabee: Civil disobedience may be necessary . . . Christians may be forced to choose between following their consciences and following the law, warned Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor claimed Friday’s Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry means there are few options left for Christians. Washington Examiner

Texas AG: County clerks can refuse gay couples . . . County clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Sunday. Reuters

Obama invoked Founding Fathers on gay marriage . . . In an emotional statement from the Rose Garden, President Obama Friday said the 5-4 Supreme Court decision ratifying gay marriage was borne of the principles undergirding the founding of our country. White House Dossier

White House bathed in rainbow . . . Obama has every right to his opinion on this matter. But for many people, the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage is deeply traumatic. His decision, as president of everyone, to rub this Court ruling in their faces is simply despicable. White House Dossier

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Christie to launch as an underdog . . . It’s a reality Christie and his supporters are ready to embrace, not that they have a choice. Associated Press

Kasich to announce July 21 . . . Kasich, 63, who was overwhelmingly reelected in November, will aim to appear less scripted and guarded than the leading candidates. Advisers say he combines establishment appeal with a conservative record going back to his stint as House Budget Committee chairman, during his 18 years as a congressman from Ohio. Politico

Bidens’ sons want him to run . . . Vice President Joe Biden’s sons reportedly urged him to run for the White House in 2016, according to The Wall Street Journal. Biden’s son Beau, who died last month of brain cancer at the age of 46, wanted his father to get into the race, according to the report. Politico

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Carson wins conservative straw poll . . . Ben Carson, the famed surgeon turned presidential candidate, rode his outsider message to victory on Sunday at the Western Conservative Summit straw poll sponsored by the Washington Examiner, edging out former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Washington Examiner

Bush dogged by questions about business deals . . . Records, lawsuits, interviews and newspaper accounts stretching back more than three decades present a picture of a man who, before he was elected Florida governor in 1998, often benefited from his family connections and repeatedly put himself in situations that raised questions about his judgment and exposed him to reputational risk. Washington Post

Cruz in epic feud with Rove . . . Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Karl Rove are at loggerheads over what happened when former President George H.W. Bush donated to the future senator’s campaign for Texas attorney general in 2009. Politico

The battle to be king of the Mormons . . . Inside the epic presidential rivalry that tore the Romney and Huntsman clans apart. Politico

Gowdy to Kerry: Turn over Benghazi emails or else . . . Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday he’ll summon Secretary of State John Kerry before his select committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks if he doesn’t get the documents his panel is seeking. Washington Examiner

Three Democratic senators visit Cuba . . . Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama’s opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans. Reuters

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Obama: Prejudice “still infects our society” . . . President Obama Friday used the Charleston, South Carolina funeral of the murdered Rev. Clementa Pinckney to tie the problems of the black community to racism, indicting an American society he says continues to harbor deep prejudices and willingly ignores the hatred, to the detriment of African Americans. White House Dossier

Obama invoked Founding Fathers on gay marriage . . . In an emotional statement from the Rose Garden, President Obama Friday said the 5-4 Supreme Court decision ratifying gay marriage was borne of the principles undergirding the founding of our country. White House Dossier

White House bathed in rainbow . . . Obama has every right to his opinion on this matter. But for many people, the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage is deeply traumatic. His decision, as president of everyone, to rub this Court ruling in their faces is simply despicable. White House Dossier

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Iran talks will miss June 30 deadline . . . International negotiators confirmed Sunday that talks on limiting Iran’s nuclear program will continue into July, missing a self-imposed deadline for a final agreement. “If a few additional days are needed we can take them,” Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, told reporters in Vienna. Washington Examiner

Iranian media are reporting that Obama recently sent his Iranian pen pals a new message.

What Iran teaches its kids . . . Iran’s children are being groomed for war and martyrdom from the earliest grades, according to Eldad Pardo, a research specialist at the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education in Jerusalem. Washington Times

Authorities warn of July 4 terror possibility . . . Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, warned Americans on “Fox News Sunday” to “remain vigilant” to homegrown terror threats as the July Fourth holiday approaches. Fox News

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Jewish population finally reaching pre-Holocaust level . . . The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world. When factoring in individuals with one Jewish parent and others who identify as partially Jewish, the figure approaches 16.5 million — the Jewish population on the eve of World War II. Associated Press

Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier . . . A Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the neck at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and West Bank city Bethlehem on Monday, police said, in the latest such attack in recent days. AFP

Greece shuts banks . . . Greek banks are closed and will stay shut for the week, after the country’s debt crisis took a dramatic turn. But cash machines are due to reopen in the afternoon and there are reports of fresh queues. Greece decided on Sunday to shut banks and restrict cash withdrawals after the European Central Bank resolved not to extend emergency funding. BBC

Puerto Rico can’t pay its debt either . . . The governor of Puerto Rico has decided that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States. Washington Post 

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Tucker Carlson rips editor over anti-gay marriage ban . . . Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson on “Fox and Friends Weekend” Sunday laid into the opinion editor of The Patriot-News/Pennlive over the publication’s decision to ban opposing views to same-sex marriage on its opinion pages. Daily Caller

Second NY prison break fugitive captured . . . A veteran New York State Police sergeant was alone and on a routine patrol when he shot and captured convicted murderer David Sweat Sunday afternoon. When Cook, who is also a firearms instructor, realized Sweat might get away, he fired two shots. “He realized Sweat was going to make it to a tree line, and possibly could have disappeared — and he fired two shots from his service weapon,” D’Amico told reporters. Good Morning America

Six NC shark attacks in two weeks . . . A teenager was in serious condition Sunday after being bitten by a shark off North Carolina, the latest in a string of shark attacks that have swimmers in the state gripped by fear. Fox News

 

Keith Koffler
Editor
White House Dossier

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17 Responses to REDLINE || Monday, June 29, 2015

  1. So Texas thinks the court should not decide on gay marriage–but clerks should? As for churches–why would someone want to get married in a hostile church? Won’t all this solve itself?

    • So the Supreme court should not decide on gay marriage, but a clerk should? I say do your job or find another. Why do you want a job where you have to get fluffed up everyday over something? Same for churches–who would want to get married in a hostile church? People usually get married where they are church members–they would probably not even be a member of one. Even if “we” get “our” country back, this will not change–this ruling.

    • @Star. who knows where this reply will end up?
      I agree. The militant homosexuals want recognition, acceptance from everyone else.
      Of course, setting up Christians to be sued could just be a cold-hearted attempt at fame and confiscated money.

      • Rush just mentioned that the churches will be sued for refusing to marry gays.

        Bakeries, Florists, Photographers,…now the churches.

        I don’t see it stopping.

          • Damn right.
            I don’t have the patience for letting it “dwindle”, your word.

            Dwindle is what has happened to this Country from a powerhouse to a Country that is being manipulated by the liberals orchestrated by the regime in the WH, controlled by Obama.

            Dwindle is the result of the ignorance of the high school and college students’ deplorable knowledge of our history and the inability to embrace critical thinking.

            My main concern is to whether the conservative philosophy has dwindled to the point of being thrown into the dustbin.

            Dwindle,..slow long demise into obscurity.
            A candle being extinguished due to lack of oxygen.

            A Country that accepts policies that are deemed to destroy Her.

            Not Me.

        • There was a time that a divorced person needed special dispensation from the highest ranking church officials to be married in the Catholic church. Maybe it’s still true, I don’t know.

          The irony here is that so many priests are gay. Wonder what they will do about divorced gays marrying in the Church. Never mind….