Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Obama is going to strike an Iran deal and there isn’t a single thing Congress can do about it except complain; Hillary: “Trust me!”; PGA hands Trump a double bogie; DOJ demanded IRS targeting records before Congress got them; Greece gets until Sunday; and Jimmy Carter says Jesus would support gay marriage.
Have a great day.
Congress powerless to block Iran deal . . . Republicans will complain loudly. But barring a Democratic insurrection, they lack the votes to override an Obama veto. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a strident critic of Obama’s foreign policy, was the only senator to vote against the Iran review bill this spring. He said Tuesday he did so because the measure gives the “illusion of oversight without oversight” and “acquiesces” to the president by forcing Congress to amasss a veto-proof majority to block a deal — rather than make the administration accrue 67 votes in support of the deal, as he would have to do with a formal treaty. Politico
Cotton was right. The legislation by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was a surrender to Obama masquerading as tough action.
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Hillary: People should and do trust me . . . In Hillary Clinton’s first national interview of the 2016 race, she attacked her Republican rivals on immigration and dismissed the suggestion that the American people have a problem trusting her. “People should and do trust me,” she told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. She blamed the “barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the right” for fueling a perception that trust is an area of vulnerability for her. CNN
Defends private emails . . . “Everything I did was permitted,” Clinton said. “There was no law, no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate. The Hill
Unless, of course, she erased evidence that she did things that weren’t permitted.
Attacks sanctuary city policy . . . Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton joined the condemnation of San Francisco’s “sanctuary” policy Tuesday. “The city made a mistake, not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported,” Clinton said. “So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on.” Fox News
State accused of hiding Hillary aide’s job arrangement . . . State Department officials “failed to disclose” a special employment status granted to Cheryl Mills who was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, according to Sen. Charles Grassley. Daily Caller
Trump buys a campaign team . . . The real-estate developer-turned reality TV star has never formally run for political office before, yet has put together a New Hampshire operation using a pretty simple plan: purchasing one off the shelf, in this case by hiring top staff away from Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity. National Review
Outpaying the Kochs? Must be some good money there.
Trump is a bad deal for the GOP . . . Many of my colleagues on the right have taken pains to logic-chop Trump’s remarks. And it is true that some number of rapists and drug dealers are illegally crossing the border. Others have defended Trump by noting that what people like about this Lonesome Rhodes in a $10,000 suit is his fearlessness, bluntly tackling issues that other politicians fear to touch. That is a fine point in an indictment of the professional political class, but it is not a defense of Trump. Jonah Goldberg
PGA latest to dump Trump . . . The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump’s course in Los Angeles, the first significant fallout for golf from the Republican presidential candidate’s comments on Mexican immigrants. Yahoo Sports
Republican former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says that he too, for some reason, will run for president.
Cruz embraces voter targeting . . . In his quest for the presidency, Cruz is now looking to co-opt the tactic most credited with helping Obama win the White House in 2008 and 2012: Data analysis. The Cruz campaign hopes it can harness and build upon Team Obama’s famed ability to target and turn out voters in a nationwide race. National Review
Bernie Sanders, gun nut? . . . “Folks who do not like guns is fine, but we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country; 99.9 percent of those people obey the law,” said Sanders. “I want to see real serious debate and action on guns. But it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle,” he added. Washington Times
Bush, Clinton lead fundraising . . . Republicans Ted Cruz and Ben Carson — relative political neophytes compared to the current bearers of the Clinton and Bush dynasties — also have exceeded expectations with their early fundraising. Washington Times
Republican senators not getting primaried . . . The bloody primary battles between Republican senators and tea party activists that have cost the party dearly for years aren’t materializing yet in 2016. Politico
GOP blames Obamacare for merger-mania . . . “The incentives are in there for consolidation,” Edmund Haislmaier, a senior health research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said about the healthcare law. “For all the talk about competition, it’s really much more about consolidating everything so the government can better manage it,” he added. The Hill
Book of the Week: Ann Coulter’s “Adios America” . . . From the Amazon description: Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants’ crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their “charity,” and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants—all of whom are profiting handsomely from mass immigration that’s tearing the country apart.
“. . . Often-inflammatory, usually clever, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny . . . ” — The Daily Beast
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DOJ demanded to see IRS records before Congress . . . The Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving them to Congress. Records also detail how the Obama IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, containing 1.25 million pages of confidential IRS returns from 113,000 nonprofit social 501(c)(4) welfare groups – or nearly every 501(c)(4) in the United States – as part of its prosecution effort. According to a letter from then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, “This revelation likely means that the IRS – including possibly Lois Lerner – violated federal tax law by transmitting this information to the Justice Department.” Judicial Watch
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Scolding the joy out of a beautiful moment . . . Something of wonder thing occurred at the White House recently. It may still be occurring, although I haven’t seen evidence of it recently. A young red-tailed hawk arrived on the grounds. For city folk like me, it’s a glorious thing to see. It has to create a “teaching moment,” so often one that instructs in the evil man does and the need for corrective, and hopefully coercive, action by the enlightened among us. White House Dossier
Video || Puerto Rico, progressive paradise! . . . Guess, what? Everything President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders wants is right next door, in lovely Puerto Rico. Income inequality eliminated! Rampant Socialism! More time for recreational pursuits outside or work! And guess what? The place is broke!! White House Dossier
U.S. to cut 40,000 soldiers . . . The US Army is to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years at home and abroad, a defense official said, in a move that will raise doubts about its ability to fight wars. AFP
Nuclear deal would enable Iran’s evil ambitions . . . If a nuclear deal is reached, Iran could have access to tens of billions of dollars after the lifting of sanctions—a concession that could benefit the hardline Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, boost Tehran’s floundering oil industry, and enable it to further destabilize the Middle East through its pursuit of regional hegemony. Washington Free Beacon
McCain: We’re losing to ISIS . . . President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State terror group came under harsh criticism from senators on Tuesday who said the United States is losing the war by not doing more to attack the group. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said the president was guilty of “self-delusion” in claiming progress is being made against the ultra-violent al Qaeda offshoot, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Washington Free Beacon
Greece has until Sunday . . . Euro zone members have given Greece until the end of the week to come up with a proposal for sweeping reforms in return for loans that will keep the country from crashing out of Europe’s currency bloc and into economic ruin. Reuters
Don’t believe the posturing. Two things are inevitable over the next week: Both Greece and Iran will get deals they don’t deserve.
China’s stock market collapsing . . . China’s tumbling stock market showed signs of seizing up on Wednesday, as companies scrambled to escape the rout by having their shares suspended and indexes plunged after the securities regulator warned of “panic sentiment” gripping investors. Reuters
Hamas alleges tourture – by Palestinians . . . Hamas alleged Tuesday that more than 200 of its members had been arrested by the Palestinian Authority recently, with most of them tortured, threatening to widen a rift between Palestinian factions. AFP
Wait, the PA is supposed to be the good guys.
NM Fraud crackdown sends illegal licenses plummeting . . . A crackdown on document fraud has sent the number of driver’s licenses issued to illegal aliens in New Mexico plunging by 70 percent, while revealing that the state likely issued tens of thousands of bogus licenses after becoming the first state to adopt the controversial policy a dozen years ago. Fox News
Federal agent’s gun used by illegal in SF killing . . . Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in last week’s shooting. Sanchez told two television stations he found the gun wrapped in a shirt on the pier. Associated Press
Jimmy Carter: Jesus would approve of gay marriage . . . Former President Jimmy Carter in an interview with HuffPost Live on Tuesday said he believes Jesus would approve gay marriage and would encourage any “love affair” that was “honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else.” CNS News
Christian colleges must accept gays in married dorms? . . . A Christian college that accepts government funding but refuses to allow a same-sex married couple to live in housing for married students would be “on the edge of the indefensible,” Americans United for Separation of Church and State executive director Rev. Barry Lynn said Tuesday. CNS News
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