Thursday, July 9, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Political correctness breaking out everywhere; judge cancels Redskins trademarks; Priebus phones Trump over immigration comments; Bush says no path to citizenship for illegals; Deadline day for Iran deal, Greek bailout; and South Carolina will take down the Confederate flag.
Have a great day.
Political correctness running amok . . . “The left is engaging in a nationwide witch hunt to erase history that they don’t like. They want to burn the Confederate flag, vandalize monuments and even dig up the bones of a general buried 111 years ago. That’s deranged, but it’s only the beginning. It is a coordinated effort targeting the Founding Fathers as well. Liberals want to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill and maybe even ax the Jefferson Memorial,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog. Washington Times
Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademarks . . . “The evidence before the Court supports the legal conclusion that between 1967 [when the first Redskins’ trademark was registered] and 1990, the Redskins Marks consisted of matter that ‘may disparage’ a substantial composite of Native Americans,” U.S. District Judge Gerald Lee wrote in his July 8 ruling in Pro-Football Inc. v. Blackhorse. CNS News
Insurance for churches iffy after same-sex ruling . . . Churches, like virtually every functioning corporation, protect against liability risks and the potentially ruinous costs of litigation through liability insurance. With same-sex marriage now recognized as a constitutional right — and with news of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries awarding a lesbian couple $135,000 in damages for “emotional, mental and physical suffering” after a Christian bakery refused to bake their wedding cake — pastors are reaching out insurance companies to make sure they’re covered. National Review
Judge who refused to do gay wedding in crosshairs . . . The Left is already calling for the impeachment of Toledo Municipal Judge Allen McConnell who respectfully declined to marry a same-sex couple Monday. “I declined to marry a non-traditional couple during my duties assignment,” he said per Reuters. “The declination was based upon my personal and Christian beliefs established over many years. I apologize to the couple for the delay they experienced and wish them the best.” Breitbart
Nearly two thirds of Republicans – 63 percent – oppose the Supreme Court gay marriage ruling, according to Reuters.
Feds spend 300K to make engineering class “inclusive” . . . The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pouring nearly $300,000 into making college engineering programs more “inclusive” to the LGBTQ community. Washington Free Beacon
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Latest partner to ditch Trump could face massive lawsuit . . . World renowned Washington DC-based chef Jose Andres told the Washington Post Wednesday that he is backing out of a deal to open the flagship restaurant of Donald Trump’s new luxury Washington hotel because of comments The Donald made about immigration. Well, not so fast. White House Dossier
Worried Priebus phones Trump . . . The head of the Republican National Committee, responding to demands from increasingly worried party leaders, spent nearly an hour Wednesday on the phone with Donald Trump, urging the presidential candidate to tone down his inflammatory comments about immigration that have infuriated a key election constituency. Washington Post
Trump grilled by MSNBC on guns . . . “Do you have a gun?” “Yes, I do,” “Do you use it?” “That’s none of your business. It’s really none of your business. I have a license to own a gun.” The Blaze
He was probably wishing he had it with him . . .
Fiorina playing the long game . . . She sees a path to the nomination by playing the long game and consistently exceeding the low expectations people have for her. Her aim is to be standing at the end. National Review
I saw her a couple of weeks back at the Faith and Values conference in Washington. She blew everyone in the audience away, sweeping the crowd to its feet. So much so that Rich Lowry, the National Review editor who followed her, was compelled to jokingly make a “note-to-self” never to go after Carly Fiorina in the speaking order. This woman is not to be misunderestimated.
Bush: No path to citizenship for illegal immigrants . . . Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday that he does not support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, raising additional questions about his evolution on the thorny issue, which has created headaches for both parties in Washington and the crowded presidential field. Washington Times
Jeb: People need to work longer hours . . . Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that in order to grow the economy “people should work longer hours” — a comment that the Bush campaign argues was a reference to underemployed part-time workers but which Democrats are already using to attack him. ABC News
Another unforced error by Jeb.
Bush’s summer surge . . . Bush is enjoying an unmistakable spike in the polls. The question is whether it will last. Politico
Walker didn’t finish college. Does it matter? . . . Next week, Scott Walker is expected to announce that he’s running for president. When he does, he’ll give voters a decision many have never faced in their lifetimes: should you vote for someone without a college degree for President of the United States? Politico
Graham calls for 20K ground troops to fight ISIS . . . Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) called for sending 10,000 U.S. troops each to Iraq and Syria on Wednesday and criticized some of his fellow Republican presidential candidates for not laying out detailed plans to defeat the Islamic State and help stabilize the Middle East. Washington Free Beacon
Hillary starts Twitter war with Jeb . . . Hillary Clinton slammed Jeb Bush late Wednesday for remarking that “people should work longer hours” during his meeting with The Union Leader in New Hampshire — though not by name. Politico
Hillary denies being subpoenaed; but, she was . . . Hillary Clinton told CNN on Tuesday that she was never personally subpoenaed. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) says that is simply false, and on Wednesday he released the documentation proving it. Washington Free Beacon
Watchdog group sues to get the server . . . A watchdog group sued the State Department and the National Archives and Records Administration Wednesday in an effort to force a probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Cause of Action, a nonpartisan nonprofit, said the case is the “first federal action filed to mandate retrieval of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s records” from her private email server. Washington Examiner
Sanders wants to spend $3B on solar panels for poor . . . Democratic presidential candidate and Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, proposed legislation this week that would spend $3 billion on solar panels for the poor over the next 15 years. Washington Examiner
Because we’ve got the money just lying around . . .
DWS: Bakers must bake for gay wedding . . . The marriage equality decision is settled. Love is love and now everyone in America enjoys the protection of the United States Constitution when it comes to who they choose to marry legally,” Wasserman-Schultz told The Daily Signal.
GOP walks back confederate flag provisions . . . In a dramatic reversal, House Republicans set up a vote for Thursday to undo language that was adopted seemingly without contention this week to bar the display of Confederate flags in federal cemeteries in the Deep South. Politico
Dems defend sanctuary laws . . . Top House Democrats say San Francisco’s controversial “sanctuary” laws are not to blame for last week’s killing of a young woman along the city’s scenic waterfront, allegedly at the hands of a felon in the country illegally. The Hill
Chris Matthews gets illegal immigration . . . “(Republicans) want cheap labor. And Democrats want votes, let’s face it.” Daily Caller
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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OECD: U.S. economic growth to slow again . . . One of the enduring myths of the past few years, trumpeted by the White House and accepted by much of the press, is that President Obama has led the economy back to a state of strong, or even solid, growth. Despite annual evidence to the contrary, the myth persists. White House Dossier
New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose last week to their highest level since February, suggesting some slowdown in the labor market recovery, Reuters reports this morning.
Menendez: Obama redline lines seem to be green lights . . . In just under a minute, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey sums up the major problems with President Obama’s Iran deal. White House Dossier
Lawmakers bash troop cuts . . . Lawmakers on Wednesday sharply criticized long-announced U.S. Army plans to cut nearly 60,000 soldiers and civilian personnel due to tight budgets, warning it was risky and short-sighted at a time of Middle East conflict and rising tensions with Russia. Reuters
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ISIS secret to success: Troops who fight to the death . . . Fanatical and disciplined, the unit of Islamic State group fighters infiltrated the Syrian border town of Kobani and unleashed mayhem, battling Kurdish forces. In the end, the militants were all killed, but not before they had accomplished their mission of spreading fear by slaughtering more than 230 civilians, nearly half of them children. Associated Press
Price tag for Syrian rebels: $4 million each . . . How much has the United States spent to train that whopping force of 60 Syrian rebels to take on the Islamic State? Well, according to basic math, about $4 million for each of them. Of the $500 million requested last year for the “train-and-equip” program, roughly half has been spent. Politico
Iran deal close . . . Iran and six world powers were close to an historic nuclear agreement on Thursday that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but they remained deadlocked on the issue of Iranian arms and missile trade. Reuters
EU president calls for Greek debt restructuring . . . The European Union’s chairman joined growing international calls for Greece to be granted debt restructuring as part of any new loan deal if it delivers convincing reforms to avert imminent bankruptcy. The call was an implicit challenge to Germany. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was finalizing a tough package of tax hikes and pension reforms to send to euro zone authorities by midnight in a race to secure agreement at the weekend on a third financial rescue for his country. Reuters
Murder rate surges . . . After seeing years of decline in violent crime, several major American cities experienced a dramatic surge in homicides during the first half of this year. USA Today
I wonder how much of this is due to police being afraid to do their jobs.
Confederate flag to come down in South Carolina . . . The Confederate flag, a symbol of racism for many in the United States and of Southern heritage for others, is set to be removed from South Carolina’s state Capitol grounds on Thursday after lawmakers sealed its fate in a late-night session. Reuters
Jefferson Davis descendent turned the debate . . . Jenny Horne decided that she had had enough. The 42-year-old lawyer from Summerville stepped up to the podium and delivered words so raw and impassioned they would immediately go viral on the Internet. Horne’s fiery speech, bolstered by her reminder that Confederate president Jefferson Davis was her ancestor, injected new energy into what appeared to be a flagging take-down-the-flag faction and helped pave the way for a 1 a.m. vote to remove the flag from the state capitol. Washington Post
Will increasingly lawless U.S. go the way of Greece? . . . Civilizations unwind insidiously — not with a loud, explosive bang, but with a lawless whimper. Victor Davis Hanson
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