Monday, July 20, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Obama is seeking to ban millions of Social Security recipients from owning guns; Trump doubles down on McCain; illegal immigrants flowing in under Obama; UN approves Iran deal; support for gay marriage declines after ruling; and the shark that missed.
Have a great day.
Obama may ban millions of seniors from owning guns . . . The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs. The push, which could potentially affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others, is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws that prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the United States illegally, and others. Fox News
I’m not aware that seniors are holding up 7-Elevens. They may need to defend themselves, though.
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Trump: I don’t need to be lectured . . . “McCain has abandoned our veterans,” Trump writes. “I will fight for them.” Donald Trump in USA Today
Coverage “a false number” . . . Responding to the controversy in a live interview Monday morning on NBC’s “Today,” Trump blasted the show’s hosts and other members of the media for allegedly misrepresenting his comments. “The media has done just a false number, as usual…. The next sentence was, ‘He’s a war hero.’ I said that, but they never want to play it and you don’t want to play it,” Trump said. The Hill
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Trump: Let’s start “not being so politically correct” . . . Speaking to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Thursday night, Trump pointed out the obvious inanity that is President Obama’s failure to use the term “Muslim extremism” and the flight from reality by those who simply refused to recognize that terrorism is more likely to come out of the Muslim community than, say, the Unitarians or the Rotary Club. White House Dossier
Bush beats Rubio among Miami Cuban-Americans . . . Bush is more popular than Rubio among Cuban-American Republicans, by 43-31 percent — even though Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants. The other Cuban American in the race, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, drew 7 percent support (so did “Undecided”). Miami Herald
Walker relentlessly on message . . . During his three-day swing across the state, the Wisconsin governor showed the kind of discipline and caution most candidates can only dream of. Politico
Kasich’s anger management . . . As he preps his presidential bid, the Ohio governor is working to control his temper. Politico
I’ve been on the receiving end of this myself. Not pretty.
Giuliani: New Yorkers want me back . . . “A lot of people come up to me and tell me to run again. I’m not running again. Don’t want to run again,” Giuliani said. Newsmax
Christie: “The president’s lying to us” . . . “The president stood up and said, ‘inspections anytime anywhere’ – 24/7 access,” Christie said. “What have we found when read in the document, the document says we could wait as long as 24 days to get access.”White House Dossier
Hillary accused of undermining free speech . . . Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton put her willingness to defend the Constitution in serious doubt when she promised Islamic countries the United States government would intimidate Americans who violate their free speech code, national security expert Stephen Coughlin told The Daily Caller.
Report: 2.5 million illegal immigrants under Obama . . . Some 2.5 million illegal immigrants have flowed into the United States under President Obama, with 790,000 rushing in since 2013, according to a new analysis. Washington Examiner
U.S., Cuba establish diplomatic relations . . . The United States and Cuba quietly ushered in a new era of post-Cold War relations on Monday, formally restoring diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago and re-establishing embassies in each other’s capitals. Reuters
Republicans fret “Midnight regulations” . . . Republicans are sounding the alarm about a deluge of “midnight regulations” that could be pushed through agency pipelines the waning days of the Obama administration. The Hill
What? Obama try to rule by fiat? Nahh . . .
Obama dishwasher rules leave food on plates . . . The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers is accusing the Department of Energy of a politically motivated drive to increase dishwasher efficiency, which are so bad that they would cause consumers to re-wash dishes, erasing any efficiency gains. The Hill
Brought to you by the people who ruined the shower.
UN endorses Iran deal . . . The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement. Reuters
Israel pressures Congress to kill Iran deal . . . Israel is engaging in a major lobbying push to try to kill the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. The Hill
Dozens dead after terror attack in Turkey . . . An apparent suicide bombing ripped through a rally Monday in the Turkish border town of Suruc, leaving at least 28 people dead and wounding 100 others, provincial Gov. Izzettin Kucuk told Turkish media. CNN
ISIS training kids to perform beheadings . . . The children had all been shown videos of beheadings and told by their trainers with the Islamic State group that they would perform one someday. First, they had to practice technique. The more than 120 boys were each given a doll and a sword and told, cut off its head. Associated Press
Charlie Hebdo stops drawing Muhammed . . . “Charlie Hebdo” has bid adieu to drawing Muhammad. The top editor and publisher of the French satirical weekly said his publication would no longer draw cartoons of the Muslim prophet, telling German magazine “Stern” that he did not want to believe his organization “was possessed by Islam.” Fox News
Support for gay marriage declines . . . Poll respondents were divided over allowing same-sex marriage in their own state, with 42 percent in favor and 40 percent opposed. Support was down slightly since April, when 48 percent said they were in favor in another AP-GfK survey. Associated Press
Medicare pits doctors against patients . . . As it has grown into one of the largest program’s in the federal budget, Medicare has enabled government to assert unprecedented control over the doctor-patient relationship. More and more, doctors and patients are finding that Medicare won’t pay for treatments they want to try. Washington Examiner
Black officer aids white supremacist . . . White-supremacist groups and African-American demonstrators clashed in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, resulting in at least five arrests and seven people taken to hospitals as tensions — and temperatures — flared following the recent decision to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. But it was the powerful image of a black police officer assisting a man wearing a black T-shirt bearing a swastika and struggling in the heat that resonated online. Yahoo News
Hackers say they have the goods on cheaters . . . Hackers claim to have personal details of more than 37 million cheating spouses on dating website Ashley Madison and have threatened to release nude photos and sexual fantasies of the site’s clients unless it is shut down, blog KrebsOnSecurity reported. Reuters
Video || Pro surfer escapes shark attack on live TV . . . A surfing competition in South Africa was canceled Sunday after professional surfer Mick Fanning escaped a shark attack in the opening minutes of the final heat. CNN
The shark didn’t kill him. I think it just wanted publicity. Call me a cynic.
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