Monday, April 20, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Obama will likely have to take his battle to restart his amnesty all the way to the Supreme Court; why is John Hinckley wandering around free?; book investigating Clinton Foundation donations set to make a big splash; Rubio beginning to look like a rock star; he raises tens of millions already; Israeli reporter incurs frightening anti-Semiticism in Paris as bystanders ignore; and George Will thinks free speech is in the biggest jeopardy since the founding of the republic.
Have a great day.
Obama will have to take amnesty case to the Supreme Court . . . A federal appeals court signaled Friday that it is unlikely to allow President Barack Obama’s request to go ahead with a new round of relief for illegal immigrants, making it likely that the White House will have to take its legal case to the Supreme Court within days. Notably, one Republican-appointed judge used the president’s own comments to put the Justice Department on the defensive. Politico
Obama’s amnesty is not a done deal yet.
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Equal pay . . . for Michelle? . . . It seems Mrs. Obama isn’t happy about not getting a salary. Of course, she is quite well compensated. How about free housing – utilities included! – in one of the world’s great mansions? And when was the last time she wrote a check to have the place cleaned? Or the lawn mowed? Sorry, maybe the president mows it. And paid travel all over the world, and many weeks of vacation every year. Food delivered by servants after being prepared by a personal chef. White House Dossier
Obama refuses to allow oil exports . . . The White House acknowledged last week that sending American crude oil abroad would not drive up domestic gas prices, a common refrain among export opponents. In fact, Energy Information Administration officials said exports actually could drive down prices even further by increasing global supply. Washington Times
Enviros, of course, oppose.
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Obama gets it right on trade . . . President Obama is embarking on a massive effort to secure a free trade deal for the Pacific region. Obama has done almost nothing on trade since Inauguration Day 2009, other than convince Congress to approve a few trade deals that were mainly negotiated by Bush. But at least the president now seems to be committed to a new deal, even if the Left strongly objects. White House Dossier
Republican alternative to Obamacare is . . . Obamacare? . . . If the U.S. Supreme Court blows up the tax subsidies at the heart of Obamacare in June, Republicans hope to deliver on their promise to offer an alternative healthcare plan. But key parts of it may resemble the ACA, partly reflecting Republican concerns that they could pay a political price if insurance subsidies are yanked from millions of Americans later this year. Reuters
Feds spend $410,265 on “satisfaction” level of gays’ first time . . . Project examining the ‘meaning and function’ of first “penetrative same-sex sexual experiences.” Washington Free Beacon
Reagan shooter Hinckley is basically out of jail . . . The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He likes taking walks, plays guitar and paints, eats at Wendy’s and drives around in a Toyota. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out. Associated Press
What an insult to Reagan and the others he shot.
Lynch vote likely this week . . . But Senate Majority Leader McConnell has held his ground, requiring lawmakers to pass the anti-trafficking proposal before moving on to the nomination. The Hill
Feds arrest six in anti-ISIS probe . . . Federal authorities said late Sunday that they had arrested six people in Minnesota and California in connection with an investigation into young men who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight alongside ISIS. Fox News
SEAL mother demands apology from Dempsey . . . Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey responded to reports that Ramadi, Iraq is on the verge of an Islamic State today by describing Ramadi as “not symbolic in any way.” In an open letter, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc was the first Navy SEAL casualty in Ramadi, responded to his remarks today. Fox News
Book that rips Clinton donations to make huge waves . . . The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer — a 186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities — is proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy. New York Times
Hillary drives by Iowans in wheelchairs . . . And won’t talk to reporters, ambulant or otherwise. White House Dossier
The Daily Caller has 17 reasons Hillary shouldn’t be president.
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Rubio rock star? . . . A 73-year-old Republican activist, in a suit and Vietnam veteran cap, had just heard a young senator deliver the dinner address at the New Hampshire GOP’s spring kickoff event. And it left him mesmerized—even a bit emotional. He wasn’t alone. National Journal
He’s already raised $40 million.
Rubio: Being gay not a choice . . . “I . . . don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people. In fact, the bottom line is, I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with,” Rubio said. Bloomberg
Huckabee advises Christians not to enlist now . . . “There’s nothing more honorable than serving one’s country and there’s no greater heroes to our country than our military,” Huckabee said. “But I might suggest to parents, I’d wait a couple of years until we get a new commander-in-chief who will once again believe in ‘one nation under God’ and believe that people of faith should be a vital part of the process of not only governing this country, but defending this country.” Newsmax
Cruz: Let troops carry concealed gun on base . . . Appealing to New Hampshire’s powerful gun culture, Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he’s “pressing” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to hold hearings on whether troops should be allowed to carry their own concealed firearms onto military bases. Politico
Kasich getting “more serious” about getting in . . . “I’m more and more serious or I wouldn’t be doing these things,” Kasich said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to his recent travel to early voting states, including stops in South Carolina and New Hampshire this weekend. The Hill
Christie at an all-time low in New Jersey . . . Gov. Chris Christie’s job approval ratings are at their lowest point in New Jersey since he was elected, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, which also gave him the lowest rating for any governor this year in the nine states where such surveys have been held. Newsmax
The flat tax is back . . . Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have both floated an across-the-board tax rate as they’ve launched their 2016 presidential bids. The Hill
EU to act after up to 700 migrants die after boat sinks . . . European Union foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to save desperate migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as bodies of the deadliest known wreck of its kind were brought ashore in Malta. Reuters
ISIS shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians . . . A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The video, in which militants call Christians “crusaders” who are out to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size, in an area of shrubland, being shot in the head. Reuters
Saddam officer the brains behind ISIS . . . An ex-intelligence officer under the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was “the strategic head” behind the Islamic Sate group and drew up the blueprints for the jihadists’ capture of northern Syria, German weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday. AFP
Israeli reporter threatened in the middle of Paris . . . She was particularly disturbed by the fact that none of the numerous bystanders who she said witnessed how she was being abused bothered to step in and help her, writing: “I looked around. The street was packed with people who noticed what was going on, they watched from the side, and someone even recorded everything with a smartphone, but no one came forward to help me. When I felt threatened, I ran off (yes, that’s the right word) to the train station, where there were soldiers. Only then did they leave me alone.” The Blaze
Poland demands apology after official’s Holocaust comment . . . FBI director James Comey wrote, “In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do.” Fox News
Actually, the Poles, unlike many other Eastern European countries, refused to man the camps for the Germans and had 3 million of their own people killed.
George Will: Free speech under attack as never before . . . Will said that the current assault on free speech is more dangerous than incidents in the past such as the Alien and Sedition Acts that were rooted in local conditions that were bound to disappear. “Today’s attack is different, Its an attack on the theory of freedom of speech,” said Will. “[There is a] belief that the First Amendment is a mistake and that the real right people have regarding speech is the right to avoid speech…It is an attack on the desirability of free speech.” Washington Free Beacon
The Left cares more about advancing its policies than the right to debate them. And the Left is ascendant in many quarters of American life – not least of which, the White House.
Marines consider lower standards after women fail test . . . The Marine Corps just finished research to see if female officers could successfully complete its rigorous Infantry Officer Course. Traditionalists see the 0-29 performance as a call to arms by those inside the Pentagon who are determined to have significant numbers of women in the infantry. They are on the lookout for standards they believe are no longer relevant in today’s battlefield. Washington Times
Shouldn’t take long before political correctness depletes the competence of our Marines.
Is America beginning to accept atheists? . . . Inclusive policies for atheists, along with growing media attention and the rising number of religiously unaffiliated populations in the US, may herald the start of a shift in how America perceives those who don’t believe in God. Christian Science Monitor
The latest group seeking protected status.
Ohio school cancels Hijab Day . . . At an Ohio high school, the principal canceled a student event that claimed in the name of diversity it was offering girl students a chance to wear the Muslim headscarf, or hijab, on April 23. The event, called “The Covered Girl Challenge,” was to be sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group with Islamic terrorist ties. Breitbart
Tebow is back . . . Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. Associated Press
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