Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Obama signs law ending NSA collection of phone records; the president gets his inner Jew on; America may not be ready for a bioterror attack; Jeb sharpens his elbows as polls worsen; majority say abortion should usually be illegal; and California wants to tell kids the rules for having sex, step by step.
Have a great day.
Obama signs surveillance reform law . . . President Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation passed by Congress earlier in the day reforming a government surveillance program that swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records. Reversing security policy in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the bill ends a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The spy agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking for terrorism leads but was not allowed to listen to their content. Passage of the USA Freedom Act, the result of an alliance between Senate Democrats and some of the chamber’s most conservative Republicans, was a victory for Obama and a setback for Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Reuters
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Obama should remove Kerry from the Iran negotiations . . . Negotiations require a supple and clear mind, stamina, and the ability to gauge your opponents in person, all of which will be unavailable to Kerry during the coming weeks. Obama should consider putting in charge of the talks National Security Advisor Susan Rice – or someone else who will be thinking clearly – at least on a temporary basis. White House Dossier
Obama: Netanyahu forfeited credibility as peacemaker . . . President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s terms for diplomacy that might lead to a Palestinian state meant Israel had lost international credibility as a potential peacemaker. Reuters
Obama to Israel: “I understand your concerns” . . . Now that’s touching. Then why is President Obama negotiating a deal with Iran which, by his own reckoning, will within 15 years allow the Iranians a nuclear “breakout time” of a nanosecond? White House Dossier
Michelle invites children to White House to be stung by bees . . . Okay, I’m just having some fun here, alright? Leave me alone. But, uh, you know. If my kid were going to this event, I’d want to know whether we’re taking any precautions . . . Because the White House put out the notice last night: “First lady Michelle Obama to harvest the White House kitchen garden, highlight pollinators.” White House Dossier
Obama to Axelrod: I’m like Jew . . . ‘You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.’ JPUpdates
Obama to deliver Beau Biden eulogy . . . President Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at the burial of Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau, who died of cancer aged 46. AFP
America not ready for bioterror attack . . . Preliminary findings from a blue ribbon panel studying biodefense show the U.S. doesn’t have the proper infrastructure to prevent or address a bioterror, whether it be through chemical weapons or a pandemic such as the flu. Washington Examiner
U.S. says 10,000 ISIS killed . . . More than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the international coalition started its campaign against the militant group nine months ago in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. Reuters
Terror suspect shot by police made threats . . . A terror suspect who was shot and killed by a Boston cop Tuesday was under 24-hour surveillance because he had made statements indicating he desired to attack police officers, sources briefed on the case told ABC News.
ISIS developing sophisticated arms . . . Captured ISIS weapons show the black-clad militants are developing an arsenal of sophisticated arms, and Kurdish fighters say they fear the terrorist force’s expanding manufacturing capability is making it more formidable by the day. Fox News
Bush sharpens his attack . . . He’s slipping behind lesser-known rivals and losing claim to the front-runner status, but former Florida governor Jeb Bush enjoyed rare home-field advantage here Tuesday, using an economic forum to more forcefully attack opponents in the GOP presidential race. Washington Post
No more “joyful” campaigning, looks like.
Huckabee’s transgender wisecrack . . . “Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” said Huckabee. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous, doesn’t it?” Huckabee said there was “something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment.” Buzzfeed
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will announce June 24 in New Orleans.
Officials voiced concern Hillary would keep State records . . . Over a five-year span, senior officials at the National Archives and Records Administrations voiced growing alarm about Hillary Clinton’s record-keeping practices as secretary of state. Clinton has disclosed that late last year she turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department, printed out, and unilaterally deleted another 30,000 emails she deemed “personal.” Fox News
Hillary rally ejects children’s event . . . Hillary Clinton is being called “tone deaf” after her campaign scheduled a major campaign rally at a New York park for next weekend, forcing a planned children’s event to cancel. Washington TimesHillary’s poll numbers signal trouble . . . Yes, it’s early, but few expected her to fall so far so fast. Politico
“Impartial” DNC finance chief helps Hillary . . . Fundraising assistance in Texas flouts presidential primary neutrality rules. Politico
South Korean MERS outbreak likely to spread . . . A MERS outbreak in South Korea — the largest outside Saudi Arabia, where the disease first emerged in 2012 — is likely to grow, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, has likely infected at least 30 people in South Korea and killed two. South Korean officials have isolated 680 people to limit the spread of the disease, which spreads when sick people cough. USA Today
Kim Jon Un eating everything in sight . . . New photos of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un published earlier this week show that he has put on weight, raising concerns about the possibility of a move to oust him from power should his health take a turn for the worse. Fox News
Israel scraps jail time for soldier who ate pork sandwich . . . The Israeli military on Tuesday scrapped an 11-day prison sentence for a U.S.-born Israeli soldier who had caused a stink by violating the military’s kosher rules by eating a pork sandwich while in uniform. Associated Press
Gallup: Majority say abortion should be mostly be illegal . . . In 37 straight surveys conducted over the course of 21 years by the Gallup polling company, a majority of Americans have said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances or in all but a few circumstances. CNS News
California sexual reeducation camps coming soon . . . Last year California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law aiming to redefine consent as an “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement,” that is “ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.” This means that every time two college students have sex they have to act like they’ve never met before and ask for approval for everything from the first kiss and touch through intercourse. Now it’s on to round two: Teaching high school students the “correct” way to have sex. Human nature is no longer the correct way. Washington Examiner
Sex ed teacher takes kids to adult store . . . A Minnesota sex education teacher has drawn scrutiny from parents after taking middle- and high-school students on a field trip to an adult novelty store. Fox News
Not terribly surprising, given the graphic detail presented to kids at such a young age in these classes.
New Black Panthers sought to blow up St. Louis officials . . . Two men who met during the Ferguson protests and plotted violence against law enforcement admitted in federal court here Tuesday that they planned to blow up a police station, the top St. Louis County prosecutor and the Ferguson police chief. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calif. Senate votes to let illegals use Obamacare exchanges . . . The California Senate voted on Tuesday to allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable Care Act, a measure that would make the state the first to offer that kind of coverage. Reuters
A year after border surge, thousands of kids in limbo . . . In the year since President Obama declared the surge in unaccompanied children from Central American crossing into South Texas to be a “national emergency,” tens of thousands of kids still are waiting for their cases to be resolved — and many are doing so without legal representation. Fox News Latino
Native American student can wear feather at graduation . . . A Native American high school student who sued his California school district over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather to graduation will be able to don the item after all. Rebecca Farmer of the ACLU said attorneys for Christian Titman, 18, and officials with Clovis Unified School District reached an agreement Tuesday night allowing him to wear the feather. Fox News
I’m telling you, this has something to do with a lifetime of being teased about his name. Seriously.
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