Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Sanders making it a race with Hillary in New Hampshire; Obama dealing with GOP on trade; Iran talks likely to be extended; Kerry plots a new cave-in; Trump announces; Rubio may get Adelson’s money; and someone else wrote Blumenthal’s memos.
Have a great day.
Sanders just ten points behind Clinton in New Hampshire . . . Don’t look now Hillary Clinton, but Bernie Sanders is polling strong in New Hampshire. The independent Vermont senator who is running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination garnered 31 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won 41 percent, according to a new Suffolk University poll. “Most political observers felt that Hillary Clinton’s large early lead among Democratic voters would eventually [shrink] a bit over time,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “But in New Hampshire right now, the lead has shrunk a lot, and this is a much different Democratic primary race than we are seeing in other states so far.” Washington Examiner
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Dems fume as Obama works with GOP on trade . . . House Democrats, still angry over President Obama’s late lobbying efforts on his trade agenda, were left fuming Tuesday night at the idea that Obama might accept a GOP plan to pass a narrower trade bill over Democratic objections. Plans were fluid late Tuesday but GOP sources said Republicans were considering a plan to give Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate expedited trade agreements, and to amend a separate Senate bill to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, to workers who lose their jobs because of trade. Washington Examiner
Obama amnesties businesses that hire illegals . . . President Obama took office vowing to go after unscrupulous employers who hire illegal immigrants, but worksite audits have plunged over the last year and a half, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, tumbling along with the rest of immigration enforcement. Washington Times
Payment for Obama party remains unclear . . . White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was unable to say whether the event was catered or whether service, food preparation, and the massive cleanup was provided by White House staff. White House Dossier
CBO Long term budget outlook: Real bad . . . The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, giving taxpayers a look into the future of the federal government’s fiscal fate. The diagnosis: not good. Compared to last year, the CBO projects slower economic growth, less payroll tax revenue and lower interest rates over the coming decades. Washington Examiner
Obama has done almost nothing to address the longterm shortfall. He’ll be on the golf course when the bills come due.
Iran talks likely to be extended . . . Iran and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal with less than two weeks to go to their June 30 target date and will likely have to extend their negotiations, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.
Administration set for new cave-in to Iran . . . Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that a full accounting of Iran’s possible past atomic weapons research is not necessarily critical to reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran. His comments came amid concerns the Obama administration is backing down on demands that Iran resolve concerns about previous work as part of an agreement that would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Fox News
Obama wants a deal at any price. And the seller, Iran, knows this, and so will continue raising the price. Law of supply and demand.
Iran excluded from threat assessment . . . Leading U.S. officials are expressing concern about newly disclosed efforts by the Obama administration to play down the terrorism threat posed by Iran in an official report issued this year. Washington Free Beacon
Why are we ignoring a cyber Pearl Harbor? . . . What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or — less box office but just as bad — the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents? The next day, the newspapers and morning TV shows would show pictures of the broken locks and rummaged filing cabinets. And if we caught the Chinese spies in the act, perp-walking them for the world to see? Boy howdy. Jonah Goldberg
The limits of Obama’s al Qaeda strategy . . . In separate strikes last week on veteran al-Qaeda leaders, the United States demonstrated again the extent to which it has perfected an almost eerie capability to find the world’s most wanted terrorism suspects in some of the world’s most chaotic environments and deliver lethal blows from above. But the continued spread of al-Qaeda’s ideology and the emergence of brutal new offshoots, including the Islamic State, have underscored the limitations of a U.S. strategy that remains largely reliant on “decapitation” strikes. Washington Post
We’re trying to fight cheap and clean. And it ain’t gonna work.
Phoenix shooter wanted to attack Super Bowl . . . Authorities said Tuesday that a Phoenix man who helped orchestrate a shootout at last month’s “Draw Muhammad” event in Texas also had aspirations to join ISIS and attack the Super Bowl. Fox News
The Trump irony . . . Donald Trump announced his candidacy today, to the knowing, complacent guffaws of journalists and political experts who have achieved so much less in their lives than he. Trump, in reality, is remarkable. But these critics who nip at his heels are not wrong. He is also, unfortunately, a buffoonish piece of American pop culture. White House Dossier
Trump launches with anti-American theme song . . . Business tycoon Donald Trump today in New York announced his campaign for president, but in a sign that his staff may not yet be in prime shape to wage a presidential campaign, he used as his theme song Neil Young’s anti-American screed, “Rockin’ in the Free World.” White House Dossier
Video || Jeb slow-jams the news with Jimmy Fallon . . . At the risk of sounding like a terrible prude, I think the sight of the leading Republican candidate for president submitting himself to a string of cheap sexual double entendres is a sure sign of the probably irreversible decline of our civilization. White House Dossier
I mean, not to be too dramatic about it or anything.
Trump hits the ground running in Iowa . . . It was classic Trump, as he showcased his business success and what he described as his instinctive ability to predict the future. He also showed an eagerness to criticize his fellow Republicans running for president. “He can’t even put on a tie and jacket and he’s running for president?” Trump asked, noting Jeb Bush’s casual dress Monday for his presidential campaign announcement. Bloomberg
Rush: Speech will “resonate” . . . “I’m watching . . . and the phone started ringing, and nobody in the rest of the office here picked it up, and I just yelled, ‘Answer the [blank, blank] phone,’ because I wanted to hear what Trump was saying.” Newsmax
Rubio leading the Adelson primary . . . Marco Rubio appears to be well on his way to landing an important ally after the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom lauded him and his stance on Israel: the paper’s publisher, billionaire Sheldon Adelson. After Rubio announced he would run for the White House, the newspaper ran a front-page headline about his candidacy that was bolstered by an interview with its foreign editor. Washington Examiner
Rubio may be trouble for Hillary . . . Florida Sen. Marco Rubio appears to be giving Hillary Clinton the best competition among Republican presidential contenders in his home state and in Pennsylvania, in the latest Quinnipiac University poll of swing states released Wednesday. Politico
In part, I think, because Rubio kind of seems like such a nice Jewish boy.
Jeb: I don’t get policy from the Pope . . . “I hope I’m not going to get castigated for this by my priest back home, but I don’t get my policy from my priests or my bishops or my cardinals or my pope,” Bush said. “I’d like to see what [Pope Francis] says in relation to climate change and how it relates to deeper issues before I pass judgment, but I think religions ought to be about making us better as people and less about things in the political realm.” Washington Examiner
GOP fears Obamacare ruling fallout . . . Republicans in Congress would face an enormously complicated challenge to fashion an alternative, and they fear the fallout could lead to election losses if millions of Americans abruptly found themselves without health insurance. New York Times
Gowdy throws Issa out of Benghazi hearing . . . Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday. Issa marched into the closed-door deposition and remained inside for about a minute before he was escorted out by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). The Hill
Blumenthal didn’t write Blumenthal memos . . . The chairman of a House panel investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says that a longtime confidant of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton did not write any of the numerous memos he forwarded to Clinton while she served as secretary of state. Nearly all the memos forwarded by Sidney Blumenthal to Clinton came from a single source, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said late Tuesday. Associated Press
Assad keeps pouring on the chemicals . . . Congressional investigators have documented at least 29 incidents in the last year in which the Assad regime in Syria has dropped chemical weapons on civilians or rebel fighters, exploiting a loophole in the Obama administration’s deal with Damascus that left chlorine on the table as a weapon. Washington Times
Anti-Semiticism skyrockets in Canada . . . Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada skyrocketed over the last year and have now hit the highest levels “ever recorded” by human rights groups tracking the number of anti-Jewish episodes, according to a new study. Washington Free Beacon
Rape study touting self-defense “controversial” . . . Last week brought with it some salutary news from the New England Journal of Medicine, which reported without fanfare that “a rigorously designed and executed sexual assault resistance program” had been “successful in decreasing the occurrence of rape, attempted rape, and other forms of victimization among first-year university women.” One would imagine that this news would have been received with whoops of joy. But one would be wrong. Rather, Vox’s Libby Nelson reports, the approach that the NEJM study took is “controversial” in some quarters. “Instead of teaching men to respect women,” critics charge, “the program teaches women to live in a world where sexual assault is an unavoidable reality. Charles CW Cooke
Would some on the Left really ignore a useful tool for preventing rape because it doesn’t fit with their ideology?
“Uncle Sucker” falls for another food scare . . . Trans fats are only in our diets today because of the very same people now pushing for their elimination. It was they and their food-busybody forebears who caused a false food-scare in the 1980s and 1990s over saturated fats. Washington Examiner
Bill Nye, not such a science guy . . . Bill Nye the “Science Guy” is once again trying to blame global warming for a series of weather events happening around the U.S., but this time meteorologists aren’t having it. Meteorologists criticized Nye’s claim that warm temperatures in Alaska and flooding in Texas are a product of man-made global warming. Daily Caller
Disney cancels plan to lay off more tech workers . . . Disney ABC Television Group reversed a decision to lay off about 35 tech workers this week, following recent reports that Disney laid off hundreds of tech workers in January after forcing them to train their replacements. Daily Caller
Unused embryos pose dilemma . . . In storage facilities across the nation, hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos — perhaps a million — are preserved in silver tanks of liquid nitrogen. And increasingly families, clinics and the courts are facing difficult choices on what to do with them — decisions that involve profound questions about the beginning of life, the definition of family and the technological advances that have opened new reproductive possibilities. New York Times
The close-minded left and the tolerant right . . . Even the conservative churches I’ve attended have been more ideologically diverse than the two major liberal campuses where I either attended (Harvard Law School) or taught (Cornell Law School). David French
Ever had a discussion with a liberal? Then you know what he means.
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