Thursday, July 23, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Kerry says its my way or the highway – to war; Obama having trouble convincing Dems; Trump threatens third party run; Social Security disability fund about to run out; $15 minimum wage backfiring; and Ottawa – Canada’s political capital and the world’s capital of adultery.
Have a great day.
Kerry to Congress: It’s the Iran deal or war . . . Secretary of State John Kerry told a packed meeting of skeptical House lawmakers on Wednesday that a vote against the Iran nuclear deal would be a vote to “go to war,” according to members leaving the meeting. Washington Examiner
Talk about a hard sell . . .
Obama’s Iran deal lobbying push stalls . . . President Barack Obama’s flood-the-zone strategy to sell his nuclear deal with Iran isn’t producing many immediate converts among a bloc of swing Democrats that will be critical to preserving the agreement. Politico
Cotton compares Kerry to Pontius Pilate . . . Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton blasted the White House on Thursday for its failure to immediately disclose so-called side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency as part of the negotiations of the nuclear deal reached last week, comparing Secretary of State John Kerry to Pontius Pilate, the Roman judge said to have presided over the trial of Jesus Christ. Politico
GOP, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against deal . . . Top Republicans vowed Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby prepared for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement. Reuters
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Trump: Be nice or I might go third party . . . Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season. The Hill
Promises to change tone if elected . . . Donald Trump’s boisterous personality is fueling his campaign, but the billionaire businessman insists there is also a more dignified side to him. CNN
Video || Koffler on Newsmax TV talking about Trump . . . I was on “The Hardline” with Ed Berliner Wednesday night talking about The Donald. If you click on the link my spot is at the top of the show. Unfortunately, the Skype wasn’t working – and they used some photo of me I put on the Internet because I thought it was kind of funny! Newsmax
From vodka to golf courses, Trump outlines his billions . . . Trump claims he’s worth $10 billion, but personal financial-disclosure forms released Wednesday make that impossible to prove. USA Today
Video || Graham destroys his cell phone . . . I’d like to know what Graham’s doing with a cell phone that was probably used by Woodrow Wilson. I mean, seriously, a flip phone? White House Dossier
Trump and Clinton have been cozy for years . . . Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may someday be competitors, but the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have enjoyed financial and personal ties over the years. Washington Examiner
Social Security disability fund to run dry . . . The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign. Associated Press
Lawmakers: Thousands of violent felons to be released . . . Thousands of dangerous federal prison inmates will be released in November as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s decision to lower federal sentencing for all drug trafficking and distribution crimes, two Republican lawmakers warned Tuesday. Daily Caller
White House defends Planned Parenthood . . . White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos showing a top Planned Parenthood official callously discussing the harvesting and sale of fetal organs. Earnest said the videos were deceitful. White House Dossier
More immigration executive action on the way . . . The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to expand a waiver program that will allow additional illegal aliens to remain in the country rather than apply for legal status from abroad. Washington Free Beacon
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Claim: IRS used donor lists to target audits . . . Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it has obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. Judicial Watch
DOJ to review Planned Parenthood baby part selling . . . After a week of controversy over a pair of videos showing highly placed members of Planned Parenthood bartering to sell parts of aborted babies—one even hoping to buy a Lamborghini with the profits—the Department of Justice has now announced it will look into allegations that the abortion provider is breaking the law by selling human remains for experimentation. Breitbart
Use of warrantless subpoenas on the rise . . . A legal conflict is intensifying between federal officials and civil liberties advocates defending Americans’ medical privacy rights in a case that points to the increasingly frequent use by bureaucrats of judge-less, warrant-less subpoenas. Daily Caller
Obama East Africa trip raises security concerns . . . President Barack Obama is not just heading to his father’s homeland, but to a region that’s a hotbed of terror. CNN
FBI Director: ISIS greater threat than Al Qaeda . . . The Islamic State terror group’s effort to inspire troubled Americans to extremism is a greater threat to the U.S. than an external attack from Al Qaeda, the FBI director said Wednesday. FBI Director James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the group, commonly known as ISIS, has influenced a significant number of Americans through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can’t travel to the Middle East to “kill where you are.” Fox News
DHS ignored EMP imminent disaster advice . . . The Department of Homeland Security has failed to address a single recommendation from a 2008 Critical National Infrastructures report to assess the threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks and solar storms, according to Christopher Currie, director of homeland security and justice at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Washington Free Beacon
Global warming expedition on hold because of ice! . . . The CCGS Amundsen, a Medium Arctic icebreaker and Arctic research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, was to travel throughout Hudson Bay, a body of water in northeastern Canada, but was rerouted to help ships who were stuck in the icy water. Daily Caller
Illicit sex capital of the world? . . . In Ottawa, also known as the capital of Canada, one if five residents on are on Ashley Madison adulterer’s website. Reuters
Seattle sees fallout from $15 minimum wage . . . Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent. Fox News
I love it. People’s new free stuff is interfering with their ability to collect their old free stuff.
Immigration from Mexico drops sharply . . . Even as immigration remains a hot topic in the U.S. presidential campaign, the number of people emigrating from Mexico to the United States, legally and illegally, has dropped sharply in recent years, research published Wednesday shows. Reuters
“Even worse” Planned Parenthood videos on the way . . . Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden says his group has hundreds or thousands of hours of undercover video of abortion providers that will be released in the coming weeks and months, and that some of it is “even worse” than the two videos already aired to the public. Newsmax
Russert: GOP “guilty” of war on women . . . MSNBC’s Luke Russert during a broadcast Wednesday accepted as fact that the Republicans were guilty as charged in 2012 of waging a war on women. Incredible how propaganda can stick. If you repeat “war on women” enough times, then there is a war on women. This White House understands this kind of tactic well, doesn’t it, you climate deniers out there? White House Dossier
Kate Upton helps save Uber from De Blasio . . . Kate Upton declared war on Bill de Blasio Wednesday and, about three hours later, she won. Daily Caller
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