Monday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Supreme Court sides with baker in huge win for religious liberty (The Hill)

North Korea summit back on, Trump says (National Review)

Giuliani threatens legal battle with Mueller over subpoena (ABC News)

New U.S. tariffs would make trade deals void, China says (Fox News)

Congress to crack down on Chinese influence in U.S. (The Washington Free Beacon)

California bans travel to Oklahoma based on its “discriminatory” LGBT adoption law (USA Today)

Supreme Court erases ruling against government in illegal immigrant teen’s abortion case as moot (USA Today)

Several states to limit short-term insurance plans even as Trump is poised to expand access to them nationwide (The Hill)

Boeing South Carolina bastion breached by union in rare win (Bloomberg)

Newt Gingrich predicts “red wave” in November (Washington Examiner)

liar-Bill Clinton: “Political press” gave liar-nObama better coverage in part because of his race (The Washington Times)

Trump calls for “immediate action” to prevent coal, nuclear power plants from closing (ABC News)

Facebook gave device makers deep access to data on users and friends (The New York Times)

Bradley “Chelsea” Manning loses Wikileaks First Amendment appeal (The Volokh Conspiracy)

Policy: The college dropout problem most education advocates don’t talk about (American Enterprise Institute)

Policy: Was May’s job report the best ever? (Investor’s Business Daily) ~The Patriot Post


Gorka -Breenian Coming Unhinged because He and liar-nObama Facing Prison


{ } ~ The segment begins with John Brennan attacking President Trump, saying in an interview on MSNBC… “I think Mr. Trump has demonstrated a paranoia, an insecurity, as well as a real concern about the investigation that is underway.” It is Brennan, with his venomous public crusade against the President, who fits that description best, a point that Sebastian Gorka makes in the interview. Gorka says Brennan will likely continue speaking out “until he’s probably charged with being at the center of Spygate,” noting, “This is a man who’s done something no other former CIA Director has ever done. Nobody has attacked a sitting President in the way John Brennan does, in a way that undermines the integrity of the current government.” “He’s actually feeding in to Russian propaganda,” says Gorka, “and supporting people like Vladimir Putin with what he states.” He says that shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the fact that Brennan has actually admitted “at the height of the cold war in 1976, he voted for Gus Hall, the Communist Party candidate for American President.”…



White House Shakeup: Trump Replaces Homeland Security Adviser

by Jack Davis

{ } ~ President Donald Trump on Friday named Rear Adm. Douglas Fears his new homeland security adviser… Fears fills the post vacated in April by Tom Bossert, who stepped down after Trump selected John Bolton to serve as his national security adviser, The Hill reported. Fears will serve as deputy assistant to the president and homeland security and counterterrorism adviser on the National Security Council staff, according to a statement from Bolton…


Friends of Paul Manafort launch legal defense fund, citing expense of fighting Mueller prosecution

by Spencer S. Hsu

{ } ~ Friends of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have launched a legal-defense fund to defray his attorney fees as he fights tax fraud… conspiracy and money-laundering charges filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. In a statement released Wednesday, unnamed friends of the longtime lobbyist said the Paul Manafort Defense Fund was created because Manafort and his family are “struggling to pay legal bills” arising from his prosecution in the special counsel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort, 69, faces two upcoming trials — one in Virginia in July and another in Washington in September — on felony counts related to his decade-long work for a pro-Russian politician and entities in Ukraine. He has pleaded not guilty…


Trump’s lawyers to Mueller in letter: President can end probe, use pardon power

by Christal Hayes

{ } ~ Lawyers for President Trump told special counsel Robert Mueller in a confidential letter… that the president would not comply with requests for an interview, could end the special counsel’s investigation and could use his executive powers to pardon if needed. The January 2018 letter, along with a second letter sent in June 2017, was obtained by The New York Times and provide the clearest view yet of Trump’s legal strategy in Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice. Ahead of The Times’ report, Trump tweeted about the leaked letters, saying “there was No Collusion with Russia except by the Democrats. When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?”…

VIDEO: via @usatodayNew York Times: Trump’s lawyers argue to head off a historic subpoena


JW Videos of the Week

liar-Clinton investigation and the Russia investigation are ‘Two Sides of the Same Coin’

Tom Fitton’s Video Weekly Update – June 1, 2018

Chris Farrell: Mueller Probe Staff Equates to Conflict of Interest

FBI, DOJ are at war with Trump

Yates Signed off on Targeting of President Trump


Calling Out a Republican Entitlement Reform Hypocrite

by Jordan Candler: An intriguing op-ed appeared in The Wall Street Journal this week, the subject of which — “Entitlements Will Eat America’s Economy” — is especially salient for our reckless, spendthrift lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The author, who chaired the House Budget Committee from 1995 to 2001, worryingly observes that “it’s been 17 years since lawmakers and the White House approved a spending plan that didn’t add to the national debt.” This particular guru was largely responsible for the last balanced budget. Fast-forward to today, and our current fiscal dilemma evokes a great deal of trepidation.

Noting that “Washington set a record … in 2017 by passing six short-term extensions in less than a year,” the author goes on to report: “The latest spending bill, approved in February, did more than continue to fund the federal government; it also set America on a course to add at least $1 trillion a year to the national debt by 2020. … It took almost 200 years for the federal government to accumulate its first $1 trillion in debt. The next $20 trillion took less than four decades.”

This is inexcusable, indeed, and the writer puts his finger on the only viable solution: “The answer is clear. Republicans and Democrats in Congress must put aside divisive (and pointless) sound-bite politics and at long last get serious about meaningful spending restraint and entitlement reforms. Those discussions should begin with proposals to deal with the costs of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, which are the greatest contributors to spending and debt. Congressional leaders from both parties must pledge to vote on a package of meaningful reforms.”

Entitlements and welfare together siphon a huge proportion of government revenues, and they are projected to worsen significantly in the years and decades ahead. liar-nObamaCare didn’t help — in fact, it made the fiscal situation before its implementation seem relatively tame. Sadly, many state governors, tempted by the inflow of federal dollars that would ensue, took the bait by expanding Medicaid. Even the Republican governor of Ohio, John Kasich, expanded Medicaid and became one of that program’s most ardent advocates. In February 2017, he stated that Medicaid expansion rollbacks represent “a very, very bad idea, because we cannot turn our back on the most vulnerable.”

Furthermore, as National Review’s Jason Hart noted in June 2017, “Kasich’s public-relations campaign for liar-nObamacare’s Medicaid expansion could wipe out whatever chance remains for Congress to pass a substantial liar-nObamacare-repeal bill.” It apparently worked.

Which brings us full circle back to the Wall Street Journal op-ed. The author of that piece? Ohio Gov. John Kasich — the man who betrayed conservatives with his embrace of liar-nObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Patriot Post contributor Robin Smith highlighted the dual forms of hypocrisy on this matter, enjoining, “Hey, Wall Street Journal, please explain your credibility in publishing an opinion by the Ohio governor who expanded liar-nObamaCare in his state.”

The biggest irony of all? If we are going to get our fiscal house in order, Republicans truly need budgetary and constitutional stalwarts, not drifters who check to see which way the political winds are blowing before making critical decisions. Gov. Kasich is symbolic of the latter, his faux conservative bromides on health care notwithstanding. If only he knew how to follow his own advice.

~The Patriot Post


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