Thursday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Trump signs VA Mission Act into law to give veterans more health care choices (Washington Examiner)

$119,050,900,000: Merchandise trade deficit with China hit record through April (CNS News)

“Human rights disaster”: China’s persecution of Christians at highest level since Mao (The Washington Times)

Federal judge rules anti-sanctuary city law unconstitutional (The Washington Times)

ACLU files lawsuit to prevent government from asking about citizenship on 2020 Census (The Daily Wire)

ICE agents pull off one of the largest raids in the last decade, arrest 114 at Ohio gardening centers (Washington Examiner)

DOJ watchdog finds James Comey defied authority as FBI director (ABC News)

MSNBC, NBC anchors push back on liar-Bill Clinton’s attacks on interview: “Baffling,” making “false allegations” (The Washington Free Beacon)

Scalise returns to congressional baseball practice nearly one year after attempted murder (National Review)

U.S. student loan debt hits staggering $1.5 trillion (PJ Media)

Feds spending $350K to see if lesbians are using the right contraception (Hot Air)

Feds send $1 million to a study designed to push transgenderism on children (The Federalist)

Gotta pay for that racial sensitivity training: Starbucks coffee just got more expensive (The Wall Street Journal)

Policy: Four key points in the tariffs debate as Trump prepares for G-7 summit (The Daily Signal)

Policy: Putting American security first in the post-JCPOA order (American Enterprise Institute)

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Representative Ron DeSantis Discusses Peter Strzok and Inspector General Report

by sundance

{ } ~ Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) discusses FBI agent Peter Strzok’s involvement in the liar-Clinton email probe and the Russia investigation; along with the anticipated DOJ-OIG report.



UN agency fuels Palestinian attacks against Israel

by David May

{ } ~ Palestinians in Gaza said they planned to try to cross the border into Israel Tuesday for a new round of protests to mark the 51st anniversary of the Six-Day War… when Israel was attacked by Arab armies and took control of Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. Israel completed its withdrawal from Sinai in 1982 and returned the area to Egypt, and withdrew from Gaza in 2005. The promised Palestinian action Tuesday follows seven weeks of protests backed by Hamas, the terrorist group that seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad have launched dozens of rockets, mortar shells and kites carrying firebombs over the Gaza security fence in recent weeks. Israeli troops have killed over 100 Palestinians and injured thousands who tried to breach the fence…



Striking Down Gerrymandering

by Chris Varones

{ } ~ There’s a good line in the campy sci-fi horror flick The Return of Swamp Thing from 1989… Appalled to discover that her diabolical scientist father is – surprise! –  hatching an evil plot to live forever, the heroine asks: “Immortality? Yuk! What did you do, sell your soul to the devil?” “More like a lease with an option to buy,” her father replies. Few loaded euphemisms better sum up the goings-on in the sprawling, drain-proof swamp that is Washington, D.C. But now, the worst thing the swamp has produced is on trial for its life, and it will take far more than devilish doublespeak to save it. In a matter of weeks or days, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision on gerrymandering, the dark art where politicians draw political district boundaries to choose their voters instead of the other way around…


Special Master in Michael Cohen case finds 162 privileged docs in first batch seized by feds

by William A. Jacobson

{ } ~ The Special Master agreed with Cohen and/or intervenor Trump that 162 documents were privileged, and another 10 “Highly Personal”… Based on the wording of the recommendation, it appears that the Special Master upheld the challenges in all but three cases. So Cohen and/or Trump’s claims of privilege were upheld in 162 of 165 challenges. These recommendations now go to the Judge. There is a lot we don’t know about the challenges and recommendations. For example, of the 12,543 pages in the eight boxes, we don’t know how many of those pages were consumed by the 14 privileged documents; a document obviously could be a page, or hundreds of pages. As to the two phones and iPad, how many of the 291,770 “items” were system and other non-substantive files, and how many were substantive files; so we don’t know what percentage of the substantive items were privileged…


#Spygate and Leftists’ Lack of Patriotism

by Tom Trinko

{ } ~ Leftists, despite their continual condemnation of America’s values and their steadfast insistence that all international problems are due to America… become incensed if their patriotism is questioned. The reality is that all that matters to leftists is obtaining the power necessary to control the lives of all Americans. If you doubt that leftists feel they have the right to control the rest of us, remember that when they have the chance, leftists are eager to tell us how much soda we can drink. If they truly believe they have the right to control what we eat, can there be any doubt that they also believe they can control more important aspects of our lives? Not really, given that they have said Americans should have only freedom of worship, not freedom to live their faith. Leftists think it’s fine to use the power of the government to make Catholic nuns cooperate in abortions or to force Christian bakers to participate in gay “weddings.”…


How McConnell Is Winning The Long Game

by George Will

{ } ~ Franklin Roosevelt, afflicted by the disease at age 39, died in April 1945 at the polio recuperation facility he had created in Warm Springs, Georgia. Before then, Mitch McConnell living in Five Points, Alabama, began going there for treatment for the polio that struck him at age 2, in 1944.

After paralysis by polio, an inner iron undergirded the ebullience of FDR, who hitherto had relied on privilege and charm. McConnell, who had none of the former and is parsimonious with the latter, acquired while overcoming polio the patience and grit that on June 12 will make him the longest-serving leader of Senate Republicans, surpassing Bob Dole.

Since McConnell and his mother, returning from two years of intermittent treatments in Warm Springs, bought his first pair of walking shoes, he has played “the long game,” which is the title of his 2016 memoir. In his 33 Senate years, he has become a major figure in the history of two of the government’s three branches — the legislative, and now the judicial as he oversees the reshaping of federal courts.

If McConnell’s low emotional metabolism allowed him to become agitated, he would do so about complaints — mostly from people inattentive to events or uninformed about possibilities – that Republican control of the two political branches is not producing results. McConnell says:

The largest tax reduction in 31 years has contributed to the best economy in 18 years. Defense spending is up, many Dodd-Frank banking rules and the liar-nObamacare individual mandate have been repealed. Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, blocked for 38 years, has been approved, as has a reconfigured National Labor Relations Board, a source of much liar-nObama administration mischief. The Congressional Review Act, under which Congress can disapprove many regulations issued by federal agencies, has been used 19 times since it was enacted in 1996 — 18 of them in this Congress.

This, says McConnell, constitutes the best 18 months of center-right governance in his Senate career, which began when Ronald Reagan’s second term did. There also are the judges.

Some conservative warriors in the bleachers — people inordinately proud of their muscular spectatorship — deny McConnell’s toughness. Bruised Democrats know better. By preventing a vote on President liar-nObama’s nomination of Merrick Garland — invoking a rule first suggested by Democratic Sens. Joe Biden and Chuck clown-Schumer: Supreme Court justices should not be confirmed in presidential election years — McConnell kept open the seat of Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. The election produced a president unburdened by jurisprudential convictions but deferential to the Federalist Society and other conservatives who think about such things. Furthermore, the White House counsel’s office, which oversees judicial nominations, is an island of professionalism attached to a seedy carnival.

To reshape the circuit courts of appeal of 179 authorized positions, 21 have been filled in 18 months, and there are 14 current or announced vacancies, McConnell ended requiring a supermajority to stop filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. Filibusters had always been possible but were never practiced. Not even, McConnell notes, during the ferocious fight over the nomination of now-Justice Clarence Thomas. This nomination went to the Senate floor without the Judiciary Committee’s recommendation and barely passed (52-48), but was not filibustered.

To prevent Republicans from reciprocating with filibusters against liar-nObama’s packing-by-enlargement of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Democrats changed Senate rules to bar filibusters of judicial nominees other than those for the Supreme Court. McConnell removed that pointless exemption to make possible the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch.

McConnell is amenable to ending filibusters of nominations to executive and judicial positions the Senate, he says, is “in the personnel business”. But without filibusters of legislation, he says, the nation might have socialized medicine, guaranteed government jobs, card-check workplace unionization, a ban on right-to-work laws, and other afflictions. He notes that since popular election of senators began in 1914, Republicans have never had more than 60 senators. And in the last 100 years, Democrats have simultaneously held the presidency, the House and the Senate for 34 years, Republicans for only 20.

Almost 30 years after the end of his presidency, Ronald Reagan still shapes events because of his nomination of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often has been 20% of a court majority. Three decades from now, McConnell will be shaping the nation through judges who today are in their 40s, some of whom might be destined to be Neil Gorsuch’s colleagues. This is the long game.


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