STEINHAUER: Boehner to resign.
PAPA: DINAN – Pope likely w/o effect on immigration.
LEADS: CHALFANT – Cruz accuses McConnell/Boehner of surrender; KRISTOL – Putin, Biden, & GOP; GOLDBERG – Get rid of VA.
THE HILLARY: STRASSEL – FOIA; FUND – D’s find she’s a poor liar; DRUDGE LINKS.
PA: KNEPPER – AG w/o license?; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN – 9/24; BRODY – Review of Plunder & Deceit.
Jennifer Steinhauer, NYT: “Speaker John Boehner Will Resign From Congress”
“WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.
“Mr. Boehner made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.
“The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.
“Most recently, Mr. Boehner, 65, was trying to craft a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from a growing base of conservatives who told him that they would not vote for a bill that did not defund Planned Parenthood. Several of those members were on a path to remove Mr. Boehner as speaker, though their ability to do so was far from certain.
“Mr. Boehner’s surprise announcement came just a day after Pope Francis visited the Capitol, the fulfillment of a 20-year dream for Mr. Boehner of having a pontiff address Congress. He had a private audience with Francis before the pope’s address to a joint meeting of Congress.”
PAPA . . .
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Pope’s call for immigration leniency unlikely to change debate”
“Vatican has most restrictive immigration policy
“Pope Francis is more than head of the Catholic Church — he’s also the head of state of the Vatican, which as a government has possibly the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies of any nation in the world.
“The pope, traveling to the U.S. for the first time, has made a special appeal to Americans to welcome immigrants, using his address to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday to invoke the Golden Rule in demanding generosity toward the millions of Central and South Americans seeking to come to the country. . .”
LEADS . . .
Morgan Chalfant, FreeBeacon: “Ted Cruz: McConnell, Boehner Surrendering on Iran, Planned Parenthood”
“Ted Cruz slammed Republican leaders in Congress on Thursday for surrendering on the Iranian nuclear deal and Planned Parenthood.
“The Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate told reporters in his Capitol Hill office that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) have admitted defeat by refusing to shut down the government.
“Cruz wants to pass a continuing resolution that would prohibit funding for the ‘catastrophic’ nuclear agreement with Iran and defund Planned Parenthood, a move that would likely prompt President Obama to veto funding for the federal government and trigger a shutdown.
“Republican leadership, Cruz said, has already presented a ‘preemptory surrender’ in the fight against Planned Parenthood and the Iran deal by promising to avoid a shutdown.
‘When you have a radical in the White House who will exploit that promise, what it means in effect is that Republican leadership will support every failed big government policy of President Obama,’ Cruz said. . .”
William Kristol, Weekly Std: “Putin, Biden, and the GOP”
“Let me risk ridicule by mentioning the ruthless Vladimir Putin and the clueless Joe Biden in the same sentence: The emergence of Putin abroad and Biden at home could reshape the 2016 Republican presidential race.
“Putin: The decline in American power and prestige under our current president, culminating in the deal with Iran, has become so pronounced that Putin’s Russia has virtually replaced Obama’s America as the center of gravity in Middle East politics. Under Obama, the White House is still the world’s premier venue for fancy receptions. But the Kremlin is where the work gets done.
“How have the Republican candidates for president reacted to this extraordinary development? Have they reacted at all? They say many of the right things. But have they adjusted to the gravity of the moment? Do they grasp the magnitude of the task that would lie before them as president in a post-Iran deal, post-Syria collapse, post-occupied Ukraine, post-rise of ISIS world? At best, the jury is still out.
“Biden: Meanwhile, on the domestic scene, the odds are increasing that the Democratic ticket in 2016 will consist of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. Republicans have assumed that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee. If she were, the election would be in large measure a referendum on Hillary, and that would be on the whole favorable to Republicans. A Biden-Warren ticket complicates things. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “It’s Time to Get Rid of the VA”
“There is only one guaranteed way to get fired from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Falsifying records won’t do it. Prescribing obsolete drugs won’t do it. Cutting all manner of corners on health and safety is, at worst, going to get you a reprimand. No, the only sure-fire way to get canned at the VA is to report any of these matters to authorities who might do something about it.
“That, at least, is what the U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently reported to the president of the United States. The Special Counsel’s office is the agency to which government whistleblowers go to report wrongdoing.
“‘Our concern is really about the pattern that we’re seeing, where whistleblowers who disclose wrongdoing are facing trumped-up punishment, but the employees who put veterans’ health at risk are going unpunished,’ Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner recently told National Public Radio.
“Now, obviously, this shouldn’t happen. Everyone, except perhaps the managers at the VA, probably agrees with that. So by all means, let’s have some reforms and further protections for whistleblowers.
“But that’s not a real solution. The real fix is to get rid of the VA entirely. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “Hillary Clinton vs. FOIA”
“The State Department email summaries point to big trouble ahead.
The Clintons are street fighters, and over their scandal-plagued years they have mastered outwitting the press, Congress, the Justice Department, even special prosecutors. But the reason Mrs. Clinton isn’t winning her latest scandal is because she faces a new opponent—one she can’t beat: the Freedom of Information Act.
“Of all the Clinton email revelations this week, none compared with a filing by the State Department in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s court in Washington on Monday. The filing was a response to a FOIA lawsuit brought in March by conservative organization Citizens United. The group demanded documents from Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state related to the Clinton Foundation and to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. What the State Department revealed was a testament to the power of FOIA.
“Congressional investigators can subpoena documents, but even if after long delays they get them, the investigators must trust that the agency handed over everything. The agency usually doesn’t. Under FOIA, by contrast, the agency is required by law to provide plaintiffs with a complete inventory and broad description of every document it has that pertains to the request—but is withholding. This is known as a Vaughn index. The State Department on Monday handed over its Vaughn index to Citizens United and, boy, are these email descriptions revealing.
“We find that the State Department has—but is not releasing—an email chain between then-Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and a Clinton Foundation board member about the secretary of state’s planned trip to Africa. We find that the State Department has—but is not releasing—emails between Ms. Mills and foundation staff discussing ‘invitations to foreign business executives to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. We find many undisclosed email chains in which State Department officials talk with Clinton Foundation officials about Bill Clinton speeches and Bill Clinton travel, including to events in North Korea and Congo.
“Huma Abedin, a longtime confidante of Mrs. Clinton’s, was somehow allowed to work, simultaneously, at the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and as a consultant to Teneo—a consulting firm run by Clinton loyalist Doug Band. All three of Ms. Abedin’s hats come into play in an undisclosed email exchange regarding a 2012 dinner in Ireland. As the Washington Examiner reported in May, Mrs. Clinton received an award at the dinner from a Clinton Foundation donor. The ceremony was promoted by Teneo. Mrs. Clinton attended in her official capacity as secretary of state. Sort through that.
“We already know that the Clinton Foundation continued to take foreign money even while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state. We now know this was only the start of the entwining. These email summaries show that the Clinton Foundation was the State Department and the State Department was the Clinton Foundation. All one, big, seamless, Clinton-promoting entity. We would know far more if State released the full emails. It is citing personal privacy as one reason not to make some public. In others, it claims the emails ‘shed no light on the conduct of U.S. Government business.’ . . .”
John Fund, NRO: “Democrats Wake Up to How Bad a Liar Hillary Is”
“The biggest liability Hillary Clinton faces in getting the Democratic nomination may be that too many of her fellow Democrats don’t believe she is a good liar.
“A new Fox News poll this week found that by 58 to 32 percent, Americans don’t think Hillary is telling the truth about her e-mail scandal. Surprisingly, 31 percent of Democrats and almost two-thirds of independents share that view. Perhaps most ominous for her is that 47 percent of Democrats (and 62 percent of all voters) “are worried that scandals would be a problem for a Clinton administration were she elected.”
“Clinton loyalists are convinced that polls showing that majorities of voters find Hillary dishonest and untrustworthy will be irrelevant when it actually comes time to vote. One top Clintion adviser told Ron Fournier of the National Journal last spring: “Trust doesn’t matter.” Other aides point out that the day Bill Clinton won reelection in 1996 with 49 percent of the vote, a majority of Americans didn’t think he was honest or trustworthy — and that was before the Lewinsky scandal.
“Democrats are starting to admit that the new scandals involving e-mails and the Clinton Foundation’s conflicts of interest are taking a worrying toll. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/424619/democrats-wake-how-bad-liar-hillary-john-fund
Drudge Links (9/25/15)
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “How Does an Attorney General Function Without a Law License?”
“Pennsylvania finds itself in the unenviable position of having an Attorney General, who is not only under indictment but whose law license is going to be suspended in thirty days. The Supreme Court unanimously decided to suspend Kane’s license as the result of the ongoing criminal case against her. Although she can appeal the Court’ decision, her attorneys have not indicated whether or not they are going to take that path. Without a law license, Kane will be unable to carry out basic tasks like signing legal documents. However, Kane is (still) not resigning as Attorney General.
“It is not clear exactly how Kane will function as Attorney General without a law license, but it is clear that she is going to release “thousands” of pornographic emails. The emails were sent by “government officials, including law enforcement officials and judges” according to the Attorney General’s office. Where the issue of releasing emails becomes a little murky is Kane’s arguments only a couple of days ago that she was not going to release the emails…and that is after calling for the emails to be released a couple weeks ago. Confused? You are not alone. The Philadelphia Inquirer characterized her position as “elusive”.
“That same article noted that Kane had so far only highlighted emails sent by a “group of political foes and state officials with ties to them.” The disconnect between how Kane treats friends versus her foes is highlighted by her Chief of Staff, Jonathan Duecker. Prior to being promoted, the Attorney General’s personnel office recommended firing Duecker over sexual harassment claims.
“There will certainly be more news coming out of the Attorney General’s office. However based on Kane’s disparate treatment of staff and schizophrenic attitude toward emails, it is questionable how much of the activity will be related to the administration of justice. Will Kane make all of the inappropriate emails public? Or, will she be selective and use them to fulfill a vendetta? It would be in the public’s best interest for all materials to be released, but the public’s best interest does not appear to be one of Kane’s top priorities.”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “9/25 Ups & Downs”
“Polls, fundraising and a suspension. See who made this week’s list!
“Kathleen Kane. After weeks of speculation, the Attorney General’s law license was suspended on Monday. The action caused a new wave of officials who think Kane should resign including potential GOP opponents, a potential Democratic opponent and a Democratic congressional hopeful. So far, a majority of the respondents in our reader poll agree with the Court’s action. In what could be an attempt to change the story, Kane is now indicating that she will finally release all the lewd emails that passed through state equipment. It’s hard to imagine this saga becoming more sordid, but at this point we certainly wouldn’t be surprised.
“Democratic Supreme Court Nominees. The state fundraising deadline was Tuesday and it gave a good look at the numbers race for the Supreme Court, Commonwealth Court and Superior Court. The overwhelming winners were the Democratic Supreme Court nominees (Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht) who vastly outraised their GOP opponents. In fact, the trio have so much cash that the Democrats running for the two lower court positions are hoping that there’ll be a down ballot effect. With Labor Day far behind us and October nearly here, the biggest contests of the year are gearing up.
“Harrisburg. To put it simply, nothing is working and no one is happy. More specifically, we still don’t have a budget and the people blame everyone. A recent Harper poll asked Pennsylvania voters who was responsible for the stalemate. 35% said both the Governor and the State Legislature while 31% each solely blamed the former or the latter. There’s so much frustration right now voters don’t know what do with it, except blindly focus it on PA’s capital city.
“Joe Sestak. For the first time we got a good look at a Sestak-McGinty matchup and found out that the 2010 Democratic nominee has the edge for 2016. Of course, it’s now clear it won’t be a simple two person race, with John Fetterman launching his first campaign video and even unveiling endorsements. A crowded field, however, should help the front-runner. Sestak is by no means guaranteed the nomination but this may be the best shape he’s been in for months.
“Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There’s good news and bad news for this unlikely duo. The good news is that they are both still their party’s front-runners for the 2016 presidential nominations. The bad news is that their leads have shrunk, especially Trump’s. The big question is whether that slide will continue or stop for the presidential hopefuls.”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (9/24/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: There’s so much that the Pope could have said to us that he didn’t say. He talked down to us through his socialist agenda. We have politicians and leaders who talk about the socialist agenda all the time but never talk about the heart and soul of America. We have a president and a Pope that speak down to us on so many issues, from immigration to poverty to global warming. They don’t appreciate the American people, our history, and what we’ve done for the rest of the world. American soldiers don’t go into war to fight for the leftist agenda; they fight for liberty. Just because we don’t accept the left’s agenda of national suicide doesn’t make us intolerant people. We’re tired of America and the American people being put down, either by world leaders, religious leaders, or our own president. Also, Bernie Sanders and his ilk are primitives that don’t believe in the enlightened, civil, modern society. How many more social experiments do we need to see that socialism doesn’t end poverty but instead creates more of it? We should be encouraging everyone to succeed, not vulcanize the country based on someone’s socioeconomic status.”
James Brody – Do we love our kids? A review of Levin’s Plunder & Deceit
“. . . Levin appeals to our love for our children when he complains that we “use” them. We make them buy healthcare when they rarely need it, let them pass school after learning zip, hand them an astronomical public debt, use their social security payments as low-interest loans for whatever some mob needs at the moment, extend gifts to anchor babies and their families, invent excuses for the cancerous EPA, cut our national security, and placate workers with higher “minimum wages.” Levin is correct: Deceit is everywhere! (Our millennials find freedom in their cell phones and browsers even though such toys easily become spies. I saw a black guy jogging across from the laundromat: He wore ear phones and worked his cellular!)
Children, on the contrary, are now in short supply (Steyn, 2006) and always have been and still are disposable! That is, peak parental grief occurs not for a newborn but for the death of a twelve-year old (the infant is promptly wrapped in leaves and buried). We use the survivors for standing guard, labor, construction, and building marital alliances with other families. We oldsters also argue that children should appreciate all that we do for them, rather than to them. Thus, children owe parents and used to be insurance against parents having to die alone and hungry, naked and cold on a chunk of ice. And we use sergeants, preachers, supervisors, cops, union stewards, and books of rules to enforce cooperation with adult demands. This is simply modern slavery managed by bureaucrats and instinctive leashes known as “obligation.” “We did for you, now you must do for us.”