DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE
LEADS: HAYWARD – 900 ISIS operatives; ENTOUS – US/ISR tension; STREIFF – Lerner walks; CREWS & YOUNG – Cancerous Federal Register.
SPEAKER: RUSHBO – Murky Ryan.
HILLARY: NY POST – Fat cats’ fave; STRASSEL – She knew & told Chelsea; McCARTHY – Breath-taking lies.
PA: FIELD – Senate to remove Kane?; STAUB – Union stalking.
END NOTES: HANSON – Our Napoleon?; RUSSELL – Woman-of-the-Year is a man.
DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE
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“Paul Ryan is approached to be Speaker. He says, “Only if,” and lists three things. Those three things are announced and a firestorm erupts. A couple days later we get this story. “Well, he’s willing to delay this provision that would do away with the procedure for getting rid of the Speaker.” Why? Why? He must really want the job then. I mean, the demands were what they were, and now with just a little bit of opposition or anger he’s willing to back off of one of them? Why?” Rush Limbaugh
LEADS . . .
John Hayward, National Security: “FBI Director Estimates 900 Active Investigations of ISIS Operatives in U.S.”
“Addressing intelligence officials on Friday, FBI Director James Comey delivered a stunning estimate of 900 investigations currently in progress against suspected ISIS operatives, recruits, and individuals ‘inspired’ by the Islamic State, and the number of investigations is slowly growing.
“USA Today notes it is rare for FBI officials to discuss the number of investigations in this way. Comey seems to have disclosed the number in order to buttress his case that the Bureau is finding it very difficult to keep up with the anti-ISIS caseload. Referring to a particularly intense period of counter-terror activity around the Fourth of July, Comey warned, ‘If that becomes the new normal… that would be hard to keep up.’
“Comey noted the number of Americans defecting to ISIS has decreased recently, though admitted to not being certain why this is the case—perhaps the significant number of recruits, thwarted by the FBI in their efforts to make the journey to the Middle East, has made others more cautious about trying it, as such, arrests make big news headlines. It could also be growing more difficult for the Islamic State to secure passage for its recruits into Syria. . .”
Adam Entous, WSJ: “Spy vs. Spy: Inside the Fraying U.S.-Israel Ties”
“Distrust set allies to snoop on each other after split over Iran nuclear deal; each kept secrets
“The two countries, nursing a mutual distrust, each had something to hide. U.S. officials hoped to restrain Israel long enough to advance negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran that the U.S. had launched in secret. U.S. officials saw Israel’s strike preparations as an attempt to usurp American foreign policy.
“Instead of talking to each other, the allies kept their intentions secret. To figure out what they weren’t being told, they turned to their spy agencies to fill gaps. They employed deception, not only against Iran, but against each other. After working in concert for nearly a decade to keep Iran from an atomic bomb, the U.S. and Israel split over the best means: diplomacy, covert action or military strikes.
“Personal strains between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu erupted at their first Oval Office meeting in 2009, and an accumulation of grievances in the years since plunged relations between the two countries into crisis. . .”
Streiff, Red State: “SHOCKER: Obama’s Department of Justice clears Lois Lerner and everyone else”
“The Justice Department notified members of Congress on Friday that it is closing its two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups.
“The probe found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime.”
“IRS probed for ‘potential criminal activity’ 01:06
“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution,” Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter. “We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice. Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges.”
“So now the Department of Justice has decided that lying to Congress, improperly releasing taxpayer information to political allies, destroying records, and anything else you want to do in service of the Obama administration is just mismanagement and ineptitude if you are caught. . .”
Wayne Crews & Ryan Young, Daily Caller: “The towering Federal Register”
“. . . Since the first edition of Ten Thousand Commandments was published in 1993, a touch less than 1.43 million Federal Register pages have been published. That’s an average of 71,470 pages per year. Considering that an average year has 250 workdays (the Federal Register is not published on weekends or holidays), that roughly averages out to 286 pages per day. It takes a very busy federal government to fill that many pages each and every workday.
“It’s hard to wrap one’s mind around large figures like 1.43 million, other than knowing that any number with a certain number of zeroes is very, very large. So let’s make that abstraction a little more concrete. A standard ream of printer paper contains 500 pages. A standard carton of 10 reams contains 5,000 pages. Thus, to print the last 20 years’ editions of the Federal Register, you would need 286 of these cartons — enough to fill a small room. . .”
SPEAKER . . .
Rushbo: “Speakstakes: Paul Ryan Situation Remains Murky”
“. . . RUSH: Okay. So I just got a great question in the e-mail. “Rush, in your scenario you said that the Republican donors, they want Jeb or whoever from the establishment as president, Ryan as speaker, and in the first 12-to-18 months they get their agenda implemented. What happens if Hillary wins, Rush? What then?” Folks, that’s easy — “What happens if Hillary wins?” — and you better be prepared for that right now. If Hillary Clinton wins, the first thing on Election Night… They won’t even wait ’til the next day to say it. If Hillary Clinton wins, the Republican Party will come out en masse, and they will say, “See?
“We told you we need to do comprehensive immigration reform right now or we will never win back the White House.” That’s already built in. If Hillary Clinton wins, no matter who the Republican nominee is, that’s what the RNC and that’s what the Republican establishment is going to say. They’re gonna lay the loss off on you, because you stood in the way of them doing amnesty. And once again, conservatives will be blamed for Hillary winning. That’s already written. That’s already done deal. The one thing that stands in the way of all of this, Donald Trump or Ben Carson. If either of those two being the nominee, it just gums up everything that is on the easel right now, in terms of the agenda.”
HILLARY . . .
“Given a normal Attorney General, many of Obama’s officials, including Hillary, will be in jail . . . there is a six-year statute of limitations . . . Billy Cunningham, 11:50 PM, yesterday, WJR 760AM.
“Fire-breathing scourge of Wall Street on the campaign trail — and reliable friend of Wall Street in the boardroom. That’s Hillary Clinton — and the big-money crowd thinks it’s in on the game.
“For all her populist rhetoric against hedge-funders and the like, Clinton has received more donations from CEOs than any candidate in the GOP — you know, the party of the greedy rich.
“More than 760 of Clinton’s presidential donors have listed their occupation as CEO or some variation, according to a Big Crunch analysis of federal election forms.
“That’s as many as have given to Republican hopefuls Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz combined.
“And it doesn’t even include people like hedge-fund CEO Robert Mercer, who prefers to list himself as a “financial consultant” — or those who’ve given instead to pro-Hillary super-PACs. (Or all the folks who’ve bought goodwill over the years by giving to the Clinton Foundation.)
“Surprising? No. We’re talking about a woman who’s made millions from hefty six-figure fees for speeches to, among others, groups headed by those same CEOs.
“She’s also raked in many millions more for her campaign from corporate lawyers, lobbyists and bankers. . .”
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “She Knew All Along”
“The House hearing on Benghazi reveals that Hillary Clinton’s spin about the attack was a politically expedient fiction.
“. . .Here’s what the Benghazi committee found in Thursday’s hearing. Two hours into Mrs. Clinton’s testimony, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan referred to an email Mrs. Clinton sent to her daughter, Chelsea, at 11:12 the night of the attack, or 45 minutes after the secretary of state had issued a statement blaming YouTube-inflamed mobs. Her email reads: ‘Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Queda-like group.’ Mrs. Clinton doesn’t hedge in the email; no ‘it seems’ or ‘it appears.’ She tells her daughter that on the anniversary of 9/11 an al Qaeda group assassinated four Americans.
“That same evening, Mrs. Clinton spoke on the phone with Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf, around 8 p.m. The notes from that conversation, in a State Department email, describe her as saying: ‘We have asked for the Libyan government to provide additional security to the compound immediately as there is a gun battle ongoing, which I understand Ansar as Sharia [sic] is claiming responsibility for.’ Ansar al Sharia is al Qaeda’s affiliate on the Arabian Peninsula. So several hours into the attack, Mrs. Clinton already believed that al Qaeda was attacking U.S. facilities.
“The next afternoon, Mrs. Clinton had a call with the Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil. The notes from it are absolutely damning. The secretary of state tells him: ‘We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack—not a protest.’ And yet Mrs. Clinton, and Ms. Rice and Mr. Obama for days and days continued to spin the video lie.
“In other news Thursday, Judicial Watch unveiled a new cable, sent the day after the attack, from the Defense Intelligence Agency to the State Department Command Center. It explains that the attack was carried out by a ‘Salafi terrorism group’ in ‘retaliation for the killing of an Al Qaeda operative.’
“The cable says “the attack was an organized operation with specific information that the U.S. Ambassador was present.” The cable included details about the group’s movements and the weapons it used in the assault. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Hillary’s Breathtaking Mendacity”
“We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.”
“Those words, depraved words, were spoken by then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with President Obama by her side, on September 14, 2012. This was at Joint Base Andrews, during the most sacred of rites: the return of the remains of Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, all slain in the line of duty in Benghazi.
“And all slain, it must never be forgotten, by jihadists carrying out what Clinton, Obama, and high-ranking national-security officials throughout the United States government knew full well was a planned terrorist attack, not a “protest” run amok and incited by “an awful Internet video.”
“That obvious fact is now explicit after Mrs. Clinton’s galling testimony on Thursday before the House select committee investigating the Benghazi massacre. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/426019/hillary-clinton-benghazi-liar
Also – Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “The Benghazi Hearings Confirm Yet Again What a Brazen Liar Hillary Is” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426015/hillary-clinton-benghazi-hearings-lies
Byron Tau & Peter Nicholas, WSJ: “Hillary Clinton Defends Actions in Benghazi”
“GOP lawmakers point to failure to increase security in region; former secretary of state says requests didn’t rise to her level
“. . . Armed with thousands of emails and testimony from scores of witnesses, GOP members of the panel had an opportunity to trip up Mrs. Clinton on national television and make a case that she exposed Americans stationed in Benghazi to unacceptable risks that led to the deaths of four of them, including the ambassador to Libya.
“As night fell, the Republicans covered mostly old ground—turning their attention to the controversy about Mrs. Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Mrs. Clinton, aided by the committee Democrats, held her ground in calm fashion. At one point, she sat silently in the witness chair and looked bemused, watching the top Republican and Democrat on the panel spar about procedures.
“Now, Mrs. Clinton is likely to come out of a tumultuous period in her campaign with a strengthened position in the Democratic field. . .”
PA . . .
Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “State Senate to Consider Whether to Remove Kane”
This option was first mentioned last month as a possible route to remove Kane without using the formal impeachment process. It would also allow the State Senate and the Governor to bypass the State House.
“Apparently, this initiative was first revealed by State Sen. John Rafferty when he told a group of Berks County Republicans last night. Undoubtedly, Senate leaders won’t be happy about that as Rafferty is running to replace Kane and the body seems to want this to be a bipartisan endeavor.
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Pennsylvania’s union stalking loophole could soon close”
“Pennsylvania lawmakers are on the brink of closing a legal loophole that exempts parties to an organized labor dispute from charges of stalking, harassment and threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction.
“The stalking loophole has existed since the state officially defined the offense in its criminal code in 2002. As of 2012, Pennsylvania was just one of four states with the carve-out.
“That would change if House Bill 874, which eliminates the loophole, becomes law. The Keystone Chapter of the Associated Building Contractors is eager to see it happen after unions subjected some members to “creepy, creepy stuff” during labor disputes, said Brent Sailhamer, director of government affairs for ABC.
“‘It’s just a no-brainer from a policy standpoint,’ he said.
“Unions don’t see the issue the same way. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Is Trump Our Napoleon?”
“. . . Political contradictions supposedly fade when Trump appeals to all Americans to trust him to make us strong, respected, and rich again, much in the same way as Trump himself excels in the business world. Trump’s success in real estate and his commercial savvy are supposed to be transferable to ensuring similar wins in government, in a way reminiscent of Napoleon’s innate military acumen that was to be loaned out to the French Republic to ensure its political ascendance.
“The desire for greatness is most acute among a people that claims that it has enjoyed glory in the past but has since lost it, due to the sell-outs and the weak in their midst. Although Trump is not shy in suggesting that American ‘weakness’ is due to our malaise, he is more accusatory of ‘them’ — the opportunistic and predatory foreigners in China, Europe, Mexico, and Asia who took advantage of American largess, naiveté and namby-pamby leadership to rip us off. We pay ‘their’ defense bills, keep ‘them’ safe, and in return have to play on ‘their’ rigged trade field.
“Trump also claims that folks are treated as infants by politicians of both parties who never deliver on the promises that they make. Given that all politicians are fakers, Trump need not worry about detailing any of his promises: those who spell out assurances consistently break them anyway. As far as the intellectual class that hates Trump, we can almost hear his Napoleonic joking, ‘You don’t reason with intellectuals. You shoot them.’ . . .”
Nicole Russell, The Federalist: “Caitlyn Jenner Can’t Be Woman Of The Year”
“Shouldn’t the person who wins this nod from Glamour magazine be a woman, at least?
“. . .By choosing Jenner as woman of the year, Glamour endorses the idea that men are better at being women than we are. Glamour is sending a clear message about a new kind of feminist-driven patriarch, who pushes women out of our spaces and expects submissiveness of their feminist enablers. Transgender women tend to be hyper-aggressive. Remember when Zoey Tur told Ben Shapiro he’s going out in an ambulance? Martine Rothblatt, a transgender woman, graced the cover of New York Magazine as highest-paid female CEO in the nation. Apparently real women can’t cut it, so we’ve got to import men into our ranks to win awards. . .
. . . If anything, Jenner should win man of the year for winning woman of the year. . .”