OCARE: WSJ – Cleanup begins; BADE – GOP threatened.
IMMIGRATION: LOWRY – DJT Legal; MIN KIM – Crackdown; NICKEL & PAPERNY – Hike to Canada; KIMBALL – Robart’s black humor.
LEADS: CHAPMAN – DeVos confirmed; WASHINGTON TIMES: Gore stretched; WILLIAMSON – Approve the Cabinet; AP – New Chinese missile; LUCAS – Soros fingerprints; JANSSEN – Rahm re Dems.
NOTES: LEVIN (02/07/17); BOND – Bunny & Don; RUSHBO – Putin hacked the Superbowl.
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“The Patriots and Trump, who really aren’t patriots, right, according to the left, the Patriots and therefore Trump would be crushed.
And do you know why? Because they deserved it . . .” Rushbo
WSJ: “The ObamaCare Cleanup Begins”
“Early executive action can improve short-term insurance markets.
“All of a sudden the press is filled with stories about Republicans supposedly retreating from their promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Liberals are claiming vindication and conservatives are getting nervous, but the stampede to declare failure is premature. The orderly transition to a more stable and affordable health-care system is merely beginning.
“As with much else in the Donald Trump era, people should avoid rushing to conclusions. Too much significance is attributed to Republicans adding the word “repair” to their vocabulary, as if this represents a policy change. The insurance markets really do need repair, and doing nothing isn’t realistic amid ObamaCare’s downward spiral.
“Likewise, the GOP retreat in Philadelphia last month was contentious, according to leaked audio, but debating the merits of different ideas is how political parties form a strategy. Republicans now recognize that they can’t blame President Obama for insurance disruptions, even if his Administration caused them. They also increasingly understand that they’ve been handed an armed bomb and need to be careful and serious when defusing it.
“The exchanges are ailing and fragile—beset by high and rising premiums and a wave of insurer exits. The Health and Human Services Department announced Friday that final enrollment on the federal exchanges for 2017 dropped by about 400,000 from last year. ‘In spite of the best intentions of Washington and the industry, the intended goals of the ACA have not been achieved. Millions of Americans remain uninsured, and still lack access to affordable health care,’ Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said on an investor call, expressing the business consensus.
“Uncertainty is inevitably priced into premiums, and benefits and rates for 2018 started to be designed and set months ago. They’ll be approved by regulators in the spring, so Mr. Trump’s HHS nominees, Tom Price and Seema Verma, need to move fast to bring more predictability to the markets. . .”
Rachel Bade, Politico: “Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow”
“At a closed-door meeting, House lawmakers discuss strategies to counter potential violence.
“. . . House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former county sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place. Among the suggestions: having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor in congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office-door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.
“The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”
He later added: “For those of us who have children in grade school and that kind of thing, there’s a factor in all of this, saying: How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?”
Rich Lowry, NY Post: “Sorry: Trump’s immigration order is totally legal”
“If the law means anything, the Trump administration will succeed in overturning the so-called court ruling against its travel ban.
“The nationwide stay of the ban issued by Judge James Robart, a Washington state-based federal district judge, is tissue-thin. It doesn’t bother to engage on the substance, presumably because facts, logic and the law don’t support Robart’s sweeping assertion of judicial authority in an area where judicial power is inherently quite limited.
“This doesn’t justify President Donald Trump tweeting that Robart is a ‘so-called judge.’ That slam earned Trump bipartisan blowback and may encourage other judges to tilt against Trump’s ban in response to a perceived threat to the independence of the judiciary. But Robart’s handiwork is shoddy and usurpatory, despite the fact that he is indeed a literal judge. . .”
Seung Min Kim, Politico: “Cotton and Trump plot crackdown on legal immigration”
“The push could trigger a fight between the business and populist wings of the GOP.
“Overlooked in Donald Trump’s campaign crusade against illegal immigration was his vow to crack down on legal immigration, too.
“Now, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a reliable Trump ally, is taking steps to execute that part of the president’s immigration vision — and it could provoke a showdown between two competing ends of the GOP: the working-class populists led by Trump and the establishment Chamber of Commerce wing.
“The outspoken, 39-year-old Cotton has written the first in what may be a series of bills to revamp the nation’s immigration system. Cotton will start off with legislation being unveiled Tuesday that will dramatically slash the number of immigrants who can obtain green cards and other visas every year.
“The conservative rising star is poised to step into the role being vacated in the chamber by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has long preached the economic virtues of restricting legal immigration in favor of U.S. citizens — a view disputed by business-friendly Republicans who have pushed for a more expansionist immigration policy. Sessions is set to be confirmed as attorney general this week. . .”
Rod Nickel & Anna Paperny, Yahoo!: “Worried about Trump, asylum seekers walk cold road to Canada”
“WINNIPEG, Manitoba/BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) – Refugees in the United States fearing a worsening climate of xenophobia in the wake of a divisive U.S. presidential campaign are flocking to Canada in growing numbers.
Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency helped 91 claimants between Nov. 1 and Jan. 25 – more than the agency normally sees in a year. Most braved the freezing prairie winter to walk into Canada.
“‘We haven’t had something before like this,’ said Maggie Yeboah, president of the Ghanaian Union of Manitoba, which has helped refugees get medical attention and housing. ‘We don’t know what to do.’
“A temporary restraining order by a U.S. judge of President Donald Trump’s executive order that blocked nationwide the implementation of key parts of the travel ban has provided a reprieve for refugees trying to come to the United States. . .”
Roger Kimball, PJM: “Judge Robart’s Black Humor”
“The funniest part of Judge James L. Robart’s cursory, six-and-a-bit-page restraining order against Donald Trump’s executive order — which temporarily suspends travel into the United States from seven notorious sponsors of terrorism — comes at the end:
‘Fundamental to the work of this court is a vigilant recognition that it is but one of three equal branches of our federal government. The work of the court is not to create policy or judge the wisdom of any particular policy promoted by the other two branches.
“Ha! What a card!’
“The Left goes shopping for a likeminded judge, and finds a Seattle District Court judge who is sympathetic to Black Lives Matter and does pro-bono work for refugees. He has the added advantage of being located in the Ninth Circuit, the wackiest, most reliably left-wing precinct of the U.S. appellate system (though that may change soon). Said judge then intervenes to suspend the implementation of an executive order issued by the president of the United States to help safeguard the country.
“The Justice Department quickly asked for an emergency stay of Judge Robart’s order, but, as could have been predicted, the left-leaning Ninth Circuit just as quickly denied the request . ..”.
Michael Chapman, CNS: “DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary; Bill to End Education Dept Introduced”
“(CNSNews.com) — On the day that Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Secretary of Education, House Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduced a short bill to abolish the Department of Education, which was established under the Carter administration in 1980.
Massie’s legislation, HR 899, simply states, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
In a Feb. 7 statement, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.”
Washington Times: “An inconvenient stretcher”
“Al Gore was wrong, among other important things, about ‘the tipping point’
“. . . Mr. Gore, a self-described “recovering politician” who has gone from Washington to fame and million-dollar fortune (and then some) as a super environmentalist, blustered in 2006 that unless radical reductions in greenhouse gases that cause global warming were enforced within 10 years the earth would pass the point of no return and be rendered inhospitable or even uninhabitable for children and other living things. He repeated the warning the other day at the Sundance Film Festival, promoting a sequel to his film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which touched off a fossil-fuel backlash that has since been enshrined in government policy.
It’s now 10 years on, and there’s no sign yet that Doomsday has dawned. Nonetheless, Mr. Gore’s follow-up film, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” renews his Doomsday prediction of disaster when weather behaves badly. When a cheeky skeptic asked what happened to that 10-year tipping point, Mr. Gore lamely replied, “Well, we gotta keep working.”
Digging up proof that man-made global warming threatens humanity is further complicated when insiders blow the whistle on fraud. John Bates, an eminent climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), accuses his colleagues of violating their own rules for scientific integrity by including unverified warming data in a report published to justify the United Nations Climate Agreement of 2015. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Approve the Cabinet”
“. . . The great strategic problem with the Democrats is that when they win, they think they’ll never lose again, and when they lose, they think they’ll never win again. When Barack Obama was in the White House, Democrats couldn’t get enough of his ‘pen and phone’ strategy to run roughshod over the separation of powers; apparently, it never occurred to them that a Republican president might make use of these same tools. Now shut out of the White House and holding minority positions in both houses of Congress, Democrats are taking a scorched-earth approach to the president’s nominations; apparently, it hasn’t occurred to them that it is likely that a future Democratic president will face a Senate in which Republicans are a majority rather than a frustrated minority, and that it is entirely possible that a Republican opposition could do to most — or even all — of that future Democrat’s Cabinet picks what they did to Merrick Garland.
“Borking may be the Democrats’ invention, but the Republicans are better at it.
“On the merits, the Democrats do not have much of a case against Betsy DeVos, Tom Price, or Steven Mnuchin. The Democrats are making a dishonest argument, most intensely against DeVos, that being ‘qualified’ for an office means agreeing with the Democrats on substantive policy questions. DeVos has spent most of her adult life working on education-reform projects, and the fact that these projects are based on policy positions at odds with those of most Democrats is not a question of qualification — it is a question of whether the president is entitled to nominate to the agencies officials who reflect his views.
“He is. . .”
AP: “New Chinese missile makes latest appearance in drills”
“BEIJING (AP) — A highly accurate Chinese ballistic missile capable of threatening U.S. and Japanese bases in Asia has made its latest appearance at recent Rocket Force drills.
“The medium-range DF-16 featured in a video posted last week on the Defense Ministry’s website showing the missiles aboard their 10-wheeled mobile launch vehicles being deployed in deep forest during exercises over the just-concluded Lunar New Year holiday.
“While the Rocket Force boasts an extensive armory of missiles of various ranges, the DF-16 fills a particular role in extending China’s reach over waters it seeks to control within what it calls the “first-island chain.”
“First displayed at a Beijing military parade in 2015, the missile is believed to have a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), putting it within striking distance of Okinawa, home to several U.S. military installations, as well as the Japanese home islands, Taiwan and the Philippines.
“The two-stage DF-16 replaces the older, shorter range DF-11, with a final stage that can adjust its trajectory to strike slow moving targets and evade anti-missile defenses such as the U.S. Patriot system deployed by Taiwan.
“It also carries up to three warheads weighing as much as a ton and carrying conventional high explosives or a nuclear weapon. Further increasingly its lethality, the missile is believed to be accurate to within as little as 5 meters (16 feet) of the target, similar to that of a cruise missile.”
Fred Lucas, LifeZette: “Soros Fingerprints All Over Anti-Trump Lawsuits”
“Billionaire leftist teams up with Democrat attorneys general to bury administration in legal
“More than a dozen lawsuits and counting have been filed against President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily blocks visas from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Looking beyond the handful of emotional personal stories that are gaining the media’s sympathy, there is a more predictable political power dynamic at play. The lawsuits largely stem from organizations bankrolled by billionaire leftist George Soros and Democratic state attorneys general.
“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has carried out a political vendetta against Trump, led 15 other state attorneys general in a joint statement condemning what they called an “unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful executive order.” The Democratic AGs also said, “Religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country and no president can change that truth,” a curious statement from the party that targeted the Little Sisters of the Poor.
“Last August, George Soros’ son, Alex Soros, posted a picture of himself with Schneiderman on Instagram, and wrote, “Great to meet with #newyork attorney general @ericschneiderman who recognized that @realdonaldtrump was a fraud way before many and has courageously taken him on!”
Kim Janssen, Chicago Tribune: “Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning”
“Mayor Rahm Emanuel has warned Democrats they need to ‘take a chill pill’ and realize that they are not going to take back national power anytime soon.
“‘It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,’ Emanuel said Monday at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in California. ‘Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul.’
“As he did last month at an event in Washington, D.C., the mayor expanded on what he believes is the road map back to power for his party — putting moderate candidates such as veterans, football players, sheriffs and business people up in Republican districts, picking battles with Republicans, exploiting wedges within the GOP and fighting attempts to redistrict Congress on partisan grounds.
“But this time he didn’t hold back on his frustration with some of his fellow Democrats.
“‘Winning’s everything,’ he said. ‘If you don’t win, you can’t make the public policy. I say that because it is hard for people in our party to accept that principle. Sometimes, you’ve just got to win, OK? Our party likes to be right, even if they lose.’ . . .”
Mark Levin (02/7/17)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, There is a rogue district judge in Seattle, Judge James Robart, who is blocking President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. Robart is a left winger and advocate who has no business being a judge. Trump is seeking to protect the American people and the left goes to their favorite left wing judges to give them exactly what they want. If the left continues to say that Trump is aiming at Muslims, how come 85% of the Muslims don’t live in the countries on Trump’s ban list? When Trump and a conservative governor promote a policy, it is assumed that is wrong and unconstitutional. The same forces that created the administrative states and destroyed the school system in this country, destroyed the courts. They are judges.
“In addition, Congress created federal district courts, the appellate courts and the numerous circuits, not the Constitution. Why should the courts go without criticism? We still pretend that we live in this grand republic while in fact the left has destroyed so much of it. There is a difference between the country and the government. This is why we need to set a term limit for Supreme Court Judges, 12 years and then get out. People argue with term limits that we will lose a Clarence Thomas or Antonin Scalia, but there are also a lot of leftists on these courts. Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have been off the Supreme Court a very long time ago. She makes comments on politics outside of the court room that are just outrageous.
“Finally, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s, “First Take” calls in to talk about the New England Patriot’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons.”
Michaelle Bond, Philly.com: “Who was that sitting next to President Trump? Chester County’s sheriff”
“‘They seated me right next to the president. It was wonderful,’ said Carolyn Bunny Welsh, who met with Trump as an executive committee member of the National Sheriffs’ Association. ‘He was very open and very gracious.’
“Trump went around the table asking the sheriffs to talk about anything they wanted and “listened intently to each one,” Welsh said, adding that she thanked him for his support for law enforcement.
“Trump said his administration ‘will make every effort to stop drugs and crime from flowing into the country, put an end to the opioid epidemic, secure the borders, keep terrorists out, and strengthen the bonds between state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies,’ according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. . .”
Rushbo: “The Russians Hacked the Super Bowl!”
“RUSH: Well, it looks like the Russians found a way to hack the second half of the Super Bowl. Not kidding, folks. The left, if you know where to look, if you know how to read between the lines before the game, you can see that the left had all kinds of stuff tied up in this game. They wanted the Patriots to lose. They didn’t want Brady to be the MVP because Brady and Belichick and Kraft are so tied to Trump.
“And I’m telling you at halftime of that game last night they thought it was nine o’clock on election night, and Hillary Clinton was still gonna win in a landslide, and the Atlanta Falcons are up 28-3 over the New England Patriots, and they’re starting to celebrate. They’re thinking they’re gonna get vindication, that Trump’s gonna be embarrassed, and that his stars on the Patriots are gonna be humiliated by the team from Atlanta.
And then they had to sit there and watch history repeat itself. . .”