GRABIEN – Tax cut; HANSON – California goes Confederate.
IMMIGRATION: HASSON – 80% Reversal rate; LARSON – DJT to fight; DINAN – Refugee spike; FRENCH – Dangerous precedent; YORK – Fact-free debate.
LEADS: GOLDBERG – Conway!; PACE & BYKOWICZ –
PA: BOEHM – Movie subsidies; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
NOTES: LEVIN (02/9/17)
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“The president doesn’t have to wait for completed attacks to protect the U.S. from dangerous immigrants. He can see the deteriorating security situation on the ground, evaluate the intentions and capabilities of the enemy, and then act before the enemy can strike. Indeed, that’s the goal of national defense — to prevent attacks, not respond after the carnage.
Grabien: “TRUMP: ‘PHENOMENAL’ TAX CUT PACKAGE COMING IN 2-3 WEEKS”
“’We’re going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal’
“President Trump to his conservative critics: I read you loud and clear!
“After coming under criticism from many on the right — most prominently, the Drudge Report — for seeming to move popular campaign promises like repealing ObamaCare and reining in the tax code to the back burner, this morning Trump promised a “phenomenal” tax reform package will be presented in the next two to three weeks.
“Speaking to airline executives at the White House, Trump empathized with the burdensome regulatory climate the industry is operating under, and promised to begin making reforms.
“‘We want to help you realize these goals by rolling back burdensome regulations, and you people are regulated probably as much as almost anybody,’ Trump said. ‘We have a regulatory morass that’s a disaster.’
He also promised a round of tax cuts.
“‘Lowering the overall tax burden on American business is big league, that’s coming along very well,” Trump said. “We’re way ahead of schedule, I believe. And we’re going to be announcing something — I would say over the next two or three weeks — that will be phenomenal.’ . . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: California Goes Confederate”
“Threatening secession is far from the only thing that the Golden State has in common with the Old South.
“Calexit” supporters brag that they will have enough signatures to qualify for a ballot measure calling for California’s secession from the United States.
“Some California officials have talked of the state not remitting its legally obligated tax dollars to the federal government. They talk of expanding its sanctuary cities into an entire sanctuary state that would nullify federal immigration law.
“Californians also now talk about the value of the old Confederate idea of ‘states’ rights.’ “They whine that their state gives far too much revenue to Washington and gets too little back.
“Residents boast about how their cool culture has little in common with the rest of the U.S. Some Californians claim the state could easily go it alone, divorced from the United States.
“Sound a bit familiar? . . .”
Peter Hasson, Daily Caller: “9th Circuit Has 80 Percent Reversal Rate at Supreme Court”
“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which ruled Thursday against reinstating President Trump’s travel ban affecting seven terror-prone countries — has an unusually high reversal rate before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Eight of out of 10 cases from the 9th Circuit reviewed by the Supreme Court are overruled, according to a 2010 analysis published by the American Bar Association. The 9th Circuit, which is known for its liberal tendencies, has the second-highest reversal rate of the 13 appellate courts below the Supreme Court.
“Republicans cited Thursday’s ruling as just the latest example of judicial overreach in favor of liberals.
“‘No one familiar with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should be surprised at today’s ruling,’ South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said in a statement. ‘The 9th Circuit has a well-earned reputation for being presumptively reversible. . .’ . . .”
Erik Larson et al., Bloomberg: “Trump Vows to Fight as Appeals Court Thwarts Immigration Ban”
“A federal appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, issuing a sharp rebuke in a ruling likely destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump was defiant, tweeting 26 minutes later, “SEE YOU IN COURT. THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” He told White House reporters the decision was “political.”
The 29-page ruling from a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded roundly that the government failed to make its case that a temporary freeze on the ban should be lifted, and called into question presidential power to limit immigration in the way Trump did.
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC reported Friday, citing unidentified sources, that the White House is working on a new executive order with more specific language. . .”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries”
“The State Department has more than doubled the rate of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other suspect countries in the week since a federal judge’s reprieve, in what analysts said appears to be a push to admit as many people as possible before another court puts the program back on ice.
“A staggering 77 percent of the 1,100 refugees let in since Judge James L. Robart’s Feb. 3 order have been from the seven suspect countries. Nearly a third are from Syria alone — a country that President Trump has ordered be banned altogether from the refugee program. Another 21 percent are from Iraq. By contrast, in the two weeks before Judge Robart’s order, just 9 percent of refugees were from Syria and 6 percent were from Iraq.
“‘There’s no doubt in my mind they would be doing whatever they could to get people in before something changes because, from their perspective, their motivation is to resettle these folks. It would not be the first time that State Department officials have prioritized facilitating someone’s entry to the United States over security concerns,’ said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
“Mr. Trump issued an executive order Jan. 27 putting in place the early stages of his extreme vetting policy, including an immediate 90-day pause on admitting visitors from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — all countries where the government says it can’t be sure of its vetting procedures.. .”
David French, NRO: “The Ninth Circuit Just Issued a Dangerous Ruling against Donald Trump’s Immigration Order
“After the Ninth Circuit’s dangerous precedent, the Trump administration needs to slow down and consider its next move.
“It’s often said that bad facts make bad law. In the case of the Ninth Circuit’s just-issued ruling continuing the nationwide injunction against Donald Trump’s executive order pausing immigration from seven jihadist or jihad-torn countries, it’s necessary to amend that saying. Bad facts combined with superheated politics can make terrible law.
“Before addressing the court’s ruling, let’s refer back to some of the bad facts that made it more likely. Critically, the Trump administration issued a significant executive order (and then defended it in court) without laying any real factual foundation for its finding. Next, the administration enforced the order in a haphazard and unnecessarily cruel manner, initially including even green-card holders in its scope. By slamming the door (at least temporarily) in their faces, it created a crisis atmosphere that not only ramped up the political stakes, it told the court that the administration didn’t exactly know how to interpret its own order. “This invites judicial meddling. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “A fact-free debate on Trump’s executive order”
“Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the 9th Circuit oral argument over President Trump‘s executive order was that lawyers for both sides seemed to know nothing about some of the most basic real-world issues surrounding the case. Two examples:
“First, the question of terror-related crimes committed by people who come from the seven nations covered by the Trump order. Many of the president’s adversaries have claimed that no terror-related crimes have been committed by nationals of the affected countries — Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. “The various people who have, in fact, committed terrorist acts in this country, from 9/11 on, none of them came from any of the seven countries that are the subject of the president’s executive order,” New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler said on CNN Jan. 28.
“Even James Robart, the judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington State who temporarily stopped the Trump order, believed the talking point.
“How many arrests have there been of foreign nationals for those seven countries since 9/11?” Robart asked a Justice Department lawyer in court on Feb. 3. When the lawyer said she didn’t know, Robart said, “Let me tell you. The answer to that is none, as best I can tell.”
“It turns out the judge, and Nadler, and everybody else repeating the talking point had it wrong. Last year the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest released information showing that at least 60 people born in the seven countries had been convicted — not just arrested, but convicted — of terror-related offenses in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. And that number did not include more recent cases like Abdul Artan, a Somali refugee who wounded 11 people during a machete attack on the campus of Ohio State University last November.
“So the talking point wasn’t true. And yet at the 9th Circuit oral argument, the judges appeared to believe it was true, and Justice Department lawyer August Flentje didn’t know enough to correct them. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Media Criticism of Conway Reveals a Double Standard”
“Kellyanne Conway is good at her job, and the media hates her for it. CNN has grave concerns about White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility and even refused to have her on its Sunday show recently, apparently to protect viewers from her Jedi-mind-trick powers. CNN subsequently invited Conway to appear on the network, infuriating a chorus of liberal-media critics who insist she must be shunned like a harlot in an Amish colony.
“Now, I should disclose that I know Conway a bit and like her. At the same time, no one who’s read my columns over the last two years would accuse me of being a cheerleader for her or her boss.
“Conway’s job is, at least in part, to sell the president’s agenda and fight back against a hostile press. She is very good at it.
“Too good, apparently. . .
Julie Pace & Julie Bykowicz, AP: “Under fire, Conway maintains support of the president”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Kellyanne Conway, the high-profile White House counselor, has come under fire from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, fact checkers and the media. But she’s so far maintained the support of her boss, President Donald Trump.
“Trump backed Conway both publicly and privately Thursday after House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, criticized her for promoting Trump’s fashion line during a television appearance and urged the Office of Government Ethics to review the matter. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Conway had been “counseled” on her comments, but he would not expand on what that entailed.
“The president appeared to take issue with his own press secretary’s depiction, telling staff that he believed it was unfair to Conway and made it sound like she was in trouble, according to a person with direct knowledge of his comments. A White House spokeswoman said that while Trump didn’t see Conway’s television comments urging people to buy Ivanka Trump’s products, he believed she was “merely sticking up” for his daughter after Nordstrom dropped her brand.
“The flare-up came in the midst of a rough stretch for Conway, who is among Trump’s most visible advisers. . .”
Eric Boehm, Reason: “How Pennsylvania Taxpayers are Forced to Pay for Hollywood Hits Like Split (And Misses Like The Last Airbender)”
Thx Rich Zeoli!
- Night Shyamalan has made millions off his sometimes-good, sometimes-bad movies, and millions more from taxpayers in Pennsylvania.
“. . . Pennsylvania hands out $60 million in tax credits each year to lure movie and television productions to the Keystone State. Some state lawmakers want to giveaway more. The tax credit functions as a 25 percent rebate on practically any expense connected to filming in Pennsylvania, from catering lunch for production crews to buying camera equipment, but to qualify a project must spend at least 60 percent of its budget in-state.
Since creating the tax credit program under Gov. Ed Rendell in 2004, Pennsylvania has subsidized films that turned into major hits (Silver Linings Playbook got $4.4 million) and laughable flops (After Earth, Will Smith’s disaster that was supposed to launch his son’s career, got more than $20.4 million). The list includes critically-acclaimed films (Foxcatcher, an under-the-radar 2015 Oscar nominee, got $5.4 million; Fences, nominated for four Oscars this year, got $6.5 million) and movies that you’d only see if someone was paying you to do it (like the aforementioned Airbender).
“Home shopping giant QVC is possibly the only entity to get more mileage out of the program than Shyamalan. Based in Chester County, Pennsylvania, QVC has received more than 60 different subsidies through the film tax credit program, accounting for more than $45 million, according to the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s ‘Investment Tracker’ online database.
Even the president has benefited from Pennsylvania’s film subsidies.
“Donald Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf, a short-lived Golf Channel program that basically served as an extended infomercial for Trump-owned links around the world, received two subsidies (one for each season of the show) totaling $379,000 in 2010 and 2011. The show was produced by a Philadelphia-based production company . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 2/10 Ups & Downs
“Val DiGiorgio. In a hotly contested Chair race, DiGiorgio secured the victory over Lawrence Tabas to be the next Chairman of the PA GOP. In an election where every vote really counted, having the operational strength to ensure that every supporter was in attendance or had a proxy bodes well for the new Chairman. .
Irene Clark. Former Judge Irene Clark’s kickoff into the Commonwealth Court race did not get off to the best start. In her announcement, Clark had to address her “not recommended rating from the Pa. Bar Association, a recommendation that can make winning these races much more difficult.
84 lumber. All companies want their ad during the Super Bowl to be the one people walk away talking about. 84 Lumber did that and then some this year with their ad. This should help with their planned expansion into the western part of the country.
Bob Casey. With the news that Rep. Pat Meehan would not be running for Senate, Senator Bob Casey has to feel a little better about his chances of holding his seat.
Natural Gas Industry. For the third year in a row,Governor Wolf has proposed a severance tax on the industry. The proposal coming this close to his re-election campaign, it may mean Wolf is willing to push harder for it than he has in the past.
Tom Wolf and Dave Reed. While most legislators go on the offensive after the budget address, Governor Wolf and Majority Leader Dave Reed struck a more conciliatory tone. This may signal that Pennsylvania will come close to an on time budget for the first time in three years.
Lisa Baker. Senator Baker’s deeply personal testimony during the SB3 debate won her respect from across the political spectrum. And her opposition to the bill basically prevents a veto-proof majority, essentially ensuring it will never become law.”
Mark Levin (02/9/17)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The ruling from the 9th circuit of appeals on President Trump’s travel ban was both pathetic and predictable. The court is now conferring due process and constitutional rights onto a class of individuals that don’t have it. They’re not citizens, they’re not permanent legal residents. They have a visa and the government can yank the visa whenever they want to. This is what happens when you have a bunch of clowns in a black robe, with a couple of law clerks who sit there thinking this is a debating society. These radical liberal judges just nationalized a big chunk of nation security. We are becoming a country that are ruled by people who are not connected to our founding principles. Some are just waking up to the fact that we have already been at war with the left before Trump got into office. We could have used their help years ago.
“After that, Federalist 78 by Alexander Hamilton makes it clear that the judiciary is the weakest of the three branches. Congress has the power to remove and the executive branch the power to appoint. No attempt to impeach a justice is non-practical and you are attacked if you dare to raise it. The statists have convinced the people that the courts are the most powerful of the three branches. The leftists love it because when they are out of power, they can rely on the courts. No matter who the president is, they continue to advance their agenda.
“Obama may be out of office but his surrogates remain.”