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KLUKOWSKI – Good Friday; MARTOSKO – Momma!; INVESTORS – Swamp Drain starts.
LEADS: SIMON – Trump bigly in 2020; WOODRUFF – Migrants back down; WHITE – IRS targeted patriots; LOWRY – When Jared wins.
NOTES: SNYDER – PoliticsPA; Mark Levin 4-13-17
Janet: Obama Care:
There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.
The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.
Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.
ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman
Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me
D.C. office (202) 225-2011
Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323
Rep. Ryan Costello
https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315
West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982
For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon
Passover 2017 began the evening of Monday,
April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18
Ken Klukowski, Breitbart: “Christians Celebrate Good Friday”
“‘Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ —Isaiah 53:4–6 (ESV).
“Christians all over the world are celebrating Good Friday, marking the anniversary of the suffering and death (the “passion”) of Jesus Christ of Nazareth outside the city walls of Jerusalem, during which Christians believe a sinless man paid the price for their sin, fulfilling almost two thousand years of Old Testament prophesy of a coming savior and redeemer. . .”
David Martosko, Daily Mail: ISIS hammered as US drops biggest non-nuclear weapon ever: 21,000lb bomb is used in anger for the first time to obliterate jihadists’ caves in Afghanistan
- S. dropped its largest non-nuclear weapon after targeting ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan
- The blast in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense
- The GBU-43 bomb weighs 21,600 pounds, is 30 feet long, contains 11 tons of explosives and carries a mile-wide blast radius
- It can create a blast crater more than 300 meters wide after being dropped from a Hercules MC-130 cargo plane
- Trump pledged in 2015 that if he became president he would ‘bomb the s**t out of ‘ ISIS
- On Thursday he called the bombing ‘another successful job’ and said he had delegated strike authority to his military commanders
- Pentagon denies that it was revenge for the death on Saturday of a Green Beret soldier in the same region of Afghanistan
Investors: “It’s Official: Trump’s Swamp-Draining Begins”
“. . . Last Wednesday, the ball really got rolling when Trump ended his temporary freeze on federal hiring, and announced a plan to “resize” the government to make it less costly, more productive and more responsive to average citizens. It’s the kind of thing that private businesses do all the time, but that Big Government with its 2.9 million workers does almost never.
“‘The president of the United States has asked all of us in the executive branch to start from scratch — a little blank piece of paper, and if you were going to rebuild the executive branch, what would it look like?’ Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters.
“To that end, Mulvaney has sent a letter to all federal agencies telling them to expect major funding cuts and that calls on them to ‘reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies’ as part of a plan to make government leaner and more efficient.
Though the bureaucracy makeover is part of the laundry list of items Trump wanted to get done in his first 100 days, Mulvaney notes the actual budget cuts won’t happen until the 2019 budget. ‘One of the reasons this is so difficult to do is that you just can’t wave a magic wand in the Oval Office and do these things,’ Mulvaney told RealClearPolitics. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Trump Will Win Bigly in 2020”
“. . .Yes, you can say I’m being stupid and rash to make such an early prediction, but that’s just what I was accused of in 2015. So go ahead and call me anything you want. Make my day — November 3, 2020.
“Okay, but why?
“To begin with, the media (his main opposition party) has completely blown it in less than the allotted one hundred days. By attacking Trump every which way at once, calling him a racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe, isolationist and warmonger — yes, the last two are completely contradictory, but that doesn’t stop the geniuses in our Fourth Estate — they have literally turned into the journalistic version of the boy who cried wolf. No one believes them anymore, assuming they ever did in the first place.
“And it’s only going to get worse because the Trump-Russia scandal is an obvious dud while the Obama-Trump surveillance contretemps could have legs, as we say hereabouts.
“The situation is even more dire for the Democratic Party itself. Their geriatric leaders have the charisma of pithed frogs with no successors in site. More ominously, liberal-progressivism is completely out of ideas. There’s no there there except hating everything Trump does — even eating steaks well done — and marching around in pussy hats demanding equal rights when many more women are attending college and now law school than men. (Someone should write a Carlyle-style history of the feminist movement from Gloria Steinem to Linda Sarsour.)
“Meanwhile, Trump holds the cards. He’s a pragmatic center-right businessman in what is still an essentially pragmatic center-right nation. For all his fits and starts, he’s making many Americans feel good about their country again. We’re not leading from behind anymore. We’re back in front. We’re the superpower and we’re acting for good. China — the second power in the world — is already acknowledging that.
Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast: “Fear of Trump Makes Migrants Disappear From Mexican Border”
“Their border town shelter used to be full of migrants on their way to the United States. Now it stands nearly empty, thanks to Donald Trump.
“. . . The shelter, called Albergue San Juan Bosco, is perched on a steep hillside looking over the busy border town of Nogales, Mexico. Its walls are painted bright turquoise and tangerine, and its wide-open double doors look west over low hills and Highway 15. Since they opened it, upward of 1 million people have slept there on their way to the U.S. But on the day I visited, it was almost empty.
“It didn’t used to be this way, Gilda and Juan Francisco, known as Paco, explained. In the decades since they opened the space to give migrants a place to shower and sleep before crossing the border, the shelter—with separate rooms full of bunkbeds for men and women—would regularly house 100 migrants per night. Sometimes, that number would hit 300 or more, and Gilda and Paco would pull out thin mattresses to fit everyone on the floor.
But today, those mattresses are neatly stacked in a closet, untouched. And the shelter is almost empty—no women travelers, and fewer than a dozen men. . .”
Jamie White, InfoWars: “CONFIRMED: IRS TARGETED PATRIOT GROUPS UNDER OBAMA”
“No wonder Obama hid these records, says watchdog
“Enough evidence has been uncovered to confirm that the IRS had indeed targeted Tea Party groups under former President Obama since 2010, according to government watchdog documents.
6,924 pages of previously unreported documents, requested through a 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog organization Judicial Watch, revealed details about the IRS targeting scandal.
“‘We continue to undercover the details of the Obama IRS’s arbitrary and capricious behavior toward those presumed to be ‘enemies’ of President Obama,’ wrote Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
“The watchdog group released 695 pages of new documents last week containing admissions that IRS officials used “inappropriate political labels” to screen tax-exempt applications of conservative nonprofit organizations.
“Combined with a May 2013 Inspector General report revealing that the IRS put unnecessary scrutiny on groups that used terms like ‘patriot’ and ‘Tea Party,’ Fitton believes that these new documents provide a ‘smoking gun.’
“‘No wonder Obama hid these records,’ he said. ‘These new smoking-gun documents contain admissions by the Obama IRS that it inappropriately targeted conservative groups.’ . . .”
Rich Lowry, NRO: “When Jared Wins”
“. . . Trump’s jaw-dropping public distancing from Bannon is the latest twist in a struggle that is astonishing even by the standards of a White House that deserves its own Chris Buckley novel.
“For Bannon, the internal fight with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is going about as well as could be expected, which is to say it couldn’t be going much worse.
“No one can know for sure how this ends. Perhaps it’s all papered over, or maybe Bannon keeps his head down to fight another day. But it’s hard to see how Kushner doesn’t prevail in one form or other, together with the faction including his wife, Ivanka Trump; the influential economic adviser and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn; and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.
“Who says bipartisanship is dead? With the exception of Dina Powell — a nonideological Republican — this group is all Democrats who have marinated for decades in the financial and social elite of Manhattan. Their ascendancy would potentially represent Trumpism’s Thermidor. If Jared and Ivanka end up running the joint, it’d be hard to overstate the turnabout from last year’s campaign.
“A candidacy whose supporters reviled so-called RINOs may produce a White House run by people who aren’t even RINOs. A populist revolt that disdained people who allegedly spend too much time at Georgetown cocktail parties may result in a White House run by people who have spent too much time at New York cocktail parties. The biggest middle finger the mainstream media has received in modern American politics may empower people who care deeply about what’s written about them in The New Yorker and Vogue. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA
“Mike Stack. Lieutenant Governor Stack learned this week he was being investigated the Office of Inspector General on the orders of Governor Wolf. He then decided to add to his troubles by literally backing himself into a corner during his press conference to address the investigation.
Bob Casey. Senator Bob Casey announced he raised $2.7 million in the first quarter, putting him $4 million ahead of two Republican challengers. In a race that is expected to cost tens of millions or more, having an early fundraising lead will help.
PA-7 Democrats. Both of the candidates that announced bids for the seat do not live in the district, but instead live in Philadelphia. While there is no legal necessity to live in the district, the visual does not help either candidate.
Ryan Costello. Congressman Ryan Costello announced this week he raised $340K in the first quarter. With challengers starting to announce, his fundraising will be extremely important for 2018.
Rick Saccone. State Representative Rick Saccone was the first Republican to announce for U.S. Senate next year. In the span of one week, Saccone gained two new opponents, State Representative Jim Christiana jumped into the race and Paul Addis is focusing on the Senate race. The more crowded the field it, the harder it will be for Saccone to build the name recognition and support of state party members that is needed to win the primary.
Allegheny County. The Allegheny County election results website is being revamped to make viewing results easier, and give more data to data nerds looking to get more information out of the website.
Northeast PA TV Stations. The announcement that Congressman Tom Marino is leaving his seat for the Trump Administration means the eyes of the country will shift to Pennsylvania for the special election. The attention and importance of the special election means the stations will likely be selling tons of ads during the shortened campaign.
Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is better off for having had Dan Rooney as a native son. The owner of the Steelers changed the fortunes of the team, and the direction of the league. Rooney was the driving force behind the Rooney rule, which requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and senior positions in the organization. “
Mark Levin, 4/13/17
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, President Trump said he was going to take out ISIS and that is clearly what he wants to do. The U.S. dropped the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ (MOAB) on ISIS in Afghanistan Thursday to target and take out an ISIS-K tunnel complex. The main attribute of this bomb was designed to crush and destroy underground bunkers and structures like the one ISIS-K had.
“In addition, in the space of a week, Trump has completely altered his positions from the campaign on Syria, China and NATO. Trump is consistent in his inconsistency, but in the end he will be judged by the voters on whether he was successful or not.
Also, British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between Trump associates and Russians. They detected multiple communications and passed them on to the U.S. They passed this information on and it was leaked by Senate Democrats. Here we have Democrat leaks from Capitol Hill and Obama holdovers from the DOJ or those sympathetic engaging in leaks. Later, the Convention of States is under attack now that we have the attention of our enemies. The groups against this are allying with the Democrats to preserve an endless bureaucracy to torment the American people. Opponents who are concerned and afraid of a runaway Convention attack the Constitution itself.
Finally Michael Doran calls in to talk to Mark about his new book, “Ike’s Gamble”.