YORK – DJT’s tweet; FOX – Cancel vacation; WILLIAMSON – Great American rip-offs.
HEALTH CARE: SAVRANSKY – Repeal-Replace; Hannity Free Market option.
LEADS: McCARTHY – No collusion data; MARTEL – Spratly military bases; DURDEN – Czechs sanction right to carry; SHAW – NYC pays legal fees for illegals; DURDEN – China warns Trump.
PA: AP – PA budget fantasy.
RECOMMENDED: Traffic Manners; LEVIN – 6-30-17
Byron York, Washington Examiner: Reflections on the president’s tweet”
“In the run-up to the Iraq war, a Bush White House official explained to me that 9/11 had changed the way we read national security intelligence. There was a relaxed way to read intelligence, he said, and there was an alarmed way to read intelligence. September 11 proved that we had to read intelligence — say, on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction — in an alarmed way to avoid another disaster. Therefore, we had to invade Iraq.
“I thought of that conversation amid the reaction to President Trump’s latest tweet, showing him taking down CNN in a World Wrestling Entertainment video. There is a relaxed way to read the tweet, and there is an alarmed way to read the tweet. The media-politico complex is choosing the alarmed way, with a vengeance.
“The relaxed way to read the tweet is that the president is — among other things — an entertainer. He was an entertainer when he was a real estate developer, he was an entertainer when he was a reality show producer and star, and he is an entertainer as president. That doesn’t mean he is not other things — Trump Tower really was built, for example — but it means that he knows how to communicate in the style of an entertainer. “That’s what he did in the WWE tweet.
“The alarmed way to read the tweet is that the president is inciting violence against journalists. That is the way that most journalists chose to see it. “The president of the United States is encouraging violence against journalists,” tweeted Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg Sunday morning, reflecting what dozens of other establishment journalists were saying. CNN’s statement in reaction to the president, plus that of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said much the same thing.
“It’s just an impression, but one could note that some journalists seemed more alarmed by the president’s tweets than by other recent examples of violent political expression — Kathy Griffin holding what appeared to be Trump’s bloody, severed head, or the Trump-as-Caesar assassination, for example. That is probably because many journalists are simply more worried about the prospect of right-wing violence than they are about the prospect of left-wing violence. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a favored source among some reporters, did not built up a nine-figure endowment by warning about violence from the Left.
“Even with a real act of politically-motivated violence — the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, which turned out to be a left-wing attack — some found it less terrifying than the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords, which in a weird way was not politically motivated at all. Yes, all media outlets covered the Scalise shooting wall-to-wall on the first day, and on the second. But on the third?
“As Commentary editor John Podhoretz noted recently, “The news media focused on the Giffords shooting with little else in the mix for a week. Three days post-baseball field and they’re moving on.”
Fox: “GOP Senators join in call to nix August recess to work on looming issues”
Republican senators have joined the call to get leaders of the GOP-controlled Congress to cancel members’ August recess so they can stay in Washington to fix the country’s health care system and address other key issues, including passing a budget before the end of the fiscal year when the federal government technically runs out of money.
“Our current Senate calendar shows only 33 potential working days remaining before the end of the fiscal year,” nine GOP senators said in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“This does not appear to give us enough time to adequately address the issues that demand immediate attention. Therefore, we respectfully request that you consider truncating, if not completely foregoing, the scheduled August state work period, allowing us more time to complete our work.”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The Great American Rip-Off”
“Ask a politician how he wants to balance the budget and, nine times out of ten, he’ll give you a politician’s answer: cutting “waste, fraud, and abuse.” Normally, the correct response to this is contempt and mockery: What drives federal spending isn’t office supplies walking out the back door with a rogue secretary at the Merit Systems Protection Board — what drives federal spending is Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
“And you know where there’s a lot of waste, fraud, and abuse? Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
“Identifying small-ball efficiencies at obscure federal agencies would not do very much to get federal spending under control, but getting a grip on the shenanigans that plague the major entitlements — especially the health-care entitlements — could mean substantial savings, “substantial” here meaning hundreds of billions of dollars.
“Medicare and Medicaid together account for about $1 trillion in federal spending annually, and estimates suggest that $1 out of ever $10 of that spending is fraud. Some estimates go much higher. We do not have a very good idea of exactly how extensive fraud in the system is, because the federal government has put a fair amount of effort into not knowing. “According to Malcolm Sparrow, a Harvard professor of public management who studies medical fraud, the government’s approach long has been backward: ‘Basically, the audits they’re using on a random sample are nothing like fraud audits,’ he told The Nation. ‘The difference between a fraud audit and a medical review audit — a medical review audit, you’re taking all the information as if it’s true and testing whether the medical judgment seems appropriate. You can use these techniques to see where judgments are unorthodox or payment rules have not been followed, but almost nothing in these methods tests whether the information you have is true.’
“Which is to say, investigators are asking whether a certain treatment was in fact appropriate for what ails Mrs. Jones, not whether Mrs. Jones exists. . .”
Rebecca Savransky, The Hill: “GOP senators warming to repeal then replace on ObamaCare”
“. . . Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has been a vocal critic of the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill — largely because he does not believe it’s a full repeal of former President Obama’s signature healthcare law — suggested Sunday the ObamaCare repeal and replace bills be separated.
“Let’s do clean repeal like we’ve promised,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“‘You can have a simultaneous bill or a concurrent bill that they can call replace,’ he continued.
“Paul said he wants repeal to work.
“‘And the way you do it is you separate it into two bills and you do it concurrently,’ he said.
Paul said right now, Senate leadership is not doing that.
“Ten Republican senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday calling for him to cancel, or at least curtail, the August congressional recess. But Paul said, ‘I’d rather get it done even before [August].’”
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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“Without indulging in black-helicopter stuff, we should squarely face the fact that organized-crime syndicates are being permitted to use our medical entitlements to loot the Treasury, and that not very much is being done about that, which suggests the possibility — only a possibility — that there is political collusion in this at some level. Entitlement fraud involves enough money and enough diverse political interests — 40 percent of the residents of Los Angeles County receive Medicaid — to warrant a genuinely independent investigation.” Kevin Williamson
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Still No Collusion Evidence”
“The latest ‘bombshell’ tells us more about media bias than about election meddling
“So here’s the latest big ‘collusion’ story that has been, er, broken by the Wall Street Journal.
“About ten days before he died in mid-May, an 81-year-old man who did not work for the Trump campaign told the Journal he had speculated that, but did not know whether, 33,000 of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails had been hacked from her homebrew server. The now-deceased man, “a longtime Republican opposition researcher” named Peter W. Smith, had theorized that the e-mails must have been stolen, “likely by Russian hackers.” But he had no idea if this was actually so, and he himself certainly had nothing to do with stealing them.
“Smith’s desire to obtain the hacked emails, if there were any, peaked around Labor Day 2016 — i.e., during the last weeks of the campaign. This was many months after the FBI had taken physical custody of Clinton’s homebrew server and other devices containing her e-mails. It was also two months after the Bureau’s then-director, James Comey, had told the country that the FBI had found no evidence that Clinton had been hacked . . . but that her carelessness about communications security, coupled with the proficiency of hackers in avoiding detection, meant her e-mails could well have been compromised throughout her years as secretary of state.
“In other words, Peter W. Smith was one of about 320 million people in the United States who figured that Clinton’s e-mails had been hacked — by Russia, China, Iran, ISIS, the NSA, the latest iteration of “Guccifer,” and maybe even that nerdy kid down at Starbucks with “Feel the Bern” stickers on his laptop.
“Besides having no relationship with Trump, Smith also had no relationship with the Russian regime. Besides not knowing whether the Clinton e-mails were actually hacked, he also had no idea whether the Kremlin or anyone close to Vladimir Putin had obtained the e-mails. In short, he wouldn’t have been able to tell you whether Trump and Putin were colluding with each other because he wasn’t colluding with either one of them.
“But — here comes the blockbuster info — Smith was colluding with Michael Flynn. Or at least he kinda, sorta was . . . except for, you know, the Journal’s grudging acknowledgement that, well, okay, Smith never actually told the paper that Flynn was involved in what the report calls “Smith’s operation.”
“Huh?. . .”
Frances Martel, Breitbart: “China Flexes Military Muscle, Building ‘Very Large Underground Structures’ in South China Sea”
“A report updated this week suggests that China has continued to build advanced military facilities on illegally seized reefs and artificial islands in the South China Sea, as the anniversary of an international tribunal ruling against China on the matter nears.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published an update to its regular report on the Spratly Islands on Thursday, where China has constructed major surveillance facilities and placed military assets.
CSIS satellite images show new construction on three land formations: Fiery Cross, Mischief, and Subi Reefs. Mischief Reef boasts the beginnings of what appears to be “a very large antennae array … presumably boosting China’s ability to monitor activity around the feature.” Fiery Cross Reef features new “hardened shelters with retractable roofs,” which could serve to house missiles. Subi Reef appears equipped with new radar and surveillance equipment.
“Any new surveillance equipment could pose a challenge to the Philippines and Vietnam, particularly oil exploration units or fishermen attempting to use the sovereign territory of either of these countries. In March, China banned Vietnam from fishing in its own territory in the Paracel Islands, a South China Sea archipelago, and has attacked and sunkVietnamese fishing vessels on multiple occasions. . .”
‘Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “The 2nd Amendment Comes to Europe: Czech Republic to Enshrine Right to Bear Arms Into Constitution”
“Most people inside and outside of the US believe that this country’s gun ownership rate is unique, but that’s not exactly true. Though America has the most privately owned guns per capita, there are other countries that aren’t too far behind us, such as Serbia, Yemen, Cyprus, and many Western nations like Finland and Switzerland. In most cases, these countries don’t have access to the same kind of firearms that we do, but nonetheless there are a ton of guns floating around in these places.
“What really separates the US from every other country in the world, is that we have the right to bear arms preserved in our constitution. Technically, Honduras and Mexico have the same right in their constitutions, but in both cases it comes with a lot of restrictions. Their right to bear arms doesn’t have any teeth. The Swiss are known for letting many of their citizens own guns, but gun ownership for most Swiss citizens is more of a duty than a right.
“America stands alone in this regard. We’re the only country with a constitution that gives civilians a clear and explicit right to own and carry firearms. In every other nation, civilians don’t own firearms unless their governments let them.
“That however, is about to change. While most EU governments are eyeing more restrictive gun laws, the Czech Republic is about to add the right to bear arms to its constitution. . .”
Adam Shaw, Big Govt: “NYC to Pay $16M for Illegals’ Lawyer Fees, Subways Held Together with Zip Ties”
“NEW YORK CITY — As left-wing Mayor Bill de Blasio designates millions of dollars of taxpayer money to pay the lawyer fees of illegal immigrants, New York’s failing subway system is falling into greater disrepair — with a state of emergency being declared by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and one straphanger spotting that her subway train was being held together with a zip tie.
De Blasio earmarked $16 million in his budget proposal in April to pay the legal fees of people in the Big Apple illegally — part of a broader push from de Blasio to remove any serious distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.
Yet that budget, to be finalized this week, comes as the city’s commuters are struggling more than ever. Horror stories of delayed trains and commuters being stuck in carriages for hours are becoming daily fare in New York news outlets. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Thursday after a train partially derailed this week, injuring commuters. Cuomo pledged more money and reforms to help fix the crumbling system.
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Trump Calls China, Japan Leaders To Discuss North Korea, Gets A Warning From Beijing Instead”
“Ahead of this week’s G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Donald Trump called the leaders of China and Japan to discuss the “threat posed by North Korea’, along with trade issues, the White House said on Sunday. Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose LDP had just suffered a devastating loss in the Tokyo Assembly elections, and according to the White House read out, “both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula” adding that ‘President Trump reiterated his determination to seek more balanced trade relations with America’s trading partners.’
“The terse statement did not provide further details of the call or say if Trump managed to persuade Xi to endorse his approach of exerting maximum pressure on North Korea, including a slew of further economic and trade sanctions.
“According to Reuters, the call may have been prompted by Trump increasing frustration with China’s inability to rein in North Korea, and the reference to trade was an indication the president may be ready to return to his tougher-talking ways on business with Beijing after holding back in hopes it would put more pressure on Pyongyang. Trump and Xi discussed the ‘peace and stability of the Korean peninsula,’ China’s Foreign Ministry said, without elaborating.
“Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang later told a daily briefing that the United States was ‘very clear’ about China’s position on North Korea. Geng did not elaborate on what Xi told Trump about North Korea.”
AP: “Budget bill heads to governor, without funding”
“HARRISBURG — The main spending bill in a $32 billion bipartisan budget package is past the Pennsylvania Legislature on the state fiscal year’s final day, although lawmakers don’t know how it’ll all be funded.
“The House voted 173-27 on Friday, hours after the Senate voted 43-7. The package was unveiled a day earlier, after being negotiated in secret. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf supports it, but has yet to say whether he’ll sign it if lawmakers can’t figure out a spending plan.
“Both chambers recessed until at least Wednesday, and lawmakers say they’ll try next week to find $2 billion-plus to cover the shortfall.
“The governor’s office says spending is virtually flat under the package. Counting the amounts above the last approved budget of $31.5 billion, the increase is nearly 3 percent. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to universities is awaiting passage until lawmakers pass a revenue plan.
“The spending package won the Pennsylvania Senate’s approval earlier Friday on a 43-7 vote. . .”
The lady confessed to dropping her window, raising her voice and a finger, and yelling at someone doing 20 MPH in the left lane. She saw no inconsistency with her concern for animals: a family of geese gets her to stop her car, step out into traffic, and make everyone stop while the geese cross. WPHT, about 7AM.
Mark Levin 6-30-17
“On Friday’s Mark Levin Show, President Trump’s tweet about Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski has taken us away from the big successes of his administration in the last few days. There were laws that were passed that will save lives. The House passed Kate’s laws, there’s a crackdown on sanctuary cities and the travel ban is in effect. But the entire news cycle hasn’t mention (sic!) any of this. Let’s focus on the business of America! Kate’s Law says if you deport an illegal alien and they return, there is a 5 year minimum federal prison sentence. Although the Left believes this is unfair, not only will be saving American’s job but we could be saving American lives.
“Also, sanctuary cities basically say screw the federal law. Federal grant money will be withheld from Sanctuary Cities with the new law that has been passed. Many are now saying this law puts our cities safety in peril by telling them how to police themselves. Illegal aliens are criminals. The moment you come into this country illegally you are a criminal, you are not a victim.
“Later, 2 dozen Democrats are getting behind an actual bill to lay the foundation for removing Trump for being mentally ‘incapacitated.’ There’s one problem, they would need VP Mike Pence to agree to this. This is nothing more than the left trying to undermine Trump.
“Finally, Eric Bolling calls in to discuss his new book, ‘The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It.’”