PA $: THOMPSON – No deal; COULOUMBIS & NAVRATIL – Back to the wire.
HEALTH CARE: Drudge Links 7-10-17; Hannity Free Market option.
LEADS: McCARTHY – War powers; DURDEN – Comey leaked; MURRAY – Mass migrations – Gates wakes up; DURDEN – Syria ceasefire; SHAW – Kremlin-linked lawyer; PHILLIPS – Saudi Frenemies.
RECOMMENDED: O’NEIL – Republican PROVERBS; BRODY – Palestinian IQ.
Charles Thompson, PennLive “No deal yet between Gov. Wolf, Legislature, on Pa. budget package”
Choices? More casinos, more liquor sales, more pot access? . . .BAH!
“That Pennsylvania budget package? It’s still a work in progress.
“Talks fell short Sunday night as Gov. Tom Wolf and his Democratic allies in the legislature turned down a Republican plan of taxes and other revenue raisers designed to fill an $800 million gap in a $32 billion spending plan.
“No one was characterizing Sunday’s rejection as a total collapse.
“But it did lay bare, for the first time publicly, a sizable list of issues that need to be tamped down before the budget can be completed.
“It is now likely that the governor is going to have to act Monday on a general fund spending bill that is, at it stands, out of balance.
“Wolf stayed mostly out of public view Sunday, and has not said whether he will let the spending bill take effect without his signature, on faith that the revenue deal will get worked out soon, or line-item veto certain appropriations to bring the plan into balance.
“‘I think from a logistical point of view, it’s now becoming less and less likely that a revenue package would be passed by tomorrow (Monday) night,’ Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre County, said Sunday night.
“What all sides did agree on was the heart of the dispute: How much to borrow to close a $2.2 billion deficit; and, after the borrowing is done, the balance of recurring and one-time revenues.”
Angela Couloumbis & Liz Navratil, Philly.com: “Another down-to-the-wire push to complete Pa. budget”
“HARRISBURG — No deal.
“Both chambers of the Republican-controlled legislature convened Saturday for rare, mid-summer sessions but left for the day without an agreement on how to pay for the nearly $32 billion spending plan they passed last week.
“Although top Republican senators signaled that all sides were close on a deal to expand gambling as one way to raise new dollars, GOP House leaders refused to commit.
“Sen. Pat Browne (R., Lehigh), who chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, said Saturday that part of the gambling agreement calls for creating up to 10 satellite casinos statewide, each with up to 700 slot machines and 100 table games.
“‘That’s definitely going to be part of it,’ Browne said.
“The state’s already-licensed casinos would be given the first shot at bidding on running the satellite sites, which would have to be located at least 25 miles from the main casino.
“Though Browne said the House had agreed to creating the new mini-casinos, House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin retorted: “Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.”
“The clock, once again, is ticking.”
Drudge Links 07-10-17
CONGRESS FACES DEADLINES…
Growing doubts on Obamacare repeal…
Elizabeth Warren Mocks ‘Day 1’ Pledge…
Republicans Won’t Stop Fighting With Each Other…
Mnuchin Dismisses Idea of Tax INCREASE…
TRUMP FACES FIRST VETO THREAT…
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
Free market program: Standard fee: $55/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a discount.
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Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “War Powers and the Constitution in Our Body Politic”
“The further removed the use of force is from a clear threat to vital American interests, the more imperative it is that Congress weigh in. On Friday, I spoke on Capitol Hill at the Federalist Society’s symposium “The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches.” This weekend’s column is adapted from those remarks.
“As we gather here on Capitol Hill today, the United States armed forces are engaged in combat operations in several global hot spots. In Syria, we have not only conducted attacks against the regime without any congressional authorization; we are now occupying territory as well.
“Ostensibly, we are there to fight not the regime or its Russian and Iranian allies but the Islamic State jihadist organization (also known as ISIS). But to the extent that is a legally “authorized” conflict, it is against an enemy that arguably did not exist when the relevant authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF) were debated and enacted about 15 years ago.
“Now, you could say, as we have been saying, that ISIS is merely a breakaway faction of al-Qaeda — it began as the terror network’s Iraqi franchise. Consequently, it is covered under the existing AUMF. This, however, ignores the inconvenience that al-Qaeda, along with its allied Islamist factions, is also fighting ISIS and the Assad regime in Syria. Essentially, the enemy that we started out fighting after it attacked America in 2001, and that still regards the United States as its mortal enemy, is nevertheless fighting in Syria alongside the “rebel” elements that we support.
“In that sense, the situation mirrors our misadventure in Libya. That was another recent conflict in which a president, without congressional authorization, launched an aggressive war against a foreign sovereign that not only posed no threat to the United States but was actually regarded as a key counterterrorism ally — precisely because, for all its many flaws, the Qaddafi regime was providing us with intelligence about militants in places like Benghazi and Derna, the Libyan support hubs for the jihad against the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“That is to say, in Libya, we initiated an unnecessary war without any debate among the people’s representatives, much less any congressional authorization, and the result was a catastrophe: the undoing of a counterterrorism ally in a dangerous neighborhood, the empowerment of our jihadist enemies, a failed state, and an administration reduced to absurd rationalizations about how its aerial bombing raids on regime targets were somehow not acts of war.
“It is tempting on this record to draw the conclusion that modern practice has superseded the Constitution’s separation of war powers and division of war-making authorities between the commander-in-chief and the Congress. But when we get down to brass tacks, this simply is not true.
“It is not true for a reason that is often forgotten in our debates about war powers, which are dominated by lawyers. They tend to take place under the auspices of legal academic institutions or organizations like our host today, my good friends and colleagues of the Federalist Society.
“The reason is this: We are a body politic, not a legal community — at least, not in the main. For any free society to flourish, it must of course be undergirded by the rule of law. But the Constitution is basically a political document, not a legal one. It is the assignment and division of political authority among actors who compete and collude based on the attendant circumstances.
“This is critical because war is a political exercise — “politics by other means,” as Carl von Clausewitz memorably put it. There are legal elements to it, but it is basically a political endeavor — the use of government power, in this instance force, against a foreign enemy in order to break the enemy’s will. Though you wouldn’t know it to listen to most war-powers discussions, there is a limit to how much war can be “judicialized” or subjected to antecedent legal rules and procedures.
“A state of war, after all, is the antithesis of our domestic peacetime footing. It is the proud boast of our legal system that we would rather see the guilty go free than have a single person wrongly convicted. Thus, we presume against the government. The accused is presumed to be innocent and has no burden to prove anything. The government must meet weighty standards of proof to conduct a search, obtain a wiretap, make an arrest, or secure a conviction. Our bottom line, as former Bush-41 attorney general William Barr has observed, is that we would rather see the government lose — i.e., justice is not the conviction of the guilty; it is a government forced to meet its burden under strict due-process rules.
“War is entirely different. In war, we don’t want the government to lose, and we cannot give the enemy the presumption of innocence. In war, it is in the national interest that the government prevail. Yes, our troops are the world’s best trained and most disciplined, and we demand of them adherence to the laws and customs of civilized warfare. But the highest national interest is to defeat the enemy and to achieve the objective so vital that it was worth going to war over. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Trump: “Comey Leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the Media. This Is So Illegal””
“When we discussed late Sunday’s blockbuster report by The Hill, according to which as part of his leak of personal recollections of his conversations with Trump in hopes of (successfully) launching a special probe into the president’s alleged Russian collusion, former FBI director James Comey also allegedly disclosed classified information in direct violation of FBI rules and regulations, we said “for an appetizer of what’s to come, look closely at Trump’s twitter feed once the president learns the news of Comey’s alleged transgressions.”
“Roughly 8 hours later Trump finally caught up, and around 6am slammed Comey tweeting “James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”
“For those who missed it, officials familiar with the memos told The Hill that more than half of the documents contained classified information, raising the possibility that Comey broke FBI rules and ignored a security protocol in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Even more ironic is that Comey allegedl violated the same protocol which Hillary Clinton was accused of breaching, and one which James Comey was tasked with investigating last summer, and ultimately found to be a non-event.
“Judging by Trump’s tweet, as we expected, this is just the start of the next round of recriminations between the president and Comey. We look forward to an official statement from the former FBI chief next.”
Douglas Murray, InfoWars: “EUROPE’S MASS MIGRATION: THE LEADERS vs. THE PUBLIC”
“. . . It is understandable that some humanitarian impulse might prevail during a period in which thousands of people were crossing the Mediterranean and many were drowning. Back then in 2015, at the height of the crisis, Bill Gates himself urged America to take in migrants at the levels that Germany was taking them in. Since then, however, Gates has noticed what most people who live in Europe have noticed — which is that while opening your country’s borders may have a short-term moral appeal, it causes a whole variety of long-term societal concerns.
“It is these concerns — which the European public can see all around them, as well as on their newspapers’ front-pages — which lead the majority of the public across Europe to want the flow of migrants to be reduced. In his recent German newspaper interview, Bill Gates also expressed this sentiment — and starkly — saying, “Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via the current transit routes.”
“All this is, of course, true. It is not possible for Europe to become the home for everyone and anyone in Africa, the Middle East or Far East who manages to cross a fairly narrow stretch of water. The people of Europe have known this for a long time. Some people — heavily criticised by the mainstream media and the political class — have even expressed this. But perhaps now that a measured and surely non-Nazi philanthropist such as Bill Gates has noticed it, something will change. It is probably too much to hope for that the Western European political class might actually listen to his advice. But might they at least rein in their disdain for the reasonable concerns of the general public? . . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “US-Russian Ceasefire Deal Goes Into Effect in Southwest Syria”
“A U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire in southwest Syria was holding several hours after it took effect according to Reuters, the latest international attempt to restore peace in the six-year Syrian war. The truce, which took effect across southwest Syria on Sunday at noon Damascus time (09:00 GMT), extends to Syrian government forces and rebel groups in the provinces of Deraa, Quneitra, and Sweida where western-backed rebels control swathes of territory and form a center of the insurgency south of the capital Damascus.
“Last week, shortly after the first meeting between Trump and Putin, the United States, Russia and Jordan announced they had reached a ceasefire and ‘de-escalation agreement’ with the aim of paving the way for a robust truce to deliver aid to war-torn areas and end hostilities; it will be enforced by the three countries’ militaries.
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters that ‘calm was prevailing’ with no air strikes or clashes in the southwest since the truce began at noon on Sunday.”
. . . “President Vladimir Putin, who discussed the issue with Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg, called the ceasefire agreement ‘a breakthrough, to a certain extent,’ noting that the deal was made possible by Washington’s ‘more pragmatic stance’ on working with Russia. While little is known about how the truce will play out on the ground, it is understood that Russian, American, and Jordanian forces will be deployed to the area to stabilize the situation.
“‘In the first stage, Russian military police, as well as the Americans and the Jordanians, will ensure security around this de-escalation zone covered by the ceasefire,’ Lavrov explained.
Trump addressed the ceasefire on Sunday, tweeting ‘We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!’”
Adam Shaw, BigGovt: “Reports: Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner Met with Kremlin-Linked Lawyer”
“Members of President Trump’s family reportedly met with a lawyer linked with the Kremlin in June of last year — although the Trump team believes the meeting may have been sought as part of an effort to create the impression of an improper connection between Trump’s team and Russia.
“The New York Times reported late Saturday that Donald Trump Jr., along with then-campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, met with a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin at Trump Tower.
“The Times reported that the meeting occurred on June 9, and it notes that this is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and a member of Trump’s inner circle. Reps for Trump Jr. and Kushner confirmed the meeting to the Times but described it as primarily about an adoption program.
“The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has reportedly been fighting the Magnitsky Act — an American law that blacklists Russian human rights abusers and triggered Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt American adoptions of Russian children.
“In a statement to the Times, Trump Jr. said the ‘short’ meeting involved discussion of ‘a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.’”
Melanie Phillips, “OUR SAUDI ARABIAN FRENEMY”
“Saudi Arabia is our new best friend, right? Unfortunately, no. But my goodness, it’s complicated.
“The Arab and Muslim world is in flux and chaos. The need to halt Iran’s drive for regional hegemony, and the resulting Shia dominance over the Sunni Islamic world, has driven the Saudis into a tacit alliance not only with America but also, even more remarkably, with Israel.
“With the UAE, the Saudis are now also leading an economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar, the Sunni Gulf state which is nevertheless allied to Shia Iran and which the Saudis rightly accuse of being behind much of global terrorism.
“At the same time, the designated succession to the Saudi throne has passed to a known reformer, Prince Muhammad bin Salman. The new crown prince reportedly wants to drag his country into the modern era in order to survive. That means reforming its economy and giving women more freedom.
“The only question that really matters, though, is whether this young princely reformer will put Saudi money and influence behind the defeat of the fanatical Wahhabi Islam that his country helped promote, and through which Saudi Arabia has fueled the export of Islamic cultural conquest, terrorism and holy war across the globe.
“The answer to that one is surely: in your dreams. . .”
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “Politico Attacks Rubio for Tweeting Proverbs, the ‘Most Republican Part of the Bible’”
“Politico‘s Joel Baden attacked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday, accusing him of tweeting “the most Republican part of the Bible,” namely the book of Proverbs.
“Proverbs is notable in that it presents a fairly consistent view of the world: The righteous are rewarded, and the wicked are punished,” Baden argued, chiding Rubio. He compared “some of the statements in Proverbs” to statements from “modern-day conservative policymakers.”
“In short: Proverbs is probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible.”
“Rubio had the perfect response to this attack. ‘Proverbs is the Republican part of the Bible? I don’t think Solomon had yet joined the GOP when he wrote the first 29 chapters of Proverbs,’ the Florida senator tweeted.”
Unsettling Possibility: JF Brody
Given an average IQ of 110 in Israel and 80 in Palestine, rationality is expected to manage impulse. And the Palestinian rules for women give them protection from impulsive males, protections that are useful for impulsive females. . .