Copyright for monkey selfies?
JennyBeth – Make your calls!; Honor Israel; Hanson – Can’t live with or take out NKor rockets.
HEALTH CARE: Everett – One vote?; Hannity Free Market option.
RUSSIAN CHICK: Solomon & Easley – DOJ let her in ; Schwab – McCain snooped.
LEADS: Goldberg – Ugly environmentalist; Salazar – Wall funded; Leonard – The rich to pay; Durden – Deficit shrinks by half?; Adamson – Melania does Paris.
RECOMMENDED: Williams – Population; Kahane – Sarah?; Levin (07-13-17).
AL: “Federal court to rule if a monkey owns the copyright for its selfie photos”
“SAN FRANCISCO — A curious monkey with a toothy grin and a knack for pressing a camera button was back in the spotlight Wednesday as a federal appeals court heard arguments on whether an animal can hold a copyright to selfie photos.
“A 45-minute hearing before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco attracted crowds of law students and curious citizens who often burst into laughter. The federal judges also chuckled at times at the novelty of the case, which involves a monkey in another country that is unaware of the fuss.
“Andrew Dhuey, attorney for British nature photographer David Slater, said “monkey see, monkey sue” is not good law under any federal act. . .”
Jenny Beth: Health Care
“With Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, and with President Trump in the White House, our chances of repealing ObamaCare have never been better. But, here’s the catch: We still have work to do this week.
“Senate Republicans have put together a bill to repeal ObamaCare, but the bill leaves in place some of the very same onerous regulations that we have opposed for years! The good news is that Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have proposed an amendment that would simultaneously provide Americans more choices at substantially lower costs. How does the amendment accomplish all of that? The amendment would allow health insurance companies to sell any healthcare plan, as long as at least one plan would qualify under the Affordable Care Act.
“The Cruz and Lee amendment cuts through the excessive regulations and puts consumer choice front and center. It’s a simple fix that would have a significantly positive effect for the entire health insurance market, and for American consumers.
Time is of the essence, and our chance to repeal ObamaCare is now. We must act quickly to let every senator know how important the Cruz-Lee amendment is!
Please call both of your U.S. senators every day this week and let them know you want them to support the commonsense and much-needed amendment that will put us on the path to healthcare freedom.
“Call the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to be transferred to your senators’ offices. Every U.S. senator should hear from us!
“When you call each Senate office, please be sure to make some of the following points:
The Cruz-Lee amendment is exactly what the Senate bill is missing. As your constituent, I am asking you to support this critically important amendment.
“The Cruz-Lee amendment eliminates some of ObamaCare’s worst regulations, and allows insurance companies to provide more of the types of plans that Americans want.
The Cruz-Lee amendment is a commonsense, free-market fix to the Senate bill.
ObamaCare has been in place for more than seven years. It’s time to repeal the law fully and completely. The Cruz-Lee Amendment helps us accomplish that.
“There is no such thing as a free lunch, and the American people understand this. According to polling conducted by the Cato Institute, support for Community Rating drops to just 31 percent when people are asked to consider that Community Rating results in lower quality health care, and it drops to just 25 percent when people are asked to consider that it results in months-long wait times to see a specialist.
“If you have a few more minutes to engage this week, please consider one of the following simple ways of multiplying your impact.
- After you call your senator, tweet a message about the calland use the senator’s Twitter handle.
- Write a follow-up email to the office after the call, reiterating the key points and stressing just how important this amendment is. Always be sure to include your mailing address in your email so the office knows you are a constituent.
- Write a letter and hand-deliver it to a local office in your state.You can also call ahead and ask for an appointment with a policy staffer in one of the local offices.
- Call each local senate officein your state.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know any feedback you receive from the senators’ offices. I read each of these emails, and your opinions, ideas, and suggestions help shape all of our future calls to action, so please let us know what you are hearing from Capitol Hill!
Honor Israel: Christians United for Israel
July 17th, Washington Convention Center, $10.
Pastor John Hagee, Vice-President Mike Pence, Ambassador Ron Dermer
Victor Davis Hanson, RCP: “West Can Neither Live with nor Take out North Korean Nukes”
“When North Korea eventually builds a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, it will double down on its well-known shakedown of feigning indifference to American deterrence while promising to take out Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle unless massive aid is delivered to Pyongyang.
“Kim Jong Un rightly assumes that wealthy Western nations would prefer to pay bribe money than suffer the loss of a city — and that they have plenty of cash for such concessions. He is right that the medicine of taking out Kim’s missiles is considered by Western strategists to be even worse than the disease of living with a lunatic regime that has nukes.
“No wonder that the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations had few answers to serial North Korean lying and deceit about its nuclear intentions.
Sanctions were eventually dropped or watered down either on reports of the mass starvation of innocent North Korean civilians or on false promises of better North Korean behavior.
“China publicly promised to help reign in its unhinged client while privately doing nothing. Apparently, Beijing found a rabid North Korean government useful in bothering rivals such as the Japanese and South Koreans while keeping the U.S. off balance in Asia and the Pacific. The dynamic economies and pacifism of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were taken for granted by China as easy targets for coercion and blackmail.
“Russia is never any help. Under President Vladimir Putin, Russian foreign policy is reductive: Whatever causes the United States and its allies a major headache is by definition welcomed. . .”
Burgess Everett, Politico: “Senate Republicans one vote away from Obamacare repeal failure”
“GOP leaders unveiled a new plan to gut the health law, but it immediately ran into near-fatal opposition.
“Senate Republican leaders are praying that their fragile whip count holds over the weekend, as just one more ‘no’ vote would doom the party’s Obamacare repeal effort from even coming up for debate.
“Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, said Thursday afternoon they will oppose a procedural vote next week to bring the bill to the floor. GOP leaders are putting immense pressure on about half a dozen other Republican senators not to join them and topple the entire effort. Another ‘no’ is enough to kill the bill, and would also likely lead to mass defections.
“The Trump administration is also lobbying intensely for the bill, the latest version of which was released Thursday. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma spent Thursday trying to convince centrist senators to reconsider their opposition to prior drafts of the bill. Republicans are also hoping Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) can convince Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to back the measure after Lee said it was “unclear” if this version is better than the last.
“Majority Whip John Cornyn acknowledged GOP leaders don’t have the minimum 50 votes right now but insisted, ‘We’re making good progress.’ . . .”
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.
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.
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John Solomon & Jonathan Easley, The Hill: “Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team”
“The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.
“This revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.
“Later, a series of events between an intermediary for the attorney and the Trump campaign ultimately led to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr. . .”
Nikki Schwab, UK Daily Mail: “Revealed: ‘Ordinary ‘citizen’ John McCain dispatched a trusted aide across the Atlantic to get dirty dossier from ex-spy after former British diplomat told him about blackmail tapes
- The Guardian charted the path the dirty dossier made from a British intelligence professional to Sen. John McCain and then the FBI
- McCain, 80, put out a statement Wednesday saying that he was the bureau’s source of the controversial dossier
- The Arizona Republican found out about the dossier’s existence while at a meeting in Canada and dispatched an emissary to hunt it down
- He met an ex-British diplomat in Canada – now identified as Sir Andrew Wood -who in one version of events told him about the file
- Wood is a former associate of Tony Blair the ex-British prime minister, and admitted talking to McCain
- He issued a nuanced statement saying he did not give McCain the dossier and had ‘done nothing wrong’ – but he did not deny telling McCain the file existed
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “‘The Ugly Environmentalist’”
“One of the hallmarks of the ‘Ugly American’ is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if just shout it louder and louder.
“The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He exaggerates the challenge of global warming by using ever more hysterical rhetoric, thinking that if the last doomsday prediction didn’t work, this one will.
“For instance, Stephen Hawking, the famous astrophysicist, recently said that the consequences of Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord were monumental: “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees (Celsius), and raining sulfuric acid.”
“As Nathan Cofnas notes in the Weekly Standard, this is nuts. The share of the atmosphere taken up by that vile gas carbon dioxide (which just happens to sustain all plant life) is 400 parts per million. It’s been much higher than that in the past without boiling the oceans or raining acid from the sky. Cofnas also mentions that Venus is nearly 26 million miles closer to the sun, and that the share of carbon dioxide in the Venusian atmosphere is 965,000 parts per million, or about 2,412 times greater than Earth’s.
“And that’s Hawking, a serious scientist (at least in his own field). Journalists, always looking for novelty and drama, can be worse. A recent New York magazine cover story on climate change assured readers that all of the previous climate-change alarmism was too tepid. Basically, by the end of the century, the living will envy the dead and much of the planet will be uninhabitable or a reenactment of a Mad Max movie.
“To the credit of some journalists and climate scientists, the New York magazine article got considerable pushback, even from normally alarmist Penn State professor Michael Mann.
“Rachel Becker, a science writer, had a good take as well. Research shows that “scare tactics can backfire when people put up their psychological defenses against the threatening information,” Becker wrote at The Verge, “rather than defending against the threat itself.”
“That’s true. The more you sound like some cowbell-wielding street preacher wearing a sandwich board that says “The End Is Nigh!” the more likely it is that people will ignore you. Particularly if your last few terrifying predictions didn’t pan out.
“But this focus on how using scare tactics doesn’t persuade skeptics overlooks another problem. What about the people it does persuade?
Adan Salazar, InfoWars: “WINNING: HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES FUNDING FOR BORDER WALL”
The Trump administration scored another victory Wednesday as the House Appropriations Committee approved $1.6 billion to be allocated toward construction of a southern border wall.
“The bill met the White House’s funding request in full and provides for a “physical barrier construction along the Southern border – including bollards and levee improvements,” according to a press release Tuesday ahead of the bill’s approval.
“‘Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,’ said House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter.
“‘Additionally, this bill will increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, support grants in cases of emergency and natural disaster, and provide critical resources to protect our cyber networks.’. . .”
Leonard, Washington Examiner: “New Senate Republican healthcare plan leaves taxes on the wealthy in place, lets people buy less expensive plans”
“A new draft of the bill Republicans are advancing to repeal and replace portions of Obamacare leaves in place taxes on high-income earners, pumps more money into opioid treatment and insurance markets, and allows customers to use subsidies toward the purchase of less expensive plans that cover fewer medical services, according to a Senate leadership outline obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“An amendment as proposed by GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah was not mentioned in the outline, but the draft did include a tweaked version of the idea. As originally proposed, the Cruz-Lee amendment would have allowed health insurance companies to offer less-expensive plans that do not include Obamacare’s essential health benefits as long as they provide at least one plan that includes them. Critics blasted the proposal, saying it would make plans for people with pre-existing conditions prohibitively expensive.
According to the outline, the legislation would set up a fund that would make payments to insurers to help cover the cost of high-risk, disproportionately expensive customers who are enrolled in the exchange. To qualify, an insurer will need to offer minimum coverage that has a wide range of medical benefits and cover people with pre-existing illnesses. They could offer coverage off the exchange that would be exempt from “certain” requirements.
“Lee, who has indicated he couldn’t support the bill without the Cruz-Lee amendment, said on Twitter that he hadn’t yet seen the new version and would withhold judgment until he does.
“Lee, who has indicated he couldn’t support the bill without the Cruz-Lee amendment, said on Twitter that he hadn’t yet seen the new version and would withhold judgment until he does.
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “CBO Scores Trump Budget Shrinking US Deficit by Half by 2027”
“There’s good news.. and bad news. CBO has just released its ‘score’ of President Trump’s proposed budget, noting that the plan would shrink the deficit by a half from their baseline by 2017 (good news). However, even accepting Trump’s dynamic scoring and 5% growth expectations, CBO is unable to balance the budget and Yellen’s recent “US debt is unsustainable” warning seems ever more prescient.
“Trump’s budget would shrink notably from the CBO baseline…
“According to CBO’s estimates, the deficit would fall from the $693 billion projected for 2017 to $593 billion in 2018 under the President’s proposals. After that, the deficit would generally rise, totaling $720 billion in 2027. The cumulative deficit over the 2018–2027 period would total $6.8 trillion. Measured as a percentage of output, the deficit would decline from 3.6 percent of GDP in 2017 to 2.6 percent at the end of the period. The deficit would average 2.9 percent through 2027. (The average deficit over the past 50?years has equaled 2.8 percent of GDP.) Those estimates exclude any macroeconomic feedback effects.
“This is still a big deficit, and coming a day after Janet Yellen warned that the US debt situation was unsustainable, it seems more prescient than ever to focus on spending cuts.
There is some other good news (if you buy it). By the end of the coming decade, debt held by the public would total 80 percent of GDP: 11 percentage points below the debt-to-GDP ratio projected in CBO’s baseline.
“But as CBO notes, this is due to the adminstration’s hopeful growth estimates…
Thomas Adamson, AP: “Melania Trump takes her own path in Paris visit”
“PARIS (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump took her own path through Paris on Thursday as she and President Donald Trump began a two-day visit to the French capital, starting at a children’s hospital.
At Necker Hospital, Melania Trump visited a ward decorated with images from ‘The Little Prince,’ an iconic French novel written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. She spoke briefly in French to six children, asking how they were and introducing herself before switching to a translator to ask how long they expected to stay. One of the children, a 14-year-old girl named Ysatis, was in a wheelchair and said she expected to leave the hospital Monday for a month of rehabilitation.
“‘You look very good, very strong … Soon you’ll be walking and running,’ Mrs. Trump told her.
“Ysatis later told The Associated Press she appreciated the visit.
“‘It was very pleasant and really good. She’s beautiful and gorgeous,’ Ysatis said.
“Martin Hirsch, director of Paris’ public hospital system, presented the first lady with a copy of ‘The Little Prince.’
“‘I will keep it, practice my French. It’s beautiful,’ she said.
“The first lady, though not as visible as some of her predecessors, has taken on a fairly prominent role on her husband’s three international trips. She visited a children’s hospital in Italy as well.
“Melania and Donald Trump have an 11-year-old son, the first boy in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. more than 50 years ago.
“Mrs. Trump was later expected to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and tour the Seine River by boat with Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron. President Trump was to meet with Macron before participating in Bastille Day celebrations on Friday.”
Thomas Williams, Big Govt, “Alarmists Threaten ‘Biological Annihilation’ from Overpopulation and Global Warming”
We’ve just had eight years of “love the windmill.” Part of “love” is talking big and making investments. And crying when the news changes . . .
“Just when you thought the hyped-up rhetoric among climate alarmists couldn’t get any more shrill, a report has declared that a new era of “biological annihilation” is already underway on earth.
The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, claims that an epoch of mass extinction is upon us, with a “global epidemic” in animal populations signaling an “ongoing sixth mass extinction” caused in large measure by human destruction of animal habitats and exacerbated by human-induced “climate disruption.”
“Our data indicate that beyond global species extinctions Earth is experiencing a huge episode of population declines and extirpations, which will have negative cascading consequences on ecosystem functioning and services vital to sustaining civilization,” the study breathlessly reports. “We describe this as a ‘biological annihilation’ to highlight the current magnitude of Earth’s ongoing sixth major extinction event.”
In a fascinating bit of irony, Gerardo Ceballos, the leader of the study, has insisted that the authors “are not alarmists” despite the fact that one of his co-authors, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, is probably the best known—and most discredited—alarmist of all time.
Ehrlich became famous through the publication of his 1968 doomsday bestseller, The Population Bomb, which generated mass hysteria over the future of the world and the earth’s ability to sustain human life.
In the book, Ehrlich floated a series of dire predictions that turned out to be spectacularly wrong, creating the enduring myth of unsustainable population growth.
He prophesied that hundreds of millions would starve to death in the 1970s (and that 65 million of them would be Americans), that already-overpopulated India was doomed, and that there was a very good chance that “England will not exist in the year 2000.”
Mankind stood on the brink of Armageddon, the book proposed, because there was no way to feed the exponentially increasing world population. Ehrlich concluded that “sometime in the next 15 years, the end will come,” meaning “an utter breakdown of the capacity of the planet to support humanity.”
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over,” he warned.
Since then, Ehrlich—whose name is now synonymous with alarmist hoaxers—has defended mass sterilization, sex-selective abortion and infanticide in order to reduce surplus populations.
To allow women to have as many children as they want, Ehrlich notoriously said, is like letting people “throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.”
David Kahane, NRO: “I Still Hate You, Sarah Palin”
“One of the most terrifying moments of my political life came last summer at the Republican convention in St. Paul. No, I don’t mean seeing John McCain careering around the Xcel Energy Center like Eyegore in Young Frankenstein, his face frozen in a Lon Chaney Sr. rictus grin as he reached across the aisle to his erstwhile friends in the media and got his hand bitten off. Rather, I’m referring to the aftermath of Sarah Palin’s outrageous acceptance speech, which whipped up the Rotary Club delegates into a frenzy of white-boy fury that not even heckling by a brave Code Pink embed could deter. Truly a fascist classic and one that sent shivers down our collectivist spines.
“Even worse was the glaze of horror on the phizzes of the assembled heroes of the Mainstream Media. Andrea Mitchell — yes, the very same Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, whose employer saw no conflict of interest at all when she married then Fed pooh-bah Alan Greenspan — stood there gaping like a frog while the rest of the assembled Finemans and Matthewses and Olbermanns scurried around like roaches when the light gets turned on: What the hell just hit us? For one horrible moment, it looked as if the carefully crafted plans of David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, George Soros, and the Second Chief Directorate, first department, of the old KGB were about to gang agley.
“Not only were we offended at the sheer effrontery of McCain’s pick: How dare the Republicans proffer this déclassée piece of Wasilla trailer trash whose only claim to fame was that she didn’t exercise her right to choose? Where were her degrees from Smith or Barnard, her internships at PETA, the Brookings Institution, or the Young Pioneers? We were also outraged that the Stupid Party had just nominated a completely unqualified candidate nobody had ever heard of, a first-term governor of Alaska whose previous experience consisted of a small-town mayoralty. As opposed to our guy, Barry Soetoro of Mombasa, Djakarta, and Honolulu, a first-term senator nobody had ever heard of, whose previous experience had been as a state senator (D., Daley Machine) in Illinois. After eight long, illegitimate, lawless years of &*^%BUSH$#@! tyranny, how dare you contest this election?
“And so the word went out, from that time and place: Eviscerate Sarah Palin like one of her field-dressed moose. . .”
Mark Levin, 07-13-17
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, There is a strong possibility that Mitch McConnell is gearing up to screw conservatives in the forthcoming Senate health care bill. Sources from the Republican leadership say that the Ted Cruz and Mike Lee amendment, which allows insurers to sell different plans other than Obamacare, could be altered or removed later. This amendment may be the only thing that gets some conservatives on board, and knowing how McConnell operates, it is very possible he could rip it out in reconciliation leaving conservatives hanging (emph added, jb).
“Also, John Cornyn is saying if you vote against the Republican healthcare bill you are voting for Obamacare. It is Cornyn, Mitch McConnell and the majority of Republicans who are responsible for failing to repeal Obamacare.
“After that, the Treasury’s monthly federal spending topped $400B for the first time. What will future generations say about us if we continue this massive driving up of the debt?
“Later, Russian lawyer, Natalie Veselnitskaya, with whom Donald Trump Jr. met was let into the U.S by Attorney General Loretta Lynch (emph added jb). Veselnitskaya got permission to have her stay in the country extended in 2016. She embarked on a lobbying campaign against the Magnitsky Act, passed by Congress.
“Finally, Linda Sarsour is now threatening individuals and in media outlets. Her rhetoric is hateful and bigoted. We don’t need any lectures from her about what jihad means. Many of our soldiers have died because of this jihad.”