Dead Cats:DeepState, 08/04/17, (27)21: James Brody

McCarthy – Mueller’s grand jury; Carter – Consent for Rice; Huma’s emails.

HEALTH CARE: Watson – Rand Paul solution; Hannity Free Market option.

LEADS: Yurchak – teacher salaries; Durden – Trade war with China; Spencer – Google silences Islam criticisms; Washington Times – Immigration reform; Durden – Electric car scam.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; (DeMint); Mark Levin 08-03-17); Diana Crandall – Travel in Missouri; Clark – Facebook droids invent own language.

 

 

The five counties surrounding Washington DC are packed with government workers who want to keep their house, salary, their kids’ school . . . and they send us lots of “Ad Council” notices. . .

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Mueller’s Grand Jury: What it means
and what it doesn’t mean”

“The most significant conclusion we can draw from news that a grand jury has been impaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is that the so-called Russia investigation, officially, is a criminal investigation.

“The purpose of a grand jury is to investigate a factual transaction or series of transactions to determine whether criminal charges should be filed. That makes it categorically different from a counterintelligence investigation. The latter, we have noted many times, is an information-gathering exercise geared toward understanding and thwarting the intentions and actions of foreign powers.

“There is no need for a grand jury in a counterintelligence probe.
“All that said, the fact that there is a criminal investigation does not mean charges are imminent, or indeed that they will ever be filed. There are virtually no limits on the investigative powers of the grand jury. Under our law, a grand jury may conduct a probe simply to satisfy itself that no crimes have been committed. That is to say, there is no evidentiary threshold that must be crossed before a grand jury can begin investigating. Contrast that with, for example, a search warrant or an eavesdropping warrant; those investigative techniques may not be used unless a court has first been satisfied that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.
“It is frequently observed that grand-jury proceedings are secret. That is not quite accurate. The obligation of secrecy applies to the grand jurors and government personnel who examine witnesses and collect evidence through subpoenas. But subjects of the investigation, witnesses, and their lawyers are under no duty to remain silent — even though it is usually a good idea to do so, since statements can be used as evidence. Of course, there are often government leaks. Putting that inevitability aside, though, it is worth noting who is permitted to speak and who is not. Media coverage of an investigation tends to rely on the people most at liberty to discuss it. That means coverage skews in favor of lawyers for the subjects, who obviously have a motive to minimize the prosecution’s proof.
“The principal advantage of the grand jury for prosecutors is the ability to issue subpoenas to compel testimony and the production of documentary or other physical evidence. No investigation of any complexity can be advanced without this capacity. When I say “advanced,” I do not mean a progression toward the filing of criminal charges — at least not necessarily. An investigation should be a search for the truth, which means getting to the bottom of what happened, regardless of whether crimes can be proven.
“Thus, the fact that we now have a grand jury does not mean a crime has been committed, much less that the filing of charges must be imminent. Still, the impaneling of a grand jury is a highly significant development. Prosecutors do not seek the assistance of the grand jury’s subpoena power, and do not contemplate presenting evidence to a grand jury, unless they see a realistic possibility of filing criminal charges.
“On that score, we should be mindful, and certainly Special Counsel Mueller should be mindful, that this is no ordinary criminal investigation. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450149/robert-mueller-grand-jury-appointment

Sara Carter, Circa: “A letter from H.R. McMaster said Susan Rice will keep her top-secret security clearance”

“Almost one month after it was disclosed that former President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice was unmasking members of President Trump’s team and other Americans, Trump’s own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, sent an official letter giving her unfettered and continuing access to classified information and waiving her “need-to-know” requirement on anything she viewed or received during her tenure, Circa has confirmed.

“The undated and unclassified letter from McMaster was sent in the mail to Rice’s home during the last week of April. Trump was not aware of the letter or McMaster’s decision, according to two senior West Wing officials and an intelligence official, who spoke to Circa on condition that they not be named.

“‘I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,’ the letter said. The letter also states that the ‘NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information.’. . .”

https://www.circa.com/story/2017/08/03/politics/susan-rice-keeps-top-secret-security-clearance-hr-mcmaster-letter-says

Also Caroline Glick, http://carolineglick.com/mcmaster-purges-pro-israel-anti-iran-deal-trump-loyalists-from-the-nsc/

Also Judicial Watch, “Judicial Watch: Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Transmission of Classified Information and Clinton Foundation Donors Receiving Special Treatment from Clinton State Department

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-huma-abedin-emails-reveal-transmission-classified-information-clinton-foundation-donors-receiving-special-treatment-clinton-state-department/

Also, Adam Kredo, “Former U.N. Amb. Power Unmasked ‘Hundreds’ in Final Year of Obama Admin”

“Congress moves closer to detailing potentially illicit national security leaks

“Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made ‘hundreds’ of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.”

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-u-n-amb-power-unmasked-hundreds-last-year-obama-admin/

HEALTH CARE

Steve Watson, InfoWars: “RAND PAUL: TRUMP MAY TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTION TO REPEAL OBAMACARE”

“Senator meeting with POTUS this week.

Senator Rand Paul is advising President Trump on a potential executive order to repeal and replace Obamacare, a move that he says could help millions of Americans who cannot afford skyrocketing premiums.

“In interviews with earlier this week, Paul noted that Trump is considering penning an executive order to get the job done, following the failure of Republicans in Congress to pass legislation.

“‘I just got off the phone with the president, and I think he and I both want to get something done,’ Paul said.

“What I’m talking to him about is that I think through executive action, I think he can legalize the health associations that I’ve been talking about.”

“Paul says he is planning to have further talks with Trump this week, noting that there is a precedent for the president to take action, given that under the the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Executive can decide how private companies provide benefits.

“Paul is pushing for so called ‘association health plans,’ which would provide an avenue for Americans to get health more affordable insurance in large groups across state lines.

“It’s the same principle as Wal-Mart,” Paul said. “Wal-Mart can buy in such large bulk that you can get milk for a very reasonable price often just barely above their cost, and they do it because they have such large buying power.’ . . .”

https://www.infowars.com/rand-paul-trump-may-take-executive-action-to-repeal-obamacare/

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/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 90% 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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Joanne: Teacher Salaries

I obtained these compilations (below)  from the Keystone State Education Coalition which sends out periodic E-mails on the educational system in PA.  I find them to be extremely valuable and informative even though the focus sometimestends towards liberal political viewpoints.  They can be obtained on the web at: http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org.

I think that by E-Mailing keystonestateedcoalition@gmail.com you can request that these educational updates be sent to your inbox.

Joanne

Pa. schools with highest average teacher salary

Penn Live Posted August 02, 2017 Updated August 02, 2017
It probably comes as no surprise that the bulk of public school teachers with the highest average salary in 2016-17 live in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, where the cost of living is generally higher than in other parts of the state.  But teachers in some southcentral Pennsylvania school districts have average salaries that aren’t too shabby either.  According to data from the state Department of Education, York County’s Dallastown Area School District comes in with the highest average full-time teacher salary in this region at $84,701.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/where_it_pays_to_teach_school.html

“Teacher pay: Search the database to find out the average teacher salary in any Pa. public schools

Penn Live August 02, 2017

“The following searchable database allows you to see what the average teacher salary and average years of teaching experience is in Pennsylvania’s public schools. The data from the 2016-17 school year also includes the number of full-time teachers in a school district, vo-tech, charter school or intermediate unit. The department doesn’t factor in salaries of less than $18,500 in calculating averages.  To use this database, you can search by selecting an individual school district or charter or career and technical school or by selecting a county to see a listing of school districts in that county.”

http://www.pennlive.com/news/page/teacher_pay_search_the_databas.html?appSession=08514711739646585344515821134152486542911702169868909030447798433649598550388374935453163700513207034367328008418716759007902298

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Trump to Launch Trade War with China on Friday, Beijing Vows Retaliation”

“Yesterday, the WSJ reported that the Trump administration is planning to begin a probe of what the U.S. sees as violations of intellectual property by China. Against a backdrop of Trump’s frustrations with domestic policy, sliding approval ratings and disagreement with China over North Korea, the chances of protectionist action are rising, as is the probability of a “hot”, retaliatory trade war. This morning ow learn when Trump is set to fire the first shot. Reuters reports, citing White House officials, that President Trump is expected to make a speech and sign a memorandum at the White House on tomorrow, Friday, that will target China’s intellectual property and trade practices, effectively firing the first shot in what could escalate into a major US-China trade war.

“This will be the opening salvo to several months of trade actions, and is expected to be followed by actions on steel and aluminum dumping — which could include tariffs and quotas — and subsequent measures to protect services, and comes at a time when Trump has become increasingly frustrated with the level of support from Beijing to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile program.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-03/trump-launch-trade-war-china-friday-beijing-vows-retaliation

Robert Spencer, PJM: “Google Manipulates Search Results to Conceal Criticism of Islam and Jihad”

“The jihad against the freedom of speech is advancing rapidly, and most people don’t even know it’s happening.

“Turkey’s state-run news outlet Anadolu Agency reports:

‘Google’s first page results for searches of terms such as ‘jihad’, ‘shariah’ and ‘taqiyya’ now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts. Taqiyya, which describes the circumstances under which a Muslim can conceal their belief in the face of persecution, is the sole term to feature a questionable website on the first page of results. (emphasis added)

“‘Reputable’ according to whom? ‘Questionable’ according to whom?

“Google has bowed to pressure from Muslims such as Texas imam Omar Suleiman, who led an initiative to compel Google to skew its results. Apparently Google hasn’t considered whether those who are demanding that search results be manipulated in a particular direction might have an ulterior motive. Could it be that those who are pressuring Google wish to conceal certain truths about Islam that they would prefer non-Muslims not know?

I discuss the Islamic supremacist initiative to compel the West to accept Sharia blasphemy laws under the guise of stamping out “hate speech” — an initiative that is now galloping forward and achieving immense success — in my new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Google executives should read it, and should study Islam themselves in order to determine whether or not they have been misled by the Muslims who are pressuring them. But that’s not going to happen. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/08/02/google-manipulates-search-results-to-conceal-criticism-of-islam-and-jihad/

Washington Times: “A good start on immigration reform”

“The president endorses the common-sense Cotton-Perdue Act

“Why enact a law or write an executive order to reform a broken immigration system when a poem will do? President Trump endorsed new immigration legislation Wednesday, moving to a merit-based system, and it was greeted with predictable cries and squeals from advocates of open borders.

“Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, joined the president at the White House to announce that they have been working with the administration to revise and expand legislation introduced earlier this year that would reduce by half the number of immigrants who would receive legal permanent residence over the next decade.

“The two senators said their legislation would move the United States to a merit-based immigration system and away from the current model, which is geared to approving applicants with family members already in the United States. It’s a model rife with fraud, deceit, swindle and chaos.

“The president said the legislation would be the most significant reform to the broken U.S. immigration system in a half-century. “As a candidate,” he said, “I campaigned on creating a merit-based system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers and that’s why we’re here today.” He said the changes would ‘reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars.’. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/2/editorial-a-good-start-on-immigration-reform/

Also . . . Neil Munro, BigGovt: “Donald Trump Unveils Merit Based Immigration Reform”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/02/donad-trump-unveils-merit-based-immigration-reform/

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Electric Car Fever”

“Mid-70s, United States. For no apparent reason, suddenly everyone seemed to be singing in a high-pitched falsetto voice and wearing skin-tight lycra with open collared shirts displaying chest hair and gold medallions.

“It was fun for a while but got old fast.

Electric Car Fever is now upon us. Laws are being passed – the Brits being the latest – mandating the production of electric cars by outlawing the production of cars powered by internal combustion.

“This will get old fast, too.

“King Canute could decree that the tide not come back – and politicians can decree that we’ll all be driving electric cars by “x” year, not too far from now. But wishing – and decreeing – can’t overcome reality. It can just make things really expensive and difficult for us.

“One reality almost no one seems willing to talk plainly about is the fact that hundreds of thousands of electric cars queuing up to spend 30-45 minutes each at a recharging port is as ludicrous in concept as waiting that long at McDonald’s to get a burger. Especially when there is a Wendy’s across the street that’ll get a burger in your hands and you back on the road in less than 5 minutes.

“Most people will never accept this. Would you accept waiting 30-45 minutes (absolute best-case scenario, if a “fast” charger is available) to put a partial charge back into your EV? Were you aware that at the high-voltage “fast” chargers, due to the nature of the thing (and for the sake of battery life) you cannot put more than 80 percent charge back into the thing?

“So, whatever the advertised best-case range of the car is, subtract 20 percent.

“That puts even the longest-ranged of them in the same class as the fiercest-guzzling IC-engined SUV. Maybe 200 miles or so. But the fierce-guzzling SUV can be refueled to 100 percent in 5 minutes.

“Which would you prefer to take on a road trip? One where there might not be a ‘fast’ charger available when you run out of juice. What then?

“Then, you spend overnight wherever you happen to be.

“Electric car freaks peddle a Disney-esque fantasy to counter this objection. They envision everyone plugging in at home, overnight – or at work, while they work. The problem with this idea is the ant-like uniformity of use it assumes. Everyone going to work – and back home – at pretty much the same time.

“A middling-bright eight-year-old would be raising his hand about now. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-02/electric-car-fever

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

Mark Levin (08-03-17)

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The media are thrilled today because special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in D.C., affording him the power to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath, and seek an indictment should there be any evidence of criminal activity. They are going to drag Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, in front of that jury and see if they can find any contradictions in their testimony. Then they will see if they can get somebody on perjury. This process is un-American when it’s abused the way this one has been. This is a coup that should upset every American — Trump supporter or not. You can bet the entire purpose of the special counsel appointment is to destroy Trump’s presidency. However, in destroying his presidency, the Democrats are undermining Trump’s ability to protect this nation from Iran, North Korea, China and Russia.

“After that, Benjamin Netanyahu is being accused of bribery. The same left attacking Trump in America are going after Netanyahu in Israel. Allegation after allegation is coming against him, but Netanyahu has strenuously denied any wrong doing. You have Hezbollah building bases on the border with Israel and Syria and these guys are chasing Netanyahu with no evidence. The left is unbelievable.

Later, John Bolton former Ambassador to the UN calls in to talk about North Korea. The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, thinks he has a great idea, let’s talk to the North Koreans. How are we going to talk to the North Koreans when they are building ICBMS to aim at us? We have tried negotiations with them for 25 years and they have used that time to make ballistic missiles. Pyongyang should not be able to terrorize innocent American citizens or threaten its neighbor South Korea.

“Finally, Mo Brooks calls in to talk about his run for one of Alabama’s Senate seats. Mitch McConnell is using $8 million dollars from special interest groups to subvert the will of the American people to elect Luther Strange. McConnell is trying to make Brooks out to be the same as Nancy Pelosi which is a lie. Also, McConnell hasn’t raised money from the people of Alabama but from millionaire and billionaire special interests who are happy with what is going on Washington. Strange’s loyalty will lie with these groups trying to put him in office. These Senate seats should be based on who is the best candidate and who promotes conservative principles that are the foundation of our nation.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/08/03/august-3-2017/

Diana Crandall, RealClearLife: “NAACP Issues First Travel Advisory to U.S. State Over Racist Attacks”

“The alert was reportedly issued in response to incidents and legislation affecting local minorities.

“The NAACP has issued a national travel advisory to people of color planning to visit Missouri because of discrimination and racist attacks, the Kansas City Star is reporting. It’s the first time the civil rights organization has ever issued a warning of this type, the Star notes.

Missouri was reportedly chosen as the first state due to new legislation that makes discrimination lawsuits more difficult to win, as well as a significant history of racial disparities in traffic enforcement; a recent attorney general’s report shows that, since the year 2000, black drivers continue to be 75 percent more likely to be pulled over while driving in Missouri than white people are. . .”

http://www.realclearlife.com/travel/naacp-issues-first-travel-advisory-u-s-state-racist-attacks/

Bryan Clark, The Next Web: “Facebook’s AI accidentally created its own language”

“Researchers from the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab (FAIR) recently made an unexpected discovery while trying to improve chatbots.

“The bots — known as ‘dialog agents’ — were creating their own language — well, kind of.

“Using machine learning algorithms, dialog agents were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills.

“Over time, the bots began to deviate from the scripted norms and in doing so, started communicating in an entirely new language — one they created without human input. . .

“In an attempt to better converse with humans, chatbots took it a step further and got better at communicating without them — in their own sort of way.

“And it’s not the only interesting discovery.

“Researchers also found these bots to be incredibly crafty negotiators. After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations. Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to “sacrifice” it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise. . .”

http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-chat-bots-created-their-own-language-2017-6

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Dead Cats: You’reFired; 07/31/17, (27)19: James Brody

James Brody – The Apprentice,  McCarthy – Deb’s Pakistanis,

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Free Market option.

LEADS: Wong – 5 facts about Kelly; Simon – Mueller ridiculous; Rocheleau – Mice in Philly; Lyman – Limbaugh on military coup; Corsi – Selling uranium to Russia; Chang – NKor & China.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; (DeMint); Mark Levin 07-27-17)

 

The Apprentice: You’re Fired

There was once a TV series where Trump gave assignments, judged winners and losers, and shouted “You’re fired!”

No appeals, no arguments and plenty of beautiful women.

Now he’s 80,  acting 55 . . .

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers”

“In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.
“Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.
“By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they’d gotten from the Congressional Federal Credit Union had been sent ahead. It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill. He pulled it off — hilariously, if infuriatingly — by pretending to be his wife in a phone call with the credit union. Told that his proffered reason for the transfer (“funeral arrangements”) wouldn’t fly, “Mrs.” Awan promptly repurposed: Now “she” was “buying property.” Asking no more questions, the credit union wired the money . . . to Pakistan.
“As you let all that sink in, consider this: Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.
“They were fired in February. All except Awan, that is. He continued in the employ of Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, former DNC chairwoman, and Clinton crony. She kept him in place at the United States Congress right up until he was nabbed at the airport on Monday.
“This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449983/debbie-wasserman-schultz-pakistani-computer-guys-bank-fraud

HEALTH CARE

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/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 90% 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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Kristina Wong, BigGovt: “Five Facts about New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly”

“President Donald Trump announced on Friday he was naming his Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to be the next White House Chief of Staff, replacing Reince Priebus.

Here are five facts you should know about Kelly:

#1: John Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general who last served as the commander of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees U.S. operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. He became President Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20.

#2: Kelly served three tours in Iraq, commanding as a two-star general from 2008 to 2009. He commanded a Marine task force as a one-star general during the initial assault into Iraq. Asked then by a Los Angeles Times reporter if he was concerned about Saddam Hussein’s forces, he reportedly said, ‘Hell these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Baghdad ain’t sh-t.’

#3: Kelly’s eldest son, Marine First Lieutenant Robert Kelly, was killed in action in Sangin, Afghanistan, while leading a platoon of Marines on a patrol. Kelly is the highest ranking military officer to lose a child in Iraq or Afghanistan. He has another son serving in the Marine Corps.

#4: As a Marine general during the Obama administration, he opposed opening combat jobs to women in the Marine Corps, and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He rejected the argument that the prison served as terrorist recruitment propaganda as nonsense. He told Defense One: “Bombing the living sh-t out of ISIS in Iraq and Afghanistan, Syria, that would maybe irritate them more than the fact we have Guantanamo open.”

#5: He is 67-years-old, and was born in Boston. Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970, and became an officer in 1975. He retired in 2016, after serving 40 years in the Marine Corps. He’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and received a Master’s degree from Georgetown. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/28/five-facts-about-new-white-house-chief-of-staff-john-kelly/

Roger Simon, PJM: “Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous”

“How many scandals can you fit on the head of a pin — or, in Maoist parlance, let a Hundred Scandals Bloom!  And given the way they are blooming,  Robert Mueller’s “Russia” investigation looks increasingly ludicrous.

“Even if Mueller were even-handed and the exact right person for the job — an open question at the moment — no single special counsel could handle all this.  It’s a game of whack-a-mole to beat all games of whack-a-mole.

“Let’s enumerate the scandals as of this moment, several or all of which are or could be connected. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/07/29/proliferating-scandals-make-mueller-investigation-ludicrous/

Matt Rocheleau, Boston Globe: “Boston ranks high for mice, rats in homes — not so much for cockroaches”

“. . . In 2015, about 17 percent of households in the Boston metro area said they had seen signs of either mice or rats inside their home within the past year, according to surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.

“That was the second-highest percentage of the 25 metro areas surveyed nationwide.

Philadelphia ranked first (emph added, jb), with about 18 percent of households saying they’d seen signs of the small rodents, data from the federal agency show. After Boston came New York City at 15 percent, Washington at 13 percent, and Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Cincinnati. The national average was about 11 percent.”

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/28/boston-ranks-high-for-mice-rats-homes-not-much-for-cockroaches/RWpoWvX4FZ0Lo3ReRctq5M/story.html

Dan Lyman, InfoWars: “LIMBAUGH: DEEP STATE COULD BE RECRUITING RETIRED GENERALS TO LEAD MILITARY COUP”

“Desperate establishment prepared to overthrow Trump at all costs

Radio host Rush Limbaugh issued a speculative warning to his listeners that he believes the deep state and D.C. swamp dwellers could potentially be recruiting ex-military leaders to spearhead a revolution to depose President Trump, if all else fails.

“During a segment covering ex-CIA head John Brennan’s statements at the Aspen Security Forum in which Brennan called upon members of the Executive Branch to effectively execute a coup if Trump fires compromised special investigator, Robert Mueller, Limbaugh offered the opinion that the D.C. establishment has abandoned virtually all rationality and respect for the democratic process due to an overwhelming hatred of the outsider President and could be prepared to take extreme measures to ensure he is removed from office.

“‘A ‘coup’ is moving in there and ridding the government of the guy; a coup is moving in there and taking the guy out – that’s why many coups occur with the military, you need force behind it,’ prefaced Limbaugh. “I will openly state – I am just speculating using intelligence guided by experience – these people are so far gone over what’s happened here to their precious town, to their precious power base, to their precious control of things, that I wouldn’t doubt if a couple of them are making phone calls to retired generals who still get up and put the uniform on every day… and soliciting their assistance, should it even become necessary, to lead a rebellion.’

“‘I have no evidence of it… but clearly there is an uncontrolled rage and irrationality in the anti-Trump forces on the left.’

https://www.infowars.com/limbaugh-deep-state-could-be-recruiting-retired-generals-to-lead-military-coup/

Jerome Corsi, InfoWars: “ROBERT MUELLER’S ROLE IN CLINTON SCHEME TO SELL 20 PERCENT OF US URANIUM TO RUSSIA

“Special Counselor Mueller a Clinton Foundation “criminal fixer” in Uranium One scam?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 17, the day Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel charged with investigating possible “Russian collusion” with President Trump’s campaign, Julian Assange at WikiLeaks tweeted a WikiLeaks released State Department cable documenting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered Mueller to deliver a sample of stolen Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) to Russia in 2009.

“Assange’s email signaled an investigation is needed into Mueller and his complex involvement with Russia and Uranium One, the company Bill Clinton promoted with Canadian entrepreneur Frank Giustra while Hillary Clinton served as Obama secretary of state in a criminal saga that ended up with Secretary Clinton voting to give the Russian State Atomic Nuclear Energy Agency, Rosatom, control of approximately 20 percent of all uranium holdings in the United States.

“Mueller’s involvement in the Clintons’ drive to profit from selling 20 percent of U.S. uranium to Vladimir Putin’s Russian government should properly make him the target of a Department of Justice grand jury convened to examine the Clintons’ involvement with Uranium One, thereby disqualifying him from serving as Special Counsel appointed to examine the ‘no evidence’ Democratic meme that the Trump campaign ‘colluded’ with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/robert-muellers-role-in-clinton-scheme-to-sell-20-percent-of-us-uranium-to-russia/

Gordon  Chang, National Interest: “Why China Should Fear Donald Trump’s Tweets”

“. . . And so it looks as if North Korea is driving American foreign policy in directions not seen before.

“Saturday evening the American leader ripped Beijing with this: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet .  .  . they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”

“Trump’s tweet will be long remembered. Since Nixon’s groundbreaking trip to Beijing, the integration of China into the international system has been one of the highest priorities of American foreign policy. Washington policymakers accepted unfriendly and even dangerous behavior from Beijing for fear of angering the Chinese. The rationale was that eventually China’s policymakers would see it in their interest to work with the U.S. in supporting the international system.

“The American strategy, unfortunately, only fed the sense of self-importance of the Chinese, who then took advantage of their U.S. counterparts. They used American patience to, among other things, support the North’s ballistic missile program with equipment and almost certainly technology.

“Trump, after the early-April meeting at Mar-a-Lago with Chinese ruler Xi Jinping, looked like he was going to continue Washington’s four-decades-old approach, trying to buy China’s cooperation with concessions—and placing friendly China relations above disarming the Kim regime.

“Xi, post-Mar-a-Lago, began to help on North Korea, for instance leaning on Pyongyang to not detonate the nuclear device that had already been buried at its Punggye-ri test site.

The Chinese, however, did not curtail other support, especially assistance to the North’s economy. China’s two-way trade with its North Korean neighbor was up 10.5 percent in the first half of this year. . .”

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-china-should-fear-donald-trumps-tweets-21725

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Jim DeMint: Convention of States

“During my time in Washington, I was always known as an “outsider.” Many of my Senate colleagues described me as “anti-establishment.”

And I wore those mantles with pride.

In fact, I was so driven to shake things up in Washington that I founded and led the Senate Conservatives Fund, and then served as the President of the Heritage Foundation.

But after all the time and work that I put in, the federal government continued to grow. The bureaucracy continued to insert itself into our everyday lives at an alarming rate. Our national debt continued to skyrocket.

I finally realized that I had to look OUTSIDE of Washington for a solution.

And then, I found it.

It’s called an Article V Convention of States, and we can make it a reality with your signature on this national petition today.

You see, our Founding Fathers were brilliant men. They left an emergency clause in the Constitution in case the federal government got too big and out-of-control.

It’s called Article V, and it allows the states to bypass Congress and call a Convention of States to propose amendments to our Constitution and rein in the federal government.

Mark Levin (07-28-17)

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Dan Bongino, Contributing Editor for Conservative Review fills in for Mark. Reince Priebus is out as Chief of Staff for President Trump. Priebus resigned and is being replaced by head of the DHS, John Kelly. We are going to have more order in the West Wing now.

“After that, Susan Collins does nothing that is Republican. She voted against a straight Obamacare repeal and is consistently against Republican values. She needs to be primaried by a serious conservative. The label Republican is supposed to mean something. In addition, we don’t need the Republican Party which is a shell of a party. What good are they? They failed to pass a simple Obamacare repeal bill and are already folding on tax cuts. There are people who are happy with the status quo in the Republican and Democrat Party and then there are people who want to change it. This is why it is a good time to think about threatening a third party. What we are doing right now is not working. This is not a question of, if we split the vote or not. Who are we splitting the vote with, but between actual conservatives and establishment? The Founding Fathers were involved in real tangible decisions that had life or death ramifications. Those like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington had real courage. They didn’t live in the past but in the present. If they knew what was going on in our nation today they would be very upset. Unlike the Founding Fathers, Republicans can’t get out of their own way.

“Finally, not one Democrat signed to have Fusion GPS come testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fusion GPS is the firm that put out the discredited dossier on Trump and Democrats are scared because they may have helped fund them.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/07/28/july-28-2017/

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Dead Cats: Bite’EmSarah!,07/28/17, (27)18: James Brody

James Brody – McCain; Buchanan – Trump to a ‘kill box’?; Lord – Loudest silent coup; Goldberg – Alaskan pork; Bump – Two killers.

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McCain: James Brody

A perpetual disruptor, according to Wikipedia, beginning at the Naval Academy and continuing through his life. Now at 80, he runs true to his fractured nature. Outcome: Health Care was not repealed because of an old man with brain cancer. Send him home!

See also, Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “John McCain Kills Obamacare Repeal with Single Decisive Vote”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-28/john-mccain-kills-obamacare-repeal-single-decisive-vote

Pat Buchanan, “Is Trump Entering a Kill Box?”

HT InfoWars

“. . . How did we get to this peril point when there is no evidence that Trump or any senior aide colluded in the hacking? As for the June 2016 meeting with the Russians, called by Donald Trump Jr. when told by a friend that Moscow had dirt on Hillary Clinton, even that was no crime.

“Foolish, yes; criminal, no. So, again, how did we get to where talk of impeachment and presidential pardons fills the air?

“First, Attorney General Sessions, as a campaign adviser and surrogate for Trump who had met with the Russian ambassador, had to recuse himself from the investigation. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then assumed oversight authority.

“Trump then fired FBI Director James Comey and boasted to Russia’s foreign minister about having gotten the ‘crazy nut job’ off his case. “His Oval Office comments leaked. Comey then leaked notes of his meeting with Trump. Rosenstein then washed his hands of the mess by naming a special counsel.

“And he chose a bulldog, ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“Hence, where are we? Despite zero evidence of Trump or his aides colluding in the hacking, a counterintelligence investigation is evolving into a criminal investigation. Mueller is now hiring veteran investigators and prosecutors specializing in white-collar crime.

“This is not a witch hunt. It is an Easter egg hunt on the White House lawn, where the most colorful eggs are likely to be the tax returns and the financial records of Trump, who built a real estate empire in a town where winners brag about how they gutted the losers.

“Every enemy of Trump is going to be dropping the dime on him to Mueller. Moreover, there is no history of special counsels being appointed and applauded by the press, who went home without taking scalps.

“Trump understands this. Reports of his frustration and rage suggest that he knows he has been maneuvered, partly by his own mistakes, into a kill box from which there may be no bloodless exit.

“What Trump needs is a leader at Justice who will confine the Mueller investigation to the Russian hacking, and keep Mueller’s men from roaming until they hit prosecutorial pay dirt.

“Consider now Trump’s narrowing options.

“He can fire Jeff Sessions. But that will enrage Trump’s base to whom the senator is a loyal soldier. And anyone Trump nominates as AG would not be confirmed unless he or she pledged not to interfere with Mueller.

“He could direct Rosenstein to fire Mueller. But Rosenstein would assume the Elliot Richardson role in the Saturday Night Massacre, when that AG refused to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, resigned, and was canonized as a martyr by the Never-Nixon media.

“Even if Trump finds a Justice Department loyalist to play the role of Solicitor General Robert Bork, who carried out Nixon’s orders and fired Cox, this would only mean Mueller’s departure. Mueller’s staff of prosecutors and investigators would still be there, beavering away.

“When Archibald Cox was fired, Nixon ordered his entire office shut down. Yet, within days of the firestorm, it was up and running again with a new special prosecutor. And impeachment resolutions were blossoming in the House.

“Another Trump option would be to leave Mueller alone and hope for a benign outcome. But from reports of his rage at the recusal of Sessions and unwillingness of Rosenstein to restrict Mueller to the Russian hacking scandal, Trump seems to sense that an unrestricted investigation represents a mortal threat to his presidency.

“And all the talk of impeachment and pardons suggests that this city can also see what lies over the next hill. After all, we have been here before.

“From his history, Mueller is not a man to be intimidated by charges of bias. These will only steel his resolve to pursue with his subpoena power every document he wants, including tax returns, until he has satisfied himself.

“The president is unlikely to view this process with indulgence, and patience does not appear to rank high among his virtues.

“We are headed for a collision between President Trump and Director Mueller.”

http://buchanan.org/blog/trump-entering-kill-box-127396

Jeffrey Lord, Conservative Review: “The loudest ‘silent coup’ of all time”

“. . . Senator McCain is indisputably an American hero, and we wish him well as he faces this tough fight ahead with brain cancer. A battle of that kind is nothing to snark at. But the discussion of current events proceeds, and in his return, McCain — who lost Mahoning County by over 26 points — made it a point to scold his Senate colleagues for not getting anything done. McCain was most assuredly right about that, and every day the Republicans in the Senate and House meander around, “trying” to fulfill a seven-year promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare, his point is underlined.

“But McCain also seems to believe that those of us out here in conservative media land are the problem, saying in his floor speech: “I hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again, and by so doing, better serve the people who elected us. Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the internet. To hell with them.”

“Well, gee. The problem here is obvious, if not to Senator McCain. As the whole massive failure of the GOP to repeal and replace ObamaCare illustrates, when the senator says that there is a need to rely on “our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again, and by so doing, better serve the people who elected us,” what conservatives hear is the acceptance of expanding big government for the umpteenth time. As Margaret Thatcher long ago pointed out, it always seems that too many “conservatives” — Republicans like Senator McCain — are willing to just settle for the status quo of the moment — statism — and let the “socialist ratchet” (as Thatcher called it) ratchet to the left yet again. The very fact that the GOP establishment has gone weak in the knees when it comes to repealing ObamaCare is a disturbingly vivid case in point. . .”

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/the-loudest-silent-coup-of-all-time

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Don’t Be Shocked (Shocked!) by Alaska Threats”

“. . .Alaska fancies itself a land of rugged individualists. Its nickname, emblazoned on its license plates, is ‘The Last Frontier.’ A more accurate nickname might be ‘The New West Virginia’ for its addiction to pork. At the height of the earmark era in Congress, Alaska ranked No. 1 on the list of recipients, thanks largely to former senator Ted Stevens, the self-styled ‘Emperor of Earmarks.’

“No one runs for federal office in Alaska without promising to bring home the bacon from Washington. In fairness to Alaskans, one reason that’s seen as necessary is the federal government controls so much of the state (about 60 percent of its land is controlled by Washington).

“Murkowski herself lobbied for months for a special Alaska-only carve-out under the Better Care Reconciliation Act — the nearly $2 billion ‘Kodiak Kickback.’ It proved to be not enough, but the ‘for sale’ sign had gone up.

“Zinke’s heavy-handedness will probably backfire, because standing up to threats is one of the few things that play better in Alaska than accepting porcine bribes.

“But the outrage is all part of the show. As Hyman Roth says in The Godfather Part II, ‘This is the business we’ve chosen.’”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449934/zinke-alaska-threats-standard-practice-washington

Philip Bump, WaPo: “Enough about McCain. It was Collins, Murkowski and red-state Democrats who killed Trumpcare.”

An Amazon publication . . .Bezos was richest man on the planet for two  hours yesterday. Billy Gates is back on top!

“. . . Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). It’s sort of amazing that Collins hasn’t gotten more attention for her role in opposing the health-care bill this week. She was one of two Republican senators who opposed the motion-to-proceed, the procedural vote that allowed the climactic vote on Friday morning to happen at all. She was one of the three votes against the Republican bill.

“She also made headlines for bashing President Trump after a hearing when a live microphone caught her conversation with a colleague. The administration’s handling of the budget was just ‘incredibly irresponsible,’ and she was ‘worried’ about what might happen. She delivered bad headlines for Trump on three different days — yet somehow has escaped his Twitter wrath. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/28/enough-about-mccain-it-was-collins-murkowski-and-red-state-democrats-who-killed-trumpcare/

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/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 90% 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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Kaja Whitehouse, NY Post: “Palin to subpoena two dozen reporters in defamation suit

“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to subpoena close to two dozen New York Times reporters, editors and other workers as part of her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper, it was revealed in court documents Wednesday.

“In a motion arguing that the case be dismissed, lawyers for the New York Times complained that Palin’s legal team has served notice that she plans to subpoena “twenty-three non-party current and former Times reporters, editors and other employees — most of whom had nothing to do with the editorial at issue.”

“The subpoenas are part of Palin’s effort to obtain ‘documents that might reveal, among other things, their ‘negative feelings’ toward her,’ the Times told the judge.

“Palin’s legal team also intends to ask the paper to produce ‘every internal communication it has had about her since 2011,’ they said. . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/07/26/palin-to-subpoena-two-dozen-reporters-in-defamation-suit/

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Sessions, Trump, and the ‘Counterintelligence’ Confusion”

“We all knew what Watergate was. We knew what Iran-Contra was. And the Lewinsky scandal. And the purported outing of Valerie Plame. Up until now, each time a special prosecutor has been sicced on a presidential administration, we’ve known what the allegations were. Our views about whether the conduct involved warranted such debilitating scrutiny may have diverged sharply. But at least we knew what the investigations were about, what the presidents and/or their subordinates were accused of doing.
“That’s because what they were accused of doing was criminal. You need a prosecutor only to investigate crime.
“The id-in-chief is on the verge of forcing his attorney general out — and with him, much of the conservative base that got past its wariness of Donald Trump because of Jeff Sessions’s support. Yet, as the appearance of scandal engulfs the administration, we still don’t know what crimes Trump and his subordinates are suspected of committing. Or even if they are suspected of committing crimes at all.
“Mind you, the ‘Russia investigation’ — the investigation with no specified crime — has already factored heavily in the dismissals of a top White House staffer and the head of our country’s premier investigative agency. Now it seems the nation’s top federal law-enforcement officer is on the brink. There is background noise about indictments, pardons, and impeachment. But we still don’t know what the allegation is. Or if there is one. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449849/sessions-trump-following-federal-regulations-could-have-avoided-mess

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Trump’s Circular Firing Squad”
“Trump and his critics are attacking each other, failing to focus on the only story that counts: the welfare of the United States.
“The American political system has never quite seen anything like the current opposition to President Trump and his unusual reaction to it.
“We are no longer in the customary political landscape. Usually, the out-of-power opposition — in this case, the Democratic party — offers most of the criticism and all of the alternative policies in order to win in the next election. Instead, Trump has an entire circle of diverse critics shooting at him. But they just as often end up hitting one another — and themselves.
“So far, Trump’s most furious Democratic opponents have not been able to offer alternative visions to Trump’s agenda that might help them win back Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. Higher taxes, more government regulations, less gas and oil production, loose immigration policies, and the promotion of identity politics are not really winning issues.
“Instead, the aim is to either to remove Trump before his first term is up or to so delegitimize him that he is rendered powerless. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449874/donald-trump-his-critics-attacks-must-stop

Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “House Judiciary Committee Officially Approves Effort to Launch Investigation of Comey, Lynch”

HT InfoWars!

The House Judiciary Committee has officially approved an effort to launch an investigation into former FBI director James Comey’s leaking activities and apparent mishandling of a federal investigation by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

“The new investigative effort, authorized by the passage of the amendment in the Judiciary Committee, 16-13 along partisan lines, digs deep requesting documents and information related to Comey’s leaks of conversations he had with President Donald Trump before Trump fired him. According to the Washington Post, Democrats on the committee were infuriated Republicans pressed forward with the probe.

“This is the most astonishing moment I’ve ever experienced in the Judiciary Committee,” one Democrat, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), said. “To take a question about the firing of James B. Comey and turn it into a question about Hillary Clinton? The chairman has left the room. Justice has left this room. Common sense has left this room. A lot of stuff has left this room, and maybe never entered it.”

“The amendment was offered by Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Mike Johnson (R-LA). It passed Wednesday evening, authorizing the opening of the Judiciary Committee probe. It remains to be seen if subjects of the investigation will cooperate, and if they do not cooperate it remains to be seen if the Committee will use its broad subpoena power to compel document production and testimony. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/26/house-judiciary-committee-officially-approves-effort-to-launch-investigation-of-comey-lynch/

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Scaramucci Implicates Priebus in Now-Deleted Tweet Following ‘Felony’ Leak of Financial Disclosures”

“White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci set of a firestorm of speculation last night with a now deleted tweet following a Politico article containing information he claimed was leaked – revealing his net worth at $85 million. In response, Twitter exploded with rumors that Priebus was a White House leaker – an implication which Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker (and contributor to CNN) somehow confirmed.

“30 minutes later, another “blue check” Twitter user – Josh Kraushaar from National Journal, tweeted “@RyanLizza reports on CNN that Mooch already contacted the FBI about Reince // not just a threat (as he said in tweet).”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-27/scaramucci-implicates-priebus-now-deleted-tweet-following-felony-leak-financial-disc

 

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Frederick Kunkle, WaPo: “Bicyclists fear Oregon’s controversial bike tax could spread”

Also, inspections and tags! Tell Wolf!

“Oregon has yet to collect a penny from a pioneering tax on bicycles to pay for infrastructure, and already at least one lawmaker from another state is thinking about getting into the act.

“Which is exactly what Jonathan Maus, who founded and edits the blog BikePortland.org, feared would happen.

“‘Now that this Pandora’s box of taxing bikes — from one of the most bike-friendly states in the country  — now that that’s out in the open, well, now obviously a lot of other states are going to do that,’ Maus said Wednesday. ‘This is what states do: They look at what other states are doing to raise funds. They’re definitely going to try it.’

“He thinks the motive behind the bike tax is emotional, not financial.

“‘This is like a culture war kind of thing,’ Maus said. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2017/07/20/bicyclists-fear-that-oregons-controversial-bike-tax-could-spread/?utm_term=.e90274775ec5

 

Mark Levin (07-27-17)

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, If the Commander in Chief believes that transgender issues have no place in the military then they have no place in the military. This is not about an individual’s desire to express him or herself, but about the US military. The military is where you learn discipline, to follow orders, and to protect your fellow countrymen.

“After that, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes is accusing Barack Obama of making hundreds of requests to unmask Americans including those attached to the Trump transition team. Obama’s requests numbered by the hundreds and lacked a serious intelligence justification. Nunes has done more to uncover what is going on than virtually anyone else.

“In addition, William Browder is a hero, because he is a marked man by Vladimir Putin. Browder’s testimony is being ignored by the mainstream media. He has pointed out that Fusion GPS is a smear operation that does the bidding of the Kremlin. Yet, James Comey and senior people of the FBI were impressed by the phony dossier report they put out. The dossier for the most part was built on Kremlin disinformation and is a typical KGB nonsense. The entire argument that Putin wanted to install Trump is a lie, he wanted to disrupt our election process.

“Later, Anthony Scaramucci wants to hunt down the leakers. He should hunt them down instead of talking to reporters and tweeting about them. Scaramucci is the biggest leaker of all. The things he said about Steve Bannon are disgusting. The American people are not going to tolerate this in the next election if the White House doesn’t get its act together.

“Finally, Congress is not going to reauthorize a spy program if nobody is held accountable for breaking the law. Republican members, including Ron DeSantis, on the House Judiciary Committee are united to investigate Ben Rhodes and others involved for any role they had in leaking classified information.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/07/27/july-27-2017/

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Dead Cats: Sanctuary, 07/26/17, (27)17: James Brody

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HEALTH CARE

Bridget Johnson, PJM: “Senate Votes 50-50 to Move to Healthcare Debate as McCain Returns”

Still a PITA!

“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week, arrived near the end of the vote and received a standing ovation from colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) gave McCain a hug before the Arizona senator voted for the motion to proceed.

“After the vote, McCain railed against the bill as being crafted outside of regular order and rammed through, chiding his colleagues to ‘stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and internet — they don’t want anything done for the public good.’ (emph added, jb)

“McCain said he voted to proceed simply to allow amendments on the ‘shell of a bill,’ but ‘I will not vote for this bill as it is today.’

“‘If this process ends in failure, which seems likely, let’s return to regular order’ with committee hearings and “contributions from both sides,” he said, eliciting applause from senators. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/07/25/senate-votes-50-50-to-move-to-healthcare-debate-as-mccain-returns/

I drove to  Washington twice that weekend. I remember Sunday especially. I stood in the trees next to the Capitol and shouted “NO” as Nan carried her big gavel and led her crowd. I still see Mr. Ryan and two friends standing on a balcony laughing. . .

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/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 90% 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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Salena Zito, NY Post: “Why the Rust Belt just gave Donald Trump a hero’s welcome

“. . . Six months after Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, he received a hero’s welcome in this town. The festive scene made a counter-visual to the daily nonstop press reports about investigations into members of his inner circle, Russian interference in last year’s election and the debate over ObamaCare.

Trump’s approval rating, according to Gallup, is 39 percent. Youngstown is the 39 percent.

“On Monday, police said the advance ticket request of over 20,000 had exceeded the 6,000-seat capacity of the center, prompting the event coordinators to put a large screen outside the center for the overflow crowd.

“Dave Torrance, from Hermitage, Pa., had left early in the morning with three of his friends to see Trump. Torrance, 71, wore a blue ball cap with “American Patriot” embroidered across the top and a navy T-shirt with an American flag across the front.

“Torrance, who is black, says he gets his fair share of criticism from folks when they find out whom he supports. He got more when he told them he was driving to see him in person at the rally.

“‘They don’t understand why I think he is doing OK,’ he said. ‘They don’t think because I am black that I should support him. I am polite about it, but I tell them that politics isn’t about color, it is about accomplishments, and I think Trump is doing the right things.’ . . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/07/25/why-the-rust-belt-just-gave-donald-trump-a-heros-welcome/

Luke Roseak, Daily Caller: ‘Buying Property’

“Wasserman Schultz’s IT Aide Arrested At Airport after Transferring $300k to Pakistan from House Office”

“Imran Awan, a Pakistani-born IT aide, had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the password to the iPad that Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business before she resigned as its head in July 2016. In March, his wife Hina Alvi, who also was on the House payroll, withdrew her children from school and left the country, the affidavit says. The Capitol Police confronted her at the airport but could not stop her. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducted a search of Alvi’s bags immediately prior to her boarding the plane and located a total of $12,400.00 in U.S. cash inside. Alvi was permitted to board the flight to Qatar and she and her daughters have not returned to the United States,” the affidavit says. “Alvi had numerous pieces of luggage with her, including cardboard boxes… Your affiant does not believe that Alvi has any intention to return to the United States.”

“Soon after Imran began working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, four of his relatives appeared on the payroll of other Democrats at inflated salaries, but Democratic staffers said they were rarely seen at work. They collected $4 million in taxpayer salaries since 2009. . .”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/25/wasserman-schultzs-it-aide-arrested-trying-to-flee-the-country/

Also – Adelle Nazarian, “Report: FBI Investigating Smashed Hard Drives Retrieved from Wasserman Schultz’s Pakistani-Born IT Worker’s Home”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/25/report-fbi-investigating-smashed-hard-drives-retrieved-from-from-wasserman-schultzs-pakistani-born-it-workers-home/

Jeremy Roebuck & Chris Brennan, Philly.com: “Aide pleads guilty, says Brady campaign paid primary challenger to quit”

“Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s campaign secretly paid a 2012 primary rival $90,000 to abandon his race and that the city’s longtime Democratic power broker later tried to derail an FBI investigation into the payoff by coaching a witness.

“Those accusations, in court filings made public for the first time, emerged with the disclosure that an aide to Brady’s challenger, senior Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore, had admitted her role in the payoff scheme and pleaded guilty to conspiring to conceal it.

“Neither Brady nor Moore has been charged with a crime. Nor were they identified by name in the court documents that outlined the plea by Moore’s former political aide, Carolyn Cavaness. But a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia about her guilty plea made clear the crime was related to the 2012 primary campaign for Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, which Brady has represented for nearly two decades. . .”

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/ex-aide-to-brady-rival-admits-scheme-to-pay-off-challenger-20170725.html

Mark Bauerlein, Philly.com: “A long history of violence among U.S. liberals”

“Whether it’s real (the softball shooter) or make-believe (Kathy Griffin), liberal violence in contemporary America is a fact. It would seem to be a natural focus for Moyers’ campaign against political hatred. But at his web site one can only find brief notices of the shooting in Alexandria that emphasize the bipartisan nature of wrath in the United States, citing another story on “potential incitement of political violence by Democrats and Republicans, the right and the left,” as well as a population research finding that “Republicans and Democrats were indistinguishable in their support for political violence.”

“This all sounds like a cross-political appeal to reason, but in truth, it’s an effective way to push the liberal-peace and conservative-violence meme. When a lunatic with right-wing opinions goes on a rampage, it says something about the essence of conservatism. When a lunatic with left-wing opinions acts, it summons forth bipartisan expressions of civility. Conservative hate is conservative, but liberal hate isn’t liberal at all.

“Republicans and conservatives should recognize the across-the-divide call for unity as a hustle. The next time a right-wing crazy picks up his gun, the one-sided denunciations of conservative hate will come once more. Liberals pay themselves a compliment when they attribute vice to their adversaries, and they double down on back-patting when they (putatively) rise above politics after one of their own commits violence. Conservatives shouldn’t help them do it. . .”

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/a-long-history-of-violence-among-u-s-liberals-20170725.html

Joseph Tanfani, LA Times: “Trump administration toughens policy against sanctuary cities”

“The Trump administration on Tuesday strengthened its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, announcing a new policy that says local governments will lose some federal grants if they do not give federal officials advance notice when illegal immigrants are about to be released from custody and allow immigration agents access to local jails.

“The new policy, announced by the Department of Justice, will apply to all cities that get grants from the so-called Byrne Justice Assistance grant program, for which the administration has requested just over $380 million for the coming year.

“Under the policy, cities will have to meet three conditions if they want the grants: honoring requests to give 48-hour notice when detainees are about to be released; allowing agents access to local and state jails, in order to pick up undocumented people who are being released; and compliance with a law that prohibits any jurisdictions from stopping the exchange of information about an individual’s immigration status. . .”

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-sanctuary-1501017073-htmlstory.html

PennLive: “Taxes, college grants, worker pay: How Pa.’s budget debacle may impact you”

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/07/unfinished_pa_state_budget_exp.html

RECOMMENDED:

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UK Telegraph: “Charlie Gard: Mother’s full statement – ‘we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you’”

Government health care!

“. . . Put simply, this is about a sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy who was born with a rare disease, who had a real, genuine chance at life and a family who love him so very dearly and that’s why we fought so hard for him.

We are truly devastated to say that following the most recent MRI scan of Charlie’s muscles, as requested in the recent MDT meeting by Dr Hirano; as Charlie’s devoted and loving parents we have decided that it’s no longer in Charlie’s best interests to pursue treatment and we will let our son go and be with the angels.

“The American and Italian team were still willing to treat Charlie after seeing both his recent brain MRI and EEG performed last week. He’s not brain dead (and never has been). He still responds to us, even now, but after reviewing the recent muscle MRI it was considered that Charlie’s muscles have deteriorated to the extent that it is largely irreversible and, were treatment to work, his quality of life would now not be one which we would want for our precious little boy. They both agreed that treatment should have been started sooner.

“There is one simple reason for Charlie’s muscles deteriorating to the extent they are in now – TIME. A whole lot of wasted time. . . .”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/24/charlie-gard-mothers-full-statement-sorry-couldnt-save/

Also: NH Union Leader: “Pray for Charlie Gard: The cost of socialized medicine”

http://www.unionleader.com/editorial/Pray-for-Charlie-Gard-The-cost-of-socialized-medicine-07262017

Frederick Kunkle, WaPo: “Bicyclists fear Oregon’s controversial bike tax could spread”

Also, inspections and tags! Tell Wolf!

“Oregon has yet to collect a penny from a pioneering tax on bicycles to pay for infrastructure, and already at least one lawmaker from another state is thinking about getting into the act.

“Which is exactly what Jonathan Maus, who founded and edits the blog BikePortland.org, feared would happen.

“‘Now that this Pandora’s box of taxing bikes — from one of the most bike-friendly states in the country  — now that that’s out in the open, well, now obviously a lot of other states are going to do that,’ Maus said Wednesday. ‘This is what states do: They look at what other states are doing to raise funds. They’re definitely going to try it.’

“He thinks the motive behind the bike tax is emotional, not financial.

“‘This is like a culture war kind of thing,’ Maus said. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2017/07/20/bicyclists-fear-that-oregons-controversial-bike-tax-could-spread/?utm_term=.e90274775ec5

 

Mark Levin (07-25-17)

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Everyone is so excited over the 51-50 vote for proceeding with debate on a replacement for Obamacare, with Mike Pence casting the tie breaking vote. You have John Boehner who believes Obamacare has been around too long to be repealed and you have Mitch McConnell and his misconduct. Then you have President Trump, who wants to sign anything that comes to his desk so he can claim a victory.

“The only antidote to Obamacare is free market capitalism. This is about us being able to purchase an affordable healthcare plan. We have an entire debate which is not a debate at all. It is virtually a 100% embrace of a notion of liberty and law that is alien to our founding. The two Republicans that voted against debate were two of the most liberal Republicans, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski. Have you seen any leaks against them? Conservatives are attacked and liberals get a pass because they vote with the Democrats.

“Later, AG Jeff Sessions has spent 30 years fighting for conservatism. As Attorney General, he has defended this President brilliantly and aggressively in hostile federal courts and the first major politician to endorse Trump. It would be a horrible mistake for the President to dismiss him. Trump will never find somebody who is as loyal to him and his agenda as Sessions has been. Sessions does not deserve to be treated this way by Trump as if he is some enemy or hostile. Finally, newly declassified memos detail the extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying. This is what Congress and a special prosecutor should be investigating!”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/07/25/july-25-2017/

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Dead Cats: ‘Fusions, 07/24/17, (27)16: James Brody

Andrew McCarthy – Trump has himself to blame.

HEALTH CARE: Bolton – Senate healthcare; Hannity Free Market option.

LEADS: Wong – Struggle & recess; Durden – Kushner/collusion; Bedard – sanctuaries; Kryt – Pot in Fusions; Paletta & Merle – Scaramucci; Chakraborty – Sanctuary standoff; Hinderaker  – DJT fights Mueller; Durden – Trump slams leaks.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Kunkle – Bike tax!; Investors – Hillary gets deeper; Mark Levin 07-21-17)

 

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Trump Has Himself, Not Sessions, to Blame for the Limitless Mueller Investigation”

“President Donald Trump’s rant against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an interview with the New York Times, is a foolish bit of revisionist history. Sessions erred in the rashness and overbreadth of his recusal from the Russia investigation, but the president has himself to blame for the appointment of a special counsel.
“Trump is the one who hired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It is Rosenstein whose order appointing Robert Mueller fails to set limits on Mueller’s investigative jurisdiction, thereby authorizing the fishing expedition that has Trump so ballistic. Moreover, it was Trump’s own botching of the firing of FBI director James Comey that spooked Rosenstein, inducing him to appease furious Democrats by giving Mueller free rein.
“Trump has a point, though not as much of one as he seems to think, in saying that Sessions should not have recused himself. I’ve argued that the recusal was unnecessary, or at least premature. “The disqualification regulation on which Sessions relied calls for an attorney general to step aside if “a criminal investigation or prosecution” causes him a conflict of interest. At the time of his recusal, the Russia probe was a counterintelligence investigation. “(For all we know, it still is.) For the umpty-umpth time, a counterintelligence investigation is not a criminal investigation, and no criminal prosecutions have resulted from it. Thus, there was nothing for Sessions to recuse himself from. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449743/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-president-blame-mueller-affair

HEALTH CARE

Alexander Bolton, The Hill: “Senate healthcare bill appears headed for failure”

“Senate Republicans plan to vote this week on revised healthcare reform legislation, but a number of serious problems mean that the chances of getting that bill passed are slim to none.

“The latest wallop of bad news for Republicans came Friday when the Senate parliamentarian announced that key provisions of the revised bill would not pass muster under the special budgetary rules that Republicans are using to pass the legislation with a simple majority instead of 60 votes.

“There is no indication yet from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was diagnosed last week with brain cancer, that he will be back in Washington in time for a vote — which means GOP leaders may be starting one vote short.

“Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has already announced her opposition to the Senate healthcare bill, on Sunday criticized what she called a confusing and disjointed process.

“She said a vote is likely Tuesday, but said senators still don’t know whether they’ll vote on the House-passed measure, one of several Senate versions or a bill that simply repeals as much of the law as possible and sets a two-year transition period for crafting a yet-to-be-determined replacement. . .”

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/343379-senate-healthcare-bill-appears-headed-for-failure

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

Free market program: Standard fee: $50/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 90% 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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Scott Wong, The Hill: “Congressional GOP struggles for a win as recess looms”

“No healthcare overhaul. No tax reform. No infrastructure package. No budget. No government funding bill.

It’s now entirely possible that congressional Republicans will depart for the long August recess without sending a single major piece of legislation to President Trump’s desk.

After the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare stalled in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he’d call a vote this week on a straight repeal bill. But the GOP defections are piling up and few see a viable path for full repeal.

Across the Capitol, House Republicans are facing a defining challenge of their own of their own as they struggle to round up the votes for a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that leaders say is needed to pave the way for tax reform.

Their push to vote on a 12-bill omnibus to fund the entire federal government before the summer recess has also sputtered. Instead, Republicans will vote on a scaled-back, security-focused minibus, though skeptical appropriators warn that it will be ignored by the Senate, requiring another dreaded short-term stopgap measure in September to avert a shutdown. . .”

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/343238-congressional-gop-struggles-to-pass-legislation-as-recess-looms

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Kushner Releases 11-Page Statement: Denies Collusion, Confirms Four Meetings with Russians”

“. . .The key statement: “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 [security clearance] form, above and beyond what is required.”

“In the most consequential meeting, Kushner said he agreed to meet with a Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, on Dec. 13 at the request of the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak

“Kushner’s interview with committee staff is voluntary, will take place out of the public eye and will not be under oath. It nevertheless may serve as a building block for the ongoing Russia investigations by Special Counsel Bob Mueller as well as House and Senate committees. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-24/jared-kushner-confirms-four-meetings-russians-denies-collusion

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “ICE chief lists worst sanctuary cities: Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Philadelphia”

“…”In the last year, I’ve read all these stories of how the crime rate has exploded in Chicago, and the president’s trying to help them. We’re stepping up our game in Chicago. Is Chicago doing everything that it can to decrease the criminal activity up there? I say no,” Homan said.

“‘I say no because if you’re an illegal alien, and you get arrested in the United States for a crime, and you get booked in Cook County, Chicago, my officers aren’t allowed in the jail. They don’t accept our detainers. They don’t share information with us,’ he said.

“Homan said that in denying to detain criminals, sanctuary cities end up putting them back on the street where they “will re-offend” and prompt ICE agents to take the dangerous step of tracking them down.

“‘Why would Cook County not want my officers, federal law enforcement officers, to go talk to somebody who is illegally in the United States that committed yet another crime against the citizens of this country? It’s ludicrous,’ he said.

“But, said the one-time Border Patrol agent, ‘They’re a sanctuary city, they’re proud of it.’. . .”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ice-chief-lists-worst-sanctuary-cities-chicago-nyc-san-francisco-philadelphia/article/2629466

Jeremy Kryt, Daily Beast: “Mexican Drug Smugglers High on Ford”

“Trump’s Wall is an epic fail in the making. Here’s how the Sinaloa Cartel smuggles drugs into the U.S. from a Ford plant in Sonora.

“Fresh evidence indicating just how totalmente loco is President Donald Trump’s scheme to build “The Wall” turned up this month at the Ford dealership in Youngstown, Ohio.

“That’s where the bales of marijuana were discovered, hidden in a batch of Ford Fusions shipped by rail from the company’s plant in Mexico. A subsequent investigation turned up 17 other loaded Fusions in three other Ohio counties and nearby Pennsylvania. In total, police found 400 pounds of weed between July 7 and 11. That’s more than $1 million which should have gone toward lining cartel pockets, instead of making headlines.

“Long maligned for its lack of appeal to young drivers, the Fusion now seems to be trending with a certain demographic. Just not the one Ford had in mind.

“So far this year dozens of other Fusions stuffed with hundreds of pounds of skunk in the trunk have been found from Arizona to Minnesota. And since the cars as such are shipped legally, no physical barrier—no matter how tall or transparent Mr. Trump might like it to be—would have kept the stashed cannabis out. . .”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/mexican-drug-smugglers-high-on-ford

Damian Paletta & Renae Merle, WaPo: “Scaramucci took winding path but finally landed a top job with Trump”

“NEW YORK — To avoid the pitfalls of politics, Anthony Scaramucci, the talkative Wall Street financier picked by President Trump Friday to lead his communications strategy, often advises those close to him to have thick skin.

“It is a lesson he learned years ago from Trump. The two were seated at the same table during a Lupus Foundation luncheon and a dispirited Scaramucci told Trump that he was being ‘ripped apart’ by the media.

“‘Look, it comes with the territory. You are gaining a high profile, which means it’s time for people to start shooting at you,’ Trump told him, according to Scaramucci’s 2016 book ‘Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole.’

“‘Big deal you were raked over the coals a little bit,’ Trump continued. ‘So what? It has been happening to me for over 30 years.’

“President Trump’s decision to bring Scaramucci into a top White House role represents a remarkable political ascension for the investment veteran, who had bounced around several Republican campaigns before striking gold as a full-throated Trump supporter.

“Scaramucci, known as ‘the Mooch,’ is in many ways cut from the same cloth as his new boss. Investors, associates and those who have worked with him say he is a brash New Yorker who is comfortable jousting with the media and a relentless promoter who doesn’t mind throwing sharp elbows.

“Scaramucci said he would report directly to Trump as he takes charge of crafting the administration’s communications strategy and messaging. The new press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will report to him. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/21/scaramucci-took-winding-path-but-finally-landed-a-top-job-with-trump/?utm_term=.cb012525c411

Barnini Chakraborty, Fox: “Sanctuary city standoff looms as ICE director vows agent surge”

“The acting ICE director is vowing to use new resources to target undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities – a move likely to hit resistance from mayors and local law enforcement who previously have refused to cooperate with federal authorities.

ICE Director Thomas Homan told The Washington Examiner he thinks sanctuary cities like New York and San Francisco are “ludicrous” and plans to direct extra agents to those areas.

“What I want to get to is a clear understanding from everybody, from the congressmen to the politicians to law enforcement to those who enter the country illegally, that ICE is open for business,” Homan said.

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions also traveled Friday to Philadelphia, one of the nation’s biggest sanctuary cities, to call out the local government for not cooperating with federal immigration policies. He said such cities ‘aren’t giving sanctuary to law-abiding people but criminals’ and urged Philadelphia to ‘reconsider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens.’. . .”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/21/sanctuary-city-standoff-looms-as-ice-director-vows-agent-surge.html

John Hinderaker, Powerline: “TRUMP FIGHTS BACK AGAINST MUELLER”

“I take it as a given that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is part of the Democratic Party’s effort to destroy the Trump administration. This is evidenced by the fact that he has staffed his investigation with Democratic Party activist lawyers and contributors to the Hillary Clinton campaign, and by his expansion of his “investigation” beyond any reasonable interpretation of his charge.

“This is what the order appointing Mueller says he is empowered to investigate:

“The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:

‘(i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and

‘(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and

‘(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).

“Item (iii) authorizes the special counsel to look into efforts to obstruct his investigation, so Mueller’s mandate extends only to “links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” and matters arising directly therefrom.

“Mueller evidently hasn’t found any evidence linking the Trump campaign to whatever the Russians did during the 2016 campaign–no one else has either–so instead of giving up, he is broadening his investigation to include President Trump’s business dealings:

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

“What on God’s green Earth do the 2013 Miss Universe pageant or Trump’s sale of a house in 2008 have to do with Russian interference in the 2016 election? Nothing. Some have tried to argue that the Miss Universe pageant is relevant, on the ground that Donald Trump, Jr. met Rob Goldstone, who years later introduced him to a Russian lawyer, there.

But so what? Mueller apparently doesn’t have any evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to spear phish the DNC’s email accounts, and no matter how much he investigates the Miss Universe pageant, or Trump’s 2008 sale of a house, he still won’t have any such evidence. . .”

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/07/trump-fights-back-against-mueller.php

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “In Furious, Bizarre Tweetstorm Trump Slams Leaks, “Amazon Post”, “Failing NYT”, Hillary, GOP Senators”

“Trump may have broken a personal tweetstorm record on Saturday morning, when starting shortly after 6:30am, in a furious blast of ten tweets (and still going), Trump lashed out at the “Amazon Washington Post”, the “failing New York Times”, touched on his right to pardon, questioned why the Attorney General isn’t looking at the ‘many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes’ and the ‘33,000 emails deleted’, asked ‘what about the Clinton ties to Russia including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian reset, big dollar speeches”, compared Donald Jr.’s email disclosure to Hillary Clinton’s email deletion ‘and acid wash’ of her 33,000 emails, slammed ‘dead ObamaCare’, and finally (at least for now) slammed both Republican senators who must ‘step up to the plate and vote to Repeal and Replace’, as well as Democrat Senators who are ‘obstructionists, no ideas or votes.’

The tweet that has attracted the most media attention so far, is Trump’s assertion that he has ‘complete power to pardon’ following reports that he was discussing his ability to pardon people in the ongoing investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia. “While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS.’

“The WaPo reported last week that Trump’s new lawyers are looking into his authority to grant pardons in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Post also said that Trump has also talked to his advisers about his ability to pardon his aides, family members and even himself in the investigation. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-22/raging-bizarre-tweetstorm-trump-slams-leaks-amazon-post-failing-nyt-hillary-gop-sena

RECOMMENDED:

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Frederick Kunkle, WaPo: “Bicyclists fear Oregon’s controversial bike tax could spread”

Also, inspections and tags! Tell Wolf!

“Oregon has yet to collect a penny from a pioneering tax on bicycles to pay for infrastructure, and already at least one lawmaker from another state is thinking about getting into the act.

“Which is exactly what Jonathan Maus, who founded and edits the blog BikePortland.org, feared would happen.

“‘Now that this Pandora’s box of taxing bikes — from one of the most bike-friendly states in the country  — now that that’s out in the open, well, now obviously a lot of other states are going to do that,’ Maus said Wednesday. ‘This is what states do: They look at what other states are doing to raise funds. They’re definitely going to try it.’

“He thinks the motive behind the bike tax is emotional, not financial.

“‘This is like a culture war kind of thing,’ Maus said. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2017/07/20/bicyclists-fear-that-oregons-controversial-bike-tax-could-spread/?utm_term=.e90274775ec5

Investors: “Clinton Scandal Only Deepens — So Why Is Trump, Not Hillary, Targeted For Investigation?”

“Corruption: Amid the trivial fault-finding by the media of President Trump’s every move, it’s important to note that the very same pundits who now rip Trump have completely ignored the growing scandal of Hillary Clinton’s pay-for-play tenure as secretary of state. It’s reasonable to wonder why no charges have yet been filed, yet the media, blinded by their Trump hatred, seem strangely incurious.

“The legal investigative think tank Judicial Watch recently released 448 pages of documents that it dug up from the U.S. State Department, the fruit of months of Freedom of Information Act requests and document-digging. The documents are damning, showing even more instances of Hillary Clinton performing official favors for those who donated to the Clinton Foundation and certain political campaigns.

“To put it even more bluntly, the emails make a prima facie case for a criminal prosecution of Clinton. As Judicial Watch notes . . .”

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/clinton-scandal-only-deepens-so-why-is-trump-not-hillary-targeted-for-investigation/

Mark Levin (07-21-17)

I heard that Bill Cunningham is to join Levin’s crew!

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, yes, President Trump could pardon himself and his family. What’s important is what the Constitution says in Article 2 Clause 1 – the President shall have power to grant reprieves or pardon for grievances against the US. There are no limitations on the text except for cases of impeachment. Regardless of how the move may look politically, the question isn’t a political one. Rather, it’s simply about what’s in the Constitution.

“After that, Orrin Hatch was sent out to attack Mike Lee. If you follow Orrin Hatch, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell’s line of thinking, conservatives like Lee are Obamacare Republicans, which is completely false. The political knives are out from the elite and establishment Republicans to get Mike Lee. In addition, Both Republicans and Democrats are lying about healthcare. Republicans lie that they are going to repeal and Democrats lie that Republicans actually mean to repeal Obamacare.

“Also, Republicans have lost the debate over healthcare because they have not engaged in the debate. 62% of American people now support the idea that the federal government must provide healthcare. This is a fight over ideas. If we lose the fight over first principles to progressives and their ideology, we will not recover this nation. It is not a battle between Republican and Democrat, but is about Americanism vs. Progressivism.

“Later, 3 Arab terrorists shot 2 Israeli police officers dead in the Temple Mount area. Now Israel has put metal detectors there for anyone entering, and the Palestinians are in an uproar. Mahmoud Abbas and Muslim leaders are encouraging people to protest against the Israeli security forces until the metal detectors are removed. This is just a pretext to kill more Israelis. Adam Kredo calls in to explain why the State Dept is unsure why Palestinian terrorists kill Israelis.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/07/21/july-21-2017/

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Dead Cats: Sanctuary?, 07/21/17, (27)15: James Brody

Melanie Phillips – Blind Europe

HEALTH CARE: Strassel – Self Interest; Moran – Discharge petition; Hannity Free Market option.

LEADS: Philly.com – Sessions in Sanctuary; Durden – Leave NKor; Wong – US to Challenge Spratly Islands; Ciarmella – Asset forfeiture; Pfeiffer – Trump warns Mueller.

RECOMMENDED: Kunkle – Bike tax!; Mark Levin 07-20-17; Investors – Clinton’s scandals – Charge her!.

 

Melanie Phillips, Jerusalem Post: “EUROPE REMAINS BLIND BECAUSE IT DOESN’T WANT TO SEE”

“In Budapest this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had an unintentionally revealing moment.

“On an open microphone, he was overheard condemning as ‘crazy’ the EU’s insistence on resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer trade ties. European links with Israel, he said, would determine whether the EU would ‘live and thrive or shrivel and disappear.’

“The situation is surely even broader and starker than that. European leaders don’t realize their fate is wrapped up not only with Israel but with Judaism itself.

“They don’t grasp that prejudice against the Jews is a major driver of Islamist attacks not just against Israel but also against the West. And they don’t understand how their own orthodoxies are aiding that malign process.

“Last April Sarah Halimi, a 67-year-old French Jewish woman, was murdered by her 27-year-old neighbor, Malian immigrant Kobili Traore, who beat and tortured her before throwing her alive out of the third floor window of her Paris apartment. During the attack he shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ and ‘you sheitan!’ (devil). He had previously taunted her repeatedly with anti-Jewish remarks.
“The police, who had failed to respond to the pleas by Halimi’s family to do something about Traore because they feared being accused of anti-Muslim prejudice, have refused to acknowledge this was an anti-Jewish crime.
“In recent years, French Jews have been repeatedly attacked by Muslim assailants motivated by religiously based hatred of Jews. France has persistently ignored the significance of this. . .”

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Europe-remains-blind-because-it-doesnt-want-to-see-500258

HEALTH CARE

Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “Our Self-Interested Senators”

“. . .Up to now, this exercise has been about trying to improve health care and the federal fisc. The House bill isn’t perfect—no bill ever is—but it amounts to the biggest entitlement reform in history. It repeals crushing taxes. It dramatically cuts spending. And it begins the process of stabilizing the individual health-care market and expanding consumer freedom.

None of this is good enough for a handful of senators, so now it’s time to make this exercise all about them. Mr. McConnell should make clear that the overwhelming majority of the Republican Party stands ready to make good on its repeal-and-replace campaign promise—and that it would have done so already were it not for a cynical or egotistic few. It’s time for some very public accountability.

“That rests in Mr. McConnell giving his caucus a drop-dead date to broker a compromise, after which he will proceed to bring up the House bill. And any Republican who votes against moving forward, “a motion to proceed,” will forever be known as the Republican who saved ObamaCare. The Republican who voted to throw billions more taxpayer dollars at failing entitlement programs and collapsing insurance markets. The Republican who abandoned struggling American families. The Republican who voted against a tax cut and spending reductions. The Republican who made Chuck Schumer’s year.

“And that’s only a short list of the real-world accountability. That vote might also provide home-state voters a new, eye-opening means to account for the character of their senators. Few things drive conservative voters battier than phony politicians, those who say one thing and do another to avoid hard choices.

“Nearly every Senate Republican is on record having voted to repeal ObamaCare—back when they knew that President Obama’s veto made the vote consequence-free. And to be crystal clear, any senator who now votes against simply proceeding to debate is doing so for just one reason: To again avoid consequences, to again avoid accountability. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/our-self-interested-senators-1500592123

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “On Health Care, Bipartisan Dishonesty Is the Problem”
“. . . I have always argued that bipartisanship is overrated.
“Bipartisan support often means unthinking support (as the Founders could have told you). Partisans may be annoying from time to time, but they also can be relied upon to point out the shortcomings of what the other side is doing. When partisan criticism is missing, it might be a sign that politicians in both parties are helping themselves, not the country. Or, it might mean they’re pandering to the passions of the public and press rather than doing the hard work of thinking things through.
“So you’ll get no warm and fuzzy pleading for moderates to scrub clean the word “compromise” so that it’s no longer a dirty word in Washington. Others can make the case for that. And besides, that argument misses the essence of this spectacular failure. Honest partisanship isn’t the problem, bipartisan dishonesty is.
“For seven years Republicans campaigned to repeal Obamacare. We now know that for many of those politicians, that pledge was a sales pitch that expired after the sale — i.e., the election — was final.

“But before liberal readers pull a muscle nodding their heads: The Democrats aren’t any better. Obamacare itself was lied into passage. “You can keep your plan!” “You can keep your doctor!” “Your premiums won’t go up!” These were lies. If those promises were remotely true, Obamacare wouldn’t be the mess it is.

“But these aren’t even the lies I have in mind.

“The Republican ‘repeal and replace’ bills debated for the last six months did not in fact repeal Obamacare. They kept most of its regulations intact — particularly the popular ones. The GOP did seek to repeal and reform the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, but that’s not the same thing as repealing Obamacare.

“Yet Republicans insisted it was a repeal because they wanted to claim that they fulfilled their repeal pledge. Actually fulfilling the substance of the pledge was a low-order priority. Heroically winning the talking point: This was their brass ring. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449711/health-care-fight-bipartisan-dishonesty-battle-between-liars

Sean Moran, BigGovt: “Rep. Tom Garrett Announces Intent to File Discharge Petition on Obamacare Repeal”

“Rep. Tom Garret (R-VA), along with a dozen Freedom Caucus members, announced his intent to file a discharge petition that would put a clean repeal of Obamacare before the House.

“The House Freedom Caucus repeatedly argued that the best path to repealing Obamacare revolves around a simple repeal of Obamacare and then replacing the Affordable Care Act with a free-market alternative.

“Congress passed a clean repeal bill of Obamacare in 2015 only to have it vetoed by President Obama. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a former chairman of the Freedom Caucus, reintroduced the same legislation in 2017. However, Congress has not taken up that legislation.

“Rep. Tom Garrett announced his intent to file a discharge petition that would put that clean Obamacare repeal bill before the House. Garrett said, “I commend both the President and Republican leadership for working to replace the monstrosity that is Obamacare. However, we have seen discussions for replacement continue to stall and we must change our approach to reforming healthcare.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/19/rep-tom-garrett-announces-intent-to-file-discharge-petition-on-obamacare-repeal/

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

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.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Philly.com: “Jeff Sessions in Philly today to speak about sanctuary cities’

“. . .A protest is planned for Sessions’ late morning visit to the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 6th and Chestnut Streets.

“Sessions’ visit comes a day after he vowed to remain on the job despite a rebuke from President Trump for recusing himself from the investigations into possible Russian ties to the Trump’s presidential campaign.

“Sessions has said that sanctuary cities are violating the supremacy clause of the Constitution by limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

“A federal judge on Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

The attorney general recently singled out Philadelphia before law enforcement officials in Las Vegas, saying the city is ‘advertising’ its sanctuary policy and ‘protecting criminals.’ . . .”

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/jeff-sessions-philadelphia-sanctuary-cities-trump-20170721.html

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “US Urges All Nationals in North Korea to “Depart Immediately”, Bans Tourists from Visiting”

“Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. ‘After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.’ The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

“China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 – the anniversary of the end of the Korean War – with a 30-day grace period. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-21/us-urges-all-nationals-north-korea-depart-immediately-bans-tourists-visiting

Kristina Wong, Breitbart: “EXCLUSIVE: Trump’s Pentagon Plans to Challenge Chinese Claims in South China Sea”

“. . . Although the U.S. Navy has routinely conducted these “freedom of navigation operations”all around the world for decades, the Obama administration put a stop on them in the South China Sea from 2012 to 2015, with only a few in 2016, out of concern for upsetting China.

Under Obama, the Pentagon would send requests for FONOPs to the National Security Council, where they would stall. There was a concern ‘of doing anything that would cause anybody to get their feathers ruffled,’ the official said.

“During that time, China began aggressively building up islands and reefs in the South China Sea and increasingly placing military equipment on them, even though the territory is also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines.

“Under the new plan, the White House will already be aware of the planned operations so that they will not be ‘a surprise’ every time a request comes up the chain of command, and they will be approved faster than before, the official said. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/07/20/trump-pentagon-south-china-sea-plan/

Greg Farrell & Christian Berthelsen, Bloomberg: “Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions”

“The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

“FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

“The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said on Thursday that he was unaware of the inquiry into Trump’s businesses by the two-months-old investigation and considered it beyond the scope of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be examining. . .”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-20/mueller-is-said-to-expand-probe-to-trump-business-transactions

Christina Wong, BigGovt: “Susan Rice Postpones Testifying to Congress on Unmasking Trump Officials”

Hillary, Susan, Samantha & Omar . . .

“. . . Several news outlets reported in March that Rice had unmasked members of Trump’s campaign and transition team members during that surveillance. A conversation between Russian Ambassador and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was illegally leaked to the Washington Post in February.

“Rice originally told PBS that she “knew nothing” about unmasking. Later she acknowledged that she engaged in unmasking Trump officials but has insisted that it was not politically motivated and only did it when it related to national security matters.

“This would have been the first time Rice testified since those reports that she unmasked Trump’s associates, although she has given interviews to MSNBC and other friendly outlets.

“Rice recently told the New York Magazine that she believes this is an extension of her being targeted by the right since erroneously saying the September 2012 Benghazi attack was due to spontaneous protests, not a planned terrorist attack, and suggested her race and gender played a role. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/18/susan-rice-postpones-testifying-house-intelligence-committee-unmasking-trump-officials/

C.J. Ciarmella, Reason: “Justice Department Rolls Out New Policy to Seize More Money Under Asset Forfeiture

“The new directive also includes some safeguards for property owners, but civil liberties groups say they don’t go far enough.

“The Justice Department, rolling back an Obama-era directive, will seize more cash and property from suspected criminals, whether or not they have been charged with a crime, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday.

“At a televised meeting with law enforcement leaders from around the country, Sessions laid out a new policy directive regarding the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars a year in asset forfeiture revenue to state and local police departments.

“‘President Trump has directed this Department of Justice to reduce crime in this country, and we will use every lawful tool that we have to do that,’ Sessions said. ‘We will continue to encourage civil asset forfeiture whenever appropriate in order to hit organized crime in the wallet.’

“Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial practice that allows police to seize cash and property suspected of being connected to criminal activity. The property owner does not have to be convicted or even charged with a crime to have his or her property seized and forfeited by the government.

“Under the equitable sharing program, federal authorities may ‘adopt’ state and local forfeiture cases and prosecute them at the federal level. Those local police departments get to keep up to 80 percent of the forfeiture revenue, while the rest goes into the equitable sharing pool and is distributed among partner departments around the country . . .”

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/19/justice-department-rolls-out-new-policy

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller: “Trump Delivers A Warning To Mueller”

HT InfoWars!

President Donald Trump told The New York Times Wednesday that it would be improper for special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate his family’s finances in a manner not related to the probe into Russian election interference.

“Mueller, a registered Republican, has hired at least seven Democratic donors to join his investigative team, including one attorney who donated roughly $34,000 to federal Democratic candidates.

“Trump has previously called this hiring practice “ridiculous,” and was asked by the Times whether he would ever order the Justice Department to fire Mueller. He said he would not do so, but he did say that Mueller would cross a red line by opening a broad investigation into his family’s finances unrelated to the Russia investigation.

“‘I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia,’ Trump said.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/19/trump-delivers-a-warning-to-mueller/

 

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Frederick Kunkle, WaPo: “Bicyclists fear Oregon’s controversial bike tax could spread”

Also, inspections and tags! Tell Wolf!

“Oregon has yet to collect a penny from a pioneering tax on bicycles to pay for infrastructure, and already at least one lawmaker from another state is thinking about getting into the act.

“Which is exactly what Jonathan Maus, who founded and edits the blog BikePortland.org, feared would happen.

“‘Now that this Pandora’s box of taxing bikes — from one of the most bike-friendly states in the country  — now that that’s out in the open, well, now obviously a lot of other states are going to do that,’ Maus said Wednesday. ‘This is what states do: They look at what other states are doing to raise funds. They’re definitely going to try it.’

“He thinks the motive behind the bike tax is emotional, not financial.

“‘This is like a culture war kind of thing,’ Maus said. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2017/07/20/bicyclists-fear-that-oregons-controversial-bike-tax-could-spread/?utm_term=.e90274775ec5

Mark Levin, 07-20-17

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Are we capable of choosing our own health care policies or making our own health care decisions? Do you trust politicians and bureaucrats to make decisions about the health care of your family? If you do, which politicians and which bureaucrats do you trust to make these decisions? Are we not a free people, an independent people? Liberty is all but forgotten in the health care debate. Republicans and Democrats are unified in the belief that government must be involved with health care. The idea that all of us should be wards of the government, wards of the state, incapable of making our own decisions must be stopped and has to be fought.

“In addition, we have reached a point in our country where liberty is defined through government subsidies and welfare. This is not liberty this is servitude. We are in a state of servitude to Obamacare. The government drives up the cost of medical care and deductibles and is creating waiting lists and rationing.

“Later, Freedom Caucus members Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows call in to discuss a petition to get a bill brought up before the House that would send the same repeal bill Republicans sent to Obama in 2015 to President Trump. The petition would require 218 congressmen to sign on. If we can’t get rid of Obamacare now, we will never get rid of it. A lot of Republicans campaigned against Obamacare, but are not willing to vote against it. It is time for them to legislate and live up to their words.

“Finally, Robert Mueller is a dangerous man and is going well beyond his mandate. Mueller is now starting to dig into Trump’s business dealings.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/07/20/july-20-2017/

Investors: “Clinton Scandal Only Deepens — So Why Is Trump, Not Hillary, Targeted For Investigation?”

“Corruption: Amid the trivial fault-finding by the media of President Trump’s every move, it’s important to note that the very same pundits who now rip Trump have completely ignored the growing scandal of Hillary Clinton’s pay-for-play tenure as secretary of state. It’s reasonable to wonder why no charges have yet been filed, yet the media, blinded by their Trump hatred, seem strangely incurious.

“The legal investigative think tank Judicial Watch recently released 448 pages of documents that it dug up from the U.S. State Department, the fruit of months of Freedom of Information Act requests and document-digging. The documents are damning, showing even more instances of Hillary Clinton performing official favors for those who donated to the Clinton Foundation and certain political campaigns.

“To put it even more bluntly, the emails make a prima facie case for a criminal prosecution of Clinton. As Judicial Watch notes . . .”

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/clinton-scandal-only-deepens-so-why-is-trump-not-hillary-targeted-for-investigation/

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Dead Cats: LostAgain!, 07/19/17, (27)14: James Brody

HANSON – The 5th American War.

HEALTH CARE: Ernst/Limbaugh – Establishment vs Trump; Drucker – Roll Call Vote; Hurt – Blame lying Dems; Berry – Liberal GOPers; Hannity Free Market option.

LEADS: Lawler – Housing discrimination; Nixon – Engineering the wall; Curl – Hating Hillary; Meotti – Islam converts a cathedral.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 07-18-17.

 

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Fifth American War”

“. . . On four prior occasions in American history the country nearly split apart, as seemingly irreconcilable cultural, economic, political, social, geographical, and demographic fault lines opened a path to hatred and violence.
“During the Jacksonian Revolution of the 1830s, factions nearly ripped the country apart over whether the East Coast Founders’ establishment of a half-century would relinquish its monopoly of political power to reflect the new demographic realties of an expanding frontier — and its populist champions often deemed unfit for self-governance. For the most part, the Jacksonians won.
Three decades later the nation divided over slavery, prompting the most lethal war in American history to end it and force the defeated Confederate southern states back into the Union.
“The Great Depression, and the establishment’s inept responses to it, left a quarter of the country unemployed for nearly a decade — hungry and desperate to expand government even if it entailed curtailing liberty in a way never envisioned by the Founders. The result was eventually the redefinition of freedom as the right of the individual to have his daily needs guaranteed by the state.

“In the 1960s, the hippie movement — fueled by furor over the Vietnam War, civil-rights protests, and environmental activism — turned holistic in a fashion rarely seen before. A quarter of the country went “hip,” grooming, dressing, talking, and acting in a way that reflected their disdain for the silent majority of “straight” or “irrelevant” traditional America. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449594/fifth-american-war-blue-state-vs-red-elites-vs-populists-egalitarianism-vs-liberty

HEALTH CARE

McCain wants to work with Dems, three (Alaska, Maine, Virginia) want to be bought instead of voting for repeal. Trump says he won’t own this mess. Meanwhile, McConnell wants a rollcall.

Douglas Ernst, Washington Times: “Limbaugh on GOP health care fiasco: ‘Establishment unifying to get rid of Donald Trump’”

“Radio host Rush Limbaugh says an implosion of the Republicans’ health care bill in the Senate is further proof of “the establishment unifying to get rid of Donald Trump.”

“Millions of listeners tuned into ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’ on Tuesday and received extended commentary on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s failure to move Republicans closer to repealing and replacing The Affordable Care Act. The conservative said too many people — including those working for the president — have misidentified the opposition.

“‘The fight is not Republican versus Democrat,’ Mr. Limbaugh said. ‘The fight is Donald Trump and his cadre and you, the Trump base, versus the Washington establishment. It has always been that and nothing more. And, frankly, I think one of the problems has been that there aren’t enough people in the Trump White House who understand that that’s the way the table’s set.’

“Mr. Limbaugh said the president will continue to face opposition by Republicans because Washington “is built around the existence of this establishment.”

“‘This is the elite membership of the establishment unifying to get rid of Donald Trump and make sure that nothing of his announced agenda happens,’ the host said. ‘No wall, no tax reform, no immigration reform of substance, and certainly no repealing of Obamacare. Not all members of the establishment are equally powerful. There are those who run it. You don’t know who they are. They don’t seek office. They’re not office holders. They are the chess players, the puppeteers.’ . . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/18/rush-limbaugh-on-health-care-failure-establishment/

David Drucker, Washington Examiner: “Why Mitch McConnell is making the Senate vote on doomed Obamacare repeal”

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., aims to send a message to the Republicans he leads: After four elections and seven years of promising to repeal Obamacare, it’s time to choose.

“That’s why, knowing full well the votes weren’t there, McConnell switched from the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would partially repeal and replace Obamacare, to the straight-repeal legislation that Senate Republicans approved in 2015, when President Barack Obama was still around to veto it.

“McConnell couldn’t round up the 50 out of 52 available Republican votes he needed to pass BCRA. The bill collapsed amid complaints about a leadership-driven legislative process and philosophical differences among conservatives and centrists about what to do with Medicaid.

“But the majority leader essentially thinks Republicans are making excuses.

“To teach them a lesson about governing, and smoke out exactly where various members stand on Obamacare repeal, McConnell is forcing a tough vote on a bill that’s likely doomed — an unusual move for a political operator who always has his eye on the next election. . .”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/why-mitch-mcconnell-is-making-the-senate-vote-on-doomed-obamacare-repeal/article/2629043

Charles Hurt, Washington Times: “Blame dishonest Democrats who created Obamacare and lied about it”

“Behold, this is your health care, run by the federal government.

“Politicians far, far away in Washington — advised by armies of bureaucrats whose salaries you pay but you have never met — all huddled in Congress deciding what pills they will give you and how long is long enough for you to be on life support.

“Also, they will decide just how much money you will pay for pregnancy insurance, even though you do not technically have a uterus and your name is not Caitlyn Jenner. (Isn’t it funny how the only way anybody buys something named the ‘Affordable Care Act’ is if the federal government forces them to buy it?)

“Oh, and they are deciding just how much of your money they are going to set aside to “stabilize the insurance market,” which is just the latest rosy euphemism for “dump trucks full of your tax cash given to massive insurance companies that you already despise.”

“Meanwhile, throngs of cloaked lobbyists slither the hallways of Congress in search of legislative gems and baubles they can haul in dirty sacks back to their nests to be pawned off later. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/18/blame-democrats-who-created-obamacare-and-are-dish/

Susan Berry, BigGovt: “Liberal Republican Senators to Block Defunding Planned Parenthood in Obamacare Repeal”

“Pro-abortion liberal Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Shelley Moore Capito (WV) say they will not vote in favor of an Obamacare repeal bill. That decision puts the effort to both repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood out of reach for the Republican Party.

“In the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, which passed both the House and Senate, Collins and Murkowski joined then-Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in an attempt to remove the bill’s provision to eliminate much of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.

“Capito kept her promise to her constituents to repeal Obamacare by voting in favor of the 2015 repeal bill, well aware that Obama would veto it. Now, with a Republican in the White House who will actually sign the bill to repeal the disastrous healthcare reform, she said in a statement that her opposition to repeal just two years later is based on the ‘concerns and needs of West Virginians.’ . . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/19/2015-clean-obamacare-repeal-bill-defunded-planned-parenthood-one-year/

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Repeal ACA!

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.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

LEADS

Joseph Lawler, Washington Examiner: “Mike Lee, GOP call on Ben Carson to undo Obama housing discrimination rule”

“A group of congressional Republicans is calling on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to undo the housing discrimination rule advanced under former President Barack Obama, saying the regulation will punish communities that are not as diverse as the Obama administration would have wished.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee joined with 12 other senators and seven representatives late Friday to ask Carson to rescind the rule, known as “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.”

“‘We stand with you in opposing any and all instances of discrimination, but this rule does not actually help in that effort,’ the senators wrote, warning that the rule would increase federal involvement in local zoning decisions.

“A spokesman for Carson said Monday that he had received the letter and would review it but offered no comment. . .”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/mike-lee-gop-call-on-ben-carson-to-undo-obama-housing-discrimination-rule/article/2628846

Ron Nixon, NY Times: “Engineers Begin Preparatory Work for Border Wall Construction”

“WASHINGTON — The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun preliminary preparations for the construction of segments of a wall in several places along the border with Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

“Engineers are drilling and taking soil samples to determine what type of barriers would be most effective in the different types of geography along the border, said David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.

“The drilling and soil testing are taking place in El Paso; Santa Teresa, N.M.; Calexico, Calif.; San Diego; and the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Mr. Lapan said the testing has been completed in El Paso and Calexico. The agency has identified the San Diego area and the Rio Grande Valley as priority regions for new border walls.

“The drilling and testing come as Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, continues to evaluate dozens of proposals that have been submitted by vendors for designs for a border wall.

President Trump mandated construction of the wall in an executive order in January. In March, the Department of Homeland Security put out a call for prototypes of a “physically imposing” and “aesthetically pleasing” border wall. The structure would also be designed to prevent climbing and tunneling. . .”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/politics/border-wall-construction.html

Joseph Curl, Washington Times: America hates Hillary — and digs Trump”

“Nearly every day, another mainstream media poll emerges that claims President Trump has the lowest approval rating since Caligula. But there’s one person Americans like even less: Hillary Clinton.

“Bloomberg’s latest national poll puts Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 41 percent. Mrs. Clinton’s is two points lower, at 39 percent.

“‘There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,’ said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the Bloomberg survey. ‘It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good.’

“So, it’s Just Hillary. In fact, her dismal rating in the latest poll is the second lowest since the poll began tracking her in September 2009. And she continues to lose ground from her 44 percent rating right before the 2016 election. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/18/america-hates-hillary-clinton-and-digs-donald-trum/

Guilio Meotti, Gatestone: “Qatar, Saudi Arabia to Islamize One of Europe’s Greatest Cathedrals”

HT InfoWars!

“In Islamic symbolism, Córdoba is the lost Caliphate. Political authorities in Córdoba dealt a blow to the Catholic Church’s claim of ownership of cathedral by declaring that “religious consecration is not the way to acquire property”. But this is how history works, especially in the lands where Christianity and Islam fought hard for dominion. Why are secularists not pressing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give Christians back the Hagia Sophia? No one has raised an eyebrow that “Christendom’s greatest cathedral has become a mosque”.

“The Spanish left, governing the region, would like to convert the church into “a place for the meeting of faiths”. Nice ecumenical words, but a death trap for the Islamic domination over other faiths. If these Islamists, supported by the militant secularists, will be able to bring Allah back inside the Cathedral of Córdoba, a tsunami of Islamic supremacism will submerge Europe’s decaying Christianity. There are thousands of empty churches just waiting to be filled by the voices of muezzins.

“The Western attempt to free Jerusalem in the Middle Ages has been condemned as Christian imperialism, while the Muslim campaigns to colonize and Islamize the Byzantine Empire, North Africa, the Balkans, Egypt, the Middle East and most of Spain, to name but a few, are celebrated as a season of enlightenment. . .”

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10685/cordoba-cathedral-islam

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Mark Levin, 07-18-17

On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show Dan Bongino, Contributing Editor at Conservative Review fills in for Mark. You have the Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul axis in the Senate and then you have everyone else. The Republican Party is a waste of our time and they suckered us. They took our donations and time, making us believe that they would repeal Obamacare. What is one major long and lasting policy victory the Republican Party has had in 30 years? They can’t tell you one and have let us down on healthcare and are going to let us down on taxes. Nothing is going to change in this movement until the grassroots makes it change. In spite of this, Democrats are still worse as they are nihilists and want to destroy this country.

“Later, Mitch McConnell is going to put up a vote for a full repeal of Obamacare with no replacement. It is unlikely that this will pass but at least Republicans will be on the record for where they stand. Moderates like Shelley Moore Capito better vote for this bill or she is going to be in trouble politically. If Capito doesn’t vote for this bill she will probably never live it down in West Virginia as future opponents will remember where she stood.

“After that, Medicare Reserves will be exhausted by 2028. How can the left tell us that Medicare is a model for success when it is failing? By free market standards Medicare is a substandard of care.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/07/18/july-18-2017/

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