The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: June 17-23 /Day 149-155) Week 22

By Michael Hernandez

 

Saturday, June 17 (Day 149):

Democratic strategist launches #HuntRepublicanCongressman

James Devine

New Jersey Democratic strategist James Devine launched two Twitter hashtags following the Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La) shooting last Wednesday:  #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressman.

Devine’s June 14th #HuntRepublicanCongressman tweet read:  “We are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people. Why is it a shock when things turn violent?”  Devine accused Republicans of starting a “class war.   If you want to invite a class war then you have to expect people to fight back at some point.”

June 15th Devine Tweets:  “I am sorry if my #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag hurt the feelings of any GOP snowflakes but you have not engaged in civil discourse.”

Two Protesters disrupt New York City Julius Caesar play

The New York City Shakespeare play of Julius Caesar (featuring a President Donald Trump look-alike) being assassinated by Senators was disrupted Friday by two protestors:  Laura Loomer, formerly of Project Veritas and Jack Posobiec who posted video footage of the disruption on Twitter.

Loomer rushed the stage shouting “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable!” An announcer halted the production and boos from audience filled Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.  Meanwhile, Posobiec shooting video shouted out:   “The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands!” Loomer was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, and, according to her social media accounts, was released shortly after her arrest.

The Public Theater posted to Twitter Saturday blaming the incident on “paid protesters.” “While we are champions of the first amendment, this interruption unfortunately was part of a paid strategy driven by social media.”  Delta Air Lines and Bank of America pulled funding from the theater after a backlash from the public.    However, Forbes has reported that New York City’s Public Theater has received nearly $30 million in federal, state and city grants since 2009.  The play ends Sunday.

California Budget: Funds Planned Parenthood; more gun control; raises taxes to pay for illegal’s legal defense; borrows billions for public pensions

Former California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly reporting for Breitbart News gave highlights of Governor Jerry Brown’s one year historic (largest ever) $183 billion state budget (if you include bonds and special funds; $125 billion is for the state’s general fund) that takes effect July 1:

  1. Provides $50 million in funding for Planned Parenthood to offset any federal cuts;
  2. Expands gun control;
  3. Raises $50 million to pay for illegal’s legal defense;
  4. Borrows $6 billion from a state fund to restore the CalPERS fund.

The 109-page budget includes $118 million to pay for startup costs (technology and staff) for the newly regulated marijuana industry which is illegal under federal law.   The state budget includes $3 billion for infrastructure ($2.8 billion mostly for local roads and transit projects).

Governor Brown has called the budget “balanced and progressive.”  ‘With this budget, we keep our promises to students, patients, and voters…said California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.  “In this budget, we will protect what we have gained and we will persist in moving forward.’”

(Editor’s Note:  For a more complete report on California’s budget see link:

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/06/17/browns-budget-lies-no-cuts-raises-taxes-to-pay-for-illegals-legal-defense-marijuana-tax-dept-more-gun-control-planned-parenthood-and-makes-dam-safety-secret/

Texas passes police protection act which also protects judges

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signs into law the Texas “Police Protection Act” (HB 2908) which increases criminal penalties and punishment for an offense “committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of status as a peace officer or judge.”

A person would be guilty of a felony in the first degree if convicted—a crime punishable by 99 years to life in state prison; no less than five years; and fined $10,000.

The new law (which takes effect on Sept. 1) comes on the heels of the execution death of Deputy Darren Goforth who was shot 15 times in the back and head as he walked to his patrol car at a gas station in Houston; the separate ambush of five Dallas police officers; and the shooting of a Travis County criminal district court judge who survived.

Washington Post:  Breitbart News loses 90% of advertisers in two months

MediaRadar, a New York firm that racks online advertising, reports that Breitbart News had lost 90 percent of its advertisers in the last two months (from 242 to 26 advertisers).

Breitbart News, founded 10 years ago to be “unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel,” catapulted to fame after last year’s presidential election as Breitbart’s former chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, became President Trump’s chief strategist.

More than 2,200 companies, including Ethan Allen, Audi, Harris Teeter and Lyft, have asked third-party vendors to pull advertising from the news site in recent months, according to Sleeping Giants, an anonymous activist group that is tracking online data.

“This is a good example of how advertisers have been suddenly shoved into the polarized political landscape,” said David Carroll, a professor of media design at the New School in New York. “It’s a post-election reality the industry was not prepared for.”

“Breitbart’s advertising has collapsed,” said Todd Krizelman, co-founder and chief executive of MediaRadar. “Most political sites are making less money today than they did a year ago because of the election cycle. But they’re not down 90 percent, I can guarantee that.”

But it may be immaterial, said Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of New York.  “If Breitbart lost every single penny of advertising tomorrow, it probably wouldn’t matter,” Jarvis said, adding that the site is backed by billionaire Robert Mercer. “Quite the contrary: It would probably be a badge of honor.”

 

Sunday, June 18 (Day 150):

Ventura outdoor clothing giant to join “resistance” movement

Rose Marcario

Rose Marcario, CEO of outdoor clothing giant Patagonia, is saying she intends to pledge her entire company to the “resistance” of President Donald Trump because of his stance against former President Barack Obama’s move to claim millions of acres of state lands as “national monuments.”

“We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land,” Marcario said in a May article at Huffpost. “I don’t have a lot of faith in politics and politicians right now.”

In an effort to prevent citizens from retaking possession of their state lands, the Patagonia CEO said she will sue the Trump administration for its efforts to scale back Obama’s “land grab” actions.

“A president does not have the authority to rescind a national monument,” Marcario said in an April 26 statement after Trump announced his national monuments order. “An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input.”

President Trump issued an April executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review Obama’s actions on national monuments. He ordered Interior Secretary Ray Zinke to review Obama’s policies.  President Trump called Obama’s move an “egregious abuse of federal power.”

Many state governments fully agree with Trump’s assessment and were furious when President Obama took away millions of acres of land from state control to create new national monuments and parks. A poll of residents of Utah, for instance, showed that 60 percent opposed Obama’s actions while only 33 percent supported it.

Marcario said Patagonia would use its profits to back pro-environmental candidates in states throughout the West.

Monday, June 19 (Day 151):

Majority of voters oppose California gas tax law

Approximately 58 percent of registered voters in California (Friday poll done by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies) oppose the gas tax and vehicle registration law for roads that the legislative Democrats and one Republican, Senator Anthony Cannella (CA 12 Senate District in Merced/Salinas) passed and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in April.

“If you’re in a competitive district, it could become a campaign issue,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the IGS Poll.

Some 30 percent of the $52 billion tax increase meant for roads is going for non transportation needs.   Meanwhile, Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen (CA 72 Assembly District) from Huntington Beach has sponsored an initiative to repeal the tax.

Democrat Pollster:  Media ‘stop being a press…become propagandists’

The media “is still fighting the campaign that they lost.  They will not put out things that disagree with their narrative,” said American political pollster and Democratic consultant Patrick Caddell.  “That’s when they stop being a press.  They’ve become propagandists.”

The Democrats conclusion after the Trump election:  “We’re not going to be a loyal opposition, we’re going to be a resistance, as though we were being occupied.”

Democrats, Republicans both target four California Congressional seats

The four Republican Congressional seats that The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have targeted in California for the 2018 mid-term elections are wholly or partially in Orange County and belong to:  Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA-39), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA-45), and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48).

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA-22), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told donors on Saturday that Orange County is one of the key battleground regions in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.  “It is so critical for us to win here and keep winning here,” Nunes, who was the event’s keynote speaker, said, according to the Los Angeles Times.  A usually-strong Republican California enclave, Orange County is now at risk of turning blue. The 2016 presidential election was the first since 1936 that the county went to a Democrat, Hillary Clinton.

The four Democratic Congressional seats that the National Republican Congressional Committee has targeted in California for the 2018 mid-term elections belong to:  Reps. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove, 7th district), Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara, 24th district), Scott Peters (D-San Diego, 52nd district) and Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Springs, 36th district).

Billionaire finances plan to ban local and county jails from detaining illegal immigrants

The Mother Jones blog has reported on an initiative to protect illegal immigrants would be included in the California state budget and is being pushed by open borders organizations with ties to globalist billionaire George Soros.  The proposal makes it illegal for local or county jails from entering into agreements with federal immigration authorities to protect Americans from illegal immigrant crime.

Advocates for the ban on detaining illegal immigrants told Mother Jones that this was a “powerful first step” in California’s overall agenda to oppose President Trump.  In May, California passed legislation forcing landlords to rent to illegal immigrants even after they knew their immigration status stated the Mother Jones blog.

Russia announces: U.S. planes west of Euphrates River “hostile targets”

The Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced that planes from the U.S.-led coalition in Syria will be treated as hostile targets west of the Euphrates River because of the downing of a Syrian warplane on Sunday.  

The Syrian plane was shot down by a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter after it dropped bombs near positions held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (in the town of Ja’Din, a town west of the Islamic State capital of Raqqa), a major American ally in Syria.   According to the U.S. military, the pilot of the Syrian plane was able to eject.

The Washington Post notes it was the first American downing of a Syrian jet since U.S. forces entered Syria’s civil war in 2014, the first time a U.S. plane brought down a manned hostile aircraft in over a decade, and the fourth time in a month the U.S. military has fired on pro-regime forces.

The Post reports that U.S. commanders used a special “deconfliction channel” to contact Russia before firing on the Syrian plane, in an effort to prevent the situation from escalating.

Despite these measures, Russia declared the American action illegal on Monday.

“Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism against lawful armed forces of a country that is a member of the U.N. are a massive violation of international law and de facto a military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic,” said the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia warned that planes from the U.S.-led coalition will be “tracked by the Russian ground and air anti-aircraft defense systems as air targets in the areas where Russian aviation is on combat missions in the Syrian sky.” The threat came up just short of promising to fire on those targets.

London Muslims attacked outside mosque

London police arrested a 48-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder after a van was driven into a crowd of people on a London street near a mosque in Finsbury Park. Eyewitnesses have said the man got out of the vehicle and shouted “I want to kill all Muslims”.  One died during the attack and 10 were injured.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said in a statement: “The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence. “Rampant Islamaphobia [sic] has been on the rise for a number of years and those on the far right have perpetuated hatred against Muslims. They should be called out for their hatred.”

The Finsbury Park mosque has previously been in the news as having been the home of famed hate preacher Abu Hamza Al Masri, as well as having 9/11 attacker Zacarias Moussaoui and shoe bomber Richard Reid as attendees.

Finsbury Park mosque

American student detained in North Korea dies in Ohio

Otto Warmbier, an American student detained in North Korea for committing “hostile acts” has died, his parents confirmed Tuesday.   He was 22. Warmbier, who returned to America (Ohio) last Tuesday, having previously been sentenced to 15 years hard labor after stealing pro-government paraphernalia from his hotel, had lapsed into a coma before his return.

The North Korean government claimed Warmbier had contracted botulism shortly after his conviction of crimes against the communist state in March 2016. Doctors treating Warmbier said that they found no evidence of botulism, instead finding “extensive brain damage.”

Warmbier’s family said in a statement:   “Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home.  Unfortunately, the awful torturous treatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.  Otto was “unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands.”

President Donald Trump released a statement on Warmbier’s passing: “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

“Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.

North Korea continues to imprison three other U.S. citizens: academics Kim Hak-Song and Tony Kim, and businessman Kim Dong-Chul.

Otto Warmbier

Tuesday, June 20 (Day 152):

Paris terrorist attack aborted

French police have confirmed an “attempted attack” on the Champs-Élysées, in Paris on Monday afternoon after a car rammed a police vehicle and reportedly exploded. France’s Le Figaro reports the 31-year-old suspect was carrying a Glock-type handgun.

The suspect, who was armed with a firearm, is reported to have died in the incident and it was reported that police “downed” the individual, a known extremist. There were no other injuries or fatalities to police or the public, a statement released through the Parisian Police official Twitter account stated. French police officers discovered a gas canister and firearms in the vehicle.

President Trump receives praise after White House tech meeting

“I’m absolutely convinced that during your administration there is going to be a huge explosion of new opportunities because of the platforms that are getting built in our industry,” Eric Schmidt said to President Trump after the tech meeting.

Schmidt said that the combination of entrepreneurs, skilled workers, and immigration would provide “huge” growth in the American economy.

Some of the top CEO’s of technology companies in America met with Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, praising him for hosting an afternoon summit on important tech issues.  The dozen tech leaders included Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and others.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was pleased that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka Trump were bringing technology companies together in the Trump administration to help streamline government. “The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world, and today it doesn’t,” he said, predicting that the tech innovations made in the Trump administration would pay back immensely in the future.” Cook told Trump that computer coding should be “a requirement” for public schools.  “We have a huge deficit in the skills that we need today, vs. the skills that are there,” he said.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also praised Trump’s administration for forming the tech innovation council, telling Trump that his team could be the “innovation administration.”  He advised Trump to use more commercial technologies in government to save taxpayers money. “I think you guys are already headed that way,” he said, adding that he wanted to see more worker re-training and tech skill development.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also thanked Trump for the opportunity and said he hoped that Trump would continue both government spending on technology and “enlightened immigration” policies that would allow them to stay competitive.

Peter Thiel — the most high profile venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, who endorsed Trump — praised the president for highlighting the importance of technology.  “I think that the tech industry is an industry that is doing well in America and we need to sort of make it do even better,” he said, calling for ongoing government and regulatory support. “I think your administration is off to a terrific start in doing these things.”

Commission approves boost in pay for California governor and legislators

According to an article by My MotherLode, a Gold Country newspaper, “the governor’s pay will go from around $190,000 to $196,000…[and] Jerry Brown will become the highest paid Governor in the country.”

The Sacramento Bee reports that every state politician will receive a similar pay raise: The raises, approved Monday by the California Citizens Compensation Commission, come on top the four percent salary increases that kicked in late last year. Salaries for other statewide politicians like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Treasurer John Chiang also will rise. State lawmakers pay will go from $104,117 to $107,240.

The Los Angeles Times reported that at least one taxpayer advocate — namely, Lew Uhler, head of the California-based National Tax Limitation Committee —is questioning “[t]he timing of the raises for lawmakers, coming two months after legislators voted to raise gas taxes and vehicle fees by $5.2 billion annually.”

All seven members of the commission are appointed by the governor whose salary they are charged with determining.

 

Wednesday, June 21 (Day 153):

Republicans win Special Elections in Georgia and South Carolina

  • Georgia: Karen Hendel wins over Jon Ossoff
  • South Carolina: Ralph Norman beats Archie Parnell

“It certainly boosts Republican morale,” said Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the House GOP’s campaign arm.

The Georgia contest was caused because of the vacated seat of Tom Price, who is now the secretary of Health and Human Services.   Price had been elected to a sixth term in the 2016 election but was confirmed to President Trump’s cabinet post by the Senate on Feb. 10.  The South Carolina contest came about because of the vacated seat of Mick Mulvaney, now director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Karen Handel, fended off Democrat Jon Ossoff in a Georgia runoff election Tuesday night — a race that Democrats had poured tens of millions of dollars into (becoming the most expensive Congressional race in history) and billed as a referendum on the unpopular president and his policies.  Handel won with 51.9 percent of the votes vs. 48.1% of the votes for Jon Ossoff in the 6th Congressional District which had 259,488 total votes counted.  Ossoff has been criticized for not actually living in the district.

The New York Times reported that the Georgia setback for Democrats revived or deepened tensions “between moderate lawmakers and liberal activists” (including Representative Tony Cardenas of California) prompting some to question the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader who was prominent in advertising for Ossoff.  Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, who tried to unseat Ms. Pelosi as House minority leader late last fall, said that Pelosi remained a political millstone for Democrats that was “toxic.”  He continued, “Our brand is worse than Trump.”

Planned Parenthood spent $730,000 on the Georgia race on behalf of Ossoff, the second largest provider of money outside of the Democratic National Committee.

Republican Ralph Norman on Tuesday defeated Democrat Archie Parnell by an even narrower margin — a little more than 3 percentage points — in a South Carolina race that received far less national attention.  Norman received 51.1 percent of the votes (44,889) vs. Parnell who received 47.9 percent of the votes (42,053).

If energized Democrats had claimed either of these two long-held GOP seats, they could have argued that even traditionally red seats are in play in 2018 and Republicans who back Trump’s agenda do so at their own peril.

Thursday, June 22 (Day 154):

Mainstream Media ignores Iowa President Trump rally

Keeping Promises:

 “I am keeping promises I made to the people of Iowa.  I’m not going to let voices in Washington keep you from change you voted for; or change you deserve.  I’m not beholden to any donors, any consultants, or special interests.”

Media:

“I’m not intimidated by dishonest media organizations who will say anything or do anything to get people to buy their failing papers or watch their screens. These entrenched forces are fighting only for themselves, for their survival, but I am fighting for you.”

America’s Dreams:

“Your dreams are my dreams.  Your future is what I am focused on.  I’m going to ‘Make America Great Again.’”

(Editor’s Note:  To see complete coverage of Iowa Trump rally on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa see Citizens Journal link:

https://citizensjournal.us/mainstream-media-ignores-iowa-president-trump-rally/

 

Former FBI Director goes to New York Times with his wife

Daily Mail’s Jennifer Smith spotted the former FBI director James Comey and his wife, Patrice, entering the New York Times building in Manhattan on Thursday.  Comey’s appearance at the New York Times prompted Daily Mail editor David Martosko to quip on Twitter: “Should we be on the lookout for a NY Times exclusive based on new Comey leaks? Asking for a friend.”

Comey admitted earlier this month, in sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, that he had leaked a memorandum of a conversation with President Donald Trump with the deliberate intention of prompting the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference with the 2016 election.

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’

According to the Daily Telegraph, Johnny Depp told the crowd at England’s Glastonbury Festival, “I think [Donald] Trump needs help. There are a lot of dark places he could go.”  Depp continued, “I’m not insinuating anything – by the way, this will be in the press and it will be horrible – but when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” (Editor’s Note:  Reference to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth on April 14,1865.)

One year ago, Depp remarked, “If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States of America, in a kind of historical way it’s exciting because we will see the actual last president of the United States.”

(Editor’s Note:  On Friday, Johnny Depp Johnny Depp says he intended “no malice” when he asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival in England Thursday, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” Depp said in a statement to People magazine published Friday. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”)

Senate introduces healthcare replacement bill; 4 GOP Senators oppose bill

The centerpieces of the Senate’s new 142-page healthcare replacement bill called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, is the defunding of Planned Parenthood (page 34 of the bill).

The Senate bill cuts off funding for one year to prohibited entities (that take in more than $350 million in Medicaid funding) which includes those that provide abortions other than in situations wherein the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest or where a woman suffers from a life-endangering physical condition connected to the pregnancy itself.

Last year, Planned Parenthood’s abortions went up while profits skyrocketed – up over 31% – and its taxpayer funding increased, while at the same time severely decreasing the prenatal, cancer screening, and other women’s health services.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “70 percent of American counties have little or no choice under Obamacare.”  McConnell also said that the Senate bill will allow children to stay under their parents healthcare plan until the age of 26 and the Senate bill also increases funding for preexisting conditions.

GOP Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Mike Lee (R-UT) issued a joint statement saying they are “not ready” to vote for the Senate legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor,” the statement said. “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders said the GOP healthcare plan “is not a healthcare plan if you don’t fund Planned Parenthood.”  Former President Barack Obama said that “Reproductive care (money for Planned Parenthood) is basic care and the heart of the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare).”

 

Friday, June 23 (Day 155):

Senator Rand Paul: ‘I Think the Bill Looks Too Much Like Obamacare’

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News that he thinks the Senate healthcare bill “looks too much like Obamacare.” Senator Rand Paul joined Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in opposition to the Senate bill. The coalition of conservative senators argue that the legislation does not do enough to repeal Obamacare.

“I think the bill looks too much like Obamacare. It really doesn’t look like a repeal bill.  It looks like we’re keeping Obamacare,   it keeps probably 100 percent of the

Obamacare subsidies. In fact, we have estimated that it may have more subsidies than Obamacare. It creates a new stabilization fund of over $100 billion.

“This fund is something that is not consistent with conservative philosophy because it’s the government giving money to insurance companies. The bill keeps 10 of 12 Obamacare regulations that causes the prices of premiums to spiral upward.

“So my fear is that Republicans in putting forward something and saying they’re repealing and replacing Obamacare and not making it better. It actually does not repeal and replacing Obamacare, it replaces it with more Obamacare or Obamacare-Lite, which doesn’t really fix the problem.

“The bill has to look more like a repeal bill. So we repealed some of the spending, repeal more of the subsidies, and we have to not have a mismatch. See the bill does a pretty good job of repealing the taxes but it does not get rid of a lot of the spending. When you do that what you end up having is a problem with your debt, the bill will add a lot to the debt. It creates a new entitlement program that gives out over $100 billion to insurance companies, and that’s not why I joined the Republican party and not why I ran for office to vote for more entitlement programs.

“The problem is that the bill repeals the taxes that paid for the Medicaid expansion (until 2024), but then keep the Medicaid expansion, the fact is that it never really goes away. It eventually goes to a split where the states have a little more responsibility but it never really goes away. So, that’s one aspect of Obamacare that is not repealed. Medicaid expansion is not repealed and the Obamacare expansion is not repealed. So you begin to ask yourself what’s really being repealed and the conclusion we have is that it’s not a very significant repeal.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold the vote for the Senate bill next week, despite the senators’ opposition to the bill. Senator Paul explained that his conservative coalition is willing to negotiate a deal if McConnell is willing to find common ground. Paul said, “I think it depends on how serious the Senate leadership is about negotiating. If they’re willing to negotiate with the four of us, we could find some compromise but we will have to see. I think we will find that out. That’s one reason we came out pretty quickly this morning because we wanted to make sure we could have some time for negotiation.”

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton tweeted Friday that the GOP will become the “death  party” if Republicans pass the Senate’s healthcare bill. “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party,” Clinton was linking to a Harvard study that claimed the GOP Senate healthcare bill could result in 18,000 to 28,000 deaths by 2026.

Democrat official caught saying he’s ‘glad’ Scalise got shot

A Nebraska Democratic Party official was removed from his post on Thursday after an audio recording surfaced of him saying he’s “glad” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got shot last week.

Phil Montag, now-former co-chair of the state party’s technology committee, was recorded saying he wishes Scalise, R-La., were “dead.” “His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to [expletive] kick people off [expletive] health care. I’m glad he got shot,” Montag said in the audio recording. “I wish he was [expletive] dead.”

“We obviously condemn any kind of violence whether it’s comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting,” Nebraska Democratic Chairwoman Jane Kleeb said. “Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left.” 

Kleeb removed Montag from his post just one week after Nebraska Democratic Black Caucus Chairwoman Chelsey Gentry-Tipton was asked to resign over a Facebook post about Scalise and the attack on Republicans. She did not.

Bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee seeks documents from Obama, Clinton, and Soros officials

Four  U.S. Senators announced they have sent investigatory letters demanding documents and information related to the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, especially reports that Clinton campaign operatives expressed confidence that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch (who served under President Barack Obama) would keep that investigation from “going too far.”

The request was made from the Bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee and was signed by: Charles Grassley (R-IA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

The letters demanding information by July 6th were sent to:  Loretta Lynch, Armando Renteria, senior Clinton staffer (now the Chief of the Division of Operations for the California Department of Justice); and Leonard Benardo, Eurasia Director of George Soros Open Societies Foundations and Gail Scovell, general counsel of the Open Society Foundations.

The formal requests were made after events confirming  certain concerns about Lynch’s conduct during the Clinton email investigation, which first came under general suspicion after she was caught by a local ABC news crew meeting with former President Bill Clinton only weeks before the Democratic National Convention as the investigation was still ongoing.

The Washington Post followed up in May, 2016 calling a “Russian Report” on an alleged email between former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Leonard Benardo, that claimed Schultz assured Bernardo that Attorney General Lynch had been in contact with senior Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria and told the campaign the investigation would not go too far.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of ex-FBI Director James Comey.

 

 (Editor’s Note:  Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected].


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