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Week of June 21, 2015 – June 27, 2015

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  • HERITAGE – King v. Burwell Decision Changes Nothing for Obamacare Repeal 07/03
    It’s a clear-cut case of the Supreme Court being willing to bend the law backwards to preserve Washington’s involvement in the insurance market and marks the second time in three years the Roberts Court has creatively rewritten history to preserve President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. As Justice Scalia derisively noted: “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
  • DAILYCALLER – Legal Experts: NYC Mayor Action Against Trump ‘Not the American Way’ – 07/02
    Civil liberty advocates are jumping all over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order to “review” all of Donald Trump’s city contracts because of his recent comments on Mexican immigrants. “This is not the American Way,” observed Alan Dershowitz, Harvard’s most distinguished civil liberties law professor, about the chilling effect de Blasio’s action could have on freedom of speech. “De Blasio seems to put himself directly, squarely in conflict with the First Amendment,” he told TheDCNF in an interview.
  • NEWSMAX – Politico: George Soros Helps Pro-Hillary Groups Hit $24 Million Mark – 7/03
    A pair of $2 million donations from George Soros and Haim Saban were among the more than $24 million three groups raised for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign this year.  According to a Politico report, two super PACs and a nonprofit took in $24.3 million during the first half of this year — which accounts for more than half of the $45 million raised by the campaign since it launched in April.  Super PACs Priorities USA Action and American Bridge 21st Century took in $15.6 million and $7.7 million, respectively. A third group, the American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, brought in an additional $1 million, according to Politico.  Saban, according to Forbes, is the 172nd richest person in the United States. He gave $2 million to Priorities USA Action. His fellow billionaire, Soros, whose net worth of $24 billion makes him the 29th richest person in the world (and 19th in the U.S.), gave $1 million to Priorities USA Action and another million to American Bridge 21st Century, reports Politico.
  • NEWSMAX – Marco Rubio Plans TV Ads Worth $7 Million in Early-Voting States  – 07/03
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is preparing to swarm the airwaves in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada before primary voters head to the polls. The Florida senator has reserved more than $7 million worth of television ads in those states, a Rubio aide said, confirming an earlier New York Times report. According to the Times, nearly $5 million of that money is poised to fund ads in Iowa from late November to February, when caucus-goers will kick off the nomination contest.A Quinnipiac University poll of Hawkeye State Republicans released Wednesday places Rubio seventh in a crowded field that may feature as many as 16 contenders.
  • THE HILL – Obama defies second-term slump07/03
    President Obama is seeking to finalize a nuclear agreement with Iran next week, an achievement that would add to a big year that is defying predictions of a second-term slump.  At a time when most presidents worry about losing clout, Obama is coming off what some have called his best week ever: favorable Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and ObamaCare and passage of his trade agenda in Congress. The president is looking to seize on the momentum. In addition to the Iran deal, Obama wants to move ahead with his plan to open up Cuba, and he is working to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries that is key to Obama’s foreign policy pivot to Asia.“We are going to squeeze every last ounce of progress that we can make as long as I have the privilege of holding this office,” Obama said at a press conference Tuesday, in which he spoke of a long list of business that he wants to complete.
  • NEWSMAX – People of Faith Brace for Gay Marriage Battle07/02!
    Everyone knows where the debate over gay marriage is going next. Now that the Supreme Court has imposed its edict on the land, the question is whether religious institutions and people of faith will still be permitted to act on moral beliefs that the court has portrayed as bigoted and deeply wounding.  In his long prose-poem about love masquerading as a judicial opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy made a bow to these concerns. He cited the First Amendment for the proposition that religions and those that adhere to them “may continue to advocate with utmost sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.” Gee, thanks, Mr. Justice.   This assurance is about as convincing as the rest of Kennedy’s airy majority opinion with little or no connection to the Constitution or law — which is to say, people of faith ought to brace for the worst.
  • THE HILL – NBC cuts ties with Trump – 06/29
    NBC is cutting its ties with Donald Trump over the 2016 Republican presidential candidate’s recent remarks over immigrants.  “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” the network said in a statement Monday.  NBC also said it would no longer air the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants on its network, which are produced with Trump.  The network has faced pressure to formally cut ties with Trump amid the controversy over comments he made at his presidential launch event earlier this month.   “They’re sending people who have a lot of problems,” Trump said of illegal immigration. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
  • NEWSMAX – Pete King: Domestic Terror-ISIS Report is NY Times ‘at Its Worst’ – 06/29!
    Rep. Peter King isn’t buying a New York Times assessment that since 9/11 “white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists” have been more dangerous to the country than Islamist radicals.  “I totally disregard what The New York Times said,” the New York Republican said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”     He pointed to the Boston Marathon bombing where four were killed and almost 300 wounded by radical Islamists. “The fact that Eric Holder, who was a pretty liberal attorney general, said what kept him awake at night was the lone wolf Islamist terrorist would carry out an attack” was proof itself, King said. He pointed out that interceptions of terror plots have actually prevented the deaths of hundreds or thousands of Americans.
  • THE HILL – Politics shift on ObamaCare – 06/29
    A law that helped Republicans sweep into the House majority in 2010 and that contributed to Democrats losing the Senate four years later may be becoming a bigger political problem for the GOP than it is a liability for Democrats.  The Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday virtually guarantees that the law will remain in place for the rest of President Obama’s tenure, further entrenching ObamaCare as a new entitlement to stand alongside Medicare and Social Security.  While conservative Republicans insist they will keep working to repeal the law and that ObamaCare will be a key issue in next year’s presidential election, the White House and its supporters are growing more confident it will stand the test of time.The nation’s uninsured rate made a historic drop, giving Obama something to boast about. And the second year of the law’s rollout went off without a hitch as enrollment swelled to more than 16 million people.
  • THE HILL – The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders – 06/27
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress.  From kicking two unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their members. GOP leaders are now in a holding pattern as they figure out whether any other rebels should be punished. Here’s a short history of the dozen defectors who’ve experienced Boehner’s wrath — so far — this Congress:
  • NRA NEWS – Serious Anti-Gunners Show What Compromise on Gun Control Would Mean Several more at link06/26  Check out this link for several stories on Legislation 
    Wisconsin: 48-Hour Waiting Period Repeal Signed Into Law
    Stop Obama’s Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech
    “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015″ Introduced to Curb BATFE Abuse
    Alabama: Governor Bentley Signs Comprehensive Pro-Gun Legislation
  • THE HILL – GOP leaders retreat in fight with rebels 06/26
    House GOP leaders and their allies retreated on Thursday, backing off efforts to punish conservative rebels who had bucked leadership on a trade vote.   Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he was reinstating Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) as a subcommittee chairman, just a week after he stripped him of his gavel for voting against leadership and failing to pay party dues.   
    And hours earlier, House GOP freshmen balked at a plot to sack their class president, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), for defying leaders amid complaints he’s been ineffective at his job.  All the backpedaling was an embarrassment for GOP leaders, including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who just a day earlier had publicly endorsed Chaffetz’s decision to strip Meadows’s gavel. Both Meadows and Buck are members of the House Freedom Caucus, whose co-founders cheered Thursday’s developments.  “I think what it really means is that maybe our message is finally getting through some very thick skulls,” said one Freedom Caucus co-founder. “When you have a crisis in a family, you don’t exile people, kick people out. You have to communicate better as a family.”
  • NEWSMAX – Donald Trump to Newsmax: Univision Will ‘Pay a Very Big Price’ -06/26
    Univision will “pay a very big price” for dropping the Miss Universe Pageant over his comments on illegal immigrants, Donald Trump tells Newsmax TV.   In an interview set to air Monday on a special edition of “Newsmax Prime,” Trump tells host J.D. Hayworth that the Spanish-language cable channel is owned by supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Here is a preview. The full interview airs at 11 pm EDT Monday.  
  • NEWSMAX – Limbaugh: Government Where Left Wants It With Obamacare Ruling 06/26
    Calling Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare a “disaster,” radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience that the left now has the government exactly where it wants it.
    “I think many of us are witnessing now the complete corruption of Washington, D.C., meaning the objective has been to corrupt the government and success appears to be, at this moment in time, in hand,” Limbaugh said. “The left has the government that they’ve always wanted.”   President Barack Obama is an “authoritarian megalomaniac ruling like a monarch,” he said, and according to the Supreme Court, “words, laws, really have no meaning. It’s whatever the popular interpretation of the powers that be of the day want the words to mean.”
  • THE HILL – Overnight Regulation: House votes to delay EPA climate rule – 06/24
    The House voted Wednesday to delay the EPA’s controversial climate rule for power plants and allow states to opt out of complying under certain conditions. The bill was passed in a 247-180 vote, weakening President Obama’s efforts to combat climate change.  The Ratepayer Protection Act introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) would allow states to opt out of the rule if they determine it would raise electricity prices or interfere with power reliability.  The legislation comes in response to the EPA’s controversial climate rule that would require power plants to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.   Democrats say the rule helps counter the negative effects of climate change, but Republicans have attacked the rule as a “power grab” by the Obama administration.
    The Obama administration will publish 172 new regulations, proposed rules, notices, and other administrative actions in Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register.
  • THE HILL – HEALTHCARE Healthcare news stories, video and regulations, incorporating HealthWatch – 06/24
    Several headline stories with one click on Health CAre issues.
    Labor-HHS funding bill advances for the first time in six years
    Doctor networks shrinking under ObamaCare, study finds
    Walker: States will not rescue ObamaCare in wake of court ruling
    House votes to repeal Medicare cost-control panel in ObamaCare
  • NeWSMAX – SC Gov. Nikki Haley to Call for Removal of Confederate Flag – 06/22Would they remove the American if Dylan Roof had taken his picture with it?
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is due to call in a Monday press conference for the Civil War-era Confederate flag to be removed from the State House grounds, the Charleston Post and Courier newspaper reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources.  Earlier on Monday, religious and local elected leaders said South Carolina should remove the flag from the state capitol grounds, after a white gunman last week allegedly shot dead nine black worshippers at a historic Charleston church. Haley has scheduled a news conference at 4 p.m. New York time today at the capitol in Columbia. She will call for the flag to be removed, Charleston’s Post and Courier newspaper said in an online story, citing sources it didn’t identify.

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