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McConnell may not get wish on health care vote

HotAir - 30 min 57 sec ago

The public posturing over whether the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act will receive a vote is now in full swing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly interested in making sure senators decide on the bill before July 4th. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson went on “Meet The Press” today to say, he’s not in favor of the plan. Here’s NBC News’ story on the interview.

“There’s no way we should be voting on this next week. No way,” Johnson told host Chuck Todd. “I have a hard time believing Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to properly evaluate this, for me to vote for a motion to proceed. So I’ve been encouraging leadership, the White House, anybody I can talk to for quite some time, let’s not rush this process. Let’s have the integrity to show the American people what it is, show them the truth.”…

“What I find so disappointing is these bills aren’t going to fix the problem,” Johnson said Sunday. “They’re not addressing the root cause. They’re doing the same old Washington thing, throwing more money at the problem.”

He also reiterated his belief Obamacare makes things unfair for the people it was allegedly supposed to help, while blaming state governments for causing the markets to collapse.

It would be nice if Johnson explained his idea of tailoring insurance policies for people with pre-existing conditions more fully, but I somehow get the feeling it’s like paying extra for a more valuable car. It’s not a fair comparison, which is why the left has been going after him on the comments, but it’s probably the closest Johnson can come up with in the sound byte world.

Johnson’s comments on not being a “yes vote, yet,” were echoed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who hit up ABC’s This Week to say the bill won’t do anything. Via ABC News.

“They’ve promised too much. They say they’re going to fix health care and premiums are going to down,” Paul said on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” of his party’s health care plan unveiled Thursday. “There’s no way the Republican bill brings down premiums.”

As an ophthalmologist with 20 years of experience practicing medicine, Paul argued, “Premiums have never gone down. They’re not going to go down after the Republican bill.”

Paul added, “And it’s a false, sort of over-promising to say, ‘Oh, yes, insurance premiums are going to go down but we’re keeping 10 of the 12 mandates that caused the prices to go up.’ It’s a foolish notion to promise something you can’t provide.”

There are headlines out there claiming Paul is open to voting for a partial repeal of Obamacare. The problem is the headlines are being dishonest about Paul’s full quote. Here it is in its entirety.

“What we can do is if they cannot get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I’ve been telling leadership for months now I’ll vote for a repeal. And it doesn’t have to be 100 percent repeal. So, for example, I’m for 100 percent repeal, that’s what I want. But if you offer me 90 percent repeal, I’d probably would vote it. I might vote for 80 percent repeal.”

It depends on what’s in an 80 or 90% repeal. Paul’s Obamacare repeal bill from January didn’t touch Medicaid, but that’s such a complicated issue, it probably needs to be handled in a separate bill looking at all of Medicaid.

FreedomWorks, who is backing Johnson and Paul’s criticism of the new health care bill, is getting more specific in their problems with it. Jason Pye believes the Senate bill will end up being another government bailout.

The bill would create a short-term fund to stabilize insurance markets around the country. Between 2018 and 2021, $50 billion would be paid directly to health insurance companies “to address coverage and access disruption and respond to urgent health care needs.” The purposes of the fund aren’t specifically defined…

The concern with this language is that this $50 billion will be used to bail out health insurance companies that participated in ObamaCare or used to encourage to participate in this Republican version of ObamaCare. Claims from insurers for the 2014 and 2015 to the now-defunct risk corridors program established by the 2010 law are somewhere in the ballpark of $8.3 billion. Further losses occurred in 2016.

The risk corridors program was supposed to be funded by plans that made money on the exchanges. The program was underfunded and Congress prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to fund it. The Better Care Reconciliation Act appears to reverse that course, ostensibly funding a bailout with taxpayer dollars.

Pye also has concerns about Medicaid’s gradual elimination, suggesting it assumes the people who passed the defunding will still be in power. That highlights a major issue when it comes to gradually getting rid of government programs. Whoever follows up the politicians who passed a program, or defunded one, normally have to pick up the pieces. It’s the major issue with Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, etc. The fact Obamacare is going through this same process, is just another example of why the question, “Should the government do X?” should be followed with a resounding, “No!.”

McConnell’s push on getting a vote this week may still happen, so the GOP can keep its promise of “replacing,” Obamacare, while claiming they also repealed it. The push also shows the danger of whenever government tries to do something too quickly or too slowly: the rushed through plan is either so awful it never gets a vote, while the one which is slowly put together normally bogs down in the details. Meanwhile, leadership ignores viable alternative plans which have either not received a vote, let alone a hearing at all, or were passed by Congress and vetoed by a previous president. There shouldn’t be a vote this week on the new health care proposal. There’s also nothing wrong with scrapping the idea completely and starting all over. It might not get things done in the timeline the president wants it, but sometimes, to steal and modify a line from ex-Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, “That’s the way politics go.”

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Another Supreme Court pick for Trump? Rumors swirl over one justice’s potential retirement

The Blaze - 51 min 43 sec ago

With only one week remaining before the Supreme Court wraps up for the summer break, rumors about the possible retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy are running wild.

According to multiple reports, people close to Kennedy have said they believe the 80-year-old justice is considering stepping down soon. The Associated Press cited in a report on Saturday “several” former law clerks who said they think Kennedy might only have a year left.

Rumors of Kennedy’s possible departure have been floating around for more than a year, but they have grown much stronger in recent months after a reunion between Kennedy and his law clerks was rescheduled to occur this year. The reunion was originally scheduled for next year.

A former law clerk for Kennedy, George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr, confirmed on Friday that rumors have been circulating about Kennedy’s retirement, writing on Twitter, “Soon we’ll know if rumors of Kennedy’s retirement are accurate …”

Some have said the rumors are unfounded, pointing to the fact Kennedy has already hired his law clerks for the fall term, but those believing a retirement could soon be in the works have said that Kennedy’s announcement could come soon, while the retirement might not happen until 2018.

In May, when rumors first started picking up about a possible retirement, multiple outlets reached out to Kennedy, who refused to comment.

The Washington Times asked Trump in May what he thought of the rumors.

“I don’t know,” Trump said. “I have a lot of respect for Justice Kennedy, but I just don’t know. I don’t like talking about it. I’ve heard the same rumors that a lot of people have heard. And I have a lot of respect for that gentleman, a lot.”

The departure of Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court for three decades, could potentially lead to one of the most important ideological shifts for the court in 50 years. The Supreme Court is currently divided in arguably four groups, but broadly speaking, eight of the justices fall into one of two camps: those who believe the Constitution is a “living and breathing” document that can be reinterpreted as times change and those who don’t.

Kennedy has been the court’s most important swing vote on numerous issues. If Kennedy is replaced by Trump with a constitutional originalist similar to Trump’s latest pick, Neil Gorsuch, it would push the nation’s most powerful institution firmly into the hands of those who reject liberals’ “living and breathing” view. Such a change could be disastrous for those who support abortion and the federal government’s ability to limit the power of the states.

In the Washington Times interview, Trump was asked whether a future Supreme Court pick would also come from the same list of highly conservative justices released by Trump during the campaign. (Gorsuch was a member of that list.)

“Yes,” Trump said. “That list was a big thing.”

On Sunday, as reported by The Hill, White House aide Kellyanne Conway refused to confirm or deny the Kennedy rumors, telling ABC News’ “This Week,” “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House, but we’re paying very close attention to these last bit of decisions.”

“Just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies — whenever that happens — [Trump] will look for somebody who has fidelity to the Constitution, who doesn’t make up the law as they go along and somebody who has the judicial temperament and a record that’s beyond reproach, as did Justice Gorsuch,” Conway added during the interview.

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Explosive report reveals org behind Trump dossier has strong ties to Hillary Clinton & Democrats

The Blaze - 1 hour 17 min ago

A “secretive Washington firm” that supports Hillary Clinton is behind the creation and promotion of the unverified intelligence report on President Donald Trump, colloquially known as the “Trump dossier,” according to New York Post report.

That firm, Fusion GPS, is now at the center of an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to the Post, the Senate committee has threatened to subpoena the firm to answer questions about the dossier that they’ve allegedly so far refused to answer.

Fusion’s Wikipedia page says the organization is a “commercial research and strategic intelligence” but sources told the Post Fusion operates like an opposition-research firm that is staunchly liberal and anti-Trump.

“These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House,” an unnamed source told the Post.

More from the Post:

Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.

In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary’s campaign.

Fusion has a long history of working toward progressive interests.

During the 2012 presidential election, Fusion was hired by Democrats to do opposition-research against then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In addition, the firm was retained by Planned Parenthood in 2015 to attack pro-life activists after a series of undercover investigative videos were released showing Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissues.

The Senate committee is also investigating whether or not the FBI relied on the faulty dossier in their intelligence investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign, according to the Post.

In addition, Senate investigators also want to see any communication between Fusion and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is now being investigated for possibly interfering in the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s private email server.

This is significant because the dossier was shopped around for months last year but all major news organizations passed up the opportunity to report on it. BuzzFeed, however, controversially chose to report on the unverified intelligence report in early January, just days before Trump was to be sworn in as president.

The Trump-Russia collusion narrative has relied heavily on the dossier, so if it can be proved that it is simply a politically charged document designed to hurt Trump, the president may finally have his name cleared.

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Bill O’Reilly gives more information about new show, hints what he’d need to return to TV

The Blaze - 1 hour 51 min ago

In an interview on Friday, former cable-news star Bill O’Reilly dropped more information about the digital web show he’s developing and suggested he’s still considering whether to return to television.

Speaking to Glenn Beck on “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” O’Reilly said, “I don’t know,” when asked if he’d like to return to television.

“I don’t know yet. It has to be the right vehicle,” O’Reilly said. “It has to be a vehicle that’s competitive, because I’m having fun. … I never wake up and say, ‘Gee, I wish I could commute to New York City today for an hour and a half and walk into a tension-packed cauldron.”

On June 18, The Blaze reported O’Reilly is in the process of building a small news production team, including a team of journalists and at least one producer who used to work for Fox News. On June 17, O’Reilly told an audience in Long Island his new team will help him build an online news show similar to “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, which dominated cable news for more than a decade.

During Friday’s interview with Beck, O’Reilly said the show will run for about 40 minutes five days per week.

“We’re looking maybe to expand to a studio,” O’Reilly added. “We’re not sure yet. … A lot of interest in it.”

While discussing a potential return to television news, O’Reilly said he still has “battles” to wage.

“I have some battles I want to fight,” O’Reilly said. “And if the right forum presents itself, I would absolutely consider it.”

Several conservative news outlets have reportedly been courting O’Reilly since he was fired from the Fox News Channel in April, but the cable-news giant has yet to agree to join any of the media companies, choosing instead to continue developing

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Koch brothers working with Deion Sanders to fight poverty

HotAir - 2 hours 31 min ago

The Koch brothers have a new target: poverty. Their group, Stand Together, has actually been around for a year and a half or so, but is planning to invest $21M in Dallas to help fight poverty. The guy who’s going to be working with the Kochs is NFL Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders. Via The Dallas Morning News (emphasis mine):

“I feel like after so many years of doing this alone, I’m part of a wonderful winning team with the infrastructure and resources to take it to the next level,” Sanders said…

Sanders said he had no concerns about teaming up with anyone from the Koch family, which is known for its sometimes-divisive influence on American politics.

“I saw firsthand how wonderful and gracious and giving and kind the Koch family was in regards to really trying to make this country a better place for everyone,” he said.

I wonder how many leftists out there are turning their heads faster than tops when they learn those “evil” (not really) Koch brothers, the ones who want to “screw America” (not really), are working on ending poverty without *gasp* the government’s involvement (really). It’s an absolutely shocking idea, right? Well actually…not really! Here’s what USA Today reported last year.

The organization, known as Stand Together, is still in its start-up phase but aims to raise $15 million this year, top officials told USA TODAY in the first interview about the new organization. Organizers described Stand Together as engaging in “venture philanthropy” aimed at “strengthening the fabric of American society.”

“The sole purpose of Stand Together is to make a real difference in real people’s lives by actually solving the problems they have,” the group’s executive director, Evan Feinberg, said.

He said the group won’t veer into policy fights but instead initially plans to focus on partnerships with private groups addressing social problems, such as gang violence and high recidivism rates.

The cynics will probably sit there and say the Kochs are only doing Stand Together to make their image look better. But if you look at the history of libertarianism, you’ll see it really has been about fighting poverty without the government’s involvement. The Future of Freedom Foundation opined in 2014 the government war on poverty has failed, and believes the best way to fight it is through free markets.

1. End all income taxation and welfare. Leave people free to keep everything they earn. Prohibit the government from taking care of anyone, including seniors and the poor, with welfare of any kind, including old-age retirement benefits, education, and health care. Separate charity and state, just like religion and the state.

2. End all economic regulation, including permits to start businesses, licenses to engage in occupations and professions, minimum-wage laws, and price controls. Leave all economic enterprise totally free of any government control, management, or manipulation. Separate economy and state.

3. Totally open the nation’s borders (and internal borders) to the free movement of people, goods, and services. Leave individuals totally free to hire whomever they want, buy from whomever they want, and sell to whomever they want.

4. Do away with a giant military-intelligence establishment and limit the government to the defense of the country. No policing the world. No foreign aid. No foreign military bases. No war on terrorism or war on communism.

5. Separate money and state. Let the free market decide the type of money that is used. No more fiat money. No more central bank. A society based on sound money.

It’s a very “red meat” libertarian argument against government involved welfare, that’s unfortunately going to only appeal to libertarians. People have unfortunately been “conditioned” to think the government has to play a role in making sure people don’t fall into poverty. Arnold Kling’s 2006 argument at Cato Institute is a little less “red meat,” and more on how individuals can help others through volunteering and charitable organizations.

When I sold my business, I decided to go into volunteer teaching. At first, I considered going into the public schools, because the children are so needy. But instead I went into a private school. I think that private schools appreciate help much more, and they also have a portion of needy students. I would rather offer my time and effort through a private school than channel it through an institution of public schools that I regard as corrupted by politics and unable to give priority to the needs of students and their parents…

Charities are in a position to demand something of value from their clients, even if that “something” is nothing more than a human “Thank you.” Charities are also in a position to set the terms under which their clients receive aid and to cut off clients who fail to comply with those terms.

Charities can be flexible in how they handle individuals. One person may need transportation to a job. Another person may need drug rehabilitation. With hands-on involvement and with flexibility, charitable organizations are more likely to discover solutions to the pathologies of poverty.

It appears the Kochs are taking a similar approach by empowering individuals through their own efforts, and the efforts of other nonprofits. Via USA Today:

Americans for Prosperity, the Kochs’ long-standing, largest grass-roots arm, offers “couponing classes.” Another Koch group, the Libre Initiative, hands out free holiday turkeys to Latinos. In 2014, Charles Koch and Koch Industries contributed $25 million to the United Negro College Fund, much of it for scholarships. Koch’s top aides have partnered with the Obama administration in a high-profile push to overhaul the criminal justice system and began an effort to roll back job-licensing laws that Koch argues unfairly exclude the poor and ex-felons from jobs and business opportunities.

Let’s also not forgot free market folks are fans of the arts and making sure their money can be used to help others. Andrew Carnegie built libraries and gave most of his fortune away. John D. Rockefeller Sr. was also involved in charitable efforts, even if his legacy will be tarnished by the claims of bad behavior practices with Standard Oil.

But it doesn’t have to just be “the rich” who help others. People can donate to churches or charities or help the poor by buying them food, clothes, or giving them money for bills. The fact is the government doesn’t have to be involved in the War on Poverty because individuals of all incomes are doing what they can to help. That’s how it should be.

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Witches cast disturbing ‘binding’ spells against Trump as part of ‘the resistance’

The Blaze - 2 hours 31 min ago

On Wednesday, a large Facebook group composed of self-described “witches” cast spells to “bind” President Donald Trump “and all those who abet him.”

The group, which calls itself “Bind Trump,” has more than 2,000 members. Although it’s unclear exactly how many people participated in the event, on the night of the alleged binding ceremony, dozens posted pictures and videos of their anti-Trump rituals.

The witches’ event was scheduled to correspond with the waning crescent moon, and the group’s members used an organized liturgy to wish evil on Trump’s agenda.

Participants were instructed to gather a number of “components” to aid them in their efforts, including a tower tarot card, “an unflattering picture of Trump,” candles, a “Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water,” an ashtray “or a dish of sand” and a feather.

The witches are then instructed to call on “spirits” and “Demons of the infernal realms” to “bind” Trump so “that his malignant works may fail utterly” and to prevent him from harming humans, trees, animals and rocks, among other things.

The witches also condemn “those who enable [Trump’s] wickedness” and ask demons to “Strike down their towers of vanity.”

At the conclusion of this disturbing ceremony, which is quite extensive, the witches are instructed, “Afterward, ground yourself by having a good, hearty laugh, jumping up and down, clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and having a bite to eat. Grounding is very important—don’t neglect it. And remember—he hates people laughing at him.”

The group identifies itself with the anti-Trump “resistance,” a leftist movement backed by high-profile liberals like documentarian Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann. In addition to sharing their demonic (their words) requests, the group members also share the Twitter handles and phone numbers of U.S. senators, an “Anti-Social Guide to Resisting Trump” and the left-wing “Resistance Calendar.”

Future binding events are scheduled for July 21, August 19, September 18, October 17 and many other dates, ending in December 2020, one of the final months of Trump’s first term in office.

According to a report by CBN News, Daniel Asore, a rabbi in Israel, told Breaking Israel News people shouldn’t take these kinds of ceremonies lightly.

“Witchcraft, or its real name, Satanism, is explicitly a power struggle, which is why it is so readily dragged into politics. Satanism, in its essence, pits the adversary against God,” Asore said.

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Democrats Keep Searching for a Message

Real Clear Politics - 2 hours 54 min ago
Dan Balz, Washington Post
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Stephen Hawking issues dire warning: ‘Humans need to leave Earth’

The Blaze - 3 hours 37 min ago

World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking is claiming Earth is on an unstoppable downward trajectory and that humans need to make plans to leave this planet for another inhabitable place if they want to survive.

During a speech at the Norwegian Starmus event, a festival celebrating science and art, Hawking said Earth’s rapidly depleting resources and climate change will make the planet hostile to human life in the future.

“Our physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate,” Hawking said, according to a report by the Evening Express (United Kingdom). “We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change. Rising temperatures, reduction of the polar ice caps, deforestation, and decimation of animal species. We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot.”

Hawking also said the people of Earth are “running out of space” and need to find other worlds to “save us from ourselves.”

“We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds,” Hawking said. “It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.”

This isn’t the first time Hawking has spoken about his belief humans must flee Earth. According to Newsweek, in May, Hawking said, “I strongly believe we should start seeking alternative planets for possible habitation. We are running out of space on Earth and we need to break through the technological limitations preventing us from living elsewhere in the universe.”

Many of Hawking’s arguments have been disputed by other top scientists in the past.

According to data provided by the Columbia University Earth Institute in 2005, only 3 percent of Earth’s land is occupied by areas considered to be “urban.” The vast majority of land remains without significant human settlements.

Hawking’s urgent warning about climate change has also been widely discounted by many influential scientists, including the highly respected Princeton physicist William Happer, who has called climate-change alarmism a “cult” and suggested there are many benefits to increased carbon-dioxide levels, which Hawking and others say are causing the climate to warm.

“There’s a whole area of climate so-called science that is really more like a cult,” Happer told the Guardian (United Kingdom) in February. “It’s like Hare Krishna or something like that. They’re glassy-eyed and they chant. It will potentially harm the image of all science.”

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Senate GOP Bill Fixes Failing Obamacare

Real Clear Politics - 4 hours 9 min ago
Senator Pat Toomey, Philadelphia Inquirer
Despite reports to the contrary, the draft bill keeps Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid, the program for low-income Americans.
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New documents reveal Democrats urged Obama to respond to Russian hacking — but chose to do nothing for months

The Blaze - 4 hours 12 min ago

New documents revealed Friday that former President Barack Obama was urged by Democratic senators in late 2016 to take action against Russia for their apparent cyber meddling in the 2016 election, but failed to do so for weeks.

According to documents obtained by Operation 45, a pro-government transparency organization, Democratic Sens. Diane Feinstein (Calif.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) wrote to then-President Obama in Nov. 2016 urging him to take action against Russia for alleged election meddling.

“We are writing to urge a direct and proportionate response to the Russian Federation’s state-sponsored cyberattacks on the United States’ democratic institutions and the 2016 electoral process. Such attacks cannot be tolerated and the United States must take immediate measures to ensure that those responsible are held to account,” they wrote in a letter to Obama on Nov. 1.

The letter was released last Wednesday after Operation 45 submitted a Freedom of Information Act request.

The letter states that the Department of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence became certain by Oct. 7 that Russian officials were behind the explosive document dumps by WikiLeaks that plagued Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

According to the letter, only the most senior Russian officials could have orchestrated the cyber meddling.

In response to the attack, Feinstein and Cardin wrote that the U.S. must act.

“A cyberattack on our electoral process or any part of our critical political, economic, or military infrastructure is a hostile action that must be countered,” they wrote.

The duo then suggested three courses of action: First, the duo urged the president to freeze the assets of those involved in the cyberattack. Second, they wrote that the U.S. should expand sanctions against Russia and finally they said the U.S. “should consider taking proportional cyber responses beyond sanctions that would shine a direct spotlight on those responsible for the cyberattacks.”

“The United States should make clear that there are costs to engaging in these sorts of cyberattacks, whether by Russia or any other actor,” they wrote.

It’s not clear what immediate actions Obama’s administration took in response to being pressed by members of Congress. However, the response the administration sent to Feinstein and Cardin may shine a light on how seriously the administration was or wasn’t taking the threat from Russia.

Julia Frifield, then the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, replied to both senators individually with the same response, telling them in part that the administration “shared” their concerns and had raised those concerns directly with the Russian government.

Frifield, in a short response letter, went on to reiterate the Obama administration’s policy toward cyber warfare.

“As we have made clear to the Russian government and others, we will not tolerate attempts to interfere with the U.S. Democratic process, and we will take action to protect our interests, including in cyberspace, and we will do so at a time and place of our choosing,” Frifield wrote on Obama’s behalf.

Frifield did not respond directly to suggestions that Feinstein and Cardin urged the administration to take.

It wasn’t until more than a month later that Obama would publicly order a full investigation into allegations that Russia meddled in the election. And it wasn’t until almost two months after Obama received the senators’ letter that he announced increased sanctions against Russia over the allegations.

Those two actions came at a time when the mainstream media was already grilling then-President-elect Trump, his campaign and transition team for alleged ties to Russia, despite the FBI saying in October that they had found zero evidence of ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

But in recent days, more officials are beginning to speak out about how the Obama administration likely dropped the ball on Russia.

Mike Morrell, who served as CIA director under Obama, said Sunday that Obama “failed miserably” in his response to Russia during an appearance on CBS “Face the Nation.”

Then Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a top congressional Democrat, said Sunday it was a “very serious mistake” on Obama’s part to not take action against Russia earlier than he did. Schiff made his comments during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Debate over Nancy Pelosi’s leadership hits Meet the Press

HotAir - 4 hours 31 min ago

I wrote last week about the debate over Nancy Pelosi’s leadership that was spurred by the Democratic loss in Georgia. There was enough hubbub about Pelosi that Meet the Press devoted a 10-minute segment to the question this morning.

Chuck Todd opened the segment by noting that “Groups aligned with President Trump, Speaker Ryan and former Speaker Newt Gingrich spent a combined four and a half million dollars in that race simply to tie Ossoff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.” “The adds made sure that Pelosi’s supposed San Francisco liberalism and Jon Ossoff were indistinguishable, as you can see in these ads. And apparently it worked,” he added.

Rep. Tim Ryan, who previously challenged Pelosi for the leadership position, said “It’s not necessarily her fault. They’ve spent, I would say, hundreds of millions of dollars against her.” He continued, “I’ve got enormous respect for Nancy Pelosi. I love Nancy Pelosi. She’s helped me throughout my career and she was a tremendous Speaker.” But Ryan added, “This is completely unfair but the reality is the reality…We have to go into 2018 with a leader who has been damaged.” Ryan then made the case that Democrats’ ability to help people was being hampered by their inability to win elections (and by implication, Pelosi was limiting their ability to do that).

Right on cue, Republican groups made it known that Pelosi will continue to be “front and center” in campaigns against Democrats around the country. From the Hill:

“Nancy Pelosi will be front and center in the millions of dollars we’re going to spend over the next two years across the country,” said Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) executive director Corry Bliss, whose group spent almost $7 million in the Georgia election cycle…

“This midterm is going to be a referendum on Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco liberal values,” Bliss said. “That’s what the elections are going to be about … We saw a little glimpse of that on Tuesday.”…

“Nancy Pelosi is the gift that keeps on giving. She represents everything wrong about the Democrat Party,” said Andrea Bozek, a former NRCC aide who helped on Handel’s campaign.

So with fresh evidence that tying Ossoff to Pelosi worked, Republicans are promising more of the same next year. There are only two outcomes here. Either Pelosi stays, in which case she becomes the face of Democrats in GOP ad campaigns around the country. Or, the other option, is that Pelosi is pushed out, creating anger among the more progressive wing of the party just as they are heading into an election season. Either outcome seems to create serious problems for Democrats who are desperate to exploit President Trump’s poor poll numbers.

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Step Aside, Pelosi, and Let Someone Else Have a Turn

Real Clear Politics - 4 hours 58 min ago
Linda Stasi, NY Daily News
As long as the Botox-challenged, old-fashioned leader remains too long at the helm, the Democrats are doomed.
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Johnny Depp Is Lucky He's a Democrat

Real Clear Politics - 4 hours 59 min ago
Joe Simonson, Heat Street
Poor Johnny Depp. Despite earning more than $650 million over 13 or so years, he’s gone near broke. While a rational person might try and cull his $2-million-a-month lifestyle, Depp apparently thought the best way to rehabilitate his image was to tell a half-edgy joke about killing the president.
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The Wonder Woman Wowing the Box Office

Real Clear Politics - 4 hours 59 min ago
Berwick & Reed, Financial Times
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Sketchy Firm Behind Trump Dossier Stalling Investigators

Real Clear Politics - 4 hours 59 min ago
Paul Sperry, NY Post
A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratâ?¦
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McConnell Will Cause Many to Suffer

Real Clear Politics - 5 hours 49 sec ago
Al Cross, Louisville Courier-Journal
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GOP Bill Isn't Great, But It's Better Than Obamacare

Real Clear Politics - 5 hours 51 sec ago
David Harsanyi, The Federalist
The Republicans have a chance to begin reforming the system by unraveling Obamacare. Can they really afford to pass up this opportunity?
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Ossoff's Loss Has a Silver Lining for Democrats

Real Clear Politics - 5 hours 56 sec ago
Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine
The emergence of a new game plan, from persuasion to motivation.
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President Trump and the 'Mean Girls' of the Media

Real Clear Politics - 5 hours 1 min ago
Frank Miele, Daily Inter Lake
The preening journalists who have made a profession out of hounding Donald Trump probably see themselves as av
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Trumpmania Cools in This Pennsylvania Town

Real Clear Politics - 5 hours 1 min ago
Albert Hunt, Bloomberg
A Democratic mayor invited the Republican insurgent to visit last summer. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
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