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It's Here: Senate Releases
New liar-nObamacare 'Repeal Bill'
by Katie Pavlich
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Freedom Caucus WARNS Ryan –
DELAY RECESS, Pass Trump Agenda OR ELSE
by Rick Wells
{rickwells.us} ~ Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is getting pressure from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and other conservative House members to delay the August recess... so Republicans have a chance to pass at least some parts of President Trump’s agenda. The do-nothing Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday that he would be delaying their August recess by two weeks. Ryan followed that with a declaration that in the House they are “far ahead of the pace” and therefore would not be delaying their vacation. They are on pace to do nothing, according to Meadows’ calculations. Meadows spoke at the Capitol Hill “Conversations with Conservatives” event on Thursday, saying, “We’re almost at the 200-day mark. It’s not a good story.” He did an analysis of what remains to be done versus the expected time it would take to accomplish it and there’s no room for a five week vacation. If they stick to the current schedule, a tax reform package will not happen... http://rickwells.us/freedom-caucus-warns-ryan-delay-recess-pass-tru...
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China Shipping Troops to Base in Africa
by Martin Lioll
{conservativetribune.com} ~ China has just begun sending a very dangerous weapon — its troops — to a base in the East African nation of Djibouti just miles from where a U.S. special operations base is located... According to American Military News, the base in Djibouti will be China’s first such outpost overseas. Beijing has billed it as a “logistics facility” to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden as well as a major outpost to help launch African peacekeeping efforts. The base, which began construction in early 2016, isn’t operational yet. However, a batch of personnel departed from a naval base in Zhanjiang on Tuesday. “The base will ensure China’s performance of missions, such as escorting, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and west Asia,” a report from Beijing’s state-run Xinhua news agency read, according to the South China Morning Post... http://conservativetribune.com/china-shipping-weapon-base/?utm_sour...
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So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel
 
by Alan M. Dershowitz
{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ Several prominent American Zionists – including long-time supporters of Israel – are so outraged at the Israeli government's recent decision regarding the Western Wall and non-orthodox conversion... that they are urging American Jews to reduce or even eliminate their support for Israel. According to an article by Elliott Abrams in Mosaic, Ike Fisher a prominent member of the AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] board, threatened to "suspend" all further financial support for Israel. Daniel Gordis, a leading voice for Conservative Judaism, urged American Jews to cancel their El Al tickets and fly Delta or United. He also proposed "withholding donations to Israeli hospitals, so that 'They start running out of money' and 'begin to falter.'" This sort of emotional response is reminiscent of the temper tantrum outgoing President Barak liar-nObama engaged in when he refused to veto the UN's recent anti-Israel resolution. I strongly disagree both with the Israeli government's capitulation to the minority of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who wield far too much influence in Israeli politics, and with the proposals to cut back on support for Israel by some of my fellow critics of the Israeli government's recent decisions with regard to religion...https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10681/so-now-american-zionists-w...
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New Evidence liar-Hillary Used
State Dept. To Enrich liar-Clinton Foundation
by Jeff Dunetz
{lidblog.com} ~ None of this takes away from the absolutely stupid way Team Trump has handled the legal meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and anywhere up to five Russians... But it would be an unexpected pleasant case of the MSM actually doing their jobs if they covered the latest examples or any of the earlier ones of former Secretary of State liar-Hillary Clinton using the State Department thus taxpayer money to help the liar-Clinton Family Foundation, make tons of cash. On Friday, Judicial Watch, one of the few organizations digging for the truth, released  448 pages of documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing new examples of Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to the former state dept. chief providing special State Department treatment to major donors to the liar-Clinton Foundation and political campaigns. Much of the explanation below comes directly from the Judicial Watch explanation of the emails... http://lidblog.com/enrich-clinton-foundation/
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In Just Six Minutes, Everything
You Need to Know about Spending Caps

by Daniel J. Mitchell
{cato.org} ~ Back in April, I shared a new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity that explained how poor nations can become rich nations by following the recipe of small government and free markets... Now CF&P has released another video. Narrated by Yamila Feccia from Argentina, it succinctly explains - using both theory and evidence - why spending caps are the most prudent and effective way of achieving good fiscal results... https://www.cato.org/blog/just-six-minutes-everything-you-need-know...
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It's Here: Senate Releases
New liar-nObamacare 'Repeal Bill'
by Katie Pavlich
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townhall.com} ~ After a tense morning of closed door meetings on Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans have released their version of an liar-nObamacare repeal bill in hopes of getting it to the floor next week for a vote.
 
The Better Care Act is seen as a compromise between moderate and conservative factions among GOP senators and keeps a number of liar-nObamacare taxes and subsidies in place. Without any Democrat support, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two Republican votes.
 
"This is our opportunity to make a difference. It's time to build a bridge away from liar-nObamcare's failures and toward relief for those who need it," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate Floor Thursday. "It's time to rise to the occasion. The American people deserve better than the pain of liar-nObamacare...the time to deliver that, is next week."
 
McConnell argued the 172-page long legislation improves on the previous Senate bill, which was essentially dead on arrival, and provides stability to the insurance markets. He also highlighted the bill's bolstering of resources to combat the opioid crisis, which is backed up by an increase in spending. Additional spending has also been allocated as a way to reduce premium costs. Health Savings Accounts will be eligible for use toward premium payments.  
 
An amendment offered by Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee is not included in its original form. Phil Klein breaks that aspect down:
The bill does not include an amendment from Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, as originally written, but it includes a provision that’s based on the idea. Under the original proposal, an insurer that offered a plan that met all of liar-nObamacare’s requirements in a state could then offer any additional plans free of the regulations. A new version would set up a fund to help cover those with higher medical costs, but to access the money, an insurer would have to offer at least one compliant plan. At that point, the insurer can offer plans that get around nine of the insurance requirements. The idea is to provide more choices of lower premium plans to healthier individuals with low medical costs who have seen their premiums soar under liar-nObamacare. The waivable requirements include: the requirement to offer all plans to those with pre-existing conditions, the requirement that all plans meet a certain actuarial value, the community rating requirement preventing insurers from pricing plans based on health status, and the mandate that all plans cover a certain set of essential health benefits. Full list here. It’s important to keep in mind that the bill would not waive the requirement that all states have a single risk pool, which means both the compliant plans offered on the liar-nObamacare exchange and the exempted plans being offered off the exchange would be in the same risk pool. Expect the effects of that distinction to be hotly debated among wonks today.

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ALERT ALERT

Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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