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What’s Wrong With Intel Committee Chairman
Briefing Commander-In-Chief?
by Rick Wells
 Who's to Blame for the GOP's Health Care Debacle? 
By Todd Johnson: The Grand Old Party's failure Friday to even hold a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was a shock to veteran political observers and Republican voters alike. This weekend, many of the party faithful began to contemplate what went wrong and who should be held accountable. Blame is one thing; what to do next is another. To take that next step, though, we need to know how we got here.
          Considering the size of the mess, there is a lot of culpability to go around. Some point to President Donald Trump, saying that his low approval ratings, along with his neglect of any guiding framework about health care policy in general, caused the efforts to collapse. His cajoling, threats and ultimatum failed.
          Reason's Peter Suderman argues, "This is the danger of a president who is so disinterested in policy particulars, especially when, like Trump, he expects to maintain a central role in the process. Trump's character — his personal style and his habits of mind — prevent him from effectively negotiating complex legislation. And in this case, it meant that even with control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans couldn't put together an liar-nObamacare repeal bill that could pass, or was worth passing. It's a problem that is likely to continue to haunt conservative policy goals for as long as Trump is president."
          And just as we warned Friday, Trump blames conservatives. "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & liar-nOcare!" he tweeted.
          Others also blame the recalcitrant Freedom Caucus (which would gladly take credit for defeating a bad bill) and "moderate" Republicans, who often times have seemed more interested in starting an internecine war with one another than in passing comprehensive legislation.
          But let's take a look at the sizeable role House Speaker Paul Ryan played in this debacle. Ryan was not only the public face of the effort to pass the AHCA but also served as the primary architect of the plan and, in his role as speaker, he controlled the legislative calendar. Throughout key times in the process, Ryan made questionable judgments about his own caucus and the bill itself, and in the end, it was his failure to lead that brought about catastrophic results.
          The Federalist's Ben Domenech asserts, "Yes, AHCA failure is a failure for the president, but it's much more a failure for House leadership and Paul Ryan. They had seven years to prepare for this moment, and they failed to do so sufficiently." Not just that, he marvels, "How do you end up with, after seven years, a bill opposed by every major conservative, elderly, and doctors groups?" Indeed, the GOP bill had almost no public support.
          Now, some may feel this criticism of Speaker Ryan is unwarranted and that the seeds of dysfunction in the Republican Party were planted many years ago. It is true that the party of Lincoln has had its share of infighting over the last decade, most recently when Ryan's predecessor, Congressman John backstabber-Boehner, resigned from the speaker post in 2015. However, when the 45-year-old Ryan took the gavel becoming the youngest speaker since the 19th century, he was a 17-year veteran of Congress so he had full knowledge of the atmospherics on Capitol Hill and that he was going to be dealing with an unruly and divided House GOP conference.
          That's why it's surprising that Ryan didn't seem to take the concerns of the Freedom Caucus and the centrist portions of his party more seriously over the last year. His initial misstep was the release of "A Better Way" back in June 2016. He hoped that the document would serve as a uniting policy document for the Republican Party. While the portions focused on tax reform and national security were embraced by many conservatives, the same could not be said for the health care section. It wasn't clear on how liar-nObamaCare would be repealed or how the proposed solutions would be funded. It also seemed to be a continuation of the Republican message that liar-nObamaCare was so bad that any proposal would be better. It was a disappointing first step for a leader who had spent the previous six years criticizing the Affordable Care Act.
          Ryan's next major gaffe was the poorly constructed bill he showcased in early March. The initial legislation was panned for different reasons by members of his party and, of course, Democrats. It wasn't just politicians in the nation's capital who had real issues with his work. It was Republican governors, think tanks, and the Congressional Budget Office. All of these distinct groups had significant concerns over the proposed legislation, ranging from the number of people who would be without health insurance to cuts in Medicare spending.
          Ryan and Trump initially tried to stem criticism of the initial bill by saying that the criticisms were unwarranted but they soon realized that their antagonists' messaging was gaining traction and that they would have to react. On March 20, House Republicans modified their original bill but it did little to assuage the fears of their opponents. The new CBO numbers showed that Ryan's revised plan would only cut the federal deficit by $150 billion (instead of twice that much) and still not provide coverage to 24 million Americans. In the end, those changes didn't swing undecided Republican voters — at least not toward the bill.
          Still, while many critics are already starting to produce requiems for Paul Ryan and the Republican Party, those assessments are premature at best. However, going forward, Ryan must learn from his grievous miscalculations and do a better job of leading his fractured party.
          Ryan now says, "We're going to be living with liar-nObamaCare for the foreseeable future." And Trump has promised to just move onto issues he actually cares about, while dismissively saying, "[T]he best thing we can do politically speaking is let liar-nObamaCare explode."
          The effort to repeal and replace liar-nObamaCare cannot end with this defeat. Conservatives shouldn't lament this bill, but we also shouldn't let our elected representatives give up. Too much has been given over the last seven years to achieve this goal to let this be the end.  ~The Patriot Post
“Incidental” Trump Data Mining Had
To Be “Accidentally On Purpose”
by Rick Wells
{} ~ Lt Col Tony Shaffer marks the passing of two weeks since the Saturday morning tweets by President Trump stating his belief that the liar-nObama regime had wiretapped his communications... Shaffer cleans up what has transpired in that period of time and what we now know. Shaffer says, “We know now that the basic fundamental idea and claim is true. Something happened and we have to understand that when Mr. Trump tweet ‘wiretapping,’ it wasn’t two pair of cable being tapped in, it’s ‘data,’ phone numbers, data; and Trump Tower, I think is euphemistic like the whole campaign.” Shaffer continues, “So what we know now is there was some level of collection, not relating to the ‘Russia investigation’ or Russia issue,’ that has now come forward. And I think what we’re seeing now here, frankly, is a work of walking the razor’s edge. We have to be careful about giving up what we call tools, techniques and technology of how things were collected. At the same time, we know now that even if this collection was done legally, the unmasking of names and the dissemination are probably felony-level crimes, that break not only protocol but break the law.”...
How Many Arab Land Claims Are Real?
{} ~ A new housing project planned in the town of Efrat south of Jerusalem overcame the last major hurdle recently, when Arab claims to the land were exposed as false... The claim made by an Arab resident of the nearby village of Al-Khader delayed construction of the housing project by more than a year, blocking all work on the neighborhood, which is planned to include 50 homes. According to an Israel Radio report, a court proved that the Arab claimant had no basis of ownership, and that the claim on the land was entirely false...
Dept. of Justice will cut off and
'claw back' funding for sanctuary cities
by Sarah Westwood
{} ~ Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Trump administration would cut off all funding to sanctuary cities and work to "claw back" funds from jurisdictions that choose to ignore federal immigration requirements... "Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk," Sessions said during a rare appearance in the White House briefing room. "The vast majority of the American people support this common sense requirement." Sessions said cities that knowingly refuse to detain undocumented immigrants who are "known felons under federal detainer requests" will face consequences from the Department of Justice moving forward...  http://www.
liar-nObama's FBI 'wanted us dead'
by Bob Unruh
{} ~ Pamela Geller, a free-speech activist and harsh critic of Islamic supremacism, has charged that the FBI, under Barack liar-nObama, likely wanted her dead... Geller, the author of “Stop the Islamization of America,” said in a radio interview that she based her assessment on a new report that the FBI apparently knew of the planned terrorist attack on the conference she held in Garland, Texas, in 2015, but it did nothing to stop it. “This is egregious. I submit to you the FBI, under the liar-nObama administration, wanted us dead,” she said on WABC New York’s “Bernie and Sid Show.” “I want to know why there was not an FBI SWAT team there. I want to know why there was no one there, to repel this attack. It is shocking.”...
U.S. Leads Nations In Boycott Of U.N.
by Alicia
{} ~ The United States joined around three dozen other nations in boycotting a conference at the U.N. on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons... Other nations boycotting the five-day talks included Russia, China, Great Britain, France, South Korea and Albania. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warns about the threat of nuclear weapons. “But in this day and time, we can’t honestly say that we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have them and those of us that are good trying to keep peace and safety not to have them.”
What’s Wrong With Intel Committee Chairman
Briefing Commander-In-Chief?
by Rick Wells
{} ~ John Dickerson interviewed Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Sunday, starting off with a question regarding the House Intelligence Committee, of which he is a member. He asked if Chairman Devin Nunes has “shown you any of what caused him to suggest that liar-nObama officials doing surveillance captured some Trump campaign associates and then unmasked them in the process of investigating?” Gowdy says he’s hasn’t had it shown to him, that he’s vaguely familiar with it, no more or less so than Adam Schiff.

Gowdy says, “I’ll just tell you this, Chairman Nunes briefed the Commander-in-Chief on matters unrelated to the Russia investigations, so if that’s a big deal in Washington then we’ve sunk to a new low.” Dickerson tries again, saying, “Well, I guess Congressman Schiff would say that the President is the one that’s a part of this investigation being done by the Committee so that the Chairman shouldn’t be talking to him.”

Gowdy replies, “Well then let me repeat what I said. The Chairman of House Intel briefed the Commander-in-Chief on something that has nothing to do with the Russia investigation. So if the Commander-in-Chief cannot be briefed by the Chairperson of the House Intel Committee on a matter that has nothing to do with the FBI investigation, then I don’t know what they can talk about, John. He’s the Commander-in-Chief.”

Dickerson moves on to the next Democrat goal, stripping the authority of Nunes, who is apparently getting too close to the truth for their comfort, and replacing it with a predetermined outcome commission modeled after the Warren or 9/11 Commissions – an elaborate cover up.

Dickerson asks, “So if this is an issue outside of the one that they’re investigating at the moment, in the committee and the one that you’re investigating, should it then be taken out of this investigation? Have a separate investigation on both what Chairman Nunes has discovered this week and then also one that you’re quite concerned about, which is the leaks that have been in the paper, some of them potentially illegal. Get that out of this question of Russia, to keep things from getting mixed the way they appear to have.”

Gowdy responds, “Well, they are separate and I heard my friend from California mention an independent commission, thank goodness we have one, it’s call the FBI. The FBI has counterintelligence jurisdiction and they have criminal jurisdiction. And what we learned on Monday and it’s about the only thing we learned on Monday, was that the FBI is investigating both.”

He says, “They are the world’s premier law enforcement agency, they are independent, you have women and men at the Department of Justice who have dedicated  their careers to the blind pursuit of justice, it doesn’t get any more independent than that. So we have an independent entity investigating counterintelligence and allegations of potential criminality, let Congress do its job, which is to provide oversight over the intelligence community.”

Dickerson asks as to the pace and results of the investigation into the masking component and being able to make a judgment as to the propriety of what took place. Gowdy says it’s just another reason to get Director Comey and Admiral Rogers back for hearings, this time behind closed doors on Tuesday, saying “it’s incredibly important.” He notes that Schiff is right that incidental collection of data does occur but says he wishes that those on the left would be “a little more outraged” about “the political use of that unmasking.” He also shares his frustration with the inherent shortcomings of attempting to conduct serious and discrete inquiries in a public setting.
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