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May 16, 2017: Independent Journal Review: Family of Murdered DNC Staffer
Seth Rich Speaks Out After Shocking Report Ignites WikiLeaks Conspiracy
The family of murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich refuted a shocking report suggesting he was in contact with WikiLeaks before his death. The report, based on the unconfirmed claims of a private investigator, ignited new conspiracy theories about Rich's tragic murder on social media.  Rich was gunned down on a Washington, D.C., street close to his home in what police believe was possibly a botched robbery.

May 16: The HillDems Prepare to launch “Resistance Summer”
The Democratic National Committee is attempting to harness resistance to President Trump into a national effort aimed at building out state and local party ranks.  Billed as the "Resistance Summer," the DNC will hold events with allies across the country in early June before sponsoring a national training summit in the hopes of registering scores of new Democratic voters.  The move is the first concrete action from Democrats’ promise to return to a "50-state solution" in light of massive Republican gains in state legislatures across the country. 

May 16: The Daily Caller: Dems want Trump to provide transcript of meeting with the Russians
A report in the Washington Post Monday that said the president disclosed information about a terrorist threat from the Islamic State in a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. This drew concern and outcry from Capitol Hill, and now several Democratic lawmakers are demanding the White House release a transcript of the meeting — if one exists.

May 9: The Daily Caller: Honduran Official:  Exodus after Texas enacts anti-sanctuary city law
Honduras’ deputy foreign minister is preparing for an exodus of Hondurans from Texas after the state outlawed sanctuary cities.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law on Sunday night, which calls for criminal penalties for sheriffs and police chiefs whose agencies refuse to comply with federal immigration detainers. Travis County, home to Austin, has refused to comply with dozens of immigration detainers including those for immigrants accused of sexual assault.

May 9: Fox News: Why was Director Comey canned?
President Trump’s seemingly abrupt decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey was made at the recommendation of top Justice Department officials who claimed that his controversial handling of the Hillary Clinton email case last year rendered him unfit for the position.  Comey had been the subject of a review by the very top of the Trump Justice Department. Newly confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein penned an extensive memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlining concerns with Comey’s conduct during and after the Clinton email probe.

May 8: The Daily CallerConservatives lavish praise on Trump’s new judicial picks
Conservative legal scholars lavished praise on President Donald Trump’s latest round of judicial nominations, calling the list a vindication of a central campaign pledge.  The New York Times’ Adam Liptak reported late Sunday that the administration will submit ten nominees to judicial vacancies around the country early this week. Five of the nominations will be to federal appeals courts, four to district courts, and one to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Two of the district court nominees are individuals who former President Barack Obama originally selected.

May 8: The Hill: Appeals Court hears testimony on Trump travel ban
A Richmond-based federal appeals court grappled Monday with the legality of President Trump’s travel ban, which was blocked by a Maryland district court judge.  The court appeared divided over whether Trump’s statements during the 2016 presidential campaign about blocking Muslims from entering the country should be considered.  That was the reason why the Maryland district judge held up the travel order — a revised version of Trump’s initial plan — which blocked people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. 

May 8: The Daily CallerJudge’s advice to all who don’t like the Texas law:
Judge Napolitano gave some simple advice to people who are angry with Texas Governor Abbott’s crackdown on sanctuary cities: move.  Kennedy of Fox News asked Judge Napolitano if federalism could be a potential solution to the sanctuary city debate, by “allowing different states to have a different [immigration] threshold.”  “Well that’s the beauty of Reagan’s statement when he said that you ought to be able to vote with your feet,” Judge Napolitano responded. “So if you don’t like the law in Texas, move to Oklahoma.”

May 8: The Hill: McConnell: Obamacare replacement bill won’t be quick
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is signaling that the Senate will not quickly pass legislation to reform the nation's healthcare system after a bill cleared the House last week.  "This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done," McConnell said on Monday. He added that "to those who have suffered enough already my message is this: We hear you, and Congress is acting."

May 5: The Daily Caller: Dept. of State told to release latest batch of Hillary’s server emails
A federal judge ordered the Department of State to release new emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi, a nonprofit government watchdog group announced Friday.  Two previously unreleased emails have a subject line “Quick Summary of POTUS Calls to Presidents of Libya and Egypt” and were sent two days after terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, according to Judicial Watch.

April 5: Fox News: Unmasking had detailed info on everyday activities
The intelligence reports at the center of the Susan Rice unmasking controversy were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator’s file, according to a Republican congressman familiar with the documents. "This is information about their everyday lives," Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said. "Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on.”

May 5: Fox News: Extreme vetting process unveiled
Following through on President Trump’s campaign promise to put immigrants to the U.S. through “extreme vetting," the State Department announced new proposals Thursday to increase the screening of certain applicants, including requesting social media handles.

May 5: Fox News: GOP Repeal and Replace bill could cut $1 trillion in taxes
The Republican-authored American Health Care Act would drastically overhaul the nation's health insurance system.  Supporters claimed the bill would lower premiums and give struggling patients more choice. Opponents say it would leave vulnerable and elderly customers facing higher costs and lead to less coverage.  According to the White House, the cuts amount to $1 trillion.  Most the changes, however, won’t be implemented until 2018, at the earliest.

May 5: The Daily Caller: Trump signs Continuing Resolution: Dems love, Conservatives hate:
No Democrat senators voted against the omnibus spending bill President Trump signed Friday.  The $1.1 trillion measure will keep the government funded through September and has been panned by many conservatives. When it was voted on by the House of Representatives, 103 Republicans voted against the bill supported by both Speaker Ryan and the Trump administration. The American Conservative Union opposed the legislation, and radio commentator Rush Limbaugh asked Vice President Mike Pence, “What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gonna continue to win practically 95 percent of their objectives?”

May 5: The Hill: Jobless rate lowest since 2007
The U.S. economy added a robust 211,000 jobs in April, which was better than expected as the labor market rebounded after a weak start to the year.  The unemployment rate fell from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent, the lowest since May 2007, before the recession started, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

May 5: The Daily Caller: Russia moves to bar US military from skies over Syria:
The Russian government is attempting to bar the U.S. from most of Syria’s airspace in its latest effort to implement a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war, a senior diplomat told reporters attending the ceasefire conference Friday in Kazakhstan. Russia’s special envoy to Syria Aleksandr Lavrentiev said the U.S. led international coalition against ISIS would only be allowed to strike ISIS’s capital along with “some populated areas in the area of the Euphrates, Deir al-Zour and further on the Iraqi territory.” He emphatically declared, “The work of aviation, especially the forces of the international coalition, is absolutely not envisaged. With notification or without notification, this issue is now closed.”

May 4: Fox News: Russian Jets approach Alaska, prompting Air Force response 
Two Russian Bear bombers -- escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets -- entered Alaska's Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.  The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday.  It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets escort Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska.

May 4: Fox News: House Passes North Korean Sanctions Bill
The House overwhelmingly voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on North Korea amid heightened tensions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.  The vote, 419-1, targets North Korea’s shipping industry and use of slave labor.   It also requires that the Trump administration report to Congress within 90 days on whether North Korea should be reinstated on the government’s state sponsors of terror list. Such a designation would trigger more sanctions, including restriction on U.S. foreign assistance.  Adm. Harry Harris Jr., the top American military officer in the Pacific, has warned lawmakers that it's a question of when, not if, Pyongyang successfully builds a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S.

May 4: The Hill: House passes compromise Obamacare repeal and replace legislation
House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system.  The narrow 217-213 vote is a victory for GOP leaders, who faced a tumultuous path to getting the bill to the floor. The measure had to be pulled in March because of a lack of votes, but a series of deals since then brought on board the conservative Freedom Caucus and then wavering moderates.  Twenty Republicans voted against the bill, most of them centrists hailing from swing districts that Democrats are targeting in 2018.

May 1: McClatchy DC: Republicans prepare for war, with each other!
Look out, Republicans up for re-election in 2018. Look out, House Speaker Paul Ryan.  The fiery, never-give-in ultra-conservative wing of the GOP is highly displeased with the budget agreement reached this week.   “Instead of fighting for President Trump’s conservative budget priorities, they have surrendered to the Democrats once again,” Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who heads the Senate Conservatives Fund, said of congressional Republican leaders.  Democrats are elated over the $1.07 trillion budget deal, which reads almost like an Obama administration blueprint.

May 1: CNNObamacare Repeal and Replace on the Verge of Defeat
The White House and congressional Republicans are in serious danger of not having enough votes to pass their health care bill.  Several Republicans have come out Monday against the current measure to repeal and replace Obamacare, bringing the CNN whip count to 21 Republicans, mostly moderates, opposed to the bill with at least 17 lawmakers still undecided. There is no vote scheduled and it's unclear if there will be one before the House leaves for a week-long break Friday.

May 1: The Wall Street Journal: Pre-existing conditions divide House GOP on Healthcare bill
A number of states would likely pursue waivers in the House Republican health plan enabling them to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions who let their coverage lapse, health analysts said.  The waivers are the latest twist to the House GOP proposal that would topple most of the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new plan that would bring steep Medicaid cuts and refundable tax credits to help people obtain health insurance if they don’t get it from their job.  Many Republicans say that giving insurers more flexibility in what kind of plans to offer, and how to price them, would create competition and drive down premiums.

May 1: Yahoo News: North Koreans warn of nuclear test at any time
North Korea warned Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test "at any time and at any location" set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region.  Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test -- and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response.

 


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