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  2. The Blaze The Senate voted 48-50 to reject a spending cuts bill proposed by the White House. Two Republicans crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats to kill the measure. What was in the bill? The Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act proposed $15 billion in cuts between 2018 and 2028. The money would be cut from a number of different departments, including Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development. However, the Washington Post noted that most of the spending would involve funds that the government could not spend anyway, including $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program that mostly came from an expired and unusable account. When these programs are factored in, the total amount of budget cuts to be spread over the 11-year time period comes to around $1 billion. How did the senators vote? Senate Democrats did not have the numbers to kill this bill without help from their Republican colleagues. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted against the bill, as did Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who typically supports Trump’s policies. Burr’s office told the Washington Post that he was concerned about $16 million in cuts to the U.S. Forest Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund projects. Burr has called for the extension of the fund, which is set to expire in September. ________ Sounds like he was worried about not getting his share of the pork barrel...
  3. Global News Recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018, the prime minister announced on Wednesday afternoon. Justin Trudeau confirmed the long-awaited start date during Question Period in Ottawa, ending months of speculation surrounding when, precisely, Canadians will be able to purchase and consume the drug legally. The Liberals had initially aimed for July 1, Canada Day, but procedural issues and delays prevented them from reaching that target. READ MORE: Are video games, not urine tests, the key to addressing pot in the workplace? The legislation outlining the federal government’s approach to legal pot (Bill C-45) passed the Senate on Tuesday night after a tense few days of legislative ping-pong between the Red Chamber and House of Commons. The bill is expected to receive royal assent within days, but that, in itself, will not lift Canada’s near-century-old cannabis prohibition. ________ Oh, Cana-Dude...
  4. CNBC President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that he says will keep migrant families together during detention on the U.S.-Mexico border. The president backed down from his administration's policy of splitting migrant families, which for days the White House insisted could only end through congressional action. Facing a nationwide uproar and bipartisan calls to at least temporarily end the practice, the president said he "didn't like the sight or feeling of families being separated." Trump said he will not end the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting every adult who crosses U.S. borders illegally, including those seeking asylum. The White House also will keep pressure on Congress to pass legislation that meets Trump's goals of halting the separation practice, funding his proposed border wall and limiting legal immigration. "We're keeping families together and this will solve that problem. At the same time we are keeping a very powerful border and there continues to be a zero tolerance," Trump told reporters before he signed the order. It was not immediately clear Wednesday what would happen to the children already separated from their parents. The order did not appear to address how the government would go about reuniting families. ________ Trump reverses himself?
  5. MRCTV Jun 20, 2018 https://www.mrctv.org/blog/eminent-do... The Mahoneys, and all the owners in the area, are willing to sell their land to Foxconn at prices they determine as acceptable, but they refuse to be driven away via eminent domain. _________________________________________________________ Geee....?
  6. Trump Administration Action Could Lower Health Care Costs, Expand Coverage for Small Business Employees Fred Lucas June 19 2018 A new Labor Department regulation finalized Tuesday—which will make it easier for small businesses to pool resources to negotiate with large employers—will expand health care coverage for 4 million Americans by 2023, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Out of that 4 million—who were previously required to buy on the individual market through Obamacare exchanges—400,000 do not have insurance, according to a May 23 CBO report. Further, under “association health plans,” premiums are estimated to decrease between $1,900 and $4,100 per year, a senior Department of Labor official told The Daily Signal during a background briefing with two reporters Monday. (Snip)
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  8. The Daily Signal Fred Lucas June 20, 2018 A group of Republican senators led by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah called Tuesday for a vote on rescinding almost $15 billion in previously appropriated but unspent funds that were identified by the White House earlier this year. The House narrowly passed the rescission measure earlier this month on a 210-206 vote. “This $15 billion is only a subset of the $21 trillion debt we’ve accumulated, but it’s a start,” Lee said at a Capitol Hill press conference. “We’ve got to start somewhere.” In May, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said, “If the House is able to pass the rescissions package, we’ll take a look at it.” Lee was joined by six co-sponsors of the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act. The bill would formally rescind $14.7 billion in appropriated but unspent funds identified by the White House on May 8. One rationale for the rescission is to help eliminate a “use it or lose it” mentality in federal agencies, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said at the press conference. (Snip)
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  11. CRUX John L. Allen Jr. Jun 15, 2018 Randi Sulaiman, 24, left, and Diyar Manuel, 32, right, of the New Hope Trauma Center of Iraq in Alqosh. (Credit: Crux/Ines San Martin.) [Editor’s note: This series has been made possible by support from Aid to the Church in Need, a papal foundation supporting persecuted Christians around the world.] ALQOSH, Iraq - After the Islamic State was driven out of the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq in 2017, the scale of destruction left behind in a chain of historically Christian villages was staggering. This is one case in which numbers do, more or less, tell the tale. 1,233 Christian houses totally destroyed 3,502 Christian houses burnt 8,217 Christian houses partially damaged 34 Church properties wiped out 132 Church properties burnt 197 Church properties damaged in some way To rebuild the Christian presence here meant that more than 13,000 structures would have to be restored in whole or part. Doing precisely that is the ambitious aim of the “Nineveh Plains Reconstruction Project,” a joint effort of three Christian churches here with the backing of Catholic organizations such as the papal foundation Aid to the Church in Need and the Knights of Columbus, as well as other actors such as the government of Hungary. (Snip) In an environment in which governments have essentially cut entire communities loose, refusing to provide real security or even basic public services, and where those communities are an embattled minority surrounded on all sides by often-hostile forces, the priest is the only authority holding things together. Priests here build houses, they run public services, they distribute aid and mediate disputes - they do whatever needs to be done, driven by what their people need at a given moment to survive. “I’m walking with normal people who have a normal life every day,” Hanna said. “I can feel what they’re feeling, and if I don’t do something about it, who will?”
  12. Thanks for the humpday toons Pookie. :-)
  13. Hillel Neuer on Trump and the UN Human Rights Council
  14. Two Christians Murdered, One Assaulted By Radical Islamists In Nigeria "Fulani herdsmen have continued to kill innocent Christians in our villages, yet the Nigerian government has not taken proactive measures to end the onslaught." Jacob Airey June 20, 2018 Two Christians were brutally murdered and one viciously attacked by radical Islamist Fulani herdsmen near the village of Kwall located in the Plateau state in Nigeria. On June 10, the three friends Ibrahim Weyi, Larry More, and Samuel Weyi were travelling home on a motorcycle after a Sunday worship service at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in the Bassa area when they were ambushed by the Islamic extremists, according to a Morning Star News report. Ibrahim Weyi and More were hacked to death by machetes while Samuel Weyi remains in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit in the city of Jos. A local resident explained, "Fulani herdsmen have continued to kill innocent Christians in our villages, yet the Nigerian government has not taken proactive measures to end the onslaught." The local authorities have stated that there is an investigation into the brutal murders, but that has not given the Christians any comfort. (Snip)
  15. Will Chuck Schumer Keep Family Separation Alive? David French June 19, 2018 The New York Times has published a good news/bad news report about Congressional efforts to override the Trump administration and end family separation. First, the good news — Senate Republicans are flexing their muscles: (Snip) This sounds a lot like the Ted Cruz proposal he floated last night (minus, perhaps, the unrealistic 14 day time limit on asylum claims). While the exact language is still in the works, the outline of the legislation is promising. It’s focused on the precise problem at hand and doesn’t tie the plight of separated families to larger immigration issues — an almost sure-fire way to torpedo the bill. So that’s encouraging, right? It’s evidence that Congress is moving to assert its constitutional authority to check the executive branch, right? Not so fast. Chuck Schumer has other ideas. Here’s our bad news: "But Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, immediately shot down the Republican approach, saying that Mr. Trump could — and should — use his executive authority, not legislation, to quickly end the family separations. “There are so many obstacles to legislation, and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Mr. Schumer said." (Snip)
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  17. Steven Crowder Jun 19, 2018 Steven Crowder takes to the streets of Austin to have real conversations with everyday people on hot button issues. In this installment, we wade into the hot topic of immigration with “Build the Wall, Change My Mind!”
  18. The Comments are most....enlightening. Daniel Capitão 3 hours ago (edited) just a tiny question. isn't the government supposed to be secular? Why did he mention god 2 times in the first 16 seconds?? just wondering Plus, if they are so advocated to the human rights cause, why are they separating children from their parents? Where is the human rights logic there? just wondering hepzy_ 3 hours ago Yup, Trump is moving towards dictatorship. He obviously doesn't care about human rights. Watch as he takes away your rights. To be fair though, the U.S. is terrible for upholding human rights. Makes sense that they'd leave, considering they can't uphold their own citizens rights. Abdullah Al Mashwood 2 hours ago US is the greatest human rights hypocrite in history.
  19. WaPo: U.S. withdraws from U.N. Human Rights Council over perceived bias against Israel Perceived?
  20. Breitbart A Democrat State Senator finally resigned his seat in the Texas Legislature following 11 federal convictions for fraud and bribery. The Senator delayed his resignation until days before a sentencing hearing where he could face decades in prison. Spinning the best possible light on his resignations, Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) wrote, “As you know, I am in the process of ensuring that justice is served. I need to attend to my personal matters and properly care for my family. So, keeping in mind the best interests of my constituents and my family, I believe it to be most prudent that I step down from my elected office to focus on these important issues.” The “important issues” are 11 federal felony convictions handed down by a court in the Western District of Texas on February 22, Breitbart Texas reported. Immediately after the conviction, leaders on both sides of the aisle called for the embattled state senator to resign. “After being found guilty of such serious crimes, Senator Uresti must seriously consider whether he can serve his constituents,” Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Tariq Thowfeek said, according to a report by the Texas Tribune. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R), who presides over the Texas Senate, quickly removed Uresti from all committee assignments. ________ From the state house to the big house.
  21. DU Only one person there gets it. oberliner (52,216 posts) 11. Nothing The UNHRC is kind of a joke. To wit: their membership currently includes Cuba, DR Congo, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and a few other countries that are not exactly bastions of human rights (i.e. Venezuela).
  22. Fox News Frank Miles June 19 2018 The Trump administration announced Tuesday it was withdrawing the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council, with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley calling the 47-member council “a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.” Haley noted the move came after a year where “we did not see any progress.” Haley threatened the pullout last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the council showed a “chronic bias” against Israel. Calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name,” Haley decried the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela — which also have been slammed for human-rights violations. The announcement, though, also came just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. (Snip) ___________________________________________________________
  23. Fox News Peter Strzok, the FBI agent under fire over a series of anti-Trump text messages, was "escorted" from the FBI building, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday. Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, argued that even though his client has "played by the rules," he has been targeted by "unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks." "All of this seriously calls into question the impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence," a statement from Goelman said. He said that Strzok "has complied with every FBI procedure, including being escorted from the building as part of the ongoing internal proceedings." The attorney did not say exactly when Strzok was escorted out. ________ Prepping for a perp walk?
  24. Fox News President Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation as lawmakers searched for a way to end the administration's policy of separating families who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. After the meeting broke up, the White House announced that Trump had endorsed legislation negotiated between GOP leaders and moderate Republicans that promises to "solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal." A person in the room told Fox News that Trump also endorsed an immigration bill authored by conservative Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., but that measure is not expected to pass the House. White House spokesman Raj Shah said that Trump told lawmakers he was "with you 100" percent, but one senior House Republican told Fox News that Trump's pitch for the so-called "compromise" bill was "underwhelming" and was unlikely to persuade members to get behind it. ________ Looking for a solution that works for everybody.
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  26. Slate The senator’s Protect Kids and Parents Act will make asylum-seekers’ lives worse. Bea Bischoff June 19 2018 On Monday, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced his plan to introduce a bill to “keep illegal immigrant families together” pending their asylum claims. Perhaps spooked by the response Beto O’Rourke—his Democratic opponent in November’s Senate race—received after organizing a march to protest a new tent city being erected for migrant children, Cruz now insists he’s concerned for the welfare of the thousands of children currently being held captive in the state he represents. Cruz’s proposal, however, will do little to improve those children’s welfare. Instead, it will keep families detained without limitation while undercutting their ability to retain attorneys or adequately prepare asylum claims. (Snip) The practical effect of Cruz’s bill would be a system where families are detained, held in deplorable conditions that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars per year to maintain, and deported after they are unable to develop robust asylum cases in a mere 14 days. Of course, his 14-day processing deadline doesn’t account for the nearly 300,000 pending asylum cases that have yet to be adjudicated. Cruz’s bill does propose doubling the number of immigration judges to 750 but fails to explain how these new positions would be filled. If the administration were able to find hundreds of new judges, they likely wouldn’t be impartial; the Department of Justice has been accused of discriminating on the basis of political or ideological affiliation in hiring new immigration judges. (Snip) Ted Cruz hasn’t suddenly grown a heart. His proposed bill is an attempt to convert nationwide disgust with family separation into dangerous, anti-immigrant legislation. If Cruz were really concerned with the welfare of children separated from their parents, he wouldn’t have a problem crossing the aisle to support Dianne Feinstein’s proposed bill, which would limit family separation without allowing for the detention and deportation of entire families without due process. Instead, he’s trying to undercut the already-scant legal protections currently in place for detained children and asylum-seekers. We should all be desperate to find a quick solution to the horror of child separation at the border, but Cruz’s bill is no solution at all. Rather, it’s a cynical ploy, one that uses vulnerable children as a bargaining chip. _________________________________________________________________________ And Yes Your Head Should Be Hurting....Bad.
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