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  2. Washington Examiner In recent weeks, House Democrats have begun to signal how they would govern if given unified control of the federal government. While they will take what they can get from COVID-19 relief bills and conventional extender-type legislation, they have also begun to introduce “shoot for the moon” measures that reveal their unified government ambitions. One area in which this has been crystal clear has been the "Green New Deal," a series of proposals to bring a radical environmental agenda to all areas of our lives. The most straightforward way to conduct a major reform campaign in modern government is through the tax code, and that’s true for both parties. Want to promote school choice? Create a tax credit voucher. Ditto for helping people pay for health insurance premiums, or save for retirement, or afford child care, or invest in new business equipment. The reason is simple: the Senate. Unlike the House of Representatives, which has a Rules Committee dominated by the speaker and allows for virtually anything to pass with a bare majority vote, the Senate has always had slower, super-majoritarian roadblocks to hasty lawmaking. Most notably, a determined Senate minority may try to block a motion to proceed or a cloture motion, which in practice requires 60 votes out of 100 senators to overcome. This may be a moot point in a Senate overseen by current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has expressed a willingness to explore invoking the “nuclear option” on the legislative calendar, allowing bills to pass with a simple majority vote. In order for this to occur, a resolved and ample Senate Democrat majority would have to do so, which may or may not materialize in 2021 no matter how well their party does this fall.
  3. Iran Hints at Cyber Attack on Centrifuge Production Facility Iran is stewing over the potential loss of its most advanced centrifuge production plant after some kind of explosion and fire severely damaged it. Naturally, the Iranians are being pretty closemouthed about the incident. They haven’t said much about the fire and explosion at what was suspected to be a nuclear research facility in the mountains outside of Tehran, either.
  4. PJ Media Protests over the horrific police killing of George Floyd infamously devolved into riots and looting that destroyed black lives, black livelihoods, and even black monuments. The iconoclastic vandals who began by toppling Confederate monuments moved on to defacing statues of America’s Founders, Indian nationalists like Mahatma Gandhi, and even a monument to the 54th Massachusetts regiment, the first black volunteers to fight for the Union in the Civil War. Yet one of the most grotesque acts of vandalism came on Sunday when vandals toppled a statue of former slave Frederick Douglass in Rochester, N.Y. Vandals somehow removed the Douglass statue from its base and dropped it near the Genessee River gorge, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Located in Maplewood Park, the statue “had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence” on the side of the river, Rochester police said in a statement. Authorities found the statue about 50 feet from its pedestal. The vandals dislodged the statue exactly 168 years after Douglass delivered one of his most important speeches. He delivered “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” on July 5, 1852, speaking to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society at Corinthian Hall in Rochester. Douglass, who escaped slavery in 1838 and settled in Rochester, lamented the horrific institution and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The black community in Rochester celebrated American independence on July 5, rather than July 4.
  5. The Hill Democrats are within striking distance of retaking the Senate majority in November, while Republicans are facing an increasingly difficult electoral map as President Trump’s sagging poll numbers threaten to drag down vulnerable GOP incumbents. Several recent polls show Democratic challengers leading Republican incumbents in Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa. The GOP is also fending off tough challenges in a handful of other states, including Colorado, Maine and Montana. Democrats need three or four seats to win the Senate, depending on who wins the White House.
  6. Free Beacon Liberal billionaire George Soros is on pace to double his 2016 election spending as he works to oust President Donald Trump, public records show. Soros's big investments in the 2020 race have gone into the coffers of the Democracy PAC, a super PAC that passes money to other liberal PACs working to defeat Trump and congressional Republicans. The super PAC has received $40 million—double the $20 million Soros spent on Democratic efforts during the 2016 election cycle—from both Soros and a nonprofit in his sprawling network. The megadonor's torrent of spending highlights the extent to which liberal donors are committed to getting Trump out of office. Many groups financially backed by Soros have launched multimillion-dollar attack ad campaigns in swing states to reach moderate voters who backed Trump in 2016. A network of liberal donors, including Soros, has pledged hundreds of millions on 2020 election efforts.
  7. Mystery Blasts: Iran Confirms Target Was Advanced Uranium-Enrichment Centrifuges ( – Iran reported another in a series of unexplained explosions at the weekend, as officials confirmed that a previous incident last Thursday had targeted a key facility in the regime’s nuclear program, a center where advanced centrifuges are being developed. Saturday’s blast took place at a power station in Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, triggering a “massive blaze” that took firefighters two hours to bring under control, the official IRNA news agency reported. No injuries were reported in the fire, which temporarily disrupted electricity supply in the oil-rich Khuzestan province.
  8. American Greatness The current revolution is based on a series of lies, misrepresentations, and distortions, whose weight will soon sink it. Viral confusion Unfortunately few in authority have been more wrong, and yet more self-righteously wrong, than the esteemed Dr. Anthony Fauci. Given his long service as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and his stature during the AIDS crisis, he has rightly been held up by the media as the gold standard of coronavirus information. The media has constructed Fauci as a constant corrective of Trump’s supposed “lies” about the utility of travel bans, analogies with a bad flu year, and logical endorsement of hydroxychloroquine as a “what do you have to lose” possible therapy. But the omnipresent Fauci himself unfortunately has now lost credibility. The reason is that he has offered authoritative advice about facts, which either were not known or could not have been known at the time of his declarations. Since January, Fauci has variously advised the nation both that the coronavirus probably was unlikely to cause a major health crisis in the United States and later that it might yet kill 240,000 Americans. In January, he praised China for its transparent handling of the coronavirus epidemic, not much later he conceded that perhaps they’d done a poor job of that. He has cautioned that the virus both poses low risks and, later, high risks, for Americans. Wearing masks, Fauci warned, was both of little utility and yet, later, essential. Hydroxychloroquine, he huffed, had little utility; when studies showed that it did, he still has kept mostly silent. At various times, he emphasized that social distancing and avoiding optional activities were mandatory, but earlier that blind dating and going on cruise ships were permissible. Fauci weighed in on the inadvisability of restarting businesses prematurely, but he has displayed less certainty hedged about the millions of demonstrators and rioters in the streets for a month violating quarantines. The point is not that he is human like all of us, but that in each of these cases he asserted such contradictions with near-divine certainty—and further confused the public in extremis. In terms of how the United States “fared,” it is simply untrue that Europe embraced superior social policies in containing the virus. The only somewhat reliable assessments of viral lethality are population numbers and deaths by COVID-19, although the latter is often in dispute.
  9. Click below for Tony's toons: Click below for related story: This Thread Brought To You By The Number 0: In Case You Missed It Dept.: Joe Biden emerged from his home basement to participate in a civil rights ceremony where the former vice president had a very close call with death. Joe Biden was nearly beheaded. During an eight minute forty-six second moment of stillness he was mistaken for a Confederate statue. The American Bar Association Journal says lawyers are deciding just who is liable and who are the injured parties during the past four weeks of social street unrest. Did you or a loved one steal a TV set during the 2020 riots that's not working properly? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Black Lives Matter was credited with Quaker's decision to drop the Aunt Jemima logo, to drop the Mrs. Butterworth image and alter the depiction of Uncle Ben on rice boxes. The outrage is turning contagious. I am picketing Office Max tomorrow and demanding they get rid of White Out. Madison Avenue huddled with Big Food to cater to Black Lives Matters to eradicate offensive icons Wednesday. It was a productive day. BLM got Aunt Jemima fired, Mrs. Butterworth retired, Uncle Ben shelved and now the Pillsbury Doughboy may be dropped for flaunting his white privilege. The New York Post issued an informal poll of New York stand-up comedians which found that an overwhelming number of New York comics are Joe Biden supporters. For sheer comedy this year, you cannot beat the Democrats. First they cancel Gone with the Wind, THEN they burn Atlanta. President Trump's Tulsa crowd produced ear-splitting noise in support Saturday. I don't know which was louder, Trump's supporters in the arena or Trump's opponents in the TV booths. What I love about President Trump is that he's the proverbial experiment that blew up the high school lab. A San Francisco mob on Juneteenth took down the statue of Ulysses Grant, who won the war that freed the slaves. Again, if you want gratitude, get a dog. If the street mob only knew that Grant loved alcohol and liquid cocaine and killed Confederates, they might have polished the statue instead. NASCAR was relieved Tuesday when the noose Bubba Wallace found hanging in his car shed at Talladega was left there months ago, and wasn't a racist message. Will this ever end? And then today, Bubba Wallace found a burnt cross in his tool box, but the FBI ruled it was a black lug wrench. President Trump spoke in Phoenix after inspecting the newly completed section of the Arizona border wall. The builders need to hurry. Now that bars are re-opened in Mexico and with pot and cocaine now legal there, the wall must be finished quickly just to keep all the Californians in. Seattle police were ordered to begin clearing out the six-block Autonomous Zone set up by anarchists after random homicides broke out in the zone. Illinois is insisting it established the country's first Autonomous Zone, not Seattle, and they didn't call it Chaz. They called it Chicago. Joe Biden's campaign spokesperson said they will agree for Biden to engage in three presidential debates with President Trump this fall. The Democrat is shrewdly pacing himself. Joe decided he wanted to spend Father's Day quietly, so he had his people schedule a campaign rally. Senate Republicans wrote up a police reform bill they will introduce, which House Democrats vow never to pass rather than give Trump a legislative win. I learned from National Geographic that a gathering of baboons is called a congress. Apparently it doesn't matter where they get together. NASCAR officials breathed a sigh of relief when the noose Bubba Wallace found dangling in his garage at Talladega raceway turned out to be a garage door closer. It didn't end there. The next day, Bubba Wallace found a KKK hood in his room at the Motel Six, but the FBI discovered it was a pillow case. -- Argus Hamilton
  10. Glenn Beck July 5 2020 _____________________________________________________________________ A James Bond Villain?
  11. First Things R. R. Reno 7 . 2 . 20 We have reason to be sanguine on some fronts. On Tuesday the Supreme Court handed down a decision that put a knife into more than a century of religious discrimination. In 1889, Montana adopted an amendment to its state constitution that prohibits state funding of religious education. This so-called Blaine Amendment was part of a nationwide anti-Catholic campaign. Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue effectively strikes down that prohibition. This is an important victory for religious freedom. Other good news: Earlier in June, the United States organized an international coalition to defend the freedom of Hong Kong. These efforts were successful. Beijing is trying new tactics, and perhaps the Communist Party will succeed in trampling on the rights of those living in Hong Kong. But the fact remains: That brave city remains determined to shape its own destiny. (Snip) But there are opportunities in this loss of the transcendent. I find nothing to support in Black Lives Matter. It is a top-down creation of elite progressive ideology (and money), not a bottom-up movement. Its goals are aligned with Ivy League activism, not the interests and needs of the poor and marginalized BLM purports to represent. Nevertheless, the recent protests indicate a powerful moral, even spiritual hunger. Man cannot live by bread alone. It is up to us to feed our fellow citizens with the words that come from the mouth of God. Good and bad, setbacks and advances—these are extraordinarily volatile times. The foundations of our society are shaking. It’s tempting to recoil from this uncertainty and see in it only dark possibilities. But we must not underestimate God’s providence. Plowing a field breaks the calm surface of clover and turns over the soil. (Snip)
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  13. Conservative Resurgence July 5 2020 ______________________________________________________________________ Anyone remember this?
  14. AFP July 5 2020 The opposition triumph in Malawi's recent landmark election re-run after last year's fraudulent polls were overturned could spur similar democratic change across the continent, analysts and historians say. Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party comfortably won the June 23 election with 58.5% of the vote -- beating Peter Mutharika, whose re-election last year was nullified by the courts over "widespread and systematic" irregularities. Chakwera's official inauguration is set for Monday, to coincide with the country's 56th anniversary of independence from Britain. The election set the impoverished African country apart from many on the continent, making it only the second sub-Saharan African country to have presidential election results overturned in court, after Kenya in 2017. It was also the first time in Africa that an election re-run has led to the defeat of an incumbent. The unprecedented political feat was credited to a cohesion of several powerful forces -- including the resilience of the judiciary that handed down the historic judgement. In extraordinary scenes, Constitutional Court judges came sporting bullet-proof jackets and under military escort to deliver the ruling on February 3 overturning Mutharika's re-election. (Snip)
  15. Trump's Right: 'Our Children Are Taught to Hate' America, and Betsy DeVos Should Take Radical Action to Fix It
  16. PJ Media We live in a racist, bigoted, violent, misogynistic, homophobic, Islamophobic, oppressive, white supremacist country. I bet you knew that already, though. We’re reminded of it 24-7 by a media that apparently believes that by making America look like a combination of Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hiter’s Germany, they can defeat Donald Trump in November. It’s a constant source of mirth that, after solemnly reporting that America is the pits day in and day out for years, a poll comes out to show that…wait for it…Americans think America is the pits. It’s a real “Aha!” moment for the media and is either evidence of the media’s total cluelessness or a very poor sense of humor. Gallup has been measuring pride in America since 2001 and, in honor of July 4, issued its latest results. They shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been paying attention.
  17. July 1 2020 Abraham Lincoln said the American founding established a “standard maxim for free society” which should be “constantly labored for…though never perfectly attained.” In these troubled times, Lincoln reminds us that the principles of the founding afford the best political hope of “happiness and value of life to all people of all colors everywhere.” David Whalen speaks with Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, regarding the hope inspired by the Declaration of Independence and how education in America can cultivate happiness and value of life for all.
  18. Equality Is Messy -- and Magical Irshad Manji July 4 2020 What you’re about to read is a journey—and I launch it with the most famous line in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Today, many question just how self-evident America’s commitment to equality is. Good. Questioning this, and much more, is every American’s unalienable right. But for me, a migrant to these shores, equality means something beyond the binary of black and white. Equality means recognizing that we’re all “plurals”: multifaceted and mongrel. Each of us has a unique back story. (Snip) Later that same day, my grandmother confided to me her endless fascination with “Amrika.” I had no clue that I would end up in America. Today, I’m the holder of a green card, which puts me on the path to becoming a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. Which brings me back to the Declaration of Independence. Its stated values—“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”—serve as the unum to our pluribus, unifying aspirations in our otherwise divided body politic. Every July 4, we can do more than cite those values. We can animate them by taking the time to ask about our neighbors’ journeys, whether they’re born of mass migration or individual transformation—or both. I, for one, will share with all and sundry that an “Arab peasant woman” lit my way to America, her flame inviting self-government as well as governance of the self, ideals kindled by the Declaration. May more of us discover the full glory of Lady Liberty’s story. And one another’s. ____________________________________________________________________________________ H/T RCP: We Hold These Truths...Equality And The American Soul America’s greatest challenge has always been living up to the soaring pledge of the Declaration of Independence. When America falls short on this sacred promise of equality, it undermines our national motto e pluribus unum. This July 4th, a pluribus of contributors—black, white, gay, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Americans, natural-born, naturalized, liberal, libertarian, and conservative—reflect on how a renewed commitment to equality, rightly understood, is the basis for national unity.
  19. Tablet How to still believe in America Liel Leibovitz June 03, 2020 My affair with America began with an explosion. I was 14, standing on the roof of my home in suburban Tel Aviv and watching American MIM-104 Patriot missiles intercept Saddam Hussein’s projectiles and destroy them midair. I had visited America the place before, but watching the ink-black sky pocked by pinpricks of light as the American munition met its target introduced me to America the idea. America wasn’t just a country: It was a rocket, a boom, a sigh of relief from all of us under attack, a promise that every malicious launch will forever be met by a battery of hope. I fell in love with America that night, and my infatuation never waned. As soon as I could, I left home and washed up on these shores, like so many other immigrants before me. I didn’t come in search of refuge or opportunity, but in search of a greatness I firmly believed this nation possessed. America, I felt, was exceptionally good, a grace it had won by committing itself from its very inception to life, liberty, and that most astonishing of undertakings, the pursuit of happiness. I came here with $2,000 in my pocket, no address, and a heart swelling with pride: Soon, I will be an American, one of the roughs. Forgive me, then, if I don’t know quite what to make of this week’s events. I’ve lived here for 20 years now, but I’m still a newcomer. I grew up in a different place haunted by different demons, and some inherently American conversations, like the one about race, are difficult for me to decipher. I’m doing my best to listen and to learn, but weeks like this one remind me how little I really know. (Snip) Theirs was a stark, searing question: Whose side are you on? If you believe that George Floyd’s murder was an atrocity, you must contribute to the bail fund of those arrested for looting Macy’s and join the petition to defund the police. If you believe that smashing windows and stealing stuff is wrong, you must cheer on the president and say nothing about police brutality. Silence wasn’t an option this week; nor were confusion, exhaustion, introspection, or doubt. If you didn’t change your social media profile picture, if you didn’t make big and sweeping claims, if you didn’t stand firmly in one corner and hiss at the other you were chastised for being at best deficient and, at worst, a moral monster. Don’t you know people are dying? Don’t you know that we have no choice but to pick a side and fight for it? (Snip) And finally, we’ll tell you this: Many of us, like me, learned to love this country by seeing it protect our native lands. Now it’s our turn—and our privilege—to return the favor, and help protect America.
  20. Washington Examiner Daniel Chaitin July 03, 2020 President Trump said on Friday that he is creating a new monument honoring "the greatest Americans." He made the announcement at the end of his speech during an Independence Day fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. "I am signing an executive order to establish the National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live," he said. The White House quickly released the text of the executive order, which includes the creation of a task force "for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes" which will be led by the interior secretary. (Snip) ___________________________________________________________
  21. Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota’s 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration | Keystone, South Dakota
  22. Who’s afraid of Ghislaine Maxwell? Everyone on this list
  23. The Hill The Supreme Court has a few more big decisions to hand down. The court has already decided some of the biggest cases on its docket — including abortion, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and LGBT rights — but several thorny legal questions need to be resolved before the term is over. When the next batch of rulings is issued on Monday, it will be the first time in 24 years that the Supreme Court has released decisions in July, a delay that can be attributed to the coronavirus that upended normal operations for the justices this year. As the court winds down one of its most politically charged terms in recent years, one that revealed a new ideological dynamic with Chief Justice John Roberts anchoring the center, it will address disputes over presidential power, health care and the Electoral College. Here are the five most-anticipated decisions pending before the court.
  24. Chicago erupts in July 4 gunfire -- with girl, 7, and boy, 14, among those killed A 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were among those fatally shot Saturday night as Chicago erupted in gun violence on Independence Day. The evening included two attacks that each had eight victims, the Chicago Tribune reported. The girl, identified by her family as Natalie Wallace, was outside her grandmother’s home at a Fourth of July party in the city's Austin neighborhood around 7 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and three men got out and started shooting indiscriminately, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The girl was shot in her head and pronounced dead after she was rushed to a hospital, police said, according to Chicago's FOX 32. A 32-year-old man shot during the same attack was in fair condition, FOX 32 reported.
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