Saturday, May 28, 2016
Just in time for the weekend, here’s some actually good news out of Washington.
Republican leadership in Congress was rushing a vote on a chemical safety bill which has wide bipartisan support—it already passed the House with just 12 “nay” votes. Next step was the Senate, where a vote was supposed to happen on Thursday.
Not so fast, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). This bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, is 180 pages long, and it became available for senators to start reading just three days ago.
Needless to say, Paul hasn’t had a chance to read it all yet (and if they were honest, probably no one else in the senate has either).
“One of the pledges I made to the people of Kentucky when I came here was that I would read the bills,” Paul said. “This bill came here on Tuesday. It’s 180 pages long. It involves new criminalization, new crimes that will be created at the federal level. It includes preemption of states.”
“And so,” he added, “I think it deserves to be read, to be understood and to be debated, and so I object to just rushing this through and saying ‘Oh, you can’t read the bill.’”
Paul was able to single-handedly delay the vote for two weeks—plenty of time for the senator and his colleagues to find out what new crimes they’re about to add to our already absurdly large and complicated criminal code....
....Clinton’s allies attempted to paint the office as partisan in the weeks ahead of the report’s release, but the effort failed to leave a lasting impact.
For months, Clinton and her team have failed to offer a convincing explanation for the use of the private server, and she has steadfastly refused to apologize.
“I thought it was allowed,” she said in an interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room” this week, after the watchdog’s report became public. “I knew past secretaries of state used personal email.
“It was still a mistake. If I could go back, I'd do it differently,” she said.
Clinton and many of her top aides declined to take part in the inspector general’s probe. But they won’t have that option going forward.
On Friday, Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills was interviewed behind closed doors as part of a court case launched by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch. In coming weeks, longtime aide Huma Abedin, former IT specialist Bryan Pagliano and other officials are scheduled to answer questions under oath for sessions that could last as long as seven hours.
A federal judge this week preemptively blocked Judicial Watch from releasing videotapes of the upcoming depositions.
But the group this week released the transcript from its first interview, with longtime State Department veteran Lewis Lukens. And it plans to do the same thing following each of the upcoming depositions, providing fodder for weeks to come from some of the closest rings of Clinton’s inner circle.
The court has said that Clinton herself may be forced to answer questions under oath, which would dramatically escalate the brouhaha surrounding the case.
At some point in the next month, the House Select Committee on Benghazi is also set to release its long-awaited report about the 2012 terror attack, which has been linked to Clinton....
An independent watchdog revealed that Secretary Clinton 'did not comply' with federal records law. ↓ https://t.co/elfAX4R7ZQ— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) May 28, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Near frontline north of the Islamic State bastion of Raqa city, in Syria an AFP photographer saw armed US soldiers https://t.co/V8YoWr2lSw— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 26, 2016
Obama Admin Fights Hillary JUDICIAL WATCH Deposition... Die-Hard Bernie Backers See FBI as Answer to Prayers...
Sworn testimony: Hillary doesn't know how to use a computer... https://t.co/HogTKdE3Iz— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 27, 2016
State Dept official thought Clinton's private email was for 'family and friends'...— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 26, 2016
Die-Hard Bernie Backers See FBI as Answer to Prayers... https://t.co/CnwNcgdJ1P— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 27, 2016
NYT: Deepen voters' distrust... https://t.co/ImCSyi7QDp— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 27, 2016
Obama's hug of Hiroshima survivor epitomizes historic visit... https://t.co/WJ8slyIxER— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 27, 2016
BOLTON: Shameful apology tour... https://t.co/kjQFULSJQR— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 27, 2016
KRAUTHAMMER: Obama's naive idealism has caused havoc... https://t.co/DmZYmGtKFr— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 27, 2016
Ayatollah Khamenei tries to give America a Hiroshima history lesson https://t.co/YTqcrQ4pUZ— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 27, 2016
...while it might not be seen as part of the culture wars, it certainly inflamed the passions of those who didn't want Washington or even their state's government involved in their local classrooms....
Monty Neill, the executive director of Fair Test, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, said May 9 that parents pulled more than 670,000 students out of standardized tests in 2015.
“This intense grassroots pressure is beginning to force policymakers to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse,” said Neill. “The opt-out movement and other assessment reform initiatives exploded across the country this year as more parents said ‘enough is enough’ to high-stakes testing overkill.”
Clinton's story 'crumbling' as IG discovers new email: Words Voters Most Associate With Hillary Clinton Are ‘Liar’, ‘Not Trustworthy,’ ‘Scandals’
Priebus: Clinton's story 'crumbling' as IG discovers new emails https://t.co/rgK2CtRBXE— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 26, 2016
MSNBC: Words Voters Most Associate With Hillary Clinton Are ‘Liar’, ‘Not Trustworthy,’ ‘Scandals’
In what the magazine calls a "dramatic solution," U.S. forces stopped giving a heads-up to any senior State Department officials.
A former State Department official dropped a bombshell on Hillary Clinton Wednesday by claiming her "sloppy communications" while secretary of state may have tipped off terrorists and arms dealers.
Bill Johnson, previously a political adviser to the U.S. Pacific Command, claimed that on two occasions, the loose communications policies of Clinton and her immediate staff may have allowed U.S. targets to get away.
"Johnson says he and his team eliminated the possibility of other security leaks before settling on the unprotected telephone calls of the secretary of state and her aides as the likely source," reported Newsweek.
Though Johnson says that he has no definitive proof, he points out that American efforts to get at Philippines Islamist terrorist Umbra Jumdail were constantly thwarted as someone was clearly tipping Jumdail off.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Donald Trump says North Dakota delegates made a "big statement" and put him over the top https://t.co/vRZP4QgklE— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 26, 2016
PHOTO: Trump celebrates his 1,237 delegates win with a McDonalds meal https://t.co/pt0ZHgCVkv— BMJ Muriithi (@bmjmuriithi) May 26, 2016
It is now inevitable that Donald Trump will be President of the United States.— Milo Yiannopoulos ✘ (@Nero) May 26, 2016
Obama's Refugees and Surging Deadly Diseases in America https://t.co/NB0sNu9ci4— FrontPage Magazine (@fpmag) May 26, 2016
...In a frenzied rush to bring as many non-English-speaking Third World aliens to the country as possible before his presidency ends in a few months, Obama is allowing Syrian war migrants and refugees to be brought into the country without first undergoing proper medical examinations, a violation of the nation's most basic public health protocols.
“Tuberculosis is one of the most lethal infectious diseases in history,” said Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and surgeons. “It is easily transmitted, say on a public bus [and] increasingly, it is becoming highly resistant to all our antibiotics,” she said....