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Russian official relays a cryptic warning to US hawks


Russian official relays a cryptic warning to US hawks

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The war drums are pounding over Syria. And U.S. officials like UN Ambassador Nikki Haley are making clear that the coming American war against Syria could result in military consequences for its two primary allies, Russia and Iran. A top Russian official is now saying that any offensive U.S. military action against Syria will be met with equal retaliation from Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to ongoing U.S. tough talk against Syria during a joint press conference with German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel in Krasnodar, Russia, on Wednesday.

Lavrov called into question the veracity of U.S. evidence that Syrian leader Bashar Assad has, and plans to use, chemical weapons in his country’s ongoing civil war.

“They should not create excuses for more attacks against the Syrian army that is fighting terrorists,” he said.

Russian and Syrian officials maintain that the majority of rebels in Syria belong to ISIS-affiliated groups and that Assad’s ouster will turn the country into an ISIS stronghold.

The ISIS rebels, Lavrov said, could easily fool U.S. intelligence officials into believing Assad is using chemical weapons by staging false flag attacks.

“We’ve heard multiple times that the U.S. has a smoking gun, but they cannot share it with us because they cannot compromise their sources and methods,” he said. “Well, I’m not really interested in hearing those statements anymore.”

If the U.S. insists on attacking Syria, Lavrov suggested that the Pentagon can count on Russian retaliation.

“We will react with dignity, proportionally to the real situation that may develop,” he said.

Source: Will County News

Trump’s agenda could finally get ahead of the scandals

Trump’s agenda could finally get ahead of the scandals

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With congressional inquiries involving 2016 election scandals centering more heavily on the other side this week, President Donald Trump may be moving toward a well-needed opportunity to refocus lawmakers on implementing his agenda. Here’s what you need to know.

If there was a Russian meddling problem ahead of the 2016, election it wasn’t Trump’s problem to handle.

That’s according to a congressional Democrat who likely represents the beginning of the end to the constant controversy surrounding the Trump administration.

Via MClatchy:

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and President Donald Trump don’t agree on much about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, but they agree on this: President Barack Obama should have done more to stop Moscow from interfering.

Obama made a “very serious mistake” in not doing more about Russia’s intervention in the presidential election campaign, Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday.

“The administration needed to call out Russia earlier, and needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think the Obama administration should have done more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening, but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin.”

Obama did announce in December a series of sanctions against Russia for its attempts to influence the November election, including the expulsion from the U.S. of 35 suspected intelligence operatives.

Schiff said the sanctions should have come sooner and been stronger. Obama also should have let the voters know about Russia’s actions while the campaign was still going on, he said. “What I urged at the time was he should have spoken out to the American people and said, ‘This is what Russia is doing,’” Schiff said.

Trump also questioned why Obama administration officials took no action on Russia before the election. “Since the Obama administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T!” he said in a Twitter posting to his 32.8 million followers.

Trump said on Fox News Sunday that if Obama had the information about Russian meddling, “why didn’t he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don’t read that. It’s quite sad.”

During the campaign, Trump cast doubts on reports of Russian intervention, at one point suggesting that the hacking could be the work of China, or of “someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

Schiff said he had to contest Trump’s comments, given that the president had “openly egged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails” and Obama didn’t want to “play into the narrative” by Trump that the election was going to be rigged.

“Donald Trump is in no position to complain here,” Schiff said.

While Schiff isn’t giving Trump a free pas, he’s removing a massive part of the left’s argument for the “not my president” rallying cry. The dominoes will only continue to fall.

 

Source: Will County News

Trump News June 29, 2017

After seven failed years of Obamacare, it is time to put the American people back in control of their own health care. President Donald J. Trump and his Administration continue to work with Congress to repeal and replace the disaster that is Obamacare.

TODAY’S EVENTS

10:30 AM: President Trump receives his daily intelligence briefing

2:00 PM: Press Briefing with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin – Watch

3:00 PM: President Trump departs the White House en route to the Department of Energy

3:25 PM: President Trump gives remarks at the Unleashing American Energy event – Watch

6:00 PM: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome President Moon of the Republic of Korea

6:15 PM: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a reception with the Republic of Korea delegation

6:30 PM: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have dinner with President Moon

PHOTO OF THE DAY

President Donald J. Trump and the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs | June 28, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

OBAMACARE FACT OF THE DAY

FACT: 14 out of 17 Nevada counties are projected to have zero insurers on Obamacare’s individual market in 2018.

WHITE HOUSE UPDATES

Yesterday, President Trump held a meeting with immigration crime victims where they discussed taking strong action against illegal immigration and putting Americans’ safety first.

Yesterday, President Trump and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry hosted a tribal, State, and local energy roundtable.

Yesterday, Vice President Pence traveled to Ohio where he met with Obamacare victims and made remarks on healthcare.

WEST WING READS

Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.Sign up below!

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West Wing Reads

“Real CBO BCRA Headline: No Individual Market Losses in 2018, But Up 1 Million From 2017”

– Josh Archambault in Forbes

Reality check! An analysis by Forbes contributor Josh Archambault reveals surprising flaws in the CBO’s score of the Senate healthcare bill, which concludes 22 million more Americans will be without health coverage by 2026. As Archambault points out, the CBO score is based on an old, inaccurate 2016 CBO estimate of how many Americans will purchase Obamacare. If you use their January 2017 update, Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would result in only 2 million fewer on the individual market by 2026, and would actually result in no losses and even some gains in enrollment in the years preceding, Archambault estimates.
Click here to read more.

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Anthem Inc.’s decision to leave the Nevada marketplace has created an “Obamacare ‘crisis’ for rural Nevadans,” Bloomberg explains. About 8,000 people in 13 counties and Carson City will be without access to the Obamacare health plans. Bloomberg notes GOP Senator Dean Heller is “playing a major role” in the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act, and stands in opposition to the Republican Senatorial plan to repair the failing exchanges.

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Michael Needham, the chief executive officer of Heritage Action, writes in Real Clear Politics, Republicans “cannot cede the playing field” on Obamacare repeal and replace because they’re upset with the process. He argues “conservatives are right to fight to improve the bill” where they can, and should evaluate the Senate bill on its own merits and “for the meaningful reforms it contains.”

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In Fox News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions urges Congress to pass Kate’s Lawand the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, two bills “that would make all Americans safer.” Lifezette details how President Trump gathered families “shattered by criminal aliens” to “highlight two bills that face final vote in the House of Representatives before moving on to the Senate.”

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In terms of Energy Week, the Institute for Policy Innovation’s Merrill Matthews writes in The Hill that increased U.S. natural gas production is not only helping reduce U.S. emissions, but other countries are likely to rely on imports of American LNG to do the same. And The Washington Times reports on President Trump’s pledge during a Wednesday roundtable to bring in a “golden age of American energy dominance” by lifting restrictive federal regulations.

Source: Will County News

The Failure of Leftist Restraint

The Failure of Leftist Restraint

The Failure of Leftist Restraint
Written By Jonathon Clay de Hale Illinois Family newsThe shooting of GOP House Whip Steve Scalise and several other Republicans during an early morning baseball practice this month is as unsurprising as it was dreadful. Some of our deepest expectations were realized in that moment, as the furious rhetoric being churned out by the Left finally expressed itself in the ultimate form of contempt: an attempt to assassinate political leaders.

It wasn’t hard to predict where our national discourse was taking us. For years in the halls of Congress and in the courts, we’ve been engaged in a civil war. There’s been a marked increase in the use of the term “civil war” by those who spend their days opining on culture. It’s all been there but the shooting, and now we can check that box.

Until that happened, we all hoped that what was left of the original American spirit—the rule of law, respect for human dignity, a sense of honor, and love of country—would hold back the baser instincts of human nature. But we could all feel the rope fraying.

Even a cursory look at the last few years reveals a surprising amount of unfiltered and increasingly hostile rhetoric coming from politicians, entertainers, professors, scientists, philosophers, and other public figures.

It started with words

  • Words from Barack Obama: “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them” and “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”
  • Words from Donald Trump: “Anybody who hits me, we’re gonna hit them ten times harder” and “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
  • Words from Hillary Clinton: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.… Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America” and “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
  • Words from DNC Chairman Tom Perez: “[Trump] doesn’t give a s— about health care;” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): “Has [Trump] kept his promises? No. F— no;” U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA): “[Trump is a] disgusting, poor excuse of a man;” and former Clinton running mate Tim Kaine (D-VA): “What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box.”
  • Words from Fresno State University lecturer Lars Maischak: “Justice = the execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant;” “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better”; and “#TheResistance Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?”
  • Words from Trinity College (CT) professor Johnny Eric Williams: “I’m fed the f— up with self-identified ‘white’s’ daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslims, and sexual and racially oppressed people. The time is now to confront these inhuman a–holes and end this now.”
  • Words from Art Institute of Washington professor John Griffin: “[Republicans] should be lined up and shot. That’s not hyperbole; blood is on their hands.”
  • Words from former Rutgers adjunct professor Kevin Allred: “Will the Second Amendment be as cool when I buy a gun and start shooting at random white people or no?”
  • Words from former CNN personality Reza Aslan: “This piece of s— is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”
  • Words from pop diva Madonna: “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I’m outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House;” actress Lea DeLaria: “[O]r pick up a baseball bat and take out every f—ing republican and independent I see. #f—trump, #f—theGOP, #f—straightwhiteamerica, “f—yourprivilege;” comedienne Sarah Silverstein: “Once the military is w us fascists get overthrown;” and actor Johnny Depp: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

While the words broke an unspoken decorum, they weren’t much without action. Mobs gathered and marched with signs that read, “Become ungovernable” and “This is war” and “The only good fascist is a dead one.” Violent protests shut down presentations deemed hate speech on college campuses: Dr. Charles Murray at Middlebury College, Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley.

From there it was only a few steps to acting out murder fantasies in the form of “art”: comedienne Kathy Griffin decapitating Donald Trump; rapper Snoop Dogg shooting Donald Trump in a “music” video; and a Shakespeare play featuring the murder of “Julius” Trump.

And finally, someone put these sentiments into action, unleashing a hailstorm of bullets on unsuspecting Republican congressmen practicing for a charitable baseball game.

As much as I regret making the distinction, the animus is almost wholly on the Left of the political spectrum. It is the Left that has become hostile to historical, traditional American values. It is the Left that has mocked Christianity and rejected our Judeo-Christian heritage. It is the Left that has labeled the rest of America homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and misogynistic. It is the Left that accuses white people of having privilege that needs to be checked. It is the Left that has championed the principles of “tolerance,” “diversity,” and “inclusion” as the new American values. It is the Left that has embraced democratic socialism. It is the Left that has twisted American history and alters textbooks, traditions, and monuments.

John Adams once warned:  Should the People of America, once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another and towards foreign nations, which assumes the Language of Justice and moderation while it is practicing Iniquity and Extravagance; and displays in the most captivating manner the charming Pictures of Candour frankness & sincerity while it is rioting in rapine and Insolence: this Country will be the most miserable Habitation in the World. Because We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition, Revenge or Galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

In other words, our society was organized with the assumption that our “moral and religious people” would govern themselves under the auspices of godly conduct and that if they didn’t, our country would become a hellhole. Does anyone doubt the truth of his statement?

He wasn’t the first to recognize that laws can’t keep people from wickedness. “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild,” wrote the wise man, “but whoever obeys the law is joyful” (Proverbs 29:18).

James T. Hodgkinson didn’t pull the trigger in a vacuum. He did what many of our fellow citizens seem to be calling for. Now that the barrier has been broken, is it only a matter of time before others unbridled by morality and religion step through the breach?”

Source: Will County News