Helena’s News roundups. Hilary, Regression and Revolution, Entanglements and Obama’s Fails.

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Thanks to Helena Nunn, Secretary of the North Pinellas Republican Party for compiling these stories.

Hilary’s Hijinks, Obama’s Overreach and Underperformance, Republican Revolution, Radical Progressives’ Regression, International Entanglements and News, Health care…


Hilary’s Hijinks

Emails May Be a Key to Addressing ‘Pay-to-Play’ Whispers at Clinton Foundation “An aide close enough to Bill Clinton to be considered a surrogate son, Doug Band, set up Teneo, a company that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd calls “a scammy blend of corporate consulting, public relations, and merchant banking.” Band recruited clients from the foundation donor list while encouraging others to donate. Money came in. Favors went out. While there is no direct evidence of quid pro quo, the foundation and its namesakes created this perception problem. They own it…What did these companies and countries expect in return for their cash? .. Hillary Clinton is responsible for stashing her emails in a secret server. She is running for president. The rest of us should follow the money.

Hillary Clinton, the Email Controversy and the 2016 Presidential Race “And behind her forced smile, which was practically cemented in place, she seemed put out by all the skepticism and all the questions. She shouldn’t be. This latest Clinton controversy is not the work or fault of Republican enemies or a ruthless, unappeasable press corps. It’s her doing. And Clinton’s challenge is to persuade an electorate that has known her since the Mesozoic era and trudged wearily with her through so much political melodrama that to vote for her is to turn the page, to embrace a new chapter, to move forward. On Tuesday she didn’t look as if she was leaning into the future. She looked as if she was getting sucked into the past. That’s not where voters want to go”

Shameless, by Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Must Read! “Hillary used a U.N. forum as a prop to address a private scandal, largely because she assumed the press pool might be a little different and she could suggest that the e-mail scandal was incidental rather than essential to her more important global messaging…There will be no third-party adjudicator to determine which of her e-mails were private and which non-private, and those she determined were private are now apparently already destroyed. Her final message? It’s over; get over it; and the messages are destroyed even if you had wanted to have determined that I lied about the private/public divide. What are you going to do—hound the likely next president of the United States?”

Gold Mine: Hillary Clinton’s Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept. Sent Country Billions – Breitbart The corruption of the Clintons is endless!! “The Rodham gold mine revelation is just one of dozens featured in a forthcoming bombshell investigative book by three-time New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer, according to a Thursday statement from publishing giant HarperCollins. The publisher says the book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, is the culmination of an exhaustive one-year deep dive investigation into the nexus between the Clintons’ $100+ million personal wealth, the Clinton Foundation, and the decisions Hillary made as Secretary of State that benefited foreign donors, governments, and companies.” MOTIVE TO HIDE HER EMAILS!!

Republican Revolution

Blue State Turnaround Artist “Welcome to government in Illinois, the worst-managed state in the country. The Land of Lincoln is buried under staggering debts, including a projected $6.7 billion operating gap for the next fiscal year and an $111 billion unfunded pension liability. Government unions and politicians engage in legal collusion that fleeces taxpayers. Between 2002 and 2014, 86% of Illinois state lawmakers received union contributions, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.” If anyone can turn around Ill., Rauner can. Good Luck to him!! He has much to do and many battles to fight.

For Gender Equality, You Can’t Beat Capitalism “In countries that are (according to Fraser) more economically free, such as Switzerland and Finland, women have achieved (according to the U.N.) greater outcome equality. In the half of countries that are less economically free, such as India and Algeria, the U.N. measure shows that women experience significantly more inequality (almost 75% more according to the inequality index).What is the implication? As compared with men, women in economically freer countries hold more elected seats in government, have longer life expectancies, achieve higher education levels, and earn higher incomes than do women in less economically free countries. In short, in freer economies, women’s lives are longer, more prosperous and more self-directed.”

Radical Progressives’ Regression

POLL: Race Relations Worse Under Obama The CNN poll found 39 percent believe relations between blacks and whites have gotten worse, not better, since Mr. Obama took office in January 2009. Just 15 percent say relations have improved. In an interesting finding, 45 percent of whites think relations have worsened while just 26 percent of blacks think so.

The Political Assault on Climate Skeptic MUST READ! The author is Richard Lindzen,professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT. “Actually, the move from “global warming” to “climate change” indicated the silliness of this issue. The climate has been changing since the Earth was formed. This normal course is now taken to be evidence of doom.Individuals and organizations highly vested in disaster scenarios have relentlessly attacked scientists and others who do not share their beliefs. The attacks have taken a threatening turn..Mr. Grijalva’s letters convey an unstated but perfectly clear threat: Research disputing alarm over the climate should cease lest universities that employ such individuals incur massive inconvenience and expense—and scientists holding such views should not offer testimony to Congress..”

Amnesty Advocates Looking to Co-opt ‘Bloody Sunday’ Selma Commemoration  – Breitbart  “Collins added that “the fight against mass immigration isn’t in contradiction to the Civil Rights movement. It’s part of the same  struggle. ”U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has repeatedly written to President Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus to warn against the detrimental impact that massive amnesty legislation will have on struggling black Americans trying to climb up the economic ladder. “The obvious question is whether there are sufficient jobs in the low-skilled labor market for both African-Americans and illegal immigrants,” Kirsanow wrote last year. “The answer is no.” He added that grants of amnesty to illegal immigrants will also “serve as a magnet to prospective illegal immigrants and further depress employment opportunities and wages for African-Americans.”

A Dred Scott Decision For Unborn Children? “The lethal Roe v. Wade ruling did serious harm to the Supreme Court’s reputation. Now, the Court may once again overstep its authority. The justices are being asked not merely to redefine marriage, but to end it. That is because once marriage is no longer recognized as the union of one man and one woman, there is no legal or logical stopping point….This is what the Supreme Court threatens in its latest entry into legislating from the bench. If the Court overturns marriage, it will not only further de-legitimize itself as an institution, it will gravely damage American society. And it will undermine the “consent of the governed” — the only basis for just laws.”

Obama’s Overreach/Underperformance

Obama loses another Second Amendment battle as ATF drops proposed ammo ban America now needs the same outcry for our other Constitutional Rights!!  “Bowing again to opposition from Second Amendment supporters, the Obama administration Tuesday backed off on another gun control proposal, specifically a proposal to ban ammunition commonly used in AR-15 rifles. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was dropping the proposed ammo ban — at least for now — due to overwhelming opposition from the public.“ The vast majority of the comments received to date are critical” of the proposal, ATF said in a statement, adding that officials plan to give the issue “more study.”

IG Audit: 6.5 Million People With Active Social Security Numbers Are 112 or Older The audit concluded that SSA lacks the controls necessary to annote death information on the records of number-holders who exceed “maximum reasonable life expectancies.”Some of the numbers assigned to long-dead people were used fraudulently to open bank accounts.And thousands of those numbers apparently were used by illegal immigrants to apply for work..Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the committee’s ranking member, called the findings a “major problem” that wastes taxpayers’ money, exposes citizens to identity theft and undermines confidence in government:”It is simply unacceptable that our nation’s database of Social Security numbers of supposedly living people includes more than six and a half million people who are older than 112 years of age, with a few thousand having birth dates from before the Civil War.”

Payback Robert Malley, currently NSC Senior Director, was newly appointed as Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. Malley’s father was the founder of the Egyptian Communist party. “According to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Malley provided informal advice to the campaign in the past.. On May 9, 2008, the campaign severed ties with Malley when the British Times reported that Malley had been in discussions with the militant Palestinian group Hamas, listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization… Some sense of his reputation can be gleaned from this screaming headline from Front Page Magazine: “Obama Appoints Man He Fired for Hamas Contacts as Middle East Coordinator”. David Frum calls the appointment “jaw-dropping”.

Articles: The Democrats’ Thugocracy Must Read!! “The Obama administration does nothing about corrupt acts by its supporters until a supporter breaks ranks. Then it’s: Nice little political career you got. Pity that something should happen to it. Especially if you break with Mr. Big on his Iran policy. I wonder what Harry Reid knows about his Senate caucus, and exactly what Rep. Nancy Pelosi knows that keeps her House Democrats in line. The boss winks at his Democratic rank-and-file whenever they breach the rules: Hey, everybody does it! But you note the violation down in your little black book, and when the time comes to twist an arm for a vote, you don’t even need to break a sweat. Compare this system with the crude initiation rites to criminal gangs in which you have to kill someone to join. That way you have to stick with the gang through thick and thin,..”

The road to nationalizing the police “if present trends continue, the NYPD will be run de facto by the feds. It’s hard to see where else the growing federal role in policing could lead. Federal judges and attorneys now routinely urge the appointment of monitors and the imposition of consent decrees to permit them to assume authority over wide swaths of local policing..America has a long tradition of strong local government, and most cops in the country are local employees…We shouldn’t rush to change that tradition merely because some argue that a bureaucrat 3,000 miles away is better placed to solve police problems than a local mayor.Yet we seem to be on the march to do so.”

Obama downplays Keystone, ignores State Department research on pipeline  “We’re not going to authorize a pipeline that benefits largely a foreign company if it can’t be shown that it is safe…But the State Department contradicts his claims. It’s own environmental review of Keystone already has determined the pipeline would not significantly contribute in a measurable way to climate change because, the federal government predicts, Canada will extract its oil and send it to market with or without the project. Obama also downplayed the State Department’s job creation estimates. Gov. analyses found the project will support 42,000 jobs, including 16,000 jobs created as a result of the pipeline itself. Instead of sending billions of dollars overseas to regimes that are fundamentally opposed to American values, the oil that is needed can be sourced right here in N. America and most of the money stays here, too.”

Report: President’s Tax Measures Will Decrease GDP By $700 Billion When it comes to economics, Obama is clueless. He continues to have an insatiable appetite to spend our money. “Investments are what drives economic growth,” continues Entin. “It pays for capital investment like machines and farms. Government spending, on its side, does not create growth unless it actually promotes growth like when Eisenhower built the Interstate System.Plus, this spending will have to be repaid either with higher taxes or borrowing, which both depress investment even more.” Finally, the senior fellow predicts dire consequences if Obama’s plan for a one-time retroactive tax on corporate income held abroad gets accepted..”

Health care 

Why Is the Florida Senate Caving on Medicaid Expansion? | Sunshine State News “If we increase the program, where will we be when our taxpayers are responsible for a larger bill down the road? … In three to five years we may be back here having this same conversation, needing to fill another budget hole with fewer federal dollars ..The plan does at least one thing the Florida Chamber of Commerce asked: It includes a provision that recipients have a job or be actively looking for one.But the Senate needs to do a whole lot more to reshape its bill into something that makes fiscal sense. Both the chamber and the James Madison Institute have noted SPB 7044 is missing these components….”

Obamacare premiums to spike, but law is cheaper than expected “The CBO said premiums for the key “benchmark” exchange plans will rise an average of 8.5 percent per year from 2016 to 2018, faster than the rest of the health care market…The budget analysts said.. that the plans offered now are narrower than private plans and reimburse providers at lower rates. They said both trends probably will change, forcing insurers to raise premiums.Overall, the CBO said, health care costs for the government and for private consumers are lower than expected just a few years ago. That means Obamacare is less expensive than predicted when the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, though it’s covering fewer Americans than President Obama hoped.” The fact that providers are not being paid market prices and not as many Americans are covered as predicted would explain why projected costs are lower than expected.

International Entanglements and News

National-Security Worries Rise as a Test for 2016 “A Quinnipiac University survey released March 4 found that terrorism now trails only the economy as a top public priority: 67% of the American people regard Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, as a “major threat” to U.S. security. The public is not satisfied with the Obama administration’s response to this threat… The Quinnipiac survey found that by a stunning 62% to 30%, the American people now support sending U.S. ground forces to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Those in favor include majorities of Democrats and independents as well as Republicans, women as well as men, and young adults as well as seniors. This result underscores a late-February CBS poll, which found 57% of Americans favoring the use of ground forces, up 18 percentage points since last September.”


John Kerry Wraps Up Latest Round of Nuclear Talks With Iran. A Few Days Later, Iran Unveils Brand-New Missiles. Looks like Iran is proud of showing off their long-range missiles. Now all they need is a nuclear warhead. “In his speech to Congress last week, Netanyahu warned of the dangers of omitting missiles from the emerging deal. “And by the way, if Iran’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table. Well, Iran could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far-reach corners of the earth, including to every part of the United States,” Netanyahu said.“[T]his deal has two major concessions: one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” the Israeli leader added.”

Jean-Claude Juncker calls for creation of EU army – FT.com With the growing threat of Russia, the President of the European Commission is calling for the creation of the EU army. However, there is resistance from the UK. “The EU is divided on how to deal with an increasingly forthright Russia, which has been accused by NATO and the US of supplying rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine with military equipment and intelligence in the conflict against government-backed forces. High quality global journalism requires investment. Some member states, including the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, are calling for the bloc to take a much stricter line on its eastern neighbour. Large member states are also split over the idea of an EU army, with the proposals being cautiously welcomed by many senior German politicians but repeatedly dismissed outright by a succession of British governments.”

Republican Senators Write to Iran: Deal With Obama Can Be Revoked Hope this letter gets sent to Obama as well. He needs a lesson on our Constitution as much as Iran. “What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time. The senators conclude: “We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.”

African Training Exercise Turns Urgent as Threats Grow Terrorists are growing in numbers and strength-now in Africa and the Middle East! “An oath of allegiance from Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based militant group, to the Islamic State on Saturday reinforces Western fears that the terrorist group is growing beyond its base in Iraq and Syria. These worries have prompted American and allied commandos to rush to train African counterterrorism troops to fight extremists on the continent… “Boko Haram will probably continue to solidify control over its self-declared Islamic State in northeastern Nigeria and expand its terror campaign in neighboring Nigerian states, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad,” James R. Clapper Jr., director of national intelligence said.”

Articles: Sisi’s religious revolution gets underway Sisi knew he was taking enormous risks when calling for Islamic reform. “And indeed, voices calling out for his death were quickly heard..In calling for a ‘religious revolution,’ Sisi also knew that he was up against tremendous odds, owing to Al-Azhar’s educational curricula that had been promoting a radical brand of Islam for quite some time…Ibrahim Issa showed that what Al-Azhar taught in its curricula was exactly what Daesh [ISIS] practiced. To wit, that “all adult, free and able men” were to “kill infidels,” and do so “without so much as a prior notice or even an invitation to embrace Islam.. Sisi warned reform would take time. One can see why, but he is to be applauded for keeping the pressure on in order to remove resistance to his initiative. The reform, which had known several false starts in the past, is now firmly underway.”

How America Was Misled on al Qaeda’s Demise Must Read!! When Osama bin Laden was killed, millions of documents were obtained but not analyzed because Obama was in election mode and did not want his message that al Qaeda was on the run to be proved false–and it was false!! “At precisely the time Mr. Obama was campaigning on the imminent death of al Qaeda, those with access to the bin Laden documents were seeing, in bin Laden’s own words, that the opposite was true. Says Lt. Gen. Flynn: “By that time, they probably had grown by about—I’d say close to doubling by that time. And we knew that.”This wasn’t what the Obama White House wanted to hear. So the administration cut off DIA access to the documents and instructed DIA officials to stop producing analyses based on them.” He jeopardized America because he wanted to win an election!!