Helena’s News Roundup: Obama Defeated on Immigration (for now), Hilary’s Benghazi Lies

helena NunnPresident Obama’s legacy is increasingly in legal jeopardy “President Obama’s second-term agenda, it seems, is in the hands of the courts.Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Climate change. And now immigration. And in many cases, there is significant doubt about whether his signature initiatives will stand legal scrutiny.The latest blow to Obama’s second-term plans came Tuesday when a federal appeals court in New Orleans denied the administration’s request to move forward with implementing his expanded executive action on immigration to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.”

Editorial: Another victory for corporate vouchers “It is no surprise that a Leon County circuit judge ruled against a teachers union challenge to a state voucher program that allows low-income students to attend private schools.The courts have consistently and rightly found that Florida’s 14-year-old Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program poses no threat to public schools…Consider: This year the scholarships cost $5,272 per student, compared to the $6,955 the state will spend per public school student on operational costs. Independent studies, including one by the Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, have confirmed the program saves tax dollars, which could result in additional funds being available for public schools…The Tax Credit Scholarship Program simply offers another option for meeting the many diverse needs of Florida’s children.”

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30-French envoy “It’s very likely that we won’t have an agreement before the end of June or even (right) after,” French ambassador Gerard Araud said,…saying he expected some melodrama toward the end with late nights and doors slammed as both sides jockey for a deal.. Iranian officials say they must receive sanctions relief immediately upon reaching an agreement. Western officials argue that sanctions will be eased gradually and only after Iran has taken steps to limit its nuclear program.”Iran needs some time to start the implementation of this agreement, so in the best case sanctions relief would not happen before the end of this year,” German ambassador Peter Wittig said.Peter Westmacott, Britain’s ambassador, said it would be hard to tighten sanctions if no deal is struck, particularly if the major powers are blamed for the failure.”

Congress: Terror-Tied Aliens Seeking Asylum in U.S. This will not end well for America!! “The letter comes on the heels of revelations by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services that at least 638 aliens seeking asylum in America have been found to have connections to terrorists..DHS Secretary Johnson heightened concerns in December when he revealed that two foreigners tied to terror groups had escaped to Canada after being released from custody by a U.S. judge.The Texas Department of Public Safety also has released reports that illegal aliens have been working to bring suspected terrorists into America.The DPS report “disclosed information about multiple cases of illegal aliens or asylum refugees with terror ties entering the country through Texas,” according to Fox News.”

IRS hit by cyberattack, thousands of taxpayers’ information stolen Now this is another embarrassing mess for the IRS! “The IRS has also pleaded poverty, begging Congress to send more money and saying its services were suffering in the meantime. But Mr. Koskinen said while they were cutting elsewhere, they weren’t scrimping on security, and the breach wasn’t a result of lack of diligence…Mr. Hatch said the IRS has been “repeatedly warned” it needed to do more to protect taxpayers but fell short.The Get Transcript application had been highly touted in 2014 as a step in President Obama’s attempts to streamline government, and the agency had insisted at the time that it was taking strong security steps.The Get Transcript application has been shut down, and taxpayers who need their information will have to have it sent by mail.”

Clinton emails ignored growing crisis of anti-Western violence in Libya Why do the emails show such a lack of concern? ..1) Clinton did not turn over all Libya-related emails. It’s fair to say many Republicans believe that, and statements from House Benghazi Select Committee chairman Trey Gowdy indicate that he suspects Clinton is withholding information. “There are gaps of months and months and months,” Gowdy said on CBS in March. “And if you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya, she has sunglasses on and she has her handheld device in her hand, we have no emails from that day. In fact, we have no emails from that trip. So, it strains credulity to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that has been turned over to Congress. So, there are huge gaps.” And we will probably never find out the truth!!

Exclusive — Gov. Scott Walker: Federal Government ‘Too Big To Fail,’ Next President Must Shrink It So It’s ‘Small Enough To Succeed’ – Breitbart Walker has the right idea about fighting big gov’t! “The longer you wait, the more you get the excuse that ‘we’re too close to the next election you can’t do that.’ I’d like to take huge chunks of the federal government and send it back to the states. For years people have talked about Medicaid—that’s a good start, to block grant that. But I’d take major social service programs, I’d take transportation and infrastructure, workforce and development, environmental protection, and heck I’d take education and instead of spending each of those down from Washington where the federal government skims off huge chunks of mopey and sends pennies on the dollar back to the state governments, why not keep those dollars back in the states where states can be more effective, more efficient, and certainly be held accountable to the hardworking taxpayers?”

Iranian Special Forces Commander: ‘Obama Has Not Done a Damn Thing’ to Fight ISIS – Breitbart “Soleiman, who heads Iran’s Quds Force tasked with special operations, was quoted by Iran’s Tasnim news agency as stating that “nobody is present” in the war on the Islamic State, aside from the government of Iran, and that the United States is particularly guilty of negligence in the war.“Obama has not done a damn thing so far to confront Daesh: doesn’t that show that there is no will in America to confront it?” Soleimani reportedly said, echoing remarks American Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter made on Sunday that it was the Iraqi military that had shown they lack the “will to fight” against the Islamic State.“How is it that America claims to be protecting the Iraqi government, when a few kilometres away in Ramadi killings and war crimes are taking place and they are doing nothing?” Soleimani asked.” And sadly this is the truth!!

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department Dirtier and Dirtier!!”The Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire..Under Clinton’s leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data..American defense contractors also donated to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and in some cases made personal payments to Bill Clinton for speaking engagements. Such firms and their subsidiaries were listed as contractors in $163 billion worth of Pentagon-negotiated deals that were authorized by the Clinton State Department between 2009 and 2012.”

How Baltimore became Pottersville: Column Must Read! “HUD presumed that simply moving people out of the projects was all that was necessary to end the criminal behavior of the residents. Baltimore was one of five cities chosen for a HUD demonstration project — to show how Section 8 could solve the problems of the underclass. But the relocations had “tripled the rate of arrests for property crimes”..A study published in JAMA reported that boys in Section 8 households who moved to new neighborhoods were three times more likely to suffer PTSD and behavioral problems than boys in the control group. A 2009 research project on Section 8 published in Homicide Studies noted that in the one city studied, “Crime, specifically homicide, became displaced to where the low-income residents were relocated. Homicide was simply moved to a new location, not eliminated.”

Isis claims it could buy its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year Is this the beginning of the end? “Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table,” the article continues. “The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region.”It admits that such a scenario is “far-fetched” but warns: “It’s the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago.”And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive? That’s easy enough to make.”An attack launched by Isis against America would ridicule “the attacks of the past”.”

Gun Groups Rejoice: Scott Signs Emergency Evacuation Bill Into Law | Sunshine State News “When you’re ordered under a mandatory evacuation to take your family, pets and important documents and leave your home and other belongings behind, you should not be deprived of the ability to protect yourself and your family,” wrote former NRA president Marion Hammer in an email to members. Hammer also explained it wasn’t fair for gun owners to be forced to leave their firearms behind for looters.”

Castro Must Compensate for Seized Assets Before Normalization With Cuba | Sunshine State News “The House version was introduced on Thursday by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.“Insisting that the Castros pay back Americans for property they stole should be non-negotiable in any talks to normalize relations with Cuba,” Rooney said. “It’s bad enough that, if the president gets his way, American trade and travel dollars will be used to prop up the Castro regime and repress the Cuban people. The least we can do is make sure those profits aren’t earned on property stolen from American citizens and businesses and never settled.“If we don’t demand they resolve outstanding legal claims, how can we expect the Castros to respect the rights of Americans traveling or doing business in Cuba in the future?” Rooney demanded.”

Clinton Friend’s Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business  Damning report from the NYT!!  While advising Mrs. Clinton on Libya, Mr. Blumenthal, who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama, was also employed by her family’s philanthropy, the Clinton Foundation, to help with research, “message guidance” and the planning of commemorative events, according to foundation officials. During the same period, he also worked on and off as a paid consultant to Media Matters and American Bridge, organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Much of the Libya intelligence that Mr. Blumenthal passed on to Mrs. Clinton appears to have come from a group of business associates he was advising as they sought to win contracts from the Libyan transitional government. The venture, which was ultimately unsuccessful, involved other Clinton friends, a private military contractor and one former C.I.A. spy seeking to get in on the ground floor of the new Libyan economy.