Rick Baker Gaining Wide Support for St. Pete Mayor; Dem Financial/bank Fraud Scandal; Dems under investigation for unmasking and more. Helena’s News Roundup!

The Democrats’ Better Deal Still Needs Work

“Last week Schumer promised “a better deal.” He said the party was listening to a country that’s “clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our econ… ” Schumer’s article displayed the standard Dem dissonance between a radical-sounding critique of American capitalism and timid little steps to put things right. Both sides of this formula are wrong. The system isn’t fundamentally broken; Am voters don’t want their gov to demolish capitalism and start again…Schumer talks about “vulture capitalists” gouging consumers and “huge corps … padding the pockets of investors but sending costs skyrocketing.” This weary anti-capitalist imagery evokes an econ system that’s fundamentally exploitative — one that would descend into outright criminality unless minutely policed by Democrats..”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers

Wow! “The case of Awan is not about bank fraud. Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested this week, just as he was trying to flee for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina when she fled the country, with 3 daughters, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash. By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they’d gotten from the Congressional Fed Credit Union had been sent ahead. It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill… Awan and his family of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and elect files of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment – including hard drives that Awan smashed to bits before making tracks.”

Time’s running out: Trump’s terrible choices on North Korea

Worry! “While Wash indulged its obsession over the latest toxic Trump turmoil, N Korea launched another ICBM test, the 2nd in July and 12th this year, in its relentless quest for a weapon of mass destruction to deliver upon the US.This is not an idle mid-summer fantasy. 14 years ago U.S. intelligence over-estimated Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. But it has consistently under-estimated N Korean skill and speed devising the means to fulfill its promise of mass death to Americans.Last week intelligence warned that a 2-3-year window before Pyongyang could accomplish its intercontinental death delivery system was actually one year. N Korea could be ready by this time next summer or soon after. That could be wrong too.”

With Repeal Off The Table, Media Suddenly ‘Discover’ That ObamaCare Is In Deep Trouble

Reality!! “After months pumping out stories about how great ObamaCare is, the news media are now admitting that ObamaCare is unsustainable. What’s changed? Sat, The NYT ran a big story that began: “Repubs have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired?”Up until last week, the Times had been reassuring its readers that ObamaCare was doing just fine. In an April story it said that “growing evidence suggests that the markets are far from collapse. Several recent analyses argue that this year’s increase was a market correction, and that a smoother market would follow in the years ahead.”It added that “many insurers had been struggling to make money but now seem closer to breaking even…”Now the Times is telling readers that “even people who rely on its coverage agree that it still has big problems.”

The Maduro Regime is Corrupt and Tyrannical

Excellent Speech!”From his perch on the Foreign Relations Comm, Marco Rubio appeared on Globovisión Mon to speak directly to the Venezuelan people, expressing his opposition to the Maduro regime. Good evening,I am speaking to you tonight from Wash, D.C. But I come to you not as a US senator, but as someone who was born and raised in a community shaped by the events of our hemisphere.

The over 1 million Cubans forced to flee their homeland because of the Castro dictatorship. The tens of thousands of Nicaraguans forced to begin life in a new country because of the Sandinistas. And now, sadly, the thousands of your fellow countrymen who seek asylum because of recent events…The root cause of all these tragedies is not a battle between the political left and right… The root cause is tyranny.”

Former Obama aide Ben Rhodes is now a person of interest in the unmasking investigation

Good!!”Obama Nat’l Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now an emerging as a person of interest in the House Intelligence Committee’s unmasking investigation. This adds Rhodes to the growing list of top Obama government officials who may have improperly unmasked Americans in communications intercepted overseas by the NSA. Chair Nunes, R-CA, sent the letter to the NSA requesting the number of unmaskings made by Rhodes from 1/1/2016 to 1/20, 2017. Rhodes, who worked closely with Rice became a focus of the committee during its review of classified information to assess whether laws were broken regarding NSA intercepted communications of Trump, members of his administration and other Americans before and after the election, according to congressional officials. The committee is requesting that the NSA deliver the information on Rhodes by Aug, 21.”

State AGs Ready to Sue Trump Administration Over DACA

DACA needs to be stopped! “A lawsuit by states seeking to end protected status for children whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally could spare Trump from personally halting the Obama admin program.“DACA is an unlawful program that must be phased out,” @AGRutledge says.Or, immigration experts say, such litigation could force Democrats in Congress to bargain on stricter enforcement of immigration law.Last month, 10 state AGs, led by TX AG Ken Paxton, wrote Sessions calling for the Trump administration to end a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.The program shields from deportation those who were minors when their parents brought them to the country illegally, a population their advocates call “dreamers.”

Republicans and the Lost Art of Deterrence – American Greatness

Must Read! “In a perfect and disinterested world, when Washington is deluged in scandal, a nonpartisan investigation or prosecutor should survey the contemporary rotten landscape. He would then distinguish the likely guilty from the probably falsely accused—regardless of the political consequences at stake.In the real cosmos of Wash, however, the majority party—the group that controls the House, Senate, presidency, and U.S. Supreme Court—if it were necessary, would de facto appoint the gov’s own special investigatory team, and then allow it to follow where leads dictate. Its majority status would assure that there were no pol opponents in control of the investigations, keen on turning an inquiry into a political circus. That cynical reality is known as normal D.C. politics.”

Black Democrats Support Rick Baker, White Liberals Have a Psychotic Breakdown

Great news!! “The latest poll in the St. Pete mayoral race has Rick Baker winning 39% of the black vote. Rick Kriseman is only getting 28% of the black vote.While this race is nonpartisan, Baker is a Republican and Kriseman is a Democrat. As you can imagine, white liberals are losing their collective crap. How dare black people give the vote white liberals have taken for granted for so long, to someone other than a Democrat?Well, to quote the Tampa Bay Times when they endorsed Baker: “Unlike any mayor before or since, Baker focused on improving the city’s poor, black neighborhoods in the Midtown area south of downtown. He helped bring a grocery store, a credit union and a full-service post office to that community. He also helped lead efforts that brought Midtown a health clinic, St. Pete College campus and the sprawling Job Corps training center.”

U.S. coal exports soar, in boost to Trump energy agenda, data shows

Interesting! “US coal exports have jumped more than 60% this year due to soaring demand from Europe and Asia…The increased shipments came as the EU and other U.S. allies heaped criticism on the Trump administration for its rejection of the Paris Climate Accord, a deal agreed by nearly 200 countries to cut carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels like coal…They included a surge to several European countries during the 2017 period, including a 175% increase in shipments to the UK, and a doubling to France – which had suffered a series of nuclear power plant outages that required it and regional neighbors to rely more heavily on coal.”If Europe wants to lecture Trump on climate then EU member states need transition plans to phase out polluting coal,”

Silicon Valley Censorship

Must Read!! “If it is ever “toxic” to deem ISIS a terrorist org, then the potential for abuse, and for widespread censorship, will always exist. The problem lies with the very concept of the idea. Why does Silicon Valley believe it should decide what is valid speech and what is not?Conservative news, it seems, is considered fake news. Liberals should oppose this dogma before their own news comes under attack. Again, the problem with attempting to eliminate hate speech, fake news or terrorist content by censorship is not about the efficacy of the censorship; it is the very premise that is dangerous…when the NYT starts to delete comments that criticize extremist clerics, or Facebook designates articles by anti-Is activists as “fake news,” Islamists will prosper and modern Muslims will suffer.”

Trump: Republicans ‘look like fools’ if they don’t kill Senate filibuster

No wonder no legislation is passing!! “Responding to Senate Republicans’ healthcare collapse this week, Trump said Sat that Republicans “look like fools” and the Democrats are “laughing” at them if they don’t change the legislative process.He urged Sen Republicans to abolish the legislature filibuster in a series of early-morning tweets, claiming “200 bills” sit in the Senate waiting for action. Trump specifically called out McConnell, pushing the GOP leader to end the filibuster and move toward passing all legislation with a 51-vote majority.“Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the Republican Party, allows 8 Democrats to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!” Trump tweeted. “The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!”

Opinion | The quest to prove collusion is crumbling

From the Washington Post? Wow! “While everyone is fixated on Trump’s unbecoming and inexplicable assault on Sessions, the media has been trying to sneak away from the “Russian collusion” story. That’s right. For all the breathless hype, the on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate, Jared Kushner’s statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting on just isn’t there.As the date of the Kushner testimony approached, the media thought it was going to advance and refresh the story. But Kushner’s clear, precise and convincing account of what really occurred during the campaign and after the election has left many of Trump’s loudest enemies trying to quietly back out of the room unnoticed.”

BREAKING: House Approves $1.6 Billion for Border Wall

Great News!! “During Trump’s run for the White House, he promised to finish building a border wall of fence and to secure our border and put an end to illegal immigration. The Republican-controlled House took a major step towards keeping Trump’s campaign promise by passing a measure to provide $1.6 billion for the border wall.The House used a procedural maneuver Thurs to add $1.6 billion to a gov spending bill for construction of the U.S.-Mex border wall. Lawmakers won’t be faced with a standalone vote on approving the $1.6 billion. Instead, House GOP leaders opted to tuck adoption of the $1.6 billion into a procedural vote that begins floor debate on the part of the legislation that provides funding for defense programs. Avoiding a standalone vote on the wall funding prevented what could have been a tough vote for some GOP lawmakers. ”

Fifty Lawmakers Earn Top Marks on AFP Legislative Report Card

Check out the Legislature Scorecard according to AFP!”Fifty Fl lawmakers earned a perfect score for promoting economic freedom in the Sunshine State, according to a new report card released Tues from Americans for Prosperity’s Fl chapter. AFP analyzed how state legislators voted on 96 of the “most impactful” bills during this year’s legislative session. Over 5,500 votes were tallied on nearly 60 legislative issues ranging from slashing property taxes, adopting Medicaid block grants and setting a binding min wage for public school teachers. Click on this site to see a PDF list of all FL state legislatures and their scores: http://4wxl4324xvbwq51txr8g7558.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/17-40042_PRNT_AFP-FL-Scorecard-1.pdf