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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest U.S. judicial body, giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative.
Kennedy, who turns 82 in July and is the second-oldest justice on the nine-member court, has become one of the most consequential American jurists since joining the court in 1988 as an appointee of Republican President Ronald Reagan. A traditional conservative, he advanced gay rights, buttressed abortion rights and erased political spending limits.
His retirement, which takes effect on July 31, gives Trump a second Supreme Court appointment in his 17 months in office after the Republican president last year selected Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices.
Kennedy, mild-mannered and professorial, sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings, earning a reputation as the court’s “swing” vote who heartened conservatives and liberals alike, depending on the issue.
His retirement sets the stage for a major showdown in the Republican-led U.S. Senate over the confirmation of Trump’s eventual pick for the lifetime appointment to replace Kennedy, all coming before November elections in which Democrats are seeking to seize control of Congress from Trump’s Republicans.
“I’m very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office because he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy,” Trump said of Kennedy at a rally in North Dakota on Wednesday night.
“We have to pick a great one. We have to pick one that’s going to be there for 40 years, 45 years,” or longer Trump added.
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit
The GOP has really knocked it out of the park with their absolutely brilliant new political ad — just in time for the midterm elections.
The commercial, titled “The Left in 2018: Unhinged,” showcases how the Democratic Party has been radicalizing.
The well produced ad opens with Senator Bernie Sanders saying, “a few years ago, ideas that we talked about were thought to be fringe ideas, radical ideas, extremist ideas — those ideas are now mainstream,” over footage of graffiti that reads “revolution or death” and Kathy Griffin holding President Trump’s severed head.
It goes on to feature the bullying of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Johnny Depp talking about assassinating the president, and Madonna talking about blowing up the White House.
The ad, which does not mention any specific GOP candidates, is sharp, shocking, and absolutely what the GOP needs to invigorate their base and bring in rational independents who are sick of the insanity.
Via Free Beacon:
The Trump administration and pro-life activists hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a California law that forced pregnancy centers to steer women to abortionists.
The High Court ruled the state burdened the free speech rights of pro-life centers by mandating that they post notices providing pregnant women with information about obtaining abortions. Clarence Thomas and four other Republican-appointed justices said such notices were “government-scripted, speaker-based disclosure requirement … wholly disconnected from the State’s informational interest.”
“One of the state-sponsored services that the licensed notice requires petitioners to advertise is abortion—the very practice that petitioners are devoted to opposing,” the majority said in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. “The (law) unduly burdens protected speech.”
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the country’s first drug derived from marijuana, a medication that treats two rare and devastating forms of epilepsy.
The drug, GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, is made of cannabidiol, or CBD, a component of marijuana that does not give users a high. It is given as an oil, and in clinical trials, it was shown to reduce the number of seizures by about 40 percent in patients with Dravet or Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.
“This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. “And, the FDA is committed to this kind of careful scientific research and drug development.”
The FDA’s decision was expected. FDA officials had indicated they supported approving Epidiolex, and an advisory panel had unanimously recommended it get the green light. There was some concern about the drug’s effects on the liver, but experts have said this risk could be addressed by doctors as they monitor their patients during treatment.
Before GW can market Epidiolex, though, the Drug Enforcement Administration will have to reclassify CBD, which in this case, because it comes from marijuana, is considered a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medical value and a high risk of abuse. The agency is expected to do so within 90 days.
“This approval is the culmination of GW’s many years of partnership with patients, their families, and physicians in the epilepsy community to develop a much needed, novel medicine,” GW CEO Justin Gover said in a statement. “These patients deserve and will soon have access to a cannabinoid medicine that has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials, manufactured to assure quality and consistency, and available by prescription under a physician’s care.”
A company representative said the list price for the medication had not been set yet.
Patients with Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, which typically emerge in the first few years of life, can suffer from debilitating and recurrent seizures, sometimes dozens a day. One in five patients is estimated to die before they are 20 years old.
There are six other drugs approved to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut, but none approved for Dravet.
Although Epidiolex was only approved for the two specific conditions, analysts expect doctors to prescribe it off label for a variety of epileptic diseases. It comes from a proprietary strain of cannabis grown by GW that has been bred to have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, the component that does make people high.
You Know It’s Bad When Even Schumer Is Outraged.
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary James Mattis learned in May from a colleague that President Donald Trump had made the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, and scrambled to get his boss on the phone before a formal announcement was made. It wouldn’t be the last time he was caught off guard by a presidential announcement.
A month later, Mattis was informed that Trump had ordered a pause in U.S. military exercises with South Korea only after the president had already promised the concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Last week, Trump again blindsided and overruled his defense secretary by publicly directing the Pentagon to create a sixth military branch overseeing operations in space.
The way these recent presidential decisions on major national security issues have played out, as detailed by current and former White House and defense officials, underscores a significant change in Mattis’s role in recent months. The president is relying less and less on the advice of one of the longest-serving members of his cabinet, the officials said.
“They don’t really see eye to eye,” said a former senior White House official who has closely observed the relationship.
President Donald Trump is introduced by Defense Secretary James Mattis during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, on Jul. 22, 2017.Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
- Sally Yates. Deputy attorney general. Days with administration: 11. Refused to enforce Trump’s entry ban.
- Preet Bharara. U.S. attorney. Days with administration: 51. Part of purge of U.S. attorneys.
- James B. Comey. FBI director. Days with administration: 110. Allegedly pressured by Trump to scale down investigations.
- Rich Higgins. Director, NSC. Days with administration: 176. Fired after writing a conspiracy-filled memo.
- Derek Harvey. Senior director, NSC. Days with administration: 182. Fired following power shift under national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
- Anthony Scaramucci. Communications director. Days with administration: 11. Fired by Kelly.
Resigned under pressure
- Michael Flynn. National security adviser. Days with administration: 23. Ostensibly fired for having misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
- Katie Walsh. Deputy chief of staff. Days with administration: 68. Moved out of administration to work for a pro-Trump PAC.
- K.T. McFarland. Deputy national security adviser. Days with administration: 118. Pushed out following power shift under McMaster.
- Tera Dahl. Deputy chief of staff, NSC. Days with administration: 166. Reassigned following power shift under McMaster.
- Michael Short. Assistant press secretary. Days with administration: 185. Scaramucci told media that Short would be fired.
- Reince Priebus. Chief of staff. Days with administration: 188. Resigned in favor of Kelly.
- Ezra Cohen-Watnick. Senior director, NSC. Days with administration: 188. Resigned following power shift under McMaster.
- Stephen K. Bannon. Chief strategist. Days with administration: 209. Bannon left after giving a negative interview to American Prospect.
- Sebastian Gorka. Deputy assistant. Days with administration: 211. Butted heads with Kelly.
- William Bradford. Director, Energy. Days with administration: About 120. Past racist comments were made public.
- Tom Price. Director of Health and Human Services. Days with administration: 232. Under fire for taking expensive charter flights.
- Jamie Johnson. Director, DHS. Days with administration: About 230. Past racist comments were made public.
- Carl Higbie. Chief of external affairs, Corporation for National and Community Service. Days with administration: 153. Past racist comments were made public.
- Omarosa Manigault. Director of communications, Office of Public Liaison. Days with administration: 364. Resigned to “pursue other opportunities.” Now stars on CBS’s “Big Brother.”
- Taylor Weyeneth. Deputy chief of staff, Office of Drug Control Policy. Days with administration: About 340.Questions about experience and details on résumé.
- Rob Porter. Staff secretary. Days with administration: 385. Allegations of spousal abuse became public.
- Michael Dubke. Communications director. Days with administration: 89. Personal reasons.
- Walter Shaub. Director of Office of Government Ethics. Days with administration: 181. Concern over ethics rules.
- Mark Corallo. Legal team spokesman. Days with administration: 59. Apparently concerned about handling of Trump Tower story.
- Sean Spicer. Press secretary. Days with administration: 181. Uncomfortable with hiring of Scaramucci.
- Elizabeth Southerland. Director, EPA. Days with administration: 193. Disagreement with direction of department.
- Carl Icahn. Special adviser. Days with administration: 211. Resigned in advance of an article about conflicts of interest.
- George Sifakis. Public liaison director. Days with administration: 204. Sifakis was an ally of Priebus.
- Maliz Beams. Counselor, State. Days with administration: 97. Reported differences with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
- Elizabeth Shackelford. Political officer, State. Days with administration: 323. Disagreement with direction of department.
- Paul Winfree. Deputy director. Days with administration: 330. Returning to Heritage Foundation.
- Dina Powell. Deputy national security adviser. Days with administration: 304. Personal reasons.
- Jeremy Katz. Deputy director, NEC. Days with administration: About 340. Personal reasons.
- Thomas Shannon. Under secretary of state for political affairs. Days with administration: 385 and counting. (Resignation announced but not yet in force.) Personal reasons.
- John Feeley. Ambassador to Panama. Days with administration: 385 and counting. Disagreement with administration.
- Rick Dearborn. Deputy chief of staff. Days with administration: 383 and counting. Joining private sector.
There hasn’t been a recent administration that’s seen so much turnover particularly among members of the senior White House staff.
“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”……..President Trump
Sanders wrote about the incident Saturday after it was publicized on Facebook by restaurant employees. The owner later told the media she asked Sanders to leave after her SJW staff told her they wanted Sanders kicked out.
Several Red Hen employees are gay, she said. They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.
“Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff, she said. “They said ‘yes.’ ”
…“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.
“I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”
Start the denaturalization process ASAP……Plus EVERY market or Deli in the U.S. Deli like the one below should be investigated IMMEDIATELY!!…..Papa Mike
The owner of a Portland halal market ( Halal is Arabic for permissible. Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran …Papa Mike ) who, with his brother, traded $1.4 million in federal food benefits for cash was sentenced Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court to three years in prison.
The federal prosecutor called the case “one of the largest, if not the largest, fraud cases involving [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits in [Maine].”
Ali Ratib Daham, 41, of Westbrook, who originally owned Ahram Halal Market, 630 Forest Ave., pleaded guilty in November to one count each of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, money laundering and theft of government funds.
A halal market under different ownership still operates at that address.
Daham remains free on bail until July 18, when he must report to a prison assigned by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
His brother, Abdulkareem Daham, 23, was sentenced Monday morning to two years in prison. He was convicted after a three-day jury trial in January of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to court documents.
The older brother was ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution, while the younger was ordered to pay up to $955,000, according to their attorneys. The restitution order states that the men are equally responsible for payments but the younger brother’s payments are capped.
Ali Daham already has paid $80,000 toward restitution, according to court documents.
In addition to prison time, both men were sentenced to three years of supervised release.
In sentencing the older brother, U.S. District Court D. Brock Hornby, who himself is a naturalized citizen, said there were “no winners in a case like this.”
“By sentencing two brothers, I realize I’m creating great pain for this family,” he said. “I’m also creating great pain for the immigrant community, as many members have told me he was a great helper to them. Sadly, he was a helper to them by defrauding the government.”
Via Fox News:
A 15-year-old girl is being praised for her hands-on approach to helping a blind and deaf passenger traveling alone on an Alaska Airlines flight last week.
Clara Daly and her mom, Jane, were traveling home from Boston, Mass., to Los Angeles when their flight was canceled. They were rebooked on another flight, where the pair encountered Tim Cook, a blind and deaf man traveling home to Portland, Ore.
Cook had been visiting his sister in Boston.
“I observed a woman signing into a man’s hand, so he could feel her words,” said Lynette Scribner, another Alaska Airlines passenger. “After watching them for a few minutes, I realized the man was both deaf and blind.”
Scribner said once Cook boarded the flight, other passengers tried their best to make his journey more comfortable — including a man who let Cook have his aisle seat.
“The man, who had given up his seat, did his best to assist with things like opening coffee creamer and pouring it in his coffee,” Scribner said.
However, the flight attendants needed someone who could communicate with Cook during the flight.
DIMocrats ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO CHANGE IT BACK BECAUSE THEIR TOOOOO DUMB TO KNOW HOW…….PAPA MIKE
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family were kicked out of a rural Virginia restaurant Friday night.
Sanders and her family were booted out of the little liberal Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia because they are Trump supporters.
Sarah Sanders tweeted about the intolerant establishment:
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so
Former Governor Mike Huckabee tweeted out that “bigotry was on the menu” at the little liberal Red Hen.
That’s not all that’s on the restaurant menu.
A hacker changed the menu to include erectile disfuntion.
What will the left hang their hats on now?
Via Daily Caller:
Customs and Border Protection has reunited 522 illegal immigrant children with their families who were separated as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to a Department of Homeland Security statement released Saturday.
“CBP has reunited 522 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in their custody who were separated from adults as part of the Zero Tolerance initiative,” the press release said. “The reunions of an additional 16 UAC who were scheduled to be reunited on June 22, 2018 were delayed due to weather affecting travel and we expect they will all be reunited with their parents within the next 24 hours.”
The press release said some families were transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody together due to “the speed in which adults completed their criminal proceedings.” The report did not say how many families were currently together in ICE custody.
A Mexican presidential candidate has called upon his fellow countryman to flood the United States with a mass exodus, calling it a “human right.”
According to a report from Eluniversal, candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said the people should flee Mexico to find a life in the United States, which is a pretty dismal message coming from a presidential candidate. The equivalent would be President Trump telling Americans to flee for Canada.
“And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said on Tuesday while calling on people to “leave their towns and find a life in the United States.”
This fleeing to the United States would be “a human right we will defend.”
The election stands less than two weeks away and Obrador is currently the frontrunner. He has run on a ticket opposing President Trump’s policies toward Mexico. From the New York Times:
After 18 years of trying, and trying again, Mr. López Obrador, widely known as AMLO, may have a historic opportunity. He has said that his presidency will signal the start of Mexico’s fourth revolution, following independence from Spain in the early 19th century, the liberal reforms later that century, and the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century.
He promises an austere, nationalist government that will fight corruption and inequality. He has said he will push constitutional amendments to change Mexico’s energy policy, eliminate immunity for government employees and allow for mechanisms of direct democracy, such as presidential referendums. He has repeatedly compared himself to Mexican leaders like Benito Juárez, Francisco Madero and Lázaro Cárdenas, which is like an American candidate comparing himself to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Rather than address all he said in his devastating firsthand account of the grim realities of policies encouraging parents to send children to cross into the country illegally, Baldwin returned to her original question. “America is outraged,” she said. “Can you assure everyone watching that you and your border patrol colleagues are treating these children humanely?”
“I can tell you with absolute certainty they’re being treated humanely,” he replied. “Most of our agents are parents. I’ve seen guys, and I’ve done it myself, you give your last bottle of water to a kid, you’ll take a toy out of your car to give to one of these kids because you know the situation they’re in. Agents are very sympathetic. We’re human, we’re fathers, we have families. We do a lot for the communities here, whether or not a camera is involved. Our agents are very involved. And nobody saves more lives along the southwestern border than the U.S. Border patrol.”
On Wednesday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin had on border patrol agent and National Border Patrol Council spokesman Chris Cabrera, with Baldwin seemingly looking to smear and shame the men and women who police our border. Cabrera, though, took the opportunity to hit Baldwin with the reality of the situation at the Southern border, exposing the false and shallow liberal framing of the issue from the mainstream media, including CNN.
Baldwin started the segment by playing alleged audio of border patrol agents joking about the children in their custody. Cabrera suggested the agents, who see incredibly tragic situations on a daily basis, might have been making light of the rough situation, but noted that he had not heard the audio before the interview.
“I don’t think everybody understands what’s happening down here. You know, a lot of these kids that are coming here, and put through terrible, terrible situations by their parents; they are brought over in extremely dangerous conditions, in extremely dangerous terrain, and all this can be avoided if they just go through the port of entry. There would be no crime committed by them and they wouldn’t get separated. Why they don’t do this is beyond me,” explained Cabrera, adding, “As we all know, when you get arrested, you don’t get to stay with your family.”