Syracuse: An Old City Leverages New Data to Invest in Infrastructure

In this episode of GoldsmithonGov, Steve Goldsmith sits down with Stephanie Miner, mayor of Syracuse, to discuss how her city is using data to preemptively invest in infrastructure repairs before expensive damage can even happen. The mayor shares the city’s strategy for saving money, using limited resources effectively, and staying a step ahead to keep… Read More

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

Transcript: My fellow Americans, On Monday, I signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring this to be “Made in America Week.” We believe that our country is stronger, safer, and more prosperous when we make more of our goods and our products right here in the USA.  When we purchase products Made in America, the wealth, revenue and jobs all… Read More

Erratic North Korea Spurs Spike in Japanese Bomb Shelter Sales

Kim Jong Un has long been a scourge on the eastern edge of Asia, and of particular nuisance to the Japanese due in no small part to their incessant military tests over the sea of Japan. In recent months, North Korea’s military aggression has ramped up considerably, as Kim and his military leaders continue to… Read More

Centcom: U.S. Ship Fires Warning Shots as Iranian Vessel Makes 'Unsafe' Approach

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2017 — A U.S. coastal patrol ship participating in a coalition exercise in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots today after warning an Iranian naval vessel that was conducting what U.S. Central Command officials called “an unsafe and unprofessional interaction” in international waters. The Iranian vessel approached within 150 yards of the… Read More

Presidential Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – –  ASSESSING AND STRENGTHENING THE MANUFACTURING AND DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCY OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.… Read More

Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran

President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad.  The United States condemns hostage takers and nations that continue to take hostages and detain our citizens without just cause or due process. For nearly forty years, Iran has used detentions and hostage taking as a tool… Read More

Scaramucci Catches A Snake in The Grass: Leaker “Terminated” from WH

Anthony Scaramucci has only been on the job for a few days, but the new White House Press Director has already delivered on one of his biggest goals. Coming into what many have considered a “beleaguered” White House, Scaramucci had several targets on his initial radar, not the least of which was smoking out a snake… Read More

President Donald J. Trump Appoints Anthony Scaramucci to be White House Communications Director

President Donald J. Trump will appoint Anthony Scaramucci, a successful entrepreneur, financier, and founder of SkyBridge Capital, to be White House Communications Director.  Scaramucci will oversee the entire communications operation, including message development and strategy.  He will report directly to the President.  President Trump said, “Anthony is a person I have great respect for, and… Read More

Radical Leftists Attack Fox News by Dumping Water on Female Host

The political climate in America has been growing ever more fervent in recent months, with the left lashing out against America’s conservative backbone. It seems that the election of Donald Trump has sparked an inner rage of the nation’s liberals that cannot be quenched by satire and media dominance alone.  In the age of Trump,… Read More

$21.8 Mil in DHS Conferences Exposed after Trump Kills Rule Forcing Fed Agencies to Report Conference Spending

JULY 25, 2017 Weeks after the Trump administration abolished a rule requiring federal agencies to report conference spending, a breakdown of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) multi-million-dollar conference tab illustrates the need to keep the measure in place. The mammoth agency created after 9/11 to prevent another terrorist attack fails miserably to protect the… Read More

$21.8 Mil in DHS Conferences Exposed after Trump Kills Rule Forcing Fed Agencies to Report Conference Spending

JULY 25, 2017 Weeks after the Trump administration abolished a rule requiring federal agencies to report conference spending, a breakdown of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) multi-million-dollar conference tab illustrates the need to keep the measure in place. The mammoth agency created after 9/11 to prevent another terrorist attack fails miserably to protect the… Read More

Sec. Perry: “Time to discard the burdens and costs of Obamacare”

“The debate over health care has consumed Washington for over a decade. America can’t afford another decade of spiraling costs, political bickering, or inaction. This may be the only window we have to do this. Millions of Americans are depending on their representatives to repeal this crushing law and can benefit from the common-sense solutions… Read More

Brennan Fires Hypothetical Shot at POTUS: “Coup” If Mueller Fired

A great many of Donald Trump’s opponents have posited a great many examples about how best to depose him, and we can now add John Brennan to that exhausting list. The former CIA Director didn’t mince his words this week when asked about the possibility that Donald Trump could fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who… Read More

List of Foreign Ambassadors Who Participated in Credentialing Ceremony

Below is a list of the foreign ambassadors who participated in the credentialing ceremony at the White House with the President today: Her Excellency Niermala Sakoentala Badrising, Ambassador of the Republic of SurinameHis Excellency Damiano Beleffi, Ambassador of the Republic of San MarinoHis Excellency Stanislav Vidovic, Ambassador of the Republic of SloveniaHis Excellency Abdulla Rashed… Read More

President Trump: We Must Fulfill our Promise to Repeal Obamacare

On Monday, Vice President Pence and President Trump delivered dueling messages to Congress and the American people. The President reminded Congress of the solemn vow they made to repeal Obamacare. It was a promise that many of today’s representatives made in their efforts to get elected, and it was the very reason that many of them… Read More

Shock Report: CBO Scoring of GOP Obamacare Repeal Wildly Inaccurate!

The latest analysis of the CBO’s scoring of the GOP’s repeal efforts is shocking, but it really shouldn’t be. The media is constantly telling us that the Congressional Budget Office is an unbiased, and nonpartisan entity that does their very best to accurately score the legislation coming out of Congress. Here’s the problem with that… Read More

H.R. 3219 — Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018

July 24, 2017(House Rules) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 3219 — Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018(Rep. Frelinghuysen, R-NJ) The Administration supports House passage of H.R. 3219, making appropriations for defense, military construction, Veterans Affairs, the Legislative Branch, energy and water development, and for other purposes for the fiscal year (FY) ending September 30, 2018.… Read More

Notice of Withdrawal Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 20, 2017 NOTICE – – – – – – – CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS I hereby withdraw the notice “Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations,” submitted on July 19, 2017, and… Read More

A Message to the Congress of the United States

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the… Read More

Trump Son-in-Law says He “Did NOT Collude with Russia”

Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses, and I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information. Donald Trump had a better… Read More

H.J. Res. 111 – Disapproving the Rule, Submitted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Known as the Arbitration Agreements Rule

The White House For Immediate Release July 24, 2017 July 24, 2017(House Rules) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.J. Res. 111 – Disapproving the Rule, Submitted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Known as the Arbitration Agreements Rule(Rep. Rothfus, R-PA, and 33 cosponsors) The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.J. Res. 111. This joint resolution… Read More

Motion to Proceed to H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017

The White House For Immediate Release July 24, 2017 July 24, 2017(Senate) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY Motion to Proceed to H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017 The Administration urges all Senators to support the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017. For months, the Administration has… Read More

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Ann Marie Buerkle of New York to be the Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of 7 years beginning October 27,… Read More

Jared Kushner’s Opening Statement to Congress

Below is Jared Kushner’s full opening statement to Congress. The opening statement was delivered the day before Kushner is set to testify before a Senate Committee about his role in President Trump’s campaign and any dealings he may have had with the Russian government. The statement is presented as Kushner delivered it, the bolded words were bolded by… Read More

When Does an Investment Strategy Become an Obsession?

I have been a Registered Investment Advisor for 43 years, and during that time I have seen some money managers become so obsessed with an investment that the clients needlessly suffer. Over the recent past, Bill Ackman has demonstrated an obsession to my way of thinking with Herbalife. On December 20, 2012, Bill Ackman the… Read More

Haupt: Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” – Francis Bellamy Those that crossed the Mason-Dixon Line to work in the Civil Rights Movement were shocked to experience denial of justice and… Read More

U.S. Special Operations Forces Train With Ukrainian Counterparts

ODESSA, Ukraine, July 25, 2017 — Across southern Ukraine, U.S. special operations forces trained with Ukrainian special operators and conventional U.S. and Ukrainian naval forces during Sea Breeze 2017, July 10-21. An annual fixture in the Black Sea region since 1997, Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukrainian co-hosted multinational maritime exercise. This year, Ukraine… Read More

Remarks by President Trump at 2017 National Scout Jamboree

Summit Bechtel National Scout ReserveGlen Jean, West Virginia 6:32 P.M. EDT AUDIENCE:  USA!  USA!  USA! THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.) I am thrilled to be here.  Thrilled.  (Applause.) And if you think that was an easy trip, you’re wrong, but I am thrilled — 19th Boy Scout Jamboree — wow… Read More

Colorado in focus: Colorado’s resorts, hurting for workers, applaud one-time increase in visas but push for complete overhaul

Denver Post: Colorado’s resorts, hurting for workers, applaud one-time increase in visas but push for complete overhaul The ski resort industry on Monday celebrated Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly’s approval of a one-time increase in the number of H-2B visas for seasonal workers, but the bump in temporary employees likely will be gone by the time ski… Read More

Soldier-Scoutmaster Plans Military Support for 2017 Scout Jamboree

GLEN JEAN, W.Va., July 25, 2017 — A soldier described by his peers as an “easy-to-work-with, West Virginia kind of guy” is managing joint interagency operations for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, which began July 19 and ends July 28 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Army Lt. Col. Larry… Read More

Face of Defense: Airman's Moulage Skills Aid Training

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont., July 25, 2017 — For one airman here, a passion for moulage began when she was placed in the position to teach medical training. “I felt it had become routine for medics and other base personnel to simulate most situations and treatments of injuries,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Laura… Read More

Watch: The Scene from Rogue One that Aptly Describes the GOP

I watched Rogue One again. One scene that caught my attention; it was when Jyn pleads with the Council to take the fight to the enemy. The question is not “what chance do we have,” she implores, the question is “what choice do we have?” We’re either going to drain the swamp or we’re all going to drown… Read More

Proposed legislation would open up records on federal pension recipients

A Florida congressman and an open-government organization have launched a campaign to make key information on federal pension recipients subject to public disclosure. The legislation, which is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, would make information about pension recipients subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act. The information subject to public review would… Read More

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 25, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 27 strikes consisting of 29 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Wisconsin in focus: Assembly GOP will review Senate budget plan

Channel 3000: Assembly GOP will review Senate budget plan The state Assembly’s top Republicans say they agree with most of the Senate’s new budget proposal but will have to review the plan. Senate Republicans introduced their proposal Tuesday as a standoff with their Assembly counterparts over road funding stretches on. It calls for $712 million in… Read More

Business leaders see government policies driving Pennsylvania’s population dip

Pennsylvania business leaders see the recent decline in the state’s population as a result of tepid economic growth, an oversized public sector and an overall lack of competitiveness. Pennsylvania’s population dropped by more than 7,600 between 2015 and 2016, according to an economic outlook report from Wells Fargo Securities.  The Keystone state was one of… Read More

Pennsylvania in focus: Budget impasse could impact Pennsylvania’s state universities

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Budget impasse could impact Pennsylvania’s state universities State Senate and House Democratic caucus leaders chided the Republican House leadership late Wednesday over the Commonwealth’s continuing budget impasse and its potential impact on Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities. State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, and Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, said the University of Pittsburgh, Penn… Read More

Florida in focus: Home prices closing in on previous peaks

Sun Sentinel: Home prices closing in on previous peaks Home prices increased across South Florida in June and are inching ever closer to the peaks achieved before the market meltdown a decade ago. Still, analysts are not forecasting another historic collapse. They say the robust market is due for a dip and predict prices will… Read More

Wisconsin in focus: Foxconn nearing decision to invest in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Foxconn nearing decision to invest in Wisconsin Foxconn Technology Group will make a midweek announcement in Milwaukee that Wisconsin is the company’s choice, or at least its leading choice, for a huge new electronics factory, a source told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday. The announcement probably will not name a specific site for… Read More

News You Can Use for July 25, 2017

Good Morning! We here at Constitution.com want you to get your day started right, which is why we’ve decided to help you catch the morning’s news highlights. We know that you’ve got a busy day ahead and you may not necessarily have time to surf the web looking for the things you need to know,… Read More

Florida in focus: Gov. Rick Scott for President?

Tampa Bay Times: Gov. Rick Scott for President? Reubin Askew tried. So did Bob Graham. And Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. When you’ve shown an ability to win statewide elections in America’s biggest swing state, you’re almost automatically a credible contender for president. Could Rick Scott be the Floridian who finally winds up in the… Read More

Florida in focus: How Florida explains our polarized politics

The Hill: How Florida explains our polarized politics The strategists plotting Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) reelection bid in 2014 faced a problem: The state’s explosive growth, especially in liberal cities like Miami, Orlando and Tampa, was being fueled by an influx of voters likely to back Scott’s Democratic opponent. To win a second term,… Read More

Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much

The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities. The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card gave Illinois a “C+” for the overall health of its manufacturing industries, but the… Read More

Pennsylvania in focus: Pennsylvania looks at tax relief mechanisms

The property tax question on November’s ballot won’t provide direct relief if it passes, but it could open the door for legislative action and lead to lower tax burdens for homeowners. “It just opens the door a little bit wider for the General Assembly to do something,” said Stuart Knade, senior legal director at the… Read More

Federal lawmakers seek to deregulate gun silencers

A handful of proposed federal bills would make gun silencers more readily available. And they may overrule Illinois’ ban on the firearms accessory. Gun suppressors have been heavily regulated since the Great Depression. They reduce the sound of a gunshot to levels that aren’t as damaging to a shooter’s hearing. That’s why U.S. Rep. Steve… Read More

Navarro: A Made in America Presidency

“This is ‘Made in America Week,’ and the president’s actions have already shown that this will be truly a Made in America presidency.” Trump White House: We’re seeing strong resultsBy Peter NavarroUSA TodayJuly 20, 2017 … President Trump has been hard at work to save our jobs and revive manufacturing. He signed an executive order… Read More

Three Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Bart M. Davis, of Idaho, to be United States Attorney for the District of Idaho for the term of four years, vice Wendy J. Olson, resigned. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., of Utah, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation. Joshua J.… Read More

Evangelical Pastor Claims Knowledge of Plan to Violently Overthrow POTUS

There have been a number of strange conspiracies regarding the left’s plan to decimate The Donald Trump presidency, and now an evangelical pastor is claiming to have knowledge of yet another. From the moment that Donald Trump became the President-Elect, a “resistance” movement among the liberal left has vowed to somehow remove him from office.  There were… Read More

Obama Planned For Boots On The Ground in America on Election Day 2016

The U.S. presidential election of 2016 was one of the more tumultuous elections in recent memory, but new revelations from within the Obama White House shows that the former President was preparing for even more chaos than occurred. In the run-up to the November 8th polling, a number of scenarios had been promoted by the… Read More

House of Blues Cancels Country Concert After Singer Refuses to Disarm

Of all of the ways in which the Second Amendment is misunderstood in America, the most glaring error by the left has alway been their refusal to acknowledge the words “shall not be infringed”. As terror grips much of the globe, it has become apparent that ISIS and other hate groups are turning to crowded… Read More

U.S. Senator Suggests Government Regulation for Gargantuan Google

Tech leviathan Google has long been on the cusp of regulatory action by the U.S. government given their overwhelming size and scope. What was once simply a search engine with a slightly goofy name has become a ubiquitous part of everyday life in America and beyond in recent years.  Resembling more of a web-based operating… Read More

Pop Star Admits To Using Witchcraft To Put a Hex on Trump

There have been a number of preposterous plans floated by the progressive left to “resist” the President of the United States, but this latest asinine action will leave you spellbound in its stupidity. The loose-knit “resistance” to the President has been steaming ahead for months at the behest of celebrities, liberal politicians, and violent radical… Read More

Dead Manatee Statue To Replace Confederate Monument in Florida?

Historical revisionists have been on a rampage in the last few years, working tirelessly to remove any trace of the Confederacy within the United States. While the erroneous claim that the Confederate battle flag represents slavery, and therefore bigotry, has been around for decades, the massacre of church-going African Americans by delusional scumbag Dylann Roof in… Read More

Iraqi Forces Control Mosul, Fighting Continues in Raqqa

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2017 — Iraqi forces now control all parts of Mosul, Iraq, while tough fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues in Raqqa, Syria, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters here today. Since the height of ISIS’s power in 2014, the coalition has retaken more than 70 percent… Read More

USS Constitution Returns to Water in Boston Harbor

CHARLESTOWN, Mass., July 24, 2017 — After a two-year restoration at historic Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, America’s oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution, was refloated July 23. Since entering dry dock, May 18, 2015, ship restorers from the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston and teams of… Read More

U.S. Spy Plane Narrowly Avoids Collision with Chinese Fighter Interceptor

The complex relationships between the U.S., North Korea, and China were illustrated in the late morning on Sunday as one American spy plane was nearly destroyed by an aggressive Chinese maneuver. In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has been forced to address the numerous threats being consistently disseminated from North Korea, leading to a congregation… Read More

Soldiers Prove Mettle, Readiness in Talisman Saber

QUEENSLAND, Australia, July 24, 2017 — Australia is not for the faint of heart. Scorpions, snakes, and spiders lurk in the Outback; treacherous terrain crisscrosses the northeastern countryside; extreme temperature shifts can leave you sweltering during the day and chilled to the bone at night. These challenges did not deter the soldiers of the U.S.… Read More

Microchip Implants Coming to Employees of Wisconsin Tech Firm

For years, privacy advocates have been warning the world that humans would soon be subject to microchip implants, but few took the prophecy seriously. The idea of a wholesale microchipping process seemed far too Orwellian for anyone in America to simply go along with.  The forceful gathering of supposedly free Americans, and subsequent mandatory surgical procedure seemed… Read More

Baby Charlie Gard Loses His Fight – the State Wins

I’m sure that many tears are being shed today around the world as the parents of baby Charlie Gard have announced that they are giving up the fight to save their son. The lawyer for Charlie’s parents, Grant Armstrong, gave the sad news to the media this morning, “Sadly time has run out. For Charlie it… Read More

Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria

Said the president: “For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and, at times, a policy-making arm of the Government. … [T]his quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being… Read More

America in Transition

By: Joe David When President Donald Trump tweets, the world reacts. His cleverly worded comments often dominate the news, sometimes for days. (Did he go too far? Was he too tasteless? Is what he says fake news? or is he just a crazy man intoxicated with his presidential powers?) With every tweet, it seems, he… Read More

Coalition Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 24, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 27 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Face of Defense: Father, Son Deploy to Slovenia

GREAT FALLS, Mont., July 24, 2017 — The Montana Air National Guard’s 219th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer senior enlisted leader, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Furr, and his son, Airman 1st Class Austin Furr, deployed together the first time in June. The father-son duo serve together as members of the… Read More

U.S. Doesn’t Have Luxury of Choosing Challenges, Dunford Tells Aspen Crowd

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2017 — While Russia remains the greatest nation-state threat, the United States doesn’t have the luxury of singling out one challenge, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado last night. NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell asked Marine Corps Gen. Joe… Read More

Chairman Emphasizes State Department's Importance to Defense

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2017 — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized the importance of foreign policy to the military during remarks at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, last night. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford also spoke of the need for members of Congress to get to know U.S. service members… Read More

Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 23, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 17 strikes consisting of 29 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Pace of Change Complicates Signals Intelligence World, NSA Chief Says

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2017 — The National Security Agency has never seen the field of signals intelligence change as rapidly as it is right now, said agency director Navy Adm. Mike Rogers at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado today. Washington Post columnist and best-selling author David Ignatius interviewed Rogers and Robert Hannigan, the former… Read More

USS Gerald R. Ford Commissioned as Navy's Newest Carrier

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took part in commissioning the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, named in honor of the 38th president, in Norfolk, Virginia, today. Service members and their families, senior defense and military officials and other dignitaries, including Ford’s… Read More

Special Ops Capabilities Relevant Around the World, Commander Says

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2017 — Special operations forces are relevant to most operations the U.S. military is involved with and are a good return on the investment, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado yesterday. Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge interviewed Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III… Read More

Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 22, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 15 strikes consisting of 28 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Daily Read: Can the President Pardon Himself?

Friday, July 21, 2017 Daily Read: Can the President Pardon Himself? Given recent reporting that raises the specter of a Presidential self-pardon, a few sources are worth considering. First, there is the Constitutional text itself, which is not surprisingly inconclusive on this issue. Article II §2 begins by declaring that the President “shall be commander… Read More

May the President pardon himself?

Article II §2 of the Constitution states that the President  “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” It also states in §3 “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This defines his power with respect to law. He may not make,… Read More

ISIS' Defensive Operations in Mosul Tough for Any Army to Beat, Official Says

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2017 — The operation to liberate Mosul from the grasp of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was difficult because ISIS had two to three years to prepare its defense of Iraq’s second-largest city, an Operation Inherent Resolve task force commander told Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Iraq today. “It was… Read More

Project Maven to Deploy Computer Algorithms to War Zone by Year’s End

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2017 — Winning wars with computer algorithms and artificial intelligence were among the topics that Defense Department intelligence officials discussed during a recent Defense One Tech Summit here. Presenters included Marine Corps Col. Drew Cukor, chief of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations Directorate-Warfighter Support in… Read More

New Mission Command Fosters More Agile, Lethal Army

FORT BRAGG, N.C., July 21, 2017 — During a recent Joint Forcible Entry training exercise, the Army’s Global Response Force successfully used En Route Mission Command to enable real-time joint intelligence, communications and collaboration capabilities as they flew cross country to battle simulated enemy forces. EMC delivers critical in-flight mission command, plane-to-plane and plane-to-ground network… Read More

Airmen Assemble Munitions Used to Combat ISIS Terrorists

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 21, 2017 — F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft pilots and weapon systems officers assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing here fly sorties around the clock, conducting air-to-air and deep interdiction missions to combat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists and bring stability to the region. The 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron plays… Read More

Airmen Assemble Munitions Used to Pound ISIS Terrorists

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 21, 2017 — F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft pilots and weapon systems officers assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing here fly sorties around the clock, conducting air-to-air and deep interdiction missions to combat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists and bring stability to the region. The 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron plays… Read More

Face of Defense: Childhood Friends Become Marine Corps Brothers

OKINAWA, Japan, July 21, 2017 — The Marine Corps is known as the world’s finest fighting force and for recruiting some of the most motivated individuals in the world. Recruits come from all aspects of life. Some join alone, while others, such as three Marines who met while attending middle school in Los Fresnos, Texas,… Read More

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 21, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting conducted 28 strikes consisting of 54 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial… Read More

GOP to Start Turning Elizabeth Warren Into Nancy Pelosi

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not as toxic as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the moment, but Republicans intend to change that, possibly implanting into the electorate an indelibly negative image of the woman President Trump may face in 2020. According to the Washington Times, the proximate agenda is to harm the prospects of Democratic Senate… Read More

Video || Trump Visits France

This is propaganda from the White House, but it’s nicely done and gives a sense of President Trump’s visit to France. [embedded content] Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier July 20, 2017 6:40 pm Support Us

Trump Backers Explain to the Media Why They are Still Trump Backers

As usual, “flyover country” gets what the Coasts cannot comprehend: That little of significance has come out to suggest any kind of actual collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that the media are perversely obsessed with the issue. And that meantime, the actual things Trump is doing are barely getting covered, unless one… Read More

Gorka: I’m Ready to be the President’s Pit Bull

Sebastian Gorka, who was supposed to be fired about three months ago, is still in the White House taking on the mainstream media and relishing it, to the delight of President Trump. [embedded content] Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier July 20, 2017 6:40 pm Support Us

Trump Schedule || Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10:30 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing11:00 am || Meets with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster11:30 am || Speaks with Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman by telephoneNoon || Has lunch with service members; Roosevelt RoomNoon || Attends a Cabinet Affairs meeting All times EasternThe briefing is at 2:00 pm and is… Read More

Trump: Let Obamacare Fail of Its Own Accord

President Trump Tuesday morning tweeted that Republicans should just let Obamacare continue to fail, changing strategies after it became clear Monday night that the repeal and replace bill could not pass as two additional Republcians joined two others in opposition. As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a… Read More

Two Thirds of Americans Don’t Believe Trump Will Build the Wall

Sixty seven percent of Americans believe President Trump will not keep his promise to build a wall with Mexico to keep out illegal entrants, but a majority, 53 percent, think he will deport millions of illegal immigrants, according to a new Bloomberg poll. The poll also finds that 54 percent think Trump will keep his… Read More

The Post Office Delivers for Hillary

Great. While we’re talking about the Russians stealing the election, turns out it was mailman. From Fox News: The U.S. Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency, according to an Office of Special Counsel report obtained by… Read More

Trump Schedule || Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10:00 am || Attends a National Security Council briefing; White House Situation Room11:30 am || Meets with U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Terry Branstad12:30 pm || Has lunch with the Republican Senate caucus to discuss health care; State Dining Room3:00 || Leads a Made in America roundtable; State Dining Room All times… Read More

Trump to Give Obamacare Repeal One Last Try

President Trump today signaled that he is going to put the pressure on Republicans to reverse course and try to pass a health care bill. Personally, I don’t think this is over. It’s unfortunate that Trump was not a better dealmaker. From all reports I have seen, he never mastered the details of the bill… Read More

Video || Trump Demands Action from GOP on Health Care

“People are hurting. Inaction is not an option,” Trump told the Republican Senate caucus at the White House. Republicans are meeting again Wednesday night to see if they can resolve the impasse and get the holdouts to agree to a package. One of the ways to win in Washington is horse trade, which they will… Read More

John McCain has a Brain Tumor

Very sad news to report. Sen. John McCain, an American hero who for years was incarcerated by the North Vietnamese and who has spent most of his adult life serving his country either in the military or in Congress, has a brain tumor. The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said tests revealed “a primary brain… Read More

Trump Regrets Hiring Sessions

President Trump told the New York Times in an Oval Office interview Wednesday that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general if he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. From the Times: President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had… Read More

Trump Schedule || Thursday, July 20, 2017

10:05 am || Recieves a political-military briefing; The Pentagon3:00 pm || Makes an announcement regarding a pharmaceutical glass packaging initiative; Roosevelt Room All times EasternThe briefing is TBD Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier July 20, 2017 6:40 pm Support Us

Mueller Looking Into Trump’s Personal Business Dealings

This is what happens when you appoint a special prosecutor. There are no reins on the process, and he proceeds down every rabbit hole he can find. And eventually, he’ll find some kind of of rabbit, because no investigator with unlimited resources is going to just wrap things up and say, “Nothing to see here.”… Read More

Trump Schedule || Friday, July 21, 2017

10:30 am || Recieves his daily intelligence briefing11:30 am || Participates in a credentials ceremony for newly appointed Ambassadors to the United States2:45 pm || Visits with survivors from the USS Arizona All times EasternThe briefing is TBD Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier July 20, 2017 6:40 pm Support Us

A Better Way to Manage How We Get Around

Urban mobility is undergoing its starkest transformation since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line more than a century ago. Emerging services like car-, bike- and ride-sharing have provided city dwellers with a vast — and often confusing — array of options for getting around. And it’s too early to predict the impact… Read More

Guard Firefighters Train for Urban Search, Rescue Missions

VOLK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Wis., July 20, 2017 — The skills required to perform urban search and rescue are numerous and laborious. When lives are on the line, you want to know exactly what to expect when you arrive on the scene. This is why Air National Guard and Army National Guard firefighters… Read More

F-22 Raptors Join Full-Spectrum Red Flag Readiness Exercise

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., July 20, 2017 — F-22 Raptor fighter jets from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, have joined combat air forces from across the nation for the joint, full-spectrum readiness exercise Red Flag 17-3. Ten F-22s from the 95th Fighter Squadron are joining the exercise alongside Marine Corps F-35B and Air Force… Read More

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 20, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 26 strikes consisting of 36 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Face of Defense: Air Guardsman Gives Sister Gift of Life

BELLE CHASSE, La., July 20, 2017 — Air Force Staff Sgt. Franciscoadan Orellana, a Gretna, Louisiana, resident assigned to the Louisiana Air National Guard‘s 159th Mission Support Group, donated one of his kidneys to his sister, Alejandra Orellana, April 11. Alejandra’s health issues began 10 years ago when she was pregnant with her son. She… Read More

Interactive Constitution: The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

As part of the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution project, leading scholars across the legal and philosophical spectrum find common ground on the Constitution’s articles, amendments and provisions. In this essay, Brian C. Kalt and David Pozen look at how the Twenty-Fifth Amendment seeks to answer questions raised by the original Constitution’s treatment of presidential and vice-presidential vacancies… Read More

10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon in July 1925. But the real clash of these cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater. The Broadway play “Inherit The Wind” and two later films openly… Read More

On this day, the Seneca Falls Convention begins

The Seneca Falls Convention is regarded by many as the birthplace of American feminism. Heralded as the first women’s rights convention in the United States, it was held at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19 and 20, 1848. At that conference, activist and leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted The Declaration… Read More

Supreme Court allows more family kin to enter U.S.under immigration ban

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Trump Administration to allow grandparents and other family members of foreign nationals from Mideast countries to enter the U.S., but told a lower court to review how many refugees can be excluded.   The Justices refused to decide the refugee issue themselves, referring that to the U.S. Court of… Read More

U.S. Nuclear Lab Mistakenly Ships Radioactive Material on Commercial Plane

JULY 18, 2017 A government-owned nuclear laboratory with a lengthy history of security breaches is under fire again for mistakenly shipping radioactive material on a commercial cargo plane. It marks the latest of many shameful scandals at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, among the world’s largest science institutions and the nation’s key nuclear weapons… Read More

Exercise Sea Breeze 2017 Continues in Ukraine

ODESSA, Ukraine, July 19, 2017 — Ships from Georgia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. departed the port of Odessa and the nearby Western Naval Base yesterday to participate in the free-play phase of Exercise Sea Breeze 2017. Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea to… Read More

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 19, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 38 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Interactive Constitution: The Twenty-Fourth Amendment

As part of the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution project, leading scholars across the legal and philosophical spectrum find common ground on the Constitution’s articles, amendments and provisions. In this essay, Deborah N. Archer and Derek T. Muller look at how Congress passed the Twenty-Fourth Amendment in 1962, abolishing poll taxes in federal elections after years of failed… Read More

Smart Advisors in the Front Office: Designing Employee-Empowering and Citizen-Centric Services

Smart Advisors in the Front Office: Designing Employee-Empowering and Citizen-Centric Services Tobias Giesbrecht, Hans Jochen Scholl and Gerhard Schwabe Government Information Quarterly Volume 33, Issue 4, October 2016 Description: The authors discuss how front-line civil servants can transition from being administrators of government-centric and transaction-oriented services to offering the personalized services that the modern public… Read More

The City as Innovation Machine

The City as Innovation Machine Richard Florida, Patrick Adler and Charlotta Mellander Regional Studies Volume 51, Issue 1, January 2017 Description: This paper argues that innovation and entrepreneurship are not just products of cities and greater metropolitan areas but that innovation and entrepreneurship require cities to thrive. Indeed, the authors contend that urban areas are… Read More

Effective Analytics Outreach to Departments in New Orleans

The City of New Orleans’ Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA), the city’s home for data-driven improvements, has had notable successes in using analytics to reduce fire risk and address blight. These programs originated through OPA’s performance management work and with ad-hoc requests from departments. As the city’s data capacity matured and OPA completed more… Read More

Using Measurement to Drive Results in Providence

In this episode of GoldsmithOnGov, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza discusses restructuring Providence Talks, an important program he inherited that is working to close the “word gap” between low-income children and their higher-income peers. By focusing on long-term systems building, comprehensive measurement, and specific, tangible goals, Elorza is empowering employees and holding the city accountable for… Read More

Hawaii: Lower courts can handle immigration dispute

Lawyers for the state of Hawaii and other challengers to President Trump’s executive order argued to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the current phase of that dispute should play out first in a lower appeals court.  The variety of Supreme Court actions that the Trump Administration has sought are either outside of normal procedures… Read More

The Need to Manage Mobility From the Ground Up

In my last column in this space, I argued for government to approach mobility as a system rather than simply as a set of discrete transportation-related services or agencies. A handful of pioneering cities have appointed mobility managers who are, for the first time, addressing the many modes of transportation — buses, trains, bikes, ride-sharing… Read More

Is the last filibuster in danger again after health-care defeat?

The collapse of Republican efforts to advance a revised health care bill has President Trump calling for the death of the last-remaining Senate filibuster. Whether that happens remains to be seen. “The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60,” Trump said on… Read More

U.S. Nuclear Lab Mistakenly Ships Radioactive Material on Commercial Plane

JULY 18, 2017 A government-owned nuclear laboratory with a lengthy history of security breaches is under fire again for mistakenly shipping radioactive material on a commercial cargo plane. It marks the latest of many shameful scandals at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, among the world’s largest science institutions and the nation’s key nuclear weapons… Read More

How Government's Data Can Be Truly Useable

In honor of the recent Open Data Day, here’s what might seem a counterintuitive suggestion: Let’s stop celebrating open data. Why? A little history: It was back in early 2010 when a groundbreaking open data ordinance was introduced in the New York City Council. It became law two years later and provided a presumption that… Read More

Phoenix Delays Sanctuary Policy Amid Mounting Pressure After JW Report

JULY 17, 2017 Days after Judicial Watch exposed a new policy banning Phoenix police from contacting the feds after arresting illegal aliens, alarming pressure on the city council and chief of police has forced officials in Arizona’s largest city to postpone the order. Crafted at a Hispanic advisory committee that promotes open borders, the policy… Read More

Phoenix Delays Sanctuary Policy Amid Mounting Pressure After JW Report

JULY 17, 2017 Days after Judicial Watch exposed a new policy banning Phoenix police from contacting the feds after arresting illegal aliens, alarming pressure on the city council and chief of police has forced officials in Arizona’s largest city to postpone the order. Crafted at a Hispanic advisory committee that promotes open borders, the policy… Read More

New violations of Supreme Court immigration ruling claimed

Lawyers for the state of Hawaii and other challengers to the way the Trump Administration is limiting immigration of foreign nationals and refugees leveled new charges of illegal government action in a filing with a federal judge Wednesday night. After Wednesday, the document said, the Administration will stop allowing entry even of refugees who already have booked… Read More

Gerald Ford’s unique role in American history

Today is the birthday of the late former President, Gerald R. Ford, who went from being a college football star to the White House under the most unusual circumstances. Ford took the oath of office on August 9, 1974, after Richard Nixon’s resignation in the midst of the Watergate scandal. Ford became the first, and so… Read More

Judge orders entry of more foreign relatives, refugees

A federal judge in Hawaii late Thursday afternoon ordered the Trump Administration to relax its new controls on immigrants, to allow the entry of more foreign relatives of U.S. residents and more refugees from around the world.  The judge refused to put his new ruling on hold, even if the Administration now moved to appeal it, either… Read More

The Constitution’s Treason Clause: Seldom invoked despite threats

Accusations of treason are a serious matter in the public arena, but history shows few examples of charges followed by convictions in legitimate treason cases. In a current political debate, opponents of Donald Trump Jr. have bandied about the word in relation to Trump Jr.’s email and conversations with a Russian attorney. “This is moving… Read More

Trump team: Back to Supreme Court on immigration

The Trump Administration will return to the Supreme Court in an attempt to get free of a federal judge’s new order expanding entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals and refugees, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday afternoon. “The Supreme Court has had to correct this lower court once, and we will now reluctantly return directly… Read More

Immigration dispute reaches Supreme Court again

Taking the constitutional controversy over immigration restrictions back to the Supreme Court , the Trump Administration on Friday night asked the Justices’ permission to keep intact its current policy on foreign nationals and refugees seeking entry.   An order by a federal judge in Hawaii relaxing those restrictions should be swiftly overturned, the new document argued. “At this… Read More

How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

It’s a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It’s the 226th anniversary of the congressional act that moved the nation’s capital from their city to Washington, D.C. The Residence Act of July 16, 1790 put the nation’s capital in current-day Washington as part of a plan to appease pro-slavery states who feared a northern… Read More

The puzzle over who will decide the immigration controversy

Legal disputes in the federal courts often unfold in a familiar pattern, going from the lowest-ranking court and then, step by step up the ladder, finally reaching the Supreme Court.   It is usually quite orderly, even when an urgent situation is developing. The usual pattern, though, has not been followed lately in the constitutional controversy… Read More

A birthday tribute to the Founding Father of gerrymandering

It’s the birthday of a Founding Father whose name you know today as part of a controversial political term. Elbridge Gerry (pronounced with a hard “g” sound), American Revolutionary leader, Declaration of Independence signer, Constitutional delegate and U.S. vice president, was born on July 17, 1744, in Massachusetts. But after his passing on November 23,… Read More

Interactive Constitution: The Twentieth Amendment

As part of the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution project, leading scholars across the legal and philosophical spectrum find common ground on the Constitution’s articles, amendments and provisions. In this essay, Edward J. Larson and Jeff Shesol talk about a wide-ranging constitutional change, the Twentieth Amendment, that has never been challenged. If awards were given to constitutional amendments… Read More

How Government Can Nurture the Nudge

In implementing behaviorally informed interventions known as “nudges” to improve program outcomes, the city of Louisville has followed an important precept: You have to learn to walk before you can run. Kentucky’s largest city is one of many jurisdictions and agencies that have been experimenting with nudges, approaches derived from behavioral science that encourage preferable… Read More

Trump Teases Macron: “You Better Do A Good Job” Against Terrorism

Yes, he’d better. But Europe seems more intent on pretending that they have a crime problem, not a cultural one. On the other hand, anyone like Macron who achieves power so young has a Machiavellian streak that may equip him in ways other European leaders are not. [embedded content] BTW, here’s Trump dissing the American… Read More

Trump: What Did You Want Me to Do, Have Fistfight With Putin?

President Trump on the way to France Thursday stopped into the press cabin of Air Force One for one of those off the record encounters White House reporters treasure, at least to get some face time with the president, get to know and understand him, and then maybe get some calls returned down the line… Read More

Trump Schedule || Friday, July 14, 2017

10:10 am || The president and the first lady participate in the French National Day Parade with President and Mrs. Macron; Place de la Concorde, Paris12:45 pm || Departs Paris3:15 pm ET || Arrives Bedminster Trump National Golf Club; Bedminster, New Jersey Except as noted, all times Central European Time, with is six hours ahead… Read More

CNN Anchor Thinks Star-Spangled Banner is French National Anthem

Anchor Poppy Harlow today did her part to abet CNN’s self-destruction by failing the recognize the national anthem. Well okay, she corrected herself, either because she had a sudden spontaneous infusion of patriotism or because a producer started yelling AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEM!! in her ear. Most likely the latter. No, I don’t think Poppy Harlow… Read More

Constitution Daily

Constitution Daily https://constitutioncenter.org/blog Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center 2017-07-13T10:30:00+00:00 en-US hourly 1 http://expressionengine.com/ https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/podcast-should-the-17th-amendment-be-repealed 2017-07-13T10:30:00+00:00 https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/podcast-should-the-17th-amendment-be-repealed#When:10:30:00Z The National Constitution Center is proud to announce the release of new essays for its Interactive Constitution, which features leading constitutional scholars chosen by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society writing what they agree and disagree about the meaning of… Read More

Washington Post Actually Publishes Sober Piece About Don Trump Jr.

The Washington Post Thursday is running a reasonable story related to the Russia scandal. Yes, that’s news. Post White House reporter Abby Philip, who unfortunately will gain nothing from her organization by getting a compliment from a conservative news site like this, wrote a piece that suggests — without denying the possibility that Russia collusion… Read More

Maria Cantwell Takes to Senate Floor with Sign Misspelling Medicaid

Yeah! That Trump is trying to ruin everybody’s helth care! Tell ’em about it, Maria! Looks like she needs to boot out one of her summer inturns. So much for collatch education these dayz. [embedded content] H/T Washington Free Beacon. Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier July 13, 2017 5:47 am Support Us

District Judge Finds Utah’s “Ag-Gag” Law Violates the First Amendment

 In a careful and well-reasoned opinion in Animal Defense Fund v. Herbert, United States District Judge for Utah, Judge Robert J. Shelby, has concluded that Utah’s so-called “ag-gag” statute, Utah Code §76-6-112, is unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment. The Utah statute criminalized “agricultural operation interference” if a person: (a) without consent from the owner… Read More

Trump Schedule || Thursday, July 13, 2017

8:45 am || Arrives with the first lady in Paris, France12:30 pm || Participates in a luncheon with leaders of the U.S. Military; U.S. Ambassador’s Residence3:45 pm || Tours Les Invalides4:35 pm || Meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France; Élysée Palace6:25 pm || Holds a joint press conference with Macron; Élysée Palace9:00 pm ||… Read More

Video || This is Not Normal!

Does it occur to these people that Americans elected Donald Trump because they wanted someone who was “not normal”? What is normal anyway, piling up $20 trillion in debt? Nearly destroying the U.S. financial system? Near-zero economic growth? Allowing Islamist terrorists to proliferate around the world? All done by normal people. [embedded content] H/T Washington… Read More

White House Briefing Wednesday Again to be Off-Camera

Well, this is going to cause the MSM to go ballistic, given that yesterday’s briefing was also off camera. Once again, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be ringmaster. Ringmistress? No, that doesn’t sound right, best to stay with the sexist male version of the term. Looks like Sean Spicer is increasingly fading into the background. Remember,… Read More

Gowdy Calls For Trump Administration to Get All the Russia Info Out

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy has a point. Information related to Russia is being leaked piecemeal in order to keep the Trump White House in a constant state of crisis and to destroy the president’s ability to enact his agenda. If that’s not the intention, that’s the result. Gowdy said on Fox News: Someone… Read More

Can a Vice President be charged with a crime while in office?

On July 12, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr faced the prospect of murder charges after shooting Alexander Hamilton the previous day. Why didn’t those charges come to pass and what would happen today in a similar situation? The issue of presidential immunity from criminal charges while in office received a lot of attention during the Watergate-era… Read More

Twitter users sue President Trump for First Amendment violations

As promised, a First Amendment group has filed suit in federal court on behalf of a group of Twitter users who were offended after they were blocked by Trump or his surrogates from following the President’s social media account. On Tuesday, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed its lawsuit on behalf of… Read More

U.S.: Only Supreme Court can relax immigration limits

Disagreeing with a federal appeals court, Trump Administration lawyers argued on Tuesday night that a federal judge had no authority to expand the categories of foreign nationals and refugees who may enter the U.S. under a presidential executive order. In a new filing in a federal trial court in Honolulu, the Trump team argued that… Read More

Why does Congress usually take a month-long recess in August?

As pressure mounts on the Senate to pass a health-reform bill, Mitch McConnell has eliminated part of its annual August vacation. So what are the constitutional and legislative roots of this long-held tradition? On Tuesday, McConnell announced that the Senate will delay the start of its recess by two weeks. In that statement, the Senate Majority… Read More

10 fascinating facts about John Quincy Adams for his 250th birthday

Today is the 250th birthday of President John Quincy Adams. Though he served for only one term, the scion of John and Abigail Adams left an indelible mark on American history. Our nation’s sixth President was born on July 11, 1767, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He died on February 23, 1848, and is buried in Quincy… Read More

12 famous Americans killed, involved in duels

On the anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton duel, a look back at history shows the event wasn’t unique when it came to early-19th-century squabbles. Dueling was technically illegal in the United States, but even prominent government leaders engaged in the practice–Aaron Burr, for example, was serving as vice president when he met his rival Alexander Hamilton… Read More

The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 212 years ago today

Today marks the 213th anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. What caused the sitting vice president to shoot and kill a Founding Father on the cliffs overlooking New York City? Historians are still arguing over the events in Weehawken, New Jersey, on July 11, 1804. The men became bitter enemies over political and… Read More

Major sex equality dispute on way to Supreme Court

One of the most significant civil rights questions developing over more than a quarter-century — how far did Congress intend to go to outlaw sex discrimination – is headed to the Supreme Court for a likely showdown.  That issue is at the intersection of three phases in the modern civil rights revolution: on women’s rights,… Read More