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26 июня, 23:27

Trump's Limited Travel Ban Victory

The Supreme Court granted review of the president’s travel ban in October, but the Court clearly hopes—and strongly hints—that the case will be moot by then.

26 июня, 18:11

Supreme Court Tosses Case On Cross-Border Shootings Back To Lower Court

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide on whether non-citizens have constitutional rights at the border, and ordered the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to reconsider the question of whether the families of Mexican nationals killed by U.S. border authorities can sue in federal court. The lower court will again decide whether the family of Sergio Hernandez, a 15-year-old Mexican national fatally shot by a U.S. border patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010, has the right to sue the agent. Previously, the 5th Circuit found that Hernandez didn’t have constitutional protections. On Monday, the Supreme Court vacated that ruling and ordered the lower court to reconsider the case.  “The facts alleged in the complaint depict a disturbing incident resulting in a heartbreaking loss of life. Whether petitioners may recover damages for that loss in this suit depends on questions that are best answered by the Court of Appeals in the first instance,” reads the ruling.  Three justices dissented: Clarence Thomas, who was in favor of upholding the lower court ruling, and Steven Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in a joint dissent penned by Breyer said they would reverse the lower court ruling with regards to the Fourth Amendment question and allow the Hernandez family to seek damages. Because oral arguments were heard prior to Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the Supreme Court, just eight justices considered the case. On July 7, 2010, Hernandez was playing with friends along the Rio Grande, between the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas, and the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. A U.S. Border Patrol agent, Jesús Mesa Jr, saw the boys and assumed they were attempting to illegally cross the border. Mesa grabbed one boy, but others fled. A Justice Department investigation found that some of the boys began to “hurl rocks” at Mesa. (There is no evidence that Hernandez threw anything at Mesa.) Mesa then saw Hernandez, who was taking cover behind a bridge on the Mexican side of the river, and shot him in the face, killing him. The Justice Department declined to prosecute Mesa in 2012, arguing that he acted in self-defense. The U.S. government declined to extradite him to Mexico for prosecution. A civil liability claim is the family’s last option in seeking justice for the killing. Hernandez’s parents, María Guadalupe Güereca and Jesús Hernandez, sued Mesa in federal court with the help of a Texas law firm, arguing that the agent violated their son’s constitutional rights. Federal judges repeatedly rejected the family’s claims, saying the Constitution does not apply to a non-citizen not on U.S. soil. Those rejections relied on a 1990 Supreme Court ruling, United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez, that found non-citizens must have a “substantial connection” to the U.S. in order to be granted constitutional protections while in a foreign country. (Another key Supreme Court decision, Boumediene v. Bush, found in 2007 that foreign-born detainees held at Guantanmo Bay have due-process rights to challenge their detentions.) There was no specific legal standard, however, for whether constitutional rights apply in cross-border situations involving non-citizens. If Hernandez was a U.S. citizen, his constitutional rights would be assured, no matter where he was at the time of the shooting. And he would have been afforded those same rights had the shooting occurred on the U.S. side of the river. But because the shooting took place in what lawyers representing Hernandez’s family described as “a unique no-man’s land—a law-free zone in which U.S. agents can kill innocent civilians with impunity,” Hernandez’s rights were murky. In 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit sided with Mesa, concluding that because Hernandez was on Mexican soil and was “a Mexican citizen who had no significant voluntary connection,” he had no U.S. constitutional protections. Last year, the Supreme Court agreed to take on the case. The court heard oral arguments in February, appearing split over whether the Constitution should apply in cross-border situations. Justice Department lawyers argued that the matter shouldn’t be for courts to decide, due to foreign-policy implications. “You have a cross-border incident, which necessarily gives rise to foreign-relations problems, which are committed to the political branches,” Justice Department lawyer Edwin Kneedler argued. The justices, meanwhile, grappled with how to establish a standard narrow enough to not open up the U.S. government to civil liability for other incidents on foreign soil. “How do you analyze the case of a drone strike in Iraq, where the plane is piloted from Nevada?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked Hilliard during arguments. “Why wouldn’t the same analysis apply in that case?” But Hilliard, the attorney representing Hernandez’s parents, argued that the standard could be specific enough to not apply to military operations. Domestic law enforcement officers, such as Border Patrol agents, should be subject to the Constitution, he argued. “Right now, while they’re in the United States, their boots never leave the country, and it’s the government’s position that the Constitution turns off like a light switch at the border, and they are unconstrained by our U.S. Constitution,” Hilliard said. Read more background of the case here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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26 июня, 17:29

Без заголовка

**Must-Read: David Anderson**: Reading the BCRA CBO Score: "The Congressional Budget Office is due to release their score on the Senate’s BCRA bill at some point today. Here are a few things to remember as you read the score... >...**Look at the effects at 10 years and beyond**: The bill is designed to push the Medicaid cut backs to the right hand side of the budget window and then accelerate those cuts compared to the AHCA. Senator Murphy (D-CT) has asked and received assurance that the CBO will score coverage losses past 10 years. I think that topline coverage losses will be a bit less from Medicaid in window but match AHCA within two years out of window. >**Is the 6 month auto-denial period being scored?:** This is the Senate Republican replacement of the individual mandate. It was not written into the bill released on Thursday. If CBO scores it. how do they score it against both the individual mandate and the 30% single year premium bump? The CBO thinks the individual mandate is reasonably effective at keeping healthier people in the pool, while the 30% premium bump is an adverse selection magnet. >**What are they projecting with the 1332...

26 июня, 17:29

Supreme Court Allows Watered-Down Travel Ban To Take Effect For Now

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The Supreme Court has agreed to review President Donald Trump’s travel ban in October, allowing a watered-down version of the order to go into effect in the meantime. Individuals from the six Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban ― Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― who have a bona fide relationship with the United States aren’t blocked from entering the country. The court’s order released Monday said a “close familial relationship is required” for individuals who wish to live with or visit a family member. When the relationship is with an entity like a university, it must be “formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading” the executive order. As an example, they said, students and lecturers would have a formal relationship, as would someone who accepted employment with an American company. But it would not apply to someone who “enters into a relationship simply to avoid” the executive order. For example, the order said, “a nonprofit group devoted to immigration issues may not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion.” The announcement shouldn’t disrupt most of the people who would otherwise be traveling to the U.S. from these six countries. Many refugees who are resettled in the U.S. come from the six targeted countries, but since they work with federally funded resettlement agencies they should qualify as having a bona fide relationship with the U.S. “The parts that are allowed to go into effect are actually incredibly narrow,” Becca Heller, executive director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, said Monday. “Almost anyone coming to the U.S. who has a visa or who has been in the refugee program has some kind of tie to a U.S. person.” The scope of what consists of a bona fide tie to the U.S. isn’t clear, and many advocacy groups are worried federal agencies will each interpret it differently. Such differences could lead to confusion yet again at airports, noted Johnathan Smith, legal director of Muslim Advocates. IRAP is preparing to send lawyers to airports across the U.S. in the event that those with visas find themselves detained. The Department of Homeland Security assured in a statement Monday that it would implement the order “professionally, with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travelers.” The American Civil Liberties Union responded to the announcement with a message for Trump: BREAKING: #SCOTUS to take up Trump's Muslim ban. We'll see him in court. #NoMuslimBanEVER— ACLU National (@ACLU) June 26, 2017 “President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the fundamental constitutional principle that government cannot favor or disfavor any one religion,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, who argued the appellate case, said in a statement. “Courts have repeatedly blocked this indefensible and discriminatory ban. The Supreme Court now has a chance to permanently strike it down.” “I am pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to hear this case and the Department of Justice looks forward to arguing on behalf of the President and his constitutional duty to protect the national security of the United States,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “We have seen far too often in recent months that the threat to our national security is real and becoming increasingly dangerous. Groups like ISIS and al Qaeda seek to sow chaos and destruction in our country, and often operate from war-torn and failed countries while leading their global terror network. It is crucial that we properly vet those seeking to come to America from these locations, and failing to do so puts us all in danger.” Within two weeks of taking office, Trump issued an executive order restricting visits from seven Muslim-majority countries ― the six previously listed plus Iraq ― for three months and suspending America’s refugee resettlement program, arguing that federal officials needed to review the vetting process in the interest of national security. The order fulfilled one of the new president’s most controversial campaign promises. But the chaotic weekend that ensued ― dozens of people detained at airports and protests nationwide ― also played an early role in defining the Trump administration as clumsy and disinterested in the details and process of policymaking.  Trump signed the order without letting key officials, including Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, review it beforehand. Customs and Border Protection agents struggled to interpret whether the order applied to green card holders and to those who arrived carrying valid visas. Protests erupted at airports across the country. Apparently unfazed, Trump told reporters the day after signing the order that the travel restrictions were “working out very nicely,” adding that, “you see it at the airports, you see it all over.” The confusion ended the night of Jan. 29, when a federal judge in Brooklyn issued an injunction to keep key parts of the executive order from going into effect while legal challenges moved forward. The next day, DHS Secretary Kelly formally exempted green card holders from the provisions of the executive order. In the following months, several other federal judges issued similar rulings saying the order should be halted. Trump signed a second order in March ― this time removing Iraq from the original list of seven countries after negotiations with the Iraqi government ― in an attempt to clean up the legal problems posed by his first order. But the result was largely the same. Appeals courts in the 9th and 4th U.S. Circuits have upheld injunctions keeping the travel restrictions from going into effect. The Department of Justice appealed both cases, bringing them all the way to the Supreme Court. While the White House has almost unbridled authority to restrict who is allowed to enter the country, U.S. officials cannot discriminate against visitors for religious reasons. Trump’s bombastic words from the campaign trail came back to haunt him as the courts considered his orders.   “The evidence in the record, viewed from the standpoint of the reasonable observer, creates a compelling case that [the executive order’s] primary purpose is religious,” the 10-3 ruling issued by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May reads. “Then-candidate Trump’s campaign statements reveal that on numerous occasions, he expressed anti-Muslim sentiment, as well as his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States.” Trump remained such a staunch defender of his travel ban that he vowed to “fight this terrible ruling,” all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, after a Hawaii federal judge blocked parts of the second ban in March. Read the court’s order below: SCOTUS Travel Ban by Anonymous 2lblWUW6rS on Scribd This article has been updated with more information about how refugees will be affected by the order. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

26 июня, 16:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Lantheus Holdings, Cambrex, Health Insurance Innovations, Anthem and American Equity Investment Life Holding

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Lantheus Holdings, Cambrex, Health Insurance Innovations, Anthem and American Equity Investment Life Holding

26 июня, 15:59

Oration on the Dignity of Man

**Giovanni Pico della Mirandola**: Oration on the Dignity of Man: "Most esteemed Fathers, I have read in the ancient writings of the Arabians that Abdala the Saracen on being asked what, on this stage, so to say, of the world, seemed to him most evocative of wonder, replied that there was nothing to be seen more marvelous than man... >...And that celebrated exclamation of Hermes Trismegistus, "What a great miracle is man, Asclepius" confirms this opinion. >And still, as I reflected upon the basis assigned for these estimations, I was not fully persuaded by the diverse reasons advanced for the pre-eminence of human nature; that man is the intermediary between creatures, that he is the familiar of the gods above him as he is the lord of the beings beneath him; that, by the acuteness of his senses, the inquiry of his reason and the light of his intelligence, he is the interpreter of nature, set midway between the timeless unchanging and the flux of time; the living union (as the Persians say), the very marriage hymn of the world, and, by David's testimony but little lower than the angels. >These reasons are all, without question, of great weight; nevertheless,...

26 июня, 15:16

A Stock Market Crash Scenario

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The one thing we can know with certainty is it won't be easy to profit from the crash. After 8+ years of phenomenal gains, it's pretty obvious the global stock market rally is overdue for a credit-cycle downturn, and many research services of Wall Street heavyweights are sounding the alarm about the auto industry's slump, the slowing of new credit and other fundamental indicators that a recession is becoming more likely. Few have taken the risk of projecting a date for the crash, this gent being a gutsy outlier: Hedge Fund CIO Sets The Day When The Next Crash Begins. Next February is a good guess, as recessions and market downturns tend to lag the credit market by about 9 months. My own scenario is based not on cycles or technicals or fundamentals, but on the psychology of the topping process, which tends to follow this basic script: When there are too many bearish reports of gloomy data, and too many calls to go long volatility or go to cash, the market perversely goes up, not down. Why? This negativity creates a classic Wall of Worry that markets can continue climbing. (Central banks buying $300 billion of assets a month helps power this gradual ascent most admirably.) The Bears betting on a decline based on deteriorating fundamentals are crushed by the steady advance. As Bears give up, the window for a Spot of Bother decline creaks open, however grudgingly, as central banks make noises about ending their extraordinary monetary policies by raising interest rates a bit (so they can lower them when the next recession grabs the global economy by the throat). As bearish short interest and bets on higher volatility fade, insiders go short. A sudden air pocket takes the market down, triggered by some bit of "news." (Nothing like a well-engineered bout of panic selling to set up a profitable Buy the Dip opportunity.) And since traders have been well-trained to Buy the Dips, the Spot of Bother is quickly retraced. Nonetheless, doubts remain and fundamental data is still weak; this overhang of negativity rebuilds the wall of Worry. Some Bears will reckon the weakened market will double-top, i.e. be unable to break out to new highs given the poor fundamentals, and as a result we can anticipate a nominal new high after the Wall of Worry has been rebuilt, just to destroy all those who reckoned a double-top would mark The Top. Mr. Market (and the central banks) won't make it that easy to reap a fortune by going short. As the market lofts to new nominal highs, the remaining Bears will be hesitant to go short, and Bulls will note that despite the dire warnings of analysts and the gloomy data on auto sales, credit expansion, productivity, wages, etc., the market keeps chugging higher. This will infuse participants with complacency and a general sense that the market has weathered the worst than could be thrown at it. When the surviving Bears have become wary, and the market's resilience in the tide of negative news seems to point to further gains--at that point, the market finally rolls over and "surprises" everyone. Nice, but when will this happen? Nobody knows, but the key is there can't be a crowd of analysts predicting a decline and begging everyone to go to cash. There can't be huge short interest and massive bets on higher volatility. Everyone betting the farm on a decline and a spike in volatility must first be destroyed before the market can possibly fall. The crash has to catch almost everyone off guard--those who lost their shirts betting on the market responding rationally to deteriorating data (i.e. those who bet on rising volatility and a market decline), those steeped in complacency and those secure in their quasi-religious faith that the central banks "have our backs and will never let the market drop." When these conditions are met, the Crash-o-Meter pegs the upper limit of vulnerability. Pavlovian training is deeply embedded, so the first drop will trigger a Buy the Dip frenzy. This reverses the downturn and creates the last exit point. But so well-trained are traders, few take the last exit; most feel assured that further gains are just ahead. Central banks are presumed to be all-powerful, and the past 8 years support the conventional belief that a new central bank policy announcement will always reverse any downturn. But contrary to expectations, selling momentum builds and the trading bots start selling in earnest, the goal being to liquidate the position entirely to escape risk. Central bank pronouncements steady the market and trigger wild spikes higher--but only for a few hours. Things have changed. Central banks cannot reverse the tide of fear, and spikes higher are seen as selling opportunities. Alas, every bot has the same goal, and the bid disappears. That's one crash scenario; there are many others. The one thing we can know with certainty is it won't be easy to profit from the crash.

26 июня, 12:53

Grenfell fire: 100% failure rate after cladding tested on 75 blocks - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenTories and DUP sign £1bn ‘confidence and supply’ deal Tory/DUP deal - Summary and analysisAfternoon summary 7.04pm BST Javid came under pressure to clarify what funding the government would give to councils to pay for urgent improvements to fire safety in tower blocks. Sir Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said:When tower blocks are found to fail fire safety tests, and when urgent mitigating measures cannot be done to make those buildings safe, what the minister has said today to the House doesn’t reassure many members, because local authorities and housing associations will need funding support to help them provide new housing for residents affected.What considerations have been given to declaring this a civil emergency, so that funds from central government can be provided to housing association and local authorities trying to re-house local residents?Whether it’s the removing of cladding or it’s taking other necessary action to improve fire safety of buildings, or rehousing costs, then local authorities should get on with those.Just as Camden, the first action wasn’t to think about how exactly are we going to fund this, they rightly got on with the action, made those tenants, and then government will work with those local authorities where they cannot afford it to provide necessary support. 6.52pm BST Javid said that 373 hotel rooms are occupied by 153 households from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk, and 220 households from the cordoned area. He said that all have had housing assessments, except for those who wanted to delay “through choice”.We’ve had a number of instances, for example, where quite understandably some of the families have first asked for something in Kensington as close as possible to where they lived but then when they have been shown the home and they see the tower and what is left of it, they have changed their minds and quite understandably said, ‘look, we would like to have some other options’. So we are working with them at their pace and our commitment is they will all be made offers in the three weeks but it isn’t certainly necessary the case that they will all be in the temporary accommodation within three weeks because we have to respect their choice when they are made offers and if they change their mind then we want to also accommodate that. Continue reading...

26 июня, 12:15

Australia beat West Indies by eight wickets at Women's Cricket World Cup – live!

Updates from Taunton as the holders begin their title defenceAustralia aware of pressure but well set to exceed expectationsEmail Adam with your thoughts. Tweet @collinsadam 4.42pm BST An emphatic start to Australia’s title defence at Taunton, hunting down the West Indies’ 204 with precision then power. Nicole Bolton’s unbeaten century, her third in ODIs, was chanceless. She started the grind then smashed the West Indies completely out of the contest. The 171-run opening stand Bolton shared with Beth Mooney (70) is an imposing reminder of why this Australian team win trophies for laughs.The West Indies, aside from a decent shift with the new ball, were dreadful in defence of their earlier mediocre tally. The bowling was ropey; the ground fielding messy at best. But Bolton and Mooney were so efficient in the early exchanges that they were always well behind and in desperate need of wickets that never came, save for a couple of consolation scalps to skipper Stafanie Taylor when the result was assured. 4.33pm BST With a nudge into the legside, that is that! The most clinical of victories for the defending champions. I’ll gather my thoughts and wrap up the day that was from Taunton in a tic.Australia 205-2 (Bolton 107, Perry 5). Continue reading...

25 июня, 21:00

"Boo Hoo Hoo" - New Jersey College Fires Black Professor For Making Racist Remarks

Essex County College in New Jersey has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden after she made racially insensitive remarks during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News two weeks ago, according to the Associated Press. College officials said they received complaints about Durden’s interview, with some university constituents upset about statements that were disparaging to white people. During the interview, Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial Day event held exclusively for black people hosted by a Black Lives Matter group. When Carlson asked Durden for her thoughts, she interrupted the host, saying: “Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card” to attend the event. The show aired June 6, and the school suspended Durden with pay two days later. She addressed the matter during a public meeting Tuesday with school officials, but was soon fired, according to the AP. In a statement from College President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe obtained by the Daily Caller, Munroe quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and said he’s committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for people of all races. He added that the school will be forming a committee devoted to making students of all backgrounds feel welcome. “Munroe said that in light of these events he wanted to assure the public that Essex is committed to “maintaining a welcoming environment to all students from a variety of races,” even quoting Martin Luther King and then adding, “racism cannot be fought with more racism.”   The school will be forming a committee devoted to “unity in diversity” with the aim of helping students of all backgrounds to feel welcome, including those who identify as white, he said.” Munroe added that while the school respects first amendment freedoms, he believes the “health and wellbeing” of students supersedes many of these concerns. "Munroe addressed first amendment concerns in the statement that have arisen over Durden’s suspension, saying the school values free speech and academic freedom, but believes that the “health and well being” of students trumps any personal views held by an adjunct.   He said the college also rejects “any conduct that implies that all students are not welcome to participate in, or benefit from, our program or activities on the basis of their race, color, orientation or national origin.” Durden, meanwhile, claims that her firing was tantamount to being “publicly lynched” and compared her treatment by the school to a rape victim being blamed for their assault, the AP reports. “Durden told NJ.com on Friday that she has received a lot of support from school staff members and students, but compared her experience to a rape victim who is blamed for the crime, and a person who returns from war to a hostile environment." Unsurprisingly, she is already lawyering up: "Durden’s attorney, Leslie Farber, said she believes her client’s free speech rights were violated. Farber said they were considering whether to take legal action in the matter.   I fully believe that institutions of higher learning must provide a safe space for students to explore, discuss and debate, not only academic philosophies, but the harder issues related to living harmoniously and growing together in our communities and as a country,” Munroe wrote in a statement announcing the firing. ‘The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity. Racism cannot be fought with more racism.’”

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25 июня, 20:15

Racing news and tips: James Fanshawe takes aim at Northumberland Plate

• Trainer has ambitions of second Pitmen’s Derby with Higher Power • ‘He doesn’t lack class,’ says Fanshawe of 10-1 hope for NewcastleHaving stored away the top hats, many trainers look to a less glamorous venue next Saturday – Gosforth Park and the Northumberland Plate, also known as the Pitmen’s Derby. The two-mile handicap is hardly cloth-cap territory, however, with a penalty value of £92,000 and an assured big field attracting runners from leading stables.The Newcastle upon Tyne track refers to its Plate meeting as “north-east England’s version of Royal Ascot”. It is also proud of a far less pompous atmosphere. There is no dress code for the grandstand enclosure, though the rules do stipulate: “The removal of shirts is not permitted.” Continue reading...

25 июня, 14:57

Glastonbury 2017: Sunday with Barry Gibb, the Killers' secret set and Chic – follow it live!

Sunday brings Laura Marling, disco Chic, the return of Shaggy … and a heritage tour with Bee Gee Barry Gibb. Join us for the best of Glastonbury 2017’s final day 7.41pm BST We’re still coming to terms with that onslaught of positive vibes: Barry Gibb and Chic bringing disco anthems, the Killers generating the loudest crowd of the festival, and Haim and Rag’n’Bone Man commanding more people than ever at the Other stage. The sun is out as well, which turns Glastonbury into a big dopey love-fest. I want to just start tapping out happy-face emojis and leave words behind. 7.38pm BST Our eight-year-old reviewer Z has been the MVP this weekend, slagging off the seasoned likes of Ride and Barry Gibb with astonishingly distilled barbs. We’re letting her go get a frozen lagerita and see Ed Sheeran, but before she goes, she’s shared her appraisal of the Killers: Continue reading...

25 июня, 09:08

WikiLeaks: ЦРУ может удаленно взламывать компьютеры, которые не подключены к интернету

Для данных атак используются эксплоиты Giraffe и Okabi, поддерживающие 32- и 64-разрядные архитектуры. Okabi более эффективен против машин, работающих под управлением Windows 7, 8, и 8.1, тогда как Giraffe работает только против Windows XP.

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24 июня, 14:40

How Nixon Would Have Tweeted Watergate

What President Richard Nixon’s Twitter account might have looked like during Watergate, had social media existed in the 1970s.

24 июня, 01:44

Is Donald Trump Recovering His Political Footing?

Jacob Heilbrunn Politics, Jacob Heilbrunn interviews Daniel McCarthy about Trump’s latest challenges. Editor's Note: In our latest Facebook Live interview (please like our Facebook page to see more of these events) Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, and Daniel McCarthy, editor-at-large of the American Conservative, discuss Donald Trump’s political risks in dealing with Russia, health care and also whether the Democratic Party needs a facelift. Daniel McCarthy recently wrote an article on the political, not legal, issues that will most severely challenge Trump’s presidency. An excerpt of the article can be found below: President Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director wouldn’t publicly state that Trump wasn’t under investigation. But now Trump is under investigation—for firing Comey. At least, that’s what the president has said on Twitter. His attorney Jay Sekulow took to the Sunday shows this weekend to insist otherwise: no, the president isn’t under investigation because the Justice Department has not told him that he is. So which is it? In all likelihood, the president is already under investigation or soon will be. Comey testified to Congress that one of his “leadership team” at the FBI did not want him even to assure the president in private that he was not a subject of the Russia investigation because the inquiry into the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia might eventually focus on Trump himself. The FBI was prepared to cast a wide net—and now that the investigation is being headed by a special counsel, there are no limits to how wide it will be. Read full article

24 июня, 00:39

Remarks by Vice President Pence to Troops

Schriever Air Force Base Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:06 P.M. MDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  How about a big round of applause for General Raymond.  He is a remarkable leader.  (Applause.)  We couldn’t be more honored to be here in Colorado with the men and women of Schriever Air Force Base where every day you are evolving the force, driving innovation, and mastering space.  Give yourselves a round of applause, would you please.  (Applause.)   I bring greetings this afternoon from your Commander-in-Chief, a champion of the Armed Forces of the United States, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) And I also brought my commander-in-chief with me --(laughter) -- my wife of 32 years, who also is a Marine Corps mom.  Would you give a rousing welcome to the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, is with us today.  (Applause.)  MRS. PENCE:  I’d like you all to know I was born on McConnell Air Force Base.  (Applause.)   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And we’re just delighted to be with all of you today and for the great work at Air Force Space Command.  And also I want to congratulate the newest Brigadier General of the United States Air Force -- just announced this morning -- the Commander of the 50th Space Wing, General Deanna Burt.  Congratulations, General. (Applause.)  And lastly, allow me to just -- this is my first opportunity to do this -- to introduce the President’s choice to be the United States Secretary of the Air Force, herself an 11-year veteran of the Air Force.  I served with her in the Congress of the United States.  She is an incredible advocate of our armed forces, a courageous veteran who has worn the uniform.  Join me in welcoming Secretary and Doctor Heather Wilson.  (Applause.)  And to all the leadership and all the men and women who serve at Schriever Air Force Base, it’s an honor to be with you. The Old Book says if you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect.  And I’m just really here to pay a debt of honor and a debt of gratitude on behalf of the American people for your service to this country.  Each and every one of the men and women in this cafeteria have stepped forward in this all-volunteer military that we have to serve our country at an enormously important time.  And you here at Space Command in every real sense -- as I’ll say more than once -- literally, you might be in Colorado, but you are on the front lines and every day you are in the fight for freedom and the American people are grateful.  (Applause.)  I told the President this morning I was headed your way and he said to me just, “just tell ‘em I’m proud of ‘em.”  And I’ll tell you what, the President speaks for all of the American people.  I can attest to it.  The pride the American people place in all the men and women of our armed forces is incalculable and I hope you feel it every single day.   This Air Force Base has really exemplified American leadership and American excellence now for more than 30 years.  There may not be any runways here, but every day you reach into the stars and you make it possible for your fellow warriors to be able to take the fight to the enemy with enhanced security and enhanced safety.  And you guard the nation in space and in cyberspace.  You’re on the cutting edge of technology and arms and you complete the Air Force’s mission.  You know, the Air Force’s mission -- if I get this right, Heather --is to “Fly, fight, and win in air, space and cyberspace.” And you’re the last two of that in every sense of the word and we commend you for it.  You know, this base is named after a legendary American who wore the uniform, General Bernard Schriever -- the father of the Air Force Space program.  And today the more than 7,700 members of the 50th Space Wing operate the space and cyber systems that literally are the envy of the world and keep America one step ahead of all who would do us harm.   You direct no fewer than 175 American satellites that are crucial to our national security every day -- in weather, communications, and early warning of foreign missile tests.  Every American benefits from your efforts here -- the world’s only global utility, the GPS system that’s essential to our daily life.   And as the President said in his inaugural address and many times since, space is a priority for this administration and it is a priority for the American people and it will always be.  (Applause.)  In fact, I’m pleased to report that nearly two decades after it was disbanded, in just a few short weeks the President will soon relaunch the National Space Council.  And it will be my great honor as Vice President of the United States to serve as its chairman, which has been a historic role for this office.  The President recognizes that America needs a coherent and cohesive approach to the last, greatest frontier in history, and the National Space Council, as it has played a role before, will advise the President on both civilian and military national policy and strategy for space and we look forward to the work of that new entity. It will strengthen opportunities that we have and it will encourage more investment at the national level and more aspiration for all of our people to look to space for careers and for service.  And I just want you all to know that this administration is determined to once again ensure that America is leading in space in near Earth orbit and exploration far, far beyond our planet.   And you, the men and women of Schriever Air Force Base, will play a leading role as America leads in space.  Under President Trump your mission will be more important than ever before because this administration knows that your work, in the depths of space and cyberspace, is crucial to our security in the 21st century. You know, it really is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who cares so deeply about the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States, their families, and our veterans.  In fact, you’ll probably see on the news a little bit later today that not more than a couple of hours ago, President Trump gathered in the East Room at the White House and signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act -- comprehensive legislation to provide our veterans with the care they earned in the uniform of the United States and America and we’re going to see it through for world-class healthcare for all those who served.   This new act, following the Choice Act the President signed into law, is a historic step to hold VA employees accountable to the highest performance standards, it will ensure they’re accountable when those standards are not met, and it includes long-overdue protections for VA employees who uncover wrongdoing or blow the whistle on poor care.  We all remember those terrible stories.  Literally some of our veterans, men and women who have worn the uniform of this country and protected our freedom, who literally struggled with health and some who passed away waiting for care at the VA.  I promise you, with this new legislation today and under President Trump’s leadership and Secretary Shulkin, the day of bad healthcare at the VA are over.  And reform at the VA is coming.    And let me also say -- as I already mentioned before -- as the proud parents of a United States Marine, I couldn’t be more grateful to stand with a President who is so committed to rebuilding our military, restoring the arsenal of democracy.  And President Donald Trump is fighting every day to make sure that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard have the resources and the training you need to accomplish your mission and bring our soldiers home safe.  (Applause.)  Last month, the President signed a $21 billion increase in funding for the Armed Forces of the United States.  It was the largest investment in our military readiness in nearly a decade. In his first budget the Congress will take up this fall, the President called for the biggest increase in military spending since the days of Ronald Reagan -- including a nearly 20 percent increase in the Air Force space budget.  We’re going to fight to lead in space and we’re going to put the resources of the United States of America behind you.  (Applause.)  In short, the President of the United States is going make the strongest fighting force in history stronger still -- American strength will only grow under the leadership of this new President and this new administration.  It doesn’t matter whether we’re dealing with a brutal regime in North Korea or Iran, or radical Islamic terrorists in Syria, Yemen, or Iraq, the United States will continue to stand strong.  We’ll continue to take the fight to the enemy on our terms on their soil.   And each one of you are going to continue to be at the tip of the spear, and I understand that, and so does the President.  It’s one of the reasons I wanted to be here today.  It’s one of the reasons why I’m told the Secretary of the Air Force has already been here once before in her very short tenure.  Because you warriors in the room are playing a central role every hour, every day in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism and the fight for freedom around the world, and we recognize it. As we speak, your brothers-and-sisters-in-arms are stationed across the wider world on the frontiers of freedom in the mountains of South Korea, fields and forests of Eastern Europe, the deserts and valleys of Iraq and Afghanistan; and it’s an enormous comfort to them and a great source of confidence that you’re here.  That your vigilance and your professionalism is here ensuring that they have the real-time information to accomplish their missions.   You know those who wear the uniform of the United States, all of you in this room, and all those around our country and around the world are really the bulwark of American freedom.  Every day you here at Schriever Air Force Base play your part to defend our freedom, protect the American people, and I want you to know we’re grateful each and every day.   You know, it’s always humbling for me to stand before men and women who are wearing the uniform of the United States because my life did not take me on that path.  I didn’t wear the uniform.  I’m actually the son of a soldier.  My father saw combat in the Korean War.  And as I mentioned, I’m the proud father of a United States Marine. But maybe it’s altogether fitting that someone like me stands before men and women like you just to say thanks.  Make sure you know how grateful the American people are each and every day for the service that you provide here and the sacrifice you and your families make to keep our country safe.   So let me tell you, I can assure you that you have the support of your Commander-in-Chief and of his number two and of our entire administration.  You have the support of the Congress of the United States and the support of the American people that they represent.  Let me also assure you one other way -- you also have the prayers of the American people.  I know each and every day, there are people across this country who pray for your protection, who pray for your skill and professionalism, and you provide protection and cover over those in harm’s way.  And they’ll continue to carry you, carry you in faith and in prayers as you serve our country.   So I came today to say thank you.  Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your service that creates our freedom at home and our security around the world.  And I look out around this room I have faith.  I have faith that in the days ahead we will keep America safe.  That we’ll make it possible for America to prosper.  And to borrow a phrase, we’ll Make America Great Again.   Thank you for your service, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)  END 2:16 P.M. MDT  

23 июня, 23:48

BREAKING: Washington Times reporting that “Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016…

BREAKING: Washington Times reporting that “Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election.” “In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks her to detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.” Fired FBI Director […]

23 июня, 23:37

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Celebration

Focus on the Family Colorado Springs, Colorado 11:50 A.M. MDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  And thank you, Jim.  Thank you, Jim, for the kind introduction and for the warm welcome of our family to Focus on the Family.  Jim, you’re a strong voice for timeless values and families across America, and this country, our President, and our little family are grateful for you and the leadership you’ve provided.  (Applause.) Thank you, Jim.  You know it really is an honor to be here today in this beautiful chapel, with so many men and women of faith and such stalwart advocates for family, now for four decades across America. I’m grateful that were here to enjoy the music -- (laughter) -- of one of the most inspiring Christian artists in the world --Steven Curtis Chapman.  (Applause.)  Steve and I met not long ago at the White House.  He was there for the National Day of Prayer.  And I was really excited, man.  (Laughter.)  And he came up to me and he said he’d read somewhere that I was a big fan of his.  (Laughter.)  And, Steven and Marybeth, I just want to say that your ministry of music has been a blessing in my life and I thank you on behalf of all the people whose hearts you’ve touched and whose faith you’ve encouraged.  (Applause.)  And it’s a privilege to be here on this historic day -- the 40th anniversary of a cornerstone of American life for so many Americans, an organization that has been a champion without equal for American families, a bastion of grace that has inspired millions with your model of Christian love.  It is great to be here on the 40th anniversary of Focus on the Family.  (Applause.)  We’re grateful to be with all of you to celebrate your history and this ministry.  And let me say, I bring greetings and congratulations, as well, on this historic milestone, from a good friend, whose a leader, whose a believer, whose a tireless defender of the values that will make America great -- the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  I’m really here today on the President’s behalf to congratulate Focus on the Family 40 years of vision, 40 years of compassion.  And most of all I’m here today to congratulate Focus on the Family for 40 years of consequence for faith and families all across these United States. And speaking of family, before I go one step further -- you already heard from her, and isn’t she something?  (Applause.)  My wife of 32 years, the Second Lady of the United States of America, Karen Pence.  (Applause.)  Karen and I are deeply grateful that Focus on the Family is going to be honoring this day and our modest presence here by donating an ultrasound in our name to the Life Center in Wabash, Indiana, through the Option Ultrasound Program.  You know, Karen and I have spent years supporting the compassionate work of crisis pregnancy centers across Indiana.  And, Jim and the whole team here, this donation is deeply meaningful to us and I know it will save innocent lives.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  You know, the Bible tells us if you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect.  And I rise today to pay a debt of gratitude on behalf of millions of Americans who have benefited personally and spiritually from the work of this ministry.  And as I commend all of you, allow me to acknowledge the founder of this ministry -- a man who became author of an enormous body of work that has inspired millions, and he’s been a friend and a mentor to me -- Dr. James Dobson.  (Applause.)  It’s remarkable to think that 40 years ago, Dr. Dobson launched a weekly radio broadcast that aired on a few dozen stations scattered across the country, bringing words of wisdom and encouragement to all who tuned in.  Now, you think of his legacy.  You know, I spent a little bit of time in talk radio myself back in the day.  (Laughter.)  I started with a small smattering of radio stations across Indiana -- and it stayed that way.  (Laughter.)  It’s an incredible legacy --(laughter)  -- and that legacy continues.  His, not mine.  (Laughter.)  It’s amazing to think that Focus on the Family broadcast now reaches into the homes and hearts of 38 million people every day.  And the programs and publications run by Focus on the Family extend your reach even further -- around the world itself.  Give yourself a round of applause for the impact on everyday life.  (Applause.)   In a very real sense, Focus on the Family has let your light shine before men and women across the world and across this country, touching countless lives and shaping generations. In a very real sense, you’re the hands and feet and the voice, in so many ways, of the truths found in the Scriptures -- reaching in with love and compassion, embracing the dignity of people of every background and every experience around the world.  You’ve strengthened marriages -- and I know in my heart you’ve -- this ministry has saved marriages.  You’ve helped parents train up their children in the way they should go.  You’ve brought the Good News to those who never heard it.  You’ve strengthened the faith and foundation of families. And, also, you’ve fearlessly engaged our culture and advocated in the public square for the timeless values that our society needs to hear, now more than ever.  I have to tell you, it’s especially meaningful for us to be here at Focus on the Family on this occasion because this ministry, and all of you, have been a blessing to millions, including our little family.  You know, during my years in Congress, when our three children were young, and now they’re all in their 20s -- one is married, one is heading to law school next year, and one is working in the film industry.  But when they were real little,  every time we took the 600-mile drive from Washington, D.C. back to Indiana, I can promise you we spent an awful lot of time with Connie, Eugene, and Whit at Whit’s End.  (Applause.)  We did.  The Adventures in Odyssey were our adventures.  (Laughter.) And I remember so often the kids saying, put in another tape.  (Laughter.)  And one of the most cherished memories of our children’s youth is the Family Nights booklet that we got from Focus on the Family.  Literally got that book that we heard about it on the radio or something and called in for it.  It inspired us to spend every Friday night with our little ones, usually on the living room floor, a little bit of pizza in the waiting, and we would huddle around a fun story, we’d learn a Biblical message.  And that Focus on Family family night booklet is on the shelf with lots of notes from those moments with the little ones.   So as we stand here today thanking you for what you’ve done for families across the country -- when I look at my son, who’s married and is a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, when I look at our wonderful daughter, who’s walking in faith and working with Christian filmmakers, and when I think of our youngest daughter, who’s heading off to law school next year, I just say thank you.  Thank you, Focus on the Family, for helping us pour a foundation in our children.  (Applause.)   The truth is that Focus on the Family has been a force in American families, a force for good for the past 40 years.  Millions of families like mine are indebted to your work.  And let me assure you that there’s one other family that’s truly grateful for the work of this great ministry.  And I promise you, Focus on the Family, you have an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  He was excited that I was coming here today, and asked me to give all of you his thanks and his regards.  And the President has been standing for the things that the people in this room, this ministry has stood for now for four decades.  President Trump has stood without apology for the God-given right of every American to live out your convictions in the public square.  This President also has stood with those who are persecuted for their faith -- no matter the country they call home or the creed they profess.  And President Trump has stood without apology for the most vulnerable in our society -- the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn.  (Applause.)  This President believes that no American, no American should have to violate their conscience to fully participate in American life, and he has taken action to protect the expressions of faith by men and women across this nation.  (Applause.)  Just last month -- and Steven was there -- I had the great privilege to stand beside the President as he signed an executive order to support religious liberty in our time.    Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Trump declared that, in his words now, the “federal government will never, ever penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs,” and he directed our Department of Justice to develop new protections for Americans of faith.  (Applause.)  And our President is bringing the First Amendment back to pulpits and places of worship around America, rolling back the Johnson Amendment, because the freedom of speech shouldn’t stop at the front door of our churches and our synagogues.  (Applause.)  And on the world stage President Trump has been standing for our values and our vital national interest.  Under President Donald Trump, once again, America is standing with our allies and standing up to our enemies.  And speaking of our allies, under President Donald Trump -- if the world knows nothing else the world will know this -- America stands with Israel.  (Applause.)  It has not just been about liberty at home.  This President has stood for religious liberty across the globe.  Under President Donald Trump, America has taken measures to condemn persecution of any faith in any place at any time.  And protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of the Trump administration.  (Applause.)  The heartbreaking truth is that believers of so many backgrounds are under assault across the wider world.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East in the very land where our faith was first given life.  Nearly 2,000 years ago the disciples of Jesus Christ fanned out from Israel in every direction, spreading the Good News that we proclaim to this day. All across that ancient land, from the plains of Nineveh where Abraham sojourned, and on the banks of the Tigris, the Euphrates, and the Nile, the fathers of our faith planted seeds of belief blossomed and have borne fruit ever since.  But today, these Christian communities face unspeakable atrocities at the hands of radical radical Islamic terrorism.   The terrorists seek to stamp out all religions that are not their own, or not even a version of their own, and believers of many backgrounds have suffered grievously -- especially at the hands of the barbarians known as ISIS.  That brutal regime shows a savagery unseen in the Middle East since the Middle Ages.  At the hands of ISIS, we’ve witnessed Muslims murdered indiscriminately across the Middle East, and ancient symbols of their culture and faith destroyed.  This week alone, ISIS destroyed the 800-year-old Great Mosque at al-Nuri in Mosul. But the practitioners of terror harbor, arguably, a special hatred for the followers of Christ, and I believe ISIS is guilty of nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith.  In Egypt, we have just recently seen Coptic Christians martyred on their way to a monastery, and bombs explode in churches amidst Palm Sunday celebrations -- a day of hope transformed into a day of grief.  In Iraq, we see ancient churches demolished, priests and monks beheaded, and the two-millennia-old Christian tradition in Mosul virtually extinguished.  And in Syria, we see Christian communities burned to the ground, women and children sold into human slavery. Christianity now faces an exodus in the lands of its birth, unrivaled since the days of Moses.  It’s heartbreaking to think that the Christian population in Syria has plummeted from one-and-a-quarter million to only 500,000 in just the past six years.  And in Iraq, the followers of Christ have fallen by 80 percent in the past decade-and-a-half.  Be assured of this:  This administration is fully committed to bringing relief and comfort to believers in that ancient land. And President Trump has made it clear that America will stand with people of faith in that ancient land in their hour of need.  And we will restore -- we will restore their peace and security.  (Applause.)  This President will continue to stand without apology for persecuted people of faith across the globe.  As we speak, we're taking the fight to the terrorists on our terms, on their soil.  And we'll not rest, we'll not relent until we drive the cancer of radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth.  (Applause.)  You know, it's the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who is so committed to protecting faith and freedom at home and abroad. But I have to tell you, I’m most proud to stand with a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.  (Applause.)  Since day one of this administration, President Donald Trump has been keeping his promise to defend the unborn.  And under this President’s leadership and with your support, life is winning in America again. Life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life really begins.  Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families, who open their hearts and their homes to children in need.  And life is winning through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations, like Focus on the Family, that provide and support for women in cities and towns all across the country. Life is winning in America, in a word, because of all of you who have supported a President, and a Congress, and the policies that uphold the sanctity of life. You know, this President has been keeping his word since the first day of this administration to stand for the right to life.  From the outset of this administration, the President said that he would appoint justices to our Supreme Court and federal judges who would uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution.  And he's done that, starting with our newest justice to the Supreme Court of the United States -- Justice Neil Gorsuch.  (Applause.) In January, the President actually made some history by personally asking me to be the first official at our level to ever have the privilege to speak at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.  (Applause.)  And the President asked me to go.  I said that at the beginning of my speech, Jim, but it really did happen.  It was a couple days before that.  We were looking at the course of the week, and Prime Minister May was coming to the White House that day.  It was going to a busy day.  A very important foreign policy discussions.  And they were trying to figure out whether the President could make the customary phone call to the March for Life, to break away from those important bilateral discussions.   And I was standing by his desk in the Oval Office, and they were having a hard time figuring out how he could get away.  And I said -- you know, rather sheepishly, well, you know, they invited me to speak, too.  (Laughter.)  And the President looked up at me, and he said, to speak at the March?  And I said, yeah.  I mean, we -- I said, I've gone before and we've done that before.  And he just pointed at me and he said, you should go.  (Laughter.)   And I went because President Donald Trump wanted me to go and to make a strong stand for the right to life.  (Applause.) You know, in fact, beyond that, one of his very first acts in Congress, this President reinstated the Mexico City policy to keep taxpayer funding out of organizations that perform or promote abortions around the world.  (Applause.)  And he even expanded that policy to cover $9 billion in foreign aid. And this President has eliminated U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund because American taxpayers should never have to support abortion in China or anywhere else.  (Applause.)  And the President signed into law legislation that empowered states to withhold funding from abortion providers.  And it was my great privilege, at the President’s direction, to cast the tie-breaking vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood.  (Applause.)  And later this summer, when we repeal and replace Obamacare, we're going to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.  (Applause.)  You know, just yesterday, following important work in the House of Representatives, the United States Senate released its bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.  The President and I are grateful to Leader Mitch McConnell and all the Senate Republicans for their deliberative efforts over the past month. And while discussions will continue, let me be clear, the President and I are very supportive of the Senate bill.  As the President reminded the nation yesterday, “Obamacare is dead.” (Applause.)  Obamacare is collapsing all and Obamacare must go. The President and I are counting on your support.  We need your energy.  We need your enthusiasm, your conviction.  We need you to stand up and to speak out, and to work every single day, from this point forward, to get this bill across the finish line. This legislation repeals the taxes and mandates of Obamacare. It gives states all new freedom and flexibility to reform Medicaid to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.  And you can be certain, the President and I will be fighting to protect the provisions in this bill that honor the sanctity of life.  (Applause.)  But this is the moment -- this is the moment, men and women; now is the time.  And I can promise you, President Trump and I will not rest and we will not relent until we repeal and replace Obamacare and give the American people the kind of world-class healthcare they deserve, built on freedom, personal responsibility, free market competition, and state-based reform.  That's the American way to meet our healthcare needs in the 21st century.  (Applause.)  Men and women of Focus on the Family, I’m here today to say congratulations, but also to urge you to press on.  You ought to consider 40 years just a good start.  (Laughter.)   And I know you do.  Yours is and always will be a mission and a ministry of great significance.  And I can testify to that and millions of Americans can.  For 40 years, you've been a light -- a ray of hope and joy and love into homes across America and around the world. So keep going.  Keep doing it.  You are testament to the power of unchanging truth to change lives.  And in this time of widening challenges and too much division in America, the gentle voice of Focus on the Family -- your values, your support for families -- are more important than ever before.  And I believe they spring from the very heart of God. Flying out here today, I was reading my morning devotions.  And I found myself in the book of Second Kings.  I'm not there often, I was just -- (laughter.)  I like to read an Old Testament verse and a New Testament verse.  And it was when the prophet Elisha asked after a woman who had come to seek some help.  Her son had died, and she went running to find the man of God.  And as he saw her at a distance, not knowing what had happened in her life, the Bible records that he said words that made me think of all of you.  He said, are you all right?  Is your husband all right?  Is your child all right?  That man of God was not just concerned about her.  He was concerned about her family.  And so, too, all of you.  As you've spoken a word of truth and hope and good news into the lives of individuals, you've done it with a focus on the family.  And I thank you for that.  And as I close, and urge you to keep going in this ministry, keep being a blessing to generations to come and other young families on 600-mile drives, let me ask you also to do what the men and women of Focus on the Family have always done, I know, over the past four decades.  And that is, as you bow the head and bend the knee in these challenging times, I urge you to pray for America.  Now, I’m not talking in this moment about praying for a cause or a candidate or an agenda. I rather like what Abraham Lincoln said in his time.  He was asked once if he thought that God was on the side of the Union Army.  Our 16th President simply replied, “My concern is not whether God is on our side -- my concern is whether we're on God’s side.” So let's just pray for America.  Let's pray for this country that we are so blessed to call home.  Because America matters far beyond our shores. And when you pray, pray with confidence.  Because I truly do believe those ancient words that Americans have repaired to time and again in much more challenging times than we face today are every bit as true now as they were millennia ago:  That if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray, He'll do like He's always done.  He’ll hear from heaven, and He’ll heal this land -- this one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. So, congratulations, Focus on the Family, on 40 years of ministry.  May God bless you.  May God bless your families.  And may God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)  END 12:20 P.M. MDT

23 июня, 21:21

What Happens When a Presidency Loses Its Legitimacy?

Mounting evidence that Trump’s election was aided by Russian interference presents a challenge to the American system of government—with lasting consequences for democracy.