Getting the Politics of Fear Right

(A copy of the U.S. Constitution with explanatory comments is available at: NATIONAL>RESOURCES/LINKS. – Admin.) (The 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) Politico.com By Jeff Greenfield 11/24/15 Trump exploits our fears, while Obama underestimates them. Why can’t someone just deal with them? This is the season of fear—for experiencing it, exploiting it and pooh-poohing it. Exhibit A, of course, is Donald Trump, who had already risen to the … Continue reading

John Kasich: “…new agency…to promote the core Judeo-Christian western values…”

By Russ Phillips NBC “Meet the Press” 11/22/15 Yesterday on “Meet the Press” presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich was interviewed by moderator Chuck Todd. Several days before, Kasich spoke to the National Press Club on his proposal for national security strategy. He referred to creating a “…new agency…to promote the core Judeo-Christian western values…” The video of his entire remarks are here. Chuck Todd questions Kasich about these remarks and other topics as printed below. The transcript of the entire program is here. CHUCK TODD: Welcome back. One … Continue reading

“COMBATING TERRORIST AND FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL” lists 32 Key Findings

By Russ Phillips This morning on ABC’s “This Week” moderated by George Stephanopoulos presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Martin O’Malley were interviewed on topics including the Syrian refugees and responding to the ISIS threat. Next the Roundtable took place with participation including U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress and U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ), the first woman fighter pilot to fly in combat who is now a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. McSally served on the bipartisan Foreign Fighter Task Force that … Continue reading

1789, “common defense and general welfare”; 2015, # of grants and subsidies has run amok

By Russ Phillips The most accountable government is that which is closest to the people. Thus, the least accountable is that which is furthest away. That’s why it is best, when possible, to have government functions located in the cities, towns, townships and counties. However, at times it is necessary to have functions determined at the state level and the federal level. The federal government over the years has taken on way too many responsibilities and this is very apparent when examining the various tax incentives provided to corporations and … Continue reading

TWO CLINTONS. 41 YEARS. $3 BILLION.

A Washington Post investigation reveals how Bill and Hillary Clinton have methodically cultivated donors over 40 years, from Little Rock to Washington and then across the globe. Their fundraising methods have created a new blueprint for politicians and their donors.

The Washington Post
By Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Narayanswamy
11/19/15

Over four decades of public life, Bill and Hillary Clinton have built an unrivaled global network of donors while pioneering fundraising techniques that have transformed modern politics and paved the way for them to potentially become the first husband and wife to win the White House.

The grand total raised for all of their political campaigns and their family’s charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion, according to a Washington Post investigation.

Their fundraising haul, which began with $178,000 that Bill Clinton raised for his long-shot 1974 congressional bid, is on track to expand substantially with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 White House run, which has already drawn $110 million in support…
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(Indiana) Republicans’ LGBT protections bill draws criticism on both sides

(Yesterday GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal suspended his campaign as noted here. – Admin.) IndyStar.com By Tony Cook, Stephanie Wang and Chelsea Schneider 11/17/15 Republicans unveil sexual orientation, gender identity bill In the opening salvo of what is likely to be a long and arduous debate, Indiana Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s civil rights laws while carving out several exemptions for those with strong religious objections. The measure would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. … Continue reading

Nov. 14th DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: Middle Class, College Tuition, RX Costs, Wall Street, Redistribution Of Wealth, Minimum Wage, Gun Safety…

By Russ Phillips At the Democratic Debate on November 14, 2015 there was discussion about Wall Street and financial institutions as well as redistribution of wealth and other topics. Some have been included in the partial transcript below. Some may wish to refer to the entire transcript. of the complete debate. Regarding Wall Street reference was made to the Glass-Steagall Banking Act. Other sources pertaining to this: What caused the Great Depression? “Shadow Banking” At Last Night’s Democratic Debate: Are we Paying Attention? Wall Street must work for Main Street … Continue reading

Marco Rubio’s History on Immigration Leaves Conservatives Distrustful of Shift

The New York Times By Jeremy W. Peters and Ashley Parker 11/14/15 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Joyce Kaufman sat in her radio studio here the other day and said the first word that comes to mind when she thinks of Marco Rubio. “A chameleon,” she scoffed. Ms. Kaufman, a conservative talk show host in South Florida, embraced the 39-year-old politician in 2010, a time when many Tea Party activists viewed him as the future leader of their movement. But after arriving in Washington, Mr. Rubio committed what many of his … Continue reading

Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Rights Case

Time.com
By Charlotte Alter
11/13/15

This the most important abortion case the court has taken since 1992

The Supreme Court announced Friday it would hear a major abortion rights case next year, the most significant abortion case heard by the court since 1992. The justices will review a Texas law that regulates abortion clinics to the point where many are forced to close, and could determine the extent to which states can regulate what is technically a legal medical procedure.

The Court will rule on a 2015 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that allowed Texas to impose regulations on abortion clinics that major medical associations have deemed medically unnecessary. The Texas law, known as HB2, was passed in 2013 and would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and force clinics to undergo extensive structural and equipment updates in order to qualify as “ambulatory surgical centers.” The law has been the subject of intense litigation, and the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the law earlier this year, but the Supreme Court stepped in with a temporary block in June that kept the law from fully going into effect.

The regulations, if upheld, would force over 75% of Texas’s abortion clinics to close, leaving fewer than 10 abortion clinics in a state with over 5.4 million women of reproductive age, according to the brief presented by the clinics challenging the law. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing Whole Whole (sic) Women’s Health in its challenge to the Texas law, a woman living in El Paso will have to drive 500 miles to San Antonio (7 and a half hours each way) in order to get an abortion.

“This is a historic moment,” said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, calling the case “the most significant case on abortion access since 1992.”

This case will likely force the court to define the term “undue burden,” which was left largely up to public discretion by the Supreme Court in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood vs. Casey. In that case, the court ruled that states could regulate abortion as long as those regulations did not constitute an undue burden, which they said included “unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.” Prominent medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have opposed the restrictions.

Social Security, Medicare changes are coming with new budget law

USA Today
By Robert Powell, Special for USA Today
11/13/15