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House members directed to delay recess departure for Obamacare repeal

Source: Politico

By RACHAEL BADE 07/27/2017 03:32 PM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has instructed lawmakers to keep their schedules light, in case the Senate passes Obamacare repeal legislation and the House comes under pressure to act.

"While last votes are currently scheduled to take place tomorrow, Members are advised that — pending Senate action on health care — the House schedule is subject to change,” McCarthy's announcement to members reads. "All Members should remain flexible in their travel plans over the next few days. Further information regarding potential additional items will be relayed as soon as possible."


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/house-members-directed-to-delay-recess-departure-for-obamacare-repeal-241045

Rick Wilson wonders if Scaramucci might be 'hoovering up' cocaine before 'manic interviews'

27 JUL 2017 AT 14:22 ET

Republican strategist Rick Wilson wondered if there’s a chemical explanation for Anthony Scaramucci’s unhinged interviews.

Scaramucci phoned into CNN for a lengthy and verbose interview, where he ranted against White House leakers as disloyal leakers — and Wilson wondered if he had been snorting cocaine before going on TV.

“Does anyone else think Scaramucci might be hoovering up a little Bolivian marching powder before these manic interviews?” Wilson tweeted.

Wilson wasn’t the only Twitter user to pose a similar question.




UPDATED: White House, congressional leaders lay out broad tax reform principles, drop import tax

Source: Politico

By POLITICO STAFF 07/27/2017 02:18 PM EDT

In a joint statement today, the Trump administration and congressional leaders said "the time has arrived" for tax-writing committees to draft legislation that will cut tax rates "as much as possible" for corporations and individuals.

However, they abandoned a controversial tax on imports. They plan for the legislation to move through the committees this fall.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/white-house-tax-reform-principles-congress-241038


White House, GOP Leaders Drop 'Border Tax' Idea

House, Senate panels will take lead on crafting overhaul legislation

Posted Jul 27, 2017 2:50 PM
John T. Bennett
@John T. Bennett

The Trump administration and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill’s intend to drop a contentious border adjustment tax from an effort they announced Thursday to send an ambitious tax overhaul bill to President Donald Trump’s desk.

The BAT would have slapped taxes on imports and exempt exports, but the White House and GOP lawmakers have agreed “there are many unknowns associated with it.” That led them to announce they have “decided to set this policy aside in order to advance tax reform” despite seeing some potential “pro-growth benefits.”

The announcement came in a joint statement from the White House, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the leaders of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees that laid out their priorities for a tax overhaul bill.

Notably, the cadre of Republicans announced the tax bill-writing process will take place under regular order, meaning those panels will hold hearings and take the lead in writing the legislation. That is a departure from how Ryan and McConnell went about writing their various health care overhaul bills, during which they bypassed relevant committees and crafted bills behind closed doors.

The Trump administration and the senior GOP lawmakers, in their joint statement, also extended an olive branch to Democrats to put their fingerprints on the coming tax legislation.


California deputy attorney general charged with child porn

Source: Reuters

JULY 27, 2017 / 10:26 AM / 4 HOURS AGO

Gina Cherelus

(Reuters) - A California deputy attorney general has been charged with possessing child pornography at his San Diego County home following a months-long investigation, according to court records and local media.

Raymond Liddy, 53, was arrested at his home in the resort city of Coronado, California, on Tuesday and accused of owning images that appeared to depict minors under age 12 engaging in sexual acts, court records showed.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, which first reported the case, said Liddy pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court for the Southern District of California, and that he was placed on administrative leave by the attorney general's office. An attorney for Liddy and a representative of the attorney general's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

Court records showed Judge Jan Adler released Liddy on a $100,000 bond and sentenced him to house arrest.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-prosecutor-idUSKBN1AC2BH

State prosecutor, son of Watergate figure charged with possession of child pornography

Kristina Davis

A deputy attorney general has been charged in San Diego federal court with possessing child pornography at his Coronado home.

Raymond Joseph Liddy, 53, was arrested Tuesday and has pleaded not guilty. He was granted release in lieu of $100,000 bond during an arraignment the same day and placed on home detention with GPS monitoring.

The Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that it was “aware of the matter” and that Liddy has been placed on administrative leave.

Liddy is the son of G. Gordon Liddy, who helped direct the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate scandal. He served prison for his role.


Anthony Scaramucci calls in to CNN's "New Day," implodes on live TV

THURSDAY, JUL 27, 2017 11:12 AM EDT

The new communications director called CNN to complain about leaks but all he revealed was chaos in the White House





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Source: ScoutingWire

July 27, 2017
Scouting Family,

In the last two weeks, we have celebrated the best of Scouting at our 20th National Jamboree with nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors. The 2017 National Jamboree has showcased and furthered the Scouting mission by combining adventure and leadership development to give youth life-changing experiences. Scouts from Alaska met Scouts from Alabama; Scouts from New Mexico met those from New York, and American youth met youth from 59 other countries.

Over the course of ten days, Scouts have taken part in adventures, learned new skills, made new and lasting friendships and completed over 200 community service projects that offered 100,000 hours of service to the community by young men and women eager to do the right thing for the right reasons.

These character-building experiences have not diminished in recent days at the jamboree – Scouts have continued to trade patches, climb rock walls, and share stories about the day’s adventures. But for our Scouting family at home not able to see these real moments of Scouting, we know the past few days have been overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States.

I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.

While we live in a challenging time in a country divided along political lines, the focus of Scouting remains the same today as every day.

Trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness and bravery are just a few of the admirable traits Scouts aspire to develop – in fact, they make up the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

As part of our program’s duty to country, we teach youth to become active citizens, to participate in their government, respect the variety of perspectives and to stand up for individual rights.

Few will argue the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our youth — not only right from wrong, but specific positive values such as fairness, courage, honor and respect for others.

For all of the adventure we provide youth such as hiking, camping and zip-lining, those activities actually serve as proven pathways and opportunities to develop leadership skills and become people of character.

In a time when differences seem to separate our country, we hope the true spirit of Scouting will empower our next generation of leaders to bring people together to do good in the world.

Yours in Scouting,


The Chief
Michael Surbaugh is the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the organization's "Key 3" providing leadership and vision to the Scouting movement all across the United States. Find weekly posts at the Chief's Corner on Scoutingwire.org

Read more: http://scoutingwire.org/chief-perspective-presidential-visit/

Putin: We'll have to retaliate against 'illegal' U.S. sanctions

Source: Reuters

JULY 27, 2017 / 10:57 AM / 9 MINUTES AGO

Denis Pinchuk

SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia would be forced to retaliate if Washington pressed ahead with what he called illegal new sanctions against Moscow, describing U.S. conduct towards his country as boorish and unreasonable.

Putin, speaking on a visit to Finland, was commenting on a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives which on Tuesday decided to impose new sanctions on Moscow and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Russia.

The sanctions have yet to be approved by the Senate or Trump, and a top White House aide said on Thursday that Trump could veto the legislation in order to push for a tougher deal.

Putin, who has repeatedly denied U.S. allegations that Russia interfered with last year's U.S. presidential election, said Moscow would only decide on how to retaliate against Washington once it had seen the final text of the proposed law.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-putin-idUSKBN1AC2EH?il=0

Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources

Source: Reuters

JULY 27, 2017 / 1:12 AM / 2 HOURS AGO

Joseph Menn

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought to defeat far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election, the sources said. Macron won in a landslide in May.

Facebook said in April it had taken action against fake accounts that were spreading misinformation about the French election. But the effort to infiltrate the social networks of Macron officials has not previously been reported.

Russia has repeatedly denied interfering in the French election by hacking and leaking emails and documents. U.S. intelligence agencies told Reuters in May that hackers with connections to the Russian government were involved, but they did not have conclusive evidence that the Kremlin ordered the hacking.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-france-facebook-spies-exclusive-idUSKBN1AC0EI

Top Trump Middle East adviser ousted from National Security Council

Source: The Hill

BY JORDAN FABIAN - 07/27/17 12:54 PM EDT

The White House said Friday that Derek Harvey, a senior Middle East adviser to President Trump, is no longer with the National Security Council (NSC). An NSC spokesperson said the retired Army intelligence officer may take a new job elsewhere in the administration.

“(National security adviser) General (H.R.) McMaster greatly appreciates Derek Harvey’s service to his country as a career Army officer, where he served his country bravely in the field and played a crucial role in the successful surge in Iraq, and also for his service on Capitol Hill and in the Trump administration,” spokesman Michael Anton said. “The administration is working with Colonel Harvey to identify positions in which his background and expertise can be best utilized.”

The Weekly Standard first reported Harvey’s departure, saying he was fired effective immediately. He served as senior director for Middle East policy on the NSC. The move comes amid fierce disagreements within the administration over its approach to Iran.

Harvey was known as a hawk on the matter, among a contingent of Trump advisers who are pushing for a more aggressive tack toward Iran by urging Trump to scrap the nuclear deal struck by former President Obama. But others, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, want a more measured approach and reportedly convinced the president to stop short of doing so.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/344140-top-trump-middle-east-adviser-ousted-from-national-security-council

Harvey was hired by McMaster’s predecessor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. The Weekly Standard reported that Harvey’s dismissal was not a result of the tussling over Iran — but came because he was viewed as too close to senior Trump adviser Stephen Bannon.

Murkowski's committee postpones confirmation vote for Trump nominees

Source: The Hill

BY TIMOTHY CAMA - 07/27/17 01:00 PM EDT

The committee led by Sen. Lisa Murkowski postponed a vote on six Trump administration nominees the same day that a Cabinet secretary allegedly threatened retribution against the Alaska Republican over her healthcare vote.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee publicized the postponement of the vote, which included three Department of the Interior nominees, shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) that afternoon, saying that her vote against debate on ObamaCare repeal might steer the administration away from policies that benefit her state, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

“I’m not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop,” Sullivan told the newspaper about his call from Zinke. Murkowski’s staff did not return requests for comment on whether the developments are linked, and the committee has not said why the meeting was postponed.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/344142-murkowskis-committee-postpones-trump-nominees-confirmation-vote
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