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San Francisco State University grad (Psychology).

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BREAKING: Republicans won't vote on ObamaCare repeal bill this week

The Hill
April 27, 2017
10:30 PM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed Thursday night that GOP leadership will not bring a revised ObamaCare repeal bill to the floor this week.

White House officials have been pushing for a vote by President Trump's 100th day in office on Saturday, but it was clear Thursday night that the 216 GOP votes needed to pass the healthcare bill had not materialized.

"We are not voting on healthcare tomorrow or Saturday," McCarthy told reporters after a nearly
two-hour meeting in Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) office in the capital.


New ObamaCare Repeal Bill on Life Support

The Hill
April 27, 2017
5:14 PM EDT

The tide is quickly turning against the new ObamaCare repeal legislation.

At least 21 Republicans have said they would vote No on the revised GOP healthcare bill negotiated by centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and conservative Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)

Those "no" votes include Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Ryan Coatello (R-PA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and John Katko (R-N.Y.), all centrists who had reservations about the earlier ObamaCare repeal bill that was pulled from a floor vote because of a lack of GOP support.

On top of that, a trio of usually reliable Republicans - Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FLA) told The Hill that they were undecided on the new bill after saying they were yes votes on the earlier legislation.

"I'm absolutely undecided," Diaz-Balart, a member of the GOP whip team told the Hill.
"I was a yes before; but there are a lot of red flags" with the revised bill.


(From earlier today)
"U.S. Republican leaders hunt for votes for healthcare bill"

The Suwalki Gap - the potential European flashpoint Vladimir Putin is keeping a close eye on

April 24, 2017

It's one of the most peaceful corners of Europe.
Quiet country roads lead through immaculate towns, skim past lakes and wind their way around virginal forests dotted with oak and spruce.

But defense watchers say this thin strip of land, fully within the European Union, could be a flashpoint of future military action between Russia and the US.

A strategic affairs analyst has even raised the prospect that an emboldened Russia, intent on pushing the Washington-led NATO military alliance away from it's territory, could drop a nuclear bomb on the isolated sliver of land.

Known as the "Suwalki Gap," this 80 km. patch of relatively flat, difficult to defend countryside, straddles Poland and Lithuania.

It's the only land connection between the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - all of which are in the EU and NATO - and their European allies.

On either end of the Suwalki Gap is Putin.
To the west the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, stuffed to the gills with nuclear missiles, and to the east Moscow's close ally Belarus.

It's a nightmare pinchpoint for NATO and it's Baltic partners.

(For some reason, I was unable to post a working link to this story..my apologies)
"The Suwalki Gap - the potential European flashpoint Vladimir Putin is keeping a close eye on"

Your favorite line from Young Frankenstein?


DU Animal Lovers: You Will Love This Book!

It's called: "Kinship With All Life" by J. Allen Boone.
It 's a short, easy read - only 135 pages.
Most of it is about an actor-dog from the 1920s called "Strongheart" who may be the smartest dog ever written about.

More about the book + a sample paragraph about "Strongheart"

It's available in paperback at Barnes & Noble for $4.83

Dedicated to all the March For Science protesters: "It Isn't Nice" by Malvina Reynolds

It isn't nice to block the doorway,
It isn't nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail.
It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

It isn't nice to carry banners,
Or to sit in on the floor,
Or to shout our cry of Freedom,
At the hotel and the store.
It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

WE have tried negotiations
And the three-man-picket line,
Mr Charlie didn't see us
And he might as well be blind.
Now our new ways aren't nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

NYT: Comey Distrusted Lynch on Clinton

New York Times
via The Hill
April 22, 2017

FBI Director James Comey distrusted former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and senior officials at the Justice Department, believing they might provide Hillary Clinton with political cover over her email, according to a new report published Saturday by the New York Times.

The Times described Comey's "go-it-alone" strategy in the Clinton probe as emerging largely from his suspicions that Lynch and others at Justice might seek to subtly downplay the Clinton investigation.

As an example, the Times reported that Lynch, during a meeting in 2015, called on Comey to use the word "matter" instead of "investigation" when publicly discussing the case, three people who attended the meeting told the Times.

Lynch reportedly reasoned that the word "investigation" would raise a number of other questions.
Furthermore, she argued that the department should maintain it's policy of not confirming investigations.


(This discussion thread was locked as "off topic" because it was posted in the wrong forum)

Israeli officials say Assad believed to have up to 3 tons of chemical weapons

The Hill
April 19, 2017

Senior Israeli defense officials on Wednesday said that the military of Syrian President Bashar Assad is believed to have as much as three tons of chemical weapons, despite a 2013 agreement ordering the country to dispose of it's stockpiles, the Associated Press reported.

The state of the Syrian government's chemical weapons program has been the subject of fierce scrutiny in recent weeks, after a deadly chemical attack in northern Syria earlier this month killed more than 80 civilians.

A senior Israeli military official told the AP that Assad's military is believed to possess between one and three tons of chemical weapons.

Assad has fervently denied that Syria was responsible for carrying out the chemical attack, asserting that the government no longer possess chemical weapons and would not use them even if it did.


Top Republican presses Trump to submit war authorization

The Hill
April 19, 2017

A top House Republican is urging President Trump to submit to Congress a new use-of-force resolution governing the country's fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla) said the "sustained" nature of the U.S. military actions against ISIS demands that Congress grant the president the authority to conduct future operations against the terrorist group.
He's calling on Trump to take the first step.

"The president ought to submit on his own...a new, you know, request for the authorization and use of military force," Cole told CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday.
"We should debate it and post the approach limits, if there are, and go from there."

Trump escalated the military's involvement in the Middle East earlier this month, firing 59 missiles at an airfield controlled by the Syrian government.
The strike was a direct response to a poison gas attack against civilians said to be initiated by Syrian President Bashar Assad days earlier.


Do you have a favorite Donald Trump quote?

"The point is that you can't be too greedy."
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