- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump just faced off in their first presidential debate — here’s how it unfolded September 27, 2016
According to Business Insider:
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off on Monday in the first of three presidential debates before Election Day on November 8.
Despite featuring two of the least liked candidates in modern history, the 90-minute debate was expected to draw a record number of viewers across multiple networks, including NBC, CNN, and Fox.
Monday night’s showdown, moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt from Hofstra University in Long Island, was divided into six 15-minute segments, though the segments often went over the time allotment.
The topics were “America’s Direction” (the state of the union), “Achieving Prosperity” (the economy), and “Securing America” (national security and foreign policy). Read more about the debate here.
Watch the debate below courtesy of PBS News Hour:
- CNN Reporting ISIS suspected of mustard attack against US and Iraqi troops September 21, 2016
ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard.No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent.One official said the agent had “low purity” and was “poorly weaponized.” A second official called it “ineffective.”A US defense official said troops had gone out to look at the ordnance after it landed. Based on seeing what they thought was a suspect substance, two field tests were conducted.The first test was positive and the second was negative, the official said. The substance is now being sent to a lab for further examination.
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- From CNN: What the US government can and cannot do to US citizens suspected of terrorism September 20, 2016
The arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected of Saturday’s bombing in New York and explosion in New Jersey, is reviving a debate that’s become familiar when American citizens are implicated in terrorism post-9/11: Whether or not they can be considered enemy combatants.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and others have suggested that Rahami be detained by the military as an enemy combatant, in part so he would not have be read his Miranda rights.Here are five common questions about terrorism suspects and the legal system…Read more from Steve Vladeck & CNN here.
- House Speaker Paul Ryan pens op-ed in Washington Examiner:Obama and the true measure of progressivism September 12, 2016
My sense is that President Obama wanted his administration to be the capstone of a century-long, progressive project.
He wanted to consolidate the federal government’s control over key aspects of our lives and prove, once and for all, that the country would be better off. Just look at what he said.
Only eight months after taking office, he took his focus off the economy and put it on what he hoped would be his single biggest domestic achievement: healthcare reform. He came before Congress and said, specifically, “I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.”
It’s clear he saw himself as the latest in a long line of progressive leaders. This certainly explains the sheer breadth of issues he tried to take on, whether it was cap-and-trade or immigration or gun control. He wanted to lock in progressivism’s gains. But his ultimate legacy will be showing the country that progressivism in practice just doesn’t work.Read more from the Washington Examiner here.
- Lt. General Michael T. Flynn, Advisor to Donald Trump joins The Wells Report September 7, 2016
In his new book, Field of Fight: How We Can Win The Global War Against Radical Islam And Its Allies, Retired Army Lt. General Michael Flynn lays out what he calls a “common sense approach” to identifying enemies and allies and how to defeat ISIS. General Flynn sat down with Jon-David for an in-depth interview about the book and why he retired. Check out his conversation with Jon-David above.
- Did Team Clinton destroy evidence under subpoena, asks Byron York September 6, 2016
The incomplete records of the Hillary Clinton email investigation released by the FBI raise questions about the conduct not only of Clinton but of her top aides and the staffers working under their direction. Perhaps the most serious is whether the Clinton team destroyed evidence which they were under legal order to save and produce to congressional investigators.
Out of a massive investigation, the FBI has released just two documents: a heavily-redacted version of its summary report and a writeup — the so-called 302 — from agents’ July 2 interview with Clinton. The rest, including reports from interviews with other players, remains secret, although the FBI has shared it with Congress, with redactions and under tight viewing restrictions.
Shortly after the two documents were released on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sent out a statement suggesting he does not believe the documents tell the full story, and that if the full story were told it might suggest wrongdoing on the part of the Clinton team.
Read more from Byron York in the Washington Examiner here.
More emails about Hillary Clinton and the Email Scandal:
Ten takeaways from the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server
- Frisco ISD wants a tax increase but the people of Frisco should say NO, according to Frisco United PAC August 26, 2016
Check out Spokesman for Frisco United PAC, Joe Widner’s conversation with Jon-David over this issue below:
From Empower Texans:
A growing number of parents and taxpayers organized as Frisco United are up in arms over the historic property tax rate increase currently before voters.
While Frisco ISD’s top administrator claims the district’s budget has been “cut to the bone,” public data shows that’s anything but true, with full-time teachers making up less than a third of FISD’s total staff. When all funds are included, FISD also spends more per student than any other district in the region.
The Frisco United PAC – a grassroots organization funded by parents and taxpayers – recently published a video detailing FISD’s “excessive compensation” packages and “top heavy” nature. Their slogan reads, “Our teachers deserve better.” According to their video, district administrators have been saying “Yes” to themselves and “No” to teachers for “far too long.”
Frisco United is urging their neighbors to vote “NO” on the proposed 13 cent tax rate increase, the largest ever attempted by FISD. In addition to massive appraisal spikes felt across Collin County, Frisco residents are already facing skyrocketing property tax bills unless city, county, and school officials reduce tax rates.
FISD is proposing the opposite.
- J Christian Adams on The Wells Report-Former DOJ Attorney tells it like it is August 25, 2016
J Christian Adams, former DOJ Attorney and friend of The Wells Report stopped by to talk about Hillary Clinton and the breakdown of the Department of Justice. He says, “The erosion of civil society in the constitutional order is not something that can be easily rewound.” Check out his conversation with Jon-David below:
The Kaufman County Tea Party Fall 2016 Fundraiser and Silent Auction
Featuring J. Christian Adams as the keynote speaker
Get tickets here.
- Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island-Here’s what Jon-David thinks about this tragedy August 25, 2016
A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside Building 92, the nursing home at the medical center.
The hospital is part of the Veterans Affairs medical system, the nation’s largest integrated health care organization, which has been under scrutiny since 2014, when the department confirmed that numerous patients had died awaiting treatment at a V.A. hospital in Phoenix. Officials there had tried to cover up long waiting times for 1,700 veterans seeking medical care. A study released by the Government Accountability Office in April indicated that the system had yet to fix its scheduling problems.
Why Mr. Kaisen decided to end his life was not immediately known, but two people connected to the hospital who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his death said that he had been frustrated that he was unable to see an emergency-room physician for reasons related to his mental health.
Read more here.
- From Michael Lindenberger & the DMN: Former Secretary of Defense Explains Why We Now Have Greatest Threat of Nuclear War Ever August 24, 2016
Click here to read the story that Jon-David calls, “A well considered update of post-Clinton Administration nuclear proliferation”.