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John McCain Gives Cancer Treatment Update; It’s Not Good News

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Nearly two weeks ago, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) announced that he had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor that is very difficult to treat. McCain spent a few days away from Capitol Hill following the announcement, but he returned shortly after to vote on the Senate’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

24 hours after voting against the “skinny repeal” of the ACA, McCain made efforts to proceed with a vote on the annual defense spending bill. According to three congressional sources who spoke to CNN, McCain made this quick pivot because he will be starting cancer treatment on Monday.

The sources suggested that McCain’s upcoming treatment may also have influenced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to let McCain proceed, despite tension over McCain’s decision to vote against the repeal the night before.

As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain leads the annual defense bill that authorizes spending for the Pentagon and sets military policy. Because it’s unclear when he will be able to return to work after his treatment is finished, McCain tried to convince members of the Senate to quickly debate and pass the spending bill after health care votes were completed.

Senate Democrats said that they would be willing to shift their focus to defense spending if Republicans would drop their bid to repeal the ACA, and it was ultimately a Republican who held up the vote.

When McConnell tried to get unanimous consent to proceed to the defense bill, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) objected, saying he wanted votes on his amendments on war authorization and indefinite detention.

Shortly after failing to get the votes needed to proceed with debate on defense spending, McCain released a statement calling the bill “more vital than ever” and saying it was “unfortunate” that Paul “chose to block consideration” for it.

‘For 55 years in a row, Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides our men and women in uniform with the resources, capabilities, and pay and benefits that they need to perform their missions on behalf of the American people and keep our country safe. This legislation is more vital than ever.

‘The highest responsibility of every member of Congress is to do what they think is right for the nation. It is unfortunate that one senator chose to block consideration of a bill our nation needs right now, the National Defense Authorization Act. We must uphold our solemn obligation to provide for the common defense and give our men and women in uniform the training, equipment, and resources they need to defend the nation. Our brave service members – many now serving in harm’s way – deserve nothing less.’

Paul’s spokesman, Sergio Gor, also released a statement saying that Paul is looking forward to getting the votes on his amendments done “soon.”

‘Sen. Rand Paul requested two bipartisan amendments, one on ending indefinite detention and one on AUMFs. He looks forward to working with leadership and the committee to get this done soon.’

As a result of Paul’s objection, the Senate is now expected to push back McCain’s bill until September. Whether or not McCain will be back to work by then remains to be seen.

 

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Jenna Bush Hager Unleashes on Miserable Team Trump: ‘They Represent the Worst of Humankind’

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“THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I KNOW…”

Powerful words from the daughter of our last Republican president, George W. Bush.

Jenna’s powerful message via Twitter was part of the growing wave of opposition against Trump’s unconstitutional travel ban. And while there are many Republicans who have become outspoken critics of the ban, the fact that Jenna is the daughter of the first former Republican president, coupled with her current position as an NBC News correspondent, brings an added weight to her belief.

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about,” she tweeted. “Islam is peace.”

AMERICA COUNTS MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS AMONGST OUR CITIZENS, AND MUSLIMS MAKE AN INCREDIBLY VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR SOCIETY. MUSLIMS ARE DOCTORS, LAWYERS, LAW PROFESSORS, MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, ENTREPRENEURS, SHOP KEEPERS, MOMS AND DADS. AND THEY NEED TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. IN OUR ANGER AND EMOTION, OUR FELLOW AMERICANS MUST TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT.

Her message closed with a pointed condemnation of those who would devalue Muslims, labeling or treating them as less than Americans. “Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don’t represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.”

Wow – a stunning, beautifully-worded, passionate message from a Republican who happens to understand the foundational principles of our great republic. Thank you, Jenna!

 

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Special Prosecutor Mueller Just Opened An Investigation into Kellyanne Conway

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KellyAnne Conway may finally have gone too far. Her attacks last week on Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones, the Democratic opponent of Republican alleged child molester Roy Moore, brought on charges that her politically motivated rant was a violation of the Hatch Act which prevents executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activities as part of their official duties.

Now, The Hill is reporting that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s office is opening up a case file to investigate the matter. The former director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Obama, Walter Shaub, filed a complaint against Conway with Mueller’s office last week after the White House defended her diatribe against Jones by claiming that her comments on Jones were merely part of her supporting the President’s agenda.

“Ms. Conway did not advocate for or against the election of a candidate, and specifically declined to encourage Alabamans to vote a certain way,” Raj Shah, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement.

“She was speaking about issues and her support for the President’s agenda. This election is for the people of Alabama to decide.”

The former Ethics Chief Shaub explained on Twitter what he thought of that excuse:

Having successfully brought the Special Prosecutor’s attention to yet another flagrant violation of federal law by a Trump administration senior advisor, Shaub has shown that, even after resigning his seat as director of the agency policing ethics violations in protest over the refusal of the executive branch to hand over copies of the ethics waivers it had issued to former-lobbyists joining the administration, he can still effectively pressure the administration over its misdeeds from his seat in the civilian world.

The addition of Conway’s Hatch Act violation to the litany of issues being probed by Mueller and his associates means that the grand juries will be extremely busy in the weeks and months ahead. Hopefully, Santa will be bringing indictments before the holidays.

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JUST IN: Prince Harry Just Hit Trump With Some Devastating News

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The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is in full swing planning mode for the spring, and it looks like President Trump will not be receiving an invitation. The UK Government hasn’t officially commented on the guest list, but it does not seem likely that Trump will be invited.

Since Markle is an American citizen, it would be typically expected that she would invite the President, but the couple have reportedly been overly critical of Trump, with US Weekly reporting that the Prince “is not a fan” of Trump, and Markle also threatened to leave the US if he became President.

Newsweek commented that “If Trump were to appear at Prince Harry’s wedding in spring 2018, it would likely spark protests. The risk of embarrassment, were such a protest to occur at a royal wedding, might put the couple off inviting such a controversial figure.”

On the other hand, Prince Harry and Markle will be extending an invitation to Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

The Obama family have a great relationship with Harry and his older brother, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and have been hosted at Kensington Palace in the past.

 

Do you think Trump should be invited to the Royal Wedding??

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Equifax Is Tricking Consumers Into Waiving Their Right To Sue Over Data Breach

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Equifax, the oldest and most valuable of the three main credit reporting agencies, revealed a massive data breach; one of the largest such hacks ever recorded. Personally identifying information like Social Security numbers, birth dates, and even driver’s license numbers were involved in the breach, affecting up to 143 million people — nearly half the U.S. population.

Naturally, anyone who with any credit at all will want to know whether or not their info was involved in the incident, and Equifax says they want to help. But now, concerns are being raised that Equifax is deceptively requiring consumers to waive their rights to join any class action lawsuit against them, should they enroll in the company’s fraud protection program and possibly if they even use the website to see if they’ve been affected.

That’s right — if you enroll in their fraud protection–something they specifically provided to you because of the breach–you automatically agree to arbitration and lose your right to sue. It’s currently unclear whether this applies to merely checking to see if your information has been compromised.

The website, which, for obvious reasons, we will not provide a clickable link for here, is equifaxsecurity2017.com.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB ) is actually trying to ban arbitration clauses like this, specifically because they can be so deceptive. But those rules have not yet taken effect, and won’t for another ten days. More importantly, the rule will not work retroactively, so consumers can’t get out of this arbitration if they follow through with the sign-up process on the Equifax site.

New York’s Attorney General has already contacted Equifax about the arbitration clause:

The CFPB said in a statement that the clause was “troubling,” and that they were investigating both the security incident that set this all off and the company’s response to it, saying that “Equifax could remove this clause so that consumers can receive this service without condition.”

Not only is Equifax requiring an agreement that strips you of your legal rights, but even if you decide you don’t care about all that, the company requires you to provide even more personal information as you sign up for the resolution tool.

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John McCain Calls Mike Pence “ASSHOLE” On Live TV. [VIDEO]

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“Shut up or I’ll have you arrested….. low-life scum” – John McCain to anti-war activists

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BREAKING: Conservative Icon Ted Nugent Killed In Hunting Accident

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Ted Nugent, 70’s rocker turned hunting guide and conservative icon, was shot and killed early this morning in a tragic hunting accident.

While setting up his tree stand just outside a wildlife reserve in Montana, Nugent was fired on and hit in the chest by a hunter with a scope nearly a quarter of a mile away who believed he was a brown bear.

Details are still coming out, but apparently Nugent often hunts this are for animals that stray from the preserve.

He was just setting up before dawn without any reflective or hunter’s orange visible, wearing a fur hat he would typically change for a camo and orange version once the sun came up.

The hunter who shot him faces manslaughter charges as the shot rang out and was recorded by a local game warden a full 15 minutes before dawn, which is the legal start of the day for hunting. The identity of the hunter hasn’t been released. He was arrested and booked at the State Police barracks in Boseman. Nugent’s family has been notified.

 

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