Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Monday and through the weekend, tweeted up a storm relating his tweets to the Russian investigation which until these tweets, had been called a witch hunt and fake news, now blames the Obama administration for any interference by Russia in the presidential election. According to the tweets, Trump, supposedly, just found out that the Justice Department, the FBI and CIA had solid proof of Russia’s plot to interfere in the U.S. election. Trump tweeted, “Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?” He also tweeted, “The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to “rock the boat.” He didn’t “choke,” he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good.” President Trump went on to state that President Obama needs to apologize for the investigation into Trump associates colluding with the Russians. The President in these tweets,
expects the reader to believe he did not know of the attack by Russia and only learn of these facts. Impossible! Each day the President is given daily briefings into all investigations and yes, he knew the extent of the Russian hacking, influence and illegal measures to tilt the election, not Clinton, but Trump. The President is mudding the waters with these outright misleading statements which can lead to a larger divide in the United States.

2. Monday, the United States Supreme Court, awarded a partial win to the Trump administration by allowing provisions of the Travel Ban Executive Order signed by President Trump, to go into effect across the country. The court also announced they will hear the case of the constitutionally of the executive order in the fall. The Court decided that watered down Trump’s executive order by allowing those refugees who have a direct link of support here in the United States to be able to immigrant. Trump’s executive order would have stopped that. “We fully expect that the relief we grant today will permit the Executive to conclude its internal work and provide adequate notice to foreign governments” within 90 days, the court said. Trump called the ruling “a clear victory for our national security.”

3. Monday, the Congressional Budget Office, announced their score for the newest insurance bill that was introduced by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that was a signature piece of the Obama administration. The score did not convert those on the fence of wanting to vote for the bill. Instead, it appears to have move a few Senate Republicans in the against column. The CBO announced the plan would end coverage for
23 million fewer with insurance, would make cuts to the Medicaid program and would that premiums would only go down due to a reduction of services for the insured. Three members of the GOP already have stated they will vote No to move forward with the bill, Senators Rand Paul, (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ron Johnson, (R-WI). The GOP could only afford to lose two votes to make the GOP bill the law of the land.

4. Monday evening, the White House released the following statement, “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.
As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.” In the April 4 airstrike civilians, many children, died from the toxic chemical attack. The United States reacted by ordering strikes against the Syrian military with Tomahawk missiles, launched by U.S. ships in the Eastern Mediterranean against the Shayrat air base.

5. The New York Times reported Monday, that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson, pressured scientist Deborah Swackhamer, into tailoring her comments and deny knowledge of the firing of board members of the EPA. Swackhamer, with proof of emails from Jackson, felt that her what she wanted to testify about was being watered down and that she felt ‘bullied’ into changing the truth into a measure that Jackson would be happy with. Dr. Swackhamer says she was “stunned that he was pushing me to ‘correct’ something in my testimony.” The battle over her testimony stems from the Trump administration’s decision to remove board members from the scientific panel but the email shows that Jackson was asking Swackhamer to say no decision had been made on who would be dismissed but she was already told there were dismissals given to members. Democrats on the House Science Committee sent a letter to the EPA requesting that the Inspector General investigate Jackson’s purported attempt to change Dr. Swackhamer’s testimony also on Monday.
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