The Friday Filibuster: The one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about this week in politics.
2-1—the vote by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to block an Obama administration request to lift a stay issued earlier this year on the implementation of the president’s executive action on illegal immigration.
46% of Americans want Stephanopoulos to stay away from 2016 election coverage.
$15 an hour for thee but not me--Los Angeles' unions request exemption from the state’s new wage law.
1,400+ high security TSA badges are missing.
53% of Democrats believe illegal immigrants should have the right to vote in U.S. elections so long as they pay taxes.
30—the number of votes in the Nebraska legislature that overturned Gov. Ricketts’ veto of a bill that abolishes the death penalty in the state.
“19 Kids and Counting”—major advertisers have dropped their ads from the show after Josh Duggar’s admission that he molested five girls as a teen.
$10,000—the amount the Clinton Foundation paid Sidney Blumenthal per month while he was ‘fact-finding’ in Libya.
10%--a new Q-poll shows there’s a five-way tie between Bush, Walker, Rubio, Huckabee, and Carson.
Safety, Security, and the Second Amendment
The fall of Ramadi shows that ISIS has ‘tactical awareness.’ As they continue their march through Iraq and Syria new details have emerged regarding their treatment of women –as Guy noted, it’s ‘surreally repugnant,’ a true war on women. And Iran-backed Hamas isn’t much better. A new report details the horrific violence the group employs including torture, beheadings, use of acid, and mutilation.
Back in the U.S., Baltimore residents who once decried the presence of police in their neighborhoods are now wishing they’d come back. But after a bloody Memorial Day weekend in the city, the White House has a different plan: gun control. Everytown, meanwhile, is using cop killings to push for more background checks. And while we’re on the subject of the Second Amendment, in Maine, the Senate passed a constitutional carry bill, and over in D.C., a judge has denied the District’s request for a stay after the city’s carry law was ruled unconstitutional.
Campaigns & Elections
Who’s in (or suggested they will be) this week? Long shot candidates George Pataki (who thinks the abortion debate is a ‘distraction’), Rick Santorum (who’s already complaining about the debate rules), and Gov. John Kasich. Paul thinks Republican hawks basically created ISIS—one of the reasons Gov. Bobby Jindal believes Paul is unsuited to be commander in chief. And as we look ahead to congressional campaigns in 2016, it looks like Sen. John McCain will have a Democratic challenger.
The scandals continue for the Clintons. The State Department under Hillary approved arms deals to governments who gave millions to the foundation; State also knew Benghazi was terrorism within hours; the Clinton Foundation received donations from FIFA and the Qatar 2022 World Cup Committee; and today, the NYT shed light on another sketchy financial dealing: an award for Bill Clinton came with a $500k donation to the Clinton Foundation. Even though the MSM isn’t all too enthused with her campaign so far, people will have her back through anything. Just take a look at recent statements by Julian Castro who dismissed her email violations as ‘besides the point’. One other interesting story worth noting: the Associated Press pointed out this week that Bill Clinton has a shell company that was never disclosed.
We remembered and gave thanks to our nation’s veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be free and others around the world may have a better life. In case you missed it, there are a couple of great videos we posted on Monday that are well worth watching. One speaks with veterans to hear what Memorial Day means to them and the other is a tribute video by Concerned Veterans for America. Of course, Democrats totally missed the point of the holiday on Twitter.
In other news
You should order a copy of Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham's new book, "End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)." Here's an excerpt you can check out.
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