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By Robert Costa July 25 at 6:00 AM

Former House speaker John A. Boehner, who has mostly avoided public commentary since leaving Congress two years ago, told a business gathering last week that Republicans are “not going to repeal and replace Obamacare” because “the American people have gotten accustomed to it.”

“Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they’ve not passed this bill. Now, they’re never — they’re not going to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Boehner told a private crowd in Las Vegas, according to video footage obtained by The Washington Post. “It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work.”

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Boehner said the Republicans’ best hope in the coming months is to peel away aspects of the law, such as some tax provisions and regulations, and to end health insurance mandates.

“When it’s all said and done, you’re not going to have an employer mandate anymore, you’re not going to have the individual mandate,” Boehner said. “The Medicaid expansion will be there. The governors will have more control over their Medicaid populations and how to get them care, and a lot of Obamacare taxes will probably go.”

Boehner’s remarks diverge from the positions of President Trump and congressional Republican leaders, who are still pushing for legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and scale back Medicaid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is planning to hold a vote on beginning debate on GOP health-care legislation as soon as Tuesday.

Boehner’s statements were made July 21 at ThoughtSpot, a trade show hosted by Good Neighbor Pharmacy at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Videos of his appearance were obtained by The Post from a person who requested anonymity to share the clips.

A Boehner spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

As Boehner sat on the dais in an expansive ballroom, he also shared frank observations about the president and his party. The former Ohio lawmaker’s outlook echoed the frustrations of many Republicans on Capitol Hill, although those views are usually expressed in closed settings.

Boehner warned that the GOP’s infighting, despite having control of Congress and the White House, could have dire political consequences for the party. If Republicans fail to pass legislation on health care, taxes and infrastructure, “they’re going to get annihilated” in next year’s midterm elections, he said.

Boehner described Trump as a “friend of mine. We’ve played a lot of golf together over the years. He was a donor of mine.” But he said he never expected Trump to win the presidency and has been discouraged by how he has handled parts of the job.

“I never really saw him as president. You all know what I mean,” Boehner said as audience members chuckled.

Boehner urged him to “quit tweeting” and avoid spats with media personalities like the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“He keeps getting in his own way,” Boehner told the attendees.

“I mean, going after Mika Brzezinski or Joe Scarborough? What the hell is the point?” he asked, referring to Trump’s social-media assault of Brzezinski last month.

Boehner said Trump’s seemingly nonstop battles with news organizations were unwise distractions for him and the party — and risky.

“You never get into a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. He does it every day.” Boehner said, adding, “Never get into a p—ing match with a skunk. He does it every day.”

“It may have worked during the campaign. But I think he would do himself well if he would just slow the tweeting down and just focus on what he’s doing and not being critical,” Boehner said.

Boehner went on to tell the group that cutting bipartisan deals in Washington is now all but impossible due to the way negotiations unfold in the media. Any interaction with a Democrat risks being covered by conservative outlets as a potential betrayal of the GOP, he said.

Boehner blamed figures on the right who purchase lists of conservative activists and then position themselves as leaders of a movement. He said talks between party leaders can be ruined by “one person who creates a committee to preserve the Constitution” and can “blast out information quickly.”

“You used to have a little breathing room — 24 hours, 48 hours before it actually got in the press. Well, that’s gone. Everything today is instant,” he said.

Boehner recalled that when he used to visit President Obama, he would frequently “sneak into” the White House to avoid being seen by reporters.

“If I didn’t sneak in, if I went in like I would normally go in, the right-wing press would go crazy. ‘What is Boehner up to?’ The left-wing press would go just as crazy. ‘What is Obama doing? He’s going to let Boehner roll him again.’ You’re dead before you even have an agreement,” he said.

Boehner pointed to the fragmentation of the national media as another reason for the paralysis and what he sees as alarming intensity and partisanship in politics.

“What’s making everything even worse today is because we have so much news, people get to choose where they get their news,” Boehner said. “It used to be we had three big TV networks, five big newspapers, and five big radio stations and whatever they said was the news. Everybody else followed what they do.”


“They go to places that they agree with, reinforcing the divide that we have in the country already,” he said.

“These radio talk show guys, they carry on, it’s just nonsense,” Boehner said. “Some of these people who run these big blogs, the kind of stuff they put out, I would also disagree with.”

Turning back to health care, Boehner acknowledged that his candor may not be appreciated by Republican leadership on Capitol Hill. The last time he made headlines, his successor, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), sent him a dismayed text.

“Gee, thanks,” Boehner said, reciting what Ryan texted him.

‘Establishment attacking Trump team as it poses threat to them’

The Trump team poses a threat to the Democratic Party, as well as to the globalist wing of the Republican Party, according to political analyst Charles Ortel, commenting on the ongoing scandal over Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia.


Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, became the latest suspect in the scandal and was called to testify at a ‘closed-door’ hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Kushner explained in a statement he only had four contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, and that none of them were improper.

RT:  What do you make of Jared Kushner’s statement to Congress? Will it put a stop to claims he colluded with Russia?

Charles Ortel: I doubt it. I thought he did a very good job. His statement was complete; it makes eminent sense. When you look at the substance of what actually happened, and we now have many months to think about it. Putting the 2016 election and the primary season in perspective; a complete outsider, bested 16 establishment competitors on the Republican side, and then blew out of the water, somebody who felt had a right to win, who was well positioned, loved by the media, well ensconced throughout the US of America, had a commanding lead, but ran a deplorable campaign, did a gigantic belly flop. That is the real story. And the sore losers in the media, in the Democrat Clinton wing and the Obama wing refuse to accept the reality. So they would complain and complain and do their best to try to delegitimize this president. I am not a huge fan of Jared Kushner or the idea that his son-in-law should have such a high position in a Republican government, that is to say, Republican form of government. Nonetheless, I think Jared Kushner did a great job in the primary, a great job in the general election, a great job in the transition, and a fine, outstanding job today. So I would hope the Democrats would realize it is actually in their interest now to use this new message that just came out today, and accept the fact that they lost. Because Hillary Clinton and her team ran a horrible campaign, learn from that, move on and select a new set of initiatives to try to sell the American people. But I fear they are simply just not going to give up.

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RT:  Do you think it was appropriate for Congress to summon Jared Kushner for questioning, even though no evidence of Russia collusion has ever been provided? Why do you think we’re seeing more people brought to testify to Congress?

CO: It is a guess, but I hope an educated guess. I believe what has happened here is that the Trump organization, the Trump team, poses a threat not simply to the Democratic Party, but to the establishment wing, the globalist wing of the Republican Party. What has really been going on in the US and in the advanced economies around the world is that globalists, people who want to have some global government that may be lightly regulated where they are connected, and they can take advantage of business opportunities, people on the left and the right, in academia, media, business, and investing, consulting, in legal professions, in journalism – they all love this idea of globalism. But globalism and regionalism really haven’t worked anywhere as the EU is playing testament.

So that is what I think is going on here – the people who fear the dismantling of the globalist structure, of the EU – they are out to get the Trump people however they can. Unfortunately, under our legal system the special counsel Robert Mueller has a lot of power to take his investigation wherever he wants to take it. Unless Trump and his team acquire some backbone, quite frankly I think we’ve seen enough, we know enough, I think President Trump should stand up, he should be encouraged to use the process formally and get Robert Mueller to produce results and then stand down.

‘Kushner helped himself testifying about Trump’s presidential campaign?’

Democratic super-delegate Mitch Ceasar, and Ed Martin the president of Eagle Forum discussed the issue with RT America’s Ed Schultz.

RT:  From a legal aspect, did Kushner help himself today?

Mitch Ceasar: What he really did is interesting: in some ways he kind of threw his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Junior, under the bus, because he clearly admitted all these meetings with Russian folks, just saying he is not really part of it. I don’t think he is a boy scout – you can’t survive in New York real estate and be a boy scout. See the example of Donald Trump. But clearly, he tried to distance himself – no question about that. Only time will tell if he helped himself. I think he did in the context of public opinion a little bit, because we heard his voice for the first time… I think he’s doing well on the PR front. It is very difficult at this point to see how he is doing on the legal front.

RT:  Does that embolden the president’s argument that these investigations are overboard? What are your thoughts?

Ed Martin: I want to point two things …. Number one: last week Mike Pompeo, the head of the CIA said the following: “I am confident the Russians did interfere in the election.” When someone says: “I am confident of something” – that means they are not telling you the whole truth, they don’t know for sure. Jared Kushner instead stood up today and said: “I didn’t do this. I am careful; I’ll show you everything.” The difference between the intelligence community and the deep state telling us to focus on Russia and Jared Kushner is the difference between truth telling and people trying to hide the ball. That is why Kushner helped himself; that is why people are starting to move on. Frankly, that is why the Democrats… have a problem – because people are looking up saying: “What are you for, except yelling about things that are in the past that don’t make sense.”

Scaramucci Terminates Suspected Leaker Michael Short from White House

by MATTHEW BOYLE25 Jul 2017Washington, D.C.

Suspected leaker Michael Short has been terminated from the White House communications office, Breitbart News can confirm.

Short, an ally of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and now former Press Secretary Sean Spicer—who resigned last week—was terminated on Tuesday by new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

Politico’s Tara Palmeri was the first to report the news.

“Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short,” Palmeri wrote on Tuesday morning. “It would be Scaramucci’s first step toward shaking up the communications shop, which has been dominated by former Republican National Committee staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC chairman.”

Short originally worked for the Trump campaign—placed on it by Priebus—and quit the campaign, sources tell Breitbart News, after the Access Hollywood tape came out. Politico confirmed this report, noting that Short walked out in the middle of the campaign leaving his computer behind only to show back up in January at the behest of the Republican National Committee (RNC) allies in the White House.

“He was scorned by many of his colleagues for quitting the Trump campaign, only to rejoin as a White House staffer because of Priebus,” Palmeri wrote of Short. “In a story often retold by campaign staffers, they arrived at Trump Tower one morning, months before the election, to see Short’s computer left open on his otherwise empty desk. He had quit the campaign that day and never returned. The next time he was seen by former campaign staffers was in January on their first day in the White House, where some were stunned to learn that they were going to have to work alongside him or for some of the press assistants subordinate to him.”

Multiple White House sources tell Breitbart News that Short was a leaker, and worked closely with now former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh—another RNC wing official who was terminated earlier this year for her own suspected leaking.

Short has not responded to a request for comment on the questions about his leaking. But he did tell CNN he does not believe he has been fired, even though multiple White House sources confirm he has been.

“No one has told me anything and the entire premise is false,” Short told CNN.

Short denied to Breitbart News that he is a leaker. “I have never leaked,” he said in an email.

According to Palmeri, too, Short has now denied that he quit the campaign–he just says he went to work back at the RNC.


But it’s pretty clear that President Trump doesn’t buy it.


Scaramucci has confirmed multiple times in interviews over the weekend that he plans to root out leakers throughout the White House.

Now, on Tuesday, he has again confirmed that he will terminate everyone if necessary to stop the leaks.



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Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller

The exchange is 43 minutes into the clip below:

by Tyler Durden

In the most vocal opposition to president Donald Trump yet, former CIA Director John Brennan said that if the White House tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the president orders, as they would be – in his view – “inconsistent” with the duties of the executive branch.

“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future,” Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, effectively calling for a coup against the president should Trump give the order to fire Mueller.

(Full transcript here)

Brennan appeared alongside his former colleague, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and both men who served in the Obama administration, told Blitzer they have total confidence in Mueller. “Absolutely. It was an inspired choice- they don’t come any better, ” Brennan said adding that “If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say enough is enough.” Some have responded with questions where Brennan’s devotion to the Constitution was in the aftermath of the events in Benghazi.

Falling back on his neocon roots, James Clapper, who has waged a long-running vendetta with Trump, once again warned about Russian interference in US affairs. When asked about the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with a Russian lawyer and others, he responded: “I’m an old school, Cold War warrior and all that – so I have, there’s truth in advertising, great suspicions about the Russians and what they do. A lot of this to me had kind of the standard textbook tradecraft long deployed by Russians. It would have been a really good idea maybe to have vetted whoever they were meeting with.”

Clapper was also asked about Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Clapper said he called the President-elect nine days before he left the Obama administration saying he “couldn’t let that reference pass” and it was an insult to him, CIA Director John Brennan and the workforce. “That was a terrible, insulting affront, not just to me or John, we get paid the big bucks, but I’m talking about the rank and file, men and women, patriots and intelligence community — that was completely inappropriate and over the top – I had to do something about it.”

And so he did: on the call Clapper said Trump asked him to “to put out a statement rebutting the contents of the dossier which I couldn’t and wouldn’t do. It was kind of transactional” referring to a dossier that alleged ties between President Donald Trump‘s campaign and Russia. It was not clear if he wouldn’t and couldn’t do it because the contents were legitimate, in his view, or because the dossier is what started the whole “Russian collusion” narrative in the first place. Curiously, Clapper saw it as a favor to Trump not to issue a statement: Clapper was asked by Blitzer why he didn’t put out a statement replying: “The whole point of the dossier by the way was we felt an obligation to warn him to alert him to the fact it was out there. That was the whole point.”

It was not clear if James Comey, whose subsequent leak to the NYT led to the appointment of Mueller, would have applied the same reasoning when asked by Trump to rebut the dossier’s contents.


*(FROM EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE) – Bret Weinstein: Evergreen “descended into literal anarchy”

Statement of Bret Weinstein to Board of Trustees, July 12, 2017. 

NO CLAIM TO COPYRIGHT (this is a “FAIR USE” excerpt from hearing). Video copyright held by TVW (…). Original video here:….

Local newspaper article on meeting here:…

Badger Pundit 

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Sadly it appears many of the teachers promoted and supported it.  It was sponsored self destruction (though I think they expected I would “be different”).
Bloom County 

Evergreen State College is rotten from the Board of Trustees, to the President, to the radical activist students attending the school. It can’t be fixed – remove all state funding NOW.

strange how the mob stayed out of this meeting. too bad they didn’t overrun it, flooding in and screaming, blowing air horns, showing how out of control they are to the board.
Mata Pendejos 

The liberal left being eaten by their own is so well deserved.
Sourdough Girl 

This guy was one of them but when he took one step towards the direction they didn’t like, they lynched him.
Chris Kavanagh 

Make no mistake, this insane agenda by the “oppressed” students was fueled by Barack Obama and his ilk. Do you remember anything like this before the Obama Admin. took Office in 2008?. But this is/was part of his agenda taught by the Saul Alinsky disciple. It was no coincidence that Peyton Head, the Student Pres. of Univ Of Missouri met with Obama at the White House several times during the same type events last year.
DRS_ au 

Nice to see the Neo-Marxist left eating its own.

*(FROM EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE) – Interview of McKenzie Kyger, Evergreen student silenced for being white (WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THESE STUDENTS WERE WHITE?)

Excerpts, Benjamin Boyce interview of McKenzie Kyger, 7/15/2017 (shorter version). [UPDATE: McKenzie ft. on Tucker Carlson here:….].]

Original version, with about 11,500 views (currently marked private) here:

Excerpts used with permission; full interview here:

MUSIC CREDIT: “Revolution” cover from 2014 performance by Imagine Dragons, on Youtube here:

“Revolution,” of course, aptly illustrates the core problem at Evergreen being discussed by Kyger, because John Lennon wrote it in 1968 to criticize (indeed, mock) far-left radicals who were acting on the view that violence is an acceptable means of advancing social justice.…

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If whites had done what the blacks did at Evergreen everyone would have lost their minds. National guard would have been called in, BLM would be marching and rioting. But we are just supposed to accept this and sit back and do nothing. If you do speak out you’re a racist and targeted. This shit has got to stop and stop now.
Despiser Despised 

America never “needed” an affirmative action President. Look at the disastrous results. 0bama’s bill isn’t evn due yet. When that hits it will make the depression look like child’s play. Do you have any clue what America’s unfunded liabilities are, at nearly zero percent interest? Nobody does. Don’t you think that is a problem? The funded debt is over 22 trillion now. My guess is that America’s unfunded liability is nearing 500 trillion now. Entire wealth of everything in the entire World? 700 trillion… 0bama enslaved my unborn progeny to the State without their consent. FUCK YOU… A short reminder of the scandal free 0bama years. Obama’s Iran nuke deal Obama knew about Hillary’s private email server Obama IRS targets conservatives Obama’s DOJ spies on AP reporters Obamacare & Obama’s false promises Illegal-alien amnesty by executive order Benghazi-gate Operation Fast & Furious 5 Taliban leaders for Bergdahl Extortion 17 was the call sign for a helicopter shot down by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011. ‘Recess ‘ appointments – when Senate was in session Appointment of ‘czars’ without Senate approval Suing Arizona for enforcing federal law Refusal to defend Defense of Marriage Act NSA: Spying on Americans Illegally conducting war against Libya Muslim Brotherhood ties Miriam Carey Birth certificate Executive orders Solyndra and the lost $535 million Egypt Cap & Trade: When in doubt, bypass Congress Refusal to prosecute New Black Panthers Obama’s U.S. citizen ‘hit list’ Anwar al Awlaki
Celtic Warrior 

America is destroying itself by letting People of “Colour” into their Colleges who don’t deserve to be there because their marks aren’t good enough. Nature requires Survival of the most intelligent, that’s how Man has built Civilisation and Great Empires. Wake up America! We need to go forwards not backwards in Human Evolution. No Species ever evolved in an easy environment..

and I wonder why mainstream media never showed or report somethimg like this. they just said there was a protest in campus when race tensions ran high. the leftist media is too embarrassed to admit they’re wrong. fuck them
EVP Kiernan 

Watch, by next year Evergreen’s admissions will drop by 50%, and Evergreen will collapse
Sambo Elguapo 

blm may not like that white people have most of the power in the world, but just think for a second how the world would be if blacks where in control of the entire world.
Jimmy Simard 

No need to think much… just look how it went in South Africa.
Andrew Olson 

And Zimbabwe, and most of sub Saharan Africa.
ll ll 

black people are the most racist of all