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.
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.
Statement of Bret Weinstein to Board of Trustees, July 12, 2017.
Local newspaper article on meeting here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local…
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: https://youtu.be/sqvdQ6Zf6bU
Excerpts used with permission; full interview here: https://youtu.be/6uTm7_GE6So
MUSIC CREDIT: “Revolution” cover from 2014 performance by Imagine Dragons, on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/Z90BpfpMJ_0
“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. https://www.scribd.com/document/34656…
Not even the students who F-BOMBED THE YOUNG CHILDREN of Stacy Brown, the new campus police chief, were punished!
Law & Justice Committee work session, Washington State Senate, June 20, 2017 (Mike Padden, chair).
Full video here: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=20….
Bio of Dave Pearsall, Chief of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, here: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/sheriff/…
Bio of Evergreen President George Bridges’ here: https://www.evergreen.edu/president/b…
By Terence P. Jeffrey | July 24, 2017 | 5:37 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) – Under current law—including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare)—there will be 112,000,000 people who enroll in Medicaid at some time during fiscal 2027, according to the latest baseline estimate published by the Congressional Budget Office.
That would be an increase of 40,000,000 from fiscal 2013, the last year before Obamacare’s expansion of the Medicaid program went into effect.
In fiscal 2013, according to CBO, there were 72,000,000 enrolled in Medicaid at some point during the year.
At 112,000,000, enrollees in the U.S. Medicaid program would outnumber the 2016 Census Bureau regional population estimates for the American West (76,657,000); the Midwest (67,941,429); and the Northeast (56,209,510). Only the South—with a Census Bureau-estimated population of 122,319,574 in 2016—had more people living in it last year than the CBO expects will be enrolled in Medicaid at some point in fiscal 2027.
The CBO’s baseline estimates for Medicaid enrollment list two different annual numbers for the program. One is the “average monthly enrollment” and the other is the “total” enrollment.
The “average monthly enrollment” numbers, CBO explained in its latest baseline, “represent the number of beneficiaries, with full and partial benefits, who are enrolled on an average monthly basis.” The “total” enrollment is the “total number of individuals enrolled in Medicaid at any point during the fiscal year.”
The Medicaid baseline projections that the CBO published in April 2014, shortly after the Obamacare Medicaid expansion started to take effect, said that in fiscal 2013 (which had ended on Sept. 30, 2013), there had been a total of 72 million people enrolled in Medicaid and that the average monthly enrollment had been 58 million.
The CBO’s most recent Medicaid baseline projection, published in January 2017, said there was a total of 97 million people enrolled in Medicaid in fiscal 2016 and that the average monthly enrollment for 2016 was 76 million.
That means total annual Medicaid enrollment, according to CBO’s numbers, had increased by 25 million from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2016 (rising from 72 million to 97 million) and that average monthly enrollment had increased by 18 million (rising from 58 million to 76 million).
The CBO’s January 2017 baseline projection for Medicaid estimates that by fiscal 2027 average monthly enrollment in Medicaid will climb to 87 million and total enrollment will climb to 112 million.
If the CBO projection is correct, that means that from fiscal 2013, the year before Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion took effect, to fiscal 2027, the average monthly enrollment in Medicaid will increase by 29 million (rising from 58 million to 87 million) and total enrollment will increase by 40 million (rising from 72 million to 112 million).
“Historically, Medicaid eligibility has generally been limited to certain low-income children, pregnant women, parents of dependent children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities; however, as of January 1, 2014, states have the option to extend Medicaid coverage to most nonelderly, low-income individuals,” the Congressional Research Service explained in a report on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148 as amended) established 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL) (effectively 138% of FPL with an income disregard of 5% of FPL) as the new mandatory minimum Medicaid income eligibility level for most nonelderly individuals,” said CRS.
“If a state accepts the ACA Medicaid expansion funds, it must abide by the expansion coverage rules,” said CRS.
Top Congressional Democrats have unveiled their new economic pitch to middle-class Americans, admitting nine months after the election that Donald Trump won because “he campaigned talking to working people.”
Democratic lawmakers took a field trip to Virginia on Monday to roll out what they branded as “A Better Deal” for American workers. They talked about breaking up monopolies, raising the minimum wage and investing in workers’ training.
“President Trump campaigned talking to working people, that’s how he won,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said as he introduced the Democrats’ new messaging campaign. “Too many Americans don’t know what we stand for.”
Over the weekend, Schumer broke with the narrative that many other Democrats still adhere to and blamed Hillary Clinton for her loss in last year’s presidential election.
“When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things – Comey, Russia – you blame yourself,”Schumer said.
Clinton has blamed both Russia and former FBI Director James Comey for her electoral loss. For the better part of 2017, the Democratic leadership in Congress has likewise been focused on the question of whether Russia tried to help Trump get elected.
With the 2018 midterm elections approaching, it has occurred to some Democrats that their current message – or lack thereof – may not actually win them votes.
“A Better Deal” is being put forward to appeal to working-class Americans, many of whom supported Donald Trump because he promised to bring back jobs by cracking down on multinational trade deals that have resulted in the outsourcing of the country’s manufacturing over the past two decades.
The Democrats said their plan has three promises: to increase people’s pay, reduce their everyday expenses, and provide them with tools and training for the 21st century economy.
“The middle class is the backbone of our democracy,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California).