Wednesday Top News Executive Summary
ObamaCare, diplomatic malfeasance, census injustice, Twitter ruling, and more.
OBAMACARE DEATH BED? “Federal appeals judges in New Orleans are entertaining the idea of striking some or all of Obamacare, appearing uncertain during oral arguments Tuesday over whether Congress intended to toss the entire healthcare law. … The judges didn’t say when they would rule. Regardless of the outcome, the case is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court and could be decided right around the 2020 elections.” (Washington Examiner)
REBATE REVAMP: “President Trump promised to reduce Americans’ pharmacy bills — and he’s delivering. His administration will soon finalize a rule that restructures the drug supply chain and ensure that tens of billions of dollars of hidden rebates and discounts flow to patients. The rule affects Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug benefit for 45 million seniors and people with disabilities.” (InsideSources)
Government & Poltics
DIPLOMATIC MALFEASANCE: “The British ambassador to the U.S. who criticized President Trump has resigned, the U.K. Foreign Office said Wednesday. Ambassador Kim Darroch — in documents leaked in recent days — slammed the Trump administration as ‘diplomatically clumsy and inept,’ and said he doubted it would become ‘substantially more normal.’” (Fox News)
THE HALLS OF INJUSTICE: According to the Associated Press “The Justice Department can’t replace nine lawyers so late in the dispute over whether to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census without explaining why it’s doing so, a judge says.” In essence, U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman is barring the Trump administration from correcting the so-called issue that Justice John Roberts flagged when ruling against the citizenship question. Talk about having your cake and eating it too. By the way, 55% of Hispanic voters support the citizenship question.
A TWITTERIZED MESS: “The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that President Trump cannot block Twitter users from his official account, finding that the practice is discriminatory,” reports The Hill. On the one hand, public officials aren’t necessarily bound by the same set of rules. On the other hand, Twitter is a private company, and this lawsuit should have been directed at Twitter, not the president. Ironically, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also blocked people on Twitter and is consequently being sued for it.
MOVING EVER-CLOSER TO AN OVERHAUL: “President Trump’s nomination of Washington, D.C., attorney Daniel Bress to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday on a party-line vote, giving Trump seven appointees to a court he has regularly denounced. … With Bress’ confirmation, the court will have 16 judges appointed by Democratic presidents, 12 by Republicans and one vacancy. Judges Carlos Bea and Jay Bybee … have announced plans to transfer to senior status with reduced caseloads … creating two more vacancies for Trump to fill.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
FOR THE RECORD: Seven facts about Obama’s immigration record leftists refuse to admit (PJ Media)
GUN-CONTROL AGENDA MISSES THE MARK: “Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election.” (Associated Press)
YOUR MOVE, CHINA: “The Trump administration is selling $2.2 billion worth of tanks and missiles to Taiwan but has delayed exports of new F-16s over budget shortfalls in Taipei.” (The Washington Free Beacon
POLICY: The too-good-to-be-true way to fight the Chinese military (Bloomberg Opinion)
POLICY: How not asking about citizenship on the census gives Democrats more votes in Congress (The Federalist)
HUMOR: Democrat Party changes mind on border wall after realizing it will keep people from leaving when we switch to socialism (The Babylon Bee)
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