DC Councilman Jack Evans, Julie Kelly, Robin Ficker & James Jay Carafano on The Larry O’Connor Show 07.11.18

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NATO pledges to boost defense spending after stern words from Trump (Fox News)

NATO leaders pledged their “unwavering commitment” to boost defense spending on Wednesday, following stern words from President Trump criticizing European leaders for spending too little.

The U.S. and European allies signed a declaration stating they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.”

The declaration comes after confrontational and testy discussions between Trump and other NATO leaders.

Since the election, Trump has criticized NATO countries for not paying their fair share, while suggesting he would only come to the defense of NATO nations that fulfilled their financial obligation. [Read More]

Nunes Targets the Real Collusion: The Media and DOJ (American Greatness)

Congress is finally closing in on the biggest perpetrator of the Trump-Russia election collusion hoax: the American news media.

After taking an eight-year break from its vital role as the executive branch’s watchdog, the media have been on a frenzied, anti-Trump bender since 2016. Every conspiracy theory, every rumor, every dubious source has been chased down and breathlessly covered by once-credible news organizations. (This shameful interview on CNN with a drunken former Trump campaign aide could be a new low in journalism.) [Read More]


DC council member introduces bill to ban plastic straws (The Hill)

Washington, D.C., Councilman Jack Evans (D) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban plastic straws in the nation’s capital, according to local TV station WJLA.

The bill would reportedly ban retailers from providing plastic straws with drink sales. [Read More]

Nancy Floreen to run for Montgomery County executive as an independent (The Washington Post)

Longtime Democrat Nancy Floreen launched an independent bid for Montgomery County executive on Wednesday, calling the Republican and Democratic nominees for the office “flawed extremes” and urging residents of the affluent and liberal suburb “to put principle and pragmatism above purely party politics.”

Montgomery’s 1 million residents have not chosen a non-Democrat to the top political job since 1974. But Floreen, an at-large council member, has been elected countywide four times. She could be a formidable opponent for Democratic nominee Marc Elrich, a progressive with strong union backing who also holds an at-large council seat and has supported rent-control laws and charging impact fees to developers. [Read More]

Sarah Palin Claims ‘Evil’ Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Her into an Interview by Posing as a Disabled Vet (People.com)

Sarah Palin claims she was unwittingly interviewed by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for his upcoming Showtime series, Who IsAmerica?, after he “duped” her into believing he was a disabled U.S. veteran.

In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate wrote, “Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now? I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.” [Read More]

NBC News reporter deletes tweet claiming Trump, Kennedy were in cahoots over Kavanaugh selection (Fox News)

NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell on Tuesday deleted a tweet that had triggered backlash, claiming President Trump and retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy were in cahoots to get Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat.

Caldwell initially tweeted, “On Kavanaugh pick… Kennedy and Trump/WH had been in negotiations for months over Kennedy’s replacement. Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh, his former law clerk, Kennedy felt comfortable retiring, according to a source who was told of the discussion.” [Read More]

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