Before getting to the News and Headlines of the day. So what happens when politicians can’t work together? It’s not good for anyone.”A standoff in Illinois between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan over spending and term limits has left Illinois without a budget for two years.
Two years without a budget has left a mammoth past-due backlog, with hospitals, dentists and university towns feeling the pain” More here.> How Bad Is the Crisis in Illinois? It Has $14.6 Billion in Unpaid Bills
In the News:
“Susan Rice, the Obama national security adviser under fire over her alleged involvement in the “unmasking” of Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election, suggested in a fresh interview that race and gender might be playing a role in the scrutiny she’s faced.” More here.> Susan Rice suggests race, gender bias linked to ‘unmasking’ backlash
“Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a wrongful death lawsuit over his ex-girlfriend’s suicide thrown out of court. The Irish make-up artist’s husband Mark Burton and her mother Brigid Sweetman are suing the Dumb And Dumber star in Los Angeles.” More here.> The public deserves to know the truth’: Mother and husband of Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend say they are ‘looking forward to trial’ against the actor after his bid to have case over her suicide thrown out fails
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — “A black Mississippi citizen is taking his case against the state’s Confederate-themed flag to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In papers filed Wednesday, attorneys for Carlos Moore said lower courts were wrong to reject his argument that the flag is a symbol of white supremacy that harms him and his young daughter by violating the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection to all citizens.” More here.> MISSISSIPPI MAN TAKES CONFEDERATE FLAG FIGHT TO HIGH COURT
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — “ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the American network over its reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.” more here.> ABC, MEAT PRODUCER SETTLE IN $1.9B ‘PINK SLIME’ LIBEL SU
BOSTON (AP) — “A Massachusetts man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison in the killing of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island.
Michael McCarthy, 37, will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years under the sentence imposed by Judge Janet Sanders.” More here.> Mom’s ex-boyfriend gets life in killing of ‘Baby Doe’
“Rex Tillerson is clamping down further on hiring as part of his push to overhaul the U.S. State Department, in a move likely to exacerbate concerns that a large number of unfilled jobs is diminishing his agency’s role in shaping foreign policy.
In a memo sent June 26 and obtained by Bloomberg News, bureaus are ordered to temporarily stop all transfers and reassignments and are barred from appointing new envoys. Any other request to “increase, expand or proliferate organization structures in the Department” must also be stopped.
The decision is part of Secretary of State Tillerson’s plan to reorganize the department, an effort expected to cut more than 8 percent of the workforce and eliminate dozens of positions deemed inefficient.” Read more here.> Tillerson Tightens Limits on Filling State Department Jobs
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — “A police helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power.
The confusing incident, which may ratchet up tensions in a country already paralyzed by months of deadly anti-government protests, took place as Maduro was speaking live on state television Tuesday and as the high court handed down a series of rulings against the opposition.” More here.> Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in ‘terrorist attack’
The buffer, which will include observation towers, cameras and lighting, will be 100 feet wide and 7.5 miles along the southern border of the strip’s coast and the Sinai Peninsula, the Hamas interior ministry said. ” More here.> Hamas building buffer zone along Gaza-Egypt border
“Russia will respond “in proportion” if the United States takes military action to prevent what it says could be a chemical attack by Syrian government forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
“We will react with dignity, in proportion to the real situation that may take place, Lavrov said.” More here.> Russia says will respond ‘with dignity’ if U.S. mounts Syria strike
“Canadian courts can force internet search leader Google to remove results worldwide, the country’s top court ruled on Wednesday, drawing criticism from civil liberties groups arguing such a move sets a precedent for censorship on the internet.” More here.> Canada’s top court rules Google must block some results worldwide
June 28 (UPI) — “President Donald Trump on Wednesday renewed his quest for “energy dominance” by increasing drilling and mining with fewer regulations.
Trump met with state and tribal leaders as well as energy industry association officials at the White House as part of “energy week.” More here.> Trump wants ‘golden age of American energy domiance’
“Move over, Equatorial Guinea. Slide aside, Gabon. Make room, Ecuador. There’s a new major oil exporter on the world stage, and it’s the United States of America.
Most people know that the shale revolution has turned the U.S. into a big producer of oil, allowing it to become less reliant on imports. What’s less known is how much oil it has been shipping abroad lately. U.S. exports in the first three months of 2017 exceeded those of five of the 14 members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The OPEC estimates come from Lloyd’s Apex, which supplies its data to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.” More here.> Suddenly the U.S. Is Exporting More Crude Than a Bunch of OPEC Members
“The suspect charged with the kidnapping and murder of a Muslim girl in Reston, Virginia earlier this month had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in front of a child one week before.
Darwin Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old man from El Salvador who entered the United States illegally, was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after he allegedly kidnapped 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen while she walked with her friends to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque.” More here.> Before Allegedly Killing Muslim, Illegal Immigrant Was Accused Of Sexual Assault In Front Of A Child
“The leader of a pro-Israel organization based in Nashville is concerned about a proposed “sanctuary city” ordinance in the Tennessee city.
Nashville’s city council voted 25-8, with four abstentions, to move forward with an ordinance that prohibits the use of city funds or facilities to enforce federal immigration law.
The ordinance also prohibits Nashville authorities from cooperating with federal authorities to detain illegal aliens in the city’s jail.
The ordinance will be set for a third and final vote next month.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations is concerned the ordinance could protect Islamic terrorists who take advantage of the liberal policy.” More here.> Nashville protects illegals, endangers everyone else