End Of Day Report

Monday, June 30, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Supreme Court Upholds Religious Liberty

For the third time in less than two weeks, the Supreme Court has rebuked the Obama Administration for its overreach. Today the court ruled 5-to-4 that Hobby Lobby and other closely held businesses cannot be forced to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Politico described today’s ruling as “a huge black eye for Obamacare, the administration and its backers,” adding that the justices have reinforced the argument of conservative critics that “[Obamacare] and President Barack Obama are encroaching on Americans’ freedoms.”

In deciding the case, the Supreme Court first considered whether corporations could even claim, as Hobby Lobby did, that they possessed religious freedom rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Obama Administration effectively argued that business owners had to abandon their religious values at the company door. But the Supreme Court rejected that position 7-to-2.

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito declared:

“We doubt that the Congress that enacted [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] — or, for that matter, [Obamacare] — would have believed it a tolerable result to put family-run businesses to the choice of violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or making all of their employees lose their existing healthcare plans.”

Allow me to “rewind the tape” and remind you of just how extreme the administration’s position was in this case. If religious liberty, as the administration claimed, applies only to churches and not individuals and the businesses they operate, then there really isn’t freedom of religion. If it only means that the government can’t force your wife to have an abortion, but it can force you as an employer to pay for your employees’ abortions, that’s not much of a right.

But that is exactly the power the Obama Administration claimed it had in this case. Consider this exchange during oral arguments between Justice Anthony Kennedy, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, representing the Obama Administration, and Chief Justice John Roberts:

JUSTICE KENNEDY: Under your view, a profit corporation … could be forced in principle to pay for abortions. … your reasoning would permit that.
GENERAL VERRILLI: Well, I think that … it would depend on the law and it would depend on the entity. It certainly wouldn’t be true, I think, for religious nonprofits. It certainly wouldn’t be true for a church.
JUSTICE KENNEDY: I’m talking about a profit corporation. You say profit corporations just don’t have any standing to vindicate the religious rights of their shareholders and owners.
GENERAL VERRILLI: Well, I think that if it were for a for­profit corporation and if such a law like that were enacted, then you’re right, under our theory that the for­profit corporation wouldn’t have an ability to sue. But there is no law like that on the books. … [Emphasis added.]
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: I’m sorry… There is no law on the books that does what? …
GENERAL VERRILLI: That requires for­profit corporations to provide abortions.
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Isn’t that what we are talking about in terms of their [Hobby Lobby’s] religious beliefs? One of the religious beliefs is that they have to pay for these four methods of contraception that they believe provide abortions. I thought that’s what we had before us.

Just to be clear, this case was not about contraception. The Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, did not object to contraception. An attorney representing the Green family noted that the insurance plan offered to Hobby Lobby employees covers 16 out of 20 forms of contraception — just not the four abortion-inducing methods demanded by Obamacare. And, clearly, the Obama Administration believed it could demand even more.

While we celebrate this victory, the fact remains that four justices on the Supreme Court, including the two appointed by Obama, evidently share his narrow view of America’s first freedom and were willing to trample the religious liberty of millions of Americans in order to advance their radical pro-abortion agenda.

This narrow decision, with four liberal justices eager to go the wrong way, is a stark reminder to every man and woman of faith that their religious liberty is hanging by a thread.

It would be a terrible mistake to assume that the battle over religious liberty is over. Quite the contrary. The left and its allies are attacking our values non-stop. Bakers, florists, photographers are being forced to participate in same-sex weddings. That fight is still very much alive and was not addressed in today’s narrow opinion.

The left has critical mass. The attack on faith is not coming from just big government. Remember how the business community forced Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto legislation protecting religious liberty? We must remain vigilant.


End Of Day Report

Friday, June 27, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Good News!

I know many of you have been closely following the plight of Meriam Ibrahim and praying for her and her family, as Carol and I have been. I am pleased to report that her husband, Dani, says Meriam and their family are currently at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum.

Her case attracted worldwide attention after Sudan’s Islamic courts sentenced her to death for being a Christian. Meriam and her toddler son were thrown in jail, where Meriam gave birth to a baby girl.

Her conviction was overturned only after intense international outrage. In recent days, she was released from jail only to be re-arrested hours later. Meriam is just one example of radical Islam’s very real war on women and Christians, which our left-wing elites conveniently ignore.

Obama The Oblivious

Barack Obama left Washington and hit the campaign trail in Minnesota yesterday. During a town hall meeting, Obama tried to tap into the frustration most American feel toward the inaction in Washington. So, he told the audience:

“Sometimes the news that’s coming on, these are just Washington fights. They are fabricated issues, they are phony scandals that are generated. It’s all geared towards the next election, or ginning up a base. It’s not on the level. And that must feel frustrating, and it makes people cynical and it makes people turned off from the idea that anything can get done.”

Phony scandals? There are only two scandals in the news right now — the VA scandal and the IRS scandal. Which one of these scandals does Obama think is phony: Dead vets or IRS harassment of conservatives?

Obama’s lies are losing their power. The American people do not think these are “phony scandals.”

More than two-thirds of Americans are “closely following” the VA scandal and 63% disapprove of the way Obama is handling it. As we reported Wednesday, 76% of voters (including nearly two-thirds of Democrats) believe that Lois Lerner’s emails were deliberately destroyed to cover-up potential wrongdoing, and 74% of voters believe that Congress should continue investigating the IRS “until someone is held accountable.”

Even former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis thinks it is time for a special prosecutor.

There is a growing crisis of confidence in this administration. But by dismissing as “phony” the very real concerns of the American people, Obama is only fueling their frustration.

By the way, Johnnie Walters passed away this week. Most folks probably have no idea who he was. But the Washington Post ran his obituary today and reminded readers that Mr. Walters served as IRS commissioner from 1971 to 1973. During that time, he steadfastly refused to target Richard Nixon’s enemies, in spite of intense pressure from the Nixon White House.

Last year, Johnnie Walters said, “I’m distressed at what’s happening and particularly with the IRS. IRS must be run nonpolitical. Our tax system otherwise will fail…”

Obama’s Border Scandal

Obama’s misfeasance, his unwillingness to enforce our immigration laws, is threatening the health and safety of Americans and our dedicated Border Patrol agents. The situation is rapidly morphing into another administration scandal.

Former Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez warns, “The local governments are being overwhelmed because of the possibilities for diseases. There are people that are being apprehended that are coming in with warrants for murders or prior convictions for child abuse…”

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) told a Dallas CBS affiliate, “I’ve talked to Border Patrol down in McAllen. They’ve seen TB; they’ve seen chicken pox; they’ve seen scabies. And according to Border Patrol, four or five of their agents have tested positive for those diseases.”

Meanwhile, Obama continues to insist that rather than enforce our current immigrations laws, he’s going to act on his own. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday:

“[W]e’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress. …The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to try to address some of the problems that have been created by our broken immigration system.”

Whatever Obama does, border security and enforcement are not Obama’s priority; amnesty is. Illegal immigration is already, well, illegal. But everything Obama has done unilaterally so far has not been to secure the border, but rather to make it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country in violation of the law. Thus, he has only encouraged the current massive wave of illegal immigration.

It’s no wonder that 65% of Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling immigration. (Can he do anything right?)

Meanwhile, Obama and our political elites keep insisting that “comprehensive immigration reform,” which would actually increase immigration into the country, is the only solution. But that is not what the American people want either.

According to a new Gallup poll, more Americans want to see immigration DECREASED. They are looking at the border chaos and the tough economic times and seem to be coming to the conclusion that we need to get the situation under control first and assimilate those already here. That does not make them racist or xenophobic. It’s just good old fashioned common sense!

Gallup finds that only 22% of Americans want immigration levels increased. Thirty-three percent say immigration levels should stay the same, while 41% (including 32% of Democrats) say they should be decreased.

Just 22% of Americans want to do what our political elites keep demanding — increase immigration — which is precisely what misnamed “comprehensive” immigration reform is designed to do.

It’s obvious why Obama and his Democrat allies want more immigration, legal or otherwise. They believe they are importing more liberal voters. What is less understandable is why some Republicans would go along with them — especially when there is obviously no majority clamoring for it.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, June 26, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Loses Supreme Double Header

The United States Supreme Court handed down decisions today in key cases involving abortion and First Amendment rights and limits on presidential power.

The abortion case arose from a Massachusetts law that prohibited sidewalk counselors and pro-life activists from getting within 35 feet of an abortion facility. The pro-abortion zealots in the Obama Administration cared so much about maintaining unfettered access to abortion that it weighed in on behalf of the state of Massachusetts.

Buffer zones are just one more example of how the intolerant left does not hesitate to use the power of big government to shut down debate and silence speech it does not like. The Obama Administration argued that the so-called “buffer zones” were necessary to protect the safety of women. Thankfully, the justices rejected that argument 9-to-0, finding that they were in reality unconstitutional “censorship zones” on public sidewalks.

The second case was an even more direct rebuke of Obama. It concerned his recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January of 2012. The problem was that the Congress was not in recess; it was just out of town. Under Obama’s logic, he could have made recess appointments every weekend! It was a blatant power grab that no previous president had dared to try. Today the Supreme Court thumped Obama again by a vote of 9-to-0, ruling that his appointments were unconstitutional.

Tonight’s news broadcasts should lead with stories about the stunning, UNANIMOUS rebukes delivered by the Supreme Court against the Obama Administration’s pro-abortion radicalism and its arrogant lawlessness. But I am not counting on it.

Let me be clear about that: In today’s decisions, the Obama Administration was 0 for 18. Not even one of the court’s four liberals sided with Obama in either case. That is how radical and out-of-touch this White House is.

In fact, Senator Ted Cruz noted that today’s NLRB decision “marks the twelfth time since January 2012 that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama Administration’s calls for greater federal executive power.” Please help educate your friends and family members by sharing this report.

Lerner Targeted Republican Senator

The IRS scandal took an explosive turn yesterday evening. In 2012, Lois Lerner accidently received an invitation to a charity event meant for Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). Rather than politely return the invitation to its intended recipient or the charity, Lerner saw an opportunity to hurt another conservative, just like the Tea Party groups she punished.

The charity offered to pay for Senator Grassley’s wife to attend the event as well. That “gift” would have to be reported as taxable income by the Grassleys and Lerner pounced.

According to a December 2012 email released by the House Ways and Means Committee, Lerner wrote a co-worker suggesting the IRS launch an audit against Sen. Grassley: “Looked like they were inappropriately offering to pay for his wife. Perhaps we should refer to Exam,” Lerner wrote. Fortunately for Senator Grassley, her co-worker refused to go along with Lerner’s fishing expedition.

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, took the unusual step today of issuing a subpoena to the Federal Election Commission for 28 years of records. Why the FEC? Because that’s where Lois Lerner began her career in the federal government. As you may recall, she played a critical role in harassing the Christian Coalition during the Clinton Administration.

We know Lerner has a well-established pattern of profiling conservative Tea Party groups and Christian ministries. Her hard drive mysteriously crashes and is destroyed. Now we find out she was trying to target a GOP senator too. No wonder she’s pleading the Fifth. And Barack Obama has the audacity to insist there isn’t even a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS.

Obama’s Open Borders Policy

Thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring across the U.S. southern border on the belief that once they get here they won’t be deported. Thanks to Obama’s open borders policy, the odds are in their favor.

ABC News reports that of the 26,000 illegal immigrant children caught in the U.S. last year only 1,800 — just 7% — were deported. That means more than 24,000 stayed and probably called family members in Latin America to let them know that they should come up too. Once you cross the border, you’re “home free.” Come on up!

Obama’s failure to enforce our immigration laws has resulted in a free-for-all at the southern border. More than 54,000 unaccompanied children have been caught so far this year alone. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Once illegal immigrants are caught and identified, they are let go and nothing is done. ABC reports that there are 300,000 unaccompanied children in the U.S. awaiting deportation hearings. But, “It takes approximately 3-5 years to adjudicate each case.”

Obama has described the chaos at the southern border as a “humanitarian crisis.” It’s also another scandal caused by Obama’s lawlessness. Our Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed taking care of kids when they should be keeping drugs, gang members and terrorists out of the country.

Kudos Wolf & Nicholson

Once again, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has risen to the occasion. As a member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Rep. Wolf was deeply offended by the church’s misguided endorsement of same-sex marriage and its ill-conceived decision to punish American companies that do business in Israel.

Tuesday, Rep. Wolf went to the House floor and expressed the frustration of millions. He defended marriage as “a God-ordained and created institution, the fundamental building block of any society and the nexus of procreation and child-rearing,” and he chastised the church for abandoning its historical role as “a bulwark against the cultural whims of the day.”

On Israel, Rep. Wolf blasted the PCUSA for targeting Israel while ignoring Christian persecution in the Middle East. You can watch his speech here.

By the way, the PCUSA also voted against a resolution condemning abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the practice of after-birth abortions.

My good friend Robert Nicholson has written a powerful response to the PCUSA’s divestment decision, calling it a sin. He is right. Please read it and share it with friends and family members, especially those who may be confused or misinformed.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Radical Islam is on the march. And as the Obama Administration pressures Israel to make more concessions for peace, a new poll finds that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians are not interested in peace with Israel or even a piece of Israel. According to the poll, 60% of Palestinians say their main national goal for the next five years is “to work toward reclaiming all of historic Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea.” Only 27% favor working toward a two-state solution.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Voters: IRS Emails Deliberately Destroyed

The latest Fox News poll should have White House aides reaching for the Maalox. While the president and his allies dig their heels in on the “phony” IRS scandal, voters are not buying their excuses.

According to the poll, 76% of voters (including nearly two-thirds of Democrats) believe that Lois Lerner’s emails were deliberately destroyed to cover-up potential wrongdoing. Only 12% believe they were destroyed by mistake.

So when President Obama insists that there isn’t even “a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, only 12% of the country believes that.

Here’s another telling statistic: 82% of voters under 35 years old, a very pro-Obama demographic, reject the claim that Lerner’s emails disappeared by accident.

And while some politicians and their left-wing media allies try to dismiss the IRS scandal as a baseless, partisan witch hunt, 74% of voters believe that Congress should continue investigating the IRS “until someone is held accountable.”

On CNN yesterday, Ron Fournier, a left-leaning but honest journalist, summed up the IRS and VA scandals well, saying:

“The one thing both these scandals have in common is, for a party that wants to establish the fact that good government can do good things, they’re now giving the public two choices. One, either we’re incredibly incompetent, both the IRS and the V.A. scandal, or we’re crooked. Pick your poison. It’s not a good place to be.”

Boehner v. Obama

When President Obama ordered the release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay last month, there was broad agreement that he broke the law in the process by failing to notify Congress. It was just the latest in a long string of such extra-constitutional executive actions.

Left-wing law professor Jonathan Turley has been one of the most vocal critics of Obama’s abuses of executive power. During an interview after the release of the Taliban 5, Turley said, “Barack Obama is really the president Richard Nixon always wanted to be. You know, he’s been allowed to act unilaterally in a way that we’ve fought for decades.”

It seems Speaker John Boehner has had enough. He told House Republicans yesterday that he is formulating a legal strategy to challenge the president’s executive actions in court hoping to restore some balance to our system of checks and balances.

Tomorrow the Supreme Court could hand down decisions doing just that regarding Obama’s illegal appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and Obamacare’s abortion mandate in the Hobby Lobby case. Stay tuned.

“Get A Warrant”

In a deeply divided city, something refreshing happened today at the Supreme Court. Four liberals, four conservatives and whatever you consider Justice Anthony Kennedy all agreed that police cannot search your cell phone without a warrant.

Now I’m a big defender of law enforcement. I’m also a big defender of our fundamental liberties, and I think the justices got this one right.

Some had argued that searching cell phones was no different than asking someone under arrest to turn out their pockets. But in this digital age, when so much of our lives are stored on our smartphones, all nine justices rejected that argument.

Speaking for the unanimous court, Chief Justice John Roberts declared:

“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such [private] information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.”

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

VA Cover-Up “Beyond Horrible”

There is a stunning new development in the VA scandal today. Yet another whistleblower, Pauline DeWenter, has come forward to describe a cover-up, which she says was “beyond horrible.”

It was DeWenter’s job to manage the so-called “secret waiting list” and to call veterans on the waiting list to notify them when appointments were available. Unfortunately, she would sometimes learn from spouses or family members that the veteran she was attempting to reach had died while waiting in line.

DeWenter would dutifully note those deaths on their medical records. But on at least seven occasions in the past nine months, her notes were changed to indicate that the veteran was still alive. Sometimes her notes were altered to read, “entered in error,” as if DeWenter had simply made a mistake. Other times they were changed to “no longer necessary,” as if the veteran had declined treatment because the issue was resolved.

In December DeWenter and Dr. Sam Foote went to the VA’s Inspector General. After weeks and months passed with no follow-up and after Phoenix managers insisted everything was fine, Dr. Foote finally went public in April. Kudos to CNN for doing real investigative journalism.

Now we have evidence that VA officials were fully aware of the extent of the problem — not that hundreds of veterans were simply waiting too long to be seen, but that VA officials were in fact covering up deaths in order to get big cash bonuses.

In addition, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has just released a report finding that taxpayers have paid out nearly $1 billion to settle malpractice claims against the VA. “The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” Dr. Coburn said. “Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of the VA’s misconduct.”

Don’t fall for the liberal lie that the VA was underfunded. Last year it spent millions on furniture. It has spent tens of millions on solar panels. Ironically, the VA spent millions on ad campaigns encouraging vets to seek care, which they obviously couldn’t get. Meanwhile, the VA failed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars allocated for medical care.

IRS Update

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was grilled by members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for nearly four hours last night. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) accused Koskinen of providing false testimony to the committee when he promised in March to release all of Lois Lerner’s emails. Koskinen knew in February that her hard drive had crashed.

Issa said, “You took an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. … Mr. Commissioner, at the minimum, you did not tell the whole truth of what you knew that day.” Issa added that while Koskinen did not personally delete Lerner’s emails, “by your actions and your deception, you now own this scandal.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tried to zero in on exactly what Koskinen knew and when he knew it. Koskinen said he learned sometime in April that Lerner’s emails were unrecoverable, but couldn’t remember who told him or even how he learned of it.

Rep. Jordan was incredulous, saying, “For something that has been a front-page story, you’d think it would have been significant to remember how it happened, when they told you, what the actual date was.”

When President Obama nominated Koskinen to lead the IRS, he called Koskinen an “expert at turning around institutions in need of reform.” But far from being an impartial agent of reform, Mr. Koskinen is a major Democrat donor.

David Ferriero, head of the National Archives, told members of Congress today that the IRS “did not follow the law” when it failed to disclose the loss of Lerner’s emails. Think about that, folks. The IRS can tell you to store your personal tax information for seven years, but it doesn’t keep its own records for more than six months!

By the way, for anyone who still insists there isn’t even a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, the tax agency today agreed to pay $50,000 in damages for leaking the confidential tax records of the National Organization for Marriage to a radical homosexual rights group.

As frustrating as these hearings are, Obama and his allies are paying a price. Even liberal journalists admit that this would be a “national obsession” if a conservative administration had used the IRS to target left-wing groups. These scandals are undermining the left’s big government ideology and increasing the likelihood that we take the Senate this November!

ISIS On The March

As the ISIS jihadists continue to roll through Iraq, there are increasing reports of massacres. If beheadings aren’t quite your thing, how about a hoodie or a T-shirt? Yes, that’s right — the jihadists are branching out into merchandizing now.

Meanwhile, Jordan is putting its forces on high alert after border check points fell to the extremists. There are reports that ISIS is debating whether to march on Baghdad or Amman in an attempt to depose the king of Jordan. What will isolationists like Senator Rand Paul say if Jordan, one of our few Arab allies in the Middle East, gets invaded by an Islamist army seeking to reestablish a caliphate?

All Eyes On Mississippi

There are primary elections in a number of states today, but all eyes will be on the big runoff election in Mississippi.

I just want to remind our readers, the vast majority of whom are strong pro-family, pro-life conservatives, how much certain elements of the GOP establishment have spent trying to prop up Thad Cochran, a status quo, big spending incumbent who rarely leads the charge on any significant issues.

In the closing days of this campaign, senators from all over the country flew to Mississippi to campaign for Cochran. Former football star Brett Farve agreed to appear in ads. They have even gone so far as to enlist liberal operatives to spread “walking around money” to Democrat voters who can, under Mississippi law, vote in the GOP primary and runoff.

What does it tell you that Democrats are working with the Mississippi and D.C. GOP establishment to reelect Thad Cochran?

In the primary, Cochran tried to pretend to be a conservative and ran against Obamacare. He’s given up that charade. Now he’s defending his pork-barrel spending as he appeals to Democrats. My Super PAC is running ads blasting Cochran for supporting Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel — the man who freed the Taliban 5 from Guantanamo Bay.

If the Republican Party wants to be taken seriously as the party of lower taxes, less spending, smaller government and strong family values, then it should support Chris McDaniel.

And if it matters to you that your hard-earned money goes to support only pro-life, pro-family conservatives — and not RINOs — then please stand with CWF today!

End Of Day Report

Monday, June 23, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Cheney v. Paul

The ISIS blitzkrieg continued over the weekend. Four more Iraqi towns and two border checkpoints were seized by radical jihadists. The capture of the border checkpoints is a symbolic victory for ISIS, which is trying to recreate a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. And as more Iraqi towns fall to the terrorists, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Baghdad trying to negotiate a diplomatic solution.

Back in Washington, the right’s foreign policy fissures were on full display. Former Vice President Dick Cheney was on ABC’s “This Week” arguing for a more forceful response to the growing threat from radical Islamic terrorism, while Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was on NBC’s “Meet The Press” taking the opposite position.

Host David Gregory asked Sen. Paul about Cheney’s op-ed last week blaming Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy for the crisis in Iraq. Paul, who has expressed interest in seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, used the opportunity to attack Bush/Cheney and to defend Barack Obama. Here’s what he said:

“I think the same questions could be asked of those who supported the Iraq War. You know, were they right in their predictions? Were there weapons of mass destruction there? That’s what the war was sold on. 匴as the war won in 2005, when many of these people said it was won? They didn’t really, I think, understand the civil war that would break out. And what’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama. Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East.”

Senator Paul is performing well in some polls, and I suspect it is because he occasionally shows real passion on some issues. But when it comes to America’s role in the world, Rand Paul is closer to Obama, Biden and Clinton than he is to Reagan and Bush.

A lot of ink has been spilled analyzing the battle between the GOP establishment and Tea Party. But what you saw on “Meet The Press” is a much more fundamental division within the GOP. When it comes to foreign policy, Rand Paul wants to fundamentally transform what the party believes in.

The Presbyterian Church Is Very PC

The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) wrapped up this weekend. Delegates to the bi-annual assembly voted 310-to-303 to approve a resolution calling for the church to divest its financial holdings in three companies — Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. The PCUSA contends that these companies facilitate acts of violence against the Palestinians.

Divestment campaigns against Israel are popular among politically correct leftists. Delegates narrowly rejected a divestment resolution two years ago. It is sad to see a major American church get dragged into this left-wing nonsense.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the vote as “disgraceful.” Netanyahu added:

“You know, I would suggest to those Presbyterian organizations to fly to the Middle East, come see Israel for the embattled democracy that it is, and then take a bus tour. Go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Iraq, and see the difference. And I would give them two pieces of advice: One is make sure it’s an armor-plated bus. And, second, don’t say that you’re Christians.”

To our Jewish friends and Israelis who receive this report, I know it must be shocking to see this so-called mainline church attempting to punish Israel given all the atrocities that are being committed by radical Islamists. But keep in mind that the PCUSA also just rejected God’s teachings on marriage.

If they are confused about something as simple as marriage, it’s not surprising that they would be confused about who the good guys are in the Middle East. It also explains why the church is hemorrhaging members.

Hillary’s Health

Hillary’s presidential ambitions have taken a beating recently. Her claims that she and Bill are not wealthy have liberal operatives worried and reporters laughing.Her book has fallen off of Amazon’s top ten best sellers list, suggesting the country may have “Clinton fatigue.” By the way, Sarah Palin crushes Clinton when it comes to selling books.

But sales could be the least of Hillary’s troubles. In his newest book, “Blood Feud,” author Edward Klein alleges that Hillary suffers from a serious heart condition. This is not the first time that Hillary’s health has become an issue.

Several weeks ago, Karl Rove made headlines for implying that Hillary may have suffered brain damage from a fall in 2012. While mocking “Dr. Rove” for his diagnosis, Bill Clinton slipped up when admitted that it was in fact “a terrible concussion” that “required six months of very serious work to get over.”

Priorities: Abortions Or Jobs?

In Friday’s report I mentioned that I addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. During my remarks, I made a number of comments about the sanctity of life — comments which more conservative leaders should be making as they try to reconnect with the values of Main Street Americans and overcome idiotic smears like the so-called “war on women.”

For example, I mentioned that in the last five years more babies have been aborted than jobs created. It is a simple statement of fact that speaks volumes about Washington’s misplaced priorities. It has been amazing to see how many media outlets picked up that line.

Today we hit the jackpot when Matt Drudge included it among his headlines. Hats off to our friends at CNSNews.com for their excellent reporting.

As a result, countless liberals are furiously setting their hair on fire as the left’s pro-abortion extremism is exposed.

But, as always, I couldn’t do this without you. It’s your support that makes this work possible! Thank you, my friends, for enabling me to be a voice for voiceless, innocent unborn babies and for conservative values.

End Of Day Report

Friday, June 20, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Fighting For Faith and Freedom

Today I addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C. The event featured a star-studded lineup of conservative leaders including Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Allen West. The audience was enthusiastic and can’t wait to cast their ballots this November!

I used the opportunity to catalogue the left’s repeated attacks on our values and urged men and women of faith to stand up and fight back.

Open Borders Backlash

A new Gallup poll finds that just 31% of Americans approve of Barack Obama’s handling of immigration policy, while 65% disapprove. When it comes to immigration what is Obama most associated with? A de facto open borders policy.

He has adamantly refused to enforce our immigration laws. He has fought individual states that have attempted to enforce the law. He has reinstituted “catch and release.” He has issued executive orders granting amnesty to so-called “Dreamers,” and he is demanding Congress approve a quasi-amnesty bill for millions more.

As a result, we have a crisis on our southern border where a thousand illegal immigrants a day are entering the country, many of them unaccompanied minor children.

No wonder many Americans are looking at this mess and shaking their heads in disbelief.

Border security is national security and securing our border — not amnesty — must be our first priority. In a letter to President Obama today, Speaker John Boehner demanded that the National Guard be immediately deployed to the southern border.

Speaking of border security, Minnesota Public Radio reports that in recent weeks more than a dozen Somali-American men from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area have left the country to wage jihad in Syria.

Mohamud Noor, executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, warned, “Most of [those who left] don’t have the resources to even buy a ticket to go to Chicago. So that means there [are] some influential individuals who are taking advantage of our youth.”

Well, that is one way to put it. But more accurately, the Somali community’s youth apparently have been infected with jihad virus.

At least one of the U.S. Somali men may be fighting now with ISIS in Iraq. If they left the country, they likely have U.S. visas, which means they could return as battle-hardened jihadists.

New House Leadership

Yesterday House Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill to elect new leaders in the aftermath of Rep. Eric Cantor’s shocking primary defeat. California’s Kevin McCarthy was elected to replace Cantor as Majority Leader, while Louisiana’s Steve Scalise was chosen to be Majority Whip.

There was not much enthusiasm among conservatives for McCarthy. But these results may be temporary as leadership elections for the new Congress will take place after the November elections.

Join Me In July!

Join me in the nation’s capital July 21st and 22nd for the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit.

Founded by Pastor John Hagee, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with more than one million members. I am honored to serve on CUFI’s Executive Board.

Watch this brief video about the Washington Summit.

This year’s Summit features an outstanding lineup of speakers, including:

Charles Krauthammer

Bill Kristol
Dennis Prager
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer
Former CIA Director James Woolsey

Register today.

I look forward to seeing you there!