Capitol bell – Conservative leaders call on Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan to not hold a lame-duck session.

Capitol bell – Conservative leaders call on Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan to not hold a lame-duck session

The Daily Signal
April 19, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are hearing from conservative leaders that it would be a bad idea to hold a lame-duck session after the November elections. Leah Jessen has the story. Russia under Putin has weaponized information, Helle Dale asserts, and the next U.S. president needs to counter it. So if a 5-foot-9-inch white guy tells you he is a tall Chinese woman, would you reply like the college students in this video?

Conservative leaders call on Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan to not hold a lame-duck session. A group of 75 conservative leaders want U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to promise that Congress will not hold a lame-duck session later this year. “At a time when the American people’s trust in their government is near an all-time low, the Republican-led Congress should demonstrate exemplary behavior by completing its work before the November elections so that voters can judge all the legislators on the basis of the votes they have cast,” conservative leaders wrote in a letter to McConnell and Ryan.
The Russian propaganda war on reality. In the hands of Russian propagandists, ranging from broadcasters to internet sites and trolls, the truth is under constant assault and increasingly hard to discern for Russians as well as foreign target audiences, especially in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has launched an official inquiry into Russian information operations to undermine her political leadership by stoking the refugee crisis, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Helle Dale.
White man tells college kids he identifies as Asian woman. Here’s what happens. Can someone change his gender identity? What about his racial identity? And what about his height identity? Those are the questions one man posed to college students in Washington state. Watch the video on The Daily Signal.
What we’re reading: “UnitedHealth, the largest health insurer in the United States, is planning a widespread exit of the Obamacare market due to mounting losses from participating in the program. UnitedHealth’s CEO said in an investor call Tuesday morning that the Obamacare market has continued to show high risk. ‘Next year we will only remain in a handful of states,’ CEO Stephen Hemsley said. UnitedHealth lost $425 million last year due to Obamacare.” Read more at the Washington Examiner.
ONE MORE THING

In a time when groups such as the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban terrorize the world in the name of Islam, America’s 3.3 million Muslims often are asked to respond, diagnose, and fight back. The calls for action are especially powerful after domestic terrorist attacks such as the one in San Bernardino, Calif., in December, when a married Muslim couple killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in a mass shooting. According to Heritage Foundation research, more than 80 Islamist-inspired terrorist plots against the U.S. have come to light since 9/11, and more than 200 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, the terrorist group also known as ISIS.
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