Republicans vs. TV networks, what Washington cooperation looks like, Remembering Eydie Gorme
Today’s news and a report on Republican protests over planned network specials promoting Hillary Clinton and what they are threatening to do about it, plus: the White House works a special deal for Congress to exempt members and staff from the high costs of Obamacare, why the church needs to be talking about pornography, remembering Eydie Gorme, and more.
Tuesday morning news
Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday addressed the American Bar Association and said he’s ordering U-S attorneys to avoid charging low-level drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory sentences.
Egypt: Army backs off threat to disperse pro-Morsi protest camps, as they continue to grow.
Israel: Officials identify 26 of promised 104 Palestinian prisoners to be released as a goodwill gesture. Critics call it a “happy day” for terrorist organizations.
Religion: Evangelical Lutherans to open meeting to elect top officers and liberalize further on questions of sexual morality.
Business: Today we’ll get a report on retail sales, and later this week we’ll see second quarter earnings from big retailers. Since retail sales either directly or indirectly drive about 70 percent of the U.S. economy, these late-season earnings reports will be closely watched.
Republicans talking tough with “biased” TV networks
GOP chairman Reince Priebus on planned NBC, CNN puff pieces on Hillary Clinton: “Our party has to quit availing itself to biased moderators and companies that put on television, in this particular case, documentaries and miniseries about a particular candidate that we all know is gearing up to run for president.”
Who says the White House and Congress can’t work together?
The White House quietly announced that members of Congress and their staffs would get a pass from Obamacare: They will continue to receive their employer subsidies for health care insurance, nearly 75 percent of the cost of their Cadillac health-care plans. In her last weekly press briefing before leaving town, Nancy Pelosi, House minority leader, justified the deal by saying it would prevent what some said was a brain drain.
Why the church needs to be talking about pornography
A conversation with author, speaker and educator Sean McDowell.
Remembering Eydie Gorme
Eydie Gorme was one of America’s most-admired singers, with a career than spanned more than half a century. She died Aug. 10 at age 84.