Sacred Fire of Liberty, Jonathan Emord, Trump FDA overhaul, NATO tough love, Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination, Pelosi leadership threat, CNN smears Darla Shine, Michigan autism cannabis, Nevada execution irony, Terrorist tree huggers and MORE!

July 12, 2018 7-9PM ET

Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Sacred Fire of Liberty!

It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is here to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:

White House proposes a narrowing of FDA’s mission — and a new name The Trump administration has proposed a fundamental change to the mission of the Food and Drug Administration, one that would transfer most of the responsibility for regulating food safety to the Department of Agriculture and rename the FDA the “Federal Drug Administration.” The proposal is part of a wide-reaching plan that was released Thursday by the White House and that includes other broader ideas to reform the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS would be renamed the “Department of Health and Public Welfare” and absorb some food assistance programs currently run by the USDA.

Mission accomplished: Trump gets NATO members to spend more on defense President Trump’s intense pressure on fellow NATO member countries to spend more on defense paid off Thursday with countries committing to spend $33 billion this year. NATO members also committed to accelerating the timetable to reach the agreed upon spending level of 2 percent of GDP, Mr. Trump said at a press conference at the NATO summit in Brussels. “Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment,” he said on the second day of the summit. Mr. Trump stressed that the U.S. remained committed to NATO and that he was pleased that allies committed to treating the U.S. more fairly. “Now we are happy. We have a very strong, very powerful NATO — stronger than it was two days ago,” the president said. Mr. Trump shook up the military alliance Wednesday with public demands that all 29 member countries increase the level of burden-sharing rather than rely on the U.S. to pick up the tab. He said NATO was “now a fine-tuned machine.”

Judge Kavanaugh’s long Washington history gives Senate much to review Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has perhaps the longest Washington pedigree of any of the people who were on President Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court, having worked at the highest levels of the White House under President George W. Bush. He clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy — the man he now seeks to succeed — and served on special counsel Kenneth W. Starr’s team in the 1990s. That long history will give the Senate plenty to review as it looks to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the high court. He has been through the process before, having won confirmation to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on a 57-36 vote in 2006. His nomination process then was dominated by his record in the Bush administration. He has since added 12 years of service and more than 300 opinions on the appeals court.

Dems struggle with unity amid leadership tensions House Democrats are struggling to show a united front as the shocking ouster of their Caucus chairman rekindles tensions about the future of the party — and who is best suited to lead it into the crucial 2020 cycle. Energized by the constant turmoil surrounding the Trump administration, Democrats of all stripes are bullish about their chances of flipping the House in this year’s midterm elections. And the last thing they want is a nasty internal leadership fight heading into November.  Yet last month’s stunning primary defeat of Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), the Democratic chairman, to a young liberal activist with no political experience, has created an unexpected void in the higher ranks of the party; injected new life into the longstanding campaign for fresher faces at the leadership table; and sparked a renewed interest in insurgent challenges to the current party brass.

Trump shares ‘a very nice note’ from Kim Jong-un President Trump shared a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday, praising the work being done with that country. Mr. Trump said he received “a very nice note” from Mr. Kim on Twitter. In the translated letter, dated July 6, Mr. Kim praised his relationship with Mr. Trump and said the Singapore summit was “indeed the start of a meaningful journey.” “I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition,” the letter said. Mr. Kim did not mention any commitments to the denuclearization process, generally commenting on wanting to improve relations between the two nations. He expressed his hope that “the invariable trust and confidence” the president has in him will be “further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions.” “I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward,” Mr. Kim wrote.


Hour 2 – Witness The Liberal Spin Machine Hard At Work

Wife of top Trump aide had controversial radio show Darla Shine, the wife of new White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, hosted a radio show in the late 2000s where she once mocked victims of sexual harassment in the military and repeatedly pushed fringe conspiracy theories about vaccines. CNN’s KFile reviewed hours of audio from Darla Shine’s radio program after her controversial views came to light. Shine, who long maintained a blog called “Happy Housewives Club” where she featured recipes and tips for cleaning and budgeting and promoted her radio show and book, has faced scrutiny in recent days after Mediaite and Huffington Post reported she had made racially charged comments and spread baseless anti-vaccination conspiracy theories on her now-deleted Twitter account.

Cannabis Update!

Autism, 10 other conditions now qualify patients for Michigan medical marijuana The state on Monday added 11 medical conditions, including autism, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome, to the list of ailments that could qualify a person for a medical marijuana card. The list, approved by Shelly Edgerton, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, now features 22 ailments that will allow a doctor to recommend a medical marijuana card for a patient. A doctor must approve a person for a card. The state charges a patient $60 for a medical marijuana card. But she also rejected requests for 11 other medical conditions, including anxiety, asthma, depression, schizophrenia and panic attacks. “With the changes in state law to include marijuana-infused products and the advancement of marijuana research, and upon the recommendation of the panel members, I’ve added these eleven conditions to the approved list,” Edgerton said in a statement released Monday.

Oh The Irony…

Nevada execution delayed indefinitely after ruling on drug A state trying to execute its first inmate in 12 years using an untested combination of drugs is heading back to planning stages, and a twice-convicted killer who wants to die will return to death row, after a court postponed his lethal injection to allow a drug company to argue that it never intended for a sedative that it makes to be used for executions. Scott Raymond Dozier’s lawyer, Thomas Ericsson, called Wednesday “a roller-coaster” for Dozier, his family and two close friends who were meeting for what they believed to be the last time at a prison in the remote northeastern city of Ely when they were notified that Dozier’s execution was off. Dozier, whose execution also was postponed in November amid concerns about the drugs being used and who has attempted suicide in the past, was disappointed, Ericsson said. Dozier, 47, has said he wants to die rather than spend his life in prison. Prisons spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Dozier was placed on suicide watch as a precaution to give officials time to have him undergo a psychological evaluation. Dozier was also placed on suicide watch after his execution was postponed in November.

Yeah…Didn’t See That Coming…

Al Shabaab terror group bans single-use plastic bags The Somali militant Islamist group, which has links to al Qaeda, has long had an interest in environmental issues. It made the official announcement on Radio Andalus, which is operated by al Shabaab. Jubaland regional leader Mohammad Abu Abdullah said the group had come to the decision due to the “serious” threat posed by plastic bags to both humans and livestock. He added that pollution caused by plastic was damaging to the environment. In the same announcement, the group said it has banned the logging of rare trees. Details of how the eco-friendly bans would be enforced were not shared with listeners.



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