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Hard to believe, but Congress is actually in the process of doing something constructive about somebody’s medical care.
Just in case an American genetic specialist can convince British courts to let 11-month-old Charlie Gard come to America for treatment, they’re paving the way with unanimous passage by the House Appropriations Committee of an amendment by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) that gives his family permanent residency status.
It’s a crying shame that Republicans failed to be similarly of one mind on something as essential as an Obamacare repeal. If their disunity continues, we could end up with the same kind of coldly bureaucratic single-payer system that calls for taking little Charlie off life support.
Good news, bad news on travel ban
By Mike Huckabee
First, the good news: the Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump’s travel restrictions on six nations with poor vetting procedures can continue for now. It has asked a federal appeals court to weigh in on U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling that placed additional limits on the ban and ridiculously expanded the pool of “relatives” who can come on in.
Now, the bad news: in the meantime, Watson’s requirements on allowing “extended family” will stand. And the appeal has to go back to...(drum roll, please)...a federal appellate court in San Francisco. Care to guess what they’ll say? We just keep going around in circles on this.
Good to know that Justices Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented on that part of the ruling. We need more like them --- judges who honor the Constitution and believe the President should be allowed to do his job.
Patient flown to America for life-saving care!
By Mike Huckabee
The young patient had a congenital defect that typically would lead to death within the first year of life. The treatment wasn’t offered in the patient’s home country, but expenses were raised to have the patient flown to America and treated by American doctors. We’ve know that getting permission for obtaining life-saving care in such a situation can be virtually impossible. But because this patient is not under the jurisdiction of a government-run health care system, is not in Britain, and also happens to be a chihuahua, its prognosis is good!
By Mike Huckabee
Yesterday, something happened in Washington that seldom happens these days: the partisan attacks and inter- and intra-party bickering and backbiting stopped for a moment, as both sides of the political aisle came together to offer prayers and good wishes for Sen. John McCain, upon the news that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic who removed the blood clot near his eye also found a tumor of a type known as a glioblastoma. It’s a very aggressive form of cancer, and the typical prognosis with treatment is about 14 months. However, doctors believe they removed all the tumor tissue, and they say McCain is recovering amazingly well, his underlying health is excellent, and he’s in good spirits and optimistic about the effectiveness of future treatments.
He also has the power of prayer on his side, as colleagues from President Trump and Marco Rubio to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi all voiced their concern and support. We know McCain is a fighter, and another tough fighter who just faced a life-threatening emergency, Rep. Steve Scalise, tweeted that he was praying for his friend McCain, “one of the toughest people I know.”
Comey should take a lesson from Rosenstein
By Mike Huckabee
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is very careful about maintaining confidentiality in his department, a rare quality in these days when every federal agency is leaking like Edward Scissorhands’ garden hose. Ironically, that means he’s reticent about commenting on whether James Comey violated federal laws or confidentiality rules when he leaked his FBI work notes (several of which contained classified information) to the press. But just the way he phrased how seriously the DOJ takes confidentiality rules suggests that Mr. Comey might want to take some of that big book deal money that’s being dangled in front of him and set it aside to pay lawyers.
A member of Congress asks a strange but innocent question, and now Twitter is all “Martians, Martians, Martians!” Well, at least it's not about Russia...
Stop the presses! A Trump nominee just got confirmed with bipartisan support! How did this happen? Not even his 11-year-old son enjoys bipartisan support.
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