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Ryan sends lawmakers home after Dem sit-in fails to force gun control vote | Fox News

House Speaker Paul Ryan sent lawmakers packing for the holiday break early Thursday morning after a raucous, hours-long sit-in waged by congressional Democrats failed to force a vote on gun control measures. 

As Ryan decried the protest as a "publicity stunt" -- complete with loud chants and blankets and live-streaming -- Democrats claimed they nevertheless had made "some progress" on the issue. 

The House adjourned around 3:15 a.m. ET Thursday, and even as Republicans left the buildings, some Democrats stayed on the House floor repeating their chant “No bill no break!” and waving papers with the names of gun victims written in black. Rep. Maxine Waters of California said she was ready to stay “until Hell freezes over.” A core group still lingered on the House floor wrapped in blankets and resting on pillows. 

Still, the scene was beginning to wind down after Republicans held a final vote on the Zika response and, save for a short upcoming session, sent lawmakers home until July 5. 

Democrats declared success in dramatizing the arguments for action to stem gun violence, despite the failure to conjure a vote.


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U.S. job growth brakes sharply; unemployment rate falls to 4.7 percent | Reuters

The U.S. economy created the fewest number of jobs in more than five years in May, hurt by a strike by Verizon (VZ.N) workers and a fall in goods producing employment, pointing to labor market weakness that could make it difficult for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by only 38,000 jobs last month, the smallest gain since September 2010, the Labor Department said on Friday. Employers hired 59,000 fewer workers in March and April. The government said the month-long Verizon strike had depressed employment growth by 34,000 jobs.

The goods producing sector, which includes mining and manufacturing, shed 36,000 jobs, the most since February 2010.

Even without the Verizon strike, payrolls would have increased by a mere 72,000.


House Set to Begin I.R.S. Commissioner’s Impeachment Hearing - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — When the House Judiciary Committee convenes on Tuesday to consider the alleged misdeeds of the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, John Koskinen, it will contemplate action that has not been taken in more than 140 years, — and that in some respects has never been pursued: the impeachment of an agency head of Mr. Koskinen’s rank.

Tuesday’s hearing on accusations by House Republicans that Mr. Koskinen lied under oath to Congress and defied a congressional subpoena is a remarkable moment, even for a Washington long fractured by partisanship.

Not since Secretary of War William W. Belknap in 1876 has the House impeached an administration official other than the president, said Michael J. Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law and an expert on the federal impeachment process. And an official below the president’s cabinet has never been impeached.


Officials: Armed man shot by Secret Service near White House | Fox News

A Secret Service officer shot an armed man who approached the White House complex Friday afternoon with a weapon in plain sight and refused to drop it, law enforcement officials said – in an incident that put the White House temporarily on lockdown. 

The lockdown has since been lifted, and officials say everyone at the White House is "safe and accounted for." President Obama was out playing golf at the time of the incident -- but Vice President Biden was in the complex, and secured, his office said. 

While an official stressed the suspect did not access the White House complex itself, the shooting happened within view of sightseers outside the front of the building.


White House Refuses to Let Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes Testify After His Stunningly Candid Remarks on Iran Deal |

Controversially candid Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes will not have to testify before Congress regarding the Iran nuclear deal, the White House announced Monday.

Rhodes was initially called to testify at a Tuesday hearing on “White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal” by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) after Rhodes gave a remarkably blunt interview to the New York Times Magazine on the Iran deal. However, Fox News reported that Chaffetz received a letter from White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston Monday, which explicitly said the Obama advisor would not attend.


Texas Governor: Obama 'Is Not King,' We Will Fight His Transgender Bathroom Directive - Katie Pavlich

By now you know the White House is demanding school districts across the country adopt restroom policies that allow individuals to use the facility of their choice based on their own gender identity, not on sex determined at birth. 

States are already fighting back despite threats from the Obama administration to pull federal education funding from districts that do not comply. As Cortney covered earlier, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick ripped into the Obama administration for the directive.

“President Obama, in the dark of the night – without consulting Congress, without consulting educators, without consulting parents – decides to issue an executive order, like this superintendent, forcing transgender policies on schools and on parents who clearly don’t want it,” Patrick told local NBC 5 Friday. 


Obama administration to issue guidance on transgender bathrooms -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Seriously, of all the very real problems this country faces, the federal government under the *leadership* of Barack Obama, feels the need to *issue guidance* on transgender bathrooms? Becoming the bathroom police is a proper role for the federal government? No, absolutely not! What an absurd notion to think that's something Washington D.C. needs to address. And this isn't really a legitimate problem, it's a manufactured one.

(CNN) The Obama administration will issue guidance on Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice will go out to schools on Friday with guidelines to ensure that "transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment," the Obama administration said on Thursday.
The announcement comes amid heated debate over transgender rights in schools and public life, which includes a legal standoff between the administration and North Carolina over its controversial House Bill 2. The guidance goes beyond the bathroom issue, touching upon privacy rights, education records and sex-segregated athletics, all but guaranteeing transgender students the right to identify in school as they choose.


Sheriff Clarke Drops Scathing History Lesson on ‘Racism’ in Politics in Response to Clinton Accusations Against Trump | Video |

Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke hit back against claims from the Hillary Clinton campaign that Donald Trump is “racist,” offering something of a history lesson on what he said is a long history of “racism” within the Democratic Party.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Saturday, Clarke said Clinton is the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, named after the group’s founder.

“She was a eugenist who supported the extermination of the black race — she called the black race a ‘weed.’ [Clinton] embraces that award, she embraces and is supportive of an organization…that kills more black babies than any other race,” the sheriff said.

He continued, “This is a party, the Democrat Party, that stood in the way of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, that stood in the way of Lincoln trying to free the slaves, that embraced and endorsed and voted for Sen. Robert Byrd, a former klansman, they welcomed him into the party as they did George Wallace.”

Because of the party’s history, Clarke said he’s “not going to sit up here and be lectured by Mrs. Bill Clinton about who’s a racist or who is not a racist.”


U.S. created fewest number of jobs in seven months in April - CBS News

U.S. employers added only 160,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months and less than the expected 200,000, with muted economic growth inspiring companies to expand their payrolls at a more modest pace.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5 percent.

"It certainly is a disappointing top-line number, but as you look deeper, I don't think it's as bad as the initial reaction," JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade told CBS MoneyWatch.

The private sector created 171,000 jobs last month, while the government shed 11,000 jobs, "that is really where the disappointment lies," Kinahan noted.