One Kuwaiti Gitmo Detainee Should Remain In US Custody, While Another Is Released

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Fayiz should have learned yoga.

Via LWJ

An interagency periodic review board has found that a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, should remain in detention.

Al Kandari’s continued detention “remains necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States,” the board wrote in an unclassified summary of its decision. The ruling is dated July 14, but was not released until today.

The review board concluded that al Kandari “almost certainly retains an extremist mindset and had close ties with high-level al Qaeda leaders in the past.” The board found al Kandari’s “desire to return to his family, which appears willing to help with his reintegration,” to be credible. But it also feared that he is susceptible “for recruitment due to his connections to extremists and his residual anger at the US.”

Another review board decision was also released today. In that case, a board recommended that Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda be transferred from Guantanamo to his home country of Kuwait. But while the interagency board believed al Awda when he said he wanted to give up extremism, the same cannot be said for al Kandari. The review board also found that a one-year rehabilitation program was appropriate in al Awda’s case, but not in al Kandari’s.

The board “noted a lack of history regarding the efficacy of the rehabilitation program Kuwait will implement for [al Kandari] with his particular mindset, but appreciates the efforts of the Kuwaiti government and encourages the officials at the Al Salam Rehabilitation Center [in Kuwait] to continue to work with the detainee at Guantanamo.”

Both al Awda and al Kandari were deemed “high” risks to “the US, its interests, and allies” by Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO). Both were denied their petitions for a writ of habeas corpus by a DC district court. And President Obama’s Guantanamo Review Task Force determined that both of the Kuwaitis should be held in “continued detention” under the laws of war. That is, the task force concluded that both al Awda and al Kandari were “too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution.”

While al Awda will be transferred home, however, al Kandari will remain in US custody.

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Report: Hamas Morale Collapsing, Terrorists Flee IDF

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Hence the reason why Kerry et al are calling for ceasefire?

Via Breitbart:

In an otherwise excellent article on the Hamas terror tunnel network in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post buries the lede. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons and other material that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group.

The source added that in recent days, a recognizable wave of demoralization has washed over Hamas’s combat battalions. “They simply escape, leaving behind weapons and suicide bomb vests that were laid out for battle. This morning we stormed a position, and they just weren’t there. I don’t see a determined enemy. We have encountered stronger pockets of fighting in the past. But now, I would not give them a high grade for fighting spirit.”

Kurdish Oil May Finally Be Freely For Sale As The US Seems To Be Dropping Its Threats

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The US can cut back on exporting our oil.

Via Quartz

The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuck at sea for two months. The ship has been mostly anchored off the Moroccan coast, the victim of legal threats against potential buyers. It is mired in a battle between Kurdistan, intent on parlaying the sale of such oil into independence, and the US and Iraqi governments, which are just as determined to prevent that and keep Iraq whole.

But people with knowledge of the situation say the US has signaled that it may stop actively discouraging potential buyers. If these people are right—and the US warnings are tempered—the market could see a fresh supply of 500,000 barrels of oil a day of Iraqi Kurdish oil by the end of 2014 and double that volume a year later.

Kurdistan already operates under relative autonomy but such new oil would probably accelerate its advance toward independence from Iraq as the region would be able to stand on its own feet economically. Baghdad cut off the funding for Kurdistan’s budget in February—but with the oil proceeds, Kurdistan would be able to pay its civil servants and other governmental expenses.

The shipments of Iraqi Kurdish oil could also reduce global oil prices that have been steady at an average above $100 a barrel for three years running.

Ever since major oil companies began to strike deals in Kurdistan three years ago, Baghdad has threatened to blacklist them for illegally going around the central government. When Kurdistan began to export oil through Turkey at the beginning of this year, Baghdad threatened to sue any company buying the crude for theft—for buying oil stolen from the Iraqi state—hired a Western law firm to do so, and said it was in arbitration proceedings with Turkey for allowing oil to be loaded onto tankers at the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

But it has been US diplomatic muscle behind Baghdad that has appeared key to largely halting large-scale Kurdish exports in their tracks, say analysts and oil industry hands. From the start, the US State Department urged big oil firms to stop working in Kurdistan and, since exports began, US officials have repeatedly opposed any sales circumventing Baghdad. In shows of open emotion in private and at public conferences, exasperated US diplomats have sometimes seemed close to stomping their feet in describing how the oil majors’ defiance of Baghdad is bad for a united Iraq.

The Kurds have shipped about six million barrels of oil belonging to the government through a dedicated pipeline to Ceyhan, but have managed to sell just one million of them—a tanker sold and unloaded at the Israeli port of Ashkelon a month ago. But the United Leadership, which left Ceyhan on May 22, has languished at sea northwest of the Moroccan city of Rabat.

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Israel And Hamas Agree To Brief 12 Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire For Today

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Via Fox:

Israel and Hamas announced a 12-hour humanitarian cease fire in Gaza for Saturday, only hours after Israel’s security cabinet unanimously rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal for a temporary cease fire to allow indirect talks.

The move also followed an escalation of deadly clashes Friday and the Israeli defense minister’s statement that Israel may significantly widen its ground operation in Gaza.

In announcing late Friday that it would observe the “humanitarian window” from 8a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Israel said that during that time “we’ll continue to locate and neutralize terror tunnels.”

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Islamic State Captures Syrian Military Base In Raqqa, Beheads Soldiers…

Via IBT:

The ISIS has claimed that they have seized a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa and have beheaded several captured soldiers.

The militants have released several images of captured soldiers being beheaded, following the clashes. The images have been posted on Twitter by the ISIS media cell members.

BBC, quoting Arabic correspondent Rami Ruhayem, stated that the Raqqa base clashes were a major offensive, which dismisses reports that the ISIS militants and Assad government were collaborating.

The Raqqa base, manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, is said to have been captured by ISIS militants, following an overnight seige that began on Thursday.

Dems Push For Pathway To Citizenship For Dreamers Via Military Service

No!!!!!!!! The Dems are using the military as a dumping ground for their social experiments. Easy way for the Dems to destroy the military from within. Update to this story.

Via CNS News

Democrats held a press conference on Friday to announce the introduction of a House resolution calling for the Secretary of Defense to allow illegal aliens brought to the country as children who have been granted temporary legal status by President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order to serve in the U.S. military – a move that would also grant them a path to citizenship.

Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), the sponsor of the H.R. 685, said “our broken immigration system” is to blame for restricting illegal aliens from military service.

“If they were to walk into a recruiting office today they would be turned away, not because they’re not smart enough, not because they’re not strong enough, not because they don’t love our country enough or because of any character flaw,” Foster said.

“They’re turned away for one reason and one reason alone – because of our broken immigration system,” Foster said.

He said the current military policy – which allows immigrants with permanent legal status to enroll in the military — was “morally reprehensible” because it denies men and women who are in the country illegally to join the military.

Also at the press conference was Cesar Vargas, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition, who said he tried to join the Marines but was turned down because of his illegal status.

When CNSNews.com asked whether illegal aliens serving in the military would have the same pathway to citizenship as legal immigrants, Vargas – wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “Dream Army” — confirmed that would be the case.

Foster called for comprehensive immigration reform, because even if illegal aliens were allowed to join the military that could change if a Republican president decided to rescind Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, executive order.

“If a future Republican president decides to revoke DACA – which he or she could do – that could strand thousands of military personnel, finding they’re no longer allowed to serve in the military,” Foster said.

Jon Voight Slams Obama, Kerry At Pro-Israel Rally

He is a minority in Hollyweird.

Via FrontPage Mag

Oscar-winning actor tells the truth about the U.S. administration’s betrayal of Israel

WH Adviser Again Refuses To Answer Congressional Subpoena Claiming “Immunity”, House Formally Rebukes Obama Regime

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By that standard of immunity, no one in the executive branch would ever be required to testify.

Via Roll Call:

Updated 12:27 p.m. | Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.

Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who have backed Congress’ right to subpoena top administration officials.

Democrats, led by ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said they strongly disagree with the White House’s claim of absolute immunity but also strongly disagree with Issa’s push to press the issue, warning it could hurt the institution if they take a case to court.

The White House informed Issa at 7:30 a.m. Friday that Simas would not appear, Issa said. The absence was “not excused,” the California Republican added.

White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston asked Issa to withdraw the subpoena to discuss his late Thursday offer for Simas to give a deposition instead of subpoenaed testimony.

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Lynn, Mass., Mayor Confronted By Illegal Alien Supporters

The mayor is going to have to pick a side.

Via NRO

Protesters in support of illegal immigration ambushed Lynn, Mass., Mayor Judith Kennedy after she left a closed-door meeting. Massachusetts House Minority Leader Brad Jones called a fact finding meeting in his office that included the mayor and other elected officials, county sheriffs, and federal immigration officers, according to MassLive.com.

When the mayor left the meeting, the protesters accosted her. “You see that family here,” says activist Patricia Monte. “They are not criminals. You are talking about them.”

Kennedy immediately responded asking when she had ever referred to members of Lynn’s immigrant community as “criminals.” “Wait a minute, wait a minute, tell me when I ever accused them of being criminals,” Kennedy said.

After the altercation, Kennedy told MassLive activists have also accused her of racism. “If people understood that this from the city of Lynn’s perspective is a purely economic issue; when I have an increase of 10 percent in my school system of new kids that’s more resources that I have to direct to our school system,” Kennedy said. “Lynn doesn’t have that money.”

Doctor Saves Lives With Gun He Had Against Policy, After Psych Patient Starts Shooting

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The doctor violated the policy of the medical center for employees, who were not allowed to carry guns on the property. Sounds like it’s a good thing he did.

Via Philly.com:

A troubled patient opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist in a small office at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, police said, leading the doctor to draw his own weapon and shoot the assailant.

The confrontation left the caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, dead and the 52-year-old psychiatrist, a veteran doctor at the hospital whom sources identified as Lee Silverman, with a graze wound to the head. The patient, Richard Plotts, was in critical condition Thursday night from three gunshot wounds.

The violence sent a shock wave through the normally quiet campus of the medical center on the border of Darby Borough and Yeadon. Police vehicles swarmed the scene and armed officers charged through the building – the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, across Lansdowne Avenue from the main hospital – to evacuate doctors, nurses, and patients waiting for routine appointments.

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HT: Dragon’s Lair

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You A Terrorist

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Double secret probation isn’t just a line from a movie anymore.

Via The Intercept

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

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White House Fears Impeachment If Obama Unilaterally Grants Amnesty

It has to be a violation of his constitutional responsibility, which amnesty and effectively opening the borders most certainly is.

Via Breitbart:

As is always the case with anything involving former-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, our unbiased, objective, not-at-all-liberal media couldn’t wait to mock her impeachment case against President Obama — but not everyone is laughing. According to reporting from The Hill, The White House fears exactly that should the president take executive action to grant amnesty to thousands of illegals.

Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.

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Could Arizona Fiasco Lead To Firing Squads For Death Penalty?

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Are the drug companies watering down the drugs used for lethal injections?

Via Washington Examiner

The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts Wednesday afternoon in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Ariz. Double murderer Joseph Wood was put to death by lethal injection shortly after his lawyers went to the Supreme Court raising questions about the drugs that would be used to kill him.

The justices turned Wood down, but his attorneys were right to raise concerns. It turned out Wood’s execution took two hours, as he lay unconscious on a gurney, gasping and waiting for the drugs to work.

Coming after other botched lethal injections in Oklahoma and Ohio, the Wood execution gave renewed energy to activists calling for an end not only to executions by lethal injection but by all other means as well.

“The death penalty simply has no place in this country,” said Brian Stull, an attorney for the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project. “As method after method of state-sponsored killing has been deemed barbaric and archaic, states are left scrambling to invent new ways to execute.”

In this case, Arizona scrambled to find drugs to execute Wood because anti-death penalty activists like Stull have pressured pharmaceutical companies to stop supplying effective drugs to executioners.

Still, the Wood fiasco could start a new and productive debate on capital punishment, in part because it spurred an extraordinary statement from a well-respected federal judge.

Alex Kozinski, chief of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was one of the jurists who listened to Wood’s plea for a stay of execution based on concerns about the lethal injection drugs. The court issued a stay, over Kozinski’s dissent, sending the case to the Supreme Court, which ultimately allowed the execution to proceed.

Kozinski focused his dissent on the broader issue of lethal injection. Older, now-abandoned methods — hanging, firing squads, the electric chair, the gas chamber — were all devised specifically to kill people, he wrote, and did so pretty well. But lethal injection took drugs originally intended to save lives and used them to kill.

“Subverting medicines meant to heal the human body to the opposite purpose was an enterprise doomed to failure,” Kozinski wrote. Using drugs for executions was “a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful.”

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Six MS13 Illegal Aliens Murder Homeless Man In Maryland

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The fact that the murderers are illegal aliens is in the video, not in the body of the story.

SUITLAND, Md. (WJLA) – Prince George’s County police are reporting that Amos Jones, the man stabbed to death in Suitland early Tuesday morning, was murdered by MS-13 gang members.

Six people have been arrested in the murder of Amos Jones, several of whom are confirmed to be members of MS-13. Photo collage: WJLA

Police told ABC7 News Wednesday that six people have been arrested for Jones’ death, several of whom are confirmed to be members of MS-13.

Police said it appears that Jones, a homeless man, was hanging around outside a liquor store in the 4600 block of Huron Avenue when he made some remarks to a 17-year-old girl whom police believe is a gang member.

The woman reportedly left the scene and then returned with several others, who then proceeded to attack Jones and fatally stab him several times.

Jones’ body was discovered around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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Hillary Team Says Books Which Might Be Critical Of Her Should Not Be “Allowed”

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All hail, Empress Hillary!

Via Breitbart:

Soon there will be three anti-Clinton books on the market, which is apparently enough to have gotten under the skin of Team Hillary.

The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton, Inc. has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices.

“With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “Their behavior should neither be allowed nor enabled, and legitimate media outlets who know with every fiber of their beings that it is completely made up should not get down in the gutter with them.”

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Iranians Burn Israeli Flags During Huge Al-Quds Day Protests Across Country…

Also known as “Friday.”

Via Times of Israel:

Iranians rallied nationwide on Friday in a show of support for Palestinians as archfoe Israel pursued its campaign against Hamas and other groups in the Gaza Strip.

Demonstrations were held in Tehran and more than 700 towns and cities across the country on the last day of prayer and rest of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, state television reported.

In the capital, footage showed demonstrators, carrying placards proclaiming “Death to Israel” and “Death to America,” converging from nine different points on Tehran University in the city center.

Iran holds al-Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) rallies in support of the Palestinians every year on the last Friday of Ramadan, but this year’s demonstrations came on the 18th day of Israel’s campaign against rocket-firing and tunnel-digging Hamas extremists in Gaza. Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel. It has also built dozens of “attack tunnels” under the border, and attempted five attacks from the tunnels in the past two weeks, killing six Israeli soldiers; Israel killed 20 gunmen emerging from the tunnels.

Gallup: Obama’s Approval Rating Falls Below 40%…

By the time Obama leaves office he’ll be wishing he had a 39% approval rating.

Sharpton Backs Union Punishing Black Students Over Koch Brothers Donation…

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I thought he was supposed to be helping blacks?

Via NRO:

Earlier this month, one of the nation’s largest public-sector unions — AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — decided to sever its relationship with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which in June accepted $25 million from libertarian philanthropists David and Charles Koch.

Yesterday, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) announced its supportof AFSCME’s move. NAN issued the following statement:

While National Action Network respects the work done by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in support of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and understand the need to raise funds to continue this critical work, we stand in support of the decision by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to sever ties and end their partnership with the UNCF. As a nonprofit civil rights organization, NAN recognizes that the funding landscape has changed and many organizations must figure out ways to continue their programming by bringing in new types of funders.

However, the Koch brothers have not only worked on initiatives that have a disenfranchising effect on the same students UNCF supported institutions work to educate, the Koch brothers have also led efforts to end union organizing. We believe that AFSCME is doing what is right for its members who the Koch brothers have targeted and is working in the interests of students of color who attend not only UNCF Institutions, but all institutions of higher learning. But most importantly, AFSCME is working to support the value of justice. The union has already committed to continuing to support students of color by working directly with colleges and universities, so the end of the partnership does not signal an end to opportunities in organizing for students.

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Gov’s Office Shifts Statement On Illegal Alien Housing At Maxwell AFB

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Feds want to avoid another Murrieta showdown.

Via WSFA

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office is shifting its statements regarding the housing of immigrant children at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery after earlier confirming the installation would be used.

The Associated Press earlier reported, citing Communications Director Jennifer Ardis, who said the governor’s chief of staff got a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, late Wednesday afternoon confirming the plan. Now, Ardis says it’s unclear which federal department contacted the governor’s office, but was working to clarify that information.

Now, Bentley’s office says it was notified that Maxwell is on a list of possible sites to hold the immigrants.

According to Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson in the Secretary of Defense’s office, the space at Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base was offered to Health and Human Services for use but it is up to the department to assess whether the children can be housed there.

The Secretary of Defense says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will have to first assess whether Maxwell meets its needs before any final decision is made.

Ardis says Governor Bentley and five other governors joined in sending a letter to President Obama Tuesday expressing concern that the immigrant children will end up using public resources funded by the state, something the federal government says will not happen.

Alabama Representatives Mike Rogers and Martha Roby have also sent letters to the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services specific to Maxwell Air Force Base.
The two issued a statement Thursday saying there are no cirumstances in which immigrants should be held at Maxwell or any military base.

The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice issued a statement on the possibility of Maxwell housing the children saying, “In times of hardship, we Alabamians often turn to faith and family for a solution…Now, more than ever, these children need love, support, and stability while they await reunification with their relatives. We are confident that the people of Alabama would welcome them with open arms, and treat these children as we would our own.”

The ACIJ said it wants assurances that the children are properly cared for “while the administration acts as quickly as possible to reunite them with any U.S. based-relatives.”

Poll: Record-High 50% Say Obama Is Not Honest And Trustworthy…

Horror!

Via Fox News:

Earlier this month the Obama administration repeated its claim that it is the most transparent administration in history. Ever. Period.

Most voters disagree.

According to the latest Fox News national poll, more than two-thirds — 68 percent — say no, this White House is not the most open and transparent. [...]

Meanwhile, opinions split over whether Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy: while 48 percent of voters say yes, a record-high 50 percent say no.

In December, a record-low 45 percent said Obama was honest.

Most Democrats think Obama is honest (79 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and over half of independents (59 percent) disagree.