Reader Selected News For The Week Of Aug 1 To Aug 7

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DNC Head Can’t Cite Difference Between Dems, Socialism

It’s instructive when even the head of the DNC can’t distinguish between the Democrat Party and socialism.

From Mediaite:

Things Get Awkward When Matthews Asks DNC Head About Bernie Sanders, Socialism

By Josh Feldman | July 30, 2015

Chris Matthews chatted with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tonight and things got awkward fast when they dived into talking about Bernie Sanders.

Matthews asked Wasserman-Schultz if, even if he loses, Sanders would have a place at the DNC convention, seeing as how he’s really popular with the base and could fire up a Democratic audience before the election.

She said he should get to speak, but Matthews kept prodding away to see if he would be allowed to speak in primetime instead of “when nobody’s watching.”

Is Matthew rooting for Bernie Sanders?

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CO PP Clinic Failed To Report 13 Year Old’s Sexual Abuse

And here we thought Planned Parenthood was about protecting women.

From the Washington Times:

Colorado abortion clinic staff failed to report 13-year-old’s sexual abuse

Young woman molested by stepfather, who brought her to clinic

By Valerie Richardson | July 29, 2015

DENVER | Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains was hit with a complaint Wednesday for performing an abortion on a 13-year-old girl without reporting possible sexual abuse against the underage girl and returning her to the man who abused her.

Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains was also the ‘clinic’ which is featured in the fourth and latest video expose.

The conservative Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs against the Planned Parenthood affiliate on behalf of the pro-life Colorado Family Action.

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Planned Parenthood Changes Its Story On Website ‘Hack’

It sure looks like the Planned Parenthood website wasn’t really hacked. But if they will lie selling baby parts for profit, what won’t they lie about?

From the Washington Examiner:

Planned Parenthood changes story on website ‘hack’

By Barbara Boland | July 30, 2015

Planned Parenthood proclaimed on Thursday that its websites were "not available because of an extremist attack," but seemed to change its story throughout the day after many people pointed to inconsistencies about the alleged hack. At around noon, the message on the group’s homepage was changed to read that "our normal site is currently undergoing maintenance."

At the start of the day, Planned Parenthood claimed it was the victim of a cyberattack. "200,000 people a day are now being blocked from information and care by the attack," the first iteration on the PlannedParenthood.org site said.

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Hillary’s Weakness? People Don’t Get Why She Is Great

Plus more on the Hillary camp’s concerns about Biden entering the race. Maybe because Biden beats Jeb in polls, where Hillary doesn’t.

But first there’s this from the Washington Free Beacon:

Hillary Clinton: My Greatest Weakness Is Stupid People Who Don’t Understand Why I Should Be President

By Andrew Stiles | July 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s greatest strength, the candidate explained in an interview with the morning newsletter The Skimm, is her “passionate commitment to helping people.” The passion was on display in 2009, for example, when Clinton personally intervened to help Swiss bank UBS settle a lawsuit with the IRS and thus protect the identities of tens of thousands of Americans who may or may be evading U.S. taxes through Swiss bank accounts.

Clinton was also asked about her greatest weakness.

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NYT: Donations To Clinton Foundation ‘Spiked’ This Year

The NYT seems to be pretending that this happened before Hillary announced. But she actually announced back in April. So the money has really been rolling in since she announced. Where is the outrage?

From the New York Times:

Spike in Donor Numbers for Clinton Foundation

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and STEVE EDER | July 30, 2015

The Clinton Foundation accelerated its fund-raising in the first six months of the year, officials said Thursday, as Hillary Rodham Clinton was gearing up for her presidential run amid a crush of news reports scrutinizing the charity’s solicitation of foreign donors.

Wait a minute. Is the NYT pretending that Hillary didn’t announce until Clinton held her first major campaign rally June 13, 2015? In reality, Clinton formally announced her candidacy via email and the release of a video on April 12, 2015.

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Hillary Helped Swiss Bank, Which Increased $ To Her FDN

In other Hillary scandal news, according to the WSJ (which is behind a damn pay-wall) while Secretary of State, Hillary intervened in the Justice Department’s investigation of Switzerland’s top bank. And her ‘foundation’ and Bill were handsomely paid for her efforts.

From Fox News:

Swiss bank’s donations to Clinton Foundation increased after Hillary intervention in IRS dispute

July 30, 2015

Donations to the Clinton Foundation by Swiss bank UBS increased tenfold after Hillary Clinton intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a published report. According to the Wall Street Journal, total donations by UBS to the foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014.

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PP Got $100+ Million After Lobbying Hillary’s State Dept

Well, you have to say one thing for Hillary. Once she is bought, she stays bought.

From Reuters:

Hillary Clinton: Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood ‘regrettable’

By Megan Cassella | July 30, 2015

SILVER SPRING, Md. (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday called it "regrettable" that Republican lawmakers are attempting to cut federal funding from the health organization Planned Parenthood…

Of course this has nothing to do with the money and honors she has had showered on her by Planned Parenthood. And vice versa.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Planned Parenthood Received Millions of Dollars After Lobbying Clinton’s State Department

Planned Parenthood and international affiliates received more than $100 million from USAID

By Bill McMorris | July 30, 2015

Planned Parenthood lobbied the Department of State many times during Hillary Clinton’s tenure there and received tens of millions of dollars from foreign policy agencies over the past few years, according to a new report.

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NY Judge Rules (Regretfully) Chimps Aren’t Legal Persons

But what about lions? Surely lions must be ‘legal person’ — or maybe even more.

From NBC News:

No, Chimpanzees Aren’t ‘Legal Persons,’ New York Judge Rules

By M. Alex Johnson | July 30, 2015

Hercules and Leo, the research chimpanzees whom an animal rights group went to court to set free, will stay put because chimps aren’t "legal persons," a New York judge ruled Thursday. The Nonhuman Rights Project [sic], a non-profit activist group in Coral Springs, Florida —

For the record, this group started out with the name ‘The Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights.’ Which seems to us more accurate.

[The Nonhuman Rights Project] sued on behalf of the 8-year-old chimps in March, arguing that they’re autonomous, intelligent creatures and that holding them at the State University of New York at Stony Brook is illegal imprisonment…

Actually, the NhRP filed its first lawsuits on December 2, 2013 in New York State.

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Zimbabwe Says Extradite Dentist; Locals Ask ‘What Lion?’

Apparently, the Zimbabweans, many whose livelihood depend on the hunters — and many whom have been attacked by lions — can’t understand the outrage. They see it as a ‘first world problem.’

First from Reuters:

Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says

July 31, 2015

HARARE (Reuters) – The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion a month ago in Zimbabwe paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to the southern African nation to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday.

In a news conference, Muchinguri referred to… Walter Palmer as a "foreign poacher" and said she understood the Prosecutor General had started the process to have him extradited from the United States. "We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be held accountable for his illegal action," she said…

Muchinguri also said Palmer’s use of a bow and arrow to kill the lion, who is said to have been lured out of Hwange National Park with bait before being shot, was in contravention of Zimbabwean hunting regulations…

That shouldn’t stop the local leftists there from calling for more bow and arrow controls.

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US Fish & Wildlife Investigating Killing Of Cecil The Lion

Compare and contrast this with the Obama administration’s and the Congressional Democrats’ actions on Planned Parenthood. Or, rather, their total lack of action.

From CBS News Minneapolis affiliate, WCCO:

US Fish & Wildlife Service Investigating Killing Of Cecil The Lion

July 30, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the agency is investigating the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying it will “go where facts lead.” The agency made the announcement via Twitter Thursday.

Who knew that the US Fish And Wildlife services covered foreign counties? Meanwhile, the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, has already announced that HHS will not investigate Planned Parenthood for their harvesting of baby parts right here at home. Ms.

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Recruiter, Leader Of US Trained Syrian ‘Rebels’ Captured

So which side is the JV team? But why is it so hard to recruit Muslims to fight ISIS? We’re told most Muslims are ‘moderate’ and that they hate ISIS.

From the New York Times:

Leader’s Abduction Is Just Latest Woe of U.S. Allies in Syria

By KARAM SHOUMALI, ANNE BARNARD and ERIC SCHMITT | July 30, 2015

ANTAKYA, Turkey — A Pentagon program to train moderate Syrian insurgents [sic] to fight the Islamic State has been vexed with problems of recruitment, screening, dismissals and desertions that have left only a tiny band of fighters ready to do battle.

Those fighters — 54 in all — suffered perhaps their most embarrassing setback yet on Thursday.

54 ‘fighters,’ for which the US has spent over $500 million dollars so far.

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Obama: Opponents Of Iran Deal Got The US Into Iraq War

There is never any legitimate opposition to Obama. His opponents are always bought off by evil special interests. Meanwhile, we are never allowed to question his motives, which somehow always seem to be in the country’s worst interests.

From The Hill:

Obama tells liberals: I can’t carry Iran deal on my own

By Julian Hattem and Jordan Fabian | July 30, 2015

… On Thursday evening, Obama spoke by phone with thousands of people affiliated with liberal activist groups Organizing for Action, the Center for American Progress and Credo Action.

Just a few of the Democrat Party’s paid foot soldiers, aka the usual suspects, who Astro-turf on social media to make it seem like they represent the majority of the American people.

He warned his allies that if they don’t speak up, the same people who got the U.S.

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Russia, China Plan To Build Four Nuclear Plants For Iran

Plus, Mr. Kerry says that Iran’s chants of ‘death to America’ is not a specific plan. But, don’t worry, if Iran cheats, Russia and China will quickly vote to resume sanctions. (Bitter sarcasm.)

From Reuters:

Russia reassures Israel over Iran nuclear deal

By Gabriela Baczynska | July 30,2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that the deal on Iran’s nuclear program would improve security in the Middle East and guaranteed that Tehran would not acquire nuclear arms…

Putin told Netanyahu the deal included "solid guarantees that the Iranian nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful" and that implementing it would "positively impact the security and stability of the Middle East", according to a Kremlin statement.

Whew. That’s a weight off our minds.

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Iran Bans US Inspectors; Pelosi: Deal Is A ‘Masterpiece’

And the IAEA won’t have access to sensitive and military documents. Which was the point of second of the two secret side deals. (The one covering Iran’s past work on nukes.)

From the Associated Press:

Iran says will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections

July 30, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday.

Iran has been saying this for weeks now. Why is the AP only getting around to reporting it now? (Could it be because it’s the Friday before a summer weekend?)

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Iran will only allow inspectors from countries that have diplomatic relations with it… "American and Canadian inspectors cannot be sent to Iran," said Araghchi.

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