Huma Will ‘Take Break’ From Her Job With Hillary

From the Politico:

Huma Abedin to take break from job with Hillary Clinton

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | July 30, 2013

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s transition office chief and the wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is expected to take extended vacation time from her job with the former first lady in the coming days, sources told POLITICO.

Bear in mind that Hillary picked Huma to head her ‘transition team. Because Huma is such a good judge of character.

The move is not a leave of absence, two sources familiar with the move insisted, and it’s not precisely clear when she will depart for her vacation time from her day job.

In other words, Hillary will keep paying her. But it isn’t hush money.

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Leathers: Weiner Had Phone Sex Five Times A Day

From the New York Post:

Weiner sext pal in raunchy tell-all interview: Phone sex ’15 times a day wouldn’t be enough’ for obsessed pol

By BETH DeFALCO | July 30, 2013

Anthony Weiner is too sex obsessed to be mayor, according to his latest virtual gal pal.

In a raunchy tell-all interview with Howard Stern, Anthony Weiner’s former virtual gal pal Sydney Leathers says the peter-tweeting poll used to call her up to five times a day – and almost every day – to have phone sex. And that still wasn’t enough!

"He could have 12 girls talking to him, beating off 15 times a day and that wouldn’t be enough," Leathers said. "You would think his d–k would hurt by the end of it."

Leathers questioned if Weiner’s obsession with sex would give him time to govern if he became mayor.

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Weiner Still Won’t Pull Out Of Race; Huma Wept

From Reuters:

Weiner vows in video to stay in New York City mayoral race

By Edith Honan | July 30, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Weiner, under fire after admitting that he sent lewd pictures to women online long after resigning from Congress over similar behavior, will not exit the New York City mayoral race because quitting "isn’t the way we roll in New York City."

He is so hip. Actually, that isn’t the way Democrats roll anywhere. (Look at Mayor Bob Filner.) Nothing can shame a Democrat into dropping out of a race of resigning their office. (Cf. Bill Clinton.) Whereas even just the allegation of wrong-doing is good enough to send most Republicans packing.

But you have to admire Weiner. He just won’t quit.

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Weiner Spokeswoman Calls Former Intern A Slut

From the radical left Talking Points Memo:

Top Weiner Aide Trashes Intern Who Wrote Campaign Tell-All

Hunter Walker | July 30, 2013, 9:04 PM

Tuesday was an angry day in Weinerland.

The campaign staff awoke to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News. Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told a rather unflattering tale of her experience working on Anthony Weiner’s mayoral bid.

It wasn’t particularly harsh. At least, given what we know about Mr. Weiner and his way.

Now, Team Weiner is firing back. TPM called Weiner’s communications director Barbara Morgan to discuss an unrelated story Tuesday and she went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi, describing her as a fame hungry “bitch” who “sucked” at her job.

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New EPA Chief: Can We Stop Talking About Jobs?

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

New EPA chief: Climate controls will help economy

By DINA CAPPIELLO | July 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top environmental official wasted no time Tuesday taking on opponents of the administration’s plan to crack down on global warming pollution.

In her first speech as the head of EPA, Gina McCarthy told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will spark business innovation, grow jobs and strengthen the economy.

Thank goodness she went right to the source of all knowledge in the known world to give her first speech. The Harvard Law School.

The message was classic Obama, who has long said that the environment and the economy aren’t in conflict and has sold ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gases as a means to jumpstart a clean energy economy.

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Reuters: Economy Finds Momentum (GDP Down)

From a completely shameless Reuters:

U.S. economy finds momentum in Q2, further gains seen

By Lucia Mutikani | July 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the second quarter, laying a firmer foundation for the rest of the year that could bring the Federal Reserve a step closer to cutting back its monetary stimulus.

Gross domestic product grew at a 1.7 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday, stepping up from the first-quarter’s downwardly revised 1.1 percent expansion pace

This is media mendacity at its finest. This is the same old trick the administration and their media minions do with the unemployment claims and jobs numbers. They compare unrevised numbers to revised numbers.

In this case, up until this morning, we had been told the GDP for the first quarter was 1.8%.

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American Home Ownership Stuck At 18 Year Low

From Bloomberg:

American Dream Slipping as Homeownership at 18-Year Low

By Prashant Gopal & Clea Benson | July 30, 2013

The U.S. homeownership rate, which soared to a record high 69.2 percent in 2004, is back where it was two decades ago, before the housing bubble inflated, busted and ripped more than 7 million Americans from their homes.

And how many billions (if not trillions) in government money was spent trying to provide home-ownership for everyone?

With ownership at 65 percent and home values rising, housing industry and consumer groups are pressing lawmakers to make the American Dream more inclusive by ensuring new mortgage standards designed to prevent another crash are flexible enough that more families can benefit from the recovery.

Regulators are close to proposing a softened version of a rule requiring banks to keep a stake in risky mortgages they securitize, according to five people familiar with the discussions.

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Amazon Is The Wrong Place To Brag About Jobs

From the online magazine, The Week:

Why an Amazon facility is the wrong place for Obama to talk about jobs

By Keith Wagstaff  | July 30, 2013

… First, there is the irony of Obama pushing for corporate tax reform against the backdrop of a company that reportedly avoided paying $700 million in taxes by creating a complicated tax shield centered around its office in Luxembourg.

Obama doesn’t notice such irony. After all, he is embedded with (sic) GE and Google, who makes Amazon look like amateurs when it comes to avoiding taxes.

Then there is the issue of the quality of the "middle-class jobs" Obama says he wants to create. Amazon has announced it is adding 5,000 new full-time employees to 17 fulfillment centers around the country.

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Obama Offers Tax Cut (That Raises $50B In Taxes)

From the New York Times:

Obama Proposes Deal Over Taxes and Jobs

By MARK LANDLER and JACKIE CALMES | July 30, 2013

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — President Obama came to a cavernous Amazon distribution center here Tuesday and backed a cut in corporate tax rates in return for a pledge from Republicans to invest in more programs to generate middle-class jobs…

With a sea of cardboard boxes serving as a backdrop, Mr. Obama described a “grand bargain” for the middle class that he said would stimulate the economy while giving businesses the lower tax rates they have long sought.

“If folks in Washington really want a ‘grand bargain,’ how about a grand bargain for middle-class jobs?” Mr. Obama told a crowd of 2,000. “If we’re going to give businesses a better deal,” he added, “we’re going to give workers a better deal, too.”

It was the president’s first concrete proposal in an economic offensive that he inaugurated last week in Illinois to set his terms for coming budget battles with the Republican-controlled House.

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AP Says Pentagon To Cut Sequester Furlough Days

From a gob-smacked Associated Press:

AP sources: Pentagon likely to cut furlough days

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | July 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned, as Pentagon leaders scrimp to find up to $900 million in savings in the final months of the budget year that ends Sept. 30, officials told The Associated Press.

Officials said no final decisions have been made, but they believe civilian workers will be forced to take six to eight unpaid days off rather than the 11 days that had been scheduled.

The move comes as workers begin their fourth week of furloughs…

In other words, all those apocalyptic sequester furloughs are now only going to be about half what we were told.

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AARP Pushes Food Stamps Enrollment For Seniors

From the Daily Caller:

AARP encouraging seniors to sign up for food stamps

By Caroline May | July 28, 2013

The Pennsylvania chapter of the AARP is encouraging area seniors to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or food stamps.

According to the AARP Bulletin, several dozen volunteers with AARP Pennsylvania are encouraging potentially eligible seniors to enroll in the nutrition assistance program by handing out postcards with information about how to enroll.

Bill Donnelly, 79, of Clairton is one such volunteer… Donnelly explains, however, that his peers are at times wary of signing up for assistance. “People have their pride,” he told The AARP Bulletin. “But if we get 1 out of 10 or even 1 out of 100 people, it’s worth it.”

Of course, nobody wants old people seniors to go hungry.

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Obama Wants $50B In Higher Taxes – For Unions

From and unquestioning Reuters:

Obama to propose ‘grand bargain’ on corporate tax rate, infrastructure

By Steve Holland | July 30, 2013 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose a "grand bargain for middle-class jobs" on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs.

So Obama is going to cut the corporate tax rate (which is the highest in the world) but increase the tax on businesses?

His goal, to be outlined in a speech at an Amazon.com Inc facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is to break through congressional gridlock by trying to find a formula that satisfies both Republicans and Democrats…

"As part of his efforts to focus Washington on the middle class, today in Tennessee the president will call on Washington to work on a grand bargain focused on middle-class jobs by pairing reform of the business tax code with a significant investment in middle-class jobs," Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said.

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Prince Calls Fracking ‘A Threat’ To Saudi Arabia

From the UK’s Sky News:

Saudi Prince: Fracking Is Threat To Kingdom

29 July 2013

A Saudi prince has warned that his oil-reliant nation is under threat because of fracking technology being developed elsewhere around the world.

Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the Gulf Arab kingdom needed to reduce its reliance on crude oil and diversify its revenues. His warning comes as rising shale energy supplies in the United States cut global demand for Saudi oil.

In an open letter to his country’s oil minister Ali al Naimi and other government heads, published on Sunday via his Twitter account, Prince Alwaleed said demand for oil from Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) member states was "in continuous decline".

Of course we don’t notice any decline in price because our dollar is being continuously devalued by Mr.

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Gitmo Detainees Love Reading 50 Shades Of Grey

From the Huffington Post:

Guantanamo’s Secret Camp Loves ‘Shades Of Grey’ Series, Officials Tell Congressional Delegation

By Ryan J. Reilly | July 29, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Military officials gave a congressional delegation a tour of Guantanamo’s secretive Camp Seven last week and told a visiting congressional delegation that the camp’s high-value detainees enjoy the Shades of Grey series, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told The Huffington Post.

"Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by the [high-value detainees] is Fifty Shades of Grey. They’ve read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it," Moran, who advocates for closing the facility, told HuffPost. "I guess there’s not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell." …

It’s too bad the title has been taken, because ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ would make a great title for one of the upcoming Hillary movies.

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Weiner’s Staff Wanted To Get Close To Hillary

From the New York Daily News:

Anthony Weiner intern reveals why she, fellows joined New York mayoral campaign

By Olivia Nuzzi | July 30, 2013

My reasons for joining Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign were not complicated. Since high school, I had interned for political campaigns in New Jersey. One morning, several of my friends sent me links to the same online ad for the Weiner campaign, seeking applications for internships.

They thought it would be educational and entertaining. How right they were. My education began very quickly.

“I’m here because of Huma,” Clay Adam Wade, a junior staffer, explained to me. The sentiment was repeated to me again by some fellow interns.

Their hope was to make a connection with Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, and thus forge a potential connection to her longtime boss, Hillary Clinton, to get an inside track for a campaign position if she ran for president in 2016.

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