Fox, CNN Announce Candidate Limits For GOP Debates

But won’t this give the news media yet another way to select the Republican candidates? They could skew their polls to make sure their favorite candidates makes the grade.

From the New York Times:

Fox News to Limit First Presidential Debate to 10 Republicans

By Maggie Haberman | May 20, 2015

The sprawling field of Republican presidential hopefuls will be abruptly winnowed down to as few as 10 — at least for debating purposes — when the first presidential debate is held in early August, Fox News, the debate sponsor, said Wednesday.

The network’s decision to invite only candidates who hit a certain polling threshold is the first organized attempt to curtail the size of the ballooning field. Presidential debates have proved crucial in recent nominating contests, with little-known candidates propelled to national prominence and experienced candidate thrust out of the race by poor performances…

Which is the way the news media likes it.


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Rand Paul Filibustered NSA Data Collection For 10 Hrs

From a mixed-emotioned Associated Press:

Domestic surveillance fate unclear after lengthy Senate talk


WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is unclear following an FBI warning, House-Senate disagreements and more than 10 hours of criticisms by a GOP presidential candidate.

Oh, let’s kill it. After all, it’s not like we have to worry about terrorism anymore. Or spying. Or drug cartels.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the most libertarian-leaning of the major Republican presidential contenders, dominated the Senate floor from 1:18 to 11:49 p.m. Wednesday to decry the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone data without warrants.

Which is far less than Verizon or any other phone company does.

In doing so, he highlighted deep divisions within Congress – and among his party’s presidential hopefuls – over the program whose existence was exposed by former contractor Edward Snowden, now living in Russia.


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2 MN Men (Somalians) Used Student Loans To Join ISIS

But first,it appears global warming climate change is making 17,000 westerners go fight for ISIS.

From a suddenly noticing Associated Press:

Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State

May 20, 2015

One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a 20-year-old stole her friend’s passport to make the same hazardous journey. From New Zealand, came a former security guard; from Canada, a hockey fan who loved to fish and hunt.

Of course, none of these people have anything in common. Oh, except for being Muslims. The two teens are Bosnian refugees. The 20 year old from Minnesota is named Yusra Ismail, and she is from Somalia.


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Evil Republicans Try To Make ISIS A Problem For Dems

So now it is up to the WP and the rest of the Democrats’ media machinery to beat back this Republican gambit. But don’t worry. They are already on the job. As this article proves.

From the Democrat Party’s house organ, the Washington Post:

How Republicans hope to turn Islamic State into a problem for Democrats

By Robert Costa | May 20, 2015

DES MOINES — One by one, nearly a dozen GOP presidential hopefuls took the stage here last weekend for a Lincoln Dinner, each different in style and stature but all joining a rising Republican chorus that lays blame for the Islamic State terrorist group squarely at the feet of President Obama. “If you fought in Iraq, it worked. It’s not your fault it’s going to hell.



Obama Isn’t Crazy, Clinton Spoke Of Global Warming

You see? Obama isn’t silly. Bill Clinton talked about global warming twenty years ago. So it must be real, and the biggest national security threat facing the United States. Except Bill never said that.

From a shameless Washington Post:

The long history of linking climate change to American security

By Philip Bump | May 20, 2015

"We have a little bit of money devoted to a comprehensive, worldwide effort to deal with the threat of global warming," the president said. "It is simply a matter of science and evidence. It is … necessary to reverse it to stand up for America’s values and America’s interests."

Given that we’ve employed the standard trick of not naming the president, you may have guessed that the quote above doesn’t come from President Obama’s remarks at Wednesday’s Coast Guard Academy commencement… But the comments above… come from a speech about two decades ago — by President Bill Clinton.



Obama: Climate Change Caused Boko Haram And ISIS

Plus, Obama (of all people) warned the Coast Guard about ‘dereliction of duty.’

From Breitbart:

Obama: Climate Change Fueled Rise Of Boko Haram, War In Syria

By Charlie Spiering | May 20, 2015

During his speech at the Coast Guard Commencement ceremonies, President Obama warned that climate change was part of the reason behind increasing violence in countries around the world…

Be fair. These violent extremists are only acting in the name of climate change. They aren’t killing people because they follow the true meaning of climate change. Which is the climate of peace.

“Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world, yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram,” he said.



ISIS Now Controls Palmyra, Syria And Its Ancient Ruins

Plus, Marie Harf says the State Department will be watching.

First, from a suddenly concerned New York Times:

ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins

By ANNE BARNARD and HWAIDA SAAD | May 20, 2015

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Islamic State militants swept into the historic desert city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, and by evening were in control of it, residents and the Syrian state news media said, a victory that gives them another strategically important prize five days after the group seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Palmyra has extra resonance as home to some of the world’s most magnificent remnants of antiquity…

As they have swept across Syria and Iraq, Islamic State fighters have destroyed or damaged numerous ancient sites and sculptures, condemning them as idolatry in slickly produced recruitment films, even as they pillage and sell off more portable items to finance their activities.


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Politico 2009: Stephanopoulos’ Daily Calls With Dems

And to think how ABC News has known about this and ignored it, all these years.

From the January 2009 archives of Politico:

Power, politics, gossip on daily call

By JOHN F. HARRIS | January 27, 2009

… [This is] what may count as Washington’s longest-running conversation — a street-corner bull session between four old friends who suddenly find themselves standing once more at the busiest intersection of politics and media in Washington.

Carville calls White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel calls ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos. A bit later, CNN commentator Paul Begala, who is not quite the early bird that his friends are, will complete the circle with a rapid set of calls to all three.

Different versions of this round-robin chatter have been taking place, with few interruptions, every workday for nearly a generation.


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Congress Out To Cut Bill Clinton’s Pension, Allowance

This is so petty and mean. Don’t they know he’s got bills to pay?

From a quietly seething Washington Post:

Congress wants to cut President Clinton’s pension, federal allowance

By Colby Itkowitz | May 19, 2015

The House Oversight committee Tuesday passed unanimously a measure to limit the federal taxpayer dollars former presidents receive for their various expenses…

"Unanimously"? So this is a bipartisan effort. Funny how the WP didn’t put it that way. We thought they loved bipartisan things. Also note that this bill would cover all ex-Presidents, not just Mr. Clinton.

This isn’t a new bill, and no one specifically called out Clinton specifically when the vote was cast. But with so much focus on the Clintons’ income these days, this bill might as well be called the ‘Clinton Cash’ Act.


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52 House Republicans Want IRS To Probe Clinton FDN

The IRS doesn’t have time for this sort of nonsense. They are too busy auditing Tea Party groups and giving earned income credit to illegal aliens who have never even filed income tax returns.

From Breitbart:

Exclusive – 52 House Republicans to IRS: Investigate Hillary Clinton Foundation Tax Status

By Matthew Boyle | May 19, 2015

Washington, DC – A whopping 52 House Republicans are publicly pressuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Clinton Foundation tax status, with 51 members signing a letter organized by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that pushes for such an investigation. A plethora of representatives signed Blackburn’s letter to the IRS.

They are: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep.



Clintons Got $3.5M In Fees From Corps Wanting TPP

Still, who thinks the Clintons can be influenced by a measly $3.5 million dollars? Not when there is principle involved.

From McClatchy News:

After boosting trade pacts, Hillary Clinton gets millions from speeches to traders

By Greg Gordon | May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Traveling the world as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was a vocal booster of legislation to fast-track congressional action on global trade agreements. She also spoke in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would lift barriers to trade with 11 Asian and Pacific Rim countries.

Now, with the release last week of her latest financial disclosure statement, Clinton has revealed the flow of a different kind of trade dollars.

That disclosure was released late Friday evening. Nobody was supposed to notice.



Hillary’s State Dept Staffers Blocked Damaging FOIAs

What a shock. It turns out Hillary’s staff at the State Department had control over what FOIA requests the State Department would honor. What could go wrong?

From the Wall Street Journal:

Hillary Clinton’s State Department Staff Kept Tight Rein on Records

Aides scrutinized, sometimes blocked release of documents requested under public-records law

By Laura Meckler | May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON—When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, her staff scrutinized politically sensitive documents requested under public-records law and sometimes blocked their release, according to people with direct knowledge of the activities.

In one instance, her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, told State Department records specialists she wanted to see all documents requested on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and later demanded that some be held back.


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Fed Judge Wants Hillary Emails Released Before 2016

Something tells us the State Department will tell the judge in a few months that their schedule turned out to be "just too optimistic.’

From The Hill:

Federal judge: Hillary Clinton emails can’t wait for 2016

By Jesse Byrnes | May 19, 2015

A federal judge has rejected the State Department’s proposal to not release thousands of pages of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton until next year, instead calling for them to be released on a rolling basis. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras called for the release of 55,000 pages of emails during a brief hearing on Tuesday morning, but did not specify a release date…

Don’t worry. The administration will find a liberal judge to declare that this judge is acting unconstitutionally.


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Ron Fournier Doesn’t Believe Hillary Clinton’s Answers

How could anyone in the press who has followed the Clintons for so long believe they have ever had any credibility?

From the National Journal:

I Don’t Believe Hillary Clinton

Rare news conference doesn’t address credibility gap.

By Ron Fournier | May 19, 2015

I don’t believe her.

Et tu, Fournier? But don’t worry. Ron might not believe Hillary’s answers from yesterday, but he still believes in her and the Clintons. (Which he practically admits near the end of this piece.) As Al Gore once said, ‘a tiger doesn’t change its spots.’

I don’t believe Hillary Rodham Clinton when she says—as she did at a brief news conference on Tuesday—that she has no control over the release of her State Department email. "They’re not mine.



After A Month Hillary Takes Six Questions From Press

See how easy it is? Now those subjects are all ‘old news.’ It’s time to move on.

From a bemused Washington Post:

After 40,150 minutes, Hillary Clinton takes some questions from the press

By Philip Bump | May 19, 2015

It almost didn’t happen. When Ed Henry of Fox News interrupted Hillary Clinton’s scheduled sit-down with Iowans on Tuesday to ask if she’d field questions, Clinton’s response was not reassuring.

"I might," she said to chuckles. "I have to ponder it. I will put it on my list for due consideration." After that consideration, she agreed…

Wow. That’s crazy Fox News for you. Still, it’s a wonder the members of the ‘real press’ didn’t turn on Henry and chase him from the room.

Like they did with Neil Munro of the Daily Caller, when he dared to ask Obama a question during one of his Rose Garden press ‘appearances’ in 2012.



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