Politico, AP Delight In GOP Senate ‘Smack Down’ Of Cruz

Apparently, it’s against the rules decorum of the US Senate to speak truth to power. Which explains a lot.

First from a cheering Politico:

Senate smackdown: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee efforts squelched by leaders

By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett | July 26, 2015

Ted Cruz just wanted a roll-call vote on Sunday. Instead, he got a smackdown.

You can just hear the glee from the reporters here. Besides, who cares if Iran gets the bomb? As long as conservative got ‘smacked down’ it’s worth it.

Republican leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), delivered what senators described as punishment for Cruz’s brazen floor tactics — the Texas senator first accused McConnell of lying and later sought to change Senate procedures in order to push for an Iran-related amendment.

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Trump Leads GOP Field By 14% After McCain Comments

But first there is other ‘horse race’ news from the MSM. Who are having kittens over Trump’s standing in the polls.

From Reuters:

Trump tops CNN poll of 2016 Republicans, says he leads ‘movement’

By John Whitesides | July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Real estate magnate Donald Trump moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday, edging out rival Jeb Bush and gaining support from Republicans in the last month despite a series of controversial statements.

"Despite"? Maybe people actually like Trump’s ‘controversial statements.’ They might not even see them as controversial.

Trump was backed by 18 percent of Republicans in the CNN poll, which was conducted entirely after his July 18 criticism of Republican Senator John McCain’s war record.

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Hillary Faces Enthusiasm Gap, Brings Up Global Warming

Plus, Bernie Sanders is pushing a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, while he pays his interns $12.

But first, from an increasingly nervous Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton confronts the enthusiasm gap on Iowa trip

By Vanessa Williams | July 26, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton spent the weekend in Iowa confronting an enthusiasm gap facing her presidential candidacy by reminding the Democratic base that she has been a reliable warrior for the causes it cares about most.

Except hasn’t Hillary actually failed at everyone of her pet causes? First and foremost with Hillary-care.

Clinton talked about raising the minimum wage and continuing the push for overtime pay, paid family and sick leave, “and, yes, equal pay for equal work.” … She said she favored a wind-production tax credit and promised to soon announce a plan to provide relief for student loan debt…

Clinton called for harnessing the power of the sun to generate enough renewable energy to run every home in the country within the next decade, as part of a climate-change initiative announced Sunday.

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Hillary Says She Never ‘Knowingly’ Sent Classified Data

Hillary is basically arguing that if something wasn’t clearly marked as ‘classified’ then she had no way of knowing it was classified. Which is nonsense, of course.

From a suddenly skeptical Associated Press:

Hillary Clinton: I never knowingly sent classified data using private email

July 252015

Hillary Clinton said that she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server on Saturday in Iowa.

The Clintons are past masters at weasel words such as ‘knowingly.’ Now instead of quibbling over the meaning of the word ‘is’ we can quibble over the meaning of the word ‘classified.’

The Democratic presidential candidate also stated that she did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information… Reporters raised the topic of the email during a brief news conference [at the Madison County Historical Complex].

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OPM Hack Should Make It Easy For China To ID US Spies

Thanks to the OPM hack, all the Chinese have to do is check the OPM’s records to see if someone claiming to be with the State Department or DEA actually works there. And if they don’t, the Chi-coms can safely assume the person is a spy using a cover.

From the New York Times, of all places:

U.S. Fears Data Stolen by Chinese Hacker Could Identify Spies

By MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID E. SANGER | July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — American officials are concerned that the Chinese government could use the stolen records of millions of federal workers and contractors to piece together the identities of intelligence officers secretly posted in China over the years. The potential exposure of the intelligence officers could prevent a large cadre of American spies from ever being posted abroad again, current and former intelligence officials said…

Which means this is very big, very bad news.

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2 Ex-Gitmo Detainees Arrested For Recruiting Terrorists

Plus a British tabloid claims ‘Jihad John’ is on the run from ISIS. But we are skeptical.

But first, from CNN:

Official: Two former Guantanamo detainees arrested in Belgium

By Paul Cruickshank | July 24, 2015

(CNN) Two former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba were arrested by Belgian police in a counterterrorism operation targeting a recruiting network for al Qaeda in Syria.

This is more great timing for Obama, who just last week announced he is planning to close down Gitmo completely.

In fact, this is almost as good timing as Obama’s push to let more drug dealers out of prison on the heels of the biggest drug dealer of the world ‘escaping’ from jail in Mexico. Except the news media will ignore this story.

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Obama To Release Israeli Spy Pollard — To Placate Israel

And just in case this cynical ploy isn’t obvious enough, Kerry is also claiming Israel will get the blame if Congress votes down his nuclear deal.

From the New York Post:

Kerry has ‘intense exchange’ with Jewish leaders over Iran deal

By Geoff Earle and Kevin Fasick | July 24, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry had an “intense exchange” when he tried to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical Jewish leaders in New York on Friday… Kerry faced [a] tough crowd in a closed-door meeting with about 120 Jewish leaders at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

“It was very intense exchange, serious exchange,” the group’s vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein, told The Post… He said members asked Kerry about “snapback provisions” if Iran cheats, a 24-day waiting period for nuclear inspections, and the window of when Iran gets to re-start some nuclear R&D.

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Khamenei Tweets Image Of Obama With Gun To Head

Which once again shows that you don’t get the world’s respect by caving.

But first there is this via the Agence France Presse:

Iran hits out at Kerry’s ’empty threats’

July 24, 2015

Tehran (AFP) – Iran hit out Friday against US Secretary of State John Kerry, accusing him of threatening military action against Tehran if it fails to respect a historic nuclear deal sealed on July 14. "Unfortunately the US Secretary of State once again talked about the rotten rope of ‘the ability of the US for using military force’," said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a statement.

Well, our military under Obama probably could be described as a ‘rotten rope.’ Thanks to Obama having cut its budget to the bone. — Besides, who would believe any threats from John Kerry or Barak Obama?

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Iran Vows To Bar IAEA Inspectors From Military Sites

This is beautiful. A top Khamenei advisor is telling their state-run media that Iran will never allow inspectors into their military bases, no matter what the P5+1 countries are claiming. On top of that the head of Iran’s atomic agency told another state-run media outlet that Iran has not signed any side deal with the IAEA over Parchin.

From the Times of Israel:

Iran vows to bar international inspectors from military sites

Adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei claims directive will be enforced regardless of world powers’ interpretations of nuke deal

July 25, 2015

A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Saturday that the Islamic Republic would deny International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors any access to the country’s military sites, contradicting remarks by US officials following the signing of a nuclear agreement with Tehran last week.

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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Jul 25 To Jul 31

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

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Min Wage Workers Want Fewer Hours To Keep Welfare

FTA: "Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent." — The hell you say!

From Fox News:

Seattle sees fallout from $15 minimum wage, as other cities follow suit

By Dan Springer | July 22, 2015

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.

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Hillary: Whites Get Nervous Around Blacks In Hoodies

But not her, of course. Maybe because she has armed guards around her at all times.

From the Daily Caller:

Hillary: Even Open-Minded Whites Get Nervous Around Blacks In Hoodies

By Patrick Howley | July 23, 2015 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Thursday that even “open-minded” white people get nervous when they encounter a black male wearing a hoodie.

Clinton used almost the same verbal construction last month at a speech in San Francisco when she said, “For a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”

And yet we are only hearing about it now, even though she has said this before? — You can bet your bottom dollar that if Hillary were a Republican the media would be trying to hound her from the race.

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Planned Parenthood Paid Nucatola $203K – Plus Salary

Plus, it would seem that Planned Parenthood has been lying about getting donations from many of the corporations they list on their website.

But first, there’s this from the Daily Caller:

Planned Parenthood Paid Disgraced Official More Than $200,000 On The Side

By Patrick Howley | July 23, 2015 

Planned Parenthood not only pays its disgraced official Deborah Nucatola a salary. The abortion provider has also paid Nucatola a six-figure sum as an outside contractor… Nucatola… founded her own firm called Imagyn Inc. in Sherman Oaks, Calif… Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles paid Nucatola $203,180 as an independent contractor through Imagyn, according to its 2007 IRS 990 form. Nucatola’s LinkedIn profile indicates that she was medical director at Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo at the time.

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All 17 Rep Going With Obama To Africa Are In The CBC

So 17 out of the 20 lawmakers going to Africa are black and members of the Congressional Black Caucus? Isn’t that a little racist?

From The Hill:

20 lawmakers traveling with Obama to Africa

By Jordan Fabian | July 23, 2015

Twenty members of Congress will travel with President Obama on his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, the White House announced Thursday. The presidential delegation includes just one Republican: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on African affairs. 

Flake has been an ally of the Obama administration on restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba and is one of a handful of Republicans who are still on the fence about the nuclear deal with Iran.

Two Democratic senators are traveling with the president: Chris Coons (Del.) and Ed Markey (Mass.), the ranking member of the African Affairs subcommittee.

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NYT Altered Its Report On Investigation Of Hillary Emails

What a shock. The New York Times has been caught red-handed watering down their own scoop to try to protect Hillary.

First, here is the start of the original story as it appeared last night in the New York Times:

Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO | July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs.

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