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White House Refuses to Say it Will Veto Planned Parenthood Defund

This was weird, I thought.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, despite looking a little weary from the Africa trip, was clearly ready for this question. And yet he declined to confirm a veto, saying only that the White House would “oppose” legislation defunding Planned Parenthood.

It may seem minor, but I can tell you from years of watching the White House, that’s a distinction with a difference.

QUESTION: Would President Obama veto any bill that would defund Planned Parenthood — defund it either in whole or defund it in part? Is that sort of a principle here?

EARNEST: Well, I know that there has been an effort on the part of some Republicans to try to play some politics with some selectively edited videos. This is a tactic that we have seen used before. The President obviously does not support that ongoing effort. And I don’t have a blanket principle to share with you, but I can tell you that, on balance, the President would not be supportive of any sort of congressional act done.

QUESTION: But he wouldn’t go so far as to say he would veto any effort that would include that?

EARNEST:  Well, again, it’s apparent that Republicans are just getting started in that effort, and that is an effort that we oppose.

WSJ: Swiss Bank Stepped Up Clinton Giving After Hillary Help

Updated 4:36 pm ET Hillary Clinton. Job creator. That’s right, she’ll be creating jobs for investigative journalists for years to come. Here’s the latest in suspicious activity related to Mrs. Clinton, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal: A few weeks after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in early 2009, she was summoned… Continue Reading

More Crummy Economic Growth

Why aren’t Republicans running on the economy? If It’s the economy, stupid, is the way to get elected president, then why are Republicans being stupid? Why don’t you hear them talking about the economy ALL THE TIME. It’s because the nation has bought into the White House spin, accepted by the press, that the economy was saved… Continue Reading

Poll: Trump Scores Twice as Much Support as Bush

Well, so much for the predictions by the Washington cognoscenti that Donald Trump’s comments about John McCain not being a hero – a flip aside which he basically corrected a few sentences later, BTW – would destroy his campaign. What the prognosticators didn’t understand is that McCain is deeply unpopular among conservatives, even if his… Continue Reading