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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Clinton Foundation event to be hosted by Moroccan government mining company accused of rights violations; IRS employee tax cheaters sometimes prosper; Texas gunman was influenced by ISIS backer; Pamela Gellar targeted for assassination; Baltimore mayor wants to bring in the feds; and yah, Brady probably knew.
Have a great day.
Clinton Foundation event bankrolled by controversial firm . . . Former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation’s Global Initiative are being hosted this week at a five-star luxury hotel in Morocco by one of the world’s most controversial mining companies, criticized for “serious human rights violations” by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice. The Moroccan government-owned mining company OCP operates in disputed international territory in a remote part of the Sahara Desert, and the firm has been criticized for removing the resources without adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there. ABC News and Yahoo News
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Obama has “scratched and clawed” for the middle class? . . . The White House is careful to dress up its policies as “middle class economics.” Because the middle class is where the votes are. But the Obama presidency is not about the middle class. White House Dossier
Military accepting Dreamers . . . The Army has already allowed almost 50 illegal immigrants to enlist as members of Congress debate whether to allow them to seek citizenship through military service. The Hill
IRS employees awarded, promoted after cheating on taxes . . . Nearly 1,600 IRS employees from 2003 to 2014 were caught intentionally violating tax law, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found. Only a quarter of those employees were fired, while another 108 either received promotions or bonuses. Washington Examiner
Obama promoting trade at . . . Nike? . . . During Nike’s rise as the dominant force in American sports gear over the last 50 years, the company pioneered the model of outsourcing manufacturing and used the money saved for aggressive marketing. The strategy made Nike hugely profitable and a global sports apparel powerhouse, but it also has generated years of bad publicity over the low wages and sweatshop conditions of supplier factories. Washington Examiner
Obama State Department ignores open government laws . . . The State Department has been dismissing about half of the press requests it receives for information under open government laws – a pattern of rejection that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee described on Wednesday as unacceptable and embarrassing. Washington Times
Feeling much, much better Doc . . . Experts say too many patients are being prescribed opioid painkillers by emergency room doctors, and a program created by Obamacare could be enabling the problem. Experts and lawmakers say a push under Obamacare for hospitals to get good patient satisfaction scores is one cause of the problem. Washington Examiner
Video || Obama Takes a Lunch Break #nothumor
Texas gunman egged on by ISIS backer . . . One of the gunmen who attacked a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition in Texas was in repeated contact with an American supporter of the Islamic State group, terror experts said. AFP
ISIS claims terror cells in 15 states . . . A grim online warning from a self-described American jihadist said Sunday’s terror attack in Texas was the work of ISIS and that the terrorist group has scores of “trained soldiers” positioned in 15 states, awaiting orders to carry out more operations. Fox News
Small attacks a big threat . . . Experts say the administration should be concerned about the possibility of future attacks, particularly after the publicity surrounding the Texas shooting that they say represented a significant public relations victory for ISIS. “ISIS has figured out it can get … a lot of attention for even a relatively low-level attack,” said Jessica Stern, a lecturer at Harvard University and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror. The Hill
Pamela Gellar targeted for assassination . . . Conservative blogger and anti-jihad activist Pamela Geller has been publicly targeted by name for assassination by Islamic State-allied terrorists, according to the New York Police Department. Washington Times
“Why won’t Pamela Harris shut up?” . . . Respectable opinion can’t bear the idea that she has become a symbol of free speech. Rich Lowry
Megan Kelly battles guest: “This is protected speech” . . . Fellow Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and radio host Richard Fowler “are fundamentally confused and wrong” on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon, said Fox host Megyn Kelly in a heated argument with Fowler last night. “The U.S. Supreme Court has been very clear on this … I’m telling you this is protected speech,” said Kelly. Washington Examiner
Times cool with blasphemy as long as it targets Christians . . . The New York Times editorial board tore into the nearly-murdered organizers of the Garland, Texas “Draw Mohammad” event Wednesday, calling it “hate speech” and “an exercise in bigotry and hatred posing as a blow for freedom.” But when “Piss Christ,” a photograph depicting a Christian crucifix submerged in urine that was created on a federal grant and exhibited at New York Stux Gallery, the Times really liked it. Daily Caller
An interview with the draw Muhammed winner . . . “I never set out to draw Muhammad. My purpose was never to be a critic of Islam. I was born and raised a Muslim in the Bronx. Breitbart
Fiorino took 50 press questions in one day; Hillary, 7 in 25 . . . Clinton still hasn’t done a national sit-down media interview, setting a record for going the longest of any presidential candidate in modern history without doing a single formal interview following the official announcement. Breitbart
State official: Hillary practices “unacceptable” . . . A high-ranking State Department official said Wednesday it’s “not acceptable” for any agency employee to conduct government business on a private email server as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did. Associated Press
Okay, so where were they for four years?
White House can’t see legal path for Hillary on immigration . . . If a future president Hillary Clinton wants to go further than Barack Obama did on immigration reform using executive action, she likely has some legal homework to do. Politico
Rick Santorum will announce his plans May 27.
Jim Wright dies . . . Jim Wright, a driven Texas Democrat who rose to the pinnacle of congressional power before ethics charges forced his resignation as speaker of the House in 1989, died on Wednesday in Fort Worth. He was 92.New York Times
One of the least likable characters I’ve seen in politics. Nevertheless, of course, RIP.
Netanyahu forms a government, barely . . . Benjamin Netanyahu will keep his job but head a much-weakened coalition government as the hawkish Israeli prime minister secured the support of a small conservative partner just minutes before the right to try to form a government was to be handed over to the opposition. Washington Times
Not-so-Special Relationship . . . The leaders of both major political parties in the British general election on Thursday have indicated that they would shirk an active role in addressing international security issues, marking a further decline in a once robust defense alliance with the United States, analysts say. Washington Free Beacon
Baltimore mayor wants feds to investigate her police . . . Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said even though complaints of excessive force and lawsuits alleging misconduct our down over the last few years, “we all know that Baltimore has a fractured relationship with community.” Associated Press
Kamala Harris aide ran rogue police department . . . An employee of California Attorney General Kamala Harris was arrested for allegedly serving in a leadership role in the extrajudicial Masonic Fraternal Police Department, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Politico
The conservative answer to feminism . . . How one group is trying to change the negative stereotype around what it means to be a right-of-center woman—and usher in a new generation of conservatives. National Journal
Mx for transgenders? . . . The Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding “Mx” to join honorifics such as Mr, Mrs and Ms to be used for individuals who identify as gender-neutral or transgender. Washington Times
Deflategate: Brady probably knew . . . The conclusion in the NFL’s “Investigative Report Concerning Footballs Used During the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015” is damning for Tom Brady, very damning. “Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [two New England employees] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls,” the Ted Wells Report reads. Yahoo News
Country star emblazons 2nd Amendment on his back . . . Country music star Brantley Gilbert recently made his support for the Second Amendment permanent, getting a massive back tattoo that includes the full text of the amendment. The Blaze
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