Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: A horrifying Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia kills six, wounds more than 140; Obama’s trade bill goes down, thanks to Democrats; the fake Jeb Bush Iraq answer crisis; Hillary beefs up damage control operation; Evangelicals grow as Christians shrink; and, have a nice left-wing commencement.
Have a great day.
Massive Amtrak derailment in Philly kills six; scores hurt . . . Federal investigators and other rail experts picked Wednesday through the wreckage of an Amtrak train that originated in Washington and derailed in Philadelphia, leaving six dead, more than 140 people hospitalized and shutting down train service along parts the busy Northeast corridor. Officials said 243 passengers and five crew members were on the New York-bound train when it jumped the tracks around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. It had left D.C.’s Union Station around 7:30 p.m. along one of the most heavily traveled routes for Amtrak. Washington Post
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Dems hand Obama blistering trade bill defeat . . . Obama is a man for whom the essence of democratic – small “d” – politics is alien: building relationships, negotiating, bargaining, and so forth. He does not have strong ties to lawmakers on either side of the aisle. He is close to his inner circle, and that’s pretty much it. The president was even tone deaf enough to get himself accused of sexism for singling out Elizabeth Warren. White House Dossier
Why no presidential statement on Garland? . . . More than a week after an attempted terrorism attack in Garland, Texas that could have killed dozens of citizens had it succeeded, there has been no statement of condemnation from the president. White House Dossier
Fournier: Obama could end up one of worst presidents . . . The relatively unbiased, and certainly not right wing, Ron Fournier of National Journal said Monday evening that President Obama could go down as “one of the worst presidents in our nation’s history” if Iran develops nuclear weapons under the deal he’s negotating with them and it inspires Arab Middle Eastern states to start constructing their own nukes. White House Dossier
Some of you may think he’s already achieved this milestone . . .
Mrs. Obama’s comments on race . . . I don’t frankly agree with some of the other commenters I’ve seen on the right, who have made snide points to the effect of, “Poor Mrs. Obama, with her wonderful lifestyle, still complaining.” People can have beautiful lives and still feel the sting of racism, and certainly have experienced it on the way up. My concern here is that both of the Obamas seem to now be making race a very large focus on their agenda. And this can end up being dangerously divisive. White House Dossier
Obama bemoans declining government – as it grows . . . Government cuts? What government cuts? Let’s take education, the most important item on Obama’s list. I think pretty much everyone knows that there has been no decline in spending on education; on the contrary. Spending on education has constantly climbed, without any corresponding improvement in quality. John Hinderaker
Dolan: Government not focused on persecution of Christians . . . When it comes to protecting Christians in the Middle East who are vulnerable to extreme persecution, the U.S. government has its priorities all wrong, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Part of the reason may be that government officials are not well-schooled in the nature of the persecution, but even more so, they seem to be focusing on the promotion of “reproductive rights” and “gay rights” almost to the exclusion of other issues. Newsmax
How may times do I have to see this misplaced modifier? . . . Oh God. Get some people in the White House press office with at least a rudimentary understanding of English grammar.White House Dossier
Iran warns U.S. on Gulf action . . . A senior Iranian military official warned the United States and its Arab Gulf allies against stopping an aid ship from Iran heading to Yemen, warning that doing so would “spark a fire.” Politico
China warns U.S. on South China Sea . . . China has reportedly warned the U.S. against sending U.S. Navy aircraft or ships to the South China Sea to contest territorial claims made by Beijing in disputed waters. Fox News
The fake Jeb Bush Iraq answer crisis . . . Now, yes, he was asked by Fox News host Megan Kelly whether he would invade Iraq again, knowing what we know now. But that’s not the question he answered. He answered whether he would invade Iraq knowing what we knew then. White House Dossier
Jeb, Christie, The Donald top “can’t support” list . . . Jeb Bush may be running at the top of the GOP presidential preference polls nationally, but the former Florida governor is also near the top of another survey: the can’t-support list. Washington Times
Clinton incorporates Brock group into campaign. . . Hillary Clinton’s campaign is getting more firepower to help with its damage control. Correct The Record, an outside rapid response and research group founded by David Brock and dedicated to defending the records of Clinton and the other Democratic presidential candidates is reorganizing so it can coordinate with Clinton’s campaign and devote all of its resources to her. Politico
There is no Electoral College “Blue Wall” for Dems . . . Republicans, in all likelihood, would have won by similar Electoral College margins if they’d done as well as the Democrats in the popular vote, casting all sorts of cracks in the blue wall. fivethirtyeight
The country still leans conservative, both the House and Senate are in GOP hands, and it’s a big myth that Republicans can’t win presidential elections anymore.
GOP ramps up abortion fight . . . Republicans are ramping up their attack on Roe v. Wade with a House vote Wednesday on a bill banning late-term abortions. While it’s unlikely to pass the Senate and reach President Obama’s desk, Republicans say they are playing a long game. They hope that, over time, support for prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy will become widespread. The Hill
Reid: Focus on racist Redskins, not deflate gate . . . Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed the NFL on Tuesday for obsessing about “Deflategate” more than the use of the name “Redskins” for the Washington, D.C., franchise, a name he said is racist. The Blaze
Kim Jong-Un executes defense chief with anti-aircraft gun . . . North Korea executed its defense chief by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range, Seoul’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers, which would be the latest in a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took charge. Reuters
I gather, at least, that death was instantaneous . . .
Gunman kill 43 in Pakistan . . . Gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters in Pakistan’s volatile southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least 43, police said, in the latest attack directed against religious minorities this year. Reuters
Iraq escalates persecution of religious minorities . . . Iranian authorities have escalated their persecution of religious minorities since the election of President Hassan Rouhani despite his promises to grant them more rights. Washington Free Beacon
Evangelicals hold strong as Christians shrink . . . The continuing popularity of evangelical Protestantism has emerged as the exception in an otherwise sobering new report this week about Christianity in America. There were 62 million evangelical Protestants in 2014, about 2 million more than a parallel survey found in 2007, the Pew Research Center said. Those numbers stood in contrast with an overall shrinking population of Americans who identify as Christians. Washington Times
Police morale low . . . Law enforcement officers at Washington, D.C.’s annual Police Week say the anti-police climate is taking its toll on the men and women in uniform and that morale is low in departments across the country. Daily Caller
Wisconsin cop won’t face charges . . . A Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed biracial teenager in March, prompting several days of peaceful protests, will not be charged, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. Officer Matt Kenny used justified lethal force in the March 6 shooting of Tony Robinson, 19, who struck the 12-year police veteran in the head, the DA said. Reuters
UVa. dean sues Rolling Stone . . . A University of Virginia associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday for more than $7.5 million, saying a debunked account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.” Associated Press
Welcome to your left-wing commencement . . . As cap-and-gown season gets underway at American colleges and universities, graduates and their loved ones will be getting an earful from left-wing commencement speakers, according to a report. Fox News
A left-wing commencement is only fitting after a left-wing education.
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