Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Sidney Blumenthal advised Clinton on a range of issues, even while pursuing his own business interests; top White House aides knew about Hillary’s private emails in 2009; Christie announces; Jeb releases taxes showing how he made tens of millions; Trump sues; and the Iran talks are extended as U.S. backs away from key demand.
Have a great day.
Blumenthal advice went far beyond Iran . . . New emails released by the State Department late Tuesday reveal a controversial aide played a much larger role in advising Hillary Clinton than the former secretary of state originally suggested. Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton confidante whose potential employment at the State Department was nixed by Obama administration officials, advised Clinton on the content of her speeches, on political developments in a number of countries and even on how her policies were playing in the international press. Washington Examiner
Clinton struggled to fit in . . . Emails show Clinton turning up for meetings that had been canceled and worrying about how much time she had with her new boss, revealing growing pains in the relationship between her and former election rival Obama in the early months of her time as America’s top diplomat. Reuters
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Christie announces his run . . . Chris Christie formally launched his presidential campaign here on Tuesday, hoping the plain-spoken style and penchant for authenticity that once made him a rising star in the Republican Party will catapult him from long shot to contender. Politico
Jeb releases three decades of tax returns . . . Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday that traced his path to a net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, in a show of transparency that will pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton and his Republican rivals to open their financial books. Reuters
The meaty stuff in Jeb’s taxes . . . What decades of tax forms say about the Republican’s skill at stock picking, his surge in income, and a poorly timed sale of his NFL stake. National Journal
Book of the Week . . . This is the book that tells the real story of Obama’s contempt for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his lousy treatment of Israel. “I’m not sure that in the annals of diplomatic history there’s ever been anything quite like this astonishing account of Oren’s four years as Israel’s ambassador in Washington. It’s an ultimate insider’s story told while all the players save Oren are still in place.”—New York Post
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Trump sues Univision for $500 million . . . Donald Trump sued Univision for $500 million on Tuesday, days after his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants prompted the leading Spanish-language broadcaster to drop its July telecast of the Miss USA pageant. USA Today
Obama aides knew of Hillary emails in 2009 . . . Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel requested Clinton’s email address on Sept. 5, 2009. Associated Press
Chelsea’s speaking fee: $65,000 . . . Chelsea Clinton made a brief appearance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in February 2014 and billed the school $65,000. The money went to the Clinton Foundation. White House Dossier
Jindal’s Common Core flip flop . . . Over the past year, the governor has emerged as the most vocal and most committed opponent of the standards. Jindal’s furious line of attack, however, masks an uncomfortable reality for the governor: He spent years as a strong cheerleader for Common Core, and his subsequent switch lacks an obvious cause, other than what opponents say is ambition for higher office. Daily Caller
Paul meets with rogue rancher . . . Rand Paul met privately with Cliven Bundy on Monday. Bundy first made national headlines in the spring of 2014 when the federal government temporarily closed a large swathe of U.S. government-owned land to capture and impound Bundy’s cattle as a penalty for more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees. Bundy refused federal authority on the land where his family had lived for more than 120 years. Hundreds of armed militia members — including members of far-right groups like the Oath Keepers and the White Mountain Militia — descended on the land outside of Mesquite, Nevada. Politico
Obama sharpens message on race . . . President Obama is taking a more aggressive approach to the issue of race, repeatedly offering sharp commentary as he confronts America’s oldest, deepest divide. The Hill
From post-racial to most-racial presidency.
Biden shoves whites out of majority early . . . “By 2017, those of us of European stock,” Biden said “will be an absolute minority in the United States of America.” That’s “not a bad thing, that’s a good thing,” he added. According to the U.S. Census, America’s non-Hispanic white population will cease being the majority in 2044. It currently makes up 63 percent of the population. Washington Examiner
U.S., Cuba to open embassies . . . The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Reuters
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Time lapse video || White House goes rainbow . . . What I’m wondering is, how were they so sure? By their comments before these decisions are announced, it seems to me they know what’s coming, because they appear to be trying to influence the justices. White House Dossier
Iran nuclear talks extended . . . International negotiators working on a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program agreed Tuesday to extend the talks until July 7, the State Department said. The extension brings the talks dangerously close to another deadline the Obama administration hopes to avoid. If Congress receives an agreement with Iran by July 9, it will have only 30 days to review it. If the deal comes in later, Congress has 60 days, giving opponents more time to argue against the deal. Washington Examiner
U.S. backing away from key Iran demand . . . A U.S. official, who spoke on background to reporters said the Iranians will not be expected to allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to “every military site” since that would not be “appropriate,” and the United States would never agree to such access to every military site in the U.S. CNS News
Greece mostly caves, but Germany says deal must wait . . . Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered new concessions to the country’s creditors. A letter to creditors sent by Mr Tsipras says he was prepared to accept most conditions that were on the table before talks collapsed and he called a referendum. But Germany says a new agreement on a bailout would not be possible until after the referendum this weekend. BBC
ISIS threatens Gaza takeover . . . Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. Reuters
Greeks widely anti-Semitic . . . In total, 67 percent of Greeks agreed with the majority of a list of anti-Semitic statements included in the survey. Other European countries, particularly France and Germany, have experienced a decrease in overall anti-Semitic attitudes in the wake of recent attacks on Jews. According to the ADL poll, 90 percent of Greeks agreed with the statement that “Jews have too much power in the business world” and 85 percent agreed “Jews have too much power in international finance markets.” Washington Free Beacon
I wish other Jews would let me in on this running-the-world’s finances conspiracy.
ISIS fetes SCOTUS decision by pushing gay men off roof . . . A Syrian Twitter user, using the “Love Wins” hashtag, tweeted that four gay men were pushed to their deaths to “celebrate” the ruling. Breitbart
States move to counter gay marriage ruling . . . More than a dozen states that saw gay marriage bans struck down last week by the U.S. Supreme Court are vowing to protect religious liberty, even though they grudgingly accept that the ruling is now the law of the land. The Hill
One in three Americans own a gun . . . Almost a third of American adults own a gun, but the rate varies widely by state and tops out at almost 62 percent of people in Alaska, new survey data show. Reuters
Jimmy Carter: U.S. “most warlike country on earth” . . . “We are now violating about ten of the 30 paragraphs in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Carter said. White House Dossier
Jimmah! Move to Switzerland . . .
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