Friday, July 10, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Iran doesn’t take the deal; Trump tops new poll; he won’t commit to backing GOP nominee; Obama immigration order imperiled; Greece caves; the Pope rebukes Bolivian leader for gift with Communist symbol; and Dems want to erase terms “husband” and “wife;” and . . .
Have a great day.
No deal! Not yet, at least . . . Iran accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new “red lines” at nuclear talks, after the deadline to reach an agreement in time to receive expedited scrutiny from the U.S. Congress expired with no deal. Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a deal was unlikely to be reached on Friday and negotiators would probably spend the weekend in Vienna. “Now, they have excessive demands,” he said of the powers’ negotiating position. Reuters
Congress will now get 60 days instead of 30 to consider the deal, giving opponents more time to ramp up the drive to defeat it.
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Trump tops new poll . . . Trump trounced runner-up former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 15 percent of Republicans selected him as their first choice, and 12 percent as their second. Bush trailed him by four points, with 11 percent saying he’s their first choice, and only seven percent as their second. A quarter of Republican voters picked him as their first or second choice for the GOP presidential nominee. Breitbart
Trump not yet committed to backing GOP nominee . . . “I have to see who wins,” he said when asked Thursday evening on Fox News’ “Hannity” program. Washington Times
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Trump slams Bush for charging vets $100K for speech . . . “You mean George Bush sends our soldiers into combat, they are severely wounded, and then he wants $120,000 to make a boring speech to them?” the billionaire developer scolded in a message posted on Twitter. Newsmax
Protestors want Trump’s name off DC hotel . . . Behind makeshift barriers along Pennsylvania Avenue, construction workers were transforming the Old Post Office Pavilion into the luxury Trump International Hotel. Outside those walls, Donald J. Trump’s billion-dollar brand was unraveling. Washington Post
Et tu, FAA? . . . The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it intends to rename three navigation points near Palm Beach International Airport in Florida that currently are named for the billionaire and Republican presidential candidate. Breitbart
GOP longshot game: Dump on Trump . . . Yes, everyone but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has distanced themselves from Trump. But former New York governor George Pataki, former Texas governor Rick Perry, and Sen. Lindsey Graham are going beyond mere denunciations. Politico
NY Times keeps Cruz off bestseller list . . . The New York Times informed HarperCollins this week that it will not include Ted Cruz’s new biography on its forthcoming bestsellers list, despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two of the Times’ bestselling titles, the On Media blog has learned. Politico
Walker looking golden in Iowa . . . When Scott Walker announces for president on Monday, he will do so from a position of strength: four in five early-state insiders consider him a top tier candidate. And he’s the clear frontrunner in Iowa: 82 percent of Hawkeye State Republicans also said he would win the caucuses if they were held tomorrow. Politico
Jeb: Clinton “can’t be trusted” . . . Clinton “can’t be trusted,” Bush said. “There is never a straight answer. Whether it’s the server, the emails, Benghazi, [she] just constantly validates this notion that there are two sets of rules.” Politico
This is a good angle for Republicans. Turn her into Nixon, the president she helped impeach.
Dems bash Bush big . . . The Democratic attack machine goes into overdrive as Jeb Bush says workers should ‘work longer hours.’ Politico
Video || Media pan Hillary’s big interview . . . Not even some of the apologists were apologizing for this performance. White House Dossier
The education of Bernie Sanders . . . Vermont, his son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today. Politico
Dems declare war on “husband” and “wife” . . . More than two dozen Democrats have proposed legislation that would eliminate the words “husband” and “wife” from federal law. Those “gendered terms” would be replaced by “gender-neutral” words like “spouse” or “married couple,” according to the bill from Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. Washington Examiner
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Obama immigration order imperiled . . . The Obama administration faces an uphill battle on Friday when it seeks to convince a panel of federal judges to let the president’s executive actions on immigration take effect. With just 18 months left in Obama’s presidency, the court battle has put his programs in peril. Experts believe the case will eventually end up before the Supreme Court, which could rule on the case as late as June 2016. Even if the White House eventually wins, it could leave just a few months to implement the program. The Hill
Is it possible we don’t yet live in a lawless society?
Jill Biden to spend a week in Asia . . . This official White House drive to promote girls’ education overseas has created lots of travel opportunities for the wives of the president and the vice president. Mrs. Obama this year has already logged separate excursions to Asia and to Europe – the latter costing at least $600,000 – and is promising more. White House Dossier
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Thursday that federal marriage benefits will be made accessible to same-sex couples across America.
Michelle gives Native Americans extra credit . . . First Lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday at a tribal youth gathering at the White House that the United States is “finally” embracing the wisdom of Native Americans on conservation and climate change, and claimed that America’s founders modeled the U.S. government partly on the Iroquois Confederacy. “Today, on issues like conservation and climate change, we are finally beginning to embrace the wisdom of your ancestors,” Mrs. Obama said at the event where youth from 230 tribes from 42 states participated. “One of your early democratic institutions –- the Iroquois Confederacy -– served as a model for the United States government,” Obama said. CNS News
Hmm. Wasn’t aware of this. Maybe John Locke was a Native American.
U.S. disrupted July 4 attacks . . . The United States disrupted an undisclosed number of plots to kill Americans on or around the Independence Day holiday, and arrested suspects with alleged links to the Islamic State group, the FBI said. AFP
China hack roll expands by millions . . . Data breaches at the U.S. government’s personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involves millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said data stolen from its computer networks included Social Security numbers and other sensitive information on 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks for security clearances. Reuters
OPM chief refuses to go . . . The government’s personnel office chief is rejecting bipartisan calls for her to step down following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch. Katherine Archuleta, director of the federal Office of Personnel Management, said she has no plans to step down.. The White House, which had previously stated that President Barack Obama was confident in her leadership, said there were no plans to change its position despite the calls for her resignation. Fox News
Greece caves . . . A top eurozone official says Greece has submitted “thorough” proposals aimed at getting a vital third bailout and averting a possible exit from the euro. Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the eurozone would discuss a response to the plans on Saturday. Germany has cautioned there is little room for easing Greece’s debt burden. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras will put the plans, which contain many elements rejected in a referendum last Sunday, to a vote in parliament on Friday. BBC
Pope rebukes leftist Bolivian leader for gift . . . Pope Francis made clear he was not amused as Evo Morales, Bolivia’s left-wing leader, presented a gift that mixes the symbols of Christianity and communism. Telegraph
Oklahoma Governor: The Ten Commandments stay . . . Although the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled last month that the state Capitol’s Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the Capitol grounds, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on Tuesday the monument will remain intact. The Daily Signal
KY County clerk won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses . . . The clerk of Casey County, Kentucky is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite the order of Democrat Gov. Steve Beshear. During a private meeting, Beshear told county clerk Casey Davis Thursday that he should issue same-sex marriage licenses or resign. Davis said he is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because same-sex marriage is against his religious beliefs, and he is also refusing to resign his post. Breitbart
With the Supreme Court wading into religious beliefs with its gay marriage ruling, we may now see growing civil disobedience.
MTV to air “white privilege” documentary . . . MTV is set to air an uncomfortable documentary hosted by an illegal immigrant which shames white people for their privileged position in the United States. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was brought up in the Philippines, gives uncomfortable, awkward and tearful interviews to select cast and panels in the divisive show, called White People. Daily Mail
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