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REDLINE || Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015​

Good morning! In the news today: Clinton trails GOP candidates in swing states; Trump gives out Graham’s cell number; Kasich says he’s running; hefty bill for Michelle Obama’s China trip; second video of Planned Parenthood discussing fetal organs emerges, provoking widespread disgust; and the Pope is losing popularity in America, particularly on the right.

Have a great day.

Keith

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Clinton trails Republicans in key swing states . . . In Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, the former secretary of state trails in hypothetical general-election matchups with three leading Republican candidates: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Clinton trails Rubio in Colorado, 38 percent to 46 percent; in Iowa, 36 percent to 44 percent; and in Virginia, 41 percent to 43 percent. Matched up with Bush, Clinton trails 36 percent to 41 percent in Colorado; 36 percent to 42 percent in Iowa; and 39 percent to 42 percent in Virginia. Clinton is also behind Walker in Colorado, 38 percent to 47 percent; in Iowa, 37 percent to 45 percent; and in Virginia, 40 percent to 43 percent. Politico

Think about how bad this is for her. I mean, what kind of name recognition does Scott Walker have compared to Hillary?

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Trump gives out Graham’s cell phone number . . . Hours after South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump “the world’s biggest jackass” for questioning Arizona Sen. John McCain’s “war hero” status, the real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate responded by giving out Graham’s personal cellphone number. Yahoo News

Graham’s phone is reportedly ringing off the hook, and he’s picking up, along with helpers like the children of his friend Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Kasich gets in, against the odds . . . Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the Republican presidential field Monday, casting himself as a battle-tested leader and less-strident conservative that he said his party needs to win the White House. Washington Times

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O’Malley links rise of Isis to climate change . . . “One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation state of Syria, the rise of ISIS, was the effect of climate change and the mega drought the affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis,” he said. “It created the symptoms – or rather the conditions – of extreme poverty that lead now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence.” Fox News

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​Families urge action on undocumented felons . . . In an emotional hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Jim Steinle, the father of Kathryn Steinle, told the lawmakers his daughter was the victim of a negligent bureaucracy that allowed the suspect — an undocumented Mexican national with a long criminal record — to slip through the cracks at the public’s peril. The Hill

Trump is heading to the Texas-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the current border security situation. Trump is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector, according to Breitbart.

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Taxpayers hit hard by Michelle Obama’s China trip . . . Judicial Watch just obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that Michelle Obama’s 2014 trip to China cost American taxpayers $362,523.53 in air travel expenses alone. The first lady, her daughters, and her mother spent March 19-26 in China, in a trip highlighted by extended visits to some of the country’s most popular tourist sites. Newsmax

Under pressure, Obama lowers flags . . . President Obama has ordered flags at the White House and other public buildings to fly at half-staff after mounting criticism over the delay in honoring five armed forces members killed last week by a gunman. The Hill

Obama claims VA wait times “just a few days” . . . President Obama stunned veterans, Republican lawmakers and even talk show host Jon Stewart Tuesday by claiming his administration has reduced most veterans’ wait times for a doctor’s appointment to “just a few days,” an assertion that veterans said doesn’t match reality. Washington Times

Obama defends IRS . . . President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party-targeting scandal was actually Congress‘ fault for passing “a crummy law” and that the real problem is the agency doesn’t have enough money. Washington Times

Video || Obama seems unfamiliar with name of Iran hostage

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Haass: Iran deal doesn’t solve nuclear problem . . . Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass this morning said the Iran deal not only doesn’t solve the Iranian nuclear weapons problem, but it allows Iran to put into place everything it needs to build a nuclear program. White House Dossier

Hiding something? . . . Two key documents are missing from the Iran nuclear deal submitted to Congress, and the two leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee want the Obama administration to hand them over, Chairman Bob Corker said Tuesday. The documents deal with an Iranian military facility at Parchin and a side agreement Iran reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Washington Examiner

Anti-Iran deal rally will shut down Times Square . . . Thousands of people are expected in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday evening to protest a “bad deal” with Iran, and to urge Congress to vote down the new nuclear accord. Breitbart

Press focuses on Jihadist’s personal problems . . . He was depressed. He drank too much. He was going through a rough patch. Those are the current talking points for explaining what led Muhammad Abdulazeez to take the lives of five American servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week. Daily Caller

Army chief: We could have prevented ISIS . . . The Army’s top officer told Fox News Tuesday it’s “frustrating” to watch the gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of the Islamic State, saying in an exit interview that the chaos now unfolding “might have been prevented” had the U.S. stayed more engaged. Fox News

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Pope’s popularity plummets . . . Pope Francis is not as popular a pontiff as he used to be in the United States — especially among conservatives — according to a new Gallup survey out Wednesday. A larger share of American Catholics say they don’t have a favorable view of their church’s spiritual leader. A little more than seven in 10 (71 percent) have a favorable image of Francis, a drop of 18 percentage points from last year. The drop is even more marked among conservatives, 72 percent of which viewed him in a favorable light in 2014. This year, just 45 percent have a positive opinion of him. Politico

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Kirsten Powers: Crush Planned Parenthood . . . The problem here is not one of tone. It’s the crushing. It’s the organ harvesting of  fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It’s the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection. There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, “It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them.” Kirsten Powers in USA Today

Legality of fetal organ donations questioned . . . A second undercover video with a Planned Parenthood official has sharpened the focus on whether the organization is violating federal law governing the donation of fetal tissue and organs from abortions. The latest video, released Tuesday by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress as part of a three-year investigation, shows Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter haggling over the price of aborted fetal tissue and contemplating the use of an alternative abortion method to obtain an intact fetus. Washington Times

Spike in teen use of morning-after pill . . . More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive. Fox News

Dash-cam video shows Bland’s arrest . . . A confrontation between a Texas state trooper and motorist Sandra Bland began after she expressed irritation at being pulled over July 10 for not signaling a lane change and then balked when the officer asked her to put out her cigarette, dash-camera video released Tuesday shows. Bland, 28, of Naperville, Ill., was found dead in her cell, three days after the traffic stop in Prairie View, Texas, about 50 miles northwest of Houston. USA Today

Officer shoots unarmed black man to death in Cincy . . . Cincinnati police are investigating the fatal shooting of an apparently unarmed black man by a University of Cincinnati police officer after a confrontation during a traffic stop Sunday. CNN

Gun store declared “Muslim-free zone” . . . A Muslim group is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate a Florida gun store owner after he declared his business to be a “Muslim-free zone.” Washington Times

Armadillos causing leprosy in Florida . . . Florida health and wildlife experts are warning residents to steer clear of armadillos in light of a reported spike in cases of leprosy. USA Today

Group organizes conservative ideas in on place . . . On Wednesday, the group Opportunity Lives is launching a new Solutions Center, aimed at organizing many conservative policy ideas — from the halls of Congress to the world of think tanks — in one place. Washington Examiner

 

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44 Responses to REDLINE || Wednesday, July 22, 2015

  1. Oh, for pete’s sake; armadillos are not the cause of the spike of leprosy in Florida. The scary title doesn’t support the information given by the health officials.

    No one is calling DonaldTrump a “clown” anymore. The pundits are twisting themselves into pretzels trying to figure out what the public sees in his message. The current idea they have latched onto is that the poor, blue-collar, and/or uneducated are his base support.
    Completely ignoring the true feelings of Americans to the invasion of millions of illegal aliens that the government supports, and the liars, cheats, and clueless elected officals who don’t reflect the values most of us adhere to, the political class is mystified.

    Oh no! MrTrump exposed SenGraham’s cell phone number to the public! And……

    The Muslim radicalized killer of our military did so because he is a radicalized Muslim. Period.

    • The latest artillery attack being aimed at Trump–I heard last night from some R commentators– is that he is “angry”. You know, like angry all the time. (I can’t see it, but there we are)

      Pundits tried that firing that particular verbal 150 mm artillery shell attack at Kasich a few days ago, as you remember, but it seemed to go “plonk” almost right away. Now it’s Trump who’s “angry”. Who will it be next week?

      So what political genius is coordinating these verbal accusatory attacks on candidates these days? (Two angry candidates in one week. Is that a record?) Who decided to use the “XYZ is a very angry person” tactic this week? What nitwit believes any of this nonsense?

      • Well, I am angry, because just had to go to another “job fair” and again, totally geared to “spanish” speakers & hispanics. I did fill out a survey form and vented my frustration. Thankx again ya’ll for letting me vent. I do enjoy reading most of the comments and articles here…

      • I’m not angry Marcus, I’m mad as hell.
        Kasich doesn’t take flak from anybody.
        I don’t agree with some of his policies but he won’t back down.

        I like the field.
        I like the game.
        I hope I like the outcome.

        • Yep, and if I were one of the Presidential candidates, I would pay attention to the tactics Trump is using. He is FORCING the media to pay attention to him (and I suspect they hate that). He is not being cowered by the media, not allowing himself to get on the defensive with them, and giving back as good as he gets with them. That’s inspiring to watch. Does Trump say everything perfectly, does he stumble, does he turn heads when he talks? No, yes and yes.

          Note carefully, the Progressive media is still not tangling with Trump on the ISSUES Trump is raising. They are only concerned with his language, his hair, his character–anything they can do to destroy him personally and get him out of the race. It worked with other R candidates, but it’s not working with Trump, and the media and politicians on both sides of the aisle can’t figure out why their formula of destruction isn’t working this time (at least not yet).

          This is great stuff to watch.

  2. We are all waiting for the sleeping giant to awaken and take our Country back.
    So much is being thrown at us so quickly that it takes an effort just to keep up with it.

    Relying on the MSM for your information source is an effort in futility.

    One must have the intelligence to differentiate between propaganda, outright lies, and the truth.

    We must weigh all of the information that is shoved down our throats for what it is.
    Someones opinion.

    • AFVet, have you read Lloyd Marcus’s column at American Thinker today? He expresses my opinions about Trump and the media exactly. I think you would like his thoughts too. Wake up, sleeping giant! Time for action!

      • Thanks MC.
        Rush is also trumpeting the ripples that Trump is making in the so called ‘staid media’.
        The Obama administration has the audacity to destroy this Country and Trump has the audacity to speak out against the attempt to do so.

        GO TRUMP !

        • Everybody saying he’s not Presidential — what is not presidential is boy king making a deal with a country that sponsors terrorists, shouts death to America on a daily if not hourly basis and does so without the consent of the Congress or the American people.

          • Add to that Obama’s elementary school tendency to label all those who question this deal as somehow not “informed”, or out of the loop, or who haven’t advanced another plan, or who are not aware of the facts, or of being “political”, etc. Everyone knows that Obama is lying his butt off when he says these things, but that doesn’t stop him from doing it for a second. He does that to his critics on every issue he advances, of course. Does he not yet see that tactic makes him the buffoon, the carnival barker, the propagandist, the manipulator, the BS’er? No, he doesn’t. Taking a point from basic Game Theory: he (Obama) is OK, and everyone else is Not OK. That’s sick stuff when it’s a fundamental element of a personality and used constantly..

  3. The ‘Sham Wow Guy’ and his evil enablers Kerry and Moniz touted the Iran agreement as a 100-page document. Well, lo’ and behold there’s an additional 59 pages covering two additional agreements, not as yet submitted to Congress.

    You don’t think they’re trying to get a fast one past us, do you? [extra bold sarc tone]

    • It’s being reported that these side agreements are “secret” (USAToday reporting) and that Congress is just now learning about them.

      What a mess.

        • Yep, true. It’ll be interesting to see how the anti-Iran deal demonstration in NYC goes tonight. I’ll bet Obama and his people will have lots of drones in the air watching the crowds and taking photos. Good line up of speakers, too. Chucky Schumer is getting lots of heat to not sign on to this deal. What he does on this one will forever show whether he is still a hack politician, or a serious patriotic American who takes his oath of office as a Senator seriously.

      • Sick with bronchitis, before that … just sick of it all.

        I’ve taken to FB to vent my total frustration sans constraints on language. I’ve made two voodoo dolls and I am obviously sticking the pins in incorrectly because Kerry only suffered a broken leg.

        Thanks, sweet of you to; a)notice my absence and b) inquire about it.

    • One agreement covers the inspection of the Parchin military base and the second details how the IAEA and Iran will resolve outstanding issues on possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program. No one except Iran and the IAEA will be privy to this info.

      Parchin is the secret location suspected of carrying on most of the work on nuclear weapons.

      Obama has also promised to protect Iran’s nuclear facilities from attack….which is more than he is doing for America!!!!!!!!

    • 1,231 Colorado voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points;
      1,236 Iowa voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points;
      1,209 Virginia voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

        • At the present time, bringing out the marching bands and dancing elephants to highlight epidemics isn’t politically advantageous for the WH. Was reading about ancient Rome and its collapse the other day, and one of the factors seems to be the influx of diseases from the invaders and other migrating people, for which the Romans (in the area around Rome itself and also in the Provinces) did not have immunity. Malaria, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever seem to have been the major culprits.

  4. Army Chief Odierno stated that the outcome of Iraq, “may have been prevented”.
    This was his exit interview. I feel he has a lot more than the above comment on his mind.

    • The fact that General Odierno made these comments while still wearing the uniform is a very, very big deal. It’s as loud an alarm as he could raise right now and cause people to pay attention to what’s really going on. In the world of military culture, this was extremely brave on his part.

  5. Just read the article regarding the Stop Iran Rally scheduled today. Will take place on 42nd St. and 7th Ave. 5:30-7:30.
    Thousands of people expected.