Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Obama caves again to Iran; Obama hasn’t even filled post to help Christian being slaughtered overseas; DeBlasio to take on Hillary?; Dem concern about Clinton money issues growing; Obama sends a carrier to Yemen; and lessons about transgender issues land in elementary school.
Have a great day.
Obama prepares to give in to Iran again . . . Within days of hearing Iran’s demand that sanctions be lifted immediately, rather than in a phased way to award good behavior, Obama’s knees began to tremble, and Friday he collapsed to the floor of the East Room and caved in. One thing the Iranians surely figured out a long time ago is that President Obama will never bomb them. And so they negotiate accordingly. What they have also noticed is that, this late in the “process,” there is virtually nothing the president won’t accept or do to get a deal. White House Dossier
Next up: Giving in to Iranian demands on limits on inspections. Then the deal will go from worthless to totally worthless.
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White House won’t say Clinton donations didn’t affect policy . . . White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today pointedly dodged, using unrelated verbiage, questions about whether those who gave to the Clintons during Hillary’s time as Secretary of State received favorable treatment for their agendas. White House Dossier
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Obama urged to act as slaughter of Christians escalates . . . More than 50 organizations, scholars, religious leaders and human rights advocates, along with 43 members of Congress, called on Obama Monday to fill the vacant post of special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and South Central Asia, which has stood vacant since it was created. Washington Examiner
How hard could this post be to fill? I mean, if you really care about the issue.
Sharpton: GOP opposes Lynch because she is black . . . Civil rights activist, tax cheat and MSNBC host Al Sharpton opined on “PoliticsNation” that Republicans were holding up a vote on President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch to “send a message” to “overly qualified women or blacks.” Daily Caller
Well that was inevitable.
Obama pressure to get hostages out of Iran . . . The Obama administration is facing mounting pressure to use its leverage in the Iranian nuclear talks to demand the release of Americans imprisoned there — as Tehran proceeds with charges critics say are unfair and unjust. Fox News
Grassley: FBI obstructing fast and furious . . . The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice’s top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress’s ability to be a check on the administration’s actions. Washington Times
Eight year old boy writes Michelle a searing letter . . . Complains about just one ketchup per lunch, and then moves on to foreign policy. Weekly Standard
U.S. sends carrier to Yemen with eye on Iran convoy . . . A US aircraft carrier was headed to the Arabian Sea Tuesday as Washington said it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Huthi rebels in Yemen in violation of a UN embargo. But Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren denied reports the US warships have orders to intercept the Iranian vessels. AFP
So are we actually going to do anything, or is this another toothless Obama gesture?
De Blasio to run against Hillary? . . . Despite repeated claims to the contrary, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post. De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a “Draft de Blasio’’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years ago. New York Post
Dems uneasy about Clinton finances . . . The financial portfolio of Hillary Clinton, her family and the Clinton Foundation is under new scrutiny, worrying some Democrats, as the former secretary of State begins her 2016 campaign. The Hill
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How the media are spinning their Hillary stories . . . Newsweek’s lead on a story: “Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.” Why is “enemies” the lead and not the shady dealings? Washington Free Beacon
The 88 times Hillary said “Mmm Hmm” in one sitting . . . The Clinton campaign has scheduled surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York to try to remove some of Mrs. Clinton’s Mmm Hmm’s. During surgery, doctors will attempt to install some artificial “Yups” and “You don’t says.”White House Dossier
Koch brothers choose Walker . . . The fabulously wealthy and politically generous conservative brothers Charles and David Koch appear to have settled on Scott Walker as their candidate of choice, potentially a huge boon to the Wisconsin governor as he competes for funding and votes against fellow Republicans. White House Dossier
McCain mocks Cruz . . . Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) is mocking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for claiming he is “pressing” for hearings on allowing U.S. troops to carry private firearms on military installations. “You know, I was fascinated to hear that because I haven’t heard a thing about it from him,” McCain said. “Maybe it was through some medium that I’m not familiar with. Maybe bouncing it off the ozone layer, for all I know.” The Hill
Jindal, unpopular at home, gets little traction on the trail . . . Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s focus on states important in the presidential campaign is drawing lots of criticism at home and doing little apparent good for his 2016 prospects. Associated Press
Netanyahu refuses to meet with “anti-Israel” Jimmy Carter . . . A senior diplomatic official told Channel 10, which broke the news, that Carter is “a disaster for Israel,” and that all Israeli leaders should refrain from meeting the former president, due to his “anti-Israel positions.” Times of Israel
Good. Let him hang out with Hamas.
Students fear for safety because conservative will speak . . . Apparently, the simple presence of Christina Hoff Sommers on campus could be traumatizing. Students at both Oberlin College in Ohio and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., have been crying out that they fear for their safety because conservative groups invited someone who disagrees with their views on sexual assault and rape culture to speak on campus. National Review
Pro-Israel group blasts anti-Semitic course . . . The University of California (UC) Riverside is under fire for offering students a new course about Israeli “apartheid” that critics describe as anti-Semitic and in violation of school policy prohibiting political indoctrination in the classroom, according to course materials and sources familiar with the situation. Washington Free Beacon
Newsmax’s top 100 Christian leaders . . .
1. Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan’s Purse.
2. Joel Osteen, televangelist, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, and best-selling author.
3. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, creators of the successful television series “The Bible,” and its spinoff, “A.D. The Bible Continues.”|
See the rest . . .
“She had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body” . . . Parents of some students at Mitchell Primary School in Kittery, Maine, are criticizing school officials for failing to notify parents before their kids were read a children’s book about a transgender child. Superintendent of Schools Allyn Hutton said in a statement that the book was part of a lesson on “tolerance and respect.” The Blaze
Toni Morrison: Let’s see a black cop shoot a white . . . “People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race,” Morrison, 84, told The (U.K.) Telegraph. “This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back,” Morrison said. “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.” Daily Caller
Complaint: Extroverts have “social privilege” . . . Social Justice Warriors have found a new thing to be upset about: the institutional oppression that introverts endure because “this culture has been built for extroverts” and that gives them “social privilege.” National Review
Uber driver with license to carry thwarts possible murders . . . Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend. Chicago Tribune
Playboy-posing vet tries to rescue the flag . . . When Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart heard demonstrators at Valdosta State University, Georgia, were walking on the American flag, she knew she had to intervene if campus police would not. Air Force Times
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