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REDLINE || Friday, April 24, 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015​

Good morning! In the news today: Boosted by his announcement, Rubio takes the lead among Republicans; WH has no problem with Clinton’s foreign money scandal; Obama wimps out on Armenia; Lynch confirmed; McConnell had a hand in it; Boehner may subpoena the server; and for $50,000, you can shoot with the guy who nixed Bin Laden.

Have a great weekend.




Rubio surges to the top of the pack . . . The Bush dynasty is a negative for voters and Marco Rubio is seen as a leader of the future, as the Florida senator jumps to the head of the GOP pack. Rubio receives a five percentage-point bump after his April 13 announcement and has the backing of 13 percent in the race for the Republican nomination — just a touch over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who gets 12 percent among self-identified GOP primary voters.  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul comes in at 10 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee earn 9 percent each and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gets 8 percent. Fox News

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White House: no problem with Clinton foreign money scandal . . . The White House Thursday indicated that incredibly – or maybe not so incredibly – it is not the least bit concerned that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have been influenced by foreign officials and businessmen donating to the Clinton Foundation and paying her husband for speeches, and that it doesn’t care that she apparently broke her agreement with President Obama to disclose Foundation donations. White House Dossier

Obama issues hilarious statement on Armenian genocide . . . President Obama issued a statement on the Armenian genocide that amounts to a contortionist act at the circus, implying the word “genocide” while twisting himself into knots to avoid using the actual term. White House Dossier

Armenian survivor, 101, blasts Obama . . . A 101-year-old survivor of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago has blasted the US refusal to label the killings as genocide, calling the decision a “shame” for America. “Why? For political reasons! They have bases in Turkey, army bases. For their political gain, they don’t want to recognize it. And it’s shame, shame for America,” said Yevnige Salibian, who lives in a care home in California. AFP

Germany, meanwhile, finally used the word today.

Deportations of illegals plummet amid amnesty . . . Deportations have plummeted by another 25 percent so far this year, with the government even struggling to find enough criminals to kick out of the country, according to the latest statistics that suggest President Obama’s amnesty has hampered removal efforts. Washington Times

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Obama likes drones, but they’re not a clean kill . . . Every independent investigation of the strikes has found far more civilian casualties than administration officials admit. New York Times

Obama fails to end wars . . . Obama pledged in his 2013 inaugural address that “a decade of war is now ending,” but the numbers suggest otherwise. The U.S. takes regular lethal action in at least five countries. U.S. troops are deployed in three conflict zones. And America is directly involved in a pair of Arab civil wars. Politico

Loretta Lynch confirmed . . . Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the new attorney general Thursday, surviving a deeply partisan vote that reflected Republicans’ anger at President Obama more than worry over Ms. Lynch, who will be the first black woman to hold the top law enforcement post. Washington Times

Holder’s legacy . . . The interests of Barack Obama came before the administration of justice. Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund

Obama’s grass roots group stalls . . . Organizing for Action was once seen as a way to take the grassroots appeal that catapulted a junior senator from Illinois into the White House and translate that approach into enacting the president’s agenda. But it was never really effective at pushing legislation across the finish line. Washington Examiner

Tom Brady skips White House Super Bowl celebration . . . The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the White House on Thursday, but one key player was not in attendance. Did he do it because he didn’t want to meet Obama? Daily Caller

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U.S. drone strike kills American al Qaeda hostage . . . Two Western al Qaeda hostages, one an American, were accidentally killed in an operation – reportedly a drone strike – that was launched with the goal of killing terrorists along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. White House Dossier

Iranian convoy turns around . . . A nine-ship Iranian convoy believed to be laden with weapons bound for rebels in Yemen turned around Thursday after being followed by U.S. warships stationed in the area to prevent arms shipments, multiple sources in the Pentagon told Fox News. Fox News



Boehner may subpoena Hillary’s server . . . Speaker John Boehner made clear Thursday for the first time that the House of Representatives might subpoena Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail server if she doesn’t voluntarily turn it over for examination by an independent party. “I’ve not made any decisions yet but all options are on the table… If we need to do that, we may have to,” he said. Bloomberg

Hillary has been summoned by the House Benghazi panel to appear May 18.

Video || Chelsea dodges questions like a Clinton . . . Chelsea Clinton was asked why the Clinton foundation, which she helps run, was taking money from regimes that oppress women, like Saudi Arabia, and other questionable regimes, and, “Were favors done in exchange for funding?” To which Chelsea replied: Blah blah blah blah small holder farmers blah blah blah injectable long-lasting reversible contraceptives blah blah blah transparency, transparent, even more transparent, and also blah blah blah. Have a look. White House Dossier

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Hillary: religious beliefs must change for abortion . . . “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced . . . And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. Daily Caller

Liberal columnist rips the Clintons . . . New York magazine liberal columnist Jonathan Chait went after Bill and Hillary Clinton in a stinging op-ed Thursday, calling Bill’s post-presidency “disastrous” and accusing them of being “disorganized and greedy.” Daily Caller

Clintons lied to New York Times reporter . . . In a preview of Fox News’ upcoming special on the allegations that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traded political favors for donations to the Clinton Foundation, The New York Times reporter Jo Becker revealed that the Clintons straight-up lied to her about whether Bill Clinton had attended a key meeting. Daily Caller

Common Core a problem for Jeb, but not fatal . . . Nine in 10 Republican insiders from the early states think former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s support for Common Core hurts his presidential prospects, but only a small minority believes that his backing of the education standards will prove fatal. Politico

Kasich makes his case for White House bid . . . “I’m the most experienced, period,” the Ohio governor told reporters. The Hill

Rand Paul’s son cited for DUI . . . Police in Lexington say William H. Paul was driving a 2006 Honda Ridgeline at 11:24 a.m. on Sunday when he crashed into the back of an unoccupied parked car. Some people nearby heard the crash and alerted authorities. Fox News

Democrats raise money by lying about climate . . . We are living in a relatively cool era. Ice core data indicate that it is cooler now than it has been around 90% of the time since the end of the last Ice Age. Power Line

McConnell whipped the vote for Lynch . . . Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worked quietly to round up more than 60 votes to end a filibuster of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, Republican senators say. The Hill



No international stories today.


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U.S. wages started to drop as immigration increased . . . The Congressional Research Service released a report to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that noted a sharp drop in the wages of the bottom 90 percent of tax filers starting in the 1970s, which was when the U.S. experienced a significant increase in the number of immigrants entering the country. The Blaze

You have finally stopped working for the government . . . Up until this point of the year, everything you’ve earned has gone to the government. Only money earned in the remaining 252 days of the year is yours to spend as you please. Washington Examiner

ACLU wants Catholic charities to provide abortions . . . A lawsuit filed this month by The American Civil Liberties Union could force Catholic charities to provide contraception and abortions for illegal immigrants in their care. Washington Times

Baltimore police brace for riots . . . The Baltimore Police are bracing for riots this weekend as residents protest the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died this week from severe spinal injuries after being in police custody. Washington Times

For $50,000, Shoot with the guy who killed Bin Laden  . . . Key contributors to a conservative group have received a special invitation: For $50,000, they can shoot guns and hang out this June with Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Washington Post


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  1. I read the article of the survivor Yevnige Salibian. 101 years old and can remember be taken from her home, not wanting to leave her dolls behind. As well the cart be lead by horses. This article and this story, and this survivor’s experience, I would like shown on the evening news!

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