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REDLINE || Monday, April 27, 2015

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Monday, April 27, 2015​

Good morning! In the news today: Death toll from Nepali earthquake could exceed 5,000; George W. Bush bashes Obama; foes aim to scuttle Iran arms deal bill; Clinton Foundation put on charity “watch list;” SCOTUS to take up gay marriage; and Baltimore seeks calm after weekend of sometimes-violent protests.

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Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear . . . Thousands of Nepalis began fleeing the capital Kathmandu on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks and looming shortages of food and water after an earthquake that killed more than 3,700 people. A senior interior ministry official said authorities had not been able to establish contact with some of the worst affected areas in the mountainous nation, and that the death toll could reach 5,000. Reuters


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George W. Bush bashes Obama on Mideast . . . In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State. Bloomberg

GOP to challenge Obama right to sign warming pact . . . Republican senators intend to challenge the administration’s plan to sign an international agreement on greenhouse-gas emissions without the advice and consent of the Senate. Newsmax

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Video || Obama and Bill Nye beat up on Republicans . . . During his Earth Day trip to the Everglades Wednesday, President Obama enlisted “science guy” Bill Nye sit around with him and beat up on Neanderthal Republicans for not liking science, like Benjamin Franklin did. White House Dossier

White House press corps: Obama doesn’t like us . . . A whopping 78 percent of White House reporters who participated in a Politico survey say President Obama doesn’t like them, and about the same percent think Michelle Obama doesn’t like them either. The results suggest the press corps perception of itself is vastly different than that held by many Americans – particularly conservatives – who perceive a cozy, mutually nurturing relationship between press and president. White House Dossier

Fed to weigh whether recovery still in place . . . Chairwoman Janet Yellen and the other members of the Federal Reserve will face a tough question next week as they meet in Washington: Is the U.S. economic recovery faltering? Washington Examiner

Obama approval highest in two years . . . Obama’s job approval rating stands at 46.4 percent, his highest mark in nearly two years, according to a recent Gallup survey. The figure puts him in the company of President Reagan, whose approval rating also hovered around 46 percent at the same point in his presidency. He is far above George W. Bush, whose rating sunk to 35 percent , but he trails Bill Clinton, who held 64 percent approval ratings. Washington Times

WashPost reporter caught on phone during National Anthem . . . It’s sparked outrage, but she says she was taking notes. The Blaze

Top Ten WHCD Jokes by Obama, Cecily Strong

David Frye Does Richard Nixon

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Iran deal foes take aim in Senate . . . Sen. Marco Rubio and other foes of a nuclear deal with Iran are readying several poison-pill amendments — some of which could have broad appeal — aimed at unraveling the bipartisan compromise endorsed by President Barack Obama. Politico

Obama exempted Pakistan drone missions from tough rule . . . President Obama secretly granted the Central Intelligence Agency more flexibility to conduct drone strikes targeting terror suspects in Pakistan than anywhere else in the world after approving more restrictive rules in 2013. Fox News



Charity watchdog puts Clinton Foundation on “watch list” . . . The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. New York Post

Al Sharpton’s group is on the very same list.

Clinton Foundation acknowledges errors . . . The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation says the global philanthropy is working quickly to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors, saying that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are “stronger than ever.” Associated Press

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Liberal columnist says Clinton probe has merit . . . It’s a mistake for the Clinton campaign to write off conservative author Peter Schweizer as a right-wing hack. It won’t work, and it’s not true. He may be a conservative, but that doesn’t mean his investigations don’t have merit, and his allegations won’t stick. Daily Beast

Top Democratic moneyman Jon Cooper, recruited by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has put fundraising activities on hold, saying he can’t do it with a clear conscience because the former secretary of state has too many unanswered questions swirling around her.

Cashing in not working for Hillary . . . For nearly as long as there’s been a Hillary, there’s been a “Real Hillary.” The Real Hillary Clinton, her friends have told reporters over the years, is down-to-earth, hilarious and self-effacing. But there’s another side, too, a woman who is unnervingly single-minded in her pursuit of power, privacy and, at times, cash. Politico

GOP contenders seek to restore strong ties with Israel . . . Top Republican 2016 presidential nomination contenders on Saturday called for restoring America’s historic relationship with Israel through concrete steps enthusiastically received by a Jewish GOP group gathered here for its annual spring meeting. Washington Examiner



Israel strikes terrorist operatives in Syria . . . Israel reportedly carried out at least three airstrikes in Syria over the past two days, and on Sunday its defense minister warned Iran to stop arming Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite terrorist group that has long been Tehran’s proxy in its fight against Israel. CNS News

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Historic ruling expected as SCOTUS takes up gay marriage . . . The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a landmark gay marriage case that many legal experts believe will pave the way for same-sex couples to wed in all 50 states. The Hill

Gay rights groups torpedo bakery’s fundraising drive . . . A crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed Saturday after complaints from gay rights advocates. The website GoFundMe said the page was yanked because the campaign violated the policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.” Washington Times

Baltimore seeks to restore calm after protests . . . As Freddie Gray’s family prepared to bury him on Monday, officials reiterated their calls for calm after a massive demonstration on Saturday left some businesses and cars vandalized, 35 people arrested and a city on edge over the 25-year-old’s death from injuries sustained in police custody. Baltimore Sun

Mayor: We gave “space” to those who “wished to destroy” . . . “While we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on,” the mayor said of the protesters. “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw.” The Blaze

Jenner comes out – as a Republican . . . Former Olympian Bruce Jenner admitted in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Friday that he is transgender and a Republican, even going so far as to say he would approach Republican leadership about championing transgender causes. CNS News

Has Tebow’s Christian faith hurt his career? . . . Even with Tebow’s limits as a passer, there are worse quarterbacks playing professional football. You would think he could at least land a backup job or a third-string spot. Daily Caller

Tsarnaev tries to avoid death . . . Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life is on the line as his lawyers return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty. Associated Press

His victims also sought to avoid death.


Keith Koffler
White House Dossier

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