Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: ISIS claims it carried out the Texas attack; Huckabee says pastors must obey Supreme Court on gay marriage; New Hampshire could be the key for Jeb; Does Bill really want Hillary to be president?; Clinton insists she only testify once on Benghazi; and a cry for help from Baltimore.
Have a great day.
ISIS claims responsibility for Texas attack . . . The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad — though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers. An audio statement on the extremist group’s Al Bayan radio station said that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack and promised the group would deliver more attacks in the future. Associated Press
It seems to have been poorly planned and executed. But if this is correct, it’s the beginning of a new problem – attacks from a Islamist group which, whether we realize it or not, we are at war with. And they’ll get better this.
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Obama: Helping poor young men to be “my life’s work” . . . President Obama launched a new spin-off of his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative Monday, pledging to make helping young men in impoverished communities his life’s mission. Washington Examiner
Obama to name Marine general to top military job . . . President Barack Obama on Tuesday will nominate Marine Corps’ Commandant Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. officials said on Monday, disclosing a widely expected pick likely to win swift Senate confirmation. Reuters
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Does Bill not want Hillary to be president? . . . Honestly, honestly honestly. I think there is some secret, dark part of Bill Clinton – not that he actually has many “secret” dark parts, but stick with me here – that does not want his wife to be president. How else can one explain how this most sublime of politicians seems to do everything possible to destroy her chances? White House Dossier
Clinton demands to testify only once . . . Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is willing to testify only once — not twice, as requested — before a House panel investigating the terrorist attacks on Benghazi. Washington Examiner
Dynasties mimic: British royals name their latest addition “Charlotte,” same name as the Clinton granddaughter.
Bill said he didn’t take capital gains. Is it true? . . . Bill Clinton’s claim that he and Hillary have paid “almost no capital gains” in the past 15 years was put in doubt Monday following reports showing the former first couple booked nearly $400,000 in capital gains between 2000 and 2006. But a Daily Caller analysis shows the Clintons may have incurred vastly more capital gains than that: between $2 million and $7.4 million. Daily Caller
Bill Clinton says a lot of things. Some of them are true.
The king and queen of Haiti . . . There’s no country that more clearly illustrates the confusing nexus of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and Bill Clinton’s foundation than Haiti—America’s poorest neighbor. The legacy of the Clintons’ efforts here is decidedly mixed, a murky story filled with big promises and smaller results. Politico
Huckabee: Pastors must obey Court on gay marriage . . . If the Supreme Court rules in June that so-called gay marriage is a “civil right” protected by the U.S. Constitution, then Christian pastors who refuse to perform same-sex marriages “will be breaking the law” dependent upon how that law is written, said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. CNS News
Mike Huckabee’s love affair with big government . . . As governor of Arkansas, he once embraced many of the positions he now rails against. Politico
Jeb’s New Hampshire necessity . . . With Iowa conservatives wary, his strength still unknown in South Carolina, and his home state of Florida no longer an early backstop – having bumped itself from fifth in the nominating line to the middle of the pack – New Hampshire has emerged as an almost must-win state for Bush in 2016. National Journal
Fiorina shows surprising strength . . . That Carly Fiorina isn’t being summarily dismissed is a testament to her surprising political strength and value in a presidential contest set to feature the first woman at the top of the ticket. Washington Examiner
Few 2016 contenders have served. Does it matter? . . . Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have never served in the military. Neither have Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum or Bobby Jindal. And those are just the Republicans gearing up for a presidential campaign. The same goes for the Democrats likely to seek their party’s nomination for president: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders aren’t veterans either. Daily Caller
Dems want minimum wage to be campaign centerpiece . . . Democrats are doubling down on their push for a national minimum wage hike ahead of the 2016 presidential election, as they look to make a campaign issue of an effort that met a stinging legislative defeat last year. Party leaders are rallying behind new legislation that would raise the wage to $12 an hour, well beyond the $10.10 effort that failed to pass. The Hill
Hundreds of Boko Haram captives freed . . . A major offensive by Nigerian forces has freed nearly 700 captives from Boko Haram in the last week, while also further exposing the Islamist terror group’s bottomless propensity for evil. Fox News
Fidel Castro, drug kingpin? . . . Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had a perfectly constructed persona shown to the world: a ragtag revolutionary who bowed to no one. But a former bodyguard to the longtime leader shares in a new book about Castro’s alleged luxurious lifestyle and drug-smuggling schemes to the United States. Fox Latino
A cry for help from Baltimore . . . An eloquent plea for helping the poor by removing the hand of government was made in the WSJ by Jay Steinmetz, who owns a supply-chain management company in downtown Baltimore. His message is very simple. It amounts to, Please, no more government kindness. Let me just run my business so I can hire people and help lift this place out of poverty. White House Dossier
Fox erroneously reports that police shot a man . . . Fox News erroneously reported that Baltimore police shot a man Monday in the same neighborhood where unrest broke out last week — a mistake quickly corrected by the news network. Washington Post
A Montana man was arrested last month after he apparently “liked” his most wanted poster on a Crimestoppers Facebook page.
Battle of the Fox Titans . . . Megan Kelly and Bill O’Reilly duke it out, He said the Mohammed drawers provoked the violence. She says no “catering to the Jihadis. The Blaze
Trump bashes Mohammed drawing contest . . . “It’s disgusting that it happened and everything else. But why are they doing drawing Muhammad? Isn’t there something else they can draw.” Breitbart
“Django Unchained” star must apologize for race charge . . . An actress who accused Los Angeles police of racially profiling her after she was accused of having sex with her boyfriend in a parked car last year was ordered Monday to apologize to officers. Fox News
Sandberg husband died from treadmill accident . . . David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, was found Friday at about 6:30 p.m. in a resort gymnasium lying by a treadmill in a pool of blood, with a blow to the lower back of his head. Associated Press
FCC to regulate content? . . . “I could easily see this migrating over to the direction of content… What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself,” said said Republican FCC member Ajit Pai. CNS News
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