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REDLINE || Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Thursday, July 2, 2015​

Good morning! In the news today: Fannie, Freddie chiefs to get really rich; Hilary private emails has classified info; Sandersmania continues as he fills 10K arena; labor participation rate drops again; the five ways Obama has caved to Iran; and a majority say the Confederate flag is not racist;

Have a great weekend. REDLINE will not publish Friday




Fannie, Freddie chiefs given massive pay raise . . . Over the objections of the Obama administration and key lawmakers, the CEOs of bailed-out housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting massive pay raises, courtesy of the regulator appointed by President Obama himself. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Mel Watt defended his decision to approve the pay hikes, which will raise the Fannie and Freddie CEOs’ pay from $600,000 to $4 million. Washington Times

These are the two agencies most responsible for the financial meltdown. They were supposed to be eliminated. But under the Obama administration, they are thriving, clearly. Until the next meltdown.


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The dozen Hillary emails you must read . . . From Hillary’s frustration with the White House to that epic battle with the fax machine. Politico

Emails had classified info . . . A State Department spokesman said Wednesday that details from 25 emails were deemed classified and withheld from the 3,000-page trove of Hillary Clinton documents released overnight — despite the former secretary of state claiming she never sent classified material on her personal email. State Department spokesman John Kirby acknowledged at a briefing that details from the 25 emails are now considered “classified.” The messages were released, with those portions redacted. Fox News

From Whitewater to Benghazi: Hillary’s scandals . . . Many of the hyped controversies have turned out to have little substance, but in several cases it has become clear that Bill or Hillary Clinton fell short of rules or laws. Atlantic

Hillary’s shadow . . . After years as the former secretary of state’s loyal assistant, Huma Abedin is emerging as a campaign power center of her own. Politico

Sanders fills 10K-seat stadium in Wisconsin . . . Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touted his progressive credentials before his largest crowd to date Wednesday night as he pushed his campaign into Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s backyard. Breitbart

Biden getting in? . . . Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s team is putting out the word that he is leaning in favor of joining the presidential race next month, according to a prominent Democratic fundraiser. Washington Times

Trump would “bomb the Hell” out of ISIS . . . “I would attack the oil. I would take away their source of power,” Trump told Newsmax TV. “I would take away their source of wealth. You will defeat ISIS.” Newsmax

NYC reviewing Trump contracts . . . A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday the review is currently ongoing. Trump has come under fire for controversial statements he made at his presidential kickoff last week. Fox News

Democrats cheer Trump . . . For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. Washington Post

Sorry, Trump has a point . . . For all its crassness, Trump’s rant on immigration is closer to reality than the gauzy clichés of the immigration romantics unwilling to acknowledge that there might be an issue welcoming large numbers of high school dropouts into a 21st-century economy. If we don’t want to add to the ranks of the poor, the uninsured and the welfare dependent, we should have fewer low-skilled immigrants — assuming saying that is not yet officially considered a hate crime. Rich Lowry

Jeb’s South Korean sugar daddy . . . Bush gave 10 speeches for firm that reaped more than $1 billion from his brother’s administration. Politico

Ted Cruz: My year as a Supreme Court clerk . . . I was standing behind the chief justice of the United States and sitting right next to him was the court’s first female justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. We were in front of a large computer screen gazing at explicit, hard-core pornography. As we examined the screen before us, I remember very distinctly what the 65-year-old O’Connor said. Before I finish that story, maybe I should start from the top. Politico

Breitbart editor running for Congress . . . Mike Flynn is running an underdog campaign for Aaron Schock’s former seat in the House of Representatives. National Journal

Book of the Week . . . This is the book that tells the real story of Obama’s contempt for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his lousy treatment of Israel. “I’m not sure that in the annals of diplomatic history there’s ever been anything quite like this astonishing account of Oren’s four years as Israel’s ambassador in Washington. It’s an ultimate insider’s story told while all the players save Oren are still in place.”—New York Post

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Obama: We have similar values, history as Brazil . . . Obama thinks our culture is malleable, changing all the time, moving forward, and so on and so forth. He had to force himself during his presidency to say he is an American exceptionalist, because actually he is not. White House Dossier

Labor participation at lowest level since 1977 . . . Nonfarm payrolls rose a seasonally adjusted 223,000 in June, the Labor Department said Thursday. Meanwhile, the share of Americans participating in the labor force fell to 62.6% in June from 62.9% in May. White House Dossier

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Two thirds support Court’s Obamacare decision . . . The numbers are split largely along party lines, with 82 percent of Democrats supporting the decision and 62 percent of Republicans opposing it. Additionally, 61 percent of independents said they approve of the ruling. National Journal

Girl Scouts camp out on South Lawn . . . Unfortunately, it rained overnight in the Washington area as if the Chinese air force had arrived, and the girls were forced to run for their lives in the middle of the night, settling in a conference room in an office building near the White House. White House Dossier

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Five ways Obama has caved to Iran . . . The Obama administration has said consistently for two years that it wants to reach an agreement that ensures Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful and can never be used to develop a nuclear weapon. But the administration has made a series of concessions, almost from the start, that have the potential to thwart the basic goal of the talks, even if an agreement is reached. Washington Examiner

UN: Iran basically meeting its commitments . . . The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is broadly meeting its commitments under a preliminary nuclear deal that set the current talks in Austria on the path to a final agreement. Christian Science Monitor




U.S. blocks allies from arming Kurds . . . The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. Telegraph


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Solid majority say Confederate flag not racist . . . As debate rages in South Carolina over the Confederate flag on its statehouse property, a majority of Americans see the rebel flag as a symbol of Southern pride, not a reminder of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday. Public opinion is about where it stood 15 years ago, when the Palmetto State removed the rebel St. Andrew’s cross from the Capitol dome. But there is a stark racial divide on how the banner is perceived and what should be done about references to the Confederacy. Politico

TV Land axes Dukes of Hazard . . . The channel, which features reruns of iconic TV shows, told ABC News that it had “removed” the the Duke boys from the nightly schedule. The show had garnered unfavorable attention due to the Confederate battle flag painted the roof of the Dodge Charger known as “The General Lee” that was driven by show’s main characters, Bo and Luke Duke. Washington Times

Episcopalians to perform gay weddings . . . Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop. CNS News

Former CNN reporter shoots, kills attacker . . . Chuck de Caro, a former CNN reporter, was shot three times during an attempted robbery in an Albuquerque motel room on Tuesday, but he shot back, killing his attacker and defending his wife, Lynne Russell, a former CNN anchor. “I am very, very proud of my husband. He is my hero,” Russell told Albuquerque’s KOB Channel 4. Daily Caller

Woman says won’t have abortion for $1 million . . . An anonymous woman claiming that she’s seven weeks pregnant says she won’t have an abortion if pro-lifers give her $1 million.  “I am a twenty-six-year-old female and I am currently 7 weeks pregnant. I have every intention of having an abortion, but I’m giving you a chance to stop it,” she writes. Newsmax

Wow. Talk about hostage taking.

Keith Koffler
White House Dossier

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26 thoughts on “REDLINE || Thursday, July 2, 2015”

  1. What-no mention of the “peas” controversy–or should I say LACK of? The NYT had a recipe with peas in guacamole–and both our alert president and Jeb! said this was just wrong–peas do not belong in this wonderful dip. But but…I thought we were supposed to eat our peas.

  2. Episcopalians to perform gay weddings . .
    This is disheartening.
    The Methodist Church also condones gays in the pulpit.

    The very fabric of the religious community is being demolished.

    1. Who knows what the “straight” ministers do in their own homes or even churches–we had a scandal at Foundry over the much-beloved minister being overly huggy kissy with women who worked in the church. Yet the church is not demolished…And this was such a scandal, it made the papers.

      1. There is a difference between the the church and the denominational ‘Church.’

        I learned that in confirmation many years ago.

    2. I could be wrong, but I thought homosexuality was accepted by Episcopalians quite some time ago — with gay and lesbian ministers , officials, etc. But like I said, I could be wrong.

          1. But there is discussion because some people view the bible as a compendium of things written by hundreds of people, the so-called dictates are contradictory (Jesus never got into this subject, for example, and the parts of Leviticus cited also mention slaves and other dated things), and some–like me–just think God created everyone and we should follow the Golden Rule. It is not cut and dried. Oh, well, arguing religion is never a good idea.

  3. Reading the Trump articles in today’s Redline. Here’s my current take on Trump:

    He didn’t jump into the race because he wants to be President. That’s not what he’s doing here.

    He jumped into the race to shake it up, to say what needs to be said, to attract the heat for what he says from self appointed know it alls. He’s exposing their hypocrisy, and they don’t like it one bit. They have no choice but to report on his and react to him, and that drives them crazy.

    He wants to put some vigor and life and spark into what, thus far, has been an excruciatingly dull race on the R side. (same on the D side, for that matter). With the exception on a couple of R candidates, it’s pretty much nap time.

    Sure he’s purposely flamboyant, saying outrageous stuff (which often needs to be said). He’s popping up all over the place, he’s making his presence known, he’s ticking off the elites, the politically correct politicians, the let’s-not-say-anything-the-press-can-ding-us-for crowd.

    The spineless politicians and media types are horrified at what he’s doing, of course, taking out their little bottle of smelling salts and fainting from yet another case of the vapours. They are all “outraged and appalled”, as they like to tell us, because The Donald isn’t bending over and asking them to “give him another slap on the butt.

    Don’t forget–underneath that clown act, Trump is doing, is a very, very shrewd, clever guy who knows exactly what he’s doing.

    1. I respect him because he must have known going in that he was going to take some big hits — maybe not as big financially as he is getting, especially of Bolshie Bill screws with N

      1. oops — especially if Bolshie Bill tightens the screws with NYC contracts. But Trump did not go into this blind, and kudos to him for staying the course so far.

        1. Bolshie Bill..LOL. For sure. It would be interesting to see the wording in those contracts. There’s usually some kind of a “morality” clause, but interpreting that clause is what makes some lawyers very wealthy. There’s no moral issue in Trump’s statements, but they’ll try to make it so, perhaps.

      1. Yep, he will. At the least he will give back twice as much as they throw at him. That alone is worth the price of the ticket.

    1. No surprise Lee.
      I’m surprised they weren’t fired.
      I’m not really surprised, the cronyism is rampant throughout our government.

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