Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Clinton trails GOP candidates in swing states; Trump gives out Graham’s cell number; Kasich says he’s running; hefty bill for Michelle Obama’s China trip; second video of Planned Parenthood discussing fetal organs emerges, provoking widespread disgust; and the Pope is losing popularity in America, particularly on the right.
Have a great day.
Clinton trails Republicans in key swing states . . . In Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, the former secretary of state trails in hypothetical general-election matchups with three leading Republican candidates: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Clinton trails Rubio in Colorado, 38 percent to 46 percent; in Iowa, 36 percent to 44 percent; and in Virginia, 41 percent to 43 percent. Matched up with Bush, Clinton trails 36 percent to 41 percent in Colorado; 36 percent to 42 percent in Iowa; and 39 percent to 42 percent in Virginia. Clinton is also behind Walker in Colorado, 38 percent to 47 percent; in Iowa, 37 percent to 45 percent; and in Virginia, 40 percent to 43 percent. Politico
Think about how bad this is for her. I mean, what kind of name recognition does Scott Walker have compared to Hillary?
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Trump gives out Graham’s cell phone number . . . Hours after South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump “the world’s biggest jackass” for questioning Arizona Sen. John McCain’s “war hero” status, the real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate responded by giving out Graham’s personal cellphone number. Yahoo News
Graham’s phone is reportedly ringing off the hook, and he’s picking up, along with helpers like the children of his friend Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
Kasich gets in, against the odds . . . Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the Republican presidential field Monday, casting himself as a battle-tested leader and less-strident conservative that he said his party needs to win the White House. Washington Times
O’Malley links rise of Isis to climate change . . . “One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation state of Syria, the rise of ISIS, was the effect of climate change and the mega drought the affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis,” he said. “It created the symptoms – or rather the conditions – of extreme poverty that lead now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence.” Fox News
Families urge action on undocumented felons . . . In an emotional hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Jim Steinle, the father of Kathryn Steinle, told the lawmakers his daughter was the victim of a negligent bureaucracy that allowed the suspect — an undocumented Mexican national with a long criminal record — to slip through the cracks at the public’s peril. The Hill
Trump is heading to the Texas-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the current border security situation. Trump is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector, according to Breitbart.
Taxpayers hit hard by Michelle Obama’s China trip . . . Judicial Watch just obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that Michelle Obama’s 2014 trip to China cost American taxpayers $362,523.53 in air travel expenses alone. The first lady, her daughters, and her mother spent March 19-26 in China, in a trip highlighted by extended visits to some of the country’s most popular tourist sites. Newsmax
Under pressure, Obama lowers flags . . . President Obama has ordered flags at the White House and other public buildings to fly at half-staff after mounting criticism over the delay in honoring five armed forces members killed last week by a gunman. The Hill
Obama claims VA wait times “just a few days” . . . President Obama stunned veterans, Republican lawmakers and even talk show host Jon Stewart Tuesday by claiming his administration has reduced most veterans’ wait times for a doctor’s appointment to “just a few days,” an assertion that veterans said doesn’t match reality. Washington Times
Obama defends IRS . . . President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party-targeting scandal was actually Congress‘ fault for passing “a crummy law” and that the real problem is the agency doesn’t have enough money. Washington Times
Haass: Iran deal doesn’t solve nuclear problem . . . Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass this morning said the Iran deal not only doesn’t solve the Iranian nuclear weapons problem, but it allows Iran to put into place everything it needs to build a nuclear program. White House Dossier
Hiding something? . . . Two key documents are missing from the Iran nuclear deal submitted to Congress, and the two leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee want the Obama administration to hand them over, Chairman Bob Corker said Tuesday. The documents deal with an Iranian military facility at Parchin and a side agreement Iran reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Washington Examiner
Anti-Iran deal rally will shut down Times Square . . . Thousands of people are expected in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday evening to protest a “bad deal” with Iran, and to urge Congress to vote down the new nuclear accord. Breitbart
Press focuses on Jihadist’s personal problems . . . He was depressed. He drank too much. He was going through a rough patch. Those are the current talking points for explaining what led Muhammad Abdulazeez to take the lives of five American servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week. Daily Caller
Army chief: We could have prevented ISIS . . . The Army’s top officer told Fox News Tuesday it’s “frustrating” to watch the gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of the Islamic State, saying in an exit interview that the chaos now unfolding “might have been prevented” had the U.S. stayed more engaged. Fox News
Pope’s popularity plummets . . . Pope Francis is not as popular a pontiff as he used to be in the United States — especially among conservatives — according to a new Gallup survey out Wednesday. A larger share of American Catholics say they don’t have a favorable view of their church’s spiritual leader. A little more than seven in 10 (71 percent) have a favorable image of Francis, a drop of 18 percentage points from last year. The drop is even more marked among conservatives, 72 percent of which viewed him in a favorable light in 2014. This year, just 45 percent have a positive opinion of him. Politico
Kirsten Powers: Crush Planned Parenthood . . . The problem here is not one of tone. It’s the crushing. It’s the organ harvesting of fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It’s the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection. There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, “It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them.” Kirsten Powers in USA Today
Legality of fetal organ donations questioned . . . A second undercover video with a Planned Parenthood official has sharpened the focus on whether the organization is violating federal law governing the donation of fetal tissue and organs from abortions. The latest video, released Tuesday by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress as part of a three-year investigation, shows Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter haggling over the price of aborted fetal tissue and contemplating the use of an alternative abortion method to obtain an intact fetus. Washington Times
Spike in teen use of morning-after pill . . . More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive. Fox News
Dash-cam video shows Bland’s arrest . . . A confrontation between a Texas state trooper and motorist Sandra Bland began after she expressed irritation at being pulled over July 10 for not signaling a lane change and then balked when the officer asked her to put out her cigarette, dash-camera video released Tuesday shows. Bland, 28, of Naperville, Ill., was found dead in her cell, three days after the traffic stop in Prairie View, Texas, about 50 miles northwest of Houston. USA Today
Officer shoots unarmed black man to death in Cincy . . . Cincinnati police are investigating the fatal shooting of an apparently unarmed black man by a University of Cincinnati police officer after a confrontation during a traffic stop Sunday. CNN
Gun store declared “Muslim-free zone” . . . A Muslim group is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate a Florida gun store owner after he declared his business to be a “Muslim-free zone.” Washington Times
Armadillos causing leprosy in Florida . . . Florida health and wildlife experts are warning residents to steer clear of armadillos in light of a reported spike in cases of leprosy. USA Today
Group organizes conservative ideas in on place . . . On Wednesday, the group Opportunity Lives is launching a new Solutions Center, aimed at organizing many conservative policy ideas — from the halls of Congress to the world of think tanks — in one place. Washington Examiner
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