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GUTSY OF HER TO BRING UP HER DISGRACED, ACCUSED-RAPIST HUSBAND: Hillary: I can handle men who go ‘off the reservation.’

Well, if by “handle,” you mean “cover for.”

BECAUSE THE RACE CARD IS SO 2009: Clinton offers donors their own ‘woman card.’

Huh — I can remember just last week when gender was still fluid and entirely a social construct. Very edgy of Hillary to push back against the worldview driving her own party’s war on ladies rooms!

NO MORE MRS. NICE GUY: Clinton to take hard line with Sanders, say allies.

Hillary Clinton won’t bow to many demands from Bernie Sanders, according to her supporters.

Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee after a dominating performance in Tuesday’s primaries. She holds a huge delegate lead over Sanders and is focused more than ever on the general election.

Sanders says he’ll stay in the primary fight, but has also signaled a change in his campaign by laying off campaign staffers and talking about the importance of the party platform to be written at the Democratic National Convention.

The signals are the early moves and machinations of a negotiation typical in Democratic contests.

Clinton will want Sanders’s help in winning over his diehard supporters and unifying the party — and Sanders will want something in return.

It’s like it’s all just dirty politics or something.

READ IT NOW; THIS HEADLINE WILL SOON BE HATE SPEECH IN HILLARY’S AMERICA:  6 Things You Can Do to Raise Boys Who Become Great Men.

DAVID FRENCH: Dear Mainstream Media, Don’t You Dare Whitewash Anti-Trump Violence. “Just imagine for a moment the shrieking outrage if Trump supporters had tried to flip a car outside a Hillary Clinton rally. Imagine the fury at the sight of a bloody man wearing a Hillary shirt. So how did the mainstream media cover the anti-Trump riot?”

With variations on Trump Brings Violence, of course. They know whose side they’re on. Plus:

Nothing Trump has done justifies a violent response. Nothing. Yet the more the media whitewashes this violence and applies its typical double standard to left-wing thugs, the more the violence will escalate. Clearly the media sympathizes with these Mexican flag-waving crowds in much the same way that it sympathized with the rioters at Ferguson and Baltimore. But when you excuse political violence, you tend to get more of it. We know leftist radicals aren’t shy about taking so-called “direct action” to intimidate opponents. We also know that at least some Trump supporters are spoiling for a fight. Trump himself has been spoiling for a fight. We risk the worst political violence in a generation. Am I wrong to believe that some in the media are thrilled at the prospect — so long as the Left is leading the charge?

If violence goes the other way they’ll be all “have you no decency?” But they have none, and people have noticed.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: “‘She was a very, very religious person—she didn’t smoke, drink or swear, always very polite,’ recalls one Clinton friend, who, like most people who spoke to Newsweek, asked not to be named. ‘A lot of times, Hillary would snap her fingers and go, ‘Gum.’ And Huma would fetch it.’ Abedin took her duties so seriously, the source recalled, that when she learned that Clinton had once carried her own bag up a flight of stairs in her aide’s absence, Abedin nearly burst into tears.”

ASHE SCHOW ON THE NEW GENDER GAP: Democrats Have a Serious Male Voter Problem: November is going to be tough for Democrats if Hillary Clinton is the nominee.

Donald Trump knows this, and Dana Milbank is pissed to see a GOP candidate who understands identity politics like a Democrat. It’s rich to see anyone in Hillary’s Democrat/Media complex complaining about a campaign built on “gender resentment.”

SUSAN SARANDON: I’m more afraid of Hillary’s war record than Trump’s wall.

WELL, THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S A MISERABLE FAILURE: Pew: Obamacare Support Sags.

Obamacare has always a partisan issue, and it’s only becoming more so, with its supporters roughly making up the core of the Democratic coalition. Tepid support among independent voters must be of concern to Dem leaders, but is perhaps attenuated by solid support among minorities. (44 percent of Hipsanics identified as independents in a recent Pew poll, for example.)

If Hillary Clinton wins in November, we can expect very little appetite in the White House for any kind of thoroughgoing reforms (unless, of course, events intervene and the whole system truly starts to totter). And that could indicate that the party lines will harden even more, making the ACA a prime candidate for political football for many an election to come.

It’ll be a mess for Hillary to deal with if she’s elected, with a lot of political pressure not to make the needed changes.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Liberal Policies Destroy Small Business.

As the late Tony Snow noted in a 1999 column titled “Queen Tut?” written as Hillary was prepping for her tour of duty as New York’s carpetbagging senator, “When told [in 1993 that HillaryCare] could bankrupt small businesses, Mrs. Clinton sighed, ‘I can’t be responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America.’”

And nothing has changed; last year, Joel Gehrke wrote at NRO, “Clinton noted that small business creation has ‘stalled out,’ to her chagrin. ‘I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it,’ she said while campaigning in New Hampshire. ‘Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to.’”

Fortunately, Bernie Sanders has gotten to the root cause of the problem:

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As James Taranto, who rescued Bernie’s tweet from the Memory Hole quips, “Millennials are gluttons for punishment. Sanders blames them for the recession; they vote for him anyway.”

RASMUSSEN POLL: Trump Now In Dead Tie With Hillary. “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump and Clinton tied at 38% each. But 16% say they would vote for some other candidate if the presidential election comes down to those two, while six percent (6%) would stay home. Only two percent (2%) are undecided given those options.”

A HILLARY ADMINISTRATION WILL DO FOR GENDER WHAT OBAMA HAS DONE FOR RACE RELATIONS: Elizabeth Warren Wants Men to ‘Share the Pain.’

TED CRUZ PICKS UP BEST ENDORSEMENT YET: John Boehner Calls Cruz ‘Lucifer in the Flesh,’ Praises Obama:

Former House Speaker John Boehner reminded conservatives why they hate him at a speech at Stanford University Wednesday night. He vilified Ted Cruz while praising Barack Obama, accepted Donald Trump as the “presumptive nominee,” and had some of the kindest words for self-described socialist Bernie Sanders.

Unbelievably, Boehner compared Cruz to Satan himself. Granted, the former House speaker set a “joking, yet blunt” attitude, but he reserved no such vitriol for prominent Democrats like Obama, Sanders, and presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said when asked his opinions on the Texas senator.

To be fair, Cruz certainly knows how to make Rules for Radicals, the political how-to guide Obama/Hillary guru Saul Alinsky dedicated to Lucifer work for him as well…

I DON’T SEE HOW ANY SELF-RESPECTING MAN COULD VOTE FOR HILLARY: Hillary Clinton wants gender quotas in her administration — why stop there?

At Monday’s MSNBC-hosted town hall event, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said she would strive to make her hypothetical administration “look like America.”

Clinton was asked by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow whether the former secretary of state would follow in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s footsteps and pledge to make her Cabinet 50 percent women.

There is some irony in asking a potential female president to take directions from the male head of a country and trying to push it as feminism.

But anyway, Clinton responded by saying: “Well, I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women, right?”

The audience applauded. But did they think about her statement? (I’m thinking no.) If Clinton wants a Cabinet that “looks like America,” she is going to have to institute a lot more quotas than just sex.

I highly doubt that she plans equal representation for the 41 percent of Americans identify as Republican or Republican-leaning. Thirteen percent of Americans are black. Will Clinton make sure 13 percent of her Cabinet is black?

One percent of Americans are American Indian or Alaska Native. Will Clinton make sure one percent of her Cabinet is American Indian or Native Alaskan? Is that even possible?

Seventeen percent of Americans are Hispanic. Will Clinton make sure 17 percent of her Cabinet is Hispanic?

Five percent of Americans are Asian. Will Clinton make sure 5 percent of her Cabinet is Asian?

That’s racism, straight up.

I THINK HE SHOULD RUN THIRD-PARTY MYSELF: DNC chief: No pressure on Sanders to quit the race.

The Democrats’ election chief said Wednesday that party leaders fully expect Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to remain in the White House race through the entire primary season.

“We have 14 primaries remaining and, you know, our expectation is that this primary will run through its normal … process,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), told reporters in the Capitol.

Sanders is trailing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a wide margin in the delegate race, a gap that increased considerably on Tuesday after Clinton’s lopsided wins in a handful of Atlantic Coast primaries. While Sanders took Rhode Island, Clinton won Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Those dynamics have led some Democrats to call on Sanders to step aside so party leaders can focus their attacks on Republicans and the general election in November. But Wasserman Schultz applied no such pressure on Wednesday, saying the DNC is fully capable of overseeing the long primary contest while preparing for the eventual showdown with Republicans.

“June 7 is our last day for primaries, and … the decision of the candidates at that point will be theirs,” she said. “So we’re at the same time managing the primary nominating contest, making sure that … it’s handled in a neutral way. Alongside that we’re preparing for the general election.”

Wasserman Schultz also dismissed the notion that the long primary will harm the party in November.

“We walk and chew gum at the same time at the DNC,” she said.

Hmm, that’s not what Gen. Mattis says about Obama. But if I were a GOP strategist I’d have operatives all over social media enouraging Bernie to go third party, and encouraging his supporters to follow him out of the Democratic Party.

WITH HILLARY’S PRIMARY WINS, THIS IS WORTH A RE-UP: Hacking Hillary: Panama Papers Show Danger of Clinton’s Secret Server. “Hillary’s private email was illegal and ill-defended.”

I notice some of her defenders on Twitter saying that, well, there’s lots of overclassification. That’s true, but the stuff Hillary shared on unsecured email wasn’t stuff that shouldn’t have been classified. It was supersensitive stuff, whose exposure was extremely damaging. Any normal government employee — that is, not a political oligarch shielded by the current corrupt Justice Department — would be facing very serious charges.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, VP JOE BIDEN, AND FORMER CLINTON ADVISOR PAUL BEGALA DEEM SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY UNPATRIOTIC.

Shot: “See, I think we should look at people who are trying to avoid U.S. taxes…Isn’t that unpatriotic?”

—Paul Begala, then-co-host, CNN’s Crossfire, August 1, 2002, segment titled, “Corporations Establishing Off-shore Tax Havens Called Unpatriotic; Will Hillary Run for President in 2004?”

Double-shot: “President Obama suggested it’s ‘patriotic’ for well-off Americans to pay more in taxes, bringing back an argument then-Sen. Joe Biden first made before the 2008 election.”

“Obama brings back Biden pitch, suggests tax-paying ‘patriotic,’” Fox News, August 4th, 2012.

Chaser: “EXCLUSIVE: Kerry, Heinz Family Have Millions Invested In Offshore Tax Havens.”

—Headline atop article by Richard Pollock, the Daily Caller, yesterday.

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: The Hillary Speech Issue No One Is Talking About: Assignment Of Income.

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Read the Radical Resume of Tom Perez, Possible Hillary VP.

HILLARY WINS, BUT WOMEN FLEE: “While she pulled out wins in Tuesday’s most lucrative contests, Maryland and Pennsylvania, she’s still seeing double-digit dips in favorability. And her core constituency, women, are slowly fading from active participation in the Democratic primary.”

BECAUSE HILLARY HAS IT RIGGED, OF COURSE. THAT’S WHY BERNIE SHOULD RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT! Campaign Mystery: Why Don’t Bernie Sanders’ Big Rallies Lead To Big Wins?

OH. GOOD. BECAUSE I DON’T WAKE UP SCREAMING OFTEN ENOUGH: You Need to Know About Tom Perez: Likely Hillary VP Opposes First Amendment.

YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TOM PEREZ: LIKELY HILLARY VP OPPOSES FIRST AMENDMENT.

He’s going to take it away from you on behalf of the common good, to paraphrase a senator representing New York a decade ago.

ANDREW McCARTHY: State Department Still Covering for Clinton and Obama’s Benghazi Lies:

In March, the State Department quietly released records relevant to the Obama administration’s response to the September 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attack. Included are transcripts of the telephone call then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had on September 12, only hours after the attack ended, with then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil. As explained by Judicial Watch, whose Freedom of Information Act  lawsuit against the “most transparent administration in history” forced the belated disclosure, Mrs. Clinton flatly told Mr. Kandil, “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack – not a protest.

Kandil responded, “You’re not kidding. Based on the information we saw today, we believe the group that claimed responsibility for this is affiliated with al-Qaeda.”

Of course, “the film” Clinton was referring to was “Innocence of Muslims,” an obscure anti-Islamic video trailer that she, President Obama, and the administration tirelessly blamed for the attacks despite – let’s quote Clinton again – “know[ing] the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film.”

Read the whole thing.

“THANK YOU FOR BLACKSPLAINING THAT TO ME:” Stephen Colbert Looks Inside Hillary Clinton’s Purse. (Video.)

OUT-OF-TOUCH HILLARY: Poll: 72% of Americans do not support lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

TAR. FEATHERS. The Federal Speech Police Are At It Again.

In a 2013, the Office for Civil Rights in Education—a federal agency formally charged with protecting students from unlawful harassment, but which appears to have effectively gone rogue under new, far-left leadership over the last five years—declared that universities needed to investigate and possibly punish students for making comments that other students find “unwelcome,” even if those comments were protected by the First Amendment.

The OCR’s “blueprint” sparked outrage among civil liberties groups, and among some lawmakers, including Senator John McCain, who charged that the organization was exceeding its statutory authority by compelling universities to regulate speech on their campuses. The backlash was sufficiently intense that, after several months, the OCR backed off. But now, inexplicably, the organization has apparently reimposed the speech restrictions it abandoned under pressure three years ago. . . .

This brazen and unexpected move by the OCR comes only a few months after skeptical Senators held hearings scrutinizing the organization’s unilateral changes to campus disciplinary policies, and less than a month after the American Association of University Professors released an extensive report arguing that the growing campus sex bureaucracy is infringing on academic freedom.

The OCR bureaucrats seem to be girding for a fight, and it seems unlikely that they will retreat this time without being forced to do so. The prospects for a shift in OCR policy are grim under a Hillary Clinton administration, which will be eager to win over a lukewarm campus Left. And litigation against the OCR—currently in its early stages—will likely take years before reaching a final conclusion. It’s time for lawmakers to take this problem seriously, and consider passing legislation clarifying the limits of the OCR’s power, and affirming that Title IX does not supersede the First Amendment.

Maybe some students interested in free speech should take over the OCR offices.

I HOPE RACHEL MADDOW DOESN’T OWN A PET RABBIT: Don’t Suggest to Hillary She Could Ever Be Behind in Votes!

AUTOFILL OF THE DAY:

Hillary Clinton Indictment

Is Bing News trying to tell us something?

OOPS! CHELSEA SHOT OFF HER MOUTH ON GUNS, AND NOW HILLARY HAS TO PANDER — AND FAILS. “Chelsea’s comment, on video, is a bell that can’t be un-rung. No matter how quickly Hillary moves to quiet concern over her anti-gun ownership predilections, Chelsea has made it clear that a Hillary presidency will lead to a Supreme Court that will hold there is no individual right to own guns.”

AND AL CAPONE WAS MOSTLY IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY: DNC Chair: Hillary Has Provided the Most Transparency ‘Other Than the Private Server.’

CONFUSED HILLARY CLINTON REJECTS CHARLES KOCH ‘ENDORSEMENT.’ “Why is Clinton so afraid of his ‘support?’”

Related: “How Hillary Clinton has become reduced to running against the presidency of her husband while pretending not to do so.”

HISTORY OF UNION THUGGERY COMES BACK TO HAUNT BOSTON MAYOR. “Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s union boss past is coming back to haunt him in his new role as Boston’s cheerleader, with a federal probe of union strong-arm tactics threatening his bid to cast the city as a youth-oriented innovation hub, economic development advocates say. Massachusetts is already fighting its reputation as a place where Teamsters harass TV and film producers. Now, Boston is in danger of being seen as a city led by a union heavy.”

Well, if you don’t want to be seen that way, maybe don’t elect one as mayor.

HILLARY HASN’T DONE A LOT, BUT WHAT’S SHE’S DONE IS PRETTY MUCH AWFUL: Clinton’s Foreign Policy Still Wreaking Havoc In Libya Years Later.

QUESTION ASKED: Has Hillary Clinton Outstayed Her Welcome?

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Hillary Wants Your Guns.

SHE’S NOT LIKEABLE ENOUGH: Gallup: No interest in Clinton even among Democratic women.

Women are increasingly turning their noses up at the 2016 election, including Democratic women despite the likelihood that their party’s nominee will be one of them, according to a new Gallup survey of the gender gap in those closely following the election.

Women have never paid as much attention to the current race as men, but Gallup found that the attention gap has expanded in recent months.

Once just two points apart, in February, the gap is now 13 points and is seen in both Democratic and Republican ranks as men continue to be engaged in the election dominated by news coverage of Republican Donald Trump.

Well, the ZOMG they’re coming for our lady parts! hysteria has worn off, but expect new efforts along those lines. If it’s mostly men who vote in November, Hillary’s doomed.

WELL, THAT BLOWS HILLARY’S WHOLE CAMPAIGN RATIONALE: Jodie Foster tired of ‘the woman thing’: There’s no ‘big plot to keep women down.’

CHELSEA CLINTON ON THURSDAY: MOM WILL CHANGE THE SUPREME COURT TO ALLOW MORE GUN CONTROL.

Hillary today: “I know how important gun ownership & particularly hunting is here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

I know which Clinton I believe.

In late October of 2004, attempting to perform triage on his sputtering campaign, John Kerry walked into an Ohio grocery store with his campaign entourage and reporters and infamously inquired in a pandering tone, “Can I get me a hunting license here?”

In 2008, Obama filmed a campaign video in which he told voters in “I believe in the Second Amendment. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away… But I am not going to take your guns away. So if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don’t use that one because it just ain’t true. It ain’t true.”

Sort of a dry run for the 36 times or more he told Americans, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” I guess.

I don’t believe many sentences that emerge from the family who completed their stay in the White House in the 1990s by debating what the meaning of “is” is, but I’m certainly willing to take Chelsea at her word that mom wants to ban guns.

TRANSPARENCY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Clinton doubling down on transcripts.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is doubling down on a strategy of not releasing transcripts of speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs and other investment banks.

Clinton has refused to release any of the transcripts in the face of a pressure campaign from rival candidate Bernie Sanders, who has relentlessly attacked the Democratic front-runner as being too closely tied to Wall Street.

“She’s not going to basically create a standard that isn’t applied to anyone else in this race,” said one longtime Clinton ally and confidante of her position on releasing the transcripts.

The issue has been an effective line of attack from Sanders, who has closed the gap with Clinton in national polls.

It also appears to have hurt Clinton, who has seen her favorability rating in polls drop below 50 percent. Just as bad, Clinton has seen her marks fall with Americans when they are asked whether they trust her or see her as honest.

If she were a Republican, they would have mysteriously “leaked” by now.

WITH EVERY MISTAKE, WE MUST SURELY BE LEARNING: Hillary Clinton Has No Regrets About Libya.

SALON’S H.A. GOODMAN: It’s not over until the FBI clears Hillary Clinton— which it absolutely shouldn’t.

When you’re a scandal-plagued Democrat and you’ve lost Salon

PULITZER PRIZE BOSS BOOTS JUDICIAL WATCH OUT OF CONTEST: Judicial Watch, the conservative non-profit government watchdog, has broken multiple major stories in the Hillary Clinton email and Benghazi terrorist attack scandals, but that doesn’t count, according to the administrator of journalism’s most sought-after award.

“Does the Pulitzer Prize have one standard for liberal non-profits that engage in journalism and a different one for conservative non-profits that also engage in journalism?” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton asked Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride in a March 14, 2016, email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.

Pride had claimed Judicial Watch is ineligible for the journalism award because it is a foundation devoted to “advocacy.” He apparently has not heard of groups like Inside Climate News, Pro Publica and Center for Public Integrity, which, like Judicial Watch, are 501(c)(3) foundations doing investigative journalism. Judges for the Pulitzer Prize have previously recognized Pro Publica with the award.

As it happens, Judicial Watch, which will be deposing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and several of her closest aides in the near future, employees Micah Morrison, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, and Lisette Garcia, formerly of the Los Angeles Times. Between them, they’ve been nominated for Pulitzers six times.

There is one huge difference between Judicial Watch and groups like Pro Publica, but it has nothing to do with advocacy. Judicial Watch combines veterans journalists like Morrison and Garcia with an aggressive staff of experienced attorneys who understand how to wield the Freedom of Information Act to force federal officials to cough up documents they would much prefer to keep behind closed doors.

Judging by the results, Judicial Watch may have demonstrated the model for the future of hard-hitting investigative journalism that puts the fear of God in the hearts of government officials who would otherwise continue their nefarious ways.

BUT WHEN WILL SHE SLEEP, WRECK OTHER ASPECTS OF THE ECONOMY, AND BURN ADDITIONAL AMERICAN EMBASSIES TO THE GROUND? Hillary Vows to Spend ‘Every Single Minute’ as President to ‘Change Gun Culture.

If we’re lucky, she’ll bring the same dedication and focus that Obama brings to his “every waking hour” serving as president.

GIVE ‘EM HELL, BERNIE: $182 million: Bernie Sanders equals Hillary Clinton’s campaign fundraising.

VIDEO: Inside Hillary’s War Room.

GOSH, DOESN’T EVERYONE? ‘Ugly Betty’ Star America Ferrera Wants to ‘Snuggle in Onesies’ With Hillary. Seriously.

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FALL IN LOVE, YOU JUST HAVE TO FALL IN LINE: The Democratic Party Now Belongs to Hillary Clinton.

THAT’S UNFAIR — IT’S JUST THOSE DR. EVIL TUNICS THAT MAKE HER LOOK SO HIP-Y: Hillary Clinton Is Too Big To Fail.

WATCH AS ABC JOURNALIST IS MISTAKEN FOR A HILLARY SUPPORTER BY ‘BERNIE BRO.’

Huh. Why would an employee of the House of Stephanopoulos be mistaken for a Hillary supporter?

CAMILLE PAGLIA: Enough with the Hillary cult: Her admirers ignore reality, dream of worshipping a queen.

As a lifelong Democrat who will be enthusiastically voting for Bernie Sanders in next week’s Pennsylvania primary, I have trouble understanding the fuzzy rosy filter through which Hillary fans see their champion. So much must be overlooked or discounted—from Hillary’s compulsive money-lust and her brazen indifference to normal rules to her conspiratorial use of shadowy surrogates and her sociopathic shape-shifting in policy positions for momentary expedience.

Hillary’s breathtaking lack of concrete achievements or even minimal initiatives over her long public career doesn’t faze her admirers a whit. They have a religious conviction of her essential goodness and blame her blank track record on diabolical sexist obstructionists. When at last week’s debate Hillary crassly blamed President Obama for the disastrous Libyan incursion that she had pushed him into, her acolytes hardly noticed. They don’t give a damn about international affairs—all that matters is transgender bathrooms and instant access to abortion.

As always with Paglia, read the whole thing.

AND THEN RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT IF THINGS GO WRONG AT THE CONVENTION: Sanders defiant: ‘We still have a path to the nomination.’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Wednesday expressed optimism over his campaign’s chances to win to win the nomination, despite having lost the state of New York Tuesday night to front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“We still have a path to the nomination, and our plan is to win the pledged delegates in this primary,” the Vermont senator said in an email to his supporters.

“Next week five states vote, and there are A LOT of delegates up for grabs. I am going to keep fighting for every vote, for every delegate, because each is a statement of support for the values we share.”

Sanders followed up with a fundraising pitch, asking supporters to chip in $2.70. Also included was a message he had sent out to supporters when he launched his campaign in April of last year.

Sanders currently trails Clinton in pledged delegates, 1,428 to 1,151. The count increases to 1930 to 1,189 when including unbound superdelegates. The former secretary of State needs just 435 more delegates to secure the nomination before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.

In the short time since its Empire State win Tuesday night, the Clinton campaign has been trumpeting the message that Sanders now has no shot at becoming the nominee.

“I don’t see a clear path for them at this point. The numbers are pretty daunting,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in an interview with Yahoo on Wednesday.

Never give up — never surrender!

HILLARY CLINTON: FIREBRAND ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT REBEL! MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Hillary Has Run for Decades Against the Media’s ‘Very Negative’ Coverage.

OH, SURE OF ALL HER CLAIMS THAT’S THE ONE TO INVESTIGATE: MSM Finally Curious About Hillary’s Truthfulness, Fact Checks Her Hot Sauce Claim.

THIS SORT OF UNFORTUNATE HAPPENSTANCE NEVER SEEMS TO AFFLICT HILLARY, FOR SOME REASON: Irregularities in New York primary robbed some of right to vote, say Sanders supporters and officials.

ABC CALLS NEW YORK FOR TRUMP.

UPDATE: And for Hillary, though it’s closer for the Dems.

CAMILLE PAGLIA: ‘LENA DUNHAM IS A BIG PILE OF PUDDING.’

Analysis: True. Paglia talks with Spiked Online about feminism, transgenderism and Hillary.

HONESTLY, I’D BE FINE WITH THAT: How Liz Cheney Could Pick The Next President.

Scenario: The Cleveland Convention is as wild as predicted — and the GOP splits with, say, Trump as the nominee and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse running on a third-party line as a mainstream Republican. Partly because of Hillary Clinton’s weakness as the Democratic nominee, no candidate gets the requisite 270 electoral votes and, under the 12th Amendment, the incoming House of Representatives must pick the next president.

This possibility, by the way, was widely discussed when George Wallace (1968) and Ross Perot (1992) ran as independent candidates. And Michael Bloomberg abandoned a third-party race this year, in part, because he didn’t see how he could ever prevail in the House of Representatives.

The 12th Amendment contains two wrinkles that could complicate the selection of the 45th president: Every state gets a single vote and the only candidates are the top three graduates from the Electoral College. As a result of this top-three rule, this will be the rare political scenario under which Paul Ryan doesn’t reluctantly end up as president.

It could happen, but I very much doubt it.

THE ABORTION TRUTH THAT LIBERALS CAN’T DENY — BUT TRY TO: “Maybe the makers of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ don’t watch ‘Meet the Press.’”

Related: Hillary Says She Wants More Questions About Abortion. Here Are 10 She Won’t Answer.

PULLING NO PUNCHES: Bernie Sanders’ Scathing Attacks On Hillary Invigorate Brooklyn Crowd.

HILLARY FOR JAIL 2016! State Department Consents to Depositions Over Clinton Email Server.

GIVE $300K TO CLINTON FOUNDATION, GET $13M BACK IN STATE DEPARTMENT GRANTS! Not a bad deal, at least for former Nobel Prize winner and long-time Clinton friend Muhammed Yunus. Government panels in Bangladesh and Norway accused him of extensive banking and charitable corruption but that didn’t disqualify Yunus from receiving millions in U.S. tax dollars via loans, grants and contracts from Hillary Clinton’s State Department, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Richard Pollock.

“The awards, totaling $13 million, were issued by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the development arm of the State Department, beginning when Clinton became secretary of state. Another $11 million in federal funds went to organizations allied with Yunus,” Pollock reports.

Yunus “is  a high-profile fixture at most of the Clinton Foundation’s major gatherings. The foundation features him at 37 places on its website,” according to Pollock, who also reports that when he asked for details about the $13 million, “USAID Spokesman Raphael Cook said the agency didn’t have the ‘manpower’ to respond to questions about the transactions.” The agency has nearly 4,000 employees.

 

ANOTHER INDICATION THAT THERE’S TOO MUCH MONEY IN POLITICS: Bernie Sanders Supporters Shower Hillary Clinton Motorcade With $1 Bills.

As the motorcade passed, Sanders supporters played the song “We’re In The Money.” After it was out of sight, they danced in the street and stomped on the dollar bills, according to CNN.

Sanders, who wants to reform the campaign finance system, has criticized Clinton for holding pricey fundraisers hosted by the Clooneys in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tickets for the Los Angeles event, which was co-hosted by Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw and Haim and Cheryl Saban, were priced at $33,400 per person. A couple wishing to co-chair the event in San Francisco had to pony up $353,000.

Asked whether he thought the pricing was appropriate in an interview on “Meet the Press,” Clooney gave a convoluted explanation.

“Yes. I think it’s an obscene amount of money. I think that, you know, we had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San Francisco and they’re right to protest. They’re absolutely right. It is an obscene amount of money. The Sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree completely.”

It’s practically a given that Clooney has never devoted any real thought as to why people are eager to give so much money to politicians.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Media Silent on the Clinton Mortgage Banking Scam.

Read the whole thing.

ANALYSIS TRUE: Obama Hosts Vile Thugs To Discuss Criminal Justice Reform:

It’s not that Barack Obama hasn’t been a successful president. He has. He said he wanted to fundamentally transform us, as a nation. As a result, we’re weaker, militarily. Our debt has gone through the roof. He’s destroyed small businesses, ruined the healthcare system, strained relations with our allies, emboldened our enemies, set back race relations to pre-Civil Rights era levels, and has driven morality and decency over a cliff.

I’d say that’s change, though not much hope.

Now there is a report from the AP out that he has hosted a gaggle of “artists” in the White House, as part of a think tank on criminal justice reform, through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Among those venerated guests were: Nicki Minaj, Common, Pusha T, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and J. Cole.

Not sure who these people are? I’ll give you a sample of some of the lyrical content put forth by Mr. Ludacris. It’s a charmer titled, “Stick ‘em Up.”

Read the whole thing, and then add to it, as Victor Davis Hanson spotted in his January column, before his final State of the Union address, Obama met in the White House with rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose cover artwork to his album To Pimp a Butterfly features a dead judge and his murders posing in front of the White House. And note that last month, The Onion, now under the ownership of Hillary-backing Univision ran a Photoshop of a blood-splattered Mitch McConnell holding aloft Merrick Garland’s severed head, while standing on the steps of the Senate.

If you’re still wondering what led to Trump, we have the worst political class – propped up by the worst pop culture — in the history of America. No wonder so much of the rest of America is an a “burn DC to the ground” mood this year.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot:

She supported Huey Newton and the Black Panthers in the early 1970s, stating “Revolution is an act of love; we are the children of revolution, born to be rebels. It runs in our blood.” She called the Black Panthers “our revolutionary vanguard … we must support them with love, money, propaganda and risk.”[34] She has been involved in the feminist movement since the 1970s, which dovetails with her activism in support of civil rights.

Jane Fonda’s Wikipedia page.

Chaser:

Fonda’s affinity for communism served as a backdrop for her intense anti-Vietnam War activities. By 1970 she was telling American college students: “If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist. . . . I, a socialist, think that we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to communism.” The dual villains of Southeast Asian conflicts were, in her view, “U.S. imperialism” and “a white man’s racist aggression.”

—Fonda’s page at David Horowitz’s Discover the Networks who’s who database of the far left.

Hangover:

However, Fonda also predicted violence if Clinton secures the Democratic nomination and goes on to beat the Republican presidential nominee in the general election. The main reason for that vehemence, the actress says, will be the fact that she is a woman.

“Every time women move forward, there is going to be problems,” Fonda insisted. “So one of the things we have to do is help men understand why they are so threatened, and change the way we view masculinity. We have a toxic masculinity and that’s what needs to be addressed.”

—”Jane Fonda: ‘There Will Be Violence’ if Clinton is Elected President in November,” the Blaze, yesterday.

Funny, I’m old enough to remember when the “toxic masculinity” trope was leveled by Hollywood dowagers against Hillary’s supporters, not Bernie Sander’s. (Given that the vast majority of political violence emanates from the left, as Fonda well knows and once encouraged, that’s the group that she’s smearing, no?) Speaking of which, why would the poster child for radical chic suddenly start denouncing violence?

MEMO TO HILLARY AND BERNIE: Student Loans Are Expensive Because Student Loans Are Risky.

MIKE ROWE, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Patti Smith Tells You Why Acting Is ‘the Worst F—ing Job in the World.’

Shouldn’t Hillary, who cackled gleefully last month that she promises to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” also work on eliminating this Dickensian era “dirty job” as well?

PERHAPS SOMETIME IN DECEMBER, OR IN 2025: Sen. Gillibrand Says Clinton Should & Will Release Wall Street Speech Transcripts.

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AUSTIN BAY: Hacking Hillary: Panama Papers Show Danger of Clinton’s Secret Server. “Hillary’s private email was illegal and ill-defended.”

NOT BERNIE OR HILLARY OR PINCH SULZBERGER, ALAS: A Hippie Discovers Economics, And You’ll Never Guess What Happens Next!

INSERT KISSINGER’S IRAN-IRAQ WAR QUIP HERE: Bernie’s Jewish Problem, and Hillary’s Surprisingly Bold Response.

FOUR SIGNS ‘CONFIRMATION’ WILL BE HOPELESSLY BIASED: “We’re about to relive the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings all over again, courtesy of HBO.”

And those last three letters are the only sign you need.

THE MEDIA’S CROCODILE FEARS OVER DONALD TRUMP’S AUTHORITARIANISM: “Progressivism — the proper name for the governing philosophy of those people who used to be called ‘liberals’ — is inherently authoritarian, and its primary products are lamentation, and mourning, and woe.”

You can’t say, “We Are All Socialists Now,” as the Washington Post did in early 2009 through its then-outlet, Newsweek, endorse Obama in 2012 and (c’mon we all know it’s coming) Hillary “We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good” Clinton in 2016 and then say, “Hold it a minute, maybe we need to rethink this authoritarianism thing.”

Related: Who is the Biggest Demagogue of Them All?

WHY WOULD MEN EVER VOTE FOR HILLARY? Hillary Clinton laughs at idea of letting men into her cabinet.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is so down with the idea of a matriarchy that she laughed at the notion of letting a man into her presidential cabinet.

During an interview with Newsday, Clinton was asked if there would be “gender parity” in her cabinet. Clinton responded: “Sure, absolutely, because I sure would love to reach that.”

But when asked a follow-up question by Newsday’s Lane Filler about whether she would “at least let one man” into her cabinet, Clinton laughed and said: “I’m still considering that.”

OK, I get it. This was a joke, and if I had been there I probably would have laughed. We as a society need to chill on this kind of stuff and not be so sensitive when it comes to obvious jokes like this. . . .

The issue here — and the reason I’m writing this when I generally think we should lay off politicians who tell dumb jokes — is the double standard. If a male candidate had this exact same exchange about a woman being in his cabinet (and wasn’t joking, but simply stating that he would be looking at resumes and considering the best person for the job — regardless of gender), he would be excoriated.

Case in point: When former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discussed his quest to ensure qualified women were hired in his administration as Massachusetts governor, he was lambasted because he said he had “binders full of women”, referring to resumes. Romney was specifically talking about making sure he included women in his administration, and he was made fun of and accused of sexism.

Now here we are, with a female presidential candidate joking about the possibility of excluding a sex from her candidate, and laughter’s had all around.

In another follow-up question, Newsday editor Rita Ciolli asked Clinton if she had “a list” of women she was considering for positions. Her colleague Filler jokingly added: “Binders?” And all three laughed once again.

So when Romney suggested hiring more women, he was a sexist, but when Clinton suggests not hiring men, she’s a comedian?

Dems get a pass, Republicans get mocked and excoriated, because the press is a bunch of Democratic operatives with bylines. And that goes double — if that’s even possible — for the press’s female members.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: UC Davis spent at least $175K to scrub 2011 pepper-spray incident from Internet:

The Nevins proposal for UC Davis stated that it would employ the expertise of founder David Nevins, a former chairman of the Maryland Board of Regents, and counter negative search keywords for UC Davis by using a “surge of content with positive sentiment and off-topic subject matter” about the university.

Stray voltage media distractions — they’re not just for Obama and Hillary anymore.

WALTER SHAPIRO: Late To Discern The Bern.

Few aspects of political reporting are as ridiculed as drawing sweeping conclusions from the sentiments of friends.

That explains why a bogus 1972 line from New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael is quoted almost as often as “The Godfather.” After Tricky Dick’s 49-state landslide, Kael supposedly said (but didn’t), “Nixon can’t be president. Nobody I know voted for him.”

Sometimes, though, a friends-and-family poll can provide surprising insights. Especially before a New York Democratic primary pitting a carpet-bagging former senator against a granola refugee from Brooklyn who ended up in Vermont.

Earlier this month, I was stunned to discover that many of the guys with whom I have been drafting fantasy baseball players for 30 years are fervent Bernie Sanders supporters. Our annual dinner (after six hours in the trenches bidding on shortstops) erupted into an uncharacteristic political argument, with Hillary Clinton backers in short supply.

As I realized that I had misjudged the political allegiances of my grey-haired contemporaries, I felt like a film critic who’d slammed the ‘Best Picture’ winner.

Every time I had covered a Sanders speech I had failed to discern the Bern. But maybe I was missing something. Maybe I had been too dismissive of a presidential candidate who reminded me of the armchair Marxists I had known at the University of Michigan in the 1960s.

No, that’s pretty much what Bernie is. But Hillary is obviously corrupt and dishonest, and after 7+ years of an armchair Marxist in the White House already the way has been prepared.

THE HILL: Clinton’s dismal approval ratings prompt Dem fears.

Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings are historically low and increasingly a concern for her supporters.

Clinton is now viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of the electorate, according to the HuffPost Pollster average, which tracks findings from 42 different polling outfits. Only 40.2 percent of people view her favorably, according to that average.

An Associated Press/GfK poll released last week also found 55 percent giving Clinton an unfavorable rating. In the most recent Gallup poll, released late last month, her unfavorable number was 53 percent versus only 42 percent who saw her favorably.

Even Democrats acknowledge those findings are a problem.

“They’re pretty bad,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon, who connected the poor poll numbers to separate findings that show a broad number of Americans don’t trust Clinton.

“The No. 1 reason that her favorability is so bad is that you have large numbers of Americans who say they don’t trust her,” he said. “I could make it sound more complicated than that, but that’s really what it is. Voters see her as the ultimate politician, who will do or say anything to get elected.”

Well, that’s basically true.

WALTER MONDALE, CALL YOUR OFFICE. Hillary: Why Yes My Proposals Require a $1 Trillion Tax Hike.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Taxing $1,000 per Gun Became a Reality in One U.S. Territory — and Some Worry It Could Spread.

Gov. Ralph Torres signed the gun tax and regulation bill into law Monday and stressed that his first priority is the safety of law enforcement and the community.

“It’s something that none of us want, and we want to make it as strict as possible,” Torres said in a statement.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, blasted these as examples of the left targeting guns and noted that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has backed taxes on guns in the past.

“The left is now seeking to tax guns out of existence,” Norquist said in a statement Monady. “The Second Amendment makes it difficult to legally ban guns, but Hillary has led the way to explaining you can achieve the same thing with high taxes.”

There must be a solid case to be made that a $1,000 tax on a $500 pistol is an unconstitutional infringement on a court-recognized individual right.

ASHE SCHOW: Hillary Clinton Exposes the Left’s Own Abortion Extremism: Republicans aren’t the only ones who can be extreme on this issue.

Polls on the issue continually show that the American people by and large do not like late-term abortions, even many who are fine with abortions for any reason within the first trimester. A majority of Americans support abortion in the first trimester, while a large majority (usually in the 60-plus percent range) do not support abortions in the second trimester, and an even larger percentage (more than 80 percent) oppose abortions in the third trimester.

So if Ms. Clinton is suggesting that it is okay to abort up until birth, she is wildly out of line with the American people and most state’s current laws. Yet she will not be forced to follow up her comments and expand on them or explain them away.

Actually, it’s amazing that Chick Todd even asked her one question.

“FOR THESE PEOPLE, WE ARE ALWAYS ECO-SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GAIA:”

Even weirder, they have no intention of actually suffering for their faith. Instead, they want to make you suffer. Al Gore can buy “green credits” like indulgences because he is worth close to a billion. That means he gets to live like a royal, enjoying your suffering as you try to work the new gas can. His mansion is lit up like Versailles, while you squint in the florescent haze of your eco-friendly CFL. It’s suffering by proxy, where they sacrifice their time to watch you suffer as a result of their policies.

What strikes me about it is the utter pointlessness of it. The endless posing and posturing has no end because it has no end point. A faithful Christian at least has the serenity of his communion with God. The Muslim, at the click of the detonator, knows he will be with Allah. Climate change fanatics have nothing but a hopeless misery. Even if all of their policies are enacted, nothing comes of it.

Don’t discount the smug satisfaction the eco-fascist takes in knowing he’s coerced entire cities to ban shopping bags, begin mandatory composting and in bankrupting entire industries, coupled with the Gnostic belief that he can see the world more clearly than those non-believers, whom he views as the equivalent of Holocaust deniers, if not something even worse. All that crony corporatism means he’s got his — and all the new laws he’s passed are the equivalent of raising the drawbridge up behind him. Not to mention all the exciting cocktail parties with Leonardo, Al, Barry, and the rest of the (private) jet-set in Paris, Davos, and Bali. Sure it’s all nihilism — but nobody said that nihilism couldn’t be awfully swank as well.

Related: EPA Administrator: Climate Change Impacts Your Happiness.

Analysis: True, given that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy certainly never looks happy, despite having far too much influence over the American economy.

SOME PRETTY SERIOUS IRONY HERE FROM SISTER SUPERDELEGATE: Team Clinton: Sanders ‘rigging the system’ with quest for superdelegates.

Hillary Clinton’s presidenital campaign on Tuesday accused Bernie Sanders of “rigging the system” by seeking to pick-off the superdelegates that have already pledged their support to Clinton.

“Really, I think when you talk about rigging the system, that’s what Sen. Sanders is trying to do now,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on CNN’s ‘New Day.” “Hillary Clinton has won in the popular vote by a wide margin. She’s got more than 2 million votes over Sen. Sanders in all of the contests when you add them all up.”

Sanders has been on a hot streak, winning seven of the last eight contests.

But the Democratic Party’s proportional allocation of delegates has made it difficult for him to cut into the big lead in pledged delegates Clinton built up early through landslide victories, particularly in the South.

Clinton currently has about 1,287 pledged delegates against 1,037 for Sanders.

But among superdelegates — party leaders that are not bound to the popular vote in their states — Clinton racked up a massive early lead and counts 469 supporters compared to only 31 for Sanders.

The Sanders campaign is seeking to block Clinton from obtaining the 2,383 delegates needed to win the nomination, forcing a contested convention.

Is it just me, or is Hillary starting to seem nervous?

CLINTON FOUNDATION PAYS ITS TOP MALE EXECS 38 PERCENT MORE THAN ITS WOMEN EXECS: Here’s what Hillary Clinton said today on the issue: “Last time I checked, there is no discount for being a woman. Groceries don’t cost us less, rent doesn’t cost us less, so why should we be paid less?”

Well, the former Secretary of State might want to have a chat with the former president in her family about the family foundation. Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group checked the latest available tax return for the William, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and found this:

“The foundation’s 2013 IRS form 990 reveals that nearly three times as many men as women occupy the executive suites at the Little Rock, Arkansas-based foundation.  On average, top male executives at the foundation earn $109,000 more than the top female executives with positions in the C-suite.” Overall, the men make 38 percent more than the women in the C Suite.

Somebody might also want to explain to Mrs. Clinton that in the real world employees are paid on the basis of the comparative value of their work, not on how much they have to pay for groceries and rent.

 

A RACIST JOKE SO BAD THAT NOT EVEN DEMOCRATS GET A PASS. My question: Does Hillary shop at the same store as Dr. Evil?

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Plus: “Half a century of political experience between them and neither of them thought, ‘Hmm maybe this won’t go over well.’”

POLITICO: THE GHOST OF LOIS LERNER:

Probably the biggest news to come out Sunday was President Barack Obama’s defense of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information while secretary of State on “Fox News Sunday” — and his assertion that Clinton won’t get any special treatment from a Justice Department investigation. Well, you probably have a decent idea of how conservative commentators Karl Rove and George Will responded to that notion.

“In the midst of what was supposed to be a Justice Department investigation of Lois Lerner and the IRS, and the president said prejudging the whole process, there is not a smidgeon of evidence of a scandal at the IRS,” Will said. “Now, we know that the Justice Department investigation was a sham. It was part of the cover-up. They gave the investigation to an Obama contributor working in the Justice Department.”

Gangster government, as Michael Barone says.

BLUE ON BLUE: How Michelle Obama refused to invite Hillary and Bill Clinton to dinner, wanted Joe Biden to run and can’t wait to leave the White House to make money on book deals and speaking fees.

And on the flipside:

A source in Hillary’s inner circle told the author that Hillary, now 68, is running again for president out of vengeance for that loss. She needs to win.

Obama is viewed by Hillary’s circle of people as not having the same work ethic as Hillary who they see as having a long record of dedicated public service.

Those Clinton acolytes also suggest that ‘Michelle has not done enough as first lady’ and has failed to prioritize funding for some programs that subsequently lost their federal support.

One such program was Save America’s Treasures, a program that Hillary started to help preserve and protect historic sites, arts and published works and was lovingly carried on by Laura Bush, the next first lady.

Michelle felt no such obligation to those treasures and let the program dissolve.

When you publicly utter that you’ve never been “proud of my country” until early 2008 when its far left began to rally around your husband, why would you feel any obligation to preserve its heritage?

3AM ETERNAL: Obama walks fine line defending Clinton.

FAKE FRONT SHOWS GLOBE’S A JOKE, the Boston Herald’s Howie Carr writes:

Somehow, the Globe seems to think that deporting illegal aliens is a frightening thought to most Americans. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve misread the public sentiment.

You could of course lay out similar front pages about other candidates. Here would be my splash headline for Hillary: “DOCUMENTS SHOW CLINTON LIED ABOUT …” Fill in the blank: Benghazi, being under fire in Tuzla, why she set up her private server, wanting to join the Marines, how she was against gay marriage before she was for gay marriage, how she was against putting illegals on Obamacare before she was for putting illegals on Obamacare, etc.

How about some headlines for Bernie Sanders:

Read the whole thing.

Related: “When thinking about the Boston Globe faux-edition attacking Donald Trump, remember that if a conservative non-profit organization—let’s hypothetically call them something like ‘Citizens United’—published the same thing, liberals would want it to be illegal,” Steve Hayward adds at Power Line.

LAYERS AND LAYERS OF FACT CHECKERS AND EDITORS: Politico Has No Idea What the Hobby Lobby Decision Was Even About: “But of course, Thrush only ever said the Hobby Lobby case ‘raised questions,’ so technically all three versions were accurate. Unfortunately, the questions raised are more along the lines of ‘Why on earth did Politico think Hobby Lobby was about denying gay people medicine?’”

Earlier:  Glenn Thrush calls Hillary’s homebrew email system ‘badass.’

FAKE NEWS NOT PLAYING SO WELL: The Boston Globe sees itself broadly rebuked online for faux cover. I’m glad that this roundup quoted my reference to the Globe’s 2004 publication of fake photos that smeared U.S. troops as racists, and subsequent weaselly non-apology. Note that that fake-news effort also took place during an election year.

Related: Globe’s stunt could wind up being a big boon for Donald Trump.

Also: Howie Carr: Fake Front Shows Globe A Joke. Carr suggests some fake front pages for Hillary and Bernie, not that the Globe would ever do this to a Democrat.

ASHE SCHOW: Yet More Evidence That Hillary Clinton Is Out Of Touch.

Some politicians can appear to be in touch with young voters or average ones. Some seem neither “in touch” nor “out of touch.” But then there are those politicians who seem so out of touch that their attempts to seem like real people often blow up in their faces. Hillary Clinton is one of these politicians.

Clinton’s latest attempt to seem like a real person came Thursday when she rode the New York subway. Because she’s just like us, y’all, she was accompanied by security and campaign staff and members of the media, who captured her taking four tries to swipe her card and get through the turnstile. . . .

It wasn’t even Clinton’s only media gaffe of the day. Later, the Clinton campaign turned on a noise machine while she was giving a fundraising speech.

These are just the latest examples of Clinton’s war with Technology. She and Technology just don’t get along, and they haven’t for years. Maybe when she was younger she and Technology were friends, but the relationship has definitely soured in the past few decades. If Technology were using a dating app, it’d probably swipe left on Clinton.

We can go back to 1996 — the last time Clinton drove a car. Thursday’s trip was probably the first time she had ridden the subway since she boarded a train in 1992 while her husband Bill was running for president. Again, the media accompanied her, meaning Clinton may be the only person in the world who has never ridden the subway all by herself, outside of actual royalty.

She’s super-qualfied to be President, you guys. And she really gets the struggle of ordinary Americans.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. #NeverTrump must become #NeverHillary.

HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN SLOGAN ENCOUNTERS A HITCH.

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DIVERSITY PROBLEM: Academia Hearts Hillary: Clinton Bags 84% Of Top 10 College Donations.

LIES ON TOP OF LIES: Obama vows no influence in Clinton email probe, defends terror fight.

President Obama repeatedly vowed there would be no political influence over the Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state — in a wide-ranging interview with “Fox News Sunday” in which he also ardently defended his efforts to defeat the Islamic State and other terror groups amid criticism about his perceived indifference.

“I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case,” Obama told “Fox News Sunday.” “Nobody is above the law. How many times do I have to say it?”

His remarks came less than three months after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest publicly downplayed a possible indictment for Clinton.

Obama praised Clinton’s tenure running the State Department from 2009 to 2013 and said he still doesn’t think the emails to and from her private server breached national security.

But remember, he’s not exerting any political pressure on the investigation. Not even a smidgeon!

Related: Hillary’s NSA Problem.

Also: Hillary Clinton Put Spies’ Lives At Risk.

Plus:

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HOUSING BUST LINGERS FOR GENERATION X: “Compared with previous generations, Generation X went from the most successful in terms of homeownership rates in 2004 to the least successful by 2015, according to the data, which date to the early 1980s,” the Wall Street Journal notes:

The culprit: a historic bull market for housing, fueled in part by easy-to-get mortgages, that encouraged record levels of home buying until the financial system cracked and the housing market collapsed. Earlier generations such as baby boomers, who entered the market before the frenzy of the early 2000s, have fared better.

Hey, if only Viacom-owned MTV hadn’t pushed that whole “Rock the Vote” thing to enable Bill Clinton’s rise to power, and if only tyro young voters could have seen through his proto-hipster posing. I’m sure Bill and Hillary feel your pain though: