July 25, 2016

HMM: ‘Hillary’s America’ documentary cracks top 10 at box office.

LIFE IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: Millennials Are Obsessed With Side Hustles Because ‘They’re All’ They’ve Got.

SO THIS IS GOING WELL: Elizabeth Warren Heckled With Chants of ‘We Trusted You!’ During DNC Speech.

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THE ROLE OF COMEDIANS TODAY IS TO FORCE PEOPLE INTO LINE FOR THE POWERS THAT BE: Sarah Silverman: ‘To the Bernie or Bust People, You Are Being Ridiculous:’ Comedian called for Democratic Party unity.

PROBABLY A FEW MEXICAN ONES THOUGH: No Visible American Flags Present At The Democrat Convention.


FLASHBACK: Michelle Obama launches attack on Clinton.

Michelle Obama, who could become America’s first black First Lady, has launched a scathing attack on her husband’s opponent Hillary Clinton, stating she represents “the same old thing over and over again”.

Whereas Barack Obama preaches a message of hope and transcending differences that is more kumbaya than combative, his wife, like him a lawyer and a Harvard graduate, did not hesitate to take his main opponent on in an appearance at a Las Vegas.

On her 44th birthday, and less than 48 hours before today’s crucial Nevada caucuses, Mrs Obama spoke passionately about racial slurs against her husband and the symbolism of having a black family in the White House.

In a fiery comparison between his 2004 Senate campaign and this year’s presidential race, she said: “You know what they were saying about him then? They said he was too young. They said he was too inexperienced. They said he should wait his turn.

Well, he was too young and inexperienced. But Hillary the racist had to be stopped.

RON FOURNIER: All Hell Breaks Loose at the Democratic Convention.

GLENN POSTED ON EARTHQUAKES: Here’s an article on super volcanoes. “Hulking geological behemoths.” One quarter of the world’s super volcanoes are in the US. When they erupt they erupt fast. Guess they feel the…burn…

IT’S A RIDDLE, WRAPPED IN A MYSTERY, INSIDE AN ENIGMA: Facebook Quickly Admits to Censoring WikiLeaks DNC Links, Doesn’t Say Why.

Meanwhile, #DNCLeaks is pulled by Twitter from trending topics.

And finally, as of the time of this post, Yahoo’s Tech page has plenty of references to Trump and even Twitter banning Milo. But nothing on Wikileaks. I wonder why?

IT’S THE 21ST CENTURY. MY BATTERY SHOULD BE NUCLEAR. Here’s how you should be charging your phone, according to science.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO HYPERGAMIZE: Prankster teaches ‘gold digger’ a lesson after she ditches boyfriend for his private jet.


WE ARE GROOT: Marvel’s Groot and Rocket Raccoon To Be Put On NASA’s New Mission Patch.


HEY, IT’S PHILADELPHIA, WHERE THEY EVEN BOO SANTA CLAUS: The DNC has fallen into a Bernie vs. Hillary chaos… it’s so extreme that they booed the Pastor conducting the invocation! (Video.)

(Classical reference in headline.)

RESURRECTION: 75 years after it was first deployed, will US Army bring back the ‘jeep’?

Earlier this year the U.S. Army had negotiations with Hendrick Dynamics, which developed a modified light off-road vehicle built on the Jeep Wrangler with a modified JP-8 diesel engine. This Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) vehicle was dubbed the Commando and is now officially designated the Grand Mobility Vehicle (GMV).

“We’re right in the transition to light mobility for our military,” Marshall Carlson, Hendrick Dynamics’ general manager, told FoxNews.com. “This is much lighter than the JLTV, and it won’t be armored – it is what is being called a ‘better boot.’ The GMV is for those light infantry and airborne infantry that can only move across the battlefield by walking at 3mph. This is literally a people mover that can go anywhere.”

What also makes the GMV program notable is that Hendrick Dynamics is contracting the Jeeps from Chrysler, which is bringing the iconic vehicle back to the battlefield.

A certain segment of Jeep Wrangler fans has clamored for years for a diesel option. Hendrick Dynamics would have a license to print money if someday they’re able to make the Commando available for civilian sale. But for now at least, the Commando is sold only to “government agencies and commercial clients.”

I’d take one in green.

SAUL ALINSKY SMILES: There’s some outrageous anti-Hillary swag at the DNC.

AT LAST: The Smithsonian is Hiring a Beer Historian.

HISTORY: How a Champagne-Laden Steamship Ended Up in a Kansas Cornfield.


Pennsylvania is known for its restrictive alcohol laws — venues cannot sell alcohol after 2 a.m. or provide happy hour specials, and all drinks must be purchased at vendors run by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). But the state gave a special dispensation for the Democratic National Convention this week.

State legislators in Harrisburg have implemented temporary “national event permits” allowing bars to circumvent these restrictive rules, but only for DNC events. This raises the puzzling question of why outside visitors for the Democratic convention can be trusted with alcohol, while native Pennsylvanians cannot.

Know your place, Pennsylvania peasant!

MICHAEL JORDAN WEIGHS IN ON POLICE SHOOTINGS AND RACIAL TURMOIL: He weighs in with prestige, eloquence and a two million dollar donation.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported

Thank you, sir. Decent people know all lives matter.


FASTER, PLEASE: Stem cell trial suggests damaged heart tissue could be regenerated.

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IN SOVIET PHILADELPHIA, BERN FEELS YOU! Even Bernie Gets Booed for Continuing Endorsement of Hillary

FASTER, PLEASE: Faster Than The Speed Of Light. “Dr. White believes that advances he and others have made render warp speed less implausible. Among other things, he has redesigned the theoretical warp-traveling spacecraft — and in particular a ring around it that is key to its propulsion system — in a way that he believes will greatly reduce the energy requirements. . . . Theoretically, a warp drive could cut the travel time between stars from tens of thousands of years to weeks or months. But we should probably not book reservations anytime soon.”


All medications have side effects, and numerous studies have shown that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are linked to a small increase in the risk of Type 2 diabetes, even as they reduce the risk of heart attacks.

The higher the dose of a statin, the greater the diabetes risk, said Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer at Scripps Health. But many heart doctors, including Dr. Mary Norine Walsh, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology, say concern about diabetes should not deter patients from taking statins “if you fall into the higher risk category” for heart disease.

On the other hand, someone who has never had heart disease and who has high cholesterol but no other risk factors is less likely to derive benefit from a statin drug while still facing the risk of diabetes, Dr. Topol said, adding, “There you have a very tight benefit-to-risk ratio.”


HERE’S YOUR OFFICIAL DNC DRINKING GAME: And why I, the VodkaPundit, will not be playing.


At the beginning of the Republican National Convention last week, NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer confronted presidential nominee Donald Trump about dialing down the intensity of the passions percolating at the event. “Would you be willing to make a pledge to speak to everyone involved in this convention and say, ‘Please tone down the rhetoric’?” Lauer urged. “Can you say to the people who are going to take to that podium this week, ‘No personal attacks, no vitriol, keep it civil?”

The irony there is that political journalists themselves, Lauer included, have become as inflammatory as the politicians they lecture about incivility. In the aftermath of last month’s Orlando terrorist massacre at a gay nightclub, for example, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper badgered the increasingly offended Attorney General of Florida interminably about her stance on gay marriage. More recently, Fox News’ Shepherd Smith berated Gov. Bobby Jindal for using the “divisive” phrase “All lives matter.” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who wears her biases as openly as her keffiyeh, hammered away contentiously at British MP Daniel Hannan for nine minutes over the recent Brexit vote.

Choose the form of your destructor.


ANTICIPATING STREET DEMONSTRATIONS IN PHILADELPHIA: So far there hasn’t been an eruption of violence. But a lot of angry people are milling around Philly. The rigged primaries burn Sanders supporters. The Revolutionary Communist Party promises to appear. Another lefty group will hold a fart-in –after serving beans. (I’m not making this up.) Which leads to that still relevant question: who are the fascists in 2016? I’m bumping links from a two week-old post. Dr. Tom Sowell nailed the red fascists in early June. My essay took down three red left icons and addressed the anti-Trump street violence in San Jose (and elsewhere).

FEEL THE BERN: Sanders Invites Spain’s Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel Party Leader to Democratic Convention.

RELATED: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA): Jewish Settlers Are Like Termites:

“There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming,” Johnson said during an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an anti-Israel organization that galvanizes supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

“Johnson, who in 2010 voiced his fears that Guam would tip over and capsize if too many people resided on the island, said that ‘Jewish people’ routinely steal land and property from Palestinians.”


NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Silicon Nanoparticles Provide Biocompatible Solution to Cancer Detection and Treatment.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY, YOU KNOW. End of an Era: Last VCR Ever to Be Manufactured This Month.


MARNI NIXON, THE VOICE BEHIND THE SCREEN, DIES AT 86: “The cause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Classically trained, Ms. Nixon was throughout the 1950s and ’60s the unseen — and usually uncredited — singing voice of the stars in a spate of celebrated Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in ‘The King and I,’ Natalie Wood in ‘West Side Story’ and Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady,’ among many others. Her other covert outings included singing for Jeanne Crain in ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ Janet Leigh in ‘Pepe’ and Ida Lupino in ‘Jennifer.’ ‘The ghostess with the mostest,’ the newspapers called her, a description that eventually began to rankle.”

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Putin 2016! “So it seems possible, and maybe even likely, that our two main choices in November will be a woman who’s subject to blackmail by the Russians, and a man who generally sympathizes with the Russians.”

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: North Korea Is Building Bigger Pens For Its Submarines.

SPOILER ALERT: Someone might have been “careless.”


Well, rickets is back.

WAS HE GOING TO BUILD A WALL? As City Councilman, Kaine Proposed Banning Outside Drug Offenders From Entering Richmond.

IT’S THE LURE OF EASY MONEY, IT’S GOT A VERY STRONG APPEAL. Smuggler’s Blues: Moe Lane on the Possible Uses of Smuggling in Roleplaying Games.


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Thousands of Turkey coup prisoners ‘raped, starved and hogtied’

Two lawyers in Ankara working on behalf of detainees told Amnesty International that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being raped with a truncheon or finger by police officers.

A person on duty at the Ankara Police Headquarters sports hall saw a detainee with severe wounds consistent with having been beaten, including a large swelling on his head.

The detainee could not stand up or focus his eyes and he eventually lost consciousness.

While in some cases detainees were afforded limited medical assistance, police refused to allow this detainee essential medical treatment despite his severe injuries.

The interviewee heard one police doctor on duty say: “Let him die. We will say he came to us dead.”

Erdogan’s anti-democratic purge seems worse than a successful military coup would have been.

IT WASN’T A FAILED COUP; IT’S A SUCCESSFUL PURGE: Retired U.S. General Dismisses Allegations He Masterminded Turkey Coup.

John Campbell, a retired four-star general who oversaw the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan until May, told The Wall Street Journal that the story “doesn’t even warrant a response.”

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Mr. Campbell said of the front-page article in Yeni Safak, a pro-government Turkish newspaper.

On July 15, a small group of Turkish generals unsuccessfully tried to topple the government in a coup attempt that was thwarted after thousands of Turkish citizens heeded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ’s call to take to the streets and resist.

Within hours, the coup crumbled. Mr. Erdogan has responded to the attempted military coup with a sweeping crackdown and a three-month state of emergency.

In the days since the failed military coup, some members of the Turkish government and newspapers supporting Mr. Erdogan have accused the U.S. of secretly backing the plot.

The U.S. government has categorically dismissed the allegations, which have helped stoke anti-American sentiment in Turkey.

Why would members of the Turkish government and pro-government outlets accuse the US of masterminding the “coup,” when the Obama Administration has been and still is a strong backer of the Erdogan regime?

NEWS YOU CAN ABUSE: A Guide to Buying Access at the Democratic National Convention — Hacked documents reveal perks of big-money DNC donations.

FRED BARNES WARNS TED CRUZ: This is interesting editorial on a topic that’s still hot. Bill Kristol has fiercely opposed Donald Trump’s nomination. Once again The Weekly Standard shows it’s a good place where good people disagree. Fred’s right: “Divided parties are vulnerable.” Last week I used humor to send the same serious message.


Meanwhile at the American Thinker, “In short, [Greg] Sargent is a DNC-Clinton shill on the payroll of the Washington Post.”

Flashback to the Post’s then-ombudswoman in mid-November of 2008: “Journalism naturally draws liberals; we like to change the world. I’ll bet that most Post journalists voted for Obama. I did. There are centrists at The Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don’t even want to be quoted by name in a memo.”

Back in 2010, I wrote a lengthy post rounding up the myriad woes at the Post over the previous five years, with a headline that now seems prophetic in light of who is driving Wikileaks: Through a Gimlet Eye: Studying the Washington Post Kremlinologist-Style.

BUT OF COURSE: IS Claims Responsibility for Ansbach Attack.

Also this:

A European Union spokesman has acknowledged “serious loopholes” in the bloc’s current rules on the acquisition and possession of firearms, but said the EU’s executive has submitted proposals for tighter regulation.

Germany’s vice-chancellor called for tightened gun laws following last Friday’s shooting spree in Munich in which an 18-year-old gunman who is believed to have purchased his firearm illegally on the internet killed nine people as well as himself.

If adopted, the EU Commission’s package of proposals will “make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, allow to better track legally held firearms and strengthen the cooperation between all member states,” EU spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said Monday.

Next on the EU’s agenda, strict controls on axes and metal splinters.


—Headline, The Hill, yesterday.

—Headline, CNN, January 28th.

Any word on how Bernie comes down on the whole air conditioning is as deadly as ISIS question?

Related: And in case you missed it earlier, Sign Petition: ‘Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property’ – Prompted By Kerry’s comments.

CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Castro floated to replace resigning DNC Chairwoman.

This is the same HUD Secretary Julian Castro who flouted the Hatch Act last month without so much as a shrug from the Justice Department, so he’d fit right in.

HEY, I REMEMBER SEEING HEADLINES LIKE THIS BACK IN 2008: How Hillary Lost the Democrats’ Traditional Base.

Related: What Hillary Clinton Got Wrong About The World.

STUPID IS AS STUPID PARTY DOES: Official GOP Site’s Response to Kaine Choice Is Stunningly Awful.

TRACING EMPIRE IN RURAL ROMANIA: This is a personal essay with a lot of angles– a contemporary travelogue, an informed appreciation of history, an assessment of current geo-political tensions. It’s personal but definitely not a polemic. Essayist Antonia Colibasanu takes the time to sort through her own thoughts and impressions — and many of them are uncomfortable. “…cohesion stands on the infrastructure built on a common feeling of security” she says, reflecting on a current NATO exercise but also Roman and Byzantine history.


I hear a middle-aged gentleman from a group of tourists commenting, in front of a map highlighting the borders of the Roman Empire, on the Balkans’ natural belonging to the EU family. In a sense, he was comparing the European Union to an empire. I didn’t dare challenge him, but the comparison made me realize something else. If the EU had built itself as an empire, it would have probably been more effective. After Trajan’s expansionary leadership, his successor Hadrian, after traveling throughout the Empire, decided to renounce the Empire’s enlargement and even some of the lands conquered late by Trajan, focusing instead on improving the Empire’s administration and security. Hadrian decided to reinforce borders by building up limes (walls) wherever needed — ironically for today’s EU troubles, he built the first limes separating England, then under the Roman occupation, from Scotland.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Leaked DNC Documents Show Plans To Reward Big Donors With Federal Appointments.

The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

“The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party,” Boehm told The Daily Caller.

“That is unethical, if not illegal.”

Why are Democrat-run institutions — in this case the Democrat Party itself — such cesspits of official corruption?

H-BOMB DEPLOYED: Democrat National Finance Director Uses Homophobic Slur in Leaked Email.

File under, “Imagine MSM Outrage if This Had Been a Republican, Part 2,323,927.”

QUESTION ASKED: “Commentators already pondering: We said Trump speech was so dark, un-American. How come post-convention bounce?


UPDATE: Link fixed. Sorry about that. Yes, the post is on StrategyPage. FWIW, in a chapter in my second novel, Prism (HarperCollins 1996), an ad hoc commando team uses a large, radio-controlled model airplane as an explosives-laden kamikaze attacking a pinpoint target. I heard the concept discussed at war games in the 1980s. People would chuckle, say yeah yeah, they can’t carry a lot of explosive, but the pros knew it could be done.

DON’T EVER CHANGE, CBS: CBS’s John Dickerson to Obama Yesterday: ‘Is Honesty Overrated as a Prez Quality?’

CBS’s Charlie Rose sat with two of Obama’s speechwriters in May as all three men laughed about the Big Lie of ObamaCare — the over 36 times Obama told Americans, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

CBS’s Dan Rather told Bill O’Reilly in 2001: “I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things:”


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What’s fascinating is how many “journalists” (read: Democrat operatives with bylines) are openly willing to admit that lying is perfectly fine with them.

And just as a reminder, John Dickerson, Host of Face the Nation, Advised Obama in 2013 to ‘Destroy the GOP.’

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1173.

CNN/ORC: Trump up after con bump.


The DNC email leak has legs.

GINNIE MAE HIRED A FAKE CPA TO RUN A $1.5 TRILLION MORTGAGE PORTFOLIO: No, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group is not making this one up. Officials at the Government National Mortgage Association — aka Ginnie Mae – hired David Fender as vice president and chief financial officer in April 2014.

They did this despite a background check that revealed Fender’s highly dubious credentials, including falsely claiming to be a registered CPA, being fired from his previous job for working for another company on company time, and much, much more.

“Fender was hired as Ginnie Mae’s CFO despite an undistinguished resume of failed business deals in Japan and jobs with U.S. companies he didn’t keep for long. His pet project was Cold Energy Systems, which sells steel tanks to governments,” Rosiak reports.

“The reference check done during Fender’s Ginnie Mae background investigation revealed his penchant for taking and neglecting corporate jobs to pay the bills while he brokered big-dollar side deals.” And then there was that $128 million tax deficiency he claimed not to know about. Sleep tight tonight, folks, because your Government Sponsored Entities are in the best of hands.





“NATIONAL SERVICE” — THE DUMB IDEA THAT WON’T DIE: Gen. McChrystal: ‘You Don’t Have to Wear a Military Uniform to Serve Your Country.’ A service year would teach young Americans tolerance and restore civic responsibility. In the process, it would help heal a wounded nation.

Tensions and violence in cities across America are reminders of how quickly communities can erupt with an absence of social trust. Dallas, St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Orlando, following on the heels of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Chicago illustrate a disheartening reality.

Political campaigns offer Americans an opportunity to adjust direction, reaffirm values, and recommit to the covenant that binds them together. But politics can also summon the smaller side of America’s national character, offering final glimpses of desperately needed big ideas and real solutions before they go up in political smoke, disappearing in favor of what’s popular or easy.

As the presidential candidates head to their national conventions, they should advance ideas to help restore social trust in the United States—practical solutions, such as engaging young Americans in a year or more of national service.

Imagine for a moment a large-scale commitment to offering young Americans who are black and white, rich and poor, Republican and Democrat, and Christian, Jewish, and Muslim opportunities to work side by side, serving their country together. The focus of their service year would be teaching, tutoring, and mentoring disadvantaged students; cleaning neighborhoods in need of renewal; renovating homes in blighted areas; and helping veterans reintegrate into their communities.

Young Americans could be paid a modest living stipend, work in teams, and build relationships with one another by solving problems together. Beyond the valuable work they would do to improve their country, young Americans would develop the powerful habits of citizenship as well as the leadership and professional skills that help them grow and stand out with their future employers.

I’d settle for getting the military back onto warfighting skills and away from social-justice indoctrination.

P.T. BARNUM IN THE POLITICAL CIRCUS: Yes, the P. T. Barnum of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey had a political career. Unfortunately the essay’s behind the Wall St Journal paywall. That’s too bad. It’s a fun read about an interesting American. The Journal ought to put a chink in the wall.

UPDATE (From Ed): Going in through Google might get you past the paywall.



JOHN SCHINDLER: Wikileaks Dismantling of DNC Is Clear Attack by Putin on Clinton.

RESET: Russians suspected of hacking Democratic National Committee emails.

Maybe Putin is concerned that Hillary Clinton isn’t the honest type of politician who stays bought.

MEDIA MATTERS FLINGS ANOTHER FACT-FREE SALVO DEFENDING CLINTON: David Brock, Hillary Clinton’s favorite attack dog, had his minions at Media Matters for America fire off another cluster of half-truths, evasions and vituperation at a journalism outfit with the temerity to report facts about the Clinton Foundation. But this one sets a new low mark for ignoring facts that are no less obvious than Brock’s obeisance to Hillary Clinton.

TURKISH AUTHORITIES ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 42 JOURNALISTS: And Erdogan has just appointed 342 new judges and prosecutors. It sure looks like a post-coup power grab.

HEH: Obama’s half-brother voting for Trump.

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I’M SURE WE’LL SEE CHIN-TUGGING PIECES ABOUT TOTALITARIANISM NOW, LIKE LAST WEEK, RIGHT? Bernie Sanders supporters chant ‘Lock her up’ in Philadelphia protest against Clinton.

Has there ever been a convention before where protesters called for their own nominee to be jailed?

UPDATE: BREAKING: Wasserman Schultz booed off stage in Philadelphia.

ANOTHER UPDATE: California delegation booing Clinton, chanting “Count our votes!”


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KYLE SMITH ON HOW TEAM TRUMP PLAYED THE MSM ALL WEEK: Trump’s RNC speech wasn’t just a success — it was a smash hit.

Read the whole thing.

THE FIX IS IN: ’60 Minutes’ Doesn’t Air Hillary Dodge About DNC Interference.

The Wikileaks news was breaking Saturday when CBS’s Scott Pelley sat down with Clinton and her new running mate, Virginia senator Tim Kaine, for an interview that aired Sunday evening on 60 Minutes. There’s plenty covered in the interview that ran on TV, but perhaps the newsiest topic of the day, the DNC turmoil, didn’t make it into the broadcast. In a video posted under the banner of 60 Minutes Overtime and touted as an “unaired” clip from the interview, Pelley asked Clinton and Kaine about the leak. Clinton’s answers—or, more accurately, her non-answers—on what she knew about DNC interference in the primary were…curious. Among them was Clinton’s unwillingness to say any such intervention by the party committee to favor one candidate would be “improper.”

This isn’t the first time CBS and 60 Minutes have done something like this. During the 2012 presidential election, CBS released a previously unaired clip from an interview between Steve Kroft and Barack Obama that seemed to back up the president’s claim during a debate with Mitt Romney that he had, indeed, deemed the September 11 assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as a terrorist attack. But, as Bret Baier pointed out at the time, just days before the election, CBS unceremoniously published the fuller portion of the interview that showed Obama contradicting himself on this point.

For all the fuss about the GOP “establishment,” the Democrats actually have one — and it works.

ANOTHER NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING IN FLORIDA. Unclear who did it or why at this point, but . . . .

BUT OF COURSE: Tolerance Was A Lie The Left Used To Get Power.

For decades, liberals, with the help of the mainstream media, have championed tolerance of people groups and ideas, specifically on race, sexuality, and social welfare programs. Much of their success has been due to their claimed love for tolerance and big-tent pretense.

Yet it’s becoming increasingly clear many liberals don’t actually practice the very tolerance they advocate. They hold a double standard for one set of progressives—the elite media and politicians—and another for the rest of society, which undermines the Left’s credibility. That once-banner statement for liberalism—“I disagree but will defend to the death your right to say what you think—is now dead, replaced with a naked, de-principled thirst for power. Those slogans were useful bait while they lasted. Now for the reality show.

Read the whole thing.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE BIG CONTRIBUTORS AND ALLIES: White House on Milo Yiannopoulos Ban: ‘Not going to second-guess’ Twitter.

SOMETIMES, PERCEPTION IS REALITY: The New NY Times Public Editor Goes There: ‘Why Readers See The Times as Liberal.’

Well, our source was the New York Times, to quote from the legendary Soviet Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky. As Daniel Okrent, the Times’ first public editor (“ombudsman” is probably too sexist a word for the vaporous Gray Lady) noted in 2004, after the body blows of the Jayson Blair debacle and Howling Howell Raines’ weird obsession with the Augusta National Golf Club in the wake of 9/11, “Is the New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? Of course it is.”

And as with the party its serves, its leftwing bias has only gotten worse in the years since.

CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Liberal Democrats to Play Major Role at Convention’s Opening Night.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign plans to open her nominating convention Monday with a full-throated overture to the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, hoping to mend rifts and put to rest grievances that have jeopardized party unity.

Two of the speakers on the convention’s opening night are U.S. senators whose fiery denunciations of corporate power and wealth have made them darlings of the left: Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Mrs. Clinton’s rival in the presidential primaries, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Where are all the handwringing analysis pieces about the Democratic Party’s frightening lurch to the left?

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ IS UNPOPULAR: Sanders aide: DNC chairwoman a ‘thorn that’s still stuck.’ Maybe her resignation will unstick it. Maybe not.

Related: DNC chairwoman will not speak at, preside over convention: report.


It’s a chain of command. Vogel knows who his real editors are.

And if you missed it yesterday, Family Feud! Wikileaks Show Debbie Wasserman Schultz Furious At Mika Brzezinski, Chuck Todd.

Plus that time Morning Joe read an Obama White House-emailed request for a correction on the air.

WEARING A T-SHIRT IS EASIER, AND WON’T HURT THE BOTTOM LINE: If Black Lives Matter At Whittier, Shouldn’t Law School Address Graduates’ Abysmal Bar Passage And Employment Rates?

ANSBACH BOMBER: More details emerge on the 27-year-old Syrian national.

Authorities said the bomber, who has not been named, entered Germany two years ago.

He had applied for asylum in the country, but his application was rejected. However, he remained in the country, as it is German policy to not allow rejected applicants to return to war zones.

The bomber was known to police in Ansbach for previous offenses, including drug crimes, Herrmann said. He had also twice attempted suicide before the bombing.

“Because how this backpack and the bomb were packed, especially with so many metal splinters, which could have killed and injured many more people, this act cannot be purely assessed as a suicide,” Herrmann said.

Asylum rejected, known by police for previous offenses, multiple attempts at suicide, still able to case a music festival while carrying a backpack full of explosives and shrapnel.

UPDATE: Just in from Conflict News, no link yet.

THE BEAUTY OF BEIRUT back in the days of the Pax Americana.

TROUBLE IS, OUR EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT HAS BEEN PUSHING THIS STUFF FOR YEARS: Identity politics and the perils of zero-sum thinking.

FLASHBACK: Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal.

INSIDERS: Obama, Warren will outshine Clinton in Philly.

A survey of The POLITICO Caucus — a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in 11 key battleground states — finds that, despite Clinton’s imminent nomination for president, Democratic insiders think Obama and Warren will make the more effective case for their party in speeches at the Wells Fargo Center this week.

Asked who would deliver the most effective address, nearly half of Democratic insiders, 49 percent, said Obama. Another 26 percent picked Warren.

Just 10 percent chose Clinton — the same percentage that said her husband would make the most effective case for the party.

“This is Obama’s party,” said a Florida Democrat, who, like all insiders, completed the survey anonymously. “He’ll light the place up and pass the torch of a united party, then we’ll all pray she doesn’t screw it up between now and November.”

Insiders, what would we do without them?

FLASHBACK: The Coming Constitutional Crisis Over Hillary Clinton’s EmailGate.