A Louisiana police officer responding to a call of a man stabbing women was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
One of the women who was stabbed also died, Deputy Sheriff Paul DiCapo of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Cops have been getting beat up in the press a lot in the past year, and not just by the people mad about Ferguson or Baltimore. Libertarians (and many conservatives) like to whine about the “militarization” of police forces.
One thing that most people don’t consider is that, even with all the variables life presents us on any given day, cops run a significantly greater risk of being killed on a normal work day than any of us who aren’t battlefield combatants. Critics of police ponder abstracts and wonder why cops involved in altercations can’t just hit “slow-mo” and spend a few quality moments thinking about what they are going to do. They’re the worst kind of armchair quarterback.
It’s dangerous out there and police personnel have every right to be skittish, even more so now that some of the most powerful people in the United States (looking at you, Mr. President) have no problem throwing them under the bus.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday said he thought it was “worth the fight” for congressional Republicans to threaten not to raise the U.S. debt limit as a way to pressure the Obama administration to agree to spending cuts.
“I would say that it’s worth the fight,” Trump said on Bloomberg TV. “Honestly there is so much fat in Washington that if you had the right people in there you could cut it.”
The Republicans have had a majority in the House for over four years now but you would be hard pressed to remember how many times they’ve flexed their muscles and used the power of the purse, especially when it comes to your regularly scheduled debt ceiling “negotiations.” I put quotation marks around “negotiations” because what really happens is that John Boehner blinks before the Democrats have even begun staring at him.
Let us be clear again: Donald Trump would not be the front-runner answering questions like this had GOP leadership not been so remarkably weak on issues precisely like this.
Whenever it is time to have the debt ceiling dance again, the Democrat mouthpieces in the press begin barking the “holding the U.S. government hostage” line that Dems love to trot out. GOP leadership then quails at the thought of the press blaming them for something even if they aren’t really doing what the press says they’re doing. Then all the blinking begins.
Gee, it’s difficult to see why a guy who keeps telling the MSM to kiss off is doing so well right now.
South Carolina’s Republican power brokers are facing a Lindsey Graham dilemma.
Wide-open nominating contests don’t happen every day, and the state’s high-stakes primary offers them a chance to hitch their political fortunes to a rising star, the earlier the better if they’ve made up their minds.
Few believe their senior senator has a real shot at being that nominee, but his operation has worked hard to lock down support in the state, and few Republicans are eager to show their disloyalty by endorsing another candidate too soon.
Welcome to the world of United States Senators who hang around too long. By the time they’ve hit their third terms, their state parties have become their own little fiefdoms and the vassals better be quick with the fealty.
There are rumors that Graham entered the race just to keep Ted Cruz from winning the South Carolina primary. That is a fairly plausible theory given that Graham is as petty as his political life partner John McCain, and that Cruz sees the southern primaries as his key to winning the nomination.
Graham also brings nothing unique to this large field in terms of policy ideas or demographics, so the petty revenge theory becomes even more realistic.
The only real potential upside here is that the South Carolina Republicans who are missing the chance to become players with the eventual nominee may get so disgruntled that they won’t be so friendly to Graham the next time he’s up for re-election, opening the door to a primary challenge.
Kidding-that’s years from now and he will have purged all of them from the state GOP already, like senators do.
“Go back to Univision.”
Love or hate Trump, Jorge Ramos is a Class A jerk and was basically behaving like a toned-down Code Pink protester.
Via ABC News:
A man who once jumped the fence at the White House was shot and killed at the Chester County Justice Center by a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday after attacking another deputy with a knife.
The suspect is identified as 34-year-old Curtis Smith of Coatesville, Pa.
Investigators say Smith entered the Justice Center at approximately 11:50 a.m. with a knife, ran past security and started attacking a sheriff’s deputy, slashing him.
Reiley Aikman witnessed the attack, and tells us, “He said, ‘I’m gonna get ya, I’m gonna get ya.’ He ran right through the door, right through security, and I hear ‘POP, POP.’ And it was the sheriff shooting him.”
It’s creepy to think someone this unstable was able to outwit the Secret Service earlier this year. Yes, making it over the fence of a property as secure as the White House is outwitting security.
This also serves as a reminder of the everyday perils our law enforcement officers face, which has gotten lost in a lot of the conversations about them this past year or two, especially in the media.
It gets weirder: Huckabee is in second.
Republican Jeb Bush’s support is slipping in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, and front-runner Donald Trump has opened a 20-point lead over his closest rivals, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Tuesday.
Republican backing for Bush dipped from 16 percent to 8 percent in the last five days, the online poll found, as the former Florida governor feuded with Trump over immigration policy and defended his use of the term “anchor babies” to describe U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.
Trump’s support remained largely unchanged over the last week at about 30 percent, well ahead of the 17-strong pack seeking to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 presidential election.
Bush fell into a third-place tie with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the poll, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee moved into second place with 10 percent.
While there are people out there outraged about either Bush or Trump, I will never understand Huckabee’s appeal. He’s basically John Edwards with a pro-life bent.
The real news here is obviously Little Jeb Fauntleroy’s plunge. This guy was supposed to be able to nap his way to this nomination and now he’s tied with Ben Carson, who was practically a no-show at the first debate and sounded like he’d merely memorized some Wikipedia pages when he could be heard answering a question.
For those interested, here is the Reuters interactive poll.
There are signs that Jeb Bush’s fundraising juggernaut is losing some momentum, after banking a stunning $120 million for his campaign and super PAC in the first half of the year.
A prominent Florida donor backing Bush said the former Sunshine State governor and his supporting super PAC are having to work even harder to keep up the pace, as hard-money contributions have been harder to come by in recent weeks.
“The debate performance scared a few people,” said Brian Ballard, a Tallahassee lobbyist backing Bush. “But I think the campaign’s trouble raising money right now is not because of his performance, but there’s some donor fatigue after that $100 million. I’ve been on some donor calls and it’s a hard sell for hard money.”
The post also mentions that Jeb is whining about Trump to his donors. It probably never occurred to the Little Prince that he might have to work for this. That was mostly the problem with his debate performance and why it scares donors. In appearance after appearance, Bush looks like he doesn’t really want to be there. He just wants this nomination handed to him because he feels he is entitled to it.
Just one of the many things he has in common with Hillary Clinton.
As Joe Biden continues to weigh a third presidential bid, a cadre of close advisers is trying to lay the groundwork to overcome his biggest potential weakness: fundraising.
Wooing mega-donors has never been the vice president’s strong suit, and he’s already months behind Hillary Clinton, who has a lock on the vast majority of top Democratic bundlers and fundraising operatives needed to mount a credible bid.
Biden’s inner circle is aware of the size of the challenge and is working aggressively behind the scenes to line up big donors even before he formally makes a decision on whether to enter the race.
Larry Rasky, a longtime Biden adviser and press secretary for his 1988 presidential bid, is taking the temperature of donors — some of whom have already cut checks to Clinton — about opening their wallets to support Biden. At the same time, Josh Alcorn, a former senior adviser to Biden’s eldest son, the late Beau Biden, is huddling with donors across the country for the Draft Biden super PAC and making the case for Biden to Democratic National Committee members. The two camps are keeping their efforts largely separate, with Rasky and others who would be on the official campaign side talking with bundlers, operatives and others more generally about their interest in a Biden campaign. Alcorn is focused more on mega-donors who can cut five-, six- or even seven-figure checks.
The most interesting thing about all of the “Will Biden run?” chatter is that it just won’t go away. For the longest time, Democrats have done everything in their power to resurrect the aura of inevitability that Hillary so desperately needs, even if it failed her in 2008. Heck, they would have gone without debates if they could have gotten away with it just to keep the reality of Hillary Clinton away from the Story of Hillary Clinton. She is supposed to be a done deal.
Yet here is the second highest ranking elected Democrat putting out feelers and not retracting them.
The one lingering hope for Republicans is that there is a Democrat out there who wants to keep Mrs. Bill away from the Oval Office almost as badly as we do and he just happens to be the President of the United States. If Grandma’s Tepid Ride gets shut down at Inevitable Land it will be because Team Lightbringer has something on her.
President Obama just gave his approval for the Democrats to become even older, whiter and, if possible, more male than Hillary Clinton.
The only question remaining is whether this is all a side show meant to divert attention from the email scandal or preparation for when the Justice Department brings the hammer down?
ESPN has suspended Curt Schilling after the pitcher and network analyst tweeted, and subsequently deleted, a picture that compared Muslims to Nazis.
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN said in a statement on Tuesday. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
Tuesday morning, Schilling posted a photo on Twitter reading, “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?
As an avid consumer of ESPN programming (SportsCenter is my fave television relaxation viewing after a show when I’m on the road) for twenty five years or so, I’ve been dismayed at the leftward bent the network has been letting bleed through recently. After all, these are the people who hired Keith Olbermann again after he had burned just about every bridge he crossed and had clearly become a progressive political animal and was no longer a sports guy.
Schilling is known to lean to the right (he campaigned for W in 2004), and had he been a lefty tweeting negatively about almost anything other than Those Who Shall Not Be Impugned Even Though They Keep Trying To Kill Us, he probably wouldn’t have gotten in trouble.
However, he did decide to wander into a somewhat political area, which just sucks the fun out of the enjoyment of sports.
So I can’t really back him up on this.
Thousands of people are expected to stream into an events center here on the banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday to see Donald Trump. When they do, his presidential campaign will be waiting, looking to convert casual gawkers into hardcore supporters who will cast votes for the billionaire presidential candidate in the Iowa caucuses next year.
The Republican frontrunner’s surging campaign is largely viewed as powered by his personal celebrity and his persistent presence on television. But there’s another political upside to being one of the most famous men in America: You don’t have to go knocking door-to-door to find voters. They come to you.
When those voters enter the Grand River Center on Tuesday evening, they will immediately be diverted to tables where Trump’s staff will recruit them to be county precinct captains, organizers, and volunteers. It’s a huge competitive advantage in a presidential race where other Republican candidates at times struggle to attract crowds in the hundreds.
It’s another reason, beyond strong poll numbers, why Trump’s candidacy is being viewed with increasing seriousness both inside and outside Iowa, which holds one of the earliest nominating contests in 2016.
I have been one of many political observers who thought for the longest time that Donald Trump has been amusing himself by driving the GOP establishment crazy. It has been, and still is to some extent, my contention that Trump’s biggest competition in this race is his own attention span. Perversely, I think the negative reaction from the establishment types is precisely what is making him pay attention longer.
The first several weeks of this Trump GOP roller coaster ride were obviously just for fun, he really wasn’t saying or doing much specific then. Now he seems to be planning. Of course, he can afford to plan and make the others work harder, spend more, and just be miserable, and still exit the race simply because he’s bored.
That’s what really gets the old guard.
Like many recent articles, this Reuters piece mentions the Giuliani and Thompson flashes in the pan from 2008. There are a couple of differences with Trump so far, however. He doesn’t seem to take his front-runner status for granted like Rudy did (and Jeb did until Trump took it from him), and, quite the opposite of Thompson in 2008, Trump is enjoying himself.
It is far too early in this race to make a heavy bet, but there are probably a lot more people thinking about going all-in on Trump than there were a month ago.
Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him.
The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election.
Virginia has apparently been discussing something along these lines for a couple of years now. Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s most recent monumental Republican electoral failure, is behind the idea, which should tell you everything you need to know about so many of the tired wheel-spinners running various state GOPs.
One of the dumbest trends in politics, and especially on the Republican side, is coercing candidates to sign pledges on issues in an effort to enforce some kind of purity in the party.
How’s that been working out for everyone?
People aren’t sick of what Republicans do while running for office, we’re sick of what they do once they win.
This iteration of the pledge dance is ridiculous. Any candidate should have the right to support or not support the eventual nominee. Leave the hive mind garbage to the Democrats.
CNN wants to be clear that it doesn’t like any immigration policy that doesn’t conform to the Democrats’ vision of what immigration policy should be.
In the past twenty-four hours, they’ve made sure to hit both men leading the GOP polls.
Then, when Jeb Bush seemed to be drifting Trump’s way ever-so-slightly, they trotted out an MSNBC darling (yes, that’s how desperate CNN is) to go after him.
The network has been making its living off of Trump-bashing for a month now. The Donald is its new missing Malaysian Airlines flight — he’s practically all they cover. So it is no surprise that they’d go after him on any topic. The subtle bias comes in the form of the Hillary operative. She gets to drop the Clinton name in the post a couple of times, all the while implying that Hillary is more compassionate than Trump.
Hillary isn’t more compassionate than anyone.
Perhaps CNN is merely trying to capture the disgruntled leftists who have been fleeing the MSNBC brand recently. That would make some sense, if one assumes that demographic is actually looking for somewhere to go.
More plausibly, perhaps since it is a modern American, non-Fox News media entity, it reflexively belches Democrat talking points.
Judge Issues Tentative Ruling Against StemExpress Attempt to Block Release of Planned Parenthood Videos
Free speech rights should allow an anti-abortion group to release videos of discussions with a California company that provides fetal tissue for research, even if they were illegally recorded, a judge said Friday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell issued a tentative ruling rejecting efforts by StemExpress to block the videos, though she said the company likely will prevail in its lawsuit claiming its privacy was violated by an anti-abortion activist posing as a biomedical company employee.
The case arose as the little-known Center for Medical Progress released videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing providing aborted fetal organs for research.
Abortion opponents said the video showed Planned Parenthood is illegally harvesting and selling the organs. Planned Parenthood said it did nothing wrong and the videos were deceptively edited to support extremists’ false claims.
Placerville-based StemExpress, which got some of its fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood, realized the center also secretly record its chief executive and others. It sued to pre-emptively block those videos from being seen.
StemExpress won a temporary restraining order last month, but O’Donnell said the center’s First Amendment rights trumped the company’s right to privacy in what it believed were confidential conversations.
O’Donnell still has to affirm her ruling, and if she does StemExpress is going to hit up an appeals court. This is a start, however. It’s also a glimmer of hope that every extreme leftist pet issue doesn’t have all of the judges in America running activist interference for them.
Another plus is that the mere attempt to suppress the videos is pretty much an admission that something wrong is going on.
Here is the headline:
Walker rejects meeting with Black Lives Matter leaders
Pretty harsh, huh? They offered to meet with him and he flat-out rejected them. At least that is what is clearly implied here.
He was later asked if he would meet with representatives of Black Lives Matter, an activist group focusing on shootings by police of African-American citizens, Walker appeared to stumble, saying, “Who knows who that is? I meet with voters. Who knows who that is.” When reporters asked for elaboration, Walker said he would “talk to American voters.”
In reality he was hit with a hypothetical and never really said no to anything.
It’s ridiculous to expect presidential candidates to meet with self-appointed leaders of protest groups just because the Democrats love that kind of dog-and-pony show.
This headline is an intentional lie designed to make Scott Walker appear racist, pure and simple.
It’s also indicative about why so many of us are clamoring for Republican candidates who can man-handle the press.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants have destroyed a historic monastery seized in their latest advance across central Syria.
Photographs appeared online of fighters from Isil with bulldozers at the Mar Elian monastery in Al-Qaryatain, in Homs province.
The monitoring group Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said the Catholic monastery was then destroyed “on the pretext that it was used for worshipping others than God”.
Remember the rules we’re supposed to be playing by here, kids: you can’t mention that Islamic terrorists are waging wholesale war on Christians because it hurts the Islamic terrorists’ feelings.
It’s not just property they’re seizing:
Isil took Al-Qaryatain and the monastery on August 5, kidnapping an estimated 230 people, including Christians. Some of the older captives have been released, but at least 100 people have been taken as hostages to the de facto Isil capital of Raqqa further to the north.
The monastery and attached church of St Elian was named after a third century Christian from Homs who was killed by his father, a Roman officer, for refusing to renounce his faith.
It was renovated ten years ago under the direction of Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian priest who re-established the Mar Musa monastery near Damascus, and became known as an anti-Assad regime activist. He was later kidnapped, and is believed to have been killed, by Isil.
Mar Elian’s abbot, Fr Jacques Mourad, was kidnapped, presumably by Isil, in May, before the attack on the town.
There may have been a time in days past when the American media would be upset about Christians being targeted for kidnapping and execution anywhere in the world, but I haven’t been alive that long.
And I’m not the youngest kid on the block.
It has now become very clear that some of the emails Hillary Clinton sent and/or received on her private server are of the type that are classified from the beginning:
But the details included in those “Classified” stamps — which include a string of dates, letters and numbers describing the nature of the classification — appear to undermine this account, a Reuters examination of the emails and the relevant regulations has found.
The new stamps indicate that some of Clinton’s emails from her time as the nation’s most senior diplomat are filled with a type of information the U.S. government and the department’s own regulations automatically deems classified from the get-go — regardless of whether it is already marked that way or not.
So there goes the last of her excuses. In classic criminal fashion, Grandma immediately found fault with the rules (her campaign got this tweet out bright and early in the AM — don’t tell me they’re not worried about this). Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Vast Right-Wing Classification Conspiracy:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 21, 2015
If Charles Barkley had to vote tomorrow, he’d vote for John Kasich.
“Right now I like John Kasich, the governor of Ohio,” the retired basketball star said on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike Show” Wednesday. “He’s the only person that I’m really paying attention to right now, to be honest with you.”
Barkley said he usually votes for Democrats, but lately has been considering switching allegiances.
I have yet to meet one Republican who can give me a reason to vote for Kasich other than “he’s from Ohio.” How refreshing it will be if one day the GOP learns how to be competitive in presidential races without the need to relentlessly focus on one state.
Given Kasich’s use of Democrat talking points to justify the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in Ohio, voting for him won’t be much of a stretch for Barkley. Barkley also mentioned that he’d like to see Elizabeth Warren run.
As would everyone having dinner at the White House tonight.
Via The Weekly Standard:
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is nothing if not a campaign veteran. He’s run and won three statewide races since 2010, including the highly contentious recall election in 2012. In fact, since an unsuccessful bid for the state assembly in 1990 when he was just 22, Walker hasn’t lost an election. That’s a great record to have going into a campaign for president, but just a month into his official candidacy, Walker is suffering from a perception that he’s already losing.
Stalling poll numbers and a threat to his top position in Iowa—where Donald Trump has overtaken him in a few polls there—have fed this narrative. In the national polls, Walker has been falling since his peak on April 1. According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Walker had a boost in support following his July 13 announcement that he was officially running for president, but since August he’s suffered a precipitous drop in support. Nor did the August 6 debate boost his position. In the latest CNN national poll, Walker is tied for fourth place with Marco Rubio at 8 percent, behind Ben Carson at 9 percent, Jeb Bush at 13 percent, and Donald Trump at 24 percent.
The media have taken note. Here’s a sample of some recent headlines: “Scott Walker struggles for the Iowa prize”; “Scott Walker slides as Trump rises”; “Walker chasing Trump, deepens his problem.”
Naturally, the media would love nothing more than to see a quick fade by Walker. His Democrat/Big Labor slaying record terrifies them, as evidenced by the fact that they’ve been doing hit pieces on him since long before he was a declared candidate.
Given what Walker went through during the 2012 recall election it is hard to imagine that he’s very rattled by this bump in the road. When you’ve stared the union nastiness in the eye and soundly defeated it, some bad polling almost a year out from crunch time isn’t going to keep you up at night.
As mentioned here on Monday, Walker is already retooling his approach, and could be in a very good position if/when Donald Trump exits the race for greener pastures.
Even if Walker doesn’t prevail, it’s wishful thinking on the part of the MSM hacks to think he’ll go away quickly.
This is from the same interview where Perry doubled-down on his criticism and reiterated that he viewed him as a “cancer” on the GOP. Perry has obviously staked out his territory.
A growing majority of Americans are turning against the nuclear deal with Iran and believe Congress should reject the deal brokered between the U.S., five other world powers and Iran.
As Congress inches closer to a vote to approve or disapprove of the deal, 56% of Americans now say they think Congress should reject the deal with Iran — up from 52% less than a month ago — according to the latest CNN/ORC poll released Thursday.
And 6-in-10 Americans also disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of the U.S. relationship with Iran, according to the poll.
At this point one would have to assume that it is only the most hardcore supporters of The Idiot King who want this to proceed. In their world, saving face for him is more important than long term national security concerns.
That this is such a priority for the administration lends tragic context to just how awful foreign policy has been during his tenure. This wildly unpopular deal is being feverishly pushed to enhance (in their minds, anyway) his legacy.
The deal will, sadly, probably survive, as the dumber, weaker Democrats keep falling in line.
Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has narrowed and her overall favorability ratings have fallen to their lowest levels since 2001, CNN reported on Wednesday.
It said 47 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters surveyed in a poll this month said they supported Clinton for the party’s nomination, down 9 points since July and marking “the first time her support has dipped below 50 percent in national CNN/ORC polling on the race.”
Backing for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, her closest rival for the Democratic nomination, has risen 10 points since July to 29 percent, CNN said. Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to announce whether he will run, is third at 14 percent.
The poll still shows her winning head-to-head match ups with the GOP candidates, but Trump is closing on her. The free-for-all nature of the Republican primary this year was bound to help Hillary in that kind of polling anyway, so there isn’t much to worry about there yet.
This is merely indicative of how poorly this imperious shrew wears on the public when her handlers absolutely have to expose them to her. There is a reason the DNC doesn’t want to have a lot of debates: no good can come of Hillary’s prolonged exposure to the American people.
I still believe the Clintons are such accomplished criminals that this email scandal won’t do her in, but her personality just might.
As my PJ Media and PJTV colleague Scott Ott says, Trump is the only one doing what he’s doing.
For Donald Trump, it wasn’t enough to upstage Jeb Bush by booking a town hall meeting at the same time as the former Florida governor. Trump had to attack him, too.
In a 30-minute press conference in Derry, New Hampshire, that was broadcast live on Fox News and CNN, the real estate mogul ripped into his GOP primary rival, saying, “I don’t think he’s electable.”
“Jeb Bush is a low-energy person. For him to get things done is hard,” a feisty Trump said.
Trump went after the former Florida governor on multiple fronts, dismissing Bush’s positions on education, health care, immigration and foreign policy.
While not an enthusiastic Trump supporter, I am not as dismissive of him as many who aren’t on board the Trump Train. In describing Jeb as “low-energy,” Trump is echoing something that many observers have said about Bush in recent weeks. He did it in a way that regular voters might say it, however, and that has been one of his singular gifts throughout all of this.
Trump’s timing today is a card he can play again and again. If he hits the same part of the campaign trail at the same time as one of the other candidates, the spotlight is swinging his way. He knows how to work the media. The others can try to play his game, but they don’t have the flexibility of spending their own money or the bombastic entertainer/salesman experience. Most of them are merely used to competing for attention against other politicians, which is a lower bar than Trump has had to deal with on network television.
Jeb may be low-energy, but he probably worked up quite a sweat today.
Pro-Life Groups Release Map Showing Health Clinics That Could Replace a De-funded Planned Parenthood
Via The Daily Signal
Sensible people have always known that the argument claiming women will be left without access to affordable health care if Planned Parenthood loses federal funding is a lie, it’s just never been clear how big that lie is.
According to data collected by the two groups, there are currently 13,540 clinics providing comprehensive health care for women, versus 665 Planned Parenthood locations.
Another “evolving” politician. Also, it’s nice to see the Republicans learning about the Internet.
Carly Fiorina is in an all-out sprint to keep the momentum going at the polls in hopes of making it into CNN’s varsity debate next month, with recent numbers showing she’s gripping onto that stage by her fingertips.
Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who has never held political office, got a boost on Tuesday as a CNN/ORC poll put her at 5 percent support, bumping Chris Christie out of the top 10.
CNN is taking the average of surveys released by 13 major polling operations between mid-July and Sept. 10 to determine the top 10 participants for the main event, while the remaining candidates who score at least 1 percent across their three best polls will participate in an earlier debate.
Pollsters say Fiorina is on track to make it to the big show on Sept. 16, as long as she is able to consistently score higher numbers in more polls.
As of right now, the GOP probably gains a lot more having Fiorina in the prime-time debate than it loses if Christie isn’t there. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, most of the candidates in this circus have at least one thing that they can claim is the reason they’re in the mix. It’s difficult to see what Christie’s niche is. There are far more accomplished governors (even Jeb) in the race and it’s not like he’s going to bring New Jersey into play for the Republicans.
The other candidates need to fight for position for that magical moment when The Donald grows bored and leaves the race for another train set in the rich man’s basement. Some of them have done a remarkable job of not getting distracted by the noise.
Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning was found guilty Tuesday of violating prison rules and will receive three weeks of recreational restrictions at the Kansas military prison where she’s serving her 35-year sentence, her attorney said.
The transgender Army private was accused of having a copy of Vanity Fair with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover and an expired tube of toothpaste, among other things. Her attorney, Chase Strangio of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a news release that Manning was convicted of all charges after a closed four-hour disciplinary board hearing in which she had no counsel.
Manning received 21 days of recreational restrictions limiting access to the gym, library and outdoors. The maximum punishment she could have faced was indefinite solitary confinement.
It’s beginning to look like this one just has a hard time playing by the rules, isn’t it?
In a perfect world, national security threat twins Chelsea Manning and Hillary Clinton would end up cell mates at Leavenworth. At her train wreck of a press conference about her email server today, Mrs. Bill looked like she was already trying to get comfortable in orange prison garb:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which has struggled to keep costs in check, wants donors to pay for their own food and valet parking at fundraising events, according to a request it filed this month with the Federal Election Commission.
But wait, there’s more!
The request, released publicly by the FEC on Tuesday afternoon, sketches out a novel accounting plan under which the Clinton campaign would shift some fundraising costs to donors, without counting against their contribution limits.
Always looking for an angle, those Clintons.
After referring to this as a “novel” approach, the author then goes on to make it seem as if most candidates do this. Politico evidently possesses a dictionary where novel and commonplace are synonyms.
Hardcore Clinton people are still stinging from the 2008 campaign, when Mrs. Bill blew through money like a drunk Kardashian sister on Rodeo Drive.
There is also the fact that Hillary’s events require more orchestration than most. It’s not easy keeping people far enough away from her to make her seem like she actually cares that they’re there, after all.
If the news sounds a little familiar, that’s because Vox Media announced a similar deal with NBCUniversal last week. At the time, Re/code (now owned by Vox) reported that BuzzFeed had received an investment of the same size, at a valuation of $1.5 billion.
As with the Vox deal, BuzzFeed and NBCUniversal say they’ll be looking at possibilities for strategic partnerships.
Imagine having all of your least favorite in-laws over for an afternoon of the stomach flu. If anyone thought that the employers of Brian Williams, Chris Matthews and a seemingly endless cast of commies was going to stop catering to the leftist extremists in America, the Vox partnership alone should have killed that notion. While BuzzFeed isn’t always out on the progressive lunatic fringe like Vox, it certainly isn’t engaged in outreach with the middle or the right.
The upside here is that Brian Williams won’t have to lie as much with Matt Yglesias in-house.
As anti-establishment Republicans are gaining traction in the polls, Scott Walker is trying to establish himself as an outsider as well.
In a speech set to deliver in Minnesota on Tuesday, Walker will take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“Republican leaders in Washington told us during the campaign last year that we needed a Republican Senate to repeal Obamacare,” the Wisconsin governor will say according to pre-released remarks. “Well, Republicans have been in charge of both houses of Congress since January and there still isn’t a bill on the President’s desk to repeal Obamacare.”
Walker will say that he’s had to take on the establishment in his party before and that he told GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin, “It was put up or shut up time. If we didn’t do what we said we’d do, the voters would have every right to throw us out.”
“And just like I did in my own state, I am willing to take on anyone – including members of my own party – to get the job done,” he will say.
While many may be quick to credit Donald Trump’s presence in the race for the anti-establishment tone, it should be noted that Ted Cruz was fighting with Mitch McConnell long before the GOP Trump Show started.
Analysis from the first debate shows the decidedly outsider candidates did well. Walker is by no means a Washington hack, but his lackluster numbers after the debate show that he didn’t do enough to remind voters of that.
He isn’t going to get many more chances, especially in this crowded field. It only took Rick Perry two bad debates to lose a solid number one position in the polls in 2012 (it was all but over for him by the third bad debate). He finished strongly in the debates but the damage was done.
Walker’s record is obviously strong, but it’s questions about his charisma in front of crowds that have always dogged him. One doesn’t want to elect a president based solely on speech-making ability, but it sure helps when you’re on stage with what seems like a zillion opponents and you only have six minutes or so to make them remember you in a ninety minute debate.
The General Services Administration released the updated per diem rates for 2016, giving federal employees a little more leeway for meals and lodging when on the road for official business.
The new rates — which go into effect on Oct. 1 — give employees a bit more for lodging and update the meal per diem methodology for the first time since the 1980s.
The new standard rate — which applies in about 2,600 counties in the continental U.S. — allows employees to get reimbursed for $89 a day in lodging and $51 in meals. Some 400 counties have higher reimbursement rates.
After years mired in an economy that can’t seem to get out of sputter mode, many Americans are just beginning to get back on their feet or have given up completely. The federal government isn’t subject to the rules of the real world, however, and can increase its budget whether it has had a good year or not. (Side note: I don’t think it ever has a good year.)
While I don’t have anything against lower-tier federal employees, it’s still taxpayer dollars that pay for these things. My immediate reaction to news like this is to find it distasteful. If the federal bureaucracy had to function like normal people it might be easier. Why not have it “rob Peter to pay Paul” in tough times? Taking salary away from the Congress critters to move elsewhere would be palatable to the non-government working public, and may discourage some of them from hanging around there forever.
Just a suggestion.
It’s only Monday, and we already have our feel-good story of the week.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn’t expect a trophy just for showing up. The same goes for his sons.
The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year took to Instagram on Saturday to say he was returning two awards his sons James III and Henry received from a local athletics event run by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.
Harrison wrote while he’s very proud of his two boys — who are both in elementary school — “these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.”
The 37-year-old says he doesn’t want his sons to feel entitled, adding “cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better.”
As I often tried to explain to my daughter when she was a younger athlete and receiving participation trophies, the only thing we used to receive for not winning was motivation.
The first generation of participation-trophy era kids recently became adults and the results have not been pretty. From the Occupy movement to the Social Just Warrior speech and thought police, we are seeing the direct result of entitled brats who think that everything should be free and feelings should never be hurt. If sanity isn’t restored to education soon and another generation or two of these emotional invertebrates are unleashed upon America, we won’t have to worry about the terrorists, the country will simply collapse and drown in a pool of tears.
An airstrike by the American-led military coalition in northern Syria this week killed eight civilians, including two women and five children, according to neighbors and relatives of the dead.
The episode revived accusations by monitoring groups that the United States and its allies are not careful enough about who is killed by the air campaign against militant groups.
The target of the strike, mounted late Tuesday in Atmeh, a village near the Turkish border, was a munitions factory run by an Islamist rebel group. The strike left a yawning crater strewed with mortar shells. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said 10 foreign fighters had been killed.
But the explosions also caused the roofs of nearby homes to collapse, witnesses said.
There’s so much wrong here it is difficult to know where to begin. The administration sold the public on a limited air campaign as a way to make it seem that we’re not really at war again. There’s a misbegotten notion that the 21st century version of an air war is supposed to be precise all the time, and it often is. The problem here is not really on our end, however:
The episode highlighted the complex social dynamics in rebel-controlled areas of Syria, where armed groups often operate in civilian communities and sometimes provide services that are sorely lacking after more than four years of war.
The various incarnations of psychotic Islamic terror groups are known for making sure they have plenty of civilian padding around them so they can scream about the Americans (or the Israelis) being baby killers.
No one wants to support the killing of civilians, but war is war, even when you’re pretending it’s not, and innocent people do get killed. When we subject our fighters to insane rules of engagement, or have monitoring groups using the New York Times as their mouthpiece to complain, the end result is usually that the war isn’t resolved quickly enough and even more innocents are killed, but by the enemy we are trying to eliminate.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Friday canceled the state’s contracts with Planned Parenthood, making his the third Southern state to do so since anti-abortion activists released a series of videos that they say suggests the organization sells fetal tissue.
“It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them,” Hutchinson, a Republican, said in a statement.
The move comes after the U.S. government has warned states moving to defund women’s health group Planned Parenthood that they may be in conflict with federal law.
Planned Parenthood has come under massive criticism from Republicans and been investigated by several Republican-controlled states after the release of the videos by an anti-abortion activist group called the Center for Medical Progress.
It is beyond tragic that it took this for so many Republican officials to feel bold enough to move against this deceitful, ghoulish organization. What’s even more awful is that this is somehow a partisan battle. If the Democrats are so depraved that nothing about it offends them then why on Earth are we constantly electing Republicans who still value bipartisanship? There is no value in bipartisanship with a party that refers to an abortion ban after twenty weeks “draconian.” There is nothing inherently noble in compromising with people who are incessantly lying to you (“This is about women’s health!”) all the time either.
We get into these positions because most Republican politicians get suckered into using the Democrat euphemisms for their pet issues.
They’re always talking about wanting to have an honest conversation about one thing or another. How refreshing would it be if a Republican actually gave them one?
Facing accusations that it cannot adequately protect the White House, the U.S. Secret Service plans to hire 1,100 more officers and agents for an agency besieged by embarrassing scandals and security lapses, two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the plans said.
The addition of 700 uniformed division officers and 400 agents over five years would expand its staff of 6,647 by nearly 17 percent, the biggest hiring increase in more than a decade at the 150-year-old agency whose job it is to protect the president, his family, and senior officials, along with fighting financial crime.
The Secret Service is trying to rebound from a leadership crisis and mend a culture of covering up mistakes that some trace back 12 years to when it was pulled out of the Treasury Department and absorbed into the sprawling new Department of Homeland Security, where it had to compete for turf and money.
Only the fiscal vampires in the federal bureaucracy reward scandal and mind-numbing incompetence with a bigger budget for a hiring spree.
That this is a symptom of the plague that is the Department of Homeland Security is unsurprising. Throwing a massive new layer of bureaucracy at our security problems never was a smart move. It’s also the reason I laugh when people on either side of the aisle refer to George W. Bush as a conservative. A real conservative never thinks a whole lot of new government is the answer to anything.
Now we are supposed to unquestioningly believe that the problem is that Secret Service didn’t have the budget to keep a watchful eye on the White House fence.
Here’s a solution: take any money Secret Service needs from EPA’s budget.
I’ll be forming my own exploratory committee now…
A Birmingham, Alabama, police detective who was pistol-whipped unconscious said Friday that he hesitated to use force because he didn’t want to be accused of needlessly killing an unarmed man.
“A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what’s going on in the media,” said the officer, who asked to remain anonymous for the safety of his family. “I hesitated because I didn’t want to be in the media like I am right now.”
Details of last week’s incident in the Birmingham enclave of Roebuck remain sketchy — such as how did the suspect get the officer’s weapon — but the six-year police veteran said he didn’t shoot the man who attacked him during a traffic stop because of the outcry surrounding a spate of police shootings nationally.
“We don’t want to be in the media,” he said. “It’s hard times right now for us.”
As with so many ills in America today, this is squarely on the president. He lionizes criminals and criticizes cops, usually with no more information than a few Internet headlines. The media dances to this president’s whims, and they are emboldened by his tragic knee-capping of law enforcement.
A year after the Ferguson riots, Michael Brown is practically revered as a saint by activists and their media friends. It’s making things even more dangerous.
Heath Boackle, a sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department and president of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, said Thursday that cops are “walking on eggshells because of how they’re scrutinized in the media.”
“We should be thanking the good Lord because he could be dead right now.,” Boackle said of the detective who was beaten.
The further we go through this Obama looking glass, the more I am willing to embrace conspiracy theories I once would have immediately dismissed. It is difficult now to NOT believe that he is deliberately engaged in a full-frontal assault on the rule of law.
It would be wise to remember that he is still a relative amateur at that when compared to the current Democrat front-runner.