ALERTS: Dom Giordano – Stop Iran Rally; Stand with Rand on Planned Parenthood.
ALLEN – Carly in early debate; DUPREE – Carly’s Reagan speech; SPENCER – Trump?
IRAN: HAYWARD – NKorean scuds in Yemen; JOHNSON – IAEA stonewalls; KREDO – Iran sez BO lies.
IMMIGRATION: Drudge Links 7/30/15
THE HILLARY: NY POST – Why she sinks; STRASSEL – Friends in high places.
PA: SNYDER – Politics PA Ups&Downs.
LEADS: STANLEY-BECKER – Defunding vote Monday; LERNER – Palin in Don’s cabinet; KIM – Huckabee’s Jewish support; RICHARDSON – Judge blocks PParenthood #4.
Stop Iran! Independence Hall Foundation
“We are very pleased to announce that WPHT 1210 AM Talk Show Host, Dom Giordano, has agreed to headline the Delaware Valley Stop Iran Rally tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2-3:30 PM on Independence Mall, 6th and Market Streets (depending on timing of Congressional vote). “Please mark your calendars!
“The rally, initiated by the Foundation, will be spearheaded by the newly formed Delaware Valley Stop Iran Committee. Any legitimate, locally-based, non-profit group wishing to join the Committee should call 215.620.3055 for further details.
The purpose of the event is to unite opponents, educate the public to the dangerous nature of the agreement, and convince undecided members of our area Congressional delegation to oppose the deal.
ABORTION – Stand with Rand: Janet
Please call our Senators today! Keep calling and burn up the lines!!!
Tell them to vote to defund Planned Parenthood!!! Rand Paul has managed to get a bill on the floor to do this. STAND WITH RAND!!!!!
Senator Casey – (202) 224-6324
Senator Toomey – (202) 224-4254
If you haven’t seen the latest video and have the stomach for it, here it is.
Mike Allen, Politico: “Fox lowers threshold for early debate”
“The change serves to guarantee the presence of candidates such as Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina.
“Fox News is opening its 5 p.m. debate to all the announced Republican candidates who fail to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time event, removing a requirement that participants reach at least 1 percent in polling.
“The change amounts to an insurance policy for candidates who were in danger of being disqualified from the vital first debate based on low polls – Carly Fiorina, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
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“The announcement by Michael Clemente, Fox News Executive Vice President, News, means that all 16 announced candidates will qualify for Cleveland — either the 5 p.m. undercard, or the 9 p.m. main event.
“The 9 p.m. debate will include the 10 candidates with the highest average in national polls, as determined by Fox News. The 5 p.m. forum will now include all the rest.
According to a POLITICO analysis of the latest national polling, the prime-time participants today would be Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rick Perry. . .”
Wayne Dupree, NewsNinja: “Carly Fiorina Delivers Foreign Policy Speech at Reagan Library”
Obama feeds on crises . . . always has because they give him a job. The biggest problem for America is managing Obama’s antics after he leaves office with his and Val’s data collections of material that belong not to Barry but to the American people . . .
“. . . As you are all aware, I am not a member of the professional political class. But I do have extensive national security and foreign policy experience. I have served as the Chairman of the CIA’s External Advisory Board and I have advised Secretaries of State and Defense as well as the NSA and Department of Homeland Security. I have done so with the highest civilian security clearances. I have led a company doing business in 170 countries. I have advised governments and done charitable work in their nations. I have met with and gotten to know many leaders around the world. They know me, respect me and, most importantly, they trust me as a woman of action and of my word.
“As President, I will not wait until things have reached the crisis level. And I will not shy away from the most important challenges facing our world today. Because without American leadership, we face two choices: regional hegemons who challenge America or global chaos.
Here’s what I will do as Commander in Chief. First, we must have the strongest military on the face of the planet and everyone has to know it. . .”
Robert Spencer, PJM: “Donald Trump: Poster Child of American Decline”
“It’s hard not to be in Donald Trump’s corner when his targets are the likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
“McCain may justifiably be indignant over Trump’s stupid and clumsy savaging of him for having such poor taste as to be captured in Vietnam, but the Arizona senator displayed judgment that was just as poor when he claimed Michele Bachmann’s entirely reasonable questions about Huma Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood ties manifested an “ignorance” that “defame[d] the spirit of the nation.”
“So when it comes to John McCain and Donald Trump, it’s blowhard versus boor. But that doesn’t excuse Trump. His current position at the top of the polls — and the very real possibility that he could continue to bestride the narrow Republican field like a Colossus while his petty rivals walk under his huge legs and peep about to find themselves dishonorable graves — is a sign of how much American politics has turned into an Oprah show of celebrity worship, lurid grandstanding, logorrheic superficiality, and tabloid scandalmongering.
“But Trump’s popularity is also a sign of how tired the American people are with the political establishment.
It is the very fact that Trump is both blowhard and boor that, paradoxically enough, has catapulted him to the top of the polls. Americans are tired of mealy-mouthed career politicians talking platitudes. They want a real person as president — someone who is unafraid of the politically correct media establishment, and willing to take on the issues that most politicians don’t dare touch.
“Trump has shown himself willing to do that regarding immigration. But his opposition to freedom of speech in the wake of our American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas — arguably motivated, as Pamela Geller recently showed, by his extensive business interests in Dubai — renders him unsuitable as a candidate. . .”
Stanley Kurtz, NRO: “Lee, Rubio, Cotton, and More Move to Block AFFH in Senate” “Senator Mike Lee has just introduced a bill to defund President Obama’s federal takeover of local government via the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation. Lee’s bill is called the ‘Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act’ (it’s too new to have a number). In addition to defunding AFFH, Lee’s bill defunds Obama’s creepy and controlling housing “Assessment Tool,” which could be used as a basis for “disparate impact” suits against your locality. Lee’s bill has a number of co-sponsors, most notably including presidential candidate Marco Rubio. Other co-sponsors are Tom Cotton, Mike Enzi, Jeff Sessions, and David Vitter. Rubio joining Lee on this bill is, to my knowledge, the first time a presidential candidate has weighed in on AFFH. We’re still waiting for Hillary to declare her position on a battle whose epicenter is now her home town. (Hillary’s Scooby Van was last seen headed as far away from the controversy as possible.)
IRAN . . .
John Hayward, Nat’l Security: “Report: Iran-Backed Yemeni Rebels Use North Korean Missiles against Saudis”
“. . . Shipments of Scud missiles from North Korea to Yemen go at least as far back as 2002, when the U.S. briefly detained a ship carrying such missiles before allowing it to deliver the shipment, having been reassured that the weapons were intended for “defensive use” by the Yemeni army. Yemen and its president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, were seen as important partners in the anti-terrorist campaign. Saleh was deposed during the “Arab Spring” uprisings, and has now thrown in his lot with the Houthis, becoming one of the most influential figures in war-torn Yemen.
“The first salvo of Scuds into Saudi Arabia, intercepted by Saudi Patriot anti-missile batteries, was seen as a significant escalation in the conflict.
“International Business Times lists Iran, Syria, Pakistan, and the Palestinian terror gang Hamas as other customers of what some analysts refer to as North Korea’s “Missiles R Us” weapons superstore. Of particular concern is North Korea’s claim to have made progress toward developing missiles that could carry small nuclear warheads. . .”
Bridget Johnson, PJM: “IAEA Refuses to Brief Senators on Iran Deal, Even in Classified Setting”
“Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said at a hearing on the Iran nuclear deal today that they requested a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency on its agreements with Tehran.
“These deals are not in the possession of the Obama administration and have never been seen by Secretary of State John Kerry, much less provided to Congress.
“‘I believe one person may have read it at the — at the facility, but doesn’t have it, they don’t possess it,’ Kerry told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday.
“Today, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano had been invited to come address lawmakers next week, but refused.
“He turned down a meeting with senators in any setting: public, private or classified.
“Corker is now gathering signatures from senators for another letter to Amano in hope that the IAEA chief will reconsider.
“Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) stressed that they’ll “continue to press” for such a meeting as “from the beginning, it’s been our hope that we can get direct communications with the IAEA.”
“Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) noted that the IAEA is a UN organization ‘for which we pay membership dues.’ . . .”
Adam Kredo, FreeBeacon: “Iran: Obama Admin Lying About Nuclear Deal for ‘Domestic Consumption’”
“U.S. downplays Iranian victory to ‘soothe’ fear over deal
“When addressing claims this week by the administration that the deal shuts down Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure, Iranian officials scoffed and said that the Obama administration is misleading the public in order to sell the deal.
“Hamid Baeidinejad, an official in the Iranian foreign ministry and one of the country’s nuclear negotiators, scoffed on Wednesday at the Obama administration’s comments, saying that they were meant to placate an American domestic audience.
“‘The remarks by the western officials are ambiguous comments which are merely uttered for domestic use and therefore we should say that there is no ambiguity in this (nuclear) agreement,’ the Fars news agency quoted Baeidinejad saying in an interview with state-controlled radio.
“Baeidinejad said that the Obama administration is misleading Americans about the deal in order to ‘calm opponents in the Congress and Zionist lobbies to soothe the internal conditions prevailing over debates on the nuclear agreement in that country,’ Fars, which is also run by the Iranian state, reported.
“As Congress spends 60 days reviewing the deal, which it may reject, the Iranian parliament is undertaking the same task. . .”
IMMIGRATION . . .
Drudge Links (7/30/15)
THE HILLARY . . .
“Why does Hillary Clinton keep dropping in the polls?
“In the latest Quinnipiac survey, she’s down across the board — on leadership, on caring about regular folks, on trustworthiness. Her net favorability is minus 11 percent.
“Part of it is the endless drip-drip of scandal. The latest: The Wall Street Journal just exposed her unseemly relations with Swiss bank UBS. As secretary of state, she forced a settlement allowing UBS to hand over but a fraction of the secret bank-account info the IRS wanted to go after tax evaders.
“UBS then became a $600,000 donor to the Clinton Foundation, and paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million for some easy work.
“Hillary has waved off any talk of a payoff: “Any implication that is attempting to be made along those lines is categorically false.”
“She can’t even deny convincingly.
“Which brings us to her bigger problem: She’s just a rotten candidate. . .”
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “Hillary’s Friends in High Places”
“Everyone—from her aides to the State and Justice departments—is bending over backward to protect her.
“‘‘Friends of Bill’ was a 1990s Washington catchphrase, shorthand for President Clinton’s favored inner circle. His wife, it turns out, has a far bigger fan club. “Friends of Hillary”—the people looking out for her welfare, and benefiting in turn—seem to occupy the highest echelons of government and business.
“That’s one way of synthesizing this week’s slew of disparate Clinton revelations. The Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee is grappling with a range of scandals, from her use of a private email server while secretary of state, to actions she took while in office that look to have financially benefited her family’s foundation. But what ties all these stories together is the extraordinary number of people who continue to run cover for Mrs. Clinton’s ambitions.
“First there is that menagerie of longtime aides who follow her from post to post. At a federal court hearing on Wednesday, a State Department official dropped a new bomb regarding the email scandal, suggesting that Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides also might have been using private email accounts. This came out because the State Department attempted to excuse its failure to produce documents by noting that top Clinton aides—including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan—had not yet turned over their work-related emails. Had those aides used government servers, State presumably would already have their emails. Politico noted that only this week, Mrs. Clinton’s former spokesman, Philippe Reines, “turned over 20 boxes of work-related emails taken in part from a personal email account.”
“The Associated Press requested the documents under the Freedom of Information Act while seeking details about how Ms. Abedin was given special permission to work with outside clients while still at the State Department. The news organization filed that request four years ago; Mrs. Clinton resigned as secretary of state more than two years ago. And yet her aides, to this day, are sitting on that paper. That’s highly helpful to Mrs. Clinton, who doesn’t want any more embarrassing exchanges made public.
“Then there are Mrs. Clinton’s pals still in government. At Wednesday’s hearing, the second in two weeks on the AP request, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon bluntly voiced what everybody has known for a long time, accusing the State Department of, as Politico put it, “dragging out responses to FOIA requests to protect Clinton.” The agency has in fact spent the past nine months doing little else—ignoring congressional subpoenas, slow-walking responses, omitting key documents.. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “7/31 Ups & Downs”
Chaka Fattah. There’s no debate, Congressman Chaka Fattah definitely had the worst week. Twenty-nine indictments were leveled at him on Wednesday, including racketeering, bribery and money laundering. Nevertheless Fattah remains defiant, maintaining his innocence and asserting that he will continue to serve in Congress (some Democrats could still decide to take him on in a primary). Furthermore, his wife Renee Chenault-Fattah was dragged into this as well and his son was already dealing with a tax trial of his own. Although he isn’t letting on, it is difficult to imagine what is going through Chaka Fattah’s head at this time.
Ted Cruz. It wasn’t just the congressional candidates that had to submit second quarter FEC reports. The presidential hopefuls had to file theirs as well. Thanks to a fantastic interactive map from the National Journal, we were able to chart PA donations to the GOP presidential candidates. When all the results were tallied, the Texas Senator came in first by a wide margin, raking in $188,154 from the Keystone State. Altogether Cruz took in a $100,000 more than his nearest competitors Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum. Don’t feel bad for them, though, at least that didn’t finish with $0 like George Pataki.
Steve Santarsiero. Losing the second quarter fundraising battle to his opponent Shaughnessy Naughton must have been a tough blow for the State Rep. Finding out the DCCC is trying to get you out of the race because of it, though, had to feel much worse. On Monday, we reported that the DCCC has been unimpressed by Santarsiero’s performance so far and wants him to drop out in order to avoid a costly Democratic primary. The 8th district remains their top PA target and the Dems want to take the seat next year when Congressman Fitzpatrick is retiring and a presidential electorate will turn out. For now, the State Rep. is undaunted and determined to prove his doubters wrong.
Pat’s and Geno’s. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got caught up in the famous Philly cheesesteak rivalry on Tuesday when he visited both Pat’s and Geno’s. The DNC cheekily accused him of failing to take a stand in favor of either establishment. While the photo op didn’t go great for Walker, it gave both restaurants tons of free publicity.
Tom Wolf. Another week without a budget. Yet, State House Speaker Mike Turzai is still considering a vote on overriding Gov. Wolf’s veto of the GOP’s original proposal. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sent out some friendly fire yesterday when he criticized the Governor’s pension plan. Wolf couldn’t have been happy to see a progressive like Peduto endorsing the Republicans’ alternative. Finally, our readers rejected his choice for the next Democratic Party Chair, Marcel Groen. We’re now a month into this budget standoff. While Wolf is not necessarily losing, he definitely isn’t winning right now either.”
LEADS . . .
Isaac Stanley-Becker, WSJ: “Senate to Vote as Soon as Monday on Defunding Planned Parenthood”
Manchion, Casey, Donnelly, and Highcamp are key targets for messages . . .
“Bill isn’t expected to get the 60 votes needed to advance
“The Senate will vote as early as Monday on a bill to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, a largely symbolic vote causing pain for centrists in both parties and drawing fire from conservatives who say it won’t satisfy their quest to put the organization out of business.
“The bill isn’t expected to garner the 60 votes needed to advance, as nearly all Democrats object to it. Its defeat, however, won’t end the effort to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood.
“The effort gained traction after an antiabortion group began releasing undercover videos depicting Planned Parenthood officials and personnel discussing how tissue from aborted fetuses is provided for medical research. The antiabortion group, Center for Medical Progress, released a fourth video on Thursday and has said there are more to come.
“When lawmakers return from their August recess, the issue could entangle government funding. Conservative Republicans say they will demand the defunding plan be folded into a spending bill needed to avoid a government shutdown this fall.
“Planned Parenthood received federal and state grants and reimbursements of about $528.4 million last year, mostly from Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor. Under federal law, federal dollars cannot be spent on abortions, but abortion opponents argue that Medicaid reimbursements and family-planning money help support an organization that is the nation’s leading abortion provider. . .”
Also – Mark Levin (7/30/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show . . . ‘it’s curious how the vast majority of Democrats don’t care about the selling of baby parts because they don’t see them as human lives, but test subjects for experiments. The Planned Parenthood videos show the disgusting underside of the abortion industry and highlight the need for a massive investigation to find out exactly what’s going on. It’s not Planned Parenthood; it’s planned child killing.’ . . .”
Adam Lerner, Politico: “Donald Trump says he’d tap Sarah Palin for a Cabinet post”
“Donald Trump has succeeded in alienating many of his fellow Republicans with his personal attacks, but if he does win in November 2016 and is forced to assemble a cabinet of GOP allies, he knows exactly whom he would call on: Sarah Palin.
“When asked on Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizz Radio’s “The Palin Update” Monday whether he would seek the former Alaska governor’s advice as president or potentially appoint her to an executive-branch position, Trump said, ‘I’d love that.’
“‘She’s really somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable,’ he continued. (Palin has more than 4 million Facebook followers.)
“‘I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective and to a degree that’s almost hard to believe. And, you know, they like the Sarah Palin kind of strength. You just don’t see very much of it anymore,’ Trump mused. . .”
Also – Sarah Palin, Big Govt: “Exclusive — Palin: Trump Stumps Media Kingmakers”
“What a hoot to watch pundits clutching their pearls and whimpering for smelling salts aghast over the latest “shocking” thing Donald Trump said, while The Donald ignores them and continues to soar. Silly kingmakers just don’t know what to make of this. Well, we do!
“The elites are shocked by Trump’s dominance, but everyday Americans aren’t. Everywhere I’ve gone this summer, including motorsport events in Detroit full of fed up Joe Six-Pack Americans, the folks I meet commiserate about wussified slates of politicians, but then unsolicited, they whisper their appreciation for Trump because he has the guts to say it like it is.
“Trump’s unconventional candidacy is a shot in the arm for ordinary Americans fed up with the predictable poll tested blather of squishy milquetoast career politicians who campaign one way and govern another. But it’s not just how Trump says it, it’s what he’s saying.
“Trump has tapped into America’s great populist tradition by speaking to concerns of working class voters. He talks about fighting to bring back our factories. When was the last time a candidate talked passionately about reclaiming our manufacturing base (and knew what he was talking about)? What other candidate chooses American workers over the multinational corporations donating to their campaigns? Who other than Trump is talking about the dangerous trade deficits deindustrializing America and stealing our jobs? The old Arsenal of Democracy that allowed us to win World War II is now such a distant memory that we can’t even build the parts for our own military equipment – we need China to manufacture them for us. How can a great nation maintain its greatness without a manufacturing base? Or without secure borders for that matter?
“Trump focused in on two major populist grievances: the loss of working class jobs due to awful trade agreements, and the unfair competition for those jobs – along with security threats – due to the flood of illegal immigrants pouring across unsecured borders.
“Now throw in Trump’s candor about “winning” and you understand why his message catches fire. . .”
Also – Stephen Bannon, Big Govt: “TIME TO GET TOUGH: Trump’s Blockbuster Policy Manifesto”
“. . . Backed up with nearly 250 endnotes, citing everything from Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports to Sherman Antitrust Act amendments to the Theory of Moral Sentiments, Trump’s book clearly lays out serious policy solutions to vexing U.S. problems. Welfare reform, cyberwarfare, energy, illegal immigration and crime, taxes, healthcare, national defense—you name it, Trump offers his plans, often including specific bills and amendments. Best of all, Trump does it all in his refreshingly blunt and authentic voice—the very voice now resonating with a citizenry fed up with the Political Class and its conceits.. .”
Eun Kyung Kim, Today: “Mike Huckabee on Holocaust remark: The Jewish response has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’”
“Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says if he was president, he would use the same language when referring to potential deals with Iran — and that the response from Jewish people to his controversial comments has been “overwhelmingly positive.”
“We need to use strong words when people make strong threats against an entire group of people as the Iranians have made toward the Jews,” the former Arkansas governor said Tuesday in an interview with Matt Lauer.
Huckabee said he has received nothing but positive feedback from the group of people he supposedly has offended. . .”
Also – Dan Stamm, NBC: “More Than 100 Headstones Toppled at Historic Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia” http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Adath-Jeshurun-Cemetery-Vandalism-320229421.html
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times: “Planned Parenthood: Judge bars pro-life group from airing StemExpress footage”
“. . . The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a temporary injunction Tuesday stopping the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video showing three officials from StemExpress, a company that transfers fetal tissue from abortions performed at Planned Parenthood and other clinics to medical researchers.
“A company spokesman told the Associated Press that StemExpress is ‘grateful its rights have been vindicated in a court of law,’ but the center said in a statement that the court threw out most of the company’s request.
“StemExpress is ‘attempting to use meritless litigation to cover-up this illegal baby parts trade, suppress free speech, and silence the citizen press reporting on issues of burning concern to the American public,’ said the CMP statement.
“‘They are not succeeding — their initial petition was rejected by the court, and their second petition was eviscerated to a narrow and contingent order about an alleged recording pending CMP’s opportunity to respond,’ the group said.