ALERTS: Dom Giordano – Stop Iran Rally; Stand with Rand on Planned Parenthood.
HEINE – Planned Parenthood 5th video; FOX – Starbucks lost me; KUCINICH & GILAT – $ for Hill & Jeb.
DEBATE: 5 PM Forum; HURT – Donald vs. 9 dwarves.
IRAN: POLLAK – Obama preview.
IMMIGRATION: DRUDGE LINKS (8/5/15)
THE HILLARY: GOLDBERG – Ready? DRUDGE LINKS (8/5/15)
PA: KNEPPER – Mullen lost; STAUB – Power plan; FIELD – Casey disapproved.
LEADS: MOYAR – BO shrank the military; WSJ – Climate putsch.
END NOTE: RUSSELL – PRO-lifer abolitionists.
“It’s going to start sinking into Democrats that despite good speeches and despite lots of bravado, Hillary Clinton is a disaster.” Newt Gingrich
Debra Heine, PJM: “Fifth Planned Parenthood Video Worst Yet: ‘Intact Fetal Cadavers’ At 20 Weeks ‘Just a Matter of Line Items’”
“Despite two temporary restraining orders against them, the Center for Medical Progress continues to release videos about Planned Parenthood. (The restraining orders apply to footage of officials from the National Abortion Federation and Stem Express.)
“CMP’s fifth video from its undercover investigation of the nation’s leading abortion chain features a Planned Parenthood executive admitting that its clinicians change abortion procedures based on financial concerns unrelated to the procedure or well-being of the patient.
In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs.
“Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years,” explains Farrell. When researchers need a specific part from the aborted fetus, Farrell says, “We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”
Asked specifically if this means Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast can change abortion procedures to supply intact fetal specimens, Farrell affirms, “Some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.“
The investigators ask Farrell how she will frame a contract in which they pay a higher price for higher quality fetal body parts, and she replies, “We can work it out in the context of–obviously, the procedure itself is more complicated,” suggesting that “without having you cover the procedural cost” and paying for the abortion, the higher specimen price could be framed as “additional time, cost, administrative burden.”
Farrell finally summarizes her affiliate’s approach to fetal tissue payments: “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”
Megan Fox, PJM: “Dear Starbucks, You Lost Me at Planned Parenthood”
“I will no longer be supporting Starbucks (and that pains me because I was truly addicted) until you stop funding this monstrous organization.
“I am a Gold Card member of Starbucks. I love your products and have for many years, specifically the grande mocha with coconut milk, no whip, extra hot. That’s my drink. I am two stars away from receiving a free drink on my Gold Card. I worked hard for that. It’s not easy to earn your rewards and your coffee ain’t cheap. But I almost have a free mocha out of it and I was looking forward to it.
“Then I discovered that Starbucks is subsidizing Planned Parenthood, which has recently been caught on video tearing apart the bodies of fully formed human beings and selling off their organs to the highest bidder. So, not only does my tax money go to fund these inhuman butchers, but now my coffee money does, too. Not anymore. I don’t usually support advertising boycotts because it hurts businesses that are just trying to market a product, but this time I can’t wrap my head around why on earth Starbucks is giving money to Planned Parenthood. . .”
Jackie Kucinich & Matan Gilat, Daily Beast: “Hillary Clinton’s Mega-Donors Are Also Funding Jeb Bush”
More than 60 ultra-rich Americans have contributed to both Jeb Bush’s and Hillary Clinton’s federal campaigns, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by Vocativ and The Daily Beast. Seventeen of those contributors have gone one step further and opened their wallets to fund both Bush’s and Clinton’s 2016 ambitions.
After all, why support just Hillary Clinton or just Jeb Bush when you can hedge your bets and donate to both? This seems to be the thinking of a group of powerful men and women—racetrack owners, bankers, media barons, chicken magnates, hedge funders (and their spouses). Some of them have net worths that can eclipse the GDPs of small countries. . .”
DEBATE . . .
“5 p.m. forum”
– Former technology executive Carly Fiorina
– Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
– Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
– South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
– Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
– Former New York Gov. George Pataki
– Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore
Charles Hurt, Washington Times: “Mr. Universe, Donald Trump, takes on The Nine Dwarves”
“Why is it that the only time Republicans ever do anything interesting, they get dragged into it kicking and screaming?
“Ross Perot and his fever charts were the bane of the country club set.
“Sarah Palin and her hockey mom lipstick gave them the vapors in their Brooks Brothers wingtips.
“Now comes Donald Trump, in what is sure to be an epic debate faceoff in Cleveland Thursday night. The Donald versus everybody! Mr. Universe takes on The Nine Dwarves! The Boss schools nine quaking little Apprentices!
“In your mind, you can see the lighted-up marquee outside the arena with searchlights scanning the skies and hear the pro wrestling announcer intoning the combatants with grand hoopla. Truly, a Lincoln/Douglas-style debate for modern American masses!
“And by the look on Republicans’ faces today and the faces of expert political journalists everywhere, you would think something rotten had died and begun leaking.
“Now I do not envy the Fox News debate moderators. It will be no easy task containing the uncontainable.
“I mean, what are they going to do? Cut off Donald Trump’s mic?
“When somebody tried that on Ronald Reagan, he famously bellowed that he had, in fact, paid for the microphone. His impolitic outburst helped cement his 1980 landslide election and assured a presidency that remains a guiding vision for Republicans still today.
“But before Ronald Reagan became one of the GOP’s most enduring political forces of the century, he was dismissed and scoffed at by all the political experts as a vulgar outsider who needed not to be taken seriously.
“Sound familiar? . . .”
Also – Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP: “Kasich, Christie In as Debate Field Is Finalized”
“After all the media blitzes, viral stunts, and Trump maneuverings, the race to the prime-time debate stage has come to a close.
“Fox News has announced the Top 10 roster for Thursday night’s main event in Cleveland based on an average of five recent national polls. The list includes the New York real estate mogul—which comes as no surprise, as he has been consistently leading the field of late—along with other top-tier dwellers Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.
“Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Chris Christie also made the cut.
But the most competitive spot was No. 10, as several low-polling candidates within decimal points of each other have been vying for the prime-time spotlight. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose campaign is just three weeks old, nabbed the final place on the podium for the 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) debate, marking one of the fastest rises by a candidate this cycle. (Though, in this climate, a “substantial” rise is one measuring less than three percentage points.)
IRAN . . .
Joel Pollak, Big Govt: “Iran Deal: Obama Speech Preview”
“Expect more partisan language from Obama, for two reasons. First, the only people he needs to convince, in order to defeat a veto override effort in Congress, are Democrats. So he will use attacks on the opposition to appeal to party loyalty. Second, it is simply in Obama’s nature to attack the opposition and impugn their motives, as he has done throughout the debate on the Iran deal.
“Somehow the prospect of a major national security decision that is opposed by at least one of the two parties in Congress, and well over half the country, does not alarm him.
“The location of the speech is interesting. American University is on summer break. While members of Congress are back in their districts, where they are hearing directly from their constituents, Obama remains in a half-empty Washington. He is about to go on another vacation in Martha’s Vineyard rather than working overtime to secure his votes. He is either confident Congress will fail to stop the deal, or he simply does not care enough to see it through. . .”
IMMIGRATION . . .
Drudge Links (8/5/15)
Obama Admin touts ‘Path to Citizenship’ as tool for combatting Islamic terrorism… Tensions flare in Minnesota… Buffalo, NY has resettled nearly 10,000… Arabic top language for refugees inside USA… TX police see rise in fake documents among illegals…
THE HILLARY . . .
Jonah Goldberg, USA Today: “Ready for Hillary?”
“. . . When her husband was in the Oval Office and embroiled in myriad of scandals, Bill Clinton’s defenders would often say the president isn’t above the law but he isn’t below the law, either. In other words, the president should be judged only by a legal standard. This always struck me as more than a little absurd. Yes, the law matters. Even so, it is but just one relatively short stretch of a much longer border dividing the realms of right and wrong.
“Still, his defenders had a point, at least about impeachment. While we may condemn his weak character and his sordid and often-libidinous judgment, overturning the election of a sitting president is no small thing. Poor judgment can rise to the level of an impeachable offense, but in general, questions about character and judgment are best put before voters, not tribunals.
“Well, now’s our chance.
“True to the Clinton playbook, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to wave away legitimate questions about her appalling behavior as either baseless “partisan” attacks or narrow legalisms normal people don’t care about.
“Even if you ignore the very live question of whether or not she’s guilty of criminal transgressions, you’re still left with a woman with abysmal judgment. . .”
Drudge Links (8/5/15)
FBI LOOKING INTO CLINTON EMAIL SYSTEM… Server was part of political operation… Huma controversy hovers over campaign… Planned party for Oscar de la Renta on taxpayers’ dime… ‘Right-wing smear attack’… BIDEN V. CLINTON: Battle for Hollywood Begins With Dueling Fundraisers… SANDERS SUDDENLY MATCHES IN POLL…
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Union Boss Denied Seat in General Assembly”
“The CAP PAC is proud to have supported Lisa Esler’s campaign. She provided a real choice for taxpayers. At the end of the day, her campaign came up short. Lisa’s campaign faced long-odds by facing off against the Republican Party machine AND the efforts of organized labor.
However, we are proud that we helped deny Paul Mullen a seat in the General Assembly. Mullen represents the worst kind of political opportunism. He was a candidate who refused to debate or even speak with the press.
“Pennsylvanians cannot afford to allow candidates like Mullen to go unchallenged. Mullen would have worked against the types of commonsense reforms the Commonwealth desperately needs. We have no doubt that he would have shared information with his allies in organized labor to thwart changes to our broken pension system, paycheck protection and privatizing liquor sales.
“The letter behind a candidate’s name is far less important than their principles. Pennsylvania’s conservatives will no longer be steamrolled by party bosses and their big government allies. As long as the GOP continues to back the likes of Mullen, we will take action to provide taxpayers with a real choice on election day. . .”
Also – Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “HD-161: Krueger-Braneky Wins Seat for Democrats”
“It was close. In fact, it was so close the independent candidate ended up playing the spoiler.
Krueger-Braneky took in 4,791 votes or 47.68%.
GOP nominee Paul Mullen received 4,268 votes or 42.48%.
In the end, tea party activist Lisa Esler very likely cost Mullen the contest with her write-in campaign. While we don’t yet know the content of all of the write-in ballots, there were an extraordinary high number of them; 988 or 9.83% of the total vote.
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Battle over Obama’s Clean Power Plan heading to Pennsylvania Capitol”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — Environmental groups celebrated Monday as President Barack Obama released his final plan forcing power plants to curb greenhouse gases, but the road to implementation will likely be littered with litigation and legislative resistance from free-market advocates and Republican state policymakers.
“John Eick, director of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture, expects the U.S. Environmental Protection’s Clean Power Plan to be a “hot topic” for the rest of the year, with legal challenges likely.
“‘Given the rule has now been finalized, I think a lot of states are going to be taking a closer look at this,’ he said. ‘It’s not just in the abstract anymore.’
“Obama wants to cut carbon emissions nationwide by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Because states are tasked with establishing their own plans to make sure power plants meet new standards, many of the energy policy and environmental battles will occur in capital cities across the country, including Harrisburg.
“In Pennsylvania, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has said the state will craft its own proposal, but the Republican-controlled General Assembly has the power to approve — or disapprove — of whatever plan the Department of Environmental Protection develops. . .”
Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “Reader Poll: Pennsylvanians Disapprove of Bob Casey”
“A majority of Pennsylvanians disapprove of Senator Bob Casey.
“A late surge of votes flipped the results 55% to 45% against the Democrat.
“563 readers disapprove of Sen. Casey’s track record.
“469 respondents approve of Senator Casey’s job performance.”
LEADS . . .
Mark Moyar, WSJ: “How Obama Shrank the Military”
“. . . In 2013 then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel organized a new strategic review that determined the military could perform its key missions even if the Army shrank to between 420,000 and 450,000 soldiers. The White House wove this finding into a narrative in which the Defense Department approved of a sequestration-size military. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest wheeled out this talking point on July 8 when asked about the Army’s 40,000 layoffs, saying the force reductions were “consistent with the view of our civilian and uniform military leadership about the threats that the country faces.”
Few in the Defense Department ever held that view. In 2012 Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that if sequestration went into effect, “we would no longer be a global power.” A year later Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, testified that Mr. Hagel’s review involved “rosy assumptions” that “were really put in there so we could say we need a smaller Army.” He warned that sequestration cuts would “put at substantial risk our ability to conduct even one sustained major combat operation.”
While many bear blame for this military decline, the person most culpable is also the one most capable of reversing it. President Obama can stanch the bleeding, but it will require overcoming his distaste for working with Republicans and his aversion to acknowledging mistakes—neither of which will come easily.
He may find, however, as Jimmy Carter did in 1980, that his policies so exacerbate global problems that he must do a late about-face. With Islamic State, Iran, Russia and China on the march, it is doubtful that America can afford a lightweight military for long.”
WSJ: “Climate-Change Putsch”
Another Obama gambit for his next job . . .
“States should refuse to comply with Obama’s lawless power rule.
“. . . States have regulated their power systems since the early days of electrification, but the EPA is now usurping this role to nationalize power generation and consumption. To meet the EPA’s targets, states must pass new laws or regulations to shift their energy mix from fossil fuels, subsidize alternative energy, improve efficiency, impose a cap-and-trade program, or all of the above.
“Coal-fired power will be the first to be shot, but the EPA is targeting all sources of carbon energy. As coal plants have retired amid seven years of EPA assault, natural gas recently eclipsed coal as the dominant source of electric power. This cleaner-burning gas surge has led to the cheapest and fastest emissions plunge in history, but the EPA isn’t satisfied.
“Thus the new rule’s central planning favors green energy sources like wind and solar. The plan expands their quotas and funding, while punishing states that are insufficiently enthusiastic. The EPA estimates renewables will make up 28% of U.S. electric capacity by 2030, up from less than 5% today.
“The rule is the first step in a crescendo of climate-change politics that Mr. Obama is planning for his final days. In September he will commune with Pope Francis on the subject, and then jet to Paris in hopes that his new rule shows enough U.S. progress that the climate treaty conference in December will reach some grand accord.
“As for the home front, the point is to bull-rush states into making permanent changes to their energy systems. The investments and lead times in new power plants and transmission lines on this scale are generational. Yet state compliance plans are due in September 2016, and most of the carbon reductions must be complete by 2022. . .”
END NOTE. . .
Nicole Russell, The Federalist: “Pro-Lifers Are Today’s Abolitionists”
“. . . In his over 40-year fight to abolish the slave trade, Wilberforce became known for his personality, patience, and political gravitas. In 1787, Thomas Clarkson met with Wilberforce for the first time and gave Wilberforce his essay on the slave trade. Together, the two men formed a partnership that lasted for 50 years, and which ultimately resulted in abolishing slavery in the British empire.
As Wilberforce said, ‘You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.’
“Gathering and then spreading as much knowledge—including as many horrifying details about the slave trade as he could, especially to his political rivals and allies—became Wilberforce’s mission. As Wilberforce said in an 1789 speech to the House of Commons: ‘How then, can the House refuse its belief to the multiplied testimonies…of the savage treatment of the Negroes in the middle passage. There indeed, what need is there for any evidence? The number of deaths speaks for itself and makes all such inquiry superfluous.’
“The Planned Parenthood videos released so far have been disturbing, but the most recent is particularly atrocious. Although one of their many purposes is undoubtedly to show that Planned Parenthood has been intentionally procuring and profiting from aborted body parts, one of the subsidiary “benefits” is that it sheds a different kind of spotlight on the reality that abortion is the murder of tiny human beings. You can’t change a cultural norm (which is most certainly what abortion has become) if no one knows what it looks like, if no one understands the realities of what occurs. As Wilberforce said, ‘You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.’ . . .”