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Chuck Schumer accidently crushes Hillary Clinton in latest interview

The Blaze - 2 hours 12 min ago

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview on Sunday that after losing an election, you shouldn’t blame others, only yourself.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week,” Schumer discussed how Democrats should move forward after their latest election loss, which they suffered on Tuesday in Georgia when Democrat Jon Ossoff was beaten by Republican Karen Handel.

“Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda,” Schumer said. “Policy, platform message that appeal to the middle class, that resonate with the middle class, and show that, and unite Democrats.”

“This economic message platform is going to resonate,” Schumer added. “It’s what we were missing, and it’s not going to be baby steps; it’s going to be bold.”

Then, likely without even realizing it, Schumer made a statement virtually identical to the many made by those who have been critical of how Clinton has handled herself since losing to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

“But you lose an election, you don’t blame other people, you blame yourself,” Schumer said.

Schumer’s claim that Democrats shouldn’t “blame other people” seems to conflict with Clinton’s strategy of continuously blaming everyone but herself for losing to Trump, a candidate many analysts believed couldn’t win.

In May, Clinton told New York Magazine she would have won had it not been for the actions of former FBI Director James Comey and others.

“I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin,” Clinton said.

“Whoever comes next, this is not going to end. Republicans learned that if you suppress votes you win,” Clinton added.

A number of Democrats have since grown frustrated with Clinton’s blame game, which they believe will hurt the party’s long-term chances.

In June, after Clinton bashed the party’s voter data, which she called “mediocre to poor,” former Democratic Party data director Andrew Therriault said, “DNC data folks, today’s accusations are f***ing bulls**t, and I hope you understand the good you did despite that nonsense,” Therriault tweeted, according to the Washington Examiner.

Although it seems as though Schumer didn’t intend to knock Clinton in Sunday’s interview, his message is one many in both the Democratic Party and Republican Party have been attempting to convey to Clinton in recent months — so far, to no avail.

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McDonald’s stock is soaring because of… automation

HotAir - 2 hours 36 min ago

They’re popping the champagne over at McDonald’s HQ this month and they have every reason to do so. Wall Street analysts have increased their projections for the fast food giant’s performance on the stock market this year in a big way. Their estimated target share price has been bumped up by nearly 20% and the current stock price is surging in response. And what was the cause of this optimism? Some new secret sauce recipe for the Big Mac? Making the McRib permanent?

Nope. It was all because of their next round of automation being announced, with ordering kiosks and mobile ordering coming to thousands of stores over the summer. (CNBC)

McDonald’s shares rallied 26 percent this year through Monday compared to the S&P 500’s 10 percent return.

Andrew Charles from Cowen cited plans for the restaurant chain to roll out mobile ordering across 14,000 U.S. locations by the end of 2017. The technology upgrades, part of what McDonald’s calls “Experience of the Future,” includes digital ordering kiosks that will be offered in 2,500 restaurants by the end of the year and table delivery.

“MCD is cultivating a digital platform through mobile ordering and Experience of the Future (EOTF), an in-store technological overhaul most conspicuous through kiosk ordering and table delivery,” Charles wrote in a note to clients Tuesday. “Our analysis suggests efforts should bear fruit in 2018 with a combined 130 bps [basis points] contribution to U.S. comps [comparable sales].”

He raised his 2018 U.S. same store sales growth estimate for the fast-food chain to 3 percent from 2 percent.

Of course, reports such as these prefer to focus on the positive (at least in the eyes of investors) while leaving the other half of the story untold for the most part. Those kiosks are taking the place of entry level workers at the cash registers. Mobil ordering options also allow an app to load up the orders for the cooks in the back. One person can bring most of the orders to the tables or the pick-up window, cutting out the need for several workers in each store.

There was a time when such automation was pretty much impossible or at least prohibitively expensive to implement. Not so anymore. It’s still not cheap to do on the front end, but managers have to weigh those costs against what human workers would cost in the long run. Even in places where cities and states haven’t already raised the minimum wage massively they’ve been threatening to. One of our major political parties is pushing to do it on the national level. If you scare these employers enough over a sufficient period of time they’ll eventually begin to believe you.

Fight for 15, meet Robby the Robot. He’ll be taking your place now and you can fight for a spot in the unemployment line.

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Jesse Watters confronts Jesse Ventura for suing Chris Kyle’s widow — then things quickly explode

The Blaze - 2 hours 43 min ago

Fox News’ Jesse Watters got his start at the conservative-leaning cable news network by ambushing people for interviews as a correspondent for Bill O’Reilly’s longtime show.

And even though Watters is now the host of his own weekend show, he still regularly ambushes people for interviews and continues to tape his famous “Watters’ World” segments, which are known for their hilariousness.

Watters recently confronted former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura while the former professional wrestler and Navy SEAL was speaking at a pro-marijuana legalization conference.

The exchange between Watters and Ventura began cordial. Watters asked Ventura some silly questions about whether or not President Donald Trump or members of congress should get “high.”

But the lighthearted conservation took a dramatic turn when Watters confronted Ventura about suing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and going through legal battles with Kyle’s now-widow, Taya, over alleged defamation in Kyle’s 2012 book “American Sniper.”

“Were you high when you sued Chris Kyle’s widow?” Watters calmly asked.

Ventura was visibly caught off guard by the question.

“Was I high?” he replied. “You know, that’s a bulls**t question and I expect if from someone from Fox.”

“It’s a serious question,” Watters shot back.

“No, no it ain’t,” Ventura said. “No it ain’t because I never sued the widow — I sued him.”

“OK, well, she’s suffering a lot of pain right now,” Watters said back.

“No she isn’t!” Ventura retorted.

“How do you know that?” Watters asked.

“Because insurance pays for it all. She hasn’t paid one cent. How do I know it? It’s my case,” Ventura explained matter-of-factly.

“So you stand by that?” Watters questioned.

“The case got overturned because the truth came out: insurance is paying for all of it,” Ventura explained. “It isn’t costing [Kyle’s] family a cent. That’s the way legal works if you’d do your homework.”

“Would you apologize to her?” Watters followed up.

“No!” Ventura shot back immediately. “She should apologize to me for the lie her husband told about me. Why would I apologize? I didn’t do anything. You only apologize if you’ve done something wrong, pal.”

Ventura filed a defamation lawsuit against Kyle in 2012 following the release of his best-selling book. Ventura claims that Kyle lied about an altercation the two had at a popular SEAL bar in California in 2006, which later hurt Ventura’s standing in the tight-knit SEAL community.

A jury later awarded Ventura $1.8 million in 2014, $500,000 for defamation and $1.35 million for unjust enrichment. In the case, Kyle’s wife, Taya, was listed as the defendant since she was executor of Kyle’s estate. Kyle was murdered in February 2013 in an unrelated incident.

Taya later appealed the ruling, but it was upheld. However in June 2016, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the 2014 judgement. According to CBS News, the judges tossed out the unjust enrichment award completely and sent the defamation part of the suit back to trial to be settled at a later date.

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Unhinged liberal goes on positively hysterical rant over Confederate flags on ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car

The Blaze - 3 hours 23 min ago

A woman identified as Ybia Anderson ranted and raved hysterically during The Highland Creek Heritage Festival in Toronto when a near-replica of the “Dukes of Hazzard” car bore its traditional Confederate flag insignia.

In the four-minute video, Anderson’s behavior becomes increasingly unhinged, yelling profanities at a man identified as a friend of the car’s owner and screaming, while continuously interrupting him despite asking him for an explanation.

“This racist car with not one, but two Confederate flags on it is front and center, the first thing that people see when they walk into this festival,” Anderson — a woman of color — said. “People who look exactly like me and my son died, were murdered because of that flag.”

“Remove the car or there will be hell to pay,” she demanded.

She shouted, “They hung our people from trees until our f**king eyes bugged out!”

The volunteer kept his cool as Anderson shouted tearfully, uttering the F-word while in the presence of a child saying “Mommy!” which presumably her own.

Anderson was eventually interrupted by an event organizer, who asked her to stop using such profane language at the festival, where there were many children present.

She apologized for the language, and then detoured around the volunteer.

There she began re-focusing her anger at the man standing next to the car, who was simply trying to explain the car’s television show origin.

“As a white man, you have absolutely no place to tell me whether or not I should be offended!” she shrieked.

She then began screaming, “Absolutely because of your race!

“This [car] needs to be moved, and there will be a disturbance until it is,” Anderson raved.

Bystanders can be heard in the background murmuring and muttering phrases like “Are you kidding me?” and “Calm down.”

The women then turned to a dark-skinned man standing next to her and began filming him.

“And you, as a person of color, sir, should not be telling me to calm down,” she said.

The man — who, based on the insignia of his shirt, appeared to be a volunteer at the festival responded, “In the future, we probably will not have you back.”

The video was posted on a Facebook account with the following caption:

“At this racist-a** Highland Creek Heritage Festival where a car featuring two Confederate flags is being celebrated. This wannabe hillbilly is trying to ‘educate’ me on the Civil War!!! Guess he doesn’t realize his side lost!!!”

Warning: the following video contains strong language.

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John Kasich’s health care fear-mongering reaches new heights — you’ve got to see what he told CNN

The Blaze - 3 hours 52 min ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) isn’t happy with congressional Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but unlike many of the other GOP opponents of the legislation, Kasich’s problem with the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act is not that it keeps too much of Obamacare in place; it’s that the legislation doesn’t spend enough government money.

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday on “State of the Union,” Kasich said he’s “against” the BCRA, calling it not “adequate.”

“Unless it gets fixed, I would — look, I’m against it,” Kasich told Bash.

Kasich isn’t the only Republican who is opposed to the Senate leadership’s plan. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced on Thursday they don’t support the legislation in its current form because, as the senators said in a statement, “it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”

Unlike those conservative senators, some of whom would need to support the legislation for it to have any chance of passing in the Senate, Kasich said he has “deep concerns” about the bill because he believes it will take important government services away from people.

“I have deep concerns with the details of the U.S. Senate’s plan to fix America’s health care system and the resources needed to help our most vulnerable, including those who are dealing with drug addiction, mental illness, and chronic health problems and have nowhere else to turn,” Kasich said in a statement on Thursday.

On Sunday, Kasich continued this rhetoric when speaking to CNN, telling Bash, “My job, as I see my job as a governor of a state, not as a Republican governor, but the governor of this state, my job is to look not just today, but in the out-years, at the impact it’s going to have on people who need help.”

In a particularly gross example of fear-mongering, Kasich suggested Republicans’ bill would hurt special-needs kids.

“Dana, I was at a restaurant on Friday, and I was at a Wendy’s actually,” Kasich said. “There was a partition and I looked over at the people that had gathered there, and there were about, I don’t know, 25 kids. All of them were here in Columbus for [the] Special Olympics. And I looked at them and I thought: Are these people being served? Are they going to be served by this bill in the future? My conclusion right now is ‘no.’”

Kasich said one of the bill’s biggest problems is that it phases out the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, which Kasich believes will hurt the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who have signed up for Medicaid since Obamacare was first implemented.

Under the Senate’s proposed bill, federal funding for Medicaid expansion — which has allowed millions of people to enroll in Medicaid who previously weren’t eligible — would be cut back by 5 percentage points each year, beginning in 2020. In 2024, the federal share of Medicaid spending would be slashed significantly down to levels similar to what had existed prior to the ACA’s passage.

While some, including Kasich, have said this is a heartless move that will harm millions of people, conservative Republicans have said it’s a necessary step toward improving health care for all people.

First, conservatives have said the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion is unaffordable and unsustainable because it’s growing at a runaway pace. Under the ACA, newly eligible — not those who were previously eligible but didn’t sign up — Medicaid recipients would have at least 90 percent of their costs covered by the federal government indefinitely, incentivizing states to sign up as many newly eligible enrollees as possible. As a result, more than 16.7 million people have been added to Medicaid since September 2013, a massive increase, and more than 74 million people are currently enrolled.

Second, many of those newly eligible for Medicaid are able-bodied adults who might be able to pay for their own health care/insurance if more affordable options were permitted than those allowed under the ACA. Most children, disabled people and parents with multiple children — the people Kasich said he’s most concerned about — were already eligible for Medicaid if they needed it.

Third, Kasich and Democrats have said the Republicans’ bill will steal Medicaid away from people, but conservatives have said that’s not at all true. There’s absolutely nothing stopping states from paying for their own Medicaid programs. In fact, states could provide single-payer health care to all their residents if they so choose. Proponents of Medicaid expansion have said this claim is misleading because states don’t have any money to spare, but in actuality, the federal government is $20 trillion in debt and has for many years run annual deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars, which means the federal government is beyond broke. However, nothing is stopping states from raising taxes or cutting spending in other areas to pay for Medicaid expansion.

Fourth, Medicaid is not high-quality health insurance. Medicaid is not accepted by many primary care doctors, waiting lists tend to be long in many areas and many specialists refuse to take Medicaid patients because reimbursement rates are too low.

Paul, Cruz, Lee and Johnson, as well as virtually every prominent conservative policy organization in the country, have said Americans shouldn’t believe the scare tactics promoted by politicians such as Kasich, and the evidence seems to be firmly on their side.

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Illinois government quickly approaching junk bond status

HotAir - 4 hours 7 min ago

How bad has the budget situation gotten in the Land of Lincoln? Bad enough that both Moody’s and S&P are reportedly close to downgrading their credit status to “junk bond.” That a lot more problematic than the simple embarrassment factor. Whether they reach a settlement in the current budget negotiations or not, the state is going to have to borrow a lot more money and they do so by issuing bonds. If their bonds are rated as junk it will be much harder to find buyers and they will have to pay even more interest on them. That blows yet another hole in the budget. So how did it get to this point? It’s all about the pension plans once again. (Associated Press)

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.

S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year, increasing the amount the state will have to pay to borrow money for things such as building roads or refinancing existing debt.

The outlook for a deal wasn’t good Saturday, as lawmakers meeting in Springfield for a special legislative session remained deadlocked with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year approaching.

The state has a staggering pension debt which is largely unfunded. As of the end of last year it was estimated to have reached $130B. Not to put too fine a point on this, but that’s roughly 1/6th of the entire estimated state GDP for the year. They are also currently sitting on a stack of $15B in unpaid bills. That’s “billion” with a B. Not paying your bills is a sure fire way to ruin your credit rating as an individual and it eventually catches up with state governments as well.

Unfortunately, unlike cities, the entire state of Illinois can’t actually declare bankruptcy. But they also haven’t been able to figure out a way to reduce their pension obligations. The unions aren’t going to give up a dime voluntarily even if it means sinking the entire state. In 2015, the previous, Democratic governor signed a law which would allow the state to scale back some payments, increase the retirement age gradually and increase contributions from the public employees to close the gap. The unions sued the state and won, shooting down the plan entirely. They had previously managed to get the Democrats in Illinois to amend the constitution so that any pension benefits, once bestowed, can never be diminished.

Forbes looked at this problem last year and arrived at basically the same conclusion. Many of the cities and towns can and probably should look at bankruptcy as a way to bring the unions to the table, but the state can’t do that. The only way they don’t sink entirely is to somehow convince the unions to voluntarily take some cuts. Good luck with that, guys. You may want to consider just shutting off the lights before that happens.

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Jeanine Pirro blasts ‘crazy’ leftists in blistering rant against Democrats: ‘Danger to us all’

The Blaze - 4 hours 23 min ago

During Jeanine Pirro’s “Opening Segment” on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Pirro addressed the escalating violence against President Donald Trump and the Republican party as a whole.

Calling the Democratic Party a “party of hate and destruction,” Pirro went on a rant against liberals, Democrats, and entertainers alike.

“Democrats have so normalized hatred and violence against the President of the United States, that I fear it will result in some crazy lefty trying to assassinate him,” Pirro began, noting that it’s not just the president who is in danger, but Republicans and conservatives alike.

She added, “They are no longer the ‘opposition party.’ They are the ‘reckless party,’ putting lives in danger.”

Calling the current socio-political climate “a danger zone of complete hatred and chaos,” she noted, that the normalization of violent behaviors and speech is “shocking.”

Pirro went on to reference Shakespeare in the Park, which recently had a run of a modern-day “Julius Caesar,” based on Trump. She also noted actor Johnny Depp’s comments about the assassination of a sitting president. Pirro even went back as far as to note Kathy Griffin’s bloody decapitation photo shoot, depicting a likeness of Trump’s severed head. Pirro then mentioned a slew of entertainers who threatened violence against the president, such as Madonna, Mickey Rourke, Charlie Sheen, and Patti LuPone.

“By the way, notice a theme here — they’re all has-beens,” Pirro said. “Of course they’re going to stand in the way of progress; they forgot what it’s like to be a success.”

“This isn’t about free speech,” Pirro said of those threatening the president, Republicans, and conservatives with violence. “But here’s the kicker: there are consequences. I don’t see Republicans flipping their lids trying to burn down buildings in ninja outfits when a Democrat, Progressive, or Socialist tries to speak.”

Noting that there’s valid reason that the Democrats are “in a downward spiral” and continue losing, Pirro added, “They’ve lost the last four congressional races since the election of President Trump. And while the president is focused on jobs, the economy, and our safety and security, the Democrats keep fighting over bathrooms and Russia collusion that seems more a problem, to me, of the Obama administration — who ignored it — because they were connected to Russia, and they figured Hillary was gonna win anyway.”

She continued, “While they continue to riot, and spew their venom, claiming it’s their First Amendment right, Americans see this party for what it is: a party of liberal rage, hatred, and intolerance. A party that, like their last candidate for president, has no message other than calling opponents names like ‘homophobic, xenophobic, racist, and deplorable.'”

“It didn’t work in 2016,” Pirro said. “It isn’t working now, and it never will work. I worry, though, and you should worry for our president and all elected officials.”

“The trickling down of hate is a danger to us all,” she concluded.

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Black Lives Matter prof who mocked white people on Fox News gets brutal reality check from employer

The Blaze - 4 hours 48 min ago

A Black Lives Matter activist who controversially appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show earlier this month and mocked white people while defending a “blacks only” Memorial Day event has been fired from the community college where she worked.

According an Associated Press report, Essex County College has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden for the comments she made while on Carlson’s show. The announcement comes just two weeks after Durden appeared on Fox and just days after it was reported that she had been suspended indefinitely from her teaching position.

Durden originally appeared on Carlson’s show on June 6 to discuss the blacks-only event. When Carlson confronted Durden about the blacks-only celebration, Durden mocked: “Boo-hoo-hoo, you white people are angry because you couldn’t use your ‘white privilege’ card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration! Wow!”

During their tense exchange, Carlson said Durden was “demented.”

Just two days after the interview, the AP reports that Essex suspended Durden with pay. College officials say they suspended the teacher after receiving complaints about her interview and the comments she made. But after another meeting with college officials last Tuesday, Durden got the axe.

More from the Associated Press:

Essex County College President Anthony Munroe said the school “supports and affirms the right of free speech and independent views and expressions of those views” for faculty and staff.

He also noted that although Durden did not mention her affiliation with the school during her television appearance or claim to be representing its views, “her employment with us and potential impact on students required our immediate review into what seemed to have become a very contentious and divisive issue.”

In response to her dismissal, Durden and her attorney, Leslie Farber, are considering legal action against the school, alleging the college violated Durden’s First Amendment rights.

“I believe their first suspending and then firing her was directly because of her appearing on the Tucker Carlson TV show, and is a violation of her federal and state constitutional rights to free speech,” Farber said in a statement to NJ.com.

According to the AP, Durden has also compared her firing to a “public lynching.” In an interview with NJ.com, Durden also compared her dismissal to a rape victim being blamed for the crime or a solider returning from war to a hostile environment.

Still, Munroe defended the college’s decision to dismiss Durden in a statement late Friday.

“The college was immediately inundated with feedback from students, faculty and prospective students and their families expressing frustration, concern and even fear that the views expressed by a college employee (with influence over students) would negatively impact their experience on the campus,” Munroe said, according to NJ.com.

“I fully believe that institutions of higher learning must provide a safe space for students… The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity,” he explained. “Racism cannot be fought with more racism.”

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Left-wing environmentalists working to undermine Trump’s ‘swamp’ clean up

The Blaze - 5 hours 18 min ago

Throughout the election, transition and since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has said he wants to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., by reforming the federal government’s corrupt, inefficient and costly structures and rolling back bureaucracy.

As part of his efforts to clean up corruption and improve government services, Trump-appointed Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke informed in June several key senior staff members in Department of the Interior agencies that they would be reassigned. Among those targeted were senior officials in the Fish & Wildlife Service, DOI’s top climate-change official, and other important bureaucrats in agencies such as the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Zinke’s restructuring isn’t merely rearranging deck chairs; the goal, at least according to the environmentalists who are now actively fighting the moves, is to limit the power of bureaucrats thought to be favorable to the Obama administration’s goals. Unsurprisingly, left-wing environmentalists are now actively fighting the moves, which they say “are sowing chaos in the ranks of the agency’s leadership.”

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity, an influential leftist environmentalist group, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine the motives behind the staff reassignments.

CBD’s request asks the Department of the Interior to provide “All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails and/or phone records mentioning, including, and/or referencing the reassignment of Senior Executive Service (‘SES’) staff, as reported on June 16, 2017,” as well as “All records, including but not limited to, drafts of letters mentioning, including, and/or referencing SES staff 15-day, 60-day terminations and/or notices of changes to staffing.”

“Ryan Zinke is already among history’s most hostile Interior secretaries when it comes to public lands, endangered species, national parks and American Indian tribes,” said Taylor McKinnon, the Center for Biological Diversity’s public lands campaigner. (Yes, that’s his official title.) “Now, in typical Trump administration fashion, he’s sowing chaos in the ranks of the agency’s leadership. Kicking out these kinds of long-term staffers opens the door to all sorts of trouble, including sweetheart deals for polluters.”

McKinnon and the Center for Biological Diversity have been vocal opponents of the Republican Party and Trump, who they believe is actively working to destroy the environment.

“It’s important for the Center and for the public to see these records to shed light on these massive staffing changes,” said McKinnon, “and it’s particularly important considering the potential impacts these changes may have on the way the Interior agencies are able to protect our collective interests regarding our country’s lands, waters and wildlife.”

If CBD’s FOIA request is approved, the environmentalist group will have access to a wide array of internal memos and other information used by the Trump administration, which CBD will surely use to wage a public campaign against Trump’s effort to “drain the swamp.”

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In Turkey, no teaching of evolution, but banning gays is fine

HotAir - 5 hours 37 min ago

It’s a new day in Turkey under the rule of their tyrant, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And in the manner of most famous authoritarians it’s a necessary step to mold the thinking of young minds. You wouldn’t want a bunch of crazy, democratic, westernized ideas running rampant as they had been over the past couple of decades. So now that Erdogan has fired or imprisoned thousands of teachers and professors who have the wrong sort of ideas, those loyal to him are changing up the curriculum a bit. For starters, we’ll have no more of what wacky evolution talk in the classroom. (CNN)

Turkish high school students will no longer be taught the theory of evolution.

The subject has been cut from the curriculum under changes made to eliminate “controversial” topics, the head of the national board of education, Alpaslan Durmus, announced in a video address.

“If our students don’t have the background, the scientific knowledge, or information to comprehend the debate around controversial issues, we have left them out,” Durmus said.

Another tactic we’re seeing is a typical maneuver employed by many tyrants. There’s no better way to solidify your support than by giving the people a common enemy to rail against. Traditionally the targets of such attacks tend to be Jews, but the next easiest option is homosexuals, particularly in Muslim nations. CNN further reports that open attacks on gays are on the rise and the police and the government are doing little or nothing about it. They describe one particularly horrible attack on a sex worker named Kemal Ordek and then deal with the growing trend of intolerance.

Although homosexuality has been legal in Turkey since 1923, Turkey has one of the worst records of human rights violations against LGBTI+ people in Europe, according to a 2016 report from the European Region of the International LGBTI Association. A separate 2016 report to the United Nations by Turkish LGBTI+ advocacy groups identified at least 41 hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people that resulted in death from 2010 to June 2014.

Ordek survived the brutal attack, but many others haven’t. In 2009, Eda Yildirim, a transgender sex worker was decapitated and burned alive; her breast implants cut out of her before she was murdered. In 2015, another transgender sex worker died after being stabbed 200 times by a client.

One last item of interest is a decidedly darker tone in Erdogan’s language lately. The international community has taken note of his despotic tendencies and a few nations have actually been pushing back against him or at least criticizing the Turkish government. Erdogan had a response for all of his critics this week, and rather than taking a conciliatory tone, he essentially began threatening everyone with Turkey’s military might. (Hurriyet Daily, emphasis added)

“We are aware of the games being played in Syria and Iraq and the crisis scenarios that are being tried to be staged in the region. However, we hope that everyone knows this truth; Turkey is too big a bite to be swallowed in these types of games,” Erdoğan said in his message released to mark Eid al-Adha on June 24.

We are determined to give our answer on the field to those who think that they can make our country surrender to these types of traps. It will be too late for those who set their eyes on our territorial integrity and national unity when they understand their mistakes,” he also said.

Erdogan has locked down and consolidated his absolute power at home and shut down the free media. He’s thrown tens of thousands of his critics in prison and used those examples as a way to silence most of the rest. Now, with the internal situation mostly under control, the Tyrant of Turkey is turning his gaze on his neighbors. He’s already claimed the role of intermediary in the current dispute between Qatar and her neighbors. He’s moving military assets around in Qatar as well as Syria like pieces on a chess board. All the signs have been there for us to see ever since the failed coup last summer, so if this situation really goes entirely pear-shaped we won’t be able to say that we shouldn’t have seen it coming.

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Mike Lee pens must-read essay on Senate’s Obamacare replacement plan — and what it will take to earn his vote

The Blaze - 5 hours 38 min ago

One of the central campaign promises of Republicans since 2010, which has helped them sweep elections nationwide including the White House last year, has been their vow to repeal and replace Obamacare with a customer-centered, free market solution.

Indeed, the promise was likely a significant reason some reluctant voters chose to vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton last year. And once Trump won the White House, he continued to promise a repeal and replace of Obamacare would come in the immediate days of his presidency.

However, the initial effort by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the White House to repeal and replace Obamacare failed. That’s because a faction of conservative Republicans didn’t support the bill and said it didn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare — and the ACA’s stiff regulations — nor did it sufficiently replace Obamacare with a system that Republicans had promised.

After the failure, the White House vowed to move on from health care reform, but all the while congressional Republicans kept working behind the scenes. And finally in May, they narrowly passed a repeal and replace bill. Next, the buck was sent to the Senate and after much secrecy, Senate Republicans also drafted their own version of Obamacare repeal and replace.

However, a problem quickly arose: the Senate’s most conservative members don’t support the bill because they say it doesn’t go far enough to repeal Obamacare nor replace it with a system they promised constituents. Currently, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) have announced their opposition to the bill.

And in a new op-ed on Medium penned Friday, Lee explained why he doesn’t support the legislation and what it will take to earn his vote.

Lee began:

No, the Senate healthcare bill released yesterday does not repeal Obamacare. It doesn’t even significantly reform American healthcare.

It cuts taxes. It bails out insurance companies. It props up Obamacare through the next election. It lays out plans to slow Medicaid spending beginning in 2025, but that probably won’t happen. And it leaves in place the ham-fisted federal regulations that have driven up family health insurance premiums by 140 percent since Obamacare was implemented.

Lee explained that because he is open-minded and understands the opportunity is finally available to repeal Obamacare, he has done some major compromising.

First, Lee said he pushed for a full Obamacare repeal, but his Republican colleagues didn’t agree to it, so he then pushed for a partial Obamacare repeal. The partial repeal would “force Congress to start over on a new system that could work better,” Lee wrote, and is something Republican leaders promised in January, he noted.Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) explained in an essay why he doesn’t support Senate Republican’s Obamacare replacement bill — and what it will take to earn his vote. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

But his Republican colleagues also didn’t want a partial Obamacare repeal, so Lee said he then focused on repealing all of Obamacare’s stiff regulations because they “have been the primary drivers of spiking premiums.”

“I repeated this suggestion at every single meeting of the working group, and at every members lunch for several weeks,” Lee wrote. “Yet when the Better Care Reconciliation Act was unveiled yesterday, the core Obamacare regulations were largely untouched.”

“Far short of ‘repeal,’ the Senate bill keeps the Democrats’ broken system intact, just with less spending on the poor to pay for corporate bailouts and tax cuts. A cynic might say that the BCRA is less a Republican health care bill than a caricature of a Republican health care bill,” he added.

Still, Lee said he is determined to work with his Republican Senate colleagues to come together on a deal.

Noting all of the compromises he and his conservative colleagues have made, Lee said that he will support the bill on only one simple condition: if an “opt-out” provision is added for both individuals and states.

“The only hope for actually solving the deep, challenging problems in our health care system is to let people try out approaches other than the ones a few dozen politicians thought up inside the D.C. bubble,” Lee wrote.

“And so, for all my frustrations about the process and my disagreements with the substance of BCRA, I would still be willing to vote for it if it allowed states and/or individuals to opt-out of the Obamacare system free-and-clear to experiment with different forms of insurance, benefits packages, and care provision options,” he explained.

“To win my vote, the Republican health care bill must create a little space for states and individuals to sidestep Washington’s arrogant incompetence, and see if they can do better. Recent history suggests Washington couldn’t possibly do worse,” Lee concluded.

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Watch: Students at Trump’s alma mater give hilariously stupid answers when asked about the president

The Blaze - 6 hours 3 min ago

What do students at the University of Pennsylvania, the Ivy League college where President Donald Trump attended business school, think of the president, now one of the school’s most famous and important alumni? Fox News host Jesse Watters set out to get answers, and what he found will make you wonder how these kids were ever accepted to a top academic institution like UPenn.

On Saturday evening’s episode of “Watters’ World,” Watters aired a video of him interviewing students at UPenn to see what they think of Trump.

Watters asked the students whether they were happy that the Republicans and Trump are now pushing for significant tax reform.

“I don’t pay taxes yet,” one student replied.

“Oh, well that sounds great!” said another.

“No, I’m going to say there is some ulterior motive there,” one student said.

Watters also asked students if they are proud to attend a college Trump once graduated from.

“Not so proud,” one student said. “That’s not a good thing.”

“Most of the people at Penn did not vote for President Trump,” another student replied.

Watters referred to Trump as the University of Pennsylvania’s “most famous graduate” to one student, who remarked, “I think our most famous graduate is Noam Chomsky.”

“Noam Chomsky, the communist?” Watters said

“That’s one way to put it,” the student responded.

One female student said she doesn’t like the president because of his views on “LGBTQ rights and “women’s rights.”

“Isn’t Trump pro-gay marriage?” Watters asked the student.

“Is he?” the puzzled student said after a long pause.

Although it’s not a surprise students at an elite college hold anti-Trump views, it’s worth noting the University of Pennsylvania actually performed much better than many of its peers in having a relatively balanced faculty, at least in terms of party affiliation.

In a study published by Econ Journal Watch, researchers analyzed the party affiliation of professors at 40 top universities. The researchers found among the Ivy League schools studied, UPenn had the lowest ratio of Democrats to Republicans (about six Democrats for every one Republican). While that’s clearly not “balanced,” it’s far better than Brown University (60 to one), Columbia (30 to one) or Princeton (30 to one).

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Julian Assange predicts the Democratic Party is ‘doomed’ to fail — and says Russia ‘hysteria’ is to blame

The Blaze - 6 hours 22 min ago

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took to his Twitter account Saturday to share six reasons he believes the Democratic Party is “doomed” and explained the party’s “hysteria” about Russia will play a major role in its eventual demise.

Assange shared his thoughts in a long Twitter post.

First, Assange said the reason the Democratic Party’s establishment has embraced the “We didn’t lose–Russia won” narrative is because if they didn’t, then the insurgency created by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during last year’s presidential election would dominate the party. Assange also said focusing on Russia allows Democratic Party leaders to distract its voters from their “incompetence,” which has led to widespread electoral losses at each level of government nationwide since 2010.

“Without the ‘We didn’t lose–Russia won’ narrative the party’s elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passé,” Assange wrote.

Second, Assange said the Trump-Russia narrative, which Democrats have latched onto and has produced nearly zero fruit, is a “political dead end.”

“Despite vast resources, enormous incentives and a year of investigation, Democratic senators who have seen the classified intelligence at the CIA such as Senator Feinstein (as recently as March) are forced to admit that there is no evidence of collusion,” Assange wrote.

Third, Assange said that to upkeep its “diversionary conspiracy agenda” the Democratic Party has to embed itself with those in the intelligence community and the mainstream media, which leads “to further perceptions that the Democrats act on behalf of an entrenched power elite.”

“The twin result is to place the primary self-interest concerns of most Americans, class competition, freedom from crime and ill health and the empowerment of their children, into the shadows and project the Democrats as close to DC and media elites,” Assange wrote in his fourth reason.

Next, Assange explained that because Democrats have so tightly embraced the Trump-Russia collusion narrative they are now unable to focus on hitting President Donald Trump for failing to make good on legislative promises.

In the end, Assange predicted that Democratic Party elites will eventually be overthrown by its party’s base, as the two factions are becoming ever more disfranchised, while suggesting the base create a new political party that isn’t controlled by Washington elites.

Assange wrote:

The Democratic base should move to start a new party since the party elite shows no signs that they will give up power. This can be done quickly and cheaply as a result of the internet and databases of peoples’ political preferences. This reality is proven in practice with the rapid construction of the Macron, Sanders and Trump campaigns from nothing. The existing Democratic party may well have negative reputational capital, stimulating a Macron-style clean slate approach. Regardless, in the face of such a threat, the Democratic establishment will either concede control or, as in the case of Macron, be eliminated by the new structure.

Why the Democratic party is doomed: pic.twitter.com/D3nRzzqgzw

— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) June 25, 2017

Suffice it to say, but it’s a bit ironic that Assange is predicting the end of the Democratic Party. After all, part of the reason Democrats have latched on so tightly to the Trump-Russia narrative is because WikiLeaks last year during the presidential election seemed to only release information harmful to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Clinton and Democrats have since said they believe the WikiLeaks data dumps hurt Clinton’s chances at winning the White House.

Democrats have tied WikiLeaks to the narrative of Trump-Russia collusion because they believe Russian-state hackers released information they obtained to WikiLeaks so it could then be leaked to the public.

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NFL legend Deion Sanders teams up with the Koch brothers

The Blaze - 6 hours 48 min ago

National Football League Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders has teamed up with the Koch brothers, two conservative billionaires that have been the focus of many liberal attacks, to create Prime 5, an initiative designed to help at-risk families in the Dallas area.

According to a report by USA Today, Prime 5 is a project of two existing Koch-backed nonprofits in and around Dallas. The $21 million initiative will help build young entrepreneurs, reduce gang violence, tackle personal debt and the breakdown of the family, work to improve education and fight addiction.

At an event in Colorado Springs in which Sanders hoped to raise funds for Prime 5, he lauded David and Charles Koch for their commitment to battling poverty and said many of the attacks directed at the Kochs are unfair.

“When you’re someone of status and significant wealth, there’s a tremendous expectation, and it’s not easy to fulfill all those expectations,” Sanders said, according to the Washington Examiner.

“We are committed to helping people improve their lives,” Sanders said of the initiative. “This is an opportunity to provoke real change in our community and provide effective assistance to those who live in constant struggle.”

Sanders was asked if he had any reservations about being affiliated with the Koch brothers, to which Sanders said, “None whatsoever.”

The Koch brothers, who have given countless millions to conservative causes and candidates, have often been maligned by liberal organizations and activists.

One article published by the left-wing Media Matters, titled “Myths and Facts About the Koch Brothers,” says it’s a “fact” the “Kochs push an extreme agenda.”

In 2014, Rolling Stone published a massive hit piece on the Koch brothers titled “Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire,” in which the author wrote, “The Koch brothers get richer as the costs of what Koch destroys are foisted on the rest of us – in the form of ill health, foul water and a climate crisis that threatens life as we know it on this planet.”

Sanders said those views are dead wrong.

“You talk about a family that has one desire: to make this country a better place,” Sanders said. “To level the playing field, to inspire, encourage, motivate. And that’s what they do, and that’s who they are, and I’m thankful to be partnered with them.”

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Obama's Liberalism Paved the Way For Trump

Real Clear Politics - 6 hours 55 min ago
Michael Goodwin, New York Post
The rapid pace of change in American life does not exempt politics. Witness how fast Democrats are cycling through scapegoats. First came Hillary Clinton. When she emerged to gripe about all the reâ?¦
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Venezuela’s Maduro is rapidly running out of friends

HotAir - 7 hours 7 min ago

It’s been clear for months that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had lost the support of most of his starving citizens, but now even some of the hard core Chavistas are abandoning him. Up until now, as long as Maduro could keep control of his executive branch forces and party leadership, along with maintaining the country’s Supreme Court (stocked with his loyal supporters), he seemed content to try to wait out the protesters. His security forces have been out in the streets beating them down and killing the occasional person who got too close the militias. But now he’s losing some of the party loyalists who seem to be sensing that the ship is sinking and it might be time to follow the rats over the side. Bloomberg has a list of some of the most recent defections.

Friends of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro are peeling away. As the nation’s chaos grinds on, former allies are joining a mounting chorus of dissent, a wave of defections unprecedented since the 1999 dawn of the nation’s socialist era. Many of the disenchanted are actively working to foil Maduro’s efforts, making his hold on power all the more tenuous…

Luisa Ortega Diáz, Venezuela’s chief prosecutor, represents the deepest crack in Chavismo, Chávez’s self-styled socialist project. Once a fierce loyalist who brought charges against foes of the late president and Maduro, she now denounces Maduro’s crackdown as “brutal repression.”

Germán Ferrer is a former guerrilla, lawmaker from the ruling party and husband of Ortega Diáz. Ferrer has lambasted the president for ignoring criticism, clamping down on the media and for not submitting his plans to rewrite the constitution to a vote. He has said that both he and his wife have been receiving threats and are under surveillance.

Miguel Rodríguez Torres is a retired major general and former minister of interior under Maduro. A close ally of Chávez, he participated in the botched 1992 coup that launched the late president onto Venezuela’s national stage. Rodriguez Torres later rose through the ranks, serving as a spy chief until Maduro tapped him as minister. He has emerged as a key dissident voice, trying to create a middle ground in a bitterly divided country, boasting both his experience in the politically pivotal military and his loyalty to Chávez.

There are more on the list, including Maduro’s former ombudsman and the head of a smaller political party which has been aligned with Maduro’s party to help him form his majority. These are major cracks in the socialist alliance and if the President loses too many more he may be forced to abdicate.

All of them have to have been noticing the escalating violence in the streets. Just the other day a 22 year old student was shot dead by Venezuelan police right in the middle of the street. And in the past 24 hours, a mob broke through the fences and into a major air base before being beaten back by security forces. This came at the same time that Maduro claimed to have “broken up a United States plot” to overthrow his government. (Associated Press)

Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela’s capital.

Demonstrators threw stones, and some protesters were injured…President Nicolas Maduro said in an address to troops Saturday that he had managed to break up a U.S.-backed plot to oust him. Like his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro frequently accuses the U.S. of trying to topple Venezuela’s socialist administration.

All the while the dictator is still taking to Twitter to proclaim how wonderfully everything is going.

#EnVivo | @NicolasMaduro: Pese a los focos de violencia, Venezuela ha estado en paz, enfrentando problemas con amor https://t.co/tqMKHfl0b4 pic.twitter.com/DYXIkPEOOn

— teleSUR TV (@teleSURtv) June 24, 2017

The quick translation of that is, “Despite outbreaks of violence, Venezuela has been at peace, facing problems with love.”

Chavez tried to blame his problems on the United States also, and generally to better effect. It was all political gamesmanship, likely combined with more than a little delusion, but he portrayed America as a common enemy to cement the support of his followers. Maduro doesn’t seem to be able to pull off the same trick and even his own loyalists are beginning to abandon him. Hopefully he will soon recognize that it isn’t America or any other outside force attacking him. His own people want him gone… preferably through new elections, but if not, dragging him out physically may have to suffice.

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