Christine Rousselle - ISIS Takes Credit For Deadly Explosion in Kabul
Posted: 7/23/2016 12:30:00 PM EST

The Islamic State has taken credit for an explosion on Saturday in Kabul that killed at least 80 people and injured hundreds more. The explosion happened during a protest against a power line attended by mostly Shia Muslims. ISIS is a Sunni group.

The IS-linked Amaq news agency said two fighters "detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shia" in Kabul.

The attack in Deh Mazang square targeted thousands from the Shia Hazara minority who were protesting over a new power line, saying its route bypasses provinces where many of them live.

The Taliban have condemned the attack.

According to Afghani authorities, three men were sent to attack the protest, but only one was successfully able to detonate a bomb.

Cortney O'Brien - Bold: Fox News Anchor Asks Obama If New Polling Is an 'Indictment' of His Presidency
Posted: 7/23/2016 12:30:00 PM EST

President Obama didn’t seem prepared for the tough questions directed at him by Fox News’ Kevin Corke during his joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House on Friday.

Corke, while acknowledging that Obama’s approval ratings were above water, then provided the president with some unflattering polling that reveals over 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

Is that number an “indictment” of his presidency? Corke wondered.

Obama, clearly annoyed, responded by noting these statistics are nothing out of the ordinary.

“Over the last 20 to 30 years you’re going to be hard pressed to find a time when Americans thought we were on the right track,” he said. “It’s not that unusual.”

Corke also asked Obama whether he had watched any of the Republican National Convention coverage, where he said speakers were clearly "appealing to middle class voters."

Obama again pushed back at Corke’s narrative, arguing the journalist was “editorializing” in his questioning, suggesting Republicans are the ones who appeal more to this demographic.

Obama said he didn’t watch the RNC, but read some of the remarks and said he was dismayed by the Republicans' doom and gloom messaging.

This “vision of violence and chaos everywhere doesn’t jibe with the experience of most people,” he insisted.

A president, he said, should not base his or her policy decisions on “fears that have no basis in fact.”

This presser was taking place just as we started to get news about the deadly shooting in Munich.

Justin Holcomb  - Trump Scheduled to Receive Intelligence Breifings
Posted: 7/23/2016 9:30:00 AM EST

After winning the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, Donald Trump is now set to receive U.S. intelligence briefings, according to ABC News.  

This will mark the first time that someone who has never served in government will receive the intelligence briefings.

After each party's convention and each candidate is chosen, both nominees will receive the same briefings about threats from around the world.  The Democratic National Convention concludes on Thursday, where Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination.  

Current and former officials have expressed concern over briefing Clinton, due to her handling of classified information when she was secretary of State the use of a  personal email as a means of communication.  


Leah Barkoukis - Obama Jokes, Laughs While Discussing Deadly Munich Attack
Posted: 7/23/2016 8:30:00 AM EST

It should go without saying that the time to crack a joke and laugh is not when you are talking about a mass shooting. That, however, is exactly what President Obama did on Friday when discussing the possible terror attack in Munich, Germany, that killed at least nine people.

“Obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured, it’s still an active situation and Germany is one of our closest allies, so we are going to pledge all the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances,” he told the press.

“It’s a good reminder of something that I’ve said over the last couple of weeks, which is our way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business every day, raising our kids and seeing them grow up, and graduate from high school and now about to leave their dad,” he said to raucous laughter.

“I’m sorry I’m getting a little too personal,” he said smiling. “Getting a little too personal there. That depends on law enforcement.”

Christine Rousselle - Hillary Clinton Selects Sen. Tim Kaine As Running Mate
Posted: 7/22/2016 8:16:00 PM EST

Taking a page from Donald Trump's book, Hillary Clinton also used Twitter to announce who she had picked as a running mate running mate. Clinton tweeted late Friday evening that she is going with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

This announcement comes as no surprise, as Kaine had been the odds-on favorite for quite a while.

Leah Barkoukis - VA Supreme Court Strikes Down McAuliffe's Executive Order Giving Felons Right to Vote
Posted: 7/22/2016 7:30:00 PM EST

Despite Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order that sought to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia, they will not be able to cast their ballot at voting booths come November thanks to the commonwealth’s Supreme Court, which declared the order unconstitutional on Friday.

The high court heard oral arguments earlier this week. The plaintiffs in the case, led by leaders from the Republican-controlled legislature, argued that McAuliffe’s move was unconstitutional. The court agreed, and ordered the Virginia Department of Elections to “cancel the registration of all felons who have been invalidly registered,” under the April 22 executive order.

As many as 11,662 felons had registered to vote thanks to the executive order. The order was widely viewed as a move to help Hillary Clinton by all-but-ensuring Virginia goes blue in the November general election, since most convicts register Democratic.  

Cortney O'Brien - DNC Chairwoman Calls Sanders Aide 'Scummy' in Leaked Email
Posted: 7/22/2016 6:15:00 PM EST
If you had any doubts the Democratic National Committee was biased in the 2016 primary process, this leaked email may quash them. In a newly discovered correspondence between DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her staff, one of the 20,000 emails leaked by Wikileaks earlier on Friday, she calls Bernie Sanders aide Jeff Weaver some nasty names.

"Damn liar," she wrote. "Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred."

This heated exchange occurred after the disastrous Nevada Democratic convention in May, where Sanders supporters booed speakers offstage and demanded a recount after Hillary Clinton gained delegates they believe she didn't deserve. Some of his supporters also reportedly threw chairs at the convention and sent death threats to the Nevada State Democratic Party chairwoman Roberta Lange.

This behavior is of course reprehensible. Yet, the DNC is supposed to remain neutral in the process.

Schultz has been accused of overseeing a "rigged" system that unfairly prevented Sanders from having any chance at the Democratic nomination. Her decisions throughout the primary, such as a limited debate schedule, seemed intended to guarantee Hillary Clinton would become their party's nominee. 

In a separate leaked email, DNC staffers were caught questioning Sanders' faith.

Hillary Clinton is hoping to attract Sanders fans to her base. Good luck with that.

Guy Benson - Tantrum: At RNC Volunteer Party, Trump Goes Off On Cruz, Repeats Unhinged JFK Conspiracy
Posted: 7/22/2016 3:10:00 PM EST

You know that long-awaited, elusive "pivot" to a more serious and presidential Donald Trump for which the commentariat keeps yearning? It's not coming. The morning after formally accepting the Republican Party's presidential nomination, Trump and his running mate appeared together at a "thank you" event for convention volunteers. The blowhard mogul proceeded to uncork a rambling, stream-of-consciousness soliloquy that careened from one topic to another, before eventually landing on his favorite subject: The Republican Primary process. From there, it was a short hop to Ted Cruz, whose non-endorsement speech on Wednesday night drew loud boos. Trump initially had downplayed the incident as no big deal, and even managed to avoid firing back at his former(?) rival during his acceptance speech. But Donald Trump is incapable of letting anything go, even when it's in his best interests to do so. He told CBS News earlier that the crowd turning on Cruz was "beautiful," then ramped up his fury at the post-convention gathering, declaring -- apparently on-the-fly -- that if Cruz were to endorse him before November, he'd reject it.  ("You can't fire me, I quit!" Allahpundit snarks). He also mused about forming a Super PAC to go after the Texas Senator in his home state, where Cruz crushed Trump in March.  Keep in mind that this is the morning after Trump called for an end to "petty politics:"

By the way, in spite of Trump's implication, the "controversial" passages of Cruz's speech were all included in the pre-submitted text. Next came a surreal re-litigation of the Trump's attacks on Cruz's family, including a false account of his insults against Heidi Cruz, as well as a repetition of the utterly debunked slander that Cruz's father may have had a hand in the JFK assassination.  To justify that one, Trump sang the praises of the National Enquirer's credibility, citing their take-down of John Edwards.  But that publication also "reported" that the CIA hired a prostitute to assassinate Justice Scalia, who Trump name-checked in last night's address.  The JFK implication one of the more reckless and odious things Trump has done all year, and he simply cannot bring himself to drop it, out of solipsism and spitefulness.  Desirable qualities in a president, to be sure.  Incidentally, I'd love to know what was going through Mike Pence's mind as Trump wandered wildly off-script to trash the man he endorsed ahead of the Indiana primary.  You signed up for this, governor:

For good measure, Trump also attacked popular Ohio Governor John Kasich -- who just happens to command a potent political operation in the most important swing state in the country, without which Trump cannot win the presidency.  Because unity.  Today's churlish performance was a fitting coda to a dysfunctional convention, and a perfect encapsulation of Trump's resentment-fueled campaign.  Democrats will happily let him rip.  Republican officials will tear their hair out, agog that he'd actively step on his own post-convention moment with such a stupid, impulsive, narrative-shifting act of self-sabotage.  And his hardcore followers will absolutely eat it up.  He fights!  I'll leave you with this:

Christine Rousselle - The Rolling Stones Aren't Happy Donald Trump Used Their Music At The RNC
Posted: 7/22/2016 2:30:00 PM EST

Last night at the RNC, The Rolling Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" started playing as the night drew to a close. People wondered if they were being trolled...

...but one group of people in particular weren't thrilled their song was being used: the band themselves.

The group released a statement on Twitter saying that they do not want to be associated with Donald Trump.

This isn't the first time artists have thrown a hissy fit over Trump using their music during the campaign. Aerosmith also asked Trump to cease using their song "Dream On."

Christine Rousselle - Hillary To Announce VP Pick Today
Posted: 7/22/2016 1:45:00 PM EST

Hillary Clinton will announce her running mate on Friday, multiple sources are reporting. Clinton is currently campaigning in Florida and has an event scheduled for 4:30. She will campaign with her running mate beginning Saturday.

She is reportedly leaning towards Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her choice.

The DNC kicks off on Monday in Philadelphia.

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