Megan Maxey - George W. Bush's Brother: 'I'm Voting Libertarian 100 Percent'
Posted: 7/27/2016 3:30:00 PM EST

In a radio interview Marvin Bush, brother to former president George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, revealed he endorses the Libertarian ticket.

"That’s why I’m voting libertarian, 100 percent, these two guys—and nobody knows about them, people think it is sort of a wasted vote—but, both Gary Johnson and Bill Weld were each successful two term governors who balanced their budgets,” said Bush on radio show The Junkies on 106.7 The Fan first reported by Buzzfeed News.

Bush said he thinks a vote for Gary Johnson is not supporting the Republican ticket. He stated he wants to "vote his conscience" which means voting for someone other than Donald Trump.

“I want honest leadership," said Bush. "I want proven effective people running this country and so, I want to be able to go to bed at night and so I don’t really care about that.”

Marvin Bush added criticism for both parties saying Hillary Clinton was, "one of the most dishonest people that’s ever been in politics."

There have been suggestions former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also backing the Libertarian ticket.
Matt Vespa - Shots Fired: Conservative Commentator George Will Says Trump Won't Release Taxes Due To Russian Ties
Posted: 7/27/2016 3:05:00 PM EST

The issue about the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns now has a new angle from conservative commentator George Will, who alleges that the billionaire won’t release those financial documents because of possible ties to Russian oligarchs. These postulations were made during the July 26 broadcast of Special Report With Bret Baier. With Russia appearing to be the principal actor behind the leak of DNC emails that showed staffers working behind the scenes to sabotage the Sanders campaign, our old Cold War adversary is back in the limelight; the Clinton campaign is trying to push this odd narrative that the Russians are helping the Trump campaign (via The Hill):

Both the campaign chair and anybody you talk to, including Sen. [Chris] Murphy [D-Conn.] would not go down that road once pressed on the connection between Russia and the Trump campaign," said Baier. "But they have thrown it out there. George?"

"Well, it's the sort of thing we might learn if we saw the candidate's tax returns," Will responded. "Perhaps one more reason why we're not seeing his tax returns — because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others. Whether that's good, bad or indifferent, it's probably the reasonable surmise."

The Clintons were involved with actors that led to the sale of Uranium One to the Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. The chairman of Uranium One would give the Clinton Foundation over $2 million, while Bill would receive $500,00 for a speech given to a bank selling Uranium One stock. Then-Secretary Clinton was one of the principal actors to sign off on the sale through the Committee on Foreign Investment, which is “charged with reviewing any deal that could result in foreign control of an American business or asset deemed important to national security.” At the time, Uranium One had mining sites in the United States. The deal was approved, with Russia coming that much closer to controlling most of the world’s uranium supply. It’s these types of deals that raised the eyebrows of many, including Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Still, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said that the billionaire is not going to release the documents, even with businessman Moishe Mana offering $1 million for any charity of Trump’s choosing as a sweetener. Oh, and this has nothing to do with Russia. Now, back to Will—he’s left the GOP due to Trump’s nomination, with the billionaire’s attacks on a federal judge’s heritage as the straw that broke the camel’s back regarding his affiliation with the party. Nevertheless, Will has taken the position that Republican donors should save their party by not giving to Trump’s campaign. In essence, Will is saying that we should tread water for four years under a Clinton presidency, and then try again with a Republican Party that hasn’t been Trumped in 2020. I mean, it sounds appealing—most certainly to the Never Trump crowd—but Hillary Clinton winning the White House is a scarier thought.

Cortney O'Brien - Panetta Questions Trump's Loyalty to US After Russian Hack Remarks
Posted: 7/27/2016 3:00:00 PM EST
Former CIA Director John Brennan is openly questioning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's loyalty to the United States after the latter invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails, CNN's Christiane Amanpour is reporting.

Brennan, who has endorsed Clinton for president, also said Trump's remarks were "beyond the pale" and proves he's not fit to lead.

Expect more Clinton surrogates to come out against Trump's controversial comment in the weeks leading up to the election. I wouldn't be surprised if it was brought up more than a few times at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night either.

Christine Rousselle - Marion Le Pen Joins Military In Response to ISIS Murder of Priest
Posted: 7/27/2016 3:00:00 PM EST

Yesterday, France was stunned by the brutal murder of an elderly priest by two "ISIS soldiers." In response to this atrocity, Marion Le Pen, granddaughter of National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen and current member of the French parliament, tweeted that she had joined the military reserves and that all patriotic young people should too.

"Faced with the threat to France, I decided to join the military reserve. I invite all patriotic young people to do the same."

She also tweeted a picture of Fr. Hamel, the victim of Tuesday's attack, calling him a martyr from Islamic terrorism.

Le Pen, who is 26, is one of the youngest members of parliament in the modern French era. She was first elected at the age of 22.

Christine Rousselle - Here's Cher's Thoughts On Donald Trump
Posted: 7/27/2016 2:10:00 PM EST

Grammy-winning singer Cher had some passionate thoughts about Donald Trump's most recent press conference, and lucky for us, she took those thoughts to Twitter. As it turns out, Cher's not very much of a Trump fan.

Enjoy:

We live in a magical time.

Connor  Hoffman - Bernie Supporters Won't Accept Hillary Clinton Nomination
Posted: 7/27/2016 2:00:00 PM EST

Last night Sen. Bernie Sanders decided to extend the olive branch to Hillary Clinton and nominated her on the convention floor, but it looks like his supporters don't share the same sentiment. The 'Bernie or Bust' crowd organized a walkout from the convention, and they're continuing their protest outside the arena. 

Just look at how crazy they went after Sanders conceded to Clinton on the convention floor.

The supporters then decided to take their protests to a media tent outside. They then proceeded to stage a sit-in at the media tent, and some protesters refused to move. 

A lot of the protesters decided to duct-tape their mouths to symbolize how they had been silenced, and they also held up signs that had phrases like "The revolution continues" and "DemExit."

There was also a protest outside of the media tent in the streets, and this protest got quite large after it combined with a black live matters protest. By the end of the night the protest had grown to around 1,000 people.

At one point, the protesters decided to climb the 8-foot walls that were set up to block off the secure zone around the arena parking lot. Police immediately arrested four protesters and charged them with entering a restricted arena. They are expected to appear in court Wednesday to deal with their charges. 

Some even decided to burn the American flag in this protest. 

Most of the protesters also believe that Clinton's nomination will split the Democratic Party in half.

"I suspect we are witnessing an event that will fundamentally change American politics," said Cory James, a 22-year-old college student from Flint, Michigan. "We are tired of corruption," said Carole Levers, a California delegate. "The media and the D.N.C. colluded to block Bernie Sanders so he wouldn't be seen. We need to hit the reset button."

So much for that Democratic Party unity that they been trying to tell us is there.

Cortney O'Brien - Democrats in Congress Demand DNC Staffers Be Fired
Posted: 7/27/2016 2:00:00 PM EST

Democratic congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) is demanding accountability from his own party regarding the recent Wikileaks email hack of the Democratic National Committee. The email dump confirmed what many Bernie Sanders voters believed to be true – that the DNC had no intention of running a fair primary process.

The Wikileaks emails showed DNC staffers attacking Sanders’ religion and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz even referring to one of the Sanders’ employees as “scummy.” As a result of the hack, Schultz has announced her resignation and Sanders fans have caused many a disruption at this week’s Democratic National Convention, decrying an unfair election that paved an easy path for Hillary Clinton. In an even bigger slap to their faces, Clinton, the now official Democratic nominee, hired Schultz to her campaign without blinking.

In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Ryan clearly sympathized with the Sanders supporters and sounded off on the Democratic Party’s bias.

“Yeah, and again, no one’s apologizing for that, and I hope, you know, those people, whoever participated or made those comments, are gone," Ryan said. "They need to be cut. You need to get rid of them immediately. And it’s not making an excuse. They should leave. It’s inappropriate.” 

Ryan is one of many Democrats condemning the DNC’s behavior. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has gone even further than Ryan, demanding all DNC staffers be let go.

Democrats outside of Capitol Hill share the same sentiments. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who is a superdelegate at the Democratic convention, called the committee’s actions “intolerable.”

With Schultz out, DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile was expected to act as interim chair. The only issue? She was a guilty party in the Wikileaks release too.

Are more firings on the way?

Matt Vespa - Catholic Tim Kaine Now Supports Taxpayer-Funded Abortion
Posted: 7/27/2016 1:30:00 PM EST

Well, of course, the media thinks that Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice president, is the most Catholic of Catholics. The Washington Post gushed over him, calling the senator the “Pope Francis Catholic” due to Kaine’s work to help the poor. Newsbusters’ Tim Graham aptly noted that Kaine has a 100 percent rating from the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) and the progressive Human Rights Campaign. So, when The Post, or the larger news media, says politician X is a die-hard Catholic, “it probably means you’re a liberal opposed to Catholic orthodoxy.” Well, that NARAL rating looks like it will be maintained at a perfect A-plus score since Kaine has decided to back taxpayer-funded abortion (via Bloomberg Politics):

Democratic vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine has privately told nominee Hillary Clinton he will support repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 provision that bans the use of federal dollars for abortion services, Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson and Kaine spokeswoman Amy Dudley said Tuesday.

[…]

It aligns the Virginia senator with Clinton and other reproductive-rights advocates, who argue that the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which primarily affects Medicaid, is an impediment for low-income women seeking abortions.

The Democratic Party platform approved this week included a plank calling for repeal of the amendment and other measures that "impede a woman's access to abortion."

Abortion foes view the Hyde Amendment, which is routinely attached to federal spending bills, as one of their great successes.

Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski resurrected 2005 Tim Kaine, where the then-gubernatorial candidate said he was a “conservative on issues of personal responsibility… As a former Christian missionary, faith is central to my life. I oppose gay marriage, I support restrictions on abortion — no public funding and parental consent — and I’ve worked to pass a state law banning partial-birth abortion” in his radio ads. He also said that his position on abortion was similar to that of then-President George W. Bush.

Guy Benson - Senate Watch: Are Democratic Takeover Hopes in Jeopardy?
Posted: 7/27/2016 1:25:00 PM EST

With so much attention focused on the high-octane presidential race, it can be easy to overlook important down-ballot races. House Republicans enjoy a wide enough majority that even in this volatile year, few prognosticators expect them to surrender it -- although senior GOP officials have told me that if Donald Trump tanks down the stretch, they worry that it may become vulnerable. Over in the Senate, however, Democrats only need to net five seats (four, if Democrats hold the White House) to retake an upper chamber majority, The GOP won nine seats in 2014's landslide, but Democrats have a solid chance of flipping control. Why? Republicans took advantage of a very favorable political environment to make major gains in 2010. Six years later, those Senate freshmen are up for re-election, in a presidential year, and in a decidedly different political atmosphere. Because 2010 was such a strong GOP year, Republicans now have a disproportionate number of seats to defend. Advantage: Democrats.

At the moment, defending incumbents in Illinois (Mark Kirk) and Wisconsin (Ron Johnson) are looking like relatively difficult tasks, although neither race is yet out of reach.  But for argument's sake, let's say both of those seats are gone. The Democrats would then need to notch three more net victories to guarantee a Senate Majority. Can they achieve that? New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte's re-election race has been locked in a dead heat for months, while North Carolina and Indiana are also looking too close to comfort. Let's say Republicans earn a 2-1 split in those races. The GOP would need to run the table in all of the other contested races in order to maintain their edge -- unless they can pick off a seat or two currently in Democratic hands. The best opportunities to do so are in Colorado (a fairly long shot, it seems), and Nevada. Let's look at the fight over Harry Reid's soon-to-be-vacant seat:

Joe Heck is an impressive candidate who represents a swing Nevada district in the House of Representatives, and who also leads the deeply flawed Democratic nominee in the RCP average. This appears to be the strongest pick-up opportunity for the party, which would be huge. It would not only make the Democrats' climb much steeper, it would also replace Harry Reid with a Republican. Here are some developments in other crucial races:

Florida: Marco Rubio may have pulled this seat out of the fire by jumping back into the race, reversing his previous decision not to seek re-election.  The incumbent holds a modest but clear lead in the RCP average over serial resume-padder Patrick Murphy, whose political instincts seem increasingly...questionable.  The other Democrat in the race is crazy person and accused domestic abuser Alan Grayson.  Tell us more about the "war on women," Alan.

Ohio: Rob Portman faces a stiff challenge from former Governor Ted Strickland, and the race is tight.  But Portman has an edge.  He leads by five points in a new Democrat-affiliated poll, and just collected two big union endorsements. Buckeye State Democrats are getting worried:

Democrats in Ohio, Washington and Philadelphia seemed knocked back on their heels Tuesday, after Republican incumbent Sen. Rob Portman snagged back-to-back endorsements from major labor unions. The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, the state's largest law enforcement union, endorsed Portman on Tuesday over former Gov. Ted Strickland, in Ohio’s tight U.S. Senate race. Just 24 hours earlier, Portman also snapped up the support of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters—a union that typically endorses Democrats. The surprise union support for Portman, a Chamber of Commerce Republican not traditionally allied with labor, fueled a growing concern among Democrats that Strickland’s campaign is losing ground just as voters begin to tune in...Jennifer Duffy, who tracks Senate races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said the Ohio contest looks different in practice than on paper. “If you look at least at the public polling, it still looks like a very close race,” said Duffy. “But if you watch it every day, it doesn’t feel that way.” She said Portman’s campaign “is firing on all cylinders, doing what they need to do,” while Strickland’s campaign seems more complacent.

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey has led in every poll taken this year, with the exception of a recent outlier from NBC News (a three point deficit).  Toomey is well-funded and well-liked at home, Donald Trump is polling relatively well in the Keystone state, and the "terribly weak" Democratic nominee is on the defensive over this crass attack (content warning):

It'll still be pretty tough sledding for the NRSC over the next few months, but their candidates are in better shape than many forecasters anticipated they would be at this juncture in the cycle. If they, and Trump, can hit their current polling marks in November, they may just pull this off. If they, and/or he, over-perform today's survey positions, the majority will be safe.

Leah Barkoukis - Mosby Defends Decision to Prosecute Officers in Freddie Gray Case: 'I'm Not Anti-Police, I'm Anti-Police Brutality'
Posted: 7/27/2016 12:07:00 PM EST

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday morning, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby defended prosecuting the six officers in the Freddie Gray case regardless of the outcome, noting that "as a mother," the decision to drop the remaining charges was "agonizing."

She said that the decision to move forward with the case “was not and has never been an indictment on the entire Baltimore Police Department” and dismissed accusations that her efforts in the case meant she was anti-police.

“That’s simply not the case,” she said, “I’m anti-police brutality.”

“Even though the media has made this about everything but the untimely death of [Gray], my office has never wavered in our commitment to seek justice on his behalf,” she said.

Doing so proved to be a challenge, she added, noting the “inherent bias that is a direct result of when police police themselves.”

“As the world has witnessed over the past 14 months, the prosecution of on-duty police officers in this country is unsurprisingly rare and blatantly fraught with systemic and inherent complications, unlike with other cases where prosecutors work closely with the police to investigate what actually occurred, what we realized very early on in this case is that police investigating police … was problematic. There was a reluctance and an obvious bias that was consistently exemplified, not by the entire Baltimore Police Department, but by individuals within the Baltimore Police Department at every state of the investigation, which became blatantly apparent in the subsequent trials,” she said.

"We do not not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself."  

[G]iven [Circuit Judge Barry G.] Williams' acquittal of Nero, Goodson and Rice and the likelihood that the remaining officers would also choose bench trials before him, Mosby said she had to acknowledge the "dismal likelihood" that her office would be able to secure a conviction.

"After much thought and prayer it has become clear that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start, without having a say in the election of whether cases proceed in front of a judge or jury, without communal oversight of police in this community, without substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it and we would still end up with the same result," she said.

In conclusion, Mosby pledged to continue to "fight for a fair and equitable justice system for all."



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