Megan Maxey - Hillary Clinton Claims She Faces A "Hillary Standard" On Her Campaign Trail
Posted: 7/25/2016 3:30:00 PM EST

Presumptive Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton and her Vice Presidential pick Tim Kaine made their debut as a ticket in an interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night.

In the interview with CBS's Scott Pelley, Hillary complains about the scrutiny the public places on her.

"I often feel like there's the Hillary standard, and then there's the standard for everybody else," she went on to explain that "it is unfounded inaccurate, mean spirited attacks with no basis in truth, reality which take on a life of their own."

Some of the "inaccurate and mean-spirited attacks" came from Chris Christie, Reince Priebus and many more.

"She was the chief engineer of the disastrous overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya. Libya today after Hillary Clinton's grand strategy... their economy's in ruins, there's death and violence on the streets and ISIS is now dominating that country," said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the RNC.

"Just look at her disastrous Iran deal. Which lined the pockets of the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism with your money while abandoning our greatest ally in the Middle East, the nation of Israel. It was on her watch ISIS began to spread its wings of evil over the Middle East," said RNC chairmen Reince Priebus.

Apparently the "Hillary standard" is just pointing out facts. Almost all of what was said about Hillary at the RNC were things that actually happened. 

It was proven she lied about her email servers, yet this fact is viewed as an "attack" by the former Secretary of State.

If there is any "Hillary standard" it isn't any harsh scrutiny placed on her. It's the phenomenon in which she doesn't face any consequences for her actions. See this quote from FBI director James Comey's statement on the investigation.

"Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case... To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences."

I would say this is a prime example of the "Hillary standard."

Matt Vespa - BREAKING: ISIS Claims To Have Shot Down U.S. Warplane In Iraq, Crew Killed?; UPDATE: Centcom Says All Aircraft Accounted For
Posted: 7/25/2016 3:30:00 PM EST

There are reports that ISIS has shot down a U.S. warplane, and that the crew had been killed. It was reportedly shot down near Anbar. Yet, MSNBC’s Cal Perry said it’s unknown if this was a jet fighter or an unmanned drone. We’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE: U.S. CENTCOM denies ISIS shot down a U.S. warplane, says all aircraft are account for.

Guy Benson - Dems in Disarray: Delegates Boo Bernie, Chant 'Lock Her Up!'
Posted: 7/25/2016 3:01:00 PM EST

When RNC delegates chanted "lock her up!" in Cleveland, many in the media clutched at their pearls, scandalized. This is unprecedented demonization, they lamented, willfully forgetting quite a lot of demonization. While I myself became a bit queasy when that particular chant was shouted in response to anti-Clinton criticisms that were not related to her national security-endangering criminal conduct, about which she continues to habitually lie, much of the commentariat's fainting-couch routine engendered deserved eye rolling.  And now we have this, in Philadelphia:

Just some random protesters and agitators? Nope, elected delegates, too:

Angered by email leaks showing Democratic National Committee favoritism toward Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders delegates chanted "Lock her up!" at the California delegation's breakfast on Monday. The scheduled agenda of the delegation's first breakfast of the week was overrun by hundreds of Sanders supporters, angered by their party's bias towards Hilary Clinton, as proved by the recent e-mail leaks. As California Secretary of State Alex Padilla spoke, the crowd chanted "You got served!" and "Count the votes!" until his speech was nearly inaudible. As House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi spoke, much of her speech was drowned out with chants of "Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!" and "Lock her up!"

Perhaps Mrs. Clinton is more of a bipartisan uniter than anyone expected. This comes on the heels of resigning DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz being booed lustily by the Florida delegation, prompting her to abandon the plan to appear on the convention's main stage:

In fairness, Debbie's always been a little slow on the uptake.  Nancy Pelosi was also jeered at her own party's convention.  Last but not least, here is Bernie Sanders himself getting loudly booed while urging his supporters and delegates to rally behind the Clinton/Kaine ticket.  Feel the unity.  Feel it:

Parting Thoughts: (1) Does Hillary get booed at her own acceptance speech? (2)  How's this for a bumper sticker?

"Hillary 2016: Because not everyone agrees she should be in jail!"

Connor  Hoffman - Congress Approves GMO Labeling Bill
Posted: 7/25/2016 3:00:00 PM EST

Congress passed a bill last week that will require companies to label their food to reflect that they contain genetically modified ingredients. 

The legislation passed by Congress and waiting on Barack Obama's signature would require food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code that smartphones can read that identifies that the package contains GMOs. 

Pamela Bailey, the chief executive of the Grocery Manufacturers Association described the passage of the bill as a huge victory.

"Today's vote is a resounding victory not only for consumers and common sense but also for the tremendous coalition of agricultural and food organizations that came together in unprecedented fashion to get this solution passed," said Bailey.

The House approved the bill 306-117 on Thursday, and the Senate passed the bill over the strong objections made by Vermont's representatives. Both Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy argued that the bill does not go far enough and compared it to their states tougher GMO requirements. The Vermont law requires the food to be have a label that says "produced with genetic engineering."

"The Stabenow-Roberts GMO bill is confusing, misleading and unenforceable. It does nothing to make sure consumers know what they're eating," tweeted Sanders on Wednesday. 

The federal law renders Vermont and other state's GMO labeling laws null and void. "It's a shame that Congress chose to replace our standard with a weaker one that provides multiple ways for the food industry to avoid transparent labeling," said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. 

Many have argued that the bill is pandering to the interests of big business by allowing them to use the code option. Rep. Jim McGovern described the bill as catering to a few special interests and not to the American consumers. 

The food industry argues that GMOs are not harmful to people, and that the labels could mislead people into believing they are bad. They have pointed out that 75-80 percent of foods contains genetically modified ingredients, which the FDA says are safe to eat.

Many now believe that the fight for clear GMO labels is now in the hands of the USDA which has to come up with the new rules and regulations for these labels. 

"The fight for national mandatory GMO transparency now shifts to USDA and to the marketplace, where companies should think twice before they remove GMO labels from their packages," said Gary Hirshberg, the chairman of the Just Label It coalition. 

Katie Pavlich - Awesome: Conservatives Converge on White House With Blue Lights For Fallen Law Enforcement
Posted: 7/25/2016 3:00:00 PM EST

During Breast Cancer Awareness month in October 2013, the White House was lit pink. After the Supreme Court ruled a ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, the White House was bathed in rainbow colors. After five police officers were executed in Dallas and another four were assassinated in Baton Rouge, the Obama administration refused to light the White House blue in their honor. 

Over the weekend a group of conservatives, led by Michelle Malkin, took matters into their own hands by descending on the White House with blue lights as a tribute to fallen law enforcement officers around the country. They've deemed every Friday as #BlueLightFriday so people never forget the sacrifices made every day.

We came to light it up! #whitehouse #bluelightfriday #bluelivesmatter

A photo posted by Michelle Malkin (@misstripleem) on

#bluelightfriday #whitehouse Sunset at the people's house honoring the fallen. #bluelivesmatter

A photo posted by Michelle Malkin (@misstripleem) on

Honoring the memories of fallen law enforcement officers when the White House won't, well done.

Katie Pavlich - Bernie Supporter: I Might Vote For Trump, I'll Never Vote For Hillary
Posted: 7/25/2016 2:15:00 PM EST

Disunity at the DNC is alive and well both inside and outside of Wells Fargo Arena just hours before the 2016 Democrat Convention kicks off in Philadelphia. 

For months, Bernie Sanders supporters have struggled to unify behind Hillary Clinton and the weekend's revelations that the DNC was actively working against Sanders aren't making things any easier. In fact, Sanders supporters are so opposed to voting for Clinton, they're considering a vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"The election [Democrat primary] was cheated, it was rigged from the beginning we knew it," Sanders supporter Eileen Cook told Fox News' Leland Vittert in Philadelphia Monday. "I'm going to wait to see where I think my vote will most hurt Hillary. I might even vote Trump. I've been a Democrat all my life. I'm 60 years old and it'd be the first time I've ever cast a vote for a Republican, but if it'll keep Hillary out of office, I'll vote Trump."

Trump has been courting Sanders voters for months as division within the Democrat Party continues.

Justin Holcomb  - Emergency Censorship: Schultz Has Speaking Privilege Revoked by Clinton
Posted: 7/25/2016 2:10:00 PM EST

The Democratic National Convention has started off with shocking controversy and scandal.  

Just hours after the breaking news regarding the DNC's hacked e-mail servers, it has been announced that chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been removed from the position of party chair and will now be revoked from participating at the convention.  

Christine Rousselle - World Youth Day Kicks Off In Krakow
Posted: 7/25/2016 2:00:00 PM EST

World Youth Day, a weeklong gathering of Catholic young people, has begun in Krakow, Poland. The festivities will continue until July 31. Pope Francis will arrive in Poland on Wednesday and will celebrate Mass with the pilgrims on Saturday and Sunday. Pope Francis will also make a visit to Auschwitz while he is in Poland.

Krakow was announced as the 2016 host city at the conclusion of 2013's World Youth Day in Rio. World Youth Day's next dates and location will be announced at the end of Sunday's Mass.

Attendance at past World Youth Days has ranged from 400,000 to over 5,000,000.

On Twitter, the Bishop of Rome tweeted blessings for those en route to Krakow for the event.

Cortney O'Brien - WATCH: Delegates Boo, Chant ‘We Want Bernie!’ After Sanders Says We Need to Elect Hillary
Posted: 7/25/2016 1:50:00 PM EST

The delegates Sen. Bernie Sanders’ addressed ahead of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Monday agreed with most of his remarks – until he said “we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine” in November. That declaration was met with boos and jeers.

“We want Bernie!” they chanted.

Their reaction proved that Sanders voters are sour over a new Wikileaks email dump that revealed how the DNC was openly hostile to Sanders campaign. DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced her resignation as a result of the scandal.

Her resignation, Sanders said, “opens up possibility for new leadership that will stand with working people.” Additionally, it will “open the doors of the party for those people who want real change.”

Yet, the damage has been done. Not only have Sanders supporters been booing DNC officials, but thousands have shown up in Philadelphia to protest this week’s festivities.

In his speech, Sanders reminded voters how he proved the pundits wrong with his campaign. What was once dismissed as a “fringe” campaign ended up giving Clinton a serious run for her money.

Speaking of money, Sanders said he was proud to have run a campaign in which he received an average $27 contribution.

“You can run a competitive national campaign without begging billionaires for campaign contributions,” he noted. “All of us are proud that we are the only campaign not to have a super PAC.”

His impressive 2016 showing also allowed him to have an influence in the DNC’s newest platform, which he boasted is “the most progressive platform ever written.”

But platform language and a change in leadership is just the beginning of their successes, he promised. It’s time they “continue the political revolution.”

Sanders is expected to speak Monday night at the DNC. Do we have another Ted Cruz moment on our hands? 

Guy Benson - Bounce: Trump Takes the Lead in National Polling Average
Posted: 7/25/2016 1:05:00 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA - As we anticipated, Donald Trump is enjoying a customary post-convention polling bounce. So far, the boost appears to be modest but clear. Despite a messy RNC in Cleveland, the GOP ticket has surged across multiple polls in advance of the DNC here in Philly. Democrats, meanwhile, will gavel in their quadrennial confab in a state of chaos and disunity. The soon-to-be-ex party chairwoman was booed off the stage by her own state delegation, and Bernie Sanders delegates are openly discussing mounting a floor challenge against Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential pick. Will Trump's gains create a deeper schism within the Democratic ranks (see? we never should have nominated this flawed woman!), or will the prospect of a Trump presidency pull the center-Left together (differences aside, he must be stopped)?  We shall see.  Either way, memo to the party that rigged the system to coronate one of the least liked and least trusted politicians of our time -- Donald J. Trump has now seized a very slight national lead:

Morning Consult also has Trump +4.  It's worth noting that the USC tracking poll, like Rasmussen, has been uncommonly kind to Trump. On the other hand, Reuters' tracker has been especially unkind to him, and their latest (mid-RNC) numbers had him within low single digits -- a major shift away from her.  An additional data point to highlight is how in the CNN survey, Trump's margin of advantage grows when Libertarian Gary Johnson is included; in CBS News' findings, Johnson pulls equally from both major parties.  The notion that Johnson acts as a disproportionately anti-GOP spoiler has been undermined by the polling over several months:

The CBS battleground poll of 11 swing states was virtually unchanged from prior to Trump's nominating convention. Hillary Clinton's position remained exactly static, as the billionaire gained two points to take a razor-thin lead, well within the margin of error. It's now 42/41 for The Donald:

And here's elections guru Nate Silver announcing that his unweighted electoral model has shifted dramatically to give Trump the edge:

It's virtually inevitable that the Clinton/Kaine ticket will garner a convention bump of its own, reshuffling the numbers by next week. But as of July 25, 2016, literally the most disliked presidential nominee in the history of American political polling is beating Hillary Rodham Clinton. Over to you, Associated Press: 

Hillary Clinton has a problem. Too many voters say they're supporting her for a reason you'd never want printed on a campaign T-shirt: "I'm voting for the lesser of two evils." It's far from inspiring...Democrats and independent voters in the Philadelphia suburbs — a crucial area in a competitive state — expressed mixed feelings about Clinton in the days leading up to this week's Democratic National Convention in their hometown. Like Trump, Clinton has her faithful followers. And like Trump, negative views of Clinton run deep, even among some supporters. Half of Clinton's own backers say they consider her only slightly or not at all honest, and more than one-third say she's only slightly or not at all likable, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted this month. "I'm not excited," said Matthew Mousley, 36, of Springfield, who nevertheless plans to support Clinton. "I guess, it's just, I feel like there should be better options." It's a worry for Clinton's top aides, who see maximizing Democratic turnout as a main campaign challenge.

Bravo, Democrats.

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