Hypocrisy Overload: House Benghazi Dems Hand Out Bonuses To Staffers, After Complaining About Cost Of Investigation

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They’re Democrats, it’s what they do.

Via Fox:

Democrats on the House committee probing the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks awarded tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staff, while at the same time repeatedly attacking Republicans over the rising cost of the investigation.

According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015.

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Bernie Followers Banned From Tinder Over Campaign Messages

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Because when you want to hit on someone for a date, you want pitch about senile grandpa…

Via Fox:

The Vermont senator’s famously enthusiastic backers reportedly are getting banned from the dating app for trying to use it to blast out campaign messages in support of their candidate. Reuters reported on the cases of two women who got notices their accounts were being locked after being reported for sending too much pro-Sanders’ material to prospective matches.

Robyn Gedrich, an Elie Tahari employee in New Jersey, confirmed to Reuters that her account was suspended by Tinder after she sent an average of 60 messages per day urging men on the app to support the presidential candidate.

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Hillary: Nobody But Bernie Would Call Me ‘Establishment’, I Can’t Be Because I’m A Woman

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How does being a woman not make you establishment? The whole DNC coordinated to get you in, you were the anticipate heir apparent. Except that you are an incredibly dishonest and sucky candidate…

Via NY Post:

Buoyed by his near-win in Iowa and $20 million in contributions in January, Sanders argued that he has the support of voters to take down the establishment and ignite a political revolution.

“Secretary Clinton does represent the establishment. I represent, I hope, ordinary Americans, and, by the way, who are not all that enamored with the establishment,” Sanders said.

Clinton was having none of it.

“Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment. And I’ve got to tell you that it is really quite amusing to me,” she said to applause.

Sanders said he linked Clinton to the establishment because throughout her life she has raised money from special interests.

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Joe Biden Becomes First VP With A Facebook Page, “I’m Ready To Go!”

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Hmm….ready to go where, Joe?

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Hillary Puts Off Request To Release Transcripts Of Her Goldman Sachs Speeches: ‘I’ll Look Into It’

What is there to look into? Now she’s making me wonder what’s in them. And if she finds sitting in D.C. talking about getting Bin Laden stressful, how is she possibly going to deal with actual stressful Presidential decisions?

Via NY Post:

Clinton tried to clean up a stumble from Wednesday, when she said she took $675,000 in fees from Goldman Sachs because that’s what they offered.

“I did go on the speaking circuit. I spoke to heart doctors. I spoke to the American Camping Association. I spoke to auto dealers,” the former secretary of state said.

But she hedged on whether she would release transcripts.

“I will look into it. I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it,” she said.

Democrats At Debate Clash Over Money, Money, Money…

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Via NY Times:

In a caustic debate on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton accused Senator Bernie Sanders of leveling “attacks by insinuation and innuendo” against her integrity and her credentials as a progressive by portraying her as beholden to wealthy interests and corporations.

Mrs. Clinton, lobbing her harshest assault yet in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination, said months of criticism by Mr. Sanders over her taking speaking fees from Wall Street banks amounted to a suggestion that she was corrupt — or, as she put it, a “very artful smear.” It was the sort of cutting remark she usually reserves for Republicans, and it drew boos from many in the audience at the University of New Hampshire.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill Requiring Women to Register for Draft…

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Via WSJ:

Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would require women to register for the draft in a step meant to advance a national debate about the Pentagon’s decision in December to open all military combat positions to women.

Women have been excluded from the Selective Service System, a decision that was upheld by a 1981 Supreme Court ruling that said as long as women weren’t allowed in combat units, they shouldn’t be subjected to it.

However, Defense Secretary Ash Carter in December said the Pentagon would open all combat positions to women, without exceptions. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana said in introducing their bill that Mr. Carter’s decision mandates a national debate about the role of women in the military.

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Drone Crashes Into Empire State Building…

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Via NBC:

A small drone crashed into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building Thursday night and then fell to a 35th floor landing, authorities said.

Police said a New Jersey man was flying the drone in an attempt to take pictures and apparently lost control of the aircraft.

Investigators said Sean Nivin Riddle was arrested at the scene and is expected to face criminal charges. He was being questioned by officers at the Midtown South police precinct.

Right after the crash, Riddle apparently wrote on his own Twitter feed: “filming w/ drone, now its stuck on the empire state building….w/security.”

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Last Night’s Democratic Debate Was The Lowest Rated One To Date…

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Nobody wants to watch Communists argue over who’s the rightful heir to Marx.

Via CNN:

MSNBC’s feisty debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton received high marks from political observers, but not high ratings from ordinary viewers.

It was the lowest-rated debate of the 2016 election cycle by far, according to preliminary Nielsen data. The debate had a 3.3 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets.

The prior low was a 6.0 household rating for ABC’s Democratic debate on the Saturday night before Christmas.

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Russians Depict Obama As Murderous Devil Who Should Be Put On Trial At The Hague…

How about Putin and Assad first?

Chicago Stock Exchange Being Sold To Chinese-Owned Group…

What could go wrong?

Via Bloomberg:

The Chicago Stock Exchange said a Chinese investor group agreed to acquire it, giving the buyer entry into the intensely competitive U.S. equity market.

Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the company, according to a statement Friday, which didn’t give financial terms. The exchange said the deal is expected to close in the second half of the year, though that will require regulatory approval.

“We’re a good fit. Our strategy is something they like and is consistent with theirs,” Chicago Stock Exchange Chief Executive Officer John Kerin said in a phone interview. “We provide technology and we’re a standalone, full-service exchange that they can grow in a manner that suits their needs.”

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Are You One Of Those People Who Thought Syria Couldn’t Get Worse? Heh, You’re In For A Shock…

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From bad to worse.

Via CNN:

Aleppo’s fall to rebels — back in 2012 a much more moderate bunch than the often al-Nusra-infected alliances we see now — was a symbolic moment: the commercial heart of Syria turning on the country’s own government.

Now, as thousands flee to the Turkish border from Russian airstrikes pounding the city and government forces moving in, the battle for Aleppo is again gaining significance.

The towns of Nubul and Zahraa were reached by government forces late Wednesday and their seizure could mark a turning point in the war in northern Syria. Not because they are significant in themselves, but because to reach the towns, the regime had to cross through towns that mark the main supply route into the rebel-held area of Aleppo.

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Romney, Gingrich Call For Fiorina To Join Main Stage For Debate Saturday…

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What would be the point of her being on stage by herself?

Via Newsmax:

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both took to Twitter on Thursday to demand that ABC News include presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina in Saturday’s Republican debate in New Hampshire.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 candidate for the White House, posted this tweet:

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Fact Checking The Fifth Democratic Debate…

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Rich people, banks, pharmaceutical companies, angry grandpa, blah blah blah…

Via USA Today:

We found several false and misleading claims in the debate between former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

• Sanders claimed Clinton called Barack Obama “naive” in 2007 because he “thought it was a good idea to talk to our enemies.” That lacks context. Clinton objected not to meeting with enemies, but to Obama’s statement that he would do so without preconditions.

• Sanders claimed that NAFTA and other trade deals have cost “millions” of U.S. jobs, but independent economists have said the impact on the economy was small.

• Clinton revised history in discussing her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She supported the trade deal as secretary of state.

• Sanders mixed and matched two different sets of data to claim that “millions of Americans … are working longer hours for low wages.”

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Citibank Says World Economy Going Down The Toilet…

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I bet Hillary will claim she saw this coming too.

Via CNBC:

The global economy seems trapped in a “death spiral” that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned.

Some analysts — including those at Citi — have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S.

“The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral,” Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday.

“Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global growth)… and repeat. Ad infinitum, this would lead to Oilmageddon, a ‘significant and synchronized’ global recession and a proper modern-day equity bear market.”

Exploding Jihadi: ISIS Fighter Riding In Back Of Pickup Truck Hit By An Airstrike….

Safe to say his day was ruined.

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

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Update: Cough syrup in the late 1800’s had a rather interesting array of ingredients.

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Obama’s Proposed To Raise Gas Taxes 136%, Despite Previously Saying Hurts Poor People The Most

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Update to this story. Not to mention how it hurts the rest of us…

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama has just proposed a $10 tax on every barrel of oil produced in the U.S., but it was just five years ago the president warned making fuel more expensive harms poor people the most.

Obama told Georgetown University students in a 2011 speech that “rising prices at the pump affect everybody -– workers, farmers, truck drivers, restaurant owners, students who are lucky enough to have a car.”

Five years down the road, Obama is proposing a 30 percent tax on each U.S. barrel of oil — since oil is hovering around $30 per barrel. What’s interesting is that in 2011, Obama himself said a $10 rise in oil prices translated to a 25 cent rise in gasoline prices.

“And every time the price of a barrel of oil on the world market rises by $10, a gallon of gas goes up by about 25 cents,” Obama said in 2011.

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Is Bill Clinton In The FBI Crosshairs Too?

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Yes, please…

Via Washington Times:

In the unfolding political and legal drama surrounding Hillary Clinton and her private server, one name has been conspicuously missing.

Bill Clinton.

There has been scant mention of the former president’s possible role and potential exposure in the server/classified material controversy, which now represents an existential threat to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential ambitions. But perhaps his role may be more central that we’ve been led to believe.

Rather than simply focusing on Mrs. Clinton’s actions as secretary of state, the FBI investigation may be proceeding along two tracks: his and hers. So far, two areas of focus have been mentioned.

One is the possible abuse of highly sensitive information by Mrs. Clinton through her use of a private, unsecured server. The other involves possible violations of public corruption law: whether she and Mr. Clinton used her position as secretary of state to further the interests of the Clinton Foundation. When these two apparently separate tracks are looked at conjointly, two major questions arise concerning Mr. Clinton.

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