Puerto Rico Is The New Greece, Will Default…

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Expect a mass exodus to NYC.

Via Business Insider

Puerto Rico will miss a payment on debt due Aug. 1, the governor’s chief of staff said on Friday, an event that will be considered a default by investors as the commonwealth lurches towards what could be one of the largest U.S. municipal debt restructurings in history.

The missed payment will mark the first default by the commonwealth and shows the depth of the island’s economic and cashflow problems. Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla shocked investors in June when he said the island’s debt, totaling $72 billion, was unpayable and required restructuring.

According to a 2014 bond offering statement, Puerto Rico has never defaulted on the payment of principal or interest of debt.

“Tomorrow is Aug. 1 and we don’t have the money,” Victor Suarez, chief of staff for Puerto Rico’s governor, told journalists in San Juan, referring to a $58 million payment due on Public Finance Corporation (PFC) bonds.

“The PFC payment will not be made this weekend,” Suarez said. “It was not consigned.”

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Navy Officer Who Shot At Chattanooga Terrorist May Face Charges For Discharging His Personal Firearm To Do So

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Patently ridiculous.  Should he have thrown a stapler at him?

Via Western Journalism:

A Navy officer and Marine reportedly returned fire at the shooter who killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tenn., even though current policy does not permit military members to carry firearms on facilities such as those where the attack occurred.

Mohammod Abdulazeez was slain last Thursday after allegedly firing dozens of shots at two separate military facilities, including the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. The cold-blooded assault killed four Marines and one active-duty Navy reservist.

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HT Allen West

Chris Christie Borrows McCain’s Town Hall Playbook For NH…

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Christie will get stuck and not make it out of the starting gate.

Via CSM

In the summer of 1999, John McCain didn’t have many big names backing his campaign for president. He didn’t have much money, either, and even resorted at one point to giving away ice cream to drum up a decent-size crowd.

Enter the town hall.

Driven to “desperation,” McCain decided to meet as many people as possible at as many of the Q&A events as he could. It took months for the strategy to pay dividends, but when it did, McCain was packing ’em in.
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“It was just jammed,” McCain said of one town hall, held at a fire house at 8 a.m. “That people would get up real early in the morning to go to a town hall with me — that was the first real indication that we had some momentum.”

That momentum turned into a victory of 19 percentage points over George W. Bush in the New Hampshire primary. He lost the 2000 nomination to Bush but later rode the same strategy to a victory in the state’s 2008 primary — his first on the way to becoming the GOP nominee that year.[…]

“For better or worse, the curse of McCain is he set the standards for how you win in New Hampshire,” said Steve Duprey, a top McCain adviser and Republican National Committee member from New Hampshire.

None of the 17 candidates in the GOP field may be following the McCain playbook as closely as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who flew to New Hampshire the day he announced his candidacy. He’s held seven town halls since his announcement and 15 so far this year as well as other public events.

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NYPD To Hunt Down Drones During Pope Francis’ Visit

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Via CBS:

Part of the plan to keep Pope Francis safe during his New York City visit is to create a safety net so tight that hundreds of thousands of rush hour commuters might need divine intervention to get home.

Counter-sniper teams, frozen zones for cars and pedestrians and radiation detectors are expected. CBS2’s Marcia Kramer has learned there’s even a request for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to shut down Midtown trains.

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Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez Can’t Handle The Heat, Melts Down After His Words Are Used Against Him During Sanctuary City Testimony…

Luis trying to give a lecture on exploitation.

Via BPR

Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an illegal-immigration activist, proved he can’t handle the truth as he became completely unhinged when confronted with his own words by an immigration expert.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about the dangers of “sanctuary city” policies.

When Gutierrez took the floor he accused Vaughan of not being informed and said she was “exploiting” the murder of Kate Steinle, the young woman who was murdered by a 5-time-deported illegal criminal, to make a buck.

Vaughan had angered Gutierrez by repeatedly referencing a remark he had made about Steinle’s murder. Gutierrez had told Telemundo during an interview on July 16 (emphasis added), “Every time a little thing like this happens, [Republicans] use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”

Gutierrez’s testimony offered the Steinle family a few platitudes about his “sympathies,” but he was only able to keep it together for a short while.

“Apparently people have decided to besmirch people’s reputation, and take their words, and exploit the death of a beautiful young American woman… But don’t exploit a young woman’s death in order to receive a paycheck to put food on your table,” Gutierrez said.

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Uber Valued At Nearly $50 Billion?

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De Blasio crying over this

Via WSJ:

Uber Technologies Inc. has completed a new round of funding that values the five-year-old ride-hailing company at close to $51 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, equaling Facebook Inc.’s record for a private, venture-backed startup.

Uber raised close to $1 billion in the round, one of the people said, bringing the San Francisco company’s total funding to more than $5 billion. Uber had briefed investors on a plan to raise between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in the round, The Wall Street Journal reported in May.

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Turkey Continues Airstrikes On Kurds, Killing 260…

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Turkey ignoring the JV team at the doorstep.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey is pressing ahead with airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq amid international calls for restraint.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said as many as 28 F-16 jets raided 65 Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, targets in northern Iraq, including shelters and ammunition depots on Friday. A day earlier, as many as 80 jets hit more than 100 targets, the agency said.

Anadolu claimed some 260 PKK rebels were killed and 400 were wounded since the start of the raids. The PKK has not reported rebel casualties.

Turkey’s allies have urged it to resume a Kurdish peace process.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the daily Bild the Turkish government “should not tear down the bridges to the Kurds that have been arduously built in the last few years.”

Edward Snowden, The Comic Book…

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Just what we need…

Via Daily Mail:

You’ve seen the film, read the book – now read the Edward Snowden comic.

A comic book artist is to publish a graphic novel telling the story of the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in military history.

‘Snowden’ by Pulitzer-nominated Ted Rall claims that the former contractor for the National Security Agency stole 1.7 million classified documents because he was angry at President Obama.

Snowden supposedly became frustrated that the President did not close Guantanamo and ‘deepened and expanded several abusive programs’.

Rall writes: ‘Snowden soon saw that his faith had been misplaced.

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Comrade De Blasio And Other NYC Elected Officials Stand With Planned Parenthood…

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Solving the homeless problem.

Via NY Daily News

The city’s top elected officials are going to bat for embattled Planned Parenthood.

All four city-wide elected officials have made videos in support of Planned Parenthood, with Mayor de Blasio accusing “anti-abortion extremists” of attacking the health care operator.

A grim De Blasio said he will fight to make sure Planned Parenthood remains protected.

“Once again, Planned Parenthood has come under attack by anti-abortion extremists,” de Blasio says in his minute- long video, released on Friday.

“Opponents of the organization deceive the public, make false changes, and intimidate women and their doctors in the hope of banning all legal abortion and cutting women off from critically needed healthcare.”

The anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress has released four videos in which Planned Parenthood employees appear to be negotiating the price of fetal tissue, used for research.

Planned Parenthood has said they don’t make a profit off the tissue, but are reimbursed for costs.

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Texas College Disciplines Student For Facebook Comments About Baltimore Riots

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This is more than a little scary, by this standard, anything anyone finds offensive can qualify as ’emotional harm’. Good on the student for making the Constitutional point.

DALLAS — A Texas Christian University student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials said Friday.
TCU said Harry Vincent, a 19-year-old sophomore, violated two Student Code of Conduct provisions concerning “infliction of bodily or emotional harm” and “disorderly conduct.”

He has seen his campus access restricted by receiving a one-year suspension from extracurricular activities, on-campus living and the use of non-academic facilities such as the cafeteria and recreational center.

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Justice Kennedy Takes On Justice Scalia Over Same-Sex Marriage In Speech To Utah Lawyers…

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Social justice is becoming the law of the land.

Via KSTU

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to make subtle references to his historic ruling on same-sex marriage during a speech on the evolution of the law.

Addressing the Utah State Bar’s annual convention at the resort on Thursday, Justice Kennedy spoke primarily on the history of the Magna Carta, the founding document that established the rule of law 800 years ago.

“For you young people, I know on your next date or get-together, you’re going to talk about Magna Carta,” he joked to the standing room-only crowd. “You’re going to look really cool.”

FOX 13 was allowed to attend the speech, but video and audio recordings were not allowed.

Justice Kennedy said the Magna Carta was seminal in the United States’ evolution of its constitutional identity.

“The Constitution doesn’t come from on high. It’s yours!” he told the crowd. “It doesn’t belong to judges and lawyers. It’s yours! It came from you. This is the meaning of the Magna Carta.”

Throughout his remarks on how the Magna Carta influenced the U.S. Constitution, he referred to “evolution.”

“Remember that Constitutions take time. We have to learn. If the framers had known all of the specifics, all of the rudiments, all of the elements of a just society they would have put them down,” he said. “They used spacious words: life, liberty, property. They didn’t presume to know or predict all of the injustices that a society might encounter over time.”[…]

Other attorneys in the room believed Justice Kennedy’s remarks about the U.S. Supreme Court acting as a voice for the minority was a rebuttal to dissents over his ruling in Obergefell.

“I think he actually took on Scalia’s opinion in that case directly,” said Kate Conyers, a public defender and incoming Utah State Bar Commissioner.

“I think his point is eventually it reflects the will of the majority,” said Michelle Mumford, a civil litigation attorney and incoming Bar Commissioner. “I think right now it’s perhaps still a minority position but not for long.”

Desperate Democrats Recycle Planned Parenthood Mammogram Meme

Wheels spinning in the mud

Via Townhall.com:

The gruesome hits keep coming for the baby butchers of Planned Parenthood. President Obama and his top health officials have one last-ditch response left: Quick, hide behind the imaginary mammogram machine!

As more graphic, money-grubbing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit aborted baby parts racket emerge thanks to the investigative work of the Center for Medical Progress, desperate Democrats are in full deflection mode. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood this week by invoking the women’s health shield.

“What I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on issues of preventative care for women, things like mammograms,” Burwell told the House Education and Workforce Committee.

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Members Of Bin Laden Family Die In Private Plane Crash…

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Not eligible for the 72 virgins.

Via FOX News

Family members of former Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden were killed in a private plane crash in southern England, a Saudi ambassador said on Saturday, without identifying the dead.

Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdel-Aziz, the Saudi ambassador to Britain, offered his condolences to the wealthy bin Laden family, who own a major construction company in Saudi Arabia.

“The embassy will follow up on the incident and its circumstances with the concerned British authorities and work on speeding up the handover of the bodies of the victims to the kingdom for prayer and burial,” the ambassador said in a statement tweeted by the embassy late Friday.

The crash occurred Friday, when an Embraer Phenmo 300 jet tried to land at Blackbusche Airport, an airfield used by private planes and flying clubs some 40 miles southwest of London. The UK Daily Telegraph reported the plane overshot the runway and clipped a fence before nosediving into a car auction center and bursting into flames. British authorities said four people were killed in the crash.

Witness Barry Wright told the BBC that the plane “went up in a ball of flames in about 60 seconds.”

“It sounded like a missile coming in – very loud, followed by several explosions,” he said.

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Two Senate Democrats Say They’ll Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood

Believe it when I see it.

Via Politico:

A pair of centrist Senate Democrats are weighing their options ahead of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s scheduled vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, a politically thorny decision following the release of several controversial videos allegedly showing employees for the women’s health care organization discussing the sale of fetal tissue.

On Friday, Planned Parenthood turned up the pressure on moderate Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana, releasing a television ad touting the life-saving benefits of the women’s health organization in his red state.

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San Francisco Federal Judge Blocks Release Of Recordings By Pro-Life Group…

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Update to this story.

Via WISTV

A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers’ association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order “in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation.”

The National Abortion Federation sued in federal court in San Francisco, alleging the Center for Medical Progress infiltrated its meetings and recorded its members. The group says release of any audio or video would put members in danger.

“The safety and security of our members is our top priority,” Vicki Saporta, association president and CEO, said in a statement. “That security has been compromised by the illegal activities of a group with ties to those who believe it is justifiable to murder abortion providers.”

David Daleiden, a leader of the Center for Medical Progress who is also named in the suit, said in a statement that Planned Parenthood and its allies were trying to silence the group and suppress investigative journalism.

“The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights,” he said.

The center has released several secretly recorded videos that have riled anti-abortion activists, including one Thursday of a Planned Parenthood doctor in Colorado. It has accused Planned Parenthood of selling fetal tissue for profit, which is illegal, and Republicans in Congress have begun discussing cutting off funding for the organization.

The undercover video released Thursday shows Dr. Savita Ginde, vice president of Denver-based Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, discussing prices of aborted fetal remains, the center says. Planned Parenthood issued a statement calling the video “misleading and deceptively edited.”

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Text Reveals ‘Subway’ Spokesman Jared Fogle May Have Paid 16 Year Old For Sex

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Turkey, and I don’t mean the sandwich…

Via NY Post:

Former Subway sandwich spokesman Jared Fogle appears to admit in a text messsage to paying a 16-year-old girl $100 for sex, it was reported Friday.

The Business Insider Web site says the FBI subpoenaed an affidavit containing texts between Fogle and a former female Subway franchisee who apparently were in a relationship.

In several messages, he allegedly asks the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist for sex with other men so he could watch.

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Special Hillary Aide, Huma Overpaid For Vacations And Sick Time At State Department…

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Another phony right wing conspiracy.

Via FOX News

One of Hillary Clinton’s top aides was reportedly overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules that govern vacation and sick time during her time as an official in the State Department, according to investigators.

The Washington Post reports the finding emerged on Friday after Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley sent letters to Secretary of State John Kerry, among others, about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Huma Abedin over her pay.

The letters also sought the status of an investigation into whether Abedin violated conflict-of-interest laws related to her work for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and another private firm founded by a Clinton ally, according to The Post.

The finding that Abedin, who now serves as vice chairwoman of her presidential campaign, had improperly collected taxpayer money could damage Clinton’s candidacy, a GOP lawmakers insist that government rules were bent to benefit Clinton and her aides and at the same time could bolster Democratic claims that Republicans are using their oversight role to purposely damage Clinton politically.

The Post reports that Grassley indicated in the letters he was describing an inquiry by the State Department’s Inspector General. Grassley wrote, in letters to Abedin, Kerry and the Inspector General, that staff of the inspector general had found “at least a reasonable suspicion of a violation” of law concerning the “theft of public money through time and attendance fraud” and possible conflicts to Abedin’s “overlapping employment,” according to the newspaper.

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Hillary Email: Worried Over Post Photo Of Her On Vacation

…why? Didn’t she have her $600 hair styling that day?

Via NY Post:

An image-conscious Hillary Rodham Clinton fretted about a photograph in The Post that showed her strolling with husband Bill while vacationing in Bermuda in 2009 — until longtime aide Huma Abedin put her at ease with a positive review.

“Did you see the photo in the NY Post of Bill and me from yesterday?” Hillary asked in an Aug. 1, 2009, e-mail, one of 2,206 pages of Clinton messages the State Department dumped late on Friday.

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Wounded Iraq War Veteran Finds Note On Car: “All Of You Islamaphobe Vets Deserve To Die”…

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Motive unknown.

Via WTEN

A simple trip to the store ended with a veteran getting a hateful letter left on his car.

When a local Iraq War veteran went shopping Thursday morning, he did not expect to find an anonymous note with ugly language left on his car.

The letter blasted the Marine for having a Purple Heart and serving overseas. It stated, “All of you Islamaphobe vets deserve to die.”

The note has people shaking their heads. Some call the author pathetic.

“It’s just shocking,” Ann Lanoir said. “It’s just ignorant. That’s the way I feel. I feel like some punk wrote it.”

“Makes me sick to my stomach,” Navy veteran Robert LaPrairie said. “To me, it’s an act of terrorism really.”

“I just think it’s awful,” John Mohring said. “It’s very terrible. Veterans are our heroes.”

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Planned Parenthood Received Millions After Lobbying Hillary Clinton’s State Department

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Major stories suddenly converge…

Via Free Beacon:

Planned Parenthood lobbied the Department of State many times during Hillary Clinton’s tenure there and received tens of millions of dollars from foreign policy agencies over the past few years, according to a new report.

As secretary of state, Clinton attacked the Mexico City Policy, which bans federal funding of abortion overseas. Her husband revoked the policy during his administration and President Obama lifted the ban upon taking office in 2009. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is tied to the State Department, steered more than $100 million in funding to Planned Parenthood, its international affiliates, and the pro-abortion Population Council between 2010 and 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office—about 20 percent of the nearly $500 million pro-abortion organizations received from taxpayers during that time frame.

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