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Fixed: Here’s how Newsweek’s Clinton Foundation scandal story should have opened

Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Before proceeding, first remember that “no, the media isn’t biased in favor of Hillary Clinton,” so nothing you’re about to read actually ever happened.

Newsweek has reported that the “largest individual contributor to the Clinton Foundation” was making possibly illegal deals with Iran and contravening U.S. sanctions while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

This is the first sentence in Newsweek’s story:

Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.

That might as well begin “Gee, we really wish we didn’t have to give the GOP more legitimate ammo against Hillary, but…”

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Good Will Revising: PBS helps Oscar-winning liberal actor/director edit family history

Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

**Written by Doug Powers

If liberal actor Ben Affleck could make anything from his past disappear, you’d think he would have started with Gigli, but it turns out he went back a little further — with the help from some accommodating folks at PBS:

Ben Affleck’s ancestors apparently owned slaves — but that’s something he didn’t want the public to know.

The Academy Award-winning actor and director asked PBS executives to edit that detail out of his family tree after it was exposed during the filming of their program “Finding Your Roots,” hacked Sony emails have revealed.

In an email exchange posted by WikiLeaks, the genealogy program’s host Henry Louis Gates Jr. nervously asked a top Sony executive for “advice” in handling Affleck’s special request.

“…For the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves,” the Harvard scholar told Sony chief Michael Lynton in the email chain dated July 22, 2014.

Gates suggested that the censoring could tarnish their branding if word got out and would ultimately be a violation of PBS rules, “even for Batman.”

Yes, that’s Henry Gates of “Beer Summit” notoriety.

Did PBS execs grant Affleck’s request, or tell him to “Argo f*** yourself”? That’s a rhetorical question — of course his request was granted:

Sony chief Lynton, responding to his “dilemma,” advised him to bow to the star’s wishes.

“I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky. Again, all things being equal I would definitely take it out,” he replied.

Anything to help a Hollywood liberal maintain his “holier than thou” sanctimony soapbox.

**Written by Doug Powers

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MSM: There’s no pro-Hillary media bias — Reality: Hahahaha!

Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Last night when I saw this headline I spit Corona all over my computer (no lime though because the store was sold out — thanks a lot, Gwyneth!)

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The mainstream media nodded in agreement briefly before returning to having carnal relations with Hillary’s Chipotle wrapper.

The counter-argument to that claim is simply the absolute absence of any necessity for articles titled “No, the media isn’t biased toward Ted Cruz” (or Rand Paul, or Marco Rubio, etc).

**Written by Doug Powers

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Proof positive: A lot of thought went into Hillary’s visit to Chipotle!

Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

**Written by Doug Powers

We all know that there’s no aspect of Hillary Clinton’s campaign that isn’t planned, rehearsed, focus-grouped and carefully staged. This behind-the-scenes video from Above Average (via Twitchy) can’t be far off base:

If there’s anything not true about that account, it’s probably that the actual Chipotle strategy session took much longer.

**Written by Doug Powers

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There is no ‘H’ in ‘spontaneity': Hillary Clinton kaffeeklatsch was more staged than The Phantom of the Opera

Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Here’s a photo of the “ordinary, everyday Iowans” Hillary Clinton is sitting down with during her totally spontaneous campaign road trip:

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Hillary can now start her list of accomplishments with “experienced horticulturist,” because her “impromptu” chat sessions have (and will) have more plants than

Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.

Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour. The three got the lion’s share of Mrs. Clinton’s time and participated in what breathless news reports described as a ’roundtable’– the first of many in her brief Iowa campaign swing.

Bird himself is a frequent participant in Iowa Democratic Party events. He interned with President Obama’s 2012 presidential re-election campaign, and was tapped to chauffeur Vice President Joe Biden in October 2014 when he visited Davenport.

‘What happened is, we were just asked to be there by Troy,’ Bird said Wednesday in a phone interview.
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The other two, he confirmed, were University of Iowa College Democrats president Carter Bell and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland employee Sara Sedlacek.

‘It was supposed to be a strategy meeting,’ Bird recalled, ‘to get our thoughts about issues. But then all of a sudden he says, “Hey, we have Secretary Clinton coming in, would you like to go meet her?”‘

‘And then we got in a car – Troy’s car – and we went up to the coffee house, and we sat at a table and then Hillary just came up and talked with us.’

Bird said ‘we all were called.’

At least now we know what that weird logo can be used for:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Media chasing Hillary

Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Quiz: What are these “journalist” chasing down?

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  • A) The dismantled, smashed and charred remains of Hillary’s email server as they were carted away from the Clinton residence in a Geek Squad meat wagon.

    B) A lead about the $6 billion unaccounted for during Hillary’s tenure at the State Department.

    C) A van containing Hillary Clinton that is dubbed the “Mystery Machine” (“Red Herring” would be a more fitting name).

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    If you like your revolution, you can

    Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

    **Written by Doug Powers

    On Tuesday, President Obama informed Congress that he plans to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation the Castro-run country has had since 1982.

    John Kerry agrees:

    After careful consideration, the time has come to rescind #Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. http://t.co/EesSIIG5Ek

    — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) April 14, 2015

    What is Obama and Kerry’s justification for the change? Cuba hasn’t supported terrorism since at least last October:

    In his report to Congress, Obama certified that “the government of Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the preceding six-month period,” and “has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.”

    Translated to Obama administration vernacular, that statement about Cuba’s previous sponsoring of terrorism reads as “dude, that was like half a year ago!” None of this is a surprise — Iran remains on the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list, and the Obama administration wants to all but hand them a free copy of “Centrifuges for Dummies.”

    Raul Castro praised Obama the other day as “an honest man.” If during the Summit of the Americas Obama promised him “if you like your revolution, you can keep your revolution,” the joke will be on Castro.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    ‘No way there’s a pro-Hillary media bias,’ self-debunking #4,713

    Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Scootch over, Chuck Todd, because it’s getting crowded in the media’s version of Hillary’s Mystery Machine.

    The wind-up:

    There's literally nothing on Earth funnier now than conservatives on Twitter who think @HillaryClinton is enjoying a honeymoon w/ the media

    — Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) April 13, 2015

    And the pitch, two days later:

    Halperin Praises Clinton’s Newness: ‘We’ve Never Seen Her Get a Burrito Before’ http://t.co/TRw6RxphJx

    — Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) April 14, 2015

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Chuck Todd’s cheerleading about Hillary’s ‘spontaneous’ road trip brought to an abrupt end (until the next time)

    Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

    **Written by Doug Powers

    When Hillary Clinton (or should I say her campaign) said that their candidate would be getting in van and taking a road trip to Iowa, NBC News’ Chuck Todd instinctively wanted to make it historic:

    So hard in this new media age to do anything that looks spontaneous to political world. This Hillary road trip idea has done just that

    — Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 13, 2015

    After it was proven that Hillary’s “Scooby” van shtick goes back at least as far as her 2000 Senate campaign, the very next day Todd took it all back:

    So it appears everything Clinton camp is doing is right out of NYSEN playbook including the van and Scooby. #rutroshaggy H/t. Everyone.

    — Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 13, 2015

    Isn’t that the MSM’s modus operandi in a nutshell? (The possible exception being that Todd actually bothered to point out the truth later on)

    Why did Todd make that initial claim? Because he wanted it to be true. Some “real journalists” have short memories and extremely limited access to Google when they need it most.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Sunday open thread: Gwyneth Paltrow shows that liberal empathy is a SNAP

    Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, working mother, hostess for $15,000-per-plate Obama fundraisers, says she’s living on a SNAP grocery budget for a week to empathize with those on food stamp rolls that have exploded in recent years:

    This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week. pic.twitter.com/OZMPA3nxij

    — Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) April 9, 2015

    She probably underestimated the amount of benefits by quite a bit but when you weigh 75 pounds does it really matter).

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Here’s outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder on the day he was sworn in back in February of 2009:

    I call on every employee of this department from this moment on to return to the practices that are the foundation of this entity.

    And they ran with it!

    This memo was sent out Friday:

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    How many weekend plans did this put a crimp on?

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    **Written by Doug Powers

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    The Hillary Clinton pay-to-play ‘coincidences’ just keep piling up

    Michelle Malkin - 22 min 24 sec ago

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Hillary’s expected to announce Sunday that she’s going to run for president in 2016 (she wanted to announce on Saturday but Clinton protocol requires that all of Bill’s girlfriends get at least 24-hours advance notice of any major announcement).

    Leading up to that announcement, here’s another total coincidence revolving around the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign donations:

    The Clinton Foundation reportedly accepted millions of dollars from a Colombian oil company head before then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to support a trade deal with Colombia despite worries of human rights violations.

    The report in the International Business Times comes as Clinton readies an expected run for president. She’s been dogged by questions about whether foreign donations to her foundations could have influenced her official decisions.

    The report centers on donations from Frank Giustra and the oil company that he founded, Pacific Rubiales. In a Wall Street Journal story from 2008, Giustra is described as a “friend and traveling companion” of former President Clinton who donated more than $130 million to Clinton’s philanthropies. He’s also a Clinton Foundation board member and has participated in projects and benefits for the foundation.

    In 2008, Hillary Clinton said “I will do everything I can to urge the Congress to reject the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.” As a matter of fact, you might recall that Clinton’s 2008 campaign strategist Mark Penn quit her staff because of Hillary’s opposition to the Colombian trade pact (Penn apologized for promoting the deal against Hillary’s wishes).

    But then Frank Giustra started carpet bombing the Clinton Foundation with millions and millions, and things changed:

    But an IBTimes review of public State Department documents shows that as the Giustra-Clinton foundation relationship deepened, Hillary Clinton and the State Department never criticized or took action against the Colombian government for alleged violations of labor rights at Pacific Rubiales. Instead, Clinton’s State Department issued certifications in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 declaring that Colombia has been complying with human rights standards that are required under federal law for continued U.S. military aid to the country.

    The Clintons make following the money more difficult , but hopefully when Hillary announces her 2016 campaign she’ll issue the same challenge to reporters she did in 1995:

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    President who has enjoyed smoking cigarettes cites ‘climate change’ as possible explanation for daughter’s asthma

    Michelle Malkin - 22 min 25 sec ago

    **Written by Doug Powers

    President Obama has been making a renewed push to link “climate change” to health care, and he’s even included a personal story:

    President Obama said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that his push to address climate change has been partly influenced by a frightening moment when his daughter Malia had an asthma attack as a 4-year-old.

    “What I can relate to is the fear a parent has, when your 4-year-old daughter comes up to you and says, ‘Daddy, I’m having trouble breathing.’ The fright you feel is terrible,” the president said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday.

    “And if we can make sure that our responses to the environment are reducing those incidents, that’s something that I think every parent would wish for.”

    Could a closer shave with Occam’s razor would reveal that a more likely explanation was that Obama was (is?) a cigarette smoker? Or maybe there are other explanations:

    In 2012, Michelle Obama claimed their daughter got asthma around the same time while at the circus, saying the family had to make sure their house was “dust- and dander-free, and don’t bring in anything that will disrupt her.”

    But we all know that circuses are caused by global warming, and Al Gore is serving as ringmaster.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Politicians, 'Profiteers,' And Public Health

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    It's Not Hateful To Say That Bruce Jenner Is Not A Woman

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    Pharmaphobia: Prevailing Myths Jeopardize American Medical Innovation

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    Crony Capitalists Strike Again

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