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Bill Clinton Versus Jeremiah Wright: Which Loose Cannon is Louder?

This campaign season has seen more than its fair share of surrogate flubs and staffer gaffes, but no two men have continuously embarrassed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama more than Bill Clinton and Reverend Jeremiah Wright (respectively). Both seem unable, or perhaps unwilling, to simply avoid saying things that damage the campaigns they ostensibly support. So in light of the renewed scrutiny of Bill Clinton and Reverend Wright’s unwelcome reemergence, we compare the two presidential headaches below.

William Jefferson Clinton

Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr.

Bill Clinton Versus Jeremiah Wright: Which Loose Cannon is Louder?
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Iran reportedly takes another ship

British Foreign Minister: 2nd vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities.

Michelle Obama with an obvious critique of Trump

What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I’ve seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there’s a place for us all. We must remember it’s not my America or your America. It’s our America.

We’re on day six of this news cycle now

Asked about his unhappiness with the rally chants, POTUS said: “No, you know what I’m unhappy with – the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country. I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things.” per pooler @MichaelCBender

He maaaay have a point on this one

.@realDonaldTrump, per pooler @MichaelCBender:

*POTUS raises concerns about banning paper straws, per a question, and that no one talks about plastic cups and plates.
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Iran doesn’t seem particularly interested in tamping down tensions

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has seized a British oil tanker that was passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The IRGC’s website, sepahnews.com, says the tanker “Impero Stena” was seized Friday by IRGC forces for “non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations” and has transferred the vessel to an Iranian port.

The report did not elaborate what port it was transferred to.

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Wow, who saw this one coming??

A day after Pres Trump disavowed “send her back chants” heard in N.C, he is now saying the people who chanted are great Americans.

“Those people in North Carolina…those are incredible people, incredible patriots,” Trump said.

He’s backtracking as he did after Charlottesville.
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A bad piece of news for Obamacare

A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration’s expansion of health insurance plans that don’t meet ObamaCare’s coverage requirements. 

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled against the insurance companies who sued the administration in an attempt to block the rules. 

“Not only is any potential negative impact from the 2018 rule minimal, but its benefits are undeniable,” Leon wrote in his ruling about the regulations. 

The plans aims to “minimize the harm and expense” for individuals who might otherwise decide not to purchase insurance because of high premiums,” Leon says. 

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National survey shows Biden with a considerable but not commanding lead

National Dem Primary:

Biden 25%
Sanders 16%
Warren 16%
Harris 14%
Buttigieg 8%
O’Rourke 3%
Booker 3%
Yang 2%
Castro 2%

NBC News/Survey Monkey Poll

Some Democratic governors aren’t too happy with the primary’s direction

After claiming governorships from Republicans in seven states last year, including in crucial presidential battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Michigan, Democratic governors should have good reason to celebrate.

But there was as much anxiety as optimism when the governors gathered for their annual fund-raising retreat on Nantucket last weekend and grappled with why a party that won with a pragmatic message in 2018 is now veering sharply to the left.

Some governors are alarmed that their party’s presidential candidates are embracing policies they see as unrealistic and politically risky. And they are especially concerned about proposals that would eliminate private health insurance.

We’re down to three now?

It is amazing how the Fake News Media became “crazed” over the chant “send her back” by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen…
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Reminder: find a cool spot and don’t leave for the next few days

Officials from Wisconsin to Boston have declared heat emergencies, canceled classes and mobilized crews to prepare for the soaring temperatures through the weekend, when more than 100 local heat records are expected to fall.

Already early Friday morning, more than 105 million people were under excessive heat warnings and nearly 60 million more were under heat advisories, according to the weather service national map. The heat wave blanketed a swath of the nation from central Nebraska and parts of Oklahoma to Vermont and Massachusetts and northern South Carolina, according to the weather service.

Temperatures in New York City, where the mayor on Thursday declared a heat emergency, are forecast to be as high as 96 degrees on Sunday, and with the humidity, it could feel like 110 degrees, the national weather service and emergency management officials said.

The Trump administration has some cruel new ideas regarding refugees

The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero — according to three people familiar with the plan.

During a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services representative who is closely aligned with White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller suggested setting a cap at zero, the people said. Homeland Security Department officials at the meeting later floated making the level anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000, according to one of the people.

The proposal for a near-shutdown of the refugee program is alarming officials at the Department of Defense, who don’t want to see a halt in admissions of Iraqis who risked their lives assisting U.S. forces in that country. The possible move comes after the Trump administration cut refugee admissions by a third this year, to 30,000.

Sanders campaign staffers say they’d like to receive the $15 minimum wage he says he’s in favor of

Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric, according to internal communications.

Campaign field hires have demanded an annual salary they say would be equivalent to a $15-an-hour wage, which Sanders for years has said should be the federal minimum. The organizers and other employees supporting them have invoked the senator’s words and principles in making their case to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the documents reviewed by The Washington Post show.

… A draft letter union members earlier had prepared to send Shakir as soon as this week said that the field organizers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages. Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”

The draft letter estimated that field organizers were working 60 hours per week at minimum, dropping their average hourly pay to less than $13. It said that “many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially, which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.”

Relationship to Candidate Uncontrollable husband who frequently alienates black voters. Uncontrollable ex-pastor who frequently alienates white voters. Embarrassing Quote “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ‘84 and ‘88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here.” “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.” Candidate’s Response After Bill’s wholly inaccurate defense of Hillary’s wholly inaccurate Bosnia recollections, Hillary told him, bluntly, to stop. “‘You don’t remember this, you weren’t there. Let me handle it,’” she told Bill, as he recounted. His reply: “Yes ma’am.”
Last month Obama condemned Wright’s more offensive statements without distancing himself from the man entirely. “As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me,” Obama said. Tuesday afternoon, a day after Wright spoke to the National Press Club, Obama got a lot tougher: “I gave him the benefit of the doubt before my speech in Philadelphia [but] … the person I saw yesterday is not the person I met twenty years ago.” Key Shared Experience Married Hillary Clinton, fathered her kid. Married Barack and Michelle Obama, baptized their kids. Personal Project to Promote Circumventing those pesky constitutional limits on holding a third term as president by getting his wife into the White House and becoming a “roving ambassador” as Hillary has suggested.
A book to be released “later this year.” Biggest Critic
Recently, Representative James Clyburn, who said Bill’s behavior was “bizarre” and “incensed” black people. Rush Limbaugh: “This is a man who hates the country. Jeremiah Wright is a hatemonger. He hates America. It is patently obvious.” Future Liability No telling what could happen if he roves White House hallways once again. Bizarrely, has pledged to “come after” Obama if Barack manages to overcome the obstacles Wright is creating for him and makes it to the White House. Approval Ratings 47 percent favorable. 8 percent favorable. Hidden Upside Driven to make more campaign appearances than either Hillary or Obama. Helps to inform the frighteningly sizable number of voters still unclear about Obama’s religion that the senator is, in fact, Christian.