Turmoil: DNC Kicks Off Amid Controversy and Division, Party Chairwoman Ousted

Much has been made of the lack of party cohesion on the Republican side of the aisle, a reality underscored by the events of last week: An acrimonious floor fight, a primetime speaker refusing to endorse the nominee and being booed off the stage, and the nominee dredging up insane conspiracies while vowing to exact retribution on several former primary competitors. And internal polling numbers like this must give RNC officials indigestion. Hillary Clinton's campaign is seeking to sow further discord, releasing this video highlighting clip after clip of GOP officials -- including several stalwart Trump allies -- disavowing and condemning various statements by the man who was crowned in Cleveland last Thursday:

Trump's campaign has sought to play up how unified the party is by noting how much applause the nominee received from delegates during his acceptance speech. This is...interesting:

But if the media had plenty of storylines about a fractured and infighting Republican Party to cover last week, similar material abounds among Democrats.  As Christine reported yesterday, party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was ousted as the presiding officer of the convention; the DNC email hack scandal seems to have sped the arrival of her long-awaited and imminently-expected demise in her current role.  She is now out, effective after the convention.  I wonder if she regrets this trolling of RNC chairman Reince Priebus last week.  Oops:  

Heh.  Among other things, the leaked emails prove that Democratic officials were actively hostile to Bernie Sanders' campaign from the very beginning.  They provide smoking gun proof that the powers that be at least partially rigged the system, deliberately stacking the deck against him.  Many Sanders supporters have expressed outrage online, with Sanders' campaign manager pointing out that even if the Clinton camp is correct that the Russians are actively aiding Trump's campaign (which is not totally far-fetched, actually), that still doesn't change the substance of the newly-revealed messages.  The Vermont Socialist himself is once again declining to make hey of a damaging story, confirming that he was never really serious about beating Hillary:

I'll leave you with a new development from that other, more serious, email-related controversy:

The State Department says the email chains in question would cause "exceptionally grave damage to national security if publicly released." Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton cannot stop lying about the scandal.  So, to recap:

Oof: Watch Debbie Wasserman Schultz Get Booed Off Stage

Yesterday was not a good day for former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and it looks like things aren't going to get any better any time soon. At a breakfast for Florida delegates attending the Democratic National Convention, Wasserman Schultz was loudly booed off stage as she addressed the crowd.

Ouch.

...That's not exactly a home-state welcome.

Wasserman Schultz is up for reelection this year and faces a stiff primary challenge in Tim Canova. Florida's primary elections are held on August 30.

Donald Trump To Do A Reddit AMA On Wednesday

Republican nominee Donald Trump will host an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on Reddit this Wednesday. The post will go live at 6:30 p.m. and Trump will begin answering questions at 7:00 p.m. The AMA will be hosted on the subreddit r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump forum which has done AMAs with other noteworthy Trump supporters.

In an AMA, Reddit users are permitted to ask the person leading the thread literally anything, and nothing is off limits. President Barack Obama did an AMA during the leadup to the 2012 election, and Sen. Rand Paul did one as well.

Reddit's userbase generally skews to the left, but there are a number of pro-Trump subreddits. It will be interesting to see if this AMA goes well or is "hijacked" by people who do not support Trump.

So, DNC's Interim Chair Was Also Implicated in WikiLeaks Emails

With Debbie Wasserman Schultz out as DNC chair effective after the convention because of leaked emails showing her bias against Bernie Sanders in the primary process, DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile was named as her interim replacement. But there’s just one problem with that. Brazile was also implicated in the WikiLeaks emails as well. 

And another one: 

Rep. Marcia Fudge was named as the permanent chair of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election. 

'Stronger Together': DNC Protests Already Surpass Those at the RNC

Remember how the Democrats couldn’t wait to point out the apparent division at last week’s Republican National Convention – reaching a boiling point after Sen. Ted Cruz failed to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump during his speech? Well, the joke is on the DNC. The Democrats haven’t even officially begun their convention, and already thousands of protesters are lining the streets of Philadelphia to decry the Democratic National Committee’s “rigged” primary system that offered Bernie Sanders no shot at the nomination.

A new WikiLeaks dump on Friday proved that the DNC was out to get Sanders' campaign. The whistleblower group released 20,000 emails from the DNC that shows hostility between DNC leadership and Sanders' staff. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz even called one Sanders aide “scummy” in one of the hacked emails. As a result, Schultz is resigning her post at the end of the week.

With this disunity in context, Sanders supporters are bringing their message to the convention’s front door. On Sunday, thousands of people, presumably angry progressives, marched through Philadelphia chanting, "Hell No, DNC, we won't vote for Hillary." 

The RNC finished with only a couple dozen arrests. I have a feeling the tally won’t be so conservative this week.

Trump Takes National Lead After Convention

After the Republican National Convention, GOP nominee Donald Trump has taken the lead over rival Hillary Clinton in a national poll released Monday morning.

Trump is now ahead of Clinton in both a two-way matchup and a four-way matchup.

Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.

This is the best Trump has polled against the former secretary of state in a CNN/ORC survey since September 2015, and this has much to do with the increase in support he received among independents, 43 percent of whom said that after the convention they’d be more willing to back him.

But he also fared better in terms of favorability, personal image, and his ability to manage important issues.  

Beyond boosting his overall support, Trump's favorability rating is also on the rise (46% of registered voters say they have a positive view, up from 39% pre-convention), while his advantage over Clinton on handling top issues climbs. He now holds double-digit margins over Clinton as more trusted on the economy and terrorism. Trump also cut into Clinton's edge on managing foreign policy (50% said they trusted her more, down from 57% pre-convention).

The convention also helped Trump make strides in his personal image. A majority (52%) now say Trump is running for president for the good of the country rather than personal gain, just 44% say the same about Clinton. He's increased the share who call him honest and trustworthy (from 38% to 43%), and who would be proud to have him as president (from 32% to 39%). And nearly half now say he's in touch with the problems ordinary Americans face in their daily lives (46% say so, 37% did before the convention).

Despite Democratic criticism of the Republican convention's message as divisive, the percentage who say Trump will unite the country rather than divide it has increased to 42%, compared with 34% pre-convention.

The survey of 1,001 adults was conducted between July 22-July 24.

Suicide Bomber in Germany Was 27-Year-Old Syrian Migrant

The suicide bomber who blew himself up at a music festival in Ansbach, Germany on Sunday was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum in Germany back in 2015, yet was permitted to stay in the country and was provided an apartment to live in due to the current situation in Syria.

Twelve people were injured in the attack, which occurred late Sunday evening. The bomber was the only fatality, although officials say the backpack bomb he carried had the potential to kill many people. The bomber ignited the bomb when he was not allowed in to the music festival when he did not have a ticket.

A failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 12 other people after setting off a bomb near an open-air music festival in the German city of Ansbach, officials say.

Bavaria's interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after being refused entry to the festival in the southern city.

About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion.

It is the third attack in the state of Bavaria in a week.

Three of the 12 people injured are in serious condition.

Two Dead, 17 Injured After Shooting at Florida Nightclub

At least two people were killed and as many as 17 others have been injured at a shooting that took place early Monday morning at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida.

The attack was at Club Blu during a “swimsuit glow party” that was for teenagers. One of the reported victims was 12-year-old Cherly Garn, according to Lee Memorial Health System, WINK reports.

Police have detained three people, but they are “actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident," a statement reads.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Obama’s Half-Brother Is Ready To Make America Great Again

Well, if you want something to chuckle at for a bit, there’s this story from The New York Post that wrote about President Obama’s half-brother who is ready to Make America Great Again. That’s right–Malik Obama plans to vote for Donald Trump in November, citing his brother’s disappointing leadership, his support for traditional marriage, and the FBI’s refusal to file criminal charges against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her private email system, where she and her staff were noted to be “extremely careless” in the safeguarding of classified material. He claims to be registered in Maryland (via NY Post):

“I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told The Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo [in Kenya]. “Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”

Obama, 58, a longtime Democrat, said his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to “the party of Lincoln.”

The last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state.

“She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Obama.

He’s also annoyed that Clinton and President Obama killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he called one of his best friends.

[…]

“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.

Obama believes strongly in the institution of marriage — so strongly that he has at least three current wives, although press reports have put the number as high as 12.

[…]

Obama plans to trek back to the US to vote for Trump in November. Obama used to live in Maryland, where he worked for many years as an accountant and is registered to vote there, public records show.

The NY Post reported that Malik even has a “Make America Great Again” hat. So, a man who has A LOT of wives (but supports the institution marriage), and called a dictator his friend, is backing Trump. I tell you, some of the endorsement the billionaire picks up are noting sort of astonishing, if not downright colorful. Regardless, whether it’s beneficial or detrimental, Trump decided to weigh in on the matter on Twitter, suggesting family strife was also at the heart of Malik’s decision.

Hillary Clinton Hires Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Hillary Clinton has hired soon-to-be-former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. DWS will resign from her position effective at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. It was revealed that the DNC was effectively working to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the Democratic primary, prompting calls for her to resign.

Clinton emailed supporters and said that Schultz would join the campaign as "honorary chair" of the 50-state program to ensure Democrats win elections nationwide. Wasserman Schultz will continue to serve as a Clinton surrogate.

Shameless.

Vermont's Democratic Delegation Replaced Two Members Because There Were Too Many Dudes

Damn due process and the votes of the people if gender balance is needed. That’s apparently the ethos behind why two male delegates from the Vermont’s Democratic delegation were axed to balance out those who will be descending into Philadelphia to formally nominate Hillary Clinton next week (via Associated Press):

complaint to the Democratic National Convention says two male Vermont delegates were replaced by women in the name of "gender balance" and without adequate due process.

The complaint, filed by 21 Vermont Democrats including 16 women, says the national party this month strong armed the state party to replace Vermont Sen. Tim Ashe and party stalwart Ken Dean, although Dean and Ashe were elected June 11. Dean is among the 21 complainants; Ashe is not.

The state delegation to the four-day convention that begins Monday in Philadelphia overwhelmingly supports Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president over presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

"The DNC's tactics were designed to strong-arm the Vermont Democratic Party: the party was ordered to act within 24 hours, the party was threatened with the loss of 5 delegate seats, the loss of hotel rooms and the password necessary for convention logistics," the complaint says. "The Vermont delegation was given no time to work together to explore other ways, other solutions, to abate the gender imbalance."

The credentials committee for the Democratic National Convention is expected to review the complaint Sunday. Gutting two male members in an affirmative action move on steroids so that the delegation could be more…gender balanced? Oh, this is definitely a Democratic Party convention.

Excuse Me, Congressman–George Wallace Was A Member Of The Democratic Party

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was discussing on ABC’s This Week how Donald Trump is dangerous to the country. He noted that not only are his positions worrisome, but his attacks on the press is another reason to be fearful.

“We do have the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace,” he declared. Ellison prefaced these remarks by saying he’s with Sen. Bernie Sanders concerning doing everything he can t defeat Trump come November.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) was also on the panel and fact checked his colleague on Wallace’s party affiliation.

“Well, first I want to correct my friend. George Wallace was a proud Democrat and ran for the Democratic nomination. It was on that stage down there,” Cole said.

“Thank God he got rejected and lost,” replied Ellison.

Well, the fact of the matter is that this isn’t the first time Democrats have botched their won party history from Wallace to the roots of the Ku Klux Klan. Wallace was an avowed segregationist, though he later recanted and rejected his racist views later in life. The point is that when we have folks saying how Trump is going to bring about the End of Days—you need to step away from the table for a second. It won’t be the end of the world. It won’t be the death of the country. Even actor Tom Hanks knows that this narrative about Trump being inherently dangerous is ridiculous—and that’s a member of the Hollywood Left.

Moreover, it was a failed attempt to slide in a thinly veiled accusation that the Republican nominee is a racist. Now, one can certainly make that argument that he might be a racist; given his unnecessary week he wasted attacking Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is involved in the lawsuit over Trump University. The billionaire called for Curiel’s recusal since he’s of Mexican descent, though he was born in Indiana, which the Trump camp thought constituted a conflict of interest.

At the same time, the media was laser focused on those remarks, and therefore kept the spotlight on Trump. And that’s the thing that many Republicans, especially the Never Trump camp found so troubling about his candidacy. Trump’s not a Republican. He’s a loose cannon. And he’s simply not principled in his positions, whereas there were other candidates in the 2016 field that were who could easily defeat Clinton. Trump knows how the media works, he’s manipulated them throughout the primaries, and it could be that he made those remarks to keep the spotlight on him, no matter how odious the means were to accomplish that goal. There’s always something else with Trump. Case in point, look at what he did to Ted Cruz at the Republican National Convention. He knew Cruz wasn’t going to endorse. The Trump camp reportedly saw a copy of Ted’s remarks beforehand. Yet, he was allowed to speak because I think Trump suspected that Ted just couldn’t let things go. He knew he would implode. In many ways, the Texas senator and conservative firebrand is too smart for his own good—which is why some could speculate this was a perfect trap.

The Trump camp said that they wanted to be the bigger people in allowing Cruz to speak at the Convention. And when he refused to endorse, along with making some digs at the New York delegation, he totally destroyed himself. He was booed off the stage by some of the very people who were die-hard supporters, with many writing the epitaph for his political career.

So, yes, Trump may not be the best candidate—but he’s not George Wallace, and he’s always thinking ahead of the media curve (so far). So, let’s cut it with the misappropriating of party labels and the threats of doomsday with a Trump administration. Life will go on.

Oh, and as for Judge Curiel—he denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. So, expect Trump to say something about this soon.

Russian Athletes Will Be Allowed To Compete in Rio

On Sunday, the IOC decided against a blanket ban of all athletes representing Russia in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio. Instead, each sport's federation will decide whether or not Russian athletes will be permitted to compete in that discipline at the games.

Anti-doping officials requested the full ban of Russian athletes after a massive, state-run doping ring was uncovered.

The track and field teams, which were banned

from the Olympics last month, still remain banned.

The Rio games begin on August 5 and will continue through August 21.

This Tweet From DWS Mocking Reince Priebus Is Pretty Awkward Now

On Sunday, the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement saying that she would step down from her position following the conclusion of the convention. Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that she would no longer chair the convention. Her resignation comes after WikiLeaks leaked 20,000 emails showing that the DNC was essentially in the tank for Hillary Clinton the entire primary.

This, of course, makes this smug, in-your-face tweet from Wasserman Schultz last week during the RNC absolutely hilarious:

Perhaps the Dems should look into flying Reince out to Philadelphia to help smooth things over? After all, he managed to make it through his convention without being forced to step down.

The Democratic National Convention begins on Monday and continues through Thursday.

ICYMI: Rachel Maddow Had To Issue A Trigger Warning During Her RNC Coverage...Over Campaign Buttons

During her coverage of the Republican National Convention, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow issued a trigger warning for her viewers…over campaign buttons. She was also disconcerted about the calls for Clinton to be locked up. Various attendees at the convention wore Hillary for Prison t-shirts that was also problematic for Maddow. Is it really news to the MSNBC world the Republicans have an intense dislike for Clinton. No, actually the majority of voters either dislikes her or finds her untrustworthy. Unless you’re a Democrat, Clinton is not some darling who gets people motivated to vote for her. Again, if you’re a Democrat, you’re Hillary all the way—either from the start or very, very reluctantly now that Bernie Sanders has been decisively defeated. For the rest of us who hear her talk, we all want to trepan ourselves. Scott Whitlock of Newsbusters clipped the trigger warning, which, as always with these progressive political correctness types, wasn’t needed because we’re adults:

Clinton has been more the subject of this convention than Donald Trump has, thus far. I want to show you a little something that we shot earlier today. I will tell you that, some of our viewers, you’re not going to find this offensive. You may find it uncomfortable. And so, you may not want to look at this stuff. But these are some of the pins that are being sold at the venue, at the RNC venue in Cleveland. And you know, you always, at conventions, you always get sharp-edged stuff, particularly the merchandisers tend to compete with each other to see what they can produce that will one up one another. But from calling Hillary Clinton a bitch, to the KFC special referring to her breasts and thighs and left-wing and all of those other things. That's part of the merchandise of the RNC. We've also seen pre-printed signs saying “Hillary Clinton for prison.” We’ve seen calls from the stage that she ought to be in stripes, that she ought to be locked up. That’s been a chant throughout the convention proceedings thus far. We expect to see more of this tonight. But here's a taste of what it has been like. That part of the convention the last couple days.

Go on! Run to your safe spaces!

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Not Preside Over Democratic National Convention Due To Email Leak UPDATE: She's Stepping Down After The Convention

UPDATE: Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down from her position as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after the convention is over.

---Original Post---

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will no longer preside over the Democratic National Convention after leaked emails showed that the organization discussed ideas over how to weaken Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the primary process. Wasserman Schultz will also no longer speak at the convention.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) was named the new permanent chair of the convention by the DNC Rules Committee.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to "resign, period" and said that the DNC needs a new chairperson:

The Democratic National Convention begins on Monday, July 25, in Philadelphia.

Oof: Reporter Gets Caught Playing Pokemon Go At State Department Briefing

Pokémon Go, the insanely popular mobile app that gained instant fame when it debuted earlier this month, already has a long list of casualties. While trying to catch Pikachu, Jigglypuff and the like, players have been muggedfallen off cliffs, and even run into police cars. Now, the game is responsible for interrupting an important State Department briefing on the United States’ coalition against ISIS.

"You're playing the Pokémon thing right there, aren't you?,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said to a reporter clearly enamored with his phone.

It might have been funny – if Kirby wasn’t in the middle of briefing the press on the Pentagon’s anti-terror efforts. Before the journalist’s interruption, Kirby informed them that the U.S. is committed to “launching international campaigns” and “accelerating global efforts” to combat ISIS’ vast online presence.

“Did you get one?” Kirby later asked the rude reporter, referring to his Pokémon hunt.

No,” the reporter said. “The signal is not very good.”

Only in 2016.

There Are Better Ways To Express Gratitude For Law Enforcement Than What This Illinois GOP Delegate Did

If you’re a delegate at the Republican National Convention, it’s probably good form not to post racist messages on social media. For Lori Gayne of the Illinois delegation, that advice was not heeded and the Illinois GOP promptly revoked her credentials once it was discovered she was the one that used racial slurs when commenting on the security situation in Cleveland (via Chicago Sun-Times):

The executive committee of the Illinois GOP party made the decision regarding Fifth Congressional District delegate Lori Gayne after party officials said she confirmed to them she was the author of the offending post, made under a different name.

[…]

The Republican National Convention welcome party was thrown Sunday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Gayne wrote, over a photo of law enforcement officials on the roof on the iconic building on the Lake Erie shore:

“Our brave snipers just waiting for some “N—- to try something. Love them.”

She used an abbreviation for the racial slur.

[…]

Gayne offered her “deepest apologies” in a statement, saying, “I strongly regret the offensive statements I recently made on social media. While I in no way intended to make racist or threatening statements, I now realize that they could be interpreted that way.

“I have the deepest respect for members of law enforcement and know that they put their lives on the line every day. I made the offensive statements in my attempt to applaud their courage in the face of protests. But I now realize that my statements were ignorant and intolerant, and they cannot be justified.

“The statements do not reflect my character or feelings toward minorities. As a Jewish woman, I know that racism of any kind is unjustifiable and hurtful, even when it’s not intended. I also know that violence is never the answer to political disagreements.

“Not intended”? So, the n-word is not really racist if the person who uses it doesn’t have that intention? This lady isn’t playing with a full-deck. Moreover, being a Jewish woman, she has to know about the rise of anti-Semitism occurring on college campuses and around the world. But, besides that—this was totally inappropriate. There are other ways to express gratitude for law enforcement than saying they’re protecting us from black people.

Alas, the convention is over, but her state party made the right choice. As for the security situation in Cleveland it was very well organized. Nothing really happened regarding violence from protestors at the convention. Metal fences with concrete barriers behind them dotted the event area around the Quicken Loans Arena. There were also thousands of law enforcement officers, with National Guard units embedded with them. Nothing was going to get out of control.

Of Course, The Media Went Nuts Over Melania Trump's Plagiarism Fiasco, But Went Soft On Obama's Trip Up

The Republican National Convention is over, but that didn’t stop the media from going nuts over the plagiarism flap that marred the first night of events. Melania Trump delivered what was a very good speech on the first night of the convention. Yet, there were a couple paragraphs that looked and sounded very familiar. Why? It was because those passages were lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention. Team Trump had tripped up, so the media blood sports began. As Guy noted, to make matters worse, it appears as if the original author of Michelle’s speech was a Clinton speechwriter.

The Big Three (ABC, NBC, and CBS), along with CNN, MSNBC, and Fox devoted 130 minutes of their morning coverage the following Tuesday (July 19) to this unforced error. While the morning coverage could’ve been centered on Patricia Smith’s, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, speech to the convention, where she slammed Clinton, blaming her for her son's death–the focus was about amateur hour in Trump world. The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella crunched the numbers:

The flap over Mrs. Trump's speech swamped all other convention topics, especially on cable. An examination of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel coverage from 7am ET to 9am ET (a time when all six networks are providing live coverage) found 130 minutes devoted to Mrs. Trump's speech, or nearly one third of the available airtime.

CNN's New Day was the most zealous in covering the speech controversy, with 44 minutes, closely followed by MSNBC's Morning Joe, with 41 minutes (statistics are for the 7am to 9am ET hours only, although obviously there was much coverage both before and after those hours).

FNC's Fox & Friends showed more restraint, but still devoted 15 minutes to the story.

At the same time, the news media, specifically the Big Three, was predictably soft when then-Sen. Barack Obama lifted similar passages from speeches given by then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (and in the video, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards) back in 2008:

Eight years ago, however, when a similar flap threatened then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the broadcast networks generated much less coverage — just 14 minutes of airtime, or barely one-fourth what they’ve churned out this week.

[…]

The first network coverage of Obama’s evident plagiarism appeared on Monday, February 18, 2008. Over the next day and a half, CBS produced only 2 minutes, 58 seconds of coverage, or less than one-eighth their total coverage of the Melania Trump flap.

NBC offered a nearly-identical amount of coverage — three minutes, exactly. The February 19, 2008 Today show included a long interview co-host Matt Lauer had conducted with Obama the day before, at the height of the controversy, but Lauer never asked Obama about his plagiarism.

ABC offered the most coverage, but also did the most to excuse Obama’s conduct. “Politicians steal slogans more often than comedians steal jokes,” correspondent David Wright argued on the February 18 World News.

The next morning, ABC’s Good Morning America hosted Governor Patrick for a three-and-a-half minute interview to say how delighted he was that Obama was borrowing his language. “Barack Obama’s candidacy is not only about words, it’s about really great ideas,” Patrick enthused. “I think that is the tremendous power of Barack Obama, and I’m neither surprised nor troubled that he used the words that I asked him to use of my own.”

Now, the MRC isn’t saying that this doesn’t deserve coverage. Of course, it does. What Noyes and Ciandella were noting is the amount of coverage on allegations of plagiarism from the wife of a presidential candidate, whereas an actual one, Obama, was barely scrutinized by the media when he was caught. It couldn’t possibly be because there’s a liberal media bias, right? (I’m being sarcastic of course).

Bonus: Here's Clinton calling him out during the 2008 primaries:

McAuliffe To Circumvent VA Supreme Court Ruling On Felon Voter Rights, Will Issue 200,000 Clemency Grants

Leah wrote abut how the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that would allow convicted felons to vote was unconstitutional. The action promoted legal action from the Virginia Republican Party. The court ruled that McAuliffe had overreached the state’s longstanding law concerning disenfranchisement of voting rights for criminals. Now, McAuliffe has decided to work around the court’s ruling by granting clemency to the 200,000 felons who were targeted in his original executive order (via Think Progress):

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is taking action to restore the voting rights of thousands of ex-offenders in the state after a court decision Friday put them in jeopardy. He’s getting around the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling against him by signing 200,000 individual clemency grants to the state’s ex-offenders to ensure their right to vote in November.

[…]

But just hours after the decision, McAuliffe vowed to push back by signing clemency grants for the state’s ex-offenders one by one.

“The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on,” he wrote. “I remain committed to moving past our Commonwealth’s history of injustice to embrace an honest process for restoring the rights of our citizens, and I believe history and the vast majority of Virginians are on our side.”

The governor is certainly trying to make sure Virginia goes to his pal, Hilary Clinton, come November, huh?

Former KKK Leader David Duke Is Running For Senate

Former KKK leader David Duke is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, he announced Friday.

The one-term Louisiana state representative will be seeking the vacated seat of Republican David Vitter.

On his website, Duke said he was urged to run by “enormous numbers of people [in] his district to run for United States Congress."

"With the country coming apart at the seams and no one willing to really speak the truth about what is happening, the majority population in this country needs someone who will actually give voice to their interests in the face of an increasingly violent hatefest launched by the media and political establishment against them," his website reads.

In addition to being the former head of the notorious white supremacist group, he’s also a convicted felon, serving time in 2002 for tax evasion and mail fraud.

In his effort to win the seat, Duke, a registered Republican, will be on his own, as the Republican Party has said it will not be proving any support whatsoever.

"Louisiana voters will be able to choose from several Republican Senate candidates who will have a great impact on the Bayou State and the future of our country," National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Ward Baker said in a statement. "David Duke is not one of them. He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance."

Exclusive Dinesh D’Souza Interview About New Hillary Book and Movie

Famed bestselling author and documentary filmmaker Dinseh D’Souza sits down exclusively with the Conservative Book Club to discuss his explosive new book and movie, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (published by Regnery).

In the book and movie, he takes down Hillary Clinton once and for all and exposes the real history of the Democratic Party that you don’t ever learn about in American classrooms anymore, including how the Democratic Party was the political party in favor of slavery, segregation, and fought against women’s suffrage and the civil rights bills of the 1960s.  While this information about the Democratic Party has been reported on before, it rarely gets to see the light of day on the massive platform of both book and movie form, with a noteworthy, intelligent, successful, and controversial filmmaker.

CBC Exclusive Podcast Author Interview with Dinesh D’Souza below:

D’Souza was born in Mumbai, India in 1961, and came to America on a Rotary International scholarship and studied at Dartmouth College.  He was one of the first pioneering writers for The Dartmouth Review– one of the first and most influential college conservative newspapers in the country, and went on to work at the Hoover InstituteAmerican Enterprise Institute, and served in the Reagan Administration as a senior policy analyst.

Later, he would become one of the country’s bestselling conservative authors, authoring over a dozen and a half books, including Illiberal EducationRonald ReaganLetters to a Young Conservative, and What’s So Great About Christianity.  He would later write The Roots of Obama’s Rage, and America: Imagine a World Without Her, which would be the basis for two of the top grossing documentaries in history, even beating out Michael Moore’s Sicko and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

“Hillary’s America” movie trailer:

D’Souza has had an incredible influence on millions of Americans and helped them better understand Barack Obama and the progressive Left.  Last year, he paid a dear price for speaking out against the Democratic machine and was put in a confinement center for eight months due to an overblown campaign finance charge – a charge that has never been punished by jail time before.

But we’re glad D’Souza is back and has not lost his combination of great filmmaking and storytelling – as Hillary’s America is based on a true story.  Even William Peter Blatty, the author of the horror film The Exorcist, calls his book “utterly terrifying”!

Learn more about Dinesh D’Souza, his new movie and book at the Conservative Book Club!

Effort To Eliminate Superdelegates Fails; "Compromise" Reached

"Superdelegate" was probably the biggest buzzword of the 2016 election. Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were pretty ticked at how Hillary Clinton received far more superdelegates than their candidate in states where he won an overwhelming majority of the popular vote. 

Some states, like Maine, voted to essentially strip superdelegates of all of their power by tying their vote to the results of the primary. (The Democratic National Committee was not thrilled by this.)

With the Democratic National Convention beginning on Monday, Sanders supporters made one last-ditch effort to eliminate the superdelegate system. While they didn't succeed in their endeavor, there was a "Unity Commission" compromise: Congressmen, governors, and other parties leaders are free to support whoever they want, but other unpledged delegates have to vote for candidates in proportion to the vote they received in the state.

"The Commission shall make specific recommendations providing that Members of Congress, Governors, and distinguished party leaders remain unpledged and free to support their nominee of choice," reads the new rules language, "but that remaining unpledged delegates be required to cast their vote at the Convention for candidates in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state."

According to the new rules, approved by a vote of 158 to 6, Democrats will appoint a unity commission of 21 members "no later than 60 days" after the general election, chaired by Clinton supporter Jennifer O'Malley Dillon and vice-chaired by Sanders supporter and former Communications Workers of America president Larry Cohen. That commission would report by Jan. 1, 2018, and get a vote on its proposals by the next meeting of the Democratic National Committee, long before the 2020 primaries.

Let's see if anything actually changes come 2020--especially in light of those damning leaked emails.

ISIS Takes Credit For Deadly Explosion in Kabul

The Islamic State has taken credit for an explosion on Saturday in Kabul that killed at least 80 people and injured hundreds more. The explosion happened during a protest against a power line attended by mostly Shia Muslims. ISIS is a Sunni group.

The IS-linked Amaq news agency said two fighters "detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shia" in Kabul.

The attack in Deh Mazang square targeted thousands from the Shia Hazara minority who were protesting over a new power line, saying its route bypasses provinces where many of them live.

The Taliban have condemned the attack.

According to Afghani authorities, three men were sent to attack the protest, but only one was successfully able to detonate a bomb.

Bold: Fox News Anchor Asks Obama If New Polling Is an 'Indictment' of His Presidency

President Obama didn’t seem prepared for the tough questions directed at him by Fox News’ Kevin Corke during his joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House on Friday.

Corke, while acknowledging that Obama’s approval ratings were above water, then provided the president with some unflattering polling that reveals over 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

Is that number an “indictment” of his presidency? Corke wondered.

Obama, clearly annoyed, responded by noting these statistics are nothing out of the ordinary.

“Over the last 20 to 30 years you’re going to be hard pressed to find a time when Americans thought we were on the right track,” he said. “It’s not that unusual.”

Corke also asked Obama whether he had watched any of the Republican National Convention coverage, where he said speakers were clearly "appealing to middle class voters."

Obama again pushed back at Corke’s narrative, arguing the journalist was “editorializing” in his questioning, suggesting Republicans are the ones who appeal more to this demographic.

Obama said he didn’t watch the RNC, but read some of the remarks and said he was dismayed by the Republicans' doom and gloom messaging.

This “vision of violence and chaos everywhere doesn’t jibe with the experience of most people,” he insisted.

A president, he said, should not base his or her policy decisions on “fears that have no basis in fact.”

This presser was taking place just as we started to get news about the deadly shooting in Munich.