Oh Boy: Now The Clinton Campaign Has Been Hacked

First it was the DNC, then the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and now the network that is utilized by the Clinton campaign has been hacked. Reuters is reporting the Department of Justice is investigating whether these breaches constitute a national security risk. They added that the hackers, whom U.S. officials determined are Russian, gained access to the entire DCCC network. That’s a treasure trove of campaign memos and opposition research:

The computer network used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The latest attack, which was disclosed to Reuters on Friday, follows reports of two other hacks on the Democratic National Committee and the party’s fundraising committee for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Hackers, whom U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were Russian, gained access to the entire network of the fundraising Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, of DCCC, said people familiar with the matter, detailing the extent of the breach to Reuters for the first time.

Access to the full DCCC network would have given the hackers access to everything from emails to strategy memos and opposition research prepared to support Democratic candidates in campaigns for the House.

Yet, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who spoke at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado this week, said that Americans needed to stop “the hyperventilation over this [DNC hack].” And that we still don’t have firm evidence that Russia’s government directed this cyber breach. Russia has denied the allegations that they were behind the hack, saying that they do not meddle in the elections of other nations. Yet, The Wall Street Journal added that Clapper described Putin as “paranoid,” who would view meddling in our elections as payback for our alleged involvement in their internal political affairs.

Regardless, we shouldn’t be shocked if Trump takes more heat for his remarks that Russia should hack into Clinton’s email to find the 30,000 or so correspondences she deleted for being of a personal nature…according to the former first lady. That act was deemed to be a violation of the Federal Records Act by the State Department Inspector General. Trump said his remarks about hoping that Russia hacks into Clinton’s email was done in a sarcastic demeanor.

Most of the Officers Charged by Marilyn Mosby Are Now Suing Her

Baltimore State Attorney General Marilyn Mosby's attempt to lock up the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has come up short. In a turn of events, she is now the one facing charges.

Last year, after an independent investigation by her office, Mosby announced she was seeking charges against Officers William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Caesar Goodson, Lt. Brian Rice, and Sgt. Alicia White for the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died in their custody in a police transport van. 

Following the acquittals of Nero, Goodson and Rice and the mistrial of Porter, Mosby announced last week she was dropping the remaining charges. Yet, she made it clear that justice was not served. In a press conference, she sounded more like a protester than a state attorney as she shouted that Gray was a victim of police brutality.

After all is said and done, the five of the six officers Mosby sought punishment for are returning the favor by filing a lawsuit against her, alleging she is guilty of defamation, false arrest, false imprisonment and more.

The complaint filed by Porter and White stated that Mosby "made statements for purposes of quelling the riots rather than prosecuting police officers who had committed a crime," and that Mosby "exceeded her authority" and "brought charges against police officers that were wholly unsupported by evidence and probable cause."

The officers, attorney Michael Glass claimed, were "humiliated" by Mosby. As such, she now has to play the role of defendant.

Russian Weightlifting Team Banned From Rio Olympics

Another Russian team won't be going to Rio due to the widespread doping scandal that is plaguing the country's sports teams. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced on Friday that Russia's eight-member team would not be allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics.

The IWF said the ban was necessary to preserve the integrity of the sport.

"The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians, therefore an appropriate sanction was applied in order to preserve the status of the sport," said a statement by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

The IOC opted against a blanket ban of all Russian athletes, instead leaving the decision to the individual sport federations. The only sports that will face complete bans are the athletics (track and field) and weightlifting teams.

Russia is throwing the banned athletes an alternative event in Moscow.

PA GOP: Hey Hillary, The FBI Arrested Pro-ISIS Man A Few Blocks Away From Your Harrisburg Rally

The Pennsylvanian Republican Party was disconcerted with the lack of focus on terrorism at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Now, Hillary Clinton plans on holding a rally at Broad Street Market in Harrisburg, a few blocks from where a man with ISIS ties was arrested last December. Barbara Miller of PennLive reported that the PA GOP plans to hold a press conference on the matter at the party headquarters on State Street later this afternoon:

We believe Mr. Trump is tougher on fighting terrorism, while her career is littered with failed policies regarding terrorism," said Megan Sweeney, GOP spokeswoman.

Sweeney said the GOP isn't implying that the rally location is unsafe.

“The Clinton campaign has not put a major focus on terrorism, and this is something that affected Harrisburg recently," Sweeney said. "What we have seen is terrorism can strike anywhere. But yet the Clinton campaign and the DNC have largely been not discussing it."

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York, will be at the Republican State Committee office at 5 p.m. with other GOP leaders to discuss these issues.

As Cortney noted, the first day of the DNC featured 61 speeches, none of which addressed the threat of ISIS. President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night mentioned ISIS twice; while Clinton barely touched on the threats we face from radical Islam in her address Thursday night. ISIS has struck Europe multiple times—and the continent is already on edge as they also try to deal with the growing Syrian refugee crisis.

Concerning Harrisburg, a man who was arrested for ISIS ties was 19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, who used 57 different Twitter accounts to bolster his extremist activities. He referred to himself as Col. Shami. When the FBI raided his home, a tactical backpack, knife, high-capacity magazine with ammunition, along other materials the agency felt was being used for a planned attack of some sort were found. He was immediately charged on “two counts of attempting to provide material support to terrorists.”

Power Move: Brexit and Trump are Crushing Iran's Economy

Even after Barack Obama decided to lift financial sanctions on Iran in January, the Islamic country is still having a hard time participating in the global economy.  

Recent events around the world, such as Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the rise of Republican nominee Donald Trump, have crippled Western governments from sealing long term financial contracts with Iran.

"Iran will continue to work with small banks, institutions as long as major European banks are reluctant to return to Iran," a senior Iranian official said.

"Fear over Brexit's financial consequences have made Britain and other European countries more careful over their interaction with Iran. Most of them have adopted the policy of watch and see," another senior Iranian official told Reuters.

"The British banks and authorities have a very big problem to deal with and since the vote, they have been less eager about Iran and I can even say almost not interested. Of course, we believe we can still work with British banks and have told them so."

It seems as though Donald Trump and the American people are putting world banks on hold until the night of November 8 when we will all know our fate.  

With Trump's rise and the decision of the British to distance themselves from countries such as Iran who have fundamentally different values, it is no wonder why this election may be one of the most important of all time.  

Local Black Lives Matter Chapter...Endorses Ohio Republican Rob Portman?

Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman just got a rather interesting endorsement, showing the politics sometimes makes for strange bedfellows. A local Black Lives Matter chapter has endorsed Portman over his Democratic rival former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland because he ran the state into the ground (via Politico):

Black Lives Matter of Cuyahoga County is announcing Friday that they are backing the Ohio Republican in his Senate reelection bid, an extremely unusual and notable endorsement from a movement that has been more aligned with Democratic politicians.

The group harshly criticized Democratic challenger Ted Strickland’s management of the state’s finances when he was Ohio governor – saying he “managed to destroy Ohio’s budget and deplete its billion-dollar Rainy Day Fund.”

“In the current atmosphere of identity politics, BLMCC understands that endorsing even a well-qualified Republican such as Portman seems controversial; despite the fact that it was minorities who suffered the brunt of Ted Strickland’s gross financial mismanagement,” the organization’s president, Jeff Mixon, said in a statement Friday.

Portman and Strickland are in a tight race that’s a key one for Republican if they wish to maintain control of the Senate. At the beginning of the year, Strickland was leading Portman between three to six points, but as we’ve entered the summer—the polls have the incumbent Republican. Portman leads by an average of four on RealClearPolitics.


Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Law, Calls It 'Discriminatory'

Another blow has been dealt to the nation's voter ID laws. A week after an appeals court struck down Texas' voter ID law, the Tar Heel State has done the same thing. Voters will not be required to show photo identification when casting in-person ballots, because, the Fourth Circuit argued, it was racist to begin with.

"In holding that the legislature did not enact the challenged provisions with discriminatory intent, the court seems to have missed the forest in carefully surveying the many trees," the panel wrote in its opinion.

The opinion later states: "We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history."

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly, which ABC News noted was conservative, enacted the voter law to the chagrin of the state NAACP and League of Women Voters. Both groups, along with the U.S. Department of Justice sued the state for allowing a law they say violated the Civil Rights Act and the Constitution.

One attorney on Twitter noticed a touch of hypocrisy with the Fourth District Court's decision.

San Diego Police Chief Says Second Officer Expected to Survive

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman updated the press on Friday about the tragic shooting Thursday night that took the life of one of the police officers on her force.

This is a “heart wrenching” situation for officers to go through, Zimmerman said when she opened her remarks. An investigation is underway to seek to find answers to the “senseless murder.”

Fallen officer Jonathan DeGuzman was a 16-year veteran of the police department and a husband and father of two young kids. Sadly, his family is left to mourn.

Zimmerman did offer a bit of good news, however. Although the second officer, Wade Irwin, is still in serious condition, he is expected to survive the attempt on his life.

It is not clear yet, Zimmerman explained, whether this was a vehicle stop or a pedestrian stop. The investigation will determine those details “with certainty.” Nor does her team know whether this was yet another instance of a police ambush.

They do know that the suspect is a Hispanic male adult, currently in custody in critical condition. His identity will not be released until the investigation moves further along.

The investigation is likely to last the next several days, Zimmerman said.

Trump Responds to Hillary Saying He Can't Handle a Tough Election: I Just Beat 16 People and I'm Beating You

Now that each Party convention is over, the general election battle for the White House has officially begun. 

During her DNC convention speech last night in Philadelphia, where she officially accepted her Party's nomination for president, Hillary Clinton said Republican opponent Donald Trump can't handle the "rough-and-tumble" of an election. 

"Ask yourself, do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign," Clinton said.

On Friday morning, Trump responded to her comment with this: 

For this first time this week, Trump has topped Clinton is the Real Clear Politics polling average and is beating her in swing states:

After ISIS Attacks, French Govt. Considering A Ban of Foreign Financing of Mosques

After two horrific attacks by ISIS supporters in less than one month, France is considering banning foreign-financed mosques and requiring that all imams be trained in France.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Le Monde in an interview that this ban would be "indefinite" and is part of the country's expanding counterterrorism efforts. France is also working on improving relations with Islam.

From The Guardian:

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, Valls said he was “open to the idea that – for a period yet to be determined – there should be no financing from abroad for the construction of mosques”.

The prime minister also called for imams to be “trained in France, not elsewhere”.

He said the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, whose portfolio also includes religious affairs, was working on building a new model for France’s relations with Islam.

Interesting, and not entirely unprecedented. Norway has prohibited "countries that do not permit religious freedom" (namely, Saudi Arabia) from financing mosques in the country. Austria passed a similar law in 2015, and Italy is considering a ban as well.

Of course, France could also start by ending the absurd practice of allowing convicted terrorists unsupervised release periods.

Hillary Clinton Suggested Trump Couldn't Be Trusted With The Nuclear Codes, Did She Forget Bill Lost Them?

Hillary Clinton made history by being the first woman nominated by a major party for president of the United States. She delivered a speech that laid out a progressive vision for America’s future, along with assurances that she is the person who will bring certainty and resolve in our foreign policy, especially in the war on terror. It was a brief bit in her speech, but it was said nonetheless. The problem, of course, is that Clinton left our state secrets vulnerable to foreign actors through her private email system that wasn’t approved by the State Department.

Yet, let’s lay off on Hillary’s emails for a bit because she said something interesting last night about Trump. She said that we couldn’t have people near the nuclear codes if they’re easily baited by tweets. A helluva zinger until you find out that Bill lost the nuclear codes while he was president.

Towards the end of his presidency, “the biscuit,” the card containing the nuclear codes, went missing. There are two stories and maybe both are true. ABC News reported back in 2010, that former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Hugh Shelton, wrote a memoir, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, where he states that the codes were missing for months. Yet, there’s this other version that dates back to 1998 from a book written by retired Air Force Col. Robert Patterson:

Shelton claims the story has never been released before, but Ret. Air Force Lt. Col Robert Patterson told a very similar account in his own book, published seven years ago.

Patterson was one of the men who carried the football, and he says it was literally the morning after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke that he made a routine request of the president to present the card so that he could swap it out for an updated version.

"He thought he just placed them upstairs," Patterson recalled. "We called upstairs, we started a search around the White House for the codes, and he finally confessed that he in fact misplaced them. He couldn't recall when he had last seen them."

In Patterson's telling of the story, the President lost the biscuit in 1998, but according to Shelton, the card went missing in 2000.

CNN added that the codes were definitely missing by 2000 when it was time to replace the codes:

Once a month, Defense Department officials conduct an in-person verification to make sure the president has the right codes. At least twice in a row, Shelton writes, a White House aide told the Pentagon checker that the president was in a meeting but gave a verbal assurance that the codes were with him.

Then one month around 2000, according to Shelton, when the time came to replace the codes with a new set, "the president's aide said neither he nor the president had the codes -- they had completely disappeared."

Shelton writes that all this happened likely without Clinton's knowledge.

Yes, even if someone had found the old codes, no launches could be executed without the football. And maybe Clinton didn’t know about it—but this is…extremely careless, no? Usually the president’s aides are the ones who keep "the biscuit" within earshot of the commander-in-chief, so to lose it no only shows said carelessness but also incompetence. How do you lose a piece to one of the most destructive weapons in our arsenal? It’s almost as bad as the story involving former President Jimmy Carter, who sent the nuclear codes to the dry cleaners.

Marc Ambinder, then-contributing editor to The Atlantic, elaborated also in 2010, why losing "the biscuit" presents a total nightmare situation:

So what happens if the President doesn't have his identifier?

The commander in chief of NORAD resorts to the next person the NCA list, the Vice President.

This is a survival mechanism built in during the Cold War, in the event that Washington was decapitated without warning in a nuclear strike. NORAD continues down the list until it finds a capital P-Principle, who provides that identifier and assumes the duties of the Commander in Chief.

Sounds like no big deal, right?

Here's the reality: Losing that identifier card had the potential to create a vast disruption in nuclear command and control procedures.

So Al Gore gets "the call" because Clinton can't properly ID himself. Gore is confused, lives in Washington, knows the President is fine. He tells NORAD to hold while he tracks down the President, who can't verify his own identify anyway. Precious minutes (and I do mean precious, seconds count in the nuke business) are lost while civilian and military leadership sort things out.

And that says nothing of the fact that the President would be in gross violation of his duties by allowing the VP to execute an order that is lawfully the President's to make.

What a mess.

Granted, I’m sure Hillary supporters would shrug and say, “what difference does it make?” That’s precisely wrong—and another reason why the Clintons are a gruesome twosome. Moreover, it shows that Hillary has an appalling lack of self-awareness when she says that Donald Trump is too unstable to be trusted with the codes. Honey, your husband lost them…for months.

Hillary Clinton’s server was kept in her basement, which was an unsanctioned and unsecure location for the transference and collection of such sensitive data. She also said that no classified information was sent through her server—all of which was a lie. She also lied about seeking State Department approval for the system. If she had, officials at State said it would not have been approved.

FBI Director James Comey delivered all but an indictment against the former first lady, who torpedoed her entire narrative behind the server, but also noted that she and her staff were “extremely careless” in handling classified information. The point is that if Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted with keeping state secrets secure, why should we trust her with any foreign endeavor, especially with making sure “the biscuit” is secure? Your other half already lost it.

Ha: Russia Threw Its Banned Athletes Their Own Olympics

In a move reminiscent of the "Friendship Games" attended by Soviet Bloc and Eastern European countries boycotting the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Russia has thrown its banned athletes their own version of the Olympics: The Stars 2016 Tournament. Track and field contests are the majority of events taking place at Stars 2016, and the games will be held in Moscow.

The Stars 2016 Tournament will feature over 100 athletes, including multiple world and Olympic champions.

"About 135 track-and-field athletes are going to compete," Yuri Borzakovsky, the head coach of the Russian athletics squad, told TASS about Stars 2016. "They include Olympic champions and medal holders as well as less renowned athletes forbidden to compete in Rio.

"Pole Vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva will not compete," he added, referring to the two-time Olympic champion who launched a public campaign to have her ban lifted, only to be denied. Current world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, as well as 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov, and 2013 world champion silver medalist triple jumper Ekaterina Koneva are reportedly taking part.

While the majority of Russia's Olympic team escaped a blanket ban from competing in Rio, the track team remains prohibited from international competition amid allegations of a state-run doping ring. Only one Russian track and field athlete, long jumper Darya Klishina (who is based in the U.S. and was able to prove that she is not doping) will be allowed to compete in Rio, albeit as an independent athlete.

Video: Will Hillary's Overtures to Right-Leaning Voters Be Successful?

Following up on my post from last night, I appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss whether the DNC's obvious thematic attempt to reach out and appeal to to disaffected conservatives would prove successful. Color me...skeptical (via Right Sightings):

Concealed Carry Permits Reach All-Time High

There are over 14.5 million Americans that have a concealed carry permit. That’s an all-time high, according to John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center. It’s an increase of 1.73 million this year alone, breaking the previous record of 1.69 million last year. Overall, Lott says there’s been a 215 percent increase in concealed carry permits holders since 2007. 

Women and minorities mostly fuel the surge. In fact, Lott writes in the abstract of his paper that there’s “some evidence suggest[ing] that permit-holding is increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites.”

Lott also added that Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas are states in which one million of their residents are CCW-permit holders. He adds that ten states have a permit holding demographic that constitutes about 10 percent of the respective population, with Indiana being the highest at 15 percent. And, in keeping with national trends, women obtaining permits has increased twice the rate of men between 2012 and 2016. Concerning crime, the CPRC says that between 2007 and 2015, the murder rate fell from 5.6 to 4.7 per 100,000—a 16 percent drop.

The real spike in CCW permits came during the Obama presidency, which also saw a massive spike in sales. Since Barack Obama has taken office, over 100 million firearms have been sold:

…during the eight years from 1999 to 2007, the number of permits increased by about 240,000 annually. During the next four years, the number of permits surged by 850,000 annually. Then, in 2012 and 2013, the yearly increase accelerated to 1,550,000. Then 1,690,000 last year and 1,730,000 this year.

The rapid increase in concealed carry permits is mirrored by a rapid increase in gun sales. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks soared from 11.2 to 23.1 million between 2007 and 2015. Sales in 2016 have grown at an even faster pace.

One thing that Lott does mention is that we have 11 states where permits are no longer required to carry a concealed firearm, so those who are exercising their Second Amendment rights this way could be much higher. In this regard, yes–thanks, Obama. 

Oh, and did I mentioned that CCW holders are insanely law-abiding, like the vast majority of America’s gun owners:

To get an idea of just how law-abiding concealed handgun permit holders are, we need only compare them to police. According to a study in Police Quarterly, police committed an average of 703 crimes per year from 2005 to 2007.8 113 of these involved firearms violations. This is likely to be an underestimate, since not all police crimes receive media coverage. The authors of the study may also have missed some media reports.

So how law-abiding are police? With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers. For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher -- 3,813 per hundred thousand people.

Perhaps police crimes are underreported due to leniency from fellow officers, but the vast crime gap between police and the general populace is really undeniable.

Concealed carry permit holders are even more law-abiding than police. Between October 1, 1987 and June 30, 2015, Florida revoked 9,999 concealed handgun permits for misdemeanors or felonies.9 This is an annual revocation rate of 12.8 permits per 100,000. In 2013 (the last year for which data is available), 158 permit holders were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor – a conviction rate of 22.3 per 100,000.10 Combining the data for Florida and Texas data, we find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers.

Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10 That is just 1/7th of the rate for police officers. But there's no need to focus on Texas and Florida — the data are similar in other states.

Joe Biden To Appear On "Law & Order: SVU"

Vice President Joe Biden will appear in the second episode of the upcoming season of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" to praise character Lieutenant Olivia Benson for her work to end the rape kit testing backlog. Biden will appear on the show as himself.

Show star Ice-T tweeted a picture of Biden on set and how the set was "locked down" by the Secret Service:

The episode will air on September 28 on NBC. Biden previously made a cameo on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

DNC Delegate Demands Chants of 'USA' Be Stopped Because It's a Trump Thing

During the DNC convention in Philadelphia this week, Hillary Clinton was booed by Bernie Sanders supporters, American flags were burned by protestors and a moment of silence for police officers murdered in the line of duty was rudely interrupted by chants of "Black Lives Matter!."

On the floor of the convention Wednesday night, Fox News anchor Shannon Bream reported a delegate yelling at those chanting "USA! USA!" to stop because it's a "Trump chant."

Speeches given by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Marine General John Allen were interrupted, specifically when defeating ISIS was mentioned, by chants of "No more war!" 

To say the least, the Democrat Party has lost its way.

VIDEO: These Bernie Supporters Are Ready To Join The Trump Train

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips was at the DNC this past week, and had the chance to talk to some of Bernie Sanders' most passionate fans. As it turns out, a lot of Sanders fans are quite sympathetic to Donald Trump, and are very concerned with doing whatever it takes to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

Watch the video here:

Sanders received 43 percent of the vote in the primary, and many of these votes were from new voters. If a decent percentage of these disillusioned Sanders voters switch to Donald Trump (or the Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein, or simply stay home entirely), this could be, ahem, yuuuge-ly consequential for the general election.

To be frank, at the end of the day Trump supporters and Bernie supporters are essentially two sides of the same coin. Both are heavily frustrated with the status quo and wish to see drastic changes in the upcoming election. It's hardly a surprise that at least some Sanders supporters are willing to give Trump a chance.

Pence Mocks Hillary for Speech That Put Her Husband to Sleep

As Katie noticed, Bill Clinton couldn't stay awake during his wife's historic speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine even felt the need to try and block the camera from noticing the embarrassing moment.

Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday that would never happen to the GOP nominee's audience.

"Let me assure you, having been on the road with Donald Trump most of this week, there would never be a need for an elbow," Pence said. "I���ve never been around anybody who’s more energetic, more determined, more focused. I mean, Donald Trump’s energy level, his commitment, his devotion to the American people just radiates out of every minute that I’ve been with him. So I can’t imagine it would ever happen, but I’ve got to tell you, I was having a hard time staying awake listening to Hillary Clinton, too." 

It looks like Trump isn't the only one who knows to shell out insults.

Senior Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod: Hillary's Speech....Wasn't Great

CNN analyst David Axelrod, who led President Obama to two White House victories as his senior campaign advisor, admitted last night that Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's DNC convention speech wasn't impressive.

"Giving a speech like this is not her strength. She didn’t give a great speech tonight, she did not give a great speech tonight, but she hit some ground that is very, very valuable to her,” Axelrod said last night on CNN. 

Axelrod continued his remarks by saying she landed some damaging arguments against her Republican rival Donald Trump. 

Be sure to check out Guy's wrap of Clinton's remarks: Charmless Vessel Shouts Acceptance Speech at America

H/T Mediaite

Trump Hits General Who Endorsed Clinton, "Failed Badly in His Fight Against ISIS"

Republican nominee Donald Trump was fired up Friday morning following the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention.  

He went hard after retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen and his failures to defeat ISIS.  

He also went after Michael Bloomberg, who heavily criticized Trump on Wednesday night, by saying that if a New York City election were held today for mayor, Bloomberg would not get ten percent of the vote.

He was also up late last night hitting Hillary Clinton on her speech, and was up early this morning to steal the headlines once again.  

WH: Obama's the First President to Win Two Popular Vote Majorities Since Ike, You Know

Via the Free Beacon, a frivolous but fun historical misfire that illustrates how silly Team Obama's idolatrous "unprecedented!" meme can get.  In an attempt to demonstrate how popular and awesome his boss is, White House spokesman Josh Earnest asserted that Obama is the only president to win consecutive popular vote majorities since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956.  This is wrong.  Ronald Reagan replicated that feat in 1980 and 1984.  When a reporter corrected Earnest on this point, Earnest smugly doubled down:

Back in reality, Reagan carried nearly 52 percent of the popular vote in 1980, beating Jimmy Carter by more than nine percentage points en route to a dominant 489 electoral vote haul. Four years later, Reagan destroyed Walter Mondale by roughly 18 points, winning every state except Minnesota; 525 electoral votes.  Three additional presidents since Ike have scored back-to-back electoral college wins: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  Each man failed to hit the 50-percent-plus-one mark at least once.  Clinton never won a popular vote majority.  Many Democrats are pointing to Obama's relatively high approval ratings as an affirmation of his Oval Office tenure. Critics have attributed that uptick to a 2016 election cycle in which most voters are deeply dissatisfied with their choices, and in which the lame duck president has mostly faded into the background.  What Obama fans don't mention is that his ratings were significantly worse throughout most of his presidency, that the country's right track/wrong track numbers are extremely poor, and that popular backlashes against his unpopular agenda resulted in an historic decimation of Democrats at the state and local level in consecutive midterm elections. 

Blue Lives Matter Founder Has Something to Say to Black Lives Matter Activists Who Disrupted DNC's Moment of Silence

Joe Imperatrice, the Founder and President of Blue Lives Matter, joined “Fox and Friends” to weigh in on the paranoia police are feeling right now when they put on their uniforms.

Officers are “definitely on edge,” he said, and feel like they are being targeted 24 hours a day.

“A lot of guys are paranoid,” he said. “A criminal can look like anybody.”

Car stops are the most dangerous, Imperatrice explained, because the officer approaching the driver doesn’t know what’s inside the car. They could be walking straight into an ambush.

Imperatrice’s remarks come the morning after another tragedy Thursday night in San Diego, where an officer was killed in the line of duty and another was seriously injured. The officers were part of an elite gang suppression unit. Details are still emerging so we do not yet know whether this was another battle in the War on Cops.

The “Fox and Friends” anchors asked Imperatrice to respond to Americans’ new distrust of police.

“Many people feel the need to tell police how to do their job,” he said. “Give us the benefit of the doubt.”

Just “let them do their job,” he added. “Believe in them a little bit.”

Imperatrice also responded to the behavior of the Black Lives Matter activists Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, where they interrupted a moment of silence dedicated to the nation’s fallen officers.

“It’s very disrespectful,” he said, shaking his head. “It’s very hurtful. These are people that lost their lives protecting the community.”

They were doing it to get attention, Imperatrice argued.

"You don’t do something like that.”

Why all the tension between police and civilians?

“It’s about accountability,” Imperatrice said. “No one’s willing to say, 'I’m wrong.'” 

Bill Clinton...Fell Asleep During Hillary's Convention Speech

It's been a long two weeks of convention speeches from Republicans and Democrats. Last night, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton gave the final remarks of the 2016 convention cycle. Her speech was highly anticipated as the campaign attempts to rebrand and reintroduce her to the country. It was also the first speech in history from a woman formally accepting a presidential nomination for a major political party. 

But after giving his own speech about Hillary on Tuesday, where he tried to frame their relationship as a timeless love story, it appears Bill Clinton didn't have much energy left to watch last night and fell asleep. The cameras and Democrat vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine noticed. 

Don't worry Bill, many of us felt the same way and also had trouble staying awake.

Carly Fiorina Tweeted Eight Things That Totally Gutted Hillary’s Acceptance Speech

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination last night, tore into Republican nominee Donald Trump, and pretty much laid out reasons why he was unqualified to be the next president of the United States. One of which was that we couldn’t have a man who can be easily baited by tweets to be near the nuclear codes. That’s fine—a perfectly legitimate litmus test for president. In fact, it’s one of the oldest regarding who do you trust with the nuclear football. Yet, here’s the thing: Clinton left America’s secrets vulnerable to hacking with her private email system that wasn’t approved by the State Department, though she said approval was sought and it was permitted. FBI Director James Comey said Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in handling classified material, of which 110 emails were found to be marked as such on 52 separate emails chains at the time they were sent or received. So, when Clinton said no classified material was sent through her server when she was secretary of state—she lied.

Democrats may all freak out about Trump being near the nuclear codes, but it’s a rather irrational fear. First, let’s stop with the hypothetical that Trump is so unhinged that he would launch nuclear weapons. Second, there’s actual evidence that Clinton could’ve seriously harmed national security with her email arrangement.

So, while Clinton outlined her vision for the future as well during her historic address last night—let’s not forget that American voters don’t trust her. After all, has had been caught in a dead lie. Hence, why the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina thought these were appropriate to tweet:

Ouch. Yet, the message is simple. You can't trust her. 

Trump Reacts to Clinton's 'Insulting' Acceptance Speech

In case you missed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech last night, first take a look at Matt’s summary and Guy’s analysis. Then decide if you agree with GOP nominee Donald Trump’s rapid fire assessment of her speech.  

Trump immediately took to Twitter to hit her on everything from being soft on terror, to jobs and the economy, to her role in the Obama administration, to her cozy relationship with Wall Street, and more. 

"Hillary Clinton’s speech was an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric. She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life," Trump's campaign said in a statement on his website. 

Update: Trump continued Friday morning: