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Correction of the Day: Chelsea Clinton’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ Downgraded

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OOPS! TheHill announced today that Chelsea Clinton was to receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award.Turns out that America’s favorite underachiever is being honored by The Lifetime Channel.

… According to Variety, Clinton is being honored “for her work with Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which empowers kids to develop lifelong healthy habits.”

More than 400 entertainment and media insiders are expected to attend, according to event organizers.

The event will be hosted by “Saturday Night Live” cast member Vanessa Bayer.

— Editor’s note: This story originally stated Chelsea Clinton was to receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” It has been corrected to state that Clinton will receive an “Impact Award” from Variety in partnership with Lifetime. 

—Updated at 2:27 p.m.

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Source: TheHill

 

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BLUNT FORCE: Medical Report Reveals Putin Spokesman Mikhail Lesin’s Head Bashed In

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‘It was just a little tap on the head, nothing serious’. 

A former spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin who co-founded the Kremlin-backed news outlet RT died in a Washington hotel room of blunt force trauma to the head in November, according the office of D.C.’s medical examiner.

The Thursday revelation runs counter to previous reports that Mikhail Lesin‘s November death was due to a heart attack, reigniting accusations that foul play may have been involved.

[Also see – Palace Intrigue: Putin’s Aide Mikhail Lesin Found Dead]

A joint statement from the Washington Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Metropolitan Police Department claimed that Lesin, 59, also suffered “blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities and lower extremities,” which contributed to his death. Read the rest of this entry »


Dems Near Clinton Panic Mode

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Clinton vulnerable, Democrats nearing full-on panic mode

Niall Stanage and Kevin Cirilli write: Democrats are worried that the furor surrounding Hillary Clinton’s private email server will be prolonged and intensified after her sudden move to hand it over to the FBI.

“I’m not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second. At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to get ridiculous.”

— Anonymous Democratic strategist, navigating through early stages of nervous breakdown

The Clinton campaign’s decision to give up the server and a thumb drive containing backup copies of emails left Democrats scratching their heads as to why the former secretary of State had resisted for months turning over the server.

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“Concerned Democrats keep coming back to the same question: Why did the Clinton campaign not simply hand over the private server when the controversy first erupted in March?”

— Democratic strategist, whispering into mobile phone from locked bathroom

Coupled with new polls that suggest Clinton is vulnerable, Democrats are nearing full-on panic mode.

“I’m not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second,” said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to
something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to
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“The culture of secrecy that has surrounded the Clintons — understandably, in some cases — has now yielded a situation where she did something that wasn’t necessary and looks nefarious.”

“Look, this is a classic example of the cover-up being 10 times worse than the so-called crime — though in this case there wasn’t a crime,” said another progressive strategist.

“The culture of secrecy that has surrounded the Clintons — understandably, in some cases — has now yielded a situation where she did something that wasn’t necessary and looks nefarious.”

The former secretary of State remains the odds-on favorite the win the party’s presidential nomination. But the pattern seen in the email controversy — months of stonewalling followed by an eventual concession — has stoked worries about her flaws as a candidate.

“It’s bizarre…Let me give you some simple strategic communications advice: Put everything out first, on your terms. If you wait, or you are forced to do it, you always lose and look bad. … That is exactly what is happening here, and I find it inexplicable.”

— Democratic strategist, trying not to urinate in pants

The slew of unimpressive poll numbers is exacerbating the situation. Some have shown slippage against her main left-wing rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Others have indicated her losing swing states against Republican opponents. Still others have revealed continuing weakness in her ratings on trustworthiness and favorability.

Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic strategist who has worked with Clinton in the past, argued that the general suspicion that the former secretary of State is concealing something is much more damaging than the specifics of panic-hitchcockthe email matter.

“The thing that’s hurt has been losing the ground she’s lost on trustworthiness and honesty. It’s on trust, not on the specifics of emails or anything like that.”

— Joe Trippi

“It’s hard to imagine Americans in the heartland wondering about whether Hillary Clinton gave up an email server or not,” he said. “But [it adds to] this constant battering she’s taking, which is that people don’t trust her. It increases the feeling that something is not being told to them.”

“If Hillary continues to sink in the polls and is beleaguered by all of this stuff, there will be more and more interest in other candidates — including and not limited to Sanders.”

— Democratic strategist, from ledge of tall building

Joe Trippi, who served as campaign manager for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid, concurred.

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“The thing that’s hurt has been losing the ground she’s lost on trustworthiness and honesty. It’s on trust, not on the specifics of emails or anything like that,” he said.

A new Franklin Pierce University poll from New Hampshire on Tuesday showed Clinton losing to Sanders by seven percentage points in the Granite State. Another survey from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), also released Tuesday, indicated Clinton getting the worse of hypothetical match-ups with four separate Republican opponents in the swing state of Iowa, which President Obama won in both 2008 and 2012. Read the rest of this entry »


Editorial Meeting: How to Write a Headline

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‘Ignore the Story, Cover the Pounce’

Noah Rothman on the Media’s Favorite Framing Device: ‘Republican Reaction’ Stories

 


Gun Production Has Doubled Under Obama

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The number of pistols made has nearly tripled during the Obama administration, which could reflect more people turning to firearms for personal protection.

Tim Devaney writes: Gun production has more than doubled over the course of the Obama administration, according to a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“The ATF report confirms what we already know, that Barack Obama deserves the ‘Gun Salesman of the Decade’ award. People have been rushing to buy firearms because they’re afraid that Obama will take away their Second Amendment rights.”

— Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America

The manufacturing boom has come in the face of the president’s push to expand background checks and place new restrictions on guns in the wake of high-profile shootings like the recent mass-killing in Charleston, S.C., and the 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

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Pistols are the most popular type of gun, accounting for 4.4 million of the firearms made in 2013, according to the report. Meanwhile, gun manufacturers produced 3.9 million rifles and 1.2 million shotguns.

The numbers paint a picture of gun owners who are concerned about new restrictions on their Second Amendment rights, activists say.

“President Obama has been relentless in his attacks on the Second Amendment, and it’s not shocking people are frightened and want to protect themselves. He’ll stop at nothing to strip people of their constitutional rights to self-protection.”

— National Rifle Association spokeswoman Jennifer Baker

[See John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws at Amazon]

“The ATF report confirms what we already know, that Barack Obama deserves the ‘Gun Salesman of the Decade’ award,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America. “People have been rushing to buy firearms because they’re afraid that Obama will take away their Second Amendment rights.”

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“President Obama has made it very clear he wants to strip away our gun rights, so people are going out and purchasing more firearms and ammunition.”

— Joe Neville, director of political affairs at the National Association for Gun Rights

The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report tracks the number of guns manufactured in the United State, which provides an indication of gun sales around the country.

“The gun lobby seizes on those fears and uses scare tactics and doomsday rhetoric in order to sell more guns.”

— Mark Prentice, spokesman for Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun safety group run by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords

[Order Emily Miller’s book “Emily Gets Her Gun” from Amazon]

[Also see – Editorial: Americans Seem to Embrace Idea of More Guns, Less Crime]

The number of guns manufactured increased by 18 percent during the George W. Bush administration, while the Clinton administration actually saw a 9 percent reduction. Read the rest of this entry »


BLACKOUT: Planned Parenthood Organ Trafficking Media Silence: ‘I’m Going Dark’

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Okay, to be fair, The Hill did cover it today. Sort of.

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M.Z.Hemingway writes

…While the media usually rush to flood the zone on news stories — for a few weeks our media were obsessed with stories surrounding the Confederate flag, for instance — there has been a stunning blackout on this news story. Six hours after the news broke, here is how major media reported on the expose of Planned Parenthood:

Washington Post:

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New York Times:

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CNN:

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Los Angeles Times:

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Politico:

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ABC News:

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NBC News:

Screen-Shot-2015-07-14-at-1.39.38-PM Read the rest of this entry »


Remember That Ammo Ban? ATF Reconsiders

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The Hill: Asking the Wrong Question

It looks like The Hill made a headline error. 

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Here it is again, with the headline corrected.

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Why is Obama returning to Washington? – TheHill