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

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

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

This is the first sentence in Newsweek’s story:

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

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

(h/t Twitchy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bird said ‘we all were called.’

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

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Media chasing Hillary

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Quiz: What are these “journalist” chasing down?

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

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

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

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    If you like your revolution, you can

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

    John Kerry agrees:

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

    — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) April 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The wind-up:

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

    — Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) April 13, 2015

    And the pitch, two days later:

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

    — Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) April 14, 2015

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

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    **Written by Doug Powers

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

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

    — Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 13, 2015

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

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

    — Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    — Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) April 9, 2015

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

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

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

    And they ran with it!

    This memo was sent out Friday:

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    How many weekend plans did this put a crimp on?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Russian hackers got into WH computer system, but Hillary’s server was probably totally secure

    Mon, 04/20/2015 - 21:35

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Just to be safe, better deploy Drebin for this one:

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    Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server registered to her home address that was left unencrypted for the first three months of her tenure at State has been called “a counterintelligence disaster of truly epic proportions” (actually, “disaster of epic proportions” might end up being displayed on the archway leading into Obama’s presidential library some day).

    Whether these hacks of the White House are somehow related somehow to Hillary’s server will be ascertained when her homebrew WOPR is allowed to be examined, which will be on the twelfth of never:

    Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.

    While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president’s schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say.

    The White House in October said it noticed suspicious activity in the unclassified network that serves the executive office of the president. The system has been shut down periodically to allow for security upgrades.

    The president’s schedule was accessed, but luckily there was no security threat as hackers were unable to decipher the golf course code names used by Obama’s elite links advance unit Caddie Team Six.

    Forensics experts will check to see how badly Hillary’s server was compromised as soon as they can retrieve it from the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

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    Dueling Headlines: CIA director vs. Obama on the Iran nuke deal

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    **Written by Doug Powers

    These are actually “dueling tweets” instead of headlines, but I’ve moved the red line on the strict definition to allow for it.

    Here’s the wind-up, as relayed by the State Department’s spokesgoalie Marie Harf quoting CIA Director John Brennan:

    RT @JFKJrForum "Those that say this deal provides a pathway to Iran developing a nuclear bomb are being wholly disingenuous." -John Brennan

    — Marie Harf (@marieharf) April 8, 2015

    And the pitch, as relayed by, well, me:

    .@marieharf @JFKJrForum Oh, okay… pic.twitter.com/215pJTGAfz

    — Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) April 8, 2015

    Of course, Brennan thinks a 20 percent Gitmo recidivism rate isn’t all that bad

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    The Crusade continues: Obama defers criticism of ‘less than loving Christians’ for another day

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    **Written by Doug Powers

    A few days ago we heard about this horror:

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    The White House’s statement didn’t even mention that Christians were singled out in the Kenya attack.

    However, at an Easter prayer breakfast this morning, Obama showed that he isn’t afraid to criticize members a particular religion — under the proper circumstances:

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    Crusades speech redux:

    President Obama used an Easter breakfast at the White House Tuesday to call out what he viewed as unbecoming comments by fellow members of the Christian community.

    “On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I’m supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned,” the president said to a gathering of Christian leaders. “But that’s a topic for another day.”

    Obama appeared to go off script in that exchange. He did not allude to whom he was referring.

    By reserving the full lecture “for another day” I assume Obama might be saving that for his Christmas address.

    Always nice to be lectured about the tenets of Christianity by the person who said “God bless you” to Planned Parenthood.

    (h/t Twitchy)

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    President who made a deal allowing Iran to pursue nukes warns of health threat posed by climate change

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    Sounding the alarm about “climate change” or any of its dozen other seasonably interchangeable names hasn’t been causing enough panic for the public to support the desired transfer of wealth to fight the “problem,” so President Obama is making it more personal: Global warming has taken out a hit on you:

    President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

    Obama on Tuesday was to announce a series of steps that private entities like Google and Microsoft are taking to better prepare the nation’s health systems for the inevitable effects of a warmer, more erratic climate. He was to be joined at Howard University Medical School by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy.

    Warning of the perils to the planet has gotten the president only so far; polls consistently show the public is skeptical that the steps Obama has taken to curb pollution are worth the cost to the economy. So Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on ways that climate change will have real impacts on the body, like more asthma attacks, allergic reactions and injuries from extreme weather.

    “It’s not just the air we breathe — climate change is leading to more heat-related deaths,” Obama senior adviser Brian Deese told reporters in a conference call previewing the announcement.

    “The challenges we face are real and they are clear and present in people’s daily lives.”

    Google and Microsoft are going to help “prepare the nation’s health systems”? Is anybody looking forward to health care falling more under the control of the people who brought us Windows 8 and the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button?

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    Hillary 2016 leases office space; Vagabond volunteers continue to seek shelter in NYC

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    **Written by Doug Powers

    Hillary Clinton has leased space in a Brooklyn building for her campaign headquarters, but from the sound of things the paying jobs on Hillary 2016 are reserved for those who are melting her email server in a furnace at the Clinton Foundation and select members of the MSM who are bearing her golden palanquin — the rest are on their own:

    The new digs, however, couldn’t come soon enough for the roughly 35 staff members who have been based in New York — most of them volunteers with vagabond lifestyles.

    During the day, they’ve clamored for whatever work space is available, especially because Clinton’s small personal office in Midtown Manhattan isn’t big enough for more than 20 people.

    At night, most of the younger staff members are transients in the big city, staying on the couches of relatives, buddies and exes in Brooklyn and Manhattan, while preparations are being made for salaries, campaign-issued cellphones and apartments for the next 18 months.

    “I’m sleeping on my brother’s couch and working out of Starbucks,” says one soon-to-be Clinton staffer who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on behalf of a campaign that doesn’t yet exist.

    Hillary’s telling her staff it’s part of “Fun Camp” so they’re fine with it.

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    Somewhat unrelated, but this cracked me up the other day:

    Abusive payday lenders take advantage of families trying to get ahead. Glad to see @BarackObama & @CFPB take a stand. http://t.co/7CALMIwGzi

    — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 28, 2015

    Yep, the former legal counsel to Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan is criticizing questionable lending practices. Gold!

    It’s going to be a hilarious election season.

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    Naturally: Iran eyes nukes; Kerry eyes Nobel Peace Prize

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    Only in certain offices in Oslo where portraits of Jimmy Carter are a hot commodity and various rooms in the White House and at the State Department could offering the Iranians a pathway to developing nukes be considered Peace Prize-worthy, but John Kerry will at the very least be under serious consideration after he strikes a deal with the regime that continues to lead chants of “death to America”:

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    Well of course Kerry will be up for a Nobel:

    John Kerry did not start the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. But nobody has thrown himself more into the talks and nobody’s reputation has more riding on their outcome than the American secretary of State currently trying to hammer out a deal in Switzerland.
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    “If these talks succeed, that is going to be his legacy,” says Kenneth M. Pollack, a former Iran-Iraq analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and a senior staffer on President Clinton’s National Security Council overseeing policy toward Iraq and Iran. “It would be an historic accord.” As controversial as it would be in the United States and Israel and some Sunni Arab states, “everywhere else in the world, this is considered an unmitigated good.”

    If a deal is reached and Iran’s nuclear program is blocked, Pollack added, “I think Kerry will get an enormous amount of credit for pulling it off. He will be in line for a Nobel Peace Prize. … He could go down in history books as being a monumentally important character, like Jimmy Carter with Camp David.”

    But, Pollack stressed, there is a flip side: “He could go down as Neville Chamberlain at Munich. Both are possible here.”

    Put me down for $20 on the “Chamberlain” option, though that comparison might not be fair to Neville because even the Munich Agreement didn’t have “death to England” scribbled on the back.

    Team Obama loves deals like the one that will be announced with Iran. There will be a deal, no matter how long it takes, how many deadlines and red lines have to be disregarded, or how much capitulation is required — there has to be a deal. Obama’s legacy demands it. The reaching of a deal itself will be billed as the success, not what the deal consists of. We might not know whatever deal is made is a colossal failure until there’s a mushroom cloud over Tel Aviv or New York, but the Peace Prize will already be resting on Kerry’s mantel by then.

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    Big surprise! Guess who made Harry Reid lie about Romney’s taxes in 2012

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    During the 2012 campaign, Harry Reid claimed on multiple occasions that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes for a decade. Reid seems proud to this day of the contribution his lie might have made to Obama’s re-election:

    …the clip above shows Reid, in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, not only refusing to apologize for the claim but defending it — in a very weird way.

    “Romney didn’t win, did he?” Reid said in response to Bash’s question of whether he regretted what he had said about Romney.

    Reid said that nobody else was standing up to the Koch brothers, so he had to lie about Romney. What a guy!

    Reid’s statement is just one example of the Dem mindset about any of their lies. “If you like your plan you can keep it” wasn’t true, but they won didn’t they?

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