Thursday, July 28, 2016

MacLean: Democrats blame conservative resistance for country's problems, not Obama's policies

Pennsylvania poll: Clinton up by 9 points

The Hill

Can YouTube predict the election? Interactive map reveals most watched candidates in every state - and Donald Trump tops the chart with over a million having watched a tour of his private jet

The Daily Mail

These vendors at the Democratic convention don't see much enthusiasm for Clinton

Jonathan Chait (Democrat Party- Operative With Byline) : Hillary Clinton Is Running Not Just As the Democrat But As the Candidate of Democracy Itself


New York reports:
Since the start of the Reagan era, American politics has revolved around a war over the role of government in the economy. The Republican Party is set apart from major conservative parties across the world in its intensely ideological rejection of the state. And, despite his past rhetorical inconsistency, Donald Trump has faithfully adopted those positions. Yet that war has been largely absent not only from the rhetoric in Cleveland, which revolved around nationalism and identity, but in Philadelphia, too. The Democratic speakers have almost entirely ignored Trump’s proposals to deregulate carbon pollution and the finance industry, lavish tax cuts on the very rich, and snatch health insurance from 20 million people. This is not because Democrats lack the confidence in their ability to win an election centered on these issues. (They did it in 2012.) It is because they have chosen to reframe the election as a contest over the much larger question of the sanctity of American democracy.
The burdens of being members of the Democrat party

Government Agency Spent Millions on Public Relations Campaign to Improve Image

The Daily Signal reports:

Top officials at the Government National Mortgage Association spent $3.9 million on a public relations campaign designed to create positive images for themselves, including a magazine piece on how one of them avoided obesity.

Spending tax dollars to polish an individual employee’s image isn’t allowed under Federal Acquisition Regulations, the Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general said in a report released Tuesday. The association—which is popularly known as “Ginnie Mae”—is part of HUD.

“The majority of the charges related to Ginnie Mae’s president, Theodore W. Tozer, and its former executive vice president, Mary K. Kinney,” the inspector general said. “This activity did not clearly meet the [rules] for allowable public relations and advertising costs.”

The inspector general added emphasis, saying, “Ginnie Mae guarantees mortgage-backed securities of government-insured loans. These securities are issued by approved private lending institutions … Therefore, media outreach initiatives to promote members of its senior staff, particularly articles that do not pertain specifically to the work of Ginnie Mae, may not have been reasonable or necessary.”
Progressives only care denigrate the private sector when it comes to advertising.

San Jose Mercury News Editorial : Freedom of religion isn't a get out of jail free card

The San Jose Mercury News has an editorial attacking traditional Christian morality. Some people believe the state is a jealous God on earth.

Friendly 'delivery robots' may be coming to Austin to live and work

Fox News

Economics of the Stateless Society | Robert P. Murphy

Large investors make the full exit: Big rental investors like Blackstone are now selling properties to current renters.


Dr. Housing Bubble

Social Justice Warriors: Who They Are, and How to Deal With Them

Progressive leader says left is turning on Obamacare as costs soar


The Washington Times

Conservatives Stunned By How Much They Liked Obama's DNC Speech

TPM

The US homeownership rate fell to 62.9% last quarter, matching the all-time low from 1965, when records began

Barack Obama calls all this: progress.

Michigan State students fight to keep women-only study lounge

MLive

Chicago Property taxes jump, and jaws drop

Crain's Chicago Business reports:
The property tax bill on Jeff and Roberta Price's Lincoln Park home was about $400 in 1977, the first year they lived there. It's been going up ever since but rarely with the jolt of this year's 63 percent increase.

The increase, from $8,652 to $14,104, has the couple re-considering their plan to retire in the Kenmore Avenue home, where they raised their kids. They're looking at homes in Indiana "as a backup plan" for the time when Roberta retires in a few years, said Jeff, who is already retired.

"We have lived in our home for almost 39 years with the hope that we could remain here in our golden years," Jeff Price said. The increase in their tax bill amounts to about $454 a month, an amount that they can squeak out, he said, but he's aware that for homeowners who struggle financially, it won't be easy.

"I don't know how anyone can plan their life with these unconscionable increases," Price said.
Chicago progressives claim that people who complain about higher taxes are selfish. No word yet on this story from Barack Obama, Dick Durbin, or Dick Durbin's wife the lobbyist.

Hillary’s Philly speech agenda

The American Thinker on Hillary's agenda.

How the refugee crisis turned waiters into goatherds on the Greek islands


The Washington Post

Misery of the flat-sharing divorced dads: Middle-aged. Separated from the kids. Still paying the mortgage. And, oh yes, having to share a bathroom with other blokes

The Daily Mail reports:
Paul Adams, 42, runs an entertainment business and is forced to live in a house with other divorced dads as he still pays his ex-wife's mortgage, meaning he can't afford his own place. That means he misses out on spending time with his daughter Devon
A sad situation.

As fed-up customers unplug, cable companies say they’re listening to you now. Really

The Sacramento Bee reports:
More than 2 million customers have fled from cable and satellite over the past three years, according to research firm SNL Kagan, and the pace has been accelerating.

The trend.

Office workers must exercise for an hour a day to counter death risk

The Telegraph

Bernie supporters scarf down beans ahead of ‘fart-in’ protest


The New York Post

The Higher Wages Problem : Starbucks baristas say lines are getting longer for one troubling reason

The Business Insider reports:
Starbucks baristas say that the company is cutting hours — and consumers are paying the price.

Workers around the country are complaining that the chain's streamlined scheduling system is giving them fewer hours than they would normally receive, reports Venessa Wong at BuzzFeed Business.

"The change came with no warning or explanation from executives; some staff say their schedules were cut in advance, while others have been sent home during their shifts," Wong writes. "Many have taken to social media to complain, with some threatening to quit."

The alleged changes come at a time when Starbucks is adding new food and beverages to the menu. Baristas told BuzzFeed that having fewer people on the schedule means longer wait times.
The demand for labor.

NYC is still missing 7,800 finance jobs compared to 2007.

Leon Panetta interrupted by chants of 'no more wars' and 'lies' during DNC speech

Obama boosts Clinton: Carry her like you carried me

AP

Obama DNC promo video takes shot at Rahm Emanuel for trying to kill Obamacare

WikiLeaks releases hacked DNC voicemail

Wikileaks reports:
Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finanace Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.
Imagine that.

Trump campaign dismisses Dem attacks as ‘night of empty rhetoric’

The Hill reports:
Donald Trump’s campaign dismissed a night-long offensive from top Democrats at the party’s national convention as “empty rhetoric” and accused President Obama and others of being delusional about the state of the country.

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, speaker after speaker, all the way up to Obama, took to the stage to denounce Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, as a demagogue and a fraud while pushing back against his grim warnings about the state of the nation.

Trump’s senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, fired back in a late-night statement, saying the party had obsessed over Trump and “offered no solutions.”
Fear.

The labor market has “strengthened,” the Fed said, a brighter sentiment than the FOMC’s assessment six weeks ago

These Are The Two Companies That Might Land Clinton’s Foundation In Big Legal Trouble

The Daily Caller reports:
News recently broke that Hillary Clinton’s foundation is under IRS investigation, and at least part of that investigation centers on two companies.

House Republicans reported that Laureate Education and Uranium One have payed out (in the tens of millions) to the Clinton Foundation and in return have received legitimate government benefits


Imagine that.

Vice President Joe Biden's DNC speech transcript

Vox

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