Monday, August 3, 2015

‘Criminal Referral’ Smear: What Trey Gowdy Knew — And When He Knew It

Suspicion grows that the leaks behind the bungled New York Times “criminal referral” story came from the Republican side of the House Select Committee on Benghazi chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). First Times public editor Margaret Sullivan hinted that the original “tip” came from “Capitol Hill.” Over the weekend, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking Democrat on the select committee, revealed proof that Gowdy knew of the (utterly non-criminal) referrals by the inspectors general for the intelligence community and the State Department to the Justice Department, in advance.

Criticizing the stumbling scramble to publish without checking what turned out to be inaccurate information, Cummings complained in an article on the Huffington Post of “a series of inaccurate, partisan leaks designed to attack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.…

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Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m Proud To Stand With Planned Parenthood’

Hillary Clinton is entering the current political fray regarding Planned Parenthood — coming down solidly on the side of the family planning and reproductive rights organization, and against the push by Republican presidential candidates and an anti-abortion group to take it down.

“If this feels like a full-on assault on women’s health — that’s because it is,” Clinton said in a video posted by her campaign Monday. “When politicians talk about ‘defunding Planned Parenthood,’ they’re talking about blocking millions of women, men, and young people from life-saving preventive care: cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control. They’re talking about cutting people off from the health care provider they know and trust.”

Clinton also directly criticized three Republican presidential candidates by name: Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, and Scott Walker, for seeking to shut down access to legal abortion.…

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Obama Lays Out New Climate-Change Plan

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared his new carbon plan “the single most important step” the country can take to fight global climate change as he tried Monday to anticipate and rebut arguments from critics about harm his vision could do to American business.

Speaking in personal terms about his days at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Obama recalled the smog that made it hard to breathe when he went out for a run and the people who had to stay inside on especially bad days.

“You fast-forward 30, 40 years later, and we solved those problems,” he said.…

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