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Clinton Emails Missing Two Months, But Have Plenty of Classified Information Otherwise

By on 7.30.15 | 3:53PM

The State Department has been busy releasing Hillary's emails, and while they contain a lot of notable insights into her personal development - including, but not limited to, her learning process for fax machines - they are missing some key details from the summer of 2012

Although they may yet come out, as the State Department turns up the faucet on releases, all emails for May and June of 2012 are missing from the cache. They also haven't been submitted to the Benghazi committee, although records show that Libya was facing a spate of sectarian violence throughout the summer that year, leading up to the eventual Benghazi attack. Even though there were at least three separate terrorist incidents over the course of that summer, any mention of those incidents has been scrubbed from the collection (along with basically everything else). Also missing? Emails having to do with Huma Abedin's side job, which she started in the spring of 2012, but which is still a mystery to investigators (along with basically everyone else).

Price Is Right for Toronto

By on 7.30.15 | 2:51PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have done it again.

After landing shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies a couple of days ago, the Jays have now added 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price, giving the team a bona fide ace. In exchange for Price, the Jays sent the Detroit Tigers three left-handed pitching prospects — Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

In 2015, Price is 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA having fanned 138 batters in 146 innings pitched. Price, of course, began his career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the number one pick in the 2007 MLB Draft. He came to the majors the following year when the Rays shocked the world and won the AL pennant. Price finished runner up in the AL Cy Young balloting in 2010 to Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners before winning the Cy Young in 2012.

Indians Trade Brandon Moss to St. Louis for a Prospect Named Kaminsky

By on 7.30.15 | 11:44AM

The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league lefthander Rob Kaminsky.

Could there be any relation to our own Ross Kaminsky?

The Cardinals had an urgent need to add an outfielder after Matt Holliday reinjured his right quad while running down to first base in last night’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The injury had forced Holliday to miss the All-Star Game to which he was elected to start.

Although Moss was only hitting .217 with the Tribe this season, he does have 15 HR and 50 RBI. Moss, 31, was acquired in an off-season trade with the Oakland A’s last December. Moss bounced around with the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies before finally putting it together with the A’s in 2012. Moss has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the past three seasons and is very likely to reach that number again in 2015.

Hillary Clinton Shuts Down Bergdorfs for Pricey Haircut

By on 7.30.15 | 11:19AM

Obviously no one who values their appearance as much as Hillary Clinton is going to get anything less than the best haircut money can buy. After all, every time she's been left to her own devices, doing her own hair, she's gone with accessorizing for convenience over styling for television. In her long and arduous battle with her locks, we've seen her employ everything from a padded headband to a butterfly clip to a scrunchie, a full two decades after the last scrunchie had ever been seen in the wild. 

If the woman wants to get a $600 haircut (and $600 color!), maybe we're all just better for it. Except maybe for the people who do her "middle class" messaging.

Hillary Clinton put part of Bergdorf Goodman on lockdown on Friday to get a $600 haircut at the swanky John Barrett Salon.

Clinton, with a huge entourage in tow, was spotted being ushered through a side entrance of the Fifth Avenue store on Friday.

Planned Parenthood Tries to Shut Down Video Releases, CMP Releases Video #4 Anyway

By on 7.30.15 | 11:06AM

Last night, a court in California issued an emergency order barring the release of further Center for Medical Progress videos showing Planned Parenthood employees negotiating to provide baby parts to research facilities. StemExpress, the fetal stem cell research company, called for the order after discovering that they were part of one of CMP's "sting operation," having had lunch with what they now realize were CMP employees sometime last May. It remains to be seen whether CMP has done anything illegal (I doubt it), but I suppose it's possible StemExpress could suffer irreparable harm from the video broadcast — depending on what StemExpress said in the video. 

Must have been pretty bad

Stephen Harper Should Begin Canada’s Election Campaign After Labor Day

By on 7.30.15 | 10:21AM

The CBC is reporting that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call upon Governor General David Johnston to dissolve parliament either on Sunday or Monday to schedule an election for October 19. Harper’s Conservative government has been in power since 2006 and gained a majority in the House of Commons in the last election in 2011.

Rangers Win The Cole Hamels Sweepstakes (Unless Ruben Amaro, Jr. Says There’s No Deal)

By on 7.29.15 | 11:42PM

The Texas Rangers appear to have won the Cole Hamels sweepstakes. What with Mets GM Sandy Alderson putting the kibosh on the Carlos Gomez-Zack Wheeler deal maybe Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. might be put into the same position.

If that's not the case then Hamels along with lefty relief specialist Jake Diekman are going to the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Matt Harrison and five minor leaguers. Although the Rangers are 48-52 they are only four games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot. But since Hamels is under contract through 2018, the Rangers aren't necessarily acquiring Hamels for this year. When Yu Darvish returns in 2016, he and Hamels will be quite the one-two punch at the top of the Rangers' rotation.

Carlos Gomez Returns to the Mets -UPDATE: Mets GM Alderson Says No Deal

By on 7.29.15 | 9:41PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded outfielder Carlos Gomez to the New York Mets in exchange for infielder Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zack Wheeler.

The trade returns Gomez to the organization where he began his professional career. The Mets signed the Dominican born Gomez at the age of 16 in 2002. Gomez made his MLB debut with the Mets in 2007 (the year when the team blew a 7 game lead with two weeks left in the season and ceded the NL East to the Philadelphia Phillies). The Mets would trade Gomez to the Minnesota Twins prior to the 2008 season in the Johan Santana deal. Gomez did not live up to expectations in Minnesota and they would deal him to the Brewers prior to the 2010 season for shortstop J.J. Hardy who is now with the Baltimore Orioles.

Meadows Challenges Boehner…Maybe

By on 7.29.15 | 5:06PM

Apparently, we're on this merry-go-round again.

It's the Senate that's causing all the trouble, but the House has decided it can't fathom not being the center of bad attention. As a showdown nears over the Export-Import bank and its connection to highway refinancing, Rep. Mark Meadows has filed a really out-of-place motion calling for ousting Speaker Boehner, even though pretty much no one but Mark Meadows thinks it's a good idea.

Oh well. Regardless, here we go again

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows had heard from leading conservatives that trying to oust Speaker John Boehner right now was a bad idea.

Obama Designates Three New National Monuments

By on 7.29.15 | 4:58PM

Over the objections of many local, state and federal legislators from the affected areas, in early July, President Barack Obama designated new national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas. 

The designation of more than 1,000,000 acres of public lands as national monuments, foreclosed previously allowed commercial and recreational activities of those lands, leading some Republicans and local officials to accuse Obama of a backdoor land grab ignoring the interests of local residents. 

Obama’s designation of Nevada’s Basin and Range site as a national monument was seen as a going away present to retiring Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who had been seeking monument status for the area for years. Obama also set aside more than 330,000 acres as the Berryessa Snow Mountain Monument in Northern California. In addition, the President established the Waco Mammoth National Monument, a comparatively small site in central Texas, where archaeologists have discovered remains of 24 Columbian Mammoths as well as the remains of other ancient species including the saber-toothed cat, dwarf antelope and the western camel.

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