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Morning Round-Up 7-16

By on 7.16.14 | 10:17AM

Feature of the Day: How Do You Pay For a Drug That Costs $84,000?


Morning Headlines




Associated Press


1. Palestinians Flee After Israel Warning, Airstrikes

2.  Mexico Southern Border Control So Far Just Talk



1. Who's Talking About Impeachment? Barack Obama

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Rove American Crossroads in Mississippi Controversy

By on 7.16.14 | 8:00AM

The headline in the Washington Post on June 4 was clear:

Rove-backed American Crossroads won’t get involved in Cochran runoff

Said the Post story the day after Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel had defeated six-term Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran in the first round of the state’s GOP primary:

American Crossroads, a GOP establishment organization, has decided to shift its political focus almost entirely to the general election and will not be spending money in the likely runoff election to decide the Mississippi Senate nomination that was virtually deadlocked after Tuesday night. […]

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AL Wins Back to Back All-Star Games; Trout Named MVP

By on 7.16.14 | 12:21AM

For the second straight year, the American League won the All-Star Game. The Junior Circuit prevailed 5-3 in the midseason classic which was played at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The AL took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a triple by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and a two-run home run by Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. All three runs were scored of NL starter Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

The NL scored two runs in the second on back to back doubles by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. In the fourth, Lucroy would tie the game at 3-3 on yet another RBI double. 

The AL would take the lead for good in the fifth on a double by Trout and added another run on a sacrifice fly by Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Both runs were scored off Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek who would end up taking the loss.

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A Woman’s Right to Choose

By on 7.15.14 | 5:34PM

In the course of my journalistic wanderings, I met a woman who gave up a dream of becoming a medical researcher to marry a farmer and have ten children. She not only homeschools them all, but also teaches a theological course for local teenagers at her kitchen table. And she enjoys it:

“I didn’t realize just how important motherhood is until I became a mother,” she told me at the Deseret News. “I think motherhood is the answer to changing the world instead of what I thought I was going to do.”

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Tonight’s Two Runoffs

By on 7.15.14 | 4:57PM

After several weeks with little election news, two House primaries are being held today, one in Alabama and one in North Carolina. In both races, the leading candidates failed to reach the necessary vote threshold to avoid a runoff. In Alabama, both State Representative Paul DeMarco and Gary Peters are vying for a seat, while in North Carolina Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker are in contention. Both seats are open as both incumbents retired.


In Alabama, both DeMarco and Peters have long histories in politics. DeMarco has been in the state house for the past nine years. Peters is the founder of the conservative think tank Alabama Policy Institute. Running to replace retiring Congressman Spencer Bachus, both men are making last-second pushes for votes. DeMarco came in the heavy favorite after the primary with 32.7 percent to Palmer’s 19.7 percent. While DeMarco seems to have the advantage, Palmer is trying to consolidate support from his primary opponents’ voters.

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The Dead in Gaza

By on 7.15.14 | 10:44AM

War is hell, not just for the soldiers, but also for those caught in the crossfire, the puppets and victims. The noncombatants of Gaza are bearing the brunt of the violence and bombings of the last week. They are cornered between Hamas, which has not hesitated to use them as human shields, firing rockets from within civilian neighborhoods and buildings, and Israel, which, although it tries to forewarn nonmilitants of attacks, remains relentless in its bombardment of Hamas’s rocket launch sites. The result for the people of Gaza: some 174 dead and thousands of refugees. 

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So Now Professional Wrestling is Racist?

By on 7.14.14 | 10:03PM

Racism is probably the worst thing a person can be accused of in America.

Unfortunately, it is an accusation that is leveled in the most casual manner. It is leveled daily against conservatives who dare to differ from President Obama. It is leveled against comedy shows for not having black female cast members. It is now being leveled against World Wrestling Entertainment because, among other things, black wrestlers are losing too many matches. I kid you not. 

Yet this is the argument by Dion Beary in an article in The Atlantic. But here is the claim Beary made that drew my attention. Beary writes, "In its 62 year history, WWE has never chosen a black wrestler to hold its world championship."


So how does Beary address the championship reigns of Mark Henry and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson?


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What Women Want

By on 7.14.14 | 5:20PM

July 14, according to the United Nations, is Malala Day, referring to the birthday of the Pakistani "girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban."

Malala Yousafzai celebrated her seventeenth birthday by visiting the families of the kidnapped girls from Nigeria. She wrote in the Washington Post that they and other girls worldwide are her "sisters," in need of her help:

I know education is what separates a girl who is trapped in a cycle of poverty, fear and violence from one with a chance at a better future. During my school holidays, I traveled to help my sisters through my organization, the Malala Fund. I have visited refugee camps in Jordan, spent time with girls facing poverty in Kenya, and even been to New York City, where girls face bullying and violence.

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Bergdahl Rewarded With a Desk Job

By on 7.14.14 | 4:29PM

So Bowe Bergdahl deserts his post and is rewarded with a desk job at Fort Sam Houston?

It's true that the Army's investigation isn't expected to be concluded until next month and it's possible he could face disciplinary action. But, as I have argued previously, given how the military downplayed his desertion from the outset I doubt he will receive any reprimand at all. If the results of the investigation are released in August when most people are in vacation mode leads me to believe the military wants this thing to go away as quietly as possible.

Giving Bergdahl a desk job as if nothing happened is a slap in the face to every soldier in his unit, especially those who died looking for him. It also sends a message there are no consequences for desertion. How can military morale much less discipline be maintained under these circumstances?

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Holder Sings The Same Old One Note Song

By on 7.14.14 | 3:17PM

During an interview with ABC, Attorney General Eric Holder said that conservative criticism of him and President Obama was partially driven by "racial animus."

Holder is singing the same old one note song. It is not first time Holder has made such assertions. During the height of the Fast & Furious scandal in December 2011, Holder also complained that criticism of him and Obama was racially motivated. Holder said, "This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact we're both African-American."

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