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NPR Caught Cancelling Interview with Congressman Due to Efforts Against Iran Deal

After they previously denied.  From the story:  An Associated Press story Friday reported that NPR accepted $100,000 from a a White House-allied pro-Iran deal organization called the Ploughshares Fund in order to fund “national security reporting that emphasizes the themes of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and budgets [and] Iran’s nuclear program…” Ostensibly, NPR policy did not allow that grant to slant coverage, but the arrangement received renewed scrutiny after Obama national security advisor Ben Rhodes named the organization as one of the tools the administration used to echo their talking points (Mediaite).  Turns out, there’s more to the secret history of the Iran deal (Bloomberg).

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White House Keeps Advisor from Testifying on Iran

From the story:  Obama adviser Ben Rhodes will not be allowed to testify before House lawmakers on the Iran nuclear deal, after a last-ditch attempt by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz to pry the controversial aide loose for the hearing.  Chaffetz and the White House have been engaged in an escalating feud, all on the heels of a New York Times Magazine piece where Rhodes was quoted boasting about the administration’s success in crafting a public narrative for the Iran deal. The profile on Rhodes quotes him saying they built an “echo chamber” of experts who sold that narrative to young, often inexperienced reporters (Fox News).  Senators want him fired (Free Beacon).  According to another story, “A senior Iranian military commander claimed that U.S. officials are quietly encouraging the Islamic Republic to keep its illicit ballistic missile tests a secret so as not to raise concerns in the region, according to Persian language comments” (Free Beacon).

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Report: Some Republicans Seek Third Party Candidate

While the New York Times claims conservatives “appear ready to coalesce around the party’s presumptive nominee” (NY Times) another story claims “Efforts to draft a third-party candidate are under way and while no possible contender has agreed, several are open to being approached, CBS News has learned” (CBS News).  Mark Cuban says Republicans are trying to lure him into running as a third party candidate (Fox News).  RNC Chair Reince Priebus is working to avoid a third party run (Fox News).  David Horowitz is joining him (Breitbart).

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Target Blasts Boycotting Customers, Compares Them to Racists

In a shocking statement, the CEO said the opposition to men in women’s restrooms is similar to those opposing black models. “We took a stance and we are going to continue to embrace our belief of diversity and inclusion,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said. “We are also going to make sure our commitment to safety is unwavering.”

San Francisco Chronicle

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Obama Administration to Pressure All Public Schools to Abide by Left-Wing Bathroom Policy

From the story:  The Obama administration will send a letter to every public school district in the country telling them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity as opposed to their birth certificate (Fox News).  From another story:  It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid (NY Times).  Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, the state Senate passed a law that allows men to use women’s changing rooms or locker rooms (Boston Globe).

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North Carolina Files Lawsuit Against Justice Department

And the Justice Department filed a lawsuit right back.  The North Carolina suit said “This is an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the Courts” (Fox News). Audio of Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s attack on North Carolina (SONNetwork).  From Jane Robbins:  Thus unfolds another chapter in the Left’s war on reality. Reality is that (except in extraordinarily rare cases) human beings are either one sex or the other. Reality is that the vast majority of members of each sex do not want to engage in private functions in front of members of the opposite sex. Reality is that opening private spaces to men who think they are women will also open them to men who are simply predators.  Reality is that powerful people have lost their minds. Hurray for Governor McCrory (The Pulse).  Michael Brown takes on Loretta Lynch’s assertion that transgender is the new black (Townhall).  From David French:  In its zeal to advance the sexual revolution, the Obama administration has defied the will of Congress, unilaterally rewritten federal law without even bothering to go through a statutory rulemaking process, and now seeks to bring a sovereign state to heel through a combination of threats and lawsuits (National Review).

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Hillary Targets GOP, Trump Targets Democrats

While Hillary sees opportunity in those Republicans who are troubled by Trump (CBS News) Trump believes some of Sanders’ voters may swing his way (CBS News).  Trump and Hillary are the two most despised candidates (Washington Post).  Apparently, a pair of Hillary’s potential VP picks are trying to learn Spanish (Page Six). USA Today is floating the idea of Jan Brewer as Trump’s VP (USA Today).  Trump is already talking of changing his tax plan (ABC News).  Why we shouldn’t expect anything but Trump from Trump (Weekly Standard).

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