The News...My Take

June 8, 2016

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In the most anti-climactic climax since the ship sank at the end of “Titanic,” Hillary Clinton officially grasped the Democratic nomination after Tuesday’s six primaries, a nomination she’d already unofficially grasped the night before when the AP reported that enough delegates and superdelegates were now backing her to win. Hillary beat Bernie big in California and New Jersey, but in an omen that must be rattling the DNC, her vote totals were down since 2008 by 30% in California and 13% in New Jersey. Also worrisome for Hillary: Sanders vowed to keep fighting right through the convention. But it’s questionable how much fight is left in Bernie (he'll now be under heavy pressure from party bigwigs to play ball, and after a surprisingly weak showing in California, he reportedly plans to lay off at least half his staff today – a move downplayed by his campaign as routine downsizing near the end of the primaries).

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As the first female presidential nominee of a major party, Hillary Clinton had the spotlight for what should have been a historic victory speech. But her speech was more of a rambling laundry list of talking points, veering from the history of feminism to attacking Donald Trump to praising Bernie Sanders and appealing to his voters to come over to the Dark Side, to promising to bring back good-paying jobs without saying how, to vowing to get unaccountable money out of politics (has there ever been a worse spokeswoman for that cause?) and so on. As for her claim that “We have a prosperity that lifts everyone who has been left out,” I’d sure love to know where that’s happening. There were also the usual cliché attacks on Republicans (“Make America Great Again” means we want to turn back the clock to the days of racism and sexism) and another slam at Trump for attacking reporters for asking tough questions. That’s particularly ironic coming from someone who hasn’t held a press conference this year (and it's June already) and whose last informal Q&A lasted all of eight minutes and didn’t include a single non-puffball question.

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In Tuesday’s Republican primaries, Donald Trump won lopsided but low-turnout victories, which tends to be the case when the suspense is long over. The fact that Cruz and Kasich still got 17% and 16% of the vote respectively in South Dakota shows that Trump still hasn’t won over a big slice of Republicans. Maybe his latest actions will help repair the damage from his unforced error in going after the judge in the Trump University lawsuit.

After several days of taking flak from all sides, Trump issued a lengthy statement, claiming he was misconstrued and didn’t mean the judge was biased against him because of his “Mexican heritage” (his parents were from Mexico but he was born in Indiana), but because of his case rulings so far. Trump said this will be his last statement on the subject, and let’s hope that’s a campaign promise he keeps (one note I’ll add: reports that linked the judge to the leftwing group La Raza were incorrect; he’s a member of an unaffiliated group called La Raza Lawyers of California).

Later, Trump made a speech in which he appeared at last to start pivoting to a more presidential tone. He thanked the voters, made a play for Bernie Sanders voters who were “left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates,” and promised that he would soon turn his fire on the Clintons, who “have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves." Perhaps the part about the speech that was most reassuring for Republicans: it was written in advance and he read it off a prompter instead of tossing it out off the top of his head.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-celebrates-new-chapter-2016-campaign-n587821

Hillary Clinton’s camp barely had time to sweep up the confetti before this news arrived: Lawyers for Bryan Pagliano, the former State Dept IT guy who set up her Rube Goldberg email server, had to explain why he should be allowed to take the Fifth in Judicial Watch’s lawsuit to obtain her emails. In doing so, they revealed something ominous about his immunity deal.

It’s called a “use” immunity, which is limited only to the FBI investigation, not subsequent investigations or cases, such as the Judicial Watch suit. According to his own lawyers’ argument, the fact that he was offered that deal “strongly attests to the injurious nature of (his) evidence” being potentially dangerous enough to expose him to prosecution. Then might it also be dangerous enough to expose other people involved to prosecution, as well?

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee might yet turn out to be historically unique in more ways than one.

http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/07/bryan-paglianos-lawyers-provide-new-details-about-immunity-agreement-with-justice-department/

If you’re not already tired of hearing about the controversy over Donald Trump’s criticism of the judge in the Trump University case, here’s a unique perspective. Former US Attorney General and Hispanic-American Alberto Gonzales defends Trump – sort of. Well, he disagrees with what Trump said, but defends his right to say it, since every American has the right to a fair trial before an impartial judge and to voice an opinion if he or she doesn’t believe the judge is impartial.

I’d just like to add that one of Trump’s loudest critics is, of course, Hillary Clinton, who seems outraged that Trump would attack the integrity of the official overseeing accusations of impropriety against him. Say, hasn’t it been only a couple of weeks since her camp was accusing the Obama-appointed State Department Inspector General of being a Republican shill for writing a negative report on her email server?

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For those who still aren’t sick to the gills of the Trump University trial controversy, the National Review put together a detailed resume on Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Oddly enough, judging from his court rulings cited here and his history of fighting Mexican drug cartels, if this current brouhaha hadn’t happened, you might imagine him being on a list of potential Trump judicial appointees.

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The presidential race wasn’t the only vote making history Tuesday. In North Carolina, Rep. Renee Ellmers became the first Congressional Republican of 2016 to lose her primary. Much will be made of the fact that she was an early Trump endorser, and Trump endorsed her in return. But her problems went far deeper. Her original Tea Party supporters felt she had betrayed them, and redistricting gave her another Republican incumbent, Rep. George Holding, as a rival.

But as this story notes, the really newsworthy thing about her loss is that despite the media declaring this the year of pitchfork-waving voters and insurgent outsiders, very few down-ballot incumbents and only one Republican so far have actually lost their primaries.

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Political correctness has some people so overly sensitive (and other so terrified of twitter mobs of the easily-offended) that comedians feel as they’re having to perform in straitjackets. For centuries, the court jester was often the only person who could tell the truth to the king without losing his head, because it was couched in humor. Now, mobs call for beheading jesters just for telling one joke the audience doesn’t like at a Chuckle Hut in Boise,after some jerk in the audience posts an out-of-context cell phone video on the Internet. When even a comedian as clean and benign as Jerry Seinfeld is afraid to play college campuses, you know this has gone way too far.

Well, good news: some comics got together to make a stand on behalf of free speech. A new documentary called “Can We Take A Joke?” opens in New York and L.A. on July 29th, then will be downloadable from iTunes on August 2nd.

It features a number of top comics who have felt the wrath of the PC police (Adam Carolla, Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Lampanelli, Penn Jillette and many more), talking about the PC clampdown and the need for free speech not only in comedy clubs but in society at large. Warning: there will undoubtedly be jokes and language that some might find very offensive. If so, rather than going ballistic, just skip ahead 10 seconds. See how easy that was? The first trailer for the film is now on YouTube here:

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Very moving story of how a woman and her daughter spotted a Vietnam veteran in a wheelchair outside a homeless shelter. Taking far more action than the V.A. would, they brought him some food, befriended him, prayed with him and learned how he and his wife lost their home. They enlisted their church to help, and started a GoFundMe page for him. Read the entire story at this link, which also has a link to the GoFundMe page. Any donations to help this forgotten wounded warrior, no matter how small, can add up fast and make a big difference.

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A big Huck’s Hero salute to four young men in Calgary, Canada, who suspected a young woman might be in danger. Instead of “not getting involved,” they went out of their way to check on her and ended up saving her from a devastating sexual assault. Read the full story of this real-life Fantastic Four here:

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A Stroke Of Luck

June 3, 2016

It’s a small-scale miracle…with the potential to become a life-changer for victims of stroke, brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders.

Previous research has shown that stem cell treatments can help stroke patients when given within a few days of the stroke. But a new study shows that such procedures can help within a much larger window, six months to as long as three years after the stroke. Even 70-year-old patients and the profoundly disabled can regain their ability to walk.

The procedure is simple enough (at least for neurosurgeons). Patients remain awake under local anesthesia while a small hole is drilled into the skull and stem cells are injected into the damaged part of the brain. Don’t try this at home, unless you’re Dr. Ben Carson.

Larger studies will have to be done, but this new research is incredibly promising for those suffering the lingering effects of brain injury. Click here to see some of the wonderful ways in which this treatment is already transforming lives.

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