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PPP: Hillary Won the SC Dem Candidate Forum

Just saw on Rachel Maddow that PPP just released a poll of Dem primary voters taken Nov. 7-8 that found 67% said Hillary won, 16% said Bernie won, 6% said O'Malley won and 11% were not sure.

Cuban Peers Dispute Ted Cruz’s Father’s Story of Fighting for Castro

The elder Cruz, 76, recalls a vivid moment at a watershed 1956 battle in Santiago de Cuba, when he was with a hero of the revolution, Frank País, just hours before he was killed in combat.

In fact, Mr. País was killed seven months later and in a different place and manner.

In interviews, Rafael Cruz’s former comrades and friends disputed his description of his role in the Cuban resistance. He was a teenager who wrote on walls and marched in the streets, they said — not a rebel leader running guns or blowing up buildings.




Like father like son.

Clinton Cracks Up At The Most Awkward Q Of The Benghazi 

Love this exchange where Hillary showed her sense of humor and the Republican's utter lack of it.

After hours of inquiries, a question from Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) made Clinton erupt with laughter.

"Who else was at your home, were you alone?" Roby asked.

"I was alone, yes," Clinton replied.

"The whole night?" Roby asked.

"Well, yes, the whole night," Clinton said, bursting with laughter.

"Well, I don't know why that's funny," Roby said.


Ex-Benghazi Investigator Alleges Rep. Gowdy Violated Federal Law

Source: NBCNews.com

The legal battle between the House Select Committee on Benghazi and its former investigator, Todd Podliska, escalated Monday afternoon, when Podliska's lawyers alleged that Chairman Trey Gowdy violated government confidentiality rules and federal law in responding to allegations made by Podliska.

"Both Representative Gowdy and the committee have clearly violated terms of the confidentiality agreement and the Congressional Accountability Act," said Peter Romer-Friedman, one of Podliska's attorneys, to MSNBC on Monday afternoon.


The lawyers allege that Gowdy and the committee improperly released confidential information regarding an employment dispute with Podliska, in an effort to discredit him.
Gowdy, the Benghazi committee chairman, told NBC News' Kristin Welker that Podliska was a "lousy employee" who mishandled classified information, and that his criticism of the committee's focus on Hillary Clinton only arose when he "was losing in mediation on his reservist claim."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-benghazi-investigator-alleges-rep-gowdy-violated-federal-law-n443166

How Dupont "Poisoned the World."

...In 1802, a young French aristocrat named Irénée du Pont de Nemours, who had fled the French Revolution, built a gunpowder mill in northeast Delaware. By World War I, his venture, known as DuPont, had grown so large that it supplied half of the world’s gunpowder and was expanding into bombs and poison gas. But it was drawing fire on the home front. In 1934, Congress spent three days grilling DuPont executives about allegations that they had overbilled the military for explosives. The company became a national pariah almost overnight. To salvage both its reputation and its bottom line, it turned to a legendary adman named Bruce Barton. The only way DuPont could escape the “atmosphere of plague,” Barton advised, was to transform its image from that of a purveyor of doomsday weaponry to a maker of peacetime products that benefited American society. The following year, DuPont unveiled a new slogan: “Better Things for Better Living … Through Chemistry."

In 1961, the Teflon-coated “Happy Pan” hit the market. During the Happy Pan rollout, DuPont’s chief toxicologist, Dorothy Hood, cautioned in a memo to executives that the substance should be "handled with extreme care.” She explained that a new study had found enlarged livers in rats and rabbits exposed to C8, which suggested the chemical was toxic. But DuPont continued to market Teflon and related products, which would burgeon into a billion-dollar-a-year business for the company.

Sue Bailey had just gotten pregnant with her third child when she was transferred to the Teflon division of Washington Works. There, she said, she channeled C8 waste into on-site pits using a contraption that looked like a bicycle pump. For the rest of her pregnancy, she suffered from crippling anxiety. “I knew in my gut that something was really wrong,” she says. When Bailey gave birth in January 1981, the baby had only half a nose and a ragged eyelid that gaped down to the middle of his cheek. 

It was becoming clear that the implications of the lawsuits went far beyond the Tennants or the Kigers or the thousands of residents of the Ohio River Valley. By this time, C8 was being detected everywhere—produce and beef in American grocery stores, polar bears in the Arctic, children in the remote Faeroe Islands. One analysis of blood banks from around the world showed that nearly all of the blood contained C8. The lone exception was a set of archived samples that had been collected from Korean War veterans before 1952.

Looks like Southern California got its January rain in July.

Normally we get our rains in January and our July is bone dry. But this year the months seemed to swap in terms of rain totals.

San Diego broke its all-time July rainfall record Saturday when 1.03 inches fell. That broke not only the July single-day record of 0.83 inches set July 25, 1902, but also the record for an entire July's rainfall, which was 0.92 inches July 1-31, 1902.

It's also more rain than San Diego saw in all of January this year; on average, January is the second-wettest month and July the second-driest, with January averaging 66 times more rainfall than July. The only other time July has out-dampened January in San Diego was 1976, when July had 0.02 inch to January's trace.

Later in the day, Los Angeles broke its own July records. Downtown Los Angeles picked up 0.28 inch, which broke the July full-month record of 0.24 inch from July 1-31, 1886. Los Angeles International Airport saw 0.32 inch of rain, tying the record for all of July set in 1992.


Rare Honor for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team as New York City PlansTicker-Tape Parade

Source: NYTimes.com

New York City will hold a ticker-tape parade on Friday for the United States women’s national soccer team, breaking with decades of precedent to bestow a rare honor upon a group that competes outside the metropolitan area.

Two days after the team’s World Cup triumph, the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the players would be saluted along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. Since Monday, lawmakers had noted that a parade would be a landmark city honor for a women’s team.

“The people have spoken,” the mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, wrote on Twitter, “and they want a ticker-tape parade.”

Read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/nyregion/new-york-city-ticker-tape-parade-for-us-womens-soccer-team.html

I wish I could be in New York for this historic event!

FIFA Under Pressure To Pay Women's Soccer Teams Fairly

The U.S. women's soccer team not only won the World Cup on Sunday -- it broke TV records. The tournament's final match was the most-watched soccer game ever, including men's games, on a single television network. More Americans watched the Women's World Cup final than the most recent NBA or Stanley Cup finals.

Yet FIFA paid the winning women's team a $2 million prize, which is four times less than the $8 million it pays men's teams that lose in the first round. The total payout for the Women’s World Cup this year is $15 million, while FIFA awarded a total of $576 million to men's teams in the World Cup last year.

Ultraviolet, a women's rights advocacy organization, started a digital campaign on Monday to press FIFA to pay women's soccer teams fairly for equal work. Roughly 60,000 people signed the campaign in the first 24 hours -- more than twice the signatures a typical Ultraviolet campaign receives on its first day.


Victory Party for US World Cup Team TODAY at L.A. Live!

If you're near downtown Los Angeles, come show your appreciation for our amazing women's national soccer team!

A celebratory rally is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Microsoft Square at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.Gates will open at 9 a.m.

There will be free parking beginning at 9 a.m. in Lot W- Gate B (1005 W. Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015). You may also park in Lot C- North (1150 L.A. LIVE WY, Los Angeles CA 90015).


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