Hillary Clinton Chased By Swarm Of Bees While On Visit To Malawi

According to a report in The Hill, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was attacked by a swarm of bees as she finished up a visit to the Southeast African nation of Malawi.

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Clinton and her cadre were assaulted by a swarm of bees as they prepared to board a plane in the Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe.

The Hill describes Clinton and her detail, as well as those of the press covering her trip, as having “scampered for cover” when the swarm of African bees went on the offensive.

“There was a slight panic as the bees winged across the airport. People could be seen running away to keep cover as the Secretary of State swiftly boarded her plane to avoid any stings,” said a witness to the Nyasa Times.

Clinton’s visit marked the first time a high-ranking American official has visited Malawi since 1991 when former Vice President Dan Quayle toured the African country.

h/t The Huffington Post

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New POLITICO E-Book Claims That President Obama Has A Strong Personal Dislike Of Mitt Romney

A new e-book by POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush is already drawing some attention for a claim that President Obama not only disagrees with Romney on policy, but has a strong personal dislike of his Republican rival. The e-book, titled “Obama’s Last Stand,” is the latest installment in POLITICO’s series on the 2012 election, and explains that Obama holds a dimmer view of Romney than he does of his 2008 Republican rival and his GOP opponents in Congress.

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Thrush details how the 2012 race has been particularly “bearable and at times even fun” for the president.

[H]e began campaign preparations feeling neutral about Romney, but like the former governor’s GOP opponents in 2008 and 2012, he quickly developed a genuine disdain for the main. That scorn stoked Obama’s competitive fire, got his head in the game, which came as a relief to some Obama aides who had seen his interest flag when he didn’t feel motivated to crush the opposition. Obama, a person close to him told me, didn’t even feel this strongly about conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most. At least Cantor stood for something, he’d say.

Someone described as “a longtime Obama advisor” said that the anger Obama holds for Romney was a level he never reached for Hillary Clinton or John McCain, even after the latter chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. While Obama held a “baseline of respect” for McCain, “That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.”

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Red Eye Takes On Jenna Jameson’s Support For Romney And Crucial Porn Star Vote

The guys at Red Eye had some fun last night reacting to Mitt Romney receiving an official endorsement from porn star Jenna Jameson, including her comment that “when you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.” The panel talked about whether or not Jameson’s endorsement was actually serious, and Andy Levy couldn’t help but wonder exactly how the CBS reporter who interviewed Jameson for the story ended up in a strip club in the first place.

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Andy Levy noted that Jameson was a Hillary Clinton supporter in 2008, and deadpanned, “She goes both ways.” Harris Faulkner wondered exactly how many porn stars and porn fans are out there who would be swayed by the endorsement. Tom Shillue figured this was only a news story because people find it ironic that a porn star is supporting the candidate of “the party of morality.”

Faulkner also noted that Romney has said in the past that he is anti-pornography, which is why Levy suspected that Jameson was being sarcastic. Michael Ian Black said that the big tent of the Republican party can hold both Romney and a porn star. Bill Schulz again brought up Jameson’s former support for Clinton and remarked, “The independent voter is alive and well in America.”

And as for the CBS reporter who just happened to be at a gentlemen’s club celebrating its “anniversary,” Levy found it odd, but Black saw it as a great way of promoting small businesses.

Watch the video below, courtesy of Fox News:

John Kerry To Senate: Climate Change As Dangerous As A War With Iran

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) warned his colleagues in the Senate on Thursday that the threats posed by global climate change are “as dangerous” as those posed by the Iranian nuclear program or a war to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining a fissionable device.

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On Thursday, Sen. Kerry, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered what his office called a “major address and current assessment of the global climate change challenge” on the floor of the Senate.

“I believe that the situation we face, Mr. President, is as dangerous as any of the sort of real crises that we talk about – today we had a hearing in the Foreign Relations Committee on the subject of Syria, and we all know what’s happening with respect to Iran, and nuclear weapons and the possibility even of a war,” said Kerry.

Kerry said that climate change represents as “significant” a threat as current or potential Middle Eastern wars because they both “affect life itself on the planet.”

The senior senator from Massachusetts lamented that climate change has become a taboo subject to address openly. “Climate change, over the last few years, has regrettably lost credibility in the eyes and ears of the American people, because of a concerted campaign of disinformation — a concerted campaign to brand the concept as somehow slightly out of the mainstream of American political thinking,” Kerry said.

He went after his colleagues in the Congress who do not share his views on the significance of the threat of climate change which he called “fundamentally a flat-earth caucus.” He said that green house gasses and particulate matter in the air are as much a health risk to Americans as are other security threats.

Recent reports have suggested that Kerry is lobbying to succeed Sec. Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State in Obama’s second term. Kerry’s stewarding of the long-stalled Law of the Sea treaty is said by some to be evidence of his intention to serve as America’s chief diplomat after 2013 if Obama wins in November.

Watch the speech below via C-SPAN 2:

h/t CNS News

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John Kerry To Senate: Climate Change As Dangerous As A War With Iran

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) warned his colleagues in the Senate on Thursday that the threats posed by global climate change are “as dangerous” as those posed by the Iranian nuclear program or a war to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining a fissionable device.

RELATED: Obama Picks John Kerry To Play Mitt Romney In Mock Debate Rehearsals

On Thursday, Sen. Kerry, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered what his office called a “major address and current assessment of the global climate change challenge” on the floor of the Senate.

“I believe that the situation we face, Mr. President, is as dangerous as any of the sort of real crises that we talk about – today we had a hearing in the Foreign Relations Committee on the subject of Syria, and we all know what’s happening with respect to Iran, and nuclear weapons and the possibility even of a war,” said Kerry.

Kerry said that climate change represents as “significant” a threat as current or potential Middle Eastern wars because they both “affect life itself on the planet.”

The senior senator from Massachusetts lamented that climate change has become a taboo subject to address openly. “Climate change, over the last few years, has regrettably lost credibility in the eyes and ears of the American people, because of a concerted campaign of disinformation — a concerted campaign to brand the concept as somehow slightly out of the mainstream of American political thinking,” Kerry said.

He went after his colleagues in the Congress who do not share his views on the significance of the threat of climate change which he called “fundamentally a flat-earth caucus.” He said that green house gasses and particulate matter in the air are as much a health risk to Americans as are other security threats.

Recent reports have suggested that Kerry is lobbying to succeed Sec. Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State in Obama’s second term. Kerry’s stewarding of the long-stalled Law of the Sea treaty is said by some to be evidence of his intention to serve as America’s chief diplomat after 2013 if Obama wins in November.

Watch the speech below via C-SPAN 2:

h/t CNS News

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Limbaugh Defends Bachmann’s Muslim Allegations: ‘Doing Her Constitutional Duty’

Rush Limbaugh came out in defense of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) after the congresswoman took heat from fellow Republicans Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and former campaign chairman Ed Rollins for a letter expressing concern over a Hillary Clinton aide’s alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. “She’s simply doing her job,” the syndicated radio host said.

Last month, Rep. Bachmann told a radio host that she believed “there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood.” When fellow lawmaker Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) requested clarification, the congresswoman and several other Republicans submitted a letter in which she expressed concern about Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s financial connection to the Brotherhood.

“Isn’t this what congressmen on the Intelligence Committee ought to be asking?” Limbaugh asked in defense of Bachmann et al. “If there are national security violations or problems involved in a security clearance for somebody with such close ties to avowed enemies?”

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Limbaugh then scolded Sen. McCain for being the one to call attention to the letters, noting that Rep. Bachmann “did not want to go public” with the allegations. The Arizona lawmaker took to the Senate floor last week to call her allegations “unfounded and unwarranted.”

“She’s doing her constitutional duty,” Limbaugh continued. “And now the Democrats are in Minnesota seeing if Bachmann is vulnerable because of what McCain has done.”

“It’s not good,” he concluded.

Check out the audio below, via Daily Rushbo:

(h/t Daily Rushbo)

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John Boehner Goes After Bachmann’s Clinton Aide/Muslim Brotherhood Remarks: ‘Pretty Dangerous’

Yet another prominent Republican has denounced the recent claims by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other conservative Republicans that Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ties to radical Islamic organization Muslim Brotherhood. Echoing Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) earlier claims that Bachmann’s insinuations were “ugly” and “sinister,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called the suggestion “pretty dangerous.”

Last month, Bachmann, R-Minn., and four other House Republicans including Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) wrote a letter claiming that Abedin’s family has ties to the radical group and implied that she is part of a conspiracy to use her high-level State Department position to influence the agency into positions that are “enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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In a Thursday press conference, Rep. Boehner said that while he hasn’t read the actual letter and he does not personally know Abedin, who is the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, but “from everything that I do know of her she has a sterling character. Accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

Earlier this week, Sen. McCain spoke out against the accusations from the Senate floor: “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now.” And just this morning, Bachmann’s former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, compared her tactics to McCarthyism.

(h/t The Hill)

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