Poll- Kay Hagan Leads By 7 Points in North Carolina, But Only Gets 41%

17 point lead among women for Hagan over Thom Tillis

PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds Kay Hagan continuing to grow her lead over Thom Tillis as the legislative session drags on. Hagan now has 41% to 34% for Tillis and 8% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Her lead is up from 2 points in May and 5 points in June.

The protracted legislative session with Tillis at the helm of it can't be doing him any favors. Only 19% of voters approve of the job the General Assembly is doing to 57% who disapprove, and legislative Republicans specifically have a 31/52 favorability rating. Those things are working together to help make Tillis very personally unpopular- only 24% of voters see him favorably to 47% with a negative opinion. Tillis' continued efforts to fundraise while the state budget is in limbo is creating bad optics as well- only 24% of voters think it's appropriate for him to be out there raising money right now to 50% who consider it to be inappropriate.

The news is not all rosy for Hagan. She continues to have negative approval numbers, with only 40% of voters approving of her to 50% who disapprove. And she is very much being propped up right now by the 8% Haugh is receiving, which does not seem likely to hold through until November. When Haugh voters are reallocated to who they would support if they had to pick between Hagan and Tillis, her lead drops to 42-39.


16% still undecided in this race


ABC News: Rick Perry's Controversial Border Move Comes With a 'Hefty Price Tag' - $12M

Obama asking congress for $3.7 billion for border? Yawn.

All three morning shows on Tuesday worried about Governor Rick Perry's "controversial," expensive move to send the National Guard to the Texas border. But it was ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday that offered the most annoyed commentary. GMA correspondent Jim Avila began his report by lecturing, "But the border patrol says [National Guard troops are] not needed because federal law prohibits the military from enforcing civilian laws."

Avila also highlighted that Operation Strong Safety comes "with a hefty price tag of $12 million per month." The journalist continued his critique, deriding, "The head of the border patrol telling ABC News he has other needs. It's not about detaining the child immigrants. They're giving themselves up." An irritated Avila added, "It's about where to put them and neither Governor Perry or the Guard has offered any help with that


Rush on Appeals Court Obamacare Ruling: 'This is a Huge Day For the Rule of Law'

'A big ruling...if it holds'

Rush Limbaugh reacts to a 2-to-1 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that says the Affordable Care Act, as written, only allows premium subsidies in states that built their own exchanges. Obamacare subsidies are illegal, according to today's Appeals Court ruling in 36 states.

Rush starts by saying, 'what the heck, Obama will just rewrite the law, like he has done 41 times already' but Rush adds 'it's a huge day, at least temporarily for the rule of law'


Delta Cancels All Flights to Israel Indefinitely

Missile fears

Atlanta-  (AP)  Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

US Airways, which has one daily flight from Philadelphia, canceled that flight Tuesday and the return trip from Tel Aviv. United Airlines, which has two flights daily to Israel out of Newark, N.J., did comment immediately on the status of those flights.

Airlines and passengers are growing more anxious about safety since last week, when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

ABC News


Krauthammer on Obama: ‘He Doesn’t Know What to Do, So He Does Nothing’

Krauthammer says O is in over his head and really just doesn't know what to do.

'On foreign affairs, I think he is so much over his head that he doesn't know what to do, and when he doesn't know what to do, he does nothing, he talks, he urges, he tries to use moral suasion on a thug like a Putin and then he's surprised that nothing happens'

Prior to Krauthammer, O'Reilly gives a strong TPM on Obama misusing his power


McCain: "Putin Is Literally Getting Away With Murder, And I Mean Literally, And We Are Doing Very Little In Response"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied any Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

But Sen. John McCain says the evidence is clear, and the U.S. needs to hold him accountable.

"The point here is that Vladimir Putin it literally getting away with murder, and I mean literally. And we are doing very little in response," McCain said.

U.S. officials say evidence suggests Pro-Russian rebels fired a surface-to-air missile at the plane, killing nearly 300 people.

Russian leaders are placing the blame on Ukraine, claiming it was one of their own fighter jets that shot the plane down.


Obama Cancels Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Yeah,  O concerned about the optics of going on Kimmel while there's war in the Middle-East and following the downing of the airliner in Ukraine.

But hitting DNC fundraisers this week, one in San Francisco, one in Seattle, another in LA -No problem!
16 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard in August -No problem with the optics there.
Last week- Shooting pool, drinking beer, yukking it up at a bar in Colorado while there's a crisis at the southern border- ahhh forget about it.

As violence exploded in the Middle East and the world recoiled at the destruction of a commercial jetliner, President Obama kept largely to his schedule, which included recent appearances at Democratic fundraisers that drew criticism from political opponents..

But yukking it up alongside comedian Jimmy Kimmel was apparently a couch too far.

The entertainment news site TMZ.com reported Monday that Obama would appear on the late-night ABC program during his visit to Los Angeles this week.

Not this trip, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

"In advance of the trip, we've been in touch with Kimmel's folks about the president doing his show,” Earnest said. “We elected not to do it this time, but hope we can arrange to do it in the near future."

The comedy couch has become a regular campaign stop for politicians of all stripes. Obama and his wife Michelle took part in the “Tonight Show” during Jay Leno’s tenure and both have also visited with his late-night heir, Jimmy Fallon —the first lady with a dance routine that mocked “The Evolution of Mom Dancing.”

But joining Kimmel this week would have meant ceding control during a politically and diplomatically fraught period. And while the fundraisers that Obama has continued to attend — and will again in Los Angeles — have drawn criticism, they do not generate visuals of the sort that would have been created by a Kimmel visit


Poll: 42% Say Hillary Clinton Performance as Secretary of State Excellent/Good, 53% Say Fair/Poor

Dems the only reason her numbers are not in the tank here. 79% of Democrats polled viewed her performance as either good or excellent, only 12% of Republicans

A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of State, according to a new POLITICO poll.

Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while another 28 percent defined it as “good.” Another 21 percent called it “fair” and 32 percent rated her performance “poor.” Six percent weren’t sure or declined to answer. The survey of likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate races was conducted this month as Clinton traveled around the country to promote her new memoir, “Hard Choices,” and discuss her time at the nation’s top diplomat.

Clinton’s ratings did not vary meaningfully across income levels or age, but there was a clear partisan divide over the former secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate. Some 79 percent of Democrats viewed her performance as either good or excellent, while just 12 percent of Republicans saw her that way. Only 15 percent of Democrats thought she did the job fairly or poorly, in contrast to 86 percent of Republicans.

Yet, in a potential warning sign for Clinton, independents gave her poor marks by a nearly 2-to-1 margin: 60 percent of viewed her performance as “fair” or “poor,” compared with just 33 percent who answered “excellent” or “good.”
Politico poll
How would you rate the job that Hillary Clinton did as Secretary of State?


Dad Who Lost Only Daughter on Malaysia Flight 17 Speaks Out, Blasts Putin

The father of a Dutch schoolgirl killed on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has penned an open letter blaming 'Monster Mr Putin' for his daughter's death.

Elsemiek de Borst, 17, was killed alongside her mother, step-brother and step-father when the Boeing 777 passenger plane they were travelling on was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile last Thursday.

Now her father Hans has posted a grief-stricken open letter online outlining all the things his daughter had planned to do after leaving high school and accusing the Russian president and pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine of ruining his life.

Photo 17-Year-old Elsemiek Borst

Borst wrote in a letter,
'Mr Putin, Many thanks to the Separatist leaders of Ukrainian government for the murder of my dear and only child, Elsemiek.

NBC Nightly has video of the dad
'I lost her in one second'...'And now my child lies there in the field'


Bret Baier Plays Kerry's Hot-Mic Moment For PM Netanyahu (Video)

PM Benjamin Netanyahu told Baier he did not want to deal with Kerry’s “off-the-cuff remarks.”

However, he said no “surgical operation” comes with the guarantee that Hamas will not fire on Israeli soldiers from civilian homes, which would force a lethal response.

“You hit them back,” Netanyahu said. “Of course some people are going to be hurt. That's totally different than deliberately targeting them.”

Netanyahu also said he worries that gruesome images could give Americans a distorted picture of the reality in Israel. However, he argued Americans can see past what he said was Hamas hiding behind civilians.

“They only see the last reel of [the] movie,” Netanyahu said. “They don't see the part that comes before where Hamas is embedding itself in civilians, hiding behind them, firing on us, hoping that … when we do attack the rocketeers and their fighters that civilian deaths will be caused because they want them to be caused.”

Netanyahu interviewed on Fox News Special Report


Brit Hume: Obama Statement on Downed Malaysian Airliner Full of “Empty Threats” Toward Vladimir Putin

'Putin is saying, can I get away with this? Can I run off with the evidence, thumb my nose at the world and get away with it'

'When there are no consequences enumerated by another leader such as Obama, what makes him think he can't?'