Rand Paul’s Russian Connection

Paul names controversial Kremlin expert foreign policy adviser
Dimitri Simes

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) has named as one of his key foreign policy advisers a controversial Russia policy expert with deep ties to the Kremlin.

Double Agent

Vice, Salon Writer Works for Russian Gov Propaganda Arm
Diana Bruk

A writer whose pro-Putin columns were published recently by Vice, Salon, and other outlets was simultaneously employed by a Kremlin-funded propaganda operation.

Union-Backed Lobbying Group Attacking Education Reformer

Campaign against Campbell Brown spearheaded by pro-union lobbyists
Campbell Brown

A new attack campaign against former CNN anchor and school reform advocate Campbell Brown is being led by a team of union-funded lobbying groups.

The Alliance for Quality Education received $62,100 from the Teachers AFL-CIO Local Union and $5,000 from the Service Employees Local Union in 2013, according to Department of Labor filings. Over the past several years, New York Communities for Change has received over $1.4 million from unions, including $288,992 from teachers unions in 2013, Department of Labor records show.

Ads Hit Michelle Nunn Campaign for Calling Jews “Financial Opportunity”

Leaked memo said Nunn’s position on Israel was ‘TBD’
Ending Spending Action Fund ad targeting Michelle Nunn

A conservative anti-spending super PAC is working to cut into Georgia Democratic senate candidate Michelle Nunn’s Jewish support, after a leaked memo from Nunn’s strategists referred to the Jewish community as a “financial opportunity” and suggested her position on Israel would be contingent on her fundraising strategy.

Unconditional Surrender

University of Arkansas library backs down on Free Beacon ban
Hillary Clinton

The University of Arkansas library has backed down from its decision to block the Washington Free Beacon from accessing its special collections archives following a month-long public uproar.

Congress Passes Visa Extension for Afghan Translators

House and Senate unanimously vote to grant 1,000 visas for translators threatened by Taliban

The Senate unanimously passed an extension to the U.S. visa program for at-risk Afghan translators who worked alongside U.S. troops on Friday, shortly after the number of available visas ran out and hours before Congress was set to leave for summer break.

Advocates to Hold Fundraiser for Afghan Interpreters

Visa shortage hitting Afghan allies subject to retribution hardest
A U.S. soldier with an Afghan interpreter speaking to a local man / AP

The United States will withdraw almost completely from Afghanistan at the end of the year, but for many of the Afghan interpreters that served alongside U.S. combat troops, their tour of duty is far from over.

Thousands of Afghan allies—who lived, worked, and dodged Taliban fire side by side with American soldiers, under the promise that they would be eligible for U.S. visas after their service—are facing increasing threats from enemy combatants as American troops withdraw, advocates say.

Rand Paul Scrubs Anti-Israel Student Reading List from Website

Books laden with anti-Semitic imagery included on senator’s ‘student reading list’
Sen. Rand Paul (R.,Ky.) / AP

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) office deleted a “student reading list” that promoted anti-Israel books from his official Senate website this week, shortly after the Weekly Standard published an article last Friday highlighting the controversial recommendations.

Library Coordinated with Clinton Staff Prior to Free Beacon Ban, Internal Emails Show

FOIA: library moved to suppress ‘Hillary Tapes’ without knowing who owned copyright
Hillary and Bill, 1982 / Ready for Hillary Facebook

University of Arkansas library administrators were in contact with Clinton Foundation officials the same day the university rushed to take action against the Washington Free Beacon for publishing recordings of Hillary Clinton discussing her 1975 defense of a child rapist, according to internal emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Administrators scrambled to “get the lawyers involved” to draft a “cease and desist” letter to the Free Beacon the morning after the “Hillary Tapes” report, and over a week before the university admitted it did not actually own the copyright for the recordings.