Obama Celebrated Equal Pay Day by Fundraising with Wealthy Trial Lawyers

AP

AP

President Obama celebrated “Equal Pay Day” on April 7. The next day, he attended a DNC fundraiser at the Houston home of Steve Mostyn, a fabulously wealthy trial lawyer who has donated millions to Democrats over the years, before leaving for another Democratic fundraiser at the home of multi-millionaire trial lawyer John Eddie Williams Jr. Democrats hoped to raise at least two millions dollars from the events.

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Scarlett Johannson Called SodaStream Firestorm ‘Anti-Semitic’

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson / AP

SodaStream always catches my eye when I walk through Target’s appliance aisle. Engineering your own soda is a nifty idea. Free markets! Job creation! All things Asher Roth and Harry Reid see as a bad thing.

So it was to my dismay when Oxfam, a charity that disagrees with Sodastream’s West Bank factory, riled up the mob to spew vitrol and hate at American and Israeli gem Scarlett Johannson she was announced as SodaStream’s first global ambassador. The move was especially douchey as she had done charity work for the organization in the past.

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Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison election tipsheet

If you ask me what are the biggest “toss ups” in the midterms today, I would unflinchingly say North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska. I would throw in Arkansas as my number four, but reiterate that it’s leaning red.

Arkansas is one of the races that leans red, but sometimes just barely. It looks like this was one of those weeks.

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Local Man Slams Facebook Spouse Sean Eldridge in Epic Letter to the Editor

Facebook spouse Sean Eldridge holds an award (via Twitter)

Facebook spouse Sean Eldridge holds an award (via Twitter)

Sean Eldridge, the 26-year-old spouse of Facebook “poke” button pioneer Chris Hughes, has had a rough week.

THE POLITICO recently published a damning report on Eldridge’s strange reluctance to engage with the media. He faces mounting criticism over his efforts to unseat incumbent Representative Chris Gibson (R., N.Y.), a decorated war veteran and lifetime resident of the district he serves. Eldridge has lived there since 2011 in the $5 million Hudson River Valley estate Hughes bought to facilitate his husband’s political ambitions. “Eldridge” is the top donor to his own campaign (at least $700,000 and counting), and takes money from his billionaire friends while decrying the influence of “special interests” in politics.

Philmont, N.Y. resident Ed Fertik is not impressed. Fertik authored an epic letter-to-the-editor for the Register Star on Friday, in which he describes the “elitist” Eldridge’s campaign as “one of the most disgusting political maneuvers we could ever witness here in Columbia County.”

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Obama’s HHS Nominee Proved Her Loyalty to Clinton by Digging Through a Dead Man’s Trash

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AP

President Obama on Friday formally nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) following the botched resignation of Kathleen Sebelius.

Burwell served in several positions under the Bill Clinton administration, including as a deputy aide to then-budget director Jack Lew. In July 1995, Burwell (then Sylvia Mathews) was one of several key aides questioned by the Senate Whitewater Committee regarding the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster.

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The ‘Other’ Koch

The Best Kind of Koch/AP

The Best Kind of Koch/AP

Democrats are gearing up to run in the 2014 midterms solely by attempting to paint Republicans as nothing much than a bunch of Koch fiends. At this rate, Senate Majority PAC will be running the entirety of “Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s Wife” from Pulp Fiction for ads by August. I swear I’m listening to a French Montana mix tape whenever the office tunes into CSPAN 2.

Despite being the self-appointed party of women, not only do Democrats pay women less than men, Harry Reid and his merry band of Koch boys completely ignore the “Other” Koch: golf veteran Carin Koch.

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Liberal Media Inflates Hillary Clinton’s Achievements Yet Again

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton / AP

You may have seen reports yesterday that Hillary Clinton “dodged” a shoe throw at her during a speech in Las Vegas. Here’s the New York Daily News: ”Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe thrown at her while giving Las Vegas speech.” Here’s the Chicago Tribune: “Hillary Clinton dodges shoe during Las Vegas speech.” Here’s E! online: “Hillary Clinton Dodges Shoe Thrown by Woman in Las Vegas—Watch Now!” Indeed, let us watch now:

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won,” by Ezra Klein, in Vox.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius exits with a tarnished legacy after Obamacare rollout.

Sylvia Burwell, Obama’s replacement for Sebelius, is a Clinton Democrat.

Nine people were killed Thursday in a California bus-truck crash.

A distant cousin of the Truth Monkey wreaks havoc at a Kansas City zoo by leading a mass escape.

Will his move to the Late Show mean we’ll finally see the real Stephen Colbert?

Bill Haas leads the Masters with opening round 68.

This week on the Free Beacon: Suit against SAFE Act claims it allows warrantless searches, Eric Holder plays the race card, Putin’s corruption network revealed, and a Nevada rancher finds himself in a standoff with armed feds.

Friday video: Thanks for the memories, Kathleen

Asher Roth Blames World’s Problems On Capitalism

You're supposed to take this guy seriously?

You're supposed to take this guy seriously?

If you went to college in 2009 and had even a marginally active social life, you couldn’t escape rapper Asher Roth’s ode to undergrad debauchery “I Love College.” The single had all the elements of a breakthrough smash. It starred a white rapper rapping over “Say It Ain’t So,” featured a hook  easily shouted by drunk business majors at 1:30 in the morning that consisted of “I love college. I love drinking,” and he rapped “champion,” “beer pong,” “Allen Iverson,” and “Hakeen Olajawon” together. He’s Tupac reincarnate.

The single also had “one-hit wonder” stamped all over it. Which is what exactly it became. I’d be remiss if I excluded Roth’s nugget of wisdom.

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Two Days Later, Salon Still Hasn’t Corrected False McConnell Quote

Salon editor Joan Walsh (flickr)

Salon editor Joan Walsh (flickr)

Dan McLaughlin at RedState has nice rundown of how the left-wing political machine took a statement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) wildly out of context, and then blasted it around the Internet as yet another example of the Republican “War on Women.”

Here’s what happened. After listening to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) launch into another tirade against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor, McConnell fired back, saying: “Instead of focusing on jobs, [the majority leader] launched into another confusing attack on the left’s latest bizarre obsession…Democrats chose to ignore serious job-creation ideas so they could blow a few kisses to their powerful pals on the left.”

As the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple explains, McConnell was clearly referring to Democratic “attacks” on the Koch brothers, but that not how the Left saw it:

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Todd McShay Gives Shape to the 2014 NFL Draft

Click-Clack/kjordan7 Instagram

Click-Clack/kjordan7 Instagram

Now that all the major pro days have concluded, NFL scouts have a much better feel for the talent going into the 2014 draft. No more of this “Johnny Football First Overall” foolishness.  More importantly, the post-bowl-game sugar high that we’re on at the end of the season has subsided and we’re able to accurately evaluate talent. We’re actually closer to kickoff for Sam Houston State vs. Eastern Washington than we were to when Jameis Winston did it big in the 2013 National Championship. Thank God.

ESPN’s NFL draft poobah Todd McShay released the fourth iteration of his 2014 mock draft and it better resembles the talent landscape.

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Harry Reid Tied to Medicare Fraudster

Harry Reid, Soloman Melgen.

Harry Reid, Soloman Melgen.

Remember Saloman Melgen? He is the Florida ophthalmologist and major Democratic donor whose relationship with Senator Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) prompted a federal investigation amid allegations that the Senator accepted and failed to report inappropriate gifts from Melgen and used his influence in Congress to protect Melgen’s financial interests in the Dominican Republican.

Melgen is back in the news after a Wall Street Journal lawsuit revealed that he was the single largest recipient of Medicare reimbursements in 2012, collecting more than $20 million from the federal government that year.

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Disgraced Wall Street Titan, Spouse of Obama Critic, Fund ‘Ready for Hillary’

Disgraced financial tycoon Jon Corzine is Ready for Hillary.

Disgraced financial tycoon Jon Corzine is Ready for Hillary.

The “Ready for Hillary” Super PAC raised $1.7 million so far this year, with the help of sizeable donations from Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late-Obama critic Steve Jobs, and Sharon Corzine, wife of disgraced financial tycoon Jon Corzine. Both donated $25,000 to the PAC, according to THE POLITICO.

Jon Corzine, a former Obama campaign bundler and top financial adviser to Joe Biden, oversaw the collapse of the investment firm MF Global and faces allegations that he directed the misuse of $1.6 billion in customer funds. Corzine allegedly made massive, risky bets on European sovereign debt and improperly used money from customer accounts to cover liquidity shortfalls. He remains the target of numerous lawsuits.

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Kate Upton Dishes About Acting, Fred Upton, and ‘SI’ with Jimmy Kimmel

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Because 'Merica/rsvlts.com

America reacquired one of her most treasured assets this week when Kate Upton returned from her international media blitz promoting “The Other Woman.” While the movie isn’t due at your local Cineplex for another two weeks, Kate has stayed on the promotional trail by appearing on Jimmy Kimmel last night, this time on her own terms.

For many 21-year-old neophyte actresses, international press tours are the first chance for them to venture outside the country. But, as we all know, Kate is not your typical rookie starlet. Back in her teens—which were only two years ago—Kate was on her catalog modeling grind, jetting back and forth to Germany twice a month. Her hustle was so hard, she’d fall asleep in the lobbies of her hotels.

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