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Doug Powers is a writer, editor and commentator covering news of the day from a conservative viewpoint with an occasional shot of irreverence and a blast of snark. Townhall Media editor. alum. Bowling novice.

HAHAHA! DNC enlists Hollywood to boost Dems’ midterm hopes (the way they saved Hillary’s campaign?)

It looks like the DNC is getting some extra assistance from Hollywood — which also helped during such notorious Dem triumphs as Hillary Clinton’s campaign and historic Republican gains at state and national levels during Obama’s presidency — in order to try and save the party’s hopes and dreams of re-taking Congress:

The Democratic National Committee and members of Congress are turning to Hollywood for help with voter turnout and messaging ahead of the midterm elections and 2020 presidential campaign, quietly consulting with a group of actors, writers and producers here.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez, several House members and other top elected officials have already met with the group, formed by members of the entertainment industry in the wake of the 2016 election, that participants liken to a TV writers’ room, complete with producers of such programs as “Veep.” The existence of the group and details of the meetings have not been previously reported.

At the Tony Awards, Robert DeNiro got the Hollywood push to help get more Dems elected in November off to a rousing start… for Republicans:

Fortunately Dems don’t understand how much “flyover country” can’t stand Hollywood, and I won’t be surprised to see that clip used in one of Trump’s re-election ads in 2020.

Among Republican goals for 2018: Keep Bill Clinton talking as much as possible

Bill Clinton’s really got a way with words now that he’s actually being challenged on this stuff 20 years after the fact:

Oh that went well for Bubba:

JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: I assume you think that what happened with you was more serious than what happened with Senator — former Senator Al Franken.

He was driven from office, from the U.S. Senate. So, norms have changed. Do you think that’s a good thing?

FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Well, in general, I think it’s a good thing, yes.

I think it’s a good thing that we should all have higher standards. I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work.

You don’t have to physically assault somebody to make them, you know, uncomfortable at work or at home or in their other — just walking around. That, I think, is good.

I think that — I will be honest — the Franken case, for me, was a difficult case, a hard case. There may be things I don’t know. But I — maybe I’m just an old-fashioned person, but it seemed to me that there were 29 women on “Saturday Night Live” that put out a statement for him, and that the first and most fantastic story was called, I believe, into question.

So it’s confirmed then: If you’re accused of sexual harassment/assault all you need is a letter from a few people from Saturday Night Live and you’re off the hook in the eyes of Dems like Bill Clinton. It’s strange, though, because I don’t remember that caveat being in the campaign credo of Bill’s wife:

“**Unless you get a note from some SNL writers/performers.” – Bill Clinton addendum

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has his priorities!

Here’s what’s perfectly acceptable to New York City’s Comrade-in-Chief Bill de Blasio:

Here’s what’s NOT acceptable to Comrade de Blasio:

“Priorities” y’all!

We should present Comrade Mayor with the ultimate progressive dilemma and send an illegal alien to ask de Blasio for sanctuary in his city while holding a Chick-fil-A sandwich in a styrofoam container. De Blasio’s head would explode.

Bill Maher tells Dems if they want to beat Trump they have to figure out how to crash the economy (because progressives care so much)

Nancy Pelosi is among Dems sorely troubled by an improving economy with the midterm elections just around the corner, but Bill Maher gave her some hope: The economy might crash and help the Democrats:

That’s pretty much a window into the dark soul of the Left. It’s about ideology and political control, and if they can’t win that battle, they’re more than happy to hope a grenade gets dropped down the nation’s economic shorts. Because they care about people dammit!!

Will the Obama library’s ‘legacy’ wing include this detail about his admin’s treasured ‘deal partner’?

These are the people the Obama administration sent a pallet of cash to, defended against Israel criticism, and tried unsuccessfully to launder money for:

Iranian officials, in a first, have admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. by secretly aiding the free travel of al Qaeda operatives who eventually went on to fly commercial airliners into the Twin Towers in New York City, according to new remarks from a senior Iranian official.

Mohammad-Javad Larijani, an international affairs assistant in the Iran’s judiciary, disclosed in Farsi-language remarks broadcast on Iran’s state-controlled television that Iranian intelligence officials secretly helped provide the al Qaeda attackers with passage and gave them refuge in the Islamic Republic, according to an English translation published by Al Arabiya.

“Our government agreed not to stamp the passports of some of them because they were on transit flights for two hours, and they were resuming their flights without having their passports stamped. However their movements were under the complete supervision of the Iranian intelligence,” Larijani was quoted as saying.

The remarks represent the first time senior Iranian officials have publicly admitted to aiding al Qaeda and playing a direct role in facilitating the 9/11 attacks.

Can’t say I’m surprised in the least.

Nancy Pelosi continues campaigning against good economy to help Dems drown in their own ‘blue wave’

If I didn’t know better I’d think Nancy Pelosi was a GOP plant within the Democratic Party, because she’s doing yeoman’s work for Republicans heading into the midterms:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at her press briefing today that although unemployment is down, government dependency is not–and that wages must rise.

It’s come to this:

Probably the funniest part of Pelosi’s answer here is the pretending she wants to see less government dependency. If anything, an improving economy over time will mean less government dependency, which is why she’s so troubled by a very good jobs report:

In reality, Pelosi’s biggest fear for Dem survival is a lower level of government dependency, and it shows. Not only that, but I was reminded on Twitter that Pelosi once claimed more people on unemployment was GOOD for the economy. So she can’t seem to make up her mind on that one.

Well, this is ONE way to get Chuck Schumer to shut up

And what is that one way to get Chuck Schumer to shut up? Ask him if he’s a #MeToo supporter, and then after he answers in the affirmative, ask him about Bill Clinton:

Figuratively speaking, Schumer answered that question by jumping out the window.

Irony alert! Hey look, those evil Big Banks stopped Obama admin’s shady attempt to save the Iran Deal

The Obama administration already sent one giant pallet of cash to Iran to grease them up for agreement on Obama/Kerry’s precious Iran Deal, but apparently that wasn’t quite enough, so another underhanded scheme was developed to sweeten the deal for the Ayatollah:

After striking an elusive nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration found itself in a quandary in early 2016: Iran had been promised access to its long-frozen overseas reserves, including $5.7 billion stuck in an Omani bank.

To spend it, Iran wanted to convert the money into U.S. dollars and then euros, but top U.S. officials had repeatedly promised Congress that Iran would never gain access to America’s financial system.

Those assurances notwithstanding, the Obama administration secretly issued a license to let Iran sidestep U.S. sanctions for the brief moment required to convert the funds through an American bank, an investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday showed. The plan failed when two U.S. banks refused to participate.

And guess what — those evil Big Banks that Obama and the Dems slammed incessantly helped put a stop to it:

The Treasury Department license, issued in February 2016 and never disclosed, would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at Oman’s Bank of Muscat from Omani rials into euros by exchanging them first into dollars. If the Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the U.S. financial system.

The situation resulted from the fact that Iran had stored billions in Omani rials, a currency that’s notoriously hard to convert. The U.S. dollar is the world’s dominant currency, so allowing it to be used as a conversion instrument for Iranian assets was the easiest and most efficient way to speed up Iran’s access to its own funds.

“Yikes,” one former Treasury official told colleagues in an email, as described by the report. “It looks like we committed to a whole lot beyond just allowing the immobilized funds to settle out.”

The Obama administration approached two U.S. banks to facilitate the conversion, the report said, but both refused, citing the reputational risk of doing business with or for Iran.

So there’s yet another reason for Obama-loving Dems to hate Big Banks.

Planned Parenthood president secures induction to Self-Unawareness Hall of Fame

Cecile Richards is retiring as president of Planned Parenthood, and that’s a good thing because there’s no way she could possibly top this:

Holy s**t, I’ve got no words.