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Christie on Trump: 'Anybody can do well for a month' - CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN) Chris Christie says it's too soon to see whether Donald Trump's rise to the top of national Republican polls will last until votes are actually cast beginning in six months.

"Donald is going to be as serious as Donald wants to be. And he's going to determine through the depth of his answers and the seriousness of his answers whether he is a serious candidate or he isn't," Christie said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper aired Sunday on "State of the Union."

"Anybody can do well for a month in this business, especially if you have talent and personality, and Donald has both those things. Let's see how this goes over the course of time," he said.

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Democrats far behind GOP in raising money for '16 super PACs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has a message for the country’s wealthiest Democrats: I need you, unfortunately.

“We’re going to have to do what we can in this election to make sure that we’re not swamped by money on the other side,” the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination said Thursday.

But when asked how she feels about encouraging large contributions to a group supporting her candidacy, she replied: “Do I wish that we didn’t have to be doing this? Yeah, I do.”

Clinton’s paradox when it comes to fundraising explain why, six months into the 2016 race for president, Democrats are barely in the conversation when it comes to the groups known as super PACs.

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Planned Parenthood downplays abortion services as number of procedures rises, critics say - Washington Times

Planned Parenthood’s long-held insistence that abortion constitutes only 3 percent of the organization’s services is increasingly coming under scrutiny from critics who say they don’t buy it.

Even before the recent release of two devastating undercover videos with Planned Parenthood doctors, pro-life groups like Americans United for Life (AUL) have argued that the group is downplaying its abortion percentages with an expansive definition of the term “services.”

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These Companies Have Directly Supported Planned Parenthood - Leah Barkoukis

In the wake of two undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood-affiliated physicians discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, politicians and pro-life advocates alike have ramped up efforts to defund the abortion giant once and for all.

But there’s something citizens can do right now that could have an impact on a significant source of revenue for Planned Parenthood: stop supporting businesses that donate directly to the organization.

According to 2ndVote, which tracks causes that corporations donate to, of Planned Parenthood’s $1.3 billion in yearly revenue, more than 25 percent comes from private donations, including corporate contributions.

Their research indicates that the following 38 well-known companies have directly supported Planned Parenthood.

Unfortunately many more, which you can see here, have supported third-party groups that fund the abortion giant.

“We encourage you to reach out to these companies; let them know why you spend your dollars elsewhere,” 2ndVote’s website reads. “By working together and voting with our dollars, we can turn the tables on this national tragedy.”

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U.S. troop withdrawal let Islamic State enter Iraq, military leaders say - Washington Times

A number of former and current military leaders who were in power when all U.S. troops left Iraq are saying today that the complete exit left the door open for the Islamic State’s land grab.

The assessment comes from the Army chief of staff, a former Marine commandant, a former U.S. Central Command chief, a former defense secretary and, privately, from the officer now running the war in Iraq against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS.

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Senior Republicans rebuke Cruz over his attacks on McConnell - Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor.

As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying.

None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer. The drama came as the Senate defeated a procedural vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and took a step toward reviving the federal Export-Import Bank, both amendments on a must-pass highway bill.

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Republican lawmakers challenge Obama on Iran nuclear deal - Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Backed by Israel, Republicans on Wednesday forcefully challenged President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran as the White House dispatched a Cabinet-level lobbying team to build support for the agreement to ease sanctions in exchange for concessions on the Islamic nation's nuclear program.

There were scattered Democratic concerns, as well, after classified briefings from Secretary of State John Kerry and other administration officials, although it was unclear how widespread the opposition was in Obama's own party.

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‘Have It By Next Week…Do You Hear Me?’: Judge Has Absolutely Had It With the State Dept. Over Hillary Records | TheBlaze.com

A federal judge scolded State Department attorneys during a tense hearing last week, ordering officials to produce Hillary Clinton-related records that The Associated Press has been requesting for years.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said he wants to “find out what’s been going on” at the State Department,” or rather, “what’s not been going on over there” that the AP’s records requests have been ignored for four years, Politico reported. The news publication is reportedly seeking records about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s schedules and her former top staffers.

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Watch as ICE Director Is Forced to Tell Ted Cruz He’s ‘Absolutely Right’ After He Disputes Her Claim During Hearing | Video | TheBlaze.com

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) interrogated the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director in a contentious exchange during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration policy on Tuesday.

One particularly interesting back-and-forth occurred when ICE Director Sarah Saldana disputed Cruz’s assertion that the Obama administration released 104,000 “criminal illegal aliens.”

“When I asked you how many criminals ICE released in 2013, you were off by a factor of three,” Cruz said. “You said 30,000 — the correct answer is 104,000.”

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Second video shows Planned Parenthood doc haggling over price of fetal body parts | Fox News

A new undercover video shows a top Planned Parenthood official discussing “less crunchy” techniques to get “whole specimens” and haggling over the price of fetus tissue sales because she wants “a Lamborghini.”

And the activist behind the sting operation says there's much more to come.

Center for Medical Progress Project Lead David Daleiden told Fox News his group has "at least 12, really solid videos" among thousands of hours of footage.

"So, we'll be doing this for the foreseeable future," Daleiden said.

The video released Tuesday morning, the second put out by CMP, features a woman identified as Dr. Mary Gatter, who was president of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council until 2014 and now works in a leadership and advisory capacity at the local and national level of the organization. Over drinks, Gatter and the undercover activists discuss “specimen” prices, eventually settling at $100 for "intact tissue."

“I want a Lamborghini.”

- Dr. Mary Gatter, Planned Parenthood

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