1. RNC chairman Reince Priebus has not backpedaled on his threats to NBC and CNN that unless both networks abandon plans to make and air movies about Hillary Clinton, he will refuse to participate in 2016 political debates on either network.
Preibus has accused both networks of timing their Hillary miniseries in an effort to subvert the political process.
In a somewhat confusing turnabout, Priebus appeared on Sean Hannity Fox News Monday night, saying that it was time for the Republican Party to “stand up to networks not in the business of promoting our party and not in the business of promoting our candidates.”
It would seem then that Priebus’ beliefs are the American media can and should promote political candidates, as long as they are Republicans.
2. Accusations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have taken a dramatic new course, as multiple survivors of sexual violence in the military accuse him of inappropriate behavior. At least eight female veterans say that the then congressman and ranking member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee posed as a trusted supporter of the women but in fact, became a predator himself.
Tara Jones, president of the National Women’s Veterans Association of America, said: “He went to dinners, asked women out to dinners, grabbed breasts, buttocks. The full gamut. Everything that is complete violation of what we stand for. He’s a sexual predator. And he used this organization for his own personal agenda.”
3. Creators of TheSlapHillary Team point out that the liberal media had no problem with the SlapPalin project. The website and url are dated 2005, the year before Sarah Palin was elected governor of Alaska.
“This ridiculous behavior is why no amount of ‘re-branding’ is going to help Republicans win over women voters — they just don’t get it,” EMILY’s List Communications Director Jess McIntosh said in a statement. “Violence against women isn’t a ‘game.’ Slapping a woman for speaking isn’t actually a joke. It’s just gross.”
The Hillary Project is led by Christopher M. Marston, a Republican lawyer in Alexandria, Va. Marston, who held a series of position in the George W. Bush administration and is married to Michelle Marston, former chief of staff to Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Mrs. Marston is now development executive with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
4. Politico reports that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to release six new policies on the issue of sexual assault in the military including “an expansion of an advocacy program for victims to all military brances and recurring inspector general audits of all closed investigations.
The actions come as Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Barbara Boxes (D-Calif) admit that they are not counting on the administration for support of their bill that seeks to remove prosecution of sexual assault cases from the military’s chain of command.
Advocates for the legislation have reached out to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, WH defense policy coordinator. Pressure is being put on VP Joe Biden who sponsored the original Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and Tina Tchen, MIchelle Obama’s chief of staff.
5. The Pentagon has fired 60 sexual assault counselors, recruiters and drill instructors after reviewing disciplinary actions against them for child abuse, sexual assault violations and alcohol-related offenses.
The dismissals come after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a review of the records of military staff in these roles on May 17. The review won’t be completed until Oct. 1.
Army Times reports that each branch of the services is employing a different methodology in screeing the records of at least 35,000 troops. “The Marines screened recruiters, for example, against a public database, while the Army considered criminal records for sexual assault, child abuse and alcohol-related offenses.”