September 30, 2015

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5 Times Carly Fiorina And Her Campaign Played Fast And Loose With The Facts

The Gist: Statements made by the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and her staffers about everything from her personal life and business record to policy positions don’t stand up to scrutiny.

Kentucky Clerk Claims Secret Meeting with Pope Francis

The Gist: Kim Davis' lawyer released a statement claiming Davis had a meeting with the Pope met in DC last week, where he gave her a rosary and told her to “stay strong.”

Speaker Hopeful Dan Webster Is Very Cozy With Duggars' Scorned Ministry

The Gist: One of the candidates to replace John Boehner has a decades-long affiliation with the controversial ministry whose founder has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 30 women.

From The Reporter's Notebook

Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a campaign stop in Iowa Monday that the world “is literally on fire” because of President Obama’s “inaction.” In the same speech, according to TPM's Sara Jerde, Christie called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “smart, articulate thug.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall says the announcement that Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who has ties to white supremacist David Duke, is running for House Majority Leader proves that Boehner’s departure “will be good for the Democrats’ 2016 election prospects.”

Say What?!

"It now appears that while prayer meetings did occur throughout Peru, the photograph presented to Mat Staver was an honest mistake and was of a different Christian assembly in a soccer field."

- Kim Davis' lawyers: yeah, that Peru rally photo was fake after all.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "I think that Clinton is facing an October crunch time with the first debate and the Benghazi hearing. The emails will most certainly come up in both of those high profile events. If all Clinton can do is repeat herself in response, she will "lose" those confrontations and very possibly the campaign. She needs to "win" those high profile events with a defense that makes new news. So repeating the legal defense is the minimum that must be done now and the big put down needs to be held back for those face-to-face Thunderdome events."

Related: Defense Department officials uncovered an email chain between Hillary Clinton and retired Gen. David Petraeus that was not turned over to the State Department.

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What We're Reading

Did the Ricketts family turn the Chicago Cubs around? (ESPN)

Study: white people deny their privilege even when confronted with proof. (Quartz)

The future of work in the Uber economy. (Boston Review)