TheDC Morning: Rupert Murdoch gets Barack’d again

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1.) Common denunciator — The Daily Caller has set tongues to wagging! Why? We dared to notice that “conscious rapper” Common, who will be visiting the White House today for some sort of poetry thing, once made a reference to “burn[ing] a Bush.” Except the article of faith he spouted was liberal, not Biblical: Common is a “no blood for oil” type, which is why he hates George Bush. (Wonder what he thinks about Libya? Blood, oil, etc.) TheDC’s Neil Munro, who started the ball rolling, passes along this explanation from someone named Bradley Markham: “Common’s ‘Burn a Bush’ statement is basically another way to say ‘F… President Bush’, without using the curse word…but nobody in the intended audience thought he was saying anything else, such as a murder attempt.” Oh. Well, that’s much better! Remember when toxic rhetoric was a danger to the republic? Like, three months ago? On the other hand, inviting this gentle poet to the White House is a big step for the Obamas. Normally they don’t like to mingle with common folk.

2.) Where in the world is Hamza Bin Laden? — ABC News reports: “One of Osama bin Laden’s sons went missing in the midst of the Navy SEAL raid that took the life of the al Qaeda leader more than a week ago, Pakistani security officials told ABC News today. The officials said bin Laden’s three wives, who are all in Pakistani custody, said that one of bin Laden’s sons has not been seen since the raid.” Bin Laden’s got more sons than the Koran’s got psalms, but the NY Post speculates on his identity: “Osama bin Laden’s youngest known son — a budding teen terrorist groomed since childhood to wage jihad — likely escaped from the Pakistani compound where his father was killed by Navy SEALs. Pakistani authorities say Hamza bin Laden, 19, has been unaccounted for since the May 1 raid in which his father, an older brother and two trusted family friends were killed.” And you thought your teen years were tough.

3.) Football spiked — Who was it that said all of Barack’s promises have an expiration date? “Not spiking the football” lasted all of 9 days after Bin Laden’s death. LA Times: “Osama bin Laden, mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, is now an applause line in a presidential campaign speech. Bin Laden’s name came up a couple of times in Obama’s address Tuesday evening at a fund-raising event in Austin Texas. Early in Obama’s appearance, someone shouted out, ‘Thank you for getting Bin Laden!’ Obama said that was a ‘case in point’ — a reason for voters to let him ‘finish what we started.'” Like, say, prosecuting the CIA interrogators without whom Barack wouldn’t be taking his victory lap?

4.) Barack vs. Murdoch, Round 753 — Speaking of Bin Laden, killing him seems to have turbocharged Barack’s zeal for twisting the truth about his opponents. At yet another fundraiser in El Paso yesterday, he let fly with the following canard about immigration: “One CEO had this to say about reform. ‘American ingenuity is a product of the openness and diversity of this society… Immigrants have made America great as the world leader in business, science, higher education and innovation.’ That’s Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, and an immigrant himself. I don’t know if you’re familiar with his views, but let’s just say he doesn’t have an Obama bumper sticker on his car.” There are only two minor problems with this. As TheDC’s Matthew Boyle notes: “Obama may have taken Murdoch’s comments a bit out of context, though. Murdoch legally immigrated to the United States and acquired U.S. citizenship in 1985. The immigrants Obama was trying to help with his ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ are in the U.S. illegally.” Details, details. The other problem is that in 2008, Murdoch advised his official biographer Michael Wolff to vote for Obama in the NY Democratic primary. Why? “He’ll sell more papers.” But hey, it’s not like he put it on a bumper sticker.

5.) Post Office delivers bad news — Remember when Barack compared his wonderful healthcare plan to the U.S. Postal Service? And meant it as a good thing? WaPo: “The U.S. Postal Service reported $2.2 billion in losses during its second quarter, continuing several quarters of historic losses amid declining mail volume and financial obligations to prefund worker retirement benefits. Postal officials said Tuesday that the mail agency is still on course to lose about $7 billion when its fiscal year ends in September.” In other news: For the first time in history, Obamacare will use the government to make something cheaper and more efficient. Just kidding! The best medicine is laughter.

6.) Michaele Salahi loves doing bumps — White House partycrasher Michaele Salahi has sneaked into yet another place she’s not supposed to be: a recording studio. The “Real Housewives of DC” star is releasing a single called “Bump It,” as TheDC’s Laura Donovan reports: “The socialite recorded the song from May 5th through the 8th in Los Angeles. Those who download Salahi’s free ‘LOVE YOU’ app will be able to hear the song on Wednesday. ‘I titled the song “Bump It” because I love dancing and bumping it on the dance floor! I got so caught up with the rhythm, that my music just feels like a magical prism — the song will be the perfect dance song for everyone to enjoy this summer! Everybody Bump It all summer long!'” Here’s another idea: No!

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