TheDC Morning: CAIR doesn’t much care for TheDC

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.)  CAIR doesn’t much care for TheDC — The Council on American-Islamic Relations —  which boasts an enviable distinction for Washington interest groups in that it is perhaps the only one that has been named an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme that provided funding to the terror group Hamas — apparently doesn’t like The Daily Caller. TheDC’s Vince Coglianese reports:

“The Council on American-Islamic Relations blocked a Daily Caller reporter from access to the group’s press conference Wednesday afternoon, accusing the outlet of being a ‘hate group’ … The noon press conference was scheduled to address Islamist attacks on American embassies in Egypt and Libya Tuesday night. After a CAIR staffer reviewed the credentials of TheDC’s reporter, he handed the card to Ibrahim Hooper, the group’s communications director. Hooper smirked and told the reporter, ‘The Daily Caller is not a news outlet, it is a hate group. You cannot come in.'”

Here’s a tip, fellas: A group that has been named an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme that provided funding to a terror group with genocidal ambitions (read Hamas’ charter) probably shouldn’t be prancing around and labeling other groups hate organizations.

2.) McDonald’s, for healthy living — Because people who eat at McDonald’s are looking for a healthy meal, the fast food joint is making some changes, reports TheDC’s Caroline May:

“Fast-food diners beware: Blissful ignorance will meet its demise Monday. Next week McDonald’s will begin posting the calorie counts of all its menu options in locations nationwide, the company announced Wednesday. ‘At McDonald’s, we recognize customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,’ McDonald’s USA president Jan Fields said in a statement. ‘As a company that has provided nutrition information for more than 30 years, we are pleased to add to the ways we make nutrition information available to our customers and employees.'”

Instead of putting up a calorie count, why not just break down the options into two categories: THIS WILL KILL YOU and THIS MAY KILL YOU.

3.) Occupy: Anti-1%, lovers of the 5% —   The Occupy movement may hate the 1%, but they apparently can’t get enough of the 5%. Occupy is currently supporting the  ongoing Chicago public school teachers strike, reports Robbie Soave for The Daily Caller News Foundation:

“But according to financial reports from the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, many retiring public teachers in Chicago receive a pension that puts them in the wealthiest echelons of the workforce—a group of people typically criticized by Occupy Wall Street. Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, pointed this out in a blog post on the AEI website. ‘The average teacher who retired in 2011 after 30 or more years of employment—what passes for a full career in the public sector—had a final salary of $105,888 and will receive an annual guaranteed pension of $78,576,’ Biggs wrote. ‘The salary puts the average Chicago teacher in the top 5% or so of workers nationwide, while even fewer private sector workers will receive a pension that generous.'”

4.) They like him? They really like him?  — President Obama may be closing the enthusiasm gap, reports TheDC’s Neil Munro:

“But the conventions also appear to have energized the Democratic base to a level as yet unseen. When Fox News last polled the race in August, shortly after Romney’s announcement of Ryan as his running mate, Republicans were much more enthusiastic than Democrats. Asked in August how important it was that the candidate they supported won the election, 64 percent of Romney supporters called it extremely important, compared to just 54 percent of Obama supporters. Thirty-seven percent of Obama supporters called it ‘very important,’ as did 28 percent of Romney supporters.”

5.) Poll of the Day: Americans mixed on better off question –– Fox News poll asks Americans whether they are better off today then they were four years ago?: 42% said better off, 42% said not better off, 15% said the same, while 1% were unsure.

6.) Tweet of Yesterday —  Eli Lake: A video on the internet did not kill the US ambassador to Libya. Fanatics killed him.

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