Doctor: Hillary ‘fit to serve’

(NEW YORK TIMES) Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign released a letter from her doctor on Friday attesting to her health and fitness for office, on a day marked by a deluge of other disclosures about her finances and a new batch of emails from her time as secretary of state.

The document releases, coming on a summer Friday, began with a letter from Dr. Lisa Bardack, a physician in Mount Kisco, N.Y., near Mrs. Clinton’s Chappaqua home who said she had treated Mrs. Clinton since 2001.

Mrs. Clinton is the first presidential candidate in this election cycle to make public a medical letter about her fitness for office.


Obama heavily redacts Hillary’s emails

(WASHINGTON TIMES) The Obama administration slapped a secret designation Friday on a number of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state, raising more questions about whether her controversial email arrangement led to classified information being left unsecured.

A new tranche of Clinton emails, released by the State Department under a court order to impose transparency on the Obama administration, contains dozens of documents with information redacted and labeled either “confidential” or “sensitive.”


Hillary calls for end to Cuban embargo

(SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL) Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba on Friday, setting up a clear contrast with her Republican rivals on an important issue that divides Florida.

“The Cuba embargo needs to go once and for all,” the former secretary of state declared during a speech at Florida International University.

“Engagement is not a gift to the Castros,” Clinton said, referring to Fidel and Raul Castro, the former and current leaders of Cuba. “It is a threat to the Castros.”


Kentucky man faces felony charges for protecting privacy by shooting drone hovering over his backyard

A Kentucky homeowner is facing two felony charges after he shot down a drone that he says was hovering above his property.

William H. Merideth, 47, told local media that he was worried the unmanned aircraft was photographing his daughters or scouting his property for things to steal.

“Sunday afternoon, the kids — my girls — were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard,” Merideth told Louiville-based WDRB. “And they come in and said, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.’”

According to Merideth, there would have been no problem if the drone had simply been passing over his property. But when it hovered overhead for more than a few seconds, he decided to take action and shoot it down with his shotgun.

“It was just right there,” he told Ars Technica. “It was hovering, I would never have shot it if it was flying. When he came down with a video camera right over my back deck, that’s not going to work. I know they’re neat little vehicles, but one of those uses shouldn’t be flying into people’s yards and videotaping.”

Merideth wasn’t alone in feeling that the drone was violating his privacy.

“I just think you should have privacy in your own backyard,” neighbor Kim VanMeter told local reporters.

VanMeter said the drone made her particularly uncomfortable considering that her teenage daughter often sunbathes in the privacy of her backyard.

After he shot the unmanned vehicle down with No. 8 birdshot, Merideth said he was soon visited by four men who appeared to be “looking for trouble.”

But the homeowner made clear that he wouldn’t hesitate to again protect his property.

“They asked me, ‘Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?’ and I said, ‘Yes I am,’ ” Merideth told the news station. “I had my 40-millimeter Glock on me, and they started toward me and I told them, ‘If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting.’ ”

The drone owner said that he intends to force the homeowner to pay for the $1,800 damaged drone.

Unfortunately for Merideth, the ordeal didn’t end there.

Local police arrested him and charged him with two felonies: criminal mischief and wanton endangerment.

Merideth — along with many liberty advocates who’ve encountered his story online — believes the charges are bogus.

“Now, if I’d have had a .22 rifle, I should have gone to jail for that. The diameter of those things are going to come down with enough force to hurt somebody. Number 8 birdshot is not. Number 8 is the size of a pinhead. The bottom line is that it’s a right to privacy issue and defending my property issue. It would have been no different had he been standing in my backyard. As Americans, we have a right to defend our rights and property,” he told Ars.

He plans to make his case in court.

“We have a lawyer and there’s a court date and then there’s going to be a hearing,” Merideth said. “It’s not going to stop with the two charges against me, which I’m confident that we’ll get reduced or get dismissed completely.”

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Iran showdown set for August recess

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Activists on both sides of the Iran nuclear deal are girding for an epic August recess showdown some predict could rival the game-changing 2009 late summer town hall battles over Obamacare.

Even before the House left for its August recess, groups on both sides of the Iran deal had begun their coordinated air and ground campaign focused on ratcheting up the pressure on Democrats to vote either for or against the deal when they return to Washington in September.

“This is Obamacare-level anger,” said one senior official at an organization closely involved in the fight to vote down the Iran deal. “Iran is not just another foreign-policy issue. Americans remember that these are the guys that took [our citizens] hostage, killed our marines and blew apart the bodies of more than 500 U.S. soldiers in Iraq.”


Carter: U.S. has become ‘oligarchy’

(INTERCEPT) Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.