Drudge Fuels Bernie, Hillary Fades & Dollars From Drones: July 30, 2015

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How Matt Drudge Is Fueling the Bernie Surge
By Jon Hecht
Why are socialist Bernie Sanders and Uber-Conservative Matt Drudge going steady? Political machinations do certainly make for strange bedfellows.

WHO

Hillary Tumbles
A new Quinnipiac University poll has the Beltway buzzing about Hillary’s flagging “favorability” numbers and her declining numbers against the GOP field in head-to-head match-ups. If the election was held today, Hillary would defeat Trump, but is locked into a stalemate with Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Although Bernie Sanders has risen significantly, his gains have finally slowed, according to the poll.

Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution
While Planned Parenthood’s handling of fetal tissue has put it at the center of a firestorm, birth control is still the main thrust of its mission. And that $6 billion per year market is being subsidized by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation in an effort to promote access to expensive IUDs that can retail for more than $800 each. This investment has helped IUDs become a contraceptive of choice when handed out for free in clinics around the country.

Reaping the rewards: How private sector is cashing in on Pentagon’s ‘insatiable demand’ for drone war intelligence
According to documents obtained by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, private-sector contractors analyze and process nearly a half-million hours of top-secret video feeds collected by drones each year. One Air Force official confirmed they are considering bringing in more contractors to meet the growing demand.

WHAT

The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture
Pro-business Forbes takes a shot at the myths and misconceptions surrounding “organic” food labeled in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program. Most importantly, the label doesn’t guarantee the absence of GMOs, doesn’t guarantee the absence of pesticides, nor does it have a stringent compliance mechanism.

Gold’s Fading Glitter: What the Price Slump Means for the World
The National Interest examines the leading edge of a commodities slump that has seen gold drop to five-year lows in spite of market turmoil in China, in spite of economic distress in Puerto Rico and Greece, and in spite of ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and in oil markets. Considering broader economic fundamentals, this dip may portend longer term rewards for those willing to buy low.

WHY

As the World Mourned Cecil the Lion, Five of Kenya’s Endangered Elephants Were Slain
While the internet and the world was obsessed with the killing of Cecil the Lion, the ongoing slaughter of elephants in Zimbabwe continued apace as poachers felled five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. A mother and her four children were killed for their tusks. In just two years alone, more than 100,000 African elephants were killed by tusk-hungry poachers feeding the Asian market.

Here’s How this Lion-Killing Dentist Thing is Going to Play Out
Fusion takes a slightly-humorous look at the cycle of outrage that seemingly plays out with each new scandal. It is only “slightly” humorous because it is all-too-true that the outrage machine seems to follow a familiar pattern that ultimately leads to indifference.

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