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Do Republicans have legitimate reason to be upset about NBC and CNN's planned Hillary Clinton programming?
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Monday that the RNC would not partner with the networks for primary debates in the 2016 presidential election if the recently announced NBC miniseries and CNN documentary about Clinton are released as planned.
"If [NBC and CNN] have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor," said Priebus in a statement. The RNC also started a petition on it's website against the forthcoming Clinton programming.
Alex Rodriguez was suspended from Major League Baseball until the 2015 season for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs Monday.
Rodriguez, who denies the charges, will not play for 211 games.
The MLB said in a statement, "Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and Human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years."
"It's a pretty powerful suspension," said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
(CNN) - It looks like the heat's being turned up in a gubernatorial campaign that's already very hot.
The campaign of Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli said Monday that it's going up with a new TV commercial titled "Scandal" that slams Democratic rival Terry McAuliffe over federal investigations of an electric car company that McAuliffe co-founded.
The spot, which uses local television news clips of reports of allegations against GreenTech, includes the announcer saying, "It's time for Terry McAuliffe to tell us the truth."
The Cuccinelli campaign declined to share details on where the ad will run and how much money they are spending to run the commercial.
And the Republican Governors Association is putting out a new spot that attacks McAuliffe, saying, "he's desperate to shift attention away from news of this federal investigation."
The spot ends with the announcer saying, "Terry McAuliffe, you just can't trust him."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Washington Post Company announced Monday it was selling its newspaper business, including the flagship Washington Post, to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million.
Bezos is gaining control of the Post from the Graham family, which has led it for decades.
"Everyone at the Post Company and everyone in our family has always been proud of The Washington Post – of the newspaper we publish and of the people who write and produce it," Washington Post Company CEO Donald Graham said in a statement.
"I, along with [Post CEO and publisher] Katharine Weymouth and our board of directors, decided to sell only after years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges made us wonder if there might be another owner who would be better for the Post," Graham said.
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