Category: Hillary Clinton

July 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had a warm and engaging speaking event Thursday in Dallas, Texas, at a program for the Presidential Leadership Scholars. Clinton’s answer to one question sounded suspiciously to commentators on Fox News like a critique of a recent presidential candidate.

Moderator David Rubenstein asked what the most important quality someone would need who is aspiring to be a president. After Bush’s very brief but insightful answer, Clinton responded.

“I also think you have to begin with the end in mind,” Clinton said. “You have to say, yeah, you gotta win the election. But why in the heck are you running?”

“That’s another thing I noticed about him,” Clinton said, pointing at Bush. “When he ran for governor against Ann Richards, he didn’t say ‘Ann Richards is a klutz.’ He said, ‘I wanna be governor because I wanna do one, two, three things.’ Couple of ’em I didn’t agree with. But he had an agenda.”

“If you want to be president,” he continued, “realize, it’s about the people, not about you.”

Howard Kurtz on Fox News said the former president gave himself enough space to deny the similarities to criticisms of the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, but explained why some thought it was a jab at her lack of political skill.

“It’s obvious to the rest of us what he’s talking about,” Kurtz said, “and look, Hillary Clinton had a campaign where she had a whole laundry list of liberal positions but no theme, no emotional connection to voters, and not much more beyond Donald Trump is awful, and that’s what the former president was artfully saying.”

Kurtz continued, explaining that Hillary Clinton failed “to campaign with certain kinds of voters where she didn’t go as well, Martha.”

“So Clinton, the former president, that is,” he added, “argued internally during the 2016 campaign, his wife needed to do more of that. He did some of it himself, he went to places like Lansing, Michigan, the final week of the campaign.”

The quote from the former president continued after the Fox News video, and many saw instead a pointed critique of President Donald Trump.

“And when it’s over,” Clinton said, “and that’s what a lot of these people who are real arrogant in office, they forget, and it passes more quickly than you know. You wanna be able to say people are better off when I quit, kids have a better future, things were coming together, you don’t wanna say, ‘God, look at all the people I beat!’”

Even during the 2016 presidential campaign many supporters of Hillary Clinton would compare her to her husband, saying that she just didn’t have the political skill he had to engage every individual voter. There were reports that her campaign was trying to keep the former president from upstaging her at events.

On Monday former President Bill Clinton sat down with 'CBS This Morning' co-host Charlie Rose to discuss his wife Hillary Clinton's recent struggles in the Presidential race. While Bill made it a point to say Hillary's physical health is on the rise after her public collapsing at a 9/11 memorial, he did emphasize the struggle she has to connect with voters.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Politics

June 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A report from the Wall Street Journal claims that a Republican researcher attempted to obtain hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign during the election, and that he believed Mike Flynn was tied to the effort. Peter W. Smith, the operative, died 10 days after speaking to the Journal about his claim.

GOP operative sought Clinton emails from hackers, implied a connection to Flynn https://t.co/CBZLBFcjch

— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 29, 2017

The report says Smith implied to associates that Flynn was somehow associated with the attempt to obtain hacked emails. Flynn was a senior advisor to Trump at the time.

The Journal quoted Eric York, an Atlanta-area computer-security expert, who said Smith told him Flynn was interested in their efforts. “He said, ‘I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?’” York told the Journal.

The White House denied to comment on the story, while a Trump campaign official denied Smith ever worked for the campaign in any capacity and that Flynn would have been operating as as a “private individual” if he had any contact with Smith.

Smith himself admitted he did not work for the Trump campaign.

In the interview with the Journal, Smith claimed he knew of five groups of hackers who said they had Clinton’s emails, and of those he believed two were Russian sources. Smith was focused on obtaining the 33,000 deleted emails that were absent from those turned over to the State Department because they were of a “personal nature.”

The Journal admits that Smith gave no evidence for his belief that the emails still existed and were in the possession of hackers. Smith was 81 years old when he died in May after speaking to the Journal.

Mike Flynn resigned as the national security advisor to President Trump when it was discovered that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his meeting with a Russian ambassador. He has since been accused of also misleading U.S. officials about his various ties with foreign governments, including Russia and Turkey.

President Trumps former campaign chair is in the news again. A firm owned by Paul Manafort reported earnings of more than $17 million in payments for its work in Ukraine. Late Tuesday evening Manafort filed a Foreign Agents Registration Act. According to the documents filed the payments all occurred well in advance of Manafort having joined the Trump campaign. Manaforts work included working on behalf of deposed ex-President Viktor Yanukovych as well as influencing U.S. Policy making between Jan. 2012 and February 2014.

Posted in Clinton Emails, Donald Trump, General Michael Flynn, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump

June 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Rush Limbaugh on Monday theorized that former President Barack Obama may have, perhaps, not interfered with Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign for another reason: Obama didn’t want Hillary Clinton to win the presidency.

“People had that theory bandied about before the election,” Rush said on his radio show.

Limbaugh began, explaining his theory behind the former president’s purported inaction, laying it out bit by bit.

“Bottom line, Obama hears about all of these efforts and the brave struggle to contain it begins, and Obama meets with experts and advisers. They advise him what to do. Obama gives his own counsel,” Limbaugh explained. “At the end of it all Obama decided to do nothing other than call Putin and say ‘cut it out,’ an act of bravery and courage unlike most other in American history. And after telling Putin to cut it out, he then confronted Putin again in China and said, ‘Stop it or else.’ Putin and the Russians quaking away, cowering in laughter at the bravery and courage of Barack Hussein O.”

Limbaugh asserted that for four months — August through November — the Obama administration knew exactly what was going on with purported Russian interference, yet did nothing to stop it.

Similarly to what President Donald Trump tweeted early on Monday morning, Limbaugh said, “Obama didn’t choke. He thought Hillary was gonna win! Trump’s exactly right about this. He thought Hillary was gonna win.”

He later added, “Folks, let’s play this out: what if there is another possibility here explaining why Obama didn’t do anything?”

“What if, as the story says, Putin was trying to elect Trump — again, I, on the record think this is bogus, but that’s what the story said — what if Obama knew Putin was trying to elect Trump and didn’t do anything to stop the Russians because he really didn’t want Hillary to win?”

He later added, “This story says Obama was scared to death it could be done, worried very seriously it was being done and decided to do nothing about it. So people are livid at Obama on the left, and that’s gonna be a larger theme going forward as this massive story gets digested by more and more people. But as it gets digested and as more and more people read it and absorb it, it’s going to also be seen for what it is: a giant, big batch of nothing where Trump is concerned. Big batch of nothing.”

Listen to more of the full segment in the video below.

Posted in Hillary Clinton, Media, President Barack Obama, Rush Limbaugh, Russian Hacks, Russian investigation, spells on President Donald Trump

June 26th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A “secretive Washington firm” that supports Hillary Clinton is behind the creation and promotion of the unverified intelligence report on President Donald Trump, colloquially known as the “Trump dossier,” according to New York Post report.

That firm, Fusion GPS, is now at the center of an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to the Post, the Senate committee has threatened to subpoena the firm to answer questions about the dossier that they’ve allegedly so far refused to answer.

Fusion’s Wikipedia page says the organization is a “commercial research and strategic intelligence” but sources told the Post Fusion operates like an opposition-research firm that is staunchly liberal and anti-Trump.

“These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House,” an unnamed source told the Post.

More from the Post:

Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.

In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary’s campaign.

Fusion has a long history of working toward progressive interests.

During the 2012 presidential election, Fusion was hired by Democrats to do opposition-research against then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In addition, the firm was retained by Planned Parenthood in 2015 to attack pro-life activists after a series of undercover investigative videos were released showing Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissues.

The Senate committee is also investigating whether or not the FBI relied on the faulty dossier in their intelligence investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign, according to the Post.

In addition, Senate investigators also want to see any communication between Fusion and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is now being investigated for possibly interfering in the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s private email server.

This is significant because the dossier was shopped around for months last year but all major news organizations passed up the opportunity to report on it. BuzzFeed, however, controversially chose to report on the unverified intelligence report in early January, just days before Trump was to be sworn in as president.

The Trump-Russia collusion narrative has relied heavily on the dossier, so if it can be proved that it is simply a politically charged document designed to hurt Trump, the president may finally have his name cleared.

Posted in FBI, Fusion GPS, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Trump Dossier

June 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A new poll shows most voters are growing tired of the allegations of collusion with Russian officials made against the Trump administration.

According to the most recent Harvard-Harris Poll, 56 percent of voters said they want Congress and the media to move on from the Russian investigation. Sixty-two percent of respondents said they believe the investigations will lead to the end of the “Russia inquiry.” Thirty-eight percent said they believe Trump will eventually be impeached.

Additionally, 64 percent of the voters in the poll said they believe “the investigations into Russia and President Trump” are “hurting the country.”

The survey was conducted June 19-21 and included responses from 2,237 American adults who say they vote. When asked which political affiliation they “usually” identify with, 35 percent of respondents said Democrat, 30 percent said independent, 29 percent said Republican, and 6 percent said “other.”

Interestingly, the poll also shows 52 percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who scored the highest of all the political figures asked about. Mike Pence finished second, with 47 percent of voters saying they have a favorable view of the vice president. Trump finished third (45 percent) and his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton finished fourth (39 percent).

The poll represents a remarkable shift from just one month ago, when Harvard-Harris found 75 percent of voters supported former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation into the possibility Trump’s campaign team may have colluded with the Russian government to win the election.

After a rocky May, Trump’s approval ratings have steadily improved as Democrats have been unable to show any evidence of their claims about Trump and Russia. The Real Clear Politics average of polls — which includes polls that survey all Americans, not just voters — showed Trump’s approval rating throughout most of May and early June to be below 40 percent, bottoming out at 38.6 on June 13. Since then, Trump’s average approval rating has consistently risen. It’s currently sitting at 40.6 percent.

Posted in Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Poll, polls, Robert Mueller, Russia

June 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) heavily criticized Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, for their dramatic attacks on the Republican Senate leadership’s health care bill.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Republican leadership’s plan to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would scale back numerous Obamacare mandates, regulations and taxes, but would keep much of the basic framework in place.

Within 30 minutes of the 142-page bill being released, Schumer, who had accused Republicans of keeping the bill a secret as recently as the day before its release, hammered the legislation, calling it “meaner” than the legislation passed in the House of Representatives in May, the American Health Care Act.

“This #Trumpcare bill strips away protections from the ppl [sic] who need them most in order to give a tax break to those who need it least,” Schumer wrote on Twitter almost immediately after the bill was released.

“Frankly, every senior in America should read the fine print of this #Trumpcare bill; it looks like American seniors could be paying WAY more,” Schumer added, along with several other critical posts.

Schumer also said the bill is “meaner” than the AHCA and “heartless.”

This morning the @SenateGOP released their #HealthcareBill – it proves #Trumpcare won’t put Americans’ health first. pic.twitter.com/riN6m0igss

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 22, 2017

Not to be outdone by her fellow Democrats, Clinton said on Friday the Republicans are now the “death party.”

“Forget death panels,” Clinton wrote on Twitter. “If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”

Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017

On Saturday, Huckabee appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” where he criticized Clinton, Schumer and other Democrats for attacking the health care bill.

Huckabee said Clinton’s rhetoric makes the parties “look silly” and shows “they don’t have an argument.”

“And when rhetoric goes to that level, I think it makes the parties look silly,” Huckabee said. “It sort of reveals they don’t have an argument, they can’t discuss the merits of a piece of legislation or a proposal, so they’re reduced to the most childish form of political rhetoric, which is to say, ‘You’re a bad person. You’re going to kill somebody.’ It’s so over the top; it’s just absurd.”

Huckabee said Schumer’s response was “carefully crafted” and that it was “amazing” he released such a negative statement so quickly after the bill’s release.

“I think the guy is clairvoyant,” Huckabee quipped.

“The curtain needs to come down on this theater, because the play is getting tiresome,” Huckabee added.

Watch the latest video at <a href=”//video.foxnews.com”>video.foxnews.com</a>

Posted in AHCA, Chuck Schumer, Health Care, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell, Obamacare repeal, Politics

June 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton snubbed the call for a bipartisan de-escalation of heated rhetoric and instead tweeted a message calling Republicans the “death party” Friday.

Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017

The tweet read, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”

It appeared to reference the controversy over “death panels” that conservatives feared would be instituted in the Obamacare legislation passed by Democrats. While the media and the left called it hysteria on the part of Republicans, Clinton seems eager to employ even worse rhetoric against the health care bill just released by Senate Republicans.

Her tweet linked to a study by left-wing think tank claiming that their analysis of the CBO scoring of the Republican bill indicated that between 18,100 and 27,700 deaths would result from decreases in health care coverage in 2026.

The study also claimed the Republican bill would result in 217,000 deaths over a decade.

Clinton’s “death party” tweet was met with ire on social media, including that from conservatives who thought it was inappropriate to tweet such an incendiary message after the Scalise shooting.

Beneath contempt. But absolutely mainstream in Democratic politics today. https://t.co/T7gd5JxMS1

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 23, 2017

2020 Hillary Clinton: “Forget death party. If Republicans win in November, they will sacrifice your children to Satan in the Oval Office.” https://t.co/fHZsQrxOMv

— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 23, 2017

Says the woman who had Gaddafi killed and threw his country into chaos (Libya). Now they have open air slave markets thanks to you. https://t.co/sBtX28d4M3

— Lee Junn (@Lee_KGB_Junn) June 23, 2017

That’s weird considering someone from your party literally just tried to murder a bunch of Republicans a week ago… https://t.co/JjbARhLOta

— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 23, 2017

Yes PLEASE keep saying that Republicans want everyone to die. That’s really sane rhetoric that I’m sure everyone takes really seriously. https://t.co/9CV8vEL1QY

— Nick McIntyre (@Nick_McIntyre) June 23, 2017

Says the woman who won a Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization that dismembers babies https://t.co/J0uvfsRR6Z

— Daniel Darling (@dandarling) June 23, 2017

OFFICIAL DEATH PARTY THREAD
What are you bringing to the death party?

I’m bringing a map to Wisconsin and a case of Coors Original https://t.co/EfKMyYg2gS

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 23, 2017

Everybody who is not me is literally coming to murder youhttps://t.co/QMuUAMjN3X

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 23, 2017

“Death party” — one week after GOP targeted for assassination, from a party that supports abortion on demand. Media will shrug. https://t.co/XjgQbMJBML

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 23, 2017

Out: It’s time to tone down the rhetoric in Washington. (from last week)

In: The GOP is literally going to kill everyone you’ve ever known! https://t.co/fPF1Zo9XUk

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 23, 2017

The tweet comes just a day after fellow Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts was similarly brutalized on social media over her tone-deaf tweet.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is still recovering from the nearly lethal shooting. His condition has improved to fair, and he was able to leave the intensive care unit Thursday.

NBC News and Fox News are reporting that Rep. Steve Scalise has been moved out of the intensive care unit as he continues to recover from a gunshot wound.

Posted in American Health Care Bill, Health Care, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Social Media, Twitter, twitter backlash, Twitter reaction

June 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager John Podesta is scheduled to go before Congress and testify about his role in the alleged meddling in the U.S. election by the Russian government, it was reported Thursday. 

The House Intelligence Committee will hear his testimony as they continue their investigation into the alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign before the election.

Podesta was a central figure in the election more for his emails that were leaked to WikiLeaks than he was for his managing of Hillary’s campaign. The thousands of emails were an embarrassment to the Hillary Clinton campaign, as her top aides’ candid thoughts were used as fodder to slam the candidate.

The email leak came as a result from Podesta’s misunderstanding with a campaign official who told him to reset his password after receiving a “phishing” email scam. The leak was also the source of the “PizzaGate” conspiracy theory that claimed Podesta and Clinton were a part of a secret Washington D.C. pedophilia ring.

Podesta himself implied during an interview in February that there was a conspiracy among members in the FBI to bring down Clinton in the election.

“There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” he told Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann “I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.”

He also blamed former FBI Director James Comey for the loss of election as a result of the announcement he made a week before voting day that they were reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“[Comey] made a bad judgment, and I think virtually anybody who has opined on the topic … have said it was a terrible mistake of judgment,” he told Heilemann. “And I think it did terrible damage to us. If you look at the polling at that period time, that’s when the race began to tighten in that week.”

john Podesta claims there was a qoute "failing" by mainstream media to protect American democracy during the 2016 presidential election. According to breitbart, The former Clinton campaign chairman said in a recent interview that he doesnt believe that the realities of Russian interference in the election were adequately portrayed on by the media. "And I think that was actually a failing on behalf of the mainstream media," says podesta, "particularly some of the major news outlets in our country like The New York Times."

Posted in 2016 election, FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Politics, Russia, Russian interference, Russian investigation

June 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Charles Krauthammer went on the offensive during Wednesday night’s airing of “Special Report With Bret Baier,” calling the Clinton-Pelosi center-left “dead” and “mute.”

During the Fox News airing, Krauthammer set his sights on Nancy Pelosi’s response to Tuesday’s loss of Democract Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth Congressional District’s special election.

“[Pelosi] said ‘we have to get our message out,’” Krauthammer said. “They don’t have a message. This is the same reason that Hillary lost.”

Krauthammer also added that the Clinton-Pelosi center-left is over.

He said, “It’s dead. It’s mute. It has nothing to say. So having nothing to say, they have now fixated on Trump. It’s all on the resistance. What they learned last night is that is not enough. That isn’t enough to energize people.”

The election went south for Ossoff early on in the evening on Tuesday. When the numbers showed Republican candidate Karen Handel taking over in the expected liberal districts, the eventual outcome didn’t seem surprising to many.

The election was called in favor for Handel at about 9:56 p.m. ET.

Handel won with 51.9 percent of the vote to Ossoff’s 48.1 percent, despite previous polls which indicated that Ossoff would have a large lead in the race just a week prior to election day.

See Krauthammer’s segment in the video below.

Posted in Charles Krauthammer, Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Politics, Special Report With Bret Baier, The Resistance

June 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Radio host Rush Limbaugh outright accused Hillary Clinton of having a public breakdown during the Wednesday broadcast of his radio show.

“Hillary Clinton is falling apart before our very eyes, and it’s important to note this, because Hillary Clinton has been presented to us as the smartest woman in the world, the toughest woman in the world,” Limbaugh began. “A woman who could have been president if she had not hitched her wagon to that loser, [Bill] Clinton. A woman who could have written her ticket and named her price. A woman who was the smartest and most accomplished.”

Limbaugh asserted that the loss of the 2016 election took its toll on Clinton, and noted that she’s “delirious” as of late.

“She cannot live in reality. She cannot accept what’s happening. She has been rejected,” Limbaugh said. “This is the most-cheated-on woman in America, including by her own party. If there’s anybody the Democrats — and I’m serious about this. If there’s anybody the Democrats owe, it is that woman.”

Despite her “delirium,” the radio host did, however, credit the former presidential nominee’s steadfastness in saving her husband’s tenure as president, as well as the Democratic party at large.

“Without her biting the bullet and a bunch of other things, the Bill Clinton administration would have not survived, and the Democrat Party would have been taken down the tank with him,” Limbaugh said. “Hillary Clinton single-handedly saved her husband’s administration.”

Noting that 2008 was “supposed to be the big payoff,” Limbaugh said that the Democratic party once again “threw her under the bus” for a “young, untested, unproven African-American guy with an exotic name,” referencing former President Barack Obama.

Bringing Trump into the fray, Limbaugh added that in 2016, she lost the election to “some guy the think has no business being in politics” and who, “in their minds, hates women.”

“A guy who shouldn’t have got 20% of the vote and beat her in an electoral near landslide,” Limbaugh said. “She’s going crazy.”

Claiming that she’s blamed the loss of the election on “19 different things,” Limbaugh added that it can’t be easy being Clinton these days.

“In her mind, you don’t know how much she actually accepts and how much she lies to herself, but regardless what she’s telling herself, the end result is loss, loss, loss, humiliating defeat, unbelievable,” he mused. “And it’s got to be hard psychologically, when you measure that against what she expected, what everybody promised her, what she assumed. You know in her private moments in two different campaigns, she’s actually imagining being in the Oval Office with herself behind that desk.”

Calling the former presidential nominee a “true feminist,” Limbaugh added that the “grudge about being a woman” and the “chip on her shoulder” is a product of feminism, and embodies the “pinnacle of unfairness” and “discrimination.”

“The evidence is she’s not even smarter or better than Donald Trump, who they all collectively despise,” Limbaugh countered. “I defy any of you to actually put yourself in her situation and not be psychologically ripped to shreds.”

Limbaugh added, “She’s had a lifetime of hype as the best, as the smartest, as the most entitled. She’s living in this fantasy world now. She goes out and does these personal appearances and she’s got, it’s not fans, she’s got a cult. There’s a cult of like-minded women that will show up wherever she goes, 15 or 20 of them, maybe 50, depending on the venue. And they treat her like she has been victimized, the biggest injustice in the history of humanity.”

“She is coming apart right in front of our eyes,” Limbaugh concluded. “We’re witnessing it.”

Posted in Feminism, Hillary Clinton, Media, Politics, Radio, Rush Limbaugh

June 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Hillary Clinton defended London mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday after President Donald Trump tweeted a criticism directed at Khan for the way he responded to the weekend terrorist attack in Britain.

After Khan told citizens of the city that they should not be alarmed by increased law enforcement presence, Trump tweeted, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”

Trump later doubled down on his remarks and followed his original tweet reaffirming his first.

“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” he wrote.

The Washington Examiner reported that Clinton called for solidarity and understanding worldwide in the wake of the latest London attack.

“This is a time for us to reach out to the world, to understand more about what is happening. Not just in our own country, but indeed across the globe,” she said.

While attending a fundraiser for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md.) youth program, she added, “It is time for steady, determined leadership like we are seeing from London’s mayor and local authorities.”

Though Clinton did not name Trump particularly, her comments seemed to reference the president’s tweets.

“This is not the time to lash out, to incite fear, and use trash talk and terror for political gain,” Clinton said.

Less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 and injured scores more at an Ariana Grade concert in Manchester, Islamic terrorists killed seven and injured another 48 people during an attack on London Bridge.

Three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on the bridge and after striking those on foot, exited the vehicle and began stabbing patrons at nearby facilities in the Borough Market area, a location rife with restaurants and bars.

As the terrorists attacked, eyewitnesses claimed that the terrorists shouted “This is for Allah.”

The three attackers were shot and killed eight minutes after embarking on their attack.
Eyewitnesses describe horrific moments including when the assailant drove towards them on the bridge, when their son was stabbed and finding shelter in a restaurant as the horror played outside. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Posted in Hillary Clinton, London Attack, London Bridge Attack, President Donald Trump, Sadiq Khan, Twitter, World

June 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

During Thursday’s airing of “Outnumbered,” conservative host Meghan McCain called Hillary Clinton’s latest appearances “unhinged” and “erratic.”

McCain said that Clinton’s latest public speaking events have bordered on “unusual,” and noted that Clinton just can’t seem to get over the fact that she lost the 2016 presidential election to then-candidate Donald Trump.

After airing footage of Clinton’s Wednesday appearance at #CodeCon, where she threw her own party under the bus, McCain called Clinton “emotionally unhealthy.”

“I inherited nothing from the Democratic Party,” Clinton said during #CodeCon. “I mean, it was bankrupt. It was on the verge of insolvency. Its data was mediocre to poor — nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it — the DNC — to keep it going.”

“I’ve been around politicians who have lost big,” McCain said. “Normally they do [get over it]. This is unusual, I’m telling you — to go on TV, to be this angry to be blaming everybody else but yourself; she’s clearly not dealing with it emotionally in the way that I think is healthy.”

McCain noted earlier in the segment that Clinton blamed “24 separate things” during Wednesday’s panel for her election loss.

Those pinpointed by McCain included:

The FBI

James Comey, then FBI Director

The Russians

Vladimir Putin

‘Anti-American forces’

Low information voters

Everyone who assumed she’d win

Bad polling numbers

Obama for winning two terms

People wanting change

Misogynists

Suburban women

The New York Times

Television executives

Cable news

Netflix

Democrats not making the right documentaries

Facebook

Twitter

Wikileaks

Fake news

‘Content farms in Macedonia’

The Republican Party

The Democratic Party

See McCain’s full remarks in the video below.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Posted in Democrats, Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Meghan McCain, Outnumbered, Politics, Republicans, unhinged

May 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Monica Lewinsky destroyed Fox News in a Monday New York Times op-ed which addressed her dissection by the network during former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal.

The former White House intern said that Fox News’ coverage of her and her sexual relationship with Clinton was a “nightmare” and that as a result, she felt she became a “whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse” in the eyes of the public.

Titled “Roger Ailes’ dream was my nightmare,” Lewinsky wrote, “My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings. On Fox, it seemed, no rumor was too unsubstantiated, no innuendo too vile and no accusation too abhorrent.”

“Other cable news channels didn’t hesitate to join the race to the bottom,” she noted. “Let’s not pretend that Fox News was the only network to cover this story in the gutter.”

Referencing Fox specifically, Lewinsky said, “The comments on television and online were excruciating. I ceased being a three-dimensional person. Instead, I became a whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse.”

She continued, piling onto her perception of media destruction, “Just days after the story broke, Fox asked its viewers to vote on this pressing question: Is Monica Lewinsky an ‘average girl’ or a ‘young tramp looking for thrills?’”

Lewinsky later insinuated that it was her story with Clinton that essentially coined the phrase “internet trolling.”

“Our world — of cyberbullying and chyrons, trolls and tweets — was forged in 1998,” she wrote, referencing the cheating scandal and the media circus surrounding it. “It is, as the historian Nicolaus Mills has put it, a ‘culture of humiliation,’ in which those who prey on the vulnerable in the service of clicks and ratings are handsomely rewarded.”

Lewinsky signed off her op-ed by invoking the name of the late Roger Ailes, former Fox News Chairman and CEO, who passed away last week at the age of 77.

“Farewell to the age of Ailes,” she wrote. “The late Fox chief pledged Americans fair and balanced news. Maybe now we’ll get it.”

Clinton admitted in 1998 his 1995-1996 relationship with the former White House intern was “not appropriate.”

Posted in Bill Clinton, Cheating, Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Media, Monica Lewinsky, scandals

May 7th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A political columnist who voted for then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election has some blunt advice for the twice failed presidential candidate after she announced her intentions this week to remain involved in politics.

“Hey, Hillary Clinton, shut the f— up and go away already,” wrote Gersh Kuntzman, a columnist at the New York Daily News, in a column earlier this week.

“I voted for Clinton on Nov. 8 and thought she’d be a good president,” he explained. “But she lost. And she still wants us to feel bad about that. And, worse, she’s still blaming everyone else.”

In an interview earlier this week, Clinton said she takes “absolute” responsibility for her loss to President Donald Trump. But during the same interview, Clinton said she would be president if it weren’t for a myriad of reasons, such as: Russian meddling and FBI Director James Comey sending a letter to Congress just days before the election.

“If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your president,” she declared.

During the interview, Clinton also announced that she is writing a book about her 2016 loss, which she said is “painful” to relive.

But Kuntzman disagrees with Clinton — adamantly. His column, titled, “Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be writing a book — she should be drafting a long apology to America,” lays out the reasons why Clinton lost the election, despite her failure to admit even one.

“Boo hoo,” he wrote. “Simon & Schuster may want Hillary Clinton to write the history, but I’m not about to let her re-write it. No one deserves more blame for the election debacle than Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

According to Kuntzman, there are four specific reasons Clinton lost the election: her “untrustworthiness,” a poorly run campaign, her private email server and her Goldman-Sachs speeches.

On Clinton’s untrustworthiness, Kuntzman wrote:

Remember her fainting spell at the 9/11 ceremony? Remember how long it took for her to tell the truth? Remember how that reminded every voter in America that Hillary Clinton’s first instinct is to lie?

Just like she did when she claimed she had taken sniper fire during a First Lady trip to Bosnia. Just as she did when she said she never sent classified documents over her private email server.

Second, Kuntzman hit Clinton for her “very poor campaign.” Kuntzman said that once Clinton labeled Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables,” the election was “was pretty much over.”

Third, Kuntzman cited Clinton’s decision to use a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state: “It’s basic. The only reason to set up a private email server — and delete some of the emails on it — is because you want to hide something from the public. Clinton never provided a good answer to the simple question, ‘Why would you do that?’”

Lastly, Clinton can blame her tight relationship with Wall Street as a reason she lost to Trump, according to Kuntzman.

“You can’t be a prostitute on Wall Street and then go to church on Main Street,” he wrote.

“The American public does not want a book from Hillary Clinton. It wants an abject apology. And it wants it for free. She got what she deserved: She lost,” Kuntzman concluded. “Now she needs to shut up and go home.”

Posted in Hillary Clinton, Politics

May 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called Thursday for a special prosecutor to look into whether Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin broke the law when she forwarded emails to her now-divorced husband Anthony Weiner that contained classified material.

“If there was classified information and it was improperly passed to a person unauthorized to receive it, yes, naturally it’s a crime,” Blumenthal said on MSNBC. “Without knowing what the intentions were and so forth, there is potentially a prosecutable crime.”

When asked if she had committed a crime he answered, “It still may be, potentially. It’s not outside the statute of limitations, so far as I know. It’s one that the Department of Justice is going to have to decide. The question is: who will decide it? That’s why we need a special prosecutor to review all of this investigative material.”

FBI Director James Comey revealed during his testimony Wednesday that Abedin regularly forwarded emails from the Democratic presidential candidate to her husband out of convenience. “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him, I think, to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state,” he said.

When asked if either she or Weiner would be charged with misuse of classified information, Comey responded, “there was, we completed it.” “because with respect with Ms. Abedin in particular, we didn’t have any indication that she had any sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. We couldn’t prove any intent.”

Republicans have cast doubt on this claim, especially Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who questioned Comey on the unorthodox standard of law that he was using to exonerate Abedin and Weiner.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Posted in Clinton Emails, hacked emails, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, Huma Abedin, James Comey, Politics, Ted Cruz

May 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Comedian Bill Maher mocked Hillary Clinton’s lack of popularity and used the opportunity to scold Democrats on losing the election. He made the comments in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN Tuesday.

Maher was saying what he thought went wrong in the election, saying, “go where the energy is in the party. Hillary is a lovely lady, but she couldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden, and there was a 74-year-old man who was getting crowds of 20,000 young people to come see him.”

“Rallies matter,” he said. “Trump proved that. It shows something about what people want.”

“Uh, she was not a great candidate.” he added. “I think she acknowledges that herself. Having said that, what I’m going to talk about at the end of my show on Friday night is the fact that those people who said, ‘well, she was the lesser of two evils’ and, ‘a pox on both their houses,’ now we have a hundred days of empirical evidence what a Trump presidency looks like.”

“They should be ashamed of themselves, and for the future, we should note this,” he concluded. “That you were wrong about Hillary just being the lesser of two evils. That’s the first step to winning another election for the Democrats.”

Clinton was recently interviewed about the failures in her campaign, and she took “absolute personal responsibility,” but then said that FBI Director Comey, WikiLeaks, misogyny and the media were also blame. This elicited some mockery, including that of Tapper at the beginning of his CNN show.

Bill Maher: Hillary Clinton is a “lovely lady, but she couldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden” https://t.co/01y0qoXfdo

— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 2, 2017

Tapper asked him if he agreed with Clinton about the causes of her electoral loss. “I don’t think she’s wrong. I don’t know why she needs to be coming back,” he explained. “She had her turn, and it didn’t work out.”

“Having said that, she’s right, about the letter,” he said, referring to the letter from FBI Director Comey about investigating Clinton. “I don’t understand why Director Comey didn’t release both. You know he seemed to be in a tough place, I get it. He had to say something, he thought, eleven days before the election. Why not say that, and also mention the stuff about Russia with Donald Trump. That seemed to be, to me, the fair way to handle it.”

Bill Maher: I don’t know why Hillary is coming back…she had her turn, it didn’t work out https://t.co/yRxGsJRwMo https://t.co/fzwv5AZyU9

— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 2, 2017

The Democrats have been in an ongoing battle in their own ranks between the far left progressives who criticize Hillary Clinton’s centrism, and the more establishment Democrats who are defending her candidacy by blaming outside causes.

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been progressive critics, with Warren coming out Monday to say Democrats abandoned the common working man on economic matters.

Hillary Clinton said she is taking responsibility for her loss in the 2016 election, but also believed that Russian interference, the FBI and misogyny played a role in the outcome. (5/2/17)

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Bill Maher, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Politics

May 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

CNN’s Jake Tapper snarked at Hillary Clinton for an interview where she said that she took personal responsibility for the election loss, and then assigned blame to a multitude of causes outside her control. He opened his show, The Lead, with the joke Tuesday.

“Hillary Clinton today taking full responsibility for the election loss, except for the part when she blamed Comey, Wikileaks, misogyny and the media,” Tapper remarked.

Tapper has used the opening of his to occasionally nail President Trump, but his joke highlighted  the in-fighting of the Democrat party over the devastating election and where to place blame.

Hillary said Tuesday she took “absolute personal responsibility” for the loss in an interview with Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International conference. “I was the candidate,” she added. “I was the person who was on the ballot.”

She then went on to say that she believed she was on her way to winning until the letter from FBI Director Comey damaged her campaign, and then she placed the blame on WikiLeaks releasing personal emails hacked from her campaign associates.

“If the election had been on Oct. 27,” Clinton claimed, “I would be your president.”

.@jaketapper: Hillary Clinton takes full responsibility for her election loss… except for Comey, Putin, WikiLeaks, misogyny, and the media pic.twitter.com/PVKzGzIZTn

— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 2, 2017

Clinton affirmed that misogyny in society and uneven treatment from the media also aided in her defeat.

The leading progressive voices on the left have helped drive the disunity in the party by blaming Clinton personally, and claiming that a more left-wing candidate would have beaten Trump. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the party for abandoning the working class and letting monied interests determine the policies of the Democrats.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has become a crucial player in the Democratic Party rebuilding. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) explains.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Bernie Sanders, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Jake Tapper, Politics

April 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A new poll released Sunday paints a dark picture for Democrats and supporters of Hillary Clinton, while showing somewhat better marks for President Donald Trump and Republicans.

According to the Washington Post/ABC News survey, if a rematch of last year’s presidential election between Trump and Clinton were held today, Trump would still win 43 percent to 40 percent. That includes the popular vote, which Clinton won by several million votes.

According to the ABC/WP poll, among 2016 voters, @realDonaldTrump would beat Hillary Clinton in a rematch — in the popular vote, no less. pic.twitter.com/vatpPDlqqh

— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) April 23, 2017

In addition, nearly 100 percent of voters who backed Trump and voted for him in last year’s presidential election say they do not regret their vote. Of those reached by the polling agency, 96 percent said they don’t regret their vote, while only 2 percent said they do.

On the other hand, only 85 percent said the same of Clinton. Of those who regret their vote, very few say they would switch their vote to the other candidate. Instead, they would vote for a third party candidate or not vote at all.

Still, the picture isn’t completely rosy for Trump. The poll found that he has an upside down approval rating, 53 percent disapproval to 42 percent approval, and that many people don’t agree with the first initiatives of his administration.

An equal number of people said they believe Trump is doing “much worse” and “much better” than they thought: 35 percent.

In terms of political parties, the GOP received slightly better marks than Democrats. Respondents told the polling agency that they believe both parties are “out of touch” with Americans, though the GOP is slightly less so than the Democratic Party, 62 percent to 67 percent. Respectively, only 28 percent believe the Democratic Party is “in touch” with Americans while 32 percent said the same of the GOP.

Only 28% of Americans think Dems are in touch with their concerns. 67% don’t. Brutal poll for Dems https://t.co/jwArMboKOf pic.twitter.com/9J3b2lpSl3

— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) April 23, 2017

The survey polled 1,004 random American voters from April 17-20 via phone. The majority of the respondents were either Democrats, 31 percent, or independents, 36 percent, while just 24 percent were Republicans.

The margin of error in the survey is +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Posted in Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Poll

April 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Immediately following Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat against Donald Trump in November, many in the Democratic Party suggested the DNC failed because it chose a well-connected, corrupt, establishment candidate in an election cycle that heavily favored political outsiders. Consequently, many in the Democratic Party called on DNC leaders to find and promote candidates that could better represent middle-class working Americans.

However, the early front-runner in the 2020 race to be Clinton’s successor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), seems to fit the establishment mold much closer than the kind of candidate you would expect a party to pick that’s looking to win over (or win back) voters in the Midwest.

Cuomo, like Clinton, has deep political ties. His father, Mario Cuomo, served three terms as the governor of New York, from 1983 to 1995, and Andrew has served in government for most of his professional career, going all the way back to the 1980s.

Cuomo, unlike many in the Democratic Party, has managed to avoid taking sides in the DNC’s war between the establishment-Clinton wing and the populist-Bernie Sanders wing. On one day, as the Washington Post recently reported, Cuomo might be found schmoozing with top establishment Democrats. On another, he’ll give a speech touting his Excelsior Scholarship program, a newly passed plan praised by Sanders that gives students from families earning less than $125,000 per year access to a public college in the state without being charged any tuition (so long as they don’t leave the state within four years).

“He’s running. It’s pretty clear,” said the University of Maryland’s Robert Koulish to the Washington Post, adding, “Maybe he’ll present himself as a progressive who gets things done.”

A February report in Politico also suggested Cuomo is setting himself up for a strong run in 2020.

“But New York operatives, state lawmakers and long-time associates see the 59-year-old governor as carefully laying down markers for his future, whatever it may hold, after Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat,” the Politico report reads.

“The cornerstone of that argument, and the way Cuomo sees himself as different and potentially more viable than more obvious 2020 prospects like Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown or even home-state Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has always been that Cuomo gets done what other politicians—usually legislators—simply talk about,” reported Politico.

“He reminded us what presidential sounds like,” Al Sharpton recently told the New York Observer. “I’d have to see who was in the race, but right now whoever’s in would have some catching up to do.”

“I don’t want to be the first one out there, but I can’t make it more clear: I cannot think of anyone at this time who is better qualified,” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said of Cuomo.

Cuomo may seem to have the inside track with some political insiders, but a March Harvard-Harris poll showed only 3 percent of the more than 2,000 registered voters surveyed said they think Cuomo should be the Democrats’ top candidate in 2020. Sanders received the most support, at 14 percent, but he’ll be 79 years old on Election Day in 2020, making it highly unlikely he could capture the nomination.

Posted in Andrew Cuomo, Democrats, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics

April 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A survivor of a 2013 chemical-weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised President Donald Trump on Friday for choosing to order a missile strike against an airbase in Syria.

Trump, many congressmen, and members of the intelligence community have said Assad is responsible for chemical attacks made against civilians in northern Syria on Tuesday. In the attack, at least 86 people were killed, including 28 children. The Turkish Health Ministry reported on Thursday the nerve agent used in the attack was sarin.

On Thursday, Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against an airbase belonging to the Syrian government. Trump claimed in a statement on the attack that there “can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council.”

Assad’s government has denied it is responsible for the chemical-weapons attack.

Speaking on CNN’s “Newsroom,” Kassem Eid, a survivor of a chemical attack launched by Assad in 2013, said he was “overwhelmed” with joy when he learned of Trump’s attack.

“I saw the news. I cried out of joy,” Eid said. “I jumped. I thanked God. I don’t know, I was overwhelmed. We’ve been asking for protection. We’ve been asking for consequences for more than six years. And today, for the first time, it happened. For the very first time we see Assad held accountable—just for once—held accountable for his crimes against humanity.”

“I was overwhelmed,” Eid said. “I felt grateful for President Trump. I felt grateful for the United States. I felt grateful for each and every person who lobbied and called, kept on talking until someone actually listened.”

CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Eid whether he agreed critics of Trump who say the president is being hypocritical by defending Syrians in once instance and temporarily refusing to let Syrian refugees enter the country.

“With all due respect,” Eid said. “With all due respect, I didn’t see each and every person who was demonstrating after the travel ban. I didn’t see you three days ago when people were gassed to death, when civilians were gassed to death. I didn’t see you in 2013, when 1,400 people were gassed to death. I didn’t see you raising your voice against President Obama’s inaction in Syria that led us refugees, that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria.”

“If you really care about refugees, if you really care about helping us, please help us stay in our country,” Eid continued. “We don’t want to come to the United States. We want to stay in our country. We want to stay in our country, with all due respect. This is hypocrisy. If you really care, if you really care, help us stay in our country.”

Eid’s incredible message conflicts with what many critics of Trump have said about Syrian refugees, including Hillary Clinton, who recently said during a speech in Houston Trump can’t “in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next, close America’s doors to them.”

On Friday, Trump asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a decision against Trump’s temporary travel ban made by a federal judge in Hawaii.

“To be sure, this order has been the subject of heated debate,” the Department of Justice wrote in its opening brief filed with the appellate court. “But the precedent set by this case will long transcend this order, this president, and this constitutional moment.”

Posted in Assad, CNN, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Syria

April 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

During an October 2016 campaign stop, Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore repeated a common claim made by climate alarmists about the alleged link between increased global temperatures and hurricanes—one that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now saying has yet to be proven.

“Hurricane Matthew was likely more destructive because of climate change,” Clinton said, according to a report by the Washington Post. “Right now, the ocean is at or near record high temperatures, and that contributed to the torrential rainfall and the flash flooding that we saw in the Carolinas. Sea levels have already risen about a foot, one foot, in much of the southeast, which means that Matthew’s storm surge was higher, and the flooding was more severe.”

Gore expanded on Clinton’s argument.

“It spun up from a tropical storm into a category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours,” Gore said. “That’s extremely unusual.”

Although these and similar claims suggesting hurricanes have worsened or increased in frequency as a result of global warming have been used often and with certainty by climate alarmists, the NOAA is now saying there is no definitive evidence that proves the alleged link. The NOAA is a federal government agency in the Department of Commerce that argued in favor of the theory man is primarily responsible for rising global temperatures under President Barack Obama.

According to a new report by the NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory reviewing existing evidence, “It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.”

NOAA said despite the fact that there currently is no evidence to support the claim, it believes there will be at some point in the future (sort of).

According to the alarmist NOAA, “Anthropogenic warming by the end of the 21st century will likely cause tropical cyclones globally to be more intense on average (by 2 to 11% according to model projections for an IPCC A1B scenario). This change would imply an even larger percentage increase in the destructive potential per storm, assuming no reduction in storm size.”

They also said the odds are “better than even” (how scientific of them!) “anthropogenic warming over the next century will lead to an increase in the occurrence of very intense tropical cyclone in some basins–an increase that would be substantially larger in percentage terms than the 2-11% increase in the average storm intensity.”

However, NOAA’s report also says, “This increase in intense storm occurrence is projected despite a likely decrease (or little change) in the global numbers of all tropical cyclones.”

Put simply, NOAA says there is no evidence hurricanes are more intense or have increased in frequency because of global warming, but it believes hurricanes could become more intense (by 2-11 percent) by 2100, even though there will likely be less total tropical cyclones.

(H/T: Watts Up With That)

Posted in Al Gore, Climate Change, Environment, Global Warming, Hillary Clinton, Hurricane Matthew, noaa

April 7th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton mocked Republicans for not being able to repeal Obamacare, saying that it was gratifying to see them be defeated in their efforts.

She made the comments to Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times at Tina Brown’s eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City.

“The commitment to hurt so many people that his administration,” Clinton told the audience, “this White House, seems to be pursuing – you know there are so many examples in just the first hundred days.”

“And then of course what they did or tried to do to the health care bill,” she explained, “which I did, I will confess to this. Having listened to them talk about repeal and replace for eight years, or seven years now, and they had not a clue what that meant. They had no idea.”

“I don’t know that any of them even read the bill,” she mocked, “read the law, understood how it worked. It was so obvious. And y’know, health care is complicated. Right?”

“And so, they don’t know what to do,” she concluded to applause. “I do admit that was somewhat gratifying.”

The Obamacare replacement bill by the Republicans was called the “American Health Care Act,” but many referred to is as “Obamacare lite” because they believed it didn’t repeal enough of Obamacare’s destructive policies.

Hillary Clinton: “I don’t understand the commitment to hurt” people that the Trump administration is displaying https://t.co/I4b2ezyUVz

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 6, 2017

The GOP replacement bill was defeated when the House Freedom Caucus of conservative Republicans refused to back it. After the sponsors of the bill changed it to meet some of their demands, it lost support from moderate Republicans, and was pulled from a vote.

The chairman of the Freedom Caucus says hes encouraged after White House Officials gave him revisions to the failed ObamaCare replacement bill. Aaron Dickens reports.

Trump has since said he’ll turn to moderate Democrats to get a bill passed, but Freedom Caucus allies believe he is bluffing in order to negotiate for his political objectives.

Posted in Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, Obamacare repeal, Politics, Repeal and Replace

April 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

During Friday’s White House press conference, Press Secretary Sean Spicer once again was fielding questions about President Donald Trump’s supposed connections with Russia, when he pointed the finger at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when it came to who truly had the deeper relationship.

Upon being asked about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian interference during the 2016 elections, Spicer once again asserted Trump’s innocence.

“As we’ve said before, when you talk about Russia in particular, everyone who has been briefed on this subject, from Republican to Democrat to CIA, former Obama administration’s Clapper, Brennan, you name it, all of those people come back with the same conclusion and I think that’s important that there’s been no evidence of the president’s campaign and Russian officials.”

But not stopping short of that, Spicer listed the amount of times Clinton had dealings and ties with Russia.

“It was Hillary Clinton who was the architect of the last administration’s failed ‘Reset’ policy. She told Russian state TV it was designed to strengthen Russia. That was their goal, to strengthen Russia. She used her office to make concession after concession, selling off one-fifth of our country’s uranium, paid speeches, paid deals, getting personal calls from Vladimir Putin. If you really want to talk about a Russian connection and the substance, that’s where we should be looking, that, not there.”

The uranium deal that Spicer is referring to is explained by a 2015 article in the New York Times, concerning major donors of a uranium mining company contributing money to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton, during her time as Secretary of State, approved the sale of the company to Russia. Simultaneously, cash began flowing into the Clinton Foundation from the Chairman of the Russian owned company.

Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

Posted in Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Russia, Sean Spicer, Uranium

March 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A new report suggests Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide, and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner, a former congressman, are back together again and that their previous breakup was “more for optics” and done under “pressure from Hillary’s camp.”

According to a report in Sunday’s New York Post, a source close to the couple revealed, “Huma has been working hard on her relationship with Anthony. He has been spending 80 to 90 percent of his time at the [apartment] they share. … If there is a disagreement, he goes to his mother’s apartment in Brooklyn.”

Another source reportedly told the Post the breakup was “more for optics for the campaign and [under] pressure from Hillary’s camp.”

Weiner has been caught in numerous sex scandals while married to the high-profile Abedin, who is believed by many to be Clinton’s closest adviser.

In 2011, while serving in Congress, Weiner published a picture of his genitalia on Twitter. Weiner eventually said, after two weeks of denying his involvement, the post was a mistake and that he meant to send it to a college student. He then resigned from office after immense pressure.

In 2013, while he was in the middle of running for mayor of New York City, it was exposed Weiner had been using a pseudonym, Carlos Danger, to send nude pictures of himself to more women. Not surprisingly, Weiner, who refused to drop out of the contest, lost the race. Shockingly, he still received 4.9 percent of the vote.

In September 2016, it was revealed Weiner had sent more nude pictures of himself, this time to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner also asked the girl to engage in “rape fantasies” with Weiner, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

It was at this time Abedin reportedly decided to leave Weiner, but this wasn’t the last we’d hear about him prior to the presidential election.

In November 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced the FBI had discovered new e-mails related to Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department and that the e-mails were not duplicates of e-mails previously recovered from other investigations of Clinton’s use of her personal e-mail server to conduct State Department business. The e-mails had been discovered while officials were searching a laptop belonging to Weiner as part of their investigation of his alleged sexual relationship with a minor.

Comey would later say, just two days before the election, the FBI found no evidence that warranted prosecuting Clinton. Clinton has said Comey’s announcement played a significant role in helping President Donald Trump capture the White House.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

Posted in Anthony Weiner, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, Huma Abedin, New York Post, Politics

March 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Press Secretary Sean Spicer laid a mic drop worthy burn on CNN during Thursday’s White House press briefing.

Earlier, CNN reported that Trump associates may indeed have had communications with the Russians during the 2016 elections that led to damaging information about the Hillary Clinton campaign. When asked about it by a reporter in the press pool, Spicer was actually ready for the subject to be brought up.

“So let’s actually look at what CNN reported,” began Spicer. “They reported that anonymous U.S. officials have told them that information indicates that association of the campaign, and suspected operatives coordinated, which they admit is not conclusive of anything which is bordering collusion. The last line of  said, ‘The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place.’”

“I think there’s more – probably more – evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her debate questions than the Trump campaign gave any kind of collusion [with the Russians].”

Spicer went on to remind the reporters that in the CNN report it states that, “the FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place.”

Watch the exchange below:

Posted in CNN, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Sean Spicer

March 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The presidential campaign of 2016 was rocked when Wikileaks revealed an email appearing to show Donna Brazile passing along a question from a CNN debate to Hillary Clinton. After months of denials, the former interim DNC chair finally admitted Friday that she was guilty of the accusation.

In an essay written for Time, Brazile recounts how the DNC was hacked during her tenure as interim chair, and eventually admits guilt.

“When I was asked last July to step in temporarily as D.N.C. Chair,” she explained, “I knew things were amiss. The D.N.C. had been hacked, and thousands of staff emails and documents were plastered on various websites. Staff were harassed, morale suffered, and we lost weeks of planning. Donors were harassed, and fundraising fell off.”

Then in October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign.

The debate on CNN was held between Hillary Clinton and her upstart competitor Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic primary. Bernie lost, and when the accusations of debate cheating were discovered, his supporters vociferously attacked Clinton, while fueling Trump’s constant claims, now forgotten, that the election was “rigged.”

Brazile admitted, “sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.”

“By stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few,” she explained, “the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton. Despite the strong, public support I received from top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks, the media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks.”

Brazile is admitting her mendacious actions in order to demand that more investigation be done into alleged Russian meddling into the election.

“Let me be clear,” she concluded. “This is not just the price of politics. This is not normal. We cannot let this stand. Our democratic process itself was attacked and harmed, and all Americans should be concerned.”

BREAKING: Donna Brazile finally admits she shared debate questions with Clinton campaign.

Guess, this won’t be on CNN tonight. pic.twitter.com/8GK36Es6S7

— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) March 17, 2017

Brazile lost her position at CNN as a contributor, and was harangued by the accusations throughout the campaign until the election, where Clinton lost the electoral count but garnered more votes than Trump in the popular vote.

The DNC voted to replace her with former Obama official Tom Perez in February.

Posted in CNN Debate Night, DNC, DNC Leak, Donald Trump, hacked emails, Hillary Clinton, Politics, President Donald Trump, Russian, Russian Hackers, WikiLeaks

March 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former President Bill Clinton appeared to refer to the resurgent nationalism of the current president when he told an audience that division is “taking us to the edge of our destruction.” He made the comments in a keynote address at the Brookings Institution Friday.

In the first public outing for the president since his wife Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election, the former president warned against the divisiveness of current nationalist movements around the world.

People who claim to want the nation-state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within borders all over the world. It’s like we’re all having an identity crisis at once — and it is an inevitable consequence of the economic and social changes that have occurred at an increasingly rapid pace.

The event was in honor of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was remembered by Clinton as exemplifying the spirit of inclusion and problem-solving, the opposite of the characteristics he described in nationalist movements.

Rabin “was smart, he was careful, he understood the insecurities which roil through every society at every time—and instead of being paralyzed by them or trying to take advantage of them, he tried to take account and bring them along,” Clinton said.

Clinton juxtaposed Rabin’s example against our natural tendencies, which he linked to nationalism: “we are programmed biologically, instinctively, to prefer win-lose situations, us versus them.”

“This is a very old story,” he explained. “It’s as old as the Holy Land, and much older. Ever since the first people stood up on the East African savanna, ever since the first families and clans, ever since people encountered the other. It is a very old story. And it always comes down to two things — are we going to live in an us-and-them world, or a world that we live in together?”

Rabin’s tough-minded approach to finding ways to work and live together is what’s needed, Clinton said. “If you got that, in every age and time, the challenges we face can be resolved in a way to keep us going forward, instead of taking us to the edge of our destruction.”

Eric Bolling defended Trump on “The Five” from Clinton’s criticism, saying that he didn’t run advocating ethnic cleansing of previous nationalist movements, like Nazism, but on economic nationalism.

.@ericbolling: “@billclinton is being disingenuous here.” #TheFive pic.twitter.com/7cJETb7Yv7

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 10, 2017

The dire warning from Clinton about nationalism is in strict contrast with the “Make America Great Again” message of President Trump and some of his more ideological supporters. While many are finding it difficult to pigeon-hole Trump in the classical differentiations of politics, some point to the succoring of the “alt-right” movement by Steve Bannon, who is now one of Trump’s top advisors.

While Hillary Clinton also sounded the warning against nationalism during her campaign, recently she placed the blame on interference from the Russians and from FBI Director Comey for her electoral loss, despite winning the popular vote.

Posted in Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Nationalism, Politics, Trump, White Nationalism

March 4th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Liberals on Twitter made a photograph of Hillary Clinton go viral because of what the headline read on the newspaper on her lap.

Here’s the photo from a twitter user who claimed to be a friend of the person who snapped the photo, explaining, “my friend is on the same plane as Hillary Clinton. Zoom in on the title of the article she’s looking at.”

You guys, my friend is on the same plane as Hillary Clinton. Zoom in on the title of the article she’s looking at. pic.twitter.com/356oE9uT0s

— J👏🏻O👏🏻H👏🏻N (@thelastwalt) March 3, 2017

The headline reads, “Pence used personal email in office” from the weekend edition of USA Today. The story has to do with the report that Vice President Pence had used a private AOL email account to conduct business as the governor of Indiana, and that his account had been hacked. Many have compared the story to Hillary’s own email scandal.

The photo has gone viral with many liberals angrily denouncing the irony of the picture.

Feminist reporter Annalisa Merelli tweeted, “She is basically every woman who lost a job interview to someone less qualified than her in the history of womanhood.” Anti-Trump writer Leah McElrath tweeted, “The anger and grief still come in waves at times.”

This makes me cry. I’m #StillWithHer @HillaryClinton Zoom in on the paper. | @MadYellowDog @justabadazz @TheSteveTheCat @Brijeshask @TjayJT https://t.co/CIPeFBjsov

— Margaret’s Folly (@margaretsfolly) March 4, 2017

This picture tells a thousand screams. https://t.co/srSqQNUah4

— Devin Glaser (@BombasticMo) March 3, 2017

Irony officially died on 3/3/2017. RIPIP https://t.co/RYF5hDUwT9

— HayleyBecker (@HaylBecks) March 3, 2017

The emails…the emails. 😏😏https://t.co/DILbXV1N59

— Mary Carolyn Englum (@mcenglum) March 3, 2017

“Aint this bout a B….”- HRC https://t.co/JQnSzSxeLg

— Lance BlackWater (@StarScream_Blu) March 3, 2017

Austin Smith tweeted, “That she survived this campaign and the absurdities that have followed is a real triumph of the human spirit.”

Caitlin Quigley, who is identified as the photographer, added, “she and huma said hi and i died.”

Many people on the left have disdainfully pointed out perceived outrages by the Trump administration, adding, “but the emails,” sarcastically, to mock those on the left who could not bring themselves to vote for Hillary. Clinton also cites the email scandal, and specifically FBI Director Comey’s investigation into the scandal, as the reason she lost the election to Donald Trump.

Posted in hacked emails, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, Politics, President Trump, Social Media, Twitter

January 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a reception honoring law enforcement and first responders Sunday, President Donald Trump welcomed FBI Director James Comey, shook his hand and said, “he’s become more famous than me” to laughter from the officers and agents gathered in the Oval Office.

Pres. Trump shakes James Comey’s hand, says “he’s become more famous than me” at law enforcement reception on Sunday https://t.co/HyU8mBt008 pic.twitter.com/EyehtoMUnC

— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 22, 2017

Comey, the highest law enforcement officer in the U.S., was blamed by many Democrats for Hillary Clinton’s problems during her 2016 campaign after he made public changes in the investigation of her private email server a few days before the election. Comey would ultimately go back on his pre-election statements and stand by an earlier decision that the bureau would not pursue charges against Clinton.

Comey is currently under investigation by the Justice Department for how he handled the former secretary of state’s case.

At the reception, Trump thanked law enforcement for their handling of the inauguration. Watch a clip of the exchange here.

Posted in Donald Trump, FBI, Government, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Oval Office

January 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Newly inaugurated President Trump surprised many when he reserved some time to remark upon the attendance of former President Bill Clinton and his former presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton during his inaugural luncheon Friday.

“I was very honored, very very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today,” he began, “and I think that’s appropriate to say.”

He then encouraged a standing ovation for the two Democratic icons, “I’d like you to stand up. I’d like you to stand up.”

President Trump was lauded from both sides of the aisle for the gracious moment which departed from the unbridled rancor of the presidential race.

“And honestly there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people,” he continued.

He followed the moment by extending a hand to the other Democrats in the room, and joking about his cabinet nominations.

We’re gonna have four great years. hopefully of peace and prosperity and we’ll be working very very hard. our cabinets lined up and ready. I know eventually Chuck is going to approve them, I’m sure. And we’re all dealing together, we all want the same thing, we’re all good people. Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t make any difference, we’re gonna get along.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has warned the Republicans that he would lead a combative opposition party against their nominees. Shortly after the luncheon, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, was approved by the Senate.

Posted in Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Inauguration, Politics, Trump, Trump inauguration

January 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a fitting end, The Clinton Global Initiative will shutter operations at their main office in New York City for good on Tax Day, April 15, 2017.

A WARN filing with the Department of Labor indicates that the 22 remaining employees employed there will be terminated on that date and that the official reason given for the layoffs is a “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initative.”

The CGI came under scrutiny during the 2016 election. The many foreign government donors and wealthy benefactors the organization claimed contributed to the belief that the organization was a “pay-to-play” operation designed to enrich the Clintons by trading on their political influence, and by using the speaking circuit as a way to elevate the “Clinton” brand while Hillary Clinton campaigned for president.

Clinton defenders countered those allegations by citing the many charitable organizations the CGI funded around the world.

However, as a report from the New York Observer notes, the criticisms began to reemerge in the wake of Clinton’s electoral loss to now President-elect Donald Trump due to the nearly immediate decision by those same wealthy and foreign donors to distance themselves from the foundation — or  fundraising — arm of the initiative:

[A]s soon as Clinton lost the election, many of the criticisms directed toward the Clinton Foundation were reaffirmed. Foreign governments began pulling out of annual donations, signaling the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work. In November, the Australian government confirmed it “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway also drastically reduced their annual donations, which reached $20 million a year in 2015.

The CGI was founded in 2005 to supplement the Clinton Foundation and serve as a networking apparatus to help in fundraising efforts. However, as the Observer notes, the language used to define the goal of the initiative was unclear. “Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable Commitments to Action—plans for addressing significant global challenges,” the CGI website states.

Clinton was dogged during the waning days of the 2016 election by allegations stemming from an email exchange detailing a memo made public by WikiLeaks in October that the Clinton Foundation was running a scheme to amass a fortune using the Clintons’ political influence:

From the Post:

The memo from [top Clinton aide and Clinton Foundation employee] Douglas Band, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.”

The alleged abuses of the Clinton Foundation and the CGI are also detailed in the book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” by Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute.

Posted in Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, US

January 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Despite the CIA intelligence report confirming Russia engaged in an “influence campaign” to undermine Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, financial terrorism expert Kevin Freeman told TheBlaze he remains unconvinced. The report, he says, isn’t necessarily inaccurate; Russia does engage in cyber meddling. But what bothers Freeman is how Democrats are overplaying the situation to the media and the American people to cast Clinton as a victim and delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump’s win. Because it speaks to a problem Freeman has been concerned with since the 2008 election and recently wrote a blog post on that has been getting a lot of attention: the politicization of the intelligence community.

Freeman is CEO of Freeman Global Holdings, LLC, a group that specializes in global equity and provides consulting expertise on the global financial industry as well as economic warfare, financial terrorism and economic risk analysis. He has contracted with the Department of Defense and prepared a report on Economic Warfare for the Secretary of Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, the chief civilian adviser to the Secretary of Defense. He has briefed government agencies, including the FBI and ONA (Office of Net Assessment), as well as members of the House and Senate, and has authored two books on the subject of financial terrorism, Secret Weapon and Game Plan.

He is currently in the development stages to host a new show at TheBlaze called “Economic War Room” focusing on the nexus of the financial sector and terrorism. But the article he wrote for his personal blog detailing his encounter a few years back in a private meeting with a senior staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is what has been bringing him some notoriety lately.

In it, he tells of laying out a claim of proof that U.S. elections were vulnerable to being “hacked” by Russia, China, or others. Specifically, he had proof he says that Russia had tried to intervene in the 2008 election by manipulating the stock market toward a recession because Russia, at the time, favored a Barack Obama win. And a downturn in the stock market generally meant the party in power — the party of Sen. John McCain (R.-AZ) and President George W. Bush — would be voted out.

I carried with me the evidence of what had taken place in September 2008, just before the historic election that placed then Senator Obama into the White House…

…Before the meeting, I had been told that my research regarding purposed attacks on our nation’s financial system had been suppressed because “it didn’t fit the Administration’s narrative.” I guess the Administration didn’t want to publicize that someone may have purposed to attack the stock market just before an election. When you realize that stock market returns just prior to an election are highly correlated with election results, it becomes clear that manipulating the stock market could impact who became President…

Freeman was ultimately verbally berated in loud tones and choice words before being walked out on at that meeting. He says things went south when he uttered the following, “I know the IC (intelligence community) can sometimes be politicized.” That was all it took for the door to be effectively slammed in his face.

Which explains why Freeman is baffled by the outrage coming from Democrats that Russia may have tried to influence the election in 2016. He had proof they were manipulating market information in 2008 to help Obama, but no one would listen because it “didn’t fit the narrative.”

“Can we really compare the seriousness of hacking Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails on ‘spirit cooking’ with a direct effort to take down the American economy and crash the stock market?,” Freeman writes in his article.

And yet, the news cycle is consumed with reports that Russia tried to embarrass Clinton using her then-campaign chairman Podesta’s emails (leaked by WikiLeaks), and Freeman is baffled and disturbed by the hypocrisy.

“No one looked at who leaked Donald Trump’s tax information [during the campaign], just assuming is was Marla Maples. It might have been, but that was a greater privacy concern that Podesta’s emails,” he says.

His point? Hacking is only taken seriously by the Democrats when they can use it to further their agenda. And that kind of politicization in the intelligence community is a direct threat to national security and an insult to the thousands of good, patriotic analysts and agents working in that community.

He wonders, he says, “which diplomats were kicked out of the country” after it was revealed that the Office of Management and Personnel was hacked in 2015 revealing the sensitive and personal information of average Americans.

“With WikiLeaks, we know the purpose was to embarrass [Clinton],” he says. “But the OPM hack could have ruined people’s lives.”

But Democrats and President Obama didn’t try at that time to convene a special, bi-partisan commission to investigate that hack as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) were attempting to do Tuesday to investigate the Russian hacking.

Jackson Lee said in her argument for a commission that it was of paramount importance to get to the bottom of  “who conspired to alter our election.”

“They’re trying to make a political point and not trying to protect the American people,” says Freeman of such protestations. And he wonders about the timing of the report, released as it was just before Obama leaves office but with enough time to plant the idea that Trump was helped by Russian hacking. Freeman has developed associations with some of the Trump transition team in the hope he can convince them to think about reforming the intelligence community, and to help curb some of the politicking done by Democrats around the intelligence gathering apparatus in general.

And how does he respond to Tuesday’s late-breaking news that there’s now as-yet uncorroborated evidence that the Trump campaign could have been in contact with Russian government intermediaries before the election? “The article and the media are trying to have it both ways: Trump was colluding with Russia. Trump was compromised by Russia. Clearly there is spin involved for political reasons but scant evidence shown of either at this point,” he says. “Both could be true or one or the other. Or neither. But they are attempting to claim both.”

“The point that I’m most concerned about, because the government has lost all credibility by politicizing the intelligence community, is that people like [WikiLeaks founder] Julian Assange look credible by comparison,” he says. “And that’s a problem. If the government was above politics, we could call [Assange] out. In this case he seems more credible than our own government. The only solution is for government to stop being hyper political.”

 

 

Posted in Barack Obama, CIA, Cyber Security, Donald Trump, FBI, Hillary Clinton, Intelligence Community, Politics, Recession, Russian Hackers

December 27th, 2016 by Staff Writer

During President Barack Obama’s “exit interview” podcast with his former advisor David Axelrod, Obama mentioned that he felt the Democrats lost the election in part because the media just wasn’t effectively communicating all the ways rural America has prospered under Obama’s presidency.

“We — we devoted more attention, more focus, put more resources into rural America than has — has been the case probably for the last two, three decades,” Obama said on “The Axe Files” podcast.

“And — and it paid great dividends, but you just wouldn’t know that, that’s not something that you would see on the nightly news,” he told Axelrod.

Obama also purported that the Democratic party had not done a good enough job using emotional appeal as opposed to relying on the facts to make their case.

“And so we’ve got to figure out how do we show people and communicate in a way that is visceral and — and makes an emotional connection as opposed to just the facts,” he continued, making a reference to the issue of fake news, “because the facts are all in dispute these days.”

Obama also claimed that although Trump won rural American three-to-one, that his own policies actually helped them, they just didn’t realize it.

“Look, the Affordable Care Act benefits a huge number of Trump voters,” Obama told Axelrod, referring to an article posted on Vox claiming that a large number of Kentuckians who voted for Trump were utilizing Obamacare.

Obama failed to mention the ever-rising insurance premiums and the increasing number of Americans forced to purchase insurance from  government insurance exchanges since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act .

“There are a lot of folks in places like West Virginia or Kentucky who didn’t vote for Hillary, didn’t vote for me, but are being helped by this,” Obama said.

He told Axelrod that another problem the Democrats had connecting with rural Americans was that they weren’t “on the ground communicating” that they are “bleeding for these communities.”

 

Obama again reinforced his idea that what his party lacked was an emotional connection to rural America, and focusing on that connection instead of depending on media to communicate their message effectively.

“And there’s an emotional connection, and part of what we have to do to rebuild is to be there and — and that means organizing, that means caring about state parties, it means caring about local races, state boards or school boards and city councils and state legislative races and not thinking that somehow, just a great set of progressive policies that we present to the New York Times editorial board will win the day,” he said in closing.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Business, David Axelrod, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Obama

December 26th, 2016 by Staff Writer

WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange mocked former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a recent, wide-ranging interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

Speaking about WikiLeaks and its role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election — namely that it continually leaked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee — Assange said that he was simply happy that their work made a difference to Americans.

“We were pleased to see how much of the American public interacted with the material we published. That interaction was on both sides of politics, including those to the left of Hillary Clinton those who supported Bernie Sanders, who were able to see the structure of power within the Democratic National Committee and how the Clintons had placed Debbie Wasserman Schultz to head up the DNC and as a result the DNC had tilted the scales of the process against Bernie Sanders,” he told the newspaper.

When asked how he feels about President-elect Donald Trump, Assange continued his tirade against Clinton. He said:

If the question is how I personally feel about the situation, I am mixed: Hillary Clinton and the network around her imprisoned one of our alleged sources for 35 years, Chelsea Manning, tortured her according to the United Nations, in order to implicate me personally. According to our publications Hillary Clinton was the chief proponent and the architect of the war against Libya. It is clear that she pursued this war as a staging effort for her Presidential bid. It wasn’t even a war for an ideological purpose. This war ended up producing the refugee crisis in Europe, changing the political colour of Europe, killing more than 40,000 people within a year in Libya, while the arms from Libya went to Mali and other places, boosting or causing civil wars, including the Syrian catastrophe. If someone and their network behave like that, then there are consequences. Internal and external opponents are generated. Now there is a separate question on what Donald Trump means.

Hillary Clinton’s election would have been a consolidation of power in the existing ruling class of the United States.

Assange went on to explain that despite all of the opposition that his organization has faced from the U.S. and Democrats like Clinton, the former secretary of state “destroyed herself” in her attempts to destroy WikiLeaks.

Assange explained:

Power is mostly the illusion of power. The Pentagon demanded we destroy our publications. We kept publishing. Clinton denounced us and said we were an attack on the entire “international community”. We kept publishing. I was put in prison and under house arrest. We kept publishing. We went head to head with the NSA getting Edward Snowden out of Hong Kong, we won and got him asylum. Clinton tried to destroy us and was herself destroyed. Elephants, it seems, can be brought down with string. Perhaps there are no elephants.

Assange went on to give his take on Trump, who he said clearly represents an opportunity for change in the U.S. But whether that change is good or bad is left to be determined.

“Donald Trump is not a DC insider, he is part of the wealthy ruling elite of the United States, and he is gathering around him a spectrum of other rich people and several idiosyncratic personalities,” the hacker explained. “They do not by themselves form an existing structure, so it is a weak structure which is displacing and destabilizing the pre-existing central power network within DC.”

“It is a new patronage structure which will evolve rapidly, but at the moment its looseness means there are opportunities for change in the United States: change for the worse and change for the better,” he added.

Posted in Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, World

December 21st, 2016 by Staff Writer

A federal judge has unsealed the search warrant obtained by the FBI to search former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s computer for emails related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct government business, according to CBS News.

The FBI reportedly discovered emails relevant to its probe of Clinton’s emails on a computer used by Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, while investigating allegations he exchanged explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl.

According to the warrant, the FBI sought permission to search emails on Weiner’s Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptop.

“There is probable cause to believe that the Subject Laptop contains evidence, contraband, fruits, and/or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793 (e) and (f),” it states.

Politico notes that after previously stating that the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server was closed, FBI Director James Comey alerted Congress shortly before the election that he had new information. Two days before the election, Comey said the case was still closed.

Former President Bill Clinton has blamed Comey and the FBI — among other factors — for his wife’s loss.

Weiner once infamously shared vulgar images of himself on social media with the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.” His previous sexting scandals led to his resignation from Congress, a failed mayoral bid in New York City and separation from Abedin.

Posted in Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, FBI, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, James Comey, Politics

December 20th, 2016 by Staff Writer

As predicted, Monday’s Electoral College results solidified President-elect Donald Trump’s transition into the White House next month.

He has so far garnered 304 of the Electoral College votes cast Monday, compared to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s 166 votes. The day, however, was not without drama. Texas Electoral College members engaged in a standoff of sorts, with some electors refusing to attend. Those electors were replaced and after settling in, Texas committed 36 of its 38 electoral votes to Trump, which put him over the 270 votes needed to officially win the presidency.

As of 4:30 PM CST, results were not in from California or Nevada yet, but there have so far been six “faithless electors” who voted for a candidate who did not win their state. There was a growing movement to convince electors to abandon their votes for Trump, but most of the faithless electors came from the Democratic delegation.

Four of the Democratic electors came from Washington state, and did not vote for Clinton even though she won the state. One elector from Minnesota attempted to switch his vote from Clinton to Democratic presidential primary hopeful Bernie Sanders, but was replaced by an alternate. Another elector from Maine attempted to cast his vote for Sanders, but was harshly criticized and decided to switch his vote back to Clinton.

The Republican National Committee released a statement after the Electoral College results solidified Trump’s win, saying:

“This historic election is now officially over and I look forward to President-elect Trump taking the oath of office in January. Our unified Republican government will hit the ground running next year so we can deliver real change and make America great again. For the good of the country, Democrats must stop their cynical attempts to undermine the legitimacy of this election, which Donald Trump won decisively in the Electoral College with more votes than any Republican since 1988.”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Government, Hillary Clinton

December 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

President Obama had his end-of-year press conference and among his other newsworthy comments, he also had something to say about media bias throughout the election.

After addressing the Russian email hacking scandal and the media covering WikiLeaks, Obama used a term that was usually reserved for President-elect Donald Trump during the presidential election.

Obama asserted that the media coverage of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in part cost her the election, claiming that the media treated her “unfairly.”

“I think she’s worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and I don’t think she was treated fairly during the election…I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling,” Obama said.

Watch the short clip below:

Posted in Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Media Bias, Politics, President Obama

December 14th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Reports from Detroit indicate there were discrepancies in nearly 60 percent of the counties, where two-thirds of the city’s precincts had too many votes.

Optical scanners in Wayne County show that 248 of the city’s 662 precincts counted over one third more ballots than the number of voters reported by poll workers. That totals 37 percent more voters than originally counted, and because of the statewide discrepancies, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sanctioned a state audit of the votes.

The Detroit News reported that many Detroit precincts could not be counted during the Michigan statewide recount that ended Friday.

Statewide, records indicate that 10.6 percent of precincts in the 22 counties that were subject to the recount could not be counted because state law prohibits including any precincts that are unbalanced or any ballot boxes with broken seals. In Detroit alone, officials were not able to recount 392 precincts.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton handily won Detroit and Wayne County in the presidential election, even though President-elect Donald Trump took the state of Michigan by less than one percent.

Chairwoman of Wayne County Board of Canvassers Krista Haroutunian told The Detroit News, “There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal.”

City officials reported that ballots in Wayne County were never removed from a locked bin below a voting machine tabulator on Election Day. Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams commented on the matter, “That’s what we’ve been told, and we’ll be wanting to verify it. At any rate, this should not have happened.”

It is not yet classified as an investigation, but Woodhams implied that an investigation wasn’t out of the question.

“Based on what we find, it could lead to more,” he said.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Detroit, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Michigan, Michigan recount, Politics

December 10th, 2016 by Staff Writer

As part of his “Thank You Tour 2016,” President-elect Donald Trump made a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in front of a raucous crowd.

At one point during the night while Trump was speaking, the audience started chanting, “lock her up,” referencing Trump’s promise to put former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton behind bars.

But Trump had quite a surprising response to the chant, as Alexandra Jaffe from NBC News reported:

Whoa—chant of “lock her up!” from the crowd, Trump replies: “That plays great before the election – now we don’t care”

— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) December 10, 2016

Trump made headlines during his campaign when he stated he would assign a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s FBI case and said he would put her in jail for her handling of classified emails.

“Lock her up” became an ongoing tagline of his campaign, and was regularly chanted by his supporters.

Trump told Clinton face-to-face in the second 2016 presidential debate, “I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it, but if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

Clinton shot back at him, “It’s just awfully good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

Trump quickly replied, “Because you’d be in jail.”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics

December 6th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Recently named Billboard magazine’s 2016 “Woman of the Year,” Madonna gave an interview to the magazine and didn’t hold back when it came to her views on politics and the 2016 presidential election.

“It felt like someone died,” she said about the outcome of the election.

She continued, “It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’ and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.”

She did not elaborate on how, specifically, she felt like women betrayed other women, but she did explain why she thought women across the nation voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

“Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad,” Madonna explained in her own words. “Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external.”

She continued, “A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.”

She went on to say she was “devastated, surprised,” and “in shock,” at Trump’s presidential election win.

“I haven’t had a good nights sleep since he has been elected. We’re f—ed.”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Entertainment, Hillary Clinton, Madonna

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