Friday, July 29, 2016

More Hillary Clinton Emails to Be Released

More Hillary Clinton Emails to Be Released, Despite Conclusion of Criminal Probe

ABC News Go

Jul 22, 2016, 5:02 PM EST

If you're like most Americans, you might think we'd seen the last of Hillary Clinton's email messages when the State Department said in February that it had made them all public.

Turns out there's many more.

Originally, Clinton said she turned over 55,000 pages of work-related emails to the State Department that she'd accumulated during her time as secretary of state and deleted 30,000 personal ones.

But when FBI Director James Comey announced earlier this month that no criminal charges would be brought against her, he also revealed that his investigators had recovered many of the missing emails, some of which were work-related, not personal.

And because the State Department is the rightful owner of Clinton's work-related emails, the FBI has started returning them to the State Department.

State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said the FBI turned over an "initial set" of those documents on Thursday.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook

by Andrew C. McCarthy July 5, 2016 12:45 PM @AndrewCMcCarthy There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services. Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.

In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence. I would point out, moreover, that there are other statutes that criminalize unlawfully removing and transmitting highly classified information with intent to harm the United States. Being not guilty (and, indeed, not even accused) of Offense B does not absolve a person of guilt on Offense A, which she has committed.
I think highly of Jim Comey personally and professionally, but this makes no sense to me. Finally, I was especially unpersuaded by Director Comey’s claim that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case based on the evidence uncovered by the FBI. To my mind, a reasonable prosecutor would ask: Why did Congress criminalize the mishandling of classified information through gross negligence? The answer, obviously, is to prevent harm to national security. So then the reasonable prosecutor asks: Was the statute clearly violated, and if yes, is it likely that Mrs. Clinton’s conduct caused harm to national security? If those two questions are answered in the affirmative, I believe many, if not most, reasonable prosecutors would feel obliged to bring the case.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Trump Issues Obama Epic Ultimatum: Say These 3 Words Or Resign!

Conservative Tribune
June 14, 2016

After the most deadly terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Donald Trump has had enough with President Barack Obama’s equivocating on extremism. In a Twitter post published after the attack in Orlando early Sunday morning, Trump said that if Obama is not willing to call the attack “radical Islamic terrorism,” then he needs to resign.

According to CNN, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando at 2 a.m. Sunday heavily armed, wanting to kill as many people as possible. Three hours later, when the standoff ended, 50 innocent lives had been taken.

Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group. In addition, a statement posted on a web site affiliated with the Islamic State group said that “the armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida and that bore more than a 100 killed and wounded was carried out by an Islamic State fighter.”

...When addressing the nation, President Obama went as far as to say that, “We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate.”

You may notice one or several words missing from that: namely, “Islam” or “Islamic State.” And Donald Trump isn’t having it.

“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism?” Trump wrote. “If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”

Sadly, this isn’t the first attack where the president has absolutely refused to mention Islam in conjunction with the terror that the radical form of it causes. After the Paris and Brussels attacks, he refused to say it either.

Unfortunately, it’s hardly going to be the last attack where the president has refused to mention Islam, either. That’s because he simply doesn’t realize what the problem is.

To him, this is just a hate crime — the same as two mentally ill Klansmen finding a black man and beating him with a baseball bat. While that’s completely vile, it isn’t part of an insidious multinational conspiracy to replace freedom of religion and lifestyle with an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-punishing caliphate.

Donald Trump is right. If President Obama cannot admit this, he cannot possibly fight it. It’s time for a president who can. Please like and share on Facebook and Twitter if you agree.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Twenty Thousand Committed To Anti-Hillary ‘Occupy DNC’ Protest

Peter Hasson
The Daily Caller
8:19 PM 05/31/2016

More than twenty thousand people have committed to protest Hillary Clinton’s likely nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — and that number is quickly growing.

The protesters are united in their support for Bernie Sanders, as well as their opposition to “a fraudulent Hillary nomination,” according to the group’s website.

Their leaders have set up a Facebook group — titled Occupy DNC Convention — to organize housing and transportation.

Protesters are encouraged to read documents shared within the group. One document is titled “Civil Disobedience Training.” Another is titled “Health and Safety at Militant Actions” and includes tips on first-aid and withstanding teargas.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bernie Sanders is starting to get the “everybody hates Ted Cruz” treatment
Ryu Spaeth
May 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders is starting to get the “everybody hates Ted Cruz” treatment.

The ongoing battle between Sanders and the Democratic National Committee has revealed not only the extent of Sanders’s contempt for Democratic officials, but that the feeling is mutual. His refusal to take a harder line against supporters who have issued violent, sexist threats against Nevada Democratic Chair Roberta Lange, along with his suggestion that they were justified in their anger, has brought condemnation from prominent Democrats and emboldened them to make harsher criticisms of Sanders and his brand of populist, anti-establishment politics. Barney Frank has gone so far as to suggest that this is why Sanders is something of an isolated figure in the party, a la Cruz.

Of course, no one’s calling Sanders “Lucifer in the flesh.” But he’s not making any friends either.

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Bernie Sanders, 4/30/2015 Associated Press photo

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mitt Romney: Trump Not Releasing His Tax Returns Is 'Disqualifying'

In an afternoon Facebook post, Romney, who released his own tax returns in 2012 after his personal finances came under scrutiny, skewered Trump's running excuse that an ongoing audit prevents him from releasing the records.
"It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service," the former Massachusetts governor wrote.
Romney said tax returns provide "sole confirmation" of the candidate's claims about charitable giving and personal wealth. He said the documents would also reveal any "hidden inappropriate associations with foreign entities, criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups," while noting such findings aren't likely.
He also suggested Trump release his returns for the years not currently under audit.
"Mr. Trump says he is being audited. So? There is nothing that prevents releasing tax returns that are being audited," Romney said.
He continued: "There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump's refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them. Given Mr. Trump's equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it's a bombshell of unusual size."
In an AP interview published Wednesday, Trump said he doesn't plan to release his tax returns before November.

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Mitt Romney 5/2016  AP Photo / Julio Cortez

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ted Cruz Isn't Crazy – He's Much Worse

Ted Cruz Isn't Crazy – He's Much Worse

Cruz knows exactly what he's doing

BY JEB LUND December 4, 2015
Rollng Stone Magazine

For a long time, the left has had two caricatures of conservatives: that we are either stupid or evil," Ted Cruz is fond of saying. "I take it as a backhanded compliment that they have, to some extent, invented a third category for me: 'crazy.'" Porter Gifford/Corbis

In no particular order, Texas senator and Republican presidential aspirant Ted Cruz has: said acts of Christian terrorism stopped centuries ago, forgetting the Ku Klux Klan and the shooting in Colorado last week; claimed he has never met an anti-abortion activist who advocates violence, despite being endorsed by one just days before; dismissed the need for Planned Parenthood because there isn't a shortage of "rubbers" in America; and made an offhand comment that Colorado mass shooter Robert Dear could be a "transgendered leftist activist." All this in just the last week.

Cruz also has a favorite line he likes to use, which appears on the stump and in his book. "For a long time, the left has had two caricatures of conservatives: that we are either stupid or evil. I take it as a backhanded compliment that they have, to some extent, invented a third category for me: 'crazy.'" It's typical Cruz: both self-aggrandizing and distant from the truth, with a little temporizing statement ("to some extent") that rescues the self-aggrandizing part from being an outright lie. Either way, it's wrong.

Ted Cruz is far from crazy, which is the essential Ted Cruz problem. Crazy you can deal with, even forgive a little, often ignore. Ben Carson is a bowl of Froot Loops floating in a sad lethal pond of gasoline. Donald Trump went warp speed into the Trumpiverse decades ago. Both men have conducted their campaigns and recent years on perpetual tangents. But Ted Cruz knows exactly what he's doing. He doesn't even hide it particularly well. Not only is his intelligence one of his favorite selling points, his book undermines any notion that he misspeaks. He is gaffe proof because the gaffes are not arrived at by error. Ted Cruz does awful things by intelligent design.

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