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Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

By Norman Solomon

Here is a condensed version of President Obama's speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night, unofficially translated into plain English:

I kind of realize we can’t kill our way out of this conflict with ISIL, but in the short term hopefully we can kill our way out of the danger of a Republican victory in the presidential race next year.

As a practical matter, the current hysteria needs guidance, not a sense of proportion along the lines of what the New York Times just mentioned in passing: “The death toll from jihadist terrorism on American soil since the Sept. 11 attacks -- 45 people -- is about the same as the 48 killed in terrorist attacks motivated by white supremacist and other right-wing extremist ideologies.... And both tolls are tiny compared with the tally of conventional murders, more than 200,000 over the same period.”

While I’m urging some gun control, that certainly doesn’t apply to the Pentagon. The Joint Chiefs and their underlings have passed all the background checks they need by virtue of getting to put on a uniform of the United States Armed Forces.

As much as we must denounce the use of any guns that point at us, we must continue to laud the brave men and women who point guns for us -- and who fire missiles at terrorists and possible terrorists and sometimes unfortunately at wedding parties or misidentified vehicles or teenagers posthumously classified as “militants” after signature strikes or children who get in the way.

We can’t see ourselves in the folks we kill. But I know that we see ourselves with friends and co­workers at a holiday party like the one in San Bernardino. I know we see our kids in the faces of the young people killed in Paris.

Also I know we don’t see ourselves in the blameless individuals who have been beheaded by our ally Saudi Arabia, which has executed 150 people this year mostly by cutting off their heads with swords.

Nor should we bother to see ourselves in the people the Saudi government is slaughtering with airstrikes in Yemen on a daily basis. We sell the Saudis many billions of dollars worth of weapons that make the killings in San Bernardino look smaller than puny. But that’s the way it goes sometimes.

I gave a lofty major speech a couple of years ago about how a democratic society can’t have perpetual war. I like to talk about such sugary ideals; a spoonful helps the doublethink medicine go down.

Let me now say a word about what we should not do. We should not be drawn once more into a long and costly ground war in Iraq or Syria. The United States of America has colossal air power -- and we’re going to use it. No muss, little fuss: except for people under the bombs, now being utilized at such a fast pace that the warhead supply chain is stretched thin.

Yes, we’re escalating a bit on the ground too, with hundreds of special operations forces going into Syria despite my numerous public statements -- adding up to more than a dozen since August 2013 -- that American troops would not be sent to Syria. Likewise we’ve got several thousand soldiers in Iraq, five years after I solemnly announced that “the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.”

But here’s the main thing: In the Middle East, the USA will be number one in dropping bombs and firing missiles. Lots of them! It’s true that we keep making enemies faster than we can possibly kill them, but that’s the nature of the beast.

In Afghanistan too. At the end of last year I ceremoniously proclaimed that “the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion” and the United States “will maintain a limited military presence in Afghanistan.” But within 10 months I changed course and declared that 5,500 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017.

Midway through this fall -- even before the terrorist attacks in Paris -- the United States had launched an average of about 50 airstrikes per week in Syria during the previous year, and the New York Times reported that the U.S. military was preparing “to intensify airstrikes against the Islamic State” on Syrian territory.

And according to official Pentagon figures, the U.S.-led aerial bombing in Iraq has topped 4,500 airstrikes in the last year -- approaching an average rate of 100 per week.

Our military will hunt down terrorist plotters where they are plotting against us. In Iraq and Syria, airstrikes are taking out some of the latest ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure. I’ve got to tell you that these actions will defeat ISIL, but I’ve got to not tell you that the airstrikes will kill a lot of civilians while launching new cycles of what gave rise to ISIL in the first place -- inflaming rage and grief while serving as a powerful recruitment tool for people to take up arms against us.

In the name of defeating terrorist forces, our air war has the effect of recruiting for them. Meanwhile, in Syria, our obsession with regime change has propelled us into closely aligning with extremist jihadi fighters. They sure appreciate the large quantities of our weapons that end up in their arsenals.

You don’t expect this policy to make a lot of sense, do you?

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Norman Solomon is the author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org.

On reading Mumia in gaol: Torture and Other Abuses Make Turkey as American as Apple Pie

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

On the topic of torture the nation of Turkey could teach some gruesome techniques to ISIS, the terrorist movement executing a savage reign across Syria and beyond (reportedly with Turkish government support).

A half century of US hospital bombings: Gen. John Campbell, Commander in Afghanistan and Serial Liar

By Dave Lindorff

 

“US forces would never intentionally strike a hospital.”

       -- US Commander of NATO Forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell

 

An invisible US hand leading to war?: Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet at the Turkish/Syrian Border was an Act of Madness

By Dave Lindorff


In considering the terrifying but also sadly predictable news of a Russian fighter jet being downed by two Turkish fighters, let’s start with one almost certain assumption -- an assumption that no doubt is also being made by the Russian government: Turkey’s action, using US-supplied F-16 planes, was taken with the full knowledge and advance support of the US. In fact, given Turkey’s vassal status as a member of US-dominated NATO, it could well be that Ankara was put up to this act of brinksmanship by the US.

Where’s the truth, and how can you find it?: The US Corporate Media are Essentially Propaganda Organs of the US Government


By Dave Lindorff

 

            Are the American corporate media largely propaganda organs, or news organizations?

 

Warmongers & Peacemongers: Learning How Not to Rule the World

By John Grant

 

[Al Qaeda’s] strategic objective has always been ... the overthrow of the House of Saud. In pursuing that regional goal, however, it has been drawn into a worldwide conflict with American power.

TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas with State Department Help

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid. 

The proof is in the proofs: US Spy Sats See Everything, Except when the Government Says They Didn’t

By Dave Lindorff

 

            There is something fishy going on in the way the US is talking about civilian plane crashes that are in some way linked, or said to be linked to Russia.

 

Domestic surveillance blimp goes AWOL: The Spy That Quit and Ran

By Dave Lindorff

 

Most Americans living in the northeastern and Midatlantic region of the country probably didn't realize that for the last year or so they've been being spied on from the sky by a sophisticated 'eye-in-the-sky' blimp tethered to the ground in Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Regulating trade and restricting communications: The TPP is an Attack on the Internet

By Alfredo Lopez


The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, initialed by the delegations of the 12 participating countries in early October, is one of the most talked-about mysteries of our time. The moment the treaty was announced, there was a tidal wave of commentary and criticism: most of it based on previous versions, speculation and a few leaks. Because it won't be published for months (even years perhaps), nobody really knew what the document actually said.

Focus: Hillary Clinton and Benghazi - Oct 22, 2015


Gowdy: Many significant Benghazi questions are still unanswered - The Washington Post


Benghazi committee was first ever to ask for Stevens' emails, ambassador joked about U.S. unwilling to pay for his security - Washington Examiner


Benghazi memos recovered from compound detail staff security worries - Washington Times


Mother of Benghazi victim: My son told me the night before that he was really worried...he didn't expect to live till morning’ (VIDEO) - Breitbart


The “Stand Up” Order That Never Happened in Benghazi, Clinton Failed to Send Any Assistance to Protect Americans in Harm’s Way - townhall.com


VIDEO: Bolton on Benghazi: Mrs. Clinton went home for the evening, never spoke at all to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey - WSJ


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Panetta, Dempsey testify: No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Attack - The Weekly Standard


ARCHIVE: Benghazi testimony: Dempsey says that a contingent was not sent because the State Department didn't request one - CNN.com


ARCHIVE: Gen. Dempsey agrees that the four special ops members were indeed told not to go to Benghazi - newsmax.com


VIDEO ARCHIVE (Compilation): Benghazi Testimony by Panetta and Dempsey - YouTube


The fundamental question: Was Benghazi a gun running operation to take Qaddafi’s abandoned weapons and turn them over to Syrian rebels? - Fox News


How US Ambassador Chris Stevens May Have Been Linked To Jihadist Rebels In Syria - Business Insider


Judicial Watch: New State Documents Show Quick White House Effort to Link Benghazi to Internet Video, Detail Delays and Lack of Support During the Attack - Judicial Watch


Hillary’s Libya Post-War Plan Was ‘Play It by Ear,’ Gates Says - The Daily Beast


Hillary Clinton State Department approved U.S. weapons shipment to Libya despite ban - Washington Times


POLL (NBC/WSJ): More Americans Unsatisfied With Clinton's Response to Benghazi Attack - NBC News


Pro-Clinton Super PAC Releases First Ad On Benghazi, Touting Her Record As Secretary Of State (VIDEO) - NBC News


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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How the U.S. Created Middle East Mayhem

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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 20, 2015


Cable shows ambassador sought security staffing before Benghazi attack, State Department turned down the request - Fox News


Gowdy: New Benghazi emails show "total disconnect" between the U.S. security needs in Libya and the priorities of Clinton's State Dept - AP


Trey Gowdy: How did 7 Congressional Committees miss Amb. Stevens’ emails showing his request for additional security? - The Daily Caller


Benghazi assessment by Green Beret stands test of time, as probes conclude the security was woefully inadequate - Washington Times


Officials worked to steer the narrative away from terrorist nature of the Benghazi attacks, security shortfalls, and lack of a military rescue - WPBN


Former White House counsel Lanny Davis: 'There was no stand-down order, there was no immediate ability to rescue those four individuals given the distance and the logistics' - WND


ARCHIVE: Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim (VIDEO) - Fox News


Timing of Movie About Benghazi Attack Could Test Clinton Campaign, '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Set for Release by Paramount Pictures on Jan. 15  - The New York Times


VIDEO: '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Official Trailer - YouTube


Benghazi Democrats publish report defending Clinton on Benghazi - Washington Examiner


REPORT: No Evidence to Support Top Republican Allegations About Secretary Hillary Clinton on Benghazi - democrats.benghazi


'Super PAC' Backing Hillary Clinton to Air Ad on Benghazi Testimony - The New York Times


New battle over claim that Clinton mishandled CIA secrets - TheHill


VIDEO (and transcripts): Face the Nation: Interviews with Gowdy, Cummings - CBS News


Gowdy appears to accidentally release CIA source's name, citing 'human error' State Department acknowledges it failed to delete name when clearing email for disclosure - POLITICO


POLL (Rasmussen): Most Don't Believe Hillary Honest on Benghazi - newsmax.com


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Clinton Foundation Donors Lobbied State Department for Haiti Hotels - Washington Free Beacon


ARCHIVE: Schweizer: Clinton Donors, Relatives Got Rich Off Haiti Contracts, US Taxpayers - Breitbart


State Department under Hillary Clinton redirected $27 million for Bill Clinton’s pet project in Rwanda - The Boston Globe


The Clintons and the Emirates, Secretary Clinton’s top aid Cheryl MIlls was paid to negotiate a private deal - WSJ


ARCHIVE: Hillary Suggests Clinton Foundation $$$ To Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills’ Domestic Partner For Haiti Project — thehillarydaily.com


Under Clinton, State’s cybersecurity suffered according to independent audits and interviews - AP


Teen says he hacked CIA director’s personal AOL account - New York Post


Hundreds of Obama bundlers missing from Clinton's elite fundraising ranks - usatoday.com


Democratic National Committeewoman says her party is 'clearing a path' for Hillary Clinton - Daily Mail Online


Clinton emails reveal Tony Blair's deal with George Bush over Iraq war was forged one year before invasion started - Daily Mail Online


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 17, 2015


POLL (HuffPost/YouGov): Democrats name Clinton the debate winner, 55 % said Clinton won, Sanders was second with 22 % - huffingtonpost.com


POLL: (NBC): Clinton wins debate re-energizing core backers, Clinton gets 56% as best debater while Sanders 30% - NBC News


POLL: Bernie won online polls and social media, not the debate. Hillary won the debate - slate.com


POLL (Suffolk University/Boston Globe): For the first time in three months Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire - Business Insider


POLL (NBC-SurveyMonkey): Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton among millennials, Sanders' only age-demographic lead can be found among those ages 19 to 29. - UPI.com


Hillary Clinton $33M 'Cash on Hand' eclipses all candidates in the POTUS race - Examiner.com


Hillary Clinton 2016: Campaign cash flow issues - POLITICO


Clinton and Bush still tops with Wall Street, lawyers - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton Still Leads Showbiz Fundraising in Latest Quarter - Variety


Hillary Clinton takes in big money from drug industry - The Boston Globe


Bill Clinton stepping up fundraising for Hillary - POLITICO


Hillary moneyman highlights new Saudi connection - yahoo.com


Hillary Clinton to appear on 'Late Show' with Stephen Colbert - POLITICO


Insurrection erupts at the Democratic National Committee, insiders say chairwoman Wasserman Schultz's autocratic ways in limiting the number of primary debates alienated many - bloomberg.com


VIDEO: Wolf Blitzer’s questions Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the limited number of debates - CNN


VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: I was unwelcomed from the first Democratic debate after calling for more debates - CNN

 

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Source: FBI probe of Clinton email focused on ‘gross negligence’ provision, whether there were violations of the Espionage Act Section 793 (f) - Fox


Text of Section 793 (f) of Espionage Act - law.cornell.edu


Obama’s comments about Clinton’s emails rankle some in the F.B.I., White House says he was not trying to influence the investigation - nytimes.com


Homeland-security expert: Sanders is wrong, Clinton’s cybersecurity blunder is a real issue - TheHill


Clinton server’s software had hacking risk - AP

 

VIDEO: Herridge: Whistleblowers Call Out Double Standard in Hillary's Email Scandal - Fox News Insider


Edward Snowden: Clinton made 'false claim' about whistleblower protection - The Guardian


Mike Huckabee Calls For Special Prosecutor For Hillary Email Scandal - Breitbart


Watchdog probes Clinton Foundation payments to Hillary's campaign - Washington Examiner


Judicial Watch: New State Department Emails Reveal Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Failed to Provide Financial and Employment Information As Required By Law - Judicial Watch


New Huma Abedin Email Address Discovered Before Benghazi Committee Appearance - National Review Online


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Europe’s privacy rules conflict with NSA spying: EU Court Declares NSA Surveillance Illegal

By Alfredo Lopez

 

As expected, the European Union court has thrown out an agreement, forged in 2000, that allows virtually uninhibited data sharing and transfer between the United States and EU countries and is the legal basis for National Security Agency's on-line surveillance and data capture programs.

Kunduz hospital attack was no mistake: US Dispatched a Murderous AC-130 Airborne Gunship to Attack a Hospital

By Dave Lindorff

 

Evidence continues to mount that the US committed a monstrous war crime in attacking and destroying a fully operational hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on the night of Oct. 3, killing at least 22 people including at least 12 members of the volunteer medical staff of Medicine Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the French based international aid organization that operated the hospital.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 9, 2015


In a letter Trey Gowdy says Democrats thwarting Benghazi investigation, plans new release of Clinton emails - Washington Times


Emails suggest Clinton pushed Libyan business interests of off-the-books adviser, shared classified identity of CIA source - Washington Free Beacon


Emails show Qaddafi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source says - Fox News


VIDEO: Emails show Clinton rejected peace talks with Libya in 2011 - Fox News


New Hillary Clinton Emails: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sidney Blumenthal Urged Libya Military Action - In These Times


Statement by the Benghazi Committee Informing State Department of Intent to Add to Public Record with Release of New Clinton Emails - Benghazi Committee


Text of the Gowdy's letter to Ranking Member Cummings - benghazi.house.gov


VIDEO: Trey Gowdy Schools the Media on Benghazi - The American Spectator


Gowdy: Benghazi panel to interview Blumenthal again - Washington Examiner


Gowdy says McCarthy ‘screwed up’ with Clinton, Benghazi committee remarks - McClatchy DC


House blocks attempt to disband Benghazi committee - CNNPolitics.com


The White House did not join Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in calling for the House Select Committee on Benghazi to be shut down - Breibart


NY Times helped turn Clinton's call to disband the Benghazi Committee into action - Washington Examiner


NBC furious at Hillary Clinton editing news clip for attack ad addressing Benghazi (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Benghazi Committee Democrats Launch "Asked & Answered" Website as well as Cost Tracker - dailykos.com

 

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Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany - AP


Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, Datto tech firm warned - The Washington Post


Datto revealed: Nerf gun fights, costume parties and exotic dancers, The data security firm was hacked with a basic password - Daily Mail Online


Employees at Platte River working with Clinton email server expressed concerns, ‘Really is covering up some shady shit’ - CNNPolitics.com


Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm Datto had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI’s hands - McClatchy DC


Clinton tech company Platte River: Cloud backup was 'enormous surprise' - Washington Examiner


Court refuses to combine Clinton email cases - Washington Times


Judicial Watch: New State Department Documents Raise More Questions on Clinton Conflict of Interest Reviews - Judicial Watch


Conservative opposition PAC American Rising drops report on top Clinton aide Huma Abedin - Washington Examiner


The Complete Huma Abedin Report - America Rising PAC


Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, paid by firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State - Washington Times


Lobbying Firm Discloses Communications with Top Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills After Email Surfaces - Washington Free Beacon


Hillary Clinton's chief of staff gave advice to Clinton Foundation - POLITICO


State Department Clarifies Clinton Aide’s Position, Cheryl Mills unpaid ‘advisor’ during first four months at the agency - Washington Free Beacon


How Hillary Clinton kept her wealthy friends close while at State Department - The Washington Post


Clinton e-mails: Did donors get special State Department access? - CSMonitor.com


The Mystery Of Hillary's Missing Millions - Forbes


Drip, drip, drip: New Clinton Foundation scandal involves millions of dollars! - WND


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‘We’re sorry’: America’s Latest War Crime is the Murderous Destruction of a Hospital in Afghanistan

By Dave Lindorff

  

            Really? The best that Nobel Peace Laureate President Obama can do after the US bombs and destroys a hospital in Afghanistan, killing 22 people, including 12 volunteer doctors from Doctors Without Borders, is to say, “We’re sorry”?

 

Focus: Trans-Pacific Partnership - Oct 6, 2015


TPP deal: US and 11 other countries reach landmark Pacific trade pact - The Guardian


Pacific Deal Rewrites Rules on Trade in Autos, Patented Drugs, Agriculture - Bloomberg Business


Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - United States Trade Representative


VIDEO: TPP Atlanta Ministerial Press Conference - United States Trade Representative


The U.S. Official Website On The Trans-Pacific Partnership - United States Trade Representative


Statement by President Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - enewspf.com


White House: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Boosts Made in America Exports, Supports Higher-Paying American Jobs, and Protects American Workers - whitehouse.gov


Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Regarding the Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - USDA Newsroom


Statement Of U.S. Conference Of Mayors President On Announcement Of Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal - PRNewswire


Trade deal seen as win for tech, apparel, agriculture; negative for pharma, manufacturing - MarketWatch


Most agriculture groups favorable to TPP - Capital Press


Drugmakers say Pacific trade pact to stifle investment in cures, negotiators should have extended protection for 12 years - newsmax.com


Medicines won't be more expensive under Trans-Pacific Partnership: Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull - smh.com.au


Statement of American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association: Trans-Pacific Partnership Protects Public Health from Tobacco Industry Attack - lung.org


Trade deal could curb cyber theft, advocates say - TheHill


How Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Impact Hollywood - Variety


Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal: US Banks Get Victories In TPP Agreement - ibtimes.com


China left out of landmark trade deal, but door is left open for the future - LA Times


S. Korea welcomes TPP agreement, will strive to join mega trade bloc - The Korea Observer

 

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AFL-CIO Statement on TTP: We will evaluate the details carefully and work to defeat this corporate trade deal if it does not measure up - aflcio.org


Statements of Five Union Presidents Opposing TPP Treaty - Talking Union


Bernie Sanders bashes trade deal as 'disastrous' - POLITICO


Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - Congressional Progressive Caucus


Levin Statement Following Conclusion of TPP Negotiations in Atlanta - Congressman Sandy Levin


Exclusive — Donald Trump Declares War On Obamatrade: ‘Time To Send A Real Businessman’ To White House To End This - Breitbart


Will The Trans-Pacific Partnership Improve Labor Standards? - ibtimes.com


Automaker Ford, others say trade deal lacks currency protections - freep.com


Statement: Ford Calls for ‘Better Plan’ on Trade - at.ford.com


Domestic Manufacturers' Council Rejects TPP Deal as Inadequate and Harmful to US National Interests - americaneconomicalert.org


National Farmers Union Vigorously Opposes TPP Without Currency Manipulation Enforcement - BARN OnAir


White House Says Enviros Love This Trade Pact, But Enviros Say Otherwise - huffingtonpost.com


Obama’s Pacific Trade Deal Has Some Environmentalists Celebrating — and Others Crying Foul - VICE News


Sierra Club: Congress Should Reject Polluter-Friendly Trans-Pacific Partnership - Sierra Club National


Friends of the Earth: The U.S. cuts an ugly deal on Trans Pacific trade agreement - Friends of the Earth


Statement by Doctors Without Borders on the Conclusion of TPP Negotiations in Atlanta - Doctors Without Borders


Users Have Been Betrayed in the Final TPP Deal—Help Us Tell Washington How You Feel - Electronic Frontier Foundation


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The L.A. Times goes to Cuba: OMG! The Food’s So Proletarian, and Pets are Hard to Find

By Rip Rense

 

The L.A. Times sent one of its managing editors to Cuba a few months ago, to report on the status of the society, culture, etc. Good that they sent a big gun, instead of just a run-of-the-mill reporter. Here are two of the stunning findings from this report. Brace yourself!

 

Split between Europe and the U.S. just got wider!: EU Court Advocate General Deals Severe Blow to NSA Surveillance

By Alfredo Lopez

 

A legal case, virtually unreported in the U.S., could very well unhinge a major component of this country's surveillance system. In any case, it certainly challenges it.

Focus: Clinton, Biden, Sanders - Sep 24, 2015


POLL (Bloomberg): Clinton's lead over Biden and Sanders slips among Democrats - The Guardian


POLL (Bloomberg): Full Results of the Bloomberg national poll - Bloomberg


POLL (Fox News): Biden takes bite out of Clinton's lead, Sanders remains at the same level - Washington Examiner


POLL (Fox News): Full results of the Fox News Poll - foxnews.com


POLL (Chegg) : Hillary plummets among college students, Sanders climbs - Washington Examiner


POLL (Chegg): Full Results of the Chegg Presidential Campaign Tracking Study - cheggmediacenter


Top unions put brakes on Clinton endorsement, SEIU and AFSCME decide to hold off in part because of a prospective Biden candidacy - POLITICO


Democratic donors urge Biden to challenge Clinton in U.S. 2016 race - Reuters


Key Hollywood Donor Backs Joe Biden for President, Says Others Could Follow (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter


Election 2016: Joe Biden team considers whether to set up "exploratory committee" - CBS News


Biden invites 2 Iowa co-chairs for the Draft Biden super PAC to greet Pope Francis, Also guest in the VIP greeting area was Sanders - desmoinesregister.com


Biden, the first Catholic vice president, will trail the pope throughout his six-day visit to the United States - ABC


Joe Biden Op-Ed: ‘Pope Francis Is Challenging Us’ - TIME


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders says the pope's progressive agenda is just like his - CNN


Bernie Sanders supports striking US Capitol workers, says government has more low wage workers than McDonald's - Fortune


Sanders Now Beating Clinton In Google Searches And Trump Is Higher Than Ever - Forbes


A Pro-Clinton Super PAC Is Going Negative On Bernie Sanders - huffingtonpost.com


Sanders sees burst of fundraising after pro-Clinton research against him surfaces - The Washington Post


Bernie Sanders scores 100+ celebrity endorsements - MSNBC


2016 election: Hillary Clinton, DNC face pressure to add debates - POLITICO


VIDEO: DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Gets Heckled By Protesters Calling for More Democratic Debates - ABC News


DNC allows one additional 2016 candidate forum - Washington Examiner


Progressive Groups Release Letter Urging DNC Chair to Host Additional Presidential Debates - MoveOn.Org

 

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FBI reportedly recovers deleted emails from Clinton server - Fox News


GOP Pressing DOJ About Investigation Into Clinton Emails - The New York Times


POLL (Fox News): Voters think Clinton is lying about emails - Fox News


Judge orders quicker State Dept review of emails from Hillary Clinton aide - AP


State Department: New Batch of Clinton Aides’ Private Emails May Also Contain Classified Info - Washington Free Beacon


Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Exposed State Department Travel Schedules On Unsecure Private Network - Breitbart


Judicial Watch Obtains New Huma Abedin Emails from Clintonemail.com Server - Judicial Watch


Hillary Clinton Email Company Was Hacked By Foreign Attackers - Breitbart


Huma Abedin private consulting firm ties shown in emails - POLITICO


Emails showing Clinton charity ties withheld by State Department - Washington Examiner


Clinton fundraises with State Dept. contractor - Washington Examiner


Obama skips Global Initiative Clinton summit, The president's decision comes as his vice president is weighing whether to run - POLITICO


Clinton Global Initiative Gets 'Half of Dow,' Draws Sponsorships - newsmax.com


Clinton Foundation remains on Charity Navigator's 'watch list': spokeswoman - Washington Times


Book: 'Call off your f- -king dogs!’ Hillary rages to Obama, furious at what she believed were damaging leaks by Obama aides on the private email server - New York Post


Hillary Clinton’s Violent Rages & Fits Of Paranoia Are Exposed In Explosive Ed Klein Tell-All - The National Enquirer


VIDEO: Ed Klein Examines 'The Problem With Hillary' in New Book ‘Unlikeable’ - newsmax.com


Hillary is dealing with mounting health issues, new book claims - New York Post


More Than 30 Reporters From Across The Spectrum Explain Why You Shouldn't Trust Anti-Clinton Author Ed Klein - Media Matters for America


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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Maintaining American Supremacy in the Twenty-First Century

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Focus: Clinton, Sanders, Biden - Sep 15, 2015


POLL (ABC News/Washington Post) : Clinton's support falls by 21 points to 42 %, while Sanders and Biden are at 24 % and 21 % - POLITICO


POLL: Sharp erosion in Clinton support among Democratic women - The Washington Post


POLL: Clinton’s e-mail issues have become a massive political problem, Just 35 percent believe she is 'honest' and 'trustworthy' - Washington Post


POLL: Full results of the ABC News/Washington Post poll - langerresearch.com


POLL (CBS News/YouGov): Sanders Surges in Iowa, NH; Clinton holds the lead in SC - CBS News


POLL: (CBS News/YouGov): Should Joe Biden run for president? - CBS News


Why Are Women Ditching Hillary? - The Daily Beast


Clinton faces trouble in Florida - TheHill


Hillary Clinton says Bill as VP has 'crossed her mind', 'He would be good, but he's not eligible, under the Constitution' - CNNPolitics.com


'Stand with the poor, stand with working people’, Bernie Sanders tells thousands of students at Christian conservative Liberty University - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Full Speech at Liberty University - C-SPAN


TRANSCRIPT: Bernie Sanders’ Liberty University speech, annotated - The Washington Post


Bernie who? Winning over southern black voters is Sanders campaign’s next hurdle - The Guardian


Meet the Group of African-American Organizers Building Black Support for Bernie Sanders - In These Times


Bernie Sanders running strong among Kansas Democrats - The Wichita Eagle


Bernie Sanders has zero endorsements from elected national Democrats in his bid for the White House - The Daily Caller


Democrats divided over Biden run - TheHill


Joe Biden advisers, supporters eyeing ballot deadlines - CNNPolitics.com


Biden Secretly Meets With Top Obama Bundler During New York Swing - Bloomberg Politics

 

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GOP senators ask Justice to clarify Clinton email inquiry - Newsday


Text of GOP Sens. Grassley and Johnson letter to Justice Dept wanting details on investigations into Clinton email server - grassley.senate.gov


GOP senators want to talk to Clinton tech staffer's boss - POLITICO


State Dept. has no plans to make all Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills emails public - Washington Times


State Dept 'transparency czar' received classified Clinton emails she is meant to oversee - Washington Examiner


State Dept. records showed four-month gap in Clinton emails, though the agency claims it has filled in the gaps - TheHill


Tech company: No indication that Clinton’s e-mail server was ‘wiped’, If true tens of thousands of e-mails that Clinton has said were deleted could be recovered - The Washington Post


These Are the Forensic Tests the FBI Is Running on Hillary Clinton's Server - Mother Jones


Hillary Clinton email scandal: Experts raise questions about Gmail and other services - POLITICO


Clinton Foundation illegally solicited tax-exempt donations - WND


Clinton Foundation and the IRS - National Review Online


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Focus: Clinton, Sanders, Biden - Sep 11, 2015


POLL (CNN-ORC): Clinton’s lead over Sanders shrinks nationally as her edge over GOP vanishes, gets 37%, Sanders 27% and Biden 20% - CNN


POLL: Full results of the CNN-ORC poll - CNN


POLL (Quinnipiac): Bernie Sanders leaps to 1-point lead over Clinton in Iowa, erases 19-point deficit - desmoinesregister.com


POLL: Full results of the Quinnipiac poll - Quinnipiac University


VIDEO: Sanders 'stunned' he's beating Clinton - YouTube


Sanders campaign set for expansion, strategy is focused on a slew of primary elections on March 1 known as Super Tuesday - TheHill


Sanders makes pitch to black caucus - TheHill


Sanders to roll out criminal justice bill - TheHill


Bernie Sanders: 'Not Acceptable' To Jail Young Pot Smokers And Let Big Bank CEOs Walk - huffingtonpost.com


Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor outlines his support of the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal, likening its critics to those who backed the Iraq War in 2002 - CNN


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor: War Should Be the Last Option: Why I Support the Iran Deal - YouTube


Bernie Sanders Has a Fan in the James Bond Actor Daniel Craig - The New York Times

 

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Clinton calls for tougher response to Russia on Ukraine and Syria, 'effort to really up the costs on Russia and in particular on Putin'  - rferl


Hillary Clinton draws hard line on Iran as she speaks in support of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with the country - MSNBC


VIDEOS: A compilation of Brookings remarks from Hillary Clinton on her view of the Iran nuclear deal (full speech included) - YouTube


Hillary Clinton's foreign policy isn't ‘muscular’—it's bellicose, When the press mistakes being hawkish for being strong - The Atlantic


Hillary Clinton Speaks to Mostly Empty Hall in Columbus, Ohio - Breitbart


Donors urge Hillary Clinton to stop ignoring Sanders - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton’s Bulldog David Brock Blazes New Campaign Finance Trails - TIME


Pro-Clinton crusader David Brockin in his new book: The New York Times has 'a special place in hell' - POLITICO


Joe Biden visits New York City amid 2016 presidential bid speculation - Newsday


Joe Biden, in Colbert Interview, Expresses Doubts About Bid for President - The New York Times


Two D.N.C. Officials Call for Adding More Debates - The New York Times

 

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Huma Abedin, top Clinton aide, formally investigated by feds for embezzlement - Washington Times


Huma Abedin criminal probe: Watchdog opened, but DOJ passed - POLITICO


State Department only turns over fraction of requested documents about Clinton aide Huma Abedin - Fox News


Clinton aide Abedin to testify at Benghazi panel on Oct 22 - TheHill


Justice Department rules Hillary Clinton followed law in deleting emails - Washington Times


State Department 'Email Czar' Received Classified Hillary Emails - breitbart.com


Kirby: Transparency Czar's Donations To Hillary 'Not Relevant' - Breitbart


Lawsuit seeks info on Hillary Clinton lawyer's thumb drive - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton IT specialist Pagliano takes the Fifth - POLITICO


Wall Street expert: Clinton Foundation a ‘vast criminal conspiracy’ - WND


Second Interim Report on the Clinton Foundation - Charles Ortel


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Focus: Clinton, Biden, Sanders - Sep 9, 2015


Intel review backs up finding that Clinton emails had top secret information, 'Both emails were classified when they were created' - Fox


Hillary: Intel review does not change the fact that I did not send or receive any information that was marked classified at the time (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Hillary Clinton Offers Apology for E-Mail Practices: ‘That Was a Mistake. I’m Sorry’ (VIDEO) - ABC News


VIDEO: Full Interview of Hillary Clinton on emails -  ABC News


VIDEO: Kirby: State Dept’s claim that the information is not “Top Secret" is based on documents we believe that only we have - C-SPAN.org


VIDEO: Kerry says there's a massive amount of overclassification, no evidence that Clinton emails were classified at the time - Huffington Post


Kerry choice for State Dept 'transparency' czar donated to Clinton’s presidential campaign the maximum allowed of $2700 - Fox


Exclusive: U.S. State Dept to shift 50 staff to boost office handling Clinton emails - Reuters


VIDEO: Gowdy: Kerry 'Protecting' Hillary with 'Staggering' State Department Stonewalling - Breitbart


Senate Republicans want immunity for Clinton's former IT staffer - politico.com


Clintons personally paid State Department staffer to maintain her private server - The Washington Post


Clinton's IT guy earned  $140,000 per year at the State Department and was classified as a GS-15 in his job as a special advisor and deputy chief information officer  - The Daily Caller


Meet the insider who screened Hillary Clinton's emails - politico.com


Hillary Clinton's emails likely reside on multiple servers, expert says - Washington Times


Spam Companies May Have Copies Or Logs Of Clinton's Emails - The Daily Caller


Former Obama Intel Chief Says Suspend Hillary’s Security Clearance - The Daily Caller


Sec. Clinton was a bad manager: Look at how the State Department's Office of Inspector General criticized her tenure - NY Daily News


Clinton E-mails Reveal Clinton's Shocking Dependence on Aides for Menial Tasks - National Review Online


Hillary Clinton was warned Benghazi terrorists used video as ‘cover’, but she went ahead and publicly blamed the Youtube video anyway. - breitbart.com


VIDEO: George Will: Clinton Needs To Answer For Libyan Debacle And Refugee Crisis, "That Is Our Fault" - RealClearPolitics

 

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POLL: Hillary Clinton's lead drops further as interest in Biden grows according to the latest nationwide Monmouth University poll - POLITICO


POLL: Full text of results of the nationwide Monmouth University poll - monmouth.edu


Biden walks with big labor, to cheers of 'run, Joe, run' - Fox News


VIDEO: Vice President Joe Biden's Labor Day speech in Pittsburgh (FULL) - YouTube


VIDEO: Biden marches in Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade, Voters say 'Give It A Go Joe' - YouTube


POLL: Biden more popular than Clinton in Iowa, NH - TheHill


Top Democrats in South Carolina unnerved by Hillary Clinton’s inability to get beyond her email controversy, say Biden’s on-a-wing-and-a-prayer strategy isn’t hopeless - politico.com


Joe Biden 2016: Draft Biden super PAC Iowa co-chairs lined up - politico.com


Murdoch: Biden to run ... and win - politico.com


Bernie Sanders Draws Blue-Collar Workers in Iowa - NBC News


VIDEO: Sanders joins a picket line in Iowa - TheHill


Inside Bernie Sanders' strategy to win over organized labor - Reuters


Trumka: AFL-CIO presidential endorsement unlikely before first two state contests - peoplesworld


POLL: Bernie Sanders Leads Hillary Clinton by 9 in New Hampshire, Gains in Iowa - NBC News


How Bernie Sanders Is Winning New Hampshire - Fortune


Bernie Sanders surge reflects US shift on socialism: In the 18-29 age bracket 69 percent have no problem voting for a socialist, same with 47 percent of older Americans - VOA


POLL: New Hillary Clinton's Favorable Rating One of Her Worst - gallup.com


Clinton campaign to spend $4 million on ads in Iowa, New Hampshire - CNNPolitics.com


Full updated list of endorsements for the Democratic Party presidential candidates, 2016 - Wikipedia


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