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Too busy getting rich to commit war crimes?: Is Trump’s Idea To Fix the ‘Rigged System’ by Appointing Crooks Who’ve Played It?

By Dave Lindorff

 

       Donald Trump’s cabinet choices are suggesting a governing philosophy along the lines of a corrupt municipal police force relying on gangsters to help it keep street crime held in check.

Trans-Atlantic Bigotry: Brexit-Trump Comparisons Miss Some Key Points

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful."

Talk Nation Radio: Greg Palast on Stripping 7 Million Voters from Rolls, Swinging Election

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Greg Palast is an investigative reporter, whose news-breaking stories appear on BBC Television and in The Guardian and Rolling Stone Magazine. Palast has released a new movie: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, based on his books. Palast says that the recent U.S. election was in fact rigged. We discuss how.

See http://GregPalast.com

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Dear Mr. Trump, About Your 29 Ideas

Regarding your 29 proposals, here's a bit more than just the ranking you asked for. I'll start with the best:

7. Announce our official withdrawal from the TPP.

That's my favorite. Wonderful! We don't need any more trade agreements that empower corporations over governments and impose unpopular laws on people. Good riddance! Don't replace it with something worse, please!

8. Renegotiate NAFTA into terms that protect the American worker.

This could be a great one. I'm not clear why you wouldn't just tear up the treaty you've repeatedly called one of the worst treaties in history. You could negotiate bilateral agreements with other nations. There's no actual need for NAFTA. But if you're going to first try to renegotiate it, the U.S. worker needs the right to organize, among other rights. The workers of Canada and Mexico need to be considered. As does the natural environment that we and our kids all have to live in.

5. Introduce an infrastructure package to modernize our country.

This, too, could be terrific. Or it could be disastrous. Modernized countries have fast electric trains, solar and wind energy, pedestrian and bicycle paths, electric car chargers, sustainable agriculture, free hospitals for all human beings, and architecture that leans more toward the beautiful than the monumental. We could use more schools and parks, more farmers' markets, more urban gardens, and more places to vote. All of these dreams and much more could be easily achieved, even while radically boosting foreign aid, if the U.S. were to either cut military spending or tax billionaires or both. But you want to increase military spending and cut taxes on billionaires. Even if your idea of modernized infrastructure is coal mines and oil wells and highways, you have no way to pay for it -- thank goodness. And don't forget: the people who voted for you are obsessed with the debt, so don't even try that route.

20. Enact a five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

This is good, as far as it goes. Why not 10 years both before and after? And why just lobbyists? Why not anyone profiting financially from a sector governed by the relevant government position? And why just the White House and Congress? Why not all government departments and agencies? Putting an oil profiteer in charge of the EPA is not solved by the fact that the EPA isn't in the White House.

25. Reform the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to provide proper treatment to America’s forgotten heroes.

This sounds good, if you actually mean it. But let's not call them heroes. Let's call them brave people who were abused by some of those recent wars you properly denounced during the campaign -- though you supported them when it mattered most.

Political Discourse in the United States

One might think that it should no longer be possible for the bizarre proclamations of U.S. politicians to astonish this writer. He has studied and written about them for years, and there is, it seems, nothing new under the sun, when it comes to such statements. Yet thisis nto the case; some statement leave him in a condition of awestruck wonder, amazed that people who have the repsect and votes of miillions of citizens can tell such blatant lies, or issues such ludicrous opinions and statments.

Let's look at just a few , some current, and some a bit older, but stillpertinent.

It was reported in The New York Tims on September 30 that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made this remarkable statement: "The problem is the Russians don't care about international law, and we do"

The Skeletons in Keith Ellison's Display Case

Congressman Keith Ellison, candidate of progressive Democrats and many regressive Democrats for chair of the Democratic National Committee eagerly urged the illegal and disastrous violent overthrow of the government of Libya in 2011, which he celebrated as a success despite what it meant for the rule of law, despite all the death and suffering, despite the predictable instability and weapons proliferation to follow.

Ellison moved on to pushing, and using his perch as co-chair of the Progressive Caucus to push, for a similar war on Syria. For years now he has advocated for the illegal and murderous creation of no fly zones and "safe zones" -- what Hillary Clinton admitted only to Goldman Sachs would require that you "kill a lot of Syrians." Ellison was an early backer of bombing Syria in 2013. He met with peace activists but rejected their appeal.

Back in 2007, before Ellison's leadership, the Congressional Progressive Caucus had helped organize 90 Congress members to commit to voting against war funding.  Most of them turned around and voted for war funding. That ridiculous disappointment was a high point for the CPC.

Since then, the CPC's commitments -- such as to vote against corporate healthcare -- have hardly been taken seriously, and so it's hardly been news when most members have gone back on their commitments.

But in recent years, the CPC has shifted away from even pretending to take a stand on things, and instead moved toward issuing statements full of non-committal rhetoric. Some began referring to it as the Congressional Progressive Statement Caucus.

Yet even that standard must be looked back to with nostalgia when it comes to Co-Chair Ellison's rhetoric on war. He promotes misinformation about protecting innocent people in Libya and Syria and uses those claims to justify war making. This is exactly what the war makers were looking for in funding Hillary Clinton for President. Should the Democratic National Committee now give it to them in the form of Ellison as Chair?

Of course there are differences between Clinton and Ellison. He hasn't been around long enough to do nearly as much damage, and he's legitimately better than Clinton in many ways. He introduced legislation in the Minnesota State Legislature to urge the impeachment of George W. Bush. He dropped support for that once elected to Congress but did sign onto impeaching Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales. He has voted against war funding, more than once. He has asked Obama to end the war on Afghanistan. He was against rewriting laws with signing statements, at least while Bush was president. It's conceivable that he no longer, post-Bernie, throws a fit if called a socialist. And on domestic issues there's no comparison: Ellison is excellent by Democratic standards.

But is that good enough? Does empowering someone who is a Muslim erase all concern over bombing Muslims and turning their nations into hell?

This is the best the Democrats have, we're told. But putting an active member of Congress into another fulltime job is not ideal. And the Democrats have unemployed figures like war-advocate Howard Dean crawling out into the spot lights.

Who would I propose instead? The first name that comes to mind (and I have not discussed this with him, it's possible he has no interest, and he certainly wouldn't sanction my criticizing of Ellison) is Dennis Kucinich. You want change? Hope even? Try him.

Talk Nation Radio: Jonathan Simon on How Machines May Have Counted Our Votes Wrong

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Jonathan Simon is author of CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century. He serves as Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance (www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org), a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore observable vote counting and electoral integrity as the basis of American democracy. In addition to CODE RED, Dr. Simon has published, both individually and in collaboration, numerous papers related to various aspects of election forensics and election integrity. We discuss the counting of votes in last week's U.S. elections.

The CODE RED website is www.CODERED2016.com.

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Hurricane Donald and the Storms of Changing Climate

John Feffer argued on Wednesday that Demagogue Donald, whose very existence will lead me to pretend I'm not from the U.S. the next time I'm in Europe, is part of a wider trend that's already hit Europe hard:

"The ugliness has been percolating in Europe for some time now. It wasn’t just Brexit, Britain’s unexpected rejection of the European Union. It was the election of militant populists throughout Eastern Europe — Viktor Orban in Hungary, Robert Fico in Slovakia, the party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland. It was the electoral surge of the National Front in France and the Alternative fur Deutschland in Germany. It was the backlash against immigrants, social welfare programs, and 'lazy Mediterraneans' — but also against bankers and Brussels bureaucrats."

Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Nov 3, 2016

 

Senator Grassley asks DOJ inspector general to investigate Loretta Lynch, Peter Kadzik and Andrew McCabe in Clinton email probe - CNS


Grassley’s letter requesting the inspector general to explore whether DOJ and FBI officials compromised the public trust in Clinton probe - grassley.senate.gov


The FBI is Trumpland: Sources say highly unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton intensified after Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment - Guardian


Obama, leading Dems raise concerns about FBI's Comey, Sen. Schumer: 'I do not have confidence in him any longer.' - MSNBC


Justice Department appears to excuse Peter Kadzik's ‘heads up' to Clinton presidential campaign - Breitbart


ACLJ files lawsuit over AG Lynch’s secret meeting with Bill Clinton, will hold Obama’s Justice Department accountable - American Center for Law and Justice


ACLJ complain demanding all DOJ records pertaining to the meeting of AG Lynch with Bill Clinton - media.aclj.org


US official: FBI finds non duplicate emails related to Clinton's State Department tenure on the laptop belonging to the estranged husband of Huma Abedin - CBS News


State Department, FBI are missing communications between Hillary Clinton and White House during Benghazi attack - Breitbart


Perjury? Clinton also swore she turned over all State Department emails, Her lawyer seemed uncertain - townhall.com


Sources: 99 percent chance foreign intel agencies breached Clinton server - Fox News


POLL: To many Americans news about Clinton equals “emails", “FBI," “investigation," and "scandal" - Gallup


POLL: Most voters agree with timing of FBI’s announcement of Clinton probe’s reopening - Rasmussen Report

 

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Secret recordings fueled FBI feud in Clinton Foundation probe, Agents thought they had enough material to merit aggressively pursuing investigation - WSJ


WH deflects questions on FBI-DOJ feuding over Clinton Foundation probe - Washington Examiner


'Clinton Cash' author: FBI is not ‘going rogue' based just on my book (VIDEO) - Fox News Insider


VIDEO: Fox news anchor Bret Baier retracts claim of 'likely' indictment in Clinton Foundation case - Fox News


WikiLeaks: Clintons sell political favors to Clinton Foundation donors - Observer


How Is DOJ feud over Clinton Foundation scandal just a Fox News/Wall Street Journal story? - newsbusters.org

 

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Hillary Clinton campaign chair Podesta asked lobbyist where to “stick the knife in” Bernie Sanders, Wikileaks email shows - Salon.com


WikiLeaks: Clinton camp rigging primaries as early as 2014 - Observer


Assange: WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt - RT News


POLL: Voters think media more likely than Russian hackers to tamper with election - Washington Examiner


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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Nov 2, 2016


Huma Abedin new focus of Clinton email Investigation - freebeacon.com


Huma Abedin often handled classified data on computer she shared with Anthony Weiner - Washington Times


Perjury? Huma Abedin swore to turn over all devices containing State Department emails - townhall.com


As the new Abedin emails are scoured by the FBI, the process ‘could be done literally in a couple of hours or a day or two' - CBS News


FBI warned Huma Abedin that that her Yahoo email account might have been compromised, 14 individuals did not have security clearance to handle classified information - New York Post


Flashback: Huma Abedin got three paychecks from State Dept., the Foundation, and Clinton-affiliated consulting firm - townhall.com


Center for Security Policy President Gaffney on the Huma Abedin-Muslim Brotherhood connection - Breibart


VIDEO: Hacktivist group Anonymous release video about Huma Abedin - YouTube


Clinton's aide Huma Abedin attacked by Hindu group in the US for her Pakistani and Saudi background - Business Standard News

 

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FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation now 'a very high priority,' sources say - Fox News


The FBI’s failed pursuit of a few laptops in NYC during the Clinton Foundation investigation exemplifies just how deep Hillary’s ties go - The Daily Caller


Turmoil in the FBI over the Clinton investigation, This account is based on interviews with more than a dozen officials close to the matter - CNN


DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik gave Clinton camp 'heads up' about testimony - Fox News


Feds knew about, helped secure Clinton's server In 2011 - The Daily Caller


VIDEO: Former FBI Asst. Director: Original Clinton probe ‘not a real investigation' - Fox News


Hacked Emails show Clinton campaign communicated with State - ABC News

 

McCaul: If elected, Hillary Clinton could be impeached - POLITICO

 

POLLS: Independents leaning toward Trump in polls after FBI furor erupts - McClatchy DC


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Focus: Hillary Clinton Emails - Nov 1, 2016


New State Department documents reveal more Clinton-Abedin email exchanges of classified information on unsecure server - Judicial Watch


Pagliano emails detail attempts to hack Clinton unsecure email server 10 times in two days in 2010, U.S. Secret Service informed of hacking attempts - Judicial Watch


Clinton aide left classified info behind on 2010 China trip - Fox News


FBI never asked Clinton aides for all their devices, Republicans insist the agency gave too much deference to the former secretary and her team - POLITICO


Emails show Justice Department's Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik overseeing Clinton probe has close ties to Podesta - Washington Examiner


DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik involved with Huma Abedin email probe donated to Hillary - Washington Free Beacon


Podesta paid $7,000 a month by top Clinton campaign donor - POLITICO


Contrary to what has been said by some publications, when Podesta wrote ‘dump all those emails’ meant to release them to the public - The Washington Post


How FIVE separate FBI cases are probing virtually every one of Clinton's inner circle - Daily Mail Online


Analysis: The Clinton e-mails are critical to the Clinton Foundation investigation - National Review


FBI dump suggests Marc Rich won Bill Clinton pardon with cash to the Democratic party and the Clinton Foundation - LifeZette


Clinton camp questions FBI release of Marc Rich pardon files - POLITICO


WikiLeaks: Sheikh agreed to pay Bill Clinton $2 million per trip to Ethiopia - LifeZette


Wikileaks: Turkey's Erdogan was attempting to buy favor with Clinton campaign - freebeacon.com


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The choice this year is easy: Why No Leftist, Progressive or Liberal Should Vote for Hillary Clinton

By Dave Lindorff

 

            With one week to go in this year’s presidential election -- an astonishing and depressing contest in which the two least-liked and least-trusted candidates in history are the two choices put up by our two main political parties -- it’s time to look at why left and liberal people should not vote for the Democratic Party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton.

This Natural Disaster Assistance Law Is Why Other States Are Policing Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents present at the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota.

Focus: FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton - Oct 31, 2016


Senator Grassley hints at DOJ coverup in letter asking Comey for more info on Clinton investigation - talkingpointsmemo.com


Grassley wants to know if Justice Dept. blocked Clinton Foundation probe - Washington Examiner


Letter of Senator Grassley to Comey on the Clinton investigation - judiciary.senate.gov


F.B.I. begins review of Clinton aide’s emails - The New York Times


Donald Trump warns of a 'constitutional crisis' if Hillary Clinton wins - LA Times


Blockbuster WSJ report on internal FBI conflict over investigating Clinton emails and foundation - americanthinker.com


FBI agents pressed Justice unsuccessfully for probe of Clinton Foundation - The Washington Post


$675K leads to government watchdog’s recusal calls for FBI's No 2 McCabe in Clinton case - The Daily Caller


Press release: CoA Institute calls on FBI official McCabe to recuse himself from Clinton email investigation - Cause of Action Institute


Clinton Foundation got $28 million for favors to Morocco - The Daily Caller


Millions from Sweden, Morocco pouring into Clinton Foundation alarmed campaign manager: Wikileaks emails - National Post


Wikileaks emails show Clinton strategy to conceal foreign government donations, including Australia's - Michael Smith News


ARCHIVE: Wikileaks: Cheryl Mills directed Clinton Foundation while State Dept. chief of staff - National Legal & Policy Center


ARCHIVE: 'Bill Clinton Inc.': Wikileaks email details how top aides helped make ex-president rich - Fox News


ARCHIVE: WikiLeaks emails reveal Bill Clinton's $1M 'birthday' present from Qatar for foundation - Washington Times


ARCHIVE: Hillary ‘went to bat’ for Chevron: The Clinton Foundation’s donors lobbied Hillary’s State Dept to open Burma to American businesses. They got what they wanted. - The Daily Beast


ARCHIVE: How Hillary Clinton’s State Department fought for Ghana’s oil on behalf of donor Exxon - ghanastar.com


ARCHIVE: The Clinton Foundation left a toxic legacy in Colombia, critics say - Fusion


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Focus: FBI Director James Comey - Oct 30, 2016

 

Hillary Clinton campaign turns up pressure on FBI Director James Comey about the email investigation - Time

 

Harry Reid accuses Comey of possibly breaking the law, makes ‘explosive' claim about Trump-Russia connection in fiery letter - Business Insider


Harry Reid's letter to FBI Director Comey about the Clinton email investigation - reid.senate.gov


In a letter sent to Comey and Lynch, Senate Democrats want an update on the Clinton email investigation no later than Monday - Huffington Post


Letter by Senate Democrats Leahy, Feinstein, Carper and Cardin to Comey and Lynch requesting information on the Clinton investigation - Huffington Post


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton campaign releases defiant video against James Comey, FBI over email review - us.blastingnews.com


Clinton campaign asks ex-prosecutors to criticize FBI Director James Comey - The Daily Beast


Republican attorney files complaint against James Comey for latest disclosures on Clinton email probe - people.com


In op-ed, former Dem and GOP deputy attorney generals say 'Comey is damaging democracy' - NBC News


FBI Director James Comey begins briefing Congressional leaders on email review - ABC News


GOP House Judiciary Chair Goodlatte: Comey asked to release as much as he could - newsmax.com


FBI obtains warrant to examine Clinton emails: U.S. media - Reuters


DOJ objected to FBI disclosure of new steps in Clinton probe, sources say - ABC News


Comey internal memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe - Fox News


FBI moved to disclose the re-opening of the Clinton investigation because it feared the information would leak otherwise, law enforcement officials say - CNNPolitics.com


'Controversy’ among FBI and DOJ officials over not indicting Clinton drove Comey's decision to re-open the investigation: Goodlatte - Washington Examiner


Why Comey jumped at chance to reopen Clinton email investigation: Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents, his wife urging him - Daily Mail


FBI in internal feud over Clinton Foundation probe - WSJ


Former assistant director: FBI has an investigation ongoing into Clinton Foundation - The Daily Caller


Judicial Watch sues for FBI records of Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton tarmac meeting - BizPac Review


POLL: Trump behind 1 percent, Clinton hurt by FBI bombshell - Washington Examiner


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Michael Moore Owes Me $4.99

Michael Moore has made some terrific movies in the past, and Where to Invade Next may be the best of them, but I expected Trumpland to be (1) about Trump, (2) funny, (3) honest, (4) at least relatively free of jokes glorifying mass murder. I was wrong on all counts and would like my $4.99 back, Michael.

Moore's new movie is a film of him doing a stand-up comedy show about how wonderfully awesome Hillary Clinton is -- except that he mentions Trump a bit at the beginning and he's dead serious about Clinton being wonderfully awesome.

This film is a text book illustration of why rational arguments for lesser evilist voting do not work. Lesser evilists become self-delusionists. They identify with their lesser evil candidate and delude themselves into adoring the person. Moore is not pushing the "Elect her and then hold her accountable" stuff. He says we have a responsibility to "support her" and "get behind her," and that if after two years -- yes, TWO YEARS -- she hasn't lived up to a platform he's fantasized for her, well then, never fear, because he, Michael Moore, will run a joke presidential campaign against her for the next two years (this from a guy who backed restricting the length of election campaigns in one of his better works).

Brief note about Trump adviser General Michael Flynn's article about the Middle East

 

I strongly disagree with the opinions of Trump adviser General Michael Flynn in his article about the Middle East. I hope that, if Trump becomes President, will reject his advices. A few excerpts from the above mentioned article:


"Today, the Shiite Crescent is a real threat, not only to our Sunni allies, especially Egypt and Jordan, but also presents a direct threat to the national security of the United States.”


 "a government [Iraq] that is influenced and controlled by Iran, the number one state sponsor of radical Islamic terrorism.”


"There is no difference between the ideology of ISIS and the Iranian regime, except ISIS is Sunni and Iran is Shiite. They both have goals of establishing an Islamic global caliphate using military force." 


This is my take: The real enemy in the Middle East and elsewhere (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, etc) is not Iran, but Sunni terrorism (Islamic State and other groups) sponsored primarily by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. The President of Iran Hassan Rouhani is a moderate reformist open to dialogue with United States. It is in the interest of United States to engage and talk with him and avert a return of the anti-American hardliners at the helm of the Iran government.


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Talk Nation Radio: Timeka Drew on Protecting Voter Rights

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Timeka Drew is National Director of the Liberty Tree Foundation, a position she has served in since February of 2016. Previously she served as Liberty Tree's Communications Director and worked as lead organizer of the Global Climate Convergence. Timeka came to the Liberty Tree community via her work with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and local democracy, food sovereignty, and anti-racist organizing in Los Angeles and her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana.                         

For more information, see http://libertytreefoundation.org and http://NoMoreStolenElections.org     

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Focus: U.S. Presidential Elections and the Independents - Oct 20, 2016

 

According to the post-debate CNN poll 44% of Independents said that Trump won the debate while 40% said that Clinton won. This is opposite to what all registered voters (including Independents, Democrats and Republicans) said. In the same poll 52% all registered voters said that Clinton won the debate while 39% said that Trump won. 


While the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans will not change their mind in the coming weeks about which presidential candidate to vote (unless there are major revelations about Clinton or Trump), many Independents are volatile and still undecided about whom to vote. The post-debate YouGov poll shows that the 61% of voters undecided or selecting third party candidates would choose Trump while only 39% would choose Clinton if they had to choose between the two. Moreover 90% of respondents not voting for or leaning toward Clinton would never vote for Clinton, while 78% of respondents not voting for or leaning toward Trump would never vote for Trump. Independents are a major factor to determine the next U.S. President given the fact that, according to Gallup, they are the largest voting bloc: the percentage of American that identify as Independents are 40%, as Democrats 32% and as Republicans 27%.

 

In the post debate YouGov poll 48% of all voters nationally vote for Clinton while 44% vote for Trump. In the pre debate Quinnipiac poll 47% of all likely voters vote for Clinton and 40% for Trump while 42% of Independents vote for Trump and 38% for Clinton.


Note: in the YouGov poll, the presidential candidates were virtually tied on most issues discussed in the debate except trade and fairness of U.S. elections. On gun control, 48% say they agree with Clinton versus 47% for Trump. On taxes, 49% pick Clinton against 46% for Trump. On US-Russia relations, Clinton 47%, Trump 46%. On Supreme Court nominations, 48% for Trump and 47% for Clinton. 50% to 47%, more agreed with Trump on immigration. Trump had a more significant lead on trade: 50% to 41%. Similarly, Clinton led by more on the "fairness of U.S. elections" 50% to 39%.


Rigged

The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who believed that giving one candidate far more coverage than others was good for their ratings. The CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves said of this decision: "It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS." Justifying that choice based on polling gets the chronology backwards, ignores Moonves' actual motivation, and avoids the problem, which is that there ought to be fair coverage for all qualified candidates (and a democratic way to determine who is qualified).

The 2016 Democratic presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by bankers, misogynists, Russians, Republicans, or computer hackers. It was rigged by the Democratic National Committee and its co-conspirators in the media, many of whom have helpfully confessed (in case it wasn't obvious) in emails leaked from the DNC and from John Podesta. The DNC chose Hillary Clinton and worked hard to make sure that she "won." Nobody has produced a hint of evidence as to who leaked the emails that added unnecessary confirmation of this rigging, but they should be thanked for informing us, whoever they are.

The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's misuse of email was as rigged as the non-prosecution of the CEO of Wells Fargo. The U.S. political system is bought and paid for. Without millions of dollars to funnel to television networks for advertising, any candidate is rigged right out of participating. This rigging of the system is not fixed by someone like Donald Trump pretending for a while that he won't take bribes, that he'll spend only his own money, because most people don't have that kind of money to spend. This rigging is not fixed by making someone like Hillary Clinton take her bribes through her family foundation or requiring that her political action committees remain theoretically separate from the campaign they are collaborating hand-in-glove with, because money buys power.

The debates are rigged by a private entity with no official status that calls itself the Commission on Presidential Debates and transforms open debates among multiple candidates into exclusively bipartisan joint appearances with many large and fine points negotiated beforehand.

What Hillary Clinton Privately Told Goldman Sachs

At first glance, Hillary Clinton's speeches to Goldman Sachs, which she refused to show us but WikiLeaks claims to have now produced the texts of, reveal less blatant hypocrisy or abuse than do the texts of various emails also recently revealed. But take a closer look.

Clinton has famously said that she believes in maintaining a public position on each issue that differs from her private position. Which did she provide to Goldman Sachs?

Yes, Clinton does profess her loyalty to corporate trade agreements, but at the time of her remarks she hadn't yet started (publicly) claiming otherwise.

I think, in fact, that Clinton maintains numerous positions on various issues, and that those she provided to Goldman Sachs were in part her public stances, in part her confidences to co-conspirators, and in part her partisan Democratic case to a room of Republicans as to why they should donate more to her and less to the GOP. This was not the sort of talk she'd have given to labor union executives or human rights professionals or Bernie Sanders delegates. She has a position for every audience.

In the speech transcripts from June 4, 2013, October 29, 2013, and October 19, 2015, Clinton was apparently paid sufficiently to do something she denies most audiences. That is, she took questions that it appears likely she was not secretly briefed on or engaged in negotiations over ahead of time. In part this appears to be the case because some of the questions were lengthy speeches, and in part because her answers were not all the sort of meaningless platitudes that she produces if given time to prepare.

Focus: Hillary Clinton's Emails - Oct 13, 2016

 

Judicial Watch releases new Hillary Clinton email answers given under oath - Judicial Watch


VIDEO: Sworn answers: Hillary Clinton responds to Judicial Watch questions - YouTube


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton ‘can't recall’ key details about private email server in response to Judicial Watch - YouTube


Clinton 'does not recall' ordering destruction of emails from personal server in testimony - Fox News


FBI served with request for Hillary's backup device…object is in FBI's possession - Breitbart


Wikileaks: Clinton staffers discussed which emails to release, three weeks before Combetta used Bleachbit to wipe her server clean - The Daily Caller


Leaked Emails: Lawyer privately told Clinton campaign Hillary’s unilateral deletion of emails ‘smacks of acting above the law’ - The Daily Caller


Clinton aides sought to deny any classified data: WikiLeaks - Bloomberg Politics


Lawmakers ask inspectors general of the State and Justice Departments to review FBI's 'hijacked' Clinton probe - Washington Examiner


Letter of Goodlatte & Judiciary Republicans calling for independent investigation of special treatment given to key Clinton insiders - judiciary.house.gov


Trump condemns Congress, FBI, Justice Department for not prosecuting Clinton, says ‘we have to investigate the investigation' - WSJ


James Comey and Loretta Lynch should be Impeached for whitewashing Clinton's crimes - GOPUSA


ARCHIVE: FBI files reveal missing email 'boxes' in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering - Fox News

 

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FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider - Fox News


VIDEO: FBI agents dismayed over James Comey's decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton - YouTube


Former U.S. Attorney: Agents see FBI chief Comey as a ‘dirty cop’ - The American Spectator


Did the FBI chief lie to Congress about the Hillary email probe? - New York Post


While furious FBI agents are speaking out on Hillary, The big three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks censor - newsbusters.org


Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system! - Donald J. Trump on Twitter


Clinton campaign kept close DOJ ties during private email server probe: WikiLeaks - The Event Chronicle


Emails: Clinton aides touted her 'cordial relationship' with Loretta Lynch - Washington Examiner


Wikileaks: How Hillary’s top State Department aide Cheryl Mills was working for the Clinton Foundation at the same time - Daily Mail Online


ARCHIVE: FBI director James Comey and the Clinton Foundation, He pocketed $6 million working for defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a single year alone - Open Media News


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The Guy Who Went Viral from Presidential Debate Works for Coal Company Opposed to Climate Regulations

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

After Kenneth Bone asked a question about energy to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton at the presidential town hall debate on October 9, he quickly became a viral internet sensation.

That evening at Washington University in St. Louis, Bone asked, "What step will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?"

Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Oct 5, 2016


Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - Fox News


VIDEO: Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - YouTube


Immunity deals stopped FBI from investigating BleachBit use in Clinton email case, search limited to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015 - Washington Examiner


Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch by four Republican committee chairmen regarding Clinton aides’ immunity - oversight.house.gov


House Oversight Committee ‘looking into' Clinton impeachment - yournewswire.com


Clinton spokesman defends lawyers' immunity agreements (VIDEO) - The Daily Caller


The FBI treated Clinton with kid gloves - WSJ


Cheryl Mills’s legal privileges, The evidence of a politicized Clinton probe keeps building - WSJ


Please tell me these FBI/DOJ ‘side deals’ with Clinton e-mail suspects didn’t happen - National Review


Book: AG Lynch had ‘secret' meetings at White House about email probe - Fox News Insider


Book: How Bill Clinton plotted to 'bushwhack' attorney general Loretta Lynch at airport and got a promise that Hillary wouldn't be prosecuted over classified emails - Daily Mail


AUDIO: Ed Klein reveals bombshell facts about Hillary FBI Investigation - Townhall


Judicial Watch: Hillary can be impeached & FBI Director Comey should be sued (VIDEO) - InvestmentWatch


Kaine's off: The FBI director isn't a Republican... anymore. - POLITICO


The hidden smoking gun: the Combetta cover-up - Clinton Email Investigation Timeline


Documents show Clinton server was plagued by breach attempts - Washington Examiner


State Department hands over 200 pages of Clinton Foundation emails - Washington Examiner


New emails: Top State and Clinton Foundation staffers tasked with boosting Clinton nonprofit around official trip to Ireland - LifeZette

 

Clinton filled State Dept. board with friends, family and donors - Washington Examiner

 

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DOJ abruptly drops case against arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton's Libya dealings - Fox News


Department of Justice intervenes to cover up Hillary Clinton's Libyan gunrunning - RedState


Whistleblower: Hillary killed Libya peace deal: Gaddafi agreed to hold free elections, but Clinton's refusal led to thousands of deaths, international migrant crisis and terrorism - Alex Jones' Infowars

 

In email the Clinton team lists all the actions that Hillary took credit for as the architect of the US intervention in Libya and Gaddafi’s toppling - thegatewaypundit.com


The extreme brutality unleashed by Islamic fighters who ousted Gaddafi with the backing of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and NATO is demonstrated in three videos (VIDEO) - WND


Clinton: 'I don't recall' proposing drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Assange - Washington Examiner


Internal White House intel corroborates details of Hillary Clinton’s proposed drone strike on Julian Assange - True Pundit


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