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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%.


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 -

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



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 -

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 -

House Oversight Committee ‘looking into' Clinton impeachment -

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



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 -

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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Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's energy transition team. 

We got 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Barack Obama’s Crappy Legacy

By Dave Lindorff


Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation's first black president and promising a new era of "hope and change."

Clinton Tuition Plan Will Find Foe in Military

By Pat Elder

Military recruiting will face its greatest threat since the end of conscription in 1973 if Hillary Clinton’s plan calling for free in-state tuition is enacted into law. Already, recruiting has become extraordinarily tough for the Pentagon, thanks largely to generally improving economic conditions.  Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been noticeably silent on the issue and sticks to its narrative that youth sign up for patriotic reasons.

According to the Clinton website, “Tuition has ballooned out of control and has become increasingly unaffordable even at public colleges and universities.”   Tuition has risen by nearly half in the last decade at four-year public colleges and universities, after inflation, while family incomes have remained stagnant.

Under the Clinton plan, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to attend a 4-year public college or university tuition-free. This threshold will increase by $10,000 a year every year over the next four years so that by 2021, all students with a family income of $125,000 will have the opportunity to attend college for free. Students will be expected to work 10 hours a week to help defray the full cost of attendance.

Focus: FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails - Oct 3, 2016

DOJ and FBI agreed to destroy laptops of Clinton aides with immunity deal: Lawmaker - Fox News

DOJ and FBI agreed to limit search of Clinton aides' laptops to documents created before Jan. 31, 2015 but not after - Daily Caller

Letter from the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte (R - Virginia) to Attorney General Lynch -

Analysis: FBI made ‘side deals' to destroy top Clinton aides' laptops - Townhall

Republicans file complaint to DC Bar on Cheryl Mills, say she violated rule by serving as Clinton’s attorney during the FBI’s probe - Bloomberg

Complaint of the Republican National Committee with the District of Columbia Bar against Cheryl Mills - GOP

FBI Director Comey wants a ‘fresh look’ at Clinton emails after the election, but Trey Gowdy wants one now (VIDEO) - BizPac Review

It's time to impeach FBI Director Comey - GOPUSA

Ex-DOJ official: ‘Comey has to go’, Insiders say FBI director's errors in handling Clinton email case 'embarrassed' agency - WND

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Watch FBI Director James Comey say I dont know 20 times at the Congressional hearing on Hillary Clinton email investigation - YouTube

ARCHIVE: The case against James Comey, Not since Hoover has an FBI director shown such a lack of accountability - POLITICO

VIDEO: Trump says he'll reform the Justice Department's whose integrity has been 'severely questioned,’ just like ‘after Watergate' - YouTube

Questions raised about Clinton's computer technician, FBI’s notes from most recent interview with Combetta do not make reference to crucial March 31, 2015 conference call with Mills - Daily Caller


Judicial Watch: FBI used redacted documents to question Clinton aides -

FBI Docs: Hillary deleted nearly 1,000 emails with David Petraeus - PJ Media


State Department admits it ‘lost' Clinton Foundation email - Breibart

It's alive: FBI files reveal how Clinton server was created in K Street lab - Fox News



Under intense pressure to silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed drone strike on Julian Assange - True Pundit

United Nations: Targeting Wikileaks founder with drone strike criminal violation of human rights - True Pundit

ARCHIVE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims he’ll be killed by CIA DRONE if he leaves embassy (2015) - True Pundit

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Before Presidential Debate, Obama Admin Weakened Endangered Species Act Under Oil Industry Pressure

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

As eyes turned to the most viewed presidential debate in U.S. history, the Obama administration meanwhile quietly auctioned off thousands of acres of land for oil and gas drilling in national forests, opened up 119 million acres for offshore drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, and delivered a blow to the Endangered Species Act. 

US Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Russia in Full Gear over One-Sided Dutch/Aussie Report on Flight 17 Downing

By Dave Lindorff


If the danger of the anti-Putin, anti-Russian disinformation propaganda campaign out of the Pentagon and promoted by the US corporate media weren't so serious, the effort itself might be laughable. I did laugh,

Focus: FBI Director James Comey's Congressional Testimony on Clinton Emails - Sept 28, 2016

Congressman Issa says FBI gave broader immunity to Clinton aides than first disclosed (read UPDATE) - LawNewz

VIDEO: Issa grills Comey: Why did Cheryl Mills receive immunity for 'destruction of materials' as well for laptop? - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO (Starts at 3:43:45) : Issa: Mills received immunity under 18 U.S.C. § 2071, which covers concealment, removal or mutilation of government documents - C-SPAN

VIDEO: Gohmert grills Comey: You gave immunity to people who could have made your case - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Gowdy to Comey: You have five immunity agreements and no prosecution, 'That's not the FBI that I used to work for' - RealClearPolitics

Gowdy: Mills walked out of FBI interview when they ‘went into an area she didn't want it to go’ (VIDEO) - Breitbart

Comey: Cheryl Mills' laptop contained 'some' classified information - Fox News

Comey: Unusual but not unprecedented for Clinton to bring nine lawyers, including Cheryll Mills, to FBI interview - Washington Examiner

Clinton aide Cheryll MIlls asked Pagliano for information on 'wiping' servers, and not with a cloth - Hot Air

Comey denies Clinton email 'Reddit' cover-up, says the computer aide Combetta was trying to replace Clinton's email address so it wouldn't be revealed to the public - POLITICO

VIDEO: FBI Director Comey: Clinton IT contractor Combetta's Reddit posts are not evidence of a 'cover-up,' not a violation of immunity deal - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Chaffetz grills FBI's Comey: Did Combetta destroy federal records on his own or under instruction? - YouTube

Comey silent on pending Clinton perjury probe - TheHill

VIDEO: Full video of FBI Director Comey's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee -

ARCHIVE: FBI Director James Comey's Clinton Foundation connection - Breibart

ARCHIVE: Comey has long history of cases ending favorable to Clintons - WND

ARCHIVE: James Comey And KPMG: Isn't it ironic - Forbes

FBI doc dump on email case reveals role of 'confidential' Clinton aide - Fox News

Huma Abedin caught in falsehood—but no followup - Breibart

Hillary failed to take highest security training at State Dept in 2009 - The Daily Caller

Fewer than one in five State Dept employees with security clearance completed classified info training - Fox News

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Focus: Syria question at the presidential debate - Sept 26, 2016


At the presidential debate Trump and Clinton may be asked what is their position regarding the new Syrian and Russian offensive in Aleppo. My answer is that the US mission is to defeat and eradicate Islamic State, not to remove Assad from power. According to a poll, after 15 years of wars the majority of US active duty troops oppose the regime change and nation building policies advocated by Hillary Clinton in Iraq, Libya and Syria, which led to loss of life, destruction, migrations and the rise of 'radical Islamic terrorism.’ Only the Syrian people, including the opposition, must decide who will be their leaders in a free, fair and UN supervised presidential and parliamentary elections. To this end US must drop demanding the ouster of Assad, which must not be a precondition for negotiations leading to a new Syrian constitution and democratic elections. Unfortunately, it is a fact that while Assad is willing to negotiate with the opposition, at this time the opposition is not ready to negotiate with Assad a peaceful end of the conflict. 

To defeat Islamic State, US must cooperate with all State and non-State actors willing to fight that threat, including foremost Russia. Accidents such as the killing of Syrian troops and the bombing of the Aleppo aid convoy could have been prevented if a US-Russia cooperation were into effect. The US administration, who has been reticent, if not hostile, to establish such a cooperation, risks a confrontation with Russia on Syria (and also Ukraine), which will be a calamity for US and the world. Also China plans to boost counterterrorism efforts and cooperation with the Syrian government, including training for soldiers, military hardware deliveries and humanitarian aid. China has been an exporter of weapons systems to the Syrian government. reports that "China will likely also play a key role in Syria’s post-conflict economic recovery….In December, China offered Syria 6 billion USD worth of investments in addition to 10 billion USD worth of existing contracts, as well as a significant deal signed between the Syrian government and Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to rebuild Syria’s telecom infrastructure as part of China’s 900 billion USD ‘Silk Road’ infrastructure initiative."

Finally, a successful anti-Islamic State strategy must combine both military and political means, including aid, reforms, economic and job growth in Middle East and African countries where terrorism threatens State institutions. 

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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Sept 25, 2016

Clinton campaign defends FBI immunity deal for Mills and other key aides, presses the point that it was limited - Fox News

VIDEO: Benenson: Limited immunity deals given to Clinton staffers are “fairly appropriate and routine" - RealClearPolitics

GOP: FBI mishandled the process by granting immunity unnecessarily for “cooperation” the agency would just compel - Liberty Unyielding

Jason Chaffetz on the FBI: "No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case. They were handing out immunity deals like candy” -

Republicans incensed that the FBI immunity deals did not require witnesses to cooperate with Congress - POLITICO

Legal analysis: Why did the Obama Justice Department grant Cheryl Mills immunity? There was no need to grant concessions - National Review

History of Cheryl Mills as Hillary’s aide obstructing investigations, Why did the feds give a key suspect who orchestrated the destruction of government records immunity as a witness? - New York Post

Cheryl Mills immunity bombshell: She avoided signing mandatory security forms - Breitbart

Insiders: FBI used agents as pawns to insulate Hillary, aides & Clinton Foundation from prosecutions - True Pundit

Former NSA analyst and counterintelligence officer Schindler op-ed: The FBI investigation of emailgate was a sham - Observer

VIDEO: Rudy Giuliani: It is disgraceful. To give immunity to so many people... The violations here were so many, so often, so gross - RealClearPolitics


Clinton campaign manager has no answer when asked about an email in which the Clinton IT contractor referred to the 60-day email retention policy as “Hillary cover-up" (VIDEO) - Daily Caller

Clinton aide told FBI there were internal concerns raised at State over private email server - The Washington Post

Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal - POLITICO

27 things we learned from Clinton's FBI files - Washington Examiner

Text of the FBI interview notes from Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation for mishandling of classified information - Public Intelligence

ARCHIVE: EmailGate and the mystery of the missing GAMMA, Clinton’s 'unclassified' email included highly classified NSA information—why didn’t the FBI mention this fact? - Observer


Ruling means most of Hillary Clinton’s newly uncovered 2,800 work-related emails will come out after election - The New York Times

The public deserves to know what is in those emails, well before November 8. It is outrageous the State Dept has had these emails since late July, but has only released 5 records - Judicial Watch

The State Department has said that Clinton did not include any of her emails with Petraeus when her lawyers screened and returned what they said were all her work emails in 2014 - Reuters

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Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States

As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this election or to participate in the ongoing American Revolution.

Focus: The Clinton Foundation - Sept 20, 2016

Report: Clinton Foundation gave ‘watered-down' AIDS drugs to Third World countries - The Daily Caller

Press release: Congressman Marsha Blackburn releases Clinton Foundation report -

REPORT: The Clinton Foundation and the ‘India success story': Self-serving philanthropy, watered-down drugs, and money in sub-Saharan Africa -

ARCHIVE: Although The FDA sent a public “warning letter” to Ranbaxy in 2006, Bill Clinton praised the company for fight against AIDS - The Economic Times

ARCHIVE: Ranbaxy pleads guilty and agrees to pay $500 Million to resolve false claims allegations, violations and false statements to the FDA - Department of Justice

New documents that reveal Bill Clinton's backdated contracts and multimillion $$$$ frauds in the name of HIV/Aids - Michael Smith News

Clinton's "bottom of the harbour" AIDS business - Michael Smith News

Bill Clinton's early days in tax-exempt business - and his original sin in The Bahamas tax haven - Michael Smith News

The CHAI Lie and the HIV/AIDS treatment: What connects Haiti with Papua New Guinea – Medium



POLL (Gallup): Hillary is 'email,' 'lie,' 'foundation,' 'scandal,' 'pneumonia' - Washington Examiner

Networks ignore Clinton Foundation conflict of interest in 95% of stories -

Clinton gave State Department appointments to 194 donors, nearly 40 percent of the 511 advisory appointments - Washington Examiner

Bill Clinton’s speaking fee overlaps with Foundation business, paid by industry that later benefited from family charity’s Haitian project - WSJ

Exclusive: Clinton charities ignore law requiring them to disclose millions from foreign donors - ABC  Newsnet5

Bill Clinton falsely claims Foundation discloses all info on donors, activities -

Clinton Foundation deceived IRS on tax exemption - The Daily Caller

The problem with the Clinton Foundation's tax status - The Daily Caller

The 21 pages deleted from The Clinton Foundation's 2005 IRS tax-exempt annual return - Michael Smith News

Opinions: Clinton Foundation taxes deserve close scrutiny - Belleville News-Democrat


"Clinton Foundation is charity fraud of epic proportions", analyst Charles Ortel charges in stunning takedown - Zero Hedge

The Clinton Foundation's problems are deeper than you think - Current Affairs

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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Sept 19, 2016

Paul Combetta, who deleted Hillary Clinton emails, may have asked Reddit for tips on how to remove a 'VERY VIP' email address - US News

House panel looking into Paul Combetta’s Reddit post about Clinton's email server - TheHill

Platte River executives fretted about being ordered to purge Clinton emails believing it was a cover up - New York Post

Text of the exchange on Reddit involving Paul Combetta: Remove or replace to/from address on archived emails? - exchangeserver

VIDEO: Hillary’s bleachbit specialist Paul Combetta deleting all of his reddit posts on video - Erik Jones on Twitter

ARCHIVE: Tech firm charged Clinton $250 an hour for Paul Combetta’s interviews with Feds - Fox Nation

Senator Grassley: FBI withholding key information about Clinton's deleted emails - PJ Media

Judge blasts State Dept. for slow-walking Hillary Clinton emails - Washington Times

State Department delays records request about Clinton-linked firm until after the 2016 election, the latest in a string of similar postponements - IBTimes

Judicial Watch: New State Department documents reveal top agency officials raised questions about Clinton emails in early August 2013 - Judicial Watch

Sen. seeks formal damage assessment of Clinton email secrets loss -



Bill Clinton says it was only ‘natural’ for Clinton Foundation donors to ask State Department for favors - The Daily Caller

More Clinton Shenanigans in Haiti, Emails show the State Department and the Clinton Foundation collaborated on policy - WSJ

Ex-Haitian President of Senate says Clinton Foundation withheld billions of donations, calls to 'disclose the audit of all the money' - Daily Caller

VIDEO: Speech of the former Haitian President of Senate - YouTube

Millions from Clinton Foundation donors bought seats to WH dinners, those who authorized the special invitations were ensconced in the Department of State’s Office of Protocol - The Daily Caller

Emails detail State Dept. effort under Clinton to aid Foundation donor Walmart - Washington Examiner

Clinton charity partner slams ‘philanthropic abuse’ -

Clinton Foundation donor kicked out of China’s National People’s Congress on accusations of bribing his way into office - The Daily Caller

Bill Clinton’s birthday bash proves the Clintons just can’t stop influence-peddling - New York Post

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Focus: The FBI Investigation of Clinton Emails - Sept 9, 2016

DOJ reportedly granted immunity to computer expert Combetta who deleted Clinton emails - Fox News

Server was wiped with BleachBit by Combetta after a conference call with Bill Clinton's aides - The Daily Caller

Timeline leading up to Combetta wiping Hillary's server - Zero Hedge

Invoice shows Clintons paying for Combetta’s travel and legal assistance, it raises the question of how independent his cooperation with the FBI was - Complete Colorado

House Oversight panel zeroes in on deletion of Clinton emails, is on track to hold three hearings in five days - TheHill

Committee chairs want DOJ interviews with Clinton's server IT team - POLITICO

Trump, Gowdy hit reported immunity deal connected to Clinton email controversy - POLITICO

Statement on the immunity granted to the IT worker who deleted Clinton emails while they were under a preservation order from Congress - Donald J Trump for President

VIDEO: Gowdy blasts Department of Justice for giving immunity to 'triggerman' who deleted Clinton emails - YouTube

Editorial: A fishy story in Platte River Networks' purge of Clinton e-mails - Denver Post

Obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence haunt Hillary’s future - National Review

The FBI’s blind Clinton trust, Comey’s agents were forgiving about some incriminating evidence - WSJ

VIDEO: FBI ignored key evidence in its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private server - WSJ

How the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton - New York Post

Did the FBI botch the Clinton email investigation? - Fox News

FBI managers instructed to exonerate Hillary Clinton - Washington Times

Was the FBI handcuffed from doing a credible full-fledged transparent national security investigation on Clinton emails? - Forbes

VIDEO: Fox’s Judge Napolitano just flat out accused FBI of corruption - YouTube

FBI Director Comey defends decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over email servers - CBS News

Hill Republicans: Clinton investigations won’t stop if she wins - POLITICO

Clinton email had 'multiple' classified markings, challenging her claim to FBI - Fox News

Clinton comes up with ANOTHER new email excuse - AEI


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The Trumpillary War Machine Is Bad News

I was fortunate enough to view a screening of the new Snowden movie Wednesday evening with some of the whistleblowers who have cameos in it and with its director Oliver Stone. I'm not allowed to review it until Saturday night, but it is a truly great movie and has the potential to be the most widely seen, heard, or read thing of any political decency or truth in the world this year. That's not, however, why I'm glad I saw it.

I'm glad I watched Snowden because it gave me an extra several hours of living on earth without having yet seen the NBC special on the Trumpillary war machine, in which first Hillary Clinton and then Donald Trump promised NBC they'd wage plenty of wars. Earlier, on Wednesday I had posted this on my Facebook page:

Here are a few of my favorite facts that you will not learn tonight from NBC, Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton: Nonviolent resistance is more effective than violence and its victories longer lasting. Peaceful spending or even tax cuts for working people is economically superior to military spending. The war on terrorism has increased terrorism, including in the seven nations the United States has bombed this year. Over half of federal discretionary spending, through multiple departments, is dumped into war preparations each year, about as much as the rest of the world's nations combined. The U.S. is the top arms dealer to dictatorships abroad, and today's wars typically have U.S. weapons on both sides. The U.S. Army can't figure out what it did with $6.5 trillion this year, while the United Nations says that $30 billion a year could end starvation on earth. Every recent U.S. war has been illegal under the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact. Over 95% of the victims of every recent U.S. war have been on the other side, and the vast majority of them civilian. The top destroyer of the natural environment is the U.S. military. Routinely bombing Muslim countries, giving war weapons and war training to local police, and expecting non-racist, law-abiding policing cannot work. The U.S. backed a violent coup in Ukraine. Sitting out the National Anthem is not "true patriotism" but a truly courageous challenge to the poison of patriotism.

NBC did not disappoint. Matt Lauer did not ask Trumpillary how much money, even within a quarter trillion dollars or so, they would like spent. He did not ask which wars, if any, they would end or start. He did not ask how many people they would murder with drones. He did not ask if they would kidnap or torture or murder in prisons. He did not ask about foreign aid. He did not ask about leading by example. He did not ask about climate change. He did not ask about the arms trade or the bombing of Yemen. He did not ask about the announcement ISIS had just made of having named a U.S.-trained (and, of course, U.S.-armed) sniper as its Minister of War. He did not ask about the racism and violence permeating U.S. culture. I don't think any of the three people (Clinton, Trump, Lauer) or any of the veterans asking questions ever said the word "peace."

Lauer opened by claiming that September 11th launched years of war. In fact, the U.S. government launched years of war.

NBC then showed clips of 9/11 and of Obama announcing the killing of Osama bin Laden, but not a single image of a single body or bombed out house. After 15 years of immoral, illegal, catastrophic murder sprees, Clinton began by taking credit for her "experience" of having been part of making all those wars happen.

So, Lauer asked her, not about any of those wars, but about her emails. Eventually he turned to Iraq, and she claimed to have learned her lesson. Although she still wanted war in Libya and several other countries and still wants it badly in Syria (though Lauer didn't get into that), so she's clearly learned nothing. She did claim accurately that Trump backed war on Iraq and Libya too, while still claiming inaccurately that Gaddafi was planning a massacre. Lauer confirmed and corrected nothing.

What if Iran cheats on its nuclear agreement, Lauer wanted to know. Clinton then lied about Iranian hostility, blamed Iran for supporting Syria against U.S.-backed attacks, and "improved" Ronald Reagan's phrase to "distrust but verify."

Clinton promised no ground troops in Iraq, but there already are U.S. ground troops in Iraq. Lauer said nothing. Clinton promised to "go after" ISIS leader Baghdadi for the purpose of "focusing our attention." This is war for propaganda, not just propaganda for war.

Turning to Trump, he opened by claiming that Russian planes and Iranian ships are taunting the United States. Remind me again which coast of the United States the Baltic Sea and the Persian Gulf are on.

Trump then lied that he opposed attacking Iraq. Lauer said . . . (you guessed it) nothing. Trump also, if at odds with that lie, lied that Obama ended the war on Iraq and that so doing was a terrible thing.

Trump claimed, with as straight a face as he can manage, that it was a big success for him that the people who brought him to Mexico have now been thrown out of the government as a result.

A pre-approved veteran asked Trump how "defeating" a terrorist group won't just produce a new one. Trump talked a while without answering and then said "Take the Oil." Steal Iraq's oil. That was Trump's answer. If you steal their oil, then they can't have any power, he suggested. Trump seemed to believe no hostility or resentment would find any leverage after such a theft, that such a theft could be completed quickly, and that he was providing us with new information as "people don't know this about Iraq" (that it has among the world's largest reserves of oil).

Lauer asked Trump if he really has a plan to "defeat ISIS." It was clear he does not.

NBC had a veteran ask how Trump would deescalate tensions with Russia. He answered by claiming Russian airplanes are engaged in hostility against the United States. That ought to do it.

Then Lauer piled on, falsely and baselessly blaming Putin for aggression in Ukraine and interference in the U.S. election, and blaming Russia for  supporting Syria and Iran.

Lauer and vets asked Trumpillary about caring for veterans, all taking it as unquestionable that more veterans must be produced through more wars. Trump even said that he'd let immigrants remain in the United States if they would "serve" . . . not his dinner apparently, but his war machine, Hillary's war machine, NBC's war machine, Comcast's war machine, the war machine of people who've watched this stuff for 15 years and started to believe it's the way normal decent human beings should be allowed to behave.

Trump and Clinton Prep to Strut before an Audience of Soldiers and Vets

By Gar Smith

On September 7, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are set to appear on the same stage in a broadcast NBC is calling the“Commander-in-Chief Forum," an event devoted to "national security, military affairs and veterans issues." The candidates will not debate face-to-face. They will appear separately, back-to-back.

For an event that marks the beginning of one of the most critical presidential debates in US history, NBC is mounting a disturbing preamble. Instead of focusing on the full range of domestic issues that are roiling the electorate – lack of good jobs, declining wages, rising housing costs, failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, mass incarceration, and the tandem proliferations of gun possession and police violence -- the lead issue selected by the National Broadcasting Corporation, is war-fighting.

Under NBC's marching orders, the two candidates will vie for the allegiance of "an audience consisting mainlyofmilitaryveteransandactiveservicemembers."

The evening is being sponsored by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veteransof America, an organization that has received a respectable 86% Charity Navigator rating and whose mission is to "connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans."

Focus: FBI Interview of Hillary Clinton On Emails - Sept 2, 2016

Clinton told FBI she didn't understand classified intel, 'could not give an example of how classification of a document was determined' - Washington Examiner

Hillary Clinton told FBI she didn't know a 'C' mark meant emails were confidential - The Verge

Clinton had no concerns on emails’ sensitivity, says FBI -

When the FBI showed Clinton emails content 'ranging from CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET/SAP’ Hillary said that she believed that the information wasn’t classified - Hot Air

Clinton did not recall receiving any guidance from State Dept regarding e-mail policies - Sky News

Here’s all 40 times Hillary Clinton told the FBI she couldn’t recall something - Mediaite

Powell warned Clinton about using a BlackBerry, Clinton told the FBI that Powell's comments 'did not factor into her decision to use a personal e-mail account’ - POLITICO

FBI: Hillary Clinton lost cell phones with classified emails - Breibart

Hillary Clinton’s team lost a laptop full of her emails in the actual mail - The Daily Beast

FBI Report: Scores of Clinton emails wiped clean after NYT story revealed she used private email server for official business - Townhall

FBI agents said they recovered 17,448 'unique work-related and personal' emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that were not provided by her legal team - Washington Examiner

FBI report describes how Hillary’s attorneys decided which emails would be (belatedly) turned over to the State Department and which deleted as ‘personal’ - Hot Air


FBI found evidence that Clinton violated Federal Records Act - The Daily Caller

Hackers compromised one staff account on Clinton's server - Business Insider

Clinton campaign statement on FBI email documents - Business Insider

Trump: Decision not to charge Clinton marks 'darkest days for the FBI and justice' -

Statement on Hillary Clinton FBI interview records - Donald J Trump for President

Judicial Watch submits email questions to Hillary Clinton, Written answers under oath due September 29 - Judicial Watch

Text of the FBI documents in Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation - FBI

11 redacted parts of damning FBI report on Hillary Clinton that are making Americans go ‘hmmm'... -

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Focus: Clinton Foundation and Trump's Tax Returns - Aug 28, 2016

Clinton Foundation official requests State Dept lunch invitation, special seating for foundation donors, emails show - ABC News

VIDEO: New emails show coordination between Clinton Foundation and State Department - ABC News

Clinton allies play defense over Foundation accusations -

DNC chair Donna Brazile defends Hillary Clinton's meetings with Clinton Foundation donors - CBS News

VIDEO: DNC chair Brazile totally dodges questions about links between State Department, Clinton Foundation - ABC News

VIDEO: 'She sold out our country': Giuliani rips Hillary for alleged ‘pay-to-play' - Fox News

VIDEO: Trump campaign manager Conway hits Clinton over 'revolving door' at State Department - Fox News

US: Clinton calendars won't be released until after election - AP

Trump, GOP calls on Clinton to have full State Dept schedule released before Election Day - Fox News

Statement: Rigged: State Department hides Clinton's schedule - Donald J Trump for President

Seven ways the Clinton Foundation failed to meet its transparency promises - The Hill

New Yorker writer slams ‘creepy vibe' at Clinton Foundation events (PODCAST) -

VIDEO: Sidney Blumenthal's role at the Clinton Foundation - Fox News

Look to the Netherlands for Clinton Foundation’s ongoing source of cash -

The Dutch government, the Clinton Foundation and the postcode lottery - Mathijs Koenraadt



POLL: Republican and Democratic politicians, office holders, lobbyists and activists say Trump should release his tax returns -

CPAs Calling for Trump to Release tax returns and financial history: 'It's critical to uncover Trump's potential conflicts of interest' - NBC Bay Area

Plouffe: Potential conflicts of interest posed by Trump’s refusal to release tax returns are more worrisome than Clinton Foundation - The Hill

VIDEO: Full Interview: David Plouffe talks Clinton Foundation, Donald Trump - NBC News

VIDEO: White House spokesman Josh Earnest suggests Clinton Campaign more transparent than Donald Trump, mentions tax returns - YouTube

MSNBC host Reid: Trump's tax returns are worse than Clinton scandals - The Daily Caller

Silicon Valley investor: IRS should drop audit of Donald Trump - Business Insider

Michael Moore, Bill Maher joke about Trump tax returns - TheHill

This website's now calling for Donald Trump to release his tax returns - Metro News

Lawyers say decision not to release tax returns make sense under normal circumstances, but these aren't normal circumstances: 'Trump is no ordinary client: he is a candidate for president' - TheStreet

Opinion: Put tax returns of all citizens on public view - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Shortly after the Democratic Party’s platform committee concluded its deliberations this July, Bernie Sanders announced:  “Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process . . . we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.”

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