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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 - C-SPAN.org


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. Oilprice.com 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” - inquisitr.com


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


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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 - blackburn.house.gov


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


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

 

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


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


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 - freebeacon.com


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 - freebeacon.com

 

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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’ - freebeacon.com


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 - FT.com


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' - philly.com


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'... - ijr.com


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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 - CNNPolitics.com


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) - newsbusters.org


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


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


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

 

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


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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Does the Democratic Party Have a Progressive Platform--and Does it Matter?

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.”

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 26, 2016


Ethicists scoff at Clinton Foundation transition plan, question Chelsea's continued involvement and the group's slow wind down - POLITICO


Watchdogs warn of 'serious' conflicts of interest for Clinton Foundation with Hillary in the White House - TheHill


Chaffetz probes link between Clinton Foundation and State Department - Washington Examiner


Oversight Committee letter to Kerry: Explain why the State Department was used to find Clinton Foundation employees - townhall.com


The U.S. Department of Clinton, The latest emails show that State and the foundation were one seamless entity - WSJ


Watchdog: Clinton finance director was 'middle' man between foundation, State - Fox News


11 calls to shut down Clinton Foundation from left-wing media - Breitbart


It’s time to take the ‘Clinton’ out of the Clinton Foundation - LA Times


Hillary Clinton's Clinton Foundation scandal can't be defended - NY Daily News


Hillary Clinton’s reaction to her Foundation scandal is disastrous - TIME


Trump demands special prosecutor to investigate Clinton's State Department tenure - NBC News


Giuliani: Clinton Foundation scandal ‘bigger than Watergate’ - WND


Feingold concerned about Clinton charity - WSAU


Obama to skip Clinton Global Initiative - POLITICO


Clinton camp dismisses questions over Bill's $17M 'honorary chancellor’ job with firm invited to State Dept. dinner - Fox News


Hillary State Dept. helped jailed Clinton Foundation donor get $10 Mil from U.S. for failed Haiti project - Judicial Watch


Recently leaked documents confirm Clinton Haitian gold scheme - OpEdNews


The Clinton Foundation's private equity puzzle - fortune.com


Warning signs for Australia that Bill Clinton was way off the straight and narrow in Papua New Guinea - Michael Smith News


Flemish PM Flanders donated hundreds of thousands to Clinton Foundation: report - POLITICO


Company that price gouged EpiPen is Clinton Foundation donor - New York Post


Clinton criminals: Bill and Hillary’s friends keep being investigated, convicted, jailed - Heat Street


Top Clinton campaign donors frequently backed foundation, undermining the argument that the work of her family's charity is wholly unrelated to her political ambitions  - Washington Examiner

 

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Clinton defends foundation, calls for Trump to release tax returns - Business Insider


VIDEO: Clinton: 'You know more about the Foundation than you know about anything concerning Donald Trump's wealth' - YouTube


Statement: Trump should stop hiding behind fake excuses and release his tax returns disclosing the full extent of his business interests - HFA


GOP committee chairman Chaffetz calls on Donald Trump to release tax returns - CBS News


GOP Rep. Mark Sanford: I support you, Donald Trump. Now release your tax returns - The New York Times


Former IRS commissioner Goldberg op-ed: Trump has no excuse to not release his tax returns - CNBC


Roger Stone: Trump should release tax returns 'immediately’ - TheHill


VIDEO: Watch Trump's campaign manager dodge questions about his tax returns - mediamatters.org


POLL: 74 percent of likely voters say Donald Trump should release his tax returns, among them 62 percent of Republicans - POLITICO

 

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Judge orders State Dept. to begin releasing additional Clinton emails by Sept. 13 - Fox News


Clinton team used special program BleachBit to delete her emails and prevent their recovery, Gowdy says 'even God can't read them' - Fox News


Tech firm BleachBit brags about blocking FBI from recovering Clinton emails - Washington Examiner


1/3 of Abedin emails 100% redacted because of highly sensitive material - WND


Assange vows Clinton email release, as storm clouds gather for candidate - Fox News


Newly released emails reveal then Secretary of State Clinton tried to avoid the commercial shuttle by taking an Air Force plane - freebeacon.com


Clinton’s State Department blew $6 Billion in contracts, and we’re about to learn why - Tea Party News


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 22, 2016


Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin show favors for Clinton Foundation donors - New York Post


Judicial Watch: Abedin was a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary while she served as Secretary of State - Judicial Watch


State Dept: New emails not evidence of Clinton Foundation pay-to-play - Breibart


Clinton Foundation executive left 148 phone messages for Hillary Clinton's top aide Cheryl Mills - Fox News


State Department defends call logs showing close contact between Clinton aides, foundation - Washington Examiner


Pro-Clinton center: Media continue to fall for Clinton Foundation pseudo-scandals promoted by Judicial Watch - mediamatters.org


Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for a dozen years - New York Post


Huma Abedin denies active role at radical Muslim journal, Clinton spokesman says ‘she did not play a role in editing at the publication' - New York Post


Spokesman: Huma Abedin was ‘fully vetted’ for State Dept job (VIDEO) - freebeacon.com


ARCHIVE: Roger Stone: It's time America got some answers about Huma Abedin - Breitbart


ARCHIVE: The Truth about Huma Abedin that Media Matters doesn't want America to see - Breitbart


ARCHIVE: The Atlantic whitewashes Islamist groups in Abedin controversy - Breitbart

 

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Donald J. Trump statement on Clinton Foundation: Shut it down - Donald J Trump for President


Tim Kaine: Trump tax returns more important than Clinton Foundation donations - Washington Times


Some of Trump’s toughest media critics agree: The Clinton Foundation should close - The Washington Post


Peter Schweizer: Media went from ‘defending the Clinton Foundation’ to ‘pretending it wasn’t there’ to ‘saying shut it down’ - Breitbart


Clinton Foundation charity grade: D-, Close all branches now - Medium


Giuliani: I would indict Clinton Foundation as 'racketeering enterprise' - Fox News


Bill Clinton: Foundation will continue work, change plans - WPMT FOX43


Clinton Foundation prepares to hand off programs, scale back operations - BuzzFeed News


Clinton Foundation ban would not apply to some related charities - The Boston Globe


More than half of Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be barred under new rule - The Washington Post


Clinton Foundation on backfoot after intense scrutiny; India operations may be affected - Times of India


The illegal incorporation of the Clinton HIV/Aids Initiative in Papua New Guinea - Michael Smith News


AUDIO: Twisted philanthropy: How the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation made billions mining the world’s misery index - Leid Stories

 

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Judge orders expedited release of new 15,000 Hillary Clinton documents found by FBI - CBS News


GOP demands all Hillary Clinton emails before election day - Washington Times


Judicial Watch: State Department stonewalling release of 15K newly discovered Hillary Clinton emails (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Clinton campaign 'not sure' what emails FBI found on server - Washington Examiner

 

Chaffetz claims FBI gave Congress conflicting documents on Clinton email probe - POLITICO


GOP subpoenas firms that ran Clinton's private email server - AP


Now will Hillary hold a press conference on the newly found emails? (Spoiler: Probably not) - National Republican Congressional Committee


Apparent Army Opsec Brief lists Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus as examples of insider security threats - The Daily Caller


Navy sailor argued his crime was same as Hillary’s. Here’s how long he’ll be spending in jail - ijr.com


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Belted by Trump: Gotcha!

By Ed Adelman

 

How Presidential “Non-Opinion” Polls Drive Down Third Party Numbers and Facilitate Debate Exclusion

This week, the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced what polls it will utilize in excluding candidates from its debates.

The CPD says candidates like the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein must get 15 percent in polls conducted by “five national public opinion polling organizations” — ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, Fox News, and NBC/Wall Street Journal.

Not only — as several have correctly argued — is the 15 percent threshold arbitrary and exclusionary, but these polls don’t actually ask voter preferences at all.

They all ask “If the presidential election were being held today for whom would you vote?” or some minor variation of that.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 18, 2016


FBI 'improperly' restricting access to Clinton probe files, senator Grassley says - Fox News


Text of Sen. Grassley's letter on access to Clinton probe docs - Washington Post


FBI's Clinton documents viewed in secure areas of the U.S. Capitol, they are collected in large binders labeled 'secret'- Reuters


Chaffetz: Clinton material is so highly classified that even I, as Oversight Committee Chair, don't have security clearance - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Chaffetz talks heavily redacted Clinton documents from FBI - YouTube


Clinton campaign: FBI document release a partisan witch-hunt - Washington Examiner


Clinton aides perk up with prospect of ‘classified’ FBI leak - New York Post


Unclassified documents from the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation might be made public - The Washington Post


House panel to probe FBI about whether Clinton perjured herself to Congress - usatoday.com


State Department to turn over all Clinton emails uncovered by FBI which were not provided to State by Clinton in December 2014, including deleted ones - Judicial Watch


Judicial Watch: Court hearing Monday, August 22, in FBI Clinton email records case - Judicial Watch


State Dept won’t say when new Clinton emails will be released - freebeacon.com


VIDEO: State Department can't say if Clinton emails provided to Judicial Watch will be made public - YouTube


Priebus to State: Release Clinton emails before election - TheHill


Six batches of Clinton-related documents we're still waiting to see - Washington Examiner


After Hillary walks, Navy sailor wants same leniency over his ‘classified’ incident - ijr.com

 

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Clinton Foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Clinton is elected - CBS News


State Department records fail to show if Hillary Clinton, aides took mandatory ethics training - McClatchy DC


Trump campaign blasts Clinton over ethics training report - POLITICO


POLL: Majority thinks Clinton Foundation donors influenced Clinton when she was secretary of state - newsmax.com


Citizens United fights for records on major Clinton Foundation donor who served on intel panel - freebeacon.com


Clinton Foundation advised World Bank on contracts that netted donors millions - freebeacon.com


Clinton Foundation pushed State Dept. on Bill Clinton speech in North Korea - Washington Examiner


Bill Clinton’s pay at for-profit education company topped $17.5 million for his five-year role as an 'honorary chancellor' - POLITICO


The sordid history of Australia's deals to 'facilitate' the Clinton Foundation's access to Asia - Michael Smith News


Former Australia PM Julia Gillard lavished an unprecedented $292 million in taxpayer dollars on the Clinton-dominated Global Partnership for Education, where she was later appointed chair - Quadrant


Abu Dhabi offered to contribute to the Clinton Foundation while lobbying State Department over airline deal - Daily Mail Online


Did the Clinton Foundation received a $175,000 donation from the mining conglomerate BHP Billiton in return for State Department ensuring the firm’s mining contracts in Gabon and Guinea? - Infowars


State Department sought land deal with Nigerian firm tied to Clinton Foundation - Fox News


The Clinton-Kremlin Connection - The Weekly Standard


Peter Schweizer op-ed: The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin connections - WSJ


Clinton Foundation profited from Clintons' personal charity, returns show - Washington Times


Clinton Foundation gave $5,000 to veterans charities last year - Breibart


A massive hack of Clinton donor George Soros' Open Society Foundations suggests that his various nonprofit organizations are little more than fronts for his many political activities - IBD


Manafort Accuses Never Trumpers of being tied to Clinton Foundation - Cortney O’Brien


The crusading prosecutor who is on Clinton Foundation case - newsmax.com


Modest to Majestic: A look at Hillary and Bill Clinton’s homes over the years - The New York Times

 

'Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel' to debut #1 on the New York Times graphic novel bestsellers list - Breibart


Review: 'Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel' - Military Press


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New York Times shames itself: Attacking Wikileaks’ Assange for Doing What Journalists are Supposed to Do

By Dave Lindorff

 

While I periodically have written commentaries dissecting and pillorying news articles in the New York Times to expose their bias, hypocrisy half-truths and lies, I generally ignore their editorials since these are overtly opinions of the management, and one expects them to display the elitist and neo-liberal perspective of the paper’s publisher and senior editors.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 15, 2016

 

Here is a concise summary of the major weak points of Hillary Clinton which can cause a drop in her poll numbers:


Hillary Clinton is the candidate of Wall Streets banks, characterized by financial mismanagement, theft and fraud. She is the candidate of companies ready to outsource more jobs abroad in low-wage countries. She is the candidate of overpaid corporate CEOs and managers who enrich themselves at the expense of company employees and shareholders. In general she is the candidate of powerful special interest groups who influence legislative and government policy to seek benefits and privileges often contrary to the national interest. Bill and Hillary speaking and consulting fees are a testament of the deep-rooted, enduring relationship between the Clintons and the corporate world. In a short period of time the Clintons have become multimilionaires.


Hillary Clinton advocated war, regime change and toppling governments in Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. causing death, destruction, migration and the rise of the Islamic State. If elected President, Hillary Clinton will raise tensions with Russia to a dangerous level. She will establish no-fly zones and arm Syrian rebels who aim to overthrow Assad, thus creating the risk of a US military confrontation with Russia. She will assist, finance and maybe arm the Ukrainian government in its struggle against its Eastern Russian speaking population which is supported by Putin. She will promote the NATO troop and missile deployment in Eastern Europe near the Russia border. Conflicts with Russia would be a calamity for the US military which is strained, if not demoralized, after so many years of wars and sacrifices. On top of this, her policies will divert resources that are instead needed to defeat Islamic State.


It looks like Hillary Clinton was able to weather the Benghazi and private emails scandals with an helping hand by her friends, unless there are new revelations and the disclosing of the 30,000 deleted emails. But the Clinton Foundation remains an open issue that deserve an intense public scrutiny. Calls must be renewed of an official investigation of the foundation including a speeding resolution of the IRS inquiry. According to a recent Bloomberg poll 'more than half said that the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign contributions while she was secretary of state bothers them a lot.’ In addition to the shady, unethical and maybe illegal fundraising activities, the Clinton Foundation must be held accountable for how the donated money was spent. How much of that money was allocated to the needy and how much was pocketed by Bill, Hillary and their cronies to pay for high salaries, pricey meetings, luxury travel expenses, etc? The  majority of voters regard Hillary as dishonest and untrustworthy.

 

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Focus: Clinton Foundation - Aug 11, 2016


Emails do not show improper influence from Clinton Foundation, State Department says - ABC News


VIDEO: Aug 11 briefing: Reporter skeptical when State Dept claims wasn’t influenced by Clinton Foundation - freebeacon.com


VIDEO: Aug 10 briefing: State Department dodges questions about Clinton Foundation's emails - YouTube


Judicial Watch: State Dept. colluded to thwart FOIA request for Hillary emails, 'This is evidence that Cheryl Mills covered up' - Breibart


Top Clinton State Department aide Cheryl Mills helped Clinton Foundation - CNNPolitics.com


CNN's Griffin: Cheryl Mills did work on behalf of Clinton Foundation while she was gov't employee, may have violated ethics rules (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Hillary aide Mills OK'd deal that put $500K in Bill's pocket - The Daily Caller


Email batch provides additional evidence that Clinton Foundation donors got access at State Department - The Washington Post


Hillary played favorites with huge number of Clinton Foundation donors - New York Post


Another day, another Hillary/Clinton Foundation scandal - Power Line


Five Clinton friends who got special State Department access - Washington Examiner


Five devastating facts about Hillary Clinton's foreign funder, Gilbert Chagoury - Breibart


Donald Trump on Clinton Foundation, State Dept. relationship: 'It's illegal' - Breitbart


Cotton: Clinton used private server to hide her foundation work - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: 'Classic pay-to-play': Giuliani blasts ‘corrupt' Clinton Foundation - Fox News Insider


NY Times' Haberman: Hillary campaign ‘extremely unprepared' for accusations of Clinton Fdn-State Dept ‘overlap' - Breitbart


Pro-Clinton center: Running with Judicial Watch’s storyline, media manufacture another false Clinton email scandal - mediamatters.org


Pro-Clinton center: News outlets hyping new Clinton Judicial Watch email story ignore new development undermining it - mediamatters.org


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Inside the debate over probing the Clinton Foundation, Officials from the FBI and DOJ met to discuss opening a public corruption case - CNN


VIDEO: FBI field offices wanted investigation into Clinton Foundation, DOJ was against opening a case - CNN


Trump starts petition urging DOJ to probe Clinton Foundation - New York Post


Trump on Hillary's missing 33,000 ‘personal’ emails: 'That's a lot of yoga' - Breitbart


Ethicists: Clinton team violated ‘spirit’ of pledge, Emails suggest aides were catering to Clinton Foundation donors - POLITICO


Clinton Foundation IRS inquiry involves charity's legal status - Washington Examiner


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Trumped

Why would it be that 8 years ago you couldn't win a Democratic presidential primary if you'd voted for a war on Iraq after pushing all the Bush White House lies about it, and yet now you can? Back then the war looked closer to ending, the death count was lower, and ISIS was only in the planning stages. Reports on the fraud, criminality, and knowingly self-destructive nature of the war launch -- reports like the Chilcot report -- hadn't yet been produced. How can you drag this albatross across the finish line at this late date in 2016?

Well, you can't, in fact. Claiming that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 primary is like claiming Bush won the 2000 election. It's one of those things that everyone will say, using it as shorthand, and repeating it until everyone forgets that the thing was stolen. So, let me rephrase: How can you get people to pretend en masse that you won the 2016 Democratic presidential primary despite lugging around the same baggage as 8 years before only now stuffed with putrid rotting flesh?

And not only that, but how can you pull loved ones of people you sent to kill and kill and kill and die in that criminal calamity onto the stage of your coronation convention and get people to cheer for it?

How can you get your supporters to scream "U - S - A! U - S - A!" at anyone who shouts "No more war"?

How can you get people to the point of believing that, should the ongoing war on Iraq make big news in October, that will actually benefit, rather than hurt, you?

How can you, in fact, get liberals to start saying that ending the overthrow of governments would be irresponsible? After Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Honduras, Ukraine, and Brazil, how can you get all the bleeding hearts to rally behind your intention to overthrow the Syrian and possibly the Iranian governments?

How can you get them to go even further and support world-risking hostility and threats toward Russia?

How can you get popular support for maintaining and expanding NATO and for committing to being dragged into any new wars that any of NATO's mushrooming list of members might get themselves into or claim to have gotten themselves into?

There is only one answer to all of these questions: partisan perversion in the form of Trump. If Trump occasionally and inconsistently says he might abolish NATO, then abolishing NATO must be bad. If Trump says the war on Iraq was a horrible idea (even though he supported it at the time) it must have been a wonderful idea. If Trump suggests that demonizing Russia is stupid, then it must be genius, and Trump must be a commie-loving pinko. If Trump badmouths loved ones of someone who died making war on Iraq, then making war on Iraq must be heroic and noble.

Of course this way of thinking is on Trump's intellectual level, which means that with a slight twist or two here and there, Trump propaganda could replace Hillary propaganda in the hearts of some of Trump's most passionate opponents. And the two camps' lesser-evilist doctrines are identical, only with the greater and lesser evil figures reversed.

All of which is not an argument for only letting the smart people vote. On the contrary, this is all good material for building a case for direct democracy. People are entirely capable of voting No on banning all Muslims while voting Yes on abolishing NATO. When it comes to policies, the majority of the U.S. public will get many more right than wrong. It's when policies are associated with personalities that people choose to reverse their positions for no good reason.

For decades we've heard the tired old refrain "We need leaders." I'm afraid we won't survive many more leaders. I think what we actually need is democracy. Single payer healthcare should get an up or down vote regardless of whether single-payer healthcare once insulted someone or has been married three times or giggled when it killed Gadaffi. Policies don't have those problems.

Get rid of the super-delegates, the delegates, the representatives, the senators, and the president, and let people set the policies. Any bureaucrats needed could be randomly appointed with darts and a phone book, guaranteeing better results than the present system.

Focus: Hillary Clinton Campaign Finance - Aug 2, 2016


Hillary Clinton has biggest fundraising month yet in July, raising $90 million - Chicago Tribune


Obama holding first fundraiser for Clinton, $33,400 for a seat at the Atlanta home of former CEO Andy Prozes - wsaw.com


Clinton heads back to Hamptons for $33K-a-ticket fundraiser, Loews Hotels CEO and New York Giants co-owner will host the event - Page Six


Apple’s CEO Tim Cook hosts $50,000-per-ticket Hillary fundraiser - breitbart.com


Susie Buffett's private event raises more than $1.5 million for Clinton, 15 supporters paid $100,000 to attend the two-hour dinner - omaha.com


Leonardo DiCaprio to host $33,400-a-ticket Hillary Clinton fundraiser - The Guardian


Billionaires for Hillary: Clinton campaign lining up moguls to say 'I'm with her' but appearing too buddy-buddy with them holds risks - POLITICO


VIDEO: Here are some of the billionaires who support Hillary Clinton, They’ve also made it a point to attack Donald Trump - Fortune


Lobbyists have raised $7 million for Hillary Clinton. For Trump? Zero - The Washington Post


Lobbysts contributions to the 2016 presidential race - OpenSecrets


Hedge-fund money: $48.5 million for Hillary Clinton, $19,000 for Donald Trump - WSJ


Contrary to a story published by the Wall Street Journal, Clinton is not completely annihilating Trump among hedge fund donors - Fortune


Hedge fund managers purchase Hillary Clinton - Donald J Trump for President


Guy Cecil of Pro-Clinton PAC Priorities USA will not be outspent, A Q&A about how he intends to spend his $200 million - Bloomberg Politics


Democrats say want reform — but court big money in the meantime - Center for Public Integrity


Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions - OpenSecrets Blog


After lying low, deep-pocketed Clinton donors return to the fore - The New York Times


DNC sought to hide details of Clinton funding deal - POLITICO


Julian Assange says he has 'quite a lot of material' from Hillary Clinton's campaign - Daily Mail Online

 

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Donald Trump: ‘I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged’ - WSJ


Donald Trump says Bernie Sanders 'made a deal with the devil' meaning Hillary Clinton - ABC News


Donald Trump: Hillary will never reform financial markets, she ‘is owned by Wall Street' - newsmax.com


VIDEO: Trump releases powerful new ad: Hillary’s Wall Street donations - Tea Party News


Selected Industry Totals: Contribution of the security and investment sector to the 2016 presidential race - OpenSecrets


The billionaire Koch brothers are rejecting calls from big donors to back Donald Trump - Business Insider


The Kochs freeze Donald Trump out denying him access to their state-of-the-art data and refusing to let him speak to their gatherings - POLITICO


"I turned down a meeting with Charles and David Koch. Much better for them to meet with the puppets of politics, they will do much better!” - Donald J. Trump on Twitter


Trump promises more federal infrastructure spending than Clinton, skeptical of full employment figures says ‘people have given up looking for jobs' - WSJ


In dueling campaign swings, Clinton, Trump make very different plays for Pa. voters: Analysis - PennLive.com


In Youngstown, Ohio pro-Trump protesters recall another candidate Clinton's unfulfilled promises - BillMoyers.com


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The Problem with Chanting "USA"

These were instructions passed around during the last night of the Wells Fargo Arena Anti-Russia Don't-Say-TPP Call-It-Debt-Free-College-Not-Free-College Democratic Party Extravaganza. Noise Makers were deployed. Lights could be switched off on people as needed. Delegates were prevented from walking out. And chants like "Black Lives Matter" and "Love Is Love" were joined in by the corporatists.

However, if you chanted "Ban Fracking Now," they would chant "Hillary" back at you, as if having Hillary as their beloved leader was better than banning fracking. Also if you chanted "Stop TPP" or "Walk the Walk" you'd be greeted by screams of "Hillary!"

But what if you shouted "No More War"? Wouldn't they join in and try to own that one? Don't Christmas decorations even today still sometimes say "Peace on Earth"? Didn't Tim Kaine pretend in his speech that Woodrow Wilson was a peace maker? Doesn't the Pentagon claim that it kills people for peace? Wouldn't trying to shout down opposition to war be a step too far even for a pro-fracking, pro-corporate-trade, cult of personality?

The response of USA has got to be the worst choice they could have gone with. The poison of nationalism/patriotism is the driving force behind support for mass-murder expeditions. It turns clever shouts into mindless obedience.

Shout this over and over again, out loud: Hey You Ass Hey You Ass Hey You Ass Hey. Not the nicest thing to scream at a retired four-star mass-murderer, but still less repulsive than USA, USA, USA. This was supposed to be a convention marketing a candidate, an incredibly unpopular candidate, as the anti-fascist. Instead it became the convention of militarism, bluster, and blind loyalty to the god of war.

Focus: Obama and Clinton - July 29, 2016


Obama Tells DNC: 'America is already great. America is already strong’, Trump 'just offering slogans and fear' - ABC News


VIDEO: Obama says 'America is already great. America is already strong’ - YouTube


VIDEO: Obama: 'There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president' - YouTube


VIDEO: President Barack Obama's full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: President Barack Obama's full speech at the DNC - UPI.com


Conservatives stunned by how much they liked Obama's DNC speech - talkingpointsmemo.com


Our country does not feel 'great already' to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair - Donald J. Trump on Twitter

 

President Obama spoke last night about a world that doesn’t exist. 70% of the people think our country is going in the wrong direction - Donald J. Trump on Twitter

 

Donald Trump again praises Putin’s leadership, saying it’s better than Obama’s - The New York Times


VIDEO: Trump: President Vladimir Putin better leader than Obama! - YouTube


Trump to look at recognizing Crimea as Russian territory, lifting sanctions - POLITICO


Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues - AP


Trump and the GOP old guard divide over Putin at the Republican convention - newsweek.com


Trump campaign manager Manafort has Ukrainian history - DW.COM


Madeleine Albright warns a Trump victory would be a ‘gift’ to Putin - talkingpointsmemo.com

 

Donald Trump’s Reddit appearance tops Obama’s as most popular - VOA

 

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IRS looking into Clinton Foundation 'pay-to-play' claims - Fox News


Expert: The IRS investigation of the Clinton Foundation will involve the same type of cover-up that we saw in the FBI email investigation - WND


Dinesh D'Souza's 'Hillary's America' is top-grossing documentary of 2016 - Breitbart


The other Clinton ‘change’, No one in Philadelphia wants to talk about the Clinton Foundation - WSJ


Thousands cheer 'Clinton Cash' at Bernie rally outside the Democratic national convention: 'Get educated’ - Breibart


Haitians at DNC: 'We hate Hillary'; she ‘belongs in jail - Breibart


How the Clinton Foundation got rich off poor Haitians - National Review


Chelsea Clinton’s net worth: 5 fast facts to know - Heavy.com


How Hillary has used donations to the Clinton Foundation: to pay 'personal consultant' Huma Abedin, a $34,000 a night Caribbean holiday for Chelsea and to silence Bill's sex accusers - Daily Mail


RADIO: The Clinton Foundation: Where have all the millions gone? - Progressive Radio Network


Less than half of Clinton Global Initiative projects were ever completed - Washington Examiner


Clinton Foundation ignores best practices of nonprofits - The Daily Caller


Clinton Foundation's auditor has troubled history - The Daily Caller


Author charges Clinton Foundation is ‘criminal operation,’ calls for state-level campaign to shut down operation - WND


Charles Ortel: States and foreign governments investigating Clinton Foundation ‘charity fraud’ - Breitbart


Norwegian donations to Clinton Foundation sparks scandal - The Daily Caller


Donald Trump alleges Hillary Clinton received money from Indian politicians for nuclear deal support - Times of India


Mystery surrounds sources of many Bill Clinton speaking fees - freebeacon.com


Bill Clinton got rich peddling influence for a sketchy higher education company - Patterico's Pontifications


These are the two companies that might land the Clinton Foundation in hot water - The Daily Caller


FBI boss Comey connected to Clinton Foundation - Alex Jones’ Infowars


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