Friday, May 27, 2016

The Obama Administration Fights to Prevent Clinton Deposition in email case

At The HILL by Julian Hattem

The Obama administration is trying to prevent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from being deposed in an ongoing open records case connected to her use of a private email server.
Late Thursday evening, the Justice Department filed a court motion opposing the Clinton deposition request from conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch, claiming that the organization was trying to dramatically expand the scope of the lawsuit.

Judicial Watch is “seeking instead to transform these proceedings into a wide-ranging inquiry into matters beyond the scope of the court’s order and unrelated to the FOIA request at issue in this case,” government lawyers wrote in their filing, referring to the Freedom of Information Act.
The lawyers wrote that the request to interview Clinton “is wholly inappropriate” before depositions are finished in a separate case also concerning the email server.

Judicial Watch’s FOIA case began as a way to seek documents about talking points related to the 2012 terror attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, but has since grown to encompass wider questions about Clinton’s use of a personal server while working as secretary of State.

Last week, Judicial Watch asked the court to interview Clinton and five other current and former State Department officials about the server, after it received a judge's permission to move ahead with the process.

The case is the second in which Judicial Watch has been granted approval to depose witnesses to gather evidence about Clinton’s email setup. In the other case, interviews of current and former Clinton aides have already begun.

Clinton is not scheduled to answer questions as part of that case, through a federal judge has warned that she could be called upon in the future.
In the government’s filing late Thursday, the Justice Department said that Judicial Watch’s request is “overbroad and duplicative.”
Instead, it claimed, the group should complete the depositions in the other case first before demanding an interview of Clinton and the other officials.
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Counter-terror expert to Trump: Don’t go SOFT on Terrorism

At WND  
Counter-terrorism expert Philip Haney has a simple message for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump: Don’t go soft on Islamic terrorism.

Haney reacted swiftly to senior Trump adviser Paul Manafort’s comment that Trump was “softening” on his proposal to temporarily halt the immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until Americans can be assured that an adequate system is in place to prevent members of ISIS and other terrorists from infiltrating.

Manafort said that while Trump would certainly shift the debate in his direction, the Republican candidate would have to move to the center in the general election.
Haney – whose remarkable account of his nearly 14 years as a founding member of the Department of Homeland security is told in his new book “See Something, Say Nothing” – told Trump that now is not the time to play politics.

“Don’t compromise, Mr. Trump,” said Haney.

He argued the threat from Islamic terrorism is more dangerous than ever, with ISIS openly urging its followers to commit “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe.

‘We have to destroy her story’: How Hillary enabled Bill

At NYPOST by Rich Lowry
Donald Trump’s philosophy is never to use a scalpel when a meat ax is available, and so it is with his attack on the Clinton scandals of the 1990s.

And yet, in slamming Hillary as Bill’s “enabler” and daring to invoke the allegation of rape against Clinton, Trump is again demonstrating his unsurpassed ability to needle his opponents and expose their vulnerabilities.

Hillary Clinton’s self-image as a feminist champion has always been at odds with her political partnership with a serial womanizer whose electoral career has depended on discrediting and smearing the women with whom he’s had dalliances.

Hillary tends to get a pass, because the 1990s were a long time ago, the media often scold anyone who brings up the scandals and most politicians think it’s bad form to talk about someone else’s marriage. Unconstrained by all these boundaries, Trump is hitting her with his characteristic abandon.
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Trump Political Director Leaves after Just 6 weeks

At USA TODAY by William Cumming:

Veteran Republican political operative Rick Wiley, who was hired as Donald Trump's national political director in April, is already being shown the door.

"Rick Wiley was hired on a short-term basis as a consultant until the campaign was running full steam," the campaign said in a statement Wednesday. "It is now doing better than ever, we are leading in the polls, and we have many exciting events ready to go, far ahead of schedule, while Hillary continues her long, boring quest against Bernie. We would like to thank Rick for helping us during this transition period."

Wiley is the former executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party and he ran Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's  ill-fated presidential campaign. Many pundits blamed Wiley for Walker's quick exit from the nomination battle after the campaign hired a massive campaign staff and quickly burned through its funds.

Trump adviser: Picking a woman, minority VP would be 'pandering'

At USA TODAY byEliza Collins

Donald Trump isn’t likely to pick a woman or someone from a minority group to share his ticket because that would be “pandering.”

That’s according to Paul Manafort, a top adviser to Trump, in an interview with The Huffington Post out Wednesday night.

Manafort also thinks that Trump — who has been struggling with his image with Hispanics — may not bring in the same level of Hispanic support that George W. Bush did when he ran for president, but he’ll get enough.
“He gonna win unless we — meaning people like me — screw it up. This is not a hard race," Manafort said.

Manafort said that Trump won’t be changing for everyone and what he's been doing has been working.

“You don’t change Donald Trump,” he said. “You don’t ‘manage’ him.”

Manafort’s comments come two days after Trump attacked New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, someone who has been described as a GOP rising star.

Martinez is the first Hispanic female governor and boasts high popularity in her state. Her name has been thrown around as a potential vice presidential pick for Trump. She has said she’s not interested and hasn’t endorsed Trump at this point, either.
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Trump to Elizabeth Warren: I’ll debate you, Pocahontas

At Hot Air by Allahpundit:
A funny bit of red meat to end a long day. Even anti-Trump righties enjoy the “Pocahontas” digs at Warren, but I’m not sure why he’d want to get in a slapfight with the one Democrat many Bernie fans regard more highly than Sanders himself. Trump’s trying to win some of those votes, isn’t he? I know she’s been taking shots at him — lots of shots, at great length as you’ll see in the second clip below — but he’s been shrewd enough to mix his jabs at “Crazy Bernie” with panders that Sanders’s fans can appreciate. For instance, from this same presser:
“We could have a lot of fun with it,” Trump said. “I would love to debate Bernie, actually. I mean the problem with debating Bernie is he’s going to lose [the nomination] because, honestly, his system is rigged just like our system is rigged.”
He and Bernie are allies against the rigged system, however crazy Sanders may be in other respects. You would think he’d pull the same move with “Pocahontas,” trying to pit her against Hillary by mixing the insults with panders about how Warren, at least, is a committed advocate for the working class whereas Hillary’s just a corrupt poseur who’s trying to steal Warren’s agenda.

Warren’s against “the system” whereas “Crooked Hillary” is the system. Trump could use that to present himself as a de facto ally of Warren’s, whatever the personal animosity between them. Instead it’s all bile.
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‘The Great White Hope’

By Patrick J. Buchanan
“Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group … death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.”

The big new killers of middle-aged white folks? Alcoholic liver disease, overdoses of heroin and opioids, and suicides. So wrote Gina Kolata in The New York Times of a stunning study by the husband-wife team of Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case.

Deaton could cite but one parallel to this social disaster: “Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this.”

Middle-aged whites are four times as likely as middle-aged blacks to kill themselves. Their fitness levels are falling as they suffer rising levels of physical pain, emotional stress and mental depression, which helps explain the alcohol and drug addiction.

But what explains the social disaster of white Middle America?
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ryan Launches New Attack on Trump as He Clinches Nomination

At Breitbart by Julia Hahn

One day prior to Donald Trump formally clinching the GOP nomination, House Speaker Paul Ryan launched a new line of attack against the Party’s standard bearer selected by GOP voters.

During a Wednesday meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill, the House Speaker, once again, disavowed Trump’s campaign pledge to enforce U.S. immigration law.
Ryan also indicated that he would not include Trump’s signature policy platforms on trade or immigration in the House GOP 2017 policy agenda.
As the Washington Post reported:
Ryan was pressed on whether the House was preparing plans for the mass deportation of illegal immigrants — a key plank of Trump’s platform. Ryan, who opposes mass deportation and supports a path to legal status for the undocumented, noted that immigration is not part of the agenda project…
‘Obviously, securing the border is part of national security, we believe,’ he [Ryan] said. ‘But I’ve made my view on [mass deportation] pretty darn clear, and I’ll just leave it at that.’
Indeed, Ryan not only opposes enforcing immigration law and deporting illegal migrants, but Ryan also has a long history of fighting to give illegal migrants access to social services paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Koch group launches Ground War against GOP Lawmaker

At The HILL by Jonathon Swan

The group founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch has dozens of field workers descending on the lawmaker’s district in the Raleigh suburbs, all of whom are working to brand the three-time incumbent as a fake conservative who has too often voted for legislation reaffirming Washington’s crony capitalism.

“This is someone who claimed to be a conservative leader,” said AFP's president, Tim Phillips, explaining the decision to single out Ellmers among so many other House Republicans who have voted for the same bills.
“And when you looked at her record on government spending and cronyism ... it's just not true.”
This is the first time the Koch network has ever opposed a sitting Republican lawmaker facing a primary fight. 

The final straw was Ellmers's support for the Export-Import Bank, the ultimate example of crony capitalism in many conservatives' eyes, because it provides government-backed loans to large corporations.

Musical Tribute to Bernie Sanders' Campaign-Video

Youtube A tribute to Bernie Sanders bringing naive Americans the Dream, the Nightmare of Socialism. Singers in backround refer to Bernie's employment history, BUM, Bum. etc.

Trump courts minorities, females as unrest swells outside rally

FromUSA TODAY by Jesse Marx

Around the same time Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied in the mostly working-class Cathedral City. His appearance was part of his week-long tour of Southern California. This state's June 7 presidential primary — historically irrelevant — has been deemed all-important this year, at least for Sanders, whose chances of taking the nomination from former secretary of State Hillary Clinton are dwindling.

Sanders' latest event was — in comparison to the concurrent Trump event in Anaheim — a peaceful affair.

Trump’s tour of the Southwest has been turbulent from the get-go, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given the way he’s insulted some of the same people he's now attempting to woo in order win the White House in November.

A rally Tuesday in Albuquerque, N.M., turned tense as anti-Trump demonstrators lashed out at police, throwing bottles and rocks. Police, in turn, used tear gas to disperse the crowds.

The push back that greeted Trump in Anaheim Wednesday was reminiscent of the unrest that erupted in April in Costa Mesa, where protesters outside another rally damaged police cars. At least 17 people were arrested.

On Wednesday, Trump promised that he would stop undocumented workers from taking American jobs. "And I'll tell you what," he added. "One of the great beneficiaries will be ... African Americans."
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Glenn Beck Now A Clinton Ally

From Daily Caller by Alex Pfeiffer
Hillary Clinton campaign sent out an email blast Tuesday highlighting conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s criticism of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The email which is titled “Republicans Desperate To Distance Themselves From Trump” says, “Republicans and conservative commentators have been rejecting Donald Trump as their party’s presumptive standard bearer for weeks now.” It then goes to on to list quotes from conservative writers and lawmakers.
Though Beck gets special treatment and a video of him knocking Trump is attached to the email.

 Hillary Clinton campaign sent out an email blast Tuesday highlighting conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s criticism of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. The email which is titled

“Republicans Desperate To Distance Themselves From Trump” says, “Republicans and conservative commentators have been rejecting Donald Trump as their party’s presumptive standard bearer for weeks now.” It then goes to on to list quotes from conservative writers and lawmakers.

Though Beck gets special treatment and a video of him knocking Trump is attached to the email.
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MSM Trying To Smear Trump With Anonymous Anti-Semitic Tweets, But Ignored Obama’s Rev. Wright Connection

1992, Bill Clinton famously denounced Sister Souljah, a rapper/activist who endorsed the anti-white violence in the LA Riots on the grounds that “if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” Clinton retorted, “If you took the words ‘white’ and ‘black,’ and you reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.”

Of course, this is unfair to Duke. David Duke never suggested that whites go out and kill blacks. Still, Clinton’s disavowal of Sistah Souljah now represents the quintessential triangulation tactic, as politicians appeal to the Center by attacking their extremist supporters. Trump has not had such a moment. While cuckservatives like Matt Lewis once hoped they could create their own Sistah Souljah moment” by attacking Trump, Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee. [Donald Trump As A ‘Sister Souljah Moment, by Matt Lewis, Daily Caller, July 9, 2015]

Coincidentally, the Main Stream Media created an artificial scandal because Trump supposedly didn’t disavow David Duke frequently enough. As I previously explained, Duke has no connection whatever to Trump, in contrast to Obama’s intimidate connection with figures like Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers. And even Clinton was more directly connected with Sistah Souljah than Trump is to Duke.

Trump to debate Commie Sanders in California

At Fire Andrea Mitchell: By AMIN
Hillary Clinton chickened out of a debate with Bernie Sanders in California, so how about a Trump/Sanders debate? Looks like it’s going to happen with all proceeds (I guess ads) going to charity. Just another nail in Killary’s coffin. The debate is scheduled to be held on June 7th, the day of the California primary.

Bernie Sanders have seemingly agreed in principle to give the world the debate it’s been waiting for.
Appearing on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in a show that aired Wednesday night, Trump said he would be willing to debate Sanders if proceeds from such an event went to charity.
Within minutes of the statement airing, Sanders had agreed to the idea.

“Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary,” he tweeted early Thursday morning.

As much as it pains me, I have to give some credit here to the Communist Sanders for actually stepping up to the plate and agreeing to the debate with Trump for charity. More than I can say for lousy Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RNC official: We won’t go full Trump on party platform

From: The HILL: by Jonathon Swan

A top Republican National Committee (RNC) official sought to soothe business leaders worried about Donald Trump’s influence  on the party, saying at a private meeting on Tuesday that its presumptive presidential nominee would not dictate the party’s platform.
Ben Key, the RNC platform committee’s executive director, offered the assurance during a meeting at the organization’s headquarters on Capitol Hill, according to two sources in the room.

“Ben said that as the presumptive nominee, Trump would have some influence on the platform, but it wouldn’t be determinative,” said the first source who attended the meeting.
The source said several of those attending the meeting offered knowing smiles in response to the comment.
“And then he added … that the platform would not include some of the more controversial positions that Trump has taken,” the source said.

A second source who attended the meeting said Key did not single out any specific Trump policies that might not be in the platform, but he stressed the GOP can maintain distance from its presumptive nominee’s ideas when it crafts its platform at the Republican National Convention in July.

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