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White House: Kentucky County Clerk Should Follow Law Like Obama Does

The White House said today that the Kentucky county clerk taken into custody over her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses should obey the law just as President Obama does.

Press secretary Josh Earnest, asked at today’s briefing about the jailing of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for contempt, said “ultimately I think that this is something that the courts will weigh in on.”

But, he said, “the question of the rule of law” is at stake.

“And every public official in our democracy is subject to the rule of law. No one is above the law. That applies to the president of the United States and that applies to the County Clerk and Rowan County, Kentucky, as well,” Earnest said. “And that’s a fundamental principal of our democracy. In terms of how that applies to this particular case? That’s obviously something that a judge will have to decide. And I would not second guess it from here.”

Earnest said he hadn’t spoken with Obama about “this particular matter,” and was “obviously limited in what I can say, given the ongoing court activity.”

“I will just say on principle that the success of the democracy depends on the rule of law, and there is no public official that is above the rule of law,” he continued. “Certainly not the president of the United States, but neither is the Rowan County clerk. That’s a principle that is enshrined in our Constitution and in our democracy, and it’s one that, obviously, the courts are seeking to uphold.”

Asked if Davis should be in jail, Earnest replied, “I would not, from this vantage point, second-guess those decisions.”

“It’s appropriate in this instance for the federal judge to determine the best way to enforce the law,” he said.

One of Kentucky’s senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), had no comment, telling reporters it’s a “state issue.” The other, Rand Paul (R), told CNN “it’s absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty.”

“You know, if you want to convince people that same-sex marriage is something that’s acceptable, I would say try to persuade people. But, you know, if we’re going to use the federal government, and we’re going to get involved in every state locality, you know what’s going to happen? It’s going to harden people’s resolve on this issue,” Paul said. “There’ll be no open-mindedness on this. And I think it’s a real mistake to be doing this.”

Posted at 6:21 pm on September 3rd, 2015 by

Hillary Spokesman on Server: ‘I Don’t Know What Wiped Means’

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Hillary Clinton’s press secretary insisted that they’ve encouraged the man who set up her home email server — and has now taken the Fifth in response to congressional testimony requests — to be cooperative in the investigation.

The Washington Post reported last night that Bryan Pagliano, a Clinton 2008 campaign worker turned State Department information technology staffer from May 2009 until her 2013 departure, set up her home server and is now being sought by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee for questioning.

But he’s invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

“While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s response to this subpoena may be controversial in the current political environment, we hope that the members of the Select Committee will respect our client’s right to invoke the protections of the Constitution,” his attorney, Mark MacDougall, wrote.

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN today Pagliano is “not a part of the campaign — he’s a private citizen and so we can’t require him to do anything.”

“He’s represented by his own lawyer. All we can do is give the same advice and recommendation and encourage as Hillary Clinton has done with all of her aides, current and former,”

Cheryl Mills, a longtime aide to Clinton whose name appears on many of the emails released by the State Department, testified today behind closed doors at the Benghazi Committee. Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff at the State Department and likely pick for national security advisor in a Clinton administration, is testifying tomorrow. Hillary is testifying in open session come October.

“I believe there will probably be other aides that come forward and are willing to answer questions. So in every instance, so far, she’s encouraged everyone to cooperate because we want to make every good faith effort to be transparent and answer any questions people have,” Fallon said.

“But with Mr. Pagliano, we encouraged him as well because we don’t think he has any reason to not be transparent about the help that he provided from an I.T. perspective, but, unfortunately, it’s his choice what to do. And I think that I can’t speak for him, but I can only speculate, and from the words that have leaked out from the letter that his attorney sent to Capitol Hill, it suggests that he was afraid of being caught in a partisan swirl that now consumes three different committees on Capitol Hill where Republicans are trying to take this fact-finding expedition into a partisan exercise meant to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

Fallon insisted there was nothing wrong with Clinton deleting half of the emails on the server, which she determined to be private and not involving official business. “The personal e-mails, the ones that were personal in any nature, were hers, to do with what she wanted. And quite understandably, I think the public agrees that even politicians and public officials are entitled to privacy,” he said.

Asked about the FBI possession of the wiped server, Fallon replied, “I don’t know what wiped means. The e-mails were deleted.”

Clinton recently joked when asked by reporters if the server was wiped, quipping, “Like with a cloth or something?”

“She has followed every request. The State Department asked for e-mails in paper form, she provided them. They were asked on a thumb drive, she provided them. She also provided the server. I don’t know what wiped means. The emails were deleted off the server, that’s true, but it’s quite possible, I don’t know that any steps were taken to remove any metadata,” Fallon said. “So to the extent that there is a further inquiry with respect to the server, they won’t find anything other than what we’ve represented is all the work-related emails were turned over.”

Posted at 4:18 pm on September 3rd, 2015 by

PBS Ombudsman Chides Ifill for ‘Inexcusable’ Anti-Netanyahu Tweet

Yesterday, Gwen Ifill, host of  PBS Newshour, celebrated the news that the Iran nuclear deal would pass by tweeting, “Take that Bibi,” referencing the Israeli prime minister’s well-known opposition to the agreement.

Not only was it insulting to Prime Minister Netanyahu, an American ally, it demonstrated rank partisanship — something that anyone claiming to be a journalist should avoid at all costs.

The resulting furor caused the PBS ombudsman, Michael Getler, to respond. He was not pleased:

So that brings me to the real self-inflicted wound, which was a tweet by PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill on Wednesday—after it became known that President Obama had secured the necessary number of Democratic backers in the Senate to ensure that the nuclear agreement with Iran could not be blocked by opponents—that said: “Take that, Bibi.” That was a reference, of course, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has strongly opposed the agreement and came to Washington at the invitation of Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner to argue against it in front of Congress.

Ifill added the comment when she retweeted an illustration from an Obama administration Twitter account that is designed to support the case for an agreement.

As they say in today’s world, her tweet instantly went viral, picked up by bloggers, websites and a large number of Twitter followers and it quickly produced a lot of angry emails in the ombudsman’s inbox.

I asked Ifill and the NewsHour for a response and explanation. She explained, in an email to me and in a tweet to many others, that she was “RT’ing a @TheIranDeal tweet,” and added that she “should have been clearer that it was their argument, not mine.”

One would have to lean way over backwards to give her the benefit of the doubt that she was simply shedding light on the administration’s view of portions of Netanyahu’s arguments. But to personalize it by saying, “Take that, Bibi” is, in my book, inexcusable for an experienced journalist who is the co-anchor of a nightly news program watched by millions of people over the course of any week.

It is not the first time that I have written about Ifill and tweets. Three years ago a tweet supporting a former colleague, who made an inflammatory remark apparently unaware that his microphone had not been turned off, also brought about lots of criticism.

Ifill is a highly experienced journalist, very quick, alert, knowledgeable, and with an engaging on-air personality. She also has a talented eye for the ironies and political turnabouts in the daily flow of news that contributes to her presence. But PBS and the NewsHour are bigger than any individual and tweeting does not appear to be a tool, in these cases, that is appropriate for maintaining credibility, which is the bedrock for news organizations.

Getler basically accuses Ifill of lying in her response to his query, so his admonishment seems mild indeed. But this is PBS, where everyone expects the “journalists” to have a liberal slant on the news, so I guess “inexcusable” is as good as we’re going to get.

Posted at 4:17 pm on September 3rd, 2015 by

Booker Announces Support for Iran Deal Hours Before Jewish Constituents’ Rally to Urge His ‘No’ Vote

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced his backing for the Iran nuclear deal just hours before a scheduled Jewish community meeting in his home state to urge the senator to oppose the accord.

The community gathering is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, N.J. Speakers will include Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, N.J., Aylon Berger, chairman of New Jersey High School Democrats and national campaigns director for the High School Democrats of America, and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of United Against Nuclear Iran.

Sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the community gathering will “discuss the fundamentally flawed proposed nuclear deal with Iran and learn how to encourage members of Congress to reject the deal” and “urge Senator Cory Booker to reject the nuclear agreement with Iran.” New Jersey’s other senator, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), is a vocal opponent of the deal.

Two nights ago, an AIPAC-sponsored rally against the deal at a Baltimore-area synagogue drew a packed house of young and old. They were asked to call their lawmakers when congressional lines opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday; retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced her “yes” vote — putting President Obama over the top to block a veto override — at about 10 a.m.

But Booker isn’t giving participants of tonight’s Jewish constituent rally that chance.

In an essay-length statement posted online this afternoon, Booker said there was no alternative and “despite its significant shortcomings, we have passed a point of no return… that we should have never reached, leaving our nation to choose between two imperfect, dangerous and uncertain options.”

“Left with these two choices, I nonetheless believe it is better to support a deeply flawed deal, for the alternative is worse. Thus, I will vote in support of the deal. But the United States must recognize that to make this deal work, we must be more vigilant than ever in fighting Iranian aggression,” he said.

Booker acknowledged that “with this deal, we are legitimizing a vast and expanding nuclear program in Iran.”

“With the deal, the Iranian economy stands to grow five percent annually, creating a potentially more reliable and steady pipeline of funding and resources for destabilizing activities and terrorism. Easing sanctions will further put our allies at risk and demand a far greater level of engagement and investment in the security of the region, particularly our critical ally Israel,” he continued.

The senator added that “rejecting this deal is a legitimate policy choice that should not be condemned or casually dismissed by those of us who support the deal.”

“…The reality is that rejecting the deal leads to a world in which a better deal is highly improbable, sanctions are greatly reduced in strength, the Iranian economy picks up some steam, and few if any of the benefits of the deal are in place. We need to be honest about our choices — they are bad — and pursue the path that is more likely to provide security for the United States and its allies and best prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Progressive activist group CREDO lauded Booker for supporting the deal “despite enormous pressure from those lobbying for endless war.”

“Sen. Booker’s support for the deal shows real leadership in light of the fact that New Jersey’s senior senator, Robert Menendez, is one of the most aggressive warmongers in the Democratic senate caucus,” CREDO campaign manager Zack Malitz said. “Sen. Menendez is already under indictment and is now more isolated than ever thanks to his aggressive opposition to President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.”

Posted at 2:59 pm on September 3rd, 2015 by

Trump Signs Republican Loyalty Pledge (Video)

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump finally broke down and signed a loyalty pledge to the Republican Party Thursday, hopefully ending speculation that he will consider running as an independent should he lose the Republican nomination.

According to the USA Today, the bombastic billionaire predicted that he will win the Republican nomination anyway, saying, “I am leading in all local and national polls — my whole life has been about winning.”

Trump’s son Eric tweeted out a picture of his father holding a copy of the signed pledge:

During his press conference, a reporter asked Trump what he got in return for signing the pledge.

“I got nothing,” Trump answered. “Other than the assurance that I would be treated fairly, and I’ve seen that over the last few months. They really have been very fair.”

He later added, “I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge.”

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 The Republican National Committee sent the loyalty pledge to candidates on Wednesday.

It reads in part: “If I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”

Posted at 12:56 pm on September 3rd, 2015 by

Federal Judge Says He’s Above Natural Law as He Tosses Clerk Kim Davis in Jail

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Rowan County (KY) Clerk Kim Davis was jailed this morning by a federal judge who said that putting natural law about his authority would set a dangerous precedent.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She’s an elected official, and can’t be fired except by voters in her county, so a federal judge had her thrown in jail today. I expected as much. Any true civil-disobedience act must come with the willingness to bear the legal consequences of your extra-legal behavior. Davis politely thanked the judge before being carted off to the clink.

If it were me, I also would have submitted to the governing authority, but not without a resounding “SAY WHAT, YOUR HONOR?!” after he said this…

“The idea of natural law superceding [sic] this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed,” U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning told Rowan County clerk Kim Davis.

Actually, your honor, the sovereignty of natural law over man-made authority is a founding principle — a starting point of the underlying political theory — of our constitutional republic. These United States separated from the British monarchy because we were entitled to by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” and not subservient to the alleged divine right of kings, nor to an imperious Parliament.

We ordained and established a Constitution of enumerated powers, not of general legislative authority, and “We, the People” gave Congress authority to legislate only within the powers granted in the Constitution. The rest belongs to the states, to the people and, obviously, to the great lawmaker and judge of us all.

Not only does natural law supersede the court’s authority, the judge’s authority is utterly dependent upon the existence of such a law, and — whether one wishes to acknowledge it or not — upon the authority of God.

This is not to say that each individual person may decide what natural law (or God’s law) shall be for the entire republic. But it certainly does not mean that a federal judge’s authority supersedes the law of God, or “natural law.”

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Posted at 12:03 pm on September 3rd, 2015 by

‘Water Shortages Are Manmade’ Economist Says

John Stossel has a provocative piece over at Reason entitled “There’s nothing mysterious about the market.” He offers several examples demonstrating how the market provides services which many assume can only be offered by government.

One example which stands out, particularly for folks living in California these days, is water utilities. Stossel echoes what we’ve said here before. We have water shortages because of government, not in spite of it.

“Water shortages are manmade,” says [economist Zachary] Donohew. “We don’t send the right signal to indicate how valuable it is, and we don’t make it easy to move water from one use to the other.”

In most of America, taxpayers pay for reservoirs and aqueducts, but water sent to consumers, farmers, etc., is practically “free.” So people waste it. But if the price were allowed to rise to reflect its scarcity, everyone would economize. You might decide you need to cook but not wash your car. Important activities like agriculture would continue, but farmers might grow grapes instead of oranges, because oranges need so much water.

Decisions like that happen naturally when markets set prices. A price is more than money—it’s information. It tells people what is valuable. Then people adjust.

Critics of the market focus on one side of the transaction. They see a consumer in a bad situation having to pay higher prices for an essential product. They call that “gouging.” On the other side of the transaction is someone providing that essential product who might not otherwise do so.

The choice thus presents itself between higher prices for a needed product and shortages of that product. Would you rather pay a lot for something you need, or not have it at all? The anti-gougers impose the latter, and that’s why Californians now live under water restrictions.

Posted at 12:00 pm on September 3rd, 2015 by

Kentucky Clerk Held in Contempt for Failing to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Kim Davis was taken into custody after a judge found her in contempt of court for failing to issue marriage licenses in the state of Kentucky.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled against the Rowan County clerk before deputy marshals removed her from the courtroom.

Bunning said Davis could be released if she complies with the order to resume issuing licenses. She has refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone, arguing that such a move was a way around discriminating against same-sex couples.

The ACLU had asked that Davis be fined, but the judge did not believe that was enough to persuade her to issue the licenses, according to ABC News.

Davis was called to testify at today’s hearing and she reiterated that she believes issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is against her religious beliefs, even though she has been ordered to do so as a result of a Supreme Court decision.

“My conscience will not allow me,” she said several times during her testimony.

CNN reports that:

In court documents filed Wednesday, her attorneys argue that she shouldn’t be held in contempt. Instead, they argued, there are alternatives that would allow couples to get marriage licenses in Rowan County without going against Davis’ religious beliefs.

Among the options they offered were allowing other officials to issue marriage licenses in the county, distributing marriage licenses at the state level or changing marriage license forms to remove Davis’ name.

“Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it,” U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said in a statement. “The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law.”

 

Posted at 11:05 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

White House Quietly Leaves Us More Vulnerable to Missile Threats

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While our president gets ready to push through his questionable nuclear deal with Iran, the Pentagon is acknowledging an inconvenient truth. The administration will field less of a ballistic-missile killing seaborne fleet than it promised Congress just a few months ago.

“Instead of 48 ‘BMD [ballistic missile defense] capable ships’ the MDA [Missile Defense Agency] estimated the U.S. would have by FY [fiscal year] 2020, the force will be instead 39 ‘BMD deployable ships’ — a difference of nine ships,” reports Sam LaGrone, the editor of USNI News.

That gap is bigger than the numbers suggest at first glance. Typically, only one-third of the fleet is at sea at any one time.  That leaves the Navy with about an unlucky 13 ships to cover the whole world at any particular moment.

What’s scarier?  The Pentagon estimates it needs about 70 ships.

None of this would be much of a worry if the threat of nuclear-tipped missiles being aimed at us and our friends and allies was going down. But it is not. The threat is growing.

Many experts suspect the Iran deal will fall apart, making the danger of war more likely — and making the global nuclear threat even more gruesome.

Oh, how the world has turned on its head. A decade ago, Washington recognized the ballistic missile danger was real and growing. There was a robust plan to stay ahead of the threat.  Over his tenure as president, however, Obama has peeled off programs and capacity like a chef skinning an onion.

Posted at 10:45 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

Judge Vacates Tom Brady ‘Deflategate’ Suspension

The pro football scandal known as “Deflategate,” where New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of deliberately deflating footballs to make them easier to throw, took another turn today when a federal judge vacated the NFL’s 4-game suspension of Brady.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ruled that the commissioner of the league, Roger Goodell, acted improperly in suspending Brady for 4 games after an investigation revealed that the star quarterback probably knew of the scheme to deflate game balls prior to the AFC Championship game in January.

By no means does this “vindicate” Brady because Berman ruled on some technical violations, not on the matter of whether Brady was innocent or guilty.

The NFL plans to appeal the ruling.

Washington Post:

“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement released by the league. “We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.”

The league’s appeal means that Brady potentially is risking having to serve the suspension, if it is reinstated, later this season or perhaps beyond. The NFL also seems intent on doing its best to avoid having Berman’s ruling stand as a precedent for future cases of player discipline.

Legal experts had said that Brady and the NFL Players Association faced a difficult task in court because judges generally are reluctant to overturn arbitration decisions. Goodell upheld Brady’s four-game suspension on appeal. The league had imposed the penalty after its investigator, Ted Wells, found that Brady probably was aware of a scheme to use under-inflated footballs during the first half of last season’s AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The league argued in court that Goodell’s authority in the matter could not be challenged under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union. But the NFLPA contended that Goodell acted improperly, and Berman agreed.

Berman cited in particular the league’s failure to notify Brady that he faced a potential suspension, and the NFL’s failure to allow league counsel Jeff Pash to testify at Brady’s appeal hearing.

“The Court is fully aware of the deference afforded to arbitral decisions, but, nevertheless, concludes that the Award should be vacated,” Berman wrote. “The Award is premised upon several significant legal deficiencies, including (A) inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four-game suspension) and his alleged misconduct; (B) denial of the opportunity for Brady to examine one of two lead investigators, namely NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Pash; and (C) denial of equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes.”

So much for the union’s devotion to the “integrity of the game.”

The New England Patriots are cheaters. They have been caught twice and should have been penalized for the “snowplow” incident in 1982.

The deflated balls almost certainly had no impact on the outcome of that game. But it is symptomatic of a culture where team officials don’t believe they have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

And that extends to their star quarterback as well.

Posted at 10:23 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

Gov. Cuomo: ‘Common Core in New York Is Not Working’

New York’s Democratic governor said today that Common Core is not working for his state, and “a comprehensive review” of school standards will be launched “to address local concerns.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he agrees with “the goal of Common Core Standards,” but “I believe the implementation by the State Education Department (SED) has been deeply flawed. The more time goes on, the more I am convinced of this position.”

“A growing chorus of experts have questioned the intelligence of SED’s Common Core program and objective educators across the state have found the implementation problematic, to say the least,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The new Commissioner of Education has inherited this problem and I understand has been meeting with parents, educators and students, and has heard the same concerns. Recently, SED has made comments about organized efforts to have parents choose to opt out of standardized tests. While I understand the issue and SED’s valid concern, I sympathize with the frustration of the parents.”

New York recently released its Common Core test scores for the third year, and noted that the percentage of students opting out of the testing shot up to 20 percent this past spring.

“We must have standards for New York’s students, but those standards will only work if people – especially parents – have faith in them and in their ability to educate our children. The current Common Core program does not do that. It must,” Cuomo said.

“The fact is that the current Common Core program in New York is not working, and must be fixed. To that end, the time has come for a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Standards, curriculum, guidance and tests in order to address local concerns. I am taking this action not because I don’t believe in standards, but because I do.”

Cuomo said he’ll ask a “representative group” from the Education Commission “including education experts, teachers, parents” to “provide recommendations” in time for his State of the State Address in January.

Posted at 10:09 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

The Clinton/Obama Political Death Match

Poor Hillary Clinton can’t seem to catch a break.

It’s been over six months since the nation first heard about the former secretary of State’s unusual email arrangement, but unlike Obama’s various and sundry scandals, her email scandal refuses to go away.

Six months is a long time in the life of an Obama scandal. It only took two months, for instance, for the IRS scandal to morph from  “an outrage” that is “inexcusable” to a ”phony scandal” trumped up by Republicans trying to score “political points.” The MSM let that happen. They know how to drop a story when it’s inconvenient, but they hang on like a dog on a bone if it helps further a leftist agenda.

What is the agenda here?

Every day brings new revelations about Clinton’s malfeasance.

- “Hillary Clinton paid to hide the identity of the people running her private email server,” Breitbart News 9/2/15

- “Markings on no fewer than four emails contained on Hillary Clinton’s private system were changed to a category that blocks Congress and the public from viewing their contents, according to State Department whistleblowers,” Washington Free Beacon 9/2/15

- “Staffer who worked on Clinton’s private e-mail server faces subpoena,” Washington Post 9/2/15

- “America’s intelligence agencies are assuming that every communication of America’s Secretary of State for months or more was read by our adversaries. Isn’t that likely to amount to one of the worst intelligence breaches in American history?” National Review 9/2/15

It’s hard to imagine how Clinton’s campaign withstands much more of this without an ace in the hole that magically transforms indictable offenses into a “phony scandal.”

A Daily Beast report from yesterday suggests that this email scandal has the potential to spill into a much wider Obama administration scandal:

Hillary Clinton was far from the only senior Obama appointee to play fast and loose with classified materials, according to Intelligence Community insiders. While most counterspies agree that Hillary’s practices—especially using her own server and having her staffers place classified information into unclassified emails, in violation of Federal law—were especially egregious, any broad-brush investigation into security matters are likely to turn up other suspects, they maintain.

“The whole administration is filled with people who can’t shoot straight when it comes to classified,” an Intelligence Community official explained to me this week. Three U.S. officials suggested that Susan Rice, the National Security Adviser, might be at particular risk if a classified information probe goes wide. But it should be noted that Rice has made all sorts of enemies on the security establishment for her prickly demeanor, use of coarse language, and strategic missteps.

Posted at 9:28 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

PHOTOS: Christians in Syrian City Pay Tax to ISIS Just to Live

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ISIS released these chilling images today of Syrian Christians lined up in the rows of a theater or lecture hall to pay their tax — the jizya — in lieu of converting to Islam.

When the Islamic State moves into an area, Christians are officially told to convert, pay a high tax that’s out of reach of many families, or get out of town. Though ISIS won’t state this in their dhimmi offers to the local populace, Christian women are also kidnapped as sex slaves and churches are destroyed.

The new photos are from Al Quaryatayn, a Syrian city southeast of Homs and just an hour and a half drive from Asal Alward on the Lebanon border. The city is also an hour and a half southwest of the ancient city of Palmyra, demonstrating ISIS’ advance since sacking the town and destroying its archaeological sites. ISIS wanted the city for its strategic location near the International Highway that links Damascus and Homs.

Quaryatayn, a city of about 200,000, had been housing many of the displaced who fled from Assad attacks and/or ISIS attacks.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS “received money in the last 48 hours from Christian clerks” in the city, and “is still keeping the Christian citizens’ IDs.”

“The sources reported that most people of the city are going leave after taking their IDs.”

ISIS captured Quaryatayn in early August. Soon after, dozens of Christians were kidnapped. On Aug. 20, ISIS bulldozed the Monastery of St. Elian in the town; some parts of the building were 1,500 years old.

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Posted at 8:20 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

Politico: Trump Will Sign GOP Loyalty Pledge

Politico is reporting that presidential candidate Donald Trump will sign a loyalty pledge that binds him to endorse the GOP nominee for president and not run for president under a third-party banner.

The publication says it was given this information from a “close associate” of Trump.  Politico is also reporting that “Trump made the stunning decision, which he has long resisted, to avoid complications in getting listed on primary ballots, and to take away an attack line in the next debate, the associate said.”

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the GOP was asking all candidates to sign a pledge to prevent Trump from running as a third-party candidate.

The Republican National Committee, in a move designed to box in Donald Trump and prevent him from a third-party run, on Wednesday asked the party’s presidential candidates to sign a loyalty statement vowing not to run as an independent or third-party candidate in the general election.

Trump and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus plan to meet Thursday in New York, according to a Trump campaign spokeswoman. Trump has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference where he could make an announcement about the RNC pledge.

The pledge reads:

“I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” reads the document. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”

 

Posted at 7:05 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

Obama’s Ideas Sound Better When Trump Says Them, Poll Suggests

Ad hominem may stand as the most commonly used logical fallacy. Instead of judging an idea on its merits, ad hominem focuses on the person expressing it. We see it all the time in politics.

Take a policy proposal like National Popular Vote. There are certainly valid arguments against the proposed state compact to award the presidency to whichever candidate wins the popular vote. However, the fact that George Soros supports the compact is not among them. It’s either a good idea or a bad idea, regardless of where it came from.

Yet, for whatever reason, likely because it proves simpler than thinking critically, many people tend to base their judgments on association rather than substance. The trend bears out in a recent poll from The Huffington Post (you’ll excuse the source, hopefully):

How much can namedropping a politician matter? Conveniently, Republican front-runner Donald Trump shares a couple of policy positions with Obama and other leading Democrats. In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, we randomly assigned one half of the 1,000 Americans surveyed to say whether they agreed with positions Trump held. The rest were asked whether they agreed with positions held by Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry or current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The trick: the positions were actually the same.

Yet respondents’ reactions were decidedly different. Hearing that Trump supported a certain policy was enough to cause Democrats to reconsider ideas they’d otherwise support, and for Republicans to endorse positions they’d usually avoid.

Perhaps we’d be better off if we considered policy positions independent of who held them. Of course, that would require thoughtful evaluation.

Posted at 6:00 am on September 3rd, 2015 by

Iran Commander: We’re Getting Prepared to Overthrow Israel

As the White House secured their last needed vote to block a veto override in the Senate on the nuclear deal, Iran unleashed a double-pronged attack: vowing to block inspector access to some sites, and vowing to continue preparations to destroy Israel.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said today that the International Atomic Energy Agency — which inked confidential deals with Tehran that Congress has not been able to see — would not be able to see all the facilities it wants to.

“Iran does not plan to issue permission for the IAEA to inspect every site,” Dehqan said in an interview with al-Mayadeen news network on Wednesday, reported the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Back in July, he stressed that “missile-related issues have never been on agenda of the nuclear talks and the Islamic system will resolutely implement its programs in this field.”

“The US officials make boastful remarks and imagine that they can impose anything on the Iranian nation because they lack a proper knowledge of the Iranian nation.”

Also today, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said they have work to do.

The IRGC’s top commander in Tehran province, Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, told operating units undergoing drills in the capital that “they (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” according to Fars.

“And we will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, specially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” Kazzemeini said.

Iran’s Press TV mused that “questions remain on how far Tel Aviv would really go, with its warmongering premier Benjamin Netanyahu, to disrupt the accord,” rhetoric that’s potentially setting the stage for an attack on Israel that they’d call defensive.

Gwen Ifill Celebrates Clinching of Iran Deal

Posted at 8:46 pm on September 2nd, 2015 by

A White House Petition Asks Obama to Do This with Bear Grylls

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As you can see, signatures are only trickling in for the pee petition.

And even if they reach the signature goal, President Obama is soon on his way home from Alaska and hung out with survivalist Bear Grylls on Tuesday.

A release from NBC said Obama trekked through the wilderness with Grylls and would “receive a crash course in survival techniques” from him for a future episode of “Running Wild With Bear Grylls.”

In fact, he was taking selfies with Grylls.

Posted at 7:50 pm on September 2nd, 2015 by

In Missouri, Transgender Reality Meets Transgender Myth

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A 17-year-old boy, who wants to identify as a girl, has ignited a huge controversy in a small Missouri town outside of St. Louis by insisting he be allowed to use the girls’ restroom and locker room.

Wanting to be known as Lila Perry, the teen has not undergone gender reassignment surgery. He hasn’t even begun hormone therapy, a precursor to the surgery and a pharmaceutical means of growing breasts in men and adding other feminine physical characteristics.

Instead, Lila wears a wig and a dress — and insists he’s a girl.

Not surprisingly, the girls at the school are extremely uncomfortable and parents are beside themselves.

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If Jenner weren’t already a rich celebrity, would she have received the same support? How would other, less famous transgender Americans be treated?

On Monday morning, a small town in Missouri provided an answer.

For two hours, approximately 150 students stood in front of Hillsboro High School to protest a transgender teen’s use of the girls’ facilities.

And for those same two hours, the 17-year-old transgender teen huddled inside her counselor’s office — with the door locked.

“I was concerned about my own safety,” Lila Perry told the New York Times.

It’s not just her fellow students that are upset over Perry’s use of the girls’ bathroom and locker room. The issue has roiled this town, thrusting a quaint community of about 3,000 into the national spotlight. Last week, a school board meeting had to be moved after too many people attended to discuss Perry. And on Monday afternoon, the protesting students — who comprised about 13 percent of the school — were joined by angry adults.

“This needs to stop before it goes too far,” Jeff Childs, who has a niece and a nephew in the Hillsboro School System, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He and his 21-year-old son showed up to the school with “Girls Rights Matter” painted on the sides and back of his pickup truck.

“I’m not trying to be ignorant, but [the transgender student] is bringing it out in public for everybody else to deal with,” Childs said.

The controversy suggests that in some American communities, the debate over transgender rights lags behind the messages contained in glossy magazine spreads.

You mean, dealing with the reality of an anatomically correct male exposing himself in girls’ locker rooms and restrooms is something that should be “debated”? Thankfully, the parents and students protesting in Hillsboro probably never saw those “glossy magazine spreads.”

Lila’s story is hard to believe:

For Perry, her personal struggle began as soon as she could call herself a teenager. At age 13, Perry began to feel “more like a girl than a boy,” she told the Times.

By the middle of last year, her junior year at Hillsboro High, Perry was ready to come out as transgender. She was tired of pretending to be someone she wasn’t, she told the Post-Dispatch. She began wearing a wig, dresses and women’s makeup, although she has not had gender reassignment surgery.

When school began on Aug. 13, Perry told school administrators that she wanted to use the girls’ bathroom and locker room, instead of the unisex bathroom she had used as a junior.

The school consented, in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights that say students should be allowed to use facilities in accordance with their gender identification.

So far this year, Perry has been using the girls’ bathroom and locker room, according to local TV station KTVI.

That simple act set off a firestorm of controversy.

“Simple act”? Is he kidding? There is nothing simple about a boy pretending to be a girl who is allowed to share facilities where young girls take off their clothes. In what universe is this considered “simple”?

Elizabeth Price Foley, writing at Instapundit, has the most reasonable take on the controversy:

The 17 year-old student, who goes by “Lila” Perry, has not had any surgery or medical procedures to alter his male body. He wears a wig and wears girl’s clothing. So in my book, that makes him a crossdresser, and merely because he “thinks” he is a female cannot make it so. And of course, in true “victim” mentality, Perry is accusing all of the (actual) young ladies who are protesting his presence in their locker room as bigots:

“There’s a lot of ignorance, they are claiming that they’re uncomfortable. I don’t believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry,” Perry told local news station KMOV.

This is typical far-left hyperbole, branding those who disagree with you as “bigots.” Transgender should be a label confined to those who undergo surgical alteration of their physical genitalia–you know, those who actually change their gender. It should not be so broad as to encompass those who subjectively “think” they are another sex, whilst still objectively possessing the genitalia associated with their genetic makeup. If it is a term that has any meaning at all, it must be judged by objective, not subjective, standards.

And I’m sorry, but “Lila” is clearly just a dude with a wig, and I wouldn’t want my teenage daughter to share a locker room with him/her/it:

Note the inability of Perry to realize the discomfort of his classmates. That’s because he’s bought into the myth — the myth that there is no difference between the sexes and that gender is  frangible and fluid. Biology is not destiny, nor even defining. And the myth makes all opposition to this gender confusion a crime of bigotry.

Is it really possible for a 17 year old to be certain that he is a different gender than his anatomy says? I think it ridiculous that we take teenagers at their word when they claim to be gay. It is common for teens to be confused about sex. It’s not uncommon for teens to be attracted to members of the same sex.  But in order to know if you are truly transgendered or possess a non-traditional sexual preference, you have to know yourself very well. And I put it to you: How well does a  17-year-old boy know his own mind?

The myth is now apparently accepted on the coasts and in urban America. But for most ordinary Americans who only want to be left alone to live their lives, care for their families, pay their taxes, love their spouse and kids, and lead a normal life, Lila Perry and his ilk are jarring examples of reality trumping a myth. In their America, girls get dressed in a separate locker room than boys…period. Why this rational, reasonable position becomes bigotry says more about those accusing townfolk of being haters than it does the people of Hillsboro.

Posted at 3:53 pm on September 2nd, 2015 by

Jeb’s Suggestion to Put Gun Control at State Level Leaves Wasserman Schultz ‘Speechless’

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said she was left “speechless” by Jeb Bush’s comments on getting the federal government out of gun control.

“The federal government shouldn’t be involved in gun laws because the country’s very different,” Bush said at La Progresiva Presbyterian School in Miami when asked if he believed in gun control. “You go to a rural area, where guns are part of the culture, (and) to impose laws from Washington that are going to work in New York City, or work in a rural area, makes no sense.”

Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said after the event he was referring to the creation of new laws, CNN reported. “Governor Bush is a supporter of the Second Amendment. He doesn’t believe new federal gun laws are the answer,” Campbell said.

Bush told the audience that more gun laws “doesn’t necessarily solve the problems of these isolated sad, tragic cases.”

Wasserman Schultz said in a statement released by the DNC that “in claiming that there is no role for the federal government in regulating gun safety, Jeb Bush is insisting that Americans simply must accept future violence and leave a response to the possibility of a state-by-state solution. I am speechless.”

“Republicans like Jeb Bush should put the wishes of the American people, who demand action like universal background checks, ahead of the endorsement of special interest groups,” she said. “They must stop excusing the murders of our neighbors as the inevitable price we pay for constitutional liberties. Geography should not determine whether one has basic protections from gun violence.”

She referenced Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-Conn.) assertion that Congress is complicit in recent gun violence for not having passed more laws.

“To remain silent or to discourage action is to be complicit in the future shootings that will occur,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Gun-Control Advocates Encourage Supporters to Call the Cops on Open and Concealed Gun Carriers

Posted at 2:41 pm on September 2nd, 2015 by

Texas Lt. Governor: Start Calling Cops ‘Sir and Ma’am All of the Time’

The lieutenant governor of Texas said attitudes toward police officers need to change, beginning with addressing cops as “sir and ma’am all of the time.”

“As more details of the tragic death of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth unfold, a morbid reality is unveiled about America’s negative attitude toward our law enforcement officers,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement today. “It must end now or we run the risk of fewer men and women willing to go into the profession and families insisting their spouses change careers.”

Goforth, a 47-year-old father of two and 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, was shot 15 times in an ambush attack while fueling up his car.

“Police officers are judged 24/7, 365 days a year for their entire career. One mistake can get them sued, fired or killed. I want to remind Texans and the rest of our country that these brave souls are the thin line between a country of law and order and a society of total lawlessness where no one is safe,” continued Patrick. “I challenge all Texans to think about how underappreciated our officers must feel, how dangerous their jobs are, how they leave their families everyday not knowing if they are coming home and more importantly, if there is anything you can do to help make their job a little easier.”

The lieutenant governor said people should “start calling our officers sir and ma’am all of the time. It’s a show of respect they deserve.”

“Every time you see an officer anywhere, let them know you appreciate their service to our community and you stand with them,” Patrick continued. “If you are financially able, when you see them in a restaurant on duty pick up their lunch check, send over a dessert, or simply stop by their table briefly and say thank you for their service.”

He also promoted a prayer service for law enforcement this evening at a Baptist church in Conroe, Texas.

“All lives matter and we need to put an end to this violence against law enforcement – now!”

Patrick’s suggestions got some pushback on Twitter:

 

Posted at 1:44 pm on September 2nd, 2015 by

Gun-Control Advocates Encourage Supporters to Call the Cops on Open and Concealed Gun Carriers

Fox News is reporting that Second Amendment groups are accusing the gun-control posse of urging supporters to call the cops on anyone they see carrying a firearm openly or concealed.  The gun-grabbing group Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is using social media to promote this macabre and potentially deadly scenario.

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“If you see someone carrying a firearm in public—openly or concealed—and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene,” the group wrote on its widely followed Facebook page. “Never put your safety, or the safety of your loved ones, at the mercy of weak gun laws that arm individuals in public with little or no criminal and/or mental health screening.”

Let me tell you how this situation could play out.

In 2010, 38-year-old Erik Scott was shopping in a Las Vegas Costco while legally concealing a firearm. A Costco employee noticed the concealed gun and called the police to tell them there was a man with a gun inside the store. The store was evacuated once the police arrived and Erik Scott was executed in front of swarms of Costco customers.  Scott, a Westpoint graduate, was a former Army officer.

It’s a miracle that only one person was murdered as this unfolded.

When you introduce deadly force into a situation there is no telling what might result. People are on edge, people with deadly weapons are on edge — it’s a powder keg. These horrible gun-control monsters do not care how these situations might escalate — and escalate they will when the police are informed someone has a firearm and innocent people are “in danger” and they show up to control a potentially violent situation.

If any of these zealots call the cops on a law-abiding citizen and a deadly confrontation results, they should be named as an accessory to murder.

“This practice is exactly what they [Coalition to Stop Gun Violence] are doing,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for Virginia-based Gun Owners of America. “It’s one thing if someone is using a gun in an illegal or unlawful manner. No one is questioning that. But this clearly sounds like swatting.”

Here’s what Ladd Everitt, director of communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told Fox News:

“In an era in which individuals are being allowed to carry loaded guns on our streets with no permit, background check or required training, it is common sense for concerned citizens to call 911 when they see an armed individual whose intentions are unclear. These [open carry] laws guarantee that we—and law enforcement—will have no idea about the criminal and/or mental health background of these individuals until they actually commit a crime; and by then it could be far too late.  We have full confidence in our men and women in blue to assess these situations.

“Gun-toters who are truly law-abiding and mentally competent have nothing whatsoever to worry about. Their conversations with law enforcement will be brief and professional,” he added. “As for those who are dangerous and have something to hide which would not withstand the scrutiny of a background check or permitting process, they should expect to face some tough questions as a result of these 911 calls. And that makes us all safer.”

Nope.

You should absolutely not call the police on someone who is going about his business and acting entirely normal merely because he has a gun. The gun-control crowd wants to brainwash citizens into thinking that mere possession of a gun is prima facie evidence of ill intent. But this is not so and these morons have hijacked the narrative and flipped reality on its head. In most locales, we have the right to conceal or openly carry a firearm. THAT IS A FACT.  The idea that there is something alarming or worrisome about merely having a firearm is a lie the gun-control groups tell low-information citizens.

One more time: If any of these zealots call the cops on a law-abiding citizen and that facilitates a deadly confrontation, they should be named as an accessory to murder.

Yee-Hah: Open Carry Coming to Texas

 

 

 

 

Posted at 12:42 pm on September 2nd, 2015 by

Democratic Party Now Responsible for Iran’s Next Steps

Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski’s announcement Wednesday that she intends to supply the infamous Iran deal with its 34th vote is the latest reminder of the president’s uncanny ability to vacuum up facts, opinions, international allies, Republican strategy, and members of his own party until only a few crucial votes remain.

It takes a strange vacuum to leave a mess in its wake. But a mess is what this deal promises to create for the U.S., Israel, the Middle East, and beyond.

Yet thanks to Obama’s success as a tactician, this is a mess that the Democratic Party must now own, according to Commentary online editor Jonathan Tobin:

From this moment forward, every act of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, every instance of Iranian aggression and adventurism as well as the Islamist regime’s inevitable march to a nuclear weapon can be laid at the feet of a Democratic Party. …

Obama got his deal despite the opposition of the majority of Congress and the American people. But the Democratic Party now gets the responsibility for Iranian terror and hate. By making Iran a partisan issue in this manner, Obama saddled his party with the blame for everything that will happen in the coming years. Munich analogies are often inappropriate but when Rep. Patrick Murphy (the likely Democratic nominee for the Senate seat Marco Rubio is vacating next year) said the deal gives us “peace in our time,” his channeling of Neville Chamberlain was no ordinary gaffe. In the years to come when Obama is retired and Iran uses the deal to make new mischief and atrocities, Democrats may regret giving in to the president’s pressure. But, like the appeasers of the 1930s, the legacy of the pro-Iran deal Democrats is now set in stone.

As Iran continues to build its way to being a nuclear power, and the morbid consequences of this deal gradually become apparent to those who currently support it (just as they are now clear to the majority of Congress), they will not be able to prevaricate that this deal was purely Obama’s or Kerry’s folly.

The pernicious Corker-Cardin bill passed in May enabled the president to secure Congress’s tacit approval of the Iran deal with only a minority. But now that Obama can (and will) claim Congressional support for the deal, the Democratic Party can no longer plead guilty by mere association. A simple “guilty” will do.

Posted at 12:03 pm on September 2nd, 2015 by

Gwen Ifill Celebrates Clinching of Iran Deal

Gwen Ifill, host of the PBS NewsHour and an infamous shill for President Obama, tweeted out her joy at the news that President Obama had clinched passage of his nuclear deal with Iran.

The non-journalist from a supposedly non-partisan public television network spitefully and sarcastically rubbed the prime minister of Israel’s face into it.

Here’s a response to be treasured:

 

Others were less gracious:

 

 

And an interesting suggestion:

 

Since there is a pretty good possibility that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel are likely to “take” a nuclear bomb down the gullet thanks to the ignorant naivete of the president and sycophants like Ifil, that particular tweet might come back to haunt Ms. Ifill one day.

But by then, a Republican will probably be president so Ifil and her Obama worshippers can blame them for their own towering stupidity in blindly following the dangerous legacy-building of their hero.

Posted at 11:34 am on September 2nd, 2015 by

O’Malley Calls for Protest Outside DNC Headquarters During GOP Debate

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is calling for protests outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters on the day of the second Republican debate.

O’Malley slammed the DNC’s paltry debate schedule — only six sanctioned debates, with the only Iowa debate two months before the caucus and only one debate scheduled in New Hampshire – at the DNC’s summer meeting last week.

Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) gave O’Malley a quick handshake and a dirty look after his remarks. Afterwards, she needled him: “I just said thank you. I have more class than that,” she told CNN. “He chose to use that 15 minutes to focus on debates as opposed to his candidacy. That was certainly his right.”

The first Dem debate is Oct. 13 in Nevada.

But in an email to supporters today, O’Malley’s camp said “it’s time to take it up a notch.”

“Over the last few weeks we’ve asked you to take action to call for more debates: you’ve signed our petition, you’ve tweeted at the DNC and Senator Sanders—you’ve worked hard with us to keep this important issue at the front of the national dialogue and we’ve seen these efforts pay off. Since then, there have been countless op-eds in Iowa and New Hampshire papers, and a delegate at the DNC summer meeting even called for a resolution for more debates,” O’Malley’s digital director, Madeleine Ellis, wrote.

“Recently, we caught wind of a protest happening at Democratic Party headquarters in just two weeks. It’s being organized by a group called ‘Allow Debate’ and we want to join forces with them to make this big.”

O’Malley’s camp is now collecting RSVPs for the Sept. 16 protest at 430 South Capitol Street in Washington. They’ve promised a GOP debate-watching party at a nearby bar afterward.

“It’s important that we bring our call for more debates directly to the group that is restricting candidates’ ability to debate. It’s, frankly, undemocratic. Enough tweeting. Let’s take action.”

Bernie Sanders said Sunday that O’Malley used a “strong word” when he accused the DNC of “rigging” the election with the debate schedule.

Still, Sanders agrees that the DNC schedule “is dead wrong, and I have let the leadership of the Democrats know that.”

“Again, I think this country benefits — all people benefits — democracy benefits when we have debates,” he said. “And I want to see more of them.”

Posted at 11:12 am on September 2nd, 2015 by

Anthony Weiner Lashes Out at Trump for ‘Impugning’ Huma Abedin

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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is hitting back at Donald Trump for comments made about his wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, on the campaign trail.

“And who is Huma married to?” Trump said while addressing an audience last week in Boston. “One of the great sleazebags of our time — Anthony Weiner. She’s married to Anthony Weiner, who’s a perv.”

“And he was a bad guy then; it turns out that he was a really bad guy. So Huma is getting classified secrets…. Do you think there’s even a five percent chance that she’s not telling Anthony Weiner … what the hell is coming across?”

Weiner and Abedin were married in 2010, the year that Trump gave $2,000 to his congressional campaign. The next year he resigned from Congress in the heat of a sexting scandal. Huma was pregnant with their first child at the time.

When Weiner was trying to re-enter politics in the New York mayoral race, another sex scandal broke in July 2013. He stayed in the race but crashed and burned in the primary.

Last night, Weiner told NY1 that “the idea to take someone who’s served in government for 20 years and impugn her in that way is outrageous.”

“I mean, he wants to make me a campaign issue. I’m not going to indulge that,” Weiner said of Trump. “He didn’t offer any evidence of this or information about this. He just impugned someone who worked in government for a long time and anyone who’s ever worked with her knows that not only is she eminently qualified, but she does her job with skill and with grace and has done it for a very long time making enormous sacrifices for our country.”

Posted at 10:24 am on September 2nd, 2015 by